Blockchain.com, one of the most widely-used consumer crypto products and the leading institutional crypto solutions provider, announced that it has moved its U.S. headquarters from New York City to Miami.
As part of the relocation, plans for expansion include aggressive hiring throughout the local Miami job market as well as investment to support the local STEM community. Earlier this morning, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez made the announcement at City Hall with Blockchain.com CEO Peter Smith, ahead of the highly anticipated Bitcoin Miami conference this week.
The move is part of Blockchain.com’s aggressive efforts to scale. The company will tap into the talent pool and support the local job market, with plans to hire 100 full-time employees by the end of 2021, and an additional 200 in 2022. In addition, it will also support the local crypto ecosystem by supporting the South Florida STEM community via educational programming.
“Thanks to a strong relationship with the local government, we are honored to join the Miami business community,” said Peter Smith, Blockchain.com CEO. “The internet will be the biggest economy in the world by 2030, and crypto is the financial system built to support it. The City of Miami recognizes the industry’s potential, and we look forward to contributing to Miami’s rich innovation ecosystem.”
Multiple factors make Miami a prime location for tech innovators, including the city’s welcoming regulatory environment serving as a hotbed of crypto innovation. Mayor Suarez has been a vocal proponent for tech investment in the region, even pushing for the state’s first financial regulations for cryptocurrency. And as one of the leading financial centers for Latin America, Miami serves as an ideal location for recruiting.
“Blockchain.com’s arrival in Miami perfectly encapsulates what the Miami Movement is all about – leveraging Miami’s talent against the world’s top companies in order to build towards our goal of becoming a Miami that lasts forever and a Miami that works for everyone,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
Blockchain.com’s latest move continues the momentum for one of the biggest crypto startups. With a $5B post-money valuation and nearly $500M in venture funding from the best macro investors in the world, Blockchain.com is primed for its next phase of growth.
The company currently has 32M verified users in over 200 countries using its products, including its popular non-custodial Wallet, the fastest Exchange for trading, a block Explorer to check transactions, and a bespoke Institutional Markets business.
Bitcoin Reaches Highest Level Since May as Chartists Eye $50,000
After a volatile weekend, Bitcoin has once again surpassed $40,000, reaching its highest level in more than two weeks.
The world’s largest crypto gained as much as 4.5% Monday to $41,020, extending its rally to a second day. The coin has rallied roughly 9% since Friday. The wider Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index, which tracks some of the major cryptocurrencies, also advanced, adding as much as 7.7% at one point.
With Bitcoin crossing the $40,000 threshold, many chartists are looking at $42,500 as its next important level to breach. That number roughly represents its 200-day moving average and topping it could mean the coin rallies toward $50,000.
“Bitcoin is always going to be volatile and the manic run-up we had was never sustainable. The question is where do we settle? What is the new floor in Bitcoin?,” said Tom Essaye, a former Merrill Lynch trader who founded “The Sevens Report” newsletter. “In order for Bitcoin to resume that rally, I think you’re going to need to see more widespread legitimate adoption.”
Cryptocurrencies have been under pressure in recent weeks, with Bitcoin losing about 30% since mid-April, when it hit a record of almost $65,000. The recent selloff has been exacerbated by a public rebuke from Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk, who criticized the amount of energy used by the servers underpinning the token and reneged a previous offer to allow customers to buy his cars using the cryptocurrency. Increased Chinese regulatory oversight has also soured the mood.
But prices got a boost at the start of the week after veteran hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones — who said last year Bitcoin could be a good hedge against inflation — re-endorsed the coin in a television interview.
“I like Bitcoin as a portfolio diversifier,” Tudor Jones of Tudor Investment Corp. said in an interview with CNBC. “Everybody asks me what should I do with my Bitcoin? The only thing I know for certain, I want 5% in gold, 5% in Bitcoin, 5% in cash, 5% in commodities.”
Meanwhile, over the weekend, Musk once again roiled the market, saying via tweet that Tesla would allow transactions in Bitcoin once it is mined with more clean energy. The mogul said he wants miners, who have come under the spotlight in recent months, to use about 50% clean energy. The Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance has estimated that 39% of crypto mining is powered by renewable sources, mainly hydroelectric.
Bitcoin’s peers, including Bitcoin Cash, Dash, and Ether also gained on Monday.
Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Drops 5% After Xinjiang’s Miner Shutdown
Bitcoin’s mining difficulty fell by 5.3 percent on Sunday night UTC on the back of a recent drop-off in hash rate. On-chain data shows the network’s mining difficulty dropped to 19.8 trillion, a level not seen since early January.
The mining difficulty is how the network aims to keep blocks being produced at an even rate, despite a wildly fluctuating hash rate. Every two weeks it makes the mining process easier or harder, in order to accommodate the varying hash rate.
After the previous difficulty adjustment on May 30, the network’s hash rate remained steady. But on June 9, miners in Xinjiang’s Zhundong Economic and Technology Development Zone received orders to close operations — a result of the China State Council’s high-level comment about cracking down on bitcoin trading and mining activities. Following this news, major Chinese bitcoin mining pools saw a notable plunge in hash rate by over 20 percent on average.
From the last adjustment to June 9, Bitcoin’s average block production interval was around 9.9 minutes, close to the intended 10-minute-per-block interval, data shows. But due to the hash rate plunge, the average block production interval between June 9 and 14 was extended to more than 12 minutes.
The difficulty drop may be welcome news for miners who are still online as their share of the total block subsidies over the next two weeks will increase. Meanwhile, bitcoin’s price has jumped above $39,000 again, nearing the $40,000 level.
Bitcoin’s price started to see a notable breakout also around Sunday night UTC time following Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk’s tweet denying that he manipulated the cryptocurrency’s market movements.
“This is inaccurate,” he replied to CoinTelegraph’s tweet about an article with comments that accused him of market manipulation.
“Tesla only sold ~10% of holdings to confirm BTC could be liquidated easily without moving market. When there’s confirmation of reasonable (~50%) clean energy usage by miners with positive future trend, Tesla will resume allowing Bitcoin transactions,” Musk said on social media.
Bitcoin’s price increased by over $1,500 within hours after Musk’s reply, which came just a month after Musk said Tesla suspended the bitcoin payment option out of environmental concerns.
Whale Alert: 176 Million XRP Coins Transferred
Amid the current market volatility in the cryptocurrency market, there has been a significant whale movement of the 7th crypto coin by Market capitalization, Ripple (XRP).
According to the latest data published by blockchain tracking and analytics firm, Whale Alert, a leading XRP wallet transferred 176 million coins worth approximately $146 million on Saturday 12 May.
The mentioned transaction was executed at around 15:44 UTC, and it was recorded on Bithomp.com. The recent transfer of the XRP whale from an unknown wallet is one of the largest moves since the start of this month.
In the last week of May 2021, a transaction of 139 million XRP was traced to an anonymous whale address. The transaction was done from an unknown wallet after the coin surged above $1. It was also noticed that there has been a substantial increase in the activities of the network in the past few weeks.
According to Coinshares report, Ripple (XRP) has recorded an additional investment worth $7 million in the first week of June, this was the highest level of new investment since April 2021.
In May 2021, Ripple, San Francisco-based blockchain firm, announced that the company is planning to support NFTs on XRP Ledger (XRPL). In addition, the company highlighted the significant advantages of XRPL over other platforms in the growing market of NFTs.
The world’s 7th largest cryptocurrency has seen immense volatility since the start of 2021. XRP started this year at a price level of approximately $0.22 after a crash of nearly 60 percent in December 2020 due to the SEC’s lawsuit against Ripple.
In April 2021, the digital currency saw significant interest from retail and institutional investors as its price touched an all-time high of approximately $1.92. After registering the record price level, XRP price experienced a dip in May 2021 as the digital asset reached a low of $0.69 on 23 May.
As of press time XRP is trading at $0.88 with a 7.10% gain in the last 24 hours.
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