ASTRATUM in the Press and Media
"Blockchain should not just be considered merely a technological innovation, emphasizes Sven Laepple, Founder of the Blockchain company ASTRATUM. It’s much more of an economic and social innovation. It is an economic innovation because blockchain is creating new business models in every single industry, and a social innovation because it is a bottom-up movement."
This article explores the potential for blockchain in real estate and asset management. Sven Laepple was interviewed, together with other international blockchain experts in real estate and investment, like Dr. Nina-Luisa Siedler, blockchain expert and partner in the Berlin office of British law firm DWF, Luka Müller-Studer, legal partner at MME law firm in Switzerland, Anthony Couse, CEO Asia Pacific at real estate service provider JLL, Ragnar Lifthrasir, Founder of Velox and Chairman of the International Blockchain Real Estate Association (IBREA), Daniel Seifert-Ziehe, Head of Digital Transformation at the Berlin-based real estate company Beos, Didier Le Menestrel, Chairman of the French fund boutique La Financière de l’Echiquier, Marion Peyinghaus, Managing Director of the Competence Centre Process Management Real Estate (CCPMRE) in Berlin
places&spaces is a real estate investment magazine from Union Investment. Union Investment (formal name Union Asset Management Holding AG) is the investmentarm of the DZ Bank Group and part of the cooperative financial services network. It was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Frankfurt. Union Investment is a leading asset manager in Germany and has reached a position within the Top 15 asset managers in Europe since its inception in 1956. As of 30 September 2018, Union Investment has self-declared assets under management of approximately 338.4 billion euro.
"With tokenization you are able to turn a huge pool of value much more liquid and you can enable smaller investors to access these new invest across borders in real assets, not only digital assets."
"Interview: Blockchain expert Sven Laepple," Brickblock.io May 2018 (in English)
In this interview, Sven talks about the opportunities and challenges of real estate tokenization, tokenizing air, and why lawyers will always be part of the tokenization process. It was conducted by freelance writer George Koynov on behalf of Brickblock.
Brickblock provides the technology and legal framework to facilitate real estate investments on the blockchain, allowing developers to raise capital from a global investor pool and investors to access attractive investments around the world.
"Let's talk about tokens and cryptocurrencies. Creativity and use cases for tokens are limitless."
"Podcast: Blockchain expert Sven Laepple," Tech Open Air January 2018 (58:00 mins, in English)
On episode six of the TOA.life ICO Podcast, Niko Woischnik interviews Sven Laepple. Sven is the founder of ASTRATUM. Sven first talks about the drone air traffic management system, designed on ethereum and further developed by russia-based Airalab from the Distributed Sky Alliance. Afterwards, the discussion is about cryptocurrencies, tokens and the viability of tokenization.
Niko's interviews with other blockchain experts can be found on TOA.life Blockchain Podcast: Shermin Voshmgir – Founder of BlockchainHub, Jeremy Gardner of Blockchain Capital, Fabian Vogelsteller of Ethereum, Dr. Nina-Luisa Siedler of DWF, Trent McConaghy – Founder & CTO of Ocean and BigchainDB, Andre Eggert of LACORE Lawyers, Kaidi Ruusalepp Founder & CEO of Funderbeam, Ryan Shea, Co-Founder of Blockstack, Brain Fabian Crain, Co-Founder & Co-Host of Epicenter, Kavita Gupta, Founding Managing Partner at Consensys, Ryan Ozonian, Co-Founder & CEO at Mercury Protocol and DUST messaging and Dr. Noah Raford. Noah, Chief Futurist at the Dubai Future Foundation.
Tech Open Air (TOA), founded in Berlin by Nikolas Woischnik, is the first and largest interdisciplinary technology festival in Europe dedicated to bringing together tech, music, art, and science through knowledge exchange and collaboration. TOA believes that technology is transforming the way we work, live and relate: only if you understand technology can you take advantage of the opportunities it creates.
"A new asset class is emerging, which is becoming increasingly attractive."
In this interview, Sven gives some background to ASTRATUM and Blockchain Angels Germany, a joint activity with Jamie Burke from Outlier Ventures. He explains the potential of blockchain in general and its impact on fnance and banks. Further, he outlines the international landscape with their epicenters and ecosystems, the similarities between cooperatives and blockchains, and noteworthy projects.
Finance Zweinull is Boris Janek's blog about financial innovation. Boris is Fintech experts and blogger, speaker, consultant and author. He writes regularly about blockchain in his column of the German Fintech newsletter finletter.
"The system we build today are going to be the systems our kids are growing with tomorrow."
"Podcast and Book: Interview with Sven Laepple," Blockchain Billions January 2017 (32:00 mins, in English)
Beyond all the hype around blockchain technology, some companies are building real businesses with it. While Bitcoin works today, other blockchain technology is getting billions of dollars in funding and has the potential to help billions of people.
"Blockchain Billions: How this technology will make money and change the world" is a book and podcast by Henrik de Gyor and Greg Parker. Henrik de Gyor interviews 30 blockchain experts like Tone Vays, Daniel Grassinger, Robby Schwertner and Sven Laepple.
In this episode, Henrik interviews Sven. Sven first talks about what blockchain will change, augment or replace. He speaks, how the leading chinese car supplier Wanxiang, lesser known as first institutional investor in ethereum, uses blockchain to reposition itself in the advent of the electric car. Wanxiang is the parent company of Fenbushi Capital, possibly the leading blockchain investor worldwide. Further, Sven talks about decentralization and new business models, based on the blockchain eco-system and its convergence with other technologies: micropayments, AI, IoT, new mobility, smart cities. Afterwards, he talks about the international landscape for blockchain. Finally, Sven talks about new business opportunities like the tokenization of assets, investment opportunities and blue ocean innovation. Sven closes with advise to whose, interested in blockchains.
Henrik de Gyor is a consultant, podcaster, startup advisor, and writer. He often writes and podcasts about niche topics which he unpacks into essential elements for the audience. When he is not traveling to clients, Henrik lives with his wife in South Carolina, USA.
"Blockchain promotes shared responsibility and accountability through consensus from all actors from one single point of information."
"Blockchain: Unlocking the value chain for better traceability," Global FashionAgenda January 2019 (in English)
"With the aim of embracing this technology, HUGO BOSS collaborated with ASTRATUM to develop a solution that is not just another proprietary system now on blockchain with similar problems as before mentioned. Pursuing the mission of wider usage through creating an open-source solution, we started engaging actively with organisations like the OECD, the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, IAF, BCI, Swiss Textiles and Destination Africa. "
Blockchain can provide interesting features like traceability and transparency for the textile industry. ASTRATUM developed in co-creation with HUGO BOSS and other industry players our solution TRACY. TRACY is a blockchain B2B2C ecosystem, developed by ASTRATUM as part of a collaboration with HUGO BOSS.
In this thinkpiece, Heinz Zeller from HUGO BOSS describes, what the benefits of blockchain technology are for this specific use case, and why it matters.
Heinz Zeller is Principle Sustainabilty at HUGO BOSS. HUGO BOSS is one of the market leaders in the upper premium segment of the global apparel market. It focuses on developing and marketing of premium fashion and accessories for men and women. Headquartered in Metzingen, Germany, the company generated with almost 14,700 employees net sales of EUR 2.8 billion in fiscal year 2018.
Global Fashion Agenda is the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion. On a mission to make sustainability fashionable, we guide and support industry leaders in changing the way we produce, market and consume fashion, for a world beyond next season.
"Blockchain: three examples of founders tackling supply chain, brand authenticity and data security issues."
"Laepple wants more than just transparency. Finally, traceable supply chains could ensure that textile companies' products reach consumers better. Transparency promises higher profits for the companies. A value is created - and at this, Laepple wants to involve the textile workers themselves. Companies should pay a fee for using the blockchain. This is converted into blockchain-based tokens. Some of the "tokens" can be earned by, for example, textile workers. They could complete short gamified online language courses or other training courses about environmental or safety at the workplace and redeem native chain tokens for these points."
In this article, three blockchain startups are presented: ASTRATUM, jolocom and license.rocks
IdeenwerkBW is a magazine, focussing on innovation and from the German daily newspapers Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachrichten. Southern Germany is one of the most innovative regions worldwide.