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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
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Poof, Your Money’s Gone: Building for a New Wave of Blockchain Users

Poof, Your Money’s Gone: Building for a New Wave of Blockchain Users

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Poof, Your Money's Gone: Building for a New Wave of Blockchain Users Taylor Monahan is the founder of MyEtherWallet, an open-source, client-side interface for generating ethereum wallets and interacting with the ethereum blockchain. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review series. It's easy to ignore how simple things are today, and even easier to miss how much larger things will be tomorrow. We underestimate, misestimate, write off exponential as linear and react to the five-minute candlesticks as if they are the whole picture. Everything is relative. Unless we zoom out, we won't see that peaks are growing taller each day, nor that the valleys are barely blips given full context. When we
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Cleaning Up the Crypto Markets: A Job for 2018

Cleaning Up the Crypto Markets: A Job for 2018

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Cleaning Up the Crypto Markets: A Job for 2018 Scott Ryan is a credit analyst and avid follower of the cryptocurrency markets. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. First things first: I'm quite fond of the Wild West environment in which we currently operate – the excitement and uncertainty are unparalleled by a night at the casino, let alone the current debt and equity markets. And while the current environment is wrought with misinformation, pump-and-dump traders and scam coins, at the same time, it's bursting at the seams with innovation, partnerships with blue-chip corporations and thought leaders of the modern era. Finding a treasure after sifting through so much garbage is exhila
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Stocks That Soared On Crypto News Are Also Sinking Today

Stocks That Soared On Crypto News Are Also Sinking Today

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Stocks That Soared On Crypto News Are Also Sinking Today Today's cryptocurrency market plunge has ensnared the prices of several publicly-traded companies that in recent days have sought to tout their work with cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Firms like Long Island Iced Tea (which this week declared that it would rebrand as "Long Blockchain Corp"), Riot Blockchain and LongFin are down, according to available market data. The developments are a notable one, given that the past days have seen numerous reports about little-known firms – some of which specialized in the sale of, say, iced tea or electronic trading tools – that see their stock prices jump virtually overnight once they announce that they are moving to develop products
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Buying Bitcoin? Investment Funds Will Be on the Blockchain, Too

Buying Bitcoin? Investment Funds Will Be on the Blockchain, Too

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Buying Bitcoin? Investment Funds Will Be on the Blockchain, Too Mona El Isa is co-founder and member of the board at Melonport AG, a decentralized digital asset management platform, and a former VP of equities trading at Goldman Sachs. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. Imagine a future where humans play a minimal role in setting up, regulating and reporting regulatory requirements of investment funds, where the process is underpinned by reliable, cutting-edge technology. It's a future that's not as far away as you might think, and it's not being built by an existing bank or institution that you will have heard of. Instead, it is being built by a new group of technical pioneers who
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Jamming on Economics: What Comes After Crypto’s Summer of Love

Jamming on Economics: What Comes After Crypto’s Summer of Love

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Jamming on Economics: What Comes After Crypto's Summer of Love Ryan Zurrer is principal and venture partner at Polychain Capital, where he leads investments in decentralized blockchain protocols and distributed projects. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. If 2017 is to be remembered as a time when cryptographic tokens enabled novel distributed network concepts and significant capital was raised, 2018 will bring more maturity in crypto-economic systems and decentralized applications. With that in mind, I have been calling summer 2017 the "Summer of Crypto Love." Here in San Francisco, it was the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love" – a magical unique moment where artists and inte
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All of the Top 20 Cryptocurrencies Hit Record Highs This Week

All of the Top 20 Cryptocurrencies Hit Record Highs This Week

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Please share if you find this article interesting. All of the Top 20 Cryptocurrencies Hit Record Highs This Week Each of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization hit an all-time price high in the past four days, according to market data. Data site OnChainFX reports that those cryptocurrencies saw price highs this week, including several – such as XRP, zcash and NEM – that occurred in the past day. At the same time, the data also indicates that a number of those top-20 performers have seen price pullbacks in the wake of hitting those highs. Bitcoin cash, after spiking above $4,000 in the wake of a listing by cryptocurrency exchange startup Coinbase, is down roughly 19 percent. Bitcoin's price fell below $16,000 today after nearing $20,000 over the weekend. According to