Startups

While startups original to the digital economy have grown into established leaders, new innovators continue to push the envelope. Stay tuned here to keep up with the newest and most exciting companies and applications as they emerge.

Startups - Ethereum Foundation Issues $3 Million in New Grants
Ethereum Foundation Issues $3 Million in New Grants

The Ethereum Foundation has awarded a total of $2.86 million to 20 different projects in Wave IV of its Grant Program.

Startups - Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell's X2 Games Acquired by Global Blockchain
Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell’s X2 Games Acquired by Global Blockchain

The move will see the Canadian company align its existing efforts to tokenize gaming platforms with X2 Games’ expertise for game development.

Startups - “This Isn’t How We Saw This Going”: Civil’s Token Sale Is Treading Water
“This Isn’t How We Saw This Going”: Civil’s Token Sale Is Treading Water

Despite a flurry of media attention surrounding the project, Civil, an Ethereum-based platform aiming to save journalism, can’t seem to get enough buyers for its token.

Startups - Circle Poised to Acquire Equity Crowdfunding Platform SeedInvest
Circle Poised to Acquire Equity Crowdfunding Platform SeedInvest

If approved by regulators, the move could allow Circle to help match investors with fledgling companies trying to raise money via initial coin offerings.

Startups - BitMEX’s New COO Angelina Kwan Joins the Crypto Space at “An Exciting Time”
BitMEX’s New COO Angelina Kwan Joins the Crypto Space at “An Exciting Time”

An interview with the new COO of cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX, Angelina Kwan: “It is very exciting time for me to be joining the company.”

Startups - eCash Founder David Chaum Makes Bold Promises with Elixxir Blockchain
eCash Founder David Chaum Makes Bold Promises with Elixxir Blockchain

Chaum believes that Elixxir could eventually grow into much more than just a cryptocurrency by becoming a fixture in online security frameworks.

- Stellar-Based Lightyear Acquires Chain
Stellar-Based Lightyear Acquires Chain, Forms New Entity

Former Chain CEO Adam Ludwin will become Interstellar CEO, while Jed McCaleb takes over as Interstellar CTO.

Startups - Spark
Spark, a New GUI Lightning Wallet for Bitcoin, Now Available for Download

Spark is a web-based GUI wallet with built-in Electrum software designed for speed, safety and simplicity that utilizes Blockstream’s Lightning implementation c-lightning as its backend.

Startups - Origin Protocol Launches Decentralized Messaging Platform
Origin Protocol Launches Decentralized Messaging Platform

Origin’s latest offering is positioning itself to challenge encrypted messaging giant Telegram, which, while not decentralized, is widely used within the cryptocurrency community.

Startups - Civil: Reimagining the News With a Blockchain-Based Architecture
Civil: Reimagining the News With a Blockchain-Based Architecture

Civil wants to create an ad-free, blockchain-based, decentralized marketplace for “sustainable journalism” by directly supporting content creators while fighting “fake news.”

Startups - Coinberry Traders Keep Control of Keys With BRD Crypto Wallet Integration
Coinberry Traders Keep Control of Keys With BRD Crypto Wallet Integration

Allowing users to keep control of their cryptocurrency keys in a secure wallet is a crucial consideration at a time when some exchanges are proving to still be vulnerable to hacks.

Startups - AMA With Origin Team Reveals Plans for Decentralized Sharing Economy
AMA With Origin Team Reveals Plans for Decentralized Sharing Economy

On August 9, 2018, the Origin team hosted an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit to discuss their project.

- FlipNpik’s Social Media Model: Boosting Incentives for Local Promotions
FlipNpik’s Social Media Model: Boosting Incentives for Local Promotions

Launched in 2009, the social networking app Foursquare was hailed as providing a cutting-edge approach…

Startups - Crypto Startup Taps Larry King in Shared Effort to Combat Climate Change
Crypto Startup Taps Larry King in Shared Effort to Combat Climate Change

King is focusing his energies as a member of GEAR’s Advisory Board, helping the small startup, still in incubation, to raise funds for the development of green mining technology.

Startups - Lightning Network Payment System “SparkSwap” Makes Its Official Debut
Lightning Network Payment System “SparkSwap” Makes Its Official Debut

SparkSwap is the first crypto exchange to be built on the Lightning Network. It allows users to trade both bitcoin and altcoins in seconds without depositing assets with a third party.

Startups - ShapeShift to Add Multi-Crypto Swapping Tool to Its Exchange Platform
ShapeShift to Add Multi-Crypto Swapping Tool to Its Exchange Platform

Adding this sort of multi-crypto trading solution has been a long-term target of ShapeShift’s internal engineering team.

Startups - Bodhi Bets on the Decentralized Prediction Marketplace
Bodhi Bets on the Decentralized Prediction Marketplace

Bodhi, a decentralized prediction market application, has been operating on the Qtum mainnet since April 23, 2018.

- “Eating Their Lunch:” Blockchain Upstarts Challenge Investment Banks
“Eating Their Lunch:” Blockchain Upstarts Challenge Investment Banks

Currently for large issuers, it’s a given that you simply have to use investment banks. But assuming regulatory compliance, it doesn’t need to be this way.

Startups - Abra Announces New Credit Card Payment Options for Bitcoin Purchases
Abra Announces New Credit Card Payment Options for Bitcoin Purchases

Bitcoin payment startup Abra has announced the addition of Visa and Mastercard payment options for buying bitcoin on its platform.

Startups - Nick Spanos’s Zap Jolts Real Estate With Blockchain-Based Smart Contracts
Nick Spanos’s Zap Jolts Real Estate With Blockchain-Based Smart Contracts

New York realtors looking to avoid hiccups in their commission payouts can now turn to…

Startups - FCA Chooses Blockchain Companies for Fourth Cohort of Regulatory Sandbox
FCA Chooses Blockchain Companies for Fourth Cohort of Regulatory Sandbox

Of the 29 firms selected for cohort 4, about a dozen of these companies use distributed ledger technology; others offer services related to cryptocurrency assets.

Startups - TaTaTu Hosts the World’s Third-Largest ICO
TaTaTu Hosts the World’s Third-Largest ICO, Earns Over $500 Million

TaTaTu, a blockchain start-up and entertainment platform, just raised an eye-popping $575 million in its token sale.

Startups - Chain Accelerator Opens Its Doors to Blockchain
Chain Accelerator Opens Its Doors to Blockchain, Crypto Startups in France

“In France, as everywhere in the world, blockchain projects face many uncertainties and complexities, whether financial, legal, or technical. Yet this technology will revolutionize our daily lives.”

Startups - New Coinbase Additions: Ethereum Classic and Crypto Index Fund
New Coinbase Additions: Ethereum Classic and Crypto Index Fund

Coinbase announced its intention to add Ethereum Classic to its trading platform and then quickly followed with the official opening of their crypto index fund.