This Week in Cryptocurrency: March 22, 2019
Keep On Headin’ Up
The steady positive momentum continues this week as the market breaks above $140B. The market cap reached $142B before suddenly dropping on Thursday. But, we still saw two and a half percent growth over the week. The majority of altcoins stayed in the single-digits while Ontology (31.58%), Tezos (71.61%), and Ravencoin (61.87%) led the pack.
Our top three:
Bitcoin won the week, growing 2.44%.
Ethereum was a close second with 1.53% growth.
XRP didn’t have a great week, shaving 0.22% off the price.
Dorsey Announces Square Crypto: In a Wednesday tweet, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey announced the formation of Square Crypto, an “open source initiative independent of [their] business objectives.” Dorsey is starting relatively small with the initiative, hiring three to four cryptocurrency engineers and one designer.
#BitcoinTwitter and #CryptoTwitter! Square is hiring 3-4 crypto engineers and 1 designer to work full-time on open source contributions to the bitcoin/crypto ecosystem. Work from anywhere, report directly to me, and we can even pay you in bitcoin! Introducing @SqCrypto. Why?
— jack (@jack) March 20, 2019
Dorsey decided to launch the crypto project after a discussion with Square employee Mike Brock. Brock emphasized that the most impactful way for Square to help the crypto environment is to “pay people to make the broader crypto ecosystem better.” Dorsey promptly to action.
The perks? You get paid in bitcoin, work from anywhere in the world, and work directly under Dorsey himself.
Chicago, Chicago, That Crypto Town: On Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the city’s upcoming FinTech movement. He, of course, couldn’t ignore blockchain and cryptocurrency. He lauded the new technology, stating that some country is going to figure out “how to use cryptocurrencies to stay alive when they’re facing a financial crisis, and then you’re going to find out that this moment has arrived.”
Emanuel wants Chicago to not just be a crypto hub, but more generally, a hub for financial technology. When asked about building Chicago as a crypto hub, he notes, “I wouldn’t limit it to cryptocurrency… There’s a lot of other things that go on in the financial or in FinTech that is necessary and has to be researched, but I see the hottest thing right now is in that space.”
Although Emanuel is leaving his position as mayor in two months, he’ll pass along his initiatives to whoever fills his shoes.
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Cryptocurrency News from Around the World
IBM and Stellar Launch Worldwide Payments Network: IBM announced the launch of its Blockchain World Wire, a service utilizing the Stellar protocol to facilitate international payments and enable point-to-point money transfers. IBM originally announced the World Wire in October 2017, and the network is finally officially accessible in a handful of markets.
Australia Prioritizes Blockchain Development: The Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment announced a national blockchain roadmap with $100,000 of seed funding from the Morrison Government to help Australia position itself as a global blockchain figure.
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