The WSJ profiled the increasing use of “alternative data” to track people and their financial choices; the world marked the ten-year anniversary of the invention of bitcoin; the NAC revealed a scam involving California ATMs; Monzo achieved unicorn status after raising an additional £85M; Coinbase raised $300M in new funding and is now valued at $8B; and Quartz commemorated the tenth anniversary of the invention of bitcoin with an investigation into its mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto.
Consumer groups voiced opposition to the CFPB’s proposed sandbox; North Dakota issued cease and desist orders against three firms offering ICOs; PwC and Cred are developing a new stablecoin; PayPal and Walmart announced a new partnership; Gary Cohn joined Spring Labs as an advisor; and losses related to crypto hacks in 2018 are approaching $1 billion.
A U.S. House bill proposed establishing a working group to define blockchain and recommend possible governmental use cases; TD Ameritrade and Virtu are backing regulated digital currency exchange ErisX; Circle is buying SeedInvest in a move that could bring crypto assets to equity crowdfunding; Coinbase is reportedly approaching new funding and an $8B valuation; and German challenger bank N26 launched in the U.K.
A group of U.S. Representatives requested greater clarity from the SEC on ICOs; Facebook discovered that hackers gained access to up to 50 million user accounts; Goldman Sachs launched its Marcus platform in the UK; Bitmain filed for an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; Stripe raised $245M, at a $20B valuation; and Circle unveiled USDC, a new stablecoin to facilitate trading on crypto exchanges.
State groups are not pleased about the OCC’s decision to accept bank charter applications from fintech firms; IBM and Maersk are partnering on a blockchain-based global supply chain management platform; the NYDFS will begin enforcing new cybersecurity regulations next month; the U.K. FCA established a Global Financial Innovation Network; and China’s Bitmain is on track to become the first blockchain-focused company with $10B in annual revenue.
The House passed a bill establishing a fintech task force; the SEC rejected the Winklevoss application to list a crypto ETF on the BATS BZX exchange; Google banned cryptocurrency mining apps from its app store; the U.K. FCA tightened crowdfunding rules; the NYT looked at Figure and what it says about #MeToo in Silicon Valley; and Flywire raised $100M.