Block by Block: Ticketing | Vertcoin experiences a 51% attack | The SEC met again with the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust team to discuss a bitcoin ETF

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“We need the decentralized tech stack to evolve more quickly and show the world how decentralized technology works in a mainstream way at scale before policy makers and regulators force the tech sector to go the wrong way.” — Fred Wilson, Partner Union Square Ventures

The Big Block

Ask any hard-core concert-goer about the worst part of the event, and they will likely tell you a war story about buying a ticket. 

The ticketing industry is incredibly flawed. Ticket-buyers face high-fees and have to compete with bots who buy up tickets seconds after they are on the market. And that is if they are even lucky enough to purchase tickets on the primary ticketing platforms. Event-goers who are forced to look to the secondary markets for their tickets are immediately thrown into a world of fraudulent ticket sales and scalpers that resell tickets at absurdly high marked-up prices. For an industry as broken as ticketing, it is no surprise that the industry has attracted a swarm of startups and entrepreneurs offering solutions. These startups include both centralized ones like SeatGeek and decentralized ones like Aventus. This piece will explore firms leveraging crypto to remedy the headaches of ticketing. 

To sell and distribute their tickets, event organizer and content creators (i.e., artists and performers) will typically issue their tickets onto the primary market. Primary markets include ticket box offices, venue websites, and primary authorized sellers like TicketMaster. Primary authorized sellers generate their revenue through the fees they charge to consumers. A single ticket can have multiple fees. For example, a consumer could end up paying a service fee, a processing fee, and a convenience fee on top of the price they are paying for the original ticket.

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Long-tail cryptocurrency is 51% attacked: Vertcoin edition

With the fall in cryptocurrency prices and ensuing drops in mining hash rate (as marginally profitable miners shut down), crypto-networks remain more vulnerable to attack than earlier this year.

While hash rate may go up in absolute terms due to improved ASIC efficiency (in August, Bitcoin hash rate was up 4x from January 1st), hash rate is just a proxy for network security. The key metric to note is security spend, quantifying how much money is spent on mining opex and capex to secure the network. — More


The SEC met again with the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust team to discuss a bitcoin ETF

On November 28, representatives from three of the SEC's divisions met with representatives from SolidX, VanEck, Cboe and Patomak to discuss a proposed rule change to list and trade the first bitcoin ETF (VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust). A previous meeting happened on October 9 and focused on convincing the SEC that the market is mature enough to support the ETF. — More


Leading Ethereum Classic development group shuts down — More

G20 put crypto regulation in the pipeline — More

Report: Over 50% of U.K.-based blockchain companies have difficulties opening bank accounts — More

Ohio startup accelerators and venture funds plan to invest over $100M in early-stage blockchain startups — More

Calastone is bringing blockchain to Britain’s major asset managers — More

Security token offerings deemed illegal in Beijing — More

The SEC knocks Floyd Mayweather Jr. and DJ Khaled out of the ICO promotion game — More


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