Distributed Economy Update #1 | Deutsch

Das ist die Webversion unseres neuen Newsletters, Distributed Economy Upadte. Distributed Economy Update ist ein Multi-Autor-Newsletter mit diversen Rubriken. Jeder Autor deckt regelmäßig ein oder mehrere Themen ab, mit denen er sich professionell beschäftigt. Die Themen sind spezifische Aspekte der Krypto/Blockchain/Web3-Welt. Die Kategorien konzentrieren sich entweder auf bestimmte Branchen, Märkte oder Subthemen des weiten Ökosystems. … Read more

Blockchain, Telecoms, Smartphones: Do they match on tinder?

If it comes to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, you might first think of Bitcoin, crypto-currencies and the banking industry, but most probably not about telecommunications. So, no match on tinder? By no means. We illustrate this first by having a closer look on devices for telecommunications, i.e. blockchain enabled or ‘crypto’ smartphones. In further … Read more

Blockchain, Telekommunikation, Handys: Da tindert was …

Wenn man an Blockchain und Distributed Ledger Technologie denkt, dann wahrscheinlich nicht als erstes an Telekommunikation, sondern eher an Kryptowährungen und die Finanzbranche. Tote Hose in der Telekommunikation? Mitnichten. Das wollen wir in diesem und weiteren Beitrag beleuchten, wobei der Fokus zunächst einmal auf Telekommunikationsendgeräten, d.h. Smartphones mit Blockchain Funktionalität liegen wird. Telekommunikationsdienste, Anwendungen zur … Read more

The Automotive fuelled by Blockchain?

Intro The tremendous hype surrounding Distributed-Ledger-Technologies (DLT) such as blockchain tends to thinly veil that they are still immature within a market that is just emerging. The majority of executives are still looking for clear concepts for success and a detailed understanding of the relevance and value of applications. Despite many uncertainties, blockchain is bound … Read more

New Kids on the Block Disrupting Telecoms?

This publication is based on research we conducted over the last couple of months at the intersection of blockchain and telecoms. My Untitled INC fellows Dr. Oliver Krause, Gregor Harter, Peter Milan Trapp, Thomas Euler and Simon Schaber provided very valuable feedback and inputs to the analysis. What is covered here presents only a small part of … Read more

ICOs are Dead, Long Live ICOs!

Round Table Talk Cube-Tech Fair, May 16th 2018

This is a brief summary of the round table my colleague Oliver Krause from Untitled-INC and me moderated at the Cube Tech Fair in May in Berlin.Let’s wrap up the round table in the form of a fictitious interview …

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Introducing Untitled INC: A Network Organization Dedicated to the Distributed Economy & Blockchain Space.

Today, I am happy to announce the official launch of Untitled INC. We are a network organization focused on the distributed economy and blockchain space. Over the past year, we assembled a great team of driven individuals, learnt to collaborate in a decentralized manner, and worked on several projects in the field.

Now, we feel the time is right to tell you more about us. So, let me introduce you to Untitled INC.

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The Token Classification Framework: A multi-dimensional tool for understanding and classifying crypto tokens.

The development of the framework presented in here was a collaborative effort between me and several of my Untitled INC fellows. Peter Trapp was heavily involved in all aspects of the creation, including lending his surprising design prowess to it. Prof. Dr. Andranik Tumasjan of the University of Mainz (and formerly Technical University Munich) provided very valuable feedback and ideas, as did Dr. Oliver Krause, Dr. Karl-Michael Henneking and Daniel Pichler.

Blockchain, ICOs and bitcoin’s wild ride have been some of the hottest tech topics in 2017. Yet, while people spent billions of dollars on cryptographic tokens, the understanding of the different token types out there is still limited. Even among regular investors and long-standing members of the blockchain community.

One reason for it — a quite common one in emerging domains — is the lack of clear, generally agreed upon terminology and definitions. For instance, I regularly come across people who refer to all tokens as “cryptocurrencies”. Which, as we are going to see in a minute, isn’t precise. Which is somewhat problematic because precision in language and terminology is the basis for an informed, nuanced dialogue and good analysis.

Whether you want to develop a token or evaluate one, it’s critical to understand the nuances of the subject. Moreover, the blockchain community is growing and maturing. As a result, it is increasingly getting in touch with “the real world” (aka people who are new to the subject). Investors, regulators, politicians and decision-makers in businesses are all taking the space increasingly serious. Many are in the process of formulating their positions and strategies for dealing with the subject. Clarity and accessibility of relevant knowledge are key to allowing those actors to make good, informed decisions.

This is why we, the Untitled INC team, set out to develop a framework that a) reflects the various existing token types, b) allows to classify and analyze tokens in various relevant dimensions, and c) fosters a better, nuanced understanding of crypto tokens. Today, we are presenting the first iteration of the Token Classification Framework, the result of our effort. In this post, I’m going to walk you through the framework and explain the work and thinking that went into it.

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