And why it’s a big deal for crypto

WeStyle is one of those companies whose name doesn’t overfamiliar but whose services you use without noticing: WeStyle is a workspace provider for companies in the beauty industry, meaning they set up workspaces for beauty workers, procure product for them and help them with the administrative side of things.

WeStyle views the tokenization of their company stock as the next logical step in the evolution of shares, which makes sense: Shares have been digital for a while, it’s only logical that they move to a database format that’s more suited for trading and automation: The blockchain.

The first publicly traded…


Germany’s most unique investment yet

I have talked about the flexibility of security tokens before — One of the strengths of STOs lies in their ability to finance single projects or ideas, like housing units, windmills, or ships. Now I finally have proof of concept: The Green Ship Token. Why is the Green Ship Token special? Well for one, it’s Europe’s biggest STO to date, with a hard cap of 50 million USD. Furthermore, the token comes with an 8% interest rate and profit participation rights, financing four bulk carriers. The token runs on Ethereum protocol ERC20 and there will be 50 Million tokens issued…


Central Banking Digital Currencies explained and explored: Pilot projects, adaptions, and opportunities

Rough draft of how a CBDC could operate Source: Bank of England

CBDC might sound like your local AC/DC cover band but couldn’t be further from it. Central Bank Digital Currency, or CBDC, are the digital version of fiat currency. This means they’re regulated and controlled by their respective government. Considering how poorly digital currency is still understood by most governmental bodies, this might sound like Sci-Fi, but several governments are currently developing or testing CBDCs. Let’s take a look at the most notable CBDCs currently in development.

The Bank of England was one of the first institutions to kickstart the discussion about CBDCs and while they haven’t made a decision on…


A guide to Stablecoins, bananas and 18th-century monetary politics

Stablecoins and the first forms of paper money are very closely connected

In the past weeks I’ve talked about Security Tokens and various forms of alternate investments, so, after not posting an article last week in accordance with Blackout Tuesday, it’s time to finally talk about stablecoins.

A stablecoin is a cryptocurrency that’s linked to one or more underlying assets in order to minimize volatility. A cryptocurrency that isn’t volatile might sound like a strange concept to some, but keep in mind, many had the hope Bitcoin or altcoins would be crash-resistant and uncorrelated to the market. When Bitcoin crashed harder than half the market during the recent corona crisis, it once…


How J.K. Rowling triggered a massive Twitter shitstorm that included Elon Musk and Vitalik Buterin with one simple question

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything bitcoin or blockchain because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.

It all started, when Coindesk author Leigh Cuen (@La__Cuen) mentioned in a conversation with HBO Consultant Marvin Ammori (@ammori), that she’d “die from happiness” if J.K. Rowling ever pings her. What started as a conversation between two people was bound to escalate:

J.K. Rowling, used the chance to ask her about bitcoin, not…


The most unconventional successful investments

Alright, that title is all over the place, but you’ll see why in a minute. This week’s article is about the weirdest alternate investments.

Whether you buy limited-edition sneakers on release and resell them immediately for a hefty profit or just let them sit in your basement for a couple of years, sneakers can land you outlandish returns on our investment. For example, the Air Yeezy 2 “Red Octobers” sold for a retail price of $250 in 2014 and are now reselling for over $6500, which is equal to a Return on Investment of 2500%.

Limited edition sneakers almost always sell for more than their initial retail value… if you can get your hands on them.

Downside: If you decide to…


How the battle of Midway led to the creation of crypto wallets

The Julius Caesar Cipher, the first recorded use of of a shift cipher

From Julius Caesar’s cipher to Alan Turing cracking the Enigma code, cryptography has always been one of my favorite topics. So, when my company partnered with a crypto wallet provider, I could not wait to write an article about crypto wallets.

What is cryptography?

The term cryptography was coined by Edgar Allan Poe in his novel The Gold-Bug, but cryptography existed long before. Historically, cryptography is mostly used by the military to encode messages, to avoid that they can be read by a third party. For example, Julius Caesar used a cipher to encode his private messages, so that no…


Your fact-based Twitter Guide 2020

As mentioned in my last article, I was recently tasked with doing some social media research. But as I’ve been digging my way through endless Twitter statistics and blog posts, I realized there was no one single article or Twitter guide that brings it to a point. So, I made one.

When figuring out how to get started on Twitter, there’re two points you can start with: Content or Audience.

Know your target audience.

I know, I know, easier said than done. But that’s why I’ll tell you how it’s done. Best case scenario: you already know who your target…


A selection of Musks Top 10 weirdest tweets… that are still online

Elon Musk smoking marijuana in the Joe Rogan podcast. Source: YouTube/POWERFULJRE

So at my job, we’ve fairly recently started tweeting, and let’s just say it’s a slow start. Naturally I’ve been doomed to research corporate tweeting (I’ve been reading Wendy’s tweets all day it’s great) and there’s one guy you can’t seem to evade on Twitter — Elon Musk. Long story short, today we’re looking at Elon’s Top 10 weirdest tweets ever. (…So far)

Now, before anyone mentions it, I’ve excluded a certain tweet from July 2018, about a certain situation in Thailand, for obvious reasons.

Musk tweeted this in June 2016, pretty much without any context, which makes one…


The cycle of creative destruction explained: Taking a critical look at blockchain technology

“Early in life, I had three ambitions. I wanted to be the greatest economist in the world, the greatest horseman in Austria, and the best lover in Vienna. Well, I never became the greatest horseman in Austria.” -Joseph Schumpeter

Why does this week’s blog entry start with some dead economist’s cocky quote? Well, Schumpeter also defined the process of creative destruction and the notion of disruptive technology. Today we’re asking ourselves: Is blockchain a disruptive technology?

In 1942 the aforementioned Austrian economist Schumpeter defined the notion of disruptive technology as a change that revolutionizes the economic structure by destroying the…

Clemens Kerstiens

Ski Instructor and Blockchain enthusiast. Marketing and Sales @ iVE.ONE

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