It's rare for a day to go by without a bank, startup or financial firm jumping on board the blockchain hype train. But before we get too excited, however, we need to understand the basics of the blockchain.
While bitcoin's price has been on a rapid increase since the start of the new year, the public at large is still learning about virtual currency and blockhain technologoy. The five best read stories in January demonstrate that reality.
Blockchain technology makes securities registration more secure and efficient. Because blockchains are decentralized systems, they provide a distributed method of equity registration and information tracking, bringing greater ease of use and improved security.
Virtual currency is a young industry characterized by rapid technological change and increasingly intense regulatory scrutiny. These aspects were evident in the five best read VirtualCurrencyToday stories in November.
Many virtual currency and blockchain startups raise funds through initial coin offerings. Tim Zagar and Jani Valjavec of Iconomi, a fund management platform for blockchains and virtual currencies, describe how the process works.
With technology changing rapidly, new topics arise frequently in the world of virtual currency. Reader preferences reflect this diversity, as indicated by the top read stories tracked by Virtual Currency Today.
We have now passed the halfway mark on 2016; over the past six months, we've seen general guides on bitcoin and the blockchain as well as discussions of bitcoin crime and how to battle it with the blockchain.