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At BlockchaInvest, international blockchain companies and crypto projects looking to raise capital meet local investors and fund managers in a…

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Category: Investment

Go-Jek Buys Coins.Ph in Philippines Power Move

Category: Adoption, Business, Exchange, Finance, Investment, News

Go-Jek Buys Coins.Ph in Philippines Power Move

Go-Jek, a fast-growing Indonesian ride-hailing startup, made a significant investment on January 18, 2019, in Coins.Ph, which began as a crypto exchange service but has since diversified to a mobile wallet service offering various features for its five million registered users. Jumping Feet First into Fintech Ever since Uber gained traction as one of the world’s most popular startups, there…

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Academics and Pantera Capital’s “Better Bitcoin” Is still Slower than Visa

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Development, Ethereum, Investment, News

Academics and Pantera Capital’s “Better Bitcoin” Is still Slower than Visa

A non-profit group comprised of MIT and bay area academics, as well as hedge fund Pantera Capital was formed to develop a coin that can offer faster speeds of processing transactions than Bitcoin.   How to Make Unit-e More than a “Nice Idea” Teachers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Berkeley’s University in California along with five other…

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UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund Boosts E-Commerce Platform with Blockchain Investment

Category: Blockchain, Business, Finance, Investment, News, Platform

UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund Boosts E-Commerce Platform with Blockchain Investment

UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, the private equity investment arm of Universal Parcel Service (UPS), has made an equity investment in e-commerce platform Inxeption, to help the latter develop highly functional e-commerce solutions for B2B sellers and buyers, according to a press release on January 16, 2019.   A Forward-Thinking Move At a time when blockchain technology is changing the face…

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ConsenSys Ventures Invests in Coinhouse and Tenta

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ConsenSys Ventures Invests in Coinhouse and Tenta

ConsenSys Ventures, the investment arm of Ethereum-focused technology company has announced its first two investments of the new year. According to a press release received by BTCManager, the VC firm has purchases shares in cryptocurrency startup Coinhouse and secure web browser, Tenta. (Jan. 17, 2018) ConsenSys Leads Funding Round for Coinhouse ConsenSys Ventures led the $2.8 million series A funding…

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Coinbase Acquires Data Collection Startup Blockspring

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Coinbase Acquires Data Collection Startup Blockspring

Coinbase, one of the most recognized companies in the cryptocurrency sector with an $8 billion dollar valuation, has acquired Blockspring, a startup focused on data collection and processing (Jan. 14, 2019). Blockspring in Brief Interestingly in this instance, Blockspring announced the acquisition on their own blog, which is unlike many other high-profile acquisitions in the cryptocurrency sector and furthermore, Coinbase…

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Report: ICO Founding Teams May Have Profited Nearly $13 Billion

Category: Business, ICO News, Investment, News, Regulation

Report: ICO Founding Teams May Have Profited Nearly $13 Billion

BitMEX Research in partnership with TokenAnalyst has unveiled their latest report on ICOs on January 16, 2019. It attempts to track the $24 billion of tokens that ICO makers had issued to themselves. These tokens are currently worth only $5 billion. The report also highlights the lack of lockup clauses or vesting schedules, resulting in many initial coin offering (ICO)…

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WordPress Partners with Google News to Launch Open Source Platform for Newsrooms

Category: Investment, News, Platform, Tech

WordPress Partners with Google News to Launch Open Source Platform for Newsrooms

On January 14, 2019, WordPress announced the launch of Newspack by WordPress, an Open Source Platform for Newsrooms which will begin operations in mid-2019 with backing from ConsenSys, Civil media and others. Financial Backing This new solution is in partnership with Google and the Google News Initiative who contributed $1.2 million to the cause. It is also being backed with…

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Institutional Cryptoasset Trading Platform Bakkt Makes First Acquisition

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Institutional Cryptoasset Trading Platform Bakkt Makes First Acquisition

The intercontinental exchange’s much anticipated new cryptocurrency trading venture, Bakkt, announced (Jan 14) that it has made its first acquisition in support of its mission to become to the go-to crypto on-ramp for institutional investors, and to create a regulated cryptocurrency ecosystem for consumers and merchants. Bakkt Expands Risk Management, Compliance, and Treasury Operations Bakkt CEO, Kelly Loeffler, announced the…

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Washington’s Douglas County Set to Establish Blockchain Innovation Campus

Category: Adoption, Blockchain, Investment, News

Washington’s Douglas County Set to Establish Blockchain Innovation Campus

Crypto-friendly Douglas County, located in central Washington has reportedly announced plans to build a distributed ledger technology (DLT) innovation hub aimed at enabling researchers to develop new use cases with the tech and position it in the frontline of the blockchain technology ecosystem, reported the Seattle Times, Jan 11, 2019. Betting on Blockchain Per sources close to the development, Douglas County…

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Bitwise Applies for a Physically Held Bitcoin ETF with the SEC

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, Finance, Investment, News, Regulation

Bitwise Applies for a Physically Held Bitcoin ETF with the SEC

Bitwise, a U.S.-based cryptocurrency index fund provider, has filed an initial registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, proposing a physically held Bitcoin ETF, the SEC announced on their website on January 10, 2019. Bitwise Files for a new Bitcoin ETF The crypto industry has entered the year with new hope about the future of cryptocurrencies, as a startup…

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