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SEC Proposes 3-Year Safe Harbor Token Sales / Most Active Blockchain Companies / JP Morgan, Lightning Labs, CBDCs, $1 Billion in DeFi

Kyle Ellicott
Feb 12 · 6 min read

February 13, 2020

It’s time to forget those winter blues and dive into all the recent happenings of the blockchain, DApps & DLT landscapes. SEC Commissioner Hester “Crypto Mom” Peirce proposes 3-year safe harbor period for crypto token sales. Sources began circling news that JPMorgan is in talks to merge their blockchain unit Quorum with startup ConsenSys. Canada Stablecorp Inc launches the “QCAD,” a Canadian Dollar-Backed stablecoin. DeFi markets now have a record of $1 billion in value locked-in. Australia rolls out bullish plans for a $175 billion blockchain sector. Plus we’ve got supercharged DApp from LiquidApps, Multicoin Capital's view in infinite scale, and Nike’s revealed revolutionary NFT.

I even found room to cram in plenty of research (Q4 2019 Blockchain Landscape & DApps Landscape) & books (on Digital Assets & Enterprise Blockchain) along with insights on venture capital (new funds + M&A activity!!), infrastructure, DApps, Bitcoin, Economics, Exchanges, and Stablecoins. For MORE and to keep you up to speed, here’s a snapshot of the top stories this week around the industry.

📈 SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Proposes 3-Year Safe Harbor Period for Crypto Token Sales

Hester Peirce, SEC Commissioner, recommended a three years grace period for token sale while giving a speech at the International Blockchain Congress in Chicago. She believes that it would help tokens grow their networks without panicking about the regulatory norms. If implemented by SEC, this period would bring strict requirement rules for crypto projects raising funds through a token sale…read more

📈 China’s Coronavirus Whistleblower Is Now Memorialized on Ethereum

Ethereum now has a forever memory of China’s coronavirus outbreak. Recently, someone created a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain with source code shaped in a monument in memory of Dr. Li Wenliang. This smart contract highlights “R.I.P.” and Dr. Li Wenliang’s contribution as a medical expert…read more

💰 Value Locked in Crypto DeFi Markets Hits $1 Billion Milestone

Crypto DeFi markets now have a record of $1 billion in value locked-in. As of February 7th, ETH crossed the $200 mark uplifting the total locked-in value of the DeFi market. Analytics site revealed that this value was from $276 million only a year ago…read more

💰 Why Central Bank Digital Currencies Are The Killer App For Blockchain In 2020

Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) have already generated a significant amount of attention and are soon to be spent and along with exchanged on a blockchain ledger soon. In 2020, CBDCs are predicted to be the killer app for blockchain and remained a topmost topic at the World Economic Forum (W.E.F.) annual meeting in Davos last month…read more

📖 Australia rolls out plans for a $175 billion blockchain sector

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia has unveiled its new national blockchain strategy and roadmap. The initial aim is to grow the export industry. With this roadmap, Australia is building to become a global leader in blockchain technology…read more

📖 Most Active and Impactful Blockchain Companies from 2019 to 2020

Since 2019, the blockchain ecosystem has grown beyond people’s expectations. Blockchain can revolutionize government, finance, & insurance, among impacting hundreds of other fields. Cointelegraph evaluated the ten most effective and active blockchain companies in segments such as Crypto Custody, DeFi, Gaming Protocols, and Smart Contracts, etc…read more

More For Your Week:

💰 Exclusive: JPMorgan in talks to merge blockchain unit Quorum with startup ConsenSys — sources

📖 US Department of Transportation funding blockchain research use

📖 Nike’s Dec 2019 patent reveals revolutionary NFT use by NFT.NYC

📖 Pinoy IBM scientists granted US patent for blockchain database

📖 Introducing mStable by James Simpson

Libra Minus Facebook: Why Celo Is 2020’s Buzzy Token Project

📖 IBM Blockchain VP: Every Dollar Spent on Blockchain Yields $15 on Cloud

📖 Our Investment in Lightning Labs by Chris McCann

📖 Zack Gall AMA recap: “You don’t really have to choose a chain anymore. by Equilibrium_EOSDT

📖 Mastercard, Binance X, Ripple’s Xpring, and 8 Final Members Join MouseBelt Blockchain Education Alliance by MouseBelt Labs

📖 The Great Protocol Sink by Ryan Sean Adams of Bankless

💰 Canada Stablecorp Inc Launches “QCAD”: Canadian Dollar-Backed Stablecoin

💰 New Capital’s Journey Report #2: Crypto exchanges and data aggregators — the good (rare), the bad and the ugly

DApps (Decentralized Apps) Watch

Entering the Decade of Lightning

With now closing a $10M Series A to further develop the Lightning payments technology and scale the developer ecosystem AND releasing of the beta of Lightning Loop, the first paid product — Elizabeth Stark and her team at Lightning Labs⚡️ — are a force in the landscape! Less than two years ago, they released the first beta version of lnd for bitcoin mainnet. Since the company has seen over 30 companies integrate lnd thus far, with many more in progress, and have had more than 4000 developers and testers contribute to the more

📖 Overview and Market Trends of Crypto Games in 2020

Expert blockchain researchers are predicting that with increasing smartphone invasion throughout the globe, the crypto gaming industry could take off even further in 2020 and beyond. This article is listing some popular blockchain-based games and trends to watch out for in 2020. In addition to the growing adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, these games provide an accessible way to learn how blockchain technology works…read more

📖 RSK Launches Interoperability Bridge Between Bitcoin and Ethereum

Blockchain company RSK has launched an interoperability platform that will allow users to operate between different blockchains. Interoperability protocols make it easier for projects to work on different blockchains. Decentralized Applications (DApps) will be able to cater to a broader base of users, who would otherwise remain siloed in closed networks. At the same time, projects can leverage the specific characteristics of different blockchains simultaneously…read more

📖 Infinite Scale by Kyle Samani of Multicoin Capital

📖 Why A Blockchain is a Better Application Server / Database Architecture by Daniel Larimer

📖 The DAPP Network, Supercharged! by LiquidApps

📖 “Ethereum isn’t Decentralized”…And Other Myths by Kent Barton

🎧 Listen Up:

Join me on February 27th, 2020 as I share insights on the State of the Blockchain Industry for Q1 2020. We’ll go more into how 2019, quickly became a defining year for the blockchain/DLT landscape. We witnessed a surge of enterprise and government adoption, increased focus on infrastructure, decentralized applications (DApps) & finance (DeFi), along with the building anticipation of 2020. This new decade is due to be the landscape’s most significant yet with massive planned releases (Libra, Digital Currencies, Protocols, etc.), infrastructure improvements throughout, and a tipping point for initial consumer adoption. Furthermore, I’ll go in-depth on the overall state of the industry, change from 2019 through Q1 2020, and provide you with a roadmap to navigate the rapidly emerging decentralized future successfully — along with your top questions.


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Kyle Ellicott

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Founder of Internet of Things & Wearable Technology Accelerator @ReadWriteLabs. Creative Director @TechZulu. Entrepreneur. Start-up Lover. @RWW @Eventup



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