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Original research, analysis and reports across the frontier of cryptoeconomics, blockchain technology, and digital assets.
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Update

September 12, 2019

Cryptoasset Report

September 5, 2019

Update

August 23, 2019

Report

August 2, 2019

Cryptoasset Report

May 23, 2019

Cryptoasset Report

May 9, 2019

Cryptoasset Report

April 25, 2019

Cryptoasset Report

March 1, 2019

Quarterly Report

February 26, 2019

Cryptoasset Report

December 20, 2018

Cryptoasset Report

December 18, 2018

Quarterly Report

August 20, 2018

Analysis

June 6, 2018

Analysis

April 4, 2018

Token-based fundraising

March 6, 2018

Analysis

March 2, 2018

Token-based fundraising

February 12, 2018

Token-based fundraising

February 4, 2018

Token Sales

December 29, 2017

Introduction

August 2, 2016

Introduction

July 13, 2016

Education

July 4, 2016

Introduction

June 21, 2016

Introduction

June 14, 2016

Introduction

June 7, 2016

Introduction

March 24, 2016

Introduction

March 17, 2016

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January 6, 2016

Smith + Crown: A Year in Review (2016)

An update on Smith + Crown's 2016 milestones.

2016 held many pivotal moments for the crypto community and industry. The Bitcoin scaling debate enjoyed periods of exposure and collective anguish, retreated into the background, then opened a new chapter by integrating Segregated Witness into Bitcoin core. The block reward halved again, but the hashrate continued to grow.

Early in the year, the price of Ethereum jumped an order of magnitude, ushering in a period of enthusiasm and optimism for smart contracts and a distributed world computer. The now infamous DAO Wars followed in spring and summer; Ethereum hard forked; and then a series of attacks and upgrades dogged the protocol, coinciding with a drop in price near the end of the year.

Several foundational protocols launched to much acclaim, including Lisk and Waves. ICOs and app tokens raised millions from investors around the world. Large banks moved forward with private blockchain pilots.

It was undoubtedly a big year for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

It was also a big year for Smith + Crown.

Smithandcrown.com

Our company finally launched our website early in the year. Care, sweat, and tears went into the design and all the elements we wanted to provide.

Our vision was a research and data focused group that brought sober analysis and commentary to the cryptocurrency community. We see immense potential in this technology, with implications across business, social institutions, and governments. We also see immense hype and a disturbing tendency for discussion to devolve into irrational, vindictive, and manipulative word slinging.

This environment of complex topics and prevalent misinformation raises the barrier to entry for anyone interested in this technology.

We wanted a place where some of the best third-party analysis could take place and people who wanted to learn about these technologies could do so. The website is our vehicle for that experience.

Markets and the Smith + Crown Index

Serving up market data from across multiple exchanges in real time is not trivial. We have worked hard to build one of the few public systems that provides market insight from first-party data across all the major exchanges and all currency pair for both fiat and cryptocurrencies.

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We are rolling out additional features to our markets page and our index. Stay tuned in 2017 for more!

Initial Coin Offerings: Tracking What’s Important

One thing that struck us early this year was a lack of intelligent objective coverage of the many initial coin offerings (ICOs) and crowdsales. We provided the first summary of the rapid Lisk ICO, and the first English-language overview of the Antshares ICO.

When we started looking into these sales, several things struck us.

  • Learning about them was difficult but rewarding.
  • There was nowhere to find in-depth third-party analysis of existing ICOs.
  • The signal-to-noise ratio is very low, and many projects are doomed to not get off the ground.

We provide an overview of major ongoing and upcoming ICOs. We are selective in what we list, objective and data driven in what we say, and research every ICO that comes across our radar.

We also go deep on certain ICOs we see as pivotal in the emerging industry--they are proving a new model, have significant hype around them, or stacked with an impressive team. We don’t take projects at their word and we are critical in how we approach them as technologies, businesses, and sale structures.

We have covered a variety of ICOs and maintain a database of the major ICOs in cryptocurrency history.

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Milestones, Partners, Accomplishments

2016 held many twists and turns for us. We will have a similar post that will forecast 2017. In the interim, we’d like to highlight some other notable developments that make us proud of the past year.

We look forward to updating you with a roadmap for 2017!