Santiment Interview with Founder Maksim

In this special episode JJ interviews Maksim Balashevich the founder of Santiment. Having recently held a successful token sale based on the Ethereum blockchain Santiment is building a platform for cutting-edge data feeds covering cryptocurrency markets similar to what you might find on the Bloomberg Terminal.

Maksim describes his history with traditional stock trading and how he discovered Bitcoin. A recurring theme is his focus on gauging trader and market sentiment. The Santiment platform will offer several options for subscribing and trying the data feeds. There is also a long term plan to provide a SanBase database of general and validated company/project information for free.

Part of the issue with the current climate in crypto news is the lack of coverage surrounding the newest projects. There are simply too many to track without a large organization. On top of that, the early days of a project tend to include the Initial Coin/Token Offering when the need for due diligence information is the highest.

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Ep218: SegWit to Activate, Crypto ICOs Raise More Than VC, First Look at Centra Card

SegWit signaling is finished, activation set for August 21, 2017. We check up on Bitcoin Cash. Open Bazaar Alpha is Released with a colorful video. Jelurida IGNIS token sale adapts on the fly. JJ published an interview with the founders of the Swap Protocol this past Monday. ICO funding for crypto projects will soon surpass Venture Capital funding. Fidelity is at the head of the pack by integrating crypt holdings. Wikileaks now accepts Zcash for donations. Introducing Centra to the debit card showdown.

We’ve written out short overviews of the topics discussed on today’s show below! Be sure to listen in to the whole podcast to get more information, insights, and thoughts on each of them from Pedro and JJ!


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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,275 Bitcoin (BTC) $3,340
Silver $16.88 Ethereum (ETH) $299
Oil $49.55 DASH $200
Dow Jones 22,048 points Litecoin (LTC) $48.09
30Y UST Yield 2.822% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $317

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Ep 216: Bitcoin Hard Fork August 1st, Russia Embraces Crypto, Happy Birthday to Ethereum!

Bitcoin hard fork expected August 1. Crypto universe prepares for life with two Bitcoins, BTC and BCC. Lots of news from Russia. SEC rules that DAO tokens were securities. White hat hackers return 95% of fund taken in Parity wallet exploit. Large Bitcoin mixer Bitmixer shuts down. Man uses TenX debit card to pay toll, buy fast food with Bitcoin. Delaware governor signs landmark blockchain law. New Hampshire blockchain exemption law takes effect next week. Ethereum Enterprise Alliance adds Mastercard and Cisco. Ethereum turns two years old on July 30!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,261 Bitcoin (BTC) $2,514
Silver $16.61 Ethereum (ETH) $203
Oil $48.70 DASH $196.58
Dow Jones 21,711 points Litecoin (LTC) $42.17
30Y UST Yield 2.897%

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Ep 215: Bitcoin Might Be Saved, McAfee Makes Bold BTC Bet, Millions Lost in CoinDash ICO Heist

Will BIP 91 Miner Activated Soft Fork save Bitcoin? John McAfee makes bold BTC bet. $10 million lost in CoinDash ICO heist. BTC ATMs plan temporary shutdown beginning July 31. Apple approves DASH. The foul smell of federal crypto legislation. Is Wells Fargo a bad actor or just incompetent? Parity multi-sig wallet exploit leads to huge losses. Ethereum EIP proposes difficulty bomb delay. Free State Bitcoin Shoppe opens in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,241 Bitcoin (BTC) $2,378
Silver $16.50 Ethereum (ETH) $213
Oil $47.09 DASH $157.63
Dow Jones 21,640 points Litecoin (LTC) $41.43
30Y UST Yield 2.825%

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Ep 214: Verizon Breaches Data, First Look at IOTA and Metal, Darren’s First Pull

Verizon data breach: were you exposed? JJ untangles the IOTA plan. Dash gets closer to scaling. Mark Cuban will gamble on Unikrn ICO. Legislators learn blockchain basics. Metal rewards fiat to crypto conversions. Waves hooks up with Deliotte in Russia. Crypto now available at Austrian post offices. NeoCash evolves to reach wider audience.

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,221 Bitcoin (BTC) $2,387
Silver $15.90 Ethereum (ETH) $219
Oil $45.46 DASH $177
Dow Jones 21,532 points Litecoin (LTC) $47.48
30Y UST Yield 2.88%

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Ep 213: South Korea Hack Attack, Buying Soap with Altcoins, Plus How Can We Educate the Crypto-Curious?

South Korea hack attack. Will SK legislature regulate crypto? Switzerland goes Fintech friendly. EOS: Hype or Hero? Monaco fixes flaw and reissues tokens. PorcFest soap merchant accepts crypto. DASH unveils new depository “dips.” The hosts ask for your suggestions and feedback.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 213 — Wednesday, July 5th, 2017!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,227 Bitcoin (BTC) $2,607
Silver $16.07 Ethereum (ETH) $269
Oil $45.62 DASH $210
Dow Jones 21,478 points Litecoin (LTC) $52.50
30Y UST Yield 2.84%

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Ep212: Top Coin May go to DASH, Token Sale Triumph and Turbulence, Cars and Crypto-volatility

Token sales bring triumph and turbulence. Dash lays out roadmap for success with focus on fundamentals. Vitalik is alive and tweeting. TenX sale tops goal of 200K ETH in 7 minutes. The hosts discuss issues with Coinbase and other factors impacting recent price swings. Darren and Pedro enjoy PorcFest while JJ stays home and talks music, marijuana, and crypto. JJ compares the evolution of cryptocurrencies to cars. A teenager becomes a Bitcoin millionaire.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 212 — Wednesday, Jun 28th, 2017!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,248 Bitcoin (BTC) $2,583
Silver $16.78 Ethereum (ETH) $330
Oil $44.88 DASH $184
Dow Jones 21,454 points Litecoin (LTC) $43.47
30Y UST Yield 2.78%

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Ep211: Crypto Law Rundown, Bancor Record Token Sale, the Flippening

Nvidia and AMD look to offer mining-only GPU cards. Proposed updates to U.S. and E.U. laws may enact draconian obligations on crypto users. Nevada protects blockchains/smart contracts and shields them from taxes. Illinois eases the red tape for crypto startups. Indian banks partner with Microsoft Azure to implement blockchain solutions. The flippening watch and what happens next. Bancor token sale raises record funds. A diversified crypto fund is launching in Zug, Switzerland. VXLabs shows step by step how to extract and decrypt the wallet seed phrase for Jaxx desktop wallets. Dell drops bitcoin due to errors with order processing. Dandelion looks to obfuscate bitcoin transactions.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 211 — Wednesday, Jun 14th, 2017!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,261 Bitcoin (BTC) $2,576
Silver $16.88 Ethereum (ETH) $370
Oil $44.73 DASH $167
Dow Jones 21,374 points Litecoin (ZEC) $30.22
30Y UST Yield 2.77%

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Ep210: When the Community Forks the Code Will Follow. TenX, Bancor, Dash News

TenX Bitcoin Ethereum Dash and Token Debit Card. COMIT payment channels enable cross-blockchain asset exchange. Bitcoin no longer regulated by money transmitter law in New Hampshire. BitCart drops Bitcoin and goes DASH only. Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin meets briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Singapore starts the process of tokenzing their national currency on a private Ethereum blockchain. The Bancor Protocol looks to meld smart contract and tokens into smart tokens. Bitcoin UASF and the great divide.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 210 — Wednesday, June 7th, 2017!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,287 Bitcoin (BTC) $2,684
Silver $17.56 Ethereum (ETH) $258
Oil $45.78 DASH $140
Dow Jones 21,173 points Litecoin (LTC) $29.11
30Y UST Yield 2.84%

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Ep209: ICO Elevator Caps Because Moar, Crypto Trading Common Sense, Ethereum and China

In this episode we talk at length about cryptocurrency trading and the perils that it could involve. Our show should not be considered investment advice to buy or sell or hold anything. The coming sea change will include a lot of success and at least some failure. Using the term “Investing” is a misnomer. Contributing to blockchain start-ups and projects ought to be better described as “Gambling”. We also talk about: The Brave Browser’s BAT token sells out in the space of 3 Ethereum blocks raising $36 Million in 24 seconds. Elevator Caps seem to be the new trend with token sales. The difference between Initial Coin Offering and Token Generation Event. This website keeps track of the success of tokens and coins against ETH and BTC. The Status Network might just be the glue that bonds the ethereum users, dapps, and more. Two massive chinese Bitcoin exchanges Huobi and OKCoin add Ethereum trading. The Ethereum Network has three times as many nodes as the Bitcoin network.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 209 — Wednesday, May 31th, 2017!

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ICO Madness as BAT Sells out in 24 Seconds

We talked about Brave Browser’s recent switch from BTC to ETH on Ep200, and we first discussed Brave Browser on Ep167 way back in August!

Most notably was the incredibly small number of participants. The Token Generation Event raised $36 Million in 3 Ethereum blocks and blocks were found fast: just 24 seconds! The entire 1 Billion tokens are consolidated among just 190 addresses.

Leading up to the TGE there were some on reddit upset at the numerous last minute changes. Over a month ago the BAT team announced the fundraising goal of $15 Million with a cap of 1 Billion tokens. The goal was changed to $24 Million 9 days out with the reason being, ‘why not moar?’. Two days prior to the sale date the contract was deployed with an exchange rate based off 1 ETH = $153 of 1 ETH for 6400 BAT. In the end they raised $36 Million worth of ETH and presumably rising, more than 2 times their original goal.

This trend of token sales with elevator caps has seen Mystereum raise their cap from 10 to 14 million and sell out in 40 minutes. Storj raise their cap just prior to the token sale, Status had initially planned a cap of $10 million but that has changed to a $12 Million soft cap with hidden hard caps?

One thing is for certain, as overall market cap of cryptocurrencies crests $80 Billion there is a lot of funding available for a myriad of blockchain-based ventures. Especially if you can hype and have friends in high places.


I just want to take a moment and point out that an ICO is the term used for the launch of a new blockchain. The launch of a new token is actually termed a Token Generation Event. These are distinctly different events. Initial Coin Offerings refer to new blockchains spawning – these sort of events often require more resources and commitment. Token Generation Events often the creation of a mass of tokens that will be used on top of an existing and often well-established blockchain. The case of the tokens we talked about earlier in the show, Ethereum is the blockchain they are on.


ICO vs ETH

Some of the ICO/TGE are looked at as get rich quick schemes. In fact, a chunk of investors buy big into the initial offering only to sell it for double or more as soon as it is on the market. This site looks at the historic data and compares Bitcoin and Ether to dozens of other blockchains and tokens.


The Status Network

A ‘socio-economic network’ based off of a private messaging platform. The network runs on a Mobile OS built for Ethereum and the coming Token Sale will sell off the Status Network Token starting June 17th.

SNT will be used to power the Status Client, including:

  • Governance of the Status Client
  • A Decentralized Push Notification Market
  • Community Curation of Content, powered by UserFeeds.io
  • Fiat-to-crypto ‘Teller Network’
  • DApp Directory
  • Sticker Market
  • Access to new features such as Tribute to Talk
  • Powering the Status User Acquisition Engine

The Status network aims to connect users, apps, market functions and more all through a discrete messaging service.


Chinese Digital Currency Exchanges Huobi And OKCoin To List Ether

ethnews.com

Starting May 31, Ether will be offered on both the Huobi and OKCoin exchanges in China.

The Huobi digital currency exchange has announced that Ether will be available for trading on its platform starting May 31, 2017, at 12:00 (GMT+8). The first of China’s “Big 3” digital currency exchanges to offer Ether, Huobi’s announcement on May 27 could potentially have already contributed to the recent spike in the price of Ether, which saw a same day recovery of 40 percent. Per Huobi’s official twitter account, “There are many aspects of Ethereum that could outperform bitcoin, such as scalability, cost, [and] speed.”

OKCoin, Huobi’s main rival, will begin offering Ether at 22:00 (GMT+8) on May 31 as well; while Ether trading will officially commence on June 1. Last year’s decision by China’s Big 3 (BTCC being the third) to forgo listing Ether prompted many Chinese investors to use workaround trading strategies, such as buying bitcoin and using ShapeShift or other exchanges to convert it into Ether. If true, this type of buying might have created an artificial relationship between bitcoin and Ether which could potentially dissolve now that Chinese consumers can purchase Ether directly.

GDAX is a US based exchange that has recently added EUR/ETH and EUR/LTC pairs


Ethereum now has three times more nodes than Bitcoin

Trustnodes.com

The ethereum network has nearly 25,000 reachable nodes, spread across the globe, less than two years after its launch, while bitcoin currently has only around 7,000 nodes that verify the network.