When you log into the Blockchain.com Wallet, you’ll notice that we rolled out new naming conventions to make it easier for new users to understand where their crypto is secured. At a high level, we’re differentiating between brokerage-style Accounts in which Blockchain.com holds and secures your funds and the self-custody (or non-custodial) Wallets, which let every user control the private keys — and therefore be in complete control of their money.

Wallets put you in control of your funds, but you take on the security of your private keys.

Your (self-custody or non-custodial) Wallet will now be your Private Key Wallet. For instance, you’ll have a Bitcoin Private Key Wallet, an Ethereum Private Key Wallet, and so forth…

A Research Primer on Gold-Backed Crypto Tokens

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What will money look like in 20 years?

Thought experiment: what do you think money will look like in 10 years? 50 years? 100 years?

Looking back over the past 500 years, it’s changed a lot. Money used to be about exchanging bits of mined elements — like gold and silver — in coins, bars, taels, and other standardized measurements. Over time paper money issued by governments came to represent a claim to a particular value of gold or silver (physically held by the government). …

Working in crypto, I often find myself forced to use hypotheticals to defend it. For example, when I talk about sending money being as easy as sending an email, I often hear “but I can easily send people money with Venmo.” And it feels both logical and right: I paid for dinner last night and used Venmo to request funds from my friend. We’re all settled, right? Well, sort of.

Imagine that instead of paying with my credit card at the restaurant, I had instead only been able to use a debit card connected to a checking account with a…

Great illustration from The Verge

If you’re feeling new to bitcoin and crypto, you’re not alone: we’re all new to this. And it’s completely within reach to understand, despite it being enshrouded in cryptic and technical terminology. Having worked in crypto for nearly 7 months, I thought it’d be useful to share resources to help you get started on your crypto journey.

The basics: the origin of bitcoin and a high-level view

Working at the intersection of technology and finance, I find that I’ve had to think through topic areas that get to the heart of how finance and economics works. Pitching crypto is no small task, and it often requires the listener to understand some core concepts about the economy.

In pursuit of finding better ways to educate folks, I found this wonderful video by Ray Dalio (renowned founder of Bridgewater, a hedge fund, and author of the book Principles) that walks through how the economy works. I’d highly recommend that you take the time to watch.

Populism is what we call democracy when we don’t like the outcome -Naval Ravikant

Forget for a moment that our independence from the United Kingdom stemmed from the popular cry of ‘no taxation without representation,’ and that we currently have American citizens in Washington DC, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and other locations who literally have taxation without proper representation.

Forget that historically the compromises made by our founding fathers gave states with small populations disproportionate representation and influence in the national government, which has been exacerbated by policies of gerrymandering and court-packing.

Forget that there are active voter suppression measures…

Thinking about climate policy as insurance on our planet

Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its pessimistic report on the state of the earth. Essentially, a decade from now we’ll be past the point of no return to stall rising temperatures that will inevitably bring drought, fires, hurricanes, rising ocean levels, and more. No doubt the effects on life as we know it will be massive, ranging from mass starvation, migration, and conflict over scarce resources. The beginning of this new era is so frightening we literally cannot imagine it, and thus are doing essentially nothing to stop it.

What’s crazy to me is the…

The accumulated savings bonds my grandparents gifted me throughout my childhood.

As a child, my grandparents would reliably give me the gift of US EE Savings Bonds for my birthday. I can’t say that I was super thrilled about it as a kid, but I suppose that it’s the perfect gift to teach a child about the value of saving for the future.

When my father recently gave me possession of the bonds, I found that there’s a strange emotional connection to them. As though they represent a gift from my now-deceased grandparents, rather than what they really are: an investment vehicle that has appreciated over time. And it feels nice…

Jason Karsh

I connect products and companies with customers. VP of Marketing @blockchain. Founder, Karsh Consulting LLC. Formerly @coinbase @geteero @google

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