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ForgeRock nabs $93.5M for its ID management platform, gears up next for an IPO

For better or worse, digital identity management services — the process of identifying and authenticating users on networks to access services — has become a ubiquitous part of interacting on the internet, all the more so in the recent weeks as we have been asked to carry out increasingly more of our lives online. Used […]

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For better or worse, digital identity management services — the process of identifying and authenticating users on networks to access services — has become a ubiquitous part of interacting on the internet, all the more so in the recent weeks as we have been asked to carry out increasingly more of our lives online.

Used correctly, they help ensure that it’s really you logging into your online banking service; used badly, you feel like you can’t innocently watch something silly on YouTube without being watched yourself. Altogether, they are a huge business: worth $16 billion today according to Gartner but growing at upwards of 30% and potentially as big as $30.5 billion by 2024, according to the latest forecasts.

Now, a company called ForgeRock, which has built a platform that is used to help make sure that those accessing services really are who they say are, and help organizations account for how their services are getting used, is announcing a big round of funding to continue expanding its business amid a huge boost in demand.

The company is today announcing that it has raised $93.5 million in funding, a Series E it will use to continue expanding its product and take it to its next step as a business, specifically investing in R&D, cloud services and its ForgeRock Identity Cloud, and general global business development.

The round is being led by Riverwood Capital, and Accenture Ventures, as well as previous investors Accel, Meritech Capital, Foundation Capital and KKR Growth, also participated.

Fran Rosch, the startup’s CEO, said in an interview that this will likely be its final round of funding ahead of an IPO, although given the current static of affairs with a lot of M&A, there is no timing set for when that might happen. (Notably, the company had said its last round of funding — $88 million in 2017 — would be its final ahead of an IPO, although that was under a different CEO.)

This Series E brings the total raised by the company to $230 million. Rosch confirmed it was raised as a material upround, although he declined to give a valuation. For some context, the company’s last post-money valuation was $646.50 million per PitchBook, and so this round values the company at more than $730 million.

ForgeRock has annual recurring revenues of more than $100 million, with annual revenues also at over $100 million, Rosch said. It operates in an industry heavy with competition, with some of the others vying for pole position in the various aspects of identity management including Okta, LastPass, Duo Serurity and Ping Identity.

But within that list it has amassed some impressive traction. In total it has 1,100 enterprise customers, who in turn collectively manage 2 billion identities through ForgeRock’s platform, with considerably more devices also authenticated and managed on top of that.

Customers include the likes of the BBC — which uses ForgeRock to authenticate and log not just 45 million users but also the devices they use to access its iPlayer on-demand video streaming service — Comcast, a number of major banks, the European Union and several other government organizations. ForgeRock was originally founded in Norway about a decade ago, and while it now has its headquarters in San Francisco, it still has about half its employees and half its customers on the other side of the Atlantic.

Currently ForgeRock provides services to businesses related to identity management including password and username creation, identity governance, directory services, privacy and consent gates, which they in turn provide both to their human customers as well as to devices accessing their services, but we’re in a period of change right now when it comes to identity management. It stays away from direct-to-consumer password management services and Rosch said there are no plans to move into that area.

These days, we’ve become more aware of privacy and data protection. Sometimes, it’s been because of the wrong reasons, such as giant security breaches that have leaked some aspect of our personal information into a giant database, or because of a news story that has uncovered how our information has unwittingly been used in ‘legit’ commercial schemes, or other ways we never imagined it would.

Those developments, combined with advances in technology, are very likely to lead us to a place over time where identity management will become significantly more shielded from misuse. These could include more ubiquitous use of federated identities, “lockers” that store our authentication credentials that can be used to log into services but remain separate from their control, and potentially even applications of blockchain technology.

All of this means that while a company like ForgeRock will continue to provide its current services, it’s also investing big in what it believes will be the next steps that we’ll take as an industry, and society, when it comes to digital identity management — something that has had a boost of late.

“There are a lot of interesting things going on, and we are working closely behind the scenes to flesh them out,” Rosch said. “For example, we’re looking at how best to break up data links where we control identities to get access for a temporary period of time but then pull back. It’s a powerful trend that is still about four to five years out. But we are preparing for this, a time when our platform can consume decentralised identity, on par with logins from Google or Facebook today. That is an interesting area.”

He notes that the current market, where there has been an overall surge for all online services as people are staying home to slow the speed of the coronavirus pandemic, has seen big boosts in specific verticals.

Its largest financial services and banking customers have seen traffic up by 50%, and digital streaming has been up by 300% — with customers like the BBC seeing spikes in usage at 5pm every day (at the time of the government COVID-19 briefing) that are as high as its most popular primetime shows or sporting events — and use of government services has also been surging, in part because many services that hadn’t been online are now developing online presences or seeing much more traffic from digital channels than before. Unsurprisingly, its customers in hotel and travel, as well as retail, have seen drops, he added.

“ForgeRock’s comprehensive platform is very well-positioned to capitalize on the enormous opportunity in the Identity & Access Management market,” said Jeff Parks, co-founder and managing partner of Riverwood Capital, in a statement. “ForgeRock is the leader in solving a wide range of workforce and consumer identity use cases for the Global 2000 and is trusted by some of the largest companies to manage millions of user identities. We have seen the growth acceleration and are thrilled to partner with this leadership team.” Parks is joining the board with this round.

Source: https://blockchainconsultants.io/forgerock-nabs-93-5m-for-its-id-management-platform-gears-up-next-for-an-ipo/

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CoinShares Launches a $75 Million Physically-Backed Ethereum (ETH) ETP

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A month after launching a Bitcoin ETP on Switzerland’s SIX Exchange, CoinShares has released a physically-backed exchange-traded product following the performance of the second-largest cryptocurrency – Ethereum. 

  • Describing itself as “Europe’s largest digital asset investment house,” CoinShares is a cryptocurrency-oriented manager with over $4 billion in AUM. The company, headquartered in London, announced the launch of its latest crypto product – a new physically-backed ETP tracking the performance of Ethereum. 
  • Called CoinShares Physical Ethereum, the product is already listed on the regulated SIX Swiss Exchange under the ticker ETHE and has a base fee of 1.25%. According to the company, the cost is “lower than the industry standard” of 2%. 
  • The statement explained that each unit of ETHE is backed with 0.03 Ether tokens at launch. Thus, it provides investors with “passive exposure to Ethereum’s native asset with the convenience of an ETP.” 
  • “In the early days of 2021, we have seen a continuation of last year’s demand in digital assets from institutions. We have also seen an increase in investor interest in Ethereum. We are encouraged by our client’s trust in our team to guide them in their journey through the digital asset ecosystem, and for many, Ethereum is an important part of that journey.” – commented Chief Revenue Officer Frank Spiteri. 

  • It’s worth noting that this is the company’s second similar product tracking the performance of a crypto asset launched this year. Somewhat expectedly, the first one, released in mid-January, follows the largest digital asset by market cap – Bitcoin. 
  • CryptoPotato reported upon its launch that it started with AUM of $200 million, and each unit is backed by 0.001 BTC. 
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Chainlink Price Analysis: 27 February

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Disclaimer: The findings of the following analysis are the sole opinions of the writer and should not be taken as investment advice

Bearish sentiment has been the norm over the past few days, with the same being the case at press time for altcoins such as Chainlink. LINK has seen its price hike by around 164 percent since the start of the year. Over the last 7 days, however, with sellers dominating the market, LINK lost close to 28 percent of its value. While there have been some signs of recovery on the price charts, traders cannot discount the possibility of a further dip soon.

At the time of writing, LINK was trading at $25.5 with a market cap of close to $10.5 billion, making it the ninth-largest cryptocurrency according to CoinMarketCap’s list.

Chainlink 1-day Chart

Source: LINK/USD, TradingView

Chainlink’s price surged within an ascending channel formation over the last two months and as expected, the breakout was bearish for the coin. Additionally, Bitcoin also fell over the past week, adding to LINK’s price woes.

At press time, while LINK had strong resistance around the $35.1-price range, it was testing the support at $23.9, just like it has over the past few days. If this support level fails, it is quite likely that LINK will head towards the next support at $19, creating an opportunity for traders to open short positions.

Rationale

The technical indicators for LINK were quite bearish at press time and one can expect a further price drop for the coin in the coming days. At the time, the RSI indicator was quite far away from the overbought zone and was close to the oversold zone, indicating the absence of a buyer-dominated market.

If the RSI drops even further, LINK’s downtrend will continue. The MACD indicator also painted a similar picture after having seen the Signal line go past the MACD line, resulting in a bearish crossover.

Important levels to watch out for 

Resistance: $35.1

Support: $23.9, $19

Entry: $24.7

Take Profit: $19.4

Stop Loss: $34.4

Risk/Reward: 0.56

Conclusion

Chainlink saw its price surge on the charts over the past two months. However, the sentiment has since changed quite significantly and the coin seemed to be firmly in the grip of the bears. The altcoin may see a further price drop in the coming week if the press time support level fails. Such a scenario will result in LINK’s price going below the $20-mark, presenting an opportunity for short positions in the market.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/chainlink-price-analysis-27-february

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Bitcoin Cash, Huobi Token, Zcash Price Analysis: 27 February

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Bitcoin Cash retained the 10th spot on the crypto-rankings, despite being severely impacted by the recent correction in the broader market. Huobi Token flashed bullish signals, but a break above its press time resistance was unlikely. Finally, Zcash was projected to trade within a fixed channel since volatility was low in the market.

Bitcoin Cash [BCH]

Source: BCH/USD, TradingView

Weekly losses on Bitcoin Cash‘s charts amounted to 34% as a correction in the broader market had a negative effect on the crypto-asset. This period also saw $3 billion erode from BCH’s total value as it held on to the number 10th spot in the crypto-rankings by a bare margin, with a market cap of $9.18 billion. At the time of writing, BCH’s price was floating just above its $464-support, while the indicators gave mixed signals on BCH’s future trajectory.

The RSI pointed lower from under the 40-mark and reflected the weakness in price. On the other hand, the MACD moved above the Signal line while the histogram registered rising bullish momentum. With the crypto-market awaiting strong cues, we can expect BCH to remain above its press time support level. If the aforementioned level fails, the next line of defense would be at $421.5.

Huobi Token [HT]

Source: HT/USD, TradingView

The ADX indicator showed that Huobi Token’s uptrend was weakening after the price snapped an all-time high exactly a week ago. In fact, the losses amounted to over 30% following the broader sell-off in the crypto-market. At the time of writing, the altcoin’s price had bounced back from the $15.4-support after the bulls stepped in.

The MACD closed in on a bullish crossover, while the red bars on the histogram moved towards the half-line on the histogram. Either way, its gains would be capped at the immediate resistance and a hike to record levels seemed unlikely over the coming trading sessions.

Zcash [ZEC]

Source: ZEC/USD, TradingView

The Bollinger Bands on Zcash’s hourly charts were compressed as volatility remained low after the price bounced back from its $114.7-support. Weak trading volumes and buying pressure worked against a bullish outcome even though the price looked to breach the $124.75-resistance.

The Awesome Oscillator switched to red from green as momentum moved back and forth over the last few sessions. Moving forward, expect Zcash to remain within its current channel as it awaits stronger signals from the broader market for a definitive move on the charts.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/bitcoin-cash-huobi-token-zcash-price-analysis-27-february

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