Alexander Shulgin joins bComm Association as founding director

Musician turned cryptocurrency investor Alexander Shulgin has joined bComm Association as a founding director.

The multi-awarded Russian Siberian composer, with more than 50 No. 1 hit songs, is probably best known for “successfully walking the line between rock and classical music.” After the fall of the Berlin Wall, however, Shulgin has spread his wings, becoming an entrepreneur and investor in new technologies.

Shulgin currently manages Gruppa Kompaniy Familia, which specializes in investments in blockchain technology, new media, publishing, and entertainment sectors. The 54-year-old is considered one of the global experts in topics such as Transformation of Global Economy, Creative Economy, blockchain tech, and media, entertainment and sports (MES) sector, and takes part in exhibitions and conferences around the world.

Now, the world-famous Russian composer, not to mention Russia’ most prolific investor in new technology, adds a new feather to his cap—becoming a founding director of the bComm Association, a global network that brings together merchants, developers, miners and exchanges in the Bitcoin BCH community creating the first dedicated platform for bCommerce.

Shulgin joins other bComm Association founding directors: nChain CEO Jimmy Nguyen, Rawpool founder David Li, and Ayre Media Europe General Manager Emmanuel Duran Campana.

All founding members are leaders in various areas of the BCH community; however, the membership is open to more than BCH proponents and businesses. The bComm Association is free to join and open to all crypto enthusiasts and laypeople who want to learn and explore Bitcoin BCH with the hopes of bringing people together and facilitate communication.

Interested in learning more about bComm Association and Bitcoin BCH? Meet with the founding members at the upcoming CoinGeek Week Conference, happening in London on Nov. 28-30, and learn more about how you can help spread the adoption of crypto as a legitimate alternative to fiat currency. Tickets to the three-day conference are still available via Eventbrite.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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CoinGeek Week Conference to feature some of the greatest cryptocurrency minds

CoinGeek is one of the most well-respected organizations working to ensure global adoption of Bitcoin BCH. Its founder, Calvin Ayre, works behind the scenes – and often in front of the curtain, as well – to campaign for developments that will ensure the cryptocurrency follows the correct path toward having it recognized as the legitimate digital currency that it is. The efforts, combined with those of other crypto experts, are helping to shape the future of currency. As part of the campaign to give crypto enthusiasts – as well as the entire merchant community – the ability to understand what is going on with the changing industry and the important role Bitcoin BCH has in retail, CoinGeek has organized its latest cryptocurrency conference, scheduled to be held next month.

The CoinGeek Week Conference was initially slated to be just a one-day event. However, due to consumer demand, it had to be split across three days. It will be held November 28-30 at The Mermaid at Puddle Dock in London, England. The location couldn’t be better – easily accessible by multiple methods of transportation, with a large conference area and incredible views.

November 28 will be dedicated to application developers, those minds that are helping to drive new applications and use cases for cryptocurrency. There will be discussions lead by Joannes Vermorel of Lokad and the Money Button’s Ryan X. Charles, as well as others, on the exciting opportunities of blockchain development. Stick around after the day’s events for a networking conference that will give attendees the opportunity to meet new associates and expand their business circles.

November 29, Day 2, will focus on merchants. The day will provide invaluable insight from a number of experts on how merchants can benefit from Bitcoin BCH and how it can help any retailer increase their bottom line. Opening a business to accept Bitcoin BCH payments is as simple as opening a cash register drawer and the rewards are tremendous. A networking opportunity will follow the activities of the day – a perfect opportunity to expand business relationships and forge new alliances to see your business grow.

November 30 is about the future. Cryptocurrencies are here to stay – this is an undeniable fact. Getting involved now will make a difference in a business’s operations down the road and the information presented today will be the best way to prepare for tomorrow. Following the conference, there will be a Calvin Ayre-hosted after party for those who attended all three days. CoinGeek after parties are the ultimate gatherings and are not easily forgotten.

Don’t wait to purchase your tickets. Discounts are available to those who purchase tickets to all three days, but space is limited and time is running out. Tickets are available for purchase with Bitcoin BCH or through Eventbrite if you want to pay with a credit or debit card.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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CyberCapital’s Alex Fauvel chooses Bitcoin BCH

Alex Fauvel, analyst for CyberCapital BV, discusses with CoinGeek’s Becky Liggero the advantages of cryptocurrencies, specifically Bitcoin Cash (BCH), compared to central bank-issued fiat notes.

Alex Fauvel, who has served as analyst for CyberCapital BV, is also a partner in startup TwoHop Ventures. His background in mechanical engineering doesn’t scream a career in cryptocurrencies, but it has served him in his understanding of the subject.

“When I was doing my research in what makes cryptocurrencies special, I came across this concept called thermoeconomics. I’m a mechanical engineer by trade and I’ve studied thermodynamics, and when I read what it effectively proposed is that money is a representation of energy, and all of human interaction is just energy. So when you frame money as energy, when a central bank prints money, they’re stealing energy from the civilization,” he said.

This talk of energy may be a little hippie-sounding, but Fauvel keeps the conversation grounded in tangible instances. “[Y]ou can make parallels with that in biology. You have this dynamic called the red queen hypothesis which is parasites and hosts, and parasites steal energy from a host. So in that respect, central banks really act like parasites, and if they get too big, they kill both the parasite and the host,” he said, which brought to mind the 2008 American housing crisis where Bitcoin—whose first real application was poker—emerged as a possible alternative to traditional financial institutions.

Cryptocurrencies have been regarded as a way to bring back sound money, yet the scaling problem of BTC shows that even the new technology could be subject to centralized powers.

“When I first discovered cryptocurrencies in 2013, like everyone I fell in love with Bitcoin. And then it broke my heart, just like Brian Armstrong from Coinbase. And Ethereum was all the rage. Something never really sat quite right with Ethereum to me, and that’s partly probably because it was supposed to be built on [BTC]. And then Bitcoin Cash happened,” Fauvel said, with BCH able to surmount what BTC couldn’t. But he wasn’t on board immediately.

“To be honest, before the fork, I didn’t think a minority fork could survive, but then my understanding of the incentive mechanisms that drive miners to continue to mine developed, so that I realized they’re not hostile. And if they are hostile, the whole thing breaks down, but because they are part of the system, they’re never going to be hostile,” he said.

If you’re interested in helping the growth of merchant adoption of Bitcoin BCH, join the bComm Association, an industry group that intends to be the focal point for miners, merchants, exchanges, developers and members of the BCH community. Developers and merchants of the Bitcoin BCH community will also be on hand for the first CoinGeek Week happening in London in November. Members of bComm Association can avail CoinGeek Week tickets at discounted prices. To purchase tickets or learn more about CoinGeek Week Conference, visit the official website here.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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James Howells on BCH: This is the real Bitcoin

In this Coinversation with CoinGeek’s Becky Liggero, crypto pioneer James Howells talks about how his crypto journey started and why he’s a big proponent of Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

When James Howells talks about the virtues of Bitcoin Cash (BCH), you’re sure he knows what he’s talking about. After all, he’s been there. From the very beginning.

“I was one of the first six people on the network to mine Bitcoin. The difficulty level was zero. I launched my clients, started mining Bitcoin, and left it running overnight, until I was advised to stop by my ex-girlfriend, because the noise of the fans was keeping her up at night,” Howells told CoinGeek.

When he looks back to those times, and compares them to now, it is Bitcoin BCH that he sees working the way Satoshi Nakamoto’s cryptocurrency was supposed to.

“Bitcoin Cash represents the Bitcoin blockchain that I used back in 2009. When I first started mining, I started with my engineering work laptop and quickly realized that I needed a more powerful laptop. I began mining then with my personal laptop, which was a gaming machine, by then sent my original 400 coins that I’d mined from my engineering laptop to my personal laptop. That transaction fee cost me zero. If I want to do the same thing today, 400 coins being sent on the BTC chain, it costs me $5 in fee. In terms of technology, we have gone backwards,” Howells said.

This isn’t some negligible amount, especially when looking at the economy as a whole. “In the end of 2017, everybody knows about the [BTC] price increase but at the same time, fees were increasing rapidly. When Bitcoin Cash spikes in price, the fees don’t spike with it. That is the real Bitcoin that I used back in 2009, and it’s the real Bitcoin that many other early adopters have also backed and used,” he said.

Nowadays, Howells is busy promoting his miniPOS system, designed for businesses to accept BCH easily and securely. No one knows the value of taking care of one’s private keys, or the pain of losing them, as he does, after having lost millions of dollars’ worth of BTC.

“Unfortunately in 2013, the hard drive containing the private key was mistakenly thrown into the bin, which was then put into my local landfill or rubbish dump,” Howells said, probably the millionth time he’s told the story. He’s moved on, and is now focused on giving merchants and customers a great way to complete BCH transactions.

“miniPOS basically started as an open-sourced project between myself and three developers on Bitcoin Cash Slack channel. We came across this software, and we’ve now refined it into an actual product which can be purchased by merchants in order to accept Bitcoin Cash in store for goods and services, with checkout times in 10 seconds or less. There are absolutely zero private keys held on this device, so there’s no chance of losing any funds by using this device. The actual storeowners can leave the store, they can leave the cashier in charge, and be safe in the knowledge that the funds that they have received will not be stolen,” Howells said.

If you’re interested in helping the growth of merchant adoption of Bitcoin BCH, join the bComm Association, an industry group that intends to be the focal point for miners, merchants, exchanges, developers and members of the BCH community. Developers and merchants of the Bitcoin BCH community will also be on hand for the first CoinGeek Week happening in London in November. Members of bComm Association can avail CoinGeek Week tickets at discounted prices. To purchase tickets or learn more about CoinGeek Week Conference, visit the official website here.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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Vin Armani: Bitcoin is always supposed to be instant

CoinGeek’s Stephanie Tower spoke with CoinText CTO Vin Armani about the app’s ability to reach people who otherwise would have no use for blockchain technology, and how similar phenomena are becoming more common.

When one thinks of blockchain, the need for an internet connection is usually implied. However, CoinText makes it possible to transfer sums of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) with only the use of good old-fashioned SMS. The app, currently in public beta release, is already being used for hundreds of thousands of transactions.

“This is the type of thing what we wanted to do with this is we wanted to make a product that was so simple to use, that even somebody’s 70-year-old grandmother who has no experience could easily use it, there’s no signup required, ” Vin Armani, CoinText’s CTO, said.

Because of the use of phone numbers instead of their paired private keys, it is possible to use phones from a decade ago, prior to the popular adoption of the iPhone and Android devices. According to Armani, “This is one of the first times that we’ve been able to have mobile cryptocurrency transfer, and people can even use their old feature phones, you know, the old flip phones.”

Because no signup is needed, one can be brought into the world of Bitcoin “in literally 30 seconds,” he said, noting that, “For us, it’s an adoption engine, really.”

CoinText has been operating initially in English-speaking countries, such as the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa, among others. To entice customers, a small free amount of BCH is offered for one to start sending.

This shift, from the strictly blockchain world to outside of it, is going to continue, and Armani is confident enough to say, “I’d prefer to take crypto over fiat, over PayPal, over credit cards. I think more merchants will in the future.”

He said that just by virtue of accepting crypto payments, one has an advantage over other merchants. “You’re going to get a whole lot of customers that simply won’t patronize your competitors. So right now there’s a huge competitive advantage like, if we get outside of the technical, of the fees, get outside of all of that, right now is a prime opportunity for merchants to jump in and get all kinds of customers just on a marketing basis, simply by accepting Bitcoin Cash. We’re ready to spend it with them, so as soon as they adopt it, they’re just going to have a flood of the most awesome and loyal customers that they could possibly imagine.”

The future of Bitcoin, in particular, is bright, in terms of mainstream adoption. Armani said, “By far, this is the best chain. Zero-confirmation is probably the most important thing, and Bitcoin was always supposed to be instant,” he said.

If you’re interested in helping the growth of merchant adoption of Bitcoin BCH, join the bComm Association, an industry group that intends to be the focal point for miners, merchants, exchanges, developers and members of the BCH community. Developers and merchants of the Bitcoin BCH community will also be on hand for the first CoinGeek Week happening in London in November. Members of bComm Association can avail CoinGeek Week tickets at discounted prices. To purchase tickets or learn more about CoinGeek Week Conference, visit the official website here.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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Don’t miss the CoinGeek Week Conference in London this November

What started out to be just a one-day conference has received such a great amount of support that it had to be extended by two additional days. The CoinGeek Week Conference, which will be held at the The Mermaid at Puddle Dock in London in November, is simply one of the most important cryptocurrency conferences of the year and is a must-attend for anyone in the industry, from novices to expert developers. Anyone who understands the importance of Bitcoin BCH and the role in plays in revolutionizing digital currency will benefit from the three-day event.

The historic conference will be held from November 28-30. The leading blockchain and cryptocurrency developers will be on hand to share their experience and expertise, while discussing the advantages of digital currency in a retail environment. Not only is cryptocurrency an additional form of payment, it’s also a way for merchants to increase their revenue.

While attendance on all three days will provide the most benefits, it’s possible to attend a single-day conference based on what area of crypto best suits you. The first day is designed to focus on application development, giving attendees an in-depth understanding of the latest in blockchain technology. There will be a networking event held in the afternoon to allow attendees an opportunity to create new alliances and expand their businesses.

Day 2 is aptly entitled “Application Merchants Day.” The conferences will target how to gain an edge on the competition and how easy it is to integrate Bitcoin BCH to grow your business. The afternoon networking event, as on Day 1, will prove to be extremely beneficial to those wishing to expand their enterprises.

The future of crypto and blockchain technology will be the highlight of Day 3. Learn from the experts, who will talk about what lies ahead for the currency evolution and how it will impact the global financial landscape.

For those who attend all three days, an after-party will be hosted by Calvin Ayre, founder of CoinGeek and Bitcoin BCH pioneer. You’ve never partied until you’ve partied with CoinGeek.

Tickets are available now and space is limited. You can purchase a single-day or a multi-day ticket for a discount, and all tickets can be purchased with Bitcoin BCH. Members of bComm automatically qualify for a discount. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get ahead and help your business thrive.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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