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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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Different Global Approaches to Cryptocurrency Regulation

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 16, 2020

The cryptocurrency space has been largely unregulated throughout its existence, but with continued integration between the traditional financial sector, central banks, and cryptocurrency firms, crypto regulation has become a high priority as we enter this new economic paradigm. In fact, many believe that cryptocurrency regulation could facilitate greater crypto adoption, bolster investor confidence and boost consumer protection.

In this article, we explore some of the different approaches taken towards crypto regulation and look at how regulation has evolved throughout the short history of this young industry. We’ll also explore some of the implications of various regulatory measures and what they could spell for the future of cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency regulation is a topic that seems to be all the rage at the moment. Growing crypto adoption is putting pressure on regulators to properly address cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and outline clear guidelines. If you want the...

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Blockchain Use Cases in the Real Estate Industry

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 15, 2020

Blockchain technology is increasingly being adopted in various industries, as use cases for distributed ledger technologies and cryptocurrency continue to become more evident. One interesting area is that of blockchain technology in the real estate sector. The use of blockchain in the real estate industry can help tenants, landlords, estate agents, and even architects. Many of the legal complications and administrative hurdles associated with buying, selling, renting, or letting property can be solved by the use of blockchain technology, and the opportunities that lie ahead in this field could turn the industry on its head.

In this article, we discuss how blockchain is used in the real estate industry and some of the projects involved in making this happen. We’ll also explore some of the many benefits of blockchain-based solutions and the innovative projects working towards integrating them into the elaborate web of processes involved in property ownership. Firstly, for those...

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DeFi Deep Dive – What is the bZx Protocol?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 15, 2020

The bZx Protocol is a Ethereum-based DeFi lending protocol which users can borrow, lend, and margin trade without relying on third parties. In the past, margin traders had to use centralized exchanges (CEXs). And while decentralized exchanges (DEXs) can have vulnerabilities, CEXs have many weak points that can be exploited.

These potential CEX weak points include such things as hacks, looming regulation, insider impropriety, and just plain mismanagement of funds by people in positions of trust. As such, the bZx Protocol, among other things, seeks to offer margin trading in a truly decentralized fashion.

The bZx Protocol is just one of countless DeFi applications out there. If you want to learn more about the world of decentralized finance, cryptocurrencies or blockchain technology use cases in general, you should check out Ivan on Tech Academy! Ivan on Tech Academy is one of the largest online blockchain education platforms, and offers a wealth of crypto courses and in-depth...

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Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht and 1HQ3Go3ggs8pFnXuHVHRytPCq5fGG8Hbhx

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 14, 2020

During the past week, there has been a lot of talk about a recent mysterious Bitcoin transaction of nearly 70,000 Bitcoins. As the Bitcoin price currently hovers around $16,000, that means that this single transaction was worth over one billion dollars. What’s more, the Bitcoin wallet behind this massive transaction supposedly had ties to Silk Road, the infamous digital black market platform closed down back in 2013. 

As such, Silk Road has suddenly gotten the news again roughly seven years after it was closed down, due to this massive Bitcoin transaction. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at the story of Silk Road, its creator Ross Ulbricht, and the billion-dollar Bitcoin transfer from the Bitcoin address 1HQ3Go3ggs8pFnXuHVHRytPCq5fGG8Hbhx that recently took place.  

This story showcases both the technical capabilities of Bitcoin transactions, as well as a fascinating look at the story of Silk Road. Learn all there is to know about Silk Road, Ross...

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Blockchain in The Energy Sector - Use Cases

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 13, 2020

As the conversation about clean and sustainable energy becomes ever more present, the use cases for blockchain in the energy sector are becoming more compelling than ever. As major energy providers across the globe transition from cheap, unsustainable, coal-based energy production, the increasing demands for efficient cryptocurrency mining present an interesting intersection between the two industries.

Blockchain technology - which is often seen as being nearly synonymous with the advent of Bitcoin - is a revolutionary process of mathematically verifying data and transactions, with increased security and transparency. This technology, although predominantly used in decentralized finance and fintech at the moment, has use cases that spread far and wide across the world, encompassing virtually all global industries. 

Consequently, the energy sector is no different. Blockchain technology has the chance to revolutionize the energy industry as we know it, allowing individuals to pay...

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What is Fundamental Analysis for Cryptocurrency? Analyzing Macro Factors

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 12, 2020

Keeping up to date and staying informed in crypto can be exceedingly difficult. Crypto never sleeps, so information is extremely time-sensitive and can come from many different sources you might not expect. Among other techniques, fundamental analysis is key to staying on top of the latest happenings in the crypto space. But what is fundamental analysis for cryptocurrency?

The average crypto trader spends a good portion of their day analyzing charts and patterns, waiting for trading signals, and buying and selling opportunities. Technical analysis is a key tool in observing market behavior in real-time and making judgments based on statistical probabilities. This is a double-edged sword, however, as many crypto investors and traders can become too myopic on the statistics, and fail to see what’s going on outside of the charts.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the broader factors that can have an effect on the sentiment in cryptocurrency markets and explore some of...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is OpenZeppelin?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 11, 2020

OpenZeppelin is a security operations platform with countless security best practice features already built into it. Specifically, it describes itself as an open-source framework for building secure smart contracts, meant to simplify the process of building smart contracts. Practically speaking, this means that smart contract developers on Ethereum can ship their products faster, whilst also minimizing security risks. 

Normally, these kinds of security features would have to be developed separately by each feature or company team. Moreover, there are no existing developer tools that allow them to collaboratively build, test and audit smart contracts. With the help of OpenZeppelin, developers can focus on deploying smart contracts instead of dealing with the extra hassle of building dedicated security tools.

Put simply, OpenZeppelin looks to act as a security audit for developers creating smart contracts, effectively reducing the risk associated with decentralized finance (DeFi)...

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