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1  Bitcoin / Press / [2015-09-09] Aite: Demystifying Blockchain in Capital Markets Report on: September 09, 2015, 02:10:24 PM
Cover page indicates pretty bullish. Anyone work in finance and care to share the report?

"With the initial exuberance over bitcoin waning quickly, the underlying blockchain technology has become the next big thing in financial services technology. Conceptually attractive yet hard to tangibly pin down or explain, blockchain has the potential, to some, to be the greatest technology innovation since the Internet. Could blockchain be the missing technology link that can help financial institutions reduce regulatory and compliance costs as well as generate new revenue streams?"

http://www.aitegroup.com/report/demystifying-blockchain-capital-markets-innovation-or-disruption
2  Economy / Economics / 0.25 BTC Bounty - Bitcoin Valuation Analysis on: March 24, 2015, 11:24:47 PM
I'm working on an analysis for a presentation and need a bit of help putting together one aspect.

I'm willing to put up 0.25 BTC for the first response that meets my requirements. Bonus - if you feel like working on this now and getting it done by 11PM Eastern, the bounty will be 0.5 BTC. You'll have to trust me as the sole arbiter of what counts as solid work and what doesn't - there will be only one winner.

Requirements:
I'm look looking for a mathematical and graphical demonstration of bitcoin valuation based on (a) the frequency of usage of bitcoin for payment (without payments being converted to fiat) and (b) transaction size (if applicable).  For example, as bitcoin is used more (or less) frequently for payments and as transactions increase (or decrease) in size, the effect on the value of bitcoin is _____. 

The mathematical portion should show a rigorous derivation and example of valuation based on the above parameters.  The graphical portion of the demonstration should provide an image or two that explain the valuation and its parameters in a way that is easy to understand.  It should be as visually intuitive as possible (but economics graphs are totally fine).

Oh - and I don't care if you reuse someone else's analysis, as long as it meets the goals. Have at it.
3  Economy / Reputation / canth reputation thread on: January 08, 2014, 06:13:53 AM
I always follow through on my commitments, whether in my best interest or not.
4  Bitcoin / Hardware / Cryoniks Query on: August 06, 2013, 09:25:26 PM
I'm aware that I'm not likely to get any affirmative responses, but I'm curious to know if anyone has actually sent money to Cryonics? (https://cryoniks.com)

Yes - I know that the cost/TH is (was) too low, that the reputation of those associated is dubious at best and that the cooling technology is pure quackery as far as current science goes.

However, they have a slick website and perhaps not everyone does their diligence before ordering a $15K money making/time traveling device. The fact that they still have the site up and list their banking information for incoming wires is pretty bad - makes it more serious than an elaborate practical joke.

If anyone has actually sent them money, I'd like to know - please PM me. I'll keep your information to myself if that's your request.
5  Economy / Economics / Clinkle - Largest Seed Investment in Silicon Valley on: June 30, 2013, 12:20:19 PM
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/27/silicon-valley-luminaries-bet-on-clinkle-a-payments-start-up/?_r=0

"Clinkle, a new mobile payments start-up, may or may not have succeeded where so many other efforts have fizzled by inventing a practical way to replace credit cards with smartphones. Itís hard to say, though, since Clinkle wonít say much about how its system works.

But a prominent group of Silicon Valley investors who do know what Clinkle is cooking up are acting as though it has achieved a breakthrough. On Thursday, Clinkle announced that it had raised $25 million in early financing from Accel Partners; Andreessen Horowitz; Intel; Intuit; Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com; Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal; and a long list of other investors with technology industry pedigrees."

I've read through a few articles and personally, I can't fathom why a smartphone wallet app is worth $25m in seed stage funding. I searched around on the forums and couldn't find a single mention.

Thoughts about how this could relate to Bitcoin? Is this "the" wallet system that end users will embrace en masse and something that will rely upon Bitcoin infrastructure? Or is it a competitor?
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