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December 12, 2020

What a week for the landscape! We saw several 2020 End-Of-The-Year summaries (Electric Capital, Blockchain Capital, DApps) and 2021 predictions, notability Messari’s massive 134-page thesis (links). However, the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) and recent bank charters gave us all, even more, to think about for 2021. The SEC announced its Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology, known as FinHub, dedicated to digital assets and blockchain. The S&P Dow Jones plans to launch Crypto Indexes in 2021. On the heels of BitPay’s filing, Paxos released its plan to become a federally-regulated bank in the U.S. Stripe


What an exciting start to the week and ending of the first quarter of 2021. In the last 24 hours, the industry has begun to reveal more about our financial future around payments & transactions that had been anticipated this early in the year.

We began yesterday, Monday, March 29th with Visa announcing that they have completed payment settlements in the stablecoin USDC on the Ethereum blockchain. Why is this important one may ask? Well, it makes Visa the first major payments network to use a stablecoin as a settlement currency. Until this moment payments were settled in fiat currency…


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December 20, 2020

This week’s post was slightly delayed since the industry decided to sneak in an overflowing bag of presents before the year ends. Buddy the Elf’s excitement when he learns that Santa will arrive in NYC doesn’t do justice to the level of enthusiasm building as we head into 2021 (yes, I’m in full holiday mode). Now that I’ve brought you to my level, let’s jump right into the week’s highlights.

Coinbase decided why not, it’s 2020, and announced their submission of a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the SEC in preparation to go public. This…


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November 23, 2020

Last week in the landscape we saw a great amount of focus on infrastructure pushing forward applications beyond what will likely be an exciting and wild 2021 for the industry. We kicked off with Bitpay launching its new product, Bitpay Send, which allows businesses to issue mass crypto payments globally without having to hold any crypto themselves — game-changing for many businesses especially following PayPal’s recent news. New York’s Albany International Airport revealed its collaboration with General Electric (GE) digitizing the airport’s operations to track Covid-19 cleaning protocols powered by GE Aviation’s blockchain-powered wellness trace application. ShareRing


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November 2020

The blockchain landscape is constantly reshaping itself as new companies emerge daily, those established strengthen their positions, the industry matures and investors dedicate more capital to see the greater ecosystem.

In the late-summer this year, I began a new monthly series highlighting the recent investments made throughout the landscape. Later in the coming months, as we close out 2020 I’ll be going further in-depth from the recent activity, use cases, and all investment activity analyzed through Q3 & Q4 2020.

We’re currently at the beginning of a new fundraising cycle this year and looking towards the past this…


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October 29, 2020

What a wild week in the blockchain landscape and it’s only Thursday! I began putting this week’s update together with the hope of sharing it with you all earlier than usual, but the news kept coming, and big news at that! Time to dive in!

JP Morgan is using its digital currency, JPM Coin, for the first time commercially this week. It is being used by a large technology client to send payments globally. Recently JP Morgan seemed to do a full 180 on its stance around the inevitable impact that both blockchain & Bitcoin will have…


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Recently, I had the chance to co-host with John Wolpert a new weekly show we’re starting called, The Baseline Show. We’ll be talking more about mainnet, the Baseline Protocol, blockchain in the enterprise, AND interviewing celebrity guests to share insights on their business automation efforts.

In this second episode, we brought on Ian Keane from Oracle to share with us everything new happening with the company and their role in the Enterprise technical stack.

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An example of some of the use cases we’re seeing our customers use is in track and trace and supply chain unifying records for…


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October 24th, 2020

Here’s your quick Saturday edition summarizing the activity happening this past week throughout the blockchain landscape…Enjoy!

🏦 PayPal Embraces Crypto, Igniting Market as Mainstream Adoption Inches Closer

PayPal officially confirmed Wednesday (October 21st) it is entering the cryptocurrency market. The payments giant, with 346 million active accounts around the world, pledged to make cryptocurrency “a funding source for purchases at its 26 million merchants worldwide.” Beginning in early 2021, PayPal customers will be able to instantly convert their selected cryptocurrency balance to fiat currency, with a certainty of value and no incremental fees, PayPal said. …


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October 17, 2020

After a short fall break full of autumn colors, warm sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, and many webinars about the distributed world ahead of us…I’m back! Here’s a quick Saturday edition of activity happening this week throughout the blockchain the landscape…

🇨🇳 China Central Bank Official Reveals Results of First Digital Yuan Pilots

Fan Yifei, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, said that China’s central bank opened 113,300 consumer digital wallets and 8,859 corporate digital wallets for Shenzhen residents Suzhou and Xiong’an to pilot a digital yuan. The digital wallets processed RMB 1.1 billion ($162 million) across 3.1 …


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September 18, 2020

After a short break and releasing a ton of new research (see below), I’m back to our regularly scheduled programming! There is a ton to cover this week and we know this industry never sleeps so let’s dive right in.

Kicking us off, The State of Wyoming has awarded crypto exchange Kraken a license to create a crypto bank (Kraken Financial) in the state, making it the first US crypto exchange to create a bank. Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie announces Calaxy, short for “creator galaxy” a blockchain-enabled platform for community engagement between a new generation…

Kyle Ellicott

Megaphone for #Distributed Tech, #DApps, #Digitization & #IoT. Entrepreneur. Host Studio microphone of podcasts & #VCTV. @ReadWrite. @ReadWriteLabs. @Codeita

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