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Thoughts on Token Bridge Safety
Introduction If the past two decades working in the security industry has taught me anything, it is that software is imperfect. Despite our aspirations of writing perfect code, the...
Aug 03 _ 6 min read
Custody: BFT Policy Checking + Threshold Signatures
"Not Your Keys, Not Your Coins" - that’s what self-custody advocates for. But how does this change when "coins" are worth hundreds of millions in USD and "your" refers to a company...
Jul 28 _ 6 min read
Custody solutions: Which option is right for me?
When it comes to custody, there’s no straightforward answer. At Jump Crypto, we’ve used just about every custody option over the years. In this post, we’ll discuss some choices an...
Jul 12 _ 7 min read
Token Design for Serious People
Tokenomics should: (i) provide common goods that couldn't be provided individually, and (ii) reward those who create value rather than extract or transfer value. This piece uses th...
Jul 07 _ 17 min read
DERPs: Decentralized Reinsurance Pools
We introduce decentralized reinsurance pools (DERPs) to enhance the crypto insurance landscape. DERPs are pools of capital that underwrite retail-facing insurance pools and are man...
Jun 21 _ 6 min read
The Depegging of UST
The UST depegging was triggered by a sequence of trades on Curve on May 7. Anchor outflows from May 7 until May 9 — especially from a small set of large traders — put further press...
Jun 03 _ 18 min read
Flavors of Standalone Multichain Architecture
Overview Scalability has long been a widely discussed topic in the space, with conversations around monolithic vs. modular blockchains and horizontal vs. vertical scaling having...
May 23 _ 21 min read
Scaling Smart Contract Security: Why We Invested in Certora
Smart contracts are one of the primary drivers of innovation in the crypto ecosystem. These self-executing instruments act as building blocks for trustless, interconnected applicat...
May 17 _ 3 min read
New Markets, Efficient Markets
The market for new tokens looks surprisingly efficient, in that returns (against Bitcoin) are neither systematic nor predictable.
Apr 27 _ 13 min read
SLOB: Searcher Limit Order Book
tl;dr: we explore a theoretical Ethereum CLOB DEX protocol that leverages Flashbots to enable traders to place orders that live off-chain and pay no gas fees unless the order trade...
Apr 20 _ 8 min read
A Primer on Cryptographic Proof Systems
warning! LOTs of math. Introduction This primer aims to explain a few important ideas in the field of Verifiable Computing and in particular, some key tools relevant to building c...
Apr 01 _ 12 min read
A Foray into Blockchain Scalability
Introduction In the last article, we developed a framework for analyzing L1s. We pointed out briefly that the motivation behind many of these novel L1s has largely been centered ar...
Mar 31 _ 15 min read
Polkadot, Acala, Karura, and Wormhole
Wormhole can enhance Acala and Polkadot's usage, by bringing new collateral and users onto the platform and exporting Acala's native tokens onto other chains.
Mar 30 _ 7 min read
A Framework for Analyzing L1s
Introduction In the previous article, we went over a few components of blockchain infrastructure related to layer-1s (L1s). Let's take a closer examination of these L1s. Here, we d...
Mar 30 _ 9 min read
Peeking Under the Hood: Key Pillars of Crypto Infrastructure
Introduction With the rapid emergence of cross-chain bridges, new testing frameworks, and other crypto protocols, effectively mapping out blockchain infrastructure remains a key ch...
Mar 28 _ 10 min read
Yield Farming for Serious People
Seen through a conceptual lens, yield farmers passively provide five forms of value: operating the network, lending to traders, providing liquidity, governing protocols, and raisin...
Mar 10 _ 15 min read
Solidly Emissions, A Deep Dive
We believe public expectations are consistent with the SOLID emissions rate gradually decreasing over ~3 years, but the minter code and historical weekly rebases indicate a much fa...
Mar 04 _ 5 min read
Podcast Summary: Into the Wormhole
It’s been quite a week. We want to take a step back and further explain why we chose to add 120k of stolen ETH back into the Wormhole bridge. We believe the future will be cross-...
Feb 12 _ 1 min read
Square Root Voting
Square root voting in crypto balances efficient and inclusive governance, and protects the rights of minority tokenholders.
Jan 28 _ 23 min read
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