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Some of Bitcoin’s Biggest Trades Happen Out of Sight

By Andy Gordon on August 22, 2018

We know just how much bitcoin changes hands in centralized exchanges. But most whales don't trade there. Understanding that is critically important.

Bitcoin Hash Rate Steadily Rising

By Allison Brickell on August 20, 2018

Bitcoin prices may have slowed down, but bitcoin miners seem to be focused on the long game.
The Early Investing team explains why the crypto community is welcoming institutional money and the importance of a bitcoin ETF.
Institutional investors need ways to buy (and sell) large chunks of cryptocurrency. A startup backed by some heavyweight investors has found the solution.
Riding out a market that's trending down is hard. But there's good news on the way for people who hodl.

Crypto Monitor: How to approach the altcoin market

By Vin Narayanan on August 17, 2018

Summary We’re in the dog days of summer. But there’s never an offseason for bitcoin! The news just keeps on coming. From the SEC delaying its decision on the Van Eck ETF to altcoins struggling and Draper Esprit doing well, Adam Sharp and Andy Gordon cover it all in…

This Joe Knows Crypto

By Andy Gordon on August 16, 2018

Thanks, Joe. You did me a real solid yesterday. The Joe in question is one of my favorite cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, Joseph Lubin. He co-founded ethereum. And then he started ConsenSys, which helps startups build on top of the ethereum network. It’s one of the larger crypto firms, with 1,100 employees.

Portfolio and Crypto Market Update

By Adam Sharp on August 16, 2018

As you all know, the crypto market has been on a brutal slide recently. Here’s where I see it going and how I recommend handling it. As we’ve been saying for a while now, I expect bitcoin to outperform altcoins over the near term. I recommend moving cautiously into altcoins…

Just the Tip of the Wall Street Iceberg

By Andy Gordon on August 15, 2018

Institutional investment into crypto is in its pre-infancy stage. And when it takes off, it will be massive.

Chart: Institutional Interest in Crypto Continues to Grow

By Vin Narayanan on August 13, 2018

New research shows the amount of institutional money flowing into the crypto markets is on the rise. And that’s without the presence of easy custody solutions and clear regulations. Just imagine what will happen when we get those two things.
In this mailbag, we look at how to invest in startups in a shrinking stock market and how to store bitcoin.

Bitcoin, Musk making news

By Vin Narayanan on August 11, 2018

Bitcoin and Elon Musk dominated the news cycle for investors this week. From a delay at the SEC to what's going on with Tesla and SpaceX, the News Fix has you covered.

ICE Makes a Big Move Into Crypto

By Adam Sharp on August 10, 2018

The infrastructure to support an institutional boom in crypto continues to be built out. Here’s the latest.

Crypto Market Update

By Vin Narayanan on August 10, 2018

As I’m sure many of you have heard, the SEC delayed its decision on the Van Eck bitcoin ETF proposal. The SEC now says it will issue a ruling by September 30 (though it could come earlier). The delay was predictable – so was the market…

Tariffs, Tweed and Tonic

By Allison Brickell on August 9, 2018

A few weeks ago, we asked First Stage Investor members about Amazon Prime Day and the value of cryptocurrencies. Here’s what we learned… This week, we’re trying to figure out how members feel about Trump’s tariffs, bitcoin futures and more. Click the image below to take…

Bitcoin’s “New Normal”

By Andy Gordon on August 8, 2018

If you want a good model for institutional money in cryptocurrency markets, take a look at Sweden.