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The Promises and Perils of DeFi

The advent of Ethereum along with its flexible smart-contract language that provides developers with a broad toolkit to build decentralized applications has led to a slew of ambitious projects ranging from decentralized exchanges to trading and insurance. Hence, when speaking of decentralized finance, or “DeFi”, we inevitably think of Ethereum. While Bitcoin itself has been by far the most successful application of DeFi itself, its deliberately simple scripting language is subject to limitations for use cases such as DeFi.

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Banking the Un(der)Banked: Opportunities and Limits of Blockchain Technology

Recently, Facebook released their specification for the Libra project, a global currency to connect the world and empower millions of people who might suffer from financial exclusion (the unbanked) or high fees within the financial system (e.g. remittance).

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Facebook's Libra: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Crypto made it to the White House: Recently, President Trump tweeted about Libra and Bitcoin for the first time (spoiler: he doesn’t like both!).

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Decentralized Identity: The Dawn of the Self-Sovereign Individual

Decentralized identity has been a much discussed topic among developers since the invention of the internet. In recent years it gained further relevance due to numerous data breaches and the rise of blockchain technology. 

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chainDE Global Blockchain VC Study

In our Global Blockchain VC study, we analyzed the portfolios of 172 venture capital firms based in the US, Europe and Asia in order to compile a comprehensive overview of the Blockchain VC landscape.

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Interview with Radoslav Albrecht, CEO of Bitbond

The Berlin-based startup Bitbond made headlines this February when they announced the approval of the German financial regulator (BaFin) for their security token bonds on the Stellar Blockchain.

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Crypto Spring: STOs on the Rise?

The strong price increase of bitcoin since the beginning of April has probably officially initiated the end of "crypto winter". While everyone has a story on what triggered the rally, the exact reasons seem to be less evident.

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Why Blockchain is a Game Changer

Blockchain has the potential to redefine gaming in terms of ownership of digital assets, interoperability of games and governance. A number of gaming publishers have already been dipping their toes into blockchain games.

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Enterprise Cryptocurrencies: A Corporate Attack on Crypto?

Currently, many cryptocurrency applications are struggling with mass adoption as they fail to overcome problems in scalability and usability. This becomes apparent when observing the daily users of dApps across multiple platforms, such as Ethereum or EOS. At the same time, more and more corporates are exploring Blockchain technology for their own use cases and develop Enterprise Blockchain solutions.

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Mass Adoption of Blockchain – When?

Blockchain is still years away from mass adoption. We are in the early days of a nascent technology, and there are still significant challenges to overcome (e.g. low scalability, high energy consumption, lousy user experience, price manipulation in cryptocurrencies).

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