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6 reasons why you should learn blockchain today

The world develops at a very fast pace. Technology does too. We are sure you’ve heard a lot about blockchain recently. But what is all that buzz about? Does blockchain really have any good to do to the world? Or is it just a hype that will pass some time later? Should you start investigating that field or not? 

The short answer will be: no, blockchain is not just hype and is totally worth learning. To know more, continue reading this post about why blockchain should be your next skill to develop and what are its main advanced features that can be of help to the world.

But before we get to why blockchain deserves your attention, let’s see shortly what blockchain is.

Blockchain is a shared, trusted, public ledger of transactions available to everyone but not controlled by any single identity. The consecutive string of every block ever executed makes up a blockchain. It is a distributed database of chronologically ordered transactions. You can take a look at our Blockchain Glossary for a more thorough explanation.

Now that we know a little more about blockchain let’s get to this article’s main topic!

1. Job opportunities and high salary

Undoubtedly, blockchain has brought a number of new professions to the job market that have become the most demanded ones. In fact, blockchain was announced by LinkedIn as the most in-demand skill of 2020. Some examples of such professions are back-end blockchain developers, smart contract engineers, dApp developers, cryptocurrency analysts, traders, mining technicians, etc.

Since 2017, these occupations’ salaries have risen significantly, and now the annual average is $70K for entry-level to $175K for more experienced professionals. Though it might seem scary to shift your career to the blockchain, it requires very little time and effort in reality. Specialized courses will help you with the process, no matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced specialist. You can learn more about how software developers, particularly, enter the blockchain industry with this article

2. One of the core technologies of the future

As of 2018, only 0.5% of the world was using blockchain technology. However, it is estimated that in 2024 blockchain will gain mass adoption. Moreover, the blockchain market is expected to climb to over 39 billion U.S. dollars in size by 2025, according to Statista. It is one of the most cutting edge technologies nowadays. Thus if you want to not fall behind the world, you better start learning blockchain already today. Furthermore, as the quote says, “The early bird gets the worm.” The early adopters of the technology will have significant advantages when the rest of the world starts using blockchain.

3. Smarter cryptocurrency investments

The most widespread use cases of blockchain are indeed cryptocurrencies. If you are interested in crypto investments, you have to know the principles of blockchain and DLTs to make better and smarter investments. Moreover, that knowledge will help you better understand the ICOs and master the rules of the crypto world.

4. Blockchain’s impact on other industries

There is a false assumption that blockchain can be used only in the finance sector. Of course, it can bring many advantages to finance and banking; however, other industries can benefit from blockchain as well. Those industries range from real estate to healthcare, from fashion to food, from education to Horeca, and more. Many big companies have already started using blockchain, such as CarrefourNestleWalmartIBMAmazon, etc.. Furthermore, blockchain absolutely disrupts the supply chain by making everything faster, lessening the possibilities of fraud, and saving finances by removing intermediaries. So if you think that blockchain won’t get to your industry, we can prove you wrong.

Now let’s have a look at the advanced features of the underlying technology that is totally worth everyone’s attention and can be the solutions to the present-day issues of the world. Below we will introduce a couple of them.

5. Digital identity and Cybersecurity

It’s a well-known fact that a lot of our information is available online and can easily be a matter of hacking and fraud. With blockchain, all the information is fully secured with a strict cryptographic system, which is impossible to hack. And the owner of the data has control over who can get access to it. Moreover, the user’s identity will always stay anonymous. Blockchain enables more secure storage and management of our digital identities by providing an interoperable, tamper-proof, and unified infrastructure. 

6. Integration with other systems

Another significant advantage of blockchain is that it offers a universal infrastructure that can be integrated with any technology and system, regardless of whether it is old or new. Besides, the whole concept of blockchain and the DLT system works amazingly with the Internet-of-things (IoT). And very soon, we will witness the remarkable influence of blockchain, AI, and IoTs on our everyday lives. 

Summary

One thing is certain. In several years blockchain is going to disrupt many industries. In order to go with the development of the world, you would rather start learning it today both for professional and personal purposes. If you don’t know where to start, Nooor is here to help you. Take a look at the courses we provide to beginners and more experienced specialists. If you prefer self-learning, take a look at our Blockchain Glossary with the easy explanations of blockchain terms and Nooor’s quizzes to check your knowledge. Have fun!

Nooor talks with David Stancel

Nooor talks with David Stancel

We continue the series of our special Nooor talks with the most outstanding players in the industry. Today our guest is David Stancel, who is the co-founder of Blockchain Slovakia – an NGO focused on education, research, and policy advocacy in the area of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. David also lectures courses on cryptocurrencies at the Slovak University of Technology and the University of Economics in Bratislava. More about himself, his very promising initiatives in crypto and blockchain can be found in our interview. 

1. Tell us about David Stancel before crypto. What was the trigger to enter the blockchain space? 

Well, before crypto I was a student of Economics & International Affairs at Masaryk University. I heard of Bitcoin in 2012 and even though I liked the idea of free, decentralized, and independent money I did not pay that much attention to it at the time. In 2013 I got really excited about Bitcoin and the possibilities it brought so I started to organize first Bitcoin events at my university, and eventually decided to choose it as a topic for my thesis. In my thesis, I wrote about Bitcoin protocol extensions such as Colored Coins and Mastercoin, and even Ethereum which was getting ready for the launch of the mainnet. It was an exciting time and from that point onwards I have been falling into the rabbit hole and exploring the world of cryptocurrencies at full blast!

2. The blockchain space is growing, we see the rise of new use cases every day. What is the most exciting thing about the technology you can consider and what are the biggest challenges we still face today? 

I think that definitely one of the most exciting things, often underrated, is Bitcoin alone. Whether it’s from the technological, economical or even social view — its impact on our society is tremendous and will increase even more in the future. 

Other use cases are definitely within the so-called DeFi space. New cryptographic primitives coupled with open blockchains allow us to create a new financial system that is not based on trust, but on math and open source movement. 

While I  believe there are some other use cases on the blockchain that might increase transparency and efficiency of certain processes, I think that open finance is definitely something that may transform our society the most. 

As for the challenges, we have been facing similar obstacles for the past years — mainly scalability, UX/UI, and lack of awareness and technical understanding on the government level as well as on the user level. Progress has been made but there is still a long way to go. 

3. What is your key to success in the crypto industry and what are the most interesting projects you have worked on? 

I have been mainly just trying to dig deep into the cryptocurrency world, decompose it and connect the dots. It has been my greatest passion and it’s definitely helpful when I can use it to help other people and companies understand how they can utilize these technologies for their benefit.

I have worked on many different projects from the tokenization platform, through blockchain-based app fighting counterfeiting to DeFi apps, and they all were interesting in one way or another. But for me personally, the most interesting part is to educate people because I learn from it a lot. For instance, every single time I give lectures on cryptocurrencies at university, it amazes me that through interaction with students I always find new perspectives and angles to look at crypto and blockchain. In the book I am working on, I have been interviewing some of the smartest minds in the space and that’s been incredibly enriching for me, and I hope the readers will feel that way after reading it too. 

4. Which blockchain, crypto project you can consider the most promising today? 

 For me, it’s definitely Bitcoin and Etheruem. Bitcoin and Lightning Network are getting lots of useful protocol updates that will make it much more useful in the upcoming months. Of course, as Etherreum is going to transition to PoS it is going to face great challenges, yet it looks very promising. 

I really like also some corporate efforts in this area, more precisely the Nightfall protocol by EY that aims to make Ethereum useful for deployments in the public sector, and uses some great cryptographic techniques. 

I also curiously follow the so-called Ethereum Killers many of which launch this year. A number of them look promising f.e. Ava, Near, Solana, etc. but that may not be enough. 

5. We are all facing the challenges that the pandemic has exposed. How is the crypto market affected by the virus in general? What are the specifics in the Slovakian market? 

Covid-19 caused lots of volatility not only on the stock markets but in crypto as well. This was a great opportunity for battle-test antifragility of the infrastructure especially when it comes to the DeFi space. We saw that while the price volatility in crypto is not a big deal and users are already accustomed to that, in DeFi it can cause a chain of events that have tremendous impacts. We saw people losing millions of dollars in MakerDAO collaterals because of the combination of price volatility, congested Ethereum network, and lagging oracles that fed the smart contracts. It will be curious to watch the aftermath of this event playing out on the court in a class action against MakerDAO. 

At the same time, many investors found that their belief that Bitcoin may be a hedge against any kind of economic crisis was flawed, and Bitcoin is too vulnerable mainly because there is a lot of speculative capital in the space. Yet, it is likely that in the aftermath of all the monetary and fiscal stimuli that have been ongoing in many countries, Bitcoin may prove to be a rather safer option for storing capital.

6. How do you think Bitcoin Halving is affecting the crypto market? Do you have any predictions about the price changes for the upcoming months? 

We have been witnessing an interesting trend since halving as institutional investors have been buying up heavily all the “new” bitcoins since halving. This is a positive trend for the Bitcoin price predictions. I believe we will see some serious upward movements in the upcoming months, but I don’t dare to predict the price levels. 

7. As we know now you are working on your book (Coinstory: The Evolution of Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies), we would like to have some more insights before it becomes a bestseller. 

That’s right, I have been working on it for the past years. My goal with the book is to map all the ideological and technological concepts that preceded the inception of Bitcoin, and that have followed after its creation. So the book will serve as a timeline of all the important things that so far happened and shaped the cryptocurrency world until today (June 2020).

Along the way, I have attended lots of conferences in the past years where I collected data, inspiration, and materials. I have been talking to many of the brightest minds in the space such as Andreas Antonopoulos, Scott Stornetta, Peter Todd, Sergio Lerner, etc. to understand different perspectives that have shaped the crypto world. 

I have been releasing interviews with them continuously in the past months as a sort of complementary material for the book at coinstory.tech. Apart from that, some other complementary materials will include an extensive list of resources on cryptocurrencies that I maintain on Github as well as my course on cryptocurrencies I teach for computer science students at Slovak University of Technology.

I hope that these sources as well the book itself will in the future become more of a collaborative joint effort from the community.

So overall, I believe people interested in the cryptocurrencies will find there a lot of useful data and information that will help them understand the whole space.

8. What has been a source of inspiration for you to fulfill your initiatives? 

I love cryptocurrencies because they are a blend of different fields such as economics, distributed systems, cryptography, and social sciences in the form of open-source code. The whole space is fascinating on so many levels, and it will have a tremendous impact on the way our world works. So it is very easy to keep falling down the rabbit hole and get constantly inspired. Also, it naturally attracts lots of really smart and interesting people, many of which have been really inspiring to me. 

9. What will be the main message you would like to share with the blockchain and crypto community. 

I wish there would be fewer clashes and less in-fighting within the crypto community. The omnipresent conflicts and divisions over minor details, in the community that is connected with the common overarching cause, have been one of the reasons why I started to write my book. I have hoped that it can help understand not only many of the cryptocurrency innovations but also the people and ideas behind them. 

So my message would be to try to strive for more tolerance, heartfulness, and understanding. 

Stay tuned for our next interview

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Artur Kuczmowski answering questions for Nooor Talks

Nooor Talks with Artur Kuczmowski

As we continue our Nooor Talks series, we are excited to talk to Artur Kuczmowski, the Senior Partner at Thompson&Stein, regarding how Poland is getting over the issues resulting from the pandemic, his thoughts on stablecoins, and the biggest challenge of blockchain technology.

Nooor Talks, Artur Kuczmowski, five questions, five answers. Here we go!

1. We are all facing the challenges that the pandemic has exposed. How is the economy of Poland tackling the situation, what actions can be helpful to keep the economy on track? 

Well… Polish government has allocated 1.5 billion zlotys to help entrepreneurs during the current economic slowdown. That’s a great assistance to entrepreneurs. The government focused primarily on protecting job and maintaining liquidity. Entrepreneurs have been exempted from social security tax and can receive a subsidy (of 5 thousand zloty), fully redeemable. What’s more, Polish Development Fund in cooperation with banks created a revolutionary program. Its aim is to help companies maintain liquidity during the coronavirus pandemic. By using data from tax authorities, all data processing has been automated and the application process takes only 48 hours.

2. As you are working with blockchain related projects, please share some insights on the state of the industry in Poland and perhaps Estonia: focus, growth trends, risks. 

Many cryptocurrency exchanges and blockchain companies originate from Poland, which may give the illusion that we are leading in this industry. Well… we are not. However, Polish government is working to introduce a simple joint stock company, which will definitely facilitate the tokenization of companies. The law in Estonia, which I also specialize in, is changing as well. The policy of granting the license to trade cryptocurrency has been tightened. In the future, they want to make sure that companies, which operate in virtual space, are more involved in the Estonian society. This will lead to the disappearance of many blockchain companies from Estonia, but the ones which are the most credible will stay.

3. What can be your personal feedback regarding stablecoins? Can they possibly fix the broken economy of today? 

Personally, I’m a big fan of stablecoins. Last year, we even participated in its emission. But there is always the question of its reliability. We, as a law firm, offer stablecoin audit services to make sure that the number of tokens in circulation actually correspond to their amount expressed in fiat currencies. 

4. The blockchain space is growing, we see the rise of new use cases every day. What is the most exciting thing about the technology you can consider and what are the biggest challenges we still face today? 

From my perspective, the biggest challenge is still the turbulent relationship between traditional banking and entrepreneurs operating in the cryptocurrency industry. Rearrangement of these relations would lead to ensuring credibility of blockchain enterprises by providing them an access to reliable bank accounts. 

From my point of view, credibility is the most exciting thing about the technology. The impossibility of falsifying the information opens up the certainty of economic turnover. 

5. We are happy to see you as a part of our ChainPoint family, thank you very much for sharing your expertise last year at ChainPoint 19 in Armenia. As we are planning for the next conference, it will be great to get feedback on what you liked most about ChainPoint and where it can be improved. Also what are your expectations for the next event?  

I primarily hope that ChainPoint 2020 will take place and we have a chance to meet again. It is a great project which hosts many specialists from all over the world. It is an honor for me to be part of it. What makes your conference stand out is the participation of government representatives. I have a fondness for the ChainPoint 19, because our cooperation began there. I hope that our law firm Thompson&Stein and Nooor will undertake many new projects together.

Stay tuned for the next interviews with the industry leaders, that will give you insights on the state of the blockchain and crypto space.

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Nooor talks with Ani Alexander

Today our guest is a blockchain marketer, a startup mentor and a bestselling fiction author – Ani Alexander. Consulting a number of projects, she is currently the head of marketing at Amazix, a full-service consultancy for blockchain businesses.

We sat down with Ani to learn about her inspiring journey in the field and her views on the current trends.

– Ani, please tell us about your journey into the blockchain industry. 

I got into the industry by accident. My friend, who was a fiction author, introduced me to Steemit. I interviewed someone from the team for my podcast and later started writing there and earning crypto for that. That made me fall down the rabbit hole and learn about crypto and blockchain. Shortly after that, I landed my first job in the space. It’s been over 3 years already… 

– What was the most exciting experience throughout your career path? 

It depends on what you consider to be a career. On a personal level, having my pen name on book covers and books on bestseller’s charts was exciting. Launching and growing a podcast from scratch was a very inspiring experience too. As to the blockchain, marketing an ICO from scratch with a completely different approach from what was out there at that time was a risky but exciting experience of its own.

– How different is the marketing pattern of blockchain projects now and then? How did the market change after the meteoric rise of ICOs back in 2017 – 2018? 

Back in 2017, what projects did for ICO marketing is what I call “lazy marketing”. In fact, calling it marketing would be a stretch. It was mainly paid placements—paying for PR, paying influencers, paying ICO listing sites… which is why they mostly attracted speculators who were ready to dump their tokens at any time.

The market has matured now. These days, projects need to have way more than just a whitepaper (which in some cases read like fiction). They need to look at and deal with marketing like any other tech startup that needs to raise brand awareness and acquire users.

– The new reality of COVID-19: please outline the importance of reshaping of marketing strategies during the pandemic. 

Whatever you’d planned before COVID-19 definitely will need to be modified and, in some cases, even pushed back or forgotten completely. But that does not mean that you should disappear and do nothing. At minimum, maintaining your online presence is crucial.  

These are the times when brands need to be sensitive and relevant with their online content. The focus should be more on building relationships and engaging with your audience and communities vs pushing sales and pitching projects. 

– As you know there are lots of people in the crypto and blockchain space, who as well have Armenian roots. Who is your go-to person in the industry? 

The beauty of the blockchain community is that it unites different people from all over the world around a technology that has a true philosophy behind it. It’s a decentralized community that is beyond geography, ethnicity, and religion. I love working with many of them and would prefer not to mention names, risking to forget a few.

You are the author of a number of best-selling books, you run a series of podcasts. What is your source of inspiration? 

Life itself is the best source of inspiration. Real-life stories and real people are what I look at. There is so much one can notice if we just pay attention. 

– We have many young folks in our community who are trying to pave their way in the space. What will be your advice to them? 

Don’t get intimidated. Often, you may think that people in space are way smarter than you are, but that is not true. No one in this space knew and understood blockchain from Day 1. We all started from scratch, just like you are doing now.

– Thank you very much and looking forward to more exciting endeavors on you side, Ani!

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