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Silvergate Bank 1Q19 update: Deposits down 10%, CFO departs

Silvergate Bank quietly posted an updated S1 on May 17 in preparation for its upcoming IPO as it makes headway with its digital currency initiative. Founded in La Jolla, Calif. in 1988, Silvergate began as a traditional commercial bank, but started exploring the idea of…

Money 2.0 Stuff: Liminal spaces

$CLAM The word ‘protocol’ sounds deceptively intimidating until you realize it is really just a cool synonym for ‘rules’. Rules, both formal and implicit, abound. Rules themselves are pretty boring. No one likes rules. The fun part comes from carefully evaluating these rules and devising…

A look at VeriBlock’s relationship with Bitcoin

As one of the most secure blockchain networks, Bitcoin’s block space is highly valued by its users. Because of its security, Bitcoin has inadvertently fallen into a role as a data repository for businesses attempting to leverage its OP_RETURN script. One such business is VeriBlock,…

Soft Fork: China’s tea money

Anyone who has spent time learning about monetary history can tell you that humans are pretty creative when it comes to money. From seashells to Rai stones to bits and bytes, it seems like everything in existence has, at one point or another, been used…

Skeptic’s lens: Not defending crypto anymore?

This free preview of The Block Genesis is offered to our loyal readers as a representation of the valuable journalism and research our Genesis members receive daily. If you’d like to receive all Genesis content on our site and via daily newsletter, join today. The…

A maturing OTC market is resulting in narrowing spreads

Over the counter (OTC) trading is generally used to facilitate large ($100k+) orders for market participants. Using OTC desks for sizable orders, as opposed to exchanges, saves customers the headache associated with price slippage or having to split up an order into several smaller batches.…

Money 2.0 Stuff: Is that $4.57M before or after tip?

Lunch Last week we discussed Kik and the launch of the DefendCrypto legal defense fund. Kik seeded the fund with $5 million of its own money. Outside observers may naturally have expected slightly more enthusiasm from within the crypto community: regulatory uncertainty around crypto assets…

Knowing the developers: an analysis of EOSIO

The next project we’ll be taking a dive into for Knowing the developers, EOS, is the fifth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap. If one thing is certain, the project is not short of capital or funding. EOS was heralded as a platform that would be a…