Tagged: distributed ledger technology

BFT-SMaRt Consensus Protocol Co-Creator Dr. Alysson Bessani & Yale ProfZhong Shao Join Symbiont’s Advisory Board

Dr. Alysson Bessani, the co-creator of the Byzantine fault-tolerant consensus protocol BFT-SMaRt, has joined Symbiont’s advisory board. Developed in 2014, BFT-SMaRt was designed to address deficiencies in other BFT protocols such as PBFT. Assembly, Symbiont’s decentralized log component, is based on the BFT-SMaRt consensus protocol,… Read More

R3 Secures World’s Largest Distributed Ledger Investment with $107 Million

R3, the head of the world’s largest consortium of financial institutions collaborating to build a platform and commercial applications for distributed ledger technologies, announced it had secured $107 million in funding as part of its Series A round. The figure is the largest investment in distributed… Read More

Ethereum Enterprise Alliance Announces 86 New Members Including Toyota, Merck, and Deloitte

The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance (EEA) has announced the addition of over 86 new members to the group. The EEA is an alliance of fortune 500 companies, startups, academics, and technology vendors with a shared goal: to build and develop Ethereum with a clear roadmap for… Read More

Numeraire: A Hedge Fund Cryptocurrency Designed to Promote Collaboration

A year ago, Numerai premiered itself as a “new kind of hedge fund built by a network of data scientists.” Unlike a traditional fund that makes trades based on human decision, Numerai lets anonymous programmers write open source trading algorithms based on data provided by Numerai…. Read More

Ethereum Quickly Catching Up to Bitcoin’s Transaction Volume

According to an article published on Trustnodes today, Ethereum is now handling almost half the transaction volume of Bitcoin. That might not sound impressive but you have to consider the fact that Ethereum launched less than 2 years ago whereas Bitcoin is over 9 years old…. Read More

Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council Publishes Report on Blockchain

As part of a broader initiative to encourage Fintech innovation, the Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong has published a report on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) or Blockchain. Recently, we shared a report on Fintech in which the FSDC chastised officials for not moving… Read More

UK Distributed Ledger Tech Platform Cobalt Celebrates Milestones, Expands Team & Opens US Office

Cobalt, the FX post-trade processing network based on distributed ledger technology, today announced that Citadel Securities, a global market-maker across FX, fixed income, equities, ETFs and options, and XTX Markets, a leading quantitative-driven electronic market-maker, have signed up as Cobalt launch participants. Cobalt’s FX solution, set… Read More

Katipult to Apply Blockchain for Secondary Market Transactions in Private Securities

Katipult, a software provider for the investment crowdfunding space, is currently in the process of creating a distribution application (DApp) that will support secondary market transactions for private securities. Crowdfunding under Reg D, Reg A+ and Reg CF (and other exemptions in other markets), creates… Read More

Japanese Megabank Mizuho Commits to Fintech in Series of Partnerships

New Fintech Incubator One of the largest banks in Japan, Mizuho Financial Group, has been in the news recently for several partnerships involving fintech. According to Nikkei Asian Review, the bank is in talks to co-develop a fintech incubator that will be focused on virtual… Read More

FCA Publishes Discussion Paper on Blockchain Utilization

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a discussion paper on distributed ledger technology (DLT) also commonly called Blockchain. The document was released today amidst of a flurry of Fintech related news as the Innovate Finance Global Summit kicked off in London.  The FCA… Read More

Blockchain-based Identity Service backed by the Big 5 Canadian Banks

SecureKey announced Monday that later this year it will release a blockchain-based service, giving customers the ability to control what classifying information they share with corporations. The Toronto-based identity management company’s new service has obtained the support of Canada’s top five banks. SecureKey’s new service… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Works to Boost Blockchain Utilization: Looks to Central Bank Digital Currency

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has concluded a “proof-of-concept project” to conduct domestic inter-bank payments using distributed ledger technology (DLT) also commonly referenced as Blockchain. The project, in partnership with R31 and a consortium2 of financial institutions, was first announced in November 2016. “This wholesale payments project… Read More

For the Love of Blockchain: Abu Dhabi Global Market + London Fintecher EquiChain

In the news again, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre in Abu Dhabi, is pleased to be a member partner of the industry working group, the Market Infrastructure Group, established by the London-based fintech company, EquiChain. The Group, comprising global industry & financial leaders,… Read More

FINRA Issues Report on Blockchain & Implications for Securities Industry

FINRA has published a report (embedded below) on Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and its implications for the securities industry. The publication is entitled; “Distributed Ledger Technology: Implications of Blockchain for the Securities Industry.” FINRA, or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the self-regulatory organization… Read More

The Federal Reserve Publishes Report on Blockchain: “Could Reduce or Even Eliminate Operational & Financial Inefficiencies”

The Federal Reserve released a report on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) or Blockchain last week. The document reviews the potential and challenges for the new technology to disrupt and benefit financial services.  The Federal Reserve is correctly reviewing DLT – just as other central banks… Read More

Christian Catalini & Joshua Gans: Bitcoin & Blockchain will Challenge Existing Models & Incumbent Businesses

Christian Catalini of MIT is out with a new paper – this time on the future of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology.  Catalini may be best known for his work on crowdfunding but with this publication, Catalini has partnered with Joshua Gans of the University of… Read More

Former SEC Commissioner Dan Gallagher Joins Board of Blockchain Company Symbiont

Symbiont, a blockchain technology company, has boosted its board with the appointment of former SEC Commissioner Dan Gallagher and President of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services President Todd Ruppert. Symbiont already has a pretty solid Board of Directors as former New York Stock Exchange CEO… Read More

Bitbond is the World’s First P2P Lender Using Digital Currency

Bitbond is one of the most interesting SME lenders around today. Launched in 2013, the online lender eschewed dollars and euros to focus on digital currencies, specifically Bitcoin. The global peer to peer lender provides access to capital for small business around the world. As… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Announces Research on Blockchain

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), has announced a new study focused on blockchain utilization and development.  CCAF has quickly become the global leader in alternative finance research with its annual reports targeting different regions around the world. CCAF has now undertaken their first… Read More

Chinese Government Publishes White Paper on Blockchain

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, along with the National Standardization Committee, Chinese Blockchain Technology and others have published a white-paper on Blockchain technology. The document has been in the works since this past August. The Bank of England stated recently that 24… Read More