Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bitcoin Consumer Fair 2015




On Saturday, April 18, 2015, I attended the Bitcoin Consumer Fair in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference offered two different attendance tracks. Track 1 focused on the consumer. Track 2 focused on business issues. Presentations were given by several members of the Bitcoin community. 
First, is a panel discussion with Eric Martindale of BitPay, Dmitry Murashchik of MyCelium, and Shawn Wilkinson of Storj.io. This panel was moderated by Stan Johnson. They explore several aspects and issues within the Bitcoin ecosystem.
Adella Toulon-Foerster is the Vice President of Coin Outlet, a distributor of Bitcoin ATMs focusing on the needs of the under banked. 
Eric Martindale returns to talk about a history of BitPay and their new multi signature solution called CoinPay.
Tony Sakich is the Marketing Director of Augur, a decentralized prediction market. In his presentation his talks about his background, music, and Argur.
Kevin McGee is the CEO of Avid Entrepreneurs. His company helps first generation entrepreneurs builds better business. He discusses the benefits of Bitcoin in the microfinance industry.
Content for this episode was provided by Eric Martindale, Dmitry Murashchik, Shawn Wilkinson, Adella Toulon-Foerster, Tony Sakich, Kevin McGee, and Stan Johnson. The episode was recorded and edited by Michael Pair. The music was provided by Michael Pair. The LTB Magic word for this episode is ‘Atlanta’. 
For information about the presenters, see the show notes for more details.
Links
http://www.CoinPay.io - BitPay’s Multi-signature solution
http://www.MyCelium.com - Bitcoin Wallet
http://www.Storj.io - Distributed Cloud Storage
http://www.coinoutletatm.com - Coin Outlets ATM
http://www.augur.io - A Decentralized Prediction Market Platform
http://www.avidentrepreneurship.com - Helps First Generation Entrepreneurs
http://www.soundcloud.com/always100percent - Music of Michael Pair

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Have you heard of Crowdshopping?

Crowdshopping is a concept where members combine their collective shopping power to create value for the community.  I'm looking for online shoppers who want to be a part of a growing community at MainStreetShares.  Help me find like minded people who are willing to turn their shopping into an investment vehicle.   

It's simple:
1.  Join MainStreetShares (MSS)
2.  Before shopping: Login to MSS and click retailer icon to shop at your favorite store
3.  Refer friends and promote MSS

As you help the community of shoppers grow the membership, you'll be moving closer to earning the investment.

It is really that simple.  

Click here to join!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Where Should The 99 Percent Shop Online?

In the world of social media and electronic commerce, there are a slew of companies out there which cater to particular niches.  Their goal is to provide the user base with value.  Often the value being provided is based on content created by you.  I think this bears repeating.  Often the value being provided is based on content created by you.  

Let me list a couple of such companies: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and What's App, just to name a few.  Some may argue that there is nothing wrong with entrepreneurs identifying a need and providing a product or service to meet the need.  I agree.  However, it would be better if the users of these company's products or services would profit as the revenue reaches certain thresholds or the company is acquired.  

For example, what if donors of the Oculus Rift project, that began on Kickstarter, would have earned a payout/dividend/bonus when Facebook purchased Oculus for $2 Billion.  The initial donors helped fund the project which was instrumental to bringing the Oculus Rift to production.  This created value in which Facebook ultimately benefited from.  What did the donors receive?  Some received an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset.  Others received a complimentary gift or T-Shirt.  Really, a T-Shirt...

MainStreetShares.com (MSS) is different in this regard.  In the event of an acquisition, the community will be rewarded for the value they helped to create.  MSS represent a new era in community based entrepreneurship.  This type of partnership, if adopted by other companies, can normalize the wealth distribution and allow the 99 percent to participate, thus leveling the economic playing field.  MainStreetShares is the vision of CEO Vince Martin.  With the recent launch of the site, he and his team are now working relentlessly to bring this vision to fruition.

Now where should the 99 Percent shop online?  The answer is pretty easy; MainStreetShares.com. Join me and turn your online shopping into a potential investment!

Disclaimer:  I am a member of MainStreetShares.com and my affiliate link is http://mss.me/mpair.  

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Friday, March 27, 2015

SEC Rules for Crowdfunding

Today the SEC issued some rules regarding crowd funding.  This may reduce some of the legal risks that crypto currency projects face when raising funds via token sales.  See this article for more detail.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Crypto Investing and Trading Group

I've been involved with crypto currencies and Bitcoin since March 2013.  I fell down the rabbit hole like most people in this industry.  The blockchain technology is fascinating with it's potential.  I was early investor in BitShares, Swarm, and more recently in SuperNet. Each of these projects are referred to as Bitcoin 2.0.  This implies projects that are built on top of the base level blockchain technology.  I have a few other crypto currencies that I hold. 

Most of my learning has been accomplished by reading forums, listening to radio shows, and news articles.  Now, I'm looking to form a group of fellow crypto investors and traders to discuss strategies, investment possibilities, and other things related to crypto currency and the blockchain.  If you would like to become a member, contact me on Twitter @simpleinvesting.  

We will have to decide what is the best medium to communicate, meeting times, and other organizational tasks.

I look forward to hearing from you all.  Thanks.

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