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Will rules and regs sober up startups buzzed on cryptocurrency ICOs?

Initial Coin Offerings are one of those disruptive technologies filed under crazy enough to work. And how — entrepreneurs launch new cryptocurrencies and sell them for existing cryptocurrencies (like bitcoin) to buyers betting the new currency will appreciate. Does this sound like a safe space for scam artists? Regulators seem to think so, and they are increasingly […]

New startups like Mytime want to pay for your attention and time in cryptocurrency

The debate about the effects social networks like Facebook and Twitter have on us as human beings goes one. Indeed, just this week Facebook co-founder Sean Parker said “The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your […]

New startups like Mytime want to pay for your attention and time in cryptocurrency

The debate about the effects social networks like Facebook and Twitter have on us as human beings goes one. Indeed, just this week Facebook co-founder Sean Parker said “The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your […]

Enterprise Ireland Gets Fickle, Funds and then Backs Away from Cryptocurrency Start-ups

Finance After funding two cryptocurrency-related companies, the Irish state agency Enterprise Ireland (EI) suddenly reversed course, asking the same companies to take down all public mention of its support. The bitcoin/crypto community in Ireland is not pleased.  Also read: UK & Taiwanese Regulators Weigh-in on Bitcoin Laundering, France ponders ICOs Enterprise Ireland’s Love/Hate […]

Five startups focusing on Ethereum show how they’re using the protocol

An artist’s depiction of how ether could be used in the future, as seen in front of the catering trays at Ethereum SF.Becky Peterson/Business InsiderIf you ask a room full of blockchain enthusiasts how the technology will affect the internet, the answers range from “a lot” to “more than you can even imagine.”  Such responses were […]

Ethereum Founder Says 90% of Token Startups Will Fail

In Brief Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin reckons that nine out of ten token startups are doomed to failure. While widespread experimentation with tokens is a good thing, the current reliance on ICOs could prove problematic going forward. Initial Coin Offering Vitalik Buterin knows a thing or two about how to launch a cryptocurrency. […]

Led by Stellar cofounder Joyce Kim, SparkChain Capital is a new $100M fund for blockchain and cryptocurrency startups

Over the past 18 months, investments in blockchain startups tackling a variety of problems have climbed. SparkChain Capital, a new $100 million early-stage fund launched by SparkLabs Group, wants to contribute by backing blockchain and cryptocurrency-related companies that are solving real-world issues. Led by managing partner Joyce Kim, the founder and former executive director of […]

SparkLabs launches SparkChain Capital, a $100 million fund for blockchain and cryptocurrency startups

Blockchain is one of the biggest tech buzzwords in recent times, with markets including music, travel, and car-sharing slowly succumbing to blockchain’s allure. Then there are cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum, which are now pretty much synonymous with blockchain technology. Against this backdrop, a new $100 million fund has been set up to invest in early-stage companies operating across the […]

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