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PRESS RELEASE: FinLab enters the cryptocurrency world with an investment in the real-time bitcoin gold exchange Vaultoro Ltd.

Frankfurt/London, September 8, 2017. FinLab AG (ISIN: DE0001218063; Ticker: A7A.GR) is set to make a seven-figure investment in London-based Fintech Vaultoro Limited, the leading real-time trading-platform for Gold and Bitcoin in the world. Vaultoro will invest these new financial resources in further expanding its Bitcoin/Gold platform into a multi-asset platform, which will include the addition of a Euro/Gold pair and several additional cryptocurrencies like Ethereum. Vaultoro will invest in additional people and increase the marketing budget to facilitate continued strong growth.

Vaultoro is the fastest and most cost-effective way in the world to open a Swiss vaulting contract and buy physical allocations of gold against Bitcoins. This enables anyone to secure their savings outside of the banking system without losing liquidity. The goal is to allow anyone to hedge their savings in gold and bitcoin but spend it in any currency down to the cent using an internet vaulting app, and a gold backed Debit Card. Vaultoro enables anyone to trade into allocated gold instantly and secure that gold in a professional top-tier audited & insured vaulting facility based in Zurich, Switzerland.

The innovative asset platform pushes banking possibilities to the next level, enabling everyone from the unbanked in developing countries, to high net-worth individuals in the western world, the opportunity to trade and own investment grade allocated gold, anytime, anywhere.

In spring 2017, Vaultoro graduated from Techstar’s 2017 Berlin program, an accelerator program, which empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to the market. Thus, Vaultoro was given the opportunity to connect with community leaders, founders, mentors, investors and corporate partners to facilitate innovation.

“With investment from a serious, fintech focused VC like FinLab, we can materialize our vision and mission a lot faster by rolling out technology over the coming months; technology that we have been building behind the scenes since our foundation. This includes the world’s first real-time gold based debit card, so that anyone can save in allocated bullion and spend it anywhere credit cards are accepted”, says Vaultoro co-founder, Joshua Scigala.

“We are excited about Vaultoro’s innovative real-time trading platform, that allows people from all over the world to trade and invest instantly into physical allocated gold, currently via their bitcoin savings and with other currencies like the Euro and Ethereum in the near future”, says Stefan Schütze of Finlab. “We are looking forward to supporting the ambitious Vaultoro team with our know-how, network and financial resources in order to develop Vaultoro into a leading multi-asset exchange platform.”

About Vaultoro Ltd.:
Vaultoro is a rapidly growing enterprise offering a secure alternative to traditional banking, merging gold’s long track record as a globally recognized store of value with the speed, transparency and divisibility of the Bitcoin blockchain. Vaultoro currently has over 7,500 clients from 94 countries that hold more than 12 million Euro worth of bitcoin and gold through the platform. In 2017, Vaultoro joined Techstars, one of the largest and most prestigious global investors in startups.

Press contact:
Vaultoro Limited:
Joshua Scigala
press@vaultoro.com
http://www.vaultoro.com
Phone: +44 20 3389 9643

About FinLab AG:
Stock market listed company FinLab AG (WKN 121806 / ISIN DE0001218063 / ticker symbol: A7A.GR) is one of the first and largest company builders and investors focused on the Financial Services Technologies (“FinTech”) sector. FinLab focuses on developing German FinTech startups and providing venture capital for their financial needs, whereby in each case the aim is a long-term participation and ongoing support of the investment. FinLab also invests globally, as part of venture rounds, in FinTech companies, primarily in the USA and Asia.

Press contact:
FinLab AG:
investor-relations@finlab.de
http://www.finlab.de
Phone: +49 69 719 12 80 0

Interview With shwifteey From FUCK token.


BitcoinDood: First off, thanks for taking the time to answer the questions for this 
interview. Could you take a moment and introduce yourself, tell us a little 
about the project you represent and your relationship to the project?


shwifteey: My pleasure dood! I go by shwifteey and I am the community manager and business developer for FUCK Token. My partner Jexprand, the creator of FUCK Token, takes care of the more technical aspects of smart contracts and other types of coding.



BitcoinDood: So I guess my first question is.. Why fuck token? What made you name your 
token FUCK? I honestly can’t wait to see this hit exchanges just so I can
 see FUCK listed.


shwifteey: Jexprand originally incepted FUCK Token in early June of this year after binge watching SouthPark. I think all of the swearing kind of gave him an epiphany. He posted his creation on Bitcointalk and I immediately saw the potential for this project. He was hesitant to turn FUCK Token into something real but I kept pushing him to the point of being annoying. Our main goal with FUCK is to give a real, tangible value to the word in the form of currency. It’s a surprisingly deep question: “How can you give a fuck, if there are no fucks to give?” We took that concept, applied our love for cryptocurrencies/Ethereum and gave birth to FUCK Token.


BitcoinDood:Before PIMPcash re-branded to OKcash I remember they got a lot of flack 
from some of the different exchanges. Many took offense to the ticker PIMP.
 How has the name been received by the cryptocurrency community, and have
 you taken any flack for the ticker from different exchanges?

shwifteey: People either love FUCK Token or hate it. Exchanges have been very hesitant to list us (big surprise, I know). We have a lot of exchanges that want to be as professional as possible and don’t want the word FUCK all over their site. As our community grows, the exchanges are starting to realize that we are not a joke and some are easing up to the idea. As our tip bot rolls out I’m expecting exchanges to no longer give a fuck about our name and take notice that we are serious about creating something fun and valuable.


BitcoinDood:From what I understand this all started as an ICO. Why did you choose the
ICO model for your coin?

shwifteey: The main goal of our ICO was to raise funds to pay for exchange and marketing fees. Jexprand and I hit a point where we couldn’t afford some of the costs of taking FUCK Token to the next level. Now we have enough padding to pay for exchanges, market properly and hire developers. We set a hard cap because most ICOs ask for WAY too much money and end up ruining trust with their investors. We needed to show everyone that FUCK isn’t a money grab and we don’t need millions to bring it to the mainstream.


BitcoinDood: 

Recently the industry has been bombarded by ICO offer after ICO offer. What 
are your thoughts on the ICO business model? Do you think it’s here to stay
 or do you think this is just an industry trend that will eventually cool
 off and fade away?


shwifteey: I think it is here to stay. It’s amazing that almost anyone can invest in a project or company without being heavily involved with investment firms. Your average person can now throw some money towards a company or idea that they believe in.

The ICO model is not perfect though. What bothers me is the current craze surrounding them. Companies don’t need hundreds of millions of dollars to build software that takes three months to build. Cryptocurrencies are highly speculative and a lot of people are going to get burned when companies don’t deliver on their promises. Once these sorts of letdowns are common, I expect the ICO craze to cool off. Investors will spend more time researching the fundamentals of the companies as the market gets over-saturated.


BitcoinDood:Many people are probably asking themselves if this is a parody token or
 you’re actually serious about this project. Where do you stand with this?
Are you serious, just having fun or somewhere in the middle?


shwifteey: We are somewhere in the middle, leaning towards serious. Although, being serious about delivering our promises doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while doing it. We want people to enjoy the process of learning about cryptocurrencies. Sending someone a FUCK is still quite complicated to a newcomer: you need to understand Ethereum wallets, gas, tokens etc. Although the Doge creator hates me for using this, I picture FUCK Token as the Doge of Ethereum. We are going to deliver our product with a nice amount of fuckery and fun in the process. We know there is huge potential for introducing newcomers to cryptocurrency through tipping FUCKs. The name immediately grabs your attention, for better or worse.

BitcoinDood: ERC20 tokens are all the rage right now. What are your thoughts on ERC20
tokens? If someone told you they were considering using the ERC20 platform 
for their next project, what would you tell them?


shwifteey: I am definitely biased on this question because I am a big fan of Ethereum. Part of the appeal for FUCK Token is that it is an ERC20 token and anyone can store it on their Ethereum wallet. For an altcoin trader or holder, having 50 different wallets can become a pain in the ass. I’d tell anyone starting an ERC20 token that they should thoroughly test their contract multiple times and have as many people check it as possible. Even companies raising millions of dollars have problems with their smart contracts.


BitcoinDood:It seems someone actually gave a fuck about The Dood… Actually a couple
fucks were found in The Dood’s Ethereum wallet. Besides people actually
 wanting to give a fuck, is there a special purpose or use case you’re
 trying to achieve with FUCK?


shwifteey: We’re leaving the door open for FUCK token use cases. Some community members have taken it upon themselves to send hackers 1 FUCK to show how they felt. These types of shenanigans are FUCK Token approved and encouraged. We’ll be pushing r/gonewild adoption of FUCK as their main tipping currency. I’m sure the ladies there will appreciate a tip of real money rather than an upvote. We’re also discussing the possibility of setting up a “Give a FUCK” charity, where anyone can donate money to a cause of their choice. The word “FUCK” has so much untapped potential and we are willing to explore any possible avenue that comes our way.



BitcoinDood: So you guys are actually working on tipbots and integrating use of the 
token into various social medial platforms. Could you give us some reasons
 why anybody would “give a FUCK” on social media, and what else can we
 expect for your roadmap moving forward?


shwifteey: Right now our main focus is ironing out the details of our Reddit tip bot. We’ve noticed there is a large demand to give someone “No FUCKs”, so we’ve integrated burning of FUCKs into our bot. The concept is that you care so little about someone’s comment you are willing to light a couple FUCKs on fire, never to be seen again. This also acts as incentive for investors because the total supply of FUCKs on earth decreases. We are also creating a “Hall of FUCKs”, where the world’s biggest FUCKers and biggest burners will be showcased. I’m sure it would be nice to know you give the most (or least) FUCKs out of anyone in the world.

After our Reddit tip bot we’ll be focusing on Twitter. We have plans to create a Chrome plugin that simplifies the process of giving and receiving a FUCK on Twitter. Later down the line we’ll move towards Slack, Discord and Twitch.

Eventually we’d like to have a central hub where all of our tipping platforms are connected, kind of like a FUCK hub. That way you can link your accounts between bots and easily withdraw/add FUCKs to all social media platforms. We’re discussing integration with WordPress, so anyone can give a FUCK about your blog posts with a small widget on the bottom. We haven’t added these to our roadmap but we’ve got to keep people on their toes ya know?



BitcoinDood: You guys are currently in the process of getting listed on exchanges. Where 
can people get some FUCK’s if they want them?


shwifteey: Currently FUCKs are available on Etherdelta and NovaExchange.

Etherdelta: https://etherdelta.github.io/#FUCK-ETH

Novaexchange: https://novaexchange.com/market/BTC_FUCK/



BitcoinDood: Thanks again for taking the time for this interview. Do you have anything
 you would like to add about the project that hasn’t already been covered in
 the interview?


shwifteey: I want to give a shout out to our tip bot developer, Dave-zilla. This guys is truly a coding wizard and has done more for FUCK Token than anyone else. Big ups Dave. Also, I want to thank you, Dood, for taking the time to interview us. We appreciate the Dood and all his work!

BitcoinDood: 
Thanks, I appreciate the kind words I end every interview with the same last question. Where do you see 
cryptocurrency headed in the future? Any thoughts, trends or predictions 
you can share on the future of cryptocurrency in general?


shwifteey: Without sounding like too much of moon-kid, I see crypto revolutionizing our society in ways we can’t even imagine yet. I think the general public will never care to understand it on a technical level but will use it every day- kind of like the internet. In 1977, you’d be called a fool for trying to explain what society is like today. For crypto, I don’t think anyone can predict which coin(s) will come out on top- all I know is we are in for one hell of a ride over the next 10 years.

Thanks again to shwifteey for the great interview. If you’d like to find out more about FUCK token you can check out these links here:

www.fucktoken.io

www.reddit.com/r/fucktoken

www.twitter.com/@fucktoken

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1945661.0

Thanks for reading this interview all the way to the end. Feel free to comment with your Ethereum address and maybe someone will give a FUCK.

Giveaway complete! I’m using myetherwallet and I keep getting weird errors! I’ll audit what was sent out and make sure everyone got coins! Thanks

My 5% – 25% Percent Rule For Altcoin Trading

Over the last few months I’ve been working on a 5% to 25% plan for trading cryptocurrency. This is a plan to always hold at least 5% to 25% of any long term cryptocurrency position. There are several reasons for doing this.

  1. Accumulate some nice trading positions
  2. Have coin to sell for unpredicted price increases
  3. Build a really strong portfolio

My original plan was a strict 25% rule, but as I started to incorporate it, I realized that wasn’t always plausible. One reason was, depending on what you purchased the coins for, 25% is a large portion to hold. Especially if you’re selling on a 10% to 25% gain. Technically you end up holding your profits. This may not be a bad idea with some really strong coins, but for other weaker coins this may not be such a good idea.

For this reason I decided to make a judgment call based on individual coin performance. For the most part though, I now keep a small portion of almost every coin I trade. Roughly I keep 5% to 25% of every long term coin I hold.

A few exceptions to the rule. Pump and dump shitcoins. Although I rarely buy into these, occasionally I speculate on complete shitcoins. These are abandoned coins with no dev or scammy devs, or no real use case. Many exchanges are full of these coins and although The Dood tries to stay away from shitcoin projects, sometimes you can just tell which way the chart is going to head and you just can’t resist. Remember though, if you get burned on a shitcoin, you have nobody to blame but yourself! I try to cash out as fast as I buy into these projects. Remember, the best way to not get burned is to simply stay away from projects like this in the first place.

Another exception to this rule might be catching a flash crash. You buy the bottom and sell the top for a quick profit. Profits are usually taken within a couple hours. I’ve been lucky enough to catch a few flash crashes, but if I don’t completely believe in the project, why bother hodling any significant position?

Another exception is occasionally I’ll take on a project and get paid in cryptocurrency. If I don’t like the coin, I just cash out to BTC. No sense in holding a coin you don’t like.

These are just a few exceptions. The bottom line is I always go with my gut. My main motivation for this rule is so something like my experience with DASH never happens again. Basically I sold a lot of DASH early and lost a lot of money… You can read about it here. https://bitcoindood.com/bitcoin-blog/2017/03/05/the-most-expensive-cryptocurrency-trading-lesson-i-ever-learned/

Now I started incorporating this rule before this last bull run and I have to say it has improved my trading considerably. For one thing, I’ve accumulated some nice bags of coins. I currently keep a journal of my base bag, or coins that I won’t sell unless an emergency arises and I need money. The really good news is, using this system, emergency cash or crypto is always on hand.

Another benefit from this is I no longer fear the early sell. A great example of this was BitShares. I bought a ton in May around 300 satoshi, sold a bunch in June at around 3000 satoshi and then watched the price continue to climb to 16,000 satoshi. The old me would of shot my load early. We all hate to admit it but hey it happens from time to time. Using the 25% rule I was able to sell a nice chunk of coins that I purchased around 300 satoshi for around 16,000 satoshi a couple months later. I still kept a small amount just in case, but had no issues watching the price drop as I began to buy back my position at around 5000 – 6000 satoshi. I’m really happy with this short sell.

That’s just one example, of the benefits I’ve recieved since starting to do this. I’ve also watched my portfolio size grow in both coins accumulated and value of BTC. The downside to this is the portfolio value will swing considerably. At one point I was down a considerable amount in BTC value, however, all the coins are paid for at this point so you’re literally playing with “the houses money” as they say.

Another benefit is, when your coins are paid for, losing your position in an attempted short doesn’t hurt as bad as losing twice on coins you were already losing on. Sell short at the top, and buy back cheap for maximum gains on paid coins. It’s a win win!

My overall goal with this however is to create some nice postions of various coins that I feel are strong and have a bright future. Imagine buying Ethereum back in 2015 at 50 cents each and still having a bunch to sell today at around $200 to $400 dollars. Nobody really knows which of these coins will be winners or losers, but chances are that there are still plenty of Dash’s and Ethereum’s out there. Keeping a small nest egg of these coins around for future speculation certainly can’t be a bad idea. Who knows maybe those 1000 coins you put aside today, will go up to $100 USD 5 years from now and will be worth around $100,000… These things happen all the time in this game, and if we don’t at least attempt a long term strategy these types of gains will never come to us.

To summarize, my long-long term strategy is to build and hold as many coins as I can. I have to follow each project closely and watch for any signs of trouble so I can plan an emergency exit if needed. Holding anywhere from 5% to 25% of my coins, in the end, if just a couple of these bigger projects really take off and become the next Ethereum, Monero or DASH, I plan on reaping the benefits of being an early adopter and long term hodler.

As usual nothing here is meant as financial advice. This is just a strategy that I’m working on for me. Please seek a duly licensed professional for finanacial advice, not some guy on the internet who refers to himself as The Dood. Never forget, cryptocurrency trading is extremely risky and never invest more than you can afford to lose! Thanks for reading and happy trading everyone.

This post was originally published to my Steemit:
https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@the-bitcoin-dood/my-5-to-25-rule-for-crypto-trading

If you’re on Steemit, stop by my page and say hi 🙂 and I hope you decide to follow me.
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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/

 

The Dood Interviews, Brian Innes Attorney.

legal, blind justice

BitcoinDood: First off, thanks a lot for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions. I’m really excited about this interview. I’m just a trader, and have an extremely basic understanding of the legalities of cryptocurrency so it’s really exciting to talk to someone from this sector of the industry. Please excuse my basic terminology when asking legal questions. This topic can get pretty confusing for the average guy, and The Dood’s about as average as they come 🙂

BitcoinDood: To start with, could you please take a moment and introduce yourself, tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

Brian Innes: My name is Brian Innes. I am attorney practicing in Utah. My practice focuses on business and real estate transactions. I am also working to develop an expertise in the legal issues surrounding blockchains and cryptocurrencies.

Before starting, I need to make the following disclaimer. This interview does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on by any person. This interview is designed for general informational purposes. You should seek advice from your own counsel, who is familiar with the particular facts and circumstances of what you intend to do and can give you tailored advice. No attorney client-relationship is created, nor is this intended to be attorney advertising in any jurisdiction.

BitcoinDood: From a lawyer’s perspective, what are your thoughts on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general?

Brian Innes: From a legal perspective, it feels like we are in uncharted territory when it comes to cryptocurrencies and blockchain legal issues. Current laws and regulatory frameworks are not adequate to address all of the challenges and issues raised by cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. These laws and frameworks will need to evolve to deal with these new challenges. Also, as a contract attorney, the potential for disruption of the legal industry by smart contracts is something I am watching with interest.

BitcoinDood: How did you first get involved with cryptocurrency?

Brian Innes: I first heard about Bitcoin a number of years ago. At the time, I didn’t really see the usefulness of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It wasn’t until I learned about blockchains that the light turned on. Once I understood the potential use cases and applications for blockchains, I became really interested in cryptocurrencies.

BitcoinDood: From a legal standpoint, what is bitcoin and cryptocurrency? Is it money, a commodity, a security, some sort of financial instrument? What legal category would cryptocurrency fall under?

Brian Innes: One of the first things I learned in law school was the answer to the nearly every question asked by a law professor is “it depends.” I think that’s applicable here. Depending on the context, a cryptocurrency or blockchain token could be any of the above. Some people are purchasing blockchain tokens to use as money, some are purchasing blockchain tokens like gold or another commodity, some are purchasing blockchain tokens as a store of value and others are purchasing blockchain tokens as investments in the same way they would a security. Depending on the applications and uses of a particular token it could be any or all of the above.

BitcoinDood: A really touchy subject in the cryptocurrency space is regulation. For an industry that was basically started by a group of self-proclaimed crypto-anarchists, “regulation” is a dirty word. I see the eventual regulation of cryptocurrency as inevitable. Overall, where do you see regulation heading in the future? What type of laws do you think we can expect in the future and why?

Brian Innes: Regulation of blockchain tokens is difficult, among other reasons, because of their hybrid nature. Tokens and currencies with different properties will likely need to be treated differently. There can’t be a one size fits all regulation scheme for all cryptocurrencies, any regulations will need to be flexible enough to account for the difference between currencies and their uses.

I think the regulation we will see first will be in the securities law arena. The frothy ICO marketplace has already attracted and will continue to attract people looking to make a quick buck by using blockchain tokens to perpetrate pyramid or other fraudulent schemes. Many ICOs are also looking very much like securities offering. Even the term ICO is confusingly similar to the term IPO, which is a securities offering. It’s not even just fraudsters that are running afoul of the law. There are legitimate ICOs out there that likely have violated securities laws. Any securities offering must be either registered with the SEC or exempt from registration. Any ICO that is deemed to be a securities offering must be registered with the SEC. Failing to get this approval or having a valid exemption to rely upon can result in serious consequences. The registration process is designed to protect investors by requiring the promoter of an offering to provide sufficient disclosures for an investor to make an informed decision. I expect the SEC to step in at some point and reign in ICOs.

BitcoinDood: We’ve seen many states begin to pass “cryptocurrency laws”. New York has the BitLicense, and I know a few other states have passed laws, or are in the process of drafting laws. Many cryptocurrency businesses will not deal with individual states for legal reasons. How can a small business or start up protect themselves from state by state compliance issues?

Brian Innes: I think the first step is for the business owner to do as much research as possible on their own to learn what potential laws and regulations apply to their business. The less jurisdictions the business owner is conducting business in, the easier it will be to keep up with compliance issues. The next step would be to hire an attorney with expertise in the area.

BitcoinDood:  It will probably just be a matter of time before federal regulators get involved and draft additional legislation. My understanding is federal law, supersedes state law. What types of laws do you think the government will try to enforce with cryptocurrency, and would federal regulation straighten out a lot of the issues with state by state compliance?

Brian Innes: I agree with you. I think it’s a matter of when not if regulation comes. The SEC seems to be the organization most likely to take the lead with respect to cryptocurrency regulation. Federal securities laws do preempt state securities laws, but there are also in some circumstances additional rules and regulations imposed by state regulators that must be followed.

BitcoinDood:  So we’ve covered state law and federal law, but cryptocurrency is a global phenomena without borders. Cryptocurrency is decentralized, without a single point of failure. For instance bitcoin miners all over the world keep the bitcoin network up and running. There technically is no way to stop bitcoin unless you shut off every mining rig around the globe. For example, if you cut off the Chinese miners, then the Venezuelan miners, Brazilian miners, and all the other global miners are now keeping the network running. Based on that fact, many argue that any regulation is unenforceable. What do you say to those people who think regulation is unenforceable? Are they correct or delusional?

Brian Innes:  Coordinated international regulation would be difficult if not impossible to accomplish, but countries could definitely regulate (to some extent) the purchase and use of blockchain tokens in their own countries. In the United States, for example, the SEC could bring blockchain tokens under their purview and prohibit ICO organizers from selling blockchain tokens to any unaccredited investors in the United States without appropriate disclosures. Some blockchain token ICOs already restrict purchases from US citizens because they don’t want to deal with US securities laws. The decentralized and autonomous nature of cryptocurrencies makes it difficult for regulators and lawmakers to catch up and decide what do. Existing law is likely inadequate to deal with cryptocurrencies and will need to change and evolve to meet this new challenge. Because of the international nature of cryptocurrencies, governments will have a really tough time trying to shut cryptocurrencies down entirely. Also governments that try and overregulate cryptocurrencies run the risk of falling behind the times and other countries that are friendlier toward cryptocurrencies. Another area of potential regulation is with banking. If the US government wanted to discourage cryptocurrencies, they could make it difficult for banks to handle cash from cryptocurrency trading.

BitcoinDood: If an investor gets caught up in a blatant ICO scam, do they have any legal recourse? What can they do?

Brian Innes: I think it would be exceedingly difficult to have any meaningful recourse. Finding the promoter, suing the promoter, obtaining a judgment against the promoter, and collecting on the judgment, would be difficult but not impossible. Because of these risks, investors need make sure they’ve really done their homework before purchasing tokens in an ICO.

BitcoinDood:  Anyone that’s been involved in altcoin trading for any length of time can see there’s all kinds of insider trading and market manipulation going on in this industry. I’ve seen several pump groups on twitter and different social groups. Most of these groups select a coin, pump up the price by buying large amounts of the coin while hyping it up on social networks, then when it reaches a certain price they dump the coin back into the market driving down the price. Are these groups legal? Wouldn’t this be considered inside trading? Should participants in these groups be worried?

Brian Innes: This type of conduct is definitely illegal under existing securities laws. Pump and dump schemes are common with thinly traded stocks and are heavily scrutinized by the SEC. Doing the same thing with cryptocurrencies doesn’t seem to be any different to me. People engaging in this conduct could be subject to both criminal and civil actions. I would be surprised if the SEC isn’t already aware of and investigating these types of schemes.

BitcoinDood: Cryptocurrency and taxes. As far as I know there really isn’t a tax code that deals with cryptocurrency. Most people in the industry want to pay their taxes, but don’t even know where to begin. I asked my accountant about it last year and she was at a complete loss. Do you have any suggestions on how cryptocurrency traders should be handling the taxes on their gains and losses?

Brian Innes: The IRS has provided some guidance on taxation of cryptocurrency: https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-virtual-currency-guidance and https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-21.pdf. For tax purposes, my understanding is the IRS treats cryptocurrency like property and not foreign currency. That means someone selling goods or services that are paid for in cryptocurrency must pay taxes on the value of the currency on the day received. Gain on cryptocurrency is also taxed. The tax treatment depends on whether the cryptocurrency is held as a capital asset or not. Cryptocurrency held as a capital asset is given capital gains treatment. Cryptocurrency that is not held as a capital asset is given ordinary income treatment. With respect to mining, the miner is required to recognize the revenue at fair market value on the date the coin in mined and appreciation would also be subject to additional tax.

BitcoinDood: The Dood really appreciates your time, thanks so much for answering these questions. I ask all my interviews the same last question. Where do you see cryptocurrency in general, heading in the future?

Brian Innes: I am really bullish on the future of cryptocurrency. I do expect some measure of price correction in the future, but long term, I think the outlook is positive. The potential of blockchain is limitless and I think people find some amazing ways to use it.

BitcoinDood:  If people want to retain your services, how can they get in contact with you?

Brian Innes: Anyone interested can follow me on Twitter at @blockchain_law.

Thanks again to Brian Innes for taking the time to answer The Dood’s questions. Please remember nothing here, in this post, or on this website is meant as legal or financial advice. Please seek a duly licensed professional for such matters. Thanks for reading, and happy trading everyone!