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Live Streaming Startup YouNow Files SEC Filing for Compliant Token Earning...

Live streaming startup YouNow has filed a public offering with the U.S. SEC to allow users to compliantly earn tokens. Live streaming startup YouNow, which created the decentralized digital video ecosystem Props in 2017 and is backed by Union Square Ventures, has filed a public offering with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its Props token. The development was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 19. The YouNow app — which reportedly counts 47 million registered users — has submitted its application as a Regulation A+ filing with the SEC. Pending approval, the initiative could see accredited and retail users alike globally earning Props tokens in full compliance with U.S. federal securities laws, the press release notes. As the release outlines, Props is an open-source project designed to enable multiple app users to transform any social capital they accumulate into a financial stake in the network. As a public offering, the appli..

Ethereum-Based Decentralized Video Streaming Startup Livepeer Raises $8M

Ethereum-based decentralized video streaming startup Livepeer announced that it raised $8 million from institutional investors. Ethereum (ETH)-based decentralized video streaming startup Livepeer announced that it raised $8 million from institutional investors in its Series A funding round in a Medium post published on June 17. Per the announcement, the startup will use the newly acquired resources to support the further development of the Livepeer protocol, network, software and ecosystem to further adoption. The round was reportedly led by venture capital firm Northzone, which was also one of the first investors in Spotify. Other participants in the round purportedly include Digital Currency Group, Libertus, Collaborative Fund, Notation Capital, Compound, North Island, Coinfund, Haivision and StakeZero. Furthermore, according to the post David Mendels, the former CEO of online video platform Brightcove, has also joined the company in an active advisor role. The company also claims t..

Digital Asset Security Startup Fireblocks Leaves Stealth Mode With $16 Million...

Digital asset cybersecurity startup Fireblocks announced its launch out of stealth mode with $16 million in funding. Digital asset cybersecurity startup Fireblocks announced its launch out of stealth mode with $16 million in funding, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 11. Per the release, Fireblocks obtained the capital during its Series A funding round from Cyberstarts, Tenaya Capital, EightRoads (Fidelity INTL), Swisscom Ventures and MState. The startup reportedly counts crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital, over-the-counter digital trading platform Genesis Global Trading and others among its customers, with the company declaring: “Currently, Fireblocks is integrated with 15 digital asset exchanges and offers support for over 180 cryptocurrencies, tokens, and stablecoins.” The author of the release claims that over $3 billion in digital assets have been stolen by hackers in the past 18 months and cites the 7,000 bitcoins (BTC) stolen from major crypto e..

Corona, Budweiser Owner’s Investment Arm Backs Blockchain ID Startup

BanQu announced that it closed an extension of its series A funding round led by Anheuser-Busch InBev’s investment arm ZX Venture. United States-based blockchain identity startup BanQu announced that it closed an extension of its series A funding round led by multinational drinks and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev’s investment arm. The development was announced in a post on June 6. Per the announcement, the undisclosed amount of funds have been raised by ZX Venture to allow BanQu to continue the development of its supply chain transparency and traceability, and continue its geographic expansion. Crunchbase estimates the annual revenue of the funding company — which owns the Budweiser, Corona, Leffe and Becks beer brands — to be $22.1 billion. The startup in question claims to have created the first and only non-cryptocurrency blockchain “to help lift people out of extreme poverty by connecting them to the global supply chains that they participate in.” Tony Milikin, chief sust..

3 Top Executives Depart Online Lending Fintech Startup SoFi

Fintech startup SoFi — known for its online lending services — has seen three top executives depart from the company. Fintech startup SoFi — known for its online lending services — has seen three of its top executives depart from the company, the Wall Street Journal reports on June 4. As Cointelegraph reported at the time, SoFi partnered with major United States-based crypto exchange Coinbase in February to roll out crypto trading support. Per the WSJ report, head of risk, Kevin Moss, the lender’s top capital markets executive, Ashish Jain, and marketing chief, Joanne Bradford, recently told CEO Anthony Noto about their plans to abandon their positions. All three have reportedly been working at the company before Noto took place as CEO last year. Bradford, former Pinterest and Yahoo executive, was responsible for overseeing SoFi’s marketing, while Moss, a former executive at Wells Fargo, set the startup’s lending standards and Jain managed interactions with banks. A SoFi representativ..

Tech Startup Fluree Raises Nearly $5 Million in Seed Round for...

Tech startup Fluree has raised $4.7 million in its first funding round for a blockchain-based database system, FlureeDB. North Carolina-based Fluree has raised $4.7 million in its first funding round for the company’s blockchain-based database system, according to a report by Tech Crunch on June 3. The firm’s blockchain database product, FlureeDB, purports to be “an immutable, time-ordered blockchain database” according to its documentation. Additionally, users can reportedly choose to run the database privately or on a federated blockchain network. CEO Brian Platz explained: “If you want 100% decentralization, something like Bitcoin, it’s going to be slow. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you need to, you can decrease the amount of centralization. So there’s a spectrum there, and we focus on giving people the knob to adjust that based on what they’re trying to do.” However, Platz comments that using blockchain technology for databases is desirable, because of the trust and..

Crypto Lending Startup BlockFi Launches Gemini Dollar Accounts

Cryptocurrency asset management company BlockFi announced that it has opened interest-bearing accounts for the gemini dollar. Cryptocurrency asset management company BlockFi announced that its interest-bearing accounts now support the gemini dollar (GUSD) in a post published on May 29. Per the announcement, GUSD deposits will see a yearly yield of 6.2%, paid in the stablecoin in question. BlockFi notes that it also offers GUSD as a U.S. dollar funding option and as collateral from institutional cryptocurrency borrowers. BlockFi CEO Zac Prince commented: “The implication of adding this functionality is that you could see crypto companies like BlockFi compete with traditional fintech challenger banks by taking advantage of assets like Bitcoin for on-ramps in to a dollar-based blockchain financial ecosystem.” BlockFi notes that the accounts will not be available to United States-based customers due to a lack of regulatory clarity surrounding stablecoins backed by fiat currency. The firm ..

Compliant Token Startup Standard Tokenization Protocol Secures $7 Million in Funding

Compliant tokenization startup Standard Tokenization Protocol announced that it secured $7 million in funding. Compliant tokenization startup Standard Tokenization Protocol (STP) announced that it secured $7 million in funding in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 29. Per the release, STP raised the funds in two separate private funding rounds from multiple venture capitalists by selling its STPT token, with $5 million in the first round and $2 million in the second. The investors cited by the company are Neo Global Capital, BlockVC and AlphaBit. The announcement explains that STP’s service is designed to allow for the compliant and transparent tokenization of assets, as well as provide fractional ownership and improve returns for sellers by removing illiquidity discounts. STP reportedly uses an on-chain validator in an attempt to ensure region-specific regulations, specifically those related to Know Your Client and Anti-Money Laundering requirements. Lastly, the company..

South American Startup Ripio Rolls Out Crypto-Fiat Exchange and OTC Desk

Latin America-based cryptocurrency startup Ripio has launched a trading platform, including an over-the-counter desk. Latin America-based cryptocurrency startup Ripio has launched a trading platform, including an over the counter (OTC) desk, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 16. Ripio’s newly launched platform will enable its customers in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico to trade cryptocurrency to fiat, use digital banking services, and request blockchain-based loans. The product also includes an OTC desk for institutional investors. Commenting on the product roll out, Ripio’s founder and CEO Sebastian Serrano said that “cryptocurrency, and our new platform in particular, offers brand-new investment horizons for all segments of the population. This is especially important in Latin America, where savings must be protected against the constant devaluation of local currency.” Founded in 2013, Ripio claims to be the largest digital asset company in Argentina, with..

Payments Startup Uphold to Use Ledger Vault

American payments startup Uphold has announced that it will use Ledger Vault to add more security to its platform. French crypto hardware firm Ledger will provide its technology to American payments startup Uphold to improve security, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 13. Formerly known as Bitreserve, Uphold will reportedly incorporate Ledger’s institutional custody platform Ledger Vault to boost its anti-hack protection by adding an additional layer of security. J. P. Thieriot, co-founder and CEO of Uphold, said that Ledger Vault integration was mainly driven by customer demand for thorough security measures. According to the press release, the integration of Ledger’s tech will enable a number of key benefits for Uphold, including a multi-authorization governance model, support of new ERC-20 stablecoins and other proxy assets such as the Universal Protocol-based tokens, among the others. Ledger Vault first rolled out in May 2018 as a digital asset security..
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