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Nolan Bauerle is a former researcher and writer for the Canadian Senate Banking Committee, for which he drafted a 2015 report on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. He currently heads CoinDesk research division.

CoinDesk is today announcing the release of its latest deep-dive report on the state of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

The most recent of a series of quarterly updates that began in 2014, our State of Blockchain Q3 2017 report includes over 100 graphs that tell the story of another historic quarter for the industry.

Divided into sections designed to help readers navigate the comprehensive industry data, the report also includes a unique sentiment survey with over 50 questions that provide insight on developing market trends.

Here are the highlights:

1. Market overcomes regulatory challenges

Bitcoin hit all-time highs in Q3, and macroeconomics were at the heart of the push.

Our State of Blockchain Q3 sentiment survey found that readers believe bitcoin's most important attribute is now its ability to act as a hedge against monetary uncertainty. Notably, this may be as that conviction was challenged uniquely this quarter, with multiple executive authorities announcing regulatory action.

Q3, for example, saw Chinese regulators demand that exchanges stop trades. BTCC, one of the largest Chinese exchanges, complied with the order and stopped trades on the final day of Q3.

Still, the growth of global trade volume couldn't be stopped. As the charts show, the actions by China's regulators barely registered on a chart that was otherwise up.

In this way, demand for bitcoin continued to grow in the quarter. The price crossed the $5,000 mark for the first time, and was much higher in some countries, again for macroeconomic reasons.

In nations where central bank policy was particularly restrictive, bitcoin behaved as a "crisis currency." Zimbabwe and Venezuela saw record high exchange rates, for example. This was on the heels of BTC trading at a premium in India after its own demonetization effort in Q4 2016.

2. Bitcoin tested by forks

On the technical front, bitcoin experienced numerous tests, with both a soft and hard fork (two varying kinds of software upgrades) in Q3.

The soft fork allowed for the adoption of code called Segregated Witness, which in turn opened bitcoin to several new cryptographic innovations. This has also resulted in the first ever block on the bitcoin blockchain that exceeded 1 MB in size.

Yet, the change was not without its critics, and the fork resulted in the creation of bitcoin cash, an alternative blockchain spun off from bitcoin's code and which boasted 8MB blocks.

Still, it remains to be seen how successfully the new blockchain can compete with bitcoin in the long run.

3. Record ICO and VC raises

Of course, it's possible the Q3 story was a lot simpler than macroeconomics, crisis currencies or technical and philosophical debates. Maybe it was simply that people made money.

ICOs and VC investment hit new highs this quarter. ICOs raised $1.24 billion, led by Filecoin, and Tezos, while Coinbase raised $100 million in VC funding, which put its valuation at $1.6 billion. The round, announced in August, meant that Coinbase became the industry's first unicorn.

With ICOs, token diversification throughout 2017 sparked the growth of a sophisticated buy side. Pioneering analysts are now working hard to understand valuations, and to write the book on new key price indicators.

Whether its a technical analysis, use case, team, white paper, code reviews, or other factors, this group has made a huge splash this quarter, with the launch of over 100 new crypto hedge funds.

4. Key metrics up across public blockchains

Elsewhere, there was a steady improvement in other metric areas.

Transactions, block sizes, hash rates, new addresses and trades also saw all-time records, with ethereum hitting a new record high for transactions on a blockchain over a 24-hour period.

In short, the global fever for cryptocurrencies appears to be spreading, and one final data point we captured in our sentiment survey perfectly illustrates the nature of this virus.

As the data shows, people are buying more cryptocurrencies and checking prices more often.

Our full report, with over 100 insightful graphs, can be downloaded here.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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Bitnodes Project 2014 Q3 Report: The State of Bitcoin P2P .

Coindesk just released their latest State of Bitcoin report for Q3-2015, revamping the report to now be called the State of Bitcoin and Blockchain because of the significant shift in focus this year in blockchain technology.

In the report Coindesk further solidified the point we made in our Fall 2015 Top Rated Bitcoin Exchanges report, which said:

“FinTech is the new buzzword this year, mainly due to the new blockchain phenomenon and banks working with bitcoin companies in attempts to learn more about it, which has garnered a tremendous amount of interest in financial services which is helping to lay the ground work for many new exchange startups in the U.S. and in the United Kingdom.”

In addition the report covers everything from bitcoin price volatility to venture capital investments; including VC funding on bitcoin exchanges and bitcoin wallets. An interesting slide (at the bottom) is the estimated number of bitcoin wallets which is on pace to reach 12 million by the end of the year.

There is a lot of good information in the report, but I just pulled out some relevant slides to share below.

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State Of Blockchain Q3 2015 Slidesharenet State Of .

Every quarter CoinDesk puts out its excellent State of Bitcoin Report providing a snapshot of where the Bitcoin ecosystem is at. We took this opportunity to go back to our original formation and have a discuss of the report and the state of Bitcoin in general. It was lots of fun!

  • Bitcoin Adoption Metrics
  • Our January Predictions
  • The continually slumping Bitcoin price
  • Merchant adoption
  • Startup activity and VC investments
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CoinDesk Releases Q3 Bitcoin and Blockchain Industry Report

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CoinDesk's Q3 2016 State of Blockchain report summarizes key trends, data and events in the public and enterprise blockchain sectors from the third quarter of 2016

This article previews six of the key takeaways as identified by our research team. For more of our quarterly and annual reports, visit CoinDesk Research.

It's no secret that what the world calls "blockchain" has evolved.

From its invention for the bitcoin blockchain to its implementation in new alternatives that take the idea in unintended directions, this expansion has had a dramatic effect on the industry.

Likewise, with CoinDesk's Q3 State of Blockchain, we continue to attempt to reflect these changes in the taxonomy of the report.

Once dedicated solely to developments on the bitcoin blockchain, the report now is divided into two sections, one on public blockchains (profiling bitcoin and ethereum) and the other on enterprise blockchains (capturing startups like R3CEV, Chain and DAH).

Our full report offers a number of takeaways, though most are centered squarely on how this delination is impacting the market.

For example, amid this diversification of interest, data shows investors are becoming less certain about industry startups, as evidence by a decline in smaller and earlier-stage investments.

The amount of venture capital committed to blockchain-based companies reached just $114m in Q3, though two large investments in Ripple ($55m Series B) and Juzhen Financials ($23m Series A) accounted for nearly 70% of this figure.

Investment for the period was also down 17% year-over-year against the $155m invested in the industry in Q3 2015, and 18% year-to-date against the $458m invested from Q1 to Q3 in 2015.

Elsewhere, the impact of this change is being felt in measurable new ways.

1. Blockchain investment is declining and the trends are unclear

One reason for the declines may be a shift in how startups are approaching the market.

As evidenced by Ripple and Juzhen's funding, more money is being awarded to startups that are seeking to work alongside (rather than against) big industry incumbents.

This means that as more older blockchain firms seek new revenue streams, CoinDesk Research is classifying more startups as hybrid blockchain businesses.

Companies like Blockstream, Paxos and Ripple, for example, don't precisely fit into the public or enterprise blockchain taxonomy. In the case of Paxos, for example, the company has a separate division (itBit) purely devoted to public blockchain.

This has led CoinDesk Research to split its classification system, dividing infrastructure into two categories (public and permissioned blockchains) and startups into three (public, enterprise and hybrid).

Our report indicates the majority of venture capital in the quarter was invested in hybrid blockchain technology startups, a sign that perhaps the uncertainty at the infrastructure layer is migrating upwards.

But, there isn't enough data to call this a trend. In fact, the dominant mood may be the mismatch between interest and investment as evidenced by a continued lag in enterprise and alternative blockchain investment.

For example, despite the belief that ethereum could come to be one of the more important public blockchains through its novel use of smart contracts, its startups have yet to attract significant funding.

2. More enterprise firms than ever are working on blockchain PoCs

Enterprise blockchain projects are moving to market, but slowly.

According to CoinDesk Research, at least 70 distinct proof-of-concepts (PoCs) devoted to the technology have been launched, with these projects seeing involvement from more than 100 participants.

Yet, as in the investment sector, financial incumbents have yet to signal to the market the types of projects they deem as the most viable.

In attempts to classify publicly announced PoCs, CoinDesk Research found that they have been directed at as many as 25 distinct topics. Early indications suggest banking, insurance, post-trade settlement and trade finance could emerge as likely areas of future implementation.

However, here the data isn't exactly clear.

More notable are the upticks in participation from major banks and stock exchanges, which are to date the most active sector.

3. The top cryptocurrencies are cementing their place in the market

While digital currencies (or digital assets, as they are sometimes now called) have a reputation for volatility, there are signs that the market has at least reached consensus on which ones it sees the most future value in.

One of the more notable findings of the report is that the top four cryptocurrencies by market cap were the same in Q1 as they were in Q3.

Bitcoin remains the largest (with nearly $10bn in market cap), but others are gaining interest, most notably ethereum (its digital currency ether is the only other to boast a market cap above $1bn).

Yet, bitcoin's market share is declining, indicating that investors in the public blockchain space perhaps see the potential for the "blockchain" of the future to be a fabric of multiple blockchains.

In total, the percent of the total cryptocurrency market cap held by alternative cryptocurrencies rose to 21% in Q3, up 2% from Q2 and 4% from Q1.

4. Public blockchain startups are seeking markets beyond bitcoin

Supporting the conclusions above is that many formerly bitcoin-first startups are signaling support for alternative digital currencies (by offering services to their blockchains).

Perhaps nowhere has this been more apparent than in the exchange sector, as nearly all the top bitcoin exchanges now offer support for ether, the native currency on the ethereum blockchain.

CoinDesk Research finds that public blockchain startups seem increasingly keen to offer support services to multiple blockchains, provided there's an easy way to adapt there services for the market.

For example, exchanges and miners have shown the most support for ethereum, with startups dedicated to providing consumer onramps to bitcoin perhaps emerging as a notable holdout.

Among major bitcoin brokerages, for example, few are offering buy and sell services for more alternative cryptocurrencies.

5. Bitcoin remains the media darling, but blockchain is catching up

But while the bitcoin industry sees a business opportunity in alternative blockchains, the media has perhaps been slow to adapt.

CoinDesk Research finds that despite growing blockchain hype, bitcoin remains the predominant area of focus for major media publications.

One reason for this lag may be that major search engines show that potential readers are still enamored with the ability to earn money from interest and activity in the public blockchain markets, namely bitcion.

As show in search queries, "price" remains the most popular supporting term for "bitcoin" and "ether" searches.

6. Central bank interest is on rise and likely to continue

In the world of government, activity is increasing in line with emerging enterprise and continued public interest.

CoinDesk Research reveals that major financial institutions around the globe are now exploring the technology, though there has been a notable uptick in government interest in Asia.

As shown by recent announcements from the government of Singapore in Q4, this trend is showing no signs of slowing.

Perhaps most encouraging for the technology is that with top central banks exploring the technology, there remains the possibility that they could even come to play an active role in encouraging and promoting its development in Q4 and beyond.

For more findings and takeaways, download your full copy of our Q3 State of Blockchain.

Images via Caroline Terree for CoinDesk

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CoinDesk’s Q3 2016 State of Blockchain report summarizes key trends, data and events in the public and enterprise blockchain sectors from the third quarter of 2016

This article previews six of the key takeaways as identified by our research team. For more of our quarterly and annual reports, visit CoinDesk Research.

It’s no secret that what the world calls “blockchain” has evolved.

From its invention for the bitcoin blockchain to its implementation in new alternatives that take the idea in unintended directions, this expansion has had a dramatic effect on the industry.

Likewise, with CoinDesk’s Q3 State of Blockchain, we continue to attempt to reflect these changes in the taxonomy of the report.

Once dedicated solely to developments on the bitcoin blockchain, the report now is divided into two sections, one on public blockchains (profiling bitcoin and ethereum) and the other on enterprise blockchains (capturing startups like R3CEV, Chain and DAH).

Our full report offers a number of takeaways, though most are centered squarely on how this delineation is impacting the market.

For example, amid this diversification of interest, data shows investors are becoming less certain about industry startups, as evidenced by a decline in smaller and earlier-stage investments.

The amount of venture capital committed to blockchain-based companies reached just $114m in Q3, though two large investments in Ripple ($55m Series B) and Juzhen Financials ($23m Series A) accounted for nearly 70% of this figure.

Investment for the period was also down 17% year-over-year against the $155m invested in the industry in Q3 2015, and 18% year-to-date against the $458m invested from Q1 to Q3 in 2015.

Elsewhere, the impact of this change is being felt in measurable new ways.

1. Blockchain investment is declining and the trends are unclear

One reason for the declines may be a shift in how startups are approaching the market.

As evidenced by Ripple and Juzhen’s funding, more money is being awarded to startups that are seeking to work alongside (rather than against) big industry incumbents.

This means that as more older blockchain firms seek new revenue streams, CoinDesk Research is classifying more startups as hybrid blockchain businesses.

Companies like Blockstream, Paxos and Ripple, for example, don’t precisely fit into the public or enterprise blockchain taxonomy. In the case of Paxos, for example, the company has a separate division (itBit) purely devoted to public blockchain.

This has led CoinDesk Research to split its classification system, dividing infrastructure into two categories (public and permissioned blockchains) and startups into three (public, enterprise and hybrid).

Our report indicates the majority of venture capital in the quarter was invested in hybrid blockchain technology startups, a sign that perhaps the uncertainty at the infrastructure layer is migrating upwards.

But, there isn’t enough data to call this a trend. In fact, the dominant mood may be the mismatch between interest and investment as evidenced by a continued lag in enterprise and alternative blockchain investment.

For example, despite the belief that ethereum could come to be one of the more important public blockchains through its novel use of smart contracts, its startups have yet to attract significant funding.

2. More enterprise firms than ever are working on blockchain PoCs

Enterprise blockchain projects are moving to market, but slowly.

According to CoinDesk Research, at least 70 distinct proof-of-concepts (PoCs) devoted to the technology have been launched, with these projects seeing involvement from more than 100participants.

Yet, as in the investment sector, financial incumbents have yet to signal to the market the types of projects they deem as the most viable.

In attempts to classify publicly announced PoCs, CoinDesk Research found that they have been directed at as many as 25 distinct topics. Early indications suggest banking, insurance, post-trade settlement and trade finance could emerge as likely areas of future implementation.

However, here the data isn’t exactly clear.

More notable are the upticks in participation from major banks and stock exchanges, which are to date the most active sector.

3. The top cryptocurrencies are cementing their place in the market

While digital currencies (or digital assets, as they are sometimes now called) have a reputation for volatility, there are signs that the market has at least reached consensus on which ones it sees the most future value in.

One of the more notable findings of the report is that the top four cryptocurrencies by market cap were the same in Q1 as they were in Q3.

Bitcoin remains the largest (with nearly $10bn in market cap), but others are gaining interest, most notably ethereum (its digital currency ether is the only other to boast a market cap above $1bn).

Yet, bitcoin’s market share is declining, indicating that investors in the public blockchain space perhaps see the potential for the “blockchain” of the future to be a fabric of multiple blockchains.

In total, the percent of the total cryptocurrency market cap held by alternative cryptocurrencies rose to 21% in Q3, up 2% from Q2 and 4% from Q1.

4. Public blockchain startups are seeking markets beyond bitcoin

Supporting the conclusions above is that many formerly bitcoin-first startups are signaling support for alternative digital currencies (by offering services to their blockchains).

Perhaps nowhere has this been more apparent than in the exchange sector, as nearly all the top bitcoin exchanges now offer support for ether, the native currency on the ethereum blockchain.

CoinDesk Research finds that public blockchain startups seem increasingly keen to offer support services to multiple blockchains, provided there’s an easy way to adapt there services for the market.

For example, exchanges and miners have shown the most support for ethereum, with startups dedicated to providing consumer onramps to bitcoin perhaps emerging as a notable holdout.

Among major bitcoin brokerages, for example, few are offering buy and sell services for more alternative cryptocurrencies.

5. Bitcoin remains the media darling, but blockchain is catching up

But while the bitcoin industry sees a business opportunity in alternative blockchains, the media has perhaps been slow to adapt.

CoinDesk Research finds that despite growing blockchain hype, bitcoin remains the predominant area of focus for major media publications.

One reason for this lag may be that major search engines show that potential readers are still enamored with the ability to earn money from interest and activity in the public blockchain markets, namely bitcion.

As shown in search queries, “price” remains the most popular supporting term for “bitcoin” and “ether” searches.

6. Central bank interest is on rise and likely to continue

In the world of government, activity is increasing in line with emerging enterprise and continued public interest.

CoinDesk Research reveals that major financial institutions around the globe are now exploring the technology, though there has been a notable uptick in government interest in Asia.

As shown by recent announcements from the government of Singapore in Q4, this trend is showing no signs of slowing.

Perhaps most encouraging for the technology is that with top central banks exploring the technology, there remains the possibility that they could even come to play an active role in encouraging and promoting its development in Q4 and beyond.


For more findings and takeaways, download your full copy of our Q3 State of Blockchain.

Images via Caroline Terree for CoinDesk

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