🏛 Messari Founder Says He's Running for Senate as SEC Shadow Hangs Over Mainnet
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NEWS Messari founder Ryan Selkis said he’s planning to run for the U.S. Senate in 2024. Selkis has become increasingly vocal against stringent cryptocurrency regulation but the final straw, he said, was when securities regulators allegedly showed up at the conference he organized and served one of the speakers with a subpoena.
TWEET He tweeted:
“If you’re wondering when I actually decided to run for Senate, it was when these fuckers came to my event, didn’t buy a ticket, and served one of the speakers a subpoena.
“Enough talk. More war on our out of control regulatory state. Selkis 2024. Time to activate the crypto political machine.”
Selkis declined to comment further on his candidacy or the subpoena to The Defiant.
TWEET The reference to a subpoena appears related to a tweet posted by Indiegogo founder Slava Rubin on Twitter early today about a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Enforcement Commission (SEC).
“lol I just witnessed a guy get served by the SEC at the top of the escalator at #mainnet2021 right before going on stage for his panel”
BEING SERVED Slava did not answer a question from The Defiant about who it was that was served, but he did answer a question about how he knew it was the SEC via direct message, writing, “It was not clear if he was personally part of the SEC, but he said you are being served by the SEC.”
NEWS Crypto markets Tuesday morning appeared to be shaking off gut-wrenching falls in the last 24 hours. At one point Monday, ETH nosedived 2.8% in an hour.
FLAT Ethereum was up 0.5% in trading at 7:15 AM, according to CoinGecko data. Cardano increased 0.4% and Solana, Avalanche and Chainlink were flat. So, too, was Bitcoin.
RESPITE The respite was most welcome after investors sought cover on news Monday that China Evergrande Group, one of the nation’s biggest property developers, was going sideways on more than $300 billion in loans. Global equity indexes plunged throughout the day but rallied to finish with modest declines — the Standard & Poor’s 500 ended Monday down 1.5%.
BARGAINS On Tuesday, U.S. equity index futures were up ahead of the opening bell, according to Bloomberg News. And the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong, the best bellwether for possible contagion from the China Evergrande situation, eked out a 0.5% uptick as bargain hunters scooped up beaten down stocks.
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THE LEAD Solend, a lending platform built on the proof-of-stake blockchain, Solana, has hit $100M in deposits, according to its team.
LIQUIDATED Solend has done so without liquidity mining opportunities, but those are coming. Solend works basically the same way Compound and Aave do. Users can post assets that will earn interest, and they can borrow a certain amount against those assets. If the value of their collateral drops, they get liquidated.
FASTER “Our users have been describing Solend as ‘Aave but faster and cheaper,’ and I think when the market wises up to this, the numbers will reflect it,” Solend’s founder, Rooter, told The Defiant.
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TLDR The Tracer Protocol has completed a sale of 50M TCR tokens for 3.75M DAI, giving its total supply a valuation of $75M at the sales end. It has since nearly doubled to $137M, according to CoinGecko.
AUCTION The auction ran for five days, ending on September 15, and it used the Gnosis batch auction system, so that all participants who purchased any TCR tokens paid the same price, 0.075 DAI.
SO WHATTracer Protocol is a project that will enable leveraged perpetual pools of long and short positions against different assets. The price of a long or short position is determined by the ratio of the longs and shorts in the respective pool, much in the same way that Uniswap version 1 determined the price of the two tokens in each of its pools.
Crypto exchange Coinbase has dropped plans to launch its crypto lending product, dubbed Lend, in light of the SEC's view that it would constitute a security, per an update to its original announcement blog post.
On Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 12:00pm ET, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius speaks with Gensler about the cryptocurrency landscape, the growth in digital trading platforms and his call for more stringent financial disclosures around sustainability.
🔗 FTX Establishes Substantial Presence in the Bahamas and Appoints Ryan Salame as CEO: Yahoo Finance
FTX Trading Limited ("FTX'' or "the Company"), owner and operator of leading global cryptocurrency exchange FTX.COM, today announced that its Bahamian subsidiary, FTX Digital Markets, has been registered by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas as a digital assets business under the Digital Asset Registered Exchanges Bill or the "DARE Act."
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