As 2018 has now ended, there is a plethora of both prediction and “year in review” commentaries. Across these articles, there is a lot being written about the wreckage left by the crypto tsunami, where crypto surged to meteoric heights in 2017, followed by a brutal bear market in 2018. In 2017 we witnessed tales of incredible wealth and forecasts of world changing technologies. In 2018, we saw both positive and negative stories. On the positive side, adoption continues to increase and many household names have announced plans to enter the market. …


Almost every day, articles such as a recent piece in the FT, describe steps being taken by companies, lobbying groups, and regulators to help the crypto markets to become more mature. While there are quite a few self-serving PR releases that tout products firms are planning to build or how impressive their army of “advisors” is, there are some firms with actual products and industry groups making real progress to improve the markets. I do find it interesting, however, that there are many in the crypto community who are concerned about what maturation will mean in practice.

Frankly, it matters…


Crypto-assets, at their core, provide a method for trusted value exchanges between parties that have no direct knowledge of each other, paving the way for decentralized systems. The concept that decentralized, but connected systems could be THE answer to many economic problems is broadly understood. Unfortunately, there are firms in the crypto world that only pay lip service to this concept, choosing instead to promote their own vertically integrated business models. In the financial market for crypto assets, this could become a serious problem, as there is a strong need for interconnections and common standards. …

david weisberger

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