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VeradiVerdict - Scalability - Issue #4

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Hi, I am Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional
 
September 25 · Issue #4 · View online
VeradiVerdict
Hi, I am Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing into blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. I focus on early investments and want to share my thoughts and what’s going on in the industry in this weekly newsletter.

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Editorials
Scaling Ethereum and other blockchains has been a priority for investment for most funds this year. While many dapps have been launched since last year, this year we’ve seen more scalability projects than ever.

Pantera has invested full-stack, ranging from new blockchain solutions to scalability solutions to dapps.

One scalability solution that we’ve invested into is called Starkware and they use Zk-Starks which offers a promising way to compress large amounts of information into small proofs, named starks, and can use zero-knowledge proof to preserve the privacy of that information.

As Vitalik mentioned recently, technologies like Zk-Starks and Zk-Snarks provide the ability for blockchains like Ethereum to scale without layer-two scalability solutions like Plasma or Raiden, “scaling to 24x for ETH transactions and ~50x for ERC-20 transfers”.

I’m sure there will be many other ways to scale blockchains and we’re excited to see what gets traction.
Digests
Regulators Land Punches, But There's a Long Fight Over Crypto Ahead
A Brief Study of Cryptonetwork Forks
Games Will Be the Catalyst for Blockchain Mass Adoption -- Loom Network
In the Tweets
Erik Voorhees
Crypto Exchanges Don’t Need Licenses in Colorado, Positive Development https://t.co/87tbveHWZO
9:23 AM - 24 Sep 2018
Peter Brandt
I absolutely believe that fundamental factors drive prices, but like Bloomberg and CNBC I do not have a clue what fundamental factors really mattered until a year after a trend is over.
6:52 PM - 23 Sep 2018
Jesse Walden
smart contracts are a compression format for human trust

compression (.mp3, .jpg, .zip) enables rapid distribution at internet scale
5:24 PM - 23 Sep 2018
News
'500 Transactions a Second': Vitalik Says Zk-Snarks Could Scale Ethereum
The Latest Bitcoin Bug Was So Bad, Developers Kept Its Full Details a Secret
Coinsquare Lists Blockchain ETF On Toronto Stock Exchange
Bitcoin Mining Pool AntPool to Sponsor NBA's Houston Rockets
The unexpected flipping: XRP battles for second on the crypto charts
Meet The Man Who Tracks Kidnappers Using Blockchain
Thailand’s Kasikornbank to Pilot Visa’s Blockchain Cross-Border Payments Platform
Regulations
U.S. Lawmaker Introduces 3 Pro-Cryptocurrency Bills to Congress
US Navy Launches Blockchain Research in Mission to Improve Tracking System
Binance and Kraken May Be Operating Illegally in NY State
Singapore Central Banker: No Securities Crypto Token Approved To Date
New Products and Hot Deals
This Off-Grid, Solar-Powered System Sends Crypto Through Radio Waves
Coinbase and Caspian Partner to Drive Institutional Participation in Crypto
Introducing expo – dYdX Protocol
Introducing Braiins OS, open-source system for cryptocurrency devices
Meet with Me
I will be traveling this fall for certain events, and to meet with investors. Let me know if you and your colleagues would like to meet in person.

San Francisco, SF Blockchain Week, October 9
Las Vegas, Money 2020 USA, October 21-24
Prague, DevCon 4, October 30-November 2
Macau, Sora Summit, November 13
Hangzhou, Money 2020 China, November 14
New York, Consensus Invest, November 27
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