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Crypto Kool-Aid
I just spent the most wonderful week in Los Angeles speaking, moderating, and partying at NFT|LA, a gathering of Web3 enthusiasts with a special emphasis on NFTs and all things crypto. The organizers did an outstanding job mixing solid content and amazing experiences. I'm sure everyone had an incredible time. I'm also sure the audience was bifurcated into two clearly defined groups: predators and prey. Continue Reading →

Axie Hack is Mindblowing

Axie Infinity is the most popular play-to-earn game. It is one of the best current examples of how you might combine Web2 and Web3 concepts to push the envelope. NFT|LA, a massive event about – you guessed it – NFTs opened yesterday, and I had the pleasure of moderating the opening fireside keynote with The Continue Reading →

What is the Metaverse?

Wall-E
In the metaverse (meta: to describe, verse: egotistically short for universe), everyone lives their ideal lives, visits amazing places, hangs out with incredible people, and has photographic evidence to prove it. In a metaverse, every event is epic, so even mishaps are considered exceptional. How might this evolve? Continue Reading →
Yuga Labs took its next step toward trying to build a broader media empire around the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) non-fungible token (NFT) series with the announcement of a cryptocurrency called ApeCoin, which will be the “primary token for all new products and services” from the company. That includes a newly announced play-to-earn blockchain game that the company plans to release later this year in partnership with the developer nWay. Continue Reading →
Thinking
Part of the power and promise of Web 3.0 is the concept of decentralization, the ability to transact without the need for a central authority or an intermediary such as a bank or centralized exchange. While the idea of decentralization is quite easy to understand, the devil is in the details. Continue Reading →
President Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday calling on the government to examine the risks and benefits of cryptocurrencies including the potential for a U.S. central bank digital currency (CBDC). The measures focus on six key areas: consumer protection, financial stability, illicit activity, U.S. competitiveness, financial inclusion, and responsible innovation. Continue Reading →

Crypto vs. Credit Cards

Visa vs. BTC
VisaNet can process more than 65,000 tps (transactions per second). By comparison, Bitcoin (BTC) can only process ~5 tps. Therefore, Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies by proxy) are inherently too slow for practical use. Before you buy into this apples-to-oranges comparison, let's define the word "process." With a little more clarity, you will be better able to frame your thoughts about centralized (VisaNet) versus decentralized (Proof of Work) crypto transactions. Continue Reading →
The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control is set to issue new rules to restrict financial transactions to enforce existing sanctions against Russia. The rules, dubbed the Russian Harmful Foreign Activities Sanctions Regulations, take aim at “deceptive or structured transactions or dealings to circumvent any United States sanctions, including through the use of digital currencies or assets or the use of physical assets.” Continue Reading →

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