🇪🇺 Crypto Weekly Updates #2: May 5th
Interview of Diar founder, Jobs at Quanterium, Wintermute, Sorare, Binance & Elliptic partnership
|Etienne Brunet||May 5, 2019|| 1|
This is the second issue of my European crypto newsletter aiming to give updates on corporates, startups, jobs and regulation in 🇪🇺
Everyone is talking about San Francisco as the epicentre of everything in crypto. Well, I wanted to shed lights on Europe and show how exciting the ecosystem is.
There is a new section called Who’s behind this?. Have a look. 👀
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🙈Who’s behind this?
This section aims to give the opportunity to introduce some of the best 🇪🇺 founders. Most people loves their products but don’t know who are the founders behind them. Hello World.
Sure. I was born and raised in Greece from Lebanese parents and went to a British School. I continued my studies in Southern California, worked for a bit and moved back to Greece. But the recession hit Athens hard, I started a new company, an art gallery focused platform that failed within the year. I was then given the opportunity to work in Cyprus, where I live now.
How did you get into the bitcoin and blockchain industry?
Full Stack Engineer and Front End Engineer - London, UK - Quanterium - Boosting blockchain technology adoption by providing institutional clients easy access to the digital assets market. Looking for ambitious individuals to roll up their sleeves and build something awesome.
Software engineer and Lead Architect - London, UK at Wintermute Trading - Algorithmic trading firms in crypto. Looking for Python developers to work on trading software, infrastructure, and innovative projects with tier 1 global partners and for experienced architects with Python/C++/Linux and ideally trading systems knowledge to work on trading software, infrastructure, and exciting projects with tier 1 global partners. Opportunity to own tech stack
Product Designer - Paris, FR - Sorare - The platform to collect and play with officially licensed football Crypto-goods. Come shape the future of sport entertainment and bring crypto to mainstream users!
Binance partnered with blockchain analytics startup Elliptic (UK) to boost its compliance and security capabilities. This is the third partnership relating to compliance. This shows that most exchanges with fiat on-ramp will need multiple KYC/AML tools. This is not a winner take all market for Chainalysis, leaving Cyphertrace and Elliptic space to grow… [Source]
Germany now accounts for 20% of all publicly reachable Bitcoin nodes, not far off from the United States which has the biggest concentration of Bitcoin nodes at 25%. France comes a distant 3rd with 619 nodes. While China curiously only has 306 publicly reachable nodes. America is of course a big country, and where Bitcoin first took off, so its number 1 position is not surprising. [Source]
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to blockchain, according to its CEO. Other stock exchanges have been more proactive with the technology to date: the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is rebuilding its CHESS settlement system with startup Digital Asset. Further, the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) recently started allowing the listing of tokenized bonds, securities and funds. While Switzerland’s top stock exchange, SIX, also aims to launch a blockchain platform to speed up trading later this year. [Source]
German police, along with Europol, have shut down servers of a dark web marketplace and seized six figures in crypto from the arrested suspects, Europol announced on May 3. The Wall Street Market, reportedly the world’s second-largest dark web market, has been shut down by the German Federal Criminal Police under the authority of the German Public Prosecutor’s office. [Source]
Soma, a Helsinki, Finland-based blockchain-based social marketplace startup, closed a €1.1M bridge funding round from the Finnish Government as well as private angel investors. It is focusing on the high-end watch sector to a limited group in June, and to the public in July. The platform, which integrates social interactions, ecommerce, and the tracking and authentication of items, launches with more than 50 watch brands in pre-launch. [Source]