The Obsidian Weekly: Shake the Fleas

Sam Bankrun-Fried

What an INSANE week in Crypto! It’s not every week that there’s industry shaking moments, but this was definitely one of them. We’ve said for a long time that the bear market is where bad actors and low quality projects go to die, and where the real pioneers go to build. There was some bloodshed on the block, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. It may sting right now, but the space has to shake the fleas off, if it’s ever going to reach it’s capacity. That’s exactly what’s happening.

Weekly Web3 News:

Below, you can find some of the most interesting things happening in the web3 space this week, all in a bite-sized format.

FTX has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Sam Bankman-Fried resigned. All withdraws halted.

List of companies that Alameda and FTX have invested in. It’s more than 250 companies. https://twitter.com/edvis100/status/1591106598436761603?s=46&t=AtFEpoF-aUjFpim_ALXfBA

SEC won its case against LBRY. This creates a dangerous precedent which can make every crypto a security in the US.
https://decrypt.co/113754/lbry-loses-sec-case-dangerous-precedent-crypto

Walmart, largest wholesale and retail chain, has begun selling cryptocurrency mining hardware.
https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2022/11/btc-you-can-now-buy-bitcoin-mining-hardware-at-american-retail-giant-walmart/

US Department of Justice seized a record breaking 50,676 BTC in the Silk Road darknet marketplace case. It is the largest confiscation of crypto in history.
https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/us-attorney-announces-historic-336-billion-cryptocurrency-seizure-and-conviction

SEC is interested in investigating promotion of HEX, Pulsechain and PulseX crypto projects.
https://cointelegraph.com/news/sec-issues-subpoena-to-influencers-promoting-hex-pulsechain-and-pulsex

Vitalik Buterin presented an updated roadmap for the development of Ethereum.
https://twitter.com/vitalikbuterin/status/1588669782471368704?s=46&t=VI35I2epENB5-8nZLPv-wA

LG Electronics is hiring a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to lead the company’s growing Web3 business.
https://tokenist.com/lg-electronics-posts-job-openings-for-web3-roles/

American billionaire Tim Draper believes that the price of BTC will be $250,000 by mid-2023.
https://cryptonews.com/news/billionaire-tim-draper-bitcoin-to-250000-by-mid-2023.htm

Arthur Hayes calls Central Bank Digital Currencies ‘Pure Evil’.
https://www.cryptopolitan.com/bitmex-former-ceo-hayes-cbdcs-pure-evil/

Circle will add Solana support for Euro Coin in 2023.
https://www.coindesk.com/business/2022/11/07/usdc-issuer-circle-to-add-solana-support-for-euro-coin-in-2023/

Reuters is reporting that Binance helped to process $8 billion dollars from Iran despite sanctions.
https://www.reuters.com/business/finance/exclusive-crypto-exchange-binance-helped-iranian-firms-trade-8-billion-despite-2022-11-04/

Bitcoin mining difficulty shrinks by 0.20% for the first time in 4 weeks.
https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoins-mining-difficulty-shrinks-for-the-first-time-in-4-weeks/

Miners started selling cryptocurrency mining equipment at prices 77% cheaper than in 2021.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/bitcoin-mining-machines-for-sale-on-deep-discount-11667650411

Coin Metrics analyst named a possible cause of the FTX liquidity crisis.
https://twitter.com/lucasnuzzi/status/1590122590206824448?s=46&t=yGMhaak6_2WRax68THmMtA

55 million SOL available for unstaking.
https://twitter.com/solanacompass/status/1590402531137814530?s=46&t=NdDmpbvAhLuWt-0T0NvxLw

Bloomberg removes Sam Bankman-Fried from list of billionaires. Sam’s fortune in just 1 day fell by $14.6 billion (-94%) to $991.5 million.
https://www.coindesk.com/business/2022/11/09/sam-bankman-fried-no-longer-a-billionaire-after-146b-overnight-wipe-out/

In step with Binance, several exchanges including Kucoin, OKX, Huobi and Polonix announced that they will also post proof of their reserves.
https://twitter.com/danheld/status/1590342093683437572?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1590342093683437572%7Ctwgr%5Eee7ad099575d9fa7b4780e0720d61cf7928499db%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fbeincrypto.com%2Fcrypto-leaders-worried-about-cascading-effect-after-ftx-collapse%2F

At the beginning of 2022, FTX was valued at $32 billion. Sequoia, Ontario pension fund, BlackRock, Paradigm, Circle and other big institutions invested millions of dollars. Now Bloomberg says FTX is worth $1 dollar.
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ftx-trading-ltd-closes-400m-series-c-round-301471084.html
https://twitter.com/thestreet/status/1590380302870155264?s=46&t=yGMhaak6_2WRax68THmMtA

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong ruled out the impact of the FTX crisis on Coinbase.
https://decrypt.co/113937/coinbase-ceo-doesnt-have-material-exposure-ftx-alameda

According to US treasury, Tornado Cash was involved in facilitating transactions connected to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
https://decrypt.co/113927/feds-redesignate-tornado-cash-cite-north-koreas-weapons-of-mass-destruction-program

Meta announces layoffs of 11,000 employees.
https://about.fb.com/news/2022/11/mark-zuckerberg-layoff-message-to-employees/

Binance refused to buy FTX. https://twitter.com/binance/status/1590449161069268992?s=46&t=AstmMIXxP03cptb4tetCNw

US CPI rose to 7.7% in October — expectations were at 8.2%. Bitcoin returned to levels above $17,000 amid the publication of inflation data in the US. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/10/consumer-prices-rose-0point4percent-in-october-less-than-expected-as-inflation-eases.html

Sequoia Capital marks down $213.5 million FTX investment to $0. https://fortune.com/2022/11/10/ftx-sam-bankman-fried-sequoia-writes-down-214-million-investment-to-zero-venture-capital-crypto/

Metamask developers added a cross-chain bridge aggregator (beta) to the dapp. Now you can easily move tokens between chains. https://metamask.io/news/latest/meta-mask-launches-bridge-aggregator-in-dapp-to-easily-move-tokens-across-chains/

Tether has published a new reserves audit report. Analysts have confirmed the compliance of Tether’s collateral with the volume of stablecoins on the market. https://assets.ctfassets.net/vyse88cgwfbl/1Xfu4398CIoMiuKjPhvnHM/6d1608c90bb775d2d432b7b24264da28/ESO.02_Std_ISAE_3000R_Opinion_30-9-2022_RC134792022BD0548.pdf

BlockFi suspended the withdrawal of funds. Moreover they are hiring bankruptcy counsel. https://twitter.com/blockfi/status/1590875997351866368?s=46&t=AtFEpoF-aUjFpim_ALXfBA https://twitter.com/autismcapital/status/1590883231230234624?s=46&t=AtFEpoF-aUjFpim_ALXfBA

Elon Musk, in his first letter to Twitter employees, admitted that the company could face bankruptcy. https://amp.theguardian.com/technology/2022/nov/10/exodus-twitter-elon-musk-possible-bankruptcy

CZ warns that more companies could fail in the coming weeks due to FTX issues. https://www.ft.com/content/0fa4f3b6-213c-4e76-bcd9-fcf184a264a2

Tune in next week, for a new plate of crypto bites.

What’s happening at Obsidian?

The Obsidian Table Podcast

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Developers by Obsidian

We are thrilled to finally unveil Developers by Obsidian! If you are talented and looking for work in the web3 space, we’ve got just the set up for you. We currently have openings on our team, whether you’re a contract or code developer, a community manager, a marketing specialist, or anything else you’d consider beneficial to DeFi projects. Check out our website to apply.

If you’re a project, and you’re looking for quality developers, marketers, community managers, or anything in between: we have a built out team of Verified talent ready to tackle your toughest tasks. Check out our website for more details!

The House of Obsidian

Community is the lifeblood of who we are at Obsidian. It was our foundation, and it’s my favorite piece of the puzzle. If you’re looking for conversation, counsel, or alpha, join our discord!

This last week, we hosted Fraction Mining, Battle Stakes, Cepheus Cloud, and Holoclear for AMAs!

We’ve regularly host community events and contests, as simple as Uno tournaments where you can walk away with a wallet full of new crypto. Come hang out!

The Obsidian Council

Our very first community, the “inner circle” of legends. Regular market analysis classes, research deep dives, and tight knit community. We are currently transitioning to an NFT membership, and when that goes through, we will have some insane things to announce.

We hosted our very first in person event this last week! I cannot wait to share more about it, but to me it really cemented this idea of doing life together, instead of just being an investment group.

The legendary crew from the first meet up!
The meet up hoodies designed by our very own: ThinkRandy and Matthew Walker!

4 more events coming in 2023, so stay tuned!

Until Next Time

We’ll see you next week, Obsidians!

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Thank you to our Medium team: Research — Flow; Writer and Editor-Matthew Walker.

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