Even though the Inside Bitcoins Berlin event has only concluded a few days ago, the MecklerMedia team is already looking ahead to the next stop on the tour. The Javits Convention Center in New York City will be the place to be between April 27th and 29th, as Inside Bitcoins in coming to New York on those dates. I have to say, their list of keynote speakers is shaping up nicely so far!
Unbanked countries are an excellent breeding ground for Bitcoin adoption, and BitPesa is tapping into that market by taking on global remittance service in Kenya, Africa. In a second round of funding, led by Pantera Capital, the Nairobi-based startup raised a whopping US$1.1m, and also welcomed Pantera Capital’s CEO and founder Dan Morehead to the board of directors.
Not all of the funds is coming from Pantera Capital, as the likes of Crypto Currency Partners, Bitcoin Opportunity Corp. Future/Perfect Ventures and Stephens Investment Management have all invested in BitPesa during this second round of funding. This brings the total to US$1.7m raised by BitPesa in just one year of its existence.