on the blockchain

Blockchain, the amazon solution for almost nothing

Factually accurate and I think wrong in the most meaningful sense. Sharing anyway! “Blockchain technology is going to change everything: the shipping industry, the financial system, government … in fact, what won’t it change? But enthusiasm for it mainly stems […]

tech, startups, internet

Balaji Srinivasan on The Portal podcast

Balaji is a blockchain guy, having most recently worked as CTO of Coinbase. He also was very early (January) with coronavirus analysis. This covers a lot of ground including how public health plays the role of a utility that we’ve […]

on the blockchain

Civil shuts down

This blockchain company, founded in 2016, had a lofty mission to create more trustworthy journalism. My favorite local news source, Block Club Chicago, runs on Civil’s platform. “Our grand experiment did not achieve its mission, but we did succeed in […]

fun facts

$30 million in cash for a domain name

Last year a blockchain company paid $30 million in cash for Voice.com. This is the most ever paid for a domain, by a lot. Sex.com is in second place at $13 million. | learn more

on the blockchain

Blockchain-native insurer Nexus Mutual pays out

The insurance policies use tokens and are governed by blockchain voting and economics. There was recently a payout due to an attack on bZx. It’s interesting to see this take place with real money rather than crypto-economic theory. | learn more

on the blockchain

A new exchange that ‘can’t be hacked.’

This is about Nash, which uses state channels (a new-ish development within blockchain). “While decentralized exchanges have existed in the past, a key advantage of using state channels is they allow transfers to happen instantly, meaning users don’t have to […]