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Blockchain Report Goes Live with Daily News Video Targeting Millennials

Crypto Culture

a BitcoinNews.com series

Part 1: Blockchain Report Goes Live

In the first installment of the Bitcoin News Crypto Culture Series, we investigate a new daily news video from What’s Trending and ICO Watchdog, Blockchain Report.

On Tuesday 2 October, the first episode of a new daily blockchain news program aired, hosted by Snapchat influencer Taylor Nikolai. Blockchain Report is a combined effort from cryptocurrency financial information service ICO Watchdog, and Emmy-nominated digital media company What’s Trending.

The short videos are looking to tap into the millennial generation’s intrigue in cryptocurrencies while providing a trusted source for information, with no underhanded selling of new tokens or products that unfortunately crop up in crypto-related media.

What’s Trending founder Shira Lazar co-heads the project and has plans to use the show to highlight women in the field of cryptocurrency. Speaking to Forbes, she described her goal of using the Blockchain Report platform to showcase both well-known women, and those under the radar who have not yet had the opportunity to make headlines.

The first episode remained shy of 100 views on YouTube at the time of press but with these big names and solid capital behind the project, it looks likely to form a large following. What’s Trending boasts 3 million cross-platform followers and over 200 million YouTube views to date, while Blockchain Report’s Twitter account already has nearly 6,500 followers.

Who’s going to enjoy it?

The fast-paced, well-produced video mimics that of its partner company What’s Trending but like its videos, they are short and do not divulge a lot of detail into the topics discussed. Creators of Blockchain Report say they are targeting the millennial generation, although well-informed millennials in the space are likely to want to do further research on the topics discussed as the self-imposed five minutes of each video leaves little time to really delve into the subject matter.

Scheduled daily Monday to Friday, Blockchain Report may well become a useful, trusted source to find out the big news headline of the day, and the production quality is certainly superior to the majority of alternative daily cryptocurrency videos. Experts or individuals who are looking for a more in-depth approach may be inclined to look elsewhere, however.

What can you expect?

The first episode covered three big stories from Tuesday: Tom Lee’s claim that Ethereum is on the verge of a major rally, web browser Opera enabling built-in Ethereum support, and corporate investment company Fidelity showing further interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain.

ICO Watchdog prides itself on providing an unbiased, informative take on the ICO market, providing investors with informative publications such as ”The Six Key Factors for Analyzing an ICO“.

Its participation in the project can assure viewers that what they are watching can be corroborated by facts, while What’s Trending has the necessary background in media production to make it entertaining and accessible enough to attract younger viewers.

Blockchain Report is one to watch to grab your quick headlines but not a sole resource to rely on.

 

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KPMG Study Reveals 2018 Blockchain Investment Has Already Outgunned 2017 Total

A KPMG study finds that fintech companies’ investment in blockchain technology in 2018 has already surpassed the entirety of 2017.

Capital growth

The Pulse of Fintech 2018‘ biannual study from one of the Big Four auditing and consultancy firms took a global look at the growth of fintech investments, which in the first six months of 2018 has broken past 2017 in spectacular fashion.

The study affirms that blockchain is “moving beyond experimentation”, noting that a majority of Q1 and Q2 investors in 2018 gravitated more toward established companies and organizations moving into “additional rounds of funding”. This is contrasting to 2017 which saw significant amounts of investment in startups, especially through initial coin offerings.

Venture capitalist blockchain investment so far this year has reached USD 858 million, more than 2017’s USD 631 million. These figures are bolstered by two enormous funding rounds: Circle, which raised USD 110 million and  Ledger cryptocurrency wallet, which recently raised USD 77 million.

Safwan Zaheer, Financial Services Digital & US Fintech lead for KPMG said, “There’s more VC flow available than opportunities to invest – a sign of tremendous growth in the space… Investments in blockchain related firms already doubled in the first half of 2018 compared to 2017. Blockchain has the potential to transform banking services. If banking systems were to be rewritten today they would be based on blockchain.”

The study acknowledges the versatile list of applications for blockchain technologies, which is a contributor to its growing success, especially within the financial sector. KPMG cites banking and insurance as two of the primary uses of the technology but also explains that blockchain can “enhance processes for any number of US and global businesses.”

Initial coin offerings

With regards to ICOs, the modern crowdfunding method has also seen a sharp rise, outpacing that of 2017. A similar June report released by another of the Big Four, PwC, found that a total of 537 ICOs in the first five months of 2018 have raised more than every ICO prior to 2018, with a total volume of USD 13.7 billion.

Again, a part-cause for the ICO figure exploding in 2018 is down to the EOS ICO which lasted for a whole year, raking in a record USD 4 billion, beating the previous record of Telegram’s controversial USD 1.7 billion ICO.

The Big Four have been looking at the growing industry with a piqued curiosity; in April 2018, it was reported that the firms were receiving daily enquiries into ICOs and cryptocurrencies from clients.

 

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