Major Crypto Wallet Provider Blockchain.com Opens Office in Lithuania

Major crypto wallet provider Blockchain.com has opened its fifth office location, continuing its expansion into Europe, the company announced in a blog post on Feb. 19. According to Blockchain.com, the company considered several locations in Europe, choosing Vilnius, Lithuania. The firm said it found that the country was truly committed to innovation and the perfect place for a new office. The crypto firm also reports it is looking to hire employees in Lithuania, with new vacancies to be announced over the coming weeks. Lithuanian Minister of economy and innovation, Virginijus…

NEO Blockchain Platform Opens Seattle Office Headed by Ex-Microsoft Exec

Chinese blockchain platform NEO will open an office in United States city of Seattle, according to an official announcement shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 15. The new office will be headed by ex-Microsoft executive John deVadoss. The NEO Global Development (NGD) Seattle office will open and begin recruitment this month, purportedly allowing the company to expand into the U.S. market. Per the press release, the NGD has been developing partnerships with Microsoft and other companies. According to NEO founder Erik Zhang, Seattle’s reputation for tech talent was one of the…

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Opens Regional Office in China

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is opening a regional office in China, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 14. According to the press release, Weijia Zhang, vice president of engineering at blockchain interoperability startup Wanchain, has been appointed as the head for the new regional office. Zhang will reportedly be responsible “for supporting the advancement and adoption of EEA’s standards by taking part in local hackathons, workshops, training sessions, and conferences.” The EEA, according to its website is “a member-driven standards organization whose charter is to…

Swiss Cybersecurity Firm Opens Blockchain Center in Geneva

Switzerland-based blockchain and cybersecurity firm WISeKey has opened a Blockchain Center of Excellence in Geneva, according to an announcement on Feb. 1. WISeKey focuses on secure authentication and identification using a cryptographic tool called Root of Trust. The company is increasingly incorporating Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technology into its operations and portfolio. The Geneva Blockchain Center of Excellence will purportedly assist blockchain-related startups in addition to researching and promoting new technology. It will also aim to expedite the adoption of blockchain technology in the public and private sectors.…

Israel’s Top Cargo Shipping Firm Zim Opens Blockchain Platform to All Clients

Israel’s largest cargo shipping company Zim has opened its blockchain platform for electronic bills of lading (eB/Ls) to all clients in selected trades. Global shipping news outlet TradeWinds reported the news today, Jan. 14. Following a successful pilot of its blockchain-powered eB/Ls platform that lasted for over a year, the shipping firm has claimed that blockchain can not only replace the currently existing paper-based processes, but also improve the workflow conducted via email, fax, and other channels. According to TradeWinds’ report, two recent transactions on the platform were successfully conducted…

New York Economic Dev. Non-Profit NYCEDC Opens Blockchain Center

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has announced that it is opening its Blockchain Center in Manhattan, Bloomberg reports today, Jan. 10. The organization told reporters that the center is part of a partnership with international trade organization Global Blockchain Business Council and affiliates of New York-based venture capital fund Future Perfect Ventures. Located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, the 4,000-square-foot center will reportedly offer blockchain-oriented educational services to the general public, such as programming classes to lectures for software developers. Ana Arino, chief strategy officer at…

Opens 4,000-Sq-Ft Blockchain Center as Bitcoin Falls

New York City is doubling-down on crypto despite the bitcoin bear market. The NYC Economic Development Corp. opened a 4,000-square-foot Blockchain Center on Thursday (Jan. 10) amid the Crypto Winter. Why? Because the EDC is in it for the long haul, says an executive. “We are playing the long game,” Ana Arino — the chief strategy officer at the EDC — told Bloomberg. “It’s a nascent technology, so there’s bound to be uncertainty around this evolution from year to year. While we don’t know what the future holds, we want to…

Thailand Opens Doors to Crypto, First Four Exchanges Approved by SEC

Divisions are forming across Asia with regards to cryptocurrencies. Some nations such as China are constantly stomping on anything to do with crypto assets but others, Thailand being the latest, are opening their digital doors to the fledgling industry. Thai SEC Approves Crypto Exchanges Thailand started out with a heavy handed approach to cryptocurrencies proposing crippling taxes on trading and profiting from them. This would have no doubt spelled the end of the industry in the Kingdom before it even began. Backpedalling, Thailand’s ruling junta, which has proved over its…

Verge (XVG) Technical Director Opens up on Cryptocurrency’s Origin Story

Brandon Simons Verge (XVG) Technical Director Brandon Simons has released a tell-all account about the origin of the cryptocurrency and his involvement with the early development and marketing efforts. In a post on his medium page, Simons who goes by the internet sobriquet CryptoRekt revealed that his interest in cryptocurrency first began in October 2009 when he discovered bitcoin, which he mined extensively for the next two years. Following a hard disk crash in 2011 which saw him lose thousands of BTC, he became a regular on Reddit’s r/CryptoCurrency forum which served…

Verge (XVG) Technical Director Opens up on Cryptocurrency’s Origin Story

Brandon Simons Verge (XVG) Technical Director Brandon Simons has released a tell-all account about the origin of the cryptocurrency and his involvement with the early development and marketing efforts. In a post on his medium page, Simons who goes by the internet sobriquet CryptoRekt revealed that his interest in cryptocurrency first began in October 2009 when he discovered bitcoin, which he mined extensively for the next two years. Following a hard disk crash in 2011 which saw him lose thousands of BTC, he became a regular on Reddit’s r/CryptoCurrency forum which served…