OpenBazaar reached $5 mln mark in a series A round

Bitcoin marketplace has gained support from Bitmain along already participating Union Square Ventures, BlueYard Capital, Digital Currency Group
14 March 2018   129

OpenBazaar managing company, OB1 has announced it successfully secured $5 mln of a series A round. The round was headed by the venture capital arm of OMERS pension fund - OMERS Ventures. Among the backers Andreessen Horowitz, William Mougayar, Union Square Ventures, BlueYard Capital, Digital Currency Group there was a new investor - Bitmain.

OB1 allows individuals, living anywhere, to buy and sell as part of a truly global marketplace. We are excited about the potential represented by OpenBazaar’s decentralized peer-to-peer protocol, and are thrilled about the various implementation paths that Brian and the rest of his team are pursuing.


Jim Orlando

Managing Partner, OMERS Ventures

The official release also explains the key points of the ongoing development: enhancements in terms of user flexibility and control over the means of the sale and purchase of products online. The 2018 plan also includes the launch of both web and mobile applications and new features like trade requests and operations with other cryptocurrencies. In early 2018 the platform already implemented Bitcoin Cash and Zcash services. This week was notable with the release of Verified Moderators program.

Our goal is to see the OpenBazaar protocol and software empower business owners and consumers alike to shift away from the corporate-controlled legacy systems and engage in ecommerce in a free, fair and independent way.


Brian Hoffman


Cryptocurrency to be Regulated in France

French Ministry of the Economy and Finances creates working group to regulate cryptocurrency
22 March 2018   120

Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy, announced the government initiative to constitute the instructions and regulations towards cryptocurrency. The group is also aimed to decrease the influence of Bitcoin and altcoins to the formal system of economy with the help of required concept. These measures would help French government to prevent tax avoidance and some other criminal activities (such as money laundering).

In an op-ed that was published in French media this week the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire made a promise not to miss the blockchain revolution. He refined the reasons of the French authorities`decision to regulate the technology. According to his point of view, it is impossible for any consumer or entrepreneur to carry out a transaction, invest, develop in business being in a regulatory vacuum. The Minister also put this position on the top among the rest questions to be discussed at G20 Summit in Buenos Aires. Bruno Le Maire is sure that the role of France is to be a driving force in “building the world of tomorrow”.

The Minister is going to present his case at the G20 Summit in 2018 in Argentina. He hopes that the framework can help in decreasing illegal activity in cryptocurrencies. Le Maire also explained that the sphere of digital funds is extremely attractive for criminals.

The leader of the working group is Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of France Jean-Pierre Landau. The French Central Bank supports the Government and hopes there would be no negative impact and consequences for the traditional economy system.

The key object of cryptocurrency regulation is to limit various negative factors in the financial sphere caused by digital money, such as the price volatility. Le Maire claims that at the same time the regulation of the cryptocurrency can support the development of the technology and can even lead to the economic growth. As blockchain can destroy not only traditional daily practices in banking and financial markets, but also patents and certified acts, the French Minister of Economy urges that the working group should foresee all these changes and become “actors of this revolution”, instead of simple viewers.