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Make $9000 to $2M in Bitcoin a year with no investment

Make $9000 to $2M in Bitcoin a year
with no investment

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LEARN ABOUT CRYPTO FAUCETS

From wikipedia:   “Faucets are a great way to help introduce new people to bitcoin, or to altcoins. A majority of faucets provide information to new users as well as offering them some free coins so that they can ‘try before they buy’, experimenting with a test transaction or two before putting real money on the line. Since this whole experience is so new and a bit complicated to people, who perhaps don’t quite trust it with their hard money, this is a beneficial way to promote digital currency and bring in new users.”

How much can you make on Coinpot in one year? 

It’s a fair question.
People want to know how much they can make before investing the time. I understand.

The answer is, it depends.
There’s a wide range. Based on my model you can make as little as $900 or as much as $2 million in 1 year. It depends on a variety of factors including the original claim amount, the number of times you claim a day, the number of referrals you have, the number of times your referrals claim a day, loyalty days and a number of other factors, not to mention the price of crypto.

I had to create a calculator to figure it all out. Within the calculator, I’ve created scenarios that help to understand how the different factors above can impact your daily claim amount. These scenarios are labeled min, mid and max. The min scenario represents the person who puts forth the least amount of effort. The max scenario models out the power user with the highest amount of activity. The mid scenario is somewhere in between.

Here’s a quick slide to help explain each scenario:

In other words, Min activity is just mailing it in with one click a day.

Mid activity is someone with 100 referrals making between 25 and 48 claims a day, and Max activity is someone who’s maxing out every claim. I like to the think of Min as a lower limit, Max as an upper limit and Mid as an average.               Next, I annualized the daily claim amount from each faucet calculator under each scenario, made a forecast of cryptocurrencies one year from today and these are the results.

The Results

The first set of results provides an estimate of how much you can make if crypto prices remain the same as they are today.

As you can see from the boxes highlighted in yellow, the minimum amount you can make is around $900, the middle point is around $10K and the max is almost $70K.

So, another way to interpret the results is:

  • If you’re just mailing it in with 1 claim a day for the rest of the year and have no referrals, you can make $900, providing prices remain the same.
  • If you make 24–48 claims per day with 100 referrals doing the same thing, you can make $10K, providing prices remain the same.
  • If you make max claims per day (58–288) with 500 referrals doing the same thing, you can make $70K, providing prices remain the same.

The thing about crypto is that the price does not stay the same. As much as I like free money, I wouldn’t be advising you to do this for $900 a year — though that’s nothing to sneeze at, especially if it’s free. Early investors of Bitcoin paid just $.06 for a Bitcoin. A $100 investment seven years ago would be worth $28 million today. It is highly unlikely that crypto prices in one year will be what they are today.

What if crypto prices grew 30% on average?
The following chart shows what happens to the value of your crypto holdings if
crypto prices at the end of 2018 are 30% higher than they are today
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  • If you’re just mailing it in with 1 claim a day for the rest of the year and have no referrals, you can make $1,100, with a 30% increase in prices.
  • If you make 24–48 claims per day with 100 referrals doing the same thing, you can make ~$13K, with a 30% increase in prices.
  • If you make max claims per day (58–288) with 500 referrals doing the same thing, you can make ~$90K, with a 30% increase in prices.

This is amazing, but again, I wouldn’t be telling you to do this for $1,100. The reason people are interested in cryptos, the reason why people are taking out a mortgage on their home (DO NOT DO THAT) to invest in cryptocurrency is that of the exponential growth rates. Bitcoin, Dash, Litecoin and Dogecoin all grew by 1326%, 5935%, 5215% and 3916%, respectively, over the last year (Bitcoin Cash just started in late July/early Aug.).

This chart shows a more likely scenarion with a 500% growth rate (but experts all agree that a 1000% – 1400% rate is more likely)

This is amazing growth and there’s a chance it won’t ever happen again, but cryptos have been on a growth trend for the past five years so I don’t think last year was a fluke. Here’s a chart showing the pace of growth in the crypto market over the last 4 years.

As you can see, market capitalization grew from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $221 billion in 2017. 2014 was a bad year, but all other years saw phenomenal gains. Now that the word is out about the value of cryptos, I believe the growth trend will continue to grow exponentially.

So what if the cryptos in your Coinpot portfolio grow at the same level they grew at last year in 2018? These are the results:

  • If you’re just mailing it in with 1 claim a day for the rest of the year and have no referrals, you can make $13K if prices grow the same rate as they did last year.
  • If you make 24–48 claims per day with 100 referrals doing the same thing, you can make ~$240K if prices grow the same rate as they did last year.
  • If you make max claims per day (58–288) with 500 referrals doing the same thing, you can make ~$2 million if prices grow the same rate as they did last year. Note: there is no max on referrals so this could be higher.

Cryptos may not be able to keep up the bull run they had last year, but if they do it means you could be sitting on a nice portfolio of crypto by the end of the year without spending a dime.

Cliff High: “Bitcoin can reach $100,000 in 2018”

Cliff High’s web bots are predicting bitcoin to reach $64.000 in the first half of 2018 and probably going higher than that to even $100.000. At this point this prediction might sound a little crazy to you… if you think about his last prediction, it isn’t that weird at all! Last year when Bitcoin was around $800 he predicted Bitcoin would hit $13.880 in February 2018 according to the data sets. He still believes that this is going to be true. He said that this would be the price by February 2018, even when he knew it would go higher than that. And it did. It almost hit $20.000.

The $13.800 price is a new base to steady take off again and rise! The $64.000 is the new base to take off to a new ATH in 2018. Before we go past 64, we will get a pull back into the mid 40’s. So the future does look bright for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general. Other big coins like Litecoin, Dash, Monero, Ethereum, and so on will keep going up along with Bitcoin.

Here’s a quick overview slide of all three price scenarios.

No matter what the scenario, in terms of activity level or price, Coinpot is a great way to invest in cryptocurrency without incurring any risk. It’s also great for people that are new to the cryptocurrency world. You don’t have to buy anything or set anything up. It’s all been done for you and it’s all freeAll you need is a computer and an email address. To be clear, not all faucets are like Coinpot, so be careful. The reason I chose Coinpot for this experiment is due to its ease of use and credibility. I’m currently working on a few others and will send out a post when that happens.

How To Sign Up For & Maximize Coinpot Faucets

So now that you see the potential, these are the steps to sign up and get started:

Step 1: Sign up for a Coinpot MicroWallet (https://coinpot.co/)This is a where each faucet will send your “claim”. When you reach your withdrawal minimum, you will want to move your cryptocurrency from your software wallet (CoinPot) to another wallet.

Step 2: Sign up with each of the following faucets. Each one of these faucets are already connected to your Coinpot MicroWallet. As long as you sign up with the same email address you used to sign up for your Coinpot, they are automatically connected. Play around with each faucet a bit to get a feel for how this works. Please use my referral codes to sign up for the faucet.

Moon Bitcoin

Moon Dogecoin

Moon Litecoin

Moon BitcoinCash

MoonDash

Bit Fun

Bonus Bitcoin

Step 3: Optimize your claim amount on each faucet. I’ve modeled out the performance of each faucet.

Each faucet has its own incentive structure. In general, there are two different structures.
Your goal is to maximize the claim by paying attention to rewards:

Moon Bitcoin

                                     

                                                 This is a unique faucet.
It pays out in Bitcoin. It is the only incentive structure with 5 different bonus categories. Each bonus category gives you the ability to double your claim amount. It also pays at 50% for referrals. This makes Moon Bitcoin one of the best opportunities in the Coinpot faucet network. In addition to referrals, Moon Bitcoin also rewards the following:

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus.

In addition to getting 50% of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Offer Bonus — Action: do 10 offers to take full advantage of the 100% claim bonus. This bonus has a ceiling of 10 offers.

4) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

5) Mining Bonus — Mine on your computer for a 100% bonus depending on your hash rate. This is new.

There’s one other thing that is absolutely critical in your claim amount. This is true for all 6 faucets — the number of times you claim can drastically increase your daily claim amount. For example, based on the current claim rate which is published on the Moon Bitcoin site, if you claim every 5 minutes for 4 weeks you get 16,128 satoshis (assuming no referrals or bonus opportunities). However, if you claim every 4 weeks you get 111 satoshis.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim every 25 minutes or so. This is the max out time, not 5 minutes. This may change, but current claim rates show that there is no benefit to claiming at smaller time intervals. You don’t start to make less satoshi until you wait for 30 minutes or more. So you can claim more often, but you won’t make any more than if you claim every 25 minutes (I say 25 because you don’t want to wait until the last minute). This makes MoonBitcoin one of the easier Moon faucets to reach maximum claims on. If you can’t claim every 25 min, at least claim once a day for the loyalty bonus. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 50% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. You want to do 10 offers to take advantage of the offer bonus. You can also get a bonus for mining on your computer. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

Moon Dogecoin

                                     

Moon Dogecoin is like Moon Bitcoin,
but pays out in Dogecoin.
All the Moon faucets have the same basic structure,
but not as many bonus options.

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus. In addition to getting 25% (not 50% like Moon Bitcoin) of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim every 25 minutes or so. This is the max out time, not 5 minutes. This may change, but current claim rates show that there is no benefit to claiming at smaller time intervals. You don’t start to make less dogecoin until you wait for 30 minutes or more. So you can claim more often, but you won’t make any more than if you claim every 25 minutes. I say 25 because you don’t want to wait until the last minute. If you can’t claim every 25 min, at least claim once a day for the loyalty bonus. This makes MoonDoge one of the easier Moon faucets to reach maximum claims on. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 25% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

Moon Litecoin

                                    

Moon Litecoin is the same as Moon Dash (see below),
but it pays out in Litecoin.
Though it has a similar bonus structure to
MoonDoge and MoonBitcoin,
it requires more claims to max out.

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus. In addition to getting 25% (not 50% like Moon Bitcoin) of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim at least once a day for the loyalty bonus. To maximize this claim you need to claim every 5 minutes or 288 claims per day which is the highest of any faucet except Moon Dash. This makes MoonLitecoin and MoonDash slightly harder than the other Moon faucets, but not by much. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 25% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

MoonCash

                                       

Newest faucet.
The bonus structure is the same as MoonDoge and MoonLitecoin,
but pays out in Bitcoin Cash.
You can optimize your daily claims by doing the following:

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus. In addition to getting 25% (not 50% like Moon Bitcoin) of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim every 25 minutes or so. This is the max out time, not 5 minutes. This may change, but current claim rates show that there is no benefit to claiming at smaller time intervals. You don’t start to make less satoshi until you wait for 30 minutes or more. So you can claim more often, but you won’t make any more than if you claim every 25 minutes. I say 25 because you don’t want to wait until the last minute. If you can’t claim every 25 min, at least claim once a day for the loyalty bonus. This makes MoonCash one of the easier Moon faucets to reach maximum claims on. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 25% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

MoonDash

                                     

MoonDash is the same as MoonLitecoin,
but it pays out in Dash.

1) Loyalty bonus — Action: make a claim at least once a day. This is the easiest bonus. All you have to do is make a claim every day and you get a bonus. If you miss a day, it resets back to 1 and you have to walk up to 100% again.

2) Referral bonus — Action: refer at least 100 people to take full advantage of the referral bonus. In addition to getting 25% (not 50% like Moon Bitcoin) of your referral’s claims, you also get a 1% bonus for every person you sign up — up to 100%. This bonus has a ceiling of 100 people, but your referral commission does not.

3) Mystery Bonus — Do nothing and earn this bonus.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim as often as you can, at least once a day for the loyalty bonus. To maximize this claim you need to claim every 5 minutes or 288 claims per day which is the highest of any faucet except Moon Dash. This makes MoonLitecoin and MoonDash slightly harder than the other two faucets. You want to refer at least 100 people to take advantage of the 25% referral commission and max out on the 1% per referral bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

Bit Fun

                                     

Bitfun is slightly different.
It pays out in Bitcoin at a higher rate than MoonBitcoin
and has no limitations on claim time.
 

You can also play games and do offers.
Playing games does not increase faucet amount rate, however.

Referral bonus — Action: refer as many people as possible to take advantage of the 50% commission.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim around 4hrs, but there is no loyalty bonus. You want to refer as many people as you can to take advantage of the 50% referral commission. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

Bonus Bitcoin

                                     

Bonus Bitcoin pays out in Bitcoin. The amount you can claim varies, but you can get a bonus of 5% on all your claims and referrals for the past 3 days as long as you make a claim every day. You can only make a claim every 15 minutes.

Referral bonus — Action: refer as many people as possible to take advantage of the 50% commission.

The key to optimizing this faucet is to claim as often as you can every 15 min. You want to refer as many people as you can to take advantage of the 50% referral commission and the 72 hr loyalty bonus. Focusing on these actions can greatly increase your claims.

STEP 4: FINAL STEP

Take what I’ve written here and make it your own. You have full license to plagiarize all you want. First, replace my referral codes with your own referral codes (please let me know if you need help finding your codes). Send it out to your friends and family. Set up a seminar at your community center or library. Send it out on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. If you do add additional faucets to your list, be sure to vet them out for your base.

You can look up the price of any cryptocurrency on  https://coinmarketcap.com/.

Final thoughts: Crypto is For Everyone

The world of investments is largely cut off from people that don’t have the means, but crypto isn’t. I have family and friends on both sides of the wealth spectrum and this is a great way for both to accumulate coins. Those that have money, but are worried about Bitcoin’s viability, can use faucets as a no risk way to still participate in the crypto boom. Those that don’t have the money can also use this as a way to participate.

Translation: If you don’t have $1 million (or even $10,000), Coinpot is a great way to build a diversified portfolio of high potential crypto. It is a portfolio strategy in and of itself. Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Dash and Dogecoin represent a good cross-section of cryptos available on the market today. The only one that’s missing is Ethereum and I’m looking for a good Ethereum faucet to recommend now.

I will also warn that the learning curve for crypto is steep, but you don’t have to know any of that for Coinpot. Coinpot is a wallet and the faucets it supports are already set up to deposit directly into your Coinpot wallet — real time. It couldn’t be any easier.

Update

As a corollary, I wanted to follow up with a very important piece of the crypto puzzle — security. You need to keep your crypto safe — it’s not safe in Coinpot once you make more than the threshold limits. The threshold limit varies for each coin. According to the website, “Withdrawal requests are processed and paid directly to your wallet within 48 hours.” In my experience, it’s much faster. These are the current withdrawal threshold limits which can be found on Coinpot when you click on “Withdraw”:

 

Bitcoin — 10,000 satoshi (.00010000)

Bitcoin Cash — 10,000 satoshi (.00010000)

Litecoin — 200,000 latoshi (.00200000)

Dash — 20,000 duffs (.00020000)

Dogecoin — 50 dogecoin
side note: you can only withdraw dogecoin to a dogecoin wallet (for free). Then you can transfer to your main wallet.

Once you reach the threshold, you should withdraw your coin to a safe wallet.

I have made a comprehensive list of wallets, (as well as exchanges, additional verified faucets, and other sources to make this venture safe, quick and well organized).

http://www.markethive.net/faucet/

Once you decide on one of these wallets, you need to follow that wallet’s instructions for receiving or depositing funds. These instructions are very important — do not skip this part. Your new wallet will give you an address in order to deposit funds. Each address is specific to a certain coin. In other words, you have a different address for each coin. Copy the address and put it in the “withdrawal box” in Coinpot. You want to copy your address and put it in the box.

You’re not done yet. Once you make this request, Coinpot will send you a verification email to confirm your request as an extra layer of security. If you don’t click the link, the withdrawal will not occur.

The upgrade to the list of faucets:

On the same link above you will also see a well-organized and researched list of faucets. They are sorted by time to complete and have a built in timer so as to make managing this a lot easier.

The Coinpot faucets are identified in a Sky Blue as the illustration reveals.

We have frequent live workshops on this. They are listed on our Markethive calendar in the back office and also open to the public at this address.

Chuck Reynolds

Markethive Marketing Dept
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Polish Central Bank Secretly Funds Anti-Crypto Youtube Propaganda Videos

Polish Central Bank Secretly Funds Anti-Crypto Youtube Propaganda Videos

The Central Bank of Poland has admitted to funding anti-cryptocurrency campaigns

on social media, specifically Polish Youtuber Marcin Dubiel and his Dec. 2017 video, “I LOST ALL THE MONEY?!,” Polish news portal money.pl reports. The social media campaign against crypto was carried out by Central Bank of Poland in conjunction with Polish Youtube partner network Gamellon, Google Ireland Limited, and Facebook Ireland Limited, allocating about 91,000 zloty (around $27,000) for producing anti-crypto content. Money.pl reports that the Central Bank’s campaign also had videos published on the Planeta Faktów (Planet of Facts) Youtube channel, which has over 1.5 mln subscribers. Dubiel’s Youtube channel has over 900,000 subscribers.

Dubiel’s video makes no mention of the paid aspect of the Youtuber’s inspiration. Since Dec. 8, 2017, the Dubiel’s digital story of a young man who invests all his money in crypto only to lose it all has amassed over 500,000 views. The description of the video contains the hashtag #uważajnakryptowaluty, which is the Polish Financial Supervision Authority and the Central Bank of Poland’s joint website dedicated to warnings against the use of cryptocurrencies. The clip’s dramatic climax takes place in a restaurant when the main character can’t pay for his date’s meal with his new crypto investment, causing her to throw fiat money at him and storm out in a huff.

While problems with cryptocurrency-related online advertisements have recently emerged, with China allegedly banning all such ads from social media within the country, anti-crypto ads are more unusual. After officially recognizing both trading and mining of cryptocurrencies in Feb. 2017, Poland seems to have stayed out of the crypto news cycle. However, after Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro announced the launch of a national cryptocurrency, the petro, Poland is reportedly one of the foreign investors willing to trade food and medicine for the new petro currency.

Chuck Reynolds

Marketing Dept
Contributor

Please click either Link to learn more about Bitcoin.
Interested or have Questions, Call Me, 559-474-4614

64% Of Germans Aware Of Bitcoin, Says IT Association Bitkom

A survey published Feb. 15 by the German Federal Association

for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom), found that almost two thirds of Germans are aware of Bitcoin (BTC). Awareness of the most popular cryptocurrency has doubled since 2016, when 36 percent of German citizens were familiar with Bitcoin, and quadrupled since 2013, Bitkom reports. According to this year’s survey, 4 percent of the 1,009 respondents actually own Bitcoin, 19 percent said that they have an idea of how to buy Bitcoin, and 72 percent stated they had no interest in the digital currency. On the economic significance of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain,

Bitkom CEO Bernhard Rohleder stated:

"Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a good example of how the digital age is able to change the financial world. This is not so much about the individual currency itself as it is about the underlying blockchain technology. It will have an impact on the whole economy.”

As reported by Bitkom’s survey, the two main reasons cited by the 72 percent of Germans who have no interest in Bitcoin are risks from high price volatility and lack of knowledge of Bitcoin’s practical use. On Monday, Feb. 12, the European Supervisory Authorities warned consumers that cryptocurrencies are “highly risky” assets that show “clear signs of a pricing bubble”. Awareness of cryptocurrencies is high in Germany compared to some other countries. According to a Jan. 13  survey, more than 56 percent of Russians have heard of Bitcoin. In August 2017, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American billionaire investor, suggested that the vast majority of people in China, 70-80 percent, have never heard of Bitcoin.

Chuck Reynolds

Marketing Dept
Contributor

Please click either Link to learn more about Bitcoin.
Interested or have Questions, Call Me, 559-474-4614

Durov Brothers File Telegram And TON With SEC, Report $850 Million Already Raised

Durov Brothers File Telegram And TON With SEC, Report $850 Million Already Raised

Telegram creators Pavel and Nikolai Durov have filed a
“Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities”

with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Feb. 13, reporting $850 mln raised under the SEC exemption Rule 506(c) from 81 investors for “the development of the TON Blockchain, the development and maintenance of Telegram Messenger.” The type of securities offered in the SEC filing are described as “Purchase Agreements for Cryptocurrency”, and are filed under the Rule 506(c) exemption that means that US citizens who invest must be accredited investors — those worth more than $1 mln or that have an annual income of $200,000 — in order for the tokens to not have to be registered with the SEC as securities.

The Eastman Kodak Company, which had announced the launch of their own ICO under the same exemption in early January, 2018, has postponed their ICO to take more time to verify their investors’ accredited status. The date of the first sale for the Durovs’ ICO is noted as Jan. 29 of this year. By filing with the SEC, the Durovs are preparing to allow for US citizens to legally invest in their project, and implying that US citizens may in fact be some of the 81 investors.

Although the SEC filing did not contain the names of any investors in the Durov’s securities offering, Russian news outlet Vedomosti revealed today the names of some of the largest alleged investors, citing inside sources. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who purportedly has already invested in cryptocurrencies, reportedly was one of the first Russian citizens to be approved to invest in the project. One source allegedly close to the billionaire told Vedomosti that Abramovich had invested as much as $300 mln, however another source claimed the sum was closer to $20 mln.

Sergei Solonin, CEO of Russian payment service provider QIWI, invested $17 mln, Vedomosti writes. David Yakobashvili, co-founder of Russian-based dairy product company Wimm-Bill-Dann, told the publication that invested $10 mln in the project. A Telegram ICO has been rumored to be in the making since December 2017, when a former Telegram employee wrote online that Telegram would be launching their own Blockchain platform and cryptocurrency, called either “The Open Network” or “Telegram Open Network” (TON).

A white paper, alleging to be for TON, was leaked in mid-January, but its authenticity has yet to be confirmed publicly by the Durov brothers. The Durov’s SEC filing notes two issuers of securities, TON Issuers Inc. and Telegram Group Inc., both located in the British Virgin Islands. Under the “Related persons” section of the filing, Pavel Durov is listed as Executive Officer and Director, while his brother Nikolai is just listed as Executive Officer.

A source familiar with the TON funding told Vedomosti that the funding process was not conducted as an ICO in the “usual sense”,  in which a project’s tokens are purchased for other cryptocurrency, usually either Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH).  Instead, the source claims, it was more like a “closed allocation of securities in ordinary [fiat] currency –dollars and euros.” According to the same source, and in line with the brothers’ SEC filing, investors bought rights to the internal cryptocurrency of TON, called “Grams”, which will be distributed to them once the platform is launched.

Chuck Reynolds

Marketing Dept
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What Could Lift Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, And Litecoin Prices Back Towards New Highs

What Could Lift Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, And Litecoin Prices Back Towards New Highs

The cryptocurrency party is on again.

After being in a deep correction for a few weeks, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin have been coming back nicely over the last week, gaining 19.87%, 10.48%, 30.57%, and 53.90% respectively.

7-Day Price Change For Major Cryptocurrencies

The turnaround in cryptocurrency markets comes as equity markets rebounded from the sell-off early in the month, with NASDAQ gaining close to 5% in the last five days. Most notably, the cryptocurrency “technicals” remained strong, with 83 cryptocurrencies advancing and only 17 declining among the top 100 listed currencies—see table 3.[Ed. note: Investing in cryptocoins or tokens is highly speculative and the market is largely unregulated. Anyone considering it should be prepared to lose their entire investment. Disclosure: I don't own any Bitcoin.]

The strong rebound in major cryptocurrencies is a cause of celebration for investors who purchased near the market bottom. How long will the party last? Will major cryptocurrencies prices test the old highs? It’s hard to tell. Still, there are a few scenarios that could help major cryptocurrencies move in that direction. One of them is the proliferation of Wall Street products like ETFs and Futures contracts that will allow a broader investor participation in cryptocurrency markets. In fact, it was the introduction of Futures contracts that created a great deal of buzz for major cryptocurrencies last December, and taking some of them to new highs.

Another scenario is an improved access to cryptocurrency exchanges that will ease the difficulty of buying cryptocurrencies by the average investor. “The biggest tailwind I can see right now is greater acceptance of cryptos by mainstream investors and improving ease-of-access to the crypto exchanges,” says Jesse Cohen Senior Analyst with Investing.com. “Trading app RobinHood for example has a waiting list of around 1.2 million users for its new crypto trading service, which would allow easy, quick and most importantly safe investing in all the major coins."

A third scenario is the adoption of cryptocurrencies as a medium of payment by major merchants. Already, there has been talk that Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are considering accepting Bitcoins for their products. While all this talk sounds like pie in the sky, the likelihood for one of these companies to adopt a cryptocurrency is very appealing, for an obvious reason: it will create a great deal of buzz among younger customers. And it will drive cryptocurrency prices higher, provided that big governments, big banks, and hackers do not spoil the party again.

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How To Let People With Passion Magnify Your Marketing Message

How To Let People With Passion Magnify Your Marketing Message

For the leading digital marketers,

content and influencer marketing are popular strategies used to reach target audiences. This is so common that it is tempting to buy into the “content is king” mantra. However, this can be taken too far, when a brand pushes its themes down a one-way communication street at the expense of letting its audience interact with the brand and not each other.

I believe that websites and brands are best off designing a customer experience where dialog among the customer community is the most important consideration. The goal is to connect people with passion to people in need. People with passion are micro-influencers — individuals who are knowledgeable and eager to share information about a niche. This interactive approach multiplies your marketing impact many times over. These findings are based on my experience leading GirlsAskGuys and its Spanish and Turkish sister sites, EllasSaben.com and KizlarSoruyor.com. The concept for the sites occurred during my bachelor days, when I discovered that asking the opposite sex for advice on relationships, fashion and beyond, was much more helpful than hanging out with the guys or reading magazine columns. There are several key benefits of this type of community-driven content.

People with passion serve as micro-influencers.

Ask someone at a party about their job and you will probably get a sentence or two for an answer. Ask, instead, about hobbies or causes they are passionate about and you could start a half-hour interaction and possibly a long-term friendship. People love talking about their passions, so much so that we consider the concept of connecting people with passion to people in need as the reason for the existence of our web properties. The same passionate people who frequently interact on your site are likely to be heavy social media users and will often promote your site themselves and invite more influencers to join if their experience is positive enough.

Once you appreciate the people with passion concept, the next step is to understand individual customer's passions in detail. To do this, my analytics team relies on a combination of subject-area tags for questions that a user clicks on in addition to deep, text-based searches of the terms used in a person’s contributions. That allows us, for example, to understand who is not only interested in exercise but specifically likes to wear cross-training shoes.

Some micro-influencers may already be popular through their blog, Twitter or Instagram accounts, or another social platform — but they don’t have to be. Our company has a team whose main job is to encourage potential micro-influencers to participate on-site and find their voice. Your community content-driven website could be the first opportunity to share their insights at large.

Brands are shifting from traditional digital ads to native placements.

Brands that are considering advertising on your site may have relied on display ads aimed at broad demographic categories in the past, but these are no longer sufficient. Even ads that are natively integrated into the website’s content are part of a passing trend, in my opinion — if they don’t have an interactive component.

Let’s look at how community-centric, interactive content magnifies brand advertising. First, imagine that our passionate runner from my earlier persona example lives in a cold-weather region and runs a few miles every day. This profile might align closely with running apparel and footwear that a sports brand wants to promote. We have developed an advertising offering that gives a brand like that the ability to distribute gift cards to this runner as well as a small number of other highly interested community members. There’s no obligation, but there is a likelihood that the recipients will mention their purchases' performance on the website.

Interactive, native placement of promotional content also allows the advertiser to be more subtle — not a word you hear often in online advertising. For example, Gillette, a brand my company partners with, had an interest in nurturing online dialogue about shaving as part of women’s beauty routines. After one initially placed question generated conversation on one of our web properties, the community took over and continued to discuss this on an ongoing basis. The conversation is not about a product so much as it is about lifestyle, but Gillette’s brand cachet grows from the discrete reference in the “sticky” question we posed as well as further, organic conversation.

Community-generated questions magnify SEO.

Marketers rely on search engine optimization (SEO) to effectively relate their site content to search engine questions. Search engines are focusing ever more on serving up precise answers to highly specific questions. Community-generated content is incredibly effective for SEO because the interactions among your visitors are timely and specific. Want to hear from the crowd about what the best 2017 car models were? That question was asked by a community member on our site, then picked up in Google’s Knowledge Graph along with a summary of our community’s answers and a link back to the site.

Conversations indicate need and product extension opportunities.

There are times when people simply want to chat, but for most information-sharing websites, a question posed indicates an underlying need. A 17-year-old asking about shampoos in June, in the U.S., could mean she’s going to her prom and looking for a dress.

How can you leverage needs identifications to extend your website’s content or your brand’s offerings? Put out feeler articles to assess whether they gain traction organically. For example, we weren’t sure whether our audience, which is made up of more than 80 percent millennials, would be open to a section about early parenthood advice and products. Based on a small placement of content about this theme, we learned this is a relevant topic for individuals transitioning from dating to stable relationships.

Content is a key to marketing these days, but it’s so much more powerful when you design your experience for community interaction first. It’s why connecting people with passion to people in need is the heart of our business and we believe it could have the same impact on yours.

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NBC investigates public company that changed its name to Riot Blockchain

NBC investigates public company that changed its name to Riot Blockchain

and saw its shares rocketNBC investigates public company that changed its name to Riot Blockchain and saw its shares rocket

CNBC investigates a public company that changed its name to Riot Blockchain
and saw its shares rocket  

As bitcoin hit record highs in late December, a hot new stock was making news on a daily basis. Riot Blockchain's stock shot from $8 a share to more than $40, as investors wanted to cash in on the craze of all things crypto. But Riot had not been in the cryptobusiness for long. Until October, its name was Bioptix, and it was known for having a veterinary products patent and developing new ways to test for disease. That might sound somewhat like the type of newly minted blockchain company that has gained SEC attention.

"Nobody should think it is OK to change your name to something that involves blockchain when you have no real underlying blockchain business plan and try to sell securities based on the hype around blockchain," SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said, speaking in generalities in recent testimony to Congress. The SEC declined to comment to CNBC about Riot Blockchain. The company did make an investment in a cryptocurrency exchange in September and two months later did purchase a company that has cryptocurrency mining equipment, but paying more than $11 million for equipment worth only $2 million, according to SEC filings.

That purchase and the company's name change aren't Riot's only questionable moves. A number of red flags in the company's SEC filings also might make investors leery: annual meetings that are postponed at the last minute, insider selling soon after the name change, dilutive issuances on favorable terms to large investors, SEC filings that are often Byzantine and, just this week, evidence that a major shareholder was getting out while everyone else was getting in.

Despite Riot Blockchain's latest quarterly report showing a company in the red, its annual meeting was twice set to take place at the swanky Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida. The resort is known as the "pink palace" and has luxury yachts lined up on its dock.But with less than one day's notice, Riot twice "adjourned" its annual meeting, first scheduled for Dec. 28 and then for Feb. 1. It's not clear the company ever planned to have the meeting. Numerous employees at the hotel told CNBC it had no reservations for either date under the name of Riot Blockchain or any affiliated entity.

Riot's filings reveal that Barry Honig may be the man behind the Riot Blockchain curtain. That would explain why a company formerly headquartered in Colorado might suddenly host its annual meeting in Boca Raton. That sunny location would certainly be convenient for Honig, once the company's largest shareholder, whose office is a short drive from the hotel. He once owned more than 11 percent of the outstanding common stock, according to SEC filings.

"My history of investing's pretty good. I invest in public companies," Honig told CNBC by phone. "It was an investment where I had a return. And I sold some shares. There's nothing wrong with doing that." Barry Honig, a venture capitalist and micro-cap investor, was once one of the largest investors in Riot Blockchain.Honig became active in Riot in April 2016 when it was a veterinary testing company with a different name. He led an activist campaign to replace the board in September 2016 and won the fight in January 2017.

After his victory, attorneys say, red flags began to appear.

Until January, Honig had an extensive website filled with fawning descriptions of his investment acumen and what he does for companies when he gets involved. "Barry Honig's investment portfolio includes a variety of exciting technology and biotech companies focused on innovation and progress," barryhonig.com stated before it was taken down.

"Typically, Barry Honig invests his hard-earned money into a company, and he also provides strategic guidance to the company pertaining [sic] a variety of aspects, including who should lead the company (he helps put the right people in the right places in most of his investments), what goals and timelines that company should work towards, and a plan for the best way to achieve those goals," the website said.

A visit to the site now only reveals the text: "Under construction."

From the outside, Honig's office is nondescript. There does not appear to be any evidence of his company's existence on the building's directory or on the door of his office.When CNBC crew members walked into the office, they didn't find Honig, they found the CEO of Riot Blockchain, John O'Rourke. That's the same O'Rourke who made headlines when — less than three months after the company changed names and business plans — he sold about $869,000 worth of shares, according to an SEC filing. He told the crew he was there for a meeting with Honig and that we had just missed him.

O'Rourke initially agreed to a formal interview with CNBC and emailed later to say the interview was "confirmed," adding "I think you'll be impressed." Then, late the night before, he backed out via email and said he needed to go to the Midwest to close an acquisition. He agreed to answer questions via email instead. One of CNBC's first questions was whether he worked in the same office as Honig, which could raise eyebrows."I have my own office in a separate location," O'Rourke said in an email sent by his lawyer, Nick Morgan, a partner with Paul Hastings. "I do have a good relationship with Mr. Honig and we speak often."

"John O'Rourke does not work out of my office," Honig said. "John O'Rourke has his own office … at one time John O'Rourke had space in my office … we speak often." Securities attorneys told CNBC that if a CEO were using the office of a major investor, it might raise concerns about the exchange of information. "You just can't imagine that the CEO and the investor are going to have an appropriate wall between them where they're not engaging in discussions or dialogue about what's appropriate for the company on a day to day basis or in the future," said Richard Birns, a corporate partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

John O’Rourke, CEO of Riot Blockchain, shown here with CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, in the office of investor Barry Honig.Despite Honig's website saying he gives advice on who should lead a company, Honig said he had nothing to do with O'Rourke becoming CEO."The board and Michael Beeghley [the CEO before O'Rourke] are the ones that made the decision in regards to John O'Rourke becoming the CEO, okay? John O'Rourke doesn't work for me, okay?" he said.

Birns analyzed Riot Blockchain's SEC filings for CNBC and found additional concerns.

"I see a company that has had a change of control of the board. I see a company that has had a change in business. I see a company that has had several dilutive issuances immediately following the change of the board and change of the business. And I see a stock that has gone zoom," he said. "And what I understand a significant amount of insider selling. So yes, these are red flags." Jacob Zamansky, founder of Zamansky LLC, which specializes in securities fraud, also expressed caution. "With the absence of revenue on the company's current financial statements, I would think investors need to be very cautious of a highly speculative stock with a lot of red flags," he said.

Since Honig's board shake-up,

the company has increased its common stock share count from 4.5 million to more than 11.6 million. On Oct. 2, 2017, two days before announcing the name change to Riot Blockchain, the board approved a dividend payout of more than $9.5 million, according to SEC filings. Investors who own more than 5 percent of a company's outstanding common stock are required to file a form known as a 13D, which outlines their holdings. Subsequent changes in holdings require a "timely" filing of any changes.

SEC records spanning 14 months show that Honig filed two 13Ds, including one in January 2017 that shows he owned 11.19 percent. After Riot's name change sent the company's shares soaring, Honig cashed out and filed the second 13D in February showing he owned less than 2 percent of outstanding common stock along with a small number of warrants. His purchase price ranged from $2.77 to $5.32 per share, according to the list of trades he provided to the SEC in 2017. Honig's investment dropped below 5 percent, the threshold for SEC filing, on Nov. 28. At that point, the stock had already climbed above $20.

Honig did not disclose his dramatically reduced position in the stock until this week. But that may not be the true extent of Honig's selling. Buried deep in the footnotes of Riot filings, it's clear Honig also accumulated more than 700,000 new warrants that he could convert to stock at $3.56 per share and more than 700,000 promissory notes that he could convert to stock at $2.50 a share.

What about those warrants and promissory notes? It's not clear, as he never mentioned them in either 13D. But in another footnote from a recent Riot filing, there is no longer a mention of them. He declined to further clarify what happened to them. "It's all disclosed in the public filings. And those are all the obligations I have," he said. "I'm very comfortable with what I had to do and what I was obligated to do. … I'm not going to talk about my personal trading history or my bank account."

Birns questioned how Honig made his filings. "It's clear that Mr. Honig, through himself and through the entities that he controls, owns at least a significant amount of stock. Or has the potential to own significant amount of stock in excess of what is reported on the 13D," he said.This is not the first time Honig has faced questions over his actions. In 2000, he was alleged to have committed stock manipulation. Honig was fined $25,000 and suspended for 10 days, according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In 2003, he let his broker's license lapse. "The answer's no," Honig said when asked if he still manipulates stocks.

SEC filings suggest that when Honig began his charge to take over the board, he was represented by lawyer Harvey Kesner of Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP. A few months later, Kesner's law firm appears on Riot Blockchain's SEC filings.
Kesner's company, Paradox Capital Partners LLC, owns Riot stock, according to SEC filings. When reached by phone, Kesner said he didn't know anything about Rito Blockchain and Barry Honig and hung up. Honig said Kesner was Riot's attorney, but "his law firm has represented me in other issues in the past."
Since its name change, Riot has been a very active company, issuing 23 press releases about acquisitions and new divisions.

One of those acquisitions was Kairos Global Technology Inc., which had been founded less than two weeks before the purchase. Kairos' main asset was $2 million of mining equipment. Riot purchased Kairos for $11.9 million worth of preferred convertible stock, according to SEC filings. O'Rourke told CNBC the company paid a premium for the equipment due to a shortage of mining equipment and difficulties getting it directly from the manufacturer. Kairos appears to have many links to Riot. The company was incorporated by Joe Laxague of Laxague Law Inc., the same lawyer who, SEC filings suggest, represented another major investor in Riot who has owned more than 7.49 percent of the company.

Laxague told CNBC he could not comment when reached by phone and hung up.

Kairos' president was Michael Ho, Nevada records show, a poker player who played at a tournament with two other professional poker players, both of whom are on Riot's advisory board, according to records reviewed by CNBC.

O'Rourke said Riot is using the equipment to mine and that the company is currently mining in Norway and Canada. Despite the many press releases, there has been no formal mining announcement. "We have launched our own Bitcoin mining operation and it will be a focal point for Riot's expansion plans moving forward," is all Riot says on its webpage dedicated to mining. SEC filings are silent on mining activity. As for professional poker players advising Riot? O'Rourke told CNBC the players are investors in the cryptocurrency space with more than 50,000 social media followers. He called them "thought leaders."

Riot is not O'Rourke and Honig's first cryptocurrency investment.

In 2013, they were owners in BTX Trader, a cryptocurrency company, which was acquired by WPCS, a publicly traded company in which Honig had invested, according to court records. WPCS bought BTX on Dec. 17, 2013, just 13 days after it was incorporated in Delaware, according to SEC filings. At the time, WPCS was a communications, infrastructure and contracting company. The stock went up to $435.60 on a split-adjusted basis. It's now trading around $2 after selling off BTX Trader in 2015, according to SEC filings. Just last month, the company changed its name to DropCar after a merger and is now a cloud-services-for-cars company.

O'Rourke, through his lawyer, told CNBC in an email that he made several investments with Honig as co-investor. "BTX Trader was one of our first investments together in the blockchain sector in 2013," he said. "I have a good relationship with Mr. Honig, and he has been a supportive shareholder of Riot." Honig acknowledges the investment. The questions continue for Riot Blockchain. On Tuesday, Riot filed to withdraw prior SEC filings. "It is not the result of any government inquiry," O'Rourke said in an email. "It was just corporate clean up from our securities counsel."

CNBC

Yachts lined the dock behind the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where Riot Blockchain’s annual shareholder meeting was supposed to take place.As for the annual shareholders' meeting, "We did not have a quorum of shareholders required for a vote," O'Rourke said in the email from his lawyer. "We are also working on other corporate action items that would require shareholder approval and a shareholder meeting as well. We did not want to waste the time and expense of potentially having two shareholder meetings within a short period of time. Thus we adjourned the meetings, which is not an uncommon practice."

There is no new date for the shareholders' meeting.

"You see companies adjourn meetings in a context of a contested election and the like," Birns said. "I just don't think in this instance, there's any reason to adjourn their annual meeting."

And as to O'Rourke selling stock in December?

He told CNBC in the email: "I sold less than 10 percent of my overall position to assist with covering tax obligations as a result of so-called phantom income tax from the vesting of restricted stock awards. It is common for Executives to sell stock to cover such tax obligations. I could have sold more stock in that window but chose to sell just 30,383 shares."

O'Rourke welcomes increased regulation and transparency for the cryptocurrency industry. "Unfortunately, as with many new hot sectors, it [blockchain] has attracted some bad actors trying to capitalize on the hype," he said. "Riot is all for increased transparency and properly imposed regulation." Honig would not disclose how much he made on his investment in Riot, "I wasn't fortunate enough to do as well as you might think and people might speculate. … I don't regret anything."

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Banks Replaced With Blockchain at International Food Program

Banks Replaced With Blockchain at International Food Program

 

 
  • UN organization tests digital wallets built on Ethereum
  • Technology that underlies bitcoin cuts bank transfer costs

International officials are discovering they can sometimes avoid bank fees by replacing currency transfers with the technology at the heart of Bitcoin. The World Food Programme is expanding its blockchain-payments system, said Robert Opp, a director of the United Nations effort that feeds as many as 100 million people across 80 countries. The agency expects to cut millions of dollars in bank transfer fees by switching to distributed ledgers based on Ethereum’s digital-currency network, he said.

“We felt we could replace the services offered by banks with blockchain,” said Opp, who manages innovations that help WFP better spend its annual $6 billion budget. “Blockchain helps promote collaboration by providing enormous amounts of data.” The adoption of the distributed-ledger technology shows how companies that need to make money transfers, register sales or even tally votes are picking and choosing among innovations of the Bitcoin revolution, many times choosing not to use the digital coins associated with them.

Digital registries hosted on a worldwide network of computers

are being tested in many settings for potential to reduce bank wire-transfer costs. Ethereum allows users to issue so-called ether tokens that can be tailored to specific needs. The Ether coin has jumped in value in the last three months.

WFP began developing its blockchain in 2016 and currently is testing the system with 100,000 Syrian refugees who receive food assistance in Jordan. The program in Jordan alone could save $150,000 a month and eliminate 98 percent of bank fees related to transfers, according to Bernhard Kowatsch, the head of a WFP innovation lab in Munich. “We’re putting in place a financial infrastructure,” Opp said. The UN program distributes about $1.4 billion annually of food vouchers and digital entitlements, he said.

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The Key To Your B2B Marketing Strategy: Own It..!!

The Key To Your B2B Marketing Strategy: Own It..!!

The fragmentation of media has led to the rise of owned media.

Marketing plans once revolved around paid and earned media, but their influence has waned over the years, offering diminishing returns at higher price points. That’s not to say that earned and paid media can no longer be effective, but it does mean that to get the most out of them, you must have a robust owned strategy.

What does that mean? In short, for B2B companies, nothing is more important than your website, email, videos, webinars, proprietary research reports, expert commentary and other assets that your marketing department fully controls. You can count social media platforms on that list provided that you understand that to have an effective social media campaign there needs to be a supporting paid strategy. Third-party validation remains instrumental in establishing credibility in the marketplace and among prospects, but earned media reaches its potential when owned media is utilized to provide the context necessary to make an impact with your constituency.

It used to be that earned media was wholly effective on its own. If a national publication that reaches your core prospects wrote a feature on your company, for example, it meant that your prospects were likely reading the story. But with the advent of the internet and the 24-hour news cycle, individual stories were less likely to single-handedly drive prospects to your business. Today, stories are archived quickly, which means your prospect either needs to be searching for your business specifically, or they need to be on the website in that small window of time during which your story remains “above the fold.”

That doesn’t mean that a feature article in a national publication no longer has value. It just lacks the direct impact it might’ve had even five years ago. It still boasts cachet, especially if utilized properly — that is, if the article is repurposed as part of your owned media strategy. For example, that article can be featured in your newsletter that is distributed to your email database, which has the potential to have a big impact on a vetted, captive audience. It can be featured on your website, on a company blog or your social media profiles. But for any of that to work properly, you must have a quality email database cultivating prospects and delivering content they respond to. You may need to have an active company blog that you’ve developed into a known quantity in your industry and active social channels with engaged followings.

Owned is potent, but it works best when supported by paid. For instance, having a Facebook presence is important (yes, even for B2B marketers), but Facebook advertising, given what the algorithm gives preference to, is necessary to maximize your owned channel. A Facebook page’s organic reach is about 10% of what it was five years ago, so if you’re not utilizing Facebook advertising, you’re not getting nearly as much value as you should be. You shouldn’t simply throw money at it, but you need to know how to optimize your ads, how to effectively target your ads, and you must understand the value of different types of Facebook ads, such as a carousel ad versus a sponsored post.

Additionally, your website should be the cornerstone of your marketing strategy, but it, too, can and should be bolstered by a paid media strategy. Sure, it needs to have a strategic information architecture that captures the information you need from site visitors, and it needs to be well-designed to snatch your visitors’ attention, but it still needs the support of search engine marketing to optimize your website’s discoverability with the right audience of prospects. Our research, which targeted decision-makers at large and mid-size companies, shows that website and search are the two most influential channels for marketing sales or marketing that takes place when your prospects are at the moment of need. This gives you an idea of how potent these two channels are, particularly when working in concert.

In a world of information and content fractals, investing in your owned channels is chiefly important because that is where you have most control over your message. But the incontrovertible reality of media today is that no single arm — owned, paid or earned — can operate optimally alone. To get the most out of owned media, you’d do well to understand that it does not operate in a vacuum but rather in a media ecosystem that is more intertwined than ever.

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Cliff High: “Bitcoin can reach $100.000 in 2018”

Cliff High: “Bitcoin can reach
$100.000 in 2018”

Cliff High’s web bots are predicting bitcoin to reach $64.000

in the first half of 2018 and probably going higher than that to even $100.000. At this point this prediction might sound a little crazy to you… if you think about his last prediction, it isn’t that weird at all! Last year when Bitcoin was around $800 he predicted Bitcoin would hit $13.880 in February 2018 according to the data sets. He still believes that this is going to be true. He said that this would be the price by February 2018, even when he knew it would go higher than that. And it did. It almost hit $20.000.

The $13.800 price is a new base to steady take off again and rise! The $64.000 is the new base to take off to a new ATH in 2018. Before we go past 64, we will get a pull back into the mid 40’s. So the future does look bright for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general. Other big coins like Litecoin, Dash, Monero, Ethereum, and so on will keep going up along with Bitcoin.

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Ripple Signs Major Deal with Saudia Arabia’s Central Bank

Ripple Signs Major Deal with Saudia Arabia’s Central Bank

Ripple, the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has been on a tear lately, and it has now signed a significant deal with Saudi Arabia’s central bank.

Ripple Rapidly Gaining Traction

Ripple continues to make inroads into the traditional financial sector. It has recently announced a massive deal with the UAE Exchange and a major partnership with Lianlian International. Additionally, Banco Santander is set to roll out Ripple payments in Q1, and just today came the news that Western Union will begin testing XRP transfers.

According to reports, Saudi Arabia’s central bank

has penned a deal with the San Francisco-based cryptocurrency company, which aims to help banks in the oil-rich kingdom settle instantaneous cross-border payments using blockchain software. Specifically, Saudi Arabia will utilize xCurrent, Ripple’s enterprise software solution facilitating such payments with end-to-end tracking. Saudi Arabia’s deal with the cryptocurrency company is the first such blockchain-utilizing pilot program launched by a central bank. Dilip Rao, Ripple’s global head of infrastructure innovation,

says:

Central banks around the world are leaning into blockchain technology in recognition of how it can transform cross-border payments, resulting in lower barriers to trade and commerce for both corporates and consumers.

Saudi Arabia’s partnership with the virtual currency company comes after Gulf regulators have expressed concerns over Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market’s lack of regulation. Thus, Ripple has, unsurprisingly, proven itself to be an attractive offer.

Unlike Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

that are largely founded on the premises of deregulation and decentralization, Ripple has openly marketed itself as a blockchain solution for traditional financial institutions. In turn, the cryptocurrency has long come under criticism for undermining what some consider to be the very foundations of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

Drawing further skepticism from investors is the fact that the vast majority of XRP tokens are owned by Ripple’s parent company, thus making it technically capable of regulating the price of said tokens. XRP saw highs around $3.84 on January 4th but has since fallen as low as $0.59. It is currently trading at $1.12. In December, UAE central bank governor Mubarak Rashed al-Mansouri also told Reuters that the central banks of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are working together in hopes of issuing a digital currency that would help facilitate cross-border transactions between the two countries.

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