This gaming startup tries to show ‘AI + crypto’ is not a fad

Before the world became fixated on artificial intelligence, thanks to generative AI’s advances, cryptocurrency was the darling of many investors. So when some venture capital firms started swift

SEC’s Hester Peirce still plans to push for a token ‘safe harbor’ plan

It’s been almost 3 years since SEC commissioner Hester Peirce released her updated Token Safe Harbor Proposal 2.0, but she isn’t giving up.

a16z’s Chris Dixon thinks it’s time to focus on blockchains’ use cases, not speculation

"I’m not anti-speculation, but I think it’s a question of priorities... It’s putting the cart before the horse."

Polygon Labs lays off 60 employees, about 19% of its staff, CEO says

Polygon Labs, the team focused on building the layer-2 blockchain Polygon, has laid off 60 employees, or about 19% of its staff, according to a post published Thursday by CEO Marc Boiron. The Polygon

Ethereum developer interest hit new all-time highs in 2023 despite a bear market

Last year, 2023, was especially a home run for Ethereum, which saw SDK installs increase 31% year-over year.

Staking technology provider Kiln raises $17M in rare crypto funding round

Last year wasn’t the best year for crypto companies. According to PitchBook data, VC investments in crypto companies are down by 68% in 2023 compared to 2022. To be fair, crypto companies still

Number of monthly active crypto devs fell 25% in 2023

Developers with more than two years of experience in crypto are at an all-time high.

Hestiia wants you to mine for crypto to heat your house

It’s not news that crypto mining takes a lot of energy. Bitcoin alone is estimated to consume 127 terawatt-hours a year. If Bitcoin was a country, it would slot in roughly as the 32nd biggest co

Fox partners with Polygon Labs to tackle deepfake distrust

As deepfakes proliferate, their ability to mislead and sow distrust is becoming of major concern to security experts — and the general public. A recent survey from McAfee found that the vast maj

Crypto optimism in the age of the doomer

In the wake of centralized “crypto-in-name-only” financial collapses, 2023 bore out a recommitment to advancing sustainable decentralized networks.

Hackers stole $2 billion in crypto in 2023, data shows

For yet another year, hackers stole billions of dollars in crypto. But for the first time since 2020, the trend is downwards, according to crypto security firms. This year, hackers stole around $2 bil

Medallion, a platform for artists to connect directly with fans, raises $13.7M

Medallion is a platform for artists to have a dedicated digital hub for promoting album releases, tour dates and merch drops, as well as selling digital collectibles and sharing exclusive content to f

Deadmau5-founded startup Korus taps into AI for music creation

Pixelynx, an Animoca Brands-owned metaverse company co-founded by DJ and producer Deadmau5, announced today its newest suite of tools for its flagship product Korus, an AI-powered music creation platf makes DeFi accessible to the average consumer

Hussain Elius is best known as the co-founder of Pathao, one of Bangladesh’s top ridesharing apps. For his latest startup, however, Elius is exploring the world of DeFi with, a self-custodi

How Jane Street-backed ZetaChain aims to expand Bitcoin’s use cases

Despite its dominant market share in the crypto sphere, Bitcoin has had limited applications compared to other blockchains which have blossomed to facilitate asset transfers in everything from financi

LG’s IT arm taps Tiger Global-backed QuickNode for web3 pursuit

Despite crypto’s badly tarnished reputation following FTX’s collapse, some large corporations are warmly embracing its underlying distributed ledger technology. LG CNS, the IT solutions su

a16z backs London-based crypto startup Pimlico as it ramps up UK focus

Upon opening its first overseas office in London last Thursday, a16z made its first U.K. investment announcement today. The venture capital firm has led a $4.2 million seed round in Pimlico. Based in

New nonprofit backed by crypto billionaire scores AI chips worth $500M

It’s strange times we’re living in when a blockchain billionaire, not the usual Big Tech suspects, is the one supplying the compute capacity needed to develop generative AI. It was reveale

SynFutures raises $22 million Series B, bucking ‘crypto winter’

Amid a global slowdown in venture investments for crypto projects, some companies continue to buck the trend. SynFutures, a decentralized crypto derivatives exchange, has completed a $22 million Serie

Meet Alliance DAO’s latest accelerator cohort of startups building in crypto winter

TechCrunch+ got to see a number of startups during web3 accelerator Alliance DAO’s latest demo day, which we're covering exclusively.
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