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What is On-Chain Data? : Interview with Rafael Schultze-Kraft CTO of Glassnode ①

I think that on-chain data is something completely new. it's a new kind of exotic data that does not exist in traditional markets. Now we have open ledgers (blockchains) that have millions of recorded transactions. And there's a lot of information and a lot of value in that data with respect to fundamentales and the market. From on-chain data, we can know how to time the cycles of these markets. I think this is something anyone involved in this industry would want to have an eye on. You will get a grip of what is going on under the hood, how network participants and investors are behaving.
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Ethical Issues in Generating a Coin : Interview with Charlie Lee ①

I wouldn't say it is “not ethical” to hold your coins, but when people complain saying “ You don’t have skin in the game”, the reality of the matter is that it is my creation and I am tied to the success of Litecoin. Now, if Litecoin succeeds, that is good for me. I don’t need to additionally tie my financial interest in the coin. It actually could be a misalignment of interest for the creator to hold the coin. For example, one could be releasing fake news, and making announcements to pump the price to profit off of. That’s not good for the success of the coin. That said, I don’t think it would be an ethical issue to hold your coin, but it depends on what you do and what your actions are as a coin creator. If you are working on your coin and your goal is to make it successful, the price will follow that.
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Bitcoin and the Tyranny of Time Scarcity : Interview with Robert Breedlove ①

I consider myself lucky to have a healthy skepticism of authority in general, but I have also read a great variety of books that have sharpened my skeptical mind. I would recommend “The Law'' written by Frederic Bastiat. It's an approximately 60-page book and is a good simple short classic. Bastiat thoroughly decimates the social theories supporting government plunder, and it is very relevant to what we are experiencing in the US today. For example, the US government announced they would print 900 billion dollars and they will send everyone a 600-dollar check for financial aid.
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Why Did He Buy Over 1.6 Billion Dollars of Bitcoin? : Interview with Michael Saylor MicroStrategy CEO (All Interviews)

The single most important feature of Bitcoin is the fact that it is thermodynamically sound. Bitcoin is a closed thermodynamic system with no more than 21 million coins. You can't add or remove coins other than losing them. It's a deflationary system, and all you can do is add energy to it or take energy away from it. So, you can either heat it or cool it down. What is compelling about Bitcoin is that it is the first sound monetary network invented in the history of the world. I view it as a monetary energy network that can collect, store, and channel monetary energy and space over time without power loss. Energy means you could put money in it and hold it for a decade or 100 years. Over space means it's 1:1000 to 1:10 000 of the energy required to move gold or other sources of monetary energy. Therefore, it is a highly efficient monetary network. That's what's compelling.
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About the Japanese Economy Today : Interview with Michael Saylor MicroStrategy CEO ③

I think Japan has the same challenges macroeconomically as every other country has. It has undergone a very aggressive monetary expansion by the central banks. The Japanese banks own a great deal of the equity but have a lot of the national debt as well. They are expanding the money supply, just like the EU and the US federal government are. The number one & overarching problem in this situation is assets are over-inflated and there is a lack of price discovery in the market. The capital markets have frozen including the markets for bonds, stocks, real estate, etc. All of those asset values are inflated such that the average person cannot work and make enough money to buy them. As the price of all these assets go up, and the wages are flat or going up much slower, it freezes a whole class of people out of being able to buy assets.
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What is the Goal of ENS? : Interview with Brantly Millegan Ethereum Name Service

The purpose of ENS is to translate human-readable names into computer identifiers, and vice versa. The identifier that makes sense for computers may be an automatically generated long string of numbers and letters, like a cryptocurrency address or an IP address. Such addresses are great for software but terrible for humans. However, if we have a name in human language, it would be great for humans but not identifiable for computers. Thus, ENS bridges that gap allowing humans to interact with a human-readable name and the computer to interact with the computer-generated identifier.
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Demographics of Scammers : The 2nd Interview with Frank from Whale Alert ②

We do not have any direct proof of where people are conducting such scams and hacks. The only reliable factors to guess where they are from is the language they use and the information I get from other anti-scams articles I read. More traditional scams such as phone scams have shifted their focus. For example, we have recently been receiving a lot of reports of people being called on their phones and asked to invest in BTC on scam websites. There are a lot of phone scams happening in the US.
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Domain Names as Scarce Digital Assets : Interview with Michael Saylor MicroStrategy CEO ②

Everybody in the world is taught to spell the word “Hope” if they learn English. Thus, the value of a domain is a function of which language it's in. The language that has most business on is English, and the most traffic on the internet is also in English with the dotcom domains. If you own a word that is easy to spell and remember with positive connotations, like Apple, Amazon, etc., it will be very useful. If you own such a word, you can put a business on it. The logic of this is if a billion people see the name and they can remember and spell it, surely, they will be able to type it. If I have a company name that has a difficult name with no positive connotation, people will have a harder time remembering it. Thus, you much rather have it called something simple like “hope” or “wisdom”.
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From DJ to Crypto Trader : Interview with Scott Melker ①

I think that 99.9 % of the people on the planet should be investing. When investing, one should not think about their investment constantly. Investments should be checked a couple of times every year to make sure if re-balancing is needed or not. Investors have become insanely wealthy since the beginning of markets. That is how people accumulate wealth; the way to get rich is through putting away money early. In other words, put away the money you do not need when young, and do not touch it until the last possible moment. I only trade with about only 15 % of my portfolio. I have 70% in investments, 15 % in cash, and 15 % in trading. I think some of the best traders in the world are probably trading with only a small part of their total capital. Nobody should trade with their entire portfolio on a day-to-day basis. If you do, you are guaranteed to lose all your money.
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Scandinavian Crypto Infrastructure : Interview with Torbjorn Bull Jenssen ②

In 2018, the prices were collapsing in the spring, but the infrastructure and the technology were progressing at record speed. Big players like Microsoft had come into space, so it looked really bullish when you looked at how it was evolving regardless of its price. At the time, I came in contact with two well-known Norwegian investors who had been looking into space for a long time. They wanted to build a company with robust exposure to this new industry they saw emerging. The investors didn't want to go into the market in 2017 because there was too much hype. So, the spring of 2018 was what they thought was the best timing. I completely agreed with them. After having several meetings, we started Arcane Crypto together, intending to develop and provide the infrastructure needed to leverage the power of bitcoin and open blockchains.
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The Start of A Crypto Media Platform : Interview with Anatoly Kaplan CEO of Forklog ②

It all started in 2014 when I was living in Ukraine, at the time the revolution happened. I had been living in Ukraine for 2 years, the revolution had ended and the war was about to break out. During that time, I lost my job at an IT company because of the economic crisis due to the situation. The currency in Ukraine fell from 8 hryvnias to 1 dollar to 27 hryvnias to 1 dollar. The situation got even worse when 1 dollar was the equivalent to 50 hryvnias at one point, but it was soon after restored to 27 hryvnias through a bailout from the government.
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【Crypto in One Word Award 2020】The Word Has Been Chosen!

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Cointelegraph’s Internal Organization : Interview with Demelza Hays ②

Cointelegraph has 8 million views per month. We have hundreds of employees and hundreds of freelancers, so it's a massive team. The organization is very decentralized, which is what I love about it. We have small groups that make decisions for a specific area they work in. We have Cointelegraph Espanol, Cointelegraph Portuguese, Cointelegraph English, and we also have Cointelegraph YouTube, Twitter, SNS, and many more. I am the Director of the research team, and I have 7 people in my group. We interact and discuss our tasks every day, but it's all remote. There are many employees at New York and Hong Kong hubs, so they do meet up at coworking spaces to work together as if it were an office. However, most of us are working remotely.
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Edward Snowden On Bitcoin, with Naomi Brockwell

Digital currency in the general sense, cryptocurrency in the general sense, does not solve the problem of inflation and hidden taxes in that way. Bitcoin, in a large way, makes it more predictable, in that it has a predictable low rate of inflation, which is constantly decreasing. But as you say, the problem when we talk about everybody moving to digital currencies, we know the bitcoin network doesn't support throughput. Unfortunately, the bitcoin network, as it exists, does not provide the privacy and protections really necessary for these kinds of transactions at scale.
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Hong Kong Dollar Peg : Interview with Leo Weese ②

The Hong Kong currency issue is not that much about the gold reserve, but more about the currency peg. The Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the US dollar, and this peg is quite interesting in that it is fully backed. So, for every 7.75 to 7.85 Hong Kong dollars, there is 1 US dollar. In the history of currency pegs, this is a unique thing. This means that the peg is more or less indestructible, but there are still a lot of interesting political fears. For example, we have to ask if it is desirable that this peg is being kept. There might be some political turning point for when it might be desirable to change this peg. When that happens, how would that impact the local economy?
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Why Did He Buy Over 1.6 Billion Dollars of Bitcoin? : Interview with Michael Saylor MicroStrategy CEO ①

The single most important feature of Bitcoin is the fact that it is thermodynamically sound. Bitcoin is a closed thermodynamic system with no more than 21 million coins. You can't add or remove coins other than losing them. It's a deflationary system, and all you can do is add energy to it or take energy away from it. So, you can either heat it or cool it down. What is compelling about Bitcoin is that it is the first sound monetary network invented in the history of the world. I view it as a monetary energy network that can collect, store, and channel monetary energy and space over time without power loss. Energy means you could put money in it and hold it for a decade or 100 years. Over space means it's 1:1000 to 1:10 000 of the energy required to move gold or other sources of monetary energy. Therefore, it is a highly efficient monetary network. That's what's compelling.
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【Crypto in One Word Award 2020】The final candidates are chosen!

On this occasion, after an impartial examination, we will now announce the selected 4 candidates. We received some very interesting and brilliant tweet posts that show knowledge, interest and relevance to the crypto space. Finding a word for this year is hard because so many things did happen leading to this amazing current bullish run.