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Benjamin Hall Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 6:44pm Categories:

Price is what you pay, Value is what you get

Proof-Of-Work

For something to be an effective currency, it must have value. Until 1971, the US dollar (USD) represented actual gold. The gold was scarce and required work to mine and refine, so the scarcity gave the gold value. Cryptocurrencies are similar. “Coins” (which are nothing more than publicly agreed on records of ownership) are generated or produced by “miners.” These miners are people who run programs on specialized hardware made specifically to solve proof-of-work puzzles. The work behind mining coins gives them value...

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Benjamin Hall Friday, April 9, 2021 - 1:50pm Categories:

The theme this week is “investor perspectives” or more specifically, investor sentiment. For a specific list of publicly traded, non-crypto companies that have some level of exposure to cryptocurrencies, either through investments, partnerships, or side ventures, check out Top Crypto Bets via Yahoo Finance.

Q1 this year was profoundly positive in venture funding for the crypto/blockchain sector. Roughly $3 billion was allocated to crypto projects. According to The Block, this quarter also had more crypto/blockchain venture deals greater than $100m than 2019 and 2020 combined...

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Benjamin Hall Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 1:33pm Categories:

The theme this week is "blockchain development", specifically the relative rise of crypto. For more on Bitcoin development specifically, check out TradingView's Bitcoin/USD Timeline. Our next post will feature "investor perspectives." 

The Bitcoin market cap now exceeds the GDP of 175 countries. In 2017, the bitcoin market cap was $15.66 billion dollars. It has since grown to $2 trillion as of April 5th, 2021. In short, it took the market over 3 years to grow from $500 billion to $1 trillion, but it recently doubled in market cap in just two months.

Bitcoin’s...

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Benjamin Hall Friday, March 19, 2021 - 3:15pm Categories:

The theme this week is "crypto use cases." For even more information on Blockchain use cases, see IBM's "Blockchain use cases" by Industry (segmented by Government, Insurance, Supply Chain, etc.). Check back next week for data on "blockchain development."

 

The ‘World Economic Forum’ anticipates that ~10% of global GDP will be stored on the blockchain by 2025.

Leaders are increasingly investing in blockchain and digital assets as a top five strategic priority, with 66% forecasting investments of $1 million or more in the next 12 months.

Because...

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Benjamin Hall Friday, March 12, 2021 - 12:52pm Categories:

The theme this week is "crypto holders and exchanges." Each week on Friday, we will explore one element of crypto and provide 2-5 relevant illustrative charts. Check back next week for data on "crypto use cases."

As of February 27, the monthly [cryptocurrency exchange] volume total stood at $1.05 trillion. That represents an increase of $143.9 billion — or 15.9% — from January when the previous monthly high was registered.

Coinbase is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S. It’s valued at more than $100 billion, and commands roughly 11% of the entire...

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Benjamin Hall Friday, October 30, 2020 - 3:04pm Categories:

Are you looking for a productivity application that's akin to Evernote or Trello? Want something better? 

One of 2020's top note-taking apps for students is called Notion, a digital productivity application that provides easy-to-use features in task management, organization, and much more.

One of the best features of Notion is the ability to create new pages, each with their own subtopics. Notion also allows users to embed links, quotes, lists, files, and images. So it's perfect for linking to articles cited by your professor, or embedding tables and relevant screenshots from...

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Benjamin Hall Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 11:50am Categories:

Courtesy of ASMSU’s Readership program, MSU faculty/staff and students now have access to digital editions of the Lansing State Journal, Detroit Free Press, and USA Today. Access to these journals is available via the A-Z journal list (no registration required).

Since ASMSU is still providing access to the NYTimes and WSJ with individual accounts (MSU email) required for those papers, MSU affiliates now have even greater access to popular media. 

Further still, finding business articles has never been easier! Check out the 'Finding Business Articles' page on the Business...

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Benjamin Hall Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 10:50am Categories:

In 2020 there will be 52 Mondays. Since morning routines can help to set the tone for your whole week, why not consider a podcast to start your Monday?

The Dalai Lama once said, "Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” 

Perhaps a new podcast is just what you need?

'Hello Monday' is a show that explores the changing nature of work. In just ~30 minutes, Jessi Hempel interviews guests such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Melinda Gates, Arthur Brooks, and others. The show probes listeners to think about the work we do, what it all means, and even...

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Benjamin Hall Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 4:02pm Categories:

You’ve probably heard of Crunchbase, Pitchbook, or PwC’s MoneyTree report. Maybe you’ve heard of Preqin, S&P Global Market Intelligence, or FactSet. But have you heard of PrivCo? Have you heard of MarketLine, ThomsonOne Deals, or CB Insights?

MSU Libraries subscribes to several resources specialized for accelerating one’s search for information on private M&A deals, venture capital, and private equity funding rounds.  Here’s a rundown:

PrivCo

A database built on “Private Company Financial Intelligence.” PrivCo helps to unearth the finances of many private...

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Benjamin Hall Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 12:56pm Categories:

“...if I had to eat one city’s food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way.” - Anthony Bourdain

Based on 2018 international arrivals data, Tokyo [Japan] ranks 17th on the 'Top 100 City Destinations' reported by Euromonitor. Osaka (#28), Kyoto (#67), Chiba (#86), and Fukuoka (#93) also fared well this year. 

According to Euromonitor, "Tokyo has benefited from several years of record-breaking inbound arrivals to Japan." With the 2020 Olympic Games next year, Tokyo is poised...

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