Coinbase Generated $520 Million in Revenue Last Year, Reuters Estimates

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase brought in almost $520 million in global revenue in 2018, according to an estimate from Reuters. The news source based the figure on the exchange’s U.K. revenue, which grew 20 percent last year to 153 million euros ($173 million), according to a filing with the U.K.’s corporate registry. The British side of the business accounts for “almost a third” of the firm’s overall revenue, Coinbase U.K. CEO Zeeshan Feroz told Reuters. The filing further shows that Coinbase U.K. made a net profit of 6.6 million euros ($7.4 million)…

Square Brought in Over $166 Million Through Bitcoin Sales Last Year

Mobile payments firm Square has reported over $166 million in revenue from bitcoin sales last year. The company filed its financial results for Q4 2018 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday, disclosing that it made overall net revenue of $3.3 billion last year, 5 percent of which came from the cryptocurrency buying service within its Cash App. While bitcoin sales brought in precisely $166,517,000, the cost of purchasing the cryptocurrency for the year was about $165 million. That left the firm with a net profit from bitcoin sales…

NYSE Parent ICE Anticipates Over $20 Million Spend on Bakkt This Year

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, estimates it will spend more than $20 million this year in building Bakkt, its bitcoin futures trading and custody platform. In an earnings call for Q4, 2018, on Feb. 7, Scott Hill, ICE’s chief financial officer, said the firm’s investment in Bakkt will result in $20 million to $25 million of its estimated expenses for the fiscal year 2019. The estimation comes just six weeks after Bakkt announced a massive $182 million fundraise for its bid to roll…

Nearly $1 Billion Stolen In Crypto Hacks So Far This Year: Research

The losses related to crypto hacks continue to rise sharply, with nearly $1 billion stolen so far this year, new research suggests. In the first nine months of 2018, hackers stole $927 million from the cryptocurrency exchanges and other platforms, according to a recent report from blockchain security firm CipherTrace. The document, titled “Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering 2018 Q3,” indicates the losses are 3.5 times higher than the levels seen in 2017, which came to $266 million. CipherTrace estimates the total figure will reach over $1 billion by the end of 2018.…

VC Investment in Blockchain Startups Is Up 280% So Far This Year

As the crypto industry sees a decline in initial coin offerings (ICOs) amid regulatory concerns and major losses across token markets, traditional VC investment is once more on the rise. In its latest report, blockchain research group Diar reports that blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused startups have raised nearly $3.9 billion through VC investments in the first three quarters of the year – that up 280 percent when compared to the whole of 2017, it says. Based on data from Pitchbook, the report indicates that number of deals also nearly doubled this year. VC investment in blockchain/crypto (Source:…

Blockchain Startup R3 May Run Out of Money by Next Year: Report

Get exclusive analysis and cryptocurrency insights on Hacked.com for just $39 per month. Enterprise blockchain startup R3 is burning through cash at a breakneck pace and could be out of money by the first quarter of 2019, sources say. R3 Could Be Out of Money by 2019: Report Citing interviews with two former employees, Fortune reports that R3 — which in 2014 launched a high-profile banking consortium that sought to make blockchain technology palatable to the legacy financial sector — has run through nearly all of the $132 million it…

Energy Sector Invests $300 Million In Blockchain In Past Year

Get Trading Recommendations and Read Analysis on Hacked.com for just $39 per month. 2017 marked a turning point in global recognition of blockchain technology for its potential applications in the energy sector and witnessed $300 million invested in less than a year. The first blockchain in energy transaction took place in April 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. Today, less than two years later, there are 122 energy industry organizations involved in blockchain technology and 40 deployed projects. From the second quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018, more…