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$1,000 invested in Top 10 Cryptos of 2019 now worth $1,260 (UP +26%)

$1,000 invested in Top 10 Cryptos of 2019 now worth $1,260 (UP +26%)
EXPERIMENT - Tracking Top 10 Cryptos of 2019 - Month Eighteen - UP +26%
See the full blog post with all the tables here.
tl;dr - Tether (as it's designed to do) holds its ground, all others finish the month in negative territory. Tron finishes June in second place, down -2%. BSV loses nearly 25% of value in June. Overall, since January 2019, BTC in lead, ETH takes over second place, XRP still worst performing. The 2019 Top 10 is up +26% almost equal to the the gains of the S&P 500 over the same time period (+24%).

Month Eighteen – UP 26%

Not a great month for the 2019 Top Ten
After a strong April and a mixed May, June was bloody for the 2019 Top Ten Cryptos. Stablecoin Tether was the only crypto to hold its ground, as it was designed to do.

Question of the month:

According to a June article citing unnamed sources, which two FinTech companies are planning to allow their users to buy and sell crypto directly?

A) Paypal and Venmo B) Square and Cashapp C) Robinhood and Revolut D) Sofi and Coinbase
Scroll down for the answer.

Ranking and June Winners and Losers

XRP and Stellar slipped one place each in the rankings in June, now at #4 and #14 respectively. EOS fell two spots to #11 and joins Stellar and Tron as the only three cryptos to have dropped out of the 2019 Top Ten since January 1st, 2019. They have been replaced by Binance Coin, Cardano, and newcomer CRO.
Tether was the only crypto to move up in rank in June.
Not a good sign when Tether is the only crypto to move up.
Not a good sign when Tether enters the Top 3.
June WinnersTether. Second comes Tron, which basically held its ground at -2%.
June LosersBSV lost -23% of its value in June making it the worst performing of the 2019 Top Ten portfolio. EOS had a rough month as well, down -17%, dropping two spots in the rankings, and falling out of the Top Ten.
If you’re keeping score, here is tally of which coins have the most monthly wins and loses during the first 18 months of the 2019 Top Ten Experiment: Tether is still in the lead with six monthly victories followed by BSV in second place with three. BSV also holds the most monthly losses, finishing last in seven out of eighteen months. The only crypto not to win a month so far? XRP. (In fairness, XRP has also not lost any month yet).

Overall update – BTC in lead, ETH takes over second place, XRP still worst performing

BTC is out front for the second straight month and ETH has taken over second place from BSV. Ahead until April, BSV has simply not keep up with the pack over the last two months. Bitcoin is up +144% since January 2019. The initial $100 investment in BTC is currently worth $249.
Eighteen months in, 50% of the 2019 Top Ten cryptos are in the green since the beginning of the experiment. The other five cryptos are either flat or in negative territory, including last place XRP (down -50% since January 2019).

Total Market Cap for the entire cryptocurrency sector:

The crypto market as a whole is down about $20B in June, but still up +106% since January 2019.

Bitcoin dominance:

BitDom finally wobbled in June, but not by much – it’s been in a very familiar zone for months now, indicating a lack of excitement (or at least a low risk tolerance) for altcoins. Taking a wider view, the Bitcoin Dominance range since the beginning of the experiment in January 2019 has ranged between 50%-70%.

Overall return on investment since January 1st, 2019:

The 2019 Top Ten Portfolio lost almost $175 in June. After the initial $1000 investment, the 2019 group of Top Ten cryptos is worth $1,259. That’s up about +26%.
Here’s a look at the ROI over the life of the first 18 months of the 2019 Top Ten Index Fund experiment, month by month:
18 months of ROI, mostly green
Unlike the completely red table you’ll see in the 2018 Top Ten Experiment, the 2019 crypto table is almost all green. The first month was the lowest point (-9%), and the highest point (+114%) was May 2019.
How does the 2019 Top Ten Index Fund Portfolio compare to the parallel projects?
Taking the three portfolios together, here’s the bottom bottom bottom line:
After a $3000 investment in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Top Ten Cryptocurrencies, the combined portfolios are worth $2,710‬.
That’s down about -10% for the three combined portfolios. Last month that figure was +4%. Better than a few months ago (aka the zombie apocalypse) where it was down -24%, but not yet back at January (+13%) or February (+6%) levels.
Here’s a new table to help visualize the progress of the combined portfolios:
ROI of all three combined portfolios - not exactly inspiring
How do crypto returns compare to traditional markets?

Comparison to S&P 500:

Good thing I’m tracking the S&P 500 as part of my experiment to have a comparison point with other popular investments options. Even with unemployment, protests, and COVID, the US market continued to rebound in June. It’s now up +24% in the last 18 months.
The initial $1k investment I put into crypto would be worth $1,240 had it been redirected to the S&P 500 in January 2019.
As a reminder (or just scroll up) the 2019 Top Ten portfolio is returning +26% over last 18 months, just about equal to the return of the S&P 500 over the same time period. Just last month the ROI of the 2019 Top Ten crypto portfolio was nearly double the S&P 500 since January 1st, 2019.
But what if I took the same world’s-slowest-dollar-cost-averaging/$1,000-per-year-in-January approach with the S&P 500? It would yield the following:
  • $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2018: +$170
  • $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2019: +$240
  • $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2020: -$40
Taken together, here’s the bottom bottom bottom line for a similar approach with the S&P:
After three $1,000 investments into an S&P 500 index fund in January 2018, 2019, and 2020, my portfolio would be worth $3,370.
That $3,370 is up over+12% since January 2018, compared to the $2,710 value (-10%) of the combined Top Ten Crypto Experiment Portfolios. Here’s another new table that compares the ROI of the combined crypto portfolios to a hypothetical similar approach with the S&P 500:
We see in June the largest difference in favor of the S&P since the beginning of 2020: a 22% gap. Compare that February, when there was only a 1% difference in ROI.

Implications/Observations:

Since January 2019, the crypto market as a whole has gained +106% compared to the 2019 Top Ten Crypto Portfolio which has gained +26%. That’s an 80% gap.
At this point in the 2019 Experiment, an investor would have done much better picking different cryptos or investing in the entire market instead of focusing only on the 2019 Top Ten. Over the course of the first 18 months of tracking the 2019 Top Ten, there have been instances this was a winning strategy, but the cases have been few and far between.
The 2018 Top Ten portfolio, on the other hand, has never outperformed the overall market, at least not in the first thirty months of that Experiment.
And for the most recent 2020 Top Ten group? The opposite had been true: the 2020 Top Ten had easily outperformed the overall market 100% of the time…up until the last two months.

Conclusion:

As the world continues to battle COVID, traditional markets seem to be recovering. Will crypto make a significant move in the second half of 2020?
Final word: Stay safe and take care of each other.
Thanks for reading and for supporting the experiment. I hope you’ve found it helpful. I continue to be committed to seeing this process through and reporting along the way. Feel free to reach out with any questions and stay tuned for progress reports. Keep an eye out for the original 2018 Top Ten Crypto Index Fund Experiment and the recently launched 2020 Top Ten Experiment.

And the Answer is…

A) Paypal and Venmo
According to a Coindesk report in June, three sources familiar with the matter say that Paypal and Paypal-owned Venmo are planning to allow their users to buy and sell crypto. Paypal has declined to comment.
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ETHE & GBTC (Grayscale) Frequently Asked Questions

It is no doubt Grayscale’s booming popularity as a mainstream investment has caused a lot of community hullabaloo lately. As such, I felt it was worth making a FAQ regarding the topic. I’m looking to update this as needed and of course am open to suggestions / adding any questions.
The goal is simply to have a thread we can link to anyone with questions on Grayscale and its products. Instead of explaining the same thing 3 times a day, shoot those posters over to this thread. My hope is that these questions are answered in a fairly simple and easy to understand manner. I think as the sub grows it will be a nice reference point for newcomers.
Disclaimer: I do NOT work for Grayscale and as such am basing all these answers on information that can be found on their website / reports. (Grayscale’s official FAQ can be found here). I also do NOT have a finance degree, I do NOT have a Series 6 / 7 / 140-whatever, and I do NOT work with investment products for my day job. I have an accounting background and work within the finance world so I have the general ‘business’ knowledge to put it all together, but this is all info determined in my best faith effort as a layman. The point being is this --- it is possible I may explain something wrong or missed the technical terms, and if that occurs I am more than happy to update anything that can be proven incorrect
Everything below will be in reference to ETHE but will apply to GBTC as well. If those two segregate in any way, I will note that accordingly.
What is Grayscale? 
Grayscale is the company that created the ETHE product. Their website is https://grayscale.co/
What is ETHE? 
ETHE is essentially a stock that intends to loosely track the price of ETH. It does so by having each ETHE be backed by a specific amount of ETH that is held on chain. Initially, the newly minted ETHE can only be purchased by institutions and accredited investors directly from Grayscale. Once a year has passed (6 months for GBTC) it can then be listed on the OTCQX Best Market exchange for secondary trading. Once listed on OTCQX, anyone investor can purchase at this point. Additional information on ETHE can be found here.
So ETHE is an ETF? 
No. For technical reasons beyond my personal understandings it is not labeled an ETF. I know it all flows back to the “Securities Act Rule 144”, but due to my limited knowledge on SEC regulations I don’t want to misspeak past that. If anyone is more knowledgeable on the subject I am happy to input their answer here.
How long has ETHE existed? 
ETHE was formed 12/14/2017. GBTC was formed 9/25/2013.
How is ETHE created? 
The trust will issue shares to “Authorized Participants” in groups of 100 shares (called baskets). Authorized Participants are the only persons that may place orders to create these baskets and they do it on behalf of the investor.
Source: Creation and Redemption of Shares section on page 39 of the “Grayscale Ethereum Trust Annual Report (2019)” – Located Here
Note – The way their reports word this makes it sound like there is an army of authorizers doing the dirty work, but in reality there is only one Authorized Participant. At this moment the “Genesis” company is the sole Authorized Participant. Genesis is owned by the “Digital Currency Group, Inc.” which is the parent company of Grayscale as well. (And to really go down the rabbit hole it looks like DCG is the parent company of CoinDesk and is “backing 150+ companies across 30 countries, including Coinbase, Ripple, and Chainalysis.”)
Source: Digital Currency Group, Inc. informational section on page 77 of the “Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (BTC) Form 10-K (2019)” – Located Here
Source: Barry E. Silbert informational section on page 75 of the “Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (BTC) Form 10-K (2019)” – Located Here
How does Grayscale acquire the ETH to collateralize the ETHE product? 
An Investor may acquire ETHE by paying in cash or exchanging ETH already owned.
Source: Creation and Redemption of Shares section on page 40 of the “Grayscale Ethereum Trust Annual Report (2019)” – Located Here
Where does Grayscale store their ETH? Does it have a specific wallet address we can follow? 
ETH is stored with Coinbase Custody Trust Company, LLC. I am unaware of any specific address or set of addresses that can be used to verify the ETH is actually there.
As an aside - I would actually love to see if anyone knows more about this as it’s something that’s sort of peaked my interest after being asked about it… I find it doubtful we can find that however.
Source: Part C. Business Information, Item 8, subsection A. on page 16 of the “Grayscale Ethereum Trust Annual Report (2019)” – Located Here
Can ETHE be redeemed for ETH? 
No, currently there is no way to give your shares of ETHE back to Grayscale to receive ETH back. The only method of getting back into ETH would be to sell your ETHE to someone else and then use those proceeds to buy ETH yourself.
Source: Redemption Procedures on page 41 of the “Grayscale Ethereum Trust Annual Report (2019)” – Located Here
Why are they not redeeming shares? 
I think the report summarizes it best:
Redemptions of Shares are currently not permitted and the Trust is unable to redeem Shares. Subject to receipt of regulatory approval from the SEC and approval by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Trust may in the future operate a redemption program. Because the Trust does not believe that the SEC would, at this time, entertain an application for the waiver of rules needed in order to operate an ongoing redemption program, the Trust currently has no intention of seeking regulatory approval from the SEC to operate an ongoing redemption program.
Source: Redemption Procedures on page 41 of the “Grayscale Ethereum Trust Annual Report (2019)” – Located Here
What is the fee structure? 
ETHE has an annual fee of 2.5%. GBTC has an annual fee of 2.0%. Fees are paid by selling the underlying ETH / BTC collateralizing the asset.
Source: ETHE’s informational page on Grayscale’s website - Located Here
Source: Description of Trust on page 31 & 32 of the “Grayscale Ethereum Trust Annual Report (2019)” – Located Here
What is the ratio of ETH to ETHE? 
At the time of posting (6/19/2020) each ETHE share is backed by .09391605 ETH. Each share of GBTC is backed by .00096038 BTC.
ETHE & GBTC’s specific information page on Grayscale’s website updates the ratio daily – Located Here
For a full historical look at this ratio, it can be found on the Grayscale home page on the upper right side if you go to Tax Documents > 2019 Tax Documents > Grayscale Ethereum Trust 2019 Tax Letter.
Why is the ratio not 1:1? Why is it always decreasing? 
While I cannot say for certain why the initial distribution was not a 1:1 backing, it is more than likely to keep the price down and allow more investors a chance to purchase ETHE / GBTC.
As noted above, fees are paid by selling off the ETH collateralizing ETHE. So this number will always be trending downward as time goes on.
Source: Description of Trust on page 32 of the “Grayscale Ethereum Trust Annual Report (2019)” – Located Here
I keep hearing about how this is locked supply… explain? 
As noted above, there is currently no redemption program for converting your ETHE back into ETH. This means that once an ETHE is issued, it will remain in circulation until a redemption program is formed --- something that doesn’t seem to be too urgent for the SEC or Grayscale at the moment. Tiny amounts will naturally be removed due to fees, but the bulk of the asset is in there for good.
Knowing that ETHE cannot be taken back and destroyed at this time, the ETH collateralizing it will not be removed from the wallet for the foreseeable future. While it is not fully locked in the sense of say a totally lost key, it is not coming out any time soon.
Per their annual statement:
The Trust’s ETH will be transferred out of the ETH Account only in the following circumstances: (i) transferred to pay the Sponsor’s Fee or any Additional Trust Expenses, (ii) distributed in connection with the redemption of Baskets (subject to the Trust’s obtaining regulatory approval from the SEC to operate an ongoing redemption program and the consent of the Sponsor), (iii) sold on an as-needed basis to pay Additional Trust Expenses or (iv) sold on behalf of the Trust in the event the Trust terminates and liquidates its assets or as otherwise required by law or regulation.
Source: Description of Trust on page 31 of the “Grayscale Ethereum Trust Annual Report (2019)” – Located Here
Grayscale now owns a huge chunk of both ETH and BTC’s supply… should we be worried about manipulation, a sell off to crash the market crash, a staking cartel? 
First, it’s important to remember Grayscale is a lot more akin to an exchange then say an investment firm. Grayscale is working on behalf of its investors to create this product for investor control. Grayscale doesn’t ‘control’ the ETH it holds any more then Coinbase ‘controls’ the ETH in its hot wallet. (Note: There are likely some varying levels of control, but specific to this topic Grayscale cannot simply sell [legally, at least] the ETH by their own decision in the same manner Coinbase wouldn't be able to either.)
That said, there shouldn’t be any worry in the short to medium time-frame. As noted above, Grayscale can’t really remove ETH other than for fees or termination of the product. At 2.5% a year, fees are noise in terms of volume. Grayscale seems to be the fastest growing product in the crypto space at the moment and termination of the product seems unlikely.
IF redemptions were to happen tomorrow, it’s extremely unlikely we would see a mass exodus out of the product to redeem for ETH. And even if there was incentive to get back to ETH, the premium makes it so that it would be much more cost effective to just sell your ETHE on the secondary market and buy ETH yourself. Remember, any redemption is up to the investors and NOT something Grayscale has direct control over.
Yes, but what about [insert criminal act here]… 
Alright, yes. Technically nothing is stopping Grayscale from selling all the ETH / BTC and running off to the Bahamas (Hawaii?). BUT there is no real reason for them to do so. Barry is an extremely public figure and it won’t be easy for him to get away with that. Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust creates SEC reports weekly / bi-weekly and I’m sure given the sentiment towards crypto is being watched carefully. Plus, Grayscale is making tons of consistent revenue and thus has little to no incentive to give that up for a quick buck.
That’s a lot of ‘happy little feels’ Bob, is there even an independent audit or is this Tether 2.0? 
Actually yes, an independent auditor report can be found in their annual reports. It is clearly aimed more towards the financial side and I doubt the auditors are crypto savants, but it is at least one extra set of eyes. Auditors are Friedman LLP – Auditor since 2015.
Source: Independent Auditor Report starting on page 116 (of the PDF itself) of the “Grayscale Ethereum Trust Annual Report (2019)” – Located Here
As mentioned by user TheCrpytosAndBloods (In Comments Below), a fun fact:
The company’s auditors Friedman LLP were also coincidentally TetheBitfinex’s auditors until They controversially parted ways in 2018 when the Tether controversy was at its height. I am not suggesting for one moment that there is anything shady about DCG - I just find it interesting it’s the same auditor.
“Grayscale sounds kind of lame” / “Not your keys not your crypto!” / “Why is anyone buying this, it sounds like a scam?” 
Welp, for starters this honestly is not really a product aimed at the people likely to be reading this post. To each their own, but do remember just because something provides no value to you doesn’t mean it can’t provide value to someone else. That said some of the advertised benefits are as follows:
So for example, I can set up an IRA at a brokerage account that has $0 trading fees. Then I can trade GBTC and ETHE all day without having to worry about tracking my taxes. All with the relative safety something like E-Trade provides over Binance.
As for how it benefits the everyday ETH holder? I think the supply lock is a positive. I also think this product exposes the Ethereum ecosystem to people who otherwise wouldn’t know about it.
Why is there a premium? Why is ETHE’s premium so insanely high compared to GBTC’s premium? 
There are a handful of theories of why a premium exists at all, some even mentioned in the annual report. The short list is as follows:
Why is ETHE’s so much higher the GBTC’s? Again, a few thoughts:

Are there any other differences between ETHE and GBTC? 
I touched on a few of the smaller differences, but one of the more interesting changes is GBTC is now a “SEC reporting company” as of January 2020. Which again goes beyond my scope of knowledge so I won’t comment on it too much… but the net result is GBTC is now putting out weekly / bi-weekly 8-K’s and annual 10-K’s. This means you can track GBTC that much easier at the moment as well as there is an extra layer of validity to the product IMO.
I’m looking for some statistics on ETHE… such as who is buying, how much is bought, etc? 
There is a great Q1 2020 report I recommend you give a read that has a lot of cool graphs and data on the product. It’s a little GBTC centric, but there is some ETHE data as well. It can be found here hidden within the 8-K filings.Q1 2020 is the 4/16/2020 8-K filing.
For those more into a GAAP style report see the 2019 annual 10-K of the same location.
Is Grayscale only just for BTC and ETH? 
No, there are other products as well. In terms of a secondary market product, ETCG is the Ethereum Classic version of ETHE. Fun Fact – ETCG was actually put out to the secondary market first. It also has a 3% fee tied to it where 1% of it goes to some type of ETC development fund.
In terms of institutional and accredited investors, there are a few ‘fan favorites’ such as Bitcoin Cash, Litcoin, Stellar, XRP, and Zcash. Something called Horizion (Backed by ZEN I guess? Idk to be honest what that is…). And a diversified Mutual Fund type fund that has a little bit of all of those. None of these products are available on the secondary market.
Are there alternatives to Grayscale? 
I know they exist, but I don’t follow them. I’ll leave this as a “to be edited” section and will add as others comment on what they know.
Per user Over-analyser (in comments below):
Coinshares (Formerly XBT provider) are the only similar product I know of. BTC, ETH, XRP and LTC as Exchange Traded Notes (ETN).
It looks like they are fully backed with the underlying crypto (no premium).
https://coinshares.com/etps/xbt-provideinvestor-resources/daily-hedging-position
Denominated in SEK and EUR. Certainly available in some UK pensions (SIPP).
As asked by pegcity - Okay so I was under the impression you can just give them your own ETH and get ETHE, but do you get 11 ETHE per ETH or do you get the market value of ETH in USD worth of ETHE? 
I have always understood that the ETHE issued directly through Grayscale is issued without the premium. As in, if I were to trade 1 ETH for ETHE I would get 11, not say only 2 or 3 because the secondary market premium is so high. And if I were paying cash only I would be paying the price to buy 1 ETH to get my 11 ETHE. Per page 39 of their annual statement, it reads as follows:
The Trust will issue Shares to Authorized Participants from time to time, but only in one or more Baskets (with a Basket being a block of 100 Shares). The Trust will not issue fractions of a Basket. The creation (and, should the Trust commence a redemption program, redemption) of Baskets will be made only in exchange for the delivery to the Trust, or the distribution by the Trust, of the number of whole and fractional ETH represented by each Basket being created (or, should the Trust commence a redemption program, redeemed), which is determined by dividing (x) the number of ETH owned by the Trust at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the trade date of a creation or redemption order, after deducting the number of ETH representing the U.S. dollar value of accrued but unpaid fees and expenses of the Trust (converted using the ETH Index Price at such time, and carried to the eighth decimal place), by (y) the number of Shares outstanding at such time (with the quotient so obtained calculated to one one-hundred-millionth of one ETH (i.e., carried to the eighth decimal place)), and multiplying such quotient by 100 (the “Basket ETH Amount”). All questions as to the calculation of the Basket ETH Amount will be conclusively determined by the Sponsor and will be final and binding on all persons interested in the Trust. The Basket ETH Amount multiplied by the number of Baskets being created or redeemed is the “Total Basket ETH Amount.” The number of ETH represented by a Share will gradually decrease over time as the Trust’s ETH are used to pay the Trust’s expenses. Each Share represented approximately 0.0950 ETH and 0.0974 ETH as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

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EOS is highly undervalued because there was so much FUD

Because so much FUD has been produced in the last year (including by coindesk), the price of EOS has dropped quite a bit against other coins like Ethereum. But the technology, the developers and the community are still growing in secret. The community is just waiting for the big breakthrough to come.
Very good Collection against EOS FUD: eosbasecamp . com
A lot of people are saying the network is congested, but it is working as designed. You can rent EOS on REX very cheap. Much cheaper than ETH gas fees. Or you just use a wallet like anchor from Greymass and you can continue with free transactions (as designed the big players offers free transactions for their users).
BP's were never and are not a chinese cartel. There are a lot of big players competing against each other. The government is improving with token holders and big proxies starting to set criterias for the Block Producers. In fact the block producers developed a Framework for exchanges, so the users can vote if they have their token on a exchange: medium . com/@generEOS/open-source-exchange-voting-portal-ede575090ee3
BlockProducers have a contract to perform. If one miss too much blocks, he can get temporarily removed from 15 out of 21 BP's. BP's and block one working together to improve the IT infrastructure for EOS regularly. Just check the huge improvement in the last 6 month with the EOS benchmark: alohaeos . com/tools/benchmarks#networkId=1&timeframeId=12
Block one is continuously developing EOSIO Software. With EOS 2.0 the network is able to process around 10'000 tx/s (Proved on the testnet). EOS 3.0 is in development.
With eosio.evm (Ethereum virtual machine) there is now a possibility for Ethereum developers to take advantage of the speed from EOS.
BOSIBC just created interblockchain communications between the EOSIO chains. Dan is working on IBC as well with 4 chains (private EOSIO chains interacting with the EOS mainchain).
With Voice coming out this summer, there will come out as well a KYC method/solution with face ID without the need for government documents.
There are several promising products who start the DeFi development on EOS. Interview with Yves La Rose June 2020: esatoshi . club/satoshi-club-x-eos-ama-recap-from-june-8
And with the DAPP Network you can do unlimited scaling with childchains and sharding (Yes this îs already a working product!), develop/connect with any or multiple blockchains, universal account - one user account for all blockchains you want to use, maximal affordable decentralized storage, decentralized and trustless oracle similar to chainlink, but without needing a separate blockchain and with never seen low latency, easily create scheduled tasks and timers, boundless computational power, Easily implement randomness without resorting to vulnerable, complex, or expensive methods… As a developer with DAPP Network you can do whatever you want and whatever you need and connect anything with everything.
There was just so much FUD about EOS and everybody fell for it! I think that whoever started the EOS FUD is just scared like shit, that EOS actually delivers what they promised! Everybody who is a little bit smart understand the potential from EOSIO and DAPP Network. EOS is now there, where Ethereum will be in 5 years.
And no, there are not only Gambling Dapps on EOS:
everypedia . org: everyone’s decentralized encyclopedia
peos . one: private & untraceable transactions on EOS (Monero tech combined with the speed from EOS)
eosdt . com: over-collateralized stable coin (like MAKER)
vigor . ai: world's first multi-collateral insured token protocol available everywhere
chintai . io: issuance and management and secondary trading of tokenized securities
eosoptions . com: low latency on-chain options platform
prediqt.everipedia . org: prediction market protocol and #DeFi platform
acueos . io: decentralized moneymarket protocol for lenders and borrowers
pizza . live: PIZZA-USDE generate USDE stablecoin, decentralized financial ecosystem
liquidapps . io and dappsolutions . app: DAPP Network with LiquidOracles, LiquidChain (childchains and sharding), LiquidX (Connect any blockchain), vRam, vCPU, universalAccounts, LiquidScheduler, LiquidRandomness
newdex . io: the world's leading decentralized exchange
eosfinex . com: A high-performance exchange built on EOSIO
dexeos . io: EOS-based Decentralized Exchange
ive . one: global investment & issuing platform for digital assets
dgoods . org: A digital, distributed, open standard for virtual items on blockchain
sense . chat: Messenger built to communicate, organize, and reward your communities and friends
wordproof . io: wordpress plugin to protect website content
joinseeds . com: ecosystem to empower humanity and heal our planet
emanate . live: instantly rewards artists and music lovers for their creative expression
travala . com/payment/eosio-eos: Book Hotels and Accommodations, Worldwide
marketcap . one: EOS Pricefeeds
gallery . pixeos. art: International Marketplace for Collecting Art
prospectors . io: exciting strategy game on EOS and WAX (IBC connected) gives players endless opportunities to earn crypto
darkcountry . io: NFT Card Game with export functions to all possible blockchains
turncoatgalaxies . com: Turncoat Galaxies Strategy game
blankos . com: Huuuge Mythical NFT Game
voice . com: freedom of Speech. where truth has a voice
effect . ai: earn with the perfect combination of human and machine
Piña: eoslongisland . com/pina : is a restaurant review, rate reward app
Lifebank: youtube . com/watch?v=tgbZWs5vE5s : blood donation app
Fabblink: youtube . com/watch?v=AynFqe7GBAw : enable transparent, secure and reliable distributed automated manufacturing
Qure: devpost . com/software/qure-d3ihje : economic virtual meetup community
Kyros: youtube . com/watch?v=TwVbfJNvvGA : certificates Hub
transledger . io: Move Bitcoin, Litecoin or Bitcoincash to faster networks (EOS)
For sure I forgot some and a lot more will follow for sure...

vc . eos . io: PartneInvestments and Grants Overview from EOS VC and partners Galaxy Digital, EOS Global, SVK Crypto and FinLab
And EOS VC Grants Program continues investing in projects (today 34 companies) who use EOSIO software which will all benefit EOS in some ways: eos . io/news/blockone-announces-eos-vc-grants-recipients
and other investments to grow the EOSIO ecosystem: Gapless receives 5.5 million euros after support from the FinLab EOS VC Fund and Porsche AG, Expects 100,000 Listed Vehicles by EOY: chainbulletin . com/car-app-gapless-holds-successful-funding-round-expects-100000-listed-vehicles-by-eoy/
Major U.S. accounting firm Grant Thornton has announced a new platform for its clients to handle their intercompany transactions using the EOSIO blockchain. By doing this, they capture a small slice of an area worth $40 trillion annually: cointelegraph . com/news/grant-thornton-moves-intercompany-transactions-to-eosio
sparrowexchange . com Singapure based options trading platform. Stefan Schuetze, Managing Director of FinLab EOS VC Fund, said, "We are excited to invest in Sparrow, which is developing the next generation of financial products by leveraging EOSIO for their on-chain settlement layer." prnewswire . co.uk/news-releases/sparrow-raises-usd-3-5-mil-in-series-a-funding-874437988.html
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dxDAO aims to power DeFi protocols through decentralized governance

I found this article on internet. It's repost of it to help educate people about all DXDao advantages:
These are positive and necessary steps for DeFi. The new governance structures are intended to help coordinate across community stakeholders and make better decisions. These dynamics are influenced by the issues covered in Dose of DeFi, but I believe they deserve their own focused analysis.
Govern This aims to educate token holders and make them better voters. Emphasis will be placed on specific governance proposals and relaying community governance discussions on forums and weekly calls.
Governance is a coordination technology that has helped countries and companies build more than the sum of their parts. Blockchains are also a coordination technology, but for computers, not humans***.*** Govern This will track the development of the melding of these two over the coming years.
Like governance, Govern This is a work in progress. I would appreciate any feedback on format, topics covered or any other suggestions to make the newsletter better. Just hit reply.
The first issue of Govern This is below. Please click here to subscribe.
Thanks for reading,
Chris
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dxDAO aims to power DeFi protocols through decentralized governance
Gnosis launched a long-awaited DEX last week with batched auctions for low-liquidity trade pairs. The front-end, Mesa.Eth.Link is owned and operated by dxDAO, a decentralized collective that hopes to power other DeFi protocols.
While dYdX does not have any specific governance plans (yet), this tweet from dYdX founder Antonio Juliano is a common approach to governance.
📷Antonio Juliano @AntonioMJuliano3) 0x should focus less on governance in the short term. It’s way more important to first build something with a large amount of adoption that’s worth governing
December 6th 2018
3 Retweets62 Likes
The tweet at the end of 2018 was in response to 0x and its native token, ZRX. The project was popular but the token had no use case outside of governance.
This governance strategy – build now, decentralize later – is widely accepted in the space and is perhaps best exemplified by the A16Z’s Jesse Walden’s post, “Progressive Decentralization: A Playbook for Building Crypto Applications”, which the A16Z-backed Compound has essentially implemented (more in the section below).
dxDAO, on the other hand, maintains that decentralization must come at the beginning or else the core team and investors will have an outsized influence on the project in formal (token voting) or informal ways (dictators for life).
Background
dxDAO was launched in May 2019, spun out of a collaboration between Gnosis and DAOstack over managing the DutchX platform. dxDAO’s key governance design is separating financial rights to the DAO (DXD) from voting power over the DAO (Reputation). It used an Edgeware-style lock drop to distribute reputation to stakeholders in May of last year. Any user could lock up ETH or an accepted ERC-20 for a month and receive Reputation, which are voting rights in dxDAO, even though it is not a token and cannot be transferred.
Over 400 unique Ethereum addresses participated in the distribution scheme. Gnosis went through a pretty extensive process in July 2019 to “step back” from its involvement in the DAO, and since then, the community and dxDAO have aligned behind a mission of “putting the ‘De’ in Decentralized Finance”.
Following on last week’s launch of Mesa.ETH.Link, dxDAO is conducting a fundraiser or (“DAICO”?) to help fund its new slate of DeFi products, including a prediction market platform (Omen) and a privacy-centric DeFi dashboard (Mix).
Project launch is typically when a project is most centralized. Execution is hard and direction and accountability are important. dxDAO’s approach will be an interesting counterexample to the “decentralize later” trend and may provide insight into new governance strategies.
Click here for more information about the dxDAO fundraiser.
Here’s what is on the dxDAO docket this week:
Compound governance goes live, has it found Market-Protocol-Fit?
Since its founding in 2017, Compound has executed with an almost flawless record: no bugs/hacks, a major protocol upgrade and a big name fundraise (twice).
But all of that has been because Compound, the company, has executed well, but can protocol development and the growth of the platform be sustained with community management? We shall see.
Compound’s governance system could not be simpler. Anyone with at least 1% of COMP can submit a proposal of executable code. COMP holders have a 3 day voting period; the proposal passes with a majority of token votes AND a 4% quorum of all COMP tokens.
The 1% minimum for proposal submission is a good anti-Sybil mechanism but it greatly limits participation by small users. There is delegation, so you could imagine a “proposal petition” where you would delegate your COMP to a proposal instead of signing your name.
Compound is clearly taking the “less governance is the best governance” approach. This has worked surprisingly well with Bitcoin and Ethereum, which of course, do not have any formal governance, but those communities clearly have informal governance systems that make decisions.
The biggest governance question for Compound: who is the community?
Market-Protocol-Fit
Other Internet has an intriguing essay on the emergent order from new blockchain tokens and their communities. It is worth a read. It discusses the emergent iteration that blockchains – as a technology and a community – go through to find a niche, both in culture and product.
While it focuses on base-layer blockchains that launch with a token, the essay underscores the most underrated governance element: token distribution. It quotes an insightful tweet from Eric Wall
📷Eric Wall @ercwlA question that keeps me up at night: Is it possible to create a rubbish coin based on advanced bullshit, build a community of misguided fans nevertheless, run it centralized for 5 yrs, hardfork-copy the design of a real working project, keep the community and become a success?
keysheet @keysheet
@ErcWll was one of the first vocal critics of IOTA back in 2017, shortly before the project hit a market cap of $15B. https://t.co/2267e8LEpl Today, the project is down 99% and appears to be brutally falling apart. A thread:
February 13th 2020
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Before Bitcoin could harden its code and find ‘Digital Gold’ and before Ethereum found ‘DeFi’ and ships ETH2.0, both needed to find a “a strong community of believers” in order to create a “virtuous cycle between headless brands and infrastructural build-out to progressively realize [their] initial promise.”
Communities are connected through a wide spread token distribution, Bitcoin through cypherpunks and online drugs and Ethereum through a global ICO (what Teo Leibowitz called “The Immaculate ICO”).
$COMP distribution
The biggest “news” has been details about $COMP distribution:
There are no explicit plans yet, but the widely held assumption is that the COMP distribution will be determined by the interest earned and paid by users on the protocol since its inception. This is a clever way that only incentivizes more use of the protocol and is hard to game because interests accrues over time.
But the question still remains, what will the COMP community look like and what values will it espouse? Can emergent cultures arise out of Silicon Valley too?
Here’s what is on the Compound docket this week:
Maker and wBTC, a test case for the MIP process
While Maker had planned to spend Q2 moving forward with their upgraded governance process, most of its focus has been on restoring the Dai peg.
For more on how the Maker governance process has expanded outside the core community, check out the previous edition of Govern This.
Here’s what is on the Maker docket this week:
Governance and Risk meeting (April 23)
Single Collateral Dai shutdown – the process has begun. A poll passed with May 12 as the official SCD shutdown. Just yesterday, an executive just passed yesterday to make the MKR oracle fee-less, which will help with migration. Many in the community think the migration of debt from SCD will do more than enough to restore the peg.
13 MIPs and 2 sub proposals – Core to the new Maker governance process is the “Maker Improvement Proposals (MIPs), which are modeled off of BIPs (for Bitcoin) and EIPs (for Ethereum). The two sub-proposals are to appoint the Smart Contracts Team and assign Charles St. Louis as the MIP editor.
The 13 MIPs are listed below:
- MIP1 (Maker Governance Paradigms)- MIP2 (Launch Period)- MIP3 (Governance Cycle)- MIP4 (MIP Amendment and Removal Process)- MIP5 (Emergency Voting System)- MIP6 (Collateral Onboarding Form/Forum Template)- MIP7 (Onboarding and Offboarding Domain Teams for Collateral Onboarding)- MIP8 (Domain Greenlight)- MIP9 (Community Greenlight)- MIP10 (Oracle Management)- MIP11 (Collateral Onboarding General Risk Model Management)- MIP12 (Collateral and Risk Parameter Management)
By and large, the MIPs codify many of the informal Maker governance processes. There is currently a request for comments period (MIP forum) and there will be an informal poll on Monday, April 27 on whether to proceed with the 13 MIPs and 2 sub proposals. If it’s a “Yes”, than an executive for an official ratification vote would start on May 1 and lasts for 4 days. If it passes, the official governance cycle will begin and the rest of the MIPs will likely be approved from May 4 – 6.
Other Governing Things
That’s it! Feedback definitely appreciated. Just hit reply. Written in Brooklyn where it rained all day. No euchre today, but yesterday was epic.
Govern This is written by Chris Powers. Opinions expressed are my own. All content is for informational purposes and is not intended as investment advice.
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Crypto-Powered - The Most Promising Use-Cases of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

Crypto-Powered - The Most Promising Use-Cases of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
A whirlwind tour of Defi, paying close attention to protocols that we’re leveraging at Genesis Block.
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This is the third post of Crypto-Powered — a new series that examines what it means for Genesis Block to be a digital bank that’s powered by crypto, blockchain, and decentralized protocols.
Last week we explored how building on legacy finance is a fool’s errand. The future of money belongs to those who build with crypto and blockchain at their core. We also started down the crypto rabbit hole, introducing Bitcoin, Ethereum, and DeFi (decentralized finance). That post is required reading if you hope to glean any value from the rest of this series.
97% of all activity on Ethereum in the last quarter has been DeFi-related. The total value sitting inside DeFi protocols is roughly $2B — double what it was a month ago. The explosive growth cannot be ignored. All signs suggest that Ethereum & DeFi are a Match Made in Heaven, and both on their way to finding strong product/market fit.
So in this post, we’re doing a whirlwind tour of DeFi. We look at specific examples and use-cases already in the wild and seeing strong growth. And we pay close attention to protocols that Genesis Block is integrating with. Alright, let’s dive in.

Stablecoins

Stablecoins are exactly what they sound like: cryptocurrencies that are stable. They are not meant to be volatile (like Bitcoin). These assets attempt to peg their price to some external reference (eg. USD or Gold). A non-volatile crypto asset can be incredibly useful for things like merchant payments, cross-border transfers, or storing wealth — becoming your own bank but without the stress of constant price volatility.
There are major governments and central banks that are experimenting with or soon launching their own stablecoins like China with their digital yuan and the US Federal Reserve with their digital dollar. There are also major corporations working in this area like JP Morgan with their JPM Coin, and of course Facebook with their Libra Project.
Stablecoin activity has grown 800% in the last year, with $290B of transaction volume (funds moving on-chain).
The most popular USD-pegged stablecoins include:
  1. Tether ($10B): It’s especially popular in Asia. It’s backed by USD in a bank account. But given their lack of transparency and past controversies, they generally aren’t trusted as much in the West.
  2. USDC ($1B): This is the most reputable USD-backed stablecoin, at least in the West. It was created by Coinbase & Circle, both well-regarded crypto companies. They’ve been very open and transparent with their audits and bank records.
  3. DAI ($189M): This is backed by other crypto assets — not USD in a bank account. This was arguably the first true DeFi protocol. The big benefit is that it’s more decentralized — it’s not controlled by any single organization. The downside is that the assets backing it can be volatile crypto assets (though it has mechanisms in place to mitigate that risk).
Other notable USD-backed stablecoins include PAX, TrueUSD, Binance USD, and Gemini Dollar.
tablecoins are playing an increasingly important role in the world of DeFi. In a way, they serve as common pipes & bridges between the various protocols.
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Lending & Borrowing

Three of the top five DeFi protocols relate to lending & borrowing. These popular lending protocols look very similar to traditional money markets. Users who want to earn interest/yield can deposit (lend) their funds into a pool of liquidity. Because it behaves similarly to traditional money markets, their funds are not locked, they can withdraw at any time. It’s highly liquid.
Borrowers can tap into this pool of liquidity and take out loans. Interest rates depend on the utilization rate of the pool — how much of the deposits in the pool have already been borrowed. Supply & demand. Thus, interest rates are variable and borrowers can pay their loans back at any time.
So, who decides how much a borrower can take? What’s the process like? Are there credit checks? How is credit-worthiness determined?
These protocols are decentralized, borderless, permissionless. The people participating in these markets are from all over the world. There is no simple way to verify identity or check credit history. So none of that happens.
Credit-worthiness is determined simply by how much crypto collateral the borrower puts into the protocol. For example, if a user wants to borrow $5k of USDC, then they’ll need to deposit $10k of BTC or ETH. The exact amount of collateral depends on the rules of the protocol — usually the more liquid the collateral asset, the more borrowing power the user can receive.
The most prominent lending protocols include Compound, Aave, Maker, and Atomic Loans. Recently, Compound has seen meteoric growth with the introduction of their COMP token — a token used to incentivize and reward participants of the protocol. There’s almost $1B in outstanding debt in the Compound protocol. Mainframe is also working on an exciting protocol in this area and the latest iteration of their white paper should be coming out soon.
There is very little economic risk to these protocols because all loans are overcollateralized.
I repeat, all loans are overcollateralized. If the value of the collateral depreciates significantly due to price volatility, there are sophisticated liquidation systems to ensure the loan always gets paid back.
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Investments

Buying, selling, and trading crypto assets is certainly one form of investing (though not for the faint of heart). But there are now DeFi protocols to facilitate making and managing traditional-style investments.
Through DeFi, you can invest in Gold. You can invest in stocks like Amazon and Apple. You can short Tesla. You can access the S&P 500. This is done through crypto-based synthetics — which gives users exposure to assets without needing to hold or own the underlying asset. This is all possible with protocols like UMA, Synthetix, or Market protocol.
Maybe your style of investing is more passive. With PoolTogether , you can participate in a no-loss lottery.
Maybe you’re an advanced trader and want to trade options or futures. You can do that with DeFi protocols like Convexity, Futureswap, and dYdX. Maybe you live on the wild side and trade on margin or leverage, you can do that with protocols like Fulcrum, Nuo, and DDEX. Or maybe you’re a degenerate gambler and want to bet against Trump in the upcoming election, you can do that on Augur.
And there are plenty of DeFi protocols to help with crypto investing. You could use Set Protocol if you need automated trading strategies. You could use Melonport if you’re an asset manager. You could use Balancer to automatically rebalance your portfolio.
With as little as $1, people all over the world can have access to the same investment opportunities and tools that used to be reserved for only the wealthy, or those lucky enough to be born in the right country.
You can start to imagine how services like Etrade, TD Ameritrade, Schwab, and even Robinhood could be massively disrupted by a crypto-native company that builds with these types of protocols at their foundation.
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Insurance

As mentioned in our previous post, there are near-infinite applications one can build on Ethereum. As a result, sometimes the code doesn’t work as expected. Bugs get through, it breaks. We’re still early in our industry. The tools, frameworks, and best practices are all still being established. Things can go wrong.
Sometimes the application just gets in a weird or bad state where funds can’t be recovered — like with what happened with Parity where $280M got frozen (yes, I lost some money in that). Sometimes, there are hackers who discover a vulnerability in the code and maliciously steal funds — like how dForce lost $25M a few months ago, or how The DAO lost $50M a few years ago. And sometimes the system works as designed, but the economic model behind it is flawed, so a clever user takes advantage of the system— like what recently happened with Balancer where they lost $500k.
There are a lot of risks when interacting with smart contracts and decentralized applications — especially for ones that haven’t stood the test of time. This is why insurance is such an important development in DeFi.
Insurance will be an essential component in helping this technology reach the masses.
Two protocols that are leading the way on DeFi insurance are Nexus Mutual and Opyn. Though they are both still just getting started, many people are already using them. And we’re excited to start working with them at Genesis Block.
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Exchanges & Liquidity

Decentralized Exchanges (DEX) were one of the first and most developed categories in DeFi. A DEX allows a user to easily exchange one crypto asset for another crypto asset — but without needing to sign up for an account, verify identity, etc. It’s all via decentralized protocols.
Within the first 5 months of 2020, the top 7 DEX already achieved the 2019 trading volume. That was $2.5B. DeFi is fueling a lot of this growth.
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There are many different flavors of DEX. Some of the early ones included 0x, IDEX, and EtherDelta — all of which had a traditional order book model where buyers are matched with sellers.
Another flavor is the pooled liquidity approach where the price is determined algorithmically based on how much liquidity there is and how much the user wants to buy. This is known as an AMM (Automated Market Maker) — Uniswap and Bancor were early leaders here. Though lately, Balancer has seen incredible growth due mostly to their strong incentives for participation — similar to Compound.
There are some DEXs that are more specialized — for example, Curve and mStable focus mostly only stablecoins. Because of the proliferation of these decentralized exchanges, there are now aggregators that combine and connect the liquidity of many sources. Those include Kyber, Totle, 1Inch, and Dex.ag.
These decentralized exchanges are becoming more and more connected to DeFi because they provide an opportunity for yield and earning interest.
Users can earn passive income by supplying liquidity to these markets. It usually comes in the form of sharing transaction fee revenue (Uniswap) or token rewards (Balancer).
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Payments

As it relates to making payments, much of the world is still stuck on plastic cards. We’re grateful to partner with Visa and launch the Genesis Block debit card… but we still don’t believe that's the future of payments. We see that as an important bridge between the past (legacy finance) and the future (crypto).
Our first post in this series shared more on why legacy finance is broken. We talked about the countless unnecessary middle-men on every card swipe (merchant, acquiring bank, processor, card network, issuing bank). We talked about the slow settlement times.
The future of payments will be much better. Yes, it’ll be from a mobile phone and the user experience will be similar to ApplePay (NFC) or WePay (QR Code).
But more importantly, the underlying assets being moved/exchanged will all be crypto — digital, permissionless, and open source.
Someone making a payment at the grocery store check-out line will be able to open up Genesis Block, use contactless tech or scan a QR code, and instantly pay for their goods. All using crypto. Likely a stablecoin. Settlement will be instant. All the middlemen getting their pound of flesh will be disintermediated. The merchant can make more and the user can spend less. Blockchain FTW!
Now let’s talk about a few projects working in this area. The xDai Burner Wallet experience was incredible at the ETHDenver event a few years ago, but that speed came at the expense of full decentralization (can it be censored or shut down?). Of course, Facebook’s Libra wants to become the new standard for global payments, but many are afraid to give Facebook that much control (newsflash: it isn’t very decentralized).
Bitcoin is decentralized… but it’s slow and volatile. There are strong projects like Lightning Network (Zap example) that are still trying to make it happen. Projects like Connext and OmiseGo are trying to help bring payments to Ethereum. The Flexa project is leveraging the gift card rails, which is a nice hack to leverage existing pipes. And if ETH 2.0 is as fast as they say it will be, then the future of payments could just be a stablecoin like DAI (a token on Ethereum).
In a way, being able to spend crypto on daily expenses is the holy grail of use-cases. It’s still early. It hasn’t yet been solved. But once we achieve this, then we can ultimately and finally say goodbye to the legacy banking & finance world. Employees can be paid in crypto. Employees can spend in crypto. It changes everything.
Legacy finance is hanging on by a thread, and it’s this use-case that they are still clinging to. Once solved, DeFi domination will be complete.
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Impact on Genesis Block

At Genesis Block, we’re excited to leverage these protocols and take this incredible technology to the world. Many of these protocols are already deeply integrated with our product. In fact, many are essential. The masses won’t know (or care about) what Tether, USDC, or DAI is. They think in dollars, euros, pounds and pesos. So while the user sees their local currency in the app, the underlying technology is all leveraging stablecoins. It’s all on “crypto rails.”
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When users deposit assets into their Genesis Block account, they expect to earn interest. They expect that money to grow. We leverage many of these low-risk lending/exchange DeFi protocols. We lend into decentralized money markets like Compound — where all loans are overcollateralized. Or we supply liquidity to AMM exchanges like Balancer. This allows us to earn interest and generate yield for our depositors. We’re the experts so our users don’t need to be.
We haven’t yet integrated with any of the insurance or investment protocols — but we certainly plan on it. Our infrastructure is built with blockchain technology at the heart and our system is extensible — we’re ready to add assets and protocols when we feel they are ready, safe, secure, and stable. Many of these protocols are still in the experimental phase. It’s still early.
At Genesis Block we’re excited to continue to be at the frontlines of this incredible, innovative, technological revolution called DeFi.
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None of these powerful DeFi protocols will be replacing Robinhood, SoFi, or Venmo anytime soon. They never will. They aren’t meant to! We’ve discussed this before, these are low-level protocols that need killer applications, like Genesis Block.
So now that we’ve gone a little deeper down the rabbit hole and we’ve done this whirlwind tour of DeFi, the natural next question is: why?
Why does any of it matter?
Most of these financial services that DeFi offers already exist in the real world. So why does it need to be on a blockchain? Why does it need to be decentralized? What new value is unlocked? Next post, we answer these important questions.
To look at more projects in DeFi, check out DeFi Prime, DeFi Pulse, or Consensys.
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7 legendary and most successful ICOs in cryptocurrency history

Let's find out which companies have succeeded with the initial token offering (ICO), raised as much money as planned, and fulfilled their promises to investors.
Every year, tens of billions of dollars are invested in tokens. The importance of this issue increased after Pavel Durov's TON ICO was actually outlawed by an American court. The uncertain status of cryptocurrency Libra from Mark Zuckerberg also added concern to crypto investors. So was there at least one successful ICO?
Yes, It was, and not just one. Let's arrange these cases in chronological order.

1. Mastercoin — 2013

You could hear about this cryptocurrency under the name “Omni”. This was the first registered ICO (we could call it the grandfather of ICO).
On July 31, 2013, a special fund was created for investment. About 500 people transferred 5,000 BTC into this fund. In 2013, this amount was $ 500 thousand. For the first time in the history of cryptocurrencies, the creators promised anyone who buys a Mastercoin an opportunity to use it as an investment tool. After the launch of the system, the value of coins was supposed to increase, and the holder could sell it freely.
Was this plan implemented? Yes, it was. In less than a year, Mastercoin already ranked seventh in the cryptocurrency market.
The renaming of Mastercoin to Omni took place in 2015. Now it’s not just a coin, but a Bitcoin-based platform, on which the one can trade digital assets, and also create them.

2. Ethereum (ETH) — 2014

One of the prime examples of a successful token placement campaign. In just 12 hours, it raised $2.3 million. And in September 2014 it raised $18.4 million in total.
This is how it all happened. A unique feature of the platform at that time was the smart contract system. A key feature of Ethereum is to provide a basis for other projects to build and develop their technologies.
Information about the total number of available tokens was not disclosed, but 60 million tokens were successfully sold. Global fundraising goals were not limited to anything.
Was the ICO successful and have all the promises been fulfilled? Definitely. To this day, this ICO is considered one of the most successful in history and an example of worthy crowdfunding. Ethereum lives, develops and is second in terms of capitalization after BTC. On its basis, new platforms are being built.

3. EOS Project (EOS) from block.one — 2017

This project raised $185 million for the development and implementation of a new blockchain architecture that automates financial processes and evaluates transaction parameters. It helps to create high-quality business applications.

4. Status (SNT) — 2017

Another example of brilliant success. This blockchain messenger and mobile operating system (built on Etehreum technologies) were developed to work with decentralized mobile applications. Status raised over $100 million on the first day. Promises are fulfilled, applications work and allow to use encrypted messages, smart contracts, payments, chatbots, and operate with any available ICOs. There's also a built-in currency exchange. The system allows you to store your crypto assets in a special Status wallet.

5. Bancor (BNT) — 2017

In 2016-2017 there was a real ICO boom. The Bancor project's shown even faster fundraising than its predecessors. In just 3 hours, $140 million tokens were bought. In total, BNT was sold in the amount of $153 million. Bancor's goal is to increase the liquidity of ERC-20 tokens (Etehereum) and make BNT actually reserve currency. It doesn't require any exchanges and offers its owners an investment basket. Bancor works with smart contracts and allows you to issue your tokens and link any tokens to a plastic card.
However, you can only call it successful with some limitations. It's restricted in the USA, and there are questions about the tokens that rotate on this platform. However, outside of America, people make BNT transactions, which means that it can’t be called a failure (Gram's also banned in the USA yet).

6. Tezos (XTZ) — 2017

For the first 5 days, the Swiss company Tezos raised $137 million through ICO. The total amount of token sale was about $230 million. This placement is rightfully considered one of the most successful in crypto history.
The project offers a flexible alternative system of smart contracts and is opposed to the Ethereum system on which many companies build their networks.

7. Filecoin (FIL) — 2017

In 2014, Protocol Labs launched this system as part of a secure and reliable data storage program based on IPFS protocol (InterPlanetary File System). The regulated ICO of 2017 showed excellent results with the requested $40 million. It was possible to raise $257 million, i.e. almost 6.5 times more.
After the boom in 2016-2017, there were many successful ICOs, but these seven placements were most memorable.

Where you can see all ICOs yourself

There're several useful resources that allow you to get information about the active and upcoming placement of tokens (without investment recommendations) and an archive of past ICOs. These are ICOMARKS and ICODROPS platforms.
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US digital dollar coming soon? Chainlink, Swift, Federal Reserve, ISO20222, and The Clearing House serving as pieces of the puzzle.

This is my first Reddit thread, so please feel free to contribute your thoughts.
I believe the US digital dollar will be making its debut very soon, which could very well likely be the next One World Currency. I've included a timeline of public releases/announcements that fall in line with my theory. Bear with me, there are lot of moving parts.... There may be some details or insights missing so please feel free to enlighten. I believe this will, in time, lead to a New World Order with one global currency. I would like to be proven wrong.
First things first, there are 3 big players: The Federal Reserve, The Clearing House, and SWIFT with ISO20222 system.
Who is The Clearing House group? Conglomerate of many LARGE banks. Source: https://www.theclearinghouse.org/about/owner-banks
What is CHIPS? The Clearing House Interbank Payments System (CHIPS) is an electronic payments system that transfers funds and settles transactions in U.S. dollars. CHIPS enables banks to transfer and settle international payments more quickly by replacing official bank checks with electronic bookkeeping entries. As of January 2002, CHIPS had 59 members, including large U.S. banks and U.S. branches of foreign banks. Source: https://www.newyorkfed.org/aboutthefed/fedpoint/fed36.html
What is ISO20222? From Swift itself, "ISO 20022 is an emerging global and open standard for payments messaging. It creates a common language and model for payments data across the globe."Source: https://www.swift.com/standards/about-iso-20022
July 16 2018, Federal Reserve Proposes ISO 20022 Message Format for Fedwire Funds Service. 3-step Phase integration of CHIPS & Fedwire. Source: https://www.sullcrom.com/files/upload/SC-Publication-Federal-Reserve-Proposes-ISO-20022-Message-Format-for-Fedwire.pdf
Timeline of 3-step phase model infographic: https://imgur.com/XaNUcR3
July 19 2018, Assocation of Financial Professionals confirms above with article: NY Fed creates group to consider adopting ISO20222: "In 2012, the New York Fed formed a stakeholder group to assess the value in adopting ISO 20022. This led to the 2015 Strategies for Improving the Payment System paper, in which the Fed recommended that the U.S. develop a strategy for adopting the standard. Since that time, the Fed and The Clearing House (TCH) have worked together on plans to adopt ISO 20022 for Fedwire and CHIPS. While they have each opted to implement the standard separately, the Fed and TCH plan to align the implementation of the new format on Fedwire and CHIPS." Source: https://www.afponline.org/ideas-inspiration/topics/articles/Details/fed-seeks-comment-on-iso-20022-fedwire-proposal
Nov 20 2019, The Federal Reserve is looking into developing a digital currency in the US, Powell confirms. Source: https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/the-federal-reserve-is-looking-into-developing-digital-currency-us-2019-11-1028705211
Nov 25 2019, Coinbase Chief Legal Officer argued private corporations are best positioned to build a much-debated digital U.S. dollar, and that the government should stand back and let them, doing little, if anything, to regulate their underlying blockchains. Source: https://www.coindesk.com/coinbase-legal-chief-says-private-sector-should-build-us-digital-dollar
Jan 16 2020, Former CFTC chair launches US digital dollar research project. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200116005116/en/CFTC-Chair-Launches-Digital-Dollar-Project
Feb 6 2020, Federal Reserve researching US digital dollar (CBDC- Central Bank Digital Currency) application. Source: https://www.coindesk.com/fed-reserve-is-researching-dlt-based-digital-dollar-says-governor
Feb 20 2020, "To give consumers more control over their data, FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments, today announced the spin-off of Akoya℠ as an independent company that will be jointly owned by Fidelity, The Clearing House Payments Co. and 11 of its member banks. Bank of America, Capital One, Citi, FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments, Huntington National Bank, JPMorgan Chase, KeyBank, PNC Bank, The Clearing House Payments Co., TD Bank, Truist, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo & Company, are the new owners of Akoya." Source: https://www.theclearinghouse.org/payment-systems/articles/2020/02/02-20-2020-financial-industry-give-consumers-more-control-over-their-data
March 16 2020, Coinbase Chief Legal Officer begins to work at NY Fed: "Coinbase's chief legal officer, Brian Brooks, is leaving the crypto exchange to become the second in command at the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)". Source: https://www.coindesk.com/coinbase-chief-legal-officer-leaves-to-take-senior-role-at-us-bank-regulator
March 2020, 2020 SWIFT attempting to bring entire banking payment processing industry to IS20222 standard: "In line with that vision, SWIFT is fully committed to improving transaction data quality through ISO 20022 and will continue to accelerate industry support to adopt ISO 20022 for market infrastructure initiatives, including TARGET2 migration/ESMIG, EURO1 and Bank of England RTGS renewal. .... The end-date to enable full ISO 20022 for cross-border payments remains as originally planned, November 2025." https://www.swift.com/standards/iso-20022-programme/timeline
March 20 2020, Fed-backed digital dollar to be well received by crypto-community with digital dollar being viewed as compliment, rather than a competitor to bitcoin. Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bitcoin-enthusiasts-liberal-lawmakers-cheer-a-fed-backed-digital-dollar-2020-03-30
March 23 2020, COVID 19 pandemic leads to Stimulus Bill which includes proposed digital wallets for Stimilus Bill moneys to be distributed to people who do not have bank accounts currently. Ultimately, the digital wallets section was not included in signed bills but likely will resurface again shortly. Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/in-covid-19-stimulus-us-congress-eyes-digital-dollar-to-send-aid-to-the-unbanked
March 30 2020, Bitcoin enthusiasts, liberal lawmakers cheer a Fed-backed digital dollar. “My legislation would allow every American to set up a free bank account so they don’t have to rely on expensive check cashers to access their hard-earned money,” Sen. Brown told the American Banker. While a digital dollar didn’t make it into the final stimulus legislation, that it concept is now being taken seriously by high-profile lawmakers in Washington is another signpost on the road to a digital-money future, said Carlos Domingo, CEO of Securitize. “The question is not if a digital dollar will be created but when and how.” Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bitcoin-enthusiasts-liberal-lawmakers-cheer-a-fed-backed-digital-dollar-2020-03-30.
April 5 2020, NetCents Declares Readiness for Expected US Federal Reserve "Digital Dollar". Source: https://yhoo.it/34jPL0d
April 8 2020, Marion Laboure, Macro Strategist of DeutscheBank just tweeted this. Confirmation of Big Banks making big moves. One world currency coming soon by 2025? Source: https://twitter.com/MarionLaboure/status/1241316697128214529?s=20
The Clearing House will soon launch Secure Token Exchange (STE), a service to manage token issuance and authentication for mobile and ecommerce transactions. Source: https://www.theclearinghouse.org/payment-systems/secure-token-exchange
The Clearing House confirms their new RTP network through job posting on The Clearing House career website that's aim is to provide instant access to ALL account holders inUS. From their job listing: "The The RTP® network from The Clearing House is a real-time payments platform that all federally insured U.S. depository institutions are eligible to use for payments innovation. "The goal of the system is to ultimately provide access to instant payments to every financial institution and account holder in the US. To achieve this goal, significant enhancements and expansion of the system will occur over the next 3-5 years in order to support over 10,000 financial institutions. Qualifications Desired: Money transfer experience, especially knowledge of SWIFT, FED or CHIPS payment processing and settlement" This is stated in current job opening listed under "RTP Senior Developer" at The Clearing House. Source: https://www.theclearinghouse.org/about/careers/rtp-senior-developer. Screenshot of position in case this link dissappears: https://imgur.com/wr2Zoap
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7 legendary and most successful ICOs in cryptocurrency history

Let's find out which companies have succeeded with the initial token offering (ICO), raised as much money as planned, and fulfilled their promises to investors.
Every year, tens of billions of dollars are invested in tokens. The importance of this issue increased after Pavel Durov's TON ICO was actually outlawed by an American court. The uncertain status of cryptocurrency Libra from Mark Zuckerberg also added concern to crypto investors. So was there at least one successful ICO?
Yes, It was, and not just one. Let's arrange these cases in chronological order.

1. Mastercoin — 2013

You could hear about this cryptocurrency under the name “Omni”. This was the first registered ICO (we could call it the grandfather of ICO).
On July 31, 2013, a special fund was created for investment. About 500 people transferred 5,000 BTC into this fund. In 2013, this amount was $ 500 thousand. For the first time in the history of cryptocurrencies, the creators promised anyone who buys a Mastercoin an opportunity to use it as an investment tool. After the launch of the system, the value of coins was supposed to increase, and the holder could sell it freely.
Was this plan implemented? Yes, it was. In less than a year, Mastercoin already ranked seventh in the cryptocurrency market.
The renaming of Mastercoin to Omni took place in 2015. Now it’s not just a coin, but a Bitcoin-based platform, on which the one can trade digital assets, and also create them.

2. Ethereum (ETH) — 2014

One of the prime examples of a successful token placement campaign. In just 12 hours, it raised $2.3 million. And in September 2014 it raised $18.4 million in total.
This is how it all happened. A unique feature of the platform at that time was the smart contract system. A key feature of Ethereum is to provide a basis for other projects to build and develop their technologies.
Information about the total number of available tokens was not disclosed, but 60 million tokens were successfully sold. Global fundraising goals were not limited to anything.
Was the ICO successful and have all the promises been fulfilled? Definitely. To this day, this ICO is considered one of the most successful in history and an example of worthy crowdfunding. Ethereum lives, develops and is second in terms of capitalization after BTC. On its basis, new platforms are being built.

3. EOS Project (EOS) from block.one — 2017

This project raised $185 million for the development and implementation of a new blockchain architecture that automates financial processes and evaluates transaction parameters. It helps to create high-quality business applications.

4. Status (SNT) — 2017

Another example of brilliant success. This blockchain messenger and mobile operating system (built on Etehreum technologies) were developed to work with decentralized mobile applications. Status raised over $100 million on the first day. Promises are fulfilled, applications work and allow to use encrypted messages, smart contracts, payments, chatbots, and operate with any available ICOs. There's also a built-in currency exchange. The system allows you to store your crypto assets in a special Status wallet.

5. Bancor (BNT) — 2017

In 2016-2017 there was a real ICO boom. The Bancor project's shown even faster fundraising than its predecessors. In just 3 hours, $140 million tokens were bought. In total, BNT was sold in the amount of $153 million. Bancor's goal is to increase the liquidity of ERC-20 tokens (Etehereum) and make BNT actually reserve currency. It doesn't require any exchanges and offers its owners an investment basket. Bancor works with smart contracts and allows you to issue your tokens and link any tokens to a plastic card.
However, you can only call it successful with some limitations. It's restricted in the USA, and there are questions about the tokens that rotate on this platform. However, outside of America, people make BNT transactions, which means that it can’t be called a failure (Gram's also banned in the USA yet).

6. Tezos (XTZ) — 2017

For the first 5 days, the Swiss company Tezos raised $137 million through ICO. The total amount of token sale was about $230 million. This placement is rightfully considered one of the most successful in crypto history.
The project offers a flexible alternative system of smart contracts and is opposed to the Ethereum system on which many companies build their networks.

7. Filecoin (FIL) — 2017

In 2014, Protocol Labs launched this system as part of a secure and reliable data storage program based on IPFS protocol (InterPlanetary File System). The regulated ICO of 2017 showed excellent results with the requested $40 million. It was possible to raise $257 million, i.e. almost 6.5 times more.
After the boom in 2016-2017, there were many successful ICOs, but these seven placements were most memorable.

Where you can see all ICOs yourself

There're several useful resources that allow you to get information about the active and upcoming placement of tokens (without investment recommendations) and an archive of past ICOs. These are ICOMARKS and ICODROPS platforms.
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7 legendary and most successful ICOs in cryptocurrency history

Let's find out which companies have succeeded with the initial token offering (ICO), raised as much money as planned, and fulfilled their promises to investors.
Every year, tens of billions of dollars are invested in tokens. The importance of this issue increased after Pavel Durov's TON ICO was actually outlawed by an American court. The uncertain status of cryptocurrency Libra from Mark Zuckerberg also added concern to crypto investors. So was there at least one successful ICO?
Yes, It was, and not just one. Let's arrange these cases in chronological order.

1. Mastercoin — 2013

You could hear about this cryptocurrency under the name “Omni”. This was the first registered ICO (we could call it the grandfather of ICO).
On July 31, 2013, a special fund was created for investment. About 500 people transferred 5,000 BTC into this fund. In 2013, this amount was $ 500 thousand. For the first time in the history of cryptocurrencies, the creators promised anyone who buys a Mastercoin an opportunity to use it as an investment tool. After the launch of the system, the value of coins was supposed to increase, and the holder could sell it freely.
Was this plan implemented? Yes, it was. In less than a year, Mastercoin already ranked seventh in the cryptocurrency market.
The renaming of Mastercoin to Omni took place in 2015. Now it’s not just a coin, but a Bitcoin-based platform, on which the one can trade digital assets, and also create them.

2. Ethereum (ETH) — 2014

One of the prime examples of a successful token placement campaign. In just 12 hours, it raised $2.3 million. And in September 2014 it raised $18.4 million in total.
This is how it all happened. A unique feature of the platform at that time was the smart contract system. A key feature of Ethereum is to provide a basis for other projects to build and develop their technologies.
Information about the total number of available tokens was not disclosed, but 60 million tokens were successfully sold. Global fundraising goals were not limited to anything.
Was the ICO successful and have all the promises been fulfilled? Definitely. To this day, this ICO is considered one of the most successful in history and an example of worthy crowdfunding. Ethereum lives, develops and is second in terms of capitalization after BTC. On its basis, new platforms are being built.

3. EOS Project (EOS) from block.one — 2017

This project raised $185 million for the development and implementation of a new blockchain architecture that automates financial processes and evaluates transaction parameters. It helps to create high-quality business applications.

4. Status (SNT) — 2017

Another example of brilliant success. This blockchain messenger and mobile operating system (built on Etehreum technologies) were developed to work with decentralized mobile applications. Status raised over $100 million on the first day. Promises are fulfilled, applications work and allow to use encrypted messages, smart contracts, payments, chatbots, and operate with any available ICOs. There's also a built-in currency exchange. The system allows you to store your crypto assets in a special Status wallet.

5. Bancor (BNT) — 2017

In 2016-2017 there was a real ICO boom. The Bancor project's shown even faster fundraising than its predecessors. In just 3 hours, $140 million tokens were bought. In total, BNT was sold in the amount of $153 million. Bancor's goal is to increase the liquidity of ERC-20 tokens (Etehereum) and make BNT actually reserve currency. It doesn't require any exchanges and offers its owners an investment basket. Bancor works with smart contracts and allows you to issue your tokens and link any tokens to a plastic card.
However, you can only call it successful with some limitations. It's restricted in the USA, and there are questions about the tokens that rotate on this platform. However, outside of America, people make BNT transactions, which means that it can’t be called a failure (Gram's also banned in the USA yet).

6. Tezos (XTZ) — 2017

For the first 5 days, the Swiss company Tezos raised $137 million through ICO. The total amount of token sale was about $230 million. This placement is rightfully considered one of the most successful in crypto history.
The project offers a flexible alternative system of smart contracts and is opposed to the Ethereum system on which many companies build their networks.

7. Filecoin (FIL) — 2017

In 2014, Protocol Labs launched this system as part of a secure and reliable data storage program based on IPFS protocol (InterPlanetary File System). The regulated ICO of 2017 showed excellent results with the requested $40 million. It was possible to raise $257 million, i.e. almost 6.5 times more.
After the boom in 2016-2017, there were many successful ICOs, but these seven placements were most memorable.

Where you can see all ICOs yourself

There're several useful resources that allow you to get information about the active and upcoming placement of tokens (without investment recommendations) and an archive of past ICOs. These are ICOMARKS and ICODROPS platforms.
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7 legendary and most successful ICOs in cryptocurrency history

Let's find out which companies have succeeded with the initial token offering (ICO), raised as much money as planned, and fulfilled their promises to investors.
Every year, tens of billions of dollars are invested in tokens. The importance of this issue increased after Pavel Durov's TON ICO was actually outlawed by an American court. The uncertain status of cryptocurrency Libra from Mark Zuckerberg also added concern to crypto investors. So was there at least one successful ICO?
Yes, It was, and not just one. Let's arrange these cases in chronological order.

1. Mastercoin — 2013

You could hear about this cryptocurrency under the name “Omni”. This was the first registered ICO (we could call it the grandfather of ICO).
On July 31, 2013, a special fund was created for investment. About 500 people transferred 5,000 BTC into this fund. In 2013, this amount was $ 500 thousand. For the first time in the history of cryptocurrencies, the creators promised anyone who buys a Mastercoin an opportunity to use it as an investment tool. After the launch of the system, the value of coins was supposed to increase, and the holder could sell it freely.
Was this plan implemented? Yes, it was. In less than a year, Mastercoin already ranked seventh in the cryptocurrency market.
The renaming of Mastercoin to Omni took place in 2015. Now it’s not just a coin, but a Bitcoin-based platform, on which the one can trade digital assets, and also create them.

2. Ethereum (ETH) — 2014

One of the prime examples of a successful token placement campaign. In just 12 hours, it raised $2.3 million. And in September 2014 it raised $18.4 million in total.
This is how it all happened. A unique feature of the platform at that time was the smart contract system. A key feature of Ethereum is to provide a basis for other projects to build and develop their technologies.
Information about the total number of available tokens was not disclosed, but 60 million tokens were successfully sold. Global fundraising goals were not limited to anything.
Was the ICO successful and have all the promises been fulfilled? Definitely. To this day, this ICO is considered one of the most successful in history and an example of worthy crowdfunding. Ethereum lives, develops and is second in terms of capitalization after BTC. On its basis, new platforms are being built.

3. EOS Project (EOS) from block.one — 2017

This project raised $185 million for the development and implementation of a new blockchain architecture that automates financial processes and evaluates transaction parameters. It helps to create high-quality business applications.

4. Status (SNT) — 2017

Another example of brilliant success. This blockchain messenger and mobile operating system (built on Etehreum technologies) were developed to work with decentralized mobile applications. Status raised over $100 million on the first day. Promises are fulfilled, applications work and allow to use encrypted messages, smart contracts, payments, chatbots, and operate with any available ICOs. There's also a built-in currency exchange. The system allows you to store your crypto assets in a special Status wallet.

5. Bancor (BNT) — 2017

In 2016-2017 there was a real ICO boom. The Bancor project's shown even faster fundraising than its predecessors. In just 3 hours, $140 million tokens were bought. In total, BNT was sold in the amount of $153 million. Bancor's goal is to increase the liquidity of ERC-20 tokens (Etehereum) and make BNT actually reserve currency. It doesn't require any exchanges and offers its owners an investment basket. Bancor works with smart contracts and allows you to issue your tokens and link any tokens to a plastic card.
However, you can only call it successful with some limitations. It's restricted in the USA, and there are questions about the tokens that rotate on this platform. However, outside of America, people make BNT transactions, which means that it can’t be called a failure (Gram's also banned in the USA yet).

6. Tezos (XTZ) — 2017

For the first 5 days, the Swiss company Tezos raised $137 million through ICO. The total amount of token sale was about $230 million. This placement is rightfully considered one of the most successful in crypto history.
The project offers a flexible alternative system of smart contracts and is opposed to the Ethereum system on which many companies build their networks.

7. Filecoin (FIL) — 2017

In 2014, Protocol Labs launched this system as part of a secure and reliable data storage program based on IPFS protocol (InterPlanetary File System). The regulated ICO of 2017 showed excellent results with the requested $40 million. It was possible to raise $257 million, i.e. almost 6.5 times more.
After the boom in 2016-2017, there were many successful ICOs, but these seven placements were most memorable.

Where you can see all ICOs yourself

There're several useful resources that allow you to get information about the active and upcoming placement of tokens (without investment recommendations) and an archive of past ICOs. These are ICOMARKS and ICODROPS platforms.
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7 legendary and most successful ICOs in cryptocurrency history

Let's find out which companies have succeeded with the initial token offering (ICO), raised as much money as planned, and fulfilled their promises to investors.
Every year, tens of billions of dollars are invested in tokens. The importance of this issue increased after Pavel Durov's TON ICO was actually outlawed by an American court. The uncertain status of cryptocurrency Libra from Mark Zuckerberg also added concern to crypto investors. So was there at least one successful ICO?
Yes, It was, and not just one. Let's arrange these cases in chronological order.

1. Mastercoin — 2013

You could hear about this cryptocurrency under the name “Omni”. This was the first registered ICO (we could call it the grandfather of ICO).
On July 31, 2013, a special fund was created for investment. About 500 people transferred 5,000 BTC into this fund. In 2013, this amount was $ 500 thousand. For the first time in the history of cryptocurrencies, the creators promised anyone who buys a Mastercoin an opportunity to use it as an investment tool. After the launch of the system, the value of coins was supposed to increase, and the holder could sell it freely.
Was this plan implemented? Yes, it was. In less than a year, Mastercoin already ranked seventh in the cryptocurrency market.
The renaming of Mastercoin to Omni took place in 2015. Now it’s not just a coin, but a Bitcoin-based platform, on which the one can trade digital assets, and also create them.

2. Ethereum (ETH) — 2014

One of the prime examples of a successful token placement campaign. In just 12 hours, it raised $2.3 million. And in September 2014 it raised $18.4 million in total.
This is how it all happened. A unique feature of the platform at that time was the smart contract system. A key feature of Ethereum is to provide a basis for other projects to build and develop their technologies.
Information about the total number of available tokens was not disclosed, but 60 million tokens were successfully sold. Global fundraising goals were not limited to anything.
Was the ICO successful and have all the promises been fulfilled? Definitely. To this day, this ICO is considered one of the most successful in history and an example of worthy crowdfunding. Ethereum lives, develops and is second in terms of capitalization after BTC. On its basis, new platforms are being built.

3. EOS Project (EOS) from block.one — 2017

This project raised $185 million for the development and implementation of a new blockchain architecture that automates financial processes and evaluates transaction parameters. It helps to create high-quality business applications.

4. Status (SNT) — 2017

Another example of brilliant success. This blockchain messenger and mobile operating system (built on Etehreum technologies) were developed to work with decentralized mobile applications. Status raised over $100 million on the first day. Promises are fulfilled, applications work and allow to use encrypted messages, smart contracts, payments, chatbots, and operate with any available ICOs. There's also a built-in currency exchange. The system allows you to store your crypto assets in a special Status wallet.

5. Bancor (BNT) — 2017

In 2016-2017 there was a real ICO boom. The Bancor project's shown even faster fundraising than its predecessors. In just 3 hours, $140 million tokens were bought. In total, BNT was sold in the amount of $153 million. Bancor's goal is to increase the liquidity of ERC-20 tokens (Etehereum) and make BNT actually reserve currency. It doesn't require any exchanges and offers its owners an investment basket. Bancor works with smart contracts and allows you to issue your tokens and link any tokens to a plastic card.
However, you can only call it successful with some limitations. It's restricted in the USA, and there are questions about the tokens that rotate on this platform. However, outside of America, people make BNT transactions, which means that it can’t be called a failure (Gram's also banned in the USA yet).

6. Tezos (XTZ) — 2017

For the first 5 days, the Swiss company Tezos raised $137 million through ICO. The total amount of token sale was about $230 million. This placement is rightfully considered one of the most successful in crypto history.
The project offers a flexible alternative system of smart contracts and is opposed to the Ethereum system on which many companies build their networks.

7. Filecoin (FIL) — 2017

In 2014, Protocol Labs launched this system as part of a secure and reliable data storage program based on IPFS protocol (InterPlanetary File System). The regulated ICO of 2017 showed excellent results with the requested $40 million. It was possible to raise $257 million, i.e. almost 6.5 times more.
After the boom in 2016-2017, there were many successful ICOs, but these seven placements were most memorable.

Where you can see all ICOs yourself

There're several useful resources that allow you to get information about the active and upcoming placement of tokens (without investment recommendations) and an archive of past ICOs. These are ICOMARKS and ICODROPS platforms.
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7 legendary and most successful ICOs in cryptocurrency history

Let's find out which companies have succeeded with the initial token offering (ICO), raised as much money as planned, and fulfilled their promises to investors.
Every year, tens of billions of dollars are invested in tokens. The importance of this issue increased after Pavel Durov's TON ICO was actually outlawed by an American court. The uncertain status of cryptocurrency Libra from Mark Zuckerberg also added concern to crypto investors. So was there at least one successful ICO?
Yes, It was, and not just one. Let's arrange these cases in chronological order.

1. Mastercoin — 2013

You could hear about this cryptocurrency under the name “Omni”. This was the first registered ICO (we could call it the grandfather of ICO).
On July 31, 2013, a special fund was created for investment. About 500 people transferred 5,000 BTC into this fund. In 2013, this amount was $ 500 thousand. For the first time in the history of cryptocurrencies, the creators promised anyone who buys a Mastercoin an opportunity to use it as an investment tool. After the launch of the system, the value of coins was supposed to increase, and the holder could sell it freely.
Was this plan implemented? Yes, it was. In less than a year, Mastercoin already ranked seventh in the cryptocurrency market.
The renaming of Mastercoin to Omni took place in 2015. Now it’s not just a coin, but a Bitcoin-based platform, on which the one can trade digital assets, and also create them.

2. Ethereum (ETH) — 2014

One of the prime examples of a successful token placement campaign. In just 12 hours, it raised $2.3 million. And in September 2014 it raised $18.4 million in total.
This is how it all happened. A unique feature of the platform at that time was the smart contract system. A key feature of Ethereum is to provide a basis for other projects to build and develop their technologies.
Information about the total number of available tokens was not disclosed, but 60 million tokens were successfully sold. Global fundraising goals were not limited to anything.
Was the ICO successful and have all the promises been fulfilled? Definitely. To this day, this ICO is considered one of the most successful in history and an example of worthy crowdfunding. Ethereum lives, develops and is second in terms of capitalization after BTC. On its basis, new platforms are being built.

3. EOS Project (EOS) from block.one — 2017

This project raised $185 million for the development and implementation of a new blockchain architecture that automates financial processes and evaluates transaction parameters. It helps to create high-quality business applications.

4. Status (SNT) — 2017

Another example of brilliant success. This blockchain messenger and mobile operating system (built on Etehreum technologies) were developed to work with decentralized mobile applications. Status raised over $100 million on the first day. Promises are fulfilled, applications work and allow to use encrypted messages, smart contracts, payments, chatbots, and operate with any available ICOs. There's also a built-in currency exchange. The system allows you to store your crypto assets in a special Status wallet.

5. Bancor (BNT) — 2017

In 2016-2017 there was a real ICO boom. The Bancor project's shown even faster fundraising than its predecessors. In just 3 hours, $140 million tokens were bought. In total, BNT was sold in the amount of $153 million. Bancor's goal is to increase the liquidity of ERC-20 tokens (Etehereum) and make BNT actually reserve currency. It doesn't require any exchanges and offers its owners an investment basket. Bancor works with smart contracts and allows you to issue your tokens and link any tokens to a plastic card.
However, you can only call it successful with some limitations. It's restricted in the USA, and there are questions about the tokens that rotate on this platform. However, outside of America, people make BNT transactions, which means that it can’t be called a failure (Gram's also banned in the USA yet).

6. Tezos (XTZ) — 2017

For the first 5 days, the Swiss company Tezos raised $137 million through ICO. The total amount of token sale was about $230 million. This placement is rightfully considered one of the most successful in crypto history.
The project offers a flexible alternative system of smart contracts and is opposed to the Ethereum system on which many companies build their networks.

7. Filecoin (FIL) — 2017

In 2014, Protocol Labs launched this system as part of a secure and reliable data storage program based on IPFS protocol (InterPlanetary File System). The regulated ICO of 2017 showed excellent results with the requested $40 million. It was possible to raise $257 million, i.e. almost 6.5 times more.
After the boom in 2016-2017, there were many successful ICOs, but these seven placements were most memorable.

Where you can see all ICOs yourself

There're several useful resources that allow you to get information about the active and upcoming placement of tokens (without investment recommendations) and an archive of past ICOs. These are ICOMARKS and ICODROPS platforms.
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LOEx Market Research Report on July 1: Bitcoin is under high pressure, there is not any predictable good news

LOEx Market Research Report on July 1: Bitcoin is under high pressure, there is not any predictable good news
[Today's Hot Tips]
1. [New York Digital Investment Group completes a $190 million institutional Bitcoin fund raising]
According to Reuters, New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) disclosed that it has completed a US$190 million Bitcoin fundraising. The NYDIG institution Bitcoin Fund LP has 24 investors and was exempted according to the Regulation D Safe Harbor Protection Regulation 506(b) established in 2013. Little is known about the fund.
2. [Ethereum developers delay "Berlin" hard fork]
According to CoinDesk on June 30, Ethereum core developers decided to postpone the development of the "Berlin" hard fork until at least August in order to give other customers the opportunity to increase their network share.
3. [Samsung SDS launches digital transformation experience service, including blockchain platform]
According to Yonhap News, Samsung SDS today launched the "my trial" service, which can be used to experience the core technology of digital transformation. The service includes four types of platforms including artificial intelligence and Internet of Things, automated collaboration, blockchain, and cloud services. These platforms can be used for 90 days in the cloud environment for free.
[Today's market analysis]
Bitcoin (BTC)BTC rebounded slightly in the early morning after the probe, and now it is oscillating around 9150 USDT with small fluctuations. Mainstream coins were adjusted slightly within the day. BTC is currently reported at 9130.3 USDT on LOEx Global, a drop of 0.38% in 24h.
BTC closed the negative line yesterday, the trading volume has shrunk below the moving average from the previous day, the price is located near the 5-day moving average, the short-term moving average is arranged in a short trend, the MACD is located below the zero axis, the fast and slow line trend is downward, and the energy bar is located below the zero axis. The value increases. Although Bitcoin has completely recovered its lost ground in the following time after the plunge at 312, the price of Bitcoin has been difficult to break through 10,000 US dollars in the past two months, indicating that this key point has particularly high resistance.
In addition, the author also believes that Bitcoin has also used up the major benefit of halving. There is no predictable good news for the time being. In addition to the "grayscale", institutional investors have not heard of other institutional investors buying in large quantities. At most, it's a small deal. The most important thing is that the entire market is so sluggish and fragile. The epidemic has made any country overwhelmed and the situation is very serious. Although US stocks have recovered their previous losses and maintained a relatively stable state, the downturn in the real economy will soon be reflected in US stocks, everything is in uncertainty, and there is a possibility of a crash at any time. In the second half of 2020, the price of Bitcoin will hover between 6000-10000 US dollars.
Operation suggestions:
Support level: the first support level is 9000 points, the second support level is 8800 integers;
Resistance level: the first resistance level is 9200 points, the second resistance level is 9500 points.
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Crypto-Powered: Understanding Bitcoin, Ethereum, and DeFi

Crypto-Powered: Understanding Bitcoin, Ethereum, and DeFi
Until one understands the basics of this tech, they won’t be able to grasp or appreciate the impact it has on our digital bank, Genesis Block.
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This is the second post of Crypto-Powered — a new series that examines what it means for Genesis Block to be a digital bank that’s powered by crypto, blockchain, and decentralized protocols.
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Our previous post set the stage for this series. We discussed the state of consumer finance and how the success of today’s high-flying fintech unicorns will be short-lived as long as they’re building on legacy finance — a weak foundation that is ripe for massive disruption.
Instead, the future of consumer finance belongs to those who are deeply familiar with blockchain tech & decentralized protocols, build on it as the foundation, and know how to take it to the world. Like Genesis Block.
Today we begin our journey down the crypto rabbit hole. This post will be an important introduction for those still learning about Bitcoin, Ethereum, or DeFi (Decentralized Finance). This post (and the next few) will go into greater detail about how this technology gives Genesis Block an edge, a superpower, and an unfair advantage. Let’s dive in…
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Bitcoin: The First Cryptocurrency

There are plenty of online resources to learn about Bitcoin (Coinbase, Binance, Gemini, Naval, Alex Gladstein, Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon). I don’t wanna spend a lot of time on that here, but let’s do a quick overview for those still getting ramped up.
Cryptocurrency is the most popular use-case of blockchain technology today. And Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to be invented.
Bitcoin is the most decentralized of all crypto assets today — no government, company, or third party can control or censor it.
Bitcoin has two primary features (as do most other cryptocurrencies):
  1. Send Value You can send value to anyone, anywhere in the world. Nobody can intercept, delay or stop it — not even governments or financial institutions. Unlike with traditional money transfers or bank wires, there are no layers of middlemen. This results in a process that is much more cost-efficient. Some popular use-cases include remittances and cross-border payments.
  2. Store Value With nothing but a smartphone, you can become your own bank and store your own funds. Nobody can seize your assets. The funds are digital and stored on a blockchain. Your money no longer needs to be stored at a bank, in a vault, or under your mattress. I covered a few inspiring use-cases in a previous post. They include banking the unbanked, protecting assets from government seizure, mitigating the risk of a bank run, and protection against hyperinflation (like what recently happened in Venezuela).
The fact that there are so few things one can do with Bitcoin is one of its greatest strengths.
Its design is simple, elegant, and focused. It has been 10+ years since Satoshi’s white paper and no one has been able to crack or hack the Bitcoin network. With a market cap of $170B, there is plenty of incentive to try.
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Public Awareness

A few negative moments in Bitcoin’s history include the collapse of Mt. Gox — which resulted in hundreds of millions of customer funds being stolen — as well as Bitcoin’s role in dark markets like Silk Road — where Bitcoin arguably found its initial userbase.
However, like most breakthrough technology, Bitcoin is neither good nor bad. It’s neutral. People can use it for good or they can use it for evil. Thankfully, it’s being used less and less for illicit activity. Criminals are starting to understand that transactions on a blockchain are public and traceable — it’s exactly the type of system they usually try to avoid. And it’s true, at this point “a lot more” crimes are actually committed with fiat than crypto.
As a result, the perception of bitcoin and cryptocurrency has been changing over the years to a more positive light.
Bitcoin has even started to enter the world of media & entertainment. It’s been mentioned in Hollywood films like Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse and in songs from major artists like Eminem. It’s been mentioned in countless TV shows like Billions, The Simpsons, Big Bang Theory, Gray’s Anatomy, Family Guy, and more.
As covid19 has ravaged economies and central banks have been printing money, Bitcoin has caught the attention of many legendary Wall Street investors like Paul Tudor Jones, saying that Bitcoin is a great bet against inflation (reminding him of Gold in the 1970s).
Cash App already lets their 25M users buy Bitcoin. It’s rumored that PayPal and Venmo will soon let their 325M users start buying Bitcoin. Bitcoin is by far the most dominant cryptocurrency and is showing no signs of slowing down. For more than a decade it has delivered on its core use-cases — being able to send or store value.
At this point, Bitcoin has very much entered the zeitgeist of modern pop culture — at least in the West.
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Ethereum: Programmable Money

When Ethereum launched in 2015, it opened up a world of new possibilities and use-cases for crypto. With Ethereum Smart Contracts (i.e. applications), this exciting new digital money (cryptocurrency) became a lot less dumb. Developers could now build applications that go beyond the simple use-cases of “send value” & “store value.” They could program cryptocurrency to have rules, behavior, and logic to respond to different inputs. And always enforced by code. Additional reading on Ethereum from Linda Xie or Vitalik Buterin.
Because these applications are built on blockchain technology (Ethereum), they preserve many of the same characteristics as Bitcoin: no one can stop, censor or shut down these apps because they are decentralized.
One of the first major use-cases on Ethereum was the ability to mint and create your own token, your own cryptocurrency. Many companies used this as a way to fundraise from the public. This led to the 2017 ICO bubble (Initial Coin Offerings). Some tokens — and the apps/networks they powered — were fascinating and innovative. Most tokens were pointless. And many tokens were outright scams. Additional token reading from Fred Ehrsam, Balaji, and Naval.
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Digital Gold Rush

Just as tokens grew in popularity in 2017–2018, so did online marketplaces where these tokens could be bought, sold, and traded. This was a fledgling asset class — the merchants selling picks, axes, and shovels were finally starting to emerge.
I had a front-row seat — both as an investor and token creator. This was the Wild West with all the frontier drama & scandal that you’d expect.
Binance — now the world’s largest crypto exchange —was launched during this time. They along with many others (especially from Asia) made it really easy for speculators, traders, and degenerate gamblers to participate in these markets. Similar to other financial markets, the goal was straightforward: buy low and sell high.
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That period left an embarrassing stain on our industry that we’ve still been trying to recover from. It was a period rampant with market manipulation, pump-and-dumps, and scams. To some extent, the crypto industry still suffers from that today, but it’s nothing compared to what it was then.
While the potential of getting filthy rich brought a lot of fly-by-nighters and charlatans into the industry, it also brought a lot of innovators, entrepreneurs, and builders.
The launch and growth of Ethereum has been an incredible technological breakthrough. As with past tech breakthroughs, it has led to a wave of innovation, experimentation, and development. The creativity around tokens, smart contracts, and decentralized applications has been fascinating to witness. Now a few years later, the fruits of those labors are starting to be realized.

DeFi: Decentralized Finance

So as a reminder, tokens are cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies can carry value. And value is a lot like money. Because tokens are natively integrated with Ethereum, it’s been natural for developers to build applications related to financial services — things like lending, borrowing, saving, investing, payments, and insurance. In the last few years, there has been a groundswell of developer momentum building in this area of financial protocols. This segment of the industry is known as DeFi (Decentralized Finance).
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In Q2 of 2020, 97% of all Ethereum activity was DeFi-related. Total DeFi transaction volume has reached $11.5B. The current value locked inside DeFi protocols is approaching $2 Billion (double from a month ago). DeFi’s meteoric growth cannot be ignored.
Most of that growth can be attributed to exciting protocols like Compound, Maker, Synthetix, Balancer, Aave, dYdX, and Uniswap. These DeFi protocols and the financial services they offer are quickly becoming some of the most popular use-cases for blockchain technology today.
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This impressive growth in DeFi certainly hasn’t come without growing pains. Unlike with Bitcoin, there are near-infinite applications one can develop on Ethereum. Sometimes bugs (or typos) can slip through code reviews, testing, and audits — resulting in loss of funds.
Our next post will go much deeper on DeFi.

Wrap Up

I know that for the hardcore crypto people, what we covered today is nothing new. But for those who are still getting up to speed, welcome! I hope this was helpful and that it fuels your interest to learn more.
Until you understand the basics of this technology, you won’t be able to fully appreciate the impact that it has on our new digital bank, Genesis Block. You won’t be able to understand the implications, how it relates, or how it helps.
After today’s post, some of you probably have a lot more questions. What are specific examples or use-cases of DeFi? Why does it need to be on a blockchain? What benefits does it bring to Genesis Block and our users?
In upcoming posts, we answer these questions. Today’s post was just Level 1. It set the foundation for where we’re headed next: even deeper down the crypto rabbit hole.
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Daily Crypto Brief for Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

This is your ITB Media Daily Crypto Brief for Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

In Mainstream Financial News.

CNBC reports: Bank of England has done a lot — but it needs to do more, analyst says - https://cnb.cx/3fst91O
Giles Keating, a member of Bitcoin Suisse’s board and former global chief economist for investment banking at Credit Suisse, discusses central banking and how policymakers should be supporting companies through the coronavirus crisis

Bloomberg Headline: Crypto Founder Admits He Cheated Investors Out of $25 Million - https://bloom.bg/37By0ew
The founder of a cryptocurrency firm admitted to conspiring to dupe investors into committing more than $25 million to the enterprise by lying about an initial coin offering. Robert Farkas and two other founders of Centra Tech Inc., Sohrab Sharma and Raymond Trapani, were charged in 2018 with misleading investors by claiming to have developed a debit card allowing users to make purchases with digital currency at any business accepting Visa or Mastercard. Sharma and Trapani are scheduled to go to trial in November.

The Asia Times: New Turkey blockchain regulations expected - https://bit.ly/37AwWrc
The co-founder of BiLira (TRYB), the first stablecoin pegged to the Turkish lira, is predicting that Ankara will announce a new regulatory framework for blockchain “within the next year. ”

Wall Street Journal Headline: Cyber Daily: Oversight of Cryptocurrency and Other Financial Technology Is Evolving - https://on.wsj.com/3dNMKZT
Oversight of Cryptocurrency and Other Financial Technology Is Evolving. Good day. ... Hackers attacking cryptocurrency exchanges in the last 18 months have stolen millions of dollars of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Plus, a large share of cryptocurrency trades appear to be fake, some researchers say.

Forbes Headline: Exclusive: Borrowing Dollars Against Bitcoin And Crypto Is About To Get A Lot Easier - https://bit.ly/30QTse0
"In order for bitcoin to continue to mature as an asset class and increase demand from institutional investors, we need more platforms like Anchorage Financing to provide leverage for these investors," said Silvergate CEO Alan Lane.

In Social Media headlines.
Altcoin Daily LIVE: Anthony Pompliano Reveals His Cryptocurrency Investment Strategy for 2020. Bitcoin Podcast - https://bit.ly/3fstTE8
The Moon: BITCOIN PUMP!!!!!!!!!!! BREAKING NEWS: FEDERAL RESERVE NEW STIMULUS PACKAGE!!!! - https://bit.ly/37CLJBH Data Dash: Bitcoin Leaps Back To $9,500. Here's What I'm Looking For Next. - https://bit.ly/3hxCiYW
Crypto Zombie: BITCOIN MAJOR BOUNCE!!! WHALES MIMIC 2017 BULL RUN!!! $12,000 BTC IMMINENT! - https://bit.ly/3d3MZ20

In Crypto Publications headlines.

Cointelegraph reports: Bitcoin Difficulty Sees Two-Year Record Surge as Hash Rate Mimics 2017 - https://bit.ly/3fAdTzY
Bitcoin Difficulty Sees Two-Year Record Surge as Hash Rate Mimics 2017. A giant 14.95% advance makes analysts confident as miners appear to balance increased costs to retain profitability. The post Bitcoin Difficulty Sees Two-Year Record Surge as Hash Rate Mimics 2017 appeared first on CoinTelegraph.

Coindesk.com headline: COMP’s Sudden Growth Has Swamped a DEX Dealing Only in Stablecoins - https://bit.ly/2YJKtsp
COMP's Sudden Growth Has Swamped a DEX Dealing Only in Stablecoins. ... Curve is an automated market maker devoted exclusively to stablecoins. On Sunday, it saw $3.5 million in daily trading volume, according to its self-reported stats.

Cryptonews.com reports on its front page: Brute Force Attack Puts Super-fast End to ‘4-Week’ Bitcoin Riddle - https://bit.ly/2YH6Sqt
Hackers rose to the challenge of stealing a bitcoin – with a “brute force” cryptanalytic attack allowing raiders to crack into a wallet and make away with the BTC 1 booty. Alistair Milne, the chief investment officer at the Altana Digital Currency Fund, had set the world of social media a challenge, with four seed word clues posted to Twitter.

This has been your ITB Media Daily Crypto Brief for Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
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PayPal and Venmo May Add Cryptocurrency Support

The well-known and respected PayPal payment system and its Venmo mobile payment service are likely to provide the ability to buy and sell various tokens with their system tools. This innovation is expected in the next quarter.

What happened

CoinDesk talked to an unnamed, but in their opinion, reliable source. They said PayPal would add functions that will allow any member of the system to buy, sell, and even store cryptocurrency with. To provide the ability to conduct these operations, the payment system will cooperate with cryptocurrency exchanges. The exact list of these exchanges as well as the list of cryptocurrencies is unknown, but it can likely be Coinbase and Bitstamp.
At the end of 2018, Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S., made available the option of fiat currencies withdrawal to a PayPal account without any fee.
Hunter Horsley, CEO at BitwiseInvest, believes the launch of cryptocurrencies support by PayPal and Venmo in the 3rd or 4th quarters of 2020 is quite real. In addition, he is optimistic and compares impressive PayPal figures with other close companies:

The historical change in PayPal's attitude towards blockchain and cryptocurrencies

In mid-August 2017, Bitcoin outperformed PayPal in market capitalization for the first time. At the beginning of 2018, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman declared that Bitcoin is not an effective way to transfer value. Therefore, PayPal does not intend to support Bitcoin as a payment tool on its site. At least until the moment of widespread distribution of cryptocurrencies. At the same time, he paid tribute to the blockchain: he did not exclude the use of distributed registry technology in a number of areas PayPal deals with: from real estate contracts to financial services.
In spring 2019, PayPal mentioned it had already tested the possibility for merchants to accept Bitcoin for payment, but so far the company is extremely wary of this and continues to study it.
It is noteworthy that the founder of PayPal Peter Thiel conducts active venture activities in the cryptocurrency sector. This refers to assistance to the Blockfolio project and the Harbor startup from the Founders Fund, where he is the main partner.
In spring 2020, the company placed the vacancy of a blockchain expert who would counteract financial crimes. Also, PayPal is searching for a blockchain developer for the company's research department and a technical director for crypto development.
Also, in spring 2020, PayPal CTO Sri Shivananda shared an opinion that for the success of cryptocurrencies, people must clearly understand their advantages. The client, he said, will be followed by business.
All the above-mentioned makes it possible to believe PayPal will start operations with cryptocurrencies by the fall or the end of the year.
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‘Teenage Bitcoin Millionaire’ Co-Founds $1 Million Investment Fund for Crypto Startups Oct 10, 2019 at 23:00 UTC Updated Oct 11, 2019 at 12:46 UTC Credit: Shutterstock The bitcoin fund is being launched by micro-investment app provider Raiz Invest Australia. Bitcoin Funds. CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and Founded by Barry Silbert in 2013, Grayscale Investments is a digital asset management firm that is a subsidiary of Silbert’s venture capital firm, Digital Currency Group (DCG), which also owns CoinDesk.Grayscale notably manages the Bitcoin Investment Trust, which is a private investment vehicle wholly devoted to bitcoin, and was the first of its kind in the U.S. “We recognize bitcoin’s attractive investment merits, but until there is an SEC approved ’40 Act fund that passes our compliance, we will likely remain on the sidelines.” says Jason Labrum Bitcoin’s price rose to $11,319 on Monday, the highest level since August 2019, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index.; At time of writing, the cryptocurrency is trading near $11,100

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