I see some people talking about ‘fair launches’ and have had discussions with many projects who say they aim to make their token launches ‘fair’. But in my summation, many of the individuals bemoaning ‘fairness’ often are expressing entitlement and as for the projects I dont think any of them have actually sat down and thought what the word even means. So instead of ignoring it as dumb signalling lets get into it here today and discuss what ‘fairness’ means in the context of crypto token launches.

Confucius say

Fairness

Over the centuries many philosophers have spoken about this topic and as such…


This post is mainly directed towards the ZEPH community, a reward token for the Bitspark network. This month marks the 8th buyback of the ZEPH from the markets which is an awesome achievement with more to come as the launch of the new Bitspark mobile app with ZEPH rewards is just over the horizon at the end of Q2. We also recently launched in April the new updated Bitspark web platform (bitspark.io) fully integrated with Sparkdex and enabling anyone to deposit and withdraw via cash in a number of currencies and locations and exchange their fiat for cryptocurrencies and visa…


Bitshares is the longest running decentralised cryptocurrency exchange and one of the pioneers of collateralised stablecoins. The Bitshares DEX provides a sophisticated set of trading tools already but through this article I hope to be able to add to the discussion on adding one key component which I think would very much benefit the ecosystem- Trading on Margin via an active P2P lending market.

Summary TLDR

  • A lending market (ala Bitfinex style) on Bitshares will provide passive income to holders of Smartcoins like BitCNY and BitUSD at a market set interest rate.
  • Increased lending will incentivise a growth in supply of Smartcoins.


Yeah I know….. mileage may vary, depends on alot of variables etc but I still think it worth noting as a point of interest so far.

So, as you have seen me talk about before, Bitshares is awesome and so far ahead of many other projects and has been so for years. However recently a worker proposal was approved (worker proposals are where people get paid by the blockchain for doing something and get voted in) for the creation of market making bot for the Bitshares Decentralised Exchange, called Dexbot. …


Pictured: https://www.iizcat.com/post/4418/Hilarious-comic-about-trust-and-the-cat

I don’t want you the trust me, I want you to validate what I say yourself. Placing trust in other humans is a necessity and happens everyday in life, whether it's the bus driver, a chef or your work colleagues. Many things in life involve trust but also many things don’t have to. In the case of Blockchains and cryptocurrencies, the whole idea is the value comes from removing trusted intermediaries in interactions and replacing them with mathematically verifiable proofs.

For example, if I tell you 1+1=2, do you believe me? Why would you need to ‘believe’? Believing in this…


2017 is nearly at an end and it has been quite the exciting year in the crypto world. I will spare you from yet more commentary on the recent happenings this year and focus on what I predict will be an important shift in the crypto world coming next year- the rise of the Decentralised Exchange.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are traded on exchanges all around the world in hundreds of currencies. Exchanges perform an essential use for price discovery for digital assets with buyers and sellers making accounts on exchanges to trade the currencies they have either for…


We are about 7 years into Bitcoin and ‘the Blockchain’ now and its time we evaluated where we are in terms of remittances, what works and what doesnt. As a founder of Bitspark we know a thing or two about Bitcoin remittances, we’ve processed transactions for individuals, businesses, charities and all manner of service providers and we have also gained some insights along the way- I thought I’d discuss some of those examples below and hope to answer the question if Bitcoin can bring value to the remittance industry. Lets quickly recap the remittance landscape in general.

There is only…


As I’m sure you’ve heard, a Bitcoin exchange named Bitfinex recently got hacked for approximately 119 756 BTC recently. This was due to their own negligence and lax security procedures which exposed their wallets holding customer funds to attack. As a quick background, ‘Cold storage’ is a method to store Bitcoins (or any cryptocurrency) offline. Bitcoins can be physically printed on a piece of paper which is locked in a vault, stamped onto aluminium plates or pieces of wood, stored on a USB or using a Bitcoin hardware wallet. These are all secure methods of storing bitcoin because they’re ‘offline’…


Some light hearted evening musings in relation to the emergence of the Ethereum funded ‘DAO’ or Decentralised Autonomous Organisation that has recently raised over $140m+ and its implications for future society. Edit: Wrote this article on Linkedin before the hack

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Once upon a time there lived a peaceful, prosperous and free society of people in a country known as DAO. Nobody quite knows when DAO came into existence but…


Today I’d like to take some time to talk about another topic in the financial realm that has come to prominence recently and that is ‘Smart contracts’. Recently, I’ve been speaking at a few fintech events where the topic of ‘smart contracts’ came up and it was said what a revolution these things were and how its going to change everything. The truth of it however is that it depends on your use case and for 90% of the use cases it is of no use.

Smart contract is a buzzword catching up with ‘Blockchain’ in it’s usage the last…

George Harrap

TechnoKing Step.finance

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