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Litecoin Foundation’s reserves dip as incoming donations stagnate

Despite the Litecoin Foundation’s frugal spending habits, the non-profit organization dedicated to building and promoting Litecoin has been eating through its reserves obtained mostly through a substantial contribution from Charlie Lee. The company relies mostly on the efforts of volunteers to function. However, revenues generated…

The Logbook: A brief history of the credit card

Recently we’ve seen new Bitcoin startups like Lolli and BlockFi exploring ways to offer credit cards with bitcoin rewards. The modern credit card has gone through multiple iterations before ending up at the rectangular plastic cards we are now familiar with. The first credit card-like…

Research: A comprehensive list of crypto-friendly banks

The large mainstream banks remain reluctant to provide banking to cryptocurrency businesses as the compliance costs and reputation risk continue to outweigh the benefits of the still-nascent crypto market. Serving cryptocurrency companies is simply too much of a headache for very little gain. Until this…

Pathogenic biometric bitcoin

A veri bad day for pathogenic finance. One of the hard parts in dealing with any new or disruptive technology is separating the small amount of actual wheat from the very large amount of totally inedible chaff. Sometimes the inedibility is clear to anyone with…

How Robinhood users are holding blockchain ETFs

With over 4 million daily active users that check their app ten times a day, on average, Robinhood has captured the minds of the average young retail trader. In January 2018, the California-based startup added crypto trading, hoping to catch the tail-end of the crypto…

A post-mortem on the ICO bubble: venture ICO bets, where are they now?

Last week, The Block’s Larry Cermak analyzed return data from close to 400 ICO projects (via ICO Drops) and found that only 30 ICOs (7.7%) have outperformed bitcoin since the time of listing, with ~11% of the observations in the sample still earning a positive…

Money 2.0 Stuff: The Open Finance value proposition

Identity crisis  One way of thinking about the value proposition of Open Finance is as some combination of the following properties:  1. Permissionless Permissionless access both for users (self-custody, no KYC, censorship-resistant) – particularly for those currently underserved by the legacy banking system — and…

Nexus Mutual: A member-owned alternative to insurance

Smart contract security relies on a combination of professional security audits and bug bounties. While improvements in the former continue to abound, with particular emphasis on the application of Formal Verification, vulnerabilities remain a constant in every day smart contract development: Daniel Perez and Benjamin…