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May 10, 2013, 02:15:46 AM
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I see a lot of posts about how someone just recently emailed X company to start accepting bitcoins. I was wondering if we as a community should start organizing efforts to inform different businesses about bitcoin.

I have seen websites in the past where people pledge X amount of dollars to spend on a company if they did Y. Perhaps we could make a website similar to this where people can vote on different companies to target for the week and pledge X amount of bitcoins if they did. It obviously would be sort of an honor system since I don't think people will want to blindly put their bitcoins into something that isnt a sure thing.

The website could be organized similar to all those political sites where there are clear and convenient buttons to email/tweet/facebook etc said company and perhaps a pre-written script.

Or to avoid a swarm of emails - perhaps a website dedicated to a walk-a-thon type pledging, where users would pledge and once funding got to a certain point an email would be dispatched to the company detailing how much support they have from BTC users.

Hopefully the site could also automate integration of bitpay for them somehow... I don't know just spitballing my drunken ass off here Cheesy  I think this would work best with smaller companies rather than large ones (see amazon, newegg etc).

What do you guys think?

Small sample of businesses I have in mind:


  • Grooveshark:  Grooveshark is an internationally available online music search engine, music streaming service and music recommendation web software with a subscription option for anytime mobile use.
  • Dollar Shave Club:  A subscription based razors for a fraction of the price online store where razors are shipped monthly.
  • Giftly:  Lets users buy personalized online gift certificates to local businesses through their phones. (Commenting on the currect Gyft Bitpay integration would be really good.)
  • Quarterly: Every three months for $25, users get a gift created exclusively for Quarterly by influencers such as reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Swiss designer Tina Roth Eisenberg and writer Joshua Foer.

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May 10, 2013, 05:55:25 PM
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I don't have too much to say, but it sounds like a good idea.
Showing a company that "25 BTC have been pledged to you, if you begin to accept bitcoin!" or something like that might be compelling for them to begin accepting it.
As a slight twist, I think the big companies should be petitioned, but you're right that Bitcoin will probably be accepted by the little guy largely before the big guy.
I am willing to bet several companies will find themselves risking obsolescence by Bitcoin-based start-ups before they accept it Tongue

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May 10, 2013, 06:18:33 PM
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Anyone know of any good open source scripts that could be tweaked for a pledge website?  I have been googling walkathon pledge software and some kickstarter clones but haven't had much luck.

EDIT: here is an open source kickstarter platform http://selfstarter.us/

EDIT: i just learned about www.coinfunder.com - contacted the creator to see if he would be willing to create another section on the site for this purpose.  there is a feature where people can pledge.

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we are launching a second Campaign Type that we refer to as a Pledge.  Under this campaign type, once a pledge is made, it counts immediately toward that project's funding goal amount. The only way a pledge wouldn't count is if the pledge is canceled.  Once a project reaches it's funding goal based on the total of the Pledge Amounts, the project owner is given the ability to enter the Bitcoin address they would like to receive payment at.  Once the project owner does this, the funders are given the ability to submit payment for their pledges.  These payments go directly to the project owner, without going through CoinFunder.com controlled accounts.
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May 11, 2013, 12:01:14 AM
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Hey - I replied to your PM.  Let's talk!

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May 11, 2013, 04:15:09 AM
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Let them know that The Bitcoin Catalog will give them our full box package for free. (just let me know and we will make arrangement with them if they are interested)

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May 13, 2013, 12:15:01 AM
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Let them know that The Bitcoin Catalog will give them our full box package for free. (just let me know and we will make arrangement with them if they are interested)

Excellent!  Coinfunder and I have been talking and this will officially be moving forward.  Any ideas, suggestions on websites would be appreciated.
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Let them know that The Bitcoin Catalog will give them our full box package for free. (just let me know and we will make arrangement with them if they are interested)

Excellent!  Coinfunder and I have been talking and this will officially be moving forward.  Any ideas, suggestions on websites would be appreciated.

Great news! Keep us informed.



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May 20, 2013, 02:52:11 PM
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With the help of CoinFunder, we are happy to announce a section we call "Initiatives"

A formal announcement and description of the process will be posted shortly.  In the meantime feel free to start pledging and start your own initiatives for websites that do not currently accept bitcoin!
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May 20, 2013, 03:06:00 PM
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With the help of CoinFunder, we are happy to announce a section we call "Initiatives"

A formal announcement and description of the process will be posted shortly.  In the meantime feel free to start pledging and start your own initiatives for websites that do not currently accept bitcoin!

Great! Definitely keep in touch with this!

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