From Creating the ‘Creator Economy’ to Useful NFTs

    How are non-fungible tokens different to ‘normal’ ones? What can you do with them today and who are the big players in the space? We dissect the chaotic space and give you insights on the structure of the marketplaces and what we expect in terms of useful NFTs in a second wave. Ready Player One?

    Taproot - Sowing the Seeds for Bitcoin DeFi

    Taproot, the first soft fork of the bitcoin protocol since Segregate Witness in 2017, aims to extend Bitcoin’s functionality for complex transactions and smart contracts while enhancing privacy and reducing fees. While SegWit’s activation was preceded by a fiery debate, Taproot is a peaceful revolution.

    Layered Money – Bitcoin Ecosystem Innovation beyond Layer-1

    In part 1 of our miniseries, we covered on-chain and Layer-1 innovations. In part 2, we explore innovations on top of the Bitcoin base layer. While Layer-2 mainly tackles issues around payments, Layer-3 projects aim to bring “smarter” contract functionality to Bitcoin and Lightning.

    Compatible Competition - Empowering or Encroaching on Ethereum?

    With Ethereum’s high transaction fees, other blockchains have gained traction in recent months, not least due to developer and user incentive programs. This episode of Bitcoin Suisse Decrypt takes a closer look at those chains compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).

    Layered Money – Bitcoin Ecosystem Innovation on Layer 1

    Amidst the DeFi and NFT hype in the Ethereum space, the depth and breadth of innovation in the Bitcoin ecosystems tends to be overlooked. Let’s open the lid, or shall we say ‘layers’, and have a look. Part 1 of our 2-part miniseries focuses on Layer 1.

    El Salvador – The Emergence of Bitcoin Nations?

    By declaring Bitcoin legal tender alongside the US Dollar, El Salvador is breaking new ground for cryptocurrency adoption of remittance-dependent governments.

    A Look at Crypto Sectors

    As the number of different tokens grows, it can be helpful to group the various coins into sectors. Which possible classification frameworks exist? How did various sectors perform over the past 30 days, and what did correlations within and across sectors look like?

    NFTs: Gaming and Digital Art

    NFTs as a medium to represent unique, digital items have recently seen renewed interest, with an increase in trade volume, prices and active users or collectors. What is happening in some of the more popular projects?

    Ethereum’s London Upgrade

    In the near future, Ethereum will hard fork and the changes for the London upgrade will be integrated. What exactly will change? And how does this affect the user experience on Ethereum, as well as the total supply of ETH?

    State of Bitcoin and Ethereum Networks

    After a wave of news concerning current or coming regulations and bans of mining in China, the crypto markets have entered a calmer period. How do some on-chain metrics reflect this? What does it mean for Bitcoin and Ethereum?

    Collateral in DeFi

    DeFi markets have grown to more than $50 billion in assets under management (or TVL - total value locked) and have withstood high market volatility. What currencies are used as collateral in the major DeFi lending and borrowing protocols?

    “China Bans Crypto” 2021 Edition

    Volatility is nothing new for crypto veterans. The events of the past week, however, surely have tested the confidence of many investors. What happened?

    Diving into Decentralized Storage

    A “decentralized internet” – this is the vision for many projects exploring solutions for data storage in the crypto space. What approaches exist today? What differentiates Filecoin from BitTorrent or Swarm?

    The Altseason of 2021

    Altcoins have performed well this year and outperformed Bitcoin, on average, since January. What are some of the most recent developments in the space? Which fundamental catalysts could drive the “altseason” further?

    Algorithmic Stablecoins

    Navigating the rough waters of the cryptocurrency markets sometimes requires finding a safe haven. Algorithmic stablecoins aim to deliver just that – but do they indeed hold that promise?

    NFTs: A Peek into Mainstream Adoption

    Non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) have managed to gain recognition beyond the crypto space and have been quickly embraced by pioneering artists around the world. What are they all about? Where do NFTs come from? And what does the future for them look like?

    Arbitrage and Frontrunning in DeFi

    Block rewards and transaction fees are a commonly known source of income for block producers. There is a third profit opportunity, however – miner/maximum extractable value. How does this affect DeFi protocols and users? What are the consequences?

    Bitcoin’s Energy Consumption

    As Bitcoin becomes more popular, questions regarding its energy consumption step into the limelight. What is the true environmental impact of Bitcoin? How is the “Bitcoin electricity mix” composed?

    Valuation of DeFi Tokens

    Decentralized finance continues to attract both interest as well as capital, and appears to be solidifying itself as an ideal product-market fit for highly secure, public blockchains. Which metrics might be useful in estimating the market value of DeFi tokens?

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