The Start of a Disruption in the Travel Industry is Just Around the Corner

XCELTRIP, a self funded startup based out of San Jose, California has been quietly working on a Blockchain based travel ecosystem since 2015 and is ready to launch its operations on February 28th, 2018.

The brainchild of serial entrepreneur, blockchain venture capitalist & an avid traveler, Hob Khadka, XcelTrip was first previewed at its home base during the November 2017 Blockchain Expo in Santa Clara, California. This unique travel platform is incorporating the traditional modus operandi of the OTAs and simultaneously putting in the latest in Blockchain technology to ultimately arrive in the travel space as a composite, one of a kind Decentralized Travel Ecosystem.

In its first phase, XcelTrip will begin operations on a traditional centralized infrastructure similar to a traditional OTA using existing technologies but in tandem with blockchain based features. Customers will be able to search, view and purchase airline tickets & hotel room nights along with many other services both on the XcelTrip web portal and mobile apps.

Although under the current techno commercial environment, complete decentralization from the very beginning is not a possibility; there are many components within the “permissionless space” which are in existence and operational. And as the blockchain world continues to develop and evolve; over the next couple of years XcelTrip should be a fully operational DTE riding on the Ethereum Protocol.

Interestingly, XcelTrip has taken a very different approach to connecting vendors with consumers. While securing a spot for themselves in the online travel arena they intend to also create millions of entrepreneurs or as XcelTrip CEO Hob Khadka calls them – “Travelpreneurs”

“Being an entrepreneur I had always envisioned a system that empowers the masses at large. Imagine being armed with the ability to earn when you travel. You would like that wouldn’t you? Now if you are able to earn when your friends travelled or even better when anyone travelled wouldn’t that be fantastic? So at the core of XcelTrip we created the IMP (Independent Marketing Partner) program where any individual with an entrepreneurial spirit is entitled to a share from the earnings of XcelTrip by simply doing two things; (1) encourage and ensure listing of vendors at XcelTrip to market, promote and sell their products &/or services and (2) to consistently engage with the vendors giving them an edge over their contemporaries in the market while providing the best quality in products and services and concurrently increasing the gross margins.” – said Hob Khadka.

The IMP program works hand in hand with the Vendor Development Program where XcelTrip aims to effectively eliminate the traditional intermediaries who charge a cumulative gross margin to the tune of 25% from the vendors resulting in added costs to the traveler. In doing so, XcelTrip shall gradually transform itself from a semi-permissionless system to a fully functional Decentralized Travel Ecosystem one vertical at a time. With the gradual implementation of Blockchain based tools and components, XcelTrip’s system of reservations, fulfillment and settlements along with real-time after sales service are expected to create a seamless experience for every participant in the entire supply chain.

XcelTrip is not only a multi facetted travel platform, their iOS and Android apps are being loaded with powerful features such as “Xcel-Club” & “Xcel-SOS service along with X-Bar & X-Talk features in due course of time.

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Malta Is Going to Launch a Blockchain Bank

It seems like Malta will soon open a financial institutions that will provide services for blockchain and crypto-related businesses, which is going to big a big step towards the introduction of cryptocurrency in Europe, since the conventional banks rarely have crypto-friendly terms.

RnF Finance Limited, a Maltese firm, has already applied to the financial authority of the country in order to get a license to create a blockchain bank.

Its CEO, Roderick Psaila, mentioned the following details:

The Bank shall engage into four main business streams: Offer banking services to corporates; Lending; Private Banking and Wealth Management.

The newly-emerged bank will focus its investments on the blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.

We remind you:

Bank of America Has Officially Patented A System for Saving Crypto Actives for Significant Corporations

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Blockchain Specialists: Who Are They and How Much Do They Earn?

Relatively new blockchain technology is developing quite actively in recent years, which inevitably leads to increase of jobs number in this industry. Considering that, the infrastructure is still not very developed well in this area, it can be assumed that the trend of increased demand for qualified personnel will still remain for many years. In this article we will talk about blockchain specialists, find out who employers are looking for, what average salaries are offered, and in the end we will talk about where to learn this craft.

1. Briefly about blockchain technology

Let us briefly remind what blockchain is, and why many people predict a great future for it? So, in simple words, blockchain is an open (that is, public) registry of data, which is stored in separate blocks and has a chain structure. Each subsequent block stores the information about the previous one. For example, let`s take a usual book, which is divided into separate pages, so after 45, there 46, 47 should go, etc. Attempts to change or delete a block, which has already been entered into blockchain, will immediately be noticed by the network.

The increased security of Blockchain is backed up by data storage. The fact is, that the entire data registry has hundreds of thousands copies (depends on number of miners in network), which are located throughout the world.

2. What experts are now in demand in the industry and how much do they earn?

When it comes to blockchain specialists, most people imagine a highly qualified programmer who knows all the programming languages, Morse code, and the depths of cryptography. But in reality, to be a fairly successful developer, you need to know:

  • basics of programming;
  • C ++ language ideally, but this is optional, Python, Java, Golang, etc. will also work.

Having these knowledge and at least minimal experience in programming, one can become a blockchain developer without any particular problems. The wage, in this case, will directly depend on experience, depth of knowledge and a particular company. In Europe and the United States experienced developers can get to $175 thousand per year. But it’s not necessary to be a programmer to work in the blockchain industry. This is not a complete list of vacancies, this young market needs:

  • Investment Director. It is a key position in any crypto startup, because its main task is to search and work with potential investors. This is a quite difficult job, because now many people are still wary of cryptocurrencies and blockchain as a whole, and they are not in a hurry to invest their savings. The salary depends on the amount of raised funds, from which a certain percentage is given to an investment director.
  • Marketer, PR manager. As Thomas Macaulay said: “Nothing Except The Mint Can Make Money Without Advertising”. This profession is very relevant absolutely in any field and the blockchain industry is no exception. To succeed in this position, the specialist is obliged to speak several foreign languages, to have experience in international sales. Salaries of the specialists depend on the scope of a project, as well as a marketing record of a marketer.
  • Bounty manager. The rapid development of the ICO market has led to emergence of brand new professions. This position involves conduction of all processes, interaction and verification of performers for tasks implementation. Salary of these specialists can hardly be called high, it rarely exceeds $1,000.
  • Crypto analyst. This profession implies the deep knowledges of the cryptocurrency market. An analyst should be able to carry out a fundamental analysis of any coin, and on the basis of this data make his or her own predictions of investments growth. This is one of the most promising areas in the blockchain industry, since the analyst’s wages have no limit. Large investors will be happy to pay a certain percentage of commission to a such specialist for a good tip.
  • Lawyer. There is literally “a long row to hoe” in the blockchain field for these professionals. The fact is that legislative base here is still at a very early stage of its development and there is still a lot of work to be done in this direction.

We want to remind you:

Facebook Is Once Again Looking for Blockchain Specialists

3. Where to study for a blockchain specialist?

Higher-education institutions are already training specialists in this direction. A number of leading universities offer introductory courses into blockchain, cryptocurrency, etc.

To master any of the above mentioned professions of the future, you can take online courses on the Internet, the number of which is sufficient now. But when choosing a training program you should be extremely careful and before entrusting your money and time to some “blockchain guru”, read the information about him carefully.

4. Conclusion

The crypto industry differs with a rather rapid pace of development. To work in this area, you must always keep “your eyes open” and be able to adapt quickly to a new circumstances. Every year new professions appear, which offer new opportunities and high wages.

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LinkedIn Names “Blockchain Developer” the Top Emerging Job of 2018

LinkedIn, a social network for finding business contacts and job opportunities, has published its annual Economic Graph, where it listed top-5 emerging jobs that develop at the quickest pace among the others. It did not come as a surprise for many people that the top-1 emerging job was “blockchain developer”.

The profession of a blockchain specialist has experienced a growth by 33% during 2018. In comparison, the job that occupied the 2nd place, a machine learning engineer, grew by 12%. The rest of the top-5 are: application sales executive, machine learning specialist and professional medical representative.

The cities with the highest demand for blockchain specialists are New York, San Francisco and Atlanta, and the top industries involving such workers are IT and computer software. The salaries absolutely correspond to the popularity of the profession.

We remind you:

Facebook Is Once Again Looking for Blockchain Specialists

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A Major Exchange in UAE Is Going to Cooperate with Ripple

According to the report of the news media Reuters, a large payment company located in the United Arab Emirates, UAE Exchange, is going to collaborate with Ripple Labs and work on the cross-border payments all over Asia. The Asian market occupies a huge share of the world’s annual remittance (around 613 billion), thus, this niche is highly demanded.

The CEO of the Exchange Promoth Manghat is sure that the payment network of Ripple based on the blockchain technology will become a breakthrough on the Asian market, however, the company will proceed slowly going “fully mainstream”.

We expect to go live with Ripple by Q1, 2019 with one or two Asian banks. This is for remittances to start with, from across the globe into Asia,” he said.

We would like to remind you that Ripple Labs has recently been partnering up with multiple major businesses regarding its cross-border payment system.

South Korea Launches Remittance App Using Ripple’s Blockchain Technology For The First Time

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Hyperledger Will Add 16 New Members

The major blockchain project Hyperledger, the technologies and instruments of which are incorporated in multiple other startups all over the world, announced its future cooperation with 16 giant companies.

The list of new members includes:

  • Citi
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Alibaba
  • etc.

The growing Hyperledger community reflects the increasing importance of open source efforts to build enterprise blockchain technologies across industries and markets,” said the CEO of Hyperledger, Brian Behlendorf.

In this way, blockchain will be promoted in the major businesses of the world, which undoubtedly means its growing popularity in almost every sphere of human activity.

We remind you:

Visa Partners with IBM to Implement Cross-Border Blockchain Payments of Hyperledger Fabric Framework

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Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates Will Release a Joint Cryptocurrency

As reported by the local news media, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority is cooperating with the Central Bank of UAE in order to develop their own blockchain, which will be the basis for the joint digital coin. The new currency will be used for cross-border transactions between these two states.

This is probably the first time ever that witnesses the cooperation of monetary authorities from different countries on this topic and we hope that this achievement will foster similar collaboration in our region,” said an Abu Dhabi official.

The cooperation is currently ongoing, no specific dates as to when the development will be finished have not been released so far. The innovations in the financial sector will involve only banks and institutional investors, not the regular customers.

We remind you:

Ripple Technology Will Soon Be Implemented in the Biggest Bank of Saudi Arabia

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