Nearly $7 billion has been invested in the ICO market over the course of 2018. Unprecedented ICO hype has seen more investment pour into ICOs this year than during the entirety of 2017. Because scam ICOs and projects which never came to market accounted for 80% of ICO investment in 2017, it is imperative for investors not to invest recklessly.
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The cryptocurrency economy is evolving. Thanks to more Bitcoin businesses and merchants coming online, it is easier than ever for people to earn Bitcoin just like regular fiat cash. At present, it is possible to earn Bitcoin as both an entrepreneur and semi-professional side hustler.
Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency can be accepted online and offline using specialized point of sale software. Offline product and service providers can receive cryptocurrency payments just as easily as regular fiat cash payments. By allowing customers to pay with Bitcoin and other coins, businesses can tap broader market demographics and even benefit from an incredible free marketing boost.
Bitbe is the EU’s newest homegrown Bitcoin payment gateway provider. Based out of Poland, Bitbe is striving to help small businesses accept Bitcoin payments without having to rely on U.S. Payment processing partners. Using a Bitbe payment gateway, EU merchants can accept Bitcoin payments free from Bitcoin price volatility concerns.
Acceptance of cryptocurrency payments online is becoming just as popular as commercial payment services like PayPal. Incorporating cryptocurrency payments into an online e-commerce strategy can help counter chargeback fraud. In some cases, cryptocurrency payments can be instantly exchanged for fiat cash payments at leading exchanges like Coinbase.
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to earn Bitcoin just like regular fiat cash. Platforms like Shopify have been accepting Bitcoin and coins like Litecoin from as early as 2013. To earn Bitcoin, all aspirant entrepreneurs need to do is start offering products and services in exchange for digital currency.
In January 2018, Facebook banned cryptocurrency related businesses from running ads using Facebook advertising. Facebook has now partially reversed this ban, but some restrictions will remain in place. Some are speculating that Facebook’s new ad policy, may be due to in-house development of Facebooks’ very own cryptocurrency.
On October 9, 2018, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Switzerland will take place for the second time in Geneva, the European fintech hub. The event is dedicated to blockchain and cryptocurrencies uniting blockchain project developers, investors, analysts, financiers, specialists in marketing and legal support of business. The first Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Switzerland was held in February and gathered more than 300 participants.
BTCC was launched in June 2011 as China’s first ever Bitcoin Exchange. Based in Hong Kong, BTCC became China’s biggest exchange but was forced to cease operations in late 2017. The China Bitcoin exchange is now relaunching and will offer cryptocurrency to cryptocurrency transactions, as well as crypto to fiat cash exchanges.
VeChain is a supply chain tracking token running on the new Thor blockchain. VeChain was launched as an ETH ERC20 token in June 2015 but an official ER20 VEN to VET token swap is planned for mid-July. Vechain blockchain technology is designed to revolutionize real-world business and retail supply chains.