, the popular stock and crypto investing app, has officially launched bitcoin, ethereum, and other cryptocurrency trading in New York.
Silicon Valley-based Robinhood received a BitLicense from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) in January 2019 and on Thursday opened access to crypto trading in the Empire State.
New York is unique and problematic for crypto traders because all purveyors must apply for a BitLicense, most notably for companies that are "storing, holding, or maintaining custody or control of virtual currency on behalf of others," according to NYDFS.
Many crypto startups have avoided the requirements entirely by becoming BitLicense refugees and refusing to do business in the state.
"Here we are two miles from the Statue of Liberty and you cannot sell CryptoKitties in the state without that license. That’s the absurdity of what’s happened here,” ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees complained in 2018 when asked about the controversial license at CoinDesk's Consensus conference in New York.
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