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There’s A Giant White Sewer Rat In Wall Street And It’s Preaching Bitcoin

There’s A Giant White Sewer Rat In Wall Street And It’s Preaching Bitcoin

There’s a really interesting piece of art down in Wall Street that has captured the people’s attention for some time now. It’s a rat, and a really huge one for that matter.

Nelson Saiers And The Rat

This new phenomenon sits across the street right opposite the Federal Reserve building. However, it’s not the giant white inflatable rat that’s been stirring up Wall Street, but rather what it actually represents. The man responsible for the huge rat’s existence on America’s most popular street is one Nelson Saiers. Nelson spent the better part of his life as a hedge fund manager in Wall Street until he stopped trading in 2014. Since then, Nelson has dedicated his time to revealing the ills of the traditional financial system that he believes is way too broken to survive in the long run.

To better put his point across, this man has opted to use art. In fact, he’s not alone in this line of thinking. There have been numerous cases of people using art to speak to the public about the broken system. Often, they leave spectacular pieces of art or paintings on buildings all across cities. Such art has been spotted in a number of the world’s most popular cities – including France’s Paris.

The Federal Reserve Vs Bitcoin

In precise terms, the huge inflatable sewer rat bearing down on the US Federal Reserve building has its body covered with art depicting Bitcoin code, a spectacle that symbolizes Nelson’s perception of a better financial system as opposed to the mainstream centralized system. In his view, a decentralized crypto ecosystem would do much better than the current system that operates under the tight grip of the authorities.

Indeed, the last two decades have seen various artists come out to use their talents to depict the apparent financial inequalities in the current system. One of the most prominent artists in this school of thought is Banksy. In Banksy’s opinion, a rat is a symbol of resilience and freedom, saying that rats exist without permission and have zero attachment to conservative societal standards. Back in 2016, Andreas Antonopoulous referred to Bitcoin as the “sewer rat of currencies.” Andreas is computer scientist. He went on to give the imagery of an injured but dynamic and robust financial system represented by the sewer rat.

Nicknamed “The Warhol of Wall Street,” Nelson’s ambition doesn’t start or end with the giant white inflatable sewer rat bearing down on the Federal Reserve building. This isn’t his first such project. In fact, he plans to remove the rat once its point is home. With such things happening, Bitcoin seems to be gaining more traction in terms of popularity and credibility as the valid alternative to the restrictive traditional financial system. Could such acts cause a Bitcoin bull run?

Article written by Nick James

Article posted on Ethereum World News

Jeffrey Sloe

Vitamin C Health and Wellness Products’ Comparison

Comparing Five Vitamin C Health and Wellness Products Listed on Amazon

Ever since I can remember, when the colder weather would arrive we would start taking vitamin C supplements. The main reason was to prevent a cold. I'm not sure how effective it was, but it was the norm when we were younger. So, as the colder weather arrives, I've decided to do a vitamin C comparison, from products sold on Amazon. Enjoy!  

 


Nature Made Vitamin C 1000mg, 300 Tablets

Nature Made Vitamin C imageVitamin C is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system and helps neutralize free radicals in the body. Additionally, vitamin C is necessary for the body to manufacture collagen, which is important for healthy skin.[1] Nature Made Vitamin C 1000 mg is ideal for those looking to supplement their diet, if it is low in fruit and vegetables, to meet daily vitamin C nutrient needs.  

 

 

 

 


NOW Vitamin C-1000 Sustained Release, 250 Tablets

NOW Vitamin C-1000 imageVitamin C is a water soluble nutrient well known for its vital role in the immune system.[1] Vitamin C is also necessary for the production of collagen (a structural protein in connective tissue) and is therefore important for skin, bone, and joint health.[1] This product was specially formulated to provide a sustained release of Vitamin C and includes Rose Hips as an added source of Vitamin C. 

 

 

 

 


Nature's Way Vitamin C 1000 mg with Bioflavonoids

Nature's Way Vitamin C 1000 imageNature's Way Vitamin C 1000 mg with Bioflavonoids is produced to superior quality standards to provide powerful antioxidant protection.[1] Our Vitamin C is always gluten free and vegetarian.    

 

 

 

 

 

 


Viva Naturals Premium Non-GMO Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids & Rose Hips, 1000 mg, 250 Veg Caps

Viva Naturals Premium Non-GMO Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids imageViva Naturals Vitamin C delivers a high-quality dose of Quali-C, one of the world’s leading brands of this essential nutrient. Formulated with citrus bioflavonoids and rose hips that provide additional antioxidant support, Viva Naturals Vitamin C not only supports immune health, but it can help fight wrinkle-causing free radicals and aid with your body’s ability to produce skin-firming collagen as well.[1]

 

 

 

 


MegaFood – Complex C, Supports Immunity and Well-being with Rosehips and Orange, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, 90 Tablets

MegaFood - Complex C imageComplex C is a natural blend designed to support the immune system against everyday threats. We bring together two blends of botanicals and fruits with organic amla fruit, green pepper, rosehips, orange, and more. Each ingredient contributes antioxidants like vitamin C to help boost your natural immune defenses. Complex C supports your immune system with an edge to promote a happy, healthy life.[1]

 

 

 

 


Vitamin C Customer Reviews on Amazon

Nature Made Vitamin C 1000mg, 300 Tablets

"After taking this for few weeks, I could feel a difference within my body. Vitamin C something that everybody should be taken. Along with taking other vitamins such as vitamin B12 in omega-3's highly recommended." – Ivana

"take vitamin c for my health. helps me stay healthy and keeps me from getting sick during flu and cold season. I take 2 a day and it still last me a long a time." – arnold

"A nice big bottle of Vitamin C. Probably should be eating oranges instead, but this is a boost of sunshine without peeling." – April G.

   

 

 


NOW Vitamin C-1000 Sustained Release, 250 Tablets

"Vitamin C needs to be taken in large doses of several thousand mg per day for the average human. Recent studies even recommend inravenous mega dosing in cases where the body has been severely compromised by stress. I take 2,000 per day, every day and have not had a cold or flu for many years. I'm 59 years old so that's saying a lot." – MamaFiner "

Great brand a great dosages. I am a flight attendant and had read that Vitamin C can help fight off cancer causing particles caused by the radiation emitted why flying long distances throughout North pole. So i started taking these daily, usually one with every meal, however sometimes more. I've read the key with vitamin c is to take a much as your body can take before getting a runny stool, then just take slightly less. Seems to work great for me. I'll continue with this brand." – A. Santos

"Can't deny the fact that this is one of my best supplements. Does wonders to my skin as well. Remember taking C1000 while pregnant with my second son and I never had any issue with flu even though my first son caught it and was with me all through. Will be buying this again and again. Had to share some of mine with my mom and friend. Great price and quality product." – Debbie O.

   

 

 


Nature's Way Vitamin C 1000 mg with Bioflavonoids

"This is a good brand of supplement. They are third party tested by a lab in Canada for purity. I have trouble swallowing some of the Vitamin C pills because they are large. I like these a lot because they are capsules and much easier to swallow. They also do not upset my stomach. I have taken many courses on vitamins and supplements and many brands are not worth your money. This is one of the low end price brands that is quality." – Kim

"These are vey easy to take capsules. I especially appreciate the high milligrams because I require quite. admittedly, the liposomal ones are better, but that formula is too expensive for me. Good price too. I take two a day. There is a threshold with this product. Linus Pauling, who had great results with treating cancer took 18,000 mg each day. I ended up with diarrhea so I had to cease. Many people I know take them with Vitamin e, vitamin A and Beta Carotene and none have progressed to Barrett's Syndrome doing so." – Amazon Customer

"My system really appreciates the vitamin C! I've been taking two a day with no issues. Vitamin C is important for so many things. My only complaint is I wish the capsules could be a tiny bit smaller. They've not much longer than my "size 0" capsules, but they're thicker." – Stacy H.

 

   


Viva Naturals Premium Non-GMO Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids & Rose Hips, 1000 mg, 250 Veg Caps

"Perfect! The Victory Labs Vitamin C ended up being the perfect choice for me! I had surgery yesterday, and while trying to prep for it, I had to stop taking my muscle relaxers 2 weeks prior. Within 3 days, I could barely move. I purchased a bottle of Collagen and it recommended taking it with vitamin C for absorption. I think I read every label, hoping to get the best product for the money. The reviews For Viva Labs were great! I also based my decision for the Non-GMO product. I am very impressed with my results, and will continue to buy this product!!" – Ruthie

"I have gone thru 2 bottles of this vitamin C and no sickness, even with the flu in the house and at work. People are dropping like flies to the flu not me. Oh by the way no flu vaccine either." – walker

"I was so pleased to find a quality Vitamin C supplement in capsule form (I really don't care for those tart chewables), and I think the dosage size is great. I've been taking one 1000 mg capsule a day for a couple months. I got a little busy recently, and was taking them sporadically. After a long Labor Day weekend I somehow ended up with a cold. I woke up with a sore throat and sniffles…oh no. I took 4 capsules (4000 mg) a day, and knocked out the cold in three days. I would definitely recommend these, and I think a great value for this huge bottle." – comfortlover

   

 

 


MegaFood – Complex C, Supports Immunity and Well-being with Rosehips and Orange, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, 90 Tablets

"Taking this to lower my LDL-P as part of the double Nobel winner – Dr. Linus Pauling – therapy, along with L-proline & L-lysine. I'm off statins and rid of the nasty cramps statins gave me. Not to mention the likely dementia issues down the road. I tend to agree with the argument that whole vitamin C is better than ascorbic acid alone – which is like the shell of the molecule, missing the co-factors etc." – Elector

"I was taking the synthetic version of vitamin C, but after doing some research, I determined that natural Vitamin C with all the supporting nutrients like bioflavinoids, anthocyanins, etc., is the only way to go. The supporting nutrients along with the vitamin C work in synergy for a more profound effect on the body. Food based supplements is the way to go." – Health & Happiness

"Expensive, but simply the best way to take in your vitamin C beside drastically changing your diet. I take 2-4 on days when I am getting over a cold or trying to clear up sinus infection naturally along with Zink and Garlic pills. Take 1 to boost your immune system in winter. Goes a long way." – Krista

   

 

 


Additional Vitamin C Information

From its antioxidant value to the support of the immune system, Vitamin C has always been one of the most popular and well known vitamins. Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals and helps iron get absorbed in the body. According to nutritionists and health experts, "Vitamin C not only provides much needed immune support, but it also contains antioxidant support to help combat and neutralize free radicals, the cell-damaging molecules associated with signs of aging."

Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, cannot be produced by the human body. It has to come from diet, as in the fruits and vegetables you eat, or through supplementation. Vitamin C is needed for the proper health and repair of multiple tissues in your body.

On the other hand, a life-threatening condition, called Scurvy, has been related to dietary vitamin C deficiency. The symptoms of scurvy include the ease of bruising and bleeding, and joint and muscle pains.

For maximum results, we need the best Vitamin C, a superior supplement that gives us… maximum absorption for quicker results… greater potency for stronger health support… and a body-friendly gentleness that will not upset the body's stomach or its pH balance. That's why I choose Dr. Alfred Libby's "Vital C". Vital C is NOT sold in stores or on Amazon. However, it will give your body a powerful flood of Vitamin C to help it get started right each day. If you'd like to learn more about Dr. Libby's Vital C, contact me, and I'll email you a link.

Jeffrey Sloe


Legal Disclaimer

[1] These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

[2] Based on US News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey.

[3] Product descriptions and reviews are from Amazon.com. The "Buy from Amazon.com" button are there for your convenience  to learn more, read additional reviews, and/or to purchase the product(s).

References:

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002404.htm

https://patient.info/health/vitamin-c-deficiency-leaflet

Ethereum ETH Becomes First Base Currency on Bithumb’s Decentralized Exchange DEX

Ethereum (ETH) Becomes First Base Currency on Bithumb’s Decentralized Exchange (DEX)

Earlier on today, the South Korean exchange of Bithumb, launched its very own decentralized exchange.

In the news announcement, the team at Bithumb welcomed users to its platform effective October 15th, 2pm (UTC + 8).

The full announcement was as follows:

 

Dear user, Bithumb’s Decentralized Exchange (DEX) was officially launched on October 15, 2018 at 2 pm (UTC+8)! Bithumb DEX was launched by Hong Kong-based Blockchain & Fintech BGEX Ltd. Working with blockchain service innovator OneRoot Network, we are committed to discovering and listing more valuable cryptocurrencies. Thank you for your trust and support in Bithumb DEX!

 

Free Transactions For a Month and Airdrops

To further stimulate trading action on the new decentralized exchange, the team at Bithumb has launched the following initiatives to reward users of the new platform:

  • Free transaction fee for one month (October 15th to November 15th, 23:59)
  • Users will only pay Gas Fees on the Ethereum network
  • A total of approximately $ 100,000 (500 ETH) in rewards will be distributed by Airdrop
  • Airdrops will be based on trading activities from the 15th of October, till midnight, the 30th of October
  • Coins for the airdrop to be distributed to the top 1,000 traders who have traded for the 2 weeks mentioned above
  • Traders must have more than 1 ETH worth in trade volume for one of the following coins of DENT, INS, POA20, RNT and WTC to qualify for the airdrops
  • Payments will be announced on the 1st of November and will commence on the same day
  • Airdrops to be made at random using any of the digital assets of DENT, INS, POA20, RNT and WTC

 

Ethereum As the First Base Currency

Further analysis of the decentralized exchange yields the fact that Ethereum is the first and only base currency on the platform. The use of Ethereum has been made easier by integrating the DEX with MetaMask. A screenshot of the 10 digital assets paired with Ethereum can be found below. (Digital assets that are part of the airdrop, have a blue A besides them.)

Article posted on Ethereum World News

Written by John P. Njui

Posted by: Jeffrey Sloe

How Best to Fuel Your Body After a Workout

How Best to Fuel Your Body After a Workout

Posted 8/6/2018 by UHBlog

Learn how to recover from a hard workout by fueling your body correctly. We can help.

All athletes know two things to be true: There’s nothing better than a post-workout high, and, after you sweat, you’re ready for a good meal.

If you want to make the most of your time off the field, your game plan should include high-performance foods, says registered dietitian nutritionist and board-certified sports dietitian Amy Jamieson-Petonic.
 

“Post-game nutrition promotes recovery and your ability to get back in the game faster,” she says.

Fuel Up First

First, you want to make sure your body is fueled for the workout.

“The goals of a pre-event meal are to top off your glycogen stores and to build and repair muscle tissue, Ms. Jamieson-Petonic says. “Make sure these meals are low in fat and fiber so you don’t have gastrointestinal distress.”

The meal should be eaten three to four hours prior to your activity. Then, 30 to 60 minutes before the event, have a lighter snack, such as a piece of fruit or sports bar and a sports drink or water.

Eat to Replenish

After the workout, your nutritional recovery should happen within 15 to 60 minutes post-exercise. Keep in mind the following steps:

  1. Restore fluids and electrolytes.
  2. Replace muscle fuel (meaning carbohydrates).
  3. Provide protein to repair/stimulate new tissue development.

“During exercise, you lose nutrients and fluid, so it’s important to replace them,” Ms. Jamieson-Petonic says. “Make sure to take in fluid and eat approximately 200 to 300 calories within the first two hours following exercise, and then continue to refuel from there.”

Some ideas of appropriate recovery meals include:

  • Graham crackers with peanut butter, a banana, and low-fat chocolate milk
  • Rice bowl with beans, cheese, salsa, avocado and whole-wheat tortilla chips
  • Whole-wheat pita with turkey, veggies, pretzels and low-fat milk
  • Stir fry with lean steak, broccoli, peppers, carrots and brown rice

Amy Jamieson-Petonic, M.Ed., RDN, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and board-certified sports dietitian at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. You can request an appointment with Jamieson-Petonic or any other healthcare professional online.

The article was posted on the University Hospitals Blog

Markethive Blog Blog post by Jeffrey Sloe 

NOTE: My personal comments: I don't always have the time and/or the proper groceries in the house, so it's not always easy to prepare and eat a recovery meal. However, I always have a supply of Essential Ammino Acids supplements, which helps me to maintain my strength, alnog with the repairing and building of muscle tissue.

 

Yale University Investing in 400 Million Cryptocurrency Fund

Yale University Investing in $400 Million Cryptocurrency Fund

More Institutional Money Could Be on the Horizon

Cryptocurrency, Investing–Yale, one of the most prestigious Ivy League universities in the United States, is reportedly apart of the investment group that is helping to raise $400 million for a massive new cryptocurrency fund.

According to a report by Bloomberg published on Friday with information supplied from an anonymous source familiar with the situation, the university is trying its hand in cryptocurrency via the fund ‘Paradigm,’ which is reported to be helmed by Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam, Charles Noyes of Pantera capital, and former Sequoia Capital partner Matt Huang. The Wall Street Journal had previously reported on the departure of Huang from Sequoia, making the move in order to join with Ehrsam in the creation of the new fund.

While this has been the first reported time that Yale has invested into cryptocurrencies on such a massive scale, the school has had its influence felt in a number of different industries, from Puerto Rican bonds to timber in New Hampshire, as reported by Bloomberg. Among the more interesting details listed in the report is the finding that Yale’s $30 billion endowment–the second largest among U.S. educational institutions–has earmarked a whopping 60 percent of its investment capital in 2019 for “alternative investments” which includes, among other things, “venture capital, hedge funds and leverage buyouts.” Added to the list now appears to be cryptocurrency, with a potential for other blockchain enterprises and even promising initial coin offerings (ICOs).

For now, the fund being led by Ehrsam is planning to invest in early stage cryptocurrency-based projects, novel blockchain designs and digital asset exchanges. Given the timing of the report, which comes just days after Coinbase was valuated at a colossal $8 billion–which would make the company one of the most valuable U.S. startups–the landscape of cryptocurrency exchanges appears to be immensely profitable and largely untapped. Earlier in the year, BitMEX co-founder Ben Delo became the youngest self-made billionaire in the history of the United Kingdom. Changpeng Zhao, the active CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, announced that his company was on pace to eclipse $1 billion in profits by the end of 2018, despite it being an abysmal year for the valuation of the crypto markets.

Bloomberg points out that Yale’s $30 billion endowment, managed by David Swensen, is one of the few institutional investors to move into cryptocurrency this year, as the entire market finds itself in a bear cycle that has seen value plummet from the last all time high. Despite the opportunity and overnight fortunes that have characterized much of the last several years for cryptocurrency, institutional investors, on a whole, have been reluctant to put capital in to the markets to the degree that most current investors are anticipating.

The common refrain of “institutional money” is coming will not only signal legitimate interest in both the market and technology of cryptocurrency, but provide a much needed boost to alleviate the ongoing price bleed. Previous analysts, including the Bloomberg article on Yale, have cited a lack of regulation and the potential for widespread market manipulation as the primary deterrent for investing in cryptocurrency. However, with an investor as large and prestigious as Yale, commanding $30 billion in endowment, crypto-based funds might garner more interest even in the absence of a Bitcoin exchange traded fund being approved by the SEC.

Article written by Michael Laverne

Article originally posted on Ethereumworldnews.com

Posted by: Jeffrey Sloe, http://markethive.com/jeffreysloe

Why You’re Always Saying: I’ll Get to It Tomorrow

Why You’re Always Saying: I’ll Get to It Tomorrow

Posted 8/29/2018 by UHBlog

Chronic procrastination may be behind your muscle fatigue. Don't put off asking us how to get your tasks and health back on track.

The legal brief must be filed at week's end, but you decide to hit the links today. A few days later, you pledge to work from home while tending to a sick child, but watch a Seinfeld TV marathon instead. Upon returning to the office, you spend hours scrolling through emails when the realization strikes: The brief is due tomorrow.

Everybody procrastinates to some extent, says clinical psychologist Jennifer Levin, PhD, but some people have more of a chronic problem with it.

Consider these facts: A DePaul University researcher found that 20 percent of people are chronic procrastinators, while a study at Bishop's University in Quebec discovered a correlation between chronic procrastination and high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Other evidence shows that delaying duties can also lead to ; 

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Poor sleep
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Emotional issues
  • Absenteeism from work

Why it happens

Dr. Levin says reasons for procrastinating are unique to each individual, but may include:

  • Boredom with a task
  • Anxiety about the ability to complete a task
  • Desire to do other things that bring instant gratification, such as checking social media
  • More serious emotional concerns, such as depression

“It's essentially avoidance,” she says. “Although it feels good in the very short term, your anxiety goes up and gets much bigger as the deadline gets closer. The task hasn't changed, but you have less time to do it and it causes stress.”

Procrastination has impact

There are consequences to putting off thing, Dr. Levin says. This can include coworkers having to do the work for you or getting upset with you because you're not meeting deadlines, Dr. Levin says.

This, in turn, can lead to employees developing physical issues, missing work and worrying about the security of their job. Their employers may see increasing insurance claims and premiums and lower productivity.

Some people who procrastinate at work may also put off taking care of their health. They may not eat a balanced diet, exercise or get necessary medical screenings.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to combat procrastination, but some that Dr. Levin recommends are:

  • Divide projects into small tasks and set a deadline for each phase.
  • Follow the Premack Principle: No prize before completing a hard task. If you enjoy checking emails, but detest assembling the PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow's meeting, don't allow yourself to look at your inbox until you complete a set number of sections of the presentation. If you're a manager, consider granting your team a half-day vacation if they finish a project early and proficiently.
  • Dig in immediately. If you procrastinate because you fear not being up to the task, getting started might boost your confidence. If you run into problems, you'll still have time to seek help.
  • Download a smartphone app to help you stay on track such as the Pacifica app, which can help with goal-setting and stress reduction.

If these strategies don't work, talk to your doctor because an anxiety disorder or depression may be the culprit, she says.

Jennifer Levin, PhD is a clinical psychologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and UH Psychiatry in Beachwood and associate professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. You can request an appointment with Dr. Levin or any other doctor online; use link below.

Article courtesy of the University Hospital's Blog

Link to Jennifer Levin, PhD

Posted by: Jeffrey Sloe

From Crimefighter to ‘Crypto’: Meet the Woman in Charge of Venture Capital’s Biggest Gamble

From Crimefighter to 'Crypto': Meet the Woman in Charge of Venture Capital’s Biggest Gamble

Kathryn Haun was the Justice Department's go-to prosecutor for Bitcoin-related felonies. Now she's one of cryptocurrency's most important investors. Here's why her career change is a watershed moment.

Debate

“Let’s settle this!” an announcer rumbles over loudspeakers.

The “this” in question is one of the more important business disputes of the moment: Are alternative currencies like Bitcoin the future of financial services or a 21st-century Ponzi scheme? To get resolution, a Mexican data center company called KIO Networks is hosting a debate in a smoke-filled arena in the graffiti-coated Hipódromo Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City. The atmosphere screams lucha libre, the stylized form of Mexican wrestling that features acrobatic moves and dramatic masks.

On this late-September evening, the main event features two intellectual heavyweights from the United States, both highly credentialed, neither wearing disguises. In one corner is Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate in economics. In the other is Kathryn Haun, an accomplished federal prosecutor recently turned venture capitalist.

Krugman’s position is predictable. He sees the rise of cryptocurrency networks—decentralized digital services that run on computerized money like Bitcoin—as an unnecessary throwback to a distant era, when precious metals made up the money supply. “I don’t believe we’re at the dawn of a new age,” he says. He delivers a smackdown on an investment craze that the likes of Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett have repeatedly pooh-poohed: “I think 15 years from now, it will look a lot like Pets.com.”

Haun sees things differently. To her, virtual currencies and the technologies that underpin them are society’s saviors: a last great hope at reclaiming power gobbled up by greedy banks and Internet monopolists. “Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, they control all the rules,” she says. “They have all the users. They have all the power.” The new technology, Haun argues, allows eager, entrepreneurial developers to compete. She throws her weight behind the democratizing dream of the new technology’s acolytes.

Photo by Christie Hemm Klok for Fortune

Cryptocurrency is “in the dial-up days,” says Haun, “and the critics are confusing the current state of innovation with the end state of innovation.”

Haun largely wins over the crowd, a collection of the megalopolis’s tech elite. And they like her visuals too. At the outset of her talk, five giant screens project the mug shots of corrupt U.S. law-enforcement officials she convicted in her previous career. But the audience isn’t enamored of Haun merely because she once was the sheriff in the Wild West of “crypto.” She excites them because now she’s joined their side. As one of the newest partners of the estimable Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Haun’s job is to find the next big thing in cryptocurrencies—and to help their founders succeed while staying on the right side of the law.

Haun is making her career shift at a precarious time. Cryptocurrency markets have been in free fall all year. A global speculative mania for virtual coins that sent valuations above $800 billion in January has dwindled to $200 billion. Bitcoin has lost two-thirds of its value, and Ethereum, the second-biggest cryptocurrency, is down 90%.

Haun and her new partners are undaunted. Investment crazes often spawn bubbles. But what’s left after they pop, if the true believers are right, are new industries. Firm cofounder Marc Andreessen, after all, parlayed his work developing the first commercial browser into Netscape, the flawed startup that helped beget the World Wide Web—and many billions of dollars in investment returns for the Internet industry. Haun also is unfazed by her lack of professional investing experience. “For entrepreneurs to want to work with you, they need to think you have some strategic vision, some hustle, and an ability to get the job done,” she says. These are the same skills, she posits, that a prosecutor needs to persuade FBI agents and others to work with them.

Bridging worlds, then, is one of Haun’s chief attributes. “She has this rare blend of having been in government and having a business-centric mind,” says David Marcus, a senior Facebook executive who sat on a corporate board with Haun. Adds Anthony Kennedy, the newly retired associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, for whom Haun clerked: “I’m quite reassured that someone with her talents and background would go into this new area.” Her involvement “is a tremendously important link between the law and the cyber age. And she recognizes that.”

A version of this article appears in the Oct. 1, 2018 issue of Fortune with the headline “Jumping The Fence.”

This is just an excerpt; the complete article can be read on Fortune.com

ARTICLE written by Robert Hackett 

Posted by: Jeffrey Sloe

Ripple Leads Coallition To Hire Lobby Firm To Promote Friendly Crypto Policies

Ripple Leads Coallition To Hire Lobby Firm To Promote Friendly Crypto Policies

A significant group of fintechs and businesses related to the industry of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies have decided to start a campaign to promote a legal space that is favorable for the development of the crypto-ecosystem.

According to Bloomberg these companies don’t not go by the wayside, and instead of the traditional awareness and promotion campaigns, the group has decided to hire the services of a major law firm to take the fight directly to the legal field.

The group of companies calls itself the “Securing America’s Internet of Value Coalition” and is currently formed by Ripple Labs, the independent foundation Ripple Works, Coil – a fintech that seeks to facilitate payments in the entertainment and digital content industry, Hard Yaka – a firm with large sums of money invested in digital assets – and PolySign – a startup that seeks to provide crypto custody services.

Chris Larsen, executive chairman of Ripple, said in recent months there has been a growing interest on the part of regulatory bodies and lobbies in general towards the issue of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies:

“We understand this is really complicated, and there is a lot of misinformation out there … The good news is there is a lot of interest in this topic in D.C.” – Chris Larson

Ripple and Klein/Johnson Group: Bringing Together Laws and Cryptocurrencies

It is also important to note that the coalition has hired the services of Klein/Johnson Group, a “bipartisan lobbying and public policy firm” that in recent years has been working to provide advice on financial and technological services.

Ripple is until now the visible head of the group. The success of its payment solutions has made its XRP token the third most important cryptocurrency in the global market cap.

Ripple’s presence is especially crucial as the Coalition is investing a large amount of money in its mission. According to the report, Klein/Johnson will receive a monthly sum of 25,000 USD plus 10,000 XRP, which will be declared as cash at the time of disclosing the payments received.

In this regard, Chris Larsen, explains that this seeks to generate greater interest on the part of the firm, bringing them a little closer to the ecosystem:

“It gives them some upside and gives them some risk … Hopefully, it gives them a taste of the industry in a way that hits home.” – Chris larson

The coalition has good expectations, especially now that the changes of commissioners within the SEC have helped the organization have a more positive view on the issue of cryptocurrencies, especially regarding the so expected Bitcoin ETFs.

ARTICLE Written by Jose Antonio Lanz and posted on Ethereum World News' website

Posted by: Jeffrey Sloe

Cleveland’s blockchain conference Solutions to take place in December

Cleveland's blockchain conference, Solutions, to take place in December

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland will host its first blockchain conference, Solutions, Dec. 1-4.

That gives blockchain proponents in Cleveland just over 4 months to find funding, arrange workshops, book keynote speakers and design a program that will attract thousands of coders, public officials and business leaders to the Huntington Convention Center.

Solutions has the full weight of Cleveland car mogul's Bernie Moreno's "Blockland" group behind it, including David Gilbert, CEO of Destination Cleveland.

Moreno hopes to make Cleveland an epicenter for blockchain, an online ledger system best known for hosting Bitcoin and other online currencies. The new, hyped technology can be used many ways, from hosting government records to keeping track of patient records.

Gilbert headed the host committee that brought the Republican National Convention to Cleveland. He's been board with the plan to transform Cleveland to blockchain central since the beginning, flying with seven other Cleveland leaders to visit Toronto's Blockchain Research Institution in June.

Gilbert announced the dates for the conference in a Monday morning meeting, hosted at cleveland.com's offices on Superior Avenue. More than 80 people attended.

Along with Steve Santamaria, a technology entrepreneur who recently moved to Cleveland from Seattle, Gilbert laid out an ambitious timeline for the conference.

By Aug. 6, Santamaria and Gilbert hope to have keynotes confirmed. By Aug. 15, they want to send out save the dates.

Though these dates aren't set in stone, there's very little time to waver.

"We're trying to pull off in about 120 days what most people who put these on start 12 to 18 months out. … 12 months is a tight timeline," Gilbert said. "We can't do it on our own."

Article written by Emily Bamforth, for Cleveland.com

Posted by: Jeffrey Sloe

It Takes Customers to Survive in Business

This is part two of my article, Leads vs Customers, which I wrote a few days ago. If you haven’t read part one, click on the previous link to read it. In this article I will explain how I get my customers, and how you can too, if you are willing to change.

First, let me start by telling you a story. Back in 2008 when I joined this MLM company, our organization had a great plan. The plan was being implemented, and the group was growing exponentially. We had thousands of customers and hundreds of independent reps. However, as we were moving forward, several factors came into play (more on that later) and the organization started to slowly disintegrate.

As the years went by, I continued to stay with this company, and continued to generate new customers. The company was continuing to bring in new product lines, and they even purchased another MLM company. The company never gave up, nor did they loose their focus, only our organization started to fall apart.

However, during that period of time, I still continued to receive my monthly checks. Why? Customers! Yes, I still had plenty of customers in my organization, and all I had to do to receive my check, was to stay active. I was getting paid commission on the revenue generated from my customer’s purchases.

So, you may now be wondering how I got my customers. How about by buying customers? Yes, that’s right, buying customers, not leads, as I mentioned in my first article. Remember how a customer was defined, “…individuals or households that purchase goods and services…”?

I’ve written many articles on the topic of buying customers rather than leads, and several people asked me how I buy my customers, or where they can buy customers. Let me explain!

The company that I’m involved with generates the customers through TV infomercials, radio ads, magazine and newspaper ads, and places them in their Media Acquisition Program (MAP). Then, in turn, they sell them to the independent business owners. The customers (called MAPS) can then be placed anywhere within the independent business owner’s organization. When I joined the company, the MAPS were a very large part of the plan that was implemented by our group.

The company would take the money they received for the purchase of those maps and reinvest it back into additional advertising. It was like this never ending supply of customers. And that was the secret to success for many of the independent business owners; buy individuals that are spending money, and doing it month after month after month.

You may be wondering why the breakdown or disintegration of the organization? Well the company decided to end the MAP program, and many business builders decided to stop working the business, or they just jumped ship and went to another company, you know, the “next big opportunity”!

As for me, I just stayed the course and continued to receive my monthly commission checks. I also continued to write my articles. I received many new customers through those articles, which helped me to grow my business. Many of my customers are still buying products today.

I could have jumped ship, or turned to buying leads, but I never liked wasting my time trying to turn leads into customers. I don’t like calling so-called “phone surveyed leads” that could cost me four to five dollars each, and then try to turn them into a customer. I would only buy customers!

So during this transition period, the company must of had a change of heart. They brought back the MAP program, along with a new gift card program. These two programs are both ways to generate customers. However, the gift cards can be more cost-effective, as the independent business owner chooses who receives the $50 gift card. Plus, there are better commissions paid out when someone redeems the card and purchases products above the $50 gift card amount.

Even though the MAP program is as popular as ever, the new gift cards may be the best way to generate customers. Yes, that’s right, the company doing all this continues to help their independent business owners build their businesses through customers, not leads.

I hope you’re starting to see that it takes customers to survive in business. That’s why it makes more sense to buy customers, or purchase and give out gift cards, than to purchase leads. Take a good look at your business, and see why you’re not making money. If I was betting man, I’d have to say that the reason your business is suffering is because you don’t have enough customers.

My hopes and prayers for everyone reading this article, is that you reevaluate your business, and really, I mean really, with wide open eyes, see if I’m right. See if the reason you are struggling making money is because you lack the necessity, the heart and soul, that every business needs to survive, customers. It just may be time to make a change!

To learn how you can start making money from your customers instead of chasing “bad” leads, go to http://www.gorevshare.com/12871028.

I wish you all the success in the world.

God Bless!

Jeffrey Sloe
Independent TriVita Business Owner, 12871028
440-725-3729