We’re pleased to announce Volt Capital subsidiary TD Labs is actively participating in the Celo Network and running a highly secure validator on the network in collaboration with Staked.us. The Celo network graduated to mainnet on May 18th after running for ~three weeks as a release candidate.

This is a community-wide initiative and you can participate, too. Below we list the benefits of voting for the TD Labs/Staked Validator Group from an economic and operational perspective. We also provide comprehensive, step-by-step instructions on how to vote.

Why Vote for TDlabs_Staked Group?

TDLabs and Staked have been involved in the Celo network since early testnets. Both…

Part 1: Progress and Investability of BTC Off-Chain Solutions

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In 2017, the crypto bull run triggered explosive trading activity which stress-tested both Bitcoin and Ethereum networks. They each suffered congestion, delayed transactions, and higher fees. In response to these conditions, several scalability solutions were proposed or revisited with renewed interest in off-chain and layer-2 implementations. Entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors largely viewed L2 (Layer 2) solutions as having limited downside: they require only minor changes to the consensus layer and avoid centralization of the base-layer protocols. Meanwhile, their upside appeared uncapped. …

On November 30th, the Monero network executed its scheduled hard fork to the new mining algorithm: RandomX. The hard fork is part of Monero’s continuous efforts to expel specialized hardware from mining on Monero. The frequent forking strategy is not new and initially began as a response to Bitmain’s introduction of an ASIC miner for XMR early 2018. At that time, the Monero devs and community decided to change the mining algorithm to brick the ASIC miners. …

Community Mining as a Bootstrapping Mechanism

Kadena is a project that strives to solve PoW scalability by using several parallel chains that work together to form a unified braided chain. Over the first week of November 2019, the Kadena team decided to quietly launch the project’s mainnet to the public in limited functionality mode. Limited functionality simply meant no transactions or smart contracts could be used on Mainnet yet. The team has followed an interesting strategy to bootstrap the network and this article evaluates the pros and cons of the Kadena launch strategy.

Bootstrapping Through Mining

Kadena , aka Chainweb, rose to popularity among crypto VCs after the team…

Can Ethereum Lose DeFi to its Competitors?

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There’ve been many shots taken at defining Ethereum’s predominant narrative and Decentralized Finance seems to be the dart that’s hit the PMF bullseye.

This perspective isn’t unique to Ethereum. DeFi is a popular topic of discussion within all smart contract ecosystems — and understandably so. Competing chains are taking note of DeFi user numbers which are going in the industry’s two coveted directions: up and to the right.

Initial Thoughts on tBTC

Bitcoin DeFi has been a dream for bitcoiners and for the crypto industry in general. Bitcoin is the most liquid, familiar, and decentralized cryptocurrency in the world. Although there are multiple pathways to bring Bitcoin into the DeFi realm, bringing Bitcoin into the Ethereum ecosystem seems like the easiest approach at the moment. Ethereum has been the home for all the major DeFi protocols; MakerDAO, Compound, and Uniswap. Using BTC within these protocols instantaneously brings more liquidity and opens the door for multiple use cases.

Understanding the potential, the Keep team recently released a 53-page spec on what can be…

Since the launch of Ethereum and other smart contract platforms, people have tried endlessly to democratize the venture capital industry. The DAO was the first real effort towards making this dream a reality. However, its quick and painful collapse has made investors bearish on participating in other DAO experiments. Recently, it seems that the trend is changing and 2019 is gearing up to be round-2 of tokenized venture experiments. So far this year we’ve seen Ryan Zurrer’s DAO 2.0 and OpenLaw’s LAO. …

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Decentralized Finance (read DeFi) has been a popular narrative for many crypto investors and enthusiasts. DeFi builds upon the promise that several critical financial services are cheaper and more efficient when the role of intermediaries is downsized or eliminated altogether. Theoretically, it also makes online financial services more inclusive since it transcends artificial barriers like different geographic boundaries or jurisdictions.

DeFi products and protocols are made possible by allowing us to code the rules (and consequences) of our financial interactions into permissionless blockchains.

Early this month Prysmatic Labs team has launched the most-complete public testnet for the first phase of the Ethereum 2.0 network which uses the Prysm client. The launch was well-received by the Ethereum community. Many immediately started running the software and reporting issues to the Prysmatic Lab team. The number of validator nodes on the Ethereum 2.0 testnet quickly surpassed 800 nodes. This simply shows the exuberant desire of the Ethereum community to contribute to the Ethereum progress into the highly anticipated Ethereum 2.0 network upgrade.

To take this excitement even further, it is necessary to educate the wider…

People who truly understand cryptocurrencies know that mining is not just a way to make money but an essential and fundamental piece of any cryptocurrency. Mining is the mechanism that secures the cryptocurrency blockchain and continuously extends it. Cryptocurrency Mining resembles the role of a central bank in any sovereign economy. It is the process where new money is minted. The main difference is that in mining, printing new money is costly and is regulated by the network rules. In sovereign economies, printing new money is cheap and happens at the will of politicians and central bank officials.

For these…

Mohamed Fouda

Crypto researcher and Investor Tokendaily.capital | PhD @NorthwesternU

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