Crypto Chess Continues

“Welcome to #Malta @binance,” Joseph Muscat, the country’s prime minister, tweeted on Friday. “We aim to be the global trailblazers in the regulation of blockchain-based businesses.” Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptoasset exchanges by volume, announced this past week that it moved its headquarters from Hong Kong to Malta. This move came on the  … Read more


Posted: March 26th 2018 None

Lightning Strikes the Sector

I took a hiatus from the newsletter last week, while meeting with entrepreneurs and speaking at SXSW in Austin. Similar to what I saw (at the very different gathering) at Davos in January, much of the conference chatter revolved around blockchain technology. Almost on cue, last Sunday night John Oliver broadcast an episode (link below)  … Read more


Posted: March 19th 2018 None

Securities Tokens

In the past week, more news started to emerge about the SEC subpoenas that I alluded to in last week’s newsletter. While it remains to be seen what the SEC plans to do with the information, it is clear that they are signaling to the market that they are serious about investigating practices over the  … Read more


Posted: March 5th 2018 None

Governance

As the price of bitcoin rose to over $11,000 this morning (from lows near $6000 two weeks ago), governance was a key theme over the past week. While public comments from the SEC as well as regulators in South Korea and Singapore were fairly positive, the SEC this week warned on “pump and dump” cryptocurrency  … Read more


Posted: February 19th 2018 None

Regulatory Support: “My Niece is a Hodler”

Last Tuesday February the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo to discuss potential cryptocurrency regulation. As the chart below displays, the cryptocurrency market was in the middle of its second major correction of 2018, and began a recovery process after the hearings. Both Chairs acknowledged  … Read more


Posted: February 12th 2018 None

Crypto is Global

Cryptocurrencies lost over $250B of value last week as more regulators around the world issued guidance. Unfortunately much of the press coverage missed the mark, with many headlines claiming that India was banning cryptocurrencies. Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, during annual budget conversations, reiterated that bitcoin was not legal tender, and that the government would  … Read more


Posted: February 4th 2018 None

Thoughts from Davos

Everywhere I went in Davos at the World Economic Forum, be at the large scale speeches or more intimate dinners, conversation invariably turned to the blockchain. From world leaders to the local baristas, everyone was curious on what the upcoming year would bring for the sector. Jamie Dimon and others bristled at being asked on  … Read more


Posted: January 28th 2018 None

Crypto Markets Correct

Last week saw a significant correction in the bitcoin and broader cryptocurrency market, with the top 100 coins declining anywhere from 15–30% over a 2 day period, and the overall cryptocurrency market losing $200B of market value before making up some of that loss. On Wednesday, when the crypto market plummeted, CNBC aired a clip  … Read more


Posted: January 22nd 2018 None

The Year Ahead in Crypto

Bitcoin and Ether, both fairly quiet in the last 2 weeks of the year, experienced price increases in the first week of 2018. With several smaller tokens experiencing triple digit gains, many traders likely took profits from those price increases and re-invested back into the two most seasoned cryptocurrencies. As the Ripple token (XRP) briefly  … Read more


Posted: January 7th 2018 None

Personal Reflections on 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, I think of it as the year of validation and gratitude, personally and for so many people around the world who have been marginalized and silenced in so many different ways. A year of validation for those who have lived as minorities in a world that has valued and  … Read more


Posted: December 31st 2017 2