Blockchain & Digital Currency

Overstock, tZERO, & Siebert Financial Sign Letter of Intent to Offer Discount Trading

On Thursday, Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK), its subsidiary tZERO and Siebert Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: SIEB) announced they have signed a letter of intent to enter into a partnership to offer deeply discounted online trading in the first quarter of 2018 when the transaction is slated to close…. Read More

Not Everyone Is Doing It: Kickstarter Is A 100% Firm No For ICOs

Following Indiegogo’s announcement it, along with partner Microventures, listed their first ICO coming from for a “Fan-Controlled Football League” (FCFL), The global crowdfunding platform’s competitor Kickstarter has officially announced it will not be doing any ICOs. As previously reported, the rapid rise of tokenized securities and… Read More

David Siemer and Wavemaker Partners Publish Report: The Global State of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

David Siemer, Co-Founder of Wavemaker Partners, a cross-border venture capital firm, dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Singapore, published his State of Crypto Global Overview. In recent months, Siemer deliberated the implications and impact of cyptocurrency on global industry and economic organization, as well as the… Read More

Wow!: Gift Blockchain Platform GIFTO’s Token Sale Sells Out in 60 Seconds

ASIA Innovations Group (AIG), announced on Thursday the close of gift blockchain platform GIFTO’s public token sale within one minute of opening. The company is now claiming it to be the fastest token sale ever in Asia. According to AIG, the public token sale opened at… Read More

Waves Will Announce New Platform with Major Upgrades

Waves is set to release a new and improved blockchain platform following 18 months of development. The launch of the Waves Client 1.0 will take place today bringing a redesigned client to users. The Waves Platform is primarily designed to support the issuance, trade and exchange… Read More

Bitwise Launches Cryptocurrency Index Fund After Securing $4 Million During Seed Funding Round

Bitwise announced on Tuesday it is launching its Cryptocurrency Index Fund called the Bitwise HOLD 10 Private Index Fund. This news comes just after the company secured $4 million during its latest seed funding round, which received institutional backing from Khosla Ventures via Keith Rabois, General Catalyst via Hemant Taneja, Blockchain… Read More

Everybody is Going to Do It: Indiegogo / Microventures Lists first Initial Coin Offering with Fan Controlled Football League

The opportunity is simply too strong to resist. The rapid rise of tokenized securities and the booming initial coin offering market is compelling crowdfunding platforms to reposition provide issuers the platform they demand. As the United States is the top ICO issuer in the world,… Read More

Blockchain JV: Overstock Founder Patrick Byrne & Economist Hernando de Soto Partner on Global Property Registry

Described as an initiative to fight global poverty and inequality, Patrick Byrne, founder of Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) has formed joint venture with Hernando de Soto – prominent economist who has been deeply engaged in the Blockchain and cryptocurrency sector.  The new company, called De Soto, Inc., will… Read More

Head of Israel Securities Authority Says No to Bitcoin Listings, But Sees Promise in Initial Coin Offerings

Shmuel Hauser, the Chairman of the Israel Securities Authority, published a statement today addressing Fintech, Bitcoin and Initial Coin Offerings, in an extended comment on regulations and the changing financial landscape. Hauser stated; “From a regulator perspective, we want make sure that Fintech will not… Read More

Props Token Sale Now Open on CoinList, Republic Investors See ICO Sell Out Immediately

Props, a decentralized video network operated by YouNow, Inc., has opened its public token sale on CoinList. The Initial Coin Offering (ICO) expects the offer to close on December 22nd making it the third ICO to fund on the AngelList founded platform. YouNow’s community that is… Read More

Gute Reise! Travel Platform itravel Utilizes Blockchain & AI, Live on Companisto

Ready for a new investment or for a vacation? Oh, the places you will go! itravel could be the first digital travel agency that uses data analysis, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology in order to provide customers with individually personalized trips. itravel seeks to remove the… Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Issues Statement on Initial Coin Offerings & Cryptocurrencies

In the wake of the SEC’s most recent enforcement action regarding an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that failed to file for a securities exemption while the issuer, Munchee, clearly promoted the ability for token purchasers to seek an investment return on a “utility” token, SEC… Read More

Here is the SEC Order that Halted Munchee ICO

Today, the Securities and Exchange Division announced it had halted an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) as an unregulated securities offering. Munchee, a food review App based on Blockchain, agreed to refund all investors without accepting nor denying the allegation. The ICO was seeking $15 million… Read More

Munchee Halted: SEC Shuts Down Initial Coin Offering as an Unregistered Security

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has shut down an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) as conducting an unregistered securities offering. This is the first time the SEC has has halted an ICO where there were no allegations of fraud representing a new shift in approach… Read More

MyEtherWallet Clone App Breaches Apple App Store Vetting Process

The excitement surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has driven a huge surge in popular interest in Apps that allow individuals to purchase, or sell, digital currencies. This week, something rare happened as an imposter App reportedly managed to evade Apple’s stringent vetting process to post… Read More

Singapore Blockchain Startup VeriME Announces Partnership With WeShop & Moin

VeriME, a Singapore-based blockchain decentralized digital identity verification platform, announced on Friday it has formed a partnership with cross-border retail import-buy facilitation brand WeShop to provide secure customer verification and authentication services. According to VeriME, the new partnership comes after the platform completed its deal… Read More

First Full Day of Trading in Bitcoin Futures on CBOE

Today is the first full day of trading for Bitcoin futures on the CBOE.  Trading under the symbol XBT, contracts actually began last night (Sunday, December 10th) and represents a milestone event in the legitimization of the worlds most popular cryptocurrency. Bitcoin futures allow market participants… Read More

SelfKey Digital Identity Firm Tops $5 Million in Private Pre-sales, Public Pre-Sale ICO Kicks Off on December 15th

SelfKey, a “self sovereign identity” firm, has just completed a pre-sale of KEY tokens raising $5 million. Now SelfKey is preparing to launch its public Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on December 15th. The token sale has a hard cap of US$21.78 million. The SelfKey white… Read More

Report: France to Allow Blockchain Tech for Securities Transfers

Lost among the national mourning for French icon Johnny Hallyday was the news that France will allow Blockchain technology to be utilized to transfer certain securities. According to a report in Les Echos, distributed ledger technology has been presented to the Council of Ministers and… Read More

Is South Korea Backtracking on ICO Ban? FSC Vice Chair Moderates Stance on Token Offerings as New Task Force is Formed

This past week saw a bit of reversal in South Korea’s stance on Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). In September, it was reported that Korea had decided to totally ban ICOs following a similar approach by China. But during a presentation at the National Assembly by… Read More