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The digital-currency revolution

January 29th, 2015 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

Bitcoin represents the future of money and global finance, despite all of it’s growing pains.

$43.3 billion invested by VCs in 2014, most since 2000

January 19th, 2015 at 1:09 pm » Comments Off

2014 was the best year for venture capital investments since 2000, with $43.3 billion invested.

Bitcoin is now Tax Deductible

January 13th, 2015 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

Bitcoin was a terrible investment this year, but that hasn’t stopped non-profits from asking for them anyway. Wikipedia, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Khan Academy and now even Burning Man will take those bitcoins off your hands in the form of a tax-deductible donation.

Trading in your Soul for Venture Capital

January 9th, 2015 at 3:30 pm » Comments Off

In the tech industry, we celebrate raising money as a victory second only to that of a successful exit. And while I recognize that venture capital is often an unavoidable requirement for growing a business, most entrepreneurs, and the tech community at large — who often seem to push people into raising VC — would […]

Coding Education & Tech Trends of 2014

December 31st, 2014 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Audrey Watters:  “The business of ed-tech” is also the “politics of ed-tech.” The business and the politics of ed-tech together dictate almost all the other trends that I’ll cover in this year-end series. MOOCs. Big data. Learning analytics. Privacy. Competency-based education. Buzzwords. One way to identify the dominant ed-tech trends is to look at what […]

Google sues Visa and MasterCard

December 29th, 2014 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

With little ceremony and only two days before Christmas, Google filed an antitrust law against Visa and MasterCard for setting “supracompetitive” interchange rates from 2004 to 2012. This is but one more volley in the Battle Royale between big companies like Wal-Mart, Target, and Macy’s and major players in the payments industry.

PayPal, Bitcoin, and the future of digital currency adoption

December 28th, 2014 at 8:24 am » Comments Off

PayPal announced several partnerships, recently, aimed towards enabling certain PayPal merchants to be able to accept bitcoin as a form of payment from their customers. This was a significant announcement on multiple fronts as many had wondered if and what PayPal’s foray into the cryptocurrency space would be.    

The Rise of Corporate Venture Capital

December 22nd, 2014 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

Corporate venture capital is picking up speed in the investment industry, as large companies start setting aside funds for external investment in fledgling companies or startups. Tech giants like Intel, Dell and AMD all have strong track records with their proprietary funds, and more companies like Microsoft and Salesforce are now entering the venture-fund game. […]

Russian cash has already fled the country

December 19th, 2014 at 11:28 pm » Comments Off

Russian Rouble hits all time low It may already be too late for Russia’s Central Bank to regain control. The collapse of the ruble has prompted a flight of capital as investors and savers in Russia seek shelter outside the country’s borders. A analysis of money flows monitored by the Russian Central Bank shows that […]

Will Minecraft make Bitcoin the ‘official currency of virtual worlds?’

December 13th, 2014 at 9:33 pm » Comments Off

Could Bitcoin become the dominant currency of the gaming industry? Jeff Grubb – The United States dollar bill only has value because you believe it does. Now, a game developer in Chile wants to apply that same concept to Minecraft and bitcoin.

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