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The Five Keys to Crypto Evolution

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Daniel Jeffries: The circus has finally left town. The cameras have packed up and gone home. The reporters are losing interest. The story is finished. And now the crypto community can get back to doing the hard work of building the future in peace and quiet. Find out what needs to be done for crypto to evolve.

The Blockchain Effect: Network Effects without Market Power Costs

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Cathy Barrera: If you’re unfamiliar with the term network effects and how it relates to blockchain, this is a must read. This article covers blockchain technology from an economic perspective, specifically looking at how blockchain can help eliminate the inefficiencies that arise due to the market power of internet giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and others.

Making Sense of Cryptoeconomics

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Coindesk: Cryptoeconomics is widely misunderstood, despite being a crucial concept needed to understand and analyze the blockchain industry. This article by Josh Stark aims to explain cryptoeconomics in clear, simple terms.

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

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New York Times: An insightful article by Steven Johnson about the big picture future of blockchain. Although the blockchain space is driven by greed, the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.

Law and Legislation for ICOs

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Despite the absence of ICO-related regulations blockchain startups and ICOs are not exempt from the law. This post explains all the critical aspects you need to understand before you launch your project or ICO.

The Token Classification Framework

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While people have spent billions of dollars on cryptographic tokens, understanding of the different token types is still limited. Check out this multi-dimensional tool for understanding and classifying crypto tokens.

ICO/Token Sale Mania

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Check out this in-depth report on Initial Coin Offerings from Autonomous Next: What they are, how they work, and the ways in which this new funding mechanism based on distributed-ledger technology stands to displace traditional markets for public and private investment.

Why Is Bitcoin Valuable?

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Hackernoon: On almost every dimension, Bitcoin is worse than it’s centralized counterparts like Paypal or Chase. This is true not just of bitcoin but almost all decentralized cryptocurrency protocols. So why is bitcoin valuable? Why are other decentralized applications valuable?

Cryptocurrency U.S. Law Guide

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Keep up to date with all the legal developments around crypto. Bitcoin Law Hub provides useful summaries of U.S. crypto law covering everything from AML & bankruptcy to securities and tax.

Blockchain + Supply Chain Throwdown

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Sweetbridge Inc: Watch Ethereum strategist & blockchain advisor Vinay Gupta and Sweetbridge CEO Scott Nelson discuss the history and future of money, banking and cryptocurrency, supply chains, global economics, asset liquidity and how value can be realized through innovations in blockchain, IoT, AI and 3D printing.

Fundamental Challenges With Public Blockchains

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Preethi Kasireddy: There’s no question that blockchain technology has enormous potential. However, there’s a flipside that isn’t getting enough attention: blockchains have several major technical barriers that make them impractical for mainstream use today.

Making sense of this year’s outrageous ICOs

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Venturebeat: Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have raised a tremendous amount of capital in 2017. The numbers seem absolutely absurd for projects that are essentially seed stage investments, but the markets are not completely irrational.

Cryptoeconomics In Context

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Hackernoon: For people looking for a way to understand Bitcoin, blockchains, and everything else your technology friends and questionable investment advisors are saying, cryptoeconomics is the place to start.

Is Technology Killing Capitalism?

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Institute for New Economic Thinking: Tune in to this wide-ranging discussion that touches on how crypto-currencies are changing the very basics of a macro-economic system currently controlled by central banks, the potential for blockchain technology to shift economic decision making away from centralized government control, and much more.

Ethereum to ICOs: You’re Doing It Wrong

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Coindesk: “Grotesque” might not be the word you’d think ethereum developers would ascribe to today’s ICO scene. But that’s exactly how some of the platform’s ardent supporters described the current state of affairs.

A Letter to Jamie Dimon

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Chain Inc: It’s easy to believe cryptocurrencies have no inherent value. Or that governments will crush them. It’s also becoming fashionable to believe the opposite: that they will disrupt banks, governments, and Silicon Valley giants once and for all. Neither extreme is true. The reality is nuanced and important.

Vitalik Buterin on Tokens 1.0

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Hacked.com: Vitalik expects most of tokens to crash and burn sooner rather than later. But the future of cryptocurrency is expected to be much brighter as investors and developers learn from ‘Tokens 1.0’ and usher in the next wave of cryptos with ‘Tokens 2.0.’

Are we in an ICO bubble?

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Bloomberg: Only about one out of 10 tokens issued in initial coin offerings is in use following the sales. The low rates of use could have big ramifications with regulators likely to scrutinize startups.

Gamifying the Delivery of Money – Daniel Jeffries

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The work of gamifying the delivery of money is a race against time. If we don’t move fast, centralized cryptocurrencies will take the lead and crush any hope we have for taking back our rights and our privacy. The same systems that can free us can enslave us.