In this article we attempt to lay out background and foundations for systematic research of the Lightning Network as an ecosystem of projects, startups and products that drive adoption of the technology in various use cases. While the direction of future research will most likely be from a VC angle, this is rather an academic attempt to enumerate, and classify the projects, highlighting emerging trends and open questions.
Progress of development and user adoption in the Lightning Network ecosystem has not been making frequent headlines in the media and has from time to time given rise to debate about the…
This article is a recap of an interview between Sergei Tikhomirov (https://s-tikhomirov.github.io/) and Oleg Mikhalsky originally recorded by Sergei at the Lightning Network Conference in Berlin in October 2019 and published by Basic Block Radio podcast (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hu1-xocesw&t=9s).
Sergei Tikhomirov: Why do you think that bitcoin and Lightning have the highest potential among the many industries that investors are interested in and why are these technologies worth paying attention to?
Oleg Mikhalsky: First, I’d like to tell you how I came into the industry. I’ve worked with new technologies all my life: first, I worked with antivirus technologies for some time…
Part 1: a comparison between real assets
Collateral is a fundamental building block of financial markets and affects economic growth and financial stability alike. It lowers risks for lenders and borrowers, and plays an important role in monetary policy to boot.
According to Manmohan Singh, who wrote the book “Collateral Market & Financial Plumbing”, collateral flows are increasingly recognised to be just as important a driver of credit creation as money itself. This is no surprise, given the sheer size of the collateral market. In volume terms, Singh estimates that the use and reuse of collateral has over the past…
An interview with Oleg Mikhalsky by Nawaz Ahmed originally published in The Inquisitive VC
Oleg Mikhalsky is a Partner of Fulgur Ventures, a venture capital fund which invests in early-stage startups focused on Bitcoin and the Lightning Network. Prior to crypto, Oleg worked in the Cloud and Cybersecurity industry while these were still nascent technologies.
We talk about the formation of Fulgur Ventures, gaming, and the future of the lightning network!
NA: Could you talk about your background a little bit, how you got into the crypto space and then into venture capital specifically?
OM: Yes, so my background is…
We invest in early stage startups focused on Bitcoin and the Lightning Network