HODLing. While I think everybody is entitled to his or her own investment strategy, I do not provide such advice in the first place. But looking at the past conferences, a lot of focus has gone to FinTech, Cryptocurrencies or ICO’s and investment strategies. There are some good, more tech focussed ones out there, sharing talks on the tech and also the practical applications in various imdustries, to make the world actually better.

To a lot of the others I’d ask:

”Do you TAKL, or do you BUIDL?”

Over the past year I have seen more and more projects focussing on solving an actual problem instead of copying just another money-grab.

PWC Global Blockchain Survey

What stood out to me on this PWC Global Blockchain Survey was the graph showing how far along companies are with Blockchain:

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With 'only' 14% of the companies not involved with Blockchain in some form at all, there is a lot of time and money spend here. Last year most of the Blockchain projects out there and being announced were more done for PR's sake with little or no business case behind it. This year there is a noticeable shift to requests from business for Blockchain projects which do have an actual business case. This shift is also visible with 25% of the companies now having a pilot or actually being live.

Read more on the PWC report on their site.

Nearly 50% of ICOs Failed?

Given that the rate for actual succes with startups is rather low, is it really a surprise to see that the succes rate for ‘ideas’ is not nearing 100%? I believe from various studies that around 1 in every 10 startups achieves a reasonable level of succes.

“According to the recent research, nearly a half (46%, if we need to be more precise) of them failed to raise any funds in 2017 and 2018. This study was conducted by a consulting and research company called GreySpark Partners”

From: “Nearly 50% of ICOs Failed, Report Claims”

With most ICO’s being a test to gauge interest in an idea (white paper, website, no working product), I am surprised to see that so many actually manage to raise more than $1 million. I think a big factor there has been the ICO FOMO more than anything else really.

‘Just Like an Email’

Personally I think this is the best explanation of Bitcoin I have seen ever. Not because it is the most detailed, complete and accurate, but mostly for its sheer simplicity. If you haven’t heard from Andreas Antonopoulos before, be sure to follow him.

“This is a form of money that only exists in a digital form and it can be sent and received just like an email.”