As 2021 comes further into focus, the key narrative behind the bulk of institutional Bitcoin adoption has remained constant.

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The unfolding of COVID-19 continues to rule global financial policy, which means that further stimulus is likely on the way, not just in the United States, but beyond as well. Since October of last year, all sorts of publicly-traded institutions have bought into Bitcoin, engendering sustained growth that crypto’s leading asset has never experienced before. Yes, in 2017, it rocketed to $20,000 a coin, but back then, the key driver for adoption was speculation by a wide swath of average(non-institutional) investors.

This time, the evidence does indeed point to things being different.

As Bitcoin continues to rise over the long-term, the thesis that the bulk of institutions have adopted has remained stoically constant. To them, the key value drivers for Bitcoin are that it is far more portable than gold, its supply is limited forever by its code, and it can’t be manipulated by any single institution or government, or even a coalition of them, due to its decentralized structure. …


As Bitcoin hits new all-time highs, certain key trends are driving its continued growth.

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Today, Bitcoin’s pushing past even its most recent all-time highs, having already hit $35,000 last night. As it continues to show no signs of slowing down over the long-term, it’s logical to wonder: what makes this time different? Why is the period of 2020–2021 not the same as 2017?

Truthfully, it all boils down to pure speculation versus the realization of Bitcoin’s fundamentals. Think back to October 2020. At that point, Square had just announced that they’d purchased 4,709 Bitcoins at a price of $50 million for usage in their treasury reserves. …


Bitcoin gained essentially 301% in 2020 and continues to rise. Below, you’ll find my brief thoughts on Bitcoin’s value in 2020 and ahead.

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2020.

It’s been a chaotic year for just about everything except cryptocurrencies, of which Bitcoin and Ether have experienced the most gains. In a future post, I’ll be covering the key drivers of Ether’s continued growth in 2020 and how those could evolve going forward. Here, however, I’d like to focus on Bitcoin.

In 2020 alone, Bitcoin went from $7,160 a coin on January 1st to $29,388.94 on December 31st. Before accounting for volatility, that’s an ROI of just over 410%. With volatility in the mix, meaning, once its rapid swings downward and upward are considered, that ROI becomes 301%, which is far above and beyond any traditional asset or commodity achieved this year. …


As of last month, I’ve taken the plunge for a lifetime membership to Calm. Read on to find out why and how Calm could be helpful for you.

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With 2020 just barely in the rearview mirror but COVID-19 restrictions still isolating many of us from our friends, family, and overall, normal routines, it’s never been more important to make sure we protect our minds from the increased stress these changes are bringing.

To be absolutely clear, this has been true since we’ve been in lockdown for the first time, no matter where you live. In my case, I returned home from Vienna in March and immediately quarantined myself for 14 days back home in the Czech Republic. This period was then followed by the first round of government ordered lockdowns, during which I began to feel the effects of my prolonged isolation. Before COVID-19 enforced-restrictions began to fall into place, I’d neglected my Mindfulness practice for over a year. …


Read on to find out why I think the NFT movement matters for every artist out there, including musicians and authors as well.

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What is art, really?

To me, it’s any creative work that speaks to us on a deeply emotional level. That could be a painting, a book, a movie, or any sort of collectible, both in the physical and the digital worlds. With the rise of the blockchain space, however, art, as a whole, is entering a paradigm shift.

Now, anyone can create any sort of art and represent it with a cryptographic token that proves when it was created, while allowing it to be transferred to anyone, anywhere in a matter of moments. Imagine creating a painting, making a digital representation of it, then putting it on the blockchain. …


The traditional firm is nearing its death. Long live the DAO.

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Community is everything, especially in today’s day-and-age. With Bitcoin, that principle’s been extended to the creation and management of money and with Ether, it’s been brought on to the creation of platform businesses and the internet-at-large. Most topics related to these ideas have been covered time and time again by excellent writers and researchers.

What I’ve noticed in my time working in this disruptive space is that the impact of the blockchain, smart contracts, and overall crypto economics (DeFi) on the creative industries has been largely underserved. …


Digging into George Soros’ theory of reflexivity reveals what’s happening to Bitcoin right now.

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2020’s coming to an end and it seems clear that it’ll be one of the most chaotic years in history when all is said and done. For Bitcoin, however, it just might be the best yet. As Bitcoin rose above $18,000 this morning, I found myself wondering yet again: “why exactly is this time different?”

Yes, institutional adoption is at an all-time high as I’ve pointed out primarily on NBX’s blog here. Still, as Bitcoin and the overall crypto market continue to grow, numerous critics have also resurfaced with same arguments that were most prominent in 2017. “Bitcoin’s merely a bubble.” “It’s too risky to be taken seriously.” …


In tracking metrics such as mining difficulty, it’s becoming all the more clear that Bitcoin is truly a hedge against the fiat-run financial system.

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2020’s rolling on and the world’s cracks are beginning to show further by the day.

Wherever you’re from, you’re not immune to rising unemployment, tumbling markets, and the exponentially increasing global debt compared to GDP growth. As Jeff Booth says in his seminal work, The Price of Tomorrow:

“since 2000, the world economy has grown from US $33.5 trillion to about US $80 trillion, but to achieve that growth, the total debt has grown to over US $247 trillion as of the third quarter of 2018, according to the Institute of International Finance. …


For Aave, it’s early yet but due to the timing of their governance token’s launch, they have a unique opportunity to do things in a better way.

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This weekend, I migrated my meager supply of $LEND to $AAVE via the Aave market’s migration portal. After doing so, I decided to stake it as well and gleaned a few insights on how $AAVE’s currently working as an incentive in its earliest stages.

First, like most leading governance tokens, it doesn’t seem to be a major incentive for anyone but whales, at least not at this time. …


Like many crypto-lifers, I got into crypto through the promise of something different.

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What brought you to crypto?

Was it the simple promise of a way out? Was it something else entirely?

I’ve thought about this question for the past four years and what I’ve come up with is that I’ve always been running against the grain. Throughout high school, I never really fit in, except with the kids who didn’t conform, i.e., those who both played Dungeons and Dragons (before it was mainstream) and held massive jam sessions, while playing so much Call of Duty that they basically became semi-pros. …

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Ian LeViness

Experienced Cryptocurrency Educator- currently at @NBX, formerly at Bitpanda- My opinions are my own — Breaking down crypto so you don’t have to

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