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The Crypto Finance Knowledge Session podcast came about our team came together over lunch and spontaneous interdisciplinary discussions that came up often brought additional insights that make this topic fun. Want to hear a specific topic? Please let us know and we'll try to make it happen.

Crypto Finance AG facilitates the implementation of blockchain technology by providing high-quality financial services for professional investors in crypto assets, including asset management, brokerage, and storage infrastructure solutions.

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The Crypto Finance Knowledge Session podcast came about our team came together over lunch and spontaneous interdisciplinary discussions that came up often brought additional insights that make this topic fun. Want to hear a specific topic? Please let us know and we'll try to make it happen.

Crypto Finance AG facilitates the implementation of blockchain technology by providing high-quality financial services for professional investors in crypto assets, including asset management, brokerage, and storage infrastructure solutions.

    Bitcoin's 'digital gold' meme

    Bitcoin's 'digital gold' meme

    With Coronavirus kicking off a COVID-19 health, economic, and financial crisis, Crypto Finance's Head of Research Dr. Lewin Boehnke and Crypto Broker's Senior Trader Patrick Heusser discuss the differences between the current crisis and the 2008 financial crisis, the role that gold plays in these crises, and the role that bitcoin may play this time.

    Our knowledge pooling sessions are obviously impacted by the fact that many of our employees are working from home currently. The event happened almost exclusively as an audio conference. While it lost interactivity because of this, we hope that the content is still interesting.

    • 25 min
    Gaming on the Blockchain

    Gaming on the Blockchain

    Our Crypto Storage Business Development Manager Alexander Moser looks at gaming and the blockchain, exploring these purely digital valuables that are collectables and, as such, are verifiably scarce and have unmanipulatable handling.

    The feasibility of games that reside completely on chain and the various models for such a game to interact with assets on chain give rise to different economic possibilities.

    The take-home message number one: do not underestimate the potential of gaming on the blockchain, especially the potential monetarisation of games through scarce assets. To be clear, we are not talking about ICOs here.

    • 29 min
    An Intro to the Taproot Development for Bitcoin

    An Intro to the Taproot Development for Bitcoin

    In this episode, Bernadette Leuzinger, COO & CFO at Crypto Fund AG, gives an introduction to the Taproot development and its implications for bitcoin. If implemented, Taproot could be one of the biggest changes bitcoin has experienced since the introduction of SegWit in 2017.

    Taproot aims to simplify and improve privacy for bitcoin transactions. Taproot is creating a debate among bitcoin developers, as they have been published as Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs). There are still quite some considerations. If implemented, it would bring about a soft fork in bitcoin. We discuss these considerations, bitcoin's MAST and P2SH, as well as what the cryptographic signature scheme Schnorr would brings to Taproot.

    • 30 min
    How CoinJoin brings privacy to Bitcoin

    How CoinJoin brings privacy to Bitcoin

    In this episode, Alessandro Chacón, Backend Engineer at Crypto Broker AG, takes up the recurring topic of privacy and gives an introduction to CoinJoin, its implementations and the related privacy aspects for bitcoin.

    As the bitcoin blockchain is fully transparent and transaction records are publicly accessible to everyone, approaches to protecting transaction privacy are becoming increasingly important for anyone interested in financial privacy.

    In general, CoinJoin can be viewed as a tool to enhance the privacy and fungibility of bitcoin. It involves a trustless approach, introduced by the bitcoin core developer Gregory Maxwell, to combine multiple bitcoin payments from multiple parties into a single transaction. This makes it more difficult for outside parties, such as blockchain analysis companies, to determine who paid whom.

    For this internal knowledge session, our team experts – all with various backgrounds - discuss both the technical aspects of CoinJoin, and the concerns arising at the intersection of financial privacy, compliance, and regulation.

    We hope you enjoy this lively episode.

    • 29 min
    Bitcoin fee economics

    Bitcoin fee economics

    Fees pay for Bitcoin's security. At least to a small part, the bigger chunk is currently subsidized. There is no fee-table, no guaranteed confirmation times. But still the system is stable and predictable.

    Head of Research, Dr. Lewin Boehnke discuss fee economics, fee selection algorithms and handling of usual and unusual situations.

    Websites that are mentioned in the podcast are https://mempool.observer/monitor/ and https://dashboard.bitcoinops.org/

    • 44 min
    How do cryptographic signatures work?

    How do cryptographic signatures work?

    Bitcoin and Ethereum use cryptographic signatures, as does your credit card.
    Analogies break quickly when trying to explain what they do and how they work. So instead our Head of Research, Dr. Lewin Boehnke explicitly guides through a specific signature scheme. An unusual one, but one that is remarkably intuitive and easy to understand. The IOTA Signature Scheme ISS.

    We would love to get your feedback. Write us at research@cryptofinance.ch.

    • 35 min

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