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Bithumb’s parent company receives $200 million investment from Japan’s ST Blockchain Fund

Namrata Shukla

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Bithumb's parent company receives $200 million investment
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Bithumb’s parent company, Blockchain Exchange Alliance [BXA], received a massive $200 million in funding during its Series A round. This huge sum was offered by Japan’s ST Blockchain Fund, reported Coin Telegraph. Though based in Japan, ST Blockchain Fund interests investors from around the world, including Europe and the United States.

BXA is raising funds to take Bithumb to the international level. Bithumb, already one of the largest exchanges in South Korea, will expand in international markets with new trading pairs.

BXA’s press release read,

“The fund shared our vision of creating a global digital exchange platform that can efficiently transfer value across borders with lower costs, which was the key rationale behind this investment decision.”

The news of massive funding comes in after Bithumb lost around $13 million in March following a hack. According to reports, this was considered to be an inside job, done to deceive the company. However, in the third-party public audit, Bithumb reassured investors that their funds were in a secure storage.



Bithumb was also hacked in 2018, losing around $30 million. However, the figure was later corrected to $17 million. The investment by ST will be a much-needed impetus to Bithumb, an exchange that has been reeling under major losses. It has been reported that the South Korean exchange reported losses over $180 million since the price of Bitcoin dropped, while it also had to lay off half of its staff last month.

The timing of the investment also falls in line with the rising prices of cryptocurrencies, especially since Bitcoin has finally breached the $5K mark





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Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says Bitcoin.org’s Cobra

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says Bitcoin.org’s Cobra
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Bitcoin [BTC], the world’s largest cryptocurrency, saw a significant surge earlier this month, helping the coin break strong resistance at $5,000 and $5,200. Following the great fall of the king coin in early 2018, the Bitcoin ecosystem was struggling with scalability and technological issues, eventually leading to the hard fork.

Bitcoin.org’s Cobra, who is also the co-owner of Bitcointalk.org, has always maintained that Bitcoin was the cryptocurrency to look out for through his various Twitter bouts with prominent personalities in the cryptoverse. Due to his strong, unbridled support for Bitcoin, he has often trashed altcoins for their low market dominance.

In a new Twitter thread, Cobra spoke about the “biggest threat” to the Bitcoin ecosystem. Even though many crypto-enthusiasts believe that governments and technological issues were the biggest threats to the king coin, Cobra had a completely different opinion.

According to the Bitcoin maximalist, users have the potential to signal Bitcoin’s doom. His tweet read,

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Though most Bitcoin supporters usually support his opinions, this tweet was met with a lot of resistance. Twitterati swarmed the thread in an attempt to prove him wrong. A user named @MrHodl alleged that this could not be true as Bitcoin had “no community.” He added that this, in turn, prevented toxicity in the ecosystem.

Cobra replied to the tweet stating,



“I think there is a community, it’s just not fully representative of everyone with a stake in Bitcoin. Most holders are quiet and not too familiar with what’s going on. There’s people with 1000+ BTC and they don’t engage at all with discussion platforms, just lurk.”

Some Twitter users took it as an attack on Bitcoin investors and opposed Cobra’s stance. A user @CarstenBKK commented,

“Maybe I am lost in translation. What do you wanna tell us? That you are part of Bitcoin network of people owning/using it, but you are just disgusted by the idea, that the network is called community in the sense of direct human collaboration and affection to the groups ideals?”

Previously, Cobra had accused Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Square Crypto of pandering to Bitcoin users, while also suggesting that the crypto project was merely a way to bring in more users for Dorsey’s CashApp. His tweet read,

“Gotta respect how hard @sqcrypto is pandering to Bitcoiners. Very clever how @Jack has embedded himself in the community; in return the community promotes @CashApp, which gives that service a small but dedicated and activist group of early users.”





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