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How crypto rebels are thriving on the edge of the market abyss

Take a closer look at how crypto companies are thriving on the edge of the crypto market abyss - including their mindset, focus, and secret weapons.

Posted October 11, 2023

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Janine Grainger – Co-Founder and CEO, Easy Crypto

The catch cry of innovation is: rise when the market falls. Smart crypto companies are using what some have called Bitcoin’s “longest bear market” in history to implement a two-speed approach to product leadership; with an eye on the challenges of today while implementing forward-looking strategies that will improve crypto uptake for everyone.  

In this blogpost, I attempt to unpack how these rebels are thriving on the edge of the market abyss – including their mindset, focus and secret weapons. 

Innovate or evaporate – the rebel’s mindset

Innovation is at the core of the crypto revolution. Bitcoin itself emerged in the wake of the last Great Financial Crisis in 2008 as a response to the need for a decentralised, secure alternative to traditional fiat currencies.

Likewise, some of the most iconic innovations in crypto today are those that rose from obscurity during market lows. They dared to dream bigger and to innovate when others dared not.

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Consider the remarkable rise of Ethereum born during a period of crypto-market turbulence.

Ethereum’s visionary founder, Vitalik Buterin, chose to be bold when others hesitated with an innovative smart contract platform that not only weathered the storm but became the foundation for countless decentralised applications, solidifying its position as a crypto titan.

What are smart contracts? Read more in our guide.

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Others who have used this two-speed approach include Chainlink, Cardano and Polkadot – seizing their moments during market lows by recognising that innovation should proceed regardless of market conditions.

These projects laid the groundwork for transformative blockchain technologies – Chainlink pioneered secure data connectivity for smart contracts; Cardano’s focus on research and scalability set new standards; and Polkadot’s multi-chain network interconnected diverse blockchains, enhancing overall blockchain utility.

All of them have since become essential components of the crypto ecosystem.

Their collective mindset? Innovate or evaporate.

When others are retreating and the landscape is rife with fear and uncertainty, innovators take a bold step forward.

Further reading: Read our in-depth guides on Ethereum, Chainlink, Cardano, and Polkadot.

Innovating on a shoestring – the rebel’s advantage

During a crypto market downturn, the rules of the game change. The innovative rebel will seize this cost-efficient moment to make their mark by taking a mindset that innovation on a shoestring is now possible.

Resources that were once exorbitant become far more affordable including top-notch talent, cutting-edge technology and R&D – often available at a fraction of the price.

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With competition hibernating, these rebels can venture into uncharted territories – whether this is exploring new markets, developing revolutionary product solutions, or offering unique services.

They understand that this is the time to diversify and conquer and by doing so, they hedge against market volatility and defy convention.

It’s a win-win for rebels and established giants alike.

Regulatory savvy – a rebel’s secret weapon

Regulation looms large in the crypto world, and market downturns often bring about a heightened level of scrutiny.

The crypto rebel welcomes these challenges and will proactively address compliance issues, adapting to new regulations with finesse, and positioning themselves as a responsible industry leader.

Infact, those at the forefront of innovation aren’t just following regulation; they’re shaping it. They actively advocate for policies that support the crypto revolution and influence regulatory decisions.

They understand that by leading the charge, they create a more favourable environment for the entire industry.

In doing so, they become investor magnets because investors are drawn to those who can navigate turbulent regulatory waters.

Their commitment to long-term success and an ability to adapt to evolving regulations is what gains investor confidence and solidifies their position in the market.

Immortality: a rebel’s focus

Market downturns force rebels to refocus on what truly matters: their user base.

They focus on enhancing user experiences, eliminating pain points and cultivating customer loyalty because they know that when the crypto world awakens from its slumber, they’ll have a devoted army of users ready to ride the next wave and this is what guarantees immortality. 

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At the end of the day, the crypto world belongs to the rebels who thrive when the market falls – leveraging low costs, navigating regulations and building a future for themselves and the industry.

When others retreat, they charge forward, creating a legacy in the ever-evolving crypto universe.

Innovation during market downturns isn’t about quick wins; but rather long-term vision. Rebels understand that patience is a virtue and while others chase short-term gains (survival), they focus on building the foundation for lasting success (thriving). 

When the market rebounds, they will be the ones who thrive.

Disclaimer: Crypto is volatile, carries risk and the value can go up and down. Past performance is not an indicator of future returns. Please do your own research.

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Disclaimer: Information is current as at the date of publication. This is general information only and is not intended to be advice. Crypto is volatile, carries risk and the value can go up and down. Past performance is not an indicator of future returns. Please do your own research.

Last updated October 11, 2023

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