What Is Qtum?

An Etherum and Bitcoin mashup bringing the best of both to the market.

4 minute read

Bitcoin’s ledger uses a model called UTXO, which stands for Unspent Transaction Output. What that means is that every transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain is a reference to one that came before, and anything unspent from the previous transaction (not sent to a new recipient) is sent back to the sender as change. The Bitcoin blockchain doesn’t track the balance of an account, it just tracks transactions, and builds new transactions from old ones.

Javascript is Eating the Blockchain

Javascript is showing up more and more in the cryptocurrency world.

3 minute read

There’s a famous saying in the software development world called Atwood’s Law: “Any application that can be written in JavaScript, will eventually be written in JavaScript.“. Jeff Atwood said it back in 2007, and it’s even more true today. Node.js, which is server-side Javascript, has been the “hot new thing” ever since it was released in 2009, and these days when a developer needs to build a cross-platform desktop application they’ll reach for Electron, which uses Javascript as its programming language.

What Is Neo?

How the Chinese competitor to Ethereum stacks up.

4 minute read

Ethereum introduced the world to the idea of Smart Contracts, which are blocks of code that are executed on the blockchain in a distributed manner. Smart Contracts are run on every Ethereum node and the results verified by the network, which makes it possible to execute code in a distributed and trustless manner. Anyone can join the Ethereum network and run a node, and participate in the validation of the Smart Contracts that get executed.

What Is NEM?

A cryptocurrency with Smart Assets, fast transactions, and a focus on enterprise customers.

5 minute read

NEM is one of the oldest cryptocurrencies, started back in 2014, and one of the most valuable, with a market cap over $15 billion, but it’s also one of the least talked about. That may stem from its origins in Japan, but over the last few years it has expanded its reach to Asia, Europe, and beyond by forming partnerships with major corporations around the world to use the private version of the NEM blockchain.

What Is Enigma?

Extending Ethereum with private and powerful Smart Contracts.

5 minute read

The Limits of Ethereum Smart Contracts Smart contracts, introduced to the world by Ethereum, allow for decentralized applications (dApps) that work on a blockchain. What that means is that everyone can read the code, know when it is being executed, and to inspect the results. You don’t have to trust the entity running the code because, in essence, the code is run everywhere, on every node in the blockchain, at the same time.

What Is Stellar?

How it aims to takeover the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

4 minute read

Stellar was born in 2014 as an offshoot of Ripple because Jed McCaleb, the co-founder, had philosophical differences with the rest of the Ripple board. While Ripple is focused on providing solutions to banks, Stellar aims to help facilitate payments between people. While they work in a similar fashion, Stellar is sort of like a “bottom-up” approach compard to Ripple’s “top-down”. Stellar Lumens are the currency used by the Stellar network, and when the network was started 100 billion Lumens (XLM) were created.

A Big Ico Team Is A Bad Sign

Big teams are meant to instill trust, which is something a blockchain company shouldn't need.

3 minute read

ICOs have started following a pretty standard script in how they introduce themselves to the crypto-community: Announcement on Bitcoin Talk offering bounties for shilling Advertisements on that make browsers die Requisite witepaper that no one reads Slick website featuring glossy images of the giant team The poing of all of this is, of course, to raise a lot of money when the ICO starts. This is dramatically different than the way a “normal” startup works - build a minimum viable product, get some customers, find a Venture Captialist to fuel your grown.

What Is an Ico?

How companies have made millions in minutes with an Initial Coin Offering

6 minute read

Introduction There’s been a lot of news this year about companies raising hundreds of millions of dollars by having an Initial Coin Offering, called an ICO. If you’re not familiar with an ICO, it can sound bizarre, or even like a scam (and some are). Here’s the basics of what you need to know. The Rationale Let’s say you’re a startup in the blockchain or cryptocurrency space. You think you’ve got a great idea, but you’re going to need some captial to support you while you develop your idea.