For all of the gloom and doom in the cryptocurrency market nowadays, our trade continues to make inroads into mainstream tech. This week, I had the pleasure of attending the sold-out Collision Conference in Toronto, and crypto was featured prominently. During the occasion, I bought to reasonable three panels, together with two that had been crypto-focused. The proven fact that the largest tech convention in North America is letting me discuss cryptocurrency after a six-month massacre proves there’s extra to the trade than simply value. And, I’m not saying the worth isn’t vital — however context is the whole lot.

My Collision panel on decentralized social media included Stani Kulechov, founder and CEO of Aave and Lens Protocol. 

This week’s Crypto Biz provides you a style of Collision Conference 2022 and in addition attracts your consideration to the newest funding and enterprise information from the world of blockchain.

Institutions are exploring the house — KPMG Canada crypto crew

During Collision, I sat down with KPMG Canada’s crypto crew to speak in regards to the agency’s current foray into digital property. If you recall, I bought actually excited in February when the KPMG Canada introduced it had added Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) to its company treasury. The agency’s resolution to undertake digital property didn’t come on a whim — it was directed by an inside governance council that did its due diligence earlier than recommending crypto treasuries. The Canadian arm of the Big Four accounting agency stays bullish regardless of current market turmoil.

Voyager enters into $500M mortgage settlement with Alameda amid 3AC publicity

I reported final week that crypto-focused hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) was inching nearer to insolvency after a collection of leveraged bets turned bitter. We knew there could be contagion threat — we simply didn’t know the way a lot. Well, this week, buying and selling platform Voyager Digital took out a mortgage from Alamada Research to cowl losses tied to its publicity to 3AC. Specifically, Voyager borrowed 15,000 BTC from Alameda, which is roughly equal to the 15,250 BTC owed to it by 3AC. Voyager has requested that 3AC repay its excellent money owed by Monday, or else it’ll pursue authorized motion.

Crypto brokerage FalconX raises $150M at $8B valuation

Crypto has gifted us with a number of nasty headlines over the previous six months. But, throughout that point, billions of {dollars} in enterprise capital had been pouring into the trade. This week, crypto brokerage FalconX introduced it had raised $150 million at a valuation of $8 billion in a Series D spherical that was led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC. The firm’s valuation has mainly doubled from August when it concluded its Series C funding spherical. As is at all times the case, when everybody appears to be panicking, sensible cash traders are busy accumulating.

Meta set to start testing NFTs on Instagram Stories with Spark AR

Zuckerberg’s Meta, which is the mother or father firm of Facebook and Instagram, introduced that it’ll start testing nonfungible tokens (NFTs) on Instagram Stories utilizing Spark AR Studio. “We’re expanding our test so more creators around the world can display their NFTs on Instagram,” the CEO stated. “Creators and collectors will be able to share their digital collectibles across Facebook and Instagram after we begin rolling out the feature on Facebook with select US creators at a later date.” Social media is about to endure a significant transformation. We’ll see whether or not Zuckerberg’s firm will keep its dominance in the course of the transition to Web3 and the Metaverse.

Before you go! Is Bitcoin prepared for a recession?

I wasn’t capable of attend this week’s Market Report, however my colleagues Benton Yuan, Marcel Pechman and Yashu Gola had been capable of stick with it with out me. In addition to supplying you with the newest buying and selling insights, they mentioned Bitcoin’s prospects in the occasion of a worldwide recession. You can watch the full replay beneath.

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