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China and America: What We Need

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Great news! We are seeing that South Korea is going to be verifying their users, not banning the practice of trading altogether. They will begin identifying who exactly is tied to every single account. I think there will still be some backlash from disgruntled Finance Ministers (or whoever-the-hell), and we haven’t seen much crazy price movement that would come with a “we’re back open” announcement. I think this good news has wrapped the bad news in a bow. Koreans are okay to trade, and we want them to continue! That country loves speculating. However, this hits the Chinese traders right in the mouth.

China is pushing out miners, getting wiser to capital flight loopholes, and seemingly wanting nothing to do with cryptocurrency or blockchain. When Facebook is taboo, did you really think blockchain was going to be the bee’s knees? I think my two main worries going into 2018 are China and America. The way that these two economies react formally to cryptocurrency has not yet been fully developed. Probably because they are trying to figure out ways for it to work for them before they denounce it altogether. Let’s think about their problems.

China

The country who needs this the most! They have had a restrictive government that often places rules that can jeopardize the value of their hard earned savings. I love when San Francisco techies talk about de-centralization needs to happen in America NOW, when Chinese people are fighting for their financial lives each and every day. I feel for them! I want them to be able to access the things that can give them more freedom of choice in investment and storage. This Korea thing was a real stinker. When the people with the biggest problem that needs solving can’t access your products, it is tough. I am worried about this. I don’t take too much risk in this market, and this is one of those risks that could jeopardize a lot.

Here is what we are hoping to see: They deal with the devils they know. There are plenty of Chinese nationals who have dealt with government officials before, that are now putting up their crypto storefronts. I am hoping that these are the ones that they will work with to create a future that they determine. The entire internet will slowly migrate into the blockchain, I just think they want to set the rules for it. This may take a while, and I think Chinese volume will suffer for this. I really hope that better, more compromising things can come out of this government a little quicker. We are already seeing so much growth from the Chinese teams! Anyone see NEO last night? Walton, QTUM also making moves back. These are some of the best minds in the world at anything, let alone cryptocurrency. I think China will have to blink eventually.

America: Taxes & ICOs & Donald, Oh my!

I really strongly doubt that a low key tax announcement is all we will hear from the United States. Angel list is ripe with new exchanges desperately trying to get on the market before Coinbase realizes their app is the only competitive advantage they have. GDAX and Coinbase are the pioneers, they were able to come up with something good enough for a public that needed it. However, when the pioneer doesn’t put some more crypto logs on the fiat based fire, I start to get cold. We need more things to buy in fiat, and I want a 1099 for it. Ya, I said it. I want a tax bill. We will never get to full adoption without formalized procedures. Decentralization is wonderful, but it isn’t there yet. Just spit me out a tax bill so we can get this thing started.

Make no mistake, start-up currencies and platforms from the United States are coming, and quickly. The government will formalize the ICO (ACO was the proposed?) process so that we don’t have wide scale fraud and plagiarized white papers. This will be when people can buy Exchange Traded Funds with crypto constituents. You really think there won’t be a SPDR for this at some point? My other articles continue to point out working businesses (I argue platforms for Dapps & Smart Contracts) will be the main constituents of these financial products. I am desperately trying to find ALL the United States based working blockchain focused cryptos. I will keep you posted on my findings of course. I never, ever, ever talk about something I don’t know about. There is way too much money at stake for me to talk about things prematurely. Be careful on Youtube, please please please.

Donald. The Donald. We haven’t heard one thing BIG about cryptocurrency from him. Mnuchin can say what he wants, but clearly Twitter is running the show (especially for us cryptocurrency people!!). This is a huge unknown. This can affect the dollar. This can affect the banking industry. This can affect the loan industry. We already have robots working at McDonald’s, now shirt and tie people are at risk? I am hoping we craft a peaceful transition, but less money will be available to pay people. Think about what happens when you can get a rate for a mortgage on the blockchain, sourced by global crowdfunding through intermediaries? I don’t even want to know how low that rate can get when it becomes mainstream. Humans have always had power in numbers. This can be a very big number.

None of what I am saying is a recommendation to buy cryptocurrencies, in fact it was a warning sign. Let’s all be safe, do research, and know that this can, quickly, go to $0. Best of luck.


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60 Minutes Showcases Potential of DNA and Genetic Genealogy; Opportunity for Crypto Investors

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Throughout the years, 60 Minutes has been responsible for reporting on some of the biggest stories in the world.  Many of the most memorable episodes have involved world leader interviews, stories on endangered animals, profiles of famous celebrities, and occasionally, segments on promising developments in business and science.  A week ago, 60 Minutes had a very interesting report on how the authorities used Genetic genealogy to solve the case of the Golden State Killer, and how the authorities plan to keep using this new field to solve more cold cases in the future.

On April 25, 2018, authorities in Sacramento announced that they had solved the notorious case of the Golden State Killer.  Authorities were able to use a promising new technique called Genetic genealogy to help identify 72-year-old former police officer, Joseph DeAngelo, as the suspected killer.

Genetic Genealogy

Genetic genealogy is a mixture of high-tech DNA analysis, high speed computer technology, and family genealogy.  The end goal is to determine the level and type of genetic relationship between individuals.

In the case of the Golden State Killer, DNA came into play because the killer had committed at least 12 murders, 50 rapes, and many home burglaries.  Investigators were able to obtain DNA from the killer at one of the reported crime scenes.  After many years of frustrating dead ends, a cold case investigator submitted the obtained DNA sample to GEDmatch.  GEDmatch is the largest public genealogy database in the world.  After uploading the sample, authorities were able to generate a handful of leads which eventually led to the front doors of Joseph DeAngelo.

In addition to the Golden State Killer case, authorities have used Genetic genealogy to make arrests in at least 11 other cold cases.  While the science appears to be sound, there is a legal question that has yet to be answered.  There is no doubt that attorneys for the accused will raise the question of privacy and whether using databases, thought to be private, should be legal.

Opportunity for Crypto Investors

While I’ve invested in equities and crypto for many years with varying degrees of success, I’ve never had the opportunity to invest at the beginning of a new frontier.  Fortunately, the opportunity has come.  Encrypgen (DNA) is a genomic blockchain network that provides customers and partners with best-in-class, next generation, blockchain security for protecting, sharing and re-marketing genomic data.  This creates a fair marketplace for a person’s DNA that can be stored private and sold (if a person wishes to do that).

Over the past few months, Encrypgen has been gaining attention in the mainstream media because of their revolutionary technology as well as the fact that their closest competition is still years away.

In August, Encrypgen released a beta version of its Gene-Chain.  The Gene-Chain allows consumers to upload their genetic profile and for researchers to purchase that genetic data.  Within the next 2 weeks, the company plans to release the full version of the Gene-Chain which will officially make them a new pioneer in the field of genomic blockchain security.

With the DNA token hovering at approximately 5 cents, the time is running out to accumulate at bargain basement prices.  I fully expect the token to achieve utility in the next several months which will cause a rocket-like explosion in the token price.  There is no looking back now, only forward, and I love what I see.

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Fantom – The Next Big Thing?

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Fantom (FTM) is a a Directed Acrylic Graph (DAG) based smart contract platform in which the more nodes participate in the network, the greater the transactions per second. The project is aiming for 300,000 transactions per second, which would be applied to multiple industries such as food technology, financial services, telecom, logistics, etc. Fantom is designed to offer instant payments, near zero costs, and unlimited processing scalability. Like Ethereum, Fantom supports Smart Contracts but they run on the Fantom Virtual Machine vs the Ethereum Virtual Machine. Why is that important? Because the FVM will allow developers to write dApps that support smart contracts just like ethereum but run light-speed times faster.

A lot of new blockchain projects talk as if they will challenge the top blockchains and take over their spot. While this is speculation and mostly hot air spoken by many projects, Fantom has a great shot at taking off as one of the top blockchains. Andre Cronje, well respected in the ICO scene as a technical blockchain expert, was added as part of the technical team recently. Having a team and community as strong as Fantom does gives it the extra push needed to take off. While other projects are implementing directed acyclic graphs (DAGs), Fantom is the first to do this with smart contract support.

Fantom operates on a system called OPERA, which is divided into three layers:

  • OPERA CORE LAYER – processes transactions, maintains consensus across all nodes via the Lachesis Protocol
  • OPERA WARE LAYER – supports smart contracts, executes functions
  • OPERA APPLICATION LAYER – supports third-party applications, provides publicly available APIs for dApps

Partnerships with credible companies definitely help the legitimacy of an ICO and Fantom has already made numerous significant partnerships such as the Korea Food-Tech Association and Oracle that will significantly enhance their chance of success. The company, in collaboration with NEM Blockchain, has recently announced it’s expansion outside of Korea into Australia. Fantom has chosen Australia due to their innovative culture and supportive government. Fantom is committed to working with local communities and governments to utilize Fantom technology across multiple industries. They are focused on creating real-time use cases of their platform by on-boarding Australian businesses in the next twelve months. Australia has hundreds of merchants who already accept cryptocurrency including the first airport in the world to do so. Fantom has already been working behind the scenes engaging with payment providers about using Fantom token as they expand globally.

Multiple blockchain projects are claiming to be the fastest with the highest tps, but have not come through on their promises. Fantom has an excellent shot at actually accomplishing this and immediately becoming a major player surpassing those that have fallen short.

Unlike many recent ICOs, which are constantly delaying and postponing the release of their tokens due to current market conditions, Fantom is unlocking and listing on October 29th. The project recently released a recent Technical Whitepaper concerning the Lachesis Consensus Algorithm, making another version of the Technical Whitepaper detailing the Fantom Framework ready, and preparing a testnet demo video to be available soon.

With major funds invested for the long haul and markets such as the USA, China, and Korea unable to participate in the much-hyped ICO, there should be quite a bit of immediate interest and demand upon listing on exchanges. The last ICO with similar hype was QuarkChain which also did amazingly well in this market. Fantom had a hard cap of $39 MILLION at the time of ICO raise and is expected to perform well.

Diclaimer: The author has invested in Fantom.

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Why Investors Should Pay Attention to Blocknet

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Even in the “crypto winter” we are currently living in, the blockchain industry is still growing. This is a good thing for the industry in many ways, but all of these various networks have developed in a siloed and separated way.

Some companies have emerged that seek to help the various networks work together and harvest synergies. If blockchain was meant to be a new manifestation of the internet, these networks could be considered a new manifestation of blockchains. One such company is Blocknet.

Blocknet’s Mission

Blocknet is often referred to in the colloquial as “Block” and functions as a decentralized platform-as-a-service service. The basic goal is to connect the nodes of different blockchains to create a network of networks. The endgame here is to make it possible for applications to be developed on one blockchain but be used on another.

The network is composed of three key components: a node exchange, coin exchange, and data exchange. The XBridge is the blockchain router than connects nodes on different blockchains and makes it possible for them to communicate with each other.

The XBridge also enables cross-chain atomic swaps using a coin exchange protocol. We will go into more detail into this in a bit, but it is essentially a DEX. Finally, there is the inter-chain data transport that allows for feature sharing and smart contracts to be executed across chains.

Market Demand

Blocknet was founded in 2015 and finally launched their mainnet in September 2017. The market has been looking for a solution like this. There is competition from other networks like 0x, but they have already started to integrate their networks with Blocknet. By seeking to be a super-network, it is eliminating the idea of competition.

A big part of Blocknet is the decentralized exchange (DEX) that it runs. What makes it special and sets it apart from the competition is that it is more than just an exchange for ERC-20 tokens. It enables the trading of every coin that is integrated into the network.

The Blocknet DEX will be designed to enable an unlimited amount of trading pairs, and will enable complete anonymity for users. Additionally, by avoiding a central entity, you always retain complete control over your funds.

BLOCK Token

The token has two functions. First, they are used to pay trading fees and for the operation of applications on the network. Second, they are required to be staked as a service node or staking node. These are the nodes that distribute trade fees or confirm network transactions.

BLOCK trades on Bittrex, and in terms of recent performance, we have seen a heavy decline from the highs that BLOCK reached last year. However, it seems to have reached a bottom and found a support level. As we head in the last quarter of 2018, it could be time for a recovery, and BLOCK seems poised to take advantage of this.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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