Since Blockchain was founded in 2011, we’ve seen bitcoin and other digital asset ownership grow from thousands of pioneers to over 30 million people today. Our investment thesis provides a comprehensive view of the factors driving that growth, and the remaining challenges ahead for cryptoassets to be widely adopted.
In September 2018, Paxos launched the Paxos Standard (PAX), a stablecoin fully backed by physical U.S. dollars stored in FDIC-insured banks and regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services. By eliminating price volatility, PAX gives users an entirely new way to send value, manage inflation, mitigate trading risk, and gain exposure to the US dollar. This primer dives deeper into the strengths, data and competitive landscape for PAX.
Founded in 2014, Stellar is designed to be a world-wide payment network that facilitates the exchange of any currency, asset or token. Its native asset, Lumens (XLM), has steadily ranked as one of the leading cryptoassets in terms of market value and ecosystem support. A key focus in this primer is laying out the differences of the Stellar and Ripple projects, as well as shedding light on XLM’s consistently impressive transaction growth and flexibility.
The 2019 report builds on its predecessor to provide an updated and expanded look at the current state of the stablecoin market - a space where we expect to see significant innovation in the coming years. It includes:
New research primers on three leading stablecoins: Paxos Standard, Stasis and Reserve
A new in-depth comparison of Paxos Standard, USD Coin and Gemini Dollar
Expanded data profiles on 34 stablecoins, including many new stablecoins (the report is twice the size of its predecessor!)
Refreshed data and analysis across the full report to reflect the substantial changes observed over the last six months; and
An overview of how to gain investment exposure to the growing use of stablecoins
In November of last year, Bitcoin Cash underwent a contentious network split. As a result, we have received more questions about Bitcoin Cash in recent weeks than any other cryptoasset supported by the Blockchain Wallet. A key focus in this primer is a comparison between Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCH) and Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV), including new data shared with us by Coinmetrics on the post-fork movement coins on each respective blockchain.
In this document, we discuss our economic and legal rationales with a set of guiding principles for airdrop planning and execution. Finally, we set forth the foundation for the Blockchain Airdrops, together with the criteria that will guide Blockchain in selecting which tokens we will airdrop to our users.
Stablecoins, as the name suggests, are cryptocurrencies designed to minimize price volatility and are in stark contrast with more volatile cryptoassets like bitcoin, which lack any inbuilt price stability mechanism. Significant volatility is often cited as one of the main reasons why many institutions and individuals have remained on the cryptocurrency sidelines to date and stablecoins have been developed to address this issue.
We recently partnered with volunteers from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Economic Forum (WEF) to explore how block chain technology supports a vast array of sustainability, humanitarian, and environmental initiatives.