Ten crypto leaders are in the new Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Ten of the youthful business leaders featured in this year’s Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list work in blockchain and cryptocurrency, highlighting increasing acceptance of the industry from the mainstream media. Despite its name, the list actually highlights 600 young people across various categories — with the crypto alumni including seven individuals in the finance category, one in venture capital, one in energy, and one in manufacturing. The finance category features the founder of the $1.2 billion crypto derivatives exchange FTX, and quantitative trading firm Alameda Research, Sam Bankman-Fried. Since launching…

Pomp talks Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary into buying ‘a little more’ Bitcoin

Canadian businessman Kevin O’Leary, who appears on the reality TV show Shark Tank, has seemingly softened his stance on Bitcoin after speaking with Anthony ‘Pomp’ Pompliano.  In an episode of the Pomp Podcast released today, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary appeared to be moving past his statements last year when he declared that Bitcoin (BTC) was “not a real currency” — though he still expressed concerns about the crypto asset’s volatility. The businessman said that he already owned some BTC and he might consider investing “a little bit more” of his…

Ethereum’s market cap surpasses GM, CME, and tech stocks — What’s next?

2020 has been an impressive year for the Ethereum network and Ether (ETH) price. In November the Eth2 deposit contract quietly launched and before the end of the month the contract had reached capacity with 524,288 Ether locked.  When Black Thursday occured on March 12, nearly every cryptocurrency had its price crushed and Ether was not spared from the carnage. After trading for as little as $86 on March 12, Ether price recovered to post a year-to-date gain of 322% and the altcoin set a 2020 high at $635.70 on…

Crypto.com secures an Australian Financial Service License

Crypto exchange and debit card provider Crypto.com has completed the acquisition of an Australian financial services company in order to secure an Australian Financial Service License, or ASFL. The acquired firm, named The Card Group Pty Ltd, has been described as specializing in “prepaid card, mobile, and wearable solutions” for enhancing cardholders’ engagement. Crucially, the firm was already approved by Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board, paving the way for Crypto.com’s ASFL. With an ASFL under its belt, Crypto.com will be licensed to legally issue its proprietary card in Australia and to establish…

‘I am Satoshi Nakamoto,’ says beet farming #BitcoinTuesday star

The search for Satoshi Nakamoto may be nearing its end as Rainn Wilson, best known as Dwight Schrute from the U.S. version of the TV series The Office, has stepped up to the role as part of Bitcoin Tuesday. In a YouTube video posted as part of the crypto-based charity event, Wilson claimed to be the legendary and elusive inventor to encourage viewers to make “Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency” donations to the Mona Foundation, an organization that supports schools and programs in economically disadvantaged communities, with a specific focus on women…

TradingView general manager explains how the current crypto bull market is unlike 2017

The cryptocurrency space has undergone a number of bull and bear markets since its inception in 2009. The crypto bull run in 2017 was one of the biggest years for the industry, hosting soaring digital asset prices and growth. Blockchain markets look much different today than they did three years ago, however, based on regulation, adoption, and other factors. How will crypto’s current macro uptrend differ from 2017? Asset dispersion is a key differentiator, according to Pierce Crosby, general manager of asset charting platform TradingView.  “The key here is to be looking…

Bitcoin adoption is the main key right now, Novogratz says

Mike Novogratz, CEO of financial services firm Galaxy Digital, recently expressed his usual bullish Bitcoin sentiments on CNBC’s Squawk Box morning show. During the short segment, the show’s interviewer asked Novogratz about Bitcoin (BTC) in relation to gold. He noted that big players are seemingly buying crypto after selling their gold investments, with gold recently seeing an all-time high level of outflow. “I think it’s meaningful but it’s not the real story,” Novogratz said on Tuesday morning. “The real story is adoption of Bitcoin, adoption of crypto, across a vast variety of accounts,”…

Bitcoin lacks market integrity, says former Trump economic adviser

Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs and former chief economic adviser to Donald Trump, believes that Bitcoin may not hold long-term prospects for investors.  In an interview with Bloomberg released today, Cohn said that the crypto asset “lacks some of the basic integrity of a real market” due to its lack of transparency. He said that investors might question a system “that does not have an audit trail.” “For all the reasons it’s a strong developing asset class, it may fail,” said Cohn regarding Bitcoin. “Part of the…

Grayscale dusts off its #dropgold campaign with fresh ad push

Digital asset manager Grayscale is bringing back its controversial “drop gold” campaign just in time for the potential Bitcoin (BTC) bull market.  CEO Barry Silbert tweeted Tuesday that the 30-second advertisement will be “running on major networks all over the country.” The commercial implores investors to “leave the pack behind” by dropping gold and adding digital assets like Bitcoin to their portfolio. “In a digital world, gold shouldn’t weigh down your portfolio,” the commercial says, adding: “Digital currencies like Bitcoin are the future. They’re secure, borderless and, unlike gold, they…

Why Ethereum price corrected sharply despite today’s Eth2 milestone

The price of Ether (ETH), the native cryptocurrency of Ethereum, plunged harder than Bitcoin (BTC) in the recent pullback.  After reaching an all-time high on Coinbase, the price of Bitcoin fell steeply by over 9% within several hours. In the same period, Ether corrected by over 11%, following a marketwide pullback. The deep correction in Ether comes as a surprise because of the Ethereum 2.0 network upgrade launch. On Dec. 1, the Eth2 Beacon Chain released on the mainnet, marking an important milestone for Ethereum. ETH/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView.com…