O(1) Labs Raises $10.9M More for Lightweight Mina Protocol

O(1) Labs’ lightweight blockchain project Mina, formerly known as Coda Protocol, has raised $10.9 million.

Business  ·  21 October 2020

Algorand’s New Europe Accelerator to Boost Startups With Up to $500K in Funding

Startups working with Algorand's blockchain may receive up to $500,000 in seed funding through the program.

Business  ·  15 October 2020

Startup Aleo Wants to Help You Use the Internet Without Sacrificing Data Privacy

Aleo co-founder Howard Wu says a better data privacy model for both companies and consumers can be built using zero-knowledge proofs.

Tech  ·  24 September 2020

This Crypto Startup Takes Bitcoin Advocacy to a Whole New Level

Patrick Stanley is launching a crypto advocacy company called Freehold, starting with bitcoin (BTC) and Blockstack's STX.

Business  ·  16 September 2020

‘Crypto Instagram’ Is Becoming a Thing, Scams and All

Scams are running rampant on Instagram in 2020 – even as legitimate crypto entrepreneurs are increasingly using the platform for business.

Business  ·  6 August 2020

EU Privacy Shield Ruling Is an Opportunity and Conundrum for Decentralized Tech

A judgment striking down an EU-U.S. data sharing agreement may pose compliance issues for U.S. startups. But privacy tech could offer a post-law solution.

Policy & regulation  ·  23 July 2020

Coinbase Plans First-Ever Investor Day Amid Talk It May Go Public

It’s unclear if the Aug. 14 virtual meeting is related to a rumored plan to take Coinbase public, but such events often presage direct listings.

Business  ·  10 July 2020

ConsenSys, Polychain, Tron, CipherTrace: Blockchain Startups Got $30M+ in US ‘PPP’ Bailout Loans

At least 45 crypto and blockchain startups, ranging from Bittrex to the Electric Coin Company, received U.S. Paycheck Protection Program loans, new filings show.

Business  ·  6 July 2020

Cardano Developer IOHK Launches $20M Fund for Ecosystem Startups

The cFund will invest anywhere between $250,000 and $500,000 into startups and small businesses using Cardano or IOHK tech initiatives.

Business  ·  3 July 2020

Humility Before a Fall: Your Crypto Startup Hasn’t Done Anything Yet

Scams and fraud won't break crypto. But hubris might.

Business  ·  29 June 2020

This Startup Is Forking Compound to Make Hiring More Efficient

Braintrust launched out of stealth mode Wednesday, backed by a $6 million seed round featuring True Ventures, Homebrew Ventures, Uprising Ventures, Galaxy Digital, IDEO CoLab, Kindred Ventures and Vy Capital.

Business  ·  24 June 2020

Crypto News Outlet BlockTV Shuts Down, Citing Impact of COVID-19

Cryptocurrency-focused media startup BlockTV has shut down operations due to the economic strains of the COVID-19 crisis, according to two former employees.

Business  ·  8 June 2020

New York, French Finance Watchdogs Open Doors for Each Other’s Fintech Startups

The New York State Department of Financial Services and its French regulatory counterpart will work to "ease the entry" for fintech innovators into their respective markets.

Policy & regulation  ·  5 June 2020

Andreessen Horowitz Forecasts Fourth Crypto Bull Cycle

a16z says high quality projects in the past cycle (some being startups in its own portfolio) will drive growth in the next.

Business  ·  18 May 2020

US Banking Regulator Suggests Federal Licensing Framework for Crypto Firms

Brian Brooks, now a US banking regulator, said creating a federal license for crypto startups might make more sense than subjecting them to 50 different state money transmitter approvals.

News  ·  11 May 2020