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Marqeta Hires New Chief Human Resources Officer

Marqeta (NASDAQ:MQ), a leading card-issuing platform for the digital generation, has announced Sunaina “Suni” Lobo as its new Chief Human Resources Officer Lobo previously worked at Cisco, SVB, ANZ Bank, and Navis. In her role, she is expected to lead the “People and Culture function”… Read More

CEO of Payments Platform Banked.com Comments on Amazon UK’s Decision to Keep Accepting Visa Transactions

As was reported earlier, Amazon UK has hit the pause button on an earlier announcement that it would stop accepting Visa for transactions in the UK. Of course, the decision to cease allowing Visa was due to the very high fees associated with using the… Read More

Coldwell Banker Partners with Coinweb on Tokenized Real Estate

Coldwell Banker, a global real estate firm, has partnered with Coinweb to tokenize real estate, first in Thailand. Coldwell Banker represents a network of property firms across 3,000 offices in 49 countries and territories. The collaboration is said to expect Coinweb to develop and support… Read More

Stephan Moore to Advise Blockchain Firm PraSaga

Stephan Moore, a well-known economist who is a distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, WSJ editorial board member, and at one time considered as a Federal Reserve Governor, has joined blockchain firm PraSaga as Chief Economist. Moore issued the following statement on the news:… Read More

SaveLend Group Adds Executive to Help with Expansion Plans

SaveLend Group has announced the hiring of Olle Asplund as Chief Product Officer as part of an expansion plan. According to SaveLend, Asplund will focus on business development, strategically as well as operationally. Starting in April, He will also be in charge of structuring new… Read More

Blockchain Security Firm Redefine Raises $11 Million Seed Round

Redefine, an Israel-based blockchain security startup, has raised an $11 million seed round for its “crypto firewall.” Redefine previously raised a pre-seed round of $3 million in June of last year led by More VC and Accomplice Blockchain. This new round, which included the early… Read More

Amazon Decides to Continue to Accept Visa Cards in the UK, For Now

Towards the end of 2021, Amazon UK distributed an email to its customers stating it would stop accepting Visa cards for purchases beginning January 19, 2022. Today, it is being widely reported that Amazon has backed away from that decision. According to AP, Amazon has… Read More

Knightscope, Raising Capital on StartEngine, Scheduled to Close Crowdfunding Today, NASDAQ Listing Later this Month

Knightscope, the firm that has developed the security robots that is promoting the company everywhere, is raising capital on StartEngine and the funding round is scheduled to close tonight. While an offering can always be extended if the issuer believes there is more money to… Read More

Project Helvetia: Swiss National Bank, Along with SIX and BIS, Test CBDC Settlement

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has successfully tested wholesale CBCD [central bank digital currency] settlement in a partnership with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and SIX (parent of the Swiss Stock Exchange). The test was completed during Q4 2021. The project utilized SDX, the… Read More

Once Promising German Digital Security Platform Neufund Shuts Down

Neufund, once a high-profile security token platform offering primary issuance based in Germany, has decided to shut down. In 2018, Neufund announced its first “equity token offering” or ETO that was initially said to be in compliance with German law. At that time, Neufund co-founder… Read More

Crowdway: Equity Crowdfunding in Poland Sees Record Growth in 2021

According to a report from Crowdway, the equity crowdfunding market in Poland experienced a record year in 2021. Crowdway states that Polish startups raised over €62 million since the industry launched. The company states that the industry is poised for rapid growth in 2022 due… Read More

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Schedules Hearing on Crypto and Energy Usage

Everyone knows that crypto mining can use a lot of energy. Blockchain transactions in generally can inhale a lot of server time. All of this means that crypto is not the most energy-efficient sector of Fintech. This fact has caught the eye of elected officials… Read More

Financial Data Provider MX Announces Interim CEO as Founder Ryan Caldwell Moves to Executive Chairman Role

Financial data provider MX has announced that Shane Evans has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Founder Ryan Caldwell has exited the CEO role and will transition to Executive Chair. The change is being led by… Read More

Security Token Platform Tokeny Raises More Money, Announces Partnership with Inveniam

Tokeny, a European security token issuance platform, has raised more money in a “strategic” funding round. While a total amount of investment was not disclosed, Tokeny said that the funding included a €5m investment by Inveniam, Apex, and K20 Fund. Simultaneously, Tokeny announced a partnership… Read More

Zilch Expands Parternship with Mastercard with BNPL Service

Zilch has announced an expanded partnership with Mastercard (NYSE: MA) to bring a buy now, pay later (BNPL) service to Europe. Zilch’s digital card is currently available in the UK and reports over 1.7 million customers in less than 15 months. Zilch initially announced a… Read More

European Blockchain Services Infrastructure Selects Phase 2 Blockchain Providers

The European Commission has selected 5 blockchain providers as part of the ongoing European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) initiative. The EBSI has been in the works for several years now as the EU aims to leverage blockchain technology to improve or add digital services to benefit the population… Read More

One Zero Digital Bank Approved for Full Banking License: Report

One Zero Digital Bank has been approved for a full banking license. In 2019, the digital bank received a provisional license. According to a report in The Paypers, One Zero is now on par with other banks in Israel as it operations under the approval… Read More

Coinbase Acquires CFTC Regulated Derivatives Exchange FairX

Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) has acquired FairX, a Chicago-based, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC ) regulated derivatives exchange. In a blog post, Coinbase described the acquisition as the next step towards creating a “robust and holistic trading environment investors are seeking.” Coinbase currently operates under a hodge-podge… Read More

Congressman Tom Emmer Introduces Legislation Prohibiting the Fed From Issuing CBDC to Consumers

Congressman Tom Emmer introduced legislation today designed to prohibit the US Federal Reserve from issuing Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDCs) directly to consumers. Emmer is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and ranking Member on the Fintech Task Force. According to the… Read More

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Sees No Problem with Private Stablecoins Existing Alongside CBDCs

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell spent much of yesterday testifying in front of the US Senate Banking Committee as part of his nomination process. It is anticipated that Powell will easily be approved by the Committee as well as the full Senate for… Read More

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