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Binance: The Cryptocurrency Bubble Needs to Burst

Ella Zhang, the head of Binance Labs believes there is a cryptocurrency bubble that needs to burst before true blockchain utility can emerge. Zhang recently announced that Binance was investing $1 billion in support of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology startups.

True Utility Will Only Emerge After the Cryptocurrency Bubble Bursts

In a phone interview with Bloomberg, the Binance Labs chief outlined the company’s views on the present state of the market, saying:

We’d like the bubble to break. We still see a lot of hype in the market, valuations are high and unreasonable. We really think if the bubble bursts, it’s a good thing for the industry.

Many cryptocurrency critics say the market is a bubble. Some have even likened it to previous market bubbles like the dot-com bubble of the 90s and the tulipmania of the 17th century. The consensus among the crypto-naysayers is that digital currencies will die-out after a few years.

For the crypto-proponents, many debunk the bubble claims. Even the ones who do say when the bubble bursts, the projects with real utility will emerge and cryptocurrencies will drive the development of the future. They point to the dot-com crash and how it led to the evolution of the modern-day e-commerce space. Zhang’s sentiments seem to support this last opinion. According to the head of Binance Labs, the crypto bull run is good for attracting investors, but it offers no real utility for the market beyond the flow of liquidity.

The Binance Fund and Support for Crypto and Blockchain Startups

Binance recently announced a $1 billion support fund for cryptocurrency and blockchain startups. As head of Binance Labs, the venture incubator for the Binance platform, Zhang is directly in charge of overseeing the support fund. The company is also taking steps to combat the prevalence of fraud in the industry. Binance, the cryptocurrency exchange behemoth plans to launch the Cryptocurrency Governance Initiative (CGI) with the website going live.

Speaking on the initiative, Zhang said:

The main purpose of this is to fight scams and sh*t coins and to boost crypto and blockchain technology.

The head of Binance Labs also said that any project that Binance invests in must vow not to participate in pump and dump schemes. According to Zhang, Binance will closely monitor each project to ensure that they remain in compliance with the provisions of the fund. Any project found violating the terms and conditions will be immediately de-listed and company will cease its collaboration with the erring party.

Record Revenue Earnings for ICOs in 2018

Zhang’s comments on the state of the market bring into sharp focus the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) scene. Despite the decline in the prices of digital currencies, the ICO market continues to grow. 2017 was a breakout year for ICOs with many projects raising hundreds of millions of dollars. The sale of digital tokens by ICOs in 2018 has already far exceeded the record set in 2017. According to figures released by Coinschedule, ICOs have raised about $9.6 billion so far in 2018.

Do you agree with Zhang’s notion that the crypto bubble needs to burst before the industry can indeed begin to flourish? What are your views on Binance’s efforts to support cryptocurrency and blockchain technology startups? Keep the conversation going in the comment section below.

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Cryptocurrency Exchange Binance Ready To Launch $1 Billion Dollars Capital Fund

One of the most important virtual currency exchanges in the market, Binance, will be launching a $1 billion venture capital fund that aims to fund blockchain and cryptocurrency projects. According to local news sources, Ella Zhang, head of Binance Lab, announced that during an online conference.

Binance Launches $1 Billion Fund

The company will be selecting 20 fund partners to which the exchange will be providing financial support. The partners selected should be long-term investors that have been very active in the blockchain industry, and that have more than $100 million dollars’ asset under management.

All the investments will be made using the BNB token – also known as Binance token – which is used in the platform to trade different cryptocurrencies. In the future, the company wants to use it for its decentralized exchange that has not been tested yet.

The fund will be known as ‘Social Impact Fund’ and will be used to leverage blockchain and cryptocurrency startups. The fund will work as follows, $1 billion dollars will be distributed in 10 phases of $100 million each, and it will create a combination of a fund of funds. Additionally, it will also be creating a direct fund which will be investing in blockchain projects.

At the moment, the company is searching 20 different funds to invest in, and as mentioned before, they must be managing at least $100 million dollars to be eligible.

Apparently, the first project that will be supported is a blockchain-powered ride-hailing initiative. The idea has been recently announced by Chen Weixing, CEO of the Funcity application, and founder of the app Kuaidi Dache.

Mrz. Zhang commented:

“We believe it’s a disruptive social experiment. Binance Labs hopes to work with more aspirational projects to explore blockchain applications and together move forward the growth of the industry.”

Binance is now the most important cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, according to CoinMarketCap. The exchange offers its users the possibility to buy and sell a wide variety of tokens and virtual currencies, with almost 340 different trading pairs. The most important are BTC/USDT, EOS/BTC, and EOS/USDT accounting for 26% of the total trading volume of the exchange.

Other Funding Projects

There are several companies that are launching their own funding and accelerator programs. The Chinese e-commerce giant, JD.com, has launched a program – known as AI Catapult – to promote blockchain technology start-ups. With it, the company will be partnering with different innovative blockchain start-ups to build new businesses.

The statement that has been released by the company says:

“Beginning in March, AI Catapult, which is part of JD’s AI program, will partner with innovative blockchain startups to build new businesses and create and test-real world applications of their technologies at scale.”

The main areas that want to be potentiated are robotics, automation technology, smart supply chain, blockchain technology, and many others. There are already some companies from Australia, China, and London ready to start working with AI Catapult.