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Tim Draper Invests in Blockchain Venture

Goren Holm Ventures, the Los Angeles blockchain accelerator and incubator known for producing one of the world’s leading blockchain investment conferences, Crypto Invest Summit, announced today that renowned venture capitalist Tim Draper has invested in Goren Holm Ventures and has expanded his partnership with the firm, now rebranded to Draper Goren Holm.

“I am excited about doubling-down on Los Angeles and blockchain with the premiere blockchain conference and accelerator team in LA,” said Tim Draper. “Josef and Alon are ingrained in the LA community and have created a funnel of some of the top talent and entrepreneurs in the world. And we welcome the rebranded “Draper Goren Holm” to the Draper Venture Network.”

Draper is known throughout the world for his early investments in notable companies such as Tesla, Hotmail, Skype and Coinbase. He is also known for his early support of Bitcoin.

Founding partner, Alon Goren, discussed the platform’s ability to identify early-stage, high-quality entrepreneurs in an emerging market and bring them all together.

“We’ve built a platform that enables us to find, identify and support the most amazing entrepreneurs in the blockchain space, at the earliest stage,” said Goren. “Having Tim Draper, one of the most successful and legendary early-stage investors on our team, further amplifies our efforts and growth.”

The announcement follows Goren Holm’s acceptance into the Draper Venture Network(DVN) earlier this year. DVN is a one-of-kind alliance of self-governed, independent venture funds that cooperate on investor diligence, market intelligence, corporate relationships, and co-investments.

However, the relationship between Goren, Holm, and Draper has evolved since then into Draper investing and becoming a board member of the firm.

After the announcement, GHV co-founder Josef Holm spoke about the opportunities and insight that Draper brings to a team.

“Tim is one of the most respected voices in not only cryptocurrency but throughout the investment world. We’re honored that he decided to join our firm and bring the world-class knowledge he has to offer.”

About Draper Goren Holm:

Draper Goren Holm was founded as Goren Holm Ventures in 2018, a limited partnership between founders Alon Goren and Josef Holm, then later joined by Tim Draper and rebranded to Draper Goren Holm in 2019. The firm is a venture studio focused on accelerating and incubating blockchain and crypto startups, while simultaneously producing leading blockchain and cryptocurrency events, Security Token Summit and Crypto Invest Summit (CIS). Portfolio companies include Totle, Ownera, Innovesta, LunarCrush, Giftz, Vertalo, Coinsquad, CasperLabs, Element Zero, Blockchain Credit Partners and more. More information can be found right here: https://drapergorenholm.com.

Can Facebook’s Libra Make Cryptocurrency Mainstream?

When Facebook announced plans for a stablecoin called Libra, the reaction from the cryptocurrency world ranged somewhere between skeptical and cautiously optimistic.

But, regardless of any specific merits of Facebook’s version of a digital coin, the social-media giant’s move could help speed the adoption of cryptocurrency to a larger audience, says Kirill Bensonoff, a serial entrepreneur and an expert in blockchain.

The biggest issue now is that most people are not familiar with crypto; they think it’s difficult to use, and they may not trust it,” Bensonoff says. “Facebook will put a digital wallet on many phones and computers, and sending payments with crypto will become commonplace.”

Facebook’s Libra is proposed as a stablecoin, which is a form of cryptocurrency. Using Libra, people would be able to buy things or send money to others while paying, at most, minor fees. Unlike other cryptocurrencies such as , the value of stablecoins is tied to an asset such as gold, the U.S. dollar, the Euro or other currencies.

Facebook won’t have complete control of Libra. It’s just part of a bigger group of partners that’s creating the stablecoin.

What might all this mean for the future of cryptocurrencies – and for the average person who still knows little about them? Bensonoff says a few things worth knowing about Libra in particular and stablecoins in general include:

Bringing stability to cryptocurrency. As the name implies, the idea of stablecoins is to bring more stability – and more peace of mind for wary investors – to the world of cryptocurrency. “I don’t think Facebook will bring stability immediately,” Bensonoff says. “I believe it’s going to take a lot more in terms of mass adoption, but Libra could be a step in the right direction.”

The SEC’s view. Regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission have been eyeing stablecoins with the possibility that some of them could be classified as securities. “That could put stablecoins in the same category as stocks, subject to the registration, disclosures, and accreditation of investors that demands,” Bensonoff says.

Will Libra replace PayPal? Maybe not, considering that PayPay is one of the founding members of Libra, Bensonoff says. “I think they will have some influence on the direction,” he says. “However, crypto in general is a threat to all existing payment processors, including PayPal. I believe PayPal is smart and will adopt and accept crypto payments, and they will figure out a way to monetize it. The downside for them is they won’t be able to charge nearly as much as they do now.”

“I believe Libra is going to have a positive impact in terms of awareness, adoption and interest in cryptocurrency from both businesses and consumers,” Bensonoff says. “But at the same time, with that could come more regulatory scrutiny.”

About Kirill Bensonoff

Kirill Bensonoff has over 20 years experience in entrepreneurship, technology and innovation as a founder, advisor and investor in over 30 companies. He’s the CEO of OpenLTV, which gives investors across the world access to passive income, collateralized by real estate, powered by blockchain. In the information technology and cloud services space, Kirill founded U.S. Web Hosting while still in college, was co-founder of ComputerSupport in 2006, and launched Unigma in 2015. All three companies had a successful exit. As an innovator in the blockchain and DLT space, Kirill launched the crypto startup Caviar in 2017 and has worked to build the blockchain community in Boston by hosting the Boston Blockchain, Fintech and Innovation Meetup. He is also the producer and host of The Exchange with KB podcast and leads the Blockchain + AI Rising Angel.co syndicate. Kirill earned a B.S. degree from Connecticut State University, is a graduate of the EO Entrepreneurial Masters at MIT, and holds a number of technical certifications. He has been published or quoted in Inc., Hacker Noon, The Street, Forbes, Huffington Post, Bitcoin Magazine and Cointelegraph and many others.

Neurotriggers

In the early to mid-1970’s, a million dollars was a great deal of money, and thinking about becoming a millionaire was thinking very big indeed. A million dollars was a fortune to be amassed. Today it is a yearly income, or, at best, a couple years’ income needed by anybody attempting to amass a real fortune.

In a documentary on Ted Turner, he was bemoaning the loss of much of his wealth thanks to AOL/Time Warner, and worrying about being “down to a billion” while still in his 70’s — he said he hopes to have enough left to retire on someday. You can, he pointed out, get by on a billion if you’re careful and don’t buy too many planes or yachts. He was speaking tongue-in-cheek, but not totally. Just as 80 is the new 60 and we hope 100 will soon be the new 80, a billion is the new 25-million.

The first arsenal of skills and strategies one should master are those of survival. How to be broke but live well. How to pay one credit card with another. How to look the part and act as if. Some of these skills have lasting value, but most become an impediment, standing in the way of developing the different set of skills one needs next. I think overall, one of the hardest things we do in life is shed the thoughts, attitudes, skills, habits, associations that worked for us when doing “A” but hold us back and get in the way of doing “B”. We shed skin easily and automatically. We do not shed thoughts and behaviours so easily.

The second arsenal one should master are those for making money. Lots of it. In chunks and surges. These days, to be a millionaire is not all that complicated. If you happen to be young, 20 or 30, you can very, very easily reach and surpass that benchmark purely with an intelligent retirement plan (or other tax protected savings plan) by saving and contributing the maximum amount allowed every year. Or by buying a few good homes and owning them for the long haul. That will get you a million dollars someday.

To take it one step further, earning a million dollars per year – even though that certainly puts you at the 1% pinnacle of society – is also actually not all that difficult. A great many businesses or combinations of businesses provide such opportunity. It is, for example, nothing more than 1,000 transactions of $2,000.00 each with 50% net. Or 100 at $20,000.00 each. Or 1,000 customers giving you $100.00 a month. Or 2,000, giving you $50.00. I just read a report of a Gourmet Bacon Of The Month Club providing its owner with such income. Bacon.

Making lesser but still significant income, $100,000.00, $200,000.00 a year, even easier. A good handyman with nothing but a cellphone could have a ‘concierge practice’, with, say, 25 clients each paying him $300.00 a month…$7,500.00 a month, $100,000.00 a year. Just not that tough. More mental barriers than anything.

But if you start to think in terms of creating and keeping a small fortune in the 10-million to 50-million-dollar neighbourhoods, rather than just a million or two, the arsenal of required once again changes substantially. The knowledge needed, different. The mind-set needed, different. Here, in this space, an odd combination of daring, speed, grabbing of opportunities must be counter-balanced with a concern for preservation of capital, a diligent management of the money, not just making it.

I spent time the other day with one of my long-time clients who personally earns about 5-million a year and is worth about 4 million. He is busily involved in dozens of high-pressure projects. He said, “I often fall into shit. Sometimes I come up with gold. Other times I come up with shit. My success rate does not distinguish me. Being willing to dive into shit, that distinguishes me.” Different mindset.

We’ve talked about speed. To become a millionaire, you can do things slowly, methodically, logically, sequentially, neatly and cautiously. To be a multi, multi-millionaire, you cannot.

To stay a millionaire once there, you need to conserve. To buy carefully, spend reluctantly, invest wisely. Never paying more than is necessary. To stay a multi, multi-millionaire you need to be more aggressive. You often cannot afford to get the very best buy, as your time and lost opportunity is far more valuable than the deal available across town.

There is a hierarchy of sorts for independent business. It is: shopkeeper; business owner, entrepreneur; entrepreneur-investor; investor-entrepreneur. One of the painful aspects of moving through these stages is doing less of something you’ve mastered (and can do easily), in favour of doing other things you’re clumsy and uncertain at; the constant setting aside of old tools with which you’re expert in and picking up new tools you are profoundly inexpert with; of climbing Maslow’s step again and again and again.

Questions: What skills do you have that are useful not just at present but for where you want to go? What present skills are holding you back? What skills do you lack currently, but will be needed for the spot just ahead on your chosen road? Do you even have a Personal Skills List each ranked 1-10, and a list of New Skills In Development?

For additional information visit http://neurotriggers.com/

Swatch x Colourshift

History, milestones, personalities, myths, icons…culture meets design and art in these small, colorful filigreed and highly adorned pieces of paper. Banknotes have been an integral part of our day-to-day life and it is about time to celebrate their beauty and evolving rarity.

With currencies’ growing tendency to become more and more virtual, Swatch seizes the opportunity to pay tribute to these beautiful stories printed on paper – before they clear their way to convenience. In her work, British artist Justine Smith explores the concept of money and how it touches almost every aspect of our lives: “For me, it is like working with an elemental force which impacts upon all of us in a political, social and moral level. A banknote can be seen as a little piece of propaganda, a cipher portraying specific aspects of a given state.”

More than the stylistic reference, the use of banknotes creates a strong and tangible connection between people and the artworks. Her Swatch Art Special COLOURSHIFT was inspired by bitcoin codes, and engages with the never-ending shift from physical to digital money. “I liked the idea of making by hand something that would normally be created digitally – COLOURSHIFT stands for the changing spectrum and shift we are now experiencing.” Enjoy discovering which color bit comes from where – and find out what the color stripes stand for…

A Rolls-Royce with Bitcoin

Hospitality mogul, Tilman Fertitta, is proud to announce his luxury automobile retailer Rolls-Royce MOTOR CARS Houston (a part of Post Oak Motors) is the first Rolls-Royce dealership in America to accept bitcoin and bitcoin cash for payments. Luxury car buyers are now able to purchase Post Oak Motors’ luxury campaigns from anywhere in the world via the bitcoin processor BitPay.

“The rising of bitcoin sparked my interest,” says Tilman Fertitta who is the owner of Post Osk Motors. “Being a premier luxury car dealer, I always want to offer my customers the very best buying experience and this partnership will allow anyone around the world to purchase our vehicles faster and easier.”

We’ve noticed people prefer to make larger purchases with bitcoin since it is a simple way to make payments,” says Sonny Singh, Chief Commercial Officer of BitPay. “This partnerships is timely with the increasing popularity ultra-luxury vehicles. Post Oak Motors has a great reputation of selling the finest cars and we are thrilled to be partnering with Tilman.”

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Houston is next to Fertitta’s newest luxury development, The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. Its showroom provides a unique car buying experience Rolls-Royce motor cars for commission along with a selection of other luxury vehicles and pre-owned makes and models.

To hear more about Fertitta Entertainment

It is recognized as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment, and gaming industries. Fertitta Entertainment, solely owned by Chairman and CEO Tilam Fertitta, owns the restaurant giant Landry’s, Inc., the Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels and the NBA Houston Rockets. Its restaurant and entertainment company o9perates more than 600 properties in 36 states and owns a number of international locations and is also one of the nation’s largest employers with more than 60,000 employees. The company owns and operates a signature collection of eateries, as well more than 50 different restaurant brands and award winning concepts. The Signature Group includes some of the world’s premier fine dining concepts, such as Mastro’s Steakhouse and Ocean Club, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, Vic & Anthony’s, Brenner’s Steakhouse, Grotto, Atlantic Grill, La Griglia and Willie G’s; while the multi-unit restaurant brands include such well known favorites as Chart House, Landry’s Seafood House, Rainforest Café, and many more.

To hear more about Post Oak Motors Cars…

It is a Tilman Fertitta company and home to Bentley, Bugatti, and Rolls-Royce Houston. Here, clients are part of an exclusive world of luxury. Not only are clients’ privy t special concierge services from the sales and services departments, but dinner reservations, hotel stays, and helicopter transfers. They are located at 1530 W. Loop South, Houston, TX 77027. Click here for more details!

To hear more about BitPay…

Founded in 2011, it is the pioneer and the most experienced company in bitcoin and blockchain payments. Its suite of products enables businesses to send and receive cross border payments, also enabling consumers to manage digital assets with the BitPay Wallet and turn digital assets into dollars with the BillPay Prepaid Visa Card. The company’s locations are in North America, Europe, and South America–already raised over $70 million from leading investors including Founders Fund, Index Ventures, and Aquiline Technology Growth. Visit here for more information on BitPay.

KEVIN HARRINGTON

PITCH INVESTORS LIVE, a blockchain platform developed by 2UP Technology, Inc., welcomed Businessman, entrepreneur and former Shark Tank investor Kevin Harrington as celebrity advisor. Harrington joins the team of 30+ that launched the Pitch token sale on Feb. 28th.

“I am very excited to join the Pitch Investors Live team and have a part in revolutionizing the way that entrepreneurs and startups bootstrap their innovative ideas. Pitch Investors Live is on the way to changing the landscape of funding for entrepreneurs & startups from around the world. We are in the early stages of what blockchain will contribute to changing the entrepreneurial landscape. Pitch Investors Live is at the forefront of the possibilities in this new space. One of my favorite parts of Pitch Investors Live is that I can take pitches from anywhere in the world, at any given time, from a variety of startups, directly from my cell phone. Pitch Investors Live is the most substantial platform to have come out to help entrepreneurs that would have never been able to go through traditional funding route.”

PITCH INVESTORS LIVE is the only blockchain platform that allows entrepreneurs and startups to literally pitch investors live. The revolutionary app combines the crowd funding style of “Kickstarter” with the entertainment and educational style of the popular show “Shark Tank,” granting users a unique opportunity in bringing their innovative business ideas to life. But unlike Kickstarter, PITCH INVESTORS LIVE has its own currency called the PITCH token which is specifically used on the platform where entrepreneurs can create their own tokens and acquire funding for their projects and services. Exclusive features also include creating business proposals and commenting on live pitch videos allowing businesses to gain recognition, mentorship and capital at scale.

About PITCH INVESTORS LIVE:

Developed by 2UP Technology, Inc., PITCH INVESTORS LIVE connects entrepreneurs with investors using live video. It provides a practical, yet virtual environment, for entrepreneurs to better understand investors questions, critiques and interests and for investors to learn about new companies by participating in the live pitch sessions. For more information, visit www.pitch.ventures/.

Kevin Harrington Bio:

An original “shark” on the hit TV show Shark Tank, the creator of the infomercial, pioneer of the As Seen on TV brand, and co-founding board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization—Kevin Harrington has pushed past all the questions and excuses to repeatedly enjoy 100X success.

His legendary work behind-the-scenes of business ventures has produced well over $5 billion in global sales, the launch of more than 500 products, and the making dozens of millionaires. Twenty of his companies have each topped $100 million in revenue.

Robb Report – Health And Wellness

ROBB REPORT ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL HEALTH + WELLNESS EXPERIENCE World-Renowned Physicians and Health Experts Convene at 1 Hotel South Beach for Transformative Weekend of Wellness.

Robb Report has announced its third annual Health + Wellness experience, taking place March 15–18, 2018, at 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Just in time for the upkeep of wellness-themed New Year’s resolutions, the annual event returns with an enlightening, energetic, and educational program that features exclusive conversations with the leading minds in medicine and cutting-edge health, headlined by Dave Asprey, CEO and founder of Bulletproof. Acclaimed physicians from some of the nation’s top wellness institutions, alongside a collective of fitness experts—including Steve Jordan, trainer to the stars; George Foreman III, former pro boxer and founder of EverybodyFights; and Pilates guru Erika Bloom— round out the weekend’s roster of featured talent.

1 Hotel South Beach will serve as the idyllic setting for the weekend of wellness, situated alongside 600 feet of pristine white-sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean. With a farm stand in the lobby and carefully placed remixes of recycled and repurposed woods, preserved moss, petrified branches, and driftwood, the 18-story landmark on Collins Avenue has been revolutionizing sustainably chic design in Miami since it opened its doors in March 2015.

“We’ve seen a growing awareness nationally that good health remains our greatest individual wealth,” says Robb Report health & wellness editor Janice O’Leary. “This year at our event, we’re excited to introduce new ways for attendees to reach optimal wellness through the latest medical research, lifestyle changes, and cutting-edge technology. This is an opportunity to not just hear the talk about longevity but also walk the walk—literally.”

Robb Report’s Health + Wellness experience will kick off with a welcome dinner and accompanying keynote on Thursday, March 15, in which Dave Asprey will dive deep into the concept of biohacking—techniques to drive self-improvement and transform your own health. Asprey founded Bulletproof after successfully biohacking his way to a 100-pound weight loss. With a mission to share his learnings with the world, Asprey’s presentation will dig into this concept and provide attendees with tips to achieve their personal health and wellness goals.

The following morning, guests will be greeted with a selection of wake-up wellness activities, ranging from morning meditations with expert Kelly Howell to sun salutations and beachfront workouts. A thought-provoking series of health talks will follow focused on hot-button topics presented by Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, followed by one-one-one health coaching with Dr. Param Dedhia, director of sleep medicine at Canyon Ranch. Afternoons will be filled with a number of intimate fitness offerings, among them stand-up paddleboard classes, training at Spartan Gym, and Robb Report–exclusive SoulCycle training at SoulCycle South Beach.

Guests will enjoy a holistic approach to health and wellness throughout the entirety of the weekend, with healthy cooking classes from chef Matthew Kenney—the celebrated plant-based- cuisine chef and mastermind behind plnthouse, 1 Hotel South Beach’s plant-based restaurant— along with relaxing spa treatments at Bamford Haybarn Spa and bio-organic wine tastings.

Health + Wellness guests will further enjoy a Luxury Lounge featuring the latest innovations in wellness gear and the finest health-inspired luxury products!

To learn more about Robb Report’s Health + Wellness Summit and to register to attend, visit rr1.com/event/health-wellness, and follow @robbreport on Instagram with #RRHW2018.

AIDCOIN

AidCoin is empowered by CharityStars, a leading fundraising platform in the nonprofit sector. CharityStars has been providing innovative solutions to fundraising and donations since 2013 and are now trailblazing the sector by incorporating AidCoin, which will see the introduction of a suite of transparency solutions through blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. This innovative advance comes at a crucial time when moral is low within the sector and marks CharityStars as outliers leading the future of the sector.

Many experts believe that blockchain technology has the potential to restore confidence and public trust in the charity sector, given that trust in charities has fallen to its lowest level since 2005. Public sentiment reveals that over half of the general public are skeptical about donating to charities and donors are increasingly demanding accountability for where their funds are going.

By using blockchain technology to track transactions, cryptocurrencies to transfer funds and smart contracts to ensure donations are spent correctly, CharityStars aims to introduce a new layer of transparency, traceability, enabling a better connection and increased trust between the donor and recipient, which in turn will help charities to raise more money.

Co-founder and CEO Francesco Nazari Fusetti has extensive experience in the charity sector and the issues it faces, having conducted high profile auctions and raised millions for charities across the globe. CharityStars have raised over $10M USD to date, for charitable causes such as WWF, Save the Children, The Special Olympics and Unicef

MAKE BITCOIN MOVES

Things you can buy with Bitcoin:

 

Latium

Latium is the first and only tasking platform in the world designed and engineered for users to create a task where they can hire one or many people to complete that specific task. Latium is an opportunity for users to easily earn income that is paid through a uniquely trustless system.

 

The platform allows for both digital and in-person tasks and works to provide everyday people with the ability to acquire cryptocurrency in exchange for task completion. Latium offers solutions to the lack of real world adoption of cryptocurrencies and transparency in the labor market.

 

Dumbo Moving

Brooklyn based Dumbo Moving is the fastest-growing moving company in NYC. Dumbo Moving  was founded with the goal to positively change the moving industry. They charge a guaranteed price for every move, rather than by the hour, because they recognize that time is everything and that no one like surprises.

They strive to be the most affordable and trustworthy moving company in New York City. Everyone knows how difficult it is to move around New York by yourself, and they do not believe that it should cost you a full month’s rent simply to hire movers.

 

CryptoBnB

CryptoBnB is a vacation rental marketplace built to improve short term rental experiences. Powered by blockchain, artificial intelligence and big data, this platform promises to enhance users’ search results and improve property turnarounds.

 

The power of CryptoBnB comes from the breakthrough technology CryptoDNA®. This technology enables zero tenant discrimination, trustworthy verified property ratings, and tailored search experiences. It is designed to enhance the ROI of the market makers. All of these benefits coupled with multi layered security that surpasses existing marketplaces today.

 

Magnum Real Estate

Magnum Realty is a medium-sized firm that has been helping clients to make their real estate dreams a reality since 1995. They are a diversified group that handles a wide variety of real estate transactions. Whether it is renting a new apartment or finding a tenant, selling or buying property, they are there to facilitate every step of the process. They handle apartments, condominiums, coops, townhouses, retail space, investment property for a select group of clients on an exclusive and ongoing basis.

 

Magnum is a niche brokerage, catering to those New Yorkers who want to find or want to market the quintessential Manhattan apartment. They specialize in the “gem” apartment. The historic townhouse with the beautiful, spacious apartment that has the gorgeous hardwood floors, exposed brick, the blocked fireplace, and the original crown molding painstakingly restored – that quintessential Manhattan apartment.

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