TC Sessions: Space Black Friday ticket sale starts today

Nothing signals the start of the holiday shopping season like a Black Friday sale. It’s been an incredibly challenging year for everyone on every level. We can’t change that, but we can make attending TC Sessions: Space 2020 more affordable a bit longer.

Starting today, we’re offering a BOGO deal. Buy one Late Registration ticket for $ 175 and get one free. You and a colleague pay just $ 87.50 each — that’s less than the early-bird price. Booyah! We’re here all week folks…and this deal ends on Sunday, November 29, at 11:59 p.m. PST. Buy your pass before the deadline and put your savings to good use. And then get ready for two days of learning, networking and discovering opportunities to move your business forward.

TechCrunch attracts the top experts, and you’ll hear from and engage with leading founders, investors, technologists and government and military officials across private, public and defense sectors. Our agenda is packed with panel discussions, interviews, breakout sessions and interactive Q&As.

Topics include 3D-printed rockets, earth observation data, orbital operations, ground station networks, launch services, broadband communications, defense operations and manufacturing in space, sources of access to grant money and info on space accelerator programs. Read the event agenda and start planning your schedule now.

But wait, there’s more: Buy a pass and receive a free annual membership to Extra Crunch, our membership program focused on startups, founders and investors with more than 100 exclusive articles published per month (learn about the benefits).

More ways to save: We offer discounts for groups of four or more, students and current government, military and nonprofit employees. Extra Crunch subscribers get a 20% discount.

We’ve hosted many TC Sessions events over the years, and this is the first one dedicated to space technology. If you’ve never attended any TC Sessions event, listen to what these founders say about the experience:

People want to be around what’s interesting and learn which trends and issues they need to pay attention to. They want to learn from the experts, and TC Sessions has all the experts. — Melika Jahangiri, vice president at Wunder Mobility

TC Sessions is definitely worth your time, especially if you’re an early-stage founder. You get to connect to people in your field and learn from founders who are literally a year into your same journey. Plus, you can meet and talk to the movers and shakers — the people who are making it happen. — Jens Lehmann, technical lead and product manager, SAP

“TC Sessions offers several big benefits. First, networking opportunities that result in concrete partnerships. Second, the chance to learn the latest trends and how technology will evolve. Third, the opportunity for unknown startups to connect with other companies and build brand awareness.” — Karin Maake, senior director of communications at FlashParking

Take advantage of our week-long Black Friday sale. Buy a Late Registration pass for $ 175 by Sunday, November 29, at 11:59 p.m. (PST), and you get a second one f-r-e-e. Now, take that money you saved and do some good with it.

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Dell’s Black Friday Early Access Sale Starts Today

Shop Dell’s exclusive members only early access Black Friday deals and save up to 42 percent off! Call 800-757-8442 today to speak with a Small Business Advisor to access these deals while supplies last.

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Save on the Latest Tech During Dell’s Black Friday Sneak Peek Sale

Save on the very latest tech during Dell‘s Black Friday Sneak Peek! StartupNation members can save up to 45 percent off with your exclusive member savings now through Monday, Nov. 2.

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Dell’s Black Friday Sneak Peek sale runs Monday, Oct 19 through Monday, Nov. 2.

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Gogoro’s Eeyo 1s e-bike goes on sale in France, its first European market

Gogoro announced today that its Eeyo 1s is now available for sale in France, the smart electric bike’s first European market. Another model, the Eeyo 1, will launch over the next few months in France, Belgium, Monaco, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic.

In France, the Eeyo 1s can be purchased through Fnac, Darty or, in Paris, Les Cyclistes Branchés. The Eeyo 1s is priced at €4699 including VAT, while the the Eeyo 1 will be priced at €4599, also including VAT.

The weight of Eeyo bikes is one of their key selling points and Gogoro says they are about half the weight of most other e-bikes. The Eeyo 1s weighs 11.9 kg and the Eeyo 1 clocks in at 12.4 kg.  Both have carbon fiber frames and forks, but the Eeyo 1s’ seat post, handlebars and rims are also carbon fiber, while on the Eeyo 1 they are made with an alloy.

Based in Taiwan, Gogoro first introduced its Eeyo lineup in May, making them available for sale in the U.S. first. The e-bikes are the company’s second type of vehicle after its SmartScooters, electric scooters that are powered by swappable batteries. The Eeyo bike’s key technology is the SmartWheel, a self-contained hub that integrates its motor, battery, sensor and smart connectivity technology so it can be paired with a smartphone app.

In an interview for the Eeyo’s launch, Gogoro co-founder and chief executive Horace Luke said the company began planning for Eeyo’s launch in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. While sale of e-bikes were already growing steadily before COVID-19, the pandemic has accelerated sales of e-bikes as people avoid public transportation and stay closer to home. Several cities have also closed some streets to car traffic, making riders more willing to use bikes for short commutes and exercise.

Founded in 2011 and backed by investors including Temasek, Sumitomo Corporation, Panasonic, the National Development Fund of Taiwan and Generation (the sustainable tech fund led by former vice president Al Gore), Gogoro is best known for its electric scooters, but it is also working on a turnkey solution for energy-efficient vehicles to license to other companies, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions in cities around the world.

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UK regulator bans sale of crypto-derivatives to retail consumers; 97% of those consulted opposed FCA’s ban

Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned the sale of crypto-derivatives to retail consumers. It has made rules banning the sale, marketing and distribution to all retail consumers of any derivatives (i.e. contract for difference – CFDs, options and futures) and ETNs that reference unregulated transferable cryptoassets by firms acting in, or from, the UK.

According to the FCA, these products are ill-suited for retail consumers due to the harm they pose. “Significant price volatility, combined with the inherent difficulties of valuing cryptoassets reliably, places retail consumers at a high risk of suffering losses from trading crypto-derivatives. We have evidence of this happening on a significant scale. The ban provides an appropriate level of protection,” says Sheldon Mills, interim Executive Director of Strategy & Competition at the FCA in a statement. 

In another statement, the FCA mentions, “If your firm carries out marketing, distribution or selling activities in, or from, the UK of the relevant products to retail clients, you are required to cease these activities by 6 January 2021.”

“Retail consumers with existing holdings can remain invested following the prohibition, until they choose to disinvest. There is no time limit on this, and we do not require or expect firms to close out retail consumers’ positions unless consumers ask for this,” it further adds. 

The ban will come into effect on 6 January 2021. The FCA has advised UK consumers to continue to be alert for crypto-derivative investment scams. With this ban, according to the FCA, retail consumers will save around £53M (approx €58M) from the ban on these products.

97% respondents opposed the ban 

According to a report released by the FCA, it had asked for views on its proposal to implement this ban. It received 527 responses to the consultation from a range of stakeholders including firms that sell crypto-derivatives, issue crypto-ETNs, firms involved in cryptoassets, trade bodies representing cryptoasset firms and regulated exchanges, crypto exchanges, law firms, retail consumers, and National Competent Authorities (NCAs), among others. 

Notably, most respondents (97%) opposed its proposal. They argued that cryptoassets have intrinsic value, retail consumers are capable of valuing cryptoassets, and that a prohibition was disproportionate and other measures could achieve FCA’s objectives. 

Some respondents argued that some cryptoassets have intrinsic value because they are accepted as a means of payment for goods and services, highlighting that Starbucks and Microsoft accept bitcoin through a service offered by Bakkt (a US cryptoasset company backed by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE))

It can readily be exchanged for fiat currency on numerous exchanges and can be limited in supply and can act as a potential store of value, like gold. 

However, the FCA simply concluded that “cryptoassets are opaque, complex and unreliable as reference assets for investments for retail consumers.”

The impact of the ban

Eddy Travia, CEO & co-founder of London-listed Coinsilium Group Limited tells Silicon Canals, “This is effectively a ban of a very specific type of financial instrument; crypto-derivatives or ETNs (Exchange Traded Notes) are very much fringe products in the global cryptocurrency space, though there is no doubt that interest from retail investors, particularly in the UK, has been growing rapidly over the last few years.”

“From a regulatory perspective, derivatives of any kind are considered the domain of experienced or sophisticated investors, so in that respect it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the FCA should choose to take this action; particularly in light of the significant hurdles larger would-be ETF providers have been faced with in trying to launch their regulated products in other markets, most notably in the US,” he adds.

CoinShare also announced that its products will continue to operate as normal as the UK regulator goes against the grain with blanket ban for regulated products.

“We were extensively involved in the FCA consultation process and had several meetings with the FCA to dissuade them from banning the distribution of ETNs that reference digital assets to UK retail investors. CoinShares and many other industry participants put forward a number of arguments as to why such a ban would be ill-advised and would not benefit retail investors,” says the company in a statement. 

“We note that the FCA ban on unleveraged ETNs will not result in the proposed savings and benefits; rather, it will drive UK retail investors to unregulated crypto exchanges, which, as the FCA itself admits, have far fewer protections than the regulated ETNs offered by CoinShares and other providers,” it further adds. 

The company considers the FCA ban as further evidence that the UK is turning its back on innovation in digital assets and on regulatory coordination with other jurisdictions. “It remains the only Western jurisdiction to ban digital assets based on the false belief that they have “no intrinsic value.”  

In an email interaction with Silicon Canals, online trading platform IG Group shares that they “anticipate no material impact resulting from the FCA announcement as these products form a very small part of our diversified and global business. The impacted revenue following the FCA restrictions would be less than one percent of IG Group’s overall revenue for FY20.”

London-based fintech startup Revolut also claims that this ban doesn’t affect the company. A Revolut spokesperson says, “The ban does not affect Revolut’s current cryptocurrency offering. This is because the ban only applies to derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs). We don’t provide these products. Instead, we buy and hold crypto on our customers’ behalf. Our crypto service will therefore continue, unchanged, after 6 January 2021.”

Revolut is a financial services company that specialises in mobile banking, card payments, money remittance, and foreign exchange. It includes a prepaid debit card, currency exchange, and peer-to-peer payments.

Talking about the impact of the ban on the UK’s crypto market and the startups operating in this sector, Travia says, “Although the ban will reduce the available choice of crypto financial products in the UK in the short term and will undoubtedly be seen as a challenge by some start-ups innovating in the crypto derivatives space, this industry is renowned for its resilience, so we don’t envisage it will have a lasting or material impact on the crypto markets overall.”

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