How Celsius Turned Its Crypto ICO Into a Billion-Dollar Lending Business

The Takeaway: Crypto lending startup Celsius raised $50 million in a token sale in 2018. Lending volume has surged since then, with 10,415 Celsius users taking out fiat loans after locking in crypto collateral. BitGo confirmed to CoinDesk that it held $1 billion worth of crypto deposits from Celsius over the past year. CEL tokens […]

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This ICO Startup Didn’t Die During Crypto Winter. It Has DAI to Thank

The Takeaway: Monolith turned a $16.9 million ICO into $25 million-worth of assets by riding the bull market of 2017 then taking out DAI loans. This DAI strategy is increasingly common among ethereum-centric startups. MakerDAO and Monolith are now collaborating to connect DeFi loans to a European Visa debit card. Ether fans can spend crypto […]

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These Bitcoin Users Want DAI and DeFi – Here’s How They Plan to Get It

Summa co-founder James Prestwich wants to bridge the great divide: bitcoin vs. ethereum. Now his firm is teaming up with fellow blockchain startup Keep to launch the Cross-Chain Working Group, which aims to create a protocol for using bitcoin on ethereum-based systems. The group hosted its first meeting on Thursday with more than 40 participants, […]

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Binance Exchange’s Charity Falling Short of Transparency Goals

The Takeaway: The charity arm of Binance was reportedly financed late last year by donations of at least $13 million. However, less than half of the donations made to the Binance Charity Foundation (BCF) are accounted for on BCF’s website, which shows under $6 million worth of crypto. BCF is partnering with the nonprofit AFRIpads […]

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PUBG Players Can Get Crypto Rewards for Winning Games This Summer

Crypto game marketing startup Refereum says it has secured a partnership with major Fortnite competitor, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The partnership will reward PUBG players with RFR tokens. The startup tells CoinDesk it is supplying the RFR tokens for the initial campaign. “PUBG has granted Refereum special access to the PUBG login system, and we’ve tightly […]

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Lightning Labs Mobile App Gets 2,000 Downloads in 24 Hours

San Francisco-based Lightning Labs, focused on a layered scaling solution for bitcoin, released its first mobile app on Wednesday. According to Lightning Labs application developer Tankred Hase, roughly 2,000 users downloaded the app across both iOS and Android. Both his inbox and the inbox of his colleague, developer Valentine Wallace, were flooded with support requests. […]

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Crypto Wallet Abra Adds In-App Support for ‘Thousands’ of US Banks

Cryptocurrency wallet and investment app Abra now allows users to connect accounts from “thousands” of U.S. banks, the firm announced Thursday. The expanded bank options come courtesy of an integration with Plaid, a fintech service that enables applications to connect with users’ bank accounts using APIs. Until now, Abra users in the U.S. and EU […]

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London-Listed Argo Blockchain Adds 1,000 Miners in Bid to Salvage Stock Price

Publicly listed crypto mining firm Argo Blockchain has said it’s expecting to break even this quarter after a recent investment in new equipment. In a press release posted on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) website Wednesday, the struggling firm said that its new batch of 1,000 Bitmain Z11 miners came into production last week and […]

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Foam Turns to Token Grants to Build Out Decentralized Mapping Platform

Foam is accomplishing what few token issuers have: A consistently engaged community that actually uses its token beyond speculation. Following a $16.5 million token sale in 2018, the geolocation data startup has launched a token-curated registry (TCR) with about 140 monthly participants in April and a scavenger hunt that garnered 500 user contributions to its […]

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Binance Labs Grants $45,000 to 3 Open-Source Blockchain Startups

Binance Labs, the investment arm of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has awarded grants of $15,000 each to three startups developing open-source blockchain technologies. Receiving the grants are Ironbelly, a mobile wallet for the Grin/Mimblewimble blockchain; HOPR, privacy-preserving messaging protocol; and Kitsune Wallet, an upgradeable on-chain wallet. The three startups are now the first “fellows” of Binance […]

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