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BofE says Ripple PoC reinforces desire for DLT compatibility

The Bank of England says that a distributed ledger technology proof-of-concept with Ripple has reinforced its intention to make a new real-time gross settlement (RTGS) platform compatible with DLT usage in the private sector. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain

July 11, 2017

276

Thomson Reuters Launches Blockchain Startup Incubator

In a recent press releaseThomson Reuters, the behemoth news and information company, announced the formation of a new startup tech incubator designed to help facilitate up and coming technological innovation including Blockchain. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

July 10, 2017

230

ICO Market Crosses $1 Billion Mark, Is Bubble Imminent?

Sources including the Wall Street Journal have revealed that the ICO market has surpassed the $1 bln mark, with some of the recent ICO campaigns including EOS, Bancor and Tezos successfully raising hundreds of millions of dollars. (more…)

Blockchain

July 10, 2017

163

Mizuho completes DLT-based trade finance transaction

Mizuho has completed a trade finance transaction between Australia and Japan, digitising all necessary documentation and sharing the data with multiple participants across a distributed ledger. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, InspirAsia

July 10, 2017

212

Is New Hampshire the Blockchain Capital of the World?

The state of New Hampshire could easily be hailed as the Bitcoin capital in the world as of mid-2017. The state’s new accolade is credited to the great libertarian migration of the 21st century. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

July 6, 2017

356

How Switzerland Reinvented Itself As Cryptocurrency Haven

Switzerland is enticing financial technology companies and startups to its already booming Crypto Valley by stripping down its regulations for services surrounding digital currencies and other financial services. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities

July 6, 2017

377

World Economic Forum Blockchain White Paper Gets Warm Reception

The World Economic Forum (WEF) today published a dedicated Blockchain report detailing how the technology will flow into the global economy. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 29, 2017

170

While investment firms ponder ICOs, this team is barreling ahead with a $100 million ICO fund

By Connie Loizos for Techcrunch

Most investors are trying to get a handle on initial coin offerings, which have begun racing through the tech ecosystem like a fire, veering off in multiple directions and causing excitement and confusion and some degree of terror as they grow in number. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Hotnews

June 29, 2017

221

Cryptocurrency Bubble Will Burst: Aberdeen Asset Management

The recent rapid increase in the price of cryptocurrencies has resulted in many experts calling it a bubble and advising caution while investing. Aberdeen Asset Management is the latest to do so, arguing that like all bubbles, the virtual currency bubble will eventually burst too. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 26, 2017

329

Everything you wanted to know about initial coin offerings but were afraid to ask

By Eva Xiao for TIA

Raising capital as an entrepreneur is no cake walk. At its worst, it’s a grueling slog of pitching, networking, meetings, and waiting. But for blockchain-savvy startups, fundraising has never been easier – or faster – than in the current boom time. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 26, 2017

478

Analyzing Token Sale Models

By Vitalik Buterin for his blog

Note: I mention the names of various projects below only to compare and contrast their token sale mechanisms; this should NOT be taken as an endorsement or criticism of any specific project as a whole. It’s entirely possible for any given project to be total trash as a whole and yet still have an awesome token sale model. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

June 15, 2017

347

Inside Ripple’s plan to make money move as fast as information

By American Banker

When Brad Garlinghouse, the CEO of Ripple, has to explain to his mother, who lives in Kansas, what his company does, he says, “Mom, it’s pretty simple. We sell software to banks.” (more…)

Blockchain

June 15, 2017

209

R3 Corda enters public beta

By R3

As reported last month, R3 has just completed the first two of three tranches of our Series A funding round, raising $107m to fund the development of Corda, our distributed ledger platform designed from the ground up for the needs of commerce.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

June 12, 2017

261

Former UBS innovation lead establishes cryptocurrency fund

By Cryopto Fund

Europe’s first diversified Cryptocurrency Fund Crypto Fund AG is launching the Cryptocurrency Fund, which will be based on the Cryptocurrency Index, investing in the most important cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple, and other well-established cryptocurrencies. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

June 12, 2017

299

ZrCoin ICO Claims $7 Million Raised from 3955 Investors

ZrCoin, based in Russia, says it has raised $7.07 million in cryptocurrency from 3,955 investors during their Initial Coin Offering (ICO). The offer was live from May 11th to June 9th and was hosted on the Waves platform. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

June 12, 2017

264

Nasdaq joins €7M funding round in French blockchain outfit Stratumn

Nasdaq has joined a €7M series A funding round in a French startup, Stratumn, which utilises distributed ledger technology and advanced cryptography to streamline and secure the exchange of regulatory reporting data. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Hotnews

June 9, 2017

314

Asian Banks Outline Blockchain Use Cases

By LTP

Financial institutions are eager to identify the commercial opportunity that blockchain technology can offer their business and ways it can help reduce costs, improve reporting, reduce fraud and enhance security and visibility. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Global trends, Government activities

June 8, 2017

434

Singapore Tokenizes Their Currency Through Ethereum’s Blockchain

According to a recent article on Trustnodes, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore’s central bank, has successfully digitized their national currency by a creating a token out of the Singapore dollar on Ethereum’s blockchain technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, Hotnews

June 8, 2017

234

Ethereum Piques Vladimir Putin’s Interest

Moving at the speed of light was once reserved for the comic book hero Flash, but with nearly every industry going digital, technology may be giving him a run for his money. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Hotnews

June 7, 2017

249

What Is Sparking Bitcoin’s Strength?

Back in February, we reported that Bitcoin transaction volumes were up 55 percent in 2017. Since that time, the leading cryptocurrency has only looked stronger. Bitcoin is trading at higher prices than most people thought possible, and some are predicting lucrative values in the coming years. Bitcoin isn’t a replacement for day-to-day currency for most of us, and may never become one. However, it is a serious, viable commodity, and it seems as if it’s going to be around for a long time. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

June 6, 2017

211

Bitcoin Exchanges in China Resume Withdrawals After Months-long Freeze

Last week, it was reported that the 3 largest bitcoin exchanges in China finally ended a four-month freeze on withdrawals. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

June 6, 2017

250

Naspers leads $5 million round in Coins

By Naspers

Coins, Southeast Asia’s leading blockchain-enabled mobile payments platform, announced today the closing of a $5 million fundraise led by Naspers through its Naspers Ventures division, bringing the total amount raised in its Series A to over US$9.4M. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 25, 2017

207

We Are Witnessing Brilliant Example of Crowd Intelligence: Sasha Ivanov on ICOs

By Sasha Ivanoff for Cointelegraph

Since the beginning of 2017, we have seen a growth of the ICO market, with ICOs becoming more reckless. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

May 25, 2017

219

Waves Launches Euro Gateway

Waves Platform, a decentralized platform for launching crowdfunding campaigns and issuing digital assets, says it has launched its flagship Euro gateway. The Waves Platform completed its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in June 2016, garnering more than $16 million (30,000 BTC) and becoming one of the most successful blockchain projects in terms of crowdfunding investment. Waves is said to be the largest Blockchain project in Russia. (more…)

Blockchain, Hotnews

May 24, 2017

283

Banks pour $107M into blockchain consortium R3

By Penny Crosman for American Banker

R3, the bank consortium that’s building a distributed ledger specifically for financial institutions, received its first wave of funding Tuesday morning — a cool $107 million from 40 of its backers. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Hotnews

May 23, 2017

218

Indian Bank Kotak Mahindra Implements Blockchain in Trade Finance

By CCN,

Kotak Mahindra Bank, one of India’s largest private banks, has successfully completed an end-to-end trade finance transaction with a client over a blockchain. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Government activities, Hotnews

May 18, 2017

331

Blockchain ICO Funding Gains Steam Vs VC Investment

Token offerings hit their highest funding point last quarter, with 10+ deals totaling about $70M. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Global trends

May 15, 2017

371

Bitbond Gains $5.4 Million Debt Commitment and Undisclosed Equity Investment

By Julie Munh for Finovate

Peer-to-peer small business financing platform Bitbond announced today it has received a debt commitment from Obotritia Capital, which has agreed to fund $5.4 million worth of loans on its platform. Obotritia has also invested an undisclosed amount of equity in Bitbond, whose current funding now totals more than $2.14 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 11, 2017

567

Blockchain and Supply Chain Finance: the missing link!

By Carlo de Meijer for Finextra

Whereas the focus on the use of blockchain long time has been on payments and securities, an important but still undervalued use case has been supply chain finance. But that is changing. The complexity and scale of existing supply chain finance solutions has posed major challenges in ensuring adequate funding and efficient operations.  According to some blockchain technology has the potential to be a game-changer for supply-chain finance.  Let’s have a look. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 9, 2017

314

Investing In Blockchain Assets Through Hedge Fund: Pros and Cons

By Alicia Naumoff for CCN

Blockchain assets have emerged as a new class of digital assets allowing investors to get rewards at the protocol level. Blockchain assets have lately been going hand in hand with the concept of ICO, which on the one hand represents a quite efficient fundraising instrument for entrepreneurs around the world. On the other hand, it offers the broad public an opportunity to invest into a new business, eventually getting benefits, depending on the success of that business of course. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Hotnews

May 3, 2017