Markets & Business
Sam Bankman-Fried: Voyager Deal Likely ‘$70M Down the Drain’ (3 minute read)
Alameda Research's $70 million line of credit to Voyager is likely money that Alameda will never see again. Sam Bankman-Fried has spoken out about the deal, saying that he knew that not every deal would be a winner. Voyager's bankruptcy filing in July revealed that Alameda Research owes $377 million to Voyager. Bankman-Fried is more optimistic about FTX's deal with BlockFi, where the total line of credit is now $680 million.
Innovation & Launches
DEX Protocol Injective Raises $40M From Jump Crypto, Brevan Howard Unit (1 minute read)
Injective raised $40 million in a funding round led by Jump Crypto. Injective is a decentralized smart contract platform that offers institutions an out-of-the-box solution that can be used to build any finance app. It aims to resolve the scalability issues and bottlenecks that can mar the user experience on decentralized exchanges. The funding will be used to boost utility for its native token, for liquidity, and to support new dApps.
OpenNode, Launch Cart To Launch Bitcoin Payments For Ecommerce Companies (2 minute read)
OpenNode and Launch Cart have partnered up to enable bitcoin payments for eCommerce businesses on Launch Cart's platform. OpenNode is a Bitcoin infrastructure provider and Launch Cart helps lower the barriers of entry into eCommerce for businesses. Businesses on Launch Cart will be able to receive instant, immutable payments through Bitcoin's Lightning Network. The payments can be automatically converted to local currencies. Launch Cart is also launching a marketplace that will let businesses list products at wholesale costs.
Guides & Resources
Insights on the top gas guzzlers on Ethereum (2 minute read)
This Twitter thread looks at the top gas guzzlers on Ethereum using data from Nansen AI. The top gas consuming categories include DEXs, NFT marketplaces, NFT collections, and stablecoins. The top gas consuming contracts since 2017 include Uniswap, OpenSea, and Tether. More statistics and charts are available in the thread.
List of DeFi & NFT focused Nansen strats (1 minute read)
This Twitter thread links to a document that contains notes from 83 episodes of Nansen AI's Office Hours. The notes cover DeFi- and NFT-focused strategies. Topics include smart money plays, due diligence processes, doxing venture capital wallets, tracking real-time trades, and much more.
CB Ventures has been digging into the #Bitcoin Lightning network lately (3 minute read)
The Lightning Network is a layer 2 network on Bitcoin. It enables near-instant transactions for pennies. The network can theoretically scale to millions of transactions per second. Lightning facilitated between $20 million to $30 million in monthly payments in Q1 22. It is growing in a bear market and becoming more accessible as more businesses adopt the protocol.
The Merge TTD (5 minute read)
This article attempts to find a Total Terminal Difficulty (TTD) value for the Ethereum Merge that hits after the Bellatrix mainnet upgrade but before the end of September. It presents two scenarios with different dates for the upgrade. TTD specifies when the second phase of the Merge begins.
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