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  • NuCypher WorkLock: Staking Scenarios
    Oct 16, 2020 4 minute read Trying to wrap your head around staking NU on NuCypher? It's easier than you think. Here are some simple strategies & ways to optimize.
  • Flow: The Blockchain for Open Worlds
    Oct 06, 2020 2 minute read Flow is a decentralized blockchain designed to be the foundation for a new generation of games, apps, and the digital assets that power them.
  • Secret Network: Increasing Blockchain Adoption with Privacy
    Sep 25, 2020 2 minute read Secret Network is a blockchain protocol that enables decentralized applications to perform encrypted computations in TEEs.
  • NEAR Staking: Delegation Guide
    Sep 24, 2020 3 minute read Figment's guide to staking NEAR. If you plan to self-custody, NEAR supports Ledger hardware devices, which is what we recommend.
  • NuCypher: WorkLock, DAO, and Road to Mainnet
    Sep 18, 2020 2 minute read On September 17th, we spoke with CEO MacLane Wilkison and Cryptography Engineer John Pacific (Tux) of NuCypher.
  • Connect to Terra in Seconds with DataHub
    Sep 17, 2020 4 minute read Terra DataHub allows developers to easily connect, and interact with Terra without having to run their own nodes. Sign-up today.
  • Oasis: Building a Scalable Private DeFi Platform
    Sep 15, 2020 2 minute read The Oasis Network is an upcoming privacy-first decentralized computing network. On September 14th, we spoke with the Oasis Network.
  • Secret Network Staking Guide
    Sep 15, 2020 2 minute read The Secret token, SCRT, is used for staking, governance, and to pay network fees. Community members can stake SCRT and earn rewards.
  • The NuCypher WorkLock & Staking NU
    Sep 02, 2020 4 minute read If you deposit ETH into the NuCypher WorkLock, you can get your ETH back and earn a sizeable portion of NuCypher tokens.
  • Keeping Secrets in the Cosmos Ecosystem
    Sep 01, 2020 4 minute read Secret Contracts will keep inputs, outputs, and state of contracts completely private, even from the nodes that are executing the contract.
  • Staking Hub: CertiK Chain
    Aug 24, 2020 2 minute read The CertiK Chain is an upcoming public blockchain based on the CertiK Foundation’s unique Formal Verification security system.
  • SKALE Economics
    Aug 17, 2020 4 minute read The SKALE Network is an “elastic” blockchain network that is designed to be interoperable with the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Figment Partners with Anchorage
    Aug 11, 2020 2 minute read Figment is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Anchorage to provide a custody solution to our customers.
  • Figment’s First Look: The Oasis Network
    Aug 04, 2020 4 minute read The Oasis Network is a new, layer one, Proof of Stake platform that enables the tokenization of data, which will give ownership of data back to individuals.
  • Staking Hub: Secret Network AMA
    Jul 30, 2020 4 minute read Secret Network is a privacy-first, blockchain-based protocol that enables decentralized applications to use encrypted data without revealing it.
  • The Node Infrastructure Quadrant
    Jul 29, 2020 4 minute read The complexity of managing node infrastructure should be abstracted from developers to allow them to focus on building the next generation of killer apps.
  • Shutting Down our ICON P-Rep Node
    Jul 24, 2020 2 minute read We will be shutting down our P-Rep our P-Rep node on July 31st, 2020. Our P-Rep node will still be registered if we decide to support ICON in the future.
  • Dogfooding DataHub, a Hubble Case Study
    Jul 21, 2020 2 minute read DataHub provides simplicity while giving users access to the features and data they need from networks in order to power their Web 3 explorers like Hubble.
  • Introducing DataHub: The Web 3 Gateway
    Jul 08, 2020 3 minute read Figment is launching DataHub to empower blockchain appplication developers by opening a gateway to Web 3 protocols.
  • Cosmos Hub heading into July 2020
    Jul 03, 2020 4 minute read As we head into July, let's take a look at where the Cosmos Hub is at with staking, rewards, spending, governance, and power distribution.
  • Tezos added to the Hubble Web 3 Explorer
    Jun 24, 2020 3 minute read Hubble allows bakers and other Tezos community members to explore and interact with the Tezos blockchain. Learn more about our Tezos Hubble Explorer.
  • Figment’s First Look: Flow
    Jun 22, 2020 7 minute read Figment will be supporting Flow at launch. Until then, learn more about what makes the Flow blockchain unique by reading below.
  • Cosmos Stargate Upgrade Overview
    Jun 22, 2020 6 minute read Introducing Stargate, the largest Cosmos upgrade yet. Stargate will enable higher transaction throughput, cross-chain transactions, accelerate UI development, and so much more.
  • Building on Celo’s Mission
    Jun 22, 2020 3 minute read Celo’s mission resonates with us, and we do our part by supporting Celo's ecosystem via our infrastructure, software, and protocol expertise.
  • Figment’s First Look: Avalanche
    Jun 18, 2020 4 minute read The Avalanche Network is an upcoming layer one protocol by Ava Labs that plans to offer high-throughput, fast finality, and unprecedented decentralization.
  • Polkadot: Guide to Staking & Nominating DOT
    Jun 17, 2020 3 minute read Learn how to easily stake and nominate your DOTs to any of Figment' validators on the Polkadot Network.
  • BandChain: Guide to Staking BAND
    Jun 09, 2020 3 minute read Staking and delegating BAND tokens could require a few different steps to achieve. Here is our BandChain delegation guide.
  • Cosmos Hub heading into June 2020
    May 28, 2020 4 minute read As we head into June, let's take a look at where the Cosmos Hub is at with staking, rewards, spending, governance, and power distribution.
  • Future of Staking Podcast Series: Understanding Risk
    May 15, 2020 2 minute read In this podcast we discuss current staking risk, and the potential risk associated with new products being offered in the Proof of Stake ecosystem.
  • Staking Hub: Keep AMA
    May 13, 2020 8 minute read The Keep mainnet has launched and tBTC is imminent. On Apr 24, Matt, Carolyn, and Sloan joined us to answer all questions Keep and tBTC.
  • Livepeer’s Improvement Cycle: From Idea to Upgrade
    May 12, 2020 5 minute read From an idea to an upgrade, the Livepeer improvement cycle is clear and simple: write an LIP on Github, discuss, vote, and then implement.
  • Livepeer Governance Proposal Voting
    May 06, 2020 4 minute read Polls are set to be the voting process for Livepeer improvement proposals. This is a look at the well-deliberated voting process that the Livepeer community is preparing to use to begin the foray into decentralized governance.
  • Our Plan for Game of Zones
    May 05, 2020 2 minute read Game of Zones (GOZ) is an incentivized testnet designed to educate the Cosmos community of validators on how to operate IBC relayers.
  • Keep Network: Guide to Staking KEEP
    May 04, 2020 4 minute read The easiest & most secure way to stake KEEP tokens is to stake with a professional operator. This Figment's guide to delegating on the Keep Network.
  • Future of Staking Podcast Series with Acala
    Apr 30, 2020 2 minute read Acala is a new blockchain powering open finance applications. The blockchain will provide a stablecoin (aUSD) as well as staking liquidity to Polkadot.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ April/March 2020 Network Analysis
    Apr 30, 2020 3 minute read Figment' March & April 2020 Cosmos Hub network analysis for staking and validator metrics.
  • Figment’s First Look: Keep Network
    Apr 23, 2020 3 minute read Keep Network is launching, and staking begins May 4, 2020. Staking will be easy--simply to delegate to a pro Keep operator such as Figment.
  • Primer on Livepeer Transcoding Fees
    Apr 20, 2020 5 minute read Livepeer transcoding fees earned by orchestrators will continue to grow based on their transcoding capacity, availability, and market price.
  • Future of Staking Podcast Series with StakerDAO
    Apr 16, 2020 2 minute read The Future of Staking podcast series focuses on exciting new projects and ideas in the Proof of Stake ecosystem. This week we chatted with StakerDAO.
  • Figment Partners with Band Protocol
    Apr 13, 2020 3 minute read Figment is pleased to announce that we will be supporting Band Protocol’s mission to improve the standard for data oracles.
  • Livepeer Governance in a Nutshell
    Apr 10, 2020 4 minute read Livepeer's governance process will be simple & useful. Here’s how it will work and how it will become more decentralized.
  • Cosmos March Governance Update (Q1 2020)
    Apr 02, 2020 9 minute read Q1 2020 governance update: deliverables for Prop23 complete (including parameter-change documentation), and a look at Cosmos Governance for Q2 2020.
  • Takeaways from The Great Celo Stake Off
    Apr 02, 2020 3 minute read The Great Celo Stake Off was one of the most talked about testnets of Q1 2020. Figment received one of the highest security audit scores.
  • Preparing to Stake Celo Gold (cGLD)
    Mar 30, 2020 4 minute read If you have invested in the cLabs raise and are preparing to stake when Celo launches, you're likely wondering how locking cGLD will work. Here's an initial look at Celo staking.
  • Cosmos Parameter-Change Documentation
    Mar 27, 2020 5 minute read Cosmos parameter-change governance proposals enable voting to enact changes to the Cosmos Hub. Learn more...
  • Figment’s First Look: e-Money
    Mar 26, 2020 3 minute read The e-Money network launched on March 25, 2020, and Figment is active in the validator set. Here's a quick look at the e-Money proof of stake network.
  • Staking DOT: The Rewards and Risks
    Mar 09, 2020 5 minute read It is important to understand how the network will function, and how you will be able to maximize your rewards when staking DOT.
  • Self Custody Using a Ledger Hardware Wallet
    Mar 06, 2020 5 minute read We recommend using the Ledger hardware wallet if you or your organization would like to maintain complete control of your assets in a secure way.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ February 2020 Network Analysis
    Mar 01, 2020 3 minute read Cosmos February 2020 Network Analysis. Updated key metric: staking economics - effective inflation (& rewards) lower than what's reported.
  • How to Stake Your Edgeware on the Polkadot Explorer
    Feb 25, 2020 4 minute read Figment is currently running 3 validators on the Edgeware network. More information on how to nominate your EDG to a Figment validator can be found below.
  • Incentivized Testnets are the New Normal
    Feb 17, 2020 6 minute read Proof of Stake blockchains need a way to attract quality node operators to join their testnet. The answer is incentivized testnets.
  • Figment’s First Look: Mina
    Feb 06, 2020 5 minute read Current cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin store massive amounts of data on their chains, and will only continue to increase in size, but not Mina.
  • Figment’s First Look: NuCypher
    Feb 04, 2020 5 minute read NuCypher's KMS is intended to address the current limitations that consensus networks have securely storing/sending/manipulating private and encrypted data.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ January 2020 Network Analysis
    Feb 02, 2020 5 minute read There are more ATOM staked this month than last. The number of newly-minted ATOMs is in keeping with the monthly average of ~1.4M on Cosmos.
  • What makes the Cosmos Hub’s ATOM valuable?
    Jan 27, 2020 5 minute read The main drivers of the ATOM's value could be more than transaction fees. ATOM-holders should be able to extract value in different ways.
  • NPoS: Staking & nominating on Polkadot & Kusama
    Nov 05, 2019 3 minute read The Polkadot universe is designed to distribute stake backing as evenly as possible over the validator set. Staking Kusama guide.
  • Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) is Coming to Cosmos
    Nov 04, 2019 3 minute read In a world of countless, siloed blockchains, IBC is what will connect them all together. Data and token value will be transferrable between chains.
  • Cosmos is vulnerable: Governance and the validator
    Oct 17, 2019 8 minute read How does coupling governance with validators change incentives? The change may have some implications for Cosmos Governance.
  • Evaluating Staking Networks: How Figment selects projects to support
    Oct 08, 2019 8 minute read Although this is a rough set of guidelines, no two projects are the same. At Figment we take every staking network into consideration.
  • Risk Management for Staking: Slashing
    Sep 27, 2019 4 minute read 2019 is touted as the year of staking, with dozens of funded Proof-of-Stake (PoS) networks going live or nearing launch, but the risk of slashing is real.
  • Cosmos inflation & staking rewards: How are they related?
    Sep 25, 2019 4 minute read It's important to understand that Cosmos inflation is different than its rewards rate.Think of Cosmos newly-minted ATOMs as pie.
  • Funds that Stake: U.S. Tax Considerations for Investors in Proof of Stake Networks
    Sep 18, 2019 3 minute read Proof of Stake (PoS) and the token rewards that arise from staking raise a host of new questions that the U.S. Treasury Department have yet to answer.
  • Staking KSM: How to claim & stake your Kusama tokens
    Sep 18, 2019 4 minute read If you own DOTs, you’re entitled to KSM. Claim them to get staking now! Staking KSM is now easier than ever with Figment.
  • Staking Hub: Kusama AMA
    Sep 18, 2019 10 minute read The Staking Hub Kusama AMA occured on August 29, 2019, with Bill Laboon (W3F) and Joe Petrowski (Parity). Read our recap here.
  • Figment’s First Look: Kusama
    Aug 22, 2019 4 minute read Figment will offer a validator service for Kusama that will be open for delegation. If you own DOT, email contact@figment.network to learn more.
  • Terra staking update: 9.75% LUNA rewards
    Aug 16, 2019 3 minute read Terra, the Korea-based blockchain, wasted no time rallying end-user blockchain adoption after launching in April 2019. Learn more about LUNA rewards.
  • Figment’s First Look: Solana
    Aug 06, 2019 6 minute read Solana is a permissionless, decentralized, and secure smart contract blockchain platform proposing to solve the scalability problem now. Without sharding.
  • Staking Hub: KAVA AMA
    Jul 31, 2019 8 minute read Kevin Davis and Scott Stuart just returned from HackAtom and Buidl in South Korea. They graciously joined Staking Hub's KAVA AMA to chat KAVA.
  • Cosmos ⚛️ July 2019 Network Analysis
    Jul 30, 2019 4 minute read TL;DR Summary: 1) Upgrade: Cosmos Hub 3 could come as early as Aug 19, 2019 2) .... Read more in our Cosmos July network analysis.
  • Cosmos Staking Decentralized: Interview with Cypher Core
    Jul 18, 2019 7 minute read Cypher Core recently appeared on our radar for their open source Cosmos applications. Their expertise on Cosmos staking is hard to argue.
  • Staking Hub: IDEX AMA
    Jul 17, 2019 7 minute read Recap of Staking Hub's IDEX AMA with Julien Bouteloup and Leopold Joy from Stake Capital. They answer all of our IDEX staking questions.
  • A Staker’s Look at the Edgeware Lockdrop
    Jun 09, 2019 8 minute read Word is getting around the staking community about the Edgeware lockdrop, a unique new token distribution mechanism. Learn more here.
  • Full Disclosure: Figment’s Cosmos Validator Infrastructure
    Jun 04, 2019 6 minute read There have been a few operational incidents in which large validators on the Cosmos Hub experienced prolonged downtime due to validator infrastructure.
  • An Expedited Upgrade for Cosmos Hub 2
    May 31, 2019 3 minute read If you’re connected to the Cosmos community, you likely would have seen various alerts and messages going around about Cosmos Hub 2.
  • The Livepeer Bet: Allocative Capacity
    May 28, 2019 3 minute read A bet on Livepeer is a bet on allocative capacity. This is the premise: idle compute capacity will always be cheaper than dedicated capacity.
  • Reporting for Staking Rewards
    May 09, 2019 2 minute read Figment now reports staking rewards to all of our Cosmos delegators. This will make tax reporting as simple as possible.
  • (Mis)Understanding Yield and Inflation in Proof of Stake Networks
    May 01, 2019 4 minute read When “talking blockchain” traditional finance terms are often used incorrectly in an attempt to describe the new paradigm, like yield and inflation.
  • How (and why) to evaluate validator participation in Proof-of-Stake blockchain communities
    Apr 30, 2019 5 minute read The core promise of blockchain technology involves data security, decentralization, and speed. Validator participation is necessary for all of this.
  • Creating Cosmos Governance Proposals
    Apr 08, 2019 2 minute read When thinking about and participating in Cosmos governance proposals, our process will be a bit different from conventional legal practices.
  • Cosmos Network Launch and Decentralization
    Mar 18, 2019 3 minute read The Cosmos Network mainnet has launched and pulled off a rare feat for a Proof of Stake network: a totally decentralized start.
  • What Tezos can learn from GDPR
    Mar 11, 2019 3 minute read In late February, Nomadic announced their two flavors of the Athens proposal for Tezos. Immediately, the Tezos community became polarized.
  • Evaluating a Cosmos Validator: Securing the Private Key
    Mar 04, 2019 6 minute read As a Delegator, you should have a good understanding of your Cosmos Validator approach so you can better understand your slashing risk for Atom loss.
  • Cosmos Game of Stakes Learnings and Questions
    Feb 07, 2019 3 minute read As we near the end of the great Game of Stakes (GoS) experiment, we wanted to take stock of what we’ve learned and share the new questions we are asking.
  • Livepeer is a brilliantly designed crypto network for delivering scaled value (blockchain pioneers, take note)
    Jan 30, 2019 5 minute read Well, it’s official: the lofty promises made during the 2017 crypto frenzy have come up dramatically short, but Livepeer is different.
  • Tezos New Year Update
    Jan 21, 2019 2 minute read Happy 2019! Looks like this year could be an interesting year for Tezos as exchanges and custodians like Coinbase become more involved in PoS blockchains.
  • Smart Contracts vs. Application-Specific Blockchains
    Dec 13, 2018 6 minute read Besides the addition and subtraction of numbers on a distributed ledger (i.e. cryptocurrencies), blockchains hold the power to provide smart contracts.
  • Tezos Baking Economics — Guide
    Sep 24, 2018 5 minute read This guide aims to explain some of the assumptions and caveats relating to the above set of projections modeling the operations of baking in Tezos.
  • An introduction to Proof-of-Stake token yields: Assessing risks and rewards
    Sep 18, 2018 6 minute read Although the latest wave of blockchain hype has calmed down this year, the ferocity of teams working on the underlying technology continues to increase.
  • Cosmos Delegator and Validator Economics
    Sep 02, 2018 2 minute read As the Cosmos network gets closer to launch, a key question is how the Cosmos delegator system for Validators will work within the network.
  • An introduction to the Cosmos Network: Why the Internet of Blockchains will help drive mass adoption of decentralized applications
    Jul 18, 2018 7 minute read The Cosmos Network plans to be the "Internet of Blockchains". The Cosmos Hub is designed to allow other blockchains, termed “Zones”, to interoperate
  • A primer on Proof-of-Stake and why it matters for the future of blockchains
    May 14, 2018 8 minute read There is a major, multi-faceted shift happening right now in the world of crypto. Proof-of-Stake is set to become more dominate than ever.