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New crypto options and futures exchange Thalex closes Series A funding round



Thalex, a trading platform offering stablecoin-settled crypto options and futures, announced it had closed its Series A funding round of 7.5 million euros ($7.64 million). Among the participants are Bitfinex, Bitstamp, Flow Traders, i Money Crypto, QCP Capital and Wintermute. These strategic investors will support the company’s ambition to enable the on-exchange trading of crypto derivatives at scale by removing friction, ensuring platform reliability and partnering with liquidity providers and major exchanges.

Key features of the Thalex trading platform include:

  • Linear Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) contracts with multi-collateral support for BTC, ETH, Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC)
  • Trading fees are anchored on one-basis-point maker-and-taker fees and fee advantages for multi-leg options and futures strategies with requests for quotes (RFQs).
  • Future rolls with dedicated order books
  • RFQs for multi-leg options and futures strategies, in any size
  • A market-maker scheme with competitive fee levels, market-maker protection and excellent connectivity to foster healthy competition among liquidity providers on a level playing field
  • Portfolio-based margins offering capital efficiency for delta and vega offsetting positions and adequate requirements for wing risks.
  • An efficient liquidation process involving automated delta-hedging to limit the market impact and liquidation auctions to enable an orderly reduction of complex risks

Thalex is partnering with Bitfinex and Bitstamp to enable their customers to access the full suite of Thalex derivatives from their own user interface. Positions on Thalex can be opened with collateral held with the partner exchange after an instant and free transfer to a dedicated Thalex margin account. The Bitfinex partnership is expected to be operational later this year.

Paolo Ardoino, chief technology officer of Bitfinex, said, “We are delighted to participate in this funding round with Thalex and see huge potential for the stablecoin-settled futures and options market.”

Jean-Baptiste Graftieaux, CEO of Bitstamp, said, “Thalex’s unique value proposition will enable Bitstamp to streamline our go-to market for derivatives and participate in the fast-growing crypto derivatives market. This investment marks the beginning of a close strategic partnership and plays an important role in Bitstamp’s corporate strategy.”

Michael Lie, head of digital assets trading for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Flow Traders, said, “Flow Traders is excited to support Thalex via our dedicated corporate venture capital unit, Flow Traders Capital. Thalex’s ambition of creating a scalable infrastructure that enables on-exchange trading in crypto derivatives is another step forward in making trading digital assets more accessible and efficient. We are looking forward to working with Thalex and building a long-term strategic partnership.”

Darius Sit, founder of QCP Capital, said, “Crypto options are one of the fastest-growing segments of the space and have proven to be robust through multiple market cycles. We believe the next phase of growth will be exponential. The Thalex team has built a platform combining the best practices from both crypto and traditional finance. We look forward to supporting Thalex in its efforts to expand the fast-growing crypto-options ecosystem.”

About Thalex

Thalex is a crypto-native derivatives exchange founded by a multi-faceted team of experts in traditional brokerage, crypto and market-making. The trading platform is now available for public testing at and will go live soon. Thalex is in the process of being authorized as a regulated distributed ledger technology provider by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.

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CloudWalk is thrilled to announce a new market positioning for InfinitePay. With InfiniteBank, the company will now offer a full range of banking and payment solutions to more than 300,000 small medium size businesses in Brazil.

SMBs will now have access to InfiniteCard – cards on demand that enable financial automation according to the needs of each business. Furthermore, the card has a 1.5% cashback on every purchase – the best in Brazil, without restrictions or rules. InfiniteCard can also be connected to Google Pay and Apple Pay.

Another new product, InfiniteTap, powered by Tap to Phone technology, turns Android NFC enabled smartphones into POS machines, allowing businesses to accept payments from any contactless card or mobile wallet right from their device.

Presenting solutions that allow decentralized access to banking services through its own blockchain, such as a stablecoin, BRLC (Brazilian Digital Real), InfinitePay has also introduced InfiniteCash, which enables quick loans via smart contracts over the Defi protocol. Loans are calculated and collected based on the receivables of the customer. With this feature, Brazilian entrepreneurs can now access an automated platform, without financial intermediaries.

So, to establish the evolution of the company, it was necessary for the InfinitePay brand to undergo a redesign in order to reflect its new positioning in the market.


With InfinitePay’s new solutions and deep understanding of businesses, sellers are better able to manage sales. Moreover, the money from sales will be deposited directly into customers’ free accounts.

As a main partner for small and medium-sized businesses, InfinitePay offers clients full control over their business, via an app, or a web dashboard.

With the best rate options in the Brazilian market and innovative solutions at the lowest cost, InfinitePay also offers POS machines InfiniteSmart, InfiniteTap, InfiniteLink, free Pix transfers, and e-commerce plugins for some of the best platforms. On every option, the sellers will receive payments for sales within one business day.

The company, which is now the fastest in terms of processing time, has become a complete, competitive financial solution compared to traditional banks, offering customers better security and encrypted transactions.

With its new positioning, CloudWalk targets entrepreneurs with an average ticket of between R$ 8,000 and R$ 50,000.

“In addition to the best rates on the market, we are now able to offer our customers a full range of services. We know the potential of small and medium entrepreneurs and, therefore, we want to make the financial sector more agile and efficient, expanding the market for new users,” explains Luis Silva, Founder & CEO.

“We will continue to innovate in order to further benefit our customers through the use of technology,” he adds.

Headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, CloudWalk is a blockchain-based company focused on democratizing the financial ecosystem through the most innovative technologies for SMBs.

As a Unicorn, and with investors such as Valor Capital Group, HIVE Ventures, and Coatue, it has already raised $356.5 million. In addition, CloudWalk has saved its customers more than BRL 2 billion in fees and is present in more than 300,000 customers, located in more than 5,100 cities and towns across Brazil.

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Phoenix Technology Signs New Distributor Agreement with MicroBT, Selling Their WhatsMiner Brand



Phoenix Technology, one of the leading cryptocurrency mining hardware retailers in the region and part of the wider Phoenix Group of companies, announced today that it has entered a strategic, exclusive, regional partnership agreement with MicroBT, a technology company based on blockchain – to sell their WhatsMiner brand in the GCC countries (UAE, Bahrain, KSA, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait), Egypt and Turkey market.

The new distributor agreement is a win-win scenario for both companies, as the products will be exclusively distributed across the world, online and physical, through the Phoenix Store located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE.

Carl Agren, CEO of Phoenix Technology, commented, “I’m very excited about this strategic partnership. WhatsMiner by MicroBT is one of the leading brands for manufacturing mining equipment. They are already very successful in the rest of the world and would like to strengthen their presence in the MENA market with the support of Phoenix Technology.”

Adhering to the business philosophy of “perfection, win-win, integrity”, MicroBT, which was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Shenzhen with R&D centers in Beijing and Shanghai, provides customers with high-quality products and services, and has become an industry leader in the field of blockchain servers.

In 2020, MicroBT became one of the top 100 taxpayers in Nanshan District, Shenzhen. In 2021, it further initiated global development and set up an overseas operation platform.

Dr. Yang, Founder of MicroBT, said, “With our technical background, we noticed that blockchain technology is truly the key to a decentralized and advanced world. As the technology grows by the day, we are happy to partner with Phoenix Technology to spread these solutions worldwide, especially in the MENA region.” He added, “This partnership will take both companies to new heights, and I am looking forward to working closely with both teams.”

According to the latest market forecast report by Technavio, the Cryptocurrency Mining Hardware Market share is set to increase by $12 billion from 2022 to 2027. The momentum of growth in the market is going to accelerate at a CAGR of 11.35%. The market will also experience a 10.71% Y-O-Y growth rate during this period.

In addition, given that the UAE is a crypto-friendly country, it is important to note that the mining business has dramatically grown in the territory. In fact, although Bitcoin mining started with solo miners quietly building up currency reserves on their home computers, those days are long gone.

UAE-based Phoenix Technology has embarked on establishing a $2 billion crypto-mining farm in the UAE, which will be the biggest mining site in the area. The project will be finalized within six months, giving the region a taste of technological advancement and development.


Established in 2015, Phoenix Technology (part of the wider collective of companies, the ‘Phoenix Group’), is recognized as one of the leaders in the blockchain and cryptocurrency arena with global operations of more than 700MW across the USA, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.

Phoenix Technology is currently also developing one of the largest mining facilities in the Middle East and carries exclusive distribution rights for numerous technology hardware manufacturers across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

Phoenix Technology, along with its subsidiaries (Phoenix Store, Phoenix Technology Consultants, Phoenix Data Center, Phoenix Science & Technology, Phoenix Trading, PTC Cloud Mining, Block One Technology, Block Zero Technology, and Absolute Power Solutions), equips its clients with the latest, state-of-the-art mining hardware, customized mining equipment, and hosting solutions for all mined assets.

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About MicroBT

Founded in 2016, MicroBT ( is a technology company based on blockchain, focusing on the R&D, production and sales of integrated circuit chips and products, and provides high performance computing system solutions and technical service.

About WhatsMiner

WhatsMiner ( is a leading brand of mining hardware and chip design developed by MicroBT. As one of the most efficient and cost-effective mining brands on the market, WhatsMiner is widely used in retail and institutional mining by customers around the world.

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Republic and Re7 Capital Announce Strategic Joint Venture To Collaborate on Crypto Asset Management Initiatives



Republic through its UK affiliate, and DeFi fund manager Re7 Capital announced a strategic joint venture to collaborate on asset management initiatives focused on liquid crypto tokens. This partnership lays the groundwork for further joint initiatives between the two firms.

Venture capital fundraising for crypto and blockchain is on pace for a record year in 2022, indicating that many institutional investors see long-term value in the crypto sector. Venture capital has historically been the primary avenue through which institutional investors have been able to access the crypto sector at scale. However, the sector has matured in recent years, and there are more liquid opportunities to participate in the market today, ranging from liquid tokens, to staking and yield opportunities.

“Despite the crypto market sell-off this year, crypto adoption has continued to deepen,” said Jon Knipper, Senior Director, Crypto Treasury at Republic Crypto. “We are excited to partner with Re7 Capital to explore opportunities in the liquid segment of the crypto market; in addition to their deep engagement with decentralized finance protocols, Re7’s experience managing a successful crypto hedge fund makes them an excellent partner for us.”

“Republic Crypto shares Re7’s vision of building the financial paradigm of the future–one that is more transparent, inclusive and efficient,” said Evgeny Gokhberg, Managing Partner at Re7 Capital. “Few companies working in web3 have helped launch as many projects as Republic Crypto, and fewer still have as much deep-rooted industry expertise advising projects in this space. We look forward to working closely together on a range of initiatives.”

By combining veterans from blue-chip institutions like Goldman Sachs, UBS, and Bank of America, with crypto-native analysts and technologists, this new strategic joint venture aims to help empower professional investors to participate in web3. In the midst of an economic transformation underpinned by blockchain technology, this partnership represents an exciting opportunity for innovation within digital asset management.

About Republic

Republic is a global financial technology firm at the frontier of democratizing access to the private markets. Republic operates several distinct business lines including a retail investment platform, a private capital division, and a blockchain advisory practice. “Republic” refers to a family of legal entities owned by OpenDeal Inc., a Delaware corporation, sharing the “Republic” brand and certain shareholders, resources, personnel and values. “Republic Crypto” often refers to Republic’s Crypto advisory arm Republic Crypto LLC d/b/a Republic Advisory Services. In other contexts, Republic Crypto might refer to a crypto investment fund managed by Republic Capital Adviser LLC entities. Other times, “Republic Crypto” might be used in the context of digital asset offering hosted by a “Republic Retail” Republic regulatory licensed entity, such as OpenDeal Broker LLC or OpenDeal Portal LLC (not Republic Crypto LLC). Neither Republic Capital Adviser LLC, OpenDeal Broker LLC, or OpenDeal Portal LLC are involved in the strategic joint venture. Republic Crypto LLC is a web3 strategic and technology advisory firm accelerating the growth of the industry’s most ambitious builders and investors. For more information, please visit

About Re7 Capital

Re7 Capital (“Re7”) is a team of London-based investment professionals specialising in liquid blockchain strategies. Re7 is a DeFi power user, allowing it to be recognised as a liquidity provider across stablecoins and ETH.

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Beosin, a leading blockchain security firm, announces $20M Series A strategic financing



Beosin, a leading blockchain security service provider, has recently closed a $20-million strategic financing round participated by prominent industry investors and existing shareholders.

Beosin is a global leader in blockchain security, offering smart contract security audits, blockchain project risk monitoring, alerting, blocking, stolen digital assets recovery, Know Your Transaction (KYT)/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and other one-stop security solutions, products and services. Beosin has helped over 2,000 blockchain firms globally and safeguarded over $500 billion in assets. The proceeds will be used for blockchain security-related research and development, ecosystem expansion and global business growth.

As a leading blockchain security company, it’s our responsibility to make contributions and develop the industry healthily. In the future, Beosin will continue to focus on the blockchain security ecology and deliver an expanded range of blockchain technology solutions and blockchain security technology for global users at scale.

Beosin VaaS

The Smart Contract Formal Verification Platform provides static scanning, fuzzy testing and formal verification capabilities for smart contract codes. The platform supports 100+ testing items, including traditional vulnerabilities and business logic correctness on multiple public blockchains with an accuracy rate of above 97%. It can precisely locate risky code while giving recommendations to help developers improve the security of smart contracts.

Beosin EagleEye

An integrated monitoring platform designed for blockchain project owners. By automatically assessing the security situation of contracts and monitoring on-chain operations in real-time, it can identify suspicious transactions, comprehensively assess the operation status, help users find risks and get feasible suggestions, and finally set up a security shield for project operation and protect the asset.

Beosin Trace

Beosin Trace is a visualization product that focuses on the security of users’ wallet transactions, helping users visualize and trace the flow of funds, monitor suspicious addresses and assist in recovering on-chain assets. Trace is applicable to various scenarios, such as blockchain regulation, abnormal transaction warning, transaction follow-up and source-tracing, mixer tracing and case investigation.

Beosin KYT

For AML compliance, transaction risk monitoring and continuous risk assessment, Beosin’s KYT virtual asset AML and investigation compliance system relies on more than 1 billion address labels and a black address database for blockchain big data analysis technology and advanced AI technology to create a blockchain asset tracking and AML system that can help virtual asset service providers to build KYT and continuous risk assessment capabilities.

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MasterBlox and Chainlink Labs Establish Channel Partnership to Accelerate Growth of Web3



MasterBlox foundation and Chainlink Labs are partnering up to support the next generation of Web3 projects. This new partnership aims to connect their projects with time-tested Chainlink oracle services and the vast Chainlink ecosystem.

What Is MasterBlox?

MasterBlox is a Lisbon-based Web3 accelerator program that has provided comprehensive marketing services to Web3 startups since 2017. We recently split MasterBlox’s activity between two entities with different focuses: the Labs and the Foundation. The Labs develops growth hacking and decentralized marketing activities, while the Foundation accelerates relationships between Masterblox clients to find the perfect match.

The new company motto is “Engaged-Connected-Enhanced.” After announcing their first partnership in this new dual system with BNB CHAIN last month, MasterBlox has expanded its brand and network effect by continuously adding leading players from Web3 to its list of partners. The ultimate goal of this recent channel partnership with Chainlink Labs is to foster the global adoption of Web3 technologies by helping support teams building the next generation of decentralized applications with proven technology solutions and strategic ecosystem partners.

What Is Chainlink?

Chainlink is the industry-standard Web3 services platform that has enabled trillions of dollars in transaction volume across DeFi, insurance, gaming, NFTs, and other major industries. As the leading decentralized oracle network, Chainlink enables developers to build feature-rich Web3 applications with seamless access to real-world data and off-chain computation across any blockchain and provides global enterprises with a universal gateway to all blockchains.

The Chainlink ecosystem features over 1,500 Web3 projects that use decentralized oracle networks to seamlessly access services such as decentralized data feeds, a verifiably random number generator, a proven smart contract automation solution, and reliable asset reserve verification.

Partnership Details

The goal of this channel partnership between MasterBlox and Chainlink Labs is to empower masterblox clients with the resources, services, and partners they need to grow and scale effectively. Masterblox’s cutting-edge marketing and growth hacking techniques will help foster accelerated growth on the demand side of their businesses, while Chainlink’s large ecosystem and proven technology services help Web3 projects in the MasterBlox ecosystem to use industry-leading infrastructure services and make long-term ecosystem partners.

Intended to be an organic collaboration of skills, networking, and marketing techniques with the goal of improving Web3 technologies, benefits, and adoption rate, MasterBlox will not only introduce new projects from its accelerator into the Chainlink ecosystem but will also help channel funding to standout projects through the Foundation’s extended network of VC firms.

About Chainlink

Chainlink is the industry-standard Web3 services platform that has enabled trillions of dollars in transaction volume across DeFi, insurance, gaming, NFTs, and other major industries. As the leading decentralized oracle network, Chainlink enables developers to build feature-rich Web3 applications with seamless access to real-world data and off-chain computation across any blockchain and provides global enterprises with a universal gateway to all blockchains.

Learn more about Chainlink by visiting or reading the developer documentation at

About MasterBlox

Masterblox is a Lisbon-based web 3.0 accelerator that has been providing full-stack marketing services to crypto companies since 2017.

Its work as an accelerator is splintered between the foundation, which handles all the connections between the partners and the projects, and the labs, where its growth hacking methods and support services are provided to the projects within the acceleration program.

MasterBlox’s labs are responsible for assisting countless DeFi and blockchain projects with marketing, market making, copywriting, social media management, and much more.

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Privacy-Preserving Computation Network ARPA Announces Rebrand, Seeks to Enable More Blockchain Use Cases for Mass Adoption



ARPA, a pioneer in multi-party computation (MPC), has announced its transition to Threshold BLS Signature (TSS-BLS), a subfield of MPC cryptography. This transformation also ushers in the protocol’s rebrand to ARPA Network as it aims to improve the fairness, security, and privacy of blockchains. ARPA will serve as the infrastructure for applications such as verifiable Random Number Generator (RNG), secure wallet, cross-chain bridge, and decentralized custody. Additional details on the company’s transition were discussed in its recently released whitepaper.

ARPA is a secure computation network that can generate on-chain BLS signatures among a group of decentralized nodes. Developers can leverage the network and build various blockchain use cases, while node operators can join the network in a permissionless environment. ARPA has the following traits made possible by innovative protocol design: decentralized, flexible, efficient and blockchain agnostic.

  • Decentralized – Anyone can run a node for ARPA. By enabling a decentralized network through prudent technical and token economics design, our threshold signature service doesn’t rely on a single point of trust.
  • Flexible – ARPA supports various applications utilizing the threshold signature schemes due to its flexible network topology. You can easily customize the signature policy when implementing the ARPA Network and choose security levels catering to different use cases.
  • Efficient – Designed with a unique grouping mechanism that allows multiple groups of nodes to perform BLS computation tasks in parallel, thereby increasing the network’s throughput. 
  • Blockchain Agnostic – We believe in a multi-chain future. ARPA Network is designed to adapt to multiple blockchains, catering to developers’ needs in the multiverses.

Utilities of ARPA token include computation task rewards, service fees, security deposits for computation nodes, and much more. To bootstrap and maintain the overall system’s health, APRA rewards its computation nodes with ARPA tokens for honestly completing each task and penalizes corrupted or failed nodes.

“Blockchain technology will inevitably become a part of our everyday lives as the adoption and use cases for digital assets increase,” said Felix Xu, Co-founder of ARPA. “ARPA threshold BLS signature network can enable unique applications with better security at low cost.”

“For example, our team is building out Randcast, a verifiable RNG as the first application on top of ARPA,” continued Xu. “Randcast can improve the transparency of random seeds, and create value for metaverse gaming, lottery, NFT minting and whitelisting, key generation, and blockchain validator task distribution across multiple blockchains.”

Regarding what’s ahead for ARPA in the near future, the core team is working towards the ARPA Devnet launch in Q4 2022 and the Mainnet launch in Q2 2023. The team also plans incentive programs for computation nodes and grants for community developers.

For developers interested in building on ARPA, please sign up for updates. To learn more about ARPA, and download its new whitepaper, please visit:

About ARPA

ARPA Network, previously known as ARPA Chain, is a decentralized secure computation network founded in 2018 to improve the fairness, security, and privacy of blockchains. ARPA threshold BLS network serves as the infrastructure of verifiable Random Number Generator (RNG), secure wallet, cross-chain bridge, and decentralized custody and will support multiple blockchains.

The ARPA team is also building Randcast, a verifiable, secure, and low-cost random number generator (RNG) as the first application and showcase of ARPA. Randcast offers a cryptographically generated random source with superior security and low cost compared to other solutions. Metaverse, game, lottery, NFT minting, and whitelisting, key generation, and blockchain validator task distribution can benefit from Randcast’s tamper-proof randomness. To learn more about Randcast, and ARPA Network, visit

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Autonomous services to power next-gen apps for crypto users and DAOs: Valory’s traction boosted by $4 million seed fundraise led by True Ventures



Today, ‘autonomy’ is often a sales buzzword, used to sell things like self-driving cars and image-generating AIs to users in exchange for their private data.

In essence, humans give up their autonomy to enable software and machines.

Valory wants to reverse this. They believe that collective control of AI should be in the hands of individuals, not billionaires and mega-corporations.

Valory believes the best way to achieve this future is through autonomous services. This is a new type of software that runs continuously, with little input required from humans.

Fueled by a $4 million seed round led by True Ventures, with participation from Signature Ventures, Semantic Ventures and other well-regarded and strategically valuable funds and angels, Valory AG is already well on the way to achieving this vision.

Valory fills a gap in the crypto infrastructure stack between decentralized blockchains and centrally operated off-chain bots and services.

Through its open source software stack and the Autonolas DAO and protocol, Valory enables crypto apps and DAOs to make themselves compliant, competitive and in control of their off-chain infrastructure.

Valory runs educational academies with community developers. Developers in the program learn and co-build new autonomous services.

This program has already led to the launch of an autonomous service. In collaboration with Valory, Academy participants built an autonomous NFT collector DAO. The service enables users to get broad exposure to top-tier generative art, with minimal input in comparison to a manual approach.

Valory recently received a sizable grant from Balancer, a top decentralized exchange. Valory will build an MVP of a novel asset management primitive. Another notable collaboration is with Brahma, a sophisticated yield protocol. Brahma is using Valory’s tools to improve their off-chain infrastructure.

To show the power and flexibility of the stack, Valory has built several of its own applications. These include novel ML-powered oracles and keeper systems.

Independent developers looking to elevate their Python skills can join Valory’s next academy, or use the documentation and frameworks to start building right away.

Valory’s autonomous services stack is relevant for teams looking to:

  • Escape the crowded crypto marketplace for protocols and chains with powerful features for your devs and users
  • Speed up decision-making and avoid increase regulatory compliance in your DAO
  • Take ownership of your off-chain infrastructure
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ARK Invest And Eaglebrook Advisors Announce Their Collaboration to Make ARK’s Actively Managed Crypto Strategies Available to Advisors



ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK” or “ARK Invest”), an investment adviser focused solely on investing in disruptive innovation, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Eaglebrook Advisors (“Eaglebrook”), the leading digital asset SMA platform operated by a SEC-registered adviser. Together, ARK and Eaglebrook are making the ARK Cryptocurrency Strategy and the ARK Cryptoasset Strategy, two actively managed crypto strategies, available as separately managed accounts for the clients of registered investment advisors.

“Since our founding in 2014, ARK has researched the crypto space and has been actively engaged in crypto related equity and security investments since 2015,” stated Cathie Wood, ARK’s Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer. “Through our partnership with Eaglebrook, we now can offer actively managed crypto strategies to the wealth management industry. The strategies will be separately managed accounts (SMAs) designed to meet the needs of financial advisors, wealth managers, and their clients by offering direct ownership, low minimums, and portfolio reporting integration amongst other benefits. Advisors can differentiate themselves and add to a client’s diversification by adding this new asset class to their portfolios. Our partnership combines Eaglebrook’s best in-class technology driven investment platform with ARK’s established digital asset experience to deliver a differentiated, turnkey investment solution.”

“Our mission at Eaglebrook is to provide advisors with the technology platform to confidently invest in digital assets,” stated Christopher King, Founder & CEO of Eaglebrook Advisors. “Our partnership with ARK will drive this industry forward and deliver institutional access to actively managed crypto strategies to the wealth management market.”

ARK’s Crypto Strategies seek to capitalize on three primary revolutions by investing in tokens issued on public blockchains. According to ARK’s research, public blockchains are powering revolutions across money, finance, and the internet.

The ARK Cryptocurrency Strategy seeks to capitalize on the monetary revolution. Untethered from traditional systems and, generally uncorrelated to the behavior of other asset classes over longer time horizons, this cryptocurrency strategy could serve as a strategic allocation in well-diversified portfolios. ARK’s Cryptocurrency Strategy is an actively managed, high conviction portfolio invested primarily in bitcoin and ether, the largest cryptocurrencies by network value.

ARK’s Cryptoasset Strategy seeks to capitalize on the financial and internet revolutions by actively managing what we believe are the top 10-20 coins that represent opportunities relevant to major themes identified by ARK, including Smart Contract Networks, Decentralized Finance, Web3, and Infrastructure & Scaling. Just as the internet turned information into packets online, ARK believes public blockchains are likely to turn all assets into transactions on-chain.

“Crypto’s price action in the last year suggests that the ecosystem is fundamentally stronger than investors in traditional asset management are willing to acknowledge,” stated Yassine Elmandjra, ARK’s Cryptoasset Analyst. “We’re thrilled to be offering actively managed crypto strategies to advisors during a time when, we believe, much of the speculative behavior has died down. We believe this presents an attractive entry point for investors.”

“We are thrilled to deliver Cathie and the ARK team’s digital asset portfolios in an efficient manner [SMAs] to everyday investors through our platform which is designed specifically for the wealth management channel,” stated Roddy Chisholm, Chief Operating Officer of Eaglebrook Advisors. “This is a game changer for the industry and yet another sign of mainstream adoption.”

About ARK Investment Management LLC

ARK Investment Management LLC is a federally registered investment adviser and privately held investment firm. Specializing in thematic investing in disruptive innovation, the firm is rooted in over 40 years of experience in identifying and investing in innovations that should change the way the world works. Through its open research process, ARK identifies companies that it believes are leading and benefiting from cross-sector innovations such as robotics, energy storage, genomic sequencing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology. ARK’s investment strategies include Autonomous Technology and Robotics, Next Generation Internet, Genomic Revolution, Fintech Innovation, Space Exploration & Innovation, 3D Printing, Israel Innovative Technology, Venture Capital, and the overall ARK Disruptive Innovation Strategy. For more information about ARK, its offerings, and original research, please visit

About Eaglebrook

Founded in 2019, Eaglebrook Advisors is a technology-centric digital asset investment platform that offers Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) to wealth management firms and financial advisors. Eaglebrook’s digital asset SMA platform allows advisors to securely access direct digital asset investments for their clients and is integrated with the advisors’ existing portfolio management system and workflow. This solution allows for seamless client onboarding, investment, reporting, and holistic portfolio management of a client’s digital asset investments within a compliant and unified ecosystem. Eaglebrook’s investment platform offers its own advisor-driven custom digital asset SMAs, access to third-party investment manager digital asset model portfolios, and educational resources for advisors and clients. The company is backed by leading wealth management executives and financial institutions including Castle Island Ventures, Brewer Lane Ventures, and Franklin Templeton.

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Circle Brings Crypto Literacy Curriculum to HBCUs with Circle U



Today, at Converge22, Circle Internet Financial, LLC, launched a pilot initiative for Circle U, a free crypto literacy program helping to promote digital financial literacy and financial well-being. The program is a component of Circle Impact’s digital financial literacy pillar aimed at promoting digital and financial literacy for traditionally underserved populations in an effort to make education around and access to the digital financial revolution more universally accessible. The pilot program rolling out in October 2022 includes students enrolled at several U.S. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Circle U is a repository of knowledge that provides a comprehensive overview of blockchain-based financial services, and subsequent e-learnings and micro-learnings that tackle timely topics. Featuring seven modules and assessments, the curriculum tackles fundamental concepts including the evolution of money, Bitcoin and blockchain technology, Ethereum and tokenization, layers and interoperability, Web3 and applications, policy and regulation, and a Web3 tutorial. Students who complete the Circle U curriculum and achieve a high benchmark will have access to early opportunities to apply for Circle internships and employment.

“Expanding access to digital financial literacy is a key element of our mission to realize a financial future that is more inclusive than the past,” said Mercina Tillemann Perez, VP of Circle Impact at Circle. “Launching Circle U in partnership with these esteemed academic institutions is a step toward helping to provide equitable access to education that can equip students with the necessary knowledge to become sophisticated actors and builders in this industry.”

Partnering HBCUs are electing to roll out Circle U as either a mandated or extracurricular part of their Fall 2022 curriculum depending on their existing programming. A wider rollout to more academic institutions and partner organizations is slated for Spring 2023.

About Circle

Circle is a global financial technology firm that enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of digital currencies and public blockchains for payments, commerce and financial applications worldwide. Circle is powering always-on internet-native commerce and payments and is the issuer of USD Coin (USDC) and Euro Coin (EUROC). Today, Circle’s transactional services, business accounts, and platform APIs are giving rise to a new generation of financial services and commerce applications that hold the promise of raising global economic prosperity for all through the frictionless exchange of value. Learn more at

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‘WADE F&F’ price shoots up 150-fold, demonstrating power of CRIPCO’s next set of NFTs through strategic partnerships



Global blockchain NFT company CRIPCO has successfully minted its first NFT project ‘WADE Friends & Family’ (WADE F&F), which has generated a tremendous response from the global NFT community. The company’s second project with IPX and upcoming partnership with global fashion labels are now raising expectations for CRIPCO’s next IP 3.0 business.

CRIPCO’s ‘WADE F&F’ NFT sold all of the minted 2,100 NFTs on the day of launch through Magic Eden’s Launchpad on Sep. 15. A social media shoutout by SOLANA’s co-founders and the announcement of the WADE X PEACEMINUSONE partnership increased the project’s popularity ahead of minting; a whitelist competition on the Discord community recorded a whopping 280:1 ratio, and the provision of whitelist spots for IP3 token holders listed on FTX also received enthusiastic responses from users.

Due to competitive minting, the project sold out almost instantly and ranked first in 24-hour trading volume on OpenSea(Solana NFT) and first on Magic Eden marketplace. In particular, the secondary market floor price reached over 75 SOL, a 150-fold increase over the minting price of 0.5 SOL, demonstrating a potential for growth as a blue chip NFT. The membership NFT uses the virtual artist WADE’s IP created by IPX (formerly LINE FRIENDS) and KB LEE, and offers not only the charm of IP, but also competitiveness and a range of exclusive holder benefits, including fashion brand raffles in collaboration with CRIPCO DAO members.

‘WADE F&F’ holders, who have become friends and family of the virtual IP WADE, will own Web3 membership passes, and will benefit from CRIPCO’s diverse portfolio of IP assets and partnerships with its DAO members made up of global brands and creators. WADE PFP, which is scheduled to release later this year, will provide a 1:1 airdrop, a whitelist of upcoming projects, and guaranteed raffle tickets to extremely rare and limited fashion collaboration NFT projects.

CRIPCO set the minting price of ‘WADE F&F’ at 0.5 SOL (USD 17) or 21 IP3 (USD 11), a reasonable price considered by the community. Furthermore, creator royalty is set at 0%, providing a user-friendly environment, reducing secondary sales cost. With its close network with various IP business partners, CRIPCO has the ability and competitiveness to stably carry out projects by presenting an IP NFT portfolio with solid planning and growth potential.

Following the successful sell-out of ‘WADE F&F’, CRIPCO has also announced to drop OOZ & mates PFP, the company’s second NFT project with IPX. Designed as the first Web 3.0 original character IP launched by IPX, OOZ & mates debuted as an NFT project, and started as a born-to-be digital IP business breaking away from the traditional character or IP launch formula of product merchandises or animations. OOZ & mates will be released as 9,999 unique NFTs, featuring nine different Super Deformation (SD) animal characters with unique personalities and charms.

WADE, the IP that powers ‘WADE F&F’, made waves after the recent announcement of its partnership with PEACEMINUSONE, a fashion label established by fashion and culture muse G-Dragon in 2016. There is now growing excitement about how both WADE and PEACEMINUSONE will bring together their respective values of diversity and freedom through the NFT platform. Global trendsetters and brands in fashion, music, and IP will complete the IP 3.0 ecosystem together, lowering entry barriers into the NFT market, and providing a glimpse into CRIPCO’s goal to popularize IP-based NFT.

A CRIPCO official thanked users for their overwhelming response to ‘WADE F&F’ and said the company would continue to collaborate with partners in global subculture, fashion, and music to promote creative inspiration, and make more users experience the company’s vision of popularizing NFT.

CRIPCO started its business by listing IP3 tokens on FTX in July, and successfully launched its first membership NFT project in just three months. CRIPCO is now rapidly expanding by leading Web2 users familiar with existing IPs to a variety of IP-based NFTs and the new Web3 through partnerships with creators and fashion brands loved by street fashion enthusiasts worldwide.


CRIPCO is a Singapore-based global blockchain and NFT company that aims to popularize NFTs based on various IPs and has listed its native token ‘IP3 token’ on the FTX exchange on July 8, 2022. Investors and partners include FTX Ventures and SOLANA Ventures. CRIPCO’s governance is based on a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which oversees all business-critical decisions from IP screening to IP-based NFT projects. The CRIPCO DAO consists of corporations from various fields, renowned artists, and other influential members across industries, such as IPX (formerly LINE FRIENDS), NAVER Z (ZEPETO), PEACEMINUSONE, Marciano MMG, Fujiwara Hiroshi, Edison Chen, KB LEE (Kyubum Lee), and James Fauntleroy, etc. In addition to attracting investment from global blockchain venture capitals and a major fashion platform, CRIPCO has secured partnerships with companies in the blockchain industry and is building its ecosystem to realize its ‘IP 3.0 Hub’ vision. To learn more about CRIPCO, please visit

WADE Manifesto

Wade is a huge fan of all the free-spirited underground players who don’t always play by the rulebook. Likewise, he strives not to be stereotyped to a fixed figure; Wade values originality and diversity over everything. Wade’s nature to experiment and seek diversity lays the foundation of his highly fluid mindset. His flexible way of thinking sets ground for his creative work, which often twists the obvious or toss in hints of newness into existing things. These creative works are part of Wade’s effort to bring down barriers between the mainstream and subcultures, inspiring all people with creative minds and granting them with opportunities to explore their ideas freely. Wade’s iconic trait, ‘Water’, is the source of energy and elixir which fosters growth of all things. It symbolizes unlimited embracement, going beyond all skin color, race, class or gender. The eternally flowing nature of water represents the everlasting legacy of subcultures which has been along with us for countless generations.

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