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By: Gabriel Dusil, co-Founder & General Manager, Adel Ecosystem Ltd.
Jessica Zartler, Director of Marketing & Communications, Adel Ecosystem Ltd.

In the revolution of emerging blockchain technologies, shifting from legacy models and habits to embrace this paradigm shift, occurs in iterations. Arguably, the most significant aspect of blockchain is decentralization, which allows for programmable trust, distributed ownership, and removes the necessity for third-party arbitration.

Money is flooding into cryptocurrency, seen by a market cap increase from 18 billion US$ to more than 600 billion US$ just in 2017. That is a 240 fold increase. With 99 percent of transactions still residing in centralized exchanges (, the shift to fully decentralized platforms is just on the horizon. Several major catalysts are contributing to the move to decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges, also known as DEXs.

DEXs are superior in security and provide instant account creation. However, in their current state of development, they lack liquidity and their user experience and user interface (UX/UI) are still immature compared to their centralized counterparts. Generally speaking, the more liquid the market, the less volatility, and price manipulation, making DEXs vulnerable at this stage. At the moment, investors are still walking a thin tightrope between friction and fluidity, causing growing pains before mass-market adoption.

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To understand the importance of this shift and what it means, we should understand how centralization affects the investment ecosystem, and explore the development steps needed for DEXs to reach their full potential. Centralized exchanges are platforms that allow investors and traders to buy, sell and exchange cryptocurrency against fiat or other crypto assets. Traders deposit funds and the exchange issues an IOU that is freely tradeable on their platform. When a trader wants to withdraw funds, the IOUs are converted back to currency and returned to the trader.

Centralized exchanges are an on-ramp for people with fiat currency (i.e. dollars, euros, yen or otherwise) to purchase cryptocurrency. While these exchanges allow movement from fiat to crypto, they are a prime target for hackers and have been taken for billions of dollars. Exchanges which follow regulatory guidelines have lengthy registration processes which further hinders investment speed. They also have service lags (brownouts or blackouts), and maybe susceptible to government shutdowns.

DEXs shift investments from a centralized third party to peer-to-peer transactions, through proxy tokens or assets or a multi-signature escrow system, among other solutions being developed. This allows investors to remain, sole custodians of their funds, rather than relinquish their private keys (the passwords used to secure their accounts) to centralized exchanges. DEX benefits include instantaneous account creation, elevated privacy, and decentralized server resilience, ensuring that the infrastructure cannot be shutdown.

If DEXs are the next evolution, why only a one percent market adoption? To begin with, the DEX concept is brand new. As centralized exchanges proceed through their own market maturity lifecycle, decentralized services are only at the starting gate. Because DEXs are blockchain driven, account control resides solely in the hands of the trader. If they lose their private key, or make a mistake when entering a buy or sell order, then there is no recourse – liability resides exclusively with the account holder, and there can be no finger-pointing. In addition:

  • Margin lending and other more advanced trading options are not yet available on DEXs.
  • There is a chicken-egg effect at play, resulting in low liquidity. Since transactions happen on the blockchain itself, there may be issues of scaling pressure if the connected blockchains have not been architected well.
  • Miners can see the blockchain transactions before they are cleared, resulting in front-running risk and market manipulation.
  • Fiat to crypto trading in DEXs will require the cooperation of banks which introduces a new centralized point of failure.

The list of challenges for DEX developers is long, however, they are making quick progress. Developing user-friendly interfaces (UX/UI) continues. Issues like liquidity, scalability and front-running are being solved with new technology models such as relayers, off-chain transactions, hardware-wallets, as well as using a hybrid of centralized and decentralized exchanges to pool liquidity.

Although development is happening at lightning speed, trading performance highlights o a huge gap in the market. While NASDAQ processes one million transactions per second, centralized crypto exchanges average just ten thousand per second. If development is any indicator of velocity, crypto exchanges estimate a ten-fold improvement in the next 12 months.

Progress continues and the momentum is starting to shift in the direction of DEXs, the next evolution of cryptocurrency investment. Those who can iterate the quickest, will unleash full speed liquidity and capitalize on the decentralized nature of blockchains.

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If you liked this article and would like to read more in this series, then check them out here:

▲ 1 ▲ The Right Path to Funding Decentralized Organizations

▲ 2 ▲ The Next Evolution in Funding Innovation

▲ 3 ▲ A Philosophy for Blockchain Integrity

▲ 4 ▲ A Collaborative Blockchain Incubator

▲ 5 ▲ Blockchain Diversity & Passion

▲ 6 ▲ Blockchain Startup Expertise

▲ 7 ▲ Blockchain Portfolio Diversification

▲ 8 ▲ Blockchain Incubation to Employment

▲ 9 ▲ From Blockchain Innovation to Execution

▲ 10 ▲ Blockchain Will Transform Retail Lending

▲ 11 ▲ The Next Evolution in Crypto Trading

▲ 12 ▲ Crypto Trading for Everyone

▲ 13 ▲ Architecting Crypto Financial Instruments

▲ 14 ▲ Crypto, For the People, By the People

▲ 15 ▲ The Crypto Uprising

▲ 16 ▲ Blockchain’s Disruption in 2020 & Beyond

About the Authors

Gabriel is a sales and marketing expert with over 25 years in senior positions at Motorola, VeriSign (acquired by Symantec in 2010 for 1.250 billion US$), and SecureWorks (acquired by Dell in 2011 for 612 million US$), and Cognitive Security (acquired by Cisco in 2013 for 25 million US$). He is a blockchain entrepreneur, with strengths in international business strategy. Gabriel has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Canada and expert knowledge in blockchain incubation, cloud computing, IT security, and video streaming, and Over the Top Content (OTT). Gabriel also runs his own company, Euro Tech Startups s.r.o., and manages a professional blog at

Jessica Zartler, Crypto Marketing

  • Jessica is an award-winning multimedia journalist, content strategy expert and digital marketing consultant with more than ten years of experience. Her work has appeared on several platforms including Forbes, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur. Fascinated by the burgeoning blockchain space, she loves to contribute to educational communication about the potential of this new technology for revolution, and the incentivization of fair, inclusive, and environmentally conscious business practices.
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  • Adel are custodians of its ecosystem and its community members
  • Mobilizing community expertise and resources
  • Voting, collaboration, and expert participation in projects
  • Leading FinTech adviser Jan Lamser joins Adel Board

Adel, an infrastructure aimed at developing, supporting and funding innovative startups using blockchain technology, announced its plan today for a month-long ICO which will open on the 1st of March, 2017. The Adel ecosystem consists of stakeholders, registered community members, staff, the Project Review Committee, and the Adel Board. Their vision is to create an ecosystem of innovative projects where members can participate in, mentor, and improve project plans. Adel offers a decentralized alternative to traditional venture capital funding, angel investments, and other established financial sources.

Co-founder and Board member, Gabriel Dusil comments, “We’re lucky to have this opportunity to introduce Adel to the evolution of blockchain technology. Our research team has identified an exciting untapped market opportunity:  providing parties interested in innovation with a community-based infrastructure to participate in long-term projects. By leveraging the emergence of blockchain as a service (BaaS), we created the Adel ecosystem so that participants have a collaborative platform to initiate, develop, showcase and fund their innovations.

Adel is a global community that is self-regulated, self-sustained, and offers its own economic ecosystem using the Adelphoi cryptocurrency token.  Adel is built on Nxt, the leading decentralized blockchain as a service platform, and Ardor, which is the next evolution of Nxt’s technology. Participation in startups will be decided by the Adel community, while successful ventures will be developed and issued as rewards to Adel’s stakeholders. The community and stakeholders will have the opportunity to introduce use cases that involve blockchain technology.

Jan Lamser, Co-founder and Board member adds, “We are very excited by the prospects of blockchain technology transforming many industries. The momentum created in distributed ledger solutions is impressive. There is a lot of energy and diversity amongst entrepreneurs in the FinTech industry who are looking for ways to harness blockchains. All too often, traditional approaches to mobilizing resources miss out on the potential of startups. Adel provides a forum of like-minded parties who understand these needs.”

High levels of integrity, ethics, compliance, and security are of the utmost concern for Adel’s founders. Ultimately, it is the collective vote of Adel’s members that decide which projects are launched and supported. Served by a staff of 18 people and still growing, Adel will empower the community and its members. Their mandate is to evaluate startups and provide guidance to the community.

Adel is a technology incubator for blockchain innovation – Dedicated to delivering a resilient ecosystem for its community. Adel is an infrastructure aimed at developing, supporting and funding innovative startups using blockchain technology. The ecosystem consists of stakeholders, community members, staff, a Project Review Committee, and the Adel Board. Its aim is to support projects where members can participate, mentor, and improve their business plans. Adel will harness blockchain as a service (BaaS) to create a collaborative platform for developing, showcasing and funding innovations. Adel is built on Nxt, the leading decentralized blockchain as a service platform, and Ardor, which is the next evolution of Nxt’s technology.

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It’s astonishing what people can achieve when they believe in something.

In January 2016 my friend, Michal Vavrek had an idea to create a community-based ecosystem to fuel project innovation. So he flew to Amsterdam to meet with the Nxt Foundation, and they agreed to support the project. A few weeks later Miša approached me to co-found the company with him, and we began working on what would become Adel.

Adel is a Technology Incubator for Blockchain Innovation

Here we are, 10 months later and we have a lot to show for our efforts. Our staff has grown to eighteen, and we are a global team and completely decentralized.  It’s been a team effort throughout this journey, and each member brings their own unique expertise to make us great. The team is filled with passion to make this project a huge success.

Over the next three months we’ll introduce Adel to the world, with white papers, projects, infographics, and other materials. Our activities in the next few months will lead us to our Internet Coin Offering (ICO) on the 1st of March 2017. These are exciting times for blockchain technologies, and Adel will soon be a major player in it’s evolution and innovation. Check out our new website, and learn about the exciting things we’re planning.

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