White Star Capital Announces the First Close of its $30M Digital Asset Fund 13291

White Star Capital, a global multi-stage technology venture capital investment platform, today announced the first close of its new $30M Digital Asset Fund. The new fund will invest in crypto-networks and blockchain-enabled businesses at each layer of the tech stack including protocols, infrastructure and applications. The Digital Asset Fund will deploy between $500,000 and $2.0 million in initial investments into 15-20 companies with a core focus in Europe and North America. The team will take a research-driven approach to maximize returns through early access in both equity and tokens. To date, the fund has made two investments: dfuse, a blockchain API company that helps developers build performant applications by organizing the world’s decentralized data; and Multis, a Y Combinator backed company, which offers “crypto-first” business banking accounts with an aspiration to bridge the gap between Decentralized and Legacy Finance.

The Digital Asset Fund marks White Star Capital’s first specialty fund and will be run by New York based General Partner Sep Alavi and supported by Principals Thomas Klocanas in New York and Sanjay Zimmerman in Toronto. The fund will also benefit from White Star Capital’s extended team in London and Paris, as well as a network of venture partners in Tokyo, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Switzerland.

As an early-stage investor since 2013, Sep has been investing in crypto assets and involved with blockchain companies for the past five years. Previous to joining White Star Capital, he spent 12 years working in capital markets in Paris, Chicago and New York City. Thomas, started his career as a research analyst in the fintech and financial sector at Barclays in London before spending two years at Consensys in New York and consulting for various blockchain projects such as Coinhouse and Blockstack. He joined White Star Capital eighteen months ago. Sanjay joined White Star Capital in Montreal in 2017 and was recently promoted to Principal after completing his MBA at INSEAD in Singapore, Philadelphia and Fontainebleau.

“Digital Assets are gaining adoption, and venture valuations and token round distributions have rationalized, which is an attractive entry point,” said Sep Alavi. “Incumbents are rapidly entering the space and embracing the next wave of innovation. At WSC Digital Asset, we are looking to partner with the next generation of startups building global networks and frictionless business models. We are actively interested in investing in crypto protocols, infrastructure and middleware, privacy, financial, gaming, and social use cases”

While regulation continues to evolve pragmatically and positively around the sector, enterprise and institutional giants like Fidelity, JP Morgan, Facebook, Walmart and Square are embracing blockchain technology at an accelerating pace and this is just the beginning. According to a report by Andreesen Horowitz, startup and developer activity in the space have been growing 53.9% and 74.4% CAGR since 2010.

“White Star Capital’s international footprint and network, as well as our team’s blockchain expertise position us well to make an impact in the digital asset sector,” said Eric Martineau-Fortin, Founder and Managing Partner of White Star Capital. “Our platform and network will give us access to exceptional deal flow from various companies across blockchain use cases.”

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ShowPay successfully raised funding of $1.5 million to build MetaID 5068

ShowPay, a well-known blockchain enterprise from the Bitcoin SV (BSV) ecosystem in China announced the completion of an angel round of funding. This round of investment is led by Jinghe Investment, a subsidiary of China Lantian Corporation, with another VC participating. The funds will be mainly used for: 1) strengthening the basic research and development of the global distributed ID “MetaID” based on BSV; 2) establishing a non-profit fund to promote the adoption of MetaID; 3) expanding the team.

ShowPay is a blockchain company established in 2019 with the main development team in Guangzhou China. It is a blockchain company focusing on the underlying technology of BSV.

According to the investors, the chairman of Jinghe Investment Mr.Gong said, “I think the global ID based on blockchain is the most important link in the future blockchain world, and it must be the next wave of the blockchain industry, because without the global ID based on blockchain, it is impossible to usher in the large-scale popularization of blockchain applications. I am very optimistic about the MetaID being built by the ShowPay team. I believe that MetaID will become the largest global ID scheme on the blockchain in the next five years, and will become the most important infrastructure of the next generation Internet. We will continue to invest in important infrastructure blockchain projects.”

Jinghe Investment is a company with a background related to China state-owned assets. Previous investment cases of Jinghe were mostly industrial projects, and it is the first time they’ve invested in blockchain field projects.

It is one of the largest investments to date in Chinese BSV enterprises, highlighting that more and more people in China can see the value of BSV. The ShowPay team hopes that in the future MetaID can detonate the explosion of blockchain ecology and make blockchain a technology that really benefits society.

TOMIA and Clear Join Forces to Deliver A New Blockchain-Based Automated Approach for The Global Roaming Ecosystem 7369

TOMIA, the market leader in end-to-end connectivity optimization solutions, and Clear, the developer of blockchain-based settlement and clearing networks, today announced a partnership to provide the global roaming ecosystem with a joint roaming management, reconciliation and settlement platform. Combining Clear’s best-in-class blockchain solutions and TOMIA’s roaming deal management and settlement solutions, the two will collaborate to offer the telecoms industry increased savings and efficiency. This partnership will formulate an end to end solution for both existing as well as new services from set up to settlement, for the enablement of new 5G, IoT and edge services. This platform will truly transform the Operators’ ability to innovate and increase revenues in the coming years.

TOMIA is upgrading its roaming deal management and partner settlement applications to be interoperable with various blockchain workflows ensuring partner collaboration and automation for the blockchain enabled partners. The partnership between Clear and TOMIA brings together the strengths of both Clear’s blockchain solution with TOMIA’s application ensuring a seamless wholesale roaming deal management and settlement solution for both blockchain and non-blockchain partners.

Clear is changing B2B trade by enabling enterprises to seamlessly transition from the current inefficient and manual processes to automated settlement and clearing systems, reducing disputes and creating a more collaborative, frictionless ecosystem. As the telecommunications industry continues to develop rapidly, Clear and TOMIA will work closely together to support the industry in this venture by developing new solutions for the automation of wholesale roaming settlement processes. The pair will also collaborate to build a joint blockchain-based solution with the aim of enhancing both parties’ current service offerings.

Marco Limena, CEO of TOMIA, said, “TOMIA and Clear share the common goal of seeking to offer transformative solutions to the telecommunications industry. Automated settlement solutions that drive partner collaboration and dispute automation processes are something the telecommunications industry has wanted for some time. It brings the much-needed benefits such as reduced costs, improved time management, and increased cash flow efficiencies. System upgrades like these are increasingly important at a time when the industry is undergoing significant change, and telecoms providers seek to drive connectivity through new innovative technologies like 5G.”

Commenting, Eran Haggiag, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Clear said, “We are thrilled to enter a strategic partnership with an industry leader like TOMIA. Our partnership gives expression to our commitment to working side by side and sharing expertise and insights in order to cultivate new solutions that will automate the entire wholesale roaming settlement process, right the way through, from agreement management to settlement stage.”

About TOMIA

TOMIA was formed from the merger of Starhome Mach and Telarix, industry leaders in Roaming and Interconnect. TOMIA offers transformative connectivity solutions to service providers worldwide. Its innovative offering enables customers to manage a unified optimization process of both roaming and interconnect while driving the future of connectivity through new technologies and services such as VoLTE, NFV, Machine Learning and 5G. With regional headquarters in the US, Israel, Luxembourg, India, and a presence in over 30 countries, TOMIA serves over 400 operators globally. To learn more visit www.tomiaglobal.com.

About Clear

Clear builds blockchain-based settlement and clearing networks for global industries. Founded in 2018, Clear facilitates frictionless B2B trade by enabling enterprises to transition from current inefficient and manual processes to real-time trading and clearing on a global scale. Clear’s platform helps enterprises automate contracts and data management while guaranteeing control, security, and privacy in networks with multiple partners. This also provides automatic payments and clearing, reducing transaction fees, long payment cycles, and managing fraud prevention. For more information, visit www.clearx.io.

Bitcoin SV now is available for trading against euros at a regulated crypto exchange, NovaDAX 8148

NovaDAX, the popular global digital asset exchange that originated in Brazil, today announces that it has introduced support for buying and trading Bitcoin SV [BSV] for its European customers. With immediate effect, a BSV/EUR trading pair is available for use on NovaDAX, part of a range of new offerings following the launch of its European operations earlier this month. The move by NovaDAX to launch Bitcoin SV trading for its European customers follows the introduction of BSV/BRL and BSV/USDT trading pairs earlier this year. It comes as demand for Bitcoin SV continues to climb globally, as the utility of its massively scaling blockchain drives growth across its ecosystem of applications and services. Bitcoin SV also functions as a fast and cost-effective payments rail (sending a BSV payment currently costs less than 1/100 of a U.S. cent).

Launched in 2018, NovaDAX quickly grew to become one of the top exchanges in both Brazil and Latin America. In October 2020, NovaDAX officially launched its European operations via its UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorised entity, introducing several EUR fiat trading pairs, as well as the ability to deposit and withdraw via SEPA for all customers in European Economic Area (EEA) countries. NovaDAX in Europe offers all of its services in full compliance with all relevant EU laws and regulations. The entity of NovaDAX in Europe, is authorised as an Authorised Payment Institution (API) and an Electronic Money Services Directive (EMD) agent by the FCA.

Speaking on today’s announcement, Beibei Liu, CEO of NovaDAX, said:

“We’re developing NovaDAX in the European market to achieve outstanding results, just as we did in Brazil. We aim to provide the best liquidity in BSV/EUR trading pairs amongst all the major competitors in Europe while being regulated and authorised. We see huge potential in the adoption of Bitcoin SV and are aiming to provide the best experience in BSV trading which will bring us a lot of long term growth.”

Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of Bitcoin Association, the Switzerland-based global industry organisation that supports BSV, commented on today’s news, saying:

“Bitcoin Association welcomes the addition of new fiat on-ramps to buy and sell Bitcoin SV for our European community. As a business that prioritises operating in a transparent and legally-compliant manner – and one that has already seen first-hand the growing wave of demand for Bitcoin SV all over the globe – NovaDAX is an ideal partner to continue that growth story across Europe.”

About NovaDAX

NovaDAX is a leading global crypto trading exchange, providing various crypto trading services to global advanced traders. As an international exchange with world-class team members around the world, NovaDAX receives internal investments from its holding company, Abakus Group, which has raised $300m in Series A to D financing.

Powered by Abakus Tech, the Nova ecosystem has its headquarters in Switzerland and NovaDAX base is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With its global headquarters in Beijing, China, Abakus Group has offices in Europe, America, Brazil and Southeast Asia and a world-class team of tech experts from Google, Amazon, Tencent etc, creating a company DNA that is focused around technology, innovation and agility.

Yeahka’s Consumer Cloud Platform Listed as Registered Blockchain Information Service Provider by CAC to Explore Blockchain Application for Coupons 9634

YEAHKA LIMITED (“Yeahka” or the “Company”, stock code: 9923.HK), a leading technology platform in China, announced that its proprietary consumer cloud and blockchain-powered coupon platform (the “Consumer Cloud Platform”) has been included in the fourth set of blockchain information service providers released on 30th by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). Yeahka’s Consumer Cloud Platform aims to provide merchants with solutions for store management and traffic-driving customer acquisition. So far, the platform has served almost 20,000 merchants to date, of which the majority issue coupons with the main product “YueHuiQuan” on consumer cloud platform and develop their own private traffic are restaurants, and snack and beverage vendors.

In terms of specific applications, any coupon transaction that takes place on the Consumer Cloud Platform can be traced, which allows coupons to be securely and reliably traded and regifted. Leveraging the data immutability of blockchain, the Consumer Cloud Platform creates a trusted and standalone network that operates independently of any third parties. It also makes it easier for the government to track the creditworthiness of merchants, manage commercial services, and protect consumer rights.

On January 10, 2019, the CAC published the Administrative Provisions on Blockchain Information Services, which became effective on February 15, 2019. As of today, the Internet regulator has released four sets of domestic blockchain service providers, involving a total of 1015 companies and projects. The compliance document of service providers aims to provide an effective legal basis for the provision, use, and management of blockchain information services.

Companies named so far have included major Chinese Internet giants, such as Tencent (00700.HK), Alibaba (9988.HK), Baidu (BIDU.US) and JD.com (JD.US), which indicates that blockchain technology will be applied to a wide range of situations and sectors.

Through the Consumer Cloud Platform, Yeahka will further explore its potential of applying blockchain technology to specific applications involving coupons. While optimizing the experience for both merchants and consumers, the Company will enhance its data analysis capabilities around private traffic and operations of coupons to optimize marketing efforts and boost the business growth for merchants.

Bit Digital Bitcoin Mining Company Releases the First Half 2020 Financial Results Announcing Over $10 Million Worth of Bitcoins Earned 10711

Bit Digital, Inc. (Nasdaq: BTBT), the Nasdaq listed Bitcoin mining company headquartered in New York, released the first half 2020 financial results report at 9:00 EST on October 19, 2020. The report showed the Company has earned 949.51 bitcoins since its principal business shifted to bitcoin mining in February 2020.

Highlights from the first half 2020 financial results include as follows:

1) Bit Digital (NASDAQ: BTBT) has reached 1250 PH/s of bitcoin hash rate capacity and ranked one of the largest Nasdaq listed bitcoin mining company in terms of the computer power.

2) Bit Digital launched its bitcoin mining operation in February 2020. As of the date of the report, 22,869 miners have generated an aggregate of 949.51 bitcoins, approximately $10.08 million.

3) Bit Digital’s bitcoin mining business rapidly expanded. As of June 30, 2020, the bitcoin mining business has generated over $690,000 in revenue.

4) Bit Digital disposed of its peer-to-peer lending business and car rental operations in PRC.

The full first half 2020 financial results report is available on https://bit-digital.com/financial-information and showed that after the shift of the main business of Bit Digital’s (NASDAQ: BTBT) to bitcoin mining, the Company swiftly accumulated computing power while rapidly expanded operations and miners. Erke Huang, the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, said, “The bitcoin mining industry is becoming a sought for alternative asset allocation, and we’re looking forward to making bitcoin mining business more accessible to the public and investors.”

Planet TV Studios Presents Episode on Jelurida Swiss on New Frontiers in Blockchain 11325

The pilot episode plans to air in the first quarter of 2021 and will also be airing on on-demand platforms such as Roku, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other various on-demand platforms. Founded in Switzerland, Jelurida is a software company that develops and maintains the Ardor and NXT open source public blockchain platforms. Now a multinational organization with offices on three continents, Jelurida is focused on helping enterprises capitalize on the benefits of blockchain through making it easier to deploy applications connected to the open Ardor and NXT networks, as well as providing hybrid public-permissioned and private blockchain solutions.

Jelurida is a Swiss blockchain software development company. They were initially incorporated Jelurida in the Netherlands in 2016 with the objective to further develop and maintain the NXT and Ardor blockchain platforms to ensure the sustainability and longevity of both projects and explore commercial opportunities based on providing public, private, and hybrid blockchain solutions.

In 2017, they moved their main operations to Switzerland and expanded internationally. Jelurida now has a presence in many countries spread over three continents – Spain, Israel, Netherlands, Bulgaria, South Korea and Nigeria. They have grown their team, reached the milestones on their development road map, and continued to expand their partner and client base.