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Crypto Monitor: Priming the Institutional Pump

By Vin Narayanan on July 6, 2018

  Summary For months now, we’ve been talking about a wave of institutional money that’s about to enter the cryptocurrency space. Now it’s on the verge of coming to fruition. Adam Sharp and Andy Gordon discuss the latest developments on that front, what’s happening in the bitcoin/crypto markets, and other topics affecting the crypto industry in this week’s Crypto Monitor. If you’re interested in a particular topic, we’ve listed the time code on the right so you can…
Editor’s note: Vin Narayanan here, stepping in for a vacationing Andy Gordon. Over the next few weeks, you’re going to be hearing more from me as Andy and Adam Sharp take some well-deserved time off. But that doesn’t mean you have to do without them while they’re at the beach!…
Andy Gordon isn’t impressed by Amazon’s $1 billion purchase of PillPack. He explains why here.

New Recommendation: NowRx

By Andy Gordon on July 2, 2018

Deal Details Security type: Preferred Equity Round size: Up to $7 million Valuation: $20 million Share price: $2.00 Minimum investment: $1,000 Investment portal: SeedInvest Raise: Series A Of all the things that you can order…

Crypto Insiders on the Best Investment Opportunities

By Allison Brickell on July 2, 2018

A Foley & Lardner survey of cryptocurrency executives revealed a lot of interesting things about where the crypto industry may be heading... and where things are still murky.
Andy Gordon answers a question about arbitrage while Adam Sharp goes behind the Coinbase headlines.
The News Fix wonders why bitcoin and gold prices are falling at the same time before jumping to some more good bitcoin news, the rising interest in cannabis-related businesses and other news of the week.

Crypto Market Update and News

By Adam Sharp on June 29, 2018

First, let’s do a quick market update. Markets have been subdued the last few days, with bitcoin trading around the $5,900 level and the overall market hovering around a $235 billion valuation. However, I remain highly optimistic. We continue to see strong signs of growing institutional interest. And legendary venture…

Lessons From a16z’s New Crypto Fund

By Adam Sharp on June 29, 2018

One of the most powerful venture capital firms in the world launched a $300 million crypto fund this week. Here’s what we learned.

Do You Trust Driverless Car Tech?

By Allison Brickell on June 28, 2018

Editor’s note: Just a heads-up – we will be recommending a startup for you to invest in this week. You’re not going to want to miss this! Until then, here’s our next poll. These polls help us learn more about you so we can provide you better information. Hopefully you…

FRED Starts Publishing Crypto Data

By Vin Narayanan on June 27, 2018

The Federal Reserve's research division in St. Louis has begun tracking and publishing cryptocurrency prices.

New Recommendation: Bitcoin

By Adam Sharp on June 25, 2018

Most of you know that I believe we’re on the verge of an institutional boom in cryptocurrency. The necessary infrastructure to support this boom is being built, or launched, as I type this. Major players such the New York Stock Exchange’s parent company (Intercontinental Exchange), Fidelity and the Nasdaq have…
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This week's mailbag looks at the current state of the bitcoin market and how this year's big IPOs will lead to new investment opportunities in startups.
In this week’s News Fix, we look at how a South Korean crypto exchange is handling a hack, Square has received a BitLicense and equity crowdfunding is getting organized.

F.A. Hayek Saw Bitcoin Coming 34 Years Ago

By Adam Sharp on June 22, 2018

In a pair of 1984 interviews, Nobel Prize-winning economist F.A. Hayek predicted the rise of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.