F|T: The FinTech Times – Will FTX actually attempt a relaunch?

Plus: Arrest made in the stabbing death of Bob Lee.

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BetaKit’s most-read March stories show #CDNtech sector struggles continue as government innovation promises continue to lag (BETAKIT)

With spring officially here, BetaKit’s most-read stories for the month of March highlight a season of transition for Canadian tech, with ongoing frustrations and challenges met by long-term optimism and an immediate need to reconcile with AI disruption.

Dive into this recap of Betakit's coverage through the turbulent month of March.

Binance.US struggles to find bank to take its customers’ cash

The U.S. affiliate of global crypto exchange Binance has struggled to find a bank for its customers’ cash after the failure of Signature Bank left it without a key banking partner, people familiar with the matter said.

Among the reasons that some banks were reluctant to do business with Binance.US was concern over regulatory risk, the people said.

Calgary Police Force, Chainalysis partnership aims to reduce cryptocurrency scams (BETAKIT)

One of the largest blockchain data platforms globally is partnering with the Calgary Police Force to fight cybercrime following a rise in complaints from Calgarians over cryptocurrency scams.

With Chainalysis, the Calgary Police Service Cyber Forensics Unit has created the CPS Blockchain Investigation Team (BIT), dedicated to support cryptocurrency and blockchain-related investigations.

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FTX says it may restart its collapsed crypto exchange (FAST COMPANY)

Five months after the spectacular collapse of crypto-giant FTX, FTX attorney Andy Dietderich said the FTC is starting to think about its future—something many did not expect the company to have—and that it’s in the process of negotiating a reboot with stakeholders.

A decision is expected as soon as the end of June.

SEC considers reopening "exchange" definition proposal (AXIOS)

The small proposed change would have sweeping implications for traditional financial firms and crypto — and specifically decentralized finance (DeFi).

The SEC's proposed change to Rule 3b-16 of the Securities Exchange Act would apply the definition of exchange more broadly — with the Commission arguing that the rule as originally envisioned would've otherwise covered systems like DeFi.

Round13 nabs $200 million first close for third fund as co-founders Bruce Croxon, John Eckert step back (BETAKIT)

Round13 Capital has raised $200 million CAD in the first close of its latest fund, as its co-founders Bruce Croxon and John Eckert hand over the leadership reins to Round13 general partners Brahm Klar and Wilson Lee.

Fintech startup Clear Street raises $270M at a $2B valuation (TECHCRUNCH)

Clear Street, which says it is building “modern infrastructure” for capital markets, has raised $270 million in the second tranche of a Series B funding round at a $2 billion valuation.

Growth equity firm Prysm Capital led the financing, which brings the round total to $435 million.

Down rounds in 2022 lower than expected amid reliance on bridge financing: Osler report (BETAKIT)

Despite the market uncertainty that played out in 2022, the number of down rounds fell below the three year average between 2020 to 2022. This is one of the findings in the Osler, Hoskin Harcourt LLP’s second annual report on venture capital and growth equity.

The rise and fall of Argentina’s celebrity crypto pastor

Generación Zoe promised investors massive returns thanks to market-predicting “robots” and a cryptocurrency backed by gold. It sounded too good to be true.

Over 2020 and 2021, more than 10,000 people bought into Zoe, investing hundreds of millions of dollars between them. By March 2022, a handful of high-profile names involved with Zoe in Argentina had been arrested, or were wanted by the authorities.

WonderFi, Coinsquare, CoinSmart to merge as Canada’s crypto industry consolidates (BETAKIT)

WonderFi, Coinsquare, and CoinSmart Financial announced that the three companies reached an agreement to combine and create what they claim will be “Canada’s largest regulated crypto asset trading platform.”

Collectively, Vancouver-based WonderFi, and Toronto’s Coinsquare and CoinSmart have over $600 million CAD in assets under custody and more than 1.65 million users.

Arrest made in stabbing death of Cash App founder Bob Lee, men reportedly knew each other (CNBC)

In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins confirmed that an arrest has been made in the April 4 fatal stabbing of Cash App founder Bob Lee. Officials named Nima Momeni — a tech entrepreneur in the Bay Area — as the suspect.

LayerZero Labs raises $120 million at $3 billion valuation to enable more multi-blockchain apps (BETAKIT)

Vancouver-based Web3 startup LayerZero Labs is now valued at $3 billion after closing a $120 million Series B funding round. LayerZero previously had a valuation of $1 billion when it raised $135 million in March 2022.

The Vancouver startup claims its platform connects over 30 blockchains, allowing developers to create projects that can exist across several blockchains without the need for an intermediary to facilitate cross-chain interactions.

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Alex Riehl

Alex Riehl

Alex Riehl is a staff writer and newsletter curator at BetaKit with a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. He's interested in tech, gaming, and sports. You can find out more about him at alexriehl.com or @RiehlAlex99 on Twitter.

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