DFINITY raises $102M from a16z and Polychain for a decentralised Internet Computer to rival AWS

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Since blockchain technology appeared, there has been a persistent problem in its development: how to make it scale to billions of users. Bitcoin was famously never really designed for this, and today other platforms like Ethereum are also struggling. If … Continued

Andreessen Horowitz Taps First Female General Partner for Crypto

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Venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz has tapped Katie Haun as its first female general partner. In her new role, Haun will be a leader of the firm’s newly formed $300 million cryptocurrency fund. With Haun’s appointment, announced Monday, Andreessen Horowitz … Continued

A16Z and Founders Fund sink $28M into IRL asset blockchain Harbor

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Harbor helps businesses legally issue cryptocurrency tokens that represent ownership of real-world assets like real estate, fine art, company equity, and investment funds. This “tokenization” might sound boring, but it could be a big business that unlocks trading of illiquid … Continued

A tale of two startups with superstore ambitions: Robinhood and Cadre

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The buzzy startups Robinhood and Cadre are known for different things. Five-year-old Robinhood has established its reputation by offering commission-free stock trading, while three-year-old Cadre burst onto the scene with a real estate investing platform. Yet both have developed similar … Continued

Thiel’s Founders Fund Has Been Quietly Buying Bitcoin Since 2012

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Bitcoin has gained global fame in the past year, but it’s been popular at Peter Thiel’s venture firm since at least 2012. Founders Fund, Thiel’s San Francisco-based firm known for early bets on SpaceX and Airbnb, has been purchasing small … Continued

Bitcoin Competitors Are Being Built in Ex-Google Coders’ Laptops

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Bitcoin’s seemingly unstoppable surge to record highs isn’t deterring competitors. Former Silicon Valley developers are working on at least two new versions of the digital currency. Basecoin is seeking to solve bitcoin’s volatility with a team of former Google Inc. … Continued