The Intrepid Report Issue #31

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Blockchain & Cryptocurrency News & Insights

Here’s what we’ve got for you in this week’s Intrepid Report: A lawsuit is looming for bitcoin.com owner Roger Ver. We’ve got insights on the trending MIT Tech Review article “Let’s Destroy Bitcoin”, as well as thoughts from the Blockchain Review on how to apply UX design principles to your blockchain project, and much, much more. Check it out below.



Key news highlights. What’s going on in the world of Blockchain?

Lawsuit Against Bitcoin.com Owner Roger Ver
A lawsuit is looming for Bitcoin.com owner Roger Ver. The lawsuit will Bitcoin.com has been redesigned in a way that is deceiving newcomers into thinking they are buying Bitcoin when in fact the site is pushing Bitcoin Cash. Take a closer look at how the website and some of the terminologies used in cryptocurrencies could mislead you.
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The 17 Millionth Bitcoin Is About to Be Mined: What It Means and Why It Matters
This milestone indicates that over 80% of the maximum supply of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency has already been mined, and is noteworthy as yet another reminder of the technology’s core computer science achievement – digital scarcity created and enabled by shared software. But what happens beyond this milestone as the supply moves towards the limit of 21 Million Bitcoins? And what does it mean for miners and and coin holders?
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Ether is Not a Security
People get confused when discussion the law around tokens. Uncertainty abounds because of the flexible nature of the Howey test. This article takes a look at Ether and explains why it shouldn’t be considered a security.
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The Philippines to Allow Cryptocurrency Operators
The Philippines will allow 10 blockchain and virtual currency companies to operate in an economic zone to take advantage of tax perks while generating employment. These will be the first virtual currency firms to operate in the Philippines after regulators legalised their entry. Read on to find out more about the extent of activities that operators can carry out.
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After Millions Raised, the SAFT Is Alive But Who Knows How Well
The “simple agreement for future tokens” (SAFT) is an idea that companies which want to build a service platform that runs on tokens can raise money by selling contracts to buyers who will receive the tokens once the platform has been built. Here are some potential implications of using the SAFT.
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The latest insights, thoughts, and analysis from the Intrepid Team

Why your Blockchain Startup Needs UX Design
Human-centered blockchain design thinking can help new startups attract and retain users and can make or break a project. But the topics of UX design and customer experience seem to be at the bottom of the priority list for most blockchain startups. Here are four design principles you can follow to build better UX into your blockchain project.
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Articles, white papers, ebooks, and more

Let’s Not Destroy Bitcoin: What’s Wrong With MIT Technology Review’s Article
The MIT Tech Review’s article “Let’s Destroy Bitcoin” on April 20 outlined three ways in which Bitcoin could be brought down, co-opted, or made irrelevant. These three scenarios involved the role of the government, a corporation and the community of ordinary people in making Bitcoin “useless of redundant”. Here are some reasons for why the scenarios detailed in the article won’t necessarily lead to the destruction of Bitcoin.
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Confessions of Chinese Crypto Insiders
From the interesting dynamics between the “clan leaders” and late adopters of cryptocurrency, the big names in the crypto community, to the challenges presented by regulators and rising Bitcoin prices, this article presents a window of insight into the thoughts and fears of the crypto community in China.
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Why 2FA Matters & the Best Types of 2FA
Two-factor authentication (2FA) has become a new cybersecurity standard across much of the internet, including cryptocurrency. It provides another way to confirm the user’s identity beyond a password, which can be easy to guess or steal. While many users believe that all accounts with 2FA enabled are impenetrable, this is not true. There are varying levels of effectiveness within 2FA.
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Updates on what we’re up to and our upcoming events

What Drives Intrepid Ventures
As we move closer to the launch of Metabase, a blockchain platform to build and scale next-generation businesses, we thought it would be apt to give you some insights into what makes us tick. Read this letter to hear from our Co-founder & Managing Director, Collin Thompson, on the driving force behind Intrepid Ventures and Metabase.Read More

 


Want to learn more about blockchain? Check out our new micro-site How Does the Blockchain Work, a clear and non-technical guide on how blockchain, Bitcoin, and Ethereum works, and more. Check it out.

Interested in learning from leading entrepreneurs in the blockchain world? Check out our Founders in Focus interview series on YouTube. A show where we uncover the personal stories and journeys of founders and innovators from the crypto sphere. 

Julien Breteau is Head of Content Marketing at Intrepid Ventures, a blockchain venture studio. He’s focused on championing Intrepid’s mission, delivering thought-provoking, high-quality content, and engaging with Intrepid’s growing communities around the world.