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Pantera Capital Reports Massive Crypto Profit: 10,000% In 5 Years

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The return on investment (ROI) of one of the largest cryptocurrency investment firms went over to 10,000% in only five years, according to latest reports.

The news comes from an email in which the co-chief investment officer Dan Morehead (and the current CEO of Pantera Capital), as well as Joey Krug, shared the figure as they celebrated the fund’s fifth anniversary.

Even though both Morehead and Krug are bullish about Bitcoin, they noted that Pantera’s “lifetime return is 10,136.15% in net profit – free of fees and expenses.”

Morehead and Krug also included two emails that the fund sent out in 2013 to illustrate this point. As they wrote:

“We wanted to share the original logic – as it is equally compelling today.” they both stated. What’s interesting is the fact that at the time, Morehead predicted that “Bitcoin will hit $5,000 because it “dominates cash, electronic money, fiat money, gold, bearer bonds, large stone discs etc. – and therefore is the first global currency since gold – and the first borderless payment system ever.”

As Morehead wrote:

“In my opinion, it’s like deciding whether to buy Microsoft back in the day at $0.20 a share. It was hard to do when the stock was just at $0.10. In the fullness of time…clearly a great trade. I believe bitcoin right now is just like that. The world’s first global currency since gold and the world’s only borderless payments system (frictionless to boot) at a market cap of $3bn? Now that Silk Road is gone, a new wave of sophisticated investors are entering.”

Pantera has since launched its own hedge fund which is specialized in investing in blockchain startups. As such, the plans for the company are to travel “over the next months to discuss Venture Fund III and the blockchain disruption.”

As the officers wrote, “We have organized group lunches in many cities, should you want to meet other investors who share your interest in blockchain.”

 

 

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Justin Sun Proves Crypto Is Not A Scam By Hiring A Former SEC Official

The founder of cryptocurrency TRON Justin Sun is in our altcoin news today for trying to prove to the world that crypto is not a scam despite the highly volatile market. Sun hired a former SEC employee as his first compliance director for the TRON blockchain platform that supports smart contracts. He believes that regulation will help to push cryptocurrencies into the mainstream and stimulate the mass adoption and that it will also help push away con artists. He said:
 “We’re ready to fully embrace regulation here. We’ve just hired our first head of compliance, who previously worked for the SEC for almost eight years.”
TRON’s founder wants to make sure that TRON is fully regulated in the United States but also Korea and Japan. He made a point that Blockchain is a like a new operating system and that the worlds need to embrace it and be more optimistic towards regulation. He continued saying:
‘’The SEC, I think also sees the blockchain as good opportunity for innovation in the United States. I’m hoping that this year the SEC will license and regulate coin-based exchanges. This year will be the year of full regulation.’’
One of the ways that Sun can make blockchain mainstream is by launching the BitTorrent Token on the Binance Launchapd.  BitTorrent is a file sharing protocol that serves 100 million users in more than 130 countries. Sun acquired BitTorrent for $126 million last year. However, former chief strategy officer Simon Morris of BitTorrent said that there is no possible way for the TRON blockchain to be able to handle the transactions conducted on BitTorrent’s network but at the end, he ended up being dismissed as an incompetent employee.
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UN Thinks Bitcoin & Crypto Are “The New Frontiers” In Finance, Focusing On Ripple And IOTa

The year-end report on the global economy by the United Nations is in the cryptocurrency news, particularly because of its focus on crypto and Bitcoin as "the new frontiers" in digital finance. As the UN wrote, crypto and blockchain technology have a massive potential to create new and revolutionary business models that cut red tape as well as increase the efficiency. However, this is not the first time that UN has expressed its interest in digital assets. Before this, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) announced its collaboration with IOTA in order to "explore how the innovative technology behind IOTA which provides a distributed ledger for data management is going to increase the efficiency of UNOPS operations." On top of this, UNOPS is also exploring Ripple's cross-border payment solutions suite, as one report from the Association for Financial Professionals from late 2017 revealed. The new report, however, puts UN's interest for crypto in the focus. Titled “World Economic and Social Survey 2018” it dives in the many benefits of crypto, blockchain and distributed ledger technology.
“Cryptocurrencies represent a new frontier in digital finance and their popularity is growing. The decentralized networks for cryptocurrencies, bitcoin being a well-known example, can keep track of digital transactions. They enable value to be exchanged and can give rise to new business models which would otherwise require significant regulatory and institutional commitments." the report states.
According to the UN, blockchain and crypto have many use cases. As it is explained in the document:
"For example, a value token called ClimateCoin is being considered as a basis for creating a global market for carbon emissions, allowing peer-to-peer exchange of carbon credits and a direct connection with the Internet of Things. It would then be possible for devices to calculate their own carbon emissions and purchase carbon credits to offset those emissions."
The document also focuses on innovation and how it comes from inherent trust, citing that "the innovativeness of this system lies in the way in which the various parts combine to create the trust and guarantees that the traditional financial system derives from institutions and regulation."
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Do Crypto Executives Still Have Positive Thoughts After The 80% BTC Drop?

Last year almost all of the cryptocurrencies declined by more than 80 percent against the US dollar with the exception of Bitcoin and a few other crypto assets. In today’s altcoin news we are going to find out how the crypto executives feel about the sentiment on the crypto market this year. Most of the crypto executives and also those who are leaders in blockchain emerging businesses believe that the bear market has influenced the companies with a lot of opportunities to rebuild the foundations of the entire sector. Blockchain projects since 2017 and the decentralized applications brought to the high dependence of the blockchain companies on the performance of the tokens. As we have seen over the past few years, during a bear market the cryptocurrencies with the strongest fundamentals are most likely to survive. Digital assets such as Ripple, Litecoin, and Ethereum have dropped by 90 percent from their all-time high in the past 12 months. Meanwhile, Bitcoin dropped by 82 percent over the year but still remains as one of the top crypto assets to increase and go through a correction phase. The hash rate of the BTC network also increased since January 2018. Investors always are always considering the tendency of cryptocurrencies falling by large margins during a correction and therefore acquire blockchain projects that will help them build long-term blockchain related protocols and solutions for a lower price. Over the past 14 months, blockchain projects dropped immensely but this is a new opportunity for investors to start building infrastructure for their companies at a lower price. However, with the drop in blockchain protocols, developers and workers have been let go despite that being a blockchain developer increased by $180,000 with the growing interest in blockchain technology.
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UAE And Saudi Arabia Are Working On A New Cryptocurrency

A new altcoin is expected to go viral, according to the latest cryptocurrency news, where we have the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia as the countries which are seen as the official bodies between this cooperation. The news comes from an announced agreement for the creation of a new cryptocurrency, first reported by the news agency Emirate News Agency on January 19th. As the report outlines, the Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council has held a meeting in UAE capital Abu Dhabi, gathering 16 members in total from both countries to join the initiative. Comprised of seven initiatives which include authorities from civil aviation, financial awareness, youth training and the development of a cross-border digital currency, the Strategy of Resolve will create an altcoin that "will be strictly targeted for banks at an experimental phase with the aim of better understanding the implications of blockchain technology and facilitating cross-border payments.” The joint project will also research the effects of a central digital currency and its impact on financial policies. The initiative aims to protect customer interest and create standards for technology, all while considering the cyber security risks while determining the impact of central currencies on monetary policies, as the news agency reported.  
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