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Vitalik Buterin

  • I think there’s an is-ought dichotomy here...
    by Vitalik Buterin on January 13, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I think there’s an is-ought dichotomy here that’s being missed. Yes, it is true that, within the current economic structure, lambos are not being produced much because their resource cost is high, and public goods are not being produced much because of coordination difficulties. […]

  • > Underproduced compared to what?
    by Vitalik Buterin on January 7, 2020 at 6:00 am

    > Underproduced compared to what? “Compared to the consumers’ true preferences,” a mainstream economist would respond. This would imply, however, that Lambos are also underproduced, and almost everyone would agree that this conclusion is ridiculous.Huh? This does not make […]

  • Interesting!
    by Vitalik Buterin on July 10, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Interesting! I’ve thought before about using non-censorship of transactions as a soft validity condition for blocks, but my conclusion has generally been that it would lead to too much network instability if there’s disagreement about what txs have been published. But using censorship […]

Julianne Sloane

  • How to Succeed at the Earliest Stages of a...
    by Julianne Sloane on November 7, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Lessons learned from five weeks spent with Forward Partners, one of Europe’s top Pre-seed/Seed Venture Capital fundsContinue reading on The Startup »

  • The Role of Private Equity Secondaries in...
    by Julianne Sloane on June 22, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    What type of tokenized product will still be an attractive investment in 1, 3, 7 years? Tokenizing an early stage seed round can offer benefits in and of itself, unfortunately, there is a high probability that company will not exist in 7 years. However, some types of investment products provide […]

  • Hello, thanks for this piece on Security tokens-...
    by Julianne Sloane on February 1, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Hello, thanks for this piece on Security tokens- good to see other people in the field, I encourage you to check out Leaseum Partners: the blockchain based Real Estate investment manager.I would also comment that -while certainly still a nascent industry— the […]

Peter McCormack

  • How Crypto Protects Sex Workers with Ameen...
    by Peter McCormack on April 27, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Audio interview transcription — WBD091Note: the following is a transcription of my interview with Ameen Soleimani and Allie Eve Knox from Spankchain. I have reviewed the transcription but if you find any mistakes, please feel free to email me. You can listen to the original […]

  • Jack Mallers on Lightning Design and UX
    by Peter McCormack on April 25, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Audio interview transcription — WBD093Note: the following is a transcription of my interview with Jack Mallers, Founder of Zap. I have reviewed the transcription but if you find any mistakes, please feel free to email me. You can listen to the original recording here.You can […]

  • Christian Decker — An Introduction to The...
    by Peter McCormack on April 25, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Christian Decker — An Introduction to The Lightning NetworkAudio interview transcription — WBD092Note: the following is a transcription of my interview with Christian Decker, a core tech engineer at Blockstream. I have reviewed the transcription but if you find […]

Monica Desai

  • How to make a “stablecoin” stable?
    by Monica Desai on May 7, 2019 at 6:46 am

    After a meteoric 1,300%+ run in 2017, bitcoin and other altcoins are widely considered speculative assets. But for many prophetic crypto use cases, that type of volatility is counterproductive — that’s why many believe 2018 will be the year of the stablecoin. This piece […]

  • E-ownership: The Next Wave of Securitization
    by Monica Desai on May 7, 2019 at 6:46 am

    The rationale behind the recent launches of security token platforms and protocols.What is a “security token”?A security token represents an electronically wrapped stake or share in a private interest like a fund or company. That could extend to various assets — real […]

  • Facebook’s (hypothetical) crypto strategy
    by Monica Desai on May 7, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Facebook’s newly forged blockchain group represents a massive strategic decision for Facebook, with top executives like David Marcus (previously Head of Messenger and Paypal President) and Kevin Weil (previously VP Product, Instagram and Twitter) placed at the helm. This piece explores the […]

Dan Jeffries

  • Mastering Depression and Living the Life You Were...
    by Daniel Jeffries on February 16, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Mastering Depression and Living the Life You Were Meant to Live — Part Two###########################################This is part two of an ongoing series. See the first article here.You can also listen to this article […]

  • How to Decentralize Twitter
    by Daniel Jeffries on January 29, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Ever since Jack tweeted about decentralizing Twitter I’ve thought about it constantly.How do you take a giant tech powerhouse and decentralize all that highly evolved architecture and distribute that power?It’s not just their servers that are centralized. It’s everything, […]

  • AI’s Phoenix Project Moment
    by Daniel Jeffries on January 9, 2020 at 4:06 am

    AI’s Phoenix Project MomentIn the late Arizona evening of 2018, on a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Elaine Herzberg earned a distinction she never wanted.She became the very first pedestrian ever killed by a self-driving car.When cars cost the small fortune of $290 […]

Simon de la Rouviere

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Daniel Larimer

  • Why A Blockchain is a Better Application Server /...
    by Daniel Larimer on February 10, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Traditional web application infrastructure was designed with security as an afterthought and for over 25 years companies have been attempting to patch a fundamentally insecure architecture. This architecture was designed with the assumption that a server could be trusted and secured, but years of […]

  • Dan Larimer’s Recommended Reading (2020)
    by Daniel Larimer on December 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    In 2019 I created new space in my life to read and it has been one of my most rewarding and transformational years. Books express ideas with a level of depth and richness that is not possible to achieve in a blog post, podcast, or tweet. Choosing which book to read can be challenging given the […]

  • EOSIO Resource Allocation Reimagined
    by Daniel Larimer on November 27, 2019 at 3:51 am

    The EOS public network, the first implementation of EOSIO, is the most used public blockchain by a wide margin and has recently been processing a sustained 800 transfers per second utilizing a fraction of its technical capacity. The demand for transfers has been so high that the resource exchange, […]

  • Grassroots Insurance
    by Dan Finlay on December 3, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    How safety nets emerge naturally from people caring about each other, and how we can use the internet to safely multiply this effect many times over.Insurance is a huge industry, yet is riddled with social problems from fraud, to price gouging, to unjust rejection of claims. In some cases like […]

  • Trust Mapping Social Arrangements
    by Dan Finlay on October 25, 2019 at 8:34 am

    In this article, I’m going to explore a variety of applications for the mechanism of Social Collateral, which I introduced in “Building Trust Over Distance”.When I explore these various arrangements, I am going to use (and probably evolve) a visual language for describing these […]

  • Building Trust Over Distance
    by Dan Finlay on October 25, 2019 at 8:24 am

    An exploration of trust and cooperation that led me to the concepts that this blog aims to explore.When you’re first born, you can’t even trust your eyes. Your brain doesn’t know what to make of the neurons that fire across your brain in response to this new thing called […]

Ajit Tripathi

  • Catching up on Ethereum at EthCC
    by Ajit Tripathi on February 16, 2020 at 10:35 am

    My longtime friend and colleague Jerome de Tychey recently asked me to write a short reflective piece on the development and growth of the Ethereum Ecosytem in the context of Europe’s biggest Ethereum Event — the Ethereum Community Conference coming up on March 3–5 in […]

  • Digital like Disney — the Bob Iger Playbook
    by Ajit Tripathi on December 24, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Abstract:When the predominant channel of delivering services transitioned from desktop/web to mobile/app, e-banking became ‘digital’ banking. Today, ‘digital’ is seen as a panacea in Financial Services, yet distinct from the core business. Digital is also an amorphous, […]

  • thanks Dion F.
    by Ajit Tripathi on December 23, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    thanks Dion F. Lisle — indeed the analogy wouldn’t work but once we realise that FS/banking is affected by the same forces as other industries, the case of Disney holds many lessons. It’s not easy to find examples of incumbents doing as well as Disney did in terms of […]

Tanner Philp

  • Communicating as an Ecosystem
    by Tanner Philp on July 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Kin was first announced just over two years ago. It was the first time a major consumer company decided to go all in on crypto. Since then, Facebook, Telegram, Kakao, LINE, and many others are now making a foray into the space, validating the opportunity we saw years ago. This is a great step […]

  • Defend Crypto: Expanding the Reach and Impact...
    by Tanner Philp on June 28, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    On May 28, 2019, Kik launched This was an important moment for us, not because we wanted other people to contribute to our legal bills, but because it gave us an opportunity to tell our story publicly. It gave us an opportunity to share what we have been working through behind the […]

  • Automation and the Sharing Economy
    by Tanner Philp on April 15, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Human production is in the midst of a sea-change. The growth in global connectivity, coupled with advancements in automation is giving rise to a new economy, the sharing economy.Sharing economics is not a new phenomena. In fact, the modern sharing economies catalyzed by Uber and Lyft, often […]