Exclusive: Telegram to Release Blockchain Platform, Native Cryptocurrency

By David Dinkins

The popular encrypted messaging app Telegram will launch its own Blockchain platform and cryptocurrency, according to sources familiar with the matter. The new platform will be dubbed either “The Open Network” or “Telegram Open Network” (TON) and is supposed to be based on an improved version of Blockchain technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

December 22, 2017


Our blockchain future: 3 takeaways from TechCrunch Shanghai 2017

By John Artman for TechNode

When I first read Ray Kurzweil’s The Age of Spiritual Machines (I actually had no idea what it was the time, but was on a “spiritual” kick when I found it), I suddenly realized that much of what I had read by William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and other science fiction authors could actually come to pass. Kurzweil’s book made me realize that much of what I had been reading since middle school was actively being worked on: Science fiction was quickly becoming science fact. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

December 22, 2017


Ripple Ramps Up Focus On Blockchain Infrastructure

Blockchain technology firm Ripple is ramping up its focus on distributed ledger infrastructure at a time the company said many are more concerned with bitcoin. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

December 22, 2017


MAS cautions against investments in cryptocurrencies

By Mas

The Monetary Authority of Singapore advises the public to act with extreme caution and understand the significant risks they take on if they choose to invest in cryptocurrencies (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Government activities

December 20, 2017


eToro to Build Blockchain-Based Social Trading Products in Partnership with CoinDash

by David Penn for Finovate

With bitcoin futures hitting the market this week, we should have guessed that the social trading innovators at eToro would find a way of further leveraging their unique approach to trading to the burgeoning bitcoin market. And so we were pleasantly not surprised to learn that eToro has partnered with cryptocurrencyportfolio management specialist, CoinDash, to develop a suite of blockchain-based products for social trading. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

December 20, 2017


First Government Blockchain Implementation For Russia

By William Suberg for CoinTelegraph

Russia has officially completed its first government-level Blockchain implementation. The state-run bank Sberbank announced today that it is partnering with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) to implement document transfer and storage via Blockchain. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

December 20, 2017


Do good companies ICO?


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

December 18, 2017

Coinbase: The Heart of the Bitcoin Frenzy

By Nathaniel Popper for The New York Times

The San Francisco start-up has been at the center of the virtual currency boom. But like any young company, it is experiencing growing pains.


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

December 11, 2017

Why is bitcoin’s price so high?

By John Biggs for TechCrunch

Bitcoin’s price has risen stratospherically, a fact that leaves many minor players in the market with massive gains and many bigger players millionaires. But is this a bubble? Are the gains real? And are the bitcoin whales in for a sad Christmas? (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

December 8, 2017


Hope grows that a larger SEC crackdown on ICOs is coming — and soon

By Connie Loizos for techcrunch

More than $3 billion has been raised through so-called initial coin offerings so far in 2017. Yet while numerous of these have already proven to be good old-fashioned scams, regulators in Washington have remained relatively quiet aside from warning issuers that at least some coins sold in ICOs could be considered securities; publishing a statement saying celebrity endorsements of ICOs may be unlawful without appropriate disclosures around compensation; and bringing two cases against fraudulent coin offerings. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Hotnews

December 6, 2017


No CEO needed: These blockchain platforms will let ‘the crowd’ run startups

By Jeremy Epstein for Venture Beat

Back in May, I wrote about the concept of DAOs, decentralized autonomous organizations capable of running themselves thanks to blockchain technology — no CEO or C-Suite needed. At the time I was writing, there were a few people in the blockchain community testing out the idea but no strong efforts underway. That was six months ago. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

December 4, 2017


Coinsilium Group buys 30% stake in ICO advisory outfit StartupToken

By Coinsilium

Coinsilium Group Limited (NEX: COIN), the blockchain venture builder and investor that finances and manages the development of early-stage blockchain technology companies, is pleased to announce it has acquired a 30% equity stake in StartupToken Limited (“StartupToken”), a provider of accelerator and advisory services to technology start-ups and companies looking to undertake Token Generation Events (“TGEs”), sometimes referred to as Initial Coin Offerings (“ICO’s”). (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Global trends

November 30, 2017

Digital Bank Revolut Prepares to Launch Cryptocurrency Features

Digital only challenger bank Revolut is preparing to enter the cryptocurrency world with new features on their bank app to allow users to exchange and use Bitcoin and other digital currencies. While some traditional banks look at crypto with disdain (heres looking at you, Jamie Dimon), Revolut is embracing the future and providing a service that users demand. For a traditional bank to incorporate a new feature like this it would take months, perhaps years, of internal discussion. This committee and that one would weigh in on the costs and benefits – to the detriment of actual action that would provide a service consumers want. This is not the case with an agile bank like Revolut. You just go and do it. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

November 29, 2017 sets up blockchain talent agency


This week sees the official launch of — the world’s first blockchain talent agency that enables organisations worldwide to hire high-end, experienced blockchain freelancers, from coders to marketers, and pay both their fee and the freelancers themselves in bitcoin via Moneo’s secure, escrowed payments platform. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals

November 28, 2017


Here’s How to Make Cryptocurrencies Attractive to Investors

By Dan Itkis, Co-founder of Graft Network for FinTech Ranking

Views will always differ when it comes to the reasons why Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, for all the success (mostly in pricing) they’ve collectively enjoyed, are yet to see mainstream adoption. Many industry experts, as well as experts from the traditional financial space, are likely to point at the instability in the values of cryptocurrencies, or digital currencies, as the main reason people are not embracing cryptocurrency en masse. You’re likely to get the same answer if you ask long-term investors why they shy away from investing in cryptocurrency. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

November 24, 2017


Axis Bank uses Ripple to open new payment corridors between the UAE and Singapore

Standard Chartered, Axis Bank and Rakbank have begun to use RippleNet to send live cross-border payments on behalf of corporate clients and migrant workers. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain

November 23, 2017


ING brings data privacy to blockchain transactions

Dutch bank ING claims to have cleared a major hurdle in the use of blockchain technology in financial services: protecting data privacy. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain

November 21, 2017


Tether, a startup that works with bitcoin exchanges, claims a hacker stole $31M

By John Russel for Tech crunch

Bitcoin cruised past $8,000 for the first time this week, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for all after Tether — a company that helps exchanges convert fiat currency to token — said today that a hacker snatched nearly $31 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

November 21, 2017


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Jamie Dimon’s Warning Regarding The Future Of Bitcoin

By Kaya Johnson for

The times when Bitcoin was only used for bogus transactions and it was all surrounded by a mist of mystery and uncertainty are long gone. The cryptocurrency gathers more and more adepts as days go by, however, not everyone is so thrilled about it. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

October 28, 2017


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