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Libra: A Governance Perspective

"It remains to be seen whether a group of organizations will be able to successfully coordinate around building and maintaining a public good. Moreover, it is unclear whether the benefits of this public good is a strong enough incentive for organizations with conflicting priorities and complex competitive dynamics to work together, especially with the inevitable regulatory pressure to follow."

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On Supply Caps

"A supply cap refers to a permanent limit on the number of units of a cryptocurrency (or coins) that can ever be created. Three areas of analysis are of interest: first, the enforcement of a supply cap, second, the economics of a cap and third, memetic considerations."

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Gas Spectrum Transactions

"Expecting new users to learn the implications of gas price on their transactions before ever using Ethereum is out of the question."

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Synthetic Assets in DeFi: Use Cases & Opportunities

"A synthetic is a financial instrument that simulates other instruments. In other words, the risk/reward profile of any financial instrument can be simulated using a combination of other financial instruments."

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Bitcoin & Macroeconomic Uncertainty

"Summary. In this research insight, we deconstruct bitcoin’s performance during periods of macroeconomic uncertainty over the past decade, providing an analysis of historical correlations, market conditions, return clustering, and macro events."

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2019 Crypto Hedge Fund Report

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The LAO: A For-Profit, Limited Liability Autonomous Organization

"Since first proposed in 2013, the notion of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) has animated the dreams of blockchain developers. For many, these Internet-native organizations represent the next step in the evolution of social and economic coordination, with blockchain technology and smart contracts streamlining voting, decision making, and the allocation of digital assets."

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To Mixers and Beyond: presenting Semaphore, a privacy gadget built on Ethereum

"Semaphore is the basis of an ETH and ERC20 token mixer named MicroMix. In the near future, it can be used for other privacy-enhancing applications such as anonymous login, anonymous DAOs, anonymous voting, and journalism."

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Bitcoin Timestamp Security

"Bitcoin is often referred to as a secure timestamping service. We never had a global record of truth with trustworthy timestamps, so how did this come about? It’s generally due to Proof of Work being combined to a few simple rules by which miners must abide."

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Introducing Oracles V2 and DeFi Feeds

"This blog post introduces exciting changes to the Oracles infrastructure and Oracles governance. The aim of this post is to provide a stepping stone for MKR Governors that lays a foundation for discussing the Oracle proposals on the MakerDAO Governance Calls."

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Revisiting the Fat Protocol Thesis

"It’s not just that investors continue to pursue base layer protocols at insane valuations based on testnets or less, it’s that the innovation happening on Ethereum, including layers 2 and above, continue to fly well under the radar. And the disparity is growing."

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The Conceptual Blockchain

"I am not going to address blockchain at a technical level. Sorry about that. There will be no talk of hashes, public/private key pairs, mining and the like, except where I absolutely can’t avoid it, assume you know what these mean anyway, and tell you to go learn if you don’t. I want to try to answer ‘what is a blockchain?’ at a conceptual level."

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The Inglourious Cosmos Validators

"Cosmos Validators run nodes and receive minimal rewards. Discover why this phenomenon occurs as the story unfolds."

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Ethereum Smart Contracts in L2: Optimistic Rollup

"This post outlines optimistic rollup: a construction which enables autonomous smart contracts on layer 2 (L2) using the OVM."

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Bitcoin’s Security Model: A Deep Dive

"Every security model has two main parts: assumptions and guarantees. If the assumptions used as inputs hold true, then so should the guarantees that are output by the model."

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Cross-Chain Infrastructure Revisited

"I want to use this article to explore the lessons learned since then and what they mean for Synthetix and other DeFi projects building on Ethereum."

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Bitcoin is Not Too Slow

"Bitcoin is a monetary protocol built on digital scarcity, the impact of which will be far broader than steam engines and computer processors."

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Toward a Unified Metrics Framework for dApps

"By measuring user behavior metrics, dApps can optimize, iterate, and grow. And by measuring investor-centric metrics, dApps can position themselves for future funding to aid growth."

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