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The Promise of Stablecoins: How Blockchain Can Transform Cross-Border Payments

The Promise of Stablecoins: How Blockchain Can Transform Cross-Border Payments
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By Guy Hirsch, U.S. Managing Director, eToro
For years, cross-border payment processes have been a functional, yet flawed, aspect of global commerce. In fact, while globalization has strengthened interconnectivity worldwide, actions as simple as currency exchanges or wire transfers are still considered to be a costly and time-intensive undertaking. To put it simply: As the general public becomes frustrated with the status quo, traditional cross-border payments will soon be a thing of a past. In preparing for the road ahead, international corporations have begun experimenting with advancements in cryptocurrency in an effort to bring the immutability and efficiency of blockchain technology to the forefront of the global commercial ecosystem.
Unlike traditional cross-border payments methods, cryptocurrency transactions carry no excessive surcharges. International payments can be made without the need of a middle man or lofty exchange rates, and processing times are near instantaneous in comparison to the requirements of conventional wire transfers. What’s more, cryptocurrency transactions are verified by other participants in the network, reducing chargebacks and ensuring that purchases are adequately authenticated.
Faced with demand and desire to innovate, major multinationals, from Microsoft, to Subway, to Overstock.com, have begun to accept cryptocurrency as a viable method of payment. According to data from coinmap.org, there are a staggering 12,928 stores that accept bitcoin around the world. However, while many of these companies have found success with cryptocurrency initiatives, there are still looming inefficiencies that must be addressed before widespread integration of this technology can occur.
A key concern is market volatility. Since bitcoin’s meteoric rise in December 2017, we have entered a somewhat unpredictable landscape with regard to the the industry’s market value. In fact, most cryptocurrencies are still not perceived to be a viable mainstream medium of exchange — especially with regard to cross-border transactions. For many global corporations, the value of cryptocurrency is simply too unstable to hold weight when operating in different countries with different exchange rates. This is a significant obstacle to widespread integration. How can you possibly use cryptocurrencies as a viable method of payment when its value fluctuates by the second?
Cryptocurrency companies recognize this, and have begun creating a new iteration in the evolution of cryptocurrency with the potential to fortify the exchange with embedded stability protocols. Dubbed “stablecoins,” these new cryptocurrencies operate by being tied to the value of a fiat currency like the euro or U.S. dollar. If the price rises or falls below a predetermined threshold, mechanisms are put into place to equalize its market value. For payment processors, stablecoins hold tremendous potential in decreasing the potential volatility of cross-border transactions within the space. With increased stability, merchants will be more likely to accept crypto payments for mainstream products, and the general public will be far more likely to consider using cryptocurrencies as a viable medium of exchange.
It’s a short-term solution to a long-term problem, and mainstream companies would be wise to consider early adoption of stablecoins in an effort to get a leg-up on the competition. Soon, if not already, stablecoins will be considered a gateway to the widespread adoption of cryptocurrency on a global scale, and companies in a wide variety of industries will be vying for potential avenues for integration. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for many small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the payments industry to become the first to pioneer cryptocurrency integration on a grand scale.
Payment processor Square is an excellent example of this. The company recently announced that it had received a BitLicense from the New York Department of Financial Services, intending to use the cryptocurrency business certificate to further its international payment platform. The decision serves as a crucial step for Square as the company works to create a global platform capable of combating Apple’s 61% monopoly on the mobile Point-of-Sale software (mPOS) industry. Toppling Apple from its #1 position is going to require more than a sleek hardware, ecosystem strategy, and fantastic execution. However, with cryptocurrency, and stablecoins in particular, Square can gain significant market share by making actions such as paying for dinner a seamless process even if you’re from another country or don’t have a bank account.
While there are still key hurdles that exist before cryptocurrency will ever be the preferred method for payments, we are much closer than you think. Stablecoins will be a key piece in this puzzle, and companies looking to stay ahead of an ever-changing curve would be wise to consider using them to bridge the gap between the centralized and decentralized economy. Over time, the promise of cryptocurrency will become too strong to ignore, and its value will ultimately permeate businesses in every practice area and in every region of the world.
https://www.nasdaq.com/article/the-promise-of-stablecoins-how-blockchain-can-transform-crossborder-payments-cm1014278
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Never before in the history of Wall Street has a single conference call mentioned the following topics: miscreants, an unnamed Sith Lord he hopes the feds will bury under a prison, gay bathhouses, whether he is gay, does cocaine, both or neither. Mark Cuban(what a surprise from this guy)

Never before in the history of Wall Street has a single conference call mentioned the following topics: miscreants, an unnamed Sith Lord he hopes the feds will bury under a prison, gay bathhouses, whether he is gay, does cocaine, both or neither, and an obligatory 'not that there is anything wrong with that,' phone taps, phone lines misdirected to Mexico, arrested reporters, payoffs, conspiracies, crooks, egomaniacs, fools, paranoia, which newspapers are shills and for who, payoffs, money laundering, his Irish temper, false identities, threats, intimidation, and private investigators. All in 61 minutes."
-Mark Cuban is now short 20,000 shares of Overstock (fuck this guy btw)
Hey guys, I started doing some crazy research and I came upon this company called Overstock.com, basically its a competitor to Amazon but unnlike its competition it also has been accepting Bitcoin since 2014.
"IN FIRST DAY WITH BITCOIN, OVERSTOCK DOES $126,000 IN SALES" (https://www.wired.com/2014/01/overstock-bitcoin-sales/) at around 500 per bitcoin now they are worth now around 1.5m. It then increased to 300k sales per day in Bitcoin. This guys says he was keeping only 50% (I think he was keeping all of it)
This company stock has doubled in the last months, but their valuation is still way off (It has Amazon potential). Backstory: the CEO Patrick Byrne (comes from an "honorable" family, he has a PHD in Philosophy, 3 time cancer survivor) got fucked by corporations like Goldman Sachs during 2008, (he later sued and won against most of the financial coporation that fucked him). He came out explaining the method of how Wall Street(Goldman Sachs and co) manipulated the market by using a technique called "Naked short selling".
Its worth investigating! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdBe5_8z53A its an 8min explanation, what he says really puts into perspective how crooked this people are) (Also SEC verified that this does happen and a lot) https://www.sec.gov/investopubs/regsho.htm
Basically what they did is put a straw in the financial system that they can suck to get money whenever they want by fucking over smaller companies. Needless to say the press came out saying he was crazy, that it wasnt true, classical defamation campaign by the way, but to be fair he said that a Sith Lord was orquestrating all this (Now I kind of believe him)
So this guy was really fucking pissed and when he heard about Bitcoin he went balls deep! I researched a bit and Overstock investing company "Medici Ventures" has been developing blockchain applications that are incredibly well developed and serve enterprise needs (this are the companies that big investors and companies will use).
You will have a hard time finding this story on the news since they mostly hate Overstock and describe it as a "obscure ecommerce platform" (https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/17/traders-bet-on-overstock-over-bitcoins-blockchain-technology.html)
If Bitcoin/Ethereum/cyrpto performs like we hope, this is one of the companies that could make Bitcoin and blockchain go mainstream and also hit back real hard at the financial system. (Patrick Byrne personal vendetta)
What do you guys think?
TL;DR:
Overstock stock is worth looking into and basically Wall Street are treacherous pigs that will stop at nothing to get money from anyone weaker than them.
Also, after reading how Wall Street really fights (hard, dirty, illegal and fast), everyone should keep their REAL money in a hardware wallet!
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Bitcoin 2017 a Comprehensive Timeline

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Never before in the history of Wall Street has a single conference call mentioned the following topics: miscreants, an unnamed Sith Lord he hopes the feds will bury under a prison, gay bathhouses, whether he is gay, does cocaine, both or neither. Mark Cuban(who else hates this guy)

Never before in the history of Wall Street has a single conference call mentioned the following topics: miscreants, an unnamed Sith Lord he hopes the feds will bury under a prison, gay bathhouses, whether he is gay, does cocaine, both or neither, and an obligatory 'not that there is anything wrong with that,' phone taps, phone lines misdirected to Mexico, arrested reporters, payoffs, conspiracies, crooks, egomaniacs, fools, paranoia, which newspapers are shills and for who, payoffs, money laundering, his Irish temper, false identities, threats, intimidation, and private investigators. All in 61 minutes."
-Mark Cuban is now short 20,000 shares of Overstock (fuck this guy btw)
Hey guys, I started doing some crazy research and I came upon this company called Overstock.com, basically its a competitor to Amazon but unnlike its competition it also has been accepting Bitcoin since 2014.
"IN FIRST DAY WITH BITCOIN, OVERSTOCK DOES $126,000 IN SALES" (https://www.wired.com/2014/01/overstock-bitcoin-sales/) at around 500 per bitcoin now they are worth now around 1.5m. It then increased to 300k sales per day in Bitcoin. This guys says he was keeping only 50% (I think he was keeping all of it)
This company stock has doubled in the last months, but their valuation is still way off (It has Amazon potential). Backstory: the CEO Patrick Byrne (comes from an "honorable" family, he has a PHD in Philosophy, 3 time cancer survivor) got fucked by corporations like Goldman Sachs during 2008, (he later sued and won against most of the financial coporation that fucked him). He came out explaining the method of how Wall Street(Goldman Sachs and co) manipulated the market by using a technique called "Naked short selling".
Its worth investigating! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdBe5_8z53A its an 8min explanation, what he says really puts into perspective how crooked this people are) (Also SEC verified that this does happen and a lot) https://www.sec.gov/investopubs/regsho.htm
Basically what they did is put a straw in the financial system that they can suck to get money whenever they want by fucking over smaller companies. Needless to say the press came out saying he was crazy, that it wasnt true, classical defamation campaign by the way, but to be fair he said that a Sith Lord was orquestrating all this (Now I kind of believe him)
So this guy was really fucking pissed and when he heard about Bitcoin he went balls deep! I researched a bit and Overstock investing company "Medici Ventures" has been developing blockchain applications that are incredibly well developed and serve enterprise needs (this are the companies that big investors and companies will use).
You will have a hard time finding this story on the news since they mostly hate Overstock and describe it as a "obscure ecommerce platform" (https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/17/traders-bet-on-overstock-over-bitcoins-blockchain-technology.html)
If Bitcoin/Ethereum/cyrpto performs like we hope, this is one of the companies that could make Bitcoin and blockchain go mainstream and also hit back real hard at the financial system. (Patrick Byrne personal vendetta)
What do you guys think?
TL;DR:
Overstock stock is worth looking into and basically Wall Street are treacherous pigs that will stop at nothing to get money from anyone weaker than them.
Also, after reading how Wall Street really fights (hard, dirty, illegal and fast), everyone should keep their REAL money in a hardware wallet!
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What is Bitcoin? A Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners An in-depth guide by BlockGeeks

An in-depth guide by BlockGeeks
Content available at: http://bit.ly/smarterspending
If you want to know what is Bitcoin, how you can get it and how it can help you, without floundering into technical details, this guide is for you. It will explain how the system works, how you can use it for your profit, which scams to avoid. It will also direct you to resources that will help you store and use your first pieces of digital currency.
What is Bitcoin in a nutshell Small wonder that Bitcoin emerged in 2008 just after Occupy Wall Street accused big banks of misusing borrowers’ money, duping clients, rigging the system, and charging boggling fees. Bitcoin pioneers wanted to put the seller in charge, eliminate the middleman, cancel interest fees, and make transactions transparent, to hack corruption and cut fees. They created a decentralized system, where you could control your funds and know what was going on.
Bitcoin has come far in a relatively short time. All over the world, companies, from REEDS Jewelers, a large jewelry chain in the US, to a private hospital in Warsaw, Poland, accept its currency. Billion dollar businesses such as Dell, Expedia, PayPal, and Microsoft do, too. Websites promote it, publications such as Bitcoin Magazine publish its news, forums discuss cryptocurrency and trade its coins. It has its application programming interface (API), price index, and exchange rate.
Problems include thieves hacking accounts, high volatility, and transaction delays. On the other hand, people in third world countries may find Bitcoin their most reliable channel yet for giving or receiving money.
What is Bitcoin in-depth? At its simplest, Bitcoin is either virtual currency or reference to the technology. You can make transactions by check, wiring, or cash. You can also use Bitcoin (or BTC), where you refer the purchaser to your signature, which is a long line of security code encrypted with 16 distinct symbols. The purchaser decodes the code with his smartphone to get your cryptocurrency. Put another way; cryptocurrency is an exchange of digital information that allows you to buy or sell goods and services.The transaction gains its security and trust by running on a peer-to-peer computer network that is similar to Skype, or BitTorrent, a file-sharing system.
Bitcoin Transactional properties:
1.) Irreversible: After confirmation, a transaction can‘t be reversed. By nobody. And nobody means nobody. Not you, not your bank, not the president of the United States, not Satoshi, not your miner. Nobody. If you send money, you send it. Period. No one can help you, if you sent your funds to a scammer or if a hacker stole them from your computer. There is no safety net.
2.) Pseudonymous: Neither transactions or accounts are connected to real world identities. You receive Bitcoins on so-called addresses, which are randomly seeming chains of around 30 characters. While it is usually possible to analyze the transaction flow, it is not necessarily possible to connect the real world identity of users with those addresses.
3.) Fast and global: Transaction is propagated nearly instantly in the network and are confirmed in a couple of minutes. Since they happen in a global network of computers they are completely indifferent of your physical location. It doesn‘t matter if I send Bitcoin to my neighbour or to someone on the other side of the world.
4.) Secure: Bitcoin funds are locked in a public key cryptography system. Only the owner of the private key can send cryptocurrency. Strong cryptography and the magic of big numbers makes it impossible to break this scheme. A Bitcoin address is more secure than Fort Knox.
5.) Permissionless: You don‘t have to ask anybody to use cryptocurrency. It‘s just a software that everybody can download for free. After you installed it, you can receive and send Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies. No one can prevent you. There is no gatekeeper.
Judd Bagley: What is BlockchainThe creator of bitcoin figured out a way to let two entities confidently trade directly with one another, without the need to rely on all these intermediaries. The key is mathematics. As long as we both trust in math, we can be confident the exchange to occur as expected.
Bitcoin uses public key cryptography and an innovative approach to bookkeeping to achieve the authorization, balance verification, prohibition on double spending, delivery of assets and record inalterability described above. And it happens in near real time at no cost.
Cryptography ensures authorization. You need a private key to transact. And your key is complex enough that it would take the best computer longer than the earth has existed to crack it. In other words, it’s essentially unhackable.
– Director of Communications at Overstock.com and Chief Evangelist at t0.com
Where can I find Bitcoins? First, we would recommend you read this in-depth guide for buying Bitcoin.
You can get your first bitcoins from any of these four places.
A cryptocurrency exchange where you can exchange ‘regular’ coins for bitcoins, or for satoshis, which are like the BTC-type of cents. Resources: Coinbase and LocalBitcoins in the US & Canada, and BitBargain UK and Bittylicious in the UK. A Bitcoin ATM (or cryptocurrency exchange) where you can change bitcoins or cash for another cryptocurrency. Resources: Your best bets are BTER and CoinCorner A classified service where you can find a seller who will help you trade bitcoins for cash. Resources: The definitive site is LocalBitcoins. You could sell a product or service for bitcoins. Resources: Sites like Purse. Caution! Bitcoin is notorious for scams, so before using any service look for reviews from previous customers or post your questions on the Bitcoin forum.
How does Bitcoin work? Without getting into the technical details, Bitcoin works on a vast public ledger, also called a blockchain, where all confirmed transactions are included as so-called ‘blocks.’ As each block enters the system, it is broadcast to the peer-to-peer computer network of users for validation. In this way, all users are aware of each transaction, which prevents stealing and double-spending, where someone spends the same currency twice. The process also helps blockchain users trust the system.
“Unlike traditional currencies, which are issued by central banks, Bitcoin has no central monetary authority. Instead it is underpinned by a peer-to-peer computer network made up of its users’ machines, akin to the networks that underpin BitTorrent, a file-sharing system, and Skype, an audio, video and chat service. Bitcoins are mathematically generated as the computers in this network execute difficult number-crunching tasks, a procedure known as Bitcoin “mining”. The mathematics of the Bitcoin system were set up so that it becomes progressively more difficult to “mine” Bitcoins over time, and the total number that can ever be mined is limited to around 21 million. There is therefore no way for a central bank to issue a flood of new Bitcoins and devalue those already in circulation.”
What is Bitcoin? A Step-By-Step Guide For BeginnersSave How can I store my bitcoins? To see how the system works, imagine someone called Alice who’s trying out Bitcoins. She’d sign up for a cryptocurrency wallet to put her bitcoins in.
The Bitcoin Wallets
There are three different applications that Alice could use.
Full client – This is like a standalone email server that handles all aspects of the process without relying on third-party servers. Alice would control her whole transaction from beginning to end by herself. Understandably, this is not for beginners. Lightweight client – This is a standalone email client that connects to a mail server for access to a mailbox. It would store Alice’s bitcoins, but it needs a third-party-owned server to access the network and make the transaction. Web client – This is the opposite of “full client” and resembles webmail in that it totally relies on a third-party server. The third party replaces Alice and operates her entire transaction. You’ll find wallets that come in five main types: Desktop, mobile, web, paper and hardware. Each of these has its advantages and disadvantages.
How do I buy and sell stuff with Bitcoins? Here’s the funny thing with Bitcoins: there are no physical traces of them as of dollars. All you have are only records of transactions between different addresses, with balances that increase and decrease in their records that are stored on the blockchain.
To see how the process works, let’s return to Alice.
Example of a Bitcoin transaction
Alice wants to use her Bitcoin to buy pizza from Bob. She’d send him her private “key,” a private sequence of letters and numbers, which contains her source transaction of the coins, amount, and Bob’s digital wallet address. That “address” would be another, this time, the public sequence of letters and numbers. Bob scans the “key” with his smartphone to decode it. At the same time, Alice’s transaction is broadcast to all the other network participants (called “nodes”) on her ledger, and, approximately, ten minutes later, is confirmed, through a process of certain technical and business rules called “mining.” This “mining” process gives Bob a score to know whether or not to proceed with Alice’s transaction.
The transaction between Alice and Bob
What is Mining? Mining, or processing, keep the Bitcoin process secure by chronologically adding new transactions (or blocks) to the chain and keeping them in the queue. Blocks are chopped off as each transaction is finalized, codes decoded, and bitcoins passed or exchanged.
Miners can also generate new bitcoins by using special software to solve cryptographic problems. This provides a smart way to issue the currency and also provides an incentive for people to mine.
The reward is agreed-upon by everyone in the network but is generally 12.5 bitcoins as well as the fees paid by users sending transactions. To prevent inflation and to keep the system manageable, there can be no more than a fixed total number of 21 million bitcoins (or BTCs) in circulation by the year 2040, so the “puzzle” gets increasingly harder to solve.
What do I need to know to protect my Bitcoins? Here are four pieces of advice that will help your bitcoins go further.
As you’d do with a regular wallet, only store small amounts of bitcoins on your computer, mobile, or server for everyday uses, and keep the remaining part of your funds in a safer environment.
Backup your wallet on a regular basis and encrypt your wallet or smartphone with a strong password to protect it from thieves (although, unfortunately, not against keylogging hardware or software). Store some of your bitcoins in an offline wallet disconnected from your network for added security. Think of this as a bank, while you, generally, keep only some of your money in your wallet. Update your software. For added protection, use Bitcoins’ multi-signature feature that allows a transaction to require multiple independent approvals to be spent.
Spending some time on these steps can save your money.
We recommend the Nano Ledger S – Hardware Wallet
Nano Ledger S is just as secure as the other two hardware wallets. It is popular because of its relatively low price of $65 compared to its competitors. Being smaller than KeepKey, it is more portable and easier to carry around. It is a hardware wallet that comes at a very competitive price.
What else do I need to know? Protect your address: Although your user identity behind your address remains anonymous, Bitcoin is the most public form of transaction with anyone on the network seeing your balances and log of transactions. This is one reason why you should change Bitcoin addresses with each transaction and safeguard your address. You can also use multiple wallets for different purposes so that your balance and transaction history remain private from those who send you money.
Your confirmation score: As said, you receive a confirmation score of about 10 minutes before you make your purchase. Different wallets have their own reading.
Government taxes and regulations: Government and local municipalities require you to pay income, sales, payroll, and capital gains taxes on anything that is valuable – and that includes bitcoins. The legal status of Bitcoin varies from country to country, with some still banning its use. Regulations also vary with each state. In fact, as of 2016, New York state is the only state with a bitcoin rule, commonly referred to as a BitLicense.As shown in the Table above, zero is the least with the number 3 being the most reliable for average bitcoin transfers. If you’re sending or paying for, something valuable, wait until you, at least, receive a 6.
What are the disadvantages of Bitcoin? Bitcoin got off on the wrong foot by claiming an apocryphal person (or persons), Satoshi Nakamoto as its founder. Nakamoto has never been found.
Regarding more practical concerns, hacking and scams are the norms. They happen at least once a week and are getting more sophisticated. Bitcoin’s software complexity and the volatility of its currency dissuade many people from using it, while its transactions are frustratingly slow. You’ll have to wait at least ten minutes for your network to approve the transaction. Recently, some Reddit users reported waiting more than one hour for their transactions to be confirmed.
Scams to watch out for
The four most typical Bitcoin scams are Ponzi schemes, mining scams, scam wallets and fraudulent exchanges.
Ponzi Scams: Ponzi scams, or high-yield investment programs, hook you with higher interest than the prevailing market rate (e.g. 1-2% interest per day) while redirecting your money to the thief’s wallet. They also tend to duck and emerge under different names in order to protect themselves. Keep away from companies that give you Bitcoin addresses for incoming payments rather than the common payment processors such as BitPay or Coinbase. Bitcoin Mining Scams: These companies will offer to mine outrageous amounts of bitcoin for you. You’ll have to pay them. That’s the last you’ll see of your money (with no bitcoins to show for it, either). Bitcoin Exchange Scams: Bitcoin Exchange Scams offer features that the typical bitcoin wallets don’t offer, such as PayPal/Credit Card processing, or better exchange rates. Needless to say, these scams leave you in the hang while they siphon your dollars. Bitcoin Wallet Scams: Bitcoin scam wallets are similar to online wallets – with a difference. They’ll ask you for your money. If robbers like the amount, that’s the last you’ll see of your deposit. The address, in other words, leads to them, rather than to you. Of all of these, wallet scams are the most popular with scammers managing to pinch millions.
What are the advantages of Bitcoin? The best thing about Bitcoin is that it is decentralized, which means that you can settle international deals without messing around with exchange rates and extra charges. Bitcoin is free from government interference and manipulation, so there’s no Federal Reserve System‍ to hike interest rates. It is also transparent, so you know what is happening with your money. You can start accepting bitcoins instantly, without investing money and energy into details, such as setting up a merchant account or buying credit card processing hardware. Bitcoins cannot be forged, nor can your client demand a refund.
It’s small wonder that users call Bitcoin “Money 2.0” or that Bill Gates called it “a techno tour de force
An in-depth guide by BlockGeeks
Content available at: http://bit.ly/smarterspending
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The Crypto Times - Issue 1

Feb 1st 2014
INTRODUCTION
I wanted to deliver some OC (Original Content) to crypto coin related subreddits. I do a lot of research on the topic of crypto currency and thought it would be fun to share the things I unearth throughout the week. Important stories, funny comments from the past, lots of bits and bobs for your perusal. This first issue focuses solely on Bitcoin, though other currencies and news about other coins will be included in future "issues", should people enjoy the first one.
IMPORTANT NEWS LINKS OF THE WEEK
CURRENT COMMENTS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT BITCOIN
In this section, we look at tweets from random people (some celebrities, some not) who have commented about Bitcoin recently:
  • @BitPay: "Redwood City car dealership makes first #Bitcoin transaction"
  • @coindesk: "50 Bitcoin Experts Share The Processes Needed For Mainstream Bitcoin Adoption via @FoundersGrid http://coinde.sk/1b9RPo2 "
  • @SmallLady0: "Play this fun game: Whenever you read a story involving any "Bitcoin entrepreneur," replace their name/description with "The Ferengi.""
  • @FalkVinge: "I wonder how many realize the enormous ramifications of over half of US IT workers now prefering #bitcoin over USD. http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/01/27/pay-me-in-bitcoin-it-professionals-say/ "
  • @Trial_N_Era: "Wow this bitcoin stuff can be pretty up and down"
THE HINDSIGHT THREADS SECTION
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[Table] IAmA: I'm Patrick Byrne, a pro-freedom supporter of cryptocurrency and school vouchers, early critic of Wall Street, three time cancer survivor, journalist at DeepCapture.com, and CEO and founder of Overstock.com. AMA!

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Questions Answers
What would you say to other CEOs and decision makers who are hesitant to utilize bitcoin? It depends upon what their hesitancy is.
There are business reasons to do it: save on transaction fees, eliminate fraud and charebacks, etc. There may be business reasons not to do it as well, such as the risk of volatility (but this concern can be obviated by trading out of Bitcoin immediately upon receipt, a service that the firms like Bitpay, Coinapult, and Coinbase all offer, I believe).
But if they are pro-freedom, they should want to get behind it on principle alone. Ghandi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Hi Patrick, do you have any thoughts on where the economy is heading? Are we truly in a recovery as the powers that be suggest? Do you have examples you see in business that say one way or the other? No we are not in a recovery. We have re-inflated a bubble and called it a recovery.
The government lies to us about the stats. Think of it this way: assume Alleged GDP (that is, "Nominal GDP") is growing at 3%. Inflation is calcualted to be 2%. So Real GDP is growing 3% - 2% = 1%. That is the basic equation. However, what if they are lying about inflation? Imagine it were really 5%? Then the truth, God's-eye-only view would be 3% - 5% = -2%. That is, if inflation is understated, then growth is overstated. I think this is likely the case. I think we are in a shallow dive that they are trying to make look like a level or small climb. See John Williams' site Shadow Government Statistics for more.
The Fed's policies are all about driving up asset prices (homes, stocks) in order to create a wealth effect. Your 401k goes from being worth $300,000 to $500,000. You think, "Gosh I made $200,000! I'll go out and spend $50,000 of it."
The Snoop Dogg Overstock commercial was awesome! When can we expect to see more ads from him? Thanks. It was even more fun hanging out with the guy for four hours. He is one smaaart dude. He asked me more intelligent questions about our business than any of the 80 or so VCs with whom I ever dealt. No kidding.
Also, he rolls a mean cigar.
Shouldn't the government be spending our tax dollars on putting wall street guys who caused the financial crisis in jail (instead of making them pay fines) ? Not one of them has ever been criminally convicted. But I do think the government should put more resources into policing Wall Street. The last I checked, the SEC budget was about $800 million. I think it was around the size of the budget for the Denver police force. It should be about 10X that. However, they should unplug the SEC and ship it to the DOJ. The only thing that scares these guys on Wall Street is an orange jumpsuit, and only the DOJ can issue those.
Patrick, What was your evolution toward being "pro-freedom" like? Were you always so? Was there some event that turned you in that direction? I grew up in New England and thought of myself as a Yankee Republican. Then the Republicans went crazy getting worked up over things that are none of the government's damn business. The old man with whom i sued to build stone walls in Vermont, Earl Barre, taught me that government should pave the roads, run the Post Office, and stay the hell off my porch. I think he must roll over in his grave to see the kinds of things Republicans care about today.
My friend, mentor, and teacher Milton Friedman used to say, "I'm a small-l libertarian and a small-r republican." Sounds right.
PS Thanks for seizing the term. We have a lot of people in our society who call themselves "progressives". If they can hijack the word "progress" I can hijack the word "freedom".
Hello Patrick, Thank you for doing this. Do you know when Overstock.com will be accepting bitcoin for international shipment? I've been waiting this for months! (I'm in Canada) Working on it now. Phase II was getting so we could issue credits back in Bitcoin. I think it came live last week. Phase III will be accepting it internationally. Should happen late summer +/-.
Hi Patrick! You've gotten a lot of praise for accepting Bitcoin, I think its great. But I'm curious what you've found to be the biggest challenge or drawback with accepting this new form of currency. What is something new merchents need to keep in mind before accepting bitcoin? It has been unbelievably seamless.
Coinbase made it easy. But Bitpay and Coinapult do as well, I hear.
Once integrated, it has not demanded an ounce of effort.
Where do you see Bitcoin in 1 year? What about 5? Or 10? I have no theories as to valuation.
Adoption... I would imagine SpaceCash (of one flavor or another) will gradually increase until you see 2-3% of transactions occur within it. If that day ever comes, it will leap quickly to 15-30%. (Lots of things are like that in life, rates of HIV infection in the adult population being one of them, for example.)
What percentage of transactions (# or revenue) are paid for in Bitcoin on Overstock.com? Tiny. <.1%
Did you ever reveal who the "Sith Lord" is??? Inquiring minds want to know! It was an amalgam of two people. 1) Steven A. Cohen of SAC Capital (hence, all my references to "someday I am going to sack up and tell the world...")
2) Michael Milken, who, I believe, is the Hannibal Lecter of the financial world. Read Den of Thieves. Since he was let out of prison (on his 98 count indictment) he spent a lot of money burnishing his image, but he is a really bad guy.
Is naked short selling still a problem? What do you see currently as the biggest risks to our financial system? "Is naked short selling still a problem? " Not so much, or at least, not as obviously as previously.
"What do you see currently as the biggest risks to our financial system?" Chains of title. You think you own something because you have some paperwork that says you do. However, in the central clearing systems of our economy there is slop. The slop was designed in as a way of providing fault tolerance. However, crooks figured out how to game that slop and create circumstances where more than one person thinks he owns the same thing.
Fractional reserve banking without a reserve requirement.
Nice to see you on Reddit, Mr. Byrne. I like Schiff. Opponents say, "Even a broken watch is right twice per day." But he shares my Austrian views.
Here is my question. Peter Schiff and many others think that a collapse of the dollar is imminent. What do you think about that? And what impact this collapse will have on digital currencies like Bitcoin? Yogi Berra said something to the effect, "Anything that cannot go on forever won't." We are living on borrowed time in many ways. However, it is like seeing a bridge built for 10 cars, that now has 80 driving across it. Will it collapse? I have no idea. I thought it would ahve collapsed at 20.
Did you have better experiences at Stanford, Cambridge, or Dartmouth? Which school influenced you the most, both culturally and intellectually? The day I got to Dartmouth I swore to myself that while I was there I would never enter a church, a party, or a fraternity. never did. Never had a single beer with anyone in college, went to a party, anything. I was a total grind. I did play football two years, then split, went to Asia, mucked around, came back just to graduate.
Cambridge - Marshall Fellow - Did a Master's in moral philosophy but was mostly an invalid, and spent my time with a handful of people, just reading for two years. Was in the uber-Lefty envornment of King's College (where the British traitors come from). When I got there I was Left-Curious, but when I split I was into Sowell and Milton Friedman.
Stanford - PhD They were great to me. I was an invalid there as well for much of the experience. Started in mathematical logic, ended up doing stuff in development economics, jurisprudence, and political philosophy. As a grad student my major influences were the other grad students, with whom one forms close bonds. Martin Jones (Oberlin?) and Taylor Carmen (Barnard?). Ask them.
What convinced you to damn the torpedoes and what other examples, successful or not, can you give of this full speed ahead orientation with respect to your life? So that has focused my mind tremendously. Lot of things I want to get done, and none of them have to do with knuckling under to the Combine. In fact, they largely have to do with blowing up the Combine. (Gold star to the first who can say where the expression "Combine" comes from.)
Combine = "Our Benefactors" in the half-life universe. HL3 confirmed! One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Organised crime on Wall St -- Can you elaborate? Yes. Wall Street started to be infiltrated by Organized Crime. It sttarted with Michael Steinhardt in the 1970's (his dad, Sol Steinhardt, was the biggest Mob fence in America, and went to Sing Sing, from whence he put his son Michael through Wharton, who then started what was arguably the first hedge fund in 1968, funded over time by cash from his dad's cronies.)
Google "Operation Uptick": the largest Mob arrest in US history was 120 goons from around Wall Street.
The Gambinos and Genovese fought over Wall Street in the 1990s. The Genovese won. Wherever Genovese are, there is Russian Orgnized Crime (the Genovese sponsored the Russian OC into the US like you or I would sponsor a family from Laos). See "Red Mafiya."
Anywhere you see "bucket shops" you are seeing OC.
I also work as an editor and journalist at DeepCapture.com, which explores this subject in hundreds of posts.
Mr. Byrne, No opinion on such companies.
What is your take on companies that operate solely in Bitcoin (i.e. Blockchain, Bitcoinstore.com, etc)? Are you offering your employees to take a percentage of their salary in Bitcoin? Not offering it to employees yet, but there is always the year-end bonus to consider!
Thank you for doing this AMA, and thank you for your activism and conviction you have shown over the years! Hindsight is 20/20, what is one decision that you would make, or wouldnt make, if you had to start Overstock.com all over again? When someone is dishonest, do not try to cajole or coach them. Get rid of him.
Hello patrick first i will like to say thank you for all you do. i have 3 questions 1. who are your favorite philosopher's and what book on philosophy do you recommened for enlightenment? Who are your favorite philosopher's and what book on philosophy do you recommened for enlightenment?
I admire tesla as a person and for his work, have you heard of the keshe foundation? where do you stand on free energy? I admire tesla as a person and for his work, have you heard of the keshe foundation? where do you stand on free energy? NO THOGHTS.
Will the criminal cabal who runs the united corporation of america fail? Will the criminal cabal who runs the united corporation of america fail? I'M WORKING ON IT, I'M WORKING ON IT.
I'm a computer programmer, so I'd like to ask a technical question if it's not a secret - what do you use for source control? Ironically enough: Subversion.
As a successful entrepreneur, what advice would you give to someone just starting up their own (tech) company? Calculate how much capital it is going to take to start your business, and how many years. Then square both those numbers.
I'd like to thank you for the nice red lounge chairs I got from Overstock. I was able to get a good price for them at a garage sale later. My question is how do you ensure a stable inherent value in cryptocurrency? Unlike Gold, which is a tangible thing, or a Federal Reserve Note which has value simply because the government says it does, with something like Bitcoin how can it retain value and trust without some "official" endorsement and tie in to a national currency? - if you DID tie it to something like the dollar.. then what would be the point? Right. Some say that Bitcoin is a figment of someone's imagination. But as I said on Fox or CNN or something recently (search my name on Yout