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These Are the Crypto Influencers to Follow in 2019

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Last year was supposed to be the year of blockchain. But bitcoin’s belly flop put a damper on public interest and mainstream adoption remains elusive. But blockchain pioneers made some important strides in 2018, and people are now using it to vote, deal in fine art, and microfinance entrepreneurs in refugee camps. Crypto evolved and even became a national currency for the first time.

The rough year for bitcoin and cryptos was offset by the hard work and creative developments from some very bright minds. These are the leaders and influencers taking crypto into the future this year.

Amber Baldet

Baldet left a high profile job developing blockchain for JP Morgan so she could launch her own dapp platform. She made Forbes’ 40 Under 40 list, and advocates for building bridges between the public and private sectors when it comes to blockchain implementation. Now she’s forecasting a dark vision of the future under surveillance capitalism, and giving us the keys to navigating it by thinking about our personal data as the new money.

Laura Shin

As Forbes’ senior crypto editor, Shin was the first mainstream journalist to cover crypto and blockchain full time. Now she’s the host of the popular crypto podcasts Unchained and Unconfirmed, platforms she uses to talk crypto with key players, CEOs, cofounders, and the minds behind crypto’s most important developments. Look for her upcoming book about the history of the crypto space.

Eric Lamison-White

Lamison-White was just granted a patent for a system that uses hedge accounts to stabilize your crypto holdings. And he showed real foresight by designing the system and applying for the patent in 2014 when crypto was young. Meanwhile, he founded Pareto Network, which services crypto investors with real-time intel. In his Block Telegraph column, he recently posited that investment is getting safer as small startups and big fintech company R&D are working together to bring greater transparency, privacy, security and stability to crypto.

Ian Balina

Balina just completed his 2018 Crypto World Tour, evangelizing for crypto in every corner of the globe. He’s made a considerable footprint in the crypto space, an investor-influencer known for making four million dollars in one year through crypto holdings, losing half of it to hackers, and bouncing back just as quickly. He also serves on the advisory board to several blockchain and crypto companies. This year keep an eye out for new book announcements, and upcoming spreadsheet app, and a musical album.

Rachel Wolfson

Wolfson is a crypto journalist writing about blockchain for Forbes, and she podcasts as The Crypto Chick. Her articles track developments like blockchain’s implementation in pharmaceuticals, its impact on the art world, and how blockchain can help with the ethical sourcing of conflict raw materials for electronics. She recently spoke with Digital Trends Live about crypto-loaded prepaid credit cards for those who don’t use bank accounts, and she assures us that for 2019 blockchain is here to stay.

Muneeb Ali

Ali’s Ph.D. dissertation, Trust-to-Trust Design of a New Internet, imagines a new internet that doesn’t require the trust of its users. And it’s not just theoretical. He took a leave of absence from researching at Princeton to launch Blockstack, a platform for building decentralized, user-controlled apps. It fulfills in reality what his dissertation proposes in theory: that a new internet is possible. If blockchain really is going to be the biggest tech revolution since the internet itself, this is how it will happen.

Charlie Lee

Lee is known for founding the popular crypto Litecoin, in an effort to improve upon bitcoin and other early altcoins. He recently stated that if crypto isn’t vulnerable to 51 percent attacks, it’s not really decentralized. Follow him for thought-provoking perspectives on crypto developments.

Changpeng Zhao

‘CZ’ founded Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange. So his thoughts might matter if you watch crypto.

“2018 was a tough year,” says CZ, “but we have a longer-term outlook for our industry. The builders have been building in 2018, so for 2019, I think we will see a lot of real products and real applications coming into the market.”

It may have been a bear market, a crypto winter, or simply a tough year, but 2019 is here and full of new promise. Let these influencers keep you up to speed as we build on the lessons we learned in the last year.

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Blockchain Platform MedsLOCK Set to Have Impact on Tracking COVID-19 

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Governments and private firms are scrambling to test the public and identify, localize, and trace COVID-19 cases in their countries. Blockchain can help.

Real-time tracking of cases has widely been cited as the pivotal factor necessary to re-open economies as it would allow active cases to be isolated from the rest of the population. However, governments around the world continue to grapple with precisely how to approach the problem with a standardized model. 

In the US, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the CDC provide tracking metrics, but they lack granular details. They also don’t account for the supply chain modeling of medical supplies, potential blood donors, or the efforts of non-profits clambering to help. A more efficient and transparent allocation of information is necessary amid all of the current uncertainty. 

In particular, all of that information would be better served if it was funneled into a single interface. That’s precisely where blockchain platforms are striving to make an impact, and it’s quickly grabbing the attention of some governments. 

A Unified Monitoring & Communication Application 

Combining multiple sets of data into a single interface would enable governments to better trace the trajectory of the pandemic and make swift decisions about resuming economic activity. 

However, there remain some notable…

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Cryptocurrency Fraud is Evolving; Bitcoin ATMs Mitigate Risk 

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In one of the more overlooked aspects of the crypto ecosystem, it appears that the bulk of illicit activities are shifting from hacks and thefts to cryptocurrency fraud and scams.

CipherTrace, the crypto-surveillance, and analysis firm released a report at the end of Q4 2019 that revealed hacks and thefts had decreased by 66 percent in 2019 while fraud and misappropriation of funds surged by 533 percent. And beneath the COVID-19 hysteria of 2020, hacks in the crypto sector have been eerily isolated. 

Outside of a few exploited flaws in P2P exchanges and DeFi flash loan vulnerabilities, the headline-grabbing hacks of exchanges for hundreds of millions of dollars have been absent so far this year. Is the industry due for another massive hack, or are stringent KYC/AML processes, regulatory crackdowns, better security practices, and blockchain surveillance working? 

KYC/AML Improvements Are Reducing the Appeal of Crypto Exchange Laundering 

2020 is far removed from the no-KYC wild west days of the early-mid 2010s where anonymous altcoin casinos preponderated and the Dark Underbelly of Cryptocurrency Markets thrived. 

Today, bitcoin and the crypto ecosystem is becoming institutionalized with a surfeit of derivatives (e.g., options, futures, perp swaps, etc.) available on…

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Top 7 AI and Software Development Companies For Startups and SMEs

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Top software development companies are tasked with proffering digital solutions to practical problems by producing innovative software programs, apps, and websites. The industry has grown into a huge force and with a revenue of over $481 billion. While some companies focus on certain software solutions such as web development, mobile app development, artificial intelligence, etc., others are all-purpose. 

This is a digital age, as you already know. Therefore, the success of your company would depend a lot on digitizing your services and providing your customers with high-quality software and websites. 

Today, it is much easier in that you can simply outsource your software needs to a custom software development company. You have a lot of options to choose from, but the best firms are reputable and experienced, have a highly skilled workforce, and uses the best processes and tools to ensure maximum satisfaction. 

This list contains some of the best software development companies you can find around, especially those focused on artificial development needs for startups and SMEs.

TopDevz 

TopDevz is a multi-award winning software development company that has rightly earned its place as one of the fastest-growing companies in the US. Its unique model is flexible, cost-saving, on-demand and easily scalable and the company has a 96% retention rate. With…

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