Awaiting The SBF Verdict

SBF verdict could come as early as Thursday from the 12 member jury -- plus the top news, stats, and fundraises of the week covering Do Kown, Terraform Labs, Gemini, & Bittrex

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Issue Summary: Welcome back to Coinstack, the weekly newsletter for institutional crypto investors and industry insiders. We review the top news, stats, and reports in the digital asset ecosystem for our 150k weekly subscribers. This week, we cover SBF’s testimony, SBF’s cross-examination, Do Kwon’s trial continues, and big new venture rounds for Neon Machine ($20M) and Layer2 Station ($12M).

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  1. ⚖️ Inside SBF’s Trial: Bankman-Fried Tells The Court He Didn’t Know What His Team Did: Sam Bankman-Fried, the CEO of the collapsed crypto exchange FTX, finally took a stand following three weeks of testimonies by his former employees. His account of what happened at FTX seems to differ from that of his subordinates. The verdict from the 12 person jury could come as early as Thursday.

  1. ⚖️ Sam Bankman-Fried Grilled by Prosecutor, Who Points Out Contradictions in His Testimony: Following dozens of questions from Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Sassoon, Bankman-Fried said he did not remember telling FTX customers that his exchange was a safe place to trade, that customers would be protected or that Alameda Research (his trading firm that played a central role in the former billionaire's demise) did not have special privileges on the platform.

  1. ⚖️ Do Kwon and Terraform Labs' lawyers urge judge to nix SEC's allegations: Lawyers representing Terraform Labs and its co-founder Do Kwon asked a New York judge to make a decision in a case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission without a full trial, arguing that they didn't do anything wrong. 

  1. ⚖️ Gemini Sues Bankrupt Lender Genesis, Its Former Partner, Over $1.6B Worth of GBTC: Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini has sued Genesis Global, its former business partner for its Gemini Earn product, over 60 million shares of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) that were pledged as collateral.

  1. ⚖️ Crypto exchange Bittrex's U.S. shutdown approved at bankruptcy court: Crypto exchange Bittrex received court approval for its revised bankruptcy plan to wind down its U.S. operations.

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Source: @AutismCapital

📊 Key Stats of the Week

Here are the most important and interesting stats in crypto this week...

1. After a week of institutional inflows, increased trading volumes, and spot ETF speculation, Bitcoin futures open interest is now at $13.45B, the highest amount of open interests in the past 12 months and the most since June 2022.

Source: @DavidShuttleworth

2. $300m went into crypto funds this week. Biggest inflow in almost 18 months.

Source: @dunleavy89

3. DEX volume has reached $18.9 billion, marking its highest point since June.

Source: @DeFi_hawk

4. Onchain options trading volume has also seen a significant increase, with the notional volume surpassing $100 million after three consecutive weeks of gains.

Source: @DeFi_hawk

5. October saw derivatives volume highs last seen in early 2022. 

Source: @DeFi_hawk

📝 Highlights from the Top Crypto Reports

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About the Author: Paul Veradittakit, is a Managing Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing into blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. This is an excerpt from the full article, which you can find here.


A few weeks, I spent a week traveling through Seoul for Korea Blockchain Week and Singapore for Token2049.

During my time in Korea, I learned that gaming, NFTs, and IP are pretty big areas of focus for the ecosystem there. One example is WEMADE, creator of the extremely popular video games series, Legend of Mir, which has sold over 500 million copies to date, has developed WEMIX, which is their web3 gaming platform. Another example is Story Protocol which is building an open IP infrastructure to grow the creativity of the internet era. Lastly, listing on Korea crypto exchanges continues to be an early go-to-market strategy for token distribution, Upbit, Bithumb, and Coinone.

In Singapore, regulations has been a bit more positive than in the past. Crypto licenses exist. Areas of interest include tokenization of real world assets, financial infrastructure/asset wealth management for crypto, and payments. In addition to Singapore being a fintech hub, there is co-working space exclusive for crypto startups. The ecosystem that has been fostered makes Singapore attractive as a center for an Asian hub for crypto startups looking to scale and execute on business development with developers, trading firms, and institutions.

Check out my panel at Token2049 (video and transcript below)

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