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The Block Research was commissioned by Algorand and the Algorand Foundation to create Layer-1 Platforms: A Framework for comparison, which provides a “look under the hood” at seven platforms: Algorand, Avalanche, Binance Smart Chain, Cosmos, Ethereum/Ethereum 2.0, Polkadot, and Solana. We assess their technical design, related ecosystem data, and qualitative factors such as key ecosystem members to get an understanding of how […]
August 11, 2021, 5:29PM EDT
“Stablecoins: Bridging the Network Gap Between Traditional Money and Digital Value” aspires to serve as a foundational text, for not only digital asset practitioners and enthusiasts but financial services professionals and global policymakers as well. Although some progress has been made over the past several years toward linking the traditional financial system and the burgeoning […]
March 25, 2021, 9:54AM EDT
In 2020, The Block Research produced more than 550 unique pieces of research and market commentary for our research members.  Our 2021 Digital Asset Outlook Report, commissioned by Genesis and eToro, curates the best of The Block Research across our coverage and looks to the future of the space in the coming year. The report covers […]
December 23, 2020, 8:40AM EST
Modern digital financial innovations – namely the rise of electronic money (e-money) – have brought to light deficiencies in existing money and payment systems. Furthermore, the emergence of crypto assets and private stablecoins, particularly Bitcoin in 2008 and Libra in 2019, have sparked intense debate around the role and authority of central banks; some are […]
August 19, 2020, 7:00AM EDT
To date only exchanges, token development studios, and mining chip manufacturers have built profitable companies within the digital asset industry at large, with a select few even boasting unicorn-like valuations. Digital asset data is one of the sub-sectors specific to the broader crypto space that is well poised to produce its own unicorns as within […]
May 14, 2020, 12:00AM EDT
A presentation of the Open Finance value proposition, through the lens of MakerDAO, given by The Block researcher Matteo Leibowitz at the virtual Ethereal 2020 conference.
May 1, 2020, 12:00AM EDT