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Weekly Wrap Up #26

Quote of the Week: “Bitcoin’s having one of its worst starts [to a new year] ever… But you have to get used to it, just like you had to get used to Amazon, where it would have these 30% to 50% corrections, same thing with Bitcoin.”-  Kevin O’Leary. Source:  https://finance.yahoo.com/news/shark-tanks-kevin-o-leary-thinks-2022-is-the-year-of-nfts-155511888.html

Alpha Sigma Capital Research: This week Alpha Sigma Capital Research published an update on Splinterlands “SPS”.  Read the report here. The next installment of What You Need to Learn About series covered The Metaverse. Read the article here.

GameStop NFT Division?  Gamestop has supposedly now hired over 20 people to operate its NFT division and is in the process of securing partnerships with cryptocurrency firms for NFT game development. As a result of this news, GameStop shares increased 26% in the after-hours trade. Apparently, GameStop’s NFT platform will allow for the buying, selling, and trading of gaming NFTs and is set to launch this year. Source:  https://cointelegraph.com/news/gamestop-shares-jump-26-in-after-hours-trade-after-nft-division-unveiled

International Regulation Featuring Pakistan: The government and central bank of Pakistan want to ban the use of cryptocurrencies, declaring them illegal. A document, the first clear position taken by the central bank, was submitted to a provincial court that would declare cryptocurrencies to be illegal. Source:

https://www.coindesk.com/policy/2022/01/13/pakistan-plans-to-ban-cryptocurrencies-as-stance-hardens-reports/

Disney and The Metaverse: Disney’s patent was recently approved for a “virtual-world simulator” that would create interactive attractions for theme park visitors. The patented technology would allow for the generation and projection of personalized 3D effects on physical spaces, walls, and objects in the entertainment park. Source:

https://cointelegraph.com/news/disney-patents-technology-for-a-theme-park-metaverse

Bitcoin Update:  Although the value of Bitcoin has dipped in 2022, on January 12, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rallied after news revealed that the United States Inflation Rate increased by 7% year-over-year in December.

Sources:

https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/bitcoin/

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bitcoin-rallies-u-inflation-hits-140726639.html

Samsung and The Metaverse:  Samsung has launched its metaverse store in Decentraland. The metaverse store is a virtual replica of a real-world store in New York City. The virtual store is meant to enhance customer interaction during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that is deterring people from entering its physical stores. The metaverse store will only be accessible for a limited period of time.  Source:  https://cointelegraph.com/news/samsung-launches-metaverse-store-in-decentraland

And, that’s a wrap!

Jordana Cohen,

Associate

Alpha Sigma Capital

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F. Daniel Siciliano is an Independent Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Chair of the American Immigration Council. He is the former faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and former Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and for 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside leading academics and business leaders such as Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, and Carl Icahn, Professor Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

Siciliano was also co-founder, CEO and ultimately Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology company named 9 consecutive times to the Inc. 500/5000, several times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest-growing private software companies in the US and named to the US Hispanic Business 500 (largest) and Hispanic Business 100 (fastest growing) lists for 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he sold a majority stake of the company to PNC Riverarch Capital, continued as Executive Chairman, and led the sale of the company to Hyland Software/Thoma Bravo in 2015.

Siciliano is a co-founder and board member of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX), Chairman of the national non-partisan American Immigration Council, past-President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #1057, and an active member of the Latino Corporate Directors’ Association.


Siciliano’s related areas of expertise include executive compensation, corporate compliance, the legal and social impact of autonomous (AI/robotic) systems, and corporate technology strategy and security. He has served as a governance consultant and trainer to the Board of Directors of dozens of Fortune 1000 companies (including Google, Microsoft, Fedex, Disney, Entergy and Applied Materials), is an angel investor and consultant to several firms and companies in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, India, and Latin America, and currently serves as an independent director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He lives in Los Altos, California.