Lionel Messi helps Sirin Labs launch new blockchain smartphoneLionel Messi helps Sirin Labs launch new blockchain smartphoneLionel Messi helps Sirin Labs launch new blockchain smartphone
Lionel Messi is the brand ambassador, but will the blockchain smartphone he’s promoting be a market winner? Switzerland’s Sirin Labs has high hopes for “Finney” and expects to sell over 100,000 in the first year. Founder, Moshe Hogeg spoke to us ahead of the launch.
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October 11: What happened in blockchain this week?
Here’s what happened in blockchain this week. The Swiss National Bank links up with SIX and BIS on digital assets; Liechtenstein approves new Blockchain Act; and UNICEF opens new crypto fund.
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Liechtenstein Blockchain Act steps ahead of Switzerland
The Liechtenstein Blockchain Act will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Thomas Nägele, president of the Crypto Country Association and co-author of the act, expects up to 20 Swiss companies to relocate to Liechtenstein next year. “When it comes to legislation, we are ahead,” he says.
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October 4: What happened in blockchain this week?
Here’s what happened in blockchain in Switzerland this week. The Libra Association COO says requests to join the project are rolling in worldwide; the State Secretariat for International Finance shares its latest update on Libra; a new blockchain pilot in canton Schaffhausen; and gearing up for Crypto Finance Conference 2020.
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Libra Association COO: We’re not at the stage of members dropping out
Despite scrutiny, Libra Association COO Bertrand Perez told CNNMoney Switzerland in a recent interview that he’s confident about getting more members on board. “For now, the discussions we are having with the founding members are very positive and good.” He says requests to join the association are building up worldwide and hopes to add Swiss companies to that list.
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Arab Bank Switzerland tests crypto waters to meet Middle East demand
Arab Bank Switzerland just opened up to crypto, making it one of the earliest to do so. The reason? Demand for crypto custody and brokerage is coming from institutional clients from the Middle East and Swiss family offices, according to CEO, Serge Robin.
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September 20: What happened in blockchain this week?
Another Swiss bank opens doors to crypto; the University of St. Gallen adopts blockchain to fight academic fraud; Bank for International Settlements hosts a conference on stablecoins in Basel; and new blockchain graduates in Switzerland.
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University of St. Gallen fights fake diplomas with blockchain
The University of St. Gallen is using blockchain so employers can verify if a diploma is real or fake. The new pilot project aims to issue 200 tamperproof certificates by next year, says CIO Harald Rotter. It comes amid concerns of a global rise in this type of fraud.
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September 13: What happened in blockchain this week?
New stablecoin guidelines out from FINMA; Crypto Finance plans expansion to Asia Pacific; and the newly-released book “Crypto Nation Switzerland.”
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FINMA, E-franc, Libra: The next chapter of crypto in Switzerland
Alexander Brunner, author of the new book “Crypto Nation Switzerland,” explains what Switzerland needs to do to remain a blockchain hub.
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September 6: What happened in blockchain this week?
Here’s what happened in blockchain in Switzerland this week: Swiss National Bank chairman delivers speech on digital tokens; crypto bank SEBA aims to go live next month; and blockchain makes a mark at Swiss Digital Day.
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SEBA: Ramping up crypto bank costs less than CHF 30 million
SEBA Crypto is one of Switzerland’s first crypto banks after it received the green light from regulators. CEO Guido Buehler says they’ve spent less than 30 percent of the CHF 100 million raised in building up the bank so far. Buehler says now their next step is to generate profits to reach the breakeven mark.
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August 30: What happened in blockchain this week?
Here are the top Swiss blockchain stories of the week. Sygnum takes the next steps in building a crypto bank; SIX CEO signals progress for a digital exchange; and an SNB survey shows that blockchain is used by less than 5 percent of Swiss banks.
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Crypto bank Sygnum: “There’s clearly enough demand”
Sygnum co-founder Mathias Imbach says “our phonelines are ringing constantly” after receiving a banking and securities license from FINMA. He explains the company’s next steps in building one of Switzerland’s first regulated crypto banks.
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Big bang: how Switzerland’s Crypto Valley was born
Alexander Brunner, author of Crypto Nation Switzerland, breaks down the history of Switzerland as a blockchain hub.

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