Want to Become an Expert? Check Out These Cryptocurrency Resources 0 29

With so many developments in the world of cryptocurrency, happening almost by the hour, it’s certainly never dull. Unless you’re a financial expert with your finger on the pulse, how do you know when it’s safe to invest? Add to that the volatility of digital currencies, and even Wall Street vets are reluctant to navigate a seemingly endless slew of token opportunities.

When Bitcoin and Ethereum rise and fall like a Disneyland roller coaster, and market speculation sends prices spinning out of control, how do you get on board? It’s actually not as hard as you might think to become seasoned in cryptocurrencies, with the amount of resources available to you.

From online classes and training academies, to podcasts and news sources, you can become an informed spectator in a fairly short time. It’s worth noting, of course, that there’s substantial risk in any token purchase and the inherent volatility in the market makes many folks uncomfortable. The quickly changing landscape and abrupt regulatory decisions foreshadow more subtle or stagnant appreciation of tokens, at least in comparison to last year’s outstanding growth. Headlines of hacking attacks, price surges, and ICO funding theft tend to hog the limelight, and we’re seeing less coverage of everyday people reporting massive returns. 

Still, the revolutionary nature of Blockchain technology has attracted many an investor, and will continue to do so. If you’re ready to join the list of token holders, here are some resources to consider.

Cryptocurrency Resources to Make Informed Decisions

Cryptocurrencies are like nothing we’ve seen before. They democratize the world of investing. Anyone with an internet connection and a bank account (and sometimes, not even the latter) can get on board.

But, with so much FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) running through the market, what may seem like a wise investment one day, can go belly up the next.

They say that innovation breeds innovation, and cryptocurrency resources are starting to pop up everywhere. Trading Mama is one such resource that I learned about at the CryptoFriends’ “New Girls on the Block” event during SXSW. It’s an online crypto trading school to educate those who want to dabble in the world of digital coins – and its actively inviting women into a male-dominated space.

If you’re new to the crypto world (and let’s face it, most of us are), devoting time to understanding the ins and outs is a good start. 

After two years in the crypto space, I’ve fallen more and more in love with it,” says Mariana Carrillo, Founder of Trading Mama. “There is groundbreaking innovation touching nearly every sector of society.” While most people know about Bitcoin, they’re unaware of many projects being carried out on the Blockchain. Change is already happening in energy, global development, and finance, to name a few sectors.

Trading Mama’s Crypto Trading School is a six-month online course in cryptocurrency that allows you to trade with relative confidence in a safe and supportive environment. Even if you currently have no knowledge of the industry, you can gain all the info you need throughout the course.

With tips on how to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, and LiteCoin, and advice on investing and trading, this is meant to be a comprehensive program to jump-start your digital currency involvement.

Keeping Up to Date

In the fast-paced crypto world, keeping up to date with developments is key. So, following the right people and using the right cryptocurrency resources can help you stay on track.

Many factors can have dramatic effects on the market, from the threat of regulation to news about mining Bitcoin. One excellent podcast for learning the basics is The Bitcoin Podcast.

As one of the first podcasts to come out in this area, it’s a trustworthy and respected source for listening to expert opinions. There are interviews with business consultants, PhDs, mathematicians, banking professionals, and other thought leaders in the Bitcoin space.

There are currently more than 140 episode available, so you can listen at your leisure. Gain a better understanding of the technical side of the technology at a time convenient to you. Podcast guests come from all corners of the industry, so you’ll get well-rounded views.

Another important podcast for cryptocurrency resources is Coin Mastery. Rather than focusing on the background of Bitcoin and its technicalities, Coin Mastery serves the most up-to-date information on the cryptocurrency world.

You no longer need to trawl the web to find out the latest news, when you can get it here. Along with analysts’ opinions and trader discussions. This is the one to listen to once you’ve handled the basics and have a decent working knowledge of crypto and the blockchain.

There’s no need to have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), but you’ll want to be informed before entering such a tumultuous landscape. Understanding, for example, what to look for when vetting ICOs is an essential component in making smart purchasing decisions. With so many cryptocurrency resources at your fingertips that make dense content digestible, it’s becoming easier to navigate this brave new world.

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Christina is a technology and business communicator who has worked with high profile ICOs and blockchain influencers to break industry news.

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The Block Talk Awards 0 104

The first inaugural Block Talk Award nominations are open now. The 2018 Awards will recognize the influencers that are pushing the industry forward through innovation and analysis. Nominations will be accepted from August 13, 2018 to September 1, 2018 at 10pm PT. To qualify, influencers should have at least a cumulative following of 10,000 across social media platforms, or similar readership across relevant blogs and web properties.

Winners in each category will receive a $1500 media credit on The Block Talk, access to a network of TBT Award honorees, and VIP access to TBT events in 2019.

Nominate yourself or your favorite influencers in the following categories:

  • Best ICO Analysis & Commentary
  • Most Engaged Community
  • Favorite Blockchain Blogger
  • Best Crypto Journalist
  • Innovative Female Founder
  • Best Podcast Host(s)
  • Favorite Blockchain Event Host
  • Top Crypto Speaker
  • Most Innovative Blockchain CEO
  • Top Social Entrepreneur

Submit Your Nomination

VEZT Wants You to be Able to Own Shares of Your Favorite Songs 0 66

Mr. Cheeks has been producing music since the early 90s, under the mentorship of his late uncle, the legendary Gil Scott-Heron. He started with the Lost Boyz, won a Grammy for his work with Stephen Marley, and has released a handful of solo albums since.

Now, royalties for his singles will be available to his fans, thanks to the blockchain. Mr. Cheeks’ songs will be available on a platform that allows fans and investors to claim a slice of the rights to pop music they believe in. When the song is licensed for use, in advertising or film for example, you, the investor, get a cut.

It’s made possible through an app called VEZT, which is positioning itself to revolutionize the way music relates to money as the world’s “first music rights marketplace.” VEZT partnered with a long time Mr. Cheeks producer, Bink, to offer shares of the song “Lights, Camera, Action” which is currently available on the company’s website.

The Problem of Selling Music

Mixing music and markets is an old problem. How should musicians get paid? Who pays them? What about their support teams? How do we keep track of the flow of money and make sure everyone’s fairly compensated? Among the music world’s financial obstacles, one of the biggest issues is navigating licensing and royalties.

In Austin, for example, one of America’s most proficient music hubs, almost a third of musicians make less than minimum wage, and 70 percent are earning less than $10k per year on their work. That’s below the poverty line even for a household of one. It’s been like pulling teeth trying to get royalties from companies like Spotify, who generate income off their songs. Meanwhile even more expensive lawsuits pile up, or go completely unpursued from lack of funds, as marketers continue to ape good music with copyright infringing fakes. It’s a constant headache for musicians, producers and labels, and it makes it prohibitive to eke out a living in the music world.

Under VEZT’s model, royalties are simple. Music is intellectual property owned by the artist. The artist can sell a portion of those rights to fans, who become investors when they purchase a percentage of shares. Fans and musicians make an agreement to co-own the songs they both care so much about. If you love a song and want to see it do well, you invest. If it does well, you have a share in the artist’s success. Royalties are split based on percentage of ownership.

The concept comes from cofounders Robert Menendez, a former Wall St. financial trader/analyst, and Steve Stewart, an industry regular with entrepreneurial tendencies, whose accomplishments include ushering Stone Temple Pilots to fame in the early ‘90s and managing the band for a decade. They say they founded VEZT as part of a vision to “detangle a lot of the financial problems in the music industry, and connect fans more directly with the music they love.”

And now, they’ve expanded across the Pacific from VEZT’s headquarters in Los Angeles, and opened an office in South Korea.

‘The Perfect Environment’

“The fans of music in Korea are quite possibly the most enthusiastic and active fans on the planet,” says Stewart. “Combine this with a robust tech community and a government leading the way in adopting blockchain technologies and you have a perfect environment for VEZT.”

The ROK’s new legislation legitimizing crypto exchange, Dapps, and blockchain systems will take the peninsula farther into a brave new technological world, where many others have so far feared to tread. Combined with their now-world-famous maximalist pop industry, and it’s not hard to see why VEZT moved in.

Construction recently finished on their new 2500 square foot office in the Gangnam district of Seoul. VEZT has enlisted a host of professionals to their C-Suite, including veterans of major Korean record labels, Kpop producers, marketing and PR executives and, of course, tech experts.

Fixing Music With Blockchain

If their model works in Seoul and LA, VEZT could bring a more harmonious rhythm to an industry still trying to find its groove in the digital age. The world needs music, and musicians need to get paid. As with anything blockchain, cutting out some of the middlemen could be the Occam’s razor with the solution. When fans are directly invested in their music, everyone will want to see it succeed.

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