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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

Interview With PoSW coin.

PoSWallet logoRecently I spoke with the lead dev of PoSWallet.com and we talked a little about his new project PoSW coin and of course the latest upadtes on what’s happening with PoSWallet.com

Disclaimer: The Dood loves this project and does hold a small amount of PoSW coin. Nothing in this post or blog should be taken as financial advice, seek a duly licensed financial adviser for financial advice, not some guy on the internet who refers to himself as The Dood.   It should also be noted that the link at the bottom of the page is a referral link. You can read my first interview with PoSWallet.com talking about the group staking wallet here.

BitcoinDood – Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview. This is your second time back, and a lot has happened since the last time we spoke. For anyone new to the blog or not familiar with your projects, could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about who you are, and your relationship to POSWallet.com and PoSW coin?

PoSW coin – It has been a minute – I’m glad to be invited back again for another round.  I am the lead dev for PoSWallet.com – we are a group of folks that would rather use crypto than standard cash, but also understand that most everyday-folk have no idea how to compile a wallet etc.  We are connecting crpyptocurrency (specifically PoS altcoins) with the masses.  Furthermore, we try to make sure the website takes all of the user suggestions and implements them into an all-in-one crypto site.

BitcoinDood – So POSWallet seems to be doing great! I put a small portion of my altcoin portfolio in there and I’ve been real happy with the results. It’s so nice checking on all those POS coins and watching them grow every week. POSWallet.com was down for a few days, and I guess you suffered a major DDoS attack from what I read. You then quickly made a bunch of improvements and everything seems to be running great since. Can you talk a little about what happened, and the upgrades you made to the system?

PoSW coin – Glad to hear you are happy with the results!  So we now have over 450k user addresses staking, which is around 10x what we had a few months ago during the last interview.  Growth has been very fast; however, with that have come a few DDoS attacks.  I am not going to get into the specifics, but we made quite a few substantial redundancy improvements to mitigate future DDoS attacks.  We have also greatly improved the website speed/load times and brought nodes online across 3 different continents.

BitcoinDood – Pretty exciting times. The site’s doing great and now you’re working on a new coin project. Could you tell us a little about PoSW coin?

PoSW coin – Of course! The PoSW coin took a lot of energy in terms of figuring out how to make it worthwhile for the users.  We are trying to avoid all the current buzz related to altcoins – the ICO scams, devs disappearing, coins with no intrinsic value, etc.  The PoSW coin has intrinsic value, as it is essentially a share of PoSWallet.com and the profits that it generates.

At the end of every month, we will choose a payout block.  Every address that holds PoSW coins on this block will receive a dividend, directly related to the total profits of PoSWallet.com for that month.  The same amount of PoSW will be burned into a dev burn account to counter the inflation – this will help drive the price of PoSW up and benefit the investors.

We also have big plans for the PoSW coin at PoSWallet.com – it will essentially be the currency of the website.  As we bring more features online (hint hint, an exchange might be coming) users will use PoSW as a currency.

BitcoinDood – According to the ANN the profits from the coin will be used to pay for all the hosting, server, and business costs of POSWallet.com and all extra profits will be returned to PoSW coin holders each month in the form of dividends. I guess by buying into this coin, each coin holder kind of becomes a shareholder in POSWallet.com. Am I right in thinking this, and could you also explain further on how this will work?

PoSW coin – You are exactly right – I jumped the gun a bit in the last response.  Besides using the coin for features that will be coming online soon at PoSWallet.com, the PoSW coin will continue to grow in value as monthly dividends are paid out.  We will take the gross profits from stakes and coin investment, subtract off the cost to run the site and buy a bunch of ramen, then pay out the rest in PoSW to the users!

BitcoinDood – Now along with earning dividends as a coin holder you will also earn 1% staking interest. Could you explain a little more about the staking feature of the coin, and how this will work?

PoSW coin – Initially, we were not going to have any staking rate for the PoSW coin; however, that would have been quite ironic – a coin used at a PoS website that doesn’t use the PoS algorithm.  The staking rate is small (1%), and we like it that way.  We want to control inflation and make sure our investors get the most bang for their buck.

In terms of the actual PoS algorithm – it is similar to the majority of other PoS coins.

BitcoinDood – The PoSW coin wallet will be released around the first of the year for now you can hold your coin on POSWallet.com. Could you tell us a little about the wallet release, and any interesting features the wallet will include?

PoSW coin – So we beat our initial estimates for the source code (yay!) – we are still working on the Windows wallet.  We expect this to be online by the 1st of the year.  We have some cool integration ideas for the wallet in future releases, for now it is just a standard wallet where you can store your PoSW.

BitcoinDood – So back to POSWallet.com. With the funding earned from PoSW coin you’re planning on making some serious improvements and changes to the POSWallet.com platform. I know you may not be able to disclose everything that you’re working on, but I’m sure the readers would love to hear about anything you’re willing to share. What can you tell us about any new features coming to the platform in the future?

PoSW coin – Exchange, exchange, exchange.  This is one of the most frequently asked questions about the site: How do I exchange one coin for another?  Well guess what – we are working hard on this!  There are also a few more features in development (one that I think people will like even more than an exchange) but for now stay tuned!

BitcoinDood – I would consider PoSW coin an ICO offer. I do like the fact that there is actually a working Proof Of Concept with POSWallet.com. You can already see the hard work that’s been put into the project. What else separates PoSW coin from other ICO’s offers out there?

PoSW coin – This is great question – and fundamentally difficult to answer.  At some point, every new coin has an ICO – users have to get coins somehow.  Sometimes they are distributed for free, sometimes purchased, or mined.  The biggest difference between the PoSW launch and most other ICOs is that we did the work before launching the coin – most ICOs ask for money up front then ‘forget’ to deliver.

BitcoinDood – PoSW coin is already available and I imagine the coin will also be available for trading on different exchanges. Have you been in talks with any exchanges yet? If so, can you divulge which ones we may able to trade PoSW coin on and where can people currently buy PoSW coin now?

PoSW coin – We are definitely going to be on exchanges – both Cryptopia and NovaExchange are either listed or in process of listing.  We purchased the YoBit add and have started the Bittrex/Poloniex addcoin process.  We definitely want to get on new exchanges (to help promote them) so if you are the owner of a new exchange, please contact me!

BitcoinDood – The Dood really appreciates you taking the time to answer these questions. Is there anything you would like to add that hasn’t already been covered in this interview? Any new features coming to POSWallet.com or maybe a cool feature of PoSW coin that I may have missed?

PoSW coin – As always, I think you did a great job with the questions.  The team here is working very hard on rolling out new features – besides the exchange, we are going to keep the new stuff under wraps :).

BitcoinDood – So I usually end every interview with the same last question, but seeing this is your second interview with The Dood, let me ask you this. POSWallet.com is growing,the site is running great, and it’s user base continues to grow. If you could look into a crystal ball, what do you think the future of POSWallet.com and PoSW Coin will look like?

PoSW coin – Another tough question – the last question in the 1st interview was easier!  In terms of the future of PoSWallet.com – we are going to continue to thrive.  This was never meant to pay our bills, it is a labor of purpose.  We truly believe that cryptocurrency is the future and we want to be the harbingers of that future.  This ideology was really the driving force behind the PoSW coin – get as many people involved as possible, then pay out the profits to them so they continue to spread the word.

I have always disliked the following phrase, but it seems so applicable in this one instance.  Where will the PoSW coin be in the future? To the moon, of course!  🙂

BitcoinDood – Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule during your coin launch and answering these questions. The Dood really appreciates your time and all your hard work on both POSWallet.com and PoSW coin. The Dood wishes you and the entire POSWallet team the best of luck on this project and all your future endeavors in 2017. Happy holidays, and happy new year to you and your team!

PoSW coin – Happy holidays to you as well – I am sure we will continue to be in contact!

You can use these links to find out more abouot PoSW coin and PosWallet.com. It should be noted that The Dood holds a small amount of PoSW coin and the below link to PoSWallet.com is a referral link.

https://poswallet.com/login.php?referral=TheDood
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1695121.0
https://twitter.com/POSWallet
https://novaexchange.com/market/BTC_POSW/
https://www.cryptopia.co.nz/Exchange/?market=POSW_BTC

Interview With OKtoshi Lead Dev Of OKcash

The Dood Interviews OKtoshi Lead Dev Of OKcash!

OKcash logo interview with OKtoshiOne of my favorite devs in the altcoin space has to be OKtoshi, lead dev of ROKOS OS and OKcash. This guy has to be one of the hardest working devs in the altcoin community.  OKcash recently celebrated its two year birthday and OKtoshi was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for The Dood. Hope you all enjoy reading this interview, as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Special thanks to @OKorator for helping to make this interview possible!

BitcoinDood: Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. I have to say I was really excited about this interview. In the altcoin community you have to be one of my favorite devs based on the constant work you do, and the different projects you take on like OKcash and ROKOS. For those readers who may be unfamiliar with these projects could you please introduce yourself and tell the readers a little about who you are and what you do?

OKtoshi:I have to say Thanks as well for the kind words and support, and it surely is a pleasure to participate in this interview. I’m Oktoshi and I work in the lead developer roles for Okcash cryptocurrency and ROKOS OK Bitcoin Full node OS for IoT devices like Raspberry Pi, BananaPi Pro and we’re Pine64+ official backers among others; Okcash is a Proof of Stake (POS) cryptocurrency that just celebrated it’s 2nd year birthday and its adoption so far includes OK full nodes in more than 32 countries across the world, adding to the efficacy, resilience, security and speed of the network. ROKOS OK Bitcoin Full node OS on the other part is a full Operating System for IoT devices that includes a plug and play (ready for use) Bitcoin and Okcash Full nodes among other goodies like OpenBazaar on its “Core” version release, more than 14 different cryptocurrencies on its “Flavors” version release and it has more than 5000+ downloads since v1 (latest version while writing this is v7).

The real heroes behind this projects are the users and community itself, I can’t express how thankful I am for all the great experiences, work, feedback and critique that has continuously helped this projects to grow and evolve day by day. I come from a different mix of humanitarian, business, coding, technology, and artistic backgrounds. I started developing and working part time on the cryptocurrency environment on 2012, and joined full time since 2013, since then I have worked and assisted different projects, at the beginnings of 2014 I started to plan the creation of a coin for me and any other user like me, that would really make us love the crypto tech benefits even more, which would have to be a quality work, fast, friendly, efficient, secure, well maintained, and mainly really decentralized and open source in order to help improve where it gets integrated/used, which came alive later on November 24th 2014, since that day I dedicate my work mainly for Okcash core and Bitcoin Full node OS, and thanks to all the Community joining and working in OK, I can humbly say to date, the OK cryptocurrency is one of the most reliable networks anyone can use, and the Bitcoin Full node OS opened a whole new range of trends of integration, experimentation and adoption between the Linux, Internet of Things (IoT) and cryptocurrencies environment, hence empowering all the users of this technologies; it’s been a fun and interesting road.

BitcoinDood: OKcash is celebrating it’s two year anniversary. Both the coin and community have come a long way over the last two years. What can we expect from OKcash as it grows another year older?

OKtoshi: I concur, while Okcash continues to be on its experimental stages, it’s been amazing all the participation it gets as it continues to grow. About what can we expect as Okcash grows; well it is a bit of a difficult question as it covers a whole range of discovered and undiscovered possibilities alike, is like asking ourselves what could we expect from Bitcoin back then in 2010.

What I can say on the other side; is that we can expect more adoption, more projects and markets getting born testing the Okcash technologies, and more features and upgrades based on community feedback and consensus, same as participation, that could get integrated into the code as time goes by.

BitcoinDood: OKcash was a rebrand from a coin called PIMPcash. PIMPcash was a lot of fun, but there was a little controversy surrounding the coin over the name. How did you feel about having to rebrand the original concept? Do you feel the rebranding to OKcash has helped the coin mature and helped it to be taken more seriously by the cryptocurrency community?

OKtoshi: That is correct, and I love that it happened that way, just like Linus Torvalds said, most great things that make it into the daily life usage are born from accidents; well, I see the rename/re branding just as one, as it was fully lead by the community and crypto environment as an answer to adoption and main stream adaptation, with the goal of projecting the coin true goals, after all PIMP was just a smart sarcastic acronym that became a hot subject bringing more awareness about the coin, which really stated Positive Innovation for Multiple Payment solutions; the core idea of the project.

The real concept and vision behind has never changed, which is to provide users a cryptocurrency they deserve (speed, security, efficacy) and can get to love (fun, friendly and easy to use) while at the same time becoming a tool for businesses to become more efficient, transparent and self dependent, improving all the aspects in life that Okcash touches, hence I believe the Okcash re brand by the community has really helped it mature and project it’s vision in a direct and powerful manner, I honestly love it, as it describes and communicates the project and vision so perfectly well.

BitcoinDood: Right from the inception of both PIMPcash and OKcash there was a terrific marketing buzz with memes, and all kinds of people promoting the coin on various social networks. That’s always something I look for when I consider holding an altcoin long term. How many people are currently involved in the OKcash project and what do you attribute your marketing success to?

OKtoshi:  I feel is a mix of different factors like its main stream name (OK is one of the only 2 words that can be understood in any language and requires no character translation, and Cash which thanks to the multiculturalism globalization mixture everyone is aware of its meaning thanks to finances, songs, and art expressions of it). It’s efficiency and easy to use approach, friendliness, support and complementation of Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency environment, but of course I feel it has been mainly thanks to everyone that got involved, I guess we all identify with the OK vision and like a lot how Okcash performs, while at the same time everyone enjoys having fun with it and the cryptocurrency environment, same thing that has keeping it growing over social media networks outside the Bitcoin and Crypto space I guess.

Its marketing success should be attributed to the whole cryptocurrency environment and the Okcash community in my opinion, as every actor that have interacted with it has helped with its reach and evolution, communities from forums like Bitcointalk.org, Bitcoingarden.tk, Cryptocentral, Cryptopia, Cryptos.us, CryptoCoinTalk, AllCryptoTalk, Altcoins Foundation, Raspberry Pi forums, Pine64+ forums, Foro-PTC, ForoBits, the different media sources covering and reporting on Okcash developments and events, independent media sources just like Bitcoin Dood, same way the different OK communities over IRC, Slack, Discord and others, and of course every individual as they are the ones behind the Social success of the Okcash brand all over different social sites like twitter, facebook, reddit, instagram among others.

At the moment there is an “Official” communications server (* Official, as far as we can use the word, as it being decentralized, all the Okcash channels created by any OK participant is an official one as long as is backed by community consensus), this server serves for the purpose of supporting the community and new users, share new updates about Okcash, from core dev updates to new OK businesses integrations, events and any news related to OK. Same way the community can get in touch with any of the OK developers or OK core team members, or they can provide feedback, help testing new features, play games, listen to the radio, it is a kind of a development, community and gaming hub. Anyone can join over http://discord.me/cryptocurrency . And while it started just a short time ago, it already has more than 340 members, all of them are a big part as well of OK success, also thanks to greenbigfrog and Gapjustin developments for it, with tipbots and stake bots among others that rain/giveaway coins to active or new members to try out the new OK tech, also OK “mouth to mouth” advertisement seems to work great as it involves new non crypto users that can find a great starting place to learn more about Okcash, Bitcoin and even more cryptocurrencies in a safe, fun and friendly environment, some people already call it home.

In a more direct and daily manner, at this moment; there are 17 members working within OK core team from more than 10 different countries working in a decentralized organization structure that is formed by people working in different areas for OK, like Development, businesses integrations, community leaders and organizers, Marketing, quality & testing, design, funding among others, 6 of them are developers (including myself) and 2 more developers are joining the team in the next 2 weeks, there will also be a contributors list in the community website in the coming website updates.

As you can see there is a lot of people behind the scenes working for the vision and common goal, everything is thanks to them, the visible and non visible ones alike, I guess we could call them all the real creators of the OK community giving life to the OK project.

BitcoinDood: It seems the OKcash community never rests. There are always new projects released, and new marketing plans. Most recently I noticed a push for stores and businesses to accept OKcash and even a directory in the works that will list all the places you can spend your OKcash. Could you tell us a little about okyourday.com ?

OKtoshi: That would be thanks to all the different members involved and their different time zones and OKorator’s organization of the community, so when some members are ending their day working in OK, others are just starting.

Yes, while Okcash continues to evolve, it has reached and proven a level of efficiency, speed and security that will work great for businesses, as it will bring them the speed, availability and security of the system 24/7, hence increasing their tools for success in their different businesses models, at the same time the community has been requesting more places where they could spend their Okcash, being their preferred payment method; so, another community member known as CGB started the project okyourday.com , with the genius idea behind of providing free advertisement to the businesses integrating Okcash for testing in their businesses models called coinmap, which will help different participants reach a wider and new audience for their products and services, while providing a full directory worldwide map of stores that accept OK, helping economies flourish. Might be a good idea to contact CGB for more details about the subject as he has more knowledge of that project and area.

BitcoinDood: OKcash is a POS (proof of stake) cryptocurrency. From what I understand, there will only be 105,000,000 OKcash ever created. Looking at the coinmarketcap chart it looks like there is currently about 68,363,084 in circulation at the time of this writing. Can you explain a little about POS and how the halving feature works as far as percentage earned based on staking weight and of course creation of coins ?

OKtoshi: Of course, glad to do so.  Okcash is Proof of Stake, which is sometimes difficult to understand it’s meaning for a non tech user.

For the non tech related at all, it is like earning a compound interest on your holdings, with the difference that with the OK wallet, you are your own bank.

To explain it in easy understandable terms for any new user to crypto that already knows that you can mine Bitcoin with special equipment requirement (Proof of Work); well, for Proof of Stake the only requirement to be able to mine, is to have the OK wallet online with some coins in it. Hence instead of buying special equipment to mine (like proof of work) you buy OK coins and send them to your wallet. This kind of mining process is called “Staking”, hence: when your wallet is mining, in POS it is said your wallet is staking, and instead of saying “I just mined X amount of coins” (on POW), on POS you just say “I just staked X amount of coins”.

Other than that, yes Okcash has a limited coin cap like Bitcoin, Bitcoin coin cap is 21 million coins that will ever be created, while on Okcash the coin cap is 5 times it, mainly because it is aimed to be used for micro transactions as well. The rate Okcash is created/mined/staked changes per year, it has 11 halvings, and the last OK coins will be mined/staked around the year 2148.

This system is the first of its kind, and was developed for OK, it is called Long Term Sustainable Staking (LTSS), on the contrary of Proof of work halving (which uses a lot of energy for the special equipments to run the Bitcoin blockchain), LTSS spends no extra energy, as the Okcash blockchain runs thanks to every PC with an OK wallet and some coins, no extra special energy requirements. Now with IoT, Okcash and ROKOS developments thanks to the OK energy research department (DEOK) leaded by Kultus; soon green energy will be able to maintain the OK Blockchain, providing great benefits to the technology and environment synergy and harmony, maintaining efficiency, speed and security while preventing energy waste.

The Staking percentage at this moment is 20%, this are yearly percentages, meaning for example that you would get aprox 0.054% daily on average of the OK coins in your wallet while the 20% is active, this staking percentage changes with time in a process called OK Halving, this event take place on different years, anyone can see the expected years of halving in a more detailed list at: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1028368.msg15436603#msg15436603 .

There is also a new resource called http://okcashblockhalf.com where anyone can see real time statistics of the halving and a countdown to the next one, same way they can see the OK coins in circulation among other useful info.

Also for the more tech savvy, there is a resource getting built by Demartini over http://okcashdocs.com which will hold all the different Okcash related info and tech documentation.

BitcoinDood: If I’m not mistaken, you are also the lead dev for ROKOS. For anyone not familiar with the project it’s a Debian based Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi. You can run a bitcoin full node with it, stake your OKcash, and the latest release “Flavors” has incorporated many additional altcoin wallets. Due to the low power consumption of the Raspberry Pi it really does make it ideal for “stake mining” and running multiple wallets. Could you explain a little about ROKOS and some of its features to any readers that may not be familiar with this project ?

OKtoshi: A pleasure, ROKOS is an OS for Raspberry Pi, zero, 2, 3, BananaPi PRO, PINE64+ and soon more IoT Devices With Okcash, Bitcoin + Cryptocurrencies tech Support.

In easy terms this means it is an operating system that turns your IoT device into a micro computer that can work with your cryptocurrency of choice, Bitcoin, Okcash, or any other cryptocurrency technology, as it is released Open Source, and it provides all the tools embedded on it to compile any of the other cryptocurrencies non included in the ROKOS version release.

All of this and other tools are ready to use out of the box in a minimalistic mix of art of design desktop by Numix project and Okcash, it also includes a ready to use Open Bazaar server for all those users or businesses that would like to start their own store as well, it’s basic idea behind was to break the cost wall of integration in this devices, hence creating a whole new trend of ideas and projects, merging IoT and the Cryptocurrency environment.

One of ROKOS OK Bitcoin Fullnode goals is to provide users with every tool they might need, so users/businesses can have the last word on decisions while using their platform and technologies.

It has been released more than 7 different versions in 2 tiers for more than 5 different IoT devices (pi b+(old version), pi zero, pi 2, pi 3, pine64+, bananapi Pro) and it has been downloaded more than 5000+ times.

So far it’s been released in 2 tiers, “Core” and “Flavors” like you mentioned and in the future there are coming tiers called “Light” and “HiddenName” (sorry, can not disclose that last one for now), but what I can say is that it is a pretty exciting project also, and a lot of different people and projects are involved on its success as well, from Tech News sites like TechCrunch to events like CoinFest UK to the OK and ROKOS tutorials Shbour is making, rmd73 testing, supporters like Chris Ellis and feedback from cryptocurrency network, same as community users and forums from the Bitcoin, Okcash and different cryptocurrency environments, all of them are part of the fuel and motivation behind its work and success. I can not wait to see how it continues to evolve, the vision behind it that unites us all is to Empower Everyone and Decentralize Everything (EEDE).

BitcoinDood: ROKOS is currently The Dood’s go to OS for the Rapsberry Pi. I’m currently running a twitter bot on it using Twython, and of course staking my OKcash daily. My laptop currently runs on an openSuse distro. Configuring wallets can be a bit of pain on a linux system. Has there been any consideration on porting ROKOS over to a full blown Linux distribution for use on laptops and desktops? I could really see linux users involved with cryptocurrency embracing a distribution like that.

OKtoshi: That is very nice to hear, I am very glad you are enjoying your system. At this moment we’ve been releasing automated scripts for linux system to do the job for you, but I can see ROKOS coming to full Linux distribution for laptops and desktops, in fact, I do like the idea a lot, consider it added to the ROKOS task list thanks to your final suggestion/request (as it has been suggested by other users within the community over the discord channels) so it means the community wants it, so we will get to work on it and get it released.

BitcoinDood: Seeing we’re talking Linux. Have you been following the Hyperledger project at all? Care to share any thoughts on Hyperledger? Do you think we will begin to see more linux based blockchain projects as a result of the Hyperledger project? Any thoughts on incorporating Hyperledged technology into ROKOS?

OKtoshi: It is awesome to see the Linux Foundation getting involved with Blockchain projects, I don’t know if you can tell but Linux is my favorite system, so I took this news great, and it also helps legitimize and establishes even more the crypto environment and movement.

I think it is still too early to see the total reach and collaboration it will create, but I can definitely see some of its developments integrated into ROKOS in the future.

BitcoinDood: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions and sharing the OKcash story with my readers and I. Is there anything that hasn’t been covered that you’d like to talk about? Any new innovations or soon to be released features you would like to share with us today?

OKtoshi: Thanks to You and the Bitcoin Dood readers as well for your support in this first 2 years for Okcash and the community, to get the latest updates and developments on Okcash or ROKOS; I recommend you to join the communications server over http://discord.me/cryptocurrency and the OkcashTalk Forums, I’m just a small part of the whole picture, community and team are always working in new things coming out.

BitcoinDood: With your 2 year anniversary and all the other hard work you do, I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to take this interview. I end every interview with the same last question. Could you share any thoughts, theories, or predictions that you might  have for the future of cryptocurrency in general?

OKtoshi: As Bitcoin, Okcash, Crypto and IoT grows, the possibilities become unlimited. Crypto on fridge and kitchen items, on glasses, even on cloth, the age of Crypto wearables is coming soon, Crypto + self sustainability is another new area to get to born among others, bio hacking + crypto as well, crypto energy trading markets, and then when Crypto is really established some public ethical debates (that could turn political) between public vs anon chains.

BitcoinDood: Thanks again for all you do! You have to be one of my favorite devs in the altcoin space. I love all the work you do on both ROKOS and OKcash. The Dood wishes you and the entire OKcash community continued success with both OKcash, ROKOS and of course, all your future endeavors. Thanks again for your time, and all you do for the OKcash community 🙂

OKtoshi: Sounds like we’re on the good track, Thanks a lot for your support, kind words and invite, it has been a pleasure.

OKcash Links

http://okcash.co/

http://okcashtalk.org/

http://okcashblockhalf.com

https://twitter.com/OKCashCrypto

https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/okcash/

https://www.reddit.com/r/OKcash/

https://github.com/okcashpro/okcash

https://www.facebook.com/OKCashCrypto/

http://okyourday.com/

ROKOS Links

http://okcashtalk.org/index.php/board,38.0.html

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1084908.0

http://rokos.space/

Interview: Bill Cassidy from CryptoChat.io

The Dood:  Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions for this interview. Could you tell the readers who are you, a little about your background in the crypto space and your relationship to cryptochat.io?

Bill Cassidy: I’m Bill Cassidy. Crypto Enthusiast, Podcaster, Volunteer and big time surfing dood. I joined the crypto space in early 2014 after watching bitcoin soar to new price levels. I’d heard about bitcoin before but ignored most of it because I didn’t have the technical skills to understand what was going on. I am Co-Founder of CryptoChat. My specific role inside the project is not really defined right now I just do a whole bunch of stuff.

The Dood: Can you explain a little about cryptochat.io and what it does?

Bill Cassidy: CryptoChat started as a slack group dedicated to one project. About a month ago myself and the two other slack owners decided that we no longer wanted to focus on just one project so we pivoted our idea and created CryptoChat. At the moment we have our slack room and CryptoChat. CryptoChat is built on the http://matrix.org/ framework and currently in private beta testing. Matrix is open sourced and distributed much like CryptoCurrencies which makes this a perfect match. We’ll be opening up public beta testing in late November.

CryptoChat is a hub for all kinds of Crypto projects. We aim to build bridges between the many different chat platforms directly into CryptoChat. Platforms such as, IRC, Slack, Gitter, Telegram to name a few. CryptoChat users will have access to all these rooms simply by registering and logging into our platform. Our slack group is already bridged to the CryptoChat rooms and we’re building bridges with other projects as well. Another cool feature of CryptoChat is that we will be able to offer encryption for direct messages between users (this feature is still being tested so it’s not quite ready).

The Dood: Great idea. I think this was something the community needed. We have slack channels and IRC channels all over the internet. Till now, there really hasn’t been one place for people to find, projects, news, and chat all together in one place. How has this project been received by the cryptocurrency community in general?

Bill Cassidy: There are so many slack groups it’s not even funny. I’ve literally signed up for over 30 slack groups! When we were only focusing on a single project our growth was pretty slow. Since changing our focus we’re already seeing the number of new users increase. Chatter has slowed a bit but that was to be expected during the transition phase. It’s picking up again and soon there will be too much for even one person to read. I think a lot of the crypto community members see value in what we are building. People will use it for different reasons and that’s exactly what we want. One of the best parts about CryptoChat is that we are very inviting and welcoming to new members. Kindness goes a long way and people remember that.

The Dood:  At the time of this writing CryptoChat is hosting 24 + chat rooms dedicated to various altcoins and cryptocurrency projects. Are there any special requirements that need to get met or can anyone get a chatroom for their established altcoin or cryptocurrency project?

Bill Cassidy: The owners of CryptoChat are building some guidelines/framework for choosing which projects will be added or not. We’ll be adding a lot more projects to the closed CryptoChat platform, more-so than the slack platform because we want to draw people into CryptoChat. I think one of the best ways to get a channel on our platforms is by proving to us you can bring in members and create some conversation.

The Dood: Now is this an exclusive club or can anyone join in on the conversation as far as just the average person, with no connection to any crypto project? Can anyone join up to chat, learn, and maybe get some of the latest news on different projects?

Bill Cassidy: This is a very INCLUSIVE club. Anybody can join even your Grandma. There are a lot of people who provide technical assistance for each of the different projects, specialist of every kind. We set up news bots for each channel so you can always stay up to date with the latest.

The Dood: So what’s involved in getting a chatroom going on cryptochat.io? Say I’m Joe Crypto starting some new project and I want a place to meet friends and future associates and talk about the latest happenings with my project. What do I have to do, who do I have to contact, and how hard is this to set up?

Bill Cassidy: I want to note: There is a difference between our slack and CryptoChat. It’s really easy for someone to get a channel on our CryptoChat, it’s a little more difficult to get a channel on slack. The easiest way to get added is by visiting slack to start conversation and create activity related to your project. If you can prove to us that you’lll bring over new members and help CryptoChat grow we would love to have you. There is no real specific guideline for adding projects at the moment. So if you’re interested don’t hesitate to ask. At the minimum you gotta join the slack though so head on over to www.cryptochat.io and click “get invite”.

The Dood:  When we talked on twitter you mentioned something about being able to plug a twitter feed into a chat room on the cryptochat platform? How hard or how easy is that to do and what other features do these chat rooms offer that I may have overlooked?

Bill Cassidy: While I was typing my responses to this interview I went ahead and created you a channel in our slack and on CryptoChat. The channels are bridged so you can chat from either one. I also set up an RSS feed from your twitter account which gets posted to both slack and cryptochat. All this took me about 15 minutes.

One of the best parts about the CryptoChat platform is that the chat history is saved forever. Slack limits users to view only the last 10k messages. I’m also looking into creating a slack<>slack bridge. At the moment we’ve got bridge from our slack to the ShadowCash Slack which was setup by one of the ShadowCash developers.

The Dood: I think I seen in your twitter that this is the brain child of a few different people. Care to talk a little about some of the other devs and what each one brings to the table?

Bill Cassidy: I was the original founder of the slack group I think back in Feb 2016. Within the first month I found my two partners Solarminer and Inthewoods. These two guys helped me form a team around the original slack group. When we decided to pivot we lost some of our team members but brought in 5 additional owners. CryptoAdvocate, Grant, Alexander, SteveCash, and CryptoAtm. Each one of us brings something to the table. We all have our special skills. Everyone’s main priority is to create chatter because at the end of the day this is a chat room. If there’s no chatter what’s the point?

The Dood:  I popped into cryptochat a couple times when I started writing up this interview and I have to say it looks like a really great platform. I chatted with a few friendly community members and I’d say you guys are off to a great start! Is there anything else you want to tell the readers about that I may have missed or over looked? Maybe some cool feature that I didn’t point out in the other questions or some important news?

Bill Cassidy: As I said earlier we’ll be opening up public beta testing soon. I’ll have a form at cryptochat.io where you can sign up for the beta testing in a day or two. We’re really excited about this project so keep an eye out for progress.

The Dood:  It’s a really exciting time to be part of this cryptocurrency experiment. Everyday I feel like we are all making history as cryptocurrency continues to grow. I ask all my interviews the same last question. Could you share any thoughts, predictions or observations of where you think cryptocurrency in general is heading in the future?

Bill Cassidy: I’m not old enough to have been apart of the early 90’s Internet craze. When I read about the 90’s and how the Internet came about I sometimes wish I was born sooner so I could have been a part of it. Now I believe we ‘re living in the same type of era with CryptoCurrency and blockchain technology. These projects are more than just digital currencies. There are so many different projects it’s impossible for one person to keep up. I think in 10-15 years people will be using bitcoin or similar technologies and they wont even realize it. I think it’ll all take off when people can use this technology in an easy way.

The Dood: Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. The Dood really appreciates it and wishes you and the entire cryptochat team success with this project and all your future endeavors!

Bill Cassidy: Thank you too man. I love what you do for the space and appreciate you taking the time to interview me.

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