Simon Cheng, managing director of iBank Digital Asset, discusses conversions across ethereum and platforms like Amazon and Alibaba.
Simon Cheng, managing director of iBank Digital Asset, spoke with the Investing News Network (INN) about creating utility in the blockchain-based rewards market.
He explained that virtual currencies are aiming to provide real utility, and iBank Digital’s iCash platform is a place where users can leverage crypto through online purchases.
“Customers of iCash can go online to make purchases through Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) and vendors like TurboTax (NASDAQ:INTU), Kaspersky and TeamViewer, and they will receive iCash rewards in return,” Cheng told INN at the Extraordinary Future Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“It took us two years to set up the infrastructure, and now we’re connected,” he said.
The trouble for companies in the blockchain arena is creating utility with their tokens. “The misconception is that the producers of ERC 20 — or the utility tokens — don’t actually have a utility for the program,” Cheng explained.
Cheng noted that, as even as iBank has broadened its network of merchants, it has continued to focus on North American markets.
“We try to tell people, you can earn this reward and there is an actual conversion. You can convert to ethereum, and also there is a real utility where you make a purchase with our partners and actually get the rewards for it,” Cheng said.
As iBank expands, it too has developed partnerships with lending networks on its platform. “It can collateralize their cryptocurrency and lend money against it through our ecosystem,” he said.
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