Proof of Location services are working on open source maps and verifiable and tamper-proof geospatial data. These maps are intended for humans, machines (e.g. autonomous cars), and code (e.g. dapps or smart contracts). Currently, there are only a few Proof of Location services of which FOAM might be the most prominent one.

Overview of Proof of Location services (Source: Researchly)

Discover these and more cryptos in Researchly’s crypto database or Researchly’ Industry Insight.

However, all of them are still in the experimentation phase. Nevertheless, this post describes Proof of Location services, compares them against existing solutions, lists potential application fields for them and concludes with some open issues…


Inside as well as outside the crypto/blockchain space “mobility” is currently a topic that receives a lot of interest. In this post, we take a look at what is going on inside the crypto/blockchain space in regards to mobility with everything around it (autonomous cars, mobility providers such as car sharing apps, related infrastructure, and similar topics).

Executive Summary

Most of the projects in the space range a still very young. The oldest (measured by when their token sale was finished) date back to September 2017. In that time about 25 ICOs were conducted that can be classified as belonging to the…


This post examines what blockchain governance is, elaborates on its importance, describes the governance model of seven Blockchain projects (Cosmos, DFINITY, Qtum, Decred, Tezos, aeternity, Dash, Bitcoin, and Ethereum) and concludes with resulting takeaways.

What is governance

Governance refers to all actions such as decision-making processes that are involved in creating, updating, and abandoning formal and informal rules of a system. These rules can be code (e.g. smart contracts), laws (e.g. fees for malign actors), processes (what must be done when X happens), or responsibilities (who must do what).

In the Blockchain space, there are three broad types of such rules which translate…


Recently, Coinbase acquired task-platform Earn.com. Coinbase is an online platform for users and merchants to buy, sell, and accept cryptocurrencies. For these activities Coinbase has three different products:

  • gdax exchange: buying and selling of cryptocurrencies for institutional and professional investors
  • Coinbase.com: buying and selling of cryptocurrencies for „mainstream“ users
  • Coinbase Commerce: merchants payment systems for accepting cryptocurrency payments

Earn.com is a task-platform where users earn bitcoin for completing tasks. The tasks are offered by blockchain startups doing an ICO and involve things like signing up for newsletters or joining telegram groups. Those blockchain startups are very often in an early…


Today’s top Internet companies are doing two things:

  • Digitalization: Companies from this category are digital versions of offline analogies: Examples include online shops (e.g. Amazon), video streaming platforms (e.g. Netflix), and travel booking platforms (e.g. Booking.com). Online shops are a digital version of retail stores, video streaming platforms are digital counterparts to video shops, and online booking platforms are Internet-based travel agencies.
  • Supporting: Companies from this category are tools (in a very broad sense) for the Internet ecosystem. Examples include search engines (e.g. Google), cloud hosting providers (e.g. AWS), and social listening apps (e.g. Moz). …


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Research

Analysis and reports published this week on Resarchly

Privacy coins vs. coins with a privacy feature: analysing privacy coins

Analysis how crypto privacy coins (Monero, Dash, Verge, Zcash, Bytecoin etc.) differ.

Differentiating factors privacy coins: How privacy coins differ (Source: http://researchly.leobosankic.com/)

There are fully private coins and coins with privacy as a feature. Further differentiators: scope of anonymity, depth of technical integration, type of privacy technology, mining algorithm, and ASIC-resistance.

Read full analysis on Researchly

Scams, scaling, and dapps: working on the right things at the right time

Argues that different industry participants are working on different things. The issues with that, however, is that those things depend on each other. Unless technical core issues (e.g. scalability, decentralized exchanges or ASIC) and market issues (e.g. …


If we look at the crypto industry there are certain things that are needed for the industry to mature. Besides dapp browsers, and decentralized exchanges, privacy coins are essential as well.

Market map privacy coins: privacy protocols, coins, and platforms (Source: Researchly)

Motivation behind privacy coins: making public blockchains more private and restoring the right to privacy

Privacy coins are insofar essential because they are solving a problem blockchain has created. Blockchain, being a public infrastructure, allows anybody to see everybody’s transactions. This means that in regards to payments, everybody knows everybody’s financial transaction, i.e. everybody knows who sent what to whom. …


An excerpt of recent news:

  • 0x, a protocol for building decentralized exchanges, raised $775 000 last year (The news that they raised money last year appeared recently)
  • Vitalik Buterin doesn’t fear ASIC mining and Monero forked to circumvent ASIC miners
  • Coinbase acquired decentralized app browser/wallet Cipher Browser
  • The team behind Modern Tech, a Vietnamese-based crypto company, disappeared after collecting $660 Million through an ICO in an „exit scam”

In other words:

  • The industry is interested in Blockchain’s core technological issues; 0x who raised money, working one of the essential features — decentralized exchanges — is one example of that. …

There are four ways how Blockchain-based companies are, in general, re-creating current applications:

  1. Enhancing current products
  2. Building centralized products with tokens
  3. Re-creating applications in a decentralized way
  4. Innovating new applications

This is a series of posts, in this post I will cover “Re-creating applications in a decentralized way”

Read “Enhancing current products” here

Re-creating applications in a decentralized way

Many blockchain startups, offer solutions decentralized solutions of existing products. This can, for instance, be observed in social networks, video hosting and music streaming, and marketplaces and shopping apps.

Social networks

Many social networks range already exists but a lot of Blockchain startups are building new ones. …


There are four ways how Blockchain-based companies are, in general, re-creating current applications:

  1. Enhancing current products
  2. Building centralized products with tokens
  3. Re-creating applications in a decentralized way
  4. Innovating new applications

This is a series of posts, in this post I will cover the first approach.

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Enhancing current products through hybridization

Startups from that space are working on solutions that can be incorporated into existing „normal“ products.

Source: https://unsplash.com/@rozetsky

Through that integration, those „normal“ products can be enhanced with features that — in the best case — are only achievable using blockchain technology.

Two examples are AppCoins and Credo.

AppCoins

AppCoins is an app protocol. The idea behind…

Leopold Bosankic

Building Researchly, a Blockchain and Crypto research platform. http://researchly.leobosankic.com/

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