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BIG Weekly Newsletter

April 14, 2022
Issue: No 127

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Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter!

This week read about how Goldman Sachs invests in blockchain security firm Certik’s $88 million funding round, why global blockchain sector surged in 2021 and how blockchain technology is transforming climate action.

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BLOCKCHAIN HEADLINES

Goldman Sachs invests in blockchain security firm Certik’s $88 million funding round
Certik uses AI technology to monitor blockchain protocols and provides security audits for smart contracts. This year the firm also launched know your customer and fraud investigation services.

LEDGERINSIGHTS

        Global blockchain sector surged in 2021
        2021 was a blockbuster year for the global blockchain sector, which saw funding activity surge, trading volumes balloon and further growth in key segments including custodians, exchanges, DeFi, as well as NFTs and the metaverse.

        FINTECHNEWS

        How blockchain technology is transforming climate action
        It’s time to unite the blockchain community with the climate change community in some concrete and scalable investments into DLT and climate action.

        COINTELEGRAPH

        REGULATED DIGITAL ASSETS (STO, TRADING, CUSTODY, COMPLIANCE)

        South Korean President-elect contemplates STO, IEO route for virtual oversight
        A South Korean daily has revealed that the Presidential Transition Committee is considering the issuance of Security Token Offerings (STOs) and Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) for the digital space.

        BEINCRYPTO

            MetaSwap is gaining popularity as the time-saving Metaverse ST issuance exchange
            It allows users to generate DAO behaviors using DAO governance-approved assets, and the top ten trading assets on the platform serve as benchmarks.

            DIGITALJOURNAL

                What are the best digital assets to invest in
                In addition to blockchain, another reason to invest in digital assets may simply be because it’s where the world is going now with more and more people valuing digital items.

                EMCHAT

                    FINANCIAL SERVICES & CENTRAL BANK DIGITAL CURRENCY (CBDC)

                    South Africa concludes technical Proof-of-Concept for its CBDC settlement system
                    Two platforms have been developed under the PoC: The first served as a decentralised trading platform and the other was used to manage CBDC. A bidirectional bridge was built to allow easy portability of the CBDC.

                    FORBESINDIA

                    Iran to launch its own CBDC ‘Crypto-Rial’
                    The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced that it notified domestic banks and credit institutions about a series of regulations related to Iran’s ‘crypto-rial’, its forthcoming central bank digital currency (CBDC).

                    FINANCEMAGNATES

                    Brazilian central bank president confirms CBDC pilot will launch in 2022
                    The sovereign national digital currency will be based on the national fiat and would have a fixed supply quite similar to Bitcoin. The president of the Central Bank of Brazil confirmed that the country’s sovereign digital currency pilot will go live this year.

                    COINTELEGRAPH

                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin 2022 Miami: The ‘best’ BTC app?
                    There are a lot of brilliant minds in the blockchain, digital currency, and digital asset space across all the blockchain networks that exist, but very few blockchain-based companies have launched a product or service with active users or customers.

                    COINGEEK

                    DeFiChain adds new intel, Disney, MicroStrategy and more dTokens
                    DeFiChain, the world’s leading blockchain on the Bitcoin network dedicated to bringing decentralized financial applications and services to everyone, has added four new decentralized assets aka dTokens following a Ticker Voting by the community.

                    BITCOIN

                    MLB launches dynamic NFTs with Candy
                    Candy Digital is upgrading its Major League Baseball collectibles with the launch of a new collection of dynamic non-fungible tokens titled MLB ICON Leadoff. The project will feature 720 league players and five levels of scarcity.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    RECOMMENDED INDUSTRY REPORTS AND BOOKS

                    A New Intellectual Framework - Connecting the Invisible Dots
                    This paper aims to set out some relevant ideas for the creation and establishment of a successful Financial DIGITAL MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE provider.

                    SDX

                    DLT in the Real World 2021
                    This survey draws on direct feedback from over 140 organisations around the globe: from all industry segments and geographies.

                    ISSANET

                    PODCAST SERIES

                    THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO PODCAST

                    In this podcast Didier Borel discovers people in Switzerland playing an active role in crypto and tech. He talks to entrepreneurs, tech innovators and disruptors shaping the future in this country. Switzerland has always played a key role in banking and has recognized the need to foster innovation.
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                    UNCHAINED PODCAST

                    Laura Shin is a crypto/blockchain journalist and host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts. As a former senior editor of Forbes, she was the first mainstream reporter to cover crypto assets full-time. She gives an overview to all experts and novices alike on the use cases making a real impact, and their vision for the future of this innovative technology!
                    Unchained podcast

                    UPCOMING EVENTS

                    SECURITY TOKEN SUMMIT
                    May 15-16, 2022
                    BLOCKCHAIN ORACLE SUMMIT
                    June 7-9, 2022


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