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Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. The token industry needs to grow up. I’m not talking about financial growth, at least …

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Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. “I want to quash this false narrative that’s been going around for the past two years …

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Lewis Cohen is a partner at Hogan Lovells, Caitlin Long is a co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, Rich Slater is an attorney and registered agent in Cheyenne, and Andrea Tinianow is the chief innovation officer for Global Kompass Strategies. The views here are those of the authors. This article is not legal or investment …

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The Wyoming House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill exempting some utility tokens from securities regulations. House bill 70 has now been passed to the senate for approval. If passed and signed by the state’s governor, the bill would take effect on July 1, public documents show. The legislation aims to exempt some utility token …

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Paul Paray is an attorney in Allendale, New Jersey, focused on privacy and technology matters. In his Feb. 8 opinion piece for CoinDesk, Santander’s Julio Faura suggests that “utility tokens are a bad idea” because it would be a “lie to ourselves” to suggest initial coin offerings (ICOs) were not actually selling securities. Rather, in …

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Julio Faura is the head of blockchain research and development at Santander. Much is being written these days about the need to regulate initial coin offerings (ICOs) and – to the extent possible – access to cryptocurrencies. With close to $350 billion in (theoretical) market value, cryptocurrencies have started to hit the mainstream, and it …

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Dr. Pavel Kravchenko holds a PhD in technical sciences and is the founder of Distributed Lab. For many years, people used to believe that the Earth consisted of an amalgam of four elements – earth, fire, water and air. It took until nearly 1750 for scientists to realize that fire isn’t an element, but the result …

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The Brazilian state of São Paulo is looking to cryptocurrency to help solve its infrastructure problems. The state, home to 45 million residents and the city of São Paulo – the largest metropolis in the southern hemisphere and the third-largest in the world – plans to use a token called buildcoin to pay engineers across …

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Kyle Samani is the co-founder and managing partner of Multicoin Capital, a new thesis-driven crypto fund that invests with a multi-year time horizon in blockchain tokens. Basically, all token pitches include a line that goes something like this: “There is a fixed supply of tokens. As demand for the token increases, so must the price.” …

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