AirPod Strengthens Team With 4 Top Advisors

· March 26, 2018 · 11:30 pm

The AirPod team keeps getting stronger and larger as the project rapidly approaches its primary phase.

Nathan Christian – Expert ICO Advisor & Blockchain Consultant

Nathan Christian - Expert ICO Advisor & Blockchain Consultant

Nathan Christian — a technical expert in blockchain-based accounting and financial applications — is AirPod’s most recent addition. A serial entrepreneur, Christian has over 35 startups in his portfolio and is firmly cemented in the blockchain space. In fact, blockchain technology is not only his career – it’s his passion.

Christian is a Top-5 ranked member of the ‘People of Blockchain,” and is a well-known Fintech speaker the world over. He is a part of a versatile team constructing applications on Ethereum and Bitcoin Blockchains, writing smart contracts, and launching ERC20 tokens. He is also highly skilled in ICO strategy, development, venture capital investment, consulting and advising.

Christian has earned his MBA and his BA with honors and leads various executive education programs. He consults with corporations, banks, investment firms, stock exchanges, and law firms.

Vladimir Nikitin – New Strategic ICO Advisor

Vladimir Nikitin - New Strategic ICO Advisor

Vladimir Nikitin is a Strategic ICO and Compliance Advisor who joined the AirPod team in March. He is the co-founder of Top ICO Advisor, an accomplished legal consultant and blockchain specialist, and serves as on multiple boards of directors.

Nikitin is a well-known member of the cryptocurrency community and has advocated for blockchain technology over the last few years – during which time he has gained extensive contacts and more than 30,000 connections on LinkedIn.

Nikitin has a Masters degree in both law and economics to go along with his 10 years of experience in civil law, finance, and internet technologies. He has worked with a variety of companies in the areas of retail, consulting, restaurants and information technology. Furthermore, he is an expert on ICObench and is an active advisor for more than 15 successful ICOs.

Nikolay Shkilev – Influential ICO Advisor

Nikolay Shkilev - Influential ICO Advisor

AirPod also welcomed Nikolay Shkilev to its team in March. Shkilev is an entrepreneur, owner, and co-owner of dozens of successful business projects. He is also a top-tier ICO advisor and blockchain expert, with 20 years of experience in large-scale projects.

Shkilev’s accolades are many, including but not limited to the Self-Made Russia Award and Super TOP Award. He is also the founder and CEO of the “Private Business Club” – a private club exclusively for successful entrepreneurs – and has received the “Enterprise of the Year” award from the Kremlin.

On top of his many businesses specializing in logistics, FMCG, HoReCa, and others, Shkilev is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and mentor.

Amarpreet Singh – Senior ICO Strategy Advisor

Amarpreet Singh - Senior ICO Strategy Advisor

Amarpreet Singh joined the AirPod team in March. He is one of the leading advocates and contributors to the global blockchain community. He is a senior advisor to the Global Blockchain Foundation and has been rated a top ‘Expert” by ICOBench. He is also on the advisory board of various blockchain projects the world over.

In addition to being a technology enthusiast, Singh is a season professional with years of experience in the technology industry. He has worked as an APOC Operation Manager for Microsoft, a Senior Infrastructure Consultant and Economic Advisor for the World Bank, and has advised various startups. He is a regular speaker at various technology forums and has a B.E. in Computer Science to go along with his three Masters degrees from three different Universities — including an MBA from the National University of Singapore.

Singh’s international experience and extensive knowledge will undoubtedly prove useful to the AirPod project.

To learn more about AirPod, the project’s team and its ICO visit the official website.

What do you think about AirPod’s latest additions to its team? Let us know in the comments below!

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How Can You Integrate Smart Contracts in Your Business Operations?

· March 26, 2018 · 4:00 pm

Smart contracts have quickly become one of the must-have business innovations of 2018. The trick, however, is finding out exactly how you can integrate this powerful blockchain-based technology into your workflow without having the completely demolish several year’s worth of IT expenditure to do so. Here are some things you need to know before integrating smart contracts into your business.

The Right Developers are in High Demand and Short Supply

Blockchain development has only recently gone from being a hobbyist pursuit to a serious skill that developers should possess. This means that the supply of competent blockchain developers is vastly lower than the number of companies looking for them.

For businesses, this means it may be more cost-effective to train programmers familiar with Java and related languages. With the rapid rise in applications surrounding these technologies, a small investment now will return dividends in increased opportunities and productivity later on.

The Right Developers are in High Demand and Short Supply

There are a Plethora of Java-based Blockchains Available

The last several years have seen the rise of dozens of independent blockchains ranging from the whimsical Dogecoin to outright frauds such as OneCoin. Beyond currency, numerous applications have been found for everything ranging from smart contracts to secure reporting of specific metrics (such as moisture content in farm soil.)

When deciding how to integrate this technology into your business, see what others in your industry have discovered. Jelurida’s platforms are flexible enough to work in any situation as long as you know what you need.


Developed from the ground up to provide businesses and independent developers with a comprehensive framework to develop open source software, NXT stands as a testament to the potential to incorporate blockchain technology for businesses worldwide.

The service has multiple “levels” depending on client needs, ranging from an open source public chain for hobbyists and smaller developers to licensed chains that can be customized in according to specific privacy and security metrics.

The introduction, open source, version is perfect for companies that feel that blockchain technology can improve their efficiency but do not want to invest too much in testing. You can easily go from a small beta to working with a private bespoke version with ease, thanks to the nature of the platform and Jelurida’s team of expert programmers.


While the Nxt Blockchain Platform is designed for integral-usage, the Ardor Blockchain Platform is meant to be utilized by a diverse array of employees, managers, contractors, and ancillary third-party individuals that routinely interact during business hours.

It is designed to specifically address issues commonly found in traditional blockchain implementations. For instance, “child chain transactions.”

These are the smaller transactions that crop up in smart contract implementation and are rarely needed after the project has been fulfilled. For instance, do you need to know when someone took and finished a project when you have the time stamps for completion and the time it took? Keeping every detail simply makes the total blockchain larger and harder to audit if it came to that. Ardor provides you with the opportunity to trim unnecessary entries, thus keeping the total ledger small enough to be quickly updated throughout the entire user base.

Control the Blockchain

Control the Blockchain

Being able to control the material hosted on the blockchain provides companies the opportunity to integrate smart contracts into their daily operations without fear of confusion caused by mistakes. This will enable, when fully integrated into the marketplace, companies to collaborate with each other in a manner that increases productivity while also guaranteeing the highest level of accountability and transparency possible.

Jelurida is a blockchain development company focused on providing businesses throughout the world the opportunity to embrace blockchain technology without compromise. From being able to control what is kept in the blockchain to determining the limits of its integration in the company, Jelurida makes it easy to integrate the latest in digital communication and accountability technology without wasting time or resources.

Jelurida’s goal is to provide businesses access to technology in a manner that leaves IT professionals secure in the knowledge that the software will be maintained and improved over the long term. Thanks to the open source nature of the Nxt blockchain, even if the company completely changes direction a vibrant community will step in to make certain that installations worldwide can still operate effectively and safely.

How are you integrating blockchain and smart contract technology into your business? Are you relying on outside developers or training in-house talent? Let us know in the comments below.

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Russia’s Blockchain Legislation Could Be Ready in a Few Months

· March 26, 2018 · 12:00 pm

Cryptocurrencies aren’t the only technology getting the regulation treatment in Russia. The country has stated that a legislative framework for blockchain technology could be implemented within the next few months.

Russia has made no secret of the fact that they are not cheerleading the decentralized cryptocurrency revolution. However, as with most industries, they are fully on board the blockchain bandwagon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously endorsed the technology as a way for the country to advance itself. Because of this, Russia has set to work determining a regulatory framework for integrating blockchain into the country’s governance system.

Blockchain Legislation Around the Corner

Blockchain Legislation Around the Corner

In fact, according to TASS, this outline could be complete within the next few months. This announcement was made by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich. He said this while meeting with students of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

In a roughly translated quote, Dvorkovich said:

It’s necessary to create a regulatory framework, not necessarily too detailed, not to limit the implementation of projects [too much]. Do it as quickly as possible, we are doing it now. I hope that in the coming months, the legislative issues of blockchain will be [resolved].

Widespread Interest

Even though blockchain was initially known as the supporting technology for cryptocurrencies, its advantages are being recognized and implemented over a range of industries. These benefits include a high level of security and immutable record-keeping capabilities.

In addition, because it is the underlying support for virtual currencies, blockchain is being used to aid in central banks and governments creating their own state-controlled digital currencies. Russia is one of the countries that have expressed a keen interest in doing just that by vocalizing plans to develop its own CryptoRuble. First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has also said that blockchain technology could help Russia reach a higher level of advancement in their economic sector.

Not Just for Cryptocurrencies

This type of technology has been on Russia’s radar for some time. Last year saw the launch of Masterchain, a software built using a fork of the Ethereum blockchain. It was created by Russia’s FinTech Association, which is a group comprised of payment institutions and financial startups headed by the Central Bank of Russia.

Blockchain technology can also be used to protect intellectual property (IP) as it not only offers safe and secure storage, but also ensures that any data that needs to be added to a creation or article can be done so efficiently.

February this year also saw Russia’s Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending (AHML) team up with Rosreestr, which is the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre, and Cartography, and Vnesheconombank, which is a state-owned Russian development bank. The joint initiative used blockchain technology to develop a shared-ownership contract for future construction development projects.

Russia is Fully Embracing the Technology

Russia is Fully Embracing the Technology

Herman Gref, who is the president of the country’s biggest bank, Sberbank, has previously stated that Russia has the most active blockchain projects in the world.

The country’s embrace of blockchain seems to be filtering from the top down as President Putin has previously said that anyone who is “late in the race” in terms of blockchain development and implementation, would be forced to depend on other world leaders.

He stated that:

Russia cannot allow this.

What do you think of Russia providing a framework for blockchain integration? Let us know in the comments below!

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