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CoinAgenda Announces Startup Competition Winners

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This week, CoinAgenda organizers announced the final winners of the startup competition held at the Las Vegas conference on October 25-26.

Also read: Altcoin Report: Zcash ‘Bug’ Diminishes Privacy

CoinAgenda Startup Competition Places Blockchain Business Ideas in Front of Potential Investors

The firms participating in this competition showcased their products and services, all of which utilize blockchain technology to solve existing problems or create new experiences and business opportunities not possible without the blockchain.

Seventeen businesses competed, each giving 20-minute presentations to industry leaders and investors, including the relatively new Intellisys Capital.

Here is a list of the winners in each of the competition’s categories:

Best Pre-Crowdsale Token: GoPayWin (GoCoin)

Best Trading Token: GameCredits

Best Startup: CakeCodes

Best Ramp Up: Airbitz

Rising Star: CakeCodes

Best of Show: Airbitz

These winners will have their presentations shared among members of the BitAngels investment group, giving the startups a chance to secure new funding.

The other finalists received honorary plaques, and had the chance to network with investors attending the conference.

CoinAgenda founder Michael Terpin expressed his satisfaction with CoinAgenda’s turnout and the results from the startup competition.

“Once again, the BitAngels network allowed us to field an extraordinary group of presenters, from Australia to Europe, and our judges were impressed by the quality of not only the winners, but the entire group of presenters,” Terpin told Bitcoinist.

“As CoinAgenda expands globally, we look forward to connecting even more exciting blockchain startups with a growing wave of investors seeking out these opportunities.”

CoinAgenda has scheduled a one-day summit in Las Vegas on January 4, 2017, a day before the opening of the highly-popular CES. As part of the summit, Terpin will speak at the CES Blockchain Breakfast as part of the conference’s Digital Money Forum.

Did you attend CoinAgenda? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.


Images courtesy of Ryan Strauss.

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Apptrade to Hold ICO on OpenLedger, Mainstream Investors Expected

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Apptrade, recently announced at CoinAgenda in Las Vegas, and covered by Forbes contributor Roger Atkins, will hold an ICO with OpenLedger.

Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Bitcoin PR Buzz.

This ICO is one of three upcoming crowdsales on the OpenLedger platform that will reportedly bring mainstream attention to the ICO method of fundraising, according to the decentralized conglomerate.

Apptrade: ‘The Stock Market of Apps’

Apptrade, calling itself “the stock market of apps,” presents a new way for app developers and publishers to raise funding for their projects. According to a press release, the platform will let developers pool resources that everyone can use as “collateral to attract funding.”

In return, each app benefiting from the pool contributes a portion of its earnings to a shared reserve. Held on a blockchain, OpenLedger said that Apptrade’s resources come with “standardized regulatory features,” which it said will make the app attractive to institutional investors

Furthermore, with its large set of analytical tools, OpenLedger said Apptrade will allow speculators “to easily track the monetary trajectory of portfolios.”

“Apptrade’s Featured Public Offerings and digitally shared reserves have the potential to transform the App investment market in the same way as ICOs have transformed cryptocurrency investments,” said Ronny Boesing, OpenLedger CEO.

“Apptrade’s venture is an innovation in investment finance, one that could have a massive impact on the future of fundraising.”

Apptrade announced its ICO at CoinAgenda last week. Developers will offer an Apptrade-specific token in the crowdsale, which gives holders a 10 percent stake of the app’s market value and future revenue.

“We have the backing and support of [Boesing],” Apptrade founder Daniel Pineda said. “OpenLedger has built the marketplace for smartcoin creation.”

OpenLedger told press that interested investors can contact Ronny Boesing for information on pre-investment arrangements.

Do you think this project will have a successful ICO on OpenLedger? Will it really attract institutional investors? Let us know in the comments below.


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CoinAgenda Recap: Investors, Entrepreneurs Convene in Las Vegas

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This week at the CoinAgenda conference in Las Vegas, a group of leading cryptocurrency investors, experts, and entrepreneurs discussed ongoing trends in the Bitcoin and blockchain industries. At the center of this discussion was the rising “Appcoin” phenomenon, a topic which sits in murky legal waters.

Also read: Bitcoin Price Keeps Booming, Another $30 Rise in the Books

CoinAgenda Las Vegas 2016, organized and run by Michael Terpin, co-founder and chairman of BitAngels, was well received, with one prominent attendee claiming that “this was the best conference he had ever attended, period.”

CoinAgenda will host its next conference in Puerto Rico in March 2017, with plans of future expansion to Europe and Asia. Moreover, CoinAgenda will host the CoinAgenda Summit the day before CES in January, along with a presence around SXSW in March, will give communities at some of the largest technology conferences a chance to learn more about the Bitcoin world.

Next year, in October, CoinAgenda will again hold a conference in correspondence with Money 20/20 Las Vegas.

CoinAgenda: The State of Appcoins

The United States has in recent years created legislation such as the JOBS Act to help open up crowdfunding channels, and combined with the timeframe of development in the Bitcoin and blockchain spaces, Initial Coin Offering (ICO) crowdsource funding has rapidly increased over the past 3 months. This corresponds with AirBitz’s recent announcement of a partnership with WeFunder to enable the sale of equity in AirBitz for Bitcoin. Investors are now searching for ways to profit significantly and access this new form of digital capital and decentralized application platforms.

The rising altcoin trend is bound to gain attention of regulators once an ICO gets big enough that a larger community takes notice, such as what happened to Ethereum after TheDAO hack.

Speaking to this development, Brock Pierce, managing partner at Blockchain Capital, detailed that “The specific nuance of this is accredited versus non-accredited investors. . .These are in place to protect the smaller investors and to prevent their money from potentially being swindled.”

Speaking with regulators proactively when launching an altcoin or appcoin is a near necessity for any organization to remain compliant in the long run.  As Marco Santori, partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, explained, “A lot of ICO’s are questionable because they’re selling unregistered securities to the public in the USA. . .does the enforcement come in from the SEC?”

No one can say how the regulations in America will play out, and therefore innovation from abroad could lead developments in this emerging space. Jeremy Gardner of Blockchain Capital explained how Singapore presents a potential haven for anyone looking to launch an ICO.

“You can legally launch ICOs in Singapore… yet you need to ‘geofence the USA’ to prevent them from accessing the crowd sale,” Mr. Gardner explained.

With the number of altcoins in circulation now at around 700, some industry experts foresee a potential consolidation in the space towards 50 or so altcoins in 2017, with 100-150 more arising in 2018 once regulation becomes clearer.

“Getting access to early capital from your computer is very revolutionary,” Mr. Gardner echoed.

A final and fascinating theory to emerge from the conference was that of Bitcoin as a quasi-settlement layer for other altcoins.

Because of the security and liquidity that the immensely computationally powerful Bitcoin network provides, many altcoin traders can only access those particular coins through accessing Bitcoin first. It is speculated that recent investment in altcoins is at least part of the reason for Bitcoin’s recent price rise.

As noise from blockchain discussions grow, the signal of Bitcoin eventually shines its light on curious investors. Events such as CoinAgenda provide environments for industry experts and new entrants to meet and collectively discuss the most pressing or cutting-edge issues.

With networking opportunities and conferences growing, CoinAgenda will continue to bridge industry experts together and push forward Bitcoin and blockchain applications from the idea realm further into reality.

What do you think about the ongoing AppCoin trend? How will the regulatory environment shake out? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Images courtesy of Ryan Strauss.

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OpenLedger: 3 New ICOs Have Crypto ‘Going Mainstream’

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LAS VEGAS — At CoinAgenda, OpenLedger CEO Ronny Boesing said his company is “taking ICOs mainstream” by opening pre-investment to 3 new funding projects, all of which are unrelated to the cryptocurrency market.

Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Bitcoin PR Buzz.

Three Companies to Draw Attention to Blockchain Through OpenLedger ICOs

 

Boesing said that the three incoming ICOs will be fore Apptrade, Centz and Beyond the Void, all of which will reportedly attract institutional investors to the ICO funding method.

“Apptrade, Centz, and Beyond the Void all show applications of blockchain technology to mainstream audiences,” Boesing said. “By accelerating their ICO crowdfunding, we’ll accelerate the spread of ICO culture and practices as well.”

Apptrade brands itself as “the stock market of apps,” combining ICO investment with token trading to, according to OpenLedger, “revolutionize how the app industry gets funding.

In a press release, OpenLedger explained that Apptrade “helps publishers leverage their exposure with cross-marketing and collaborate funding via app portfolios.”

The platform competed in front of BitAngels investors this week at CoinAgenda.

Centz is a gift card service, making balances on all gift cards tradable for a specialized currency called “Centz Gold Bucks.” According to the service’s website, multiple gift cards can be lumped into one spendable sum on a mobile wallet, including cards with fractional balances. The comapny also claims to provide a “comprehensive approach” to security and fraud prevention.

Finally, Beyond the Void is an upcoming MOBA game that centers around battling spacecraft called “motherships.” The game will use a blockchain-based token system to facilitate buying and trading vanity items for player personalization. Developers told press that this item market will make up the game’s main revenue stream.

All three of these companies will launch ICOs on the OpenLedger cryptocurrency exchange, which has gained popularity in the blockchain community for hosting several high profile crowdfunding campaigns. The company recently began calling itself a “decentralized conglomerate” after adding services beyond cryptocurrency trading, including advertising, “blockchain talent,” and ICO marketing.  

Do you think these ICOs will draw mainstream attention? Let us know in the comments below.


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CoinAgenda Brings Blockchain Leaders to Vegas on October 25

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CoinAgenda, a highly popular fintech and investor conference, will hit the Las Vegas Strip this week on October 25 and 26. The third-annual BitAingels Global Conference will coincide with CoinAgenda,  both events bringing the biggest names in digital currency to Vegas.

Also read: Bitcoin ATM Industry Reacts to ‘Money Mules,’ Changing Markets

Both conferences are located in the Skyview Ballrooms of the Ballys Las Vegas. On Monday, October 24, organizers will host a pre-conference with a “mini-hackathon” and cocktail party.

BitAngels, the organizers of the two conferences, organizers told press that the event is “aimed at both mainstream investors, as well as experienced investors in both digital assets and blockchain companies.

CoinAgenda and BitAngels Conference Feature Industry Leaders and Promising Startups

Keeping with that theme, the conference features well known entrepreneurs and financial analysts from the blockchain community, such as Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver, Airbitz CEO Paul Puey, and financial analyst Tone Vays.

CoinAgenda’s sessions will center around presentations given by these industry leaders, covering topics including: “Why Bitcoin is as Important as the Internet,” and “Bitcoin Trading (
Introductory and Advanced).”

The BitAngels Global Conference focuses on startups that build blockchain products.

Alongside its keynotes and panels, the conference will have a contest where 20 startups from the blockchain industry present their products or services. The companies will be judged by leading cryptocurrency VCs and angels, who will hand out six awards in the following categories:

  • Best seed-stage startup
  • Best developed startup
  • Best blockchain startup
  • Best pre-launch cryptocurrency
  • Best post-launch cryptocurrency
  • Best of show

Last year year, ZebPay won this competition. ZebPay is an Indian Bitcoin exchange service, available as a mobile application on Android and iOS platforms.

The event, with organizers saying that it is “designed as a high-end ‘Goldman Sachs style investor conference,” will have preferred seating at both conferences, with speakers joining attendees for all meals.

Commenting on the state of the blockchain industry leading up to this year’s event, BitAngels chairman and co-founder Michael Terpin said in a press release:

“This year has been one of incredible growth in the sector, with bitcoin prices up more than 250 percent since January and appreciation in digital assets like Ethereum and Monero up more than 1,000 percent.”

The press release also cited CoinDesk’s report, State of Bitcoin and Blockchain 2016, saying that investment in bitcoin and blockchain companies rose from $2 million in 2012 to $490 million in 2015.  

Are you attending one or both of these conferences? Let us know in the comments below.


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