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//DISASTERS DO NOT MEAN DEATH

With South Korea stalling the global crypto-market this week, Coinbase single handedly disrupting bitcoin transactions, Overstock accepting BCH for prices fixed in BTC, and yet another wallet with a security issue… to mention just a couple of the problems facing the industry this week - you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just one big collective disaster.

But it isn’t. All these disasters represent are (almost) necessary steps on the path towards a fully functioning blockchain-based society. We highlight them as they are good examples of the problems that we must overcome - not because they are impassable roadblocks.

We do, however, also highlight them because there is, at times, a certain innocent naivety of the individuals trying to re-invent the money, governments, and nations that bind and run us. The task is enormous. Treacherous.  

And if the market crashes this year? Fine. Good. It’s what the serious players - who are building out 10+ year visions - are prepared for. Left standing will be a stronger, more resilient, future-proof community. It doesn’t matter how many steps backwards are taken - the destination will never change.

// MUST READS

// DISASTER OF THE WEEK

  • South Korea has probably the highest penetration of cryptocurrency in the world - as well as the world’s biggest exchange by daily volume - and it means that the impact of any crypto-disruption is being felt there, first. It is part of the reason the South Korean government is, well, in disarray at the exact right steps to take.

  • Tighter regulation - even an outright ban - was proposed by part of the government this week, causing global prices to drop significantly this week - a single Ministry’s words perhaps wiped $200 billion off the industry’s collective market cap.

// TRACTION

// ROAD TO REGULATION

// ICOS

Last week highlights:

  • Neuromation raised $73.2m for a technology platform that creates synthetic learning environments.

  • Gameflip raised $15m for a marketplace for gamers to buy and sell digital goods.

Upcoming:

  • Skara - January 23, 2018 - A multi-award winning game with a token at its heart.

  • Dogezer - January 15, 2018 - A platform for launching and funding startups.

  • Skraps - January 15, 2018 - App to invest your spare change into cryptocurrencies.

// OTHER

Now JP Morgan President regrets his bitcoin remarks. Bitcoin Cash community has sent a petition to make Bitcoin Cash the default trading market on Coinbase. A Lightning network overview in a diagram.

// EVENTS

World Crypto Economic Forum - San Francisco, USA - January 15-16, 2018

The Crypto Finance Conference - St.Moritz, Switzerland - January 17-19, 2018

The North American Bitcoin Conference - Miami, USA - January 17-19, 2018

Crypto Funding Summit - Los Angeles, USA - January 24-25, 2018

James Roy PoulterComment