If Bitcoin Had Sex, Could It Be Female?

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According to a recent survey by the Bitcoin Marketing Team, the digital currency is still largely dominated by men in their early 20s to their late 40s, with a few under the age of 18. CoinTelegraph caught up with Charlene Chen, BitPesa Chief Operating Officer,Stephanie Kent, founder of Krypton, and Susanne Tempelhof, BitNation founder and CEO, to find out what their views are on women in Bitcoin. The Bitcoin community has a diversity problem Here’s one striking figure: 91.8 percent of respondents are male. To paint a demographic picture of the community, the team has surveyed 770 digital currency users from 68 countries. Only 5.7 percent of responses came from women with 2.5 percent choosing not to specify their sex. It shows that more needs to be done to attract women into the niche community of Bitcoin users. While the survey may have only attracted a small number of female respondents that’s not to say there aren’t women in Bitcoin making their mark on the community. You only have to look at the likes of Elizabeth Rossiello of BitPesa, Ola Doudin of BitOasis, Stephanie Kent of Krypton and Susanne Tempelhof of Bitnation, to name a few, to see that positive …

Owner of Anonymous Hackers-for-Hire Site Steps Forward

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He calls himself an ethical hacker who helps companies and individuals fight back against the bad guys operating online. Over the years, Charles Tendell also has emerged as a commentator in the news media about the threat posed by overseas hackers and is a former co-host of an online radio show about security. But behind the scenes, Mr. Tendell, a Colorado resident and a decorated Iraq War veteran, started a new website called Hacker’s List that allows people to anonymously post bids to hire a hacker. Many users have sought to find someone to steal an email password, break into a Facebook account or change a school grade. Mr. Tendell, 32, who owns a consulting firm in Denver called Azorian Cyber Security, confirmed on Tuesday that he was the sole owner of the website. He said Hacker’s List, which began as something of an “off the cuff idea,” grew far faster than he anticipated. “I never expected it to turn into what it is,” said Mr. Tendell, a graduate of the University of Phoenix who became certified as an information systems security professional and an ethical hacker in 2011. “I was testing the waters and wanted to see if it …

Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It (2015) Documentary Review

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Director: Torsten Hoffmann, Micheal Watchulonis Documentary Running Time: 60 minutes The subject of money is undoubtedly a source of enigmatic confusion. Many people have covered it, from economic professors to bloggers and authors; even Ira Glass on NPR. But Bitcoin continues to feed confusion over what it is, how it got here, and whether or not it could change money in our lifetime. Director Torsten Hoffmann breaks out into the world of money with his energetic documentary, “Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It” (2015). It’s dynamic, filled to the brim with hard-hitting history. There’s electricity in the pace, a kineticism in the narration, a fervor in the subject matter and the high-stakes world of finance. It is a rapid film that catches you off guard, with a title as provocative as itself. The picture begins with a luring score that ushers us in, not to explore simply Bitcoin, but to hint at the basis of trade, commerce, and civil society. Montaging clips of personal interactions and crowds of people, Hoffmann opens the film as if opening the blinds on a warm and beautiful morning. His story of money is one filled with promise like a sunrise over a landscape of …

Blockchain Startup Raises $2 Million for Intellectual Property Solution

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A startup that uses the bitcoin blockchain to establish digital ownership of art and other creative works has raised $2m in seed funding. Ascribe received backing from Earlybird Venture Capital, Digital Currency Group, Freelands Ventures and a group of angel investors, according to a report by TechCrunch. Founder Bruce Pon told the news outlet that the idea for the product first took shape in 2013, explaining: “The idea to use blockchain to allow artists to create digital scarcity germinated in mid-2013 when [founders] Trent and Masha [McConaghy] asked ‘Can you own digital art like you own bitcoin?’” The prototype for the project, Pon explained, was built by McConaghy in fall of 2013, with the founders leaving to pursue the project full time in 2014. “Since then, we’ve been refining the technology and working with early users,” he continued. Artists that use ascribe essentially create digital deeds for their work, which are then subsequently time-stamped onto the bitcoin blockchain. As shown below, once a file is uploaded to Ascribe, it creates a digital certificate that can be then be traded, tracked or loaned, thereby creating a chain of ownership for that work.                   Proof of the transaction can then …

VC Firm Block26 Makes First Bitcoin Bet on Airbitz Wallet

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Block26 has completed its first investment, contributing $450,000 to the ongoing seed round for bitcoin wallet provider Airbitz. Launched in June, Block26 has indicated it plans to focus specifically on blockchain and digital currency ventures, contributing to seed to later-stage rounds. Calling the funding the company’s “first big announcement”, Block26 principal Ni’coel Stark indicated that Airbitz is representative of the kind of companies in which her new venture firm is looking to invest. Stark told CoinDesk: “We’re really looking for nuances in the technology. Airbitz is an amazing wallet, it solves problems for consumers, but it’s so much more than that. We see opportunities beyond the wallet, the ability that they have to go into security, their contributions to the Internet of Things, altogether they really make them fascinating.” She went on to call Airbitz “underrated” compared to its competition due to its team’s ability to contribute to areas of the technology beyond simply creating quality mobile bitcoin wallets. “Block26 is attracted to what’s under the surface,” she added. Going forward, Stark indicated that Block26 intends to “innovate along with the space”, and that it plans to focus on a smaller selection of high-quality startups. …

Brain Wallets Aren’t Just For Spies – How to store bitcoins in your brain

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How would you like to be able to carry your wealth with you everywhere you go and yet have it totally undetectable by any outside observer? Imagine crossing borders, fleeing from dictators, or simply passing time in the gulag while confidently knowing that you can conjure up your wealth at the time of your choosing. You can do this now with the advent of Bitcoin. Bitcoin is the new, spendable financial asset that some are calling the ultimate offshore bank account. As a useful and scarce digital commodity, this data has become quite valuable. It is its nature as data that makes it exquisitely manipulable. Without getting into a high-level technical discussion, bitcoins are simply entries in an open, global ledger. They are represented by a string of digits known as a “public address.” This public address is controlled by another string of digits known as the “private key.” A good analogy is email. People can send (or “sign over”) bitcoins to your public address much like people can send emails to your email address. For email, the person with the password is the only one who can send emails from that address. The bitcoin private key acts much like the …