The ICO dilemma: Tool for financial revolution or too good to be true?


ICOs are winning support with fundraisings jumping to more than $6.8 billion in 2017, up from $151 million in 2014, 2015 and 2016 combined.

Toshiba said to consider IPO for memory chip unit as contingency plan

The IPO is one of various contingency plans being looked at by Toshiba’s top executives.

Slew of Asia hedge fund startups point to signs of revival after slumped 2017

An estimated 37 Asia-focused hedge funds started in 2017, the least since Eurekahedge started tracking data in 2000.

Japan’s JAFCO launches fund management firm in Shanghai

With the appropriate approval, JAFCO Asia will start to make investments in China in RMB via an RMB Fund.

Consumer sector leaders in emerging markets make compelling investment bets: Partners Group

Institutionalized companies that have been able to capture market leadership in the consumer segments “present compelling investment opportunities.”

Mekong-focused Belt Road Capital injects $1.8m in Digital Classified Group for SEA push

DCG is behind leading online property classified and other classified platforms in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Laos.

APAC Digest: Simble to list on ASX; Shoof raises $4.3m; TEPCO invests in Electron

Simble plans to list on the ASX, Movida Japan backs a $4.3M seed round in Shoof and TEPCO makes a stratetic investment in Electron. 

Japan’s SBI Investment to raise $451m for new fund focused on AI, blockchain

The SBI AI & Blockchain Fund will invest in a broad range of AI and blockchain businesses, including fintech, IoT, robotics and sharing economy startups. 

U.S. SEC says bitcoin funds raise ‘investor protection issues’

The SEC has demanded answers to at least 31 detailed questions about how mutual funds or ETFs based on bitcoin would store, safeguard, and price that asset.

Japanese app Mercari expects $1.8b in valuation for its Tokyo listing in June

The listing had initially be slated for 2017 but was delayed.