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Andreessen Horowitz just closed its second crypto fund

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Two years ago, the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) took the wraps off a dedicated crypto fund from a subset of its limited partners, who’d provided the firm with $300 million in capital commitments. Now, the firm says it has closed a second fund in the same vein, this time with $515 million in capital commitments.

As general partner Chris Dixon — who leads the fund with general partner Katie Haun — tells Fortune: “It’s very rare that major, new computing paradigms come along, and we think this is on the scale of cloud and mobile for the Internet.”

Certainly, the firm has less competition for crypto deals at the moment than it might have back in 2018. Many VCs pulled back last year, with overall funding in 2019 down 28% from 2018’s peak of $4.3 billion, according to CB Insights.

Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency markets were also hammered, along with the broader stock market in a downturn sparked by the COVID-19 crisis, causing some to conclude they are as vulnerable to a lot of other instruments to stock market shifts.

A big upswing since — along with this obvious endorsement by a16z — could turn those trends around, however. Indeed, the entire market capitalization of cryptocurrencies jumped $35.3 billion in 24 hours as of 2:19 p.m. Singapore time, according to data from CoinMarketCap.com and reported by CNBC.

Bitcoin, specifically, which fell below $4,000 last month, shot up to $9,388.30 by earlier today (though, as this is being written, it has slipped to $8,695.41).

Industry participants attribute the rally to central bank monetary policy and the “bitcoin halving” that’s expected next month, when for the third time in the network’s history, the reward for mining a block will be divided by two.

Andreessen Horowitz has invested directly in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, along with a range of other bets that include Coinbase, the crypto lender Compound and Anchorage, a cryptocurrency custody service.

It’s also a member of both the Libra Association and the Celo Alliance for Prosperity, both of which are inviting developers to build decentralized mobile apps that are based on their own cryptocurrencies.

To drum up even more deal flow, a16z last month kicked off a free, seven-week program for cryptocurrency startups that aims to educate and “supplement — not replace — the many other excellent programs and resources that help founders learn about building tech startups,” Dixon wrote of the school late last year.

The firm isn’t taking equity in the startups as part of the program, it says. Instead, it’s apparently looking to build connections to and between founders who it might want to work with it in the future.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/30/andreessen-horowitz-just-closed-its-second-crypto-fund/

Source: https://blockchainconsultants.io/andreessen-horowitz-just-closed-its-second-crypto-fund/

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Bitcoin Recovery Runs Into Crucial Resistance, But 100 SMA Holds The Key

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Bitcoin price started a decent recovery from the $10,139 swing low against the US Dollar. BTC gained pace above the $10,550 resistance, but it is facing a major hurdle near $10,800.

  • Bitcoin managed to stay above the $10,000 support and started a decent recovery.
  • The price is now trading above the $10,550 resistance and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $10,600 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair is currently facing a strong resistance near the $10,800 level (the previous support).

Bitcoin Price is Gaining Traction

After trading as low as $10,139, bitcoin price started a decent recovery against the US Dollar. BTC broke a few important hurdles near $10,400 and $10,550 to move into a short-term positive zone.

The recovery was such that the price settled above the $10,550 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was also a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $10,600 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.

Bitcoin is now testing the next key resistance near the $10,800 level. A high is formed near $10,789 and the price is consolidating gains. An initial support on the downside is near the $10,640 level or the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $10,139 low to $10,789 high.

Bitcoin Price

Bitcoin price breaks $10,550. Source: TradingView.com

The next major support is near the $10,550 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. The 50% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $10,139 low to $10,789 high is also near $10,464 to act as a support.

On the upside, the bulls are facing a huge task near the $10,800 level. If they manage to clear the $10,800 resistance, the price is likely to accelerate higher towards the $11,000 and $11,200 levels.

Is This Just a Recovery in BTC?

If bitcoin fails to continue higher above $10,780 and $10,800, it could start a fresh decline. The first major support is seen near the $10,550 level and the 100 hourly SMA.

A downside break below the 100 hourly SMA might put the bulls on the back foot. In the stated case, the price could trim gains and dive back towards the $10,200 support.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is now losing steam in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is correcting lower and it is above the 60 level.

Major Support Levels – $10,640, followed by $10,550.

Major Resistance Levels – $10,780, $10,800 and $11,000.

Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/2020/09/25/bitcoin-recovery-runs-into-crucial-resistance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bitcoin-recovery-runs-into-crucial-resistance

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Kraken Daily Market Report for September 24 2020

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Overview


  • Total trading volume at $237.5 million, as Bitcoin and other coins correct for yesterday’s losses and trended positively all day.
  • Very good returns across the board. LINK +29%, SNX +25%, and BAL +18%. Several cryptos had over 10% returns, and only DAI (a stable coin) posted margin losses.
  • Trading volume surged around 05:00, 10:00 and 15:00 UTC; however, none of these surges occurred around major price swings.

September 24, 2020 
 $237.5M traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
XBT 
$10731. 
↑4.9% 
$113.9M
ETH 
$348.95 
↑8.9% 
$49.9M
USDT 
$1.0001 
↑0.07% 
$24.0M
LINK 
$9.8494 
↑29% 
$23.4M
DOT 
$4.3905 
↑9.4% 
$5.66M
XRP 
$0.2328 
↑5.2% 
$4.3M
USDC 
$1.0001 
↑0.0% 
$3.59M
XTZ 
$2.1528 
↑10% 
$3.17M
LTC 
$44.929 
↑4.6% 
$1.95M
BCH 
$216.25 
↑4.1% 
$1.55M
OXT 
$0.3025 
↑15% 
$1.16M
ETC 
$5.7974 
↑0.9% 
$1.16M
ADA 
$0.0826 
↑7.8% 
$1.1M
XMR 
$91.977 
↑5.6% 
$1.09M
SNX 
$4.625 
↑25% 
$1.08M
OMG 
$3.1119 
↑13% 
$975K
ATOM 
$4.4801 
↑17% 
$889K
EOS 
$2.5345 
↑3.9% 
$704K
ALGO 
$0.2943 
↑9.4% 
$700K
DAI 
$1.0110 
↓0.02% 
$648K
KAVA 
$1.9908 
↑4.5% 
$647K
TRX 
$0.0262 
↑5.8% 
$537K
PAXG 
$1879.1 
↑1.0% 
$515K
XLM 
$0.0704 
↑4.5% 
$459K
WAVES 
$2.3659 
↑9.1% 
$380K
ZEC 
$55.184 
↑6.5% 
$368K
MLN 
$32.272 
↑15% 
$327K
COMP 
$138.60 
↑8.9% 
$327K
XDG 
$0.0026 
↑3.3% 
$270K
REP 
$14.323 
↑10% 
$263K
ICX 
$0.4135 
↑12% 
$236K
BAT 
$0.2260 
↑6.1% 
$235K
QTUM 
$2.3184 
↑6.7% 
$209K
KNC 
$0.9387 
↑9.3% 
$186K
KSM 
$36.864 
↑11% 
$161K
SC 
$0.0026 
↑6.0% 
$148K
GNO 
$41.569 
↑9.0% 
$147K
DASH 
$67.884 
↑4.8% 
$140K
NANO 
$0.7512 
↑11% 
$127K
CRV 
$0.9915 
↑12% 
$124K
LSK 
$1.2075 
↑7.3% 
$84.0K
BAL 
$15.420 
↑18% 
$70.9K
STORJ 
$0.3379 
↑11% 
$58.2K
REPV2 
$14.349 
↑13% 
$42.0K



#####################. Trading Volume by Asset. ##########################################

Trading Volume by Asset


The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (September 24 2020)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (September 24 2020)



Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (September 24 2020)



#####################. Spread %. ##########################################

Spread %


Spread percentage is the width of the bid/ask spread divided by the bid/ask midpoint. The values are generated by taking the median spread percentage over each minute, then the average of the medians over the day.

Figure 4: Average spread % by pair (September 24 2020)



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#########. Returns and Volume ############################################

Returns and Volume


Figure 5: Returns of the four highest volume pairs (September 24 2020)


Figure 6: Volume of the major currencies and an average line that fits the data to a sinusoidal curve to show the daily volume highs and lows (September 24 2020)



###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %


Figure 7: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (September 24 2020)



###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/6433/kraken-daily-market-report-for-september-24-2020/

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New Zealand Digital Asset Exchange Dasset Adds Bitcoin SV Support

The exchange has added support and two new trading pairs for Bitcoin SV.

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New Zealand digital asset exchange, Dasset, recently announced that it has officially introduced support for Bitcoin SV (BSV) on its trading platform, with the BSV/NZD and BSV/BTC trading pairs now listed and available for use on the exchange.

According to a statement from the exchange on Thursday, Dasset has decided to launch the two new trading pairs, including a fiat currency trading pair for BSV, following the continued growing interest in Bitcoin SV.

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The SV in Bitcoin SV stands for Satoshi Vision, with the virtual currency marketing itself as the “original Bitcoin” which stays true to the goals of pseudonymous founder Satoshi Nakamoto. The crypto was born following Bitcoin Cash suffering a hard fork in 2018.

The main aim of the virtual currency is to deliver stability and achieve scalability. According to the project’s website, “Bitcoin SV is intended to provide a clear choice for miners and allow businesses to build applications and websites on it reliably.”

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Jimmy Nguyen, President of the Bitcoin Association
Jimmy Nguyen, President of the Bitcoin Association and BitcoinSV advocate.

Commenting on the changes at Dasset, Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of Bitcoin Association said in the statement: “A key element in ensuring that the Bitcoin SV growth story continues across the globe is making the process of onboarding new users a fast and simple process. 

“With the introduction of a new fiat on-ramp to buy and sell BSV at Dasset, that process just got easier for people across New Zealand and Australia, who now have another reputable, lawfully-registered service provider to use as an onboarding option into the Bitcoin SV ecosystem.”

Dasset launched BSV to give users choice

Founded in 2017, Dasset is a digital asset trading platform serving retail, professional and institutional customers in New Zealand and Australia. The company is registered as a Financial Service Provider in New Zealand, however, it’s not regulated by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) as the country does not yet have specific crypto legislation.

CEO of Dasset Stephen Macaskill
CEO of Dasset Stephen Macaskill
Source: LinkedIn

“Cryptocurrency has always been a battle of ideas,” added the CEO of Dasset Stephen Macaskill in the statement. “We recently listed Bitcoin SV to give customers the opportunity to discover, and ultimately decide, which crypto assets will best serve their digital future.”

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