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Matthew Commons of Verified USD Foundation: Blockchain Professional Reveals Challenges Facing Legacy Stablecoins and Development of DeFi

We recently connected with Matthew Commons, President of the Verified USD Foundation, which aims to facilitate seamless, equitable and transparent on-chain and off-chain transactions within the Web3 ecosystem, backed by the Verified USD (USDV) stablecoin. Commons reportedly comes with more than a decade of blockchain… Read More

Fintechs Lead Sector to Benefit from AI Adoption

Financial technology, or Fintech, is expected to be the sector of the industry that will lead the charge in regard to Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption according to a global study. AI jumped into popular interest with the emergence of ChatGPT and widespread utilization – much… Read More

Mantvydas Štareika, CEO of CapitalBox: Fintech Veteran Comments on Underbanking Crisis and Obstacles Faced by SMEs

We recently spoke with Mantvydas Štareika, the digital financial services professional and CEO of CapitalBox. This company, which Štareika joined in the last quarter of 2022, is one of the European fintech lenders that provides the EU’s startup ecosystem with timely, trusted, and specifically tailored… Read More

DK Sharma from Kore.ai: Banking Professional Discusses Challenges Faced by Financial Institutions when Integrating New Technologies

We recently caught up with DK Sharma, the President and Chief Operating Officer at Kore.ai, which focuses on providing conversational and generative AI value to large enterprises, enabling them to deploy AI responsibly, creating substantial value in customer support, employee interactions, and enhancing sales and… Read More

Binance Settlement May Impact Small and Illiquid Altcoins But Major Digital Assets Like Bitcoin Could Be Unaffected – Analysis

There were several notable digital asset and blockchain-focused developments that were announced this past week, including Republic choosing Avalanche for its profit-sharing investment Note. This week also saw crypto exchange Kraken being sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly failing to… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee to Discuss Definition of an Accredited Investor. Again.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC), is scheduled to meet next week, and it has just posted its agenda. Probably the most interesting subject on the list of topics is the segment on the definition of an Accredited… Read More

Largest in History: CFTC, US Department of Treasury Reveal Details of Binance Settlement, Crypto Exchange to Exit US

As was reported earlier today, Binance has settled charges in a comprehensive manner, paying total penalties of $4.3 billion, described as the largest settlement of its kind ever. Binance is noted as the largest crypto exchange in the world, handling approximately 60% of centralized digital… Read More

Bipartisan Legislation, the Expanding American Entrepreneurship Act, May Improve Access to Capital for Early Stage Firms

In a rarity, Democrat and Republican Senators have joined in sponsoring the Expanding American Entrepreneurship Act, which aims to improve access to capital for early-stage firms. US Senators Jerry Moran, Tim Scott, and Mark Warner have joined to introduce the legislation into the Senate, which… Read More

Layne Haber, Co-founder at Connext: Industry Professional Comments on Emerging DeFi and Web3 Use-Cases

CI recently connected with Layne Haber, Co-founder at Connext, which claims to be the HTTP of Web3. Haber touched on how crypto and digital assets are becoming increasingly popular investments for governments as well as private investors. She discussed investors’ top priorities as assets such… Read More

StartEngine Closes Funding Round at Over $24.5 Million, Announces New Accredited Offerings

StartEngine has closed its most recent self-crowdfunding round, having raised over $24.5 million. The Reg A+ securities offering was for equity in the investment platform. StartEngine was selling its shares at a pre-money valuation of $1.32 billion. In the hours just prior to the funding… Read More

Fintech Legal Expert Comments on CFPB’s Push to Regulate Big Tech and Fintech

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed rules to regulate Big Tech and their Fintech services. The CFPB is targeting firms like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, and others. According to the statement issued by the CFPB, the agency seeks to regulated digital wallets… Read More

Digital Asset Enabler Tokeny Partners with Artsgain to Move Into Fine Art Sector

Tokeny has announced a partnership with Artsgain, thus enabling a new entry into the fine arts sector that leverages blockchain technology. Artsgain is based in Barcelona and is a manager of funds and collective investment companies that co-invest in groupings of works of art, antiques,… Read More

SEC Reports 784 Enforcement Actions During 2023 Fiscal Year Including Crypto, Reg A+ and More

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published a report on enforcement actions during fiscal year 2023. In total, the agency pursued 784 enforcement actions, including administrative proceedings, which compares to 760 enforcement actions during fiscal year 2022. The SEC issued the following statement on… Read More

Seedrs Shares Insight into Decision to Base EU Operations in Ireland, Discusses Focus on Nordic Region

Recently, Seedrs announced that as it expands services further into Europe, it has established a European HQ in Dublin, Ireland. Seedrs, when combined with parent company Republic, is the largest investment crowdfunding marketplace in the world. Seedrs states on its website that it has enabled… Read More

New Real Estate Investment Platform Mogul Raises $3.6 Million in Seed Funding, Leverages Blockchain Tech to Streamline Investment Process

Mogul, a new real estate investment platform, has raised $3.6 million in seed funding, according to a company statement. The company said the round was over-subscribed and led by Anitha Vadavatha (AY Ventures), with participation from Tim Draper & Associates, Draper B1, InterVest, Draper Dragon,… Read More

VC Funding Tanks, Alpha Partners Shares Perspective and Future Expectations on Venture Market

Recently, there have been various reports about the decline in venture capital funding. VC money is a key component in funding risky early-stage ventures. While only a fraction of the investments may drive results, some of these companies may turn into revolutionary platforms or launch… Read More

CFPB Targets Big Tech and Fintech with New Oversight Rules, Representative McHenry Slams Proposal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants to expand its portfolio of compliance by targeting big tech and the Fintech services they provide. According to a statement issued by the CFPB today, the agency is targeting digital wallets and payment apps, claiming they must comply… Read More

Reg CF: Funded Rounds Jump by 53% in October versus September, Still Down Slightly from Year Prior, New Offerings Decline Too

Investment crowdfunding displayed strength and resiliency during the month of October, according to the most recent report from Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA). While recent weeks have more than their fair share of challenges policy-wise and in regard to the overall economy, investment crowdfunding under Regulation… Read More

Crowdcube Makes Big Move in Enabling Secondary Transactions for Crowdfunded Securities by Acquiring Semper

In probably the biggest move since new leadership took over at Crowdcube, the investment crowdfunding platform has acquired Semper to further its ability to enable secondary trading of crowdfunded securities. The terms of the acquisition were not revealed. This is Crowdcube’s first acquisition. The two… Read More

Mindaugas Mikalajūnas, CEO at SME Finance: Industry Exec Explains How Fintech Can Enhance SME Sector 

We recently spoke with Mindaugas Mikalajūnas, Cо-Founder and CEO of SME Finance, a Vilnius-based Fintech reinventing growth financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Europe. SME Finance aims to fill a gap left by risk-averse banks and high-cost alternative lenders. Led by Mikalajūnas with… Read More

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