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Games Industry, Entertainment and Metaverse Communications Guru Jacki Vause Joins ME Ventures Board



- ME Ventures, future-focussed music investment fund, builds out advisory board with leading tech innovators and savants - Jacki Vause, Dimoso CEO and Founder, brings specialist comms expertise from 30 years in entertainment, enterprise technology, and games

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Music investment fund for the creator economy, ME Ventures, has announced it has appointed Jacki Vause to its advisory board. Jacki’s role will be to advise on contributing to the fund’s mission to nurture and inspire the next generation of creators and innovators. She brings decades of experience across the entertainment and creative industries, and a natural eye for innovation talent.

Headed up by international music artist and producer Jalen James Acosta, the board of ME Ventures sees Jacki joined by leading names from across the music, tech and entertainment industries. Jacki is joined by a team of diverse global innovators and pioneers including Mike Pell, Chief Envisioneer and Director of the Microsoft Garage in New York City; Sergio Sontolongo, former Managing Director of Goldman Sachs; and Brandon Pankey, Founder of Artist Presented Experiences (APEX) and Vice President at Live Nation Urban.

“I’m thrilled to contribute my expertise and experience to supporting an empowered and rewarded creator economy through a funding infrastructure that expertly straddles the worlds of music, entertainment and Web3 with ME Ventures,” says Jacki Vause, CEO and Founder of Dimoso.

The creation of the fund is further evidence of an undeniable movement behind the coming revolution of the creator economy. ME Ventures is investing in early-stage companies at the intersection of music, media and future technology. The ethos is to drive opportunities that reduce obstacles and barriers to entry for creators. Determined to tackle the music industry’s challenges head on, Jacki’s skillset is perfectly tuned to working with these new integrated solutions and helping them in their goal to empower creators to build sustainable careers in a multi-industry Web3 infrastructure.

“ME Ventures is on a mission to close the gap between creators and the billions of dollars generated by this technology disruption. We don't just make wealthy investors wealthier; we give artists a unique opportunity to work behind the scenes, putting their experience and ideas into this next generation of tech, ” says ME General Partner Rachel Lynn Karry. Contacts

Jessie Galman, jessie@dimoso.com

Climate-Tech Companies Carbon Title, Thallo, and CRED Announce Plans to Launch on Celo





More climate startups choose Web3’s first carbon-negative, PoS blockchain during Climate Week NYC

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Carbon Title , the first decentralized platform designed to bring radical transparency to decarbonization efforts within the real estate industry; Thallo , which is building a decentralized marketplace for voluntary carbon credits, and CRED , a protocol built around retired carbon credits, partner with the carbon-negative, proof-of-stake (PoS) Celo platform.

As the home of regenerative finance (ReFi), Celo continues to be the layer-1 choice of founders and builders developing climate and community-focused solutions that utilize Web3 technology. This ReFi movement on Celo also continues to receive support from one of its earliest climate partners, the Climate Collective , a coalition of companies collaboratively building at the intersection of Web3 and climate action.

“The world’s mass-coordination problems, including the climate crisis, require Web3’s mass-coordination tools in order to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals of reaching net-zero global carbon dioxide emissions by 2050,” says Rene Reinsberg, Celo co-founder and Celo Foundation president.

Carbon Title empowers commercial contractors, developers, and property owners to estimate and neutralize their carbon impact in a simple and cost-effective way. The platform's blockchain-enabled registry will provide transparency for the public to verify a building's carbon claims, accelerating decarbonization of the real estate industry, which is responsible for 38% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Tokenized carbon credits can be purchased and retired, eliminating greenwashing by enforcing traceability of these unique assets tied to the building.

“An important part of our model is to provide transparency for the carbon intensity of buildings by making the information available on the blockchain,” says Carbon Title co-founder Miles Haladay. “Celo not only provides a compatible proof-of-stake network, but also shares our mission to enable industry to meet its decarbonization goals.”

CRED Protocol will provide certificates of retirement for on-chain carbon offsets on the Celo blockchain as ecosystem partners, including Toucan Protocol , support this functionality. These certificates will serve as proof-of-retirements to be used across interoperable applications, facilitating an ecosystem of dapps that ensure more verifiable climate impact. “We are excited to be launching on Celo in the immediate future and joining Celo’s vibrant ReFi ecosystem,” says CRED founder Max Song.

Thallo’s mission is to aggregate Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCMs) into a single exchange on Web3, utilizing a first-of-kind two-way bridge with existing registries. The platform’s unique tokenomics rewards high-quality credits through a cyclical royalty program, ensuring on-the-ground project developers benefit from advances in carbon markets. Thallo’s unique approach will expand Celo’s vibrant tokenized carbon credit ecosystem and help the Climate Collective build trust and liquidity in on-chain carbon markets.

“Since the beginning of the ReFi movement, Celo has pioneered innovation, supported developers and driven market-level change. We’re now beginning to see ReFi evolve from ‘the next big thing in Web3’ to a mainstream approach to delivering climate impact at scale. Celo has been one of the key organizations driving this evolution and Thallo is honored to be building the on-chain future,” says Thallo co-founder Joseph Hargreaves.

These climate-tech companies join Flow Carbon , Untangled Finance , Plastiks , and other Climate Collective partners bringing regenerative, planet-positive products onto the Celo network.

About the Celo Foundation

The Celo Foundation was founded in 2017 to support the growth and development of the decentralized, open source, mobile-first Celo platform to help build a carbon-negative financial system that creates the conditions of prosperity for all. The Foundation is guided by the Celo community tenets and contributes to education, technical research, environmental health, community engagement, and ecosystem outreach—activities that support and encourage an inclusive financial system. For more about Celo, visit https://celo.org/ .

About Carbon Title

Based in Portland, OR, and founded in 2021 by Miles Haladay and Trevor Dryer, Carbon Title is the first decentralized platform bringing radical transparency to decarbonizing the real estate sector. Built to meet the demand for climate action, Carbon Title delivers an end-to-end solution making it easier, more attractive, and even more profitable to make every building carbon neutral.

About Thallo

Created by veteran blockchain entrepreneurs and climate tech professionals, Thallo uses blockchain technology to revolutionize and democratize the way individuals and businesses buy, sell and trade carbon offsets. Follow Thallo on Twitter and LinkedIn or join their Telegram group for updates. For more information, visit www.thallo.io .

About CRED

CRED (Carbon Reward Dollars) is the first web3 rewards program for corporate and individual carbon neutrality. CRED is creating exciting NFT, web3, and IRL utility for every dollar spent on carbon removal.

About the Climate Collective

Launched in October 2021, the Climate Collective is an expanding coalition of companies collaboratively building at the intersection of web3 and climate action. Through grant funding, member partnerships, and community education, they support a range of impactful products and interoperable protocols that progress the Regenerative Finance (“ReFi”) ecosystem. The Collective’s mission is to accelerate climate-positive applications using Celo’s carbon-negative blockchain, and foster a diverse community rallied around a shared mission of building a regenerative economy. Contacts

elizabeth.peng@celo.org

Soluna Holdings Announces August Site Level Financials



Despite Continued Low BTC Price Environment and Energy Market Volatility, Soluna Continues to Deliver Healthy Results and Remains Focused on Energizing Dorothy

ALBANY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Soluna Holdings, Inc. (“SHI” or the “Company”), (NASDAQ: SLNH), the parent company of Soluna Computing, Inc. (“SCI”), a developer of green data centers for cryptocurrency mining and other intensive computing, today announced the release of its August site level financials.

Michael Toporek, CEO of Soluna Holdings, stated, “Soluna continues to deliver healthy hashrate and margins despite low BTC prices and energy market volatility. Near term, we are focused on energizing the first 50MW of our next generation Dorothy Facility as it gets Soluna to scale. Our development pipeline continues to grow as renewable power producers continue to see computing power as their preferred curtailment solution.”

Key Summary Highlights: BTC Production Increases Despite Volatile Market BTC Equivalent Mined increased by 6% while BTC prices increased about 4% from July to August Peak hashrate remained above 1EH/s Cash Contribution Margins Remain Healthy 20% Consolidated cash contribution margins despite low BTC environment and high energy costs 26% cash contribution prop mining margins slightly offset by weaker hosting margins 10MW Hosting Agreement at Marie renewed with key new terms Contract has been restructured to be more responsive to energy fluctuations Anticipated hosting margins with new contract expected to increase Revenue & Contribution Margin Summary: *all numbers below exclude legacy hosting **August & July Adj. Cash Contribution Margins Normalized to June FCA costs - See pg. 21 of presentation for details **Excluding FCA cost adjustment July Cash Contribution Margin was $413                 ($ in 000s, Unaudited)             (Estimate) (Estimate) FY 21 Q1 2022 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 Q2 2022 July 2022 August 2022 Revenue $13,010 $9,264 $3,392 $3,004 $2,280 $8,676 $2,254 $2,447                 Cash Contribution Margin $8,888 $5,206 $2,605 $1,600 $800 $5,005 $433 $413                 Cash Contribution Margin (Normalized Power Costs) $8,888 $5,206 $2,605 $1,600 $800 $5,005 $756 $877                 Annualized Revenue $13,010 $37,056 $40,705 $36,044 $27,362 $34,704 $27,043 $29,361                 Annualized Contribution Margin $8,888 $20,824 $31,262 $19,196 $9,599 $20,019 $9,076 $10,525 Note: Represents non-GAAP financial metrics.

A presentation and corresponding video is available on the Company’s website at: https://www.solunacomputing.com/investors/updates/august2022flash/

About Soluna Holdings, Inc (SLNH)

Soluna Holdings, Inc. is the leading developer of green data centers that convert excess renewable energy into global computing resources. Soluna builds modular, scalable data centers for computing intensive, batchable applications such as cryptocurrency mining, AI and machine learning. Soluna provides a cost-effective alternative to battery storage or transmission lines. Soluna uses technology and intentional design to solve complex, real-world challenges. Up to 30% of the power of renewable energy projects can go to waste. Soluna’s data centers enable clean electricity asset owners to ‘Sell. Every. Megawatt.’

For more information about Soluna, please visit www.solunacomputing.com or follow us on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/solunaholdings and Twitter @SolunaHoldings. Contacts

Philip F. Patman, Jr. Chief Financial Officer Soluna Holdings, Inc. ppatman@soluna.io +713 906 5705

MZ Contact Brian M. Prenoveau, CFA MZ Group – MZ North America SLNH@mzgroup.us +561 489 5315

Annual Trade Finance Compliance Conference October 20 2022: New York - Overview of the Top News Stories, Trends and Developments in the Industry - ResearchAndMarkets.com





DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "2022 Annual Trade Finance Compliance Conference" conference has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The 2022 Annual Trade Finance Compliance Conference - New York will be held on October 20th at S&P Global's NY office at 55 Water St. plus virtually via zoom. Please note this event will be held under Chatham House Rules.

Additional Resources The Complete Guide to Trade Based Financial Crime Compliance (softbound + ebook) Certificate in Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC)

Agenda:

8:30-9:00 Registration & Check-In

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks:

9:15-9:40 The Professor James E. Byrne Memorial Keynote Address: Alan KETLEY Executive Secretariat of The Wolfsberg Group

9:40-10:30 Latest News and identified Trends in Trade and TBFC

Overview of the top news stories, trends and developments. Cryptocurrency: Time to sit at the Big Table Fraud and knowing your customer Wolfsberg-guidance on best practices for correspondent banking RFIs Vessel Monitoring: The Latest + Bangladesh Requirements Increased regulatory focus on AML and FIs How effective are AML regulations? ESG Reporting Requirements Green washing from illegal activities Managing Shipping & Vessel Risks

10:30-11:00 Coffee & Networking Break

11:00-11:45 KYC & Beneficial Ownership: Safe Parties = Safe Transactions

Your sanctions compliance program starts and ends with knowing what is under your customer's fingernails. New transparency rules prevent hiding beneficial ownership in "data vaults" like Delaware, ensuring you do not run afoul of government SDN lists.

Topics include: Beneficial Ownership and Legal Entity Identifier (GLEIF) use Regulated BO databases-Singapore? Delaware: the blackhole of BO no longer Transactions, pricing and HS Codes Onboarding New Customers: Can we make it easier? Understanding what you should know about your customers and their related companies What do the Wolfsberg principles say about KYC? KYCC-limitations of cross border privacy laws SWIFT KYC Registry: Uptake Supply Chain Finance platform/service providers-onboarding limitations

11:45-12:10 The role of ESG and Compliance Why do Banks care about Environmental and Social Issues Green Finance-opportunities and risks-Greenwashing International ESG Standards and Guidelines Declarations, reporting and regulations Resources, overlap and responsibilities

12:10-12:30 Crypto: The New Frontier

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

2:15-3:00 Trade Sanctions The Russian/Ukranian Conflict Lack of resources Chinese Miliary Industrial Complex Cambodia and Myanmar Ethiopia and the 50% Rule Supply Chain Due Diligence Chinese Anti-sanction Law

3:00-3:30 Coffee & Networking Break

3:30-4:15 Trade Fraud & Money Laundering AML Act of 2020-No More "Black Hole of Delaware" Data sharing and analytics between countries Multiple Invoice Financing for Goods Complicated STR/SAR filings drive TBML: time for Standards? U.K. "Dear CEO" letter on AML Frameworks and risk assessments Dual Use Goods and Pricing: to report or not to report?

4:15-5:00 Using Technology in your Compliance Programs

There is no escaping the important role that technology can play in supporting Compliance but there is a vast array of products out there. Using AI and BlockChain, ship registry data, and GPS (how to get traction across the universe of customs/ports/shipping) Fintech/Regtech solutions and Cost-Benefit Analysis Big bank v. small bank resourcing Virtual Training for bank's AML and trade staff Use of technology and waiver of liability: Who takes responsibility? No one . . . Push towards automated document checking (automated AML checking?) Digitalisation of Trade/URDTT

5:00-5:15 Wrap Up, Closing Remarks and Lucky Draw

In closing, we will look at the key takeaways along with a quick Q&A with the Conference Committee. Key takeaways from the Conference Certificate in Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC) The Association of Trade Finance Compliance Professionals Q&A-Conference Committee

For more information about this conference visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/42980h Contacts

ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager press@researchandmarkets.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./ CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900

OrBit Partners with Laevitas for Exotic Options Push





SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OrBit Markets, the leading institutional liquidity provider in digital asset options and structured products, has partnered with Laevitas, the quantitative data analytics platform for the crypto-asset market. In addition to Laevitas’ existing offering of crypto derivatives analytics, users will now be able to access accurate pricing data across a wide range of exotic options products.

For the initial launch, prices of binary options on Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana and Avalanche have been made available on Laevitas. Such products are not listed on exchanges but are widely used by institutional investors as an essential instrument for their trading strategies. The pricing of these products, not observable in the market, requires advanced quantitative models to compute. The collaboration, which combines OrBit’s strong derivatives expertise and Laevitas’ leading analytics platform, aims to meet investors’ demand for institutional-grade tools and data to analyse more sophisticated derivatives products.

" We have seen surging interests in exotic and structured derivatives in recent months. The bilateral nature of such business can result in a pricing opacity that makes it difficult for some institutions to participate. We are therefore delighted to partner with Laevitas to bring further transparency to this market," says Caroline Mauron, CEO and co-founder of OrBit.

“ The Laevitas team is proud to partner with such an innovative player in the crypto derivatives space. OrBit’s goal to bring transparency and expand the breadth of products is a mission that excites us and we wholeheartedly support,” says Hassen Naas, CEO of Laevitas.

About OrBit Markets :

OrBit Markets is an institutional liquidity provider of options and structured products in digital assets. Founded by a team of former executives in trading and computer science, and backed by Matrixport and Brevan Howard Digital, OrBit brings its expert know-how in options to the crypto market. Headquartered in Singapore, OrBit serves institutions across CeFi, DeFi and TradFi looking for more sophisticated investing and hedging solutions in digital assets. For more information, visit www.orbitmarkets.io

About Laevitas :

Laevitas is a Quantitative Data Analytics Platform for Crypto Assets. Our strength lies in our stellar team comprised of quants, industry professionals and talented developers and engineers. We strive to deliver concise and actionable analysis, empowering the user to make intelligent, data-driven decisions. Our tools and data are foundational for investors looking to uncover opportunities across DeFi and CeFi. https://app.laevitas.ch/ Contacts

Media Contact for OrBit: Zhiming Yang jimmy@orbitmarkets.io

Media Contact for Laevitas: Hassen Naas hassen@laevitas.ch

TrustToken Rebrands as Archblock, to Modernize Global Financial Infrastructure Under New Leadership





Having successfully incubated TrueCurrencies and with the future of the TrueFi protocol now in the hands of the DAO, TrustToken sharpens its focus to cultivate institutional DeFi adoption under the new Archblock brand, led by new CEO Ryan Christensen.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TrustToken , the core team responsible for launching TrueFi , DeFi’s leading credit protocol, and popular stablecoins including TrueUSD , announces a new identity and focus as Archblock to become the bridge between institutional investors and fund managers, and the modern financial infrastructure offered in DeFi. Archblock will be led by veteran executive and TrustToken’s Chief Product Officer Ryan Christensen as its new CEO. Archblock will continue to make major contributions to the technology and growth of the TrueFi protocol, which is now directly managed by the TrueFi DAO and Foundation.

The Future of Archblock’s Family of Products

Since its inception in 2017, TrustToken has launched two major products: TrueCurrencies, with TrueUSD becoming one of the top five stablecoins with over a billion dollars in market cap; and TrueFi, the first DeFi protocol to facilitate uncollateralized lending and now becoming the home for real-world lending on-chain with almost $2 billion in loan originations. Alongside Archblock’s refined focus, the TrueFi DAO will take full responsibility for the protocol’s development, token design, and messaging.

With the governance of TrueFi formally handed off to its Decentralized Autonomous Organization (“DAO”), the added oversight of the British Virgin Island-based TrueFi Foundation , and the ultimate transfer of TrueFi’s treasury, intellectual property, and key smart contracts to the DAO, the TrueFi protocol is well on its way to full decentralization.

Archblock will remain a major contributor to TrueFi, focused on growing institutional adoption reflected in TrueFi’s Total Value Outstanding (“TVO”). At the same time, Archblock will continue to service the growth and success of its TrueCurrency product line.

New Leadership: Welcoming Ryan Christensen as Archblock’s new CEO

As part of Archblock’s renewed focus, the company names TrustToken’s former Chief Product Officer Ryan Christensen as its new CEO. An MIT graduate with over 25 years worth of experience as a technologist and entrepreneur, Ryan has led product and go-to-market teams for some of the world’s premier B2B marketplace companies. He currently serves as a board member of Narrative I/O, with previous executive and managerial roles at AppNexus, AT&T, Zynga, and Yahoo. Christensen has proven to be an integral part of TrustToken, overseeing major product, marketing, and strategic initiatives, and played a key role in the restructuring process.

“Joining TrustToken has been an incredible opportunity to build alongside a company pioneering the forefront of blockchain innovation,” says Ryan Christensen, CEO of Archblock. “With our evolution into Archblock and the critical steps taken to further decentralize TrueFi, we’re now in a position to deliver the critical tools and services institutional early adopters need, while continuing to invest heavily as a contributor to the TrueFi community.”

Christensen is taking over from Rafael Cosman who, after leading the company to develop two sector-defining products, moves on to serve on the board as a co-founder and advisor. “Building this company has been the greatest adventure of my life and, after 6 years, I’m honored to have such a capable team carrying it forward,” says Cosman. “I’m excited to continue as a board member, evangelist, and advisor - and the team here will always be like family.”

About Archblock

Archblock bridges institutional capital to DeFi’s modern financial infrastructure. As a core TrueFi contributor, Archblock brings institutional lenders and fund managers on-chain to make global lending more transparent, effective, and accessible.

Archblock has incubated DeFi’s first credit protocol TrueFi, now with nearly $2 billion in originations, as well as a suite of popular stablecoins including TrueUSD, which today moves billions of dollars globally every month.

Explore opportunities on TrueFi at https://truefi.io , or get started as an institution with Archblock at https://archblock.com Contacts

Media Contact Daniel Azaria ReBlonde for Archblock daniel@reblonde.com

KuCoin Integrates Legend Trading for a Smooth Fiat On-Ramps Payment Experience with Zero Fees





VICTORIA, Seychelles--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KuCoin , a leading global cryptocurrency trading platform, has announced a new strategic partnership with Legend Trading, a leading fiat-to-crypto payment gateway. By integrating Legend Trading, KuCoin will bring a smooth fiat on-ramp payment experience with zero fees and allows customers to buy and sell cryptocurrencies with bank transfers via USD, EUR, AUD, JPY, and more.

Legend Trading is a leading crypto trading firm that offers a comprehensive fiat-to-crypto gateway for crypto exchanges, wallets, banks, and NFT platforms to integrate and enable their customers to buy and sell crypto with bank transfers and credit/debit cards. It supports seven different fiat currencies such as USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, CHF, and JPY for fast-transfer services. It is trusted by 700+ institutional clients and has over $10 billion annual trading volume.

As the “People's Exchange”, KuCoin is committed to lowering the threshold for users to enter the crypto world and providing better fiat-to-crypto transaction services. By integrating Legend Trading payments, its institutional-grade trading service allows access to the most competitive fiat-to-crypto pricing, zero fees, deep liquidity, and the ability to make bigger bank transfers, which will bring great convenience to fiat users seeking to purchase cryptos .

Johnny Lyu, Chief Executive Officer at KuCoin, said:

“Fiat on-ramps are the gateway for crypto newcomers. To allow new users to buy crypto with ease, KuCoin currently supports 50+ fiat currencies and over 70 payment methods, such as VISA, PayPal, Mastercard, and more. Partnering with Legend Trading will provide even more trading options to our crypto community and enable KuCoin to expand its accessibility globally.”

Curis Wang, Chief Operation Officer at Legend Trading, commented on the partnership:

“Legend Trading is glad to partner with KuCoin, one of the most innovative exchanges in the world, and we’re excited to help bolster its services to clients. Our company has been very successful in providing OTC services to professional institutions. Now we are bringing our services to the much bigger retail-user market by offering a fiat-to-crypto gateway. We hope that our solution will help the major institutions and accelerate the broad adoption of cryptocurrency eventually.”

About KuCoin

Launched in September 2017, KuCoin is a global cryptocurrency exchange with its operational headquarters in Seychelles. As a user-oriented platform focused on inclusiveness and community action reach, it offers over 700 digital assets. Currently, it provides spot trading, margin trading, P2Pfiat trading, futures trading, staking, and lending to its 20 million users in 207 countries and regions.

In 2022, KuCoin raised over $150 million in investments through a pre-Series B round, bringing total investments to $170 million with Round A combined, at a total valuation of $10 billion. KuCoin is currently one of the top 5 crypto exchanges , according to CoinMarketCap. In 2021, Forbes named KuCoin one of the Best Crypto Exchanges. In 2022, The Ascent named KuCoin the Best Crypto App for enthusiasts.

To find out more, please, visit https://www.kucoin.com .

About Legend Trading

Legend Trading is a leading crypto trading firm with a $10 billion+ yearly trading volume. Its over-the-counter (OTC) trading service offers deep liquidity and customizable services that are suited for brokerage firms, investment advisors, family offices, corporations, and high-net-worth individuals. Legend Trading also offers a comprehensive fiat-to-crypto gateway for banks, crypto exchanges, wallets, and NFT platforms to integrate and enable their customers to buy/sell crypto with bank transfers and credit/debit cards.

For more information, please visit https://www.legendtrading.com/ . Contacts

Emma Haul media@kucoin.com

Skip Raises $6.5 Million Seed Round to Build MEV Solutions



Investors Include Bain Capital Crypto, Jump Crypto, Galaxy, Robot Ventures, and Lightspeed Faction, Among Others Investment to Support Skip’s Development of Innovative Platform that Helps Chains Harness MEV to Achieve Financial Sustainability

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skip Protocol (“Skip”) today announced that it has raised $6.5 million in seed funding to support its development of an innovative platform to bring the multi-billion dollar market for transaction prioritization, reordering, and bundling (often known as “Miner Extractable Value” or “MEV”) to the Cosmos blockchain ecosystem and other fast-emerging proof-of-stake ecosystems. The round was led by Bain Capital Crypto, with participation from investors including Jump Crypto, Galaxy, Robot Ventures, Lightspeed Faction, IEX Group, Informal Systems, Sommelier Cofounder Zaki Manian, Celestia Chief Operating Officer Nick White, and JUNO Cofounder Jake Hartnell, among others.

Founded in 2022 by veteran software developers Barry Plunkett and Maghnus Mareneck, Skip’s platform allows users and traders to pay for transaction prioritization and privacy in a sealed-bid auction with the goal of democratizing access to MEV opportunities and profits. Skip’s infrastructure is designed to share MEV profits to validators, stakers, and protocols, while making it easier for traders to execute their strategies. It also protects users from gas wars, transaction spam, frontrunning and sandwich attacks, and other downsides of toxic MEV extraction.

“ Interoperable and sovereign blockchains in the Cosmos ecosystem are driving some of the most exciting innovation in DeFi. But the presence of toxic forms of MEV, including spam and latency wars, have capped the financial upside and harmed the user experience of those who build on and invest in them,” said Barry Plunkett, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Skip. “ Skip’s goal is to give chains and their communities a toolkit that allows them to decide how MEV is extracted and where profits accrue. We’re excited to leverage our infrastructure to help users, validators, stakers, relayers, and others capture the value that they help create and achieve financial sustainability.”

“ The long-term growth of app chains and L1s in the Cosmos ecosystem is dependent on the rewards the chains can sustainably provide to participants, and Skip’s chain-specific, user-centric approach and infrastructure will help them deliver significant monetary value and optimized efficiency to the network,” said Maghnus Mareneck, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Skip. “ We are thrilled to drive the growth of such an important ecosystem like Cosmos and thank our dedicated investors, enthusiastic validator partners, and welcoming ecosystem partners for their support.”

“ In order to reduce exploits, protect users, and expedite critical actions, every decentralized network will need to thoughtfully craft how it prioritizes transactions. Skip is building essential infrastructure to implement these capabilities,” said Kevin Zhang, venture partner with Bain Capital Crypto. “ Barry and Mag are building Skip with the benefit of years of technical experience at D.E. Shaw and Atlassian developing software, financial markets, and web3-native products. In working closely with them from inception, we could not be more impressed with and confident in their technical execution, user-centric values, and clear-eyed vision for how networks will develop in the decades to come – a view clearly shared by the compelling community of protocols, validators, stakers, traders, and others coming together in this financing to support Skip’s development.”

“ The Cosmos ecosystem is currently exploring a new portion of the design space of decentralized protocols via application-specific blockchains — and Skip is greatly expanding the value and type of MEV in the marketplace,” said Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures. “ The Skip team has a very unique background that combines academic mechanism design research and practical software engineering that allows them to improve the efficiency of the Cosmos ecosystem in the same way that MEV auctions improved Ethereum.”

Skip’s launch follows the company’s first place finish at the Jump Crypto Hackerhouse in Chicago in May, 2022, an achievement that helped position the company as a leading MEV product builder. Software engineers, investors, validators, and others who are interested in driving Skip’s continued growth and momentum and building a stronger Cosmos ecosystem can learn more by visiting skip.money .

About Skip Skip is dedicated to building infrastructure that enables blockchains to achieve long-term financial sustainability by harnessing Miner Extractable Value (MEV). Skip is the first MEV infrastructure provider dedicated to giving blockchain communities control over how MEV revenues are captured and distributed. Skip’s products help stakers, validators, and protocols access profits from MEV; improve chain user experiences; and enable traders to execute more sophisticated and profitable strategies. Contacts

Carissa Felger/Sam Cohen Gasthalter & Co. (212) 257-4170

Ownera and R3 Announce Collaboration for Inter-tradability of Assets From Any Ledger



Enabling institutions to offer investors and clients a unified digital assets portfolio on Corda and other platforms

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ownera , provider of a global inter-trading network based on the open-source FinP2P protocol, and R3 , the global enterprise technology firm, are partnering to enable Ownera to offer a unified digital wallet solution for institutions. The solution will unlock global distribution and liquidity for the digital assets market across any asset class, including private securities, and any underlying ledger - private or public.

The digital securities industry can benefit from this inter-tradability between different digitization solutions, that are custodied and settled across different networks. With an increasing number of digitized asset sources, these need to be brought together and allow for crucial global cross-market distribution and liquidity. This has the potential to promote further institutional adoption and the global distribution of high-quality assets.

The FinP2P routing network solves this problem by orchestrating the instant exchange of digital assets held on any blockchain platform, for digital cash held on any ledger. It supports primary issuance, secondary trading and DeFi-style instant borrowing against assets pledged as collateral. Institutions that have deployed R3’s Corda platform will also be able to use the solution to manage both assets held on Corda alongside assets tokenized elsewhere. The solution can work with the client’s preferred third-party or in-house digital custody solution.

Todd McDonald, co-founder at R3 said: “At R3, our purpose is to build and grow networks that are trusted, safe and open. We believe that users should have the freedom to connect and interoperate with each other across multiple networks and markets. We are excited to see the interoperability work emerging across the wider R3 ecosystem, such as the orchestration and “inter-tradability” of digital assets across Corda and other ledgers offered via Ownera’s FinP2P.”

“Institutions have been faced with the challenge of deploying multiple blockchain technologies if they want to reach different isolated pools of assets,” adds Anthony Woolley, the head of business development at Ownera. “The adoption of FinP2P will result in higher liquidity and better access to capital and assets by providing regulated firms with one secure point of connection to multiple digital asset networks across the globe. In turn, the wallet we have developed will enable those firms to give their clients one user-friendly interface to access investment opportunities throughout the FinP2P ecosystem. We believe that enabling high quality assets to be distributed to a global audience of suitable investors is key to driving institutional engagement in the digital assets space.”

About R3

R3 is a leading provider of enterprise technology and services for the development of multi-party solutions that enable direct, digital collaboration in regulated industries where trust is critical. R3 provides distributed ledger and confidential computing platforms, capabilities, and services for the development and scaling of multi-party applications and ecosystem solutions.

For more information, visit www.r3.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn .

About Ownera

Ownera is a digital assets software company building the institutional rails for a new multi-trillion-dollar digital securities market. The company led the creation of the open-source specifications of the FinP2P interoperability protocol and delivers FinP2P based network nodes and digital assets solutions to the financial industry, thus enabling global distribution and liquidity for digital securities.

For more information, go to www.ownera.io Contacts

R3 contact: r3@chatsworthcommunications.com

Ownera contact: Anthony Woolley anthony.woolley@ownera.io

UK Consumers Struggling With Cost-of-Living and Inflation, as Almost Half Report Finding It Harder to Make Minimum Monthly Credit Card Payments



New research from Marqeta finds 57% of survey respondents are relying on credit to make ends meet, while also becoming increasingly financially-savvy (64%)

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Marqeta (NASDAQ: MQ), the global modern card issuing platform, has today released new research revealing that almost half (48%) of UK consumers surveyed are struggling to make minimum monthly payments on their credit cards as the cost-of-living crisis bites. The survey of over 1,000 UK consumers shows that as the UK shifts out of the pandemic into the cost-of-living crisis, consumers have simply moved from one financial worry to another. Credit is helping consumers to cope with the crisis, with 57% of those surveyed reporting using credit cards to make ends meet over the last year. Gen Z consumers are even more reliant on credit and 68% of those surveyed aged 18-25 report using credit cards to get by. The rising cost-of-living has also led to consumers becoming increasingly financially-savvy, with 64% of respondents surveyed agreeing that they’ve become more aware of budgeting and saving over the last 12 months.

“UK households are fighting against the rising tide of the cost-of-living crisis, but credit and smart budgeting can help them stay afloat,” commented Anna Porra, European Strategy Director at Marqeta. “With the energy price cap set to rise again in October, consumers’ financial concerns may very likely get worse. It’s becoming critical that banks offer flexible credit options, smart budgeting options, and better insight into spending to throw struggling households a lifeline. Developing personalised, user-friendly lending options that help consumers to navigate rising prices is crucial for banks that want to stay ‘top of wallet’.”

The research also finds that UK consumers’ concerns around inflation and cost-of-living are affecting their spending decisions. Almost three-quarters (73%) of those surveyed said they plan on reducing their spending, while 54% surveyed have been forced to delay making a major purchase on credit due to their current concerns. Consumers are still reliant on credit and know what they want from their credit cards, with refund protection on purchases (42%), fraud protection (39%), and the ability to purchase without needing funds immediately (37%) being the most-cited benefits of credit cards among those surveyed.

However, as consumers become more budgeting-aware, they’re also looking for more from their credit card provider. Many of those surveyed are seeking more personalised offerings and non-traditional credit card rewards, such as: extra points or cashback for categories where they spend the most money (68%); offers from merchants they have shopped with in the past (43%); lottery rewards (36%); portion of stock (28%); or cryptocurrency (24%). Gen Z consumers surveyed were particularly interested in innovative credit options to help navigate the cost-of-living crisis, with 63% of 18-25-year-olds surveyed wanting more insight into their spending to help manage budgets more effectively.

“As purse strings tighten, the onus should be on banks and credit card providers to ensure they’re doing everything they can to support consumers,” continued Anna Porra. “Consumers want true control over their finances, and this means having full visibility into their spending to help count the pennies during tough times. Now is the time for banks to respond to consumer demand by offering innovative credit options – such as personalised services linked to spending habits, helping consumers to budget, or developing new ways to build credit scores. This will not only help consumers keep their heads above water during the cost-of-living crisis, but to emerge stronger than ever on the other side.”

The research also finds that as consumers continue to seek more flexible options to traditional credit, many are branching out into Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL). More than half (56%) of consumers surveyed have increased their use of BNPL solutions over the last 12 months, with this figure rising to almost two-thirds (63%) among Gen Z surveyed. Consumers are leaning on BNPL to manage rising costs, with many of those surveyed citing that it helps them to budget (42%), charges zero interest (42%), is convenient (37%), and offers more flexibility on payments (35%). Some surveyed consumers are also calling for more innovation in BNPL and would like it to extend to larger purchases such as cars (28%), home renovations (27%), dental work (26%), and travel bookings (22%).

About The 2022 State of Credit Report Marqeta’s 2022 State of Credit survey was fielded by Propeller Research on behalf of Marqeta, surveying 4,079 consumers between the ages of 18-65 (2,048 in the US, 1,025 in the UK and 1,006 in Australia).

To download the full report, please click here .

About Marqeta Marqeta’s modern card issuing platform empowers its customers to create customized and innovative payment cards. Marqeta’s platform, powered by open APIs, gives its customers the ability to build more configurable and flexible payment experiences, accelerating product development and democratizing access to card issuing technology. Its modern architecture provides instant access to highly scalable, cloud-based payment infrastructure that enables customers to launch and manage their own card programs, issue cards and authorize and settle transactions. Marqeta is headquartered in Oakland, California and is enabled in 39 countries globally. For more information, visit www.marqeta.com , Twitter and LinkedIn .

Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements expressed or implied in this press release include, but are not limited to, quotations and statements relating to changing consumer preferences; increasing consumer adoption of certain digital payment methods, products, and solutions; which payment, banking, and financial services products and solutions may succeed; technological and market trends; Marqeta’s business; and Marqeta’s products and services. Actual results may differ materially from the expectations contained in these statements due to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the following: any factors creating issues with changes in domestic business, market, financial, political and legal conditions; the effect of and uncertainties related to the global COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. and global economies and demand for Marqeta’s services and products; and the uncertainties and direct and indirect effects of the significant military action against Ukraine launched by Russia, including threats of attacks against U.S. financial institutions as retaliation against financial institutions for sanctions imposed against Russia. Detailed information about these risks and other factors that could potentially affect Marqeta’s business, financial condition and results of operations are included in the “Risk Factors” disclosed in Marqeta's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, as such risk factors may be updated from time to time in Marqeta’s periodic filings with the SEC, available at www.sec.gov and Marqeta’s website at http://investors.marqeta.com . The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Marqeta as of the date hereof. Marqeta disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law . Contacts

James Robinson 530-913-0844 jrobinson@marqeta.com

Asia’s Largest Web3 Event TOKEN2049 Exclusively Unveils NFT Assets Valued Over US$100 Million



Immersive, first-of-its-kind OP3N WHALE NFT Exhibition showcases works presented to the public for the very first time

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- #NFT -- TOKEN2049 , Asia’s premier crypto conference, announced that it will be showcasing a first-of-its-kind, immersive NFT experience, entitled the OP3N WHALE NFT Exhibition, at its upcoming Singapore edition from 28 to 29 September. The exhibition will be presenting NFT assets with a market value exceeding US$100 million — the first time such a collection owned by a single entity has ever been on display to the public.

The exhibition was developed by OP3N , a launchpad for IP and communities in Web3, and WHALE , the omni-versal membership club with a treasury that includes the world’s largest collection of rare, high-value NFTs spanning gaming, art, and virtual real estate.

Raphael Strauch, Founder of TOKEN2049 said: “Today’s Web3 ecosystem reflects the exciting creativity and innovation being brought by a myriad of industries by way of their growing interest in NFTs — and so much of this is taking place in Asia. We have an exciting programme for our attendees — and this exhibition is just one part.”

Showcasing creatives, brands, and curators from the region that exemplify the global dynamic of East Meets West , the exhibition will make its exclusive debut at Asia’s largest Web3 event and TOKEN2049’s largest-ever conference in its history. An estimated 7,000 visitors are expected to attend.

The exhibition includes artworks by renowned digital artist Pak , famed for spearheading Sotheby’s first-ever NFT sale; leading glitch artist XCOPY ; Milanese artist duo Hackatao ; and award-winning Asian-American photographer Michael Yamashita .

TOKEN2049 Singapore will also feature a rotating display of generative art masterpieces from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s permanent collection artist Brendan Dawes and Instagram photography sensation Ryosuke Kosuge. These works will be displayed at WHALE’s solo booth at the conference.

Renowned NFT collector and WHALE founder WhaleShark, said: “Non Fungible technology has ignited a global digital renaissance of art and culture, and the ability to partner with TOKEN2049 and OP3N to showcase some of the earliest and most renowned pioneers of this sector is truly an honor. The exhibition puts the spotlight on this inevitable revolution of the arts with a focus on a time-tested creative industry rather than the flavor of the month.”

In addition, attendees will be able to see OP3N’s latest NFT drop “A3”, developed by YOON and VERBAL who are behind the iconic Tokyo-based fashion brand AMBUSH®. The iconic phygital “A3” NFT will be uniquely presented in a glass display case on the exhibition floor.

“Art, culture and technology are intersecting in exciting and completely new ways, with many industry firsts taking place around the globe,” said Jaeson Ma, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder of OP3N, the world’s preeminent contemporary NFT experience brand. “From digital creators and traditional artists to fashion brands such as AMBUSH who’s been expanding their presence in the NFT space, we’re bringing together an incredible pool of talent to celebrate and honor their work.”

Jaeson will also be speaking on a panel on ‘The Future of IP & Communities in Web3’ on 29 September at 2:45 PM along with VERBAL who will speak more about “A3” in detail.

TOKEN2049 Singapore’s agenda will be featuring a series of discussions touching on the latest developments in the Web3 ecosystem — from the global macro narrative for crypto, the rise of Web3 gaming, the emerging social and creator economy, the future of AI and generative art, present and future Web3 infrastructure, and many more.

As part of Asia Crypto Week , TOKEN2049 attendees can expect to attend a full line-up of side events, conferences, networking events, workshops, and parties taking place throughout the week.

For more information and continued updates on TOKEN2049 Singapore, please visit: https://www.asia.token2049.com/ .

About TOKEN2049

TOKEN2049 is a premier Web3 event, organized annually in Singapore and London, where decision-makers in the global crypto ecosystem connect to exchange ideas, network and shape the industry. TOKEN2049 is a global meeting place for entrepreneurs, institutions, industry insiders, investors, and those with a strong interest in the crypto and blockchain industry.

About OP3N

Founded in 2021 as a subsidiary of EST Media Holdings, OP3N imagines a world where Communities can come together to create, own, and bring their ideas to the world. OP3N’s mission is to be a Launchpad for Ideas and Communities to create meaningful experiences together. By consolidating the tools needed to mint, share and engage with NFTs and digital tokens into one vertical stack, OP3N leverages its cross-industry expertise from the entertainment, gaming and tech ecosystems, to lay the foundations for a new era of community-driven, inclusive entertainment while bringing everyone together on a journey into Web3. For more information, please visit: https://op3n.world/

About WHALE

WHALE is the omni-versal membership club for the natively digital, focused on immersing WHALE Members in the renaissance of digital art and culture. Powered by the club's native social token, $WHALE, and the club treasury, the WHALE Vault, WHALE delivers physical and metaversal content, information, and experiences for a new generation of digital enthusiasts. Established in 2020 by the pseudonymous WhaleShark, WHALE boasts over 25,000 members worldwide, all focused on the longer-term discussion and immersion of Web 3 and the revolution of true digital asset scarcity, ownership, and management.

About AMBUSH ®

AMBUSH® began as an experimental jewelry line – innovative pop art-inspired designs capturing a distinct Tokyo aesthetic. With apparel created as a canvas to complete the story, AMBUSH® evolved into designing unisex collections. The brand made its Paris debut in 2015 with YOON & VERBAL being listed as two of Business of Fashion’s Top 500 people influencing the global fashion industry for 5 consecutive years from 2015, and HYPEBEAST 100 list for 8 consecutive years. In 2017 AMBUSH® was selected as one of the top 8 finalists for the LVMH PRIZE. In 2018, AMBUSH® debuted at Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo. In the same year, Kim Jones named YOON as jewelry designer for Dior Men. In 2022, AMBUSH® presented the brand’s first runway at Milan Fashion Week and launched its proprietary metaverse SILVER FCTRY. Its first POW!® NFT collection sold out in minutes, ranking it among the top 10 projects on Opensea, and the second most transacted NFT from Japan at the time of its debut. Contacts

Melissa Esguerra token2049sg@wachsman.com

The Worldwide Bitcoin Industry is Expected to Reach $132.9 Billion by 2030 - ResearchAndMarkets.com





DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Bitcoin Market Size, Share & Trend Analysis Report by Application (Exchanges, Remittance Services, Payment & Wallet), by End-use (BFSI, E-commerce, Media & Entertainment), by Region, and Segment Forecasts, 2022-2030" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The global bitcoin market size is expected to reach USD 132.91 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 26.2% from 2022 to 2030, according to this study conducted.

Companies Mentioned Blockstream Corporation Inc. Coinbase Inc. Coinfy ApS Unocoin Technologies Pvt Limited. Bitstamp Ltd. itBit Trust Company LLC Blockchain Luxembourg SA Kraken (Payward Inc.) BitPay Inc. Plutus Financial Inc. (ABRA)

The growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies globally, owing to the numerous advantages associated with them, such as decentralization and ease of exchange, is expected to drive the bitcoin market over the forecast period. Additionally, the payment service providers' significant emphasis on delivering better payment solutions promotes the industry's expansion.

Market players are investing in new and innovative product development to establish the Bitcoin market. For instance, in June 2022, Proshares, an issuer of Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), introduced the first ever short Bitcoin-linked ETF. It is specifically designed to help investors profit from price dips in cryptocurrency.

Several crypto exchanges are expanding their operational reach to grab the opportunity to capture the growing market of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. For instance, in March 2022, Coinbase planned to expand its footprint in European markets, which is in line with the two-pronged growth strategy.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the global economic crisis, which significantly contributed to the growth of the bitcoin market. The outbreak led to a financial crisis, which resulted in currency devaluation. On the other hand, a spike in Bitcoin trading volume was observed during the significant currency devaluation. In times of crisis, residents shift to safe assets, and the Bitcoin trade picks up.

Bitcoin Market Report Highlights The exchange segment is expected to dominate over the forecast period owing to the large volumes traded on the exchanges every day and the growing popularity of bitcoin as an alternative investment option The BFSI segment is anticipated to dominate the market over the forecast period. The rapid adoption of cryptocurrencies among financial institutions owing to the unique opportunities such as the revolution in payment services is expected to drive growth The Asia Pacific regional market is expected to witness the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. The growing prevalence of crypto-based startups and decentralized finance (Defi) projects in countries such as Singapore and the Philippines is expected to boost the regional growth

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1 Methodology and Scope

Chapter 2 Executive Summary

Chapter 3 Bitcoin Industry Outlook

3.1 Market Segmentation and Scope

3.2 Market Size and Growth Prospects

3.3 Bitcoin- Value Chain Analysis

3.4 Bitcoin Market - Market Dynamics

3.4.1 Market driver analysis

3.4.1.1 Utilization of Bitcoin as a medium of exchange

3.4.1.2 Bitcoin's pioneering status

3.4.2 Market challenge analysis

3.4.2.1 Regulatory concerns

3.5 Penetration and Growth Prospect Mapping

3.6 Bitcoin Market - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

3.7 Bitocin Market - PESTEL Analysis

Chapter 4 Investment Landscape Analysis

4.1 Investor Strategies

4.2 Investor Vision & Goal Analysis

4.3 Funding Raised in Voice Assistant Devices

4.4 Investments Made in Self-checkout Stores

Chapter 5 Bitcoin Application Outlook

Chapter 6 Bitcoin End-use Outlook

Chapter 7 Bitcoin Regional Outlook

Chapter 8 Competitive Analysis

8.1 Recent Developments & Impact Analysis, By Key Market Participants

8.2 Company Categorization

8.3 Vendor Landscape

8.3.1 Key company market share analysis, 2021

8.4 Company Analysis Tools

8.4.1 Company market position analysis

8.4.2 Competitive dashboard analysis

Chapter 9 Competitive Landscape

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/y7gyw0 Contacts

ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager press@researchandmarkets.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./ CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900

Metallicus announces supercharged Metal Pay API, to allow Banks & Fintechs to offer Cryptocurrencies



Fully customizable, revenue-generating, with a wide selection of the top 100 tokens

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Metallicus, a leader in digital assets and blockchain technologies, today unveiled Metal Pay API, a fully customizable, secure, compliant solution that enables any financial services or consumer-facing business to cater to their customers’ growing interest in cryptocurrencies. The API is an extension of the established Metal Pay infrastructure that will enable partners to supplement their core business product offerings to drive new growth opportunities and competitive advantage.

The launch of Metal Pay API comes at a time when fintechs, traditional finance, gaming and social media platforms want to stay current and competitive by offering their customers access to trading and investing in digital assets. With access to more than just Bitcoin and Ethereum, Metal Pay API is a white-label API that can easily be integrated into digital applications to drive growth while simultaneously ensuring that high integrity, security and compliance needs are met. Partners can use Metal Pay API to enhance their own competitive advantages and growth opportunities with the ability to utilize the following features: Customized choice of some of the top 100 cryptocurrencies Revenue generation through competitive trading fee model Fully-compliant cryptocurrency transaction monitoring Crypto deposits and withdrawals

“Existing banks and fintechs are looking for seamless solutions for integrating cryptocurrency capabilities without being burdened by the need to construct and maintain their own systems,” said Donald Berk, COO at Metallicus. “With the Metal Pay API, our partners can harness digital asset payments and trading capabilities into their existing platform cost-effectively. We have taken the technology behind our core consumer cryptocurrency product, Metal Pay, and evolved it to meet the growing needs of commercial customers, with a suite of stack features including API key management, payment and market order creation, and access to onboarding solutions.”

Today’s announcement of Metal Pay API is another milestone for Metallicus’ strategy for constructing a consumer-centric digital asset banking network to help its customers excel in today’s fast-evolving environment. Metallicus continues to add to their diverse suite of products, which includes Metal Pay for consumers, WebAuth Wallet, Metal Blockchain, and Proton Blockchain. For more information about these products, please visit www.metallicus.com/products .

About Metallicus

Founded in 2016 in San Francisco, Metallicus believes that strong regulation, security, identity, and a simple customer experience are essential for integrating and scaling uses of digital assets and cryptocurrencies into financial services and economic activities. Metallicus builds compliant, secure technologies where banking, payroll and other financial and economic activities meld seamlessly with the world of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, DeFi and Web3. The company's flagship products include the mobile apps Metal Pay and WebAuth as well as the Proton Blockchain, the only blockchain with Verified Decentralized Identity. Contacts

Metallicus Marketing Contact Will Cleaver will@metallicus.com

myFICO: Little Clues That Show You a Debt Collector is Fake





SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Having old debts hanging over your head can be scary. Scammers may try to play on that fear by pretending to be a debt collector coming after you for past due bills.

Recognizing a scammer posing as a collection agency may be a little harder now that collection agencies can contact consumers through social media, text, and email. Here are some signs to look for can help prevent you from becoming a victim, from myFICO.

For more loan and credit education, visit myFICO’s blog at https://www.myfico.com/credit-education/blog

They won't give you their contact information.

Always ask for details to check the identity of a business who contacts you for money or information. A legitimate collection agency won't have a problem telling you their business name, address, or website. Scammers try to skirt around details and provide you as little information as possible. Be suspicious of a company who won't give you basic information about their business.

The company doesn't come up in an internet search.

It's a major red flag if you can't find any official information about a company online. Most legitimate companies will have a company website and a Better Business Bureau profile, at a minimum. If the company does come up in an internet search, check that the company's name, phone number, address, and website all line up.

Verifying the business information online is a start, but it's not enough. A scammer can fake their caller ID and pose as a real company, so doing a little more due diligence will give you some extra assurance.

Your state regulators can't verify the company.

Most states require collection agencies to be registered and have valid insurance to collect from residents within that state. Check with your state's Secretary of State and Department of Insurance to verify whether a debt collector even meets the requirements for doing business where you live.

They pressure you to make payments that are hard to trace or don't provide consumer protections.

One of the biggest ways to recognize a fake debt collector—or any scammer—is how they want you to pay. Legitimate companies accept standard payment methods: credit cards, debit cards, or check/ACH. Many also offer the option to mail your payment or pay online.

Not wanting to be tracked, scammers commonly demand to be paid immediately via prepaid card, cashier's check, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency. Not only is it impossible to trace the payment back to them, you also lose some of your legal protections, like the ability to dispute a transaction.

Threats to have you arrested, garnish your wages, or take your property if you don't pay immediately are signs that the debt collector is really a scammer.

They pressure you to pay or give up personal or financial information.

Scammers aren't always after money—at least not directly. Sometimes they're looking for information they can use to commit identity theft or fraud. So, they trick or intimidate people into giving up sensitive information like your partial or full Social Security number or the security code on your credit card.

Their reason for asking for information may sound convincing, but remember that you haven't confirmed that they're not scamming you.

The original creditor has a different story.

Once a debt has been sold or assigned to a collection agency, the original creditor or lender often can't give you much information or take payment. However, they may be able to give you the name and phone number of the collection agency who took over the debt—or if the debt was sent to a collection agency at all.

Reporting Scams

If you believe you were targeted by a fake collection agency, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and your State Attorney General. With enough evidence, the FTC may file a lawsuit against the scammers and try to recover any money that was part of the scam.

Dealing With Legitimate Collection Agencies

Confirming whether a debt collector is a scammer is only the first step. You also have a right to know whether the debt is real and whether you're obligated to pay the collector. Write a letter to the collection agency asking for debt validation. They're required to send back proof or stop all collection activity—that includes reporting the debt to a credit bureau .

About myFICO

myFICO makes it easy to understand your credit with FICO ® Scores, credit reports and alerts from all 3 bureaus. myFICO is the consumer division of FICO– get your FICO Scores from the people that make the FICO Scores. For more information, visit https://www.myfico.com/ Contacts

myFICO Contact: Elizabeth Warren ElizabethWarren@fico.com

Artory/Winston Launches Its First Tokenized Diversified Art Fund on Securitize



Actively managed closed-end $25M fund offers shares and tokens to accredited investors in a diversified portfolio that trades in primary and secondary markets

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- #algorand -- Artory/Winston (the “joint venture”), a joint venture between Artory and Winston Art Group , today announced the creation of its first tokenized and diversified art fund (the “Fund”). The offering is now available on Securitize , a fully digital, all-in-one platform for issuing, managing, and trading digital asset securities. Investors can obtain an interest in a diversified portfolio of a carefully curated selection of physical artworks with the potential to generate positive returns. The $25M closed-end Fund is actively managed.

Winston Art Group will lead the sourcing and diligence on every artwork considered and purchased for the Fund. Artory’s technology will be used to capture the artworks’ due diligence data on the blockchain, providing investors with the confidence of investing in artworks with immutable records, verified provenance, and digital certification. Investors can purchase tokens representing ownership interests in the art fund, which can be traded on Securitize’s secondary market after a one-year lock up period.

“Today marks a milestone in Artory/Winston’s mission to expand the art market, make it more accessible, and offer investors a smarter diversification strategy for investing in this opportune asset class,” said Nanne Dekking , Founder and CEO of Artory . “We bring the art expertise, market access, technology, and credibility to the art investment process that simply was not present until now. Winston’s selection of artworks and the reliability that comes with Artory’s blockchain-secured digital certificate aims to instill investor confidence in our strategy not just today, but for many years to come. The one-of-a-kind access to liquidity through this offering in the secondary market is another key differentiator.”

The Artory/Winston art fund is a diversified portfolio of investment-grade fine artworks by blue chip, mid-career and emerging artists. The investment strategy provides the stability of the blue-chip art market with the high potential for returns generated by mid-career and emerging artists. Trading tokens on the secondary market presents a unique potential opportunity for investors to achieve liquidity and realize gains.

Elizabeth von Habsburg , Founder and Managing Director of Winston Art Group added: “The top performing artists have outpaced the S&P500 for over twenty years, with art widely regarded as a stable and resilient global market. But not every artwork retains value. It takes experienced advisors to understand which artworks have the highest potential to excel. We capture that potential by combining Winston’s decades of due diligence experience, trusted appraisal process and depth of access to artworks with Artory’s technology, digital certification, and art market experience.”

Artory/Winston selected Securitize Markets for its access to primary and secondary markets, large network of investors and businesses as well as their robust compliance and regulatory framework.

Founded in 2017, Securitize is an all-in-one solution for private companies to easily onboard and manage shareholders, tokenize assets, raise capital and enable liquidity, all powered by blockchain technology. Securitize is the largest digital transfer agency in the world and largest marketplace for investing in and trading tokenized shares.

"Blockchain technology is making it possible for investors to access opportunities that were unthinkable or out of reach just a few years ago,” said Scott Harrigan , CEO of Securitize Markets . “Most value and wealth is generated in the private markets – from private businesses to venture capital to art – and Securitize is making it easier for more investors to participate in that value creation. We are proud Artory/Winston’s partnership will be available on Securitize Markets.”

Fund investors will be able to secure their investment on Securitize’s investor portal. There, all information on the fund is available for investors’ consideration. The fund is administered by Apex Fund Services, with AI Global Strategies, an affiliate of Alpha Innovations International, acting as Platform Manager. The master fund will also have an appointed independent auditor and art appraisers.

This is the first in a series of diversified artwork offerings that Artory/Winston plans to launch. Last month, the joint venture started taking reservations for its single artwork offering from retail and accredited investors through Republic . In less than two months, the offering has reached more than $145,000 in reservations with over 200 reservations and counting. For more information about single and diversified artwork investment opportunities, go to artory-winston.com .

About Artory/Winston Artory/Winston creates unique investment opportunities by sourcing the finest artworks with the greatest potential to grow in value and generate real returns. Combining Artory’s industry-leading art registry technology with Winston Art Group’s deep market expertise and broad access to the primary market, secondary market, and private sources around the world enables its experts to identify the right opportunities, determine valuation and verify provenance. Artory/Winston then provides a diversified set of investment vehicles that come with digital certification on the blockchain with the flexibility and liquidity of fractionalized ownership. For more information, please visit Artory-Winston.com, Artory.com, and WinstonArtGroup.com.

About Securitize Markets Securitize is a digital asset securities firm with a mission to provide shareholders access to invest in and trade alternative investments, and for companies to raise capital, manage shareholders, and offer shareholders potential liquidity. Securitize has pioneered a fully digital, all-in-one platform for issuing, managing and trading digital asset securities, consistent with the existing U.S. regulatory framework, with a community of over 1.2 million investors and 3,000 businesses connected. Securitize is comprised of Securitize, Inc. and its subsidiaries Securitize LLC and Pacific Stock Transfer (both SEC-registered transfer agents), Securitize Capital, LLC, Securitize Markets, LLC (an SEC-registered broker-dealer, member of FINRA and SIPC, and operator of the company’s alternative trading system). Learn more at http://www.securitize.io .

Disclosures Securities are offered through Securitize Markets, LLC, (“Securitize Markets”) a registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC. Neither Securitize Markets, nor any of its affiliates provide any investment advice or make any investment recommendations to any persons, ever, and no communication through herein or in any other medium should be construed as such. Digital assets, private placements, start-up or tokens using blockchain, are speculative, involve a high degree of risk, are generally illiquid, and can be different from traditional markets. You should be prepared to lose some or all of your investment. Private placements may not be appropriate for every investor. Any discussion of liquidity is purely speculative. Offers to sell, or the solicitations of offers to buy any security can only be made through official offering documents that contain important information about risks, fees and expenses associated with the applicable securities available for trading on the Securitize Markets ATS. Investors should conduct their own due diligence, and are encouraged to consult with a financial professional. Past performance is not indicative of future results. There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns, outperform a non-diversified portfolio, or prevent against loss. Contacts

Media For Artory/Winston: Ioana Botzoman ibotzoman@montiethco.com

For Securitize: Evan Wagner evan.wagner@securitize.io

Sardine Raises $51.5M Series B Led by Andreessen Horowitz



Sardine provides real-time fraud prevention for a growing list of fintech and web3 customers, including FTX, Blockchain.com, Wealthsimple, Brave, and Digit. Funds will be used to accelerate development of Sardine’s fraud and compliance platform as well as its card and instant ACH to crypto on-ramp & NFT checkout products.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As a leading provider of fraud, compliance, and instant settlement solutions, Sardine announced today $51.5M in Series B financing to accelerate product development as well as marketing and sales across the globe. Andreessen Horowitz's Growth Fund led the round with participation from new and existing investors, including XYZ, Nyca Partners, Sound Ventures, Activant Capital, Visa, Google Ventures, Eric Schmidt, Vikram Pandit, The General Partnership, NAventures, ING Ventures, ConsenSys, Cross River Digital Ventures, Alloy Labs, and Uniswap Labs Ventures.

“We believe Sardine is a key payments infrastructure provider across traditional and decentralized finance, and we’re proud to continue to support this team on their next stage of growth,” said Alex Immerman, partner on the a16z Growth Fund. “Sardine’s fraud-fighting technology helps move money fast and without risk, and their rapid growth is a testament to the criticality and strength of their offering.”

Sardine’s real-time fraud prevention products help customers reduce more fraud with fewer false positives, leading to faster user growth and higher authorization rates. Sardine combines traditional financial data sets, like bank account history, with identity, behavior and device intelligence to significantly enhance their customers’ risk capabilities. Sardine also offers KYC, AML, sanctions, and transaction monitoring to reduce fraud during account opening, account funding, and ongoing transactions. These added features are essential now as payment fraud in fintech ballooned 70% in 2021.

“Faster payments means faster fraud. As Zelle, RTP and FedNow become increasingly popular, consumers are increasingly vulnerable to social engineering attacks where they are convinced to buy something that never arrives or invest in a scam ,” said Soups Ranjan, CEO of Sardine. “Secondly, Financial Institutions only know that their customers bought ETH or USDC, not what they do with it afterwards. What is needed is a new way of looking at fraud prevention, one which deeply inspects user behavior at the time of purchase, and combines it with what happens to the funds downstream. That’s exactly what we built at Sardine.”

“Digital assets are creating the future of our financial system – but they require a strong fraud and compliance infrastructure to protect investors. Sardine does precisely this,” said Alfarida Mohammed, Senior Vice President of Compliance at FTX. “Sardine's expertise and leading fraud-fighting technology ensure that our crypto users enjoy a seamless and safe experience while trading with FTX.”

“It's shocking that crypto grew to over $3 trillion of market cap last year with such a terrible user experience. Solving onboarding is the biggest unlock the crypto industry has for continued adoption. It needs to be simple, trusted, and safe for both merchants and consumers,” said Maaria Bajwa, at Sound Ventures. “This means making it very easy to move money from fiat to cryptocurrency, and to use that cryptocurrency across applications. Sardine has deep expertise in both fraud and KYC to streamline this entire process.”

Leveraging its industry-leading fraud and compliance platform, Sardine is changing how companies can move money through its Instant Settlement offering. Sardine offers an instant ACH and card on-ramp to crypto, enabling its fintech and crypto customers to instantly purchase over 30 different crypto assets or NFTs. Sardine recently launched their direct fiat to NFT checkout product and their first partner was Autograph for their Tom Brady’s Signature Experience NFT launch.

“We are excited to offer instant ACH settlement, once thought to be impossible because the fraud risk was too high,” said Aditya Goel, Co-Founder of Sardine. “Not only does Sardine take on 100% of all the fraud, compliance, and liability associated with instant money movement, but we also offer higher limits than would be available via card payments. We want people to move money online confidently, and this product is critical for payment companies who want to offer a great user experience.”

“Unlocking instant payments is a massive but elusive opportunity. It’s a risk problem, but typically fraud, identity, and payments have been siloed,” said Andrew Steele, Partner at Activant Capital. “Sardine is a rare example of both a platform and a multi-disciplinary team that combines all three in a model at scale already. As they unlock instant payments across fintech and crypto, they're uniquely positioned to build a leading payments network of the future.”

Sardine is led by industry experts who have scaled fraud, compliance, and payments infrastructure across companies like Coinbase, Revolut, Uber, PayPal & Zelle. In addition, Sardine was recently added to the Breakout List and named one of the top high-growth startups in the United States. With over 135 customers, and growing fast, the company is actively hiring for roles across Engineering, Product, Customer Success, Sales, and Operations.

To learn more about Sardine, check out its website or follow it on LinkedIn and Twitter .

About Sardine Sardine is on a mission to make payments instant and risk-free so consumers and businesses can move money confidently. Fraud is a burden on society, as slow payments and high-fraud rates reduce business growth and create systemic risk for the economy. Sardine enables all companies, whether big or small, to improve risk management by having the world’s best API for fraud detection and compliance within financial services. The company also offers instant settlement for crypto and NFT transactions. Contacts

Anna-Lena Dressman annalena@150bond.com

ErisX Clearing Functionality Now Available on TradeBlock





STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TradeBlock, the world’s leading provider of digital currency over-the-counter (OTC) trading tools, has strengthened its existing relationship with ErisX, a Cboe Global Markets Company, by providing institutional investors access to U.S. based crypto spot, to offer cash settled OTC trades using the ErisX settlement service . Accessed via the TradeBlock platform, the ErisX clearing functionality helps mitigate settlement risk that is prevalent in OTC transactions. This alliance with ErisX represents TradeBlock’s commitment to streamline institutional workflows in the crypto market.

"We strongly believe that institutional investors coming into the crypto-asset market will seek out solutions that allow them to operate efficiently, reduce risk, and that help ensure their regulatory compliance in other markets," said TradeBlock CEO Breanne Madigan. “ This collaboration brings a tool common in futures and equities markets to crypto markets and is expected to improve institutional participation in the asset class. We believe that TradeBlock and ErisX enabling clearing of over-the-counter trades will make OTC crypto transactions more efficient, with lower risk, bringing the same level of automation as other mature markets.”

Historically, according to research conducted at TradeBlock, the settlement period for an OTC crypto transaction could often take more than two days. The lengthy process may result in unpredictable slippage, delivery, and counterparty risk following a trade. This creates hurdles that discourage investors who are used to the Straight-Through Processing of equities and futures markets. By joining forces with ErisX, TradeBlock will provide tools to better manage these risks and improve trading workflows by bringing more certainty to the settlement process.

“As crypto markets continue to mature, it’s reasonable for investors to expect the same convenience and functionality available in virtually all asset classes, including crypto,” said ErisX President, John Palmer. “Our regulated clearing solution combined with TradeBlock’s institutional-grade platform is a solid combination to facilitate this transition and help drive adoption of digital currencies as an investment.”

ErisX and TradeBlock previously collaborated to offer ErisX spot market data on the TradeBlock markets page, available here .

About TradeBlock

TradeBlock offers the premiere platform for institutional digital currency traders, complete with a powerful suite of market and blockchain data, as well as execution and post-trade tools for liquidity providers, asset managers, corporate clients, and exchanges, among others. For more information on TradeBlock, please visit us at https://tradeblock.com or email us at contact@tradeblock.com .

About ErisX

ErisX offers individuals and institutions a single, innovative platform to access crypto spot and futures markets. By combining professional tools, advanced technology, sophisticated regulatory oversight, and a diverse product set, ErisX offers capital markets friendly workflows to digital market participants. Backed by some of the world’s largest trading firms and financial institutions, ErisX brings transparency and reliability to the digital asset class. ErisX, Eris Exchange, and the ErisX and Eris Exchange logos are trademarks of the Eris Exchange group of companies or its affiliates.

ErisX Futures are offered through Eris Exchange, LLC, a Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) registered Designated Contract Market (DCM) and Eris Clearing, LLC, a registered Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO). The CFTC does not have regulatory oversight authority over virtual currency products including spot market trading of virtual currencies. ErisX Spot Market is not licensed, approved or registered with the CFTC and transactions on the ErisX Spot Market are not subject to CFTC rules, regulations or regulatory oversight. ErisX Spot Market may be subject to certain state licensing requirements and operates in NY pursuant to Eris Clearing’s license to engage in virtual currency business activity by the New York State Department of Financial Services.

https://www.erisx.com/regulation/disclosures/ Contacts

TradeBlock Jacqueline Kwok, jk@tradeblock.com

Oasis Pro Markets and Ownera Partner to Deliver Global Distribution for Digital Securities





LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- #alternativeassets -- Oasis Pro Markets, the first US-regulated alternative trading system designed to trade digital securities for digital cash, today announced a partnership with Ownera, provider of a global inter-trading network based on the open-source FinP2P protocol, to distribute digital assets over the Ownera FinP2P network.

The digital securities industry is growing fast but has lacked a common global distribution network for connecting issuers, investors, exchanges and other market participants. As a result, the rate of institutional adoption and investor access to high-quality digital assets has been limited up until now.

Ownera brought the industry together to develop the FinP2P open-source routing protocol to solve this problem by orchestrating the instant exchange of digital assets held on any blockchain platform, for digital cash held on any ledger. It supports primary issuance, secondary trading and DeFi-style instant borrowing against assets pledged as collateral. This routing network has the power to open up digital distribution for the private markets and unlock global liquidity in a way that no single institution or exchange can achieve on its own.

As the first US-regulated alternative trading system designed to trade digital securities for digital cash, Oasis Pro Markets provides investors with transparent access to a range of digital security investments. The integration of Ownera FinP2P distribution network enables its issuers and investors to further improve the liquidity of their tokenized assets by reaching a broader investor base across the globe.

“Ownera provides a best-in-class connectivity solution that will accelerate the growth of the ecosystem,” says Pat LaVecchia, CEO of Oasis Pro Markets . “We are very excited about this alliance and are fortunate to be able to partner with Anthony Woolley and his fantastic team at Ownera.”

“Marketplaces and their Issuers need the broadest distribution to support a primary and secondary market in the low-liquidity world of private digital securities,” adds Anthony Woolley, the Head of Business Development and Marketing at Ownera. “The adoption of FinP2P will result in higher liquidity and better access to capital and assets by providing regulated firms such as Oasis Pro Markets with one secure point of connection to multiple pools of digital securities and investors across the globe. We are thrilled to have a powerful partner in Oasis Pro Markets, an established industry leader, to expand the FinP2P ecosystem.”

About Oasis Pro Markets:

Founded by seasoned Wall Street and blockchain veterans, Oasis Pro, Inc. is a leading fintech and blockchain company with a mission to bridge the world of traditional finance, blockchain and decentralized finance, "DeFi." Oasis Pro’s subsidiary, Oasis Pro Market, is a FINRA member firm that operates a multi-asset ATS ("OATSPRO") to allow primary issuance and trading of public and private multi-asset digital securities as well as a full-service investment bank.

OATSPRO enables issuers and subscribers to conveniently and securely buy, sell, and offer a range of alternative assets in the secondary market. Subscribers may also make payment for digital securities via fiat and digital currencies including stablecoins, and central bank digital currencies (CBDC) through their custodians. Backed by a team with deep fintech industry and regulation experience, Oasis Pro is the next evolution of alternative asset investing. For more information, visit www.oasispromarkets.com . Securities are offered through Oasis Pro Markets, Member FINRA/SIPC.

About Ownera:

Ownera is a digital assets software company building the institutional rails for a new multi-trillion-dollar digital securities market. The company led the creation of the open-source specifications of the FinP2P interoperability protocol and delivers FinP2P based network nodes and digital assets solutions to the financial industry, thus enabling global distribution and liquidity for digital securities.

For more information, go to www.ownera.io Contacts

Media Inquiries Anthony Woolley, Ownera: anthony.woolley@ownera.io Bob Yostpille, Oasis Pro Markets bob@oasispromarkets.com

Binance Partners with Solidus Labs to Lead the Charge on Crypto Market Integrity in Canada



The strategic partnership will enable the marketplace to offer an even higher level of digital asset compliance, risk monitoring and protection from market abuse

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- #cryptomarketintegrity --Binance Canada, the affiliate of one of the world's leading blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure providers, announced today it has selected crypto market integrity leader, Solidus Labs , as a transaction monitoring and marketplace surveillance partner in Canada. As part of the partnership, Binance Canada will utilize HALO, Solidus’ crypto-native market integrity hub, to optimize multiple key risk monitoring and compliance services including marketplace surveillance, transaction monitoring, FINTRAC Suspicious Transactions Reporting (“STR”) and Large Virtual Currency Transaction Reporting (“LVCTR”) and institutional onboarding.

“Our users are at the heart of everything we do so we are determined to meet the highest standards of regulatory compliance and user protection,” said James Moore, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer at Binance Canada. "We look forward to working together to enhance our risk monitoring capabilities, maintain compliance with evolving regulation in Canada and globally, and pave the path for greater crypto adoption.”

Solidus HALO is currently used to monitor more than 1 trillion events per day across more than 150 markets, protecting more than 25 million retail and institutional entities. It will allow Binance Canada to manage multiple risk and compliance programs in one platform, while also utilizing behavioral-based detection models powered by machine-learning to address a range of crypto-specific threats and alerts. Advanced investigative tools, case management capabilities, 24/7 real-time monitoring and more than 200 integration points supported by HALO will provide Binance Canada with market integrity insights and allow identifying and preempting potential risks across on-chain and off-chain data.

“Binance is a market leader both in Canada and globally, and we are proud to support their commitment to elevating market integrity standards, user experience and safe crypto growth,” said Solidus Founder and CEO, Asaf Meir. “This partnership is in line with both our firms’, and the industry’s, deep commitment to enabling crypto, DeFi and blockchain’s potential by mitigating the new risks they introduce. Users and regulators globally are increasingly expecting higher standards of market integrity - and this partnership will help advance those.”

Binance has a robust compliance program that incorporates anti-money laundering, trade monitoring and global sanctions principles and tools used by financial institutions to detect and address suspicious activity. Binance's strong compliance/KYC (know your customer) & KYB (know your business) programs enabled the company to secure approvals and registrations in France, Italy and Spain, being one of the few crypto companies to do so from G-7 countries. Recently, Binance has announced MinervaAI as its partner in Canada to provide robust KYC (know your customer) and KYB (know your business) services based on AI (artificial intelligence).

About Binance and Binance Canada

Binance Canada is the affiliate of one of the world's leading blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure providers with a financial product suite that includes the largest digital asset exchange by volume. At this time, Binance Canada Capital Markets Inc. (Binance) is not registered with any securities regulator in Canada. Binance has submitted an application for registration under securities laws in Canada with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Trusted by millions worldwide, the Binance platform is dedicated to increasing the freedom of money for users and features an unmatched portfolio of crypto products and offerings, including trading, education, data and research, social good, investment and incubation, decentralization and infrastructure solutions, and more. For more information, visit https://www.binance.com .

About Solidus Labs

Solidus Labs is the category-definer for crypto-native triple T (3T) market integrity solutions - trade surveillance, transaction monitoring, and threat intelligence. Our mission is to enable safe crypto trading throughout the investment journey across all centralized and DeFi markets. As the founder of industry-leading initiatives like the Crypto Market Integrity Coalition and DACOM Summit , and in everything we do, Solidus is deeply committed to ushering in the financial markets of tomorrow. Crypto exchanges, financial institutions and regulators globally rely on Solidus HALO - our real-time, comprehensive, testable, and future-proof platform. Safeguarding their business from known forms of market abuse and a plethora of emerging crypto-specific risks, we enable our clients to grow faster - and safer. To learn more, please visit: https://soliduslabs.com/ Contacts

Binance Canada Media Contact Joao H. Rodrigues JHR Group for Binance Canada 646-504-0547 jhr@jhrgroup.com pr@binance.com

Solidus Labs Media Contact Trevor Davis Gregory FCA for Solidus Labs 443.248.0359 | trevor@gregoryfca.com

Vista Equity Partners Names Winners for 5th Annual Global Hackathon



35 Teams from 20 Countries Competed to Drive Innovation through Enterprise Software

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vista Equity Partners , (“Vista”), a leading global investment firm focused exclusively on enterprise software, data and technology-enabled businesses, today announced the completion of its 5 th Annual Global Hackathon. The portfolio-wide, global business innovation competition featured over 200 participants on 35 teams from 20 Vista portfolio companies spread across 20 countries, making it Vista’s most geographically diverse hackathon to date. The event underscores Vista’s commitment to product and technology excellence and innovation, while developing technical talent and providing opportunities for learning and networking for developers and engineers across Vista’s portfolio.

The theme of this year’s event was “Powering the Human Enterprise,” examining how enterprise software can power productivity and unleash human potential while delivering triple bottom line impact. Product and engineering teams from across the Vista ecosystem came together to tackle a range of different problems, share best practices for product development excellence and generate viable business solutions during this completely remote hackathon.

“At Vista, we believe the transformative power of technology can be harnessed to supercharge company performance and improve lives,” said Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. “As this year’s participants and submissions demonstrate, innovative thinking paired with technological expertise has the potential to inspire creative solutions to positively impact people and businesses around the world. This year’s submissions are a testament to the amazing technical talent across the Vista ecosystem and strengthen our belief that technological innovation can drive meaningful change.”

All entries were reviewed by a panel comprised of some of Vista’s leading value creation, technology and ESG and DE&I experts. Submissions were judged based on innovation and originality, feasibility of productization and deployment, potential business and societal impact, completeness of vision and clarity of presentation.

“The power of the Vista ecosystem is the connectivity and opportunity it provides, and we are thrilled to see a large number of teams from across the Vista portfolio step up to compete in our annual hackathon,” said Nadeem Syed, Senior Managing Director and Head of Value Creation at Vista. “From establishing a federated data network for collaborating in the fintech space to creating solutions aimed at helping recruiters develop fair, inclusive and effective hiring strategies, the innovative ideas at this year’s hackathon not only showcased viable products for real business impact but also reinforced how the broader Vista ecosystem is well positioned to create value for all stakeholders.”

Select winners of the 2022 Vista Global Hackathon include:

Finastra: Best Overall. Finastra’s solution established a Federated Data Network, allowing financial institutions and fintech partners within its ecosystem to collaborate without the requirement of physical dataset share or manual partner agreements.

iCIMS: Best ESG . The iCIMS Talent Cloud aims to help recruiters develop fair, inclusive and effective hiring strategies leading to an increase in the number, quality and diversity of applicants.

IAS: Best AI / ML. IAS’ solution leverages AI / ML to provide brand safety solutions in complex 3D virtual/Metaverse environments.

BigTime: Best Business Idea. BigTime’s solution incorporates machine learning into the BigTime platform in order to help organizations make more informed and accurate financial forecasting providing better transparency into the state of their business.

“Our solution, developed in this year’s Vista Hackathon, has given us the ability to immediately access data at scale in a completely decentralized, safe, and private manner, providing access to the right data at the right time and creating the potential to change how financial institutions collect and assess data,” said Adam Lieberman, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Finastra. “Our ongoing partnership with Vista has demonstrated the power of collaboration for innovation. We are delighted to have won first-place in its global hackathon; an important event bringing peers together to help create a better future.”

Congratulations to all Vista companies who participated and the following winners from across all categories: Advanced, BigTime, Finastra, IAS, iCIMS, LogicMonitor, Mindbody, Pluralsight, Power Factors, SmartBear, STATS Perform and Xactly.

About Vista Equity Partners

Vista is a leading global investment firm with $96 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2022. The firm exclusively invests in enterprise software, data and technology-enabled organizations across private equity, permanent capital, credit and public equity strategies, bringing an approach that prioritizes creating enduring market value for the benefit of its global ecosystem of investors, companies, customers and employees. Vista's investments are anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions and proven, flexible management techniques that drive sustainable growth. Vista believes the transformative power of technology is the key to an even better future – a healthier planet, a smarter economy, a diverse and inclusive community and a broader path to prosperity. Further information is available at vistaequitypartners.com . Follow Vista on LinkedIn, @Vista Equity Partners , and on Twitter, @Vista_Equity . Contacts

Brian Steel media@vistaequitypartners.com (512) 730-2400

Tres Raises $7.6 Million Dollars as it Builds the First Financial Data Lake For Web3 Companies



Backed by some of the most known names in the Web3 ecosystem, Tres is building the missing link in the digital asset financial stack

TEL AVIV--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tres , which has built the first financial data lake for Web3 companies, today announced that it has raised $7.6 million in a seed round led by boldstart ventures, with participation from F2; Mantis in partnership with The Chainsmokers; New Form; Kenetic; Blockdaemon Ventures and Alchemy. Offering one source of truth for crypto financial data, Tres's next-level data coverage and integrity empowers Web3 businesses to monitor, manage and automate their Web3 finance.

Notable angels also participating in the round are Michael Shaulov, CEO, Fireblocks; Michael Gronager, CEO, Chainalysis; Jesus Rodriguez, CEO, IntotheBlock; Itay Malinger, CEO, Curv; Konstantin Richter, CEO, Blockdaemon and others.

Tres has Web3 customers in the US, Israel and Europe, including Hivemind, Stakely and Blockdaemon, and has monitored, analyzed and reconciled crypto assets of more than $40B dollars.

Tal Zackon, Co-Founder and CEO said, “Web3 businesses are struggling to manage the exponential growth and complexity of financial data across digital assets. Tres’ financial platform provides an unparalleled level of visibility, monitoring, alerting and automation to Web3 finance teams and seamlessly translates high volumes of raw blockchain data into actionable information. We are thrilled to have the backing of the industry’s leading VCs and highly regarded crypto giants as we build out our platform.”

One source of truth for digital assets The global crypto market cap is $1.06 trillion as of August 1, 2022. Approximately $112 billion is traded in cryptocurrency per day, and there are more than 6,000 different types of cryptocurrencies. The global blockchain market is predicted to go up to $23.3 billion by 2023.

Accordingly, there is a massive volume of crypto wallets, accounts, platforms and products available today.

Tres enables the collection and aggregation of digital asset data across disparate wallets, accounts and platforms, reducing the workload of manual spreadsheets — a process prone to human error — by 80%. The data is organized and enriched and allows finance teams to work with it the same way they handle fiat data, making the user experience seamless and familiar.

Streamlines financial operations Finance teams gain access to real-time, accurate data for use in a wide range of applications —considerably streamlining financial operations —including accounting, reconciliation, ERP integrations, risk analysis, enterprise grade DeFi dashboards, reporting, financial stress testing and treasury management

10x more volume and complete data integrity Significantly, Tres’s data engine can process tens of millions of transactions from on-chain and off-chain sources on a monthly basis, 10X more than any current tools out there, all while maintaining complete data integrity.

Open-source availability Tres also gives back to the developer community with its open source Chrome extension that allows users to view the data in any dApp wallet without having the private key. All data is available on the blockchain; the Tres extension simply allows a faster workaround.

“Tres’s vision is to underpin the Web3 economy by unifying the myriad of financial data in one central, organized and crypto-native platform that finance teams can seamlessly work with from day one,” said Ed Sim, Founder, boldstart ventures. “Companies like Tres that are preparing the world for Web3 have infinite use cases and it’s a delight to work with Tal Zackon, Elion Lotem and their team.”

“Web3 promises to be a complicated ecosystem of digital assets and the need for a financial data lake like the one provided by Tres is going to be absolutely critical to any company that needs to monitor, analyze and report effectively. We think Tres is going to be a game-changer for Web3,” said Enzo Coglitore, Partner, Alchemy Ventures.

About Tres Tres offers the first enterprise-grade financial data lake for Web3 companies looking to rapidly automate one source of truth across high volumes of blockchain data. Tres's next-level data coverage and integrity empowers finance teams to monitor, manage and automate their Web3 finance. Its data engine can process tens of millions of transactions per month, 10X more than any other existing tool.

Based in Tel Aviv, Tres is backed by some of the biggest names in crypto including boldstart ventures, F2, Mantis, New Form, Kenetic, Blockdaemon Ventures and Alchemy, along with notable angels from the crypto ecosystem. Contacts

Cari Sommer cari@raisecg.com

KuCoin Opens In-depth Strategic Cooperation with Dmail Network, the Next-generation Web 3.0-based Collaborative Platform.





VICTORIA, Seychelles--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KuCoin, a leading global cryptocurrency trading platform, together with its community chain KCC, KuCoin Wallet, and ecological investment and incubation platform KuCoin Labs, will open in-depth strategic cooperation with Dmail, the next-generation Web 3.0-based collaborative platform.

As a world-renowned crypto exchange, KuCoin has been paying attention to the layout and development of the Web3 field since a long time ago. And Dmail has been focused on developing a decentralized mailbox service system that meets the core demands of next-generation Internet users and provides a safe and reliable information storage service. Ever since Dmail was founded, it has received attention from tremendous investors such as Hashkey Capital, Amino Capital, OIG VC, and so on. The cooperation between these 2 Industry giants will involve technology, ecology, and information service to provide users with a Web3-level information service experience.

Through this cooperation, Dmail will provide decentralized mailbox services based on multi-chains for KuCoin ecological users, while KuCoin and KuCoin Labs will also provide Dmail with comprehensive support in technology, marketing, ecology, etc.

In future cooperation, Dmail DApp will be embedded in KuCoin Wallet and also support KuCoin Wallet login. As a result, Dmail will support sending messages between the wallets of KCC chain users and sending messages between KCC chain users and other chains such as Ethereum/BNB Chain and even other Web2 mailboxes. In addition, in order to give back to the support of the KCC ecosystem, Dmail will airdrop NFT domain accounts exclusively for users with KuCoin Wallet and KCC users in the future.

Johnny Lyu, KuCoin CEO, noted that this in-depth cooperation marks a big step forward for KuCoin to explore the web3 world. He added: “It is absolutely exciting to generate in-deepen cooperation with Dmail, the leader of decentralized mailboxes in Web3. Dmail's goals and pursuits in related fields coincide with KuCoin. We have great confidence that driven by this strategic cooperation, we will bring more great achievements from decentralization and Web3 exploration to share with our users worldwide.”

James Wen, founder of Dmail said, "We are excited to enter into further partnership with KuCoin Eco as KuCoin approaches its fifth anniversary, and this is a very important partnership for both! In the future, Dmail will work together with KuCoin to promote the construction of decentralized information services in the Web3 world and build a bridge to the Web3 world for more users."

About KuCoin

Launched in September 2017, KuCoin is a global cryptocurrency exchange with its operational headquarters in Seychelles. As a user-oriented platform with a focus on inclusiveness and community action reach, it offers over 700 digital assets and currently provides spot trading, margin trading, P2P fiat trading, futures trading, staking, and lending to its 20 million users in 207 countries and regions.

In 2022, KuCoin raised over $150 million in investments through a pre-Series B round, bringing total investments to $170 million with Round A combined, at a total valuation of $10 billion. KuCoin is currently one of the top 5 crypto exchanges according to CoinMarketCap. Forbes also named KuCoin one of the Best Crypto Exchanges in 2021. In 2022, The Ascent named KuCoin the Best Crypto App for enthusiasts.

To find out more, visit https://www.kucoin.com .

About KuCoin Labs

Since its launch in May 2018, the KuCoin investment and incubation program has brought together a group of crypto experts for in-depth market research, analysis, investment, and incubation in the crypto industry. KuCoin Labs has diversified investments into early-stage projects to help builders achieve sustainable growth and success in the decentralized world.

To find out more, visit https://www.kucoin.com/zh-hans/land/kucoinlabs .

About KCC(KuCoin Community Chain)

KCC is a public chain project initiated and built by the developer community of KCS and KuCoin, aiming to solve the network latency and high gas fee of Ethereum. KCC is an EVM-compatible blockchain and is striving to provide community users and developers with a higher-speed, more convenient, and lower-cost blockchain experience.

To find out more, visit https://www.kcc.io/ .

About KuCoin Wallet

KuCoin Wallet is a secure and easy-to-use crypto wallet that supports multi-chain aggregation powered by the KuCoin ecosystem. With the security expertise of KuCoin and the leading security technology audited by Hacken, KuCoin Wallet is a self-custody wallet with users having full control of their assets. KuCoin Wallet provides the easiest way for users to manage multi-chain assets and enables users to buy, store and view NFT collections directly within the wallet. KuCoin Wallet is a gateway to the web3 world for all crypto users.

To find out more, visit https://kuwallet.com/ .

About Dmail

Dmail Network is the next-generation Web 3.0-based collaborative platform which integrates the functions of message communication, asset management, data storage, workspace and etc. Over time, Dmail will become a fundamental infrastructure tool and DID for users to enter the Web 3.0 era, and will be a bridge that links Web 2.0 users to easily use blockchain services.

To find out more, visit https://dmail.ai/presale . Contacts

Emma Haul media@kucoin.com

Hazeltree Appoints Kevin Held as Chief Financial Officer





NEW YORK & LONDON & HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hazeltree, a leader in treasury and liquidity management technology for the alternative asset management industry, announced today it has appointed Kevin Held as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. Held joins Hazeltree with more than 30 years of experience in finance for several high-growth companies, from early-stage startups to established businesses across the fintech, technology, SaaS, and financial services industries.

Prior to joining Hazeltree, Held was the CFO of Vehlo Purchaser, a provider of SaaS solutions to the automotive repair industry. At Vehlo, he participated in the acquisition and integration of seven companies and built out the finance/accounting area to support the 14 companies in the firm’s portfolio.

Held will report directly to Hazeltree CEO Tushar Amin.

“ We’re thrilled to welcome Kevin to Hazeltree, as he helps us identify and develop new growth opportunities and business lines,” said Amin. “ He has an incredible track record of helping financial technology companies grow and will be an invaluable asset to Hazeltree as we continue to take the company to new heights in the alternative asset industry.”

“ Hazeltree stood out to me as a company that is on the cusp of growth,” said Held. “ I am excited to join and bring my experience in working with leadership teams to enable expansion.”

Held has also served as the CFO for AlphaPoint, a provider of cryptocurrency exchange solutions; TradingScreen, a SaaS-based provider of liquidity, trading and investment technology to the financial community; and Liquidnet, a global institutional brokerage and software development firm.

During his early career, Held worked with a variety of boutique broker-dealers and investment firms. In these roles, he worked to drive operational, financial and overall business improvements to new and existing processes and infrastructure, including systems implementation, improving analytics and reporting, creating and enhancing controls and instilling corporate governance.

He has an MBA from Adelphi University in New York, and is also a CPA.

This appointment comes on the heels of multiple C-level appointments at Hazeltree. In August, the company appointed Sonia Spicehandler as the firm’s first Chief People Officer, Sandy Weil as Chief Revenue Officer in June, and Tushar Amin as CEO in April.

About Hazeltree Hazeltree is a leader in treasury and liquidity management technology for the alternative asset management industry. Hazeltree’s innovative cloud-based treasury and liquidity solutions deliver enhanced transparency, liquidity, risk mitigation, streamlined operations and increased IRR by optimizing counterparty interactions, credit facilities, margin requirements, and fees. Hazeltree is headquartered in New York with offices in London and Hong Kong. Contacts

Media Malea Lydon BackBay Communications malea.lydon@backbaycommunications.com

Aries I Acquisition Corporation Announces Extension of Deadline to Complete Business Combination





CAYMAN ISLANDS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aries I Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: RAMMU, RAM, RAMMW) (“Aries” or the “Company”), a special purpose acquisition company, announced today that, on September 13, 2022, it notified the trustee of the Company’s trust account that it was extending the time available to the Company to consummate a business combination from September 21, 2022 to October 21, 2022 (the “Extension”). The Extension is the second of up to twelve one-month extensions permitted under Aries’ governing documents. In connection with such Extension, on September 16, 2022, Aries Acquisition Partners, Ltd., the Company’s sponsor, deposited an aggregate of $80,362.03 into Aries’ trust account, on behalf of the Company. The Extension provides Aries with additional time to complete its proposed business combination with Infinite Assets, Inc. (“InfiniteWorld”), a Web3 and Metaverse infrastructure company that enables brands and creators to create, monetize, and drive consumer engagement with digital content.

About Aries I Acquisition Corporation

Aries was founded by its Chairman, Thane Ritchie. Aries is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. On December 13, 2021, Aries and InfiniteWorld announced that they had entered into a definitive business combination agreement. Closing of the business combination is subject to customary closing conditions including the approval of the shareholders of Aries.

About InfiniteWorld

InfiniteWorld is a leading Web3 and Metaverse infrastructure company that enables brands and creators to create, monetize, and drive consumer engagement and experiences with digital content. InfiniteWorld is poised to become a publicly traded company through a business combination with Aries I Acquisition Corporation (Nasdaq: RAM), a special purpose acquisition company. The company has been highly sought after by brands and creators for its ability to create immersive programs around NFTs and other digital assets that offer high-level experiences and engagement for their consumers and communities.

For materials and information, visit https://www.infiniteworld.com/ for InfiniteWorld and https://www.ariescorp.io/ for Aries.

No Offer or Solicitation

This press release is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Aries or InfiniteWorld, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act.

Important Additional Information Regarding the Transaction Will Be Filed With the SEC

In connection with the proposed business combination, Aries intends to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a preliminary proxy statement and a preliminary prospectus of Aries, and after the registration statement is declared effective, Aries will mail a definitive proxy statement/prospectus relating to the proposed business combination to its shareholders and InfiniteWorld’s shareholders. This press release does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed business combination and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the business combination. Aries’s shareholders and other interested persons are advised to read, when available, the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and the amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed in connection with the proposed business combination, as these materials will contain important information about InfiniteWorld, Aries and the proposed business combination. When available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials for the proposed business combination will be mailed to shareholders of Aries as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combination. Such shareholders will also be able to obtain copies of the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov , or by directing a request to Aries I Acquisition Corporation, 23 Lime Tree Bay, P.O. Box 1569 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Participants in the Solicitation

Aries and InfiniteWorld and their respective directors, executive officers, other members of management, and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Aries’ shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under SEC rules, be deemed participants in the solicitation of Aries’ shareholders in connection with the proposed business combination will be set forth in Aries’ registration statement on Form S-4, including a proxy statement/prospectus, when it is filed with the SEC. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names and interests in the proposed transaction of Aries’ directors and officers in Aries’ filings with the SEC and such information will also be in the Registration Statement to be filed with the SEC by Aries, which will include the proxy statement/prospectus of Aries for the proposed transaction.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Aries’ and InfiniteWorld’s actual results may differ from their expectations, estimates, and projections and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the proposed business combination, and the timing of the completion of the proposed business combination. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Most of these factors are outside Aries’s and InfiniteWorld’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the definitive business combination agreement (the “Agreement”); (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Aries and InfiniteWorld following the announcement of the Agreement and the transactions contemplated therein; (3) the inability to complete the proposed business combination, including due to failure to obtain approval of the shareholders of Aries and InfiniteWorld, certain regulatory approvals, or satisfy other conditions to closing in the Agreement; (4) the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Agreement or could otherwise cause the transaction to fail to close; (5) the impact of COVID-19 on InfiniteWorld’s business and/or the ability of the parties to complete the proposed business combination; (6) the risk that the proposed business combination disrupts current plans and operations as a result of the announcement and consummation of the proposed business combination; (7) costs related to the proposed business combination; (8) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (9) the possibility that InfiniteWorld or Aries may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; and (10) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the final prospectus of Aries for its initial public offering, including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and in Aries’ other filings with the SEC. Aries cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. Aries cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Aries does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Contacts

Media Contact(s): Nicole Rodrigues NRPR Group - for InfiniteWorld nicole@nrprgroup.com Keil Decker ICR for InfiniteWorld and Aries (646) 677-1806 Keil.Decker@icrinc.com Investors Ashley DeSimone ICR for InfiniteWorld and Aries (646) 677-1827 Ashley.DeSimone@icrinc.com

Global Crypto Art Market Forecast to 2029 - Featuring OpenSea, Rarible and SuperRare Among Others - ResearchAndMarkets.com





DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global Crypto Art Market, Forecast to 2029" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

This report focuses on Crypto Art market revenue at the global, regional, and company level. From a global perspective, this report represents overall Crypto Art market size by analyzing historical data and future prospect. Regionally, this report focuses on several key regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East and Africa.

Key Points Covered in the Report Market Revenue of Crypto Art Market from 2017 to 2029. Market Forecast for Crypto Art Market from 2021 to 2029. Regional Market Share and revenue from 2017 to 2029. Country Market share within region from 2017 to 2029. Key Type and Application revenue and forecast. Company Market Share Analysis, competitive scenario, ranking, and detailed company profiles. Marker driver, restraints, and detailed COVID-19 impact on Crypto Art Market.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Crypto Art Market Overview

1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Crypto Art

1.2 Classification of Crypto Art by Type

1.2.1 Global Crypto Art Market Revenue Comparison by Type (2021-2029)

1.2.2 Global Crypto Art Revenue Market Share by Type in 2021

1.3 Global Crypto Art Market by Application

1.3.1 Global Crypto Art Market Size and Market Share Comparison by Application (2021-2029)

1.4 Global Crypto Art Market by Regions

1.4.1 Global Crypto Art Market Size (Million USD) Comparison by Regions (2021-2029)

1.4.2 North America (USA, Canada, and Mexico) Crypto Art Status and Prospect (2017-2029)

1.4.3 Europe (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and Russia) Crypto Art Status and Prospect (2017-2029)

1.4.4 Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand) Crypto Art Status and Prospect (2017-2029)

1.4.5 South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia) Crypto Art Status and Prospect (2017-2029)

1.4.6 Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, and South Africa) Crypto Art Status and Prospect (2017-2029)

1.5 Global Market Size of Crypto Art (2017-2029)

2 COVID-19 Impact on Crypto Art Market

2.1 Impact of COVID-19 on the Crypto Art market

2.1.1 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19): Crypto Art Industry Impact

2.1.1.1 How the Covid-19 is Affecting the Crypto Art Industry

2.1.2 Market Trends and Crypto Art Potential Opportunities in the COVID-19 Landscape

2.1.3 Covid-19 Impact on Key Regions

3 Market Dynamics

3.1 Market Drivers

3.2 Market Restraints

3.3 Market Opportunities

3.4 Top Investment Pockets

3.5 Key Impacting Factor

3.6 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

3.6.1 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

3.7 Key Market Strategies

3.7.1 Key Market Strategies, 2021 (%)

4 Company Profiles

4.1 OpenSea

4.1.1 Company Basic Information and Its Competitors

4.1.2 OpenSea Product Category

4.1.3 OpenSea Crypto Art Revenue (2019-2021)

4.1.4 OpenSea Recent Developments

4.1.5 Main Business/Business Overview

4.2 Rarible

4.2.1 Company Basic Information and Its Competitors

4.2.2 Rarible Product Category

4.2.3 Rarible Crypto Art Revenue (2019-2021)

4.2.4 Rarible Recent Developments

4.2.5 Main Business/Business Overview

4.3 SuperRare

4.4 Foundation

4.5 AtomicMarket

4.6 Myth Market

4.7 BakerySwap

4.8 KnownOrigin

4.9 Enjin Marketplace

4.10 Portion

4.11 Async Art

4.12 NFT ShowRoom

4.13 Axie Marketplace

4.14 Makers Place

4.15 Nifty Gateway

4.16 NFT Hunters

4.17 NFTCN

4.18 Mintable

5 Global Crypto Art Market Competition, by Players

5.1 Global Crypto Art Market Revenue and Share by Players (2019-2021)

5.2 Player Positioning

5.3 Top 5 Crypto Art Players Market Share Market Concentration Rate

5.3.1 Top 3 Crypto Art Players Market Share

5.3.2 Top 5 Crypto Art Players Market Share

6 Global Crypto Art Market Size by Regions

6.1 Global Crypto Art Market Revenue, and Market Share by Regions

6.2 North America Crypto Art Market Revenue, and Growth Rate (2017-2021)

6.3 Europe Crypto Art Market Revenue, and Growth Rate (2017-2021)

6.4 Asia Pacific Crypto Art Market Revenue, and Growth Rate (2017-2021)

6.5 South America Crypto Art Market Revenue, and Growth Rate (2017-2021)

6.6 Middle East and Africa Crypto Art Market Revenue, and Growth Rate (2017-2021)

7 North America Crypto Art Market Revenue by Countries

8 Europe Crypto Art Market Revenue by Countries

9 Asia Pacific Crypto Art Market Revenue by Countries

10 South America Crypto Art Market Revenue by Countries

11 Middle East and Africa Crypto Art Market Revenue by Countries

12 Global Crypto Art Market Segment by Type

13 Global Crypto Art Market Segment by Application

14 Global Crypto Art Market Size Forecast (2021-2029)

15 Appendix

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/vtel6t Contacts

ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager press@researchandmarkets.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./ CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900

Global FinTech Market Research Report to 2027 - Players Include Diebold Nixdorf, FIS, Fiserv and Infosys Among Others - ResearchAndMarkets.com





DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "FinTech Market Research Report by Category (Consumer Banking, Equity Financing, and Insurance), End-Use Industry, Region (Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The Global FinTech Market size was estimated at USD 136.87 billion in 2021, USD 146.83 billion in 2022, and is projected to grow at a CAGR 7.53% to reach USD 211.64 billion by 2027.

Competitive Strategic Window:

The Competitive Strategic Window analyses the competitive landscape in terms of markets, applications, and geographies to help the vendor define an alignment or fit between their capabilities and opportunities for future growth prospects. It describes the optimal or favorable fit for the vendors to adopt successive merger and acquisition strategies, geography expansion, research & development, and new product introduction strategies to execute further business expansion and growth during a forecast period.

FPNV Positioning Matrix:

The FPNV Positioning Matrix evaluates and categorizes the vendors in the FinTech Market based on Business Strategy (Business Growth, Industry Coverage, Financial Viability, and Channel Support) and Product Satisfaction (Value for Money, Ease of Use, Product Features, and Customer Support) that aids businesses in better decision making and understanding the competitive landscape.

Market Share Analysis:

The Market Share Analysis offers the analysis of vendors considering their contribution to the overall market. It provides the idea of its revenue generation into the overall market compared to other vendors in the space. It provides insights into how vendors are performing in terms of revenue generation and customer base compared to others. Knowing market share offers an idea of the size and competitiveness of the vendors for the base year. It reveals the market characteristics in terms of accumulation, fragmentation, dominance, and amalgamation traits.

The report provides insights on the following pointers:

1. Market Penetration: Provides comprehensive information on the market offered by the key players

2. Market Development: Provides in-depth information about lucrative emerging markets and analyze penetration across mature segments of the markets

3. Market Diversification: Provides detailed information about new product launches, untapped geographies, recent developments, and investments

4. Competitive Assessment & Intelligence: Provides an exhaustive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, certification, regulatory approvals, patent landscape, and manufacturing capabilities of the leading players

5. Product Development & Innovation: Provides intelligent insights on future technologies, R&D activities, and breakthrough product developments

The report answers questions such as:

1. What is the market size and forecast of the Global FinTech Market?

2. What are the inhibiting factors and impact of COVID-19 shaping the Global FinTech Market during the forecast period?

3. Which are the products/segments/applications/areas to invest in over the forecast period in the Global FinTech Market?

4. What is the competitive strategic window for opportunities in the Global FinTech Market?

5. What are the technology trends and regulatory frameworks in the Global FinTech Market?

6. What is the market share of the leading vendors in the Global FinTech Market?

7. What modes and strategic moves are considered suitable for entering the Global FinTech Market?

Market Dynamics

Drivers Increasing use of technology and innovation to provide financial services through internet-based platforms Rising internet penetration along with increasing use of mobile payment technology Growing popularity of digital payments

Restraints Stringent government regulations Complexities associated with the maintenance

Opportunities Innovations in FinTech in helping reduce the cost of providing services Growing popularity of AI interfaces and chatbots have redefined customer services Increasing investments in blockchain technology

Challenges Concerns regarding the security of consumer data

Companies Mentioned Accenture, Inc. Ant Group Avant, LLC CA Technology, Inc. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation Diebold Nixdorf FIS Fiserv, Inc. Infosys Limited International Business Machines Corporation Klarna Bank AB Lufax Microsoft Corporation NCR Corporation Oracle Corporation Qidian Red Hat, Inc. SAP SE Social Finance, Inc. SunGard Data Systems Inc Tata Consultancy Services Limited Xero

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/v985wc Contacts

ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager press@researchandmarkets.com

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Leading the way in Web 3.0, Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting purchases virtual land





 

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- #AI -- Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting recently staked its first claims on virtual land in the Metaverse, purchasing virtual real estate on Blockchain-based platforms Decentraland and Somnium Space .

Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting initially plans to utilize its new virtual land parcels in the metaverse to create new, more engaging ways for its global teams to collaborate with each other and with customers – via virtual meetings and customer events. The company also plans to conduct research and explore the development of products and services that can help its clients transform work and collaboration processes while improving productivity and efficiency.

“The metaverse will very likely reshape business models, product portfolios, and the way people collaborate,” said Karen Abramson, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting. “Ultimately, our leadership in this next technology revolution will enable increased productivity and revenue opportunities for our customers.”

These virtual real estate purchases further build Wolters Kluwer’s position as the technology leader in the tax and accounting domain. Earlier this year, Wolters Kluwer released a Blockchain-based bank confirmation solution , CCH Axcess Validate , for external auditors, that uses a patented Blockchain-based algorithm to exchange requests and replies between the parties, providing a certified audit trail showing proof of all interactions and identities of the involved parties.

Wolters Kluwer joins other forward-thinking, technology-savvy companies – including, in the finance, tax and accounting realm, Accenture, JPMorgan Chase, PwC and Prager Metis, among others – that have staked their leadership claims in defining how Web 3.0 will shape their industries and serve their clients.

Decentraland and Somnium Space are decentralized, 3D virtual platforms powered by the Ethereum Blockchain, where users can create, experience, and monetize content and applications. Together with other, competitive, decentralized 3D virtual platforms, Decentraland and Somnium space are defining the next paradigm shift in the evolution of the Internet, often called “ Web 3.0 ,” which will interconnect people, places, and things in real and digital worlds in new and transformative ways.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the healthcare; tax and accounting; governance, risk and compliance; and legal and regulatory sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with advanced technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2021 annual revenues of €4.8 billion. The group serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries, and employs approximately 19,800 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands.

Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

For more information, visit www.wolterskluwer.com , follow us on Twitter , Facebook , LinkedIn , and YouTube . Contacts

KELLY DE CASTRO Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting +1 614-288-5640 kelly.decastro@wolterskluwer.com

Signature Bank Named #1 in Private Bank and Business Escrow Services Categories of New York Law Journal’s 13th Annual “Best of” Survey



Also Named Second in Best in Business Bank Category; Consistently Ranked #1 or in Top Three for the Past 13 Years

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Signature Bank (Nasdaq: SBNY), a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced today it ranked in the top three for three categories within the New York Law Journal’s “Best of” 13 th annual survey of the New York legal community.

The Bank ranked #1 in both the Private Bank and Business Escrow Services categories and #2 Business Bank. For the 13 th consecutive year, Signature Bank ranked in a top three position annually in one or more of these same categories of the New York Law Journal ’s survey.

The September 19 th , 2022 edition of the New York Law Journal , a leading New York-area legal trade publication, revealed the “Best of” rankings, which reflect opinions of thousands of attorneys and other legal professionals who voted across 70+ legal-related categories. The voting process is purely democratic and represents opinions of New York Law Journal readers and members of the New York legal community.

Furthermore, based on Signature Bank’s 2022 rankings, it also earned inclusion in New York Law Journal’ s "Best of” Hall of Fame, for the fifth consecutive year. The Hall of Fame is awarded to entities that placed in "Best of" for at least three of the past four years thus repeatedly receiving the highest ratings from New York Law Journal readers and the New York legal community.

The New York Law Journal began surveying its readers for its “Best of” listing in 2010, and since then, Signature Bank has consistently secured the top spot or ranked in the top three in the Business Bank, Private Bank and Business Escrow Services categories. Throughout the past 13 years, the Bank ranked #1 in the Best Business Bank category seven times and also placed in the top three in six other years. It is also the 12 th straight year where Signature Bank ranked in the top three of the Private Bank category (number one for six consecutive years), and the 11 th consecutive year it placed in the top three in the Business Escrow Services category (including ranking number one for the past six back-to-back years and eight times in total).

Current and historical New York Law Journal rankings are as follows: CATEGORY 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Business Bank #2   #1   #1   #1   #1   #2   #1   #1   #1   #2   #3   #3   #2 Private Bank #1   #1   #1   #1   #1   #1   #2   #2   #2   #2   #3   #2   -- Business Escrow Services #1   #1   #1   #1   #1   #1   #2   #1   #2   #1   #2   --   --

“It truly is an honor for Signature Bank to have placed in the top three yet again in this prestigious ranking, primarily because it reflects the true opinions of the New York legal community where we serve many clients. The legal professional services realm is an area in which Signature Bank and its private client banking teams have focused upon and built a leadership niche. The high-ranking New York Law Journal results – for 2022 as well as the prior 12 years – clearly reflect the expertise we’ve garnered in providing client-centric care and service to New York’s thriving legal community, a feat for which we are quite proud,” said Joseph J. DePaolo, Signature Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We attribute our 13 years of top positioning to our founding model whereby our veteran banking teams serve as the single point of contact for meeting all clients’ needs. It is the hallmark of our institution and the real reason so many members of the New York-area legal landscape continually rely on Signature Bank for banking services. We thank this community once again for casting their votes in favor of Signature Bank,” DePaolo added.

New York Law Journal is a reliable news source for attorneys, designed to keep the fast-paced New York-area legal community up to date on industry trends and developments. The publication is owned by ALM, a global leader in specialized business news and information serving the legal, real estate, consulting, insurance and investment advisory industries.

About Signature Bank

Signature Bank (Nasdaq: SBNY), member FDIC, is a New York-based, full-service commercial bank with 39 private client offices throughout the metropolitan New York area, as well as those in Connecticut, California and North Carolina. Through its single-point-of-contact approach, the Bank’s private client banking teams primarily serve the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers.

The Bank has two wholly owned subsidiaries: Signature Financial, LLC, provides equipment finance and leasing; and, Signature Securities Group Corporation, a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC, offers investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services.

Since commencing operations in May 2001, Signature Bank reached $116 billion in assets and $104.12 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2022. Signature Bank placed 19 th on S&P Global’s list of the largest banks in the U.S., based on deposits as of year-end 2021.

Signature Bank was the first FDIC-insured bank to launch a blockchain-based digital payments platform. Signet™ allows commercial clients to make real-time payments in U.S. dollars, 24/7/365 and was also the first solution to be approved for use by the NYS Department of Financial Services.

For more information, please visit https://www.signatureny.com .

This press release and oral statements made from time to time by our representatives contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You should not place undue reliance on those statements because they are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and may be beyond our control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our expectations regarding future results, interest rates and the interest rate environment, loan and deposit growth, loan performance, operations, new private client teams’ hires, new office openings, business strategy and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on each of the foregoing and on our business overall. Forward-looking statements often include words such as "may," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," “potential,” “opportunity,” “could,” “project,” “seek,” “target,” “goal,” “should,” “will,” “would,” "plan," "estimate" or other similar expressions. Forward-looking and other statements may also address our sustainability progress, plans, and goals (including climate change and environmental-related matters and disclosures), which may be based on standards for measuring progress that are still developing, internal controls and processes that continue to evolve, and assumptions that are subject to change in the future. As you consider forward-looking statements, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements and can change as a result of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to us or in our control. These factors include but are not limited to: (i) prevailing economic conditions; (ii) changes in interest rates, loan demand, real estate values and competition, any of which can materially affect origination levels and gain on sale results in our business, as well as other aspects of our financial performance, including earnings on interest-bearing assets; (iii) the level of defaults, losses and prepayments on loans made by us, whether held in portfolio or sold in the whole loan secondary markets, which can materially affect charge-off levels and required credit loss reserve levels; (iv) changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. Government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; (v) changes in the banking and other financial services regulatory environment; (vi) our ability to maintain the continuity, integrity, security and safety of our operations and (vii) competition for qualified personnel and desirable office locations. All of these factors are subject to additional uncertainty in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine, which are having impacts on all aspects of our operations, the financial services industry and the economy as a whole. Additional risks are described in our quarterly and annual reports filed with the FDIC. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, beliefs and expectations, if a change occurs or our beliefs, assumptions and expectations were incorrect, our business, financial condition, liquidity or results of operations may vary materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements. You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statements made by Signature Bank speak only as of the date on which they were made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and we cannot predict these events or how they may affect the Bank. Signature Bank has no duty to, and does not intend to, update or revise the forward-looking statements after the date on which they are made. Contacts

Investor Contact: Brian Wyremski, Senior Vice President and Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Development 646-822-1479, bwyremski@signatureny.com Media Contact: Susan Turkell Lewis, 646-822-1825, slewis@signatureny.com

BTIG to Host 2nd Annual Digital Assets Conference





NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BTIG announced today that its 2nd Annual Digital Assets Conference will be held on Monday, September 19th and Tuesday, September 20, 2022. The virtual event will feature fireside chats with the leaders of more than 180 companies, projects and protocols representing a broad swath of the Web3 ecosystem, while offering institutional investors the opportunity to participate in one-on-one meetings with many of them.

Serving as hosts of the conference are Mark Palmer, BTIG Head of Digital Assets Research, Greg Lewis, CFA, BTIG Energy and Infrastructure Analyst, and Rob Fellinger, BTIG Head of Digital Assets Investment Banking.

Led by Mr. Palmer, the BTIG Digital Assets Research team provides comprehensive coverage across a wide array of subsectors within Web3 including crypto-related financial services platforms, decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, non-fungible token (NFT) projects, blockchain-enabled Metaverse games, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) and DAO tooling, blockchain staking and infrastructure, and more.

Mr. Lewis provides coverage of prominent companies within the crypto mining and infrastructure vertical as he shares insights on the dynamics of energy sourcing, equipment management, and mining trends across the industry. Separately, Mr. Fellinger leads BTIG’s Investment Banking effort focused on the digital assets space, providing advice and expertise on both capital markets and M&A transactions.

“We look forward to hosting some of Web3’s leading companies, projects and protocols and connecting them with institutional investors who are getting up to speed on the space,” Mr. Palmer said. “As the digital asset ecosystem continues to evolve at a rapid pace, BTIG is providing investors with the ability to interact with the innovators who are driving that evolution.”

For more information about the conference, email info@btig.com . Please note that participants must be pre-registered to attend. To access BTIG insights, contact a BTIG representative or log in to www.btigresearch.com .

About BTIG

BTIG is a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking, research, and related brokerage services. With an extensive global footprint and more than 750 employees, BTIG, LLC and its affiliates operate out of 24 cities throughout the U.S., and in Europe, Asia, and Australia. BTIG offers execution, expertise and insights for equities, equity derivatives, ETFs and fixed income, currency, and commodities (futures, commodities, foreign exchange, interest rates, credit, and convertible and preferred securities). The firm’s core capabilities include global execution, portfolio, electronic and outsource trading, transition management, investment banking, prime brokerage, capital introduction, corporate access, research and strategy, commission management and more.

Disclaimer: https://www.btig.com/disclaimer . To learn more about BTIG, visit www.btig.com . Contacts

Media: J ill Gordon 443.668.2055 jgordon@prosek.com

Vanessa Siderow 212.738.6148 vsiderow@btig.com

TeraWulf Announces Operation of Nearly 12,000 Miners at Its Lake Mariner Facility



Miner Deployments On-track to Achieve Total Year-End 2022 Targets

EASTON, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- $WULF #Bitcoin --TeraWulf Inc. (Nasdaq: WULF) (“TeraWulf” or the “Company”), which owns and operates vertically integrated, domestic bitcoin mining facilities powered by more than 91% zero-carbon energy, announced today the successful energization of its initial batch of over 3,000 S19 XP mining machines from the previously announced agreement with Bitmain Technologies Limited (“Bitmain”) for its Lake Mariner facility in New York.

Together with the Bitmain S19 XPs recently installed, TeraWulf now has owned hashing capacity in excess of 0.67 EH/s (5,471 miners) online plus approximately 0.65 EH/s (6,500 miners) of hosted hashing capacity for a total of over 1.3 EH/s operational at Lake Mariner.

TeraWulf’s Co-Founder and CEO Paul Prager highlighted, “This is an exciting time for the Company, and we are pleased to be one of the first public mining companies to deploy Bitmain’s latest generation mining machines at scale. This represents just one of the many milestones we expect to achieve at our Lake Mariner Facility as we aggressively ramp our self-mining operations in the coming months.”

The initial batch of Bitmain S19 XPs was installed in Building 1 of its Lake Mariner facility in New York, which has a total capacity of 50 MW of digital infrastructure. Building 2 at Lake Mariner remains on track to be completed during Q4 2022 and is expected to add another 50 MW of digital infrastructure capacity resulting in total energized digital infrastructure of 110 MW by year end 2022.

“Along with Lake Mariner’s strong hash rate growth has been a commensurate increase in our grid support capabilities. During an extreme summer across energy markets, our Lake Mariner facility was called upon for nearly a dozen demand response events, highlighting our ability to offer instant, precise support when the grid needs it most,” added Nazar Khan, Co-Founder and COO of TeraWulf. “And we continue to expand the suite of ancillary services that Lake Mariner can offer to the electric market.”

As previously announced, the Nautilus Cryptomine facility in Pennsylvania, a joint venture between TeraWulf and Talen Energy Corporation, has made significant construction progress and remains on target to begin mining in Q4 2022. TeraWulf continues to target reaching 5.8 EH/s of total Company operational mining capacity in Q1 2023.

Access to investor related events and updated presentation materials can be found on the TeraWulf Investor Relations website at www.investors.terawulf.com under the “Events & Presentations” section.

About TeraWulf

TeraWulf (Nasdaq: WULF) owns and operates vertically integrated environmentally clean bitcoin mining facilities in the United States. Led by an experienced group of energy entrepreneurs, the Company is currently developing two mining facilities, Lake Mariner in New York and the Nautilus Cryptomine Facility in Pennsylvania, with the objective of over 800 MW of mining capacity deployed by 2025, enabling over 23 exahash per second of expected hashrate. TeraWulf generates domestically produced bitcoin powered by nuclear, hydro, and solar energy with a goal of utilizing 100% zero-carbon energy. With a core focus of ESG that ties directly to its business success, TeraWulf expects to offer attractive mining economics at an industrial scale.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Company Contact: Sandy Harrison harrison@terawulf.com (410) 770-9500

KuCoin Labs Enriches NFT Ecosystem by Incubating NFT Liquidity Solution BidShop.io





VICTORIA, Seychelles--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KuCoin Labs , the investment and incubation arm of the KuCoin ecosystem, has officially announced its co-incubation with Republic Capital in BidShop.io, a startup that creates additional liquidity streams for NFT holders.

BidShop.io introduces game theory factors into the traditional NFT auction process, which has the effect of creating additional liquidity streams above floor price for holders of non-fungible tokens. On the buyer side of the equation, the solution also allows bidders to acquire rare NFTs at a fraction of the price.

The startup uses an innovation known as reverse auctions to put more power into the hands of NFT owners and furnish buyers with greater prospects of success. With reverse auctions, all bid values are encrypted and invisible to other bidders. This is a big technological challenge when implementing encryption on EVM blockchain and keeping the process completely trustless.

“The reason why we love BidShop.io is not only the unique technology but the true gamification of the NFT space, adding more liquidity and providing more people with a chance of acquiring NFTs with true value. KuCoin Labs is advising Bidshop.io from various aspects, such as business strategy, fundraising, marketing orientations as well as go-to-market strategies, etc.” stated Lou Yu, Head of KuCoin Labs.

In the future, KuCoin Labs will further explore potential and diversified collaborations with BidShop.io to vastly improve the NFT ecosystem.

About KuCoin

Launched in September 2017, KuCoin is a global cryptocurrency exchange with its operational headquarters in Seychelles. As a user-oriented platform focused on inclusiveness and community action reach, it offers over 700 digital assets. Currently, it provides Spot trading, Margin trading, P2P fiat trading, Futures trading, staking, and lending to its 20 million users in 207 countries and regions.

In 2022, KuCoin raised over $150 million in investments through a pre-Series B Round, bringing total investments to $170 million with Round A combined, at a total valuation of $10 billion. KuCoin is currently one of the top 5 crypto exchanges, according to CoinMarketCap. In 2021 Forbes named KuCoin one of the Best Crypto Exchanges. In 2022, The Ascent named KuCoin the Best Crypto App for enthusiasts. For more information, please, visit https://www.kucoin.com .

About KuCoin Labs

Since its launch in May 2018, the KuCoin investment and incubation program has brought together a group of crypto experts for in-depth market research, analysis, investment, and incubation in the crypto industry. KuCoin Labs has diversified investments into early-stage projects to help project owners achieve sustainable growth and success in the decentralized world.

For more information, please visit https://www.kucoin.com/land/kucoinlabs

About BidShop.io

BidShop.io is the first NFT marketplace built on a reverse auction mechanism that provides a gamified experience for users while addressing market failures in the NFT space.

Buyers can purchase valuable NFTs for a fraction of the price while sellers can create additional liquidity streams above the floor price of their NFTs.

BidShop's auction mechanism is fully decentralized and built on one-of-a-kind technology, encrypting bidding values on EVM networks while remaining completely trustless.

Bid Small, Win Big with BidShop.

Website | Discord | Twitter | Telegram Announcement Contacts

Emma Haul media@kucoin.com

Oasis Pro Markets Partners with Solidus Labs to Provide Institutional-grade Crypto Risk Monitoring and Compliance





This strategic partnership will bolster Oasis’ ability to monitor for trade manipulation and ensure regulatory compliance, using Solidus HALO, a comprehensive crypto-native market integrity hub

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- #crypto -- Oasis Pro Markets , the first US-regulated alternative trading system (“ATS”) designed to trade digital assets for digital cash, today announced it has selected crypto-native risk monitoring and market integrity leader, Solidus Labs , as a strategic compliance partner. The partnership will enable Oasis to continue its dramatic growth following an oversubscribed $27 million funding round earlier this year, while also continuously ensuring the highest standards of institutional-grade compliance and risk monitoring available in the digital asset markets.

“Oasis Pro Markets is committed to providing its users with a secure and reliable trading platform at fintech’s frontier as we venture to connect TradFi and DeFi. Solidus Labs’ crypto-native approach and cutting edge solutions for crypto and DeFi market integrity make them the best choice to enhance the quality of our products and safeguard our users’ trading activity,” said Pat LaVecchia, CEO of Oasis Pro Markets. “In addition to supporting our ability to maintain high risk monitoring and compliance standards in the short run, Solidus’ focus on advancing the crypto and DeFi ecosystem means the partnership will also allow us to respond to evolving regulation and volatile market conditions as the industry continues to mature and attract institutional investors.”

Solidus’ crypto-native, automated and comprehensive unified market integrity software suite, HALO, is currently used to monitor more than 1 trillion events per day across more than 150 markets, protecting more than 25 million retail and institutional entities. It will enable Oasis Pro Markets to access multiple risk and compliance programs in one platform, utilizing behavioral-based detection models powered by machine-learning to address a range of crypto-specific threats and alerts. Advanced investigative tools, case management capabilities, 24/7 real-time monitoring and more than 200 integration points supported by HALO will provide Oasis Pro Markets with insight into market integrity and allow it to identify potential risks across on-chain and off-chain data.

“Oasis Pro Markets is at the forefront of bridging crypto and DeFi infrastructure with traditional finance. Pat and his team’s vast experience in traditional finance, combined with their MakerDAO and DeFi know-how, is exactly what the industry needs to build sound infrastructure, provide safe and regulated access to digital assets, and drive institutional and mainstream adoption,” said Asaf Meir, Solidus’ Founder and Chief Executive. “We’re delighted to be able to support Oasis’s important work, as well as strategically partner on important initiatives like the Crypto Market Integrity Coalition and beyond.”

Oasis Pro Markets announced in May an oversubscribed $27 million A funding round. Investors included Blizzard the Avalanche Fund, Inveniam, Redwood Trust, TrustLabs, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Gate Ventures, LedgerPrime, and leading investors in the finance and blockchain space. The firm is a member of the Solidus-initiated Crypto Market Integrity Coalition which comprises 37 leading crypto firms including Coinbase, Robinhood, Gemini and other leading platforms which pledged to ensure digital asset market integrity and work together and alongside regulators to raise standards in the industry.

Oasis Pro, Inc . and Oasis Pro Markets

Founded by seasoned Wall Street and blockchain veterans, Oasis Pro, Inc. is a leading fintech and blockchain company with a mission to bridge the world of traditional finance, blockchain and decentralized finance, "DeFi." Oasis Pro’s subsidiary, Oasis Pro Markets, is a FINRA member firm that operates a multi-asset ATS ("OATSPRO") to allow primary issuance and trading of public and private multi-asset digital securities as well as a full-service investment bank.

OATSPRO enables issuers and subscribers to conveniently and securely buy, sell, and offer a range of alternative assets in the secondary market. Subscribers may also make payment for digital securities via fiat and digital currencies including stablecoins, and central bank digital currencies (CBDC) through their custodians. Backed by a team with deep fintech industry and regulation experience, Oasis Pro is the next evolution of alternative asset investing. For more information, visit www.oasispromarkets.com . Securities are offered through Oasis Pro Markets, Member FINRA/SIPC.

Solidus Labs

Solidus Labs is the category-definer for crypto-native triple T (3T) market integrity solutions - trade surveillance, transaction monitoring, and threat intelligence. Our mission is to enable safe crypto trading throughout the investment journey across all centralized and DeFi markets. As the founder of industry leading initiatives like the Crypto Market Integrity Coalition and DACOM Summit , and in everything we do, Solidus is deeply committed to ushering in the financial markets of tomorrow. Crypto exchanges, financial institutions and regulators globally rely on Solidus HALO - our real time, comprehensive, testable, and future-proof platform. Safeguarding their business from known forms of market abuse and a plethora of emerging crypto-specific risks, we enable our clients to grow faster - and safer. To learn more, please visit: https://soliduslabs.com / Contacts

Oasis Pro Markets Media: Bob Yostpille Oasis Pro Markets 203-309-5009 | bob@oasispromarkets.com

Solidus Labs Media: Trevor Davis Gregory FCA for Solidus Labs 443.248.0359 | trevor@gregoryfca.com

Infura Announces Plan to Foster a Decentralized Infrastructure Ecosystem



Infura is the leading Web3 API infrastructure provider serving over 430,000 developers worldwide. Infura’s plans to launch a new Decentralized Infrastructure Network will be a significant step toward progressive decentralization for one of the most popular Web3 API services in the ecosystem. This initiative aligns with parent company ConsenSys’ mission to maximally and progressively decentralize products and services, in line with the broader Web3 ecosystem. Qualified infrastructure providers can now apply to an early access program to be a participant in the new protocol.

BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- #DecentralizedInfura -- Infura , the world's leading Web3 API provider from ConsenSys with more than 430,000 developers globally, today announced its plan to launch a Decentralized Infrastructure Network to complement the existing offering.

The decentralized protocol will be a community of highly engaged infrastructure providers participating in an open source ecosystem that can together overcome the limitations of the existing marketplace. The decentralized protocol will exemplify the promise of Web3, ensuring that millions of future users across the world can seamlessly access the information and services they need without outages and downtime due to a single point of failure. It is planned to be launched in the first half of 2023.

The demand for decentralized alternatives to the world's current centralized systems and services continues to grow quickly. Data hacks and outages in the status quo hurt users. Decentralizing access to blockchain APIs is a vital step to improve network uptime and importantly, give people sovereignty of their personal data.

“Decentralization has always been the overarching goal of ConsenSys. Now that we are seeing natural product market fit, our product teams are decentralizing what we do and how we do it. A Decentralized Infrastructure Network via Infura is the natural continuation of that goal,” said Joseph Lubin, CEO of ConsenSys.

Providing a more decentralized option

Infura launched its service in 2016 with the goal of reducing friction for Web3 developers and simplifying access to the Ethereum and IPFS networks. Since then, Infura’s Ethereum API has enabled over 430,000 developers to build products ranging from blockchain-based games, decentralized finance applications, NFT marketplaces, and DAOs. Infura provides the core infrastructure backend for popular Web3 products such as MetaMask, the Ethereum Name Service, and Layer 2 scaling solutions. The Web3 developer community started on Ethereum, but it has expanded to several new and complementary networks. Infura recognizes the rise of a multi-chain world is inevitable and this is why Infura supports an increasing variety of blockchain APIs.

“Infura was founded on the belief that the Web3 developer community can create a world where economic freedom, shared truth, and digital security are guaranteed to everyone on the planet. Today we’re announcing an important evolution that aims to underscore these values and affirm our commitment to being the world’s leading blockchain development suite for Ethereum and other networks. A Decentralized Infrastructure Network was always an inevitable part of our future, ” added Eleazar Galano, co-founder of Infura.

Infura provides the critical infrastructure behind leading DeFi applications, sustainable Layer 2 networks, and other creative use cases being built on Ethereum and other networks. Infura’s infrastructure backend has been battle-tested with years of experience managing high-throughput requests for thousands of customers, but as a single service provider, it will never be perfect.

The future launch of a Decentralized Infrastructure Network will complement its current service, offering the possibility of increased resilience and greater collaboration in the ecosystem.

A long-term vision to help create a new public good with new network roles

The new decentralized protocol will be implemented in incremental stages, and over time, it will help ensure: A robust community of infrastructure operators who will be able to handle high-throughput requests similar to a multi-cloud database – without a single point of failure. The long-term viability of Web3 through scalable collective governance and data sovereignty that meets the needs of the demanding, digital-native users, while ensuring ownership, security, and transparency.

Qualified infrastructure providers can now apply to an early access program to be a test operator on the new network through this link .

ABOUT CONSENSYS

ConsenSys is a leading Ethereum and decentralized protocols software company. We enable developers, enterprises, and people worldwide to build next-generation applications, launch modern financial infrastructure, and access the decentralized web. Our product suite, composed of Infura , Quorum , Codefi , MetaMask , MetaMask Institutional , Truffle , Diligence and our NFT platform , serves millions of users, supports billions of blockchain-based queries for our clients, and has handled billions of dollars in digital assets. Ethereum is the largest programmable blockchain in the world, leading in business adoption, developer community, and DeFi activity. On this trusted, open-source foundation, we are building the digital economy of tomorrow. To explore our products and solutions, visit https://consensys.net/ . Contacts

Media : pr@consensys.net

Unicorn Growth Capital and EchoVC Join the Celo Foundation’s Efforts To Strengthen Celo’s Africa Ecosystem





Additional investment funds are made available for Web3 projects in the Celo ecosystem, which has seen over 50 Africa-based companies raise venture funding in the past year alone

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Unicorn Growth Capital , an Africa-focused venture fund investing at the intersection of traditional finance (TradFi) and decentralized finance (DeFi), and EchoVC , a technology-focused, early-stage venture capital firm for underrepresented founders and underserved markets, join the Celo Foundation in supporting growth of Web3 projects across Africa through newly dedicated Celo ecosystem investment funds.

The Celo Foundation, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that supports the growth and development of the carbon-negative, mobile-first, layer-1 Celo platform, continues to strengthen its presence in Africa, nurturing a robust ecosystem of cutting-edge founders and builders providing increased access to financial tools and expanding Web3 adoption through real-world use cases in Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, and beyond.

“Over 50 companies in Africa have raised venture rounds in the Celo ecosystem this past year alone,” says Aliu Musa, the Celo Foundation’s Africa ecosystem lead. “Africa is one of the fastest growing crypto markets in the world, totaling over $100 billion in value, with communities in Kenya, Nigeria, and elsewhere beginning to use Web3 tools. Our ecosystem of founders and builders are transforming people’s relationship to financial products, helping them attain meaningful wealth to improve their lives.”

"As we transform the future of finance, Unicorn Growth Capital is excited to have Celo as an important partner for our portfolio companies to leverage their mobile-driven platform and growing DeFi ecosystem," says Barbara Iyayi, Unicorn Growth Capital founding partner and CEO.

Flori Ventures , a Web3 impact fund and Celo Foundation partner, has also contributed investments in Celo’s Africa ecosystem, including Nigerian blockchain payments startup Bitmama , led by founder and CEO Ruth Iselema, who recently closed a $2M pre-seed round. Ryan Nesbitt, Flori co-founder and general partner shares, “We have made over a dozen investments in African companies building on Celo. We see a huge opportunity for this transformative technology to provide lasting prosperity for real people.”

Greater Engagement & Recognition Across the Continent

The Celo Africa Web3 Fund , which launched in early August , aims to help scale African startup projects building on Celo in support of blockchain technology and Web3 adoption. The Fund provides shortlisted candidates equity, mentorship, resources, and marketing support through workshops in the region. Upcoming workshops are scheduled in Accra (Sep. 26), Kampala (Oct. 25) and Johannesburg (Nov. 8).

Additionally, Alliance for Prosperity member, Nigeria-based Canza Finance , which aims to empower underserved Sub-Saharan Africa SMEs with access to financial services, received the Most Innovative Product award at the Celo x Huobi Hackathon, following a $3.27M seed funding raise by Canza’s founders Pascal Ntsama and Oyedeji Oluwole.

Providing Financial Access to Un- and Under-Banked Communities

The Celo Foundation completed a three-month employer lending program for rural farmers in Nanyuki, Kenya , together with Kotani Pay , a Nairobi-based blockchain off-ramp service and technology stack that connects protocols, dapps, and fintech services to local payment channels in Africa; Mercy Corps Ventures , the impact investing arm of global development agency Mercy Corps; and Cinch, an agriculture company that leases farmland from smallholder farmers and hires farmers to grow high-value crops at scale.

Loans were deployed to farmers employed by Cinch using DeFi and mobile-phone messaging. This use case represents a microcosm of the larger embedded lending market, forecast to grow by 49.5% annually through 2029. Over 91% of loans were repaid, with the highest repayments from landowners and full-time employees; 100% of female borrowers repaid their loans, despite being conservative during the loan withdrawal period.

Kotani Pay has also been recognized as a Digital Public Good following a standards review by the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA), a global, multi-stakeholder initiative to accelerate the attainment of UN Sustainable Development Goals in low- and middle-income countries by facilitating the discovery, development, use of, and investment in digital public goods to create a more equitable world.

Participation in Educational Programming & Events

Led by Umar Sebyala, the Celo Foundation’s Uganda ecosystem lead, a community of founders and crypto enthusiasts gather monthly at the Kampala Blockchain Happy Hour in collaboration with tech launchpad and co-working space Innovation Village. The Foundation supports university outreach throughout Uganda, mirrored by educational initiatives in Nigeria and code jams for impact in Kenya led by Daniel Kimotho, the Celo Foundation’s Kenya ecosystem lead.

The Celo Foundation also partners with Dacade, a peer-to-peer education platform, to create a series of courses introducing users to blockchain development on Celo. The Foundation works closely with Dacade’s team to host workshops online and in person, targeting developers at upcoming events in Kenya, such as EthSafari.

Alliance member Ejara , a mobile investment and savings platform focused on the Francophone African region and founded by Cameroon native Nelly Chatue-Diop, launched its Ejara School on YouTube to expand understanding of blockchain technology, and introduced its Ejara Lionesses initiative, which provides ongoing financial training, mentorship, and skills to women entrepreneurs.

The Celo Foundation and Celo’s ecosystem of founders and builders in Africa will continue to raise awareness of Web3’s transformative impact at forthcoming industry-wide events, including EthSafari (Sep. 18-24) and Africa Tech Summit (Sep. 27 & 28).

About the Celo Foundation

The Celo Foundation was founded in 2017 to support the growth and development of the decentralized, open source, mobile-first Celo platform to help build a carbon-negative financial system that creates the conditions of prosperity for all. The Foundation is guided by the Celo community tenets, and contributes to education, technical research, environmental health, community engagement, and ecosystem outreach—activities that support and encourage an inclusive financial system.

For more about Celo, visit https://celo.org/ . Contacts

Media: elizabeth.peng@celo.org

Aquanow Signs MOU with OYAK Securities, a Leading Financial Services Brand in Turkey





VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Aquanow is pleased to announce that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with OYAK Securities to provide digital asset services in Turkey and neighboring countries. The project scope includes developing the digital asset ecosystem and preparatory work for the necessary regulations to be established.

“Building on our successes has been one of the company’s primary objectives,” said Phil Sham, Aquanow Chief Executive Officer. “OYAK is a demonstrated innovator, responsible fiduciary, and trusted advisor in Turkey. We are proud to have been selected by this industry leader and look forward to collaborating with the team to explore digital asset use cases in compliance with the legal regulations to be implemented in the country.”

OYAK Securities provides financial services to corporations and individuals with the objective of being a leader in sectoral developments. The group emphasizes an innovative and creative attitude in all its dealings, while maintaining strict adherence to regulations. OYAK Securities is one of the first brokerage institutions authorized by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey as the “Broadly Authorized Intermediary Institution” with the highest number of operating licenses (January 2015).

Aquanow is leading innovation at the intersection of blockchain and financial markets. For more information, please visit www.aquanow.io .

About Aquanow

Aquanow is a leading infrastructure and liquidity provider that enables institutional and enterprise use-cases for digital assets. Each month, billions of dollar value pass through our platform enabling a broad range of financial services for our clients. We serve an international customer base that includes the world’s fastest-growing financial institutions, internet platforms, and progressive businesses.

Aquanow is privately funded and guided by experienced financial executives and professional traders.

About OYAK Securities

Founded in 1982 as an affiliate of the Ordu Yardımlaşma Kurumu (Army Aid Foundation), OYAK Securities, a brand identified with trust, quality, power and prestige in the sector, serves both corporate and individual customers. With its stable market share, widespread sales and distribution network, strong local customer portfolio, innovative and creative attitude in corporate finance deals, good relations with international investment banks, strong financial structure, extensive sectoral experience and past experience and professional leadership; OYAK Securities offers around 190,000 individuals and corporates, national and international customers brokerage, corporate finance, financial consultancy and investment consultancy services in capital market instruments, with 13 branches.

For more information, click here . Contacts

Media Kerry Quintiliani Corporate Ink for Aquanow aquanow@corporateink.com 617.969.9192

BitNile Holdings Declares Monthly Cash Dividend of $0.2708333 Per Share of 13.00% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock





LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- $AP #BITMAIN -- BitNile Holdings, Inc. (NYSE American: NILE), a diversified holding company (“ BitNile ” or the “ Company ”), today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a monthly cash dividend of $0.2708333 per share of the Company’s outstanding 13.00% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock. The record date for this dividend is September 30, 2022, and the payment date is October 11, 2022.

Link to NYSE quote for the Company’s 13.00% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock: https://www.nyse.com/quote/XASE:NILEpD

For more information on BitNile and its subsidiaries, BitNile recommends that stockholders, investors, and any other interested parties read BitNile’s public filings and press releases available under the Investor Relations section at www.BitNile.com or available at www.sec.gov.

About BitNile Holdings, Inc.

BitNile Holdings, Inc. is a diversified holding company pursuing growth by acquiring undervalued businesses and disruptive technologies with a global impact. Through its wholly and majority-owned subsidiaries and strategic investments, BitNile owns and operates a data center at which it mines Bitcoin and provides mission-critical products that support a diverse range of industries, including oil exploration, defense/aerospace, industrial, automotive, medical/biopharma, karaoke audio equipment, hotel operations and textiles. In addition, BitNile extends credit to select entrepreneurial businesses through a licensed lending subsidiary. BitNile’s headquarters are located at 11411 Southern Highlands Parkway, Suite 240, Las Vegas, NV 89141; www.BitNile.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements generally include statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “potential,” or similar expressions. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any of them publicly in light of new information or future events. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement as a result of various factors. More information, including potential risk factors, that could affect the Company’s business and financial results are included in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Company’s Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8- K. All filings are available at www.sec.gov and on the Company’s website at www.BitNile.com. Contacts

BitNile Holdings Investor Contact: IR@BitNile.com or 1-888-753-2235

NCR to Separate Into Two Independent, Industry-leading Companies





ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a leading enterprise technology provider to banks, retailers and restaurants, today announced its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to separate NCR into two independent, publicly traded companies – one focused on digital commerce, the other on ATMs. The separation is intended to be structured in a tax-free manner and is targeted for the end of 2023.

“It has become clear that NCR has the opportunity to unlock value for our shareholders by separating our digital commerce business and our ATM business. We have made significant strides over the past four years in creating a leading software-as-a-service business while continuing to strengthen and grow the ATM business. By creating two best-in-class independent companies, we should be able to accelerate the pace of transformation by enabling each to execute its own growth strategies and better capture the value-creation opportunities ahead,” said Frank R. Martire, executive chairman, NCR Board of Directors. “Throughout the strategic review process, we received material interest in a whole company sale of NCR, as well as interest in various individual segments of our business. In recent days, it has become increasingly clear to the Board that, given the state of current financing markets, we cannot deliver a whole company transaction that reflects an appropriate and acceptable value for NCR to our shareholders.”

The digital commerce company will be a growth business positioned to leverage NCR’s software-led model to continue transforming, connecting and running global retail, hospitality and digital banking. It will maximize common solutions to drive innovation and boost operational efficiency. The company will also reinvest in the business to accelerate growth and recurring revenue.

The ATM company will be a cash-generative business positioned to focus on delivering ATM as a Service to a large, installed customer base across banks and retailers. It will build on NCR’s leadership in self-service banking and ATM networks to meet global demand for ATM access and leverage new ATM transaction types, including digital currency solutions, to drive market growth. The company will also continue shifting to a highly recurring revenue model to drive stable cash flow and capital returns to shareholders.

“This announcement is the right next step in NCR’s transformation. The separation would create two strong companies at scale, each with distinctive business goals and capital structures and allocation, as well as increased flexibility to innovate,” said Michael D. Hayford, CEO of NCR. “Each company can simplify its operations and focus on what it does best, and because they will have different growth profiles and economic models, separating them will also provide investors with greater transparency and a better ability to value each of the businesses. And, importantly, we believe this approach will put us in the best position to drive the most competitive products and solutions for our customers.”

The separation transaction will follow the satisfaction of customary conditions, including effectiveness of appropriate filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the completion of audited financials.

NCR will host a conference call to discuss the creation of two independent companies on Friday, September 16, at 8:30 a.m. ET. A webcast and related presentation providing additional clarity on the separation process and the financial characteristics of each business will be available at http://investor.ncr.com . The conference call will be archived and available on the same site shortly after the call is complete.

Please join the call via one of the two dial-in numbers below 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. When prompted, provide the confirmation code. Local dial-in number : +1 786-460-7169 Toll-free dial-in number : 888-820-9413 Confirmation code : 1668788

The NCR Board of Directors engaged BofA Securities, Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, and Evercore Group L.L.C. as financial advisors during the strategic review process.

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in transforming, connecting and running technology platforms for self-directed banking, stores and restaurants. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with 38,000 employees globally. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web site: www.ncr.com Twitter: @NCRCorporation Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Cautionary Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Forward-looking statements use words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “outlook,” “intend,” “plan,” “confident,” “believe,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “potential,” “positioning,” “proposed,” “objective,” “could,” “may,” and words of similar meaning, as well as other words or expressions referencing future events, conditions or circumstances. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Act. Statements that describe or relate to NCR’s plans, goals, intentions, strategies, or financial outlook, and statements that do not relate to historical or current fact, are examples of forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, statements regarding the proposed separation of NCR into two separate companies, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the anticipated timing and structure of such proposed transaction, the future commercial performance of the digital commerce company or the ATM company following such proposed transaction, and value creation and ability to innovate and drive growth generally as a result of such transaction. Forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate, and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are out of NCR’s control. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and there are a number of important factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from the results contemplated by such forward-looking statements, including those factors relating to: Strategy and Technology: transforming our business model; development and introduction of new solutions; competition in the technology industry; integration of acquisitions and management of alliance activities; our multinational operations Business Operations: domestic and global economic and credit conditions; risks and uncertainties from the payments-related business and industry; disruptions in our data center hosting and public cloud facilities; retention and attraction of key employees; defects, errors, installation difficulties or development delays; failure of third-party suppliers; the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and geopolitical and macroeconomic challenges; environmental exposures from historical and ongoing manufacturing activities; and climate change Data Privacy & Security: impact of data protection, cybersecurity and data privacy including any related issues Finance and Accounting: our level of indebtedness; the terms governing our indebtedness; incurrence of additional debt or similar liabilities or obligations; access or renewal of financing sources; our cash flow sufficiency to service our indebtedness; interest rate risks; the terms governing our trade receivables facility; the impact of certain changes in control relating to acceleration of our indebtedness, our obligations under other financing arrangements, or required repurchase of our senior unsecured notes; and any lowering or withdrawal of the ratings assigned to our debt securities by rating agencies; our pension liabilities; and write down of the value of certain significant assets Law and Compliance: protection of our intellectual property; changes to our tax rates and additional income tax liabilities; uncertainties regarding regulations, lawsuits and other related matters; and changes to cryptocurrency regulations Governance: impact of the terms of our Series A Convertible Preferred (“Series A”) Stock relating to voting power, share dilution and market price of our common stock; rights, preferences and privileges of Series A stockholders compared to the rights of our common stockholders; and actions or proposals from stockholders that do not align with our business strategies or the interests of our other stockholders Proposed Separation: an unexpected failure to complete, or unexpected delays in completing, the necessary actions for the proposed separation, or to obtain the necessary approvals to complete these actions; that the potential strategic benefits, synergies or opportunities expected from the separation may not be realized or may take longer to realize than expected; costs of implementation of the separation and any changes to the configuration of businesses included in the separation if implemented; the potential inability to access or reduced access to the capital markets or increased cost of borrowings, including as a result of a credit rating downgrade; the potential adverse reactions to the proposed separation by customers, suppliers, strategic partners or key personnel and potential difficulties in maintaining relationships with such persons and risks associated with third party contracts containing consent and/or other provisions that may be triggered by the proposed separation; the risk that any newly formed entity to house the digital commerce or ATM business would have no credit rating and may not have access to the capital markets on acceptable terms; unforeseen tax liabilities or changes in tax law; requests or requirements of governmental authorities related to certain existing liabilities; and the ability to obtain or consummate financing or refinancing related to the transaction upon acceptable terms or at all.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. There can be no guarantee that the proposed separation will be completed in the expected form or within the expected time frame or at all. Nor can there be any guarantee that the digital commerce business and ATM business after a separation will be able to realize any of the potential strategic benefits, synergies or opportunities as a result of these actions. Neither can there

be any guarantee that shareholders will achieve any particular level of shareholder returns. Nor can there be any guarantee that the proposed separation will maximize value for shareholders, or that NCR or any of its divisions, or separate digital commerce and ATM business, will be commercially successful in the future, or achieve any particular credit rating or financial results.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Contacts

NCR Media Contact Scott Sykes NCR Corporation scott.sykes@ncr.com

NCR Investor Contact Michael Nelson NCR Corporation 678.808.6995 michael.nelson@ncr.com

Chargebacks No More: Guaranteed Text-To-Pay by Facepay Arrives in Auto Repair





Credit card chargebacks are increasing at an alarming rate; your auto repair shop up can solve this in minutes.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- #AutomotiveTrainingInstitute --Facepay announces Guaranteed Text-To-Pay to stop the hemorrhaging from credit card chargebacks. Service advisors send text or email to customers when the balance is due, tender payments and release vehicles with no worry. All Facepay payments are guaranteed, same day clearing and are at least 15% more profitable. Shops are up and running within minutes because the product works alongside what you currently use.

Before.

Someone in your Facebook shop group surely has had a chargeback and it could be you. Credit card processors are dropping important security features when they do Text-To-Pay, and that results in shops like yours losing disputes even with signed repair orders. Making matters worse, recorded phone lines prohibit taking credit card information over the phone.

After.

You know with confidence that every payment made is paid. Balance due payments are sent by your service advisors our new minimalist interface that they willingly use. This simplicity is made possible by the shift by major tech companies, including Facepay, to a direct banking platform adopted by 65% of consumers. You are already using it with your own online banking.

Dr. Mark Hale, founder of Facepay, points out that credit card processors and management systems legacy platforms can benefit from this technology. Costly kickbacks to your software providers and processing fees are abandoned to more profitable transactions when customers pay you directly. This works with all systems using the modern “share” integration standard you are already using daily when sharing a Facebook or LinkedIn post on your cell phone. The new release is applicable to closed platforms in your shop that don’t let you customize customer communications.

Guaranteed Text-to-Pay is immediately available to all current customers on our Grow plan. For a demo, please visit www.facepay.io or call (800) 403-0221.

About Facepay

Facepay is more profitable payments. Facepay is a subscription service that increases profit lift for your auto shop by 15%. We reimagined payments as an integral part of your customer workflow. Facepay share technology works with all existing systems and includes popular features like guaranteed payments by text and email, same day clearing and subscriptions offerings. Contacts

Dr. Mark Hale Facepay, Inc. press@facepay.io (800) 403-0221

SPiCE VC Announces Second Investor Payout; Achieves 70% DPI in Just Four Years



The Tokenized Venture Capital Fund Is Distributing Another Sizable Payout After Exiting Portions of Two High-Performing Portfolio Companies

MIAMI & ZURICH & TEL AVIV, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SPiCE VC , the leading venture capital (VC) fund in the Blockchain & Tokenization ecosystem, announced today its second investor payout in 2022 after exiting portions of its position in Blockdaemon and Securitize – two of SPiCE VC’s most successful portfolio companies. In a letter informing investors, the VC fund also touted the milestone of achieving 70% Distribution to Paid-In Capital (DPI) for its investors in just a just a four-year period.

With the average time for a VC to exit a position reaching more than eight years, SPiCE’s substantial payout to its investors are a notable but rare achievement in the VC market. The payout is expected to be executed early Q4 2022.

“We are excited to announce that we will be making our second distribution to SPiCE VC investors this year, with additional payouts expected in 2023,” said Tal Elyashiv, founder & managing partner of SPiCE VC. “It gives our team at SPiCE incredible satisfaction to achieve these kinds of successful returns for our investors who believed in our mission and vision from the very beginning. We look forward to adding significantly to those returns as we continue to make strategic moves to benefit our investors.”

After completing the first-ever investor payout by a fully tokenized VC firm in Q2 of this year, SPiCE is distributing another multi-million-dollar payout to its more than 400 long-term investors. The combined distribution is providing them with nearly two thirds of their total investment into the fund. SPiCE VC completed its first closing in 2018. SPiCE expanded its portfolio to 15 high-growth companies that are defining the future of the blockchain and tokenization ecosystem.

Tal added, “Our investment approach of focusing on portfolio companies aiming to change the business landscape using blockchain and tokenization has proven a success time and time again as it has enabled our investors wide exposure to the massive growth of the blockchain and tokenization ecosystem. This exposure has translated to significant appreciation in portfolio value and incredible performance of 54% IRR (Internal Rate of Return) and 4.9 MoIC (Multiple on Invested Capital) for our investors to date.”

As one of the early pioneers of the blockchain and tokenization industry, the VC fund attributes its early and ongoing success to a number of factors, including explosive growth and persistent headwinds in the Digital Finance sector. With a 350% increase in security token price in 2021, SPiCE was named the top performing fund in the tokenization and blockchain market by Security Token Market , the largest security token financial data and media firm.

To learn more about SPiCE VC and its SPICE digital security, visit https://spicevc.com/

ABOUT SPiCE VC:

SPiCE VC is a Venture Capital fund providing investors exposure to the massive growth of the blockchain/tokenization ecosystem. SPiCE invests globally in platforms and ecosystem providers enabling access to capital markets, banking, real estate, and other industries enhanced through Blockchain technologies. The fund focuses on companies who stand to benefit the most from the massive growth of the industry. Combining institutional know-how, hands-on management, entrepreneurial innovation and professional investment experience SPiCE’s management team has been involved in hundreds of tech funding rounds totaling billions of dollars; as entrepreneurs, investors, and executives. SPiCE is located in the US, Switzerland, Singapore and Israel. To learn more about SPiCE VC visit www.spicevc.com or email Tal Elyashiv, Founder and Managing Partner, at tal@spicevc.com . Contacts

Liz Whelan liz@lwprconsulting.com (312) 315-0160

Portofino Technologies Announces $50 Million Investment to Build Financial Infrastructure Technology to Power Digital Asset Adoption



Portofino is backed by leading venture capital firms, Valar Ventures, Global Founders Capital and Coatue Portofino Technologies’ founders are two leaders from Citadel Securities, the leading global market maker in traditional finance Established in 2021, Portofino has traded billions of dollars across centralised and decentralised cryptocurrency exchanges to date and raised over $50 million in equity funding Portofino has brought together a team of 35+ HFT specialists across five global locations, bringing decades of experience and unique expertise to the growing digital assets ecosystem In Web3, every action is a transaction and Portofino provides institutions and Web3 projects with the liquidity and infrastructure they need to execute transactions across the full digital asset ecosystem

ZUG, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two former Citadel Securities leaders, Leonard Lancia and Alex Casimo, have launched Portofino Technologies and have raised over US$50 million in equity funding from Valar Ventures, Global Founders Capital and Coatue.

Portofino is building high-frequency trading (HFT) grade technology for digital assets. Today, it provides liquidity on the largest centralised and decentralised cryptocurrency exchanges and provides services to institutions and Web3 projects that require digital asset liquidity. Portofino’s innovative approach, technology and network have enabled it to build successful partnerships in the Web3 ecosystem, and support some of the most exciting Web3 projects and protocols.

Since its establishment, Portofino has been building its market-leading HFT technology to deploy its liquidity provisioning algorithms. Over the past year, it has traded billions of dollars across centralised and decentralised cryptocurrency venues, and hired a team of 35+ HFT specialists globally. The startup’s competitive advantage is its superior proprietary technology that leverages advanced machine learning and stochastic control techniques to provide its clients and partners with the best pricing in the market. Portofino’s vision is to scale its technology across the full crypto infrastructure value chain.

Leonard Lancia, CEO and Founder at Portofino said: “Having worked at the forefront of the modernization of traditional markets, we believe that our liquidity provisioning infrastructure can deliver enormous benefits to digital asset participants globally, and drive the next leg of adoption. This is only the start for Portofino. In Web3, every action is a transaction and we’re building the underlying technology that is going to enable entirely new services and industries in the future”.

Alex Casimo, COO and Founder at Portofino said: “ Only the firms with market-leading technology will be able to realise the enormous opportunities available in the growing Web3 ecosystem. That’s why we decided to build Portofino as a tech company, not a trading firm. We’re thrilled to be working with some of the world’s leading investors and our stellar team on this journey.”

James Fitzgerald, Founding Partner at Valar Ventures said: “As the digital assets market continues to grow rapidly in size and complexity, Portofino’s proprietary technology, which enables the frictionless transfer of digital assets, will become more and more important for institutional and retail participants in the space. We have been impressed by Leo and Alex’s ability to execute and how they have managed the stormy waters in the crypto market over the past months.”

Oliver Samwer, Founder at Global Founders Capital said:  “We’re really excited about the potential of Portofino. It’s rare that you find a founding team with such fantastic expertise to solve the problems that digital asset market participants face today. We are convinced this is the right team to help facilitate the next leg of institutional and retail participation in this market.” ENDS

About Portofino Technologies Portofino Technologies is a crypto-native technology start-up with 35+ employees across 5 global locations. Portofino deploys its proprietary market-making technology to trade on centralised, decentralised and OTC markets and provides token services & investments to Web3 projects.

About Valar Ventures Valar Ventures is a venture capital fund based in the United States, founded by Andrew McCormack, James Fitzgerald and Peter Thiel. The firm seeks out exceptionally talented teams and invests globally in high-margin, fast-growing financial technology companies that are pursuing huge market opportunities, such as Xero, Wise (formerly TransferWise), N26, Bitpanda, Qonto, Stash, Taxfix, Neo and Moss. For more information visit https://valar.com/ .

About Global Founders Capital GFC is a leading international venture capital firm investing out of several local offices all over Europe, the US, South America and Asia-Pacific. Over the past two decades, the team behind GFC has helped over five hundred entrepreneurs worldwide turn big ideas into great global companies. Slack, Eventbrite, Canva, Personio, Away Travel, HomeAway, Zalando, Revolut, Funding Circle, Lazada, Jumia, HelloFresh and Delivery Hero represent some of GFC's global successes. Contacts

Harry Ashcroft harry@burlington.cc