First, let’s state the obvious: Bitcoin mining uses a lot of electricity, so it’s bad for the environment. Anyone who claims otherwise is either a salesperson or a fool. Arguing that mining is good for the environment because it encourages investment in renewables is like arguing that smoking saves lives…


Paul Krugman is the gift that keeps on giving. The popular and supposedly progressive columnist has a special talent for prophesizing things that are already demonstrably false. Back in 1998, he predicted that the internet would have no greater impact than fax machines, because “most people have nothing to say…


Here we go again. The Colonial Pipeline attack involved a ransom paid in crypto, so the usual suspects are on the attack. If you are an investor or business leader who has contemplated adopting bitcoin, you have already been bombarded with negative news headlines and internal emails telling you why…


Like most things, the undulations of the crypto markets are cyclical and meme-based. But thanks to the blockchain’s elimination of many of the frictions of the traditional financial system, the cycles happen faster. Take the simple fact that crypto markets trade 24/7, while most traditional markets do not. In any…


This post was written with significant contribution from Nir Kabessa, a true crypto punk if there ever was one.

The growing boom in non-fungible tokens — digital assets that are one of one, as opposed to cryptocurrencies that are one of many — was long overdue. Applying a technology that…


Before sharing my opinion on the WallStreetBets events of last week, I want to make one thing clear: I believe strategies like the ones used to drive the price of Gamestop stock higher are reckless and dangerous. I would never participate in them. …


I’m not going to waste too much energy dispelling the latest round of nonsensical Tether conspiracy theories. Been there, done that. Instead I want to make a few observations, then pose a question.

At least 7 different people have asked me about this long and rambling post pushing a conspiracy…


A lot of people have forwarded me this story, with some finding it as a reason to remain skeptical of crypto. It makes for an excellent teaching moment.

First, let’s review some events that have happened throughout history:

The owner of something highly valuable, like a diamond, buried it in…


A friend who is a savvy investor emailed recently to say that he thinks Bitcoin will be the best performing asset of 2021. He then clarified that this was only for a trade, and compared its fundamental value to “voting on the Voice.” Someone else emailed to say that another…

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