Messari's Weekend Reads 😎

reading, sleep, and self-care

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Community updates:

Over the last few weeks our community analysts have been hard at work building out the “Investopedia” of crypto. More than 80 pages have been completed with many with additional boards to take your learning to the next level.

Check out some of this weeks top pages like Burn and Mint Equilibrium and Decentralized Exchanges.

We have big things in store for our analysts, and are excited for what’s to come! If you’re interested in joining email with some examples of work you’ve written.

Registry updates:

Across projects on the Messari Registry there were a few significant updates this week. Check them out on our weekly updates board and remember to create and share your own boards for a chance to be featured in Monday’s newsletter.

Upcoming events:

  • Ryan will be leading a panel on Market Infrastructure and Data Transparency on September 17, 2019 at the second installment of The Path Forward for Digital Assets in NYC. Check out the event here.

  • Ryan and Ben will be in Berlin for Web3 Summit and ETHBerlin. Make sure you catch Ryan speaking at Web3 on Tuesday and at ETHBerlin on Thursday.

  • Jack will be at the CoinAlts Fund Symposium in Chicago on September 26. If you will be at the event let us know on Twitter.

Now, onto our weekend reads.

Messari’s weekend reads:

Have a good weekend y’all.

- The Messari Team

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Messari Compression Algorithm

Content and thoughts from around the web as summarized by the Messari team.

Quick Bits (Don't read that, I read it for you)

Choke Points (Exchange News)

  • ⛰ Coinbase has officially acquired the custody business of Xapo for $55 million and as a result now has over $7 billion in assets under management according to a source that spoke to Fortune. According to Xapo CEO Wences Casares the sale will allow Xapo to focus on its core business, a retail exchange for buying and selling bitcoin ($BTC). (share or read more)

  • 🇺🇸 Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has revealed that its U.S. division will launch within the next two months and initially exclude users in New York. Zhao, better known as CZ, spoke about the importance of the U.S. market and being compliant with regulations during an interview with Cheddar. Binance is reportedly considering 30 assets for listing on the new exchange, which will be launched in partnership with BAM Trading Services. (share or read more)

Startup Signals (ICOs, Cryptos, and Startups)

  • 🏷 Zcoin ($XZC) announced that it can now be used nationwide in Thailand at any of the five million merchants who registered to accept the privacy-focused currency through the Satang App. This application will allow any of the 50 million individuals that are already registered with a Promptpay account to use Zcoin by simply scanning a QR code. Transactions are instantly settled and allow merchants to be paid in Thai Baht. (share or read more)

  • 💳 Monolith, an Ethereum-based alternative banking platform, is issuing a new Visa debit card, which allows users to spend Dai stablecoin anywhere in the world at stores that accept Visa payments. On Thursday, Monolith announced the news, saying that it has partnered with MakerDAO, for the initiative. The debit card is currently issued only in Europe. (share or read more)

  • 💰 Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has said that the exchange’s custody unit has been receiving $200-400 million per week in new cryptocurrency deposits from institutional customers. The CEO made the comments on Twitter on Friday, hours after Coinbase confirmed its acquisition of rival Xapo’s institutional custody business for $55 million. (share or read more)

  • 🌕 Hxro, a crypto-gaming startup that built the popular MoonRekt trading game, announced that players will be able to spend bitcoin to play the game. The game originally allowed users to only play using the game's native $HXRO token. (share or read more)

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Bitcoin as a "Safe Haven"

recapping last week's top crypto narrative

Your daily snapshot from our OnChainFX markets dashboard.

The Messari team moved today to a (much needed) bigger office in New York City. If you’d like to join our rapidly growing team and help us fill out the new digs, check out our available positions ****here****.

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Amidst the office move, we have just one quick note today regarding whether bitcoin can really be considered a “safe haven” asset in these global times of turmoil. NLW broke down the full discussion (with source links below) in this week’s narrative watch...with a little help from Ikagai’s Chief Investment Officer, Travis Kling.

It’s going to be a GREAT week. Stay tuned for more Messari updates soon.


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Best of the Boards

This week we are highlighting some of the best user generated boards from the past week. Build your own, tweet it, and tag us us for a chance to be featured next week!

Narrative Watch: Bitcoin as a safe haven - @nlw

Dive deeper on this weeks narrative watch with a collection of content from NLW including all the tweets, articles, and blogs about Bitcoin as a safe haven.

Security Token Protocols - @tokenauditor

Get an introduction and overview on protocols looking to facilitate the tokenization and exchange of securities with this board.

Messari AMAs - @MessariCrypto

Every week we host an AMA with one of the projects on the Messari Registry. Keep track of all the conversations with this board that features links to all the transcripts.

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