Japanese crypto exchange bitFlyer launches in Europe

By Bitflyer

bitFlyer, the Tokyo-based operator of the world’s largest* Bitcoin exchange, today announced its launch into Europe. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

January 23, 2018


How to find the nearest location to buy/sell bitcoins

Cryptocurrency has revolutionized the way people transact business in the modern world. It is not only helping to grow businesses across the world but also enabling people to interact and grow together. It has grown over time and so far, it is recording a great progress of how different people are adopting it. Selling and buying of bitcoins can be easy when you have a starting point. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

January 22, 2018


Indian Banks Suspending Bitcoin Exchange Accounts

Bitcoin exchanges are under fire in India, as many of the nation’s top banks have suspended or greatly curtailed functionality on exchange accounts. State Bank of India (SBI), Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Yes Bank have all taken strong action toward crypto exchanges, either closing accounts or severely limiting functionality. The banks cite the risk of dubious transactions, according to local reports. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

January 22, 2018

Blockchain security startup Ledger scoops £56 million funding round

Draper Esprit has led a whopping £56 million Series B investment round in Paris-based cryptocurrency wallet and blockchain security outfit Ledger. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

January 22, 2018

Ripple turns investor as execs lead $25M round for storage and rental startup Omni

Earlier this month, I wrote that crypto companies are going to become investors in 2018. I didn’t quite imagine that happening as quickly as mid-January, but here we are. Ripple, the fintech startup behind the controversial XRP token, has its first investment after it backed U.S.-based storage startup Omni through a $25 million round. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

January 17, 2018


Buffett rubbishes cryptocurrencies; South Korea preps exchange crackdown

Warren Buffett, arguably the world’s most successful and respected investor, has issued a scathing assessment of cryptocurrencies and predicted a “bad ending” for the current bitcoin boom. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

January 12, 2018

Telegram plans multi-billion dollar ICO for chat cryptocurrency

By Mike Butcher for Techcrunch

Encrypted messaging startup Telegram plans to launch its own blockchain platform and native cryptocurrency, powering payments on its chat app and beyond. According to multiple sources which have spoken to TechCrunch, the “Telegram Open Network” (TON) will be a new, ‘third generation’ blockchain with superior capabilities, after Bitcoin and, later, Ethereum paved the way. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

January 9, 2018


Looking for signs the Bitcoin panic is over

A remarkable 2017 for Bitcoin turned into stomach-churning terror for investors just before the holiday weekend when the cryptocurrency had its worst week of trading in four years. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

December 26, 2017


Peer to Peer Robo-Lending Platform InvestUp Sizes Up Cryptocurrency Investing

FCA authorised crowdfunding aggregation platform InvestUp may be going crypto. The UK based Fintech has so far focused on the peer to peer lending space but management is currently looking at adding algorithm driven cryptocurrency investing. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

December 26, 2017


North Korea Accused of Hacking South Korean Bitcoin Exchange Youbit

Earlier this week, major South Korean Bitcoin exchange Youbit suffered a large-scale security breach that led to the theft of one fifth of user funds. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

December 22, 2017


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


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


Crypto Finance applies for Swiss banking licence

Virtual currency investment firm Crypto Finance has closed a EUR13 million capital raise to fund an application for a Swiss banking licence. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

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


6 red flags of an ICO scam

By Deep Patel for Tech Crunch

ICOs have opened to the general public investments in blockchain ventures. In the third quarter of 2017 alone, ICOs raised more than $1.3 billion for crypto ventures — approximately five times more than funding raised through venture capital in the blockchain space. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

December 8, 2017

Coinbase hits top spot on Apple’s US App Store despite struggling to handle bitcoin demand

View image on TwitterIgnoring recent price rises for a second, if you can — there’s no greater sign of bitcoin fever than an app that lets you buy the cryptocurrency becoming the most downloaded app in the App Store. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

December 8, 2017


Bank Indonesia to Bar Fintech Companies From Using Digital Currency on Platforms in 2018

Bank Indonesia announced on Thursday it has issued new regulations that bar fintech companies from using cryptocurrencies on their platforms. This news comes less than two months after the bank announced it has drawn up rules to monitor fintechs in the country. (more…)

Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities

December 8, 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


South Korea’s Financial Services Commission Plans To Reverse ICO Ban

South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) is planning to introduce regulations for Bitcoin and other digital currencies, as well as to lift the blanket ban on initial coin offerings (ICO) in the country. The plans were revealed by a senior agency official on Dec. 6, 2017. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia

December 8, 2017


Revolut lets customers buy Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum

European digital banking outfit Revolut is now letting its customers buy, hold and exchange cryptocurrency from within its app. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

December 6, 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