Jacquelyn Melinek

Jacquelyn Melinek

Senior Reporter, Crypto, TC+

Jacquelyn Melinek is a senior cryptocurrency reporter based in New York City. She previously was a crypto reporter for Blockworks covering decentralized finance, DAOs and crypto venture capital funding and prior to that covered energy markets for S&P Global Platts and Bloomberg News. Her articles are published in over 70 news outlets and she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Media and Journalism and a minor in creative writing. Disclosure: Jacquelyn owns various cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum. She does not day trade cryptocurrencies, NFTs or any other crypto-related products.

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Asymmetric Financial has a plan to unlock Bitcoin’s trillion-dollar potential with dedicated DeFi fund

As the digital asset industry picks up steam again, some crypto funds are looking to hone in on specific sectors. Crypto fund Asymmetric Financial is creating its Bitcoin DeFi Venture Fund I to focus

Starbucks Odyssey’s community lead sees NFTs as the best way to build brand loyalty

The NFT space may be down substantially from all-time highs, but brands and loyalty programs looking to reach fans in new ways can still find value, said Steve Kaczynski, co-author of the book “The

Animoca Brands’ Yat Siu sees NFTs as a way to protect ownership in the age of AI

NFTs don’t always get taken very seriously, particularly now that AI and content creators are hogging the spotlight, but not everyone is so quick to discount crypto’s oft-derided younger sibling.

Coinbase cites stablecoins, Base as key 2024 priorities after crushing Q4 estimates

After disclosing better-than-expected financial results in its fourth-quarter earnings report, U.S.-based Coinbase has big plans. The second-largest crypto exchange told its investors that it intends

Crypto VC exits were low in Q4 2023, Phantom MAU’s reach new highs and spot bitcoin ETF volumes are still rising

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Crypto exits remain low but investors remain unfazed

New PitchBook data makes it clear that if the larger startup market is suffering from an exit-drought, crypto startups are possibly even more parched.

Solana-based DeFi, airdrops propel crypto wallet Phantom’s user base to new heights

Phantom, a crypto wallet heavily used in the Solana ecosystem, has seen its user base more than triple over the past year.

As spot bitcoin ETF volumes continue to rise, Bitwise Asset Management predicts a high ceiling for growth

Bitwise runs the Bitwise Bitcoin ETP, currently the fourth-largest spot bitcoin ETF by market cap. But the road to this point wasn’t easy.

Farcaster hype grows, Bluesky opens to the public and SEC’s Hester Peirce is open to new token proposals

Hello and welcome back to the fourth edition of the new and improved TechCrunch Crypto newsletter. Let’s get into the big headlines.

OpenSea takes the long view by focusing on its UX even as NFT sales remain low

The NFT space has lost a lot of its sparkle over the past few years, but that hasn’t stopped some founders, investors and projects from trucking along in hopes of another surge.

SEC’s Hester Peirce still plans to push for a token ‘safe harbor’ plan

It’s been almost 3 years since SEC commissioner Hester Peirce released her updated Token Safe Harbor Proposal 2.0, but she isn’t giving up.

Decentralized social network Farcaster is trying to reach mass adoption through Web 2.0 techniques

More often than not, it’s rare for crypto-native users to have an easy, quick onboarding experience. Farcaster wants to change that.

a16z’s Chris Dixon thinks it’s time to focus on blockchains’ use cases, not speculation

"I’m not anti-speculation, but I think it’s a question of priorities... It’s putting the cart before the horse."

Tether had ‘record-breaking’ net profits in Q4, Polygon Labs does layoffs and hackers steal $112M of XRP

Hello and welcome back to the third edition of the new and improved TechCrunch Crypto newsletter.

Polygon Labs lays off 60 employees, about 19% of its staff, CEO says

Polygon Labs, the team focused on building the layer-2 blockchain Polygon, has laid off 60 employees, or about 19% of its staff, according to a post published Thursday by CEO Marc Boiron. The Polygon

AI and blockchains might need one another to evolve, according to new report

Even though the two sectors are reaching different levels of mainstream adoption, they are also facing challenges that the other could potentially help alleviate.

Hackers steal $112 million of XRP Ripple cryptocurrency

On Tuesday, hackers stole around $112 million of the Ripple-focused cryptocurrency XRP from a crypto wallet, Ripple’s co-founder and executive chairman has disclosed. Ripple’s Chris Larsen sai

Ethereum developer interest hit new all-time highs in 2023 despite a bear market

Last year, 2023, was especially a home run for Ethereum, which saw SDK installs increase 31% year-over year.

Solana Mobile still has a long way to go until it hits breakeven

If Solana Mobile’s devices have 100,000 users, Yakovenko views that user base as a stronger distribution channel for dApps than through traditional app stores like Google or Apple.

Bitcoin and Ethereum decline on the week, Worldcoin to launch a new Orb and Terraform Labs files for bankruptcy

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