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  1. App Coins and Tezos

    In light of the momentum around App Coins, whereby developers build specially marked tokens to power applications on an existing network (which can be converted in-and-out of the main network token), we have been asked about our strategy around App Coins. After all, the market for App Coins is extremely hot with ~$250 mm raised for a handful of projects.

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  2. Thoughts on “the DAO”

    With over $120 million worth of ether (Ethereum’s native token) under its control, it’s hard to ignore “the DAO”. While we’re thrilled that this project strives to achieve some of the objectives of Tezos, we find it comes short in several important way.

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  3. Making sense of colored coins

    It’s impossible to walk around the distributed ledger landscape without encountering the idea of so-called “colored coins”. The purpose of this post is to clarify their nature, the motivation behind their invention, some of the issues associated with them, and the circumstances under which their exercise may be warranted. There will be a car analogy at the end, you may skip to that section if you know all about colored coins and like car analogies.

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  4. What do blockchains accomplish?

    In the wake of Bitcoin’s success, many have predicted that a part of its underlying technology, the blockchain, could power many other types of applications. Blockchain technology may indeed pioneer many innovative applications. However, to harness its benefits, one must understand the fundamental technical problem they solve. Though many problems can be solved using a blockchain, few derive any benefit from such an implementation.

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  5. “Decentralized”, you keep using that word but I don’t think it means what you think it means…

    When discussing crypto-currencies, what most people mean by “decentralized” is a system in which power is extremely diluted. They picture a flat organization with an egalitarian power structure. Such a system is robust to power grabs since power belongs in the hands of the many, not the few. In common parlance “decentralization” refers to an outcome of the protocol.

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