Stranger Things: The Upside of Down Bitcoin Prices

Edward Woodford is the co-founder and CEO of Seed CX, which, offers a licensed exchange for institutional trading and settlement of spot digital asset products and plans to offer a market for CFTC-regulated digital asset derivatives. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. While 2018’s falling bitcoin prices led many […]

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RIP ICOs: 2019 Will Be the Year of Enterprise Blockchain Tokens

Ajit Tripathi is a partner at ConsenSys, where he specializes in global financial services business development and corporate venture strategy. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  One year ago, I wrote an article for CoinDesk in which I humbly argued that the price of ether didn’t matter and what everyone […]

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2018: When Privacy and Decentralization Collided

Guy Zyskind is the CEO and co-founder of Enigma, a secure computation protocol that integrates with blockchains. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. In 2018, two major long-term trends finally collided in a very public fashion. The first trend was the over-centralization of online platforms. For years, Facebook, Google and […]

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2019: The Year We Might (Finally) See Better Blockchain UX?

Ouriel Ohayon is the CEO and co-founder of crypto wallet provider KZen. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  Look at the crypto services you regularly use. Admit it: you aren’t in love. Some of them are OK, most of them are terrible – you know it. I’m not referring to […]

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Where the Future of Crypto Payments Is Being Built

Leah Callon-Butler is the co-founder of Intimate.io, a token project aiming to bring payments, privacy and reputation to the adult industry. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  “The stars have aligned,” he said, the room hanging on his every word. “In the same way that the industrial revolution created the […]

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3 Conflicts That Will Shape Blockchain Tech in 2019

Arwen Smit is the founder of MintBit, a boutique blockchain consultancy, and DOVU, a tokenized startup for the mobility sector. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  From security token offerings to the crypto winter, a lot has happened in 2018. Beyond the flashy headlines, though, larger trends are manifesting. I […]

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Nevermind the Bears: 2018 Was the Rude Awakening Crypto Needed

Han Yoon is the CEO of Lundar Digital Assets, a project consulting and marketing firm focused on blockchain. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  The brutal bear market we faced this year was not only necessary, it’s beneficial for the long-term outlook of this rapidly growing industry. Yes, I know […]

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Humans on the Blockchain: Why Crypto Is the Best Defense Against AI Overlords

Santiago Siri is the founder of Democracy Earth Foundation, a Y Combinator-backed non-profit building digital governance technology. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  As governance becomes more and more prevalent in discussions around consensus protocols, it is clear that Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision of “one-CPU-one-vote” shaped the entire crypto industry […]

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Crypto is for Activists: Why We Need More Cypherpunks, Not Cypherposers

Zach Harvey is the CEO of Lamassu, an early and active provider of cryptocurrency vending machines.  The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  Emotions were high during bitcoin’s block size debate (each side believing bitcoin would be damaged by the other’s triumph), and they’re high again in this year’s bear market. People are […]

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