Crypto Three Things (9/13)

Tuesday, Sep 13th 2022


Fidelity’s foray into retail crypto

 “Success represents something beyond a cup of coffee.” - Howard Schultz 

1) Fidelity plans retail BTC trading: Individual investors of the  $4.2T asset manager may soon be able to trade Bitcoin on the company’s brokerage platform, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Boston-based firm was among the first large-scale investment firms to launch Bitcoin trading to institutional clients in 2018. Fidelity hasn’t officially confirmed the plans.

Titan’s Takeaway: Introducing Bitcoin to Fidelity’s brokerage platform, which boasts 34 million retail accounts, will help the firm grow substantially in the retail-trading sector, currently dominated by rivals like Robinhood. As a bonus, the move will likely bring fresh capital into BTC.

2) Northzone eyes Web3 startups: Nordic venture capital firm Northzone revealed that it has successfully closed its largest fundraise at €1B. The cash will be used to back Europe-based changemakers through both equity investments and token sales. Northzone is an early investor in Spotify and Klarna, and also counts crypto firms such as Magic Labs and Gro Protocol among its portfolio.

Titan’s Takeaway: This new fundraise brings more technicolor in Europe’s waning venture capital dealmaking – funding to European startups dropped 38% to $23.7B in Q2, according to Crunchbase data.

3) Starbucks to launch NFT platform: The coffee giant has tapped Ethereum scaling solution Polygon to introduce a brand new NFT-based loyalty program. With the ‘Starbucks Odyssey’ Web3 campaign, customers will be able to earn digital stamps that can unlock rewards such as exclusive merchandise, private events, and even trips to Starbucks Reserve Roasteries. The initiative is slated for rollout later this year.

Titan’s Takeaway: With this move, Starbucks shows it knows how to stay ahead of the curve as it pivots toward relevant trends embraced by coffee lovers. The initiative also highlights the fusion between leisure and entertainment – another use case for the overarching NFT space.

As of this writing, BTC, MATIC were a portfolio holding of Titan. This security may cease to be a portfolio holding at some point in the future.
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