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Global ICO Platform SupraFin Adds High Profile Advisors, Token Offering Starts this Month

The SupraFin, the “first global vetted token platform on blockchain” has lined up several impressive advisors. Keith Teare and Jonathon Read have both signed up to help guide the platform in its mission to bring transparency to the initial coin offering (ICO) industry by creating a global vetted… Read More

SEC Adds Charges Associated withe Centra Initial Coin Offering Fraud, Says Raymond Trapani was “Mastermind” Behind the Scam

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released additional fraud charges affiliated with the Centra Tech $32 million initial coin offering (ICO) that raised money in 2017. Ealier this month, the SEC filed a complaint against Centra Tech, Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas regarding… Read More

Bitbounce Launches New Cryptocurrency Exchange: CredoEx

Tim Draper backed Bitbounce is launching a new cryptocurrency exchange. Bitbounce may be best known for the issuance of Credo tokens via an initial coin offering in 2017 that raised $11+ million. Bitbounce’s first focus was a cryptocurrency spam solution using the Credo token to… Read More

Midex Closes $20 Million Initial Coin Offering. Cryptocurrency Exchange to Launch in May

Estonia licensed Midex reports having closed on more than $ 20 million during their initial coin offering (ICO). Midex’s goal is to become a fully compliant, cryptocurrency exchange operating in multiple jurisdictions with the appropriate regulatory approvals. Midex expects to officially launch their crypto exchange… Read More

Bithumb, South Korea’s Largest Cryptocurrency Exchange, is Killing it

Bithumb recently had its audit report published in the Korean Financial Supervisory Services disclosure system and the information provided is enlightening. Bithumb was said to be holding just shy of $6 billion in crypto at the end of 2017. Sure, prices have fluctuated since that… Read More

Blocksquare Launches ICO for Blockchain Based Real Estate Platform

Blocksquare, a blockchain-based online real estate platform, has opened its Series A initial coin offering (ICO). This first crowdsale has been capped at $300,000 and a price of $0.25 USD due to market volatility, according to the company. Along with the launch of the crowdsale, the… Read More

Online Lending in Risk On Mode: Unprecedented 21 Months of Non Stop Securitization Issuance

PeerIQ has just published their quarterly marketplace lending securitization tracker. The periodic report gauges activity in the online lending sector providing an interesting barometer of industry sentiment and investor activity. The most recent report stated that PeerIQ has observed an “unprecedented 21 months of non-stop… Read More

Meet the Drapers Gets Picked Up by Sony Pictures Networks for Season Two

Season two of Meet the Drapers has received a nice boost as Sony Pictures Networks has picked up season two of the venture capital meets investment crowdfunding series. The series will be carried in over 150 countries with the news. The Drapers, Bill, Tim and Jesse,… Read More

Open Mineral Raises $2.25 Million to Disrupt Commodities Trading with Online Marketplace

Open Mineral has received seed funding $2.25 million. Notable come from Goldcorp (TSX:G), Canadian gold mining company, and Igor Kim of Xploration Capital.  Open Mineral was the first startup to join Thomson Reuters Incubator, which hosts early-stage entrepreneurs building next-generation products in big data, advanced analytics, distributed… Read More

Amazon Patent May Allow Law Enforcement to Monitor Cryptocurrency Transactions

It has been widely reported that Amazon has been granted a patent for technology to create a streaming data marketplace. The patent was filed back in 2014 but was just approved by the US Patent office this week. You may read the Patent in its… Read More

SaveDroid Says No Scam Here, Just Another (Stupid) PR Stunt

Yes, we are still here, not gone actually … stated SaveDroid CEO and founder Yassin Hankir. SaveDroid in a bizarre PR stunt vaporized its website alleging the company had fled along with the gains of its recently completed initial coin offering. The internet erupted into collective anger… Read More

Taiwan Semiconducter Says Cryptocurrency Mining Counters Weak Mobile Sector Business

  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world. This week, TSMC reported quarterly results providing insight into the health of its operations. The company produces silicon for companies like Apple and other computer and mobile manufcgturers. For… Read More

P2PFA: UK Peer to Peer Lending Industry Nears £9 Billion in Total Lending

The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has released Q1 data for its member platforms. According to the industry association, P2P lending is nearing £9 billion in loan originations having provided finance for approximately 50,000 business and 221,000 individuals. Total investors stand at around… Read More

SaveDroid Raises $50 Million in ICO, Company Disappears with Mocking Website as CEO Taunts Backers

SaveDroid appears to be the latest in a long line of initial coin offering scams. Adding insult to injury, the website home page posted a mocking image stating “aannnd its gone” while the CEO tweeted photo stating Thanks guys! Over and out … #savedroidICO –… Read More

Singapore Fintech Association Launches Marketplace Lending Committee to Help Unify Online Lenders

The Singapore Fintech Association (SFA) has announced the creation of a Marketplace Lending committee and website. This is in response to the rapid growth in the sector, according to the SFA. The subcommittee will be dedicated to ensuring the local online lending industry is a trusted,… Read More

“Stable Cryptocurrency” Basis Raises Whopping $133 Million in Private Placement

The crypto firm Basis, formerly known as Basecoin, has raised $133 million in a private placement from big money, according to the company. The private placement received the backing of Bain Capital Ventures, GV, Stanley Druckenmiller, Kevin Warsh, Lightspeed, Foundation Capital, a16z, Wing VC, NFX Ventures,… Read More

tZero Says it is Meeting with SEC & 40 Regulators to Discuss Initial Coin Offering Regulations

Joe Cammarata, President of tZero, was visiting with Security Token Academy last week when he made an interesting comment. Cammarata said he was scheduled to meet with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC this week to discuss regulation of tokenized securities. The transcript is… Read More

Mobile First Credit Provider Tala Raises $50 Million Series C, Expands into India & Mexico

Tala has closed on a $50 million Series C equity investment led by Revolution Growth with participation from existing investors IVP, Data Collective, Lowercase Capital, Ribbit Capital, and Female Founders Fund. Separately, Tala said it has also recently raised $15 million for its loan book…. Read More

Goldman Sachs Has Big Plans for Marcus and the Future of Retail Banking

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein told CNBC today they have not “lost their minds” by moving into the highly competitive consumer banking business with Marcus. Blankfein explained that the consumer business has moved to them because the digital world can allow them to scale. “If… Read More

ATM Coin Issuer Hit with CFTC Enforcement Action Alleging Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has fired off another enforcement action against a questionable cryptocurrency operation. The CFTC has charged multiple individuals, and several companies, with fraud involving ATM Coin (asset trading market coin) and binary options. The CFTC filed the Complaint in the… Read More