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VeradiVerdict —SEC and ICOs — Issue #15

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Hi, I am Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional
 
December 11 · Issue #15 · 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.

Editorials
Regulations has been an important topic in the cryptocurrency space this year. Recently, the SEC has brought actions against two ICO projects, and projects are structuring transactions and even re-issuing contracts to better protect themselves, mostly around what type of asset the government sees them issuing and transferability of that asset. Investors are also protecting themselves more in case the company issues or deals with securities and also what constitutes a public launch of the project.

Both companies and investors will likely be spending more money and time to make sure that they can be as complaint as possible and protected.
Digests
Digital Currency Could Be Widely Used In VR – Brian Armstrong – Medium
Why Corporate Blockchain Adoption Has Been Made A Lot Easier
It’s not just the Crypto Winter anymore… – Data Driven Investor – Medium
In the Tweets
Mihailo Bjelic
"Bitcoin’s and Ethereum’s network values are down 81% and 93%, respectively, whereas demand for their respective native functionalities is down 74% and 7%, respectively.

In the case of Bitcoin, 26% of the network activity remains since the peak, while for Ethereum 93% remains." https://t.co/0bKL3w7xhv
2:44 PM - 9 Dec 2018
Laura Shin
Despite having Joe Lubin's billions, and despite having 1,200 employees, ConsenSys has accomplished very little and has little revenue -- so it's finally laying off 13% of staff. On. Unconfirmed, Forbes's @JeffKauflin discusses how the company got here. https://t.co/QyEIKWu3yt
5:58 AM - 7 Dec 2018
BitMEX Research
The Price Crash & The Impact On Miners

We analyse the impact the recent price decline may have on the mining industry. The Bitcoin hashrate has fallen by around 31% since the start of November 2018, equivalent to around 1.3m Bitmain S9 machines

https://t.co/aojy9inB0F https://t.co/maixWSPgLY
2:28 AM - 10 Dec 2018
Jimmy Zhong
Looks like @facebook is pursuing blockchain. I take issue with their data and privacy breaches, problems that #IOST will be able to make things of the past, but this is an obvious signal for all the naysayers out there that #Crypto is here to stay

https://t.co/79CKp0WYwf
10:05 AM - 10 Dec 2018
News
Mastercard Files Patent for Anonymous Electronic Transactions Via Blockchain | CryptoSlate
Coinbase continues to explore support for new digital assets
Continuations by Albert Wenger : Uncertainty Wednesday: Investing, Perception Risk...
Peer Review: CBC Casper – Muneeb Ali – Medium
UNICEF Funds 6 Blockchain Startups to 'Solve Global Challenges' - CoinDesk
Modeling Generalized Mining from a Fund’s Perspective: A Livepeer Case Study
22 Ideas to Explore with 0x – 0x Protocol
Redesigning Ethereum’s Most Used Token – Numerai – Medium
Confidential transactions have arrived, a dive into the AZTEC Protocol
Regulations
Monumental: Federal Court Rules Case in Favor of Crypto ICO Against SEC
SEC pushes long-awaited decision on Bitcoin ETF to February 2019
Crypto in 2019: the Most Important Regulatory Trends
South Korean National Assembly Holds Regulation Debate With Local Crypto Exchanges
New Products and Hot Deals
Unveiling the Gnosis Ecosystem Fund – Gnosis
Introducing Metaverse Ventures – DCG Insights
Announcing the new MKR.tools – Mike McDonald – Medium
Introducing 0x Instant – 0x Protocol
Meet with Me
I will be at the London Blockchain Week from February 8th-14th, 2019. Let me know if you and your colleagues would like to meet in person.
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