Bitmain raises $50m funding round

China-based mining giant Bitmain raises $50 million funding round
04 September 2017   3058

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.

Bakkt to Release Consumer App This Year

The app can be used for a wide range of tasks, e.g., crypto and securities trading, virtual goods purchase, etc
23 January 2020   90

Institutional Investor Platform Bakkt will release an app for retail investors this year, with which users can pay with cryptocurrency.

According to the president of Bakkt Adam White at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the application can be used for a wide range of tasks. In addition to trading cryptocurrencies, it will support various virtual “goods” like points of loyalty programs.

In addition, in the future it is possible to add securities trading, as well as the creation of a portal for shops and merchants. That is, the application will be more like a traditional fintech product like PayPal than a solution from a cryptocurrency exchange.

Although the Bakkt platform was originally created for institutional investors, the new director of Mike Blandina is very serious about entering the retail market. Earlier, he said that the application for retail investors should be released in the first half of 2020.

I do not think we are there yet. What gives me optimism is that we are seeing a lot of developer interest. I am confident that someone is going to find something.

 

Adam White

President of Bakkt

 White added that the cryptocurrency market is still underdeveloped.