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Dow Jones Venture Report: Investment in European Companies Remains Steady but Deal Flow Dives

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Dow Jones has published their Q4 VentureSource report today and while investment in European companies “held steady” deal flow dropped. According to the report, the UK garnered the bulk of the activity with no Brexit impact visible. At least just yet. The report indicates that… Read More

Here is the European Banking Authority Report on Crypto Assets

Last week, on the same day the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report on digital assets sharing their perspective with the European Commission (EC), the European Banking Authority (EBA) did the same. The EBA said that crypto-asset-related activity in the EU is… Read More

Insurtech: ZhongAn Partners with Grab to Create Joint Venture to Establish Digital Insurance Marketplace in Asia

ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd. (HKEX stock code: 6060), the first internet-based insurer in China, has partnered with Grab Holdings – an “online to offline” mobile platform serving Southeast Asia. The two firms have formed a joint venture to create and launch a “digital… Read More

Report: Wefunder Raises $1.7 Million in Series A Funding from Germany based Investor

Last week, it was picked up by Crunchbase that Wefunder, a Reg CF crowdfunding portal, has closed on a $1.7 million Series A funding round. Depending exactly how you measure it, Wefunder is a top portal providing access to capital for mainly smaller firms. Wefunder… Read More

Scottish Man Who Bought Gun and Ammo on Dark Net Using Bitcoin Jailed for Five Years

A man who spent $2570 USD in Bitcoin buying a Glock 9 mm gun, a silencer and 150 rounds of ammunition on the Dark Net has been sentenced to five years in prison by a judge in Scotland, Bloomberg reports. David Mitchell, 48, whom the… Read More

Digital Challenger Bank Xinja Launches Second Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Equitise & Quickly Tops $500,000 Funding Target

Australian digital bank Xinja has not only launched its second equity crowdfunding round on Equitise, but it also has already secured its initial $500,000 funding target. The launch of the latest funding round comes just one year after Xinja became the first retail equity crowdfunding offer in Australia… Read More

Visa Launches New Global Initiative to Support Women-Owned Small Businesses

Visa announced on Tuesday the launch of its new global initiative, She’s Next, Empowered by Visa, to champion women-owned small businesses everywhere. Through the initiative, women small business owners are able to build, sustain, and advance their businesses. According to Visa, She’s Next, will be supported… Read More

Johns Hopkins Prof Steve Hanke Partners with Airtm to Spearhead Airdrop Venezuela’s $1M/Crypto Campaign

Airtm, which operates a blockchain and bank-connected digital wallet and the P2P exchange platform AirPlatform, aims to provide globally-connected financial services to consumers and businesses in the developing world. The platform is now focusing its efforts on Venezuela, specifically in the new Airdrop Venezuela campaign. “Over the… Read More

Property Partner Receives First Multilateral Trading Facility License, Reports Over £30 Million in Equity Traded on its Secondary Marketplace

Liquidity is a frequently discussed topic regarding both un-listed early stage firms and other traditionally illiquid assets. Property Partner, a real estate crowdfunding platform, appears to have provided an effective solution for individuals investing in property assets on their platform. Property Partner is reporting that as… Read More

JAWOHLLLL! Ameria Crushes Goal, Secures €5.5M on Third Companisto Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

The German IoT platform Ameria successfully closed its €5.5M Companisto Series C/Growth Capital campaign at midnight, raising  the full €5,500,000 from 770 investors. Funding will be utilized to further develop the company’s existing CX Ecosystem and ensure innovation leadership. Investors include CEMA AG CEO Thomas Steckenborn, Carlos Dennis and Süddeutsche Privatkapital AG… Read More

Bulgarian Tax Officials Scrutinizing Local Crypto Exchanges and Their Users for Tax Compliance

The Bulgarian National Revenue Agency (NRA) is launching a series of “control actions” to inspect nine cryptocurrency exchanges operating in the region, Novinite reports. The inspections are being conducted in order to ensure that clients and the companies themselves are complying with local tax requirements…. Read More

Ryuk Ransomware Attack on Major US Newspapers Came from Russia, Not North Korea, Researchers Say

Researchers at Crowdstrike, FireEye, Kryptos Logic, and McAfee are all reporting that ransomware known as Ryuk is, in fact, being proliferated by professional hack groups in Russia, and not by North Koreans, ZDNet reports. According to the outlet: “The era of individual ransomware operations appears to be ending, with fewer… Read More

Stablecoins: Holy Grail or Impossible Trinity?

Are stablecoins the future of cryptoassets? In the quest to develop a digital token with the decentralization aspects of bitcoin and none of the associated volatility has sparked interest from many. From talented tech teams, economists and VCs it seems stablecoin projects have the potential… Read More

OurCrowd Signs Partnership Agreement with South Korea’s Hana Bank to Support Innovation Ecosystem

The global leader in equity crowdfunding, OurCrowd, has signed a new investment partnership agreement with South Korea’s KEB Hana Bank. The move by OurCrowd is further indication of its growing relationship with institutional investors and its significant foothold in Asia. In a release, OurCrowd said… Read More

Nespresso for Water: After $10.6 Million Seed Round, Germany based Mitte Crowdfunds on Republic

Mitte, a new spin in the home beverage space that is like a Nespresso product but for water, is crowdfunding on Republic. The Berlin-based company is raising debt capital using a “Crowd SDA” [Crowd Simple Debt Agreement] seeking up to $100,000. Mitte previously ran rewards/e-commerce campaigns that have yet to… Read More

New VC Fund from Indico Capital Partners to Target Fintech and More

Indico Capital Partners has launched a new venture capital fund. According to a release from the group, the Lisbon based fund has raised €41 million from global LPs calling it the first major Lisbon based fund. The fund aims to identify and invest in the “most… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Tsinghua PBCSF Releases “2018 Global Insurtech Report by Subsector” Early this month, the China Insurance and Pension Research Center of the National Finance Research Institute of Tsinghua University released the “2018 Global Insurtech Report by Subsector“. The report provides case studies of Insurtech companies in… Read More

Huobi Seeks to Challenge Entrenched US Digital Asset Marketplaces with HBUS Rebranding but No Plans for Security Tokens Now

US Marketplace HBUS Rebrands to Huobi Matching Asian Platform HBUS, the US strategic partner of digital asset platform Huobi Group, has rebranded its retail trading marketplace to Huobi thus matching the Asian platform. The flagship operation Huobi Global will continue to operate under the same… Read More

Malta Actor Says His Name and Image Used to Falsely Promote “Bitcoin Related Scam”

A Maltese-Italian actor and model named Davide Tucci has taken to Facebook to warn the public that his face and name are being used in fake Facebook ads, on websites and and in articles to promote Bitcoin-related scams, Malta Today reports. According to Tucci in… Read More

X Financial Names AlBank New Custodian Bank

China-based X Financial (NYSE: FXE) announced on Thursday it has engaged Citic AIBank Corp. (AIBank) as its custodian bank. According to X Financial, the appointment is considered a significant step in the company’s strategy to strengthen trust and security in its platform. As previously reported, X Financial… Read More

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