By a very wide margin, the most effective thing the federal government can do to address FAMGA’s impact is to provide a friendly regulatory environment for crypto and let capitalism do its thing.
Distributed ledger technologies like Blockchain are considered to be inherently secure. Yet, vulnerabilities in infrastructure can lead to manipulation and attacks. CertiK offers end-to-end security solutions for blockchain, providing exhaustive security audits and smart contract monitoring. The company’s Skynet platform provides real-time insights into the security of DeFi applications. Founded in 2017, CertiK serves over 1000 clients, has secured digital assets valued at $70B+, and is already profitable. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder Ronghui Gu to learn more about the state of blockchain security, the role CertiK is playing in bringing DeFi to the forefront of commercial transactions, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding from investors that include Tiger Global Management, Coinbase Ventures, GL Ventures, and Coatue.
The truth is, when it comes to investing, the world is in a very different place today than it was for your parents or even your older siblings. For older generations, investing sat in the context of three main things: stocks, real estate, and just sitting on your actual cash.
The decentralized nature of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies is heralded as one of its biggest benefits but at the same time, it’s one of the factors that’s preventing rapid adoption by larger institutions. Government agencies, financial service providers, and exchanges have explicit regulatory requirements and the anonymous nature of the blockchain has traditionally provided little visibility to these transactions. Chainalysis is the blockchain data platform that brings transparency to blockchain and cryptocurrency transactions, fueling the charge for widespread adoption. The platform can be used to power investigations, maintain compliance with anti-money laundering and KYC requirements, and even as a risk management tool, providing the assurance that cryptocurrency transactions are safe and secure. In addition to data and software, the company also provides training and research to ensure that Chainalsyis clients are up-to-date on the latest developments in this ever-changing landscape; clients include Barclays, Square, BitPay, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Michael Gronager to learn more about the company’s mission to promote the safe adoption of blockchain data as an asset class, the increasing demand for cryptocurrencies, and the company’s latest funding round led by Coatue.
The pandemic led to renewed interest in many childhood collectibles like baseball cards as we had more time to spend at home to sort through old boxes. At the same time, there was a meteoric rise of blockchain-based technologies using non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to create a new class of digital assets. Infinite Objects takes moving images or videos and offers a unique way to display these creations, whether for an NFT, personal library, or licensing deal. Physically, the company offers one physical display that is always tied to a single video. Behind the scenes, this display comes with complete provenance and authenticity, making it unique. Custom video prints start at $79 and come in either 5” or 7” displays that play videos up to 24-hours in length. Infinite Objects’ marketplace also features several video prints in limited runs from emerging artists. As the popularity of NFTs continues, we expect that Infinite Objects will be well-positioned to serve this market as an infrastructure play. AlleyWatch caught up with Founder Joseph Saavedra to learn more about the inspiration for the business, strategic plans, and recent round of funding from investors that include Courtside VC, Serena Ventures, Fuel Capital, Advancit Capital, Betaworks, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, GFR Fund, Dapper Labs, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman, cofounders at Thirty Five Ventures, Genies, Sound Ventures, Scott Belsky, ThankYouX, and Shawn Mendes.
Like the internet in the 1990s or social media in the early 2000s, NFTs will go down in history as one of the most significant things to happen in modern technology and culture at large. Big statement — I know — so let me tell you why I’m so excited.
A look at the future of retail and Mastercard’s role in powering next-generation commerce with the leaders at the forefront of innovation at Mastercard’s NYC Tech Hub.
The security of digital assets is absolutely critical in ensuring widespread adoption and this has led to the emergence of countless digital-asset-as-security-service offerings. Fireblocks has emerged as a leader in digital asset security, with a growing number of companies rely-ing on Fireblock’s platform to securely store, transfer, and issue digital assets. The compa-ny has facilitated the transfer of over $150B+ in digital assets for local and international companies since its launch, $23B+ worth of digital assets transferred in Q3 alone, and the company has tripled its customer base already in Q4. AlleyWatch caught up with Co-founder and CEO Michael Shaulov to learn more about how Fireblocks provides the criti-cal infrastructure needed for enterprises to scale digital asset exposure, the company’s growth, and recent funding round from investors that include Paradigm, Cyberstarts, Tenaya Capital, Swisscom, Galaxy Digital, Digital Currency Group (DCG), and Ce-dar Hill Capital.
I know DeFi is our Netscape moment because it’s scaling, rapidly. Just like Netscape’s browser did. The market is screaming that DeFi has found product-market fit. Total value locked in DeFi is up more than 4X in two months.a
Distributed ledger trading and new crypto finance products are swiftly being adopted by financial institutions across the globe. Curv unlocks this market for participants and accelerates institutional adoption of its security infrastructure. The company’s unique multi-party computation (MPC) technology eliminates the need for private keys on obsolete hardware and is completely cloud-based. CEO and Cofounder Itay Malinger shares more on the partnerships that traction the company has built, the security benefits of the technology, fundraising during the pandemic, and the company’s latest round of funding, which brings the total funding raised to $29.5M since 2018.
Blockdaemon is the leading blockchain node infrastructure platform that helps organizations create scalable enterprise blockchain solutions with node deployment in just three clicks. CEO and Founder Konstantin Richter shares more about the company’s vision to make blockchain accessible for developers and enterprises, the company’s future product roadmap, and latest funding round from investors that include Lerer Hippeau, Blockchain.com Ventures, SPiCE VC, and others.