TechCrunch, one of the leading technology news outlets, just announced their top picks for the annual Disrupt forum. The summit will gather entrepreneurs and visionaries from all over the world between 2nd and 4th October 2019 in San Francisco.
The TechCrunch team picked from hundreds of ventures in the fields of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, BioTech/HealthTech, Blockchain, FinTech, Gaming, Investing, Media, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/eCommerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS, Space, and Social Impact & Education.
The new topics which Disrupt will cover are in the field of Blockchain technology innovations. The news outlet conducted in-depth research to narrow down their selection to just four companies that worth to be shortlisted.
The first company is CryptoAPIs. Launched back in May 2018, CryptoAPIs provides real-time blockchain information via Application Programming Interface or API.
“You don’t need to speak the programming language of every blockchain or develop costly servers and nodes. You just need to deploy our API and you will receive the information you need”, Viktor Petrov, COO of CryptoAPIs stated in an interview.
The CryptoAPIs team developed several API tools, such as analytics and data gathering solutions, blockchain explorers, checking wallet balance, and going through historical data for a given blockchain. The team successfully deployed over 400 endpoints for the largest blockchains based on market capitalization, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash, Dash, and Litecoin.
BUTTON Wallet is another project that entered TechCrunch’s top picks. BUTTON is taking the crypto wallet to another level, giving users a decentralized way of messaging and storing cryptocurrencies. It is built on Telegram’s platform, but innovations such as support for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic, Stellar and ERC-20-based tokens are also integrated within the wallet.
The wallet is useful for: sharing housing expenses, sending funds to another Telegram user, exchanging cryptocurrencies and buying/selling cryptos in fiat.
EMBER fund is the third project on TechCrunch. EMBER allows users to invest in pre-selected portfolios of cryptocurrencies, or create their own portfolio. The platform supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, Litecoin, Basic Attention Token, Enjin Coin, DENT, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, QuarkChain, and TrueUSD. Users can invest through their phones with the help of custom-built applications for Android and iOS. The year-to-date (YTD) returns of EMBER fund are +7,33%, with a minimum deposit of $300.
EMBER is also security-focused fund, with added full data encryption, as well as a Zero-Knowledge architecture, meaning all information about users is being stored on their devices and the chance of possible hacks taking place is minimal.
PlanetNINE is the last of TechCrunch’s blockchain companies. The company aims to improve the economic landscape for microtransactions via blockchain technology. The approach, however, is game-like, with dual-resource protocol implementation. The dual-resource method implements the use of Power /like in-game currencies/, which can lead to earning the non-fungible Nineum. Nineum can be used as an in-game currency, and can be exchanged for real currencies.
The PlanetNINE project is open-source and scalable so that software developers can implement the dual-resource mechanism in games, such as World of Warcraft, Hearthstone and Pokemon.
The tickets for TechCrunch’s Disrupt 2019 event are selling out quickly due to the enormous interest from blockchain and tech-savvy individuals.