Citigroup is Setting up to Trade CME Bitcoin Futures
Citigroup is actively considering the trading of Bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts on CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange), echoing efforts by several other banks to bring additional cryptocurrency exposure to its clients. Given the strict supervision that such investment offers are subject to, the global bank is contemplating futures products for a handful of its institutional clients at this given time.
Caution Must Be Exercised
According to a Citi representative, the numerous uncertainties surrounding legal frameworks and supervisory expectations have to be considered beforehand and so a cautious approach would be recommended.
This makes sense as Citi offers a wide range of financial goods and services to individuals, companies, institutions, and governments, including consumer securities trading, corporate and investment banking, transaction services, wealth management, banking, and credit. It has over 200 million client accounts and is active in over 160 nations worldwide. So, it can ill afford a mistake at this crucial stage.
What Caused This?
The corporation's proposed intentions come many months after Goldman Sachs revealed a digital assets strategy that included providing BTC derivatives to customers and creating a cryptocurrency trading desk.
Moreover, Bank of America was also allegedly planning to utilize Bitcoin futures via CME Group last month, immediately after it began researching cryptocurrencies and various digital assets.
NFT Marketplace Zeptagram Announces Their ZeptaCoin Token Sale
Zeptagram is a technology firm that uses artificial intelligence to create new digital music marketplaces. They work closely with artists and content creators all over the world and strive to offer the most lucrative platform for investment and trading of music rights. On August 22nd, Zeptagram launched their Zeptacoin token sale.
What makes Zeptagram unique?
The Zeptagram NFT marketplace enables content producers and owners to mint one-of-a-kind non-fungible tokens and sell them on the market. The marketplace has several elements that allow users to express their creativity and innovation.
The Zeptagram Music Token Offering solution enables artists and content creators to create a special type of NFT of their music rights (known as Music Tokens or MTO Tokens), despite the fact that they are essentially a representation or a unit of account within the platform and concern each individual song's music rights for the purposes of selling or trading. In this way, users can trade, sell or share some or all of their music rights which includes ownership rights and royalties.
The Zeptagram MusiXchange Platform enables the community to exchange and distribute MTO tokens generated by the Zeptagram music token sale, therefore supporting their favourite musicians and content producers.
Zeptagram solutions are designed to create a completely new and innovative trading market for music in which users and content producers can be exempt from the numerous problems and inefficiencies often associated with the more traditional music market. Additionally, users will be able to do all this while simultaneously participating in what they enjoy and are familiar with.
Zeptagram's aim is to hence create a completely decentralized marketplace for Music Rights, therefore increasing value for content creators.
Zeptagram will have two types of tokens, ZeptaCoin, Zeptagram's main utility token, and Music Token Offerings, limited edition NFTs for each piece of music on the platform. The Zeptacoin is the base level currency across the entire platform for several various functions, and the following are its primary features:
Zeptacoins (ZPTC) is used for platform trading
NFTs/MTOs may be interacted with by using Zeptacoins (ZPTC)
Successful trade fees can be settled inside the platform using ZPTC (automatically charged during trading).
Payments to Music IP rights holders are paid out in ZeptaCoins by default.
ZeptaCoins shall be listed on secondary markets such as cryptocurrency exchanges.
Music Token Offerings (MTO)
Music Tokens (MTO) are limited edition, one-of-a-kind tokens. Each MTO offering that is listed on the platform would have its own unique Music Token. This is defined as the Zeptagram's internal distributed non-fungible tokens. These NFTs have certain characteristics which are listed below:
An MTO token contains information about a piece of music or a song, such as the title, duration, cover art, author, and so forth.
An MTO token is actually a digital representation of music rights that can be purchased through a Music token offering.
MTO Tokens can only be traded within Zeptagram, specifically through the platform's MusiXchange element.
MTO tokens shall represent a buyer's share of music rights, with rewards distributed quarterly.
Distribution & ICO Details
The public ICO is scheduled to take place in September, with the listing expected to take place at the end of August or September. Furthermore, the Zeptacoin ICO private sale had already begun on August 22nd, 2021. Zeptacoin will be listed on BitMart on October 15th, 2021.
Moreover, ZeptaCoins are only available for pre-sale to unique whitelisted buyers.
For the token distribution, here's how it works:
10% for the Seed Round - (5,000,000)
2% for the Strategic Round - (1,000,000)
6% for the Private Round - (3,000,000)
0.8% for the Public Round - (400,000)
18.4% for Team and Advisors - (9,200,000)
5% for Partners - (2,500,000)
5% for the Community Development Fund &ndash (2,500,000)
15% for the Staking Rewards &ndash (7,500,000)
7.8% for the Reserve - (3,900,000)
Liti Capital Files Landmark Arbitration Lawsuit Against Binance
As per the latest developments, a new $100 million arbitration case against cryptocurrency exchange Binance is being actively discussed around the crypto communities, in which over 1,000 traders demand restitution for losses sustained during the site's downtime on May 19th, 2021.
Binance had experienced technical difficulties for hours on end on that aforementioned date during one of the biggest market crashes of the year, with the entire cryptocurrency market falling by 33%. Traders were not able to make deals during Binance's downtime, and many saw their accounts emptied when the site finally reopened.
Binance's click-through terms of service relieve the exchange of all liability for losses suffered by new users after registering with the exchange. The firm does not have a formal headquarters and is not regulated or registered.
Hiding Under the &lsquoDecentralization' Umbrella?
David Kay from Liti Capital claimed Binance had used the term &lsquodecentralized' to great success during its tenure as the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchange, but solely to advance its own goals. &ldquoBinance attempts to disguise itself as a communal asset, which it is not," he added. &ldquoIt is a corporation that makes use of community resources. To that end, it has done an excellent job of blurring the borders and enveloping itself in the concept of decentralization."
David claimed that Binance used the concept of decentralization to create dividing lines in the cryptocurrency community through cultivating an in-group/out-group mindset, stating that Binance does not in fact have any official headquarters, nor is it actually regulated (although its CEO Changpeng Zhao has stated that he wants to change this soon by working with global regulatory institutions). David believes that if any such entity is against the crypto community, then it is essentially against decentralization itself.
&ldquoWe are not &lsquoanti-Binance'"
David wanted to clarify that despite what has happened and been said, Liti Capital is not actually anti-Binance. &lsquoWe support the notion that Binance can still be beneficial to the community. This situation mainly concerns the reality that we all make errors, but those faults must be corrected eventually. As such, there is no desire to ruin Binance, but this glaring issue needs to be acknowledged and corrected," Kay explained.
David recently spoke on the CryptoWeekly Podcast where he explained that while cryptocurrencies must remain largely unregulated due to their nature and the fact that government intervention will only stifle the industry's growth, centralized exchanges such as Binance which directly profit off of its consumers must be regulated and routinely checked.
Liti Capital will be paying for the arbitration in advance and shall additionally be reimbursed with a portion of the damages awarded if the procedures are decided in the claimants' favour.
SFOX Names Former Goldman Sachs Executive John Mannino as New Director of Compliance
SAN FRANCISCO - August 30, 2021 -- SFOX, the independent digital assets prime broker providing institutional traders and investors with access to global crypto markets from a single account, today announced former Goldman Sachs executive John Mannino has joined the company as Director of Compliance.
Mannino joins SFOX after more than two decades of extensive operations and regulatory compliance experience at Goldman Sachs. Mannino, whose last position at Goldman was Senior Vice President, Global Head Regulation Assurance & Compliance for Margin and Collateral, worked at Goldman offices in New York, Zurich, London and Los Angeles. He oversaw and ensured daily compliance for the OTC derivative margin and collateral processes while navigating the rapidly changing derivative regulatory environment as it emerged globally.
&ldquoSimilar to the derivative markets, the cryptocurrency market is experiencing a time of dynamic change and exponential growth,&rdquo said Akbar Thobhani, CEO and Co-Founder of SFOX. &ldquoAs we embark on our ambitious efforts at SFOX, John&rsquos experience with regulatory and compliance frameworks will prove extremely valuable to our clients, partners, and the institutional crypto market as a whole.&rdquo
Most recently, Mannino was a Finance and Risk Compliance Manager at Accenture, where he helped financial institutions manage the transition of their suite of products away from the LIBOR index.
&ldquoI look forward to using my experience navigating emerging regulatory environments to help SFOX  continue to bridge the traditional and crypto markets for institutional traders and investors by proactively engaging with regulators, and developing the structures and frameworks that professionals and institutions need to be able to participate in this dynamic market,&rdquo said Mannino. &ldquoThis is a phenomenal team of financial professionals and technologists, and I&rsquom excited to join one of the most forward-thinking pioneers of the institutional crypto market.&rdquo
Mannino is a CPA. He graduated from Penn State University and earned an MBA from Boston College Carroll School of Management, completing his final year at New York University&39s Stern School of Business.
SFOX (San Francisco Open Exchange) is the independent digital assets prime broker providing institutional traders and investors with access to global crypto markets from a single account, helping over 100,000 traders, investors, and institutions trade and invest in digital assets at the best price across leading exchanges, OTC brokers, and market makers globally since 2014. SFOX&rsquos team of senior developers and executives bring experience from institutions such as Airbnb, MIT, Goldman Sachs, Google, Box, Paxos, NASA, itBit, Gemini, Ripple, ITG, TIAA, Capital Group, State Street and Harvard University. The company is backed by Y Combinator, SV Angel, Digital Currency Group, Khosla Ventures, Social Capital, Tribe Capital, DHVC, Haystack, Sequoia, Blockchain Capital, and Executives from PayPal and Airbnb.
The Dark Side Of DeFi: $600 Million Gets Stolen In Biggest Hack To Date
The efficiencies in a blockchain run deep and we should easily see its appeal to the traditional financial institutions and systems. "Watch what they do and ignore what they say" is the motto here because there can be no doubt the banks are investing heavily in blockchain, or have plans to, despite what they tell us. Observations illustrate that beyond the benefits of massive crypto price increases and blockchain startup business opportunities, the growing crypto industry also demonstrates great manpower efficiency gains over traditional financial systems. More for less is the equation, and that is a formula the banks know well.
Blockdata research tells us that 55 out of the top 100 banks have exposure to Crypto & Blockchain company investments, either directly or through subsidiaries. Barclays, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan are among the top names with exposure on the list. Though the focus for many of the banks is on crypto custodial services, it is part of a greater trend of investment in the crypto & blockchain startup business sector. Blockchain startup investment volumes are already 2 x this year over 2020.
For the banks, the top points of interest in blockchain and crypto are obviously its adoption and demand acceleration, the resulting soaring profits for blockchain interested startups, & regulatory advancements. All clear signs of industry growth. Another key takeaway being noted through observation of the big crypto exchanges is that the manpower factor in producing such returns is a fraction of the traditional approach of banks. The whole formula looking very appealing to everyone in the know.
Cryptocurrencyand blockchain technologies continue to reveal opportunities through efficiency & growth. Banks, like everyone else, will not ignore blockchain's obvious growth in demand, and platform improvements on yesterday's systems. The Bank's participation in crypto is guaranteed to follow the demand of their customers, helping to evolve their business models and efficiencies.
NFT Digital Art Market MakersPlace Raises $30M Series A
NFT's (non-fungible tokens) gain even more momentum as NFT marketplace MakersPlace raises $30M from big-name investors. NFT is a cryptographic asset that uses blockchain technology to certify ownership of digital items. MakerPlace enables the creation and circulation of those items. The likes of rap star Eminem, Sony Music, and others are part of the investment group backing this path carving the NFT trading platform. According to MakerPlace, Coinbase Ventures, Uncork Capital, Draper Dragon Digital Assets, 9Yards Capital are also among the investors. These prominent names have a history of investing in blockchain technology platforms that promises enormous growth, MakersPlace is no exception.
"We see this fundraise as continued validation for our mission," stated Dannie Chu, chief executive of MakersPlace. "We will continue to push boundaries and empower digital creators with better tools and services while finding more ways to introduce digital art and NFTs to a mainstream collector audience." 2021 has seen big growth for MakersPlace. Collectors using the market have grown by ten times, processing over 100 million transactions. The NFT market peaked at $250 million in the month of May but shows signs of passing that volume high soon.
Evolving the industry of digital ownership in Art and Music is just the start, but currently the most popular of NFT applications. Though the idea of digital ownership has existed for a long time in the video game industry and online applications, these new presentations introduce the element of scarcity through verifiable authenticity and uniqueness on a blockchain. Taking an existing popular concept and making it even more desirable and collectible. People, especially the young, are growing to find digital ownership a concept that is more familiar, comfortable, & adds value to their digital experiences. Massive growth in the NFT sector is pretty easy to forecast. Top marketplaces like MakersPlace will be the springboard for some innovative collectible expressions.
TransitNet Launches Title Verification Tools To Transform The Crypto Sphere
TransitNet is launching a new title registry for crypto wallets that may signal a complete paradigm shift in how institutional investors see crypto.
According to data presented by Finaria, $1.9 billion in crypto was stolen in 2020. A major reason for this level of theft comes from crypto&39s status as a bearer asset. This means that anybody who is able to get their hands on someone else&39s crypto essentially becomes the owner of it. This is also why crypto seems to be the currency of choice requested by ransomware attackers.
However, TransitNet is developing a new solution for investors, allowing them to turn their crypto from a bearer asset to a registered asset, making the whole crypto sphere more secure and attractive to institutional investors.
The first of TransitNet&39s title verification tools is the Asset Collision Identifier (ACI). This tool lets service providers check for the collision of crypto wallets. In other words, it will identify wallet addresses that may be claimed by multiple managers and then help ensure that specific assets are not claimed by more than one fund. After the release of the ACI demonstrated the industry need for verification tools, TransitNet is now developing a title registry. The forthcoming release of which, will expand the ability for TransitNet users to register their cryptographic assets.
TransitNet has just closed a seed round on WeFunder worth $2 million. Investment from major players in the crypto investment industry was previously secured during an angel investment round. However, TransitNet&39s latest investment round was to give access to the project to crypto investors across the world rather than the elite crypto investment funds. The names that invested back in 2018 include such renowned firms as BKCM, ALPHABIT, and Kenetic Capital, which is evidence of how significant a project like this could be. The ability for crypto to gain the same legitimacy as assets stored in the bank could be a genuine game-changer.
Transit net provides the tools to assist service providers with title verification for cryptographic assets. Launched in 2020, the company seeks to provide institutional investors a more secure and transparent blockchain by creating a registry of cryptography assets.
TransitNet is the solution that the crypto industry needs to move to the next level. TransitNet offers crypto investors the ability to change their crypto from a bearer asset to a registered asset and will consist of a suite of different tools that will assist with title verification for cryptographic assets. TransitNet can be utilized by custodians, auditors, fund administrators, insurers, crypto exchanges, and most significant institutional investors.
Ethereuem: The London Hard Fork Has Finally Arrived
After much delay, the highly anticipated update that everyone in the crypto community has been waiting for is finally here, namely Ethereum's (ETH) London hard fork. The significant upgrade had gone live at block 12,965,000 at approximately12:40 AM UTC.
The world's second-biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization has now finally deployed one of its most anticipated network enhancements, EIP-1559. The hard fork includes various upgrades known as EIPs (Ethereum Improvement Proposals), the most anticipated of which is undoubtedly EIP 1559.
What Does This Mean For Ethereum?
The update brings many EIPs to the blockchain as aforementioned, including EIP-3198, EIP-3529, EIP-3541, and EIP-3554. However, as previously stated, it is the EIP-1559 upgrade that has received the most community engagement and support.
EIP-1559 seeks to enhance Ethereum's gas fee market by instituting a base charge, which means wallet providers and consumers would be made aware of the cost of a transaction beforehand (in the past, it was compulsory to participate in a gas fee bid to miners, which meant that several users would often end up over or underpaying to have their transactions be added to the next block).
In other words, EIP 1559 reconfigures the fee system of Ethereum. Rather than its prior auction-based approach, wherein users paid the highest fees to have their respective transactions be included, the new and relatively much quicker Ethereum that has resulted from the post-London update features a dual structure. Under this new model, the authorization of any transaction will now require users to pay miners with a 'basic fee' plus tip. Base fees are burnt on a regular basis.
Although the tip rates may be changed by the dApp (decentralized application) user as well as the ETH holder, the 'base fee' rate is determined by the consensus. So, whenever the block reaches half of its capacity, the base fee rate rises.
Why Is This Update So Important?
Soaring gas prices have generated many difficulties and caused frequent congestion on Ethereum in the past, which was the case with the recent Stoner Cats NFTs situation. Ethereum is the most extensively used public blockchain at the moment, and so if it desires to maintain its dominance and sustain its continued usage and popularity in the industry, then these problems would have to be solved and that is exactly what the crypto community hopes the London hard fork will accomplish.
A popular misunderstanding however is that the update would lower gas prices, which is not exactly the case. Instead, it is more accurate to state that it will minimize the volatility of gas fees. EIP-1559 will not significantly lower network costs, but it shall make fees more foreseeable for consumers, therefore improving the overall experience for users.
EIP-1559 was initially suggested in 2018 as a way to improve on Ethereum's auction-based fee mechanism, however, Vitalik Buterin originally outlined early thoughts for the upgrade on the Ethereum blog in 2016.
How Will Ethereum Deal With Inflation?
EIP-1559 also marks a significant alteration to Ethereum's monetary policy. As of now, every transaction with a base fee paid in ETH will be destroyed and withdrawn from circulation. Earlier, miners got the transaction fee, but EIP-1559 reduces the incentive for miners to influence the network by rearranging blocks, lowering the Maximal Extractable Value (MEV).
Furthermore, the miners shall only acquire a tip on top of the standard fee, which will assist them in determining which transactions to prioritize in a new block.
As of the time of this writing, EIP-1559 has already managed to burn ETH worth $1 million. The new upgrade burns the basic fee from all Ethereum transactions, which results in the reduction of the ETH supply. Meanwhile, the price of ETH has increased by more than 6% in the last few hours. Additionally, a handful of deflationary blocks have been successfully committed to the chain as of now, with the quantity of ETH burnt to be more than the block rewards, which is 2 ETH.
The burning of the fees will end up administering additional deflationary (or downward) pressure on ETH. Provided that there is a satisfactory amount of activity on the Ethereum network, ETH may become the very first deflationary cryptocurrency asset. According to Justin Drake (a cryptography researcher currently working at the Ethereum Foundation), the blockchain's different scaling solutions should boost the pace at which the fees burn, which he describes as "very optimistic and highly bullish".
In recent weeks, the story around ETH's deflationary pressure has also granted the asset positive impetus. ETH is presently trading at approximately $2,800, which is an increase of over 20% in just the last week.
While some have predicted a "sell the news" scenario that would cause ETH to fall in price, evidence shows that ETH might reach $3,200, however, only time will tell whether the so-called "king of the altcoins" can reach that mark again, or if the price shall indeed dip once more. Nevertheless, the abovementioned hard fork represents a key step forward for ETH 2.0 and the eventual transition to a full Proof of Work (PoW) model, rather than its current Proof of Stake (PoS) mechanism. Lastly, investors are happy that an alternative token to ETH had not been created which had been one of the main causes of concern prior to the launch of the update.
Meter Passport Bridge Deploys on Moonriver, With Moonbeam Deployment Later This Year
Boston, MA, August 10, 2021. Moonbeam, the Ethereum-compatible smart contract platform on Polkadot, announced today the deployment of its Meter Passport bridge on Moonriver. This bridge will connect the Moonriver parachain and Kusama to Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Polygon, and Meter, allowing the free movement of assets across the independent networks. Meter Passport will also be deployed to Moonbeam once it launches on Polkadot later this year.
Meter Passport is an N-way blockchain router that allows assets and information to flow directly from one blockchain to another, secured by a group of decentralized relayers. It is designed to serve as the shared, secure infrastructure for various blockchains and multichain DApps.
Moonriver is an Ethereum-compatible parachain on Kusama, serving as an experimental, community-led sister network to Moonbeam. The developer-friendly design and implementation of Moonriver have made it a destination for dozens of new and established DApps alike. The addition of Meter Passport to Moonriver gives users important asset transit options from some of the most popular and active chains in the ecosystem, in addition to the natively interoperable assets on Kusama and Polkadot.
"Today's crypto world is fast transitioning from the isolated single blockchain local network model to the interconnected heterogeneous blockchain Internet model.  Smart contracts will have to scale across the blockchain boundaries. Moonriver and Moonbeam stand at the forefront of such landscape shifts in the Polkadot ecosystem. It is our great pleasure to support and provide the most smooth cross-chain experience for the upcoming Moonriver and Moonbeam launch." said Xiaohan Zhu, founder of Meter.
Meter's initial set of relayers includes Protofire, Hashquark, InfinityStones, Wetez and, the Meter.io team. A cross-chain transaction will go through when it gets three or more confirmations from the five relayers. An implementation with an increased number of relayers and a higher security threshold will be available later this year.
"In an increasingly multi-chain environment, the key challenges to overcome are connectivity and interoperability between different blockchains," said Derek Yoo, Founder of Moonbeam. "The integration of Meter Passport provides critical transit routes to the Ethereum and BSC ecosystems. This allows users and developers the ability to work with a rich variety of assets in DeFi and other protocols that are deploying to Moonriver and Moonbeam."
Moonriver is currently in the process of launching to Kusama, with balance transfers and a full EVM expected to be available in approximately three weeks. At that point, DApps and other projects will begin to deploy to the network.
About the Moonbeam Network
Moonbeam is an Ethereum-compatible smart contract platform on the Polkadot network that makes it easy to build natively interoperable applications. This Ethereum compatibility allows developers to deploy existing Solidity smart contracts and DApp frontends to Moonbeam with minimal changes. As a parachain on the Polkadot network, Moonbeam will benefit from the shared security of the Polkadot relay chain and integrations with other chains that are connected to Polkadot. Currently, in active development by PureStake, Moonbeam is expected to reach MainNet by Q3 2021. Learn more: https://moonbeam.network/.
Meter.io is a highly decentralized Ethereum scaling solution with a built-in metastable gas currency. It connects to Ethereum and other blockchains as a layer-two protocol and allows smart contracts to scale and communicate seamlessly through heterogeneous blockchain networks.
Meter.io is backed by Pantera Capital, DHVC, DTC Capital (Spencer Noon), GBIC, LD Capital, and AU21 Capital.
Follow Meter.io on social media to learn more about the project and stay up to date about all future announcements.
Hashrate Returns to the Bitcoin Network as Major Miners Relocate and Come Back Online
Chinese miner exodus adds great value to Bitcoin through increased decentralization of mining hash power. This has created opportunities for nations around the world to support and benefit, welcoming the fleeing miners recently ousted from China. Hash power charts are recording a return of those Chinese miners to the Bitcoin network, as they set up shop again elsewhere. The result of this Chinese crackdown on miners is a more decentralized Bitcoin, suddenly increased application of renewable clean energy and Bitcoin's fully transparent victory in yet another great test of its staying power and resilience.
The charts are showing us presently that Chinese miners are returning to the Bitcoin network in countries outside China. After the Bitcoin hashrate witnessed a reduction of 54% initially, studies now show that more than 20% of that has returned to the network. Chinese mining dominance which has previously peaked above 75% of all BTC hash power, now after the ban is sitting at less than 50%, with miners returning daily outside China. The United States has shown a big gain in hash power market share. Other countries like Russia, Canada, and Kazakhstan, which have shown support for fleeing miners, are also reaping rewards in increased Bitcoin mining market share.
In today's crypto market with the exploding popularity of more centralized coin options and consensus models, it is important to reflect on the most valuable component to the market leader Bitcoin, its decentralized nature. As exampled by China and many others, governments and regulations will play a role in the future of crypto. Seizures, hacks, and sudden adverse regulations should be planned for. The solution to this in most cases is simply Bitcoin's greatest value proposition, its decentralization. Seek to control of your own crypto, and invest to propagate the most decentralized platforms. Power to the people. Everyone gets a Ledger.
Horizon Blockchain Games Raises $4.5M From BITKRAFT and CMT Digital
Horizon Blockchain Games (Horizon), a video game and Ethereum Web3 wallet and platform company, has raised $4.5M USD in a pre-Series A round SAFE from strategic gaming and blockchain investors, including BITKRAFT Ventures, CMT Digital, The Xchange Company, Khaled Verjee and Zyshan Kaba. Horizon's vision is to bring the symbiotic economies and power of Web3 and Ethereum to players, consumers, and developers alike with products tailor-made for everyday Internet users.
"This year will be monumental for Horizon Blockchain Games as we accelerate the adoption of Ethereum and blockchain technologies," said Peter Kieltyka, CEO of Horizon. "Our Sequence crypto and NFT wallet and our game Skyweaver make blockchain simple, fun and accessible for everyday users. We're thrilled to launch both products this year, and to enable virtually anyone with an Internet connection to participate in and benefit from this next generation of the Internet: the decentralized web."
"We first got excited by Skyweaver in 2019 and became even more enthralled when we learned about the vision for Sequence," said Colleen Sullivan, CEO of CMT Digital. "Horizon is poised to make Web3 and Ethereum accessible and enjoyable for virtually anyone with an Internet connection, and we love working with them."
About Horizon Blockchain Games
Horizon is driving Web3 adoption by making blockchain easy, fun, and powerful for users and developers. The Sequence smart wallet and developer platform for Ethereum, NFTs, Web3, DeFi, and Dapps allow users and developers to access and build the next generation of the Internet. Skyweaver is a free-to-play digital trading card game where players can win, own, trade, and sell their NFT cards. Horizon is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and backed by leading investors Initialized Capital, Golden Ventures, Polychain, Coinbase, BITKRAFT Ventures, CMT Digital, ConsenSys, DCG, Regah Ventures, iNovia, and The Xchange Company. Learn more about the New Dimension Horizon is building at https://horizon.io.
About BITKRAFT Ventures
BITKRAFT Ventures is a global early and mid-stage investment platform for gaming, esports, and interactive media. Founded by esports veteran Jens Hilgers, BITKRAFT serves a worldwide network that spans some of the industry's most forward-thinking startups and founders working to build and operate the virtual worlds and economies of the future. BITKRAFT operates five venture funds with a total of over $420M USD in assets under management and has over 40 companies in its global portfolio.
Bitcoin Rallies Following The ₿ Word Conference ft. Elon Musk, Cathie Wood, Jack Dorsey, and More
The B Word conversation with Elon, Cathie, and Jack was a gathering of fantastically talented, diverse, forward-thinking, pro-ESG, creative, and economically grounded minds. It was intensely interesting from many angles and engaged each of them from their different expert perspectives. Elon Musk announces personal and Space X crypto holdings. Cathie Wood clears up some misconceptions around BTC and backs her points with solid economic principles and experiential learnings. Jack Dorsey speaks to his socially and environmentally conscious BTC objectives for Square and Twitter, beliefs, and vision for this historically unmatched form of value exchange. Despite what the markets are showing us presently "the Internet's native currency" continues to grow and adapt, illuminating emerging fundamental benefits. Great thinkers like this are helping to amplify Bitcoin's growth and benefit to humanity, by exploring these creative and innovative ideas to make it more sustainable and productive.
Elon's flat humor persists throughout the conversation, but he is quite clear about his support for, and obvious commitment to many root positive aspects of decentralized value exchange. Our very favorite statement in this interview comes from Elon when he tried to clear the air saying, "I might pump, but I don't dump". This expression seemed a responsible acknowledgment of his crypto common sense and his important influence on crypto price swings. He reinforced his personal and business interests in crypto, and how influencing the price negatively makes no sense for him. He identifies the possible role that Tesla's solar division can play in the renewable future of crypto mining, a pretty obvious interest, and motivation.
Elon explains how his retraction of Tesla accepting Bitcoin was related to the sudden surge in crypto's popularity and price caused by his prior announcements surrounding accepting it. Recognizing that a sudden surge in mining transactions could not be solely supported by existing renewables powering the Bitcoin network, and how that fact reflected on a company whose main goal is a cleaner future. With China's help, Bitcoin is now above Elon's acceptance levels, and he stated that Tesla was conducting "a little more diligence" in investigating before they would "most likely" again accept Bitcoin transactions. All good news and sentiment from Elon.
Cathie Wood is a credible crypto hero that we appreciate a great deal. She is engaging and intelligent, citing Bitcoin economic principles and core strengths in a way that can make sense to anyone. During this conversation Cathie directs Elon's attention to the positive influence Bitcoin is having on innovation in, and adoption of renewables. Also interesting is Cathie's recognition that the energy used for Bitcoin production will be more efficient when compared to the energy used by the traditional financial services sector, or traditional gold mining facilities, two worthy comparisons. She comments that in her experience many people in Bitcoin development are extremely committed, and have a superior understanding of economics and economic history, a fact that gives her great comfort.
Jack Dorsey comes in to remind us all that Bitcoin is a problem-solving technological innovation that is well worthy of our energy investment, an important point to remember. Jack seems focused on exploring the limits of energy efficiencies, commenting on wasted energy and untapped energy. He referenced an example of capping methane flares from oil production to run mining rigs, neato. These are the innovative ideas that will become solutions as renewable research and adoption become increasingly powered by the profit motivations behind Bitcoin mining. Jack spoke about Square wallet projects and user benefits, insinuating that further crypto adoption news could be on the horizon for Twitter.
In summary, the interview denounced and addressed many misunderstandings about Bitcoin. It spoke to many of the factors that make bitcoin such a great direction for us all to go in. The interview was insightful, news breaking, and could give the crypto market the sentiment change it so desperately needs right now. All via the statement and recognition of obvious Bitcoin truths & potential rollout benefits.
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