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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…

Advisory Board Meeting Q2

Oliver Völkel Stefan Wieler Max Tertinegg Topics Market Overview Lightning Network Regulation Custody and Institutions Final thoughts The Bitcoin Standard (video) Mark Valek:  Welcome to our second advisory board meeting of the Crypto Research Report. Thank you so much for joining us again this quarter. Max Tertinegg co-founder & CEO of Coinfinity, Oliver Völkel, Partner…

Competing Currencies and Digital Money: How Hayekian Are Cryptocurrencies?

The Government Monopoly on Money – For a Long Time Unquestioned “I do not think that it is an exaggeration to say that history is largely a history of inflation, and usually of inflations engineered by governments and for the gain of governments.” Friedrich August von Hayek It is a truism that monopolies are detrimental…

Quarterly Review Q2 2018: Wall Street Is Getting Ready

“The total market cap of cryptocurrencies was around USD 400bn, around a quarter of that of gold as store of wealth (gold bars, coins and physical gold ETFs all together amount to USD 1.5tn). And monthly trading volumes of the three largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization (Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple) have increased sharply in recent…

Bubble or Hyperdeflation?

Since December, Bitcoin’s price dropped 69 % from a high of $19,224 to a low of $5,920 in early February.[1] The last time Bitcoin’s price plummeted this much was after the 2013 rally when it reached $1,000 per coin for the first time. During a 411-day correction, Bitcoin’s price dropped 87% from $1,163 on November 30,…

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