The Otonomist - January 2024 Issue

It is the last day of the month, which is when The Otonomist drops. In this January issue, we share a guide for newbies to crypto, opine about Central Bank Digital Currencies, and have a guest post about the use of AI in selecting investments.

Hope you had a good January and that February is even better!

Han, Founder and CEO, Otonomos


A Beginner's Guide to Crypto: Trials and Tribulations of a Web3 Newbie

Wallets, keys, chains, coins, block confirmations, mining, staking, validators, etc. are all novel terms that may intimidate new users of crypto.

So we thought it would be useful to share an anecdotical post by Simon, a member of our UK team who - by his own admission - is a total Web3 newbie.

Read all about Simon’s brave first step in Cryptolandia, showing that though crypto can still be quite bewildering, learning about how to become financially self-sovereign is fun and the best investment you’ll ever make.


CBDCs stands for Citizens’ Bondage via Dystopian Controls

CBDCs create the real possibility that we sleepwalk into a future in which our every economic interaction will be surveilled and permissioned.

In this month’s Unbounded Thinking section, James Kingston of our London desk dissects the main possible implementations of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and concludes that CBDCs are in equal part dangerous and dispensable.


The Investor Dilemma: Rely on Gut or Data to Select the Most Promising Ideas to Invest In

This guest post by a member of Cambridge University’s Blockchain Society brings an intriguing perspective to the art of startup-investing by highlighting the role AI and LLMs could play in the selection of the best ideas and teams.


February Fund Fest

The early part of the year is a good time to set up your own crypto investment fund and raise outside money, in time for the expected run-up in BTC followed by ETH in 2H2024 and altcoins in 2025 (a widely-shared prediction we repeat here so it becomes self-fulfilling!).

Early last year, we blogged extensively about the ease of launching your fund in the British Virgin Islands if your launch size is less than US$20MM.

To meet demand, we have since doubled up on our fund formation bench with dedicated experts ready to answer any questions you may have and we also have a special offer during February:

  • Book a FREE fund setup call during February (instead of the usual US$200).
  • Get 10% off your first BVI fund setup invoice if your order is paid before the end of the month February.

Next month in The Otonomist: “Where to Be or Not to Be”: An overview of the latest developments in the world’s leading crypto jurisdictions. Plus an update on Otonomos’ growth and roadmap. As always in your inbox and online on the last day of the month.

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