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A $70 Million Decentralized Organization Is Returning Its Funds To The Community, Find Out Why

19. Feb 2020
A $70 Million Decentralized Organization Is Returning Its Funds To The Community, Find Out Why
DigixDAO is arguably the world's oldest decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) and has been a pioneering innovation in the crypto asset industry since its inception in March 2016. In addition, Digix was the first crowdsale based on Ethereum. It was launched to manage the minting of stablecoins backed by gold through the use of smart contracts on Ethereum. In January 2020, almost four years since the inception of the project, the holders of the DigixDAO token voted to dissolve the DAO and return the 380,000 ETH held by it to the token holders. What happened?

Understanding Crypto Market Microstructure (w/ CoinDesk Head of Research, Noelle Acheson)

15. Feb 2020
Understanding Crypto Market Microstructure (w/ CoinDesk Head of Research, Noelle Acheson)
In the latest episode of the Amun State of Crypto, Ophelia (Amun's co-founder and president) and Lanre (Amun's researcher) discuss crypto's market microstructure with Noelle Acheson, CoinDesk's Head of Research. The group discusses the differences in the market microstructure between the crypto asset industry and traditional capital markets. The guests drew from their experience within capital markets to understand the intricacies of the crypto market.

Reviewing the Top Crypto Predictions of 2020

30. Jan 2020
Reviewing the Top Crypto Predictions of 2020
In this episode, the Amun team came together to review the top crypto predictions and theses of 2020 from Coinbase, Messari, and Blockchain Capital. The main predictions that the Amun team review in this episode are: (1) that the number and size of mergers and acquisition activity will increase in the years to come; (2) that general use of blockchain technology will become common; and (3) that the market capitalization of stablecoins will continue to grow rapidly.

What Does the Bitcoin Halving Mean?

30. Jan 2020
What Does the Bitcoin Halving Mean?
In this episode, the Amun team (Lanre, Hansen, and Rahul) came together to discuss the Bitcoin Halving with one of the leading crypto asset researchers in the industry, Hasu. In this episode we give a detailed explanation of how exactly Bitcoin mining works and what impact the halving will have on the mining industry, Hasu's research on Bitcoin's economic security, and the efficiency of crypto markets.

Issues With Crypto Education

18. Dec 2019
Issues With Crypto Education
In this episode of the State of Crypto brainstorm, the Amun team came together to discuss the current issues in the crypto asset industry associated with education. The external guest this week is Ria Bhutoria, Director of Research at Fidelity Digital Assets. In this episode the Amun team and Ria discuss the main issues in crypto education such as: a lack of standardisation, issues with metric game-ability, and technical barriers to education.

A Thesis for Crypto in Africa

11. Dec 2019
In this episode of the state of crypto brainstorm, the 21Shares team came together to discuss the impact crypto and blockchain technology could have across the continent of Africa.
In this episode, Yele and the 21Shares team discuss Yele's thesis for crypto in Africa, touch on the various problems that crypto can actually help solve, and analyze what the main impediments to crypto adoption in Africa are. Stayed tuned. Reading Materials: Binance Podcast — Blockchain Continent is Happening in Africa (w. Yele); United Nations — Africa Could Be the Next Frontier for Cryptocurrency; Africa Digital Asset Framework — An Open-source Map to the Pan-African Blockchain Ecosystem; Cointelegraph — Crypto in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges, Explained; Dether — The State of Crypto in Nigeria

Understanding Tokens: Regulation and Economic Models

4. Dec 2019
The 21Shares team comes together to discuss the impact recent regulatory actions on token sale will have on the market and give an overview of the different economic models for tokens.
The 21Shares team (Hany Rashwan, Ophelia Snyder, Laurent Kssis, Hansen Wang, and Lanre Ige) comes together to discuss the impact recent regulatory actions on token sale will have on the market and give an overview of the different economic models for tokens. The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) has been heating up their enforcement action over the last few months with recent enforcements/settlements actions against companies such as Block.one. The primary contributor to the cool-down of the wider token sale market has been a general fear of action by the SEC and the intricacies of each of the SEC's token sale-related cases thus far will have long-term impacts on the crypto asset market. In addition, the regulatory investigations over the last few years in different tokens has helped further shed a light on the various kinds of economic models different crypto assets use. The differences between each tokens model affects its economic, valuation, and regulatory status and as such is of the utmost importance for anyone interested in the crypto asset industry. Tune in to this week's episode to learn about token sale regulation and crypto asset economic models — two of the most cutting edge topics within the sector. Reading Materials: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — SEC Orders Blockchain Company to Pay $24 Million Penalty for Unregistered ICO; Karen E. Ubell (Special Counsel, Cooley) — In the Matter of Block.one (https://bit.ly/2rQIJRw); Block.one — Block.one Announces Settlement with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Fabric Ventures — The Fabric Ventures Investment Thesis; Kyle Samani (Multicoin Capital) — New Models for Utility Tokens; John Pfeffer — An (Institutional) Investor's Take on Cryptoassets This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group . For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: blockworksgroup.io

Passive vs. Active Investing in Crypto

27. Nov 2019
The 21Shares team comes together to reinvigorate the age-old dilemma between active and passive investing.
In this episode of 21Shares' "State of Crypto" the 21Shares team (Hany Rashwan, Ophelia Snyder, Laurent Kssis and Hansen Wang) got together to reinvigorate the age-old dilemma between active and passive investing - but instead of looking at traditional markets, we applied the same principles to the crypto markets. As crypto markets are open 24/7, 365 days a year, and with a lack of infrastructure compared to the traditional financial markets, investing in crypto is much different than investing in stocks, bonds or commodities. Historically speaking, actively managed funds have had a hard time beating Bitcoin, the industry benchmark. But is this due to higher fees or lower liquidity? Tune in to find out. Reading materials: Yossi Hasson — "The passive investor's guide to crypto investing"; Toroso Investments — "The "ETF Rule", Like Crypto, Blockchain, and Active Management, Signals More Industry"; Rayne Steinberg (Arca Investments) — "Standing on the Shoulders of Giant – Active Management and Crypto"; Howard Marks (Oaktree Clients) — Investing Without People (Passive Investing and ETFs). This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group . For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: blockworksgroup.io

The Environmental Impact of Bitcoin

21. Nov 2019
The 21Shares team comes together to shed some new light on the old problem of Bitcoin’s energy consumption.
This week, the 21Shares team (Ophelia Snyder, Lanre Ige and Hansen Wang) came together to shed some new light on the old problem of Bitcoin’s energy consumption. One of the main arguments of opponents of Bitcoin's use of proof-of-work mining is the excessive amount of electricity needed to secure the Bitcoin system. However, there are arguments to suggest that Bitcoin could also give society significant benefits by helping "bank the unbanked" and give billions of people access to financial markets, which the traditional money system cannot. So does this added benefit outweigh the additional costs? Tune in to hear our views. Reading from this week: Coinshares Research – "Bitcoin Mining Network Update"; MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research — "The Carbon Footprint of Bitcoin"; Vox — "Bitcoin is an energy hog. Where is all that electricity coming from?"

Open Source Governance

13. Nov 2019
In this week's episode, the 21Shares team is joined by Richard Muirhead (Founding Partner at Fabric Ventures) to discuss the dynamics of open source governance for crypto assets.
In this week's episode, the 21Shares team is joined by Richard Muirhead (Founding Partner at Fabric Ventures) to discuss the dynamics of open source governance for crypto assets. From the 21Shares team, the participants are Hansen Wang and Lanre Ige. This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group.

Consumable Digital Commodities

6. Nov 2019
In this episode, the 21Shares team and Stephen McKeon discuss the emergence of digital commodities and how blockchain technology is used to democratize these new type of commodities which were previously exclusively supplied by large centralized entities.
In this week's episode, the 21Shares team is joined by Mr. Stephen McKeon (Partner at Collaborative Fund) to discuss the emergence of digital commodities and how blockchain technology is used to democratize these new type of commodities which were previously exclusively supplied by large centralized entities. From the 21Shares team, the participants are Ophelia Snyder, Hany Rashwan and Greg Shaheen. This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: blockworksgroup.io

Lessons from the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Proposal

30. Oct 2019
In this episode, the 21Shares team discusses why a Bitcoin ETF is so important, the key issues the SEC had with Bitwise's proposal, and more!
In the first episode of 21Shares' State of Crypto podcast, our co-founders, Hany Rashwan and Ophelia Snyder, discuss the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) recent rejection of Bitwise Asset Management's Bitcoin ETF proposal with our Head of ETPs, Laurent Kssis, Bitwise's Global Head of Research, Matthew Hougan, and Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP, Barry Pershkow. They touch on the reasons why a Bitcoin ETF is so important, the key issues the SEC had with Bitwise's proposal, and more! This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group . For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: blockworksgroup.io

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