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DeFi Industry Heats Up as A16z Announces $515 Million DeFi Fund

Written By Ivan on Tech

May 03, 2020

The venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, commonly known as “A16z”, is now announcing a new crypto fund. This crypto fund will focus on investments relating to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology startups. 

DeFi is one of the hottest industries in crypto

Furthermore, this fund will also invest in crypto startups that explore payments applications, Web 3.0, and - perhaps most notably - decentralized finance (DeFi). Decentralized finance, or the DeFi field, is getting a lot of attention lately.  

Additionally, the two co-leaders of the A16z fund, Chris Dixon and Katie Haun, agree that the DeFi space is one of the most interesting developments in the blockchain industry lately. 

In fact, they believe that DeFi and practical blockchain applications could transform how everything from lending and insurance to derivatives and trading is done. “We think the next wave of internet business models will come from crypto,” Dixon and Haun...

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What Is DLT Trading? Detailed Breakdown of Distributed Ledger Technology Trading

Written By Ivan on Tech

May 01, 2020

The blockchain is often known as a “DLT” system. Specifically, DLT stands for distributed ledger technology, and is a digital decentralized system for verifying and recording asset transactions. This means that the system becomes more resilient, as it exists in various places at the same time.

DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology)

Anyone familiar with blockchain technology will likely recognize this definition of DLT. A previous Ivan on Tech Academy article, in which we answer “what is the blockchain”, demonstrates the advantages of distributed ledger technology in various industries. Moreover, this is primarily due to the unique and far-reaching application opportunities of DLTs.

Put simply, a distributed ledger consists of nodes that process and verify items. In doing so, DLTs generate records of various items and reach “consensus”, an agreement, on the items’ validity, or “veracity”. 

This means that a DLT ledger is...

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What Is The Blockchain?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Apr 29, 2020

Blockchain is on the lips of everyone, from individuals to institutions these days. Analysts are calling the advent of blockchain (together with other cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things and virtual reality) the fourth industrial revolution. However, exactly what is blockchain? This article breaks it all down in a comprehensive “what is the blockchain 101” report.


Blockchain and cryptocurrencies 

Blockchain is perhaps most well-known as the technology that underpins Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. One should note that blockchain technology has wide-reaching applications that extend far beyond cryptocurrencies. However, the advent of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies did help blockchain technology gain more widespread exposure.


All of these different terms can be somewhat confusing, so we’re going to break it down. Cryptocurrencies are a type of medium of exchange, or means of payment. As such,...

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Phemex Review 2020: In-Depth Crypto Derivatives Exchange Guide

Written By Ivan on Tech

Apr 24, 2020

Cryptocurrency derivates exchanges are becoming increasingly popular. However, although traders are familiar with options such as Bybit and BitMEX, one exchange is rapidly making a name for itself. Specifically, Phemex is a new exchange that is gaining tens of thousands of users at breakneck pace. This Phemex review breaks down all the pros and cons of the crypto derivatives exchange. 

Crypto derivatives exchange market hotter than ever in 2020

The cryptocurrency derivatives trading industry is currently experiencing a monumental boom. 2019 saw massive growth in virtual currency derivatives trading, with plenty of new options coming entering the market. 

In their ”2019 Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange Industry Annual Report”, crypto analytics firm TokenInsight recounts a trade volume increase to a whopping $3 trillion last year. Daily average crypto derivatives trading volume during 2019 was roughly $8.5 billion, which 2020 is already on track to...

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Blockchain Coding for Beginners - For Amateurs by Experts

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 27, 2020

Since cryptocurrencies came alive, blockchain has gained intense momentum. It simply confirms the fact that money has a way of capturing human attention. However, blockchain is far beyond digital currency. Under this disruptive technology lies the potential to change how the world thinks about giving instructions to computers. In fact, blockchain applications are already making huge impacts both in the private and public sectors. The technology will also continue to play a huge role as the world enters the fourth industrial revolution. Is blockchain coding for beginners? The answer is YES!

As a programmer or potential programmer who wants to begin blockchain coding, what’s in it for you?  Where and how do you start? This is the focus of this article. First, the article talks about the steps you can take to become a blockchain developer by showing you the best courses you can take and the most popular programming languages to use. Second, you will learn the important...

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Best Ways to Learn Blockchain Programming

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 20, 2020

Googling “the best ways to learn blockchain programming” suggests that you have already read about how awesome blockchain is and hints that you may want a piece of the action. Blockchain has been touted as the next big thing after the internet and several global brands such as Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and IBM, are already in on the action.

There’s an increase in the demand for skilled blockchain professionals in the midst of this frenzy. Employers are searching for blockchain developers, cryptocurrency traders, analysts, software engineers, mining technicians, research analysts, and full-stack developers. Having the right skill set will, therefore, see you swimming in a sea of jobs. Stats from Hired, a San Francisco recruitment firm, supports this claim, saying that blockchain engineers make between $150,000 to $175,000 on average.

Despite the prospects of the blockchain industry, learning how to code and taking your first steps into this sector might seem...

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The Best Programming Language for Blockchain

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 20, 2020

Several emerging technologies are already shaping the world. In fact, we will see more as we start the 3rd decade of the 21st century. One of these disruptive technologies is blockchain. As you may already know, this technology brings decentralization to decision making. It allows users to carry out anonymous peer-to-peer transactions. Blockchain is also the foundation of the crypto revolution that has taken the world by a storm. Therefore, there is a growing need to learn the programming language for blockchain.

We will go through the best Language for blockchain coding:

  • C++

  • Solidity

  • Java

  • Simplicity

  • Javascript

  • Python

First of all, the government and private companies are funding several projects and deploying the blockchain technology. For example, blockchain for e-governance, smart contracts for e-commerce, etc. Venture capitalists and corporations are also forging collaboration with blockchain companies for many projects. For example, to develop gaming tokens, supply...

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The Importance of A Good Bitcoin Programming Course

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 23, 2019

Bitcoin is synonymous with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. However, this premier cryptocurrency relies heavily on coding. This means that anyone who is looking to become a Bitcoin developer absolutely needs to understand Bitcoin programming.

A straight-forward Bitcoin programming course

With that said, however, Bitcoin programming courses are often complicated. Nonetheless, the rapid growth of this sector means that it is more important than ever to get the public educated about Bitcoin programming. This is why we decided to create the best Bitcoin programming course on the market.

Ivan on Tech Academy’s Bitcoin Programming course track will teach you all the fundamentals for cryptocurrency programming. This means that you will become accustomed with all the different tools you will need in order to interact with and build with Bitcoin. 

In addition to this, the programming course will also examine stacks and stack-based programming languages. This means that...

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Ivan on Tech Academy’s Blockchain 101 Course

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 23, 2019

Anyone keeping an eye on the financial industry will know that blockchain has created a tremendous buzz during the past years. However, despite being hotter than ever, blockchain technology is a subject that is still relatively hard to wrap one’s head around.

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Nevertheless, taking steps to understand blockchain technology can absolutely be worthwhile. Practically every industry is currently looking into blockchain, studying how to best employ this new technology. 

As such, the blockchain field is already creating new and exciting opportunities for new firms, business models and developers. Although blockchain is best known for being the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, its potential implications stretch far beyond the cryptocurrency sector.

Through taking Ivan on Tech Academy’s Blockchain 101 course, you can make sure to get a comprehensive overview of the blockchain technology...

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Ethereum Programming 201: Learn About Everything from Truffle to Ethereum Oracle Development

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 15, 2019

Blockchain is more or less on everybody’s lips nowadays. Surveys show that both Fortune 500 companies and governments all over the world want to implement blockchain technology as soon as possible.

Demand for Ethereum programmers will skyrocket in the coming years

As a result, the demand for blockchain developers, and particularly developers proficient in Ethereum programming, is expected to skyrocket. Nevertheless, the demand for Ethereum programmers is already outstripping the supply of competent developers.

Because of this, it is currently a gold rush for Ethereum programmers. Moreover, this will likely become even more obvious in the coming years, as numerous Ethereum-related sectors are projected to continue their strong growth.

One sector in particular that is growing rapidly is the Ethereum ”DeFi” sector. DeFi refers to decentralized financial tools and applications that are built on a blockchain. As such, DeFi is increasingly hailed as creating a new...

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