Blockchain startup OneStep Financial joins Digital Pound Foundation

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We are very pleased to announce the latest addition to the Digital Pound Foundation’s membership community. OneStep Financial transforms corporate payouts into engagement and productivity tools using programmable distributed ledger technology (DLT). At the very heart of their solution is tokenised fiat cash, which is one of the reasons why they’ve joined the Digital Pound Foundation.

David Putts, Founder and CEO of OneStep Financial, says, “We are on a mission to unleash the value of programmable payments and money. As the form factor of money changes from vulnerable digital money into fully secure tokenised cash, current paper cheques and alternative payout methods will look clunky, fraud-prone, and full of operational mistakes.”

Through the Digital Pound Foundation’s Use Case Working Group, led by Individual Expert Member William Lorenz, OneStep Financial are keen to explore retail CBDC challenges and opportunities, as well as connect with the wider FinTech community. 

William Lorenz, further mentions, “We are very happy that OneStep Financial has joined the Digital Pound Foundation Use Case Working Group to help us to focus on retail cases that will add value to the person on the street. We look forward to their insights and knowledge relating to programmable payment platforms and real-world applications.”

OneStep Financial also plans to participate in future roundtable discussions, webinars, and in-person events that the Digital Pound Foundation will be hosting in the coming months. 

More recently, Claire Conby, Co-Founder and CRO at OneStep Financial (also Operations and Governance lead at the DPF) spoke at a Digital Pound Foundation webinar ‘What is a digital Pound really useful for?’. The webinar addressed the need for a digital Pound and sought the opinions of some of the industry’s leading experts as to where they believe a digital Pound could be most valuable. Ultimately, the panellists concluded that a well-thought-through digital Pound, supported by robust policies and education, could enable real innovation in the payments and financial services landscape. If you missed this webinar, you can watch a recording of it here.

Claire said, “Participating in the Digital Pound Foundation Use Case Webinar provided a fantastic opportunity to introduce the work that OneStep Financial is doing in the field of programmable payments to migrant and contingent workers, with confidence that the audience at Digital Pound Foundation events ensures alignment of interest and excitement in opportunities in this space”.

All members have the opportunity to get involved in any function of the Digital Pound Foundation, whether it be as a speaker at one of our online and in-person events, a participant in one of our roundtable discussions, or an active contributor to any one of our regular working groups. We currently have active working groups in areas such as use cases, payments, and policy, legal, and regulatory, and are soon to announce a privacy and identity working group as well.

“The Digital Pound Foundation is a fantastic organisation to be a part of. Its impact over the last year and a half has been incredible, to say the least. We recently held an in-person event for our members and other industry experts to address the geopolitical case for CBDCs. We had panellists from the Bank of England, blockchain company Electroneum, strategic advisory firm Global Counsel, payment solutions provider Worldline UK&I, and enterprise crypto management platform Fireblocks, and attendance from the likes of HMRC, KPMG, R3, Barclays, Accenture, JP Morgan, EY, NatWest, and Thales. The breadth and calibre of people we’re working with and are providing access to via our membership community is incredible.” – Michelle Brook, Community Manager, Digital Pound Foundation

The Digital Pound Foundation has an online community of more than 40,000 followers across Twitter, Linkedin, and YouTube, and more than 4,700 subscribers to the monthly newsletter. In the last 12 months, the website has received more than 260,000 organic sessions, providing an incredible opportunity for members to showcase their knowledge and expertise through the Digital Pound Foundation’s blog and news pages.

If you would like to explore the benefits of becoming a member of the Digital Pound Foundation, feel free to head over to our membership page for more information. There you can request a membership pack and even a quick 15-minute call with our Community Manager, Michelle. Companies of all sizes are welcome to join the Digital Pound Foundation and we offer a variety of membership packages to suit.

You can stay up-to-date with the Digital Pound Foundation and our work, as well as our coverage of new forms of digital money globally, by subscribing to our free monthly newsletter. Furthermore, we host our own podcast series, the Poundcast, in which we invite experts from across the industry to discuss the latest developments and considerations for new forms of digital money. In recent weeks, guests have included Sarah Palurovic of the Digital Euro Association, Varun Paul of Fireblocks, and James Pomeroy of HSBC. Be sure to check them out!

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