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It’s impossible to ignore the news of cryptocurrencies storming into the mainstream. Some experts are calling crypto an emerging asset class in and of itself. But how did we get here?

It’s clear that digital assets are evolving quickly. In fact, it’s easy to argue that this evolution is happening more rapidly than any other in the history of finance. At present, digital assets are enjoying healthy underlying liquidity and a rapidly maturing regulatory environment. News of one advancement after the next spells progress for the asset class as a whole and makes it an increasingly attractive investment. As more and more players enter the space, interest in bitcoin and Ethereum – and newer sectors like decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – is growing among investors.

We compiled a timeline of the significant milestones in the digital asset class’ ascent from January 2019 to August 2021. We perceive that the following advancements show how digital assets have morphed from an early adoption phase into a rapid growth phase.

August 2021

Industry

US-based banking conglomerate Citigroup offers bitcoin futures trading for some institutional clients.

US-based banking conglomerate Citigroup offers bitcoin futures trading for some institutional clients.

August 2021

Industry

Coinbase and Circle announced a consolidation of Stablecoin USDC reserves into cash and US treasuries.

Coinbase and Circle announced a consolidation of Stablecoin USDC reserves into cash and US treasuries.

August 2021

Industry

Coinbase teamed up with Japanese bank MUFG to launch a crypto exchange in the country.

Coinbase teamed up with Japanese bank MUFG to launch a crypto exchange in the country.

August 2021

Industry

Robinhood reported crypto now represents 41% of their revenue.

Robinhood reported crypto now represents 41% of their revenue.

August 2021

Regulation

Neuberger Berman granted its commodity-focused funds the ability to invest in bitcoin and Ethereum Futures.

Neuberger Berman granted its commodity-focused funds the ability to invest in bitcoin and Ethereum Futures.

August 2021

Industry

Ethereum upgrade EIP 1559 was completed on August 5th, making transactions on the network more efficient.

Ethereum upgrade EIP 1559 was completed on August 5th, making transactions on the network more efficient.

August 2021

Regulation

SEC Commissioner Gary Gensler signaled a possible approval of an ETF based on regulated Bitcoin Futures 40 act products

SEC Commissioner Gary Gensler signaled a possible approval of an ETF based on regulated Bitcoin Futures 40 act products

August 2021

Industry

OpenSea, the largest marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), recorded a $3.4B transaction volume in August, more than ten times their July figure.

OpenSea, the largest marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), recorded a $3.4B transaction volume in August, more than ten times their July figure.

July 2021

Industry

The latest $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Bill proposed by Congress took the crypto industry by surprise by expanding the definition of a “broker” to those engaging in the cryptocurrency industry.

The latest $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Bill proposed by Congress took the crypto industry by surprise by expanding the definition of a “broker” to those engaging in the cryptocurrency industry.

On August 9th, an amendment in the bipartisan infrastructure bill that would limit the proposal to increase federal regulation of cryptocurrencies was blocked. While the failure of the industry-backed amendments is a setback, cryptocurrency advocates made great strides throughout the process.

July 2021

Industry

Elon Musk revealed that his space exploration company SpaceX owns bitcoin.

Elon Musk revealed that his space exploration company SpaceX owns bitcoin.

July 2021

Industry

Malta-based exchange Bullish did a SPAC deal led by former NYSE President Thomas Farley’s Far Peak Acquisition Corp that could value the company as high as $12B.

Malta-based exchange Bullish did a SPAC deal led by former NYSE President Thomas Farley’s Far Peak Acquisition Corp that could value the company as high as $12B.

July 2021

Industry

NFT platform Sorare raised $532M at a potential $3.8B valuation.

NFT platform Sorare raised $532M at a potential $3.8B valuation.

July 2021

Industry

NFT platform OpenSea raised $100M at a $1.5B valuation.

NFT platform OpenSea raised $100M at a $1.5B valuation.

July 2021

Industry

Ecoystem company Circle continued in its plans to go public via SPAC merger with Conocord Acquisition Corp in a deal valued at $4.5B.

Ecoystem company Circle continued in its plans to go public via SPAC merger with Conocord Acquisition Corp in a deal valued at $4.5B.

July 2021

Industry

Sam Bankman-Fried’s trading giant FTX Exchange raised $900M at $18B valuation.

Sam Bankman-Fried’s trading giant FTX Exchange raised $900M at $18B valuation.

June 2021

Regulation

President Xi Jinping’s regime implemented further sanctions against the asset class, creating a worsening hangover on the back of May’s news regarding China’s ban of digital assets as currency.

President Xi Jinping’s regime implemented further sanctions against the asset class, creating a worsening hangover on the back of May’s news regarding China’s ban of digital assets as currency.

Many across the digital asset space are calling China’s actions the largest sovereign assault on the asset class since its inception.

June 2021

Regulation

President Nayib Bukele announced in a national address that El Salvador will make bitcoin legal tender effective September 7, noting that its use will be optional, making El Salvador the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender.

President Nayib Bukele announced in a national address that El Salvador will make bitcoin legal tender effective September 7, noting that its use will be optional, making El Salvador the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender.

May 2021

Industry

Goldman Sachs issued a report that Ethereum could overtake bitcoin as the market’s most significant asset and replace it as the primary store of value asset in crypto.

Goldman Sachs issued a report that Ethereum could overtake bitcoin as the market’s most significant asset and replace it as the primary store of value asset in crypto.

May 2021

Regulation

The US Treasury Department also signaled concerns that wealthy individuals could use the digital asset sector to avoid taxes. They will require any transfer worth $10,000 or more to be reported to the IRS.

The US Treasury Department also signaled concerns that wealthy individuals could use the digital asset sector to avoid taxes. They will require any transfer worth $10,000 or more to be reported to the IRS.

May 2021

Regulation

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell commented that digital assets posed risks to financial stability and indicated greater regulation might be warranted, stating that cryptocurrencies “are really vehicles for speculation.”

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell commented that digital assets posed risks to financial stability and indicated greater regulation might be warranted, stating that cryptocurrencies “are really vehicles for speculation.”

May 2021

Regulation

The Chinese government announced a “crackdown” on bitcoin mining and trading as well as its ban of using bitcoin as a currency.

The Chinese government announced a “crackdown” on bitcoin mining and trading as well as its ban of using bitcoin as a currency.

May 2021

Industry

In response, select cryptocurrency organizations and investors formed the Bitcoin Mining Council, hosted by the CEO of MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor.

In response, select cryptocurrency organizations and investors formed the Bitcoin Mining Council, hosted by the CEO of MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor.

May 2021

Industry

Elon Musk took to Twitter on May 12th and brought the bitcoin ESG debate front and center. His comments questioned bitcoin mining and its impact on the environment.

Elon Musk took to Twitter on May 12th and brought the bitcoin ESG debate front and center. His comments questioned bitcoin mining and its impact on the environment.

April 2021

Industry

Wealthfront announced its intention to enable crypto purchases in 2021.

Wealthfront announced its intention to enable crypto purchases in 2021.

April 2021

Regulation

New York-based blockchain infrastructure platform Paxos received a Federal Bank Charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

New York-based blockchain infrastructure platform Paxos received a Federal Bank Charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

April 2021

Industry

Storied hedge fund, Brevan Howard, announced it will begin buying crypto in its flagship fund.

Storied hedge fund, Brevan Howard, announced it will begin buying crypto in its flagship fund.

April 2021

Industry

Ecosystem company, Consensys, raised $65M from institutions that included J.P. Morgan, UBS, and Mastercard.

Ecosystem company, Consensys, raised $65M from institutions that included J.P. Morgan, UBS, and Mastercard.

April 2021

Industry

#1 overall NFL draft pick Trevor Lawrence announced a Blockfolio sponsorship and will receive a percentage of his bonus in bitcoin and other digital assets.

#1 overall NFL draft pick Trevor Lawrence announced a Blockfolio sponsorship and will receive a percentage of his bonus in bitcoin and other digital assets.

April 2021

Industry

Venmo launched a digital asset purchasing feature.

Venmo launched a digital asset purchasing feature.

April 2021

Industry

Galaxy Digital, in partnership with CI, launched ETHX, the world’s first Ethereum ETF.

Galaxy Digital, in partnership with CI, launched ETHX, the world’s first Ethereum ETF.

April 2021

Industry

Coinbase became publicly traded via its highly-publicized direct listing.

Coinbase became publicly traded via its highly-publicized direct listing.

April 2021

Industry

J.P. Morgan announced plans to offer bitcoin exposure to its clients as early as summer 2021.

J.P. Morgan announced plans to offer bitcoin exposure to its clients as early as summer 2021.

April 2021

Macro

David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, stated his belief that bitcoin is on a path to a higher market cap than gold.

David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, stated his belief that bitcoin is on a path to a higher market cap than gold.

April 2021

Industry

Morgan Stanley made a filing stating it intends to add bitcoin exposure for one dozen of its institutional funds.

Morgan Stanley made a filing stating it intends to add bitcoin exposure for one dozen of its institutional funds.

March 2021

Industry

Goldman Sachs announced plans to offer digital assets to its Private Wealth Management clients.

Goldman Sachs announced plans to offer digital assets to its Private Wealth Management clients.

March 2021

Macro

Auction house Christie’s sold digital artist Beeple’s digital NFT, EVERDAYS: THE FIRST 5,000 DAYS, for $69M. This was the third-largest sale ever for a living artist.

Auction house Christie’s sold digital artist Beeple’s digital NFT, EVERDAYS: THE FIRST 5,000 DAYS, for $69M. This was the third-largest sale ever for a living artist.

March 2021

Industry

Oil Billionaire Kjell Rokke announced he purchased nearly $60M of BTC and intends to launch a BTC business.

Oil Billionaire Kjell Rokke announced he purchased nearly $60M of BTC and intends to launch a BTC business.

March 2021

Macro

Yet another publicly traded listing, the Hong Kong software company Meitu, announced it is holding $50M ETH and $39M BTC on its balance sheet.

Yet another publicly traded listing, the Hong Kong software company Meitu, announced it is holding $50M ETH and $39M BTC on its balance sheet.

March 2021

Regulation

On the bitcoin ETF front, eight applications are pending at the SEC as issuers race to get a product in front of regulators.

On the bitcoin ETF front, eight applications are pending at the SEC as issuers race to get a product in front of regulators.

Applications meeting approval for this coveted structure will unlock what many perceive to be the largest investor capital pool overnight.

March 2021

Industry

Investment bank Goldman Sachs announced it will restart operations for an internal desk to trade digital assets and plans to offer digital asset products to its private wealth clients.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs announced it will restart operations for an internal desk to trade digital assets and plans to offer digital asset products to its private wealth clients.

March 2021

Industry

Visa continues its push into the asset class on two fronts. One, the credit and payments giant enabled bitcoin for its roughly 70M users. Two, it launched a pilot with crypto.com to settle USDC on their network.

Visa continues its push into the asset class on two fronts. One, the credit and payments giant enabled bitcoin for its roughly 70M users. Two, it launched a pilot with crypto.com to settle USDC on their network.

March 2021

Industry

Morgan Stanley’s wealth platform announced it will offer bitcoin to its private wealth clients

Morgan Stanley’s wealth platform announced it will offer bitcoin to its private wealth clients

February 2021

Industry

CME launched ETH futures.

CME launched ETH futures.

February 2021

Industry

Apple Pay will now get support from the digital asset card payment system, BitPay.

Apple Pay will now get support from the digital asset card payment system, BitPay.

February 2021

Industry

MasterCard announced plans to enable digital asset purchases for all merchants.

MasterCard announced plans to enable digital asset purchases for all merchants.

February 2021

Industry

German-based bank Deutsche Bank announced plans to offer custody and prime brokerage services for digital assets.

German-based bank Deutsche Bank announced plans to offer custody and prime brokerage services for digital assets.

February 2021

Industry

BNY Mellon, one of the world’s oldest and largest custodians, announced it would service and custody digital assets.

BNY Mellon, one of the world’s oldest and largest custodians, announced it would service and custody digital assets.

February 2021

Industry

MicroStrategy ($1B+) and Square ($170M) both added more bitcoin to their existing balance sheet holdings.

MicroStrategy ($1B+) and Square ($170M) both added more bitcoin to their existing balance sheet holdings.

February 2021

Industry

Tesla revealed a $1.5B balance sheet holding, making it the largest corporation to date to hold bitcoin.

Tesla revealed a $1.5B balance sheet holding, making it the largest corporation to date to hold bitcoin.

February 2021

Macro

Miami Mayor activates bitcoin across the city, including treasury, employees, taxes & fees.

Miami Mayor activates bitcoin across the city, including treasury, employees, taxes & fees.

February 2021

Industry

Coinbase files S-1.

Coinbase files S-1.

January 2021

Macro

Ray Dalio, financial thought leader and founder of Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, penned his thoughts on bitcoin: “I believe bitcoin is one hell of an invention.”

Ray Dalio, financial thought leader and founder of Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, penned his thoughts on bitcoin: “I believe bitcoin is one hell of an invention.”

January 2021

Industry

Digital asset custodian Anchorage became the first one to receive a federal bank charter.

Digital asset custodian Anchorage became the first one to receive a federal bank charter.

January 2021

Regulation

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released guidance for US banks to use public blockchains as settlement systems.

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released guidance for US banks to use public blockchains as settlement systems.

January 2021

Industry

Bakkt, the bitcoin futures exchange and custodian, majority-owned by ICE, announced that a $2.1B SPAC would acquire it.

Bakkt, the bitcoin futures exchange and custodian, majority-owned by ICE, announced that a $2.1B SPAC would acquire it.

January 2021

Industry

Corporate balance sheets continue to adopt bitcoin as MicroStrategy added $10M and Marathon Patent Group added $150M to their treasuries.

Corporate balance sheets continue to adopt bitcoin as MicroStrategy added $10M and Marathon Patent Group added $150M to their treasuries.

January 2021

Industry

BBVA launched services for digital assets.

BBVA launched services for digital assets.

January 2021

Industry

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager at almost $8T in AUM, filed to invest in bitcoin futures in two of its funds.

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager at almost $8T in AUM, filed to invest in bitcoin futures in two of its funds.

January 2021

Highly crypto-experienced Gary Gensler named Chairman of the SEC.

Highly crypto-experienced Gary Gensler named Chairman of the SEC.

January 2021

Industry

Standard Chartered Bank launched crypto trading.

Standard Chartered Bank launched crypto trading.

January 2021

Macro

J.P. Morgan said gold will suffer for years because of bitcoin and made a $146K long-term price prediction.

J.P. Morgan said gold will suffer for years because of bitcoin and made a $146K long-term price prediction.

December 2020

Industry

Visa partnered with stablecoin USDC, enabling its 60 million merchants to use it.

Visa partnered with stablecoin USDC, enabling its 60 million merchants to use it.

December 2020

Industry

American Express invested in crypto trading platform FalconX.

American Express invested in crypto trading platform FalconX.

December 2020

Industry

S&P Dow Jones announced its intention to provide indices for digital assets.

S&P Dow Jones announced its intention to provide indices for digital assets.

December 2020

Industry

CME announced that Ethereum futures would launch in February.

CME announced that Ethereum futures would launch in February.

December 2020

Macro

Jefferies’ strategists called for cuts to gold exposure in favor of bitcoin.

Jefferies’ strategists called for cuts to gold exposure in favor of bitcoin.

December 2020

Macro

Guggenheim CIO Scott Minerd indicated that bitcoin’s fundamental value could be $400K.

Guggenheim CIO Scott Minerd indicated that bitcoin’s fundamental value could be $400K.

December 2020

Industry

Fidelity announced that it would hold bitcoin as collateral for cash loans.

Fidelity announced that it would hold bitcoin as collateral for cash loans.

December 2020

Macro

J.P. Morgan estimated that a 1% allocation to bitcoin from pensions and insurance companies would require $600B of buying.

J.P. Morgan estimated that a 1% allocation to bitcoin from pensions and insurance companies would require $600B of buying.

December 2020

Industry

Ruffer, the $27B UK-based hedge fund, disclosed a bitcoin position of nearly $750M.

Ruffer, the $27B UK-based hedge fund, disclosed a bitcoin position of nearly $750M.

December 2020

Industry

Insurance giant MassMutual announced a $100M investment into bitcoin.

Insurance giant MassMutual announced a $100M investment into bitcoin.

December 2020

Industry

MicroStrategy announced a $400M convertible bond offering to buy bitcoin; the deal upsized to $550M and closed at $650M.

MicroStrategy announced a $400M convertible bond offering to buy bitcoin; the deal upsized to $550M and closed at $650M.

November 2020

Regulation

Brian Brooks, Acting Comptroller of the Currency, testified on Capitol Hill to the US Senate about the importance of digital assets.

Brian Brooks, Acting Comptroller of the Currency, testified on Capitol Hill to the US Senate about the importance of digital assets.

November 2020

Macro

World-renowned money manager AllianceBernstein published a report recommending an allocation to digital assets.

World-renowned money manager AllianceBernstein published a report recommending an allocation to digital assets.

November 2020

Industry

Guggenheim, a $295B AUM manager, filed to buy up to 10% bitcoin exposure in its $5.3B Macro Fund.

Guggenheim, a $295B AUM manager, filed to buy up to 10% bitcoin exposure in its $5.3B Macro Fund.

November 2020

Macro

Citigroup, one of the world’s largest global banks, published a research report suggesting bitcoin’s 2021 year-end price target could reach as high as $318K.

Citigroup, one of the world’s largest global banks, published a research report suggesting bitcoin’s 2021 year-end price target could reach as high as $318K.

November 2020

Macro

Rick Rieder, CIO of the world’s largest asset manager BlackRock, shared his thoughts on bitcoin’s potential to replace gold in the future.

Rick Rieder, CIO of the world’s largest asset manager BlackRock, shared his thoughts on bitcoin’s potential to replace gold in the future.

November 2020

Macro

Stanley Druckenmiller, arguably the world’s best macro investor, announced his bitcoin position on CNBC.

Stanley Druckenmiller, arguably the world’s best macro investor, announced his bitcoin position on CNBC.

October 2020

Industry

PayPal released an official announcement specifying plans for users to begin buying, selling, and holding digital assets on its platform;

PayPal released an official announcement specifying plans for users to begin buying, selling, and holding digital assets on its platform;

in addition to bitcoin, PayPal will also provide the option for users to access Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) via its platform.

October 2020

Industry

J.P. Morgan began using JPM Coin commercially for the first time.

J.P. Morgan began using JPM Coin commercially for the first time.

October 2020

Industry

Square (NYSE: SQ), led by long-time bitcoin proponent Jack Dorsey, made a $50M bitcoin allocation, approximately 1% of its cash reserves.

Square (NYSE: SQ), led by long-time bitcoin proponent Jack Dorsey, made a $50M bitcoin allocation, approximately 1% of its cash reserves.

September 2020

Industry

Kraken, a prominent San Francisco-based digital exchange, secured a banking charter issued in the crypto-friendly state of Wyoming.

Kraken, a prominent San Francisco-based digital exchange, secured a banking charter issued in the crypto-friendly state of Wyoming.

Under a framework developed in the state, Kraken will be allowed to submit applications for services such as an account at the Federal Reserve, which would allow for common fiduciary functions such as regulated custody, deposits, and servicing institutional-level clients.

September 2020

Regulation

The OCC released a letter confirming that banks with Federal Charters may hold stablecoin reserves or the assets that back stablecoins, which are widely used to create currency pairsin the digital asset market.

The OCC released a letter confirming that banks with Federal Charters may hold stablecoin reserves or the assets that back stablecoins, which are widely used to create currency pairsin the digital asset market.

September 2020

Industry

MicroStrategy announced the purchase of an additional $175M of bitcoin to add to its roughly 20% corporate treasury position, bringing its total balance sheet holdings to about $425M.

MicroStrategy announced the purchase of an additional $175M of bitcoin to add to its roughly 20% corporate treasury position, bringing its total balance sheet holdings to about $425M.

August 2020

Industry

MicroStrategy, Inc (ticker: MSTR), a business intelligence software firm, was the first publicly-traded company to announce a balance sheet investment of $250M into bitcoin.

MicroStrategy, Inc (ticker: MSTR), a business intelligence software firm, was the first publicly-traded company to announce a balance sheet investment of $250M into bitcoin.

July 2020

Industry

Goldman Sachs instituted a Head of Digital Assets, a first for the bank.

Goldman Sachs instituted a Head of Digital Assets, a first for the bank.

July 2020

Regulation

The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released a decision that national banks and federal savings associations were officially permitted to provide cryptocurrency custody services for their clients,

The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released a decision that national banks and federal savings associations were officially permitted to provide cryptocurrency custody services for their clients,

increasing the maneuverability of traditional banks to participate in digital assets on behalf of their clients. The OCC’s letter responded to a request from an unidentified national bank or federal savings association that asked the OCC to clarify its stance.

July 2020

Regulation

Bitcoin was deemed as money in federal court under the Money Transmitters Act.

Bitcoin was deemed as money in federal court under the Money Transmitters Act.

June 2020

Regulation

US lawmakers in the Senate Banking Committee hosted a virtual discussion about the digitization of money and payments that included a focus on the possibility of a Digital Dollar.

US lawmakers in the Senate Banking Committee hosted a virtual discussion about the digitization of money and payments that included a focus on the possibility of a Digital Dollar.

May 2020

Macro

One of the world’s most successful macro investors, Paul Tudor Jones, announced his bitcoin investment and laid his case for the important role it will play in portfolios given the changing macro environment.

One of the world’s most successful macro investors, Paul Tudor Jones, announced his bitcoin investment and laid his case for the important role it will play in portfolios given the changing macro environment.

April 2020

Regulation

Eleven members of US Congress penned a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin encouraging the Treasury to disperse money owed to the public with speed and security using blockchain technology.

Eleven members of US Congress penned a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin encouraging the Treasury to disperse money owed to the public with speed and security using blockchain technology.

April 2020

Regulation

US Congress introduced 32 bills relating to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

US Congress introduced 32 bills relating to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

February 2020

Regulation

SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce proposed new legislation to support token projects to achieve decentralization.

SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce proposed new legislation to support token projects to achieve decentralization.

Under the proposal, new projects would receive a three-year grace period from the time of token sale to develop their networks without penalty of securities laws like the Howy Test and Supreme Court Assessment.

January 2020

Industry

CME Group launched regulated bitcoin options.

CME Group launched regulated bitcoin options.

December 2019

Industry

State Street and Gemini announced a partnership to custody and report digital assets.

State Street and Gemini announced a partnership to custody and report digital assets.

December 2019

Industry

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey announced the formation of an independent team to develop an open standard for social media based on blockchain protocols.

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey announced the formation of an independent team to develop an open standard for social media based on blockchain protocols.

December 2019

Industry

Bakkt added bitcoin options and cash-settled bitcoin futures to its Offering.

Bakkt added bitcoin options and cash-settled bitcoin futures to its Offering.

December 2019

Macro

Deutsche Bank’s “Imagine 2030” report highlighted a fragile fiat monetary system that may result in demand for alternative currencies: gold and bitcoin.

Deutsche Bank’s “Imagine 2030” report highlighted a fragile fiat monetary system that may result in demand for alternative currencies: gold and bitcoin.

November 2019

Industry

Two crypto-related companies completed US IPOs: Silvergate Bank (NYSE: SI) and Canaan Inc. (NASDAQ: CAN).

Two crypto-related companies completed US IPOs: Silvergate Bank (NYSE: SI) and Canaan Inc. (NASDAQ: CAN).

November 2019

Regulation

Fidelity and Bakkt received their NY State Trust license and launched institutional bitcoin custody.

Fidelity and Bakkt received their NY State Trust license and launched institutional bitcoin custody.

October 2019

Industry

Bakkt announced a partnership with Starbucks to launch a consumer app enabling Starbucks customers to pay with digital assets in 2020.

Bakkt announced a partnership with Starbucks to launch a consumer app enabling Starbucks customers to pay with digital assets in 2020.

September 2019

Industry

Online lender SoFi launched trading for bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.

Online lender SoFi launched trading for bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.

September 2019

Regulation

Bakkt (majority-owned by Intercontinental Exchange) launched daily and monthly physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts and became the first federally regulated exchange.

Bakkt (majority-owned by Intercontinental Exchange) launched daily and monthly physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts and became the first federally regulated exchange.

July 2019

Regulation

The SEC approved two crypto Reg A+ offerings: Blockstack and YouNow.

The SEC approved two crypto Reg A+ offerings: Blockstack and YouNow.

May 2019

Industry

Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt acquired digital asset custodian DACC.

Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt acquired digital asset custodian DACC.

May 2019

Industry

Microsoft announced its plans to build its distributed identity system on top of the Bitcoin blockchain.

Microsoft announced its plans to build its distributed identity system on top of the Bitcoin blockchain.

February 2019

Industry

Cambridge Associates published “Cryptoassets: Venture into the Unknown,” noting that the digital asset industry is developing, and institutional investors are wise to become educated on it.

Cambridge Associates published “Cryptoassets: Venture into the Unknown,” noting that the digital asset industry is developing, and institutional investors are wise to become educated on it.

February 2019

Industry

J.P. Morgan announced the launch of the JPM Coin to enable the instantaneous transfer of payments between select J.P. Morgan institutional clients.

J.P. Morgan announced the launch of the JPM Coin to enable the instantaneous transfer of payments between select J.P. Morgan institutional clients.

January 2019

Regulation

Wyoming introduced legislation to provide legal clarity for custodians and businesses and classify securities, consumer assets, and currencies.

Wyoming introduced legislation to provide legal clarity for custodians and businesses and classify securities, consumer assets, and currencies.

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