Brisbane-based Everledger, which used blockchain technology to track the provenance of diamonds and other precious goods, has been quietly placed into voluntary administration after expected investor funding failed to happen, the Australian Financial Review reported. The move came despite it securing backing from the federal government and Chinese internet giant Tencent. The company was founded in 2015 by serial entrepreneur and former Queensland chief entrepreneur Leanne Kemp, as a way to use blockchain technology to track the provenance of diamonds. Subsequently, Everledger was quietly placed into voluntary administration as the firm could not pay its debts. All Everledger employees were given layoff notices on March 31, with Vincents Chartered Accountants being appointed as administrators on April 24. The first meeting of creditors was scheduled for May 8. According to Everledger founder Leanne Kemp, the company’s management was forced to take this decision to protect the interests of shareholders. Read more.