This Week’s Events

FCFL to Live-Stream Games Across Twitch

Sport fans playing on the blockchain-built turf of the Fan-Controlled Football League (FCFL) will gain a new resource to participate in the games, the FCFL announced Monday.  The FCFL has struck an exclusive multi-year broadcast deal with Twitch, a social video service and community, for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. FCFL games will be live-streamed across Twitch, which will offer an extension creating an interactive video overlay for viewers’ desktops or for inside their FCFL app. FCFL allows users to become team owners, general managers and managers who can call plays, draft and fire personnel. This occurs via blockchain technology that creates decentralized, transparent decision-making. FCFL fans earn tokens by undertaking such activities as watching games and scouting while on the site. IMG Original Content, a unit of the giant sports and entertainment agency will produce the live game broadcasts.  Read more here.

Blockchain Supply Chain Summit

The Chain Reaction Blockchain Supply Chain Summit will be held in Chicago on Tuesday at Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business. The conference aims to educate attendees on how to incorporate blockchain into corporate supply chains. Conference sessions include “Blockchain Use Cases for Business Applications” and “Driving Supply Chain Innovation Using Blockchain.” Read more here.

University of Texas Blockchain Conference

The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas this Friday will hold its first-ever blockchain conference. “Blockchain Opportunities and Reality” will feature research academics, regulators and industry experts. Implications for the supply chain and smart contracts are among the topics on the agenda. Read more here.

Last Week’s Big Events
JPMorgan Blockchain Executive Amber Baldet to Leave

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is losing a blockchain specialist, Amber Baldet, who is leaving to launch her own business, Reuters reports. Baldet is one of the most prominent blockchain executives at a major lender, and she led the bank’s Blockchain Center of Excellence. She will be replaced by Christine Moy, a senior product manager in the center. Read more here.

Report: Ripple Tried to Pay for Coinbase, Gemini Listings

Ripple (XRP) proposed giving financial incentives to Coinbase and Gemini in order to get its currency listed on the two cryptocurrency exchanges, Bloomberg reports, citing anonymous sources. Last fall, Ripple offered to lend Coinbase more than $100 million worth of XRP to allow users to begin trading the currency on the exchange, the report said. And a Ripple executive proposed making a $1 million cash payment to Gemini to get the currency listed on that exchange. Coinbase and Gemini declined to move forward with the proposals. Read more here.

Coinbase Launches Venture Fund

Coinbase unveiled a venture capital arm last Thursday, as the major cryptocurrency exchange seeks to build up the industry’s ecosystem, the company announced in a blog post. “We’re announcing the formation of Coinbase Ventures,” Emilie Choi, head of corporate development and business operations at Coinbase, said in the blog post. “We’ll be providing financing to promising early stage companies that have the teams and ideas that can move the space forward in a positive, meaningful way.” Coinbase also said that none of its portfolio companies will be offered favored-asset status and that it will follow its Digital Asset Framework to determine which new assets to add to its exchange. Read more here.

 

Dawn Kawamoto
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