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On June 30, 2021, layer-one protocol Casper Labs announced a partnership with His Highness Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum’s SJM Group of Companies to work closely with local government agencies and United Arab Emirates-based enterprises to develop and implement innovative use cases that leverage Casper’s blockchain technology.

While most of the talk of governments embracing crypto have centered on deployment of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the partnership mentioned above highlights that we’re about to see an explosion of government driven use cases of blockchain technology that could well lead…

On July 21, much of the world of crypto world watched “The B Word,” a 10-hour virtual conference featuring six tracks, 19 sessions, and 43 different speakers. The most anticipated session, “Bitcoin As A Tool For Economic Development,” featuring Cathie Wood, Elon Musk, and Jack Dorsey, did not disappoint (it starts at 2:05:30 below)

For me, the highlight of this truly epic conference was from the Debunking Myths track, titled “Debunking Bitcoin Can Be Displaced Easily” (starting above at 1:32:20) featuring Lyn Alden, the Founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy. Alden is renowned for providing insightful research across various…

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We premiered the first episode of our new monthly series, “Assets of the Metaverse,” on July 14. The first episode featured Drew Austin, managing partner at Red Beard Ventures, Jaret White, community manager at ZED.Run, and Nikhil Gopalani, COO of RTFKT Studios. The wide ranging discussion is a great primer for anyone just getting in to NFTs and the Metaverse. You can view the entire episode below:

Or you can read our six highlights from the show:

1. Community Is A Key Element Of The Metaverse

All three guests guests emphasized the importance of the…

Nakamoto is on of four bloodlines available in Zed Run, a digital horse racing game

We believe that every day, we spend more time in the digital realm, or the “metaverse.” And every day, that time is spent in an increasingly immersive experience.

We further believe that cryptocurrency will be the de facto currency of the metaverse, and NFTs will confer ownership of everything in the metaverse from real estate and art to collectibles and fashion.

So the mission of “Assets of the Metaverse” is simple, to help put these alternate digital realities, and associated assets, in to context.

Episode #1 was truly mind blowing:

Episode #2 will be co-hosted by Drew Austin, a…

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Circle provides payments and treasury infrastructure via its rapidly growing, dollar pegged, fully backed, stablecoin, USD coin. On July 7, Circle announced it planned to go public via a merger with Concord, a New York Stock Exchange-listed special purpose acquisition company, valuing Circle at $4.5 billion. Concord traded up 6% on the announcement.

I’ve been a long time fan of Circle, and I featured them as a guest on “Stablecoins Are Killing It” Episode #2 (of 26), in May 2020:

I think Circle is a great candidate to merge with…

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I started writing about the tremendous harm of FAMGA’s (Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google & Amazon) increasing share of tech market cap in January, 2017 (“FAMGA Is Eating The World”). At the time, I recognized our archaic monopoly laws, focusing on harm to consumers, were not going to slow FAMGA’s inexorable march. I also saw no emerging technology that would impact the five behemoths.

As I gathered more data, in April 2017, I published “The Profound Implications of Five Increasingly Dominant Tech Companies.” While my outlook was growing more dire, I saw…

Ready Player One

Here’s a replay of Episode #1 of “Assets of the Metaverse”. Enjoy, share, and clap below!

To many, including myself, we’re on an inexorable march to a future well captured by “Ready Player One.” That book (and the Steven Spielberg movie) feature a virtual universe, Oasis, where people visit for “ … all the things they can do, and they stay because of all the things they can be.”

Oasis is an example of a virtual world. …

I went down the crypto rabbit hole in 2013 and 2014 so deep that the Wall Street Journal wrote a story on bitcoin calling me “Wall Street’s Bitcoin expert.” But while I looked at the crypto light, I did not see it. Many people still struggle to see it, which I describe in “The Top 10 Reasons People Can’t See The Crypto Light.”

On June 29, 2017, on a conference call I held involving ICOs, I saw the crypto light.

I became of the belief that crypto was going to be the biggest thing to happen in the history…

On June 1, we held an insightful webinar with several crypto China experts including Omer Ozden, CEO of RockTree Capital, Alex Thorn, Head of Firmwide Research at Galaxy Digital, and Haseeb Qureshi, Managing Partner at Dragonfly Capital, co-hosted by Mati Greenspan, my partner at Quantum Economics. We covered multiple topics over the course of the hour, from China’s crackdown on bitcoin trading and mining, how that will impact the digital currency, and other topics. You can view a replay of the webinar below:

Or you can read our six highlights below:

1. China Is Cracking Down On Bitcoin Mining and Trading

On May 18, China banned financial institutions from…

In its June cryptocurrency report entitled “Digital Assets: Beauty Is Not in the Eye of the Beholder,” Goldman Sachs’ Investment Strategy Group opined for 60 pages on the cryptocurrency ecosystem with the purpose of providing “ … an objective and balanced view on the role of cryptocurrencies in a portfolio.”

While the authors of the Goldman Sachs report believe that “It is likely that blockchain technology will be as high impact in the future as the internet has been over the past several decades,” they see a much more uncertain future for cryptocurrencies and how it will be used by…

Lou Kerner

Believe Crypto is the biggest thing to happen in the history of mankind. Focused on stablecoins (founded & communities (founded. CryptoMondays)

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