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How to Earn a Passive Income with Ethereum 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 26, 2020

Have you been keeping an eye on the cryptocurrency market these past few weeks? If you have, you’ll know that the crypto market has been pushing towards its all-time high. Although the price of Bitcoin has recently seen a slight correction, interest in crypto and altcoins is already higher than in a long time. As such, you might be interested in earning a passive income with crypto. Perhaps you already have some Bitcoin and are now looking to diversify your portfolio? As many see the beginning of a bull run, people are looking to learn how to earn a passive income with Ethereum - the foundation of decentralized finance - to make gains whilst they sleep.

In this article, we explain exactly what Ethereum is and it’s crucial role and functions within the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Also, we’ll cover several different ways to learn how to earn a passive income with Ethereum. We’ve already gone through some of the ways to make a passive income in crypto - but this...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Matic Network?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 25, 2020

New and exciting DeFi projects launch all the time, and it can be difficult to keep up with them all. More specifically, understanding project fundamentals, the services they can offer to users, announcements of partnerships and integrations can all seem abstract. Matic Network, on the other hand, a Layer-2 scaling solution utilizing Plasma side chains, has a very concrete use case. Put simply, Matic Network is a scaling solution underpinning dApps and DeFi applications, addressing some of the Ethereum Network’s scalability challenges.

In this article, we do a deep dive on the Matic Network, the team behind it, the different use cases and services it provides, and why this project could become hotter than ever in the next couple of years. Matic Network uses a combination of the Plasma framework and Proof of Stake (PoS) to provide secure, off-chain computation offloading the main Ethereum chain.

However, before getting into the specifics of Matic Network, let’s preface...

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The Emergency of Crypto Banking - Crypto Banks in 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 24, 2020

As uncertainty around the US dollar mounts, faith in the existing financial legacy infrastructure is dwindling. Specifically, this sees many people now searching for possible alternatives to traditional banks for storing their wealth, and opportunities to borrow and lend capital. What’s more, the advent of decentralized finance (DeFi) promises to be able to potentially bank the unbanked. As such, could the notion of crypto banks be a middle-ground solution between the benefits of cryptocurrencies and the traditional financial ecosystem?

One of the driving forces and marketing techniques for banks to acquire new users is offering substantially more interest returns than other banks offers. Traditional bank interest rates currently are at the lowest they can positively be, and various governments around the world - such as the UK’s - propose moving into negative interest rate territory to help stimulate the economy. As such, this means that people could potentially...

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7 Reasons To Get Into Crypto in Late 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 23, 2020

You’ve seen it in the headlines, you’ve heard your friends talking about it. The cryptocurrency market is arguably hotter than ever, with the price of Bitcoin pumping to highs not seen since the late 2017 Bitcoin bull run. As such, it can be more enticing to get into crypto than it has been for a long time. Nevertheless, it can be hard to know whether to get into crypto or not - should you trust the crypto skeptics or the blockchain believers? That’s why this article presents an unbiased list of 7 reasons to get into crypto, so you can see some of the fascinating opportunities in crypto for yourself!

In this article, we’re going to explore some of the most compelling reasons that are making so many people get into crypto right now. What’s more, we look at some of the innovative ways that blockchain technology is shaping the future, and how you can position yourself to take advantage of getting into crypto right now. If you’re wondering how to...

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DeFi Deep Dive - Smart Contract Security

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 22, 2020

The world of decentralized finance (DeFi) is an exciting space to be in. It can seem like every day there’s someone or some initiative introducing a new protocol, upgrade, or some other creative, new way of putting various DeFi building blocks together. Nevertheless, this also increases the need for prudent smart contract security, and smart contract audits.

Anyone familiar with the DeFi sector will have seen the massive influx of capital to DeFi projects in 2020. Unfortunately, along with all that excitement and the $13.5 billion flowing through the ecosystem (see DeFi Pulse), DeFi has also proven attractive for some opportunistic hackers. There have been several highly publicized hacks in DeFi in 2020. We’ve already covered some of these, such as the bZx hacks, the Harvest Finance hack, the Eminence hack, the Balancer hack, and others.

Suffice to say, DeFi can be an interesting and highly profitable space to be in, but it’s also a risky one....

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Bancor?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 21, 2020

The Bancor Network is one of the longest-standing cryptocurrency projects, and among the first to pioneer decentralized financial applications (dApps) and token swaps. Despite a heavily-publicized attack and various legal hurdles throughout its infancy, the Bancor Protocol is emerging as a stand-out platform. Bancor shows great potential, thanks to recent upgrades and services to the network and the higher utility of the BNT token.

In this article, we’re going to dive into how the Bancor Protocol operates, what the Bancor Network consists of, the roles of the BNT token, and what’s in store for the future of the Bancor v2.1 upgrade. It was only in July this year that Bancor v2 was released, and the voting took place a few months later between October 15th and 18th for the next protocol upgrade. Read on to learn all about Bancor!

Bancor shot back into public consciousness earlier this week, and its DeFi Pulse listing surged. If you want some help in keeping track of the...

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An Introduction to Public vs Private Blockchains

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 20, 2020

Blockchain technology, which was largely popularized by Bitcoin, became famous for using decentralized, transparent, censorship-resistant and immutable ledgers. After Bitcoin first came into the public consciousness, cryptocurrencies have become increasingly popular throughout the last decade. When most people think of blockchains, they usually think of public blockchains such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, but private blockchains are being implemented by all types of businesses, large and small. So, what is the discussion of public vs private blockchains all about?

In this article, we look at the key differences between public vs private blockchains and some of the exciting projects creating enterprise-ready solutions to implement blockchain infrastructure in a way that is scalable and can be tailored to the needs of individual businesses. Depending on the desired use case, both private and public blockchains have their own advantages.

Nevertheless, taking a look at public and private...

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How to Get a Job in Crypto: Career Guide

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 19, 2020

With Bitcoin inching closer to its all-time high and growing more popular than ever, some are naturally focusing on potential trading gains. However, those who are in Bitcoin for the long ride are instead likely thinking about how to get a job in crypto. At the moment, the crypto industry is still in its infancy, and ripe for development. Opportunities like these come about once in a generation, it is a truly exciting time to be involved within the crypto community. Specifically, learning about blockchain technology can equip you with the knowledge to become financially independent, and create a better work/life balance with the ability to work in a specialized role, remotely, or for yourself, getting a foot in the door early to help kickstart your career. 

There is a lot of information out there, and a world of opportunities in front of you. It can sometimes feel overwhelming to start looking at a new career in an emerging industry, with many people having thoughts of giving...

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Passive Income in Crypto - 5 Ways To Make A Passive Income With Crypto

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 18, 2020

It doesn’t take a master’s degree in economics to see that there are issues with the traditional financial system. What’s more, “active income” is by its very definition labor intensive and hard to scale - after all, there are only so many hours in the day. As such, people from all walks of life are looking for that side hustle that will give them the financial freedom to do the things they want to do in life, on their own terms - and set up a so-called “passive income”. What’s more, there are naturally ways to have a passive income in crypto too. This is why we’ve provided you with 5 ways to make a passive income with crypto, so that you can gain an insight into how people make their money work for them, in a blockchain setting.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common methods of making money passively with cryptocurrency. Whether you're looking to start a new business, make a bit on the side...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is TrustSwap?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 17, 2020

Less than six months ago, the concept of TrustSwap didn’t exist. So, where did TrustSwap come from, and what use case does TrustSwap fulfill? According to the TrustSwap CEO, Jeff Kirdeikis, a venture capital firm wanted to invest large amounts of money into a project token sale for a discount. However, the firm also wanted to ensure the VC firm wouldn’t sell all the coins at once resulting in a ‘pump and dump’ scheme.

Instead, TrustSwap wanted to have a set amount of tokens released over a period of time to avoid this exploit. This made TrustSwap CEO Jeff Kirdeikis realize there was no such software or smart contract available to achieve this. As such, the only existing option would have been to hire an expensive lawyer to act as a middleman to distribute a set amount of tokens incrementally to the VC firm. Consequently, Kirdeikis realized there was an issue on the market waiting to be solved.

Since then, we have seen the introduction of TrustSwap services...

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