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Cambridge Associates believes in booming investment activity among institutional investors

A consulting firm Cambridge Associates believes “it is worthwhile for investors to begin exploring the crypto asset area today, with an eye toward the long term,” written in an investment note to clients. Despite the current price challenges and a long bear market, the Cambridge Associates sees “booming” investment activity.

They assume that the majority of institutional investors have little to no crypto assets exposure. We can expect this to change very soon to an exposure around 20-30 basis points.

Six major types of projects

Based on the report, here are six major areas of blockchain projects and their solving problem that will have the attention of institutional investors.

  • Scalability
  • Privacy
  • Custody
  • Stablecoins
  • Governance
  • Interoperability

Coinbase has acquired Neutrino, a blockchain intelligence platform

Coinbase announced on 17th February an aquisition of Neutrino, a blockchain intelligence platform. Coinbase’s goal is to bring an open financial system to the world and Neutrino should help them with that by analyzing data on public blockchains. Blockchain intelligence is increasingly important.

Neutrino will help us prevent theft of funds from peoples’ accounts, investigate ransomware attacks, and identify bad actors. It will also help us bring more cryptocurrencies and features to more people while helping ensure compliance with local laws and regulations, said Varun Srinivasan, an engineering director, on the Coinbase Medium blog.

Neutrino will keep its team members and stay in London.

AML & KYC Policies for Crypto Exchanges

AML & KYC standards for crypto platforms will be discussed on March 22 at the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague. Senior Partner at Thompson&Stein, Artur Kuczmowski, will deliver the presentation “AML and KYC Best Practice for ICO and Crypto Exchanges.”

Artur Kuczmowski is a qualified lawyer with many years of experience in the field. Currently, he has a position of the Senior Partner at the international law firm Thompson&Stein.

The speaker offers law consultations for companies integrating blockchain and cryptocurrencies into their work. He helps different organizations to get licenses for crypto exchanges and wallets operation.

Apart from that, the speaker specialises in consultations regarding taxes. He helps companies to understand the taxation of transactions and international tax planning better.

Learn more about AML and KYC practices from the expert at the conference!

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Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague will take place on March 22 at Panorama Hotel Prague.

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Most cryptocurrencies will fail, but not Bitcoin, says Digital Currency Group

Barry Silbert, CEO and founder of Digital Currency Group and Grayscale Investments, said in CNBC interview, that most hot cryptocurrencies besides bitcoin won’t survive in the long run.

“I’m not a believer in the vast majority of digital tokens and believe most will go to zero. Almost every ICO was just an attempt to raise money but there was no use for the underlying token,” Silbert said. “The vast majority of what’s out there will be eliminated.”

As bullish as he has ever been

Silbert said he is “as bullish as he has ever been” on bitcoin. He is an early investor in cryptocurrency. He remembers times when bitcoin had 96% of the market. He lived through multiple price plunges and every time bitcoin not only survived, but it has also thrived.

Bitcoin recently celebrated 10 years and it is his third time when it went 80% down. The most recent bounce hasn’t reach clear bull run yet.

Interest from institutional investors

Barry Silbert said there’s still a high degree of interest from institutional investors, even though the current price of Bitcoin.

Digital Currency Group is very active in blockchain investments. The company owns Grayscale Investments, the largest digital currency asset management firm.

“There are certainty institutional investors that have put money to work and many more are are considering it,” Silbert said. “Until now they wanted to make sure they’re not catching a falling knife.”

Bitcoin is a new gold

“As far as I’m concerned bitcoin has won the race to be digital gold,” Silbert said.”I’m convinced that whatever money is in gold is not going to stay in gold. That gets handed down to millennials — I’m highly confident a lot of that will go into bitcoin.”

Millennials don’t see gold as safe and valuable as their parents. $30 trillion of baby boomer wealth is going to be handed down in the next 20 years. Some of it will be definitely will go into bitcoin.

London’s Blockchain Conference; Blockchain Expo Global Exhibition announces expert speakers

Blockchain Expo, has today announced key expert speakers at the Global conference, Olympia London, 25-26 April 2019. An opportunity to hear from thought provoking content within blockchain solutions for enterprises, blockchain technology solutions, blockchain platforms & strategies, fintech, solutions & regulations, blockchain for business and investors, innovations & security tokens.

Blockchain Expo has been embraced by the blockchain community with notable experts and leading organisations joining the conference agenda. The conference will explore the industries that are set to be disrupted the most by this new technology, including; manufacturing, retail, financial services, legal, healthcare, insurance, energy, music, government, real estate and more.

Event attendees can expect to meet with over 6,000 like-minded individuals, 350+ exhibitors such as Hyperledger, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Consensys, Factom Protocol and Stratis, in a series of networking opportunities.

Speakers

The Blockchain Expo will also allow you to ask questions to the events 200+ thought leading speakers in Q&A sessions. These speakers include:

  • Nitin Manoharan, Global Director, Head of Enterprise Architecture & Tech Innovation at Philip Morris International
  • Anwar Mirza, Global Head of Data Governance at TNT
  • Leanne Kemp, CEO & Founder of Everledger
  • Ildefonso Olmedo, Head of Innovation at Santander UK Technology
  • Ken Marke, CMO at B3i – The Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative
  • Dr John Henry Clippinger, Executive Director & CEO, Co-Founder, Adviser at Token Commons Foundation, TokenMaster, Antonomi + more
  • William Lovell, Head of Future Technology at Bank of England
  • Joanna Hubbard, Co-Founder & COO at Electron
  • Fausto Dassenno, Head of Product & Tech B2C & Verticals at Gumtree
  • David Ferguson, Head of Digital Innovation at EDF Energy
  • Sam Shah, Director of Digital Development at NHS England
  • Emmanuel Marchal, Managing Director at Consensys
  • Marta Piekarska, Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger
  • Nadeem Ladki, Director Business Development at Ripple
  • Amit Patel, Head of New Ventures at Bupa
  • Julian Gray, Technology Director, Digital Innovation Organisation at BP
  • Nkiru Uqaje, Blockchain Strategy lead for UKI Enterprise at Dell
  • Marta Piekarska, Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger
  • Andrew Speers, Director, Product and Innovation at Natwest
  • Udai Kiran Chilamkurthi, Lead Architect – Retail & Logistics at Sainsbury’s
  • Vincent Doumeizel, Vice President Food and Sustainability at Lloyd’s Register

Blockchain Expo Europe will also take place at RAI, Amsterdam on 19-20 June 2019. Blockchain Expo North America will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley on 13-14 November 2019.

16 Blockchain Disruptions: How Blockchain Affecting Various Industries

The present technology trends are massively changing and evolving industries. One such trend is the blockchain craze as firms are trying out new ways of optimizing their operations with the blockchain technology. Blockchain-based researches and projects are becoming a norm, and the race for the blockchain gold rush has fully kicked off in various industries.

Blockchain and dot.com

The growing influence of blockchain in today’s industrial revolution has been skeptically compared to the dot.com bubble by factions that have chosen to remain ignorant of the blockchain’s innovative features. Still, the sudden rise of blockchain to the forefront of technological trends is a testament to its disruptive nature. Therefore, it is becoming common to see write-ups and articles forecasting its influence on selected industries.

In truth, the blockchain disruption encompasses almost every industry, and this conclusion stems from the fact that we are yet to scratch the surface of the immense possibilities available via the blockchain explosion. A vivid picture of the situation can be seen on the blockchain disruption infographic below, which clearly describes the ways by which blockchain is increasingly disrupting the norms in the 16 industries.

Definitely, the ongoing surge of blockchain startups and projects in these industries is a result of the favorable functionalities the technology possesses.

For instance, the charity sector, which has been riddled with corruption and misappropriation, is a perfect breeding ground for the blockchain systems. Its ability to uphold consensus-based networks, which in turn establish transparency, will drastically transform the charity sector.

In addition, blockchain is steadily rebranding the supply chain management industry, and its influence in this space is becoming pronounced. Gone are the days when the source of products and their journey through the supply chain are unverifiable. The emergence of improved blockchain-powered supply chain trackers is surely transforming this space as data entered into these trackers is immutable.

A careful study of the infographic will help you admire the impact of the disruptive nature of the blockchain technology.

Four-Day Blockchain Cruise Brings John McAfee and Industry Leaders Aboard

CoinsBank announces the year’s biggest blockchain event on the seas: the fourth annual Blockchain Cruise.

After three successful editions, the 2019 Blockchain Cruise by CoinsBank will be held for the fourth time between June 9th and 13th. It will depart from Barcelona and dock in Rome, with stops in Palma de Mallorca, Marseille, and La Spezia. The global conference will take place on the majestic Oasis of the Seas by Royal Caribbean.

Of the conferences I have attended as a keynote speaker, the two Blockchain Cruises have been the most successful and fruitful, says John McAfee, renowned crypto enthusiast and founder of digital wallet Bitfi.

McAfee will be joined by other notable industry names like Tone Vays, Gordon Einstein, and more to be announced soon.

The Blockchain Cruise is known to host passionate debates around the future of cryptocurrency and blockchain adoption. Mashable famously published a headline about the 2018 Blockchain Europe Cruise, declaring:

It only took 37 seconds for two bitcoin ‘celebs’ to start fighting on a cruise ship, – this was in reference to a heated discussion between Jimmy Song, a venture partner at Blockchain Capital LLC, and Bitcoin Cash evangelist Roger Ver.

The event has seen more than 30 high-profile business contracts signed between different projects, investors and companies, such as an alliance between CoinBene exchange and McAfee Team. The total value of these deals is more than $50 million USD.

We are very excited to offer this unparalleled networking opportunity again, says Kristina Bliadze, CoinsBank Event Coordinator.

The full potential of blockchain technology can only be realized through an active and supportive community, which is something we aim to foster through the Blockchain Cruise.

Blockchain Cruise 2019

Blockchain Cruise 2019 is one of the world’s premier blockchain technology events. The upcoming edition promises to be the biggest and best yet, with more than top 70 speakers and an estimated 2500 attendees. This includes movers and shakers from leading industry startups, enterprise tech leaders, and investors.

CoinsBank is a blockchain solutions provider that includes digital wallets, exchange service and merchant tools for cryptocurrencies. The company launched series of events in 2016. The goal is to organize events of unique format for industry professionals to network and foster meaningful partnerships outside of the typical conference setting.

LTC Price Soars 30% after Litecoin Foundation and Beam Partner Cooperation Announcement

The news about the partnership between Litecoin Foundation and Beam Partner was reported in a Beam Medium blog post on Febuary 7th. The Beam’s goal is to advance privacy in cryptocurrency space and promote Mimblewimble protocol.

The Litecoin Foundation has approached Beam about possible cooperation to implement Mimblewimble via Extension Blocks on Litecoin. We have started exploration towards adding privacy and fungibility to Litecoin by allowing on-chain conversion of regular LTC into a Mimblewimble variant of LTC and vice versa. Upon such conversion, it will be possible to transact with Mimblewimble LTC in complete confidentiality.

MimbleWimble (MW) privacy and scalability solution has recently gained greater market interest and been pushed to the forefront with its first real world implementation in Beam and Grin.

Litecoin core developers further investigating MimbleWimble and Extension Blocks Technologies. According to their blog post, MW is partially a variant on Confidential Transactions where the value sent over the network is obfuscated yet verifiable as the inputs and outputs retain addition as a property.

LTC price soars over 40 USD

According to CoinMarketCap data Litecoin price has risen more than 30 percent. Litecoin became the 4th largest cryptocurrency, overtaking Ripple and EOS.

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Malta AI & Blockchain Summit throwing massive show in May

The first edition of the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit in November 2018 turned out to be a monumental success – no less than 8500 people attended the event. This year, the same team is throwing a massive show in May.

Malta AI & Blockchain Summit

The Malta AI & Blockchain Summit has announced a stellar show for 2019. The highly anticipated show is expected to follow the monumental success of the November summit in 2018, which brought W. Scott Stornetta, John McAfee, the Winklevoss Twins and Sophia the Robot to Malta’s shores and took the scene by storm even in times of a burdensome bear market.

“I came to talk about the early work that we did, laying the foundations pre-Bitcoin for the blockchain. It is a little frenzied and very crowded. I think they succeeded a little too well in attracting people here,” said W. Scott Stornetta, known as the ‘Founding Father of Blockchain’, commenting upon the show in November 2018.

Satoshi Vision for blockchain technology

The next show taking place on May 22nd-24th of 2019 is themed around Social Impact, and is aimed at reigniting the Satoshi Vision for blockchain technology to advance social impact across societies through a truly decentralised ecosystem for transactions. The event is cordially inaugurated with a Social Impact Awards ceremony on the eve of the summit.

The unexpected success of last year’s show has turned the organisers’ eye towards expansion. For the show in May 2019, they have chosen Hilton as the venue. This also enables the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit to host a first class expo floor suitable for a truly global crowd of exhibitors. Eman Pulis, the Founder of the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is eager to up the game:

“I wish to thank everyone who attended Malta in November and for the overwhelming feedback we received. The Blockchain community accepted me and my team as part of the family. I look forward to contribute and help drive this technology forward by doing what I love the most – events! This year, we are raising the bar with a stellar line-up of speakers and we expect an even larger crowd to attend our show.”

The speaker line up for May is far from filled but already feature top names within the industry such as Roger Ver, Tim Draper, Ben Goertzel of SingularityNET along with Sophia the Robot, making her second visit to the island. The Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Silvio Schembri, will also speak at the event. With the quality recorded in 2018, attendees can put their expectations high for the second edition of the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit. This spring edition of the summit includes a lavish VIP dinner, networking drinks in the midst of the warm Mediterranean spring, an ICO Pitch and two conferences spanning over the 22nd-24th of May.

2018 was the year Malta cemented itself as The Blockchain Island with the launch of the Three Bills regulating blockchain and cryptocurrencies during the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit in November. In 2019, the Blockchain Island is moving beyond the hype. The Maltese Government will enact another world first: a Fourth Bill, giving a D.A.O. its own legal personality. In addition, a task force is also working around the clock on a set of incentives that will support businesses in Artificial Intelligence.

This is why the organisers of the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit has expanded their scope to invite stakeholders in AI, Big Data, IoT and Quantum Technology – to join the show and engage in riveting discussions about the world changing potential application of such technology. The Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is a landmark event that nobody in the field can afford to miss.

Come to Malta and catch up with investors and start-ups. We’ll be there as well! Check out all cryptocurrency events in 2019.

BitTorrent’s Token Price is up 600 percent since its ICO

BitTorrent token’s (BTT) price has gone up over 600 percent since its initial coin offering. It is an impressive gain during the cryptocurrency bear market. BTT is trading since the end of January on Binance.

What is BitTorrent

BitTorrent is peer-to-peer client, which allows users to distribute files over the Internet. In the begining of January 2019 they launched Tron-based token BTT.

BitTorrent (BTT) allows content creators to connect with their audience, earn and spend digital currency without a middleman. By connecting the BitTorrent peer-to-peer network to the TRON blockchain, we offer a new experience to over 100M+ users.

BitTorrent (BTT) powers BitTorrent Speed

BitTorrent Speed enhances the BitTorrent protocol for all users and all torrent clients. BitTorrent (BTT) tokens can be bid in exchange for faster downloads. Tokens will be stored in a built-in wallet and can be exchanged for TRON (TRX) tokens through a decentralized exchange.

23.76 billion BTT had been sold within 13 minutes

Justin Sun, founder and CEO of BitTorrent, announced then all 23.76 billion BitTorrent token had been sold within 13 minutes and 25 seconds at a price of $0.00012 per token.

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