Bitcoin’s Plan To Fix The Crowdfunding Problem?

Crowdfunding has been around for some time now, and although it has been a hard time for some projects to gain funds, bitcoin could be the answer. Let’s look at the root of the troubles and how crypto could potentially address them. Related Reading | Downward DOGE: Descending Dogecoin Pattern Predicts Deadly Drop The In’s and Outs… Crowdfunding is a practice where you can donate money – including cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and more cryptocurrencies – to projects, associations or people to develop ideas. It is a very powerful mechanism and tool for innovation and supporting social enterprises. Different platforms, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have not taken their foot off the brakes; the web 2.0 crowdfunding movement, which has led to the creation of several billion-dollar tech startups, like Oculus, and raised millions of dollars for thousands of causes, is ripe for development. Crypto crowdfunding has the potential to be a network that connects people and their ideas. Today, crowdfunding is dramatically narrowed by its reliance on legacy finance, which limits the vast majority of the world from accessing it. Although this is good in theory, and has worked thus far, the major issue is the reliance on the legacy financial infrastructure, that is not only costly but globally fragmented. BTC: Bitcoin bouncing back after hitting all time high in November 2021. | BTC:USD tradingview.com Most crowdfunding platforms are only found in 30 countries. To date, the costs of operating crowdfunding in this network are very high, due to the many mediating third parties involved. The average crowdfunding platform charges a 7% fee per successful project. Could crypto’s aggressive transaction fees beat out traditional competitors? Crowdfunding & Crypto: A Pair Of Aces… Many platforms have had a hard time with the tight reliance of legacy financial infrastructure; this has made some crowdfunding platforms move over to the “web 3.0” model. One big example is Kickstarter, who has decided to move from its reliance on Stripe to creating its own crowdfunding protocol on other blockchains. This may make sense for equity-based crowdfunding, which can enable the platform and it’s users to invest in new companies and their ideas. A prime example of these worlds coming together was just last year with Bitcoin Smiles, which raised roughly 1.8 BTC. Bitcoin Smiles was an initiative aiming to raise funds and provide free dental care to impoverished people living in rural areas of El Salvador. Another project that can be used as an example is Kivéclair, a development project that educates people about bitcoin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although these are only few examples of early crowdfunding in crypto, these do provide a valid source and hope that bitcoin can still rally through its community of caring bulls and bears. Related Reading | Bitcoin Millionaires Are Flocking To This North American Tax Haven. But What Do The Locals Think? Featured image from Pexels, Charts from TradingView.com The writer of this content is not associated or affiliated with any of the parties mentioned in this article. This is not financial advice.

JPMorgan: Ethereum Losing Ground to Other Crypto in NFT Market Due to High Transaction Fees, Congestion

JPMorgan: Ethereum Losing Ground to Rival Cryptocurrencies in NFT Market Due to High Transaction Fees, CongestionJPMorgan has told its clients that ethereum is losing ground to rival cryptocurrencies, such as solana (SOL), in the non-fungible token (NFT) market due to sky-high transaction fees on the network. “It looks like, similar to defi apps, congestion and high gas fees has been inducing NFT applications to use other blockchains,” said JPMorgan. Ethereum […]

Mad Money’s Jim Cramer Warns About Dogecoin — Says DOGE Is a Security, SEC Will Regulate

Mad Money's Jim Cramer Warns About Dogecoin — Says DOGE Is a Security, SEC Will RegulateThe host of Mad Money, Jim Cramer, has warned about dogecoin (DOGE). He said that the meme cryptocurrency is a security and will be regulated. He also questioned the supply of dogecoin. Jim Cramer’s Dogecoin Warning Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC’s Mad Money, warned about investing in dogecoin (DOGE) Thursday. Cramer is a former […]

I Only Hold 1 Bitcoin, Real Vision CEO Raoul Pal Reveals

Millionaire investor Raoul Pal has revealed how much he owns of bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that he has been known to actively promote in the past. In what was a shocking revelation, the CEO and founder of Real Vision posted his bitcoin holdings on Twitter, which turned out to be lower than everyone’s expectations. Pal disclosed that he only owned a measly 1 bitcoin. Why Does Raoul Pal Only Own 1 Bitcoin? The CEO got into a heated Twitter argument with Greg Foss after Foss insulted Pal. In a response to another user who defended the CEO saying they liked him, Foss explained that he was “just calling out the BS.” This is where Pal came into the conversation demanding to know what exactly it was that Foss was accusing him of as he’d like to know. Related Reading | Bitcoin Millionaires Are Flocking To This North American Tax Haven. But What Do The Locals Think? Foss continued on to explain that he did not agree with Pal promoting his trading mechanism to other traders who were less inclined to understand how it worked, pointing towards bond math. Pal however disagreed with Foss’s assessment, stating that he did not hold his views on bonds as a philosophy, rather just a mechanism which he uses to trade. The argument continued on, eventually culminating in Pal stating how much bitcoin he owned, which it turns out is a single bitcoin. The founder and CEO of Real Vision explained that it was because of the bitcoin community’s approach to inclusion that led to this decision. Pal lamented the exclusion of others from the space who happen to share a different viewpoint from the accepted majority. BTC price recovers above $43,000 | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com “This is why I hold only one bitcoin, the community has lost sight of inclusion and you sir, are helping reduce the network effects by excluding people who don’t share your view from the network,” said the CEO. It eventually ended with Greg Foss conceding and acknowledging he was wrong to have attacked Pal in the first place. In a separate tweet, Foss tendered an apology to the CEO, stating that he regretted his actions. Some times you pick a fight with the captain of the opposing team (cuz u are fed up and want to brawl) That is rarely a smart move. Tonite I chose that path and I regret my actions. I apologize to @RaoulGMI I made a rookie error. We have bigger battles to fight. GF — Greg Foss 🇨🇦 (@FossGregfoss) January 20, 2022 Not Completely Out From Crypto Despite his views on the bitcoin community, Raoul Pal has not entirely ruled crypto. Even bitcoin has not been completely ruled out as evidenced by his tweet stating that he does own one BTC. However, Pal has moved on to other things in the crypto space. Given his comments not too long ago, the CEO is now more bullish on ethereum compared to bitcoin. Related Reading | Bitcoin Implied Volatility Plummets To Pre-Bull Market Levels: What This Means Pal noted back in November that he expected ethereum to continue to outperform bitcoin given its performance in previous months. The millionaire investor still holds a well-rounded bullish view on bitcoin but expects ethereum to be the better investment of the two going forward. A month before this, Pal had received that he made the biggest personal position of his life in ethereum. He explained that he is long the digital asset which he placed at the $20,000 mark by the second quarter of 2022, less than six months away from now. Featured image from iGaming.org, chart from TradingView.com

Russia Just Suggested A Blanket Ban On Bitcoin And Cryptocurrency

Russia has proposed a full ban on crypto, this includes both mining and use of cryptocurrencies. The country’s Central Bank suggested that the trading of cryptocurrencies must come to a stop immediately. In the report put forth in an online press conference, the Russian government along with the Bank of Russia suggested this regulatory measure. This blanket ban on cryptocurrency was tied to risks of financial instability and rising illegal activities. The digital asset apparently posed a serious threat to the sovereignty of Russia’s monetary policy. Russia holds the third rank in bitcoin mining after US and Kazakhstan. This recent ban on cryptocurrency comes right after the Central Bank of Russia displayed interest in securing information from commercial banks in respect to private money transfers. It also specified that the information collected will comprise of details of individuals who have previously traded in cryptocurrency, not only within the country but also outside of it. Despite Russia legalising cryptocurrencies in the year 2020, it always remained sceptical in regards to accepting the same as a medium of exchange. The report stated that this measure of banning crypto might after all be in favour of Russial as this decision happens to be the “best” and “optimal” one that safeguards Russia. “Cryptocurrencies: Trends, Risks, Measures” In the report, “Cryptocurrencies: trends, risks, measures” an excerpt read that cryptocurrenices “offer an outlet for people to take their money out of the national economy, thereby undermining it and making the regulators job of maintaining optimal monetary policies harder.” The other major concern that led to this ban was the ever increasing dynamic and volatile nature of cryptocurrency along with illegal activities being funded by the digital asset. The culmination of which has urged the Central Bank to form new laws and regulation which could help ban the digital asset in Russia. Related Reading | NGOs Use Crypto To Aid Afghans Facing Taliban Takeover Russia previously also expressed its concerns around cryptocurrency as they believed that the asset could be used for money laundering and even financing terrorism. Reportedly, Russia has showed interest in creating thier own digital currency (CBDC) which is believed to enable, equip and finally empower the functioning of future banking in the country. This could help people of Russia to opt for a quicker, easier and more seamless payment option. The report also stated that there will be a prohibition of mutual funds investments in cryptocurrency. Besides that, institutional investors have also been discouraged from investing in crypto. This move might be quite a blow to the country’s financial organisations as any cryptocurrency in the form of a financial asset will not be accounted for. Failing to abide by the above mandated resolution will result in firm punishment as mentioned in report. The crypto industry’s growth has attracted a lot of negative attention | Source: TOTAL-CRYPTOCAP on TradingView.com Russia Crypto Ban Extends To Mining Also Cryptocurrency mining in Russia has a major footing as the country is the third largest when it comes to mining of cryptocurrencies. Volume of cryptocurrency mining still remains the highest in the US, followed by Kazakhstan, however, the latter has been in talks about cutting off electricity provisions. This news about Russia’s ban might potentially drive crypto enthusiasts across the globe up the wall. Minimising of crypto issuance along with over-the-counter trading desks, crypto exchanges and peer-to-peer exchanges could send a ripple across the whole crypto space. Related Reading | Digging Into The Data Of Bitcoin Mining Decentralization The aforementioned report also added that this prohibition was also because of environmental factors as it creates “”creates a non-productive electricity expenditure, which undermines the energy supply of residential buildings, social infrastructure and industrial objects, as well as the environmental agenda of the Russian Federation. Featured image from iStockPhoto, Charts from TradingView.com

Joe Biden Claims Inflationary Pressure ‘Rests With the Federal Reserve,’ Praises the Fed’s ‘Extraordinary Support’ 

Joe Biden Claims Inflationary Pressure 'Rests With the Federal Reserve,' Praises the Fed's 'Extraordinary Support' On Wednesday, U.S. president Joe Biden explained that the country’s central bank was dealing with a large share of the inflationary pressures the American economy is dealing with today. Biden welcomes the possibility of tightening monetary easing and noted that he “respects the Fed’s independence.” US President Joe Biden Says a ‘Critical Job in Making […]

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler Stresses Crypto Trading Platforms Must Be Regulated to Ensure Investor Protection

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler Stresses Crypto Trading Platforms Must Be Regulated to Ensure Investor ProtectionThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is focusing on bringing cryptocurrency exchanges “inside the investor protection remit,” Chairman Gary Gensler has revealed. “If the trading platforms don’t come into the regulated space, it’d be another year of the public being vulnerable,” he stressed. SEC Focusing on Regulating Crypto Exchanges The chairman of the U.S. […]

Report: Meta and Instagram Are Exploring an ‘Early Stage’ NFT Feature

Meta Platforms, Inc., formerly known as Facebook, Inc., is reportedly experimenting with non-fungible token (NFT) technology, according to unknown sources speaking with the Financial Times (FT). Allegedly, Meta is “readying” an NFT feature but it is “at an early stage and could yet change.” Meta and Instagram Are Reportedly Experimenting With NFT Tech A report […]

Crypto.com Reveals 483 Accounts Compromised in Recent Hack — $34 Million in Bitcoin, Ether Stolen

Crypto.com Reveals 483 Users Compromised in Recent Hack — $34 Million in Bitcoin, Ether StolenCrypto.com has revealed that 483 user accounts were compromised in the recent hack that resulted in unauthorized withdrawals of about $34 million in cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and ether. Nonetheless, the company stressed that customer funds were never at risk. Crypto.com’s Hack Postmortem and CEO’s Comments Crypto.com revealed Thursday the number of users affected by the […]