Opinion

The Fight for Consumer Adoption Is Just Beginning

For the past three years, crypto developers have been fighting a shared enemy, a three-headed beast known as the blockchain trilemma. For every gain made on one front – security or decentralization – territory was ceded on another, such as scalability. Eventually we learned what in hindsight should have been obvious: No single network can …

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DLT Regulation in 2020: Backwards or Sideways?

This has been an unprecedented year in far more ways than one. Above all else, while 2020 has taught us the importance of speedy and reactive policymaking, it has also highlighted how proactive legislative activity can better prepare our societies for the future, be it for pandemic preparedness, technological innovation or future financial stability. With …

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Proof-of-Stake Was Bigger Than Eth 2.0 in 2020

In just a single year, staking has gone from an academic exercise to a dominant force in crypto.  The biggest staking story of 2020 is, of course, the launch of Ethereum 2.0. But beyond that, the past year has seen a tremendous flowering of proof-of-stake (PoS) networks. Four of the top nine crypto assets by …

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Crypto’s Choice: Join the Financial System or Fight It

This has been an extraordinary year. Not for a century has there been a pandemic on this scale. And although far fewer people have so far died from COVID-19 than perished in the 1918-19 “Spanish flu,” the economic damage is probably far worse. Governments shut down large parts of their economies to try to prevent …

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Three Market Trends Fueled Enterprise DLT Adoption in 2020

After many years of investment, experimentation and infrastructure improvements, the intersection of three market trends are paving the way for enterprise adoption of public distributed networks: tokenization, decentralized finance (DeFi) and business logic moving to layer 2.  In 2020, it became ever more apparent that these trends, in addition to hard lessons learned from attempted …

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Now Is the Time for Enterprises to Look at ETH 2.0

Despite the excitement and enthusiasm in the Ethereum community, many people don’t yet fully understand the significance – and the opportunity – of the second-largest blockchain for large institutions and enterprises.  The nature of network participation is changing dramatically as well as the incentive mechanisms for securing open permissionless protocols, demonstrated by Ethereum’s shift to …

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Building the Next Wave of Web 3.0

“Blockchain and bitcoin point to a future, and point to a world, where content exists forever, where it’s permanent, where it doesn’t go away, where it exists forever on every single node that’s connected to it,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said recently, as he endorsed a decentralized social media standard.   In the same week, the …

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Saylor Hits Back at Claims MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin Trove Makes It an ETF

No matter how it looks, swims or quacks, if the law says it ain’t a duck, then it ain’t one – The Michael Saylor Guide to Waterfowl Identification. No, to our knowledge, Saylor, CEO of business intelligence firm MicroStrategy, has not written any such guide. However, if he did so, one can imagine an entry …

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Dispute Resolution Protocols Can Help Enterprise Adopt Blockchain

As we approach the end of 2020, the blockchain industry is experiencing another resurgence. Bitcoin prices are hovering around all-time highs, decentralized finance, or DeFi, is exploring new offerings seemingly every week and tech stalwarts such as PayPal are integrating crypto into their offerings. These developments are positive news as we continue our efforts to …

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