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a16z Closes $515M Crypto Fund
July 8th, 2020

a16z Closes $515M Crypto Fund

a16z closes the Crypto Fund II, a $515M fund dedicated to cryptocurrency and blockchain projects, including the next generation of payments, decentralised finance, new monetisation models and decentralised internet.

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BitPay Launches First Mastercard Prepaid Card in the United States
June 30th, 2020

BitPay Launches First Mastercard Prepaid Card in the United States

Mastercard has partnered with BitPay to offer the first prepaid card for the virtual asset community in the United States. The BitPay Card offers a safe, smart and efficient way to convert various virtual assets into fiat currency. The fiat currency is loaded onto the card and can be spent anywhere Mastercard debit is accepted around the world.

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Cartan Connections Issue #6
May 19th, 2020

Cartan Connections Issue #6

Nasdaq, the world’s second-largest stock exchange and capital markets technology company, has partnered with blockchain solutions platform, R3, to build virtual assets marketplaces. In the Cayman Islands, a proposed set of bills was published to form a regulatory framework pertaining to virtual asset service providers in order to promote the development and use of innovative financial services. Meanwhile, Bitwise Asset Management demonstrates empirically how an allocation of Bitcoin to a traditional 60/40 portfolio almost always increases the value of the entire portfolio.

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Cartan Connections Issue #5
April 30th, 2020

Cartan Connections Issue #5

According to Marc Andreessen, what we haven't done and are failing to do now specifically is the widespread inability to build. There are outstanding people everywhere that can build directly, or help other people to build, or teach other people to build, or take care of people who are building. Every step of the way, we should be asking the question: what are you building?

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Introducing Algorand COVID-19 Data
April 8th, 2020

Introducing Algorand COVID-19 Data

In response to COVID-19, the Algorand Foundation created a survey to enable individuals to directly report their real-time COVID-19 status anonymously. In our continuing effort to promote transparency and an open economy, we have built a tool to monitor the COVID-19 account for survey transactions and store all responses in an easily accessible data file.

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Cartan Connections Issue #2
March 10th, 2020

Cartan Connections Issue #2

Is blockchain technology moving to the mainstream? The building blocks continue as the Sverige Riksbank launches an e-krona pilot project while KPMG highlights four critical foundations for continued growth in this ecosystem.

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Cartan Connections Issue #1
February 26th, 2020

Cartan Connections Issue #1

Will 2020 be the year of Central Bank Digital Currencies? As global jurisdictions continue to contemplate the role and future of central bank digital currencies, Australia launches a five-year blockchain roadmap and the Bahamas' modernization initiative continues with the introduction of the "Sand Dollar".

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Algorand Protocol Upgrade
November 21st, 2019

Algorand Protocol Upgrade

Algorand has announced the release of a protocol upgrade that introduces new features such as Algorand Standard Assets, Atomic Transfers, and Algorand Smart Contracts to the Algorand network. These features provide a commercial solution to create and manage fungible tokens as well as present a secure means to perform multi-party transactions between global institutions. We are extremely excited for this protocol upgrade and look forward to introducing its powerful capabilities to the institutional community.

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200M Algo Staking Reward Program
September 11th, 2019

200M Algo Staking Reward Program

Cartan Group is pleased to present our dashboard for the 200 million Algo staking reward program (the “Staking Reward Program”). The dashboard can be found at https://algoprogram.cartan.dev.

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Why the Cayman Islands Needs to Believe in Unicorns
April 8th, 2019

Why the Cayman Islands Needs to Believe in Unicorns

Fintech is widely seen as a disruptive force in the financial services industry. But as billion-dollar companies in the fintech space look to scale and expand their operations to robustly regulated and secure jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands, Brandon Caruana explains why the future looks bright for Cayman as an “Innovation Island” and the evolving role of technology in financial services.

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