The MoneyShow San Francisco – Where Informed Investors Discover Tomorrow’s Unique Growth & Income Investments Today!

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The MoneyShow San Francisco – Where Informed Investors Discover Tomorrow’s Unique Growth & Income Investments Today!
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Featuring 75+ top experts’ specific strategies and recommendations as well as in-depth classes on current hot sectors such as on REITs and cannabis investing

SARASOTA, FL, June 25, 2015 – MoneyShow, the world’s leading producer of investment tradeshows and cruises, will host The MoneyShow San Francisco, July 16-18, 2015, at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco. http://yBitcoin.SanfranciscoMoneyShow.com

 

Admission is free and thousands of investors from more than ten countries are expected to attend, joining over 75 globally-renowned money managers, economists, financial newsletter editors, tech and biotech company CEOs, media personalities who will be speaking in person at the Show.

Kicking off this event at our opening ceremonies will be author, economist, and technologist George Gilder, creator of ‘Telecosm’, who will discuss ‘Life after Google’, as well as a keynote address from Martin Gerstel of Compugen who will share his thoughts on breakthroughs on new breakthroughs in life sciences being made in Israel today. You can also take part in one or more of the interactive panel discussions, which cover a variety of current topics such as ‘Silicon Valley Takes on Wall Street’, hosted by Bill Harris, CEO of Personal Capital, or learn about one of the newest growth markets, cannabis, and the opportunities for financial gain that are being created by this new and rapidly growing market.

This event is being deemed, “The ultimate marketplace for the financial industry in 2015”, where investors can discover and test-drive the very latest investment tools, software, and products. Attendees will gain firsthand financial education through more than 100 investing workshops, panel discussions, keynote addresses, and special events in the interactive Exhibit Hall. Here, you have the opportunity to meet the experts, ask your questions, and get personalized investment solutions from some of the hottest income-producing, publicly traded companies today. At The MoneyShow San Francisco, there is sure to be something new for every investor and entrepreneur.

For the complete Show schedule, featured speakers, exhibitors, and topics, visit:
http://yBitcoin.SanfranciscoMoneyShow.com

 

About MoneyShow

MoneyShow – Invest Smarter, Trade Wiser is a privately held financial media company founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, USA. Each year, MoneyShow’s roster of live and online events attract more than 100,000 investors, traders, and financial advisors who gather with top market experts in dynamic, face-to-face and online learning forums worldwide.

By joining MoneyShow at a live event, an individual investor, trader, or financial advisor becomes part of a global network that connects tens of thousands of attendees and hundreds of experts on an ongoing basis.

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Weeks Before the eBay Split, PayPal Acquires Digital Payment Provider Xoom
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Paypal announced on Wednesday that it was acquiring San Francisco-based Xoom, a company that facilitates the digital transfer of money internationally, Forbes reports. The all-cash deal values Xoom at $890 million, or $25 a share.

“Expanding into international money transfer and remittances aligns with our strategic vision to democratize the movement and management of money,” said PayPal President Dan Schulman.

“Acquiring Xoom allows PayPal to offer a broader range of services to our global customer base, increase customer engagement and enter an important and growing adjacent marketplace,” he said. “Xoom’s presence in 37 countries – in particular, Mexico, India, the Philippines, China and Brazil – will help us accelerate our expansion in these important markets.”

Xoom is a digital money transfer provider that enables consumers to send money and pay bills for family and friends around the world in a secure, fast, and cost-effective way, using a mobile phone, tablet or computer. Founded in 2001 by PayPal investor Kevin Hartz and serial entrepreneur Alan Braverman, the company went public in 2013.

“Becoming part of PayPal represents an exciting new chapter for Xoom, which will help accelerate our time-to-market in unserved geographies and expand the ways we can innovate for customers,” said Xoom President and CEO John Kunze. “Being part of a larger, global organization will help us deliver the best possible experience to our customers, while maximizing value for our shareholders.”

“I’m excited to announce that PayPal is ready to make another area of payments better for people around the world – international remittances,” added Schulman in another post. “Today, this primarily cash-based system of sending money abroad can be time-consuming, insecure and expensive. We believe [the Xoom] acquisition will allow PayPal to quickly expand into the large and growing global money transfer market.  Xoom has what we believe is the most advanced technology platform in this space with a majority of its transactions taking place on mobile devices.”

The announcement of the acquisition comes only a few weeks before PayPal’s planned split with eBay. The separation will allow the two companies to more effectively pursue distinct operating priorities and strategies and opportunities for long-term growth and profitability. In particular, PayPal’s management will be able to focus exclusively on its payments business, and enjoy “increased flexibility to pursue new partnership and strategic opportunities that may have previously been unavailable for strategic or other reasons.”

It’s interesting to speculate about how the Xoom acquisition might influence PayPal’s improving but still uncertain attitude toward Bitcoin, and worth noting that Xoom seems at least open to the digital crypto-currency. “If bitcoin could help us be more efficient, we’d use it,” said Kunze in a 2014 interview with PYMNTS titled “Is Bitcoin The Future of Money Transfer?

“I think anyone that wants to move money from point A to point B has to deal with two very important challenges that, for bitcoin to succeed, players in that ecosystem must also solve in addition to still being efficient and not costly,” he added. The two challenges are, according to him, defending against money-laundering threats, and not moving money that was sourced from or used for illegal purposes. “Unless the bitcoin ecosystem self-regulates and gets consumer protection in place, and deals proactively with money-laundering risks, the regulators will start regulating them,” he said.

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Bitcoin Standardization, Security and Accountability: the DCC, C4, and OBPP
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There has been a longstanding debate within the Bitcoin ecosystem on the concept of regulation and standardization of the industry. There are generally two camps of Bitcoin enthusiasts. One side contends that Bitcoin was meant not to be regulated. The other side wants to work alongside regulators to bring about mass adoption of the digital currency.

Currently, it is very easy for a wallet manufacturer to make claims about privacy that cannot be easily checked by the average user. Recent scams and fraudulent players in a rapidly growing industry have prompted both sides to reach a consensus; the industry needs a watchdog to protect consumers.

Enter the Watchmen

Last March Bitcoin Magazine covered C4’s announcement of a new Crypto Security Steering Committee consisting of notable security and crypto players in the space.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos has officially joined C4’s board of directors. Mike Belshe of BitGo, Eric Lombrozo of Ciphrex, Joshua McDougall and Michael Perklin of C4, Sean Neville of Circle and John Velissarios of Armory Enterprise have agreed to form the steering committee for C4’s CryptoCurrency Security Standard (CCSS).

The mission of the steering committee is to “ensure the CCSS remains up-to-date, neutral and relevant in establishing security standards in the fast-changing world of cryptocurrencies.”

In a recent interview, Michael Perklin described the need for a measurement scale when hiring bitcoiners. “Hiring managers don’t know how to differentiate if someone knows Bitcoin or they don’t,” he said.

C4 began with personal certification and moved toward a security standard that includes wallet hardware and software. According to Perklin, the goal of C4 is to provide accountability to the industry.

C4 is not alone in keeping careful watch over the industry. There are other groups such as the Open Bitcoin Privacy Project and the Digital Currency Council aimed at providing accountability to the digital currency space.

Open Bitcoin Privacy Project

The OBPP, or the Open Privacy Project, is a Bitcoin privacy research organization lead by prominent figures in the Bitcoin community including Kristov Atlas, a well-known privacy researcher; software designer Justus Ranvier; engineer Daniel Krawisz at Monetas; technical illustrator Samuel Peterson and others.

Recently, the organization released a report detailing 10 leading bitcoin wallets, setting standards for privacy that they argue are much needed in the space. The bitcoin wallets in the report include Coinbase, Blockchain.info, Mycelium, Darkwallet, Airbitz, Armory, Electrum, Bitcoin Wallet and Multibit Classic.

According to Daniel Krawisz, the goal of OBPP is to “draw attention to privacy issues in the design of bitcoin wallets and standards, to compare one to another and determine what potential might theoretically be achieved.”

By comparing security standards, OBPP hopes to promote competition among manufacturers toward improved privacy features.

“The more evident the difference between the privacy functions of different wallets, the more they clearly fall short of the idea, the more effort [manufacturers] will devote to closing gaps,” Krawisz.

A list of criteria OBPP uses to determine and compare security can be found on GitHub.

Digital Currency Council

DCC is a private for-profit organization that offers certification and training for Bitcoin and blockchain professionals.

At first glance, the platform appears to be a “LinkedIn” for Bitcoin professionals and boasts impressive numbers. According to David Berger, to date, the DCC has trained more than 2,000 professionals at 300 leading firms. Its membership includes 1,500 professionals across 90 countries. DCC is establishing itself in the industry as a platform for members aimed at setting professional standards and establishing trust within the Bitcoin economy.

In the future, DCC plans to identify more ways to support members and bolster the community. DCC recently launched DCC Solutions, which provides customized software solutions for its members.

“I see our software solutions as a very powerful way that we can support our members and the community into the future,” Berger said.

Some critics have stated that a for-profit certification organization has an inherent conflict of interest where quality and oversight are rewarded through a simple cash transaction.

Conclusion

The average newcomer in the Bitcoin space has no technical background; therefore, there is a clear need for oversight and accountability within the space. Several organizations are stepping up to the plate. All types of organizations, be they for-profit, non-profit or open-source are being welcomed by the community.

As of now, there is no clear “winner” or one acceptable standard over the other. Several accountability authorities could pop up within the space, creating competition among the organizations, spurring greater scrutiny.

The question remains; who watches the watchers?

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KEYNOTE 2015: Rebooting Finance with a New Kind of Ledger
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On August 3rd 2015, the FinTech conference Keynote2015 will be landing in Los Angeles to unpack distributed ledgers – the tech behind bitcoin – and enlighten participants as to how they can revolutionize the financial world with this radical new ledger.

Geared for those that want to know not only how this new disruptive tech works, but how it can work for them, Keynote2015 offers a compact one-day agenda that boasts the biggest and brightest names in the industry, including Surash Ramamurthi, Yobie Benjamin, and Aaron Cooper from the DOJ.

Keynote2015 will take place in the opulent surrounds of the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Representatives from businesses such as Paypal, Square, Twitter and Uber will be in attendance alongside capital groups, investors from the digital currency community and an audience of 500.

Tickets are available at keynote2015.com.

Why distributed ledgers matter

At the heart of bitcoin tech is the blockchain or distributed ledger, a super-smart and lightweight way to track transactions and contracts. Distributed ledgers are about to become a very big deal because they are not only faster and more efficient than ledgers used in mainstream finance today, but they are more secure as well.

The visionaries

A technologically enlightened few have recently discovered the enormous potential of this new ledger and have begun capitalizing on its potential. The NASDAQ has invested more than $100 million in this tech with the aim of implementing distributed ledgers enterprisewide.

UBS Bank also showed foresight when it recently set up a distributed ledger research lab in London with the intention of finding ways to dramatically increase institutional efficiency.

Tech futurists like Apple’s Steve Wozniak, entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire and Virgin’s Richard Branson have begun moving millions into bitcoin tech, signalling the enormous potential that distributed ledgers hold for revolutionising the financial world.

First mover advantage

Distributed ledgers have the potential to shake up the financial world more than both mobile payment solutions and P2P banking combined. If this fact is new to you, you’re not alone. Most people are unaware of the massive impact this new tech is about to have.

Join Keynote2015 to get in on the ground floor and position yourself to capitalise on this massive shift to the financial landscape. The opportunities are enormous for those that understand the potential.

Get your ticket at keynote2015.com.

When and where Keynote2015 will take place on August 3rd, 2015 at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, 607 South Park View St, Los Angeles, California 90057.

For enquiries or information about sponsorship and exhibiting, contact: hello@keynote2015.com

I look forward to seeing you in LA,

Moe Levin

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