TLDR; Today we want to address a topic in the crypto space that isn’t often discussed – building communities. Most Telegram communities are outright spammy, everyone has their Discord channels muted, and very few people really get Crypto Twitter. The channels to build your community are endless but identifying your true believers and where they live will make you stand out from the rest. We are happy to open-source our thinking around building communities with the goal that you can use this post as a guide to start building yours.
TLDR; When investors evaluate the risks associated with Staking Yields, they are usually considering smart contract security risk, economic risk and perhaps regulatory/compliance risk. In this post, we make the case that there’s also an opportunity cost risk behind staking that an investor often overlooks. This is the risk of participating in a staking network as a validator as opposed to simply staying put on your initial cryptoassets. Our thesis is that this facet of risk will come under increased scrutiny as more Proof-of-Stake (PoS) networks come online.
TLDR; Staking is radical in the crypto world. It recreates parallels to traditional finance which is something mainstream investors understand. We make the case that though staking yields look approachable, they are still nuanced. An investor must think about token economics, security budgeting and tax efficiency when considering staking.
TLDR; Today, we are happy to open-source a compilation of customer research on the DeFi userbase. We’ve invested 100’s of hours researching the most engaged DeFi users to understand their immediate and urgent needs. We are also sharing our process of whittling down these insights into a list of priority action items. Part 1 of this post includes research on Set protocol and Gnosis wallets.
TLDR; Founders want to build big expansive products. In my opinion, starting to build a big product with lots of use-cases is the wrong approach and is very difficult to pull off. It’s better to start planning your roadmap as a set of narrow overlapping use-cases with a tight narrative. We present a repeatable process to apply to your product roadmap to achieve product-market fit and wide adoption.
TLDR; All blockchain data on Ethereum is public, yet getting data off them is hard. It’s messy, disorganized and time-consuming even for an engineer. If you’re non-technical – forget about it. 😡 In this post, we discuss a common use-case of MakerDAO with leveraged lending that can lead to a nightmarish situation when it comes to record-keeping. We have a solution – Covalent – to this specific problem and broadly to what we call the DeFi data availability gap.
TLDR; Stablecoins have been all the rage in 2019 – arguably one of the few products on the blockchain that have found product-market fit. There are over 30 stablecoins live on Ethereum. But picking one stablecoin over another can be challenging. We need a deeper understanding of stablecoins to analyze investment returns, build portfolios and reduce risk. We explore the concept of velocities – an economic signal to determine the activity of an economy. Higher velocities correspond to more activity and vice-versa.
I met Ganesh through a mutual friend at SFU. Back then, we were just dreamers and wide eyed undergrads. Learning and absorbing everything going on around us. Fast forward a few years, I was working with Blast Radius and Ganesh was trying his hand at social games. One Friday, a few of us met up for beers and that’s when I handed my old business card to Ganesh. Those days he was renting a desk at A Thinking Ape’s office. Later that same business card got me a job with A Thinking Ape and we found ourselves working in the same office. Over the next 2 years I saw Ganesh work hard and stay relentless.
VANCOUVER, February 25th, 2021 - Covalent is delighted to announce a technical partnership with ChainGuardians, a player-driven platform that combines traditional gaming concepts with blockchain technologies. Within the ChainGuardians ecosystem, players can participate in ChainGuardians free-to-play NFT mining platform and role-playing game; both of which allow players to earn income, turning their time and energy into tangible rewards.
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