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AlphaPoint Names New CEO, Plans for New Public Blockchain Network

Blockchain innovator AlphaPoint has announced plans to build a new public blockchain network that will enable users to digitize real-world assets and monetize them across new markets.  The network, dubbed the AlphaPoint Public Network (APN), will be the first public blockchain built based on Intel SGX technology. AlphaPoint will fund the project via a pre-functional token sale to accredited investors in early 2018.

AlphaPoint’s goal with the APN is to create a “confidential, high-performance public blockchain” that supports tokenization of real-world assets. The company differentiates its planned solution in three ways: (1) the ability to provide hardware-enforced confidentiality of asset data and smart contracts, (2) the ability to migrate tokenized assets across supported public and private blockchains, and (3) the use of JavaScript and TypeScript to simplify blockchain development.

The news marks the second time in as many months that AlphaPoint has put Intel’s Software Guard Extensions technology in the headlines. In October, AlphaPoint launched its trusted virtual machine, AlphaPoint TrustedVM, which is enabled by Intel SGX technology. “Our collaboration with AlphaPoint aims to deliver enterprise-ready blockchain solutions to the financial services community,” Intel’s Rick Echevarria said. “AlphaPoint is expanding blockchain use cases to include illiquid assets, art, collectibles, and real estate, and use of Intel SGX will help increase the security and privacy of those transactions.”

AlphaPoint also named a new Chief Executive Officer, Salil Donde. Donde previously served as EVP of Global Information Services at Nasdaq, where he was instrumental in launching numerous machine learning-based products, data products, indexes, and sponsored exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Donde was CEO and board member of Lewtan Technologies before moving to the Nasdaq in 2015. Previous to his tenure at Lewtan, he was CEO and board member of proptech firm Marshall & Swift/Boeckh (now a part of CoreLogic).

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in New York City, AlphaPoint demonstrated its AlphaPoint Distributed Ledger Platform (ADLP) at FinovateFall 2017. Last month Capital Trust Group and W Ventures (Hong Kong) choose AlphaPoint to provide the blockchain financial technology infrastructure for Trust City, a world exhibition and fintech hub in Thailand that is scheduled to be finished in 2020. In May, AlphaPoint unveiled its solution for initial coin offerings (ICOs), and in March, the company completed a blockchain trial with Scotiabank.