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Welcome to Crypto & V1.3 Release Notes

Published June 15, 2017

Thanks to a sky rocketing price, Ethereum has grabbed the attention of many hundreds of thousands of new investors. Those same investors are no doubt looking at the last 48 hours in disbelief – possibly renewing some initial scepticism about the future of crypto. The 24 hour changes on are – quite frankly – a bloody mess. But hardened cryptoasset investors will be drooling at the sight.

We have been here before. We’ll be here again. And the fundamentals of Ethereum and others remain unchanged.

For those looking for some speculation as to what happened in the last 48 hours:

V1.3 Release notes:

  • Graphing updated to allow for more granularity
  • Timeframe preferences are now available at the top right; no longer forced to only “Today’s” changes
  • Users can now reset cookies from the preferences menu – deletes all cookies and resets to standard ETH/USD weighted average price
  • 5-minutely data will now be available for up to 1 month (collecting from now)

I will be adding some useful information to help new users purchase and secure Ethereum in the coming weeks.

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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Published May 11, 2017

Bitcoin, Ethereum and a dozen or more altcoins have all had dramatic price increases in recent weeks. Volatility is as high as ever, but the general direction for a huge number of these coins has been upwards. This increase in market capitalization across multiple cryptocurrencies hasn’t been seen before, and could be indicative of a large stream of “new money” funnelling into the ecosystem. In the past few weeks, there have been a series of positive news stories and developments in the blockchain industry as a whole including:

  • SEC gives Bitcoin ETF a possible second shot
  • Japan legalises Bitcoin; causing massive demand in the country
  • Ethereum ENS launches, attracting $10M in auction bids
  • Japan’s largest bank partners with the consortium blockchain, Ripple (XRP)
  • Russia plans to legitimize Bitcoin; with the country’s largest retailer Ulmart, announcing they will accept the cryptocurrency
  • Australia to treat Bitcoin “like money” from June 1st 2017, dramatically improving its position with regards to taxation
  • Litecoin successfully activates Segregated Witness (a scaling fix which can be applied to Bitcoin)
  • announces its plans to become a smart-contract driven decentralized exchange (full details not yet known, but anticipated to be operating on the Ethereum blockchain)

Investors have always been nervous of cryptocurrency competition, often speculating that one’s rise may lead to another’s decimation. What has transpired in 2017 so far is that an increase in cryptocurrency adoption as whole has tremendous effects on the price of each coin, and that a price rise of one does not come at the expense of another. This year is showing itself to be the year of the blockchain ecosystem (Bitcoin, Ethereum and altcoins), and I only anticipate that this will get stronger as interoperability between chains takes hold in 2018.

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Gnosis $300M ICO Valuation

Published April 24, 2017

Last week we wrote on the Ethereum ICO ecosystem in the lead up to the Gnosis token sale. Gnosis, which aims to revolutionise prediction markets using the Ethereum blockchain and the “wisdom of the crowd”, opted for a reverse Dutch auction for their ICO. To put it simply, this style of auction meant that the faster Gnosis tokens (GNO) sold, the higher the proportion of total token supply would remain with the developers and the higher the price per token – investors were therefore incentivised to wait for a lower price as time went on.

In the previous article, I conservatively anticipated that the ICO would last no longer than a week. Embarrassingly, the ICO lasted no more than 12 minutes, exhausting the full 250,000 ETH target in record time. The result? Thanks to the reverse Dutch auction format, investors now hold just 4.2% of the total GNO supply, with the remaining amount set aside for the Gnosis developers. The total valuation of the Gnosis platform now stands at – quite obscenely – $313M.

To put this into perspective; Facebook with 5.5 million active users in 2005 was valued at $87.5M. More closely related, the competing prediction market Augur, with an established beta platform and an existing userbase, was valued at $130M ahead of the ICO. Interestingly, Augur’s price increased by nearly 40% in the hours following the end of the Gnosis ICO.

With the upmost respect for blockchain investors, this latest ICO has highlighted a craze that may well indicate the beginnings of a “Dot Com” style bubble. Whilst it would be fair to anticipate that this may be some years off (investing and securing coins/tokens eludes the vast majority of traditional investors), such a high valuation of a company with no working product is unprecedented.

Now that the ICO has completed, we are very excited to feature GNO on this site once it hits the exchanges. Stay tuned.

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Ethereum’s ICO Economy

Published April 12, 2017

Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) or “token sales” have raised in excess of $80M so far this year. An ICO allows startups and established businesses (although the latter is far less common) to raise funds through a token sale. Willing investors purchase the token with the expectation that the value of the token will rise; later selling the token on an exchange for profit. Each startup will set their own rules about the supply (often fixed) and distribution of each token. The value of each token is partly driven by the platform (Dapp), where the token is required to interact with it. For example, the prediction market platform Gnosis (whose token sale launches on 24th April) is offering up GNO tokens in return for Ether which will be used to fund the platform. These GNO tokens will then be used to create WIZ – the currency of the platform – allowing users to engage with applications built on Gnosis. The value of GNO (at least in the long run) will therefore be a direct reflection of the adoption of the Gnosis platform.

But the hype surrounding token sales is rapidly reaching fever-pitch levels. Earlier this month, Blockchain Capital raised $10M in 2 days during their venture capital fund token sale – reaching their cap and closing 26 days earlier than planned. A much lesser known brand TaaS (another blockchain based fund) has so far raised $4M with 2 weeks remaining in their ICO. Many other token sales have also raised 7 and 8 figure sums, including Chronobank, Melon and Golem to name a few.

The one thing all of these ICOs have in common? They don’t have a product yet. Tens of millions of dollars are flowing into ICOs in speculation not seen since the Dot Com Bubble, and all despite the fact that for many, entering the cryptocurrency space is filled with barriers – technical knowledge being the greatest. As the market matures and these barriers inevitably fall, it is possible that we will see the bubble of the decade. Repeating that of what was seen when the Internet began entering the mainstream in the late 1990s.

ICO Hype Proxy

Gnosis opted for a modified Dutch auction in their token sale; dramatically decreasing the incentive for investors to get in early. There would be no better signal for “hype” than if this token sale reaches its $12.5M cap and closes in a matter of days. My money is on it not passing the first week of its 1 month duration.

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Ethereum’s Dramatic Rise in Value and V1.2 Release Notes

Published March 29, 2017

For some time now, Ethereum has been more than a single currency blockchain. The past 12 months have seen huge changes in the Ethereum ecosystem, and a number of Ethereum-based tokens have launched with many becoming enormously successful. The price of Ether is now reflecting the value of the network as a whole. Whether it’s increased adoption of the public Ethereum blockchain, or private blockchain initiatives operating alongside, there is clearly an increasing demand for currencies beyond just Ether. Whilst Ether will always be the “gas” that keeps the Ethereum Virtual Machine running, these other tokens are becoming of enormous interest to investors and users alike.

Following the expansion of Ethereum, I decided to add in a number of ERC20 tokens. Here are the latest release notes for v1.2:

Release notes:

Please note that historical data is not available for these tokens. This data will be collected from today.

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