A dive into Bender Labs and the work they are doing to bring a completely decentralized and fully-fledged financial system on Tezos.

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There’s been a lot of momentum around DeFi (Decentralized Finance) and many upcoming launches to be taken place on the Tezos network. In this post, we scale back the curtain and look at Bender Labs, and the work they are doing to bring a fully-fledged and completely decentralized financial system running on Tezos.

Who are Bender Labs?

As of today, there is over $22.5B locked in DeFi within the Ethereum ecosystem. This number actually represents a growth of over 32 times since January 11th, 2020. …


In this post, we’ll dive into the recent momentum of enterprise companies coming into the Tezos network to become corporate bakers and discern just what exactly it means to be a corporate baker.

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Lately, there’s been so much exciting news and developments around Tezos, its beginning to become difficult to keep up with all of it. Luckily, AJ does a great job with Tezos Weekly.

For the sake of this post, I would like to focus on a few pieces of news that we received surrounding two enterprise companies that have became corporate bakers for the Tezos network. There isn’t much coverage around this particular topic, but it’s one that I find very appealing and will only drive further growth and adoption of the Tezos ecosystem.

What is a Corporate Baker?

To understand just what exactly a corporate baker is, we first need to understand what a baker is. …


A dive into the nature and significance of the latest proposed protocol amendment, Edo.

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Following the successful autonomous activation of Protocol 007 (Delphi), shortly thereafter, we’ve recently witnessed the injection of the Edo proposal. In case you’re wondering why this has happened so quickly, as relative to previous protocol upgrade cycles; be sure to read the post here.

In this post, we’re going to dive into the significance of the recent Edo proposal and discuss why it’s the most significant protocol upgrade to date.

Enter Edo

I find it astounding that there has not been much discussion around the significance of this potential upgrade — beyond one of the expected features. Currently, Edo is still undergoing voting, so it hasn’t been implemented yet to the core protocol — but the proposed changes represent a significant natural progression for the Tezos ecosystem. …


A dive into Ecoo — A pilot program designed to onboard local residents and businesses of the Swiss town, Wetzikon to blockchain and Tezos.

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It’s easy to get lost in the idea of wanting to have more DApp’s (“decentralized applications”) and protocols built on top of Tezos. However, Tezos and the Tez, to be precise, is a currency first and a platform second.

That being said, in the Swiss town of Wetzikon, Papers, DU DA, and Farner Consulting Group have collaborated on a pilot program to expose local residents and businesses to blockchain and Tezos. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the program and why it’s a noteworthy development for the Tezos ecosystem.

Who are the people behind it?

In an effort to reinvigorate local business within Wetzikon due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, Papers AG, a software company with over 10 years of experience in building out secure and mobile friendly applications is leading the collaboration of the Ecoo pilot program alongside DU DA and Farner Consulting Group. Papers is well-known for its development of AirGap, Hypergate, and Beacon. …


A deep dive into Keefer Taylor and Luke Youngblood’s stable-coin project and how it will benefit the Tezos ecosystem.

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With the growth we’ve witnessed from DeFi (Decentralized Finance) within Ethereum and the many recent developments around DeFi within Tezos, it’s worth highlighting an exciting new development — a new stablecoin for Tezos. The name for this project was announced at TQuorum as “Kolibri,” however that may be subject to change.

In this post, we’ll dive into what stablecoins are, get into an update on the development status of the stablecoin project, and how this stablecoin will benefit Tezos.

What is a stablecoin?

Simply put, a stablecoin is a crypto asset designed to minimize the volatility typically associated with the native asset through a peg relative to a stable asset (ex. …


In this post, we dive into the recent commentary from SEC Chairman, Acting Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on tokenized assets, and get into some updates from Vertalo.

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Sometimes it takes a change in perspective to see things the way they are — and what they could potentially remold into, for that matter. That change in perspective is exactly what we witnessed in a recent webinar with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, and Acting Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Brian Brooks.

In the webinar, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton stated the following:

You know for example, if you talk about trading today, all trading is electronic. Our exchanges have gone electronic. Every trade you do, if you call your broker and say, I want this, it gets routed through an electronic, an algorithm executed electronically. That was not the case 20 years ago. It may very well be the case that just as you had stock certificates and now you have entries, digital entries for representing stock. …


A dive into Spruce Systems and the work being done to bring decentralized identity (“DID”) solutions to the Tezos ecosystem.

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The world we live in is ever changing in one shape or form; the places we interact with online, making a purchase at the local coffee shop, or even using YouTube — information is collected about us and often times, sold to the highest bidder. For many within the crypto sphere, the value on anonymity and security is prodigious. That’s the way it should be, right?

To satiate this ever growing problem, that is returning data sovereignty, it’s important to recognize that the architecture itself is broken. The architecture I'm referring to around the internet, has caused some unexpected consequences in the way we manage, store, and create data on the world wide web. Google knows everything about us. Have a Facebook account? …


We had the chance to chat with Daniel Masters on his recent joining of Tezos Foundation council and where he sees Tezos in the future

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Daniel Masters serves as the executive chairman and Co-Founder of CoinShares. He also joined the Tezos Foundation as a non-executive council member in July earlier this year. Daniel has been involved in the blockchain space for quite some time and his rich background in asset management makes him a strong addition to the TF. With that said, Mr. Masters was kind enough to share a few words on his recent joining to the Tezos Foundation and where he envisions Tezos and blockchain technology in general, in the future.

There’s been a lot of developments around Tezos lately, especially around tooling and infrastructure. With that in mind, what is your vision for Tezos and where do you see Tezos in the coming intermediate to long-term?


A deep dive into STO’s and the current state of developments and updates for Tezos.

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Lately, there’s been numerous updates within the STO space, a few of which we covered recently on our latest TezTalks LIVE episode with Stephane De Baets and TezTalks Radio. However, I think it’s of importance to put some of these developments in a written format, and go into depth on understanding the magnitude and gravity of these STO deals.

Benefits

Accessing public markets for a direct source of funding has been something notoriously hinged for large companies in the traditional financial sector and investments therein has been predominately from VC’s, institutional investors, etc. …


A closer look into a new layer 2 privacy preserving payment solution coming to Tezos.

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Earlier this month, we received some exciting news about a new layer 2 privacy preserving payment solution that is coming to Tezos. This solution, known as “zkChannels” has been developed by Bolt Labs, a crypto based startup with ties to the founding scientists behind Zcash.

In this post, we will go into more detail about why this development is significant, its potential applications, and more.

How is zkChannels different from the Lightning Network?

Privacy is something that we take for granted in many instances. Whether it be a single click of a mouse on a product on amazon, a phone call, or purchasing crypto through coinbase — numerous amounts of data is collected from the user. …

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William McKenzie

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