Blockchain 

Overstock’s VC Arm Joins $31M Funding Round For Silicon Valley Fintech

Overstock’s venture capital arm Medici Ventures invests in PeerNova, a startup that develops blockchain-based solutions for financial institutions to synchronize their data across multiple systems. In an Oct. 22 press release, PeerNova reported that it had raised $31 million in growth funding led by existing investor Mosaik Partners, with participation from Medici Ventures and Intuitive Venture Partners. This funding round brings the total raised funds to $74 million. PeerNova, a California-based software company in the financial industry, is planning to use this financing to increase its market penetration and further…

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Bitcoin 

Overstock’s Path From Dot-Com-Bubble Ruins to Blockchain Ecosystem

On Sept. 19, former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne sold his entire stake in the firm, which accounted for 13% of the company and was worth over $90 million. While the move surprised many, those closely following Patrick’s eccentric personality saw it coming from a mile away.  Overstock was launched in May 1999. In the early days of the internet, it worked as an online marketplace that sold surplus goods from failed dot-com companies. It had a competitive advantage by selling at rates lower than wholesale prices. Its business model still…

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Cryptocurrency 

Overstock’s Crypto Division Invests $2 Million USD in Evernym

Troubled online retailer Overstock has invested $2 million USD in blockchain-based identity firm Evernym through its crypto division, Medici Ventures. Blockchain-Based Identity Technology Evernym was founded in Salt Lake City in 2013 and has developed a blockchain-based technology that allows organizations and governments to issue, accept, and verify credentials that operate similarly to a digital passport. Its digital credential platform, Verity, allows organizations to interact with customers while giving clients control over their data. The technology utilizes blockchain to develop a decentralized ecosystem of digital credentials that is more trustworthy than physical…

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Blockchain 

Overstock’s VC Arm Puts $2M Into Blockchain-Based ID Systems Startup

Overstock’s venture capital arm Medici Ventures has made a $2 million investment into Salt Lake City-based Evernym, a startup that develops blockchain-based self-sovereign identity networks. Per a Sept. 26 press release, Medici invested $2 million into Evernym through participation in the company’s Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE), closed on September 4, 2019. This allows Medici to convert its share in the SAFE to preferred stock in Evernym’s future priced round of equity financing. Development of digital credentials Evernym is planning to allocate the money for further development of its…

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Cryptocurrency 

tZERO, Overstock’s Crypto Platform, Loses a Major Investor

Overstock’s security token platform, tZERO, has lost a major investor following the departure of CEO Patrick Byrne last week. Another Blow for tZERO During interim CEO Jonathan Johnson’s very first investor call in his new role, he confirmed that Makara Capital “will be not investing in tZERO right now.” However, he did mention that Makara would continue to monitor the development of tZERO and possibly reconsider in the future. The news is another blow for Overstock’s security token platform, as in August 2018, Overstock announced that Makara would invest $404 million USD…

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Bitcoin 

Investor in Overstock’s Blockchain Firm TZERO Backs Out

Singaporean private equity firm Makara Capital said it will not invest in Overstock’s blockchain subsidiary tZERO. In an Overstock investor call on Aug. 26, Overstock’s interim CEO Jonathan Johnson said that Makara recently informed the firm that they “will be not investing in tZERO right now.” Medici Ventures will continue to support tZERO Johnson emphasized that Makara remains excited about tZERO’s product and will potentially reconsider its investment decision as tZERO progresses. In the meantime, Overstock’s blockchain-focused venture arm Medici Ventures will continue to support the project, Johnson stated. The…

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Ethereum 

Overstock’s tZERO Subsidiary Rolls Out Android Version of Crypto App

Overstock’s digital currency arm tZERO has released an Android version of its recently launched cryptocurrency mobile application, according to a press release published on July 25. Initially, the tZERO Crypto App rolled out in late June supporting two major coins Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), and claiming to be hack-resistant solution for trading and storing cryptocurrencies. The launch of the digital wallet and exchange services app for crypto was coupled with the release of its iOS version. Per the recent announcement, tZERO utilizes biometric authentication for additional security and also…

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Bitcoin 

Overstock’s tZERO Tokenizes Upcoming ‘Atari: Fistful of Quarters’ Movie

tZERO, the cryptocurrency wing of American retail giant Overstock, will tokenize forthcoming motion picture “Atari: Fistful of Quarters,” according to a press release published on July 9. Per the release, tZERO has partnered with the upcoming movie’s producers to develop a token dubbed “Bushnell,” which will be sold by the film production and financing company Vision Tree. Token owners will purportedly get shares of movie earnings, and receive additional benefits, including the ability to vote on the movie’s trailer and make a point of choosing the movie cast. The upcoming…

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Bitcoin 

Overstock’s tZero Launches Mobile Crypto App Touted as Hack-Resistant

tZero, United States retail giant Overstock’s crypto subsidiary, has launched a digital wallet and exchange app for crypto, the company officially announced in a tweet on June 27. The firm calls its new mobile crypto app a hack-resistant solution for trading and storing cryptocurrencies, tZero CEO Saum Noursalehi said in a press release to Reuters. Noursalehi explained that the application will store private keys directly on users’ smartphones, which is expected to provide maximum security, in contrast to “more vulnerable, third-party exchanges for custody.” Moreover, tZero’s private key recovery system…

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Blockchain 

Overstock’s Blockchain Arm Receives $5 Mln From Chinese Firm Following Delays

Overstock’s blockchain subsidiary tZero has finally secured a $5 million investment from Chinese investment firm GSR Capital, Overstock announced on its latest earnings conference call on May  9. Following an investment in cash and marketable securities, Overstock evaluated tZero’s worth at $1 billion, which is $500 million less than the company initially projected in August 2018. The new funds represent around 2% of the originally projected investment of $404 million from GSR Capital and Singaporean private equity firm Makara Capital. The initial sum included $270 million for up to 18%…

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