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Published on June 21st, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Location: Remotely Date: Friday 19th February Company: balajis.com Role: Angel Investor & Entrepreneur The corporate adoption of bitcoin has widely defined the last 12 months for bitcoin. Following Michael Saylor’s watershed move, companies such as Tesla and Square have been adding bitcoin to their treasuries. Many see the next logical step as nation-states adding bitcoin to their reserves. While some countries like Estonia and Malta have been very open to bitcoin, a large number still, at least publicly, have a less welcoming stance. The Indian government recently announced...
BBVA Mexico is giving its credit and debit cards a makeover, adding biometrics, removing printed data and using recycled plastic. The new Aqua cards do not have card numbers or expiration dates printed on them and use dynamic CVVs.They are also set to include fingerprint readers that will allow users to make contactless payments of any size that the point of sale without the need to enter a PIN.Finally, the cards are made with up to 86% recycled material, contributing to the Spanish lender's target of ensuring all of its cards are environmentally friendly by 2023.Source
Digital asset securities firm Securitize has raised $48 million in a Series B funding round led by funds managed by Morgan Stanley Tactical Value and Blockchain Capital. The oversubscribed round was joined by va Labs, IDC Ventures, Migration Capital, NTT Data, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Blockchain Ventures, Borderless Capital, Global Brain, Mouro Capital, Ripio, Ripple and SPiCE VC.Securitize brings together businesses seeking to raise capital with individuals and institutions seeking to invest in the private capital markets through its fully-digital, regulatory compliant, end-to-end blockchain platform for issuing digital asset securities, managing them and facilitating their trading to provide liquidity.The raise...
[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...
Crediverso, a startup building a personal finance platform for the Hispanic community in the US, has raised $3.1 million in seed funding. Bessemer Venture Partners, Act One Ventures, Point 72 Ventures and Clocktower Ventures joined the round for Crediverso, which is targeting the 62 million Hispanic people in the US - many of which are underbanked.Set for launch this summer, the platform will offer Spanish-language credit checks and a bilingual comparison tool for a host of financial products, including money transfer remittances.“Individuals can be charged upwards of 15-20% to send money each time they transact,” says Carlos Hernandez, CEO, Crediverso....
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...
A new change card and app designed to replace coins by start-up Shrap has started real life trials - with the first two pilots now underway in Rochford in Essex and Denny in Scotland as part of the UK's Community Access to Cash Pilots. With a significant reduction in cash use - particularly during the Coronavirus pandemic - the cost of maintaining the infrastructure to sort, transport and distribute cash has become unsustainable.Shrap aims to make cash more efficient and convenient by removing the need for coins - including low domination coins - many of which are only used once....
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...
Published on June 18th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version On this episode of the Unhashed Podcast, the gang’s all back together, covering influencer tweets and price movements, was Miami a super-spreader event, Mara pool getting their act together, Taleb aligning with BSV fraudsters, El Salvadorean volcano mining, decentralized social networks, and hot takes on hippie clothing. Elon Musk tweeted Sunday that Tesla would again accept Bitcoin payments for Teslas if miners could demonstrate that 50% of their energy sources came from renewables. The next day, Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones made a bullish comment regarding...
Splash Financial, a digital lending platform that helps borrowers shop and compare financial products from a network of lenders, has secured $44.3 million in a new Series B funding round. The round includes partners of DST Global, Citi Ventures, Detroit Venture Partners, Firebolt Ventures, and existing investors CMFG Ventures and Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures. With this latest funding, Splash has secured more than $60M in equity funding since its founding."The importance and sophistication of digital lenders is growing apace," says Charley Howe , director of venture investing at Citi Ventures. "Splash Financial is spearheading a digital transformation strategy that will...
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 18th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version In this episode I talk with Chief Strategy Officer Samson Mow about Blockstream's Cypherpunk origins and their far stretching engagement in the Bitcoin space - from their Green and Aqua wallet, to their mining business, the Liquid sidechain and the Blockstream satellites, which enable receiving Bitcoin without the Internet. Samson Mow's Bitcoin story Why Bitcoin is important Blockstream's Cypherpunk background What is Liquid? Lightning Network and c-lightning Blockstream Green vs. Aqua wallet Bitcoin works without the internet - satellites Blockstream's mining operations - future of mining Shownotes on...
Berlin-based deposit marketplace Raisin has gone live in the US with its first partner bank. MapleMark Bank has become the first US bank to embed Raisin's Savings-as-a-Service software in its online platform. Using the technology, mapleMark clients can now view ladder, liquidity, and market-linked term deposit products online, explore available terms and yields, and open their preferred account on their own with just a few clicks.Raisin first announced its intention to cross the Atlantic in the summer of 2019, hiring US CEO Paul Knodel from American fintech Wealthfront’s senior management team.The firm has spent the intervening time adapting its software...
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....
Published on June 18th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version The core fundamental aspect of Bitcoin is its censorship-resistant nature; this is only possible because the network is meaningfully decentralized. Decentralization is achieved by bitcoiners worldwide running nodes (a computer connected to the bitcoin network, e.g. Bitcoin Core). These nodes maintain the network rules, known as consensus, and ensure all transactions and blocks are valid by keeping a copy of the entire history of the blockchain. Aside from supporting the network, running a node helps improve your privacy and allows you to validate your transactions without requiring a...
Standard Chartered has raided ING Bank for a new chief digital, technology and innovation officer to replace outgoing CIO Michael Gorriz. Gorriz, who has served as Group CIO since 2015, will retire in December to concentrate on his external board and advisory roles in Europe and Asia.He will be replaced by Roel Louwhoff, who has been chief operations and transformation officer at ING since 2014Winters said: “Roel joins us at a critical time in our transformation into the agile, digital and future-focused organisation we need to be. We will benefit from his perspective as a digital leader and I look...
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 18th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version One of the most important yet double edge narratives out there is “Bitcoin is Digital Gold”. On this very special Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, CK sits down with Aaron Segal, investor, Bitcoin thinker, and writer. Aaron’s first contribution to Bitcoin Magazine was one for the ages. CK read the article and immediately got back to Aaron asking for an interview. CK believes that Bitcoin is much better than gold ever was and to simply describe is as gold on the internet does not do the revolution that is Bitcoin...
A new report by LexisNexis Risk Solutions has found that increased AML regulations, more so than criminal threats, are intensifying compliance costs for UK financial institutions. Surveying over 300 financial institutions across the UK, ‘Cutting the costs of AML compliance’ reports that a culture of over-cautiousness leads to over-reporting of suspicious activity, resulting in higher volumes of work. Institutions cite media coverage of money laundering and Covid-19 related scams as adding to the burden of the compliance function as this coverage inevitably prompts a reaction from legislators.This cost equates to an annual spend of £28.7 billion across UK financial institutions,...
eToro is a publishing partner of CoinGecko Having a crypto portfolio is necessary when starting to invest in cryptocurrency. It allows you to plan where and how you would invest your money. But do you invest in only one type of coin? Or do you diversify your portfolio? “Just like with stocks and bonds, it’s important to balance your crypto portfolio based on your investment objectives,” says Guy Hirsch, US MD of eToro. “Is your goal to try to earn a fast return and turn a profit quickly, or build savings overtime? These are important questions to ask yourself as you’re...
Cryptocurrency compliance and risk management platform TRM Labs has closed a $14 Million Series A funding round. PayPal Ventures, which joined a $4.2 million funding round for the startup in 2019, has re-invested, alongside Bessemer, Initialized Capital, Jump Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Operator Partners, Blockchain Capital, and executives from Google. TRM Labs aims to help financial institutions embrace the opportunities associated with cryptocurrencies by mitigating the risks.It integrates with more than a dozen blockchains, and analyses billions of virtual asset transactions to detect signs of fraud and financial crime like money laundering in real-time.Launched out of the Y Combinator accelerator just...
Download a PDF Copy DeFi has come a long way since the launch of lending protocols such as Compound and Aave. The composable nature of DeFi allows smart contract developers to build on top of these protocols, creating a new class of financial primitives. Over the last few months, we have seen increased efforts to tokenize future yield generated from Compound and Aave interest-bearing tokens. We see protocols that give users instant access to future yield by tokenizing and separating the principal and interest portions of future yield. We also see protocols that allow users to take out a loan...
Published on June 17th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Alpha Finance is building an incubator for new DeFi projects. Founder Tascha (@Tascha_panpan) joins us in discussing: Why Alpha is the Y-Combinator of DeFi The compounding token value for $ALPHA Projects Alpha are incubating Post-mortem of protocol event with Cream 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 to 10x leverage. Also,...
Fresh from a $51 million Series B funding round led by Accel, Banking-as-a-Service player Unit has launched a product it says will allow companies to create live bank accounts and issue cards in minutes. Better Tomorrow Ventures, Aleph, Flourish Ventures, and TLV Partners joined the round for Unit, which was founded in 2019 but came out of stealth late last year.Unit says that its modern tech stack built on a native ledger, embedded compliance, and built-in bank relationships, enables companies to launch in as little as four weeks. In the last three months, the startup has seen deposit volume grow...
Visa has launched its first Tap to Phone pilot in the United States, providing minority-owned small businesses in Washington with the ability to accept payments with a simple card tap on an Android handset. Operating in partnership with the minority-owned, mobile smartphone tech house, ZmBIZI, the first US pilot programme will provide ZmBIZI’s Z1 devices with Tap to Phone capabilities to 50 Black-owned small businesses. The initiative is part of a widescale roll out of 'commerce in a box', a curated bundle of products from Visa’s Authorize.net and selected partners to help small business owners fully digitise their operations. Washington...
Click to download audio version After several high-profile national Libertarian candidates disappointed at the polls, Michael Heise decided it was time to bring things back to their fundamentals: liberty, and local action. So, in 2017, he helped found the Mises Caucus, a stripped-down, leaner, more aggressive movement within the Party to give it a much-needed infusion of energy and momentum. But every big change meets resistance, and some of the resistance they've experienced has been truly breathtaking. Heise joins Tatiana on this episode to talk about how the Caucus started, theor goals, and why liberty-lovers should get on board! About...
A group of 10 clearing firms have committed $44 million to the Futures Industry Association's FIA Tech. FIA Tech was launched in 2007 as a technology provider to the thousands of futures industry market participants, helping with digitally managing give-up agreements, meeting regulatory compliance requirements, and settling brokerage fees and providing reference data products.FIA will retain a stake in the business but is now joined by ABN Amro Clearing, Bank of America, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Wells Fargo. Financial industry executive and former FIA chair Richard Berliand has agreed to join the...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #13 on June 17 @ 9AM EST. Held monthly, CoinGecko 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. This month, we will be discussing the Polygon ecosystem and one of our featured guests is Sameep Singhania, founder of QuickSwap. QuickSwap is a permissionless decentralized exchange (DEX) based on Ethereum, powered by Matic Network's Layer 2 scalability infrastructure. Read on to get to know Sameep better! 1. Can you share a bit about yourself with...
Published on June 15th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with Bitcoin entrepreneur Ruben Waterman. Ruben innovated in the Bitcoin exchange space with his company Bittr by being one of the first minimalist DCA Bitcoin apps around. Bitter unfortunately had to shut down in 2020 due to heavy handed regulation and uncertain enforcement from AMLD5 in europe. AMLD5 would have forced Bittr, run by a tiny team, to take on an enormous amount of compliance regulation and overhead. Due to this Bittr had to shut down,...
Online payments firm Checkout.com has acquired Estonian software development firm Icefire, adding 110 engineers to its team. Financial terms were not disclosed. Tallinn-based consultancy Icefire has experience developing financial services solutions for the likes of Skype, Swedbank, CoopPank and The Republic of Estonia’s Tax & Customs.Checkout.com says that the deal - which makes Tallin its second largest engineering hub after London - will help it accelerate the delivery of key products and features as it works to keep up with strong customer demand.The firm, which counts Klarna, Revolut and Wise among its clients, has seen transaction volumes triple in the...
Published on June 10th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version “At the core of economists’ fallacy is the belief that money is money by decree (because the state and its expert economists say so), which means they don’t fully recognise the power held by people’s collective decisions.” - Mick Morucci A Bitcoin Magazine read today on why it is that the modern anthropologist may actually have a better grasp of Bitcoin and its incredible potential, than the mainstream economist does. A fascinating perspective from Anthropologist & economist Mick Morucci, on the unique insight he brings from 2 different...
Lending platform Credijusto has become the first Mexican fintech to acquire a regulated bank, snapping up Banco Finterra for an undisclosed fee. Although a first for Mexico, the deal reflects a global trend of fintech firms acquiring regulated banks to enable more diversified product offerings.The acquisition also doubles the size of Credijusto's business at a time when Mexico is seeing strong demand for technology-enabled lending from its six million SMEs.Founded in 2015, Credijusto boasts that its cutting-edge software design, innovative applications of data science, and advanced internal processes help offer better-priced products, faster delivery and superior customer experience.The firm has...

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