• Kevin O'Leary
    Alt coins,  Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators,  Media

    Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary floats hotel ICO

    Mr. Wonderful touts regulated blockchain investments as the future

    Shark Tank‘s “Mr. Wonderful” Kevin O’Leary came on CNBC’s Sqawkbox Monday to discuss the idea that Twitter might ban ICO ads and instead turned his appearance into an ad for the most exciting new ICO of the week: a coin-backed hotel. At a time when Facebook, Google, Twitter and other platforms are questioning the integrity of ICOs, the billionaire ended up giving a great two-minute speech about the future of blockchain business investing. “Instead of a stock, a share, it’s a coin. With a smart contract approved by the SEC,” said the Shark Tank investor and chairman of investing company O’Shares. Compared to many Wall Street-financed construction projects, $400 million doesn’t…

  • Congress
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics,  United States

    Congress’s first-ever report on crypto may be bigger than it seems

    It’s somewhere between an idiot’s guide and a cheery report of the future of blockchain

    The U.S. Congress delivered, for the first time, a report on the importance of cryptocurrencies to the American economy. The Joint Economic Committee distilled a myriad of reports from the Congressional Budget Office and other sources to make recommendations in an annual report to the Speaker of the House. This year the bipartisan committee spelled out the advantages of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. “Policymakers and the public should become more familiar with digital currencies and other uses of blockchain technology, which have a wide range of applications in the future,” the report said. It’s most jaw-dropping chart is just titled “Cryptocurrencies Made the Stock Market Gains Look Insignificant.” The report,…

  • Twitter
    Cryptocurrencies,  Media

    Twitter may be the next to ban crypto ads

    It’s expected the Twitter ban will resemble those of Facebook and Google

    President Trump can tweet ad nauseam about the special counsel investigating him but if he dares to use that medium to advertise a cryptocurrency, well, then he might be in real trouble. Twitter may be joining the bandwagon of companies banning crypto adds, according to a news story published Monday by Sky News: “Sky News understands that the new advertising policy will be implemented in two weeks and currently stands to prohibit advertisements for initial coin offerings (ICOs), token sales, and cryptocurrency wallets globally.” In recent weeks, the duopoly of Facebook and Google—controlling about three quarters of all online ad revenue in the United States—have decided that crypto ads were…

  • Hadera Hashgraph DJ
    Alt coins,  Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators

    We went to the big Hadera Hashgraph party at SXSW so you wouldn’t have to

    At least Hedera Hashgraph isn’t in the party planning business

    How long are you willing to wait to get into a party? Unveiled this week as a paradigm shift in cryptocurrency technology, Hedera Hashgraph kept the publicity rolling with a party at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Friday afternoon. Curious crypto enthusiasts started forming a line outside the venue shortly before the posted 1 p.m. start time, but unknown technical or logistical issues kept the would-be attendees at bay for an additional 35 minutes. People were grumpy! No big deal—Hedera Hashgraph is in the cryptocurrency business, not the party planning business. When the crowd was finally let inside from the Texas heat, morale improved in no time. There…