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Best Bitcoin Wallet to store your bitcoin and digital assets

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Best Bitcoin Wallet

Unlike the traditional financial assets, safeguarding the digital asset like Bitcoin is a bit tricky. The Spiderman quote “with great power comes great responsibility” is completely appropriate for digital assets.  

On one hand crypto digital assets give you the power of a bank and on the other hand, you are 100% responsible for the safety of these digital assets. There is no FDIC or Bank to go and ask for a refund if you lose your private keys or access. 

As the crypto community says “not your private keys, not your coins,” and that is why it is not a good practice to store your digital currencies on an exchange, as you are not in complete control of your private keys and your digital assets.  

There have been occasions where investors have lost their digital assets to hacks and misuse of APIs on an exchange. The exchanges can go down anytime, for example Mt. Gox, a Tokyo based exchange, went bankrupt taking millions of dollars (now Billions) worth of bitcoin with it. 

It begs us to ask  one very important question?

Where to keep / store your bitcoins safe?

You have multiple options to store your bitcoins and digital assets.  At the time of this writing, following are the options:

  • Cold Wallets
  • Hot Wallets
  • Hardware Wallets
  • Desktop Wallets
  • Mobile Wallets

Before you lean on any one of these options, you should think about these questions:

  • Do I have complete ownership over my private keys and passwords?
  • Is the Application (wallet) error proof?
  • Do they have a good developers’ team or a community that is always easy to reach out to?
  • If it’s a mobile app, always get a good look at the reviews and how often the updates are done.
  • How simple and easy is the interface?

What are Cold and Hot Wallets?

Cold Storage / Cold Wallets: The wallets that are not connected to the internet and are stored on a physical device offline are called Cold wallets.

Eg: Hardware Wallets, such as Ledger Nano X, Ledger Nano S.

Hot Wallets: The wallets that are connected to the internet are called Hot Wallets. 

Eg: Wallets on an exchange, Mobile wallets and Desktop Wallets.

Since you are aware of the factors you need to consider before choosing the wallet, lets see the kinds of wallets that are available in the market.

  • Hardware Wallets
  • Desktop Wallets
  • Mobile Wallets

Hardware Wallets 

As the name suggests, the hardware wallets are the physical devices where you store your keys offline, which makes them one of the safest way to safeguard your digital assets. These hardware wallets provide an extra layer of security with 2FA.

As the tokens stored are not connected to the internet, you can regard hardware wallets as “Cold Wallet.”

Eg:  Ledger Nano X, Ledger Nano S, Trezor Wallet.

What happens if you lose your Ledger Nano or Trezor device?

Even if you lose the device you can always activate a new one with the keys associated with the old lost wallet and retrieve all your assets.

Desktop Wallets 

Desktop wallets are very similar to any other computer installed programs. These wallets come with a private key or a phrase which you need to store and hold in order to access your assets at any given time. As these wallets are connected to the internet they may be vulnerable to hacks. 

Eg: Jaxxx Wallet, Exodus, Electrum, Coinomi, Bitcoin Core.

What happens if you lose your private key or Password?

If the password is lost, you can always restore the wallet back with your private key. If the private key is lost, there is no way your wallet can be retrieved.

Mobile Wallets

Mobile wallets are Similar to desktop wallets, but operated on your smart phones via Apps. The wallets come with a unique private key which gives you control over your wallet. As the wallets are connected to the internet, these are categorized as Hot Wallets.

Eg: Electrum, Coinomi

What happens if you lose your private key/mnemonic phrase or Password?

If the password is lost, you can always restore the wallet back with your private key. If the private key is lost, there is no way your wallet can be retrieved. 

Let’s take a closer look at the Top hardware wallets to store your bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies.

Ledger Nano X

Ledger Nano X is a hardware wallet from Ledger and a predecessor to Ledger Nano S. This is not a replacement to Ledger Nano S, but comes with extra features that are not available on Nano S model. Unlike Nano S, Ledger Nano X can be used on the go and can be handy for the serious traders who need access at any given time.

Ledger Nano X review

Source: Ledger

This is thought to be one of the safer than storing your bitcoin and crypto assets on the exchange

This device supports over 1100 cryptocurrencies along with bitcoin and allows installation of almost 100 applications. Here are the cryptocurrencies supported by Ledger Nano X.

Cryptocurrencies supported by Ledger Nano X

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Warning: Always store your Key phrase safe, you could lose your holdings if you forget or lose the keys.

When compared to desktop and mobile wallets, it is not very user friendly. A small video on how to use a Ledger Nano X. 

Ledger Nano X Tutorial – How To Setup Device – Beginners Guide

Ledger Nano X Tutorial – How To Setup Device – Beginners Guide In this tutorial I will explain how to setup the new Ledger Nano X cryptocurrency hardware wal…

How to update your Ledger Nano X?

Similar to the programs on your computer, Ledger also releases firmware updates. Though there is no update required for Ledger Nano X as it comes with the latest version: 1.2.4-1.

Ledger Nano X Firmware

Source: Ledger

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Ledger Nano S

Similar to the previous model, this is also a cold hardware wallet, but it can only be used as a backup to store your assets and can’t be used on the go to manage your cryptocurrency assets for trading like Nano X.

Ledger Nano S review

Source: Ledger

Nano S supports about 1000 major cryptocurrencies, and any ERC20 tokens. Unlike Nano X, this only allows 3 to 20 applications to be installed depending on the app size on your device.

Nano S is quite cheap compared to Nano X. Here are the cryptocurrencies supported by Ledger Nano S.

The ledger wallets also let you stake your coins using Ledger Live.

Ledger Nano S Tutorial 2019 – FULL CLASS!!! (for Absolute Beginners)

Ledger Nano S Tutorial in 15mins in 2019 (https://www.ledger.com?r=c74208ff7924) – this tutorial will show you step by step how to setup the hardware wallet …

How to update your Ledger Nano S?

For information about upgrading your Ledger Nano S click here

Ledger Nano S – Update to firmware version 1.6.0

This tutorial explains how to update your Ledger Nano S to the firmware version 1.6.0.

Source: Ledger

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Trezor

Started in 2014, Trezor happens to be the first hardware wallet ever made to store cryptocurrencies. Trezor is a small physical device that connects to your computer with a USB. This hardware wallet provides an extra layer of security to your assets and is not connected to the internet, hence a cold wallet.

Trezor review

Source: Trezor.io

Based on its features they have two Trezor devices: Trezor One and Trezor Model T

The device supports over 1000 coins. Check out the link for the list of coins supported by Trezor.

Here is a video explaining how to use trezor wallet:

Trezor – Initial Setup & First Bitcoin Wallet Transactions

In this video I go through the process of setting up the Trezor for the first time and sending my first Bitcoins to and from the hardware wallet. In this vid…

Note: Always buy the hardware wallets from their official site.  Do not buy refurbished or used hardware wallets as the person selling you the hardware wallet may be able to access them using the private keys they hold.

Atomic Wallet

Atomic wallet is one of the leading decentralized web wallets, that supports all the leading ERC20 and BEP2 cryptocurrencies., And the new tokens are added to the list everyday.

Atomic wallet is available for All desktop, Mac users as well as for Android and IOS devices.

Atomic wallet review

How to use Atomic Wallet?

All you need to do to get started with an atomic wallet is to download the application and signup. You will be given a Mnemonic seed which is your key to access your wallet and assets in it. 

Note: Always store your mnemonic seed either written on a paper or take a print. Without your mnemonic seed you cannot access your wallet. Have redundant copies in a safe and secure place.

The wallet comes with an import feature, which makes it easier to open your wallet on a new device anytime.

Adding custom tokens

The Atomic wallet allows users to add custom tokens by adding the contract address. This feature makes this wallet more user friendly.

Atomic wallet lets the users buy cryptocurrencies with the help of a Debit/Credit Cards as well as an exchange on its platform for the leading cryptocurrencies.

Download the Wallet and get 10 AWC tokens. Use promo code 16DTTT during signup to get extra 5 AWC tokens.

Setting up an Atomic Wallet for Crypto currencies

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Some Important FAQ

Is it safe to buy a trezor on Amazon?

-We always suggest buying it directly from the maker.

Is it safe to buy a ledger wallet on amazon?

-We always suggest buying it directly from the maker.

Are hardware wallets safe?

-Yes, compared to web(hot wallets) and paper wallets, they are safe with an added layer of security for all your transactions.

What happens if a Ledger/trezor is lost?

-You have your mnemonic seed which can be used to import your assets on a new device even if the device is lost.

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

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We do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of the information and claims made.

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Chasing the Micro Cap Crypto Gems #4 – Skrumble Protocol – Why We Changed Our View On This?

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The tricky thing about finding micro-cap gems is that we have to find something that fits our crypto framework criteria and still be under $10 Million in the market cap.   

The project that we picked today had a few flags while we were researching and we promptly reached out to the team to clarify.   

You will see our initial views/opinions based on publicly available information and the response from the company.

What is Skrumble Network?

What is Skrumble NetworkThe core concept behind Skrumble Network is that when data is stored in one centralized location (like a Server) it poses the greatest security when it gets hacked.

However, if your data is fragmented and stored on decentralized servers, even that particular decentralized server gets hacked, your data is still secured because the fragmented piece that got hacked is usually incomprehensible.

Skrumble Network helps decentralize the communication protocol by using Blockchain technology.

Skrumble Network helps facilitate File transfers, secure messaging, Video streaming and calling.

how Skrumble network works

Whitepaper describes: “Skrumble Network is a secure, communication-centric blockchain, decentralized communication application and a communication layer for developers to add into any application. With no middle entity or centralized server host in between to censor, block or manipulate any data, Skrumble Network will enable open, global private communication and transactions that are truly community owned and operated.”

One of the distinguishing factors about this project was that it was initially developed with an established company behind this crypto that has been in the business for more than half-a-decade and they know how to deliver a product that is used in the real business world.

Applying our framework

As is our custom, let’s apply the CryptoTapas framework around this project.

Problem

The security around our communications is as old of an issue as the internet itself.

This concern has become more pronounced in the recent years with the news of hacks and breach of confidentiality, and utter disregard for privacy.

Now that COVID has completely changed the way we work (especially working from home), the security around communications is now taking the spotlight again.

If Skrumble Network addresses this issue in a novel, scalable and easy to implement way – it might have a great chance at this massive problem.

Team

Eric Lifson seems to be working on Skrumble Network for over 3 years now, and he was quite accommodative when we reached out to him with questions. 

When we looked at the team page on the Skrumble’s website, with the exception of three members, everyone who is listed on their team’s page is no longer with the company (some since July 2019) and this disappoints us that they have not updated their own team’s profile.

Skrumble Network team

More importantly, if everyone jumped the ship, who is behind the project now?

The flagship app on Skrumble Protocol, GetAlly, shows the team members that are also associated with Skrumble Protocol, however, most of these team members are no longer with Skrumble.

Question for Skrumble Team: Who is working on this project? What is the current team structure?  

[Update: The project informed us that all these people have at one point worked on the project. While the team has downsized to a team of about 6 core people, SKM has a strong brand and past and present members prefer to maintain recognition of their achievements. Moreover, several are still contributing, just not on a full-time basis. Any who do not, the team offers to remove them at any time. This is now more in line with how ongoing DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) seem to be operating.]

Partnerships

Skrumble Network’s Ally dApp claims to have a 150K user base.  They also teased about the upcoming partnership to take the DeFi initiative forward.

We actually like the advisor profile associated with the Skrumble Network project one of whom is Anthony Di Iorio, co-founder of Ethereum.

Apart from Anthony, Skrumble has Jeff Pulver who is the co-founder of $3 Billion communication company, Vonage.

That is quite a respectable name association with Skrumble.

Question for Skrumble team: Have there been any changes in the Advisor group (similar to team changes?).

[Update: No. We also still Jin Tu – former CTO of Aion, OAN boardmember and Cofounder of Axis DeFi, who is an Expert Blockchain Architect. 

Redouane Elkamhi,
PhD, Associate Professor at Rotman
Leader in Fintech & Blockchain at the University of Toronto 

Kevin Hsu,
Founder Partner at BlockVC
Investor in Ontology, RSK & QTUM 

Jiangang Wu, PhD
Co-Founder of Fusion
Professor of Finance & Blockchain Economics at Shanghai University] 

Addressable market size

Secured communications, whether it is simple file sharing service or video streaming or chatting is a huge market.

It has only exploded in value in the past few months when people were forced to communicate over the internet instead of in-person meetings.

This trend will only become the norm as the internet becomes more accessible (Elon’s Starlink reality) and companies start restricting travel.

File transfers, messaging, video streaming and calling verticals market size is in $100s of Billions, if not trillions.

Revenue model

Question for Skrumble team: How does Skrumble Network generate revenue?

[Update: The core problem for SKM has actually been the volatility of the utility token model in general. We will address this in more detail later.]

DeFi + Communication?

Skrumble Network’s official blog was silent since October of 2019, although remained very active on Telegram, and resurfaced with an announcement that Skrumble Network is going DeFi. 

The announcement about a partnership with Juggernaut reads “unique custom financial modelling and DeFi deployment, it can enable token projects to have real, sustainable, and modular business models built around their utility model.”

Is this another attempt to exploit the market craze around DeFi?

We asked the team this question directly.

Skrumble Network Roadmap

Question for Skrumble Network Team: What drove this decision to look at DeFi and what unique attributes do you think will help Skrumble succeed in this space? 

How does this Juggernaut help Skrumble’s vision?

[Update: Really, we see two sustainable business models so far in the space – 

  1.     platform tokens (for exchanges) with only room for a few like Huobi or Binance
  2.     DeFi due to the collective staking, lockup and general collateralization of new directions and ability to focus on new industries.

A two-token solution is the only way to do something meaningful and sustainable in my opinion with a utility token. One for utility and one for profit sharing. They are missing the sustainable business model. They don’t have enough usage to reach a critical mass and the DeFi synthetic at least has a chance to have something closer a traditional ‘share’ balanced approach. 

Most proof of stake with inflation models will reach a point where one has to ask where any utility token can be able to sustain beyond initial interest 

This is why we must change the game. 

Basing anything on a pure utility token that fluctuates is basically unsustainable. This is because when people are in the money they just leave to the next hot project. People who operate in DAOs want something more stable to base their livelihoods on. They want something closer to USD that can be more stable and scalable. 

This is an overview of how we see DeFi becoming a crucial component going forward:https://medium.com/juggernaut-defi/skm-partners-with-jgn-to-develop-first-defi-communication-network-20ba9a3ccf38 

What do we like about Skrumble?

We like the fact that Skrumble Technologies has been a technology company since 2014 and it has leveraged some technology and strategic guidance from them in their initial inception.  It has real business with actual clients in the market.  How many of the 6500 cryptos can claim that? 

Additionally, the company has patents to its name and helps them deploy proprietary solutions in the market. 

In addition, we like that the co-founder is quite active in working on building Skrumble Network up. 

You can go to the Telegram and see him responding to the questions posed by the community. 

When we reached out to Eric, he provided a quick ‘highlight’ of Skrumble for someone who is new to the project, we have reproduced what Eric shared with us below (we have not independently verified this information): 

Skrumble Network is reshaping freedom of speech and data privacy with a communication-centric blockchain due to our unique PoA architecture, formidable global community, robust proprietary chain, accomplished advisors, and top-tier exchanges. 

🤝PoA consensus model: Aligning incentives and encouraging active community participation

💪Innovative chain and base layer: Enabling other dApps to be built on top of Skrumble Network. First dApp- Ally already has 150k+ users with more coming soon

🙋🏻‍♂️Industry-leading advisors: Including Anthony Di Iorio (Co-Founder of Ethereum) and Jeff Pulver (Co-Founder of $3B Vonage), Jin Tu (CTO of Aion), Redouane Elkamhi, PhD (Lead of Fintech & Blockchain at the University of Toronto), Kevin Hsu (Partner, BlockVC)

🥇Trusted and premier exchanges. Won Huobi FastTrack vote last week with over 40 million votes. Counting Gate.io, Huobi Global, Bittrex, LBank, Coinbene etc as our exchange partners

🎖Ranked by ICO Drops for both top 5 global community and ROI in Q22018

🗳Won Huobi FastTrack with 40M+ votes on June 27 19

👑Massive dApp ecosystem coming soon with innovative token economic details

🦁DeFi component / partnership incoming 

Things to consider

Apart from the general risk that is inherent with the crypto space, consider the following when you DYOR on Skrumble Network. 

Competition

Few blockchain/crypto companies have tried to take a stab at the ‘secured communication’ aspect using blockchain. 

We have not yet heard the great success story in this space. 

This is good news and not so at the same time. 

It is good news because Skrumble Network could be THE project that penetrates the ‘success resistance’ in space. 

It is not so good news because the same reasons that lead to the failure of previous projects could plague Skrumble Network. 

Team changes

Exodus of team members from the Skrumble Network is a point of concern for us.  We are going to update this section with the response from the Skrumble Network team (without removing this concern from here). [Update: It seems that several are still involved in a part time basis, and they claim to have streamlined their operation. They are also actively working with the Juggernaut (JGN) team to implement the DeFi rewards system. For more details on JGN please see here: https://jgndefi.com/ 

Token supply

While the market cap is what matters the most in terms of the potential multiples, crypto space seems to be very touchy about the token supply. 

Token supply on Skrumble Network (SKM) is 1.5 Billion and might be looked at as quite high.

All tokens have been released to the market. In this space, the actual token supply amounts are becoming far less important. This was a pretty standard number in 2018 and was advised to the team. 

Team is expected to release more token utility and use cases as per the information alluded to by Eric and depending on the future use cases the market might respond positively. 

Moving to a more stable way of incentivizing operators may innovate the DeFI space beyond pure finance and into other industries as we rediscover how we share and perceive value. 

This is an overview of how we see DeFi becoming a crucial component going forward: https://medium.com/juggernaut-defi/skm-partners-with-jgn-to-develop-first-defi-communication-network-20ba9a3ccf38   

Conclusion

Our first impression is that Skrumble Network looks like a project with a lot of potential.  However, potential means nothing until it is ‘realized’. 

Will Skrumble Network realize its potential?  We do not know and that is the dilemma we have to ‘risk’ when dealing with micro-cap gems.

Thank you for reading and sharing this article. We appreciate you.

Stay safe and healthy!

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5 questions we want XRP army to answer!

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What follows is our opinion.  

Let’s not be hostile.  

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We are simply posing some questions based on the information we came across and our own limited interpretation. 

It is quite possible that the sources we are referring to are at fault or our interpretation is. Either way, just answer these questions for us so that we can learn new things about XRP that we did not know.

Our readers know that we have been anti-XRP for a long time. We got trolled, mocked and called ignorant. Well, to each their own.

Our questions to the entire XRP army are simple, here they are:

Question 1: If crypto was to replace (or at least reshape) the entire banking business then what does a token whose sole business model is based on ‘accommodating’ banks have any future?

To put differently, when the world starts conducting commerce via text messages why do we need banks and Ripple which wants to serve banks?

Our basis for this question: 

In the future when we will start doing business with each other over text messages, wallets and email signatures, why do we need a payment gateway from Ripple?

We know that WeChat payment enables users to transact over chat.  Other companies are trying to catch up with this (primarily why Facebook was looking at creating its own currency, Libra).

However, once we have a digital dollar, we do not even need an outside stablecoin since one could, in theory, use the digital dollar directly.                  

Question 2: Why do you have to pay businesses to use XRP if it is so superior?

Our basis for this question: 

Financial Times reported that Ripple paid Moneygram to use Ripple technology.

Here is a direct quote:

It turns out Ripple has been paying a significant amount of subsidies cash to MoneyGram’s business since buying into the company in June. In the third and fourth quarter alone the Ripple benefits amounted to $11.3m.

What’s more, until a consultation with the SEC**, MoneyGram had been more than happy to book these cash flows as revenues. Due to the SEC guidance, however, it has now had to restate fourth-quarter guidance to account for Ripple payments as “contra expenses”.

XRP Twitter

Question 3: What is Ripple’s revenue worth without the ‘selling’ XRP?

Our basis for this question: 

The question seems to be answered by the XRP’s CEO himself. Here is an excerpt:

Asked if XRP was keeping everything cash flow positive at Ripple Labs, Mr Garlinghouse answered: “Well XRP is one source. I don’t know how to answer that because if you took away our software revenues, that would make us less profitable. If you took away all our XRP, that makes us less profitable. So I don’t think about it as one thing.” 

He clarified later: “We would not be profitable or cash flow positive [without selling XRP], I think I’ve said that. We have now.”

In our opinion, we think that the only reason Ripple (XRP) is even operational is because of the billions upon billions of XRP tokens that they keep dumping on the unassuming investors.  

Is this a wrong assumption?

Question 4: If Ripple does not need XRP, why is XRP needed?

Our basis for this question: 

This is based on our understanding that Ripple’s technology can be used by the businesses without having to use XRP.  It is recommended but not ‘required’.

Is this accurate?

Ripple’s solutions can work without XRP (its native token).  So, if XRP is not a utility token in strict sense, how are its creators able to mint and sell them at will without tripping any security laws?

Question 5: If Ripple [XRP] is to act as the ‘stable’ value while the transactions take place on Ripple network, why should anyone trust XRP which is backed by nothing instead of stablecoins like USDC that are backed by real world assets?

Our basis for this question: 

We would personally trust USDC more or even Facebook’s Libra rather than XRP which is backed by nada.

This is what Demelza’s opinion was during our interview:

“The main point is that if XRP were able to back their currency with financial assets and stabilize the purchasing power of the currency, then that would mean XRP coins should have no price appreciation. In fact, only the equity shares of Ripple Labs would profit from XRP’s adoption as a global reserve currency. But Ripple Labs is a privately held company. After fully understanding what XRP is, one realizes that XRP’s investment pitch does not make sense at all.”

Conclusion

We are trying to convince ourselves as to why we need Ripple in the crypto space if:

  • Future of payments is going to be ‘self-bank’ & over the chat
  • There are better stablecoins in the market 
  • Ripple itself as a technology doesn’t need its own native token, XRP

For this very reason, our opinion is that the money will flow out of XRP and the creators will keep dumping their bags into the market until the market can no longer absorb it and then it will be ‘lights out’.

We await for the XRP army to provide us insights that we did not know and our opinion changes…

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DeFi is Not the Holy Grail of Crypto, Here is Why

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DeFi has been making millionaires overnight and turning millionaires broke at the same speed.

Those who are on the bandwagon are rejoicing and those who either missed out or got burned by one of the fake projects are yelling ‘Scam’ at DeFi.

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Our views are a bit different on the subject.

We do think DeFi is going to be a successful vertical among the blockchain (and crypto) solutions.

It will not be THE holy grail for the redemption of crypto status though.

Supply Chain, Crypto Lending, Insurance, Financial Services, Accounting, Identity, and many more verticals will collectively take blockchain and crypto to the masses.

Shifting our focus back on DeFi, here are some of our thoughts on the current state of DeFi. We do appreciate you dropping any insights you have that we might have missed.

DeFi is not a ponzi, here is why

If the DeFi project you are eyeing meets the following conditions, it is not a ponzi:

  • Audited code: Is the code on which DeFi runs is audited by reputable blockchain auditors? 
  • Reliable team: Who is behind the project? Do they have the know-how? Do they have a history of running scams or leading successful projects? 
  • Actual (sustainable) revenue model: What is the revenue model?  Is it too ‘scammy’ sounding or is it based on sound mathematical (and algorithmic) models?
  • No lock-in periods: Is it easy to get in and out of the platform without any restrictions or lock-in periods?

If you answered yes to ALL of these questions then there is a 100% certainty that the DeFi you are dealing with is not a ponzi (or scam).

However, a caveat is due here.  

Just because the project is not a ponzi doesn’t guarantee its success. Lot of well intentioned companies fail, that’s just the nature of business.

So, do not be one of those guys who sells their home to invest in crypto or DeFi (and that itself is not advice, just an opinion).

If you don’t want to hear it from us, listen to what Yearn Finance creator has to say about DeFi tokens (not all, obviously) having ZERO value.

Source: Crypto Culture

DeFi on Ethereum is not sustainable, here is why

Ethereum DefiMost, if not all, DeFi projects that are making the news today are on Ethereum. 

Ethereum is not a reliable blockchain when it is overloaded.  It gets choked and crashes.  

People are already complaining about exorbitant fees on the network due to the DeFi craze.  

DeFi itself as a crypto vertical is quite new and we are sure there are going to be a lot of ‘killer apps’ that will show up on the scene.

We are currently looking at the DeFi solutions that are being built on other blockchain networks (subscribe for free to know when we post that article).

PolkaDOT is not the end all be all, here is why

Polkadot Defi EcosystemMany are turning to the DOT as the next big thing after Ethereum.

It may very well be.

However, it has not had the chance to prove itself, not yet.

Ethereum’s resilience (or lack thereof) was revealed only during the ICO craze (and then later during CryptoKitties debacle).

What monsters lie in the DOT’s belly?  We don’t know and we would be weary of anyone who claims to know with certainty.

Other things to consider

Entire DeFi space is pretty new and we do not know what we do not know about potential vulnerabilities.

While this is true of Bitcoin itself, Bitcoin has withstood assault for over a decade and still stands stronger.  

Same cannot be said about DeFi.  

Can you imagine someone investing their life-savings into DeFi only to have funds taken because of a bug in the code?

Needless to say, many folks are exploiting the looping system in the DeFi where they take loan against their deposit then lend it back to the platform to take another loan against their deposit, and ad infinitum.

This is causing the DeFi systems to show more liquidity than what truly is.

Conclusion

We think DeFi is an exciting development, however, we still put it alongside ICO craziness for now.

When this space matures and we see reliable solutions emerge – DeFi has the potential to drive a trillion dollar vertical on its own.  

That is just the potential, all the trials and tribulations that we have to go through to get there is going to be one hell of a ride.  

So buckle up and enjoy (and please do not lose your shirts on the ride)!

Thank you for reading and sharing this article. We appreciate you.

Stay safe and healthy!

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