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Binance and NEO Invest $12 Million in Crowd Equity Platform

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A recent attempt to raise money, made by the crowd equity platform called Republic, has had an interesting and unexpected development. The platform managed to raise $12 million thanks to Binance Labs, NEO, and other companies. The amount raised is for a presale of their new token, while the total goal for the platform is to raise $92 million during the public sale.

Investment in Republic

On June 5, Binance Labs announced the $1 billion investment fund for the blockchain technology. According to the announcement, this is to be the incubator for the future blockchain projects, and it will be run by Binance, the crypto exchange. The exchange is known for providing pre-ICO projects with necessary funds, which often come through their own token BNB.

Binance Labs’ head, Ella Zhang, stated that the platform Republic can bring new opportunities regarding the investments, especially when it comes to retail investors. They will have the ability to join in funding and creating brand new startups. She added that Binance’s, as well as the Binance Labs’ teams,  are collaborating in order to secure the freedom of value-exchange. The exchange and the company believe that Republic might be the key to achieving this goal, or at least the next step towards it.

Another party that joined in early into investing in this platform is Neo Global Capital, well-known for its NEO cryptocurrency. It was joined by Passport Capital, Jeffrey Tarrant, and East Chain Co. All of these parties invested into the company, and also purchased its tokens.

So far, Republic’s plan is not yet entirely known, since the whitepaper containing the details has yet to be published. However, the platform has, in fact, revealed the funding model that it decided to use. It is called SAFEST, which is short for Simple Agreement for Future Equity and Security Tokens. Basically, what this will do, is that it will allow the investors to make a choice regarding the nature of their investment.

More precisely, they will have an ability to choose whether they wish to make a full investment in digital currency, or would they rather split it and add up to 20% of the investment as equity in the firm. Also, if something unexpected happens, and the launching of the tokens is canceled, the investors will have the option to move their entire investment from tokens to equity.

Kendrick Nguyen, the co-founder of Republic, has stated that the entire ecosystem that they are dealing with right now is extremely new. Because of that, he urged the investors and all participants, in general, to be very careful and responsible during the conduction of the fundraising.

Similar investment projects

Neo Global Capital is also known for its $1 million investment when it comes to Moonlight, a smart economy workforce platform. This is a platform that has a goal of simplifying the recruitment and employment of talents by various organizations. Moonlight then allocated 20% of the funds from the upcoming coin sale in order to help NEO’s development by funding the projects that will increase its ecosystem.

Another recent announcement by Binance Labs included the Community Influence Fund during Zhang’s online broadcast. According to the announcement, the company will make an investment into cryptos and blockchain startups, and the investment will come in form of BNB tokens. Several projects already received investments from this company, including Oasis Labs’ MobileCoin, as well as Certik, which is a verification platform.

Additionally, Binance Labs has entered a collaboration with up to 20 partners, with a goal of creating the Binance Ecosystem Fund. Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, has announced support for the ICO market. The statement also says that this is necessary for the further development of the crypto space. He also added that there are aspects that need more work, and definitely some that need proper change, but that the business model as a whole is more than viable.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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