blockchains

  • SEC shuts down Munchee ICO

    SEC shuts down Munchee ICO

    In what should be an interesting beginning to the coming avalanche of ICO failures, the SEC has come down hard on Munchee, a company that built a $15 million token sale. The SEC chairman recently noted that coin offerings are, in fact, securities and that pre-sale participants must be registered with the SEC. The Munchee ICO aimed to fund the MUN coin, a payment system for restaurant reviews. Read More

  • Israeli serial startup stars of blockchain tech return with QEDit, a zero-knowledge proof diligence tool

    Israeli serial startup stars of blockchain tech return with QEDit, a zero-knowledge proof diligence tool

    Leveraging some “mind boggling math” introduced as an update onto the Ethereum blockchain only a few months ago, QEDit is launching its product on our Battlefield stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. The company, which takes its name from the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum (which was what would have been demonstrated) relies on the principle of zero knowledge proofs to… Read More

  • MasterCard has filed a patent on its own blockchain-based money transfer solution

    MasterCard has filed a patent on its own blockchain-based money transfer solution

    In about 2014, most bitcoin companies quickly pivoted to the “next big thing:” blockchain. Among them were the financial and fintech houses that were eager to avoid SEC scrutiny of their cryptocurrency holdings but were happy to use blockchain technology to speed up transaction times. Many of those early efforts are now apparently bearing fruit. Read More

  • The future of Blockchain infrastructure, with Gavin Wood and Jutta Steiner at Disrupt Berlin

    The future of Blockchain infrastructure, with Gavin Wood and Jutta Steiner at Disrupt Berlin

    Since its invention a few years ago, the Blockchain has become the infrastructure layer that the Internet was crying out for. The promise of a decentralised world was made in the 90s. Some 27+ or so years later it might now be coming true. Bitcoin was first introduced in 2008, but the Ethereum protocol project has paved the way for a number of new applications and use-cases for the… Read More

  • Mapping the blockchain project ecosystem Crunch Network

    Mapping the blockchain project ecosystem

    It’s easy to miss the forest for the trees without a comprehensive view of what the proverbial forest looks like. As a result, here’s a compiled a list of all of the decentralized blockchain-based projects that I have been following, and was able to dig up through research, along with recommendations from friends in the ecosystem. Read More

  • IBM is using the blockchain to speed up and simplify cross-border payments

    IBM is using the blockchain to speed up and simplify cross-border payments

    The blockchain has long been seen as a method to quicken (and cheapen) cross-border payments, and now that movement — which includes a number of startups making moves privately — just got its highest profile advocate after IBM announced its own solution focused on banks. The computing giant has teamed up with blockchain startup Stellar and payment company Kickex to launch a… Read More

  • Build your own token sale with CoinLaunch’s CoinCreator

    Build your own token sale with CoinLaunch’s CoinCreator

    Building a token sale is at once quite simple and quite complex. A number of issues crop up immediately, including, but not limited to, the need for an expensive team of lawyers, marketers, social media experts and an expensive crew to build your smart contract. CoinLaunch, a project by repeat entrepreneur Reuven Cohen, aims to reduce the complexity of at least one part of the process. Read More

  • The new age of ICOs is here, and it’s not based on Ethereum Crunch Network

    The new age of ICOs is here, and it’s not based on Ethereum

    ICOs are said to be the new way to raise money. We’ve seen companies raising millions by selling tokens. Against the money raised, the tokens they gave were created and sold on the Ethereum blockchain — meaning that all the trade happened on the Ethereum blockchain and the tokens created are tracked on the Ethereum blockchain. But that is changing. Read More

  • Following its $25M ICO, Omise lands strategic investment from Thai bank Krungsri

    Following its $25M ICO, Omise lands strategic investment from Thai bank Krungsri

    Earlier this year Thailand-based Omise held a $25 million ICO to develop a next-generation decentralized payment network, and now the company has closed an undisclosed investment from Thai bank Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya). Omise has raised over $20 million in VC money — the ICO was for its Omise Go (OMG) division — but this new financing is strategic in nature. The deal itself… Read More

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