ICOs 2.0: Security Tokens Set to Take Centre Stage

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Make way for the next generation of blockchain crowdfunding Alongside the rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) saw explosive growth in 2017, with more than 1,500 ICOs raising a combined total of over $28 billion in the last two years alone…. Read More

Here is the OECD Report on Initial Coin Offerings to Support SMEs

Just about every international organization that touches finance has postulated on initial coin offerings (ICOs) and what should be done with this new form of access to capital. Last week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) had their say. Last fall, the OECD… Read More

Robocash Partners with Inditrade to Provide Micro-Loans in India

Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was signed last year, Inditrade Capital and Robocash Group have launched a new short-term consumer lending service in India. Robocash Group says the start of microlending operations by its subsidiary JRG FinCorp. Ltd in India is operating the service… Read More

Dosh Secures $40 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By Goodwater Capital

Dosh, an app that gives consumers cash back every time they shop at participating merchants, announced on Tuesday it secured $40 million, including $20 million in equity and $20 million in venture debt, through its Series B financing round. The round was led by Goodwater Capital, which led the Dosh’s Series A… Read More

Blockchain Firm AlphaPoint Appoints Scott Grayson as Head of Enterprise Sales

AlphaPoint, a blockchain company focused on enabling institutions to launch, scale, and operate digital asset exchanges globally, announced on Tuesday it has appointed Scott Grayson as its new SVP and Head of Enterprise Sales. Grayson brings more than 25 years of experience leading sales teams… Read More

Six Alleged Bitcoin Mining Equipment Thieves Convicted in Iceland

Seven men police believe conspired to rob multiple Bitcoin “mines” in Iceland have been convicted, and their leader sentenced to 4.5 years in prison, Icelandic news outlet DV reports. Starting in December 2017, and for several weeks thereafter, six men led by Sindri Thor Steffanson allegedly robbed… Read More

Blockchain: State of Wyoming Introduces Bill to Better Define Digital Assets

This past week, the state of Wyoming introduced legislation designed to clarify the taxable status of digital assets. The bill (SF 0125), is being sponsored by state Senators Nethercott, Driskill, Perkins and Rothfuss, along with Representatives Harshman, Lindholm, Loucks, Olsen and Wilson. Wyoming has positioned… Read More

Blackmoon Announces Strategic Partnership With Rivver to Create New ETx

Blockchain fintech company, Blackmoon, announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with  Rivver, a financial service firm whose goal is to digitize the secondary exchange of LP interests of investment funds, to create a branded Exchange Traded Index (ETx). This news comes just days after… Read More

Canadian Fintech Mogo Milestone: Opens More than 200,000 New Member Accounts in 2018

Canadian fintech Mogo Finance Technology announced on Tuesday it opened more than 210,000 new member accounts in 2018, which brought its member base to approximately 756,000 on December 31st.  The company claims it is a digital challenger to the banks in Canada and empowers consumers with solutions… Read More

Medtech Firm Verseon Uses in House STO Platform Blockrules to “Transform Access to Investment Opportunities”

Verseon (AIM: VSN), a company that provides a “computer-driven approach to drug discovery” says it is trying to change the capital markets landscape by bringing regulatory certainty to the blockchain with the goal of connecting a global investor community with innovative companies in biotech and more. Last… Read More

KoreConX Announces Partnership With Agoracom

KoreConX announced on Tuesday it has formed a partnership with Agoracom, a small cap community that has connected over 5 million investors and public companies in a moderated, smart discussion. According to KoreConX, Agoracom is the Web 2.0 online marketplace and forum for citizens of the small-cap… Read More


OurCrowd Portfolio Company Hailo Extends Series A Funding as Chinese VC Glory Ventures Leads increase to $21 Million

OurCrowd portfolio company Hailo has extended its Series A funding round as additional investors gained interest in the firm. Hailo is a developing a “deep learning processor,” that seeks to empower intelligent devices with the performance of a data center-class computer, operating in real time at… Read More

Fintech Payments Platform heidelpay Acquires Universum Group

AnaCap-backed payment services provider heidelpay has announced the acquisition of Universum Group in Germany. heidelpay reports that this is their 5th acquisition since 2017. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Based in Heidelberg, the heidelpay Group is a fintech service provider in the international payment… Read More

creditshelf Report: German SMEs are Looking for Larger Loans & Longer Maturities in Preparation for More Challenges Ahead

Online lender creditshelf has shared the results of their “Financing Monitor 2019.” According to their research, Germany-based SMEs are feeling the consequences of international trade conflicts and questions. “Every second company reports that access to credit has deteriorated compared to the previous year.” creditshelf states… Read More

Barcelona E-Bike Santafixie Cycles Toward Crowdcube Crowdfunding Success

Barcelona-based Santafixie Group, a brand and e-commerce of bicycles and components,  has released its own brand of bicycles, with nearly 90K orders and counting. Aiming to be the go-to global brand for bicycles, Santafixie is seeking an investment injection in order to release new models… Read More

Vanilla Bean Delivers on Companisto: Say Tschüß to Plastic Packaging & Guten Tag to Delicious Food Options

  vanilla bean, claiming the title as “the world’s first packaging-free restaurant delivery service,” offers CO2-free, fair, and 100% vegan packaging. The Regensberg, Germany based company aims to help solve the problem of packaging waste: almost 50% of the plastic waste produced worldwide comes from packaging…. Read More

IBM Wants to Lead on Blockchain Innovation, Announces 10 Blockchain Startups Joining Their Accelerator

Yes, there has been too much hype in the blockchain / distributed ledger technology (DLT) sector but there remains a lot of promise. Cut through the noise and different sectors of industry (not just finance) are starting to see some promising traction. Big tech is… Read More

Fintech Focused Analytics Firm MaxDecisions Appoints Nicole Houston as CEO

Nicole Houston has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of MaxDecisions, Inc. Founded by Timothy Li and Henry Wang, MaxDecisions is a Fintech focused analytics, marketing, and risk management firm advising the online lending industry. According to a note from the firm, Houston has been with MaxDecisions since… Read More

Blockchain Smart Credit Card Developer Tangem Secures $15 Million Investment From SBI

Tandem, a Switzerland-based startup for smartcard-based NFC wallets for cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets, announced on Monday it received a $15 million investment from Japan’s SBI. According to Tandem, the investment will be used to accelerate the deployment of its cryptocurrency/stable coins, as well as other technologies,… Read More

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