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5 Blockchain Conferences to Add to Your Calendar in Q4

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As we enter the last quarter of 2018, there are still plenty of events worthy of adding to your calendar. Many of this year’s heavyweights are already behind us, but there’s still so much more to discuss. From the ongoing theme of regulation to the question of mass adoption, take note of these five solid blockchain conferences coming up this fall.  

1. Blockchain Shift | Miami October 11-12

Blockchain Shift aims to educate and increase awareness about the growing importance of blockchain technology in our lives. This year’s event will bring together a mixture of interested parties. Expect to find venture capitalists and angel investors to distinguished thought leaders, bankers, attorneys, government officials, and entrepreneurs straddling areas as diverse as entertainment, finance, and art.

Confirmed speakers include FuturePerfect Ventures’ Jalak Jobanputra, CTO of Open Technology at IBM Christopher Ferris, and Alchemist Founder Steven Nerayoff. Guests can expect no-nonsense talks about investing, innovation, and what to look for in the future of blockchain tech. If you’re looking for blockchain conferences on the East Coast, this is the one for you.

 2. Crypto Summit | Zurich October 28-29

Having grown into one of Switzerland’s most important blockchain conferences, Crypto Summit is in its 3rd edition, taking place in Zurich this October. The event will be spread out over two full days of panels and keynotes, roundtables, workshops, and ICO pitches. Confirmed speakers so far include none-other than ConsenSys Head and Ethereum Co-founder Joseph Lubin. Pantera Capital’s Joey Krug and Paul Veradittakit will also be taking the stage along with Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano.

The theme of this edition will focus on the question on everyone’s lips right now. Just how far away from mass adoption of blockchain tech are we? There will also be plenty of networking opportunities in the heart of the Crypto Nation. Past speakers at Crypto Summit include best-selling author and legendary speaker Alex Tapscott, and Civic Co-Founder Vinny Lingham.

3. Malta Blockchain Summit | Malta November 1-2

If you’re planning on attending Crypto Summit, Zurich makes the perfect stopover on your way to Malta. This tiny country, known as the “Blockchain Island,” made headlines this July. Malta passed three new laws to regulate ICOs, cryptocurrencies and exchanges, and DLT in general. With open-minds and a predisposition to promote innovation on the island, Malta Blockchain Summit promises access to some of the most forward-thinking policymakers around.

Maltese Prime Minister Hon. Joseph Muscat will be heading up as keynote, as will other key members of the Malta Blockchain Taskforce, who helped to put the bills together. Beyond the obvious theme of regulation, there will also be a blockchain hackathon, an ICO pitch battle, and plenty of exhibitors, investors, and industry leaders. 

4. Web Summit | Lisbon November 5-8

Web Summit Lisbon is the biggest tech conference on the planet. Just visiting their website will give you some idea of the magnitude of this 4-day event. Star-studded and with more than 70,000 guests expected, this is, without doubt, the tech event of the year. Some of the confirmed speakers so far include Medium Founder Ev Williams, Tim Draper of Draper & Associates, Joseph Lubin, and Sophia the Robot from Hanson Robotics.

This is the place to meet with brilliant minds in emerging technologies, AR, VR, IoT, AI, and of course, blockchain. There will be over 1,000 speakers from 130+ countries and a mixture of entertainment, tech, and glamour. If you can handle the sensory overload, this one’s not to be missed.

5. European Blockchain Convention | Barcelona November 29

If a guest list in the thousands isn’t your thing and you want to go somewhere more focused on the blockchain industry, why not hop over to European Blockchain Convention in Barcelona? Some of the confirmed speakers so far include Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger Marta Piekarska, ConsenSys MD Lory Kehoe, and some prominent members of the EU parliament.

This intimate one-day event is in the heart of Barcelona. European Blockchain Convention promises a maximum of 500 attendees and an unrivaled opportunity to network. You’ll also have the chance to hear from industry thought leaders from around Europe.

Closing Thoughts

There’s nothing like a few good blockchain conferences (or five) to get your creative juices flowing, make powerful connections, and even find investors for your project. 2018 may be drawing to an end (and many would say “good riddance”) but there are still plenty of important conversations to come out of the next three months. Why not join in?

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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