Access Network Launches ICO

The Access Network, an incentivized token economy governed by its participants, announced its upcoming launch today. Access Network (ACX Network) is created by the visionary blockchain startup Atlas Money, a fast growing P2P banking platform in West Africa with more than 300 agents and nearly 20,000 users who have already banked over $1.5M. Co-founded by a Techstars Alum and Peter Thiel fellow, Atlas has raised over $3.2M and is backed by notable investors such as Tim Draper, 1517 Fund, MITS Fund, and Partech Ventures.

Why Spotify is Not Doing an IPO

Spotify’s big day is getting closer, as the music-streaming giant kicks off its public listing push with its official Investor Day presentation later today.

The event is scheduled to be livestreamed from around 10 a.m. (Pacific), but ahead of the big broadcast the company has posted videos outlining various aspects of its business, including where it has come from, its business model, and a product overview. This is typical for any company that’s about to go public — after all, it wants to generate interest in its shares. But included in Spotify’s library of videos is a tidbit outlining five reasons why it’s choosing to list directly on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), as opposed to following a traditional IPO route.

Senreve Opens First Showroom

Senreve’s new showroom reflects the qualities of its handbags: refined, minimal and functional. The space is designed as a private living room with the signature bags replacing a collection of books on its white shelves

Launched at the end of 2016 by fashion entrepreneurs Coral Chung and Wendy Wen with the Maestra and the Doctor bags, the company has grown quickly in less than two years.

Blockchain Capital adds New Venture Partner

Blockchain Capital, a San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm focused exclusively on the blockchain technology sector and crypto ecosystem, has added Jimmy Song as a Venture Partner.

Song, a Bitcoin Core developer, brings deep technical expertise to Blockchain Capital. He will serve as a new bridge between Blockchain Capital and the crypto developer community, provide technical expertise to the firm’s investment research, and lead upcoming programs to foster blockchain technology innovation.

Spotify Plans Disruptive Direct IPO

Spotify AB will soon shine a bright light on just how big the holes are in our capital markets. Far more than just bankers should take note. 

Sometime, reportedly by the end of March, shares of the streaming music service will start trading for the first time. The deal, a direct listing, has received attention for some time because it's unusual. The usual pomp around stock deals will be absent -- no road show, no quiet period, no coordinated stock sale, no actual IPO. Spotify shares will just emerge one morning and trade like any other stock, at least that's the plan.

1World Online and Bitfury Announce Strategic Partnership to Bring Blockchain-based Solutions to the Media and Publishing Industry

1World Online, the blockchain-powered engagement and revenue platform for publishers and brands, and Bitfury, the world's leading full service Blockchain technology company, announced today a strategic partnership to create blockchain-based solutions for the burgeoning media and publishing industry. 1World's expansive customer base of 12 million total users will witness the benefits of this collaboration immediately.

Edinburgh tech start-up Amiqus has AIM flotation in its sights

Amiqus, whose software allows professional services firms to carry out money-laundering checks on prospective clients, has raised several hundred thousand pounds in a funding round launched in September.

Investors include San Francisco-based Fifth Era Capital as well as Mr Crombie, former Dickson Minto partner Kevan McDonald and CH&Co chairman Tim Jones and chief executive Bill Toner.

Telltale Introduces Harley Quinn into Batman

Harley Quinn is a tough-talking dame who is fast on the trigger, and she and Bat-enemy the Joker share a mad love. In this new clip from Telltale Games’Batman: The Enemy Within, the Joker finally introduces Batman to the woman who stole his villainous heart.

The exciting part about Telltale Games’ version of the Dark Knight is you get to play as both Batman AND his alter-ego Bruce (or is it the other way around?) and get to see how Bruce/Bats interacts with these rogues.

Telltale Games’ offers story-driven point-and-click adventures of properties like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. And to further its story-driven theme, Telltales’ games are released in seasons and episodes. Season 2, The Enemy Within, is currently underway.

Perkville Wants To Turn Your Email Address Into A Virtual Rewards Card

Earlier today, I wrote about a new startup called Perka that’s attempting to bring an end to loyalty cards with a kick ass merchant-facing service. Well, it seems that today is the day for launching loyalty program-disrupting startups, as a company named Perkville is coming out stealth mode and launching into the public sphere.

Many of us have overflowing wallets due the amount of loyalty cards, buy-five-get-one-free tickets, and Groupons we carry around in our wallet. Or we get to our favorite coffee shop only to remember that we forgot our punch card at home. Perkville, as opposed to Perka, is taking a different approach to providing local merchants with a loyalty solution by turning customers’ email addresses into virtual reward cards. That means no more cards to carry and forget at home, no apps to download — just an email address, and users can participate in any merchant program on Perkville. And for merchants, Perkville is free to use and can be set up in minutes.