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Enterprise-focused blockchain startup Axoni has completed a $32 million Series B funding round led by Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners. Also participating in the round were Andreessen Horowitz, Citi, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Y Combinator and Digital Currency Group, among others. The round raises Axoni’s total venture capital funding to over $55 million to date, …

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Ether, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, fell to its lowest price of 2018 on Monday. At 16:50 UTC during Monday’s trading session, the cryptocurrency fell below $300 dollars for the first time since November 12, 2017, according to CoinDesk’s Ethereum Price Index (EPI).  ETH was last seen trading at an average price of …

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Regtech and compliance startup iComply has just completed a seed funding round led by former Standard and Poor’s president Deven Sharma. The firm – which seeks to develop standard compliance tools and services for other blockchain startups and in particular those which launch initial coin offerings or ICOs – announced Monday that it raised a seven-figure …

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In an industry that’s become synonymous with fast cash, patience can be a rare commodity. That makes a little-discussed announcement last week by the Nebulas project, powered by the top 100 cryptocurrency NAS, all the more remarkable. The team behind the protocol, today valued at $64 million, will now voluntarily wait a decade before they …

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It takes two to tango in the world of crypto trading, where a dynamic relationship between buyers and sellers is always on display in something called an order book. A tool that visualizes a real-time list of outstanding orders for a particular asset, order books represent the interests of buyers and sellers, offering a window into …

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The price of ethereum classic (ETC), the cryptocurrency that forked away from the ethereum blockchain in 2016, has depreciated more than 30 percent against the US dollar since its listing on Coinbase. Prior to the August 7th listing date, ETC’s price surged on two occasions, the first of which began on June 11th when Coinbase …

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The number of Tezos bakers is on the rise. The protocol’s term for a validator (its equivalent of bitcoin’s miners), bakers are crucial to ensuring the nascent network’s security. And that’s all the more necessary given the value of the funds at stake. Since raising $232 million in 2017, the protocol has had a very …

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The total market capitalization for all cryptocurrencies just fell to its lowest point in 2018. The developments come after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delayed a decision on a proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The news triggered a market reaction, ultimately sending the total value of all cryptocurrencies down to $228,528,969 on Wednesday – the …

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Are airdrops useful? While the jury’s still out about the mechanism, used of late to massively distribute crypto tokens to those who already own cryptocurrencies, several industry observers and startups already believe it could be done better. The concept of “smartdrops” seems to have garnered some attention after a July Medium post by Yeoman’s Capital founder and …

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A crypto mining company has raised £25 million (about $32.5 million) through an IPO on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).  U.K.-based Argo Mining (ticker: ARB), which provides “accessible” crypto mining via a subscription service, is the first crypto company to be listed on the LSE. The company raised £5 million (about $6.5 million) more than its initial …

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Tickets for the first music festival set to be powered by blockchain technology are now on sale. Scheduled for this fall, the Our Music Festival is launching its own virtual currency — the OMF token — at its inaugural event in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. It will be the first musical entertainment experience to …

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A long-secret cryptocurrency project whose investor deck once touted Burning Man as central to its anti-capitalist ethos has finally arrived. Released Thursday, Handshake, backed by top venture capitalists and some of the most well-known blockchain developers, has raised $10.2 million for an attempt to replace the digital entities that today authenticate web payments, in the …

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In-development decentralized payments platform Logos Network has successfully raised $3 million in seed funding, the startup announced Thursday. Led by ZhenFund, the round also saw participation from Digital Currency Group, INBlockchain, Blockwater Capital, Global Blockchain Innovative Capital, AlphaBlock Capital and AlphaCoin Fund, according to a press release. Logos is working to build a payments network …

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Investment in the blockchain industry is booming in the U.S., according to “Big Four” auditing firm KPMG. Published Tuesday, the company’s “Pulse of Fintech 2018” report states that traditional venture capital investments in U.S.-based blockchain companies in the first half of this year have already exceeded the total for 2017, though it did not specify …

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Hedera Hashgraph has raised $100 million in a new funding round. According to CEO and co-founder Mance Harmon, the funding will be used to finish developing a smart contract platform, file storage system and a token. Going forward, Harmon continued, the plan is to raise a further $20 million through a public initial coin offering …

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Decentralized token exchange Radar Relay has completed a $10 million Series A funding round. The funding effort was led by industry investment firm Blockchain Capital, the startup announced Wednesday. Tusk Ventures, Distributed Global, Reciprocal Ventures, Elefund, Slow Ventures, SV Angel, Kindred Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Breyer Capital, V1.VC, Kokopelli, Village Global, Chapter One and Digital Currency Group …

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Cryptocurrency investment firm Pantera Capital reported a more than 10,000 percent lifetime return on Friday, coming five years after its formation. In an email, co-chief investment officers Dan Morehead (who is also CEO) and Joey Krug shared the figure as they celebrated the fund’s fifth anniversary. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they’re still bullish about bitcoin, particularly in …

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Bitcoin traders may have their eyes on a different kind of chart this week. That’s because Friday, July 27 is the date that bitcoin futures contracts offered by derivatives giant CME Group are scheduled to expire. A financial product that lets institutions and professional traders long or short the crypto asset (betting on its future …

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Another Chinese city is launching a fund worth over $1 billion in order to support the development of blockchain-focused enterprises. The district government of the Jiangbei new area in Nanjing city announced the plan to launch the 10 billion yuan (around $1.4 billion) blockchain fund last Friday. The project will be funded through a public-private …

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