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The Messari Registry: Announcing our initial applicants

I’m excited to share we’ve officially begun onboarding token projects to our open-source disclosures registry, a data library we hope will emerge as a single source of truth for basic cryptoasset information. 

Our initial applicants come from around the world, are in various stages of development, and vary by size. The one thing they have in common is a history of being proactive about transparency, and going keeping their communities well informed regarding new technical and business developments associated with their projects. This group represents a perfect blend of collaborators that can ensure we come up with the right universal disclosures standard for crypto projects.

Our early applicants include:

Aurora (IDEX) • Aion • Blockstack • Civic • Decent • District0x • Mainframe • Melonport • Metronome • Ocean Protocol • Tierion • Zilliqa

In addition to these initial teams, we have dozens of others in queue who we expect to onboard throughout Q1 of 2019.

We think direct disclosures are a missing piece of crypto markets infrastructure, and expect we’ll get better transparency in the years ahead not just from token creators, but also from the exchanges that facilitate trading of these assets, and the crypto funds that accumulate them.

The basic disclosures these applicants make regarding their token treasuries, official communications channels, technical roadmaps, and more will serve as a terrific complement to our open Agora platform, which has already seen tremendous activity and contributions from our community of 200+ research analysts.

We’ll keep working feverishly to populate key snippets of information on the projects, service providers, and entrepreneurs who are building the foundation for this new asset class, and invite you to join us in our efforts in the months and years ahead!

Back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. :)


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News & Analyses

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

🤨 [Analysis] Ripple’s changing narrative around the creation of XRP

Ripple’s narrative has evolved significantly through the years. In 2013, Ripple claimed that "Ripple Labs created 100 billion XRP within the Ripple network, and that amount will never increase." In 2018, however, Ripple claimed that "Ripple the company didn’t create XRP; 100 billion XRP was created before the company was formed." (Messari | Source)

✋ [Analysis] Don’t force public blockchains ‘down enterprises’ throats’

Former JPMorgan Chase blockchain lead Amber Baldet said that it's too early to introduce public blockchains to enterprises. “Until there is credible on-chain privacy or very well-designed privacy preserving architectures for enterprise applications on public chains, it’s a bit premature,” said Baldet, who oversaw the creation of Quorum, the private and privacy-centric fork of Ethereum, when she was at JPMorgan.

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

Choke Points (Exchange News)

  • 🔥 The Amun Crypto Basket ETP began trading on Switzerland’s Six Exchange last week and now has the highest volume of any exchange-traded product trading on the venue. (Messari | Source)

  • 💰 Binance Labs announced that it had made a $3 million investment into Koi Trading, an OTC trading operation that aims to be a compliant global option for private cryptocurrency liquidity. (Messari | Source)

Startup Signals (ICOs, Cryptos, and Startups)

  • 🥶 Token projects have sold more than 202,000 ether over the past 30 days, with more than half of it being sold in the past seven days according to research from Trustnodes. (Messari | Source)

  • 💸 Security token startup Securitize has raised nearly $13 million in a Series A funding round led by Blockchain Capital as part of its mission to digitize traditional securities products on a blockchain. (Messari | Source)

The Powers That Be (Legal/Reg/Policy)

  • 👋 Coinbase’s chief policy officer, Mike Lempres, is leaving the firm to take on a new role at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Coinbase has seen a couple of notable departures in recent weeks. (Messari | Source)

  • 👮‍♂️ A new amended class action complaint has been filed against crypto exchange Coinbase. Plaintiffs allege that Coinbase mishandled the distribution of Bitcoin Cash following the Bitcoin fork in 2017. (Messari | Source)

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Podcast Recap

🎧 ICYMI on the Messari podcast, Katherine sits down with MyCrypto’s Taylor Monahan to talk product design. Taylor highlights the vast difference between intentions and outcome in product design vs. user experience and shares some of her experiences in building tools for crypto users. Katherine also discusses the recent Bitcoin Cash fork and reflects on the recent market volatility. (19 min for your lunch break)

BONUS: Qiao swung by Jeffrey Tong’s “Smartest Contract” podcast to chat all things crypto, and provide some updates on what we’re working on at Messari.

Listen and subscribe to all of our podcasts— on Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here, and Google play here.

Shameless Plugs

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We know Messari can feel like a couple different products right now, and we're working to unify our features into one overarching whole. To that end, We’ve made a Trello board to take in any and all of the feedback you have for us! Have at it 🛠

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  • We need data engineers who want to bring transparency to crypto!

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  • If you are interested in helping us crowdsource token project details, or want to join our community to share your expertise, we’d love to have you on board! Take a second to fill out an application and we will get back to you soon.

  • Going forward, we’ll be capping new members at 15 each week to keep things running smoothly. If you haven’t heard back, you are probably in the queue.

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