The Initial Coin Offering (ICO) has been a fundamental part of crypto startups since their rise in popularity during 2017 and was largely responsible for the subsequent cryptocurrency bubble. Startups or projects creating new currencies, services or apps launch an ICO to attract investors with an established digital token (Ethereum, Bitcoin etc.) and in exchange investors receive new tokens that they generally believe will provide a future return on their investment. This is roughly the equivalent of mainstream commerce’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) as a way of raising investment capital, except ICO tokens issued by blockchain businesses allowed access to the startup’s product or service, rather than representing any claim of ownership in the venture.
The Chinese government’s efforts to rein in the cryptocurrency phenomenon within China has been ongoing for many months now, but a new survey from PANews suggests that the crackdown has done little to deter the Chinese people’s interest in digital currency. The survey collected 4,200 valid questionnaires from nearly 5,000 respondents, and revealed that many Chinese still have cryptocurrency on their minds.
Bitcoin payment processor, OpenNode announced Dec. 18 that the company has secured seed funding, with participation of Tim Draper.
DNotes Global, Inc. today announced the release of DNotes Bot, a trading bot designed to assist cryptocurrency exchange traders by providing automated trading for buy and sell orders.
Emergent cryptocurrency exchange ErisX has secured $27.5 million in Series B funding from investors including stock exchange NASDAQ and brokerage giant Fidelity investments, according to a Dec. 4 report by Reuters.
Overstock shares have soared 26% on the news that the company plans to sell its retail business to make way for a forward-looking bet on blockchain.
DNotesEDU has announced the release of its Global Digital Currency Industry Insight Report, a 45-page examination of the cryptocurrency industry that covers a broad range of blockchain and crypto-related technologies, trends, and potential risks.
“What everyone got really excited about was, hey, I can publish a paper and people will send me money.” — J. R. Willet, the creator of the first ICO.
This is a fascinating and revolutionary concept: pitch your product idea to the community, and if they like it, they’ll send you money to get your private business or decentralized application off the ground.
But an idea itself is worth very little. How an idea works in practice is of much greater importance. Unfortunately, this evaluation paints a story of scams, incompetence, recklessness, and greed.
Singapore based digital asset exchange Kucoin has completed a $20 million Series A funding round with participation from IDG Capital, Matrix Partners and Neo Global Capital, according to a November 14 post to the company’s website.
SIX Swiss Exchange has received approval from Swiss regulators to list the world’s first multiple-cryptocurrency exchange-traded product, Amun Crypto ETP, according to a report from the Financial Times. The ETP will reportedly include five major cryptocurrency assets: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple.
Innovative Bitcoin rewards startup Lolli has reportedly raised $2.25 million in a recent funding round. The company attracted support from a variety of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, and Version One.
New Zealand’s innovation agency, Callaghan Innovation, has reportedly provided Auckland-based crypto trading platform Vimba with a $315,000 government grant, according to the Scoop news site. Vimba, which previously operated as MyCryptoSaver prior to its rebranding, has indicated that it will use the money to promote technological innovation and expand its offerings.