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ASX-listed Company, Byte Power Group, Pays Fine to ASIC Following Launch of Crypto Exchange

The Australia Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has issued a statement regarding payment of a fine by Byte Power Group Limited. Byte Power, a company that is engaged in diverse businesses such as food and wine and power management, paid ASIC $33,000 after the regulator issued an… Read More

TransferWise Lowers their Rates. Can Banks Ever Compete?

Fintech unicorn and stealth bank TransferWise is dropping their rates even lower. According to an email distributed by the UK based Fintech, fees for transfering currency are going down. Using the process of transferring dollars to euros, TransferWise cited the following example: Transfer USD $700 via bank ACH:… Read More

OurCrowd Portfolio Company C2A Raises $6.5 Million Series A

C2A Security, a tech firm providing in-vehicle solutions preventing cyber attacks, has closed on a $6.5 million Series A round. The round was led by Maniv Mobility and ICV with participation from Labs/02 – part of the OurCrowd platform. According to a release, C2A has developed… Read More

European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regime Eagerly Awaited in Europe

The European Parliament Elections are looming in May – and so far, there is no progress in sight regarding the European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regime. It remains unclear whether the Romanian Finance Minister TEODOROVICI will make the conclusion of the negotiation process a priority. The… Read More

Research Firm Touts Benefits of P2P Lending During Brexit Uncertainty

Peer to peer lending research firm 4thWay has published a note touting the benefits of investing in P2P loans in contrast to more volatile equity investing. 4thWay says that Brexit induced market volatility should compel investors to consider investing in online loans. 4thWay says it is… Read More

LC Lite Uses Blockchain to Streamline Letters of Credit

LC Lite says it is using blockchain technology to simplify and speed up transactions requiring letters of credit. The platform is being launched by the founders of invoice financing platform Incomlend. According to a release, Incomlend currently processes funding volumes worth approximately $240 million annually… Read More

Alternative Finance in France Grows Driven by Crowdlending While Equity Crowdfunding Continues its Decline

Baromètre du Crowdfunding en France 2018 Recently the French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France or FPF) published their annual report on alternative finance in France. The report, produced in partnership with KPMG, is now in its third year and provides an important snapshot of sector growth for online… Read More

New Zealand Police Say They’re Making “Excellent Progress” Investigating Hack on Cryptopia Exchange; Experts Question Those Claims

Police in New Zealand have issued a press release stating their investigation of a prolonged hack on the Cryptopia cryptocurrency exchange, “is progressing well and advancing on several fronts.” But according to online publication Stuff, Auckland University associate professor of commercial law, Alex Sims, has contradicted those… Read More

Six Cryptominers Arrested in Germany for Stealing Electricity

Five men and one woman have been arrested in Klingenthal, Germany and are charged with stealing 220 000 Euros ($249 843 USD) worth of electricity to run a cryptocurrency mine consisting of 49 computers housed in an industrial facility, Freie Presse reports. Officials reportedly detected… Read More

Assetz Capital Co-Founder Andrew Holgate Forms Fintech Advisory Firm Equitivo

Andrew Holgate, a co-founder of peer to peer lender Assetz Capital, has launched a Fintech consulting firm. Equitivo is said to be “Europe’s first full-service Fintech consultancy.” In a release, the firm said the consulting firm launches with “a strong UK and European client base.” Equitivo’s services… Read More

Looking for Nominations: Women in Finance – 2019 Italy Awards

The British Embassy Rome and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in collaboration with Borsa Italiana are calling for nominations for the “Women in Finance – 2019 Italy Awards.” The Awards strive to celebrate female talent and the value of diversity in the financial sector. The Awards are… Read More

EOS and TRON Have Eclipsed Ethereum for Gambling

“Decentralized apps” (dApps) built to run on newer cryptocurrency blockchains Tron and EOS have steadily taken over from Ethereum as gamblers’ financial media of choice, DIAR reports. Ethereum still processed $7.6 billion in dApp transactions in 2018, but this was mainly business coming from trades… Read More

Dear Regulators: You Are One Call Away From Changing The Future of Canadian Business

In an open letter to Canadian securities regulators, leading investment crowdfunding platform FrontFundr pointed a finger at provincial regulators and their inability to foster a robust ecosystem for online capital formation for early-stage Canadian firms. Signed by Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, who is CEO of FrontFundr… Read More

BitBounce Surpasses One Billion Emails Through Free Cryptocurrency Spam Solution

Tim Draper backed and attention monetization company Bitbounce announced on Thursday it has processed more than one billion emails through its free cryptocurrency spam solution that enables its members to earn compensation for receiving paid email messages from senders they do not know.  BitBounce reported that its global footprint… Read More

Facebook Buys Blockchain Firm Chainspace. What Does it Mean?

It was recently reported that Facebook has acquired Chainspace, a London-based blockchain startup described as a scalable distributed ledger and smart contract platform. The Chainspace website claims to deliver on “modern expectations of processing power, making it the platform of choice for complex real-world applications.”… Read More

Peer to Peer Property Lender Kuflink Launches Secondary Market

Peer to peer lending platform Kuflink has launched a secondary market to provide liquidity for investors in their property backed loans. Kuflink said this was the first of several new enhancements planned for 2019. The platform said that lenders can list most loan parts on… Read More

Head of Large Russian Bank Likens Cryptomining to Counterfeiting, Warns: “There is No Mechanism for Regulating the Cryptocurrency Market”

The head of Russia’s VTB bank, Andrei Kostin, has reportedly compared cryptocurrency mining with counterfeiting and believes crypto markets cannot currently be regulated, Russian national news agency TASS reports. Kostin made the comments while speaking at an educational event called “The I Am Professional” Olympiad…. Read More

Farewell Venture Capital: The Shift to Crowdfunding and Other Sources for Scaling Startups

A successful startup needs successful venture capital (VC) backing, right? Well, not always. The status quo of startup funding is beginning to shift as smaller, more nimble outfits backed by crowdfunding campaigns have proven that they, too, can reach stratospheric heights. Moreover, the founders of… Read More

OurCrowd Global Investor Summit Highlights Impact of Startup Technology

OurCrowd, the world’s largest investment crowdfunding platform and Israel’s most active venture investor, has posted the agenda for the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit scheduled for this coming March in Jerusalem, Israel.  The Summit theme is “Startups: Making a Global Impact.” The OurCrowd investment community currently consists… Read More

QuadrigaCX, Once Canada’s Largest Crypto Exchange, Gets Bankruptcy Protection. Meanwhile, One Report Claims Founder Filed Will Less than 2 Weeks Prior to His Demise

Is QuadrigaCX Safe? “QuadrigaCX has been developed by some of the foremost leaders in the crypto currency community, and employs some of the most stringent security protocols that currently exist. Furthermore, Bitcoins that are funded in QuadrigaCX are stored in cold storage, using some of… Read More

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