Citizens Financial launched a new digital bank; IBM is building a blockchain-based corporate filing system for Delaware; former CFPB deputy director Raj Date launched a new consulting firm for fintech regulatory issues; a16z’s new crypto venture fund made its first investment; and Uber will begin allowing users to pay for rides using Venmo.
What’s The Big Idea with the the CFPB and CFTC’s new sandbox? Also: a small blockchain startup in the Cayman Islands is raising $4B through token sales; Amex is using blockchain to support a rewards program; Visa’s European network had an outage; and Chime pulled in $70M in new funding.
The DOJ is investigating crypto price manipulation; U.S. and Canadian regulators are investigating nearly 70 ICOs; BOX and T0 are working on an SEC-compliant, blockchain-based securities exchange; SoFi plans to expand into crypto investing by 2019; and 2018 VC funding for blockchain firms has already surpassed 2017 totals.
The NYSE’s parent is developing a Bitcoin trading platform; Bloomberg created a cryoto index; Apple and Goldman announced a new credit card; Australia adoted Open Banking rules; the IOSCO created a “Fintech Network”; and Robinhood raised $363M.
VCs are lobbying the SEC for a crypto token safe harbor; digital banks are supporting changes to the CRA; Zelle has become a favorite tool for fraudsters; the SEC subpoenaed Riot Blockchain; Facebook launched new privacy permissions for EU users; and the EU changed its AML rules to better regulate cryptocurrencies.
Telegram raised $850M; Coinbase won’t allow new credit cards; the FCA wants to expand its sandbox; Australia went live with its RTP system; Monzo may try to enter the U.S.; and CNBC looks into Riot Blockchain.