Crypto Derivatives: A Corner of the Market or the Market Itself?

Emmanuel Goh is co-founder & CEO of skew. – a financial technology startup headquartered in London since 2018. These opinions are his and do not necessarily reflect the view of CoinDesk. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a weekly newsletter focused on institutional investment in crypto assets. Sign up for free […]

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3 Insights on Crypto Derivatives and Risk from Veteran OTC Traders

For all the talk about liquidity, bitcoin and other crypto-assets are thinly traded. Investors that buy and sell large volumes can’t do so directly, without slippage, or a change in the price between order and execution. They turn to over-the-counter (OTC) desks to manage those trades, whether buying crypto for the first time, or trading […]

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Ripple Invests in Biometric Cybersecurity Startup’s $2.2 Million Round

Cybersecurity startup Keyless has raked in $2.2 million in seed funding to expand a security product that unlocks access to users’ private keys with encrypted biometric data. The London-based firm claims to be the first in the world to combine biometrics with cryptography and has attracted investors like venture fund gumi Cryptos Capital, which led […]

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Daily Liquidity Comes to Crypto Fund With Lukka Accounting Tool

Crypto accounting and data processing firm Lukka has partnered with fund administrator Theorem Fund Services to provide same-day net asset value reporting capabilities to digital assets index fund Hashdex. New York-based Lukka invented the first crypto tax calculator and is the first data services firm to help monitor fund performances and prepare auditable financial statements […]

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Crypto Sleuthing Firm Elliptic Raises $23 Million in Fundraise Led by SBI

Blockchain forensics firm Elliptic has raised $23 million in a Series B funding round led by Tokyo-based financial institution SBI Holdings. Announced Wednesday, the funding will help drive Elliptic’s Asia expansion, which includes a recently opened Singapore office and one in Japan that will open this week. Tomoyuki Nii, executive officer for overseas investment at […]

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Multicoin Leads $20 Million Round for Speed-Focused Solana Blockchain

Promising Layer 2 speeds on a Layer 1 platform, Solana has raised a $20 million Series A to build a blockchain meant to operate on the mass scale of the world wide web. The company announced Tuesday that Multicoin Capital, the Austin, Texas-based investment firm, had led the round. Distributed Global, Blocktower Capital, Foundation Capital, […]

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Samsung Invests $2.9 Million in Crypto Hardware Startup Ledger

South Korean technology giant Samsung has invested 2.6 million euros ($2.9 million) into crypto hardware startup Ledger. The investment gives the startup a valuation of roughly $290 million, French business magazine Capital reported Wednesday. A spokesperson for Ledger confirmed that Samsung backed the startup, but could not confirm further details. A Samsung representative did not respond to […]

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Crypto Investment App Donut Raises $1.8 Million in Seed Funding

Cryptocurrency investment app provider Donut has raised $1.8 million in a seed funding round. The Germany-based startup told CoinDesk on Thursday that the round was led by early-stage venture capital firm Redalpine. Other investors included technology venture funds EarlyBlock and Entrepreneur First, AngelList’s Philipp Moehring and Andy Chung, N26 bank board member Marcus Mosen, and […]

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A Crypto Project That Raised $20 Million Is Caught Faking Its Founding Team

A cryptocurrency project that appears to have raised at least $20 million through a referral-based marketing scheme has been advertising false information about its team members, a CoinDesk investigation has found. Launched on Dec. 2, BHB claims to offer an ethereum-based solution for peer-to-peer lending, but by Jan. 18, local media reports were already accusing the […]

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Fairfax County Invests Total of $21 Million in Blockchain VC Fund

Fairfax County Retirement Systems has released details about its investment in a blockchain fund, seemingly to quell fears about the Virginia municipality’s two pension funds taking on exposure to cryptocurrency. “Given that this technology is what has been used to create and run the cryptocurrency markets, you may be concerned that these are investments in […]

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