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Audits first: ‘No strings-attached grants’ to prevent DeFi debacles

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A new project called Fair Launch Capital claims to be offering a new way for founders to fund crypto networks.

According to an Aug. 26 tweet from Fair Launch Capital (FLC), the project will provide access to capital for founders to fund their crypto networks and projects.

On a website so basic, it makes Curve’s DOS-style interface look like 4K game graphics, FLC said it is not a venture capital fund and will make a “no-strings-attached grant” to cover a project’s initial audit and launch costs.

“The primary barrier for founders who want to use an FL is the high cost of a code audit,” stated the new project’s Twitter account. “This forces them into the position of either shipping high risk contracts, or not shipping at all. We’re here to change this.”

Some high-risk DeFi projects — with and without tokens — have quickly attracted large amounts of capital despite launching without a proper code audit. One of the more infamous examples of this is Yam, which had almost half a billion in assets locked before the token price crashed within just a few days of its launch. The bug responsible for its downfall — which may have been identified with a proper audit — left approximately $750,000 worth of crypto permanently locked.

The core team behind FLC are crypto investors Gavin McDermott and Joe Gerber from IDEO CoLab Ventures and former Coinbase employee Reuben Bramanathan and say they aim to offer an alternative to this practice with a community-driven approach to DeFi projects. IDEO CoLab Ventures has backed a number of crypto startups including the blockchain accelerator program Startup Studio.

FLC says it “enables founders to bootstrap new crypto networks that are earned, owned, and governed by their community from the outset.” This would allow participants to avoid the “bum rush” common in many DeFi Projects, without presales, pre-mining, or token allocation.

After launching, the project’s community would take a governance vote to decide whether to forward the grant money they received to the next founders that wanted to try a Fair Launch. FLC stated that the core team would be choosing a single project for the first experiment with this new model soon.

“The FL is young, and we believe yield farming and liquidity mining are early mechanisms that will evolve and improve,” FLC stated. “We hope our approach will enable a new generation of networks that can bootstrap in more economically symbiotic ways.”

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Demand for Bitcoin is growing high amid tightened supply

The amount of illiquid Bitcoin supply in the network has grown more than the circulating supply since 2017.

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Crypto experts argue that such strong demand in the Bitcoin market is largely attributed to the fact institutions are coming.

The market liquidity is tightening at the flagship Crypto market, as there are less than 4 million BTCs in circulation available for upcoming investors including the likes of  Grayscale, Paypal, Microstrategy, hedge funds, and so on.

Only 21 million Bitcoins are ever going to be produced in total, and presently, there is about 18.9 million Bitcoin in circulation.

This shows a differential of about 2.1 million Bitcoin that are left to be produced, not forgetting about 4.5 million Bitcoins that have already been lost forever.

This also means that liquidity is drying up, as demand for the world’s most popular crypto hits record highs

The amount of illiquid Bitcoin supply in the network has grown more than the circulating supply since 2017.

Meanwhile, liquid supply continues to see a steep decrease.

According to Yann & Jan:

“Float in the network is drying up faster than ever.
“Currently, about 78% of issued bitcoin’s are either lost or being hodled, leaving less than 4 million bitcoins to be shared amongst future market entrants (incl. Paypal, Square, SP500 Companies, ETF’s, etc).

It’s also important to understand Institutional investors love transparency, regulation meaning the more regulated Bitcoin mechanisms such as regulating Crypto exchanges handling it, the more value major institutions will place in it, thus making Bitcoin a less volatile asset in the long term.

Glassnode also revealed that a million Bitcoins (BTC) or almost $30 billion in actual prices, disappeared from the liquid supply in 2020. This process even outperformed the inflow of new Bitcoins (BTC) into the network:

“Currently, we are at a stage in which the illiquid supply is growing more than the total circulating supply according to the report. A similar pattern presently played out again during the bullish rally of 2017.”

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VP Osinbajo disagrees with CBN, calls for crypto regulation

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had recently called for Crypto regulation knowing fully well the role Crypto play in the global financial ecosystem.

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The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has recently called for Crypto regulation knowing fully well the role Crypto plays in the global financial ecosystem as he opined that such disruption often makes room for progress.

Osinbajo also advised the SEC, and Central Bank of Nigeria in creating a regulatory road map, while fully appreciating the stance of the CBN, Nigerian SEC, and law enforcement agencies on the possible abuses of crypto assets.

The vice president further stressed the importance Cryptocurrencies would play in the coming years as they will most likely challenge traditional banking, including reserve banking, in ways the world hasn’t yet imagine, stressing the need for Nigeria in being prepared for such a seismic shift.

He also called for scaling up of government-private sector interventions because, “the task of national development requires that we fire on all cylinders, after all at one stage China was building 1.9m housing units per year.”

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Coinbase executes over $1 billion Crypto trades for world’s biggest clients

The world’s most valuable crypto exchange revealed it has executed $1 billion-plus crypto trades for some of the biggest institutions in the world.

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In its  recently filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the world’s most valuable crypto exchange, Coinbase revealed has executed $1 billion-plus crypto trades for “some of the biggest institutions in the world.”

The leading American Crypto exchange, however, revealed its major objective remains to provide credible crypto services for both institutional and retail clients as crypto continues to expand across financial sectors, according to Coinbase SEC filing.

“Our goal is to become the primary financial account for our retail users and the one-stop-shop for institutions’ crypto-asset investing needs. To achieve these goals, we are developing and launching innovative products and services across our platform to serve each customer’s distinct needs. For example, in 2020 we launched support for post-trade credit to enable institutional customers to instantly invest in crypto assets without pre-funding their trade. For retail users, we have added support for staking, offering our users a simple way to earn rewards on their crypto asset holdings.”

Recall, the fast-rising American crypto exchange financials revealed the crypto startup grew rapidly from 2019 to 2020.

Coinbase was founded was about 9 years ago and allows its customers to buy and sell Crypto Like Bitcoin, Ethereum Polkadot. The fintech company had earlier raised over $540 million in funding as a private company.

In 2019 Coinbase’s net income was- $30.4 million against $533.7 million in revenue. Just last year the crypto juggernaut net income rose to $127.5 million against $1.28 billion in revenue.

The unicorn grew just over 139% in 2020, a massive improvement in its 2019 results.

In an IPO filing, Coinbase says “Address not applicable” in the spot companies usually list their headquarters.

In a footnote, it explains “In May 2020, we became a remote-first company. Accordingly, we do not maintain a headquarters.”

As a risk factor, it cites: “The identification of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous person or persons who developed Bitcoin, or the transfer of Satoshi’s Bitcoins.”

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