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Key factors to consider before starting a cryptocurrency startup

Key factors to consider before starting
a cryptocurrency startup

The cryptocurrency world is working extremely well right now,

to the point where Bitcoin, for example, manages to achieve some amazing results. Not only that but Ethereum is extremely popular, and there are tons of other cryptocurrencies which became very important on the market as well. So, it’s clear that you can find a demand for these types of products and services. The issue is, can this sustain a business for the long term? What should you focus on when you want to create a cryptocurrency startup?

Know what you want to achieve with your startup

 Creating a proper business plan for your cryptocurrency startup and knowing what you want to achieve with it is very important. You need to see if the idea is feasible and if people will work on it or invest in it. You need to make sure that implementing this type of idea will be worth it. Studying the market and seeing if there is any demand for something like this is a good start. Having a positive attitude and analyzing the competition is very helpful in this regard. You just need to have the right amount of commitment and focus and the results can be more than satisfactory in the end. But if you do things the right way, the outcome can indeed be astonishing and your cryptocurrency startup can grow beyond belief.

Focus on ideas, not money

Basically, you need to identify a problem in the industry and use the startup as the means to solve it. You will not be able to get a good startup going as long as you don’t have the right direction. Many startup CEOs in this industry focus only on the money they can make and you want to avoid this sort of thing. Snagging an idea and executing it the right way is very important. You need to understand what your business is all about and be creative about the entire process. Sometimes this will be extremely hard and challenging to do, but the overall rewards can be more than interesting in the end. The focus right now has to be on success and prevalence. It’s important for the cryptocurrency startup to have a mission and to identify what makes it special. According to Cvetko Kovac,

CEO of Cloud Mining Report:

With the rapid adoption of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies there has been a huge increase in interest in Bitcoin cloud mining. Unfortunately, there are some bad actors in the space. Hence our mission to provide unbiased, in depth cloud mining reviews of the very best companies. This is our mision, and it motivates us every day to make sure we protect the hundreds of thousands of people that read our reviews

Not having any direction is just screaming for trouble and you want to avoid things like that the best you can. It’s not going to be a walk in the park but you have to innovate if you want to stay ahead of the curve.

You need to focus on funding from sources that can help you grow

Opting for the right type of cryptocurrency startup is very important. You have to study the market, especially when it comes to cloud mining  and you also need to work very hard in finding investors for your business. In the cryptocurrency world, you can see a lot of VC funding and angel investors are chiming in too. Then you also have bootstrapping, which is a very popular funding option at this time too. There are some things to adapt here and there, but the entire process is seamless right now and it works extremely well. However, companies in the US need more funding to overcome legal hassle. Bootstrapping can be great for decentralized or offshore companies and this can be extremely handy.

Hiring key people right away will help you with later hassle

 Creating a good crypto-currency startup is all about finding the right team. Finding people that will embark on this type of journey with you may seem tricky at first but there are lots of persons who believe in the success of crypto-currencies. Searching for the right team members will be very time-consuming but it will certainly be worth it in the end, and that’s the type of thing that matters the most here. What you should focus on is finding the core of your team, those few people that truly believe in your ideas with all their hearts. Those people will bring the commitment and focus that you need from this type of experience. It’s certainly a tough challenge but there are tons of well-prepared people ready to help you achieve greatness.

Unclear regulations worldwide confuse an already unstable market

 The US is striving to create laws that pertain to the cryptocurrency world but the reality is that most countries out there don’t even seem to acknowledge the existence of cryptocurrencies based on their laws. As you can imagine, something like this does tend to lead to rather problematic situations. Formal cryptocurrency companies are constrained by some of the guidelines too. The US, for example, have some rather strict laws when it comes to creating this type of startup.

Then you have some other types of businesses that are opting for a more liberal climate. What is interesting is that they do end up losing a large market but by abandoning the regulatory jurisdiction, they get to remain free and stick to their beliefs. And you also have the type of cryptocurrency startup that just lives in the cloud. This is great because such companies exist on the idea of freedom, equality, a lack of censorship and prowess Basically, the focus has to be on investing the right amount of money into your ideas and making sure that you have a huge demand for your products or services. The cryptocurrency world is always evolving too so you need to be very creative and identify any means to optimize the tech as you see fit. But it can be done; you just have to use the ideas above to create the best cryptocurrency startup you can!

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Warning Signs That You’re About to Make a Big Business Mistake

Warning Signs That You’re About to Make a Big Business Mistake

‘honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.’

James Altucher says, ‘honesty is the fastest way

to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.’ Well, I’ll be honest with you, mistakes hurt. Mistakes—whether yours or someone else’s—bruise your ego and stir all sorts of fears and worries within you. You start to question yourself. You wonder what will happen next and what the worst case scenario may look like.

Mistakes suck, but mistakes also play an imperative role in your growth and success. For as Einstein said, ‘A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.’ Assuming you don’t wish to play it safe your entire life, you must accept that mistakes happen. After interviewing 163 experts, thought leaders, and all-round inspiring folk for my book, The Successful Mistake, I appreciate this more than most.

Some mistakes are unavoidable.

They are there to test and teach us. But what if I told you many of your mistakes were avoidable, and by looking in the right places, you could spot them before they happen? If I promised you such a good time, would you continue to read?

 

3 Warning Signs That Prevent Mistakes from Happening

Most mistakes begin small. They’re tiny little things that would barely register in your day. But because you pretend they don’t happen, disregard them, or make poor decisions on the back of them, these little mistakes grow into big mistakes, which in turn develop into life-altering failure. Certain mistakes are thrust upon you, and you cannot do much to avoid them. Yet many begin slowly, and by keeping your eyes open you can spot them before they spark to life. So if you notice any of the following, take note, for a mistake may be near.

 

1. You Get Complacent!

One of the biggest warning signs of all is when you grow complacent. We may enjoy the idea of an easy life, but the truth is, you need a challenge. When it comes to growing a successful business and life, this is never more true. You need to remain motivated. You need to keep pushing. Like a shark, if you’re not moving, you die. Such complacency lead to Thomas Frank’s biggest mistake of all. As he built College Info Geek while still at university, he was a busy boy indeed. Between studying, blogging, and marketing, he had little time to spare.

So as his site grew, he decided to cut back on his studies and take fewer classes. It made sense, after all, as more time spent on his business meant more chance of success. Yet with this extra unstructured time on his hands, Thomas grew complacent. Instead of growing, his business plateaued. He didn’t feel as motivated, and it wasn’t until he got this motivation back that College Info Geek continued its rise to fame.

2. You Get Stuck in your Own Head!

Although you may surround yourself with people at all times, this entrepreneurial roller coaster can be a lonely ride. It’s easy to get stuck in your own head, as you work on your ideas, your plans, and your growth. You become so fixated on your work that you shut yourself off to the rest of the world. You become blind to opportunity, mistakes, and everything else. You simply get lost in your own head, which is a dangerous place to lose yourself in.

Take John Corcoran, the co-founder of Rise 25, and a man who has built his career as a master connector. Today, John rubs shoulders with the best of the best, and has an enviable black book of contacts that most people would die for. Yet rewind to when he first started his business, and his days told a different picture. You see, despite building a successful career in politics, entertainment, and the tech scene, John desired more.

So, he started his own practice and got to work.

And work he did, so hard that he went months without networking. All those relationships he had built during his successful career slipped by the wayside. He condemned himself to a lonely entrepreneurial existence and had little to show for it. He was busy, sure, but did he grow? Was he happy? No. John got stuck in his own head, and it lead to what he described as his biggest business mistake of all. This entrepreneurial roller coaster is lonely enough as it is, so don’t make matters worse by keeping yourself to yourself.

3. Everyone Around You Says ‘Yes’

Yes is a dangerous word. If all you say is yes, you’re sure to drown under work, responsibility, and commitment. Yes doesn’t provide freedom; it offers nothing but imprisonment. Yet it isn’t only when you say yes that issues arise, When you’re surrounded by a bunch of yes men, mistakes are close by. Scott Oldford experienced this as he became a well known “web guy” at a very young age. During a period when most of us plucked up the courage to ask that girl or guy to the dance, Scott made large sums of money, won prestigious awards, and built an ever-growing business.

He had everything a teenager could desire, including a group of people who told him what he wanted to hear. One yes followed after another, and soon Scott began to believe the hype—creating Scott Oldford The Monster, as he described it. Scott soon lost everything he built. He had to start from scratch. He had to figure out who Scott Oldford was. I’m happy to say he’s doing just fine today, but only after he lost track of what truly matters.

That’s what happens when you surround yourself with ‘Yes.’

So if all you hear is that simple three-letter word—either from your own mouth, or from those around you—take note, a mistake may be near. Of course, warning signs like these won’t vanquish mistakes from your life. Some are unavoidable. Some provide invaluable lessons you need to experience. But the sooner you nip these mistakes in the bud, the eaier you’ll find your road to success. I learned this from speaking to those who have been there and done it—successful folk who are at the top of their game. I encourage you not to wait until you make your own mistakes. Instead, learn from others so you can fast-track your way to the finish line (today).

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Flimsy Floor? Bitcoin Charts Suggest Price Declines Still in Play

The price of bitcoin appears to be stabilizing.

Amid what has been a wild weekend in the crypto markets, BTC is now down just 5 percent in the last 24 hours to a value of $6,102. Yet, that number doesn't tell the whole story, as the cryptocurrency has been in the midst of heavy volatility after hitting a near three-week low below $5,600 earlier today.

As the charts show, the record rally from the September lows below $3,000 now appears to have topped out at $7,850 last week after a decision to abandon a controversial software upgrade triggered an unwinding of trading positions. The move appears to be sparking a migration of funds to alternative protocols, with bitcoin cash emerging as the primary beneficiary – effectively tripling in price since Thursday. So far, the bitcoin sell-off appears for real as volumes jumped 61 percent yesterday. A high volume sell-off is often considered as a sign of "panic," and the fact that Google search volumes revisited record highs further corroborates this view. So, the question now is, how low can prices go? If history is any guide, the current sell-off in bitcoin is likely to run out of steam below $5,000.

Case I: Rally from July low to September high

  • The rally topped out after the confirmation of the bearish relative strength index (RSI) divergence.
  • The sell-off ended around (marked by a circle) – 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement level ($2,988) and below the 100-day MA.
  • The RSI was oversold as well (marked by a circle).

Case II: Rally from April low to June high

  • Again, the rally ended after the confirmation of the bearish relative strength index (RSI) divergence.
  • The price drop came to a halt around (marked by a circle) – 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement level ($1,702) & below the 100-day MA. The RSI was oversold as well (marked by a circle).

It is quite clear that:

  • The rally ends with a bearish price RSI divergence.
  • The sell-off comes to a halt around the 61.8 percent Fib and below the 100-day MA.

Where is the floor?

The current retreat in prices looks similar to Case I and Case II as the rally ended with a bearish price RSI divergence. The RSI is trending lower and well short of the oversold territory. Thus, there is potential for a continued sell-off. The sharp recovery from the 50-day MA seen today indicates bitcoin could trade sideways for the next couple of days before resuming the drop. As historical data shows, the current sell-off is likely to leave a major higher low around the 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement ($4,855.59) and below the 100-day MA ($4,818). Over the next few days, the 100-day MA is seen sloping upwards to $5,000-$5,100 range.

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  • Prices could trade sideways over the next few days.
  • The current sell-off could come to a halt around $4,900-$5,000.
  • Only a multiple 1-hour closes above $6,500 would warrant caution on the part of the aggressive bears.

Price action discussed below could be considered as a sign of a bullish trend reversal:

  • A solid rebound from near 100-day MA & 61.8% Fibonacci retracement (as history suggests) or
  • The prices close today around $6,200 and tomorrow's candle ends beyond $6,900.

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Taming the Power-Hungry Blockchain Beast with Decentralized, Clean Energy

Taming the Power-Hungry Blockchain Beast with Decentralized,
Clean Energy

Throughout history, every great breakthrough often came with negative consequences

and side effects. Think about Marie Curie. Her research on radioactivity is what makes X-rays possible today. Unfortunately, her discoveries and remarkable research are also what killed her. What about the Internet? It’s the most revolutionary invention for generations and holds countless opportunities that benefit billions of people around the world. However, cybercrime has never been higher and expected to reach $2 tln by 2019. It’s the same story with Blockchain. The technology has the potential to revolutionize every industry it comes into contact with. However, its biggest application remains in the cryptocurrency industry. And with the current excitement surrounding this industry, it’s easy to overlook the side effects that come with such a disruptive breakthrough.

Energy-craving Blockchain can have devastating consequences for the environment

Mining popular cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, requires extremely powerful computer hardware that can solve complex mathematical equations. To run these computers burns up a lot of energy, mostly from non-renewable fossil fuels. And as the price of the digital coin sores so too does the number of people looking to get in on the action. Each and every Bitcoin transaction requires around 215 KWh (kilowatt-hours) to process. In comparison, the average American household uses 900 KWh every month. So around 30 KWh per day.

That means a single Bitcoin transaction uses the same amount of power as seven homes do in an entire day. What’s even more shocking is that a single Bitcoin mine relies on fossil fuels, like coal, can produce as much as 13,000 kg of CO2 emissions per Bitcoin mined. With 300,000 transactions per day, it’s easy to see what a significant impact the process has on the environment. And this is just from one cryptocurrency. Although Ethereum is less energy reliant, a single transaction on this network still requires the same amount of power as nearly two homes. In total, the network is equivalent in power consumption as the whole of Cyprus.

Centralized mining on a decentralized network

On a platform that is inherently decentralized, centralized mining operations seem counterintuitive. However, mining operations gravitate towards countries with cheap electricity. For example, China does over 80 percent of Bitcoin mining due to the country’s cheap supply of electricity. Unfortunately, the power supply comes mostly from dirty, non-renewable sources like coal. The country gets more than 70 percent of their electricity from coal.  In fact, a few years ago, it was reported that China burns as much coal as the rest of the world combined.

Burning coal releases large amounts of CO2 which is one of the biggest causes of the greenhouse effect and global warming. Apart from having a detrimental impact on the environment, large pools of concentrated mining pools spurred on by cheap electricity, have too much influence over the network. Look what happened to the price of Bitcoin when China announced their ban on ICO’s? The price becomes too reliant on single entities. This in stark contrast to the underlying concept of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain as a whole, which adds value exactly because of its dependency on a majority consensus to verify and approve transactions.

However, people and big corporations are becoming more aware of their social responsibilities and the size of the footprint that they leave on this earth. Development and adoption of renewable energy sources have seen a dramatic increase in the last few years, including solar, wind and hydropower. So much so that in many locations, there is an excess supply of electricity from renewable sources, that simply goes to waste. This is in great part due to the fact that the cost of building large-scale solar farms has dropped by as much as 50 percent in five years.

A three-fold solution

Envion is hoping to make cryptocurrency mining cheaper, cleaner and decentralized with their mobile data-centers. They’ve developed automatized mining units which are installed inside shipping containers. These containers can be relocated around the world with relative ease, reducing the dependency on single governments, economies or infrastructures.

The mining units, which exclusively consume power from reusable, green sources, are placed near energy supply points, such as solar plants and wind farms, reducing the cost of “transporting” electricity and enabling them to easily tap into excess energy production. In addition, the company developed a new, self-regulating cooling system, specifically for Blockchain mining, which is up to forty-times more energy-efficient and cost-effective than conventional, AC cooling units.

Envion further promotes environmental friendliness by recycling the energy produced from mining with the strategic placement of the mining units, close to objects and buildings that need heating, including warehouses and greenhouses. This enables them to reduce their energy costs even further. The end result is a mining solution that is more profitable due to lower energy costs, more secure due to mobile mining that puts less reliance on single entities, and more eco-friendly due to the usage of renewable, green power.

An ICO for the environment

Many of the ICO’s we see these days are largely based on Speculation. The EVN token is however fully backed by the hardware that it represents which is already operating successfully. The EVN token will be on sale for 31 days from Dec. 1, 2017, with a max cap of 150 mln. Once invested, token holders will have the right to dividends from the mining operations including 100 percent from proprietary mining operations (75 percent immediately and 25 percent reinvested to boost future payouts) and 35 percent from non-proprietary operations. Finally, token holders will also get a say in company strategy by voting on decisions.

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Can BitIndia Become the Paytm of Digital Money in India?

Can BitIndia Become the Paytm of Digital Money in India?

Bitcoin has been gaining popularity

in one of the most populous countries in the world, India. The digital currency is backed by the Blockchain technology, which has established itself as the driver and backbone in many fields. Both Bitcoin and Blockchain technology have been around since 2009 when Bitcoin emerged on the world stage and have steadily impacted the financial services industry and how it delivers products and services. Recently The Hindu Business Line, an Indian newspaper, quoted Nicolas Cary, President of Blockchain, one of the world’s largest Bitcoin Software

Company as saying:

“Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen unprecedented activity and growth in India. We think India could be the most significant market in the world for digital financial services. Within the next five years, it can potentially be bigger than that of the US.”

However, what will it take for India a country with 22 major languages, a billion plus people a geographic span of 3.2 mln kilometers to get onboard the Blockchain revolution? India needs specific solutions and BitIndia, a company that is promising to deliver a Blockchain wallet and decentralized crypto exchange “for the streets of India,” is emerging as an India centric platform that can act as a driver for the growth of both cryptocurrencies and Blockchain in the subcontinental country.

Indian solutions for India

The Indian market is so diverse and segmented that products and services that do not take an Indian hue and color often fail to impress the local populace. It is also important to understand that the rural population of the country is as high as 68 percent and constitutes a significant economic backbone of the country.

Back in the 1990s when India was undergoing what the local media dubs as ‘liberalization’ of the economy, newly-launched MTV played English music and had only English speaking VJs. Fast forward to today — MTV in India has completely taken a ‘regional’ hue. Businesstoday described the TV channel as neither ‘fish nor fowl.’ Localization and understanding of the market is the key to success for any business in the country and BitIndia is well aware of that. In a whitepaper, they underscore their approach towards

the Indian market:

“BitIndia wants to create a user-friendly, secure, decentralized atmosphere for India so that people can carry everyday transactions through BitIndia wallet. BitIndia further envisions to reach out to every person in India, starting from urban areas to educate at least 20 percent of the population about Blockchain and cryptocurrency.”

Can BitIndia be the Paytm of digital money in India?

BitIndia is emerging as a total financial platform that provides users with a mobile wallet for their Apple and Android devices as well as their web browsers and allows them to store cryptocurrencies securely. They are also working on building an ‘instant exchange,’ which will allow people to transact between digital currencies and the local currencies — this even as the user will have complete control over their private keys.

An Alpha version of the product will be available for download by the end of 2017. The currencies that will be traded on the platform include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin. BitIndia wants to offer comprehensive services for users, who can buy, sell and save in digital currencies, allow merchants to accept payments with very reasonable and low transaction fees and help traders find opportunities to profit from cryptocurrencies. If BitIndia can reach 20 percent of the Indian population as is their stated aim they would be in a position to challenge established players like Paytm, who have already found a niche in the sprawling Indian market. Keep in mind only 0.5 percent of Indian population currently transacts in digital currencies according to BitIndia.

A strong India centric team backed by John McAfee

Cointelegraph covered recently how BitIndia is supported by John McAfee, the founder of the famous McAfee Antivirus. McAfee’s confidence is not misplaced as BitIndia has built a strong team to deliver their platform to the Indian public. John McAfee acts as a partner and advisor in BitIndia.

Sahil Kohli, the CEO of BitIndia knows cryptocurrencies and has a strong background in crypto trading. Kohli is also the co-founder of Applancer.co. Saumil Kohli, Founder of BitIndia, has co-founded two tech companies and also has a crypto trading background. The technology lead is Kunal Nandwani, the founder and CEO of uTrade Solutions, a company operating in the financial trading domain. BitIndia have found support in a strong advisory team which includes Reuben Godfrey, co-founder of the Blockchain Association of Ireland, Victor Wong, CEO of Sparkle Coin and others.

Rearing to go post token sale

BitIndia have recently concluded a token distribution and launched their ERC 20 compatible BitIndia token. They are planning to launch token trading by December 2017. Their roadmap indicates that they would like to create a future in which 25 percent of the global Blockchain trading will occur in India. Not an unlikely scenario if India is to surpass the US as the biggest digital financial services market in the world. The potential is there, the conditions are ripe, and we will all just have to wait and see if BitIndia can snag the opportunity and become the Paytm of digital money in India.

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‘I Accidentally Killed It’: Parity Wallet Bug Locks $150 Million in Ether

‘I Accidentally Killed It’:
Parity Wallet Bug Locks $150 Million in Ether

The Ethereum ecosystem encountered another black swan

event this week with the activation of a bug in the multi-signature wallet software released by Parity Technologies. The bug resulted in multi-sig wallet users permanently losing access to an estimated $150 million in funds. Leading some people to compare the significance of the event to the infamous collapse of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox.

Parity’s $150 Million Wallet Bug

“I accidentally killed it.”

With those words and a link to an ethereum contract address on Etherscan, Github user “devops199” revealed that he or she had inadvertently exploited a bug in the Parity Wallet library contract. Apparently, the user had turned the library contract into an ordinary multi-sig wallet and had become the owner of that wallet. Recognizing what had happened, the user attempted to delete the code that had transferred the wallet ownership. However, because the wallet contained library contract code — and all Parity multi-sig wallets rely on that code for their internal logic — the deletion of the code permanently froze the approximately $150 million in funds stored in Parity multi-sig wallets.

Fix Requires Hard Fork

Developers are currently exploring potential solutions to recover access to the funds, but early reports indicate that the funds would only be recoverable through a hard fork to the Ethereum platform.“One of the biggest cybersecurity challenges with smart contracts is that they’re made up of code, just like any other application. This is prone to human error,” said Leigh-Anne Galloway, cyber resilience lead at Positive.com, which protects ICOs from cyberattack.  “It’s also quite hard to make changes to the contract once it goes live, which is why we’ve seen that the funds have been frozen with Parity. This scenario is evidence that it’s extremely important to review the code before a contract goes live to avoid these vulnerabilities.”

The greatest fear associated with a hard fork is that some users will refuse to upgrade to the new software, causing the Ethereum blockchain to split into two. This worst-case scenario happened following the hard fork that recovered funds stolen in the $50 million DAO hack last year, resulting in the creation of Ethereum Classic by users who did not believe a hard fork should be used to edit transaction history — no matter the consequences.

‘Hacker Paradise’

This is not the first time a bug in Parity’s multi-sig wallet code has caused users to lose funds. Earlier this year, an attacker exploited the multi-sig code to steal more than $30 million worth of ether and could have made off with more money if white hat hackers had not drained affected accounts and returned funds to users. At the time, Litecoin creator Charlie Lee said that the breach confirmed that the complexity of Solidity, the native programming language of Ethereum, makes the platform a “hacker paradise”. However, the exploit could have ramifications for the entire crypto ecosystem. BlockTower Capital CIO Air Paul, for instance, predicted that the fallout from the bug will have negative impacts on all cryptocurrencies — not just ethereum. “A flaw in an ethereum multisig wallet leads both retail and institutional investors to question the security of all wallets,” he concluded.

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Bitcoin Millionaire Tim Draper: Cryptocurrencies Will Replace Fiat in 5 Years

Bitcoin Millionaire Tim Draper: Cryptocurrencies Will Replace
Fiat in 5 Years

In five years time, fiat currencies are no longer going to have any use

as cryptocurrencies replace them. That’s according to venture capital investor Tim Draper. At the WebSummit conference in Lisbon, Portugal, Draper was speaking with Forbes. Expressing his views on where he sees the digital currency market,

he said:

In five years, if you try to use fiat currency they will laugh at you. Bitcoin and other cryptocurriences will be so relevant … there will be no reason to have the fiat currencies.

Draper, founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), an American venture capital investment firm, has led investments in Twitter, Skype and Tesla. Now, he’s turning his attention to cryptocurrencies. This is evident by the fact that he purchased 30,000 bitcoins during a government auction of assets seized from online darknet Silk Road in 2014. At the time, those coins were worth $20 million. Today, they are valued at over $214 million.

Bitcoin has experienced unprecedented heights during 2017. In the last few weeks, alone, the currency has surged to above $7,000. It was within touching distance of the $8,000 barrier yesterday at the news that the SegWit2x upgrade protocol had been suspended.Remaining confident in the future of cryptocurrencies, Draper believes that the fiat system will eventually disappear as people look toward coins like bitcoin or ethereum. According to him, they remain reliable stores of value compared to the fiat system. His reasoning behind this is the fact that fiat currencies are bound by country borders. As an example, he cites the Nigerian Naira, which drops 30 percent when a person crosses the border.

While this may be the case, there are a significant number of altcoins in the market. CoinMarketCap puts that figure at 986 which have a market value. New ones are continually being created, all of which are claiming to provide a new solution to how we conduct our day-to-day lives. Despite this, though, the large number of cryptocurrencies in the market isn’t worrying Draper. In fact, he thinks that they will eventually all work together

at some stage.

They’re all going to interrelate … and there will be exchange rates for all of them. My guess is that it will centralize around a wallet that you have, and when you pay for that Starbucks, your wallet will optimize to whichever currency has most value.

It remains to be seen if and when that happens, but from someone who has led investments in prosperous companies such as Twitter, Skype and Tesla, Draper may be on to something.

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2x Called Off: Bitcoin Hard Fork Suspended for Lack of Consensus

The organizers of a controversial bitcoin software update

are suspending their attempt to increase the block size by way of a hard fork.

Known for its strong early support from bitcoin startups and mining pools, the plan, called Segwit2x, or simply '2x,' was to trigger a block size increase at block 494,784, expected to occur on or around November 16th. The goal of the project, according to those involved, was to use the measure to increase bitcoin's transaction capacity, which is today constrained by the nature of the software's rules. The suspension was announced today in an email written by Mike Belshe, CEO and co-founder of bitcoin wallet software provider BitGo. One of the leaders of the Segwit2x project, he argued that the scaling proposal is too controversial to move forward.

He wrote:

"Unfortunately, it is clear that we have not built sufficient consensus for a clean block size upgrade at this time. Continuing on the current path could divide the community and be a setback to Bitcoin’s growth. This was never the goal of Segwit2x."

"Until then, we are suspending our plans for the upcoming 2MB upgrade," he added. The note is also signed by companies that originally supported the plan, forged at an in-person meeting in May, including Xapo CEO Wences Casares, Bitmain co-founder Jihan Wu, Bloq CEO and co-founder Jeff Garzik, Blockchain CEO and co-founder Peter Smith and Shapeshift CEO and founder Erik Voorhees. The group said that it still hopes the block size will be increased further down the line, once there is more agreement from stakeholders. In statements to the BTC1 Slack group, developer Jeff Garzik said the alternative software would continue to be developed, and that it may support "other chains such as bitcoin cash, litecoin and other bitcoin-family chains."

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Who Supports SegWit2x (Wallets, Exchanges): A Complete List

Who Supports SegWit2x
(Wallets, Exchanges): A Complete List

The upcoming Segwit2x fork has been canceled

according to an announcement made on November 8th 16:58:41 UTC.2017 has been the year of Bitcoin forks. For clarity’s sake, here’s a quick rundown:

1.Prior to August 1, 2017, miners activated the backward-compatible SegWit soft fork. This upgrade to the Bitcoin protocol increased the transactional capacity of blocks, fixed a serious bug known as transaction malleability, and paved the way for Lightning Networks and further improvements.

2. On August 1, the backward-incompatible Bitcoin Cash hard fork occurred. Bcash split from the main Bitcoin blockchain to create an altcoin with 8-megabyte blocks and no SegWit implementation. All Bitcoin balances held at fork time were credited an equal amount of Bcash (BCH). See our Bitcoin Cash article for more details.

3. On October 24, the backward-incompatible Bitcoin Gold hard fork occurred. Bitcoin Gold hard forked away from the main Bitcoin blockchain to create an altcoin with an altered, ASIC-resistant mining algorithm known as Equihash. All Bitcoin balances held at fork time will be credited with an equal amount of Bgold (BTG) when the Bgold network launches (presumably in the near future). See our Bitcoin Gold article for more details.

4. The SegWit2x (also known as S2X/B2X) backward-incompatible hard fork is scheduled to occur around November 16. B2X will fork from the Bitcoin blockchain to produce an altcoin with 2-megabyte blocks and SegWit support. All Bitcoin balances held at fork time will be credited with an equal amount of B2X. See our article on the New York Agreement (which set the stage for SegWit2x) for more details.

SegWit2x Details Breakdown

When?

The SegWit2x fork is scheduled for Bitcoin block 494,784, which will be mined sometime around November 16, 2017. For an updated projection of the date and exact time of the mining of block 494,784, visit the 2x Countdown page.

Why?

From a Bitcoiner’s perspective, SegWit2x is an attack by big miners and corporate interests, and it’s intended to seize control of Bitcoin development. It’s perceived as an attack primarily due to its lack of consensus and replay protection, which will almost certainly lead to chaos, confusion, and losses. Statements from the S2X team clearly indicate that S2X is intended to replace the existing Bitcoin.

Who?

Reddit-user readish compiled the following list of individuals known to support S2X publicly: Every bitcoiner should know about what DCG (Digital Currency Group) is, and call people they bribed that are working for the Corporations/Bankers against Bitcoin.

Development

Bitcoin Core and other key developers who’ve stated their opinions about SegWit2x are listed here (all are unanimously against it). Former Core dev and Bloq CEO Jeff Garzik is the sole SegWit2x developer. Garzik has been criticized for simultaneously working on yet another ICO altcoin called Metronome.

There’s an obvious conflict of interest inherent in developing a contentious hard fork while also developing an ICO predicated on limiting disruption from such forks. The Bitcoin community’s reaction to this news was overwhelmingly negative and was summarized best by Samson Mow’s outraged tweet. SegWit2x was cloned from Bitcoin Core 0.14. Although Core’s latest version, 0.15, has been patched against a node-crashing exploit (disclosed by Chris Jeffry at the Breaking Bitcoin conference [2:29]), the SegWit2x client (known as btc1) remains vulnerable.

Odds of Success

To anyone following the developments, it’s clear that SegWit2x enjoys little organic support. What it does have is a high degree of miner signaling: However, bear in mind that signaling is fairly irrelevant in this context. Signaling for Emergent Consensus (also known as the Bitcoin Unlimited fork, which failed to launch) reached 45% without effect. Adding a signal to each block mined costs miners nothing (and may even earn them extra money, if S2X supporters are willing to pay), so it shouldn’t be considered a reliable indicator.

What ultimately matters is which chain miners will mine; all indicators point to this being the chain with the most value (the majority of users and economic activity). This is highly unlikely to be the S2X side. Markets are currently pricing B2X futures between 15% and 25% of BTC:

SegWit2x Exchange Support

If you want to trade SegWit2x now, you can send your existing bitcoins to any of the above-mentioned exchanges (Bitfinex, HitBTC, or Exrates) to split them into Bitcoin and B2X futures tokens. This option is for advanced traders only; if you go all in on B2X futures and the fork doesn’t happen, you’ll lose everything. Study the terms offered by these exchanges closely before considering this option; numerous catches and complications apply.

The Easy Way to Get B2X

The easiest (as opposed to the safest) way for Bitcoin holders to get SegWit2x coins is to send bitcoins to a supporting exchange before the fork occurs. Only bitcoins held by the exchange at the time of the fork will be credited with SegWit2x. The Bitcoin network may be slow if there’s a rush of people moving coins before the fork. It’s recommended that you send your coins well in advance for a reasonable fee.

The following exchanges will credit Bitcoin deposits with B2X:

  • Bitfinex, BitOasis, Bitrefill (B2X will be forcibly sold for BTC), Bitso, Bittrex, BTCC, CEX.io, Coinbase (within a few days of the fork), Coinfloor, CoinNest (Korean), HitBTC, Huobi.pro, Luno, OKCoin, OKEx, SurBTC, Tidebit, Unocoin (within four weeks of the fork), ViaBTC, Xapo.

These exchanges may credit users with B2X if they deem it safe to do so:

  • CryptoFacilities (if full replay protection is implemented), CoinCheck, and various other safety conditions are met), CoinJar (by January 2018 at the earliest),

These exchanges will not credit users with B2X:

  • ANXPro, BitMex, Gatecoin, Nova Exchange, Moni.

The Safe Way to Get B2X

Keeping coins on an exchange is something we ordinarily recommend against—if you don’t control the private key, you don’t control the bitcoins. Exchanges may contravene their statements, fail technically, go bankrupt, or get hacked, among other possibilities, and all of these possibilities could lead to losses. The likelihood of an exchange experiencing problems increases during a disruptive event, such as the forthcoming fork.

The safest way to get your B2X coins is to keep your bitcoins in your personal wallet and only claim them via your wallet’s officially recommended process. Note: It may take some time for wallets to implement proper solutions. In the meantime, the price of B2X tokens may move against you. The following wallets have made clear statements about their

B2X support:

  • Bread, Samourai (after replay protection, option to auto-sell B2X), Ledger, Trezor.

How to Trade B2X

Whether you choose to rely on an exchange to credit you with B2X or claim it via your own Bitcoin wallet, if you intend to trade it, then you’ll need to keep it in or send it to a supporting exchange. Not all exchanges that issue B2X to users will offer a market in it. The following exchanges have stated that they’ll

offer B2X trading:

  • Bitfinex, Coinbase, OKEx, BTCC, HitBTC.

International Bitcoin Communities

All the following communities, representing tens if not hundreds of thousands of users, have voiced their

opposition to SegWit2x:

  • Argentian Bitcoin Community, Bitcoin Hong Kong, Bitcoin Manchester, Bitcoin Munich, Brazilian, Bitcoin Community, Francophone Bitcoin Commu, Whalepool (cryptocurrency trading group).

This is how the situation stands as of November 6, to the best of our knowledge. More exchanges are expected to announce their positions going forward. Check back for updates to this article.

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IMF Head Foresees the End of Banking and the Triumph of Cryptocurrency

IMF Head Foresees the End of Banking and the Triumph of Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin "puts a question mark on the fractional banking model we know today."

In a remarkably frank talk at a Bank of England conference,

the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund has speculated that Bitcoin and cryptocurrency have as much of a future as the Internet itself. It could displace central banks, conventional banking, and challenge the monopoly of national monies.  Christine Lagarde–a Paris native who has held her position at the IMF since 2011–says the only substantial problems with existing cryptocurrency are fixable over time.

In the long run, the technology itself can replace national monies, conventional financial intermediation, and even "puts a question mark on the fractional banking model we know today." In a lecture that chastised her colleagues for failing to embrace the future, she warned that "Not so long ago, some experts argued that personal computers would never be adopted, and that tablets would only be used as expensive coffee trays. So I think it may not be wise to dismiss virtual currencies."

Here are the relevant parts of her paper:

Let us start with virtual currencies. To be clear, this is not about digital payments in existing currencies—through Paypal and other “e-money” providers such as Alipay in China, or M-Pesa in Kenya. Virtual currencies are in a different category, because they provide their own unit of account and payment systems. These systems allow for peer-to-peer transactions without central clearinghouses, without central banks.

For now, virtual currencies such as Bitcoin pose little or no challenge to the existing order of fiat currencies and central banks. Why? Because they are too volatile, too risky, too energy intensive, and because the underlying technologies are not yet scalable. Many are too opaque for regulators; and some have been hacked.

But many of these are technological challenges that could be addressed over time. Not so long ago, some experts argued that personal computers would never be adopted, and that tablets would only be used as expensive coffee trays. So I think it may not be wise to dismiss virtual currencies.

Better value for money?

For instance, think of countries with weak institutions and unstable national currencies. Instead of adopting the currency of another country—such as the U.S. dollar—some of these economies might see a growing use of virtual currencies. Call it dollarization 2.0. IMF experience shows that there is a tipping point beyond which coordination around a new currency is exponential. In the Seychelles, for example, dollarization jumped from 20 percent in 2006 to 60 percent in 2008.

And yet, why might citizens hold virtual currencies rather than physical dollars, euros, or sterling? Because it may one day be easier and safer than obtaining paper bills, especially in remote regions. And because virtual currencies could actually become more stable. For instance, they could be issued one-for-one for dollars, or a stable basket of currencies. Issuance could be fully transparent, governed by a credible, pre-defined rule, an algorithm that can be monitored…or even a “smart rule” that might reflect changing macroeconomic circumstances.

So in many ways, virtual currencies might just give existing currencies and monetary policy a run for their money. The best response by central bankers is to continue running effective monetary policy, while being open to fresh ideas and new demands, as economies evolve.

Better payment services?

For example, consider the growing demand for new payment services in countries where the shared, decentralized service economy is taking off.  This is an economy rooted in peer-to-peer transactions, in frequent, small-value payments, often across borders.

Four dollars for gardening tips from a lady in New Zealand, three euros for an expert translation of a Japanese poem, and 80 pence for a virtual rendering of historic Fleet Street: these payments can be made with credit cards and other forms of e-money. But the charges are relatively high for small-value transactions, especially across borders.

Instead, citizens may one day prefer virtual currencies, since they potentially offer the same cost and convenience as cash—no settlement risks, no clearing delays, no central registration, no intermediary to check accounts and identities. If privately issued virtual currencies remain risky and unstable, citizens may even call on central banks to provide digital forms of legal tender. So, when the new service economy comes knocking on the Bank of England’s door, will you welcome it inside? Offer it tea—and financial liquidity?

New models of financial intermediation

This brings us to the second leg of our pod journey—new models of financial intermediation. One possibility is the break-up, or unbundling, of banking services. In the future, we might keep minimal balances for payment services on electronic wallets. The remaining balances may be kept in mutual funds, or invested in peer-to-peer lending platforms with an edge in big data and artificial intelligence for automatic credit scoring.

This is a world of six-month product development cycles and constant updates, primarily of software, with a huge premium on simple user-interfaces and trusted security. A world where data is king. A world of many new players without imposing branch offices. Some would argue that this puts a question mark on the fractional banking model we know today, if there are fewer bank deposits and money flows into the economy through new channels.

How would monetary policy be set in this context?

Today’s central banks typically affect asset prices through primary dealers, or big banks, to which they provide liquidity at fixed prices—so-called open-market operations. But if these banks were to become less relevant in the new financial world, and demand for central bank balances were to diminish, could monetary policy transmission remain as effective?

Chuck Reynolds

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