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The False Dichotomy of Blockchain Usage (How Bruce Schneier Got It Wrong)

Blockchain supporters from the extreme ends of a public/private blockchain ideological spectrum dominate the conversation today. Both factions miss the mark however, creating unnecessary barriers to real-world adoption. A better approach to blockchain development acknowledges the needs of business while taking deeper advantage of what the technology can uniquely offer if used correctly.

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DLT Development and Tokenized Funding Must Solve Significant Challenges to Succeed in 2019

Blockchain technology – or more generally, distributed ledger technology (DLT) development  – has the potential to transform the world of business even more broadly and deeply than the first generation of internet technologies of the ‘90s and 2000s. But what sort of transformation will it bring and who will profit most from this transformation?

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DLT Trust Engines: The Rules and Records of Blockchain and DLT

One of the most important questions that can asked about a new technology is: What is this thing actually good for? A DLT “trust engine” provides two essential elements: rules and records. Understanding these rules and records helps understand the importance and applicability of various forms of DLT in viable business solutions.

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NEM Catapult: A Viable Private DLT Solution for Business

Earlier, we wrote on how businesses can benefit from keeping private business data on a private blockchain. Having personally built software using a private blockchain run on private servers and seeing how naturally the DLT fit into that system, I consider the point made: useful blockchain does not necessarily require public decentralization. A business can benefit greatly from the properties of a trusted, private DLT.

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Design Innovations With Double Coin Systems

Double-Coin Blockchain Systems

A double-coin system splits the investing function and utility function into different coins. In many examples one coin is for investors and miners and the other is for utility and commerce.

This lets the network use the best features of both a fixed-supply coin (price to the moon!) and an uncapped coin (make new coins whenever you want.)

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Foundational Benefits and Challenges of Single-Coin Blockchain Systems

Understanding pros and cons of blockchain economic systems is important when a business is deciding which blockchain platform to use to launch an ICO or utility token.
This article discusses the tokenomic structure of blockchain systems. In other words, it compares ways of designing high level economic models of blockchains. In contrast, this article is not about creating a coin for a specific business use. We are focusing on where the rail systems can take us, not what kind of trains to run.

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The IBM-backed Stellar Stablecoin and the Importance of Trusts

This week IBM announced that it was working with a company called Stronghold to release a new stablecoin – a cryptocurrency designed to have stable value – on the Stellar public blockchain network. A high-profile announcement like this is clearly good news for Stellar, but it could also indicate the start of a meaningful maturation of blockchain that may not be immediately obvious.

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