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One Company That is Bucking the Trends

Centralized Social Media platforms, like Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn to name a few, have been paramount and prevalent in our lives for nearly 2 decades, so many people are unaware of the technology that is available to us now. The upcoming platforms classed as Market Networks are a sovereign way to develop online communities, giving the power back to the people. With the onset of Blockchain along with Cryptocurrency, this absolutely levels the playing field. What this means is complete privacy, autonomy, and freedom of speech, as well as the ability to earn an income. There are a handful of new Blogging Community Platforms that have already risen using crypto by way of their own tokens as an incentive to use the platforms.

The Social Media platforms we have today are ultimately accountable to their shareholders and staff, and as an enormous amount of users utilize these platforms predominantly for free, forthcoming profit will not come from user engagement or user growth. It comes by other means which has been and is detrimental to the community at large. Centralization has also created tension within the communities due to algorithmic partisanship, rules that keep changing, banning, and deleting of accounts wiping out all the effort and results entrepreneurs have implemented to establish an online presence.

A New Era is Here

There are now new systems and platforms being built that have much better outcomes for humankind in every aspect, including economic benefits and privacy. Now everyone can enjoy all the benefits of a social media environment along with all the marketing and blogging tools and portals. Below are the vertical platforms we have now, all centralized. One organization, in particular, has incorporated all the different types of social media and eCommerce, all on one interface:

  • Social networking (Facebook, Google+, Webtalk).
  • Microblogging (Twitter, Tumblr).
  • Photo sharing (Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest).
  • Video sharing (YouTube, Facebook Live, Periscope, Vimeo).
  • Networking Business & Employment (LinkedIn)
  • eCommerce (Freelancers, Coin Exchange)
  • Content & Blogging (Medium, Quora, Steemit )

Markethive is recognized as the next phase that has evolved from Social Networks. Having commenced over 20 years ago as an Inbound Marketing platform via Veretekk, it now has the technology that is capable to combine the scalable network effects of Facebook or LinkedIn with the lucrative revenue models of Saas and marketplace hubs like eBay and Amazon. It has vertical platforms like freelancers and coin exchange, and a collaboration niche for commercial artists, writers, voice & video services. It is 20 years of proven technology, merging with the blockchain. It’s built on a higher generation blockchain to make it possible to handle large social groups.

Thomas Prendergast, Markethive’s CEO, stated:

“Markethive was built on the foundation of 20 years of proprietary technology and has been running live with 1000s of subscribers in beta for nearly 4 years. Markethive’s mission is to create a universal income for entrepreneurs, using our multiple platforms built for the entrepreneurial markets. Markethive has a working product, starting out 20 years ago as Veretekk, then segwayed into what is now Markethive which is launching on the blockchain.”

To find out more, I spoke to some of the members who are in long-standing: 

David Ogden, Markethive Entrepreneur, said:

“Markethive is no flash in the pan marketing system, it was born out of Veretekk, developed by Tom Prendergast, who is a master in marketing. I joined Veretekk around 2000, The system produced endless quality leads and an email system to communicate with them. The system was free and could be used to build any business. The rise of the Blockchain offers more security with a distributed network.”

Dennis Roeder shared:

“I first became acquainted with Thomas Prendergast back in 1988. There was always open communication and direction on what was in the development stages and what to expect. Mr. Prendergast had a divine vision to produce a system that would be entirely free for members to use the marketing tools. Veretekk slowly evolved into a company named Markethive which was designed to be a Free to members platform. Then along came the Blockchain and Bitcoin, and that gave a reason for Markethive to be the ‘go-to’ Market Network for entrepreneurs. Members will have free access to the tools plus as they use the system they can be paid using a new term called Universal Income.”

What is Underpinning Markethive to Ensure Its Viability?

Markethive’s innovation is producing Mining Hives that create massive surplus electricity built on total 100% green energy. Along with Hemp/Medicinal Cannabis cultivation, it’s sure to be a winner in the blockchain space and crypto industry. With its own coin exchange, ease of liquidity and underpinned by a plethora of Inbound Marketing products for its End Users, it’s a complete Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs, Bloggers, and Commercial Artists. This is a platform to keep an eye on as it comes up through the ranks. This is going to disrupt Social Media and all forms of marketing as we know it.

Mr. Prendergast said:

“We produce the coin to give as an incentive to sign up in Markethive as PayPal did. We are not using the coin to raise money. It’s not speculative but has the ability and potential to become very valuable due to many products and services that are in high demand. So pump and dumps won’t affect the company or its revenue. It’s not dependent upon speculation of their coin. We are dependent upon delivering services and products people want whether the coin is up or down, which in turn will increase the value of the coin despite the markets.”

The era representing the rise of the entrepreneur has arrived, while other organizations, inbound marketing providers, blockchain implementers, and cryptocurrencies are still frozen in time.

With Blockchain, cryptocurrency, inbound marketing, and decentralized database technologies, Markethive has constructed a social market network that provides a “Universal Income.” Markethive’s culture is one of innovation, and the ECO-SYSTEM is part of the New Revolution. It is 27 years of proven technology, merging with the blockchain. This will result in a flotilla of money machines driving the basic platforms while creating an eco-center for entrepreneurs, where they can create and maintain a livable income while turning their ideas and concepts into reality.

Markethive Entrepreneur, Richard Mathiason, said:

“I have been with Thomas Prendergast since Veretekk. I enjoyed being a Trainer at that time and using Veretekk to gather Leads. Thomas has always been ahead of the times in regards to marketing. The free marketing tools that he has developed over time have been amazing.”

Richard went on to say:

“Technology has finally caught up with Thomas’s Grand Vision. We are now able to correct some problems that all social networks have. We are moving the Network to a Blockchain to showcase our Privacy Policy, decentralize the platform to make it harder to hack, adding 4 levels of Security and creating a Wallet that will only allow you to have control of your network.

“The best part is that Thomas is a good friend and he will drop everything to help someone out. Thank You for being my friend and for Markethive, the best social/market out there.”

Conclusion

It’s just a matter of time until nearly all independent professionals and their clients will conduct business through the development of tight-knit collaborative Market Networks within specific industries.

Starting NOW, there will be many more forward-thinking entrepreneurs stepping forward, with their sights set upon creating increasingly innovative, highly synchronized business models and solutions to doing business in the 21st century and beyond. Those who will be most successful will not only keep up with the speed at which technology continues to change, but they will align themselves ahead of the curve at all times.

Market Networks will have a massive positive impact on how millions of people work and live, and how hundreds of millions of people buy and sell better services.

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ABOUT MARKETHIVE

Markethive is the next generation Social Market Network on Blockchain bringing privacy, autonomy, and free speech to the people. Integrated into the system is an entire Inbound Marketing Suite, Ad Agency. eCommerce portals, Digital Media, Exchange, and e-wallet forging a sustainable ecosystem for entrepreneurs of every caliber.

WEBSITE: https://markethive.com/

TWITTER: twitter.com/Markethive

TELEGRAM: t.me/Markethive

LINKEDIN: https://linkedin.com/company/Markethive

FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/MarketHive

YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/Markethive

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Victory Square Provides Corporate Update on the Strong Performance of Select Portfolio Companies

  • Victory Square (VST) builds, acquires and invests in promising startups, then provides the senior leadership and resources needed to fast-track growth. The result: rapid scale-up and monetization, with a solid track record of public and private exits. 
  • VST companies are using artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) to disrupt sectors as diverse as fin-tech, insurance, health, and gaming. 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Victory Square Technologies Inc. (“Victory Square” or the “Company”) (CSE:VST)(FWB: 6F6)(OTC:VSQTF) today provided a corporate update on the strong performance of select portfolio companies: Immersive Technologies, V2 Games, Fansunite, Grow Tech Labs, CoPilot Advisor, Taloflow.ai, and Multapplied Networks.

During the first half of 2019, VST’s select portfolio companies achieved significant milestones in terms of revenue growth, product development, and customer acquisition. 

“Our portfolio represents a unique liquid and secure way for investors to double down on the latest cutting-edge technologies,” said Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies. “With our focus on market-ready solutions that scale quickly, we’re able to provide strong and stable returns while also tapping into emerging global trends with big upsides.”

Selected Portfolio Companies Update:

Immersive Tech:

Immersive Tech designs, programs, builds and installs immersive and engaging experiences for some of the world’s leading companies for a variety of purposes such as brand engagement, revenue generation, and corporate training. Through a blend of video game development, theme park engineering and the latest VR/AR/MR technologies, the company has amassed a portfolio of global brands.

Highlights:

  • Immersive Tech is on track to achieve 20% growth in revenue ($2.5 million)
  • Currently engaged in new projects with three large multinational corporations set to deploy in Q4 (Capital One, Bayer, BioMérieux)
  • Won the 2019 Startup Canada High-Growth Entrepreneurship category

V2 Games:

V2 Games is a video game ventures firm focusing on project investments in high-value e-gaming projects featuring globally-recognized intellectual properties. The company generates cash flow by streaming revenue share from world-class e-gaming projects.

Highlights:

  • Completed a $1.3 million financing
  • Provided funding for the “Men In Black” mobile game, their first tier 1 mobile game scheduled to launch on August 2019
  • A seed investor in esports companies: Pepper, PiiK and Cash. Live (Cash. Live recently received a $150,000 USD investment from Snapchat and was accepted into its in-house accelerator
  • Aiming for a direct listing by Q4 2019

FansUnite:

FansUnite provides a full suite of sports betting solutions including The FansUnite Protocol, a robust ecosystem of sports betting applications.

Highlights:

  • Entered into a strategic partnership with World Poker Tour®, the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment leading innovation in the sport of poker
  • Focused on the development of the FansUnite B2C and B2B offerings. The B2C platform is currently in beta with full KYC, event data, odds feeds, live betting, resolution, and risk management
  • FansUnite will be launching their own B2C Sports Betting Application in Q4 2019 and licensing out the technology to other operators
  • Aiming for a direct listing by Q4 2019, which also includes an acquisition, closing upon listing

Grow Tech Labs:

Grow Tech Labs develops and accelerates companies from pre-legalization to post regulated market through education, consultation and investment.

Highlights:

  • Grow Tech Labs facilitated the initial discovery and preliminary infrastructure for what is set to be BC’s largest craft cannabis co-op
  • Launching an online education program to aid businesses in expanding their product models to include cannabis. Beginning with eight modules, Grow Academy will release another 3 modules, including navigating the edible market by the end of 2019
  • Opening multiple Noble Canna Park locations on licensed ALR land for micro cultivators and processors. The Noble Canna Park will offer growers upgraded lots with a vertically integrated cultivation, processing and lab onsite
  • Featured in major media, including Global TV, CTV, and Bloomberg

CoPilot Advisor:

CoPilot Advisor uses cutting edge A.I. technology to help sales teams automatically target qualified prospects on social media, initiate one-to-one conversations, and surface timely sales opportunities without requiring any “content marketing,” spam emails, or any advertising.

Highlights:

  • CoPilot successfully signed over 400 customers including MassMutual, Merrill Lynch, UBS, and New York Life, and more
  • Revenue from new verticals (B2B, insurance and real estate) now accounts for more than 33% of the total revenue, significantly expanding beyond the financial services vertical.
  • Finalist for the 2019 Technology Impact Awards for Company of the Year – Startup Success
  • Generating more than $120k MRR and grew by 300% over the past 12 months

Taloflow.ai

Taloflow’s prediction engine reveals the cost of every cloud process in real-time, it’s an AI autopilot for cloud resource management that saves companies up to 40% on Amazon Web Services (“AWS”).

Highlights:

  • Taloflow met all of the advanced technical requirements to become an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner
  • Added 12+ Beta customers with an average infrastructure spend of $1M/yr on AWS (including 1 unicorn and 1 Fortune 500)
  • Will be adding 2-3 new beta customers every month and ingesting 10s of millions of records from AWS for their customers

Multapplied Networks Inc. 

Multapplied Networks Inc. develops and sells a proprietary Software-Defined Wide Area Network (“SD-WAN”) platform that Cloud and Managed Service Providers white-label and run in their infrastructure to improve visibility and control over end-customer experiences of their hosted, managed applications and drive customer acquisition, retention and brand.

Highlights:

  • Multapplied Networks Inc. released v6.4 of their SD-WAN software
  • Signed three new channel partners, expanding their USA and Latin American partner coverage and has continued to onboard partners signed in the previous quarters
  • 30% year-over-year revenue growth in Q2 2019 compared to the same quarter in the prior year
  • Quarterly net income also grew strongly, up over 100% compared to the same quarter in 2018

“We remain committed to commercializing products that leverage emerging technologies to re-imagine industries, building a new breed of companies set to become the next generation’s technology giants,”

said Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies.

Victory Square will continue to update shareholders on all significant advancements of portfolio companies through upcoming press releases and the company’s official website.Check out https://victorysquare.com/blog/victory-square-corporate-update and sign up to VST’s official newsletter at VictorySquare.com.

ABOUT VICTORY SQUARE TECHNOLOGIES INC.

We’re not an accelerator. We’re not an incubator. We’re venture-builders

Victory Square Technologies Inc. (CSE:VST) (FWB: 6F6) (OTC:VSQTF) builds, acquires and invests in promising startups, then provides the senior leadership and resources needed to fast-track growth. The result: rapid scale-up and monetization, with a solid track record of public and private exits.

VST’s sweet spot is the cutting-edge tech that’s shaping the 4th Industrial Revolution. Our portfolio consists of 20 global companies using blockchain, AR/VR, and AI to disrupt sectors as diverse as fin-tech, insurance, health, and gaming. 

What we do differently for startups

VST isn’t just another investor. With real skin in the game, we’re committed to ensuring each company in our portfolio succeeds. Our secret sauce starts with selecting startups that have real solutions, not just ideas. We pair you with senior talent in product, engineering, customer acquisition and more. Then we let you do what you do best — build, innovate and disrupt. In 24-36 months, you’ll scale, monetize and be ready for public listing or private sale.

What we do differently for investors

VST is a publicly-traded company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, and listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (VST), Frankfurt Exchange (6F6) and the OTCQX (VSTQF). For investors, we offer early-stage access to the next unicorns before their unicorns.

Our portfolio represents a unique liquid and secure way for institutional investors to double down on the latest cutting-edge technologies. Because we focus on market-ready solutions that scale quickly, we’re able to provide strong and stable returns while also tapping into emerging global trends with big upsides.  For more information, please visit www.victorysquare.com.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE (CSE)

The Canadian Securities Exchange, or CSE, is operated by CNSX Markets Inc. Recognized as a stock exchange in 2004, the CSE began operations in 2003 to provide a modern and efficient alternative for companies looking to access the Canadian public capital markets.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating to the outlook of the business of Victory Square, including, without limitation, statements relating to the completion of the acquisition of an interest in Limitless Blockchain and the timing, cost and terms thereof, the impact of the acquisition on the Company, the strategic direction of the Company, and its goal of broadening its portfolio of interests in innovative companies. Such forward-looking statements may, without limitation, be preceded by, followed by, or include words such as “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “intends”, “plans”, “continues”, “project”, “potential”, “possible”, “contemplate”, “seek”, “goal”, or similar expressions, or may employ such future or conditional verbs as “may”, “might”, “will”, “could”, “should” or “would”, or may otherwise be indicated as forward-looking statements by grammatical construction, phrasing or context. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking information is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the management of Victory Square. Although Victory Square believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because Victory Square can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release. Victory Square disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws. The Canadian Securities Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release and accepts no responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy hereof.

Please visit the company’s website at victorysquare.com. For a free report on Victory Square Technologies Inc. (CSE:VST) (FWB: 6F6) (OTC:VSQTF) visit microsmallcap.com

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Victory Square Provides Corporate Update on the Strong Performance of Select Portfolio Companies Victory Square Provides Corporate Update on the Strong Performance of Select Portfolio Companies

  • Victory Square (VST) builds, acquires and invests in promising startups, then provides the senior leadership and resources needed to fast-track growth. The result: rapid scale-up and monetization, with a solid track record of public and private exits. 
  • VST companies are using artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) to disrupt sectors as diverse as fin-tech, insurance, health, and gaming. 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Victory Square Technologies Inc. (“Victory Square” or the “Company”) (CSE:VST)(FWB: 6F6)(OTC:VSQTF) today provided a corporate update on the strong performance of select portfolio companies: Immersive Technologies, V2 Games, Fansunite, Grow Tech Labs, CoPilot Advisor, Taloflow.ai, and Multapplied Networks.

During the first half of 2019, VST’s select portfolio companies achieved significant milestones in terms of revenue growth, product development, and customer acquisition. 

“Our portfolio represents a unique liquid and secure way for investors to double down on the latest cutting-edge technologies,” said Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies. “With our focus on market-ready solutions that scale quickly, we’re able to provide strong and stable returns while also tapping into emerging global trends with big upsides.”

Selected Portfolio Companies Update:

Immersive Tech:

Immersive Tech designs, programs, builds and installs immersive and engaging experiences for some of the world’s leading companies for a variety of purposes such as brand engagement, revenue generation, and corporate training. Through a blend of video game development, theme park engineering and the latest VR/AR/MR technologies, the company has amassed a portfolio of global brands.

Highlights:

  • Immersive Tech is on track to achieve 20% growth in revenue ($2.5 million)
  • Currently engaged in new projects with three large multinational corporations set to deploy in Q4 (Capital One, Bayer, BioMérieux)
  • Won the 2019 Startup Canada High-Growth Entrepreneurship category

V2 Games:

V2 Games is a video game ventures firm focusing on project investments in high-value e-gaming projects featuring globally-recognized intellectual properties. The company generates cash flow by streaming revenue share from world-class e-gaming projects.

Highlights:

  • Completed a $1.3 million financing
  • Provided funding for the “Men In Black” mobile game, their first tier 1 mobile game scheduled to launch on August 2019
  • A seed investor in esports companies: Pepper, PiiK and Cash. Live (Cash. Live recently received a $150,000 USD investment from Snapchat and was accepted into its in-house accelerator
  • Aiming for a direct listing by Q4 2019

FansUnite:

FansUnite provides a full suite of sports betting solutions including The FansUnite Protocol, a robust ecosystem of sports betting applications.

Highlights:

  • Entered into a strategic partnership with World Poker Tour®, the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment leading innovation in the sport of poker
  • Focused on the development of the FansUnite B2C and B2B offerings. The B2C platform is currently in beta with full KYC, event data, odds feeds, live betting, resolution, and risk management
  • FansUnite will be launching their own B2C Sports Betting Application in Q4 2019 and licensing out the technology to other operators
  • Aiming for a direct listing by Q4 2019, which also includes an acquisition, closing upon listing

Grow Tech Labs:

Grow Tech Labs develops and accelerates companies from pre-legalization to post regulated market through education, consultation and investment.

Highlights:

  • Grow Tech Labs facilitated the initial discovery and preliminary infrastructure for what is set to be BC’s largest craft cannabis co-op
  • Launching an online education program to aid businesses in expanding their product models to include cannabis. Beginning with eight modules, Grow Academy will release another 3 modules, including navigating the edible market by the end of 2019
  • Opening multiple Noble Canna Park locations on licensed ALR land for micro cultivators and processors. The Noble Canna Park will offer growers upgraded lots with a vertically integrated cultivation, processing and lab onsite
  • Featured in major media, including Global TV, CTV, and Bloomberg

CoPilot Advisor:

CoPilot Advisor uses cutting edge A.I. technology to help sales teams automatically target qualified prospects on social media, initiate one-to-one conversations, and surface timely sales opportunities without requiring any “content marketing,” spam emails, or any advertising.

Highlights:

  • CoPilot successfully signed over 400 customers including MassMutual, Merrill Lynch, UBS, and New York Life, and more
  • Revenue from new verticals (B2B, insurance and real estate) now accounts for more than 33% of the total revenue, significantly expanding beyond the financial services vertical.
  • Finalist for the 2019 Technology Impact Awards for Company of the Year – Startup Success
  • Generating more than $120k MRR and grew by 300% over the past 12 months

Taloflow.ai

Taloflow’s prediction engine reveals the cost of every cloud process in real-time, it’s an AI autopilot for cloud resource management that saves companies up to 40% on Amazon Web Services (“AWS”).

Highlights:

  • Taloflow met all of the advanced technical requirements to become an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner
  • Added 12+ Beta customers with an average infrastructure spend of $1M/yr on AWS (including 1 unicorn and 1 Fortune 500)
  • Will be adding 2-3 new beta customers every month and ingesting 10s of millions of records from AWS for their customers

Multapplied Networks Inc. 

Multapplied Networks Inc. develops and sells a proprietary Software-Defined Wide Area Network (“SD-WAN”) platform that Cloud and Managed Service Providers white-label and run in their infrastructure to improve visibility and control over end-customer experiences of their hosted, managed applications and drive customer acquisition, retention and brand.

Highlights:

  • Multapplied Networks Inc. released v6.4 of their SD-WAN software
  • Signed three new channel partners, expanding their USA and Latin American partner coverage and has continued to onboard partners signed in the previous quarters
  • 30% year-over-year revenue growth in Q2 2019 compared to the same quarter in the prior year
  • Quarterly net income also grew strongly, up over 100% compared to the same quarter in 2018

“We remain committed to commercializing products that leverage emerging technologies to re-imagine industries, building a new breed of companies set to become the next generation’s technology giants,”

said Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies.

Victory Square will continue to update shareholders on all significant advancements of portfolio companies through upcoming press releases and the company’s official website.Check out https://victorysquare.com/blog/victory-square-corporate-update and sign up to VST’s official newsletter at VictorySquare.com.

ABOUT VICTORY SQUARE TECHNOLOGIES INC.

We’re not an accelerator. We’re not an incubator. We’re venture-builders

Victory Square Technologies Inc. (CSE:VST) (FWB: 6F6) (OTC:VSQTF) builds, acquires and invests in promising startups, then provides the senior leadership and resources needed to fast-track growth. The result: rapid scale-up and monetization, with a solid track record of public and private exits.

VST’s sweet spot is the cutting-edge tech that’s shaping the 4th Industrial Revolution. Our portfolio consists of 20 global companies using blockchain, AR/VR, and AI to disrupt sectors as diverse as fin-tech, insurance, health, and gaming. 

What we do differently for startups

VST isn’t just another investor. With real skin in the game, we’re committed to ensuring each company in our portfolio succeeds. Our secret sauce starts with selecting startups that have real solutions, not just ideas. We pair you with senior talent in product, engineering, customer acquisition and more. Then we let you do what you do best — build, innovate and disrupt. In 24-36 months, you’ll scale, monetize and be ready for public listing or private sale.

What we do differently for investors

VST is a publicly-traded company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, and listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (VST), Frankfurt Exchange (6F6) and the OTCQX (VSTQF). For investors, we offer early-stage access to the next unicorns before their unicorns.

Our portfolio represents a unique liquid and secure way for institutional investors to double down on the latest cutting-edge technologies. Because we focus on market-ready solutions that scale quickly, we’re able to provide strong and stable returns while also tapping into emerging global trends with big upsides.  For more information, please visit www.victorysquare.com.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE (CSE)

The Canadian Securities Exchange, or CSE, is operated by CNSX Markets Inc. Recognized as a stock exchange in 2004, the CSE began operations in 2003 to provide a modern and efficient alternative for companies looking to access the Canadian public capital markets.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating to the outlook of the business of Victory Square, including, without limitation, statements relating to the completion of the acquisition of an interest in Limitless Blockchain and the timing, cost and terms thereof, the impact of the acquisition on the Company, the strategic direction of the Company, and its goal of broadening its portfolio of interests in innovative companies. Such forward-looking statements may, without limitation, be preceded by, followed by, or include words such as “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “intends”, “plans”, “continues”, “project”, “potential”, “possible”, “contemplate”, “seek”, “goal”, or similar expressions, or may employ such future or conditional verbs as “may”, “might”, “will”, “could”, “should” or “would”, or may otherwise be indicated as forward-looking statements by grammatical construction, phrasing or context. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking information is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the management of Victory Square. Although Victory Square believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because Victory Square can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release. Victory Square disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws. The Canadian Securities Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release and accepts no responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy hereof.

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Blockchain and Social Media | A Match Made in Heaven?

Social media platforms of the new future will be very different from what we have today, that is if the current trends are to sustain. Social networking is not an old phenomenon. It has picked up in the last two decades. At the dawn of the internet, as it started to gain mainstream adoption in the early 90s, the only thing we could do was view information and send messages via email. Later on, as the decade progressed, online search started to become a big thing, and later microblogging caught on, albeit at a small scale.

Instead of just viewing information, the idea of sharing and forming platforms started to grow. America Online (AOL) could be viewed as heralding this era when it enabled the creation of member profiles that were searchable. Nonetheless, major strides in social networking were not made until after the dot com bubble burst in 2000. The new era of social networking sites began. Friendster was launched in 2002, then Myspace in 2003, LinkedIn also in 2003, and Facebook in 2004. Even Google launched Orkut, a social networking site, in 2004. It has since shut it down.

Facebook and Myspace became the two leading social networking sites until Facebook dominated. Facebook specifically did a few things differently from Myspace that worked—starting by targeting university students, understanding its core product value, etc.—and these things eventually allowed it to increase engagement and capitalize on ads.

Later came Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat—all with one core idea—giving a platform for people to share their daily life experiences. User-generated content became the main thing. To monetize the platforms, the only viable model was through allowing companies to place ads while people used the service for free. As people generated more content, engagement grew. As time went by, more customer data was being analyzed and tracked in order to give better ad placement than TV and other traditional platforms could offer.

This has been the dominant model for social media platforms, but major problems have arisen from this model.

Hacking and data leaks have been a huge problem, perhaps the most concerning. Facebook allows third-party developers to create applications that work on Facebook’s platform. Recently, we learned about how this has been abused, exposing users’ records, names, passwords, comments, etc. It started with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. LinkedIn also had a password breach.

Too many ads can lead to a bad customer experience. Many social media companies, in a bid to increase revenue, found more ways to customize ads. The length of time a person stays on a platform became the main metric, and all efforts have been done to increase staying time. The centralized control of social media companies means that they optimize for engagement and ease of use in order to make better targeting for advertisers. Sometimes this comes at the expense of users.

Even with increased staying time, the majority of the value generated accrues to the platforms themselves and not the users who are the creators of the content.

Fake accounts, spamming, and bots are also becoming a menace for current social media platforms. For example, Facebook recently said that in the first quarter of 2019, it had removed 2.2 billion fake accounts. That is a high figure, even though Facebook says it is able to flag fake accounts within minutes of registering. In addition, how to manage privacy in an ad-based model is still a challenge.

Finally, there’s online harassment and hate speech. This has always been a problem but has especially become so in the last few years. The only way a user can really deal with this is by reporting the account; beyond that, the jury is still out on how best to solve the issue of online harassment and hate speech.

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It Started with Bitcoin

The launch of bitcoin in 2009 sought to change the way we view and use money. Satoshi outlined the vision of a decentralized, censorship-resistance internet-based money. Bitcoin has acted as a currency and medium of exchange, enabling borderless mechanisms to store and exchange value. The idea is to reduce centralized control and the single point of failure, which can be prone to manipulation and locks out many, especially those in countries with failing monetary regimes and a lack of ways to transfer value cheaply across national borders. This aspect of decentralized networks has caught on and is now being extended beyond money to other areas.

Ethereum later came in 2015, introducing the idea of a platform to build and launch decentralized applications. Hundreds of use cases have evolved from here: fundraising (ICOs), prediction markets, data storage, etc.

Social media is one of the use cases. As outlined above, some of the major challenges of existing social networks can be solved by decentralized networks if they work as envisioned.

  1. Reduce powerful corporations controlling huge chunks of data;
  2. Deal with problems of bots and fake accounts;
  3. Incentivize good behavior through tokens—this could reduce spamming/trolling;
  4. Enable contributors to earn based on the content they share;
  5. A payment system.

Let’s look at some of the existing projects trying to solve the problems currently plaguing social media.

Steemit

Steemit was an early blockchain startup that showcased how the technology could be used to benefit content creators. As a decentralized alternative to platforms like Reddit, users are able to create accounts and start posting content. When it becomes popular, they earn Steem tokens.

This way, spam content is eliminated. Users can exchange tokens with other cryptocurrencies or fiat on exchanges. Started in 2016, it has now amassed 1 million users. However, it has not yet achieved scale to rival any of the existing social media platforms.

Voice

Block.one, the company behind the EOS cryptocurrency, announced on the first anniversary of EOS mainnet on June 1, 2019, that it was launching a social media platform called Voice.

The information available from the launch says that the platform will seek to eliminate bots through a special authentication process when onboarding users. If successful, that would eliminate one of the main challenges of managing fake accounts and bots on traditional social media.

The Voice token will be at the center of the network whereby users receive Voice tokens based on the content they share and by collecting likes. The token cannot be obtained in any other way, such as mining, but only through the platform, and it can be spent promoting users’ own posts.

Facebook’s Libra

Even the existing social media platforms such as Facebook are realizing that this is not a passing façade.

Facebook first came out in support of blockchain in 2018 when its CEO said that they were looking into blockchain as possible solutions for their privacy woes. Later in December 2018, it has heavily been reported by various new platforms such as Bloomberg that, finally, Facebook is launching its own cryptocurrency, Libra. The announcement came on June 18, 2019. and Libra is expected in 2020.

Libra is to be in the form of a stablecoin for facilitating payments on Facebook’s platforms. According to the whitepaper, the project is a collaboration of 27 other partners which form the Libra Association; each partner contributes $10 towards the project and hosts a node. Facebook formed Calibra, which is to be Facebook’s own representative in the Libra Association. David Marcus, head of Calibra, says that members are expected to grow to 100 by the time the launch.

Libra is meant to facilitate payments across the world. Facebook would benefit by enabling its 2.2 billion users to have a way to make payments easily and cheaply. Further down the line, Libra could be used to enable users to pay for ads on the platform.

Nonetheless, Facebook has received a lot of backlash from lawmakers in both Washington and Europe. Reports also indicate that China could launch its own version to compete with Libra.

This is not the first time Facebook has experimented with digital tokens, having launched Facebook credits in 2009 to enable users to purchase items such as games on the site before terminating the project after it failed to gather traction. However, with the rise of cryptocurrency tokens, could this social media platform have now found a way?

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Telegram

Telegram, the messaging platform, is also building the TON, or Telegram Open Network, which will enable users to undertake e-commerce.

Telegram raised $1.7 billion in 2018, making it one of the biggest ICOs ever. In February this year, The Block reported that the project was 90% complete and would be launched in Q3 of 2019.

Telegram aims to launch GRAM, the native token powering the TON. To add to messaging, the TON is expected to enable payments via GRAM, a decentralized marketplace, and peer-to-peer file hosting as explained in its technical whitepaper. The project is speculated to be in testing mode currently, and more details will be availed when the project is fully launched later this year.

With 200 million monthly users already, the launch of TON could radically change messaging as Telegram is already one of the most widely used non-blockchain based messaging platforms, particularly for ICOs, mainly because of its privacy features. If TON is successful, this could solve the monetization challenge of the platform, since the founder Pavel Durov has publicly said that Telegram will never allow ads as a method of monetization.

From Now On

For the majority of the new and upcoming blockchain-based social media platforms, incentivizing good behavior, payment channels, and rewarding users for sharing content seems to be the core tenets of blockchain-influenced social media.

Until now, the only viable way to make money by being on social media as a user has been growing a following or fan base to high numbers, having some level of influence, and then endorsing or sponsoring products through which the user can earn a commission based on set metrics.

However, for the majority of the remaining users, there is no incentive not to troll, spam, and so forth. With tokens, the idea is to reward those who spend more on the platform, sharing updates, pictures, stories, and the like. Social media giants such as Facebook have come under pressure for generating billions of dollars in ad revenue based on content created by users while users do not benefit directly. Native platform tokens could unlock this problem. The extent to which this will work remains to be seen, but at the core, it challenges the fundamentals of how not only social media but also by extension, the internet has been built so far.

Privacy, payments, and control over data seem to be at the core of how the future of social media is going to work.

Time will tell.

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Blockchain Supply Market

Blockchain Supply Market to Grow to $9 Billion

Blockchain supply is poised to become a multi-billion dollar market. A study by market research firm Allied Markey Research indicates the size of the market could reach highs of $9 billion by 2025, representing an 80% growth from 2018 levels.

Key Growth Drivers

Blockchain is the underlying technology that powers an array of decentralized digital assets, key among them being Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Increased usage of the technology to enhance transparency and improved security in supply chains is one of the catalysts fuelling the blockchain supply market.

The retail sector, which is in dire need of supply chain solutions that are able to ensure efficiency as well as increased security levels, will be the biggest contributor to the total market size. Healthcare is another sector in dire need of supply chain solutions that ensure high levels of security, poised to have a significant impact on the market size.

Manufacturing, food, and beverage industries also remain well positioned to be one of the biggest contributors to the blockchain supply market. The aerospace and automotive sectors also continue to absorb a good amount of blockchain solutions with the blockchain market poised to hit highs of $20 billion by 2029.

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 Growth By Region

Allied Markey Research has also pointed out that North America remains the most advanced market when it comes to blockchain infrastructure and technology adoption. However, the Asia Pacific region is not lagging far behind as it continues to register one of the highest growth rates at 90.4% in the blockchain supply market.

Spending in blockchain innovations, as well as research and development, is poised to hit highs of $2.9 billion by the end of the year. Most of the spending will go towards manufacturing and distribution services at $653 million and $642 million respectively.

Increased spending on the blockchain does not come as a surprise. The technology has so far proved to be reliable in enhancing security when it comes to transfer and storage of data in addition to ensuring high levels of privacy given the decentralization aspect.

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