We've closed a $21mm Series A for @MessariCrypto, led by Point72 Ventures.

It's @p72vc's first crypto venture investment 😎 and we're excited to welcome @adamkcarson to our Board.

Why we raised, who else is in, and what's next. 👇
2/ We've never been more bullish on crypto or our unique position in the market. This round will help us:

+ reinvest in our core platform, add new data sets & analytics tools
+ grow our team from 30 to 75 by 2022
+ build a 1,000+ analyst Hub

And more. 🙃
3/ We wanted to add A+ fintech investors with a strong TradFi network & BD chops to help us bring crypto to the institutional mainstream.

Enter @p72vc @tglocer @mattocko and @ddougatkin

We also wanted to strengthen our crypto partner ties. And we sure did with this syndicate...
4/ Also joining were some of the top strategic investors in crypto: @coinbase ventures, @kraken ventures, @blockchain ventures, @gemini frontier fund, alameda capital, @UnderscoreVC, @nascentxyz, @diogomonica, and @cmsholdings.

We're excited to keep buidling with these partners.
5/ What's this mean for our users!!

+ Pro users can expect more deep research, on-chain analytics, third-party data integrations, sector comparison tools, data viz tools, and forex & foreign language support.

6/ What's this mean for our users!!

+ Enterprises can expect an expansion of Messari's Intel coverage to hundreds of new protocols and assets, and the build out of our new MACS product for institutional product managers and compliance teams

7/ What's this mean for our users!!

+ Hub members can expect us to scale up our services for DAOs and their communities. Governance tools, talent management, and a 100x upgrade in research coverage through the expansion of our analyst pool.

8/ What's this mean for our users!!

+ Community members who don't need advanced analytics can still rely on our in-depth asset research, watchlists, and best-in-the-business daily briefs.

For free.

9/ We'll have more to share at Mainnet this September 20-22 in NYC:

+ 2500 attendees, 200+ speakers
+ An interactive "testnet" track to help onboard you to Web3 and DeFi apps you've been too busy to try
+ Dozens of new demos & project updates

10/ Doesn't this sound fun?

How many times do I have to tell you.

+ $10k per engineering referral (we're 3x'ing)
+ Looking for heads of sales, design, community manager, and more...
+ And all the top crypto analysts

11/ We like analysts. We're going to continue to place them at Messari and throughout all of crypto.

I was not kidding. We're looking for 1,000+ Hub analysts by the end of the year.

Cut your teeth. Get paid. Join crypto full time.

12/ Thank you for your support over the past 3.5 years. I'm looking forward to the next decade fighting the good fight to advance crypto.

Now go follow @diran_li @ericturnr @EmilyEColeman @maartjebus @fmoulin7 & @benhoneill and figure out if you are a fit to come BUIDL with us.

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13 Jul

I'm excited to share Messari's newest *free* product for our community...our revamped asset pages.

There's a lot of obvious upgrades here, and even more under the hood that's going to make for a much more powerful research platform long term.

Thread! 👇
2/ The new pages reflect the "terminal" design of our home page. The goal is to improve nav and search for crypto power users.

We have:
+ dynamic charts for dozens of messari metrics
+ fast ROI calculator
+ our enterprise intel feed right (protocol events)

All front & center
3/ We've made per asset profile data easier to navigate.

And we've made a small, but important upgrade that hints of what's to come with our Analyst Hub...the ability to propose edits, for which we'll ultimately offer bounties in order to ensure pages remain evergreen.
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If you had two days to onboard someone into Web3, DeFi, etc. and wanted them to learn how to use 30 different products, how would you design their crash course?

My rough idea below...
1/ Acquire ETH through an exchange, install metamask, set up a hardware wallet, buy an ERC-20 asset via Uniswap, and borrow USDC against the ETH via Maker or Compound. (5 products / action items)
2/ Head on over to Zapper or Zerion to track your wallet in real time, and log-in with your wallet to Snapshot or Tally to see if there are any active areas to participate with voting. (2 actions)

Then buy some community shit. A creator token, an NFT, a DAO share. (3 actions)
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Q2 has been a bit of a shitshow, but that doesn't take away most of the progress that's been made. 👇
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Those two groups would also be the "final bosses" to beat in the mass adoption game.

Q2 progress has been overwhelmingly positive.
3/ We had major milestones like the Coinbase IPO.

Wall Street started to seriously initiate coverage on bitcoin and other top assets.

More institutional managers went from 0 to 1 - directly or via mammoth investments to crypto VCs like a16z.
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75k by July.
Ok this sounds crazy. Some people think the party is over (2018). Others think there will be months of consolidation before a double bubble (2013, 2017).

But there’s one other precedent scenario: Rip higher off the lows on high volume after washing out over leverage (DeFi q4’20)
In q4, a bottoms up rally (alts + DeFi blue chips) combined with a macro rally (grayscale inflows) that rocketed us to new highs.

The rebound following “DeFi winter” was staggering. All we needed to do was liquidate the recklessly over-extended.
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Everyone knows that this is a day for self-congratulations and humble brags, so I’d also like to congratulate myself for getting rejected three times as a candidate by Coinbase recruiting.
I’m not kidding. @WhiteAdamL @NTmoney @dwr my memory is infinite. 👀🤣
This generally worked out pretty well.

After rejection #1 I broke the Mt Gox story, rejection #2 I joined as the first hire at DCG, and rejection #3 I started Messari.
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What happens when you combine Messari's 200+ enterprise member network + the team that produced every Consensus from 2015-2020 + 18 months of pent-up demand for physical events?

You get Messari's Mainnet 2021 LIVE at the New York Marriott Marquis, Sept 20-22.

1/ Mainnet 2020 featured three days of non-stop programming from crypto's global who's who.

It got rave reviews, but let's be real...by now we all have zoom fatigue.

That's why I recruited my old events team (led by former CoinDesk MD Peter Bordes) to bring Mainnet 2.0 to life.
2/ It's about damn time to bring everyone physically together again.

Since Devcon 2019 (the last major event?), we've seen an explosion of Layer1/Layer2 protocols, DeFi summer, NFT's moonwalk, a DAO resurgence, ETH 2.0, the macro case for bitcoin, and more.

Much to discuss!
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