Morgan Stanley Catches the Bitcoin Bug
Background Last week, an unidentified worker for Morgan Stanley who asked to remain anonymous, stated in a report by Bloomberg News that they will begin to deal in contracts that give synthetic exposure to the performance of Bitcoin. They plan to offer trading in complex derivatives by going long or short using the priceRead More
JP Morgan Expands “Quorum” platform pilot to 75 Global Banks
The Background To stem competition from non-bank payment processors, JP Morgan will join 75 other banks as part of an expansion of the Interbank Information Network (IIN) to try and make payment processing and settlement more efficient. The network consists of international banking names across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and isRead More
Could ICOs Disrupt the Silicon Valley Machine?
Background Silicon Valley has led the computer science revolution for decades by producing first hardware companies such as Xerox and Apple, and more recently the software that makes them so valuable. Less well known is the core of this machine which allows these products to get the resources they need – the Venture Capital andRead More
Layer Two – A Solution to Scale
Why Layer Two Matters Layer 2 is a new phase of blockchain development where the lightning network and other programming solutions operate “on top” of the base layer – blockchain. HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the foundation of data communication for the world wide web that functions as the application layer to the internet. LayerRead More
Stablecoins: The Bridge to Adoption?
The NYS Department of Financial Services announced on Monday the authorization of the Paxos Standard and Gemini dollar, which will become the first regulated stablecoins fully backed by the US Dollar. First Regulated Stablecoins In a press release the NYSDFS stated that as part of the approval process the Gemini Trust Company and Paxos TrustRead More
Blockchain has most activity in 10 years – Ben Horowitz
Background Andreessen Horowitz has been one of the leading funds in the crypto space and having come in early is now positioned well to continue growing with this new market. After their recent announcement of a 300M fund, they’re now one of the leading investors in the space. You can read the full blog postRead More
World Bank “Blockchain Bond” and what it means for DLT
Introduction The evolution of DLT and other decentralized protocol rely on a collective development of infrastructure components in order to reach critical mass. These infrastructure components can be summarized as: Technological Legal Regulatory Within the aforementioned categories challenges particularly exist regarding scalability (i.e. tx processing power), communication between blockchain protocols (i.e. interoperability), identity and transactionRead More
Summary: Lisk (LSK) is a blockchain application platform, established in early 2016 by Max Kordek and Oliver Beddows. Based on its own Blockchain network and token LSK, Lisk will enable developers to create, distribute and manage decentralized Blockchain applications by deploying their own sidechain linked to the Lisk network, including a custom token. Whitepaper: NoRead More
Summary: 0x (ZRX) is a protocol that allows for decentralized exchange of tokens and assets issued on the Ethereum blockchain. Developers can use 0x to create their own applications for cryptocurrency exchange with a wide range of functions, for example, the ability to conduct over-the-counter trading of tokens issued on the Ethereum blockchain. Whitepaper: NoRead More