CEO of Coinbase Joins Billionaire List

Despite the fact that the cryptocurrency market an all-time fell apart for the past day, some still manage to hold their positions.  A notable example is the 35-year-old CEO of an American cryptocurrency  company Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, which, according to Forbes, became a billionaire.

The end of October Brian finished with another attracting investments for his company. The amount of collected funds stood at 300 million dollars with an estimate of 8 billion. Based on evaluation, Armstrong’s  share equals to 1.3 billion dollars. In January, Forbes held an estimation of Armstrong’s capital, which varies from 900 million dollars to 1 billion.

It is quite possible, that Armstrong’s personal cryptocurrency holdings received a financial hit, due to the fall in value of BTC, ETH and other cryptocurrencies in recent years. This fact Brian did not commented to Forbes.

Coinbase was founded in 2012. The main headquarters is located in San Francisco. Today, the company steadily conquers and strengthens the leading positions as the largest cryptocurrency exchanger and the US Exchange.  This year, all services owned by the company have about 20 million users, 1.3 billion dollars of revenues. The main revenue stream the company extracts from the commision, which is set for an operation. That is why, the fall of the crypto industry is unnoticeable for Coinbase. The company continues to develop in front of collapse of the stock market.

Within the last investment wave, the company had attracted Tiger Global Management, Wellington Management, Andreesen Horowitz, and other major investors. Coinbase stated, that the remaining 300 million dollars will be spent on enhancement of global connections between fiat and digital currencies.  

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Blockchain Specialists: Who Are They and How Much Do They Earn?

Relatively new blockchain technology is developing quite actively in recent years, which inevitably leads to increase of jobs number in this industry. Considering that, the infrastructure is still not very developed well in this area, it can be assumed that the trend of increased demand for qualified personnel will still remain for many years. In this article we will talk about blockchain specialists, find out who employers are looking for, what average salaries are offered, and in the end we will talk about where to learn this craft.

1. Briefly about blockchain technology

Let us briefly remind what blockchain is, and why many people predict a great future for it? So, in simple words, blockchain is an open (that is, public) registry of data, which is stored in separate blocks and has a chain structure. Each subsequent block stores the information about the previous one. For example, let`s take a usual book, which is divided into separate pages, so after 45, there 46, 47 should go, etc. Attempts to change or delete a block, which has already been entered into blockchain, will immediately be noticed by the network.

The increased security of Blockchain is backed up by data storage. The fact is, that the entire data registry has hundreds of thousands copies (depends on number of miners in network), which are located throughout the world.

2. What experts are now in demand in the industry and how much do they earn?

When it comes to blockchain specialists, most people imagine a highly qualified programmer who knows all the programming languages, Morse code, and the depths of cryptography. But in reality, to be a fairly successful developer, you need to know:

  • basics of programming;
  • C ++ language ideally, but this is optional, Python, Java, Golang, etc. will also work.

Having these knowledge and at least minimal experience in programming, one can become a blockchain developer without any particular problems. The wage, in this case, will directly depend on experience, depth of knowledge and a particular company. In Europe and the United States experienced developers can get to $175 thousand per year. But it’s not necessary to be a programmer to work in the blockchain industry. This is not a complete list of vacancies, this young market needs:

  • Investment Director. It is a key position in any crypto startup, because its main task is to search and work with potential investors. This is a quite difficult job, because now many people are still wary of cryptocurrencies and blockchain as a whole, and they are not in a hurry to invest their savings. The salary depends on the amount of raised funds, from which a certain percentage is given to an investment director.
  • Marketer, PR manager. As Thomas Macaulay said: “Nothing Except The Mint Can Make Money Without Advertising”. This profession is very relevant absolutely in any field and the blockchain industry is no exception. To succeed in this position, the specialist is obliged to speak several foreign languages, to have experience in international sales. Salaries of the specialists depend on the scope of a project, as well as a marketing record of a marketer.
  • Bounty manager. The rapid development of the ICO market has led to emergence of brand new professions. This position involves conduction of all processes, interaction and verification of performers for tasks implementation. Salary of these specialists can hardly be called high, it rarely exceeds $1,000.
  • Crypto analyst. This profession implies the deep knowledges of the cryptocurrency market. An analyst should be able to carry out a fundamental analysis of any coin, and on the basis of this data make his or her own predictions of investments growth. This is one of the most promising areas in the blockchain industry, since the analyst’s wages have no limit. Large investors will be happy to pay a certain percentage of commission to a such specialist for a good tip.
  • Lawyer. There is literally “a long row to hoe” in the blockchain field for these professionals. The fact is that legislative base here is still at a very early stage of its development and there is still a lot of work to be done in this direction.

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3. Where to study for a blockchain specialist?

Higher-education institutions are already training specialists in this direction. A number of leading universities offer introductory courses into blockchain, cryptocurrency, etc.

To master any of the above mentioned professions of the future, you can take online courses on the Internet, the number of which is sufficient now. But when choosing a training program you should be extremely careful and before entrusting your money and time to some “blockchain guru”, read the information about him carefully.

4. Conclusion

The crypto industry differs with a rather rapid pace of development. To work in this area, you must always keep “your eyes open” and be able to adapt quickly to a new circumstances. Every year new professions appear, which offer new opportunities and high wages.

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Chinese Bomb Bitcoin: Hong Kong Business Person Was Blackmailed Demanding $20 000 in Bitcoin

According to the report of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong businessman was threatened with blowing off the building where his company is unless he sends $20 000 in Bitcoin. The scheme was the same as we reported earlier:

Bomb Bitcoin: A New Scammers’ Scheme of Getting Cryptocurrency

The victim who received a blackmail is the CEO of Network Box, Michael Gazeley. He commented on the situation, stating:

“This looks like the third wave of blackmail emails plaguing the world in the past few years… I have never seen something like this, which sounds like cyberterrorism, in my 20-year career in cybersecurity.”

In addition, he claimed at first he was shocked, then he noticed that there were some grammar mistakes which helped him to understand that the email was not worth believing. It was quite clear that the main target was individual rather than bombing an office. He did not report to the police of Hong Kong as considers that email not credible.

Charles Mok, the spokesman of the IT sector in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, was abashed by the quality of threats.

He said: “Scammers need to be smarter, they can’t just say in a spam email, ‘You need to pay me or I blow up your office’.”

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 17: Cryptocurrencies Are Trying to Recover in Price

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) added 0.8% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3266 per coin.

The rest of cryptocurrencies tend to fix in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 1.98% over the past 24 hours and costs $81 per coin;

Ripple lost 0.03% and is $0.29 in value;

EOS grew by 2.62%, and its price is $2.01;

Litecoin increased by 6.03%, and its cost is $27;

Cardano added 1.47%, and its rate is $0.029;

Stellar grew by 0.10% and costs $0.097;

IOTA dropped by 1.05%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash lost 1.32%, and its price is $64;

Monero became more expensive by 1.21% and costs $41.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 0.49%. The coin rate is $87, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization of $104 billion. The share of Bitcoin is 54.8% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $57 billion.

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Money Evolution: From Appearance to Cryptocurrency

The money is the most genius invention of mankind. During its long history, it has repeatedly changed its conceptual design. And each stage was accompanied by a qualitative leap in the development of human civilization. In this article we will talk in detail about money, its history and future prospects.

1. The main functions of money

The Money is fairly universal tool with the help of which you can perform many tasks.

  • Circulation tool. In turnover, money is a mediator. In order to effectively perform this function, money should be easy to deal with, and its transfer from one person to another should be fulfilled as soon as possible.
  • Payment tool. Each product has its own price, money allows to simplify the process of exchange of goods and services significantly.
  • Accumulation tool. Some of the unused funds can be accumulated for the future, but it is very important to diversify risks and not to keep money in one currency, because, in terms of inflation, its purchasing power in future may significantly decrease.

2. The origin of money and its evolution

The money origin is rooted to the times of primitive people. The development of money can be divided into several stages.

  • The first money. The money did not exist as such in human civilization at an early stage of its formation, at that time primitive people had barter. The first elementary monetary funds began to appear at the time of the division of labor. Different tribes used the various goods which were available to them  as the money. For example, cocoa beans in Mexico, animal skins in Siberia, pearls in South America were used as currency, etc. Salt was another valuable resource.
  • Metal money. With the development of civilization, money acquires a metallic form. In the VII century B.C. the first coinage appeared. This format of monetary funds becomes very popular all over the world. The primary materials of which were gold, silver, copper and bronze. This type of money significantly increased the sales turnover between people and brought human civilization to a fundamentally new level. During this period begins the accumulation of large capitals.
  • Paper money. In 910 A.D, in China, the first paper money appeared. The appearance of banks marked the beginning of a new era of market relations. Banks have become major custodians of values. People handed them their money, and received paper certificates in return. This format have become so popular that over the time these certificates began to be considered as money, which we can observe nowadays.
  • Electronic money. A year of 1991 becomes a critical point in history, this is the year when the Internet begins to function. Banks actively pick up this technology and begin to use it after a couple of years. Digital money is much faster and more secure than paper analogues. They are still the most common type of monetary funds.
  • Bank cards. The world’s first plastic card was issued back in 1950, it was  used in order to pay for dinner in certain restaurants. And only in two years after that, the first bank credit card was issued  in the USA.
  • Digital coins. The history of cryptocurrencies begins in the end of 2008, it was the first time when people heard the word Bitcoin. The main feature of cryptocurrency is the lack of a single center that controls emissions and acts as an intermediary in the course of transactions, digital coins also can be mined, i.e., engaged in mining.

3. Prospects of cryptocurrencies

Some experts predict a total collapse of cryptocurrencies, other experts predict the world recognition and almost the transfer of all the wealth of mankind into blockchain. What does really awaits the cryptocurrency industry in the future? In fact, there is not a single person who will be able to predict its further development by 100%. We can only assume certain scenarios based on certain facts.

  • It should be noted that a very technological and a universal technology such as  blockchain lies at the roots of cryptocurrencies. Potentially, it can be used in almost any field of activity.
  • Cryptocurrencies have altered the very essence of the money: no one controls them, they can not be banned or blocked.
  • Even against the background of the deep correction of 2018, large companies, funds and private investors are beginning to be interested in cryptocurrencies.
  • The governments of the largest countries are developing a legal framework for the market. This will allow to promote cryptocurrencies  massively.

Along with that, the mass media is overloaded by bad news which is one of the reasons for the protracted correction. If you look at the cryptocurrency chart in longer term, you can clearly see the liquidity of cryptocurrency assets (20x growth), even taking into account their rollback from peak values by 70-90%.

Source: CoinMarketCap

4. Conclusion

Money is the greatest invention of mankind, they became the catalyst of the progress of human civilization. We are witnessing the formation of a new type of money such as digital coins. Only time will tell whether cryptocurrencies will be able to take a palm of victory and push out paper and electronic money. But it is worth noting that in the long run they have all the chances to do that.

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The Safest “Cold” Wallet or Review of Bittrex Exchange

The growing popularity of digital coins, as well as the cryptocurrency trading, was the reason of emergence for the large number of exchanges. There is huge competition on this market segment now. New projects are trying to lure as many users as possible. But there are also time-tested sites that can guarantee a high security level. In this article we will talk about the most secure cryptocurrency exchange, which has been successfully operating for more than 4 years and has a fairly large user base.

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  1. Briefly about Bittrex Exchange
  2. Trade and order types
  3. Deposit and withdrawal of funds
  4. Bittrex Exchange commissions
  5. Advantages and disadvantages of Bittrex exchange
  6. Conclusion

1. Briefly about the Bittrex Exchange

Bittrex cryptocurrency exchange was registered in the United States in 2014. Activity of this site is more designed for the American market. But this does not mean that the user base of the project is limited only by traders from USA, Bittrex is also quite popular in Europe and the CIS.

The functionality of the exchange can satisfy not only a novice, but also an experienced trader. The platform have integrates tools, with the help of which you can conduct a deep technical analysis. More than 250 currency pairs are traded on this exchange, which provides ample opportunities for trading. It is also worth noting that there is no possibility of trading with leverage and lending on Bittrex exchange.

2. Trade and order types

At the site, traders have the opportunity to trade both limit and market orders. Market order is intended to buy and sell assets at the current price. Suppose that the BTC rate is $4,200, if this price suits the trader, he opens a market order and makes a deal at the current rate almost immediately.

The limit order is designed to buy or sell an asset at desired, rather than actual rate. For example, the BTC rate is still equal to $4,200, but the trader wants to make a purchase only when the BTC price drops to $4,000. In order to avoid sitting at the trading terminal following the BTC rate, trader can open a limit order. When the asset`s actual price matches the value indicated by the trader, the limit order will automatically close.

3. Deposit and withdrawal of funds

It is important to know that this platform works exclusively with cryptocurrencies and it is impossible to replenish your account with fiat. But nowadays this is not a particular problem, because it is possible to buy Bitcoin on a huge number of exchangers now. One may replenish deposit on Bittrex exchange without any special problems, but in order to use the full functionality, it`s necessary to pass the verification procedure. And this is two kinds:

  • Elementary. The user is required to provide with his full name, date of birth and address of residence. Reliability of information is verified by using social media accounts or other open sources.
  • Advanced. In order to withdraw more than 4 BTC per day (or the dollar equivalent in any other coin), one must provide copies of official documents and selfie with the passport. For residents of the CIS countries, this can be a problem, because only an international passport suitable for verification, and not all possess it.

4. Bittrex Exchange Commissions

This site cannot boast with very low commissions, but it is also impossible to call them high.Bittrex charges 0.25% of the total amount for each transaction. The exchange may set a special terms for regular traders, but these figures are individual and depends on turnover and single user’s trading time.

5. Advantages and disadvantages of Bittrex exchange

Bittrex has its strengths and weaknesses as well as any service. In order to objectively evaluate this site, let’s talk more about its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

  • Bittrex activity is officially regulated in the United States. This means that traders are fully protected from the possible misconduct from owners of the exchange. But for residents of other countries (except the US), the official regulation, basically, does not give anything.
  • The ability to go through the verification procedure by using a minimum set of documents (compared to other exchanges).
  • Simple and clear system of fees (0.25% of transaction amount, which is average in the market).
  • Support for a large number of altcoins (including very rare ones), which opens a broad opportunities for users.
  • Enhanced security. The creators of the exchange as a loke call themselves paranoid, as they store about 90% of client funds exclusively in cold wallets.
  • The absence of any restrictions and limits on account replenishment.

Disadvantages:

  • Inability to trade with leverage, as well as lending.
  • Lack of referral programs, as well as motivation systems for new users.
  • Very slow customer service. Some questions may remain unanswered for several weeks.

6. Conclusion

Bittrex is the safest cryptocurrency exchange in the industry. For all the years of its work this site has not been subjected to a single attack. Almost 90% of user funds are stored in cold wallets. This level of security is the main advantage of this site. Another undoubted advantage of Bittrex is its official status in the United States.

The fact is, that the activity of the exchange is regulated by authorities, which legally protects users from possible illegal actions of the site owners. But it should be said that the other countries residents will have to go to the United States to resolve any issues in a court, which requires substantial financial expenses.

Bittrex charges a fixed commission, which is equal to 0.25% of transaction`s amount, this is the average for the market. This exchange is a good tool for conducting balanced trading, as it does not support margin trading. Bittrex cannot boast with quality customer support.

Based on the foregoing, we can say that this project certainly deserves attention. All the minor flaws of Bittrex are compensated by its merits, especially the security level.

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Google’s AI Stated Bitcoin Is “A Collapsed Economic Bubble”

If you still do not understand what is happening with the cryptocurrency market, in particular with the prices of all digital coins, Google’s AI gave a kind of interesting answer. By entering the search request “Bitcoin”, you may see the following card which defined Bitcoin as “a collapsed economic bubble”.


Source: Finance Magnates

In a couple of hours the definition was edited, claiming: “Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a form of electronic cash. It is a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user-to-user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries.”

The algorithm which aggregates the information displays the useful cards in the sidebar automatically. However, such a sentence clearly shows that the company’s AI system considers the bitcoin market as an economic bubble.

The CEO of Google Sundar Pichai explained that Google’s AI looks at every keyword based on “things like relevance, freshness, popularity and how other people are using it”.

Looking from this point of view, it means that the real reason why such a card displayed is that people downgraded Bitcoin and lost any hope in it.

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