How can government-industry collaboration support aspiring blockchain projects and accelerate the ascent of blockchain technology into the mainstream

After the dizzying heights and profound optimism of 2017, 2018 will be remembered as a reality check for the blockchain industry and cryptocurrency enthusiasts alike. Countless projects looked to capitalise on the technology and raised billions of dollars from hopeful investors in ICO funding, without any consideration as to whether the solutions they offered required the use of blockchain. There has also been an underestimation by many of the complexity around implementing the technology in proposed projects. This has, at least in part, caused one of the most formidable bear…

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CoinDesk’s Q2 ‘State of Blockchain’ Report Shows Project Funding Holds Strong as Markets Remain Flat

  Bitcoin on-chain transactions have fallen 28 percent following the Lightning Nework’s beta launch in late Q1   New York, NY — CoinDesk, the world’s leading digital media company focused on crypto assets and blockchain, today released its Q2 2018 State of Blockchain Report, widely considered the leading authority on blockchain trends research and analysis since its inception in 2014. The quarterly report covers market interest in public blockchains with a snapshot of the ten largest cryptocurrencies compared to Bitcoin at the end of each quarter.   The Q2 2018…

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1 Year After SEC Issues ICO Warning: Former SEC Lawyer Says Compliance Will Soon Be Baked Into Business Models

  Today is the one-year anniversary of the SEC releasing a warning to consumers on investing in ICOs and revealing its investigation into the DAO – the first investigation into a blockchain organization of its kind. Zach Fallon, a former SEC lawyer, Principal at blockchain law firm Blakemore Fallon & Co-founder of Ketsal Consulting, reflects on how far the industry has come in the past year.     “There have been at least twenty instances of formal public commentary by the SEC, its Chairman, Commissioners, and staff on digital asset-related…

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The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange Announces Official Launch To The Public

  Gibraltar the first jurisdiction to introduce a regulatory framework for DLT in January 2018;  The exchange will allow for public onboarding through fiat and cryptocurrencies   Gibraltar – 23 JULY, 2018 – The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX), which aims to position itself as a world-leading institutional-grade token sale platform and Digital Asset Exchange, has undergone its official full-scale launch today. The newly launched exchange is now open to members of the public and will feature fiat onboarding for customers, as well as a number of trading pairs, which it…

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Why you should sign John McAfee’s “Declaration of Currency Independence”

John McAfee has thrown down the gauntlet and signaled his commitment to the crypto cause by announcing his plans to pay for every signature to the charter known as The Declaration of Currency Independence.   Quoting John McAfee: So everyone understands my commitment to The Declaration of Currency Independence: I have paid and will pay everyone’s transaction fees for signing this document on the Ethereum Blockchain. I have pre-paid $30,000 into an escrow account. Please sign.https://t.co/kHnMiGICmJ John McAfee (@officialmcafee) May 25, 2018       Why should we care? It…

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How to promote an ICO

ICO innovation is here!  Initial Coin Offerings, commonly referred to as ICO’s, continue to emerge in this dynamic and exciting market and billions of dollars have been raised by these types projects.   ICO’s are a new way in which to raise funds for a new cryptocurrency or blockchain startups.  A percentage of the cryptocurrency is sold to early backers of the project in exchange for other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum.     One of the most important aspects of an ICO is reaching potential investors.  Recently, FaceBook,…

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How to find the best Bitcoin Trading Platform or Exchange

Exchanges are often in the news, either due to listing of new crypto / ICO token; customer service issues or loss of crypto due to hacking.     There have been numerous exchange hacks in the lifetime of Bitcoin with the most famous one being Tokyo based Mt.Gox where approximately 850,000 bitcoins belonging to customers and the company were missing and likely stolen from their hot wallet.  Hot wallets are connected to the internet and as a result, vulnerable to hacking. This was an amount valued at more than $450…

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Circle buy Poloniex Crypto Exchange

As the value of cryptocurrencies continues to grow, so does the opportunity for business acquisitions. Circle, a peer-to-peer payments technology company using the blockchain, founded by Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville in October 2013 have just announced the acquisition of Poloniex, a crypto exchange.       According to Reuters, Circle is “one of the leading players in the over-the-counter market for bitcoin trading, and is soon launching a retail-focused app for buying cryptocurrencies, Circle Invest.  One of the best-funded blockchain startups, its investors include Goldman Sachs Group Inc and…

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How can Cryptocurrency and the Blockchain help us

On the 31 October 2008,  the Bitcoin whitepaper was released via the metzdowd mailing list. Bitcoin – Peer to Peer electronic cash.  A historical day which set in motion the “Internet of Money” causing disruption to financial institutions, governments, and all of us in general.        Cryptocurrency and the decentralised digital cash system has revolutionized the way we transact with value as well as invest some of our savings.  Raising capital has changed with the introduction of crowdfunding and ICO’s, Initial Coin Offerings vs traditional funding methods.  The…

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What is Ethereum?

Ethereum was introduced in late 2013 by cryptocurrency researcher and programmer, Vitalik Buterin, a cryptocurrency researcher.   The development was funded by an online crowdsale during July–August 2014 and went live on 30 July 2015. The Ethereum network has shown resilience and continues to grow – a network and cryptocurrency to watch closely.   For a more detailed explanation of WHAT IS ETHEREUM – CLICK HERE Related news – CryptoKitties: The World’s First Ethereum Game Launches Today What is Ethereum?   Get your copy of What is Bitcoin This e-book on…

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