ICOs Raised $160 Million in First Half of January, Report Says

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) completed in the first half of January have raised around $160 million. The figure was provided in a report by ICO rating service ICObench shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 18. ICOs completed by Jan. 15 have managed to raise about 33 percent of the combined amount raised in the previous month of December. Half of that sum was secured by just one project, the report notes. According to ICObench, the number of fundraisers that are set to take place in January is more than 150, a…

Who’s Left, Joined and Almost Joined Coinbase Since Its $300 Million Raise

Crypto exchange startup Coinbase is a hot place to work – and undoubtedly a coveted resume destination for technologists looking to advance their careers in Silicon Valley. One of the cryptocurrency industry’s few unicorns – or companies with a valuation over $1 billion (Coinbase was valued at $8 billion in its last $300 million funding round in October 2018) – the San Francisco-based exchange has nearly 800 staff members and is adding “dozens of employees each week,” spokesperson Rachael Horwitz told CoinDesk. This aggressive expansion has included opening an office in New…

BTC Cap Up $700 million From $3,700 Support

Bitcoin price ranging, up $700 million in the last 10 Hours Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis research confirms there is BTC demand Transactional volumes low. Drops from 18k to 15k in three days Market participants are optimistic and for good reasons. Candlestick arrangement points at bulls, and as prices swing between Jan 14 high low, our immediate triggers will be at $3,800. All the same ideal targets are at $4,500 and $6,000 on the upside. Bitcoin Price Analysis Fundamentals Aside from supervising and regulating financial institutions in the US,…

OKCoin Founder Star Xu Seeks to Acquire Public Firm for $60 Million

Star Xu, the founder of cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin, may be seeking a possible backdoor IPO for his firm by buying a majority stake in a Hong Kong-listed company. On Jan. 10, Xu (under his real name Xu Mingxing) filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) for approval to buy a 60 percent stake in a construction engineering firm called LEAP Holdings Group Ltd. Through his company OKC Holdings Corp., Xu is aiming to purchase approximately 3.2 billion shares of the company for HK$0.15 (around $0.02) per share. In total, the acquisition,…

Crypto Investor Names Primary Suspect in $24 Million SIM Swapping Case

A 21-year old American has been accused of stealing millions of dollars in crypto via a method known as SIM swapping, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Jan. 17. As reported, plaintiff Michael Terpin — a long-time blockchain and crypto investor — first filed a lawsuit against AT&T last August, accusing the firm of negligence that allegedly allowed the suspect to gain control over Terpin’s phone number and steal almost $24 million worth of crypto. SIM-swapping — also known as a “port-out scam” — involves the theft of…

Blockchain Supply Chain Platform Nets $16 Million in Series A Investment

United States enterprise supply chain developer Chronicled has raised $16 million in a Series A funding round, the company confirmed in a press release Jan. 15. Chronicled — which will use blockchain technology to power a platform helping clients secure and automate supply chains — saw its round led by Hong Kong venture capital firm Mandra Capital. Streamlined Ventures, The Perkins Fund, Frank Fiore and David Aho also participated in the funding round The company reports it is planning to launch its platform this year. “While many companies in the…

Draper Associates Leads $5 Million Funding Round for Blockchain-Based ID Platform

Iceland’s blockchain-based identity verification platform Authenteq has raised $5 million in a funding round led by Draper Associates and Capital300, the American tech website VentureBeat reports on Jan. 14. Following the two-week funding round, the company revealed its intention to conduct the second closing of the Series A financing for additional investors in the coming weeks. The latest $5 million closing was held on Jan. 10, while the total amount raised constitutes $7 million over seven rounds since 2015, according to business data provider Crunchbase. Authenteq funding rounds and key…

Central Bank Veteran’s Blockchain ‘E-Money’ Startup Raises $2 Million

Ethereum development studio ConsenSys has participated in a $2 million seed funding round for Iceland-based blockchain startup Monerium, the firm announced Friday. The round was led by early-stage venture capital firm Crowberry Capital and included participation from private investment firm Hof Holdings, both also based in Iceland. Founded in 2016, Monerium is a fintech startup led by, among others, Jon Helgi Egilsson, former chairman of the Central Bank of Iceland. The firm is developing a solution for transacting fiat currencies over blockchains, what it calls “e-money.” The seed funding will…

US Dept. of Energy Grants $4.8 Million to Fund Research of Tech Including Blockchain

The Department of Energy (DOE) of the United States has announced $4.8 million in funding for university research of technologies including blockchain, according to an announcement published Jan. 7. The funding has been announced by the department’s office of fossil energy. Projects eligible for funding include those researching emerging technologies, “such as blockchain and decentralized, peer-to-peer [P2P] internet protocols” to secure data from fossil power generation sensors. The developed systems would be used to securely process data from the sensors and other unspecified information flows within distributed sensor networks for…

TRX $800 million Away from the Top 4

Tron Price add to their gains, surge 44 percent from last Wednesday Questions linger on whether proof of work alternatives truly embody blockchain principles Transaction volumes on the rise, daily printouts exceed recent averages TRX is back to the top 10 and is a top performer adding 44 percent in the last week. With trend and pattern defined, traders should aim at 4 cents in the near term. Tron Price Analysis Overview Tron is on an uptrend, posting impressive gains and short $800 million from the top 4. It’s up…