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VeradiVerdict - Defend Crypto - Issue #40

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Hi, I am Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional
 
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Hi, I am Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing into blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. I focus on early investments and want to share my thoughts and what’s going on in the industry in this weekly newsletter.
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Editorials
In mid-2017, Kik messenger launched one of the most high-profile ICOs at the time, as it is a social network that has over 300 million downloads and investors such as Union Square Ventures with Fred Wilson on the board. The ICO raised $100 million with investors such as Pantera Capital, Polychain, and others investing.

Since then, Kik has launched their token Kin on top of its own blockchain. The token is widely used and incentivizes user behaviors, developers to build onto the ecosystem, and payments.

Early in 2018, the SEC started to target projects including Kin regarding possible violation of securities laws and looking to get those projects to settle, which includes admission that their token is a security.

Recently, Kik came out with an initiative called Defend Crypto to crowdfund and make a stand against the SEC. I commend Kik for being transparent, pushing for clarity from the SEC, and standing up for crypto projects in general. With Kik being already very high profile and having an existing product with high usage of a token, it makes for a compelling case.
Total and Leaderboard of Cryptocurrencies Contributed So Far
I think it’s another example where a crypto company will take a stand in hoping to draw out more clarity regarding regulations. Coincidentally, today, the SEC publicly announced that it is suing Kik so both sides are publicly stating their position. The SEC claims that Kik sold tokens to the public and that there was an expectation of profit for investors. On the opposite spectrum, Blockstack made a stand by recently completing an SEC filing for a $50 million regulated token offering.
Digests
StarkDEX: Bringing STARKs to Ethereum – 0x Blog
Tokenization, Explained | Cointelegraph
Crypto OTC Trading, Explained | Cointelegraph
In the Tweets
Justin Sun
Looking forward to lunch with @WarrenBuffett. Will be a great opportunity for mutual understanding and knowledge transfer. It's a new era for #TRON and #BitTorrent, and also a big step for the whole #blockchain history. Let’s see what happens next. https://t.co/OOkpnFsBif https://t.co/Sstkj6xkgs
9:03 AM - 3 Jun 2019
Vala Afshar
15 technologies of next decade

1 AI
2 IoT⌚️
3 blockchain ⛓
4 3D print 🖨
5 mobile📱
6 autonomous cars 🚗
7 mobile internet 💻
8 robotics 🤖
9 VR/AR👓
10 wireless power🔋
11 quantum computing 🖥
12 5G 📡
13 voice assistant🎙
14 cybersecurity🔒
15 cloud ☁️ https://t.co/q5YSGN9R8h
6:48 AM - 3 Jun 2019
News
What to Expect at the SEC's Blockchain Forum Friday - CoinDesk
Bitcoin Shines Amid Wall Street Losses - CoinDesk
Block.one Unveils Plan to Launch a Social Media Platform over EOS | BTCMANAGER
Regulations
Does Kik Stand a Chance Against the Goliath of the SEC in a US Court?
Global Securities Regulator Seeks Public Feedback on Regulating Crypto Trading Platforms
New Products and Hot Deals
EY Open-Sources 'Nightfall' Code for Private Transactions on Ethereum - CoinDesk
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