Ready to learn more about distributed ledger technology but unsure where to start? How about completely free carefully curated courses from one of blockchain’s first ever registered educational charities?

The Chicago Blockchain Institute are one of the first charities to be granted 501c3 charity status in the US — and this is just the start of their journey.

Founding The Blockchain Institute

The Blockchain Institute was founded in Chicago, to promote the adoption, development, and encourage proper use of blockchain technology by providing free blockchain education to the public.

The Chicago Blockchain Institute was established by Hannah Rosenberg, prominent organizer of Chicago’s largest crypto community led group — The Bitcoin and Open Blockchain Meetup; Taylor Gerring, co-founder at the Ethereum Foundation; leading attorney Andrew Gordon; and Jason Kin Hoi Fang, managing partner at…

Blockchain, and their associated cryptocurrencies, are often promoted as being privacy preserving methods of peer-to-peer, borderless transactions.

But your crypto transactions could be visible to multiple prying eyes, from government tax auditors, to sinister criminals. So, what steps can users take to further preserve their privacy, and what are the implications of doing so?

Are your cryptocurrency transactions really private? — Photo by Dayne Topkin on Unsplash

Who Can See Your Crypto Transactions?

Firstly, let’s start by saying it’s unlikely that ‘big brother’ is tracking your every blockchain transaction. If you’re a casual user, who either invests in cryptocurrency, or uses Bitcoin to buy items online for example, your blockchain transactions probably aren’t all that interesting.

But that’s not…

The obituaries for the ICO market are pouring in — but as famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas urged, it’s not looking like ICOs will go to their graves gently.

A dead market, or just a return to the norm? The ICO market could have life left in it yet. Photo by Anton Darius | @theSollers on Unsplash

Although anecdotal reports bemoaning the state of the initial coin offering (ICO) market are seemingly appearing everywhere, the statistics for the first month of the new year are telling a very different story.

A revolutionary new funding method, in its short life the ICO has both catapulted numerous companies to short term success and likewise, attracted its fair share of criticism.

Hard as it is to believe we’ve rocketed through one…

‘Disruption’ is a term often thrown around aimlessly in the world of startups and blockchain. But there’s one industry which the likes of Deloitte and the WTO agree is ripe for decentralized disruption —and there’s a project migrating to Cardano which may hold the solution.

Most, if not all, industries worldwide rely on trade financing.

Trade finance is big — really big.

Worth US$10 trillion globally, it’s estimated that up to 90% of world trade is dependent on some form of trade finance invoicing and proper access to liquid capital. …

The soft launch of the RefToken Affiliate Platform is here!

Dear RefToken Community,

Thanks for being patient these last few months, as all of our team have been incredibly busy delivering the first iteration of our affiliate platform.

We’re pleased to announce that is now live — a brand new URL to reflect the soft launch of our proprietary platform. Users can already sign-up to the platform, apply and monitor deals, and get rewarded in REF for successfully completing an affiliate deal. We are working with our launch partners to populate some exciting deals on the platform so stay tuned!

Likewise, during our soft launch, we are taking time…

‘Pull the plug’ is a phrase rarely associated with positive sentiment, but for the Bitcoin market, CBOE’s decision to cancel their Bitcoin futures is far more bullish than it sounds.

Photo by Dmitry Moraine on Unsplash

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) is the largest U.S. options exchange, which offers options trading of over 2,200 companies.

Cash based futures settlements are used in certain types of futures and options contracts. When the futures contract expires, instead of the seller settling in the underlying asset, in this case Bitcoin, they deliver the associated cash position.

In December 2017, CBOE was the first ever exchange to introduce Bitcoin…

Dear RefToken community,

This month, the team at RefToken are proud to bring to you the official beta launch of the RefToken Decentralized Affiliate Platform. You can try our beta, and you’ll find official instructions here.

Are you an affiliate? You can find and apply for merchant deals through our decentralized marketplace.

Our beta marks a year of hard work by our development team, and the launch of a brand new chapter in affiliate marketing. …

As the end of Q1 2019 approaches, Shelley’s progress marches on relentlessly. But for the uninitiated, navigating the shift into a new phase of Cardano’s development may appear overwhelming. Here are three key areas you’ll need to know about Shelley, ahead of its release.

Percy Bysshe Shelley — Not a contemporary of Satoshi Nakamoto, but still prominently featured in Cardano.

There is certainly a purposeful mystery in the nomenclature of Cardano, with each aspect of the project interwoven with a degree of history and intrigue.

Whilst others have already done a great job of unraveling the myths behind Cardano’s naming conventions, with the impending release of Shelley, there’s one name which deserves revisiting.

The upcoming ‘Shelley…

Farming games have existed throughout the history of gaming, but just as mechanization changed the face of real agriculture, blockchain is promising to change the way we play farming games, starting with cannabis cultivation.

Flowerpatch is a beautiful isometric game world where users can purchase, trade and grow cannabis collectables on the blockchain.

Whilst it takes a whole load of effort to be a real farmer (hats off to them), with farming games, you get all the warm fuzzy feelings associated with a bumper harvest, without waking up before sunrise to defrost your tractor. Bored of tending those fava beans? Don’t want to milk the cows? Save and log off, and you’re done for the night — perfect.


Although the crypto industry is showing strong adoption and development as we start 2019, there’s Four Horsemen of the Cryptocalypse who would rather watch blockchain bend the knee, or bend it to their will.

Four Horsemen of the ApocalypseConquest, War, Famine & Death (1887) by Victor Vasnetsov

Apocalypse is a word which most crypto investors who have lived (or survived) through 2018 are familiar with. It isn’t a feeling as such, but if it were, it’s the one you might get when you look at your annual portfolio performance in Blockfolio.

In a year where we heard one of the worlds richest men, Warren Buffett, describe Bitcoin as “probably rat poison squared”, it’s…

Elliot Hill

Hi, I’m Elliot! I’m a writer for the decentralized economy and creator of! My personal portfolio is —

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