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Interview With Philip Lima From CoExistCoin

Bitcoin Dood: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. For many of my readers you need no introduction, I believe this is your second or third time being interviewed by The Dood. For the new readers could you please tell everyone who you are and your relationship to CoExistCoin?

Philip Lima: Hey Hey. Thanks for having me back. It’s always great chatting with The Dood. For those that don’t know me, I am Philip Lima, founder of CoExistCoin. Back in October of 2012, there was a destructive hurricane that wreaked havoc where I live on Long Island, N.Y. It took years to rebuild many towns that are by the water even though there were millions upon millions of dollars donated to help people in need to get their lives back together. March of 2014, I was doing work for an old customer at his location. I couldn’t believe 17 months after this storm, the area was still in bad shape. I asked how come nothing was done with all the money people donated. Where did all this money go to if not to help people rebuild homes and local shops? He gave me a look and said “Phil. Those charity organizations are full of crooks. No one really knows where that money is going. Good honest orgs at best give 25% of what’s donated to where and what they intend to” I was shocked and furious. I thought of the donation my wife and I gave with the intention of helping our neighbors.  Now at this time I was already aware of bitcoin and litecoin. And dark coin was just being released (who later changed to DASH). I was researching blockchain technology realizing this was going to change the way the world does digital transactions. That is when I got the vision of creating a cryptocurrency with the intention to help the less fortunate.

BitcoinDood: I’ve always thought CoExistCoin was an interesting, well intentioned project. Can you tell the readers a little about CoExistCoin and what you hope to achieve with this coin?

Philip Lima: When creating CoExistCoin I had multiple things that I wanted to accomplish. One was to create a system in which people can see if charity organizations are abusing donated funds. We know with using cryptocurrency we can follow funds wallet to wallet using a block explorer. The block explorer that we currently use have so many functions, you really can envision an in depth accounting program. Using Blockchain tech those accounting numbers cannot be changed or compromised. It’s there for all to see. Another issue that I still to this day is getting donations. It is very hard for a lot of people to donate money, even if they wanted to. What if we had a payment system much like PayPal, but fueled by blockchain currency and those transfer fees goes to charity.  PayPal charges around 3 bucks to make a transaction. Credit cards charge businesses transaction fees. Imagine a worldwide payment system where the fees are used to help humanity instead of going to greedy corporations and bankers. This is my life goal. To create a charity organization and a financial instrument to help change the world.

BitcoinDood: You guys are currently going through a coinswap and are moving to the Waves Platform. What was your main reason for switching over to the new Waves platform?

Philip Lima: Multiple reasons made this decision easy for me. It is hard and costly to have a cryptocurrency on multiple operating systems. Large scale it is even harder with our old source code.  CoExistCoin was struggling to have this available to all.  Only windows and Linux users had access to COXST. New users were frustrated with updating nodes and waiting anywhere from 6 hours to a full day to completely download the full blockchain. We had an app on google play. It took 2 full charges on my google tablet to download the blockchain and after that it was clunky. The IPhone app was not available and iOS wallets were very costly to run and maintain. Another factor I had to consider was the responsibility I had to investors. Our old source was a POW/POS system. X11 algo has become very easy to mine. Daily mining rewards were being dumped in the markets drowning our value. No one was happy with this and interest was dwindling.  No one is interested in losing money.  I was considering either going to go through the grueling process of trying to get investors and coders to rewrite a better source algorithm or maybe give up on my dream. Shortly thereafter I was approached to consider on moving our blockchain over to the WAVES platform.  This move I realized after much research cured the problems that I was having. WAVES creator and CEO said he wanted a charity foundation on his platform.  “A” as in one. This move was offered with no cost to us.  My prayers were answered. I don’t know if you believe in fate Dood?4But I know I was meant to make this project a reality after this opportunity was offered to us. It’s like the universe wants us to succeed to help humanity.

BitcoinDood: For anyone that may not be familiar with it, could you tell us a little about Waves Platform, what it is and how it works?

Philip Lima: WAVES is a decentralized blockchain platform. It uses a lite client wallet where one does not have to download the blockchain. Most of us know the rigors of that.  The network handles up to 1,000s of transactions per second that can be paid in CoExistCoin, Waves, BTC, USD and EUR. The platform has many other tokens and fully license and compliant gateways with many more to come. WAVES platform also includes a true peer to peer decentralized Exchange.  WAVES plans to have non turing complete Smart contracts by the 4th quarter of 2017.

BitcoinDood: Does this add any new features to CoExistCoin? How does the new platform benefit CoExistCoin users?

Philip Lima: The very first thing is that it is available to use on all iPhone and android apps as well as all other operating systems. The wallet is hassle free and easy to use. CoExistCoin original code was a mixed POW/POS X11 algorithm. The entire blockchain had to be downloaded by the user. A huge issue that we found is that after many POS payments the wallet would slow to a crawl. Each POS payment was sent to a new address within the wallet. Combining any wallets would cause the wallet to seize up because each block could only hold 900KB. Waves alleviates all these problems. Any updates WAVES makes, we also get the update. So when the smart contracts are available on WAVES, it is available to CoExistCoin. One can see how this was a no brainer move for us. With all the future integrations that is in the works, I am very excited for our future. I struggled and worried so much trying to keep up with the tech, that I had no time to get to what the real purpose of CoExistCoin was created for, to help and empower those in desperate need of everyday survival.

BitcoinDood: The coinswap has been going on for awhile now. I guess users can swap directly from their Waves Platform wallet or they could do a manual exchange. What has it been like working with the new platform? If someone asked you if switching over to the platform was worth it, what would you tell them at this stage of the game? Has it been a fairly decent experience?

Philip Lima: The swap began on June 27th. A developer of WAVESGO set up the migration service on their site. If you have COXST in a QT wallet (windows and Linux) you can use the form to automatically exchange old COXST for new COXST that shows up right in your WAVES wallet. I set up a manual exchange page and doing swaps for those that have COXST on exchanges. There are some cases of people having stuck wallets, like iOS wallets or just weird things. They can send the wallet.dat file to me and then I auto swap it for them.

Working with the people at WAVES has been better than expected. They are great people that help with whatever is needed. Their community is big and dedicated in making WAVES and everything associated with it succeed. Using the WAVES platform has been easy and care free. Switching over to the WAVES platform has been worth it. There is small percentage of people that do not like change or they are not computer savvy at all. CoExistCoin brought new people in the crypto world. Their intention was to help people. Not learn how to use a QT wallet. Swapping over has been so easy with almost no issues. Issues that were reported ended up being user error or one simply had to delete cookies and cache in their browser to use the auto migration service.  I’ve had no negative complaints about COXST in the WAVES wallet. The only people that stand to lose anything are the miners dumping COXST onto exchanges.

BitcoinDood: How long do users have to swap their coins to the new platform and where can they get the info to do it? (feel free to post any links you want relating to instructions, wallets)

Philip Lima: The swap ends on 7/14/2017. After that I will send all swapped old COXST to a burn address. I have had confirmation from 2 of 3 exchanges that they will delist the old CoExistCoin, helping kill that blockchain. You can find info for swap at  http://coexistcoin.com/swap  or if you have COXST in a  synced QT wallet you can go directly to http://www.wavesgo.com/CoExistSwap.html

BitcoinDood: Well, exciting times indeed. I just wanted to touch base with you real quick and see how things were going. Do you have anything you want to add about the new coin, or the Waves Platform that hasn’t been covered in the interview?

Philip Lima: Yes. I would like to add that with this migration it is easier now to accept donations and keep track of what the foundation is doing, as is one of our goals. That is to be fully transparent. Anyone can deposit usd, euro or btc right into one’s own wallet, and then send it to the foundations wallet. There anyone can watch these funds through the block explorer.

WAVES platform is dedicated to being compliant and legit in the financial world. This is so very important to us. Last week the WAVES CEO visited and signed a memorandum strategic partnership with Deloitte. Deloitte provides international audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax and other services to select clients. I believe WAVES will lead the future of cryptocurrency and I am so happy to be a part of it all.

BitcoinDood: What type of rolls do you think these new token platforms will play in the future evolution of cryptocurrency?

Philip Lima: These tokens platforms ultimately will add on and off gateways for centralized fiat to enter a decentralized world where the individual is their own bank and unshackled by anything but the free market. With CoExistCoin if you want to help provide clean drinking water to a tribe in Africa, buy a well and the person installing it is paid a world away in 2-3 minutes. That well can essentially begin being installed tomorrow, without passing through two or three banking systems, various regulatory agencies and bureaucracies all taking their part, for 10% of the money to arrive 6 months later to the people in need.

BitcoinDood: As always, I have to end each interview with the same last question. Where do you see cryptocurrency heading in the future?

Philip Lima: Cryptocurrency is going to be the real democratic vote of the future. Do we all take back the right to decentralize our finances, or do we keep abiding by the rules of multibillion dollar banking and finance corporations that are owned by private central banks?  The future is ours.  Are we autonomous citizens or are we owned by the decisions of generations past?

Thanks so much to Philip Lima for taking the time to answer The Dood’s questions and share his story. If you’re interested in finding out more about CoExistCoin you can check out the links below.

http://coexistcoin.com/
https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/coexistcoin/
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1083647.0
https://twitter.com/CoexistCoin
https://wavesplatform.com/

 

Interview With Roberto Durazzi From The “I Love You” Token.

I Love You graphic

“I Love You” LOVE an ERC20 Ethereum Token

I recently came across this project on twitter and thought it was a really interesting project and novel use of the ERC20 Ethereum token protocol. I requested an interview and the founder Roberto Durazzi took some time to answer some questions from The Dood. This was a really fun interview to do, and I’m looking forward to watching the growth and development of this project in the future.
BitcoinDood:  Hello and thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Could you please take a moment and tell the readers a little about who you are and your relationship with the “I Love You” LOVE project?

Roberto Durazzi: My name is Roberto Durazzi, I’m the founder and developer of “I Love You” Token, I’m web developer, graphic designer, video maker and drone pilot.

BitcoinDood: I Love You bills itself as the first “Proof Of Love” cryptocurrency. Your ticker symbol is LOVE.  Could you explain a little about “I Love You” or LOVE and the concept of POL or Proof Of Love and how it relates to your token.

Roberto Durazzi: “I Love You” token tries to exploit the romantic market while promoting love between people without any borders. PoL is a play on words that seeks to capture the attention of people who are already related to the concepts of PoW and PoS. We say “Send LOVE to your loved ones. They can hold them or sell them, that’s proof of love!” because the value of cryptocurrency tends to increase over time especially if you believe in LOVE. Sending LOVE tokens to our loved ones is a way of saying “I Love You”, to say this it is enough to send them one token, but in addition we try to give another utility to our currencies, as is the merchandise trade related to the subject of LOVE. The project is in a very early stage but we hope to create a world-renowned brand and sell products such as floral bouquets, jewelry, candies, chocolates among others. The ideal would be to have our own store and accept LOVE token but the product trade with cryptocurrencies is something that has not yet been popularized. So we can start selling our LOVE products in stores that receive FIAT and most popular currencies like Bitcoin. If we managed to distribute our products in retail stores our project would be a success and this in turn would give a lot of value to our token.

BitcoinDood: I Love You is an ERC20 Ethereum token. For the most part, this is a fairly newer protocol. For those that may not know already, could you explain the basics of what an ERC20 token is and why you chose it for the “I Love You” project?

Roberto Durazzi: Ethereum platform is based on smart contracts, this smart contract have functions, the most important functions on ERC20 standard are: totalSupply, transfer, transferFrom, balanceOf, approve, allowance and the Transfer and Approval event. ERC20 tokens would represent any kind of digital assets, currencies or what you want. The ERC20 standard makes the assets more easily interchangeable and ensure they can work with Dapps adhering to the same standard. Token holders are still in full control of their assets at all times. The token contract adhering to the ERC20 standard can keep track of who owns how many tokens at any given time.

We chose Ethereum ERC20 because the Ethereum platform has great potential and is now second in importance after bitcoin, we say: “Send LOVE through ethereum blockchain, it will be there forever…” and this is what we believe, regardless if we continue the project or not, LOVE tokens will continue to exist and will continue to be exchangeable in the ethereum blockchain.

BitcoinDood: There are multiple token protocols available now. Was there a reason you chose ERC20 over some of the other token protocols like NXT or CounterParty?

Roberto Durazzi: We think Ethereum platform is a revolutionary blockchain and will continue to be number one in smart contracts. At this time the ethereum market cap is more than half the bitcoin market cap and is very likely to exceed it in the future.

BitcoinDood: So what would be some use cases for sharing and sending LOVE over the Ethereum blockchain?

Roberto Durazzi: Its use is not different from other currencies, its main characteristic is that you can tell the other person that you sent LOVE! It’s a way to show you how much you love them.

BitcoinDood: I Love You is a really new project. Where do you see this token heading in the future. Could you share a little information on your current roadmap plans?

Roberto Durazzi: Well, we only have a month that we deployed the contract, we just wanted to have a token to show love and nothing more, but in a short time we have come up with many ideas with which we can give it a lot of strength. Right now we are in a stage of “proof of concept” selling very small amounts of currency to early investors and interested people through cryptoderivatives.market decentralized exchange and we are looking for a strategic partnership that allows us to take the project to the next level.

We still have 99.9% of the currencies in our power, which is why we are not yet listed on coinmarketcap.com, our plan is to make a 5% tokens pre-sale for early investor or for a partner investor to raise funds for our advertising campaign and thus be able to make a successful 64% token crowdsale. 1% will be given in airdrop, 7% for project team and 23% will be reserved to be sold in case the value of the currency goes up much. LOVE tokens has 1 decimal user-friendly fraction with a total supply of 21 million (bitcoin symbolic quantity). If the value of each fraction becomes very high we have deployed other ERC20 tokens such as Kisses (KISS), Likes (LIKE) and Stars (STAR), all with 1 decimal fraction forming what would be Fun Token Group, this will be a big project to come.

BitcoinDood: Going through the BitcoinTalk Ann I noticed a lot of plans for merchandising. I seen a lot of talk about LOVE toys, candies, even a debit card. What are your plans for merchandising, and how will the coin tie into all this?

Roberto Durazzi: We think LOVE branding will give value to our merchandising and merchandising branding will give value to our token as in a symbiosis. We want the use of LOVE tokens to be a very fun experience that creates engagement with our users.

BitcoinDood: I know you’re currently listed on a couple different exchanges and getting voted on to be added to even more. How can readers get LOVE? What exchanges are you currently on? Any way people can get free LOVE, faucets, rains, air drops, bounties?

Roberto Durazzi: The easiest way to get LOVE is to send ETH to the cryptoderivatives.market contract and this will refund the tokens plus the ETH change in case it’s over.

BitcoinDood: That’s about all I have for questions. Is there anything that you would like to talk about that hasn’t been addressed in the interview?

Roberto Durazzi: Many cryptos like bitcoin or ethereum has many decimal fractions which do not make them friendly with the common user. I Love You token has just a single decimal fraction, this allows sending LOVE and half (1,5 LOVE) or half LOVE (0,5 LOVE) for example. I think FUN TOKEN GROUP will be a very interesting proyect too, but first I must focus my attention on I LOVE YOU and then continue with FUN TOKEN GROUP.

BitcoinDood: I ask all my interviews the same last question. Where do you see cryptocurrency in general heading in the future? Any thoughts, predictions or possible trends you see for the use of cryptocurrency in the future?

Roberto Durazzi: I have received a great acceptance since in principle, the comments of people interested in the project have not stopped arriving. We believe this will be one of the most successful tokens in the ethereum ecosystem. There are things that are in process and that I can not advance, but I feel very optimistic about this project.

Many thanks to Roberto Durazzi for answering The Dood’s questions. Best of luck to you  and the entire “I Love You” project community. This looks like a really fun and interesting project to follow.

If you would like to follow this project, or want to find out more about LOVE you can follow the links below.

Interview: Rekt&Hodl Shitshirts for shitcoinz.

rekt and hodl designI thought we could welcome 2017 with a fun light-hearted interview. I recently met Rekt&Hodl on twitter and thought it was a fun and interesting project. I sent a DM asking for a quick interview, they agreed, so for my first interview of 2017, I introduce you to Rekt&Hodl

BitcoinDood – Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions in this interview. I have to say I really enjoyed looking over some of the designs you’re creating. Could you tell the readers a little about who you are, your brand Rekt&Hodl, and your relationship to Rekt&Hodl?

Rekt&Hodl – Hey, Bitcoin Dood, thanks for offering us the opportunity to be apart of your story by letting Rekt&Hodl Designs tell our story: Shitshirts for Shitcoinz 🙂 Firstly it’s based out of New Zealand, operating on the more humorous side of the crypto-space as a small startup and lover of Alts / $BTC and the icons and people in the overall community.

The brand itself is reflection of the troubles and idiosyncrasies cryptotraders go through trading altcoins. And some of of the “troubles” by their nature can be an absolute piss-take, especially in hindsight, and I try to play on that.

As a trader myself I’ve experienced firsthand some the lessons crypto can teach you or take from you. This game can be a bi*ch or you can grab a 20 bag, it’s a fickle beast, your either making $BTC or slowly getting rekt over a slow period of time – or fast. And this can put in a position to either sell at a loss or Hodl and prey for a recovery.

That’s when I started to think of the two individual ‘processes’ as a single cycle: you get Rekt and then you HODL —- Rekt&Hodl and I thought that was pretty interesting, and at the time I thought it would be kind of funny to put it on a shirt, and here we are, having a laugh.

It’s great way to deal with a not so ideal situation. Either that or you can start hurling abuse about who is to blame, but that generally gets you nowhere. But, A statement on a T- Shirt though – that’s a classy way to express the grunge of any coins community that they may be feeling at that time (its Rekt&Hodl’s position to capture that and put it on a shirt – I call it “Capturing Culture”).

BitcoinDood – We originally met via a tweet and you turned one of my parody designs into a t-shirt which I thought was really great. These T-shirt designs are a brilliant idea for altcoin enthusiasts with a sense of humor. You obviously have a sense of humor when it comes to crypto trading, was that your sole inspiration for starting Rekt&Hodl, or do you just do it for the LOLZ? Are there other motivating factors behind the designs?

parody startcoin t-shirt

Startcoin or startcon!

Rekt&Hodl – It’s the culture! I think the culture within the trading community is absolutely rich with cool cats! There are social media icons out there that can naturally put together some interesting and catchy slang words. I was reading a tweet from Barry Silbert (or Shill-Bert, as others have said) and he was talking the “wide – lexicon” within the crypto trading community and I completely agree with him. A lot of our clothing designs are directly sourced from the community, be it: Telegram, tweets, memes or great content shows on YouTube – SHOUT OUT to ShitcoinTalk! I think these guys are part of the motivational factor for putting Rekt&Hodl together. If these guys in the grassroots of crypto trading can have a blast discussing their pump and dump campaigns, we too could have a “calculated laugh” in this space. That show, taught me the community is stacked full interesting cats that know their stuff, and that was a real catalyst going forward.

This space is always pumping with hype or rekt episodes throughout each various coin and their associated ecosystem; and being able to tap into that is possibly the most fun part of putting the designs together. In some respects there is a lot to learn from each design – they keep you informed and up-to-date with the latest issues with coins and issues, or hindsight views of ICOs – my personal favorite for inspiration.

BitcoinDood – I think some people are a little too light hearted about altcoins and others take them far to seriously. The Dood, he stands somewhere in the middle.I often find the humor in some of these markets and have tweeted in the past that sometimes FUD ANNS on bitcointalk are almost worth the bad investment because the FUDDERS remarks make you laugh so hard you end up forgetting about the bad investment you made in the first place. How has the project been received from other crypto enthusiasts on the net? Have you received any negativity from butt hurt traders who may not appreciate the humor in what you’re doing or has everyone been pretty positive for the most part?

Rekt&Hodl – Oh man – I couldn’t agree with you more. Some of what the FUDDERS have to say about there bad investments will make you fall off your seat! It can be like watching a slow motion comedy show, and at times, you cant help but agree with them. I think it’s kind of a good to have FUDDERS; it can keep a coins hype cycle in perspective, as sort of reality check.

So far, its mostly been meet with farts and giggles, some of these designs are a complete reflection of what a community is saying, we just jog it down. The crypto community itself is an accepting community and they can be more down for a laugh than any others on the net. I put together a design for a nonexistent coin “Gerber Baby Coin” with an image of Ross Gerber on it and he thought it was hilarious, mentioning it in a tweet. That was a design concept originally started on ShitcoinTalk, and carried on through by members on Bitcointalk.org. There is a lot of laughs to be had in crypto and a lot of cats wanting to have a good time.

BitcoinDood – I’m guessing you must be an altcoin enthusiast yourself. How did you get involved in cryptocurrency? Are you a trader, miner, investor, dev?

Rekt&Hodl – For me, it started when I was watching a report on CNBC discussing the price of bitcoin; which at the time was over $1000 back in 2013. Reminiscent of what we are seeing now, and it all just started from there. I did some reading and watched a few videos, and spent some time figuring out what the heck it is and where it fits in world. At the time I was out of work and had plenty of time to take in an understanding of the philosophy behind bitcoin, which resonated with me; I think mostly because I was reading a lot of Ron Paul books at the time – and those ideas meshed together, somewhat.

But, mostly I’m an investor and enthusiast. I hodl pieces in all parts of this game.

BitcoinDood – You’re currently posting your designs to sites like abphy and snaptee, any plans on starting a small website and taking this to the next level? Have you considered OpenBazaar or Peerhub?

Rekt&Hodl – Wow – honestly, I had no idea it was being posted on abphy 🙂 news to me LOLZ. Well, I’m definitively trying to keep the approach to the market as liquid and organic as possible, and what I mean by this is, that I’m trying to integrate it seamlessly into my day-to-day living – well online living. By using mediums such as twitter, instagram, facebook and snapptee, they allow me to design and market each product at the drop of a hat; and I kind of like that. I’ve operated blogs and such in the past and the costs and time involved can add up; it isn’t to much – but its enough to command a bit your time, and currently, the operation is free, mobile and integrated.

I haven’t considered OpenBazaar before, but after taking a quick glance, it could be on the cards – no fees, yes please!

BitcoinDood – It looks like you’re currently focusing on t-shirts. Have you considered expanding the product line to mugs, pins, hats etc..?

Rekt&Hodl – I think going forward, growing organically, I don’t know what is next in terms of product offerings. I’ll wait for the market to present an opportunity, and pounce. I like throwing stuff out to the wind, and if it comes back to slap me in the face with something, it’s all for the best.

BitcoinDood – I really like what you’re doing and wish you the best of luck in 2017. Do you have anything you want to add about Rekt&Hodl that wasn’t already covered in this interview?

Rekt&Hodl – Thanks Bitcoin Dood; only to say – yes I have been rekt and I generally just Hodl this sh#t – a common strategy I’m sure 🙂

BitcoinDood – So I always end each interview with the same last question. Where do you see cryptocurrency going in the future. Any thoughts or predictions for the future. If you had a crystal ball and could see the future of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, what do you think you would see?

Rekt&Hodl – I think mainstream adoption of crypto in our day-to-day living would be great. A lot of people I talk to about crypto don’t have a clue what I’m saying or whats being put together by innovators in the space, its a shame really. But, I make an effort to preach bitcoin, blockchains, in a more humorous way; it helps people engage with what it is. IRL I talk to co-workers about it as a Nigerian scam, it helps break the ice and opens the door for more serious conversation on the matter. But, if i had a crystal ball – I WOULD LONG EVERYTHING THAT BALL HAS TO REVEAL! A crypto trader has got to make a living.

BitcoinDood – Hey, thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. I’m really looking forward to seeing your future designs and watching your brand grow. Happy New Year from The Dood, and wishing you a prosperous 2017 for Rekt&Hodl.

Rekt&Hodl – Thanks Dood – R O C K O N 2 0 1 7 !

https://www.facebook.com/RektandHodl/
https://twitter.com/RektandHodl/
http://abphy.com/user/rektandhodl
https://snaptee.co/t/b3avt/?r=fb&teeId=b3avt

Disclaimer: Rekt&Hodl have many different designs for various coins in the altcoin space. I really liked the Startcoin designs and used them in this post. The Dood has the utmost respect for the Startcoin community, but sometimes we just have to laugh a little when an investment goes south! For my true thoughts and opinions on Startcoin, checkout this post here.

Interview with Belacoin Ambia Fund

small belacoin logoBitcoinDood – Hello, and thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Could you take a moment and introduce yourself, and tell the readers a little about who you are and your relationship to the BelaCoin project?

Ambia Fund – We are the Ambia Fund, a private cryptocurrency investment group. Our intention is to seek out early-stage cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency-related projects that have strong potential and could go much further with some professional funding and guidance. BelaCoin has been our inaugural investment, and since we have yet to find a lead developer, we have had to take a strong hands-on approach in leading BelaCoin.

Our focus is to build up BelaCoin well so that it fits into our own cryptocurrency project: BelaCam. While we do not own the BelaCoin blockchain, BelaCam is a privately owned cryptocurrency startup. As with traditional venture capital, we can have a successful exit if BelaCam gets acquired by a large tech player or in the unlikely but possible event of a BelaCam IPO. We own 100% of the equity of BelaCam, so that is where our investment is likely to provide returns.

BelaCam relies heavily on BelaCoin, so for us to have success in BelaCam, we must first bring BelaCoin to the level of a successful cryptocurrency. The more valuable that BelaCoin is, the more valuable BelaCam is as well. This is important because this creates our incentive to act in the best interest of BelaCoin. If BelaCam gets acquired by Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft, or some other tech company, then BelaCoin’s success will then be in their best interest and control. This is where we would step aside and let the tech powerhouse continue to lead and advise BelaCoin.

BitcoinDood – If I’m not mistaken, this project has been around for a little while. Originally started back in 2014 as Bellacoin with two L’s, I remember researching it a bit, and then for whatever reason it just dropped below my radar. I always thought it looked like an interesting project though. Could you tell us a little about what’s been happening with this project, and the sequence of events that have happened since 2014, leading to the present day and the current development of BelaCoin?

Ambia Fund – The original Bellacoin was started by Kris Borodiansky as a charity coin. He had difficulty getting traction, but he built an awesome altcoin wallet for Bellacoin that was one of the most advanced of the time. The coin was taken over from him as he fell into the background, and it ended up in the hands of a user named @androidcryptogames, the man behind Bellachess. We saw an active community and strong potential for Bellacoin, so we reached out to both Kris and @Androidcryptogames before we took the lead of BelaCoin.

We have repeatedly tried to get Kris to rejoin the coin that was once his, but he is happy letting it go. He’s currently doing impressive and admirable things with Neoscoin, although we have let him know that he is still welcome back on the BelaCoin project. Bellachess is still a running and independent project as well.

With the approval of both people above, we have revived BelaCoin. First, we changed the name from Bellacoin to BelaCoin and gave it a new logo. Then, we assembled an advisory team that will help guide our lead developer, whenever we find one. The wallets that Kris coded were no longer working on newer computers, so we sourced help to fix that. The BelaCoin community has grown incredibly fast and strong as well. The 210+ members of our slack (join here: http://BelaCoin .herokuapp.com) are active and insightful supporters. With the http://BelaCoin.org/invest initiative launch and our white paper release in late December/early January, we will be almost done with our work on BelaCoin and ready to pivot our focus towards finishing BelaCam.

BitcoinDood – Researching this project I came across your BellaChess app and I have to say I absolutely love it. Ironically, I was looking for a decent chess app . The Dood is an average player at best and I was looking for an app with different skill levels. That’s exactly what BellaChess provided and I even earn a fraction of BelaCoin for each game played. For any chess players out there, I highly recommend this app, its really cool.

Now it looks like the next app to be developed is BelaCam, which will be an Instagram type app offering BelaCoin rewards for users. Could you talk a little about BelaCam, what it is, and what users can expect from the app? Also, please explain a little about the BelaCoin rewards for using the apps and how BelaCoin ties into the app platforms.

Ambia Fund – In BelaCam, users post photos and receive BelaCoin each time that their photo is ‘liked’ by someone else. The amount will be determined by the donor in the form of a micropayment of BelaCoin. BelaCam is an indirect competitor of Steemit; whereas users in Steemit reward writings and blog posts, BelaCam users reward photo posters in a similar manner. As we discuss in a later question, it is perhaps a more direct competitor to less-established Yours Network and Synero.

While blockchain social media platforms like Steemit have shied away from the idea of micropayments with the belief that they simply cannot obtain the participants, The Ambia Fund operates with a much different mentality. We understand that nearly all ideas are deemed impossible before someone shows them that they can and will happen. This is the same situation for micropayments.

Additionally, as noted in the question, the BelaCam platform is inspired by Instagram. We are targeting only visual media such as pictures and brief videos. This focus is part of one of the huge appeals of BelaCam: simplicity. It is also the huge factor that will propel BelaCam above other styles of blockchain social media. Users will be confronted with a familiar interface and a very straightforward method of both rewarding and being rewarded for the content they share. Ideally, it will feel just as passive and natural to scroll through one’s feed rewarding miniscule amounts of BelaCoin to other users as it would clicking “like” on their pictures. The reliance on micropayments eliminates the need for complex crowd-voting systems such as those used on Steemit, sometimes confusing and deterring users from participating.

With this being said, BelaCam is designed to be the simplest style of all the blockchain social media platforms to-date. By utilizing a proven and attractive model, we doubt we will encounter much trouble reaching success.

BitcoinDood – According to your website it looks like BelaCoin is currently being ran by an advisory board of some well known names in the cryptocurrency and altcoin trading space. Tell us a little about the advisory board and what each member brings to the table?

Ambia Fund – The Board of Advisors was sourced to guide whomever the lead developer will be. The current members of the Board of Advisors are @Notsofast, @Dum, and Trevon James. They all possess unique talents and experiences so that the lead developer will be able to draw from a diverse field of advice.

@Notsofast has great trading and investing insight that he has gained over years of experience. @Dum created a cryptocurrency radio show, so he has had in-depth looks into other altcoins. With all this, he has learned a lot about what makes a great cryptocurrency. Trevon James is quite experienced with social media, possessing over 20,000 followers on Twitter and receiving over 100,000 YouTube impressions each month. He knows a lot about gaining exposure and getting social media traction, so his guidance in those areas will be helpful to the incoming developer.

BitcoinDood – According to the website the project is being backed by the AMBIA Fund. What exactly is the AMBIA Fund and how does it tie into the BelaCoin project?

Ambia Fund – The Ambia Fund is a private investment group that funds early-stage cryptocurrency projects with real potential. Our activities are similar to those of venture capitalists, except we take a more involved approach. When there is a hole in the BelaCoin project, we fill it. If we do not have the skills to solve something, we source the best people who can. That’s how we redesigned BelaCoin’s logo, gave BelaCoin a top-tier website, and fixed the Windows and Mac wallets.

For our BelaCam startup, we needed a cryptocurrency that we could mold to fit our project perfectly. The past 6 weeks have been spent making BelaCoin strong and well-rounded so that it serves BelaCam. The side effect of this is that now BelaCoin is now a great, newly-updated cryptocurrency, ready for further development and expansion.

BitcoinDood – The BelaCoin website currently states that you’re looking for a lead dev for the project. For anyone that might be interested in this position, what is your team looking for, what will be expected of the dev, and how can eligible parties contact you to apply?

Ambia Fund – We need someone who can take on a strong leadership role to maintain BelaCoin while we focus our resources on finishing BelaCam. The lead dev must be able to assume a non-anonymous role and should have relevant experience working with other coins. The developer will be tasked with leading BelaCoin forward, updating the BelaCoin code, and maintaining the wallets. We need someone who will be as passionate about BelaCoin as we have been.

We do not necessarily want a developer who will work for us; rather, we need someone who will work with us. The developer will be the face and leader of BelaCoin with the responsibility of making executive decisions. To put it frankly, it needs its very own Vitalik Buterin.

If you think you can fit the role, please email us at mail@ambiafund .com. If you pass our vetting, we will nominate you as the lead developer. Then, the BelaCoin community (over 210 in our Slack channel) will collectively decide whether to confirm or deny the appointment.

BitcoinDood – BelaCam looks like it’s going to be the crowning jewel of this project. Do you guys currently have a road map in place? What can altcoin investors considering this coin expect as far as development and a BETA release of the app?

Ambia Fund – Our users can expect a roadmap for the BelaCam project to be released in the first few weeks of 2017. Early testing of the platform will commence around that time, with beta versions being released shortly after. We have the site pretty much made; all that’s left is to do design work and add the BelaCoin user transfer functionality.

BitcoinDood – I was pretty impressed with this project as I researched it. Both the apps and coin look like some really interesting tech. Do you have anything you would like to add that hasn’t been covered in the previous questions? Any special features or exciting news you want to share?

Ambia Fund – The Ambia Fund, specifically through the BelaCoin project, is asserting itself as a constructive and positive force in the cryptocurrency world that will better the knowledge and power of widespread groups of users. We are introducing several initiatives that will help to kickstart this facet of our campaign.

The first of these projects is the BelaCoin Invest Initiative, launched on December 21st. We are giving $500 to three separate entrepreneurs with business ideas that integrate BelaCoin. This should draw some of the best minds in the cryptocurrency community to the BelaCoin blockchain and create an additional 3 businesses or services that use BelaCoin.

Additionally, we will be discussing further scholarship programs for students and grants for other deserving individuals. The BelaCoin Invest Initiative is the main campaign to close out 2016, but we plan to announce further grants in early-mid 2017, coinciding with BelaCam news releases.

BitcoinDood – It looks like 2017 is already gearing up to be a very “disruptive” year for social networking and social media platforms. We’ve seen the well received introduction of the Steemit project in 2016. Synereo seems to be off to a rocky start, but looks like it could be an interesting project in 2017. I believe Yours Network is planning some type of release in 2017 as well. With the release of BelaCam we will also have an instagram equivalent for the cryptocurrency space. Do you have any thoughts on how these cryptocurrency incentive platforms are going to shape the future of social networking and social media? Do you think this will be extremely disruptive tech to platforms like Instagram and Facebook when users realize they will be able to get paid for their content?

Ambia Fund – Social media and other online services change the way we communicate more and more everyday. Before we know it, we will find ourselves in a world absent of things like digital cable and newspapers that used to deliver information from source to sink. The trend that humans exchange more information

regarding news, entertainment, etc. over social media as opposed to TV or press is growing at a burgeoning rate. Coupled with the expansion of hot sectors like subscription based streaming services, old methods of information exchange are beginning to fade.

Each day that humans spend more time scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, and other networks in search of useful information, the power of this new form of information exchange is solidified. Whether they know it or not, humans are engaging more frequently in “peer-to-peer” systems than ever before. Humans care more about the opinions and approval of their coworkers, family, and other random peers than those of news sources in some cases, leading to a new hierarchy of information exchange. This decentralization of information, from news sources and authorities to the users themselves, goes hand-in-hand with the overall principles of the cryptocurrency movement. This changing mentality is a principle that will allow BelaCam to succeed.

The next inevitable facet of this decentralization trend is providing a way for the new leaders of information, such as the influential mass-followed users of social media, to be monetarily rewarded for their services. This has been the mission of most blockchain social media so far because the work that content creators do is a part-time or full-time creative occupation worthy of monetized rewards. Depending on the specificity of their subjects and their popularity, their outreach can span across the world and into the minds and hearts of millions of people. Millions of users, following a wide variety of content creators from all subjects are have the potential to participate in the micropayment system that BelaCam will employ. The BelaCam project will be able to connect these leaders to their followers, empowering both parties to fully engage in interaction and information exchange that will encourage an ever-growing, self-sustaining social economy. The principle notion is that popular and productive content creators deserve to be paid for their content, and we are strong believers that their followers will reward simple, streamlined micropayments to encourage their favorite creators to continue to create.

Regarding our relation to other social blockchain platforms, paradoxically, we are all working together through competition. Cryptocurrencies are a collaborative community above all else, however it is natural that the best systems survive this formative period and carry forward our growth. Active projects such as the Yours Network, Synero, and other lesser known projects like alexandria.io from FlorinCoin all have their benefits and promised features that could form popular platforms. However, one thing is certain that differentiates us from most of their operations: we are not seeking a holistic social media platform (text, music, pictures, etc.). Also, with regards to Steemit specifically, we likely do not envision ourselves directly competing with their already established and commendable project. Although they do feature some photos shared on the site, they are integrated within text-based blog posts. This being said, we are likely to compete more with holistic platforms like Yours or Synero as BelaCam provides a simpler way to be rewarded by sharing creative content.

As far as being disruptive to Facebook or Instagram, this is the full intention. The incentive to get many likes on Instagram is mainly driven by a human’s desire to feel important. At BelaCam, users can get that same desire satisfied while also earning money. It’s simple: BelaCam can reward users more than Instagram and Facebook can. Although we understand that personnel at these giant companies are certainly aware of cryptos, it is intriguing that they have not been more interested in incorporating a system like ours. Regardless, BelaCam will prove show the effectiveness of a monetarily incentivized photo sharing platform.

BitcoinDood – Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions. I end every interview with the same last question. Could you share any thoughts, predictions, or probabilities of where you see cryptocurrency in general heading in the future?

Ambia Fund – For The Ambia Fund, the idea of cryptocurrency is much larger than BelaCam, social media, or even online payments. It is a true economic revolution that transcends the boundaries of politics and nationality, despite being relatively young. Whether you are a libertarian supporting the movement to combat big government, or an immigrant who needs desperately to send money back home, cryptocurrencies are for you. Their ability to unite is largely what makes them so beautiful.

The development of Bitcoin and its integration into society can be viewed as commendable a collaborative feat as the completion of the Human Genome Project, or the construction of the Internet itself. In less than a decade of existence, Bitcoin and cryptos have undergone extensive tests of trials and tribulations that nearly suppressed the idea permanently. However, thanks to the resilience of the human ingenuity, we have continued to push for a better system and a better world. This undying spirit to enlighten others, to show them that there is a better way to do finance and furthermore, a better way to live life, will allow cryptocurrencies to find their own large niche in the world.

By first entering the small niche of cryptocurrencies for social media, we are simply playing our small role in the overall transition to decentralized payments and information. We have surveyed the emerging market of cryptos and observed a gaping hole for this specific industry. Bigger groups like Decentral and developers of other niche projects like Syscoin are all doing their own parts to help mankind accept cryptocurrencies in a variety of ways. After all, it will take the entire community to further propel cryptocurrencies into mainstream tech and finance.

With this being said, we have designed The Ambia Fund and its subordinate projects to be pioneers in this inevitable transition into the future. We are the most adamant believers in what cryptos can do for all of humanity. Through our projects, we are recruiting others to also believe in us and the movement. Our group is doing all we can to help cryptocurrencies create a modern, united world in which humans are truly free to use their money, talent, and knowledge.

BitcoinDood – Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. The Dood really appreciates your time and wishes you and the entire BelaCoin team the best of luck on this project and all your future endeavors. Thanks for sharing the BelaCoin story with me and my readers.

To find out more about the Ambia Fund and Belacoin, you can follow these links.

http://www.belacoin.org/
http://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/belacoin/
http://www.ambiafund.com/investments/
http://www.ambiafund.com/Upload/Belacam.pdf <— white paper
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1373100.0
https://twitter.com/BelaCoin