May 2021 Newsletter

Another month has come and gone. What has been up to this month? Let’s jump right in.

ICYMI: Acquisitions + DOGE

In May, we announced the acquisition of AiX, a company that has built an impressive, AI-powered negotiation and matching engine for institutional OTC traders. The AiX team brings deep engineering, trading, and operational expertise as we continue to expand our institutional offering.

We also added Dogecoin (DOGE) to the Exchange. After DOGE’s explosive growth, we received excited requests for us to add it to our platform. All we can say is: Wow. Much amaze. Such enjoyment.

The Bottom Line

While it’s…

June Market Outlook

We had warned in prior newsletters earlier this year of clear signs the crypto market risked overheating.

Indeed, we sounded the alarm bell in April here. And there were signs of trouble brewing as early as January-February (see here).

Even by crypto’s volatile standards, May was a pretty rocky month. So with bitcoin currently down ~40% from its high earlier this year where do we go from here?

Last week …

Today I joined Miami Mayor Francis Suarez to announce that is the first global crypto company to officially move its US HQ from New York City to Miami. It’s hard to ignore the “Miami Movement” that has attracted attention, talent, and funding — and we want to participate in a big way.

See you there?

We’re excited to announce that we’re a sponsor of Bitcoin 2021, the first live crypto conference in over a year. It’s been quite a while since members of the crypto community have been able to gather in person, and we’re excited to engage with you all next month.

Bitcoin 2021 (June 3–5) will bring thousands of crypto enthusiasts from all over the globe to one spot: Miami. After an isolating year for many, we’re thrilled to attend the first crypto event since the COVID quarantine and the historic bitcoin bull run.

During this exciting time for crypto, we can’t wait…

This is an excerpt from our May Market Outlook.

There have been four major cryptoasset bull market cycles: 2011, 2013, 2017, and the present one.

As a company that has been operating in the crypto space since 2011, we’ve been around the block (har) long enough to note some familiar occurrences in each of these crypto cycles.

For example, during periods of heightened price volatility and media attention team members will often receive calls from family and friends — some of whom we haven’t heard from in quite some time — about this or that coin that is making news for its price performance.

Like Dogecoin.

May Market Outlook

As the cryptoasset space powers well past the $2 trillion market value level many are wondering how much longer and higher prices can go?

We continue to maintain an overall positive medium-term outlook for a number of reasons, including:

  • Macro: crypto is arguably the best positioned asset class given the current fiscal and monetary environment
  • Wall St: many institutions are still in the early stages of making available cryptoasset products and services to their customers
  • Regulation: positive catalysts such as an SEC approved bitcoin ETF are still on the horizon, while continued progress is seen locally in jurisdictions like Wyoming…

For those of you who have been banging down our doors with excitement about Dogecoin, we have our response: Fine, we’ll add it! No this is not a joke.

There are so many things to say about Dogecoin, but we’ll keep this brief. While it was launched as a joke (based on a meme), it was built on crypto primitives that are ironically more predictable and transparent than fiat currency like the US Dollar. It’s experienced explosive growth in the wake of attention from celebrities, news media, and the internet.

It’s pretty amazing what can happen when you let people…

Happy Star Wars Day 🌒

If you think about it, the internet is kind of like the Outer Rim. The currencies have similarities. FIAT currencies in the real world are like Republic Credits while crypto currencies, quickly becoming the currency of the internet, are like the Outer Rim currencies. In The Phantom Menace, Watto tells Qui-Gon “Republic credits are no good here. I need something more real.”

You may be wondering, was the Outer Rim always using alternative currencies to the Galactic or Imperial Credit? The answer is no, not really. During the Galactic Republic era, the Galactic credit was…

April 2021 Newsletter

With a new round of bitcoin all-time highs and groundbreaking industry news, it’s safe to say that April proved to be another eventful month.

ICYMI: New assets available + New Names

Earlier this month, we were pleased to announce the addition of Polkadot (DOT), Aave, and Yearn.Finance to the Wallet and Exchange. Nearly two years ago, we announced an integration of Polkadot to help the acceleration and decentralization of the network. Today, Polkadot (DOT) is available in both the Wallet and Exchange. Aave and Yearn.Finance, which are already listed on the Exchange, are now both live in the Wallet. …

This week, popular educational resource, 99 Bitcoins, released a beginner’s guide to As the crypto community grows and adoption gains speed, educational resources like these are key to help usher in the next wave of crypto enthusiasts. We’re pleased to partner with 99 Bitcoins to make products even more accessible to newcomers. Wallet

The Blockchain Wallet is’s flagship feature. It’s available as a mobile app on iOS and Android, with a web wallet also available via your internet browser.

Here are some of its main features:’s primary feature is its non-custodial main wallet. The…

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