Balaji Srinivasan. Menschen der Industrie– BitcoinWiki

[Twitter/Clubhouse/News Media?] Silicon Valley v The New York Times: Overpriced Suitcases, Insta Stories, Insular Apps and Bitcoin Bounties

Background:
What is Clubhouse?
You know all those stories of people interrupting Zoom calls by spamming the link and getting in? What if that, as a business model. It is still in private beta, has only 1500 users and yet somehow venture capitalists have $12 million invested at a $100 milion dollar valuation in this.
What is Away?
Hardcover suitcases that cost $225 and above. Hipsters seem to like it. "The brand is more than just luggage. It’s about travel." It is treated like a tech company by VCs for some godforsaken reason (it has raised $100 million at a $1.4 billion valuation), and the CEO uses a lot of Lean In rhetoric (female led, inclusive etc.)
How New York Times?
The New York Times has hired a reporter, Taylor Lorenz, specifically for "Internet Culture" i.e. HobbyDrama reporting. (No, seriously, look at the stories she gets to write. For the NYT!)
Pre-Drama Events:
In December 2019, an elaborate investigation was posted by The Verge (not the NYT, important) about the toxic work culture at Away, with the CEO, Steph Corey, calling workers brain dead and firing someone based on chat in an internal private Slack channel called #Hot-Topics "filled with LGBTQ folks and people of color" (from article).
Korey stepped down as CEO in December, with another CEO to be selected. She came back as co-CEO in January because she 'should not have fallen on the sword.'
Course of the Drama:
June 30/July 1: On an Instagram AMA, returned co-CEO Korey answered a question about "women being targeted by the media" (I presume the AMA went in that direction) by talking about media having an incentive to clickbait in the social media era that and women (like her) were targeted because women are supposed to be motherly, ambitious women like Hillary are targeted by the media, some millennial women who work in the media forgo their ethics to advance their career because old media ethics are being eroded.
The Verge investigation was done by Zoë Schiffer, a “millennial woman.”
Incensed by this, Lorenz posts the IG pics on twitter (previous link from her) and speculates that this AMA exists because of a piece on the disgracing of the “girlboss” stereotype. To recap, neither the original story, nor the Atlantic op-ed were written by her.
Techbros start sharing the same pics of the AMA as a balanced perspective.
Until this point, #bothsides, let them fight, etc.
Enter Balaji Srinivasan. Here is a pompous bio.
He starts attacking Lorenz (again, not the writer of any of the stories). Lorenz says the guy has been obsessively attacking her for quite some time on Clubhouse gussied up public Webex calls (in tweets after the linked tweet).
Then anti-Lorenz sockpuppet accounts start being created to attack her.
An elaborate website is linked by the accounts, specifically to attack her. (Click the link, it is deranged as all hell.)
Taylor asks Ben Horowitz (of multi-billion dollar Andreessen Horowitz, where Balaji has worked before) to get him to stop. Gets blocked.
Then the Andreessen Horowitz batch have a conversation on Clubhouse Discord without texting with Lorenz. After Taylor leaves, (this part leaked to Vice, so you can go listen) Ben Horowitz’ wife, Felicia says that Taylor is playing the “woman card to defend herself.” Balaji implies that she may be “afraid of a brown man.”
And then the conversations ascend:
”the entire tech press was complicit in covering up the threat of COVID-19,”
relying on the press is “outsourcing your information supply chain to folks who are disaligned with you,”
”Media corporations are not the free press, any more than chain restaurants are food “
“why does press have a right to investigate private companies, let the market decide, I don’t understand who gives them that right” (Note: Probably from another conversation by some CEO)
Also something about Github, VC funding and Blockchains being a better model for journalism. (Bitconeeeect!!)
Then Vice reports on it.
Tech media rallies around Taylor [retweets on her twitter]. Glenn Greenwald pokes his nose and says otherwise, because Greenwald.
VCs support their own (along with MC Hammer?? because he’s also on Clubhouse the conference calls you join “for fun” app? So is Oprah???), with opinions like
I’ve never met a VC more powerful than a journalist. One can block me from accessing capital. The other has controlled the narrative / perception of my entire race for decades.
And other nuclear fucking takes retweeted by Felicia Horowitz
And Balaji?
When reached for comment, Balaji claims recording it was illegal (which, idk, haven’t seen the Terms of Service, only 1500 people can use Clubhouse the Twitch app, but you don’t have video and chat has audio)
And then he announces a $1000 bounty for memes and analysis of this event.
(paid in Bitcoin, obviously, this whole scenario is a damn meme)
This gets the creator of Ruby on Rails/Basecamp to defect to the media’s side
Aftermath? (This is a current story):
VCs (like Paul Graham) declare that the media hates them because they are losing power
Media Twitter decides VC Twitter is trying to reanimate the corpse of #GamerGate
Steph Korey, the instigator of this spiraling nonsense? Away says she has decided to step down (redux) because an employee revolt over her IG post.
(Recap: Away sells hardcases to hypebeasts. They are worth a billion because of VCs)
Balaji, rich VC guy, has memes on his timeline?
[Elon Musk has not weighed in yet, if you are curious]
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Crypto Banking Wars: Will Coinbase or Binance Become The Bank of The Future?

Crypto Banking Wars: Will Coinbase or Binance Become The Bank of The Future?
Can the early success of major crypto exchanges propel them to winning the broader consumer finance market?
https://reddit.com/link/i48t4q/video/v4eo10gom7f51/player
This is the first part of Crypto Banking Wars — a new series that examines what crypto-native company is most likely to become the bank of the future. Who is best positioned to reach mainstream adoption in consumer finance?
While crypto allows the world to get rid of banks, a bank will still very much be necessary for this powerful technology to reach the masses. We believe a crypto-native company, like Genesis Block, will become the bank of the future.
In an earlier series, Crypto-Powered, we laid out arguments for why crypto-native companies have a huge edge in the market. When you consider both the broad spectrum of financial use-cases and the enormous value unlocked through these DeFi protocols, you can see just how big of an unfair advantage blockchain tech becomes for companies who truly understand and leverage it. Traditional banks and fintech unicorns simply won’t be able to keep up.
The power players of consumer finance in the 21st century will be crypto-native companies who build with blockchain technology at their core.
The crypto landscape is still nascent. We’re still very much in the fragmented, unbundled phase of the industry lifecycle. Beyond what Genesis Block is doing, there are signs of other companies slowly starting to bundle financial services into what could be an all-in-one bank replacement.
So the key question that this series hopes to answer:
Which crypto-native company will successfully become the bank of the future?
We obviously think Genesis Block is well-positioned to win. But we certainly aren’t the only game in town. In this series, we’ll be doing an analysis of who is most capable of thwarting our efforts. We’ll look at categories like crypto exchanges, crypto wallets, centralized lending & borrowing services, and crypto debit card companies. Each category will have its own dedicated post.
Today we’re analyzing big crypto exchanges. The two companies we’ll focus on today are Coinbase (biggest American exchange) and Binance (biggest global exchange). They are the top two exchanges in terms of Bitcoin trading volume. They are in pole position to winning this market — they have a huge existing userbase and strong financial resources.
Will Coinbase or Binance become the bank of the future? Can their early success propel them to winning the broader consumer finance market? Is their growth too far ahead for anyone else to catch up? Let’s dive in.
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Binance

The most formidable exchange on the global stage is Binance (Crunchbase). All signs suggest they have significantly more users and a stronger balance sheet than Coinbase. No other exchange is executing as aggressively and relentlessly as Binance is. The cadence at which they are shipping and launching new products is nothing short of impressive. As Tushar Jain from Multicoin argues, Binance is Blitzscaling.
Here are some of the products that they’ve launched in the last 18 months. Only a few are announced but still pre-launch.
Binance is well-positioned to become the crypto-powered, all-in-one, bundled solution for financial services. They already have so many of the pieces. But the key question is:
Can they create a cohesive & united product experience?

Binance Weaknesses

Binance is strong, but they do have a few major weaknesses that could slow them down.
  1. Traders & Speculators Binance is currently very geared for speculators, traders, and financial professionals. Their bread-and-butter is trading (spot, margin, options, futures). Their UI is littered with depth charts, order books, candlesticks, and other financial concepts that are beyond the reach of most normal consumers. Their product today is not at all tailored for the broader consumer market. Given Binance’s popularity and strength among the pro audience, it’s unlikely that they will dumb down or simplify their product any time soon. That would jeopardize their core business. Binance will likely need an entirely new product/brand to go beyond the pro user crowd. That will take time (or an acquisition). So the question remains, is Binance even interested in the broader consumer market? Or will they continue to focus on their core product, the one-stop-shop for pro crypto traders?
  2. Controversies & Hot Water Binance has had a number of controversies. No one seems to know where they are based — so what regulatory agencies can hold them accountable? Last year, some sensitive, private user data got leaked. When they announced their debit card program, they had to remove mentions of Visa quickly after. And though the “police raid” story proved to be untrue, there are still a lot of questions about what happened with their Shanghai office shut down (where there is smoke, there is fire). If any company has had a “move fast and break things” attitude, it is Binance. That attitude has served them well so far but as they try to do business in more regulated countries like America, this will make their road much more difficult — especially in the consumer market where trust takes a long time to earn, but can be destroyed in an instant. This is perhaps why the Binance US product is an empty shell when compared to their main global product.
  3. Disjointed Product Experience Because Binance has so many different teams launching so many different services, their core product is increasingly feeling disjointed and disconnected. Many of the new features are sloppily integrated with each other. There’s no cohesive product experience. This is one of the downsides of executing and shipping at their relentless pace. For example, users don’t have a single wallet that shows their balances. Depending on if the user wants to do spot trading, margin, futures, or savings… the user needs to constantly be transferring their assets from one wallet to another. It’s not a unified, frictionless, simple user experience. This is one major downside of the “move fast and break things” approach.
  4. BNB token Binance raised $15M in a 2017 ICO by selling their $BNB token. The current market cap of $BNB is worth more than $2.6B. Financially this token has served them well. However, given how BNB works (for example, their token burn), there are a lot of open questions as to how BNB will be treated with US security laws. Their Binance US product so far is treading very lightly with its use of BNB. Their token could become a liability for Binance as it enters more regulated markets. Whether the crypto community likes it or not, until regulators get caught up and understand the power of decentralized technology, tokens will still be a regulatory burden — especially for anything that touches consumers.
  5. Binance Chain & Smart Contract Platform Binance is launching its own smart contract platform soon. Based on compatibility choices, they have their sights aimed at the Ethereum developer community. It’s unclear how easy it’ll be to convince developers to move to Binance chain. Most of the current developer energy and momentum around smart contracts is with Ethereum. Because Binance now has their own horse in the race, it’s unlikely they will ever decide to leverage Ethereum’s DeFi protocols. This could likely be a major strategic mistake — and hubris that goes a step too far. Binance will be pushing and promoting protocols on their own platform. The major risk of being all-in on their own platform is that they miss having a seat on the Ethereum rocket ship — specifically the growth of DeFi use-cases and the enormous value that can be unlocked. Integrating with Ethereum’s protocols would be either admitting defeat of their own platform or competing directly against themselves.

Binance Wrap Up

I don’t believe Binance is likely to succeed with a homegrown product aimed at the consumer finance market. Their current product — which is focused heavily on professional traders and speculators — is unlikely to become the bank of the future. If they wanted to enter the broader consumer market, I believe it’s much more likely that they will acquire a company that is getting early traction. They are not afraid to make acquisitions (Trust, JEX, WazirX, DappReview, BxB, CoinMarketCap, Swipe).
However, never count CZ out. He is a hustler. Binance is executing so aggressively and relentlessly that they will always be on the shortlist of major contenders.
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Coinbase

The crypto-native company that I believe is more likely to become the bank of the future is Coinbase (crunchbase). Their dominance in America could serve as a springboard to winning the West (Binance has a stronger foothold in Asia). Coinbase has more than 30M users. Their exchange business is a money-printing machine. They have a solid reputation as it relates to compliance and working with regulators. Their CEO is a longtime member of the crypto community. They are rumored to be going public soon.

Coinbase Strengths

Let’s look at what makes them strong and a likely contender for winning the broader consumer finance market.
  1. Different Audience, Different Experience Coinbase has been smart to create a unique product experience for each audience — the pro speculator crowd and the common retail user. Their simple consumer version is at Coinbase.com. That’s the default. Their product for the more sophisticated traders and speculators is at Coinbase Pro (formerly GDAX). Unlike Binance, Coinbase can slowly build out the bank of the future for the broad consumer market while still having a home for their hardcore crypto traders. They aren’t afraid to have different experiences for different audiences.
  2. Brand & Design Coinbase has a strong product design team. Their brand is capable of going beyond the male-dominated crypto audience. Their product is clean and simple — much more consumer-friendly than Binance. It’s clear they spend a lot of time thinking about their user experience. Interacting directly with crypto can sometimes be rough and raw (especially for n00bs). When I was at Mainframe we hosted a panel about Crypto UX challenges at the DevCon4 Dapp Awards. Connie Yang (Head of Design at Coinbase) was on the panel. She was impressive. Some of their design philosophies will bode well as they push to reach the broader consumer finance market.
  3. USDC Stablecoin Coinbase (along with Circle) launched USDC. We’ve shared some stats about its impressive growth when we discussed DeFi use-cases. USDC is quickly becoming integrated with most DeFi protocols. As a result, Coinbase is getting a front-row seat at some of the most exciting things happening in decentralized finance. As Coinbase builds its knowledge and networks around these protocols, it could put them in a favorable position to unlock incredible value for their users.
  4. Early Signs of Bundling Though Coinbase has nowhere near as many products & services as Binance, they are slowly starting to add more financial services that may appeal to the broader market. They are now letting depositors earn interest on USDC (also DAI & Tezos). In the UK they are piloting a debit card. Users can now invest in crypto with dollar-cost-averaging. It’s not much, but it’s a start. You can start to see hints of a more bundled solution around financial services.

Coinbase Weaknesses

Let’s now look at some things that could hold them back.
  1. Slow Cadence In the fast-paced world of crypto, and especially when compared to Binance, Coinbase does not ship very many new products very often. This is perhaps their greatest weakness. Smaller, more nimble startups may run circles around them. They were smart to launch Coinbase Ventures where tey invest in early-stage startups. They can now keep an ear to the ground on innovation. Perhaps their cadence is normal for a company of their size — but the Binance pace creates quite the contrast.
  2. Lack of Innovation When you consider the previous point (slow cadence), it’s unclear if Coinbase is capable of building and launching new products that are built internally. Most of their new products have come through acquisitions. Their Earn.com acquisition is what led to their Earn educational product. Their acquisition of Xapo helped bolster their institutional custody offering. They acqui-hired a team to help launch their staking infrastructure. Their acquisition of Cipher Browser became an important part of Coinbase Wallet. And recently, they acquired Tagomi — a crypto prime brokerage. Perhaps most of Coinbase’s team is just focused on improving their golden goose, their exchange business. It’s unclear. But the jury is still out on if they can successfully innovate internally and launch any homegrown products.
  3. Talent Exodus There have been numerous reports of executive turmoil at Coinbase. It raises a lot of questions about company culture and vision. Some of the executives who departed include COO Asiff Hirji, CTO Balaji Srinivasan, VP & GM Adam White, VP Eng Tim Wagner, VP Product Jeremy Henrickson, Sr Dir of Eng Namrata Ganatra, VP of Intl Biz Dan Romero, Dir of Inst Sales Christine Sandler, Head of Trading Hunter Merghart, Dir Data Science Soups Ranjan, Policy Lead Mike Lempres, Sr Compliance Vaishali Mehta. Many of these folks didn’t stay with Coinbase very long. We don’t know exactly why it’s happening —but when you consider a few of my first points (slow cadence, lack of innovation), you have to wonder if it’s all related.
  4. Institutional Focus As a company, we are a Coinbase client. We love their institutional offering. It’s clear they’ve been investing a lot in this area. A recent Coinbase blog post made it clear that this has been a focus: “Over the past 12 months, Coinbase has been laser-focused on building out the types of features and services that our institutional customers need.” Their Tagomi acquisition only re-enforced this focus. Perhaps this is why their consumer product has felt so neglected. They’ve been heavily investing in their institutional services since May 2018. For a company that’s getting very close to an IPO, it makes sense that they’d focus on areas that present strong revenue opportunities — as they do with institutional clients. Even for big companies like Coinbase, it’s hard to have a split focus. If they are “laser-focused” on the institutional audience, it’s unlikely they’ll be launching any major consumer products anytime soon.

Coinbase Wrap Up

At Genesis Block, we‘re proud to be working with Coinbase. They are a fantastic company. However, I don’t believe that they’ll succeed in building their own product for the broader consumer finance market. While they have incredible design, there are no signs that they are focused on or capable of internally building this type of product.
Similar to Binance, I think it’s far more likely that Coinbase acquires a promising young startup with strong growth.

Honorable Mentions

Other US-based exchanges worth mentioning are Kraken, Gemini, and Bittrex. So far we’ve seen very few signs that any of them will aggressively attack broader consumer finance. Most are going in the way of Binance — listing more assets and adding more pro tools like margin and futures trading. And many, like Coinbase, are trying to attract more institutional customers. For example, Gemini with their custody product.

Wrap Up

Coinbase and Binance have huge war chests and massive reach. For that alone, they should always be considered threats to Genesis Block. However, their products are very, very different than the product we’re building. And their approach is very different as well. They are trying to educate and onboard people into crypto. At Genesis Block, we believe the masses shouldn’t need to know or care about it. We did an entire series about this, Spreading Crypto.
Most everyone needs banking — whether it be to borrow, spend, invest, earn interest, etc. Not everyone needs a crypto exchange. For non-crypto consumers (the mass market), the differences between a bank and a crypto exchange are immense. Companies like Binance and Coinbase make a lot of money on their crypto exchange business. It would be really difficult, gutsy, and risky for any of them to completely change their narrative, messaging, and product to focus on the broader consumer market. I don’t believe they would ever risk biting the hand that feeds them.
In summary, as it relates to a digital bank aimed at the mass market, I believe both Coinbase and Binance are much more likely to acquire a startup in this space than they are to build it themselves. And I think they would want to keep the brand/product distinct and separate from their core crypto exchange business.
So back to the original question, is Coinbase and Binance a threat to Genesis Block? Not really. Not today. But they could be, and for that, we want to stay close to them.
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P-REP Proposal; ICON, 20% exposure in top crypto event of 2020, reach 100+ universities/corporate partners (BETTER THAN SLICED BREAD), organized by MouseBelt.

Summary:
Event site: https://www.ri2020.io/
Event date: May 18th, 2020
P-PREP Commitment Date: April 30th, 2020
Telegram: u/markusreisner
We believe we have a strong proposition to market ICON in a meaningful way to some of the largest communities in crypto.
The MouseBelt team has the largest global network of over 100+ universities in 20+ countries. Over the last few months, 10+ university blockchain events we were working with got canceled for obvious reasons.
Due to that fact, and our understanding of our reach we decided to launch a virtual conference. Since April 10th here is what happened:
MouseBelt will invest over $70k+ into this event. We would like to have fellow P-Reps invest $20k (this will go 100% to BlockTV production cost).
The benefit to the ICON community will be:
Background:
MouseBelt is a popular blockchain ecosystem consisting of multiple parts:
MouseBelt as ICON developers:
Our engineering team has implemented token assets on ZenSports (SPORTS), the first STO on the ICON network, and GrowYourBase, the #1 IRC2 application token in market capitalization on the ICON network.
Currently, we are developing the Balanced network in concert with ICX_Station, PARROT9, and Iconosphere. Balanced will bring synthetic assets backed by ICX to the ICON network, as well as tokenized staked ICX. This can assist with both a stable asset for payments, and a base for other DeFi applications
MouseBelt as a P-Rep:
We have been a Main P-Rep most of the time since decentralization of the network and so far had utilized our funds for student education.
Such as the “ICON in a box” workshops and the Milwaukee Blockchain Conference, which we sponsored in a direct ICX payment and the second annual payment for UCLA’s blockchain engineering course.
REIMAGINE2020, Conference details:
Conferences have always been an integral part of the blockchain space to promote projects in the industry.
With recent evolutions around the globe, things have changed. They either got canceled or delayed.
We have created REIMAGINE2020, a virtual conference.
Shared by the ICON Foundation on April 18.
We can effectively and efficiently promote ICON to the world through Reiamgine2020 | BlockTV. The driving force behind the conference is: highest quality of Content matched with the best production quality for Video. The funds will allow MouseBelt to promote ICON logo/branding throughout the conference/programming for straight 72 hr of live streaming. Additionally, we have the opportunity to properly place ICON logo/branding in highly favorable on-screen placements (tickers/commercials/plugs and continuous branding) reaching 5M viewers globally. ICX Station is providing a Keynote to drive global interest.
Confirmed partners
Schedule & Format
Production Status
Audience
In addition to the communities of our confirmed partners and universities we are targeting:
1. Viewers - Tuning into the livestream, attending a workshop, or watching the content post-conference.
2. Participants - Speakers, partners, and sponsors
3. As far as hard data for "attendees" we have two signals:
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List of Scott's most influential twitter followers

It seems like Scott/SSC has gotten much more mainstream recognition over the past year, so I was curious to know who the most influential SSC readers are now. Using twitter follower data for this isn't perfect (follower count is not a perfect proxy for influence, not all SSC readers follow the twitter account, etc.), but it's the best I could think of and I figured it would be a fun exercise regardless.
As an aside, a few interesting stats I learned about Scott's twitter followers (scraped on 12/30/17):
  1. Scott is followed by exactly two members of Congress: Justin Amash (Republican) and Jim Himes (Democrat)
  2. Scott has 351 bluecheck followers
  3. Of the top 100 most-followed followers, the gender breakdown (by my count) is 82 men vs 8 women (along with 10 organization or anonymous accounts). Among the top 50, it's 43 men and 1 woman (Liv Boeree)
  4. 385 followers (2% of the total) have bios including either "bitcoin", "ethereum", "crypto" or "blockchain"
  5. There are 67 followers whose bios include either "@Google", "@ Google", "at Google", or "Googler"
Note: When constructing the top 100 below, I excluded accounts that had extremely large Following counts, since I wanted the list to just consist of (likely) actual SSC readers. My exact rule was to exclude any account that follows >20K, include any that follows <10K, and include accounts in the 10K-20K range iff their following/follower ratio was less than 10% (this last condition was mostly just because I wanted to keep @pmarca on the list).
Anyway, below is the top 100. I also constructed lists for Eliezer, Robin Hanson, and gwern, and I can post those in the comments if anyone's interested.
Ranking Twitter Name Full Name Bio Bluecheck Follower Count Following Count
1 @NateSilver538 Nate Silver Editor-in-Chief, @FiveThirtyEight. Author, The Signal and the Noise (http://amzn.to/QdyFYV). Sports/politics/food geek. 1 2860782 1051
2 @ezraklein Ezra Klein Founder and editor-at-large, http://Vox.com. Come work with us! http://bit.ly/1ToAmQ8 1 2277052 1112
3 @timoreilly Tim O'Reilly Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Watching the alpha geeks, sharing their stories, helping the future unfold. 1 1988716 1829
4 @paulg Paul Graham 1 1066366 322
5 @SamHarrisOrg Sam Harris Author of The End of Faith, The Moral Landscape, Waking Up, and other bestselling books published in over 20 languages. Host of the Waking Up… 1 974855 229
6 @techreview MIT Tech Review MIT Technology Review equips its audiences with the intelligence to understand a world shaped by technology. 1 794095 3367
7 @pmarca Marc Andreessen 1 672740 16319
8 @cdixon Chris Dixon programming, philosophy, history, internet, startups, investing 1 572260 3320
9 @RealTimeWWII WW2 Tweets from 1939 I livetweet the 2nd World War, as it happened on this day in 1939 & for 6 years to come (2nd time around). Created by Alwyn Collinson,… 0 516803 459
10 @VitalikButerin Vitalik Buterin See https://about.me/vitalik_buterin 1 458582 154
11 @Tribeca Tribeca Great stories from the greatest storytellers. 1 409581 18678
12 @bhorowitz Ben Horowitz Author of Ben's Blog (http://www.bhorowitz.com) and HarperBusiness book, THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Thing-About-Things-Building-ebook/dp/B00DQ845EA/ref=sr_1_1… 1 405820 255
13 @mattyglesias Matthew Yglesias Fake news. Bad takes. Dad jokes. We’re actually on the Bad Place. 1 372341 754
14 @naval Naval Present. 0 339469 478
15 @SwiftOnSecurity SwiftOnSecurity I make stupid jokes, talk systems security, https://DecentSecurity.com + http://GotPhish.com, write Scifi, sysadmin, & use Oxford commas. Sprezzatura. 0 211672 7530
16 @alexismadrigal Alexis C. Madrigal staff writer @TheAtlantic in the real world, these just people with ideas Mexican, Oakland, Earthseed 1 203540 5682
17 @ScottAdamsSays Scott Adams Win Bigly: http://amzn.to/2myAGon 1 202042 788
18 @Khanoisseur Adam Khan Majordomo; Stuff at @Google @Twitter @SpaceX @Apple Exposing Trump https://www.gofundme.com/VolunteerJournalism… *Turn notifications on for breaking Trump… 0 183964 9359
19 @felixsalmon Felix Salmon Host and editor, Cause & Effect 1 180414 1832
20 @fmanjoo Farhad Manjoo (feat. Drake) NYT. DMs are open. signal: 4156836738. [email protected]. Instagram/Snapchat: fmanjoo 1 167592 4095
21 @VsauceTwo Vsauce2 Being Human. personal twitter: @kevleeb 0 151795 279
22 @russian_market Russian Market Swiss Financial Blogger. In Bitcoin we trust. 1 148866 939
23 @AaronDayAtlas Aaron Day CEO @Salucorp, Chairman @stark_360. #entrepreneur #btc #blockchain #healthcare #paleo #tech #dad Former candidate for #USSenate #ENTJ 0 133389 2075
24 @justinamash Justin Amash I defend #liberty and explain every vote at http://facebook.com/justinamash • 'Laws must be general, equal, and certain.' —F.A. Hayek 1 131997 5376
25 @Liv_Boeree Liv Boeree Poker player & Team Pokerstars Pro. Physics creature. Aspiring rationalist. Mountain goat. [email protected] 1 125366 451
26 @MaxCRoser Max Roser Researcher @UniOfOxford – Follow me for data visualizations of long-term trends of living standards – mostly from my web publication: http://www.OurWorldinData.org 1 114045 583
27 @Jonathan_Blow Jonathan Blow Game designer of Braid and The Witness. Partner in IndieFund. 0 112827 68
28 @andrewchen Andrew Chen Growth: @uber. Writer: http://andrewchen.co. Plus one: @briannekimmel 0 111077 6288
29 @charlescwcooke Charles C. W. Cooke Editor of National Review Online. Classical liberal. Immigrant. Jack’s Dad. Wino. ‘The American is the Englishman left to himself.’ 1 110071 872
30 @AlanEyre1 Alan Eyre Diplomat, U.S. State Dept, Energy Resources Bureau. Middle East/Asia Energy; ایران. RT doesn't =endorsement; 'likes' don't necessarily=likes, often… 1 106947 3514
31 @karpathy Andrej Karpathy Director of AI at Tesla. Previously a Research Scientist at OpenAI, and CS PhD student at Stanford. I like to train Deep Neural Nets on large datasets. 1 106643 445
32 @JamesADamore James Damore Nerd centrist interested in open discussions and improving the world by fixing perverse incentive structures. Author of the pro-diversity … 1 94580 210
33 @SherwoodStrauss Ethan Strauss Podcasting 1 88258 1204
34 @james_clear James Clear Author, weightlifter and travel photographer in 25+ countries. Over 400,000 people subscribe to my weekly newsletter on how to build better habits. 1 87968 218
35 @nk from the future Wealth and personal achievement expert 0 81712 591
36 @benthompson Ben Thompson AuthoFounder of @stratechery. Host of @exponentfm. @notechben for sports. @monkbent on other networks. Home on the Internet. 1 78746 1267
37 @matthewherper Matthew Herper Forbes reporter covering science and medicine 1 78698 2111
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Ex-Coinbase CTO Is Behind Mysterious Nakamoto.com, Sources Say

Nakamoto.com is a website that’s more than twice as old as bitcoin, and for most of its life, it has just redirected to a San Francisco developer’s personal website.

Now, though, according to two industry sources, it’s under the ownership of one of the best-known investors in crypto: Balaji S. Srinivasan, former Andreessen Horowitz partner, founder of Earn.com and former chief technology officer of Coinbase.

The current site says, “Nakamoto is bitcoin country. HODL or GTFO.”

As of now, potential users can only enter their email address and await more information.

https://www.coindesk.com/ex-coinbase-cto-is-behind-mysterious-nakamoto-com-sources-say
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CryptoKitties Sales Hit $12 Million, Could be Ethereum’s Killer App After All

CryptoKitties, the Ethereum-based digital kitten collectibles game, has processed more than $12 million in sales on its decentralized marketplace.
Essentially, CryptoKitties is a Tamagotchi-like game developed as a decentralized application (dapp) launched on top of the Ethereum protocol. Each digital kitten represents a unique crypto asset and the ownership of it cannot be altered, as it is integrated onto the immutable Ethereum Blockchain.
Expensive kitties
According to Kitty Sales, five of the rarest digital kittens on the CryptoKitties platform were sold for over $100,000 each, with the most expensive digital kitten being sold at around $120,000. Some analysts and researchers have questioned the value of these digital kittens, and whether the platform itself is sustainable in the long-term.
Something even bigger
While the vast majority of CryptoKitties critics perceive the platform as a simple collectibles game, prominent venture capital investor, Andreessen Horowitz partner, and Earn.com CEO Balaji Srinivasan explained that CryptoKitties has demonstrated frictionless international trading of digital assets on a Blockchain at a large-scale. He believes the game has proven that assets can be traded in a decentralized manner without the involvement of intermediaries.
Using the same mechanism and technology that CryptoKitties uses, a digital asset can be exchanged seamlessly, through a decentralized platform. If the CryptoKitties platform is evaluated as a peer-to-peer digital assets exchange, the technology’s use case becomes more intriguing than a simple collectibles game.
In the long-term, investors and traders will be able to exchange digital assets using decentralized applications on the Ethereum network. They will no longer have to rely on centralized platforms that are vulnerable to a wide array of threats and are equipped with strict Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies.
No such thing as intrinsic value
Moreover, Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market have proven that the concept of intrinsic value is flawed. Value is subjective and no asset or currency in the global market is intrinsically worth a particular value.
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin provided the auction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi as an example. The painting by Da Vinci was auctioned off to a Saudi price at $450 million, by Christie’s. The painting could represent $450 million in value to Saudi Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud, the buyer of the painting, but to others, the painting may not be worth that amount.

Buterin further emphasized that CryptoKitties:
“Illustrates very well that the value of a Blockchain extends far beyond applications that would literally get shut down by banks or governments if they did not use one.”
The value of the digital kittens on the CryptoKitties platform is based on rarity and scarcity, like every other cryptocurrency in the market with a fixed monetary supply. On top of that, CryptoKitties has demonstrated the possibility of frictionless and seamless trading of digital assets, which could be implemented at a larger scale in major industries such as finance.



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21 CEO Hints at Stealth Startup's Larger Mission at Bitcoin Job Fair

21 CEO and Andreessen Horowitz partner Balaji Srinivasan hinted at his secretive company's larger mission at the second annual Bitcoin Job Fair.
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Reporte Semanal #2 Julio 2015 I Análisis de Mercado de Bitex.la

Durante la última semana la moneda digital operó la franja entre 292.79 USD y 272.74 USD. Podemos observar en el grafico que el precio tuvo una leve tendencia a la baja de manera lateralizada pero nunca rompiendo el soporte de los 270 USD. Podemos esperar que esta semana el Bitcoin se mantenga en este nivel de precios, de romper la resistencia de 290 USD podría experimentar una suba mantenida hasta el nivel de los 310 USD.
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Con más de 800 millones de dólares invertidos en Bitcoin y tecnología Blockchain en nuevas empresas desde 2012, es seguro decir que los capitalistas de riesgo han sin duda sido cautivados.
Las inversiones en la industria ya han superado el total acumulado para el 2014, con más de $ 380 millones comprometidos a nuevas empresas en las rondas de financiación anunciadas públicamente este año.
Mientras que de por si es una cifra impresionante, lo que ese número representa es la cantidad de semillas a las empresas en última etapa que están haciendo apuestas sobre la nueva ola de innovadores con el objetivo de tomar al bitcoin y la tecnología blockchain por delante.
Los Datos de Bitcoin VC de CoinDesk indican que cerca de 200 empresas de capital riesgo han invertido en empresas Bitcoin, un total que excluye a los muchos inversores individuales y que han participado en las rondas de financiación públicas, así como las diversas ofertas privadas mantenidas fuera de la vista del público.
Fuera de estas muchas empresas de inversión, sin embargo, los líderes claros son aquellos cuyos acuerdos de inversión e ideales han influido en el ecosistema más amplio.
Con esto en mente, hemos compilado una lista de 10 de las empresas de inversión más influyentes y visibles en la industria.
IDG Capital Partners:
La única entidad no estadounidense de la lista, de China IDG Capital ha surgido como un inversionista temprano, aún conservador, con un mayor énfasis en las aplicaciones de la blockchain como un libro distribuido.
La primera inversión de IDG se produjo durante su 05 2013 financiación de Ripple Labs, un proveedor de protocolo de pagos distribuido que ha recaudado $ 37 millones en total y recientemente cerró $ 28 millones de la Serie A.
Más tarde, participó con 1 millón de dólares de recaudación en fondos de Koinify. Originalmente concebido como un pedal de arranque descentralizado, Koinify desde entonces ha anunciado que tiene previsto girar como resultado de los ingresos no sostenibles.
Aunque la empresa parece preferir las inversiones en tecnología distribuida de libro mayor, IDG, no obstante ha respaldado uno de los mayores proveedores de servicios de Bitcoin, con sede en el Círculo Financiero de Boston, después de haber participado con 50 millones de dólares de la Serie C del Círculo en abril.
Un representante de IDG Ventures, EE.UU. indicó que la empresa está actualmente buscando oportunidades en fase inicial, mientras que su contraparte con sede en China se centra en ofertas de la última etapa.
Khosla Ventures:
Descrito por TechCrunch como una “entidad de capital riesgo mega”, con sede en Menlo Park Khosla Ventures, recientemente recaudó $ 400m para financiar su siguiente lote de inversiones semilla, algunas de las cuales pueden llegar a ser dedicadas a Bitcoin o empresas blockchain.
Khosla ha tenido una posición reservada con respecto al Bitcoin , la blockchain y a si su tesis de inversión favorece una o la otra. Sin embargo, eso no ha impedido su participación en algunos de las la financiaciónes mas renombradas del espacio.
La Cartera bitcoin de Khosla incluye la industria de recaudación de fondos líder 21 Inc, que ha acumulado más de $ 120 millones en capital inicial hasta la fecha, así como la mayor obra de tecnología del sector Blockstream.
En otros lugares, Khosla ha respaldado rondas de financiación más pequeñas para el proveedor de tecnología blockchain, Cadena y servicios financieros BlockScore.
VC Boost:
San Mateo Boost VC puede estar alejado de un enfoque específico en bitcoin (recientemente anunciando que su clase más nueva sería igualmente dedicada a la realidad virtual), pero desde su creación en 2013, ha sido uno de los inversores más prolíficos en el espacio.
Boost VC ha declarado que pretende respaldar 100 empresas bitcoin en 2017, y ya cuenta con una cartera que incluye nuevas empresas con potencial de crecimiento, incluyendo Align Commerce, BlockCypher, BTCPoint, BitPagos and Reveal.
Dado que la mayoría de sus inversiones son en las primeras etapas, es difícil evaluar plenamente el énfasis de Boost en el volumen de su enfoque en el ecosistema.
AME Cloud Ventures:
El fondo de start-ups fundado por el fundador de Yahoo, Jerry Yang, AME Cloud Ventures, ha surgido como otro inversor prudente y poco frecuente en la industria bitcoin.
La compañía con sede en Palo Alto cuenta con tres de las startups mejor financiadas en su cartera hasta la fecha — BitPay, Blockstream, Ripple Labs, así como Blockcypher y el solucionador de identidad para blockchain Shocard.
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Aunque Lightspeed ha ralentizado sin duda el ritmo de sus inversiones en la tecnología, la sociedad de capital riesgo fue uno de sus primeros y más vocales partidarias, con el socio Jeremy Liew expresando públicamente su entusiasmo por la tecnología ya en 2013 y que aparece como testigo en las audiencias de Bitlicense en 2014.
En general, Lightspeed ha realizado una inversión interesante en un arsenal de bitcoin y empresas blockchain ya sea directamente o a través de sus filiales.
Sin embargo, Lightspeed se trasladó más decididamente en octubre 2014 con copias de una ronda de financiación de $ 30.5m para un proveedor de wallets de bitcoin en Blockchain. La financiación, la más grande en el espacio, podría decirse que establece el escenario para rondas aún más grandes en la parte superior de 2015.
Ribbit capital
Sin embargo, otra firma de riesgo que ha liderado el pensamiento en la inversión para el ecosistema de la tecnología es Ribbit capital.
Lanzada en 2013, la firma VC fue una de las primeras en interesarse en el espacio, con el fundador de Micky Malka uniendose a la Fundación Bitcoin.
Aunque entusiasta, Ribbit ha sido igualmente paciente con las copias de algunos de los mayores rondas de financiación del ecosistema, incluidos los de Blockstream, BTCJam, Coinbase, Ripple laboratorios y XAPO.
Union Square Ventures,
Impulsado por el socio Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures (USV) ha sido uno de los más comprometidos en el diálogo público sobre la tecnología.
Liberal con sus alabanzas, sin embargo, USV ha sido conservador con sus fondos.
Hasta la fecha, USV ha realizado inversiones en sólo tres empresas Bitcoin y blockchain —La firma de servicios Bitcoin, Coinbase, la red de comercio descentralizado OpenBazaar y la de código abierto del protocolo de identidad OneName.
Las inversiones, aparentemente dispares, sin embargo, sugieren una de las tesis más bien definidas entre las principales empresas de capital de riesgo. USV cree en explorar si el explosivo crecimiento permitido por el protocolo bitcoin se podría aplicar a las verticales más allá de las finanzas en lugar de las inversiones en el ecosistema de apoyo de bitcoin.
RRE Ventures,
Otra firma no tan pública con respecto a los elogios a la tecnología, RRE ha añadido una impresionante lista de compañías Bitcoin a su cartera.
Comenzando con el intercambio bitcoin ITbit en 2013, RRE ha invertido ya en la empresa minera bitcoin 21 Inc; y al procesador de pagos BitPay; Especialistas en API Gem; proveedores de la cartera de hardware del caso; Mirror y Ripple Labs.
Tal vez su inversión más notable, sin embargo, es en la firma de tecnología blockchain Chain, la cual es liderada por el CEO y socio de RRE Adam Ludwin.
Las inversiones de RRE son dignas de mención dada su variedad, aunque la mayoría de estas nuevas empresas se centran en los aspectos fundamentales del ecosistema bitcoin, ya se trate de pagos de máquina a máquina o contratos inteligentes basados en la ​​blockchain.
Sin embargo, estas inversiones podrían llegar a formar sólo una fracción de lo que se viene para la empresa, ya que ha recaudado $ 1.5bn en más de siete fondos desde su fundación en 1994.
Digital Currency Group (Antes Bitcoin Opportunity Corp)
BitFlyer, BitPay, BitPesa, BitGo, BitNet, BitPremier, BitX — estos son sólo algunos de los startups Bitcoin que usan un prefijo «bit» y respaldados por Barry Silbert Bitcoin Oportunity Corp.
Recientemente rebautizado como Digital Coin Group (DCG), el fondo de Silbert ha sido uno de los inversores más activos, tanto personalmente como a través de DCG, con nombres importantes, como Coinbase, Circle y Ripple labs de redondeo a cabo su cartera de 35 empresas.
Andreessen Horowitz
Quizás indiscutiblemente el de más alto perfil que participa en el ecosistema bitcoin ha sido Andreessen Horowitz, la firma de capital privado lanzada por el fundador de Netscape Marc Andreessen y gerente de producto de Netscape Ben Horowitz.
Tras su participación en abril de 2013 en la ronda de inversión de Ripple Lab, Andreessen Horowitz se movio agresivamente para ayudar a desarrollar y cultivar los dos startups mejor financiados de la industria, Coinbase y 21 Inc, que representan $ 227 millones en inversión total o más de $ 1 en $ 4 hasta ahora invertido en la industria.
Andreessen Horowitz también ha visto al socio general Balaji Srinivasan asumir un papel activo en el desarrollo de 21 cuando asumió un puesto de consejero delegado de la compañía en mayo.
La compañía también ha participado en las rondas de inversión más pequeños para TradeBlock y OpenBazaar.
Uno de los mayores bancos de Francia está buscando contratar a un desarrollador con enfoque en bitcoin.
Société Générale (SocGen) publicó un listado de trabajo el 2 de julio para una “TI desarrollador en Bitcoin, blockchains y cryptocurrencies”. SocGen es el tercer banco francés en términos de activos, reportando $ 1,3bn en activos en 2014.
El contrato de 12 meses, de acuerdo con el post, seria de investigación y desarrollo en cryptocurrencies y blockchain. Aunque no hay detalles, el mensaje indica que el banco está tratando de desarrollar software en la empresa, citando “la programación de prototipos”. SocGen no respondió de inmediato a una solicitud de comentarios.
Las responsabilidades que se enumeran a la posición incluyen:
“Como VIE, tendrá las siguientes funciones y responsabilidades: Programación en C # / C ++ / Python / Otros contra bitcoin, altcoin, diferentes APIs altchain blockchain, el desarrollo de una prueba de concepto en cualquier idioma / protocolos utilizados en los protocolos criptomoneda y blockchains 1,0–3,0; corriendo estadísticas contra blockchains y formas de ingeniería para recopilar información cuantitativa sobre lo que realmente sucede en el mundo de las criptomonedas “.
La posición también requiere la organización de informes internos, presentaciones del personal y programas de capacitación. El VIE tendrá la tarea de “comprometerse con la comunidad FinTech y la recopilación de información sobre el sector de la cripto-moneda en Londres y en otros lugares.”
Bitcoin es la zona de mayor crecimiento en la inversión de Start-ups desde mediados de 2012, afirmo un capitalista de riesgo de Redpoint.
En su reciente análisis de datos Mattermark, Tomasz Tunguz señaló que la inversión en empresas Bitcoin — seguido de cerca por las Sharing-Photos y las startups de almacenamiento físico — ha crecido un 151% en los últimos tres años.
Sin embargo, Tunguz señalo que las startups Bitcoin representan una “fracción minúscula” del total invertido de los fondos —al recibir apenas el 0,18% de la financiación total de el último año.
La inversión de capital de riesgo en el sector bancario sólo ha crecido un 65% desde mediados de 2012, pero el sector ha recibido una cuota de 1,85% del número total de dólares invertidos en los últimos doce meses.
Redpoint, que ha financiado 434 empresas hasta la fecha cuenta con empresas en todas las áreas de desarrollo(temprano, medio y tardío)
Las afirmaciones de Tunguz siguen la publicación del Estado de CoinDesk del Informe Bitcoin (SOB) para el Q2 de 2015, que encontró que la inversión total de capital riesgo en el espacio de la moneda digital fue en aumento, señalando un aumento del 21% a US $ 832m.
Un portavoz del ING Group ha aclarado que sus clientes son capaces de comprar a bitcoin a traves de cuentas bancarias de la empresa, a pesar de las declaraciones contradictorias de uno de sus representantes en los medios sociales.
Los estados siguen un período de especulación sobre las políticas de la banca y los servicios financieros de la empresa multinacional holandesa ING siguiendo la afirmación de que estaba bloqueando las compras de bitcoin a las cuentas de los usuarios.
Un portavoz de la compañía indicó ayer que no era posible para los usuarios de ING intentar adquirir bitcoin usando sus cuentas debido al “mayor riesgo de fraude” asociado a las transacciones.
Esa declaración se retractó mas tarde en declaraciones a Coindesk:
“Nuestra política bitcoin, es muy simple, los clientes de ING pueden comprar bitcoins con su cuenta bancaria ING.”
Representantes de la compañía en Twitter también han puesto en claro el asunto.
No obstante, los comentarios son algunas de las primeras declaraciones de ING en cuanto a su política del bitcoin, a pesar de que se había dirigido previamente el tema en sus materiales corporativos.
ING cuenta con 32 millones de clientes privados e institucionales, ganando € 1,3 mil millones en la banca minorista y € 739 millones de sus actividades de banca comercial en el 1er trimestre de 2015.
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Silicon Valley in stealth mode, aiming to over take banking

poster: shwag, original conspiracy link
Bitcoin Security Startup BitGo Gets More Funds; Ex-Verisign CEO Joins Team http://m.us.wsj.com/articles/BL-MBB-22693
Xapo Sets $40 Million Fundraising Record for Bitcoin Industry http://www.coindesk.com/xapo-sets-40-million-fundraising-record-bitcoin-industry/
http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/12/coinbase-raises-25m-from-andreessen-horowitz-to-build-its-bitcoin-wallet-and-merchant-services/
Bitcoin company Circle raises $17 million, launches consumer product http://m1.marketwatch.com/articles/BL-MWTELLB-13203?mobile=y&mobile=y
Internet vs Bitcoin (3min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0luLPVHkO4
Balaji Srinivasan at Startup School 2013 (17min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOubCHLXT6A
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Building a Crypto Civilization with Balaji Srinivasan

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