Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Hires Goldman Sachs Exec for Blockchain Unit

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Mike Novogratz’s crypto investment bank, Galaxy Digital Capital Management, hired Goldman Sachs banker Ian Taylor to oversee the group’s advisory-services arm. Taylor will join Galaxy Digital before January 2019, sources told Bloomberg. Taylor was a managing director at Goldman, where he worked for almost 19 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. At …

eToro CEO’s New Project Will Use Crypto to Fight Poverty

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Calling it an “open invitation for the world to “rethink the existing economic framework,” eToro co-founder and CEO Yoni Assia today announced the launching of GoodDollar, a blockchain-powered, non-speculative crypto project which is geared towards a global distribution on the principles of the universal basic income. The launch has the backing and …

Middle East Hub? Ripple to Set up an Office in Dubai by Year-End

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Ripple has announced that it will be setting up an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates before the close of 2018. Speaking during this year’s Global Islamic Economic Summit that was held in Dubai, Ripple’s global infrastructure innovation head, Dilip Rao, indicated that the focus of the fintech firm would be on …

Australian Blockchain Delegation Heads to China to Foster Fintech Ties

A handful of Aussie blockchain startups are in Shanghai this week, part of a government-backed trade mission that aims to strengthen ties between the two nations in the industry. The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), the country’s trade agency, and the Australian Digital Commerce Association are jointly organizing a delegation of domestic blockchain startups currently …

The Petro Probably Doesn’t Exist, Nor the Oil Reserves Backing It: Report

A month after Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro announced the creation of the Petro, a state-backed cryptocurrency that would supposedly bring the country out of six-figure hyperinflation, the only place the Petro seems to exist is in the media. A Reuters special report recently documented the situation in the oil-rich savanna region around the town of Atapirire, …

NY BitLicense Chief Clashes with U.S. Treasury over Fintech Banking Charters

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has stated its opposition  to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s endorsement of regulatory “sandboxes” for fintech companies that essentially allow fintechs to receive special bank charters, according to a statement on its website by Maria T. Vullo, DFS superintendent and overseer for the state’s BitLicense regime. The …

U.S. Blockchain Spending in 2018 Has Already Eclipsed All of Last Year

KPMG released its bi-annual “The Pulse of Fintech” report detailing a large increase in blockchain business spending in 2018. Blockchain Moves Beyond Experimentation KPMG, one of the largest tax advisory service firms in the world, reviewed spending for businesses around the world for the report., which showed a large uptick in large investor interest (such …

Barclays and Citi Among the Banks Trialing IBM’s ‘Blockchain App Marketplace’

Tech giant IBM and forex settlement provider CLS are collaborating in testing a platform known as LedgerConnect that will make it possible for banks, software vendors, and fintech firms to deploy, share, and consume blockchain-based software. The platform was developed by IBM in partnership with Hyperledger. Banking giants Barclays and Citi are among two of …

Asset Manager Bitwise Files for a Top-10 Cryptocurrency ETF

Bitwise, a prominent cryptocurrency index fund, has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to offer a cryptocurrency-based exchange-traded fund (ETF). In a press release issued on July 24th, the company stated that they intend to create an ETF called “Bitwise HOLD 10 Cryptocurrency Index Fund” which would be tied to the ten …

Hong Kong Trade Finance Will Fight Fraud With a Blockchain-Based Platform

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has partnered with Chinese Ping An to release a blockchain-based trade finance platform. The joint effort is expected to speed-up the process and prevent fraud. CCN first reported the Hong Kong’s de facto central bank’s initiative back on March 30. At the time, the bank unveiled a proof-of-concept (PoC) …