This week brings an initial coin offering from Hong Kong-based CrowdIF, a big blockchain conference in Amsterdam and a Bloomberg symposium on the future of cryptocurrencies. Last week’s top news included a crypto-related patent for the Winklevoss twins and a Nasdaq blockchain project.

This Week’s Events
CrowdIF ICO Launches Monday

CrowdIF launched its 16.6 million-coin ICO Monday.

The Hong Kong-based company will cap issuance of its coin, which will trade under the symbol CIF, at 41.5 million.

CrowdIF’s website says it will launch its SentimentScore platform in July. The platform aggregates real-time cryptocurrency trading data from across the internet and then uses advanced technology to perform real-time sentiment analysis. The goal is to provide cryptocurrency traders with accurate price predictions. Read more here.

Blockchain Expo Europe 2018 Hits Amsterdam

The two-day Blockchain Expo arrives at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center on Wednesday. Its promotors expect more than 8,000 people to attend.

Organizers say the conference will explore the traditional industries likely to be disrupted the most by blockchain technology including manufacturing, retail, financial services and legal. Read more here.

Bloomberg Hosts “Future of Cryptocurrencies” Event

Bloomberg will host a half-day event on Friday called “The Future of Cryptocurrencies” at its offices in London.

The conference will explore cryptocurrency regulation, the evolution of the blockchain industry and the question of whether cryptocurrencies will go mainstream, among other topics. Scheduled speakers include Trade.io CEO Jim Preissler, CoinShares CEO Ryan Radloff and Melonport CEO Mona El Isa. Read more here.

Last Week’s Top News
Winklevoss Twins Win Patent for Crypto Exchange-Traded Products

U.S. entrepreneurs Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss received a patent for a system to provide crypto-based exchange-traded products, or ETPs, according to a filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office last week. Read more here.

Nasdaq Turns to Blockchain to Cover Margin Calls Faster

Nasdaq said it wants to use blockchain technology to quickly resolve margin calls.

The stock exchange operator said its clearing arm, along with securities services provider ABN AMRO Clearing and financial services firms EuroCCP and Euroclear, have developed a joint proof-of-concept (PoC) blockchain platform to transfer collateral to central counterparties. Read more here.

Peter Thiel Among Investors Showing Love to Reserve Stablecoin

A new project for a stabilized cryptocurrency, or stablecoin, received financial backing from investors Peter Thiel, Coinbase, Distributed Global, GSR.IO and 40 others.

The project, “Reserve,” closed a round of about $5 million in seed money for what the company calls a fully decentralized cryptocurrency. Read more here.

Blockchain in Focus at Future of Fintech Conference

Blockchain was among key topics discussed at the CBInsights Future of Fintech conference at Lincoln Center in New York. The show’s theme was the disruption of financial services. Read more here.

Michelle Rama-Poccia
Michelle Rama-Poccia has written financial news since 2001, covering everything from Latin American debt capital markets to the U.S. credit crisis. She began her career on the enterprise desk at Dow Jones Newswires, and was an editor and producer for Thomson Reuters before her stint as Fast Money, Strategy Session and Options Action producer at CNBC. Most recently, Michelle has worked as a contributing editor for TheStreet.com.