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BIG Weekly Newsletter

May 07, 2021
Issue: No 78

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Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter.

This week read about how crypto firm Paxos raises US$ 300 M in Series D funding at US$ 2.4 Billion valuation, why blockchain could transform retail, from supply chain and inventory management to product provenance, and how WallStreetBets launches blockchain app to fight market manipulation.

Each week we focus on Blockchain Education Basics, so you can improve your understanding this week the topic is IOTA.

Remember to listen to our Partner Podcasts - THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO with Didier Borel.
In this week’s episode Didier Borel and his guests Mauro Cappiello and Alex Poltorak discuss some of the major news headlines relating to crypto.

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IOTA - is a distributed ledger designed to record and execute transactions between machines and devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. The ledger uses a cryptocurrency called mIOTA to account for transactions in its network. IOTA’s key innovation is Tangle, a system of nodes used for confirming transactions. IOTA claims that Tangle is faster and more efficient than typical blockchains used in cryptocurrencies. The IOTA foundation, the non-profit foundation responsible for the ledger, has inked agreements with prominent companies, such as Bosch and Volkswagen, to extend the platform’s utility among connected devices.


Crypto firm Paxos raises US$ 300 M in Series D funding at US$ 2.4 B valuation
Paxos will continue investing in the development of enterprise-grade infrastructure while deepening its commitment to regulation, reliability and security.


        Blockchain could transform retail, from supply chain and inventory management to product provenance
        Using blockchain technology can provide retailers with other benefits, including reduced costs, increased transparency, faster transactions and improved security by reducing counterfeiting and fraud.


        WallStreetBets launches blockchain app to fight market manipulation
        The unofficial group takes a big step toward blockchain-based finance which is a divergent path from the group’s original goal of ending dependence on corrupt institutions in finance. The step comes in the form of their new app titled WSB DApp.



              Why Binance stock tokens are drawing regulatory scrutiny
              Major regulatory bodies in Europe and Asia are trying to determine whether the move by Binance, to launch stock tokens such as Tesla and Coinbase violated securities laws.


                  Brox Equity to launch US$20 M digital STO to support bitcoin energy drive
                  The offering is part of the Brox strategy of purchasing natural gas assets to generate low-cost, environmentally efficient electricity for its proprietary bitcoin mining farms.


                      Unpacking the token economy – beyond bitcoin
                      Tokens have been around for a while, but the stage is increasingly being set for ecosystems – of commerce, but also for all manner of exchange – to take advantage of the speed and security offered by tokens to enable innovation across new use cases.



                        European investment bank issues digital bond on Ethereum
                        In a partnership with Banque de France, the payment of the issue monies from the underwriters to the EIB has been represented on the blockchain in the form of CBDC.


                        Digital dollar project to launch five U.S. central bank digital currency pilots
                        A partnership between Accenture and the Digital Dollar Foundation, the Digital Dollar Project was created last year to promote research into a U.S. central bank digital currency (CBDC).


                        Big banks see challenges, opportunities In Central Bank Digital Currencies
                        The U.S. and various members of the European Union have been digging deeper into their own efforts to understand the challenges and opportunities tied to launching CBDCs domestically.


                          CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                          SEBA Bank expands its crypto currency offering into Decentralised Finance (DeFi)
                          SEBA Bank, a FINMA licensed Swiss Bank providing a seamless, secure and easy-to-use bridge between digital and traditional assets, announced that with a total of nine crypto currencies, SEBA Bank is expanding its comprehensive offering into DeFi.


                          Team behind Argo Blockchain launches London-listed DeFi fund
                          Dispersion Holdings, a publicly traded decentralized finance (DeFi) fund established by the co-founders of listed crypto mining firm Argo Blockchain, made its debut on London’s Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market.


                          WISeKey to launch its first ever Non-Fungible Token from Space
                          WISeKey International Holding Ltd., a leading global cybersecurity, AI, Blockchain and IoT company, announced that the Satellite PocketPod deployer developed by FOSSA Systems will launch in June 2021 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX.


                          HUMANITARIAN & NOT FOR PROFIT

                          Cardano teams up with Save the Children for humanitarian initiative
                          The Cardano Foundation and Save the Children – one of the largest international non-profit organisations for children – are actively exploring ways to use Cardano and the ADA digital currency for the benefit of their humanitarian initiatives in East Africa.


                              RECOMMENDED INDUSTRY REPORTS AND BOOKS

                              The rise of Central Bank Digital Currencies
                              Many countries are just now launching their CBDC pilot programs. Concerns about privacy, cross-border payments and who will be making final decisions are beginning to emerge.


                              Cryptocurrencies for Corporate Treasury
                              Cryptocurrencies are experiencing a 'mainstreaming moment.' With companies like MicroStrategy and Tesla purchasing large amounts of bitcoin for treasury purposes, the question arises: can crypto become a suitable store of wealth for corporates and institutional investors.


                              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.

                              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

                              DIGITAL SECURITIES & TOKENIZATION SUMMIT
                              Wed, May 19 - Thu, May 20, 2021
                              1:00 PM - 7:00 PM CEST


                              POLKADOT DECODED
                              Wed, May 19 - Thu, May 20, 2021
                              4:00 PM – 11:00 PM CEST


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