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Thincats Adds £300 Million to Fund UK SMEs

Online lender ThinCats has announced a new £300 million program with global asset manager Insight Investment to fund UK SMEs. The announcement was shared on a ThinCats blogpost that indicated they now have the potential to loan up to £600 million. ThinCats is a UK based peer to… Read More

Blockchain Technologies Can Inject Life Into the World of Academia

Scientific discovery is borne out of observing things that happen, say a hypothesis, and forming theories around the resultant data. This is how we come to understand our world and the various reactions which occur within it. An explosion in data collection has broadened the… Read More

Seedrs Portfolio Update: Platform Wide IRR Stands at 12.02%

Equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs has published a portfolio update of issuers raising capital on its platform.  According to the company, the 577 deals that have raised money from July 2012 to the end of 2017 have generated a platform wide internal rate of return (IRR)… Read More

Vranova and Zucco Announce Creation of Bitcoin “B Foundation”

Bitcoin entrepreneurs Alena Vranova and Giacomo Zucco announced today that they are creating a foundation to help Bitcoin, an automated, autonomous payment network invented in 2009, compete with centralized cryptocurrency ventures. Vranova, an early adopter of Bitcoin and co-creator of the Bitcoin projects Slush Pool,… Read More

Is EOS the iOS of Blockchain?

EOS Explained. EOS is a smart contract platform for the development and launching of decentralized applications. The project aims to be completely decentralized in the future, with the ability to support industrial applications at higher speeds and no fees. You may have heard of EOS… Read More

Baltic Honey Badger Bitcoin Conference Closes with Heavyweight Panel

The Baltic Honey Badger Conference of 2018, held this year in Riga, Latvia, wrapped up today with a panel featuring Adam Back, the CEO of Blockstream, Giacomo Zucco, CEO at BHB Network; Tone Vays, a former Wall Street risk analyst and Bitcoin advocate; and Eric Lombrozo,… Read More

Investment Crowdfunding Platform Conda Claims First Security Token in Austria

Austria based investment crowdfunding platform Conda has claimed to have completed the “first digitalization of shares of an Austrian stock corporation.” Conda says it has linked the registered shares issued by Conda AG with digital tokens and transferred these shares to the existing shareholders of… Read More

Funding Options Receives £5 Million Investment from Global Bank ING, Will Expand Internationally

Funding Options, a UK Fintech that provides a “supermarket” of financing options for SMEs, has received a £5 million investment from ING Ventures – the VC arm of the global bank. The additional capital is expected to be used for Funding Options to expand its… Read More

Brazil Antitrust Authority Investigating Possible Bank Suppression of Crypto Industry

Brazil’s antitrust body, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE)  has launched an investigation into whether or not Brazilian banks have been, “abusing market power to undermine the performance of crypto-currency brokers,” Reuters reports. The Brazilian Association of Cryptomoedas and Blockchain (ABCB) reportedly requested the investigation… Read More

Swiss Bankers Association Partners with Crypto Valley Association as New & Old Meet to Support Blockchain Companies

The Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) has published guidelines for opening corporate accounts for blockchain based firms. The SBA action was taken with the support of the Crypto Valley Association (CVA) in an interesting alliance of new finance and old. Switzerland has gained a global reputation as… Read More

Turbocharging Digital Content Creation With Blockchain Technology

The advent of the internet has, without a doubt, forever changed the face of digital content, whether it’s movies, music, eBooks or games. Providing creators with a radical new way to instantly publish content and have it reach huge audiences globally is a vast improvement… Read More

Mayor of London Announces Winners of the UKBAA Awards

The Mayor of London, as part of the London C0-Investment Fund (LCIF), has announced the winners of the UKBAA Awards for 2018. In its 12th year, the UKBAA Awards celebrates the achievements of some of the most innovative and disruptive businesses across the United Kingdom. The… Read More

BlockEx Throws Support Behind UK Treasury Committee Suggestions for Regulated Crypto-Asset Market

UK blockchain startup BlockEx has formerly thrown its support behind some of the recommendations pitched by the UK Parliament Treasury Committee that issued a pointed report pertaining to cryptocurrencies this week. BlockEx is a digital asset exchange and also a participant in the Financial Conduct… Read More

Singapore Tightens Financial Cooperation with China

According to a release from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, China and Singapore have “achieved new milestones in financial cooperation.” During the 14th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC), co-chaired by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Mr Teo Chee Hean,… Read More

Bloomio CEO Maxim Lyadvinsky Comments on Key Issues, Growth and Blockchain Sector Predictions

Last week Bloomio AG, a Swiss-based blockchain-based equity crowdfunding platform that allows investors to fund startups in return for tokenized shares, added a new board of independent experts to conduct due diligence of  potential strength and scalability of startups applying to raise on the platform.  New members include NeoFelis… Read More

Texas Issues Emergency Cease and Desist Orders Against Three ICO Projects

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) has issued emergency cease and desist orders against three ICO/cryptocurrency projects soliciting investors in Texas: Coins Miner Investment Ltd., DGBK Ltd. (DigitalBank) and Ultimate Assets LLC. All three projects allegedly used misleading information to promote their projects, and none… Read More

Soluna Building Huge Bitcoin Mine and Wind Farm in Contested Part of Morocco

Soluna, a self-described “blockchain company” with offices in New York has announced plans to build a 37,000 acre wind farm and Bitcoin mine in a part of Morocco the Sahrawi tribe says belongs to them, Ars Technica reports. Soluna is seeking $100 million from investors… Read More

Former Chief Information Officer for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to Advise Blockchain Startup DADI

UK based blockchain startup DADI (or Decentralized Architecture for a Democratic Internet) has appointed David Wilde to its board of advisors. Wilde has previously held multiple leadership positions for large councils including Essex, Westminster City and Waltham Forest – and was CIO for the Office… Read More

X Financial on IPO: We Have Built One of the Strongest Fintech Businesses in China

Earlier today, China based X Financial (NYSE:FXE) traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in its initial public offering raising approximately $104.5 million as 11 million shares were floated at $9.50/share. The shares quickly jumped higher in early trading and eventually closed about 25%… Read More

Australian Securities and Investment Commission Halts Several Proposed Initial Coin Offerings

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has issued a statement indicating it has taken action against “misleading Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and crypto-asset funds” which have targeted retail investors.  ASIC said it has stopped several ICOs or “token generation events.” These ICOs have been… Read More

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