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Doing It for the Money

The fight against the Coronavirus causes companies and scientists to collaborate closer, which accelerates the evolution towards open knowledge and data ecosystems and is bound to reshape the financial landscape.

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Early Blockchain Projects Are Starting to Scale

The year has gotten off to an impressive start for blockchain startups, with a number of Series A and Series B rounds making headlines. Isreal-based Clear raised a $13m Series A led by Fidelity and venture arms of Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica. US lending platform BlockFi, which registered a 20x revenue growth in 2019, raised $30m in a Series B from global tech and blockchain VCs. These funding rounds indicate that the companies in question reached important milestones and have now entered a critical phase.

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Big News: chainDE is now chainEurope!

We are happy to share some big news today. chainDE is now chainEurope! The chainDE project started in November 2017 as a small listing service for all Blockchain startups in Germany and has become pretty popular amongst the Blockchain community and the VC crowd.

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The path to Blockchain adoption is not paved yet

When many argue that Distributed Ledger Technology or Blockchain is still in its infancy and deprive the technology to play a significant role, they are mostly not referring to the state of the tech itself but the diffusion level and its rate of adoption. „Revolution“ is the notion that is often used for the stir that was caused by Bitcoin alone. Hence it does not take much of an imagination to realize what kind of a whirlwind Blockchain technology will become once more use cases find broad usage. But how does Blockchain technology get to play a significant role? 

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The Promises and Perils of DeFi

The advent of Ethereum along with its flexible smart-contract language that provides developers with a broad toolkit to build decentralized applications has led to a slew of ambitious projects ranging from decentralized exchanges to trading and insurance. Hence, when speaking of decentralized finance, or “DeFi”, we inevitably think of Ethereum. While Bitcoin itself has been by far the most successful application of DeFi itself, its deliberately simple scripting language is subject to limitations for use cases such as DeFi.

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Banking the Un(der)Banked: Opportunities and Limits of Blockchain Technology

Recently, Facebook released their specification for the Libra project, a global currency to connect the world and empower millions of people who might suffer from financial exclusion (the unbanked) or high fees within the financial system (e.g. remittance).

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Facebook's Libra: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Crypto made it to the White House: Recently, President Trump tweeted about Libra and Bitcoin for the first time (spoiler: he doesn’t like both!).

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Decentralized Identity: The Dawn of the Self-Sovereign Individual

Decentralized identity has been a much discussed topic among developers since the invention of the internet. In recent years it gained further relevance due to numerous data breaches and the rise of blockchain technology. 

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chainDE Global Blockchain VC Study

In our Global Blockchain VC study, we analyzed the portfolios of 172 venture capital firms based in the US, Europe and Asia in order to compile a comprehensive overview of the Blockchain VC landscape.

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Interview with Radoslav Albrecht, CEO of Bitbond

The Berlin-based startup Bitbond made headlines this February when they announced the approval of the German financial regulator (BaFin) for their security token bonds on the Stellar Blockchain.

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