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Yuga Labs, the company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club, sold 55,000 virtual plots of land in its upcoming metaverse, Otherside, for about $5,800 each. While the transactions were done in ApeCoin, the NFTs were minted on Ethereum, where gas fees for each mint ranged from 2.6 to 5 ETH ($6,500-$14,000) at the time of the transactions. By the time the virtual land deeds sold out, buyers paid a total of about $123 million in gas fees to send Yuga Labs about $320 million. Ouch! Continue Reading →
ETH
Ethereum is a few months away from its transition from Proof of Work (mining) to Proof of Stake (staking). You need 32 ETH (roughly $96,000) to operate a solo PoS node. If you don't have that much, you can join a PoS pool for a small service fee. Which raises the question: If you are planning to hodl (slang for "hold") your ETH, should you make the investment to become a solo PoS validator node, commit it to a staking pool, or completely ignore all of this and just hodl your ETH safely in a hardware wallet? Continue Reading →

Bored? Follow the ETH.

Bored Ape 6525
On the morning of January 23, 2022, I saw a tweet about purchasing a Bored Ape NFT for 135 ETH that I assumed was completely fake. It turned out to be fake. But the transaction was absolutely real. How do I know? The Ethereum blockchain is a public ledger. Transactions are viewable by anyone (including you and me), so let's do a little exploring and see who spent $337,500 (1 ETH = $2,500 at the time) to get their Bored Ape. Continue Reading →
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 →
A rock NFT valued at 444 ether (ETH), or $1.2 million, sold for 444 Wei ($0.0012) to a bot as the seller, DinoDealer, confused WEI and ETH. In a tweet, the seller said, "in one click my entire net worth of ~$1 million dollars, gone." 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 →

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