We Aren't Going to Launch Crypto Desk, - Goldman Sachs

This was said by company's CEO during a meeting of the US House of Representatives devoted to issues of accountability and trust in financial institutions
12 April 2019   233

The CEO of the investment bank Goldman Sachs, David Solomon, during a meeting of the US House of Representatives, said that his company did not plan to launch a platform for trading cryptocurrencies. This is reported by The Block.

Referring to the publication of Bloomberg in December 2017, Solomon stressed that the company had never had plans to launch such a trading platform. According to him, the publication incorrectly interpreted the information from Goldman Sachs:

First, that Bloomberg article was not correct. Like others, we are watching and doing work to try and understand the cryptocurrency market as it develops. We have some clients that have certain functionality that we’ve engaged with on clearing physically settled futures, but other than that we never had plans to open a cryptocurrency desk.
 

David Solomon

CEO, Goldman Sachs

When asked about the likelihood of launching cryptocurrency products in the future, Solomon answered rather evasively:

We might at some point [explore a desk] in time, but no question when dealing with cryptocurrency it’s a new area, there are a lots of issues…unclear from regulatory perspective and it’s not clear in the long-run if those currencies will be viable.
 

David Solomon

CEO, Goldman Sachs

The meeting, at which Solomon spoke, was generally devoted to issues of accountability and the problems of citizens' trust in financial institutions. The meeting was attended by the heads of the seven largest US banks.

Goldman Sachs & JPMorgan to Invest $32M in Axoni

Well-known companies such as Andreessen Horowitz, Citi, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Y Combinator and Digital Currency Group also took part in the investment round
15 August 2018   480

Axoni blockchain start-up raised $ 32 million in the series B financing round, led by Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners.

Well-known companies such as Andreessen Horowitz, Citi, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Y Combinator and Digital Currency Group also took part in the investment round. As a result of the campaign, the total volume of venture investments in Axoni was $ 55 million.

According to representatives of the New York company, the funds raised will be used to continue the development of data synchronization technology and the Ethereum-compatible language of the AxLang smart contracts. Also, the money will be spent on creating new products based on an audited distributed network called AxCore.

Axoni CEO Greg Svehi said that his startup is seeking to increase the number of companies using blockchain based solutions based on Axoni developments.

We are pleased to be part of Axoni’s journey since co-leading their Series A financing back in December 2016, and we are excited to see their progress made to date. The adoption of distributed ledger protocols in capital markets resembles the early days of adopting TCP/IP for distributed enterprise applications. We continue to be impressed with Axoni’s ability to facilitate such adoption by identifying use cases that could benefit from blockchain technology.
 

C. Thomas Richardson

Head of Market Structure and Electronic Trading Services, Wells Fargo Securities

In the spring of last year, the startup received $ 20 million from Citi, the banking giant, a year earlier - $ 18 million from a number of large financial institutions and venture investors.