Please share if you find this article interesting. What Do We Do With All This Money? Wendy Xiao Schadeck is a venture investor at Northzone, based in New York City. She has been following the blockchain space closely, focusing on the behavioral perspective. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. With $4 billion in capital raised in ICOs, and very little utility value to show for it, it's tempting to call token offerings a bubble. However, the more likely truth is that the same forces that gave rise to today's paradigm-shifting technologies (see: Carlota Perez's definitive book) are at play in the world of crypto. And that while we may be entering bubble territory, the key difference between tulips and crypto is how speculative capital
Please share if you find this article interesting. Video: Joe Lubin on Building One of Blockchain's Biggest Startups Video: Joe Lubin on Building One of Blockchain's Biggest Startups Jan 1, 2018 at 18:55 UTC VIDEO This article is an entry in CoinDesk's Most Influential in Blockchain 2017 series. Blockchain may be an early-stage technology, but it's big business already. In this video interview, ConsenSys CEO, and one of CoinDesk's Most Influential people, Joe Lubin discusses his company's explosive growth, the value of cryptocurrencies and the social impact of his startup's work. How do we go from analog to digital finance? And what does this distributed future look like? Read our featured article here or hear his story in his own words below: [embedded content] V
Please share if you find this article interesting. Video: How ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees Makes Sense of Crypto Assets Video: How ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees Makes Sense of Crypto Assets Jan 1, 2018 at 17:01 UTC VIDEO This is an entry in CoinDesk's Most Influential in Blockchain 2017 series. It turns out the head of one of the cryptocurrency industry's most innovative exchanges is a bit like the rest of us when it comes to making sense of the new world of digital assets. In an exclusive video with CoinDesk, ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees discusses what separates one crypto from another and how they go from idea to a listing on his signature swapping service. How did he go from bitcoin maximalist to free market enabler? And what's in store for the market in 2017? R
Please share if you find this article interesting. Video: Bitcoin or Litecoin? Charlie Lee on Which Crypto Had a Better 2017 Video: Bitcoin or Litecoin? Charlie Lee on Which Crypto Had a Better 2017 Jan 1, 2018 at 15:30 UTC VIDEO This is an entry in CoinDesk's Most Influential in Blockchain 2017 series. The creator of the world's sixth-largest cryptocurrency believes it's a bit of a draw. While litecoin outperformed in the markets, Lee says not to write off bitcoin's technical improvements. In this exclusive CoinDesk interview, Lee talks about ICOs, his philosophy toward blockchain technology and how we sees the blockchain industry will look in 2030. Read our feature article or hear Lee in his own words below: [embedded content] Video by Ali Powell at 40 Thieves F
Please share if you find this article interesting. Video: Bitcoin Sign Guy Tells All About Infamous Janet Yellen Photobomb Video: Bitcoin Sign Guy Tells All About Infamous Janet Yellen Photobomb Jan 1, 2018 at 14:40 UTC VIDEO This is an entry in CoinDesk's Most Influential in Blockchain 2017 series. He might never spend a summer in D.C. again, but he made this one count. In an exclusive video interview, CoinDesk recaps the July day when an anonymous bitcoiner scratched his manifesto on a legal pad, stuck his finger in the eye of the powers that be and went from man to meme. Why was he there? What were his motives? Read our feature article and hear from our Most Influential person in his own words below: [embedded content] Video by Ali Powell at 40 Thieves Films.
Please share if you find this article interesting. Bitcoin Sign Guy This is an entry in CoinDesk's Most Influential in Blockchain 2017 series. "If I talk like this, am I loud enough to be heard?" It's an ironic statement from a man who became famous without saying anything at all. Steps from San Francisco's gleaming City Hall, the internet sensation better known as "Bitcoin Sign Guy" struggles with a microphone as he tries to recall the day when he boldly thrust out a yellow legal pad behind a sitting Federal Reserve chair and became perhaps the crypto world's most famous meme. But whereas he made the decision to take out a pen on that now-infamous July day (going from idea to action in little more than 30 seconds, he says), he's less natural when talking about the particulars. ...
Please share if you find this article interesting. 2017: A Defining Year for Cryptocurrency Regulation In a year of soaring cryptocurrency prices and countless initial coin offerings, it's perhaps unsurprising that, over the course of 2017, regulators worldwide stepped in to define how they would oversee what had been to date a legally murky environment. From China's crackdown on exchanges to the SEC's report on The DAO, 2017 was perhaps one of the most significant years to date on the regulatory front. Indeed, the year saw regulators from many of the world's leading economies issue investor alerts and cautionary statements about financial use cases for the tech. The past two months especially have seen growing activity on the ICO funding model, as seen by bans in major Asian cou...
Please share if you find this article interesting. Where Are All the Quick Wins for Blockchain? Tom Klein is the founder of BusinessBlock, a consulting firm focused on creating real blockchain value for organizations and driving operational excellence with early-stage technologies. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. Do you really want to wait until 2022 for blockchain to benefit your organization? In 2017, much of the focus was on vision setting, long-term projects and the sizzle of cryptocurrencies. We also got CryptoKitties, a star of 2017 blockchain usage that is cute and fun, but of limited benefit. As someone who joined the community because of the technology and social impact, the vision is compelling, but nowhere near suffici
Please share if you find this article interesting. China on a Blockchain? Maybe in 2018 Chun Yin Cheung is a partner in PwC China's risk assurance practice, based in the Shanghai office, and a committee member of VeChain Foundation. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review, and represents the author's personal view, not necessarily the opinions of his employer. In 2018, I forecast China will surprise the world (again) and change the crypto world. I personally believe in 2018 China will be the first major country to launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC), and that we will also see a large-scale blockchain implementation in the retail and logistic industry with a blockchain solution developed by Chinese companies. Now, I'll unpack my
Please share if you find this article interesting. What DAO? Charting Ether's Epic 2017 Price Climb For ether, the cryptocurrency that powers the ethereum network, 2016 was defined in part by the creation and subsequent collapse of The DAO, the blockchain-based investment vehicle that raised more than $150 million at then-current prices. Yet as 2017 comes to a close, the cryptocurrency is closing the books on a banner year for its value, having surged from less than $10 one year ago to more than $700 as of press time. Buoyed by the overall growth of the cryptocurrency market. In this article, we look at some of the major market moments seen in the past 12 months, culminating with the cryptocurrency's temporary push above $800. Slow start Ether was in a rough spot as 2016 came t...