Messari's Weekend Reads 😎

self care, sleep, and readings (plus our latest Podcast!!!)

Messari’s Unqualified Opinions

It’s Friday, which means we’re keeping things light and teeing up our weekend reads.

Want to learn how to write so that your stuff gets featured above the fold in these Friday missives? Check out Kwu’s conversation (Episode #9!!!) with Decentraland’s Tony Sheng, a prolific, deep thinker, whose work we love.

KWu grills Tony on his writing process. How he picks a topic, how he goes about actually putting pen to paper, and how he edits his masterpieces. It’s 13 minutes of pure writing geekdom.

(TBI Note: This sounds a lot like my writing process from back in 2013-2015. Tony’s the best in the game right now.)

Give the podcast a listen and subscribe! All nine of KWu’s Messari podcasts are on Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here, and Google play here.

📑 Messari weekend reads:

And the week ahead…

Three weeks in! We hope you like what we’ve been doing with the new daily - we’ve had fun writing it, and have appreciated the feedback so far. Please keep those comments and critiques coming. And stay tuned for more good times next week.

If there’s anything we should do better or any topic you want covered, let us know.

Have a good weekend, y’all.

- TBI & the Messari Team

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News & Analyses

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)

  • 🛑 Bitfinex suspends all fiat deposits. Bitfinex has paused all USD deposits but expects the situation to "normalize within a week." This comes after rumors of financial instability and insolvency over screenshots of Bitfinex allegedly banking with HSBC, which Bitfinex responded to in a blog post. (Messari | Source)

Startup Signals (ICOs, Cryptos, and Startups)

  • 💼 Coinbase’s Adam White is joining Bakkt as its COO. Big, big hire. That didn’t take too long. (Messari | Source)

  • 👨‍💼Crypto wallet provider Blockchain has hired former Noble Bank chief compliance officer, Ben Melnicki, as global regulatory counsel. (Messari | Source)

The Powers That Be (Legal/Reg/Policy)

  • 💢 Coin Center director of research Peter Van Valkenburgh and economist Nouriel Roubini testified about the blockchain and crypto ecosystems before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on Thursday. (Messari | Source | Zack’s live tweet)

"Celebrities" (Crypto Influencers)

  • 🤦 Creator of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin denied his billionaire status in a tweet, claiming to have never held more than 0.9 percent of ether. Buterin posted a link to his digital wallet, with 365,003 ether valued at about $73 million. (Messari | Source)

Did I miss something?

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Community Updates

Podcast Recap

ICYMI, KWu’s latest and greatest Messari podcast #9 is an interview with Tony Sheng on his writing process. Last week, KWu was on the ground at Crypto Springs taking names and doing interviews in #8.

Listen to 1 (or all 9) on Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here, and Google play here. Happy learning!

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