Articles

  • 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.
  • 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–contact@figment.network 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) ....
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.