The Proliferation of Crypto-assets

  • Henri Arslanian
  • Fabrice Fischer


While Bitcoin claimed the title of the world’s first crypto-asset, it was certainly not the last. In this chapter, we will explore how the success of Bitcoin, and a desire to deliver new types of services on public blockchains, led to an explosion in the number and valuation of crypto-assets in the years following its launch. We will provide a brief overview of the state of crypto-assets at the time of writing, consider the various ways in which new assets come into existence, and dedicate particular attention to the sale of new crypto-assets commonly called an initial coin offering.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henri Arslanian
    • 1
  • Fabrice Fischer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Blu ltdHong KongHong Kong

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