It would be easy. Could it be a good idea?

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Usually, when people die, one of two things happens. Either they have a will, and their assets are divided according to its instructions, or they don’t, and courts determine the rightful heir.

Blockchain visionaries like Charles Hoskinson talk about how smart contracts will change the world by providing equity of services, the first of which we already see with decentralized finance. Looking beyond what we have today, we can see similar things happening for insurance, identity, property ownership, and voting. Why not wills and estate planning?

My brain can’t quite wrap my head around how a will as a smart…


Mainstream adoption is here, and it brings opportunity with it.

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If you could go back to the 1990s and invest more heavily in the internet, would you?

The dot-com boom is arguably the most famous bubble in the past several centuries. During this time, from 1995 to 2000, the Nasdaq rose 400% before crashing and losing most of its gains.

Back then, internet-related companies were popping up left and right, and success was easy to find. Money was flowing, and valuations were growing. The pace was unsustainable, and when the bubble burst, it took many businesses down with it.

Still, it was an important moment in the history of the…


A Sushi Swap-on-Harmony liquidity mining tutorial

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Harmony Protocol recently announced $4 million in incentives coming to Sushi Swap, with rewards being split evenly between liquidity mining and Kashi lending. In both cases, $1 million in ONE tokens and $1 million in SUSHI tokens will be provided to fund the incentives.

The details of Kashi rewards are slated to be released in July, so today, we’ll focus on liquidity mining.

The most important thing to note about the liquidity mining incentives is that the rewards will be spread over 12 months and be heavily front-loaded, with 50% of rewards being distributed during the first 3 months. That…


Month-by-month tracking of my ETH2 staking investment

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It’s been 4 months since I elected to stake Eth2 now, and things are going well. I couldn’t resist taking advantage of favorable rates on Uniswap, and I converted another 0.2 ETH to 0.25 GETH, which I’ll add to my tracking below.

Timeline:

  • February 17, 2021: Staked 1 ETH with Ankr Staker; added aETH token to an ETH2 liquidity pool at SnowSwap
  • April 9, 2021: Swapped 1 aETH for 1.47 GETH
  • June 9, 2021: Swapped 0.2 ETH for 0.25 GETH

Results

Let’s take a look at the month-to-month numbers. The big dip at the end of May wiped about $1,000 from…


Start with a short stack and watch it grow

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Last April, I wrote an article inspired by Cake DeFi’s Freezer calculator, which suggested that a $500 investment could grow to $1 million based on their 113% staking APY. My article was somewhat tongue-in-cheek because there’s a pretty big caveat baked in: there’s no way that 100% APY will hold for 10 years.

Cake DeFi can’t keep up that rate for a decade because of their emission schedule. Right now, they are releasing DFI to investors like an IV drip to incentivize people to deposit their assets, but what happens to an IV bag over time? …


The whats, wheres, & hows of building my crypto empire

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The cryptocurrency universe reminds me of what it was like learning about the internet when it was first starting to be a thing. There are a lot of parallels. For example, many people started with a curated experience with internet-made-easy services like America Online. This is kind of like what the big, centralized exchanges provide for cryptocurrency— exposure to the new world but in a smaller, somewhat protected way.

However, much like the internet of yore, you find some really cool things when you start to venture away from the central hubs. You find that the world of cryptocurrency is…


Here’s a lightweight way to give them the skills they need

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I watched a Simon Sinek lecture on YouTube the other day, and he said something that resonated with me. He observed that when you begin your career; you are trained to have the skills you need to do your job, and if you do the job well enough for long enough, you will inevitably be promoted into a leadership position. However, leading people typically requires a very different skill set than the job you were previously trained for, yet we do not take time to train people to have the new skills required for the new job. …


Attractive rates from a security & compliance-minded company

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In the world of crypto-enthusiasts, there seem to be two philosophical extremes. On one end, we have Libertarians who believe cryptocurrencies are the key to unlocking true financial freedom. On the other, you have those who view it as a next-generation financial tool that should still be subject to many of the same regulations and governances as fiat currency.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are firmly in the second camp. They want to work with governments and regulators to play by the rules because they believe it’s the key to unlocking mainstream adoption.

In addition to their desire to develop and…


L2 & Eth2 are BFFs, not frenemies

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Whenever I’m singing the praises of Polygon, there’s always someone that asks the question: “But what happens when Ethereum 2.0 comes out?”

And it’s a good question.

Polygon’s Matic network is a proof-of-stake Ethereum sidechain. It’s important because it addresses Ethereum’s biggest problems: transaction fees and scalability. Essentially, you pay a single Ethereum fee to migrate your assets from the Ethereum layer-1 (L1) network to the Matic layer-2 (L2) network. Then you can transact quickly and cheaply using MATIC tokens to pay gas fees instead of ether.

However, Ethereum 2.0 aims to bring proof-of-stake to the L1 network, dramatically reducing…


An easy but unintuitive process

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Okay, so here’s the scenario:

You’re a regular person in the US, and you have a little bit of crypto. You want to get in on some of that sweet defi action that you keep hearing so much about, but the fees on Ethereum are completely prohibitive to learning and exploring. You know that Binance Smart Chain (BSC) is a lower-fee alternative with great apps like PancakeSwap and SushiSwap, but you can’t figure out how the bloop to get your assets onto the network to use it.

First of all, let me say that it feels completely ridiculous that I…

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