"Flashbots raising $50M at $1B valuation". Jan 19, 2023 - Transcripts

January 19, 2023

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It's 8am Eastern January the 19th and this is your daily crypto report. Bitcoin is down slightly at $20,711, Ethereum is down slightly at $1,518 and Binance Coin is down 0.5% at $288. The National Australia Bank has created a stable coin called AUDN according to the Australian Financial Review. Today the National Australia Bank is a private bank and not an instrument of the government. The bank is aiming for transactions to launch mid-year including carbon, credit trading and remittances. The stablecoin will launch on the Ethereum network and be backed 1-1 with Australian fiat at the bank. The stablecoin will primarily be used as a settlement token between multiple transacting parties. NAB is the latest in a string of banks who have tried to create a stablecoin in Australia. Flashbots is looking for a $50 million funding round at a $1 billion pre-money valuation. The Ethereum Infrastructure Service is running a reverse pitching process meaning investors are getting their opportunity to pitch for the chance to participate in the round. The round is split into two tranches with a portion of each earmarked for ecosystem allocation. Paradigm is committed to leading the round.

They were also the lead investor in Flashbots seed stage raise in 2020. Flashbots currently accounts for 60% of all Ethereum blocks. The Department of Justice drummed interest in their big enforcement action announcement yesterday which caused widespread speculation into who might be in trouble but any interest was quickly met with disdain as the announcement was just that the FBI had arrested the founder of Bitzlato for moving $700 million through his Hong Kong based crypto exchange. On social media, active crypto users were quick to thumb their nose at the enforcement actor with many expressing underwhelm and saying they'd never even heard of the minor exchange. I'm sorry I found her. Ryan Selkis tweeted Bitzlato, LOL are tax dollars wasted. The news comes after months of inaction by American officials against real problems like FTX, 3AC, Voyager and BlockFi. And finally the Ethereum name service DAO has released a governance proposal to sell off $10,000 ETH to cover operating expenses over the next two years. The DAO's treasury currently holds over $40,000 ETH and $2.46 million USDC. The selling of the $10K ETH would generate $13 million dollars and USDC via a Gnosis auction. Well that's all for us today, visit us at dailycryptoreport.io for sources and links

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