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100x Advisors Visits New York City During Consensus Week

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Kicking off Consensus Week with 100X Advisors in New York City

The 100X Advisors team kicked off Consensus Week in New York City earlier this month with a pitstop at the Sheraton in Midtown Manhattan. With a star-studded lineup of crypto influencers, the 100X team organized an engaging panel that included Tone Vays, Oh Hey Matty, & Ausaf Ahmad, CEO of Eleven01 Protocol, with Joel and Travis from the Bad Crypto Podcast as MCs. Ian Balina shared his thoughts on the need for centralization for blockchain projects, citing Binance as an organization that found the appropriate balance between operating as a somewhat centralized company (to create streamlined user experiences for traders), but still playing a big role in growing the cryptocurrency space. He also noted that the development of mainstream adoption efforts with major retailers companies (such as Flexa & Gemini’s partnership with Whole Foods, Baskin Robbins, Lowe’s, among many other large retailers) was big news. Tone Vays reiterated his opinion that Bitcoin was still king, considering first mover advantage, name recognition, and overall trade volume. Oh Hey Matty shared bullish sentiments (along with other panelists); despite potential retracements, the panel collectively agreed on a market bounce back. 

Following the panel, the 100X Advisors team hosted a pitch competition between a handful of blockchain startups. After gathering consensus from the audience and panel, Reserve secured the bag. The Reserve protocol aims to distribute a stablecoin that enables low-friction, cross-border transactions. Recently, they partnered with one of the world’s largest cell-phone importers and are now trading on Huobi Prime.

Roc Zacharias, President of Lunar Digital Assets, with Ian Balina, General Partner of 100X Advisors.

Ian Balina grabbing a drink with prominent cryptocurrency advisors in Midtown Manhattan.

The 100X Advisors team with other industry insiders at the Lunar Labs Launch party in Flatiron District.

New Partners

The 100X team then made their way to Chelsea to celebrate with friends and acquaintances at 1Oak. Social trading and cryptocurrency exchange company, eToro, hosted the event to celebrate the first day of New York Consensus week. On Tuesday morning, the 100X Advisors team headed over to the BitMax.io offices in Times Square to share insights about emerging projects within the space. BitMax noted how they wanted to collaborate with 100X in furthering its own due diligence process to pick the most impactful projects. What drew 100X Advisors to open discussions with the BitMax team was its strong Wall Street background.

“BitMax’s CEO worked in investment banking for over 20 years, with a lot of quantum trading experience as well. They’re compliant with regulations, and they’re taking their time to make sure they’re doing things right.” -Ugo Nduaguba, Managing Partner of 100X Advisors

Throughout the week, the 100X Advisors noticed the shifting sentiment. With the onset of the recent bull run, many projects seem to mobilizing for an imminent bull run. In Hong Kong 2049, there was an air of doom and gloom, but this year’s Consensus week witnessed an incoming optimism for the 2019 “crypto spring.” Another big indicator of changing undertones were peoples’ inquiries about emerging projects. Reminiscent of when Ian Balina originally established his reputation through his analyses of ICOs in 2017 and 2018, many approached the 100X Advisors team for insights on projects with huge potential. Understandably so, Ian attributed the overall positive sentiment of Consensus week to BTC’s rally.

The entrance to the 100X Advisor’s event at the Sheraton.

Neyma Jahan, CEO of Unification, presenting in front of attendees at the 100X Advisors Crypto World Tour event.

 

100X Advisors is Hiring

Going into Q3 2019, the 100X Advisors is expanding its team and hiring Blockchain Analysts and Tech Developers. With the onset of maturing projects launching their MainNets, 100X Advisors is recruiting to hire world-class talent to bolster its internal due diligence process. Apply here.

100X Advisors Bumps Shoulders with Colleagues at Paris Blockchain Week Summit

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Earlier last month, the Paris Blockchain Week Summit featured the industry’s emerging projects in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Organized by Woorton, Chain Accelerator, and Datalents, the PBWS also received widespread coverage from CNN, Forbes, Reuters, Cointelegraph, among other established media outlets. The 100X Advisors team bumped shoulders with friends and colleagues in the space, old and new; here are some of the team’s biggest takeaways from the 2019 Paris Blockchain Week Summit.

Setting precedent for American investors

Blockstack's suite of dApps rival some of the world's most widely-used apps today, such as Facebook, Google Docs, & Whatsapp. Source: Blockstack.com

Blockstack’s suite of dApps rival some of the world’s most widely-used apps today, such as Facebook, Google Docs, & Whatsapp. Source: Blockstack.com

As MC for the Techstage and judge for the PBWS Startup Awards, Balina got up-close-and-personal with some of the world’s most promising blockchain projects. Blockstack, a full-stack decentralized computing network, showcased its line of world-class dapps. After filing a Reg-A classification with the SEC and raising 50 million dollars, Blockstack’s priming themselves to properly launch one of the first regulated token sales in the US. For many US-based blockchain companies, (a number of whom have been left out of the space because of regulatory ambiguity), Blockstack’s regulatory compliance could set precedent for future investment opportunities in the United States.

“To have a project that’s building amazing tech and figure a way to get American investors to get involved, that’s big.” –Ian Balina, General Partner of 100X Advisors

With an operational ecosystem and fully-functional suite of dApps, Blockstack shines in its ability to address many of the scalability shortcomings of Ethereum and EOS, as well as security vulnerabilities of other protocols. They’re backed by Y-Combinator, one of the world’s foremost seed-round accelerators who incubated Reddit, AirBnB, Dropbox, and Coinbase. Blockstack’s experience in legacy tech, (coupled with the foresight of blockchain technology’s future), will shed light on rethinking the role dApps will play in the cloud-computing era, according to Balina.

Decentralizing global humanitarian efforts

Unicef gave a talk at Paris Blockchain Week regarding its recent investments in blockchain technology through its Innovation Fund. Six companies, Atix Labs,Onesmart, Prescrypto, Statwig, Utopixar and W3 Engineers, were selected from more than 100 applications across 50 countries. They’re projected to deliver open-sourced prototypes across health-care delivery, affordable access to mobile phone connectivity, and financing social-impact projects in various regions across the world.

“It’s great that such a reputable international organization is investing in blockchain technology.” – Diego Lara, Managing Partner of 100X Advisors

At a high level, the organization aims to implement smart contracts to increase organizational efficiency, create distributed decision-making processes, and evangelizing distributed ledger technology to the United Nations and the countries where UNICEF operates in.

Other noteworthy highlights

Alex Mashinsky, (pictured second from the right), shares his insights on the blockchain space at the Paris Blockchain Week Summit.

Alex Mashinsky, (pictured second from the right), shares his insights on the blockchain space at the Paris Blockchain Week Summit.

The 100X Advisors team dines with the Spatium team to discuss strategic initiatives moving forward.

The 100X Advisors team dining with the Spatium team to discuss strategic initiatives moving forward.

Ian Balina alongside the other jury members of the 2019 PBWS Startup Awards.

The most recent iteration of the Spatium hardware wallet prototype.

Alex Mashinsky, CEO of Celsius and good friend of Balina’s, caught up with 100X Advisors to share his insights on dApps. Mashinsky, whose company has lent out over a billion dollars this past year to promising projects, believes the real value lies within decentralized applications. His stance runs contrary to the widely-held view that platform protocols will be the catalyst for widespread user adoption.

The CEO of eToro recently announced the launching of its crypto exchange, making big waves at the conference. To broaden its user base, eToroX (the name of the exchange) will offer eight stablecoins which include digitized denominations of Japanese yen, Euros, and Swiss francs.

“[eToro makes] the more space more credible- they’re launching a US-exchange and are compliant with regulations,” says Balina.

100X also discussed recent developments of Spatium’s hardware wallet, over dinner. Spatium showcased its credit card-type hardware wallet, and its encryption tech (omitting the need for a private key for users) to 100X Advisors. Having raised substantial equity recently, Spatium is a big player to watch out for in the coming year, according to 100X Advisors.

Security Token Offerings (STOs), garnered considerable attention towards the end of 2018. As the momentum behind STOs fizzled out going into 2019, Balina affirms that the real players will march forward in their development. Balina served as part of the jury for the 2019 PBSW Startup Awards; the winner of this year’s 2019 PBSW Startup Awards was Paris-based equity token project, Toquity.io. The project, powered by Ethereum, aims to create a user-friendly interface to interact with captables, historical events, effects of rounds and equity transactions between parties. Additionally, the platform enables users to track documents, issue & manage stock options, and model new financing rounds, all within the platform. 

Next stop: New York City

Going into mid-May, the 100x Advisors team will be visiting Manhattan during this year’s Consensus/NYC Blockchain Week. As part of its World Tour, the 100X team is hosting an event at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Tone Vays and Oh Hey Matty, both notable influencers within the cryptocurrency space, will be speaking at the 100X World Tour Event. For more information, RSVP here.