Welcome to our monthly Blockchain in the Media post, where each month we like to share articles that have been published where Blockchain has been featured. Here are just some of those articles; if you write about Blockchain, please get in touch, we’d love to include it in our edition next month.
Pictured left-to-right: Peter Smith, Nic Cary, and Ben Reeves from Blockchain via NYTimes.com
In the latest move, Blockchain, a Bitcoin wallet provider and software developer, closed a roughly $30.5 million fund-raising round, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Wicklow Capital. The investment, raised from Blockchain’s first round of outside financing, is one of the biggest in the digital currency industry to date.
[Blockchain] doesn’t control your private keys. This means that they can’t censor your payments, they can’t control your funds, and they don’t own your money. They just provide a simple and secure platform to allow you access to it. To the old-timers in the Bitcoin community, this is a big sticking point. Bitcoin’s promise was to put the owners of money back in complete control of it, and Blockchain.info fulfills that promise.
Bitcoin made a prominent mainstream appearance in South Korea last week at a special session of the 15th annual World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. The largest business forum in Asia, WKF is a prestigious three-day event designed to foster discussion about the future and potential major issues that may arise.
It’s no secret that 99Bitcoins is a big fan of Blockchain.info. The company which recently received $30.5m in venture capital funding is one of the hottest names in the Bitcoin community. The company provides a Bitcoin block explorer and also a Bitcoin wallet called “My Wallet” all free of charge. For those of you who don’t have a Blockchain.info account yet, I highly recommend it.
In recent months, Bitcoin has attracted mainstream demographics, and according to Nicolas Cary, CEO of Blockchain.info: “Bitcoin makes a lot of sense in emerging economies like Brazil and Argentina and Russia.” The executive told Yakima Herald: “The number of new sign-ups we see in Latin America is increasing. [We] are moving beyond the people placing bets to people seeing value.”
The program has been set and the first Inside Bitcoins Conference in France is scheduled for November 20-21 in Paris. The highly-anticipated event will cover the hot-button issues facing the cryptocurrency industry, including: regulation, compliance, security, trading, investing and e-commerce. Nicholas Cary, CEO of Blockchain.info, will deliver the opening keynote address with an “International Review: Bitcoin Stories from Across the Globe.” We asked Cary to share some of his thoughts on recent industry events.
With more than 100,000+ installs, the wallet app for Android from blockchain.info continues to make a name for itself within the Bitcoin mobile space. We reached out to CEO Nic Cary who put us in touch with project manager Keonne Rodriguez. Responses are attributed to Keonne, though Nic may have expanded or clarified on some scale.