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This is the first part of Crypto Banking Wars — a new series that examines what crypto-native company is most likely to become the bank of the future. Who is best positioned to reach mainstream adoption in consumer finance?
While crypto allows the world to get rid of banks, a bank will still very much be necessary for this powerful technology to reach the masses. We believe a crypto-native company, like Genesis Block, will become the bank of the future.
In an earlier series, Crypto-Powered, we laid out arguments for why crypto-native companies have a huge edge in the market. When you consider both the broad spectrum of financial use-cases and the enormous value unlocked through these DeFi protocols, you can see just how big of an unfair advantage blockchain tech becomes for companies who truly understand and leverage it. Traditional banks and fintech unicorns simply won’t be able to keep up.
The power players of consumer finance in the 21st century will be crypto-native companies who build with blockchain technology at their core.The crypto landscape is still nascent. We’re still very much in the fragmented, unbundled phase of the industry lifecycle. Beyond what Genesis Block is doing, there are signs of other companies slowly starting to bundle financial services into what could be an all-in-one bank replacement.
So the key question that this series hopes to answer:
Which crypto-native company will successfully become the bank of the future?We obviously think Genesis Block is well-positioned to win. But we certainly aren’t the only game in town. In this series, we’ll be doing an analysis of who is most capable of thwarting our efforts. We’ll look at categories like crypto exchanges, crypto wallets, centralized lending & borrowing services, and crypto debit card companies. Each category will have its own dedicated post.
Today we’re analyzing big crypto exchanges. The two companies we’ll focus on today are Coinbase (biggest American exchange) and Binance (biggest global exchange). They are the top two exchanges in terms of Bitcoin trading volume. They are in pole position to winning this market — they have a huge existing userbase and strong financial resources.
Will Coinbase or Binance become the bank of the future? Can their early success propel them to winning the broader consumer finance market? Is their growth too far ahead for anyone else to catch up? Let’s dive in.
BinanceThe most formidable exchange on the global stage is Binance (Crunchbase). All signs suggest they have significantly more users and a stronger balance sheet than Coinbase. No other exchange is executing as aggressively and relentlessly as Binance is. The cadence at which they are shipping and launching new products is nothing short of impressive. As Tushar Jain from Multicoin argues, Binance is Blitzscaling.
Here are some of the products that they’ve launched in the last 18 months. Only a few are announced but still pre-launch.
Can they create a cohesive & united product experience?
Binance WeaknessesBinance is strong, but they do have a few major weaknesses that could slow them down.
Binance Wrap UpI don’t believe Binance is likely to succeed with a homegrown product aimed at the consumer finance market. Their current product — which is focused heavily on professional traders and speculators — is unlikely to become the bank of the future. If they wanted to enter the broader consumer market, I believe it’s much more likely that they will acquire a company that is getting early traction. They are not afraid to make acquisitions (Trust, JEX, WazirX, DappReview, BxB, CoinMarketCap, Swipe).
However, never count CZ out. He is a hustler. Binance is executing so aggressively and relentlessly that they will always be on the shortlist of major contenders.
CoinbaseThe crypto-native company that I believe is more likely to become the bank of the future is Coinbase (crunchbase). Their dominance in America could serve as a springboard to winning the West (Binance has a stronger foothold in Asia). Coinbase has more than 30M users. Their exchange business is a money-printing machine. They have a solid reputation as it relates to compliance and working with regulators. Their CEO is a longtime member of the crypto community. They are rumored to be going public soon.
Coinbase StrengthsLet’s look at what makes them strong and a likely contender for winning the broader consumer finance market.
Coinbase WeaknessesLet’s now look at some things that could hold them back.
Coinbase Wrap UpAt Genesis Block, we‘re proud to be working with Coinbase. They are a fantastic company. However, I don’t believe that they’ll succeed in building their own product for the broader consumer finance market. While they have incredible design, there are no signs that they are focused on or capable of internally building this type of product.
Similar to Binance, I think it’s far more likely that Coinbase acquires a promising young startup with strong growth.
Honorable MentionsOther US-based exchanges worth mentioning are Kraken, Gemini, and Bittrex. So far we’ve seen very few signs that any of them will aggressively attack broader consumer finance. Most are going in the way of Binance — listing more assets and adding more pro tools like margin and futures trading. And many, like Coinbase, are trying to attract more institutional customers. For example, Gemini with their custody product.
Wrap UpCoinbase and Binance have huge war chests and massive reach. For that alone, they should always be considered threats to Genesis Block. However, their products are very, very different than the product we’re building. And their approach is very different as well. They are trying to educate and onboard people into crypto. At Genesis Block, we believe the masses shouldn’t need to know or care about it. We did an entire series about this, Spreading Crypto.
Most everyone needs banking — whether it be to borrow, spend, invest, earn interest, etc. Not everyone needs a crypto exchange. For non-crypto consumers (the mass market), the differences between a bank and a crypto exchange are immense. Companies like Binance and Coinbase make a lot of money on their crypto exchange business. It would be really difficult, gutsy, and risky for any of them to completely change their narrative, messaging, and product to focus on the broader consumer market. I don’t believe they would ever risk biting the hand that feeds them.
In summary, as it relates to a digital bank aimed at the mass market, I believe both Coinbase and Binance are much more likely to acquire a startup in this space than they are to build it themselves. And I think they would want to keep the brand/product distinct and separate from their core crypto exchange business.
So back to the original question, is Coinbase and Binance a threat to Genesis Block? Not really. Not today. But they could be, and for that, we want to stay close to them.
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Here’s a small list of upcoming events you can attend or monitor, including: Bitcoin Gold to Hard Fork, Blockchain Events: Chainers 2018 (Seoul), TechCrunch Sessions 2018 (Zug), TechCrunch Sessions Ethereum Meetup (Zug), London Fintech Week (London).
If you’re looking to increase your crypto wealth or know where all those tokens are coming from, here are a few airdrops occurring this week: CPS-SPACE-INS-LRN, ICOs Ending: WINS-SHR-BITX-EJAC-AMO, ICOs Starting: FNP-BETT-VLUX
Bitcoin Gold (BTG):Following a 51% hack in May, the BTG project’s team decided to upgrade its network via a hard fork in order to improve network security. This is expected to occur at block 536200 (Est. Date: 1st July). The upgrade will implement the Equihash-BTG PoW algorithm as a replacement for the existing Equihash algorithm, among other changes.
AirdropsCPS) is built on the Syscoin blockchain, and aims to power a decentralised marketplace. 6% of the total CPS coin supply will be distributed to owners of Syscoin wallet addresses on the snapshot’s date.
Space cash is going to be distributed to Siacoin (SC) holders at a 10:1 ratio by the Hyperspace team. The Hyperspace network aims to be a global cloud storage marketplace powered by SPACE.
INS Ecosystem (INS) Holders — INS Token Airdrop Distribution — July 2, 2018INS Ecosystem aims to develop a platform to enable direct interaction between FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) manufacturers and consumers. INS tokens will be distributed via an airdrop to all INS holders based on balances had during April 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.
Loopring (LRC) Holders — Loopring Neo Token (LRN) Airdrop — July 5, 2018Loopring is a protocol for building decentralized exchanges, and will distribute 60% of the LRN supply to all LRC token holders during this airdrop.
WinStars (WINS) — Ends Tuesday July 3, at 13:00 UTCStart Price: $ 0.2000, Funds Raised $ 3.30 M, Funding Target: 500,000 USD, Funding Cap: 5,000,000 USD, Coins Offered: 103.50 M (69.00%). WinStars is a decentralized gaming platform with a catalogue of gambling resources, built on Ethereum.
ShareRing (SHR) — Ends Wednesday July 4, at 13:00 UTCStart Price: $ 0.02000, Funds Raised: — , Funding Target: $10,000,000, Funding Cap: $38,000,000, Coins Offered: 3.47 B (52.00%). ShareRing is a decentralized marketplace that enables users to securely access, connect, and pay for services anywhere in the world. Users can share anything from storage space to tools, clothes, jewellery and food with the SHR token being the primary payment method.
BitScreener (BITX) — Ends Thursday July 5, at 00:59 UTCStart Price: $ 0.06049, Fund Raised: — , Funding Target: 1,000 ETH, Funding Cap: 15,000 ETH, Coins Offered: 139.50 M (31.00%). BitScreener aims to build a financial data and content marketplace on the blockchain. BitX is used as the primary means of payment for services.
EJA Coin (EJAC) — Ends Thursday July 5, at 01:00 UTCStart Price: $ 0.1000, Funds Raised: $ 500.00 k, Funding Target: 500,000 USD, Funding Cap: 15,000,000 USD, Coins Offered: 150.00 M (60.00%). Eja Coin intends to implement a project that will make it easy for people to invest in Mining.
Amo Coin (AMO) — Ends Saturday July 7, at 01:00 UTCStart Price: $ 0.002164, Funds Raised: $ 1.74 M, Funding Target: — , Funding Cap: — , Coins Offered: 10.00 B (50.00%). AMO is a project that aims to create and operate the AMO Market, where car data can be shared and exchanged. The AMO coin is set to be used as the primary means of payment within the platform.
FlipNpik (FNP) — Starts Sunday July 1, at 01:00 UTCStart Price: $ 0.1238, Funding Target: — , Funding Cap: 100,000 ETH, Coins Offered: 350.00 M (35.00%). FlipNpik is a commercial social media platform that is designed to connect shoppers to merchants within their communities.
Bettium (BETT) — Starts Sunday July 1, at 01:00 UTCStart Price: $ 0.05000, Funding Target: 7,500,000 USD, Funding Cap: 30,000,000 USD, Coins Offered: 600.00 M (60.00%). Bettium is a platform enabling users to engage in p2p sports betting against each other. The platform offers users a series of tools, ranging from machine learning services to help from established experts to improve forecasts and strategy.
VLUX (VLUX) — Starts Wednesday July 4, at 01:00 UTCStart Price: — , Funding Target: 25,000,000 GBP, Funding Cap: 25,000,000 GBP, Coins Offered: 44.31 M (70.00%). VLUX aims to improve access to affordable, low carbon energy by enabling peers to trade energy between one another via the Verv energy trading platform.
Where: Seoul, Korea
As part of the Blockchainer Global Global Tour Series, the 11th tour stops in Korea to provide audiences with a series of talks covering Global Blockchain Regulation & Development, Public Chains, Private Chains & Consortium Chains, and Venture Capital and Token Economy to name a few. There are several notable speakers confirmed, including Patrick Dai (Co-founder, QTUM), Jun Li (Founder, Ontology) and Kim Seong Silk (CTO, Huobi Korea) among many others.
The event also includes a Blockchain Projects Pitch Roadshow where teams can showcase their respective projects to investors.
Where: Theater Casino Zug, Artherstrasse 2–4, Zug, 6300 Switzerland
TechCrunch is proud to announce their first event dedicated entirely to blockchain, crypto and the future of the internet. The event will feature a series of talks from industry leaders including Vitalik Buterin (Creator, Ethereum), Jutta Steiner (Co-founder, Polkadot), Joe Lubin (Founder, Consensys), Balaji Srinivasan (CTO, Coinbase) and Changpeng Zhao (CEO, Binance).
Where: Theater Casino Zug, Artherstrasse 2–4, Zug, 6300 Switzerland
TechCrunch will produce the event with support from the Ethereum Foundation and other members of the Ethereum community the day after the TC Sessions: Blockchain event. The meetup will feature Vitalik Buterin (Founder, Ethereum Foundation), Karl Floersch (Developer, Ethereum Foundation), among others. It will cover a range of topics including scaling, protocol improvements, and improvements to consensus mechanisms.
The 5th Annual London Fintech Week starts next week, bringing together a series of key industry speakers across several areas within the Fintech space. The event will include a collection of conferences, exhibitions, workshops, a hackathon, and several networking events throughout the week. Notable attendees include Adam Stradling (co-founder of Bitcoin.com), Anish Mohammed (advisor at Ripple Labs), and Dominik Schiener (co-founder of IOTA) among many others. For a full list of industry speakers and event partners, please click here.
The week-long event kicks off on Friday July 6 with a Blockchain Hackathon over the weekend, followed by a series of talks starting on Monday July 9th covering Fintech Disruptors, Capital Markets & Wealthtech on Tuesday, and Blockchain & Crypto-Finance on Wednesday. Thursday is a designated day for investors and startups/ICO participants to showcase their projects, followed by a series of blockchain and legal workshops on Friday.
Notably panel discussions during the Blockchain & Crypto-Finance day include:
Women in Blockchain — Discussion on the role of women in blockchain, with a closer look at the impact that women are making across the industry. Includes Helen Disney (CEO Unblocked), Dr Jane Thomason (CEO, Blockchain Quantum Impact) and Michelle Chivunga N (Regional Advisor, British Blockchain Association) among others.
Linklaters Panel: Blockchain and Financial Services — How Blockchain fits in within the current regulatory environment, as well as its impact on enterprises, business and compliance across users’ digital identities, trust and transparency. Discussion between Ajit Tripathi (Partner EMEA, Consensys Enterprise), Harry Eddis (Partner, Global Co-Head of Fintech, Linklaters), and Clair Wells (Director, Legal and Business Affairs EMEA, Circle).
VC/Investor Panel — Discussion on how industry figures and organizations are using blockchain to impact value and growth. Panellists include Ivan Soto-Wright (Founder and Managing Partner, HODL.vc), Andrew Adcock (CMO, Crowd for Angels), and Aditya Nagarsheth (Investor, Red Pill).
Blockchain Becoming Real Beyond Finance & Less Regulated Industries — Adam Strading (Co-founder, Bitcoin.com), Ashley Fox (MEP for SW England and Gibraltar, The European Parliament) and Tim Huegdon (Co-founder & CIO, InstaSupply) discuss the impact of blockchain and the growing autonomy of machines on society.
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