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Ari Paul

Ari Paul is the co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital.

Reviews by Ari Paul

🔑 2 positive | 💩 6 negative

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Big picture: I have nothing against Ripple or XRP. It's not a scam. It may have a killer use case. Just need to acknowledge that more than 50% of XRP are owned by one company, and most trusted nodes are run by that same company, and some assets on ledger can be frozen.

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2017-12-31 | Full Review

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Monero and BTC are the only two cryptocurrencies I've ever publicly recommended for investment. I'm a big fan of the XMR devs and the Monero ethos.

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2018-05-17 | Full Review

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Wasn't NEO just shot in the knee by the Chinese government? Why would you want to own an ETH clone facing regulatory destruction?

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2017-09-04 | Full Review

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IOTA's primary pitch is to be infinitely scalable and free. This requires that users run nodes that validate transactions, and that these "users" can be things like a toaster to be applicable for IOT. Tangles use tiny amounts of PoW to validate and prevent spam. But...if the PoW required is so low that your toaster can do it, than it's also low enough that a bad actor can mess up the graph with cheap spam.

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2018-02-19 | Full Review

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Dentacoin was likely either held by a very small number of participants who each knew there was no point in trying to sell, or it was held by "unsophisticated" investors with no conception of valuation or markets.

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2018-06-25 | Full Review

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Augur and other oracles (and anything that requires complex smart contracts) has a very long road to being really usable. The only use cases ready for prime time are very simple: payment rails, digital collectibles, and soon tokenized real world assets.

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2018-04-21 | Full Review

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But many other protocols have been born of true differentiation. Consider Decred — created by former Bitcoin developers who wanted to fix things they didn't like about BTC. They added governance, PoW/PoS hybrid — which may be more secure than PoW — and now, privacy.

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2018-07-17 | Full Review

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With Ethereum's monetary policy, there's literally nothing to have confidence in or not...there isn't even a concrete long-term plan. With Bitcoin, there's a powerful status quo schelling point; not certain, but powerful.

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2018-11-30 | Full Review