Market Roundup: Espresso Systems’ $28M Funding, Vitalik Buterin’s Staking Innovation, and Solana’s Unprecedented Surge

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March 22, 2024

Market Roundup: Espresso Systems' $28M Funding, Vitalik Buterin's Staking Innovation, and Solana's Unprecedented Surge

Welcome to our weekly market roundup, where we provide insights into the notable trends and price movements that are shaping the world of digital assets. 

Token Prices

(As of 12:00 PM Singapore Time, March 22, 2024)

This week, the cryptocurrency arena was swept by a sudden turn of events, with Bitcoin’s value descending below the $65,000 mark, prompted by a revived strength in the U.S. dollar. This twist followed the Swiss central bank’s unexpected rate cut, casting a shadow over Bitcoin’s recovery fueled by the Federal Reserve’s upbeat remarks just a day earlier. 

Market watchers have noted Bitcoin’s rebound from its recent low of $60,000, suggesting it’s gearing up for a new ascent. This recent dip reflects the intricate dance between global financial policies and cryptocurrency valuations. Analysts from Swissblock consider Bitcoin’s pullback phase complete, eyeing a recovery trajectory that had almost reached their cool-off prediction before Wednesday’s rally.

Looking forward, the price prediction for Bitcoin hinges on maintaining the critical $65,000 level. Surpassing the $69,000 milestone could signal the beginning of a vigorous rally. This narrative extends to the broader crypto domain, with altcoins and Bitcoin mining entities poised for significant growth, highlighting the sector’s dynamic and resilient spirit in the face of fluctuating global financial winds.

For more comprehensive analyses and in-depth insights into the latest market movements, visit the BTSE blog for regular updates.


Web3 News


  • Espresso Systems’ $28M Funding: Espresso Systems has successfully raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz’s crypto-focused branch, a16z Crypto. This round of funding will fuel the expansion of Espresso’s innovative blockchain technology, which focuses on “shared sequencing” to enhance decentralization and efficiency within the blockchain ecosystem. The company plans to use the funds to further develop its products, invest in the rollup ecosystem, and expand its team, reinforcing its position as a leader in this emerging field​.


  • Vitalik Buterin’s Rainbow Staking: At ETHTaipei, Ethereum’s co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, introduced “Rainbow Staking” as a novel concept to address the centralization risks associated with staking on the Ethereum blockchain. Rainbow Staking divides staking into “heavy” and “light” categories, with the former being slashable and participating in every slot, and the latter participating via a lottery system but not being slashable. This method aims to balance security by requiring both staker types to finalize a block, offering a fresh approach to encourage diverse and decentralized participation in Ethereum’s staking mechanism​.


  • Solana’s Popularity Surge: Solana has been crowned the most popular blockchain of 2024 so far by CoinGecko Research, capturing 49.3% of global crypto investor interest. This surge in popularity is attributed to a significant rally in Solana’s price, which soared above $200 for the first time in two years, marking over a 700% increase in the past 12 months. The network’s bustling activity is largely concentrated on decentralized exchanges (DEXs), fueled by the trading of memecoins like Bonk and Slerf, reflecting a vibrant and dynamic ecosystem​.


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  • Nvidia’s AI Solution: Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang believes that human-level artificial intelligence (AI) could be achieved within five years, emphasizing that the challenge of AI hallucinations is solvable. At the Nvidia GTC developers conference, Huang proposed a simple yet potentially revolutionary solution: requiring AI systems to research before responding to ensure accuracy. This approach, if successful, could transform various industries, including finance and crypto, by enabling fully automated trading and decision-making processes, leveraging AI’s potential to operate without human intervention​.


  • Satoshi’s Ultimate Runestone: The Bitcoin Ordinals project Runestone made headlines by transferring its original “parent” inscription, valued at 8 BTC, to a wallet believed to belong to the enigmatic Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. This act, initially framed as a mishap by contributor Leonidas, was actually a deliberate move to “burn” or permanently lock the inscription, effectively sealing the Runestone collection. This prevents any future alterations and solidifies the collection, emphasizing the importance of early participation and dedication within the Ordinals community​.


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