By a very wide margin, the most effective thing the federal government can do to address FAMGA’s impact is to provide a friendly regulatory environment for crypto and let capitalism do its thing.
The decentralized nature of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies is heralded as one of its biggest benefits but at the same time, it’s one of the factors that’s preventing rapid adoption by larger institutions. Government agencies, financial service providers, and exchanges have explicit regulatory requirements and the anonymous nature of the blockchain has traditionally provided little visibility to these transactions. Chainalysis is the blockchain data platform that brings transparency to blockchain and cryptocurrency transactions, fueling the charge for widespread adoption. The platform can be used to power investigations, maintain compliance with anti-money laundering and KYC requirements, and even as a risk management tool, providing the assurance that cryptocurrency transactions are safe and secure. In addition to data and software, the company also provides training and research to ensure that Chainalsyis clients are up-to-date on the latest developments in this ever-changing landscape; clients include Barclays, Square, BitPay, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Michael Gronager to learn more about the company’s mission to promote the safe adoption of blockchain data as an asset class, the increasing demand for cryptocurrencies, and the company’s latest funding round led by Coatue.
I’ve written 250+ crypto-related posts since I saw the crypto light on June 29th, 2017. The most widely read of all those posts is titled “7 Thoughts On Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Decentralization After Three Months Down The Rabbit Hole”. The 5th thought was “ It’s A Bubble….So What”. I went on to explain: I say “so what” because […]
The security of digital assets is absolutely critical in ensuring widespread adoption and this has led to the emergence of countless digital-asset-as-security-service offerings. Fireblocks has emerged as a leader in digital asset security, with a growing number of companies rely-ing on Fireblock’s platform to securely store, transfer, and issue digital assets. The compa-ny has facilitated the transfer of over $150B+ in digital assets for local and international companies since its launch, $23B+ worth of digital assets transferred in Q3 alone, and the company has tripled its customer base already in Q4. AlleyWatch caught up with Co-founder and CEO Michael Shaulov to learn more about how Fireblocks provides the criti-cal infrastructure needed for enterprises to scale digital asset exposure, the company’s growth, and recent funding round from investors that include Paradigm, Cyberstarts, Tenaya Capital, Swisscom, Galaxy Digital, Digital Currency Group (DCG), and Ce-dar Hill Capital.
My market cap target for bitcoin is $2 Trillion, or $100,000 per bitcoin ever to be mined. This target is predicated on bitcoin growing its market share of store of value from 2% today to 17% by 2024 (assuming gold holds its current market cap of $12.5 trillion).
As a crypto investor, Zac Prince recognized how underdeveloped the ecosystem for financial products around crypto was. He cofounded BlockFi to advance the digital asset economy by enabling crypto to be used to help people achieve their financial goals within the existing finance ecosystem. Today, BlockFi offers interest-bearing crypto accounts, lending using crypto as collateral, and plans to roll out a credit card with crypto rewards. Zac shares some more insight about the company’s impressive traction ($1.5B+ AUM), the product pipeline, and latest round of funding from investors that include Morgan Creek Digital, Valar Ventures, CMT Digital, Castle Island Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, SCB 10X, Avon Ventures, Purple Arch Ventures, and Kenetic Capital. BlockFi is the only company that comes to mind that closed its Series A, B, and C rounds all within a period of 12 months!
Distributed ledger trading and new crypto finance products are swiftly being adopted by financial institutions across the globe. Curv unlocks this market for participants and accelerates institutional adoption of its security infrastructure. The company’s unique multi-party computation (MPC) technology eliminates the need for private keys on obsolete hardware and is completely cloud-based. CEO and Cofounder Itay Malinger shares more on the partnerships that traction the company has built, the security benefits of the technology, fundraising during the pandemic, and the company’s latest round of funding, which brings the total funding raised to $29.5M since 2018.
It has been said that trust is the real flaw of the banking system. Inevitably counterparties must outsource their trust in each other to the bank as an intermediary, and with recent headlines, we can see that consumer confidence in banks is weakening.
I grew up believing in American exceptionalism. That the U.S. was better than other nations. That’s what I was taught. When I looked around, that’s what I saw. But among many other lessons, Trump has taught me that the U.S. is a banana republic, just like most other/every other nation in the world. And that actually makes […]
I was the first person to call Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 and offer to buy the company (I was running Bolt at the time). In March, 2010, I published the first Wall Street style research report on Facebook on a Tumblr blog, with a $100 billion five year price target (it was actively trading in the private markets at […]
The global market for digital assets is estimated to be northwards of 300 billion, and while there are many digital coins on the market, traditional investors have focused primarily on Bitcoin, thus losing out on exposure to lsrge segment of the digital asset market. Altonomy fills a gap in the market through its OTC sell-side trading […]