• Global startup District0x is building a network for decentralized markets and communities, powered by Ethereum, Aragon and IPFS. The DAO Hack A year has passed since the fatal DAO hack, which managed to steal $50 million from the smart contract. Since then the cryptocurrency market has grown to a staggering $109 billion market. Ethlance, a marketplace on the District0x Network is aiming to prevent a similar or worse hack. District0x is a network of decentralized markets and

    District0x: A Network for Decentralized Marketplaces and Communities

    | 2017/06/25 6:30 pm
  • Founded in 2015 and a graduate of this year’s PayPal incubator program, Singapore-based company TenX managed to raise $34 million through their recent ICO.   One of the major problems that cryptocurrencies face today is the liquidity for real-world usage. Only a very few cryptocurrencies have a high enough trading volume and liquidity support in order to provide such a service. According to the TenX team, many cryptocurrency users face this problem: Once you start

    TenX ICO Raises $34 Million in 7 Minutes

    | 2017/06/24 4:00 pm
  • The Sibcoin team has announced the launch of Perevod.io, a decentralized service for international money remittances. The service allows two parties to send each other fiat money through Sibcoin-supporting exchanges and requires no specific experience with cryptocurrencies, which fulfills the project’s promise of bringing cryptocurrencies closer to people. Perevod.io is applicable in numerous use cases, including operation in underbanked countries, bypassing international sanctions imposed on financial services, and avoiding excessive transaction fees inherent in traditional

    Sibcoin Launches a Decentralized Service for International Remittances

    | 2017/06/23 12:30 pm
  • A new machine-based investing platform called Catalyst aims to allow cryptocurrency investors to become bitcoin fund managers. Disruptive Trends in Finance Enigma is a start-up run by MIT graduates and their current project is an online financial platform called Catalyst. According to the platform’s whitepaper, “Algorithmic trading and machine learning are proving to be disruptive trends in investment management.” Bitcoin and cryptocurrency have a large barrier of entry for those looking to invest the smart way. Many current,

    MIT Grads Envision a Future Where Anyone Can Start a Bitcoin Fund

    | 2017/06/07 1:00 pm
  • The Beth Fund is a new generation investment fund, headed by Dr. Seiji Yoshizaki, partner Hayato Takano and a team of four Japanese fintech entrepreneurs. The blockchain-based fund combines their company’s ‘Deep Learning’ practices with the power of Ethereum Technology.   As they develop innovative technology, the company is offering an opportunity to investors and cryptocurrency community members to be part of the ecosystem by participating in the ICO. The upcoming Beth crowdsale is expected

    Beth: A New Generation Closed-End Fund Based on Ethereum & Deep Learning

    | 2017/05/23 5:30 pm
  • Swiss EY (Ernst & Young) Partner Daniel Haudenshild, financial services managers Valdemar Scherer and Sven Möller are collaborating with Polybius Bank project’s team to assist in company operations, technology, and legislation. Polybius’ target is to offer a fully regulated, decentralized bank for cryptocurrency enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Big Four Auditor EY Interested in ‘Cryptobank’ Project The Estonia-based startup is targeting the ICO for this month, in a bid to add to the initiative’s growing community support.

    Swiss EY Team & Polybius Are Building a ‘Cryptobank’, ICO to Follow

    | 2017/05/23 7:00 am
  • China’s central bank announced the assembly of a Financial Technology (FinTech) Committee aimed at studying the impact of financial technology in the country. China’s New FinTech Committee Today, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announced the assembly of a Financial Technology (FinTech) Committee. Aimed at studying the impact of financial technology, the FinTech Committee will “organize in-depth research into the influence of FinTech development on areas including monetary policy, financial markets, stability and payment clearance”.

    People’s Bank of China Establishes New FinTech Committee

    | 2017/05/15 1:32 pm
  • Evolve Markets, a Forex, commodities and cryptocurrency trading platform has announced the launch of a Bitcoin giveaway contest. The contest is open mainly for new users joining the platform, and the lucky one among them who turns out to be the 5000th registered user will receive a 1 BTC prize. The contest marks the celebration of not one, but two milestones. [Note: This is a press release.] The trading platform recently surpassed a deposit total of

    Evolve Markets to Giveaway 1 BTC to the 5000th Platform User

    | 2017/05/14 1:00 pm
  • A new smart contract based crowdfunding platform, FundYourselfNow.com is set to launch in Q1 2018, making its services available to cryptocurrency investors and entrepreneurs. The platform is built with a goal to help the project leaders raise funds in Bitcoin and Ethereum, to back their ideas through various partnerships. [Note: This is a press release.] The platform’s mission aligns with the recent trends in the cryptocurrency market which saw a huge rise in ICO investment

    FundYourselfNow Crowdfunding Platform Announces Q1 2018 Launch, ICO Starts June 2, 2017

    | 2017/05/12 4:00 pm
  • Estonia-based blockchain startup, Polybius Foundation has projected the participation of over 500,000 of its HashFlare cloud mining service users to take part in the upcoming crowdsale. These early adopters of Polybius Project are expected to help the platform achieve its funding targets during the ICO. [Note: This is a press release.] The Polybius ecosystem connects a ‘Digital Pass remote’ ID service, protected personal data storage, and financial services through Polybius Bank. Digital Pass is touted

    Over 500k Early Adopters to Participate in Upcoming Polybius Project ICO

    | 2017/05/11 4:00 pm
  • Japanese Internet conglomerate GMO Internet has announced the launch of their new Bitcoin exchange, GMO-Z.com Coin. GMO Internet launches exchanges Following the implementation of a law that brings Bitcoin exchanges in the country under national KYC/AML rules and views Bitcoin as an online payment system, Japan continues to establish its presence in the global Bitcoin market, with 18 exchanges applying for a Bitcoin Exchange License in the first month of approval. One of which was GMO

    Japanese Internet Conglomerate to Launch Bitcoin Exchange

    | 2017/05/09 3:30 pm
  • London-based decentralized money platform Sikoba has announced its upcoming ICO with a token presale. The blockchain-supported platform is based on P2P IOU’s, and the crowdsale will give participants the opportunity to receive a 50% bonus on SKO tokens — a cryptocurrency designed to fuel transactions within the Sikoba platform. The ICO will take place between April 25 and May 15, 2017. A Blockchain-based IOU System Sikoba’s decentralized money platform allows users to offer each other

    Blockchain-Based Decentralized P2P IOU Platform, Sikoba Launches Pre-Sale Ahead of Token ICO

    | 2017/05/07 8:00 pm
  • Just because Grindelwald and Dumbledore had a deadly brawl during their quest to revolutionize magic doesn’t mean two great powers cannot be used in concert to change the world. By Marcie Terman, founding director of XBT Corp Sarl This could be the worst way to start an important conversation about financial technology, but stick with me, it gets more interesting. We are speaking about the world-altering technology of Artificial Intelligence as the first superpower coupled with

    Do A.I. and Cryptocurrency Work Well Together?

    | 2017/05/05 3:00 pm
  • ViaBTC’s latest blog post sheds some light on why the mining pool is opposing the Bitcoin scaling proposal, SegWit. ViaBTC, Bitcoin Core and SegWit ViaBTC just published a blog post in which they explain the reason behind their opposition to SegWit, citing the concerns regarding the complexity of the soft fork, the irreversible damage it may and the introduction of second-tier networks like Lightning Network. The mining pool also mentions Bitcoin Core’s impact on Bitcoin

    ViaBTC Explains Why They Don’t Support SegWit

    | 2017/04/19 12:00 pm
  • While Bitcoin tends to have slight price premiums and discounts in different currency markets like the CNY or INR, some exchanges are now trading Bitcoin with a considerable premium. Bitcoinist explains why. Bitfinex and Poloniex Price Premium A quick look at the Bitcoin prices from all exchanges in the field and one will notice a small anomaly. Both Bitfinex and Poloniex are trading Bitcoin with a +$50 premium on the USDT market. While most exchanges

    Bitcoin Trading at a Premium on Bitfinex and Poloniex

    | 2017/04/18 12:30 pm
  • A new documentary film called The Blockchain and Us was released last week exploring how Blockchain technology can change the world in a meaningful way. Documentary: ‘The Blockchain and Us’ A documentary film dubbed “The Blockchain and Us” by Manuel Stagars has been released last week. The 8-part documentary focuses on what blockchain technology is and the social and economic impact it can have in the world, if its potential is successfully harnessed. The preview description reads: Economist

    ‘The Blockchain and Us’: A New Documentary on Bitcoin Tech Changing the World

    | 2017/04/12 7:00 am
  • The Finance Minister of Russia has revealed state interest in tracking every cryptocurrency transaction ‘just like with bank operations.’ Furthermore, a Bitcoin regulation bill is expected later this year, which could go into effect as early as 2018. ‘The State Needs to Know’ Russian authorities are looking into the possibility of legalizing operations with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies within the framework of curbing illegal money transfers, Russia’s Finance Minister, Alexey Moiseev told Bloomberg. He continued: The state

    Russia Set to Legalize Bitcoin by 2018, Track Every Transaction

    | 2017/04/11 4:00 am
  • A report by Cambridge University’s CCAF reveals that the number of people using cryptocurrency today has seen significant growth and rivals the population of small countries. Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has recently published a research paper called Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study, which examines several sectors of the global cryptocurrency industry, including exchanges, wallets, payment providers, mining and more. The study was led by Dr.Garrick Hileman, senior research associate

    Cambridge University: Cryptocurrency Use Seeing ‘Significant Growth’

    | 2017/04/08 12:00 pm
  • Over 50 of the world’s biggest banks are currently studying one of Bitcoin’s key components – the Blockchain. But it’s becoming increasingly evident that the idea of banks building their own blockchains is like the futile attempt of building your own internet.  [Note: This is an Op-Ed] ‘Can’t We Be in the Headlines on Blockchain?’ When a bank says they’re working on their own blockchain platform are they actually saying “let’s build our own internet?” And

    Banks Don’t Need Their Own ‘Vanity Project’ Blockchains

    | 2017/03/16 11:00 am
  • AppTrade, the Kickstarter-like platform for mobile applications has started its crowdsale. The platform, powered by OpenLedger is offering the APPX digital tokens to interested investors, starting February 28, 2017. The platform, Apptrade creates portfolios of applications that can turn profitable even if one of the apps among the list becomes profitable. This way, investors who are putting their money into the portfolios have better chances of getting rewarded for their contribution. The applications that are

    The Stock Market of Apps, Apptrade Opens Its Initial Token Offering

    | 2017/03/08 2:39 pm
  • If something works, why change it? PayPal’s Harper Reed has dismissed “boring” Blockchain technology, choosing to stick to the traditional databases. ‘Why Don’t We Just Use a Database?’ In the midst of the “chainwashing” trend, some companies seem to be taking the high road and staying clear of Bitcoin’s underlying Blockchain technology. This is the case with PayPal which, despite its ambitions to become the dominant global online payments platform, has distanced itself from this prospect. When asked about the

    PayPal on Blockchain: ‘Why Don’t We Just Use a Database?’

    | 2017/02/28 9:00 am
  • Bitcoin has been making all kinds of headlines so far in 2017, but it looks like Ethereum price may be ready for a breakout year in 2017. Ethereum Price Breaks Out If you have been watching Ethereum price recently, those in the know are expecting a major announcement that could put Ethereum into the mainstream in a big way this week. Ethereum is coming off a very impressive 2016, its first full year on the

    Ethereum Price Shoots Up Before Major Press Conference

    | 2017/02/27 7:00 am
  • Northern Trust and IBM have released what is being called the first commercially deployed blockchain-based solution for finance. But is blockchain the right word for this platform? ‘First Commercially Deployed Blockchain’ The trend towards “chainwashing” is growing with companies using the Blockchain buzzword as a means to get attention and funding. Although companies are attempting to build functional applications using distributed ledger technology, they often come as solutions to nonexistent problems. Such might be the

    Database? First Commercial IBM ‘Blockchain’ Touts 4 Nodes, Immutability

    | 2017/02/23 9:30 am