The Crypto-Powered Future

by Marc Woodward October 5, 2021

The Crypto-Powered Future is Already Here Investing is essentially an attempt to predict the future by allocating capital to the most promising companies, technologies, or economic models, adjusted for risk tolerance. In December 2003, William Gibson, one of the most influential Cyberpunk authors, wrote ‘The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” […]

Crypto Assets Rebound After A Week of Bullish Sentiment

by David Angliss July 27, 2021

Today’s blog post will be covering significant events that have occurred over the past week that are accelerating crypto assets’ quest for mainstream adoption. These were the “B-word” conference organised by the Crypto Council Of Innovation, news from Fidelity Digital regarding institutional demand for crypto exposure and lastly, announcements of Amazon’s new hiring remit for […]

Central Bank Digital Currencies

by Tim Johnston April 7, 2020

What are Central Bank Digital Currencies? Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) are digital fiat currencies issued directly by central banks. The crucial distinction between digital fiat currencies and the digital currency in our bank accounts appears to be how they are issued. In the former, only commercial banks and certain financial institutions can hold electronic […]

Rewriting the Protocol of Society

by Henrik Andersson October 22, 2019

Front page of Australian newspapers October 21, 2019 In Computer Science a protocol is a specification of the rules of a communication system — it’s a foundational standard that we can lean on and build more complex applications on top of. In Western democracies, the fundamental rights, or put another way, the protocol of a society is […]

Crypto is Based on Thin Air

by Tim Johnston August 27, 2019

President Trump recently shared his thoughts on Bitcoin and other crypto assets. We were unsurprised to learn that he is not a crypto enthusiast. The President’s concern that crypto assets are “based on thin air” is not uncommon. Crypto assets are not backed by anything. But the premise that an asset cannot be valuable if […]

Crypto is Cutting the Gordian Knot of a Complex Financial System

by Henrik Andersson April 2, 2019

The Gordian Knot is a legend of Phrygian Gordium associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem (untying an impossibly-tangled knot) solved easily by finding an approach to the problem that renders the perceived constraints of the problem moot (“cutting the Gordian knot”) — Wikipedia Crypto Assets cut the […]

Crypto as a Force for Good

by Henrik Andersson March 5, 2019

Image: Index of Economic Freedom As crypto investors we are sometimes faced with the question about the usefulness of crypto. While we believe crypto assets can be the foundation for a new kind of trust infrastructure not just for money but more generally for contracts — we will here think about crypto as a form of money. […]

Financial Privacy and Cryptocurrencies

by Henrik Andersson December 10, 2018

As I write this blog post, the Australian government has just enacted a decryption bill that according to experts can only lead to systemic weaknesses that will put us all at risk. Apple is protesting this bill in a letter saying: “Encryption is simply math. Any process that weakens the mathematical models that protect user […]

Roubini Rebuttal

by Henrik Andersson November 23, 2018

Our response to Nouriel Roubini’s October 2018 testimony for the US Senate (https://www.banking.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Roubini%20Testimony%2010-11-18.pdf) Crypto Bubble (2017) and Crypto Apocalypse and Bust (2018) Roubini fails to recognise that Bitcoin and other crypto assets have gone through many bubble/bust cycles in the past. Anything that starts at a price of zero would need to go up a […]

Rebuilding the Financial System From the Ground Up

by Henrik Andersson August 14, 2018

Image: ICE, the owner is NYSE just announced a crypto platform bringing crypto to Wall Street. Smart contracts will bring Wall Street to crypto. Applications for Crypto and Blockchain technology can be divided into use cases that on one hand provide incremental improvements to existing processes and on the other hand offer completely new and […]