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Is recession coming? Non-technical guide to recessions and how to survive one [2020]



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Is recession coming?

The objective of this article is to address aspects of recession, not just what it is but what to do if you are impacted by it.  

Some of these lessons come from our own lives as we lived through the last great recession of 2008.  We hope you find the information useful.

If you would like to add some pointers for others’ benefit, please let us know.

Recession 2020

What is a recession and how is it different from depression?

recession vs depressionUps and downs are a normal occurrence in any business cycle.  

When the entire economy faces a decline in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for two consecutive quarters, then we are said to be in a recession.

Depression on the other hand is a deeper and longer recession that goes on for 3 years or more.   

For context, since the Great Depression of 1929-1933, we have had over 13 recessions including the great recession of 2007-2009.

Recessions are a more common part of economic cycles.  

What makes this COVID recession different?

covid recessionUnlike the previous recessions, the slowdown of the economy is not related to soundness of the businesses or the fundamentals of our financials.

This recession is a biological one.

That means, we know exactly what caused it and what will end it. 

For instance, the majority of the jobs that are currently on hold or lost will return to the market once we find a cure for COVID.

As long as the governments continue to keep the businesses afloat until normalcy is returned, a major portion of these jobs will return when the economy kick starts.

We will experience bumpiness along the way until we find the cure, however, we should largely come out at the other end of this with minimal damage assuming a vaccine will come out by Q1 2021.

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Shape of recession

A shape is assigned to the recession based on how long they last.  

V shaped recession

When recession lasts from a few months to under a year then it is considered to be a V shaped recession.  V shaped recessions are notorious for flash crashes and surprising rebounds.

Those prepared with short-term cash supply could land on great trades in a V shaped recession.

U shaped recession

When a recession lasts for a year to two years then it is considered a U shaped recession.  U shaped recession tends to have lingering effects on real estate and investment aspects for up to 2 years.

U shaped recessions provide great opportunities to invest in real estate and high value companies at a deep discount.

L shaped recession

L shaped recessions are mini depressions, just that they don’t last as long as a depression does.  L shaped recessions typically last 3 years and up.  

Sometimes, the damage caused by L shaped recessions could have lingering effects for 5 years to a decade.

L shaped recessions scar investors with bad experiences and thus discourage investments for a long time even after the recession has ended.

For those with sufficient liquidity, L shaped recessions could offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in high yield assets.

What happens during a recession?

Each recession is different depending on what caused it.

Here is what happened in each of the recessions since the last Great Depression. 

TitleYearCausing FactorDecline in GDPUnemployment
The Great Recession2007-2009 Subprime Mortgage and banking crisis4.3%10%
Dot-com Recession2001Over-inflation of tech stocks0.60%5.50%
Gulf War recession1990-1991Iraq invasion on Kuwait spiking oil prices around the world1.10%7%
Energy Crisis recession1981-1982Unmanageable inflation3%10.80%
1980 Recession1980Unmanageable inflation2%7.80%
Oil embargo recession1973-1975Spike in oil prices due to OPEC embargo3.40%9%
Recession of 19691969-1970Tighter monetary policies, cut down on government spending1%6%
Recession of 19601960-1961Rise in interest rates by the Fed Reserve2%6.90%
Recession of 19571957-1958Increase in prices due to increase in interest rates by Fed Reserve3.70%7.40%
Post Korean War recession1953-1954Cut in government spending2.20%6%
Post-WWII slump1948-1949Post war impact2%7.90%
Post WWII recession1945Cut in government spending1.90%11%
The Roosevelt Recession1937-193810%20%

As you can see, while each recession is caused by different factors, the bottom line impact is slower economic progress, spike in unemployment rate and a drop in GDP.

How does a recession impact us?

recission 2019Recessions cause loss in revenue and this puts businesses on back foot.

Many companies pull back on their investment and expansion plans which thwarts the capital movement.

Companies go on a conservative mode which means they don’t hire new people and will resort to cost cutting measures like laying off people.

Here are the things that happen during recession that impact us:

  • Job loss
  • Lack of general sense of optimism
  • Lack of consumer spending
  • Reduced investment activities
  • Reduction in investment in startups 
  • Reduced real estate values
  • Reduced liquidity across all segments of society

All of these impacts are self-explanatory and they increase the effects of recession like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Strategies to cope with a recession

how to overcome recission

There are strategies one could adopt that can help alleviate the brunt of a recession on personal financial situations.

These strategies are sound disciplines in general but they come very handy when facing a recession.

Diversification of portfolio

We have written an entire article on how to keep investments diversified.  

In essence,  having exposure to short, medium and long term assets is very important.

This way you don’t starve during recession while making sure you are being smart about the future.

You can read the entire article here: Where to invest during a recession?  

Downsize your lifestyle

Does your family need a 6 bed home? 

I have talked to many folks who are slaving their life away to ‘keep up the appearances’.

Many have given me answers that sounded ridiculous to me.  One such answer is ‘those 

two bed rooms are for guests but for now we are using them for storage.’

That is a damn expensive storage for crap that you don’t even know you have (or will ever use).

If your family is large enough to justify the big homes then its fine. 

But see if you are paying a hefty price to keep up the appearances only to realize that no one really gives a fck.

Most people who you were afraid to be judged by will not come to your rescue when you need help.

Stay true to what pleases you, your family and your budget, not what pleases others.

Moving to another State or country

Trees cannot move. They spread their roots as far as they can to find the water and nutrients it needs to grow.

If there is no water and nutrients, they dry and die.  They have no choice.

The biggest perk of being human is that we can move to greener pastures.

When everything seems to be working against you, take a step back and ask yourself honestly – is it time to move?

Moving to a new location has few benefits:

  • Cost of living

You have a choice to move to a lower cost location. During the pandemic – people are abandoning high cost locations like New York and California.

They are leaving the glory of NY and CA for the comfort and savings of places like Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas, etc.,

Is that something you can do?

  • New friends

New places introduce new people to you and some of them will become friends.  Probably the kind of friends you need.

  • New experiences

Life is made up of memories, not things.

New places create new experiences.  New experiences create new memories.

New memories keep life interesting and mind young.

  • Opportunities

Obviously, you are not moving for the sake of it.

You move to pursue opportunities that your current location cannot provide.  

New places will help you create new opportunities for yourself.

There are other perks of moving to a new location in terms of expanding your perspectives, making you open to new experiences, to name a few. 

It is not guaranteed that your move will be smooth or meet your expectations.  It is important to assess what you (and your family) are willing to sacrifice.

You have to assess the pros and cons of moving to a new location before you start packing.

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Side Hustle

The Internet has afforded us access to a lot of opportunities that were not present during the 2008 recession.

We should all be thankful for this opportunity.

Few examples include: 

  • AirBnB: Can you rent out a few rooms or a section of your home on AirBnB?
  • Renting out: If you have separate access to your basement, is it possible to rent it out?
  • Uber: Is driving Uber or Lyft during your spare time an option?  
  • Fiverr: Can you help others with mini-tasks?  Can you lend your skills to entrepreneurs around the world?  You can find a lot of gigs on platforms like Fiverr.
  • Trading: Few folks have learned to trade in traditional stocks and cryptocurrencies as a side hustle and soon became full time traders.  

These are just a few examples I came up with in less than 1 hour of research. I am sure you can come up with hundreds if you dedicated some time each day.

Keep upgrading your skills

Darwin theory of ‘survival of the fittest’ is a cruel law of nature.

It doesn’t care if you are noble or an evil person.  It treats everyone equally.

In the modern day parlance, this means, as long as you can provide value – you receive value in return.

The day the value you provide is no longer needed, you will find yourself out of job (or business).

Only antidote to this predicament is to stay up-to-date.

Either get better at what you are doing or learn a new skill that helps you do what you really want to do.

It won’t be easy.  I can only suspect that it will be worth it.

What NOT to do in a recession?

Spending money that you don’t have

Credits cards are a sure way to fool people into spending money they don’t have.  

We personally have never used more than 10% limit on our credit card and we only spend what we have in our bank to ‘pay off’, that way, we are not surprised when the bill arrives.

During recession, one has to be extra careful around credit card spending.

It is easy to give into the old habits of spending but very difficult to pay off.

Relying too much on one source of income

“Never put all your eggs in one basket,” this concept of diversification is an old one.  Yet, people somehow forget this core principle when it comes to source of income.

If you rely on one source of income, what happens when that source dries out? 

This is even more concerning if your ‘skillset’ is being replaced by AI, robots or offshore services.

Taking on new loans because of low interest rates

It is very tempting to take an home equity loan or line of credit or peer-to-peer loans. 

Why not, they are so easy to take a loan.

A personal loan on a peer-to-peer platform, like SoFi, takes a few minutes to apply and if approved, you receive the money in 24 hours.

However, you have to factor in whether or not you will have the required cash flow to pay off the installments.

More importantly, can you make do without the loan?  Can you cut down on your expenses?

Are you looking to maintain a luxurious lifestyle on borrowed money?

Think again.

Hurt your credit score

Never take out a loan that you cannot pay off or buy a home that is just too big for your budget and miss a mortgage payment or you skip on credit card payments.

These mistakes could hurt your credit score drastically.

When the market rebounds your ability to buy a home or invest in opportunities will become limited if you have a compromised credit score.

Keep an eye on your credit score.

We personally monitor our credit score and activity on CreditKarma. 

Perspectives that can help you during a recession 

what to do in recession

You only need one job

For those who rely heavily on a job for income, remember, the worst that could happen during a recession is that you might lose your job.

This is scary especially when your job is your only source of income.

However, remember, if you were providing value at one employer – it is more likely than not that your skills are required somewhere else.

When everything is said and done, you only need one job.

Staying away from negative statistics that are bombarded on the news channels might help you stay focused and keep your eyes on ‘opportunities’ rather than ‘misfortunes’.

I found a job during the 2007-2008 recession. Being new to the US, I did not know I was supposed to watch news, instead, I was 100% vested in searching for a job.

I found one job. I dedicated myself to it. I never shied away from putting in extra work (with no extra pay).

I personally believe that this helped me stay employed during the recession.  

Focus on what you can bring to the table and search for places where you can put your skills to use.  When you find a job, put into your 100%.  

Is it time to move on?

Many people cry about their jobs and how they despise them.

This is very unfair to the employer and the opportunity that you are hoarding.

Sometimes, mishaps like a recession or getting fired could be an opportunity for new beginnings.

I read somewhere that many new companies are born during times of despair.

This could be partly because those who were otherwise rotting away at a dead end job are forced to ‘offer’ what they were holding back.

Is that you?

In my opinion, nature finds unorthodox ways to bring you face-to-face with the life you always secretly desired.  Is it time to take the plunge?

Thank you for reading and sharing this article. Stay safe and healthy!

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Is Elrond better than Ethereum? Should I invest?



Elrond Token review

Elrond(ERD) Token Review

Would the modern magic of internet work if we were still using dial ups? If you are from the generation that doesn’t know what a dial up means, it looks like this:

AOL Dial Up Internet Connection Sound + You’ve Got Mail (America Online) 90’s

Take a walk down memory lane and listen to the AOL (America Online) Dial-up internet connection sound and the famous You’ve Got Mail. Subscribe to Adventures…

Essentially, it would take you 30 seconds to 3 minutes to connect to the internet and open a text email.

If you were to load the YouTube website at the 56kbps speeds (considered good in those early internet days), it would take you probably 20 minutes.

We tried to load YouTube at 56 kbps speeds and after 7 minutes we were still waiting for the page to load. Compare that to the broadband that loads YouTube in a split second.

You can test what it feels to browse at 56kbps here.

While it is quite an extreme and dramatic example, I think that is the closest you can come when you try to explain what Elrond is in comparison to Ethereum.

At its current state, Ethereum processes 15 transactions. Compare that to Elrond which processed 35000 transactions during the test net run.

Obviously, the test environment is different compared to the real world.

Ethereum 2.0 could solve some of Ethereum 1.0’s flaws with claims of 100,000 to Million TPS. That is something we have to wait and see.

OK, what is Elrond?

There have been at least 100 Ethereum killers on the market since the birth of Ethereum.  Ethereum (Classic) couldn’t kill Ethereum, so we are not sure others will.

What is Elrond

Ethereum currently has serious scalability and TPS issues. Listen to this clip where Vitalik admits that Ethereum 1.0 cannot scale.

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ICO prospectus: “Build scalable apps on Ethereum.” Mod: “Youre saying the concept of launching something that doesn’t scale then rebuilding it as something thats scalable was part of initial the plan.”Lubin: “We knew it wasn’t going to be scalable for sure.”Vitalik: *nods*

Ethereum 2.0 could be a whole another story.  However, it is not a reality at the time of this writing.

Elrond on the other hand already delivers on what Ethereum 2.0 is ‘aiming’ to.

In a somewhat hyped elevator pitch, Beniamin Mincu, CEO of Elrond, said that Elrond is a 1000x improvement over other protocols in the blockchain space.

In a nutshell, Elrond offers a high throughput blockchain ecosystem that makes use of sharding that ‘scales’ (adapts) with the demand put on the network.

This adaptive sharding helps Elrond to be efficient, secure, scalable and provide a high rate of TPS.

This is why Elrond boasts itself as A highly scalable, fast, and secure blockchain platform built for internet scale.”

ERD Scaling

What makes Elrond Special?

The strength of Elrond, in our opinion, is not in its novel or groundbreaking innovation.

It is in the simplicity of picking the ‘best’ of all the blockchain protocols that preceded and only solve the issues that these protocols failed to solve.

For instance, Elrond picks sharding from Zilliqa but makes it ‘adaptive’.  It picks interoperability from Cosmos and implements it at Virtual Machine level.   

Elrond says it as much in its whitepaper: “Elrond was designed upon and inspired by the ideas from Ethereum, Omniledger, Zilliqa, Algorand and ChainSpace.”

If we are to compare blockchain revolution to the internet, we have to assume that many companies will be replaced by newer solutions. 

Whether Elrond is that ‘next generation’ blockchain or if it will be eaten away by another project is something we have to wait and see.

For now, let’s focus on what Elrond promises that makes it special.

“1000x improvement” over its predecessors

“Elrond is a new blockchain architecture that can bring 1000x cumulative improvement in scalability, throughput, transaction speed and transaction cost,” that is how Beniamin Mincu, CEO of Elrond, explains the project.  


Elrond promises to be able to ‘adapt’ to the scaling needs of the network.  The project uses what is called ‘adaptive sharding’.

For the technically inclined, here an excerpt from the whitepaper:

“Elrond proposes a dynamically adaptive sharding mechanism that enables shard computation and reorganizing based on necessity and the number of active network nodes. The reassignment of nodes in the shards at the beginning of each epoch is progressive and nondeterministic, inducing no temporary liveness penalties.”

Sharding is the process of breaking down a big problem into small ones to solve it faster.


Elrond uses a modified version of Algorand’s Secured Proof of Stake concept.

Secure Proof of Stake randomizes the ‘selection of a node’ so that security is not compromised through 51% brute force.

Elrond goes one step further on this sPoS model where it introduces ‘stake and rating’ criteria to be even eligible to be randomly picked as a node.

Adaptive sharding is the ability to scale up or down the number of shards depending on the transaction at hand.

Obviously, that is a dumbed down English explanation of it, as we understood it.

This makes selection of nodes ‘random’ while taking meritocracy into consideration.

The rating is dynamic and is recalculated at the end of each execution.

ERD Token

Many investors in the crypto space don’t care what the project does if the tokenomics are weak.

  • Transaction fees

Elrond’s utility is acting as the ‘native’ token on the network to pay for the transactions. The more transactions that take place on the network the more Elrond will gain in demand.

  • Staking

Elrond offers crazy returns on staking. This means, there is a probability that many tokens will be locked out of circulation which could boast the price.

  • DApp Deployment

Like any other blockchain network, Elrond token acts as the ‘utility’ on the DApps deployed on the network.

  • Validator reward

Validators are rewarded for their work and Elrond token is used in disbursing these rewards.


Crypto space is excited about the team that is involved in the Elrond project.

Just looking at the profiles of CEO, COO and CIO showcases that you are not dealing with a group of wannabes.

Elrond Team

The team brings in the right mix of technical prowess and business acumen.

Many blockchain projects either lack a strong technical forte or suck at running the business.  Elrond may not have that problem due its ‘experience mix’.

Partnerships and Integrations

This is one project that is making a lot of buzz in the past two months, with continuous updates and partnerships. Here are a few:

ERD and Indacoin

ERD and Indacoin

Indacoin is a fiat gateway with over 500K users which allows users to buy crypto with Visa or Mastercard using USD, GBP, EUR and many other currencies.

ERD and dfinance

elrond and dfinance

Elrond will work together with dfinance to enable users to build Elrond native assets as well as allow Elrond users to access DeFi platforms on dfinance.


Elrond and EDV

ERD tokens are now available on LDV, a Romanian crypto exchange and a fiat gateway. ERD/EURO and RON/ERD pairs will be available on the platform.

ERD and

elrond and

Users of can now buy ERD token on their app. is considered one of the easiest modes of buying and selling crypto. With deposits and withdrawals of erd token enabled on, the token is now available for over 3 million users of

ERD and Utrust

Elrond integrated with one of the leading payment gateway for ecommerce, Utrust.

ERD and Swipe

Swipe partnership elrond

ERD is partnered and now available on swipe, a multi currency digital wallet. Swipe has over 500K users.

The other partnerships and integrations include Stateless Money, Staked, Moonpay, FinNexus, and many others.

Elrond is gaining traction fast and furious. Will it amass enough steam to surpass other blockchain protocols?  

We have to let the time answer that question.

ERD Token Metrics

ERD Token Metrics

Source: Elrond

*These token metrics are about to change after the EGLD swap.

Some pump and dump chat

You will notice that Elrond is showcased on the Samsung official video introducing Samsung Blockchain.

Samsung Blockchain wallet elrond

First and foremost thing everyone is excited about is its mainnet launch. 

We believe the rise in price is not just because of its mainnet launch, but also the high staking rewards that are expected to yield after the mainnet launch. 

With over 5 Billion ERD tokens already staked during the testnet, it is possible that more users will stake their tokens for passive income.

Risk factors

Late to the party, not to the town!

There are a lot of blockchain platforms in the blockchain space. Many promise sun and the moon with 100K to a million transactions per second.  

Most of these promises are just that as of now, promises.

Elrond is late to this TPS race, however, it could do what others have failed: Actually live up to its claims on the Main net.

In this sense, Elrond is late to the TPS party but it is not late to ‘make a mark’ for itself in the blockchain town.

More advanced projects in the space

What happens when Ethereum addresses its TPS issues, scalability aspects and makes it incredibly easy for people to launch DApps?

Ethereum already has a massive penetration in the space that it could leverage.

Beyond Ethereum, there are other projects like Zilliqa that could pose stiff competition to projects like Elrond.

And, do not forget Cardano, a project that is preparing its arsenal for a hostile takeover of the crypto space.

What is a head in Elrond’s Roadmap

Elrond Roadmap

Source: Elrond

Elrond Swap


With the launch of Elrond Mainnet, Elrond token (ERD) will be swapped for Elrond Gold (EGLD), at a 1000:1 ratio. Simply put if you hold 10,000 ERD tokens, it will be swapped into 10 EGLD. In terms of price, if the current price of one ERD is $0.024, the price of 1 EGLD (*1000ERD) will be $24.
Elrond has garnered quite a lot of buzz before the mainnet, now it all comes to how the project is going to progress beyond mainnet.

How to swap ERD

As per their official Telegram channel, exchanges are making preparations to support Elrond swap to Elrond Gold.  The tokens will be swapped in about 30-60 days and the ERD(ERC20, BEP2) will be replace with eGLD. Check with your exchange and look out for communication about the swap support. Till then, ERD trading will run as it is over the exchanges.

Pros of Elrond Token Swap

The swap is expected to reduce the current total volume of 21 Billion ERD tokens to 20 million eGLD and to 30 million over the next ten years which in theory should make the coins dearer.  How this will work in reality is something we have to wait and see. Case in point but in reverse is VeChain, which was trading at $9 before the swap at the ratio of 1:100 and the price dropped so low that it has not yet recovered.

Cons of Elrond Token Swap

In our opinion, it is easy for a coin to jump from 1 cent to 2 cents and 2 cents to 4 cents, however, there is a psychological barrier from investors to let a coin trading at $20 to move to $60. However, if you see from a percentage, the underlying gains are the same. 1 cent to 4 cents is a 400% jump, however, it will take a lot for a $20 to jump to $80. If Elrond proves its value in the blockchain space then the project may pump in spite of the denomination.
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V-ID is bringing real world use case to Blockchain, can it succeed?



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VIDT Review, use cases, future prediction

What follows is the byproduct of our research on whether or not V-ID is a good project.  

We have a tendency to FOMO, so read everything with a grain of salt and always DYOR.

What is V-ID?

Anything digital can be altered. How then can you be confident about the authenticity of the digital files you are dealing with?

“V-ID is a blockchain powered document certification service. The VIDT API enables organisations to certify and secure their digital data against fraud and manipulation.”

You can tag digital files using V-ID and anyone around the world can verify its authenticity by simply using V-IDs free checker.

If any information is changed within the file, V-ID flags it.

This technology has an immediate use case in the real world to fight digital frauds. Especially in dealing with:

  • Invoices
  • Scientific papers
  • Contracts
  • Official documents
  • Diplomas/certificates
  • Data from Internet of Things

Watch this quick video to learn about V-ID.

Introduction to VIDT V-ID Blockchain Powered Validation

The V-ID validation service uses blockchain technology to end all document fraud. Our client base, with customers like Airbus Space & Defence, operates in va…

Take a simple example of purported crypto ‘recommendation reports’ that float on the internet. How do you know they are what subscribers were given?

How can you be sure that the document is not manipulated by someone to ‘alter the buy up to and sell at’ prices?

In this simple situation, using V-ID, one could verify the authenticity of the document.

In a world of Deep Fakes, a solution like V-ID can be a lifesaver.

How big is the problem that V-ID solves? 

According to the Javelin Strategy report, Identity fraud cost $16.8 Billion dollars in 2019 alone.  

Obviously this includes credit card and account takeover frauds. However, when a solution like V-ID becomes integrated, there is an opportunity to curb these identity thefts as well.

Fraud Detection and Prevention which was valued at $17.33 billion is expected to grow at an 18% (CAGR) rate from 2019 to 2025.

The more diverse our technology becomes with the advent of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Augmented Reality and reliance on smart mobile devices, the more we grow vulnerable to fraud.

In our opinion, the fraud space is only going to grow bigger and faster.  

V-ID has an opportunity to place itself as a reliable solution by leveraging the blockchain’s resilience.

VIDT Technology

Source: V-ID

Using V-ID

Any solution’s success will depend on its ‘ease-of-use’. We tested the V-ID ‘certification’ to get a taste of the platform.

When we scanned the QR code of the document, it took us straight to the document where we could easily verify that it was indeed ‘authentic’.

The ease at which you can verify someone’s credentials, certifications, diplomas, etc., is simply awesome.

Users can verify the authenticity of other documents through their free online checker. Obviously, the company has to be signed up with V-ID for the documents to be ‘stamped’ on blockchain.

V-ID promises verification in 5 seconds.  Here is a video that shows how the verification works.

VIDT V-ID verification live demo

The V-ID validation service uses blockchain technology to end all document fraud. Our client base, with customers like Airbus Space & Defence, operates in va…

All in all, the concept behind V-ID is quite simple and easy to use.  

This ease of use accompanied by an amazing use case is what forms the basis for blockchain’s adoption.  The tool makes you forget about the blockchain altogether.

Does V-ID need Blockchain?

Yes. We think V-ID has a blockchain use case.

When it comes to providing a hack-resistant environment and resiliency to the underlying system, blockchain really shines.

The V-ID makes use of blockchain the backend without inundating the end users with the intricacies of ‘how blockchain works’ is quite admirable.

“Currently V-ID offers anchoring in Ethereum, Bitcoin, IBM Hyperledger, Fantom, LTO Network, Digibyte and Binance Chain.” 

For V-ID, in our opinion, Blockchain is not just a fancy jargon to allure people to the project but rather it is a smart technology choice to meet the business objectives.


Vidt Team

Source: VIDT

Marnix van den Berg, Founder & CEO, has over 17 years of experience.  He is supported by 3 other Founders on the project.

Pim Voets is the Founder and Lead Concept Design, Ceciel van Helden is the Founder and Lead Programmer, Wico van Helden is one of the Founder.  

The teams section of the website shows about 9 team members and 6 advisors, including Chris Robinson, Ex-CTO of American Express.  

Just between the 4 founding members have a combined experience of over 70 years. Wico van Helden has hands-on experience in taking a company IPO.

Progress, Case-studies and traction

V-ID has been associated with many brands.  They showcase few case studies on their website:

VIDT Case study

AMSPEC is using the V-ID technology to verify the authenticity of their inspection reports

How AmSpec protects data integrity with V-ID

Amspec has started to utilise V-ID blockchain validation technology to protect the authenticity of their inspection reports. This means that recipients of a …

V-ID made history by bringing 17th Century Rembrandt to the blockchain.  This verification was made possible with CMS Law acting as notary, collaboration with Duowes Fine Arts and V-ID.  

VIDT Rembrandt on chain – V-ID collaboration with Douwes Fine Art and CMS

For the first time, V-ID’s validation platform, known for securing digital files against manipulation, extends its activities into the physical world, by val…

V-ID is bringing certificates and diplomas onto the blockchain.  To this end V-ID has collaborated with NYENRODE and HBO Drechtsteden.

V-ID successfully installed the first IBM Watson-connected IOE sensor with V-ID data anchoring.  

IBM & V-ID install first IoE sensor on IBM NL headquarters’ roof

V-ID partners with Caltrix Consultancy to offer a tailored solution for any financial organisation to comply with KYC/AML challenges. 

LTO Network and V-ID entered into a partnership by rolling out an immediately applicable, GDPR-compliant blockchain solution for companies and governments. 

This alliance allows for any party to verify the authenticity of the diamond using the certificate, and the authenticity of the certificate using the V-ID service.

The brands with which V-ID has worked with and the diversity of the projects they have been involved in bring a lot of confidence in this project, in our opinion.

Price – Revenue Model

Companies need cash flow to sustain and grow. It is important to have a revenue plan for the company to thrive.

V-ID offers 3 different pricing options that you can see below.

VIDT Price chart

Euro 2 per file may seem like a big deal but companies have the option to use the verification only for sensitive documents.

For example, on invoices or contracts, to ensure authenticity.  

Challenges to consider

Icon Latest UpdatesOne of our favorite projects, ICON, also rolled out the Broof concept which helps organizations verify certification.

Blockchain projects, like ICON, with existing capabilities could potentially ‘extend’ their solutions in the verification arena.  This could pose stiff competition.

The verification problem is so big that it can accommodate more than one player, however, the more players you have the more it dilutes the upside potential.

What Blockchain identity verification will not solve!

Demand for counterfeits

When all is said and done, counterfeits exist because they have market demand.  Without demand a product doesn’t sustain long.

There are millions of people who want to experience luxury on budget, by choice or because of lack of choice.

The projects like V-ID cannot solve the counterfeit market for those who specifically seek them out.  

However, the project does solve the ‘authenticity assurance’ demand for people who are paying the full price for the genuine product.

Market for ‘copies’

Digital products have an amazing advantage which is its major flaw and that is: it can be replicated without much effort.

If someone is deliberately seeking out for a pirated copy of something, there is so little you can do.

VIDT, Coinmarketcap and where to buy and sell?

V-ID Blockchain has its own native crypto with ticker symbol: VIDT.

We have to specify this because there is another project on coinmarketcap with VID symbol and we had few folks who seemed to be confused.

At the time of this writing, VIDT was ranked at 224.

At this time, you can buy and sell VIDT at KuCoin.

In conclusion

Blockchain finds a great ‘real-life’ business use case in V-ID.  

The association of the project, even if indirectly, with big brands like IBM, AirBus and more is just a testament to the viability of this solution.

While it may be possible for other projects to try and emulate the V-ID solution, the focus and dedication of the V-ID team could put up a mighty fight, in our opinion.

Ultimately, the problem of fraud is quite big and could easily accommodate success of multiple players.

In the end, we are coming to the same opinion about V-ID that Chris Robinson, ex-CTO of American Express, did and that is “V-ID is a rare combination of 3 things — A great idea in a large and almost green space market. A company with a proven track record and real-world customers. And, finally, an exceptionally high quality team and advisors.

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What a week for the crypto bulls to come out!

Bitcoin performed exceptionally well and all the hibernating Crypto bulls spewed their predictions all over the internet.  

The hype frenzy was quite unreal and we are worried about the newbies that might buy into the hype and get in at the peak.

While most hypers were hibernating, we are keeping our calm and tracking the crypto space for the past 4 years.

If you want to see all that contributed (and continues to contribute) to the Blockchain, Bitcoin and crypto adoption – you just have to see the most important news since 2017.

In the spirit of continuing the tradition of keeping up with what matters, let’s dive into this week’s digest!

Brave and Guardian bring Firewall and VPN to iOS

brave-logoBrave Privacy browser that supports the Basic Attention Token (BAT) has partnered with Guardian to bring Firewall and VPN capabilities to the Brave Browser on iOS platform. In an announcement, Brave team disclosed that “with this partnership, the companies are integrating their technologies to enable the fastest, safest, most private Web browsing experience. Brave now offers Brave Firewall + VPN, available for download from the App Store. This partnership allows people to take back control of their own data, browse the Web, and use their apps more safely and securely.”

Ledger market data breach

Ledger Nano S reviewUnauthorized third party access using an API Key has compromised the contact and order details at Ledger.  A total of 1 Million email addresses might have been compromised. According to the official statement “Contact and order details were involved. This is mostly the email address of our customers, approximately 1M addresses. Further to investigating the situation we have also been able to establish that, for a subset of 9500 customers were also exposed, such as first and last name, postal address, phone number or ordered products. Due to the scope of this breach and our commitment to our customers, we have decided to inform all of our customers about this situation.”

Coinbase explores [more] new digital Assets

coinbase best exchangeCoinbase is exploring more digital assets to add to their platform.  These 19 digital assets include, as per the official post,  Ampleforth, Band Protocol, Balancer, Blockstack, Curve,, Flexacoin, Helium, Hedera Hashgraph, Kava, Melon, Ocean Protocol, Paxos Gold, Reserve Rights, tBTC, The Graph, THETA, UMA, and WBTC. Obviously, there is no guarantee that all of these tokens are going to be added but it is quite interesting to see some of the good projects making the list.

Putin signs Crypto bill into law

Russia just passed a bill that will allow the companies in Russia to issue digital assets as long as they seek and procure approval from the Bank of Russia.  According to Reuters (translated) “They can be an object of collateral, purchase and sale transactions, exchange of one type of digital asset for another. At the same time, CFAs are not and are not recognized as a means of payment.”

SEC Wants to Start Scrutinizing Binance Chain Transactions

sec crypto regulations“The Contracting Officer has determined that CipherTrace Inc., is the only source that can reasonably meet the SEC’s requirement […].  CipherTrace products are the only known blockchain forensics and risk intelligence tool that can support the Binance coin (BNB) and all tokens on the Binance network.,” read the official statement issued by the SEC.  This makes it clear that the transactions that people have conducted on Binance assuming they are ‘immune’ from the US government’s scrutiny are going to be surprised by what follows.

Cardano mainnet launched

cardano staking newsCardano has successfully launched its mainnet and introduced its ‘Staking’ phase ‘Shelley’. The entire crypto community has been eagerly waiting for the launch and has received the upgrade quite positively with Cardano (ADA) price coasting at 13 cents. Generally, when the community is not happy with the upgrades and mainnet launch, it tends to show in the negative price action. The stabilizing price movement indicates that the Cardano community has welcomed the mainnet launch.

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