Open PhD Application

I am looking for a professor to supervise my research on blockchain history. A suitable title might be:

The Emergence of a Decentralized Token Economy: A Case Study of Counterparty

The idea is to view Counterparty as an experiment and write a case study report on it.

Crypto tokens were a brand new medium at the time. The participants’ objective were to find valuable uses for them, as communicated by the founders: “The primary goal of Counterparty is to enable entrepreneurs, developers, artists and more to build a new, productive economy.”

From studying the platform from 2014 through 2017 I should be able to answer:

  1. Why did early attempts of financial assets represented by crypto tokens tend to fail?
  2. Why did Counterparty lose the DeFi market to the arguably less safe and more centralized Ethereum blockchain?
  3. What events led to utility-less tokens, such as Rare Pepe trading cards, to become valuable collectibles on Counterparty?

I am very familiar with Counterparty. In 2014 I experimented with tokens which are now valuable collectibles. Under reasonable definitions I can even be considered the inventor of NFTs.

Throughout the years I have written several Counterparty Improvement Proposals and contributed open source code. My wallet, CounterTools, won the first prize at the 2016 Devparty Contest.

My dedication to this topic is clear enough. What I am now seeking is a professor with shared interests who will assist me in forming a proper research proposal and eventually supervising the thesis.

My educational background is Economics from 2004-2009 at the Norwegian School of Economics. I graduated with a Master of Science, majoring in Economic Analysis. In 2009 and 2010 I attended courses in programming at Harvard Summer School.

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