Uber’s IPO Filing Discloses $1.8B Loss, Raising Worries

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Uber’s IPO Filing Discloses $1.8B Loss, Raising Worries
Uber out-paced its rising competitor Lyft by more than $9 billion in revenue and at least 60 million users. That all could be seen from Uber’s S-1, the company has filed its IPO paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.
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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Completes First Commercial Mission and Now You Can Buy Stocks

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Completes First Commercial Mission and Now You Can Buy Stocks
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful vehicle flying today, just launched its first-ever mission for a paying customer. It was also the first time SpaceX managed to land all three rocket boosters after launch.
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New York Regulators Officially Rejects Bittrex’s BitLicences Application – Here’s Why

A quick letter released by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) reveals that Bittrex’s application to secure BitLicese is rejected, if it would have approved, the exchange could process trading operation in New York.
BitLicense Rejected
A letter addressing to Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara, published by NYDFS on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, reads that NYDFS has apparently rejected BitLicense application which was submitted in July 2018. The application was declined due to a number of factors which was however essential for every trading platforms intends to operate within New York.
The exchange was, however, operating under the terms of a ‘safe harbor’ a law that permits an exchange to operate within jurisdiction while its application to obtain BitLicense remains in pending status.
Daniel Sangeap, deputy superintendent and deputy counsel at NYDFS says that;
“Throughout Bittrex’s application process, the Department worked steadily with Bittrex to address continued deficiencies and to assist Bittrex in developing appropriate controls and compliance programs commensurate with the evolving nature of the sector,”
But Why?
Reports revealed that the regulators continuously reached Bittrex via several deficiency letters. However, the reason for such rejection comes after regulator’s notice of deficiency towards ‘Bittrex’s anti-money laundering procedures, its coin listing process, exchange’s capital, and Foreign Assets Control compliance. Mentioning these details, regulators specifically adds that;
Exchange’s failure to demonstrate that it will conduct its business honestly, fairly, equitably, carefully, and efficiently.
Beside rejection, NY regulators also ordered Bittrex to close its business in New York within 60 days and thus unauthorized to operate within the jurisdiction. Additionally, regulators highlighted Bittrex’s poor performance in conducting customer’s due diligence, the absence of required tax identification numbers or customer names are a few more factors that led Bittrex’s BitLicense failure. Nevertheless, regulators also point at the ‘obscene terms and phrases’ that many Bittrex accounts were containing – such as ‘Elvis Presley, Give me my money, Donal Duck’.
Following the rejection status, Bittrex, unfortunately, has to wind up its operation in New York, given that it is already having 35000 New York-based users. Sangeap further adds that;
“This was due to the fact that partial files were provided to the examiners, and moreover, actual compliance in certain files could not be established. Sangeap continued, Some tokens were listed despite some applicants refusing to complete the necessary paperwork – “and in one case … there was no application on file at all.”
In a nutshell, Bittrex’s BitLicese application is rejected and is expected to close his New York-based operations within a period of two months (probably within June 10) – however, the exchange has only 14 days to confirm to regulators that it has ceased existing business in New York and put an end to any upcoming business plans for NY residents.
So readers, what’s your view on NYDFS’s move towards rejecting Bittrex’s BitLicense? do you think the exchange deserved it? Let us know in the comment below 
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U.S. SEC Delays Its Decision on Bitwise and VanEck Bitcoin ETF Application to May

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U.S. SEC Delays Its Decision on Bitwise and VanEck Bitcoin ETF Application to May
The U.S. securities regulator continues to remain firm on its decision of not approving the Bitcoin ETF anytime soon. Next window for ETF decision now in May 2019.
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Mike Novogratz: Another BTC Value Surge is About to Happen

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Mike Novogratz: Another BTC Value Surge is About to Happen
As Bitcoin (BTC) is clinging on to its $4,000 price tag, major crypto figures are betting big on a potential bull run. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that cryptocurrency investors should get too carried away by the recent price uptick.
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Starbucks Receives Bakkt Equity to Start Accepting Bitcoin Payments in 2019

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Starbucks Receives Bakkt Equity to Start Accepting Bitcoin Payments in 2019

It seems that Starbucks has received a significant portion of equity in Bakkt despite not being a direct cash investor.

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Ripple’s XRP Can Now be Spent in More than 40M Locations Across 180 Countries

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Ripple’s XRP Can Now be Spent in More than 40M Locations Across 180 Countries

XRP enthusiasts can now store the digital asset as well as spend it using Spend Visa Debit Card in 180 countries.

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Bakkt’s launch pushed to late 2019, informs CEO of Intercontinental Exchange [ICE]

Jeff Sprecher, the Chief Executive Officer of Intercontinental Exchange [ICE] announced that the firm’s digital asset platform, Bakkt will be expecting a launch later in 2019. Sprecher made this announcement during an earnings call on Thursday, reported the Toshi Times.
While discussing ICE’s financial results for Q4 and the year of 2018, Sprecher disclosed that the company spent over $1 billion on strategic initiatives, which also included its launch of the digital asset platform.
ICE is the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange and operates in 23 leading global exchanges. The Chief Financial Officer [CFO] of the company, Scott Hill, further shared his expectations on the investments Bakkt will be bringing in, as per its current financial review.
Hill said:
“And finally, our investment in Bakkt will generate $20 million to $25 million of expense based upon the run rate in the first quarter. We will update you on progress at Bakkt and the level of investment as we move through the year.”
When Sprecher was asked about the returns or revenue growth expected from the recent investments, including Bakkt, he described the crypto platform as a “moonshot bet” for ICE. He claimed:
“So it’s a bit of a moonshot bet and it’s been organized in a manner that is very different than the way ICE typically does businesses […] They’re well along in building out an infrastructure that I think you’ll see launch later this year.”
Sprecher clarified that Bakkt is independent of ICE as it has its own team and infrastructure. The CEO further informed that the project has independently garnered the attention of high-profile investors and partners, including Starbucks and Microsoft, reported CoinTelegraph.
The publication reported Hill concluding that Bakkt is more of a long-term project instead of a 2019-focused agenda. Hill said:
“I think Bakkt is really an investment […] That’s more about the future and revenue and market opportunities that we see in the future and less about 2019 topline”.
Bakkt was announced in August 2018 by ICE and was set to launch in early 2019. However, the date was postponed due to ongoing deliberations with the United States Commodity Futures and Trading Commission.
ICE had on 9 February announced the finalization of its acquisition of assets in futures commission merchant Rosenthal Collins Group.
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Bitcoin [BTC]: Is Bakkt Really Coming in 2019? New Launch Date is Now “Later This Year”

The launch of Bakkt that was to first go live in August 2018 and then rescheduled for late January will be now coming “later this year,” according to the CEO of International Exchange (ICE), Jeff Sprecher.
Bakkt is a Moonshot Bet for ICE
During the earnings call dedicated to the financial results of ICE for quarter 4 and the entire year of 2018. Jeff Sprecher, ICE’s CEO shared that over $1 billion has been spent by the company on strategic initiatives along with the launch of its highly anticipated digital asset platform, Bakkt.  
The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) operates a number of leading global exchanges and is now set to enter the crypto space. Scott Hill, the CFO of the company, further talked about the expenses that will be incurred by Bakkt.
“And finally, our investment in Bakkt will generate $20 million to $25 million of expense based upon the run rate in the first quarter. We will update you on progress at Bakkt and the level of investment as we move through the year.”
Bakkt that according to Sprecher is independent of ICE due to the fact that it has its own office, infrastructure and management team. ICE is also putting big faith in the platform as they characterize the crypto platform as a “moonshot bet” when asked about the expected revenue growth from its recent investments along with Bakkt. Sprecher had this to say,
“So it’s a bit of a moonshot bet and it’s been organized in a manner that is very different than the way ICE typically does businesses […] They’re well along in building out an infrastructure that I think you’ll see launch later this year.”
Bakkt at Work: Acquisition and Hiring
Sprecher further emphasized that the infrastructure of the project had already attracted various high-profile investors. Moreover, Bakkt has acquired Rosenthal Collins Group as the official announcement reads,
“With today’s closing of our transaction with Rosenthal Collins Group, we welcome great new team members to Bakkt RCG’s remarkable heritage, culture and expertise will help us build out a trusted institutional infrastructure for digital assets.”
In addition to the acquisition, Bakkt has also hired two top executives viz. Erik Haas, the Director of Compliance who will move in from ICE and Rachel Ford as the Strategic Operations Manager from Techstars.
Bakkt has 10 positions opened in Sales, Finance, and Engineering for different locations viz. San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and Tel Aviv.
Hill further shared that, Bakkt is a long term project and not just a 2019 focused program,
“I think Bakkt is really an investment […] That’s more about the future and revenue and market opportunities that we see in the future and less about 2019 topline.”
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Bakkt Is Our ‘Moonshot Bet’ Says ICE CEO, Plans to Launch the Platform Later This Year

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Bakkt Is Our ‘Moonshot Bet’ Says ICE CEO, Plans to Launch the Platform Later This Year

ICE CEO Jeff Sprecher talked about how his team is working diligently for the launch of Bakkt and why he continues to hold utmost faith in Bitcoin.

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Bitcoin Will Gain More Than 80% Throughout 2019, New Study Explains Why

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Bitcoin Will Gain More Than 80% Throughout 2019, New Study Explains Why

Despite the persistent crypto winter, a panel of financial markets analysts in Australia predicted that Bitcoin will rise by over 80% throughout 2018 fueled by several short-term catalysts.

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Top 5 Crypto and Blockchain Events We’re All Waiting for in 2019

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Top 5 Crypto and Blockchain Events We’re All Waiting for in 2019

While that the cryptocurrency industry is going through a very rough phase, here are the five events expected to set the growth trajectory of the crypto market in 2019.

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Would Crypto Markets React if Bithumb Went Public in The US?

One of the world’s largest crypto exchanges could soon be publicly traded in the US through a reverse merger. A Singapore based holdings company which has a majority stake in one of Korea’s top exchanges is looking to get listed by acquiring an already publicly trading company.
Bithumb Could Get Listed Without an IPO
A few hours ago CNBC reported that Blockchain Exchange Alliance, which holds a majority stake in Bithumb, has ambitions to go public in the US. Furthering those goals, the Singapore based alliance signed a binding letter of intent with a holding company called Blockchain Industries which trades publicly on US OTC markets.
According to the report this is termed as a reverse merger and could provide a faster way to get publicly listed than the traditional IPO method. Citing sources, it added that Blockchain Exchange Alliance considered a listing in Singapore but was deterred by the two year waiting list for the initial public offering.
The company plans to ‘up-list’, shifting from penny stock type OTC markets to the big boys, namely NYSE or NASDAQ. This would be a milestone for the crypto industry as Bithumb could become the first exchange to become publicly listed.
This method of getting listed has been seen before as Mike Novogratz did it with Galaxy Digital on Canadian markets after a reverse merger with shell company Bradmer Pharmaceuticals. GLXY shares however have not fared so well as crypto markets have crumbled over the past year.
Blockchain Exchange Alliance has plans beyond Bitcoin however. Its grand vision is for form a global crypto exchange alliance by consolidating exchanges across the world. Bithumb is already in the bag but it plans to have nine exchanges by the end of this year and 40 by 2020 according to CNBC.
According to Coinmarketcap, Bithumb is the world’s top exchange by reported volume which is currently stated as $1.4 billion. However, these volumes cannot be taken as gospel. Bithumb was accused of faking volumes last month, something the exchange has vehemently denied. In addition to spurious volumes, the Korean exchange was hacked in June last year which added to its woes.
With these factors in mind, already cautious US regulators, which have a habit of dragging their feet, may not be too enthusiastic about a publicly listed crypto exchange. Crypto markets on the other hand may just get the long awaited boost as it can be considered another big step towards the nascent industry going mainstream.
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All You Need to Know About the Security Token Offering

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All You Need to Know About the Security Token Offering

Victor Larionov, crypto expert, CEO at Priority Token and partner at Hax Ventures, shares what hides behind Security Token Offering, explains how it differs from ICO unveiling what potential it holds for the whole industry.

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Bakkt Raises a Whopping $182 Million Funds for Further Expansion

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Bakkt Raises a Whopping $182 Million Funds for Further Expansion

A group of 12 high-profile investors and partners have poured this large sum of money for the further development of the Bakkt infrastructure and its expansion.

Bakkt Raises a Whopping $182 Million Funds for Further Expansion

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