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June 12, 2011, 10:40:37 PM
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It started as an Idea for a Bitcoin related service, but then I thought It could actually be possible to set up a whole company, with employees and revenues, in an open-source/wikipedia fashion, purely online, purely with with bitcoins. so here goes..

The employees will be paid in bitcoins, the servers will be hosted on farms that accept bitcoins, and the company would practically not be able to do anything with dollars since it would not have a method of keeping USD.

Every member of the community is essentially an employee - and may get payed, with bitcoins, for his contribution. It is jointly decided by consensus how members should be compensated. if people cannot agree, they can fork the company, in the open-source spirit.

This company would be managed on mediawiki similarly to how policies are set on wikipedia. A process which is open and transparent. it may require few trusted administrators, though they would not have any special rights, just access to resources that require a certain level of trust (e.g. the company's wallet.DAT)

So here's what the company will do in short: A clearinghouse service to let your visitors, customers, subscribers to "Pay with Bitcoin" (very similar to "Pay with PayPal"'). It would offer merchant and other websites which accept payments a super easy way to accept bitcoins as well and get the payment in USD, Bitcoins or any desired split (e.g the company could transfer to the seller his funds 50% in bitcoins and 50% in USD, if he wishes to. The seller enjoys supporting a new high-profiled payment method with a very little effort, and it even reduce his charge-back risks.

It is done using the MtGox API to make sure that bitcoins are sold on realtime whenever customer is making a purchase according to the seller's required bitcoin/cash split. Potentially, fees could be collected to cover for market fluctuations, though it could still be a good deal comparing to PayPal's fees.

Employees required:
Developers
System Administrators
DBAs
QA guys
Online/Offline representatives (reps)

About reps: they would be those who bring new customers to the service and support them. probably a portion of the payment fee should be allocated to their bitcoin account, as they are supporting this account as well. The rep's job could be to contact the merchant, explain to him the nature of the service, and handle the sign-up process until it is fully operational. Get a large merchant, and you can earn yourself a nice monthly recurring income, though you will need to support your customer. They could also be responsible for making sure the funds are transferred to the merchant on a timely fashion.)

I propose that the initial team of administrator would be those who pledge 25+ BTCs to the project. Funds will be used to pay for servers and services as required and decided by the community.

Many thought wikipedia wouldn't work either - and it is quite an amazing accomplishment. I think it's worth giving it a shot.

* It could prove to be more secure than paypal - no chargebacks.
* It could really promote bitcoin as new merchants would be accepting it.
* We can build a compatible PayPal interfaces that would make the integration as simple as copy&paste & domain name change - we can make it that easy to accept bitcoins.
* This may be expanded to actual shops (not just online) as more and more people will carry bitcoins on their smartphones and could use it to pay.

Here are some components
* A "Pay" page - Page that is called from the merchant, calculate the price in BTC, etc.
* Mgmt interface for reps/other employees
* Integration with the Bitcoin module
* Integration with MtGox to get realtime prices and market data, as well as to sell bitcoins for merchants that wish to get paid in USD.

what do you think?
p.s. it's late and i'm falling asleep - so sorry if there are typos. also, i'm the founder of metacafe so i have some experience with building web products/services and i can devote a lot of my time to do this, but more ppl/pledges are needed.


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June 12, 2011, 10:52:37 PM
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This sounds like a good idea and a logical step forward to bringing new payment methods to existing merchants without having to educate them on how it works exactly. I can see this working but I'm not sure if this is viable right now. The exchange rates are too volatile and even if you used gox api to position a merchant 50/50 coin / USD it could prove difficult to sell the coins. It only takes a small group of people trying to sell all their coins at x fixed price to drive the entire market down and leave you unable to crash out.

This is a good concept and I'd love to see it turn into a reality, bumping this up.

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June 13, 2011, 12:09:32 AM
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hopefully this will be viable in some time when bitcoin is more stable Smiley

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June 13, 2011, 12:12:50 AM
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Agreed that the volatile nature of the BTC is once of the major flaws of any new currency. I do feel that there is hope for this system. A world currency would solve many issues.

I'm just worried about the 21 million cap. While I understand fractions, it's simple usability might restrict it's growth.

How much is that soda? 0.0023 btc? ahah

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June 13, 2011, 12:38:36 AM
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I like your idea, but you should talk more about who you are. If someone has valuable technical skills to offer, they'd want to know what you bring to the table, and why they can't start the same company without you. I don't mean this as an attack, it's just how the process of finding business partners work.

Also, I don't think the BTC contributions that you talk of are an issue at all. The real cost is contributed time and effort, which is far more valuable.

Have you considered going to a local entrepreneurship meetup?
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June 13, 2011, 03:12:33 AM
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How much is that soda? 0.0023 btc? ahah

2.3 millibit
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How much is that soda? 0.0023 btc? ahah

2.3 millibit

Good call sir.  Grin

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June 13, 2011, 07:41:03 AM
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In due time. In due time....
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June 13, 2011, 08:42:31 AM
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Thanks for all the feedback. I think that the market volatility issue can be handled with. First thing is that the fees may be higher - for example - 5% fee would cover any last min fluctuation with the price, and would probably generate a large profit. The goal would be to find the right fee that would protect the company from changing prices. Also, it is possible to look at the actual bids, not just the price - so if a purchase is made for a thousand $ in bitcoins, the system could look up what is the rate in which it can sell $1000 worth of bitcoins right now (may be significantly lower then the current market price) - and this is the rate that should be quoted to the payer. Many businesses accept bitcoins, every day there are more, and it would be great if we could accelerate the adoption this way.

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June 13, 2011, 08:02:05 PM
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Moved here : http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=16232.0

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