Facebook’s top crypto executive David Marcus is leaving the company – TechCrunch

Facebook’s top crypto executive David Marcus is leaving the company – TechCrunch

Facebook parent company Meta is losing its top crypto executive later this year. David Marcus who leads crypto unit Novi and previously helmed the company’s Messenger unit, announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the company later this year. Marcus joined Facebook in 2014. His departure marks another major exit from a long-time Facebook executive … Read more

Coinbase acqui-hires team behind BRD crypto wallet – TechCrunch

Coinbase acqui-hires team behind BRD crypto wallet – TechCrunch

As crypto proponents look to onboard a new generation of users, one of the major consumer onramps has been a host of consumer wallet apps with slick interfaces. Today, Coinbase announced that it is bringing on the team from BRD — a crypto wallet startup that first launched its mobile wallet back in 2014. While … Read more

TabTrader raises $5.8M for a mobile app that aggregates crypto exchange data – TechCrunch

TabTrader raises $5.8M for a mobile app that aggregates crypto exchange data – TechCrunch

As many of the top cryptocurrencies seem to temporarily stabilize near all-time-highs, users looking to speculate on tokens that are a bit more volatile are searching across exchanges to find deals. Amsterdam-based startup TabTrader has been capitalizing on this search with a platform that aggregates prices and token availability across dozens of exchanges. While other … Read more

As crypto unicorns multiply, the US stands out as ground zero for blockchain winners – TechCrunch

As crypto unicorns multiply, the US stands out as ground zero for blockchain winners – TechCrunch

The market for crypto-focused investing is growing rapidly. News that Paradigm put together a $2.5 billion fund the other day is a reminder of the scale of funds now available to startups looking to build on the blockchain. Andreessen Horowitz has a mega-fund in the market as well, while Coinbase Ventures is setting a blistering … Read more

a conversation with Nader Al-Jani – TechCrunch

a conversation with Nader Al-Jani – TechCrunch

Nader Al-Naji, a crypto entrepreneur who today lives in L.A., has been on a roller coaster in recent years — and he doesn’t pretend otherwise. In 2018, roughly 16 months after raising $140 million from investors for a cryptocurrency startup that aimed to develop a stablecoin, Al-Naji and his Princeton classmates returned $130 million when … Read more

Crypto VC firm Paradigm debuts monster $2.5 billion fund – TechCrunch

Crypto VC firm Paradigm debuts monster $2.5 billion fund – TechCrunch

As the crypto market continues to push towards new heights, investors are finding heightened LP appetite for exposure to the space, leading to new venture funds that are huge — even by 2021 standards. Paradigm, a crypto VC firm founded in 2018 by Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam and former Sequoia Capital partner Matt Huang, has … Read more

We ‘can’t rest on our laurels’ – TechCrunch

We ‘can’t rest on our laurels’ – TechCrunch

It’s no surprise that Katie Haun is a major proponent of NFTs or non-fungible tokens. The former federal prosecutor who today co-leads the powerful crypto practice of Andreessen Horowitz, has been a student of the technology since at least 2018, when a16z first backed Dapper Labs, which is now quite valuable. At the time, Canadian-based … Read more

Collecting zero-party data, Airbnb CEO interview, crypto volatility – TechCrunch

Collecting zero-party data, Airbnb CEO interview, crypto volatility – TechCrunch

Back when most commerce took place on the local high street, shoppers who exchanged personally identifiable information with merchants received something in return. Shops kept track of customers’ hat, shoe and dress sizes, along with their birthdays, anniversaries and personal preferences. In return, buyers got a first look at new products and service that anticipated … Read more

Twitter is building a crypto team – TechCrunch

Twitter is building a crypto team – TechCrunch

Remember when Twitter dropped NFTs and enabled Bitcoin tips? Given that founder and CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter bio is literally just “#bitcoin,” it’s not surprising that Twitter is interested in cryptocurrency and other decentralized technologies. Today, Twitter said that it’s formally launching a crypto team, which will aim to be “a center of excellence for … Read more

NFTs and crypto wallets could be in Discord’s future – TechCrunch

NFTs and crypto wallets could be in Discord’s future – TechCrunch

Discord is already the de facto home for NFT communities, but the company could be planning to deepen those connections in a big way. On Monday, Discord founder and CEO Jason Citron tweeted a screenshot depicting Discord integrated with popular crypto wallet service MetaMask and WalletConnect, an open protocol that many mobile crypto wallets are … Read more

Notabene raises $10.2M to help crypto exchanges comply with new global regulations – TechCrunch

Notabene raises $10.2M to help crypto exchanges comply with new global regulations – TechCrunch

Notabene, a New York, NY-based crypto compliance SaaS startup, has raised $10.2 million in a Series A funding round co-led by F-Prime Capital and Jump Capital. The latest investment brings Notabene’s valuation to $45 million. New investors include crypto exchanges Luno and Bitso, who were Notabene’s customers prior to the fundraise, as well as the … Read more

Studio behind ‘early access’ crypto game Blankos Block Party banks monster $1.25B valuation from a16z – TechCrunch

Studio behind ‘early access’ crypto game Blankos Block Party banks monster $1.25B valuation from a16z – TechCrunch

A16z Crypto has been minting plenty of NFT unicorns this year. In July, they backed NFT marketplace OpenSea at a $1.5 billion valuation. They participated in a September raise for NBA Top Shot-maker Dapper Labs, which valued the company at a whopping $7.6 billion. Just last month, they backed the team behind play-to-earn crypto game … Read more

Sam Altman’s Worldcoin wants to scan eyeballs in exchange for crypto – TechCrunch

Sam Altman’s Worldcoin wants to scan eyeballs in exchange for crypto – TechCrunch

As investors race to capitalize on surging interest in cryptocurrencies, startups are getting creative in how they onboard a generation of crypto users to their first wallets. Worldcoin is perhaps one of the most audacious efforts to bribe the world to embrace their currency. The startup, founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Alex Blania, … Read more

Facebook scales back its crypto ambitions once again – TechCrunch

Facebook scales back its crypto ambitions once again – TechCrunch

Facebook is launching a small pilot of its cryptocurrency wallet named Novi. A limited number of people in the U.S. and Guatemala can sign up to Novi and start using it. Instead of issuing its own stablecoin (Diem) on its own blockchain (the Diem network), the company is partnering with Paxos and Coinbase to let … Read more