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.

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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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.

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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!

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

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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.

How To Back Up Your PRIVATE KEYS From Your Cryptocurrency Wallet!

Backing up your wallet can save you a lot of turmoil and strife. Accidents happen – whether it’s a broken phone, lost computer, or a potential scare. Backing up your cryptocurrency wallets private keys can make a potential crypto-catastrophe or major issue into a minor problem that can be more easily fixed, and without the loss of your cryptocurrency.

Jeremy, from our ICO or NO series, ran into this issue earlier this week. But his Jaxx Wallet was backed up. This saved his wallet’s funds and gave him some peace of mind.

In this video, he goes over how to back up your private key from your cryptocurrency wallet, so that way you don’t have the same issue. (He goes through Jaxx Wallet, Ark Wallet, and MyEtherWallet.)

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.