Cheaper and faster transactions has been key features of Bitcoin, but growing competition from other crypto currencies like Bitcoin cash making it difficult for Bitcoin to hold that title of faster and cheaper than anyone else.
Bitcoin was launched in 2009, and since then it has been on the dream run, 2017 has been the most productive for world’s biggest crypto currency, Bitcoin gained more than 1000% of its value in this year alone making it one of the best performing asset classes. But Bitcoin is not perfect, being the first even crypto currency there were chances that Bitcoin may show some flaws in future, now a days transaction fee on Bitcoin is getting higher specially for lower amounts, people are paying high fee, for big amounts fee is still fine but for lower amounts investors are complaining about the rise in transaction fee and they are also mentioning that transactions are not as fast as they were suppose to be earlier, the reason behind it is growing Bitcoin Network, more people are joining this Network and cost of Bitcoin Mining is also increasing by the time making it more difficult for new miners to mine and be profitable as they were use to be.
Launch of Bitcoin Cash
A group of crypto developers finally had enough of the high fees and long confirmation times and decided to create a version of Bitcoin more aligned with the idea of an easily transact-able currency, rather than a digital store of value they felt Bitcoin had become.
Their vision became reality on August 1st, 2017, and the newly minted crypto adopted the name “Bitcoin Cash”. This new version of Bitcoin is almost identical to the old version, and anyone who owned Bitcoin prior to the August 1st creation date was credited with an equal amount of Bitcoin Cash. The primary difference between the two is that Bitcoin Cash has a higher cap on the maximum “block size”, allowing a larger daily throughput of transactions. The desired effect of the block size increase was to reduce fees and network congestion, which it appears to have accomplished
War of Transaction Fee between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash
Here’s the chart showing difference between transaction cost of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash
As far as popularity and acceptability is concern, bitcoin is winning that war hands down, It will take a long route for Bitcoin cash to even come closer to that, In above it is pretty evident that Bitcoin cash is way faster and cheaper in transactions than Bitcoin but as far as acceptability, Demand and popularity is concerned, Bitcoin is winning that war,
Bitcoin Cash: $1400
Blockchain Technology can save Billions in digital advertising
Approximately $14 billion of all mobile ad spent in 2017 was potentially fraudulent
Digital advertising industry is fighting with problems like Fraud, lack of control over data privacy and extreme complexities in supply chain.On one side advertisers are losing money in ad frauds and on the other side they can’t even control their own ads due to problems in supply chain , related to middleman and third parties.
Digital advertising industry needs transparency and what’s better than Blockhain Technology!
Blockchain technology can help digital advertising industry in many ways, here are some important ways through which Blockchain Technology can resolve these issues of transparency and trust.
Cambridge Analytica fiasco took everyone by surprise, facts were shocking and after that users are cautious than ever, governments are trying their bit to improve the security of users with initiatives like General Data Protection regulation but that’s not enough. Data privacy is still a big issue because people tend to enter their personal information on multiple websites and that makes their privacy more vulnerable as security breach in any one of those websites can lead to stolen data.
Blockchain Technology provides them opportunity to store their sensitive information at a safe place. One of the best examples of this technology would be a highly encrypted decentralized data base for personal information that eliminates the need of reentering the same data and information multiple times. People can access their information with a private key and they can decide themselves what to share and with whom, making this entire process more secure and transparent. Advertisers on the other hand can use this technology to show users how their information is being used so that they can build trust with the users.
Ad fraud is one of the biggest problems digital advertising industry in facing, exact numbers of ad fraud may vary from source to source, but it has been estimated that in 2017, as much as 36% of the digital traffic was fraudulent and as much as $40 billion were spent on mobile advertising, so around $14 billion of all mobile ad spent in 2017 was potentially fraudulent.
A digital ledger of transaction enabled by Blockchain Technology is the solution for this problem. Each transaction of the digitized product is stored on that ledger and no one can fake or change the fact. Every transaction is recorded only when all parties agree. The ledger is decentralized which means no single party can influence the ledger in negative manner. This process brings transparency and advertisers can easily monitor where ads are going and what’s happening to them.
Improved Supply Chain
In good old days, advertising supply chain was a simple process but not anymore, digital advertising supply chain is a complex phenomenon now, 3rd parties, advertising agencies, middleman came into the industry and made the entire process difficult to understand for advertisers, and these days most of the advertisers don’t even know what’s happening to their ads and they feel that they are losing their control over ads. Decentralized ledger can help all the parties and will be able to record each and every party involved in the process from advertisers to publishers. This process will enable advertisers to regain control over their ads with transparency.
Tether is the winner in this bear market
Crypto market is suffering from one the worst phases since it’s inception and almost every crypto currency is down this year. Tether, a coin which is often referred as a Stablecoin and known as the safe heaven crypto currency is the actual winner in this rough patch.
Market cap of this crypto currency increased significantly since start of the year, at the start of 2018, market cap of Tether was around $1.38 billion, which is now at around $2.8 billion, shows more than 100% growth in market cap.
According to the official website of Tether, it is a token which is backed by the actual fiat currency assets in US dollars, Euro and they are also looking forward to introduce Japanese Yen as well, covering all the major fiat currencies in the world.
Tether provides protection from volatility in the wild crypto market and that’s why people refer Tether as a stable coin or a safe heaven currency, just like Dollar in the real world. But, the thing is that the main purpose of a crypto currency or a token is to get rid of the Fiat currencies and the banks in order to make the entire process and ecosystem decentralized, with backing of Fiat currencies, Tether is breaking that concept and vision of free market, so that’s why critics of Tether don’t recommend usage of Fiat based token.
There’s another side of the story as well, in this volatile market where price movement of 20% in a day is just like a normal day, market needs at least one currency which is stable so that they can use that for transactions, tether is helping in that sense, exchanges, ATM’s , wallets and other players in the crypto market can now use Tether for stable transactions because there is so much volatility in the crypto market that they can’t even process transactions in the volatile market making it more difficult for the businesses to operate with volatile tokens, increasing market cap and acceptability shows that businesses are not only using Tether but they are also encouraging usage for retail clients as well. Steady growth of Tether helped this token to gain the 8th position in coinmarketcap rankings.
52% of ICO’s failed in 2017
According to the data compiled by Fabric ventures and Token Data, 52% of ICO’s failed in year 2017, and only 48% of them were successful.
A Total of $5.6 billion was raised by ICO’s in 2017, making it the most beneficial year for ICO founders ever, although project success ratio has dropped.
Number of successful ICO’s in 2017 were 435 with average funding of $12.7 million
10 largest projects raised 25% of total ICO’s funding
worrying sign is that return on investment for new investors in the market is on downtrend.
Venture capital fund Fabric Ventures and cryptocurrency data provider TokenData shared the figure in their “State of the Token Market” report. 2017 saw a huge boom in companies raising money by issuing their own digital currencies, which are structured similarly to bitcoin, in return for funds to build their business. These “coins” can then be traded freely on online exchanges, offering greater liquidity to investors than traditional equity investment.
“More than $5.6 billion of capital was raised in 2017 according to the metrics used by the TokenData team,” the report says. “This compares to $1 billion of ‘traditional’ venture investing in blockchain startups in the same time frame and a ‘mere’ $240 million raised by token sales in 2016.”
Fabric Ventures and TokenData found 435 successful ICOs out of an attempted 913 last year — meaning just 48% were successful.
The average amount raised was $12.7 million but the report notes: “Collectively, the 10 largest sales raised close to $1.4 billion and roughly 25% of the total capital raised in 2017.”
Almost a third of funding went towards blockchain infrastructure projects. The biggest ICO of last year was Filecoin, a project to build a decentralized data storage solution based on the blockchain. The project raised $257 million in September.
The majority of people investing in these ICO projects have been retail or small-time investors but institutions are increasingly looking at ICOs due to their eye-catching returns.
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