Rule 195: SEC Commissioner Peirce Proposes Safe Harbor for Token Offerings Not Immediately Deemed to be Securities

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Today, in a speech delivered at an event in Chicago, SEC Commissioner Peirce presented a new proposal in the treatment of digital assets that may not be treated as securities perhaps representing a dramatic shift in the US token offering marketplace. In the US, pretty… Read More

Asian Development Bank Launches ADB Ventures to Support Initiatives for Achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the ADB Ventures platform in order to channel investments and extend support to Asian firms that are creating platforms for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ADB’s investment fund is taking contributions from several different partners… Read More

Chamber of Digital Commerce: Commissioner Peirce’s Digital Asset Safe Harbor Good for Token Innovation

As details continue to circulate regarding the newly proposed digital asset safe harbor for non-security tokens, industry insiders are welcoming the news. Revealed by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce today, the proposal could “create a path for digital token innovators.” Amy Davine Kim, Chief Policy Officer… Read More

Automated Platform Astra Joins Visa’s US Fintech Fast Track Program

Astra, an automation platform, recently revealed that it had joined payments giant Visa’s US-based Fintech Fast Track Program. Astra has a mobile app that assists US customers in improving their cash flow and helps them save time using established rules that automatically transfer funds between… Read More

Blockchain: Paystand Books $20 Million in Series B Funding

Blockchain-based payments platform Paystand has raised $20 million in Series B funding according to a note from the firm. Investors include multiple big names like DNX Ventures, Battery Ventures, Epic Ventures, Commerce Ventures, and Wildcat Ventures. Prior investors Leap Global Partners, BlueRun Ventures, all participated… Read More

Interest-Free Buy Now, Pay Later Platform Laybuy Partners UK’s WHSmith to Offer Convenient Payment Plans

Laybuy, an interest-free “buy now, pay later” payment solutions provider, is teaming up with UK’s WHSmith, in order to provide users the option to buy now and pay later through the WHSmith.co.uk website. Customers will be able to buy products now, and will receive their… Read More

SEC Commissioner Peirce Proposes New Rules for Non Security Token Offerings

SEC Commissioner Peirce has proposed new rules regarding digital assets that may not be securities upon issuance. The proposal was revealed at a speech in Chicago today. As we understand it, Peirce’s proposal, Rule 195, will “set a course for compliant blockchain projects to innovate… Read More

European Central Bank Partners with Digital Innovation Platform Reply to Offer AI and Machine Learning Coding Marathon

The European Central Bank (ECB) has partnered with Reply, a platform focused on digital innovation, in order to offer a 48-hour coding marathon, which will focus on teaching participants how to apply the latest artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms. The marathon is… Read More

Rabobank Spins Off Fintech Startup Sure Pay, as Company Prepares to Establish Operations in the UK

After successfully offering IBAN check-ups in the Netherlands, Rabobank has reportedly spun off Fintech startup SurePay as it gets ready to establish business operations in the United Kingdom, ahead of the launch of the newly developed Confirmation of Payee rules. SurePay presently offers Confirmation of… Read More

Kiva Teams Up With Ocrolus to Launch Funding Initiative For Global Micro-Lending Program

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Ocrolus, a fintech infrastructure company that transforms documents into actionable data, announced on Thursday it has launched a new lending program through a partnership with Kiva, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to connecting people through lending. Ocrolus reported that with the Kiva program it is working… Read More

Funding Circle Offering Support to Business Loan Transparency Law in California

Marketplace lending company Funding Circle (LSE: FCH) is reportedly supporting a U.S. business loan transparency law. According to P2PFinanceNews, the online lender is backing the California introduced law, which will require certain data to be disclosed in commercial credit agreements much like consumer loans. Head… Read More


Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning Network Developer Lightning Labs Secures $10 Million in Investments from Craft Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Others

Lightning Labs, a company focused on the development of the Lightning Network (LN), a second-layer scalability solution for expediting small Bitcoin (BTC) payments, has reportedly  finalized a $10 million Series A investment round – which was led by Craft Ventures. Ribbit Capital, RRE Ventures, Slow… Read More

UK Fintech Rimilia Raises $15 Million Through Latest Investment Round

Rimilia, a UK-based SaaS fintech, announced earlier this week it raised $15 million through its latest investment round, which saw participation from Eight Roads Ventures and Kennet Partners, and Silicon Valley Bank. The company, which was founded in 2008, revealed it provides intelligent, finance automation… Read More

Intercontinental Exchange to Acquire Loyalty Program Provider Bridge2 Solutions

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and newly launched digital asset trading desk Bakkt, will be acquiring loyalty program provider Bridge2 Solutions, the firm confirmed on February 5. After the deal has been finalized (the terms of which have… Read More

U.S. Fintech Startup Zero Secures $100 Million Credit Facility From Neuberger Berman

Zero, a U.S. fintech startup, announced on Wednesday it secured a $100 million revolving line of credit facility from a fund managed by the investment manager, Neuberger Berman. Founded in 2016, Zero claims to be the first modern banking experience to combine the simplicity of… Read More

Ripple Partners with Nasdaq-Listed Remittance Firm International Money Express (Intermex)

Ripple, a San Francisco-based Fintech firm,  has confirmed its new partnership with International Money Express (Intermex), a Nasdaq-listed remittance company. Intermex will reportedly be using Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) solution, which uses XRP, the world’s third-largest digital asset by market cap, to conduct cross-border transactions…. Read More

Schroders, Ferd and Fintech Collective Invest in Accelerator Antler

Schroders, Johan H. Andresen through his investment house Ferd, the Fintech Collective, and more have invested in global tech accelerator Antler. Founded in 1804, Schroders is a global investment management company that currently manages £444.4 billion and employs over 5,000 people worldwide in 32 locations… Read More

Popular Crypto Exchange Zebpay Set to Relaunch in India After Shutting Down Due to Regulatory Pressure

Nearly 16 months after winding down its business operations in India, digital asset exchange Zebpay is reportedly set to resume offering services in the country. Zebpay was one of the most popular crypto exchanges in India. However, it had to shut down because of a… Read More

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Asks IRS to Clarify Crypto Tax Approach

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) has posted a letter addressed to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) asking the agency to clarify its stance on crypto and taxation. In the past, the IRS has issued several statements and warnings to holders of cryptocurrency with… Read More

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