Author Archive: Jeremy Parkinson

A Week of Terra: the Story of Do Kwon and His Black Swan Wipeout

A Week of Terra: the Story of Do Kwon and His Black Swan Wipeout

Key Takeaways Terra suffered the greatest crash in crypto history last week after its algorithmic stablecoin lost its peg to the dollar. The Layer 1 blockchain had a spectacular run leading up to its demise, but there were clear signs that it was nearing its end. The industry will need time to take stock of […]
The Crypto Whales That Backed Terra Before It Imploded

The Crypto Whales That Backed Terra Before It Imploded

Key Takeaways Terra collapsed in dramatic fashion this week after its UST stablecoin lost its peg to the dollar, sending LUNA into a death spiral. Many of the top venture capital firms in the crypto space backed and publicly endorsed Terra before it imploded. Terra’s meltdown has been described as a watershed moment for the […]
DeFi Project Spotlight: Stargate, Cross-Chain Liquidity Reimagined

DeFi Project Spotlight: Stargate, Cross-Chain Liquidity Reimagined

Key Takeaways Stargate is the first fully composable cross-chain liquidity transfer protocol for native assets with unified liquidity and instant guaranteed finality. Stargate is built over LayerZero, a novel trustless cross-chain messaging protocol that lets smart contracts and decentralized applications living on different blockchains communicate with one another. Stargate is built as an open and […]
Terror’s Dough Con Planning to Dump Bitcoin to Zero: Sources

Terror’s Dough Con Planning to Dump Bitcoin to Zero: Sources

Key Takeaways Dough Con wants to dump Bitcoin to zero because he has realized that Terror is destined to fail, anonymous sources have said. Con reportedly enlisted the help of a group of Bored Ape hackers and 0xSifu to acquire Satoshi Nakamoto’s seed phrase to get access to his Bitcoin. Several Layer 1 networks have […]
Opinion: WSJ Says the NFT Market Is Dying. It’s Wrong

Opinion: WSJ Says the NFT Market Is Dying. It’s Wrong

Key Takeaways The Wall Street Journal has published a misleading article claiming that the NFT market is dying. The article cherry-picks examples of poorly-performing NFTs, highlighting the journalist’s lazy reporting. In the same article, claims of an imbalance between supply and demand in the NFT market completely miss the value proposition of non-fungible tokens. Data […]
Is Lido Making Ethereum Less Decentralized?

Is Lido Making Ethereum Less Decentralized?

Key Takeaways Lido is a popular liquid staking solution for Ethereum and other blockchains. Lido accounts for the vast majority of liquid staking derivatives in the Ethereum ecosystem. As it’s seen parabolic growth, there are growing concerns that it could impact Ethereum’s decentralization. While the concerns are warranted, Ethereum staking should become more decentralized as […]
Opinion: We Need Censorship Resistant Money More Than Ever

Opinion: We Need Censorship Resistant Money More Than Ever

Key Takeaways Bitcoin is arguably the world’s best example of a censorship resistant money network. Recent world events such as Canada’s response to the Freedom Convoy and Russian sanctions have highlighted crypto’s role as censorship resistant money. The crypto community must work to ensure that Bitcoin and innovations such as DeFi remain permissionless and censorship […]
Opinion: Blair and Clinton Speak on Crypto? Hang Your Heads FTX

Opinion: Blair and Clinton Speak on Crypto? Hang Your Heads FTX

Key Takeaways Tony Blair and Bill Clinton will speak at Crypto Bahamas later on this month. The event is co-organized by FTX and SALT. Chris Williams says that Tony Blair and Bill Clinton represent the opposite of what crypto stands for. Tony Blair and Bill Clinton will appear at the inaugural edition of Crypto Bahamas. […]
“Crypto Is Like the Eiffel Tower”: Reflections on Paris Blockchain Week 2022

“Crypto Is Like the Eiffel Tower”: Reflections on Paris Blockchain Week 2022

Paris Blockchain Week focused on NFTs, the multi-chain future, preparing for mass adoption, and more. Paris Blockchain Week Reviewed This week, a few thousand crypto geeks, industry heads, and degens gathered in Paris to shill their projects, network with friends they knew from Twitter and Telegram, and talk about the blockchain industry’s progress so far. […]
“Bitcoin Is Freedom”: Reflections on Bitcoin 2022

“Bitcoin Is Freedom”: Reflections on Bitcoin 2022

Once every year—barring pandemic, that is—tens of thousands of Bitcoin enthusiasts descend upon the City of Miami to celebrate Bitcoin, the first true cryptocurrency and still the largest in the world by market cap. Crypto Briefing was on the ground at Bitcoin 2022 to experience the sheer weirdness of what it means to have undying […]