Cointelegraph Announces Chinese HQ, Bolstering Its International Expansion

To support our international expansion and global reach, Cointelegraph is delighted to announce the launch of the Chinese-language version of the publication. Today, Dec. 4, we celebrated the opening of the office of Cointelegraph China (Cointelegraph 中文).

The news — which marks another milestone moment in Cointelegraph’s growth — was announced at the Nova Global Blockchain Investment Institutions Summit hosted by the investment ecosystem alliance, Nova Club. Nova Club was formed by top blockchain organizations and aims to facilitate blockchain project development by consolidating resources and expertise.

The new expansion will be led by Vadim Krekotin from the heart of Guangzhou, with other offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

Meet the Cointelegraph China business team

Cointelegraph China has brought together leading names in the industry to highlight blockchain and crypto trends in the area. 

Kevin Shao is a co-founder of Cointelegraph China as well as a general manager at crypto mining equipment manufacturer Canaan-Blockchain. Shao’s professional background includes serving at Bank of China’s fintech and technology department.

Kevin Ren, a co-founder of Cointelegraph China and also a founding partner of venture capital firm Consensus Lab, has a double masters in computer science and business administration. Ren, who worked as a partner in a range of VC firms, currently holds managing positions at industry-wide associations and unions in the country.

Simon Li is another co-founder of Cointelegraph China and a founding partner of Chain Capital and Nova Club. Li focuses on mining, investment into blockchain projects, and initiating and managing blockchain investment funds.

Co-founder Vadim Krekotin will manage Cointelegraph China’s initial launch. He previously founded advisory blockchain firm the CBE Foundation. Vadim is fluent in Mandarin and has a long history of conducting business in China, which has brought him in contact with the country’s biggest industry players including Binance, Huobi, OkEX and many others. 

Stay tuned for editorial team

We will soon be announcing the Cointelegraph China editorial team. Our editorial team will produce the highest quality journalism for our readers in China, holding steadfast to the values of editorial independence and responsibility to our readers.

Cointelegraph China is now our third base in Asia, following the establishment of Cointelegraph Japan in Tokyo in December 2017 and Cointelegraph Korea in August of this year. China has proved itself a hub for blockchain development, with the support of President Xi Jinping and a slew of blockchain-related patents filed with local regulators.

The country is maintaining a hardline stance toward crypto, as cryptocurrency trading is wholly banned in China. Meanwhile, the country has declared plans to issue its own digital currency to compete with the United States dollar in the global market. Our China-based team will work consistently to raise awareness in the region and deliver readers a clear insight into significant industry developments.

Canadian Venture Capital Firm Secured $320 Million to Invest in Fintech Startups

Portag3 Ventures, a Canadian venture capital (VC) firm, has closed a second fund with around $320 million to invest in fintech startup companies globally.

On Dec. 3, TechCrunch reported that the VC company received final commitments from institutional and strategic investors totaling $320 million. The funds will allow the company to make early-stage investments in promising fintech startups around the world, with a particular focus on regions like Canada, the United States, Europe and certain markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Build global champions”

Portag3 Ventures CEO Adam Felesky reportedly said that the company is on a mission “to build global champions from a Canadian base.” He explained:

“Canada has the talent, the expertise and one of the biggest markets in the world directly to our south. All the ingredients are there, we just need more success stories — and we are on our way to getting them. Success will breed more success. In order to understand what it takes to succeed globally, you need to invest and work with the best of the best from around the world. Many of the early fintech unicorns are based in Europe on the back of substantive, helpful policy changes. Canada needs to learn from these examples so we get the right ingredients for building a leading, vibrant ecosystem — and we slowly but surely are.”

The funding round attracted world-leading financial firms including Alterna Savings and Credit Union, Aviva France, BDC Capital, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, CNP Assurances, The Co-operators, Eldridge Industries, and Green Shield Canada, among others.

Bitcoin on major Canadian stock exchange

In November, Canadian investment fund manager 3iQ announced that it had filed a preliminary prospectus with the Ontario Securities Commission for its close-end Bitcoin (BTC) fund, which is expected to be available on the Toronto Stock Exchange later this year. 3iQ chief executive Fred Pye told Cointelegraph at the time:

“We expect to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange in late December or early January. As a part of our next steps, we’re hoping to get Canada’s big banks on board. We’re hoping that two or three of Canada’s biggest banks, specifically ones that want to lead in fintech space, will join the syndicate group.”

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