Stepping Off the Main Chain

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As the boom and bust cycle returns to the upward trend, it’s time to take a look at what the major challenges the blockchain ecosystem faces. Support for infrastructure-based projects has grown with over a dozen blockchain-focused accelerators lending resources and publicity to projects that enrich the set of existing development tools. The battle cry…


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A Dramatic Synopsis of the 2018 Crash

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As Bitcoin crests the 6k mark, I felt the need to emphasize some essential plot points from the last time the cryptocurrency market surged. Please sit back and enjoy my cynical telling. Speculation was a large driving force behind the tremendous bubble and subsequent crash around January 2018. When the larger, more established crypto assets…


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IEO – The New ICO

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An Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) is a new and improved twist on the classic Initial Coin Offering (ICO). ICOs are frequently blamed for exacerbating the effects of the rampant cryptocurrency speculation and subsequent crash in late 2017 and early 2018. Most ICOs have a very simple structure, relying on an Ethereum smart contract (often copied…


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Reddit and Steemit: A Decentralization Case Study

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Consumer-facing blockchain apps that are just decentralized versions of existing, successful products have somehow managed to sell themselves as the future, but they have an uphill battle ahead. A quick example are decentralized versions of social networks. The value proposition of these decentralized apps is mainly transparency and strong stances for freedom of speech/expression. For…


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Russia on Blockchain (Link)

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Like it or not, the direction of financial blockchains is largely directed by regulation. This becomes especially important across international borders.  As a large player in the world of cryptocurrency, Russia has had an interesting approach to say the least. The difference in ideology creates a very distinct ecosystem compared the US for certain kinds…


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Life, Death, and Smart Contracts Part 2

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Life, Death, and Smart Contracts p1 Currently, there are legal mechanisms to ensure certain tasks are carried out when someone dies, but nothing compared to a smart contract. An extensive document with clear rules can be carried out by an estate, but a smart contract can carry out actions across borders and into the deepest…


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