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Rockefeller-backed Venture Firm Venrock to Start Investing in Bitcoin, Altcoins

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Venrock, the venture capital firm backed by the Rockefeller family, is throwing its weight behind the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. And this is not mere speculation as one of the firm’s partner has gone on record suggesting that Venrock is keen on riding the crypto wave.

In fact, the firm has reportedly already taken the first step by striking a deal with a cryptocurrency investor group.

In a recent conversation with Fortune, David Pakman, a Venrock partner, disclosed the firm’s deal with Brooklyn-based CoinFund. He stated that Venrock, whose net asset currently hovers somewhere around three billion is looking to diversify its financial portfolio and has decided that rapidly growing blockchain sector will be a good bet.

Exciting Time Ahead for Promising Crypto Enterprises

Venrock’s venture into crypto enterprises shortly after the multi-billion dollar Soros Fund Management announced their plan to trade cryptocurrencies soon.

All goes well, Venrock has all the resources required to boost the growth of promising crypto enterprises in need of financial support. For the uninitiated, the firm has an excellent track record of spotting rising startups and helping them make it to the big leagues. In fact, it had a prominent to play in the success of many tech heavyweights that today dominate their respective industries, e.g., Apple and Intel.

The partnership with CoinFund signed earlier in April 2018, will help the VC firm to empower up-and-coming businesses to build exciting new projects based on blockchain technology.

CoinFund was founded in 2015 and since its launch, the investor group has backed many successful blockchain ventures.

Speaking of the new deal with Venrock, Jake Brukhman, co-founder of CoinFund, stated that the group is committed to helping out blockchain teams working on quality projects to reach their full potential and is ever-ready to collaborate with any organization keen on adding to its efforts.

“We’ll be working closely with them to help mentor, advise, and support teams in the space,” he said, before adding, “We’re trying to cultivate a unique synergy between teams as we see more experienced founders and more traditional tech startups taking up blockchain.”

Both Pakman and Brukhman seem convinced that blockchain technology has a lot to offer to businesses across industries and niches.

“The benefit of the advent of crypto is that we have fewer gatekeepers,” said Pakman in the conversation with Fortune. Calling venture capital basically  “a gatekeeper industry,” he suggested that the time is ripe to put up an effort and change that.

“I don’t believe that a small group of people should make the decisions about which projects can raise some money and get off the ground.”

It is worth noting here that many venture capital firms have recently shown interest in the crypto industry and blockchain-related businesses. But among all those keen on making the most out of the so-called crypto wave, the Rockefeller family’s venture firm is arguably one of the wealthiest and has the capability to take things to the next level for many up-and-coming entities.

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Cardano [ADA/USD] Technical Analysis: Interim bullish push imminent; bears yet to show mercy on long haul

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Cardano [ADA] seems to be getting a bullish push in the short-term, even as the bearish trend in the medium to long-term seems to not fade away. There seems to be no respite from the bear attack in the long-term as the downward trend in price is still going strong.

ADA, the ninth largest cryptocurrency in the world, is currently trading at $0.0759, after going down at -1.19% over the last day. It has a market cap of $1.97 billion, with a 24-hour trade volume of $18.02 million.

1-hour:

Source: Trading View

Source: Trading View

On the one-hour graph, a strong downtrend can be seen from $0.0827 to $0.0806, and then further to $0.0788 between October 15 to October 21, 2018. Another downward movement can be seen from $0.0786 to $0.0774 on October 22, 2018.

An upward drift in prices can be seen from October 16 to October 22, 2018, from $0.0749 to $0.0787. A short-term upward trend was seen on October 22, 2018, from $0.0770 to $0.0773.

The Awesome Oscillator chart shows green bars emerging after a string of red bars. This is a clear indicator of a bullish market.

The Parabolic SAR chart shows the dots aligned under the candlesticks, indicating a bullish market.

The RSI chart shows the token recovering from an oversold position slowly, with the buying and selling pressure evening each other out.

1-day:

Source: Trading View

Source: Trading View

According to the one-day graph, the strong downtrend in the long-term seems to be robust between June 4 to October 22, 2018, from $0.226 to $0.181, further to $0.078.

An upward trend is seen from September 18 to October 7, 2018, from $0.063 to $0.081, and between October 15 to October 22, 2018, from $0.071 to $0.077.

The Fisher Transform chart shows the Fisher line moving uphill, crossing the trigger line. This indicates a bullish trend.

The MACD chart shows the moving average line on a downward drift, crossing the trigger line. This indicates a bearish market.

The Chaikin Money Flow chart shows the current value at -0.118. This indicates that money is flowing out of the market. This is a clear indicator of a bearish market.

However, an upwards drift seems to be emerging, pointing at a temporary bullish trend.

Conclusion:

In the short-term, if the prices are to move up as indicated by Parabolic SAR and Awesome Oscillator, the immediate resistance will be $0.078. If it is broken, the next resistance will be at $0.0806.

If the prices move down as predicted by RSI, the supports will be at $0.0767 and $0.0759.

In the long-term, if the prices are to go down as predicted by MACD and Chaikin Money Flow, the supports will be at $0.070 and $0.063.

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Litecoin [LTC/USD] Technical Analysis: The bear continues to plunder the market

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Litecoin [LTC], the 7th largest cryptocurrency that was created by Charlie Lee to provide compatibility and support to Bitcoin has not been doing well in the market, of late. The coin was booming earlier this year but has now slumped lower than ever to move sideways.

At the time of writing, LTC dumped by 1.77% in the cryptocurrency market. It is trading at $52.34 with a market cap of over $3 billion and a 24-hour trading volume of $267.4 million.

1-hour:

LTCUSD 1-hour candlesticks | Source: tradingview

LTCUSD 1-hour candlesticks | Source: tradingview

In the timeframe of 1-hour LTC candlesticks, the support is set at $53.02. The downtrend line from $60.7 to $53.9 is likely to form a descending triangle with the support. Hence, the market for Litecoin appears to be downwards.

The MA line in the MACD indicator touched the signal for a bullish crossover but strung back down to run underneath it. This is suggestive of a slump in the LTC price trend.

Next, the RSI is also betting on a bear market for the cryptocurrency, currently taking a downhill walk to flash warning for a drop in price.

The Klinger Oscillator made a bullish crossover a while back but is currently crashing, suggesting a bad price trend for Litecoin.

1-day:

LTCUSD 1-day candlesticks | Source: tradingview

LTCUSD 1-day candlesticks | Source: tradingview

In the 1-day scenario, the candlesticks appear to be experiencing a downward trend in the Litecoin market. Since May, the coin has broken multiple supports, including one at $53.3 and another at $51.7. Currently, the support is set at $53.2 and might act as the baseline for the descending triangle likely to be formed by the resistance line ranging from $179.1 to $54.3.

The Parabolic SAR is bullish on the LTC market wherein the dots are currently dancing below the candlesticks, uplifting the price trend of the coin.

The Chaikin Money Flow was in a balanced space for a while but is currently below the 0-line, crashing further down.

The Awesome Oscillator is also in the red-zone, flashing a danger sign for the cryptocurrency.

Conclusion:

The technical analysis can be concluded by assuming a bearish trend for the Litecoin market since most of the indicators are evident in siding with a negative prediction. However, the Parabolic SAR in the 1-day timeframe looks positive of the situation, against all odds.

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Bitcoin [BTC] can disrupt centralized banking and financial institutions, says Andreas M Antonopoulos

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During a Q&A session, Andreas M Antonopoulos, the Author of Mastering Bitcoin and a well-known Bitcoin influencer, spoke about whether Bitcoin [BTC]’s price plays a significant role in its adoption. He also spoke about whether Bitcoin can disrupt the governments, financial system and reduce corruption if the cryptocurrency’s value does not greatly increase in value relative to goods and services including fiat currencies.

Antonopoulos stated that cryptocurrencies can disrupt centralized banking and financial institutions. This is because of the “mere fact” that cryptocurrencies exist as an exit system, a “safety vault” and as a “safe haven”, he said. Moreover, he said that the increase in Bitcoin’s price is not going to be the prominent player in bringing about the change. Whereas, Bitcoin being used by people in order to escape from oppressive governments who are stealing their citizen’s money will be a catalyst to bring about the change.

The author said:

“…it’s not values that makes it useful it’s utility that makes it valuable. So it’s the other way around so Bitcoin will increase in value if it’s useful and it doesn’t need to increase in value in order to be useful that’s confusing cause and effect”

Antonopoulos further spoke about Bitcoin’s real-world use-case for the unbanked. The author was questioned about why there were only 4 billion people using banks around the globe; whether it was due to improper identity proof, people’s lack of trust in the current financial system or if it was cost-effective for banks to not have branched in rural areas.

The Bitcoin influencer stated it was because of all the 3 above-mentioned reasons – lack of identity proof, access to banking facilities and distrust in the financial system. He further added that the total number of people around the world who do not have the ability to open a bank account was quite “shocking”. He went on to say that even if these people had access to the financial systems they would end up facing several restrictions, including the withdrawal and deposit limit.

Antonopoulos said:

“So even though the numbers are somewhere between two and a half billion and four billion people who have zero access to banking so cash based entirely, there’s also another two billion people who have access to banking but that access is severely restricted so they have access to perhaps one currency with very few choices they can’t change currencies…”

He further added:

“so it’s not really their money so all of this great sum of people who are either unbanked completely or under banked is one of the things that I think we may be able to solve with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the long run”

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