Paxful says business is surging in developing nations, where mobile phones are abundant and cheap, but access to exchange platforms remains scarce. Describing itself as the “Uber of escorting,” PinkDate is one of several sex industry startups launching a cryptocurrency-fueled booking app. If all goes according to plan, TokenPay and Charlie Lee’s Litecoin Foundation will transform a tiny German bank into crypto’s smoothest on-ramp. Wallet and custody startup Ledger is ramping up the number of cryptocurrencies it supports to meet demand from institutional investors. CoinGate is making Lightning payments accessible for mainstream merchants and reaping research in return.