Category: Jalak Jobanputra

FOMO in Washington DC: Mnuchin, Trump and Tomorrow’s Libra Hearing

The last time I wrote was on the eve of Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra announcement. At this time tomorrow, the US Congress will have held its […]

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Facebook’s Libra Launch

The big news heading out of last week and into the upcoming week is Facebook’s long-awaited GlobalCoin (or Libra Coin), likely to be a stablecoin […]

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Blockchain Week Bull Run

Unlike last year’s NYC Blockchain Week, which was more form over substance (anyone recall Lambos parked in front of the Hilton?), this year’s conferences focused […]

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FinCEN Weighs In

Greetings from the very beginning of NYC Blockchain Week. This is where it all started just two years ago, when ETH and BTC prices began […]

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Days of Reckoning

The past couple of weeks have seen a flurry of activity in the blockchain and crypto markets: Yesterday, the WSJ published an investigative report that […]

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The Stage is Being Set

As much of the crypto world descended upon Manhattan for Consensus:Invest this past week, it was a different atmosphere than a year ago, when bitcoin […]

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SEC Enforcement

As we near the end of 2018, “the year of regulation”, it is fitting that the SEC has made moves in the past couple of […]

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Into the Wild

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the proliferation of stablecoins, crytpocurrencies using different mechanisms to maintain a stable value versus a specific price (most […]

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Stablecoins Galore

Several big announcements this morning: Gemini, headed by the Winklevoss twins, announced that they had received approval to issue its first cryptocurrency, a stablecoin called […]

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Drinking from a Firehose

The pace of news announcements over the last week shows the blockchain sector hasn’t received the August doldrums memo. Overall crypto markets improved, with Bitcoin […]

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Crypto, Identity & the Need for Self-Sovereignty

Last week I wrote about how geopolitics can impact demand for public blockchain cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Cryptocurrency can serve as a (relatively) stable store […]

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Flights to Safety

Financial headlines over the past week focused on Turkey’s rapidly depreciating lira. Meanwhile many citizens there, ignoring President Erdogan’s calls to exchange gold and foreign […]

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ICE Heats up the Sector

The big news this morning is that Intercontinental Exchange, parent of the New York Stock Exchange, announced the formation of a new company, Bakkt, a […]

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Crypto-market Efficiencies?

Last week in NYC I shared a panel with Valerie Szczepanik, SEC’s “crypto czar”. We had a wide-ranging discussion on self-regulation, utility tokens, the SEC’s role […]

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Dog Days of Summer

As the United States celebrated its Independence Day on July 4th, several jurisdictions around the world, including South Korea, Bermuda and Malta, passed legislation to […]

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Becoming Un-Tethered

I just wrapped up 2 days of speaking at MoneyConf in Dublin, an annual conference dedicated to all things fintech. In contrast to previous years, […]

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ICOs 2.0

Blockchain Week 2018 came in with a bang — 8500 attendees at the Consensus conference (vs 400 the last time I spoke there in 2015), […]

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The Calm Before Blockchain Week NYC

I am back in NYC after a trip around the world — with stops in London, Mumbai, Beijing, Korea, Los Angeles and Palo Alto along […]

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Built Environments and Blockchain Tech

After a few days in Mumbai meeting with large industrials and regulators (and FPV portfolio company Everledger which just opened a Mumbai office), I spent […]

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Campus Crypto Fever

This past Friday I spoke at Penn’s inaugural Blockchain Conference. It was a special speaking engagement for me, as I am a Penn grad and my interest […]

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