Leaders in financial services gaining faith in blockchain

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Most financial services leaders now see blockchain as an important source of competitive advantage, according to Deloitte’s ‘2021 Global Blockchain Survey’.

In its poll of 1,280 senior executives and practitioners, the survey found that 77% said their organisations would lose opportunities for competitive advantage if they did not adopt blockchain or digital assets into their business strategy.

Similarly, 80% of leaders believed their industry will see new revenue...

Telefónica Tech launch document verification service using blockchain

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Telefónica Tech, the Madrid-based telecoms company behind O2 and Vivo, has launched its own blockchain-based document certification service.

The new service utilises Telefónica’s in-house TrustOS platform to generate certificates that combine the digital signature of the user with a trace of the content to be certified, alongside a time stamp to establish the date of certification.

It will allow companies to generate digital evidence of authorship, ownership, and...

Australia and Singapore successfully trial cross-border trade project

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The Australian Border Force (ABF) has completed a trial testing the interoperability of its blockchain-based verification system with its Singaporean counterpart.

Working alongside Singapore Customs and the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), the ABF has concluded a trial that proves trade documents can be digitally issued and verified across both countries’ systems.

The trial, which was initiated as part of the Australia-Singapore Digital Economy...

Chainalysis valued at £3.6 billion after series E funding

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The blockchain analytics and intelligence firm, Chainalysis, has raised $100 million (£72m) after its fifth round of funding, bringing its total valuation to $4.2 billion (£3.6bn).

Funding was led by investment management company Coatue, with further funds being provided by Benchmark, Accel, Addition, Dragoneer, Sequoia Heritage and SVB Capital.

This latest round of funding follows on from a successful series D round back in March 2021 in which Chainalysis raised $100m...

£8.6 billion investment gap in blockchain and AI is holding back the EU

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The European Union (EU) needs to invest €10 billion (£8.6 billion) more each year in order to stay in the global artificial intelligence and blockchain race.

This was the stark warning from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Commission in its latest new study on the state of play in AI and blockchain technologies in the EU - ‘Artificial intelligence, blockchain and the future of Europe: How disruptive technologies create opportunities for a green and digital...

Guggenheim co-founder backing New York-based blockchain tower

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Todd Morley, a co-founder of global investment firm Guggenheim Partners, has thrown his financial backing behind a new blockchain tower in midtown Manhattan, New York.

A wireless network that improves access to digital ledgers (a set of technologies that underpin digital currencies) will be incorporated into the building at 111 West 57th Street.

The skyscraper will also include a museum for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), units of data that certify a digital asset to be...

Generation Z: How post-millennial young people are engaging with blockchain

Feature In 2019, Gen Z surpassed millennials and baby boomers to become the largest generation in the world, making up a third of the global population. This demographic dominance alone makes those born between 1995 and 2010 an important consideration for cryptocurrency markets and blockchain tech firms. What’s more, Gen Z’s comfort with and strong preference for digitised transactions makes them an even more important demographic in these growing...

Charles Hoskinson, Founder, Cardano: On restoring trust through decentralisation

The Block spoke with Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson about the blockchain industry and restoring trust through decentralisation ahead of the platform’s upcoming launch of smart contracts.

Hoskinson co-founded the current decentralised app platform leader, Ethereum, but left the project following a dispute about accepting venture capital and the need for a more formal governing structure. He went on to found Cardano in 2015 and became the CEO of the project’s main developer,...

Featured: The Block’s list of innovative blockchain companies to look out for in 2021

Feature 2021 is going to be an exciting year for blockchain technologies. The launch of Ethereum 2.0, the ongoing volatility of Bitcoin and the intriguing use cases arising from DeFi will continue apace, while enterprise opportunities, from finance, to energy and sustainability, to the wider supply chain, remain.

The Block has selected seven companies to feature for 2021. Read their stories below:

Butterfly Protocol

Butterfly Protocol's goal is to provide a...

Cardano is ‘building bridges’ to Ethereum with new KEVM testnet

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Cardano is launching a new KEVM (K Ethereum Virtual Machine) to build a bridge with the leading smart contract platform’s developers.

Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano and CEO of IOHK, was a co-founder of Ethereum. 

Disagreements over Ethereum’s direction led Hoskinson to create Cardano, taking a more academic approach to its development and fixing the notorious problems which have plagued the largest smart contract platform.

Cardano launched after...