Crypto is a Complex Topic.
We encourage anyone with an open mind to keep reading, watching and listening about crypto assets. The more you learn, the more you will become intrigued by this fascinating technology.
Please find below an array of resources suitable for everyone, from the beginner to fellow crypto experts.
Crypto Assets: What makes them valuable?
A difficulty with a new asset class is understanding why they exist, how they operate and why they are valuable.
In this latest research report by Apollo Crypto, we go back to basics to answer this last vital question: how and why do crypto assets become valuable?
To answer this question, we look at the four fundamental asset classes: equity, debt, commodities and currencies. We interrogate these asset classes – how and why are each of these established asset classes valuable? Despite crypto assets being complex, made all the more difficult by their intangible nature, we learn that crypto assets aren’t as unfamiliar as perhaps first thought.
Swell Network is an innovative new Ethereum liquidity staking protocol, making staking easier for ETH holders. Whether it be liquid stakers of ETH or users wanting to run their own staking nodes, the Swell Network platform enables these users to maximise their Ethereum staking yield and contributes to a healthier and more decentralised Ethereum staking ecosystem.
This report provides readers with an overview of Ethereum 2.0, ways users can stake ETH, and an in-depth analysis of Swell Network, a decentralised, liquid staking protocol that Apollo Crypto is advising and has invested in.Read more info
Solv Protocol and NFT Financialisation
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have experienced unprecedented growth, traction, and value creation over the past two years, with ‘blue chip’ collections such as Bored Ape Yacht Club and Crypto Punks becoming well known and desired by the crypto native community. In their simplest form, NFTs provide verifiable authenticity, ownership, and scarcity over a distinct, digitally-native good or asset. For the most part, these properties are facilitated by the popular ERC-721 standard, an open standard that describes how to build NFTs on EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) compatible blockchains.
The Solv Protocol and NFT Financialisation Report covers the new wave of NFT financialisation broken down into two distinct categories:
- The use of NFT token standards in Decentralised Finance (DeFi); and
- Using NFTs in DeFi to enhance liquidity, utility, and yield.
Yield in Crypto
The Apollo Crypto Market Neutral Funds seek to generate a meaningful absolute return for investors while reducing the volatility of investing in crypto assets. We are excited to share a sample of the various strategies utilised by the funds outlined in the report.Read more info
Pendle Finance Report
Apollo Crypto has always sought to provide transparent, clear information about the wonderful world of crypto assets.
In this 24 page report, we analyse Pendle Finance and the respective sectors of DeFi the project sits under; Yield Tokenisation and Fixed Rates.Read more info
Crypto & ESG Report
Over the course of 2021, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) in crypto has been a strong topic of conversation, particularly in the wake of bitcoin’s strong price movement and increase in global adoption. At Apollo Crypto we pay strong attention to ESG within crypto and would like to address concerns over the possible negative externalities associated with ESG and crypto assets.Read more info
In this 15 page report, we analyse the necessity for interoperability in the crypto asset market, the mechanics behind Chainflip, and the competitive landscape of interoperable protocols.
We want to thank Simon Harman from the Chainflip team for the help and feedback received throughout this report.Read more info
Crypto Assets Explained: Understanding the Basics of a New Asset Class
11 page e-book
Produced by Apollo Capital, this short e-book provides a gentle introduction to crypto assets. We explain what they are, the forces driving innovation, why there is such a big fuss about them and why they have a bad reputation. Given the disruptive potential of crypto assets, everyone should at least know the basics. This e-book is a great place to start.Get more info
How Bitcoin Works in 5 Minutes
5 minute video
A non-technical introduction to how Bitcoin works.
Why Bitcoin Is the Best form of Money
15 minute video
Often citizens of developed countries take money for granted. As a young boy growing up in Argentina, a country ravaged by hyper-inflation during the 80s and 90s, the life of Wences Casares is eye-opening. Wences takes us through the evolution of money from 100,000 years ago to nowadays and Bitcoin, the most superior form of money the world has seen.
3 Common Myths About Crypto
35 minute video
1. Crypto is anonymous and criminal
2. There is no use case for crypto and
3. Crypto is just about currency. If you find yourself agreeing to any of these statements, this video is a must watch. It is an excellent, clear explanation of why these are myths and why there is so much more to crypto.
A Billion Dollar Hedge Fund Manager Investing In Crypto
45 minute audio
Roy Niederhoffer manages almost a billion dollars of assets in his hedge fund. This podcast is a fascinating insight into why an investor accustomed to investing in traditional assets is also investing in crypto.Get more info
Bitcoin: Is It Too Late?
18 minute video
Mike Maloney, an expert on money, economics and investing breaks down Bitcoin’s price movement since inception and the importance of zooming out and taking a long term horizon with this new asset class.
Ethereum, DeFi and NTFs, What Are They And Why Are They So Important?
70 minute video
A thought leader in traditional finance and crypto, Raoul Pal, discusses the current macro world landscape and how Ethereum, DeFi and NFTs will play a role in the global economy in the future.
Crypto Compared To The Early Days of the Internet
30 minute video
Naval Ravikant is CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He is a prolific angel investor, including an early investor in Twitter. He foresaw the rise of altcoins long before most. Interestingly, Naval suggests the best way to invest in crypto assets is through a Fund. In this discussion, Naval compares crypto to the early days of the internet, and the evolution of both
From the Internet’s Past to the Future of Crypto
25 minute audio
Marc Andreessen is a tech pioneer and venture capitalist. After co-authoring the world’s first internet browser and co-founding Netscape Communicator, Marc co-founded Venture Capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. As a venture capitalist, it is Marc’s job to identify and invest in the most promising technologies. And he’s very good it, having invested in Facebook, AirBnb, Coinbase (a crypto exchange), Groupon, Skype, Twitter and many more successful tech companies. This podcast is a fascinating insight into the parallels of the evolution of the internet and the evolution of crypto assets.Get more info
Why Bitcoin is Different
9 minute read
A common question we receive at Apollo Capital is “why can’t someone simply build another Bitcoin?” The answer is they can, just like someone could build another Facebook. But, would anyone use it? This article explains how Bitcoin is different from other crypto assets and ICOsGet more info
Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
An excellent history of Bitcoin, including stories from some of the first people involvedGet more info
History Of Decentralized Finance Explained
18 minute video
Finematics is one of the best free resources on youtube for learning about crypto and DeFi. In this video the host gives a breakdown of Decentralised Finance and all of the financial uses cases Ethereum possesses
The Quiet Master of Cryptocurrency
2 hrs 30 min audio
Nick Szabo is the technical visionary around Bitcoin. He developed Bit Gold in 1998 ( similar to Bitcoin) and coined the term smart contract 25 years ago (now implemented in Ethereum). Naval Ravikant interviews Nick on the Tim Ferriss podcast. Nick and Naval cover a great deal of information, including Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, ICOs and BlockchainGet more info
The Bitcoin White Paper
The paper is highly technical at times, but is important to read given it was the genesis of crypto assetsGet more info
Smart Contracts - Simply Explained
4 minute video
A smart contract is a computer program or a transaction protocol which is intended to automatically execute, control or document legally relevant events and actions according to the terms of a contract or an agreement. This video explains the significance of this technological breakthroguh made by Nick Szabo imn 1998.
Proof-of-Work (Mining) vs Proof-of-Stake (Staking)
8 minute video
Proof-of-stake blockchains are becoming more favourable for reducing energy waste or other ESG concerns. This video outlines the mechanics for both methods of consensus and is particularly topical as Ethereum begins its transition to a 100% Proof-of-Stake protocol.
What Is Web 3.0?
4 minute video
“The web 3 world makes use of decentralized identity to take back control for the user, to enable us to establish blockchain based self-sovereign identities.” Applications built on decentralised blockchains will be a centerpiece for the transition from a web 2 economy to a web 3 economy. Joe Lubin a co-founder of Ethereum, beaks down this transition in this short video.