Why You Should Care About Blockchain Even If You Don’t Care About Blockchain
“All money is a matter of belief” — Adam Smith
At some point in childhood you asked a parent or other adult where money comes from. Most likely, that adult either stumbled through an answer that included terms like, “the government” or “the Treasury” or “the Federal Reserve.” Or maybe even “Fort Knox” if the person was older.
Even if they had gone into detail about how the Treasury operates the printing presses and decides how much to print based on a lot of complicated interplay between…
ICO Survival Handbook: Learn from the Tea Party
Blockchain, Meet Ballot Box. Ballot Box, Meet Blockchain
Co-written by Mick Emmett
The Hype Machine has been in overdrive this year for initial coin offerings (ICOs). It’s no wonder given that they are seemingly everywhere. ICOs have pretty much departed the fringe investment world — with authority! — this year; in fact, there have been more than 200 ICOs in 2017 which have collectively raised north of three billion dollars (source: Coinschedule.com). These figures are up from the 46 ICOs and $96+ million raised in 2016. That’s what you call G-R-O-W-T-H.
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Co-written by Mick Emmett
In the movie Speed, an L.A. city bus is careening down the freeway without braking because, if the speed drops below 50 mph, a bomb onboard will explode. If you can get past the ridiculous concept of ANY vehicle going more than 20 mph on an L.A. freeway — never mind 50! — then it’s a highly entertaining movie. The conflict that needs to be resolved is that there are passengers on the bus, so eventually something has to be done to defuse the bomb and…
Part 1 of 2 (Read Part 1? Skip to Part 2.)
Co-Written by Mick Emmett
It’s pretty hard to avoid bumping into stories about initial coin offerings (ICOs), even if you barely follow business news, never mind news about cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether. They are seemingly everywhere as companies look for an easier — and less regulated — means of raising capital. We’re not talking chump change here, either. According to CoinDesk’s ICO Tracker, cumulative ICO funding has surpassed $2B, with more than three quarters of that total just in 2017 alone. Based on current trends it looks like…
Co-written by Mick Emmett
“Silicon Valley is coming and if banks don’t up their game, then tech companies will take over the industry’s business. There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking.” — Jamie Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan Chase
You know how sometimes you catch yourself nodding while reading something that perfectly synthesizes an idea you’ve been thinking about recently? It’s pretty cool. …
Are Banks and Insurance Companies Really Damned If They Do and Damned If They Don’t? Co-Written by Mick Emmett
“Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.” — Samuel Johnson
When most of us think of risk taking, images of men and women climbing Mt. Everest or jumping out of airplanes are pretty standard visuals. If you switch the focus to business, it won’t be long until Apple or Amazon pops up. And bringing up the bottom? Banks and insurance companies, especially the big ones. Because once you get down to the community bank and…
Co-written by Mason Hall
The most common question I get asked among friends nowadays is how do I invest in BTC or how do I buy some Ether? With the incredible surge in popularity of Ethereum and ICOs touting new alt coins every month, many people new to cryptocurrencies are looking to get involved. Creating a system to store and send these tokens is not as easy as one might think, and this article will break down the process step by step.
The backbone of Ethereum is the ‘wallet’, a software program that stores your unique public and private keys…
Co-written by Chris Lee
New To Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies?
Here are terms you will encounter when reading about Bitcoin and you can use it as a guide to learn more in depth about the important components of the entire protocol.
Wallet Related Terms
Private Key — The most important piece of information any user of the bitcoin protocol can possess. It is a secret sequence of letters and numbers that unlocks bitcoins sent to the corresponding address, and is used to create signatures that are required to spend bitcoins by proving ownership of funds used in a transaction. This is…
Co-written with Mick Emmett
The Trillionaire Club (hint Jeff Bezos will not be the first member)
Until very recently the phrase “trillion dollars” was rarely used. Well, outside of references to GDPs of the US, China and EU, that is. And the term “trillionaire” wasn’t really used with any semblance of reality. Even with the World’s Richest Man title bouncing around among Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Carlos Slim, the totals were well under $100 billion. That’s changing.
Co-Written with Mick Emmett
Despite its many advantages, protectionism and short-term thinking are doing real and lasting damage with blockchain and other financial innovations.
Until February 11, 1990, Mike Tyson was boxing’s undisputed, undefeated and seemingly unbeatable heavyweight champion. In a sport filled with some of the toughest people on the planet, Tyson was in a class by himself. Sometimes you could even see the fear in his opponents’ eyes when they got in the ring with him. If you watched boxing back then there was nothing more riveting than a Tyson match. …
FinTech, Blockchain, Ethereum, Data Science - Founder of Realm Labs. Formerly with Credit Suisse. Building the next generation of FinTech & Insurtech products.