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New Medici Bank launches with crypto-friendly outlook

via CoinGeek

A descendent of the famed Renaissance banking family, the House of Medici, has launched a new bank in Puerto Rico with a pledge to accept business from cryptocurrency firms.

Medici Bank has been launched by Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici, and was “born out of frustration with the current financial services landscape.” According to the launch announcement this week, the bank will offer cheaper fees, faster services and greater transparency for its customers. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

May 10, 2019

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Everest to supply KYC platform in Samoa for cross-border transactions

via FinTech Futures 

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has selected Everest, a California-based firm that uses blockchain for know-your-customer (KYC) purposes, to fix a cross-border issue in Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.

The contract with ADB was signed on 1 March this year, with the implementation starting immediately and expected to be finished in Q3 of this year, Everest CEO and co-founder Bob Reid tells FinTech Futures. Everest was granted the contract after the call for proposals by ADB was made in October. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Security

March 28, 2019

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Crypto Exchange Binance Enhances Global KYC/AML Measures With Tools From IdentityMind

via Forbes 

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted trading volume, is implementing stronger know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations to ensure data security and compliance across their global operations.

Following the launch of Bitcoin Lite in Australia, Binance announced today a new partnership with Medici Ventures portfolio firm, IdentityMind. This collaboration is part of a joint mission to help raise the blockchain industry’s standards by improving existing data protection and compliance measures. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Financial Markets / Trading

March 26, 2019

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Puerto Rico Financial Commissioner George Joyner: “There’s a space for virtual assets that won’t go away”

via Crowdfund Insider

George Joyner has Puerto Rico in his blood. The Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions is a veteran player who has spent his whole career in the fast-growing banking and, latterly, FinTech industry in the US territory of Puerto Rico, with the exception of two years in Florida. Born on the mainland, he was brought to San Juan as a six-month-old baby. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Joyner is an American and a passionate Puerto Rican.

Puerto Rico’s tax-favored status has proved attractive to both mainstream finance and players from cryptoland. Joyner understands and shares the local passion for growth, but as the gatekeeper of Puerto Rican standards, he will only allow growth to occur in the fashion he considers prudent.

Crowdfund Insider caught up with him at the recent financial summit organised by one of Puerto Rico’s newest financial institutions, Kinetic International. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Government activities, People of fintech

March 18, 2019

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Stock Exchange Operator Pilots Collateral Pledges Digitization on Blockchain

via Cointelegraph

Major Spanish stock market operator Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME) has completed its first blockchain pilot for electronic certificates of collateral pledges, according to an official press release published on March 15.

Implemented along with Renta 4 Banco, which is the only investment services firm listed on the BME, the new pilot intends to eliminate the use of physical certifications by digitizing all processes and providing network participants with real-time access to data.

The pilot’s proof-of-concept (PoC) consisted of the release of collateral pledged by Renta 4 Banco to cover customer’s positions at BME Clearing, BME’s central counterparty.

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Blockchain, news

March 15, 2019

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What is decentralized credit scoring?

via Tearsheet

Traditional credit scoring uses debt repayment information from financial institutions to determine the creditworthiness of a borrower. Decentralized credit scoring, on the other hand, uses a peer-to-peer network of trusted parties and personal data to attest to the identity and creditworthiness of a potential borrower, creating a secure credit scoring system for everyone, no matter their debt history. (more…)

Blockchain, Credit scoring

March 14, 2019

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Koi Trading OTC Crypto Exchange Partners with IdentityMind for Compliance and AML/KYC Services

Koi Trading, an innovative OTC trading desk that provides private, efficient, and compliant cryptocurrency liquidity to counterparties around the world, today announced a partnership with IdentityMind, Digital Identities You Can Trust, to provide Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance-as-a-service to money services businesses globally under the brand Koi Compliance.

Koi Compliance offers the first plug-and-play AML compliance solution that supports digital currency. Koi Compliance will pair their legal expertise and compliance analysts with IdentityMind’s platform that already supports over 35 digital currency exchanges worldwide. This enables companies to focus on running their business, while Koi Compliance leverages industry best practices to perform the legally required Know Your Customer (KYC), transaction monitoring, sanctions screening, recordkeeping, and regulatory reporting through IdentityMind. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, news

March 12, 2019

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10 ways central banks are experimenting with blockchain

via World Economic Forum (blog)

While research and experimentation with blockchain technology across sectors has been underway for several years, few organizations have deployed it. Although central banks are among the most cautious and prudent institutions in the world, a new white paper published by the World Economic Forum indicates that these institutions, perhaps surprisingly, are among the first to implement blockchain technology.

Central bank activities with blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are not always well known or communicated. As a result, there is a lot of speculation and misunderstanding. Yet dozens of central banks around the world – from Sweden to South Africa to Singapore – are actively investigating whether blockchain can help solve long-standing issues in banking, such as payment-system efficiency, payment security and resilience, as well as financial inclusion.

These organizations, tasked with overseeing a nation’s monetary policy and financial and economic stability, are very cautious to implement any technology or solution that can have adverse consequences. Yet many central banks are actively researching a variety of use cases to explore the technology’s potential in controlled, secure settings.

(more…)

Banks, Blockchain

March 4, 2019

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Is Privacy Under Threat From All The Know-Your-Customer Documents Stored With Countless Services?

via Forbes

European anti-money laundering legislation means customers and businesses are required to provide potentially sensitive documentation to prove their identities. But how safe are the methods of sharing and storing those documents? Are these attempts to strengthen security creating security and privacy risks of their own?

Right now, we’re stuck with a system that forces customers to duplicate key processes, and means sensitive personal documents are stored in multiple locations with multiple services. That’s a poor experience for customers. More seriously, it greatly increases the risk of data breaches. Recent years have proved – with increasing frequency – just how urgent those risks are. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Security

March 4, 2019

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Release Token to be Listed on LATOKEN on 20th November

The team behind the RELEASE ICO Project has officially announced that the RELEASE Coin (REL) tokens powering the project will be available on the popular LATOKEN crypto exchange platform on 20th of November 2018. (more…)

Blockchain

October 10, 2018

Arival Bank’s Jeremy Berger: we are eager to work with SMEs who are involved in STOs

On September 20, second day of Consensus Singapore, Jeremy Berger (Life.SREDA VC Portfolio Director, COO Arival Bank) gave a speech on the digital banking revolution at a meetup dedicated to the future of financial markets.

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Banks, Blockchain, Marketing Report

September 27, 2018

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Blockchain Technology Will Change How We Conduct Business

Sponsored post,

Blockchain technology was started a number of years ago now and has positively impacted how we conduct business. It was initially meant to formulate the Bitcoin cryptocurrency but has since been an influence in several sectors. The production sector is one that was overshadowed with different challenges especially when it comes to operational readiness. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends

July 28, 2018

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Highlights of the AGATE iFiat Ecosystem

Sponsored post,

Agate, a newly launched decentralized blockchain, offers comprehensive crypto infrastructure for everyday banking and merchant transactions. With one of the highest transaction speeds and a near-instant settlement time, at substantially low-cost transaction fees, Agate is the future of payments arena. Fueled by its independent AGT token, which is utilized for several use-cases within the Blockchain ecosystem, Agate introduces its iFiat ecosystem that offers stability in converting crypto-assets to Fiat currency. This enables a merchant to easily adopt Agate’s crypto-payments platform without risking volatility of such digital assets. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

July 16, 2018

Crypto Tax Summary

By DAVID SIEGEL is CEO of the Pillar Project, a nonprofit Swiss foundation building the world’s first smart wallet for crypto-assets for his Medium Blog

As part of The Token Handbook, I have just released The Tax Chapter— 8,000 words on tax treatment for crypto-assets. I have also included a short essay on how I think tax should work and how it ties in with a universal basic income. When I speak to audiences, few people know any of this stuff. This does not constitute professional advice, which you should seek separately. Here are some of the key takeaways:

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

July 13, 2018

The Four Major Things Missing in The Blockchain Industry

Infrastructure suggestions on everything from UX to Interoperability to Digital Reserves to Stablecoins

By Wesley Graham and Robert Greenfield for their Medium Blog

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

July 13, 2018

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R3 Consortium Releases New ‘Version’ of Its Corda Platform for Businesses

Blockchain technology company R3 announced July 10 that it had released a “version” of its Corda blockchain platform aimed specifically at businesses. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

July 11, 2018

Top 10 “Stay Away” ICO Directions in 2018

Fraud among Cryptocurrencies

Undoubtedly, there are cryptocurrencies capable of succeeding and achieving goals. At the same time, there are many more ordinary frauds in the field of cryptocurrency, and they are doomed to failure. Every investor should know this, since the production of cryptocurrencies does not have a controllable unit — no one regulates emissions. This means that this financial instrument does not have a regulator that controls the amount of the issued currency. Besides, the cryptocurrency isn’t bound to any material values, such as gold, for instance. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

July 10, 2018

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Czech Firm Reveals $100 Mln Venture Fund for Israeli Startups With ‘Emphasis’ on Blockchain

By William Suberg for CoinTelegraph

Investment banking firm Benson Oak revealed it would pump “around $100 mln” into Israel-based startups with an “emphasis” on blockchain, local Israeli news outlet the Jerusalem Post reported today, July 9. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

July 9, 2018

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How to Raise Money via IDOs: Initial DICE Offerings

Sponsored post

Over the past couple of years, as cryptocurrencies gained momentum, they rapidly gained the public eye. Although a promising run-up, cryptocurrencies are almost never perceived beyond volatile assets. While blockchain is a revolutionary technology, cryptocurrencies and in particular the ICO funding method suffer from multiple inefficiencies, like exorbitant fundraising costs. Similar is the case with traditional fundraising platforms such as IPO or debt instruments. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

July 9, 2018

Tokenised funds to reshape PE/VC fundraising

Initial coin offers (ICOs) and the emergence of tokenised funds — represented by the issue of equity tokens — are set to reshape the dynamics of how private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) fund managers raise capital, bringing greater transparency and democratisation to the fund management space. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

July 6, 2018

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Blockchain is revolutionising the gaming industry

Blockchain, the driving force behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, is often talked about in regards to the impact it can have on industries such as banking, agriculture and healthcare.  What is rarely mentioned alongside Blockchain is the gaming industry. Blockchain is a public record of transactions that can’t be hacked or manipulated. Proof of game ownership can be stored on a blockchain. What other ways is blockchain revolutionising this industry? (more…)

Blockchain

July 6, 2018

Crypto Visa card company Monaco just spent millions to buy Crypto.com

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By Jon Russel for TechCrunch

Highly-prized domain name Crypto.com has been sold!

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

July 6, 2018

Why the Structure of Andreessen Horowitz’s New $300 Million Crypto Fund Matters

Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has led the venture capital firm's crypto investments to date. Dixon is spearheading the firm's new $300 million fund, called a16z crypto, alongside a new general partner, Kathryn Haun (not pictured).
Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has led the venture capital firm’s crypto investments to date. Dixon is spearheading the firm’s new $300 million fund, called a16z crypto, alongside a new general partner, Kathryn Haun (not pictured).

It seems like forever ago when I wrote about traditional venture capitalists and their role in the brave new world of cryptocurrency. It’s only been eight months, but a lot has changed.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

July 2, 2018

Blockchain Technology Seeing New Paradigm With Dramatic Shift to ICOs

By Venture Scanner

With all the ICO buzz in the Blockchain sector, we dove into our Blockchain Technology report and research platform to examine how significant this new financing model has been. It comes as no surprise that we can conclude that the Blockchain Technology sector is experiencing a new financing paradigm.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 1, 2018

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Utility vs Security: New $10 trillion tokenisation wave approaches?

By Alexey Shadrin, CEO at EverCity

Wild West crypto days are over. We knew that for a while now, but this week regulatory bodies all over the world came cracking down on ICOs with a series of anti-fraud investigations. Seems like it’s time to play safe. But what IS safe?

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Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

May 29, 2018

Why Blockchain is Hard

By Jimmy Song, Bitcoin Educator

The hype around blockchain is massive. To hear the blockchain hype train tell it, blockchain will now:

  1. Solve income inequality
  2. Make all data secure forever
  3. Make everything much more efficient and trustless
  4. Save dying babies

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

May 28, 2018

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Why crypto must comply or die

Inadequate oversight can create industry crises — an effect we are starting to see in crypto. Over the last year, tokens have been at the centre of multiple global hacks and large-scale fraud – such as the theftof $400 million in Coincheck tokens, the Parity coding error that froze over 513,776 ETH, the PlexCoin ICO which saw the SEC freeze $15m worth of assets and jail the founder, and the Pincoin scam that left investors short by $660 million with the founders still at large. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 18, 2018

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Circle raises $110 million (or 13,300 BTC)

By Romain Dillet for TechCrunch;

Cryptocurrency startup Circle has raised a $110 million funding round, which values the company near $3 billion. Cryptocurrency mining company Bitmain is leading the round. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

May 16, 2018

KODAKCoin in “Final Phase” as Token Offering Officially to Commence on May 21st

WENN Digital, the developer of the blockchain based KODAKOne Image Rights Management Platform, has announced that the offering of Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFTs) and the underlying KODAKCoin Token will officially commence on May 21, 2018. The offering will be facilitated through Cointopia and managed via Pickwick Capital Partners, LLC and Exemplar Capital, LLC, both FINRA-member firms and SEC-registered broker-dealers. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

May 11, 2018

Investment Analysis of Waves

The Waves Platform was founded by Sasha Ivanov, a Russian physicist. Here is some further background on the founder:

Sasha Ivanov graduated from Moscow State University in 2001, having studied in the Theoretical Physics faculty. He undertook further study at Leipzig University in Germany, and took an early interest in electronic currencies. From 2008–09 he was involved in programming bots to trade on the international forex markets, making use of artificial neural networks, later working on trading operations and neural network trading systems for banks. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news

May 7, 2018