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Create your own company on Ethereum in 5 minutes

One of the most cited economics papers of the past 50 years is Jensen and Meckling’s “Theory of the Firm: Managerial Behavior, Agency Costs and Ownership Structure”. They advance the theory of the public corporation as an ownerless entity, made up of only contractual relationships. They build on the ideas of Nobel laureate Ronald Coase who explained how contracts allow firms to act as a cohesive entity making them more efficient than individuals, thereby giving firms their raison d'être.

DeFi will dominate the blockchain space this year

DeFi is moving quickly through the blockchain space and is sure to define it in 2019. ICOs are outright boring compared to the innovation and excitement around Decentralized Finance, already dubbed DeFi. We already know the blockchain does money very well—without a doubt the most successful “application” of the technology. But money is a not a static good; it can be sliced and diced in many different ways. The traditional financial world has created many financial instruments allowing money to be borrowed, lent, collateralized, basketed, hedged, leveraged, optioned, insured, and so on. Now all these instruments are coming to the blockchain. And made better. 

BlackRock and Northern Trust Express Interest in Blockchain

BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world with $6.3 trillion in AUM, is reportedly evaluating the crypto-space, according to CEO Larry Fink, who told Reuters that the firm has assembled a working group focused on blockchain technology and digital assets such as Bitcoin.

Litecoin Foundation Acquires Stake in WEB Bank

Litecoin creator and Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation Charlie Lee announced on Twitter Tuesday that the Litecoin Foundation has acquired a 9.9% stake in the German financial institution WEG Bank AG.  The equity was received from TokenPay, a strategic partner of the Litecoin Foundation, who transferred their shares in exchange for technical assistance with various blockchain projects from the Litecoin Foundation.

Goldman Sachs to open a Bitcoin Derivatives Trading Operation

The finance giant Goldman Sachs has announced that the investment bank will begin using its own funds to trade a variety of derivatives contracts tied to the price of Bitcoin with the bank’s large institutional clients. Goldman Sachs has historically maintained a more open mind to cryptocurrency than most of its competitors. Back in January, the investment bank issued a nine-page report to some of its clients entitled “Bitcoin is Money.”

Blockchain-Based Online Voting

Could Distributed Ledger Technology Aid Corporate and State Governance?

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