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Traditional venture capital investors seem to think that the field of crypto reporting apps is appealing. Cryptocurrency tax and accounting software development startup Libra has raised an extra $ 15 million in its Series B funding round.
$ 24.8 Million in Funding for Crypto Tax App
Libra, a provider of middle and back office technology and data services for the crypto-assets ecosystem, has announced the closure of a $ 15 million Series B round. The funding was led by its previous lead investor, described as a “prominent, multi-billion dollar European family office,” with continued participation from Series A investors, including Liberty City Ventures. This round brings Libra’s total funding to $ 24.8 million.
The company plans to use its new funding to continue building out its core product, the Libra Crypto Office platform, as well as support the release of new products and services later this year. It says that the capital raise not only strengthens the ability for further product growth but also the ongoing expansion into new customer segments such as miners, lenders and custodians. The venture originally started its operations back in 2014, by developing tax apps for average cryptocurrency day traders. It is now focused on transforming crypto transactional data into operational and audit-ready financial information for institutions.
Helping Crypto Hedge Funds Meet Reporting Standards
“Libra’s mission is to provide a system of record that allows institutions with crypto transactions to meet the reporting requirements of managers, investors, auditors and regulators,” said Jake Benson, Founder and CEO of Libra. “We are very excited our investors have affirmed their continued support for Libra with their contribution to our Series B raise. Their commitment allows us to expand our customer offerings, grow our team and increase our customer base.”
Indeed, investors seem to think the field of crypto reporting is worthwhile. Back in November 2017, Libra raised $ 7.8 million in its Series A funding round, adding to their previously raised $ 2 million seed round from firms like Fenbushi Capital. Investors who participated in the A funding round included Liberty City Ventures, Boost VC, and early Facebook investor Lee Linden. Another competitor in the space, crypto tax reporting software developer Node40, was acquired for $ 8 million earlier this year.
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The first issue of a crypto comic book series called Shonen Crypto has been released. Readers can learn about various aspects of cryptocurrencies as they follow the characters in this manga which aims to be both educational and entertaining. News.Bitcoin.com talked with the comic book’s Editor-in-Chief to learn more.
Manga Dedicated to Crypto
Shonen Crypto will be published “every three weeks or one month,” creator “Editor-in-Chief Taro” told news.Bitcoin.com. According to him, this is the first comic book series focusing only on cryptocurrencies. “I never heard there are any [other] comic books about crypto,” he claims.
Currently, the series is only available online but Taro hopes that it will get published as physical books in the future. “I would like people to read it at cafes or many crypto events,” he shared. The first issue has partially been translated from Japanese into English at the time of this writing, and there are plans to produce music and music videos about crypto based on this comic as well.
Initially, there were 10 people working on this manga; they created the first issue. Now, there are 20 members performing different roles. “Someone can draw pictures, someone can gather information about shitcoins, someone can create songs, and someone can make videos,” Taro elaborated and explained the reasons for starting the series:
I want everyone to know crypto and its potential. Recently, I feel that the number of active users of crypto is decreasing, and I often hear doubts about crypto.
Citing that “there are still lots of scams” relating to cryptocurrencies, he understands why some people are skeptical but reiterated that “It is not a good situation for crypto.” Therefore, through manga, he hopes to properly introduce crypto and its technology to the masses. Although “there are already lots of articles about crypto,” he noted that they contain “only lots [of] words” and, in Japan, the “masses usually don’t read such articles.”
The first issue has six parts. The first part is called “Crypto Heroes,” which is a story about Bitcoin Senpai who leads other crypto characters in fighting with fiat characters. “The fiat characters of Crypto Heroes are USD, JPY, and EUR,” Taro revealed, adding that there will be a greater variety of characters in the near future.
The second part introduces “what happens in the Bitcoin world (industry)” with a character named “Crypto-kun.” In the first issue, this character teaches about the Mcafee Pump, Mt Gox, the “Bitconnect Scam,” and Zaif’s glitch that allowed users to buy BTC at 0 yen.
The third part is “the introduction of masternodes, which includes the lifecycle of masternodes” and investment advice.
The fourth part is “a gag (comedy) manga” which features a common schoolgirl, Karen, who “learns about Bitcoin with Hakase,” a Japanese word referring to a professor. “He teaches Karen what crypto is and how to trade crypto, but he always makes mistakes and decreases his funds,” the Editor-in-Chief detailed.
The fifth part is a story about two girls studying BTCFX. The sixth part is about Dapps and how to use them on smartphones, Taro conveyed.
Disclaimer: Bitcoin.com is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any information in this comic book series. Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to the content.
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A crypto Youtuber is launching his own television series that is fully paid for by bitcoin. They will air on CBS, the CW, and Roku. The first 13 episodes will air on CBS in selected areas, featuring topics such as crypto security, exchange trading, initial coin offerings, crypto crashes, mining, and the future of cryptocurrency.
Crypto Crow Show
Youtuber and investor Jason Appleton announced on Monday that he is launching a bitcoin-funded television series “on CBS, the CW and Roku to over 47 million homes.”
CBS, a flagship property of CBS Corporation, is one of the three major traditional commercial broadcast television networks in the US, alongside ABC and NBC. The CW is operated by the CW Network, a joint venture between CBS Corporation, the former owners of United Paramount Network (UPN), and Warner Bros. Roku provides streaming content to set-top devices and apps.
According to the announcement:
This will be the first time a cryptocurrency Youtuber has launched their own television series fully paid for by bitcoin. All promotional sponsors, features and the like are paid by bitcoin.
Appleton is known on Youtube as Crypto Crow. At the time of this writing, he has 73,005 followers on Youtube. He began publishing videos on the site in November last year. While emphasizing that he is not a licensed financial advisor, his videos include Initial Coin Offering (ICO) reviews and investment tips.
13 Episodes on CBS
Appleton has signed an agreement with CBS Television Networks “to air 13 episodes of the Crypto Crow Show in select markets as a test market in hopes of spreading nationally.” The first season is scheduled to begin in the week of June 25 on the CBS New York WLNY network, serving approximately 7.3 million homes, the announcement details, adding:
Each episode will feature educational information focused on helping newcomers to the crypto space such as researching, investing and how to stay secure in their efforts while featuring ICO and cryptocurrency companies and how they affect the industry.
The 13 episodes planned are on topics such as what are cryptocurrencies, crypto security, exchange trading, ICOs, bot trading for profits, swing trading, crypto cycles and crashes, crypto mining vs investing, crypto predictions and the future of cryptocurrency.
Crypto Shows Gaining Popularity
The number of television shows featuring cryptocurrencies is growing. Last month, news.Bitcoin.com reported on the cable network Cheddar launching a 30-minute show about cryptocurrencies called Crypto Craze. In February, Krypton Capital announced the launch of Crypto TV which focuses on breaking crypto news, panel discussions and live interviews. Eight pilot episodes of this show are being produced.
Regular TV shows have also featured cryptocurrencies in selected episodes. Award-winning CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, for example, aired an episode in November called “The Bitcoin Entanglement.” USA Network’s Mr. Robot has also made many references to bitcoin.
This week, HBO’s Silicon Valley featured an ICO while Showtime’s Billions featured a Ledger Nano S hardware wallet.
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