BITCOIN AND CRYPTO
Plug and Play | November 16, 2022
Global innovation platform, Plug and Play, together with founding partners Visa, AllianceBlock, The INX Digital Company, IGT, and Franklin Templeton, has announced the launch of their new Crypto and Digital Assets program in Silicon Valley. The program aims to connect international startups with the founding partners to pilot the startups' technologies and drive the future of Crypto and Digital Assets as world-class leaders.
"Plug and Play is excited to partner with Visa, AllianceBlock, The INX Digital Company, IGT, and Franklin Templeton to launch our new program and multiply our reach and impact in the crypto space. We look forward to accelerating enterprise-level adoption and bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3,"
- Maximillian Jungreis, Head of Crypto and Digital Assets at Plug and Play
At Visa, we believe partnerships can unlock a deeper understanding of the emerging use cases in the payments ecosystem, We're excited to partner with Plug and Play to innovate with fintech and crypto platforms at all stages of the startup lifecycle on new money movement experiences,said Dan Roesbery, Vice President, Global Fintech Partnerships at Visa.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Plug and Play connects startups and leading corporations worldwide through industry-specific accelerator programs. The founding partners of the Crypto and Digital Assets program will access a global network of startups developing new digital technologies and innovative tools. In addition to our partners' specific interests, Plug and Play's new Crypto and Digital Assets vertical will have four broader focus areas:
Stablecoin Adoption: Stablecoins — cryptocurrencies pegged to an underlying financial asset — have emerged as a leading crypto use-case by providing global access to the world's strongest fiat currencies. Businesses adopting stablecoins get all the benefits of crypto without the volatility: lower fees, secure transactions, and instant cross-border payments.
Decentralized Finance: By making units of value — stocks, bonds, real estate, currencies, etc. — interoperable, programmable, and composable on blockchains, capital markets will become more efficient and accessible to everyone on the planet.
Crypto Economics: Tokens create opportunities for innovation in capital formation and human coordination that extend beyond the digital world and into the physical. Crypto-economic systems are enhancing access to core commodities like file storage and decentralized wireless and the business benefits are significant.
Enterprise Blockchain: Enterprise blockchains are networks designed for large companies and organizations. They retain the core benefits of blockchains, such as efficiency and immutability, but tweak the underlying permissions to help businesses with data safety, faster transactions, and better supply chain management.
AllianceBlock is excited about our partnership with Plug and Play Crypto and Digital Assets. Our ecosystem benefits from their broad network of innovative startups, industry pioneers, and thought leaders, as well as the value that we will provide to the Plug and Play ecosystem as experts in the decentralized space and the infrastructure for builders and developers to build on top of. We share the vision of a participatory economy, one that is fair, transparent, sustainable, and inclusive, and together we are working tirelessly to make that a reality.
Blockchain technology and crypto economics will transform how we do business on the internet and across multiple industries. At Plug and Play Crypto and Digital Assets, we will accelerate enterprise-level adoption and bridge the gap between Web2 and Web3.
As we continue our mission to increase access to the wealth of opportunities in the digital economy for both companies and investors, we are thrilled to be a founding member of Plug and Play's Crypto and Digital Assets program in Silicon Valley. Not only will this unique partnership offer deeper connections on the West Coast and Silicon Valley, but it will also allow us to put our leadership and expertise to work as we advise companies on the benefits of participating in the rapidly growing ecosystem of blockchain, tokenization, and cryptocurrency, Together with Visa, AllianceBlock, IGT, and Franklin Templeton, we look forward to working with a variety of companies - from startups to established names - about the digital future and how they can leverage opportunities now to garner long-term growth,said Douglas Borthwick, Chief Business Officer at INX.
We believe venture capital is the optimal strategy to invest in the development and growth of Web3 businesses. In our view, the Crypto and Digital Assets team at Plug and Play continues to innovate and identify some of the most exciting Blockchain opportunities in the world, said Kevin Farrelly, VP/Director of Digital Asset Management.
As a global leader in gaming, IGT is excited to partner with Plug and Play to accelerate our innovation through a compelling collaborative environment of established industry leaders and technology startups from various sectors, IGT stands at the forefront of cashless gaming technology, and working with Plug and Play can further advance our capacities and development potential in the payments space,said Fabio Celadon, IGT Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development.
About Plug and Play
Plug and Play is the leading innovation platform connecting startups, corporations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we're present in 50+ locations across five continents. We offer corporate innovation programs and help our corporate partners in every stage of their innovation journey, from education to execution. We also organize startup acceleration programs and have built an in-house VC to drive innovation across multiple industries. We've invested in hundreds of successful companies, including Dropbox, Guardant Health, Honey, Lending Club, N26, PayPal, and Rappi.
Wells Fargo and HSBC Holdings plc | November 18, 2022
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) and HSBC Bank plc today announced that the blockchain-based solution they are using for bilateral FX settlements is expanding to include the offshore yuan (CNH). The offshore yuan marks the fifth currency to be settled between the two banks using a shared settlement ledger that currently encompasses the U.S. dollar, Canadian dollar, British pound sterling, and the euro. Since launching the shared DLT solution in December 2021, HSBC and Wells Fargo have settled over $200 billion in transactions and plan to add additional currencies over the coming months.
“We are pleased to expand the capabilities of the platform to include CNH, allowing us to reduce risk in the payment settlement process, The collaboration shows that we can pursue innovative technologies and apply them in a way that enhances our existing infrastructure and ultimately benefits our clients.”
-Vince Hindman, global head of Rates and FX Solutions, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Bank
Commenting on the announcement, Mark Williamson, global head of FX Partnerships & Propositions at HSBC said: Extending CNH PvP settlement to Wells Fargo is an important milestone for reducing Herstatt Risk outside G10 currencies. This development is only our first step in extending our coverage into Emerging Markets currencies.
The shared, private ledger is managed by joint Operations teams at HSBC and Wells Fargo with full visibility by each of the parties to the relevant FX settlement, along with shared FX transaction records. The platform is governed under the framework of an agreed rulebook that facilitates efficient netting and settlement of FX transactions between HSBC and Wells Fargo in EUR, GBP, CAD, USD and now CNH. Participants in the network are only privy to transactions in which they are a counterparty.
The platform runs on Baton Systems’ proprietary CORE distributed ledger technology and is governed by the Baton rulebook. The platform enables participants to efficiently settle bilateral cross-border obligations across multiple onshore and offshore currencies, coupled with the added flexibility of extended settlement windows to optimize PvP risk reduction opportunities.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is a leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment, and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 41 on Fortune’s 2022 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy.
About HSBC Holdings plc
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of HSBC, is headquartered in London. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 63 countries and territories in its geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,985bn at 30 June 2022, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.
Novae LLC | November 08, 2022
Black-owned fintech and finance company Novae LLC has announced the launch of a new online tool designed to help small businesses to find grants and tax incentives that can help them to grow exponentially.
Called Novae Grants, the new tool will allow users to search a database of thousands of financial assistance opportunities from both the government and the private sector. Tax credits which small businesses may qualify for will also be included in the database.
Novae founder Reco McCambry says that the grants his team is gathering for inclusion in the database range from $500 to $5 million in size, and are designed to help business owners serve their communities. The grants include town- and city-based grants to revitalize local businesses and create jobs, and federal and think tank grants to support renewable energy, tech, and innovation.
"The idea is to make it as easy as possible for small businesses to locate the support they need to grow, Whether you're a mom and pop shop or a good-sized startup, you may be doing something that one of these agencies wants to promote for the sake of the public good."
McCambry notes that most of the grants which have so far been located and placed in the Novae Grants database are intended for small businesses with 6-100 employees, though some are also intended for larger businesses and sole proprietor startups.
We know that local businesses make us more secure, and we know that innovation often comes from startups. There are a lot of organizations that recognize this and offer funding to support these missions. But not many people know how to find these grants, and many assume they won't qualify because they aren't in some specialized public service role. Our mission is to change that and bring this money into our communities,McCambry told me in our interview.
The Novae Grants search engine is now available at novaemoney.com. In addition to grants, Novae also helps companies build business credit, provides access to traditional business funding, and offers businesses the ability to provide consumer financing for their high-ticket offerings.
Novae and CEO McCambry's mission to increase access to financing for businesses and customers in underserved communities has helped the company and its CEO to earn numerous awards and distinctions in recent years. Novae has been included on the Inc 5000 list of the 5000 fastest-growing businesses in America for two years running, while McCambry was recently named Innovator of the Year at the annual Bank Customer Experience Summit and received an Outstanding Leadership Award at Money2.0 this Spring.
McCambry hopes that the new grant search database, combined with Novae's other offerings to assist businesses and consumers with financing for large purchases, will help to create prosperity for communities that have often been shut out of traditional banking and grant services.
BITCOIN AND CRYPTO
CoinFlip | December 02, 2022
CoinFlip, a leading fintech company powered by cryptocurrency, today announced its official expansion into the Caribbean with four ATMs across Puerto Rico. CoinFlip, most known for its network of 4,000 bitcoin ATMs, plans to expand its footprint within Puerto Rico throughout the remainder of the year, furthering its mission to make crypto safe and accessible to people around the world. This expansion comes off the heels of significant company growth and innovation, including expansion to Canada in 2022, and the opening of the company's second corporate location and Crypto Experience Center in Tampa, FL this summer.
The four CoinFlip ATMs are available at the following locations:
Gulf: 18-20 C. Georgetti, Caguas, 00725, Puerto Rico
TotalEnergies: Bayamón Centro, Ramon Luis Rivera AVE Carretera 167, PR-2, Bayamón, Bayamón, 00959, Puerto Rico
TotalEnergies: Parada 24, 1606 Av. Manuel Fernández Juncos, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
TotalEnergies: San Claudio, Calle San Claudio, 373 Urb, San Juan, 00926, Puerto Rico
"We are thrilled to bring our bitcoin ATMs to Puerto Rico, Since the inception of CoinFlip, we've prioritized education and accessibility. We believe that anyone who is interested in crypto should be able to invest. We look forward to connecting Puerto Ricans with our award-winning customer service to make bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies easy to obtain. We can't wait to expand our offerings within the area and become a crypto resource for the community."
-Ben Weiss, CEO and Co-Founder of CoinFlip
Customers can learn more at coinflip.tech/ubicaciones or visit the CoinFlip atm locator to find new locations in Puerto Rico as they become available. Responding to record demand for easy and accessible avenues to buy and sell cryptocurrency, CoinFlip now has over 4,000 kiosks designed for novice and experienced investors alike.
Named the No. 1 fastest-growing company in Chicago by Crain's Chicago Business two years in a row, CoinFlip had a revenue of nearly $100 million in 2021. The company was also ranked within the top 100 on the Inc. 5000 two years in a row. Since inception, CoinFlip has expanded across 49 states, taking its place on the frontline of a financial revolution where cryptocurrency and blockchain technology can empower investors across the country.
CoinFlip is a leading fintech company powered by cryptocurrency. The company operates the world's largest network of cryptocurrency ATMs by transaction volume with over 4,000 machines across 49 states supporting the buying and selling of major cryptocurrencies with cash. In 2020, CoinFlip launched Trade Desk, an over-the-counter trading service that provides investors a personal account manager and competitive coin pricing. CoinFlip became an international company in 2022 via expansion into Canada. The company has amongst the lowest fees in the industry and provides 24/7 award-winning customer support.
CoinFlip was founded in 2015 by Daniel Polotsky, Kris Dayrit, Alan Gurevich, and Ben Weiss. Headquartered in Chicago, CoinFlip placed in the top 100 on the 2021 and 2022 Inc. 5000 list, and on the 2022 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, was named the 2021 and 2022 #1 fastest-growing company in Chicago by Crain's, and was awarded the 2021 and 2022 Stevie ® Awards for Customer Service.