In today’s issue:
The crypto market is down with the global crypto market cap sitting slightly above $2.6 trillion. SAND continues its rise amongst large-cap assets while BTC and ETH price action continues to chop sideways. In other news, Binance seeks investment from Sovereign Wealth Funds, Citi to hire 100 people for Digital Assets, and MoonPay Hits $3.4 Billion in Valuation.
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⎆Binance Seeks Investments from SWFs
The world’s largest crypto exchange recently stated in an interview that it is looking for investments from Sovereign Wealth Funds to improve its relationship with governments and regulatory bodies around the world. The firm is extremely selective in choosing the right SWFs since it might tie them to specific countries. This move makes perfect sense for Binance since it doesn’t really require any funding due to its massive success, but realize that the number one risk is increasing regulation.
⎆Citi to Hire 100 People for Digital Assets
Led by Puneet Singhvi as Citi’s new head of digital assets, the bank wants to hire 100 people as part of its effort to push into the digital asset space. Other bulge bracket banks such as JPM, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs have also expanded into the digital asset space by launching research division, wealth management, and investment products. We’ll see more of such moves as legacy banks realize that it is either innovate, join, or die.
⎆MoonPay Hits $3.4 Billion in Valuation
The PayPal of crypto has received a whopping $3.4B valuation after its recent funding round of $555M led by Tiger Global and Coatue. The firm that was launched in 2019 helped users directly purchase crypto from major payment gateways such as bank transfers, credit cards, Apple Pay, and much more. More than $2 billion in transactions have been facilitated by MoonPay in the past two years.
👨🏻💻Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
Oasis Foundation Launches Emerald, an EVM-Compatible Smart Contract Environment
Crypto Lender Celsius Network Invests $300M in North American Bitcoin Mining Operations: Report
Celo startup cLabs Alleges Misconduct After Top Developer Exits
🏛Governance - Active Proposals
Gitcoin - FDD Workstream Q4 2021 Budget
Babylon Finance - BIP-4: Uniswap V3 Pool + Harvest Vault
Idle - IIP-17: Upgrade IdleTokenGovernance implementation to remove flash loans
Pool Together - PTIP-44: Continuation of C4 Partnership
🦮NFT & Metaverse
Luxury NFT Market Could Hit $56B by 2030: Morgan Stanley
Sotheby’s Metaverse Announces Latest and Largest NFT Charity Auction
Axie Infinity Updates Its WhitePaper
Wolf Game NFTs Spark Frenzy with Sales of $52M in Five Days
Rare ‘Dune’ Manuscript Bought on DAO’s Behalf for $3M, but It Only Raised $700K
South China Morning Post Releases White Paper for NFT Standard Built on Flow Blockchain
Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam Is Auctioning His Surrealist Art as an NFT
Top Sales (Last 24-h); Source: https://dappradar.com/nft
📈Deal Flow & Capital Raise
Talis - 2.3M Unknown Round
C3 - $3.6M Unknown Round
Syn-City - $8M Unknown Round
Royal - 55M Series A
MoonPay - $555M Series A
GRIID - $525M Credit Facility
Binance Seeks Investments From Sovereign Wealth Funds
Russia’s Chief Taxman Says Crypto Could Erode State Taxation Profits
FCA Seeks Crypto Forensics Help Amid AML Registration Backlog
WEF Releases Resource Suite for CBDCs and Stablecoins
Biden Re-nominates Powell as Fed Chair, With Brainard as Vice Chair
ECB Extends PISA Framework to Cover Crypto and Electronic Wallets
Kain.eth’s Thread on The Story Behind Yield Farming
Homie Stark’s Thread on Why I’m Betting on Solana Over Ethereum
Chris Dixon’s Thread on Why Demand for Blockchains will Always Outpace Supply
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