BABB, a company that describes itself as the World Bank for the Micro-Economy, stands for Bank Account Based Blockchain. It is a decentralised banking system on the ERC-20 token Ethereum network. Their vision is to increase businesses on a global scale by improving financial support in communities, improve living conditions, and have an overall impact on countries and the global economy as a whole. They plan on attaining these goals by offering the world access to UK regulated peer-to-peer financial services through the use of biometrics and the blockchain.
Research’s Date : May 21, 2018
CoinMarketCap URL : https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/babb/
Coin Name : BABB (BAX)
Total Supply : 50,000,000,000
Circulating Supply : 20,950,010,000
Market Cap : $50,156,628 USD
Pre Ico Price : 0.00090000
Ico Price : 1 BAX = $0.002394 USD
Tokens/Money Raised Through ICO : $10,000,000 during pre-ico / $19,300,000 during crowd sale
Time Zone : UTC-01:00
Token Type : ERC20
BABB is targeting the current ‘unbanked’ world market of approximately 2 billion people and represents a $380 billion dollar untapped industry. Primarily these are countries that consist of low per capita income, unstable education, unstable health sectors and constant political strife. In an increasingly connected world, 30% of the world population is still disconnected from the global economy.
The system is made of three main parts; The mobile banking app, Social KYC, and the Black Card. To begin, users need only download the smartphone app, verify their identity via KYC and BABB will connect them to traditional banking services effectively plugging into the economic world system. Once an account is made, users have access to peer to peer financial services such as personal payments, loans, trade, issuance of digital currencies, and raise funds for business ventures as well as other features. Users will also receive the Black Card, which acts as the physical connection to their digital assets. Let’s get into a little more detail for each.
Everything will be done via the BABB Mobile Application. This will allow end users complete control of their money from anywhere in the world as long as they have internet connection which includes SEPA and IBAN.
This project believes in trust and utilizes a ‘Social KYC’ strategy. Any user who is fully KYC compliant through verified documentation can invite other users to join the platform. This method only requires a valid I.D. such as your passport, and does not require a UK address or credit history. A passphrase and biometric data is collected to ensure identity. This fluid interaction will allow wide scale seamless adoption of BABB.
With this payment card, you are provided a direct link with your BABB bank account via a QR code or NFC (Near Field Communication). It acts as debit card or a prepaid card for friends and family. Due to being a QR (Quick Response) code, it does not have a chip and therefore cuts out the requirement of being a Visa or Mastercard. There is no personal data other than your code which decreases security risks. The card is simply a hardware version of your banking access.
A detail worth mentioning is BAPP services not only individuals, but Central Banks (CB). Several CB’s have already alluded to their intention to begin blockchain adoption and its seems assured that a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) will be utilized. This integration potential will act as further token utility. BAPP provides the infrastructure for banks to piggyback on their system and allow for the launching of CBDC. BAPP will merge both banks and individuals which is a huge market.
The technical aspect of BABB is designed on a Federated blockchain which translates to centralised. They will have nodes governed by the company which run on smart contracts. FIAT is stored in the BABB bank reserves and represented as BAX. Privacy is kept top priority by the private key always being kept solely on the users device. Moreover, they utilize data encryption and cryptographic hashing as well as biometric identification e.g. face and voice recognition.
BABB offers many flexible services. A further advantage is to make extra cash. This is accomplished by users acting as a bank utilizing BAX. This includes:
On top of all these features comes a fully authorized payment institution (API) certification from the FCA. They are also currently in the process of applying for a banking license which will have massive end result potential.
While BABB is only in its infancy, the token use is widespread in capability and therefore definitely a currency that will be in high demand. Finally, there will also be a token burn of 50% of all tokens utilised for payment of platform use. This will occur until the total amount of tokens in circulation is 20% of current total. The remaining tokens will be frozen on the platform reserve so there are negligible effects on market price.
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Staff / Team Info :
Name :RUSHD AVERROES
Title :Founder / CEO
Bio : Rushd is founder and CEO of BABB, leading a diverse team of industry veterans to make his vision a reality. He is a financial inclusion specialist and has an MA from University of Greenwich in Microfinance and Financial Inclusion. Before that, he attended the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne and was awarded an IT Science Degree in 2006. Rushd has managed a highly successful Authorised Payment Institution (API) in the UK — Wowpaymobi.
Name :Jorge Pereira
Bio : Jorge is technologist and serial entrepreneur, with extensive experience in developing technology projects in a variety of areas, for local and global markets. He founded Seegno in 2008, a world-class web application development firm, where he remains as an Advisor.
In early 2014 Jorge joined Uphold, where as CTO he was responsible for the design and architecture of the whole technology stack, as well as UI and UX of its products. Ever since, Jorge has focused intensively on Fintech, developing products and technology related to Cryptocurrencies, Distributed Ledgers, Regulatory Compliance, KYC/AML, Fraud Prevention, Risk Mitigation, Trading, Hedging, Bank Integrations and other areas related to fintech platforms and applications.
In late 2017 Jorge founded FintechServer, which helps fintech companies bring products to market faster and more securely, and also co-founded fintech startups Wayfex and LoyalChain.
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Name :Adam Haeems
Bio : Adam is responsible for the daily operations of BABB. He has a Master of Finance from Cambridge University (Judge Business School) and joins BABB fresh from an accomplished trading career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and a $1bn global macro hedge fund (QCM). He is passionate about financial inclusion and improving market efficiency within the microeconomy.
Name :Paul Johnson
Bio : Paul is a technological evangelist and has held CIO and COO positions in companies such as Aldermore Bank, Lloyds Bank and GMAC FS. In addition to his executive experience in banking and payments, Paul is an iNED on the Board of a foreign bank and has served in the Royal Navy. He also enjoys sport and travelling with his wife and six children.
Name :Dean Refaat
Title :Head of Research
Bio : Dean’s goal is to launch BABB in the UK and then penetrate markets in the MENA region. He gained his experience in banking regulation and economic risk mitigation as a banking inspector at the Central Bank of Egypt. He then became an independent researcher and has received his master’s degree in ‘Philosophy and Public Policy’ from the LSE.
Name :Ani Alexander
Title :Head of Marketing
Bio : Ani is a marketing professional specialising in brand architecture, with experience in banking, telecom, media agencies and charities. She loves building, launching and growing brands from scratch using storytelling, new media content and social media. When not working, she writes novels and records podcasts.
Name :Annabel Mellor
Title :Head of Communications
Bio : Annabel shapes BABB’s content and communications, to ensure the company delivers a clear, distinct and inspiring message across all channels. Annabel has helped various successful consumer-facing fintech startups, including Chip and Nutmeg, to grow rapidly and create an engaged community.
Name :Leonard Seelig
Title :NE Director
Bio : Leonard is supporting BABB in implementing best practices on both market-facing and operational processes. He has twenty years of banking experience, including in the technology sector, and in helping lead both private and public companies. Leonard has recently retired from his role as chairman of APC Technology Group PLC, and Board member of Defenx PLC, a security software company listed on the AIM London stock market.
Name :Luís Fraga
Title :Lead Product Manager
Bio : Fraga is Head of Fintech Products at Seegno, and is responsible for Product management at BABB. During his 16-year career, Luís worked as project manager, product owner and creative director, defining end-2-end experiences in multiple areas such as Telco, Retail, Banking, FinTech, Entertainment, Music streaming, Games, Safety and Fashion. Some of the major clients he worked with include Microsoft, Sesame Workshop, Bungie, Vodafone and has also taken part in European research projects.
Fraga worked at MobiComp, Microsoft, iMobileMagic, Smith Micro, Uphold and did his internship at Philips Research.
Name :Luís Oliveira
Title :Creative Director
Bio : Luís is Creative Director at Seegno, and is responsible for creative, web and mobile design at BABB. He is an award-winning, obsessively oriented, diversely experienced creative director, as well as art director, designer, manager and leader. With 16 years of experience in design and technology, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with companies such as Microsoft, Millennium BCP, Active Bank and Ikea.
Luís is a friend, lover, musician and sportsman, laying his energy and passion in whatever he does, never afraid to go the extra mile to get things done.
Name :Nuno Rocha
Title :Head of Engineering
Bio : Nuno is the Head of Engineering at Seegno, leading both the FintechServer and BABB’s Engineering teams. He is a leader at heart, and a fullstack developer with years of experience in both frontend and backend technology, and in the last few years has worked increasingly with blockchain technology.
In the last few years, Nuno has worked on projects such as VRI Direct, Uphold, Wayfex, LoyalChain, FintechServer, and also software for PSD2 banking infrastructure.
Name :João Gonçalves
Title :Senior Software Engineer
Bio : João is a Senior Engineer at Seegno, and part of BABB’s development team. His focus lies on building software that bridges the gap between blockchains and legacy systems, particularly focused on KYC and data processing.
In the last few years, João has worked on projects such as Uphold, Wayfex, LoyalChain, FintechServer, and also software for PSD2 banking infrastructure.
Name :Jingwei Li
Bio : Jingwei is a Researcher at BABB with a passion for understanding how Blockchain could disrupt the future of Banking. After spending a year with the Bank of England, Jingwei built a solid understanding of the central banking framework by analaysing a portfolio of regulatory approvals for international banks. When not working, Jingwei is studying towards his MSc in Finance at Imperial College
Name :Mai Abdel-Aziz
Title :Middle East Communication Manager
Bio : Mai is BABB’s Arabic content writer. She worked as a journalist in Cairo before moving to London to tutor BBC journalists in Arabic as well as providing translation for their Middle East focused work. In addition, she worked as a Research Assistant for the British Council through Lancaster University, providing translation services.
Name :David Devia
Title :Content Creator
Bio : David is a videographer, director and content creator with over five years’ experience. He has done an internship with Level 39, the largest technology accelerator in Europe, assisting with content strategy and stock footage creation. David is also part of the team who record and edit Fintech Insider, the most popular business podcast in the UK.
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