B21 acquires funding from CCIX Global

Digital Asset Investment Company B21 Announces Funding from CCIX Global

(via Blockchain Wire)

Digital asset investment company B21C Limited announced today that it has completed financing from global investment firm CCIX Global (HK) Limited in the form of equity and tokens.

CCIX Global founder Vishal Uttam will be joining the B21 board, taking an active role in strategy and investor relations. “Vishal’s extensive experience at CCIX Global with early stage startups and in the Fintech domain will help drive B21’s position as a market leader and represents the next step in fulfilling our mission to bring digital asset investing to the mainstream,” said B21’s founder, Nitin Agarwal.

B21C Limited is the company behind crypto investing app B21 Invest launched earlier this year. B21 aims to provide a simple experience for both first time and existing retail investors by enabling easy access to cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ether, EOS and other digital assets. The fully regulated and custodial investment app enables users to keep their funds secured without the hassle and complexity of private key management.

This solution features investment tools designed to appeal to a global mass market and allows users to effortlessly buy, sell, trade and manage their crypto assets  all through a user-friendly and intuitive mobile app. The interface enables easy monitoring and rebalancing of portfolios, along with the ability to liquidate positions in just a few taps.
With the recent announcement of PayPal offering crypto services, the digital asset industry is poised to head towards mass adoption; with prominent businesses and financial institutions entering the space. This has also led to market demand for retail investment products such as B21 Invest.

The CCIX Global investment is a reflection of B21’s extensive team experience in Fintech. Further on, the B21 roadmap includes the addition of international payment cards for easy withdrawal of funds and simplified DeFi investment products along with other investment options.

“B21 Invest sets a new standard for ease-of-use, flexibility, and features that the market desperately needs. Payment cards, staking rewards, and other alternative investment assets in the pipeline truly make it the one-stop shop solution for retail investors,” says Vishal Uttam, founder at CCIX Global. “I have worked extensively with the team and look forward to seeing how this winning combination of sophisticated tech and a brilliantly simple interface will continue to grow and evolve the industry.”

B21 Invest users can invest via ACH transfers, wire transfers, or payment cards like Visa and Mastercard on the B21 Invest app, B21 Invest available in 65 countries via the App Store and Google Play.

About B21

B21 offers the simplest way to invest in and manage crypto asset portfolios. Our solution provides next generation investment tools designed to appeal to a growing international market. It allows users to simply buy, sell, trade and manage their crypto assets, all through a user-friendly and intuitive interface. The B21 Invest app is operated by Digital Software Solutions Inc. under exclusive license from B21C Limited. Asset custodial accounts are provided by PrimeTrust. For more information, visit b21.io.

About CCIX

CCIX Global, Inc. is a global investment management firm providing sought-after access to best-in-class and top decile investment opportunities for individual and institutional investors. A valued partner in pursuing investment success in a tech-powered economy, CCIX Global is focused on the rapidly evolving digital asset and technology sectors. Its areas of focus include: fintech, digital currency technology, and early stage investments. For more information, visit CCIX.global.

B21 Monthly Update

B21 Monthly Update November 2020

What have we been busy with?

Things have been pretty heated up at B21. While the tech team works on product updates, the marketing engine is also in full gear! Some of the very exciting updates that happened –

  1. Revamping our logo — To kick things up at B21, we started with revamping our logo. The new B21 logo has quickly gathered a lot of attention and love from the community!
  2. Release of B21 V2.0 — The registration flow of B21 Invest has been revamped completely to comply with global KYC standards and also keeping in mind a simplistic user experience.
  3. Announcing B21 Bishops — We are very excited to launch the B21 ambassador program — B21 Bishops”
    The primary objective of B21 Bishops will be to educate people about crypto assets as an investment option along with spreading the word about B21 Invest. More details can be found in the blog: https://medium.com/b21official/announcing-b21-bishops-program-fa13f50b8627
  4. Invest using Credit/Debit Card — We understand that taking this feature down for some time was a problem for many of you. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience it might have caused. But today, we are very excited to announce that purchase of cryptocurrencies using credit and debit cards has been enabled again on the B21 platform. This time, with improvements and even better service!
  5. B21 International card — Now withdraw and spend your assets directly using your B21 card available in 3 types. Check the B21.app for more information!
B21 Bishops

Marketing

  1. Live AMA Sessions with Social Media Dissect — Our Founder, Nitin Agarwal attended a live AMA session hosted by Aleena Gandhi, Founder, and CEO of Social Media Dissect on October 2nd.
    https://medium.com/b21official/heres-the-recap-of-the-live-session-with-the-social-media-dissect-team-on-october-2nd-e581d6f07fa8
  2. Collaboration with Hustleshare Podcast — To spread awareness about crypto assets, we have collaborated with a leading podcast from the Philippines, Hustleshare.
    Catch B21 Co-founder, Nitin Agarwal in an exclusive interview this December where he talks about how leading institutions are investing in crypto assets.

What’s next?

Never stop Building!

This month we have some very exciting announcements, so Stay Tuned!

  1. Exchange Listing — As promised to the community, B21 Token will now be finally available to trade on a major exchange. We will announce the listing very soon, so keep an eye out on our social media channels!!
  2. Staking — B21 Users will now benefit from holding cryptos on their B21 wallet. Along with the returns on your asset price, you will also receive interest on your holdings.
  3. B21 DeFi Invest — Decentralised Finance is an area promising good returns. We are working to simplify this and present it.
B21 Listing on Exchanges

We absolutely love all the feedback you have mailed us. We hope you continue to enjoy using the B21 app. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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Recap of Live Session with Social Media Dissect

Recap of Live Session with Social Media Dissect

Here’s the recap of the Live Session with the Social Media Dissect team on October 2nd. The session was hosted by Aleena Gandhi, founder and CEO of Social Media Dissect with Nitin Agarwal, Founder of B21 Invest as the Guest.

Introduction :

Aleena — We have Nitin Agarwal today who is the founder of B21 Invest. He is a Fintech and Crypto product specialist. co-inventor of crypto linked debit cards, issued over 1M accounts in 70 countries. He is also specialized in money in and out at PayPal. He has Build wallets for Telefonica and Reliance.

AMA Session:

Aleena — In layman’s term, could you tell us what B21 does and how the idea came about?

Nitin — Initially it seems difficult for a person to understand crypto but once you start involving in it, things become easy for you thereafter. At B21 we are trying to enable the easiest way of getting involved in Crypto by starting with a small amount of Rs. 2000. We made B21 Invest really simple to make people like you and me invest in Crypto.

Aleena — Who do you think is the right audience for B21?

Nitin — I think anyone who invests should look at Crypto as an asset class. If you keep your money in a bank account or if you keep your money in your fixed deposit, to you invest your money in shares/stocks, you can look at this as well. So I would encourage the ones who are thinking of investing to Start Early. If you’re a college student, then you can take some risk, save some money, and invest. Anyone who is looking to learn more about this technology should invest because once get involved in it you get to learn more about it, and you start growing alongside. We’ve seen younger people, older people, housewives all investing a small amount because it is only Rs. 2000 to start. Don’t think about the day when you will invest, instead make this your first day in investing.

Aleena — What is the first step when you somebody are looking to invest?

Nitin — The first step is to know about it by doing some research and there are a lot of resources available over the internet to help you with that.

Aleena — What is your take on Crypto trading in India considering there is so much news of Crypto Ban going around?

Nitin — The first misconception Indian people have is that the Crypto is Banned in India, which is not the case. The government did put a ban a few years back restricting people to invest in Crypto but then in March this year Supreme Court ruled it out by saying that banning Crypto investment means not encouraging innovation. Looking at other major countries like the US, UK, and some Asian countries, they have started regulating this and they are bringing laws to bring more clarification to the investors.

Aleena — If I invest in Crypto using B21 and if India bans tomorrow then what happens to my money?

Nitin — So we are holding the Crypto on your behalf which means you can easily sell it whenever you want to and then withdraw the money to your bank account. At B21 invest, we hold crypto assets in a custodial wallet minimizing the risk.

Aleena — Where should I start to invest?

Nitin — Invest Small, invest regularly and diversify. Start with the small amount and don’t put all the money in one place, distribute them among the top coins. At B21 Invest, you can invest in 6 coins in one go. The last thing is since nobody can time the market, so invest a small amount regularly.

Aleena — Who are the custodians? Are they regulated? Assets are they kept in India or outside India?

Nitin — Our custodians are Prime Trust, regulated in the US. They are among the top ones and Major big names are using them too.

Aleena — What exactly is the mining of Cryptocurrency and how does it affect the market conditions?

Nitin — Bitcoin has a finite supply meaning there will be only 21 million bitcoins in the world. Currently, around 18.5 million bitcoins have been mined. There are two things when it comes to answering on mining — how a new Bitcoin comes and secondly how a transaction is verified? So generating new coins and verifying a transaction is done by a process called mining, the term is similar to gold mining. The mining means that you’re putting the resources of your computer and running software to mine a new coin and to verify the transaction that has happened between two parties.

Aleena — With cybercrime on the rise, how secured is Cryptocurrency?

Nitin — The first thing that is stolen during a cybercrime is the identity of the person. Can a bank or any social media network be hacked, yes it’s possible but can a decentralized network that has hundreds and thousands of computers be hacked together, practically not possible. As a network, the bitcoin blockchain is safe but for a user, it is possible that they can lose their personal data.

Aleena — How are my gains taxed when I invest on B21? is it possible to save tax by investing regularly on B21?

Nitin — When you make gains on your crypto investment, you can declare tax similar to how you would do it for any other asset, by classifying it as a short-term or the long-term investment.

Aleena — Crypto is risky, Is it regulated in India?

Nitin — There are risks involved with Crypto just like with any other asset! It is very new when it comes to the Indian market, so there is no regulation as of now. But lack of regulation enables innovation sometimes, so let’s not think only about legalization, we don’t know when it can come, it can happen tomorrow or in a week, or in a month or it can take years as well.

Aleena — What percentage of my investments would you recommend in Cryptocurrencies as a beginner in Crypto?

Nitin — Manage your risks, think about your needs, don’t put a big amount in the start instead start small, and once you gain confidence, invest more!

Aleena — When will it be possible to trade with B21 tokens?

Nitin — We are working on this right now! Probably by the end of October, we might enable the users to trade with the B21 token.

Aleena — How tech-savvy one should be to invest using the B21 Invest? Do we need to know the terms such as wallet keys, gas fees, etc?

Nitin — The answer is NO! These terms are still unknown to common people, and with B21 Invest they don’t need to worry about knowing such terms.

Aleena — Why the KYC verification on the B21 app mandatory?

Nitin — It is the right way to do it! If you want a fully custodial wallet where you can store your assets then you have to go through it!

Aleena — What will be the added value for consumers for using cryptos over the current digital means of payment?

Nitin — The added advantage is cost, there is no middleman and speed. So if somebody wants to send some money overseas they can process it quickly without any middleman and by paying a small fee.

Aleena — How small can anyone invest using B21?

Nitin — On B21 Invest, you can start investing with just Rs. 2000 in 6 coins, creating a portfolio choosing what percentage you want to add for every coin.

Aleena — Is Bitcoin a source of long-term investment?

Nitin — It’s better to think about the long-term as one can never time the market.

Aleena — Will NFTs be on the B21 app?

Nitin — Yes, it’s a work in progress! People will soon see that on B21 Invest.

We would like to thank Aleena Gandhi for hosting such a lovely session, and also to everyone for taking the time out to attend this.

As we keep getting questions from our community, we look forward to conducting more such sessions to answer them. We will keep updating the future webinars on all our Social Channels, so don’t forget to follow us.

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B21 Monthly Update October 2020

Monthly Update September 2020

What have we been busy with ?

  • Integration of B21 Cards-
    • Now shipping Globally!
      One of the most demanded features since B21’s launch was the B21 International Card. We are very excited to announce that we have launched 4 different B21 International Cards that we can ship globally! At present, we’re taking preorders and the Beta test cards are getting shipped next week.
    • Our team has worked extremely hard with multiple providers for many months to bring the best cards in the market for our B21 family. Within one week of our card launch, we have already started to get pre-orders for the cards!
    • You can choose and order from 4 available International cards (based on the transactional limit) on your B21 mobile app!
    • With your B21 International card, you can withdraw and spend from your crypto portfolio anytime, easily, and without any hassle of transferring the funds to your bank account. Simple. Convenient.
    • More details to follow!
  • We believe that with the recent integration of the Crypto Deposit feature in B21 and with the added functionality of spending your cryptos with the B21 card, you will get a unified platform – to keep a track of your crypto portfolio and withdraw anytime you want to! 


Marketing 

  • Collaboration with Hustleshare Podcast – We have collaborated with Hustleshare, a top Business Podcast in the Philippines that features the journeys of startup founders, business leaders, and unique hustlers. The listeners of the podcast are early-stage startup founders, businessmen, top managerial people, and people in the creative writing or designing field.
    https://www.b21.io/hustleshare/


What’s next?

Never stop Building! B21 team is on a mission to keep on improving the features and bring more interesting functionalities to our B21 family.

  • Stake and earn rewards on your portfolio deposits – This is one of the features that we have been constantly talking about and we are in the final stages of integrating it on the mobile app. Very soon, you will be able to stake all other coins in your portfolio and earn rewards on them.
  • Improvements in the Registration flow  – Keeping in mind our global audience, we have completely redesigned the registration process and KYC flow on the B21 app. It is such a major upgrade that our tech team is calling it “Registration V2.0”. We are extremely excited about it and will soon announce all the updates on our social media handles
  • “B21 bishops”, a reward program for B21 ambassadors – While conducting webinars and live sessions, we realised that the biggest power we had was our community and now to curate a much wider global presence for B21, we have launched B21 Bishop program. Anyone can be a part of this program to earn exclusive rewards, merchandises by spreading the word about B21.
  • B21 – Your Gateway to DeFi?
    Yes something is cooking ! 🙂

As always, your valuable suggestions are always welcome. Do not forget to follow our social media handles for regular updates! 

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Investment for Passive Income

Recap of Live AMA Session held on September 22nd

Here’s a little recap of our Live Session on “Investing for Passive Income” held on September 22nd. The webinar was hosted by Nitin Agarwal, Founder of B21 Invest.

AMA Session:

Q — While investing in Crypto, what is your strategy? Can you share some of your experiences?

A — I am a believer in Crypto and I believe that it is the next asset class. So, while I have kept some of my money in safety instruments but the rest of the money I do invest it in Crypto keeping it for the long-term. I look at the price and buy the coins if there’s an opportunity but I don’t’ buy and sell it frequently meaning I do not trade.

Q — How to invest in Crypto?

A — It is very easy to invest in Crypto. There are many platforms available including B21 where you can go and invest easily. It’s better to start investing small.

Q — Harshit: Is it good to hold crypto for long as in more than 2 years?

A — That’s how I would do it. In a shorter period of time, the prices always go up and down but if you look for a longer horizon, it is going be the winner.

Q — Golden Janek: Old Solid Coins or New Coins, your suggestions?

A — It would be best to do your own research by looking at the project, the team, know your strategy, and then invest. Coming to me, I look at the older ones, I hold them for a longer period of time, and because I like to support the ecosystem so I do try to play on shorter ones as well.

Q — Bharat Ogirala: Based on your experience, where do you foresee Bitcoin going in the next 2 years?

A — I think in 2 years, we’ll see more and more businesses and individuals using Crypto as an asset class, it will be also be used as a transactional currency.

Q — Shivangi Khanna​: Staking how does it work on B21?

A — On B21, staking is coming very soon. We are building to help you stake the entire portfolio in one go, it is going to come in a few weeks and we hope to do a Live Demo session when that happens.

Q — Janek: Are investment platforms safe to keep crypto?

A — There are many platforms for that, it’s better to do your own research and then keep your assets in the place where you trust.

Q — With B21, can I diversify my portfolio? Some in Stocks, some in MF, some in crypto?

A — That is exactly where we are going. Today on B21, you can do it in crypto only that too in different types of Crypto, it does take time to build that but we are for the investors’ community and we’re building a place where you can in the future invest in Crypto, Mutual Funds, stocks and more.

Q — Manoj: How are Crypto and DeFi expected to transform business in the future?

A — It is bringing more competition in the financial space. Banks are becoming creative, regulators are becoming creative and it is going to be easy to invest slowly and steadily.

Q — Which is better, SIP or Mutual Fund?

A — The basics of investing says that you one can never time the market, so you should always invest in a diversified portfolio and invest regularly.

Q — Parth: SIP on B21?

A — Yes, it is a work in progress. Stay Tuned!

Q — Sagar Sarda: Are you planning to bring Mutual Funds as well on the B21 app? Can we get one platform that will let us invest across all asset classes available to invest on earth?

A — That is exactly what our mission is. We are building step by step, we have cryptos right now, we’re working on Mutual Fund, global share, and various other asset classes. So, we are looking to build a place that will enable you to invest in several assets.

Q — Boris: Why staking interest is higher on Stable coins like USDT?

A — The reason behind this is the people are borrowing more USDT right now because I think in a stable coin world, USDT is the most paired and has a larger trading volume even more than the Bitcoin.

Q — Anuj Singh: Will B21 be simplifying investing in DeFi?

A — Yes, we are working on bringing the DeFi projects very soon.

Q — Anuj Singh: When B21 is coming live on exchanges?

A — Very Soon, but at present, we are focusing more on the product and bringing more users to the platform.

Q — Aman Gangawani: How can crypto be converted to common monetary incomes?

A — It is very simple. You can invest in crypto, and earn staking rewards on certain platforms. You can see it on the B21 app, and it is easy to convert your crypto to fiat on the platform.

We look forward to conducting more such live sessions and will keep updating about it on all our Social Channels, so don’t forget to follow us!

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July 2020 Update (12)

What is the B21 token?

B21 token is an Ethereum based ERC20 token that forms the base of all transactions, fees, and rewards on the B21 mobile app. You will be able to buy B21 tokens directly on your mobile app and hold it to enjoy exclusive benefits.

What utility does it serve?

  • Different utility tokens have different functionality based on the nature of the project and the B21 token also serves a purpose by forming the base of all transactions, fees, and rewards on the B21 mobile app.
  • B21 token gives exclusive rewards to users –
    • VIP Account — You can become a VIP member by holding 300 B21 tokens in your wallet. By becoming a VIP member, you can enjoy low fees while buying and selling crypto coins on the B21 app.

How to buy B21 tokens?

  • At present, you can buy B21 tokens on the B21 app using your credit card/debit card, bank transfer, and other local payment methods based on your location.
  • You can also earn B21 tokens as a reward on the B21 app –
  1. Sign Up Reward — Complete your profile and you will earn a $2 signup reward.
  2. Welcome Bonus — Earn B21 tokens worth $5 as a welcome bonus on your first investment of $50. Also, on every next investment of $100, earn a $5 reward.
  3. Refer and earn — Refer your friends to try out the B21 app and both you and your friend will earn $2 on successful registration.

What’s more with B21 token in future?

  • Listing B21 token on Exchange — We are talking to some of the top tier exchanges and will soon announce on this
  • B21 Card — Very soon, you will be able to use the B21 International Card to spend your cryptos anywhere

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B21 Invest August Update 2020

B21 Invest — Monthly Update August 2020

The current crypto market is bringing new opportunities with the rise of DeFi projects. According to a very popular website defipulse.com, there is $8.24 Billion total value locked in the current DeFi landscape. We covered the basics of DeFi in our latest AMA.

What have we been busy with?

We have integrated a very exciting feature on the B21 Mobile app — Crypto Deposits!

Now you will be able to bring your crypto purchased from any other platform/exchange to your B21 account.

This will give the users two benefits –

  1. These already purchased assets will be included in your B21 portfolio in a single place and you can keep a track of how your portfolio is performing directly on your B21 dashboard
  2. Crypto to Fiat conversions directly to your bank account

The video at the bottom will explain to you the steps on how to deposit your cryptos in your B21 app. We have also added a feature by which you can add the price of the deposited asset along with the date of purchase.

Marketing

With a mission to expand the B21 family even further and answer all the queries the new crypto investors have, the B21 team has decided to conduct continuous Webinars and Live sessions. We conducted two such sessions in the month of August and the response was overwhelming!

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You can find a quick recap of our AMA in this medium article — B21 AMA Recap

What’s next?

We are working on to further improve the user experience of the B21 app. Some of the features we are working on –

  • Further revamping the signup and KYC process — We received a lot of feedback from the B21 users and we are redesigning the signup and KYC process completely to make it further accessible.
  • Country ambassadors — We are appointing B21 ambassadors in different parts of the world to help us promote and expand the B21 family even further. With this, we will integrate more local payment methods for these countries.
  • UPI withdrawals for Indian users
  • Partnerships with more wealth management firms and family offices

As always, your valuable suggestions are always welcome. Do not forget to follow our social media handles for regular updates!

Demo of the Week – Crypto Deposit using B21 App

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