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What Venture Capitalists Look For In A Blockchain Startup

By Jonathan Chester for Forbes

With over $1b invested in bitcoin firms and much more within the general blockchain ecosystem, many entrepreneurs, from experienced to aspiring and anywhere in between are looking at this technology and saying “How can I use this?” (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 17, 2016

The Beauty Of The Blockchain

By Perianne Boring for Forbes

This post marks the launch of my new blog on Forbes, The Beauty of the Blockchain. I (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

June 17, 2016

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Fund Based on Digital Currency Ethereum to Wind Down After Alleged Hack

By Paul Vigna for WSJ

A futuristic experiment appears to have fallen prey to a common technological risk, as operators of a new investment fund based on a digital currency said they had suffered a catastrophic hack. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

June 17, 2016

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Here’s How IBM Is Planning to Use Its Own Blockchain Software

By Klint Finley for Wired

BITCOIN MAY STILL bring to mind images of clandestine drug markets and anarchist hackers bent on liberating finance from financial companies. But some of the world’s largest corporations are embracing the technology behind the cryptocurrency. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 17, 2016

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How blockchain technology can prevent the next financial crisis, disrupt Uber, and give us control of our data

By Ian Karr for QZ.com

You’ve probably heard about “the blockchain” recently. A lot. The technology underpinning bitcoin has attracted billions in venture capital funding, the interest of almost every global bank, and the attention of governments around the world. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 16, 2016

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The blockchain could give a big boost to local economies

By Pauline Bock for Wired

Widespread use of blockchain technology could help local economies stay local and support small and medium-sized businesses, according to Colu CEO Amos Meiri (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

June 16, 2016

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MIT’s Brian Forde: “Companies Will Be Disrupted the Most by Public Blockchains”

By Giulio Prisco for the bitcon Magazine

The Exponential Finance 2016 conference, organized by Singularity University and CNBC, was held in New York on June 7 and 8. Once again, distributed ledger technology and applications were extensively featured, with MIT Media Lab director Brian Forde giving attendees a glimpse of current initiatives. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 16, 2016

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Microsoft planning blockchain-as-a-service for Azure apps

By Lain Thomson for the Register 

Microsoft might not be keen on Bitcoin, but it’s cock-a-hoop about the backend blockchain the currency uses and has given the first details of Project Bletchley, a plan to add the tech into Azure services via some new middleware. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 16, 2016

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India Witness Boom in Bitcoin And Fintech Investments

By BTC
Over 180 Fintech startups were analyzed to create this report, most of whom seem to focus on the payment sector in general.

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 14, 2016

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Ethereum Hits $1.5 Billion Market Cap amid Bitcoin Surge

By BTC

It is positive to see multiple cryptocurrencies faring well at the same time. Bitcoin and Ethereum are not competing with each other by any means, and they can peacefully co-exist.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 14, 2016

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Australian bitcoin exchanges announce Ethereum support

By Gola Yashu for Bitcoin News

Two of Australia’s leading bitcoin exchanges, CoinTree and CoinLoft, have announced this week new services allowing users to purchase a variety of altcoins including ether.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, Government activities

June 14, 2016

Bitcoin Surges to Two-Year High as Supply Seen Shrinking in July

By Justina Lee for Bloomberg

Bitcoin surged to a two-year high amid expectations supply of the digital currency will shrink next month. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

June 14, 2016

Union Square Venture’s Fred Wilson Calls Out Banks for Ignoring Bitcoin

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures has little doubt about his bets on bitcoin.

In fact, the legendary investor called out the world’s major banks today for eschewing the first digital currency atCB Insight‘s “The Future of Fintech” conference in New York. On a panel interview with Nathaniel Popper of The New York Times, Wilson made it clear that he believes banks are missing the most important opportunity presented by bitcoin as they build private blockchains, locked inside their own servers. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 10, 2016

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Bitcoin and the Blockchain Take the Stage for International Summit of Central Banks at the Federal Reserve

By Jessie Willms for the Bitcoin Magazine

When Satoshi Nakamoto released the Bitcoin white paper in 2008, little did Bitcoin’s creator know that less than 10 years later, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen would be encouraging central banks around the world to take a closer look at the benefits of Bitcoin and blockchain technology to improve the world’s financial systems. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 10, 2016

Etherised

by the Economist

BITCOIN is back. Fans (and holders) of the crypto-currency were celebrating after its price jumped more than 20% in the five days to May 31st, to nearly $550—a level it last reached in August 2014. They should contain their elation: the factors driving the rally are not unalloyed positives, and the competition is doing even better (see chart). (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

June 8, 2016

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Could Blockchain Have Prevented Bangladesh’s Central Bank Hack?

By John Ditrixhe for Bloomberg

In late April, blockchain evangelist Blythe Masters told a crowd in the London Docklands that banks could solve many of their problems if they embraced the transaction-processing technology.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 7, 2016

Central Bankers Told They Should Be Sprinting Toward Blockchain

By Matthew Leising for Bloomberg

Janet Yellen, meet the blockchain. Blockchain, meet Janet Yellen. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 7, 2016

What Is The DAO and Why Is It the Biggest Crowdfunding Project in History?

By LetsTalkPayments

If you haven’t heard yet about the biggest crowdfunding project in the history, hurry up to get to knowDAO: Decentralized Autonomous Organization. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 6, 2016

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The Future of Banking Is in China

By JAMES T. AREDDY and ALYSSA ABKOWITZ for WSJ

Tech companies use internet payment systems as a wedge into an array of money-management services

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Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

June 5, 2016

Blockchain Could Disrupt Global Securities Value Chain: Morgan Stanley

By Value Walk

With the securities industry experimenting with blockchain across the post-trade market, Morgan Stanley analysts anticipate that blockchain presents a threat / opportunity to the $77 billion post-trade market. Daniel P. Toohey and team point out in their June 2 research piece titled “Global Insight: Blockchain- Is ASX set to shape a brave new world?” that within the equities value chain, central securities depositories (CSDs) seem best placed to drive innovation as they maintain a record of ownership. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

June 5, 2016

Core of banking could be destroyed by blockchain, says Barclays’ former boss

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June 5, 2016

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Sir Richard Branson Hosts Blockchain Summit This Weekend

By Shin Laura for Forbes

The What IS. Arguably at The MOST exclusive blockchain Industry Conference, at The blockchain of Summit , Sponsored by at The BitFury Group and MaiTai, Ltd. Free Join , KICKS OFF the ITS SECOND Annual Event the this catalog on Saturday ON Long-Time Innovator, Futurist and Entrepreneur Sir Richard a Branson ‘S Necker Island in at The Caribbean. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 5, 2016

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Mediachain enivisions a blockchain-based tool for identifying artists’ work across the internet

By Jonathan Shieber for Techcrunch.com

On the internet, where “aggregation” is often the highest form of flattery, not everyone appreciates the compliment. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

June 2, 2016

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Humans are the biggest problem with this $150 million virtual-company experiment

By Ian Karr for QZ.com

Of course, the biggest problem behind a revolutionary new investment fund dictated by computer code could well be human nature. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 31, 2016

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Bitcoin price jumps 21 percent over 4 days, reaching a 21-month high

By Roman Dillet for Techcrunch.com

Bitcoin is back! Or at least, there are positive signs indicating that bitcoin might not be as dead as everybody thought. Bitcoins are now trading at $547.40 on Bitfinex (the largest USD/bitcoin exchange according to Bitcoinity). And it represents a big 21.4 percent price jump over just four days. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

May 31, 2016

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Ernst & Young to sell $16 million in confiscated Bitcoin at auction in Sydney

By Jessica Sier  for Financial Review

Around $16 million worth of Bitcoin is up for auction in Sydney next month after they were confiscated as proceeds of crime last year.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 30, 2016

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IBM: Government and Blockchain Sector Should Work Together to Enhance National Security

By Giulio Prisco for Bitcoinmagazine

IBM Vice President for Blockchain Technologies Jerry Cuomo recently testified before the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity on how the blockchain can benefit transactions, eWeek reports. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

May 27, 2016

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Santander’s using blockchain right now

By Lynsey Barber for CityAM

Santander is the latest bank to experiment with blockchain technology, applying it to international payments with the promise of making the process quicker. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 27, 2016

Blockchain tech could save cash equities market $6bn a year – Goldman Sachs

By Finextra

The use of blockchain technology for clearing and settlement in the cash equities market could save banks around the world $6 billion a year, mainly through lower headcounts and back office IT costs, according to a Goldman Sachs report. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 27, 2016

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Even the US Postal Service wants to start using blockchain tech

By Ian Karr for QZ.com

The US Postal Service, or USPS, isn’t known for innovation. In the digital age, the USPS has become known for being inefficient, outdated, and frustrating to deal with. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 26, 2016