I have been astonished as you know by the growth of crypto.
I remember back in 2017 when I noticed that Stocktwits message volume on Bitcoin ($BTC.X) surpassed that of $SPY. I knew Bitcoin was here to stay and Bitcoin went on to $19,000 before heading into its bear market.
Today Bitcoin is near $50,000.
Back in November of 2020, something new started to happen on Stocktwits with respect to crypto.
After the close on Friday until the open of the futures on Sunday, all Stocktwits trending tickers turned crypto. The weekend messages on Stocktwits have increased 400 percent.
That has continued each weekend.
This is not a bubble…it is a sea change.
I am extremely confident there is enough capital and profits in the digital/crypto world that will never make it back to the physical world that the pace of development and spend will continue to accelerate.
I had the pleasure of chatting with fintech entrepreneur – and more importantly fellow Arizona State University alum – Jason Gardner on this weeks episode of Panic with Friends. Jason and I were originally introduced through our mutual friend and former Panic guest Ryan Gilbert. While it was fun to reminisce about our time at ASU on this episode, it was even more fun to talk about fintech and Jason’s insights on this booming sector.
Jason is at the center of all things fintech. His unicorn company Marqeta, Inc. is “the world’s first open API modern card issuing platform,” which basically means his company makes your payments a whole lot easier. You probably already use Marqeta without even realizing it, with clients such as Uber, Instacart and DoorDash to name a few. In this episode, Jason and I talk about how he got interested in fintech, Marqeta’s origin and success story, open APIs, building capital, neobanks, China, Bitcoin and more.
NFT’s are are unique items that live on the blockchain. They can be intangible or tangible. They can embed smart contracts and different other forms of licensing and business logic as well. I call it the “internet of cool shit”, but others have called it the “internet of value”, “internet of art”, or the “internet of collectibles”. I personally think this is the killer app for crypto.
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Off we go…
Oh boy…the markets keep giving. Don’t ask too many questions. It will get much harder one day.
This week is a bigly week for earnings. Stay on your toes. Stocktwits has an earnings calendar.
Here is the Stocktwits 25 which you can get free each weekend if you follow @stocktwits on Stocktwits or Twitter. It is where I start my weekly momentum work.
I will keep trying to ride the momentum and will keep this week’s post short. I shared a few new ideas in this week’s episode. I like the setups in $EBAY and hate to say it Goldman’s Sack continues to look like a big move higher is still to come. The margins the banks make for helping clients raise money over Zoom is not something they will let go of anytime soon. Less meals, less travel…more margins.
I just don’t believe that the end of COVID will hurt the poster children of COVID stocks – Docusign and Zoom (long $ZM).
The signs are all over the tape. Interest rates continue to spike. Soft and hard commodities haven’t been this strong in more than 15 years. The U.S. Dollar is in a downtrend. Stock markets around the world are in an uptrend led by small caps. It could be the new fiscal stimulus or the expectations for the Fed to remain accommodating for the foreseeable future or the vaccinations to end the virus sooner than most believe, but back-to-normal stocks continue to be on fire – airlines, hotels, travelling agencies, leisure stocks in general, oil & gas, financials, industrial metals like copper, nickel, steel, lithium, etc. In the meantime, many of the large and mega-cap stocks which are considered a sure thing in the long-term (AMZN, AAPL, MSFT, FB, NFLX, GOOGL, V, MA, etc), are showing clear relative weakness. The narrative has changed at least for the time being.
The stock market is often acting counter-intuitively. After all, who in his/her right mind would consider buying airlines that are still operating at half capacity and are dependent on government help and sell Apple and Amazon which are reporting record numbers? And yet, this is what is currently happening. The market is looking 6-12 months ahead and trying to discount a different story. The market doesn’t always end up being correct but between the process of discounting the future and the confirmation or rejection of it by reality, many stocks can go up 2-10x. This is why we pay attention to price action. The only things that change are the tickers of the leading stocks; their patterns remain the same.
Have a great week.
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An old ‘what is a platform?‘ couple of tweets stood out:
16/ @Benthompson talks about the famous “Bill Gates Line”: A platform is when the economic value of everybody that uses it, exceeds the value of the company that creates it. Then it’s a platform.”
17/ For years, $Fintwit joked that Twitter is the best example or a platform (and therefore the worst business) because the value it creates is so, so, so enormously above what it captures. And it’s growing. Reason why @DanielSLoeb1, @plaffon and SAC joined Twitter last 6 months
It is always very gratifying seeing great investors discover Twitter’s ($fintwit) magic more than 14 years after I did and was inspired to start Stocktwits…this time Dan Loeb:
I still believe Twitter is a poorly run company, but you can hide a lot of slippage when the markets are bidding ‘rare digital assets’ to the moon… and Twitter’s rare, digital platform is priceless at the moment.
I promise you will enjoy this fun conversation I had with Harley Finkelstein the long time Shopify President.
What’s the Panic About:
I’ll jump on any opportunity to bring a fellow Jewish Canadian who shares my love of startups and tech on as a podcast guest. So after sliding into Shopify president Harley Finkelstein’s Twitter DMs and a couple calls later, I got to do just that. Harley’s hustle, spirit and overall success story perfectly embody Shopify’s mission. At only 35 years old, Harley is leading a company that has collectively driven more than $40 billion worth of sales and holds the title of “second largest check-out in America” after Amazon. On top of that, the stock currently sits at approximately $1,400. Not too shabby! But Harley doesn’t want Shopfiy to just be an e-commerce/retail company; he wants it to be the go-to place for entrepreneurs. Shopify has become one of those companies I feel like I understand. I hope after listening to this episode you’ll also understand Shopify and why I love it so much. In this episode, Harley and I chat about Shopify’s journey and success, his career path, law school, turning passion projects into the next big thing, scalability, the evolution of e-commerce and retail, entrepreneurship and more. Enjoy!