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ThreeD Capital $IDK.ca Appoints #Cryptocurrency Evangelist and Trader to Advisory Board #Bitcoin #Ethereum $HIVE.ca $BLOC.ca $CODE.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:27 AM on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Threed capital

  • Mr. David Schirmer is a cryptocurrency enthusiast who spends most of his free time researching various topics in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space
  • Sheldon Inwentash, CEO of ThreeD comments, “David brings a vast knowledge of the blockchain/cryptocurrrency space through his research and enthusiasm for the sector.”

TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2017 — ThreeD Capital Inc. (“ThreeD” or the “Company”) (CSE:IDK) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Schirmer to its Advisory Board.

Mr. David Schirmer is a cryptocurrency enthusiast who spends most of his free time researching various topics in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space. He started his career in Tax Consulting at Deloitte before moving into the manufacturing industry with Saint Gobain (SGC) as a financial analyst and financial services manager. While at Saint Gobain, Mr. Schirmer was introduced to lean methodology. These principles help to methodically determine the value of various processes and outputs.

After a decade at SGC and lean manufacturing, Mr. Schirmer founded Nabu Consulting to apply those principles to startups using the lean methodology.  He began working with a blockchain-related project, which led him to analyzing every cryptocurrency that launched over the past two years. When it comes to analyzing the various cryptocurrency options available, Mr. Schirmer focuses on the fundamentals of the currency, rather than putting greater weight in the technical analysis. As such, Mr. Schirmer brings a detailed and analytical mindset to ThreeD’s blockchain/cryptocurrency advisory board.

Sheldon Inwentash, CEO of ThreeD comments, “David brings a vast knowledge of the blockchain/cryptocurrrency space through his research and enthusiasm for the sector.”

“It is a pleasure to join ThreeD Capital as an Advisor. I look forward in working with Sheldon and his Advisory Board in the amazing projects we can accomplish together,” stated David Schirmer.

About ThreeD Capital Inc.

ThreeD is a publicly-traded Canadian-based venture capital firm focused on opportunistic investments in companies in the junior resources, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain sectors.

ThreeD seeks to invest in early stage, promising companies where it may be the lead investor and can additionally provide investees with advisory services, mentoring and access to the Company’s network in order to earn increases to the Company’s equity stake.

For further information:
Gerry Feldman, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Feldman@threedcap.com
Phone: 416-606-7655

The #Esports Industry Is Booming — Can #Blockchain Supercharge It? #Blockstation $GMBL

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:11 AM on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
  • Multi-player gaming is the king of esports and there is a belief that the blockchain can be a big benefit to its continued growth
  • video gaming industry is currently undergoing some major developments as big players are posting massive growth, with the likes of Activision BlizzardATVI +2.16%, Take-Two Interactive, and Electronic ArtsEA -0.15% (EA)

Darren Heitner , Contributor

I cover the intersection of sports and money. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Multi-player gaming is the king of esports and there is a belief that the blockchain can be a big benefit to its continued growth. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

The video gaming industry is currently undergoing some major developments as big players are posting massive growth, with the likes of Activision BlizzardATVI +2.16%, Take-Two Interactive, and Electronic ArtsEA -0.15% (EA) posting year-to-date gains as of Oct. 13 of 70%, 112% and 51% respectively. The growth has been partly driven by the recent and upcoming releases of AAA game franchises.

Aside from big budget titles, the esports scene can be credited for much of the traction driving the industry forward. The idea of creating professional leagues out of popular multiplayer titles is catching on. Just this month, the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors announced their entry into esports. They join the New York Yankees among the North American sports franchises that are buying into the growing esports scene.

Established professional sports franchises, especially soccer franchises in Europe, have been involved and invested in esports for a while now thanks to the popularity of EA Sports’ massive FIFA franchise. The emergence of other esports leagues catering to multiplayer games such as Valve’s Dota 2, Riot’s League of Legends and Blizzards’s Overwatch are also encouraging more franchises to participate.

 

This fusion of traditional sports and esports creates huge potential to usher in a new level of events, sponsorship, merchandise sales and betting into video games.

What makes all of this even more exciting is the introduction of blockchain into gaming. The technology that drives cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is now finding applications in the esports ecosystem.

There are several ways new blockchain ventures like Esports.com (a decentralized, blockchain-based esports community) or Network Units (a blockchain-controlled multiplayer infrastructure and integration that can turn any game into an esport) are bringing blockchain and esports together.

Ending Gamer Community Toxicity

The growth of a multiplayer game and its viability for esports depends heavily on the community. A key problem for most gaming communities is toxicity. Toxic communities are filled with members who behave negatively often characterized by abusing other members, exploiting the system and cheating. For instance, the Overwatch development team announced that it is working on measures to come down hard on toxicity after receiving complaints from its community.

Managing a multiplayer game community has its challenges. For developers, sustaining a game requires a stable infrastructure that has enough capacity to handle all transactions. It also needs transparent and fair ways to handle player conduct and reputation. As a decentralized and transparent technology, blockchain offers plenty of potential for such use.

“Gamers expect a fair match and a good challenge,” says Network Units CEO Dan Shirazi. “Sadly, most of them aren’t getting it. Cheating or broken matchmaking mechanics ruin entire gaming communities. Gamers become demotivated, stop spending on content and the full economic potential of the game is missed.”

Network Units is an online gaming platform with a built-in player reputation management. It provides decentralized and scalable computing resources to augment developers’ infrastructure and mechanisms to mitigate cheating, downtime, and costly maintenance that developers often face when using traditional means.

Network Units is also creating its own NU token cryptocurrency that will drive the economy of its decentralized multiplayer infrastructure. Using the platform, game developers can avail of resources to host their multiplayer games. Other users may contribute to the platform as service providers by renting out spare hardware and bandwidth. Players may also serve as active clients who can participate in the verification process and, by doing so, earn tokens which they then are able to use for in-game purchases.

Community Involvement and Professional Development

Gaming communities also rely on continued buzz to sustain player interest. This mainly comes from community generated content. YouTube has since been filled with gaming footage and commentaries revolving around popular multiplayer games. Streaming platform Twitch continues to experience monumental growth. In order to develop its user base, Twitch recently announced that the company is working on new tools for gamers to monetize their streams.

Esports.com is also working on its own blockchain-based platform to meet the various needs of esports enthusiasts. The platform aims to offer merchandise, licensed betting and esports education to its users. Its education arm, dubbed Esports University, seeks to encourage gamers to become esports professionals. Users are encouraged to create guides and video tutorials to help other gamers improve their skills.

To manage the platform, Esports.com will be using blockchain to power its Esports Reward Token (ERT). Contributors of high quality content will be rewarded with ERTs which may then be used to avail of the other services within the platform. Token holders will also be able to exchange their ERTs to fiat currencies of their choice.

“Blockchain and cryptocurrency allow the decentralization of the esports world. From content creation to participation we see many solutions emerging. One major factor behind this is that users can follow and see every transaction on the blockchain, which makes everything trustworthy and openly visible for anyone. This helps not only us, but the whole industry to become more professional and grow,” said Esports.com co-founder Benjamin Föckersperger.

Indeed, blockchain’s transparency could also help in restricting access to the betting functionality to prevent underage users and those with gambling problems from accessing these services.

Evolving the Ecosystem

This growing draw of esports is prompting developers to give focus to multiplayer gaming. There is much potential in games that eventually become the focus of esports leagues. The substantial market of gamers worldwide offers lucrative opportunities for established sports franchises and brands, and encourages their increased participation in esports.

For esports to succeed; however, the state of gaming communities must improve. Issues such as toxicity and low community involvement must be addressed. Fortunately, developments in technologies such as blockchain could be offering the necessary solutions to improve game services, curb toxicity and encourage participation through rewards. These new mechanisms should help the continued growth of esports.

Darren Heitner is the Founder of South Florida-based HEITNER LEGAL, P.L.L.C. and Sports Agent Blog. He authored the book, How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know.

Follow @DarrenHeitner

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/darrenheitner/2017/10/24/the-esports-industry-is-booming-can-blockchain-supercharge-it/#1b710b917868

Is it loonie to collect your salary in Bitcoin?

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:58 AM on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

A small but growing – and surprising – number of workers are rejecting Canadian dollar salaries for Bitcoin, according to a Waterloo, Ont., payroll firm.

Wagepoint CEO Shrad Rao said his firm came up with the cryptocurrency payment option in November last year as a side project and did not expect any take-up.

Video: Wrapping your head around bitcoin

But as the online currency gained popularity this year, he said, employees from 10 firms have signed up for the Bitcoin option, and many more are asking about it.

“When we started off, we didn’t even think we’ll get one,” he said over the phone from New York, where Wagepoint has another office.

“What’s interesting is that we’ve actually had customers come to us because of the (Bitcoin) integration, which we were not expecting at all.”

Rao said the firms are overwhelmingly technology companies, whose workers have higher interest in new innovations and tend to dabble more.

In addition to Canadian interest, he said gets about five inquiries for Bitcoin payment per month from the United States, where Wagepoint also operates, although it has not yet launched such an option in that country.

Bitcoin, a decentralized currency, was launched in 2009 by an as-yet unknown person or group. It gained mainstream attention in 2013, and subsequent adoption caused one bitcoin to rise to a high of $1,000.

But most brick-and-mortar shops still do not recognize Bitcoin as currency, and neither does the Canadian government, which in June ruled Bitcoin is property.

Canada Revenue Agency spokesman Noel Carisse said paying employees in Bitcoin means paying them in goods – “a barter transaction.”

“The goods – the Bitcoin, in the case of digital currency – must be valued and reported in Canadian dollars,” he said in an e-mail.

“The employee would then include the appropriate amount on their tax return for the year as employment income. Any tax payable would have to be paid in Canadian dollars.”

For Wagepoint, however, it works differently. Rao said for tax purposes, employees are still being paid with Canadian dollars on paper.

He said workers can have all or part of their wages in bitcoins, and taxes are taken from the Canadian dollar salary before the remainder is converted.

“Really, it’s (about) what you do with your personal income at that point,” he said. “If you bought a boat with it or invest in Bitcoin – I’m not sure that’s very different from each other.”

But the payment system will not likely have mass adoption until there is regulation and widespread acceptance for Bitcoin, according to an expert.

Cissy Pau of the Vancouver-based Clear HR Consulting, which deals with small businesses, predicts being paid in virtual currency will not expand beyond the tech world because there are currently too few places to spend it.

“Tech companies, I can see that,” she said. “But I just can’t see that in, say, Canada Post, a more traditional-type company with more traditional-type workers. I would suspect that people will be highly skeptical.”

Currently, even those who earn exclusively in bitcoins cannot escape traditional currency.

Michael Perklin of Bitcoinsultants does business in the virtual currency and has not earned Canadian dollars since February, but does not use Bitcoin directly in most day-to-day transactions.

Perklin said he uses third-party services that allow him to make regular purchases and bill payments in Bitcoin, and also sells bitcoins for cash.

For instance, Perklin’s mortgage is paid for through a Canadian dollar chequing account where he deposits funds after selling bitcoins on online exchanges.

Perklin said living completely without traditional currency may be possible in the future, but it is difficult to do right now.

“I have to interact with Canadian currency,” he said. “That’s a fact of live in the country I live in.”

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/is-it-loonie-to-collect-your-salary-in-bitcoin/article20296919/?cmpid=rss1&click=sf_globe

Newnote Financial – Statement Regarding Bill C-31 Legislation Amendment

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:45 PM on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Vancouver, British Columbia – Newnote Financial Corp. (the “Company”) (CSE: NEU; FSE: 1W4) would like to address the recent amendment to Bill C-31 in regards to virtual currencies.

The federal government passed a law on June 19 that makes Bitcoin subject to the same standards that apply to traditional financial markets. The rules will apply to all Bitcoin exchanges and ATMs. This move makes Canada one of the first countries to implement legislation that regulates digital currencies.

In addition to following the money services regulations, all Bitcoin exchanges in Canada are now required to register with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), an independent body that reports to the federal Minister of Finance whose main mandate is to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorist activities.

Bitcoin companies from outside the country will also need to comply when doing business in Canada.

Newnote requested the MSB designation from FINTRAC on December 10, 2013 and received an official reply on January 3, 2014 stating ‘it does not appear that your entity will be engaged as an MSB in Canada as per our Act and associated regulations.’, therefore based on the amendment of Bill C-31, Newnote is in the process of adhering to the appropriate compliance requirements as set out by FINTRAC.

Paul Dickson, President and CEO states: “We are pleased that Canada has implemented what is the first official national law on Bitcoin use. This clearly adds credibility to crypto-currencies and the legitimacy of its use. The news of the amendment has arrived in good time for the imminent launch of our proprietary Bitcoin trading platform, ‘Puretrade’. ”

In addition, Newnote is pleased to report that the recent acceleration of the warrants has provided the company with an additional $360,000 of operating capital. The use of proceeds will be for marketing of products, services and general operating expenses. The company’s low overhead will enable us to operate with no further need of financing for the time being.

About Newnote Financial Corp.

Newnote Financial Corp. is pioneering innovative crypto-currency and Bitcoin related software products and services geared at the growing business segment of this bourgeoning market. Newnote has positioned itself to be a leading contender in delivering opportunities to startup businesses world-wide and continues to create new opportunities for its clients and its shareholders. Newnote has a clear vision on the direction in which this new and unique business is headed and is continually adjusting and adopting new business practices in both technology and the policies & procedures required by banks and securities regulators.

For further information please contact:

Paul Dickson

President, CEO & Director

Newnote Financial Corp.

Suite 709-700 West Pender Street

Vancouver, BC V6C 1G8

direct: 604-229-0480

fax: 604-685-3833

web: www.newnote.com

Forward-Looking Information:

This press release may include forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business and trading in the common stock of Newnote Financial Corp. The forward-looking information is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the company’s management. Although the company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because the company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

The CSE has not reviewed, approved or disapproved the content of this press release.
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Source: Newnote Financial Corp. (CSE:NEU) http://www.winrockresources.com/

AGORACOM Welcomes Newnote Financial, Canada’s Only Publicly Traded Bitcoin Company

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:12 AM on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Why Newnote Financial?

  • Pioneering innovative crypto-currency related software products and services geared at this growing global market
  • Positioned as a leader in delivering opportunities for companies and businesses wishing to participate in the Bitcoin economy while continuing to create value for our shareholders and stakeholders
  • Developingits own philanthropic crypto-currency, opened a datacenter for Bitcoin mining, secured over 100 terahashes for its cloud hashing services, secured  a Bitcoin ABM and is launching its own Bitcoin exchange in short order.

Dedicated bitcoin mining Co-location Data Center

  • Secure underground Canadian facility is designed to handle the need for power and cooling for even the most powerful mining equipment.
  • Facility runs on 100% renewable energy, and has world-class security and energy infrastructure.
  • Miners can host their energy intensive mining equipment, which company will install in our facility, and they can remotely manage and mine Bitcoin or various altcoins of their choosing.

Growing network of ABM machines will allow people to conveniently buy bitcoin using their local fiat currency

Comapny ABM is quick and flexible. Some key advantages:

  • Fiat to Bitcoin in fifteen seconds
  • Accepts notes from over 200 countries
  • Supports leading exchanges, wallets and price feeds
  • Coded and audited by network security experts
  • Intuitive and simple user interface

Physical security is a priority, and the ABM has an internal steel vault that can be securely bolted to wall, stand, or countertop.

Charity Coin

  • Bringomg a new source of revenue for global charities.
  • When CryptoAid generates a coin, part of the currency will go to the miner and part goes to a pool of charities chosen by the CryptoAid community.

Newnote Financial Corp. Adds an Additional 100 Terahashes to Its Cloud Hashing Capacity

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:13 AM on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Newnote Financial Corp. (the “Company”) (CSE: NEU; FSE: 1W4) is pleased to announce that its cloud hashing service ‘Newnote Miners’, which sold out of its initial capacity in 12 hours, has added an additional 100 Terahashes of capacity.

Newnote’s cloud hashing platform allows users to participate in Bitcoin mining without having to purchase, configure, and maintain expensive hardware. The few platforms that do exist, offer inflexible pricing, but Newnote’s next generation cloud hashing platform gives users added flexibility and convenience. In a few short years, cloud hashing has become a global multi-million dollar business.

Paul Dickson, President and CEO states: “The demand for Newnote’s cloud hashing services was overwhelming, showing that the Company is offering a service that meets the needs of the marketplace. As a result, the Company has been sourcing additional computing capacity. This trial run is only the beginning; additional computing power is planned for the near future.”

Newnote Miners cloud hashing software is designed to distribute Bitcoin to subscribers based on purchased hashing power. Users may purchase a contract for one day or 24 months and may choose from one gigahash to multiple terahashes with no need for hardware or technical expertise. Individuals wishing to buy cloud hashing services can go to the Newnote Miner website: http://www.newnoteminers.com/.

About Newnote Financial Corp.

Newnote Financial Corp. is pioneering innovative crypto-currency and Bitcoin related software products and services geared at the growing business segment of this bourgeoning market. Newnote has positioned itself to be a leading contender in delivering opportunities to startup businesses world-wide and continues to create new opportunities for its clients and its shareholders. Newnote has a clear vision on the direction in which this new and unique business is headed and is continually adjusting and adopting new business practices in both technology and the policies & procedures required by banks and securities regulators.

For further information please contact:

Paul Dickson
President, CEO & Director
Newnote Financial Corp.
Suite 709-700 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1G8
direct: 604-800-6749
fax: 604-685-3833
web: www.newnote.com

Forward-Looking Information:
This press release may include forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business and trading in the common stock of Newnote Financial Corp. The forward-looking information is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the company’s management. Although the company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because the company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

The CSE has not reviewed, approved or disapproved the content of this press release.