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Don’t Overlook Cardano (ADA) on Coinbase

Cardano (ADA)–When the news of Coinbase “exploring” five new cryptocurrencies broke two weeks ago, it was clear that two coins were in the front-running for addition to the exchange: Stellar Lumens XLM and Cardano’s ADA.

In that time, Stellar nearly doubled in price, jumping 77% in value from 0.18 USD to a relative high of 0.31 USD. While the price of XLM has since fallen to 0.28 USD, Cardano has yet to see the same extent of price movement. It gives the appearance that the market is acting on the assumption that Stellar is the most likely candidate for being the first new currency listed on Coinbase.

However, Cardano has a strong case as well. While there is a chance the exchange is looking to add multiple currencies, perhaps in an effort to stave off the inevitable price run that will accompany the initial listing, it seems unlikely given how disastrous the Bitcoin Cash addition was handled. Not only did BCH create erratic pricing on GDAX (since relabeled Coinbase Pro), that saw investors burned when the price leapt from 2800 USD to 3900 USD, and back again in the span of an hour, Coinbase will bide its time rather than attempting the ambitious project of simultaneous listing.

Which leaves us with the question: will Stellar or Cardano be listed first on Coinbase?

There is a significant amount of overlap in some of the more appealing features of both XLM and ADA to be in the front-running for listing on Coinbase. For one, both currencies offer high supply, low price-per-coin cryptos that will stand in stark contrast to the rest of Coinbase’s current selection. The reason XRP grabbed so much price traction at the beginning of the year, when the coin was being tied to the U.S.-based exchange as a possible addition, is because of the attractive investment opportunity it offered for Coinbase’s 13 million customers.

Both ADA and XLM occupy a top ten position by market capitalization–and have for most of the year–lending a high profile addition that Coinbase customers are sure to recognize. In addition, they are high supply coins, with 26 billion and 19 billion circulating supply for Cardano and Stellar, respectively. In that regard, both currencies offer a significant advantage to Coinbase customers, in that they have psychologically attractive price points compared to the current offering. While investors may be enthusiastic to put money into projects like Cardano and Stellar, which have gained substantial traction in the industry through partnerships, it gives the average Coinbase investor access to a cheap coin for the first time in recent memory. Particularly to the more casual investors, or those who have less interest in price speculation and would like to play around with owning a bag of coins, ADA and XLM hitting Coinbase will provide a level of novelty that the exchange has lacked over the previous year.

Cardano also comes with the presence of long-time industry figure Charles Hoskinson. Given the relationship with Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, who worked for Coinbase, and the conglomeration of industry-figures (focused via Vitalik Buterin) backing Ethereum, Coinbase has shown a predilection for listing coins that have the support of major industry leaders. While Stellar was founded by Jed McCaleb, who created both Mt. Gox and Ripple, Hoskinson has had his hand in a number of projects as well. He was a co-founder of Ethereum in 2014 before leaving the team to found IOHK. His vision spawned from the Ethereum departure led to the creation of Cardano and the ADA currency. He has grabbed the attention of research groups and academics interested in the technology of cryptocurrency, as evidenced by the team’s recent trip to Google’s London office.

In addition to the attractive price features of the coin, Cardano would pair nicely with Ethereum as a cryptocurrency that offers more than just transaction potential. Coinbase has outlined its criteria for pursuing new projects, which falls heavy on promoting decentralization and best practices in the cryptospace. Cardano offers innovation, as well as having the team and focus to be a good ambassador for the positive aspects of cryptocurrency. While it seems likely that the exchange is eyeing both XLM and ADA for addition to its service, it would be a mistake to overlook the potential of Cardano and what it could offer through a high-profile listing on Coinbase.

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Cardano (ADA) Search Volume Spikes Following Coinbase Announcement

Cardano (ADA)–The eighth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization continues to gain momentum following the landmark announcement by U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.

On Friday, Coinbase made waves across the industry by announcing it’s exploration into five new cryptocurrencies: Basic Attention Token (BAT), Zcash (ZEC), Stellar (XLM), 0x (ZRX), and Cardano (ADA). While some cryptocurrency communities felt snubbed by the lack of mention, the five coins selected rejoiced over the potential exposure to 13 million customers and subsequent price appreciation that Coinbase listing would entail. 

On cue, all five cryptocurrencies experienced significant pumps in pricing following the announcement, as investors scrambled to buy the coins at a lower value than what they hoped would be offered from the outset on Coinbase. In addition to the price appreciation, Cardano experienced a wave of invigorating interest. Judging by the data published on Google Trends, Cardano is nearing a peak in search volume over the last 90 days, with interest more than doubling before and after the news tying ADA to Coinbase.

Prior to Friday, Google search volume for Cardano was exhibiting a typical fluctuation over time, with the currency’s interest trending below it’s historical average. However, following the announcement by Coinbase that they were exploring ADA, Cardano search volume displayed a sharp increase, doubling its trending output in less than 24 hours.

Google Trends has been used as indicator in the past for both price interest as well as judging the popularity of the coin. While Google’s published data tends to lag several days behind actual search numbers (at least on the more reliable 90+ day charts), it does give an indication that Cardano is achieving renewed interest among investors and cryptocurrency enthusiasts. An increase in search volume has almost universally correlated to an in increase in price for a coin, with Cardano pushing a 22% appreciation in value since the Coinbase release. Search volume tends to have a snowballing effect. As more investors see the price of a currency rise, they start searching for general information on the investment or a reasoning for the price pump. This leads to greater interest in the coin, in addition to more investment dollars. While Google Trends and price appreciation suffers from a “chicken or the egg” debate (do coin prices rise because of interest, or vice-versa?), Cardano’s steep increase in search volume is good for both short term price appreciation and long term adoption.

Cardano, through the efforts of the IOHK team and CEO Charles Hoskinsons, has developed a strong media and community presence, hosting a regular dialogue with both investors and enthusiasts to keep  them up-to-date on coin news. Of the five cryptocurrencies under exploration by Coinbase, Cardano has quietly put together an impressive list of fresh news and development, ranging from the applications of Ouroboros in solving the issue of Proof of Stake, to a recent trip to the Google offices in London, sparking speculation over a possible partnership.

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How Cardano (ADA) Plans to Solve Proof of Stake

Cardano (ADA)–Coming off the positive news of a potential partnership with Coinbase, Cardano’s ADA has benefited from a pump in price over the weekend.  Investors and enthusiasts alike seek to reverse the losses of 2018’s bear cycle, both in anticipation of the buying power of Coinbase’s 13 million+ customers and also in appreciation for what the IOHK team has been able to accomplish in advancing  their cryptocurrency.

While the appreciation in price has been a welcome change for investors suffering through 90% loss in value since January’s all-time high (a figure in-step with most market losses), the team behind Cardano is more excited for how their innovative protocol will bring change to the landscape of Proof of Stake. Named Ouroboros, the Cardano protocol seeks to reinvent Proof of Stake blockchain verifying, while also ensuring the security of user funds.

In April, IOHK Founder and CEO (the company behind Cardano), tweeted a research paper lauding the improvements of his company on bringing the level of sophistication of PoS to the more mature field of Proof of Work (what Bitcoin’s blockchain functions on).

As Hoskinson points out in a following tweet, one of the immediate benefits of Proof of Stake over its competition PoW is the fractional amount of computing power and electricity required to secure the blockchain. While Bitcoin and other PoW currencies continue to grab headlines for their substantial electricity drain by miners, Cardano is looking to offer efficiency in addition to security,

The underlying idea of PoS is that users vote or “stake” with their coins on the network, thereby accruing interest–in the form of freshly minted, distributed tokens at regular intervals–for their participation. The protocol incentivizes a cryptocurrency userbase to be active on the network, helping with the facilitation of transactions and securing the blockchain, while not requiring the processor-draining power of PoW. Given the looming reality of a global population invested in crypto, PoS is being examined as a more sustainable route to securing blockchains. As the aforementioned research paper states,

Proof-of-stake-based (in short, PoS-based) blockchains aim to overcome scalability, efficiency, and composability limitations of the proof-of-work paradigm, which underlies the security of several mainstream cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin.

However, until this point, Proof of Stake has remained a largely unproven protocol, at least in comparison to PoW. Given the market share and length of the time that Bitcoin has been functioning as a currency, PoW has had the time to mature in both technological development, as well as being proven secure for blockchain transactions and consensus. PoS lacks the same level of trialing, but IOHK believes they have silenced the doubts related to staking through Ouroboros. Speaking to CoinDesk, IOHK Chief Scientist behind Ouroboros Aggelos Kiayias had this to say of his protocol,

“Contrary to [other proof-of-stake protocols], we developed Ouroboros together with a formal proof of security that the protocol indeed captures the security properties of a robust transaction ledger like bitcoin.”

The key to both IOHK and the development of Cardano has been on the emphasis of scientific rigor and putting the concepts and technology through the process of peer-reviewing. While this has given the Cardano team an impressive collection of academics and industry leading minds to work with, it also presents the company in a more vetted light–which stands in stark contrast to much of the industry. Hoskinson’s regular engagement with the ADA community, in addition to big-name third parties like Google, is a welcome touch. But the currency’s main draw continues to be in the belief that the best technology, backed by the best team of developers will rise to the top. Time will tell how Ouroboros and the Proof of Stake can change the landscape of cryptocurrency.

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