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Quarterly Review Q3 2018: Cell Phone Theft Edition

Satoshi’s vision is very much alive. Nobody wants to miss out on the journey even though it is going to be one hell of a ride. A Heist With Perfect Timing Hindsight is an incredible thing. We now know that a Bitcoin investor could have easily sold back in January 2018 when the price was…

The Network Effect As a Valuation Methodology

“… ether itself will retain a strong and steady value as a cryptofuel, and as a store of value for Ethereum-based security deposits, simply because of the combination of the Ethereum blockchain’s network effect (which actually is a platform network effect, as all contracts on the Ethereum blockchain have a common interface and can trivially…

Liechtenstein’s Blockchain Strategy: Insights from the Financial Market Authority

“Payment tokens can only be issued to companies with an FMA license, e. g., an electronic money license or a bank license. However, there are certain exceptions that do not require a permit. With securities tokens, it depends on whether the company uses the token to create a financial instrument for investors or to raise…

Liechtenstein’s Blockchain Strategy: Prime Minister’s Outlook

“All these measures we are talking about are meant to maintain Liechtenstein’s quality of life for the future and to preserve as well as creating new jobs. This is the main goal we are pursuing in the long run.” Prime Minister of Liechtenstein Adrian Hasler For the past two years, the government of Liechtenstein has…

Smart Contracts

“A smart contract is a computer program that directly controls some kind of digital asset… The smart contract approach says instead of a legal contract, immediately transfer the digital asset into a program, the program automatically will run code, validate a condition, and determine whether the asset should go to one person or back to…

ETH, NEO, ADA, & EOS

“2019’s Trillion Dollar Question: How to merge Blockchains? Yanislav Malahov, Aeternity Smart Contract Platforms: Who’s the Smartest in Town? Grandmother Bitcoin has birthed powerful ecosystems – first and foremost, the Ethereum empire. From July to August in 2014, the Ethereum Foundation launched an Initial Coin Offering to promote its concept to Bitcoin owners. As we…

Advisory Board Meeting Q4

Mark Valek: Welcome to our Advisory Board Crypto Research Report of the fourth quarter. A lot has been going on and we are very happy to have all of you here again to talk about some of the developments. Pricewise, cryptocurrency markets are generally still on the weaker side, we have been experiencing a bear…

Legal Aspects and Regulatory Issues of Cryptocurrencies – EU Perspective

In a presentation at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Demelza Hays talked about the legal aspects and regulatory issues of cryptocurrencies in Europe. Read the complete presentation here: Download Presentation

Consensus Mechanisms

In cryptography, there is a theory that states that anything that can be done with a central party, can also be done without a central party. This refers to voting, auctions, banking, etc. For example, OpenBazaar is a decentralized version of eBay, Bisq is a decentralized version of Coinbase, and Bitcoin itself is a decentralized…

Blockchain 3.0 The Future of DLT?

“I do think Bitcoin is the first encrypted money that has the potential to do something like change the world.” Peter Thiel The Bitcoin blockchain is generally regarded as the original blockchain, since it is the first implementation of a new technology that is commonly described today as distributed ledger technology (DLT). The birth of…

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