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Blockchain based e-commerce platform Runs closes USD 1 mn equity round

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Runs, a platform offering unique experiences has closed an equity round of US 1 million from US investors.

The round is backed by Panamax Capital, and Columbia Angels.

Runs is led by who is an of the year award winner in 2017 and an alumnus of

Giri was the of AMERI100, a company that made its journey to NASDAQ since inception in just four years.

is joined by who holds a Ph.D. from

The team at Runs includes several members of the original team.

Runs which was incubated at Columbia University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship program will use these funds to develop its blockchain framework that brings transparency and trust to

It plans to achieve this by building a decentralised platform where the power is given back to the buyers and sellers, rather than the platform keeping it for itself.

Runs will also be launching their Token Generation Event (TGE), also known as Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in May through 2 phases - presale and crowd sale. There will be a total of 75,000,000 tokens available for buyers.

"There is a massive shift away from traditional ecommerce to experiences driven community commerce. No other company has managed to capture experiences and curate them in the past. With Runs we are looking to leverage the exciting Blockchain to allow people to share their memorable moments within the community. Initially we will be focusing on cricket, cinema and coffee enthusiasts around the world," said Giri Devanur, co-founder and CEO, Runs.

"Blockchain is uniquely poised to disrupt swaths of industries. At, we're developing the platform and XKUs to address world commerce and to deliver the best experiences to people. We are committed to attracting talented individuals to join our team to make the commerce platform worldwide," said Dr. Art Wangperawong, co-founder and CTO, and Stanford alumnus.

Runs will be disrupting the traditional which use SKUs as the fundamental way to identify units.

Moving away from the conventional SKU, RUNS has patented a new method of identification and tracking called XKU - 'Experience Keeping Unit'.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:20 IST