Consolidation

As I was about to hit “send” on the newsletter this morning, a piece of news came through: Circle, founded by serial entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire (with two successful IPOs under his belt), announced its acquisition of crypto exchange Poloniex for Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…


Blockchain Everywhere

I spent much of the past week at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. It used to be a “must-go” in Web 1.0 and 2.0, when there were significant product announcements slated for the show. It’s where the newest television displays Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…


New Year’s Eve Edition

The last 2 weeks of 2017 provided an exclamation point to the past year in the cryptocurrency world — more drama and a coin that surged to overtake Ether in the #2 spot. Ripple (XRP) started the year at $0.006 Read more…