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CoinFund is celebrating #Juneteenth today and supporting #CryptoForBlackLives

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Black Lives Matter.

2020 should be a year in human history when this statement is not controversial and doesn’t need to be said, but unfortunately this is not the case. Black lives and livelihoods are threatened daily by discrimination and structural inequity across every facet of society. This should not be a reality in 21st century America or across the world but it is. Black Lives Matter.

Change will require conscious action from individuals in the choices they make on behalf of themselves and the organizations they are part of. This applies to us as members of the blockchain investment community in the way we allocate capital, help steer network governance, and make decisions related to hiring and selecting vendors. At CoinFund, we can do better on all these fronts and we reaffirm our commitment to do so. Moreover, one of the core reasons for why we are in the blockchain space today is we believe that blockchain technologies will help to level the playing fields of finance, tech, and society, and create immense positive social impact for historically underprivileged people.

As we observe Juneteenth, we are focusing on what we can do on our part. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and make the following pledge to purposefully and actively strive for diversity in the hires we make and the founders we work with across the blockchain products we support, and beyond:

  • We unequivocally oppose systemic racism and police brutality.
  • We will formalize a diversity recruitment and advancement plan at our organization.
  • We will formalize a plan for creating more opportunities to invest with Black, female, and minority founders.
  • We will continue to donate to nonprofits that fight systemic inequity and racism and promote technology opportunities and education for minorities. At this time, we are particularly excited to support the #CryptoForBlackLives Gitcoin Grants campaign, set up with the help of our own Devin Walsh.
  • We will listen, think, and work on other ways to help.

A big thank you to Robert Greenfield IV of Emerging Impact for his work and for inspiring this pledge.

The CoinFund Team
Jake, Alex, Oleg, Seth, Devin, Ryan, Jason


CoinFund is celebrating #Juneteenth today and supporting #CryptoForBlackLives was originally published in The CoinFund Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Crypto P2P adoption in Middle East stymied by politics and tech

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Data published by Arcane Research suggests that despite demand for peer-to-peer crypto trading platforms in the middle east, regulations and lack of infrastructure is slowing down adoption. 

But undocumented migrants in western countries have been making use of these platforms to send money back home.

According to an October report from the firm, peer-to-peer crypto trading volume, or P2P, across the Middle East and Northern Africa is roughly 15% what it was in late 2017 on major platforms LocalBitcoins and Paxful — or roughly $682,000 a week.

“In general, there are several centralized exchanges providing services in the more developed Arab states,” states the report. “However, other countries in the region do not have this exchange infrastructure, and also lack financial and political stability, but [have] not seen any notable crypto adoption on the P2P.”

There is demand for P2P services in Middle Eastern countries facing inflation, as it allows residents to get money out of the country or simply convert to crypto. The Lebanese pound has suffered massive inflation in 2020. And while Iran has been a hotspot for crypto miners due to the low cost of electricity, its currency has also been ravaged by crippling hyperinflation since the United States reimposed sanctions in 2018.

Despite this, P2P exchanges in both Lebanon and Iran are struggling to establish a foothold due to “poor Internet infrastructure and political regimes being negative towards Bitcoin.”

Instead, Arcane researchers found that “less sophisticated” Bitcoin (BTC) P2P trading methods have grown in the region during the same period, spurred by messaging apps like WhatsApp.

The report also indicated that undocumented immigrants living in western countries are turning to crypto to send funds home using gift cards in conjunction with P2P trading platforms when local laws make sending crypto more difficult.

In September, Paxful announced that it would no longer provide services in Venezuela due to regulations and sanctions related to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control. Despite this the country accounted for 42% of the P2P volume across all of Latin America, which now sits at $4.3 million.

Arcane Research suggests Venezuelan immigrants have found “workarounds” to send money home  amid “clamp downs on cryptocurrencies and strict currency control.”

According to researchers, immigrants can purchase gift cards to any number of popular retailers like Amazon or just a prepaid credit card, and send a picture of it to family and friends abroad. The recipients could then sell it for Bitcoin using a P2P platform and convert it into local currency. The report stated that such a remittance method was fast and reliable, but incurred significant fees.

Bitcoin is also a good way to get money out of the country. “Bitcoin can be used as a capital flight tool for Venezuelans,” stated the report. “The hyperinflation is a huge problem for Venezuela and [has] caused over 10% of the population to leave the country.”

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/crypto-p2p-adoption-in-middle-east-stymied-by-politics-and-tech

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Grayscale adds a ‘cool $300M’ in a day and $1B this week

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Crypto fund manager Grayscale Investments has increased its assets under management (AUM) by $1 billion in the space of a week.

According to an update posted to Grayscale’s Twitter account on Oct. 22, the investment firm currently has $7.3 billion in assets under management (AUM). That’s a billion-dollar increase on the $6.3 billion AUM Grayscale reported on Oct. 15. Each report is delayed by 24 hours so it refers to the previous day’s figure.

The funds are mostly held in Grayscale’s trusts for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), along with the firm’s digital large cap fund. The most recent spike is likely linked to the surge in crypto market prices following the recent news PayPal would offer crypto payments from 2021.

Grayscale reported its Litecoin (LTC) Trust had increased the most since the previous day’s report, by more than 7.5%. The company’s Zcash (ZEC) Trust increased by more than 6% in the same period. The firm also has small allocations in Ethereum Classic (ETC), Horizen (ZEN), Stellar Lumens (XLM), XRP, and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

Grayscale CEO Barry Silbert commented on the investment firm’s recent rise on Twitter, stating it had “added a cool $300 million in AUM in one day.”

With Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust currently holding more than $6B assets under management, this effectively means the investment firm controls roughly 2.5% of the total coin supply — currently at 18,522,937 according to CoinMarketCap. The total supply of Bitcoin is capped at 21 million, meaning there are roughly 2.5 million BTC left to be mined, or about 11.9% of the total Bitcoin to be generated.

Grayscale has recently be joined by other major financial institutions that also see the potential of crypto. Along with MicroStrategy’s purchase of $415 million BTC this year, monitoring resource Coin98 Analytics reported digital asset manager CoinShares controlled 69,730 BTC as of last week — worth more than $900 million following the coin’s surge past $13,000 today.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/grayscale-adds-a-cool-300m-in-a-day-and-1b-this-week

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Kik Survives Grueling SEC Battle, Kin Token Continues Trading

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Source: https://cryptobriefing.com/kik-survives-grueling-sec-battle/

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