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Natalia Murillo was an undergraduate at the University of Southern California when a professor taught her about the cryptographic technique of zero-knowledge proofs. She’s been immersed in web3 and blockchain…

It’s not a DAO, it’s a Koop: 21-year-old founder raises $5M for NFT fan engagement

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Afropolitan raises millions from Balaji Srinivasan and others to build a digital nation

Last April, Balaji Srinivasan, a high-profile figure in the crypto space and the ex-CTO of Coinbase, wrote a piece titled “How to Start a New Country” in the 21st century. His view was that this new world — The Network State — would give millions of people a fresh societal and financial start free of…

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Afropolitan raises millions from Balaji Srinivasan and others to build a digital nation

Despite a nightmarish month for cryptocurrencies, venture backers dead-set on the sector are still amassing capital to mint new unicorns in the space. This morning, a16z announced its latest $4.5…

Volt Capital debuts second $50M fund backed by many of crypto’s kingmakers

As NFTs have gained popularity, so, too, has NFT fraud. Copycats can quite easily upload images to an NFT marketplace, mint them and sell them to customers for profit without…

Four-month-old Doppel is helping some of the biggest NFT projects spot scams

Blockchain and other web3 projects are racing to reach developers, hosting hackathons, bandying out grants and offering other perks to lure those who can build. But they currently don’t have…

QuestBook raises $8.3 million to help web3 developers secure funds

Companies are scrambling to participate in the crypto ecosystem, but many of the tools available for them to use are disjointed and not user-friendly, especially for those new to web3.…

Starlight shoots for the moon, aiming to build the Brex of crypto

Khatabook, a startup that is helping merchants in India digitize their bookkeeping and accept online payments, said on Tuesday it has raised $100 million in a new financing round as…

India’s Khatabook raises $100 million for its bookkeeping platform for merchants

Investors are buying into a creator-led future, and Nas Academy wants to turn that creator influence into a broad network of “virtual universities.” The Singapore startup is building out a…

Nas Academy raises $11 million to help creators build their own MasterClass-like courses

In week two of a16z’s Crypto Startup School, three company-builders provide real-world advice on using the qualities of crypto to create new business models and networks.

Crypto Startup School: How to scale companies using crypto

Robinhood’s human resources department is keeping busy this month, announcing this morning that the zero-fee stock trading app and cryptocurrency exchange has hired CapitalG partner Gretchen Howard.

Robinhood hires CapitalG partner to lead operations

Coinbase has made yet another addition to its C-suite. The cryptocurrency trading platform has hired Brian Brooks, the former executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Fannie Mae,…

Coinbase hires Fannie Mae exec Brian Brooks as chief legal officer

Coinbase has added a new buying option for its customers after the crypto exchange introduced Ethereum Classic to its collection. The addition was first announced in July but Coinbase took…

Coinbase now supports buying and selling Ethereum Classic

Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance — the world’s largest crypto exchange — is the newest addition who will join us for TC Sessions: Blockchain, TechCrunch’s first event dedicated to blockchain technology,…

Catch Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao at TechCrunch’s blockchain event on July 6

The Coinbase hiring spree continues. In the last week and a half, the company has picked up a new CTO, a new VP of communications, a global head of inclusion…

Coinbase gears up to jump through regulatory hoops with new CFO and other big hires

Coinbase, the prominent cryptocurrency exchange, has announced its most significant piece of M&A to date after it agreed to buy Earn.com, the U.S. startup that uses the blockchain for its…

Coinbase buys Earn.com and makes CEO Balaji Srinivasan its first CTO

Today at Disrupt, 21.co CEO and co-founder Balaji Srinivasan outlined his company’s unusual evolution and announced the launch of a new system for kickstarting the site’s user base by incentivizing…

21.co announces a token system to get people to join its paid messaging network

“Technology isn’t a section in the newspaper any more. It’s the culture,” quoth Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, prompting some eyebrow-raising by Guardian and New York Times columnists. And here’s some…

The Great Fragmentation: We Are All Weirdos Now

Marc Andreessen and Balaji Srinivasan, two of bitcoin’s biggest bulls in the venture capital industry, stepped up their rhetoric against skeptics of the crypto-currency today at the Coin Summit conference in…