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1/ @telegram chose, from a place of strength, to use a #cryptoasset as their monetization model, instead of an equity.
2/ @telegram's *choice* to say: #cryptoasset > #equity, is the single most important takeaway for me from the $TON sale.
3/ I'm not sure everyone appreciates how much VCs have yearned to invest in @telegram over the years, and @durov was never having it.
4/ @telegram now has an opportunity to prove to the world that a #cryptoasset is a more efficient monetization model than equity for information networks.
5/ And *a lot* of solid entrepreneurs will be watching how this choice of #cryptoasset > #equity will play out, especially given the aura of respect around @telegram's team over the years.
6/ Most prior examples of injecting a #cryptoasset into an existing centrally operated "app" have come as a result of suffocating under the equity monetization model (@Kik, @YouNow, etc). @telegram never had an equity monetization model to begin with.
7/ Many have asked why we didn't invest in $TON if we find the project fascinating, w/ a reasonably high chance of success. Good projects @ questionable prices (or in dicey markets) don't always make good investments. In #crypto we have the liberty of waiting, even though a VC 🙂

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Oct 7, 2018
1/ A PoS industry is rapidly emerging that will someday rival PoW in profits and wealth creation.
2/ That's billions in profit and tens of billions in wealth creation for PoS providers (at current PoW levels), with at least an order of magnitude of headroom.
3/ This is despite PoW & PoS having a shared destiny as commodity industries with thin margins.

PoW will converge on the cost of electricity and PoS on the cost of crypto-capital (?).
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1/ Many tokens currently face stagnant cryptoeconomies, as supply was never spent or earned, but instead brought into existence via balance sheet swaps.
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3/ Most ICO investors then held the token on their balance sheets, as they never planned to be on the supply-side or demand-side of the network.
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1/ @alexhevans recently dug into the numbers behind forks of #Bitcoin, #Ethereum, #Monero & #Zcash.

Main conclusion: Value can’t be forked away as easily as people like to think.…
2/ Secondary conclusion: Despite parent #cryptonetworks retaining users, devs & value, the child forks trade at (puzzling) relative valuation premiums.
3/ To follow are graphs and conclusions from @alexhevans that are relevant to specific actors or ratios (if you're not a fan of long form writing 😉)
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2/ "Functionals" are non-fungibles that are meant to be used, a means to access services like ticketing, voting, payment, and more. Best existing examples?
3/ "Investment instrument" non-fungibles are held for their store of value characteristics, be they solely digital things, or derivations of meatspace assets (real estate, art, cars, etc).
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1/ Get ready for a predictable #crypto pattern: in the coming months, we will see an increasing number of #Bitcoin maximalists tormenting “altcoin investors” for straying from the mother ship.
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3/ #Bitcoin is the benchmark after all, the market beta of crypto, with most everything oscillating at a higher amplitude than $BTC.
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