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  • Future of Staking Podcast Series: Understanding Livepeer Governance
    May 29, 2020 2 minute read
  • Cosmos Hub heading into June 2020
    May 28, 2020 4 minute read As we head into June, let's take a look at where the Cosmos Hub is at with staking, rewards, spending, governance, and power distribution.
  • Figment’s First Look: Band Protocol
    May 28, 2020 5 minute read BandChain is an upcoming blockchain-agnostic decentralized oracle that claims to offer speed, scalability, cross-chain compatibility, and data flexibility.
  • Celo Governance in a Nutshell
    May 25, 2020 4 minute read Celo governance is complex and unlike other networks. Here's how to understand and participate in Celo's system of governance.
  • Figment’s First Look: NEAR Protocol
    May 19, 2020 5 minute read NEAR Protocol is a layer-one sharded blockchain that plans to be highly scalable, developer friendly, and end user focused.
  • Future of Staking Podcast Series: Understanding Risk
    May 15, 2020 2 minute read In this podcast we discuss current staking risk, and the potential risk associated with new products being offered in the Proof of Stake ecosystem.
  • Staking Hub: Keep AMA
    May 13, 2020 8 minute read The Keep mainnet has launched and tBTC is imminent. On Apr 24, Matt, Carolyn, and Sloan joined us to answer all questions Keep and tBTC.
  • Staking Hub: Coda AMA (Round 2)
    May 13, 2020 4 minute read O(1) Labs, the team behind Coda, bills Coda as the “world’s lightest blockchain”. On April 30th, the O(1) Labs team joined us to answer our Coda questions.
  • Livepeer’s Improvement Cycle: From Idea to Upgrade
    May 12, 2020 5 minute read From an idea to an upgrade, the Livepeer improvement cycle is clear and simple: write an LIP on Github, foster discussion, put it to a vote, and then the Livepeer team implements it. Here's our look at Livepeer's governance-driven improvement cycle.
  • Staking Hub: Band Protocol AMA
    May 08, 2020 3 minute read Band is a protocol that facilitates the governance of data used in decentralized blockchain systems. Figment Networks hosted an AMA with Band on April 20th.
  • Livepeer Governance Proposal Voting
    May 06, 2020 4 minute read Polls are set to be the voting process for Livepeer improvement proposals. This is a look at the well-deliberated voting process that the Livepeer community is preparing to use to begin the foray into decentralized governance.
  • Our Plan for Game of Zones
    May 05, 2020 2 minute read Game of Zones (GOZ) is an incentivized testnet designed to educate the Cosmos community of validators on how to operate IBC relayers.
  • Keep Network: Guide to Staking KEEP
    May 04, 2020 4 minute read The easiest & most secure way to stake KEEP tokens is to stake with a professional operator. This Figment's guide to delegating on the Keep Network.
  • Future of Staking Podcast Series with Acala
    Apr 30, 2020 2 minute read Acala is a new blockchain powering open finance applications. The blockchain will provide a stablecoin (aUSD) as well as staking liquidity to Polkadot.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ April/March 2020 Network Analysis
    Apr 30, 2020 3 minute read Figment Networks' March & April 2020 Cosmos Hub network analysis for staking and validator metrics.
  • NuCypher Worklock Primer
    Apr 28, 2020 4 minute read Figment Networks will be supporting the NuCypher mainnet and will provide nodes for those interested in participating in the Worklock.
  • Celo Governance: A High Overview
    Apr 27, 2020 4 minute read Figment Networks drives governance activity at all stakeholder levels in order to ensure that networks like Celo stay healthy, sustainable, and resilient.
  • Figment’s First Look: Keep Network
    Apr 23, 2020 3 minute read Keep Network is launching, and staking begins May 4, 2020. Staking will be easy--simply to delegate to a pro Keep operator such as Figment Networks.
  • Staking Hub: Flow AMA
    Apr 22, 2020 4 minute read Flow is an upcoming decentralized blockchain designed to be the foundation for a new generation of games, apps, and the digital assets that power them.
  • Primer on Livepeer Transcoding Fees
    Apr 20, 2020 5 minute read Livepeer transcoding fees earned by orchestrators will continue to grow based on their transcoding capacity, availability, and market price.
  • Future of Staking Podcast Series with StakerDAO
    Apr 16, 2020 2 minute read The Future of Staking podcast series focuses on exciting new projects and ideas in the Proof of Stake ecosystem. This week we chatted with StakerDAO.
  • Figment Networks Partners with Band Protocol
    Apr 13, 2020 3 minute read Figment Networks is pleased to announce that we will be supporting Band Protocol’s mission to improve the standard for data oracles.
  • Livepeer Governance in a Nutshell
    Apr 10, 2020 4 minute read Livepeer's governance process will be simple & useful. Here’s how it will work and how it will become more decentralized.
  • Cosmos, Kava & Terra Income Reports
    Apr 07, 2020 3 minute read Figment has built an open system for staking reward reporting that generates income reports Cosmos Hub 1, 2, 3, Kava, and Terra accounts.
  • Staking Hub: e-Money AMA
    Apr 07, 2020 4 minute read Staking Hub: e-Money, AMA e-Money is a zone within the Cosmos ecosystem that issues currency-backed tokens that are fully compliant and interest bearing.
  • Cosmos March Governance Update (Q1 2020)
    Apr 02, 2020 9 minute read Q1 2020 governance update: deliverables for Prop23 complete (including parameter-change documentation), and a look at Cosmos Governance for Q2 2020.
  • Takeaways from The Great Celo Stake Off
    Apr 02, 2020 3 minute read The Great Celo Stake Off was one of the most talked about testnets of Q1 2020. Figment Networks received one of the highest security audit scores.
  • Preparing to Stake Celo Gold (cGLD)
    Mar 30, 2020 4 minute read If you have invested in the cLabs raise and are preparing to stake when Celo launches, you're likely wondering how locking cGLD will work. Here's an initial look at Celo staking.
  • Cosmos Parameter-Change Documentation
    Mar 27, 2020 5 minute read Cosmos parameter-change governance proposals enable voting to enact changes to the Cosmos Hub. This documentation is intended to make parameter-change proposals better & easier.
  • Figment’s First Look: e-Money
    Mar 26, 2020 3 minute read The e-Money network launched on March 25, 2020, and Figment Networks is active in the validator set. Here's a quick look at the e-Money proof of stake network.
  • Governing the World’s Open Video Infrastructure: Livepeer Case Study
    Mar 24, 2020 9 minute read How should Livepeer be governed? Figment is working with the Livepeer team to educate the Livepeer community, to make design considerations, and to help bootstrap governance participation.
  • Figment Networks Joins Coda as a Genesis Founding Member
    Mar 20, 2020 2 minute read Figment Networks is proud to announce that we have been invited to join Coda as a Genesis founding member leading into their mainnet launch.
  • Staking DOT: The Rewards and Risks
    Mar 09, 2020 5 minute read It is important to understand how the network will function, and how you will be able to maximize your rewards when staking DOT.
  • Self Custody Using a Ledger Hardware Wallet
    Mar 06, 2020 4 minute read We recommend using the Ledger hardware wallet if you or your organization would like to maintain complete control of your assets in a secure way.
  • Cosmos Governance February Update
    Mar 05, 2020 7 minute read Cosmos Governance February Update: Zaki working on a legal entity accountable to Cosmos governance for dev work, Sunny working on changing how Hub slashing works, and Gavin is working on parameter change & community-spend docs.
  • Cosmos Community-Spend Best Practices
    Mar 02, 2020 4 minute read Drafting and submitting a community-spend governance proposal is a process that takes time, attention, and involves risk. However, proposals also have the potential to enact funding for important Cosmos Hub work. Version 1.0 of the 'Community Spend Best Practices' documentation is intended to make community-spend proposals easier to create and more likely to be fully assessed.
  • Figment Networks Receives Grant from Web3 Foundation
    Mar 02, 2020 2 minute read Figment Networks has been awarded a grant from Web3 Foundation to build Dot Hub, a staking explorer tool for the Polkadot network.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ February 2020 Network Analysis
    Mar 01, 2020 3 minute read Cosmos February 2020 Network Analysis. Updated key metric: staking economics - effective inflation (& rewards) lower than what's reported.
  • Staking Hub: NuCypher AMA
    Feb 28, 2020 4 minute read On February 20th, 2020, Maclane Wilkison (CEO), and Michael Egorov (CTO) joined us to answer our NuCypher staking questions.
  • How to Stake Your Edgeware on the Polkadot Explorer
    Feb 25, 2020 4 minute read Figment is currently running 3 validators on the Edgeware network. More information on how to nominate your EDG to a Figment validator can be found below.
  • Incentivized Testnets are the New Normal
    Feb 17, 2020 6 minute read Proof of Stake blockchains need a way to attract quality node operators to join their testnet. The answer is incentivized testnets.
  • Staking Rewards Reporting: Don’t Stress Tax Season
    Feb 07, 2020 2 minute read How can I accurately report my staking rewards income for tax purposes if it's not recorded on the blockchain? We have the solution.
  • Figment’s First Look: Coda
    Feb 06, 2020 5 minute read Current cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin store massive amounts of data on their blockchains, and will only continue to increase in size, but not Coda.
  • Figment’s First Look: NuCypher
    Feb 04, 2020 5 minute read NuCypher's KMS is intended to address the current limitations that consensus networks have securely storing/sending/manipulating private and encrypted data.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ January 2020 Network Analysis
    Feb 02, 2020 5 minute read There are more ATOM staked this month than last. The number of newly-minted ATOMs is in keeping with the monthly average of ~1.4M on Cosmos.
  • Cosmos Governance Working Group: Month 1 update
    Jan 31, 2020 7 minute read Topics range from how the GWG should operate, to the philosophy of community-spend proposals, and include governance protocol functionality.
  • What makes the Cosmos Hub’s ATOM valuable?
    Jan 27, 2020 5 minute read The main drivers of the ATOM's value could be more than transaction fees. ATOM-holders should be able to extract value in different ways.
  • Kava: Daily Staking Rewards Reports
    Jan 13, 2020 < 1 minute read Tax season is upon us. Staking KAVA with Figment? Access your daily rewards reports for the Kava network to make reporting taxes easier.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ December 2019 Network Analysis
    Dec 30, 2019 6 minute read This past month, the voting power of the bottom 90% of Cosmos Hub network validators has increased 3%, and they control 54% of the Cosmos Hub voting power.
  • Introducing the Cosmos Governance Working Group
    Dec 19, 2019 5 minute read The Cosmos Hub 3 launched with enhanced governance functionality, but without guidance for creating or assessing proposals. We're preparing to launch a proposal to improve Cosmos Hub governance. This proposal is intended to fund the development of the Cosmos Governance Working Group.
  • Terra staking rewards based solely upon transaction fees as of Dec 26
    Dec 19, 2019 2 minute read Though the commitment was stated to be one year beginning in August 2019, Terra's subsidized block rewards ending early on Dec 26, 2019.
  • Cosmos Hub 3 has launched: voters are more powerful than ever
    Dec 11, 2019 3 minute read Some important new features will be enabled for Cosmos Hub 3, particularly some powerful governance mechanism functionality.
  • Vote Gavin for Kusama Council
    Dec 09, 2019 2 minute read Currently, I am a candidate for the Kusama Council on behalf of Figment Networks. You can back me with your vote with these steps.
  • Terra: Daily Staking Rewards Reports
    Dec 09, 2019 2 minute read Tax season is mere months away. Staking LUNA with Figment? Access your daily rewards reports for the Terra network to make reporting taxes easier.
  • Staking Hub: Oasis AMA
    Dec 06, 2019 8 minute read Oasis staking AMA - Nov 13, 2019: mainnet launch unknown. Inflation & distribution not yet disclosed. Rewards rate 10% by Year 1. 14-day bond.
  • Figment’s 9% Cosmos Hub commission rate
    Dec 05, 2019 < 1 minute read 9% commission rate on Cosmos Hub: A great opportunity to align your stake with a solid contributor. We’ve worked hard to diversify revenue streams.
  • Four Leading Staking Protocols join Figment’s Hubble Staking Platform
    Dec 04, 2019 3 minute read We are excited to announce that Livepeer, Tezos, Oasis and Skale will be joining the Hubble community, bringing the total to eight.
  • Cosmos Hub Upgrade: Migration Risks
    Dec 04, 2019 3 minute read Now that Prop19 has passed, we are expecting to launch the Cosmos Hub 3 on or about December 11, 2019. This migration will expose you to slashing risks.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ November 2019 Network Analysis
    Nov 29, 2019 5 minute read Cosmos Network Analysis. Upgrade launch: Dec 11, 2019, will enable param changes & community pool spending. IBC's Game of Zones launch: Jan 2020.
  • Staking Hub: Cosmos Game of Zones AMA
    Nov 18, 2019 6 minute read Nov 5, 2019: Zaki Manian & Dean Tribble - Cosmos IBC & Game of Zones AMA. GoZ trains IBC operators w 100k ATOMs in rewards.
  • Staking Hub: NEAR Protocol AMA
    Nov 12, 2019 8 minute read On October 24, 2019, Illia Polosukhin joined us to answer our questions about NEAR Protocol, an end-user & dev-focused blockchain.
  • NPoS: Staking & nominating on Polkadot & Kusama
    Nov 05, 2019 3 minute read The Polkadot universe is designed to distribute stake backing as evenly as possible over the validator set. Staking Kusama guide.
  • Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) is Coming to Cosmos
    Nov 04, 2019 3 minute read In a world of countless, siloed blockchains, IBC is what will connect them all together. Data and token value will be transferrable between chains.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ October 2019 Network Analysis
    Oct 24, 2019 5 minute read Nov 20 Cosmos Hub 3 upgrade? Maybe. Proposal for proportional slashing.
  • Staking Hub: Celo AMA
    Oct 18, 2019 8 minute read Celo’s mainnet is planned to be run by and used on mobile phones by late 2019 or early 2020. Read the recap of our Celo AMA here.
  • Cosmos is vulnerable: Governance and the validator
    Oct 17, 2019 8 minute read How does coupling governance with validators change incentives? The change may have some implications for Cosmos Governance.
  • What can Livepeer learn from Cosmos? Considerations for Decentralized Governance
    Oct 15, 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 staking network into consideration.
  • Staking Hub: Coda AMA
    Oct 03, 2019 7 minute read The Staking Hub Coda AMA occuered on Sep 23, 2019, Evan Shapiro, Pranay Mohan, and Emre Tekisalp joined us to talk about Coda.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ September 2019 Network Analysis
    Sep 28, 2019 3 minute read The Cosmos September update. Cosmos Hub 3 was due to launch on Sep 24, 2019, according to Cosmos Hub 3 Upgrade Proposal D.
  • Risk Management for Staking: Slashing
    Sep 27, 2019 4 minute read 2019 is touted as the year of staking, with dozens of funded Proof-of-Stake (PoS) networks going live or nearing launch, but the risk of slashing is real.
  • Cosmos inflation & staking rewards: How are they related?
    Sep 25, 2019 4 minute read It's important to understand that Cosmos inflation is different than its rewards rate.Think of Cosmos newly-minted ATOMs as pie.
  • 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 when Cosmos Hub 3 fully launches next week.
  • 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 have yet to 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 KSM is now easier than ever with Figment Networks.
  • Staking Hub: Kusama AMA
    Sep 18, 2019 10 minute read The Staking Hub Kusama AMA occured on August 29, 2019, with Bill Laboon (W3F) and Joe Petrowski (Parity). Read our recap here.
  • Takeaways from Berlin Blockchain Week 2019
    Sep 09, 2019 4 minute read Like many others in the industry, Figment enjoyed a great week during Berlin Blockchain week, connecting with various stakeholders.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ August 2019 Network Analysis
    Aug 29, 2019 4 minute read Cosmos rewards decreased from 10.59% to 10.30%; inflation from 7.64% to 7.56%. Read more of our Cosmos August network analysis.
  • Staking Hub: Solana AMA
    Aug 23, 2019 8 minute read Anatoly and Eric joined us to answer all questions Solana during Staking Hub's Solana AMA. Solana plans to launch in 2020.
  • 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, email contact@figment.network to learn more.
  • Terra staking update: 9.75% LUNA rewards
    Aug 16, 2019 3 minute read Terra, the Korea-based blockchain, wasted no time rallying end-user blockchain adoption after launching in April 2019. Learn more about LUNA rewards.
  • Figment’s First Look: Solana
    Aug 06, 2019 6 minute read Solana is a permissionless, decentralized, and secure smart contract blockchain platform proposing to solve the scalability problem now. Without sharding.
  • Staking Hub: KAVA AMA
    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's KAVA AMA to chat KAVA.
  • 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) .... Read more in our Cosmos July network analysis.
  • 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 partners with Figment Networks in order to launch their 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. Their expertise on Cosmos staking is hard to argue.
  • Staking Hub: IDEX AMA
    Jul 17, 2019 7 minute read Recap of Staking Hub's IDEX AMA with Julien Bouteloup and Leopold Joy from Stake Capital. They answer all of our IDEX staking questions.
  • Takeaways from the Cosmos Interchain Conversations Conference
    Jun 14, 2019 3 minute read We spent the last two days in sunny Berlin for the Cosmos Interchain 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 the Edgeware lockdrop, a unique new token distribution mechanism. Learn more here.
  • 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 due to validator infrastructure.
  • 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 Cosmos Hub 2.
  • 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 Figment Networks now reports staking rewards to all of our Cosmos delegators. This will make tax reporting as simple as possible.
  • (Mis)Understanding Yield and Inflation in Proof of Stake Networks
    May 01, 2019 4 minute read When “talking blockchain” traditional finance terms are often used incorrectly in an attempt to describe the new paradigm, like yield and inflation.
  • How (and why) to evaluate validator participation in Proof-of-Stake blockchain communities
    Apr 30, 2019 5 minute read The core promise of blockchain technology involves data security, decentralization, and speed. Validator participation is necessary for all of this.
  • Figment Networks launching Terra Validator
    Apr 19, 2019 2 minute read Figment is launching a validator on the Terra blockchain. As long-term believers, we’re always looking for user driven adoption of blockchain technology.
  • Creating Cosmos Governance Proposals
    Apr 08, 2019 2 minute read When thinking about and participating in Cosmos governance proposals, our process will be a bit different from conventional legal practices.
  • Delegate to Any Cosmos Validator Using Your Ledger on Hubble
    Mar 21, 2019 2 minute read You can now securely delegate your Cosmos Atoms to your favorite Figment Validator using your Ledger wallet on our Hubble platform.
  • Figment Networks Raises Seed Round to Provide Large Crypto Token Holders with …
    Mar 20, 2019 2 minute read Today Figment Networks, provider of institutional grade Proof of Stake infrastructure services, announced the conclusion of a seed round of $2,000,000 CAD.