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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.

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.

Perhaps this is why the bitcoin spot ETFs are yet to send crypto prices to the moon

A survey of TechCrunch readers reveals that while the spot ETFs may boost bitcoin's price, they may not be attracting many people who don't own bitcoin.

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."

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.

1RoundTable bets on ‘long-term, less volatile’ strategy with new growth-stage crypto fund

The past couple of years have been challenging, and sometimes deadly, for many crypto and web3 startups, but Dan Tapiero, CEO, CIO and managing partner of 10T Holdings and 1RoundTable Partners, is not

Can crypto’s recent wins resurrect venture interest?

Like a tenacious balloon, no matter how hard crypto gets knocked down, it tends to float back up again. But the current crypto bust looks a bit different.

After 12 years, Ripple’s president sees its payment and enterprise businesses evolving further

Distinct from the Ripple network and protocol, the XRP Ledger is a decentralized public ledger with an open-source code base that anyone can contribute to or use.

Coinbase argues for motion to dismiss SEC’s ‘securities violation’ allegations

Typically, the SEC has a strong track record of winning its lawsuits, but it hasn't had much luck when it comes to crypto.

Number of monthly active crypto devs fell 25% in 2023

Developers with more than two years of experience in crypto are at an all-time high.

How low can bitcoin ETF fees drop before it hurts a business?

Some of the approved issuers are taking extra steps to ensure that their product stands out from the pack.

US approves first spot bitcoin ETF applications for 11 issuers

It’s been over a decade since the first application for a spot bitcoin ETF was filed. After a number of denials over the years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved all 11 applic

Crypto losses declined over 50% in 2023

While hackers continue to hack the crypto industry for a cash grab, the dollar amount is down substantially compared to the previous year.

Why Puma is sticking to its web3 bets as crypto shakes off a long winter

While some brands moved away from web3 in 2023 during a long crypto winter, Puma stayed the course and its head of emerging technology, Ivan Dashkov, told TechCrunch+ it has no intentions of leaving.

Love ’em or hate ’em, NFTs can survive thanks to the communities that drive them

NFTs get a lot of heat, but there’s a widespread belief in the industry that there’s ample value underlying the concept and the various use cases it brings.

Why tokenization of assets can be a key driver of growth in crypto

Warden thinks one of the biggest avenues for real world use cases is tokenization of assets and areas that aren’t even tradable yet.

Crypto valuations ‘came back to earth’ in 2023, but VCs expect them to rise again in 2024

A recent spike of interest in crypto is rebuilding momentum, and many think that next year could be promising for crypto startups’ valuations.

Why these 30 web3 founders are optimistic about 2024

About 70% of founders are optimistic about the opportunities for crypto startups in 2024, per a new survey shared exclusively with TechCrunch+.

The venture landscape may be on the ‘cusp’ of explosive growth after years of macro strain

The crypto industry is facing the same macroeconomic headwinds as others, with the added bonus of regulatory uncertainty.

As Bitcoin reaches the $44,000 threshold, why the surge and what’s next?

Bitcoin’s price surge into year-end has been exceptionally encouraging, as it has been accompanied by the highest trading volume it has seen since November 2022.
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