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March 10, 2019

CrowdCrypto News | March 9, 2019

Top Headlines

  • OneCoin Fraud Back in the Headlines
    The OneCoin cryptocurrency fraud is back in the headlines, with indictments being filed against founders Ruja Ignatova and Konstantin Ignatov on charges of securities fraud, money laundering and wire fraud. The pair reportedly defrauded investors out of billions of dollars as they marketed their cryptocurrency, using a pyramid scheme model to recruit investors. (Coindesk)
  • Denver to Use Blockchain-Based Phone App for Voting
    Election officials in Denver, Colorado have announced plans to utilize a blockchain-based phone app for voting in its upcoming May elections. This is the second time that voting software developed by Voatz will be used, with the first successful election cycle occurring in West Virginia earlier last year. (Coindesk)

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Crypto News

  • Winklevoss Twins Cite Quadriga CX Fiasco in Fight for Regulation of Crypto
    After the Quadriga CX fiasco in which thousands of investors using the exchange lost millions after the founder died without disclosing the private keys, the Winklevoss twins are advocating for trust and regulation of crypto markets. Investor confidence has taken big hits after the Quadriga and Mt Gox scandals, but oversight and compliance can return Bitcoin to its former glory, at least in the Gemini founders minds. (Bloomberg)
  • STOs, ICOs and Now – IEO’s
    Stablecoins are on the rise, alongside STOs and ICOs. Now there are IEOs, or Initial Exchange Offerings, whereby projects are listed directly on an exchange without engaging in an ICO. So which type of token offering strategy trumps? The Data Driven Investor team attempts to figure that out. (Medium/Data Driven Investor)
  • The Next Generation of Digital Money?
    Are stablecoins the next sustainable generation of digital money? Review the different popular stablecoins and potentials for use as their popularity rises. (Forbes)
  • Colorado Gov. Signs Digital Token Act
    Colorado governor Jared Polis signed the Digital Token Act on March 8, which exempts cryptocurrencies from state securities laws if they’re used for “consumptive purposes” and not investment purposes. (CCN)

Digital Securities

  • ABE Global Wants to Help Small US Companies Go Public
    Digital securities  exchange ABE Global is hoping to support small U.S. companies go public by offering opportunities to list depository receipts on its exchange. This diverges from the traditional digital security offering, as token issuers will conduct initial public offerings on ABE Europe where the token will be listed as equity. Once the tokens are wrapped in depository receipts, they can be traded in other jurisdictions. (Coindesk)
  • Securitize Opens Offices in NYC and London
    Digital securities issuance platform Securitize has expanded operations to include offices in NYC and London, and has expanded their service offerings into Asia. (Crowdfund Insider)

Equity Crowdfunding

  • Senate to Explore JOBS Act 3.0 Update
    The Senate is preparing to explore the JOBS Act 3.0, an update that is designed to jumpstart the IPO market by amending the accredited investor definition and reducing filing and compliance costs. Check out our deep dive on the proposed bill!. (Jobs Act Lawyer)

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