Jonathan Nieh

Network Backlog Causes Ethereum’s Price to Plummet

Ether, the cryptocurrency which runs the Ethereum blockchain network, fell over 10% the last couple days which was caused by a backlog of network orders from recent Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The cryptocoin had reached a high of over $400 a coin earlier this month… Read More

Potential Red Flags in Bancor’s ICO?

Last week, Bancor, a blockchain startup aiming to be the standard for smart tokens, held an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) which raised over $144 million in a few hours. A recent post on Hacking, Distributed claims that Bancor’s ICO was flawed and there were a… Read More

Morgan Stanley Believes Bitcoin Needs Regulations for Further Growth

In a recent report titled “Blockchain: Unchained?”, Morgan Stanley details its hesitance towards Bitcoin and outlines its belief that in order for Bitcoin to see continued growth, more regulations need to be enacted. While Morgan Stanley does have high hopes for blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin,… Read More

Is the SEC About to Crack Down on ICOs?

The exponential growth of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), which are being used to raise huge amounts of money using blockchain based tokens, have been increasingly scrutinized. According to a recent report on Reuters, regulators within the SEC are taking a hard look at the use of… Read More

Circle Launches Free Cross-Border Mobile Payments Based on Blockchain

Circle, a Blockchain based Fintech startup backed by Goldman Sachs, announced recently it was launching its mobile payments solution to the US, UK, and Europe, which will allow people to transfer money across countries without any fees instantly. Free and Instant Cross-Border Payments Blockchain is the… Read More

Thomson Reuters Launches Blockchain Based Service for Delivering Market Data

It was announced recently that Thomson Reuters is set to launch its blockchain-based service, BlockOne IQ, which will provide its clients with fast and secure financial market data. Wall Street firms will be able to connect to market data through the blockchain network and be… Read More

US Department of State Seeks Intern for New Blockchain Working Group

According to a recent posting on the Virtual Student Foreign Service’s (VSFS) website, the US Department of State is currently accepting applications for an intern to research and report on developments in blockchain and distributed ledger technology. E-Internship Reporting on Blockchain Innovation The VSFS is… Read More

UN Sends Aid to Thousands of Syrian Refugees Using Ethereum’s Blockchain

  As reported by Coindesk a little over a month ago, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) launched an innovative test program to deliver aid to impoverished areas in the middle east using blockchain technology based on Ethereum. The pilot program was declared a… Read More

Operating System for Wealth Managers Addepar Raises $140 Million

Last week it was announced that fintech wealth management platform Addepar had raised $140 million in its Series D round of funding. The funding round was led by Valor Equity Partners, 8VC and investment manager Harald McPike. Operating System for Wealth Managers Based in Mountain… Read More

Charlotte Fintech Firm AvidXchange Announces Partnership with Mastercard and Capital Raise of $300M

Charlotte-based fintech firm AvidXchange, which provides accounts payable and automated payment solutions to midsize businesses, announced a strategic partnership with Mastercard along with a separate capital raise of $300 million. Both the strategic partnership with Mastercard and the capital raise of $300 million will go towards the… Read More

Singapore Tokenizes Their Currency Through Ethereum’s Blockchain

According to a recent article on Trustnodes, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore’s central bank, has successfully digitized their national currency by a creating a token out of the Singapore dollar on Ethereum’s blockchain technology. Phase 1 Complete Last November, MAS announced Project Ubin: a… Read More

Senior Chinese Official Says Bitcoin and Ethereum are of National Interest

Yao Qian, the Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Department at the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, recently authored an extensive report on digital currencies. In the report, Yao Qian highlights many of the advantages and disadvantages of digital currencies, focusing much… Read More

Australian P2P Lender Credit Crowd Joins Blockchain Lending Platform Othera

It was announced recently that Australia-based P2P lender, Credit Crowd, has joined Othera’s Blockchain Lending Platform and Digital Asset Trading Exchange. By joining Othera’s platform, Credit Crowd is seeking to evolve its P2P lending market by digitizing the trading of P2P loans on the block chain. P2P… Read More

Japan’s Bitcoin Frenzy Affecting Small Cap Market

According to an article published on Bloomberg, the increased frenzy over bitcoin in Japan is causing some spill-over effects on some of the country’s small-cap stock market companies. The companies being affected are all related to bitcoin in some way and, as the article speculates,… Read More

Bitcoin Exchanges in China Resume Withdrawals After Months-long Freeze

Last week, it was reported that the 3 largest bitcoin exchanges in China finally ended a four-month freeze on withdrawals. BTC China, OKCoin, and Huobi all began prohibiting withdrawals from their exchanges almost four months ago amidst growing scrutiny from the Chinese government. In February,… Read More

Brave Browser’s ICO Raises $36 Million in 30 Seconds

Earlier this week, Brave Browser, a software company seeking to revolutionize online advertising, held an initial coin offering (ICO) for its Ethereum-based token the Basic Attention Token (BAT). According to multiple sources online, the ICO raised over $36 million in about 30 seconds making it… Read More

Ontario Fintech Firm Wave Raises US $24 Million in Series D

This week, Canadian fintech company Wave, which is based out of Toronto, Ontario, announced it had closed on $32 million CAD (about US $24 million) of funding for its Series D round. The funding was led by investments from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and National… Read More

Ethereum Continues Trend of Surpassing Bitcoin

According to a recent article published to Trustnodes, Ethereum now has 3 times as many nodes as Bitcoin. This revelation follows recent news of Ethereum quickly catching up to Bitcoin in total transaction volume which could signal Ethereum someday surpassing Bitcoin as the world’s number… Read More

Fintech Firm Alfa Financial Raises $1.2 Billion in IPO, UK’s Largest of 2017

On Friday of last week, London-based fintech firm Alfa Financial Software’s shares began being publically traded on the London Stock Exchange. Shares opened at 325 pence, giving the company an initial valuation of about 975 million pounds or US $1.2 billion, making it the UK’s… Read More

Malaysia Fintech Firm Soft Space Raises US $5 Million From Japan’s Transcosmos

Malaysia Fintech firm Soft Space, which offers mobile payment solutions, announced it has secured US $5 million in funding from Japanese e-commerce company Transcosmos Inc. Mobile POS and E-Commerce Soft Space offers mobile point-of-sale services for small and large merchants in Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia…. Read More