HERO – The Future of Banking in Southeast Asia Through Credit Tokens Easier and Affordable

We as Southeast Asians comprise of various nations and countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, TimorLeste, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and although not members of Asean Papua New guinea and Australia are located adjacent to Southeast Asia.

Why do I call these countries? They are countries located in southeast Asia. Southeast Asia is the fastest growing region in the world. It makes the top 4 internet market in the world. Only 27% of the population of Southeast Asians has a bank account. Most Southeast Asians and Filipinos may still not have bank accounts, but they are internet users who are ready for an innovative solution.

Present a smartcontract Token called Hero. Hero is the newest and the first banking from Southeast Asia that is decentralized using blockchain technology. Hero is here to revolutionize the banking industry to make credit more readily available and more affordable to unbanked and underbanked in southeast asia. Unbanked is the person who has the money but does not keep his money in the bank, underbanked is the opposite.

Mission and Vision

Hero’s mission is to revolutionize the banking industry to make credit more readily available and affordable for the unbanked or underbanked starting in Southeast Asia.

  • Since 2015, we’ve helped thousands of Filipinos access short-term credit and that number is growing fast. As a pioneer in
  • Online lending in Southeast Asia, we have become one of the most distinguished Fintech startups to disrupt the highly
  • Entrenched, multi-billion dollar lending industry. Through our platform, we are already providing a revolutionary solution to a significant problem among the unbanked and underbated across emerging markets.

Headquartered in Singapore, we operate online with no branch infrastructure, allowing us to keep operating costs low and to stay focused on our customers. We are transforming lending into a frictionless, transparent, and highly efficient digital experience for Southeast Asia.

Our vision is to disrupt the current financial system that excludes 2 billion people from the banking system by leveraging technology to create a more inclusive system that allows people access to credit.

How It Works

Pawnshop in Everybody’s Pocket

PawnHero disrupts the traditional pawnshop experience by providing a hybrid virtual and physical service. The PawnHero
operating platform (“Opus”) combines a seamless frontend customer experience with backend operational processes
allowing PawnHero to manage and control the customer experience and the business.

The customer submits item information (“Requests”) at pawnhero.ph through their phone or desktop computer. After the customer submits their item details through a series of drop down menus, Opus links the request to our Magnus Loan pricing model which instantly delivers several loan offers with different loan maturities to the customer. The customer then selects their preferred loan offer and is guided through Customer Information, Payment Method, and Delivery modules.

Opus then arranges for a PawnHero motorbike courier (“PawnTrooper”) to pick up the item from the customer’s home at no charge to the customer. At the time of pickup, the PawnTrooper completes the legally required Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures, issues a pawn ticket to the customer, and receives the item for delivery to our Operations Center.

At the Operations Center, our expert appraisers authenticate the item and assess the condition of the item. If the item authenticity is confirmed and the condition of the item is as represented in the Request, then the loan is released through Opus to the preferred pay-out option selected by the customer. If the item inauthentic, then the item is returned to the customer and the customer is charged a 100 pesos (USD 2) delivery fee. If the item is authentic but not in the condition represented in the Request, then the appraiser estimates the revised value of the item and Opus delivers a new loan offer via SMS and email to the customer. If the customer accepts the revised offer, then the loan is released through Opus to the preferred pay-out option selected by the customer. If the customer declines the revised offer, then the item is returned to the customer at no charge to the customer.

PawnHero stores the pledged items at the Operations Center in a secure and environmentally controlled centralized vault. Opus tracks the movement of the pledged items throughout the process until the items is either returned to the customer upon redemption by a PawnTrooper or the item is sold.

Upon or prior to the maturity date of the loan, the customer may, through various payment options, make the loan redemption payment or apply for a loan renewal. If the customer fails to redeem or renew prior to the maturity date, then the loan enters a legally required notice period of between 1 month for electronics and up to 3 months for non-depreciable items. Upon the completion of the notice period, if the customer has not made the required redemption and payment of additional interest due, then Opus completes the legally required public notice and auction process and then makes the item available for sale in our marketplace.

PawnHero offers multiple payment options for the loan release (“Pay Out”) and the loan redemption and/or loan renewal (“Pay In”). Primary payment partners include Paynamics, which offers multiple over the counter transactions at banks nationwide, and Pay In and Pay Out at various retail locations including leading convenience stores such as 7/11 and other retail locations across the Philippines.

We partnered also with a blockchain-enabled platform that enables anyone, including those without bank accounts, to easily access financial services directly from their phone. Using Coins, customers have access to a mobile wallet and services such as remittances, air-time, bill payments, and online shopping at over 100,000 merchants who accept digital currency. Another option includes cardless ATM withdrawal. PawnHero continues to add Pay Out and Pay In options with leading Philippines companies in the banking, money transfer, e-wallet, digital money, and retail processing location businesses.

Our Current Product

Where We Are Headed

Hero chooses to work with Ethereum which enables the development of custom programmed applications on top of the blockchain, like smart contracts, database access and storage. Ethererum’s Smart Contracts represent the basic pawnshop principle of a smart contract, albeit one that happens manually and offline. Ethereum Blockchain coupled with Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and IoT are enabling Hero to revolutionary innovations to transact in both the financial system and in the real economy.

Understanding blockchain technology is not for the average person. We’ve repeatedly seen that the poor need a reason to care about bitcoin as a currency. The underserved customer will not use the bitcoin for its inherent coolness. Bitcoin ends up being a complicated concept that, unless attached to a trusted fiat currency or local mobile money system, has no value. Our core team has lived in emerging markets for many years and understands this challenge very well. We understand that there is an ecosystem in which it is accepted.

Hero uses the bitcoin blockchain as a back-end to transact local currency provide a clear way to ensure that the customer can feel comfortable with the product, while also receiving the cost and technology benefits of the blockchain technology. As we have a network of over 100,000 partners and vendors to provide convenient cash in / cash-out options that mainstream consumer can easily understand and trust.

Competitors

Banks are very binary – yes or no. They do not have the gray and you may have 9/10 of the requirements, but they are still high risk and Will have zero access to a loan. We want to make sure that the other factors in someone’s life count when it comes to giving them access to credit.

Aside from that loans can take up to 20 days to go through the approval process of a bank, our technology could reduce this to a fraction of the time by using machine learning techniques to build predictive algorithms.

Blockchain Benefits

How can the blockchain begin to have real meaning in the lives of the two billion excluded individuals around the world?
Blockchain could be the solution. First, this technology represents a powerful new tool for improving financial inclusion, potentially disrupting many financial institutions and enhancing the performance of banks in the global economy. By disinter-mediating traditional lending institutions and radically simplifying processes, blockchain can finally enable instant, frictionless loans, so that people don’t wait in line for an hour or more, travel great distances, or risk life and limb venturing into dangerous neighborhoods at night just to get a loan.

Second, it will imp Second, it will improve administrative accountability. If micro-loans are recorded to the blockchain and everyone can access them, then they can hold those more accountable for bad behavior. Blockchain as a technology, has the potential to address all these innate intricacies of the lending process. With the inherent concept of open ledger, decentralized platform, smart contracts and integrated central database, blockchain achieves transparency, cost effectiveness, regulatory compliance and risk analysis in the lending process.

By reducing manual reviews, data re-entry and systems reconciliation, the system provides the company with immediate cost savings. Loan data processing can be done exclusively on the distributed ledger reducing risk and increases transparency and responsiveness, the technology itself functions like a regulation.

Blockchain technology creates a whole new set of business models previously unimaginable, like Hero, that empowers individuals and businesses alike.

Hero Token
What is a token sale?

This document provides a comprehensive overview of Hero, its applications and benefits, the team involved in the project, the upcoming Hero fundraiser (sometimes loosely called “ICO” or “crowdsale”), the Corporation and the goals the Hero hopes to achieve.

A Token Sale is an event in which a new cryptocurrency project sells part of its cryptocurrency tokens to early adopters and enthusiasts in exchange for funding. For the party offering the tokens for sale, this has become a well-documented and well-respected way to raise funds to upscale an existing product or service.

Why a token sale?
Even though PawnHero already has a central bank license, a working product and thousands of customers, taking PawnHero to the next level requires more capital to scale our impact. We need to continue to develop the product, enter new markets and hire talented people to help build the business. The proceeds will allow us accelerate the building of our collateralized and uncollateralized lending algorithms which needs a higher volume of loans than we are able to support at the moment.

Offering a token instead of a traditional venture capital round enables the community to participate in PawnHero’s success story, rather than limiting it to a small, selected number of traditional venture capital funds. By issuing Hero tokens, tokenholder will benefit from PawnHero’s future success. A token sale is fast, transparent and efficient for exactly this purpose.

Token Name

Hero Token (Symbol HERO) – The Future of Banking in Southeast Asia
The amount of tokens that are created for the Hero chain are all dependent on how many coins are sold during the token sale. a maximum of 250,000 Ethereum (ETH) tokens will be accepted for the purchase of Hero tokens in this token sale. The maximum amount contributed will in turn represent 80% of all Hero tokens. Since we don’t know the total that will be sold, the token sale operates based off of percentages to ensure fairness for all. Should the maximum amount be reached prior to the end of the sale on TBD, which is 4 weeks after the start of the token sale, we will cut off the token sale. In the event that such maximum amount is not fully funded by the end of the token sale, the percentage of 80% of all tokens will be adjusted accordingly, with the difference between such lower amount and the maximum amount being reserved for future token sales.

Value to Investors

Hero are strategically designed to add value to the Hero network :

  • Reward bearing tokens – like a interest
  • Social impact of helping underserved access affordable credit
  • Buy back: The company may use a percentage of profits to repurchase Hero tokens from the open market at the
    prevailing market price, therefore the value of the token should be further positively correlated to the success of the
    project.

There is no risk of interest default on pawn loans granted by PawnHero. PawnHero withholds the entire interest due over the term of a pawn loan up front by deducting the interest from the proceeds credited to the customer. As an example, a 1,000 Philippine Peso (PHP) loan with a 3 month term and a monthly interest rate of 2.99% would earn 89.7 PHP of interest. PawnHero only releases 910.3 PHP to the customer and thus collects the full 89.7 PHP of interest with no risk of interest default. After the 3 month term of the loan, the customer is required to redeem the loan by paying 1,000 PHP. Depending on the underlying collateral PawnHero offers the customer to renew the loan at which point additional inte renew the loan at which point additional interest is due. Investors receive 20% of the interest collected. So that is the 20% of 89.7 PHP. For the quarterly respectively monthly distribution of interest, the sum of all loans released within the period are used.

To participate in the Hero token sale you can send the following currencies from a wallet you directly control (do not send from
an exchange) to the Hero wallet.

  • Ethereum (ETH)
  • ETH Classic
  • Bitcoin (BTC)
  • Ripple
  • LiteCoin
  • Waves

The wallet address will be made available on our website www.herotoken.io before the actual token sale. Hero token will be delivered to the purchaser after the end of the token sale. Transferability will start from the first day of trading, which is planned to start after the token sale ends in September. After this token sale, no additional Hero tokens will be created.

Road Map

Team


Visit More Information

Website : https://www.herotoken.io/
Whitepaper : https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/herotoken/Hero+Whitepaper_080817.pdf
Bitcointalk ANN THREAD : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2073049
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/PawnHero.ph
Twitter : https://twitter.com/PawnHeroPH
Slack : https://herotoken.herokuapp.com/
Telegram : https://t.me/herotoken

My Profile Bitcointalk :https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1821655

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