GM. This is the Milk Road, the crypto newsletter that gives you the same feeling as when you find a chicken nugget in your order of fries.
You know it’s about to be a great day when that happens.
Alright, let's get into the good stuff:
- Coinbase drops a new token
- Co-CEO of Alameda Research steps down
- Quick bites
- Meme of the day
COINBASE STARTS LIQUID STAKING
Coinbase just dropped a new token - cbETH. If you haven’t already guessed, the name's a remix of Coinbase and ETH.
- It’s a liquid staking token
- When you stake ETH with Coinbase, you’ll get cbETH back
- You can sell it, transfer it, or use it anywhere else in DeFi
- cbETH also functions like a cToken - aka you get more rewards for staking
This is interesting because it gives users liquidity and lets them earn rewards while their ETH is staked & locked. Coinbase is now on par with all of the other big players that allow you to get Liquid ETH while you stake (we're looking at you stETH).
Of course, there are always some risks. But besides all the hacks, bugs, etc that could happen there’s one other risk - slashing.
And no, it’s not customers slashing out their tires when prices go down.
It’s when a validator loses their staked ETH for breaking the rules. It’s designed as a defense mechanism to prevent attacks.
So why would Coinbase be worried about slashing? Do they plan on breaking any rules and getting onto Vitaliks' enemy list?
Highly doubtful. But that’s not really the issue…
The issue is whether or not they, or any other validators, are forced to break the rules (like censoring transactions). This could result in them getting slashed.
Let me explain. Remember how earlier this month OFAC banned Tornado Cash (TC) and put them on the sanctioned list?
Well, that opened up a whole can of worms:
- Github started suspending Tornado Cash accounts
- Circle blacklisted Tornado Cash users
- Aave started blocking Tornado Cash users from using the platform
But then something bigger happened: Ethermine (the largest Ethereum miner) stopped processing any blocks that contained transactions with Tornado Cash addresses.
It’s one thing for a front-end website to block you, it’s another to have validators stop processing any blocks of transactions you're in.
That my friends, is called censorship. And it was the first time it was happening at the protocol level.
And once the Merge happens, ~66% of all validators will be controlled by 5 companies - LIDO, Coinbase, Kraken, Staked, and Bitcoin Suisse.
All of them follow OFAC regulations.
So the million-dollar question is… what will each company do if OFAC forces them to start censoring transactions?
A/ Comply & censor at the protocol level
B/ Shut down the staking service & preserve Ethereum's network integrity
Twitter asked and Brian Armstrong responded.
In a nutshell - Brian says they’d possibly shut down their staking service if OFAC forced validators to comply.
A win for decentralization, for sure. But not so much of a win for those that staked ETH, although we think a company like Coinbase would make things right.
This is a big hypothetical, and something we hope doesn’t happen (we're about to OFAC around and find out), but it’s definitely something to think about.
SAM TRABUCCO STEPS DOWN AS CO-CEO OF ALAMEDA RESEARCH
Sam Trabucco has stepped down as co-CEO of Alameda Research. And to be honest, I didn’t know co-CEO was a thing that actually worked. You learn something new every day.
Alameda is a top crypto investment firm and liquidity provider. It was founded by the Crypto Fro himself, Sam Bankman-Fried.
As of last year, they managed $1b+ in digital assets and were trading billions per day. According to Messari, here are some of their holdings:
- $117m worth of ETH
- $541m worth of SOL
- $646m worth of UNI
What’s next? Sam plans to relax on his boat sippin’ Margaritas. And Caroline Ellison takes over as the only CEO.
TODAY'S EDITION IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY VANTA
I bet your sales reps hear this a lot. “we'd love to work with you but we need to understand your security procedures.”
You need to have "SOC 2" compliance. You've probably heard of it. Doing this yourself takes a ton of time.
The best SaaS tool to speed up the process is called Vanta.
- Save Time: Prove out your security posture is by getting SOC 2 compliant in 4 weeks
- Less Work: They write a 95-page doc for you so when enterprise customers ask for your security process, you'll have a doc called SOC 2 ready to send
- Grow Faster: You need this sort of security to grow revenues past $10m (no other way to get enterprises comfortable with security)
Coinstar (that big green kiosk in grocery stores) released a new feature that lets users buy crypto. People can now buy BTC, Doge, Lite, etc all at the kiosk.
A college professor has re-uploaded the Tornado Cash source code into Github. The reasoning? “All for the sake of academic research.”
M&Ms drop 3 limited edition Bored Ape-themed boxes. The most expensive one cost $100. Imagine being drunk one night and cracking into that box cause you’re hungry…
MEME OF THE DAY
That's a wrap for today. Stay thirsty and see ya tomorrow!
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VITALIK PIC OF THE DAY
20. Days. Left. Until. The. Merge.
DISCLAIMER: None of this is financial advice. This newsletter is strictly educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any assets or to make any financial decisions. Please be careful and do your own research.
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