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Is it really you? What Nick Offerman’s photo tells us about the future of online identity.

Previously, I shared how the blockchain is being used to solve issues related to identity fraud and security. There is another side of identity management that’s being addressed: providing proof of a digital identity. How do we know people are who they say they are online, and how can the blockchain prevent false identities? I’ll look at how people are currently proving their identities online…

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Using Blockchain for Identity Management – Five Compelling Examples

As cybersecurity threats become increasingly prevalent and sophisticated, the case for blockchain technology as a way to secure and improve identity management grows stronger. Blockchain can give people more proactive control over their data and make it more difficult for unauthorized users to exploit it. Blockchain startups are exploring more decentralized data management systems by, in some cases, teaming up with financial services, technology, and…

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Ultimate ICO Resource List

In this rapidly changing space, no list can ever be complete, but this is a solid starting point of recommended sites with good Initial Coin Offering (ICO) information and resources. News 101 Basics Upcoming ICO Lists Pricing Review Sites Newsletters Community Reddit Slack Steemit Telegram ICO News Bitcoin Magazine Founded in 2012 by Mihai Alisie and Vitalik Butern, creator of the Ethereum blockchain, this is…

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Out of Balance: ICO Funding and Developer Availability

The abundance of blockchain initiatives and associated initial coin offerings (ICOs) is generating substantial pools of funding, but a skills gap threatens the stability of blockchain development. If developers aren’t available to maintain the platforms’ momentum, this could mean inefficiencies will seep in and weaken the system as a whole. More pragmatically, projects can stall and funds can sit unused or get misused. Ultimately, if…

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Public face of an ICO – Five elements of responsive communications

Due to initial coin offerings’ (ICO) complex nature, organizations holding ICOs must be prepared to present detailed information about their project and its goals, their team, and how each step of the ICO will work. Clear, consistent communication that shows you both listen to your potential participants concerns and can provide sound responses will help you develop trust and a solid reputation. Last week, we…

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Communications strategies behind four of 2017’s most successful ICOs

Last week, I outlined the key communications elements for ICOs. This week I look at four ICOs that had successful launches in 2017: iEx.ec Humaniq Matchpool Aragon Below I examine each ICO’s overall concept and the main communication elements used. My plan is to revisit these ICOs next year to see how their communications, concept & technical development progressed. iEx.ec: Blockchain-based distributed cloud computing When…

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Do you have a communications strategy for your initial coin offering (ICO)?

Communications strategy is a key element of successful businesses and organizations. This is particularly true with initial coin offerings (ICOs). Backers, and the broader cryptocurrency community, seek honest and transparent founding teams that respond to queries and concerns, and who clearly communicate the benefits of their platform. In this piece I look at some of the strategies and channels you should consider when an initial coin offering…

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Getting Up-To-Speed on Cryptocurrency: What are Tokens, App Coins, and ICOs?

Cryptocurrencies are gathering speed—there are now over 4,300 cryptocoins and over $500 million was raised through crowdsales and initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the first half of 2017. If you’re feeling a little left behind regarding how this decentralized financial system works, here we break down some of the key terms for you. Quick refresh on cryptocurrencies Cryptocurrency, or digital/virtual currency, operates independently of central…

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