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Facebook’s Libra In Two Tortured Analogies

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At the start of Season Four of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Jean-Luc Picard returned home to his family vineyard on Earth to recover from his assimilation by the Borg. While enjoying one of the vineyard’s own vintages over dinner, Picard’s resentful brother remarked that the former’s spacefaring years spent drinking the artificial “synthehol” dulled his formerly discerning palate. …

Rethinking Decentralization

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During the Consensus 2019 conference in New York, I discussed the Titan hashpower marketplace and how it works. More importantly, though, I presented a vision for how the greater Titan network would address a persistent perceived threat to proof-of-work cryptocurrency networks: the centralization of mining. …

Financial Services, Cloud, and the Blockchain Imperative

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Financial Services, Cloud, and the Blockchain ImperativeI come from the financial services industry. While it has made great strides in exploringblockchain technology and has produced a number of proofs-of-concept, it has been slow to approach production-class projects that feature exposure to public blockchains. (I was fortunate in that my previous employer was forward-thinking in this sense.) On one hand, that makes it similar to many other sectors, which are often risk-averse and reluctant to jettison established norms. We are, after all, talking about people’s money. …

Crypto Classes: Bloq’s Jordan Kruger guest lectures at Georgetown

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Universities and colleges are starting to approach blockchain technology from a more academic position – it’s no longer relegated to the office hours and sabbatical fantasies of economics and computer science professors. A professor from my grad school alma mater, Georgetown University, recently invited me to speak to a class of MBA students on blockchain fundamentals, a high level of Bitcoin blockchain technology, exciting use cases and crypto user management. …

Cloud Computing: A Step Function Towards the Decentralized Future

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Industry and social media debate whether cloud computing is technically or philosophically compatible with the cryptocurrencies and blockchain networks. After all, decentralization is an article of faith across our industry. For many prominent voices, any delay in achieving that distant vision is interminably long and any perceived half-measures along the way are deemed unforgivable. Navigating the hurdles facing a fully decentralized future — and, more importantly, preparing our customers for it — is what drives us at Bloq. …

Crypto Capital

Chicago: Crypto Capital?

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FinTank, a fintech hub based in Chicago, recently hosted a carefully curated meeting of the city’s top fintech and cryptocurrency players to discuss how to make Chicago the Crypto Capital of the US – if not the world. …