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  1. 1. What is Layer 0 in Blockchain technology?
  2. 2. What is layer 1 in Blockchain?
  3. 3. Second layer (layer 2) - what is it? 
  4. 4. Blockchain and its layers - What is layer three in Blockchain (L3)?
  5. 5. Ethereum 2.0 - What is it? 
  6. 6. Ethereum Proof-of-Stake (PoS) - what should you know?
  7. 7. Ethereum London Hard Fork - what is it ? 
  8. 8. What is the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) and how does it work?
  9. 9. Arbitrum: Ethereum scaling solution - everything you need to know
  10. 10. Polygon 2.0 - the value layer for the Internet
  11. 11. Ethereum ERC-4337 - what is it and how does this standard work?
  12. 12. What is an ERC20 token and how is it created?
  13. 13. The ERC-721X VS ERC-721 Standard – Key Differences!
  14. 14. What is cryptocurrency burning?
  15. 15. Examples of the use of WEB3 on the blockchain
  16. 16. What is Web5? 
  17. 17. Blockchain Oracle - what are oracles? 
  18. 18. Polkadot - Decentralized blockchain and DOT cryptocurrency
  19. 19. Polkadot Parachain - Next-generation blockchain
  20. 20. Interoperability in the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain
  21. 21. What is Blockchain sharding?
  22. 22. Mainnet versus Testnet on the Blockchain. The complete guide!
  23. 23. MINA Protocol: the lightest blockchain in the world!
  24. 24. Sustainable Blockchain - Proof of Useful Work & Flux
  25. 25. Cosmos SDK: Building the Blockchain Ecosystem
  26. 26. What is cross-chain interoperability in Blockchain technology?
  27. 27. Blockchain trilemma - explanation of the problem. What is the impact on cryptocurrency payments?
  28. 28. Non-fungible tokens and NFT exchanges
  29. 29. How to make money with NFT?
  30. 30. What is the NFT licence fee?
  31. 31. NFT Gas Fee - what is it? How can you reduce your gas fee?
  32. 32. The main differences between static NFT and dynamic NFT
  33. 33. What is minting an NFT?
  34. 34. What are NFT Ordinals? A guide to Bitcoin NFT.
  35. 35. What is KnowOrigin NFT, and how does it work?
  36. 36. ERC-6551 - the new NFT standard. What does it bring to the non-exchangeable token sector?
  37. 37. What is NFT Lending all about? An innovative solution in the world of cryptocurrencies!
  38. 38. The Metaverse – a new virtual world
  39. 39. Metaverse – TOP 15 virtual reality projects
  40. 40. Technical analysis – is it worth using?
  41. 41. Trading order types: stop loss, trailing stop loss, LIMIT
  42. 42. Market Cap versus Fully Diluted Market Cap - the most important differences you should know!
  43. 43. Set up of Stop Loss and Take Profit orders
  44. 44. What are DeFi liquidity pools?
  45. 45. Real Yield in DeFi - what is this trend? What does it consist of?
  46. 46. Vampire Attacks in Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Explanation and Examples
  47. 47. What are wrapped tokens 
  48. 48. What are security tokens?
  49. 49. What are Social Tokens? 
  50. 50. Liquidity Provider Tokens (LPs). What are they, and why are they so important?
  51. 51. What is the Lightning Network, and how does it work?
  52. 52. What is Play-to-Earn (P2E) and how does it work?
  53. 53. Cryptocurrency steps - What is move to earn M2E?
  54. 54. Segregated Witness - what is Segwit Bitcoin all about?
  55. 55. What are Decentralized Cryptocurrency DEX Exchanges?
  56. 56. What is Curve Finance?
  57. 57. What is GameFi and how does it work?
  58. 58. What is Proof of Reserves (PoR)? How does it work?
  59. 59. DAO Investment: A revolution in the world of finance and investment
  60. 60. What is MakerDAO and DAI Stablecoin?
  61. 61. What is the SubDAO protocol, and how does it work?
  62. 62. How to Create Your Own Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO)?
  63. 63. Atomic Swap: What is an atomic swap, and how does it work with cryptocurrencies?
  64. 64. What Is Cryptocurrency Vesting? What Are Its Advantages?
  65. 65. What Is the Metaplex Candy Machine Protocol? How Does It Work?
  66. 66. What Is the BNB Greenfield Ecosystem?
  67. 67. What Is Slashing in Cryptocurrencies?
  68. 68. Royalties – What Are They? How Does This Type of Licensing Fee Work?
  69. 69. What is TradFi? The importance for cryptocurrencies!
  70. 70. What is the Real World Asset (RWA) trend in cryptocurrencies? Explanation and examples!
  71. 71. Pyth Network: a powerful oracle harnessing the power of Solana!
  72. 72. What are stables in the world of cryptocurrencies?
  73. 73. What Is Binance Oracle?
  74. 74. Shibarium: A new era in the Shiba Inu ecosystem?
  75. 75. What is an ETF? How will an exchange-traded fund on bitcoin work?
  76. 76. Symmetric and asymmetric encryption - key cryptography techniques!
  77. 77. Hedging in cryptocurrencies - great portfolio protection against risk!
  78. 78. How to create your own cryptocurrency? 
  79. 79. What is a Dusting Attack in cryptocurrencies? How to protect against it?
  80. 80. What is a Black Swan?
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64. What Is Cryptocurrency Vesting? What Are Its Advantages?

The cryptocurrency sector regularly sees new crypto projects seeking capital. Very often these projects offer their tokens during events such as crowdfunding or coin offerings. However, with time, the value of the tokens offered by these projects changes. This is determined by various factors, including supply and demand. To stabilize the value of these tokens, vesting has emerged. But what exactly is it?

Crypto Vesting – Definition

Vesting in cryptocurrencies is setting aside a portion of the total supply of the tokens in question and releasing them to the market when the project meets predetermined conditions. The period during which these tokens are frozen is called vesting or token lock up.

Investors are not allowed to make any transactions with these tokens during the vesting. What is the purpose of such an action? The process is supposed to reduce market manipulation and token dumping. This, in turn, is supposed to improve the stability of a given project.

All right, but what happens when these tokens are unfrozen? They are usually given to early investors in a project, as a reward or gift for loyalty.

How Does Crypto Vesting Work?

In its operation, cryptocurrency vesting relies on the use of smart contracts. These smart contracts hold the tokens until certain predefined conditions are met by the project. The specific conditions are determined by the founders of the project during its creation.

The conditions for unlocking the tokens can be based on various factors, such as the duration of the project or the completion of specific stages. For example, a condition could be set to unfreeze a certain percentage of tokens when the project reaches a specific milestone, such as generating $10,000 in revenue after one month. Another condition could be tied to the completion of a particular stage, such as unfreezing a percentage of tokens when the tokenomics phase is finished, which is the second stage of the project.

Such specified time frames are referred to as the lock-up period of a token or the vesting period. It can range from six months to several years, even after the token has been introduced to the market.

To recap: Cryptocurrency vesting is the locking of tokens for a predetermined period. During this time, we do not have any access to these coins until the vesting period expires, agreeing to a predetermined schedule.

How Are Tokens Released for Cryptocurrency Vesting?

Such a schedule is closely linked to the roadmap of a given project. This way investors, employees or other stakeholders know in advance when they will get their tokens. After this period, we receive a percentage of the tokens, which will be transferred to our cryptocurrency wallet. We can sell, exchange or farm the coins thus received.

Depending on the project, the vesting schedule for tokens can be divided into three main types: linear, graded, or cliff.

Linear Vesting

Tokens are released in a linear amount and time. That is, the number of tokens and their release periods are proportional. For example, 15% of tokens are released into circulation every 7 months.

Graded Vesting

It allows for the release of varying amounts of vested tokens at different intervals. This customized schedule aligns with the specific preferences of the project. For instance, it might involve releasing 15% of the coins after 6 months, an additional 15% after another 3 months, and the remaining 6% after the 8th month.

Cliff Vesting

The most complex vesting structure is one that establishes the start of the vesting program based on the investor’s ability to maintain liquidity in the project for a specific duration. Once this period is fulfilled, the vesting process continues using either a linear or graded vesting approach.

Who Is Involved in the Vesting Schedule?

In cryptocurrency vesting we have three key parties: the vesting company, the investor and the vested.

The vesting company establishes a vesting schedule and sets rules and regulations. It develops a plan to ensure that the vested person fulfils his or her obligations and earns rewards.

An investor is a person, or a group, interested in a particular project and the token offered. Investors can also provide additional funding for the project, interesting leads and support on many levels.

A vestee is an individual or group that receives a reward (token). It is the vestee who is responsible for fulfilling his or her obligations that arise from the vesting agreement. They must be ready to comply with all rules and regulations set by the vesting company.

Benefits of Crypto Vesting

  1. It allows a given project to create a healthy token economy.
  2. Tokens are released in stages.
  3. It limits market manipulation.
  4. Crypto vesting protects holders of the tokens in question from even extreme price fluctuations.
  5. It reduces the chance of pump-and-dump scams.
  6. It also “buys” a given project more time to fine-tune its products and services.

Summary

As you can see, there are quite a few advantages of cryptocurrency vesting. It is also not a complicated process. Thanks to our lesson today, you can easily understand it.

Get familiar with the practice, benefits, and most importantly, the aforementioned features of vesting. By doing so, you will be able to make more informed financial decisions and seize the opportunity to invest in a truly promising cryptocurrency project.