Tag Archives: 2018 Review

Why ‘Mainstream Adoption’ Is an Unfair Success Metric for Dapps

Coleman Maher is the head of partnerships at Origin Protocol, a blockchain platform for peer-to-peer marketplaces. You can follow him on Twitter @colemansmaher. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. Two popular refrains by crypto commentators in 2018 were “the herd is coming” and a call for “mainstream adoption.” Prognosticators openly speculated on the… Read More »

All Crypto Is Created Equal? That’s What Regulators Seem to See

Mason Borda is an entrepreneur who has spent his career building secure infrastructure to enable the compliant transfer of digital assets. He is the CEO and co-founder of TokenSoft Inc, which offers a suite of products focused on institutional grade compliance for companies to issue and manage digital assets and digital securities. The following is an exclusive contribution… Read More »

The Time Is Now: We Need an Active Approach to Blockchain Inclusion

Alexis Gauba is co-founder at she256, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and breaking down barriers to entry in the blockchain space, and Mechanism Labs, which is conducting blockchain based research experiments in the domains of distributed consensus, scalability, and usability.  The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. Blockchain technology has been challenging norms and… Read More »

I’m As Certain As Ever – Bitcoin’s Revolution Is Only Just Beginning

Tim Draper is a founding partner of Draper Associates and headmaster at Draper University. For more on bitcoin’s 10th anniversary, check out our new interactive feature Bitcoin At 10.  ————————————————————— It wasn’t 10 years ago, but more like 15, when I first saw the potential for a digital currency. I’ve been through some big up and downs in bitcoin.… Read More »

Web 3.0’s Crypto Winter Mission: Keep Our Heads Above the Hype

Jutta Steiner is the founder and CEO of Parity Technologies, a blockchain infrastructure and innovation focused company building platforms and applications. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. The past year has seen an onslaught of doom-and-gloom narratives shower down on our fledgling movement, in stark contrast to the inflated hype cycle we swam… Read More »

‘0% Success’: Why Blockchain Apps Just Aren’t Taking Off

Yin Wu is the founder of Dirt Protocol, a protocol for decentralized information curation that aims to organize the world’s data and make it freely accessible. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. In 2018, the promise of a decentralized future fell apart. The most widely used dapps have a few thousand daily users and a… Read More »

Decentralized Exchanges: 2019’s Key to a Dapp Comeback

David Lu is a partner at 256 Ventures where he focuses on partnering with early stage blockchain companies and a venture partner at Virgil Capital, a quantitative cryptocurrency hedge fund. Find David on Twitter. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. Ethereum and EOS, the two major platforms on which decentralized applications (dapps) are built, have market… Read More »

Security Token Offerings: A Way Past the SEC’s Incomplete Crypto Guidance?

Chi-Ru Jou is a partner in the Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency Group of CKR Law LLP, a global law firm with approximately fifty offices worldwide and more than forty attorneys contributing to the blockchain group. The views offered in this article are her own only. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. 2018… Read More »

Africa Needs Open Currency Competition. It Needs Cryptocurrency

Terence Zimwara is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and economic analyst from Zimbabwe, with firsthand experience of his country’s record hyperinflation. Terence also likes to share his views via his blog. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. As digital currencies gradually gain traction, a counter narrative emerged as the year progressed: central banks that belatedly… Read More »

The Coming Bifurcation of Bitcoin

Angus Champion de Crespigny is an advisor to blockchain projects and a former EY blockchain lead. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  Amongst many others, the bitcoin community for the past few years has been working with two particularly important ideas related to the asset’s future. One is the narrative of institutional adoption:… Read More »