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It’s official: we’re out of beta!

You can get Newton on the App Store here.
The concept behind Newton is simple: we were sick of high fees and the hoops Canadians needed to jump through to make crypto accessible, so we partnered with a professional trading firm (DV Trading) to get rid of them.
How does that work, exactly? We act as a market maker, buying and selling crypto from our customers rather than acting as an exchange. This allows us to capture part of the difference between the buy and the sell price (i.e. ‘the spread’).
Why can we do this when others can’t? Our partner, DV Trading (who invested in Newton), has over 15 years of experience in proprietary trading in Canada and the US. They’ve traded stocks, commodities, FX, crypto — you name it. They bring a level of maturity and discipline to cryptocurrency that we haven’t seen before in Canada.
Our partnership allows us to offer spreads similar to major cryptocurrency exchanges — but with no trading fees and no funding fees. We think it’s pretty compelling.

How does it work?

Getting started is easy. We’ve partnered with Plaid so you can securely connect your bank account to Newton. We’ll run a quick ID verification check (~30 seconds), and you’ll be able to add funds right away using pre-authorized debit.
While you’re waiting for the funds to clear (usually 3–4 business days), we’ll release up to $500 in Instant Funds so you can start trading immediately. Don’t miss the dip — even if it’s a long, long dip. :’(
Limits are sensible: you can add up to $5000 per day to your account when you join, and over time that limit will grow to $50,000 as we get to know you.
Once we receive your funds, you’ll be able to withdraw CAD or crypto after a 7-day holding period.
Right now you can trade BTC and ETH. LTC is coming in the next few weeks, and more coins will be added rapidly.
Oh, I suppose there is one catch: Newton is currently only available for iOS. Android is coming soon.

Some notes on security

At minimum, every Newton account has SMS 2FA enabled. We also monitor accounts for suspicious activity that might suggest an attempted takeover.
We make use of some nifty security features unique to the Apple ecosystem. In addition to our nice-to-have Apple Watch and Siri support, we use Apple’s device attestation service to ensure that users are connecting from real, non-jailbroken iOS devices. We’ll be using a similar service for Android at launch.
We store most of our cryptocurrency (or private keys, technically) in cold storage at facilities with 24/7 camera surveillance inside of literal vaults. We’re currently beta-testing Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) for our hot wallets, a high bar for private key protection that (as far as we know) only Gemini has met — we’ll be rolling this out before the end of the year.
We are absolutely paranoid about security because, well, we need to be.

Further questions we thought you might ask

Do you offer or have plans to?

For a number of reasons we currently only offer pre-authorized debit. We may, however, add additional funding methods in the future.

Can I add crypto from an external wallet?

You sure can! If you’re depositing crypto and exchanging for CAD you’ll be able to withdraw funds after a minimum number of confirmations.

What about Android/web?

Android is coming very soon. As for web — we’ll have some interesting news about this in Q1 2019.

Isn’t the spread a de-facto fee?

No. Unlike companies that claim to have no fees but really hide them in super wide spreads, we aim to be pretty darn close to the spreads you see on Canadian crypto exchanges. We just don’t charge any fees on top of that.

Can you really make money that way?

It’s definitely harder than charging outrageous fees, but DV Trading has over 15 years of experience doing exactly this type of thing in other financial markets. We feel good about our business model!

Do you invest customer funds?

Absolutely not. Customer funds are completely segregated from funds used for other purposes.

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Who keeps asking this question??!

We want to hear from you!

Our goal is to make Newton awesome for you to use. And the best way for our team to do that, is get to know what your needs are. We want to hear from our users to help with improvements and steer the product in the right direction.
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The Great Reddit Scaling Bake-Off

The Great Reddit Scaling Bake-Off
Update (8/3): Thanks to all the teams who submitted a proposal. We appreciate the work you put in, and we have begun reviewing the submissions. If we have follow-up questions, we will post them as comments on the submission posts. Thank you.
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Submissions will be organized in a collection alongside this post. We welcome the community to leave questions and comments on the proposals.
To submit your proposal: Please make a separate post in Ethereum with your submission. Then either tag u/jarins and u/EvanVanNess in a comment (not in the post body), or send us a PM with the link to your post. Once we are notified, we will get it added to the collection. (If your post gets removed by moderator bots, do not resubmit. We will approve it when adding to the collection)
While we prefer proposals to be public, if there is information you need to share privately, please send it to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]).
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tl;dr: Do you believe your Ethereum scaling technology can handle Reddit's scale? It's time to let the Ethereum community hear about it. Send your demo by July 31, 2020.
This is your chance to earn some fame but, to be clear, there is no prize if your solution is chosen or modified to meet Reddit’s needs. Our lawyer made us write this.
https://preview.redd.it/q7hhi6lzlp551.png?width=1200&format=png&auto=webp&s=cdb26cbbe59e26f4fc73da5740da1308e2a87579

The Goal

In conjunction with the Ethereum Foundation, Reddit is inviting Ethereum scaling projects to show the community how your scaling solution can be used to bring Community Points to mainnet. Our goal is to find a solution that will support hundreds of thousands of Community Points users on mainnet today, and can eventually scale to all of Reddit (430 million monthly users).
We’ve evaluated some of the most promising scaling solutions, and have learned a few things:
  1. There are plenty of awesome projects that we don't know about yet. We seem to learn about a promising new scaling solution every day.
  2. Most existing scaling solutions focus on the exchange use case, which favors optimizing for transfers. Many of these designs don't take into consideration the costs of obtaining tokens or entering the scaling system, which can be significant. Community Points distributions have cost an order of magnitude more gas than all other operations combined, primarily due to on-chain storage costs associated with onboarding new users.
  3. It's unclear how to determine the best solution. There is a lot of code, a lot of documentation, and a lot of hype out there. But there are very few objective real-world reviews or comparisons of various products/implementations.
  4. We need the Ethereum community's help to figure this out.
Do you have a scaling project that meets the criteria below? If so, share your demo by July 31, 2020. Please note that all demos need to simulate Community Points usage for 100,000 users.
We also invite all scaling experts in the Ethereum community to comment on any demos submitted to enable a better understanding of the trade-offs and compromises between different solutions.
We will review the demos and plan to share any updates by September. While we don’t expect any novel scaling projects, we hope that you, the Ethereum scaling expert, can show us how to scale Community Points.
Demos should include:
  1. A live proof of concept showing hundreds of thousands of transactions
  2. Source code (for on & off-chain components as well tooling used for the PoC). The source code does not have to be shared publicly, but if Reddit decides to use a particular solution it will need to be shared with Reddit at some point
  3. Documentation
    1. How it works & scales
    2. Cost estimates (on-chain and off-chain)
    3. How to run it
    4. Architecture
    5. APIs (on chain & off)
    6. Known issues or tradeoffs
  4. Summary of cost & resource information for both on-chain & off-chain components used in the PoC, as well as cost & resource estimates for further scaling. If your PoC is not on mainnet, make note of any mainnet caveats (such as congestion issues).

Requirements

Scaling. This PoC should scale to the numbers below with minimal costs (both on & off-chain). There should also be a clear path to supporting hundreds of millions of users.
  • Over a 5 day period, your scaling PoC should be able to handle:
    • 100,000 point claims (minting & distributing points)
    • 25,000 subscriptions
    • 75,000 one-off points burning
    • 100,000 transfers
Decentralization. Solutions should not depend on any single third-party provider.
  • We prefer solutions that do not depend on specific entities such as Reddit or another provider, and solutions with no single point of control or failure in off-chain components, but recognize there are numerous trade-offs to consider
Usability. Scaling solutions should have a simple end user experience.
  • Users shouldn't have to maintain any extra state/proofs, regularly monitor activity, keep track of extra keys, or sign anything other than their normal transactions
  • Transactions complete in a reasonable amount of time (seconds or minutes, not hours or days)
  • Free to use for end users (no gas fees, or fixed/minimal fees that Reddit can pay on their behalf)
  • Bonus points:
    • Users should be able to view their balances & transactions via a blockchain explorer-style interface
    • Exiting is fast & simple
Interoperability. Compatibility with third party apps (wallets/contracts/etc) is necessary.
  • Scaling solutions should be extensible and allow third parties to build on top of it
  • APIs should be well documented and stable
  • Documentation should be clear and complete
  • Third-party permissionless integrations should be possible & straightforward
  • Simple is better. Learning an uncommon or proprietary language should not be necessary. Advanced knowledge of mathematics, cryptography, or L2 scaling should not be required. Compatibility with common utilities & toolchains is expected.
  • Bonus Points: Show us how it works. Do you have an idea for a cool new use case for Community Points? Build it!
Security. Users have full ownership & control of their points.
  • Balances and transactions cannot be forged, manipulated, or blocked by Reddit or anyone else
  • Users should own their points and be able to get on-chain ERC20 tokens without permission from anyone else
  • Points should be recoverable to on-chain ERC20 tokens even if all third-parties involved go offline
  • A public, third-party review attesting to the soundness of the design should be available
  • Bonus points:
    • Public, third-party implementation review available or in progress
    • Compatibility with HSMs & hardware wallets
Other Considerations
  • Minting/distributing tokens is not performed by Reddit directly [1]
  • One off point burning, as well as recurring, non-interactive point burning (for subreddit memberships [2]) should be possible and scalable
  • Fully open-source solutions are strongly preferred
[1] In the current implementation, Reddit provides signed data for claims, but does not submit the actual claim transaction for the user (the user does that themselves). Note that smart contracts are considered independent of Reddit provided there is a path to decentralizing control over them.
[2] Subreddit memberships are currently implemented as a contract acting as an ERC777-style operator that can burn points on a monthly basis, but we are open to changing that implementation.

Community Points Overview

To help you get started, this is an overview of how Community Points work today and some stats on how it's used. We are open to changing most implementation details, provided the basic requirements (above) are met.

Usage stats over the past month

Number of Community Points holders: ~17,500
Number of transfers: ~20,000
(reference: reddit.dappradar.com)
Number of subreddit memberships: ~800

Contracts

Community Points is built around 3 contracts:
  1. SubredditPoints: the ERC20 token
  2. Distributions: manages token supply & token claims
  3. Subscriptions: enables membership subscriptions in the form of recurring token burn

Deployed Contracts & Source Code

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SubredditPoints: https://rinkeby.etherscan.io/address/0xe0d8d7b8273de14e628d2f2a4a10f719f898450a
Subscriptions: https://rinkeby.etherscan.io/address/0x396b89db5e9317ff25360c86bd4e2aae3bbc62ea
Distributions: https://rinkeby.etherscan.io/address/0xc0c08af3f2a3f8d6730118e0d2de4367053ebddf
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SubredditPoints: https://rinkeby.etherscan.io/address/0xdf82c9014f127243ce1305dfe54151647d74b27a
Subscriptions: https://rinkeby.etherscan.io/address/0x77cb2dbeadb7313242d7f3070ce8fc98e96080e4
Distributions: https://rinkeby.etherscan.io/address/0x1c5122bfeba106eea33cf5bdf2004ab22213ca20
Implementation Contracts
From these proxy addresses, you can find the implementation contracts and source code using Etherscan's Proxy Contract Verification tool or Read Proxy Contract interface.

Points Distribution & Claims

Token supply is controlled by distribution rounds managed in the Distributions contract and triggered by Reddit. For each round (occurring ~monthly), Reddit submits a proposal for points distribution to a subreddit for approval. Once approved, Reddit issues signed claims for individual users according to the agreed upon points distribution. These claims can be redeemed on-chain. Claims are obtained from Reddit, and submitted to the Distributions contract, which validates the claim and calls the Subreddit Points contract to mint points.
https://preview.redd.it/lunpaj18mp551.png?width=1120&format=png&auto=webp&s=da31db1db07cfe4f327692a7398772019b8eb7bd

Memberships

Subreddit memberships are obtained by burning points via the Subscriptions contract. Redditors can optionally configure their membership to be renewable on a monthly basis without additional interaction. The Subscriptions contract is granted permission to burn points by being configured as an ERC777-style default operator in the Subreddit Points contract.
https://preview.redd.it/bqnvt50amp551.png?width=1120&format=png&auto=webp&s=812f46a0308aea370908eb73ca93abac810e58ba
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We'll be watching this thread and answering questions. Looking forward to what comes out of this!
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Why i’m bullish on Zilliqa (long read)

Edit: TL;DR added in the comments
 
Hey all, I've been researching coins since 2017 and have gone through 100s of them in the last 3 years. I got introduced to blockchain via Bitcoin of course, analyzed Ethereum thereafter and from that moment I have a keen interest in smart contact platforms. I’m passionate about Ethereum but I find Zilliqa to have a better risk-reward ratio. Especially because Zilliqa has found an elegant balance between being secure, decentralized and scalable in my opinion.
 
Below I post my analysis of why from all the coins I went through I’m most bullish on Zilliqa (yes I went through Tezos, EOS, NEO, VeChain, Harmony, Algorand, Cardano etc.). Note that this is not investment advice and although it's a thorough analysis there is obviously some bias involved. Looking forward to what you all think!
 
Fun fact: the name Zilliqa is a play on ‘silica’ silicon dioxide which means “Silicon for the high-throughput consensus computer.”
 
This post is divided into (i) Technology, (ii) Business & Partnerships, and (iii) Marketing & Community. I’ve tried to make the technology part readable for a broad audience. If you’ve ever tried understanding the inner workings of Bitcoin and Ethereum you should be able to grasp most parts. Otherwise, just skim through and once you are zoning out head to the next part.
 
Technology and some more:
 
Introduction
 
The technology is one of the main reasons why I’m so bullish on Zilliqa. First thing you see on their website is: “Zilliqa is a high-performance, high-security blockchain platform for enterprises and next-generation applications.” These are some bold statements.
 
Before we deep dive into the technology let’s take a step back in time first as they have quite the history. The initial research paper from which Zilliqa originated dates back to August 2016: Elastico: A Secure Sharding Protocol For Open Blockchains where Loi Luu (Kyber Network) is one of the co-authors. Other ideas that led to the development of what Zilliqa has become today are: Bitcoin-NG, collective signing CoSi, ByzCoin and Omniledger.
 
The technical white paper was made public in August 2017 and since then they have achieved everything stated in the white paper and also created their own open source intermediate level smart contract language called Scilla (functional programming language similar to OCaml) too.
 
Mainnet is live since the end of January 2019 with daily transaction rates growing continuously. About a week ago mainnet reached 5 million transactions, 500.000+ addresses in total along with 2400 nodes keeping the network decentralized and secure. Circulating supply is nearing 11 billion and currently only mining rewards are left. The maximum supply is 21 billion with annual inflation being 7.13% currently and will only decrease with time.
 
Zilliqa realized early on that the usage of public cryptocurrencies and smart contracts were increasing but decentralized, secure, and scalable alternatives were lacking in the crypto space. They proposed to apply sharding onto a public smart contract blockchain where the transaction rate increases almost linear with the increase in the amount of nodes. More nodes = higher transaction throughput and increased decentralization. Sharding comes in many forms and Zilliqa uses network-, transaction- and computational sharding. Network sharding opens up the possibility of using transaction- and computational sharding on top. Zilliqa does not use state sharding for now. We’ll come back to this later.
 
Before we continue dissecting how Zilliqa achieves such from a technological standpoint it’s good to keep in mind that a blockchain being decentralised and secure and scalable is still one of the main hurdles in allowing widespread usage of decentralised networks. In my opinion this needs to be solved first before blockchains can get to the point where they can create and add large scale value. So I invite you to read the next section to grasp the underlying fundamentals. Because after all these premises need to be true otherwise there isn’t a fundamental case to be bullish on Zilliqa, right?
 
Down the rabbit hole
 
How have they achieved this? Let’s define the basics first: key players on Zilliqa are the users and the miners. A user is anybody who uses the blockchain to transfer funds or run smart contracts. Miners are the (shard) nodes in the network who run the consensus protocol and get rewarded for their service in Zillings (ZIL). The mining network is divided into several smaller networks called shards, which is also referred to as ‘network sharding’. Miners subsequently are randomly assigned to a shard by another set of miners called DS (Directory Service) nodes. The regular shards process transactions and the outputs of these shards are eventually combined by the DS shard as they reach consensus on the final state. More on how these DS shards reach consensus (via pBFT) will be explained later on.
 
The Zilliqa network produces two types of blocks: DS blocks and Tx blocks. One DS Block consists of 100 Tx Blocks. And as previously mentioned there are two types of nodes concerned with reaching consensus: shard nodes and DS nodes. Becoming a shard node or DS node is being defined by the result of a PoW cycle (Ethash) at the beginning of the DS Block. All candidate mining nodes compete with each other and run the PoW (Proof-of-Work) cycle for 60 seconds and the submissions achieving the highest difficulty will be allowed on the network. And to put it in perspective: the average difficulty for one DS node is ~ 2 Th/s equaling 2.000.000 Mh/s or 55 thousand+ GeForce GTX 1070 / 8 GB GPUs at 35.4 Mh/s. Each DS Block 10 new DS nodes are allowed. And a shard node needs to provide around 8.53 GH/s currently (around 240 GTX 1070s). Dual mining ETH/ETC and ZIL is possible and can be done via mining software such as Phoenix and Claymore. There are pools and if you have large amounts of hashing power (Ethash) available you could mine solo.
 
The PoW cycle of 60 seconds is a peak performance and acts as an entry ticket to the network. The entry ticket is called a sybil resistance mechanism and makes it incredibly hard for adversaries to spawn lots of identities and manipulate the network with these identities. And after every 100 Tx Blocks which corresponds to roughly 1,5 hour this PoW process repeats. In between these 1,5 hour, no PoW needs to be done meaning Zilliqa’s energy consumption to keep the network secure is low. For more detailed information on how mining works click here.
Okay, hats off to you. You have made it this far. Before we go any deeper down the rabbit hole we first must understand why Zilliqa goes through all of the above technicalities and understand a bit more what a blockchain on a more fundamental level is. Because the core of Zilliqa’s consensus protocol relies on the usage of pBFT (practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance) we need to know more about state machines and their function. Navigate to Viewblock, a Zilliqa block explorer, and just come back to this article. We will use this site to navigate through a few concepts.
 
We have established that Zilliqa is a public and distributed blockchain. Meaning that everyone with an internet connection can send ZILs, trigger smart contracts, etc. and there is no central authority who fully controls the network. Zilliqa and other public and distributed blockchains (like Bitcoin and Ethereum) can also be defined as state machines.
 
Taking the liberty of paraphrasing examples and definitions given by Samuel Brooks’ medium article, he describes the definition of a blockchain (like Zilliqa) as: “A peer-to-peer, append-only datastore that uses consensus to synchronize cryptographically-secure data”.
 
Next, he states that: "blockchains are fundamentally systems for managing valid state transitions”. For some more context, I recommend reading the whole medium article to get a better grasp of the definitions and understanding of state machines. Nevertheless, let’s try to simplify and compile it into a single paragraph. Take traffic lights as an example: all its states (red, amber, and green) are predefined, all possible outcomes are known and it doesn’t matter if you encounter the traffic light today or tomorrow. It will still behave the same. Managing the states of a traffic light can be done by triggering a sensor on the road or pushing a button resulting in one traffic lights’ state going from green to red (via amber) and another light from red to green.
 
With public blockchains like Zilliqa, this isn’t so straightforward and simple. It started with block #1 almost 1,5 years ago and every 45 seconds or so a new block linked to the previous block is being added. Resulting in a chain of blocks with transactions in it that everyone can verify from block #1 to the current #647.000+ block. The state is ever changing and the states it can find itself in are infinite. And while the traffic light might work together in tandem with various other traffic lights, it’s rather insignificant comparing it to a public blockchain. Because Zilliqa consists of 2400 nodes who need to work together to achieve consensus on what the latest valid state is while some of these nodes may have latency or broadcast issues, drop offline or are deliberately trying to attack the network, etc.
 
Now go back to the Viewblock page take a look at the amount of transaction, addresses, block and DS height and then hit refresh. Obviously as expected you see new incremented values on one or all parameters. And how did the Zilliqa blockchain manage to transition from a previous valid state to the latest valid state? By using pBFT to reach consensus on the latest valid state.
 
After having obtained the entry ticket, miners execute pBFT to reach consensus on the ever-changing state of the blockchain. pBFT requires a series of network communication between nodes, and as such there is no GPU involved (but CPU). Resulting in the total energy consumed to keep the blockchain secure, decentralized and scalable being low.
 
pBFT stands for practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance and is an optimization on the Byzantine Fault Tolerant algorithm. To quote Blockonomi: “In the context of distributed systems, Byzantine Fault Tolerance is the ability of a distributed computer network to function as desired and correctly reach a sufficient consensus despite malicious components (nodes) of the system failing or propagating incorrect information to other peers.” Zilliqa is such a distributed computer network and depends on the honesty of the nodes (shard and DS) to reach consensus and to continuously update the state with the latest block. If pBFT is a new term for you I can highly recommend the Blockonomi article.
 
The idea of pBFT was introduced in 1999 - one of the authors even won a Turing award for it - and it is well researched and applied in various blockchains and distributed systems nowadays. If you want more advanced information than the Blockonomi link provides click here. And if you’re in between Blockonomi and the University of Singapore read the Zilliqa Design Story Part 2 dating from October 2017.
Quoting from the Zilliqa tech whitepaper: “pBFT relies upon a correct leader (which is randomly selected) to begin each phase and proceed when the sufficient majority exists. In case the leader is byzantine it can stall the entire consensus protocol. To address this challenge, pBFT offers a view change protocol to replace the byzantine leader with another one.”
 
pBFT can tolerate ⅓ of the nodes being dishonest (offline counts as Byzantine = dishonest) and the consensus protocol will function without stalling or hiccups. Once there are more than ⅓ of dishonest nodes but no more than ⅔ the network will be stalled and a view change will be triggered to elect a new DS leader. Only when more than ⅔ of the nodes are dishonest (66%) double-spend attacks become possible.
 
If the network stalls no transactions can be processed and one has to wait until a new honest leader has been elected. When the mainnet was just launched and in its early phases, view changes happened regularly. As of today the last stalling of the network - and view change being triggered - was at the end of October 2019.
 
Another benefit of using pBFT for consensus besides low energy is the immediate finality it provides. Once your transaction is included in a block and the block is added to the chain it’s done. Lastly, take a look at this article where three types of finality are being defined: probabilistic, absolute and economic finality. Zilliqa falls under the absolute finality (just like Tendermint for example). Although lengthy already we skipped through some of the inner workings from Zilliqa’s consensus: read the Zilliqa Design Story Part 3 and you will be close to having a complete picture on it. Enough about PoW, sybil resistance mechanism, pBFT, etc. Another thing we haven’t looked at yet is the amount of decentralization.
 
Decentralisation
 
Currently, there are four shards, each one of them consisting of 600 nodes. 1 shard with 600 so-called DS nodes (Directory Service - they need to achieve a higher difficulty than shard nodes) and 1800 shard nodes of which 250 are shard guards (centralized nodes controlled by the team). The amount of shard guards has been steadily declining from 1200 in January 2019 to 250 as of May 2020. On the Viewblock statistics, you can see that many of the nodes are being located in the US but those are only the (CPU parts of the) shard nodes who perform pBFT. There is no data from where the PoW sources are coming. And when the Zilliqa blockchain starts reaching its transaction capacity limit, a network upgrade needs to be executed to lift the current cap of maximum 2400 nodes to allow more nodes and formation of more shards which will allow to network to keep on scaling according to demand.
Besides shard nodes there are also seed nodes. The main role of seed nodes is to serve as direct access points (for end-users and clients) to the core Zilliqa network that validates transactions. Seed nodes consolidate transaction requests and forward these to the lookup nodes (another type of nodes) for distribution to the shards in the network. Seed nodes also maintain the entire transaction history and the global state of the blockchain which is needed to provide services such as block explorers. Seed nodes in the Zilliqa network are comparable to Infura on Ethereum.
 
The seed nodes were first only operated by Zilliqa themselves, exchanges and Viewblock. Operators of seed nodes like exchanges had no incentive to open them for the greater public. They were centralised at first. Decentralisation at the seed nodes level has been steadily rolled out since March 2020 ( Zilliqa Improvement Proposal 3 ). Currently the amount of seed nodes is being increased, they are public-facing and at the same time PoS is applied to incentivize seed node operators and make it possible for ZIL holders to stake and earn passive yields. Important distinction: seed nodes are not involved with consensus! That is still PoW as entry ticket and pBFT for the actual consensus.
 
5% of the block rewards are being assigned to seed nodes (from the beginning in 2019) and those are being used to pay out ZIL stakers. The 5% block rewards with an annual yield of 10.03% translate to roughly 610 MM ZILs in total that can be staked. Exchanges use the custodial variant of staking and wallets like Moonlet will use the non-custodial version (starting in Q3 2020). Staking is being done by sending ZILs to a smart contract created by Zilliqa and audited by Quantstamp.
 
With a high amount of DS; shard nodes and seed nodes becoming more decentralized too, Zilliqa qualifies for the label of decentralized in my opinion.
 
Smart contracts
 
Let me start by saying I’m not a developer and my programming skills are quite limited. So I‘m taking the ELI5 route (maybe 12) but if you are familiar with Javascript, Solidity or specifically OCaml please head straight to Scilla - read the docs to get a good initial grasp of how Zilliqa’s smart contract language Scilla works and if you ask yourself “why another programming language?” check this article. And if you want to play around with some sample contracts in an IDE click here. The faucet can be found here. And more information on architecture, dapp development and API can be found on the Developer Portal.
If you are more into listening and watching: check this recent webinar explaining Zilliqa and Scilla. Link is time-stamped so you’ll start right away with a platform introduction, roadmap 2020 and afterwards a proper Scilla introduction.
 
Generalized: programming languages can be divided into being ‘object-oriented’ or ‘functional’. Here is an ELI5 given by software development academy: * “all programs have two basic components, data – what the program knows – and behavior – what the program can do with that data. So object-oriented programming states that combining data and related behaviors in one place, is called “object”, which makes it easier to understand how a particular program works. On the other hand, functional programming argues that data and behavior are different things and should be separated to ensure their clarity.” *
 
Scilla is on the functional side and shares similarities with OCaml: OCaml is a general-purpose programming language with an emphasis on expressiveness and safety. It has an advanced type system that helps catch your mistakes without getting in your way. It's used in environments where a single mistake can cost millions and speed matters, is supported by an active community, and has a rich set of libraries and development tools. For all its power, OCaml is also pretty simple, which is one reason it's often used as a teaching language.
 
Scilla is blockchain agnostic, can be implemented onto other blockchains as well, is recognized by academics and won a so-called Distinguished Artifact Award award at the end of last year.
 
One of the reasons why the Zilliqa team decided to create their own programming language focused on preventing smart contract vulnerabilities is that adding logic on a blockchain, programming, means that you cannot afford to make mistakes. Otherwise, it could cost you. It’s all great and fun blockchains being immutable but updating your code because you found a bug isn’t the same as with a regular web application for example. And with smart contracts, it inherently involves cryptocurrencies in some form thus value.
 
Another difference with programming languages on a blockchain is gas. Every transaction you do on a smart contract platform like Zilliqa or Ethereum costs gas. With gas you basically pay for computational costs. Sending a ZIL from address A to address B costs 0.001 ZIL currently. Smart contracts are more complex, often involve various functions and require more gas (if gas is a new concept click here ).
 
So with Scilla, similar to Solidity, you need to make sure that “every function in your smart contract will run as expected without hitting gas limits. An improper resource analysis may lead to situations where funds may get stuck simply because a part of the smart contract code cannot be executed due to gas limits. Such constraints are not present in traditional software systems”. Scilla design story part 1
 
Some examples of smart contract issues you’d want to avoid are: leaking funds, ‘unexpected changes to critical state variables’ (example: someone other than you setting his or her address as the owner of the smart contract after creation) or simply killing a contract.
 
Scilla also allows for formal verification. Wikipedia to the rescue: In the context of hardware and software systems, formal verification is the act of proving or disproving the correctness of intended algorithms underlying a system with respect to a certain formal specification or property, using formal methods of mathematics.
 
Formal verification can be helpful in proving the correctness of systems such as: cryptographic protocols, combinational circuits, digital circuits with internal memory, and software expressed as source code.
 
Scilla is being developed hand-in-hand with formalization of its semantics and its embedding into the Coq proof assistant — a state-of-the art tool for mechanized proofs about properties of programs.”
 
Simply put, with Scilla and accompanying tooling developers can be mathematically sure and proof that the smart contract they’ve written does what he or she intends it to do.
 
Smart contract on a sharded environment and state sharding
 
There is one more topic I’d like to touch on: smart contract execution in a sharded environment (and what is the effect of state sharding). This is a complex topic. I’m not able to explain it any easier than what is posted here. But I will try to compress the post into something easy to digest.
 
Earlier on we have established that Zilliqa can process transactions in parallel due to network sharding. This is where the linear scalability comes from. We can define simple transactions: a transaction from address A to B (Category 1), a transaction where a user interacts with one smart contract (Category 2) and the most complex ones where triggering a transaction results in multiple smart contracts being involved (Category 3). The shards are able to process transactions on their own without interference of the other shards. With Category 1 transactions that is doable, with Category 2 transactions sometimes if that address is in the same shard as the smart contract but with Category 3 you definitely need communication between the shards. Solving that requires to make a set of communication rules the protocol needs to follow in order to process all transactions in a generalised fashion.
 
And this is where the downsides of state sharding comes in currently. All shards in Zilliqa have access to the complete state. Yes the state size (0.1 GB at the moment) grows and all of the nodes need to store it but it also means that they don’t need to shop around for information available on other shards. Requiring more communication and adding more complexity. Computer science knowledge and/or developer knowledge required links if you want to dig further: Scilla - language grammar Scilla - Foundations for Verifiable Decentralised Computations on a Blockchain Gas Accounting NUS x Zilliqa: Smart contract language workshop
 
Easier to follow links on programming Scilla https://learnscilla.com/home Ivan on Tech
 
Roadmap / Zilliqa 2.0
 
There is no strict defined roadmap but here are topics being worked on. And via the Zilliqa website there is also more information on the projects they are working on.
 
Business & Partnerships
 
It’s not only technology in which Zilliqa seems to be excelling as their ecosystem has been expanding and starting to grow rapidly. The project is on a mission to provide OpenFinance (OpFi) to the world and Singapore is the right place to be due to its progressive regulations and futuristic thinking. Singapore has taken a proactive approach towards cryptocurrencies by introducing the Payment Services Act 2019 (PS Act). Among other things, the PS Act will regulate intermediaries dealing with certain cryptocurrencies, with a particular focus on consumer protection and anti-money laundering. It will also provide a stable regulatory licensing and operating framework for cryptocurrency entities, effectively covering all crypto businesses and exchanges based in Singapore. According to PWC 82% of the surveyed executives in Singapore reported blockchain initiatives underway and 13% of them have already brought the initiatives live to the market. There is also an increasing list of organizations that are starting to provide digital payment services. Moreover, Singaporean blockchain developers Building Cities Beyond has recently created an innovation $15 million grant to encourage development on its ecosystem. This all suggests that Singapore tries to position itself as (one of) the leading blockchain hubs in the world.
 
Zilliqa seems to already take advantage of this and recently helped launch Hg Exchange on their platform, together with financial institutions PhillipCapital, PrimePartners and Fundnel. Hg Exchange, which is now approved by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), uses smart contracts to represent digital assets. Through Hg Exchange financial institutions worldwide can use Zilliqa's safe-by-design smart contracts to enable the trading of private equities. For example, think of companies such as Grab, Airbnb, SpaceX that are not available for public trading right now. Hg Exchange will allow investors to buy shares of private companies & unicorns and capture their value before an IPO. Anquan, the main company behind Zilliqa, has also recently announced that they became a partner and shareholder in TEN31 Bank, which is a fully regulated bank allowing for tokenization of assets and is aiming to bridge the gap between conventional banking and the blockchain world. If STOs, the tokenization of assets, and equity trading will continue to increase, then Zilliqa’s public blockchain would be the ideal candidate due to its strategic positioning, partnerships, regulatory compliance and the technology that is being built on top of it.
 
What is also very encouraging is their focus on banking the un(der)banked. They are launching a stablecoin basket starting with XSGD. As many of you know, stablecoins are currently mostly used for trading. However, Zilliqa is actively trying to broaden the use case of stablecoins. I recommend everybody to read this text that Amrit Kumar wrote (one of the co-founders). These stablecoins will be integrated in the traditional markets and bridge the gap between the crypto world and the traditional world. This could potentially revolutionize and legitimise the crypto space if retailers and companies will for example start to use stablecoins for payments or remittances, instead of it solely being used for trading.
 
Zilliqa also released their DeFi strategic roadmap (dating November 2019) which seems to be aligning well with their OpFi strategy. A non-custodial DEX is coming to Zilliqa made by Switcheo which allows cross-chain trading (atomic swaps) between ETH, EOS and ZIL based tokens. They also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a (soon to be announced) USD stablecoin. And as Zilliqa is all about regulations and being compliant, I’m speculating on it to be a regulated USD stablecoin. Furthermore, XSGD is already created and visible on block explorer and XIDR (Indonesian Stablecoin) is also coming soon via StraitsX. Here also an overview of the Tech Stack for Financial Applications from September 2019. Further quoting Amrit Kumar on this:
 
There are two basic building blocks in DeFi/OpFi though: 1) stablecoins as you need a non-volatile currency to get access to this market and 2) a dex to be able to trade all these financial assets. The rest are built on top of these blocks.
 
So far, together with our partners and community, we have worked on developing these building blocks with XSGD as a stablecoin. We are working on bringing a USD-backed stablecoin as well. We will soon have a decentralised exchange developed by Switcheo. And with HGX going live, we are also venturing into the tokenization space. More to come in the future.”
 
Additionally, they also have this ZILHive initiative that injects capital into projects. There have been already 6 waves of various teams working on infrastructure, innovation and research, and they are not from ASEAN or Singapore only but global: see Grantees breakdown by country. Over 60 project teams from over 20 countries have contributed to Zilliqa's ecosystem. This includes individuals and teams developing wallets, explorers, developer toolkits, smart contract testing frameworks, dapps, etc. As some of you may know, Unstoppable Domains (UD) blew up when they launched on Zilliqa. UD aims to replace cryptocurrency addresses with a human-readable name and allows for uncensorable websites. Zilliqa will probably be the only one able to handle all these transactions onchain due to ability to scale and its resulting low fees which is why the UD team launched this on Zilliqa in the first place. Furthermore, Zilliqa also has a strong emphasis on security, compliance, and privacy, which is why they partnered with companies like Elliptic, ChainSecurity (part of PwC Switzerland), and Incognito. Their sister company Aqilliz (Zilliqa spelled backwards) focuses on revolutionizing the digital advertising space and is doing interesting things like using Zilliqa to track outdoor digital ads with companies like Foodpanda.
 
Zilliqa is listed on nearly all major exchanges, having several different fiat-gateways and recently have been added to Binance’s margin trading and futures trading with really good volume. They also have a very impressive team with good credentials and experience. They don't just have “tech people”. They have a mix of tech people, business people, marketeers, scientists, and more. Naturally, it's good to have a mix of people with different skill sets if you work in the crypto space.
 
Marketing & Community
 
Zilliqa has a very strong community. If you just follow their Twitter their engagement is much higher for a coin that has approximately 80k followers. They also have been ‘coin of the day’ by LunarCrush many times. LunarCrush tracks real-time cryptocurrency value and social data. According to their data, it seems Zilliqa has a more fundamental and deeper understanding of marketing and community engagement than almost all other coins. While almost all coins have been a bit frozen in the last months, Zilliqa seems to be on its own bull run. It was somewhere in the 100s a few months ago and is currently ranked #46 on CoinGecko. Their official Telegram also has over 20k people and is very active, and their community channel which is over 7k now is more active and larger than many other official channels. Their local communities also seem to be growing.
 
Moreover, their community started ‘Zillacracy’ together with the Zilliqa core team ( see www.zillacracy.com ). It’s a community-run initiative where people from all over the world are now helping with marketing and development on Zilliqa. Since its launch in February 2020 they have been doing a lot and will also run their own non-custodial seed node for staking. This seed node will also allow them to start generating revenue for them to become a self sustaining entity that could potentially scale up to become a decentralized company working in parallel with the Zilliqa core team. Comparing it to all the other smart contract platforms (e.g. Cardano, EOS, Tezos etc.) they don't seem to have started a similar initiative (correct me if I’m wrong though). This suggests in my opinion that these other smart contract platforms do not fully understand how to utilize the ‘power of the community’. This is something you cannot ‘buy with money’ and gives many projects in the space a disadvantage.
 
Zilliqa also released two social products called SocialPay and Zeeves. SocialPay allows users to earn ZILs while tweeting with a specific hashtag. They have recently used it in partnership with the Singapore Red Cross for a marketing campaign after their initial pilot program. It seems like a very valuable social product with a good use case. I can see a lot of traditional companies entering the space through this product, which they seem to suggest will happen. Tokenizing hashtags with smart contracts to get network effect is a very smart and innovative idea.
 
Regarding Zeeves, this is a tipping bot for Telegram. They already have 1000s of signups and they plan to keep upgrading it for more and more people to use it (e.g. they recently have added a quiz features). They also use it during AMAs to reward people in real-time. It’s a very smart approach to grow their communities and get familiar with ZIL. I can see this becoming very big on Telegram. This tool suggests, again, that the Zilliqa team has a deeper understanding of what the crypto space and community needs and is good at finding the right innovative tools to grow and scale.
 
To be honest, I haven’t covered everything (i’m also reaching the character limited haha). So many updates happening lately that it's hard to keep up, such as the International Monetary Fund mentioning Zilliqa in their report, custodial and non-custodial Staking, Binance Margin, Futures, Widget, entering the Indian market, and more. The Head of Marketing Colin Miles has also released this as an overview of what is coming next. And last but not least, Vitalik Buterin has been mentioning Zilliqa lately acknowledging Zilliqa and mentioning that both projects have a lot of room to grow. There is much more info of course and a good part of it has been served to you on a silver platter. I invite you to continue researching by yourself :-) And if you have any comments or questions please post here!
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Bittrex Review: One of the First Crypto Exchanges| Final Part

Bittrex Review: One of the First Crypto Exchanges| Final Part

4. Transaction Fees

Transferring funds across the blockchain and withdrawing them from Bittrex costs a fee for customers, with the rate unique for every coin.
Bittrex Global charges no commission for deposits. Please keep in mind that some tokens or cash may be required to perform a transaction by a crypto coin or token’s community. Bittrex crypto exchange can’t keep away from it.
Every token or coin has a blockchain transaction fee that is built in it, and the Bittrex fee is a small amount to cover this charge. You can view the fee percentage for every coin or token by clicking Withdrawal near to the coin. There you will see a transaction fee you will be charged for withdrawing a specific coin or token.
In the example below, the withdrawal fee amounts to 1 USDT
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The transaction fee for Bitcoin came to 0.00050000 BTC
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5. Trading Fees

The fee schedule below provides the applicable rate based on the account's 30-Day Volume and if the order is a maker or taker.
Bittrex Global Fee30 Day Volume (USD)MakerTaker$0k - $50k0.2%0.2%$50k - $1M0.12%0.18%$1M - $10M0.05%0.15%$10M - $60M0.02%0.1%$60M+0%0.08%>$100MContact TAM representative
Trading expenses are incurred when an order is prepared by means of the Bittrex worldwide matching engine. While an order is being executed, the purchaser and the vendor are charged a rate primarily based on the order’s amount. The fee charged by Bittrex exchange is calculated by the formula amount * buy rate * fee. There aren't any charges for placing an order which is not being executed so far. Any portion of an unfinished order will be refunded completely upon order cancelation.
Prices vary depending on the currency pair, monthly trade volume, and whether the order is a maker or taker. Bittrex reserves the right to alternate fee quotes at any time, including offering various discounts and incentive packages.

Monthly Volume

Your buying and selling volume affects the fee you pay for every order. Our expenses are built to encourage customers who ensure liquidity in the Bittrex crypto exchange markets. Your buying and selling charges are reduced according to your trade volume for the last 30 years in dollars.
Bittrex calculates the 30-day value every day, updating every account's volume calculation and buying and selling charge between of 12:30 AM UTC and 01:30 AM UTC every day.
You can check your monthly trade volume by logging in and opening Account > My Activity.
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6. Withdrawing Funds

Withdrawing any type of funds is likewise simple. You can profit by buying and selling Bitcoin, Ether, or any other cryptocurrency.
You determine the crypto address—to which the amount will be credited—and the transaction amount. The withdrawal fee will be automatically calculated and shown right away.
After confirming the transaction, the finances will be sent to the specified addresses and all that you need to do is to wait for the community to confirm the transaction.
If the 2FA is enabled, then the user receives a special code (via SMS or application) to confirm the withdrawal.

7. How to Trade on Bittrex Global

Currency selling and buying transactions are performed using the Sell and Buy buttons, accordingly.
To begin with, the dealer selects a currency pair and sees a graph of the rate dynamics and different values for the pair.
Below the chart, there is a section with orders where the user can buy or sell a virtual asset.
To create an order, you just need to specify the order type, price, and quantity. And do not forget about the 0.25% trade fee whatever the quantity.
For optimum profit, stay with liquid assets as they can be quickly sold at a near-market rate effective at the time of the transaction. Bittrex offers no referral program; so buying and selling crypto is the easiest way to earn.
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Order Types

Bittrex helps you alternate Limit and Stop-Limit orders.
A limit order or a simple limit order is performed when the asset fee reaches—or even exceeds—the price the trader seeks. To execute such an order, it is required that there's a counter market order on the platform that has the identical fee as the limit order.

Differences between Limit Order and Stop Limit Order

A stop limit order is a mixture of a stop limit order and a limit order. In such an application, charges are indicated—a stop charge and the limit.

Stop Limit Order Purpose

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Trade Terminal

Let’s discuss how you could trade conveniently with our service.
The key features include a user-friendly interface and precise currency pair statistics (timeframe graphs, network data, trade volumes, and so forth).
The platform’s top-notch advantage is handy, easy-to-analyze, customizable charts. There is also a column for quick switching between currency pairs and an order panel beneath the fee chart. Such an all-encompassing visual solution helps compare orders efficiently and in one place.
You can use the terminal in a day or night mode; when in the night mode, the icon in the upper-right corner changes and notice the Bittrex trading terminal in night mode is displayed. The main menu consists of 4 sections: Markets, Orders, Wallets, Settings.
Markets are the trade section. Bittrex allows handling over 270 currency pairs.
Orders. To see all open orders, go to OrdersOpen.
To see completed orders, go to OrdersCompleted.
Wallets. The Wallets tab displays many wallets for all cryptocurrencies supported by the exchange and the current balance of each of them.
After refilling the balance or creating a buy or sale order, you will see all actions in the section. Bittrex allows creating a separate wallet for every coin. Additionally, you can see how the coin price has changed, in terms of percentage, throughout the day.
Here’s what you can also do with your wallets:
  • Hide zero balances: hide currencies with zero balance
  • Green and red arrows: replenish balance/withdraw funds
  • Find: search for a cryptocurrency
The Settings section helps manage your account, verification, 2FA, password modification, API connection, and many more.

How to Sell

The process of selling crypto assets follows the same algorithm. The only difference is that after choosing the exchange direction, you need to initiate a Sell order. All the rest is similar: you select the order type, specify the quantity and price, and click Sell *Currency Name* (Sell Bitcoin in our case).
If you scroll the screen, the entire history of trades and orders will be displayed below.

LONG and SHORT

You can make a long deal or a short deal. Your choice depends on whether you expect an asset to fall or rise in price.
Long positions are a classic trading method. It concerns purchasing an asset to profit when its value increases. Long positions are carried out through any brokers and do not require a margin account. In this case, the trader’s account must have enough funds to cover the transaction.
Losses in a long position are considered to be limited; no matter when the trade starts, the price will not fall below zero with all possible errors. Short positions, in contrast, are used to profit from a falling market. A trader buys a financial instrument from a broker and sells it. After the price reaches the target level, the trader buys back the assets or buys them to pay off the initial debt to the broker.
A short position yields profit if the price falls, and it is considered unprofitable the price matches the asset value. Performing a short order requires a margin account as a trader borrows valuable assets from a broker to complete a transaction. Long transactions help gain from market growth; short from a market decline.

Trade via API

Bittrex also supports algorithmic trading through extensive APIs (application programming interface), which allows you to automate the trading process using third-party services.
To create an API key, the user must enable the two-factor authentication 2FA, verify their account, and log in to the site within 3 minutes.
If all the requirements of the system are fulfilled, you can proceed to generate the API key. Log in to your Bittrex account, click Settings. Find API Keys. Click Add new key (Create a new key).
Toggle on / off settings for READ INFO, TRADE, or WITHDRAW, depending on what functionality you want to use for our API key.
Click Save and enter the 2FA code from the authenticator → Confirm.
The secret key will be displayed only once and will disappear after the page is refreshed. Make sure you saved it!
To delete an API key, click X in the right corner for the key that you want to delete, then click Save, enter the 2FA code from the authenticator and click Confirm.

Bittrex Bot, a Trader’s Assistant

Robotized programs that appeared sometimes after the appearance of cryptocurrency exchanges save users from monotonous work and allow automating the trading process.
Bots for trading digital money work like all the other bots: they perform mechanical trading according to the preset parameters.
Currently, one of Bittrex’s most popular trading bots is Bittrex Flash Crash Buyer Bot that helps traders profit from altcoin volatility without missing the right moment.
The program monitors all the market changes in the market every second; also, it even can place an order in advance. The Bittrex bot can handle a stop loss—to sell a certain amount of currency when the rate changes in a favorable direction and reaches a certain level.

8. Secure Platform

Bittrex Global employs the most reliable and effective security technologies available. There are many cases of theft, fraud. It is no coincidence that the currency is compared to the Wild West, especially if we compare the 1800s when cowboys rushed to the West Coast of America to earn and start something new in a place that had no rules.
Cryptocurrency is still wild. One can earn and lose money fast. But Bittrex has a substantial security policy thanks to the team’s huge experience in security and development for companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Qualys, and Blackberry.
The system employs an elastic, multi-stage holding strategy to ensure that the majority of funds are kept in cold storage for extra safety.
Bittrex Global also enables the two-factor authentication for all users and provides a host of additional security features to provide multiple layers of protection.
Bittrex cold wallet: https://bitinfocharts.com/en/bitcoin/address/385cR5DM96n1HvBDMzLHPYcw89fZAXULJP

How to Pass IP Verification

To ensure higher security of your Bittrex Global account, the system requires all users to approve each new IP address through an email confirmation. This IP verification procedure is required every time you attempt to log in from a new IP Address.
Confirming your IP address.
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The new IP address must be confirmed from the device that you are using to access Bittrex Global. This means that you must follow the CLICK HERE TO LOGIN link in an email on the device that you want to use to access your account.
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To ensure even more security, Bittrex Global supports whitelisting of IP addresses and Crypto addresses. These two features can help protect the account in the event of credentials or API key loss.

How to Add IP Address to Whitelist

By setting one or more whitelisted addresses, you are telling Bittrex Global to only authorize trades or withdrawals from those IPs. This concerns both the global.bittrex.com web interface and API-based trades or withdrawals. To do this, click IP Whitelist in Site Settings.
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How to Add Crypto Address to Whitelist

By setting a withdrawal address, you are telling Bittrex Global to authorize withdrawals only to that address.
This concerns both the global.bittrex.com web interface and API based withdrawals.
Note that when opting into this feature, you need to specify a withdrawal address would like to withdraw funds from for every currency. To do this, click Withdrawal Whitelist in the Site Settings section. The example below shows a BTC address.
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Afterword

Bittrex Global is a reliable and advanced platform for trading digital assets with a respected reputation, long history, and active market presence and development nowadays. The exchange is eligible to be used globally, including the US and its territories.
The legal component of Bittrex Global is one of the most legitimate among numerous crypto-asset exchanges.
The Bittrex team has had great ambitions and managed to deliver promises and more. The exchange staff comprises forward-thinking and exceptional individuals whose success is recognized in the traditional business and blockchain sector.
Bittrex's purpose is to be the driving force in the blockchain revolution, expanding the application, importance, and accessibility of this game-changing technology worldwide.
The exchange fosters new and innovative blockchain and related projects that could potentially change the way money and assets are managed globally.
Alongside innovation, safety will always be the main priority of the company. The platform utilizes the most reliable and effective practices and available technologies to protect user accounts. Bittrex customers have always primarily been those who appreciate the highest degree of security.
Because of the way the Bittrex trading platform is designed, it can easily scale to always provide instant order execution for any number of new customers.
Bittrex supports algorithmic trading and empowers its customers with extensive APIs for more automated and profitable trading.
One of the common features which is not available on the exchange is margin trading. No leverage used however adds up to the exchange's stability and prevents fast money seekers and risky traders from entering the exchange.
Bittrex is a force of the blockchain revolution and an important entity of the emerging sector.
The full version
First part
Second part
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Free €5 from CoinMetro (offer ends Aug 31st)

CoinMetro is a crypto exchange based in Estonia that was also featured on this sub a while ago, but now their referral program is back, and you can get €5 in crypto if you sign up with my link, deposit €50, and reach a trading volume of €250 (which simply means to use that €50 to buy/sell crypto a few times until you reach the required trading volume).
Here's how:
  1. Sign up through my link. Important: When you open my link and click "get started" or "sign up", it will take you to the sign up page, where you should see it mention the promo, like in this screenshot (here's a non-ref link for no bonus)
  2. Verify your identity. Verification is quick & automated - it took me less than 10 mins.
  3. Deposit €50 in any supported crypto or fiat. I'd suggest depositing in crypto because it's free. If you'd like to speed things up, use XRP - these transactions arrive within seconds. If you need to buy crypto, I'd suggest doing so through Bitpanda (which offers a sign-up bonus) or Crypto.com (where you can buy crypto with credit/debit card with no fees until 30 Sept).
  4. Reach a trading volume of €250. You could, for instance, use your deposit to buy and sell crypto back and forth 5-6 times until you reach this trading volume (see below).
  5. You'll see €5 in XCM (Coinmetro token) added to your account and you can exchange it for fiat/other crypto and withdraw it right away if you'd like. There's a 0.15% fee for crypto withdrawals, and fiat withdrawals cost €/£1. (full fees list)
What does trading volume mean?
Volume is the amount of currency traded during a given period of time. For example let’s say you do 10 trades (buy or sell) with the value of €25 each, your trading volume will be €250.
(from referral program terms & info)
Valid until August 31st.
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$40 in Free Bitcoin with $400+ Deposit on Celsius Network Plus Earn Up to 15.89% Interest Annually on Your Cryptos like Bitcoin and USDT & Interest Paid Every Monday - Crypto Lending App

Celsius Network is a crypto lending app that pays you interest (compounded, up to 15.89% annually) every week on your crypto deposits. You can also take out a loan with Celsius Network using the crypto as collateral without selling your crypto. Celsius Network is open to all users globally including the UK and Europe.
Celsius Network was founded in 2017 by Alex Mashinsky, one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), and Celsius gives 80% of its profits back to its customers that's why it offers high interest rates on your crypto deposits (see article here).
For a limited time, Celsius is offering free $20 in Bitcoin bonus after making an initial deposit of $200 or more worth of any supported crypto like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USDT when you use my referral link or code after you complete the KYC process. You don't get the Bitcoin bonus if you don't signup using a referral.
Plus there is an additional promotional code (see below) that you can input into the app after you make the initial deposit to secure the first bonus which will earn you an additional $20 in free Bitcoin after making additional deposit totaling $200 or more in crypto.
That's a total of $40 in free Bitcoin bonuses after making two separate deposits of $200 or more in crypto. Full details below.
You'll also earn up to 15.89% interest annually (or higher) on all the cryptos you deposit including BTC, ETH, BCH, XRP, and USD stablecoin (like USDC, USDT, DAI, PAX). Plus there are no minimum deposit and no fees to deposit or withdrawal!
I love Celsius Network because is interest is compounded weekly and paid out every Monday.
Here's the process to claim your free $40 in Bitcoin bonuses:
  1. Sign up for Celsius Network at https://celsiusnetwork.app.link/1891962be1 (or use promo code 1891962be1 during registration at https://celsius.network/ to secure the Bitcoin bonus) - non-ref link without free Bitcoin bonus
  2. Complete the KYC process including ID verification
  3. Deposit $200 or more in crypto to receive your $20 in free Bitcoin bonus like Bitcoin, Ethereum and USDT. Bitcoin bonus is locked for 30 days after qualifying deposit and after 30 days you can keep or withdraw it. DO NOT WITHDRAW any crypto from your account during the 30 days after qualifying deposit OR YOU WILL LOSE the bonus. Wait until the bonus is unlocked.
  4. To earn an extra $20 in Bitcoin, go to 'Profile' -> 'Enter a promo code'. Enter the promo code SUMMER then deposit another $200 or more in crypto and hold it for 30 days. Bonus will appear under your Bitcoin wallet as 'locked' for 30 days. DO NOT WITHDRAW any crypto from your account for 30 days OR YOU WILL LOSE the bonuses. Wait until all bonuses are unlocked (after 30 days) if you wish to withdraw your crypto.
  5. 2 Bitcoin bonuses of $20 each will appear in your Bitcoin wallet as "LOCKED" after making the two deposits of $200+ (one for the initial deposit after signup, one for the SUMMER promo code)
Due to crypto prices go up and down, I recommend depositing at least 5% more in crypto to secure the bonuses. For example, if you need to deposit $200 or more to receive the SUMMER bonus of $20 in free Bitcoin, then deposit at least $210 in crypto.
I recommend using Crypto.com, Coinbase, Gemini, or BlockFi to buy crypto like Bitcoin or USD stablecoin and transferring to your Celsius Network account for the initial deposit and promo code.
Remember DO NOT withdrawal any crypto from your account for at least 30 days until the free crypto bonuses are unlocked. Besides every Monday you'll be earning interest on the crypto held in your Celsius Network account.
If you want to buy more CEL token (Celsius Network token) to earn higher interest on your crypto deposits, signup for Liquid crypto trading platform to buy or sell and earn 10% back on all trading fees - https://www.liquid.com/sign-up/?affiliate=InZmUQNE727430 (non-ref link)
Leave a comment or send me a message if you have any questions! :))
Have a great day!
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Get free €5 from CoinMetro - this month only!

CoinMetro is a crypto exchange based in Estonia that was also featured on this sub a while ago, but now their referral program is back, and you can get €5 in crypto if you sign up with my link, deposit €50, and reach a trading volume of €250 (which means use that €50 to buy/sell crypto a few times until you reach that).
Here's how:
  1. Sign up through my link. When you open the link and click "get started" or "sign up", it will take you to the sign up page, where you should see it mention the promo, like in this screenshot. (here's a non-ref link, but you'll get no bonus)
  2. Verify your identity. Verification is quick & automated - it took me less than 10 mins.
  3. Deposit €50 in any supported crypto or fiat. I'd suggest depositing in crypto because it's free. If you'd like to speed things up, use XRP - these transactions arrive within seconds. If you need to buy crypto, I'd suggest doing so through Bitpanda (which offers a sign-up bonus) or Crypto.com (where you can buy crypto with credit/debit card with no fees until 30 Sept)
  4. Reach a trading volume of €250. You could, for instance, use your deposit to buy and sell crypto back and forth 5-6 times until you reach this trading volume (see below).
  5. You'll see €5 in XCM (Coinmetro token) added to your account and you can exchange it for fiat/other crypto and withdraw it right away if you'd like. There's a 0.15% fee for crypto withdrawals, fiat withdrawals cost €/£1. (full fees list)

What does trading volume mean?
Volume is the amount of currency traded during a given period of time. For example let’s say you do 10 trades (buy or sell) with the value of €25 each, your trading volume will be €250.
(from referral program terms & info)
Valid until August 31st.
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Debunking FUD regarding the Extended ITN

Nearly all Extended ITN FUD can be dispelled by understanding the synergy which results from having two horses in the 3rd generation blockchain race.
Haskell code has the benefit of being safer but is hardeslower to write, while Rust is faster to develop, at the cost of less formal verification.
With only one rigid approach these trade-offs inflict maximum damage, but with two complementary coordinated networks the safe vs fast trade-off is nerfed, allowing maximum value to be capured by the flexible sum of both methods.

FUD #1: "The EITN takes focus away from the Shelley mainnet"
Fact: The EITN increases focus on the Shelley mainnet. Hosk already took pains to make clear there are two seperate (yet coordinated) teams working on each project.
Taking some measure of R&D pressure from Team Haskell and giving it to Team Rust allows more focus on building out Shelley.

FUD #2: "Creating a Cardano Classic makes ADA look bad"
FACT: Yes it would, and the only possible way to prevent such a viable, competitive "Cardano Classic" fork is for IOG and the community to back a cooperative EITN, rather than allow a hostile implementation to emerge and gain traction.

FUD #3: "Making EITN tADA real coins listed on exchanges dilutes the value of real, mainnet ADA, making a mockery of the 45 billion coin emission cap"
FACT: First, see the point already make about how a united IOG/CF/community front supporting the EITN is our best chance of avoiding an actually dilutive Cardano Classic from becoming a real threat.
Second, the model here is that of Bitcoin and Litecoin. Litecoin as the silver to Bitcoin's gold provides tremendous value by allowing things like segwit, Lightning Network, and mimblewimble to be tested in an incentivized and sandboxed off-chain way.
tADA can already be traded OTC, so the way to look at the additional asset serendipitously discovered by the unexpectedly successful ITN experiment is as a spin-off company (EG, Expedia being spun off from Microsoft).

FUD #4: "Newcomers will be confused by two networks"
FACT: Newcomers will always be confused; confusion is in their nature. They wouldn't be newcomers if they weren't confused.
Two Cardano networks gives newcomers the additional opportunity to learn why the decision was made in the breach to preserve and build on the resounding success of the original ITN.
Having more things and nuance to learn about is ultimately to the benefit of newcomers, despite making the initial learning curve barrier to entry slighly steeper and taller.

FUD #5 "The EITN will create bitterness and division"
FACT: Welcome to crypto! Bitcoin has been running on drama, ritual combat, and tribal warfare for 10 years and is stronger than ever. If you are too delicate for intellectual and scholastic battles, please get out of the kitchen before succumbing to heat stroke.
Some arguments are educational while others produce more friction than enlightenment. Spreading FUD about the EITN is an example of the latter, but all conflict helps built anti-fragility so let's welcome it as an opportunity for teachable moments.

FUD #6 "We have to stick to The Plan or else lose credibility"
FACT: The Plan has always been to change The Plan as facts on the ground change and empirical data are derived from actual experience.
Sticking stubbornly to a particular static Plan no matter what, by disregarding the emergent phenomenon of the ITN's greatness, would destroy the flexibility, and thus credibility, of the project.

tldr; keep those Jormungandr pools running fam because we're taking tADA to a whole 'nother level
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$40 in Free Bitcoin with $400+ Deposit on Celsius Network Plus Earn Up to 15.89% Interest Annually on Your Cryptos & Interest Paid Every Monday - Crypto Lending App (NEW RATES of 11.55% on USD and 6.2% on BTC)

$40 in Free Bitcoin with $400+ Deposit on Celsius Network Plus Earn Up to 15.89% Interest Annually on Your Cryptos & Interest Paid Every Monday - Crypto Lending App (NEW RATES of 11.55% on USD and 6.2% on BTC)
Celsius Network is a crypto lending app that pays you interest (compounded, up to 15.89% annually) every week on your crypto deposits. You can also take out a loan with Celsius Network using the crypto as collateral without selling your crypto. Celsius Network is open to all users globally including the US, UK, and Europe.
Sign up at https://celsiusnetwork.app.link/1891962be1 and earn $20 in free Bitcoin after your first deposit of $200 or more in crypto like Bitcoin, Ethereum, USDT or USDC. In addition, there are additional promotional codes that you can input into the app after you complete the registration and KYC process which will earn you an additional $20 in free Bitcoin after additional deposit totaling $200 or more. You'll earn a total of $40 in free Bitcoin bonuses! Full details below.
You'll also earn up to 12% APY interest on all the cryptos you deposit including BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC, XRP, XLM, and USD stablecoin (like USDC, USDT, DAI, PAX) with no fees to deposit or withdrawal!
I love Celsius Network because is interest is compounded weekly and paid out every Monday.
Here's the process to claim your free $40 in Bitcoin bonuses:
  1. Sign up for Celsius Network at https://celsiusnetwork.app.link/1891962be1 (or use promo code 1891962be1 during registration) to secure your $20 in free Bitcoin bonus after your first qualifying deposit of $200 or more in crypto like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and USDT
  2. Complete the KYC process including ID verification
  3. Deposit $200 or more in crypto to receive your $20 in free Bitcoin bonus. Bitcoin bonus is locked for 30 days after qualifying deposit and after 30 days you can keep or withdraw it. DO NOT WITHDRAW any crypto from your account during the 30 days after qualifying deposit OR YOU WILL LOSE the bonus. Wait until the bonus is unlocked.
  4. Under 'Profile' -> 'Enter a promo code'. Enter the following promo codes, one by one after you make the qualifying deposit for each promo to earn the bonus. Bonuses will appear under your Bitcoin wallet as 'locked' for 30 days. DO NOT WITHDRAW any crypto from your account for 30 days OR YOU WILL LOSE the bonuses. Wait until all bonuses are unlocked (after 30 days) if you wish to withdraw your crypto.
  • SUMMER - Get $20 free in BTC after depositing $200+ in crypto and holding it for 30 days with each promo code
In summary, you will earn a total of $40 in free Bitcoin after total deposits of at least $400+ in crypto into your Celsius Network account.
Due to crypto prices go up and down, I recommend depositing at least 5% more in crypto for every promotional code. For example, if you need to deposit $200 or more to receive the SUMMER bonus of $20 in free Bitcoin, then deposit at least $205 in crypto.
I recommend using Coinbase, Gemini, Binance.com or Binance US to buy crypto like Bitcoin or USD stablecoin and transferring to your Celsius Network account for each promotional code to meet the qualifying deposit required.
Please PM me with any questions.
Remember DO NOT withdrawal any crypto from your account for at least 30 days until the free crypto bonuses are unlocked. Besides every Monday you'll be earning interest on the crypto held in your Celsius Network account.
Remember to sign up using https://celsiusnetwork.app.link/1891962be1 (or use promo code 1891962be1 during registration)
If you want to buy more CEL token (Celsius Network token) to earn higher interest on your crypto deposits, signup for Liquid crypto trading platform to buy or sell and earn 10% back on all trading fees - https://www.liquid.com/sign-up/?affiliate=InZmUQNE727430
If you want an additional $95 in free Bitcoin and/or cash bonuses for opening crypto accounts and making deposits or transactions, check out the following:
Have a great day!

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Get $15 when you sign up to Morpher (early access, no deposit needed)

Morpher is a new Austrian trading platform for stocks, crypto, and forex. They're currently offering $15 in Morpher tokens when you join with a referral link and pass a short ID verification (KYC).
Steps:
  1. Sign up through my referral link. (non-ref)
  2. Verify your ID (in most cases this is a quick, automated process, but in some cases they have to perform manual verification which takes a bit longer)
  3. You'll get 500 Morpher tokens (estimated value $15) when you are invited to the app. You will be able to withdraw these to an exchange once withdrawals are enabled.
They have already started sending invites to thousands of users (I got mine in early July), so look out for an email from Morpher inviting you to the app. You'll get your Morpher tokens immediately, and any tokens from inviting referrals will be sent to you once your referrals are invited to the app. Withdrawals are expected to be enabled soon.
Just as a disclaimer, the stated value of the tokens is an estimate given by Morpher, based on a private presale of Morpher tokens. Since this is a crypto airdrop, no one can guarantee that the tokens will actually have the estimated value at launch or that they will hold their value over time. (Though this is the case with cryptocurrency airdrops in general)
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Blockchain Oracles: Connecting The Worlds. Part 2

Blockchain Oracles: Connecting The Worlds. Part 2
In the first part of this article we offered a thorough introduction on blockchain oracles and why they are vital to the decentralised space, along with several examples in the Decentralized Finance DeFi domain. However, DeFi is not the only fish in the sea, and there are other noteworthy use cases of blockchain oracles in the crypto space not associated with DeFi. This second and final part is dedicated to the application of blockchain oracles in other areas, and concludes with the challenges the technology faces and the techniques used to overcome them.
by StealthEX

Oracles for prediction markets

Prediction markets are another area where the idea of blockchain oracles fits like a glove. Sometimes, they are also referred to as betting markets, but regardless of the naming convention, their concept revolves around wagering on the outcome of a real-life event. In these markets anyone can create and trade event outcomes, and since the outcomes require independent verification, there’s a job for a blockchain oracle as well to do the task in the most efficient and reliable manner.
As with DeFI, a few prominent players inhabit this space, and number one on the list is Augur (REP). It made a name for itself during the 2016 US presidential elections when it had reportedly attracted over $2 million of bets on the election outcome. The oracle of Augur is based on a trustless consensus of users who hold the platform’s native Reputation token. If they fail to deliver honest and accurate reports of outcomes, a split in the token may follow rendering their forked version of Reputation worthless as no one will sign up to their prediction markets in the future for false reporting. In this way, reporters are financially encouraged to provide accurate information on the outcomes of real-world occurrences.
A different approach to an oracle solution is employed by Gnosis (GNO), a decentralized prediction market platform, which came into the spotlight in 2017. With Gnosis, anyone can offer oracle services. Users creating a prediction market can select any oracle or a group of oracles for the event resolution. But that’s not all. If the market participants disagree with the resolution, they can challenge it by applying to the so-called Ultimate Oracle. Then, a new market is created to resolve the dispute by allowing anyone to decide on the outcome within 24 hours. The winners are rewarded, the losers are punished, and the outcome is used for the resolution of the primary market.
Augur and Gnosis were the first prediction markets platforms allowing users to forecast future events and bet on them. With Omen, an information market platform, users can specify the data source of their own choice to be used as an oracle, supplemented by an online dispute resolution platform Kleros as the final arbitrator. With Delphy, a social mobile prediction market platform, the winning outcome is determined by the so-called Oracle of the Event, for example, the NBA official website for the prediction of an NBA game, combined with a dispute arbitration mechanism in case such a dispute should arise.

Oracles for other domains

DeFi and prediction markets are the most notable use cases of blockchain oracles, and for due reasons. However, oracles also made inroads into other fields as diverse as supply chain tracking for querying geolocation data, lottery smart contracts for random number generation, insurance contracts for damage verification, flight statistics for ticket pooling, weather forecasts for calculating insurance premiums, and even retrieval of information about events on other blockchains. Below we describe a couple of such platforms that may be worth looking into from the oracle point of view.
So our next entry on the list of platforms that feature blockchain oracles is FOAM platform, which provides an alternative to GPS geolocation for an array of industries such as Internet of Things (IoT), supply chains, airlines, electrical grids, autonomous cars, mobile operators, or any other industry that relies on GPS. As before, we are interested in the platform’s approach toward implementing a data verification layer. FOAM is intriguing because it offers a hardware-based oracle solution. Basically, its Proof of Location protocol works similarly to GPS, but in a decentralized and fault-tolerant way through a user-run network of hardware radio beacons connecting to each other and synchronizing their clocks. This enables them to compute the distance between nodes and report fraud-proof location data.
We conclude our exemplary list of platforms that cannot live without an oracle with a decentralized insurance platform, Nexus Mutual, which aims at “bringing the mutual ethos of a community-based model back to insurance” by “creating aligned incentives through smart contract code on the Ethereum blockchain”. What interests us here, though, is not the art of high rhetoric and catchy slogans but the approach to damage verification. Given that there is a strong incentive to defraud the insurance pool, Nexus comes up with a consensus model of claim verification and requires claims assessors to have a stake in the form of membership tokens that would discourage them to act dishonestly. Otherwise, they are to suffer financially and have their member tokens burned without redemption.

The Oracle Problem

Smart contracts are poised to transform the ways that we humans interact in our business endeavors. To make our lives easier, blockchain oracles strive to close the gap between the isolated, pristine execution environment of a smart contract and the real world out there, full of chaos and madness. The large number of implementations making use of distinctively different concepts proves that there is no one-size-fits-all oracle solution. And this leads us to the infamous oracle problem.
The Oracle Problem refers to the innate adversarial and random nature of the external world and the formal logic of smart contract execution. Oracles necessarily lie outside the security mechanisms that a smart contract-enabled blockchain provides, and the conflict that arises is the essence of the Oracle Problem, that of the difficulty of fetching credible data from intrinsically unreliable sources, with malicious actors always on the lookout to modify and falsify the data for their financial gain.
Different approaches have been tried to solve this issue, for example, by using cryptographic attestations or putting one’s reputation on the line. However, as both theory and practice confirm, economic incentivization works best here. As more and more platforms shift to decentralized oracles, there is solid evidence that creating an incentive to report honestly along with a disincentive to prevent fraudulent broadcasting seems to be an effective way to encourage serious and thorough fact-checking in a consensus-based environment.
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✔ Choose the pair and the amount for your exchange. For example REP to GNO.
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✔ Move your cryptocurrency for the exchange.
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Original article was posted on https://stealthex.io/blog/2020/08/25/blockchain-oracles-connecting-the-worlds-part-2/
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$40 in Free Bitcoin with $400+ Deposit on Celsius Network Plus Earn Up to 15.89% Interest Annually on Your Cryptos & Interest Paid Every Monday - Crypto Lending App (NEW RATES of 11.55% on USD and 6.2% on BTC)

$40 in Free Bitcoin with $400+ Deposit on Celsius Network Plus Earn Up to 15.89% Interest Annually on Your Cryptos & Interest Paid Every Monday - Crypto Lending App (NEW RATES of 11.55% on USD and 6.2% on BTC)
Celsius Network is a crypto lending app that pays you interest (compounded, up to 15.89% annually) every week on your crypto deposits. You can also take out a loan with Celsius Network using the crypto as collateral without selling your crypto. Celsius Network is open to all users globally including the US, UK, and Europe.
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Crypto Banking Wars: Can BlockFi & Celsius Disrupt Banking?

Crypto Banking Wars: Can BlockFi & Celsius Disrupt Banking?
These crypto lending & borrowing services found early traction. Are they capable of bundling more financial services and winning the broader consumer finance market?
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This is the third part of Crypto Banking Wars — a new series that examines what crypto-native company is most likely to become the bank of the future. Who is best positioned to reach mainstream adoption in consumer finance?
While crypto allows the world to get rid of banks, a bank will still very much be necessary for this very powerful technology to reach the masses. As we laid out in our previous series, Crypto-Powered, we believe a crypto-native company will ultimately become the bank of the future. We’re confident Genesis Block will have a seat at that table, but we aren’t the only game in town.
In the first post of this series, we did an analysis of big crypto exchanges like Coinbase & Binance. In our second episode, we looked at the world of non-custodial wallets.
Today we’re analyzing crypto lending & borrowing services. The Earn and Borrow use-case covers a lot of what traditional banks deliver today. This category of companies is a threat worth analyzing. As we look at this market, we’ll mostly be focused on custodial, centralized products like BlockFi, Nexo, and Celsius.
Many of these companies found early traction among crypto users. Are they capable of bundling more financial services and winning the broader consumer finance market? Let’s find out.

Institutional Borrowers

Because speculation and trading remains one of the most popular use-cases of crypto, a new crypto sub-industry around credit has emerged. Much of the borrowing demand has been driven by institutional needs.
For example, a Bitcoin mining company might need to borrow fiat to pay for operational costs (salaries, electricity). Or a crypto company might need to borrow USD to pay for engineering salaries. Or a crypto hedge fund needs to borrow for leverage or to take a specific market position. While all of these companies have sufficient crypto to cover the costs, they might not want to sell it — either for tax or speculative reasons (they may believe these crypto assets will appreciate, as with most in the industry).
Instead of selling their crypto, these companies can use their crypto as collateral for loans. For example, they can provide $1.5M in Bitcoin as collateral, and borrow $1M. Given the collateralization happening, the underwriting process becomes straightforward. Companies all around the world can participate — language and cultural barriers are removed.

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The leader (and one of our partners) in this space is Genesis Capital. While they are always the counterparty for both lenders and borrowers, they are effectively a broker. They are at the center of the institutional crypto lending & borrowing markets. Their total active loans as of March 2020 was $649M. That number shot up to $1.42B in active loans as of June 2020. The growth of this entire market segment is impressive and it’s what is driving this opportunity for consumers downstream.

Consumer Products

While most of the borrowing demand comes from institutional players, there is a growing desire from consumers to participate on the lend/supply side of the market. Crypto consumers would love to be able to deposit their assets with a service and watch it grow. Why let crypto assets sit on an exchange or in cold storage when it can be earning interest?
A number of consumer-facing products have emerged in the last few years to make this happen. While they also allow users to borrow (always with collateral), most of the consumer attraction is around growing their crypto, even while they sleep. Earning interest. These products usually partner with institutional players like Genesis Capital to match the deposits with borrowing demand. And it’s exactly part of our strategy as well, beyond leveraging DeFi (decentralized finance protocols).
A few of the most popular consumer services in this category include BlockFi, Nexo, and Celsius.

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BlockFi

BlockFi (Crunchbase) is the leader in this category (at least in the West). They are well-capitalized. In August 2019, they raised $18.3M in their Series A. In Feb 2020, they raised $30M in their Series B. In that same time period, they went from $250M in assets under management to $650M. In a recent blog post, they announced that they saw a 100% revenue increase in Q2 and that they were on track to do $50M in revenue this year. Their growth is impressive.
BlockFi did not do an ICO, unlike Celsius, Nexo, Salt, and Cred. BlockFi has a lot of institutional backing so it is perceived as the most reputable in the space. BlockFi started with borrowing — allowing users to leverage their crypto as collateral and taking out a loan against it. They later got into Earning — allowing users to deposit assets and earn interest on it. They recently expanded their service to “exchange” functionality and say they are coming out with a credit card later this year.

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Security Woes
It’s incredible that BlockFi has been able to see such strong growth despite their numerous product and security woes. A few months ago, their systems were compromised. A hacker was able to access confidential data, such as names, dates of birth, postal addresses, and activity histories. While no funds were lost, this was a massive embarrassment and caused reputational damage.

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Unrelated to that massive security breach and earlier in the year, a user discovered a major bug that allowed him to send the same funds to himself over and over again, ultimately accumulating more than a million dollars in his BlockFi account. BlockFi fortunately caught him just before withdrawal.
Poor Product Execution
Beyond their poor security — which they are now trying to get serious about — their products are notoriously buggy and hard-to-use. I borrowed from them a year ago and used their interest account product until very recently. I have first-hand experience of how painful it is. But don’t take my word for it… here are just a few tweets from customers just recently.

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For a while, their interest-earning product had a completely different authentication system than their loan product (users had two sets of usernames/passwords). Many people have had issues with withdrawals. The app is constantly logging people out, blank screens, ugly error messages. Emails with verification codes are sometimes delayed by hours (or days). I do wonder if their entire app has been outsourced. The sloppiness shines through.
Not only is their product buggy and UX confusing, but their branding & design is quite weak. To the left is a t-shirt they once sent me. It looks like they just found a bunch of quirky fonts, added their name, and slapped it on a t-shirt.

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Culture
To the innocent bystander, many of these issues seem totally fixable. They could hire an amazing design agency to completely revamp their product or brand. They could hire a mercenary group of engineers to fix their bugs, etc. While it could stop the bleeding for a time, it may not solve the underlying issues. Years of sloppy product execution represents something much more destructive. It represents a top-down mentality that shipping anything other than excellence is okay: product experience doesn’t matter; design doesn’t matter; craftsmanship doesn’t matter; strong execution doesn’t matter; precision doesn’t matter. That’s very different from our culture at Genesis Block.
This cancerous mentality rarely stays contained within product & engineering — this leaks to all parts of the organization. No design agency or consulting firm will fix some of the pernicious values of a company’s soul. These are deeper issues that only leadership can course-correct.
If BlockFi’s sloppiness were due to constant experimentation, iteration, shipping, or some “move fast and break things” hacker culture… like Binance… I would probably cut them more slack. But there is zero evidence of that. “Move fast and break things” is always scary when dealing with financial products. But in BlockFi’s case, when it’s more like “move slow and break things,” they are really playing with fire. Next time a massive security breach occurs, like what happened earlier this year, they may not be so lucky.
Institutional Focus
Based on who is on their team, their poor product execution shouldn’t be a surprise. Their team comes mostly from Wall Street, not the blockchain community (where our roots are). Most of BlockFi’s blockchain/crypto integration is very superficial. They take crypto assets as deposits, but they aren’t leveraging any of the exciting, low-level DeFi protocols like we are.
While their Wall Street heritage isn’t doing them any favors on the product/tech side, it’s served them very well on winning institutional clients. This is perhaps their greatest strength. BlockFi has a strong institutional business. They recently brought on Three Arrows Capital as a strategic investor — a crypto hedge fund who does a lot of borrowing. In that announcement, BlockFi’s founder said that bringing them on “aligns well with our focus on international expansion of our institutional services offering.” They also recently brought someone on who will lead business development in Asia among institutional clients.
BlockFi Wrap Up
There are certainly BlockFi features that overlap with Genesis Block’s offering. It’s possible that they are angling to become the bank of the future. However, they simply have not proven they are capable of designing, building, and launching world-class consumer products. They’ve constantly had issues around security and poor product execution. Their company account and their founder’s account seem to only tweet about Bitcoin. I don’t think they understand, appreciate, or value the power of DeFi. It’s unlikely they’ll be leveraging it any time soon. All of these reasons are why I don’t see them as a serious threat to Genesis Block.
However, because of their strong institutional offering, I hope that Genesis Block will ultimately have a very collaborative and productive partnership with them. Assuming they figure out their security woes, we could park some of our funds with BlockFi (just as we will with Genesis Capital and others). I think what’s likely to happen is that we’ll corner the consumer market and we’ll work closely with BlockFi on the institutional side.
I’ve been hard on BlockFi because I care. I think they have a great opportunity at helping elevate the entire industry in a positive way. But they have a lot of issues they need to work through. I really don’t want to see users lose millions of dollars in a security breach. It could set back the entire industry. But if they do things well… a rising tide lifts all boats.

Honorable Mentions

Celsius (ICO Drops) raised $50M in an ICO, and is led by serial entrepreneur Alex Mashinsky. I’ve met him, he’s a nice guy. Similar to Binance, their biggest Achilles heel could be their own token. There are also a lot of unanswered questions about where their deposits go. They don’t have a record of great transparency. They recently did a public crowdraise which is a little odd given their large ICO as well as their supposed $1B in deposits. Are they running out of money, as some suggest? Unclear. One of their biggest blindspots right now is that Mashinsky does not understand the power of DeFi. He is frequently openly criticizing it.
Nexo (ICO Drops) is another similar service. They are European-based, trying to launch their own card (though they’ve been saying this forever and they still haven’t shipped it), and have a history in the payments/fintech space. Because they haven’t penetrated the US — which is a much harder regulatory nut to crack — they are unlikely to be as competitive as BlockFi. There were also allegations that Nexo was spreading FUD about Chainlink while simultaneously partnering with them. Did Nexo take out a short position and start spreading rumors? Never a dull moment in crypto.
Other players in the lending & borrowing space include Unchained Capital, Cred (ICO Drops), and Salt (ICO Drops).

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Wrap Up

While many companies in this category seem to be slowly adding more financial services, I don’t believe any of them are focused on the broader consumer market like we are. To use services like BlockFi, Nexo, or Celsius, users need to be onboarded and educated on how crypto works. At Genesis Block, we don’t believe that’s the winning approach. We think blockchain complexity should be abstracted away from the end-user. We did an entire series about this, Spreading Crypto.
For many of these services, there is additional friction due to ICO tokens that are forcefully integrated into the product (see NEXO token or CEL Token). None of these services have true banking functionality or integration with traditional finance —for example, easy offramp or spending methods like debit cards. None of them are taking DeFi seriously — they are leveraging crypto for only the asset class, not the underlying technology around financial protocols.
So are these companies potential competitors to Genesis Block? For the crypto crowd, yes. For the mass market, no. None of these companies are capable of reaching the billions of people around the world that we hope to reach at Genesis Block.
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