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It looks like for the first time in history the volatility of bitcoin dipped below that of the stock market.

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Building block(chain)s for a better planet

"Building block(chain)s for a better planet is published by the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security in partnership with PwC and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment."

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A Simplified Look at Ethereum’s Casper

"Here’s a simplified sketch of how I understand Casper to work."

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Bitcoin Q&A: Does the price matter for adoption?

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How to raise a seed round in crypto

"Despite what headlines might suggest, fundraising in the space remains challenging and opaque. If you’re fundraising for an early blockchain company, there are still many unknowns — who the reputable funds actively investing in the space are, which ones might be good fits for your company, and how to diligence them."

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Classifying Staking Implementations: A Framework

"In the following post, I will try to clear up some of the confusion around staking by creating a framework for classification and discussing how delegation works in “pure” PoS implementations."

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Turns out the real money in crypto in 2018 is in putting on blockchain conferences.

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Why Crypto Community Building Matters

"In this post, I break down some of the fundamentals of crypto community building and explain why strong communities are indispensable for the long-term health of decentralized networks."

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Ethereum Tokens: the 5 most used ERC standards

"The Ethereum blockchain, launched in 2014, is widely known for its smart contracts, contracts that are self-executing according to defined parameters. In order to make these smart contracts work as well as possible and to allow them to communicate with each other, the developers have decided to set up standards, the latter are called ERC – Ethereum Request for Comment."

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Cryptocurrencies, AI, and Disruptive Technologies

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Programmable Legal Entities

"All legal activities are conducted through legal entities. Corporations, partnerships and proprietorships are ancient and comparatively primitive, like sharks. A completely new species, programmable legal entities (PLE), now emerge, not as some development of previous business and legal concepts, but as a side product of an unrelated technology branch."

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On consensus

"Achieving and enforcing consensus is at the heart of what makes cryptocurrencies tick. What does it mean and how is it achieved? Let’s start with a dictionary definition."

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Commentators often seem surprised when companies make moves, invest, or launch products during crypto bear markets. They then act confused when bull markets return. "Where did this come from?" they ask. Perhaps this is why they are commentators, rather than business people.

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A Look at Token Sale Treasuries

"This article will look at treasury selling across some of the most popular Ethereum-based token sale projects in an attempt to understand the effect treasury selloffs have on a given project’s operations. Moreover, we develop a metric, the Treasury-to-Market ratio — inspired by negative enterprise value investing — to help uncover potential investment opportunities underpinned by the treasury dynamics of token sale projects."

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The Myth of The Infrastructure Phase

"Our hypothesis is that this is not actually how things play out. We are not in an infrastructure phase, but rather in another turn of the apps-infrastructure cycle. And in fact, the history of new technologies shows that apps beget infrastructure, not the other way around. It’s not that first we build all the infrastructure, and once we have the infrastructure we need, we begin to build apps. It’s exactly the opposite."

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WSJCoin: To Understand Cryptocurrencies, We Created One

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The Perfect Blockchain Language

"Good blockchain applications also require an ecosystem to support it. Thus, the programming language on which a blockchain platform is built is one of the major factors in its evaluation."

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Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative Report - Office of the New York State Attorney General

"The New York State Office of the Attorney General (the "OAG") launched the Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative to protect and inform New York residents who trade in virtual or "crypto" currency. As a medium of exchange, an investment product, a technology, and an emerging economic sector, virtual currency is complex and evolving rapidly. The OAG’s Initiative, however, proceeds from a fundamental principle: consumers and investors deserve to understand how their financial service providers operate, protect customer funds, and ensure the integrity of transactions."

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