• The Capitol's in for stormy weather if Bakkt CEO Kelly Loefflin to the Senate over the President's wishes (via Max Pixel).
    People,  Politics

    Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler heading to Senate

    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint the Republican, who heads up the cryptocurrency futures exchange.

    Kelly Loeffler, the CEO of the Bakkt cryptocurrency futures platform, is heading to the U.S. Senate, according to press reports. Loeffler's appointment to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson will give the cryptocurrency industry a strong voice in Congress, if it goes through over President Trump's wishes

  • LedgerX CEO Paul Chou could learn a thing or two from George Carlin (via LedgerX).
    United States

    LedgerX spokesperson quits after CEO’s profanity-laced tirade against federal regulators

    RGPR’s Ryan Gormley dropped LedgerX after Paul Chou lashed out at the CFTC on Twitter

    An hour after Chou accused the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulator of acting in bad faith and being in the pocket of one of the largest companies it oversees, RGPR agency founder Ryan Gormley took to twitter with a message of his own.

  • Nasdaq
    Bitcoin,  Innovators,  United States

    NASDAQ jumps on the cryptocurrency futures train

    The world’s second largest exchange will launch Bitcoin futures in 2019

    The NASDAQ stock exchange will launch Bitcoin futures trading early next year, a spokesperson confirmed to Britain’s Daily Express on Monday. The world’s No. 2 stock exchange is awaiting approval from the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), NASDAQ’s Joseph Christinat told the British tabloid, adding that NASDAQ is confident it will receive approval and begin trading in the first half of 2019. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Cboe Futures Exchange began futures trading in late 2017. These trades are settled in cash rather than in Bitcoin. With the confirmation of the long-rumored news, NASDAQ joins Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which has…

  • Starbucks
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators

    ICE heats up on crypto with Starbucks

    NYSE’s owner launches crypto initiative with another household name

    Last month, the owners of the New York Stock Exchange quietly bought a domain name for a made up word. The misspelled wordplay belongs to startup Bakkt—pronounced ‘backed’—which had been in the works for months. Bakkt introduced itself to the world Friday as a digital asset ecosystem hoping to make cryptocurrency mainstream for consumers and merchants. That’s the goal of many a crypto company, but this time it might be more than just talk. Bakkt will launch with an impressive global partner, Starbucks. “As the flagship retailer, Starbucks will play a pivotal role in developing practical, trusted and regulated applications for consumers to convert their digital assets into US dollars…