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CoinFund 2020: Seth Ginns joins our team with a focus on liquid investment strategies



Seth Ginns, Head of Liquid Investments & Managing Partner

Seth Ginns joins CoinFund as Managing Partner

Today, the CoinFund team is thrilled to welcome Seth Ginns as a new Managing Partner with a focus on liquid investment strategies in digital asset and traditional equities markets. You can read about why Seth is joining our team at CoinFund in his own words.

Seth brings to our team twenty years of Wall Street experience, seven years of experience in blockchain investing, and a multidisciplinary background making him well-positioned to successfully navigate the blockchain markets and to help educate the next incoming wave of institutional capital. He made his first blockchain-related investment in 2012 and is an early investor in a number of compelling companies across the industry.

Seth joins us from Jennison Associates, one of the largest New York-based asset managers. There he invested across consumer, healthcare, and cyclical companies as a Managing Director on the award-winning Large Cap Growth team. He started his career as an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston. Seth holds a B.A. in Mathematics and South Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Together with Seth, our team holds over 30 years of collective blockchain experience, with breadth of expertise ranging from the technologies of distributed consensus algorithms to the regulatory issues surrounding decentralization and cryptocurrencies.

CoinFund 2020 and beyond

We are excited to have Seth on board to help CoinFund continue its discipline of advancing blockchain and decentralization technologies. Seth’s experience will help expand our investment strategies within liquid digital asset markets, where many of the more mature digital assets trade. Additionally, sector growth will unlock crossover opportunities within traditional equities markets as we’ve seen previously within the semiconductors sector.

Seth joins us with the view that the next few years will be pivotal for institutional interest. Strong liquid markets and a maturing Web3 technology stack will create a digital blue ocean for our venture activities.

As a team, we’re renewing our focus on education in this new asset class. We’re going to be rolling out some really fun and engaging tools to help newcomers better understand digital assets and interpret news flow as it happens. Across CoinFund’s public research, community events, and our original research Slack circa 2016, we have always had an ethos of blockchain education and community engagement. We’re excited to build upon that foundation in the coming year.

Looking forward, the adoption of blockchains and digital assets is poised to follow a similar trajectory to mobile adoption in the 2010s — the culmination of a fundamental change in our relationship with technology. The main demand drivers will be self-sovereign data and identity, incredible efficiencies from service-oriented decentralized protocols, and the network effects of open, fair, and composable financial services.

We welcome Seth to the CoinFund team and look forward to the legacy he will help us create within our industry. We’re excited to catch up with everyone in the new year.

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PancakeSwap Dominating Binance Smart Chain, Reveals Stablecoin Venus Protocol




The recently launched DeFi food farming platform, PancakeSwap, appeared to be dominating token stats on Binance’s DeFi platform. This was first revealed by CZ, the CEO of the cryptocurrency platform himself, who tweeted a screenshot of the protocol’s native token CAKE ranking at the top in all the three charts for unique senders, unique receivers as well as total uniques. His tweet read,



It should be noted that the PankcakeSwap launched its protocol on Binance Smart Chain just a week ago and registered the first-ever transaction of its native CAKE token only on the 22nd of September. Even then, it has managed to outpace some popular tokens to dominate the charts.

Pancake: ‘Yes, Another Food Protocol’

Ethereum happens to be the home of some of the largest DeFi projects. In response to this, Binance Smart Chain was created which aimed to provide faster and cheaper transactions. Taking a jibe at the high transaction fee of the Ethereum network while announcing the launch of PancakeSwap, Binance Academy had earlier tweeted,

PancakeSwap is very much similar to BurgerSwap and BakerySwap, which Binance had previously unveiled. This had earlier resulted in a huge upside price break of BNB. Notably, BNB has maintained a consistent upward trend and noted an uptick of nearly 20% since the launch of PancakeSwap on Binance Smart Chain. It was now trading at $27.00.

Venus Protocol Dipping its Toes in Syrup Pool

PancakeSwap further revealed Venus Protocol, which is an algorithmic money market and synthetic stablecoin protocol for the Binance Smart Chain. It is the first project available on SYRUP Pool. It can be farmed by SYRUP holders, who stake their SYRUP tokens. However, it needs to be approved by SYRUP holders, following which Venus Protocol will support the DeFi clone with a grant in the native XVS token and bonus to distribute to their protocol users.



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It’s Official: The 18.5 Millionth Bitcoin Has Been Mined




It’s official, the 18.5 millionth Bitcoin has been mined and the miners now created more than 88% of the total BTC supply but it will still take a century to mine all 21 million as we are reading more in the latest BTC news.

The miners already created more than 18.5 million bitcoin which is about 88% of the total supply of 21 million. it will take up to 100 years to find every last BTC because of the regular halvings. As a result, there are now less than 2.5 million BTC left for the miners left to mine but while it looks like Bitcoin’s emission is closing on the finish line of 88% percent already mined, the emission of the last BTC is expected no earlier than 2140. This is because the rewards of the miners that they get after discovering a new BTC block are getting smaller and are slashed by half every 210,000 blocks due to the halving process.

The last BTC halving occurred on May 12 and the reduced block rewards from 12.5 to 6.25 BTC per block which will continue to happen every four years until the last satoshi unit is discovered. It’s not entirely clear why Bitcoin’s maximum supply was limited to 21 million coins by the crypto’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto but there are a few theories. One explanation is the money supply replacement theory while an alternative suggestion is that the limit could be mathematically extrapolated from the parameters.


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There is now over 18.5 million BTC in circulation. Image

The entire world’s money supply stood at $21 trillion when bitcoin was initially created. If it becomes the ultimate currency and replaces all fiat currency, each BTC will be worth $1 million while each satoshi will be worth $0.01. at the same time, while those figures resemble each other, we can only guess whether this is a coincidence. The second theory is simpler. According to that, BTC’s emission limit is tied to the halving cycle. The sum of the block rewards for each cycle equals 100 so by multiplying the number by 210,000 blocks, the maximum supply is 21 million.

So it’s official now that there are 21 million BTC but the blockchain will still operate as usual with the exception of the miners’ rewards. Since no new coins will be discovered, miners will have to rely on transaction fees as a source of income.

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Market Wrap: Bitcoin Hits $10.9K; Ether Options Signal Short-Term Volatility



An early rally Monday almost pushed bitcoin over $11,000; the ether options market expects volatility in the short term.

  • Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $10,874 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. EDT). Gaining 1% over the previous 24 hours.
  • Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $10,705-$10,956
  • BTC above its 10-day and 50-day moving averages, a bullish signal for market technicians.


Bitcoin trading on Coinbase since September 26.

Bitcoin’s price mostly traded around $10,800 Monday, after a rally at 00:00 UTC (8 p.m. EDT Sunday) that pushed the world’s oldest cryptocurrency as high as $10,956 before losing steam. Bitcoin traded at $10,874 as of press time. 

Read More: Bitcoin Sets Record 63 Straight Days Closing Above $10,000

“In a sign of strength, bitcoin price has held above $10,000 for 63 days now,” said David Lifchitz, chief investment officer for quant trading firm ExoAlpha. “This is the longest time since December 2017 to January 2018.” 

“Also, we witnessed KuCoin getting hacked for $150 million this weekend but despite some chop on Saturday as news broke, bitcoin was broadly stable.”


Bitcoin trading on Coinbase the past three months.

Despite the bullish sentiment, not all traders think bitcoin can get past $11,000. “After the pause BTC took for the weekend, bitcoin is currently on a bullish impulse,” said Alessandro Andreotti, an Italian over-the-counter crypto trader. “It could easily surpass $11,000, but it could easily be a bear trap so we must be careful.” 

“Bitcoin continues to range between $10,000 and $11,000 after dropping to $10,100 amidst equity and gold weakness in the past week,” said Cindy Leow, portfolio manager for quant firm 256 Capital Partners. “With quarter-end coming up, we might also see some BTC rebalancing or profit-taking happening amongst hedge funds this week.”

In the derivatives market, Leow points to the lack of overall activity there as a signal many investors are simply waiting out the market. Open interest in bitcoin futures, in particular, remains flat Monday.


Bitcoin futures open interest the past month.

The traditional markets are leading the way heading into the fourth quarter, Leow added. “In the short-term towards the quarter-end, our eyes are on macro movements to monitor any weaknesses which will inevitably flow into BTC and ETH.”

Ether options signal short-term volatility

The second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, ether (ETH), was up Monday trading around $362 and climbing 2.3% in 24 hours as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. EDT). 

Read More: Uniswap Now Bigger Than Entire DeFi Industry Just Two Months Ago

Volatility skew is a measure options traders monitor for placing bets at various expirations. The 1-month 25-day volatility skew for ether has been in positive territory for most of September after closely following the 3-month and 6-month for the better part of the past three months, which suggest volatility in the near future.


25-day skew for ether the past three months.

256 Capital Partner’s Leow says DeFi has contributed to increasing short-term volatility in ether. “ETH has seen much more reflexive movement in September versus bitcoin, no doubt a result of being the base currency for many DeFi pairs which have had a volatile September,” she said.  

Vishal Shah, an options trader and founder of derivatives exchange Alpha5, says this indicator signals options traders would have different strategies depending on expiration since short-term ether volatility is expected to continue. “This creates a distinct opportunity on calendar risk reversal spreads, and a part of this trade would naturally involve rich ETH puts in the short-term dates versus cheap ones in the long-term dates.”

Other markets

Digital assets on the CoinDesk 20 are mostly green Monday. Notable winners as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. EDT):

Notable losers as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. EDT):

Read More: Bitcoin Has Been Less Volatile Than Tesla Stock for Months


  • Oil was up 1.1%. Price per barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude: $40.56.
  • Gold was in the green 1.1% and at $1,880 as of press time.


  • U.S. Treasury bond yields were mixed Monday Yields, which move in the opposite direction as price, were down most on the 2-year, dipping to 0.127 and in the red 3%.

(The CoinDesk 20: The Assets That Matter Most to the Market)



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