2017 to Bring 40% of Chinese Blockchain Startups

At the moment there are 456 start-ups in China, for which the development of blockchain technologies and applications is part of their core business
21 May 2018   727

Only in 2017 in China appeared almost 40% of the total number of all currently existing blockchain start-ups. Such data is contained in a new document published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, CoinDesk reports.

The results of the study were presented on Monday, May 21, as part of an extensive report on the state of the blockchain industry in China. It is noted that at the moment there are 456 start-ups in China, for which the development of blockchain technologies and applications is part of their core business.

At the same time, if in 2016 the number of blockchain companies tripled in comparison with the previous year, in 2017 there was an "exponential growth" - in total, the industry replenished with 178 new start-ups.

A similar trend was observed in the field of equity financing of blockchain start-ups. At the moment, there are 249 initiatives directly aimed at blockchain start-ups, and almost 100 of them were launched in 2017 - more than was registered between 2014 and 2016. It is noteworthy that only in the first quarter of this year 68 initiatives in the field of financing blockchain start-ups were registered.

The document also says that the current law on patents, which was drawn up ten years ago, may be outdated when it comes to protecting intellectual property in the field of block chain technologies.

In particular, the current law protects only those scenarios for the application of technology that are directly described in patent applications, and therefore, most likely, needs to be modified.

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   298

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.