Cryptocurrency exchange Bakkt which is also a liquidity provider formed by the New York Stock Exchange’s company ICE has raised approximately $182 million from a investors and multiple venture capital firms, according to the latest bitcoin news.
Kelly Loeffler , Bakkt’s CEO announced the companies who invested in the company which are Eagle Seven, Galaxy Digital, Boston Consulting Group, Intercontinental Exchange, M12, Pantera Capital, PayU and others, share the vision for institutional access for digital assets and to provide support for merchants.
‘’Our work today is centered on driving institutional access for digital assets, along with merchant and consumer uses, and we’re already expanding on this vision, collaborating with great companies like Starbucks in these efforts.’’
As for the Bitcoin price, it remains down by 80 percent from its all time-high and it’s on its way to end the year in the middle of harsh sell-off and the deep bear market.
According to Bakkt CEO, this year has been the best and most active year for the entire cryptocurrency industry. The entire market is on its way to strengthen the infrastructure and to support all of the digital assets.
Despite the value of crypto assets declining substantially, Loeffler pointed out that the price still does not reflect how the companies did with their accomplishments within the crypto ecosystem by saying:
‘’Notably, 2018 was the most active year for crypto in its brief ten-year history. This was evidenced by rising investment in distributed ledger technology and digital assets, as well as by blockchain network metrics such as daily bitcoin transaction value and active addresses. Yet, these milestones tend to be overshadowed by the more narrow focus on bitcoin’s price, which has been seen by some, as a proxy for the potential of the technology.’’
Deloitte Features Blockchain In Its Annual Tech Trends Report
“Today, blockchain is to trust what the web was to communication: a profoundly disruptive technology that transforms not only business but the way humans transact and engage," the report notes.Deloitte also agrees that blockchain is viral, saying that the technology is “capturing both mindshare and investment is remarkable considering that a few years ago the word blockchain was known only through its relationship to cryptocurrencies. One of the areas where blockchain is likely to develop in the coming year, according to Deloitte, is the technology that includes "gateways, integration layers and common standards." However, Deloitte also shared the obstacles of implementing the technology, mainly related to the time-consuming operations, lack of standardization, high costs and complex applications.
Stellar’s XLM Token Added To Greyscale’s Crypto Investment Trust Fund
“I think the theory is a sound one,” he said about Stellar’s business proposition for bridging crypto to fiat currency conversions. An American bank may be keeping large amounts of currencies in foreign banks, and to be able to bring those balances of foreign currencies onto a balance sheet as working capital is valuable. Financial institutions won’t be required to hold balances all over the place. This will improve efficiency and shore up balance sheets for other uses.”Stellar had amazing performance especially in Q4 after striking a deal with crypto wallet provider Blockchain.com in order to start distributing XLM that is worth $125 million in an airdrop, hoping to increase bigger awareness and adoption. In the meantime, Greyscale had a mixed year in 2018 after bitcoin dropped to its 15-month low at $3,130. The company’s Bitcoin Trust was worth less than $1 billion for the first time in 2018. According to the crypto industry newsletter Diar’s research, Greyscale in the same apparently had holdings just over one percent of the total BTC in circulation. After the announcement, Stellar increased up by 1.22 percent.
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Bitcoin ATM Operator Coinme To Start Selling BTC At Coinstar Counting Machines
“Bitcoin is now accessible at your local grocery store via Coinstar kiosks, and this offering will make it even easier for consumers to participate in this dynamic new economy.”Coinstar, on the other hand, offers coin-to-cash conversion in their kiosks in multiple countries around the world but it still remains unknown whether the Bitcoin feature will expand just as quickly as it did in the US. Coinstar’s CEO Jim Gaherty noted: Coinstar offers coin-to-cash conversion kiosks in various countries throughout the world. It remains unknown whether the Bitcoin feature will expand beyond the U.S., while the company did not provide figures on how many machines will offer it.
“Coinstar is always looking for new ways to offer value to our consumers when they visit our kiosks.’’According to CoinATMRadar industry monitoring resource, there are more than 4187 Bitcoin ATMs worldwide and more than 60 percent or 2516 are in the United States. The market has grown plenty over the years and many operators are trying to get control of what they think to become a fairly popular trend for crypto usage.
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