The crypto currency industry has continued to have its share of cliques, fads, and trends since its inception not too long ago. Like any industry steamrolling towards maturity, it resists and moves on from each of these social and cultural phenomena taking the best of what the creativity of the…


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We live in an ever-increasing globalized world, but most people remain inextricably linked to their country of residence. An individual's reliance upon the vagaries of government, the economy and wider society is a risk. Bitcoin, or something replicating its permissionless, transferrable and valuable functionality, can help reduce this dependence.

Protection…


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When playing poker I would take advantage of the many statistical tools which provided player insights. One of the more interesting features was to analyse your own performance by starting hand. …


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ICOs have taken a battering in recent months. Just by writing this article I tie myself in with a model that is now synonymous with ‘scam’. The problems are well-trodden. Project teams exploited them to raise capital quickly with no ability to deliver upon promises. Funds sprung up to take…


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Token Curated Registries (TCRs) are a curious concept. At their heart they are a means of creating a list, a rather prosaic sounding goal. Scratch the surface, however, and they are an entangled web of incentivization and game theory that could cause more problems than they solve.

I’m not going…


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There is a vocal movement within crypto to ‘tokenize everything’. Adherents believe that the act of tokenizing assets such as real estate and art will provide increased liquidity, through a fairer and more accessible market. What is the logical conclusion to tokenizing everything that surfaces more and more frequently? …


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This piece was inspired by a tweet by Maya Zehavi that noted:

I agree. Crypto is simply too easy a place to enact fraudulent schemes, providing access to a global audience the vast majority of whom do not understand what they are investing in. …


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For anyone who has followed crypto in recent years, it is undeniable that those who talk of ‘investing’ in the space usually mean ‘gambling’. This conflation of investing with gambling is in part down to the wider economic situation which has forced a wide section of the population out of…


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I became interested in watches around the same time as I started to become engrossed in crypto and was struck by the number of similarities in arriving at an understanding of both subcultures.

Both, to the uninitiated, can appear superficial and slightly laughable. Watches are nothing more than a status…

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