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London Gallery Owner Helps Crypto Wealthy Make Expensive Choices

There is an increasing number of platforms being launched to help wealthy consumers part with their cryptocurrency, usually on luxury items, writes the China Morning Post.

Such entrepreneurs have created a business seemingly out of very little, but nonetheless, they are serving a specific crypto elite and creating a thriving retailer-consumer database.

Working from her gallery in London’s Mayfair, Eleesa Dadiani is one of the new providers to the crypto rich, with clients ranging from 20 to 70 years of age. It started a couple of years ago, she maintains, has noted that those who had made significant profits from cryptocurrency trading really had no idea how to spend it. Using her established clientele through her gallery Dadiani Fine Arts she decided to make it happen by forming a syndicate of retailers and customers to turn some of this wealth into goods. She explained:

“A couple of years ago, when we saw bitcoin perform as well as it did, there was no way to use those coins. You were rich on screen, but what could you do with it? You could invest in ICOs [initial coin offerings], but what about something tangible? The answer was ‘Nothing’.”

Dadiani is certainly a believer and wants to make cryptocurrency do what it was intended for. Her gallery was one of the first globally to accept multiple cryptocurrencies; she currently supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, Ripple, Dash, and NEM. Her customers come to her so she can help them make that otherwise difficult crypto purchase.

The list of her client’s purchases are impressive to say the least, from bloodstock to jets, from gold bullion to rare cars, she’s handled them all. Even the purchase of four Formula 1 cars valued at £4 million ($5.3 million) wasn’t enough to dampen her enthusiasm for her role as crypto “ middle-man.”

She says she has little time for crypto-idealists trying to create decentralized government-free crypto utopias, suggesting that people need to make a “cognitive shift” and find a way of integrating cryptocurrency into real life through gradual change. She argues:

“These libertarians, they don’t understand money, they don’t understand history,” she says. “They know nothing about politics or international relations. You have to understand the world you live in before you can change it.”

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Cloud Mining Firm Argo London Stock Exchange’s First Crypto Listing

Earlier this week, cloud-based cryptocurrency mining firm Argo was announced as the first of its kind to be listed on the London Stock Exchange. This is a significant step in the acceptance of cryptocurrency by the mainstream financial sector.

Leading the way

With the blockchain industry in a period of massive expansion, Argo’s approval for listing paves the way for more blockchain-based firms to follow suit. This move is indeed a testament to the cryptocurrency sector shedding its reputation of exclusivity.

London’s role on the international stage as a global hub for financial technology is what attracted Argo to pursue a place on the city’s stock exchange in particular. “A London stock market listing will provide Argo with the profile, credibility, and access to global capital to drive our growth and help us establish a leadership position in the long term,” co-founder of Argo Jonathan Bixby said.

The firm is looking to raise USD 20 million, with a valuation target of USD 40 million.

Argo

London-headquartered firm Argo works on a subscription-based model, with its cryptocurrency mining operations based in Quebec, Canada, active since last year. This has become a popular location for mining farms due to optimal climate and energy cost conditions. Argo has plans to expand operations to Iceland and China, both of which benefit from cheap electricity costs and a cold climate.

The firm provides clients with the ability to mine Bitcoin Gold, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Zcash remotely via its own mining rigs. Argo plans to charge customers USD 25 a month for access to the mining facilities. No separate mining pools are planned for development, nor will Argo act as an online wallet to store any of the cryptocurrencies mined. Customers are limited to one contract each.

Speaking to Business Insider, Mike Edwards, co-founder of Argo, noted: “Setting up a computer rig to mine cryptocurrency is challenging, inefficient and expensive. I knew that we had to change the game and democratize the process so that crypto-mining could become a mainstream consumer activity.”

 

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