Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Best Bitcoin Miners

                                     Antminer S9 15.5TH/s
Bitcoin Market Journal
By Michael Hooper
The best bitcoin miners are hard to find because demand for them is so high. Manufacturers sell out quickly, and marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon often list popular bitcoin miners at double or triple the manufacturers’ price.
Here is a look at two of the best bitcoin miners and a review of profitability and risks in running a bitcoin mining operation.

The Evolution of Bitcoin Mining

In the creation of bitcoin, founder Satoshi Nakamoto gave the responsibility for securing bitcoin’s ledger to miners or nodes. For this job, the miners get paid in bitcoin.
In the early days of bitcoin, when just a few people were interested in bitcoin mining, a simple computer could mine bitcoin profitably.
However, those days are long gone. There are many people mining bitcoin today all over the world. As more people begin mining, mining difficulty increases. Now, the only way to profitably mine bitcoin is with  ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). These specialized computers run fast, hot, and loud with high-powered cooling fans. The fans create a high-pitched jet engine white noise that is disturbing if not maniacal. Yet, that noise is music to the ears of people mining bitcoin because it is the sound of making money in the mining business.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 Is The Year To Make Great Gains in Crypto & Cannabis

2018 Is The Year To Make Great Gains In Crypto And Cannabis



2018 is the year to make great gains.
Crypto and cannabis industries set to grow in North America.
Be aware of a new crypto analyst valuation technique giving value to a token's utility.
I'm excited about 2018 after coming off one of my best years in my 24 years of investing. I had a 15.93% return in my brokerage accounts and a 646% return in my crypto investments.
I'm excited about 2018 because gross domestic product is really going up over 3%, which is when the economy experiences job growth. I see lots of jobs developing in the crypto and cannabis markets. Canada’s economy will see a boost if it approves recreational marijuana by July as anticipated by advocates.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Topeka Native Brad Garlinghouse Is Worth $9 Billion With Rise Of Ripple

                            Brad Garlinghouse Photo by Heather Hooper

Story By Michael Hooper

Brad Garlinghouse, 46, a graduate of Topeka High School, University of Kansas and Harvard Business School, is a newly minted billionaire, according to Forbes.
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse owns a 6.3% stake in Ripple, a San Francisco-based company. He also owns additional XRP tokens. He has a net worth of at least $9.5 billion, Forbes said. XRP tokens exploded in value in 2017, up from $0.006 on Jan. 1, 2017, to $2.30 on Dec. 31, 2017, — a return of 38,000%. 
The chart from shows the rise of Ripple in the last quarter of 2017.
Garlinghouse is the son of Kent and Susan Garlinghouse in Topeka.
Brad Garlinghouse has spoken widely about Ripple on business news channels like Fox Business and CNBC. When asked about Ripple, he says the company sells a blockchain technology to banks and payment providers to do real time settlement between banks. He says the current banking system for settlement between U.S. and foreign banks is lengthy and time consuming, it is faster to get on a plane and fly the money to London from New York than to send it through the current banking system.
Over 100 banks have joined Ripple. Most banks pay other banks to make those settlements. Anytime you can do something without that central counter party and go direct peer to peer, this saves time and money.

Garlinghouse said MoneyGram has partnered with Ripple to use XRP in its payment flows.
Garlinghouse acknowledged on CNBC there has been a lot of hype in the crypto space. He said the value of a token over the long term will be its utility, what problem is it solving?
"At Ripple we use XRP to settle liquidity issues between banks," he said on CNBC. The settlement takes place in three seconds.

On Fox Business, Garlinghouse said Ripple was working with American Express and other big money transfer companies.

Ripple XRP fell from a high of $3.84 to $2.21. On Fox, he said, XRP is part of an early stage of volatility.

“There is a lot of volatility in the digital asset market broadly, and certainly that is true in the bitcoin market, it’s been true for XRP and I think that’s because these markets are very nascent. This is still the earliest innings of the creation of what I think is really going to be a new asset category,” he told Fox.

Garlinghouse was recently inducted into the Topeka High School Hall of Fame. Garlinghouse said he has lived in California for 20 years, but he always thinks of himself as a Kansan first. “Topeka High is an indelible part of who I am today,” he said. You may read his comments at the Oct. 1, 2017 ceremony here.

Blogger Michael Hooper owns several crypto currencies including XRP.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Three Kansas City Crypto Investor Stories

Bitcoin Market Journal
When contemplating an investment in digital currencies, it never hurts to find out what other investors in the space are doing and what results they have achieved.
Here, then, are the stories of three Kansas City entrepreneurs who opened their own businesses in the cryptocurrency space. Kory Bostwick is a miner, Ryan Derks is a crypto asset manager, and Tim Lawrence is a crypto trader and leader of The Kansas City Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency MeetUp Group.
To read their stories click here

Thursday, November 30, 2017

LockChain ICO Is Mostly Blue Sky

By Michael Hooper
Bitcoin Market Journal
Founders of LockChain aim to design and build a decentralized open source bookings system for renting hotel rooms, private properties, or accommodation. LockChain, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, says its platform will allow customers and property owners to deal with each other without any fee or commission. LockChain says it will build as “a marketplace/application that will connect with the decentralized engine, The Marketplace. The decentralized system will hold the LOC booking ledger, which will be the core of the engine.”
A review of LockChain shows this startup has an idea with some merit, but there are concerns about the founders’ sketchy history with  Further, the Marketplace remains under development, with no visible prototype available, and LockChain’s decentralized booking system offers no accountability in case something goes wrong between the customer and the accommodation.

Monday, November 27, 2017

How To Meet Crypto Investors In Your Area

Bitcoin Market Journal

Crypto investor meet up

In every burgeoning industry, there is a learning curve. Perhaps the greatest barrier to universal adoption of cryptocurrencies is lack of knowledge. One way to increase your knowledge of digital currencies is through meeting other crypto investors face-to-face.

Using Meetup to…You Guessed It, Meet Up!

Investors are turning to networking tools like Meetup to connect with other digital currency investors. This article will show you how to search for a group and how to make the most of its meetup events.

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