Columbia Uni professor heads up a16z’s new crypto research unit

Theoretical computer scientist and Columbia University professor Tim Roughgarden has been appointed the head of Andreessen Horowitz’s (a16z) new crypto research unit. Roughgarden’s resume includes more than three years as a professor of computer science at Columbia University in New York, along with a 14-year stint at Stanford. He has also served as a research […]

3 questions on financial literacy Bitcoiners flunk: Bank of Canada

A study from the Bank of Canada found that Bitcoiners on average have lower financial literacy than those who don’t own Bitcoin (BTC). The study was compiled from four years of annual surveys from 2016 to 2020, with the sample sizes ranging anywhere from 1,987 to 3,893 respondents. The Bank of Canada’s full study is […]

Binance.US leaves Blockchain Association to form own DC government affairs team

Binance.US announced today that it is creating a team in Washington to engage with lawmakers on digital asset policy. Simultaneously, it has withdrawn from the advocacy group Blockchain Association. Both organizations sides have been tight-lipped about the split, commenting publicly only with short statements. A Binance.US spokesperson told Cointelegraph, “We believe it’s time we had […]

Tezos co-founder Arthur Breitman discusses the untapped potential of DeFi

Arthur Breitman, the co-founder of Layer 1 protocol Tezos, spoke with Cointelegraph’s Jackson DuMont at the Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS) last week about what it will take to unlock decentralized finance, or DeFi’s true potential. Brietman delivered a keynote speech following this interview about the company’s strategy. Related: Paris Blockchain Week, April 14: Latest updates […]

Cricket NFT startup Rario raises $120M in Series A funding

On Thursday, cricket nonfungible token (NFT) platform Rario announced that it secured $120 million in Series A funding in a round led by Dream Capital, the venture subsidiary of Dream Sports. As told by Rario, it currently has the largest share of cricket NFT rights via partnerships with six international cricket leagues and a roster […]

More institutions are looking to invest in crypto, says NEAR Foundation CEO

Cointelegraph’s Joseph Hall interviewed Marieke Flament, the CEO of NEAR Foundation at the Paris Blockchain Week Sumit (PWBS) last week, discussing a range of topics such as the struggle by institutional investors to understand how they can participate in the crypto space. Hall and Flament talked about how institutional investors are trying to learn about […]

Ledger Enterprise’s Alex Zinder is all about blockchain, crypto and the future of finance

Alex Zinder, a capital markets veteran who jumped on the blockchain train last year, attended the Paris Blockchain Week Summit, where he sat down with Cointelegraph to discuss blockchain projects, crypto adoption and the traditional financial world’s necessary embrace of digital assets. After almost two decades in capital markets technology, Alex Zinder joined Ledger Enterprise […]

Algorand aims to convert network transaction fees into carbon offsets

Proof-of-stake blockchain protocol Algorand will implement a smart contract that will automate the offsetting of the network’s carbon emissions. In a recent announcement, Algorand revealed that a new smart contract would take a portion of each transaction fee within its blockchain network and automatically process it to purchase verified carbon credits at ClimateTrade, a blockchain-based […]

Derivatives exchange dYdX to become ‘100% decentralized by EOY’

Ethereum Layer 2-based crypto derivatives trading platform dYdX has vowed to become “100% decentralized by EOY” via the protocol’s V4 update. dYdX primarily offers perpetual contracts, which are derivatives products that borrow elements from both spot margin trading and futures trading but do not have an expiry date. At present only certain components of dYdX […]

Blockchain games are leading the dapp industry, says latest DappRadar report

Market tracker DappRadar and the Blockchain Game Alliance, or BGA, published the Blockchain Games Report for Q1 2022 on Wednesday. After citing that $720 million was invested into blockchain games and infrastructures in February in a previous report, the latest number for total Q1 investment is $2.5 billion. VCs and other investors raised $4 billion […]