Birthplace of Ethereum

VeradiVerdict - Issue #74

Last week, I was able to visit Toronto for the first time and catch up with folks that were involved with the start of Ethereum. The main reason why I traveled to Toronto was to attend my first session of mentoring at Creative Destruction Lab - Blockchain Track.

The session consisted of individual meetings with startups within the track and group discussions on how to help each company. At the end, there was deliberation on which startups would continue forward in the program. My impression was positive, and I thought the program did a great job facilitating value-added thoughts and interaction.

Some of the more interesting projects include:

  • Lunie - A non-custodial wallet experience for staking, providing validator options

  • Grain Discovery - A supply chain blockchain startup creating an online marketplace for agriculture traceability and transactions

  • Tokenfunder - Canada’s first regulated security token issuance platform

Later on during the trip, BitcoinBay, Sora VC, and Pantera hosted a meetup for the Toronto crypto ecosystem, and it was fun. Questions ranged from interoperability, to investing strategies, to global trends.

One takeaway was that Canada is a good test bed for products and go-to-market but it’s not a large enough market alone and figuring out how to scale globally is crucial.


DIGESTS

Why Aren’t the Candidates Talking About Digital Currency?

Today’s arrival of Super Tuesday, that 15-state do-or-die Democratic primary battle, seems like a good excuse for a retrospective on how the U.S. presidential campaign has played out until now. 


NEWS

Orchid Partners with LiquidVPN

Orchid continues to gain new partners as it seeks to build a more fair, more private, and more secure internet. Today, Orchid announces a partnership with LiquidVPN, one of the fastest and most popular VPN services.

Crypto broker Tagomi to join Libra Association

The Libra Association is reportedly set to add another company to its ranks: the crypto brokerage firm Tagomi.


IN THE TWEETS


REGULATIONS

Facebook Revamps Libra Plans, Bowing to Regulators

Facebook is scaling back its ambitious plan to upend the global financial system with a new digital currency.


NEW PRODUCTS AND HOT DEALS

DeFi startup Compound unveils governance token in decentralization push

Open Finance startup Compound has announced a new initiative that's aimed at decentralizing the governance process for its non-custodial lending protocol.

The Libra Association is weighing a shift to a U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin

The Libra Association is considering whether to abandon the existing currency-and-asset basket model in favor of a dollar-centric one for its proposed Libra stablecoin, sources say.


MEET WITH ME

Los Angeles, March 6-9

Future Blockchain Summit, Dubai, April 7-10

Toronto, April 29-30

Consensus 2020, NYC, May 11-15


ADDITIONAL INFO

Hi, I’m Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing in blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. The firm invests in equity, pre-sales/IEO rounds, and cryptocurrencies on the secondary markets. I focus on early-stage investments and share my thoughts on what’s going on in the industry in this weekly newsletter.

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