09 September 2019

Introducing Building Blocks magazine: tokenisation and the blockchain evolution

Yara Ainsworth

Yara Ainsworth

Head of Marketing and Communications at Crypto Finance AG

About the author

We are pleased to introduce our magazine Building Blocks – Tokenisation & the Blockchain Evolution, with collaboration from over dozen leading figures in the crypto and blockchain community and insights on the major topics around crypto asset investing and digital asset market developments. The introduction below is given by Dr. Philipp Cottier, our Crypto Fund Board Member and articles from the magazine will be shared in the coming weeks with commentary from our contributors.

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Crypto assets: new ways to communicate, interact, govern, and do business

The idea for this publication emerged from discussions with Crypto Finance AG clients. It became evident that there is a strong need for content and education addressing the rather complex world of crypto assets and blockchains. Renowned specialists in different fields have been invited to write articles, and the publication to follow is the proud result of their contributions.

Crypto assets are complex because they amalgamate different worlds: the world of finance and economics, the world of computer science, and the world of mathematics and cryptography. As a starter, it is vital to distinguish between decentralised, permission-less (public) blockchains and centralised, permission-based (private) blockchains. The former will truly disrupt certain industries and business models, while the latter will lead to important efficiency gains. The blockchain industry is still in its infancy and it is evolving under a steep technological innovation curve. This development currently focuses on the scalability of layer 1 blockchains, privacy, decentralised apps, and asset tokenisation. Regulators in different countries are hurrying to come to grips with this new industry and are applying different approaches to regulation. The Swiss regulator seems to have settled on a pragmatic application of existing laws, and distinguishes between payment coins, utility tokens, and asset tokens.

What will crypto assets and blockchains be used for in the end? Well, similar to Google, TenCent, and Facebook emerging from the initial bubble with new business models that no one could envision twenty years ago, crypto assets will provide thrilling new ways to communicate, interact, govern, and do business. Today’s first batch of blockchain use cases centres around store- of-value (bitcoin), smart contracts (ether), payments (stablecoins), asset tokenisation, decentralised finance, gaming, prediction markets, enterprise blockchains, supply chain authentication, and IoT; but there will be many more.

This publication starts with some basic concepts around blockchains and certain use cases, including a call for a digital Swiss franc, blockchain-secured digital identities, and an overview of crypto investing, with an exploration of the trading environment and developments in tokenisation. It ends with a review of the regulation and compliance evolution, and an overview of the impressive Crypto Valley ecosystem, where 800 companies and 5,000 enthusiastic crypto specialists are further developing this exciting space. Will Switzerland indeed become a DLT nation?

We hope you enjoy the reading, and we welcome your thoughts on these topics.

Philipp Cottier, Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Crypto Fund AG

With a special thank you to all of the Building Blocks magazine contributors:

Professor Dr. Fabian Schär from the University of Basel, Jennifer Anthamatten and Pascal Lago from Avenir Suisse, Daniel Gasteiger and Adithya Pradeep Kumar from Procivis, John Orthwein from the Multichain Asset Managers Association (MAMA), Wences Casares from Xapo, Chris Aruliah from Bitstamp, Samuel Dionne from the Crypto Valley Association (CVA), Dr. Günther Dobrauz, Benjamin Bürgi, Sebastian Ahrens & Markus Perdrizat from PwC, as well as Roger Darin & Ralf Kubli representing the Bitcoin Association Switzerland and CV Labs.

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