Coinbase Founder Backs Blockchain Startup's $3 Million Seed Round – CoinDesk

A startup that is developing a protocol based on the ethereum blockchain to allow users to validate information across different datasets has raised $3 million in seed funding. Called DIRT, the San Francisco-based company said Wednesday that notable investment firms taking part in the round include Digital Currency Group, Pantera Capital, China-based Zhenfund and InBlockchain. Individual … Read more

Ripple Taps Facebook Payments Exec for Business Development Role – CoinDesk

Ripple has a new senior vice president of business and corporate development. The San Francisco-based distributed ledger startup announced Wednesday the hire of Kahina Van Dyke, who most recently served as Facebook’s global director of financial services and payments partnerships. According to LinkedIn, Van Dyke is also a board director for Progressive Insurance and has … Read more