Crypto VC Firm Seeking $60M Amid Bitcoin Rout: Good Sign?

It goes without saying that 2018’s bear season savaged the broader crypto industry. Investors lost faith, Wall Street seemingly pulled out, and entire startups collapsed as financial pressure mounted, catalyzed by a collapse of the Bitcoin price. Yet, ambitious venture groups continue to seek financiers en-masse, as arguably, bear markets are an optimal time for “buying the dip.” Pro-Bitcoin 1confirmation Seeking $60M For New Crypto Fund On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal’s “Venture Capital” column revealed that San Francisco-headquartered 1confirmation, supposedly one of the first crypto-dedicated venture groups, is looking…

Chip Making Giant TSMC Reports Significant Drop in Crypto Mining Revenue

Chip manufacturing giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) reported a sizeable drop in its crypto mining-related revenue in 2018. The news was revealed in the company’s Q4 2018 financial results, published Jan. 17, together with an earnings call transcript. TSMC has not disclosed specific data for its crypto mining business — including it instead within its high-performance computing (HPC) segment. In the earnings call transcript, TSMC CEO & Vice Chairman C.C. Wei revealed that whereas HPC, excluding crypto, had grown slightly: “[C]ryptocurrency is a big drop from 2018 to 2019. So…

Researches from MIT, Stanford Set to Replace Bitcoin with Their Groundbreaking Crypto Project

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo: Oliver Dunkley / Flickr Until now, everybody has been talking about Bitcoin, the most popular and widely used digital currency. However, Bitcoin is unable to process thousands of transactions a second. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UC-Berkeley, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, and the University of Washington have decided to fix such a weakness and develop a crypto asset better than Bitcoin. The researchers are working together as Distributed Technology Research (DTR), a non-profit organization based in Switzerland and backed by hedge…

Crypto Market Update: EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Tron (TRX), IOTA Price Analysis

The total crypto market cap broke a major resistance near the $117.00B level. EOS price broke the $2.50 resistance and it may rise towards the $2.62 level. Bitcoin cash price jumped above the $130 level and it might head towards the $135 resistance. Tron (TRX) price is up more than 3% and it seems like it could test $0.0262. IOTA gained more than 6% and it is likely approaching the $0.3250 resistance level. The crypto market is slowing recovery, with positive signs for bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum. Similarly, BCH, ripple,…

Crypto Prediction: Bitcoin (BTC) If $4,000 Isn’t Inbound, Test Of $3,000 Possible

Crypto Remains In Lull, But Analysts Still Predicting 2019 is finally upon the cryptosphere, which was beaten and bruised to hell and back during 2018. And with this new year, it seems that the powers that be — the whales, Wall Street institutions, industry insiders, and purported manipulators — have collectively decided that to impose a Bitcoin price lull. In fact, a recent report from CoinDesk revealed that BTC’s volatility is down 98% year-on-year, as crypto continues to sip on the proverbial sangria. Eric Ervin, the chief executive of Blockforce Capital, recently…

Crypto Prediction: Bitcoin (BTC) If $4,000 Isn’t Inbound, Test Of $3,000 Possible

Crypto Remains In Lull, But Analysts Still Predicting 2019 is finally upon the cryptosphere, which was beaten and bruised to hell and back during 2018. And with this new year, it seems that the powers that be — the whales, Wall Street institutions, industry insiders, and purported manipulators — have collectively decided that to impose a Bitcoin price lull. In fact, a recent report from CoinDesk revealed that BTC’s volatility is down 98% year-on-year, as crypto continues to sip on the proverbial sangria. Eric Ervin, the chief executive of Blockforce Capital, recently…

Founder of Ethereum and ConsenSys Joe Lubin Joins Board of Directors of Crypto Startup ErisX

Founder of blockchain tech company ConsenSys Joseph Lubin has been appointed to the board of directors of cryptocurrency startup ErisX. The news was revealed in an official press release published Jan. 17. Cryptocurrency exchange ErisX is a reboot of a futures market Eris Exchange, originally established in 2010. In December 2018, ErisX raised $27.5 million from Fidelity Investments and Nasdaq Ventures.  In 2019, ErisX is expected to being offering both spot trading in Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC), and futures markets. According to today’s announcement, Lubin has joined…

Crypto Exchange Coinbase Acquires San Francisco-Based Tech Startup Blockspring

Major cryptocurrency exchange and wallet provider Coinbase has acquired Andreessen Horowitz-backed tech startup Blockspring. The purchase was revealed in a blog post published Jan. 14. San Francisco-based Blockspring produces tools that enable developers to automatically gather and process information from application programming interfaces (APIs). In 2015, the company raised $3.4 million in a round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and seed-stage investment firm SV Angel, while also having support from venture fund Y Combinator. Following the acquisition, Blockspring will reportedly continue operating as an independent entity, while any…

South African Gov’t Reveals It Has No Plans to Ban Crypto in Recent Consultation Paper

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has issued a consultation paper assessing the benefits and risks of cryptocurrencies. The paper, developed jointly with a number of the country’s government agencies, was announced in an official statement published Jan. 16. In the document, titled “Consultation Paper on Policy Proposals for Crypto Assets,” South Africa’s government clarifies that it does not intend to ban either cryptocurrency trading, or crypto payments at the moment. The consultation paper further proposes that all crypto asset trading platforms, as well as custodial services, payment service providers,…

Investors Are ‘Thoughtfully Dipping their Toes into Crypto,’ Not Taking the Plunge

Sterling Witzke, partner at the Winklevoss twins’ family office Winklevoss Capital, says she doesn’t think 2019 will be the watershed year for institutional investors to get into crypto. Witzke backed her claim by arguing that expectations are running ahead of facts on the ground. Witzke made her remarks during an interview with Cointelegraph at the Crypto Finance Conference in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Jan. 17. She argued that the upshot of the 2017 crypto market bull run — when Bitcoin soared to all-time highs of $20,000 a coin — has been…