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These Are the Crypto Influencers to Follow in 2019

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Last year was supposed to be the year of blockchain. But bitcoin’s belly flop put a damper on public interest and mainstream adoption remains elusive. But blockchain pioneers made some important strides in 2018, and people are now using it to vote, deal in fine art, and microfinance entrepreneurs in refugee camps. Crypto evolved and even became a national currency for the first time.

The rough year for bitcoin and cryptos was offset by the hard work and creative developments from some very bright minds. These are the leaders and influencers taking crypto into the future this year.

Amber Baldet

Baldet left a high profile job developing blockchain for JP Morgan so she could launch her own dapp platform. She made Forbes’ 40 Under 40 list, and advocates for building bridges between the public and private sectors when it comes to blockchain implementation. Now she’s forecasting a dark vision of the future under surveillance capitalism, and giving us the keys to navigating it by thinking about our personal data as the new money.

Laura Shin

As Forbes’ senior crypto editor, Shin was the first mainstream journalist to cover crypto and blockchain full time. Now she’s the host of the popular crypto podcasts Unchained and Unconfirmed, platforms she uses to talk crypto with key players, CEOs, cofounders, and the minds behind crypto’s most important developments. Look for her upcoming book about the history of the crypto space.

Eric Lamison-White

Lamison-White was just granted a patent for a system that uses hedge accounts to stabilize your crypto holdings. And he showed real foresight by designing the system and applying for the patent in 2014 when crypto was young. Meanwhile, he founded Pareto Network, which services crypto investors with real-time intel. In his Block Telegraph column, he recently posited that investment is getting safer as small startups and big fintech company R&D are working together to bring greater transparency, privacy, security and stability to crypto.

Ian Balina

Balina just completed his 2018 Crypto World Tour, evangelizing for crypto in every corner of the globe. He’s made a considerable footprint in the crypto space, an investor-influencer known for making four million dollars in one year through crypto holdings, losing half of it to hackers, and bouncing back just as quickly. He also serves on the advisory board to several blockchain and crypto companies. This year keep an eye out for new book announcements, and upcoming spreadsheet app, and a musical album.

Rachel Wolfson

Wolfson is a crypto journalist writing about blockchain for Forbes, and she podcasts as The Crypto Chick. Her articles track developments like blockchain’s implementation in pharmaceuticals, its impact on the art world, and how blockchain can help with the ethical sourcing of conflict raw materials for electronics. She recently spoke with Digital Trends Live about crypto-loaded prepaid credit cards for those who don’t use bank accounts, and she assures us that for 2019 blockchain is here to stay.

Muneeb Ali

Ali’s Ph.D. dissertation, Trust-to-Trust Design of a New Internet, imagines a new internet that doesn’t require the trust of its users. And it’s not just theoretical. He took a leave of absence from researching at Princeton to launch Blockstack, a platform for building decentralized, user-controlled apps. It fulfills in reality what his dissertation proposes in theory: that a new internet is possible. If blockchain really is going to be the biggest tech revolution since the internet itself, this is how it will happen.

Charlie Lee

Lee is known for founding the popular crypto Litecoin, in an effort to improve upon bitcoin and other early altcoins. He recently stated that if crypto isn’t vulnerable to 51 percent attacks, it’s not really decentralized. Follow him for thought-provoking perspectives on crypto developments.

Changpeng Zhao

‘CZ’ founded Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange. So his thoughts might matter if you watch crypto.

“2018 was a tough year,” says CZ, “but we have a longer-term outlook for our industry. The builders have been building in 2018, so for 2019, I think we will see a lot of real products and real applications coming into the market.”

It may have been a bear market, a crypto winter, or simply a tough year, but 2019 is here and full of new promise. Let these influencers keep you up to speed as we build on the lessons we learned in the last year.

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Top 7 AI and Software Development Companies For Startups and SMEs

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Top software development companies are tasked with proffering digital solutions to practical problems by producing innovative software programs, apps, and websites. The industry has grown into a huge force and with a revenue of over $481 billion. While some companies focus on certain software solutions such as web development, mobile app development, artificial intelligence, etc., others are all-purpose. 

This is a digital age, as you already know. Therefore, the success of your company would depend a lot on digitizing your services and providing your customers with high-quality software and websites. 

Today, it is much easier in that you can simply outsource your software needs to a custom software development company. You have a lot of options to choose from, but the best firms are reputable and experienced, have a highly skilled workforce, and uses the best processes and tools to ensure maximum satisfaction. 

This list contains some of the best software development companies you can find around, especially those focused on artificial development needs for startups and SMEs.

TopDevz 

TopDevz is a multi-award winning software development company that has rightly earned its place as one of the fastest-growing companies in the US. Its unique model is flexible, cost-saving, on-demand and easily scalable and the company has a 96% retention rate. With…

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Top 3 Trends in the Crypto Space Right Now

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With the price of Bitcoin on a tearing run, it’s hard to say we’re all in this for the tech. However, luckily for the advancement of the space, beyond the speculators, there are plenty of blockchain companies building, innovating, and pushing the envelope. With that in mind, here are the top three trends in the crypto space right now.

1. IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings)

ICOs are dead. Every man, woman, and their respective dogs know that the SEC pretty much killed that phenomenon. The downward pattern from 2018 that continued into this year shows an almost uncontested freefall.

ICOs are dead

Perhaps it was a good thing, considering that more than $1.2 billion of crypto funds were stolen through scam projects and inside deals in the first quarter of 2019 alone.

But while many people in the space predicted the rise of STOs (Security Token Offerings), that particular phenomenon is still waiting at the gates. Many company’s hands are tied or they’re halted by the regulators.

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Tax refunds are down this year, but not for Louisa.

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Tax refunds are down, in fact they have dropped by 8.4 percent, down to a 2019 average of $1,865 from $2,035 last year. This drop has some workers who usually get a refund paying out of pocket in addition to what’s already withheld from their paychecks.

But not all working people are taking a hit. An acquaintance who’s a UX developer at a design firm, and also operates a side hustle trading crypto under an LLC, told me she found a way to hang on to the money the Trump tax plan would otherwise pilfer from her earnings. Through a membership with a financial research platform, Louisa (not her real name) has been able to tuck the money away where it’s counted as a business loss, and she still has access to it for later.

Stumbling across a tax trap door

Louisa dabbles in crypto, although she doesn’t describe herself as an expert. She uses a financial research platform called the Pareto Network, which connects investors on a peer-to-peer basis. There are other platforms like this, but Pareto turns out to have a uniquely beneficial glitch.

It caters to entry level dabblers like Louisa, while also providing more advanced tools for higher volume investors. One of…

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