With all the buzz around blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies, small businesses might feel left out.
Even those individuals who are not really front line regarding tech, these tips can engage entrepreneurs and private ventures in utilizing bitcoin and blockchain as digital form of money for their needs.
Accepting Payments in Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies
The existence of the cryptocurrency revolution is completely dependent on its acceptance, and that is where small businesses can excel. Some larger companies, like Amazon and Tesla, are currently accepting cryptocurrency.
The transfer fee for cryptocurrencies is nearly free i.e. 0-1%. You will have faster access to your funds even faster than banks i.e. within minutes to few hours rather than days (as in Banks) depending on the cryptographic load.
Usually the contract is a complex document to be signed by both the parties, and if the terms and conditions agreed upon are not met you will again go through the hectic process of claiming your right by bringing suit against the other party.
But smart contract is all but simpler than that.
You design it mutually and agree upon the amount to be delivered against the services to be provided, in any of the cryptocurrencies and the deadlines.
As the contract is on blockchain it cannot be altered, and is monitored, to be sure for the services delivered and the amount of cryptocurrency promised are exchanged properly or not.
Paying Utility Bills Through Bitcoin Wallets
In the past, people weren’t excited about cryptocurrencies because there was lack of use for everyday items. We want to have the ability to pay bills or purchase gas with our cryptographic money and permit our financial balances to develop while we do as such. This has gradually been changing and we are seeing more Bitcoin wallets enabling to make utility installments for us.
We are yet witnessing development in Crypto market in terms of growth and acceptance, 2018 will be a decisive year in that regards where it will be decided that crypto currencies are just a bubble or could be used in real life for value addition.
52% of ICO’s failed in 2017
According to the data compiled by Fabric ventures and Token Data, 52% of ICO’s failed in year 2017, and only 48% of them were successful.
A Total of $5.6 billion was raised by ICO’s in 2017, making it the most beneficial year for ICO founders ever, although project success ratio has dropped.
Number of successful ICO’s in 2017 were 435 with average funding of $12.7 million
10 largest projects raised 25% of total ICO’s funding
worrying sign is that return on investment for new investors in the market is on downtrend.
Venture capital fund Fabric Ventures and cryptocurrency data provider TokenData shared the figure in their “State of the Token Market” report. 2017 saw a huge boom in companies raising money by issuing their own digital currencies, which are structured similarly to bitcoin, in return for funds to build their business. These “coins” can then be traded freely on online exchanges, offering greater liquidity to investors than traditional equity investment.
“More than $5.6 billion of capital was raised in 2017 according to the metrics used by the TokenData team,” the report says. “This compares to $1 billion of ‘traditional’ venture investing in blockchain startups in the same time frame and a ‘mere’ $240 million raised by token sales in 2016.”
Fabric Ventures and TokenData found 435 successful ICOs out of an attempted 913 last year — meaning just 48% were successful.
The average amount raised was $12.7 million but the report notes: “Collectively, the 10 largest sales raised close to $1.4 billion and roughly 25% of the total capital raised in 2017.”
Almost a third of funding went towards blockchain infrastructure projects. The biggest ICO of last year was Filecoin, a project to build a decentralized data storage solution based on the blockchain. The project raised $257 million in September.
The majority of people investing in these ICO projects have been retail or small-time investors but institutions are increasingly looking at ICOs due to their eye-catching returns.
Berlin: The Crypto Capital of Europe
When it comes to spending crypto currencies in real life, it seems that Berliners are way ahead of entire Europe in terms of usage of crypto currencies.
Guardian referred Berlin as Bitcoin capital of Europe back in 2013, and it seems like with the passage of time Berliners are getting more into crypto currencies.
Nowadays people can buy an apartment, book holidays, eat and drink in a number of trendy bars and even pay for further education using the controversial cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
One of the first universities in Germany to accept Bitcoin as a mean of payment is the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). The ESMT Berlin EMBA is ranked highly in the world for career progress and first started accepting Bitcoin payments in December 2016.
Georg Garlichs, CFO of ESMT explains that Bitcoin is a decentralized virtual peer-to-peer currency and can now be used for all payments to ESMT. The institution also accepts Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash and many other cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. “Similar to an SMS, the digital currency enables worldwide money transfers within a few minutes without involving a bank. ESMT is an innovative and future-oriented business school,” says Garlichs.
Niels Göttsch is the owner of Leuchtstoff Kaffeebar in Berlin which introduced Bitcoin payments in 2012 and has been fascinated by cryptocurrencies for a very long time. Why? Göttsch explains the idea of having a currency that doesn’t need an authority and therefore cannot be controlled by any state or company as one reason.
“There’s no political decisions in there. The algorithm is transparent to everybody,” says Göttsch.
Göttsch explains the second reason is that nobody can control Bitcoin payments. “First it is pseudo-anonymous, it’s hard to track user data. Second is you don’t need a bank that charges random fees. It is international and can be transferred to local money in every country you are in.”
Leuchtstoff Kaffeebar also accepts Ether as a form of payment. Do many customers use the Bitcoin and Ether payment services? Göttsch says: “It was more in 2012. Now with the high fees it’s not that common anymore.”
Networking is key in the crypto scene and Berlin’s tech scene has a strong, vibrant community. Developers, anarchists, libertarians, cypherpunks and would-be entrepreneurs have all been rubbing shoulders at bars in Berlin where you can pay with Bitcoin and where everyone is open to talking about crypto.
32 Cryptocurrencies with market cap of over $1 Billion
Market cap is one of the most important indicators to know the worth of any cryptcurrency,Boom of 2017 in crypto market lead many crypto currencies to reach different milestones. One of the most important targets for any crypto currency is to reach the target of $1 billion, and that’s what happened with 32 cryptocurrencies.
According to coinmarketcap, there are 32 different cryptocurrencies with market cap of over $1 billion
Bitcoin and Ethereum leading the market cap
Bitcoin is still the most valuable crypto currency in the world with market cap of over $190 billion, followed by ethereum ($110 billion) , so both these crypto currencies hold more than $300 billion in market cap out of total $580 billion, so Bitcoin and Ethereum are leading the number game in crypto market.
Here’s the list of 32 crypto currencies with market cap of over $1 billion
- Bitcoin ($190 billion)
- Ethereum ($110 billion)
- Ripple ($50 billion)
- Bitcoin Cash ($27 billion)
- Cardano ($14 billion)
- NEO ($10 billion)
- Stellar ($9.8 billion)
- Litecoin ($9.7 billion)
- EOS ($8.1 billion)
- NEM ($7.9 billion)
- IOTA ($6.7 billion)
- Dash ($6 billion)
- Monero ($4.8 billion)
- Tron ($3.9 billion)
- Icon ($3.6 billion)
- Ethereum Classic ($3 billion)
- Qtum ($3 billion)
- BitcoinGold ($3 billion)
- Vechain ($2.8 billion)
- Lisk ($2.6 billion)
- RaiBlocks ($2.5 billion)
- Populous ($2.5 billion)
- Tether ($2.2 billion)
- OmiseGo ($1.7 billion)
- Stratus ($1.4 billion)
- Zcash ($1.3 billion)
- Steem ($1.3 billion)
- Bytecoin ($1.2 billion)
- Siacoin ($1.2 billion)
- Binance Coin ($1.2 billion)
- Bitshares ($1.1 billion)
- Verge ($1.1 billion)
News7 months ago
News7 months ago
Bitcoin on Mars?
Interviews7 months ago
Interview with Neil Stanley about the world of crypto currencies
Interviews7 months ago
A wall street veteran’s take on Cryptocurrencies
News7 months ago
IOTA is the next Bitcoin
News6 months ago
Vitalik Buterin owns 500000 Ethereum
News7 months ago
Total market cap of crypto currencies drops below $300 billion
Research6 months ago
New World Order 2.0 : Thoughts about Blockchain Technology and Bitcoin