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From Mainstream to Blockchain: 10 Business Giants whose People Turned Crypto

In today’s list we present 10 major companies whose employees or investors have left for good to join the Blockchain world
From Mainstream to Blockchain: 10 Business Giants whose People Turned Crypto

Today, we bring you a list of companies, representatives of the mainstream business elite, whose employees or investors have left in order to join the crypto world (displayed in the alphabetical order):
10 Business GiantsLeo Chen of Amazon Web Services recently left the huge corporation to join Harmony, an open infrastructure decentralized platform.

Alok Kothari of Apple, another giant of the mainstream tech world, did the same and moved to Harmony to become its chief engineer.

William Healy of Deutsche Bank recently left one of the biggest banks in the world to join Pantera Capital, a crypto investment firm.

Kahina van Dyke of Facebook left Zuckerberg’s creation to become Ripple’s vice president for corporate development.

The billionaire Michael Novogratz worked at Goldman Sachs for many years before becoming a top level crypto investor of Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Charlie Lee left the giant Google to found one of the crypto pioneers, Litecoin, back in 2011.

Richard Kim worked for JP Morgan for five years before recently leaving the world of mainstream finance to join Galaxy Digital, a Blockchain-based digital investment company.

One more top executive, Emilie Choi, left LinkedIn not long ago to join the well-known crypto exchange platform Coinbase.

Another billionaire on the list, Timothy Draper, was an early investor in Microsoft’s Hotmail and Skype before switching to Bitcoin and multiplying his assets.

And finally, Ryan Lechner of Netflix recently left the online streaming media giant to join the Ethereum-backed Consensys Labs.

We hope you found this list interesting. Stay tuned for more.

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October's Top 10 List of Token Holders on Ethereum: Electrify.Asia is Leading

Electrify.Asia has by far the most new ERC-20 token holders, which means it is currently the most popular cryptocurrency on the Ethereum network
October's Top 10 List of Token Holders on Ethereum: Electrify.Asia is Leading

Ethereum is one of the leaders of today’s crypto world: it is second only to Bitcoin by market cap with 20.5 billion US dollars; right now, it is also standing at number four in terms if its monetary value following Bitcoin, Maker, and Bitcoin cash with almost 200 USD for one coin of Ether.

But, of course, Ethereum is not only a giant platform that generates its own cryptocurrency: it also lets other cryptocurrencies use its Blockchain network, so long that all of the technical rules are observed within the ecosystem. As a result, all cryptocurrencies that are hosted by Ethereum, apart from its own Ether, must be ERC-20 compliant (Ethereum Request for Comment), and every holder of an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency is thus also a de facto holder of an ERC-20 token.

This means that ERC-20 token holder figures are indicative of how well a crypto coin is doing within the larger Ethereum framework. The more ERC-20 token holders there are, the better that “guest” currency is doing, and since Ethereum is also one of the market leaders, any given cryptocurrency’s internal popularity on Ethereum also directly reflects on how well it is paddling through the crypto sea in general.

Below is the top 10 list of this October’s new ERC-20 token holders for each of the leading Ethereum-based cryptocurrencies:

This October’s New Token Holders

The current winner by a landslide is Electrify.Asia with almost 100 000 new ERC-20 token holders this October, followed by XMax with around 13 500 new token holders, then Moneytoken with around 12 000, Skrumble Network with around 9 000, 0xcert with roughly 8 000, SALT with 7 000, UChain is lagging slightly behind with around 6 800, FansTime has close to 6 500 token holders, DAEX around 4 500, and finally Datum is in last place with just under 4 000 new ERC-20 token holders this October.

Being “the first retail electricity marketplace in Southeast-Asia addressing the need for transparency and security in the consumption of energy” and with their slogan promising to “build an intelligent energy ecosystem for Asia”, the Singapore-based Electrify.Asia, headed by Julius Tan and Martin Lim, have set very high expectations for themselves. Let’s see what happens closer to the New Year!

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Number of Coins and Tokens Listed on Exchange Platforms: HITBTC Has the Most

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Out of major exchanges, HITBTC has the most number of tradable crypto coins and tokens, close to 500
Number of Coins and Tokens Listed on Exchange Platforms: HITBTC Has the Most

Exchange platforms are a major part of the modern fintech sector, where buyers and sellers meet in virtual spaces to trade their crypto fortunes.

Today, based on the stats received from our partners Datalight, we bring you the following chart that outlines some of the major crypto exchange platforms and their corresponding numbers of tradable coin and token types:

Number of Crypto Coins and Tokens on Platforms

The Hong-Kong based HITBTC, founded in 2013, has the most types currently listed, 479. The US-based BITTREX (Seattle, Washington), also founded in 2013, follows with 246 types. The Singapore-based Huobi, established in the very same year, is next with 184 types. Then it’s Binance, founded in China last year, now based in Japan (due to the Chinese ban) with 158 types. Another well-known Hong-Kong based exchange, Bitfinex, founded in 2012, has 109 types listed. And finally, the US-based Coinbase Pro, established in 2012 and headquartered in San Francisco, California, is last with 8 crypto coins currently offered for trade on its exchange platform: clearly they prefer fewer strong players as opposed to many weaker ones.

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The Biggest Crypto Owners in the World by Nation

Millions Own Cryptocurrency in America
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Cryptocurrency is a hot commodity nowadays: it’s in the media, it’s on trading platforms, it’s in the minds of many who have made fortunes through it and those who are still at work to achieve financial stardom. But how many people, in fact, own cryptocurrency the world over? Based on the data gathered throughout the year, we’re bringing you the ten crypto ownership world leaders by the percentage ratio of their respective populations:

Turkey is first with 18%, then Romania with 12%, Poland with 11%, Spain with 10%, Czech Republic with 9%, USA / Austria / Germany / Italy are all with 8%, followed by Australia with 7%. In spite of Turkey’s apparent superiority, the winner by the actual number of people is the United States: given that its population is around 327 million people, 8% of it is roughly 26 million people (three New York Cities put together!), which is way ahead of other countries. This is, however, not that unusual since the US is also leading the planet in terms of its crypto-computational power, i.e. it has the most miners and nodes verifying individual blocks in the global Blockchain.        

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From Mainstream to Blockchain: 10 Business Giants whose People Turned Crypto

In today’s list we present 10 major companies whose employees or investors have left for good to join the Blockchain world
From Mainstream to Blockchain: 10 Business Giants whose People Turned Crypto

Today, we bring you a list of companies, representatives of the mainstream business elite, whose employees or investors have left in order to join the crypto world (displayed in the alphabetical order):
10 Business GiantsLeo Chen of Amazon Web Services recently left the huge corporation to join Harmony, an open infrastructure decentralized platform.

Alok Kothari of Apple, another giant of the mainstream tech world, did the same and moved to Harmony to become its chief engineer.

William Healy of Deutsche Bank recently left one of the biggest banks in the world to join Pantera Capital, a crypto investment firm.

Kahina van Dyke of Facebook left Zuckerberg’s creation to become Ripple’s vice president for corporate development.

The billionaire Michael Novogratz worked at Goldman Sachs for many years before becoming a top level crypto investor of Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Charlie Lee left the giant Google to found one of the crypto pioneers, Litecoin, back in 2011.

Richard Kim worked for JP Morgan for five years before recently leaving the world of mainstream finance to join Galaxy Digital, a Blockchain-based digital investment company.

One more top executive, Emilie Choi, left LinkedIn not long ago to join the well-known crypto exchange platform Coinbase.

Another billionaire on the list, Timothy Draper, was an early investor in Microsoft’s Hotmail and Skype before switching to Bitcoin and multiplying his assets.

And finally, Ryan Lechner of Netflix recently left the online streaming media giant to join the Ethereum-backed Consensys Labs.

We hope you found this list interesting. Stay tuned for more.

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Flash, Flash, a Hundred-Yard Dash: Darkcoin's Rapid Makeover Revisited

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From Darkcoin to Dash, here we briefly examine the history of quarterly prices and market cap values of one of today’s most desirable altcoins
Flash, Flash, a Hundred-Yard Dash: Darkcoin's Rapid Makeover Revisited

Dash, short for Digital Cash, is undoubtedly one of today’s most sought-after cryptocurrencies. Having been founded in January 2014 by Evan Duffield, it entered the Blockchain market as Darkcoin and was renamed Dash in March 2015.

Currently fighting with IOTA for the 12th position by market cap with around 1.4 billion USD, it is simultaneously occupying the 5th position by unit price with close to 165 USD per each one of its coins. That makes Dash a major player on the global market with much envy from its rivals directed at how the company managed to reach such heights in both these categories.

Below is the first graph (logarithmic) that shows a complete history of Darkcoin/Dash’s market cap values by quarter, since the coin’s inception up until now:

Dash 1

The very first quarter saw a modest start with only 5 million USD. However, the cap value increased fourteenfold and reached almost 70 million USD the following quarter—the highest cap value Darkcoin will ever see—in part thanks to the aftermath of the second Bitcoin bubble.

The next few quarters saw mainly satisfactory but not brilliant performance, both for Darkcoin as well as its new face, Dash, in the first nine months of its existence. The first six months of 2016 saw Dash starting to approach the days of Darkcoin’s former glory in the second quarter of 2014, with close to 60 million USD.

The second half of 2016 saw Dash’s market cap exceed its previous record and almost reach 100 million USD. The growth continued into the third Bitcoin bubble, having reached 1.5 billion USD in the first half of 2017, and finally peaked at over 12 billion USD, settling for its absolute maximum value in the second half of last year. The subsequent wane ensued in 2018, at that point already foreseen and expected, which left Dash where it is today, with the respectable average of 2.3 billion USD for this year’s last two quarters combined and 1.4 billion USD as of right now, during sordid times of the bear market.

Below is the second graph (logarithmic) that shows a complete history of Darkcoin/Dash’s prices by quarter, since the coin’s inception up until now:

Dash 2

The situation here is fairly identical. Darkcoin started at almost 1.5 USD per piece in its first quarter and also saw a gigantic increase in the second quarter with the price reaching almost 16 USD. There was a sharp dip after that, followed by a period of relative stability for the next year or so with the price tag being stuck mainly between 3 and 4 USD a pop for both Darkcoin and its post-makeover version, Dash.

Finally, the first half of 2016 saw a rapid increase, and the second half saw the price almost touch its previous record from the second quarter of 2014. The growth continued in 2017, just before and during the aforementioned Bitcoin bubble period, and reached its maximum of over 1 500 USD. The subsequent decline came, which saw Dash find its current position of 275 USD (double quarterly average) and 165 USD as of right now, in the bear market.

Having moved from 5 million USD (market cap) / 1.5 USD (unit price) at the very start to almost 1.4 billion USD (market cap) / 165 USD (unit price) right now, Dash has clearly come a long way and done very well for itself. The Darkcoin has truly made a hundred-yard Dash in a flash, crypto-economically speaking.

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