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Bakkt Closes Series B Funding and Raises $300 Million from Microsoft, Pantera and Others

Bakkt closed a $300 million Series B fundraising round. The round was led by Microsoft’s M12, Pantera Capital. PayU and other prominent companies.Bakkt, the cryptocurrency derivatives exchange, has undergone series B funding. This was to the tune of $300 million. Sources say that the exchange involved many partners. Intercontinental Exchanges (ICE), which is Bakkt’s parent company, Microsoft‘s M12, Pantera Capital, PayU, CMT Digital, Boston Consulting Group, and Goldfinch Partners were among...

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Bakkt Will Strongly Focus on Consumer Adoption in 2020, Says ICE CEO

ICE CEO Jeffrey Sprecher noted that Bakkt is the main booster for ICE’s growth and that the key focus for Bakkt in 2020 is consumer adoption.Bakkt, a company that is backed by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) which is also the proprietor to NYSE, will focus primarily on consumer adoption in the fiscal year 2020. This is according to ICE CEO, Jeffrey Sprecher who spoke during the Intercontinental Exchange’s Q4 earnings on Thursday, February 06, 2020.According to Sprecher, after Bakkt...

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Bakkt Appoints Mike Blandina as New CEO and Adam White as President

The Bakkt Bitcoin futures exchange, owned by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), has just appointed a new chief executive officer (CEO). According to an official press release, the company’s former Chief Product Officer Mike Blandina, has now been promoted to the role of CEO. Blandina already assumed the position on Friday, Dec 20.The appointment of a new CEO was necessary because the company’s founding CEO Kelly Loeffler had to leave the position after her appointment to the United States...

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Bakkt Launches Bitcoin Options and Cash-Settled Futures

As Bakkt has announced in its blog post, Bitcoin monthly options and cash-settled futures are now available.The recent post provides more details on these new offerings.Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) monthly options are based on the benchmark Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Monthly Futures contract. It is the first CFTC regulated product of this kind. These options will offer new opportunities for trading and earning for traders from all over the world.Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) cash-settled futures are now available, as...

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Governor Kemp Thinks Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler is a Promising Senate Member

U.S. Senator Johny Isakson was serving well at his position in United States Senate. However, health issues are chasing the old man: he decided to leave the job and enjoy life. The governor Brian Kemp has the power to elect a new member of the Senate to serve till the special elections. Many people approached him with pitches.President Trump Wanted His Brother in Arms to Acquire the SeatPresident Donald Trump suggested appointing Doug Collins at this position. He is a Republican who has been...

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Bitcoin Futures Market Is Changing Cryptocurrency Landscape

In the last few months, Bitcoin futures trading is on the rise, beating up to 50% of the total spot market on 13 well-known exchanges. The futures market helps to keep the price less volatile, and it increases liquidity via the attraction of new investors. Wise actors always made predictions that cryptocurrencies would co-exist with the current banking and stock markets. They are not doing any substantial harm to banks and classic exchanges. Instead, cryptocurrencies add fungibility and...

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Merchants and Users Might Accept Bitcoin Directly, Says ICE CEO

Bitcoin may have different names and “digital gold” is surely one of them. However, if it’s to believe Intercontinental Exchange’s chief executive’s words, it first has to start being used more in everyday business.ICE head Jeffrey Sprecher said on Thursday that the constant use in transactions is the crucial step for Bitcoin if it wants to be regarded as a long-term store of value. ICE’s Bakkt subsidiary, which recently (finally) started with its Bitcoin futures market, announced earlier in...

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