Messari's Weekend Reads - Issue #44 😎

reading, sleep, and self-care

Your daily snapshot from the Messari screener.

We shared some big news with you earlier this week. Our research is going to get more in-depth and the price is going to get lower. Plus, you will have a single subscription to all of our analysis and research tools under the Messari Pro umbrella.

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Now, on to our weekend reads…

Messari’s weekend reads:

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 additional boards to take your learning to the next level.

This week our top contributors were Regan GrishaberAdian MottAlex Gedevani, Max Hinchman, and Steve Miller. Go give them a follow and keep up to date with all their awesome work!

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:

  • 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.

  • The Messari team will be at Devcon Oct. 8 – Oct. 11. If you'll be in Osaka let us know. We’d love to meet up.

Have a good weekend y’all.

- The Messari Team

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

🔍[Analysis] How crypto contracts disrupt financial services

Financial services have been one industry that has yet to face significant disruption from software and the internet. Innovations in FinTech have built out the existing system rather than displace it entirely. This is due to the substantial moats that large banks have with existing distribution channels through branches, sovereign insurance on deposits (FDIC), special regulatory status and a trusted brand of being a safe place to keep money.

Blockchains operate as global, shared accounting systems that eliminates the need for a trusted third party. By removing this dependence, many traditional services that companies charged for can be dis-intermediated and executed entirely by software. Finally, the open-source nature allows for extreme composability to build on existing layers and create entirely new markets altogether.

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

Choke Points (Exchange News)

  • 🚀The CHM group has announced it will begin offering bitcoin ($BTC) options to customers in the first quarter of next year, pending regulatory review. After CME rival CBOE halted their product, CME group has been the only provider of bitcoin futures in the U.S. However that will change on Monday when Bakkt will launch it's physically settled product. (share or read more)

  • 💱Binance will be launching a new over-the-counter fiat onramp in China next month. While the Chinese government banned trading two years ago, OTC markets have continued to exist allowing investors to purchase stablecoins and convert them to crypto. Since leaving China in 2017, Binance has also recently made its first Chinese investment participating in a $200 million round for Mars Finance, a local blockchain publication. (share or read more)

Startup Signals (ICOs, Cryptos, and Startups)

  • 💲Square Crypto has announced three new hires to work on open source projects. While the exact nature of the project has not been decided, the company tweeted:

    There’s no project we won’t consider, as long as it improves or proliferates bitcoin.

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  • 👩‍💼Opolis, a professional employment organization has received a development grant from MakerDAO to use $DAI for its payroll and benefits ecosystem. By using Dai, the company believes they can reduce transaction costs for gig workers operating across international boundaries. (share or read more)

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