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On Greed and Growing Up: Why Crypto Looks A Lot Like Wall Street

On Greed and Growing Up: Why Crypto Looks A Lot Like Wall Street

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Please share if you find this article interesting. On Greed and Growing Up: Why Crypto Looks A Lot Like Wall Street Jill is an independent advisor and consultant working on everything from early-stage token ventures to initiatives at large institutions. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review opinion series. I first seriously heard about cryptocurrency while I was working on Wall Street. This was in 2013. I was trading Argentine credit. One of my local brokers in Buenos Aires wanted to know if I had knew anything about bitcoin. Argentina, at the time, had been locked out of capital markets for over a decade. The peso, ostensibly pegged to the US dollar, traded at a discount on the ground, leaving locals hungry for other stores of value. C
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2017 Was Bitcoin’s Year. 2018 Will Be Ethereum’s

2017 Was Bitcoin’s Year. 2018 Will Be Ethereum’s

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Please share if you find this article interesting. 2017 Was Bitcoin's Year. 2018 Will Be Ethereum's Jez San is CEO of FunFair Technologies, an ethereum-powered casino platform. A vocal supporter and critic of blockchain technologies, San was also a pioneer in real-time, 3D games. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review series. As a long time investor in bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, 2017 has been remarkable. But it's important to remember, this is really just the beginning. Despite the valuations, major protocols remain deficient in delivering value to users. Bitcoin with it's high fees and slow transaction times is hardly suitable for payments – spending the same fee whether you buy a coffee or send $100,000 is a joke and the promise of
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Bitcoin’s Real 2018 Bottleneck

Bitcoin’s Real 2018 Bottleneck

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Bitcoin's Real 2018 Bottleneck Ariel Deschapell is a full-stack javascript developer teaching at the Ironhack coding bootcamp, and a Henry Hazlitt fellow in Digital Development at the Foundation for Economic Education. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. After a year of explosive price growth, forks, failed forks and more, there is much that can be said about bitcoin in 2017. Massive strides were taken, and much has been learned. However, as we push further into uncharted waters, what happens from this point onward continues to be just as divisive a topic as ever. Underlying both much of the year’s drama and continued future uncertainty is a simple question: Can bitcoin scale as it c
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Editable Blockchains? Mining Futures? 2017 Saw Crypto Patents Pile Up

Editable Blockchains? Mining Futures? 2017 Saw Crypto Patents Pile Up

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Editable Blockchains? Mining Futures? 2017 Saw Crypto Patents Pile Up The past 12 months have seen a range of patent applications focused on cryptocurrency or blockchain applications, including some from notable firms such as banking giant Bank of America and credit scoring giant FICO. In sum, the flow of patent filings witnessed in the last year demonstrates that some of these major businesses are seriously weighing how the tech could change how they operate – or, at the very least, serve as a basis for new intellectual property. Below, we look at some of the more notable (and proposed) uses of the technology from the past year, from the controversial rewriteable blockchain to a proposed system for exchanging cryptocurrencies fr
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A Central Bank Cryptocurrency? Not in 2018

A Central Bank Cryptocurrency? Not in 2018

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Please share if you find this article interesting. A Central Bank Cryptocurrency? Not in 2018 JP Koning is an avid blogger covering monetary economics and the history of money on his blog Moneyness.  The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. Central banks may be the 800-pound gorillas of the financial universe, but they have largely kept their hands off of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, preferring to monitor developments from a distance. Will that change in 2018? Some have speculated that 2018 will be the year that central banks start to add bitcoins to their balance sheets. I don't think so. Here's why: Your average bitcoin buyer has dramatically different goals from your average central banker. Bitcoin buyers want to earn 10,000 per
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The Death of the ICO (And 4 Other 2018 Predictions)

The Death of the ICO (And 4 Other 2018 Predictions)

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Please share if you find this article interesting. The Death of the ICO (And 4 Other 2018 Predictions) Stefan Thomas is chief technical officer at Ripple and co-creator of the Interledger payment protocol. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. If 2017 was the year of the ICO, 2018 will be the year of the great ICO hangover. It will also be the year major financial institutions adopt digital assets, and mark the birth of hybrid blockchains. 1. The death of the ICO token "Cryptocurrency" became a major buzzword in 2017. Suddenly, all eyes were on these new assets with speculators jumping into the market in droves and regulators heavily scrutinizing them. In fact, in early December, the combined market capitalization of all digital curren
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My Advice for ICOs? I’m Sorry I Was Right…

My Advice for ICOs? I’m Sorry I Was Right…

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Please share if you find this article interesting. My Advice for ICOs? I'm Sorry I Was Right… Jason Seibert, esq. leads a small law practice focusing on securities fraud, transactions and fiduciary duties, and host of the "I'm Not Your Lawyer" podcast. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. Since 2015, people have asked me what I think about all kinds of things in the crypto-securities world. After working on the SEC v. Shavers case, I had the opportunity to speak at several locations, and to consult with a lot of businesses. Each time, I would calmly explain that initial coin offerings, so-called ICOs, were securities offerings. The response would range from outrage to unmeasured vitriol. I recall speaking in Las Vegas at a conference
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2017: The Year Blockchain Got Weird

2017: The Year Blockchain Got Weird

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Please share if you find this article interesting. 2017: The Year Blockchain Got Weird Sarah Friend (@isthisanart_) is a software engineer working at a blockchain development studio. When not doing that, she creates games and interactive experiences that explore privacy and transparency and the political and environmental implications of technology.  This article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review opinion series. 2017 was a lot of things – a year of unprecedented environmental catastrophe, an ongoing political trash fire, the year that made more crypto-millionaires than any year previous… Another way to remember the past year is calling it "the year weird blockchain broke." But what is weird blockchain you might ask? The etymology comes the "weird Faceboo
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What Comes After the Futures? The Next Chapter for Bitcoin

What Comes After the Futures? The Next Chapter for Bitcoin

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Please share if you find this article interesting. What Comes After the Futures? The Next Chapter for Bitcoin Charles Hayter is a former equities analyst at Citi and the CEO and co-founder at CryptoCompare.com, an informational resource for the world of cryptocurrencies. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review series. On the ninth anniversary of Satoshi Nakamoto's white paper, one of the world's most respected derivatives providers, the CME Group, announced it would launch a regulated bitcoin futures market. Not to be understated, this was a pivotal moment in bitcoin's history, and quite simply, the future has never been brighter. It's safe to say that 2017 has been a remarkable year. Almost every single metric of adoption has shown signs
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Utility: The Defining Word for Tokens in 2018

Utility: The Defining Word for Tokens in 2018

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Utility: The Defining Word for Tokens in 2018 Shawn Wilkinson is the co-founder and chief strategy officer at Storj Labs where he oversees strategy, vision and architecture for the Storj network. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. It's pretty clear that 2017 was the year of the token. Whether you're reading the news, attending a trade show or just minding your own business working in your preferred coffee shop, you don't have to venture far to hear someone talking about another token sale. There are now more than 1,000 different digital tokens. Keeping all this in perspective, it's no shock to anyone that the crypto community faces ever-increasing scrutiny, with regulation in its va