The Sunday Crypto Recap – Down the Rabbit Hole 62

The first recap of the year and what a week it’s been. Not in terms of price developments but rather quality articles and crypto discussions/narratives. This recap contains only a small fraction of the great material to emerge this week as we launch into cryptos second decade.

Who really knows if 2020 will be a good year for crypto investors? It’s simply impossible to say with certainty. However, what does seem reasonable to assert is that this will be cryptos decade. The 2020s will see crypto projects move from development to mainstream application. Many, indeed most, will fail but the precious few that make the transition from promising tech to utilized product/service will be a very big deal indeed.

Oh, and Happy 11th Birthday Bitcoin.


Picks of the Week

Nic Carter on BTC is a great way to kick off your crypto-themed researched in 2020. This article exploring some of the messianic aspects of BTC is also a fascinating read. To round-off check out this piece by Bloomberg discussing China’s rollout of a state-sponsored crypto.


Twitter

Some folks just want to pay attention:
https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1211072538459029504

So how did the top cryptos perform (in terms of price) in 2019?:
https://twitter.com/charliebilello/status/1210776029221900288

Looking at the BTC chart on a price and time log scale – very interesting patterns emerge (highly recommended)
https://twitter.com/ColeGarnerBTC/status/1212546960596463616

An excellent roundup of Chainlink’s purpose and structure (highly recommended):
https://twitter.com/DLTPandu/status/1211286825576411136

It’s early days for DEXs (recommended):
https://twitter.com/twobitidiot/status/1212802056467169280

A dive into crypto governance:
https://twitter.com/Steven_McKie/status/1212167506070130688

China has big plans for crypto (highly recommended):
https://twitter.com/AriDavidPaul/status/1212434441114734593

Great use humour to deflate the crypto women haters out there:
https://twitter.com/La__Cuen/status/1209151285540184064

Useful guidelines before you put pen to paper (highly recommended if content creator):
https://twitter.com/TuurDemeester/status/1211284340983754753

As an investor strive for this:
https://twitter.com/danheld/status/1207692433947078656


Articles

Read this piece on BTC to get your crypto year off to the right start (highly recommended):
https://medium.com/the-bitcoin-times/the-cat-is-out-of-the-bag-fc1344c46bc1

Most financial advisers are a long way from ‘up to date’ on Bitcoin (recommended):
https://medium.com/altcoin-magazine/financial-advisors-hate-bitcoin-their-reasons-will-drive-you-crazy-1df9fe417624

An interesting thought experiment viewing BTC as a start-up (recommended):
https://medium.com/@hassmccook/bitcoin-as-a-startup-769c387c97ca

BTC through the lens of religious revelation (highly recommended):
https://medium.com/@dustindreifuerst/the-citadel-the-emergence-of-bitcoin-utopianism-eb44ddf76290

So what exactly is Defi? (highly recommended):
https://medium.com/coinmonks/what-is-defi-2cee0dceeeab?

A light-hearted look at EOS in 2019 – highly entertaining/informative (recommended):
https://www.eoswriter.io/166040_eos-popcorn-episode-7.eos

Gaming and crypto will be a thing:
https://cointelegraph.com/news/gaming-is-key-to-the-mass-adoption-of-crypto

End-to-End Decentralized Applications Democratize Data and Drive the Open-Source Movement Forward:
https://medium.com/the-liquidapps-blog/unhackable-ungameable-immortal-dapps-are-a-class-of-their-own-1de14d54ba7c

China is about to go full crypto – it’s going to change a lot more than you may think (highly recommended):
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-12-29/china-has-edge-over-silicon-valley-to-end-banking-as-we-know-it

CZ on Binance in 2019 (recommended):
https://www.binance.com/en/blog/419417682154909696/Binance-2020-New-Year-Message-Building-Foundations–

Ever heard of a ‘factor’? It might be a thing:
https://medium.com/trading-politics/this-will-cause-the-next-financial-crisis-e102264fe511


Podcasts

Meltem Demirors reflects on the first decade of BTC (recommended but skip to the 4-minute mark):

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/meltem-demirors-on-first-decade-existence-bitcoin-ep/id1347049808?i=1000460284544


A review the Lightning Network in 2019:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7n0Pp1eVsOfJ2h5wbhnAGD

YouTube

The Crypto Lark looks to the decade ahead (food for thought but by no means investment-grade content):


DataDash explains why he is optimistic for the year ahead:


Investing with a Difference surveys the state of the EOS ecosystem and looks ahead to 2020:


Liquidity and trading:

https://www.binance.vision/economics/liquidity-explained


Infographics

This crypto thing is not catching on:

https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/51526/at-least-18-central-banks-are-developing-sovereign-digital-currencies

That’s a lot of traders on the wrong side of a trade (cough – leverage trading is not a good idea):

https://twitter.com/cryptounfolded/status/1211309525078355968/photo/1


Website / Utility

A growing collection of thought-provoking articles on BTC:

https://www.unchained-capital.com/blog/author/plewis/


Another crypto week behind us. An incredibly exciting year ahead. See you once again down this ever-deepening rabbit hole next week.


Note on Sources:

Twitter & Reddit (cryptos current meta-brains) / Medium / Trybe / Hackernoon / Whaleshares / TIMM and so on/ YouTube / various podcasts and whatever else I stumble upon. The aim is a useful weekly aggregator of ideas rather than news. Though I try to keep the sources current – I’ll reference these articles and podcasts etc. as I encounter them – they may have been published just a couple of days ago or in some cases quite a bit earlier.