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Charlie Lee Sums Up Litecoin’s 10 Years History. Part Two: Exchanges + Betrayal

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The creator of Litecoin, Charlie Lee, continues to guide us through memory lane. For part one, he took us through Litecoin’s fair launch. Considering the small number of projects that have managed to do this, it’s a pretty big achievement. Today, for part two, we’re going to cover the project’s relation with cryptocurrency exchanges. Charlie Lee wears his heart on his sleeve for this one, and tells a heartfelt story that ends up in betrayal. Can you feel the excitement in the air?

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This part of the story is all about relationships, connections, and the long road to credibility. It’s also about Charlie Lee’s resistance and willpower.

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of the story, though, a light detail that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Charlie Lee Gives Flowers To The Litecoin Logo Creators

There’s not much story to the logos, but it’s cool that Charlie Lee gives credit where credit is due. The first and the second one show evolution:

And the final one is a simplification of the second one:

That being said, let’s get back to the story.

LTC price chart for 10/09/2021 on Coinbase | Source: LTC/USD on TradingView.com

Litecoin’s Long Hard Road To Exchange Listings

This contradicts the title, but, in 2011 Litecoin was immediately listed in the defunct BTC-e. The site was a pretty successful cryptocurrency exchange that fell into disgrace when the US Justice Department accused them of laundering funds from the Mt. Gox hack, but that’s another story. Regarding Litecoin, Charlie Lee tells us that the listing, “helped a lot as miners had access to liquidity pretty quickly. Litecoin quickly become one of the most popular coin on BTC-e.

However, even though Lee “pretty much talked to all the exchanges to support LTC,” it was two years later that the second one listed Litecoin. Bitfinex took a chance on the nascent project, “This was a huge deal for Litecoin. It’s the first major exchange to support LTC.”

Then, Charlie Lee remember how he tried to get the CEO of Bitstamp to list them and he laughed him off. Only to list the coin in 2017. The same thing happened with BitPay, who ended up supporting Litecoin only this year. 

The Chinese exchanges, though, listed Litecoin from the beginning. “Sometime late 2012 to early 2013, 2 of the largest exchanges in China, Okcoin and Huobi, added support for LTC. That was huge.” A question arises, did Charlie Lee have to throw shade at those two exchanges this hard? “The trading volume was also pretty crazy, but unclear how much of that was fabricated.

Charlie Lee And Coinbase, A Love Story

So, in 2013 Charlie Lee steps down as Litecoin’s lead developer and leaves the job to Warren Togami. At the same time, he leaves a high-paying job at Google because they weren’t interested in anything crypto-related. That’s when Coinbase gets into the picture. Lee contacts them to see if they’re interested in listing Litecoin and they end up hiring him instead.

According to Charlie Lee, “Coinbase was the hot startup and THE crypto company that is making Bitcoin easy to use. I knew that if Bitcoin didn’t succeed, Litecoin wasn’t going anywhere either.” A cold hard truth that all of the Altcoins have to live with to this day. Besides that, Lee wanted to eventually convince Coinbase to support Litecoin. How could he not?

The Chinese connection paid off and the BTC China, lead by Charlie Lee’s brother, listed the coin. “Although it was a huge news, what took him so long?!,” asks Lee hilariously. Also notice that the banner that he mentions plays on the fact that Charlie and Bobby are brothers. 

In 2015, there were rumors that the infamous Mt. Gox exchange was going to list Litecoin. At the time, this was THE place to be. Charlie Lee finally confirms the story, “The rumors were actually true. I was talking to the CEO, Mark Karpelès almost on a daily basis in mid 2015.” However, the Mt. Gox hack was exposed before they materialized those plans. And all hell broke loose. “In hindsight, it was a blessing in disguise.”

Then, as it happens, things turned sour in the Charlie Lee and Coinbase romance.

The Brian Armstrong tweet he refers to says: “Ripple, Stellar, and Altcoins are all a distraction. Bitcoin is way too far ahead. We should be focused on bitcoin and sidechains.” Wow. What would the Brian Armstrong of the present say about that statement?

Anyway, in 2016 Litecoin’s trading volume was exploding in the Chinese exchanges and Charlie Lee saw his opportunity. “This was also when Ethereum was starting to get big. So I put together a proposal to Brian and Fred Ehrsam to add both LTC and ETH to Coinbase.” The proposal’s thesis was that, since people in the US had no easy way to buy, store, and trade those coins, there was “a lot of unsatisfied demand.” And Coinbase could make a lot of money. 

Here it is: betrayal. The two Coinbase executives broke Charlie Lee’s heart by accepting the proposal, but only for Ethereum. “Although I went along with the plan, it kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Litecoin had a much higher global trade volume at the time and was the #2 coin in marketcap.” A little while later, Lee took three months of Coinbase to focus on his project.

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In the next episode, Litecoin’s story intertwines with Bitcoin’s and the controversial Segwit implementation. We’re going to discover that Charlie Lee and his team were instrumental in this. How? Tune in to find out. 

 

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The NFT – Faith Connexion

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Over the years, Faith Connexion has been a trendsetter in fashion, creating thousands of street-wear garments seen on a number of A-List celebrities. With a style described as chic rock, edgy glamour or street couture, the brand’s clothing is sought by celebrities and trendsetters alike. This is because Faith Connexion stands out from the mainstream, representing an eclectic yet practical wardrobe for people who seek to showcase their individuality.

It was only a matter of time that a brand as innovative and creative as Faith Connexion launches its own NFT, under the name Faith Tribe. Iconic brands like Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga have jumped onto the NFT hype over the past year. But why the hype and what even is an NFT? NFTs are non-fungible tokens of digital content linked to the blockchain. To get one, you need a cryptocurrency wallet, through which you can purchase NFTs on an NFT marketplace. Since NFTs are non-fungible, they are exclusive and not mutually exchangeable, unlike fungible assets (such as Bitcoin). A brand can either release exclusive NFTs, where there is only one copy of the digital work or an exclusive NFT with multiple copies.

At the Art Basel Fair in Miami Beach, Faith Tribe launched its very own NFT initiative and token. However, its NFT release will come with a special spin, unseen from any other brand. Faith Tribe will be launching ten NFT collectibles that will be paired with the brand’s most iconic garments. The garments will be displayed and then sold in Faith Tribe’s showroom during the Art Basel Fair, with the garments embedded with NFT tags that prove ownership upon scanning.

Faith Tribes’ NFTs at Art Basel were complemented with designer sketches and related media. The brand will also potentially invite NFT owners to exclusive virtual and live events. So buyers of Faith Tribe’s NFTs at the Art Basel Fair will not only be purchasing an iconic garment from the brand but will also be purchasing the garment’s story, with the sketches revealing how the garment came to life. They’ll be purchasing a part of Faith Connexion’s history, as the NFTs will be the first of likely many that the brand will introduce. They will also be buying access to the brand’s future, through exclusive invitations to brand events. We want in on this and you should too. Buying one of Faith Tribe’s NFTs doesn’t just mean ownership of a piece of digital work. It means an exclusive, multifaceted and memorable experience, and that’s what the brand’s about. Individuality, excitement and uniqueness.

Faith Tribe’s initiative at Art Basel will be the prelude to the launch of its own token, and its own online marketplace and open-source creative platform, “Faith Tribe”. Faith Tribe will enable users to select a clothing template from more than 10,000 Faith Connexion garments in its archive as a base for their own garment design. Users can then upload their own designs and even set prices, auctions and royalty fees. Faith Tribe’s exclusive token will be used to mint the NFT, with designers and users being able to sell and buy designs on the Faith Tribe marketplace. Designs can be bought and sold with their token. Behind the idea of Faith Tribe, is Faith Connexion’s innate desire to democratize fashion and enable everyone to showcase and profit from their talent, true to its modus operandi of thinking outside of the box.

The Art Basel Fair in Miami will take place in early December for those — rightfully — seeking to get their hands on Faith Tribe’s NFTs.

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Ethereum Lacks Momentum Above $4,200, But Dips Likely To Be Limited

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Ethereum is facing resistance near the $4,250 zone against the US Dollar. ETH must stay above $4,000 to start a steady increase in the near term.

  • Ethereum started a recovery wave after a major drop below $4,000.
  • The price is now trading below $4,250 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a key bullish trend line forming with support near $4,150 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken).
  • The pair could start a fresh rally if there is a clear break above $4,250 and the 100 hourly SMA.

Ethereum Price Recovers Losses

Ethereum started a major decline after it broke the $4,250 support. ETH broke the $4,000 and $3,800 support levels. It traded as low as $3,327 and recently started an upside correction.

There was a break above the $3,800 and $4,000 resistance levels. Ether price even climbed above the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent drop from the $4,662 swing high to $3,327 low. However, it is still trading below $4,250 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Besides, there is a key bullish trend line forming with support near $4,150 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. An initial resistance on the upside is near the $4,200 level. The first major resistance is near the $4,250 level.

The next major hurdle is near the $4,350 level. It is near the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the recent drop from the $4,662 swing high to $3,327 low.

Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com

A clear move above the $4,250 and $4,350 levels could send the price further higher. The next major resistance is near the $4,500 level. Any more gains could lift the price towards the $4,650 resistance zone in the near term.

Fresh Drop in ETH?

If ethereum fails to start a fresh increase above the $4,250 level, it could start another decline. An initial support on the downside is near the $4,150 level and the trend line.

A downside break below the $4,150 support zone might start a steady decline. In the stated case, the price may perhaps decline towards the $4,000 level. The next major breakdown support is $3,820, below which the price could decline towards $3,650.

Technical Indicators

Hourly MACDThe MACD for ETH/USD is gaining pace in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSIThe RSI for ETH/USD is now well above the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $4,150

Major Resistance Level – $4,250

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TA: Bitcoin Settles Below $50K, What Could Initiate A Fresh Rally

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Bitcoin declined heavily and it even spiked towards $40K against the US Dollar. BTC is recovering, but it must clear $50K for a steady increase in the near term.

  • Bitcoin is attempting a recovery wave above the $47,000 and $47,500 levels.
  • The price is now trading below $50,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a key bullish trend line forming with support near $48,600 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair could start a decent upward move if there is a clear break above $50,000.

Bitcoin Price is Recovering Losses

Bitcoin price failed to stay above the $52,000 and $50,000 support levels. BTC declined heavily and broke many important supports near the $48,000 level.

It even dived below the $45,000 level and traded close to the $40,000 level. A low was formed near $40,150 and the price is now recovering losses. It climbed above the $45,000 resistance zone. There was a break above the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $57,688 swing high to $40,150 low.

It is now trading below $50,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There is also a key bullish trend line forming with support near $48,600 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.

An immediate resistance on the upside is near the $49,600 level. The first major resistance is near the $60,000 level. The next major resistance is near $50,900. It is close to the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $57,688 swing high to $40,150 low.

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

A clear break above the $50,900 resistance zone could open the doors for more upsides. The next key resistance is near the $52,500 level, above which the price could rise steadily. The next stop for the bulls may possibly be near the $53,500 level.

More Losses In BTC?

If bitcoin fails to clear the $50,000 resistance zone, it could extend losses. An immediate support on the downside is near the $48,500 level.

The first major support is now forming near the $47,500 level. A downside break below the $47,500 support may perhaps start a sharp decline. The next stop for the bears might be $55,000.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is now losing pace in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is currently near the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $48,500, followed by $45,000.

Major Resistance Levels – $50,000, $50,900 and $52,500.

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