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Ryan Selkis

Ryan Selkis is founder and CEO of Messari, an open data library for crypto. Selkis was previously an entrepreneur-in-residence at ConsenSys, managing director at CoinDesk, and director of growth at the Digital Currency Group.

Reviews by Ryan Selkis

All coin and product reviews by expert Ryan Selkis.

  • Ryan Selkis on XRP Founder and CEO at Messari

    But the company is managing a โ€œbridge currencyโ€ [XRP] that they package to retail investors who buy on the assumption that they are front-running big bank purchasers.

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  • Ryan Selkis on NEO Founder and CEO at Messari

    NEO's "Ethereum but China" pitch reminds me of Litecoin's "Bitcoin but Scrypt" pitch in 2013. A long, dark winter followed.

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  • Ryan Selkis on Numerai Founder and CEO at Messari

    Super bullish on tokens that must be staked as part of ML tournaments, like proof-of-human-work. Aside from Numerai, who's doing it well?

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  • Ryan Selkis on New Economy Movement Founder and CEO at Messari

    Seriously, what the fuck is NEM? I'm grabbing a beer.

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  • Ryan Selkis on 0x Founder and CEO at Messari

    0x just keeps shipping. One of the best in the industry at keeping the blinders on and building.

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  • Ryan Selkis on Golem Founder and CEO at Messari

    Very few token projects are producing or even planning to produce cash flow for holders. But CF doesn't preclude a token from being a utility: Filecoin, Golem, Numerai, etc., are utilities that should be CF+. Instead, we've written off revenue generation . . . just like the dot-bombs.

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  • Ryan Selkis on Bitcoin Cash Founder and CEO at Messari

    The more I'm reading and talking to people, the higher probability I assign to BCH beating BTC. Still an underdog, but I'm not convinced my assumptions about BTC having the economic majority are still correct.

    Full review ๐Ÿ”‘


  • Ryan Selkis on Monero Founder and CEO at Messari

    Most of my concerns with BTC since 2013 have been around fungibility.

    No one seems to care about the increasing sophistication of Bitcoin surveillance tools. The lack of attention there is why I'm overweight XMR.

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  • Ryan Selkis on Dai Founder and CEO at Messari

    Dai survived one of its most significant tests in 2018. โ€œCan Dai survive a market crash?โ€ Asked and answered. Dai survived the 94% drawdown in ETH, and the move from a single-collateral to multi-collateral model should accelerate its adoption in 2019.

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  • Ryan Selkis on Zcash Founder and CEO at Messari

    Zcash is the second most important project in the industry to me, because it's the only one with close-to-perfect privacy embedded in the core protocol...something we need for both fungibility (for dissidents) and enterprise adoption (for customer privacy). Zcash is also a canary in the coal mine and the front lines for how crypto will be regulated on a global scale. If Zcash is restricted (as is possible in Japan, Korea, etc.), then I think privacy upgrades to BTC will become all but impossible. I'm thrilled Coin Center has been a major proponent of Zcash, and that there are some smart money, well-networked investors backing the project.

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  • Ryan Selkis on EOS Founder and CEO at Messari

    Most attempts to bribe developers and users with airdrops and developer grants will fail (many already are), and most attempts to recruit insiders to a cause with pre-sale discounts and the (diminishing allure) of token flips will bring dysfunction and gridlock to projects. Weโ€™re starting to see some teams come to
    terms with this reality...

    The EOS โ€œcartelโ€ has likely led to irreparable damage in that protocolโ€™s reputation in developer circles (why build on infrastructure that will get hijacked by ruthless investors)....Eos is a disaster, and the worst fears surrounding its cartel seam to be materializing.

    Full review ๐Ÿ’ฉ
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  • Ryan Selkis on Telegram Open Network Founder and CEO at Messari

    Telegram's gonna figure [out TON] because it's about team, community, and ripping OS code that works. Wish I had gotten a piece. [Long term] hold.

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  • Ryan Selkis on Ethereum Founder and CEO at Messari

    Only two crypto protocols have reached product market fit to date:

    BTC - censor resistant payment & SoV
    ETH - open finance (ICOs, DeFi apps)

    The next closest are:

    MKR - censor-resistant peg & credit
    BNB - discount/burn quasi-security
    LTC - a fast moving bitcoin test net

    Full review ๐Ÿ”‘


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