Bitmain raises $50m funding round

China-based mining giant Bitmain raises $50 million funding round
04 September 2017   1377

According to bloomberg.com, Bitmain, a China-based mining giant, raises $50 million from a number of venture capital firms.

Among the participants of the funding are Sequoia Capital, ING Capital and several other undisclosed investors. It is also reported that the company intends to expand into production of chips for artificial intelligence and set up mining farms in the U.S. Furthermore, according to the information provided by the unnamed source, the investing companies also intend to offer Bitmain management advice as part of the deal.

Bitmain's Antpool chart on blockchain.info Bitmain's Antpool chart on blockchain.info

As shown, Antpool, which is Bitmain's mining pool, is currently the second most powerful one. At the time of writing, Antpool, controlls 15.5% of the network's total hashing power.

BlackRock to Consider Bitcoin Futures

World largest asset management firm created a workgroup to study the prospects of crypto-based futures
16 July 2018   75

Investment company BlackRock has formed a working group that should find out what benefits the world's largest asset manager can get from entering the cryptocurrency sector, despite the fact that previously its CEO had heavily criticized bitcoin. This is reported by Financial News.

The investment giant, whose assets amount to $ 6.3 trillion, created a team that included experts from various business areas. They must collect information about the cryptocurrencies, the underlying infrastructure and technology of the blockchain.

The working group, which includes investment strategist Terry Simpson, should find out whether BlackRock should invest in bitcoin futures.

Sources also reported that BlackRock is studying the experience of its competitors in this area and the potential impact of their actions on the company's business. The working group will report on the results of its research to senior management.

A spokeswoman for BlackRock reported that the company has been considering blockchain technology for several years, but declined to comment on the cryptocurrency.

The creation of a working group may mark a turning point in relations between BlackRock and cryptocurrencies. Last year, its head, Larry Fink, said that bitcoin is an extremely speculative tool, and the only reason for its popularity is its anonymity. "This is an instrument that is used for money laundering," he said bluntly.

Fink gave his comments even before the appearance of crypto-currency futures. At that time, he saw no opportunity for his company to enter this market.