Monthly Archives: December 2018

Ethereum’s New Radical: Glen Weyl Isn’t Vitalik But He’s Its Next Best Hope

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Dr. Glen Weyl speaks with the calm of a man who has history on the mind. With an unbroken gaze and an unambiguous delivery, the author, economist and Microsoft researcher calmly espouses a clear and revolutionary vision: that the world’s hierarchies can be challenged and reconceived with the power of markets. But if his… Read More »

Crypto’s King Midas: Backstage With CZ, the CEO Who Can’t Be Stopped

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cameras, flashlights, tweets – when Changpeng Zhao takes the stage these days, a kind of mania seems to ensue. Of course, that’s perhaps to be expected when you’re known to the world over by just two letters, but “CZ” has arguably achieved something greater in 2018 — a celebrity status that’s equaled by his… Read More »

CoinDesk’s Most Influential in Crypto 2018

You voted. Our writers debated. Meet CoinDesk’s Top 10 2018 Crypto Influencers. This year, we’re celebrating the biggest people in blockchain with a special edition CoinDesk Crypto Collectable Store, where the biggest names are available for purchase (and in-game play) on the blockchain, right alongside our feature articles and videos. You can own the original… Read More »

Bitcoin Exchange Paxful Sees 20% 2018 Growth, Driven by Africa

Regardless of bitcoin’s price volatility, 2018 saw an explosion of activity among African users. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange Paxful increased its transaction volume by 130 percent since January 2018 with an average of $21 million a week, compared to $8.5 million in 2017. The growth was driven in part by Paxful’s… Read More »

Bitcoin’s Next Halving Rally: Coming Soon in 2019

Pascal Thellman is CMO at Bounty0x, a simple service for earning crypto, and an advisor at PolyGrowth, a crypto PR firm. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. 2012 and 2016: What do they both have in common? Bitcoin underwent what is referred to as the “halving,” where the yearly… Read More »

2018 Was the Reality Check. 2019 Starts the Crypto Comeback

Micah Winkelspecht is CEO and founder of Gem, a crypto portfolio app company based in Los Angeles. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. If 2017 was the year of irrational exuberance, 2018 became the year of reality checks when the market sputtered and crashed. I predict that this year… Read More »

Blockchain Gaming: Separating Signal from the Noise

Devin Finzer is the co-founder of OpenSea, a decentralized marketplace for crypto assets. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. Games frequently serve as an experimental playground for new technology. Since the launch of CryptoKitties – a digital cat-breeding game built on ethereum – roughly a year ago, games have… Read More »