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The cryptocurrency community has done a poor job of evaluating privacy. We are even worse at explaining the tradeoffs of different implementations to regular users.
Ledger databases, not blockchain, is the enterprise community's path forward in this new tech era.
Because we have yet to see how a novel digital asset performs during a world-wide financial crisis, there are plenty of theories around the fate of bitcoin during the next crash.
Looking in the rear-view mirror of 2018 not only offers us a moment of reflection, but shows us what’s plausible for the year ahead.
The historic under-focus on governance systems may be due to the fact that governance concerns are perceived to be about the future. But there more immediate than we'd like to believe.
Ethereum disk bloat anxiety is a non-issue, but it's a nuanced topic that's led to misleading, sensationalist headlines.
Decentralization isn’t a “bad” word — it’s just a marketing phrase. The ultimate goal of most of these networks is to reach some degree of decentralization, but to call something “decentralized” is a bit misleading.
As you’ve probably realized by now, we don’t actually own any of our stuff online—Twitter handles, Facebook friends lists, bank accounts, items in video games, event tickets—they’re constantly on-loan from companies.
Critically, one has to understand that not all stablecoins are built the same.
There's a new threat on the horizon, one which the advertising industry is woefully prepared for.
There are two factions within Austrian Economics: There’s the “full reserve banking” faction, and the “fractional reserve banking” faction.
Reputation, on the Internet, has been warped for a very simple reason: we don’t know what the systems to derive reputation look like on a global scale.
If you’ve gotten into Bitcoin, you’ve probably heard the term “Austrian Economics.” Because The Austrian School underpins much of the sound money narrative, I want to give a short primer on Austrian Economics.
An overview of all of the different options that issuers have when launching their token, and the pros and cons of each.
In the crypto space, it’s important to follow where the developers are going, and I’ve been excited to see this through the lens of the Ethereum community.
Crypto investing teams are going to have to be multidisciplinary. It’s not just about having investors and sourcers anymore.
Before diving into specific career paths, let me ask you three important questions to start noodling on.
There's a tendency to throw around the term Sound Money without really knowing what it means, so here's a primer on what it is, where it comes from, and why it matters.
Declarative contracts align the structure of the contract implementation with the reality of the chain by defining exactly what state modifications are permissible, and letting the user modify state directly.
Paul Krugman is wrong -- money should optimize for thoroughness and security, not efficiency.
Before we can achieve efficient and unbiased policy outcomes, actors in the cryptocurrency industry must first acknowledge the discrepancy in incentives and desired policy.
2018 is on track to being the busiest year ever for crypto hacks. As of June of this year, losses from crypto attacks were estimated to total around $2.3 billion, and hackers have shown no signs of slowing down.
Capitalism is based on persons allocating scarce resources to exchange work in a competitive market - with profit maximization being the only goal. This competitive drive took us to new heights, but we're now trending towards a different future.
Crypto has a bit of a narrative problem. When talking about Why Crypto Matters and where The Big Opportunity is, people often begin from different assumptions and have different ends in mind.
From a founder’s perspective, there remain universal company-building fundamentals that apply whether or not your project comes with a token.
A guide on specific trading behaviors that manipulate crypto markets.
While we spend a lot of time discussing the potential price, timing, or causal event for the next bull turn, a more interesting and ultimately relevant question is what market narrative will drive it?
At this point in time, it’s apparent that the reason Bitcoin is resilient may not be in the code itself, but, rather, in its behavioral and psychological implications.
It might come as a bit of a surprise that when people ask what formulas I’m using to value cryptoassets, I don’t have a clean answer -- and that’s not for a lack of thinking about it.
While historically fiscal policy like taxation has been enforced by governments, blockchains and cryptoeconomics can also be leveraged to coordinate adherence to publicly-defined social contracts.
MyCrypto doesn’t have analytics on any of our sites. This wasn’t an oversight—we decided not implement them early on.
Grin is a new privacy and scalability-focused cryptocurrency that is likely to debut in early 2019. There are several properties unique to Grin that make the project interesting.
I see many teams in the industry today make the common Field of Dreams mistake: “If you build it and call it decentralized, they will come.” But adoption - and understanding - of crypto isn’t going to happen by itself.
The language we use to describe things shapes our understanding of those things. This isn’t a new insight, but it’s one worth repeating. Allowing labels rich in implication to attach themselves to new concepts is dangerous.
Put yourself in the shoes of one of the 1637 projects listed on CoinMarketCap — how are you going to differentiate yourself? Building an exceptional community is paramount to becoming a winning cryptocurrency, and there's a playbook for doing so.
As we think about governance in crypto, it's critical to understand the history of politics and law - because governance is inherently about human nature and behavior.
The irony of the ICO boom of 2017-2018 is that some of the fastest and, frankly, easiest risk capital in technology history is poised to be followed by a period of unprecedented demand for verifiable operational excellence.
In an often-referenced post by Chris Dixon, Chris cites that “The reason big new things sneak by incumbents is that the next big thing always starts out being dismissed as a toy.
There’s a lot of stress out there in the cryptocurrency world right now but you probably don’t need me to tell you that. Like the rest of us, you likely live on social media and consume as much cryptocurrency content as possible.
New inflows: The best fundamental indicator when evaluating crypto networks.
Teams aiming to ship cryptographic protocols are facing the problem of attracting top talent to work with them. There is an opportunity to bring together top multidisciplinary talent in a way that is in service of multiple protocol projects.
If you've been paying attention to the cryptoasset landscape recently, you've likely seen the narrative rapidly switch from companies running utility token Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), to Security Token Offerings (STOs).
The Idea Execution Paradox is a phenomenon where a company with an unreleased product has a much easier time increasing the price of its cryptocurrency token than a company with a working product.
The conventional wisdom around cryptocurrencies is that they are a revolutionary new payment platform that is censorship-resistant, fast, and trustlessly secure. I'd like to challenge this.
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