"This article, however, focuses on a different sector where I expect the rise of multiple crypto unicorns: the blockchain data industry."
"Today, Bitcoin turns 10. And while we all know today that Bitcoin is just one of thousands of tokens, 10 is a good time to reflect on the watershed developments cryptocurrency has seen over the past decade."
Private blockchains are kind of like the country club of blockchains. You need an invitation to join, and once you're in, you realize it's mostly just a bunch of WASPy bankers sitting around the clubhouse talking about how awesome it is to be a WASPy banker.
"A recent analysis by Bitwise shows that > 95% of Bitcoin’s reported trading volume is fake (https://www.bitcointradevolume.com/). The report finds that widespread stats on sites like CoinMarketCap and other price trackers significantly overstate the true size of the cryptocurrency markets."
How the platform economy can create a better future for emerging economies, but only if it is “done right”'
"Governance is a key area of exploration for blockchains today. There are typically two layers of governance: off-chain and on-chain. Much has already been written on the trade-offs between on-chain and off-chain governance. This post will not explore the merits of either position, but rather the barriers and potential solutions to increased voter participation generally."
"In cryptography, zero knowledge proofs let you convince me that you know something, or have done something, without revealing to me what your secret thing was."
By holding dollars you are ultimately trusting politicians. By holding Bitcoin you are ultimately trusting open source code. Trust in politicians tends to fall over time. Trust in open source code tends to rise over time. And so, with time, which system likely advances?
"As the potential of open financial protocols becomes clearer, some applications are gaining adoption faster than others. Maker dominates in terms of value locked and volume transacted. Compound and Uniswap trail, but are well ahead of 0x, Dharma, Augur, and dydx when it comes to liquidity."
"TLDR: We propose a way to modify Bonding Curve to allow trustless and fully collateralized short-selling directly with the bonding curve without the need of counter-party existence."
"The merging of the roles of investor and miner has created an investment approach unique to decentralized networks"
"Since both Hummingbot and Uniswap are both open source projects that allow users to make money by providing liquidity, many people have asked how they compare to each other. Below, we shed more light on their similarities and differences and explain why the two projects are highly complementary."
"Since the beginning of 2015, investors have deployed billions of dollars into crypto tokens that power open-source networks. These include both tokens that power decentralized application and smart-contract platforms (eg EOS, Ethereum) and ones that power protocols built on top of these blockchains (eg 0x, Maker). These tokens are designed to align incentives among network participants and (in theory) should increase in value as network usage grows."
"If Layer 1 should be focused on state rather than computation, then we need to understand what the state of the blockchain is when designing Layer 1. Only by understanding what the state is, can we understand what the state explosion is."