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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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.

Quotable

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!

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

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

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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.

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.

Moving the Chain Spotlight #9: Joseph Poon

Moving the Chain Spotlight #9: Joseph Poon

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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 cryptocurrencies.

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Joseph Poon is the principal author of the Omise White Paper and also a co-author of Bitcoin’s ‘Lightning Network’ White Paper.

Moving the Chain Spotlight #8: Dennis Rodman

Moving the Chain Spotlight #8: Dennis Rodman

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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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Dennis RodmanTrenton, New Jersey’s Dennis Rodman was an outstanding defensive player during his tenure in the NBA. The basketball star, who spent the majority of his career with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, was known as much for his tattooed physique and dyed hair, as he was for his play on the court.

The former All-Star made headlines recently when he announced his affiliation with the cryptocurrency PotCoin. PotCoin launched back in 2014 and was created in order to help provide the legal cannabis industry with a secure way to send and receive payments.

Moving the Chain Spotlight #7: Tatiana Moroz

Moving the Chain Spotlight #7: Tatiana Moroz

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Tatiana Moroz is a singer-songwriter, Bitcoin Magazine contributor, and cryptocurrency enthusiast. In fact, she even has a hit single called “The Bitcoin Jingle.”

The musician took her love of cryptocurrency to the next level by creating her very own bitcoin-based cryptocurrency known as Tatianacoin. According to Moroz’s website, “Tatianacoin is the first ever musical artist coin.” The coin can be used to purchase her songs, merchandise, and even a private concert from Moroz herself.

Blockchains & Video Games: 3 Cryptocurrencys Every Gamer Should Know About

Blockchains & Video Games: 3 Cryptocurrencys Every Gamer Should Know About

video gamesThese days video games are far more than affordable distractions for children. In fact, in the United States alone, it’s estimated that nearly half of the adult population spends at least some time with a controller in their hand. Moreover, 48% of American women play video games, according to 2015 Pew Research poll. However, video games aren’t only popular in the US. In 2016, 58% of the growth in the global games market came from the Asia-Pacific region.

In other words, there are a lot of people playing video games these days; which is why the gaming industry was worth an estimated 99 billion dollars in 2016.

Moving the Chain Spotlight #6: Nas

Moving the Chain Spotlight #6: Nas

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Hip-hop recording artist Nas has sold over 25 million records worldwide over the course of his career thus far.  Songs like “If I Ruled the World” and “N.Y. State of Mind” have helped him become a legend in the music industry.

Nas, whose given name is Nasir Jones, was first introduced to Bitcoin by his associates, venture capitalists Ben Horowitz and Chris Dixon. Since that time, Jones has opted to invest in the website Coinbase, a popular site where folks can purchase cryptocurrency. Moreover, the chart-topping musician also began purchasing bitcoin back in 2013.

While Jones is best known for his musical talents, he is also the founder of Queensbridge Venture Partners, a company which “invests in technology that transforms the way we live.” Queensbridge has invested in popular projects like the ride-share company Lyft.

Receiving an endorsement from a celebrity and businessman the caliber of Nasir Jones certainly helps boost cryptocurrency’s profile.

Quotable:

“I was really inspired by the boundaries people were pushing. [Bitcoin] seemed like something people bet against because the government doesn’t welcome with open arms what they don’t control. But it is such a big idea that it could never be controlled.”

Fun Fact:

The Source, a popular hip-hop magazine, ranked Nas at number 2 on their list of “Top 50 Lyricists of All Time” in 2012.

For more people helping progress adoption and application of blockchain technologies, check out other installments of our series Moving the Chain!

Prophets of Profit: 4 Bold Bitcoin Price Predictions For The Future

Prophets of Profit: 4 Bold Bitcoin Price Predictions For The Future

With the price of bitcoin hitting record highs, many of the popular cryptocurrency’s most outspoken supporters have become increasingly optimistic in regards to predicting its future value. In other words, to quote the popular Rage Against the Machine song, there are plenty of bitcoin “Bulls on Parade.”

While the world’s leading cryptocurrency appears to be doing quite well at the moment, it is important to remember that it is also subject to wild price fluctuations and potential investors should always do their own research, as opposed to relying on the advice of so-called experts.

That being said, it can still be quite fascinating to hear some very bright people predicting big things from bitcoin in the coming years. With that in mind, let’s take a look at four bitcoin bulls that are helping lead the charge.