Ripple to Invest $25M in Blockchain Capital Fund

Funds, received from Ripple, will be sent to a separate target mechanism for teams of entrepreneurs who use blockchain technology in their products
12 April 2018   200

The supplier of financial and payment solutions Ripple invested $ 25 million in the new crypto-currency fund of the Californian company Blockchain Capital. This is stated in the official blog of the company.

The investments were directed to Blockchain Capital Parallel IV - the fund, created in 2017 for financing promising bitcoins and blockchain startups.

In March, Blockchain Capital Parallel IV announced the receiving $ 150 million for the cryptocurrency industry innvestments from a number of institutional investors and family trust management companies. Funds, received from Ripple, will be sent to a separate target mechanism for teams of entrepreneurs who use blockchain technology in their products. Also, these investments will help to identify new cases for the Interledger protocol and XRP tokens, Ripple representatives say.

As pioneers in the blockchain sector, we have been on the frontlines and in the trenches with our portfolio companies, like Ripple, building a new crypto ecosystem. There are entire verticals — such as healthcare or identity management — that could benefit from blockchain or distributed ledger technology. Whether it’s using XRP, bitcoin or just the underlying blockchain technology, our goal is to find the best projects and give them the resources to be successful companies that deliver value to customers for the long term.

Bart Stephens

Co-founder and managing partner, Blockchain Capital

As noted by Ripple senior vice president for strategic growth Patrick Griffin, this is the company's first investment in such a fund, but they will not be the last.

Blockchain Capital is the premiere fund for any project looking to get off the ground in the blockchain space. They have a proven track record for finding and funding the projects that matter. This is the first fund that we’ve contributed to, and it won’t be the last. We plan to be major players in shaping the future generation of blockchain or crypto companies.

Patrick Griffin

SVP of Strategic Growth, Ripple

In April 2017, the Blockchain Capital venture fund completed the ICO ahead of schedule, collecting the planned $ 10 million approximately two hours after the start of the crowdsdale. The first project that entered the company's investment portfolio was the developer of the client of the Ethereum network Parity Technologies.

Australia Rolls Out New Crypto Exchange

Blockbid Beta launch is set to go live on April 16, 2018
16 April 2018   177

It has emerged that there is a new cryptocurrency exchange which is launching with headquarters in Australia. Previously, we have reported that Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre has announced the new regulatory requirements for digital currency exchange providers which came into force from April 3, 2018.

A week ago, Blockbid exchange became one of the recipients of an AUSTRAC license, meaning they have been granted permission to legally operate as a cryptocurrency exchange, according to Australian law. Blockbid is a secure exchange with the goal of facilitating the highest volume of trades for the most cryptocurrencies with a single login.

Blockbid announced in its press-release that its Beta launch is set to go live on April 16, 2018. The platform will allow operation in fiat and cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin Gold (BCG), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP), USD, AUD, JPY and EUR.