Welcome to the Hodlgang, it's Taylor, your resident hodler and CEO of Hedgehog, where you can learn, track, and trade cryptocurrency. As is the case in every newsletter, there's a Ledger Nano S giveaway — to enter, just answer the question at the end.

29. This is going to be my 29th letter since starting this series back in July, 2021. To all those who have been here since the beginning, I tip my hat. To those who just joined, I tip my… other hat? Anyhow, here's a little Easter 🥚: at the 50th letter, as a big fat thank you, I’m going to do something special and reward our most consistently engaged readers. More to come on that… in 21 letters.

Anyways, today's letter is going to be on the shorter side – I've got way, wayyyyyyy too much coding to get done this week. Gotta do some data ingest stuff in Python so we can pull in, format, map, and merge coin data from dozens of sources (CoinMarketCap, Messari, etc.) to make sure our data is always up-to-date. Let's dive right in.

One of the things we try to do at Hedgehog is educate our community members on various crypto concepts.

You've probably heard the term "staking" quite a bit over the past couple of years... and no, it has nothing to do with porterhouses, but if you're not familiar with the concept, check out our explanation of staking [9 min read] on our blog.

Staking Cryptocurrencies
Last time Lipsa Das was here, she gave us the 411 on stablecoins. Today she elucidates the process of staking cryptocurrencies. With over $100 billion in total value currently staked in DeFi protocols (on ethereum alone), crypto staking has seen an exponential rise. With good reason, too — there ar…

Next we check the latest report on NFTs. It’s a 6 min read and absolutely worthwhile if you want to stay on top of all things related to these magical lil tokens.

NFTs, the New Frontier for Social Media
Olakunle Afolabi introduces Nafter, a social media startup betting that NFTs are the new Instagram posts. What would your reaction be if you were told, three years ago, that an audio recording of fart could be worth $100 today? If that doesn’t sound crazy enough, how about a simple tweet

And finally, here's the origin of Cardano's logo and name [3 min read]!

The Secret Meaning Behind Cardano’s Name and Logo
Hedgehog correspondent Ryan S. Gladwin returns to unveil the fruits of his esoteric research. Have you ever wondered where Cardano got its famous dotted logo? Or why the creators chose the name Cardano? At first glance it can appear random; once you dive deep enough on Reddit it may appear

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— Taylor

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