Venture capital firms invest in NFT marketplace OpenSea

Venture capital firms invest in NFT marketplace OpenSea

The non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace OpenSea is booming and this has attracted the interest of several venture capital firms. Andreessen Horowitz has now launched a funding round of more than 23 million US dollars – several big names in the crypto scene are on board.

OpenSea is the largest digital marketplace for NFT. According to Dune Analytics, the trading volume on OpenSea has increased 100-fold in the last six months alone. On the platform, anyone can create, sell and buy their own non-fungible tokens. In addition, you can find out Bitcoin Bank everything about certain non-fungible tokens on OpenSea. For example, the origin, the sales history, the type of NFT and information about artists can be easily summarised on OpenSea. For this reason, the marketplace is often referred to as the Amazon of digital collectibles.

OpenSea makes NFT searchable, usable and organised

But it goes even further. The marketplace provides a platform that brings all the information about NFT together in one place, just like Amazon or eBay, for example.


Given OpenSea’s importance to the NFT space, it comes as little surprise that Andreessen Horowitz has launched a funding round of over $23 million for the marketplace. Well-known investors participating in the funding round include angel investors Ron Conway, Mark Cuban, Tim Ferriss and Ben Silberman.
Andreessen Horowitz not only NFT investor

In the past, Andreessen Horowitz has not only invested in the NFT space, but rather the firm has invested primarily in other infrastructure projects in the crypto space. For example, the venture capital firm is one of the early investors in Coinbase, Diem and Maker DAO. In recent months, however, the venture capital firm has mainly invested massively in Ethereum Layer 2 scaling solutions. Among other things, Andreessen Horowitz raised around 25 million US dollars in a financing round for Optimism, which offers Layer 2 scaling solutions for Ethereum.

Programowalna platforma artystyczna Async zapewnia ponad 2 miliony dolarów finansowania początkowego

Async Art chce poprowadzić programowalny ruch artystyczny dzięki nowej rundzie finansowania.

Async Art, niezawieralna platforma tokenów z Doliny Krzemowej , zapewniła ponad 2 miliony dolarów finansowania początkowego od co najmniej 10 inwestorów, podkreślając rosnącą wartość oferty programowalnej sztuki

Firma ogłosiła nową podwyżkę w środę, podkreślając szybki wzrost Async od jej premiery w lutym 2020 r. W pierwszym roku działalności Async wygenerowała sprzedaż dzieł sztuki o wartości ponad 1 miliona dolarów i uruchomiła aplikację smart TV do wyświetlania grafiki cyfrowej.

Chociaż firma nie określiła, w jaki sposób wykorzysta fundusze, wskazała, że ​​głównym celem było wdrażanie nowych użytkowników i tworzenie nowych wyświetlaczy. Async chce również rozszerzyć liczbę ofert pracy. Obecnie jej strona LinkedIn ma oferty pracy dla menedżera społeczności i programisty aplikacji.

W rundzie seedowej wzięło udział co najmniej 10 inwestorów: Lemniscap, Galaxy Interactive, Signum Growth Capital, Semantic, Blue Wire Capital, Collab + Currency, Inflection, Divergence Ventures, LAO i Placeholder.

Async opisała programowalną sztukę jako „nowy ruch”, który umożliwia twórcom „dekonstrukcję ich pracy na„ Warstwy ”i wyposażenie ich w umiejętności”.

Lemniscap, jeden z głównych inwestorów Async Art, opisał media jako następną granicę zakłóceń:

„Umożliwiając współwłasność dzieł sztuki i dynamiczny wpływ na ich wygląd, Async Art wywraca istniejącą koncepcję sztuki do góry nogami i toruje drogę dla zupełnie nowej kategorii programowalnych mediów”.

Async pojawił się również w Christie’s, dużym domu aukcyjnym, który planuje oferować samodzielne prace NFT jeszcze w tym miesiącu. Noah Davis, specjalista ds. Sztuki w Christie’s, powiedział niedawno, że NFT „odnotowały gwałtowny wzrost w ciągu ostatnich kilku lat – szczególnie w ciągu ostatnich kilku miesięcy”.

Async ujawnił także grafikę Matta Kane’a „Right Place & Right Time” w marcu 2020 roku, co pomogło mu zdobyć miejsce w Cointelegraph Top 100 . Grafika, która ewoluuje dynamicznie w odpowiedzi na zmienność cen Bitcoin ( BTC ), jest uważana za arcydzieło w powstającej niszy NFT.

The boss of Twitter turns totally maximalist of Bitcoin: Jack Dorsey runs his full node!

Jack Dorsey is blockchain-connected – What a fantastic time the cryptosphere is living! Could this be the famous shift towards mass adoption? In any case, what is certain is that Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, has proudly tweeted that he is (finally) deploying his own full node of the Bitcoin Evolution app network.

Jack Dorsey, more and more fan of Bitcoin

At the end of January, at the same time as Elon Musk , Jack Dorsey created the buzz around the king of cryptos by putting – simply and only – the hashtag #Bitcoin in the description of his Twitter account .

And this February 5, the CEO of the social network seems to have taken a further step towards Bitcoin, by revealing that he was running his own full node , in order to participate in the consensus of the network created by Satoshi Nakamoto.

This means that it downloaded the entire transaction history of the Bitcoin blockchain

It thus joins the more than 7,300 complete nodes existing on the network of the king of cryptos.

Besides being essential for the good health of the Bitcoin blockchain, running your own node has other advantages , especially from a security point of view and protection of your privacy , because there is no need to pass (and therefore to trust ) a third node to consult / carry out its transactions.

If you too want to have your own full node, we recently gave you a short guide, using the excellent Umbrel software client . In less than 2, you will have full control of your Bitcoin wallet (s) !

Morgan Stanley erhöht seine Beteiligung am BTC-Halter MicroStrategy auf 10,9%

Der Bankenriese Morgan Stanley ist über MicroStrategy Inc. auf den Bitcoin-Zug aufgesprungen, indem er Ende letzten Jahres seinen Anteil an dem Unternehmen auf mehr als 10% erhöht hat.

Laut einer Einreichung bei der US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) am Freitag, die Investment-Management-Arm der Bank hielt 792,627 Aktien von MicroStrategy bis Ende Dezember.

Im 3. Quartal 2020 besaß das Unternehmen noch 142.908 Aktien, was einem Anstieg der Position um 360% entspricht.

Der Anteil von Morgan Stanley in Höhe von 10,9% hatte einen Wert von rund 420 Mio. $ auf Basis des Tagesschlusskurses von 531,64 $. Die Aktien von MicroStrategy (MSTR) sind in den letzten fünf Monaten um 330% im Wert gestiegen, auf ein Niveau, das zuletzt im April 2000 gesehen wurde.

Diese wilde Rallye des MSTR-Aktienkurses wurde durch die große Wette des Chief Executive Officer Michael Saylor auf Bitcoin angetrieben. Mit Stand vom 21. Dezember 2020 hält das Unternehmen insgesamt 70.470 Bitcoins im Wert von 2,85 Milliarden Dollar bei einem aktuellen BTC-Preis von über 41.200 Dollar.

Zu den anderen Top-Haltern von MicroStrategy gehören First Trust Advisors, BlackRock Inc. und die Vanguard Group.

With its $ 12 billion in daily transactions, Ethereum passes Bitcoin

The prince dethrones the king – Alert in crypto! Ethereum (ETH) currently sees many more values ​​transit than its predecessor Bitcoin every day. Although the 2 networks have very different roles, the importance of transaction fees on Ethereum does not prevent massive use, which exceeds Crypto Engine.

Bitcoin lags $ 3 billion behind Ethereum

If you’ve been following the cryptosphere since at least 2020, the craziness of decentralized finance (DeFi) will not have escaped your notice. This should also be the case for the high volumes of exchange of ethers and ERC20 tokens that it has generated on the network, as well as exorbitant transaction fees.

Even though DeFi has calmed down a bit since then, the recent stratospheric surge in ether prices has once again boosted the overall value of daily Ethereum trading. The latter now has a record of 12.3 billion dollars of assets crypto-traded per day.

According to a report presented by analyst Ryan Watkins of Messari , Ethereum would have widened a solid gap with Bitcoin, which however also has a record of 9.3 billion dollars in values ​​traded daily:

“Ethereum’s daily trading volume is getting parabolic. The network now sees 12 billion dollars in transactions per day, ie 3 billion more than that of Bitcoin (…) ”

Transaction fees still under strong pressure

As mentioned briefly in the introduction, Bitcoin and Ethereum do not have the same positioning in the cryptosphere. When the first has for the moment a role of safe haven in the face of the risks of devaluation of fiat currencies ( dollar in mind), the second is promoted as a supercomputer , crammed with applications and smart contracts of all kinds.

It therefore seems quite logical that the daily transfers of values ​​are mathematically more important on the second.

The Blockchain Center site makes it possible to assess the progress of the famous “flippening” , this moment when the Ethereum network would theoretically become “superior” to that of Bitcoin. According to its Flippening Index based on 8 criteria , the site estimates that Ethereum has completed 63.5% of its supposed path to glory.

More interesting and relevant data: we can note a real craze in the ETH network, due to the number of transactions and especially the total of its fees , which are now higher than those of the king of cryptos. Gas costs , although very high , do not seem to discourage trading on Ethereum.

Rajd cen Bitcoinów ochładza się, ponieważ Polkadot zyskuje 34% w pierwszym tygodniu „altseason“.

Dominacja Bitcoinów jest prawdopodobna, twierdzi Michaël van de Poppe, ponieważ Bitcoin ustępuje miejsca silnym ruchom z 10 najlepszych altcoinów.

Bitcoin (BTC) spadł poniżej 26.000 dolarów 29 grudnia, gdy na rynkach kryptograficznych pojawiły się nowe opady po procesie sądowym Ripple’a z zagrożeniem ze strony amerykańskiej Komisji Bezpieczeństwa i Giełdy.

Przegląd rynku krypto walutowego.
Spadki cen BTC w związku z zatrzymaniem handlu XRP przez Coinbase

Dane z Cointelegraph Markets, Coin360 i TradingView wykazały, że BTC/USD osiągnęły najniższy poziom 25.830 dolarów podczas wtorkowego handlu.

Obsługa 27.000 dolarów nie utrzymała się w ciągu nocy, co dało początek retestowi niższych poziomów, które obecnie koncentrują się na 26.000 dolarów. W weekend Bitcoin osiągnął rekordowy poziom 28.400 dolarów i szybko się odwrócił.

BTC/USD 1-godzinny wykres świecowy (Bitstamp).

Ostatnie straty to XRP, czwarta co do wielkości kryptokurcja pod względem pułapu rynkowego, wynosząca 0,23 USD, dzięki temu, że główna amerykańska giełda Coinbase zdecydowała się zawiesić handel od przyszłego miesiąca. Pozew SEC przeciwko tokenowi grozi sklasyfikowaniem XRP jako nielicencjonowanego papieru wartościowego i uniemożliwieniem handlu nim zgodnie z prawem.

„Pojawi się konstrukcja związana z zasięgiem, po której 2021 r. najprawdopodobniej znowu wybuchnie“ – podsumował analityk rynków Cointelegraph Michaël van de Poppe w poniedziałkowej aktualizacji wideo na temat krótkoterminowych perspektyw Bitcoina.

Van de Poppe przygląda się altcoins jako następnemu w kolejce, aby zobaczyć duże zyski. Niezależnie od XRP, rynek już wykazuje oznaki życia, z Ether (ETH) wspina się ponad 700 dolarów po raz pierwszy od maja 2018 roku w tym tygodniu.

Kolejnym zwycięzcą we wtorek był Polkadot (DOT), obecnie siódmy co do wielkości żeton z limitem rynkowym, który odnotował 22,5% dzienny wzrost, ograniczając tygodniowe wyniki na poziomie prawie 34%.

Dla Van de Poppe, następna „fala impulsu“ na Bitcoin w 2021 roku powinna doprowadzić rynek do 40.000 dolarów lub 50.000 dolarów, ale „do tego czasu, altcoins najprawdopodobniej będzie dobrze“.

Wykres historyczny dominacji Bitcoinów.

Dodatkowo wskazał na prawdopodobną dominację na rynku Bitcoinów, która na poziomie prawie 70% powinna wkrótce ustąpić miejsca obecności altcoinów. Grudzień ma tendencję, aby zobaczyć szczyty dominacji BTC, z 2017, czas pierwszej próby Bitcoin 20.000 dolarów, godne uwagi porównanie.

Western Unionin rahalähetyspalvelun loppu Kuuballe on siunausta salaukselle

Kun uudet Yhdysvaltain hallituksen toimenpiteet, joilla rajoitetaan rahalähetyksiä Kuuballe, tulevat voimaan 22. marraskuuta jälkeen, saarivaltiossa vuodesta 1999 toiminut Western Union sulkee myymälän. Uusi sääntö, joka julkaistiin 27. lokakuuta, antoi Western Unionille 30 päivää aikaa toteuttaa uusia rajoituksia. Uusi sääntö todennäköisesti lisää salausvarojen houkuttelevuutta, koska kuubalaisten odotetaan nyt löytävän sopivan vaihtoehdon hyvin lyhyessä ajassa.

Kohdennetut seuraamukset

Yhdysvaltain hallituksen ensimmäisen ilmoituksen aikaan maailmanlaajuinen rahalähetysjätti oli luvannut löytää ratkaisun kuubalaisille asiakkailleen. Myöhemmässä päivityksessä 13. marraskuuta Western Union sanoi, ettei se kyennyt „löytämään ratkaisua tässä rajoitetussa aikataulussa“.

Yhdysvaltojen hallitus puolestaan ​​sanoo, että rahalähetyksiä Kuuballe voi edelleen virrata, mutta „ei Kuuban armeijan kautta, joka käyttää näitä varoja Kuuban kansan sortamiseen ja Kuuban puuttumiseen Venezuelaan“. Yhdysvaltain virkamiesten mukaan, Western Unionin kumppanina Kuubassa, Fincimexiä hallitsee Kuuban armeija, joten uudet toimenpiteet.

Sillä välin Western Unionin muodollinen rahalähetyspalvelu Kuuballe lopettaa todennäköisesti kommunistisen maan taloudellisen tilanteen. Kuuba pitää rahalähetyksiä yhtenä tärkeimmistä valuuttamääräisistä lähteistä, ja joidenkin arvioiden mukaan rahalähetysten kokonaismäärä vuonna 2017 oli 3,5 miljardia dollaria.

Kuubalaisille perheille, jotka luottavat Yhdysvalloissa lähetettyihin rahalähetyksiin selviytyäkseen, Western Unionin rahalähetyspalvelun päättyminen on uusi haaste. Joko lähettäjät turvautuvat joskus vaarallisten epävirallisten kanavien käyttöön tai he siirtyvät yksinkertaisesti digitaalisiin vaihtoehtoihin, kuten bitcoin.

Cryptocurrency-rahalähetysten lisääntyvä käyttö

Jo raporttien mukaan jotkut Kuuban asukkaat käyttävät yhä enemmän kryptovaluuttoja. Salausvaluuttoja käytetään yleishyödyllisten maksujen suorittamiseen ja rajatylittäviin maksuihin. Lisäksi Covid-19: n leviämisen estämiseksi asetetut rajoitukset ihmisten liikkumiselle näyttävät aiheuttaneen lisääntyneen kuubalaisen ulkomaalaisen kryptovaluutan käytön rahaa lähettäessä.

Esimerkiksi peer to peer -alusta, Bitremesas, joka mahdollistaa rahalähetysten lähettämisen bitcoinin kautta, ilmoitti lisääntyvän liiketoiminnan lukituksen aikana. Erään raportin mukaan vastaanottajat, jotka käyttävät Bitremesasia, hyvittävät paikallisen pankkikorttinsa Kuuban vaihdettavissa olevissa pesoissa (CUC) tai Kuuban pesoissa (CUP) siirrettäessä varoja ulkomailta bitcoinilla. Tämä järjestelmä on riippumaton pankeista, ja koska se käyttää hajautettuja kryptovaluuttoja, kuten bitcoin, USA: n hallitus tai Kuuban viranomaiset eivät voi sensuroida liiketoimia.

Monero (XMR), Zcash (ZEC) and Dash (DASH): South Korea bans anonymous cryptocurrencies

Attackers could have destroyed coins in the network via a Monero security hole.

According to a recent report by the Asia Times, it will soon be goodbye to the three anonymous cryptocurrencies Monero (XMR), Zcash (ZEC) and Dash (DASH). The South Korean government wants to ban privacy coins in the first quarter of next year.

Monero, ZCash and Dash are affected

On November 18, the Asia Times reported that, from March 21, 2021, South Korea would officially ban cryptocurrencies that have a strong focus on user anonymity.

The ban is intended to hit Profit Revolution, Zcash (ZEC) and Dash (DASH). The initiative takes place within the framework of some measures that are directed against money laundering in the Asian country.

From the point in time mentioned above, all crypto exchanges based in South Korea should no longer be allowed to offer privacy coins such as Monero or Dash.

The South Korean Financial Supervisory Authority (FSC) cites the use of anonymous cryptocurrencies in connection with ransomware attacks or money laundering attempts as reasons. The supervisory authority explicitly emphasizes that the security measures built into the anonymous crypto currencies make it almost impossible for the authorities to find out the true identity of the people behind them.

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No danger to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC)

On the other hand, there is no risk of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin falling under this ban. It says:

The majority of mainstream cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are not completely anonymous. At least the address and the transaction volume can be viewed. The authorities can track transactions and often transfer the owner of the wallet when the respective cryptocurrency lands on the respective exchange. This gives you access to the stored e-mail address.

This is probably another low blow for anonymous cryptocurrencies. More and more authorities and countries are deciding to ban privacy coins. The danger of privacy coins was also emphasized in the European Union.

While cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are increasingly being integrated into the classic financial world, a separation of privacy-focused cryptocurrencies seems to be an inevitable trend.

Grayscale Survey Connects COVID-19 Pandemic to New Bitcoin Purchases

Data from Grayscale Investments‘ annual survey shows that the coronavirus pandemic played an important role in the decision of new investors in Bitcoin.

As the price of Bitcoin rises to $18,000 and traders try to secure a new all-time high, the number of institutional investors jumping on the Bitcoin bandwagon (BTC) continues to grow.

Grayscale now has over 500,000 Bitcoins

This time around, institutional and retail investors are interested in buying Bitcoin Code, and data from the cryptomoney derivatives markets shows that institutional investors are pushing Bitcoin volumes to new highs.

Bitcoin Futures volumes by exchange.

According to research from Grayscale Investments, a digital asset management company that currently has more than $9.8 billion in assets under management, the coronavirus pandemic may be the major factor behind the current Bitcoin surge.

Ray Dalio admitted that he „may be missing something“ about Bitcoin when the price was over $17,000

According to the company’s annual survey, 83% of all Bitcoin investors began buying in the last 12 months, a time when COVID-19 cases were minimal.

Thirty-eight percent of all current Bitcoin investors joined in the last four months, and among them, 63% say that the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 positively influenced their decision to buy BTC.
Bitcoin is becoming more conventional

Grayscale’s survey also shows that Bitcoin is becoming more conventional among the general public and investor class. The outlook among those who haven’t yet invested in Bitcoin has changed dramatically since mid-2019. In 2020, 55 percent of investors interviewed expressed interest in buying Bitcoin, a substantial increase from 36 percent in 2019.

3 reasons why the price of Bitcoin reached $17,000, marking a new parabolic upward trend

Almost half of the respondents believe that cryptomonies will be considered a conventional means of value exchange by the end of the decade.

The current trend is likely to increase with investors being drawn to Bitcoin’s history as a store of value, and it’s possible that mass adoption will come sooner than most experts and investors expect. A little evidence of this comes from a recent Citibank report, in which the author estimates that the price of Bitcoin may reach $318,000 by December 2021.

Will Bitcoin cease to be the center of attention once the COVID-19 disappears?

The question of how Bitcoin’s price will react to the eradication of COVID-19 is a question that reverberates in the minds of some investors. According to Jonathan Hobbs, author of The Crypto Portfolio and former manager of digital asset funds, the effects of the pandemic will be felt even long after the disease is brought under control. Hobbs told Cointelegraph:

„Covid-19 was the match that lit the flame of institutional adoption. But the wood was building up long before that. Now that the fire is burning, it will take a lot of water to extinguish it. When the world is finally free of Covid-19, the economy will still be sick with debt. And the central banks will continue to print money to try to inflate those debts, as they have done since the financial crisis of 2008. This means that the institutional story that Bitcoin is a haven from inflation is likely to continue long after the pandemic is over.

Clearly, the enormous economic stimulus and growing monetary policy as a result of the negative impacts of the coronavirus have changed the economic landscape in the near future.

NGO Bitcoin Argentina took a stand on the draft laws to regulate cryptoactives

While some analysts may overestimate how the coronavirus pandemic influenced the Bitcoin spike in 2020, it clearly played a role in accelerating investor interest in cryptomonics.

One of the main positive aspects identified by investors is Bitcoin’s low barrier to entry and its ability to gain value when there’s volatility in traditional markets. These factors are likely to remain, even when the pandemic is over.

Ethereum 2.0 starts the launch process as the deposit contract is activated

Phase 0 of Ethereum 2.0 has already been formalized for launch sometime around December 1. The deposit contract is active and can collect the necessary funds to activate participation.

The launch of the Ethereum Medal testing network is suffering from a block completion problem
An update from the Ethereum Foundation published on Wednesday explains how the genesis process is expected to happen.

Potential stakers will now be able to deposit their 32 Ether (ETH) deposits into the contract via the dedicated launch pad and prepare for launch.

The contract must collect 16384 deposits of 32 ETHs each, a total of 524,288 ETHs or about $200 million, to continue with the launch.

The required amount must be collected at least seven days before the planned launch date of December 1st. If not, the launch is delayed seven days after the threshold is reached.

MEW founder: „The full reality of ETH 2.0 is still years away“
The announcement marks the first time that a clear date has been set for the launch of Ethereum 2.0, after many years of anticipation and delays.

The community indicated that it is ready, but there may still be potential problems with customers. The reliability of the Medal testing network has faltered in recent days, and often could not be completed due to problems with participation. While many believe this is due to a lack of incentives for staking, some problems with the software were also reported. Nevertheless, the team believes that most software customers are „ready for the mainnet launch“.

The developers of Ethereum 1.x are focusing on „stateless clients“ to curb the bloat of the chain
The end of one journey also marks the beginning of another: the launch of Phase 0 will not directly affect the existing Ethereum block chain, which will continue to operate as before with trial mining work.

The transitions from Phase 1 and Phase 2, which are expected to occur over the next few years, will at some point move the existing Ethereum infrastructure and status to the new staking-based consensus.