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The Main Net: Tron’s (TRX) tenfold advantage

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Have you ever heard about Peter Thiel? If you are into entrepreneurship, this is a good guy to follow. He co-founded PayPal and the Founders Fund (that backed Bitcoin to the tune of 10-20 million last year). He’s been a crucial element in enabling many ventures to take off, some of them are now big players. He was, for instance, one of the first Facebook investors. 

Back then his stake was half a million dollars (10.2%) and right now Facebook is worth over five hundred billion. Just imagine that! These savvy business decisions are the reason why Mr. Thiel is now worth 2.5 billion.

Mr. Thiel has been regarded as a world leader and authority because of his business philosophy. It comes from a man who has actually walked the walk, not just talked the talk. Among his most famous ideas is the idea of competitive advantage. 

It’s about how companies can enter an industry and give previously established powerhouses a run for their money. Take the internet search engines industry, for instance. Google is king, for sure.

Microsoft has spent tens of billions in Bing trying to make a dent in Google’s armor and it’s been both expensive and useless. 

Google still retains about seventy-five percent of the world’s market while Bing usually gets users from Windows’ default settings in new PCs. Why is it that nobody has been able to compete with Google really? There are billions to be made by achieving that.

Because everybody else has lacked competitive advantage so far.

Mr. Thiel’s book, Zero to One, posits that new companies can enter markets in two ways. One way is just to avoid all competition by going for a new industry thus establishing themselves as a category of one (which was what Google was, for the most part, at the time it came online). 

But there’s another way. They can go into an established industry with established players (and beat them) as long as they have a product that offers a tenfold advantage

Now, tenfold doesn’t sound particularly subtle or elegant, so it doesn’t fit well into economic theories or MBA courses, but it offers a standard that’s easy to understand and assimilate. 

It just means that if you are the new kid in town and your product is not ten times as better as that of the companies who were in the field before you, then customers won’t have much incentive to prefer your product over theirs. 

Markets are arguably efficient enough to notice a product that’s even only ten to fifty percent better (this remains a controversial idea). The point here is that a product that ahead of the competition (even by just a smidge) will attract users and their money.

But real-life consumers do not have “perfect” information, and they don’t take “perfect” decisions either. Who really tries both Comcast and At&t for a full month before choosing which one is best? 

People tend to feel safe with the products and services they already know, and they like to stick with them. Making them change their mind needs for them to see an overpowering advantage in switching. 

Mr. Thiel illustrates his point in the book using solar energy as an example. So far it’s failed to bloom as most economists thought it would by this decade. 

Besides that, no company has been able to stand out from all the others as a better or cheaper option than all the rest. As a result, people keep relying on electricity produced by power plants and gas.

Tron’s tenfold competitive advantage

Mr. Justin Sun, Tron CEO and founder, studied entrepreneurship under Alibaba‘s Jack Ma and is well aware of the ideas presented by Mr. Thiel’s book and he’s taken them all into account in building and leading the Tron Foundation. 

Tron is indeed a category of one, for a start. It is a blockchain, it is a crypto coin, but their mission and scope are much wider than Bitcoin, Ripple, or any other cryptocurrency. Tron aims to use the blockchain technology to decentralize the web at full. 

In particular, they want to empower content creators so they can monetize all their content without any big corporation taking away from them even the smallest chunk. Tron is not about taking fiat currencies or the banking system head-on (as Bitcoin is), but about making the web more democratic. 

It’s not so much a threat for Bitcoin as it is a fantastic project worth investing in and keeping in sight. That is Tron’s tenfold advantage. So Tron is tackling the cryptocurrency world by being both a category of one organization AND having a competitive advantage. That doesn’t happen very often.

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Top 3 Crypto Trends That Might Go Big in Q2 2019

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So far 2019 has brought a significant change to the crypto industry. Q1 of this year has seen the rise of the idea of IEOs, the crypto space has finally managed to shake off the bears, and numerous coins throughout the industry have seen their prices grow once again.

The latest rally happened only several weeks ago, and it allowed Bitcoin to surge up by $1,000. Most other coins followed in their own way, but the investors are now wondering what to expect out of Q2? The Q1 started off badly, but it ended up being extremely successful. The chances are that history might repeat itself in the second quarter, as there are some key trends that might point the way for the further development of the crypto market.

1. The rise of IEOs

Back in 2017 and early 2018, ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) were everything that the crypto space was talking about. Their popularity allowed startups to raise billions upon billions of dollars. Soon enough, however, that ended in a pretty bad way. STOs (Security Token Offerings) emerged as an alternative that does not depend on trust, follows regulations, and it actually holds value. However, asset tokenization might still be in its early stages, and this is something that might come back at some point in the future.

In 2019, however, IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings) started attracting the…

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The Crypto Space Once Again Divided Over Bitcoin SV

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The crypto community is a strong one, one that managed to bring digital currencies from nothing to an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars. However, while its strength in this regard is undeniable, the crypto community can be just as fragile given the appropriate conditions. With that in mind, the conditions seem to have been set for a new divide, although the cause is once again the same — Dr. Craig Wright and his Bitcoin SV (BSV).

Craig Wright vs. the (crypto) world

Dr. Craig Wright, the chief scientist at nChain, and the creator of Bitcoin SV. has been a well-known and very controversial figure in the crypto industry. Wright was suspected of being Bitcoin’s creator several years ago, which is possible because no one knows who is behind the name ‘Satoshi Nakamoto.’

Wright was believed to be him, and one theory claimed that he and his friend were responsible for giving life to BTC. However, the theory quickly died out, but not before Wright seemingly liked the idea of assuming the mantle of Nakamoto. He himself started claiming to be Bitcoin’s mysterious creator ever since.

Of course, he managed to gather up some followers, but the majority of the crypto community — while confused — did not believe him. Luckily, there is no need for trust, and Wright should easily be able to prove that he…

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Are XRP and Ripple Going to Be Worth Anything by the End of 2019?

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One surprise recently was when XRP took over Ethereum’s long-held second place in the Market Cap leaderboards. It quickly went back to its traditional and respectable third place behind Ethereum, but it could be a sign of things to come.

XRP has a lot of clout in the market because of the platform it is based on, which is Ripple. A coin that is used for a very specific purpose and with a long term goal in mind is always going to fare better than others. Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and others have come about because of disagreements in Bitcoin. Therefore they offer nothing except an alternative to Bitcoin as a pure cryptocurrency, while Ripple (and XRP along with it) has something tangible behind it.

Big Banks Back Ripple

Ripple was created in 2012 for a specific reason. It aimed to become a faster and more efficient method to transfer value between banks and countries. This value can be almost anything from currencies to other instruments. While initially, banks were cautious about investing in the company, recently they have been lining up. The crypto winter has helped with innovation int he industry and Ripple has benefitted immensely for it.

The various payment solutions based on Ripple such as xRapid and xCurrent are seeing a large uptake, and this is having an amazing effect on XRP as a whole.…

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