In First, SEC Clears Blockchain Gaming Startup to Sell Ethereum Tokens

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a no-action letter to Pocketful of Quarters (PoQ), a gaming startup looking to issue tokens on the ethereum blockchain. PoQ may legally sell its Quarters tokens to consumers without registering them as securities, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance wrote in its second no-action letter to a company seeking to launch a token sale. (The first was granted in April to TurnKey Jet, a business-travel startup.) Quarters are built according to the ERC-20 standard – the first such token to receive U.S.…

Singapore-Based Blockchain Firm Perlin Acquires Blockchain Startup Dispatch Labs

Singapore-based blockchain company Perlin has acquired blockchain development startup Dispatch Labs, Dispatch Labs CTO Zane Witherspoon told Cointelegraph on July 26. Perlin acquired Dispatch’s talent, provisional and non-provisional United States patents on Dispatch’s blockchain IP, and strategic business partnerships. Former Dispatch CTO Zane Witherspoon will now manage Perlin’s Developer Ecosystem. The company did not disclose the value of the transaction. The acquisition comes in the wake of the news in mid-June that Dispatch incurred considerable losses despite extensive investment and a recovering cryptocurrency market. Although Dispatch Labs received funding from…

Founder of Former ConsenSys-Backed Startup Sues Joseph Lubin for $13M

The founder of ConsenSys-incubated startup Token Foundry, Harrison Hines, is suing Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin for breach of contract. Per court documents filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York County of New York, Hines has filed a lawsuit against Lubin in connection with “breach of contract, conversion, quantum meruit, unjust enrichment, fraud, declaratory judgment and unpaid profits arising from the defendants’ acts in connection with the business known as Token Foundry.” Hines thus intends to collect over $13 million, wherein “the relief sought is monetary damages…

Steve Wozniak Has Joined an Energy-Focused Blockchain Startup in Malta

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined a Malta-based blockchain enterprise targeting more efficient use of energy. Speaking at an event on the island Thursday, Wozniak said he has invested in the EFFORCE project – which enables investors to back energy efficient projects around the world – and become a co-founder. According to the Malta Independent, Wozniak explained that the firm aims to bring money savings on energy, but also help the environment, a factor he said was important to him. Blockchain, he continued, will bring improvements to energy use and reduce consumption…

IDEO’s Blockchain Accelerator Startup Studio Onboards Over 50 Mentors

Over 50 members, including officers from companies such as Ethereum Foundation, Blockchain Capital, and Messari, have joined blockchain accelerator Startup Studio backed by Fidelity. In a blog post published today, July 18, IDEO CoLab Ventures — which stands behind the blockchain accelerator program — revealed that over 20 leading organizations joined Startup Studio, bringing more than 50 mentors to the project for 2019. Announcing the new program members, IDEO wrote:  “last week you met our blockchain Startup Studio’s 20+ partner organizations […], today we’re excited to share the humans behind…

Waves Founder Sells Blockchain Startup to Russian Financial Consultant

A startup founded by the Waves platform team, Vostok, has been sold to one of the project’s earliest investors. According to a report by Gazeta.ru, Waves CEO Alexander Ivanov “sold his stake” in the data management and smart city oriented project to Mark Garber of the financial consultancy GHP Group. The Waves platform has developed blockchain solutions through partnering with some of Russia’s largest private and state-owned enterprises, as well as global firms, for institutional, industrial, and military use. Vostok, in particular, aligned with the Russian state-owned conglomerate Rostec in…

Shell Invests in Blockchain-Based Energy Startup

Shell, the world’s fifth largest oil and gas firm, has invested in a blockchain-based energy startup, Forbes reports on July 10. The European oil and gas giant has invested an undisclosed amount in New York-based LO3, whose Exergy platform tracks energy with blockchain technology. The recent investment in LO3 marks Shell’s fourth public investment in blockchain-related firms, Forbes noted, listing platforms such as Vakt, Komgo, and Applied Blockchain as other portfolio blockchain companies. According to the report, Shell has an option to convert its investment in LO3’s native tokens called…

Bitcoin Startup Brings Lightning Network Payments to Amazon, Whole Foods

United States-based payments startup Fold has made Lightning Network (LN) payments possible at Amazon, Starbucks, Uber and other big name retailers. The news was revealed in an official blog post published on July 10. As previously reported, the Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning Network is a second-layer solution to bitcoin’s scalability limitations, opening payment channels between users that keep the majority of transactions off-chain, turning to the underlying blockchain only to record the net results. In its announcement, Fold reveals that participating selected retailers will settle users’ LN payments — denominated in…

Visa Makes Its Second Investment into a Crypto Startup

Global payment giant Visa has recorded its second investment in a crypto project by leading a $40 million funding round of Anchorage startup, according to a Fortune report on July 10. Visa has reportedly led the round along with major cryptocurrency venture capital (VC) firm Blockchain Capital to support institutional-grade crypto custody service Anchorage, which previously raised $17 million in an investment led by Andreessen Horowitz. In the new round, both the amount of Visa’s contribution and Anchorage’s private valuation were not disclosed, the report notes. Both Visa and Anchorage…

Blockchain Startup Solve.Care Partners with Uber to Transport Patients

Blockchain healthcare startup Solve.Care has partnered with Uber Health to transport patients, Solve.Care announced in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 9. Per the release, Uber Health’s transportation services will be integrated into Solve.Care’s personal healthcare coordination and administration app Care.Wallet. Within the app, patients will reportedly be able to schedule an Uber Health ride, which claims to be compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Furthermore, patients will also be able to pay for the service with their Care.Wallet and share the costs…