Bitcoin ATMs Are Popping Up in Great Numbers Across the US

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Since the beginning of the summer, there’s been an influx of Bitcoin ATMs (or “BTMs”) installed across the US. The past few months saw almost 20 new machines appear. Also read: The Bitcoin ATM: The Improved Teller Machine EasyBit Adds Six BTMs Across the US The EasyBit BTM network announced it has installed six new machines across four states. Headquartered in the US and Argentina, EasyBit has been gaining steam. The firm’s installed its first BTM at a Thai restaurant in Amsterdam. Now, the company operates 35 machines in nine countries. EasyBit uses both GenesisCoin and CoinOutlet cryptocurrency automated tellers. The six new BTMs are in Texas, Hawaii, Georgia, and Utah. Since its founding in 2013, EasyBit has become a reputable provider of Bitcoin-powered automated tellers. Michael Dupree, CEO, and founder of EasyBit, said at the latest install announcement: We’ve observed that adding a bitcoin ATM greatly improves bitcoin adoption in these communities. Our host locations often see better foot traffic and increased revenue after putting in a bitcoin ATM, making it a win-win for everyone. ATM Provider Athena Bitcoin Continues to Grow Another Bitcoin-based ATM operator is a growing US company called Athena Bitcoin. The Chicago-based company, launched seven new BTMs this past September. Athena Bitcoin has also ramped up …

What’s Next For Bitcoin, Hot Startup Ideas 2016

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What’s Next For Bitcoin, Hot Startup Ideas 2016 We have prepared a review of the projects that the Bitcoin industry requires right now. These projects have no strong competitors in the market and could attract a lot of new cryptocurrency owners. Angels, funds and private investors will willingly invest their money in such projects. We offer to choose more simple, profitable and less risky way. The market of cryptocurrency projects is rapidly changing, and the products which were up-to-date a few years ago, are not interesting for the target audience any more. Strong leaders settled in the most profitable segments of the market (mining, trading, e-commerce), and nobody can move them unless they have a budget of more than one million, genius idea and a great deal of luck. We all know how difficult it is to find a good idea for a startup and to configure the product which meets requirements of clients and corresponds to ideas of investors about what a profitable investment is. From the general to the special: solutions for local markets Non-competitive conditions and interested local investors are very attractive factors for a startup. The main thing is that you do not need to reinvent …

4 Reasons Why Your Nation Will Kill Cash For A Digital Currency

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Yes, I’m talking to you. Yes, I’m talking about your country, whether it is Russia, China, or the United States. The more modern and advanced your economy, the faster it is coming your way. The discussions have been going on for a couple of years now on how to do it. The only question is when to spring it on the masses. If you are in a less than a state-of-the-art economy, like Pakistan or Guam, you probably have a lot more time left with the paper. Most of us aren’t so lucky. Cash has been on the clock in the most advanced nations for years, with central banks limiting how much cash you can get, even from your own account. Limits have been dropping to as low as 5000 units of paper in some nations, and even then you will have to surrender your ID or go through some level of interrogation. The future of money does not include paper, and here are four reasons why digital currencies will become your official national currency. Reason #1 – The best way to control a nation is to control its money supply Governments are all about control. Whether it is doling out …

As Blockchain Identity Becomes Real, 2017 Will See An Explosion of Blockchain Profitability

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Blockchain identity is already in use in various sectors of data management and technological development. With its applications so far, can we say that the Blockchain has lived up to expectations? Some experts think it’s overhyped, others see that late 2016/2017 will be the year of explosion for real-world Blockchain profitability and usage. That is, as long as politics doesn’t get in the way. What is Blockchain identity? Blockchain identity is also defined by Christopher Bates of Bitland as the representation of a 100% verifiable identity which can be established through a series of security layers and protocols. It is a system which makes it possible for encryption to prevent anyone who doesn’t need to see information from accessing it. Bates explains that this can be applied when working with government oversight, where Blockchain identity could be used to protect Social Security accounts from being pilfered by governments who have overspent on their own budgets. Bates says: “One of the biggest issues is that tax money has no oversight once collected, and something like Blockchain identity could help prevent governments from spending taxpayer’s money which wasn’t theirs.” Unique opportunity for Bitcoin’s Blockchain Blockchain identity, according to Carl A. R. Weir CEO …

Will 2016’s $300 Million Blockchain Startup Bubble Burst?

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Startups powered by Bitcoin and Blockchain technology raised $290 million during the first six months of this year, resembling the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. According to a report by Juniper Research, venture capital investment raised by companies employing either Blockchain technology, or Bitcoin directly, amounted to more than a quarter of a billion dollars. About a third of this was raised by three companies: Circle, a social payment provider, which raised $60 million; Distributed Asset Holdings, a distributed ledger solutions provider, which raised $50 million; and, of course, Blockstream, the sidechain developer, which raised $55 million. Lee Gibson Grant of the Drachmae Travel Club sees investments flowing into Blockchain startups as more and more people become aware of the technology’s capabilities. He says to CoinTelegraph: “The Blockchain space is typical of new technology coming onto the market. This early stage sees many startups and experiments, which will provide proof that the technology is applicable in specific, practical use cases. Once identified, there will be consolidation into leaders within those areas at first, and progressively more capital will flow into those entities. Over time the investments will be billions of dollars, and will create new businesses and many new employment …

Feature Interview: Paul Puey Puts “Buzz” into Bitcoin with Airbitz “2.0” and Fold

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Like a caffeine-infused jolt, Airbitz’s announcement late last year that it will be promoting bitcoin by offering discounts at Starbucks (20%) and Target (10%) has energized cryptocurrency enthusiasts worldwide. This initiative is part of a collaborative partnership with Fold, a digital card app that was seamlessly integrated onto the Airbitz bitcoin wallet. The hope is that incentivizing consumers to save money will encourage both current bitcoin users as well as those new to the digital currency to engage in its use for everyday purchases. This much-ballyhooed development by Airbitz, which officially launched its bitcoin wallet in October 2014, comes on the heels of $450,000 in seed funding that the company received from the blockchain venture capital firm Block26. BTCMANAGER had the opportunity to talk with Airbitz CEO Paul Puey about this partnership with Starbucks and Target and what it portends for the future of bitcoin consumer commerce. On Collaboration Puey first learned about Fold App in 2014 and determined it to be a powerful driver of engagement for those unfamiliar with bitcoin. But he felt that there were some challenges in terms of its fluidity and seamlessness for the user. So an initial meeting occurred with Fold in 2014. Later, …