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Blockstack Won’t Need to Sell Bitcoin or Ether to Survive Crypto Winter

While some blockchain projects quickly burned through the capital they raised during the heady days of 2017, others prepared for this market downturn by limiting access to their own funds. Such was the case at the New York-based blockchain startup Blockstack, which raised nearly $54 million in 2016 and 2017 from a Series A round and a token… Read More »

Crypto 2018 Was a Tale Told By An Idiot – But It Doesn’t Have to Signify Nothing

James Greaves is the co-founder of Glyph, an identity service built for the blockchain era. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  I’m completely out of crypto and I’ve been selling my bitcoin and ether all year. Does that disgust you? Disappoint you? If you just met me, I’m guessing that would be… Read More »

Romper Room to White Linen: Saying Goodbye to Crypto’s Infant Anarchy

Sheila Bair is an advisor to Omniex, a technology company providing services to institutional investors, and a board member of the Paxos Trust, a regulated trust company developing blockchain technology. She does not own crypto assets. The views expressed are her own. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  When our children were small,… Read More »

Cheap Power Is Luring Battered Bitcoin Miners to Iran

While some bitcoin miners are estimated to have shut down hundreds of thousands of machines – if not more – others are still out there looking for alternative ways to keep operating. And it’s Iran, with its extremely low-cost electricity (that can go as low as $0.006 per kilowatt-hour) that’s luring overseas miners. But as attractive as it appears,… Read More »

What a Wall Street Chart Tells Us About the Psychology of the Bitcoin Market

Investing in financial markets can be an emotional roller-coaster and the bitcoin market is no exception. When it comes to investment, human emotions tend to oscillate between two extremes – fear and greed – and the constant balancing act between the two creates a cycle of market emotions.   For years, traders and investors alike have studied the… Read More »

Not Everyone Wants a Bitcoin ETF

While many traders eagerly await a potential bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), some of the cryptocurrency’s most passionate advocates are lukewarm at best about the prospect of such an instrument. Twitter is flush with users like crypto entrepreneur Jonathan Hamel posting about how an ETF would bring an “epic” inflow of institutional capital to the ecosystem – that is,… Read More »

Crypto Trading Platform ErisX Hires Serial Exchange Founder Matt Trudeau

ErisX is beefing up its leadership ahead of the launch of cryptocurrency spot and futures trading early next year. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the digital asset trading platform has hired markets and exchanges veteran Matt Trudeau as chief strategy officer. The news comes a week after ErisX closed a Series B funding round that raised $27.5 million from firms such as… Read More »

Vertcoin’s Struggle Is Everyone’s Struggle

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. — You may not have heard of Vertcoin, a crypto project designed to curtail concentration in mining power in… Read More »

2019 Will Be a Big Year for Stablecoins

Philippe Bekhazi is the CEO of XBTO Group, a cryptocurrency trading firm. — The current wave of stablecoin issuances is a result of the current bear market in underlying crypto assets, leading to upwards of 50 stablecoins on offer today. Given an increasing media focus and heightened industry attention, it’s important to take both a step back and… Read More »

Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Blockchain Regulators

Kevin Werbach is a Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust,” from which this article is adapted. _______ In 2015, New York became one of the first jurisdictions in the world to adopt a regulatory regime for cryptocurrencies.… Read More »