Zcash Will Get a Gateway Into Ethereum’s DeFi Ecosystem

When cryptocurrency fans gathered in Osaka, Japan, this week for the Devcon developer conference, the halls were filled with buzz about smaller projects seeking access to ethereum’s decentralized finance smorgasbord, especially loans and financial products, via interoperability. “Connecting to other chains doesn’t seem to be an ethereum developer’s priority,” Summa co-founder James Prestwich told CoinDesk. […]

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How Celsius Turned Its Crypto ICO Into a Billion-Dollar Lending Business

The Takeaway: Crypto lending startup Celsius raised $50 million in a token sale in 2018. Lending volume has surged since then, with 10,415 Celsius users taking out fiat loans after locking in crypto collateral. BitGo confirmed to CoinDesk that it held $1 billion worth of crypto deposits from Celsius over the past year. CEL tokens […]

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This ICO Startup Didn’t Die During Crypto Winter. It Has DAI to Thank

The Takeaway: Monolith turned a $16.9 million ICO into $25 million-worth of assets by riding the bull market of 2017 then taking out DAI loans. This DAI strategy is increasingly common among ethereum-centric startups. MakerDAO and Monolith are now collaborating to connect DeFi loans to a European Visa debit card. Ether fans can spend crypto […]

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These Bitcoin Users Want DAI and DeFi – Here’s How They Plan to Get It

Summa co-founder James Prestwich wants to bridge the great divide: bitcoin vs. ethereum. Now his firm is teaming up with fellow blockchain startup Keep to launch the Cross-Chain Working Group, which aims to create a protocol for using bitcoin on ethereum-based systems. The group hosted its first meeting on Thursday with more than 40 participants, […]

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Binance Charity Foundation’s Donation Records Aren’t Transparent Yet

The Takeaway: The charity arm of Binance was reportedly financed late last year by donations of at least $13 million. However, less than half of the donations made to the Binance Charity Foundation (BCF) are accounted for on BCF’s website, which shows under $6 million worth of crypto. BCF is partnering with the nonprofit AFRIpads […]

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What Indonesia Reveals About Facebook’s Libra Plan

Facebook published plans for the Libra cryptocurrency in seven languages, including Indonesia’s Bahasa – a move that offers perhaps the clearest glimpse of what Facebook’s fintech ascent might look like. “Indonesia has the fourth-highest number of Facebook users in the world,” Pang Xue Kai, co-founder of the Indonesian crypto exchange Tokocrypto, told CoinDesk. “If Facebook’s […]

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Gupta Out at ConsenSys Ventures in Shake-Up at Ethereum Startup

ConsenSys is restructuring as it seeks to raise $200 million. The ethereum-centric conglomerate’s ConsenSys Ventures arm, originally founded in September 2017 with a $50 million war chest from founder Joseph Lubin, is now being combined with other sectors of the ConsenSys “mesh,” including the Tachyon startup accelerator and ConsenSys Labs. Related to the move, Kavita […]

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Binance Labs Grants $45,000 to 3 Open-Source Blockchain Startups

Binance Labs, the investment arm of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has awarded grants of $15,000 each to three startups developing open-source blockchain technologies. Receiving the grants are Ironbelly, a mobile wallet for the Grin/Mimblewimble blockchain; HOPR, privacy-preserving messaging protocol; and Kitsune Wallet, an upgradeable on-chain wallet. The three startups are now the first “fellows” of Binance […]

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Crypto Mogul Moshe Hogeg’s ICOs Have Unusual Patterns, Analysis Finds

Best-known internationally as the chief executive of the blockchain smartphone startup Sirin Labs, Moshe Hogeg is becoming known for something else in Israel – mounting lawsuits. As reported extensively by regional news outlets, a lawsuit filed in January claims Hogeg misappropriated funds from the sale of new cryptocurrencies for both his own gain and to […]

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