Paul Scholes, Former Manchester United Star, to Support Crypto Startup

Soccer Legends Limited, a Hong Kong-based startup, is aiming to integrate blockchain technology into soccer, the most popular sport in the world. The project is designed to “bridge the gap between soccer superstars, youth talents and fans.” Soccer fans can use the 433 Token to support a future superstar, interact with the most famous players and to influence important soccer-related decisions. According to the company, Paul Scholes (Manchester United legend 11-times English Premier League champion) and Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan legend, UEFA Champions League Top Scorer, Ballon d’Or winner and…

Swiss Crypto Bank Startup Expects to Receive Banking, Securities Dealer License in 2019

The CEO of Swiss startup SEBA Crypto AG said in an interview that five “large asset managers” from both Germany and abroad have shown interest in their cryptocurrency bank, Swiss financial media outlet Cash reports Nov. 12. Back in September, the company had raised $103 million to set up a bank offering cryptocurrency-related services. At the time, CEO Guido Bühler had noted that the bank sees itself as a bridge between cryptocurrency assets and the traditional financial world. In the November interview, Bühler noted that SEBA Crypto AG expects to…

ICO Exit Scam? 13,000 Ethereum (ETH), Crypto Startup Disappear Overnight

South Korean ICO Steals $2.7 Million In Ethereum (ETH) Although the fear of scams in the nascent crypto industry is often well overblown, on Friday, reports arose that an apparently South Korea-based crypto-centric startup pulled a devastating exit scam on its private sale investors, stealing thousands of Ethereum (ETH) in the process. Korean Cryptocurrency & Blockchain News (BlockchainROK), a well-respected source inside and outside of the nation’s local crypto ecosystem, took to Twitter to convey the news to their followers, issuing a message on the subject matter. 🇰🇷 – New…

Can Blockchain Save Anime? Startup to Protect the Culture from ‘Unavoidable’ Decline

A Japan-based blockchain platform says the country’s beloved anime industry is at an impasse. While the number of global fans for this distinctive, inimitable animation style has been growing exponentially, artists face “a harsh work environment with very little incentive.” Twilight Coin fears that, if this trend continues, it is unavoidable that both the quality and quantity of Japan’s anime culture will start to go in decline. This is why it is offering a “creator to consumer” model which enables artists to connect directly with fans and receive funding for…

Japan’s Shinsei Bank, Nippon Wealth Form Business Alliance with Blockchain Startup ConsenSys

Japan’s Shinsei Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with blockchain startup ConsenSys to widen its exploration of the technology’s applications for finance, Cointelegraph Japan reports Nov. 8. According to an English-language press release published the same date, the MoU entails a business alliance between Shinsei Bank, Hong Kong-based restricted license bank Nippon Wealth, Singaporean private equity fund Tribay Capital, and ConsenSys. The latter was founded in 2014 by Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Joseph Lubin, and is currently headquartered in New York. The alliance between the four entities will focus…

Deloitte Partners With Startup for Gov’t-Level Blockchain Identity Management

“Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte has partnered with identity management company Attest Inc. to develop a blockchain-based digital identity system, according to a press release published Nov. 5. Chicago-based Attest is an identity management company that offers a shared identity platform enabling its clients to conduct transactions, wherein its governmental customers can provide identity services to citizens. The collaboration will purportedly develop a digital identity offering for government-compliant identifiers that can be used by Deloitte’s clients based on Attest’s existing products. The first product, Attest Wallet, is a cryptographically secured…

Cboe’s Head of Equity Options Just Joined a Blockchain Startup

Blockchain startup AlphaPoint has hired a senior executive from Cboe Global Markets, the parent of the Chicago Board of Exchange. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Kapil Rathi joined AlphaPoint as global head of trading markets,  a newly created position, and will be in charge of the company’s trading and exchange business. He was previously Cboe’s head of equity options, and earlier worked at the New York Stock Exchange, ISE (now a part of Nasdaq) and Bats Global Markets, which Cboe acquired in 2017. Rathi told CoinDesk that he has been watching AlphaPoint…

Cboe’s Head of Equity Options Just Joined a Blockchain Startup

Blockchain startup AlphaPoint has hired a senior executive from Cboe Global Markets, the parent of the Chicago Board of Exchange. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Kapil Rathi joined AlphaPoint as global head of trading markets,  a newly created position, and will be in charge of the company’s trading and exchange business. He was previously Cboe’s head of equity options, and earlier worked at the New York Stock Exchange, ISE (now a part of Nasdaq) and Bats Global Markets, which Cboe acquired in 2017. Rathi told CoinDesk that he has been watching AlphaPoint…

To the Moon? Ethereum Startup ConsenSys Acquires Asteroid Mining Firm

Twitter Facebook New York-based blockchain software technology startup and Ethereum development studio ConsenSys has acquired asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, Inc. through an asset-purchase agreement. Following the acquisition, Planetary Resources President and CEO Chris Lewicki and General Counsel Brian Israel will be joining the team at ConsenSys, according to an official press release. Before co-founding and joining the managerial team at Planetary Resources, Chris Lewicki worked as flight director of the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers and Phoenix Mars lander at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion…

Thomson Reuters Partners With Startup for Next Level Derivatives Exchange

Thomson Reuters (TR) provides trusted data and information to professionals across the legal, tax and accounting, and news and media industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, TR lists its shares on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE). The company has now expanded its scope and entered into the realm of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence (A.I.). Last month, the peer-to-peer (P2P) blockchain startup Level01 announced its partnership with TR in order to create a “derivatives” exchange that would change how parties interact with…