Voxelus Raises US$500,000; Announces Unique Bonus and Rewards System

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Virtual reality content creation platform and marketplace Voxelus has announced a unique bonus and rewards system for cryptocurrency enthusiasts and buyers of its in-game digital currency Voxel, after raising US$500,000 in the first day of its 30-day token crowdsale. The crowdsale of Voxel will be distributed into 3 phases that will last until December 2, 2015. Early buyers and participants of the crowd sale will be able to purchase the digital currency for as low as 1200 voxels per bitcoin. As the crowd sale progresses however, the price will increase gradually and the tokens will eventually be sold at 750 voxels per bitcoin, 7.5% higher than the initial rate. The 30-day crowdsale is currently being facilitated by instant cryptocurrency exchange ShapeShift, the company which also recently facilitated a series of crowd sales for blockchain-based cards trading game Spells of Genesis and Ethereum-built decentralized prediction market Augur. According to the Voxelus team, the company is offering 15% of all possible voxels during this crowd sale. The remaining 85% will be gradually released over the next 20 years, which will be allocated for software development, content creator bounties and marketing. “Voxels are the official currency of virtual reality,” claimed Voxelus chairman and …

Market Research Giant Qualtrics Adds Bitcoin Reward Option

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Online survey giant Qualtrics has added bitcoin as a rewards option for consumers who respond to surveys and research requests issued by its enterprise clients. The Utah company, which is valued north of $1bnfollowing a $150m Series B in 2014, boasts more than 700 employees and investors including Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners. The offering was made possible by bitcoin payments processor SnapCard‘s recent integration with digital rewards platform Tango Card. Consumers who want to access the platform to obtain rewards points must first sign up to the service to begin taking surveys. Once Qualtrics users earn 50 points for their participation, they receive a Tango Card gift code, which can then be redeemed for Amazon and Target gift cards as well as bitcoin. Qualtrics head of strategy and research Mike Maughan indicated that by offering bitcoin as a rewards option, he believes the company’s clients will be more easily able to reach the increasingly important millennial demographic. Maughan told Coingreed: “Millennials are most familiar with and most likely to be part of the bitcoin movement. A lot of millennials are more on the cutting edge of bitcoin, and those are among the people that are most sought after for …