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Crypto Reading Catch Up? Now Could Be the Perfect Time

Crypto Reading Catch Up? Now Could Be the Perfect Time

With cryptocurrencies currently languishing ahead their next step major step forward as international interest continues to grow, now might be the time to grab something to read, do some research, fill a few educational gaps, and prepare for the future as the industry gathers new momentum.

Whether it be a fiction or a non-fiction read, there is plenty out there on bookshelves for the discerning reader looking to expand their crypto knowledge. Even screenplays are becoming more frequent, often attracting familiar names from stage and screen. So where to begin then?

If it’s blockchain that holds a fascination, there are two books which have undeniable popularity: “The Internet of Money” by Andreas Antonopoulos and Nathaniel Popper‘s “Digital Gold”. These two promise an insightful read examining blockchain and Bitcoin from two entirely different angles and two very different writing styles.

Antonopoulos takes the reader into the world of blockchain, examining every detail and every aspect of what the technology can offer and how it functions, including advice that an enthusiastic reader might soon find themselves passing on to others. His quote, “First they ignore us, then they laugh at us, then they fight us, then we win”, has already become an industry catchall quote among enthusiasts for explaining how blockchain technology has forged new ground, often against the predictions of detractors and the actions of legislators, to become one of this century’s more notable and significant new technologies.

Popper’s “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money” is simply a good read. Described by many as a “page-turner” and certainly written like a novel, the book examines the origins of Bitcoin and the mysteries surrounding its anonymous founder and its adherents, through the eyes of some of its central characters such as the Winklevoss twins, with the enigmatic Satoshi Nakamoto taking on the book’s pivotal role.

Another book, this time promising an all-you-need-to-know guide to crypto trading and investment, is Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar’s “Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond”. Although it a may lack the flair of Digital Gold, Cryptoassets is classed as a masterpiece in crypto writing and an all-encompassing guide for the serious investor. The book covers a framework for investigating and valuing crypto assets, practical guides to exchanges, wallets, capital market vehicles, and ICOs, and portfolio management techniques, complete with comprehensive references, charts, and tables.

“Blockchain Basics”, Saifedean Ammous‘s “The Bitcoin Standard”, “The Truth Machine”, “Mastering Bitcoin”, Sam and Alex Tapscott’s “Blockchain Revolution” and “The Age of Cryptocurrency” by Paul Vinya and Michael J Casey are others worthy of note as Christmas approaches or even possibly for revitalizing those new year’s plans for launching an ICO or simply that long-delayed cryptocurrency portfolio.

Whatever the project, these reads will move you further down the road to a greater understanding of the world’s fastest-growing financial technology.

 

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Hiveterminal Unveils Factoring Industry Revolution Powered by Blockchain

Blockchain startup, Hiveterminal, is making history as one of the few blockchain innovations pushing the real-life utility of the technology. The company’s invoicing solution for the international invoice financing industry is one of the first concrete efforts at tackling the capital bottlenecks crippling this multi-trillion dollar market. Leveraging the blockchain’s disintermediated and decentralized ledger system as the backbone for the secured exchange of values, Hiveterminal is developing a transparent and automated solution for the future of the factoring industry for the years ahead.

The Hiveterminal Platform

Launching first in Slovenia and then to the rest of the world, Hiveterminal is providing SMEs with the often sought after, but rarely delivered solution to liquidity problems. Hiveterminal’s patent-pending solution not only throws the door wide open for SMEs to acquire the funding required for their operations, but contributors are also afforded the opportunity to earn on contributions made.

The blockchain is the foundation for Hiveterminal‘s innovative solution, granting every invoice issued a unique fingerprint and automating invoices. The platform plans to expand into becoming an all-encompassing marketplace for peer-to-peer lending, giving stakeholders access to advanced trading analytics. The marketplace is set to drastically increase the available liquidity to SMEs, while building a decentralized and easily accessible database for businesses to score and audit invoices. It will also help facilitate credit checks and improve the real-time auditing capabilities of businesses.

Speaking at the launching of the platform, Jure Soklic, Hiveterminal Co-founder and CEO, was quoted as saying:

“I am thrilled to announce that, from this moment on, one of the first use cases of blockchain adoption in the real economy is here. Companies from Slovenia are able to upload their invoices and get instant and free liquidity, while invoice buyers from all around the world are able to buy their receivables, finding high-return investment opportunities in the real economy.”

A Pioneering Marketplace with Real-time Invoicing for Blockchain Adoption

Invoice financing has been providing businesses with a means of ensuring daily liquidity for their operations for decades now. As an asset-based financial instrument, invoice financing makes it possible for businesses to finance receivable, slow-paying accounts. However, this instrument has often remained exclusive to banks until now.

Hiveterminal is now making it possible for anybody to participate in the market as an invoice buyer backed by the immutability of the blockchain. Its solution eliminates the middlemen clogging up the traditional system. These middlemen are required to access risk to counterparties, however, their reports are often based on outdated sources and their delivery is painstakingly slow. Hiveterminal’s blockchain revolution introduces a unified ecosystem integrating various corporate intelligence data sources, ERP data module, and a proprietary scoring algorithm. These features will enable Hiveterminal to deliver a real-time invoice raising marketplace built on transparency and trust between actors.

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China State TV: Blockchain 10 Times More Valuable Than Internet

China’s primary state television CCTV has broadcast on its finance channel that the value of blockchain is “ten times more than that of the internet” in a discussion on the potential and the risks of the new technology in China, writes Coindesk.

In an hour-long discussion between representatives of both private and industry sectors and host Chen Weihong, it emerged that the panel viewed blockchain as “exciting”, labeled as the Internet’s “second phase”.

In its Dialogue segment aired on Sunday night, the panel included Canadian business executive Don Tapscott, the well-known author of ‘Blockchain Revolution – an acclaimed book on blockchain which explains how to capture the opportunity and avoid the dangers of the burgeoning technology.

Other speakers included Chen Lei, CEO of cloud network giant Xunlei and Zhang Shoucheng, a physics professor at Stanford University and founder of Danhua Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in blockchain technology.

Chen presented the discussion with his claim that that blockchain has become the second phase of the Internet and now has a value ten times greater.

Stanford’s Zang commented, “While the real value of the internet is aggregating individual pieces of information into one place, which is exactly what Google and Facebook do, we are now entering an era where information is being decentralized so that individuals can own their individual data. And that’s the real value of blockchain that makes it exciting.”

However, each panel member was asked to comment on fraudulent ICOs and their marketing slogans and explain them to the nationwide audience, highlighting the Chinese government’s prohibitive stance on cryptocurrencies.

By summarizing some of the usual marketing slogans used by potentially fraudulent ICOs and having each speaker to explain them to the station’s wide audience base, the program again signaled the station’s ongoing efforts to scrutinize cryptocurrency projects in China.

Recently, the state-run broadcaster in its Financial News program described token sale activities as still “rampant,” despite a 2017 ban on ICOs in the country.  The state media outlet said that the recent ICO ban had not prevented a get-rich-quick mentality driving a rush into the cryptocurrency space.

 

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