• ConsenSys cut 14% of staff
    Ethereum

    ConsenSys cut 14% of staff today, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic

    Another round of layoffs hit 90 people at Joe Lubin’s Ethereum venture studio, two months after similar cuts related to a reorganization

    Two months after ConsenSys cut 14% of staff in a round of layoffs, the axe has struck once again at Joe Lubin’s Brooklyn-based Ethereum venture studio. On April 20, the company announced another 14% reduction in headcount, this time attributed to the coronavirus pandemic downturn. That’s about 90 people. “Like most of its peers, ConsenSys is seeing extraordinary uncertainty in the market, with businesses rebalancing priorities and reevaluating timelines,” a spokesperson told Modern Consensus via email. “In such an environment, we must make changes to conserve resources and ensure our continued ability to support our customers, drive innovation, and serve the broader ecosystem.”  Adding that “no particular areas that were…

  • KPMG Pulse Fintech blockchain 2019
    Cryptocurrencies

    KPMG: Fintech boom but blockchain bust in 2019

    Despite 30% fewer deals than 2018, the auditing and advisory firm predicts blockchain will ‘remain robust well into 2020’

    Despite an overall blockbuster year for Fintech, there was a blockchain bust, with investment falling substantially in 2019, according to KPMG. Global private investment in blockchain and cryptocurrency dropped from $6.3 billion in 2018 to $4.7 billion last year.

  • DJ D-Sol, who also goes by the name of David Solomon, moonlights as CEO of Goldman Sachs (via instagram.com/djsolmusic).
    Cryptocurrencies,  Libra,  Technology

    Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon says bank payments will be tokenized on a blockchain

    All major banks are looking at the potential of stablecoins

    The world’s banking payment system is going to be tokenized on a blockchain, according to the head of Goldman Sachs. In a discussion of Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency with the French news site Les Echo on June 28, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said he finds the “principle interesting” and the fifth-largest American bank, does “extensive research on the concept of tokenization.”