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Digital Assets: MicroStrategy’s Saylor, El Salvador’s Bukele Both Buy The Bitcoin Dip

November 30, 2021

Path-breaking corporate bitcoin investor MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR) said in a filing Monday that it purchased approximately 7,002 bitcoins for about $414.4 million in cash, or $59,187 per coin, between October 1 and November 29 – a classic ‘buy-the-dip’ operation as financial markets reel from the implications of a new, highly mutated virus.

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Digital Assets: The SEC Turns Down VanEck’s Application For A Spot Bitcoin ETF

November 12, 2021

On Friday, the SEC gave a thumbs-down signal to a spot bitcoin ETF from VanEck. The regulator told the Cboe BZX exchange that its filing for a proposed rule change to list the VanEck ETF did not meet “its burden under the Exchange Act and the Commission’s Rules of Practice to demonstrate that its proposal is consistent with the requirements of Exchange Act Section 6 (b) (5).”

Venture Capital: Swedish Battery Startup Northvolt Produces Lithium-Ion Battery Using Recycled Materials

November 12, 2021

What will happen to the approximately 250,000 tons of batteries that will reach their end-of-life in Europe alone by 2030? Swedish battery startup Northvolt has the answer: recycle them. Northvolt announced today the successful production of its first battery cell made of 100% recycled nickel, manganese and cobalt.

Venture Capital: Indonesian Tech Super App GoTo Lands $1.3B In Pre-IPO Funding

November 12, 2021

Indonesian tech giant GoTo, the product of a merger between ride-hailing-to-payments firm Gojek and e-commerce leader Tokopedia, now has a range of businesses across e-commerce, ride-hailing and financial services in the world’s fourth most populous country. It announced Thursday its raise of more than US$1.3 billion in a pre-IPO round led by the ABU Dhabi Investment Authority.

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Goldman Sachs Rolls Out Sustainable Real Estate ETF

November 12, 2021

The fund manager launches a trio of new ETFs aimed at disruptive investing; one of them is themed on sustainable real estate and infrastructure. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) launched this week the Goldman Sachs Future Consumer Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: GBUY), the Goldman Sachs Future Health Care Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: GDOC) and the Goldman Sachs…

Alternative Investments/ESG: VanEck Targets Energy Transition, Launches New Green Metals ETF

November 12, 2021

VanEck launched Thursday a new ETF focused on ‘green metals.’ The VanEck Green Metals ETF (NYSEARCA: GMET) will invest in companies whose businesses focus on metals including copper, cobalt, lithium, nickel, zinc and rare earths metals, which are essential for clean energy technology as well as lithium batteries.

Artificial Intelligence: The Flip Side To AI – For Zillow And Eyebobs, In $

November 12, 2021

Zillow Offers, the AI-powered service from Zillow (NASDAQ: ZG), was designed to make selling a home less stressful, generate automatic home-buying offers using its AI-powered Zestimate feature to evaluate a home, and transfer a cash payment within a few days. Unfortunately, Zillow has shut down the Zillow Offers business after having to write down its home inventory by $304 million, ostensibly because it overpaid for it.

Digital Assets: JD.com Accepts China’s CBDC On Singles Day

November 11, 2021

Singles Day is the biggest shopping event in the world, and the move by JD.com (NASDAQ: JD) to accept the e-CNY as payment for purchases on its platform shows how advanced China’s trialling of its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is. Clearly the authorities want to test out the e-CNY in a large-scale transaction environment.

Venture Capital: Crowdfunded Ecologi Plants Trees In Return For Your Subscription

November 11, 2021

Ecologi, which exhorts you to become climate-friendly for less than $2.75 a week, is a platform for climate action, helping individuals, families and businesses become carbon-positive for a subscription. Subscribers can fund carbon reduction projects to offset their footprint and also grow their own virtual forests.

FinTech: Indian Agtech Arya.ag Launches BNPL For Agri-Produce Buyers

November 11, 2021

Arya.ag is an Indian agtech that provides post-harvest services across the agricultural value chain, including warehousing, warehouse receipt financing, rural storage discovery, collateral management and market linkages. The firm has launched a BNPL service for its commodity buyers.

Alternative Investments/ESG: iShares Launches ESG Corporate Bond ETF

November 11, 2021

The fund manager has expanded its range of sustainable products with the launch of new fixed income and low volatility ETFs. On Wednesday, iShares launched the iShares ESG Advanced Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (ELQD), which tracks the iBoxx MSCI ESG Advanced USD Liquid Investment Grade Index and carries an expense ratio of 0.18%. (ETF…

Artificial Intelligence: AI Chipmaker Cerebras Scores $250M Series F Round

November 11, 2021

Cerebras Systems, which is building a new class of computers to accelerate artificial intelligence work by orders of magnitude beyond what is currently possible, announced Wednesday its close of a $250 million Series F round led by Alpha Wave Ventures along with Abu Dhabi Growth Fund (ADG). Other bulge bracket investors included Altimeter Capital, Benchmark Capital, Coatue Management, Eclipse Ventures, Moore Strategic Ventures, and VY Capital.

Digital Assets: US Inflation Hits Record; So Do Bitcoin And Ether

November 10, 2021

Bitcoin and ether rocketed to new all-time highs on Tuesday after the release of October inflation data. Figures from the US Labor Department showed that in October consumers were hit by high prices in a host of everyday products, propelling the Consumer Price Index, a measure of inflation, to jump the most in 30 years.

Alternative Investments/Digital: New ETF From Tuttle Capital Bets Against Cathie Wood And Ark

November 10, 2021

The Tuttle Capital Short Innovation ETF (NASDAQ: SARK), which started for trading Tuesday, takes a contrarian view on famed stock picker and fund manager Cathie Wood’s flagship fund – the ARK Innovation ETF (NYSEARCA: ARKK). The new ETF, a type of fund also known as a “short” or “inverse” ETF, is actively managed and is structured to achieve the inverse of the return of the ARK ETF in a single day.

FinTech: MFS Africa Raises $100M To Make Payments As Easy As Calls

November 10, 2021

MFS Africa announced today its $ 100 million Series C fundraising for a massive expansion across Africa. The funding, a mix of $70 million in equity and $30 million in debt, was co-led by private equity fund and new investor AfricInvest along with existing investors Goodwell Investments and LUN Partners Group.

Venture Capital: Population-Scale Healthcare Platform Color Raises $100M

November 10, 2021

Public health technology platform Color announced Tuesday its Series E funding round of $100 million led by Kindred Ventures and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Existing investors General Catalyst, Viking Global Investors, and Emerson Collective also participated.

Artificial Intelligence: AI Helps Spotify Users’ Preferences, Gauge Their Moods

November 10, 2021

It’s been well known that Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) uses AI algorithms to create its “Discover Weekly” playlists that are curated especially for the individual user’s enjoyment. These 30 songs are actually handpicked by a complicated set of algorithms that use big data, AI, and machine learning to figure out the user’s taste in music. The system curates the playlist by going through their streaming history, created playlists, “liked” songs, and “followed” artists. So much for preferences. But Spotify can now also gauge your mood, and suggest music accordingly. How?

Venture Capital: Identity Verifying Platform Socure Reels In $450M Series E

November 9, 2021

Just months after raising a $100 million Series D, Socure, a provider of digital identity verification and fraud solutions announced today its close of a $450 million Series E round led by Accel alongside funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. The latest funding also includes two new investors, Bain Capital Ventures and Tiger Global, as well as participation from existing investors Commerce Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, and Sorenson Ventures.

Alternative Investments/FinTech: Grayscale Files To Launch “Future Of Finance” Equity ETF

November 9, 2021

Grayscale Investments LLC filed Friday with the SEC for the Future of Finance ETF (GFOF), an ETF product focused on companies involved in the advancement of the digital economy. The new ETF would be sub-advised by Vident Investment Advisory, and US Bank would function as custodian.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Canada’s Purpose Investments To Launch Carbon Neutral Crypto ETFs

November 9, 2021

Purpose Investments, a Canadian fund manager with AUM in excess of $1 billion as of March 2021, is launching today the Purpose Bitcoin ETF and the Purpose Ether ETF. Both funds offer ‘green’ exposure to the respective spot cryptocurrencies through an inbuilt carbon offsetting feature in the funds.

Digital Assets: Bitcoin, Other Cryptos Hit All Time Highs

November 9, 2021

Both bitcoin and ether cryptos hit new record highs on Tuesday amid rising appetite for risk assets following a dovish Fed. Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency, reached a fresh high of $68,521 on Tuesday, while ether scaled a new peak of $4840. (CNBC) As this is being written, bitcoin is trading at $67,485, up over 2.5%…

Artificial Intelligence: Philips Snaps Up Cardiologs For Its AI-Empowered Cardiac Diagnostics

November 9, 2021

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG) is making another advance into high technology cardiac diagnostics with its acquisition of Cardiologs, A France-based medical technology company that uses AI and cloud technology for cardiac diagnostics. Philips said the acquisition, the terms of which were not disclosed, was an excellent fit with its existing cardiac care portfolio.

Digital Assets: More Than 50 Investors Own Sygnum’s Art Security Tokens For Picasso’s Fillette au béret Painting

November 8, 2021

In July it was reported that fans of Pablo Picasso could pay up to $6,000 (CHF5,500) to own a part of Fillette au béret (Young girl with a beret), the famous work by the painter valued at approximately CHF4 million ($4.35 million). In a landmark effort, Swiss Bank Sygnum partnered with art investment company Artemundi to “sell” the painting by tokenizing it on the blockchain. That subscription has now closed and Sygnum revealed last month that more than 50 investors are co-owners of the painting by virture of holding the tokens representing its fractional ownership. (SYGNUM)

Alternative Investments/ESG: iShares Launches ESG ETF For Low Volatility Large And Mid-cap Stocks

November 8, 2021

The iShares ESG MSCI USA Min Vol Factor ETF (NASDAQ: ESMV) is a newly launched fund from Blackrock that offers investors the opportunity to invest in U.S. large and mid cap stocks that have low volatility and yet offer reduced carbon exposure and better ESG characteristics.

Venture Capital: H2O.ai Raises $100M; Commonwealth Bank Of Australia Buys Stake

November 8, 2021

H2O, which enables businesses to build AI systems using its cloud-based platform, has raised $100 million in a series E round led by Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) with participation from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Pivot Investment Partners, Crane Venture Partners, Celesta Capital, and others. CBA acquires an undisclosed stake in H2O and is also its customer.