Canaan Targets $100 Million Through US IPO

One of the most significant developments of the past few months in the crypto sphere has been the potential initial public offering of Bitcoin miner maker Canaan. The company is the second-biggest company in the category, and its IPO is all set to be one of the biggest events in the crypto space this year. In a new development, the company stated that it wishes to raise as much as $100 million from its IPO in the United States. The statement is a bullish one and goes to show that…

How to Turn a $17 Million ICO Into $104 Million: The Cosmos Story

The Interchain Foundation (ICF) raised $17 million in April 2017 to shepherd the development of the Cosmos network, a system for making blockchains talk to each other. Following the sale of its ATOM token, the ICF has funded a cast of supporting players, like Agoric Systems Operating Company (which the ICF invested in for traditional equity) and Tendermint, to build the underpinnings of the project’s interoperable aspirations: the Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol. The goal is to be well-positioned for a multi-chain future. “I could have a contract on one chain…

Filecoin, But Forever: Arweave Raises $5 Million to Build Out ‘Permaweb’

A startup drawing on ancient history for modern-day inspiration has raised $5 million to decentralize the permanent storage of the world’s information. “The big goal is to build this Library of Alexandria that just never forgets the valuable knowledge in the world,” Arweave founder Sam Williams told CoinDesk in an interview Tuesday. The Berlin-based startup is getting fresh funding from a trio of prominent crypto investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Multicoin Capital and Union Square Ventures. The token-based funding round involved the sale of Arweave’s AR token. Arweave makes decentralized permanent storage…

Bittrex Target of Latest $1 Million Crypto SIM Hack Lawsuit

Crypto exchange Bittrex is being sued over a SIM swap that netted criminals 100 bitcoin, currently worth nearly $1 million. The case resembles other recent high-profile heists in which a hacker seizes control of a victim’s cell phone to then loot online crypto accounts: the swap was from cellular carrier AT&T, money was taken from Bittrex, and the hack took control over the victim’s online identity. The hack against Seattle-based angel investor Gregg Bennett, however, has not been resolved by criminal investigators, as others have before being made public in…

Reggie Middleton Reaches $9.5 Million SEC Settlement Over ICO Fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it has reached a settlement with Reggie Middleton, organizer of the fraught $14.8 million Veritaseum (VERI) initial coin offering (ICO). In a filing with the New York Eastern District Court, dated Oct. 31 and published today, Middleton agreed to the consent decree of the final judgment, without having to admit or deny the allegations, while waiving any right to appeal. The settlement came three weeks after the court announced that it had entered into a discussion with Middleton to settle the case. The…

Jack Dorsey Backs $10 Million Round for Token Offering Platform CoinList

Token offering platform CoinList has raised $10 million with backing from Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. CoinList announced Wednesday the closing of a funding round led by Polychain Capital and joined by Dorsey and Collaborative Fund. The capital will go towards the further development of CoinList Trade, a new exchange platform, along with a crypto wallet, according to the Wall Street Journal and a company Medium post. The latest funding round follows a 2018 Series A joined by Polychain Capital and Digital Currency Group, among others. Dorsey’s investment is reportedly…

Canaan Creative Files for $400 Million IPO in the US

Over the past few years, a whole new ecosystem has emerged due to the staggering growth enjoyed by Bitcoin, and one of the more well-known constituents of that ecosystem is Bitcoin miner maker Canaan Creative. In a new development, it has emerged that Canaan has decided to go public in the United States. Listing on Nasdaq The company wants to be listed on NASDAQ, and according to the documents filed by Canaan, it wants to raise $400 million from the listing. Bitcoin mining is the backbone on which the entire…

Korean Government to Back Blockchain Startups With $9 Million Fund in 2020

The Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA) will be supporting blockchain-related projects in 2020 with 10.5 billion won, about $9.0 million, in funding, but has ruled out supporting of crypto projects or crypto exchanges. It will be the third year of such support from the KISA, which is under the Ministry of Science and ICT, according to the announcement from the agency on Monday. The plans were discussed at a meeting held in Seoul on Friday last week. About 10 projects will be chosen for next year while one or two of…

Michael Terpin Urges FCC to Curb Crypto Fraud That Cost Him $24 Million

Crypto investor Michael Terpin has written an open letter to Federal Communication Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai requesting urgent action on SIM swapping fraud. Terpin, a victim of SIM swapping himself, asked the regulator to make mobile carriers hide customer passwords from employees and to provide a “no port” option, whereby customers would have to go through a company’s fraud department before transferring their SIM information to a new phone. In a SIM swap, criminals pose as the owners of a victim’s mobile phone number, convincing telecom providers to grant…

QuadrigaCX Founder’s Widow Will Cough Up $9 Million to Repay Users

Jennifer Robertson, the widow of QuadrigaCX founder Gerald Cotten, is transferring nearly $9 million ($12 million CAD) in assets to EY Canada, the bankruptcy trustee for the now-defunct crypto exchange. Robertson announced the move in a statement on Monday, saying since her husband’s death late last year, she had “made every effort” to assist in the recovery of QuadrigaCX’s assets.  The exchange folded earlier this year, after Robertson and other Quadriga-affiliated entities realized they did not have access to the company’s cold wallets, and therefore could not access any of…