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Cryptocurrency illustration by Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

Native Tokens on Nimbus: The Ecosystem × The Future

Nimbus is a blockchain platform that specializes in DeFi solutions for any potential needs a prospective user may have. Whether it is through dApps, staking in Crypto, or via lending and borrowing, Nimbus is the go-to platform when it comes to taking advantage of the DeFi market, and a major factor of its continuing success comes from its native tokens, NBU, and GNBU. With a third stablecoin in the works, Nimbus’ innovation continues to impress its community and grow along with the DeFi market.

Starting with the basics, there is the NBU token that serves as the lifeblood of the platform. NBU can be used to pay off debts, fees, swaps etc and is the standard for all transactions. Users can swap existing tokens from Binance or Ethereum blockchains or they can apply for a loan from Nimbus itself. Nimbus makes it easy for a first-time user to get a loan for tokens or just pay out of pocket for them. This flexibility from the start lets the user experience every step at their own pace.

NBU is the basic utility token and will be the one that most users will find most comfortable. NBU is often used for swapping or staking due to the ease of use it offers to jump into the sixteen different revenue streams Nimbus offers. Founded with the idea of being a flexible platform, Nimbus created the NBU to reflect that flexibility. A user can choose what they do with their tokens, like entering it into a chosen liquidity pool for the interest it accrues. Or they might swap it out via the Swap Machine dApp for a different token like Ethereum. While not offering as many options as the GNBU, NBU has far more intuitive access associated with it for the average user to take advantage of.

GNBU, the second of the two currently available tokens, is the main governing token on the Nimbus platform. Like NBU, GNBU offers its users a lot of flexibility and can be traded, tendered, or sold as a user likes. GNBU does take the staking idea farther as well, due to its nature it can be staked into whichever pool they like for any determined time versus the sometimes-hard locked nature of NBU staking. Furthermore, simply being in possession of the token allows for a user to get a percentage of every transaction fee that takes place on the platform.

The biggest difference between NBU and GNBU is that GNBU allows the user to have voting power on the platform. Nimbus relies on the community at every level, and it has established a community vote for major decisions that impact the platform’s ecosystem and current path. If someone has a GNBU they have a vote in this community and have a direct impact on the future of Nimbus.  With the Nimbus Platform itself capping its ownership of GNBU at 10% any user that possesses one of these tokens has a major voice in developments.

There is a third token that is currently being developed along the Stablecoin idea: STAN, which will be directly pegged to the United States Dollar. Though it’s still in the works, Nimbus plans on having access to 15 different revenue generating tools. STAN will be swappable using Uniswap for other forms of Crypto or cashed out at the user’s leisure. Stablecoin is a more tangible coin that some users will find more comfort in and is one more avenue for users to reach financial success.

Crypto by its nature can be confusing, so Nimbus created its tokens with the philosophy of entuitive use for all Crypto enthusiasts. Nimbus isn’t as large as other blockchain platforms for now, but its growth continues with its security and flexibility being its driving force. In 2021 alone the number of users with attached wallets reached over 57,000 in number. As Nimbus continues to expand that number will grow massively.

The Nimbus blockchain represents the future of decentralized finance and innovation.  With the hopes of eventually creating an entirely decentralized bank for its users to have access to, Nimbus is constantly creating the next best thing through its platform. Even its ecosystem has been created to be fluid and allow for user input at a regular pace.

There’s been a lot of bad press in the news regarding Crypto. For some Crypto is a game of musical chairs that won’t have many seats left when the music stops playing. But this isn’t a game of chance, and those who believe it don’t understand the market. Nimbus has striven to ensure that every user understands the experience fully while enforcing strict transparency and security across the platform. The best example of this lies in its chosen tokens.

Nimbus clearly has all token values available to its users and market trend information is up to date and specifies all aspects of exchange value. Furthermore, GNBU and its associated services encourage investing time and resources back into the community and benefits not only one user, but the entire platform. The ripple effect from one user benefits another and the cycle continues across the whole of the user base.

Community is key with the Nimbus platform, and constant innovation in both the services offered and what NBU and GNBU offer allow for that community involvement while they further innovate the platform to meet new trends. In no other platform does the community find itself directly involved in the ecosystem, and it is just one more reason why Nimbus is continuing to grow at a rapid pace as the year closes itself out.

GROW.HOUSE illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

GROW.HOUSE × Cryptocurrency

Saturday Night during GROW.HOUSE’s Bitcoin 2021 party at David Grutman’s Story Nightclub, G-Eazy and Questlove were seen performing, as well as the newly launched cannabis NFT game’s newest ambassador, Fetty Wap. Paris Hilton was also in the House.

GROW.HOUSE, the First Ever NFT game to Grow Digital Cannabis and Earn Cryptocurrency. It’s a Digital Metaverse for Lovers of Cannabis, Crypto, and DeFi, Led By Social Media Pioneer, Branden Hampton, the largest independent social media publisher in the world. Hampton’s role within GROW.HOUSE is Chief Cannabis Officer.

GROW.HOUSE is a Farmville-like game, where users can grow digital cannabis, earn $GROW tokens, collect NFTs, and learn about yield farming. Within the game users can plant NFT cannabis flowers, earn $GROW tokens, and use in-game assets to beautify farms. Users can also plant cryptocurrencies in our yield farms, where they can earn yield rewards. Players can choose to work together or alone and do their part to live, play, and GROW in the Cannaverse world. The game is made for mass consumer adoption, taking the social gaming elements of Farmville and combining them with the revolutionary aspects of Yield Farming to bring DeFi to the masses in a fun gamified way.

Within GROW.HOUSE, you will see the following:

  • Grow Digital Weed and learn about Cannabis
  • It’s built on the Polygon Blockchain for fast zero-fee transactions
  • Grow the ecosystem by combining cannabis, crypto, and gaming ecosystems
  • Big brand opportunities for exposure, land, and in game tie ins
  • A unique token economy that allows players to play, earn $Grow, and yield farm
  • Opportunities to $GROW with real world partnerships for the VIP players

According to MarketWatch, user play is as follows:

  • Players start off planting flowers and helping others water their plants to earn SEED
  • SEED can be used to buy in-game assets like NFTs, which users can use to get new in-game objects or $GROW tokens
  • Players than can use $GROW to buy land, seed, or NFT’s, to use throughout the Cannaverse ecosystem
  • $GROW and other cryptocurrencies can be planted in the ground to grow Money Trees, which will earn interest similar to a savings account.
  • Players can form groups of Co-ops to help manage NFT farms together and ensure they’re getting the best rewards
Fast food article illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 MAGAZINE

KFC DIGITAL SALES INCREASE

KFC Owner Yum Brands Reports Digital Sales of $17 Billion in 2020, Up By 45% YoY

Despite the blow of pandemic restrictions in 2020, Yum Brands’ earnings for the year topped analysts’ estimates.

According to the research data analyzed and published by Stock Apps, the company’s Q4 2020 revenue grew by 3% year-over-year (YoY) to $1.74 billion, higher than the expected $1.72 billion. For the full year, digital sales rose by 45% to $17 billion.

Based on an NPD Group report, restaurant digital orders in the US shot up by 145% YoY in December 2020. By the end of the year, carry-out accounted for 46% of off-premises orders and drive-thrus got 44%.

US Digital Restaurant Market Sales Rose by 124% in 2020 to $45 Billion

Yum Brands launched a series of initiatives to speed up its digitalization process in 2020. For KFC, a new eCommerce ecosystem streamlined off-premises order handling. As a result, transaction times at the window reduced by 16 seconds in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019.

The Habit added curbside pickup, which accounted for 10% of all sales and 50% of mobile sales. Through its Go Mobile ecosystem, Taco Bell saw drive-thru transaction times drop below four minutes. Thanks to these investments, Pizza Hut saw an 18% growth in same-store sales from off-premise channels. Taco Bell reported a 12% digital sales mix while The Habit had a 40% sales mix from its digital platform.

McDonalds also benefitted from a shift to digital, generating $10 billion from online sales across its top six markets in 2020. They accounted for20% of the company’s total annual sales. Chipotle also posted a 177.2% YoY increase in digital sales during Q4 2020, reaching $781.4 million.

According to eMarketer, digital restaurant market sales in the US rose by 123.8% in 2020 to $44.94 billion. In 2021, it is projected to increase by 22.3% to $54.97 billion and in 2022, by16.3% to $63.93 billion.

By 2025, digital sales will account for 54% of limited and quick-service restaurant business according to a study by Incisiv.

The full story, statistics and information can be found here: https://stockapps.com/blog/2021/02/25/kfc-owner-yum-brands-reports-digital-sales-of-1-7-billion-in-2020-up-by-45-yoy/

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Purdue Commercialization System ranks 3rd in US

Purdue University technologies have generated 300-plus startups, helping millions of people in 100-plus countries and continuing Purdue’s commercialization ecosystem on a fast-paced upward trend to move inventions to the global market, where they can improve lives and advance the economy.

In fiscal-year 2020, two pillars of Purdue’s commercialization ecosystem, Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization and Purdue Foundry, generated record growth with the highest numbers ever reported in a single year for patent applications, issued patents, technology disclosures, licensing deals and startup creation.

During FY20, Purdue generated a record 55 startups in West Lafayette, Indiana. Of those, 22 originated from Purdue-licensed intellectual property and 33 from company-based entrepreneurs including Purdue students and alumni.

“The numbers are important, but even more important are the lives that are changed by the research of Purdue’s outstanding faculty and students as the results of this research are moved through the commercialization process and made available to people around the world,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “There is much happening in the world today, and one of the most important contributions we can make to our society is to educate tomorrow’s leaders and involve them with the world-changing research of our faculty.”

Purdue’s FY20 ended June 30 and results include:

· Technology disclosures – 408, compared with 360 last year.

· Signed licenses and options – 148, compared with 136 last year.

· Technologies licensed – 225, compared with 231 last year.

· Startups from Purdue intellectual property – 22, compared with 17 last year.

· Issued patents – 252, with 180 U.S. and 72 international. Last year, the figures were 141 U.S. and 68 international patents issued.

· Total patent applications filed ­– 721, compared with 671 last year.

Click on technology commercialization data and/or Purdue-affiliated startups for a full list of each set of metrics.

Purdue is ranked third in the U.S. for startup creation in a report, compiled and reported by IPWatchdog Institute. The data used in the study was collected by AUTM over the period of 2008-18. Purdue also is ranked 13th in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents for 2019 by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Cumulative commercialization results include $400 million-plus in startup investments and funding, 400-plus jobs created and nine Purdue startups that have been acquired by international companies for $2.3 billion-plus. The research concentrations reported in the disclosures include numerous sectors in sustainability, health, space and artificial intelligence.

“I could not be more proud of Purdue’s researchers who have dedicated their lives to creating technologies to help others and our team of technology transfer professionals, who work diligently to move Purdue’s inventions from the laboratory to the public,” said Brooke Beier, vice president of the Office of Technology Commercialization. “Everyone involved in this process understands and appreciates the important work that is being done to help our global society.”

Wade Lange, vice president and chief entrepreneurial officer of the Purdue Research Foundation, said, “The Purdue commercialization ecosystem has developed into one of the most effective technology-based startup and licensing machines in the world, and these annual results reflect its success. From researchers to students to administrators to alumni and to our Greater Lafayette community partners, we are working together often and collaboratively to create and advance startups. We anticipate the next year will garner even more life-changing results.”

Resources available through the Purdue entrepreneurial ecosystem include the Purdue Foundry, Purdue Research Foundation, Office of Technology Commercialization, the Burton D Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, the John Martinson Entrepreneurship Center and the Anvil.

Assistance for startups include mentorship, networking, marketing and funding programs. JUA Technologies International, a Purdue-affiliated startup that is developing solar-powered crop-drying devices, has received assistance from the Purdue Office of Technology Transfer Commercialization and Purdue Foundry. The startup was co-founded by husband-wife team of Klein Ileleji, a professor in agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue, and Reiko Habuto Ileleji, a Purdue alumna who earned her Ph.D. from Purdue’s College of Education.

“I am part of the research team that developed our crop-drying innovation at Purdue, and my wife and I founded JUA in 2016 after licensing the technology through the Office of Technology Commercialization. We continue to work closely with the Purdue Foundry,” Ileleji said. “I don’t believe we would have pursued a startup without Purdue’s strong entrepreneurial assistance programs.”

JUA has received funding, including a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a $50,000 match investment from Elevate Ventures through Indiana’s 21st Century Research and Technology Fund. The company also received $50,000 through the Purdue Ag-celerator Fund, a research advancement initiative created in 2015 and managed through Purdue Ventures, Purdue Foundry and Purdue College of Agriculture. Purdue Moves supports Ag-celerator fund.

Natural Habitat Adventures

Get Wild This Green Season with Natural Habitat Adventures

 

From taking in lush, tropical landscapes to viewing new animal births during the Great Migration, discover where the grass grows greener around the globe.

 

Rainy season brings out a special bounty of nature encounters from flourishing flora to new fauna. Ecotourism leader Natural Habitat Adventures proves it’s easy to be green with trips to see some of the most incredible wildlife spring into action around the world. From experiencing sea turtles nesting and spotting whales along Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast to taking in breathtaking views of huge herds making a great circuit across the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania, see where the grass grows greener this season with Natural Habitat Adventures:

 

Natural Jewels of Costa Rica
10 Days | From USD$5,495
NEW! Green Season Departure: Aug 4 – 13, 2018

In July and August, “green season” is a time of new birth and plentiful transitions among Costa Rica’s lush rainforests, mist-veiled mountains, wild beaches and active volcanoes, containing some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth. Enjoy peak turtle season in Tortuguero, when Pacific green sea turtles settle into their annual nesting pattern. On the new green season departure, Nat Hab makes an extended boat expedition in search of whales, particularly humpbacks, and dolphins during time exploring around Isla del Caño. In Monteverde’s cloud forest, resplendent quetzals and three-wattled bellbirds feed on abundant ripe avocados at this time of year, creating some of the best opportunities to encounter these threatened species in the wild. Nature is especially lively during the green season—the extra moisture tends to animate more birds and mammals in the canopy, as well as frogs, interesting insects and nocturnal wildlife.

 

Botswana’s Green Season Photo Safari
10 Days | From USD$11,795
Green Season Departures: November 2018 to March 2019

Botswana’s prolific wildlife is legendary, so it’s no wonder that it is a top destination for photography-focused African safaris. There’s nothing like seeing it during the “green season,” when intermittent rains bring dramatic skies, new grass and new animal life. Join accomplished photographers and naturalist guides on an adventure designed to reveal Botswana’s abundant wildlife and staggeringly diverse ecosystems, from the fossilized salt pans of the Kalahari Desert to the emerald marshes and sprawling channels of the Okavango Delta. Photograph wildlife in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as it bursts to life during brief summer rains: where lush grasses lure throngs of wildebeest, springbok, gemsbok and other prey, while the region’s legendary black-maned lion, cheetah and other predators follow in close pursuit.

 

The Great Tanzania Migration Safari
8 Days | From USD$9,995
Green Season Departures: Dec 2018 to March 2019

On Africa’s Great Plains, each year, boundless herds of wildebeest and zebra traverse the Serengeti in search of new grass that sprouts with seasonal rains, and to birth their young. Lion and cheetah lie in wait, finely tuned hunting machines ready to stalk and take down the weakest members of the herds. In the center of the world’s greatest ancient migration route, wildlife lovers will join a small-group safari led by expert expedition leaders to witness a primal spectacle as the drama of predator and prey unfolds before them. Enjoy unparalleled seclusion, comfort and vintage safari atmosphere at Natural Habitat’s remote private camp, immersed in the wonder of one of the world’s truly epic wildlife events.

 

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Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. From polar bear tours in Churchill to small-group Galapagos cruises, from Alaska grizzly bear adventures to African safaris, our journeys, led by professional naturalist guides, reveal the planet’s most extraordinary nature destinations. As the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company—and the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund—we offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between. For more information, visit nathab.com.