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Jul 062018
 


The MobileBridge platform is bringing the power of blockchain and crypto to the world of marketing automation. Marketing automation here refers to how ordinary businesses retain customers and improve customer loyalty. This is an important use case for crypto in general. There have been many such companies in the past that tried to get customer loyalty points and blockchain together. Would the MobileBridge platform succeed where others have failed?

Loyalty Tokens

At the core of the MobileBridge platform is the ability for businesses to easily launch their own branded tokens on the blockchain. These tokens become the loyalty points for the business, which can be used to reward customer activity. This means everything from making regular purchases to providing data about themselves to the business to helping the business (e.g. writing reviews on Yelp).

The tokens are used at the discretion of each business, on the completion of a purchase. The customers get their loyalty rewards. The cost of creating a loyalty program goes down significantly, since it is really easy to create your own tokens with the desired economic characteristics on the blockchain. ERC20 tokens on Ethereum have really standardized this for most uses.

The usual worry is about on-chain transaction fees, which can get really high during peak usage, and isn’t convenient for micro-transactions. As blockchains like Ethereum implement better scaling solutions, we should expect these types of small transaction use-cases becoming more popular over time.

MobileBridge Platform and Data

The marketing automation platform can then be used by these businesses to learn more about their customers and reach them via marketing and advertising. The platform itself can be used for brand loyalty and building up a transparent data profile of the business’ customers.

The MobileBridge platform itself already exists today and is used by businesses for their marketing needs. It can track many data sources such as in-app purchases and opens all the way to buying in stores. Because the platform has such a treasure trove of customer data on its hands, it can provide benefits to the businesses and customers alike. One of the ways to collect this data is through the rewards via these crypto tokens in the first place.

The value of the whole chain is in the lifetime value that is captured by the MobileBridge platform – the full cycle from the time someone hears about a business to when they complete a purchase and beyond. It also leverages social features, so customers can tell their friends about their shopping experiences, and let their friends earn these reward tokens as well.

The MobileBridge token itself is used to pay for the use of the platform. It is also used to convert between the specific crypto tokens used by individual businesses and the MobileBridge Token. This helps with converting those tokens into dollars – you can convert your loyalty points first to MobileBridge Tokens, which can likely be traded on exchanges, at least the decentralized ones. From there, you can convert into Ethereum and finally into local fiat (or into Bitcoin and then into local fiat). This provides more liquidity to the loyalty points generated by the platform.

Businesses can access all the tools provided by the MobileBridge platform, not just the token. The tokens are created on Ethereum.

If you want to learn more, check out the MobileBridge platform website and whitepaper. Remember that investing in token sales can be extremely risky and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you’re willing to lose and do your own research and due-diligence.

Photo Credit: Wrote

Jul 032018
 

This is a sponsored post by Slipp

Slip.gg is a cryptocurrency roulette platform that allows its users to place bets on digital spins that is provably fair. Any player can deposit Bitcoin to their Slip account in order to enjoy playing this crypto take on a European roulette. You are able to play roulette with players from around the world and see all bets in real-time!

Slip offers a Free Bitcoin program in which it gives away some Bitcoin when users claim referral codes. They require users to associate their Slip.gg account with a social media account, as well as an email address and a phone number for verification purposes. Users can claim code “Slip” and get free 0.00007445 BTC to start playing! On top of added verification and security, users have the option to add two-factor authentication to their account.

This is done so the same users cannot avail the offer again and again by using the veil of anonymity in a malicious manner. In case any users are wary of sharing any personal information at all, then they can take part in the Free Bitcoin program by depositing at least 0.00297799 BTC to Slip.gg.

The safety and security of each round is based on the provably fair system on Slip. It is a random number generator, the outcome of which remains completely unpredictable due to the way that it has been developed. The algorithm which is used by Slip is verifiable through a separate webpage that is available through the site to give you peace of mind that the site is truly unriggable and fair.

Slip.gg also has a lifetime referral program in which users can avail a percentage from the wages of anyone whom they refer to the platform, without an expiration date set for the offer. Furthermore, while referrers enjoy this benefit, the new users who get referred to the platform by someone are entitled to claim 0.00007445 BTC of their own.

The support department on Slip.gg is accessible through a ticketing system, where users can send in their inquiries for the website’s team to get back to them in less than 4 hours.

Slip has a built-in chat interface where users can engage with other users , while those holding an XP level of 2 and above are able to tip other users with Bitcoin as well. This builds an overall sense of community and collaborative gameplay between players.

The spins on Slip.gg take place every 33 seconds with users having the option to place bets through different chances to win. Since the round takes place publicly and for everyone, all users on the website are playing the same game in which they can participate upon their own discretion, or simply hang around to watch as the game unfolds for everyone.

The current game is named “Simple Mode” which allows users to place quick bets in each round. There are three sections in Simple Mode, namely Black, Green, and Red. The Black and Red sections have a payout multiplier of 2x with a maximum bet of 0.52160954 BTC; whereas the Green mode has a payout multiplier of 35x with a maximum bet of 0.07451565 BTC. In the near future, there will be “Advanced Mode” where it will replicate a roulette table in which players are able to bet just like how you would bet on a traditional roulette table.

Deposits and Withdrawals

Deposits and withdrawals are simple with Slip. Since there is no requirement for verification, users can simply create an account with a username and password and go to the Deposit option on the site in order to obtain a wallet address for Slip.

They can then transfer their Bitcoin to Slip.gg, and after one confirmation on the network, the transaction amount reflects in their account. However, in order to withdraw any deposited funds, the deposited transactions must have 3 confirmations on the Bitcoin network.

There are no deposit limits on the platform but there is a minimum withdrawal limit of 0.004 BTC for all users. Deposits and withdrawals are performed almost instantly by the website, and the final execution depends upon the Bitcoin network and its speed.

Bottom Line

With a simple yet straightforward gameplay and options to deposit and withdraw Bitcoin without any verification requirements, Slip.gg can hold its own against its competitors when it comes to similar platforms.

All in all, Slip.gg can be a viable Bitcoin Roulette Casino platform for those who are looking for a Bitcoin roulette platform without having to divulge their personal details. However, as with any other platform, users should be wary of depositing a large number of funds on third-party websites – at least until they have used the respective services themselves for a few months.

Jul 022018
 

This is a sponsored post

Cryptocurrencies, often represented by the most popular Bitcoin, are increasing in mainstream popularity and aiming to replace traditional currencies issued by governments all over the world.

In addition, it is usually faster and cheaper than the traditional banking system as well. The online gambling industry has recognized these features, resulting in multiple online casinos today that accept cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin.

Thanks to its advantages over the traditional currencies and transactions, Bitcoin gambling has become increasingly popular as well.

So much so that between the months of February and March, for example, bets placed in Bitcoins were wagered every minute and the average amount was around thousands of dollars. Experts claim that this is just the beginning of something radical and revolutionary.

What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a hybrid type of money that can be traded on special exchanges worldwide any time of the day. It is recognized as a revolutionary new way of moving money on the internet and paying for goods and services.

In fact, thousands of merchants accept it these days. Bitcoin is actually a type of digital money that acts as an alternative to traditional cash and e-banking transactions.

In addition to that, if you need some other currency to pay for commodities and services provided, you have the option to convert it back any time of day or night, 7 days a week.

The system related to Bitcoin transactions is made very intricate in order to allow maximum security and anonymity. Therefore, to many people getting involved with cryptocurrencies, it may seem very complicated and daunting at first.

However, once you find yourself in this world, it’s easy to quickly get the hang of it and enjoy all the benefits virtual money offer. These benefits include quick and cheap transactions, protected with elaborate security features.

How to Get Them?
You can get your Bitcoins through two channels: either you “dig” for them, or you buy and convert the money from your account into Bitcoins.

The “digging” or the “mining” process actually means you are helping certain transactions take place and getting a certain amount of Bitcoins in return. The first method requires investment and it may take a lot of time before you gather the amount of Bitcoins you are aiming for.

That is why the other method where you purchase and exchange your country’s currency is more popular – it is easier and you get access to cryptocurrency funds much quicker.

Safety Issues
Experts claim that Bitcoin transactions are a safe way to wage your finances online. First of all, no personal information is required when you are placing a bet in Bitcoins, which guarantees you anonymity.

On the other hand, you can track all of your transactions with ease through a completely transparent system by setting up your online Bitcoin wallet.

The best part is:

Each party receives a certificate of payment to their account.

There are also special regulations that determine rules when it comes to Bitcoin transactions and these establish basic security measures. To comply with these rules, each gambling site must procure a license, in order to agree with the legal requirements for each individual player.

Transactions with cryptocurrencies take far less time than sending or receiving money through the traditional banking system. All Bitcoin transactions are peer-to-peer – without middlemen – and these transactions are free of charge.

Place Bets and Withdraw Winnings
To handle your bets and winnings, choose between Cloud-based or downloadable software. Then, open your account, place your Bitcoin address and choose the amount you would like to deposit or withdraw.

We suggest that you use websites with Cloud-based technology and combine two of them for these exchanges for maximum online gambling security

The first thing you need to do is sign up and create an account with a website that will link your bank account to the cryptocurrency exchange market. The account should be then verified and secured with authentication questions, passwords, or codes.

This extra precaution is much needed because the next step is providing your bank account information and linking future Bitcoin transactions to your debit or credit card. Alternatively, you may also use your Bitpay visa card.

Once you are done setting up your account, move on to your Bitcoin purchase. As another step of precaution, we advise you to send your Bitcoins to another website, which will act as your cryptocurrency e-wallet.

You should also create an account there and protect it with a password as well as security questions. Copy the Bitcoin address from the first website to another one, hit “Send,” authorize the transaction and you are good to go.

From that point on, you can place your Bitcoin bets. Once you wish to withdraw your funds, they will be sent back to your bank account with the use of your Bitcoin address as well.

Simply copy the address into the specified field on the casino’s webpage and hit “Receive Money.”

However, do not use the same Bitcoin address as the previous one you used. Instead, we recommend that for each transaction, you create a new one in order for your transactions to be completely safe.

When you receive your Bitcoins, you can exchange them back into your desired currency by hitting the “Sell Bitcoin” button on the website that is linked to your bank account.

Conclusion
As the digital revolution continues to dig into every aspect of our day-to-day activities, one of the people’s favorite pastimes – gambling – is not an exception either.

In fact, as cryptocurrencies get more popular, more and more casinos are interested in accepting this digital money as deposits for your bets. After all, according to some experts, the future of cryptocurrency gambling is very bright.

Jun 212018
 

Axie Infinity Game 01

We had the opportunity to interview the Axie Infinity team about their game. For those who aren’t aware, Axie Infinity is a new game built on Ethereum where the game assets are stored on the blockchain. In addition to being a ‘crypto-collectible’, the Axie team has focused more on the gameplay, to make it more interesting for players. Many of the early CryptoKitties players have now found a home with the Axie team. We had a chance to interview the team.

Tell us a bit more about how the team came together and how the idea of Axie was formed. 

In late december Trung came to me with an idea for a blockchain game. He showed me CryptoKitties which was obviously very successful. However, we believed that a game with better graphics, animations, and a battle system that interlocks with the gene system could propel both crypto collectibles and blockchain gaming forward.

My first mission was to lay out a vision for the creatures and gameplay. I grew up surrounded by nature and fascinating animals in Vietnam. As a child I treasured my pet fish and turtles. I wanted our game to bring about an organic sense of awe, something akin to what a pet owner feels when they raise and bond with their animals.

In order to achieve this I designed the game from not only a gamer and collector’s standpoint, but also from a pet owner’s. That’s how I got the ideas for terrariums since every pet owner wants to show off their animals!

The first sketch I did of an Axie was Puff, our Axie #1 in the game. It was a quick sketch, everything flowing from instinct. The name of the project was originally Chimera because Axies are a mixture of all the coolest body parts that I’ve observed in nature. Puff has the gills of an axolotl, antlers, and a fish tail. Axie Infinity isn’t confined by the rules of nature, just the laws of our genetic system which allows for potentially infinite combinations of Axies. Kotaro and Ginger took longer to plan and then sketch out. Once those were done I delivered them to Trung. We changed the name to Axie Infinity and that set off a series of amazing events that we hope will play a role in raising the profile of decentralized games.

Some large VCs like A16Z and USV are betting on cryptoassets and have invested in CryptoKitties. How do you see the market evolve? Do you see a few cryptoasset networks like CryptoKitties dominate the market or do you see a long-tail of issuers succeeding in the market? 

I think we’re at a super interesting time in the decentralized game space. Institutional capital has seen the potential but most of the decentralized games on the market right now are closer to decentralized “casinos” or “pyramid schemes”. This has given institutional investors few options when seeking to deploy their capital into the space.

However, there are a handful of legitimate projects that are gaining traction and pushing the space forward. I don’t think Cryptokitties will dominate the market– they are more analogous to beanie babies which piggy-backed off of Ebay during the internet era. We see ourselves more akin to Pokemon and Neopets. There will be plenty of room for dapps and I expect Cryptokitties and Axiom Zen to help build out the infrastructure for the decentralized app space more so than trying to crush anyone they deem “competitors”. There are so few users now, we need the pie to grow rather than fight over the slices.

What’s your general sense of cryptoassets as a ‘collectible’ or ‘asset’ (i.e. something you just hold on to) vs. use for gaming (i.e. something you use for game play)? Which use would dominate in the community for Axie? 

We see Axies as both collectibles and toys that you can use to play our game with. The problem with other cryptocollectibles so far are that they very little proven utility so collectors and players only have aesthetics and rarity go on to determine value.

However, in Axie Infinity, players can battle their axies and actually watch an animated battle take place. Therefore, we believe the utlity of an axie in battle will be one of the key determinants of value alongside scarcity and aesthetics.

Axie Infinity Game 02

Tell us a little more about the team, where they are from, their background in gaming and blockchain, and any other interesting tidbits about the members. 

My name is Trung Nguyen, I left my role as a software engineer with a US-based startup to work on Axie Infinity full time. I am the lead engineer of Axie Infinity and have had a hand in all aspects of development: from developing and deploying our smart contracts to implementation and design of our product. I’ve been interested in MOBA and FPS games for most of my life but this is my the first game i’m building.

Masume has  been designing and creating games for most of his life. In elementary school, he designed games similar to Dungeons & Dragons and even his own version of the Pokemon card game for his  classmates. So since an early age, he’s also owned rare+ exotic pets which I think has affected the game. For example, the terrarium mode was inspired by his experiences as a pet owner. Everyone wants to show off their pets!

Jihoz, our community manager has a background in evolutionary biology, military strategy, and investing. He’s also one of the top CryptoKitties players in the world so he has a lot of really good insights based on past experiences which is incredible since this space is basically 4 months old.

Give us a quick pitch to CryptoKitties players why they should also check out Axie. 

First, I’d like to point out the four crucial flaws in CryptoKitties.

  1. Due to the high breeding costs, without  a steady stream of new CryptoKitties players, much of the eth will flow into the hands of the auto-birthers in the long run.
  2. It is impossible for your Cryptokitty to be improved by sinking in your time and effort. In fact, if you breed your cryptokitty, the value of it goes down. So rather than being able to improve your token by “playing” with it, you degrade it. Not ideal.
  3. Because the kitties have so little utility now, the only real way to value them is through scarcity + aesthetics. New players have a hard time learning the breeding and gene systems so there is a big barrier to entry and it’s quite hard to answer the question “what should I buy as my first Kitty”.
  4. Axiom set an arbitrary limit of 50,000 gen 0’s. That might be way too many, or way too little depending on the size of their future user-base – they have boxed themselves into a corner. Many community members are worried about what will happen to the game after November.

In comparison, we have done everything we can to avoid the autobirther solution that Cryptokitties used. Our breeding costs are .002 ETH (as opposed to .008 ETH in CryptoKitties), and we are looking at ways to lower this.

Players will be able to improve their Axies by battling them and raising them to gain exp points. Exp points can be used to breed, but they can also be used to upgrade body parts! Thus, our game has a time and effort sink that should allow an actual sense of progression and a potential way for players to earn eth by leveling up their Axies and then selling them to someone who lacks the time or will to do the same. We want our players to actually use their Axies.

Axie Infinity Game 03

How much of the game is run on Ethereum smart contracts, and what parts are centralized? 

We’ve kept all the genes and ownership data on the blockchain. The egg sales for new trait releases are on a smart contract and so was the sales contract for the pre-sale.

Our battle system will be a hybrid system where we will have some elements on a contract but we also want to add fun centralized elements like entrancing battle animations and a cool soundtrack. There is also potential to add a real time- off chain battle system in the future as well. 

Axie battles are a new and interesting feature compared to say CryptoKitties. Tell us a little more about the battle mechanics – how much is determined by the Axies’ characteristics and how much by luck? If you have a certain Axie, would it always (statistically speaking) be able to win? How much of the battle dynamics is on the blockchain? 

We believe that our battle system is unlike any other battle game ever released. Before battle, players will choose their team of 3 Axies, the moves that the axies bring into battle, the order that the moves will be used in, and the “positioning” of their axies on a 3 v 3 special battle terrarium.

An Axie’s genes will determine it’s base stats and also the moves that it can bring into battle. There will definitely be an RNG (Random Number Generator) element to the battles, but in the long run, teams that synergize well together can do quite well in terms of % win rate. 

We believe that the ‘meta’ for the game will be constantly evolving. If a certain strategy is overpowered, we anticipate players breeding axis that can act as “counters” to those strategies. In this way, Axie Infinity might actually be self-balancing— a reflection of the way nature works.

For the battles and mini-games, are the rewards to the winner paid out in ETH? 

Players will be rewarded experience points and other in game points that they can then use to improve their axies to reflect the time and effort they have sunk into their pet. We do plan on having tournaments with interesting prizes including ETH prizes in the future!

Can you explain the mechanics of how raising an Axie in the Terrarium helps them later in say battles? Does this cost money?

Terrariums will help Axie Owners organize their collections and help them power up their axies.  We are currently developing the system and hope to keep as much of it as off-chain as possible to reduce transaction costs and aid in user experience.

Axie seems to have more gameplay elements than other such games in the marketplace. What about the collector-friendly aspects of the game (say something along the lines of fancies in CK)? 

There are, and will be some super rare and unique Axies for collectors to accumulate. For starters, the Pre-Sale Origin Axes have mystic parts which will never be released outside of the origin gene pool. We have retired all origin traits and capped the supply of Origin Axies at 4500 meaning collectors that wish to obtain mystic parts will need to either purchase an Axie with Mystic parts or unlock an origin Axie using AOC tokens— a special in game currency that is exchangeable at a 5-1 rate for our remaining supply of origin Axies. The non-mystic origin traits will also never be released from Axie Infinities egg sales so players will need to buy Axies with those traits from the market, buy eggs from origin axis owners, or use AOC to purchase origin axies in order to access these parts(and their corresponding battle moves). 

We also plan on introducing a cool achievements system which will add a bunch of collectibility to the Axies.

How does the Axie team make money from the game?

We have many different sources of potential revenue. We will be selling Axies with new body parts from our Egg shop starting in early May and will also launch terrariums and terrarium decorations for sale soon after. 

What’s the launch schedule look like for the different elements of the game? 

We released the breeding system on May 4th. We will be starting our battle beta in July!”

Are there any specific game features you’re most excited about?

I think we’re super excited for the battle animations— they look amazing and can’t wait to share them with the community.

Do you have anything else for the community to add?

The best way to learn about the game and get started is to join our discord! Ask for Jihoz— he’s been known to give private tutoring lessons to new players over discord voice.

Jun 102018
 

Quadrant Protocol
The Quadrant Protocol is a new blockchain-based project for the data economy. The data economy is huge and growing at a rapid rate. The Economist called data the new oil. Given the scenario, it will likely lead to immense amounts of value being created over the coming decades. There are, however, many challenges that the data economy faces. Quadrant Protocol aims to solve some of these, using the blockchain at its core.

Challenges of the Data Economy

To understand what Quadrant Protocol is building, you must first understand the challenges that the data economy faces.

The main issue is that the creators of these data sets – us, ordinary people, are usually left out of the economic loop completely. The large companies – think Facebook and Google – reap all the rewards. Many companies are trying to make it fair to the users of the data, but it is a tough problem.

Then, there are transparency issues in the industry. If you buy a data set, how do you know it is authentic? How do you trust it is verified and generated with integrity? This too is a hard problem in general to solve. The data vendors can generally cheat on their obligations. This makes the companies buying from them vulnerable.

The Quadrant Protocol Solution

With these problems inherent to the data economy, how can you make the system better? The Quadrant Protocol has a proposed solution. The project creates many stakeholders, and maintains a provenance of all the data sets. There is a role for everyone inside the ecosystem. You can be an individual data provider, or a type of aggregator.

The Quadrant Protocol is best geared towards projects that want to use data directly on the blockchain. However, this isn’t necessary by itself. In fact, the protocol allows for the trading of full data products between the participants. All of this happens without a third party middleman.

The network verifies usage of data, along with its authenticity and provenance. This is a big step towards data legitimacy. This helps the end users and the providers of applications that utilize this data. The data is ‘stamped’ and the ‘fingerprint’ is recorded on a public blockchain. This provides all the required details to the parties in a transparent manner. Think of the Quadrant Protocol as an enriched data services platform, with new projects possible on its data sets. The application builders no longer need to worry about issues like data legitimacy and can instead focus on what they are best at, which is building useful products.

The company will issue its tokens via a token sale. You can check out the details on their website. If you plan to participate in any token sale, make sure to read the whitepaper. Remember that all token sales are extremely risky, there is no guarantee of profit, and you may lose all your money. If you invest, do so after doing extreme due-diligence and be prepared to lose all your money.

Photo Credit: MapScience

Jun 042018
 

This is a sponsored press release

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before

Lifestyles of the Poor & Famous

On January 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe became an overnight sensation with the New York Evening Mirror’s publication of a poem that still thrills and haunts readers, listeners, and viewers to this day.

Despite the overwhelming popularity of The Raven, it netted Poe a total of $24; over half of that amount was charity that he received for what may have been a draft. Adjusted for inflation, his literary masterpiece netted him a total $754.91 in 2018.

To put this in a contemporary context, think about an international chart-topping single, say Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off. It’s hard to imagine Ms. Swift selling that track, rights and all, to a record label for a little over $750.

The Raven went viral, first in the US, then in Europe. It has become so deeply ingrained in contemporary culture that we’re still reciting, remixing, and reimagining it in various media to this day.

Poe’s exquisitely crafted poem may have won him recognition, but his writing failed to earn him superstar riches. Poe’s lifetime earnings for 20 years’ worth of poetry, prose, and non-fiction amounted to $6,200, or $195,018 adjusted for inflation.

That’s about $9,750 per year – probably the sum that Taylor Swift makes as she sings Shake it Off at one of her shows. That may be stretching the truth, but not by much.

Unjust rewards – Nevermore!

The writer’s financial distress had a profound effect on Austrian producer and composer David Brandstaetter. “Poe’s work, especially The Raven and Annabel Lee, has always inspired me,” says David, “He not only wrote some of the most famous poems of all time, he also established the foundations of the detective story and science fiction!”

David was shocked when he first learned about the pittance the writer received for The Raven. It got him thinking about the hurdles that many of today’s creatives must overcome in order to earn a living, such as copyright infringement and fair payment.

Experience as a sound designer at Rockstar Games Vienna and as a producer at Sony DADC gave David a deep understanding of the wants and needs not only of content creators, but also of creative teams, project managers, and consumers. It became clear to him that the digital content industry needed a platform that facilitated the production and distribution processes.

Qravity’s Rainbow

In February 2016, David founded Qravity to help bring original content to market. Soon, a working version of the Qravity platform was ready for testing. “In July 2017, we had a unique collaboration and communication tool for creative teams,” says David, “Qravity also tracks tasks in such a way that creative members receive stakes in the content they help make. For example, a person who writes lyrics for a song gets a share, say five percent, of the song’s revenue. Every time someone buys that song, the lyricist gets five percent of that payment.”

Qravity needed a secure and transparent means of keeping this process equitable. There was also the matter of protecting copyright and preventing piracy. “I was speaking with my friend and business partner Sascha Dennstedt [Qravity’s Co-Founder and CFO] about Poe and how, in some ways, little has changed financially for artists,” says David, “He said that we should integrate blockchain into Qravity. Some research convinced me that this made perfect sense.”

Using smart contracts, Qravity provides creatives with immutable and transparent records of their stakes in the projects they help complete. They receive these records in the form of digital tokens called QPT. Based on the amount of QPT they hold, Qravity sends creators a share of revenue earned whenever the content they helped make is purchased. They receive these payments in the form of Qravity’s cryptocurrency, QCO.

So if our lyricist has a five percent stake in the song he penned, a 1 QCO song earns him 0.05 QCO, which he can then trade on crypto exchanges, or spend in the Qravity marketplace.

Decentralization for Fair Payment

“[The Raven] will stick to the memory of everybody who reads it.”

Nathaniel Parker Willis, Editor, Evening Mirror

The creation of art that transcends cultures and achieves a sort of immortality is one of the greatest achievements to which one can aspire. But such greatness does not pay the bills.

Qravity’s decentralized content production and distribution platform is on the verge of helping creators own and profit from their work. In doing so, it aims to stimulate the continuous creation and consumption of premium digital content – forevermore.

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Get QCO during the Qravity token sale.

Presale with 30% bonus: July 28-August 11, 2018.

Regular token sale: August 12 to October 1, 2018.

To learn more, visit www.qravity.com, read the Qravity white paper, or join the discussion in the Qravity Telegram group.

 

May 282018
 

This is a sponsored post

Bitcoin meetups are probably the most iconic social activity that cryptocurrency enthusiasts engage in – apart from epic Twitter and Reddit battles. These gatherings of likeminded enthusiasts bring thousands of people together around the world. Their power to attract people transcends borders so much that enthusiasts actually look for these meetups when they fly abroad. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency fans in many cases would rather check the local crypto scene out than go into a museum or go on a guided tour of the city they are travelling to. Vertex knows this, and as a project that is deeply rooted in this sense of camaraderie and community that transcends borders, it decided to launch it very own Bitcoin meetup competition: the Battle of the Meetups!

Battle of the Meetups Sponsored by Vertex

The Battle of the Meetups is simple. Vertex will go through all the Bitcoin meetups registered on meetup.com and will proceed to do the following: 

  • Select 25 meetups to sponsor.
  • Sponsor those meetups throughout a period of 5 months.
  • Give the selected meetups a list of criteria that Vertex will use to select the top 2 meetups over this period.
  • Proceed to give the two winners an amazing prize.

Criteria to Participate in the Battle of the Meetups

The criteria that Vertex established to determine the winner in this Battle of the Meetups is also quite simple. There are 4 vectors along which meetups can score points every time they meet. At the end, a final tally will determine the 2 winners. The following is the point system:

  • The meetup that accumulates the most Facebook likes since the start of the Battle of the Meetups until the end, will be awarded 3 points. The meetup with the second most likes will get 2 points and the meetup that comes in third will accumulate 1 point.
  • Vertex retweets after every meetup will yield 3 points for the meetup that retweets the most, 2 points for the runner up and 1 point for third place.
  • The meetup that brings Vertex the most Telegram introductions will get 3 points, with the second place getting 2 points and the third place getting 1 point.
  • Attendance will allow meetups to compete on how many people they attract each time. Meetups that attract 600 participants or more, will get 3 points each time. Those that gather 400 participants at least will be rewarded with 2 points and those that bring more than 200 participants will gather 1 point.

The Prize!

After accumulating all these points over a period of 5 months, the Meetup organizers who win will be able to join Vertex at the Vegas Blockchain Conference in October. The winners will be announced at the Berlin Blockshow. The competition starts on June 11th and it will come to a close by the end of October 2018.

Can my Meetup Participate in the Battle of the Meetups?

To see if your meetup qualifies for the Battle of the Meetups, just make sure it complies with the following:

  • It has 500 members.
  • At least 30 members attended the last meetup.
  • There is at least one meetup every 2 months.

To register, just send an email to marketing@vertex.market. Let the Battle of the Meetups begin!

Food and Drinks are Always Welcome, but what is Vertex exactly?

Vertex is a platform that invests in ICOs. It does so at an early stage, bringing the principles of disciplined investment, funds and a proven methodology to select the strongest projects to the cryptocurrency space. The platform is headed by a team of seasoned investors that have managed multi-billion dollar companies and investments around the world. Platform users will be able to buy tokens from the most promising, vetted ICOs out there through the platform directly at a discount. To find out more about Vertex, join us on our Telegram group https://t.me/vertexico, follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/vertex_ico/ and Facebook https://web.facebook.com/vertexmarket/, and ask us anything you want to know.

May 202018
 

This is a sponsored post by Tutellus

The diversification of approaches within the blockchain sphere is impressive. With each passing day we are witnessing how distributed ledgers can capture the imagination of people and industries in every corner of our economy. Having already disrupted the sectors of finance and banking, blockchain will soon become a game-changer across a variety of vital industries including healthcare, trading and education. The latter, education, is historically a slow adopter of new technology. The great amount of siloed data makes for a poor experience for both teachers and students.

Do you remember forever looking for the long-lost exam certificates or sheets with your homework?  Of course you do. Now blockchain provides a solution, creating a digital chain of locked-in data which is available remotely, 24/7.

Pilot implementations have already taken place in some institutions within the education system. For instance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology has issued 100 digital diplomas to graduates in the mid-autumn. In addition, Sony has also claimed it is developing an educational service which would use blockchain to secure student records.

Nevertheless, blockchain has far more processes to disrupt than just data storage. A newcomer to the club of blockchain-based projects, Tutellus proves blockchain can also solve issues relating to students’ motivation. Tutellus recently announced the launch of its blockchain-enabled EdTech platform which would use distributed ledger technology as the linchpin for the foundation of a new reward system for both students and teachers.  This first-of-its-kind system of incentives, built by Tutellus developers, will allow all users to get rewarded directly according to the value they provide to the community.

Roadmap

The Tutellus platform is not started from scratch. Before deciding to turn towards a decentralized approach, the Tutellus platform had been operating since May 2013. It has a base of 1 million loyal students, 130 000 video courses, and 3000 teachers so far. Tutellus has also partnered with over 80 universities and business schools for the distribution of unique content, as well as four joint ventures for the issuance of university degrees with exclusive content.

“Over the last four years of steady growth we enabled over two million transactions within the platform, representing USD $10 million. In addition, we have so far invested 1.5 million USD in platform development, defining the target market and our value proposal”, A CEO of Tutellus Miguel Caballero adds.

The Tutellus ecosystem provides two kinds of NEM blockchain-based cryptocurrencies for its users: TUT token and Smart TUT (STUT) token. The former, TUT token, is designed for clients to be able to purchase services and video courses on the platform. The students’ relevance and rating will be measured in STUT (Smart TUT) tokens.

Having partnered with Cryptonomos, Tutellus will launch its initial coin offering (ICO) in mid-May, 2018. A pre-sale of TUT tokens begins on May 10. During this period, Tutellus will provide users with a 20% bonus; the minimum purchase amount is 5 ETH.

A public token sale begins on June 12, 2018 and will remain until either July 12 or the hardcap of $40 million is reached.

Details of the Token Sale

  1. Exchange rate: 1 ETH = 15 000 TUT;
  2. contribution: 0.05 ETH;
  3. Acceptable means of payment: ETH, BTC, XEM, LTC, BCH, ZCASH, DASH.
  4. Bonuses for early birds: up to 10%.

Tutellus also offers special bonuses for large investors that are discussed individually with every purchaser.

Tutellus plans to allocate the funds to product and engineering (40%), sales and marketing (20%), publicity and PR (20%), operations (10%), security, loyalty and reserves (10%).

DISCLAIMER: TUT public sale will not be open to citizens, residents or green card holders of the USA (including Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and any other protectorate of the USA) or other representatives of the USA.

To participate in Tutellus ICO, visit the website tutellus.cryptonomos.com and go through the Know Your Client (KYC) procedure to enter the whitelist.

 

May 152018
 


Blockshipping is a new project out of the Nordics that aims at creating a tokenization model for the global container shipping industry. We’re seeing increased use of crypto towards the more traditional industries, especially when it comes at the cost of saving money, improving efficiencies, and making the system cleaner and greener. We’ve seen projects like Smart Containers in a similar niche, while projects like Zero Carbon aim to help reduce carbon emissions. Blockshipping comes at the problem in a slightly different direction – it is creating a platform that allows for the standardization of transactions by the global shipping industry.

The pitch of Blockshipping lies in the efficiency gains via standardization. The shipping industry is huge, but is also highly fragmented. There is no neutral party that can create standards that are recognized by the industry. In that step, GSCP is a Global Shared Container Platform that lays out the standards that the entire industry can adopt, thus helping provide efficiencies and the use of blockchain within this industry. The blockchain based registry keeps track of all the containers, which is in excess of 8 figures. The platform itself would enable standardization of transactions within the industry.

The company will also create a tracking solution for containers, and use the blockchain to make the data available to everyone in the industry.

Token and Its Types

Blockshipping is having an ICO at the moment, with a framework that is completely compliant with the Danish law. The project itself has two types of tokens:

  • CPT or Container Platform Token, which is a utility token inside the platform. This is a token on a private blockchain.
  • CCC or Container Crypto Coin, which is a revenue share token. This is an ERC20 token on the public Ethereum blockchain.

The CPT token, as a utility token, is used for the clearing and settlement of transactions on the GSCP. Part of the revenue generated via this process is set aside for revenue sharing with the CCC token holders.

45% of the funds raised are allocated to a market maker fund, which runs a reverse Dutch auction to offer to buy up CCCs on the market. This way, holders can sell into the market maker for an exit.

The CPT token is used by the industry players, not everyday crypto users. The CCC token is open to everyone to use. Also, the CPT token pegs to 1 USD in value, without a cap on its quantity. The CCC token is freely floating in the market. There are only 50 million CCC tokens created during the ICO. You cannot really convert between the CPT and CCC in general.

The CCC token is a revenue backed token. However, it also has the potential to be used as a currency for building new containers. The revenue is shared with the help of CCC tokens, which themselves are bought from existing holders via a reverse Dutch auction.

If you want to learn more, check out the website and the whitepaper for Blockshipping. Remember that token sales are extremely risky and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose.

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May 142018
 

Media Protocol
Media Protocol is a crypto project that is building ‘smart URLs’ using blockchain. These ‘smart URLs’ can be used throughout the web for things like paywalls, which can be leveraged by content creators seamlessly instead of trying to build custom solutions. It is not just a paywall though – content creators can actually incentivize the consumption of their content via the native Media Protocol token. Thus, content creators and content consumers can be locked in a two-way value exchange via the Media Protocol Tokens.

User Workflow and Crypto Token in Media Protocol

The workflow solves the issue of two-sided marketplaces for content. Some content creators will reward the users for consuming content. This is how the user will come into possession of these tokens. Then, the user can spend these tokens on sites that have paywalls that the user wants to spend tokens on. This means the user never has to leave the Media Protocol ecosystem, since she can consume content inside the platform – even content that is paywalled.

Publishers of paywalled content can use the system to get paid for their work. This can be high-quality journalists, music, or really any other work that the creator wants users to pay for. For the creators, this is an advantage in reaching out to a new audience but even more importantly, in getting paid for their content.

Then there are publishers that aren’t very well known and instead make their money through other means. For them, the number of people visiting their content is what matters. For this class of content creators, they would instead pay users to consume content. Think of the kinds of content that you see via Google or Facebook ads, for example. That is companies paying users to consume. These types of users can presumably buy up these tokens, and reward the consumers accordingly, thus making it cheaper to buy eyeballs than traditional advertising.

User Interaction and Data

The company plans to build the system on the blockchain, so that there is full transparency for all the parties involved in the transactions. The content creators, for example, will be able to see and track valuable data about the consumers that have consumed their content. To demonstrate this, the company is also building an app called CryptoCatnip. This app is built for the crypto community specifically. The app works as an aggregator of news, media, and other content specifically for the crypto community.

With the data, the system can also support third-party affiliate models. All of this incentivizes people to build content for smaller communities, since they can now get paid for it. The Media Protocol itself supports several third-party applications build directly on the protocol as well. CryptoCatnip should only be seen as one of the applications – almost as a proof of concept.

If you want to earn some MEDIA tokens, you can go and download the CryptoCatnip, start consuming some crypto content, and get paid in these tokens already!

There are already projects that want to make it as simple as possible to use blockchain apps. Media protocol wants to bring crypto to more mainstream consumers of content.

To learn more, check out the website and whitepaper. Remember that all token sales are highly risky. Never invest more than you can lose.

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