🇪🇺 Crypto Weekly Updates #5: May 26th
Interview of Guesser, Calastone, SIX, Swisscom, Europol, Kraken valued at $3.8bn
|Etienne Brunet||May 26, 2019|
This is the #5 issue of my European crypto newsletter aiming to give updates on corporates, startups 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.
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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.
Background: I've always struggle to use Augur and found Veil interesting but still too clunky. Guesser came across as the perfect platform to tinker with prediction markets. I was even more surprised to find out that the team was only composed of the two founders. I've been very impressed with their focus on execution, design and also their choice to move back from SF to Madrid. Go Europe!
Hi Jose, you launched earlier this year Guesser and announced a Seed Round led by top US fund. You are based in Madrid and have quickly become my favourite prediction market dashboard (sorry Veil). However, only few people know who is behind your company, Can you share a bit about your background?
Hi Etienne! First of all, thanks for the kind words. The Guesser team is currently composed of Carlos, our incredibly talented CTO, and myself. We started tinkering with smart contract technology a couple of years ago, as we were finishing our engineering degrees in Madrid, and haven’t looked back since then. It’s true that you won’t see us at a lot of conferences or events like that — our time is better spent delivering a great product to our users.
🐦 Tweet of the week
The awesome people behind TokenEconnomy and Semantic Ventures are preparing another Unplug session, a 3 days retreat in the Dolomites with fellow investors and entrepreneurs. Basically one of the best event for crypto folks (ps: 50% discount for women!) [Source]
London-based global funds network Calastone announced that it switched its entire system for fund trade clearing services to its blockchain Distributed Market Infrastructure (DMI) [Source]
Data analysis firm CryptoCompare found that fiat-to-crypto exchanges performed much better than crypto-to-crypto platforms did over the last month. Fiat-to-crypto exchanges saw a 85% uptick in monthly trading volumes in April ‘19. Bithumb, UPbit and Bitfinex were the highest performing of these, with volumes amounting to $17bn, $8.7bn and $6.7bn, respectively. [Source]
The CEO of Archax, Graham Rodford, gave an interview about Security Tokens [Source]
Swisscom announced its plans to distribute tokenized artwork through its Swisscom TV television network [Source]
Social media giant Facebook plans to launch its own payments-focused cryptocurrency “Globalcoin” in 2020. The team is based in London [Source]
Financial service provider SIX is developing a stablecoin pegged to the Swiss franc. Testing is expected to begin later in the summer, paving the way for a live rollout early next year. [Source]
🏦Regulations / Universities
According to the FCA, ICAP Crypto is a clone firm of ICAP Europe Limited. Clone firms are a type of scam in which the scammers use information from legitimate firms in an attempt to convince targets that they are genuine. [Source]
The Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), in close cooperation with Europol and the authorities in Luxembourg, clamped down on one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency mixing service Bestmixer.io. [Source]
LocalBitcoins has begun restricting its service for Iranian users this week. As of now, creating new ads for buying or selling or updating old ads are restricted for Iranian traders [Source]
Kraken, the crypto exchange, is selling 0.3862% of its equity for $15m to accredited investors through BnKtothefuture. It values the company north of $3.8bn. About 24 days left [Source]