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Coinbase targets institutional investors with digital currency storage service

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is setting up a new firm to help institutional investors securely store their digital assets. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

November 18, 2017

KPMG joins Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

By Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA), an industry leading non-profit trade association, is proud to announce that KPMG LLP has joined as a corporate member. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

November 16, 2017

154

Why ICO Landscape Has Shifted From ‘Bootstrapped’ Projects

By Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph

With 75% of ICOs now failing the reach their soft cap, the entire market has changed direction. This may also squeeze out the scammers and raise the bar beyond pure start ups entrepreneurs… (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

November 14, 2017

173

62 Insane Facts About Bitcoin – Infographic

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that uses Blockchain technology for secure payments and storing money electronically, without requiring a bank or a person’s name. Satoshi Nakamoto created this cryptocurrency back in 2009. The biggest advantage of Bitcoin is that it’s not under control of central authority, government or private company, so people are free from paying transaction fees. It can be used for booking a hotel or flight, or purchasing products online, as many online stores and companies accept Bitcoin now.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

November 14, 2017

Just How Disruptive Are ICOs To The Classic VC Model?

By Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint Ventures for his blog

Initial Coin Offerings, a fundraising mechanism for companies using cryptocurrencies as a mechanism to buy their service, seem to be upending the world of venture capital. Filecoin raised $250M through an ICO. Tezos raised $232M. Bancor raised $153M. These are massive amounts of money. Recently, I’ve been wondering how prevalent ICOs are and whether they could potentially be a substitute for venture capital. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Government activities

November 7, 2017

188

Investor Gil Penchina talks about the future of cryptocurrency

Investor Gil Penchina has a lot of ideas about the future of the seamless economy. Instead of car ownership, he says, we’ll walk outside and a car will pick us up. Instead of food we’ll be supplied exactly how many nutrients we’ll need at exactly the right time. Instead of money, he says, we’ll use cryptocurrency. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

November 1, 2017

302

Life.SREDA VC launches the BB Fund, a $200M blockchain fund

Singapore’s Life.SREDA VC launches a $200 million venture capital fund, named Based on Blockchain or BB Fund. The Fund will invest in fintech and blockchain companies by acquiring and holding equity and/or tokens.  The BB Fund is targeting a minimum of $50 million for the first closure in Q4 2017 from a limited number of accredited investors; with a hard cap of $200 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

October 31, 2017

317

UBS CEO More Interested In Blockchain Than Bitcoin

As UBS continues its exploration into blockchain technology, the financial institution’s (FI) CEO Sergio Ermotti told reporters at CNBC his views on the tool. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain

October 30, 2017

151

Annual ICO Funding Reaches $3.25 Billion in October

by Hacked

The amount of money raised by start-ups via initial coin offerings (ICOs) rose again in October, as more businesses embraced the controversial crowdfunding model. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

October 30, 2017

145

Monetary Authority of Singapore: DLT is a Natural Platform for Collaboration

Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the  Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), spoke about the intrinsic potential of Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) at the Global Blockchain Business Conference last week in India. Singapore is the leading Fintech hub in southeast Asia and is keen to maintain the title. Blockchain is a key element for the future of financial services. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities

October 16, 2017

253

Blockchain Technology’s Applications in Banking is ‘Infinite’: Credit Suisse Banker James Disney

Credit Suisse bank’s global head of software investment banking, James Disney, addressed the applications of Blockchain technology in the banking industry saying, ‘sky is the limit.’ (more…)

Banks, Blockchain

October 11, 2017

218

Ripple: The Most (Demonstrably) Scalable Blockchain

This is a guest post by Mark Travis for high Scalability, Performance Engineer at Ripple.

Ripple’s XRP Ledger is a blockchain-based payment network that transfers funds between any type of currency within a few seconds with average transaction costs of a fraction of a penny. The core of this peer-to-peer network is an open source C++ application called rippled. Ripple’s goal is to supplant the world’s existing legacy payment networks. As such, scalability is a continuous goal. This document describes how the rippled team has integrated performance engineering into its development processes, and how this has contributed to throughput gains of over 1000%. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

October 11, 2017

219

Inside the Meteoric Rise in ICOs

from Medium

Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) have quickly grown to account for more startup funding in blockchain-based companies than all of Venture Capital. Nearly $2.3 billion has been raised to date in ICOs, with the large majority of that taking place in the first half of 2017. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

October 6, 2017

259

Blockchain Startups VCs Should Invest In

By Ali Tahmaseb for his blog. Entrepreneur in silicon valley — founder @ blocks. TEDx Speaker. Featured in BBC, Forbes, Guardian. Algorithmic trader of stocks as hobby. 

Recently I did some research on blockchain, the science behind it, the applications of blockchain in the financial sector as well as other sectors. I then identified the different types of startups that can be formed (or are formed) based on blockchain in the infrastructure level, application level and ecosystem level. I published my findings here. (more…)

Blockchain, Columns, Global trends, Hotnews

October 5, 2017

237

Confirmed: Korean crypto exchange Korbit sold to Nexon parent for $80M

By Jon Russel for Techcrunch

The parent company of games giant Nexon has confirmed that it acquired Korea’s second largest cryptocurrency exchange, Korbit, in a deal that values it at just over $120 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

September 28, 2017

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Solving the Most Painful Fintech Problem

The Inconspicuous Great Pain of Fintechs and Their Clients: How to Solve It?

According to the Money of the Future research, fintech has been the No. 1 of all venture capital industries for the second year in terms of attracted capital, especially in Asia. However, most of these companies each time face the same problem – KYC and quick customer “landing” during registration.  (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Hotnews, Security

September 22, 2017

SEC Thailand’s Viewpoint on ICO

by Fintechnews.sg

he Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand (SEC Thailand) has been following the development and the growing popularity of initial coin offerings (ICO). (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

September 20, 2017

236

Regulation of ICOs: the end or beginning of a healthy market?

By Carlo Meijer for Finextra

One of the hottest – and also one of the most controversial – things in  the crypto currency environment are so-called  Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs. ICOs, which employ the use of crypto currencies, have become a popular means of fundraising for start-ups in recent months. The increasing need of blockchain technology and the lack of regulation allows them to raise money quickly in return to so-called tokens (also described as digital certificates). This hype has driven a steep rise in this sector’s market value, reaching a high of $177 bn. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

September 18, 2017

190

The first of China’s top bitcoin exchanges has announced it will suspend trading

A number of China’s top bitcoin exchanges are preparing to suspend their services following instructions from the government. BTC China, one of the country’s top three, became the first to officially make the move after it announced today that will stop all trading for China-based customers from September 30. (more…)

Blockchain

September 15, 2017

257

The promise of managing identity on the blockchain

By Ron Miller for Techcrunch

Blockchain, the secure distributed ledger technology first created to track bitcoin ownership, has taken on a number of new roles in recent years tracking anything of value from diamonds to real estate deeds to contracts. The blockchain offers the promise of a trusted record that can reduce fraud. Some industry experts say that over the coming years, it could be used to control identity information in a more secure fashion. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

September 11, 2017

192

EY launches new blockchain platform for marine insurance

EY and Guardtime announce the world’s first blockchain platform for the marine insurance sector. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends

September 6, 2017

379

How Singapore became a hot ICO destination

By  for VentureBeat

As the crypto-token market heats up, Singapore has emerged as one of a few key hubs for blockchain startups wanting to launch an initial coin offering (ICO). The city-state is a long-established hub for corporate setup due to its tax friendly rules, light-touch regulation, and state funding. It is home to over 200 banks with total assets amounting to a whopping $2 trillion, and it has already played host to a long list of successful ICOs. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

September 4, 2017

258

Kik raises $50 million ahead of token sale for its cryptocurrency Kin

By Venture Beat

Kik Interactive announced today that a token distribution event (TDE) for the sale of its cryptocurrency Kin will start September 12 at 6 a.m. Pacific time. Kik, a chat app with a community of 50 million monthly active users, is one of the first major examples of a non-blockchain business going to blockchain to open up new opportunities. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

August 30, 2017

The Next Big ICO? Unikoin Gears Up for Offering Next Month

For the moment, there is no stopping the hype swirling around the hot Initial Coin Offering market. Even the SEC’s comment that it expects ICOs that are deemed to be securities to file an exemption has just been a minor bump in the road. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Hotnews

August 28, 2017

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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

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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

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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

361

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

530

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

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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