ICE Heats up the Sector

The big news this morning is that Intercontinental Exchange, parent of the New York Stock Exchange, announced the formation of a new company, Bakkt, a global platform to allow consumers and institutions to buy, hold and store digital assets. Its first use cases will be for trading and conversion of Bitcoin versus fiat currencies. Partners  … Read more


Posted: August 3rd 2018 None

Dog Days of Summer

As the United States celebrated its Independence Day on July 4th, several jurisdictions around the world, including South Korea, Bermuda and Malta, passed legislation to support crypto assets and virtual currencies. Of these, South Korea’s appears the most detailed by providing a classification scheme as a framework for regulation. This is the most sophisticated understanding  … Read more


Posted: July 6th 2018 None

Becoming Un-Tethered

I just wrapped up 2 days of speaking at MoneyConf in Dublin, an annual conference dedicated to all things fintech. In contrast to previous years, at least 50% of the programming involved blockchain technology. I shared the stage with two early FPV portfolio companies, Blockchain and Bitpesa, and connected with a number of old friends  … Read more


Posted: June 13th 2018 None

ICOs 2.0

Blockchain Week 2018 came in with a bang — 8500 attendees at the Consensus conference (vs 400 the last time I spoke there in 2015), thousands more at side events. The price of major cryptocurrencies saw a run up to the week, with vivid memories of the boom last year’s conference started. However, the prices  … Read more


Posted: June 4th 2018 None

The Calm Before Blockchain Week NYC

I am back in NYC after a trip around the world — with stops in London, Mumbai, Beijing, Korea, Los Angeles and Palo Alto along the way. I wrote about London and India observations in the last newsletter. A few takeaways on the rest: Last time I spoke at the Milken Conference in LA, in  … Read more


Posted: May 11th 2018 None

Built Environments and Blockchain Tech

After a few days in Mumbai meeting with large industrials and regulators (and FPV portfolio company Everledger which just opened a Mumbai office), I spent the past couple of days in London, where I spoke at the World Built Summit, an annual conference convened by RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. RICS is one  … Read more


Posted: April 24th 2018 None

Campus Crypto Fever

This past Friday I spoke at Penn’s inaugural Blockchain Conference. It was a special speaking engagement for me, as I am a Penn grad and my interest in economics and business started and flourished there. Over the past five years speaking on college campuses, I have encouraged students to explore the blockchain sector. During the past year,  … Read more


Posted: April 9th 2018 None

The Big Chill

The first quarter was not a pretty one for cryptocurrency prices — from January 1-March 31, Bitcoin lost over 50% of its value, with a number of smaller altcoins down over 60%. Regulatory action, hacks and scams weighed heavily, with newer investors who came in during the gold rush of Q4 heading for the exits.  … Read more


Posted: April 3rd 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