Tag Archives: Features

Blockchain in Your Pocket? The Phone Behind Sirin’s $157 Million ICO

Does the world really need a blockchain phone? Sirin Labs is betting it does. The startup, which recently raised $157 million in an initial coin offering (ICO), is building an Android smartphone from scratch with special features for cryptocurrency enthusiasts: an app store for distributed apps (dapps), cold storage for private keys (more…)

Blockchain and the Rise of Transaction Technology

Magda Borowik is the special envoy for fintech to the Ministry of Digital Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the director of technology research at FinTech Poland. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. The last couple of years were owned by the ‘fintech’ buzzword. From startups to (more…)

Don’t Use a Blockchain Unless You Really Need One

Marc Hochstein is the managing editor of CoinDesk and a former editor-in-chief of American Banker.  The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. Last month I had the plum assignment of interviewing Naval Ravikant for CoinDesk’s Most Influential in Blockchain 2017 series. During our conversation, (more…)

3 Web Giants That Could Be Decentralized on a Blockchain

The web has taken over our lives, and with that, online enterprises have grown into huge monoliths of power. Yet, while tech giants give us access to the stuff we like – music, movies, shopping – blockchain enthusiasts think an individual’s web experience could be greatly improved by decentralization. If the web’s giants (more…)

Crypto Cat and Mouse: 2018 Will Be the Year of Policy Subterfuge

Pavel Matveev is the CEO of Wirex, a bitcoin wallet and payment card provider. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. The new year will usher in regulatory arbitrage amongst companies that want to develop innovative solutions, as well as from states seeking to maximize tax receipts from (more…)

Goodbye ICOs, Hello TAOs? How Tokens Will Change in 2018

Christopher Pallotta and Vincent Molinari are the co-founders of Templum, an alternative trading system designed for cryptographic assets. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. As we enter 2018, it appears that blockchain’s contribution to capital formation has only begun. An unfortunate influx of both naive and bad actors begs for (more…)