The veteran bitcoin startup Bitrefill, which offers cryptocurrency gift cards for mainstream brands and lightning-enabled payment services, plans to expand to new jurisdictions thanks to venture backing.
As revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Bitrefill just closed a $2 million seed round led by Coin Ninja, with participation from litecoin creator Charlie Lee, Fulgur Ventures and BnkToTheFuture.
Global opinions on electric flying cars and taxis are still divided. That is only normal, as this business concept raises a lot of questions which can’t be answered all that easily. Lillium, a German startup has demonstrated its electric flying taxi prototype this week. A remarkable development, as the product will enter public service by 2025.
The Flying Taxi is Coming
Most consumers on this planet struggle with the idea of having a car that flies.
Po.et, a blockchain startup that allows content creators to create time-stamped titles for their written, visual and audio work, has announced Jarrod Dicker, who has held positions at the Washington Post, Time Inc. and Huffington Post, as its new CEO.
It may be the perfect match.
Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking recently called for a concerted effort to launch humans into space saying:
“To leave Earth demands a concerted global approach, everyone should join in.
Voatz, a startup based in Boston, MA, promises to dispel some of the biggest challenges associated with voting: access, security, transparency and efficiency. The company plans to achieve this goal by combining internet-based voting with blockchain technology.
What is Voatz?
Voatz enables voters to make their voices heard conveniently by allowing mobile voting via any smartphone or tablet connected to the internet.
Last month, science and technology magazine New Scientist covered the Overledger project in a story titled, “The Blockchain to Fix All Blockchains.” The story emphasizes the need for data interoperability technology across different blockchains that could play a role similar to TCP/IP, which enabled the internet to thrive.
“[Overledger] seems to be a straightforward extension of the original atomic swap idea,” said Cornell University cryptocurrency expert Emin Gun Sirer, as reported by New Scientist.
The new Bitcoin-based, multi-signature wallet from Abra is being released hot on the heels of their recent funding announcement, supporting ether and 52 fiat currencies.
Libra, a developer of blockchain tax and auditing software, has launched Crypto Office, a new product aimed at the industry’s biggest players: exchanges, market makers and hedge funds.
New York-based ethereum development startup ConsenSys has revealed a number of new hires, including several IBM employees and the former CEO of South Africa's central securities depository (CSD).
ConsenSys announced today that John Wolpert, former global blockchain offering director, will work to advance the startup's product and venture efforts. Monica Singer, who left Strate this summer after working for the CSD since the late 1990s, is set to serve as its "Blockchain Ambassador" with a focus on financial markets.
Startup company Bloom seeks to take advantage of blockchain technology’s perks to create a platform where the participants will have global access to credit services.
According to Bloom, the traditional methods of credit checking leaves billions of people without basic credit services. The stats of the company show that fewer than 9 percent of the citizens in developing countries have ever taken a loan from a financial institution.