Real adoption is the key to driving crypto higher, says Pantera Capital co-CIO
The co-chief investment officer of one the cryptocurrency industry’s largest investment firms said that he expects the next bitcoin bull run to carry the cryptocurrency market cap 1,000 percent above its current valuation. Pantera Capital’s Joey Krug made this prediction during an interview with Bloomberg, forecasting that the next upswing could propel the cryptocurrency market
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Following a $45 million fund raising round, Oasis Labs releases its blockchain tech hub to assist developers and investors in building DApps
In recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges, images circulating online show Pantera Capital’s Digital Asset Fund had a lifetime-to-date performance of minus 40% as of the end of August, Bittrex has announced the delisting of Bitshares, Bitcoin Gold, and Bitcoin Private, and Indian cryptocurrency exchange, Bitbns, has been accused of falsifying its trade volume.
Pantera Digital Asset Fund Posts 40% Lifetime Loss So Far
A post circulating on Twitter detailing the “August performance” of Pantera Capital’s Digital Asset Fund shows that the fund’s life-to-date losses were 40.8% as of the start of September.
The post also shows that the fund lost 22.3% in August alone, and is down 72.7% from the all-time highs posted by the fund in January.
Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that the Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust has lost 80% of its value when compared with the fund’s December 2017 all-time highs after it recently established a new for 2018, signifying that the bearish performance of cryptocurrencies has fueled losses across numerous virtual currency funds.
Bittrex Delists BTS, BTG, and BTCP
Bittrex, the thirty-fifth largest cryptocurrency exchange by trade volume according to Coinmarketcap’s adjusted volume rankings, has delisted Bitshares (BTS), and Bitcoin Gold (BTG), and scheduled the delisting of Bitcoin Private (BTCP) for November 5th – citing low volume.
As of this writing, BTG has a 24-hour trade volume of nearly $4.7 million despite the Bittrex delisting, whilst approximately $3 million worth of BTS, and nearly $155,000 worth of BTCP has changed hands in the last day.
It total, Bittrex facilitated nearly $40.1 million worth of trade in the last 24 hours as of this writing.
Bitbns Accused of Faking Trade Volume
A post authored by Indian cryptocurrency trader Karthik Varma has accused Bitbns of consistently faking its reported volume.
The author asserts that after launching in December, the exchange went on a listing spree in order to attract traders and liquidity, adding that the exchange was accused of faking volume in March following abnormalities in the trade volume of ETN – to which the exchange responded by stating that a bug in the company’s system was causing incorrect volume calculations.
In July 2018, the author asserts that Bitbns maintained strong volume despite trading activity on “most of the Indian exchanges […] decreasing drastically,” prompting analysis of Bitbns’ trade logs on the part of Mr. Varma.
According to Mr. Varma’s analysis, ”The volume reported” by Coinmarketcap for XRP pairings on Bitbns is “more than 500% than the actual volume,” and that the reported volume for BTC on the exchange is “668% than the actual volume.”
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Yale is said to be one of the investors that has helped to raise $400 million for a major new crypto-focused fund
Pantera Capital, which has pioneered investments in cryptocurrency assets, has set its goal for its third venture fund at $175 million, surpassing the $25 million raised for its second fund and the $13 million from its first one, according to TechCrunch. A new filing for a Pantera venture fund offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission
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Crypto hedge fund Pantera Capital raises the target for investments in its third fund by six times, seeking to raise $175 million
Pantera Capital officials continue to maintain an upbeat outlook for cryptocurrency amidst the current market downturn. In an ICO and digital asset funds conference call Tuesday, CEO and chief investment officer Dan Morehead said blockchains are the next step in the evolution of equity, while cryptocurrency is a superior form of currency. He called bitcoin … Continued
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Audius, a decentralised, community-owned music sharing platform billed as the blockchain’s answer to Soundcloud has announced the successful completion of a $5.5 million Series A funding round as it launches the world’s first ever blockchain-based music sharing protocol. Made on August 8, 2018, the announcement revealed that the funding round was led by General Catalyst and … Continued
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Instead of overreacting to the recent Bitcoin ETF decision, investors should focus on more bullish news in crypto markets, Pantera Capital CEO claims
Midway through 2013, when the bitcoin price was trading at $104, cryptocurrency hedge fund Pantera Capital published an investor letter that made what at the time seemed to be a moonshot prediction: The bitcoin price, the firm said, will one day hit $5,000. Five years on, a $5,000 bitcoin price target is considered bearish, and … Continued
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Augur, which its co-founder Joey Krug previously described as the most complex decentralized application (dApp) on the Ethereum blockchain, has surpassed a million dollars at stake and demonstrated a rapid growth rate over the past few weeks. Future of Decentralized Betting In essence, Augur is a decentralized betting platform that exists on the Ethereum network.
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California-based blockchain-adoption startup Oasis Labs completes major funding round from Binance, Pantera Capital and others
Sometimes it doesn’t pay to diversify — just ask cryptocurrency hedge fund Pantera Capital, whose fund underperformed the bitcoin price last month. According to Bloomberg, the firm’s Digital Asset Fund underperformed bitcoin during May as the cryptocurrency markets continued to decline further from the all-time highs they set in late December and early January. Pantera
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The cryptocurrency market has struggled to make major movements on the upside, as major digital currencies such as bitcoin and Ethereum have stabilized at $7,580 and $584 respectively. The valuation of the cryptocurrency market has slightly increased from $330 billion to $333 billion, by around 1 percent. Bitcoin’s Struggle Exactly one week ago, on May
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Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors.
One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round led by bitcoin mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain. Other participating investors include Tusk Ventures, Pantera Capital, IDG Capital Partners, General Catalyst, Accel Partners, Digital Currency Group, Blockchain Capital and Breyer Capital.
This round vaults Circle into an exclusive club of crypto companies that are valued, in U.S. dollars, at $1 billion or more in their most recent venture capital round. According to Crunchbase data, Circle was valued at $2.9 billion pre-money, up from a $420 million pre-money valuation in its Series D round, which closed in May 2016. According to Crunchbase data, only Coinbase and Robinhood — a mobile-first stock-trading platform which recently made a big push into cryptocurrency trading — were in the crypto-unicorn club, which Circle has now joined.
But that’s not the only milestone for the world of venture-backed cryptocurrency and blockchain startups.
Back in February, Crunchbase News predicted that the amount of money raised in old-school venture capital rounds by blockchain and blockchain-adjacent startups in 2018 would surpass the amount raised in 2017. Well, it’s only May, and it looks like the prediction panned out.
In the chart below, you’ll find worldwide venture deal and dollar volume for blockchain and blockchain-adjacent companies. We purposely excluded ICOs, including those that had traditional VCs participate, and instead focused on venture deals: angel, seed, convertible notes, Series A, Series B and so on. The data displayed below is based on reported data in Crunchbase, which may be subject to reporting delays, and is, in some cases, incomplete.
A little more than five months into 2018, reported dollar volume invested in VC rounds raised by blockchain companies surpassed 2017’s totals. Not just that, the nearly $1.3 billion in global dollar volume is greater than the reported funding totals for the 18 months between July 1, 2016 and New Year’s Eve in 2017.
And although Circle’s Series E round certainly helped to bump up funding totals year-to-date, there were many other large funding rounds throughout 2018:
- $118 million raised by Orbs, a purported “consumer-ready blockchain” service set to launch in June.
- $75 million closed in a Series B round for Paris-based secure hardware wallet-maker Ledger.
- $32 million raised by Project Shivom, which claims to use two hyped technologies — blockchain and artificial intelligence — to analyze and protect genomic data.
- $16 million in a Benchmark-led Series A round for Chainalysis, a blockchain analysis platform.
There were, of course, many other large rounds over the past five months. After all, we had to get to $1.3 billion somehow.
All of this is to say that investor interest in the blockchain space shows no immediate signs of slowing down, even as the price of bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies hover at less than half of their all-time highs. Considering that regulators are still figuring out how to treat most crypto assets, massive price volatility and dubious real-world utility of the technology, it may surprise some that investors at the riskiest end of the risk capital pool invest as much as they do in blockchain.
Notes on methodology
Like in our February analysis, we first created a list of companies in Crunchbase’s bitcoin, ethereum, blockchain, cryptocurrency and virtual currency categories. We added to this list any companies that use those keywords, as well as “digital currency,” “utility token” and “security token” that weren’t previously included in the above categories. After de-duplicating this list, we merged this set of companies with funding rounds data in Crunchbase.
Please note that for some entries in Crunchbase’s round data, the amount of capital raised isn’t known. And, as previously noted, Crunchbase’s data is subject to reporting delays, especially for seed-stage companies. Accordingly, actual funding totals are likely higher than reported here.