Elizabeth Ploshay Joins Our Team - BitPay

Elizabeth T. Ploshay (individual) and Micky Malka (industry) are the new Bitcoin Foundation board members

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In the news • NewsBTC - Coinsecure Has Big Plans For Bitcoin In India And Hires Elizabeth Ploshay McCauley

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Only Bitcoin can reach them!

For the people of the Ukraine, time is running out. Their banking system is collapsing. Their currency is crashing. People need food, medical aid and supplies. They may be under foreign invasion!
The people of the Ukraine need us. They have been cut off from the world. Only Bitcoin can reach them.
This is the right moment to prove that Bitcoin can do what we have always promised – to protect freedom.
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The keys are held by three trusted members of our community:
More information, updates and the opportunity to donate can be found at bit-cause.org
We hope that the global Bitcoin community joins us.
Donate. Create Memes. Viralize.
Together, we will show the world what Bitcoin can do!
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The Bitcoin Ideology

The digital gold rush is upon us and I thought it would be helpful for those that only see Bitcoin as an investment to understand the philosophical reasons to own Bitcoin. To the bitcoin warriors out there, keep doing your thing to promote this revolutionary protocol. Peace and love.
IF you’ve only recently tuned in to the seemingly endless conversation about bitcoin, you could be forgiven for thinking that the digital currency is little more than the latest Wall Street fetish or a juiced-up version of PayPal. After all, so many headlines in the last few weeks have focused on its market price and the cool stuff you can get with it: Bitcoin breaks $1,000! Bitcoin plunges by a half! Bitcoin has a banner Black Friday! Use bitcoin to buy a ride on Richard Branson’s starship!
But all the talk about bitcoin’s value (or lack thereof) obscures the fact that it was never really meant as an investment nor primarily as a way to purchase sex toys or alpaca socks — let alone a brand-new Lamborghini. One could argue that bitcoin isn’t chiefly a commercial venture at all, a funny thing to say about a kind of online cash. To its creators and numerous disciples, bitcoin is — and always has been — a mostly ideological undertaking, more philosophy than finance.
“The ideas behind it — that’s what attracted me,” said Elizabeth Ploshay, a regular writer for Bitcoin magazine, which describes its mission as being “the most accurate and up-to-date source of information, news and commentary about bitcoin.” And if the magazine has a mission, so, too, does the subject that it covers. As Ms. Ploshay explained it, bitcoin isn’t merely money; it’s “a movement” — a crusade in the costume of a currency. Depending on whom you talk to, the goal is to unleash repressed economies, to take down global banking or to wage a war against the Federal Reserve.
For those with an uncertain understanding of its history, bitcoin entered the world on Jan. 3, 2009, when a shadowy hacker — or team of hackers — working under the name Satoshi Nakamoto released an ingenious string of computer code that established a system permitting people to transfer money to one another online, directly, anonymously and outside government control, in much the way that Napster once allowed the unrestrained transfer of music files. In a 500-word essay that accompanied the code, Nakamoto suggested that the motive for creating bitcoin was anger at the financial crisis: “The root problem with conventional currencies is all the trust that’s required to make it work. The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust.”
It was fundamentally a political document and, as such, it attracted followers among libertarian and anarchist groups who saw in bitcoin a means of removing the money supply from the grasping hands of government. In blog posts and at bitcoin conferences around the globe, these evangelists began to spread its gospel. It is only in the last few months, as bitcoin has attracted the attention of political parties, regulators and speculative investors that the narrative of bitcoin as a tool for change has been drowned out by a simpler story line: that of bitcoin as a kind of crypto-credit card — or, even more, as a digitized casino game.
“Price is the least interesting thing about bitcoin,” said Roger Ver, an early investor who is often called, in a typical movement phrase, the Bitcoin Jesus. “At first, almost everyone who got involved did so for philosophical reasons. We saw bitcoin as a great idea, as a way to separate money from the state.”
While the bitcoin hype has inspired Ron Paulian dreams of evading inflation and undermining the Federal Reserve, the currency has also gained cachet among less conspicuously conservative adherents, like the founders of BitPesa, a start-up firm in Nairobi, Kenya, that plans to help Africans abroad send money to their families at home. According to the World Bank, $1.3 billion in remittances is sent each year to Kenya, a process that costs about $110 million in fees. By using bitcoin’s peer-to-peer technology to avoid banks and wire-transfer companies like Western Union, BitPesa hopes to reduce these fees by two-thirds, saving ordinary Africans $74 million annually.
You know you’re talking to a true bitcoin believer if you hear the word “disruption.” But that’s how bitcoin is seen within the broader movement: as an unruly tool with potentially transformative effects on entrenched businesses like retail payment and asset management.
“Right now in the United States, bitcoin is mainly considered a get-rich-quick scheme with a little financial privacy thrown in,” said Jon Matonis, the executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation, the self-proclaimed center of the decentralized crusade. “But its larger implications down the road are major disruptions to certain legacy industries.”
Mr. Matonis added that the ideology of bitcoin was wide enough to accommodate people on all points on the spectrum — “from libertarian capitalists to socialists.” It not only has a following among the anti-central bank crowd, he said; it has also proved attractive to communitarians like the residents of the Kreuzberg neighborhood in Berlin, which now boasts the highest density of businesses accepting bitcoin in the world.
There are even those who see bitcoin as the ultimate alternative to the global banking system. Ryan Singer, a co-founder of the bitcoin exchange Tradehill, based in San Francisco, compared the currency to email, conjecturing that it would gradually supplant traditional banking, just as digital messaging displaced handwritten letters. “When kids wake up to the fact that they don’t need their parents’ help to create a bitcoin wallet,” Mr. Singer said, “when they can use bitcoins for free international transactions, at any hour, in every major city on the planet, then you’ll know that something has changed.”
Perhaps the best proof of bitcoin’s ideological underpinnings is that a schism has emerged in recent weeks between moderate elements in the movement who sense the necessity of cooperating with officialdom, and a more uncompromising faction that wants to keep bitcoin free from any government regulation. The hard-line bloc is exemplified by the crypto-anarchist developers of a bitcoin product called Dark Wallet, which is scheduled to be introduced next year and will include extra protections to ensure that bitcoin transactions remain secure, anonymous and difficult to trace.
“We see this as part of the total sublation of the state,” said Cody Wilson, Dark Wallet’s director, who gained fame earlier this year when he published online the blueprints to a pistol that could be manufactured with a 3-D printer. “I know I sound like some kind of weird Jehovah’s Witness, but we’ve only just begun. We admit that we are ideologues.”
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Bitcoin, Startups, and Suicide: Being an entrepreneur is hard

For over a week now, I’ve been trying to write a year in review piece for Satoshi Forest. The words, which usually just flow like a spigot when I’m passionate about something, seem to just dribble out. And what little eeks by is hardly print worthy. Maybe it’s just writer’s block? Writer’s block happens. Or maybe I’m not as passionate about Satoshi Forest as I used to be?
But, I am passionate about Satoshi Forest, perhaps more than I ever have been. And writer’s block, if it is the culprit, cannot explain why I haven’t responded to Elizabeth Ploshay’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in a timely fashion. I guess I’ll have to donate now. You see it’s not just the Satoshi Forest year in review, it’s everything. Emails from friends I haven’t responded to, phone calls I let go to voicemail, new endeavors at Sean’s Outpost I let sit unannounced (http://blockchain.satoshiforest.com/). And then it hits me. I’ve been here before.
I’m really depressed.
And it seems to be going around.
Since the tragic suicide of Robin Williams, four (4) people close to me have also tried to kill themselves. One succeeded. An anecdotal survey of my friends has seen an equal uptick in the number of people talking about or attempting suicide. It’s been really disturbing.
In the preparations for the Bitcoin in the Beltway conference this past June, I had one of the more surreal conversations of my life. An east coast sales director for Marriott called me wanting to know if bitcoin was linked to suicide. They had heard of the tragic death of Autumn Radtke in March (http://nypost.com/2014/03/06/bitcoin-firm-ceo-jumped-to-her-death-neighbo) and were concerned about hosting a conference for a technology that was making people kill themselves. I was sure he was joking. He was not. The conversation I had with him must have allayed his fears. #BitcoinBeltway went great, can’t wait to do it again next year.
Obviously, bitcoin does not cause suicide. And while we are quick to sticky a “suicide prevention hotline” when the price crashes, bitcoin is not causing depression. What we may want to look into is something that is not bitcoin related, but more something that comes part and parcel with “bitcoiners”.
The woes of entrepreneurship and startup culture.
Being an entrepreneur is fucking hard. Really hard. Most people don’t even attempt it.
It might not feel that way to you, but likely that’s because you surround yourself with other entrepreneurs. Your friends work at startups. Your trips are to startup conferences and conventions. Your news feed is bitcoin and hacker news. You are firmly in the echo chamber.
Most people will never try and build a product or company. So most people will never experience what it is like to fear you won’t make payroll and someone else will not be able to pay their rent because of you.
Most people will never know how difficult it is to raise money. To get someone else to believe in you enough to open their checkbook and support you financially. The hours you spend and the mental strain that comes from hearing “No” again and again and again. And if you get a “Yes” the pressure doesn’t dissipate! It increases! Now it’s your crazy idea and someone elses money you’re responsible for.
Being an entrepreneur is really hard.
And we are really hard on ourselves. We are afraid to show any weakness. Because we’ve been taught being weak or vulnerable is to be shunned. If someone asks you how your company is doing “We’re killing. it.” probably comes off your lips before you’ve even processed the question.
It is statistically impossible for everyone to always be “killing it”.
But ask at your next mixer or meetup and almost everyone will be “killing it”.
And that pressure to succeed, to perform, to win is immense. And I think that pressure may be even worse in bitcoin.
Not to everyone, but to a lot of bitcoin early adopters, and especially to a lot of early bitcoin entrepreneurs, bitcoin is a promise. A glimpse of a better world free from the inequalities brought by our legacy financial system. So if you fail in bitcoin, it is easy to feel that you are failing on that promise too.
I’ve felt that way. Felt that if I screw up I am screwing it up for every non-profit and charity. That they will somehow not get the benefits of bitcoin because I failed. I see it in others. Just a week ago at #Cryptolina I talked with a group of brilliant entrepreneurs who were convinced that if they didn’t beat an incumbent payment solution to market, they had lost the war. And that whole segment of the market would NEVER benefit from cryptocurrency.
Being a bitcoin entrepreneur is hard.
And I don’t have the answers to how to deal with all the pressure and depression that come from doing what we do. But I have learned a couple of things and maybe someone else that is experiencing depression or having dark thoughts can read this and gain some value from what I’ve learned. And even better, maybe someone that has dealt with depression in the past can riff on what I’ve said and provide some insight into how they cope.
1) You are not alone.
When you are depressed, it seems like everyone else has it all together and you are the anomaly. That’s not true. They probably don’t have their shit together either. And everyone has problems we don’t see. Everyone.
Some of the greatest entrepreneurs and investors of all time have had brutal fights with depression and suicidal thoughts.
READ:
http://www.inc.com/magazine/201309/jessica-brudepsychological-price-of-entrepreneurship.html
2) Bitcoin needs you and it doesn’t need you. And that’s ok.
Bitcoin needs you. It really does. But it doesn’t need only you, it needs all of us. You are not the single point of failure. Bitcoins success is just a decentralized as the blockchain. So give yourself a break. It’s ok to make mistakes and it’s ok to fail. It’s even ok to fail spectacularly.
Think back to how many times bitcoin has been declared dead. How many times has the price crashed? How many times has a major bitcoin institution been corrupted/hacked/found to be a scam?
And yet, here we are. An you are here too.
3) It is ok to ask for help.
This is hard to learn. We come from a self sufficient culture. And if you ask for help, people will realize that you are not as awesome as they thought you were...BULLSHIT. Asking for help has ZERO bearing on how awesome a person you are. In fact, your friends WANT TO HELP YOU. Being there for you in a moment of crisis is something your friends are probably really down for. But if you ignore them or won’t tell them you are having problems it is really difficult for them to help. Talk to someone. If all else fails you can always call…
THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
I know all of this might not make a difference. When you are caught up in your head in the middle of a depressive episode nothing seems to help. Try to find something that you can concentrate on just to get you thru the worst of it. For me, I go play with my kids. It helps me. Sometimes more than others.
If you are feeling down, try to talk to someone. And if you see someone feeling down, try to lend a supportive ear.
Bitcoin needs you alive.
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Leak: Bruce Fenton attempts to revive failed and incompetent Bitcoin Foundation

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To The Core Development Team (BCC: BF Board, Craig Sellars & Bitcoin Error Log)
TLDR: The Bitcoin Foundation is working hard to be an asset to Core Dev and we have some ideas on that -/ we'd appreciate help and feedback.
The Foundation is here and here to stay - lets have this organization be a resource that helps Core and Bitcoin as much as possible.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: We hope for Core Devs to consider the foundation an asset that belongs to you just as much as us or anyone else. We've fixed much of what needed fixing and would welcome your help to make this the most effective benefit to Bitcoin it can be.
Some ways this could be carried out: - Board Seat / I would recommend that the board consider and I believe they would vote to accept a qualified member of the Core Development team to serve - the foundation belongs to you and you can help us lead it
WHAT IF THE FOUNDATION 'BELONGED' TO YOU PERSONALLY OR CORE - Closing or destroying the foundation isn't on the table we are here to stay -- however EVERYTHING else is on the table. If you were an official steward of this organization what would you do tomorrow?
MORE DETAILS: The foundation, like Bitcoin itself, had its four share of ups and downs early on. While the group did some good things: funding of three developers, the bitnodes project, some solid events and a response to Bitlicense, there were some stumbles as well. In general, the decisions most consider to be mistakes at the foundation were the result of management that is long gone. The current team, the board and I, volunteered our time to make the foundation the best asset it can be.
A COUPLE INTERESTING FACTS: My role as Executive Director had previously been a paid role with a $100,000 salary. Currently I serve in this role as an unpaid volunteer. Likewise all board seats are volunteer positions. No board member or me as Executive Director receives any compensation at all for this work. We also do not have any related business, travel pay or any other such perks. Bobby Lee / BTCC, Brock Pierce and I personally each donated $10,000 to the foundation this quarter
The Bitcoin Foundation is the oldest and largest industry group with, by far, the most broad cross section of key industry leaders as members: Circle, Xapo, BTCC, Bitpay, BitFury and many many others. We also represent individual members ranging from newcomers to long time Bitcoin leaders and early adopters to many Core Devs such as Greg Maxwell and Peter Todd.
Most importantly, we are objective, neutral and global. We have maintained representation of a wide variety of members on all sides of major issues and also are the most major organization working on a global scale.
NICK SZABO GRANT RECOMMENDATION FOR CRUCIAL BITCOIN SECURITY STUDY
We've spoken to cryptographer and digital asset expert Nick Szabo for his help and suggestions on the most effective use of a grant. (Please note, his involvement is confidential until the donation received and he confirms.)
In summary:
There is is a large amount of code development based on handwaving. In Nick's opinion the blocksize debate showed that even some of the developers don’t really know how secure Bitcoin is they are at the very least very reluctant to talk about the topic, which leaves everybody else in the dark (and not knowing whether some of the developers themselves are in that dark having talked with them about these topics Nick is afraid that many of them are). That is the biggest reason there is so much heat and so little light in the blocksize and related debates about performance vs. security.
So instead of primarily funding yet more development he instead recommends using the funds to increase the rigor of the thinking involved. Specifically, Nick recommends providing it to:
(a) a computer scientist (or small group of same) who is/are familiar with probabilistic and anonymous Byzantine consensus generally, and Bitcoin and Ethereum specifically, in order to
(b) write a paper on proofs of security (technically a proof of highly reliability in a Byzantine consensus-like model that includes defense against Sybil attacks) in abstract models based on Bitcoin and Ethereum, and discuss assumptions and limitations when applying those proofs to actual Bitcoin and Ethereum (this is the most important part), and optionally
(c) recommending or designing next-generation blockchain technology based on improving on those assumptions or reducing those limitations
Nick has agreed to recommend computer scientists who would make good referees to peer review such a paper.
He is a widely respected and relatively non-controversial figure in this industry who also has among the deepest understanding of the real issues facing Bitcoin. The board and I believe that this may be an effective possible use of the funds.
We'd also like feedback from core for any development funding or other initiatives you suggest.
OVERALL ACTIVITIES / WHERE THE BITCOIN FOUNDATION IS TODAY
In addition to the Nick Szabo proposal and development grants, the foundation supports many activities which we believe are beneficial to the Bitcoin ecosystem.
A few notable points: · The Bitcoin Foundation remains the largest industry group and one of the only major industry groups with an international focus.
· Membership includes over 1500 and many of the top industry leaders including KnC, BitPay, BitFury, BTCC, ItBit, Circle, Blockchain, Perkins Coie, Chain, Ok, Pillsbury, Lightspeed, Xapo and many others.
· We have international affiliates in a dozen countries and members all over the world.
· All board members, the Executive Director serve as unpaid volunteers.
· Expenses for the foundation have been significantly reduced and fixed costs are very low - currently at less than 10% of peak spending
· Current Board Members:
Elizabeth McCauley (formerly Ploshay), Global Business Development Head, Coinsecure Bobby Lee, CEO, BTCC (Board Vice Chair) Vinny Lingham, Founder, Civic and Gyft Michael Perklin, Head of Security (Ledger Labs), President (C4) Brock Pierce, Managing Director, Blockchain Capital (Board Chair) Francis Pouliot, Director-Bitcoin Embassy
 Other volunteers include: Executive Director, Bruce Fenton (Atlantic Financial) Chairman of the Regulatory Affairs Committee, Marco Santori, Education Committee, Colin Gallagher and many others 
· As discussed above, the main focus areas for The Bitcoin Foundation are in three areas:
  1. Developing Development: increasing the number of developers and the training and knowledge available to them - the flagship of this area is our DevCore event series, next slated for Toronto - past speakers include Greg Maxwell, Charlie Lee, Jeff Garzik, Matt Corallo, Andreas Antonopoulos, Jeremy Allaire and many others. 
  2. Education and adoption: our Education Committee focuses on providing knowledge, white papers, and data to individuals and organizations with a goal of explaining the technology and increasing usage. 
  3. Promoting technical solutions to industry and regulatory challenges: the Bitcoin Foundation does not focus on lobbying and, as an internationally focused organization, we do not actively work on legislation issues. We do however believe that there is benefit in education of international regulators and officials, particularly with a focus on solutions of a technical nature. 
OTHER INITIATIVES OF INTEREST: DevCore Toronto @ The Blockchain Training Conference:
The Bitcoin Foundation has hosted a number of DevCore events, these are not-for-profit workshop intensives designed to encourage development.
Following the successful DevCore Boston, London and San Mateo events, The Bitcoin Foundation is proud to be bringing The Blockchain Training Conference to Toronto in June. This conference - the first of its kind - will host hands-on technical courses from DevCore in addition to hands-on non-technical courses teaching them relevant blockchain skills such as tracking bitcoin sales in QuickBooks (for accountants), how to avoid legal issues when using bitcoin in your company (for lawyers and entrepreneurs), and how buying/selling/trading bitcoin works (for investment advisors).
This unique training conference hits two of our three main focus areas and represents The Bitcoin Foundation’s commitment to preparing the global community for the
Development Communicstions: One exiting new expansion of our "developing development" efforts is in the area of increasing communication and focusing on common areas of development consensus. Leading this effort is Craig Sellars who will join me and the board in working to bring industry leaders together and to foster communications between various development opinions, CEOs and the public.
Speakers Bureau: We have created a Speakers Bureau which includes industry leaders like Andreas Antonopoulos, Nic Cary, Erik Voorhees and many others
Press matching service: We have an additional group of prominent members and friends of the Bitcoin Foundation who we can match to press inquires based on location and topic
If you are still reading this long email, thank you.
More importantly, thank you for the work you do on this mission critical software that makes this amazing tech we all love and care about possible.
We know your work is misunderstood and unappreciated at times and we also understand that we and Bitcoin owe you a great debt.
Please let us do our part and make this organization a resource that you are happy with and which is seen as an asset to core.
I available anytime to discuss.

Bruce

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[[LIVE BRAINSTORM]] for an upcoming Bitcoin Magazine issue

[ANN]
Hi everybody. This is Ruben from Bitcoin Magazine. Our team wanted to try something new and brainstorm for our upcoming reddit themed issue right here.
I had this idea in my back pocket, but several folks have requested we make this happen right now. It is perfect timing, because June is Reddit's 9th anniversary month and this brainstorm will end on the anniversary day of Reddit's first post (June 23rd is reddit's 9th cake day).
We know the Bitcoin community has used reddit as a means to share info, tip new and old users, and have good discourse.
I'm going to make categories that our readers have enjoyed. Feel free to add your own new categories or ideas. Silly or serious is just fine with us.
Our main theme will be an introduction to reddit for those who don't currently use it. We will also talk about the Bitcoin's subreddit's influence on the Bitcoin community.
[KEY]
[Category] Story Idea Discussion
We'll gather everything on the 9th anniversary of reddit and do some design mojo to present the topics you are excited about in a beautiful way.
[WRITERS]
Our writers/editors/magicians will be popping in and out as well. Here are their user names:
If you are interested in writing for Bitcoin Magazine, shoot me an email at [email protected].
[PRIZES]
Just to make things slightly more interesting, there are prizes!
[BRAINSTORM DURATION]
[SHAMELESS PROMO]
Mihai + co. helped us be the first to get a magazine dedicated to the Bitcoin space out to the world. We are truly grateful of their passion and are also thankful for your support.
Here are some of our latest issues. Grab a copy!
Use coupon code reddit_brains to get 10% off for the month of June.
[MEETUP]
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It is happening This Friday& Saturday the 1st crypto money virtual expo is going live

Connecting to the global crypto economy with one click. The crypto money virtual expo is the new meetup place for bitcoiners wherever they are.
It is happening this Friday & Saturday 5-6 of Dec. The 1st virtual crypto money virtual expo will go live at 11am
Bitcoin and the blockchain technology is a global phenomenon that is happening all over the world and will be affecting many industries.
Keeping track on so many changes, new trends, companies,technologies and news can be overwhelming. The 1st crypto money virtual expo aims to provide the crypto community an online meetup platform that will help them learn, meet, network and generate new business opportunities right from their own computer with no cost.
"The opportunity represented by this virtual expo for bitcoiners is huge and unprecedented, said Eyal Abramovitch , founder of Crypto money expo ."
By bringing together speakers and companies from all over the world that will cover the crypto economy from different angels and share their knowledge with the expo attendees the 1st crypto money virtual expo is an event that you can not miss.
At the expo you will be able to watch and participate, via live chat, in live presentations that will cover many aspects of the crypto industry.
Visit our exhibition halls and discover and connect to dozens of new companies and service providers that will be waiting for you at their virtual booth.
Mingle and network with other attendees at the event, it is easy and friendly so don’t be shy you just need to find the person or company you are interested in and start chatting with them via regular chat or video or just exchange business cards.
Please see below some of the speakers and topics that will be presented at the expo
why bitcoin can be better than AppelPay by Steven Sprague CEO of Rivetz The evolution of Crowd Sales - Crypto By David Johnston- DApps fund Beyond eCommerce: Why you and your family should buy with Bitcoin. By Charles A. Kiser, Jr Chief Marketing Officer BitcoinShop.US Practical legal guide for digital currency startups - which jurisdiction? Licence or no licence? Compliance with AML, securities laws By Adam Vaziri Director Diacle Beyond money: Bitcoin the technology By Peter Todd Bitcoin core developer Darkcoin, building the perfect eCash By Evan Duffield-Creator of Darkcoin The Future of the MerchantCoin Ecosystem By KIRK ST. JOHNS - MerchantCoin Bitcoin: A Catalyst for Change By Elizabeth Ploshay: Board Member Bitcoin Foundation & Account manager at bitpay Adoption of crypto currencies and technology in the Asian region By Pawan Kumar-Director and Co-founder of the CRXZone.com Global Crypto Order book exchange and a Merchant payment gateway.
For the full list please visit our agenda page
Also at the expo you will be able to listen to pitches and presentations from leading and exciting startups such as
BITSWIFT DECENTRALIZED PRODUCTIVITY PLATFORM Bitshares - Transparent. Secure. Sound BitXatm- In bit we trust zennet - public supper computer CRYPTO NEXT - Launching Bitcoin Exchanges In Hours; A Global Reality Nxt Inside CXC - The Cash-Register for Crypto-Currency The Internet of Coins Veridu -We bring trust to the internet and more
So if you are involved in the crypto world do nt forget to sign in the the 1st crypto money expo www.cryptomoneyexpo.com
Special announcement
The Bitcoin blockchain 6th birthday online party on the 3rd of January 2015 Save the date!
Crypto money expo is inviting you to the 1st online birthday party for the bitcoin blockchain.. So don’t forget to save the date and join us at our virtual pub. Free virtual drinks for everyone!
If you are interested in taking part at this event (big or samll) contact us at [email protected]
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Australia's first Bitcoin Scholarship Awarded

Gareth Williams of Sydney has become Australia’s first Bitcoin Scholarship winner today, after the country’s first Bitcoin scholarships were received and judged by a panel of Bitcoin experts.
Williams essay was unanimously deemed worthy of first place by an international panel of judges, including author Dick Bryan and International Bitcoin Foundation board member Elizabeth Ploshay.
Gareth will receive 7 bitcoin for his essay from Sydney based Bitcoin buy and sell service ‘Bit Trade Australia’. 7 Bitcoin is valued at over $5,000 AUD.
In second and third place, receiving 3 and 2 Bitcoin respectively are Gitana PS and Gijutsu Kakumel, for their essay submissions answering the question: ‘Digital currencies and the future: Will Bitcoin change the world?’
Williams is a Sydney based Java programmer who states he’s been interested in Bitcoin for a long time.
‘I feel that Bitcoin, just like the Internet in the early 1990s, is a technology with enormous potential which is largely under-appreciated in the mainstream,’ says Williams.
‘I talk about it enthusiastically with anyone who will listen, but until I wrote my entry for this competition I'd never stopped to organise my thoughts on paper. I thoroughly enjoyed doing so, even though I never expected to win!’
Elizabeth Ploshay of the International Bitcoin Foundation was particularly impressed with Gareth’s work.
‘An individual could read Gareth’s piece and easily grasp the core concepts of Bitcoin, the fact that it is a movement with many facets and additionally, reasons why Gareth and many others support bitcoin’ says Ploshay of Gareth’s essay.
‘I truly appreciated his clear writing style and his discussion on the future potential of Bitcoin as a platform for further technological development’.
The opportunity was made available to citizens of Australia and New Zealand in November 2013, when Bit Trade Australia announced the scholarship to drive awareness of digital currency and Bitcoin.
‘We’re incredibly excited to be able to facilitate education and knowledge sharing around Bitcoin’ says Ronald Tucker, Head of Marketing at Bit Trade Australia.
‘The idea for the essay competition came out of our desire to raise awareness around the security of bitcoin versus traditional payment methods such as credit card transactions and cash. As more businesses adopt Bitcoin in Australia we’re excited to share people’s thoughts and insight into how this will impact the Australian economy.’
When the scholarship was announced, first place was sitting at a value of just over $1,000 AUD, but in three months that value has risen to over $5,000 AUD due to the growth and ever increasing value of Bitcoin.
‘We had a fantastic, diverse set of high quality essays- They address different aspects of Bitcoin – from its emergence as an alternative money in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, to issues of the role of trust in financial markets, and the possibility of using the technological innovation within Bitcoin to apply to other social possibilities, like on-line elections,’ comments Bryan.
‘Many also address the criticisms of Bitcoin: whether it is merely a temporary device of speculation and its reputed connection to illegal trade. This is what makes explorations of Bitcoin so important, and this essay competition so interesting.’
Joining Bryan on the panel was Elizabeth Ploshay, Chair of the Education Committee for the Bitcoin Foundation, local Sydney Bitcoin enthusiast Max Kaye and Bit Trade Australia Markets Analyst Hugo O’Connor.
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05-23 16:11 - 'Email Leak: Bruce Fenton attempts to revive failed and incompetent Bitcoin Foundation' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/breakslowclub removed from /r/Bitcoin within 56-61min

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To The Core Development Team (BCC: BF Board, Craig Sellars & Bitcoin Error Log)
TLDR: The Bitcoin Foundation is working hard to be an asset to Core Dev and we have some ideas on that -/ we'd appreciate help and feedback.
The Foundation is here and here to stay - lets have this organization be a resource that helps Core and Bitcoin as much as possible.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: We hope for Core Devs to consider the foundation an asset that belongs to you just as much as us or anyone else. We've fixed much of what needed fixing and would welcome your help to make this the most effective benefit to Bitcoin it can be.
Some ways this could be carried out: - Board Seat / I would recommend that the board consider and I believe they would vote to accept a qualified member of the Core Development team to serve - the foundation belongs to you and you can help us lead it
WHAT IF THE FOUNDATION 'BELONGED' TO YOU PERSONALLY OR CORE - Closing or destroying the foundation isn't on the table we are here to stay -- however EVERYTHING else is on the table. If you were an official steward of this organization what would you do tomorrow?
MORE DETAILS: The foundation, like Bitcoin itself, had its four share of ups and downs early on. While the group did some good things: funding of three developers, the bitnodes project, some solid events and a response to Bitlicense, there were some stumbles as well. In general, the decisions most consider to be mistakes at the foundation were the result of management that is long gone. The current team, the board and I, volunteered our time to make the foundation the best asset it can be.
A COUPLE INTERESTING FACTS: My role as Executive Director had previously been a paid role with a $100,000 salary. Currently I serve in this role as an unpaid volunteer. Likewise all board seats are volunteer positions. No board member or me as Executive Director receives any compensation at all for this work. We also do not have any related business, travel pay or any other such perks. Bobby Lee / BTCC, Brock Pierce and I personally each donated $10,000 to the foundation this quarter
The Bitcoin Foundation is the oldest and largest industry group with, by far, the most broad cross section of key industry leaders as members: Circle, Xapo, BTCC, Bitpay, BitFury and many many others. We also represent individual members ranging from newcomers to long time Bitcoin leaders and early adopters to many Core Devs such as Greg Maxwell and Peter Todd.
Most importantly, we are objective, neutral and global. We have maintained representation of a wide variety of members on all sides of major issues and also are the most major organization working on a global scale.
NICK SZABO GRANT RECOMMENDATION FOR CRUCIAL BITCOIN SECURITY STUDY
We've spoken to cryptographer and digital asset expert Nick Szabo for his help and suggestions on the most effective use of a grant. (Please note, his involvement is confidential until the donation received and he confirms.)
In summary:
There is is a large amount of code development based on handwaving. In Nick's opinion the blocksize debate showed that even some of the developers don’t really know how secure Bitcoin is they are at the very least very reluctant to talk about the topic, which leaves everybody else in the dark (and not knowing whether some of the developers themselves are in that dark having talked with them about these topics Nick is afraid that many of them are). That is the biggest reason there is so much heat and so little light in the blocksize and related debates about performance vs. security.
So instead of primarily funding yet more development he instead recommends using the funds to increase the rigor of the thinking involved. Specifically, Nick recommends providing it to:
(a) a computer scientist (or small group of same) who is/are familiar with probabilistic and anonymous Byzantine consensus generally, and Bitcoin and Ethereum specifically, in order to
(b) write a paper on proofs of security (technically a proof of highly reliability in a Byzantine consensus-like model that includes defense against Sybil attacks) in abstract models based on Bitcoin and Ethereum, and discuss assumptions and limitations when applying those proofs to actual Bitcoin and Ethereum (this is the most important part), and optionally
(c) recommending or designing next-generation blockchain technology based on improving on those assumptions or reducing those limitations
Nick has agreed to recommend computer scientists who would make good referees to peer review such a paper.
He is a widely respected and relatively non-controversial figure in this industry who also has among the deepest understanding of the real issues facing Bitcoin. The board and I believe that this may be an effective possible use of the funds.
We'd also like feedback from core for any development funding or other initiatives you suggest.
OVERALL ACTIVITIES / WHERE THE BITCOIN FOUNDATION IS TODAY
In addition to the Nick Szabo proposal and development grants, the foundation supports many activities which we believe are beneficial to the Bitcoin ecosystem.
A few notable points: · The Bitcoin Foundation remains the largest industry group and one of the only major industry groups with an international focus.
· Membership includes over 1500 and many of the top industry leaders including KnC, BitPay, BitFury, BTCC, ItBit, Circle, Blockchain, Perkins Coie, Chain, Ok, Pillsbury, Lightspeed, Xapo and many others.
· We have international affiliates in a dozen countries and members all over the world.
· All board members, the Executive Director serve as unpaid volunteers.
· Expenses for the foundation have been significantly reduced and fixed costs are very low - currently at less than 10% of peak spending
· Current Board Members:
Elizabeth McCauley (formerly Ploshay), Global Business Development Head, Coinsecure Bobby Lee, CEO, BTCC (Board Vice Chair) Vinny Lingham, Founder, Civic and Gyft Michael Perklin, Head of Security (Ledger Labs), President (C4) Brock Pierce, Managing Director, Blockchain Capital (Board Chair) Francis Pouliot, Director-Bitcoin Embassy
 Other volunteers include: Executive Director, Bruce Fenton (Atlantic Financial) Chairman of the Regulatory Affairs Committee, Marco Santori, Education Committee, Colin Gallagher and many others 
· As discussed above, the main focus areas for The Bitcoin Foundation are in three areas:
  1. Developing Development: increasing the number of developers and the training and knowledge available to them - the flagship of this area is our DevCore event series, next slated for Toronto - past speakers include Greg Maxwell, Charlie Lee, Jeff Garzik, Matt Corallo, Andreas Antonopoulos, Jeremy Allaire and many others. 
  2. Education and adoption: our Education Committee focuses on providing knowledge, white papers, and data to individuals and organizations with a goal of explaining the technology and increasing usage. 
  3. Promoting technical solutions to industry and regulatory challenges: the Bitcoin Foundation does not focus on lobbying and, as an internationally focused organization, we do not actively work on legislation issues. We do however believe that there is benefit in education of international regulators and officials, particularly with a focus on solutions of a technical nature. 
OTHER INITIATIVES OF INTEREST: DevCore Toronto @ The Blockchain Training Conference:
The Bitcoin Foundation has hosted a number of DevCore events, these are not-for-profit workshop intensives designed to encourage development.
Following the successful DevCore Boston, London and San Mateo events, The Bitcoin Foundation is proud to be bringing The Blockchain Training Conference to Toronto in June. This conference - the first of its kind - will host hands-on technical courses from DevCore in addition to hands-on non-technical courses teaching them relevant blockchain skills such as tracking bitcoin sales in QuickBooks (for accountants), how to avoid legal issues when using bitcoin in your company (for lawyers and entrepreneurs), and how buying/selling/trading bitcoin works (for investment advisors).
This unique training conference hits two of our three main focus areas and represents The Bitcoin Foundation’s commitment to preparing the global community for the
Development Communicstions: One exiting new expansion of our "developing development" efforts is in the area of increasing communication and focusing on common areas of development consensus. Leading this effort is Craig Sellars who will join me and the board in working to bring industry leaders together and to foster communications between various development opinions, CEOs and the public.
Speakers Bureau: We have created a Speakers Bureau which includes industry leaders like Andreas Antonopoulos, Nic Cary, Erik Voorhees and many others
Press matching service: We have an additional group of prominent members and friends of the Bitcoin Foundation who we can match to press inquires based on location and topic
If you are still reading this long email, thank you.
More importantly, thank you for the work you do on this mission critical software that makes this amazing tech we all love and care about possible.
We know your work is misunderstood and unappreciated at times and we also understand that we and Bitcoin owe you a great debt.
Please let us do our part and make this organization a resource that you are happy with and which is seen as an asset to core.
I available anytime to discuss.
Bruce
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