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Some interesting comments from SEC Chairman Jay Clayton during talk about #cryptocurrency regulation at Princeton. #ClaytonCrypto #Ethereum #Bitcoin

1. SEC is starting from the principle that DLT has incredible promise

/2. SEC are still trying to wrap their heads around this -- "where does our jurisdiction begin?"

/3. However, they need to enforce regulation to actually prevent regulation from becoming too severe due to the immense risk of fraud in crypto

/4. This means a balanced approach by going hard after the biggest frauds

/5. "Does that mean all ICOs are bad? Absolutely not." #Bullish

/6. But he's not concerned about regulations forcing startups overseas

/7. Although seemingly a misstep, I think he's referring mostly to frauds here. Legitimate ICOs in his view will simply register with the SEC.

8/. Correction. Very first link on potential of DLT should be this:


Not being able to edit destroys my soul.

/9. Also states that utility tokens may evolve towards or away from a security over time

I would think evolution towards a security would not be possible since so much of Howey depends on manner of sale and facts and circumstances that surround it.

/10. The SEC's mandate is to regulate securities transactions but the nature of crypto as a means of exchange and currency may change the way regulators approach currencies


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Sep 8, 2018
1/ A thread on "open finance" lending. 👇

"Open finance" is a simple descriptor that applies broadly across a large class of SC-facilitated crypto-primitive fin protocols + apps.

It has no specific meaning but I think of it as "open source" meets "increased accessibility".
2/ @DharmaProtocol is an "open finance" lending protocol. It lays the foundation for building user-facing crypto lending apps on top.

As a protocol, it is agnostic. It is as open or as closed as the apps (and their underwriters/liquidity providers) on top want or need to be.
3/ Here are some apps that @DharmaProtocol facilitates to make lending more "open" (ie, "more accessible"):


Borrowing against NFTs or cryptocurrencies is currently underserviced, too expensive, or not serviced (no one will underwrite it) today.
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Aug 18, 2018
1/ Hey #CryptoTwitter, grab a glass of vino and come sit by the fire so we can discuss your narrow-minded views on FAT PROTOCOL THEORY.

See what I did there -- how I juxtaposed "narrow" with "fat"?


Just shut up and drink your wine. 👇
2/ First, let's acknowledge it as a "theory" even though it wasn't clearly labelled as such.

A theory is just a plausible principle offered to explain phenomena.
3/ In Joel's case -- @jmonegro penned the original theory -- he was observing the phenomena that #Bitcoin and #Ethereum both had market caps that far exceeded the value of applications built on top of either protocol.
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Jun 18, 2018
A thread on devs + daily active users (DAUs) 👇

- #Ethereum code school CryptoZombies trained 208k+ users and is growing by 30k+/mo
- Truffle has 580k dls, up 56% last 3 mo
- MetaMask has >1m users
- GitHub lists 14k $ETH-based repos and 220k commits
- 1500+ dapps are in dev

- ETH does more tx and active addresses than BTC
- No, batching doesn't make up the dif in tx
- Of the top 100 tokens by MC, 94% are built on Ethereum
- EEA boasts 500+ members
- Brazil, Canada, Zug, Chile, Dubai, and Estonia are experimenting w/ government apps on Ethereum

On the topic of daily act addr (DAA):

Value transfer is a use case and those *transacting value daily* are DAUs you morons.

Fundraising with $ETH = MOE.

By DAA, Ethereum has as many or more users than BTC.

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Jun 4, 2018
1/ Holy s&!@ this IMF report is a master class on #crypto macroeconomics. This needs way more attention!

"Monetary Policy in the Digital Age. Crypto assets may one day reduce demand for central bank money."

Dat subtitle tho...


2/ The premise:

- Crypto has rekindled the debate about whether advances in IT can render central banks obsolete
- Author: "To fend off potential competitive pressure from crypto assets, central banks must continue to carry out effective monetary policies"

3/ Current state:

- For now, crypto assets are too volatile and risky to pose a threat to fiat
- And they do not enjoy the same degree of trust that citizens have in fiat
- However, continued innovation and longer track records may reduce volatility and boost adoption
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May 31, 2018
1/ Great post about on- vs off-chain governance!

One contention:

I’m not certain exit costs from blockchains are low.

To explain we need to define two types of exits:

1. Individual user exit
2. Group exit by forking
2/ In individual exit, costs are lower but not necessarily “low”.

There needs to be another option. And that option needs to hold enough of the fundamental properties that you value to exit.

And what about network effects?
3/ In a potential future where an SC protocol like #Ethereum hosts 1000s of apps, exiting may mean exiting the entire ecosystem.

Interoperability b/w chains may lower this cost and the cost is lower still for non-SC “currency only” chains, but the cost is not necessarily “low”.
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May 30, 2018
Interesting thread! Thoughts:

1. Most usage for all crypto today is value tx due to speculation. Same for $BTC as for $ETH.
2. Value tx is a use case! Expecting early SC platforms w/out mature dapps to have dapp users is like asking why LN isn't being used yet for payments?
3. On-chain tx vol has dropped likely b/c of chilled ICO environment (+ market crash). Can't ignore the broader market contexts.
4. "Next few months" are likely meaningless in terms of competition. New chains need to launch, attract devs, launch apps, etc. Next 12+ months maybe?
5. Indeed, capital raise as a use case will see swifter competition but network effects, security, trust, token standardization, liquidity (fiat pairs) are still barriers that may not be easily overcome.
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