• Livepeer: Considerations for Decentralized Governance
    Oct 10, 2019 4 minute read On September 12, 2019, Chris, Lorien, and I discussed governance with the Livepeer team and community.
  • Evaluating Staking Networks:
    How Figment selects projects to support
    Oct 08, 2019 8 minute read Although this is a rough set of guidelines, no two projects are the same. At Figment we take every project into consideration seriously and value it for its own specific merits.
  • Staking Hub: Coda Protocol AMA
    Oct 03, 2019 7 minute read On Sep 23, 2019, Evan Shapiro, Pranay Mohan, and Emre Tekisalp joined us to reveal the much-awaited staking mechanics for Coda Protocol.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ September 2019 Network Analysis
    Sep 28, 2019 3 minute read Cosmos Hub 3 was due to launch on Sep 24, 2019, according to Cosmos Hub 3 Upgrade Proposal D. However, the upgrade failed, due to a bug in the migration procedure. The Cosmos Hub was down for a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes, which was 1 hour and 15 minutes longer than scheduled. The bug has been fixed and is due for release.
  • Risk Management for Staking: Slashing
    Sep 27, 2019 4 minute read 2019 is touted as the year of staking, with dozens of heavily funded Proof-of-Stake (PoS) networks going live or nearing launch. Although they bring with them exceptional growth potential, they also create new responsibilities for token holders that come with their own set of risks.
  • Cosmos inflation & staking rewards:
    How are they related?
    Sep 25, 2019 3 minute read It's important to understand that Cosmos' inflation is different than its rewards rate. Think of Cosmos' newly-minted ATOMs as a pie: inflation is the size of that pie. Staking is your right to claim a slice of the pie. We pool and split the rewards with everyone else staking, so the more that others stake, the smaller the slice of pie you get. The bigger the pie, the bigger the slice for everyone staking.
  • Introducing: Cosmos Hub 3 ⚛️
    Sep 20, 2019 3 minute read We are four days away from the first major Cosmos Hub upgrade. Here’s what to expect.
  • Funds that Stake: U.S. Tax Considerations for Investors in Proof of Stake Networks
    Sep 18, 2019 3 minute read Proof of Stake (PoS) and the token rewards that arise from staking raise a host of new questions that the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS and have yet to definitively answer.
  • Staking KSM: How to claim & stake your Kusama tokens
    Sep 18, 2019 4 minute read If you own DOTs, you’re entitled to KSM. Claim them to get staking now!
  • Staking Hub: Kusama AMA
    Sep 18, 2019 10 minute read On August 29, 2019, Bill Laboon (W3F) and Joe Petrowski (Parity) joined us to answer all questions Kusama. Own DOTs? Learn to claim your KSM tokens here.
  • Takeaways from Berlin Blockchain Week 2019
    Sep 09, 2019 4 minute read A thriving ecosystem Like many others in the industry, Figment enjoyed a great week in Berlin, connecting with various stakeholders and soaking in the enthusiasm of a rapidly evolving decentralized community.
  • Figment’s First Look: Kusama
    Aug 22, 2019 4 minute read Figment Networks will offer a validator service for Kusama that will be open for delegation. If you own DOT, you own KSM– to learn more.
  • Terra staking update: 9.75% LUNA rewards
    Aug 16, 2019 3 minute read Terra, the Korea-based stablecoin blockchain, wasted no time rallying end-user blockchain adoption after launching in April 2019. Terra-based payments app, Chai, reportedly became one of Korea’s most widely used blockchain-based apps, both on Google Play and the App Store.
  • Figment’s First Look: Solana
    Aug 06, 2019 7 minute read Solana is a permissionless, decentralized, and secure smart contract blockchain platform proposing to solve the scalability problem now. Without sharding.
  • Staking Hub AMA: Kava Staking
    Jul 31, 2019 8 minute read Kevin Davis and Scott Stuart just returned from HackAtom and Buidl in South Korea. They graciously joined Staking Hub to talk all things Kava and to answer our questions.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ July 2019 Network Analysis
    Jul 30, 2019 4 minute read TL;DR Summary: 1) Upgrade: Cosmos Hub 3 could come as early as Aug 19, 2019 2) ....
  • Compound chooses Figment Networks as Staking Partner
    Jul 24, 2019 2 minute read Compound has chosen Figment Networks as their staking and infrastructure partner on Proof of Stake networks, starting with Livepeer.
  • Kava partners with Figment Networks to launch Hubble on upcoming Kava Network
    Jul 24, 2019 2 minute read Kava and Figment Networks have partnered to launch the Hubble validator analytics and alerting tool on the Kava Platform.
  • Cosmos Staking Decentralized: Interview with Cypher Core
    Jul 18, 2019 7 minute read Cypher Core recently appeared on our radar for their open source Cosmos applications and thoughtful content, thanks to Adriana from KalpaTech. I chatted with Ken from Cypher Core last week.
  • Staking Hub AMA: IDEX Staking
    Jul 17, 2019 7 minute read Inspired by Julien Bouteloup and Leopold Joy from Stake Capital, who graciously answered our many IDEX questions over in Staking Hub (and here’s our Twitter).
  • Takeaways from the Cosmos Interchain Conversations Conference
    Jun 14, 2019 3 minute read We spent the last two days in sunny Berlin for the Interchain Conversations Conference put on by the Cosmos/Tendermint team and the Interchain Foundation.
  • A Staker’s Look at the Edgeware Lockdrop
    Jun 09, 2019 8 minute read Word is getting around the staking community about Edgeware’s “lockdrop,” a unique new token distribution mechanism. But before we talk about the lockdrop, here’s a quick primer on Edgeware.
  • Full Disclosure: Figment’s Cosmos Validator Infrastructure
    Jun 04, 2019 6 minute read There have been a few operational incidents in which large validators on the Cosmos Hub experienced prolonged downtime
  • An Expedited Upgrade for Cosmos Hub 2
    May 31, 2019 3 minute read If you’re connected to the Cosmos community, you likely would have seen various alerts and messages going around about an expedited update requiring a hard fork.
  • The Livepeer Bet: Allocative Capacity
    May 28, 2019 3 minute read A bet on Livepeer is a bet on allocative capacity. This is the premise: idle compute capacity will always be cheaper than dedicated capacity.
  • Reporting for Staking Rewards
    May 09, 2019 2 minute read If you participated in the latest tax season, you (or your accountant) may have noticed that the United States tax reporting guidelines for cryptocurrencies are uncertain at best.
  • (Mis)Understanding Yield and Inflation in Proof of Stake Networks
    May 01, 2019 4 minute read If we are going to realize a future built around decenteralized technologies it’s critical to get the narratives right. However, when “talking blockchain” traditional finance terms are often used incorrectly in an attempt to describe the new paradigm.
  • How (and why) to evaluate validator participation in Proof-of-Stake blockchain communities
    Apr 30, 2019 5 minute read While the core promise of blockchain technology involves data security, decentralization, and transactional speed/reliability at scale, the main use cases we’ve seen thus far have been limited to long-term value storage (e.g. bitcoin) and programmatic transactions of digital tokens (e.g. ethereum).
  • Figment Networks launching Terra Validator
    Apr 19, 2019 2 minute read Terra is creating a new stablecoin for consumers and a payment system for merchants designed to be used both online and offline.
  • Creating Cosmos Governance Proposals
    Apr 08, 2019 2 minute read When thinking about and participating in governance proposals, our process will be a bit different from conventional legal practices, because a cryptogovernance framework for the Cosmos Hub has yet to be established.
  • Delegate to Any Cosmos Validator Using Your Ledger on Hubble
    Mar 21, 2019 2 minute read You can now securely delegate Cosmos Atoms to your favorite Validator using your Ledger in Hubble.
  • Figment Networks Raises Seed Round to Provide Large Crypto Token Holders with …
    Mar 20, 2019 2 minute read Today Figment Networks (, a provider of institutional grade Proof of Stake (PoS) infrastructure services, announced the conclusion of a seed financing round of $2,000,000 (CAD).
  • Cosmos Network Launch and Decentralization
    Mar 18, 2019 3 minute read The Cosmos Network mainnet has launched and pulled off a rare feat for a Proof of Stake network: a totally decentralized start.
  • Track Cosmos Validator performance with Hubble Alerts
    Mar 14, 2019 2 minute read Now that the Cosmos Hub has launched, Delegators are beginning to join the network and choose Validators by delegating their ATOMs.
  • What Tezos can learn from GDPR
    Mar 11, 2019 3 minute read In late February, Nomadic announced their two flavors of the Athens proposal for Tezos. Immediately, the Tezos community became polarized and buzzing with opinions.
  • Figment Networks is launching a genesis validator on the IRISHub betanet
    Mar 05, 2019 4 minute read At 0530UTC on March 1st, 2019, IRISNet launched the IRISHub, the first global, permissionless, public Tendermint blockchain. We are excited to be participating in this groundbreaking part of the Cosmos Internet of Blockchains vision.
  • Evaluating a Cosmos Validator: Securing the Private Key
    Mar 04, 2019 6 minute read In this post we’ll dive into security and Private Key management, and discuss the tradeoffs of different approaches. As a Delegator, you should have a good understanding of your Validator’s approach so you can better understand your slashing risk for Atom loss.
  • Cosmos Game of Stakes Learnings and Questions
    Feb 07, 2019 3 minute read As we near the end of the great Game of Stakes (GoS) experiment, we wanted to take stock of what we’ve learned and share the new questions we are wrestling with.
  • Livepeer is a brilliantly designed crypto network for delivering scaled value (blockchain pioneers, take note)
    Jan 30, 2019 5 minute read Well, it’s official: the lofty promises made during the 2017 crypto frenzy have come up dramatically short.
  • Hubble Update Q1 2019
    Jan 29, 2019 1 minute read
  • Tezos’ New Year Update
    Jan 21, 2019 2 minute read Happy 2019! Looks like this year could be a very interesting year for Tezos as exchanges and custodians like Coinbase become more involved in PoS blockchains.
  • Smart Contracts vs. Application-Specific Blockchains
    Dec 13, 2018 6 minute read Besides the addition and subtraction of numbers on a distributed ledger (i.e. cryptocurrencies), blockchains hold the power to provide most — if not all — of the services that centralized computing can provide.
  • Launch of Tezos Dashboard
    Dec 07, 2018 3 minute read It’s been a newsworthy few weeks within the Tezos community, first with the 90-minute network stall caused by a single baker, followed by an attack of the network resulting in 200,000+ new spam Tezos accounts being created (causing the number of accounts to increase by more than 5X).
  • Our Cosmos Game of Stakes Strategy
    Nov 16, 2018 1 minute read We do not plan to form or join a cartel in the upcoming Cosmos Game of Stakes.
  • Hubble for Cosmos now Open Source
    Nov 09, 2018 1 minute read We’ve open sourced Hubble and moved it to a new home at
  • Announcing Tezos Batch Payments!
    Oct 29, 2018 2 minute read To our fellow bakers, we have some exciting news! For the past few months, we at Figment have worked hard to set up a secure and scalable infrastructure for our delegators.
  • Stake Your Tezos with Figment Networks!
    Oct 19, 2018 2 minute read We’re thrilled at Figment to announce the launch of our Tezos staking platform.
  • Figment Podcasts
    Oct 17, 2018 1 minute read Andrew Cronk (Figment), Meher Roy (Chorus One), and Jake Brukhman (CoinFund) discuss evaluating crypto networks and what it means to have institutional investors paying attention to space.
  • Tezos Baking Economics — Guide
    Sep 24, 2018 5 minute read This guide aims to explain some of the assumptions and caveats relating to the above set of projections modeling the operations and financials of baking in Tezos.
  • An introduction to Proof-of-Stake token yields: Assessing risks and rewards
    Sep 18, 2018 6 minute read Although the latest wave of blockchain hype has calmed down this year, the ferocity of teams working on the underlying technology continues to increase.
  • Cosmos Delegator and Validator Economics
    Sep 02, 2018 2 minute read As the Cosmos network gets closer to launch, a key question is how the Atom delegation system for Validators will work.
  • An introduction to the Cosmos Network: Why the Internet of Blockchains will help drive mass adoption of decentralized applications
    Jul 18, 2018 7 minute read While the scaling problem for blockchains is well understood and being addressed by many teams, what is often overlooked is the interoperability problem and why it matters for the future of crypto.
  • A primer on Proof-of-Stake and why it matters for the future of blockchains
    May 14, 2018 8 minute read There is a major, multi-faceted shift happening right now in the world of crypto.