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Following is a list of P2P exchanges for trading Bitcoin. Common payment methods include bank transfer, cash deposited in the seller's bank account, in-person cash (face-to-face) trades as well as payment networks such as Zelle, Alipay, even Cash App and PayPal, for example. Any that I am missing?
Dear Pundians, Thank you for participating in the AMA session with Pundi X co-founder and CEO Zac Cheah. For those of you who may have missed it, the live recording of the AMA session held on July 3 at 10:00 am GMT+8, tackling Q2 progress and addressing questions and concerns by the community members, can be viewed here. A side note that today’s AMA video quality and setting was not ideal. We acknowledge this situation and will make improvement for our next AMA session. You may also find a summary of the Q2 progress presentation as well as all the detail Q&A below. ## Pundi X Q2 2019 Highlights * Pundi X has integrated more public chains into our products. In Q2, we completed integration of Binance Chain. NEM chain is in the work. As of today we’ve launched BNB, the Binance Chain native Coin and XEM, NEM native coin on Pundi X payment platform. We will integrate at least one more public chain in Q3. * The transactions on XPOS for Q2 is 15.5 million in USD, which is close to 300% quarterly growth. The number of transactions is 29,367, which leads to a 11% growth QoQ. * XPOS has successfully received FCC and KC certifications. A new certification for Latin American market is on the way. * To expand XPOS footprint, Pundi X’s integration with a new leading mainstream point-of-sales device is in the work. Stay tuned for the announcement. * Pundi X Open Platform was launched in May, 2019, which now supports ERC20 and BEP2 token listing. Moving forward, we will continue to support tokens from other public chains. * A 3,000 XPASS order from DigiX, a gold-based token, and a 10,000 XPASS order from BitCobie this quarter. * XPOS is spread in use in over 30 countries. We’ve published a map of XPOS location of self-report XPOS merchant directory. You can find a list of selected XPOS merchants at [https://www.pundix.com/products\](https://www.pundix.com/products). * The QoQ growth of XWallet is tremendous at 43%. In the previous quarter, we have less than 20k users, whereas in Q2 we have hit 297k XWallet users. More updates on XWallet: * Supported BNB and NEM tokens; 2FA, face ID, and optimized SMS serviceAvailable on iOS, Android as well as in Samsung Galaxy Store New features coming up in Q3:- DApp integration - Decentralized wallet- In-app crypto payments - Chat service, which will be compatible with a commonly used chat app- f(x) testnet features to be rolled out first in XWallet ## Other notices coming up in Q3 2019 * The Q2 token removal will take place on July 14, 2019, which will involve in total 34 billion of NPXS and NPXSXEM (22 million worth in USD) removal. In the past 365 days, we’ve removed a total of 36.1 million US dollar worth of NPXS and NPXSXEM. Before Q2 removal, the total supply of NPXS ERC20 is 266,962,422,906.53 and NPXSXEM is 95,816,218,929. [See Q1 removal here.](/pundix/recap-of-ama-with-zac-on-july-3-and-q2-report-a23de165dd28) * [NPXSXEM will be ported to Binance Chain from July 20](/pundix/npxsxem-will-be-on-binance-chain-c6485f17726b). * XPhone pre-order will start in late July with a new product name. Stay tuned. Check out the teaser video that we are releasing it across our communication channels. ## Q&A ## On XPOS * **Where are we on official global location of XPOS?** Zac: We have made a map on our official website that merchants can self report and feature their locations. It’s at [https://www.pundix.com/product\](https://www.pundix.com/product). We’ll be increasing and updating the map once we have permission form the merchants to update their locations. * **The marketing from pundi has shifted from 100,000–700,000 xpos units by 2021 to 100,000. I understand the bear market has affected this but please share the strategy moving forward to hit your goal. How do you feel about hitting this goal?** Zac: The 100K XPOS target has always been the initial goal and it’s stated in our whitepaper. And we are still working on achieving the goal by the end of 2021. Part of our growth strategy is to also explore the possibility to port our platform to traditional POS manufacturers to increase the adoption, which is ongoing at the moment. * **1 year ago you sent 5000 XPOS somewhere. When, at least half of them, will be working? 3 year target was 100,000 by 2021. Now we have only 150 units, how do you expect to reach this goal?** Zac: Yes, we have shipped thousands of XPOS to over 30 countries in the world. The 150 you’ve mentioned are the featured merchants which are published on the map. The active XPOS devices are deployed over 33 countries and we are actively talking to B2B partners to have higher wholesale and big deployments. * **How many XPOS are live and used?** Zac: We have gone through a very serious bear market, and some of the initial inbound requests for XPOS are not delivered. However, we are working slowly but surely with our Business Development team to not just roll-out into individual buyers, such as what we did on Pizza Day, but also to B2B partners. With the certifications approved, that will also help us to officially roll out to some of the key markets. Individual merchants can use XWallet collection feature to accept crypto payment with QR code. For the merchants who have physical offline storefronts, they can use XPOS to enable the instant crypto transaction seamlessly. Moreover, as mentioned previously, we are exploring the integration on leading traditional POS terminal so that their distributors have option to enable crypto transaction feature. As for the challenge to adopt XPOS, it is the regulatory compliance in different countries. For this, our legal team think ahead and encourage our merchants to complete KYC. I must be very honest to say the activation takes longer time than we expect but it will be worth at the end. * **What’s the average number of transactions per xpos in use?** Zac: The transaction number has increased very well. The number of each XPOS differs, due to the frequency of using crypto currency to purchase item or crypto assets. There’s no standard answer to this, but overall we see the transaction number and volume are going up. * **How do you plan to reach the target of 100,000 by 2021?** Zac: One of the challenges that we have is regulatory compliances in different countries. There are certain markets that do not allow crypto currencies and some require a clear approval for us to deploy XPOS. We are working on both challenges by talking to governments and applying for certifications. So how we plan to reach 100,000 XPOS user by 2021 is to work with distributors, B2B partners on a government / business level, and with existing POS companies to integrate our software solution into the system. * **We understand as there was bear market and hence Xpos usage demand was low. Are you guys seeing growth of Xpos usage with current market conditions. Can you guys put some statistics comparison like last 30 days Xpos usage vs any month from bear market usage?** Zac: It is very clear that as we moved out from the bear market, the demand for XPOS has been increasing. As we’ve shared just now both the transaction number and volume of Q2 have beaten Q1. We’ll be able to share more transaction numbers once we receive approval from our XPOS merchants. One exciting thing is that, with the listing of different tokens, we also see users using these tokens as a way to transact on XPOS, which means we will be having more ways to transact and this is a growth point for XPOS. * **When will there be more details for XPHONE and XPOS HANDY?** Zac: For XPOS handy, we have finished production and it will be released in Q3 * **When will the iOS version of XWallet and XPOS be fully translated to other languages?** Zac: Right now, the XWallet has Traditional Chinese, Korean, Spanish, German and English. With the latest version update, it now includes Portuguese. XPOS also comes with many languages and we hope to finish with more language, either working with professionals or volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us. * **When will the Merchant back office have Product Registration and SKU id ability and also integrate with other POS software?** * **When will the top-up feature go away for XPOS to allow liquidity for XPOS** Zac: We constantly update features in XPOS and merchant backend to make it easier for distributors and merchants to use. We understand that one of the ways for mass adoption is to enhance our distributor management system. With that, the distributors can manage manay XPOS at one time with different merchants. Please stay tuned as we announce more and more functions of this feature. ## On Dubai * **When will we see the deployment of the XPOS in Dubai?** * **Can we spend NPXS on the Dubai XPOS?** Zac: As with all big projects there are a lot of moving parts, that includes working very closely with the local government, in Dubai’s case, the Credit Bureau of the Finance Ministry. Things are progressing for the Dubai project but due to confidentiality agreements with the parties involved, we cannot reveal much. All we can say is that we and our Dubai partners are working hard to have XPOS roll-out in the Dubai market and the UAE. We are also discussing aggressively with Dubai partners whether to include crypto assets in the XPOS in Dubai. That clearly will involve local compliance and legal for that to happen. * **Your system upgrades expect merchants to have downtime on their XPOS terminals, can you explain if you plan to run a business why this would be considered feasible (specially at the rate you have been doing your upgrades)?** Zac: Yes, the benefit / strength of the XPOS is that most of the updates can be done on the fly. For example, when we have a token update on our XPOS where developers submit their tokens on Open Platform, the updates of this token are on the fly, which means that once we approve the token on our Open Platform, it will automatically appear on XPOS without any software updates. The great thing that we believe about XPOS is not just the support of crypto assets, but also the ability to update most things on the fly, which means that whenever we have a good feature or a new token, the updates will be done instantaneously. * **Can you guys arrange at least a community voting which is the next blockchain we would like to see next in XPOS? Voting will help to prioritize to chose the projects.** Zac: One of the reasons why BNB is being listed on the XPOS is simply because of its popularity and also our user demand, in a way that we are already answering to our community’s request. Right now, our main focus is getting all the tokens submitted on Open Platform to be listed on the XPOS. The submission process includes legal and compliance valid, so our legal and compliance teams are working hard to make sure that we have more tokens to roll out onto Open Platform, which means that they will be on XPOS, XWallet, and XPASS. As to a specific voting mechanism, we’d like to consider that and hopefully we’ll be able to run a specific voting for the chain which users would like to see. * **While comparing Xpos handy to Square POS devices at least with mobile it’s very cheap like under $30 and easy to use. When can we expect such light weight and cheaper version for XPOS? Is team working on such devices ?** Zac: There are different POS companies around the globe and pour focus is to work with these POS companies with our software, so that a crypto sales feature will be part of the existing POS system. The more support of crypto asset usage using our software on existing POS, the better it is for global adoption. We actually strongly believe that the pricing of our POS system is competitive in the market. And one of the great features of the XPOS is that the merchants will not need not to pay a certain percentage to existing acquirer but to be able to earn certain percentage from each transaction. That is the key differentiator for merchant to want to adopt this. * **From the website with some of the key Countries for XPOS adoption looks great. However, the concern is for Venezuela, there is no reference link like the others have. Can you guys add the link with details to clear the ambiguity?** Zac: Let’s give a little bit more patience so that we can actually release more information about our Venezuelan partnership. The good news is that we expect concrete news from Venezuela in the coming 2 weeks. So stay up-to-date about our Venezuelan roll out on XPOS, the best way is to subscribe to our telegram group for Venezuela. ## On Partnerships * **Are there some major partnership in the works? I’m also interested in how you do immediate transactions? Do you anticipate scaling issues?** Zac: The way XPOS is being designed is that when you use your crypto assets to purchase, it will have instantaneous confirmation because the action is an off-chain process. An on-chain action happens when a user who owns crypto assets in our system transferring the assets out of the Pundi X ecosystem to their own wallets; or to transfer crypto assets in Pundi X from an off-chain to a private wallet, which we will have very soon on XWallet itself. That is why we are able to handle scaling. When a person wants to use crypto currency to buy a coffee, the transaction will happen instantaneously. For specific partnership, especially with B2B partnership, we oblige to the NDA that we have signed. But if you follow us closely, you’ll know that we go to different parts of the world, talking to major companies to try to land more deals so that NPXS usage will increase dramatically. * **Any big partnerships for making xphone or using the software for xBlockchain?** Zac: These partnerships are also subjected to NDA, so please be patient for us to release more news. * **When will XPOS have approval to process Visa and MasterCard payments?** Zac: We have met representatives from these players including some of the key management people. They are obviously looking into crypto currency attentively, and we hope that there’s something we can do with MasterCard and/or Visa. This is something that the community has suggested and we agree fully. Please allow us with some time to work on this. We have also showcased XPOS to the CEO of MasterCard. For what or when will anything happen, please wait for our official announcement. * **What’s the status on Quantum fund and their contribution or involvement with Pundi’s project?** Zac: We announced last year that we are creating a fund to invest in projects beneficial to our ecosystem. We’ve identified some interesting projects, and we have invested in at least 1 project. The reason why we’re investing in that project is because of the services that it will bring onto the Pindi X ecosystem. So the purpose of the investment of the companies is that these companies in turn will benefit on our ecosystem. This is our key consideration. The team has evaluated the projects that will benefit the Pundi X / Function X ecosystem. Vic and his team will be able to reveal more details on the companies we have invested in and how they will contribute to our ecosystem in Q3. * **Recent update on NPXSXEM is highly ambiguous as mentioned that it will be now BEP token and later once FX goes live it will get back to Fx platform. Why you guys had so rush to use Binance chain only for few months? Isn’t you guys switching to much in a short time span?** Zac: Liquidity and utility have been an issue for NPXSXEM. Due to the design philosophy and the limit of token that can be created on NEM’s smart contract, we are only able to create a small number of tokens on NPXSXEM. By moving into the Binance chain for NPXSXEM, the BEP2 token version will be able to support all the NPXSXEM tokens, which means that we’ll migrate and also be able to make sure all the NPXSXEM tokens are under the same contract address. We believe with the strong liquidity, we will be able to give our NPXSXEM token holders a good reason of what the token holders have been waiting for. We hope to bring NPXSXEM to match the level of NPXS. * **When #XRP?** Zac: Our OpenPlatform is a currency agnostic platform, which means that we will work on integrating public chain as well as tokens that are most requested by the users. We’ll also be looking into the listing of different tokens that are being mentioned by the community. As said, we will have at least one more public chain integration in Q3, perhaps even more. * **Are you as a company going to try and connect with libra? If they have said they want to be a payment remittance service, have Square, PayPal, Visa on board I as an investor would prefer you try to join them rather than beat such large competitors** Zac: Of course, we’ll be delighted to work with Facebook and also the Libra coin. Pundi X and XPOS is a currency agnostic / currency neutral platform, if there’s opportunity to list Libra coin or work with Facebook in different ways to promote crypto currency adoption, we’ll certainly look into that and work on reaching out to them. ## On Trading * **Can you confirm during AMA, Pundi team is not involved with any trading with their own token like selling over time to manage the fund to run the company.** Zac: All the wallet addresses of the team holdings are disclosed and transparent. This is one of the first things that we did after ICO. Hence, our token holdings are transparent and everyone can monitor our fund transactions. Also, we have strict internal financial regulation and compliance, shows that we are here to build a long-term project. The best way to make NPXS or the NPXSXEM to rise is real daily life use case. * **When will you stop manipulating NPXS chart?** Zac: Our focus has always been and will be building great products. The more product usage, the demands for NPXS and NPXSXEM will increase. Let’s address again that, Pundi X the company is NOT involved in any manipulation of the NPXS price. There are trading teams, market makers, financial institutions that profit from the drop and rise of token prices in the crypto market. The good thing about NPXS is that we have managed to create a high liquidity by listing on 40+ exchanges and having global trades and demand from all over the world. We hope this and coupled with the fact that we are a solid product and roll out the use cases, the demand of NPXS will only continue to rise and will be able to deter any of the traders or speculators there is for NPXS. These traders gain profit from manipulating tokens whether BTC or other tokens. In fact, the traditional financial markets have similar challenges as well. What I want to stress is that, we at Pundi X, do NOT speculate or manipulate the price. We work very hard to create demands for NPXS and as a company, it is only beneficial for us to see the prices of NPXS and NPXSXEM rise. * **Can we please address the elephant in the room which is the Binance bot with huge sell walls and buy walls causing huge distress and concern among users?** Zac: First, I cannot confirm nor deny that whether Binance has a bot. I think this is something that you need to ask Binance. We need to work with Binance because Binance has one of the biggest liquidities, if not the greatest liquidity, for NPXS. The best way to counter manipulators is to create more use case, more demand and more acceptance of our tokens. * **Why on almost all exchanges do you not offer a USDT trading pair?** Zac: We have USDT trading pairs on Bittrex, Bittrue, and more. In addition, we have fiat pairs in Korean Won, IDR, INR, and Turkish liras. We will continue to work on adding trading pairs for NPXS to make it more liquidate. * **Why don’t you offer a stable coin sell and purchase on the xpos to help with adoption? Places in Africa with volatile currencies would go crazy for this.** Zac: It’s a great observation. This is a request that’s been asked from many users. We’re working on stable coin listing on XPOS and hopefully it’ll come soon. Stable coin requires a greater compliance and legal validate, which we have been working on since months ago and we hope to have the stable coin up in XPOS soon. * **When will you add an active tracker for coin burn, whether its measured in usd, NPXS or whatever you choose. The community has been asking for this on twitter, reddit and telegram for this entire year.** Zac: It will be hard for us to have a daily tracker of the coin burn, but what we might be able to work on is a tracker which have shown all of the tokens that have been removed from the usage. Thank you for giving us this great suggestion and we will work on it in some form. Zac: Our token supply has always been specified in our white paper, and as promised in our white paper, we will continue to remove tokens through usage and use cases, which we’re working on all the time. * **Price movement. When will NPXS go to which price?** Zac: We cannot comment on the change of the price. Our focus is on building products. We hope by doing that the NPXS value will go up. Again, there’s no way that we can comment on the price. **I believe that burning tokens every 14 weeks keeps the price suppressed and will only lead to huge pumps and dumps. Imo, If the burns were more frequent, the price would move organically.** Zac: We continue removing tokens quarterly per advised by our legal and compliance team. **Is it mandatory npxs swap? What happens for token we have in binance?** Zac: No it’s not a mandatory NPXS swap for FX. **How many NPXS or NPXSXEM was converted?** Zac: In Q2, we will remove 29B NPXSXEM and 9B NPXS. ## On XWallet * **Why not put in XWallet like the place where we can buy and sell like restaurants and shops?** Zac: You are correct. In fact, if you look at XWallet, there is a merchant feature, whereby you can register as a merchant. By becoming a merchant, you will be able to print out your QR code and stick it on your restaurant. People are able to make payment through this QR code. This will act like a mini-XPOS. * **In addition to that having multiple different blockchain in XWallet will increase the XWallet adoption. Hence, we would like to see aggressive game plan and execution from the team and would like to hear that** Zac: That’s a great suggestion. Every day we want to increase use cases for XWallet. In fact, our XWallet update is one of the most frequent in the market. Within 5 months, we have over 10 updates on iOS and Google Play. This does not include soft update which happens every several days. In my view, the effort is very tremendous. * **Is there any plan to add Swap option within XWallet so that people can trade the coins within XWallet?** Zac: Yes, there’s such plan and in fact there is an upcoming feature that people will be able to use coins in XWallet to exchange into other things. The exact form and format have not been reviewed. We hope to share more when we have concrete example. But what you suggested is what we are planning for months ago. * **When will XPOS and XWallet have fiat on ramps?** Zac: This is a good question. It’s not only involved with regulatory compliance but also involved the technical part. This is also something we are planning for months. Once approved, hopefully we are able to support fiat currency on ramps and off ramps on XWallet. **On Others*\* * **How is the internal organization doing? Currently how many employees work for Pundi? Currently how many job positions are open?** Zac: Pundi X has grown tremendously. We are now having over seven offices around the globe. I’m sitting in the Singapore office. We have office in Jakarta, Taiwan, Tokyo, Shenzhen, São Paulo and London. These are the places we have physical offices and house approximately 100 full time employees of Pundi X. The positions open from Pundi X are legal associate in Singapore and other offices. We are looking for more R&D people, especially in Taiwan. We are looking at marketing and PR people in different parts of the world. And we are looking for POS distributors. As a POS distributor, you will work with our business development team and also our technical team to roll out many XPOS which you have a network to control in your local market. * **Would you consider removing the KYC to allow u.s. holder to stake and be rewarded?** Zac: We would love to have more users, including US. However, our compliance and legal advisors have not allowed us to accept US holders to stake and be rewarded. I’m sorry to say that but this is after serious consideration to make such a decision. In fact, it is a very hard decision because we have healthy user base in the US. will continue to monitor the situation in the different markets and be compliant. There are also ways to be rewarded when using XWallet service without KYC. We are looking into to explore more on this and launch new features. Hopefully we are able to bring the beta version for you to test this week or next. **On XPhone*\* * **Where are we on pre-sale announcement of Xphone? It was highlights of Q2 goal. If we are getting delay, that’s ok. But at least community will have some clarification why it’s getting late and when approximately it coming?** Zac: Pre-sale order will start this month. It’s likely the end of July. Pre-sale will take place in different channel including the official website and XWallet. Apart of our own channel, the pre-sale will go live on a 3rd party channel. People will be able to pre-order crypto either in crypto or in fiat. * **Can you discuss in AMA, is participants can pay with Crypto or Credit/debit card or in both ways?** Zac: As a crypto company, we prefer payment in crypto, but fiat, Visa, MasterCard, and other traditional payment methods will be accepted on different pre-order channels. Stay tuned for pre-order which will happen in late July. * **Will the Xphone be open to purchase in all regions of the world?** Zac: Yes, pre-orders will be able to be done on-line, and products will be shipped from our offices to users in different parts of the world. * **Will the blockchain mode on the Xphone be operable during the testnet or will this function not work until mainnet?** Zac: XWallet and XPhone are the first channel and avenue for Function X testnet, so once the testnet is operateble, we will start to engage certain services on XWallet and XPhone into Function X testnet, and ultimately into mainnet. Slowly but surely. * **Does Xphone have hard protective cover,extra Sim slot, also is it enhanced with ip68 water rating?** Zac: XPhone will not be waterproof, so please do not submerge XPhone into water. XPhone will definitely be eavesdrop-proof because we’re using a blockchain mode, only you and you control your own conversation. * **Which country accept the Xphone?** * **Will I also be able to use the SIM-card?** * **The blockchain modus will work in every country (what in the absense of nodes)?** * **Will the XPhone I buy now support updates in the future?** Zac: People from any country will be able to buy XPhone on-line. You will be able to use a SIM for we have built a SIM slot. Wherever you are, the XPhone can be turned on to become a node. Will XPhone support future updates? Yes, of course. Just like the XPOS, we support silent update. It will be like how we support XPOS, many updates. The updates will always be supported on XPhone. **On Function X*\* * **When is the detail white paper coming for FunctionX? Why the team is very resistive to have well documented white paper? We need scientific approach and well documentation on FunctionX to have developers to be more involved.** Zac: Yes, developer involvement is a key criterion of the growth of Function X. We have done 2 things, one is that we have set up Function X Foundation which is led by David Ben Kay and will involve third party adviser and board members. Second, we have set up a developer relations team led by one of our own members as well. This team will work on creating developer documents, developer demos and sample, so that excellent developers can tap into working with Function X resources. The first version of developer documentation is ready in English and Chinese. We are still polishing up the documents and hopefully to release them soon. We are also working with third party developers, and are engaging at least 2 third party developer companies, so that we can help create their services on Function X and also XWallet. We are hoping to showcase a smooth and usable service to the audience, we think this is the key criterion of the Function X growth. Thank you for this suggestion. We need to update more often on github developer documentation as well. As for the white paper, we did not have one per se because Function X did not do an ICO. But we will continue to update our white paper and include not only technical details, but also details on the chain and how we can get more developers and users so that the future hardware will be added as a node and you will be rewarded financially, at least through our ecosystem genesis fund. Please stay tuned and there are a lot of things going on in the company. Each and one of us is working hard. * **Why does the FX ecosystem need a decentralized OS?** Zac: The mantra of Function X is decentralization and having private control of your data. A full private control of your data comes with a decentralized system not just in transmission of your data, but with the operating system built fully for decentralization , which includes a transmission protocol replacing http. The apps uploaded into Function X will be decentralized as well as the data that is stored on the app, which means that how BitCoin or crypto assets are verified on different nodes will also be part of the way we store data and content. The decentralized OS is key to fulfilling a decentralized environment for a more private and free usage. * **What about FX are you most excited about?** Zac: We are actually creating a shift of how people view of blockchain and how decentralization is not just about transacting commercial commodity, but also data, including your identity, are all decentralized. That is what we are most excited about. The only way for us to achieve this is to have developer support, for we need the developers to build on the foundation we have to offer those exciting services. * **We understand that developing a new blockchain is time consuming. As a community we are in a dark space to understand where exactly the development of FX right now.** Zac: We are working hard on creating the testnet and eventually the mainnet. For the latest updates of Function X, what I can encourage you to do is to go on and subscribe to the Function X telegram group where discussions are made. We have formed the Function X Foundation and created the developer relations team, so that the Function X progress will go smoother and with more partnership from outside, whether it’s developers, third party companies, teleco, etc. * **When FX goes live on the mainnet, will FX coin be used to stake and earn NPXS? how will staking work on that new mainnet?** Zac: The NPXS/NPXSXEM staking will last till March 9, 2020 as announced. What we are committed is to create more use cases. For FX tokens, the use cases will be focusing on the Function X Chain and the use cases on Function X that include DApp on Function X and different hardware/software services. * **When fx testnet will be available?** Zac: First I would like to thank you for your constant support. In Q3, we plan to open Function X testnet so that we will be migrating and creating certain use cases that can be used on Function X testnet, starting with our own XWallet. Which means, the XWallet will migrate some features into Function X testnet, and slowly followed by our other Pundi X products, including XPhones, XPASS, Open Platform and Function X own developer related products from third parties.
Hi Bitcoiners! I’m back with the 34th monthly Bitcoin news recap. (a bit late this time, sorry) For those unfamiliar, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you a quick (but not necessarily the best) overview of what happened in bitcoin over the past month. You can see recaps of the previous months on Bitcoinsnippets.com A recap of Bitcoin in October 2019 Adoption
11-18 22:43 - 'List of bitcoin person-to-person (P2P) Exchanges (e.g., Bisq, HodlHodl, LocalCoinSwap, etc.)' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/cointastical removed from /r/Bitcoin within 2807-2817min
''' Following is a list of P2P exchanges for trading Bitcoin. Common payment methods include bank transfer, cash deposited in the seller's bank account, in-person cash (face-to-face) trades as well as payment networks such as Zelle, Alipay, even Cash App and PayPal, for example. Any that I am missing?
[HodlHodl]2 (💵, [⚡]3 ) [NO KYC] <-- Not available in the U.S.
[LocalCoinSwap]4 (💵) [OPTIONAL KYC (i.e., your listing, your terms)]
[Local Lightning]5 (💵, [⚡]3 ) [NO KYC]
[AgoraDesk]7 (💵) [NO KYC]
[Counter.Network]8 (💵) [OPTIONAL KYC]
[Wall Of Coins]9 (💵) [NO KYC]
[Payfair]10 (💵) [NO KYC]
[BuyCrypto.Today]11 [NO KYC]
[BitQuick]12 [NO KYC (when trx amount is under $400)]
[Remitano]13 [NO KYC for Seller (only Buyer must KYC)]
[Totalcoin]14 mobile app [NO KYC (other than phone number verification)]
Mycelium [Local Trader]15 mobile app [[Map]16 ] (💵) [NO KYC]
CryptoMap.me (💵) [NO KYC] <-- Reddit does not permit any link to CryptoMap
[LocalBitcoins]17 [KYC] <-- No more in-person, cash trading
Paxful.com (💵) [KYC] <-- Reddit does not permit any link to Paxful
[Cash4Cash]28 <-- Take seriously the risks and recommendations in the [General Information]29 PSA
[GiftCardExchange]30 <-- Take seriously the risks and recommendations in the [GSX Safe Trading Guide]31
[BitMarket]32 <-- Take seriously the risks and recommendations in the [GSX Safe Trading Guide]31
[BitHalo]34 software [NO KYC]
[OpenBazaar]35 (💵) [NO KYC]
Altcoin-only P2P Trading exchanges
[LocalEthereum]37 (💵) [NO KYC]
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Thanks for taking it easy on me in my first post, guys/gals. It's emboldened me to bring something else up that I didn't want to include in my first post. I'm sure you've read the title by now... and you're probably thinking I'm full of it, because you've scoured the code, as have thousand, yet nobody has been able to find the backdoor... The reason why nobody has found it is because you were looking in the wrong place... It's been in front of us the whole time, and despite it being right smack in front of our noses, it's not something you can simply hack (at least not yet), because it's built into the design. I really hope that Satoshi truly was not one person, that if Satoshi really is/was one person then s/he isn't dead yet (for ease of reading, I will refer to Satoshi as "they" from now on, despite me not believing that), and that if they really were/are one person, that they shared what I'm about to tell you, or made provisions for it to be shared somehow with someone trustworthy and capable enough to handle it upon their death. Given their writings and the amount of forethought that went into every step of their actions, I truly believe that they did make provisions, but only time could tell us with any certainty. I believe that Satoshi did this as a precaution. A protection, in case things go the wrong way. Playing out in my head the 4-dimensional global chess game of our current situation and how things are progressing, I think that there's a 50/50 chance of it still being needed... but I'm no Edgar Roy. Satoshi's backdoor necessitates a few things for it to not only be needed, but for it to be potentially successfully used. First, the inevitable coming global financial crisis must be well underway. (I believe that the Satoshi's final card was meant to be the last-ditch resolution to the potential wars/famines/plagues/pestilences that this crisis can/will cause.) Second, "enough" wealth transfer into bitcoin by not only the politically elite and wealthy, but also the masses, must have occurred. I used quotations because there is no concrete measure of this, so if the Satoshi are alive, they will never know if it has been "enough" so they will therefore wait until the absolute last second to deploy this "backdoor". Hopefully, they won't have to... Keep in mind that adoption follows a logarithmic curve... so the window of opportunity to play Satoshi's final card will probably be very tight. Third, the global financial crisis must have truly gotten to the point where it is so bad that the Satoshi have to believe that there is no longer any hope of peaceful and successful resolution without intervention in the face of potentially plunging the human race into the second Dark Ages. I know what you're thinking... "This goes against everything that Satoshi stood for! I refuse to believe that s/h/th/ey would have left a centralized backdoor like this!" and you may very well be right, and I am looking forward to your adult, mature discussion about this, because I can't think of any other explanation. Hal Finney's death, IMO, is not a valid response, because you need to explain why he would have sat on all those BTC until his death, so this argument is still valid in that case. In fact, the only valid argument I can think of is that the Satoshi all died shortly after the last bitcoins were transferred into those wallets and they erased their tracks. Keep in mind that the genesis of the Satoshi's actions and therefore the outcomes of those actions necessitated "centralization", and I think that they fully understood the centralization implications of them being the "centralized birth" of bitcoin. Even though the Satoshi collaborated with many people, the original idea and "spark" was almost certainly from one mind... even if the Satoshi were/are an individual... When it comes down to it, "centralization" is necessary (at least temporarily) for progress to occur, because new ideas are formed in the (centralized) individual's mind, which is as small of a centralization as exists in the human race. If we eradicate centralization completely, the voice of the individual ceases to be heard. Imagine if we wouldn't have listened to Nikolai Tesla or Albert Einstein because their voices were too "centralized". You don't believe that is "centralization"? That must mean that you don't think that monarchies are centralized... Sure, this comparison can be poked at in many ways, if you really want to nitpick... it won't distract from the big picture, though. I believe that the Satoshi fully understood that centralization can be a good thing in some situations, in order for individual sparks to be fanned, as long as it is backed by good intentions, kept free from corruption, and time limitations put in place. History has proven that remaining centralized for too long is never a good idea... After all, this is the reason that the most civilized countries put time limits on the terms that leaders can stay in power. The problem is figuring out how long "too long" is, ensuring a means of removing the centralization when it is no longer "good", and also a working definition of "good". "Good" luck... I'm sure that if what I'm saying is true, the Satoshi made provisions for this "backdoor" to not remain "centralized" to them, once its utility was not needed any more... As far as when that utility would not be needed any more, I'll get to that later. So what I believe the Satoshi's backdoor is, is simply the ~1.5m BTC (debatable, of course) that they own. Wait, please hear me out... Given the Satoshi's dedication to forethought, do you really believe that they didn't realize that in the future, any individual or conglomerate that owns 1.5m BTC would hold immense power? Do you really believe that they held onto that many (especially not distributing it over many wallets!) without having a REALLY GOOD reason for it? If you've read all of the Satoshi's writings, don't you think that they realized that by holding that many, it was almost a certainty that their holdings would eventually be discovered and they were going to be targeted in the future? IMO this was one of the primary reasons (if not THE primary reason) that they went into hiding... They were altruistically holding the one global "get out of jail free" card, and knew that they were the only ones that could be trusted with it. Having said that, I really do believe that they did make provisions for it to not be lost in case of their untimely death, and let's not focus on the "Satoshi is a number of individuals" debate, because we won't get anywhere. This is all still applicable in either scenario. So how did the Satoshi believe that their "backdoor" could be our "get out of jail free" card? Simple, really. Given the three assumptions I wrote above, Satoshi would anonymously declare himself, and prove his identity by moving X BTC from one of his addresses (probably to a charity IMO). The entire world would immediately come to attention, and as long as the world's fiats had already started collapsing enough, there would not be another viable store of wealth that is also useful for every day transactions. "What about gold and silver?" you say? Not a useful means of currency today. Sure, it'll always be a good store of wealth (until a vast gold mine is discovered somewhere on earth or another planet), but unless we truly do plunge back into the Dark Ages (in which case the Satoshi would have missed their window of opportunity and their card will become unplayable) global transactions will continue to be necessary, and gold is rather inconvenient and inefficient in that situation. "What about altcoins?" Whether or not you think that all altcoins will die, I don't think that bitcoin will ever lose its store of value. Let's assume that LN is unfortunately unsuccessful, and so is any future update to increase tps... At this point, even if we would never get to the level of using bitcoin for everyday transactions, the worst future for bitcoin would essentially turn it into a digital copy of gold... Slow, cumbersome, expensive and difficult to interact with for everyday small transactions, extremely difficult for global transactions. Yet, gold has held its "value" (buying power, not numerical price, which has all kinds of things affecting it) despite these (and more) drawbacks (especially when compared to bitcoin), and in the face of globalization and digitalization. Yes, I know that transaction cost has gone down since January 2017... and you can show me all the data you want... but until we see what happens in the next bullrun (the best real-world simulation of mass adoption that is possible, outside of virtual mathematical simulations), there is nobody on this planet that can guarantee it to be prepared for true mass adoption, or that future developments will be successful. Nobody knows the future, which means that there are no guarantees, at least for us humans living in this 4-dimensional universe. It's really all besides the point, though. Put simply: worst case scenario, at the very least, bitcoin will forever be a store of value, because it currently equals or exceeds gold in every aspect. As long as humans remain alive in any meaningful way and technology is not lost (this is, ultimately, the Satoshi's goal, is it not?), it will be impossible for it to not become a store of value because of its historical value as being "the first", and at the very least, it will turn into a "collector's item" due to its historical significance. Since there is no way to "sell" somebody your private keys without being certain that there are no other copies of the seed phrase, the "future collectors" will be forced to transfer it to their own wallet, which means that transactions on the blockchain will continue, and bitcoin will never "die" unless the human race is eradicated, or we evolve to the point that we eradicate money (in which case bitcoin won't even be needed any more, but most people alive today don't even have the capacity to visualize this as being not only possible, but also as a potentially desirable future for humans) as well as the human desire to "collect" (which won't have any effect if we truly evolve past "money"). Like I said, though, worst case scenario, and if it will happen, it is quite far off. Definitely at least a few generations, unless we really get our butts in gear (highly unlikely). Anyway, I digress. At this point, you're probably asking: "But what would the Satoshi do, after they publicly declare themselves and prove their identity?" Well, here goes... Keep in mind that this is the Satoshi's last card... and that they would only do this if it got bad enough... but the timing has to be perfect because if they wait too long, they might lose the last hope we might have, if it comes down to it. They absolutely don't want to have to play the final card, either, unless they think it's absolutely necessary to keep us out of the Dark Ages, or worse. I'm sure that they are hoping that they won't have to, but just in the case that things don't turn out the way that they are hoping they will, I think they are planning to threaten to dump their btc all at once in order to crash it, unless the world leaders causing whatever strife stop what they were doing and start playing nice. Since by this point the world leaders would have converted even most of their own holdings primarily into btc/crypto and probably precious metals, they would not want that to happen. Of course, the successful deployment of the Satoshi's final card is not foolproof... and if they are all still alive, then I'm sure they dread the possibility of the day arriving in which they deem that deployment cannot be prolonged. How soon could that day come? No human knows the answer to that, but every day shows us that it is still in the cards. So when would the Satoshi's final card not be needed any more? Easy: if we can pull ourselves out of the coming financial crisis by peacefully converting fiats to crypto before wars/famines/plagues/pestilences kill too many, and we can peacefully focus on humans becoming an interplanetary species before another mass extinction level event happens, whether or not we cause it. But, as Ron Paul recently said: "The first steps are passing the 'Audit the Fed' bill, allowing people to use alternative currencies, and exempting all transactions in precious metals and cryptocurrencies from capital gains taxes and other taxes." Unfortunately, that seems like an alternate reality at this point, rather than even a far-off future, and every passing day seems to shift us closer to the possibility of the Satoshi's final card play being necessary, with no hope of change appearing yet on the horizon. Over the years, (in my mind, at least) the possible situations ending in the Satoshi's final card not needing to be played have one by one been invalidated, until now it truly hangs almost precisely in the balance at about 50%. One can only hope, though, that if it comes down to it being necessary, the Satoshi's final card will be played so masterfully and skillfully that it will be the game-ending Final-Boss-killing "Ultimate Fatality" to fiats and currency mismanagement by those who wish to oppress, truly the "Trump to end all Trumps" (no potential future pun intended? please don't let it come to that?). One way or another, the illusion of time marches on, and most people alive today will probably have to witness the Satoshi's final card being played. Every day, more cycles and signs converge in this direction. The coming years are going to be one heck of a doozy, so invest and prepare wisely, and make sure you bring lots of popcorn... and let's just hope that the dolphins aren't all going to disappear one day. "The way I see it, there's only two possible outcomes: either I make it down there in one piece and I have one hell of a story to tell, or I burn up in the next ten minutes. Either way, whichever way, no harm no foul, 'cause either way, it'll be one hell of a ride. I'm ready." -Ryan Stone What do you guys think? Since the Satoshi didn't "pull a Charlie Lee", can you justify them holding onto that many BTC in any other way, given their writings, level of forethought, and philosophical alignment? Or do you think that they died before spending or selling any? Do you think the Satoshi created a "Bitcoiniminati" that will pass the keys down before/if they die? Most importantly, do you think that it will come down to the Satoshi having to play their final card when all hope seems lost in the 11th hour (as humans seem to have a knack for) and will we see a time when it is safe for the Satoshi to reveal their true identity? EDIT: Satoshi(s) if you're out there, I hope that I haven't done the world harm by my posting this LOL
Of Wolves and Weasels - Day 187 - Guest Post: Confessions of a Bitcoiner
Hey all! GoodShibe... on Summer Vacation! Please enjoy this post by Guest Writer Justlite and tip them well ;D) Note: To tip them directly: +dogetipbot @Justlite xxx doge verify I've been part of this Dogecoin community since early January and I have to say the people here constantly amaze me. For me Dogecoin and this community is the future of cryptocurrency and I'm speaking as a long time Bitcoiner. Over a month ago I explained in a previous post why I believe Dogecoin price will rise again and correctly predicted Bitcoin to rise substantially shortly after my post against in the face of several counter arguments late last year. My thoughts have not changed on Dogecoin but I feel it's worth giving my experience on cryptocurrencies as a Bitcoiner in the early days of 2010-13 and how that compares with Dogecoin. I bought Bitcoin and Litecoin in the early days and I can tell you the Bitcoin community back then was hopeful, cheerful and very welcoming...forgive us right now we are at the fighting stage with the established status quo wants to knock Bitcoin down. In the early days we were only known for CPU/GPU mining discussions and tipping one another after each comment. In fact Bitcoin was only ever used to tip and trade but not to buy anything since we didn't have anything available for Bitcoin. We were very brave I mean wiring money to a company in Japan and getting these online things called Bitcoin which doesn't buy anything?! Back then Bitcoin fans were seen as weird and Bitcoin as a complete joke we were idealist and we still are. Many of the people that fought us then were actually the libertarian precious metals community and because gold and silver were tangible and has been money for 5000 years Bitcoin wasn't and was barely a year old. It's hard to argue with them, after all some guy that called himself Satoshi Nakamoto, the Japanese equivalent of Jack Smith, created it but left after a year and no one saw how he looks like. We could understand their concerns, a lot of early Bitcoiners like me also have gold and silver in the belief it will protect our wealth from the next financial collapse. But Bitcoin was created for this purpose too, no more will the 1% have economic power over the 99%, "1 CPU - 1 vote" said Satoshi in his white paper. We are also in the digital era and with all the success the internet is nowadays there still was no internet currency without the excessive charges of credit card companies. Bitcoin changed all that it wasn't just an internet currency it was hoping to be money on every platform in every country, person to person, in at least 10 minutes between any country in any amount for free! Fast forward to present day and we are starting to see that. Of course we have had many setbacks on the way, such as exchanges being hacked, wallets stolen. We weren't so security conscious back then and we learned the hard way. Then we grew in price and popularity and quite recently the government fought us when our dark market Silk Road was shut down by the Feds. We have had 4 price bubbles a lot of sleepless nights I've personally ploughed in tens of thousands of dollars lost a lot of Bitcoins on the way (and also lost 15000 Litecoins) and forced to read articles with declarations of "Bitcoin is dead" after each major price drop. Sound familiar? "History doesn't repeat it self but it does rhyme" Mark Twain That's all part of the growing pains of a disruptive idea. Dogecoin, by comparison, has a whole economy after just 7 months of inception! It's remarkable as I am also a big Litecoin fan and even that community isn't as productive as this. People talk about Dogecoin's PR as it being behind its popularity but I honestly believe there is no intentional PR, I mean where is the PR team? I believe it was a combination of a friendly meme encouraging positive kind people, a internet currency that's easily explainable to anyone, a very mineable coin using your PC/laptop so everyone can get involved in and great online platform such as Reddit to connect like minded users together and everything just snowballed from there. Now Dogecoin is one of the most productive coins out there with several client and core devs, hundreds of retailers, apps, doge specific websites, blogs and charity fundraisers. That's why I believe Dogecoin is undervalued right now. This doesn't mean you should put your life savings into Dogecoin or other cryptocurrencies as they are still a risk and early stage technology. Just buy with what you can afford to lose! So where is Dogecoin heading? - The analysis As long as we still use doge for goods and services and keep the positivity going then I can only see the price of doge going higher and reaching all time highs without the need for manipulation. Over what time frame? Like Bitcoin it won't be overnight and granted there's no supply limit so it will never reach tens or hundreds of dollars but we don't need it to. I honestly want Dogecoin to be a currency and I personally like having whole doges. Ideally I would hope that 1 or even 10 doge will buy 1 loaf of bread or 1 litre of milk at my local grocery store some day. Supply vs Demand As I mentioned before the supply coming to the exchanges from multipools has been immense - it is thought about 160 million doge a day is being mined and sold on exchanges just from miners. This not only exerts a lot of selling pressure but it also encourages weak hands to sell forcing the price down further it's a downward spiral which we have been seeing. Any other coin would have collapsed long ago but doge is no ordinary coin. After the next two halvings in October time it will be down to 40 million a day and low enough to allow for natural demand to outpace the supply causing the price to increase steadily which will give momentum and may then lead to a new all time high and the second bubble. Network Hashrate I'm of the belief that ASICs are a necessary evolution in cryptocurrencies by making a coin secure which will attract investment/adoption and environmentally friendly. With scrypt ASICs large and small coming online the network hashrate has more than doubled in the last 2 months from 40 GH/s to 90 GH/s and while we tend to see a jump in hashrate just before a halvening I attribute this rise to small miners also buying ASICs and a lack of more profitable altcoins. Again that's great for the stability of our coin and this will provide further confidence that Dogecoin is a good crypto to buy/adopt/invest. Deflationary Inflation Sounds confusing so let me explain unlike Bitcoin where there will only be 21 million coins mined, Dogecoin will reach 100 billion coins mined after block 600k and then see 5.25 billion coins mined each year forever which works out as 5.25% inflation in the first year and then 4.99% in the second year and so on. While this may seem a lot I have come to the conclusion that it may be a blessing for Dogecoin as it is thought that 5 billion coins per year would be lost permanently anyway so this will 5.25billion coins would replace the lost coins. The extra 5.25 billion coins per year would be enough to incentivise miners to continue mining doge (which would hopefully be at a high enough price after the 600k block reward) and securing our network. Because Bitcoin has a cap it is seen as a store of value like gold whereas Dogecoin has a infinite supply but at a predictably low yearly increase in fact from 2015 to 2020 Dogecoin will have less yearly inflation than Bitcoin. This can actually encourage people to treat Dogecoin as a true currency to buy everyday items with than as a store of value. I believe that is what Satoshi envisioned Bitcoin to be. What are the whales doing? The top 20 dogecoin addresses which account for 40% of all mined Dogecoin out there haven't sold any of their DOGEs. The whales with large wallets have not sold their DOGE over the course of the last 4 months but the smaller wallets have! Why? The whales are happy to see their DOGE go to zero if they thought it was dying or they have been there and done that and know that perhaps Dogecoin is heading up? I can tell you I have no intention of selling my DOGEs as I believe interesting times are ahead. The Bitcoin Effect Bitcoin has paved the way for a crypto to go from $0.0001 to $1000+ and brought technological development, liberty and a sense of community all in a 5 year timespan. While only $0.00023 Dogecoin has got an ecosystem, a following, funded several charity efforts and a burgeoning economy after only 7 months thanks in part to the network effect of Bitcoin and the rest down to you. All I can say to you all is well done to all of you for being such a positive and productive community. Keep using Dogecoin and check the links at the side bar such as dogedoor.net and suchlist.com so that you can spend, buy, tip and mine doge and spread the word. Now let's go to the moon! TL;DR - Bitcoin had it's ups and downs and not short of haters over the years. Dogecoin is following the same path but in a shorter time frame. After the next 2 halvings Dogecoin price should be rising and adoption will speed up again which will make it a true currency so keep buying using and tipping doge wherever you can. It's 8:09AM EST and we've found 87.24% of our initial 100 Billion DOGEs -- only 12.76% remains until our period of Hyper-inflation ends! Our Global Hashrate is up from ~76 to ~92 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is up from ~1196 to ~1351. I Hope you enjoyed today's Guest Post by Justlite! Note: To tip them directly: +dogetipbot @Justlite xxx doge verify GoodShibe
Before I go into my story let me introduce myself. I work in the financial services sector, live in New York and am new to Bitcoin. Recently, I’ve decided to give a try and buy some bitcoins. Everyone talks bitcoin so I wanted to evaluate the future of the currency for myself. First, I googled the most popular ways to buy bitcoins. Decided to start with the exchange. After reading numerous stories about Mt. Gox, bitstamp and other exchanges decided to register with Coinbase for the reasons you all probably know. The basic registration process was straightforward and simple. However, in order to buy bitcoins you have to go through verification procedure. You need to link your bank account to Coinbase, provide your billing address and in case if you want to make buying bitcoins instant you also need to link your credit card. So you provide the same information you need to provide to any US bank to be able to buy bitcoins. There is no anonymity or privacy. It’s a myth. Then you buy bitcoins. You would expect instant transaction but instead you have to wait 4-5 days for the transaction to complete. So if I need to buy something with bitcoins the same day – I can’t. Moreover, the worst part is that while you are waiting for the transaction to complete the price of bitcoin fluctuates. In my case, it fell 15 USD which was more or less equal to 10% of the price of btc on the day of purchase. So btc lost 10% value against USD while I was waiting for the transaction to complete. In addition, you also have limits. You cannot buy more than 1000 USD worth of btc in one week. I thought this was totally ridiculous. What was the reason for going through all these verification steps if you are still facing limits? However, as I am new to btc decided to give another try. This time I registered with Coinbase Exchange. Again, you have to provide your SSN and link with coinbase account. When you register with the exchange Coinbase opens so-called “USD Wallet”. You can now transfer USD to this wallet and then instantly transfer them to btc or trade in the Exchange. However, the transfer again takes 4/5 days. I was totally disappointed by how the whole system works. I thought bitcoin users were treated like some kind of criminals. I wasn’t simply asked to verify my identity by providing all the usual KYC information, but I also faced buy/sell limits (1000 USD a week), 4/5 delays in transaction completion. Moreover, I had to provide all my bank details to Coinbase. I felt like I had no other choice as to trust Coinbase despite the fact that they disclose very little information about security measures they implement to store my personal information. Moreover, Coinbase was not different from any bank around the corner with its KYC procedures. Anyway, I thought it was too early to give up. Decided to try localbitcoins. Unfortunately, I experienced another disappointment. Bitcoins are sold in average with 6-7% premium. And you have to pay this premium every single time you buy btc. You also have limited options for buying btc: Moneygram/WU transfers, national bank transfers, paypal transfers and gift codes. From all these options the only instant and acceptable option was paypal. However, the seller of btc requested my photo holding some ID for verification process. Here you are not dealing with Coinbase, which is supported by NYSE, but with some ordinary guy who God knows how treats and secures the information you provide to him. I understand the reasons why he/she asks for the verification but still find it irresponsible to trust this person. I have no idea who he/she is and how he/she handles the information I provide (in case of buying using paypal). Of course you can also buy with cash. I tried that option as well. Buying with cash involves arranging a meeting with some stranger somewhere in your town. So you have to arrange the time and place to meet and both of you should agree on this. Then you have to carry cash with you, which is another risk. And of course you wont carry over 1000 USD especially if this is your first transaction with some stranger. Finally, again you have to pay around 10% premium. Then I found out about guys from LibertyX. I read some of their interviews and thought they were trustworthy. They claimed that one could buy their so-called Qpins in big stores nationwide and redeem them for btc. However, when I visited their website it turned out that I had some outdated information. In reality it’s possible to buy Qpins only from small stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They recommend calling the stores before visiting them. I followed their advice, but not a single store in Manhattan answered my call. So I decided to try my luck and go there without speaking to them on the phone. One store was out of business. Another one claimed that it didn’t sell bitcoins. In such case LibertyX recommends calling them, as they know how to handle such situations. So right from the store I called LibertyX. Guess what? All their operators (probably 1 or 2 people) were busy to answer my call. So decided to go to Brooklyn. And again one store was closed and the other store manager didn’t know what I was talking about. However, after 30 minutes of explanation the store manager finally figured out how to find in their system Qpins and sell them to me. Overall, the whole process took 1.5 hours. I came home, logged in to LibertyX website to redeem the pins and receive btc. They also collect personal information. I entered my real name and address. Their system gave an error message saying that it couldn’t verify the information I provided and asked me to send verification information (scan of ID). In order not to lose my money, I had to provide them the scan of my ID. Then I had to wait a day for my account to get verified. Please, note that they also have 1500 USD weekly limit. I am a stubborn guy and I hate banks enough to give another chance for bitcoin to prove itself as future currency and therefore I decided to try bitcoin ATMs instead of all methods described above. I visited coinatmradar.com to locate the nearest ATM. I found three ATMs in Manhattan and two in Brooklyn. Visited all of them and didn’t find any ATM in any of these locations. Finally, decided to try to register with the European exchange to compare with the US one. I couldn’t even register with them because Europeans avoid providing financial services to the US citizens. My attempt failed. The same happened when I tried to buy bitcoins through VirWox.com. So here are my conclusions.
Buying bitcoins is not anonymous.
Unless you use cold storage/offline solution you do not hold bitcoins but some institution like Coinbase does.
Buying bitcoins is not a straightforward process, is time consuming and requires risk acceptance.
Buying bitcoins is expensive. You will normally pay 10% premium when buying for cash or paypal. This premium equals to a dream annual return of most hedge funds (and their investors accordingly).
You have to verify your identity when buying btc through exchanges or companies like LibertyX. You go through the same procedure as when opening a bank account.
There isn’t any operating ATM in New York. This is due to “bitlicense” uncertainty. However, even if bitlicense is implemented not a single ATM would operate profitably under money transmitter licensing.
You face limits when buying bitcoins. Coinbase and Circle have 1000 USD weekly limits. LibertyX has 1500 USD limit. Localbitcoins doesn’t have limits but you cannot buy btc using debit/credit card. Moreover, when buying through localbitcoins you have to be aware of scammers.
The high cost of buying btc can potentially offset the benefits of low transaction costs. It might be cheaper to use your debit card.
Therefore I don’t see a single benefit of dealing with bitcoin instead of fiat (i.e. banks) in current environment. There is no “killer app” requiring you to go through all the above procedures to buy bitcoin. I think the only people who are willing to go through all this hell in order to buy btc are the ones who use them illegally in the dark market, some enthusiasts/revolutionists/anarchists who believe in the long run success of btc, hate banks and current financial system; and people who either trade btc or use it occasionally for some purchases online. I don’t see how mass adoption can happen if you cannot buy bitcoins with two-three clicks online. I don’t understand who would wait 4/5 days to get btc when the price fluctuates every 10 minutes. What I do now is I buy btc using Coinbase. Then I send them to bitreserve.org and hold them in different currencies. However, even if I want and need to buy btc instantly I simply cannot do this. If instant buying is possible then I have to pay high premium. I find it much cheaper to use my debit card and pay bank fees, which are nothing in comparison with the premium to buy btc. Please, prove me wrong or enlighten me. Maybe I am missing something.
It's been a while! Time for another review. I've been biding my time, waiting for someone to step up and release better batches of the Hypebeast Ultra Boost Uncaged. A while ago, a new batch came out (photos via Chan) - finally, a primeknit upper that looked pretty good! However - they otherwise looked a bit sloppy to me (generally misshapen, crater-y boost and a "too-bubbly tongue-bubble"). Thankfully, that changed. A big shout-out and thank you to all of the people that sent in QCs and typed out reviews for these new PK batches of Adidas Consortium collabs. If it wasn't for you - I would't have picked these up. It truly is people like all of you, that make this community come alive. Thank you.
[INTRODUCTION] So the ever-present question: what seller should I go with? After having bought and paid for my last pairs through Western Union - I kinda felt that I was getting ripped off by all of the extra charges and fees associated with that form of payment. So my eyes turned towards Bitcoin. Having monitored Chan and his whole operation for a while - I saw that he indeed advertised taking Bitcoin as payment (from what I understand, some other sellers do that too). That, together with him generally having a pretty well-regarded reputation and prices; together with a swathe of reviews to read in order to make an informed decision - meant that I went with his team.
[ORDERING, SHIPPING & PACKAGING] I contacted Chan through their Skype and proceeded to pay by Bitcoin. If you're interested in how I did that, read on - otherwise skip to the next section! First, I looked at the different ways of exchanging my local currency to Bitcoin. The two most popular choices are either by Coinbase or LocalBitcoins: Coinbase:
+ Easy and safe to use. + You can use your credit card/debit card/bank account to buy Bitcoin. + Probably the largest exchange broker for Bitcoin.
- There are small percentage fees when using a credit card/debit card. - The exchange rate is not the best on the market.
+ You can buy Bitcoin by various payment methods (in Sweden for example, you can pay via Swish, which is incredibly easy). + Pretty much zero fees. + Safe to use.
- Harder to use - you'll have to watch a tutorial to understand how to use the service. - Exchange rate depends on the day and what "sellers" are available.
I went with LocalBitcoins. Chan told me the amount of Bitcoin I was to send - so after having bought that amount, he gave me his Bitcoin wallet adress. After having sent the requested Bitcoin to that adress - Chan took my order and asked that I wait for QC pictures. 2 days later, I received QC pictures. I greenlit them right away - and Chan proceeded to take my adress information. The morning after, I received my DHL shipper's reference. Now, the shipper's reference does not work as tracking information until the shoes have actually been received by DHL themselves (the shoes will first travel from Putian to DHL in Hong Kong). It took 4 days for the shoes to reach Hong Kong - at which point I was able to track the package. Once DHL had the package and the tracking was active - it took 2 days to reach my doorstep. All in all, the whole process took about 10 days in total. This might not be the quickest turn-around I've come across on the subreddit - but I was very happy with the whole process. Chan & Co. were professional - answering all questions in a timely manner with a bit of banter thrown in. I'm very happy I went with them, and can unequivocally recommend their services.
[SIZING] My feet are of "average" width at about ~10.6cm (i.e. not wide) at the widest point of the foot and toe-to-heel length is about ~26.9cm. As with all Ultra Boost 1.0's - it is recommended to go up half a size (which Chan also recommended). Since I'm usually a TTS US 9.5 - I went with a US 10 for these. The shoes fit me perfectly - I can confirm that you should go up half a size.
[QUALITY/APPEARANCE] Pattern & Color:
+ Common flaw that the toebox pattern does not extend to the tip of the shoe is not present here. + Pattern is almost perfect in regards to look and shape. + Color is spot on - both for the primeknit, heelcup, text and sole.
- Pattern on toebox might be "too pointy".
The primeknit upper pattern and color is almost perfect from what I can tell. The largest flaw would be that the pointed end of the toebox pattern might be "too pointy": it should generally be more rounded, with more holes. However - it has to be pointed out that I have seen quite a few Ultra Boost 1.0's that also have a very "pointy" toebox pattern with few holes. Take this pair for example (retail, size US 10.5 - from Goat). Here's a picture to further illustrate what I'm referring to. Perhaps one of you could chime in on this detail and whether it truly is a flaw - or something that plenty of retail pairs have!
Shape: The overall shape of the shoe is very good - practically identical to the retail pairs I've compared with. Nothing to nitpick on, here.
Material & Comfort:
+ The "real boost" is almost identical to retail boost - albeit a tiny bit more soft/squishy/bouncy. + Primeknit upper is identical to retail in terms of softness/texture/malleability. + "Tongue bubble" is much better than expected - almost as flat as retail. + Insole text is not silk-screened (like some other batches) but debossed - as it should be.
- Infamous "boost ridge flaw" is present. - Insole text is debossed - where the resulting debossment is a dark brown color - it should be more black.
The "boost ridge flaw": yes, these also have them. When comparing the shoes to a retail pair - the flaw (at least to me) is not that apparent. You really do have to look for it; in order to see it. But when you do - it's another great way of LCing if you were to ever invest in a retail pair of these or any other Adidas Consortium collab (or any of the other shoes made in this new wave of PK Ultra Boost batches). (If you're interested, here's another comparison with I made with another friend's worn retail Ultra Boost OG 1.0's. - all photos unedited straight out of a Nexus 6P.) Otherwise, the "real boost" on this pair is almost identical to retail in terms of comfort and squishiness. They are however a little bit more squishy and bouncy in comparison - which I don't mind at all! The primeknit upper itself is just as soft/malleable as any of the retail Ultra Boost 1.0 pairs that I've worn/felt. The "bubble" with the adidas logo on the tongue of the shoe is thankfully much flatter than expected. Other batches have had a far too "bulbous" bubble. But it's not perfect, it needs to be a tiny bit more flat: illustrated here. Insole text is debossed - not silk screened like some previous batches (the text is "lasered in", on retail pairs). The debossment background should however be a bit more black as to better match the color of the rest of the insole: illustrated here. Another great way to LC pairs - but is totally inconsequential to wearing these pairs.
[CONCLUSION & THOUGHTS] Once again; if you've made it this far - thank you for reading! I hope that you found something in all of that mess above that was informative and insightful. Conclusion time: I'm overall extremely happy with the shoes. Comparing the shoes in-hand to other retail Ultra Boost 1.0 pairs cemented this fact, for me. These shoes will see a heavy amount of use, to say the least. :-) Highly recommended! As I alluded to in the introduction; I've been waiting a long time (at least a year, if not more!) for this specific shoe to get a proper batch. If you're interested in buying these, you really have three choices:
Wait for PK to fix the "boost ridge flaw" - and then buy them.
Wait for someone else to make a proper batch - and then buy them.
Now, #2 and #3 up there might never happen - who knows. It all depends on how many of these specific shoes that sells - as with all other replica batches/consumer products in general. From what I understand (by monitoring this subreddit) - these are not that popular - so I went with choice #1 up there. Right, that's it for this review/rambling mess. If you have any questions or would like more pictures or just want to say hi/discuss something - I'll be in the comment section! Thanks for reading.
History of Bitcoin: An analysis of where it's been, where it is, and where it's going.
What is Bitcoin? A brief history. Okay. So we know that cryptocurrencies are non-state issued currencies that seek to maintain value through scarcity (usually), security (hopefully), and easy transferability regardless of national borders (indubitably). Bitcoin does all of these things...but so do other cryptocurrencies. Why is Bitcoin special? Let's start with a bit of history. Beginning in the 1980s, a group of developers and activists formed a list serve and named themselves the Cypherpunks. This group was obsessed with societal privacy and anonymity. They believed that only complete privacy and security could guarantee a free and open society and that the government could not be relied upon to ensure it. Members of the group sought different modes to achieve this goal. Among others: Bram Cohen: BitTorrent -> Peer to Peer information sharing Nick Szabo: Bit Gold -> predecessor of Bitcoin, originator of smart contracts Julian Assange: WikiLeaks -> classified and secret document archive and disclosure Another person (?) on this list was "Satoshi Nakamoto" who, in his seminal whitepaper in 2009, outlined Bitcoin. Note that "Satoshi Nakamoto" is in quotation marks because his or her or their true identity is thus far unconfirmed. Regardless, Nakamoto's whitepaper conceptualized Bitcoin and in the process created the idea of the blockchain and solved the double spending problem. The double spending problem was something that had plagued digital currencies since they were first proposed. The problem, characterized by a digital currency's lack of physical permanence and resultant ability to be copied, forged, or otherwise falsified, prevent digital currency from progressing past the point of "internet money". Nakamoto managed to resolve double-spending this via implementation of the blockchain. Let me explain how: Traditional transactions are pretty straightforward. Party A gives Party B some number of dollars. Party B accepts this money without concern because, the possibility of counterfeiting not withstanding, he is pretty sure that the dollars that he is receiving are legitimate. Since dollars are physical, they can only be spent in one place at a time. Image 1 This works great when both parties are confident that the money being transacted can only be spent once as is the case with physical money. Digital money is intangible by its nature and therefore, double spending is a concern. Say that Party A has BitCash A. He wants to purchase goods from Party B and Party C. The goods to be purchased EACH cost BitCash A. If Party A is honest, he will only purchase one of the goods since he can't afford both. Party A is a bad dude, though, and decides to try to pull a fast one on Party B and Party C. Since BitCash is just internet money, it's easily reproducible and requires only a quick copy and paste to dupe the system. Party A sends BitCash A to Party B as well as to Party C. Someone is loses money (likely the whole network since this is a fatal flaw in the currency and indicates underlying unreliability). Image 2 For those of you wondering how credit cards and other digital systems alleviate this issue, they do it through a centralized ledger. In other words, a third party is needed to mediate transactions and to ensure that money only exists in one place at a time. While this works in the context of traditional banking, this system goes against the ethos of Bitcoin, which is predicated on decentralization, privacy, and anonymity. Additionally, the idea of trusting a third party to verify all transactions introduced a single point of potential failure, something that cryptocurrencies sought to avoid. The above issue remained unsolved until Nakamoto's invention of Bitcoin. Nakamoto introduced the idea of the blockchain, a constantly updated decentralized universal ledger that existed everywhere and nowhere, that was maintained by multiple parties on the network, and that was permanently reliable. Each transaction had to be verified by multiple parties (known as miners) as being legitimate before becoming irreversibly codified in the universal ledger known as the blockchain. Should a party seek to double spend, one of the transactions put forth would be rejected: either the one that was placed second, or the one that received fewer confirmations from the network. By relying on a second party system, the double spending problem was solved. Image 3 In the above case, Party A attempts to double spend his Bitcoin A to Party B and Party C. Both proposed transactions are sent to miners to verify. Only one of the two is accepted by the network and added to the blockchain. In this case, the Bitcoin A sent to Party B is confirmed as legitimate while the proposed transaction to Party C is rejected. Bitcoin A is NOT double spent. Party B ends up with Bitcoin A and Party C ends up with nothing. With the double spending problem and others worked out, Bitcoin became a viable mode for transaction. The first official Bitcoin transaction occurred on January 12, 2009 between Nakamoto and Hal Finney. Bitcoin ceased to be theoretical and entered the real world. Exchanges began carrying Bitcoin and facilitating its transfer between people. Over the next several years Bitcoin's value grew from fractions of a cent to over $11000 (as of 12/3/17). Image 4 Image 5 Image 6 In addition to its own growth, Bitcoin is also responsible for the rise of cryptocurrencies in general as the majority of cryptocurrencies today have used Bitcoin as their foundational model. Image 7 Controversies Bitcoin's ascent has been marred by several controversies both internal and external.
Advantages of Bitcoin over other cryptocurrencies I've broken down the major advantages of Bitcoin as follows: Image 8 Ubiquity/cachet: Ultimately, much of the advantage that Bitcoin possesses boils down to its place as the cryptocurrency leader. Odds are that when people say "cryptocurrency", they really mean Bitcoin. There's value to being at the top of the market and its position affords it a host of benefits. It has the largest user base of any of the cryptocurrencies which fuels its dollar value. Because it was first to market, and because of its users, it also has a robust development community working both internally and externally. One of the perks of investing in Bitcoin is the exposure that one gets to Bitcoin forks. Bitcoin Cash, a fork that occurred on August 1, 2017, is currently trading over $1600/coin. Every user of Bitcoin received Bitcoin Cash...just for holding Bitcoin. There have been other forks since, and there will continue to be forks in the future, all adding potential value to a Bitcoin investment. Furthermore, Bitcoin is relatively established and more robust to insults than other cryptocurrencies, making it a safer store of value. In order to be unseated as the clear crypto king, a new product would need to show up that is not only qualitatively better than Bitcoin, but better enough that it makes ditching the Bitcoin environment worth it. Technology: Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to reliably show that digital money could be used for transactions and as stores of value. As mentioned above, most cryptocurrencies today use the Bitcoin white paper as their model. We know that the foundations of Bitcoin are comparatively sound and that it is stable. This stability has allowed a healthy ecosystem of development to take root. Interested in buying a hardware wallet for your Bitcoin? They exist. More interested in creating a free online wallet? Those exist. Interested in mining? It's easy, albeit expensive to get started. The technology being proven has allowed the adjacent technologies to thrive. Price: While most would consider an $11000 entry tag to be a massive barrier to entry and potentially stifling, it's actually a major boon to Bitcoin. The price tag attracts investors and users, which encourages development, which makes the product more functional, which attracts users, which increases price, etc. Bitcoin is worth something and makes it difficult to dismiss. Furthermore, its high price tempers volatility and manipulation. Unlike other currencies that are worth pennies or dollars, Bitcoin is able to weather large capital inflows and outflows and is less prone to overt market manipulation precisely because its market cap is so high. Risks Image 9 Internal Technology: While Bitcoin functions completely adequately today, it will need to scale tremendously to reach its potential. While the technology behind Bitcoin is impressive, it pales in comparison to established modes of exchange. VISA averages 2000 transactions per second and has a peak capacity of 56000 transactions per second. Bitcoin presently averages 7 transactions per second. Certain solutions are being explored, like the Lightning Network, but there are no guarantees that there will be successful implementation. As can be said with any technology, Bitcoin is fundamentally dependent on its underlying code. Thus far it has had only one major exposed flaw (which resulted in the accidental creation of 184 billion Bitcoin). Development: Mentioned above was the advantage conveyed by forks. They can provide additional value. This is a good thing. They can also create competitors. This is a bad thing. While it is unlikely that a Bitcoin offshoot will unseat Bitcoin outright, there is the risk of market cannibalization and confusion with each new iteration. Which is the real Bitcoin? External Legislative: Because Bitcoin can so ably provide for functions that were once strictly in the government domain, it is likely to become the target of governmental limits at some point. We've already seen China try to crack down on Bitcoin and it's reasonable to assume that other countries will follow suit. Despite this risk, however, Bitcoin has proven to be incredibly resilient and is still traded by the Chinese. Since the Chinese ban, Bitcoin's price has nearly doubled from $6000 to over $11000 today (12/3/17). Competitive: I mentioned earlier that one of Bitcoin's main advantages was that it was first to market. While this is a tremendous benefit today, it does not guarantee ongoing success. History is littered with famous "firsts to market" that were overtaken by savvy competitors. The World was the first ISP to market. Magnavox released the first video game console. You'd be hard pressed to find someone that equates ISPs with The World or video game consoles with Magnavox. Bitcoin is not on the precipice of being overtaken by another cryptocurrency. However, the risk of an existing competitor, or more likely a new competitor that doesn't yet exist, supplanting Bitcoin is always a possibility and investors should mitigate risk appropriately. Investment opportunities: Bitcoin provides the surest cryptocurrency investment for the reasons mentioned above. Its status as the cryptocurrency leader makes it the most stable investment in the arena. Furthermore, its cachet makes it an attractive investment to lay investors looking for exposure to this particular market which subsequently makes it an even more attractive investment. While many may balk at investing in something whose single unit is priced at more than $11000 and that has experienced explosive growth, I believe that Bitcoin still has opportunity for upward movement. The number I keep coming back to is $7.8T (trillion). That's the market cap for gold. I use this as a bench mark because I see Bitcoin supplanting gold as a storage of wealth from fiat currencies. As I've discussed, the blockchain provides permanence in a way that is akin to gold's physical permanence. The present market cap for ALL cryptocurrencies is $340B (billion). Bitcoin presently accounts for 55% of the cryptocurrency market cap with $188B. Assuming that over the next year growth slows over the next year and that Bitcoin loses some of its dominance, I still think that it's reasonable to project an approximate Bitcoin value of $50000. This assumes that the crypto market continues to grow, albeit at a slower relative pace and still does not approach gold's market cap. Image 10 This is bullish and I assume that no major stumbling blocks present themselves. I am drawn to the fact that market penetration is still relatively low and that institutional money has barely begun to enter the market. These two factors mean that organic growth can continue for the foreseeable future. Conclusion Bitcoin represents the present pinnacle of the cryptocurrency market. As an investment, it provides the best combination of stability and potential growth precisely because it is the market leader. Through its innovation of the blockchain, it has spurred the cryptocurrency explosion that we have witnessed over the last several years.
Best of the best Q&A Stephens and Shingos. Universall Wallet, Fiat Gateway, BQX Token, Security, Predictions, Supply
Shingo, [28.10.17 20:27] We have our ideas about how we think businesses could use blockchain, but as we all know, we have seen people come up for use cases of blockchain in areas and industries that we could never have imagined. What is important for us is to make sure that we build our platform as generically as possible since we really do want to build up an ecosystem on top of these open protocols. This is much akin to what RedHat does (which is package up and support the open source Linux software). Another way to look at it is where we sit on the tech stack for blockchain. For those of you who are familiar with the OSI model, we sit in the blockchain equivalent of layer 5 or 6. Ethereum is an incredibly powerful layer 4 tool that facilitates an ecosystem that we are trying to build. People who built on top of Bedrock would be layer 7. Our consumer facing products would also sit at layer 7. I think a lot of people are taking the wrong approach to blockchain with regard to businesses/enterprise. To my knowledge - I haven't seen anything that a private blockchain does better than a well organized database and data schema - and I don't think blockchains were ever designed to be data storage mechanisms since there are no inherent advantages that the structure gives. What blockchain does afford is the infrastructure to rethink public structures and to distrupt current trust models. In other words - two participants in the NASDAQ markets can't trust each other the same way that two employees at Microsoft can. What we are trying to do is package up open protocols for real business use cases. Instead of building Ethereum clones on Azure, build a financial structure on Ethereum Mainnet Shingo, [16.11.17 17:19] [In reply to Josh: I’m wondering how much BQX would I need to spend to use the platform? Is it gonna be a subscription thing or pay per use?] We are making a rate card - it really depends on what features you want. We want to make it free and painless to a newbie user. A lot of the tokens will likely be consumed in our Enterprise services and API services since we want to be charging more to companies than individual consumers. We will release more information once it is ready! stephen corliss, [26.10.17 23:20] [In reply to Long Ton: Will there be uses for the BQX token not previously mentioned? Tricks up the sleeve?] Interesting proposition though isn’t it?.... I’m not sure about all-purpose but it surely has many. During the early stages of any company, you can only analyze what you know and then adjust for future events using 2 or 3 risk variables. As we cannot reveal the entire picture just yet, what you should be sure to do is at a minimum analyze BQX based off of the Whitepaper. As long as you have this, as new information comes out all you will need to do is amend your model. Much easier this way. stephen corliss, [15.11.17 14:51] [In reply to Aamir: Sorry if this question has been asked before. As you were the COO for blackrock a few years ago, could there be a potential partnership in the future?] I would answer this broadly. Considering my long history with our traditional side brethren, I would say that it would be silly, if not irresponsible, of me not to leverage relationships and networks. So, because we are building a Multi-Sided Hybrid Financial Platform that solves real problems for BOTH consumers and businesses, both financial and many others, I would fully expect that we will leverage all of these relationships pre and post my time in global finserv to bring them into our eco-system. Shingo, [02.09.17 01:24] [In reply to Zev Rector: how do the baskets get made?] Wallets will be entirely user directed and owned. Universal wallet is like a keychain and one-click diversification is like automated shapeshift with order bulking stephen corliss, [22.08.17 23:54] [In reply to Andrew: stephen how does bqx manages the liquidity component? Is there an authorised participant in the picture similiar to a traditional etf? I also assume there will be fee savings from investing into various baskets? And will there be fees from switching the allocations of the underlying basket trades?] Hi Andrew, Our liquidity network solution acts as an aggregator to keep costs down, a bit similar to an AP for etf's but not the same. Switching Fees exist but again they are minimal because of how we dynamically manage liquidity. Andrew: also, who will manage the asset allocation on each of the baskets? And how is each basket priced? Users will through our UI which also provides rich information to help guide you. It is so slick & powerful but extremely intuitive. Pricing is realtime from api's.
stephen corliss, [14.11.17 04:24] [In reply to JiMMy Choo: Can i ask what a UW is stephen] Our UW is an intuitive, self-custodied universal wallet that allows users to safely store, manage, leverage and “further monetize” their crypto assets in one place while maintaining complete control of their private keys. stephen corliss, [13.10.17 13:09] [In reply to lilee: Any option for Bqx wallet user to further leverage their cold storage asset ?] Ah, I’ve been waiting for this question for a while. Maximizing the value of users assets is a major game changer. So, yes we will have some exciting things happening here. Keeping the details confidential for now so as to keep the copycats at bay... stephen corliss, [29.09.17 13:04] [In reply to Inigo: Bitquence wallet would be compatible with all criptocoins? Yes, some coins, like POS, will be added in later phases due to their complexities and may be offered as a premium service] stephen corliss, [19.09.17 15:29] [In reply to George: Maybe I don't fully understand the concept, but I think it's essentially going to be like a wallet where u can keep any currency and also exchange currencies?] The Universal Wallet delivers "Single point coin storage and security", which can be connected and disconnected to the Bitquence Platform when managing coins whether acquiring more, reshaping or liquidating. To enhance the self portfolio management features, users can acquire intelligence (Prediction, user performance, etc) from others on the platform enriched with custom market research data to better manage and diversify all with only a simple click. The UW will also enable payments to anyone/anywhere. This is only the tip of the iceberg as we have several additional unique and powerful features planned that will transform consumer self financial management in a way where we swing the pendulum of control and leverage back to consumers and away from dominant large conglomerates. stephen corliss, [08.10.17 19:52] [In reply to Donkey Emporium: Have you looked into integrating your wallet with the 0x protocol? - Yes everyone has myetherwallet but would be cutting edge if you could integrate somehow with your universal wallet] This is such an important point so I hope I can be really clear. As we believe price-discovery is the difference maker when acquiring or liquidating anything of value, model optimization isn’t by yourself trying to deliver another exchange but rather by connecting to as many providers of liquidity as possible. So, with this in mind, our business development and strategic partner initiatives will include all essential sources of liquidity both new and established players. Donkey Emporium: Ok, so most likely you'll be acting as a gateway to those exchanges (paradex, melonport, ethfinex etc) - sticking to your core USP even with your liquidity layer.] It is much more dynamic than just that but at one level yes. Again, this is a new model so let me keep some things under wraps but if there is one thing I’ve seen quite a bit of over my years is trading systems, alternative trading systems, exchanges, RFQ platforms, crossing, dark pools and many more, and the best execution venues are never ones that are based off a single premise but rather those that are the most flexible and dynamic. stephen corliss, [18.10.17 15:41] [In reply to Tamer Khalayleh: BQXStephen there may be answers to this which ive missed but ill ask anyway as it can benefit others also;
Are user interactions possible? Send message to user or chat?
Is it possible to store what ive invested into a portfolio to see how it develops over time (like blockfolio)? If yes, will you have access to look into other ppls portfolio? Say user has enabled setting letting other users see my port (user should have 1k bqx to be able for this feuture)
Are correct predictions rewarded? Say reward x if over 90 % right, x if > 80 % right
Any "wall of fame" for top 10 users with most correct predictions?
Ability to follow a users activity? User x has invested in this/that or any of this kind?] Awesome questions. I’m hesitant to answer as I usually do because I think it is time to protect our competitive advantages. Competitors love our forum because of our transparency but we know their prying 👀 are there. Let me think about how best to answer as these are all important questions. Give me a minute.
Okay, my top secret evasive answers to all your 5 questions are, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, Or said my way, Damn straight! Our plans to continuously build out Release 1 (Amber) are powerful. No messing about here. stephen corliss, [23.10.17 00:09] [In reply to Harshad Thakar: What is your plan for security auditing of all the cool ecosystem n features implementation Shingo and eng team have been and will be working on?] I will defer the more intelligent answer to @Shingolavine but I would remind everyone the we are an upper layer in the stack that is a connector of sorts, looking and working across multiple chains. This means that we will have on and off chain activities and processes that involve both crypto specific and non-specific technology. We will employ highly detailed auditing of all essential components especially those involving smart contracts. As our structure will involve numerous highly scrutinized businesses / industries I can assure everyone that this platform will be put under a microscope for many reasons. Shingo: Smart contracts we have done security audits. APIs are mostly unit testing and making sure they do what they are supposed to do. Front end mostly selenium. Pretty standard stuff. Testing/Security is all about following best practices and being paranoid stephen corliss, [23.10.17 04:12] [In reply to Emmanuel Bergeron: hello i have question, suppose i am holding omisego tokens and i am getting a dividend from holding the token , if i were to use the bitquence wallet to keep my OMG coins, will i still get my dividend ?] Yes. However, as the complexity associated with solving for certain POS coins is variable, certain coins “may” be made available and considered premium, thus requiring users to pay a premium based fee to add complex coin structures to their UW. (example - POS coins who restrict users to using a coins unique wallet.) stephen corliss, [15.11.17 00:33] [In reply to Sean Considine: Will the Universal Wallet support ALL coins (all 1200+) or just the top 100 as shown on the Predictions page?] If you didn’t get a straight answer that is not good. So, at launch, it will be a subset of the total and will grow as we grow where the top 100 are good candidates for launch. As we grow, expanding the pool quickly will be essential as the UW must strive to support all assets as quickly as possible, even those more trickier ones like POS coins. stephen corliss, [16.11.17 13:09] [In reply to Josh: I’m wondering how much BQX would I need to spend to use the platform? Is it gonna be a subscription thing or pay per use?] Its will be pay per use. We will have other premium options payable in one time fees or subscriptions depending on the product or service but entry is made quite simple.
stephen corliss, [10.10.17 19:04] [In reply to momo: Will the application support crypto to fiat , if so how it will work and what type of methods (bank transfer, credit card withdrawal,etc )?] Our fiat model will be dynamic and multi-faceted to ensure simplicity for the consumer. The total # of options and flexibility will grow as we move along our roadmap and across national boundaries. We are keeping this close to the vest at the moment as our strategy and model is powerful and will allow us to maintain a significant competitive advantage. stephen corliss, [20.10.17 14:24] [In reply to Sookee Yong: "Fiat integration " this is what will make bqx sky is the limit] Yes!! but there is such thing as a bad, better and best fiat strategy so the trick is to find the one that delivers the most flexibility and simplicity...! This is where one can deliver product differentiation if they get it right and don’t rush out a bad solution. stephen corliss, [02.10.17 13:06] [In reply to Zh: It seems like fiat integration is almost a certainty and just a short matter of time before it is indeed integrated. Am I right to say this?] The solution is the heavy load so we have that in hand. So, yes we can now choose when to add it rather than be forced add it at a much later date because we didn't hv the solution. Its all about dev now so that is much easier to deal with. Zh: Sorry, what do you mean by the solution is heavy load?] Stephen: Solving for FIAT is significant both on the dev side and the legal side. The legal side is the furthest thing from easy or short so we tackled that side first. Its basically done. stephen corliss, [21.09.17 15:17] [In reply to Suppoman: Incredible! So re hardware wallet, you anticipate BQX support using another, or bringing out a Bitquence hardware wallet that competes with Ledger?] We haven't quite decided that one yet as we do enjoy the Ledger Nano S. We are also contemplating a Card 💳 for the UW as well! stephen corliss, [08.10.17 19:09] [In reply to Greg: For me it's also quite long with fiat integration but Universal wallet will be soon next year so it's big advantage. Fiat i think is for a reason so late and i'd rather to be surprised if it will be sooner then later] Remember, I revealed this before. The most challenging part of fiat is finding and securing the model necessary to do this legally. We have this in hand and, in fact, it is the most viable universal solution possible. Don’t know anyone else out there who can say this. Now, solving for this allows us to focus on design and structure and deliver the functionality earlier than originally planned by at least 18 months. With our fiat solution now in hand, we can deliver fiat functionality basically anytime along our roadmap. Timing Precision is key here for numerous reasons so the great thing is having the flexibility to move it forward if necessary, which is what we now have. stephen corliss, [15.10.17 22:13] [In reply to Johnson Berce: Can someone explain to me this issue I am thinking about . These debit cards. If in my bank I have 1$ I have $1 to use in my bank account . With a crypto debit card if bitquence is $1 and I go to McDonald’s and the price drops to .60 cents . This is my problem how can this be resolved] When we design the model for the longterm there are some things we can do but as folks have said, if you are holding anything but the currency needed and accepted by the receiving party, price conversion is inevitable. marking-to-market. I don’t want to say too much publicly ( 👀) but hedging and other basket strategies that involve uncorrelated assets can limit price volatility. stephen corliss, [23.10.17 00:57] [In reply to Tertius De Bruin: Will u guys be implementing an instant buy funcition and if yes how will the feed be in comparison to using exchanges?] Fantastic Question!! I hate the current model employed by most of those in the industry. I don’t see any way to validate the premium one has to pay just for the sake of simplicity. Every fee paid, every basis point spread between the best bid/offer that a consumer pays means less in your pocket. We will not treat customers this way and we will always be 100% transparent UPFRONT. stephen corliss, [23.10.17 15:10] [In reply to Tamer Khalayleh: You're planning for your fiat integration as we all know - do you have any plans to include more than USD, EU currency?] As you know, the answer to this is entirely dependent on the chosen strategy. If one chooses a payment gateway provider, for instance, the breadth of coverage is entirely driven by a partners market coverage. Personally, I believe in this space, where customer residency is so widespread, any solution that overlooks this fact pattern is a big mistake. So, our intention is to not make this mistake. We have yet to complete the full analysis but our desired outcome is clear and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure the best results for our users. The model we are leveraging is quite powerful as I believe it opens up all avenues so this does afford us some creative license in our final design. stephen corliss, [29.10.17 22:55] [In reply to Les: Will I be able to have direct deposit from my employeer to Bqx wallet?] Ha! Another question I’ve been waiting on so thank you for asking. If you begin to piece together our big vision (and we know we haven’t revealed everything yet) I believe you should begin to see a theme. So, I’m going to answer this very honestly, YES we see this as a very viable option as we validate our model and secure the confidence that is necessary for big business to embrace.
stephen corliss, [28.10.17 22:34] [In reply to Ezz: Can i know what will be the use of BQX token itself] The token will power all of the transactional activity that will be made possible by the Bitquence Platform including fiat integration, basket creation, unique data and research generation, risk mitigation, fund creation , distribution and management, and so much more. Ezz: How will power all of this I mean from where it will gain value Stephen: Each one of he mentioned services, and a lot of others to be revealed soon, will require BQX. Thus all stakeholders in the eco-system will have to acquire, hold and use the BQX utility token in order to benefit from a wide array of dynamic products and services. Shingo, [14.10.17 06:39] [In reply to ChunLin Wu: If the platform need BQX to access, how to attract lots of investors to use the platform if the token price is high?] Fees can be dynamically adjusted based on demand for services and token price. If this is our biggest problem, I'm sure we will have the money to solve it :) Stephen: We can manage any price variables dynamically to ensure BQX fees are commensurate with the product and service to keep entry open to everyone. stephen corliss, [14.09.17 11:40] BQX are essential for users to access services on the Platform to pay transactional gas related to Basket Creation and the Universal Wallet. Although not necessary, users can also seed their baskets with BQX, hold BQX in a Basket and also in their Wallet. At some later stage, we may offer customized baskets that we manage for customers but that typically involves a specific financial license that we don't wang to entertain as of yet. Stability is not necessarily essential for "gas" as if the value of a token becomes too high or too low there are steps we can take to self adjust to ensure customers can afford to pay gas, like managing token inventory. stephen corliss, [19.09.17 15:20] [In reply to George: Will people be able to use the nutrients platform without actually purchasing bqx coins??] Only certain features are accessible without BQX. At present they are the social and prediction features. The basket and universal wallet features will require BQX to access. stephen corliss, [20.09.17 16:20] [In reply to JiveTalkinRobot: Many in here expect BQX to "moon" in the secondary market, isn't that counter productive?] Our objectives are to ensure the token price represents the value of the service. If its too high, we risk pricing out customers. If its too low, we potentially operate at a loss or have to increase fees, which may also upset customer dynamics. This is something we must manage carefully so we will use all the tools in our toolbox to ensure a proper balance. Shingo, [20.09.17 20:47] Also for questions about what BQX does - it is a functional token with a variety of uses on the platform. Most notably, we have been talking a lot about having it be an API access token as well allowing people to build applications on top of the Bitquence ecosystem. This could potentially be very powerful in the same way that Stripe created a standard API to create payment networks. stephen corliss, [23.10.17 22:14] Another way of saying this is those acquiring tokens need to understand all of the functional use cases for any coin. When deriving value for anything, one must understand all of its inputs and outputs. To keep this simple, Inputs are fees / revenues and Outputs are Costs. Why Outputs? Well, if we want to forecast price / fee levels one will need to understand where break even is before moving on to volumes, customer growth, inflation, etc etc. This is somewhat of a typical fundamental analysis. I think we agree just say it slightly differently. There are other variables in this space but I think this captures the gist.
stephen corliss, [28.10.17 22:58] [In reply to Nico: actually i just want to know if the process of evaluation of the predictions, will be completly done by humans or partly by humans and automated?] Predictions itself will initially involve human interaction. Once the unique data is created it will then be enriched with other data including social and a broad array of conventional and unconventional data. So, it is a bit of both. Harshad Thakar: So the way I understand it is as follows [a] Combination of predictions + Intelligence Hub & UW build foundation for an extremely powerful platform that wll be used to addresse the obstacles around mass adoption. [b] moreover the intelligence hub (with various types of data) can be monetized by Bitquence by offering various service models for the partners/builders and they will need to use BQX token as gas; resulting in demand for the tokens n hence the increase in its value over long-term. Stephen: Yes, with the many numerous other products and services that we are keeping under lock and seal to protect our first mover advantage. Each one of these will significantly increase demand for BQX as it will also be needed for gas, access, etc stephen corliss, [08.10.17 22:24] [In reply to Donkey Emporium: With your predictions would you essentially be able to buy futures contracts on cryptocurrencies? - like via the CME?] Not initially as this would clearly trigger derivative registrations across all major markets, which is not ideal at this stage both from a capital consumption and strategic plan perspective. However, because of the legal model we will build everything on we can hook into other CFD providers quite easily and still comply with rules across multiple juridictions stephen corliss, [09.10.17 14:16] [In reply to Greg: Number of predictions will be limited somehow? Otherwise if there is no risk to bet, people can make many predictions and just hope for lucky shot. Or there will be some points and reward only for top points user?] Only one prediction per user per coin per contest
stephen corliss, [03.11.17 15:17] As you know, BQX has a Total Supply of 222,295,208. Of This Total Supply, 40% was reserved “exclusively” for the liquidity pool, which means 88,918,083 BQX will never become part of the Circulating Supply. The Liquidity Pool should be thought of as simply a source of collateral, not to be bought or sold in the marketplace. This leaves a MAX Circulating Supply of 133,377,125 where 71,883,993 are currently in the marketplace. The remaining 61,493,132 tokens are for Operating Purposes and will be added “only gradually” to circulating supply as/when the company uses them for technology, operational, and other related costs on a monthly or reoccurring basis. I hope this helps. stephen corliss, [03.10.17 13:06] [In reply to Max: Where do these coins come from ? If the supply is limited and people can't lose coins with bad predictions, won't you run out of coins and be unable to pay rewards at some point ?] BQX is used by users to pay transaction fees so this is important to not overlook. Second, in the immediate phase, additional BQX pools were created from mining during the token sale, which we can draw from for these marketing related costs. Thus, we will not run out of tokens as there will be fees coming in. stephen corliss, [03.10.17 14:14] [In reply to Yoyo: So how would new bqx enter the market] The pools are something to not overlook as they are drawn from for various corporate expenditures including marketing and outsourced activities such as content and data generation as just one example. Other potential programs we will offer (think of them like you would POS but it is not a direct correlation) to reward users can involve common elements such as rewarding users who develop a "following" on the platform, rewarding users for inviting and bringing new validated users to the platform, creating investment strategies that are desired by other users, I will stop there as the rest are highly confidential at the moment... Don't want to tip our hands to all of our competitors but I assure you that these other programs are transformational and extremely powerful that benefit users in 2 ways, first with a powerful user experience and secondarily as additional ways to generate rewards.
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Shingo, [28.10.17 20:27] We have our ideas about how we think businesses could use blockchain, but as we all know, we have seen people come up for use cases of blockchain in areas and industries that we could never have imagined. What is important for us is to make sure that we build our platform as generically as possible since we really do want to build up an ecosystem on top of these open protocols. This is much akin to what RedHat does (which is package up and support the open source Linux software). Another way to look at it is where we sit on the tech stack for blockchain. For those of you who are familiar with the OSI model, we sit in the blockchain equivalent of layer 5 or 6. Ethereum is an incredibly powerful layer 4 tool that facilitates an ecosystem that we are trying to build. People who built on top of Bedrock would be layer 7. Our consumer facing products would also sit at layer 7. I think a lot of people are taking the wrong approach to blockchain with regard to businesses/enterprise. To my knowledge - I haven't seen anything that a private blockchain does better than a well organized database and data schema - and I don't think blockchains were ever designed to be data storage mechanisms since there are no inherent advantages that the structure gives. What blockchain does afford is the infrastructure to rethink public structures and to distrupt current trust models. In other words - two participants in the NASDAQ markets can't trust each other the same way that two employees at Microsoft can. What we are trying to do is package up open protocols for real business use cases. Instead of building Ethereum clones on Azure, build a financial structure on Ethereum Mainnet Listing on exchanges is part of our customer acquisition strategy. We want to get more people involved in Bitquence and excited for when we begin our product releases. As much as we can, we want to utilize the infrastructure of the crypto community to spread our message of mass adoption. We are looking long-term to make the vision a reality. Getting exposure on a major platform is always positive stephen corliss, [13.10.17 17:00] [In reply to CryptoHodl: Does Bitquence have any plans to get on Bittrex?] They are on the radar, of course. Bittrex is a different animal versus others as we have absolutely no bearing on the process or timing. It appears they have changed their token onboarding process (as they should have) and it seems they have also walled themselves off from all direct communications with potential tokens. Not sure if that is by design or not. They have everything they need from us for any “future” listing but it may just come down to user demand where the popularity of BQX warrants them to act sooner. Shingo, [23.10.17 05:04] The only reason we would want to get listed on more exchanges is if we were excluding customers due to the current set of exchanges or for the publicity
stephen corliss, [12.09.17 15:22] [In reply to Inigo] The security issue is first very important so the advice given by your peers is right. With regards to the correlation you are drawing, I would say the BQX users will hold their own keys and store them in their cold storage of choice. Nothing of yours moves onto the platform unless you are building a basket then it is temporary. Once the transaction is done, everything moves off the platform and back to your cold storage. Nothing is ever left on the Platform. Whereas with Exchanges you have to decide to move it off or not. Shingo, [15.09.17 23:11] [In reply to Ke: Is it correct to assume that in 1 year or 2, if bitquence delivers the ultimate universal wallet as we believe then there would be no need for nano S or Trezor or at least the price of these items will be severely reduced because of lesser demand? Stephen especially if it's cold storage right?] The way that our "cold storage" works is sort of like a "nano ledger in the sky". Again sort of. The private key never hits the internet just like a normal hardware wallets, but you have to trust the transaction signing mechanism. If this sounds dangerous, this is exactly the same level of trust that you have with a nano ledger. You trust that the nano ledger is signing the transactions in a trustworthy way in the same way you will be trusting that Bitquence will sign the transactions in a trustworthy way. Your private keys will always be under your control. Bitquence will hold only encrypted keys for your convenience (hence the "managed universal wallet"), but you will hold the only unencrypted copy. That means if you close down your account or just decide to leave Bitquence, you can still go use the same keys somewhere else and your funds will be secure. Hope this is helpful stephen corliss, [03.10.17 12:42] [In reply to Jochen: Stephen, how safe can the storage of coins be of Bitquence in comparison with a hardware wallet like Ledger Nano S? Pro's and contra's] I don't want to reveal too many details yet so as to protect our intellectual property and solution but we see it as at least compatible if not improved as we are also trying to tackle the issue with lost keys equal lost assets for consumers. For mass adoption to be achievable, this problem has to be fixed. stephen corliss, [14.10.17 15:40] We see cold-storage as a game changer for consumers as it gives you the ability to maximize your influence over others who may want to use your idle tokens. This means we can deliver new products and services that allow you to generate additional yield (returns) on your assets other than price gains or interest paid by your POS coins. Think of similar traditional products such as those involving securitized and structured products. Shingo, [23.10.17 19:30] [In reply to Daniel Power: Is Bitquence going to be open source when it releases?] Some pieces will be. Some others will not. We want to preserve competitive advantage as much as we can Shingo, [29.10.17 22:34] [In reply to Aleksander Lien: about your wallet and cold storage! Are They safe as normal bank account!? Like if i store all my values in There , and as long as i dont throw my key/passwords around , The storage can not be hacked, at all?] I would say safer than a bank account since you own it. The private keys are always under your control and we actually don't even store your private keys. What do provide, however, is encrypted version of your private keys so that you can easily access them whenever you want. Important to note that these encrypted private keys are completely useless to us and only useable by the user. stephen corliss, [06.11.17 04:26] [In reply to lilee: How Bitquence ensure the platform users is protected from financial risk management point of view ? As some user will be common people less savy in financial investment,we don't want situation like ICOs where there is a lot of scams.] Every company, project or developer must have a reputation, be fully kyc’d and staked by purchasing BQX which will be utilized as gas. Anything presented on the platform by these groups that involve consumer facing products and services, will have to also meet an extensive compliance review as well. stephen corliss, [11.11.17 20:49] [In reply to Burghardt: Lets asume I am using Bitquence and bought Stratis, Bitcoin and some Ethereumtokens. The USGoverment shuts down BQX from one second to another. The website is gone. Am I able to get my coins? Second scenario .. lets asume hackers are hacking Bitquence. They have all your data, which is online. Are my coins save?] Thanks for the question. First, your coins will be hidden away under your mattress (cold-storage) so in your example, our site being shutdown will not impact your assets. Second, the same is true with hackers, as we don’t have your assets like exchanges do so there is nothing to steal. Clearly 2fa and encryption is key from the users perspective so we are also helping here to ensure the assets under your bed are as safe as possible.
Shingo, [16.09.17 03:17] Regarding taxes, we already have plans to allow you to export transaction history in csv so that you can do your taxes. Agree with Dean that it would be impossible to calculate each individual's tax without sophisticated software but we can give the tools to make it easier Shingo, [16.11.17 18:00] [In reply to Bodhisattwa: since bqx plans to be a one stop shop for an individual. When in the future regulation comes in with respect to taxation of crytpo will the platform have paid features where an individual can get personalized information on his tax liability on the basis of assets and investments made on the platform. Maybe it can start with countries with largest user base first and then other countries... If that is done I feel bqx will definitely will be the place people go for crypto investments. Your thoughts would be appreciated ..:)] Yes! Although I anticipate it will be something more like an API connection into another crypto tax calculator (of which there are many), but we will allow exporting transactions to help calculate tax liability *Stephen: * Yes! Think of tax-loss harvesting and all of the strategic ways consumers can manage tax liabilities. This will be part of the design!
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Shingo, [03.11.17 19:19] Guys. We are not interested in simplying pumping the price with news. We are about more than that. We are about building a movement that can change the way the financial system operates. News will come when we are ready to release it and we are hard at work building something awesome. I'm not going to talk about anything we aren't ready to reveal. stephen corliss, [28.10.17 15:18] In my view, prices are driven by demand that stems from existing and potential use-cases, which is also clearly exaggerated by speculative demand. This also applies to BQX. What are the use-cases for BQX and thus, what will be demand? As you know, I believe we sit higher in the stack where we look across a multi-chain universe that will only grow in number. This is important as I believe diverse options will continue to grow, which will increase complexity exponentially only making mass adoption all the more difficult, if not impossible. As such, we need a communication layer of sorts that can interpret and interact with all of the diverse options to ensure the value of each can be recognized. In the financial space, the ability to interpret all of this complexity is absolutely essential as all of this new functionality and value is also represented by coins. So, okay, sure an interpretive layer seems necessary. But what the heck does this mean? This means solutions are necessary for all stakeholders (existing and future) in this space in order to extract all of this potential. We will extract all of this potential by developing an eco-system that removes complexities and creates an environment that allows stakeholders to participate in this new economy across a dynamic platform with simplicity and ease. Okay, how will this create demand for BQX? First, because BQX is what represents the interpretation of all of the underlying events. If i want a coin or cryptoccy, all I need is BQX as Bitquence will do all the rest. No need to go here, there or everywhere. Just one single place that simplifies the entry point and without sacrificing the benefits associated with each chain, coin or ccy. Okay, sounds okay. Now what? Well, now that we have simplified the entry, and exit, points we can now create new and dynamic products that all leverage the interpretation layer. By doing so, we solve problems for all stakeholders up, down and across the entire foodchain who are looking to interact with crypto consumers. Lets step back for a second and think about what is happening with traditional industries. If it is not obvious to everyone, I believe industries are moving towards models that will most likely embrace either Private or Semi-Private Consortium blockchain models. What does this mean for those big firms who can afford to do this? What does this mean for those firms who cannot? This means they will need to leverage other platforms that can remove complexities, simplify and open up access to a whole new world. What will power and be necessary to access all of these solutions to each of these diverse stakeholders? Which platform, what products or services? I think I know the answer to these questions. That is all I can say at the moment, actually maybe a bit too much really...
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