Uniswap DeFi’s Stimulus Check #16

Market Meditations | September 18, 2020

We discuss DeFi’s $1200+ Stimulus Check Uniswap, give early access to our podcast with Devchart and more!

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Today’s Meditations:

  1. DeFi’s Stimulus Check

  2. Kraken Is Launching a Crypto Bank, Paving the Way for Possible Stock Offerings

  3. Bitcoin Supply on Ethereum Tops $1b

  4. Coinbase Will Require Pro Customers to Pay Withdrawal Fees

  5. LSE in Exclusive Talks With Euronext Over Borsa Italiana Sale

  6. Trump to Block U.S. Downloads of Tiktok, Wechat on Sunday

  7. Chime Surpasses Robinhood as the Most Valuable U.S. Consumer Fintech

  8. #7: Devchart (Andre): Creating a Market Leading Chart Alert Tool for Cryptocurrency Traders

  9. The “70 Percent Rule” for Decision-Making

  • Kraken Is Launching a Crypto Bank, Paving the Way for Possible Stock Offerings. Kraken, one of the earliest crypto exchanges, has received approval from the state of Wyoming to build the country’s first crypto bank. The exchange will be regulated under a ‘Special Purpose Depository Institution’, a new structure that was specifically built for cryptocurrency companies. This structure will allow Kraken to offer certain bank functions to clients, like deposits, operate payment systems, and custody crypto for individuals and businesses. Read more.

  • Bitcoin Supply on Ethereum Tops $1b. More than $1 billion worth of bitcoin has been tokenized on Ethereum so far, or 0.42% of the total supply of bitcoin. This is another metric showing the insane growth of the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem this year, as in January this year, only $7 million was tokenized. Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX said there was “huge buying demand” over the counter, started by the DeFi yield yield farming craze earlier this year. Read more

  • Coinbase Will Require Pro Customers to Pay Withdrawal Fees. Network costs, those of Ethereum in particular, continue to be elevated and in an email to its customers on Thursday, Coinbase Pro announced that users would have to pay crypto withdrawal fees based on an estimate of the network transaction fee going forward. Coinbase Pro took care of the fees themselves up until now and introduced this new rule to “ensure a smooth experience for our customers and reasonable transaction processing times. In certain circumstances, the fee that Coinbase Pro pays may differ from that estimate. All fees we charge will be disclosed at the time of your transaction.” Read more.

  • LSE in Exclusive Talks With Euronext Over Borsa Italiana Sale. The London Stock Exchange Group has begun exclusive talks to sell the owner of the Milan stock exchange to rival Euronext, in a concession to secure approval for its $27bn deal to buy data and trading group Refinitiv. Euronext, which owns the main stock exchanges of Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Oslo, Lisbon and Brussels, pushed ahead of Germany’s Deutsche Borse and Switzerland’s SIX Group in the battle to win Borsa Italiana. Analysts estimate the Italian assets are worth about 3.5bn – 4bn euros. Although they are being sold privately, their sale has been a sensitive issue for the Italian government because they are regarded as key domestic infrastructure. Euronext said it planned to keep governance of Borsa Italiana in Italy and make an Italian its chairman. These were two of the preconditions Italy demanded to move forward on the joint bid, said two Italian government officials. Read more.

  • Trump to Block U.S. Downloads of Tiktok, Wechat on Sunday. The U.S. will freeze TikTok’s app and ban some transactions over WeChat starting Sunday, Wilbur Ross said. The government will prohibit U.S. to U.S transactions related to WeChat and its parent Tencent but that won’t impact activity in China. President Trump has provided until Nov, 12 for the national security concerns posed by TikTok to be resolved. If they are, the prohibitions may be lifted. Wedbush said it could be a ‘Fort Sumter moment in the U.S./China cold tech war’. There were also responses from TikTok: “we disagree with the decision from the Commerce Department, and are disappointed that it stands to block new app downloads from Sunday and ban use of the TikTok app in the U.S. from Nov. 12,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the U.S. of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.Read more.

  • Chime Surpasses Robinhood as the Most Valuable U.S. Consumer Fintech. The fintech world has a new heavyweight. Chime, the startup that delivers banking services through mobile phones, has closed a fundraising that values the company at $14.5 billion, CNBC has learned exclusively. This makes Chime the most valuable American fintech startup serving retail consumers. Robinhood (the popular free-trading app) raised money last month at a significantly smaller $11.2 billion valuation. In this latest round, a series F that raised $485 million, Chime more than doubled its valuation from December and is worth almost 900% more than just 18 months ago, when it hit a $1.5 billion valuation. Chime will become ‘IPO-ready’ within the next 12 months, CEO Chris Britt said, although it isn’t locked into going public in that time frame. Read more.

The “70 percent rule” for Decision-Making

A bias for action is a trait that many successful people share, Waiting for the stars to align perfectly before making a decision puts us at risk of delaying our development, both in business and our personal lives. We should be able to make smart decisions even if we don’t have all the available information or a lot of time.

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, uses what he calls the “70% rule” for most decisions in a fast moving company like Amazon.  There isn’t a one-size-fits-all process for decision-making, but Bezos can make a distinction between reversible and non-reversible decisions. Almost every decision we make is reversible, and those should probably be made when we have somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 100% of the information all the time, people will be able to catch up with you and move at a faster pace in many areas of their life and business.

Don’t be afraid to take risk. Accept that you don’t have all the information and have a fallback strategy in place.