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New App Bottle Pay for ‘Sending Bitcoin via Social Media’ Raises $2M

A U.K. tech firm has raised a £1.6 million ($2 million) investment for an app that allows users to send Bitcoin (BTC) using their social media accounts. As reported in the North East Times, Oct. 11, Newcastle company, Block Matrix, received the funds to further develop its Bottle Pay platform. “Allow everyone to use Bitcoin” The Bottle Pay platform lets users transfer Bitcoin using their social media accounts. This enables payments to any social media contact regardless of whether they have a Bottle Pay account. The Bottle Pay app will…

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South Korean Blockchain Startup Raises $8M for Identity Authentication

Blockchain company Iconloop has secured 10 billion Korean won (KRW) (over $8 million) from seven investment companies participating in a Series A funding round. Per an Oct. 10 announcement, it was Iconloop’s first venture capital investment since its establishment in 2016, with the participation of companies such as Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC) and T.S. Investment, among others. Building blockchain-based identity authentication service Iconloop is planning to allocate the raised funds to launching its blockchain-based digital identity authentication service called “my-ID”. According to the company, my-ID can be used for…

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Decentralized Communication Startup New Vector Raises $8.5M

London-based decentralized communication startup New Vector has raised $8.5 million to drive adoption for Matrix, a major alternative messaging protocol. Slack rival Riot.IM The Matrix protocol, which enables secure communication via end-to-end encrypted messaging applications such as Riot.IM, an alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram or Slack, will continue scaling and growing its network with the newly raised funds, New Vector announced on Oct. 10. Investors of the New Vector’s Series A funding round included London-based European seed fund Firstminute Capital, cloud computing and Software as a service (SaaS)-focused Notion Capital and…

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Blockchain Network NuCypher Raises Over $10M From Bitmain, Y Combinator

Blockchain platform NuCypher has closed a professional staking funding round of over $10.675 million led by capital market firm Polychain Capital. According to a blog post published by the company on Oct. 7, mining giant Bitmain, startup accelerator Y Combinator, blockchain development firm BitFury, Arrington XRP Capital, Notation Capital and many other companies were among the participants. It is also noted that they purchased 8% of the initial supply of NU tokens in total. Furthermore, the investors reportedly also agreed to stage-lock their tokens for two years, which the platform…

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Verisart Raises $2.5M in Funding Round Led By EOS Venture Capital

Verisart, a company that certifies art authenticity through blockchain technology, has raised $2.5 million to further expand its commercial art platform. Verify and track provenance of art In an Oct. 3 article by Techcrunch, it was announced that Verisart raised $2.5 million in seed financing led by Galaxy Digital EOS Fund, alongside investment firms Sinai Ventures and Rhodium. The funding will go toward expanding Verisart’s product and engineering team and will make it possible to launch a whole range of services aimed at artists, galleries and collectors. Verisart’s CEO Robert…

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Fintech Startup Rapyd Raises $100M for Cloud-Based Payment Platform

Fintech-as-a-service startup Rapyd has raised $100 million in a funding round led by venture and growth equity investments firm Oak HC/FT. Per an Oct. 1 press release, Rapyd secured $100 million from investors such as Oak HC/FT, investment companies Tiger Global, Coatue, venture capital firms General Catalyst, Target Global, and Entrée Capital, and online payments processor Stripe. Building cloud-based tech payment platform Rapyd plans to allocate the raised money to the development of a unified cloud-based technology platform designed to enable enterprises to integrate fintech and payment capabilities into commerce…

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Ethereum-Compatible SKALE Network Raises $17.1M for Mainnet Launch

The SKALE Network, decentralized Ethereum-compatible network, has completed a $17.1 million funding round for mainnet launch. Solid global backing Backed by the Liechtenstein’s Node Foundation and United States-based SKALE Labs, the SKALE Network now has over 40 investors in the U.S., European Union, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Oct. 1. The new financing round featured major industry investors including Arrington XRP, ConsenSys Labs, Winklevoss Capital, Multicoin Capital, Blockchange, Hashed, HashKey and Recruit Holdings. $9.65 million raised for the network in…

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StrongSalt Raises $3M in Seed Round to Develop Encryption Platform-as-a-Service

Advisory firm Valley Capital Partners has invested $3 million into encryption platform-as-a-service StrongSalt. Per a Sept. 26 press release, StrongSalt raised $3 million from Valley Capital Partners in a seed round to further develop its encryption platform designed for developers and enterprises. The startup aims to build an encrypted ecosystem, allowing individuals to keep personal data private and to defend against theft and fraud. StrongSalt claims to be the first firm that provides an application programming interface (API) platform for developers to make existing applications and workflows privacy-enabled. The company…

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Fold App Raises $2.5M to Bring Bitcoin Lightning Payments to Starbucks

The Fold app, a mobile shopping app that supports Bitcoin’s Lightning Network enabling users to withdraw funds to an external Bitcoin (BTC) wallet, has raised $2.5 million and added a fiat currency payment option.  In a Sept. 25 blog post, Fold’s editor, Will Reeves, informed the public that the app’s users can now spend both fiat currency and Bitcoin at online and in-store retailers by synchronizing their credit card or Lightning wallet.  Fold has also enabled its users to stack sats when making purchases with fiat and Bitcoin at major…

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Peter Thiel-Backed Investment Fund 1Confirmation Raises $45 Million

Crypto investment fund 1Confirmation, backed by tech billionaire Peter Thiel, has raised $45 million for its second fund. Following the raise, 1Confirmation has over $75 million in assets under management for investing in new projects in the crypto industry, the firm’s founder Nick Tomaino announced on Sept. 25. San Francisco-based 1Confirmation is one of the earliest crypto investment firms that have high-profile backers such as PayPal co-founder Thiel, billionaire investor Mark Cuban, Andreessen Horowitz’s co-founder Marc Andreessen, and global private equity fund-of-funds Horsley Bridge, the post notes. $60 million initially…

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