From BlackRock to Fintech – A Natural Career Evolution

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When people hear I moved from BlackRock to Fintech iCapital Network, I see a fair number of raised eyebrows. On one hand, you have BlackRock, an established asset-management behemoth. On the other, there’s iCapital, a small, young Fintech company – so the transition seems curious… Read More

The Financial Conduct Authority Annual Report: “The FCA has been a consistent champion of Fintech and Regtech”

The leading financial regulator in the United Kingdom released their annual report this week. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) tackled a wide spectrum of issues in the report including the forthcoming separation from Europe. But the FCA also addressed their ongoing intent to foster an… Read More

Startupbootcamp Announces 10 African Startups Selected For AfriTech Global Accelerator Program

Startupbootcamp (SBC) AfriTech announced last week the Top 10 African Innovators selected to participate in the globally renowned, multi-corporate backed accelerator program for 2018. According to SBC, following an intensive 3-month global scouting tour, across 15 countries, and inclusive of 19 FastTrack events and 220… Read More

Global Smart Card Developer UBIVELOX Forms New Strategic Alliance With Pundi X

UBIVELOX (089850), the KRX-listed company and manufacturer of smart cards, announced on Friday its entry into the cryptocurrency market after forming a new strategic alliance with Pundi X, a developer of a blockchain-based point-of-sale (POS) solution. According to the duo, UBIVELOX will support the deployment… Read More

EnergyFunders Lists Side by Side Offer on SeedInvest

  EnergyFunders, a crowdfunding platform in the oil and gas sector, is raising capital on SeedInvest. The company has listed a side by side Reg CF – Reg D offering (accredited only) so the firm can raise beyond the CF cap. Under Reg CF, EnergyFunders… Read More

The ‘‘Financial Technology Protection Act’’ to be Discussed during House Committee Meeting on July 24th

On July 24th, the House Financial Services Committee will consider legislation entitled the ‘‘Financial Technology Protection Act’’ (HR 5036). This bill, along with several others, will be discussed in front of the full Committee. The Act is described as seeking: “To establish an Independent Financial Technology… Read More

KeyBank Teams Up With Info Money to Launch Instant Payment Solution

KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) announced on Friday it has teamed up with Ingo Money to launch its instant payment solution. KeyBank revealed that through Ingo Money’s platform its commercial clients will be able to quickly and easily turn slow, expensive paper checks and ACH deposits into instant,… Read More

NOON Capital Seeks to Offer Blockchain based Real Estate Investments in Southeast Asia

NOON Capital, a company with offices in Singapore and Thailand, is getting into the business of real estate on blockchain. While not the first entity to securitize investments in real estate, NOON says they are the first in Southeast Asia. According to their web site;… Read More

Silicon Valley Bank & First Data Welcomes Class 8 of Commerce.Innovated.

Earlier this week, Silicon Valley Bank and First Data (NYSE: FDC) announced they have selected five startups to participate in Class 8 of Commerce.Innovated., an accelerator designed to help commerce, payments and fintech companies grow their businesses. According to the duo, the Commerce.Innovated. four-month program provides participants with operational mentorship… Read More

Templum to Congress on Fintech & Digital Assets: “It is critical for regulators to foster innovation without stifling it through unclear regulations”

Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy, part of the House Financial Services Committee, held a hearing on the future of money that addressed the rise in prominence of cryptocurrency. While some members of Congress remain supportive of crypto and Fintech in general, others… Read More

BBVA Announces New Blockchain-Based Corporate Loan With ACS

On Friday, BBVA announced it has signed a €100-million-euro long-term bilateral corporate loan with ACS, which will be used for financial general needs. According to BBVA, the deal shows that BBVA Corporate and Investment Banking is continuing to focus on an innovative financing model for… Read More


House of Representatives Passes JOBS Act 3.0 with Broad Bipartisan Support: 406 Vote Yes, 4 Vote No

As was expected – the “JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018,” also being branded as the JOBS Act 3.0, passed the House this week in a nearly unanimous act of legislation that rarely happens on Capitol Hill. The bill is actually a compendium of… Read More

PayStand Announces Partnership With Commerce.Innovated to Build Out Blockchain-B2B Payments Network

PayStand, the blockchain-based, B2B payments company reinventing commercial finance, today announced that it is partnering with Silicon Valley Bank and First Data in Class 8 of Commerce.Innovated., an accelerator program focused on growth and innovation in finance. According to PayStand, Commerce. Innovated is designed to help… Read More

EY Announces Acquisition of New Cryptocurrency Technology & Related Patents From Elevated Consciousness

Ernst & Young LLP (EY) announced on Thursday it has acquired technology assets and related patents from Elevated Consciousness, Inc., a U.S. startup focused on developing unique solutions for the crypto-asset ecosystem. EY reported that the acquisition is part of its strategy to expand blockchain-related… Read More

Total Ban on Crypto Mining Machines Imports in Vietnam One Step Closer to Reality

The online publication Vietnam News is reporting that the Government of Vietnam has moved one step closer towards banning crypto mining machine imports in the country, after the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) agreed to support a proposal from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and… Read More

EOS Block Explorer Launched by EOS Cafe Calgary. Says it is Super Fast

Is EOS the hottest thing in crypto since Bitcoin? I don’t know, but EOS creator Block.One raise a ton of money in their ICO and now that they have sufficient traditional money they are executing on their vision of being the next big thing in… Read More

Disaster Capitalism: Floods in Sichuan Knock Out Small Bitcoin Miners, Big Miners Move in

Torrential rains in the mountainous Chinese province of Sichuan during late June caused loss of life, landslides, crop damage, the forced relocation of 9000 people, and at least 193 million yuan ($30 million) in economic losses. Global technicians also noticed a 30% concurrent drop in… Read More

Binance Funds Malta Stock Exchange Fintech Accelerator

Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, is backing the Malta Stock Exchange Fintech Accelerator Program. An exact amount of funding was not provided. The “MSX Fintech  Accelerator” will promote an ecosystem that supports and mentors Fintech startups including those geared towards… Read More

StartEngine will Now Accept Bitcoin from Investors for Reg CF Offerings

StartEngine. a full stack crowdfunding platform including ICOs, is now accepting Bitcoin. StartEngine becomes the first FINRA approved Reg CF funding portal to accept cryptocurrency from investors. The addition of Bitcoin is just further indication of the merging of the two sectors of more traditional… Read More

tZero Extends Security Token Offering Until August 6th

tZero, a subsidiary of Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) has extended its ongoing security token offering for individual investors until August 6, 2018. The announcement was shared in an email signed by tZero CEO Saum Noursalehi. tZero indicated the move to extend the offering was due to ongoing… Read More