Tezos is an open-source smart contract platform for assets and decentralized applications. The origins of Tezos dates back to 2014 when the founders of Tezos, Arthur and Kathleen Breitman, published two papers, a position paper and a white paper under the pseudonym LM Goodman. The papers outlined the motivations for their new blockchain network, the […]
Jun 15, 2021, 1:28PM UTC
Wintermute Trading is a London-based market maker and proprietary trading firm within the digital asset sector. The firm was founded in 2017 by Evgeny Gaevoy, Harro Mantel, and Yoann Turpin, who had previously served as executives for the traditional market-making and proprietary trading firm Optiver.  Today, the firm provides liquidity to notable crypto exchanges like […]
Jun 11, 2021, 10:21AM UTC
A central limit order book (CLOB) is traditionally the most popular exchange methodology. Market makers submit their orders in the order book and wait for them to be accepted by order takers. The exchanges are responsible for aggregating orders, matching and executing them whenever buy and sell orders overlap.  However, CLOBs are difficult to implement […]
Jun 9, 2021, 11:01AM UTC
Polygon (formerly Matic) was founded in 2017 by Jaynti Kanani, Sandeep Nailwal, Anurag Arjun, and Mihailo Bjelic to provide a scaling solution and framework for Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks. With the rise in popularity of decentralized finance (DeFi) applications and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the Ethereum network has become increasingly congested, with hight cost transactions and limited […]
May 24, 2021, 6:52PM UTC
Based in Hong Kong, Genesis Block was founded in 2017 by Wincent Hung and Clement Lp. Coming from mining and trading backgrounds, Hung and Lp wanted to create a community center and an OTC channel to improve the OTC flow in the digital assets market. Aside from operating a proprietary trading desk and offering market […]
May 17, 2021, 9:42AM UTC
Celo is a blockchain project that uses a mobile-first approach to empower individuals worldwide through access to financial services and the ability to send money to anyone with their mobile phones. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, cLabs, the central team behind the development of Celo’s platform was founded in 2018 by Marek Olszewski, Rene Reinsberg, […]
May 11, 2021, 1:41PM UTC
Paradigm is a crypto-focused fund founded in 2018 by Fred Ehrsam and Matt Huang. Before creating Paradigm, Ehrsam co-founded the crypto exchange Coinbase, and Matt Huang was a partner at Sequoia. Since its inception, the fund has attracted investments from funds such as Sequoia and high-profile university endowments like Harvard, Stanford, and Yale and is […]
Apr 27, 2021, 8:57AM UTC
Terra is a blockchain protocol that enables the usage of fiat-backed stablecoins for global payments. The project was founded in 2018 by Daniel Shin, the founder, and president of TicketMonster, a leading e-commerce company in South Korea, last valued at $1.7 billion. The network currently offers support for stablecoins pegged to the U.S. dollar, South […]
Apr 26, 2021, 9:43AM UTC
Founded in 2015, Digital Finance Group (DFG) is a blockchain and digital asset investment firm that operates out of San Francisco, California. The firm operates three separate funds, a token fund and an equity fund that uses internal capital, and a fund focused specifically on the Polkadot ecosystem that is currently raising external capital. Across […]
Apr 22, 2021, 9:10AM UTC
Coinbase’s direct listing on Nasdaq signifies a landmark moment for the digital asset industry. Coinbase’s shares on the Nasdaq exchange began at an initial price of $381, which implies a market capitalization just shy of $100 billion at $99.5 billion for the US-based crypto exchange. The size of Coinbase’s direct listing alone has reset the […]
Apr 14, 2021, 5:53PM UTC
NEAR Protocol is an open-source platform for decentralized applications, similar to many use-cases offered by Ethereum today. Founded in 2018 by Alexander Skidanov and Illia Polosukhin, the platform intends to solve the technical barriers associated with smart contract platforms and offer higher throughput and less costly transaction fees.  Since NEAR has been in development, the […]
Apr 13, 2021, 9:50AM UTC
The Block Research analyzed a total of 314 blockchain-related investment deals that occurred during Q1′ 21 to identify which crypto funds have been the most active to the start of the year. Using Pitchbook, Crunchbase, and our own sourcing/filtering, we mapped out the top 10 most active funds to determine specific verticals or themes that […]
Apr 8, 2021, 9:39AM UTC
Q1′ 21 was a historical quarter in venture funding for the crypto/blockchain sector. In aggregate, roughly $3.18 billion was allocated to crypto/blockchain projects, with an average deal size of approximately $12.7 million and a median deal size of $2.0 million. Additionally, five funding rounds that occurred this quarter all qualified as one of the fifteenth […]
Apr 5, 2021, 9:33AM UTC
Founded in 2018 by Anil Lulla, Medio Demarco, Tom Shaughnessy Jr, Kevin Kelly, and Yan Liberman, Delphi Digital began as an independent research boutique that provided analysis and research on institutions’ digital asset markets. Today, the firm also provides consulting for token projects and operates a podcast and an investment venture arm launched in July […]
Mar 30, 2021, 10:06AM UTC
Algorand is a public blockchain network that intends to provide a highly scalable platform for decentralized applications and financial solutions. The Algorand project was founded in 2017 by Silvio Micali, a Professor and computer scientist at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.  Past work accomplishments by Micali include being awarded the Turing Award and […]
Mar 23, 2021, 11:42AM UTC
Multicoin Capital is a thesis-driven investment firm that invests exclusively in digital assets and blockchain companies. The crypto hedge fund was founded in 2017 by Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain based on their beliefs that open, trust-minimalized distributed ledgers will reshape many sectors of our global economy. The firm’s investment thesis for digital assets can […]
Mar 12, 2021, 11:19AM UTC

Ethereum was home to nearly 70 percent of all stablecoins as of January

2020 was a breakout year for the stablecoin ecosystem. As illustrated in The Block Research’s new stablecoin report — “Stablecoins: Bridging the Network Gap Between Traditional Money and Digital Value” — the total supply of stablecoins grew nearly ten-fold between January 2020 and January 2021. Monthly transaction volumes also swelled, growing from approximately $23.5 billion […]
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Mar 10, 2021, 6:28PM UTC
Founded by Barry Silbert in 2015, Digital Currency Group (DCG) was originally made up of two bitcoin businesses, Genesis Global Trading, a cryptocurrency OTC trading firm and Grayscale Investments, a cryptocurrency asset management firm.  Since then, DCG has made investments in numerous verticals that stretch the digital asset space’s entirety and has become one of […]
Mar 8, 2021, 9:38PM UTC
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