// BITCOIN BREAKS $100 BILLION MARKET CAP
Which doesn’t mean much. Theoretically, market caps are the total value of all the outstanding shares at the market price per share. But that just doesn’t follow for tokens like Bitcoin.
First, it is estimated that even up to 25% of the existing supply of bitcoin is irrecoverably lost, and can never be sold. Furthermore, a minimum of 5% of bitcoin is stolen, and due to the transparent nature of bitcoin, can’t really be spent.
This means that far from there being ~16 million bitcoins in circulation, there may be less than 10 million. And if it’s market cap should still be $100 billion, then it would suggest each coin should be worth nearer $10,000. But it’s academic - the point is bitcoin’s market cap is not $100 billion.
Do we really mean that bitcoin is worth $100 billion? No, probably not. The majority of bitcoin (that isn’t lost or stolen) isn’t even for sale. They are held as long term investments by individuals that offering even a 100% premium to the current market price would not be enough for them to sell. The technical term is: HODL.
All we can say is: right now, a bitcoin can be bought or sold for ~$6,000. As for the total value of bitcoin - whether that’s market cap, enterprise value, or some other measure - I can’t tell you - but I just know it isn’t $100 billion.
// MUST READS
Mangrove Capital Partners’ report on the disruption of venture capital
An overview of decentralised blockchain-based projects
Top tier VCs are investing heavily in blockchain companies
// DISASTER OF THE WEEK
Three months after Tezos raised $232m, Reuters broke the news that the founders are now fighting a battle with the foundation that controls the funds. In the founders’ own words, development and progress on the blockchain has all but stopped. The irony should not be lost that Tezos was touted as a ‘self-governing’ blockchain, deliberately built to avoid the governance issues of bitcoin.
Tezos - although the token is not yet created or tradable - futures were down as much as 60% in the wake of the news, and the lawsuits have already begun.
Mastercard is starting to process payments on it’s own blockchain.
JPMorgan launches a new payment process that uses blockchain technology.
A new blockchain based banking process lead by IBM will enable near instant cross-border payments.
Russia will launch its own cryptocurrency called the CryptoRuble.
Kazakhstan first digital currency backed by fiat and bonds.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the first digital diplomas using blockchain technology.
// ROAD TO REGULATION
Spanish banks, telcos and utilities companies have established a blockchain consortium called Alastria.
Australia looks to improve Bitcoin regulations.
The head of the committee on financial policy and banking in Ukraine proposed to recognise cryptocurrencies as a financial asset.
The Association of Entrepreneurs of Russia asked the Federation Council and the State of Duma to only allow local cryptocurrencies to operate in the territory.
Last week highlights:
Change Bank raised $15.7m for a decentralised cryptobank
Chainlink has raised $32m for a fully decentralised oracle network
Eidoo raised $25m to improve blockchain user-experiences
Boulé - October 25, 2017 - Voting technology based on the blockchain
Cash Poker Pro - October 26, 2017 - Decentralized poker room
Lockchain - October 29, 2017 - 0% commission blockchain based hotel booking
Gatcoin - October 28, 2017 - Blockchain Based Customer Rewards
Ways that cities might build their future on a blockchain framework. Google & Goldman Sachs are top investors in the Blockchain space. Vitalik Buterin thoughts about Central banks and their inability to build cryptocurrencies. Five ways banks might use blockchain.
Trading the future: Investing in Cryptocurrency - London, UK - October 23, 2017
IoT Security Summit - New York, U.S.A - October 23-24, 2017
Blockchain 360: Scalling Blockchain for IoT - New York, U.S.A - October 23-24, 2017
World Blockchain Summit - Dubai, UAE - October 24-25, 2017
CoinAgenda Global: Bitcoin & Digital Currency - Las Vegas, U.S.A - October 24-26, 2017
Ethereal SF - San Francisco, U.S.A - October 27, 2017
BlockBali - Bali, ID - October 27, 2017
BitBrighton - Brighton, UK - October 28, 2017
Texas Bitcoin Conference - Texas, U.S.A - October 28-29, 2017