California BitLicense Exposes Fault Lines Among Cryptocurrency Advocates
News by Forbes: Andrea Tinianow There is a rift emerging in the crypto sector. California’s AB 1489 (the “CA Act”) which is modeled on the Uniform Law Commission’s (ULC’s) Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act (the “Model Act”) seeks to regulate companies engaged in virtual currency business activity. Not everyone is on board. Notably, the CA Act includes a supplemental act which gave rise to an earlier rift between proponents of the ULC’s model legislation and those who advocated for Wyoming’s approach. By way of background, both the Supplemental Act and the Wyoming legislation create a regulatory framework for commercial transactions governed by Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code involving digital assets. The Supplemental Act provides for an indirect ownership regime involving only virtual currencies. Whereas, the Wyoming approach governs the full array of digital assets and enables direct ownership. The current rift involving the CA Act extends to parties within the crypto industry. Two beltway crypto trade associations, Coin Center and the Digital Chamber of Commerce, support the Model Act or its incarnation in California, i.e., the CA Act. But a brand new advocacy group, Aquarian Advocacy Group (launched today), opposes the CA Act and promises to defeat it and other similar bills, wherever they are introduced. Margaux Avedisian, Aquarian Advocacy Group Executive Director, says the CA Act is “completely crushing for start-up crypto companies,” and problematic for numerous reasons. Avedisian points out that the legislation does not provide an on ramp for existing businesses, which means that covered businesses cannot be compliant on the first day that the bill goes into effect. She notes that non-compliance can come with a whopping $50,000 per day penalty, and that covered crypto businesses pay for the cost of enforcement under the new regulations. “The big banks are pushing this legislation. They want to stop crypto innovation,” she states. In contrast, Peter Van Valkenburgh, Research Director of Coin Center, not only supports the CA Act, he helped write the Model Act on which it is based. He explains that the CA Act is good for the crypto industry because it provides clarity and narrowly circumscribes those businesses that are subject to the bill’s licensing requirements. He elucidates that the bill only applies to those that have “the power to unilaterally execute or indefinitely prevent a virtual currency transaction” on behalf of their customers. He adds that “only people who hold bitcoin or other cryptocurrency for customers are regulated. Miners, full node or lightning node operators, software developers, and persons holding their own bitcoin in software wallets would never be regulated under this law.” As to the Supplemental Act (which will become effective in California if the CA Act passes), Van Valkenburgh states that Coin Center will not take a position one way or another, noting that the “Coin Center’s priority is about the right people getting licensed or not.” The Chamber of Digital Commerce President, Perianne Boring provided support for the Model Act, in a July 2017 letter, reporting that “we view the [M]odel Act to be an interim, practical endeavor to address the uneven nationwide patchwork of rules and requirements and we encourage adoption of the Act.” In a recent email in connection with this story, Boring expressed that the Chamber’s position is that these types of issues are better addressed by federal legislation. Apparently, the CA Act has strong support in the State Assembly and among two leading beltway crypto organizations. But it may now also have strong opposition in the form of the Aquarian Advocacy Group. To date, the Model Act has been introduced in five states, including California, and it has only succeeded so far in one state, Rhode Island, having stalled in the other three states. Wyoming refused to take up the Model Act, even after the ULC mounted a stealth campaign in the State to obtain support. This rift demonstrates an emerging divergence of interests between industry groups and innovators in the crypto space. Like any industry, the crypto sector is not monolithic. There are differing factions that are propelled by their own unique needs, and the parties they represent. Here, it begins in California with the CA Act, with a new advocacy group seeking to fight a bill they find unduly burdensome. But I suspect, as regulations are introduced and enacted that disparately impact members of the crypto sector, we will see more fissures that prevent the crypto community from speaking with one voice.
While cryptocurrency market is collapsing, why not give yourself a break, sit down and indulge in some of our top pick crypto films. It has been a dramatic ups and downs for the revolutionary internet money, Bitcoin, since its inception in 2008. Be that as it may, if you are still skeptical about how cryptocurrency works or what is the Bitcoin hype all about, there’s nothing better than a good documentary to address all your questions and fascinate you. With that said, here is a list of the top documentaries and TV shows every cryptocurrency trader and investor needs to watch. You will not just learn about Bitcoin. Watching them will also explain reasons as to why it was started and how the traditional banking system works. So let’s get started… https://preview.redd.it/jsccktzih0121.png?width=1772&format=png&auto=webp&s=1f70afb5591631b6c81a7a98fcbd0e95791499f3
This 60 minutes long documentary was released in 2015 and it features in-depth explanations on how Bitcoin and the blockchain technology will disrupt the traditional financial system. It interviews well-known icons in the cryptosphere such as Andreas Antonopoulos, Nic Cary and Roger Ver. The film tells the story of money and bitcoin by tracing the origins of money back to the age of barter. From here, through the use of various forms of footage and clever editing, the film tells stories of power, control and deceit. It traces the rise of the Medici and others through the history of banking and commerce. This film is perfect for anyone looking to understand bitcoin and what the central and commercial banks have done to our money. Enlightening and shocking. https://preview.redd.it/d1c4978rj0121.png?width=600&format=png&auto=webp&s=e45235f58f48d6c741cf8c7f804900e4b6f7d90e
This documentary gives insight into the early days of mining, and the drama that happened with the Mt. Gox and the Cyprus crisis. It presents a great intro into some of the very early adopters’ lives, such as Gavin Andresen, Brian Armstrong and Margaux Avedisian and why the community is blossoming in a time when the rest of the world is sinking deeper into depression and debt. The interview with the CEO of the Mt. Gox was also very interesting. The film explains many complex issues in layman terms to enable any family member to appreciate the invention for what it accomplishes. It invites one to look beyond mainstream misrepresentations that it is only a black market currency. https://preview.redd.it/jfee201ek0121.png?width=1456&format=png&auto=webp&s=39691dd56ad77fd5ca38f4b07b24a4c5df554dd0
This documentary is not directly related to cryptocurrency at all and it does not even mention cryptocurrency in the entire movie. However, it is a documentary about the life of the infamous face in the cryptosphere, John McAfee. Many people in the cryptosphere see John McAfee as a laughable figure who shills anything for a buck or two and he mostly gets ignored and sniggered at. As crazy as he is on Twitter, this film reveals another side of JM that you may not be aware of. The documentary may be misinformed or edited to suit the narrative of the writer but it’s clear to see JM’s decision making shown in the documentary echoes how he reacts still on Twitter. A short introduction of the film: John McAfee became a multi-millionaire after creating a prominent antivirus software, and later relocated to Belize. In April 2012, national police raided McAfee’s estate based on suspicions of drug manufacture or trafficking. Later that year McAfee’s neighbor Greg Faull was murdered and McAfee went into hiding before crossing the border to Guatemala and being deported back to the United States. The documentary suggests that McAfee was involved in the murder due to a feud between him and Faull over McAfee’s dogs. McAfee was never charged with any crime in Belize. https://preview.redd.it/veovxyw4l0121.png?width=1280&format=png&auto=webp&s=ecdb9d151ea7b780c2ad8939676eb47ddfcf34cd
While cryptocurrency market is collapsing, why not give yourself a break, sit down and indulge in some of our top pick crypto films. It has been a dramatic ups and downs for the revolutionary internet money, Bitcoin, since its inception in 2008. Be that as it may, if you are still skeptical about how cryptocurrency works or what is the Bitcoin hype all about, there’s nothing better than a good documentary to address all your questions and fascinate you. With that said, here is a list of the top documentaries and TV shows every cryptocurrency trader and investor needs to watch. You will not just learn about Bitcoin. Watching them will also explain reasons as to why it was started and how the traditional banking system works. So let’s get started… https://preview.redd.it/8juf3wzv34921.png?width=1772&format=png&auto=webp&s=2ff1c3fb49adde9991996cbffd0bbdc6c3154efd
This 60 minutes long documentary was released in 2015 and it features in-depth explanations on how Bitcoin and the blockchain technology will disrupt the traditional financial system. It interviews well-known icons in the cryptosphere such as Andreas Antonopoulos, Nic Cary and Roger Ver. The film tells the story of money and bitcoin by tracing the origins of money back to the age of barter. From here, through the use of various forms of footage and clever editing, the film tells stories of power, control and deceit. It traces the rise of the Medici and others through the history of banking and commerce. This film is perfect for anyone looking to understand bitcoin and what the central and commercial banks have done to our money. Enlightening and shocking. https://preview.redd.it/4kaoy17544921.png?width=600&format=png&auto=webp&s=043795009cf82164fec7d85df81e659530f05772
This documentary gives insight into the early days of mining, and the drama that happened with the Mt. Gox and the Cyprus crisis. It presents a great intro into some of the very early adopters’ lives, such as Gavin Andresen, Brian Armstrong and Margaux Avedisian and why the community is blossoming in a time when the rest of the world is sinking deeper into depression and debt. The interview with the CEO of the Mt. Gox was also very interesting. The film explains many complex issues in layman terms to enable any family member to appreciate the invention for what it accomplishes. It invites one to look beyond mainstream misrepresentations that it is only a black market currency. https://preview.redd.it/sshmwka844921.png?width=1456&format=png&auto=webp&s=e55ef3124e658bcb47d50b6c3b0f6af81846df9c
This documentary is not directly related to cryptocurrency at all and it does not even mention cryptocurrency in the entire movie. However, it is a documentary about the life of the infamous face in the cryptosphere, John McAfee. Many people in the cryptosphere see John McAfee as a laughable figure who shills anything for a buck or two and he mostly gets ignored and sniggered at. As crazy as he is on Twitter, this film reveals another side of JM that you may not be aware of. The documentary may be misinformed or edited to suit the narrative of the writer but it’s clear to see JM’s decision making shown in the documentary echoes how he reacts still on Twitter. A short introduction of the film: John McAfee became a multi-millionaire after creating a prominent antivirus software, and later relocated to Belize. In April 2012, national police raided McAfee’s estate based on suspicions of drug manufacture or trafficking. Later that year McAfee’s neighbor Greg Faull was murdered and McAfee went into hiding before crossing the border to Guatemala and being deported back to the United States. The documentary suggests that McAfee was involved in the murder due to a feud between him and Faull over McAfee’s dogs. McAfee was never charged with any crime in Belize. https://preview.redd.it/yy1rgc2b44921.png?width=1280&format=png&auto=webp&s=b1aebf8d0c18991169997257f0ab7ca8f359dda2
The wilkelvoss are trying to make bitcoin legit according to esquire magazine
Every idea needs a face, even if the faces are illusory simplifications. The country you get is the president you get. The Yankees you get is the shortstop you get. Apple needed Jobs. ISIS needs al-Baghdadi. The moon shot belongs to Bezos. There's nothing under the Facebook sun that doesn't come back to Zuckerberg. But there is, as yet, no face behind the bitcoin curtain. It's the currency you've heard about but haven't been able to understand. Still to this day nobody knows who created it. For most people, it has something to do with programmable cash and algorithms and the deep space of mathematics, but it also has something to do with heroin and barbiturates and the sex trade and bankruptcies, too. It has no face because it doesn't seem tangible or real. We might align it with an anarchist's riot mask or a highly conceptualized question mark, but those images truncate its reality. Certain economists say it's as important as the birth of the Internet, that it's like discovering ice. Others are sure that it's doomed to melt. In the political sphere, it is the darling of the cypherpunks and libertarians. When they're not busy ignoring it, it scares the living shit out of the big banks and credit-card companies. ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW It sparked to life in 2008—when all the financial world prepared for itself the articulate noose—and it knocked on the door like some inconvenient relative arriving at the dinner party in muddy shoes and a knit hat. Fierce ideological battles are currently being waged among the people who own and shepherd the currency. Some shout, Ponzi scheme. Some shout, Gold dust. Bitcoin alone is worth billions of dollars, but the computational structure behind it—its blockchain and its sidechains—could become the absolute underpinning of the world's financial structure for decades to come. What bitcoin has needed for years is a face to legitimize it, sanitize it, make it palpable to all the naysayers. But it has no Larry Ellison, no Elon Musk, no noticeable visionaries either with or without the truth. There's a lot of ideology at stake. A lot of principle and dogma and creed. And an awful lot of cash, too. At 6:00 on a Wednesday winter morning, three months after launching Gemini, their bitcoin exchange, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss step out onto Broadway in New York, wearing the same make of sneakers, the same type of shorts, their baseball caps turned backward. They don't quite fall into the absolute caricature of twindom: They wear different-colored tops. Still, it's difficult to tell them apart, where Tyler ends and Cameron begins. Their faces are sculpted from another era, as if they had stepped from the ruin of one of Gatsby's parties. Their eyes are quick and seldom land on anything for long. Now thirty-four, there is something boyishly earnest about them as they jog down Prince Street, braiding in and out of each other, taking turns talking, as if they were working in shifts, drafting off each other. Forget, for a moment, the four things the Winklevosses are most known for: suing Mark Zuckerberg, their portrayal in The Social Network, rowing in the Beijing Olympics, and their overwhelming public twinness. Because the Winklevoss brothers are betting just about everything—including their past—on a fifth thing: They want to shake the soul of money out. At the deep end of their lives, they are athletes. Rowers. Full stop. And the thing about rowing—which might also be the thing about bitcoin—is that it's just about impossible to get your brain around its complexity. Everyone thinks you're going to a picnic. They have this notion you're out catching butterflies. They might ask you if you've got your little boater's hat ready. But it's not like that at all. You're fifteen years old. You rise in the dark. You drag your carcass along the railroad tracks before dawn. The boathouse keys are cold to the touch. You undo the ropes. You carry a shell down to the river. The carbon fiber rips at your hands. You place the boat in the water. You slip the oars in the locks. You wait for your coach. Nothing more than a thumb of light in the sky. It's still cold and the river stinks. That heron hasn't moved since yesterday. You hear Coach's voice before you see him. On you go, lads. You start at a dead sprint. The left rib's a little sore, but you don't say a thing. You are all power and no weight. The first push-to-pull in the water is a ripping surprise. From the legs first. Through the whole body. The arc. Atomic balance. A calm waiting for the burst. Your chest burns, your thighs scald, your brain blanks. It feels as if your rib cage might shatter. You are stillness exploding. You catch the water almost without breaking the surface. Coach says something about the pole vault. You like him. You really do. That brogue of his. Lads this, lads that. Fire. Stamina. Pain. After two dozen strokes, it already feels like you're hitting the wall. All that glycogen gone. Nobody knows. Nobody. They can't even pronounce it. Rowing. Ro-wing. Roh-ing. You push again, then pull. You feel as if you are breaking branch after branch off the bottom of your feet. You don't rock. You don't jolt. Keep it steady. Left, right, left, right. The heron stays still. This river. You see it every day. Nothing behind you. Everything in front. You cross the line. You know the exact tree. Your chest explodes. Your knees are trembling. This is the way the world will end, not with a whimper but a bang. You lean over the side of the boat. Up it comes, the breakfast you almost didn't have. A sign of respect to the river. You lay back. Ah, blue sky. Some cloud. Some gray. Do it again, lads. Yes, sir. You row so hard you puke it up once more. And here comes the heron, it's moving now, over the water, here it comes, look at that thing glide. ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW The Winklevoss twins in the men's pair final during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. GETTY There's plenty of gin and beer and whiskey in the Harrison Room in downtown Manhattan, but the Winklevoss brothers sip Coca-Cola. The room, one of many in the newly renovated Pier A restaurant, is all mahogany and lamplight. It is, in essence, a floating bar, jutting four hundred feet out into the Hudson River. From the window you can see the Statue of Liberty. It feels entirely like their sort of room, a Jazz Age expectation hovering around their initial appearance—tall, imposing, the hair mannered, the collars of their shirts slightly tilted—but then they just slide into their seats, tentative, polite, even introverted. They came here by subway early on a Friday evening, and they lean back in their seats, a little wary, their eyes busy—as if they want to look beyond the rehearsal of their words. They had the curse of privilege, but, as they're keen to note, a curse that was earned. Their father worked to pay his way at a tiny college in backwoods Pennsylvania coal country. He escaped the small mining town and made it all the way to a professorship at Wharton. He founded his own company and eventually created the comfortable upper-middle-class family that came with it. They were raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, the most housebroken town on the planet. They might have looked like the others in their ZIP code, and dressed like them, spoke like them, but they didn't quite feel like them. Some nagging feeling—close to anger, close to fear—lodged itself beneath their shoulders, not quite a chip but an ache. They wanted Harvard but weren't quite sure what could get them there. "You have to be basically the best in the world at something if you're coming from Greenwich," says Tyler. "Otherwise it's like, great, you have a 1600 SAT, you and ten thousand others, so what?" The rowing was a means to an end, but there was also something about the boat that they felt allowed another balance between them. They pulled their way through high school, Cameron on the port-side oar, Tyler on the starboard. They got to Harvard. The Square was theirs. They rowed their way to the national championships—twice. They went to Oxford. They competed in the Beijing Olympics. They sucked up the smog. They came in sixth place. The cameras loved them. Girls, too. They were so American, sandy-haired, blue-eyed, they could have been cast in a John Cougar Mellencamp song. It might all have been so clean-cut and whitebread except for the fact that—at one of the turns in the river—they got involved in the most public brawl in the whole of the Internet's nascent history. They don't talk about it much anymore, but they know that it still defines them, not so much in their own minds but in the minds of others. The story seems simple on one level, but nothing is ever simple, not even simplification. Theirs was the original idea for the first social network, Harvard Connection. They hired Mark Zuckerberg to build it. Instead he went off and created Facebook. They sued him. They settled for $65 million. It was a world of public spats and private anguish. Rumors and recriminations. A few years later, dusty old pre-Facebook text messages were leaked online by Silicon Alley Insider: "Yeah, I'm going to fuck them," wrote Zuckerberg to a friend. "Probably in the ear." The twins got their money, but then they believed they were duped again by an unfairly low evaluation of their stock. They began a second round of lawsuits for $180 million. There was even talk about the Supreme Court. It reeked of opportunism. But they wouldn't let it go. In interviews, they came across as insolent and splenetic, tossing their rattles out of the pram. It wasn't about the money, they said at the time, it was about fairness, reality, justice. Most people thought it was about some further agile fuckery, this time in Zuckerberg's ear. There are many ways to tell the story, but perhaps the most penetrating version is that they weren't screwed so much by Zuckerberg as they were by their eventual portrayal in the film version of their lives. They appeared querulous and sulky, exactly the type of characters that America, peeling off the third-degree burns of the great recession, needed to hate. While the rest of the country worried about mounting debt and vanishing jobs, they were out there drinking champagne from, at the very least, Manolo stilettos. The truth would never get in the way of a good story. In Aaron Sorkin's world, and on just about every Web site, the blueblood trust-fund boys got what was coming to them. And the best thing now was for them to take their Facebook money and turn the corner, quickly, away, down toward whatever river would whisk them away. Armie Hammer brilliantly portrayed them as the bluest of bloods in The Social Network. When the twins are questioned about those times now, they lean back a little in their seats, as if they've just lost a long race, a little perplexed that they came off as the victims of Hollywood's ability to throw an image, while the whole rip-roaring regatta still goes on behind them. "They put us in a box," says Cameron, "caricatured to a point where we didn't really exist." He glances around the bar, drums his finger against the glass. "That's fair enough. I understand that impulse." They smart a little when they hear Zuckerberg's name. "I don't think Mark liked being called an asshole," says Tyler, with a flick of bluster in his eyes, but then he catches himself. "You know, maybe Mark doesn't care. He's a bit of a statesman now, out there connecting the world. I have nothing against him. He's a smart guy." These are men who've been taught, or have finally taught themselves, to tell their story rather than be told by it. But underneath the calm—just like underneath the boat—one can sense the churn. They say the word—ath-letes—as if it were a country where pain is the passport. One of the things the brothers mention over and over again is that you can spontaneously crack a rib while rowing, just from the sheer exertion of the muscles hauling on the rib cage. Along came bitcoin. At its most elemental, bitcoin is a virtual currency. It's the sort of thing a five-year-old can understand—It's just e-cash, Mom—until he reaches eighteen and he begins to question the deep future of what money really means. It is a currency without government. It doesn't need a banker. It doesn't need a bank. It doesn't even need a brick to be built upon. Its supporters say that it bypasses the Man. It is less than a decade old and it has already come through its own Wild West, a story rooted in uncharted digital territory, up from the dust, an evening redness in the arithmetical West. These are men who've been taught, or have finally taught themselves, to tell their story rather than be told by it. Bitcoin appeared in 2008—westward ho!—a little dot on the horizon of the Internet. It was the brainchild of a computer scientist named Satoshi Nakamoto. The first sting in the tale is that—to this very day—nobody knows who Nakamoto is, where he lives, or how much of his own invention he actually owns. He could be Californian, he could be Australian, he could even be a European conglomerate, but it doesn't really matter, since what he created was a cryptographic system that is borderless and supposedly unbreakable. In the beginning the currency was ridiculed and scorned. It was money created from ones and zeros. You either bought it or you had to "mine" for it. If you were mining, your computer was your shovel. Any nerd could do it. You keyed your way in. By using your computer to help check and confirm the bitcoin transactions of others, you made coin. Everyone in this together. The computer heated up and mined, down down down, into the mathematical ground, lifting up numbers, making and breaking camp every hour or so until you had your saddlebags full of virtual coin. It all seemed a bit of a lark at first. No sheriff, no deputy, no central bank. The only saloon was a geeky chat room where a few dozen bitcoiners gathered to chew data. Lest we forget, money was filthy in 2008. The collapse was coming. The banks were shorting out. The real estate market was a confederacy of dunces. Bernie Madoff's shadow loomed. Occupy was on the horizon. And all those Wall Street yahoos were beginning to squirm. Along came bitcoin like some Jesse James of the financial imagination. It was the biggest disruption of money since coins. Here was an idea that could revolutionize the financial world. A communal articulation of a new era. Fuck American Express. Fuck Western Union. Fuck Visa. Fuck the Fed. Fuck the Treasury. Fuck the deregulated thievery of the twenty-first century. To the earliest settlers, bitcoin suggested a moral way out. It was a money created from the ground up, a currency of the people, by the people, for the people, with all government control extinguished. It was built on a solid base of blockchain technology where everyone participated in the protection of the code. It attracted anarchists, libertarians, whistle-blowers, cypherpunks, economists, extropians, geeks, upstairs, downstairs, left-wing, right-wing. Sure, it could be used by businesses and corporations, but it could also be used by poor people and immigrants to send money home, instantly, honestly, anonymously, without charge, with a click of the keyboard. Everyone in the world had access to your transaction, but nobody had to know your name. It bypassed the suits. All you needed to move money was a phone or a computer. It was freedom of economic action, a sort of anarchy at its democratic best, no rulers, just rules. Bitcoin, to the original explorers, was a safe pass through the government-occupied valleys: Those assholes were up there in the hills, but they didn't have any scopes on their rifles, and besides, bitcoin went through in communal wagons at night. Ordinary punters took a shot. Businesses, too. You could buy silk ties in Paris without any extra bank charges. You could protect your money in Buenos Aires without fear of a government grab. The Winklevoss twins leave the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2011, after appearing in court to ask that the previous settlement case against Facebook be voided. GETTY But freedom can corrupt as surely as power. It was soon the currency that paid for everything illegal under the sun, the go-to money of the darknet. The westward ho! became the outlaw territory of Silk Road and beyond. Heroin through the mail. Cocaine at your doorstep. Child porn at a click. What better way for terrorists to ship money across the world than through a network of anonymous computers? Hezbollah, the Taliban, the Mexican cartels. In Central America, kidnappers began demanding ransom in bitcoin—there was no need for the cash to be stashed under a park bench anymore. Now everything could travel down the wire. Grab, gag, and collect. Uranium could be paid for in bitcoin. People, too. The sex trade was turned on: It was a perfect currency for Madame X. For the online gambling sites, bitcoin was pure jackpot. For a while, things got very shady indeed. Over a couple years, the rate pinballed between $10 and $1,200 per bitcoin, causing massive waves and troughs of online panic and greed. (In recent times, it has begun to stabilize between $350 and $450.) In 2014, it was revealed that hackers had gotten into the hot wallet of Mt. Gox, a bitcoin exchange based in Tokyo. A total of 850,000 coins were "lost," at an estimated value of almost half a billion dollars. The founder of Silk Road, Ross William Ulbricht (known as "Dread Pirate Roberts"), got himself a four-by-six room in a federal penitentiary for life, not to mention pending charges for murder-for-hire in Maryland. Everyone thought that bitcoin was the problem. The fact of the matter was, as it so often is, human nature was the problem. Money means desire. Desire means temptation. Temptation means that people get hurt. During the first Gold Rush in the late 1840s, the belief was that all you needed was a pan and a decent pair of boots and a good dose of nerve and you could go out and make yourself a riverbed millionaire. Even Jack London later fell for the lure of it alongside thousands of others: the western test of manhood and the promise of wealth. What they soon found out was that a single egg could cost twenty-five of today's dollars, a pound of coffee went for a hundred, and a night in a whorehouse could set you back $6,000. A few miners hit pay dirt, but what most ended up with for their troubles was a busted body and a nasty dose of syphilis. The gold was discovered on the property of John Sutter in Sacramento, but the one who made the real cash was a neighboring merchant, Samuel Brannan. When Brannan heard the news of the gold nuggets, he bought up all the pickaxes and shovels he could find, filled a quinine bottle with gold dust, and went to San Francisco. Word went around like a prayer in a flash flood: gold gold gold. Brannan didn't wildcat for gold himself, but at the peak of the rush he was flogging $5,000 worth of shovels a day—that's $155,000 today—and went on to become the wealthiest man in California, alongside the Wells Fargo crew, Levi Strauss, and the Studebaker family, who sold wheelbarrows. If you comb back through the Winklevoss family, you will find a great-grandfather and a great-great-grandfather who knew a thing or two about digging: They worked side by side in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. They didn't go west and they didn't get rich, but maybe the lesson became part of their DNA: Sometimes it's the man who sells the shovels who ends up hitting gold. Like it or not—and many people don't like it—the Winklevoss brothers are shaping up to be the Samuel Brannans of the bitcoin world. Nine months after being portrayed in The Social Network, the Winklevoss twins were back out on the water at the World Rowing Cup. CHRISTOPHER LEE/GETTY They heard about it first poolside in Ibiza, Spain. Later it would play into the idea of ease and privilege: umbrella drinks and girls in bikinis. But if the creation myth was going to be flippant, the talk was serious. "I'd say we were cautious, but we were definitely intrigued," says Cameron. They went back home to New York and began to read. There was something about it that got under their skin. "We knew that money had been so broken and inefficient for years," says Tyler, "so bitcoin appealed to us right away." They speak in braided sentences, catching each other, reassuring themselves, tightening each other's ideas. They don't quite want to say that bitcoin looked like something that might be redemptive—after all, they, like everyone else, were looking to make money, lots of it, Olympic-sized amounts—but they say that it did strike an idealistic chord inside them. They certainly wouldn't be cozying up to the anarchists anytime soon, but this was a global currency that, despite its uncertainties, seemed to present a solution to some of the world's more pressing problems. "It was borderless, instantaneous, irreversible, decentralized, with virtually no transaction costs," says Tyler. It could possibly cut the banks out, and it might even take the knees out from under the credit-card companies. Not only that, but the price, at just under ten dollars per coin, was in their estimation low, very low. They began to snap it up. They were aware, even at the beginning, that they might, once again, be called Johnny-come-latelys, just hopping blithely on the bandwagon—it was 2012, already four years into the birth of the currency—but they went ahead anyway, power ten. Within a short time they'd spent $11 million buying up a whopping 1 percent of the world's bitcoin, a position they kept up as more bitcoins were mined, making their 1 percent holding today worth about $66 million. But bitcoin was flammable. The brothers felt the burn quickly. Their next significant investment came later that year, when they gave $1.5 million in venture funding to a nascent exchange called BitInstant. Within a year the CEO was arrested for laundering drug money through the exchange. So what were a pair of smart, clean-cut Olympic rowers doing hanging around the edges of something so apparently shady, and what, if anything, were they going to do about it? They mightn't have thought of it this way, but there was something of the sheriff striding into town, the one with the swagger and the scar, glancing up at the balconies as he comes down Main Street, all tumbleweeds and broken pianos. This place was a dump in most people's eyes, but the sheriff glimpsed his last best shot at finally getting the respect he thinks he deserves. The money shot: A good stroke will catch the water almost without breaking its seal. You stir without rippling. Your silence is sinewy. There's muscle in that calm. The violence catches underneath, thrusts the boat along. Stroke after stroke. Just keep going. Today's truth dies tomorrow. What you have to do is elemental enough. You row without looking behind you. You keep the others in front of you. As long as you can see what they're doing, it's all in your hands. You are there to out-pain them. Doesn't matter who they are, where they come from, how they got here. Know your enemy through yourself. Push through toward pull. Find the still point of this pain. Cut a melody in the disk of your flesh. The only terror comes when they pass you—if they ever pass you. There are no suits or ties, but there is a white hum in the offices of Gemini in the Flatiron District. The air feels as if it has been brushed clean. There is something so everywhereabout the place. Ergonomic chairs. iPhone portals. Rows of flickering computers. Not so much a hush around the room as a quiet expectation. Eight, nine people. Programmers, analysts, assistants. Other employees—teammates, they call them—dialing in from Portland, Oregon, and beyond. The brothers fire up the room when they walk inside. A fist-pump here, a shoulder touch there. At the same time, there is something almost shy about them. Apart, they seem like casual visitors to the space they inhabit. It is when they're together that they feel fully shaped. One can't imagine them being apart from each other for very long. The Winklevoss twins speak onstage at Bitcoin! Let's Cut Through the Noise Already at SXSW in 2016. GETTY They move from desk to desk. The price goes up, the price goes down. The phones ring. The e-mails beep. Customer-service calls. Questions about fees. Inquiries about tax structures. Gemini was started in late 2015 as a next-generation bitcoin exchange. It is not the first such exchange in the world by any means, but it is one of the most watched. The company is designed with ordinary investors in mind, maybe a hedge fund, maybe a bank: all those people who used to be confused or even terrified by the word bitcoin. It is insured. It is clean. What's so fascinating about this venture is that the brothers are risking themselves by trying to eliminate risk: keeping the boat steady and exploding through it at the same time. It is when they're together that they feel fully shaped. One can't imagine them being apart from each other for very long. For the past couple years, the Winklevosses have worked closely with just about every compliance agency imaginable. They ticked off all the regulatory boxes. Essentially they wanted to ease all the Debting Thomases. They put regulatory frameworks in place. Security and bankability and insurance were their highest objectives. Nobody was going to be able to blow open the safe. They wanted to soothe all the appetites for risk. They told Bitcoin Magazine they were asking for "permission, not forgiveness." This is where bitcoin can become normal—that is, if you want bitcoin to be normal. Just a mile or two down the road, in Soho, a half dozen bitcoiners gather at a meetup. The room is scruffy, small, boxy. A half mannequin is propped on a table, a scarf draped around it. It's the sort of place that twenty years ago would have been full of cigarette smoke. There's a bit of Allen Ginsberg here, a touch of Emma Goldman, a lot of Zuccotti Park. The wine is free and the talk is loose. These are the true believers. They see bitcoin in its clearest possible philosophical terms—the frictionless currency of the people, changing the way people move money around the world, bypassing the banks, disrupting the status quo. A comedy show is being run out in the backyard. A scruffy young man wanders in and out, announcing over and over again that he is half-baked. A well-dressed Asian girl sidles up to the bar. She looks like she's just stepped out of an NYU business class. She's interested in discovering what bitcoin is. She is regaled by a series of convivial answers. The bartender tells her that bitcoin is a remaking of the prevailing power structures. The girl asks for another glass of wine. The bartender adds that bitcoin is democracy, pure and straight. She nods and tells him that the wine tastes like cooking oil. He laughs and says it wasn't bought with bitcoin. "I don't get it," she says. And so the evening goes, presided over by Margaux Avedisian, who describes herself as the queen of bitcoin. Avedisian, a digital-currency consultant of Armenian descent, is involved in several high-level bitcoin projects. She has appeared in documentaries and on numerous panels. She is smart, sassy, articulate. When the talk turns to the Winklevoss brothers, the bar turns dark. Someone, somewhere, reaches up to take all the oxygen out of the air. Avedisian leans forward on the counter, her eyes shining, delightful, raged. "The Winklevii are not the face of bitcoin," she says. "They're jokes. They don't know what they're saying. Nobody in our community respects them. They're so one-note. If you look at their exchange, they have no real volume, they never will. They keep throwing money at different things. Nobody cares. They're not part of us. They're just hangers-on." "Ah, they're just assholes," the bartender chimes in. "What they want to do," says Avedisian, "is lobotomize bitcoin, make it into something entirely vapid. They have no clue." The Asian girl leaves without drinking her third glass of free wine. She's got a totter in her step. She doesn't quite get the future of money, but then again maybe very few in the world do. Giving testimony on bitcoin licensing before the New York State Department of Financial Services in 2014. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS The future of money might look like this: You're standing on Oxford Street in London in winter. You think about how you want to get to Charing Cross Road. The thought triggers itself through electrical signals into the chip embedded in your wrist. Within a moment, a driverless car pulls up on the sensor-equipped road. The door opens. You hop in. The car says hello. You tell it to shut up. It does. It already knows where you want to go. It turns onto Regent Street. You think,A little more air-conditioning, please. The vents blow. You think, Go a little faster, please. The pace picks up. You think, This traffic is too heavy, use Quick(TM). The car swings down Glasshouse Street. You think, Pay the car in front to get out of my way. It does. You think, Unlock access to a shortcut. The car turns down Sherwood Street to Shaftsbury Avenue. You pull in to Charing Cross. You hop out. The car says goodbye. You tell it to shut up again. You run for the train and the computer chip in your wrist pays for the quiet-car ticket for the way home. All of these transactions—the air-conditioning, the pace, the shortcut, the bribe to get out of the way, the quick lanes, the ride itself, the train, maybe even the "shut up"—will cost money. As far as crypto-currency enthusiasts think, it will be paid for without coins, without phones, without glass screens, just the money coming in and going out of your preprogrammed wallet embedded beneath your skin. The Winklevosses are betting that the money will be bitcoin. And that those coins will flow through high-end, corporate-run exchanges like Gemini rather than smoky SoHo dives. Cameron leans across a table in a New York diner, the sort of place where you might want to polish your fork just in case, and says: "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet." He can't remember whom the quote belongs to, but he freely acknowledges that it's not his own. Theirs is a truculent but generous intelligence, capable of surprise and turn at the oddest of moments. They talk meditation, they talk economics, they talk Van Halen, they talk, yes, William Gibson, but everything comes around again to bitcoin. "The key to all this is that people aren't even going to know that they're using bitcoin," says Tyler. "It's going to be there, but it's not going to be exposed to the end user. Bitcoin is going to be the rails that underpin our payment systems. It's just like an IP address. We don't log on to a series of numbers, 115.425.5 or whatever. No, we log on to Google.com. In the same way, bitcoin is going to be disguised. There will be a body kit that makes it user-friendly. That's what makes bitcoin a kick-ass currency." Any fool can send a billion dollars across the world—as long as they have it, of course—but it's virtually impossible to send a quarter unless you stick it in an envelope and pay forty-nine cents for a stamp. It's one of the great ironies of our antiquated money system. And yet the quark of the financial world is essentially the small denomination. What bitcoin promises is that it will enable people and businesses to send money in just about any denomination to one another, anywhere in the world, for next to nothing. A public address, a private key, a click of the mouse, and the money is gone. A Bitcoin conference in New York City in 2014. GETTY This matters. This matters a lot. Credit-card companies can't do this. Neither can the big banks under their current systems. But Marie-Louise on the corner of Libertador Avenue can. And so can Pat Murphy in his Limerick housing estate. So can Mark Andreessen and Bill Gates and Laurene Powell Jobs. Anyone can do it, anywhere in the world, at virtually no charge. You can do it, in fact, from your phone in a diner in New York. But the whole time they are there—over identical California omelettes that they order with an ironic shrug—they never once open their phones. They come across more like the talkative guys who might buy you a drink at the sports bar than the petulants ordering bottle service in the VIP corner. The older they get, the more comfortable they seem in their contradictions: the competition, the ease; the fame, the quiet; the gamble, the sure thing. Bitcoin is what might eventually make them among the richest men in America. And yet. There is always a yet. What seems indisputable about the future of money, to the Winklevosses and other bitcoin adherents, is that the technology that underpins bitcoin—the blockchain—will become one of the fundamental tenets of how we deal with the world of finance. Blockchain is the core computer code. It's open source and peer to peer—in other words, it's free and open to you and me. Every single bitcoin transaction ever made goes to an open public ledger. It would take an unprecedented 51 percent attack—where one entity would come to control more than half of the computing power used to mine bitcoin—for hackers to undo it. The blockchain is maintained by computers all around the world, and its future sidechains will create systems that deal with contracts and stock and other payments. These sidechains could very well be the foundation of the new global economy for the big banks, the credit-card companies, and even government itself. "It's boundless," says Cameron. This is what the brothers are counting on—and what might eventually make them among the richest men in America. And yet. There is always a yet. When you delve into the world of bitcoin, it gets deeper, darker, more mysterious all the time. Why has its creator remained anonymous? Why did he drop off the face of the earth? How much of it does he own himself? Will banks and corporations try to bring the currency down? Why are there really only five developers with full "commit access" to the code (not the Winklevosses, by the way)? Who is really in charge of the currency's governance? Perhaps the most pressing issue at hand is that of scaling, which has caused what amounts to a civil war among followers. A maximum block size of one megabyte has been imposed on the chain, sort of like a built-in artificial dampener to keep bitcoin punk rock. That's not nearly enough capacity for the number of transactions that would take place in future visions. In years to come, there could be massive backlogs and outages that could create instant financial panic. Bitcoin's most influential leaders are haggling over what will happen. Will bitcoin maintain its decentralized status, or will it go legit and open up to infinite transactions? And if it goes legit, where's the punk? The issues are ongoing—and they might very well take bitcoin down, but the Winklevosses don't think so. They have seen internal disputes before. They've refrained from taking a public stance mostly because they know that there are a lot of other very smart people in bitcoin who are aware that crisis often builds consensus. "We're in this for the long haul," says Tyler. "We're the first batter in the first inning." GILLIAN LAUB The waiter comes across and asks them, bizarrely, if they're twins. They nod politely. Who was born first? They've heard it a million times and their answer is always the same: Neither of them—they were born cesarean. Cameron looks older, says the waiter. Tyler grins. Normally it's the other way around, says Cameron, grinning back. Do you ever fight? asks the waiter. Every now and then, they say. But not over this, not over the future. Heraclitus was wrong. You can, in fact, step in the same river twice. In the beginning you went to the shed. No electricity there, no heat, just a giant tub where you simulated the river. You could only do eleven strokes. But there was something about the repetition, the difference, even the monotony, that hooked you. After a while it wasn't an abandoned shed anymore. College gyms, national training centers. Bigger buildings. High ceilings. AC. Doctors and trainers. Monitors hooked up to your heart, your head, your blood. Six foot five, but even then you were not as tall as the other guys. You liked the notion of underdog. Everyone called you the opposite. The rich kids. The privileged ones. To hell with that. They don't know us, who we are, where we came from. Some of the biggest chips rest on the shoulders of those with the least to lose. Six foot five times two makes just about thirteen feet. You sit in the erg and you stare ahead. Day in, day out. One thousand strokes, two thousand. You work with the very best. You even train with the Navy SEALs. It touches that American part of you. The sentiment, the false optimism. When the oil fields are burning, you even think, I'll go there with them. But you stay in the boat. You want that other flag rising. That's what you aim for. You don't win but you get close. Afterward there are planes, galas, regattas, magazine spreads, but you always come back to that early river. The cold. The fierceness. The heron. Like it or not, you're never going to get off the water—that's just the fact of the matter, it's always going to be there. Hard to admit it, but once you were wrong. You got out of the boat and you haggled over who made it. You lost that one, hard. You might lose this one, too, but then again it just might be the original arc that you're stepping toward. So you return, then. You rise before dark. You drag your carcass along Broadway before dawn. All the rich men in the world want to get shot into outer space. Richard Branson. Jeff Bezos. Elon Musk. The new explorers. To get the hell out of here and see if they—and maybe we—can exist somewhere else for a while. It's the story of the century. We want to know if the pocket of the universe can be turned inside out. We're either going to bring all the detritus of the world upward with us or we're going to find a brand-new way to exist. The cynical say that it's just another form of colonization—they're probably right, but then again maybe it's our only way out. The Winklevosses have booked their tickets—numbers 700 and 701—on Branson's Virgin Galactic. Although they go virtually everywhere together, the twins want to go on different flights because of the risk involved: Now that they're in their mid-thirties, they can finally see death, or at least its rumor. It's a boy's adventure, but it's also the outer edge of possibility. It cost a quarter of a million dollars per seat, and they paid for it, yes, in bitcoin. Of course, up until recently, the original space flights all splashed down into the sea. One of the ships that hauled the Gemini space capsule out of the water in 1965 was the Intrepid aircraft carrier. The Winklevosses no longer pull their boat up the river. Instead they often run five miles along the Hudson to the Intrepid and back. The destroyer has been parked along Manhattan's West Side for almost as long as they have been alive. It's now a museum. The brothers like the boat, its presence, its symbolism: Intrepid, Gemini, the space shot. They ease into the run.
Bitcoin is finally coming to New Zealand! Check out this crypto New Zealand Conference in May. Andreas Antonopoulos, Vitalik Buterin, Pamela Morgan
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NZ is the third blockchain conference to run in New Zealand, after a sold-out, multi-city flagship event in May 2016 and the Southern Hemisphere's first bitcoin conference in November 2014. The blockchain technology is the promise of a new era in commerce, with no middlemen, no rent extraction, and low entry barriers. NZ empowers organisations to collaborate, undertake R&D, and commercialise new disruptive blockchain business models. New York based Margaux Avedisian is a publicist, entrepreneur, and advisor in the Bitcoin and Blockchain industry. Why a blockchain is required for online voting New voting protocols we can build using blockchains Why democracy is being held back How new voting protocols help solve these problems What democracy looks like 30 years from now. Now he is CEO of Digital Asset Exchange, runs the Global Retail Division of Bitcoin.com, and President of the Blockchain Association of New Zealand.
DLD14 - Bitcoin: Money Sans Frontieres - four 15min talks
The first video of this conference was appreciated, the 2nd one didn´t get much attention in bitcoin. So I post here again as I really enjoyed this talk as well. This time with link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8JuTMFuXuU In this video there are 4 short talks: Peter Šurda - What is Bitcoin? starting at 04:00 Margaux Avedisian - Remittance 16:15 Rodolfo Andragnes - Bitcoin in Argentina 22:30 Johann Gevers - The big picture 36:30 <--- If you don´t have time to watch the hole thing, start watching with the last talk as they get more and more interesting (the first one probably doens´t have anything new for us here in bitcoinmarkets).
Reporte Semanal #2 Junio 2015 I Análisis de Mercado de Bitex.la
Durante la última semana la moneda digital operó una fuerte suba desde el mínimo en USD 226.83, llegando a un máximo de USD 257.39, precio que alcanzó luego de cinco swings acompañado por volúmenes operados que no se veían en mucho tiempo. Luego de alcanzar el máximo, vemos claramente tres swings a la baja y en la última jornada vemos una lateralización del precio. Entendemos que si supera la resistencia sobre los USD 250 podría reconstruirse la tendencia. https://d262ilb51hltx0.cloudfront.net/max/800/1*eIfRAAJTiXHu1uziT4GrSw.png Hoy 19/06/2015 (a las 13 hs UTC) el Bitcoin opera en USD 245.99, probablemente veamos una corrección hacia la zona del círculo azul en las próximas horas, deberemos esperar y ver si despega arrimándose a los USD 250. La red social Reveal impulsada por cryptocurrencys ha cerrado una financiación de 1.5 millones con inversores que incluyen a Mike Hirshland de Resolute Ventures, Boost VC, Digital Currency Group y el Fondo StartX Stanford. Fundada por Matt Ivester, ex director general de la red social Kindr, así como el sitio de noticias de chismes universitarios JuicyCampus y el CTO de Kindr Josh Beal, Reveal esta mejor descripta como una aplicación móvil social de Q & A orientada visualmente. Al igual que Instagram, SNAPCHAT, Vine y otras nuevas redes sociales, Reveal apunta a usuarios en la escuela secundaria y la universidad. A diferencia de estos líderes del mercado, Reveal ofrece una combinación única de garabatos, fotos, vídeos y criptomonedas. Ivester dijo a CoinDesk: “Para una red social, más que la mayoría de las empresas, los usuarios realmente aportan una enorme cantidad de valor al decirle a sus amigos acerca de la red para que crezca, pero luego también sobre una base del día a día contribuye el contenido que atrae otros usuarios y los mantiene regresando “. Al igual que con anteriores esfuerzos de orientación social en el espacio de la criptomoneda, revelan que la moneda será emitida en cantidades limitadas y distribuida a los usuarios como ingresos por publicidad. Sinergia Social Con la creación de este mercado , Ivester explicó,los objetivos de Reveal, primero apelando a una audiencia clave que tal vez podría ganar el máximo provecho de la herramienta — influenciadores en otros sitios web sociales. Ivester dijo que Reveal ha estado trabajando con prominentes usuarios de Instagram y vid que ya tienen un gran número de seguidores con la esperanza de que su Q & A encuentre apelación. Continuó: “Ellos pueden decir: ‘Si de verdad quieres llegar a conocerme, no sólo ver mis fotos o videos de entretenimiento, tienen que seguirme en Reveal’, porque eso es lo que realmente estamos haciendo aquí. Creemos que eso es realmente un gran crecimiento de estrategia para nosotros “. Filosofía de usuario Es de destacar, es que los fundadores de Reveal han optado por un modelo de ingresos primero en la comunidad dado que la aplicación podría haber encontrado un público aún sin una ficha de proporcionar un incentivo. El hecho de que el intercambio de valor con los usuarios puede que no sea “la decisión de negocio perfecto”, fue reconocido por los fundadores. Sin embargo, Ivester dijo que era “lo que hay que hacer”, lo que sugiere que Reveal podría atraer a los usuarios que se sienten disgustados por los enfoques de generación de ingresos de otros gigantes de la red social. “Creo que podemos crear un mejor UX a través de este,” Beal comentó. “Algunos usuarios están molestos por los anuncios en Facebook, se sienten como que no es algo que les beneficia.” En cuanto a cómo van a tratar de educar a su audiencia sobre la criptomoneda, tanto Beal como Ivester indicaron que ellos creen que el concepto de propiedad comunitaria será inherentemente entendido por la audiencia de Reveal, incluso si los detalles técnicos son más ajenos a los usuarios. Buscando el crecimiento Aunque entusiasmados con las posibilidades de revelar la moneda, Ivester y Beal trataron de subrayar su creencia de que la experiencia del usuario de la aplicación puede valerse por sí misma. “Reveal es una forma de mostrar su personalidad a través de fotos y videos. El contenido se siente mucho más personal que las otras redes. Hay texto, foto y video, así que se siente como si estuvieran teniendo una conversación con alguien”, dijo. Ivester indicó que Reveal utilizará los fondos para escalar su equipo, construir una aplicación para Android y comenzar a explorar las posibilidades para el uso continuado de revelar la moneda en las nuevas formas de la red. Y concluyó: “Hay mucho más que queremos hacer, y esto va a permitir que lo hagamos aún más rápido.” Gyft y el desarrollador de Bitcoin API Chain se han asociado para crear Gyft Block, una plataforma de negociación con el objetivo de facilitar el intercambio de tarjetas de regalo. Anunciado en el MoneyConf de Belfast, la noticia marca el más reciente paso del CEO de Gyft Vinny Lingham en la transición de su compañía de tarjetas de regalo para moviles, uno de los comerciantes más activos de Bitcoin a un partidario más directo de su tecnología subyacente. Gyft Block es parte de la misión más amplia de Gyft para digitalizar tarjetas de regalo para que puedan ser negociadas de forma segura utilizando la contabilidad pública del bitcoin, la blockchain. ‘Tarjetas de regalo 2,0’ se denomina, el ambicioso proyecto que fue revelado por primera vez en el SXSW de marzo y siguio ncon la propia participación de Lingham como asesor e inversor en los llamados ‘2.0’ cripto empresas, incluyendo Koinify y Trustatom. Un comunicado de Gyft implicaba que la plataforma podría resolver los problemas reales para el mercado de tarjetas de regalo de $ 100 mil millones: “Los consumidores pueden canjear diferentes formas de valor digital en una sola transacción: por ejemplo, un consumidor puede comprar una taza de café por la combinación de una tarjeta de regalo, punto de recompensa de marca y promocional, ya que todos los activos digitales basados en blockchain operan en el mismo abierto normas “. En un documento adjunto, la cabeza de los proyectos especiales de Gyft, Guillaume Lebleu sugiere Gyft Block buscaría establecer un API común para los emisores de tarjetas de regalo que se replicaria a las redes de crédito y débito. Nuevo libro blanco Seguimiento de Lebleu ofrece una visión general de los bloques de construcción tecnológicos en los que se basan las tarjetas de regalo, y cómo Gyft cree migrar estos atributos a la blockchain podría ser beneficioso. “Crédito y débito requieren una infraestructura estándar entre miles de instituciones financieras y millones de comercios … Una tarjeta de regalo, por el contrario, es un instrumento singular normalmente redimido sólo con el comerciante que lo emitió,” explica. En el post, Lebleu pasa a describir las formas en que Gyftblock permitirá a los proveedores emitir tarjetas de regalo en la blockchain que puede ser mediante programación compatible con las leyes locales. Por ejemplo, la tecnología multisig permitiría a las claves de una billetera Bitcoin tener un activo de tarjeta de regalo para ser distribuidos entre varias partes, incluyendo el emisor, titular de la tarjeta y de terceros para ayudar a hacer cumplir las normas necesarias. “El director del programa de co-firma es de confianza para hacer cumplir los términos y reglamentos de los activos, incluyendo los límites de gastos diarios y las transferencias no autorizadas, al rechazar cualquier transacción que no cumpla”, continúa. Los costes de emisión de tarjetas de regalo en la blockchain también son favorables para el costo de impresión de tarjetas de regalo de plástico, dice Lebleu. Su mensaje concluye: “En última instancia, las billeteras inteligentes serán capaces de conectarse a los mercados, identificar oportunidades de arbitraje y realizar en las complejas cadenas de fondo de comercio que maximiza la capacidad de compra de los consumidores sin comprometer su privacidad o control.” MonetaGo, un nuevo intercambio con la ambición de tomar bitcoin “global”, puesto en marcha en 40 países en la actualidad. Primero anunciado en abril, la plataforma ofrece bitcoin compra y venta en 28 monedas locales. Como un twist, los usuarios de MonetaGo también pueden “Fix” o “peg” su bitcoin a estos diversos tipos de cambio. En declaraciones a CoinDesk,el emprendedor en serie Jesse Chenard, CEO de MonetaGo, dijo: “La Moneda digital se supone que es este fenómeno global que va a permitir la transmisión transparente de los fondos a través de fronteras, pero la realidad es que el 90 y pico por ciento de todo el comercio bitcoin sucede en sólo tres monedas.” Al extender los servicios a mercados desatendidos fuera del dólar, el yuan y el euro, Chenard y sus co-fundadores esperan hacer bitcoin más accesible y rentable para los nuevos usuarios. En la superficie, la interfaz de MonetaGo es poco diferente a otras. Sin embargo, bajo el capó de la plataforma — construida utilizando la tecnología alphaPoint — tiene acceso a 35 libros de pedidos de una red de intercambios regionales asociadas, a través de su API. Chenard dijo que la plataforma tiene como objetivo alcanzar los 50 socios a finales de 2015. Valor fijo Al igual que Bitreserve, MonetaGo ofrece a los usuarios la capacidad de “arreglar” su valor bitcoin a cualquiera de sus 27 monedas de la región. Sin embargo, mientras que el primero no ofrece la opción de cobrar ‘Bitdollars’ a dólares reales (sólo bitcoin), MonetaGo lo hace. La capacidad de enviar este valor fijo en bitcoin a otros usuarios, quienes pueden convertirlo a otras monedas, podría ser beneficioso para las empresas, no sólo para los consumidores, dijo Chenard. Además de proteger a ambas partes de la volatilidad del bitcoin, el proceso podría acelerar los pagos a las empresas que carecen de una red bancaria correspondiente rápida y fiable entre ellas. “Usted tiene un saldo de $ 12 y termina teniendo que gastar otros $ 45 para conseguir sus 18 dólares.” Chenard dice que está “todavía racionalizando” cómo la gente va a utilizar esta funcionalidad ‘enviar’. Por ahora, la atención se centra en conseguir relaciones bancarias de MonetaGo herméticas, para asegurar que fiat dentro y fuera de las rampas sea suave. En términos de tasas, la plataforma será gratuita por las primeras semanas, después la carga sera de entre el 0,1% y el 0,5% por el comercio, dependiendo del volumen mensual de cada usuario. “Si va a convertir en dos ocasiones [utilizando la función” enviar “] que estamos buscando la manera de reducir a la mitad esa tasa ya que estamos doblando la carga en ese punto”, dijo el director general. MonetaGo es financiado privadamente por un puñado de inversionistas, incluyendo Chenard, quien dice que es probable que el Exchnage recaude una ronda en “bastante poco”. Junto Chenard, cuya empresa Tremor vídeo salió a bolsa en 2013, el equipo de la fundación de MonetaGo incluye al “co-fundador en serie” de Chenard OCM Tad Davis, ex-CEO alphaPoint Margaux Avedisian y de Igot Patrick Manasés. La start-up Eliptic ha anunciado una nueva herramienta de visualización para la blockchain que dibuja las conexiones entre varios mercados oscuros conocidos e intercambios Bitcoin. Llamado el “Bitcoin Big Bang”, la característica es parte de una oferta dirigida a las empresas que buscan reforzar sus esfuerzos contra el lavado de dinero. La herramienta, que muestra una web interactiva de entidades blockchain, muestra como la Ruta de la Seda, por ejemplo, se conecta a varios ‘Intercambios conocidos’ que opera actualmente. el CEO de Eliptic James Smith dijo a CoinDesk que la empresa del Reino Unido tiene la intención de lanzar una API en julio, que ofrecerá una gama más amplia de información a los clientes participantes, un grupo que probablemente incluirá intercambios y otras empresas que se ocupan de los bitcoins en nombre de los clientes. Según Smith, las identidades de los intercambios en la herramienta fueron retenidos porque “pensamos que sería más perjudicial para su negocio y nuestra relación con nombres”, haciendo hincapié en que el objetivo del proyecto no es reducir la privacidad de la blockchain, si no para poner más información en manos de las empresas que la necesitan para mantenerse en regla. Le dijo a CoinDesk: “Queremos ayudar a aquellas empresas de una manera más rigurosa a tener en cuenta las transacciones que podrían estar relacionados con la actividad criminal”. El anuncio refleja un cambio hacia el cumplimiento por el custodio bitcoin, que puso en marcha el año pasado y recaudó $ 2 millones en financiación inicial en julio de 2014. La compañía va a competir con Chainalysis y Coinalytics, ambas ofrecen herramientas de visualización en tiempo real de la blockchain de bitcoin. Compra Bitcoin en Pesos en nuestra sucursal. 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