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DeFi Conference 2020 Delivers an All-Star Speaker Lineup

The DeFi Conference 2020 hosted by Bitcoin Events, is a feature-packed free event for anyone to attend and learn about the opportunities that decentralized finance offers to individuals and organizations alike. Decentralized finance (more commonly known as ‘DeFi’) is growing rapidly, spawning investment and attention from many corners of the finance world. The world of …

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The DeFi Conference 2020 hosted by Bitcoin Events, is a feature-packed free event for anyone to attend and learn about the opportunities that decentralized finance offers to individuals and organizations alike.

Decentralized finance (more commonly known as ‘DeFi’) is growing rapidly, spawning investment and attention from many corners of the finance world. The world of traditional finance is on the brink of evolution as cracks in traditional finance are beginning to widen.

This one-day event is jam-packed with content: two tracks and over 30 global speakers from the most prominent companies in the DeFi space, covering topics such:

  • Reinventing banking with DeFi
  • Importance of high-quality data in DeFi
  • Macro finance and technological trends contributing to the growth of DeFi
  • The African context and DeFi adoption
  • Leveraging order book data to measure liquidity
  • Cryptocurrency investments
  • DeFi lending platforms
  • The future of stablecoins
  • The importance of privacy and security in DeFi
  • DeFi risk management approaches
  • Regulatory and compliance issues
  • The future of DeFi

To summarise, the event will explore the current DeFi landscape and players, its impact on the world of traditional finance and the future of DeFi.

The event offers dedicated online spaces for people to network and share business ideas, exhibition opportunities, where companies can showcase their products and services with the audience and opportunities to engage directly with speakers.

Meet some of the amazing speakers!

Global innovators and thought leaders are part of the exciting speaker lineup. These include:



Stani is the Founder and CEO of Aave, an open-source and non-custodial money market protocol to earn interest on deposits and borrow assets.

Stani was studying law at the University of Helsinki when he first got into Ethereum and he started exploring how it could impact the traditional financial system.


Alex is the Founder and CEO of the Celsius Network, which lets users earn interest on their crypto and instantly borrow against it.Alex is also one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). He is a serial entrepreneur and Founder of seven New York City-based startups, raising more than $1 billion and exiting over $3 billion.



Jonas is the Founder and CEO at StakerDAO, a platform for governing financial assets in a decentralized, secure, and compliant manner.

Jonas is also a long time participant in Tezos, where he ran one of the largest public validators, Tezos.Capital.


Miko is the Co-Founder of Evercoin, a Silicon Valley-based cryptocurrency exchange.

Miko is also a General Partner with Gumi Ventures, a US $30M venture capital fund focused early-stage blockchain startups and a Venture Partner with BitBull Capital, a cryptocurrency fund-of-funds. He is also an advisor to Arrington XRP Capital.

Other speakers include:

  • Ambre Soubiran – CEO of Kaiko
  • Lex Sokolin – Global Fintech Co-Head at ConsenSys
  • Gustav Arentoft – Business Development (Europe, SEA, Africa), Maker Foundation
  • Itamar Lesuisse – Co-Founder and CEO of Argent
  • Alex Batlin – Founder and CEO of Trustology
  • On Yavin – Founder and CEO of Cointelligence
  • Alex McDougall – Co-Founder of Bicameral Ventures
  • Friederike Ernst – COO at Gnosis
  • Richard de Sousa – Founder and CEO of AltCoinTrader
  • Luca Consentino – Product and Go to Market at Oasis Labs
  • Rebecca Mqamelo- Head of Growth at Zerion
  • Jorge Sebastiao – CTO, Advisor, Executive Board Member of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA)
  • George Samman – Advisor at Kadena and Fantom
  • Andrey Bugaevski – Project Lead at Incognito Chain

Sponsors and Partners of the DeFi Conference 2020

Aave, a well-known lending protocol that enables users to lend and borrow a diverse range of cryptocurrencies using both stable and variable interest rates, is onboard as a Partner of the event.

AltcoinTrader, a South African based cryptocurrency exchange, StakerDAO a platform designed for governing financial assets in a secure, decentralized, and compliant manner and Dash, a cryptocurrency designed to ensure user privacy and anonymity, are the Gold Sponsors of the event.

“The DeFi Conference 2020 is an excellent opportunity for individuals in the industry, and those that are interested to know how DeFi is set to disrupt traditional finance, to learn about the latest DeFi trends and opportunities.

It offers fantastic networking and interactive benefits including access to some of the most well-known people in the DeFi space.” Sonya Kuhnel, Director at Bitcoin Events.

Register for the DeFi Conference 2020 here.

For more information on the DeFi Conference 2020 visit our website at



CBOE files to list Van Eck’s proposed Bitcoin ETF

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Globally leading exchange holding company, Chicago Board Options Exchange, or CBOE, has filed to list the Bitcoin exchange-traded fund proposed by asset manager, Van Eck.

CBOE filed a Form 19b-4 requesting permission to list the ETF from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Jan. 3. In the form, CBOE emphasizes the benefits an ETF would offer to retail investors over the spot Bitcoin markets, including custody:

“Exposure to bitcoin through an ETP also presents certain advantages for retail investors compared to buying spot bitcoin directly. The most notable advantage is the use of the Custodian to custody the Trust’s bitcoin assets.”

While CBOE did not reveal who its custodian is, the document notes its custodian is “a trust company chartered and regulated by [the New York Department of Financial Services].”

Once the SEC has formally acknowledged it is reviewing the application, the regulator has 45 days to deliver its verdict or extend the assessment deadline. The SEC can extend its deliberation period for up to 240 days before finalizing its decision.

If approved, the ETF would be the first crypto product offered by CBOE since February 2019, with CBOE having then ceased offering Bitcoin futures contracts. In December 2017, CBOE became the first regulated financial institution in the United States to offer Bitcoin futures contracts, beating out the Chicago Mercantile Exchange by just a couple of weeks.

In January, Van Eck filed for SEC approval of a Bitcoin ETF. While Van Eck had previously filed for a BItcoin ETF in 2017, the firm also teamed up with SolidX — a blockchain firm that had been attempting to bring a Bitcoin ETF to market since 2015 — to file for a jointly issued ETF in 2018. The joint application was withdrawn in September 2019, with the two firms parting ways shortly after.

However, Van Eck’s latest filing has become the subject of a lawsuit from SolidX, who alleges Van Eck plagiarized their product.

Van Eck also filed for an ETF tracking the performance of prominent crypto firms on Jan. 21. The product would seek the price and performance of the Global Digital Asset Equity Index — which is run by its subsidiary MV Index Solutions.

As of this writing, the SEC is yet to approve any crypto ETF product.


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Coinbase custodies 11% of entire crypto capitalization

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Crypto data aggregator Messari has reported that the quantity of crypto assets stored in custody on U.S. exchange giant Coinbase surged in the last quarter of 2020.

Messari Crypto has revealed that as much as 11% of the entire crypto market capitalization was held with Coinbase custody at the end of last year. The Coinbase offers custody services for over 90 crypto assets, roughly half of which are tradable on Coinbase’s exchange.

The value of assets custodied with Coinbase spiked to roughly $90 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020 as the combined crypto capitalization more than doubled to tag $780 billion by 2021.

Despite the wide variety of assets supported by Coinbase Custody, Messari found that Bitcoin and Ethereum account for 83% of the cryptocurrency held with Coinbase.

While Bitcoin consistently represented 70% of the assets custodied with Coinbase during 2019 and 2020, Ethereum increased from 9% to 13% over the same period.

The findings were published in a report examining Coinbase’s anticipated public listing that was compiled by Messari researcher Mira Christanto.

Christanto reported that 95% of Coinbase trading revenues are from retail clients, who pay 30 times more than institutional customers. She also noted a pre-IPO valuation at 7% of the total crypto market cap which would equate to around $107 billion according to the sector’s current market cap of $1.54 trillion.

According to the S-1 report Coinbase submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Feb. 25, the exchange posted a direct revenue of $1.1 billion in 2020 mostly from trading fees.

In a Feb. 25 blog post to its clients, Coinbase revealed that Bitcoin and other crypto assets have comprised a major share of its corporate treasury since the company’s founding back in 2012.


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Leverage traders ‘flushed out’ by late-February crypto crash: Glassnode

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According to on-chain analytics provider, Glassnode, the late-February crypto market correction may have purged excessive leverage from the markets.

On March 1, Glassnode published a report analyzing the recent crypto crash — which was only the second significant crypto correction since the markets pushed into new record highs in late 2020.

Glassnodenoted the crash peaked with a 25% fall from the local top of $58,300 to $43,343. As such, the move was weaker than January’s dip which saw a roughly 30% retracement from $42,000 to less than $30,000.

The analytics provider suggested that these pullbacks are positive for the crypto markets overall, attributing the latest correction to liquidated leveraged positions held by risky speculators:

“Significant market corrections are positive events in that they flush out speculation, leverage, weak hands, and test holder conviction.”

The report added that several key market indicators were reset as BTC prices found fresh support, including futures open interest, futures funding rates, and the price premium for Grayscale’s investment products.

Futures open interest, which is the total number of outstanding contracts that have not been settled, dropped almost $4 billion or 22% from its peak of $18.4 billion. Glassnode also commented noted perpetual futures funding rates have also reset close to zero, which could indicate that traders are not willing to enter short positions, stating:

“Previous combinations of decreasing open interest and a reset of funding rates have indicated a flush in speculative trading has occurred.”

However, the report did note that open interest is still hovering roughly $2.5 billion above the previous peak of $3.9 billion on Feb. 21 — meaning there is still significant leverage within the market.

Glassnode also noted that shares in Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust are trading at a discount compared to spot market prices for the first time ever, with investors paying a nearly 4% discount to access exposure to BTC through Grayscale’s trust.

It added that competing products such as Canada’s Purpose ETF could diminish Grayscale’s premium as more institutional products enter the market and close arbitrage opportunities.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin prices were up 5.3% over the past 24 hours, with BTC currently changing hands for $49,200.


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