The Time Has Come to Regulate the Tech Titans: A Tiered Approach to Regulation in Favour of Competition, Innovation and Consumer Rights

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With tech titans the most valuable companies on the planet, the notion of self-regulation is no longer appropriate or fit for purpose. Is now the time for governments to step in to protect consumers and ensure a more competitive environment? The role of the technology… Read More

Report Indicates US is Confiscating Bitcoin Held by Iranians

  A report in Ibena from last week indicates that the US government is confiscating Bitcoins held by Iranians and the confiscation is ongoing. According to Sepehr Mohammadi from the Iranian Blockchain Community, the US has seized 500 bitcoins or more. In May of this year,… Read More

Event Organizer and VC Alon Goren Invites Congressman Sherman to Debate his Negative Stance on Cryptocurrency

Last week the subcommittee on Monetary Policy, part of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, held a hearing entitled “The Future of Money: Digital Currency.” This is not the first Congressional committee to tackle this emerging sector of Fintech and there will certainly be many more… Read More

Backed by Lord Stanley Fink, British Pearl Raises £7 Million Funding Round for Debt & Equity Property Platform

British Pearl, a property crowdfunding platform offering both debt and equity investments, is reporting a £7 million investment led by Lord Stanley Fink. British Pearl says the investment is indicative of a resilient property market even as Brexit looms. Lord Stanley Fink , has been engaged… Read More

Update: Emoov Surpasses £1.7 Million During the Final Days on Crowdcube

Online real estate agency eMoov announced it is closing its latest Crowdcube campaign earlier than originally planned. The funding round launched at the end of June and quickly secured its initial £1 million funding target in less than 24 hours. It has now surpassed more than… Read More

Personal Financial Platform Even Secures $40 Million Through Latest Investment Round

Even, a U.S.-based personal finance platform, announced this week it secured $40 million through its latest round of funding, which was led by  Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures, with participation from Valar Ventures, Allen & Company, Harrison Metal, Ron Conway, Silicon Valley Bank, and BCVP…. Read More

Financial Stability Board Produces Paper on Crypto-Assets for G20

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report on crypto-assets, including cryptocurrency and blockchain based securities, last week. The document is being presented to the G20. The document is a byproduct of the G20 meeting which took place in Buenos Aires in March. The member… Read More

Report: Switzerland Struggles to Maintain Crypto Prominence as Banks Turn Away from Emerging Sector

The emergence of cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings has helped to bring Switzerland back into the lime light when it comes to financial services. Once a noted haven for “numbered” bank accounts and strict anonymity rules, the Swiss banking industry has dimmed in recent years… Read More

Samsung Now Accepting Cryptocurrency Payments in Three Baltic States Through CopPay

CopPay, a multicryptocurrency payment platform for businesses, consumers, and community, announced on Friday that Samsung will be using its platform to accept cryptocurrency for three Baltic States, which are Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, and Kaunas. Those living in those areas will now be able to purchase… Read More

Update: Daisy Green Collection Set to Close Crowdcube Campaign Early After Achieving Nearly £1.6 Million in Funding

Daisy Green Collection, an Antipodean group that has nine central London locations that serve artisan coffee, Aussie brunch, craft beers, and cocktails, announced on Thursday it is planning to close its highly successful equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube sooner, rather than later. The campaign launched… Read More


The Financial Conduct Authority Annual Report: “The FCA has been a consistent champion of Fintech and Regtech”

The leading financial regulator in the United Kingdom released their annual report this week. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) tackled a wide spectrum of issues in the report including the forthcoming separation from Europe. But the FCA also addressed their ongoing intent to foster an… Read More

Startupbootcamp Announces 10 African Startups Selected For AfriTech Global Accelerator Program

Startupbootcamp (SBC) AfriTech announced last week the Top 10 African Innovators selected to participate in the globally renowned, multi-corporate backed accelerator program for 2018. According to SBC, following an intensive 3-month global scouting tour, across 15 countries, and inclusive of 19 FastTrack events and 220… Read More

Global Smart Card Developer UBIVELOX Forms New Strategic Alliance With Pundi X

UBIVELOX (089850), the KRX-listed company and manufacturer of smart cards, announced on Friday its entry into the cryptocurrency market after forming a new strategic alliance with Pundi X, a developer of a blockchain-based point-of-sale (POS) solution. According to the duo, UBIVELOX will support the deployment… Read More

EnergyFunders Lists Side by Side Offer on SeedInvest

  EnergyFunders, a crowdfunding platform in the oil and gas sector, is raising capital on SeedInvest. The company has listed a side by side Reg CF – Reg D offering (accredited only) so the firm can raise beyond the CF cap. Under Reg CF, EnergyFunders… Read More

The ‘‘Financial Technology Protection Act’’ to be Discussed during House Committee Meeting on July 24th

On July 24th, the House Financial Services Committee will consider legislation entitled the ‘‘Financial Technology Protection Act’’ (HR 5036). This bill, along with several others, will be discussed in front of the full Committee. The Act is described as seeking: “To establish an Independent Financial Technology… Read More

KeyBank Teams Up With Info Money to Launch Instant Payment Solution

KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) announced on Friday it has teamed up with Ingo Money to launch its instant payment solution. KeyBank revealed that through Ingo Money’s platform its commercial clients will be able to quickly and easily turn slow, expensive paper checks and ACH deposits into instant,… Read More

NOON Capital Seeks to Offer Blockchain based Real Estate Investments in Southeast Asia

NOON Capital, a company with offices in Singapore and Thailand, is getting into the business of real estate on blockchain. While not the first entity to securitize investments in real estate, NOON says they are the first in Southeast Asia. According to their web site;… Read More

Silicon Valley Bank & First Data Welcomes Class 8 of Commerce.Innovated.

Earlier this week, Silicon Valley Bank and First Data (NYSE: FDC) announced they have selected five startups to participate in Class 8 of Commerce.Innovated., an accelerator designed to help commerce, payments and fintech companies grow their businesses. According to the duo, the Commerce.Innovated. four-month program provides participants with operational mentorship… Read More