What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin (BTC) is the first cryptocurrency created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. With the underlying technology blockchain, bitcoin has redefining money in terms of money form, money issuance standard and money movement. Bitcoin has a limit of 21 million coins and uses proof-of-work (POW) consensus. In some sense, bitcoin removes our reliance on central banks and traditional financial institutions that we have to trust on. Bitcoin brings monetary freedom.

Standard Chartered raises $36m for crypto custody platform
Standard Chartered's crypto custody subsidiary, Zodia Custody, has raised $36 million in a series A funding round led by SBI Holdings. Standard Chartered remains the majority shareholder in the firm.
Web3 Startup Funding Drops 82 percents YoY
VC funding for Web3 start-ups decreased by 82% YoY in Q1 2023, dropping to $1.7 billion. The number of big funding rounds hitting nine figures almost completely dried up over the past year. The decline in Web3 funding is attributed to investors opting for a risk-off approach and seeking opportunities in industries they know best.
Flow Secures $3M Seed Funding To Build A Rollup Centric NFT Ecosystem
Introducing Flow: The Game-Changing NFT Ecosystem Set to Revolutionize the NFT Market. Aggregator Beta Launches on Ethereum Mainnet. Groundbreaking AI and Rollup-Centric Roadmap Unveiled; Anticipated Token Launch on April 30.
Aleph Zero Launches $50 Million Ecosystem Funding Program
Aleph Zero, a layer-1 privacy-enhancing blockchain, has launched a $50 million Ecosystem Funding Program to support developers in building on its platform and advancing blockchain adoption globally. The program offers grants, incubation, and acceleration, with successful applicants receiving up to $500,000 per project in grant funding, as well as access to a venture capital pool, infrastructure credits, and security design consultations. The program has already produced a range of successful projects during its pilot phase.
African Blockchain Ventures See Explosive Growth
African blockchain ventures experienced a 429% increase in funding, surpassing the global average of 4%. Seychelles and South Africa accounted for 81% of the funding, and Nigeria had the highest number of deals but only accounted for 3.4% of funding. Median deal size has significantly increased, indicating growing investor confidence.
Unchained Capital Raises $60M in Bitcoin Funding
Financial services provider Unchained Capital has raised $60 million in a Series B funding round led by Valor Equity Partners. The company uses multi-signature technology to provide a more secure way to hold Bitcoin, allowing clients to share control of their funds between private keys they hold themselves and those held by Unchained or other financial services companies. The funding will be used to expand Unchained's reach and suite of services.
Nigerian Crypto Startup Lazerpay to Shut Down Operations
Lazerpay, a Nigerian crypto and Web3 company, announced its shutdown due to a lack of funding. Founder Emmanuel Njoku emphasized the impact Lazerpay had in the crypto ecosystem and recommended users withdraw their funds by April 30. The company is also inviting offers to purchase its intellectual property.
Bitget Launches Web3 Fund
Bitget has launched a Web3 Fund to support venture firms and projects globally, with a focus on Asian projects solving real-world problems. Bitget plans to partner with venture capitalists and expand its products and services in 2023.
Arbitrum Foundation Under Fire for Selling ARB Tokens Before Budget Ratification
The Arbitrum Foundation sold ARB tokens before the community ratified the organization's budget, leading to a governance crisis. The Foundation used the tokens for the DAO's operational purposes. The situation calls into question the efficacy of the community governance model and the power dynamics of centralized organizations in decentralized ecosystems.
Tomi Raises $40M for Decentralized Web Alternative
Decentralized web developer Tomi has secured $40 million in funding to attract content creators to its surveillance-free alternative to the internet. The project, led by a DAO, uses TOMI as its native token for monetization.

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