Dispatch #158: The Warmth of Venture Capital

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In this patch of your weekly Dispatch:

  • Interest rates paused ⏸️
  • South Korean whales 🐳
  • More institutional adoption 🏦

The Big Idea

Blockchain Capital for Start-ups and Grown-ups

Nothing clears the clouds during crypto winter better than a good ol’ blast of venture capital. Blast could indeed be the right word to describe the $580M in investment coming from prominent digital asset manager Blockchain Capital. You see, getting to enjoy the freedom that cryptocurrencies provide is fantastic. But, as often is the case, it’s the visionary approach and funding that allow the development of the crypto products that the community has come to utilize. Much like how Nexo Ventures was established to strategically support early stage businesses.

Blockchain Capital has supported over 100 projects in various stages and sub-sectors in the digital asset industry, so the track-record for major developments is there. Over half a billion dollars are spread across two funds:

  • $380M is allocated for an early-stage fund, focusing on companies and protocols in pre-seed and Series A rounds.
  • $200M is designated for an opportunities fund, which will target late-stage investments from Series B onwards.

The firm's investors range from traditional institutions like university endowments and financial institutions to strategic investors like Visa and PayPal, who bring their expertise to bolster supported projects. Previous triumphs include a $115M Series C investment in Tools for Humanity and a $40M Series A in RISC Zero.

We often discuss what needs to align for crypto so new all-time highs are seen again and a healthy dose of large, institutional investor capital is certainly part of that alignment, but could it turn to the only alignment needed for a new power cycle in crypto? These are the hints.

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Syncing Rates to Sink Inflation?

Interest rate decisions in the USA and U.K. stole the economic headlines this week, with inflation in the EU also coming in better than expected. Here are the main numbers:

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You Have How Much in Crypto, South Korea?!

It was probably with a sense of aversion that South Korean crypto investors had to disclose their overseas digital asset holdings for taxation purposes under recently introduced legislation. Apparently, South Korean taxpayers declared overseas cryptocurrency assets worth a staggering $98.5B in 2023, reports local Yonhap. Over 1,432 individuals and companies disclosed these assets, accounting for 70.2% of their reported foreign holdings. South Korea has bolstered crypto regulations with 19 new bills to safeguard investors and increase industry transparency. See – tax data can be certain, surprising and intriguing.

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Institutional Interest Par Excellence

The interest financial institutions display towards blockchain and cryptocurrencies is a driving force for the entire ecosystem. Here are this week’s prominent developments:

The Week’s Most Interesting Data Story

The Summer to HODL

Now that’s the kind of attitude worthy of applause, Bitcoin HODLers! According to Glassnode's latest Bitcoin supply data, the amount of inactive BTC that hasn't budged from its addresses for one-, two-, three-, and even five-year periods has been steadily reaching all-time highs since July 2023!

Hot Topics

What the Community Is Discussing

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Word on the streets of BTC?

More bigger picture things.

What to Watch for Next Week:

  • How is BTC mining doing?
  • Another try at Ethereum’s Holesky launch?
  • Will altcoins rise soon?

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