Global Demand for Blockchain Engineers Up 517 Percent in a Year, Says Hired

The global demand for blockchain engineers is up by 517 percent year-over-year, according to a report released by recruitment company Hired on Feb. 28. The document also notes that the second-fastest growing software engineering role is security engineer, with 132 percent growth, and third is embedded engineer, up 76 percent. The blockchain engineer role also …

Blockchain Home Equity Loan Platform Raises $65 Million

A blockchain-based home equity loan platform, Figure, has raised $65 million from various major financial and venture capital firms, tech news site TechCrunch reports on Feb. 27. The firm, which was founded by SoFi founder and former CEO Mike Cagney, reportedly raised the funds from such majors as Morgan Creek, DST Global, DCM, Ribbit Capital …

Russian President Putin Orders Government to Adopt Crypto Regulation by July 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued another deadline for the government to adopt regulations for the digital assets industry, according to instructions for the Federal Assembly. The document was published on the official website of the President of Russia, Kremlin.ru, on Feb. 27. According to the document, Pres. Putin has ordered the government to enforce crypto-related …

London Stock Exchange Leads $20 Million Investment in Finance Tokenization Startup

The London Stock Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has led a $20 million investment round in fintech startup Nivaura, Reuters reported on Feb. 27. The British blockchain startup is the developer of the world’s reportedly first crypto-denominated, blockchain-settled bond. According to Reuters, LSEG paid an undisclosed amount for a minority equity stake in Nivaura.  The startup …

Sony and Fujitsu Develop Blockchain Platform to Fight Fake Educational Qualifications

Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony and IT equipment services firm Fujitsu have created an encrypted database for educational proficiency documents, The Asahi Shimbun reports on Feb. 26. The database, which reportedly employs blockchain technology, is used to prevent forgeries of language proficiency documents, which some foreigners purportedly use to receive resident status to study in Japan. …

Blockchain Post-Trade Platform Vakt Partners With Majority of North Sea Oil Market

Vakt, a blockchain-based post-trade platform for oil, has signed up four new clients, according to a statement published on the platform’s website on Feb. 25. As per Etienne Amic, Vakt’s recently appointed CEO, the company has partnered with four new clients prior to its official launch at International Petroleum Week, which starts in London today, …

Japanese Multinational Holding SoftBank Announces Blockchain ID Working Group

Japanese multinational holding conglomerate SoftBank Corp. and American telecoms-focused blockchain firm TBCASoft are to lead a new blockchain-based digital identification study group under the canopy of the Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG). The development was announced in a SoftBank press release on Feb. 26. As previously reported, CBSG — a global blockchain consortium of telecom …

Former Goldman Sachs Exec Joins Blockchain-Focused Hedge Fund

Former Goldman Sachs executive Marco Lim has reportedly been appointed as a managing partner at Hong Kong-based blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund MaiCapital, Finance Magnates reported on Feb. 25. Prior to joining MaiCapital, Lim also served at Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, and Forex Capital Markets, specializing in foreign exchange sales, according to Lim’s LinkedIn profile. …

Accenture Works With Mastercard, Amazon to Boost Circular Supply Chain Using DLT

Global professional services firm Accenture is working with major global firms including Mastercard to introduce a blockchain-based circular supply chain, according to a press release published on Feb. 25. An active user of blockchain and digital ledger technology, Accenture now intends to employ the tech as a key component to boost the circular supply chain. …

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