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Web 3 for Beginners: Proof of Stake Infrastructure

Apr 20, 2021

9 min read

Learn more about different nodes types, and how both small and large token holders can get involved with Proof of Stake networks.

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Sentinel: Decentralizing the VPN Industry

Apr 15, 2021

5 min read

Sentinel is on a mission to bring universal access to the Internet by building low-cost, distributed, and fully decentralized VPNs.

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Protocol Merger: KEEP + NU = KEANU

Apr 14, 2021

4 min read

The KEEP + NU protocol merger, called “Keanu”, designed to scale tBTC, may be the first Web 3 protocol merger ever.

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Staking Hub: Casper

Mar 22, 2021

4 min read

Casper is a layer-one blockchain purpose-built for application development and scalability. We hosted an AMA with CasperLabs to learn more.

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Staking Hub: Agoric

Mar 12, 2021

4 min read

Agoric is a smart contract platform built to bring millions of developers to the DeFi frontier. We hosted an AMA with the team to learn more.

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Web 3 for Beginners: An Introduction to Blockchain

Mar 11, 2021

3 min read

What is Web 3 anyway? Our introduction to blockchain will teach you the basics on how this exciting new technology works.

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Staking Hub: Injective Protocol

Mar 09, 2021

3 min read

On March 8th, Injective Protocol CEO, Eric Chen and Head of BD, Mirza Uddin joined us in Staking Hub to answer all of our questions.

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SafePal Hardware Wallet Guide

Mar 05, 2021

4 min read

If you are interested in maintaining complete control over your assets, we recommend using a hardware wallet. Safepal is a great option.

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Web 3 for Beginners: Buying & Selling Cryptocurrency

Mar 02, 2021

4 min read

Useful tips for starting your Web 3 journey as a token holder. Learn best practices for trading and storing your cryptocurrency.

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Mina: Decentralization and Scale Powered by SNARKs

Feb 08, 2021

5 min read

Mina aims to solve the decentralization and scalability dilemma by leveraging verified proofs of computation called zk-SNARKs.

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Solana Economics

Feb 03, 2021

4 min read

Solana's economics aims to provide benefits to both Solana validators SOL delegators over a long period of time.

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Economics of The Graph: Choosing the Right Indexer

Jan 27, 2021

4 min read

We recommend delegating to an Indexer that has an on-chain identity, and is considered trusted/credible validator on other staking networks.

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First Look: Solana

Jan 21, 2021

8 min read

Solana is a permissionless, decentralized, and secure smart contract blockchain proposing to solve the scalability problem without sharding.

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Taking Back the Internet and Building it Better

Jan 13, 2021

4 min read

Start building the alternative and investing in change. It's time to take back the Internet and build it better.

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Why Build on Web 3?

Nov 20, 2020

3 min read

Web 3 is the next generation of the Internet. Web 3 promises to make the Internet more free, transparent, and user-focused.

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Staking Hub: Persistence AMA

Nov 06, 2020

3 min read

Persistence bridges DeFi and Traditional finance by facilitating the borrowing of crypto assets using real-world assets as collateral.

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e-Money Network Upgrade

Nov 03, 2020

4 min read

e-Money Network bills itself as the “Next Generation of Money”. e-Money brings innovative, currency backed tokens to the market.

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Staking Hub: Oasis Ethereum

Oct 30, 2020

3 min read

Oasis Ethereum is a Paratime on Oasis Network that is fully compatible with all existing Ethereum smart contracts and DApps.

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Staking Hub: Akash AMA

Oct 28, 2020

3 min read

Akash is decentralized cloud computing marketplace that connects those who need computing resources with those that have computing capacity.

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Staking Hub: Cosmos Stargate Upgrade

Oct 20, 2020

5 min read

The Stargate upgrade is expected to deliver a more powerful version of IBC than what was originally proposed in the Cosmos whitepaper.

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Staking Hub: Confio Tardigrade AMA

Oct 19, 2020

3 min read

The Confio team is planning to launch a new chain within the Cosmos ecosystem called Tardigrade, with their CosmWasm engine at the center.

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Flow: The Blockchain for Open Worlds

Oct 06, 2020

2 min 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.

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Secret Network: Increasing Blockchain Adoption with Privacy

Sep 25, 2020

2 min read

Secret Network is a blockchain protocol that enables decentralized applications to perform encrypted computations in TEEs.

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NuCypher: WorkLock, DAO, and Road to Mainnet

Sep 18, 2020

2 min read

On September 17th, we spoke with CEO MacLane Wilkison and Cryptography Engineer John Pacific (Tux) of NuCypher.

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Oasis: Building a Scalable Private DeFi Platform

Sep 15, 2020

2 min read

The Oasis Network is an upcoming privacy-first decentralized computing network. On September 14th, we spoke with the Oasis Network.

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Keeping Secrets in the Cosmos Ecosystem

Sep 01, 2020

4 min read

Secret Contracts will keep inputs, outputs, and state of contracts completely private, even from the nodes that are executing the contract.

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Staking Hub: CertiK Chain

Aug 24, 2020

2 min read

The CertiK Chain is an upcoming public blockchain based on the CertiK Foundation’s unique Formal Verification security system.

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SKALE Economics

Aug 17, 2020

4 min read

The SKALE Network is an “elastic” blockchain network that is designed to be interoperable with the Ethereum blockchain.

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Figment’s First Look: The Oasis Network

Aug 04, 2020

4 min 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.

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Staking Hub: Secret Network AMA

Jul 30, 2020

4 min read

Secret Network is a privacy-first, blockchain-based protocol that enables decentralized applications to use encrypted data without revealing it.

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The Node Infrastructure Quadrant

Jul 29, 2020

4 min 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.

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Dogfooding DataHub, a Hubble Case Study

Jul 21, 2020

2 min 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.

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Staking Hub: POKT Network

Jul 17, 2020

4 min read

POKT is a decentralized infrastructure platform that provides trustless access to the full API of blockchains, through a distributed network of nodes.

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Staking Hub: Acala AMA

Jul 07, 2020

4 min read

Acala Network is a dual protocol platform that plans to offer stable currency and staking liquidity on Polkadot. We hosted an AMA with Acala on July 1st.

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Cosmos Hub heading into July 2020

Jul 03, 2020

4 min 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.

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Tezos added to the Hubble Web 3 Explorer

Jun 24, 2020

3 min read

Hubble allows bakers and other Tezos community members to explore and interact with the Tezos blockchain. Learn more about our Tezos Hubble Explorer.

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Figment’s First Look: Flow

Jun 22, 2020

7 min read

Figment will be supporting Flow at launch. Until then, learn more about what makes the Flow blockchain unique by reading below.

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Cosmos Stargate Upgrade Overview

Jun 22, 2020

6 min read

Introducing Stargate, the largest Cosmos upgrade yet. Stargate will enable higher transaction throughput, cross-chain transactions, accelerate UI development, and so much more.

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Building on Celo’s Mission

Jun 22, 2020

3 min read

Celo’s mission resonates with us, and we do our part by supporting Celo's ecosystem via our infrastructure, software, and protocol expertise.

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Staking Hub: SKALE AMA

Jun 19, 2020

3 min read

The SKALE Network is an “elastic” blockchain network that is designed to help scale the Ethereum ecosystem through “elastic” blockchains.

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Figment’s First Look: Avalanche

Jun 18, 2020

4 min read

The Avalanche Network is an upcoming layer one protocol by Ava Labs that plans to offer high-throughput, fast finality, and unprecedented decentralization.

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Terra Hubble Governance Alerts

Jun 12, 2020

2 min read

Figment is building email alerts for Terra governance activity and account balance changes into Terra Hubble.

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Staking Hub: Ava Labs AMA

Jun 05, 2020

3 min read

Avalanche is an upcoming layer one protocol by Ava Labs that plans to offer high-throughput, fast finality, and unprecedented decentralization.

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Future of Staking Podcast Series: Understanding Livepeer Governance

May 29, 2020

2 min read

Livepeer’s mission is to “build the world’s open video infrastructure” by offering video transcoding via peer to peer infrastructure built on Ethereum.

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Cosmos Hub heading into June 2020

May 28, 2020

4 min 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.

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Figment’s First Look: Band Protocol

May 28, 2020

5 min read

BandChain is an upcoming blockchain-agnostic decentralized oracle that claims to offer speed, scalability, cross-chain compatibility, and data flexibility.

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Celo Governance in a Nutshell

May 25, 2020

4 min read

Celo governance is complex and unlike other networks. Here's how to understand and participate in Celo's system of governance.

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Figment’s First Look: NEAR Protocol

May 19, 2020

5 min read

NEAR Protocol is a layer-one sharded blockchain that plans to be highly scalable, developer friendly, and end user focused.

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Future of Staking Podcast Series: Understanding Risk

May 15, 2020

2 min 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.

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Staking Hub: Keep AMA

May 13, 2020

8 min 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.

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Staking Hub: Mina AMA (Round 2)

May 13, 2020

4 min read

O(1) Labs, the team behind Mina, bills Mina as the “world’s lightest blockchain”. On April 30th, the team joined us to answer our questions.

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Livepeer’s Improvement Cycle: From Idea to Upgrade

May 12, 2020

5 min 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.

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Staking Hub: Band Protocol AMA

May 08, 2020

3 min read

Band is a protocol that facilitates the governance of data used in decentralized blockchain systems. Figment hosted an AMA with Band on April 20th.

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Livepeer Governance Proposal Voting

May 06, 2020

4 min 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.

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Our Plan for Game of Zones

May 05, 2020

2 min read

Game of Zones (GOZ) is an incentivized testnet designed to educate the Cosmos community of validators on how to operate IBC relayers.

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Future of Staking Podcast Series with Acala

Apr 30, 2020

2 min read

Acala is a new blockchain powering open finance applications. The blockchain will provide a stablecoin (aUSD) as well as staking liquidity to Polkadot.

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Cosmos ⚛️ April/March 2020 Network Analysis

Apr 30, 2020

3 min read

Figment' March & April 2020 Cosmos Hub network analysis for staking and validator metrics.

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NuCypher Worklock Primer

Apr 28, 2020

4 min read

Figment will be supporting the NuCypher mainnet and will provide nodes for those interested in participating in the Worklock.

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Celo Governance: A High Overview

Apr 27, 2020

4 min read

Figment drives governance activity at all stakeholder levels in order to ensure that networks like Celo stay healthy, sustainable, and resilient.

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Figment’s First Look: Keep Network

Apr 23, 2020

3 min 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.

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Staking Hub: Flow AMA

Apr 22, 2020

4 min read

Flow is an upcoming decentralized blockchain designed to be the foundation for a new generation of games, apps, and the digital assets that power them.

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Primer on Livepeer Transcoding Fees

Apr 20, 2020

5 min read

Livepeer transcoding fees earned by orchestrators will continue to grow based on their transcoding capacity, availability, and market price.

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Future of Staking Podcast Series with StakerDAO

Apr 16, 2020

2 min 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.

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Livepeer Governance in a Nutshell

Apr 10, 2020

4 min read

Livepeer's governance process will be simple & useful. Here’s how it will work and how it will become more decentralized.

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Staking Hub: e-Money AMA

Apr 07, 2020

4 min read

Staking Hub: e-Money, AMA e-Money is a zone within the Cosmos ecosystem that issues currency-backed tokens that are fully compliant and interest bearing.

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Cosmos March Governance Update (Q1 2020)

Apr 02, 2020

9 min read

Q1 2020 governance update: deliverables for Prop23 complete (including parameter-change documentation), and a look at Cosmos Governance for Q2 2020.

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Takeaways from The Great Celo Stake Off

Apr 02, 2020

3 min 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.

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Cosmos Parameter-Change Documentation

Mar 27, 2020

5 min read

Cosmos parameter-change governance proposals enable voting to enact changes to the Cosmos Hub. Learn more...

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Figment’s First Look: e-Money

Mar 26, 2020

4 min 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.

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Governing the World’s Open Video Infrastructure: Livepeer Case Study

Mar 24, 2020

9 min read

How should Livepeer be governed? Figment is working with the Livepeer team to educate the Livepeer community, to make design considerations, and to help bootstrap governance participation.

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Cosmos Governance February Update

Mar 05, 2020

7 min read

Cosmos Governance February Update: Zaki working on a legal entity accountable to Cosmos governance for dev work, Sunny working on changing how Hub slashing works, and Gavin is working on parameter change & community-spend docs.

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Cosmos Community-Spend Best Practices

Mar 02, 2020

4 min read

Drafting and submitting a community-spend governance proposal is a process that takes time, attention, and involves risk. However, proposals also have the potential to enact funding for important Cosmos Hub work. Version 1.0 of the 'Community Spend Best Practices' documentation is intended to make community-spend proposals easier to create and more likely to be fully assessed.

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Staking Hub: NuCypher AMA

Feb 28, 2020

4 min read

On February 20th, 2020, Maclane Wilkison (CEO), and Michael Egorov (CTO) joined us to answer our NuCypher staking questions.

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Best Practices for Community Fund Proposals

Feb 26, 2020

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Incentivized Testnets are the New Normal

Feb 17, 2020

6 min read

Proof of Stake blockchains need a way to attract quality node operators to join their testnet. The answer is incentivized testnets.

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Figment’s First Look: Mina

Feb 06, 2020

5 min read

Current cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin store massive amounts of data on their chains, and will only continue to increase in size, but not Mina.

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Figment’s First Look: NuCypher

Feb 04, 2020

5 min read

NuCypher's KMS is intended to address the current limitations that consensus networks have securely storing/sending/manipulating private and encrypted data.

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Cosmos ⚛️ January 2020 Network Analysis

Feb 02, 2020

5 min 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.

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Cosmos Governance Working Group: Month 1 update

Jan 31, 2020

7 min read

Topics range from how the GWG should operate, to the philosophy of community-spend proposals, and include governance protocol functionality.

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What makes the Cosmos Hub’s ATOM valuable?

Jan 27, 2020

5 min 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.

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Introducing the Cosmos Governance Working Group

Dec 19, 2019

5 min read

The Cosmos Hub 3 launched with enhanced governance functionality, but without guidance for creating or assessing proposals. We're preparing to launch a proposal to improve Cosmos Hub governance. This proposal is intended to fund the development of the Cosmos Governance Working Group.

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Terra staking rewards based solely upon transaction fees as of Dec 26

Dec 19, 2019

2 min read

Though the commitment was stated to be one year beginning in August 2019, Terra's subsidized block rewards ending early on Dec 26, 2019.

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Vote Gavin for Kusama Council

Dec 09, 2019

2 min read

Currently, I am a candidate for the Kusama Council on behalf of Figment. You can back me with your vote with these steps.

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Staking Hub: Oasis AMA

Dec 06, 2019

8 min read

Oasis staking AMA - Nov 13, 2019: mainnet launch unknown. Inflation & distribution not yet disclosed. Rewards rate 10% by Year 1. 14-day bond.

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Four Leading Staking Protocols join Figment’s Hubble Staking Platform

Dec 04, 2019

3 min read

We are excited to announce that Livepeer, Tezos, Oasis and Skale will be joining the Hubble community, bringing the total to eight.

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Staking Hub: Cosmos Game of Zones AMA

Nov 18, 2019

6 min read

Nov 5, 2019: Zaki Manian & Dean Tribble - Cosmos IBC & Game of Zones AMA. GoZ trains IBC operators w 100k ATOMs in rewards.

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Staking Hub: NEAR Protocol AMA

Nov 12, 2019

8 min read

On October 24, 2019, Illia Polosukhin joined us to answer our questions about NEAR Protocol, an end-user & dev-focused blockchain.

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Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) is Coming to Cosmos

Nov 04, 2019

3 min 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.

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Staking Hub: Celo AMA

Oct 18, 2019

8 min read

Celo’s mainnet is planned to be run by and used on mobile phones by late 2019 or early 2020. Read the recap of our Celo AMA here.

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Cosmos is vulnerable: Governance and the validator

Oct 17, 2019

8 min read

How does coupling governance with validators change incentives? The change may have some implications for Cosmos Governance.

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What can Livepeer learn from Cosmos? Considerations for Decentralized Governance

Oct 15, 2019

4 min read

On September 12, 2019, Chris, Lorien, and I discussed governance with the Livepeer team and community.

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Evaluating Staking Networks: How Figment selects projects to support

Oct 08, 2019

8 min read

Although this is a rough set of guidelines, no two projects are the same. At Figment we take every staking network into consideration.

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Staking Hub: Mina AMA

Oct 03, 2019

7 min read

The Staking Hub Mina AMA occured on Sep 23, 2019, Evan Shapiro, Pranay Mohan, and Emre Tekisalp joined us to talk about Mina.

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Risk Management for Staking: Slashing

Sep 27, 2019

4 min 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.

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Cosmos inflation & staking rewards: How are they related?

Sep 25, 2019

4 min read

It's important to understand that Cosmos inflation is different than its rewards rate.Think of Cosmos newly-minted ATOMs as pie.

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Funds that Stake: U.S. Tax Considerations for Investors in Proof of Stake Networks

Sep 18, 2019

3 min 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.

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Staking Hub: Kusama AMA

Sep 18, 2019

10 min read

The Staking Hub Kusama AMA occured on August 29, 2019, with Bill Laboon (W3F) and Joe Petrowski (Parity). Read our recap here.

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Takeaways from Berlin Blockchain Week 2019

Sep 09, 2019

4 min read

Like many others in the industry, Figment enjoyed a great week during Berlin Blockchain week, connecting with various stakeholders.

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Staking Hub: Solana AMA

Aug 23, 2019

8 min read

Anatoly and Eric joined us to answer all questions Solana during Staking Hub's Solana AMA. Solana plans to launch in 2020.

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Figment’s First Look: Kusama

Aug 22, 2019

4 min 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.

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