Round 2: Following Spring Success, Crypto Invest Summit Schedules Fall Edition

The “West Coast’s Largest Cryptocurrency And Blockchain Event” has scheduled a second event for later this year. Following the gangbuster success last month, Crypto Invest Summit will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 22nd. The organizers say that after the Spring event… Read More

FinTech Hive at DIFC Opens Applications For 2018 Accelerator Program

FinTech Hive at DIFC, a fintech accelerator that was established by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), announced over the weekend that it is now accepting applications for its 2018 program, kicking off a competitive search for the top fintech and insurtech innovators in the region…. Read More

UK Cryptotassets Taskforce Meets to Discuss Impact, Benefits & if New Regulation is Necessary for DLT in Financial Services

Today was the first meeting of the UK Cryptoassets Taskforce. The previously announced group involves the participation of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Bank of England (BoE), HM Treasury and other Senior government officials. Some of the named participants include, Katharine Braddick, Director General of… Read More

Prestigious UCL University Cuts Ties with IOTA After Legal Attack on Researcher

University College London, the third largest university in England, has ended its association with the IOTA Foundation after IOTA co-founder Sergey Ivancheglo threatened legal action against a researcher at Boston University. “UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies is no longer associated with the IOTA Foundation. In… Read More

Kickstarter Success OSSIC Shuts Down; Leaves Backers With No Highly Anticipated OSSIC X Headphones

Just a little over two years after securing $2,708,472 from 10,263 backers through its Kickstarter campaign, tech startup OSSIC announced it was officially shutting down and will not be delivering its highly anticipated OSSIC X headphones. As previously reported, the OSSIC X headphones supposedly calibrate… Read More

Tradeshift Launches End-to-End Cloud Platform For Supply Chain Payments & Finance; Includes Blockchain-Based Financing

Business commerce platform Tradeshift announced on Monday the launch of its new end-to-end cloud platform to bring supply chain payments, supply chain finance, and blockchain-based early payments together into one unified end-to-end solution, Tradeshift Pay. According to Tradeshift, by using the single unified wallet, buyers can take… Read More

Overfunding: Domaine du Grand Mayne Quickly Surpasses £100,000 Funding Goal Through Latest Seedrs Round

Just a couple weeks after launching its latest equity crowdfunding round on Seedrs, French vineyard and winery, Domaine du Grand Mayne, has successfully secured its initial £100,000 funding target from more than 225 investors. As previously reported, the Domaine du Grand Mayne team stated the vineyard, which has… Read More

The Economist: Banks Must Become More Agile, Adapt to the Digital Banking Age

The Economist has published a report on digital banking and the need for established banks to become more agile and adapt to the changes in technology. The document has been published with the support of Temenos, a provider of banking and finance software. The Temenos… Read More

Mastercard Announces Launch of New Fintech Initiative Called “Accelerate” (Infographic)

On Monday, credit card giant Mastercard announced the launch of its new initiative for fintech startups called Accelerate. According to Mastercard, the initiative is designed to support the ambitions of players in the FinTech sector through tailored support arrangements including access to insight, tools, technology, and… Read More

Insurtech Bestow Receives $15 Million Series A Funding

Insurtech Bestow Inc. has announced a $15 million Series A funding round led by Valar Ventures, with participation from existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Core Innovation Capital, 8VC, and Morpheus Ventures. Valar was founded by James Fitzgerald, Andrew McCormack and Peter Thiel. Bestow says total… Read More


The CFTC Argues in Court That It Can Regulate Fraudulent ICOs as a Commodity in My Big Coin Fraud Case

Last Friday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission argued in a Boston courtroom that cryptocurrencies are tradable commodities that can be regulated under CFTC purview. The argument comes after lawyers for Randall Crater and Mark Gillespie of My Big Coin Inc. attempted to have fraud charges… Read More

Cryptocurrency Scams: Australian Competition & Consumer Commission Reports Sees Increase at End of 2017

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published their 9th annual report on scam activity in Australia.  As one may expect, investment scams posted the highest amount of loss in 2017 with reports to “Scamwatch” and ACORN exceeding $64.6 million (Dating and romance scams’ were… Read More

ThinCats Funds £550,000 Management Buy-In for Scubair in Platform Buy & Build Deal

ThinCats announced on Monday it has completed a transaction for the Management Buy-In (MBI) of Scubair Ltd, a business involved in the design, installation, and service for all types of air conditioning, ventilation, and electrical systems. According to ThinCats, the Newbury-based company is a portfolio business… Read More

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Partners with Akamai on Speedy Blockchain & Payment Network

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), one of the largest financial institutions in the world, and Akamai Technologies, have announced the development of a new blockchain service. This new partnership seeks to create “the world’s most scalable and fastest payment processing platform” with a capacity to… Read More

French Crowdfunding Sector Boasts 96% Customer Satisfaction

  A consumer survey reveals that the penetration of crowdfunding in France is still quite low. However, consumers have a very positive image of crowdfunding, one that remains close to its historical root values of innovation, democratization of access to financing, transparency, and economic /… Read More

Zimbabwe’s Central Bank Bans Cryptocurrencies- 60 Days to Comply

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has ordered all financial institutions in the country to cease trading, holding and transacting cryptocurrencies and to, “exit any existing relationships with virtual currency exchanges within sixty days.” According to Quartz Africa, Zimbabweans have been using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies… Read More

Fundrise Filing Updates on Equity eREIT Progress

Fundrise, an online real estate investment platform, has just filed a Reg A+ update with the Securities and Exchange Commission that updates on their equity eREIT offering. Several years old now, the eREIT offering circular indicates the company has sold approximately $73 million in shares… Read More

China: National Committee of Experts on the Financial Security Technology Says Beware of Fake Virtual Currencies & Fraud

This past week the Chinese National Committee of Experts on the Financial Security Technology issued a report highlighting fraud in the cryptocurrency marketplace. The government sponsored group pointed to 421 “fake virtual currencies coming from overseas.” China has effectively banned cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings…. Read More

Cryptocurrency Laws Winding Through Russian Assembly Now – Terms Clarified

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has spoken publicly about how draft laws winding their way now through the Russian parliament will define cryptocurrencies and tokens. Bitcoin.com reports that Medvedev recently told an audience at a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum: “We need… Read More

Sweet Investment Indeed: British Artisan Candy-Maker Spun Now Seeking £450,000 Through Crowdcube Funding Round

Spun, a British artisan candy-maker specializing in hand-crafted candy, is now seeking £450,000 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. Launch in 2013, the company revealed that it has developed hundreds of designs and flavors of confectionery. Its product range is constantly “evolving, pushing the boundaries,… Read More