VeradiVerdict - Automating Coding - Issue #9

VeradiVerdict

Hi, I am Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing into blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. I focus on early investments and want to share my thoughts and what’s going on in the industry in this weekly newsletter.


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Editorials

We recently co-invested the seed round of a YC company, Synthetic Minds, with Khosla Ventures. Synthetic Minds work to bullet proof smart contract, and are looking to automate the reading and writing of code. The founder, Srivastava, holds a PhD from Berkeley, and has been in this field for more than a decade.


The core technology of Synthetic Minds, program synthesis, falls under the same category as the method NASA uses to ensure the safety of mission critical software. With this technology, smart contract developers can build more trust in their high-value and long-lasting code. It will also allow comprehensive and automated auditing of smart contracts.


While we are very excited about the adoption and development in smart contracts that Synthetic Minds will help generate, we are even more thrilled about their long-term mission of democratizing software creation. Through establishing tools that analyze and synthesize code better than human, Synthetic Minds is going to bring automation to coding.

Digests

The 100 Most Influential People In Crypto

A hand-curated list of the 100 most influential people in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

How Blockchain Could Have Stopped the China Chip Hack and Other Acts by the Thugs of our Generation

A crew of unknown men mosey into a chip manufacturer in China and say, “to hell with the blueprints, jam this pencil-tip size chip in the middle of everything; if you do, you get a bunch of money; if…

The 3 Month Rule | Investing In Cryptocurrencies – ALTCOIN MAGAZINE

The “3 month rule” is an investment strategy developed for the more conservative cryptocurrency investor, like myself, to both preserve capital assets and maximize value while investing in…

In the Tweets

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

@aantonop

How cool is this: "Mastering Bitcoin 1Ed", on Chinese national TV. Even with a slightly sanitized title (no mention of Bitcoin), the content is the same.

Hoping to visiting China next year. Maybe this brings more opportunities and conference invitations. https://t.co/SHOBoaiF9a

6:46 AM - 25 Oct 2018

₿ Vanessa ₿

@CryptoVanessa

#Bitcoin #BTC 😇 https://t.co/Bnn8f76UlJ

4:58 AM - 28 Oct 2018

Nicholas Merten

@Nicholas_Merten

One thing that people are ignoring in this quiet market is the fact that, as of tomorrow, Bitcoin will have held $6,000 for over a year. That’s huge. It’s proving that bitcoin is functioning as a store of value.

10:21 AM - 28 Oct 2018

nic carter

@nic__carter

Good work from @AlethioEthstats. As they point out, the fact that EOS had massive outflows from the crowdsale contract DURING THE SALE is hugely problematic. Why did they depart from the established best practice and do this?

https://t.co/NWqTkVJlEJ

7:14 PM - 27 Oct 2018

News

Visa CEO: Crypto is Not a Big Threat But if Needed, We Will Support it

Visa could support crypto in the future if the global market moves in the direction of embracing consensus currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

World’s Largest Crypto Exchange OKEx to Delist 50+ Trading Pairs Due to ‘Weak’ Performance

Top crypto exchange OKEx will delist almost 60 trading pairs that reportedly have weak liquidity and trading volumes.

Sony Unveils ‘Multiple Application’ Contactless Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet

Sony Computer Science Labs says it has various use cases for its smart card hardware wallet beyond transactions.

New Protocol Lets EOS dApps 'Teleport' Tokens from Ethereum

shEOS, a firm which helps companies launch EOS tokens and provides important infrastructure for that network, has recently created a new protocol called EOS21 which enables the smooth transition of ERC-20 tokens to the EOS ecosystem.

China’s Alibaba Cloud Expands Enterprise Blockchain Offering to Global Markets

Alibaba Cloud is expanding its enterprise-level Blockchain-as-a-Service outside China.

Bitfury Could Launch Europe's First Major Crypto IPO, With Potential $3 Billion Valuation

Cryptocurrency mining firm Bitfury is considering an IPO in Europe in 2019. If Bitfury goes public, it could seek a valuation of $3 billion to $5 billion.

Most Central Banks Back Digital Currency If DLT Improved: IBM Survey

A new IBM research report finds most polled central banks believe they should issue a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC), although they remain uncertain if blockchain can provide sufficient cost and efficiency benefits.

Regulations

Japan Approves Self-Regulation for Cryptocurrency Industry

Japan’s primary financial regulator has formally granted the cryptocurrency industry with a self-regulatory status by allowing an industry body to police domestic exchanges.

Net Neutrality Killer Ajit Pai Casts an Eye over Regulating Blockchain

The man who killed net neutrality in the US is racing-up with innovations like blockchain to effectively regulate them.

China's Merchants are Legally Allowed to Accept Bitcoin and Crypto

As reported by CnLedger, a trusted cryptocurrency news source in China, the country’s merchants can legally accept crypto as a payment method.

New Products and Hot Deals

dYdX raises $10M Series A – dydxprotocol

This latest financing round enables dYdX to continue to build out their product suite and hire world-class talent.

Introducing Dharma Lever – The Dharma Protocol Blog

At Dharma, we’re building a borderless, permissionless, decentralized credit market — layer by layer, piece by piece. Today, we’re excited to announce Dharma Lever, the easiest way to margin lend crypto-assets in high volume.

Announcing OpenZeppelin 2.0 – Zeppelin Blog

When we first announced OpenZeppelin in 2016, smart contract security was in a crisis. Major hacks occurred every month, the same logic was being reimplemented again and again, and basic software…

Introducing Continuous Organizations – thibauld

TL;DR Aligning stakeholders’ interests in an organization is hard. The current fundraising models (ICO or private fundraising) impose significant limitations on the mechanisms available to align…

WBTC: A Community Effort To Bring Bitcoin To Ethereum

At Kyber, we have been facilitating seamless exchange and liquidity flows between all parts of the decentralized ecosystem. End users can buy/sell tokens instantly on KyberSwap and many of the…

Starlight: payment channels on Stellar – Interstellar

Interstellar is pleased to announce a preview release of Starlight, an implementation of bidirectional payment channels on Stellar. Payment channels allow parties to transact privately, instantly…

Meet with Me

I will be traveling this fall for certain events, and to meet with investors. Let me know if you and your colleagues would like to meet in person.


Zurich, Crypto Summit, October 28-29

Prague, DevCon 4, October 30-November 2

Macau, Sora Summit, November 13

New York, Consensus Invest, November 27