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Why Coinbase’s Cofounder Is Moving On

By Robert Hackett for Fortune

Five years after co-founding Coinbase, one of the most well-funded Bitcoin ventures, Fred Ehrsam has decided to leave the company. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, People of fintech

January 23, 2017

SatoshiPay Raises £640K in Funding

By FinSMEs

SatoshiPaySatoshiPay Ltd, a London, UK-based private nanopayment software and blockchain company, raised £640k in funding.

Blue Star Capital plc (AIM: BLU) made the investment. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

January 21, 2017

Grayscale Investments Files for $500M IPO

By FinSMEs

Grayscale Investments, LLC, a New York City-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, Inc., has filed for a $500m IPO for the Bitcoin Investment Trust. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

January 21, 2017

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase gets money transmitter license in New York

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

January 18, 2017

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Malaysian Firm Belfrics Launches Bitcoin Exchange in India

By CryptoCoins News

Belfrics, which refers to itself as a Malaysian ‘blockchain technology’ firm, has announced the launch of its bitcoin exchange operations in India.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, India, Malaysia

January 17, 2017

Israel Tax Authority Deems Bitcoin a Taxable Asset

By Samburaj Das for CryptocoinsNews

The Israeli Tax Authority has issued an official draft circular to clarify the tax guidelines that apply to bitcoin adopters. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

January 16, 2017

New Spanish Exchange Converts Bitcoin and Fiat Currencies at 7,000 ATMs

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

HolyTransaction Trade is a new universal cryptocurrency wallet in Spain that enables bitcoin and Euro instant conversions. Within Spain’s 7,000 ATMs, a person can convert their bitcoin into fiat currencies and vice versa, helping to push the country into the digital world. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Fintech news, Remittances

January 16, 2017

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Innovation under the hood will rev the engines of a fintech revolution

By  for TechCrunch

When the internet was first created in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the introduction of the ARPANET its early years were focused on the development of infrastructure and protocol — beyond the knowledge and far away from the consciousnesses of the general public. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance, p2p-payments, PFM/PFP services

January 15, 2017

Coinbase To IRS On Efforts To ID Bitcoin Customers: We Have A Suggestion

By Kelly Phillips Erb for Forbes

As the legal maneuverings over the rights of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to gain access to Coinbase customer accounts continue to wind through the courts, Brian Armstrong, Co-Founder, and CEO at Coinbase, has taken to the publishing platform, Medium, to explain his side of the story. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, news

January 15, 2017

Qtum wants to unify Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchain applications

By  for TechNode

Qtum a Shanghai-based blockchain company, announced on Wednesday a more than 1 million USD angel round from top blockchain evangelists, academics, venture capitalists, and technology enthusiasts on Wednesday. The company claims they have the world’s first digital currency that can execute smart contracts with a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, and are now working on a project called Qhola to circulate its currency on top of WeChat mini program. (more…)

Blockchain, China, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

January 14, 2017

Report: Chinese Authorities Considering Bitcoin Regulation; Price Falls

By Samburaj Das for CryptocoinsNews

Bitcoin price struck a low of $845 (at the time of publishing) from a high of $918.4 on the Bitstamp Price Index for the day as China’s financial regulators are reportedly seeking opinions on how to regulate the trading of bitcoin. (more…)

China, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

January 12, 2017

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FinTech Story: Hits and Misses From 2013 to 2016 and the Way Forward

By Amit for LTP

We have watched 35+ FinTech segments through the ups and downs every single day in the last 3.5 years at LTP. We developed a lot of listening tools and an army of analysts to catch everything in FinTech like a radar. Somebody told us that we have one of the biggest team of FinTech market analysts and that could very well be true. In 2016, we developed MEDICI from the data that we collect, and that contains 6000+ FinTech startup profiles and research across segments. It’s my pleasure to share what we learned about FinTech shift by analyzing some of the data and also talking to hundreds of entrepreneurs and FIs in-person in the last couple of years.  (more…)

China, Cryptocurrencies, India, Mobile payments/banking, RegTech, Security

January 10, 2017

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Blockchain, cognitive computing and cloud to shape future of finance

By The Business Times

Blockchain, cognitive computing and cloud are some of the technologies that will shape the finance industry the most in the digital age, banking and technology chief executives told a financial conference on Monday. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

January 10, 2017

Southeast Asia gets its first Bitcoin startup incubator

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

At the beginning of the three-month programme, each startup will receive US$50,000 in funding in return for 8 to 15 per cent equity from Satoshi Studios. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, InspirAsia

January 9, 2017

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India: Fintech is no more the new kid on the block

By Vivina Vishwanathan for Deal Street Asia

Year 2016 was not as glamourous as 2015 was for fintech in terms of interest from investors. According to start-up data analytics provider Tracxn, investments in 2016 were $484.79 million, compared with $1.18 billion in 2015. One of the reasons is that the 2015 numbers include money raised by Paytm in 2015. (more…)

Analytics, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, eWallets, India, Payment processors/providers/gateways

December 28, 2016

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Polychain Capital Raises £10M in VC Funding

By FinSMEs

Polychain Capital, a San Francisco, CA-based manager of a hedge fund which invests in a diversified portfolio of blockchain tokens, raised £10m in vc funding. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

December 27, 2016

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ICOs and the Consumer-Side Impact of DLT

By Aman Trivedi for LTP

Over the past two years, distributed ledger technology (DLT) has seen tremendous interest by investors and financial institutions alike. There have been numerous variants of the technology coming up, both on the enterprise and consumer side. (more…)

About, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals

December 27, 2016

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Non-Blockchain Crypto Platform To Give Away Tokens With Christmas Day Launch

By Lester Coleman for CryptocoinsNews

Byteball, a cryptocurrency platform for storage and value transfer that is not built on a blockchain, will launch on December 25 and is offering bitcoin users the chance to claim free tokens. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Fintech news

December 24, 2016

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iPayYou Enables Bitcoin Payments to Starbucks’ Official App

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

Seattle-based bitcoin wallet iPayYou has announced the launch of Bitcoin Direct to Starbucks, giving users and coffee lovers a new and easy way to pay with the digital currency. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

December 24, 2016

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Report: FinTech Slow to Take Off in Japan

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

FinTech is growing in Japan, but, unlike the rest of Asia, it’s doing so at a much slower pace. With the Asian market tapping into the industry, Japan is establishing itself as a late adopter, falling significantly behind. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities, Japan, Marketing Report

December 23, 2016

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The 7 Hottest Fintech Startups and Solutions in Vietnam

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Vietnam is a very Internet-connected country, and with the increasing penetration of smartphones there is a wealth of opportunity for online businesses, digital agencies and application developers. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Marketing Report, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, PFM/PFP services, Remittances, Vietnam

December 22, 2016

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What Do the Tech CEOs from Trump’s Sitdown Think of Bitcoin?

By Justin OConnell for CryptocoinsNews

Donald Trump met with tech executives last week.  Trump transition team member, billionaire technologist Peter Thiel, whose oversees funds with Bitcoin investments, sat to the president-elect Trump’s left. Incoming Vice President Peter Thiel was on the president-elect’s right. At one point Mr. Thiel, with money in startups like BitPay, and Mr. Trump embraced hands. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

December 22, 2016

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Philippines Considers Bitcoin Regulation amid Remittance Increase

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

he Philippines government is discussing whether to regulate digital currencies like bitcoin in the country to improve protection for its citizens as the number of Filipinos abroad using bitcoin to send money back home increases. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities, Philippines, Remittances, Security

December 21, 2016

OB1 Raises $3M Funding

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By FinSMEs

OB1, a peer-to-peer trade community, raised $3M in funding.

Backers included BlueYard, Union Square Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

December 16, 2016

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$20 Million Bitcoin Fund Launched by Chinese Investor Huiyin Group

By Samburaj Das for CryptocoinsNews

Bitcoin startups are due to see a windfall in investment after multibillion-dollar Chinese investment firm Huiyin Group announced the launch of its bitcoin- and blockchain-specific subsidiary fund, Huiyin Blockchain Ventures(HBV). (more…)

Blockchain, China, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

December 13, 2016

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Andreessen Horowitz And Union Square Ventures Invest $10 Million In New Digital Assets Hedge Fund

Polychain Capital, a new hedge fund investing in bitcoin, ether and other digital assets, has garnered $10 million in investment from two marquee venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

December 11, 2016

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Goldman-backed payments startup Circle to exit bitcoin business

U.S.-based Circle Internet Financial Ltd, a social payments app backed by Goldman Sachs, said on Wednesday it will no longer allow customers to buy and sell bitcoin because it has failed to become a meaningful part of its business. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

December 11, 2016

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11 Blockchain-Focused Startup Incubators as Unconventional as the Technology

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

As the blockchain-focused community of entrepreneurs expands worldwide, so does the ecosystem aimed to support and nurture top-performing solutions. Being FinTech-focused is not enough – experienced professionals are branching out to blockchain-focused entities, incubating and accelerating development and deployment of DLT-based solutions across industries. (more…)

About, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

December 11, 2016

Decentralized Marketplace OpenBazaar to Release Version 2.0

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OpenBazaar, a decentralized peer-to-peer e-commerce portal for goods and service trading using Bitcoin, will soon release an updated version 2.0 that further improve users’ privacy and security on the internet. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, SME

December 8, 2016