Pomp launches new venture fund, says ‘You’ll never regret betting on yourself’

Anthony Pompliano, co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital, announced the launch of a new fund based around his own person and brand. “Today I am announcing a new rolling fund that will be backed by a group of successful investors across Silicon Valley and Wall Street,” Pompliano said in a Sept. 11 blog post announcement. “This rolling fund structure gives me ultimate flexibility, which I believe will lead to a significant advantage when investing in early stage technology companies.” Pompliano plans to open a solo general partner, or GP, fund as a…

Square launches cryptocurrency patent alliance to fight the trolls

Square, the U.S.-based financial services company headed by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, is establishing a consortium to fight patent trolling and ensure open access to technology in the crypto sector. The ‘Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance’ (COPA) seeks to democratize access to innovative technologies in the crypto sector, asserting that “open access to patents covering foundational cryptocurrency technologies is necessary for the community to grow, freely innovate, and build new and better products.” Square is putting all of our crypto patents into a new non-profit org we’re calling the Crypto Open Patent…

Tokenized real estate marketplace launches with $237M in assets

Despite receiving hype as a potential killer-app for blockchain, tokenized real estate has in many ways failed to live up to its early promise. However, fintech startup Reinno has just launched an investment platform for tokenized United States commercial real estate, covering $237 million worth of property at launch. Accredited investors globally can now participate in several different offerings, including both individual assets and diversified property portfolios. All of the properties are income-producing, and including medical facilities, residential blocks and industrial buildings. The new platform will allow investors to enter…

LedgerX exchange launches physically settled Bitcoin mini futures

LedgerX, a regulated futures exchange in the U.S., has introduced physically-settled Bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts. This allows investors to receive physical delivery of BTC and some analysts believe this will amplify the impact on the price of BTC. XBT/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView.com How physical delivery may impact Bitcoin price? When Bakkt first launched with the backing of its NYSE parent company ICE, it received significant hype. Most of the interest around the platform surrounded its physical delivery of BTC, meaning, if institutions desired, they could actually hold BTC via…

Ziglu launches peer-to-peer payments after getting UK e-money licence

United Kingdom challenger bank Ziglu announced the launch of its peer-to-peer (P2P) payments service for both fiat and cryptocurrency on Sept. 7. This follows hot on the heels of receiving both the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Electronic Money Institution licence, and the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) licence last week. Ziglu launched in June, with a vision to offer simple and secure access to any currency. The platform is undergoing continuous development and many more features are scheduled for the future. Cointelegraph spoke to Ziglu founder and CEO Mark…

CoinMarketCap launches crypto education portal ‘CMC Alexandria’

Veteran crypto markets data aggregator CoinMarketCap (CMC) is venturing into new territory — cryptocurrency education. CMC first made its name as a price-tracking website for cryptocurrencies back in 2013 and has remained at the center of ongoing efforts to establish reliable data sources for investors in the industry.  Now the site is looking beyond market data and aiming to provide more holistic educational content that can help orient newcomers to crypto. “Cryptocurrency is no longer the niche interest that it once was, but neither is it completely mainstream — it’s…

Yearn Finance Launches Ethereum Vaults; Here’s Why Its Bullish for ETH

Yearn Finance is now allowing people to stake their Ethereum holdings to earn higher yields via its new product yETH. The vault, which went live on Monday following a community vote, expects to attract a large amount of ETH tokens, with many observers noting that the migration would leave the Ethereum market with a supply-side liquidity shock. They are already counting on a bullish response from the ETH traders based on supply-demand economics. $ETH leveraged in #DeFi has passed 5,000,000 or ~4.50% of total circulating supply. It’s quite clear there’s…

Aspen launches on tZERO amid record security token volume

Aspen (ASPD), the security token representing fractional ownership in the St. Regis Aspen Resort — a five-star 179-room hotel in Colorado, has commenced trading on the tZERO alternative trading system. The news marks the first Tezos (XTZ)-based security token to be listed on a regulated platform. ASPD is just the third token listed on tZERO, and is the first third-party platform supported by the exchange. Saum Noursalehi, tZERO’s CEO, stated he is “thrilled to see the St. Regis Aspen digital security trading on the tZERO platform.” “Digitizing and trading private…

Power Ledger launches renewable energy credit marketplace in SE Asia

Blockchain-enabled approaches to advancing the transition to renewable energy sources are making inroads in new regions. On Aug. 25, Australian blockchain firm Power Ledger announced its forthcoming launch of a marketplace for trading renewable energy certificates (RECs) across Thailand and the Southeast Asian region. The project builds on Power Ledger’s long-standing collaboration with Thai renewable energy firm BCPG. Their earliest joint project dates back to 2018, when they conducted a peer-to-peer renewable energy trading trial in one of Bangkok’s central precincts. Since then, Power Ledger has worked together with BCPG…

Binance launches new hackathon and accelerator for the Indian DeFi ecosystem

Global cryptocurrency exchange Binance is conducting a hackathon in India focused on decentralized finance (DeFi) that will be followed by an accelerator program.  Dubbed “Build for Bharat,” the company claimed that this is the first-ever DeFi-focused hackathon and acceleration program being conducted in India.  In a blog on Aug. 24, the company said that through the hackathon, they intend to bridge the gap between blockchain and mass adoption in India. Binance plans to shortlist 100 teams for the main event after assessing application forms submitted before Sep. 11. “We’re interested…