Blockchain in Chicago Gala at The Hyatt Centric: December 8, 2017. Part 1

The blockchain community is growing and on December 8th the most influential blockchain voices in Chicago gathered in order to show you the technology behind the recent rapid gain in value of bitcoin, ether, and cryptocurrencies in general!

Hosted by Lexy Prodromos of the Chicago Blockchain Center, featuring the coolest entrepreneurs building on blockchain, international guest Molecular Future, and a keynote speech from blockchain expert and technologist, Taylor Gerring.

ICO or NO: Episode 25 AidCoin

In the giving spirit this holiday season? Then you have to hear about the AidCoin project. CharityStars, the company behind AidCoin, is using blockchain technology to revolutionize how charitable giving occurs. By implementing AIDPay, a tool that takes donations in fiat and automatically exchanges them for cryptocurrency, which is then distributed to the charities.

Moving the Chain Spotlight #11: Alexander Tapscott

Moving the Chain Spotlight #11: Alexander Tapscott

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Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  

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Alex and Don Tapscott
Image via the Blockchain Revolution website, where you can buy their book! Alex Tapscott (left) and Don Tapscott (right)

Toronto native Alexander “Alex” Tapscott is one of the most accomplished authors in the bitcoin space. Tapscott’s best-known work is a book called “Blockchain Revolution: How The Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing, Money Business, and the World,” which he co-authored with his father, Don Tapscott. The father and son collaboration explores how blockchain technology will expand what we can achieve online and who can participate in said achievements. The book ended up being a Toronto Star bestseller.

When Alex Tapscott isn’t writing bestsellers, the Amherst College grad serves as the CEO for his blockchain investment company, NetBlock Global. He and his father Don also founded The Blockchain Research Institute. The institute is focused on exploring strategic opportunities using blockchain tech.

For his blockchain-related work, Tapscott was awarded the Digital Thinking Award from Thinkers50.com.

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What started for me as a bitcoin hobby quickly became a blockchain obsession. In fact, the more deeply I immersed myself in it, the more convinced I became of the technology’s massive impact on the future of the world economy.

Fun Fact

Alex Tapscott was an accomplished rugby competitor in his youth. He played for his native country, as a member of the Canadian Men’s Rugby Under-21 team in 2006 and 2007. The scrappy blockchain enthusiast even helped his team beat the Irish Colleges 20-7 back in November of 2006.

Check out other people making big waves in helping progress these incredible technologies in our series Moving the Chain, and for more awesome articles by Jacques Martin, check ’em out here!

VertCoin: Blockchain Token – What is it?

This episode of Blockchain Token; Which is it? covers VertCoin! In this series, we will cover the different types of blockchain platforms and cryptocurrencies on the market right now.  We’ll give you a quick description of each blockchain/token, its function, who is their competition and where you can learn more.

VertCoin is a decentralized currency dedicated to the original principles of cryptocurrency: bringing financial control to the people. Vertcoin is well aware of possible manipulation by mining pools, and have made sure that every node operating on the network has an equal chance to mine. Vertcoin aims for fair distribution of their token, taking issues with airdrops and ICOs.

How to Buy Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies: Where to Start

How to Buy Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies: Where to Start

One of the most commonly asked questions when we start discussing cryptocurrency and blockchains with people is:

Well, how do I buy it???

To alleviate one of the most challenging steps of getting into the world of blockchains and cryptocurrencies, we have compiled a guide that overviews your different options for attaining some cryptocurrency, whether it is bitcoin, ethereum, or other altcoins.

Whether you want to use cash, connect a bank account, use PayPal, or something else, there is likely an easy option for you to buy crypto, and our guide will likely have the answer for you.

So, with that said, please take a look at our How to Buy Guide, and start educating yourself on how to get started!

And hey, you may not even have to leave your couch!!!

If you are still unsure about what a blockchain is, what cryptocurrency is, or what the difference between the two is, see our guides below first, and start exploring the incredible realm of the internet that is blockchain technology.

From Bitshamed to Bitcoin Millionaire: The Touching Tale of Andreas Antonopoulos

From Bitshamed to Bitcoin Millionaire: The Touching Tale of Andreas Antonopoulos

Image via Andres Antonopoulos’ personal website

bitcoinBy now even most casual investors have heard of Bitcoin. It’s being covered by major media outlets and is a hot topic that is being discussed by some of the biggest names in the financial industry.

However, long before the popular altcoin was making headlines on CNN, there was (and still is) a Bitcoin community.

It started out as a very small community. A community of dreamers who believed that an alternative currency and the technology behind it, could change, not only the way we do business but perhaps even the financial industry as a whole.

Bitcoin Gold: Blockchain Token – What is it?

This episode of Blockchain Token; Which is it? covers Bitcoin Gold! In this series, we will cover the different types of blockchain platforms and cryptocurrencies on the market right now.  We’ll give you a quick description of each blockchain/token, its function, who is their competition and where you can learn more.

Bitcoin Gold is a recent hard fork out off of the bitcoin blockchain and aims to makes changes to the way cryptocurrency is mined. Bitcoin Gold has the same supply, block size, and block time as its predecessor, as well as the implementation of segwit. One major difference, however, is that the mining difficulty is adjusted every single block, while Bitcoin’s mining difficulty is only adjusted every 2 weeks.

Ethereum Delirium: 3 Predictions For Ether’s Price In The Coming Years

Ethereum Delirium: 3 Predictions For Ether’s Price In The Coming Years

These days cryptocurrency headlines are often dominated by the industry leader, Bitcoin. While Bitcoin is clearly the most well known and established altcoin on the market, there are several other players in the blockchain space that have also seen major growth regarding both price point and popularity. One such cryptocurrency is known as the ether token (ETH), which is the value token on the Ethereum blockchain.