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Expo-Bitcoin International 2019 brings advocates of real Bitcoin to Latin America

For the supporters of the original Bitcoin, as envisioned by Satoshi Nakamoto, here’s a challenge for you: can you live in a space where everything uses Bitcoin SV for a week?

That’s just one of the things that attendees can expect at the upcoming Expo-Bitcoin International 2019 in Bogota, Colombia—the first of its kind to take place in Latin America. The five-day conference features a host of opportunities for both the Bitcoin society and cryptocurrency enthusiasts alike to discuss adoption and learn “what Bitcoin already is.”

Event organizer Bitek describes Expo-Bitcoin as “a marketplace that functions as a small world where Bitcoin is the only payment method.” In an interview with CoinGeek, CEO Boris Javier Barrera Garcia explains:

“People will have the opportunity to live five days of a socio-economic experiment in a space where everything uses Bitcoin (SV); the reality is that a new community is being shaped by this libertarian money. This is really disruptive, so we have made a real bet for Bitcoin SV from the very beginning, since you cannot buy your tickets for the Arena but by using Bitcoin SV and everything you see at the Exhibit, you will be able to purchase using BSV—other cryptos also allowed depending on the merchant but no fiat currency is allowed. In the end, we want to demonstrate that markets can work in compliance with legal rules using Bitcoin as a mean of exchange.”

Expo-Bitcoin International 2019 will take place on June 19-23 at the Corferias, the international convention center that has hosted events in the country since 1954. Among the key features of this landmark event is The Marketplace, which has over 200 commercial stands offering products for sale with BSV, and The Bitcoin Arena, where delegates can watch as the brightest minds of the BSV society discuss Satoshi’s vision—from Bitcoin creator Dr. Craig Wright and Founding President of the Bitcoin Association Jimmy Nguyen, to BSV experts including MoneyButton CEO Ryan X. Charles, nChain CTO Steve Shadders, HandCash CEO Alex Agut, and other thought leaders like Coinlogiq CEO Dwayne Golden Senior, NEM Foundation Council Manager Pedro E. Gutierrez, medical surgeon Dr. Miguel Parra Saavedra, and Bitcoin advocate Connor Murray, among others.

“The Bitcoin Arena is the Agora of the modern economic thinkers. We brought the best, those who understood the importance of Bitcoin and the instrumental role of a stable protocol in Bitcoin,” Garcia says. “Many others fell in the way of confusion, but a remnant stays with the flag of this Libertarian, respectful of the law, peer to peer, Caesar-less money. That discussion not only about the technical topics but the philosophical views of Bitcoin have amazing importance that history will ponder.”

The event, as Garcia puts it, is all about allowing the laymen to experience Bitcoin in a marketplace where merchants are protected “as they would be in the real world by third parties like Bitek.” It’s also the perfect opportunity for network marketers in Colombia “who need to understand that Bitcoin is money, not another ‘get rich fast’ scheme.”

He notes, “We at Bitek always believed that real adoption needs payment processors since Bitcoin is not legal tender, most of the commerce would need to have cash flow in their local currency and that, among other reasons is why they are afraid to receive Bitcoin openly as a mean of exchange, so having POS applications with payment processing is absolutely necessary in this early stages.”

Colombia is just the first for Expo-Bitcoin International. Bitek plans to hold the event every two years going forward. According to Garcia, “We are Colombians, we love our country and we think this is an important door to Latin America. Beyond that fact, being objective, Colombia has the fifth largest bitcoin community in Latin America, and the third fastest growing in volume of Bitcoin transactions. And Bogota is the neuralgic center of this fever. We need to hit in Bogota first, but also Medellin is a very important node in this ecosystem, we plan to be there in the future. Other cities in Latin America are very important so we think in the future we have a lot of places to look at.”

It’s not too late to join this history-making conference. Get your tickets now, and seize the opportunity to learn more about BSV and find out all the ways it will change the future.

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Faiā announces Brendan Lee as Head of Technology for new Bitcoin integration services

Singapore, Singapore, June 18, 2019 — Faiabrand Pte Ltd (“Faiā”), an up-and-coming management consultancy, with roots in blockchain community management, announced that Brendan Lee has been named as Head of Technology (Bitcoin). Mr. Lee’s work with Faiā will commence immediately as it gears up to offer Bitcoin (BSV) exclusive integration and training services for enterprises.

Mr. Lee’s career to date has been focused on increasingly senior roles within industrial design, automation, and control, focusing on software design and implementation. Most recently, Mr. Lee was the Bitcoin Engineer Lead for Tokenized Group Pty Ltd, a company responsible for the Bitcoin Tokenized protocol, which is a comprehensive, regulation-friendly solution for businesses to create tokens for real world assets on the BSV blockchain. His role there included determining best methods to integrate Tokenized protocol into Bitcoin transactions, building tools to evaluate software outputs against the protocol specification, and creating comprehensive documentation and real world examples of the Tokenized platform in use. Prior to Tokenized, Brendan was co-founder of Battery Corp., Business Development Manager for Octillion Power Systems, and Senior Engineer for Yokogawa.

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Brendan Lee (third from the right) with his previous, prize-winning Tokenized team

“We are very proud and excited to have Brendan join our team,” said George Samuels, Director of Faiabrand Pte Ltd. “He is a highly qualified expert who brings a wealth of relevant business, technical, and leadership experience. Mr. Lee has already significantly contributed to our efforts as we continue on our path to make Faiā the leading consultancy focused on bridging gaps between people and technology worldwide, especially when it comes to blockchains such as Bitcoin. To have someone like Brendan join our team is truly a blessing, so we don’t aim to take it for granted.”

Mr. Lee had this to say about joining Faiā:

“Since beginning my Bitcoin journey in mid 2017, I have strived constantly to challenge myself, and to build myself into a core member of the central Bitcoin community. Launching coinstorage.guru, building record-sized blocks with the “Satoshi Shotgun,” and working on the award-winning and groundbreaking Tokenized protocol have been major highlights of this process.”

By joining Faiā, I take the next step, cementing this aggregate knowledge into a foundation that I can use to help others build the next layer of Bitcoin. With a protocol that is set in stone, we have an opportunity to stand tall, adding weight, breadth and depth to our projects, while being able to trust that the foundation is rock solid. Moving into technical consultation is a natural fit for me and partnering with Faiā felt right from the first moment I spoke to George. I can’t wait to help everyone building on the original Bitcoin protocol to realize the full potential of their projects. Let’s set the world on Faiā!”

Mr. Lee is a graduate of the University of Queensland, with a Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Systems.

With Mr. Lee’s new appointment, Faiā is opening its doors to enterprises seeking to integrate scaleable blockchain infrastructure via Bitcoin (BSV).

About Faiabrand Pte Ltd

Faiabrand Ptd Ltd. is a management consultancy, specializing in a unique blend of Community-Centred Design (CCD) and Bitcoin integration services. Faiā was created by industry specialists, passionate about the interplay between people (communities), processes, and technology, especially when it comes to emerging technologies such as blockchain (Bitcoin).

Faiā services are focused on building professional communities, improving business productivity, and assisting companies with emerging technologies such as blockchain (Bitcoin). A trusted partner for innovative startups and progressive multinationals with personnel from Singapore, India and Australia. In the chaotic world we currently find ourselves in, our reputation is based on our loyalty to clients, quality of services, and personal integrity.

For more information, visit faiabrand.org.

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Dr. Craig Wright on the accountability of Bitcoin, Metanet incentives

Dr. Craig Wright on the accountability of Bitcoin, Metanet incentives

The celebration of Bitcoin, now reborn as Bitcoin SV (BSV), was fully on at the CoinGeek Toronto scaling conference. To discuss where Bitcoin is headed now that it’s been unleashed with massive scaling on the blockchain, its creator himself, Dr. Craig Wright, joined CoinGeek’s Becky Liggero.

The Toronto conference was a key point in Bitcoin’s history, and Wright was happy to see the crowds gathering to celebrate its history, and momentum going forward. “It’s good to see the energy and the vibrancy of the place at the moment,” he said.

Now that BSV is ready to follow the original vision of Satoshi himself, Wright expects it to bring a respectability to digital currency. “Bitcoin is an immutable evidence trail,” he explained. “It is a single global ledger. Once we roll it out, we’re going to make fraud expensive, fraud difficult. We’re going to make it so that people can actually trust money, trust negotiating with people. Because there’s no way of getting away with something bad, there’s a record kept of everything.”

With nChain recently having proven that the blockchain can scale as massively as they want to, Wright was in a very good mood. “Well, as Jimmy would say, ‘I like big blocks and I cannot lie,’” he said. He went on to explain where the team is currently at in their scaling milestones:

“We are now able to get to a point where, at 1.4GB, we stopped doing the testing not because we were running out of capability with the node, but we have to let some of the environment and the infrastructure catch up. So the block explorers and other things like that were having problems. It’s not actually our nodes that are not at that level, they were getting to 1.4GB fine, but the ecosystem needs to start realizing that they need to increase capability as well. So we’re letting them catch up a little bit.”

Wright used some of his time on stage at CoinGeek Toronto to talk about the rise of the Metanet, the BSV replacement to the internet. Development is coming along quite well, he noted. “We seen yesterday Ryan [X. Charles] was talking about identity systems now that can be built into Bitcoin and blockchain,” he noted as an accomplishment. “And we will have documents and blogs and training materials starting to come out from nChain, so that people can start building and developing the incentivized version to replace the internet. The new way of doing things.”

The key thing that will drive the success of the Metanet is the economic model it creates that improves on the current internet. “Not a system based on popularity like Google where it’s really about selling advertising,” he was keen to point out. “So you don’t care about the value of what you’re advertising, you care about how many hits. We want people to get value for their money. So they don’t go to the site just because lots of people do; they go there because it has the best information. Something that is actually good.”

Crypto market daily report – June 11, 2019

Crypto market daily report – June 17, 2019

The cryptocurrency markets continued their bullish tendencies on Monday with several of the major coins keeping their positions over the weekend. SegWitCoin (BTC) continued holding its own at $9,100 mark and was trading at around $9,120 at press time on Monday. Ethereum (ETH) also held on to its level at just under the $270 mark but appeared bullish at this level.

Bitcoin SV (BSV) was stable at the $212 level with very strong support. Ripple (XRP) was also in positive territory and was up by around 6% to the $0.43 level, whilst EOS remained just above the $7 mark with more bullish anticipation in this territory. Litecoin (LTC) was slightly down at around $135 after having reached the $138 mark over the weekend or a decline of around 2%.

Other larger market cap coins had mixed fortunes with Cardano (ADA) stable at just above the $0.09 level, whilst Stellar Lumens (XLM) was down by around 1% to just under the $0.13 mark. NEO continued rising, albeit minimally to around the $14.50 mark and also appeared bullish at this level. IOTA however went in the opposite direction and was down by around 4% to the $0.436 mark as selling pressure hit the market. BCHABC was down by around 1.6% to the $430 mark after having risen considerably over the weekend.

Coins with smaller market caps continued to stabilize their position with most of them showing considerable resistance. BAT was up by around 7% to the $0.35 mark, whilst ZEC remained stable at the $94.50 level after having risen by well over 10% over the weekend. HOT and QTUM were in positive territory by 5 and 3% respectively, whilst FTM began regaining some of its past losses with a rise of 5% to the $0.027 mark.

ZIL was another considerable climber and was up by no less than 13% to the $0.026 mark. Ethereum Classic (ETC) was slightly down by around 1.4% to the $8.70 mark.

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‘Simple’ BSV makes it easy for Zweispace to add earthquake data to blockchain

First came the automated weather channels. Now, even earthquake data can be found on the Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain.

Real estate blockchain company Zweispace has tapped into the BSV network to record earthquake-related information, in a bid to lessen the risk of earthquake data being manipulated, particularly in disaster-prone areas like Japan.

CEO Hayato Kameta, a 20-year veteran of the real estate industry, describes earthquake research as a “slow area in academics,” where not only “not many specialists compete” but has also been riddled with incidents of data manipulation. In Japan, for instance, quake damper producer KYB Corp. admitted in October 2018 that it falsified data for products focusing at improving earthquake resistance. More recently, a Kyoto University professor has been found to have fabricated data in a 2016 paper that examined the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Kumamoto, Japan, in 2016.

“Construction companies have incentive to hide the fault. They usually never research the outcome after finishing constructing buildings,” Kameta tells CoinGeek. “From my quick study of the structural dynamics field, it doesn’t make sense much, and [I] thought non-linear AI [artificial intelligence] analysis will be much efficiently and accurately describe the structural motion of the buildings, so I set that to blockchain and let everyone access the truthful data survived through earthquake by distributed ledger, and build system using AI.”

This way, Kameta said people from anywhere around the world can access the data, which they can use to come up with their own model for predicting earthquake impact. He notes, “That can be more important than Google’s analyzing images and language structure, at least for Japanese, and countries with many earthquakes.”

Zweispace has already recorded data gathered from its “detectors connected to Internet,” or their “Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.” Kameta, however, clarified that no private information is revealed since they only record data “roughly by longitude, latitude and height, like AirBnB property location.”

The data is recorded on the BSV blockchain, which Kameta describes as a “simple” blockchain that allows his team to manage the challenges they encountered with this initiative. Zweispace has been using the BSV chain, which emphasizes security and is regulation-friendly, as its public blockchain for real estate data storage.

And that’s just the opening salvo for Zweispace. According to Kameta, “other sensors are ready” to gather more data soon.

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Peter McCormack seeks more time to file defense vs Craig Wright libel claim

Bitcoin podcaster Peter McCormack has sought for a deadline extension to file his defense against the libel claims filed by Dr. Craig Wright.

The host of the What Bitcoin Did podcast initially had until June 13 to respond to Wright’s libel claims, but his lawyers have requested the court a 28-day extension on his behalf citing the hospitalization of the lead partner at RPC as part of the reason for the delay.

Wright’s legal representatives have agreed to McCormack’s request as long as the podcaster shouldered the costs of the application to get a court order. McCormack agreed, and would also pay Wright’s “reasonable costs” resulting from his application for a deadline extension. The costs, while not expected to be substantial, might still take a chunk out of McCormack’s defense funds, which he planned to raise via crowdfunding.

McCormack now has until July 11 to file his defense.

In mid-April, Wright filed a formal libel claim in the UK High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, against McCormack, who has publicly accused the nChain chief scientist of being a fraud for maintaining that he is the man behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin.

The libel claim against McCormack cites numerous examples of the podcaster’s official Twitter account accusing Wright of being a fraud, which appears to be an ongoing activity as evidenced by his latest post:

Previously, McCormack claimed Wright was a fraud for “promoting a fake version of bitcoin.” This is in reference to Bitcoin SV, which Wright supports as the only blockchain-based technology capable of massive on-chain scaling enabling it to become a truly global payment platform. Wright, considered to be the driving force behind the BSV protocol, is convinced that the attacks against him are intended to take down BSV as it represents a threat to the future of other cryptocurrencies.

Circle to shut down its payment app to support other products

Circle to shut down its payment app to support other products

Fintech firm Circle has announced that it’s shutting down its payment app, Circle Pay. The Boston-based firm said that while Circle Pay pioneered the social payments movement, the company had shifted its focus to other areas.

Circle Pay has been around for the past five years. The mobile app sought to make crypto payments as easy as “sending a message over the phone,” Circle’s founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire stated at the time of launch. Circle Pay was determined to compete with the likes of Venmo and Square’s Cash App which have been the outright leaders in the U.S. payments market for the past few years. However, everything hasn’t gone to plan. Circle Pay has failed to gain the traction that its founders hoped it would, failing to rank in the top 100 finance apps on the apps store. Cash App and Venmo are first and second, respectively.

Circle advised all Circle Pay customers to cash out the funds in their accounts immediately. Those who hold BTC on their Circle Pay accounts were also advised to send their tokens to other wallets, with Circle recommending Poloniex, an exchange it acquired early last year.

The shutdown will take place in three phases. On July 8, customers will no longer be able to transact using Circle Pay, but they will still be able to cash out their funds. On July 31, the company will attempt to return the customers’ funds to their registered bank accounts or cards. On September 30, Circle will cease all support for its payment app and all remaining funds will be turned over to state governments in accordance with applicable law.

Regarding customers who held SegWitCoin BTC prior to the 2017 hard fork, the company stated, “As previously announced, Circle will support and distribute Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV holdings to eligible customers who held a Bitcoin balance with Circle Pay prior to the date of the Bitcoin Cash fork, August 1st, 2017. Eligible customers in good standing will be able to withdraw both their Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV by the end of September.”

Circle, which is backed by Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital, pledged to continue the development of its other products and services. They include the USD Coin, the company’s stablecoin which has received the backing of U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase. The two companies have partnered as founders of Centre, a consortium that fosters the adoption and development of the stablecoin.

The shutdown of Circle Pay comes barely a month after the company announced that it was downsizing in response to market conditions. The company laid off 30 employees in its Boston headquarters and its New York office, blaming it on the lack of regulation which was hurting innovation in the crypto industry.

Centbee CEO explains BSV’s real value during CoinGeek Toronto Conference 2019

Centbee CEO explains BSV’s real value at CoinGeek Toronto Conference 2019

The CoinGeek Toronto conference was bigger than many had anticipated, but showed how important Bitcoin SV (BSV) has become. Experts in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology were on hand to discuss what’s happening in the Bitcoin ecosystem and what the future holds, and one of the speakers on the main day of the conference was Lorien Gamaroff, founder and CEO of the Centbee BSV wallet. His presentation brings home the importance of BSV as a currency, showing how his company is working to ensure that it’s available for everyone, everywhere.

Centbee has its roots in South Africa, where it has become extremely popular. Gamaroff and Centbee are working to make it easier to acquire and easier to spend, working with commercial entities across not only South Africa, but the entire continent (1:34). The company has already established a number of relationships with the largest retailers in Africa, including Picknpay Hypermarket, Shoprite, Checkers, Builders Warehouse, Dion Wired, Ackermans, Pep and more.

Those relationships bring together a point-of-sale system (POS) offered by a company called Flash that allows users to purchase BSV directly through the POS or a kiosk. This is helping to facilitate BSV adoption by making it extremely easy to purchase and, ultimately, spend the cryptocurrency. With BSV’s extremely low transaction fees—fractions of a dollar compared to other crypto and fiat—it is becoming a way to pay for goods without losing income.

Centbee includes know-your-customer requirements (5:15) that meet local guidelines related to anti-money-laundering policies. Users in South Africa have to include their first and last name, as well as their ID number. In addition, BSV purchases have daily and monthly limits, in accordance with financial guidelines. Larger purchases are possible, but require users to supply more data.

During his presentation, Gamaroff included two real-world use cases, provided directly from BSV users. “Laura” and “Bill” shared their stories of why they have turned to BSV, as opposed to fiat, and how much it has improved their lives. Both are independent workers who constantly ran into trouble receiving payments for their work due to different reasons, but BSV has helped completely overcome those obstacles.

One commonality between them was the previous necessity of having to rely on bank transfers for their payments. These transfers would usually be delayed about a week or so, and result in fees being deducted from the amount as the transaction made its way from the sender to the recipient. After switching to BSV, payments are received in just a matter of minutes, and the fee is negligible—nothing more than a blip that’s hardly noticed. As Bill states, “[BSV] is the natural progression of where transactions should go.” (14:12)

Crypto market daily report – June 3, 2019

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After posting considerable gains on Thursday, the cryptocurrency markets retreated slightly Friday. SegWitCoin BTC was up by around 2% to the $8,200 mark. Ethereum (ETH) retreated slightly by around 1.5% from its gains on Thursday and was trading at around $254 at press time after having reached the $260 mark during the last 24 hours.

Bitcoin SV (BSV) posted an impressive 10% increase and reached the $210 level over the past 48 hours before dropping to $205—still a rise of 7%, making it the best performing currency over the past 24 hours.

Other cryptocurrencies with larger market caps demonstrate mixed fortunes. Litecoin (LTC) continued to decline and fell below the $130 level at press time or a 5% decline to trade at around $128. Ripple (XRP) was also disappointingly stagnant and declined by around 1% to just below the $0.40 level and was trading at around $0.3975 on Friday.

EOS was down by a similar 1.5% to the $6.40 level, whilst BCHABC was the only other coin which seemed to buck the trend and was up by around 2% to the $408 level after having reached the $418 mark on Thursday. Cardano (ADA) was down by 3% to the $0.0898 level, whilst NEO was minutely up by around 1.5% to the $13.04 level. Stellar Lumens (XLM) was correspondently down by around 2% to the $0.124 level. IOTA remained stable at the $0.432 level.

Cryptocurrencies with smaller market caps exhibited mixed fortunes but the star performer of the past 24 hours was undoubtedly LINK which rose by an astonishing 65% to the $1.80 mark over Thursday before dropping to the $1.60 level at press time on Friday. Binance Coin (BNB) exhibited a steep decline to the $33.30 mark or a drop of 6% after it had risen to just under the $36 mark on Thursday. Most other coins such as BTT, TROn and ATOM were also in decline.

How DrawBridge Lending bridges gap between traditional assets and Bitcoin

How DrawBridge Lending bridges gap between traditional assets and Bitcoin

It may have been heralded as the key towards financial inclusion, but Bitcoin still has a ways to go before it can finally bank all of the unbanked. Can lending bridge the gap between the current financial system and the emergent cryptocurrency market?

For coin lending platform DrawBridge Lending, the answer is a resounding yes.

Jason Urban, CEO of the Chicago-based investment and lending firm, describes lending—both for fiat and crypto—as an essential tool for assimilation. In an interview with CoinGeek, Urban explains:

“For more mainstream adoption of digital assets and cryptocurrency, we need a more developed ecosystem. Ancillary businesses beyond trading and exchanges give greater flexibility to other businesses like vendors, miners, and agencies that require payment. Leverage allows for increased buying power and flexibility for holders. Moreover, lending is vital for treasury management for businesses dealing in or accepting cryptocurrencies as payment.”

DrawBridge Lending is a relatively new player in the crypto lending services market. The firm, however, is drawing on its decades of traditional market experience to offer better products to the crypto space. DrawBridge is a licensed lender capable of providing commercial loans in 47 states and the Washington, D.C., and is a U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulated commodity trading advisor (CTA) and commodity pool operator (CPO).

“The DrawBridge team has decades of experience in the trading industry with firms such as Goldman Sachs, DRW (Cumberland Mining’s parent), and ABN Amro,” Urban tells us. “The key differentiator for DrawBridge is our use of financial markets and instruments to offer better products to the marketplace. The lending products we structure have no margin calls and all our loans are non-recourse. That means we will never ask a client for more coin or fiat if the price of the asset falls. Additionally, the cash we advance to the client is only secured by the asset pledged. We will never look beyond the pledged asset for the settlement of the loan.”

DrawBridge recently did just that with Bitcoin SV (BSV). The firm loaned a seven-figure sum secured by BSV and SegWitCoin BTC with a 3% interest rate—below the standard market rates. And because DrawBridge offers non-recourse loans, the borrower is able to retain BSV’s price appreciation while still generating sufficient returns to pay their loan. (Learn more about it here.) Urban admits receiving a cash loan against cryptocurrency is a relatively risky concept, especially for lenders, which are conservative creatures by nature.

‘Long term greedy’

“Volatility of the underlying asset is not viewed as a positive in those circles and crypto may be one of the most volatile asset classes on the planet,” Urban said. “Since we at DrawBridge utilize the wholesale lending market to source our lending capital, it is imperative that we ensure the lenders get their principal back. We employ derivatives to not only protect the principal but to also create income for the coin holder.”

DrawBridge follows Goldman Sachs’ mantra of being “long-term greedy,” which it does “by putting the customer first and offering a ‘white glove’ approach” to its clientele.

Urban explains, “We are uniquely positioned in that we can help monetize a client’s crypto but also produce some income to buy down their rate. All this is done with their full understanding and permission.”

Expo-Bitcoin International 2019: 200 businesses to accept Bitcoin SV

Expo-Bitcoin International 2019: 200 businesses to accept Bitcoin SV

The Expo-Bitcoin International 2019 is going to be a world class showcase of the best the Bitcoin world has to offer. Besides an impressive roster of speakers, the conference is set to show the world that Colombia can bring big businesses to the world of Bitcoin.

The conference will span five days, from June 19 to 23, in Bogotá, Colombia. It will be hosted by the Corferias, the international convention center that has hosted events since 1954.

One of the key features of the conference will be The Marketplace, an exposition of over 200 commercial stands offering products for sale exclusively with Bitcoin SV (BSV). It will be a great chance for visitors, of which 25,000 are now expected, to experience a new way of doing commerce with the only digital currency built to massively scale to the needs of these businesses.

The Bitcoin Arena, a 2,000-seat venue, will be the place for attendees to gather and watch the brightest minds of the BSV world discuss Satoshi’s vision, and what’s coming next on the BSV blockchain. As the conference states:

“In the Expo-Bitcoin Arena, we brought the most influential minds of our time in this matter to unveil the true power and purpose of this Bitcoin Technology, Metanet, and the future of the Internet of value with Bitcoin. Also, we will turn on a lighthouse for the governments around the world, so they can adapt and survive, and reach the safe haven of this peaceful Economic and Social revolution.”

Expo-Bitcoin International 2019 is operated by Bitek, the Colombian cryptocurrency payment processor. They have been a firm believer in the original Satoshi Vision, and have advocated for a better education of digital currencies in Colombia for some time now.

The conference, which will be held every two years going forward, looks like its set to achieve that goal. With hands-on opportunities to use BSV, and five full days of speakers to talk about the possibilities offered to businesses and customers by using Bitcoin, attendees will find there’s a lot to take away.

If you want to join those 25,000 attendees in attendance, it’s not too late. Get your tickets now so you can have a chance to learn about BSV and find out all the ways it can change the future.

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Kate Hiscox: Bitcoin SV and the payment networks of tomorrow

Kate Hiscox is a serial entrepreneur with ambitious plans for her trading platform DRIVE Markets. With a background in supply chain businesses, Kate has recruited a team with wide experience of FX (foreign exchange) trading to create a suite of products that will work together to integrate fiat and crypto (CX) trading.

DRIVE recently received investment from Calvin Ayre, the owner of CoinGeek and a leading supporter of Bitcoin SV, who said that he likes “entrepreneurs who can cut through the noise and focus on technology that works. That’s why I like DRIVE.”

Hiscox plans to use the SV blockchain to record transactions: “the Bitcoin SV blockchain will be used by DRIVE Pay for our ledger specific requirements and BSV will be used as a bridge currency.”

On this week’s CoinGeek Conversations, Hiscox explains the thinking behind her plans to grow her business: “traders want to be able to trade crypto but they don’t have the right exchange [or] the right tools in place to do that. So we basically packaged something that would entice them.” That meant providing “the right infrastructure and trading experience so that ForEx (foreign exchange) traders can come over and trade crypto in a familiar environment.”

“The exchange business is very revenue-intensive,” Hiscox admits: “in launching multiple products that complement each other, by making the first one an exchange, the company will be profitable this year, in a very short amount of time.”

In creating a suite of new products, DRIVE has set itself some ambitious goals, but Hiscox is clear that each product must contribute to the bottom line: “anything we build has to make sense, has to grow revenue, has to complement the products that we already have.”

While some in the Bitcoin world are working on visionary projects that may not come to fruition for years, Hiscox is focussed on more immediate and more conventional business goals: “you can dream up all these wondrous things, but if you don’t have a customer at the end of the day and you’re not making any money, eventually you’re going to go out of business …That’s my thing, I think it’s evolution versus revolution.”

Hear the full interview with Kate Hiscox on this week’s CoinGeek Conversations podcast:

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