A recent article published earlier in the week suggests VC arms of Nasdaq and Fidelity Investments have funded a new cryptocurrency exchange named ErisX. Overall, the startup raised a total of $27.5 million during its Series B funding round.
ErisX will allegedly provide users with the opportunity to trade major cryptocurrencies like Litecoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin on futures and spot markets from the second quarter of next year.
The trading platform will begin its operations after it secures the right approval from regulatory bodies. Nasdaq has recently confirmed that its participation in the Series B funding round but it has declined to disclose the amount that was invested. In a similar light, Fidelities VC arm hasn’t replied on the matter either.
The CEO of ErisX, Thomas Chippas stated the funds received would be used to bring in new staff and develop the proper infrastructure to make sure that a transparent and efficient regulated market for digital assets.
The firm’s long-term plans involved offering clearinghouse services despite the company not registered for clearinghouse operations as well as becoming a fully-regulated futures market.
There are several high profile players from the digital currency space which have put themselves behind the project.
As reported by BTC Manager, the CEO of ConsenSys and one of the co-founders of Ethereum, Joseph Lubin has given his views on ErisX by saying that it is a crucial step in the long-term mission of convergence of traditional assets with the emerging class of digital assets. On top of this, he noted that ErisX could have sparked a significant demand from institutional investors in spot and futures crypto asset markets next year.
The co-founder, Jihan Wu has given his views on ErisX saying:
“Many of our customers have been seeking various hedging solutions and would be happy to see US regulatory compliant exchanges like ErisX provide spot and futures’ contracts in one platform. We are confident that our customers will find this strategic partnership beneficial.”
Even though the crypto market has seen gone up by over 30 percent in just the past month, startups in the space aren’t facing any issues in convincing VCs for funds.
It was reported in late November on how a startup by the name of Securitise aimed to create an appetite for digital tokens in the security backing from the giant crypto exchange, Coinbase while raising funds for its Series A round.
Nouriel Roubini says JP Morgan’s cryptocurrency JPM Coin is a joke; compares it to XRP
Nouriel Roubini aka Dr. Doom has always been against cryptocurrencies and blockchain, but Roubini’s tweets regarding JP Morgan’s cryptocurrency suggests that he acknowledges cryptocurrencies.
JP Morgan, an American financial services company and bank, recently launched its own cryptocurrency called “JPM Coin”, which was created to settle payments between clients. JP Morgan, as a result, became the first major bank to launch its own cryptocurrency in the US.
The cryptocurrency faced a lot of heat from the cryptocurrency eco-system as they called it centralized as it basically destroys the ethos of blockchain and the first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, which was created to take control away from centralized authorities.
Nouriel Roubini was one among such people who disliked the idea of a bank coin. Roubini tweeted:“In which way has the new alleged JPMorgan crypto coin anything to do with blockchain/crypto? It is private not public, permissioned not permissionless, based on trusted authorities verifying transaction not trustless, centralized not decentralized. Calling it crypto is a joke.”
The JPM Coin is similar to stablecoins in concept as it can be redeemed for $1 and as CNBC reported, clients will be issued the coins after depositing dollars at the bank; after using the tokens for a payment or security purchase on the blockchain, the bank destroys the coins and gives clients back a commensurate number of dollars.
Nouriel Roubini went on to compare the JPM coin and XRP. Roubini retweeted his aforementioned tweet with a comment:“Ditto for XRP. It is as much of a joke as the new JPMorgan new pseudo crypto coin.”
Even though a lot of people in the crypto-community hated the idea of a bank-issued coin, some applauded it. Twitter user @Tusharjain tweeted:“Banks were obviously never going to use XRP for settlements and enrich Ripple Inc (who owns more than half of all XRP). They would rather enrich themselves instead!
Kudos to JPM for being first. They are going to wipe the floor with Ripple.”
Miked Dudas, the founder, and CEO of The Block, commented:“JP Morgan, the bank whose CEO Jamie Dimon has called Bitcoin a “scam” + said “I don’t really give a shit about Bitcoin” is launching its own cryptocurrency.
When @TheBlock__ inquired a month ago, JP Morgan blockchain execs denied this was in the works.”
Coinsquare Acquires Decentralized Cryptocurrency Exchange StellarX
Canada-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare has acquired decentralized exchange (DEX) StellarX.
Announcing the news on Thursday, the firm said the purchase comes it acquired stellar wallet BlockEQ last December. That product will be rebranded to become the “anchor wallet” for the StellarX platform going forward. Coinsquare did not disclose the cost of the acquisition.
StellarX is a “full featured” decentralized exchange app native to the stellar protocol and offering trading in a range of cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies – the latter being unusual for a DEX, allowing users to fund with fiat if they own a U.S. bank account. As a DEX, users retain sole custody of their funds, and trade in a peer-to-peer fashion. StellarX has no access to users’ funds or keys, and charges no fees.
As part of the acquisition deal, BlockEQ cofounder Megha Bambra will now lead StellarX as it moves to continue developing in accordance with its product roadmap announced by Stellar in the autumn of 2018. While now owned by Coinsquare, StellarX will continue to operate under its own brand, according to the announcement.
StellarX will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Coinsquare, based in Bermuda. The firm said it will now seek to license the DEX under the country’s crypto-friendly regulatory regime.
“We are deeply committed to ensuring that the cryptocurrency market thrives, and adoption is key,” said Coinsquare CEO Cole Diamond. “Stellar is the fastest payment network in the world and we see enormous potential to create industry leading services on StellarX to further broader adoption.”
The news comes exactly a year after after Coinsquare raised $30 million in equity financing led by financial services firm Canaccord Genuity. The investment, the company said at the time, “will be used to fuel a global growth plan and diversification strategy focused on making the platform even more responsive to mainstream customers’ needs.”
However, the firm has felt the effects of the crypto bear market in recent months and laid off 40 employees in early February.
$2.47 million in cryptocurrency stolen from Turkish firm by hackers communicating through PUBG
Cryptocurrency networks are often exposed to the threat of thefts that loom over the network’s security. It is for this reason that such networks and firms spend a significant amount of capital to fix the critical vulnerabilities and improve the protection quotient.
A Turkish firm failed this test after a group of cyber criminals pulled off an online heist on a domestic cryptocurrency company. The group of alleged hackers has been detained by the local authorities and according to reports, the hackers used the highly popular game PUBG as a medium of communication prior to the cryptocurrency theft.
The Turkish company which has fallen to the vicious attack of the virtual hackers is an Istanbul-based cryptocurrency firm. According to the Daily Sabah, a local news publication, the identity of the firm has not been disclosed, however, it has been suggested that the firm provides digital currency trading platforms.
A reported $2.47 million was stolen in the hack. The police authorities have suspended 24 members involved in the felony, following a nationwide investigation across eight of Turkey’s provinces. However, police raids could only recover $256,000 of the stolen $2.47 million.
The authorities had been informed about the hack by the cooperation itself. In its primary report, it stated that a large amount of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and XRP had been stolen. However, the Istanbul Cybercrime Branch Officer later clarified that not one, but two firms’ cryptocurrencies were compromised, amounting to a total of 13 million lira. The funds were transferred from the company wallets to the digital wallets controlled by the hackers.
The official police report has also confirmed that the felons had been communicating with each other using the popular battle royale video game called Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, or popularly known as PUBG.
The incident, which highlights yet another case of a firm’s compromised security, has raised a lot of questions and reactions. A Redditor, bitcoin_master, commented:“It is safest for one to protect their Bitcoin and other digital assets by taking responsibility for securing their own financial capital and keep a check of their own private key.”