🇪🇺 Crypto Weekly Updates #6: June, 2nd

Argent, Guesser, Blockchain.com, BitMex, Coinfloor, Bitbond and more 🚀

Hej Everyone,

This is the #6 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.

  • I started a Twitter list of European companiesHERE. Sign up 🚀

  • If you are an algo / quant / market-maker tinkering with crypto. Don’t hesitate to contact me!

  • If you want to support this initiative, please share it with others, sign up and retweet. Or send me BTC. 🙊 

Merci,

Etienne ( You can always contact me at: Twitter, ebrunet40@gmail.com)

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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: UI/UX and Design are often named as the biggest challenge to broad crypto adoption. Coinbase made it easy for everyone to buy crypto. Argent is doing the same for managing your crypto assets. The team is lead by experienced entrepreneurs and backed by some of the top VC (e.g. Hummingbird Ventures ). Enjoy!

Hi Itamar, you launched earlier this year Argent and it is one of the few European crypto company backed by some of the best European investors (e.g. Index, Hummingbird among others). Argent was also the UX winner at Devcon in 2018 and has been known for having a very easy to use wallet. However, only few people know who is behind your company, Can you share a bit about your background?

CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW

🐦 Tweet of the week

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🤹 Startups

  • Breanne Madigan, a former Goldman Sachs executive, has left Blockchain.com for Ripple [Source]

  • The co-founder of crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX, Ben Delo, has joined over 200 other billionaires by pledging to donate the majority of his wealth to charitable causes [Source]

  • Mphasis, owned by Blackstone Group, has teamed up with Bitfury to create either a digital token aimed at automating financial services (e.g. payments in international trade transactions) [Source]

  • Coinfloor, the U.K.’s longest-running crypto exchange, has teamed up with electronic money institution (EMI) Enumis to deliver bank-like accounts to crypto firms, a perennial pain-point across the industry. [Source]

  • The State of the crypto 2019 by Coinhouse, 20-page report [Source]

🏭Corporates

  • Raiffeisenbank, a Russian subsidiary of Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), has developed a corporate blockchain platform. It aims to automate settlements by corporate clients and enable a trusted network for sharing data between a group of companies [Source]

🏦Regulations / Universities

  • The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Germany's financial regulator, has issued a public warning about cryptocurrency exchange CoinBene [Source]

💰Fundings

  • Bitbond, based in Berlin and built on the Stellar (XLM), is raising a STO representing a ten-year euro bonds. It already raised $1m+ and has a hardcap of c. $3m [Source]