Uphold, Inc. – Disrupting Global Banking

COMPANY PROFILE Uphold, Inc. is a leader in the rapidly emerging FinTech sector. Uphold’s online platform has a global reach, allowing verified members speed and flexibility in managing their money. Funds can be deposited using standard bank transfers, credit cards, and even bitcoin. Uphold account holders, which include individuals and businesses, can instantly send and receive funds amongst each other, and convert between twenty-three major currencies, four precious metals, and two cryptocurrencies. New commodities and currencies are being added regularly to expand the choices available to Uphold’s members.   VALUATION In January 2015, Uphold closed a Series B round, raising $9.6 million via crowdfunding from institutional and individual investors located in the US and UK. Equity was sold on the

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Fun Facts About Factom

Introduction Innovation is a theme that runs throughout this post. New use cases for Bitcoin* and its underlying blockchain are being actively pursued by hundreds of startups around the world. The market cap of Bitcoin currently exceeds six billion dollars, greater than the total of all altcoins combined [1]. Angel investors, venture capitalists, crowdfunding platforms, big banks, and established tech companies are pouring millions of dollars every month into blockchain research and alternative applications [2]. Note, however, that innovation is not limited to the technology itself. The entire digital currency space is spawning all kinds of creative ways to interact with, and potentially profit from, this “emerging” market sector. Many of the blockchain startups are deploying novel business models, and

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Bitcoin Capital – Analysing Daily Dividends

Introduction I am writing this article to address recurring questions regarding calculating the investment returns from the daily dividends paid by the Bitcoin Capital (BC) Funds. The BC Funds are made available to professional investors on the BnkToTheFuture (BF) platform created by Simon Dixon and Max Keiser. A detailed explanation would make for an exceptionally long forum post, so the plan is to simply post a link to this document for BF investors to reference. Hopefully, this will be fairly easy and fun to read while remaining accurate in its analysis. Comments and criticism are welcome. Email me at pdq.jones(at)gmail.com. Qualifications Why me? Of course, the BF platform is for sophisticated and accredited investors, but not everyone is steeped in the minutia of finance and bitcoin. I

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Blockchain & Investment Opportunities.

  Introduction In short Bitcoin[1] is the first digital, not centralised (ie not issued by any government, and not controlled by any one entity), global, internet-based currency. It is also a payment network, open to use by anyone. By convention we refer to the network as Bitcoin, with an uppercase ‘B’. The unit of account, is referred to as bitcoin with a lower case ‘b’. Blockchain Bitcoin is however, just a first app, built on a new technology that, because of Bitcoin’s success does not get much attention. That technology is called blockchain. A blockchain is an append-only database of records, we can also view it as a chronological order of records. In Bitcoin’s case the blockchain is used to

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