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defi 2.0
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It was just about time we started hearing of something relatively novel such as Decentralized Finance reaching a “DeFi 2.0” stage. After all, what’s a better incentive to innovate than having money pumped left and right into your industry?   As a term at least,…

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It’s been ages since we last dedicated an article exclusively to a project. Recently, we covered a few on our DeFi 2.0 article, but we have yet to cover a specific one. So, why have we decided to change this for RUNE Thorchain?   Well,…

Featured image Crypto Crowdfunding
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Crypto crowdfunding is hardly a novelty This trend, which started with the birth of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) and has helped the crypto-punk of the world raise billions of dollars to fulfil their visions, is also projected to grow further in the next few…

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Amongst the many, MANY crypto asset classes that exist today, stablecoins are some of the ones that spend more time under the spotlight. Stablecoin interest rates, the reserves backing them, their regulatory status, and many other challenges surrounding them garner a lot of interest from…

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Are you trying to figure out what is the best crypto to buy now? We’ve all fantasized about going back in time (the best time to buy cryptocurrency is often the past, after all!), mining or purchasing a few coins, and going back to enjoy…

defi robots
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DeFi (short for “decentralized finance”) refers to financial services that are fully decentralized, i.e. constituted of code on public blockchains, the main one of them being Ethereum. We are still in DeFi’s infancy, which is palpable through the growth level of basic tools such as…

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If you’ve been around the crypto industry for longer than a few months, you probably understand the Bitcoin ETFs hype cycle. Usually, a well-known fund or capital firm announces it’s either about to launch or apply for a Bitcoin ETF. This causes tremendous hype and…

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As a research firm in the blockchain ecosystem, we’re always pleasantly surprised to see the masses of new capital firms, private funds, and even governments interested in blockchain. Every day, somebody new learns about this space and decides to take their first steps into it……

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CryptoPunks, one of the collections with the highest price floor, are computer-generated.   Many individuals and investors (whether they’re into NFT gaming or not) fail to see much real value in the current prices of non-fungible tokens. After all, detractors may argue, digital art that…

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Ok, probably you SHOULD expect China to ban crypto, based solely on the fact that they do so every now and then. No biggie. However, if you are interested in crypto regulation, you may have noticed that the waters have been… strangely calm lately. The…

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It has been a great week for one of crypto believer’s favorite currencies. In fact, it very well could be that the History books in the Ethereum future will recap some of the latest happenings as foundation-building. While some crypto community members remain skeptical about…

nft
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The NFT mania is back at the top of its game, and we’re sure you have thought about jumping at it. Hell, some mornings, one does feel like rolling out of bed and picking up a 1.2 ETH picture of a stickman to make a…

future of blockchain technology
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Great minds are walking the Earth right now, believing that blockchain technology is the most significant innovation seen by Humanity ever since the Internet itself. Some think that the future of blockchain technology is the future of all of Humanity and that it’s just a…

Investment Checklist Featured Image
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Ah, the crypto life. You wake up one day, tired of being poor. You remember you overheard a panel of people talking about Bitcoin on CNN last week. You type in “best crypto to invest in” on Google, and, after scrambling to find your credit…

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Did you ever hear about the cypherpunk manifesto or the crypto community’s values? Did you ever wonder why most people in the crypto industry fit a similar profile? For an outsider, it’s easy to think that the blockchain industry, originating thanks to cryptocurrency, is mainly…

blockchain interoperability
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It’s almost the end of 2021. And, as we continue to see the tech world increasingly caring about and embracing the importance of blockchain technology, there is one need within our space that stands out: The call for interoperable solutions. In particular, for blockchain solutions…

Crypto Crash Featured Image
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Your hopes and dreams in one picture. So far, however, Bitcoin has always recovered! (Picture from Bitcoin’s 2011 flash crash.)   A crypto crash is nothing to be afraid of. Ever since 2012, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, Bitcoin has crashed by at least 80%…

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Why don’t we have a decentralized social media platform already? Whenever we hear about the latest deplatforming on Twitter, abuse of power by Facebook, or unfair rule upheld by Youtube, we know that the armies of crypto enthusiasts will utter a cry to get a…

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It’s not every day that we have a chance to take a head-first dive into the many different types of tokens there are. However, given that we just published our 2021 Institutional Blockchain Investment Guide, we thought it could be good to go deep into…

crypto community
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So, you want to learn how to research blockchain projects. And, of course, you’re not going to settle into looking at your screen for five hours per project, are you? A common trend we’ve noticed with first-time investors in the crypto markets is that they…

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You never know what the tides might bring. And, although they might seem obvious in retrospect, red flags (in crypto and in life) have a way to be where you less think to look for them. Through the many eras of our industry, we’ve seen…

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Have you ever read the word scalability in a blockchain context without fully understanding what it means? Are you able to fully explain why and how existing blockchains should scale? If your answer to any of these questions was a no, you might want to…

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One thing that you can only enjoy within the blockchain industry is our general sense of hope. If you ask a crypto believer, they’ll tell you that, regardless of the current state of our economies, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology can (and will) be of great…

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If you are like most of us at the D-CORE remote office, you likely aren’t a fan of the current global regime of tech giants. Be it Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Google, or even Tesla; they probably represent something that you’d rather see less of in…

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Ah, the good old due diligence. You either love to do it or dread it with passion. If you’re not familiar with the term, due diligence is the work of investigating, auditing, or review performed to confirm facts or details of a matter under consideration.…

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Every second, the proverbial Internet cloud hums as terabytes of new information get uploaded into it.  The Internet age has produced an undisputed amount of benefits for each one of us. However, the never-ending stream of information deriving from online and traditional media, social media,…

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Approaching blockchain with a scientific mindset In 2016, UCL announced its commitment to becoming the leading global research hub focussed on Blockchain technologies. The UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies was founded to research the effects of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) in socio-economic systems and to…

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2021 might be the year you started hearing about DAOs… and you will likely continue to. Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs), sometimes called decentralised autonomous corporation (DACs), are organisations represented by a transparent set of rules encoded on the blockchain. These autonomous organizations are controlled by…

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Our last article about Decentralized Finance (DeFi) explored the concepts and ideas that make this emerging trend remarkably attractive as the evolution of Traditional Finance (TradFi). This time around, we’ll talk about one of the most critical tools in the DeFi belt: The Decentralized Exchange,…

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Ever since blockchain technology’s financial applications transcended internet forums, there has been a growing interest in understanding and utilising it. This interest, surprisingly, can be either of an academic (in mathematics, politics, and philosophy) or a financial (for investing, reinvention of Finance, and creating new…

blockchain research and cryptocurrency miners
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If you’re in Finance, you’ve likely been following the adoption of cryptocurrencies by financial firms worldwide. You’ve also probably noticed that their proponents argue that Bitcoin is just the tip of the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) iceberg.  DeFi is an incredibly diverse, crazily entertaining space. However,…

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Have you ever been confused by the different acronyms used by crypto projects? Have you ever wondered how these projects manage to raise millions (and sometimes even billions!) of dollars to launch? Just like every tech startup, crypto and blockchain projects are expensive to launch…

Finding blockchain and cryptocurrency advisors guide
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If you’re reading this article, chances are that you’re a “builder”; the crypto word for people testing new ideas, launching products, and paving the way towards technologic adoption.  Builders are a different breed: For starters, if you’re one of them, you might see the constant…

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Our mission to further the development of the blockchain space keeps moving forward! This 2020, we started the year by launching our MVP: The first couple of reports generated by a distributed team of researchers using the D-CORE platform and methodology were a statement to…

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Paypal is the 30th largest bank in the United States when it comes to deposits. In the 2000s, as we all remember, Paypal, now thoroughly ingrained into the lifestyle and knowledge of everyone that uses online payments, became a synonym with online money. At that…

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Running a crypto exchange is, effectively, a big job. Many factors, amongst which we can count supporting traders around the world 24/7, protecting sensitive data, and navigating a highly-volatile market, weigh on the shoulders of those that adventure on this mission.  So, to learn more…

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As detailed in our previous article, the European Commission released a framework, dubbed as the Digital finance package, intending to regulate Cryptocurrency industry and boost its financial competitiveness and become a global standard-setter in this field. Last week’s article described what the EU’s new effort to…

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The European Commission, on the 24th of September 2020, adopted a new framework called the Digital Finance Package. This framework includes a Digital Finance Strategy, Legislative proposals on crypto-assets, a Retail Payments Strategy and Legislative proposals on digital operational resilience.  This is part of Europe’s effort…

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As members of the blockchain community, we often hear about organisations around the world that are dedicated to developing, studying, and promoting this technology and its use cases. These organisations don’t often get the same press that private companies do, despite their sometimes impressive boards…

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Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, and the new financial revolution have brought a novel idea to the forefront of our minds: It is now possible to transact seamlessly across the globe within a distributed, peer-to-peer network.    However, this is easier said than done. It is, indeed, possible…

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Have you ever wondered what exactly goes on in the heads of blockchain entrepreneurs?  As we prepared to interview Chris R. Dawe, CEO of Effect AI, many questions came to mind: How does it feel like to see your token’s price spike over ten times its…

First things first: What is D-CORE? D-CORE is the world’s first genuinely decentralised collaborative academic effort, bringing people from the crypto, academia, business, technology, finance, and legal worlds together. With your help, we can bring institutional-grade blockchain research to life, while sharing the rewards a…

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Don’t trust, verify!    This famous phrase has been adopted as a motto by the blockchain community to showcase this technology’s key fundamentals: Transparency, trustability, and immutability of information.    Innovation done right.   In a world where every institution and company wants to be…

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There are always rumours about big names getting into blockchain. Crypto news sites are constantly overflowing with articles about the likes of Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, etc. jumping behind this new, revolutionary technology. This level of enthusiasm, of course, is not without reason: Enthusiasts within…

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The original whitepaper for Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, pioneer of blockchain technology, and world-changing concept, stated the intention very clearly: Bitcoin meant a digital alternative for cash. Eleven years later, however, Bitcoin is still everything but cash (for most).    Bitcoin, for some, is a…

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What do the blockchain, the Internet, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) have in common?    Leaving their world-changing potential aside, a quick Google (or, better, ICOBench) search will reveal that companies all over the world have tried to stick the name…

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There are three categories (both in prestige and market capitalisation) of currencies in crypto land: There’s Bitcoin, then Ethereum, and then the rest. Ethereum’s wild success surpassed every possible expectation or prediction from an early stage, becoming a semi-permanent holder of the second place in…

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Bitcoin is undergoing one of its characteristic, unexpected price surges. With a 10%+ increase in the last 24 hours (going over the $11,000 barrier that augurs a bull run), the excitement in the market is palpable.    The famous cryptocurrency has been through all kinds…

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If you have been following cryptocurrencies during 2020, you know that most conversations revolve around Decentralised Finance (DeFi) products and tokens these days.   And, with DeFi bringing consistent green candles to crypto charts for the first time since summer 2019, a new trend has…

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Rare things have always fascinated human beings. Our ancestors would collect unique stones, mirrors, or even fruits (cacao was used as currency by the Aztecs!) and use them as symbols of status, wealth, and value, to ultimately impress and influence each other.    Without a…

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For as long as financial markets have existed, investors have wanted to diversify their assets as much as possible. However, there have always been natural, economic, and practical barriers preventing this. In one hand, a house, as big, historical, and luxurious as it could be,…

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Since cryptocurrencies reached the eye of the mainstream media and commentators, long-term investors and users have theorised about the impact that the entrance of institutional investors could have on the crypto market.    In particular, many users will recall the Bitcoin and Ethereum ETF saga,…

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In the past, we’ve written about the DeFi ecosystem and its potential to be everything investors ever wanted cryptocurrency/blockchain Finance to be. With the ever-stronger Ethereum network driving what seems like new life to the ecosystem, one question arises: Is the DeFi market mature enough…

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Reddit is the early Internet’s dream: A startup founded in 2005 by two young entrepreneurs that went on to raise $100,000 in seed funding in its first year, get acquired by circa $20 Million the very next one, and grow up to $3 billion in…

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The main drawback for institutional and non-retail investors to enter the blockchain/DLT industry is the amount and diversity of information and time it requires. Just as in the VC ecosystem, seriously investing in blockchain requires countless hours researching and conducting diligence, on top of the…

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D-CORE is pleased to make our MVP announcement…today! After 18 months of development, we today go live with the world’s first genuinely distributed research platform targeting institutional investors. Our unique offering utilises the blockchain to the source, curate and produce actionable reports that investors can…

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Decentralisation, the great promise of blockchain technology, has taken a new leap with Decentralised Finance (DeFi). This technology-fueled industry that encompasses over $1 Billion locked in crypto assets has uncovered an entirely new use case for blockchain technology. Furthermore, it has expanded the horizons of…

Finance has, traditionally, been slow to innovate. As the world grows and gets disrupted and reinvented by new technologies, financial firms –ranging from those offering financial advice to international banks — seem to lag behind the pack when it comes to adopting new business and…

Unique challenges = Exciting times. Our world, abruptly and repeatedly transformed by technology and information, is the perfect place to get motion sickness and paralysis by analysis. While some trends resurface and others emerge, standard advice and directives seem to contradict each other in the…

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There’s both science and art to the D-CORE method. On one side, we aim to perfect our processes to provide the most unbiased, accurate reports and recommendations that we can. On the other, we expect to do this by honouring the principles of decentralisation and…

The Opportunity The DLT (decentralised ledger technology) field can be incredibly lucrative for those who know how to invest into it. This space, which covers the blockchain and cryptocurrency industries, among others, can compare to the early days of the Internet when it comes to…