Interview with Adel de Meyer, Co-Founder of DAPS Coin

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Recently I had a chance to chat with Adel de Meyer, entrepreneur and leader of DAPS coin, a fully anonymous staking coin and payment system. Her project recently published a new DAPS whitepaper and announced its web wallet. In our conversation, we talked about her journey into crypto, how the project came together, the challenges of … Continue reading Interview with Adel de Meyer, Co-Founder of DAPS Coin

Welcome to the Age of Monetary Exploration

Cryptocurrency is full of people who believe in old economic theories that have never been tried in the real world. There’s an almost zealous adherence to esoteric principles that seem to have no place in our modern lives.   Fitting, perhaps, for a niche technology whose earliest followers—and most ardent advocates—came to it as an … Continue reading Welcome to the Age of Monetary Exploration

Prepare for the Centralization of Decentralized Finance

Decentralized Finance, aka "DeFi," will give everybody access to the same money-making opportunities rich people use to build wealth. These open, permissionless financial networks are available to anybody who has a cryptocurrency wallet, with one quirk: they're computer programs. No people or banks, just algorithms backed by a blockchain. Financial engineers mix and match these … Continue reading Prepare for the Centralization of Decentralized Finance

Crypto is Easy – August 2020

Cryptocurrency is full of people who believe in old economic theories that have never been tried in the real world. There’s an almost zealous adherence to esoteric principles that seem to have no place in modern psychology, behavioral economics, and politics.   Fitting, perhaps, for a niche technology whose earliest followers—and most ardent advocates—came to … Continue reading Crypto is Easy – August 2020

Why You’re Missing Bitcoin’s Most Revolutionary Feature

With bitcoin's price exploding, you may think it's about to go mainstream. Finally, the blockchain will have its day and everybody will realize the amazing power of open, permissionless financial networks and censorship-resistant money systems. Fiat oppression will end. Prosperity will return. Let freedom ring! That sounds nice, but it also misses the point. It's … Continue reading Why You’re Missing Bitcoin’s Most Revolutionary Feature

You Don’t Like Central Banks. You Need Them (So Does Bitcoin)

The European Central Bank has spawned so many memes over the years, I can understand why people think it’s a laughing stock. Central banks in general get a bad rap. Have you heard what they're saying about the U.S. Federal Reserve? And then there's this: https://twitter.com/LibertyBlitz/status/1288172663702052864 If your natural response is "screw them, buy bitcoin," … Continue reading You Don’t Like Central Banks. You Need Them (So Does Bitcoin)

One Thing Needs to Happen Before Bitcoin Booms

When I talk to people about my book, Consensusland, few of them ask me about the social, political, and economic impact of cryptographically-secure, time-stamped distributed ledgers. (Which stinks, because that’s what the book’s about.) No, most people ask “should I buy bitcoin?” They seem interested in whether they can make money from its price going up. So you’d think the facts … Continue reading One Thing Needs to Happen Before Bitcoin Booms

Crypto is Easy, Issue #5

Each month in the Crypto is Easy newsletter, I publish my thoughts on big-picture, global events and trends that affect the cryptocurrency markets. I am reposting this month's piece below. If you like it, you may want to subscribe to the newsletter directly. That way, you will get everything delivered directly to your inbox. Go to Crypto is … Continue reading Crypto is Easy, Issue #5

Prepare for Crypto’s Early Adopters (They’re Not Who You Expect)

In the classic “diffusion of innovations” theory, new technology has to progress from innovators to early adopters before it can go mainstream. Innovators are the 5% of people who adopt technology while it’s still experimental. They prove the concept. Early adopters come next. Generally, these people have connections with innovators, a high degree of thought … Continue reading Prepare for Crypto’s Early Adopters (They’re Not Who You Expect)

Why Cryptocurrency Doesn’t Need to Compete With Government Money

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As the global financial crisis accelerates, cryptocurrency has returned to mainstream public discourse. You know bitcoin has reached some level of legitimacy when Bloomberg Radio quotes its price. Now that people are talking about central bank digital currencies, hyperinflation, and the search for safe-haven assets, I see the old debate rekindled: “We already have government … Continue reading Why Cryptocurrency Doesn’t Need to Compete With Government Money