Year in Review 2020

Enterprise Blockchain Is at a Private-Public Crossroads

Looking back 12 months, our (Prysm’s) review of 2019 was naive, to say the least. We cited challenges to a successful 2020 for enterprise blockchain. And, while those predictions were not far off, they were overshadowed by a global shore-up of innovation budgeting, a mountain of layoffs and just about every other form of disaster …

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The Pandemic Was Just the Catalyst

In his 2017 book, “Zero Hour: Turn the Greatest Political and Financial Upheaval in Modern History to Your Advantage,” Harry Dent forecast a catastrophic economic crash would hit us no later than early-2020.  Dent saw the developed world arriving at the pointy-end of a long and unsustainable period of technological progress and growth, which was …

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Crypto Long & Short: Looking Back on a Monumental Year

The first Crypto Long & Short of 2021 has a different format: Instead of the usual article, I’ve asked some leading industry analysts – from Kaiko, IntoTheBlock, skew.com and Arcane Crypto – to share their favorite charts with you. The depth and quality of metrics available to market observers has grown by leaps and bounds …

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This Is What Global Open-Source Money Seems Like

Ludwig Wittgenstein once asked a friend, “tell me, why do people say it is more natural to think that the Sun rotates around the Earth than that the earth is rotating?” The friend said, “well, obviously, because it just seems like the Sun is going around the Earth.” Wittgenstein replied, “well, what would it seem …

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The Rise of Layer 2s Spells End for Altcoins

Phase 1 of the Bitcoin journey is complete. Over the past 10 years we have seen the Bitcoin network rebuff questions as to whether it would survive as a concept. Today, we see the bitcoin cryptocurrency gaining monetary premium as prominent institutional investors identify it as the ultimate inflation hedge. As we transition into 2021, …

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More Aussies Back Bitcoin, the Underdog

In January this year, the world watched in horror as sky-high fires tore through 44 million hectares of Australian bushland, engulfing property, wildlife and humanity. Then, just as victims were emerging from the ashes, COVID-19 arrived and the local economy went into lockdown. Gross domestic product shrank 7% in the three months through June, unemployment …

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Why Impact Investing and Crypto Are Mutually Beneficial

This year has been like no other. A global health pandemic, multiple stock market shocks, the destabilizing of the workforce and many sectors of the economy. After a year of living with COVID-19, consumer and investor behavior has taken on new characteristics as digital and sustainable business and finance have taken off in parallel.  At …

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Stablecoins, ‘Unsung Heroes’ and Other Institutional Crypto Takeaways

It is clear that crypto is having its institutional moment. The investment decision is moving from speculation to allocation, and we are witnessing the maturation of crypto and digital asset investors in the process. In formalizing a dedicated digital asset investment strategy, institutional investors should assess the landscape thoughtfully with the goal of building an …

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Lessons in Failing to Apply Blockchain and AI to Combat COVID

This year 2020 has seen quite a variety of exciting developments in the blockchain space. To name just a few: the emergence of decentralized finance (DeFi) and nonfungible tokens (NFTs) as major economic forces and sources of crypto network user tractions, the maturation of layer 2 Ethereum solutions and the rollout of a variety of …

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Crypto Dollars and CBDCs: The Battle to Come

By late 2013, it was clear crypto assets would be the future of finance. It was the first time bitcoin crossed $1,000. To the cypherpunks’ chagrin, central banks around the world began publishing warnings to curb the “decentralized genie” threatening the stability of the familiar system. First they ignore you, then they fight. Bitcoin’s rally stopped …

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