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VeradiVerdict - Top 10 Gifts for the Holidays - Issue #17

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Hi, I am Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional
 
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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
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year when you get to spend time with your loved ones and to get gifts for those you love, both professionally and personally.
Last year, people were frantic to learn more about cryptocurrencies and while the hype has softened, there is still curiosity to understand what’s going on.
I usually try to get gifts that help people either get a small financial investment into cryptocurrencies or other playful gifts for those that already have some crypto. Below is a list of 10 cryptocurrency gifts that’s i thought would be appropriate for these holidays.
Top 10 Gifts
10) Cryptocurrency Crypto Socks
9) Crypto Sweater
8) CryptoKitties
7) A Website on the Decentralized Internet
6) The Whole Blockchain
5) A Share of Real Estate from Harbor
4) An Experience or Product through Origin
3) R.A.R.E Digital Art Market
2) A Personalized Gift
1) A Hardware Wallet | Ledger Nano S
Digests
Compound Finance — A Liquidating Opportunity – Tony Waldschmidt – Medium
A data-driven look at dApp adoption in 2018 – Dune Analytics – Medium
State of Crypto: 2018 Market Trends – Demi Brener
In the Tweets
Jill Carlson
I've spent the last 6 months exploring the promises & hard realities of crypto in places like Venezuela. Our team is formalizing into a not-for-profit called the Open Money Initiative. We'll share more in 2019 but take a peek at what we are thinking here: https://t.co/kwgp0efXEb
7:22 PM - 19 Dec 2018
Matthew Green
The Facebook stablecoin (if it works, scales, gets deployed and adopted by non-Facebook companies, doesn’t get regulated into dust) is going to be a massive game-changer for the financial services industry. Fight me.
9:49 AM - 21 Dec 2018
Jake Chervinsky
The Token Taxonomy Act would provide exactly the type of regulatory clarity the crypto industry needs. Legislation like this is orders of magnitude more important than non-binding guidance from agencies like the SEC.

Check out @BlockchainAssn's summary and read the bill here: https://t.co/Nbb5cwsJFX
2:18 PM - 20 Dec 2018
News
Don’t trust, verify: A Bitcoin Private case study - Coin Metrics
a16z Podcast: All about Stablecoins – Andreessen Horowitz
ConsenSys plans to spin out most of its startups, and it’s going to mean layoffs - The Verge
Bitmain: Bitcoin Mining Giant to Sack 50% of Its Workforce
Regulations
US Lawmakers Seek Sanctions Against Iran's Cryptocurrency Efforts - CoinDesk
Why the CFTC's Questions About Ethereum Matter - CoinDesk
Pro-Crypto Congressmen Look To Challenge Longstanding Securities Definition - ETHNews.com
New Products and Hot Deals
Facebook Is Developing a Cryptocurrency for WhatsApp Transfers
The Picks & Shovels Co. and CoinVantage Inc. Announce Merger
Coinbase Ventures Backs $3 Million Round for Trading Data Startup Nomics - CoinDesk
Abacus raises $2 million to help startups and investors manage tokenized liquidity programs – TechCrunch
Peter Thiel and Digital Currency Group Invest in Crypto Platform Layer1 | Business Wire
Tim Draper Invests $1.25 Million in Bitcoin Payments Processor OpenNode - CoinDesk
How Set Protocol Raised $2M from Craft Ventures, Scott Belsky & DFJ
Looking to 2019!
Thanks for being an awesome newsletter subscriber! Really looking forward to 2019 for crypto. I will be sending out my predictions and thoughts in the next email.
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