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Published on June 14th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Host Piers Kicks and sits down for Episode 26 of Metaverse Musings with Mark Laursen, the founder and CEO of Bright Star Studios who are building a game called EmberSword. Mark has a deep background in video games, having spent much of his life playing them professionally as well as creating them. From as early as 2016 he had a strong vision of how crypto could infuse with game economies to liberate the evident demand for open, unrestricted trade. Views: 224 Source
Upflow, a Paris-based startup that helps B2B companies get paid, has raised $15 million in a Series A funding round joined by 9yards Capital, eFounders, and angels N26 co-founder Maximilian Tayenthal and Uber executive Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty. Businesses typically use a combination of manual processes and archaic payment methods to get paid, often leading to late payments.Upflow promises to fix this with its SaaS platform that lets firms take control of their entire cash cycles, we want to help eradicate late payments. The technology integrates with finance tools such as QuickBooks, Xero, Netsuite, and Chargebee, while Upflow also partners with payment...
Published on June 10th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version "If there is ever competition for the energy that the Bitcoin miners are buying, the miners turn off their machines, perhaps to turn them back on later in a real-time response to grid loads. This relationship is poorly understood by many, leading to a popular but incorrect assumption that Bitcoin is “wasting” energy that could be used for other projects." - Alex Gladstein Another amazing piece from Gladstein, this time breaking down the incentives and elements of Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining that has the potential to transform the...
London headquartered payments processor DNA Payments has banked a £100 million investment from Alchemy Partners. DNA currently serves over 45,000 merchants ranging from major online and offline retailers to SMEs, providing them with over 70,000 terminals which make over 20 million transactions worth over £600m a month. The firm also provides a variety of SaaS and PaaS solutions to major global acquirers and payment schemes.Arif Babayev and Nurlan Zhagiparov, the founders of DNA, comment: “This investment will allow us to enhance our product offering and continue with our strategy of selective acquisitions to grow our presence not only in the...
Download a PDF Copy Introduction As the blockchain wars continue to heat up in the second quarter of 2021, yield farming is no longer an activity purely reserved for Ethereum users. The simple act of staking your assets into a platform to earn more tokens has quickly become popular on other blockchains such as Binance Smart Chain and more recently, Solana. Although it has not yet reached the level of participation seen on other networks, the Solana ecosystem is growing steadily, with projects such as Step Finance and Raydium bringing unprecedented attention to Solana. Yet, the Solana ecosystem may be...
Published on June 10th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version The Delphi Podcast Host and GP of Delphi Ventures Tom Shaughnessy hosts Antonio Juliano, the founder of dYdX, the decentralized derivatives exchange for perpetual swaps and margin trading. We talk scaling on Starkware to the sheer size of this market to economic attack vectors and everything in between. We would like to thank Cosmos for making this podcast possible through their sponsorship! Cosmos is on a mission, link one million blockchains. Name brand projects like Terra, Band, Kava, and Secret use Cosmos and the Cosmos Hub to connect...
Timex has joined forces with Visa, Tappy and Chase to launch a range of watch straps that can be used to make contactless payments. Watchmaker Timex first teamed up with Tappy, a Hong Kong-based outfit that has developed token payments technology that can effectively turn any watch into a credit or debit card, in 2019.Now, the Timex Pay collection of watches come with a payments chip embedded into the strap, meaning no batteries or charging.Users download a Timex Pay app and link it to a Chase Visa credit or debit card to make contactless payments.Source
[embedded content] The Binance Smart Chain (BSC) has recently taken the crypto space by storm and is now booming with various activities. Users can swap tokens, enter decentralized money markets, and even get their hands on some cute NFTs. With so much going on, we explored the Binance Smart Chain ecosystem in our recent Virtual Meetup #12 on 20 May, 2021 @ 10PM EST.  CoinGecko’s Virtual Meetup is our live online community event where we explore different key topics in the crypto sphere and invite industry leaders to share their two satoshis. In this meetup, we talked to Leo Cheng...
Published on June 10th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version The Delphi Podcast Host and GP of Delphi Ventures Tom Shaughnessy hosts a galaxy brain group of leading Cosmos builders to discuss the Cosmos Network, value accrual, IBC, comparisons to other Layer-1s and much more. Zaki Manian: Co-Founder of IqLusion and SommFinance Sunny Aggarwal: Co-Founder of SikkaTech Jelena: Working on InformalInc and Cosmos Joe Dirtay: Communications at Cosmos Ethan: CEO of Informal and Co-Founder of Cosmos Jack Zampolin: Co-Founder of SommFinance and Pylon Validator We would like to thank Cosmos for making this podcast possible through their sponsorship!...
Finextra and the Euro Banking Association are thrilled to announce a fresh slew of speakers, guaranteed to draw out the detail and depth of European payments during EBAday 2021. Hailing from the world’s leading financial institutions, these esteemed speakers will be offering their insight across a broad range of topics including digital identity, CBDCs, real time payments, the ISO 20022 transition, and the trends which are defining payments innovation now and into the future.Not only will they be sharing their knowledge during the panel sessions, all attendees will have the opportunity to reach out and network with these industry leaders...
Hey there, Geckos! Q1 2021 was filled with breakthrough events in the entire history of crypto to date. An array of achievements were unlocked across various sectors of cryptocurrency as we breached the $2 trillion market cap: Coinbase went public on Nasdaq starting 14th April 2021 Tesla holds Bitcoin as an investment asset and accepts it as a medium of exchange Fidelity’s plan on Bitcoin ETF Visa enabling USDC as a settlement on Ethereum An NFT was sold for $69 million  The awakening of Multi-Chains as a response to high gas fees on Ethereum.  The list is non-exhaustive and with...
Published on June 11th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Crypto markets just fell off a cliff following a slew of negative headlines Zaheer Ebtikar (@SplitCapital), a prominent full-time crypto native trader for 3 years, joins us in deciphering the recent events: How do professional traders interpret China regulations, Elon Musk's back-and-forth around Bitcoin? What separates pro traders from novices in crypto? How can teams, investors and traders protect against tail risks in crypto markets? Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed. Sponsors PERPETUAL...
Line has launched its third digital bank in South East Asia under a partnership with PT Bank KEB Hana Indonesia. The Indonesian launch of the smartphone-only bank follows similar successful outings in Thailan and Taiwan.The strategic partnership between Line and Hana Bank Indonesia began in October 2018, when Line Financial Asia acquired 20% of Hana Bank Indonesia through a Share Subscription Agreement.The new bank will initially offer a range of user-friendly services, including savings accounts, time deposits, bill payments, and debit cards with access to Hana Bank ATMs for cash withdrawals. Future features in the works include loans and QR-based...
[embedded content] The NFT space is rapidly evolving as creators from all backgrounds tap into the potential of owning their artwork, connecting with their fanbase, and earning a fair piece of the cake. With so much going on, we explored the crypto creator’s economy in our recent Virtual Meetup #11 on 8 April, 2021 @ 9PM EST.  CoinGecko’s Virtual Meetup is our live online community event where we explore different key topics in the crypto sphere and invite industry leaders to share their two satoshis. In this meetup, we talked to Roneil Rumburg (Co-founder and CEO of Audius), Alexei Falin...
Published on June 11th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version DAOs are coming to the Metaverse. Jenny DAO is one of the first projects to combine the concept of DAOs and NFTs by allowing community members to own fractional shares of digital collectibles they vote on. Jae Chung, early contributor to Jenny DAO (@JennyMetaverse), joins us in discussing: Why community ownership for NFTs is the future Investing in fractionalized NFTs Jenny vs. other similar DAOs Utility of the uJenny token Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of...
The Bank for International Settlements has opened its third innovation hub in London. Established in 2019 to support exploratory work into new frontiers in financial technology, BIS Innovation Hub Centres are already in place in Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland. The Hub’s work programme is currently focused on six areas: use of technological innovation in supervision and regulation; next generation financial market infrastructures; central bank digital currencies; open finance; cyber security; and green finance.Welcoming the London opening, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, says: “The UK is known for pushing the boundaries of digital finance so it’s great to...
eToro is a publishing partner of CoinGecko Investing in cryptocurrency might just be one of the most exciting journeys in your life. To help you in this endeavor, you would need to build and manage a crypto portfolio. This is usually done on trading tools where you can decide where to invest and also assess your risk tolerance. The simple answer is so that you could manage your risk and capitalize on market movements on one interface. Different platforms have different tools for you to take advantage of, but here are the most common examples of crypto trading tools. Leverage 24/7...
Published on June 11th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version In this 30-minute recap for all things crypto, we talk about: CFTC on DeFi - are DeFi companies in trouble? El Salvador and Bitcoin - what happened? Curve v2 - is it going to eat Uniswap v3? Hosts: Jason Choi (@mrjasonchoi), General Partner at Spartan Capital, and Saneel Sreeni (@sanlsrini), Junior Partner at Dragonfly Capital. This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed. Disclosures Jason Choi is a General Partner at Spartan Capital, and Saneel Sreeni is an investor...
Clair, a New York-based earned wage startup for gig economy workers and tech contractors, has closed a $15 million Series A funding round led by Thrive Capital. The new investment brings Clair’s total funding to $19.5 million, following its seed round led by Upfront Ventures seven months ago.Clair enables HR tech and gig companies to give hourly workers free instant cash advances on their earnings. The firm has currently formed partnerships with platforms used by over 1.5 million hourly and gig workers. Clair’s CEO Nico Simko says. “We’re on a mission to give workers easier, faster access to their hard-earned...
Download a PDF Copy Introduction As EIP-1559 draws closer and some Ethereum projects are just beginning to adopt Layer-2 technology, it is clear that the dire need for cheap and ultra-fast transactions has driven some to explore alternative networks such as Polygon, formerly known as Matic.  Interestingly, only a minuscule amount of Ethereum addresses have interacted with the sidechain. Based on data by Nansen, only less than 0.1% of addresses on the Ethereum mainnet are also on Polygon. This represents a highly untapped opportunity, ripe for a Cambrian explosion of growth and yield-farming activity. In this article, join us as...
Published on June 11th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version With most of us still recovering from the Bitcoin Conference in Miami, we're airing a MintGox Podcast episode where Mandelduck interviews Somsen. They talk about Japanese/Korean drama and anime, NFTs on statechains/spacechains, the issues surrounding Ethereum and ICOs in general, and Somsen competes with Nicolas Dorier for the #1 spot in the Lightning-enabled racing game Bitcoin Rally. Views: 46 Source
At the launch of the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) fourth Innovation Hub in London, Governor Andrew Bailey expressed positivity around the work currently being carried out by the Bank of England on central bank digital currencies. Bailey stated: “I'm very encouraged by progress on that [CBDC] front and the fact that we are getting to grips with this critical innovation. If this comes to pass, it will be one of the most fundamental innovations in the history of central banking, it will move us into a new era."Discussion throughout the morning canvassed multiple payments related topics from cross border...
eToro is a publishing partner of CoinGecko Back in 2008 during the financial crisis, banks were focused on picking up the pieces. Having to deal with compliance and regulatory requirements, innovation wasn’t a priority at the time. However, technological innovation in other sectors was thriving. We saw the birth of the iPhone as well as apps like Airbnb, Uber, WhatsApp, and so many more. With so much potential for integrating financial components into those apps, the fintech players took the mantle of bridging the gap between what banks could offer at that time and what consumers expected. And so began the fintech revolution....
Published on June 10th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Prior to the Bitcoin 2021 Conference, Bitcoin Magazine Podcast host Christian Keroles sat down with keynote speaker and incredible Bitcoin thinker for one of his very first podcasts appearances. This interview covers two of Allen's seminal works and why Farrington prefers to investigate Bitcoin’s cultural and literature alignments over the typical framing of economics, trading and technology. First Keroles and Farrington dive into his article The Capital Stripmine. The article is a ~30 minute read and it dives into why the current fiat system is effectively strip mining...
TreasurySpring, the London-based operator of a fixed-term fund platform, has raised $10 million in a round led by MMC Ventures and Anthemis Group. Existing investors, including ETFS Capital, joined the round for TreasurySpring, which was launched in 2016 to enable holders of large cash balances to minimise risk and maximise returns through a diverse menu of proprietary cash investments. Through a single online onboarding, clients can choose from more than 120 investment options on a daily basis, offering them unique exposure to asset classes that have historically only been available to major financial institutions.TreasurySpring says that in the current climate...
CoinGecko will be hosting an After Party in conjunction with our Virtual Meetup #12 on Thursday, 20 May @ 11PM EST. We would like to give a shout out to Vandal and DAORecords for collaborating with us on this exciting event!  One of our featured DJs is Hédonism, who is a music producer and DJ.  Read on to get to know Hédonism better! 1. Can you share a bit about yourself? I’ve been doing the music thing for nearly two decades now. I’m one half of Sense You All Live (alongside NullZero). Prior to that, I was one half of techno/trance...
Click to download audio version Since its founding in 1948, the nation of Israel has been the epicenter for a destructive cycle of racism, war, terrorism and statism. On today's episode of The Tatiana Show, Scott Horton of The Libertarian Institute and AntiWar.com joins Tatiana to discuss the roots of the conflict between Israel & Palestine, why Israel may actually benefit from the scourge of anti-Semitism, the connection between the heinous acts of internment during World War II, and why the philosophy of Zionism does long-term harm to the Jewish people. About the Guest:Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute,...
Klarna has raised $639 million in a funding round led by SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 that values the buy now, pay later juggernaut at $45.6 billion. Adit Ventures, Honeycomb Asset Management, WestCap Group, Sequoia Capital, SilverLake, Dragoneer, Permira, CBA, Bestseller Group, Ant Group, Northzone, GIC, well as funds and accounts managed by BlackRock and HMI joined the round.The funding comes just three months after a $1 billion round at a $31 billion valuation. The latest post-money valuation sees Swedish giant Klarna remain the highest-valued private fintech in Europe and the second-highest worldwide, after Stripe.Available direct to consumers via the company’s...
Download a PDF copy When we talk about algorithmic stablecoins, we often think of Ethereum-based protocols like Empty Set Dollar or Frax Finance. Newcomers like Fei Protocol and the upcoming launch of Gyroscope are also on everybody’s watchlist. Many have concluded that Frax Finance is one of the leading protocols taking its cue from its highly successful, fractional reserve/partially collateralized model.  While Frax Finance has undoubtedly proven it is here to stay (one only needs to look at how well it maintained its peg during Bitcoin’s recent crash), another sleeping giant has not garnered the same attention in the community....
Click to download audio version Bonus episode! Somsen summarizes Bitcoin in simple sentences. New to Bitcoin? Or simply want to explore a few new angles on how to explain Bitcoin? Friend of the show Alex joins us to ask Somsen what Bitcoin is, why it's so volatile, why it uses so much energy, why we can't just replace it with PoS, and how to evaluate the value of Bitcoin. Share this episode with anyone who ever asked these questions! Views: 160 Source
LemonEdge, a London-based startup that helps firms in the private equity and financial services industries digitise complex accounting, has raised $3.5 million. The oversubscribed round was led by Sidekick Partners and joined by Tikhon Bernstam, founder of Parse and Scribd, and Lauren Iaslovits, founder of Investra.LemonEdge (formerly LemonTree Software) says that its low code platform lets firms ditch their old legacy systems or spreadsheets.Users get a customisable platform that automates the complex and time-consuming tasks required for shadow accounting, LP specific performance calculations, and fund administration. The platform also enables real-time scenario modelling.The firm was founded by Gareth Hewitt and...
Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini has acquired Shard X, a developer of secure multi-party computation (MPC) cryptographic technology. Gemini will integrate Shard X’s MPC technology into its distributed, multi-site key management and signing infrastructure.This, says the firm, will increase the speed with which Gemini can transfer customer assets and provide support for new asset listings and usage on its platform.“Integrating MPC technology into our wallets will enable secure and faster crypto transfers that will help our customers keep pace with liquidity needs and market demands,” says Tyler Winklevoss, CEO, Gemini. Source
Click to download audio version On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with Desiree Dickerson the VP of Business Operations at Lightning Labs and cofounder of MintGox! Des is deep in the trenches of Lightning and pioneering adoption of the bitcoin stack inside the gaming ecosystem. Dickerson believes that both game creators and players unlock massive value by integrating satoshis (Bitcoin) into their games. Des sees lightning as the perfect avenue for scalable and easy bitcoin integration into gaming for a completely revolutionary experience. With the founding of MintGox, Desiree and several other sought out...
After less than a year as head of Google Cloud's FS business, Derek White is joining SoFi-owned API and payments platform Galileo as CEO. White succeeds Galileo CEO and founder Clay Wilkes, who becomes vice chair and remains a member of the board of directors of SoFi.A 20-year financial services technology veteran, White became vice president of global financial services at Google Cloud last September. Before Google, he was chief digital officer at US Bank and has held similar senior digital roles at BBVA and Barclays.Salt Lake City-based Galileo provides the API infrastructure layer for some of the world's top...
Click to download audio version Privacy in DeFi (or lack thereof) is a real challenge, but Secret Network promises to solve that by brining encryption to Ethereum transactions. Tor Bair, founder of the Secret Foundation (@TorBair) joins us in discussing why privacy matters, and the tenuous balance between data protection and the risks of money laundering. Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed. Sponsors PERPETUAL PROTOCOL is a fully on-chain exchange built on Ethereum and xDai that allows you to go long or short with up...
Berkshire Hathaway is pumping $500 million into Brazilian digital banking behemoth Nubank as part of a $750 million Series G funding round extension at a $30 billion valuation. The new funding tops up a January $400 million Series G at a $25 billion valuation for Nubank, the world's most valuable digital lender.Since a $400 million Series F in July 2019, the company’s customer base has grown from 12 million to 40 million people, with more than 45,000 signups a day.The firm has developed from a core credit card product offering to a complete digital banking platform with a vast portfolio...

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