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  4. E27 writes:
  5. https://e27.co/improved-trust-social-connections-blockchain-can-improve-b2b-relationships-says-tradove-ceo-kent-yan-20171220/
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  7. “With improved trust and social connections, blockchain can improve B2B relationships, says TraDove CEO Kent Yan
  8. Lack of personal connection is the first missed opportunity to build trust between two parties
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  10. TraDove is not your typical ICO or blockchain based company. With over 250,000 corporate buyers and sellers from over 100 countries, TraDove is another example of an established company deciding to launch a token sale to help fuel growth and awareness.
  11. The idea behind TraDove stems from CEO Kent Yan’s frustration with international trade. Yan’s experience is heavily focused in China, helping large corporates source products and services. This experience led to the realization that doing international trade is difficult and poses many challenges. To solve this, TraDove was formed to authenticate, vet, and review buyers and sellers with the use of smart contracts to execute safe B2B global interactions.
  12. I caught up with Kent in the middle of his token sale preparation to learn more about the current state of the business, how he got started, his personal interests and learn a few key business tips.
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  14. 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business philosophy
  15. I am an MIT graduate with a Masters in Science in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. My business specialties are technology, business and finance. What sets me a part from a lot of people is my willingness and guts to take risks and chase that 1 per centopportunity. That feeling of taking on big challenges to potentially make a dent in this world is what motivates me.
  16. I also love working with people. Both the good and the bad. Talking to 100 people and being turned down by 99 only to have one person say yes is a great achievement. I learned early on to never take no for an answer. Being resilient is very important. You have to break the hurdles on the road to your vision and be flexible enough achieve the goal. Persistence is the key.
  17. 2. What are your three key attributes?
  18. I am low-key, humble and accessible. I also value loyalty a lot.
  19. 3. What was your inspiration behind TraDove? How did it all begin?
  20. I was helping US companies like Anheuser-Busch, Anderson Windows and Constellation Brands with sourcing manufacturing from China. During this process, I quickly found out that there are big problems in B2B.
  21. 4. What are some of these problems? Can you elaborate?
  22. First, people do not see each other, even if your partners are in the same town. This lack of personal connection is the first missed opportunity to build trust between two parties.
  23. Second, B2B is not transparent. It’s very hard to validate and qualify a good buyer or supplier. You can read what you find on the internet, but there is not a central network where these buyers and suppliers can be rated and vetted.
  24. Third, there is a lack of trust, especially in international trade. How can I make sure that I get paid for the goods and services I deliver? Given the cross-border nature of the industry, it is very easy to find yourself in a tough spot.
  25. As a result, I came up with this idea to create a business-oriented social network to connect corporate buyers, sellers and other partners together so they can find each other in clicks rather than weeks or months. This ultimately shortens due diligence time and allows for targeted company to company advertising. The goal is to build more trust in international trade.
  26. 5. How does TraDove look to solve this problem?
  27. We have built a B2B social network allowing corporate buyers and sellers to find each other within clicks rather than weeks or months. They can easily share knowledge, experience and opportunity:
  28. We validate each user to maintain the credibility of the business social network.
  29. People can provide references for people, products/services and companies so that data can be shared to shorten other people’s due diligence time.
  30. We use big data and AI to match buyers and sellers and place targeted ads.
  31. We use blockchain technology and our BBCoin to solve the trust problem in international trade and relieve the stress of dealing with local banks.
  32. 6. What challenges do you foresee in this mission?
  33. The biggest challenge will be building the user base as fast as possible. We have great corporate traction already, but given our ambition is a global platform, the scale will be key.
  34. 7. If there is one thing you could change in the industry, what would it be?
  35. Allowing business partners (e.g. buyers and sellers) to find each other quickly and more credibly and in both ways. Also, to make B2B more transparent and trustworthy. Even with large sourcing sites in Asia, the trust component is critical and frankly still lacking. You never know when a supplier could halt an order, a check could bounce, or any other unforeseen circumstance could severely impact your business operations. We are solving that.”
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  37. This is by far the most detailed article giving some solid info
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  39. CEO money site writes (11-dec-17):
  40. http://www.wfn1.com/interviews/radio-interviews/radio-archives/kent-yan-from-tradove-on-ceo-money/
  41. “Kent Yan
  42. Founder and CEO – TraDove Inc
  43. www.tradove.com/
  44. TraDove is the premier B2B social network. We make it fast, safe and easy for buyers and sellers around the world to connect.
  45. While social networking has become part of our lives, some sites suit our personal interests and others serve basic professional needs. Until now, no social network has been designed for B2B buyers and sellers.
  46. TraDove provides effective social-networking features – and an effective platform for B2B buying and selling.
  47. By removing barriers and providing opportunities in sourcing, importing, exporting, purchasing and beyond, TraDove is changing the way we do business one connection at a time.
  48. Spanning both local and global markets, TraDove operates with a commitment to help corporate buyers and sellers make deals.
  49. By focusing on what buyers and sellers need and providing a unique, effective platform, TraDove stands out as a global trade magnet where you can establish productive relationships at any moment.”
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  52. Forbes writes in their Blockchain startup round up for 2018
  53. https://www.forbes.com/sites/haroldstark/2017/12/12/keep-an-eye-on-these-blockchain-startups-throughout-2018/3/#2c83c4211b60
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  55. “TraDove
  56. While most of the blockchain startups on this list are consumer-oriented, TraDove is a business-ready blockchain protocol designed to facilitate international trade. This company is attempting to use ethereum-based smart contracts to solve the fundamental trust problem in business-to-business transactions. Every user on this platform is vetted and authenticated, allowing for transactions to take place in a safe, risk-free environment.”
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  60. Entrepreneur writes in their 3 Things entrepreneurs need to know about blockchain ;
  61. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/305984
  62. “Entrepreneurs can abstract this technological breakthrough and apply it to a number of pressing problems -- many of which stem from the foundational issue of human error. For instance, TraDove has applied the power of the blockchain to unlock corporate demand for a token-based business-to-business (B2B) marketing, sales, and trade platform. This is the first of many implementations that are likely to reach a wide scale.”
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  64. This is the only part where they mention TraDove.
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  67. Huffington post writes
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  70. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/10innovative-blockchain-startups-to-watch-in-2018_us_5a4bababe4b0d86c803c7995
  71.  about innovative blockchain startups but the article is deleted, however it’s still on tradove’s site.
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  75. Hackernoon in 6 interesting blockchain projects:
  76. https://hackernoon.com/6-interesting-blockchain-projects-8c315364ff7f
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  78. “2. TraDove
  79. TraDove wants to bring transparency and authenticity to the B2B enterprise space. They are effectively creating an intelligent platform to connect business partners via a social network. They use a public ledger to store and log service reviews, ensuring data health and quality. The business to business sales space is massive and crowded — it will be interesting to see how TraDove, along with other players in this space, evolve as consumer demand increases.”
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  81. So hacker noon puts it on the 2nd spot.
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  84. Coinwire:
  85. https://www.coinwire.com/tradove
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  88. Yahoo news writes in their article :
  89. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/improved-trust-social-connections-blockchain-improve-b2b-relationships-081555223.html
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  91. COPIED FROM E27!!!!
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  93. Inc writes:
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  95. https://www.inc.com/bill-carmody/4-revolutions-made-possible-by-blockchain-economy.html
  96. nothing explicitly about TraDove yet its linked on their site, IMO a bit strange
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  98. Video’s:
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  100. Video by CEO money channel interview with CEO of Tradove: (ending was really abrupt
  101. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubdi3ltaI9s
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  103. Their own video on their YT channel:
  104. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhVGtP2DRdw
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  106. ICO review by Simpy Everything channel: (kinda okay)
  107. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC110wDSI-w
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  109. Video by CRYPTOacademy: (kinda okay)
  110. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MXGJVkM57Y
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  112. Video by ICO central (one of the better ones, though he majorly mispronounces their name)
  113. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbBOyHThuuw
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  115. ICO price talk by some low subs guy: (not really interesting)
  116. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUuPKCZsGeU
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  118. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Miwkpdl8Mtg video with Richard Rosenberg CEO/Founder of BANK OF AMERICA
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  120. Team:
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  123. Kent J Yan
  124. Business, Finance, and General Management
  125. Former Founder and CEO at Braincess , international trade
  126. MS, MIT Electrical Engineering
  127. MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management
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  131. LinkedIn Profile
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  133.  
  134. Matt Ciantar
  135. Sales, Marketing and Business Development
  136. Director of Sales, UPS
  137. SVP, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, Brink's, Inc.
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  141. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattciantar/
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  144. Jian Zheng
  145. Blockchain Technology, AI, Product Development
  146. VGM, Tencent
  147. Director of Engineering, Alibaba
  148. Senior Engineering Manager, Yahoo
  149. MS, Computer Science, NYU
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  153. LinkedIn Profile
  154.  
  155. Igor Gustincic
  156. Sales and Business Development, Europe
  157. 20+ years of IT sales experience working with companies like Nestle, SITA, SGS, etc.
  158. BS, Univeriste Jean Moulin (Lyon III)
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  162. LinkedIn Profile
  163.  
  164. George Cheng
  165. Network, Security, Big Data and Cloud
  166. Devops, Cloudera
  167. Sr. IT Architect, Amazon/Alexa
  168. Lead System Admin, Salesforce.com
  169. MS, State U. of New York
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  173. LinkedIn Profile
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  175. Rick Roux
  176. Web Marketing, User Acquisition
  177. B2B Online Marketing Expert
  178. BA, University of Dallas Political Science
  179. 10+ Years Professional Web Marketing Experience
  180. LinkedIn Profile
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  183.  
  184. Jia Liu
  185. Mobile Development
  186. Engineer, Facebook
  187. IOS Engineer, Storm 8
  188. Software Engineer, Netscreen/Juniper
  189. MS, Computer Science, U. Arizona
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  194. LinkedIn Profile
  195.  
  196. Albert Wang
  197. User Experience and User Interface
  198. Lead UX Designer, LinkedIn
  199. Product Design Director, BloomReach
  200. Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design, Master of Design
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  204. LinkedIn Profile
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  206. SO overall a pretty nice team! Lots of experience
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  208. Investors & advisors:
  209. -Richard Rosenberg, Chairman & CEO of bank of America (Superstar)
  210. -Phil Duff, Former CFO Morgan Stanley (superstar)
  211. -Gerhard Schulmeyer, former CEO of Siemens (superstar)
  212. -Gary Cowger, former group VP of General Motors (superstar
  213. -Gordon Kaufman, Professor Emeritier (studied at Harvard)
  214. -Anastassia lauterbach, worked for tmobile & qualcomm
  215. -Mike Honda, Retired US congressman
  216. -Mario Rosati, cofounder Goodrich & Rosati
  217. -Xiongwen Lu, Dean of important school in China
  218.  
  219. NOTE: TraDove has raised ONLY $4M from these first class investors.
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  221. About the project:
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  223. They use an ERC-20 based token, named BBCoin. Their focus is on the business-to-bussiness market (B2B). They want to bring trust back in business social networks. LinkedIn has a lot of fake accounts, they want to stop this. Buyers and Sellers will be authenticated. Fully transparent market. AI technology is used to match buyers and sellers. Using latest blockchain technology.  Targeted product & service advertising. BBCoin will also be used as payment for international trade. The company has already a working platform 250,000 corporate users from over 100,000 companies, the numbers are still growing. 200 Global Fortune 1000 companies use Tradove. 5 Years in operation. Active in more than 80 countries.
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  225. ICO:
  226. The first phase sale raised 8,000,000.
  227. Now we’re in the second phase.
  228. The 2nd phase ends 31 jan. 2018
  229. List price: 0.16 USD.
  230. Presale price: 0.12 USD.
  231. Soft cap: 2,000,000
  232. Hard cap: 52,000,000 (a bit high IMO)
  233. MIn. Order 240$
  234. BTC, ETH or Fiat.
  235. Before and on January 10th: 30% bonus
  236. After January 10th and before and on January 20th: 20% bonus
  237. After January 20th and before and on January 31st: 10% bonus
  238. Large amount bonus:
  239. Contribution above and equal to: USD48,000: 30% bonus.  
  240.  
  241. Links:
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  243. Website:
  244. https://bbcoin.tradove.com
  245.  
  246. Whitepaper:
  247. https://bbcoin.tradove.com/doc/TraDove%20Global%20B2B%20Token%20Offering%20White%20Paper.pdf
  248.  
  249. One pager:
  250. https://bbcoin.tradove.com/doc/TraDove_BBcoin_1-pager.pdf
  251.  
  252. ICObench
  253. https://icobench.com/ico/tradove
  254.  
  255. Very interesting thread: (supposedly its fake and supposedly Kent Yang joins the convo)
  256. https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2716214.20
  257.  
  258. Tradove linkedin
  259. https://www.linkedin.com/company/2061291/
  260.  
  261. TraDove Facebook:
  262. https://www.facebook.com/tradove/
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