Messari's Weekend Reads 😎 - Unqualified Opinions

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Your daily snapshot from our OnChainFX markets dashboard.

We get it, the crypto markets are, ummm, not great.

Believe us, we’re big, big believers and HODLers at Messari, and are feeling the pain. But we need to be sustainable, which is why we paywalled most of our content. If you’re wondering where your Tues-Thurs UO editions are, then you’ve gotta make the investment!

We’ve missed you, and you’ve missed a lot this week, fam. Some bear market goodies:

  • Re the Basis wind-down: “It’s not really $133 million. A lot of this was earmarked to stabilize the currency at launch. If the team didn’t deliver the protocol, the plan was to refund the collateral all along….This outcome isn’t surprising, either. The [Basis] design was such that private investors I’d spoken with (telegram is gonna get so many people in trouble, man) were openly discussing how it was a no-brainer for the VCs because they could make money early, exit, and have none of the long-term tail risk associated with a stablecoin blow-up.”

    Re Augur’s latest challenge: “A dude with 190 followers and a cat avatar is currently stress testing REP as a prediction market. I shit you not.” We identify the prediction market veteran challenging the REP design on a smart contract technicality, and how it could impact one of the few live and useful decentralized marketplaces.

    Re at least *some* good crypto regulatory news: a SEC commissioner empathizes with us: “We cite the Howey Test for determining whether something is a security as if we expect every crypto-entrepreneur to know what it is and how courts and the Commission have applied it over the years.  Even the securities lawyers many of these entrepreneurs cannot afford are struggling to apply the test…[E]nforcement actions ought not to be the means by which we tell the marketplace what we are thinking.” Usual fire from KWu.

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Messari’s Weekend Reads

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

On our podcast this week, Katherine sits down with Circle Research's Ria Bhutoria to talk about her research process (how long it takes to write her excellent reports, and what the most frustrating parts of the process are), and Circle’s latest report on prediction markets. What are prediction markets, how do they work, what are the advantages and challenges of decentralized prediction markets, and what does current usage look like. (15 min)

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📚 Messari’s weekend reads:

  • Why Transparency Literally Pays Off - Institutional Investor (Alternative investment funds that offer more transparency to investors also tend to have significantly higher performance - 10 *points* higher IRR, actually.)

  • The Rise of the Stablecoins; Will They Be The Next to Endure Regulatory Scrutiny From The SEC? - Gerald Fenech

  • Reject Nocoiner Orthodoxy - Elaine Ou

  • Lightning's Crazy Fast Growth - LongHash

  • Peer Review: CBC Casper - Muneeb Ali

  • Basecoin (aka the Basis Protocol): the worst idea in cryptocurrency, reborn - Preston Byrne

  • The State of Bitcoin: Long-Term Value Potential & Analysis - Delphi Digital

  • 2nd Global Cryptoasset Benchmarking Study - University of Cambridge

  • The (Future) Most Valuable Company In The World - Andrew Steinwold

Did we miss a topic our broader community should know about? Let us know!

Have a good weekend, y’all.

- The Messari Team

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News & Analyses

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

🏆 [Analysis] Bitcoin and the Promise of Independent Property Rights - Su Zhu and Hasu

In Part 3 of their "Framework for Skeptics" Bitcoin series, Su and Hasu explore why civilizations created corporations and centralized institutions, the requirements for a stable "institutional stack" of protections and assurances, and how Bitcoin can iterate on the inefficiencies and deficiencies of existing centralized institutions. Su and Hasu argue that corporate institutions streamline certain human interactions, but Bitcoin carries those benefits to a more advantageous level by enabling "the highest form of property rights of any socio-economic institution in the history of man." (share or read more)

🌍 [Analysis] Cambridge 2018 Cryptoasset Benchmarking Study

Support for self-regulation, a multi-coin industry future, and decentralized mining is growing and shaping the future of digital assets, according to the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School. They released their second global cryptoasset benchmarking study in December 2018 with data from more than 180 cryptoasset companies and individuals covering 47 countries. This comprehensive analysis offers critical insight into the state of mining, exchange, storage, and payments for digital assets. (share or read more)

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

Choke Points (Exchange News)

  • 🏙 Binance is expanding its venture arm beyond San Francisco. Binance Labs, plans to launch new incubator programs in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Lagos, Singapore, and Hong Kong starting in March 2019. (share or read more)

  • 🤝 Security token platform TokenSoft is launching a FINRA registered broker-dealer in order to expand its advisory services for new token offerings. Under the new entity, TokenSoft will be able to advise, manage, and provide marketing support for new token offerings. (share or read more)

Startup Signals (ICOs, Cryptos, and Startups)

  • 🚀 Approximately $25 million in funding from a December 2017 token sale has been made available to Blockstack. As part of the initial sale, Blockstack structured its funding to only allow access to funds once certain milestones are hit. (share or read more)

  • 💵 Blockchain project Orbs has raised a $15 million round led by South Korean app provider Kakao. Orbs will focus on research and building the technology with a planned mainnet launch in April 2019. (share or read more)

The Powers That Be (Legal/Reg/Policy)

  • 😓 California-based Pantera Capital Management recently told investors that around 25 percent of the blockchain projects they have invested in could be found to be in violation of U.S. securities laws. In that case, Pantera expects that the projects may need to return money to investors. (share or read more)

  • 🗽 A total of 36 BitLicense applications had been received by the New York State Department of Financial Services since 2015. Of those, five were denied and ten had been granted by November of this year. The agency has been approving applications at a more rapid rate after receiving criticism earlier this year. (share or read more)

Did I miss something?

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Podcast Recap

🎧 ICYMI on the Messari podcast, Katherine discussed decentralization with Zcash Foundation executive director Josh Cincinnati. Josh shared his thoughts on what it means to be decentralized and the utility of non-profit foundations in the cryptocurrency space.

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