Opinion

Editorial opinions on the burgeoning industry of CrowdFunding and the associated regulations.

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

Group of Crypto / Blockchain Industry Leaders Addresses SEC on Fund Innovation & Digital Assets

A letter authored by a group of prominent cryptocurrency / blockchain advocates was forwarded to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week. The letter was addressed to Dalia Blass, Director of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC, specifically mentioning the Commission’s Staff… Read More

Reg CF: 44 FINRA Approved Crowdfunding Portals and Counting

In June, we updated readers on the number of FINRA approved Reg CF portals. At that time the count stood at 41 regulated crowdfunding platforms. As of today (September 21, 2018), that number has now increased to 44 FINRA approved Reg CF platforms as three new… 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

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

New York State Department of Financial Services & BitLicense Slammed in UK Crypto Report

A Parliamentary Treasury Committee has published an extensive report on the regulatory environment pertaining to cryptocurrency in the UK. As part of the report, a good amount of ink was dedicated to the global regulatory approach regarding blockchain based digital assets. One regulatory entity received… Read More

CryptoMom: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Talks Crypto, Cautions that Regulators Can be Too Risk Averse thus Undermining Fintech Innovation

Securities and Exchange Commissioner (SEC) Hester Peirce delivered a speech at the Cato Fintech event in SF this week tackling an important topic: That of regulators (and policymakers in general) being too risk averse. This is a truism in policy. We elect, or appoint, public… Read More

Perspective: Equity Crowdfunding Isn’t Your Only Option

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Mario Draghi: Euro Cryptocurrency Not a “Concrete Option” for in Near Term, Cash “Remains Popular”

Costs presently outweigh benefits, and so the European Central Bank (ECB), “has no plans to issue a central bank digital currency,” at this time, though it is investigating the matter, says ECB president, Mario Draghi. Draghi made the comments in a September 12th letter responding… Read More

Why the Charity Sector Desperately Needs to Adopt Blockchain Technology

Currently, all eyes are fixed on the financial applications of blockchain technology. The idea of transferring money between two parties without a bank’s involvement is revolutionary stuff. Transferring money for charitable purposes is also fraught with middlemen. Charities, just like financial institutions, are beset by… Read More

Bitcoin Cash – Is the End Near?

Bitcoin Cash Basics Bitcoin Cash was born in August 2017 as the result of a hard fork from the Bitcoin network. Discussions began in early 2017 among the Bitcoin community to rollout the SegWit update which would allow scaling of the blockchain. However, a subset… Read More

Bitpay CCO “Never More Bullish About Bitcoin” but Certain Altcoins “Never Coming Back”

The Chief Commercial Officer of Bitpay, Sonny Singh, told Bloomberg this week that he and his colleagues at Bitpay have “never been more bullish” about Bitcoin though certain “altcoins” (cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin) will never recover from current market downturns. Bitpay is a Bitcoin retail… Read More

“The Case Will Proceed to Trial”:  Taking the RECoin / Diamond & Other ICO Actions One Step at a Time

As has been reported widely, digital token sales (sometimes referred to as initial coin offerings or ICOs) arguably are becoming increasingly important as a new form of capital raising.  To date, certain regulators (including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”)) have provided ongoing… Read More

The Success Story of the Fintech Revolution in China

In the last couple of years, China has emerged as the global leader when it comes to the Fintech sector. It accounts for approximately 75% of the world market when it comes to online lending. It has seen tremendous growth in internet loan and third-party… Read More

Will Paris Become the Capital of ICOs? French National Assembly Approves Key Framework for Initial Coin Offerings

A Special Commission of the National Assembly in France approved a key framework today in pursuit of bespoke regulation for initial coin offerings (ICOs). This is according to a report in Les Echos that stated “Article 26” was adopted earlier today – part of the… Read More

State Bank Regulators Look to Pick Another Fight with OCC on Fintech Charter with Renewed Litigation

According to a post on the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), the group is gearing up for more litigation pertaining to the renewed push by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and their Fintech Charter. The CSBS is a national lobbying… Read More

Official Says Russian Central Bank’s ICO Pilot a Success

Ivan Semagin, Deputy Director of the Financial Market Development at the Bank of Russia, told attendees at a finance and trade conference in Vladivostok this week that the Bank of Russia’s first “sandbox” trial of an ICO (intitial coin offering) blockchain system went well technically, though… Read More

Bloomberg: Crypto Crash of 2018 Now Worse than the DotCom Contraction

The cryptocurrency market has lost 80% of its value since December 2018, with some altcoins, led by Ethereum, down over 90%. The crash that followed the burst of the dot-com bubble in 2000,  on the other hand, involved a correction of only 78% percent, says… Read More

US District Court Rules RECoin ICO May be Considered a Security, Crypto Industry Responds [u]

This past February, RECoin initial coin offering (ICO) Creator Maksim Zaslavskiy filed a motion to dismiss pertaining to a lawsuit brought against him by the federal government and his allegedly fraudulent offering. Zaslavskiy, via his attorney, argued in US District Court that tokens are not securities and… Read More

European Financial Ministers: ICOs Can Be a Valuable Tool for Access to Funding but No Rules Yet

At the meeting of EU financial ministers in Vienna last week, Austria’s Minister of Finance Hartwig Löger said that Europe is working on rules and regulations for crypto assets to support the development of the sector. The meeting included all of the economic and financial affairs… Read More

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