Is Vitalik Buterin’s donation really worth over $1B, what’s cooking with Travis Kalanick, & the big leap of online brands

India’s regulatory uncertainty over crypto currencies could end up making crypto donations worth much less, apart from straining associated sectors and putting traders at greater risk.
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Regulatory dilly-dallying on digital currencies isn’t just straining the crypto industry but also casting a shadow on the crypto donations pouring in for India’s covid relief efforts. The sector is already hampered with major banks recently halting all business relationships with crypto platforms. Last week, The CapTable also wrote on online brands outpacing traditional brands and Uber Co-founder Travis Kalanick’s strategy for his cloud kitchen business in India.

Here’s a roundup of news and analysis last week from The CapTable. The CapTable is a YourStory product. Sign up if you haven’t already.

 

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Banks break up with crypto platforms; payment gateways feel the pain

Major banks have stopped all business relationships with crypto platforms, forcing traders to revert to direct person-to-person payments for crypto transactions. For payment gateways, which charge a premium for

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Regulatory cloud over Vitalik Buterin's $1B crypto donation

Speaking of crypto, the global community has plunged into India’s COVID relief efforts, the latest highlight being Ethereum Co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s donation of more than $1 billion worth of Shiba Inu coins.

But converting crypto donations into rupees will be a challenge because of the regulatory uncertainty in India over digital currencies. 

 

Travis Kalanick takes safe lane for cloud kitchen business

An inside view into the Uber co-founder’s new venture, CloudKitchens, which is rebranded as KitchenPlus in India. Unlike with his India strategy for the ride-hailing company, Kalanick is listening keenly to the demands of the domestic market for cloud kitchens and is unwilling to drain money with deep discounting.

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Edited by Teja Lele Desai

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