MODERN FINANCE CHAIN
Disclaimer: This white paper does not constitute an offer or solicitation to sell securities or shares and is for informational purposes only. The MFX token is considered a utility tool built within blockchain technology. The MF Chain token (MFX) offering does not represent a stock or sale of securities; the MF Chain token does not grant equity or voting rights; the MF Chain token does not grant ownership rights directly or indirectly to the MF Chain company, it’s physical, virtual or intellectual properties; the MF Chain token does not grant a debt security and is not an instrument of debt; the MF Chain token does not pay a distribution, disbursement or interest payment to token holders. If any future offers become available they will be made through confidential and appropriate channels and follow all necessary legal requirements. In compliance with recent SEC announcements, MF Chain will not market to or accept contributions from any US citizen or resident.
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Additional Terms: Please read our token sale complete terms and conditions.
Modern Finance Chain (MF Chain) is building the future of cryptocurrency. By partnering with processors and merchants, MF Chain will build upon the value of zero merchant fees while offering innovative rewards for consumers and merchants. MF Chain is specifically designed to build value for all parties involved in merchant transactions. We are helping to build a digital economy where consumers will have the ability to buy products and services via any cryptocurrency. This is facilitated through the implementation of a collaborative platform that includes app developers who will find a supportive environment with multi-language compatibility and a library of smart contracts available for deployment.
Our roadmap includes the development and deployment of MF Mainnet, our independent public blockchain that uses a BFT/POS consensus model and a unique masternode incentivization protocol. Furthermore, MF Mainnet will allow for the development of enterprise level private blockchains, atomic swap cross-chain transactions, multi-blockchain integration, and a verified digital identity system. We believe that the future of blockchain technology isn’t irrevocably tethered to a native token, and MF Mainnet is built as a currency agnostic system that functions either with or without a tokenized economy. However, MF Mainnet also offers the flexibility of transacting with a variety of cryptocurrencies, i.e., BTC, LTC, NEO, ETH, etc., thus freeing ICOs from the limitations they encounter throughout the process of their initial launch.
MF Chain is building the future of blockchain which begins with our consumer-merchant payment solution and rewards program. Fundamentally, our goal is to expand cryptocurrency utility to the point of ubiquity. We are helping cryptocurrency reach beyond being merely an investment, trading or speculative tool. Consumers, merchants, and enterprises both large and small will now be able to capitalize on the convenience and security that cryptocurrency and blockchain provide.
CURRENT MERCHANT PAYMENT SYSTEMS MARKET
The global mobile payment market is projected to exceed $1 trillion by the year 2019. This projection is supported by a growing consumer preference for digital payment systems and the widespread increase of using mobile devices to pay for goods and services.1 There exist several key market drivers within the merchant and consumer payment systems market, each of which will be briefly discussed below.
Global E-Commerce is Rising
Worldwide e-commerce sales are on a steady increase. In 2017, e-commerce sales surpassed $2.2 trillion, and that number is expected to double and reach $4.5 trillion by 2021.2 In terms of total market share, e-commerce comprised approximately 10% of the total global retails sales in 2017 and is expected to grow by another 5.4% over the next three years.3 Thus, e-commerce is on a steady uptick with respect to total global retail sales.
Global E-Commerce Sales ($B USD)
Source: Statista, 2018
Amazon and Alibaba are currently the world’s largest e-commerce retailers with Amazon’s direct traffic exceeding 2 billion per month versus Alibaba’s 216 million. Notably, Amazon is ranked 19th in global traffic while Alibaba continues to climb upwards from being ranked as the 253rd most popular site worldwide.5 According to a 2017 PwC report, 56% of 24,000 global shoppers surveyed chose Amazon.com as their e-commerce retailer.6 Additionally, though global e-commerce includes both desktop and mobile shoppers, mobile is quickly becoming the predominant method for online purchases.7, 8
Merchant Incentives for the Consumer
Despite the two e-commerce behemoths dominance in the e-commerce marketplace, most consumers still prefer in-store shopping.9 There are, however, caveats to the in-store shopping preference. When surveyed by American Express in 2017, 79% of consumers who indicated they were more likely to make an in-store purchase also stated they would consider “purchasing online if free delivery was offered.”10
Additionally, 73% of the same surveyed population had made an online purchase within the last 12 months, and 75% would shop online if discounts were made available to them.11 Exclusive rewards would galvanize 50% of the respondents to make an online rather than an in-store purchase. Summarily, there are incentives that are more likely to shift consumers from the traditional brick and mortar experience and prompt them to make online purchases instead.
But, there is an additional influential factor for all retail sales (online and in-person). The availability and variety of fast and secure payment methods, including credit cards, debit cards, and digital payment methods such as PayPal and Apple Pay, are vital to ensuring a seamless consumer experience.
Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and Digital Payment Methods
As reported by Capgemini, the total global non-cash transactions were $522 billion in 2017, and this number is likely to reach $725 billion over the next two years.12 Emerging markets in Asia will drive most of the non-cash transaction growth; but other regions, i.e., Europe, North America, Latin America, and the CEMEA (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa) will contribute between 4% and 10% of the expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through the year 2020.13 Mobile payments will continue to rise at a CAGR of approximately 22% as supported by the increased proliferation of mobile devices and mobile payment applications.14
As such, cash is swiftly being dethroned as the “king” of payment methods and a survey conducted by TSYS supports the consumer transition from cash to credit and debit cards: 40% of the survey respondents reported that credit card were their main payment method, with 35% stating that debit cards were their go-to source for making purchases.15 Cash usage came in at only 11% but is up slightly from the 2014 figure of 9%.16
Consumer Payment Method Preference from 2013 to 2016
Source: TSYS 2016 U.S. Consumer Payments Study
There is another important detail to consider: debit cards are primarily used for “everyday transactions” such as buying food and paying bills.17 Meanwhile, consumers tend to use credit cards for larger purchases that “typically represent more discretionary spending,” i.e., holiday travel, dining at restaurants, and online shopping.18 However, considering that other digital payment systems, including PayPal and Apple Pay, require that users have either a bank card or their bank account linked to their system, the usage of credit and debit cards for specific purchases becomes more opaque.
PayPal and Apple Pay
PayPal’s digital payment system is one of the most widely known and currently has 227 million active registered user accounts worldwide.19 As of December 2017, 37% of North American retailers accept PayPal as a viable payment method for goods and services, with another 34% planning on adopting PayPal’s system within the next one to three years.20
Apple Pay is quickly gaining traction on the merchant side of transactions as well, with 37% of retailers stating they allow Apple Pay for consumer purchases, and an additional 40% are also likely to incorporate it into their payment system over the next three years.21 But, in the race for consumer appeal, Apple Pay isn’t as popular with consumers. Indeed, in a 2017 report issued by Market Force, 67% of the 6,500 banking customers who were polled for the survey chose PayPal as their number one choice for making digital payments. Apple Pay was chosen by only 39% of the respondents, which was a 5% decrease from 2016.22
Consumer Digital Payment Preferences 2016-2017
Source: TSYS 2016 U.S. Consumer Payments Study
As the number of alternative payment types has grown, traditional means of online payment, like credit cards, are on the downgrade as they are fighting with competition that offers higher user-friendliness, more security, and lower costs.23 As Koley reports, even though the virtual duopoly of Visa and MasterCard is still experiencing healthy growth rates (9.5% and 9.6%, respectively) and remains the preferred method for (offline) point-of-sale (POS) transactions, firms like JCB and UnionPay outperform them by far (growing 20.7% and 44.8%, respectively).24
This provides hints of altered consumer behavior including a perceived viable alternative to credit cards and a gradual change in the payment market.25 As previously discussed, PayPal, which was originally meant for facilitating eBay transactions, is now one of the major players in online payment.26 Additionally, new firms that are home to completely different industries than banking, like Google and Apple, offer solutions that have already gained an increasing level of user acceptance and dissemination among society and businesses alike.27
Market Analysis Summary
Suffice to say that digital payment acceptance is on the increase for both consumers and merchants. Yet, credit cards and debit cards continue to be the main methods for online and digital purchases. Certainly, as technology continues to evolve and wearables, contactless payment systems, blockchain-based payment systems and cryptocurrency begin to penetrate the market, disruptive transformations in merchant-consumer transactions protocols are imminent. There are, however, challenges with both current payment systems and the use of cryptocurrency as a method for peer-to-peer payments. The focal point of these concerns center on transaction cost and security.
TRADITIONAL PAYMENT SYSTEM CHALLENGES
High Transaction and Processing Fees
Rewards and discounts provide a powerful incentive for consumers. Indeed, as reported by TSYS, a majority of credit card users (59%) were more likely to select a credit card based on the type of rewards offered for using the card.28 Furthermore, cash back and discounts with specific merchants ranked the highest in terms of a credit card’s “usefulness.”29 There is a clear trend with consumers that primarily focuses on cost.
However, merchants are also intermediary consumers within the payment processing chain. Credit card processing fees vary depending on each link in the transaction flow, i.e., payment gateway, credit card processor, credit card issuer, and the issuing bank; but the average range falls between 1.5% and 3.5% per transaction.30 This does not include any of the payment gateway or credit card processing fees, which can also vary and are determined by the contractual agreement between the merchant and the payment system vendor.31
As such, the merchant has two choices: pass this cost onto the consumer or absorb the loss. With the increasing demand for faster, more efficient, and highly secure payment methods, keeping pace with technological innovations and their requisite costs is placing a burden on small and medium sized businesses (SMB’s). This is further exacerbated by mitigating the risk of consumer chargebacks and the likelihood of fraud stemming from both consumers and would-be hackers.
Chargebacks and Fraud
Chargebacks occur when a consumer launches a transaction dispute through either their credit card issuer, bank, or digital payment provider. Each payment method provider has a specific set of rules for approving a chargeback. While this helps to reduce fraud on the merchant end of the transaction, chargebacks can also be used as a tool for making fraudulent purchases, and merchants are left to absorb the cost of the merchandise and/or service along with the transaction fees levied by payment processors, banks, and the card issuer.
In 2016 the estimated chargeback revenue loss was $6.7 billion with 71% of that loss caused by “friendly/chargeback fraud.”32 Essentially, friendly fraud is a term used for consumers who purchase goods or services online and lobby their card issuer or bank to cancel the transaction, thus receiving a refund for their payment. E-commerce is particularly vulnerable to friendly fraud as transactions where the card is not present (CNP) are challenging to verify.33
If we include the continual rise in data breaches, which lead to identity theft and financial account takeovers, then it’s clear that the current payment transaction system has massive flaws that cost merchants and consumers a great deal of time and money to resolve. Consequently, banks, merchants, and consumers are eyeing cryptocurrency, and its highly secure underlying blockchain technology, as a potential solution.
THE CRYPTOCURRENCY MARKET
The cryptocurrency phenomenon has provided the world with a startling use case for blockchain technology. Indeed, the total market cap of all currently active cryptocurrencies exceeds the GDP of over 100 countries.34, 35 While governments grapple with the who, what, where, when, why, and how of regulating various aspects of the cryptocurrency market, i.e., exchanges and ICO’s, other industries such as banking and financial services are moving forward with a focus on streamlining the inter and intra bank transactions. However, despite cryptocurrency’s popularity with investors and speculators, there are challenges with gaining a wider realm of acceptance as a method of payment for goods and services.
The main issue with incorporating cryptocurrency as a method for merchant-consumer payments is volatility. Though the arguments regarding fiat currency merely being a centralized form of digital currency which is only stable due to governmental intervention ring true, the fundamental factor in fiat’s continued dominance is the valuation stability. While, to some degree, volatility can be viewed as a positive for traders and speculators, steep increases or decreases in valuation create a deterrent for merchant and consumer transactions. To illustrate, Stripe recently announced that it was abandoning the acceptance of Bitcoin payments because, “by the time the transaction is confirmed, fluctuations in Bitcoin price mean that it’s for the ‘wrong’ amount.”36
Additional concerns are centered on cryptocurrency transactions fees and transaction processing time. Bitcoin transaction fees, specifically, have received the largest number of complaints as cryptocurrency enthusiasts witnessed both a drastic rise ($34 average in December 2017) and fall (to less than $1) within a two-month time frame.37
Transaction confirmation time is yet another unstable feature that Bitcoin,38 and other blockchain-based payment systems are still in the process of resolving. Returning to Stripe’s Bitcoin abandonment, “transaction confirmation times have risen substantially; this, in turn has led to an increase in the failure rate of transactions.” Consequently, for any cryptocurrency to be a viable payment method for goods and services, the system must have a stable valuation and be as quick, if not quicker than, the traditional centralized payment systems. As described in the previous sections, consumers have an increasing willingness to utilize alternative forms of payment if presented with a secure and reliable system with low transaction fees, reward incentives, and a consistent valuation of the currency being used. With this in mind, MF Chain has created a viable solution.
THE MODERN FINANCE CHAIN
Modern Finance Chain allows consumers to purchase goods and services from merchants creating a cost-effective cryptocurrency payment ecosystem that rewards the consumer as well as the merchant. We are creating a sustainable cryptocurrency payment system that consistently adds value for merchants and consumers, thus counteracting the payment system problems associated with traditional merchant-consumer payment transaction protocols.
Merchant Reward System
Merchants are rewarded a 1% rebate of their total cryptocurrency volume in the form of MFX Tokens. MFX Tokens are valued based on $1 per token or their current exchange rate, whichever is greater, at the time of settlement. Each month merchant statements are evaluated from the previous month’s processing. Statement evaluation closes on the last day of each month. Rewards payments are settled on the 7th day of each month.
To illustrate, a retail merchant conducts $1M worth of cryptocurrency payments through MF Chain payment solutions from Jan 1 to Jan 31. On Feb 7 the merchant is rewarded 5,000 MFX Tokens directly to the merchant’s digital wallet. These tokens can be collected as a corporate asset or exchanged for USD on the open market.
Merchant controlled settings allow for either keeping the cryptocurrency they’ve received as payment or immediately exchange it for fiat currency settlement which is delivered to their bank account the next day. Merchants have complete control over their funds without the risk of chargebacks or reserves.
MFX Reward Pool
The MF Chain reward pool consists of 75M MFX Tokens and the rebate programs will continue for an additional 5 or more years. Additional reward pools will be added to the program as partnerships with other projects develop. For example, a promising blockchain project can request to add a token allocation to the rewards pool, thereby instantly injecting their token into real commerce transactions. This will allow merchants and consumers to receive multiple reward tokens for a single transaction. Partnerships will likely extend the program in perpetuity.
With the launch of MF Mainnet, the MFF token will take the place of the MFX token within the rewards programs, allowing merchants and consumers to receive transaction fuel for MFM.
- No Chargebacks
- No Interchange Fees
- No Assessment Fees
- No Payment Gateway Fees
- Near Instant Liquidity
- Rewards Program Pays the Merchant
- Easy Cross-Border Transactions
- New Opportunities – high-risk merchants can now accept digital payments without high fees or reserves
Consumer Reward System
In addition to providing the valuable service offering of being able to spend their cryptocurrency at their favorite merchants, consumers are rewarded in several ways. The cryptocurrency payment option includes a surcharge to cover merchant exchange fees. However, when paying with MFX Tokens the surcharge is waived. The merchant surcharge is set by the merchant at 0.5 to 3%. The surcharge is paid to the merchant through MFX Tokens. When a consumer spends MFX Tokens at a merchant using MF Chain processing solutions, the consumer will receive a 1% rebate automatically paid to their wallet. Rebate payments are made once monthly.
- Consumer requests to remit payment using cryptocurrency.
- Cashier enters the purchase total into MF Chain mobile device and shows the consumer an onscreen QR code.
- Consumer scans the code with any readily available cryptocurrency wallet app on their phone/mobile device.
- The transaction is confirmed in seconds.
Payment Processor Benefits
- Increased margin: collect 100+ basis points.
- Increase Customer Base: offer the unique value proposition of accepting cryptocurrency for their business
- New Verticals: high-risk merchants or merchants that cannot accept credit cards can now accept digital payments
- Increased volume per merchant
- Processing partners receive a generous MFX Token allocation
Smart contracts are an essential part of the decentralized applications, and the decentralized part of the MF Chain business logic is written in the form of smart contracts. We’re using the Open Zeppelin library for writing secure smart contracts on Ethereum in Solidity programming language. The MFX token sale smart contracts are outlined below.
The token smart contract is held in a public repository available for review here: https://github.com/MFChain/smart-contracts/
Aims of the contract are:
- Add/remove accounts from the whitelist (only whitelisted accounts will be able to buy tokens)
- Add reward for devs
- Count amount of accounts participating in the ICO
- Refund user’s Ether in case ICO has not reached soft cap
- Release Devs and Marketing tokens on a random date
- Create ICO contracts with custom parameters
It is a standard ICO contract with some additional features such as whitelisting and token lock escrow.
Checks with the ICO controller contract to determine if an account that is going to buy token is whitelisted. Also enacts the ability to burn unsold tokens.
A multi-owned contract that holds 50% of the Ether raised during the token sale. The contract releases funds only if owners confirm release based on escrow agreement.
The token smart contract is a standard ERC20 implementation with ERC223 additions that secure the token holders from accidental token loss if they are sent to an ineligible contract. As such, the transaction events are streamlined.
Merchants Accounts Database
The Merchant Accounts Database is the core backend component of the MF Chain platform. Merchants register their accounts and configure settings for their conventional bank accounts and their cryptocurrency wallet settings. For security reasons, the database does not store the private keys to the merchants’ cryptocurrency wallets. The platform doesn’t create and manage cryptocurrency wallets. Only the public wallet address is stored. Merchants can describe their wallets by giving it a name, enable or disable its cryptocurrency operations on the POS, configure minimum and maximum consumer transaction amounts, gratuity options, etc. The list of supported cryptocurrencies initially includes but is not limited to:
Merchants are in full control of their cryptocurrency wallets because they do not share, import, or upload the private keys to the MF Chain platform.
MF Chain REST API
Another backend component of the MF Chain platform is the REST API that enables mobile POS client apps to interact with the platform. The merchant web app and the mobile POS app are using REST protocol communicating with the backend. API endpoints for the mobile app including order creation, tracking the cryptocurrency transaction status, accessing exchange rates and more.
The MF Chain API has integration with the leading cryptocurrency exchange APIs for accessing the exchange rates for the cryptocurrencies. The API also has integration with third-party providers to enable cryptocurrency exchange to fiat transactions directly to the merchant bank account.
MF Chain Mobile POS Client App
Merchants can download a free mobile app that will transform any mobile device to a fully functional Point of Sale system with all MF Chain features.
Once authorized the app is ready to create orders and accept cryptocurrency to the merchant’s wallets that are configured in their accounts. Both Android and iOS platforms are supported. The recommended device format is a tablet for the best user experience; however, the app is also fully compatible with smartphone mobile devices.
The user flow is as simple as with credit card point of sale (POS) terminals: the order amount is entered, user selects the preferred cryptocurrency, and receives the QR code to complete the payment using the mobile wallet app on their smartphone. After the payment is completed the merchant can view the transaction confirmation status. The system can be configured to rely on any number of consensus node confirmations through merchant settings to declare a payment success.
The MFX token is compatible with any existing ERC20 wallet. Consumers will have the ability to use their existing wallets to store tokens and make payments. Merchants are afforded the same flexibility with the MF Chain Mobile POS Client App.
Client App MVP
The MF Chain Mobile POS Client APP MVP is available for download at the MF Chain GitHub: https://github.com/MFChain/mfc-pos/releases/
MF Chain Technical Evolution
Ethereum to MF Mainnet Transition
Using the payment processing layer as a stepping stone, MF Chain will deploy an independent public blockchain with integrated smart contract platform. The Ethereum platform, while reliable and having clear path to scalability, does not provide the full feature set that MF Chain requires to fulfill its greater vision.
MF Mainnet will be like no other blockchain, catapulting its capabilities directly into the stream of commerce and allowing ICO and dApp projects to tap directly into this wealth. With a BFT/POS hybrid consensus method, MF Mainnet will achieve consensus with minimal energy consumption and in an eco-friendly manner. Using an incentivized masternode offering, MFM will achieve decentralization with thousands of globally distributed nodes.
The deployment of the MF Mainnet will consist of four main stages:
- Research and Development – Current Phase
- Release of the MF Mainnet Whitepaper – Release date Q4 2018
- Release of the MF Testnet – Q1 2019
- Release of the MF Mainnet – Q2 2019
- MFX token to MFM exchange event – Q2 2019
MF Chain is building a multi-currency payment system, that is designed to allow easy merchant and user adoption while embracing all blockchains within its network. The result is a true decentralized and open source community where no coin can attain pre-eminence over the other. A community where no one coin is superior to another, rather a place where innovators and community users can utilize multiple blockchains to their relevant and most useful purpose. Our focus is to help blockchain economy to its true potential.
Verified Digital Identity
Digital identity includes specific information used to verify individuals, organizations, and machines, but in an electronic rather than a paper-based format. Achieving government compliance, when necessary, is imperative to operate within international standards for anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist guidelines. On the same note, MF Chain believes in protecting user privacy and anonymity. The MF Mainnet will be built to accomplish both. With user-controlled privacy features using zk-SNARKs, users will be provided complete freedom and dominance to control their transactional data. They will be in a position to decide what to share, and with whom to share. The MF Mainnet will offer privacy and regulation compliance ensuring sustainability and integration into government sectors.
Multi-Currency ICO Platform
Today’s smart contract platforms allow new projects to generate funds during live token generation events. However, in almost all cases this limits the project to accepting only one type of currency. The MF Mainnet will allow ICO projects to accept any number of cryptocurrencies during their live token generation events. An ICO will now have the ability to accept BTC, LTC, NEO, ETH, RPX, or almost any other major currency of their choice, during a live token generation event. MF Chain’s vision is to create a platform that is free from the limitations and barriers that are present in other platforms.
Atomic Swap Cross-Chain Transactions
Atomic Swap is the ability for users to easily exchange one coin for another. MF Chain users will have this ability within their wallets providing them with the flexibility and control to easily transfer coins, on the go, without the need to access an exchange or transfer custodial rights of their funds to a third party.
Enterprise Level Private Blockchains
The MF Mainnet is currency agnostic. Meaning, it can run with or without a native token. Additionally, sidechain capability allows an organization to deploy proprietary code on private chains off the MF Mainnet. An organization can spin up nodes quickly with minimal resources using an Amazon Lightsail. We are empowering corporations, organizations and machines to use all of the features of blockchain while maintaining control of their proprietary systems.
Virtual Machine - MFVM (Modern Finance Virtual Machine)
A lightweight VM with an ultrafast start time, intelligent features and simple stack hierarchy.
Multi-language Smart Contract Programming
Compilers and plugins for C++, C#, Java, Python, Node.js and Solidity allow both experienced blockchain developers and novice coders from most language backgrounds the ability to easily develop and deploy distributed applications on MF Mainnet.
Prebuilt Contract Library
Many projects spend their first weeks and months consuming unnecessary time and resources on building the smart contracts needed to launch their projects. MF Chain will provide the community a free and complete library of smart contracts, dApps, and blockchain tools that have been audited and verified through community review. MF Chain intends to streamline backlogs to allow developers to deploy public ready blockchain projects within hours.
An accelerator designed to provide brilliant minds with the resources to conceptualize and build innovative technologies. Many nascent ideas often take years to materialize and this is particularly true for innovators who are struggling to find support and resources. With the innovation incubator, companies and individuals requiring additional resources can work directly with MF Chain to access the people, strategy, execution, and cash required for rapid project development and massive growth.
MF Chain Business Model
Building a public smart contract platform with merchant payment integration creates a complete and robust commerce which has a reciprocating effect across all channels involved. DApps launching on the MF Chain instantly benefit from the acceptance of their tokens at thousands of merchants worldwide. As the digital economy grows, so does the value of MF Chain.
MF Chain will integrate with merchants in 2018 by partnering with payment processors that are already doing business with a minimum of 10,000 merchants. Payment processors will be engaged with an incentivized partnership agreement that brings an exciting new service to their merchant product offerings. MF Chain benefits by becoming instantly integrated into a conventional stream of commerce. This unique approach ensures adoption of the MF Chain payment solution and paves a clear path for future projects launching on the MF Mainnet.
Projects approved for the Modern Finance Chain Innovation Incubator are supported by MF Chain on multiple strategic fronts: Access to the pre-built and audited smart contract library, an ICO launch platform that is multi-currency capable and development & marketing support. MF Chain will directly benefit from equity ownership in these projects.
MF Chain Milestones
- Q2 2018: Beta Release of MF Chain Payment Solution
- Q2 2018: Partnership with payment processor
- Q3 2018: Full Release of MF Chain Payment Solution
- Q3 2018: MF Chain Rewards Program Full Launch
- Q3 2018: 250 merchants processing with MF Chain
- Q4 2018: MF Mainnet Whitepaper
- Q1 2019: 5000+ Merchants processing with MF Chain
- Q1 2019: MF Testnet Deployed
- Q2 2019: MF Mainnet Deployed
- Q2 2019: Live Token Exchange MFX to MFM Tokens
- Q2 2019: MFF Token Airdrop
MF CHAIN ICO INFORMATION
Modern Finance Chain (MF Chain) plans to raise between 2,500 and 33,000 ETH Tokens during the Pre-ICO and ICO. All ICO transactions are completed via smart contract transfer. Only whitelisted participants will have the ability to contribute during the ICO. Any contributions sent from addresses not on the whitelist will be rejected by the ICO smart contract.
MF Chain will only have access to 50% of the funds collected during the first half of 2018. These funds will be used for development, operations and marketing. Unspent funds will be unlocked in two stages. The first stage will unlock after the full release of the merchant processing platform. The second stage will unlock after the full release of MF Mainnet.
Whitelist and KYC
To participate in the MF Chain ICO, prospective platform users will need to be approved and added to the whitelist. MF Chain plans to run two separate whitelist campaigns allowing users late to learning about MF Chain to participate. All prospective participants can apply during any whitelist stage (example: participant wanting to contribute during ICO stage can apply during the first whitelist stage; this example is encouraged).
Depending on level of interest, the second whitelist stage may end early. All members will be processed through MF Chain’s KYC requirements. MF Chain has partnered with Identity Mind and will be reviewing all submitted information on OFAC, PEP, PSFI, EU and Freeze Lists. Depending on level of contribution, government-issued ID submission may be required. MF Chain complies with all local restrictions and limitations; therefore, residents of certain countries will not be able to participate.
ICO and Whitelist Dates
Pre-Sale: May 6th – June 15th
Public Sale: June 25th – July 25th
- Soft Cap: 2,500 ETH (with built in smart contract refund feature if not obtained)
- Hard Cap: 33,000 ETH (or $17M, whichever hits first based on current ETH value)
ICO Cap Table
The total number of MFX tokens is capped at 521,000,000. 1 Ether = 8,500 MFX tokens.
- ICO Token Price: 1 Ether = 8,500 MFX Tokens
- 33,000 Ether or $17M USD Total ICO Hard Cap
- Minimum Contribution – 0.1 Ether
- Maximum Contribution – 200 Ether
- Presale Token Price: 1 Ether = 10,150 MFX Tokens
- 5000 ETH Cap
- Minimum Contribution – 5.0 Ether
- Maximum Contribution – 200 Ether
=>10 ETH: 10% Bonus
=>25 ETH: 15% Bonus
=>100 ETH: 20% Bonus
- Presale & ICO – 57% (301M)
- Airdrop & Incentive Programs – 1% (5M)
- Devs & Advisors – 8% (40M)
- Merchant Incentive Program – 15% (75M)
- Locked tokens to support development & marketing – 19% (100M)
Future development and marketing tokens will be locked according to the following schedule:
- 50% unlocked on random date: Q2 2019
- 50% unlocked on random date: Q2 2020
Initial Circulating Supply (max): 306,000,000
Max Supply: 521,000,000
Developer and Advisor tokens
Developer and Advisor tokens will be unlocked on a slow rolling quarterly release ending in Q2 2019.
Escrow for ETH received in ICO
Multi-signature escrow is a way of locking funds allocated for the ICO by multiple parties until specific conditions are met. This method allows for a guarantee to ICO participants that certain development milestones in the project are achieved. The team will not be able to spend the ETH raised during the ICO until the obligations for the development of the Alpha version and the Full release of the platform are fulfilled.
The multisig escrow release shall be granted as follows:
- 50% – Will NOT be frozen and will be used for the development and promotion of the project immediately following the ICO.
- 20% – Frozen until the release of the MFC Payment Processing System (requires Escrow board confirmation and approval for release).
- 30% – Frozen until the MF Mainnet release (requires Escrow board confirmation and approval for release).
All tokens not sold during the ICO will be burned.
If soft cap is not achieved, ETH sent to the ICO smart contract will remain locked until users request a refund transaction.
MF Chain’s international team is comprised of PhD’s, Mathematicians and Expert Level Blockchain Developers, harnessing a wealth of brilliant minds dedicated to the common vision of MF Chain and its goal of mass market cryptocurrency adoption. With a shared passion for the future of blockchain, these experts have partnered together to build a complete and robust digital economy.
Combined with an Expert Advisory board, MF Chain will apply the core teams experience and technical capabilities to make MF Chain the leading Payment Processing Solution and become the utility token of choice for consumers and merchants. New underfunded and resource limited aspiring projects will benefit directly by partnering with MF Chain. From a complete pre-built smart contract library, multi-currency ICO Platform to access to tens of thousands or merchants for instant integration in commerce; the future of MF Chain and upstarts results in growth and adoption of cryptocurrency.
MF Chain will update and release the MF Mainnet White Paper to carry out its purpose. While these updates are expected to make continued improvements to MF Chain’s ecosystem and technology stack, the founding intent and coin issuance policy shall be maintained.
Benamara Oualid, Mathematician and Cryptographer
PhD in Mathematics with expertise ranging from algorithms and complexity theory to Matlab and cryptography. Benamara has worked on cryptanalysis projects which led him to developing advanced algorithms for cryptography and security.
Dr. Piers Lawrence, Applied Mathematician
Dr. Lawrence holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics where, during his Postdoctoral research, he focused on developing the linearization of matrix polynomials. As such Dr. Lawrence has made several breakthrough discoveries that significantly generalize and simplify a stability analysis. Furthermore, he has developed methods for the stable computation of the roots of polynomial equations expressed in Hermite and Lagrange bases, as well as for barycentric rational interpolants.
Kat Campise, Data Scientist
Kat is a full-time data scientist and technical writer whose academic degrees incorporate a multitude of disciplines including computer science, journalism, and learning science. Her professional experience is equally diverse and encompasses the worlds of education, fintech, machine learning/AI, and psychology. Her doctoral research led her to an invitation by Carnegie Mellon to help construct and test cognitive tutors which further intensified her interest in the field of machine learning and AI. She has written white papers, blogs, and articles for hundreds of clients ranging from small tech start-ups to large, well-known industry leaders.
Viacheslav Shybaiev, Blockchain Lead
In addition to Viacheslav’s Master’s level degrees in Computer Science, Business Management, and Business Administration, he has over 20 years of experience in designing, developing, and supporting international enterprise IT initiatives and mobile solutions. Viacheslav is focused on creating business value through systemic process improvements via direct collaboration with developers, operations, marketing, and sales. Additional areas of his expertise include blockchain development, product management, big data, and software development.
Nick Ivanov, Python and Cryptography Developer
Nick’s Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science paved a solid foundation for his mastery in blockchain development, smart contract writing, big data, and information security.
Sergio Andronik, Project Manager
Sergio is an agile project management expert who is constantly challenging himself with new and complex projects. In addition to his Masters in Computer Science, Sergio holds over 15 certifications and licenses in the field of project management and focuses on ensuring detailed communications, time management, and dynamic workflow administration between project participants.
Sofia Shybaieva, Software Quality Assurance
Sofia has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and is an expert in Jira, Confluence, Eclipse, Intellij Idea, and managing team work with Git.
Jack Lloyd, Cryptography and Security Expert
Jack’s Bachelor in Computer Science is focused on crypto, math, and high assurance systems. He is a developer who specializes in building cryptographic software and other systems where precision and production level performance are essential. Jack’s primary programming languages include C++ (preferably C++11/C++14), C, Python, with additional experience using Go, Rust, OpenCL, C#, and OCaml.
Naviin Kapoor, Advisor – Blockchain Expert
Naviin Kapoor, a block chain consultant and a business transformation leader with more than eleven and half years of experience in project management and business analysis and more than one year of experience in ethereum, bitcoin, hyper ledger, EOS, consensus protocol and distributed/shared ledger technology. He has also attained various industry certifications such as PMP, CBAP, ITIL & Professional Scrum Master Level 1.
He had worked on various banking transformation projects – “sustainable and disruption”, which were initiated in various domains such as Retail Banking, Cash Management, Integrated Liquidity Management (ILM), Corporate Banking, Asset & Wealth Management, Financial Messaging, Regulatory Sanctions Filtering and Local and International Payment Systems.
Hristo Piyankov, Advisor – Blockchain analytics
Hristo is a blockchain consultant in the intersection of his two main interests – analytics and blockchain. He has a 13+ years experience in the banking and finance sector, with majority of the time spent on machine learning, analytics, financial models and making sure data works for the business and not the other way around.
Now, he is helping blockchain companies make sense of their data and economy models; plan their investments; manage their risk and revenue; or build the occasional machine learning model.
Bogdan Fiedur, Advisor – Blockchain Expert
Bogdan Fiedur is a full stack developer, smart contract developer, crypto-investor, entrepreneur and President of Blockchainexperts.io. He has over 20 years of IT experience in building e-commerce websites and has been involved in blockchain development during last 3 years.
He is also an ICO advisor working with 10+ successful ICOs to date and deeply involved in offering presentation and workshops on blockchain and smart contrat programming in his local crypto community of Winnipeg.
Bogdan now focuses on the Blockchain industry and offers advice, consulting services and connections to Blockchain experts. Most recently Bogdan has cofounded ‘Bitjob’, a freelancer blockchain platform for studens and participated in several ICO projects as a team member.
Through these projects Bogdan acquired intimate knowledge with inner-workings of ICO development from conception to execution.
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