Lisa Zarlenga is Co-Chair of the Tax Group and John Cobb is an associate at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's Crypto and Taxes 2018 series. In the last couple years, blockchain token issuances--sometimes referred to as initial coin offerings or ICOs--have skyrocketed, both...
Tanzeel Akhtar is an independent British journalist whose work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, FT Alphaville, Investing.com, Forbes, Euromoney and Citywire. "Pump and dump" schemes have been around since long before cryptocurrency was invented. What's striking about the crypto markets is that this type of manipulation...
Michael J. Casey is chairman of CoinDesk's advisory board and a senior advisor of blockchain research at MIT's Digital Currency Initiative. I was at Token Fest in San Francisco last week. It was truly a "Fest." The cocktails flowed at a VIP party the evening before opening. The next morning a...
A Malaysian initial coin offering (ICO) issuer has been flagged by the country's central bank for stepping outside the rules to promote its token sale. In a cautionary note released on Sunday by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the central bank took aim at a cryptocurrency project named Coinzer, which it...
Come together and collaborate... This was, perhaps, the message broadcast by representatives of the U.S. government to audience members at the first day of panels at the DC Blockchain Summit in Washington, DC on Wednesday - even as securities regulators warned exchanges who offer trading of ICO tokens. Indeed, it was...
It wasn't so long ago that scraping a flat fee off of a user's transaction was a reliable revenue model. But with the advent of cryptocurrencies, a new wave of startups is beginning to set its sights on something different, with mainstream brands like Telegram and Kik pivoting to embrace...
Stephen Palley is a lawyer in private practice in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Anderson Kill. The views expressed are his alone. You can find him on Twitter at @stephendpalley. One day you're a crypto-millionaire, the next you're a crypto-defendant. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) made crypto-news throughout 2017. Announcements of...
Roger Boodoo, MD, is a radiologist and clinical informatics fellow actively seeking opportunities where blockchain technology might be applied to challenges in healthcare. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. Let's start with the problematic scenario. A medical researcher stands behind the podium at a...
The web has taken over our lives, and with that, online enterprises have grown into huge monoliths of power. Yet, while tech giants give us access to the stuff we like – music, movies, shopping – blockchain enthusiasts think an individual's web experience could be greatly improved by decentralization. If the...
Does the world really need a blockchain phone? Sirin Labs is betting it does. The startup, which recently raised $157 million in an initial coin offering (ICO), is building an Android smartphone from scratch with special features for cryptocurrency enthusiasts: an app store for distributed apps (dapps), cold storage for...