By Victor Agreda

Did you know Ethereum has died 42 times? It’s not unusual for prognosticators to “kill” new technology before its time. Remember when Microsoft held a funeral for the iPhone? That didn’t work out so well for Microsoft. Blockchain’s popularity has seen a meteoric rise in the past few years, and Ethereum has been a huge part of that. For many, Ethereum is the platform for fundraising and building applications. Yet, Jimmy Ragosa, who works at VariabL, put together a list of “Ethereum Obituaries” on GitHub.

As with all GitHub projects, it allows collaboration. The criteria? “Verify that…


By Victor Agreda

At just four years old Ethereum has become one the most popular platforms for smart contracts and Dapps — even after a number of twists and turns for the platform. The growth of Ethereum is undeniable, but its path to popularity has sometimes been shrouded in confusion after a hack, a branch, and some drama within various factions using the tech. …


By Victor Agreda

There are a number of blockchain plays out there rewarding users for their consumptive habits. Current wants to do that and is hoping to reduce some of the friction around dapps (distributed applications) in the process. I spoke to Dan Novaes, the CEO and co-founder of Current about what makes it different.

Novaes explains that there are two types of consumers of media: those who pay for a service and those who allow ads to subsidize their media habits. Current wants both because the company aims to reward consumers as they consume their media no matter how…


By Lawrence Hecht

Pornography was the killer app Web 1.0 and now it has its tawdry reputation and not-safe-for-work (NSFW) content to the ICO world many real blockchain use cases. This article weeds out the scams from the true players to present a landscape of today’s adult entertainment industry tokens.

A table of 16 ICOs and projects can be found at the end of the article.

Industry protocols, privacy coins, rewards, crypto-collectibles, snake-oil scams. It seems like every legal aspect of the adult entertainment industry has multiple blockchain plays, with brick-and-mortar stores and established brands all getting into the action…


By Victor Agreda

As blockchain games continue to grow in popularity, a few new entries are shooting up to the top of the charts on State of the Dapps but the top 20 is dominated by three categories: decentralized exchanges (e.g., IDEX and ForkDelta), crypto-collectibles (e.g., Etheremon, CrytpoKitties) and gambling. Gambling could be a generous term for this new twist on an even older model — pyramid schemes.

As of today, the recently launched Zethr has joined Fomo3D and PoWH (P3D) as gambling Dapps at the top-10 of all decentralized applications in terms of average daily users, and may join…


By Lawrence Hecht

Is crowdsourced funding supposed to be democratic? Should decentralized economies have equitable governance? In an ideal world, the answers may be yes, but in reality democracy is rare even in the crypto world. Instead, the current state of affairs for token economies is oligarchy. The implications for ICO stakeholders are real.

A report from ICORating indicates that the top 100 token holders almost always (96% of the time) own a majority of outstanding tokens. The top 10 holders retaining a majority of 79% of the time and 56% of tokens have only three addresses accounting for 50%…


By Victor Agreda

There are a number of blockchain plays involving games, and a subset include AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality). One company seems to be building out the logical manifestation of blockchain VR in the form of unique real estate within a virtual world and complementary attractions within. Decentraland has been in development for a few years, but the company started showing the fruits of developer efforts during NIFTY last week. NIFTY is both a conference and hackathon (much like TechCrunch’s Disrupt), and coders took to Decentraland’s SDK with fervor (Decentraland was also a sponsor).

Perhaps one…


By Lawrence Hecht

Beware of blockchain projects that brag about the size of their social media following. In the blink of an eye they might disappear. That’s what happened this week when Twitter removed fake followers from its statistics. Specifically, they removed “locked accounts” that were not bots exactly, but instead were accounts that Twitter suspected of being hijacked or otherwise misused. Most people and companies on Twitter lost a few followers, but this does not demonstrate anything nefarious. For example, although President Donald Trump lost 307,606 followers, that was only a .58% decline. …


By Lawrence Hecht

Once your token or cryptocurrency has launched, your next goal is to get listed on one or more exchanges. But which exchanges? If your reflexive answer is “as many as possible”, think again. Hugo Benedetti of Boston College have data that indicates cross-listing tokens on multiple exchanges can actually result in lower prices and less liquidity. At the same time, early data shows increased volume and returns for those cross-listed on decentralized exchanges.

The data is based on about 3,000 token and a 100 crypto-exchanges. His most recent paper, co-written with Leonard Kostovetsky most recent was about…


By Lawrence Hecht

Information about token launches is not regulated, but the professionalization of the ICO process — also know as token generation events (TGEs) has led to several practices that are predictive of success. Early Evidence on the Role of Disclosure in the Unregulated Crypto Market is a quantitative analysis of 776 token launches attempted through February 2018, of which 659 completed an ICO that met its softcap funding requirements. Strategic Coin talked to two of the co-authors — Atif Ellahie and Daniele Macciocchi of the University of Utah — to gain a deeper understanding of their approach to…

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