• Brad Stephens in the Blockchain Capital office in San Francisco (photo by Martine Paris).
    Innovators

    INTERVIEW: Blockchain Capital’s origin story is steeped in gaming lore

    Martine Paris interviews Brad Stephens about everything from video game currencies to Facebook’s GlobalCoin

    When the sons of legendary investment banker Paul Stephens met Mighty Ducks star Brock Pierce, they were avid World of Warcraft gamers and he was amassing an empire of digital goods exchanges where players could buy, sell, and trade valuable in-game items and virtual currency. Together they would go on to form Blockchain Capital, the first venture capital firm to fund the blockchain ecosystem.

  • Charlie Shrem at Ben's Deli in Manhattan (Ken Kurson)
    Bitcoin,  Innovators

    Winklevoss twins end lawsuit against Charlie Shrem

    The case, over the alleged theft of 5,000 bitcoins, has ended with no damages

    Charlie Shrem has come out on top of his legal dispute with Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. Two months after Winklevoss Capital Fund was ordered to pay Shrem $45,000 in court fees after a federal judge overturned an order freezing more than $30 million of Shrem’s assets, the case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled. Both sides agreed to pay their own costs as part of the agreement.

  • Blockchain project jobs
    Innovators,  Media,  Technology

    Forbes 50 list of top companies using blockchain released

    Only three “pure” blockchain companies made the list of the $1 billion-plus firms

    Forbes on Tuesday announced its inaugural Forbes 50 list of large companies leading the way in developing and using blockchain technology. The list has a notable lack of “pure” blockchain firms. In fact, there are just three—blockchain hardware and software maker Bitfury, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, and financial blockchain developer Ripple.

  • Part of the header image on Brock Pierce's Twitter profile page shows him appearing heroically on fictitious money (via Twitter)
    Bitcoin,  Innovators

    Brock Pierce buys a million-dollar home with a crypto-backed loan

    The controversial bitcoin investor’s use of Bitcoin as collateral has tax benefits, but also big pitfalls

    Controversial Bitcoin investor Brock Pierce has used cryptocurrency to buy a $1.2 million house in Amsterdam. The wealthy former child star, known for his role in “Mighty Ducks,” used Bitcoin as collateral to obtain a $1.2 million loan from Swiss FinTech Nexo for a home.