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5 Best Cryptocurrency & Blockchain App Ideas for 2022

There is no doubt the blockchain industry is rapidly growing in popularity and trading cryptocurrencies has become more accessible than ever before. This is due to more and more brokerage firms allowing investors to trade their favorite cryptocurrencies alongside other investments and due to more apps and platforms getting launched every year for people to use.

This had made the blockchain industry very lucrative and provides a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to get creative and come up with their own idea for a new venture. Apps are an extremely popular choice for new ventures due to their accessibility from people’s mobile phones and tablets. In this article, we take you through our top 5 app ideas for 2022.

Crypto Wallet App

Cryptocurrency wallets exist to allow traders to store and secure their currencies and are an essential part of owning and trading crypto. They can either be hot wallets, which are online wallets and cold wallets, which are offline. Popular online exchanges such as Coinbase and Binance have wallets you can store your assets on although they come with less security and more risk than other alternatives that are dedicated wallets rather than an exchange.

Traders are always rightly concerned about the security of their cryptocurrencies and this means apps that contain online wallets that are secure and safe have become very popular and a good venture choice for entrepreneurs.

Cryptocurrency News App

Crypto fans like to stay up to date with everything that is happening in the market including breaking industry news as well as trading news and project updates. This allows traders to stay on top of the overall sentiment of the market and know what is going on behind the scenes of their favorite crypto projects. This means there is a high demand for apps that allows people to easily access news wherever they are on their mobile phones.

Portfolio Tracker App

Did you know that 49% of traders check their portfolio at least once a day? This means there is a huge demand for high-quality apps that allow traders to easily track the progress of their investments on the go using their mobile phones. The trader can enter all their investment details and then the app would provide a variety of useful statistics that communicate what is doing well, what may not be doing so well and even identify future trading opportunities.

Decentralised Social Media

Unlike popular social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram, decentralised social platforms aim to put the user first and focus on user freedom. It has been tipped as the future of social media and now could be the best time to jump on board the emerging trend. Put simply, decentralised social media networks run on independent servers rather than being owned and run by a business. This means users have more control over the content they see and how their profile operates.

NFT Marketplace

NFT’s (non-fungible tokens) have certainly hit the world by storm in 2021. They are digital assets such as images, videos or audio clips that are stored on a blockchain. An NFT marketplace is somewhere people can buy and sell NFTs using cryptocurrencies. This is a booming sector making it a great choice for a new business idea. By developing an app that brings together artists, creators and NFT enthusiasts you could become the go-to place to buy and sell a range of NFTs or a specific type of NFTs.

Hopefully, you now have some inspiration for 5 great app ideas you can start implementing in 2022. The first step would be to write a comprehensive business plan outlining your idea along with costs and timescales. You can take this idea to reputable app developers like AppTailors, to design and develop and bring your idea to life.

Cryptopulse Now Offering Marketing and Business Growth Services

We are excited to announce that Cryptopulse is now offering business growth and marketing services to blockchain and crypto-related projects. Our founders Kevin and Ben have helped numerous businesses in the past grow and scale and we thought it was the right time to take this one step further and formally offer marketing services through the Cryptopulse brand.

Why Work With Us?

We have experience launching and scaling numerous successful businesses from the ground up. We know what it takes to build a profitable company and we know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to marketing. We also have a huge knowledge of the crypto space and have worked with leading brands including Wirex and Verge, making us the perfect team to help you market your latest project.

How Our Marketing Services Work

The first step is to enquire through our website or email hello@cryptopulse.co.uk to book a call with one of our team. This is where we will get to know your business inside out, who your ideal customers are, and what your long-term and short-term goals are. We will then start working on building a bespoke marketing strategy that is unique to your business and in line with your goals and objectives.

Once we have created your marketing strategy, the next step is bringing it to life and implementing it. We have partnered with Audeo, a leading digital marketing agency in the crypto space to help implement your marketing strategy that has been created by Kevin and Ben. Whether this is paid ads, SEO or social media, they have all the tools and techniques needed to deliver a huge ROI for your business.

What Services Do We Offer?

We offer a full range of marketing services so you have access to the activities needed to implement your specific strategy. This includes paid ads, social media, SEO, PR and influencer marketing. If you’re a new business that needs to build awareness then focussing on brand and community building may be the best place for your budget or if you’re an established business then it could be ads and Influencer marketing to get more customers over the line. Whatever your needs, we have you covered.

Ready to find out more?

If you have a crypto or blockchain-related project and need help launching or growing your business then we can help. Unlike most marketing companies, we have real-life experience building successful businesses and are ready to pass on what we have learned on the way to other business owners. If you would like to find out more about our services and see if we are a good fit for you, then email hello@cryptulse.co.uk to book a call with us today!

What Can You Buy With Bitcoin?

What Can You Buy With Bitcoin?

Over the years, many organisations offering goods and services have added methods to accept bitcoin as a payment method. Bitcoin has seen a huge growth since its launch in 2009, reaching an all-time high in 2021, as values exceeded over 65,000 USD in February 2021. Currently at the time of writing (November 2021), the price stands at $57,077.

Whilst there is a growing popularity for bitcoin over the security and control over your own money, many businesses have begun accepting cryptocurrency to buy their products and services; and this number is only on the rise. Take a look below at a few ways that you can start spending your bitcoin.

The Popular Sectors Accepting Bitcoin

E-Commerce Platforms

Many e-commerce merchants offer bitcoin as a form of payment, with platforms such as Shopify having the functionality to use Coinbase, Dwolla, BitPay or GoCoin in the payment system. This means you can be buying and selling items online through your bitcoin wallet, making your purchases as you please. Another way you can buy with bitcoin is through gift cards for online retailers such as Nike, Amazon, Nintendo and much more.

Cars

There are a few car dealers which have begun accepting bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to purchase vehicles. These include dealers such as GVE London selling luxury cars from manufacturers like Tesla, BMW, Audi, Mercades, and Ferraris. You can also use the platform CryptoExchange to make purchases using Bitcoin for car brands including Bentley, Hummer, Aston Martin and more. If you are looking for a new luxury car today, crypto investors can buy almost any they are on the hunt for.

Subscriptions

Giant organisations such as Microsoft are allowing their customers to pay with bitcoin for games, apps and other digital content on their Xbox store credits; which began back in 2014. You can also use gaming platforms such as Amazon-owned Twitch to pay for services and donations. 

Food Restaurants 

Burger King recently announced their bitcoin program ‘Burger King, With A Side Of Crypto’. This was a limited-time promo allowing customers to purchase food in their restaurants, however, outlets in Venezuela are now in partnership with Cryptobuyer to accept crypto as a form of payment on a daily basis. 

Starbucks also now lets their customers purchase items using bitcoin, since their partnership with digital asset manager Bakkt. This can be done on the Starbucks app through your bitcoin wallet. Another one of the first to accept cryptocurrencies includes Subway, at a select few establishments in the United States.

High-End Accessories

Luxury jewellery retailers such as Rolex have started to accept cryptocurrencies in exchange for their expensive watches. The business accepts bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, dai, litecoin and USD coin. 

Frank Muller even designed the ‘world’s first functional bitcoin watch’ which includes a laser-etched QR code for a public wallet address that can be used to deposit bitcoins and check your balance. 

Travelling

Major airlines are now accepting bitcoin to jet you away. Some include AirBaltic, LOT Polish Airlines, and Virgin Galactic. You can also find many travel agencies which allow you to pay for flights, hotels and cars using bitcoin such as BTCtrip, Destinia, Expedia and Cheapair.

Bitcoin Debit Cards

The list goes on for products and services that are now accepting cryptocurrencies, but you can also grab your own bitcoin debit card to load with crypto from credit card services such as Visa. When used in a store, the money is withdrawn in crypto and paid with fiat money. They can also be used to withdraw money from ATMs in whichever fiat money it supports. With opportunities on the rise people making investments in bitcoin are seeing more and more ways in which they can use this digital currency.

The 10 Most Influential People in Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain 2018

The cryptocurrency and blockchain world is evolving at an alarming rate.

It’s so current that if your crypto-project started back in 2015, it’s considered ancient technology. Every day dozens of ICOs launch, with millionaires being made on the daily. With this constant evolution and a revolving door of founders, CEOs and blockchain gurus, who, in 2018, can we view as a mainstay, or as a real industry influence?

 

We’ve handpicked 10 people that we think you should know about.

In no particular order…

 

Vitalik Buterin – The greatest mind?

As the co-founder of Ethereum and Bitcoin Magazine, the Russian-Canadain programmer is seen as one of the greatest minds in the ‘cryptosphere’. Buterin started out as a programmer and writer, producing his first articles in exchange for 5 bitcoins each (which would now be about $50,000 per piece). He became a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine based on his Bitcoin blogging abilities.

Vitalik later invented Ethereum as he felt that Bitcoin didn’t offer a scripting language for application development. He has also had a hand in many other projects, including Kryptokit, pybitcointools, multisig.info, btckeysplit, DarkWallet, Bitcoin Python libraries, and the cryptocurrency marketplace site Egora.

 

Nick Szabo – The legal genius?

Szabo invented the concept of smart contracts, and has been working as a computer scientist, cryptographer and legal scholar since the 1990s. Assumed by many as the true identity of Satoshi Nakamura (the unknown inventor of Bitcoin), he denies these reports and goes about his work in cryptography and micropayment technology.

You can learn more about Nick in his interview with Tim Ferris.

 

Charlie Lee – The idea generator?

Charlie is busy, he’s the creator of Litecoin and Litepay, as well as being the former Director of Engineering at Coinbase. His childhood was pretty interesting, being born in the Ivory Coast to parents from Shanghai, before moving to the US and studying at the prestigious MIT. Lee built Litecoin back in 2011, based on the Bitcoin architecture, but four times more efficient (which is why there are 84m Litecoins compared to Bitcoin’s 21m).

Lee is an influencer for many reasons, but one thing that stands out is his dedication to push the industry forward through technology and ethics, something he proved by donating his entire Litecoin stash after being accused of using his influence to affect prices for personal gain. His work for Coinbase has enabled countless wannabe traders to enter the market, and his work with Litepay could change everything in regards to brick and mortar businesses entering the cryptosphere!

 

Andreas Antonopolous – The most trusted voice?

British-Greek Bitcoin advocate and host of Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast (which now has 358 episodes!) Antonopolous has been shouting through a megaphone about the revolutionary potential of Bitcoin since its early days. He even quit his job as a freelance consultant and started travelling around, speaking at conferences about Bitcoin, and that was back in 2012.

Some have called him the most trusted voice of Bitcoin, Antonopolous is a fantastic writer and proponent of the cryptocurrency movement.

 

Philip Nunn – The expert advisor?

British crypto-expert, speaker and ICO specialist Nunn has been working in the financial services industry for 15 years, and has a burgeoning reputation.

We welcomed Phillip on episode 14 of the Crypto Pulse podcast, which you can listen to here.

His own LinkedIn account states: ‘Phillip has become a well-known, online influencer in the blockchain and crypto space and has travelled the world evangelising and talking on these subjects. Phillip has sat on the advisory boards of many ICO’s over the past 12 months and has helped structure and fund some of the biggest companies of the future. Along with his business Wealth Chain, Phillip will be launching his own crypto fund that looks to invest in ICO’s along with existing blockchain technology companies.

Catch him speaking at some of this year’s biggest Blockchain expos, like this one.

 

Marc Andreessen – The early pioneer?

If you working in the computer business, we’re pretty sure you already know of Andreessen, the inventor of Mosaic (the first widely-used computer browser) and Netscape. He sits on the board of directors of Facebook, eBay, and Hewlett Packard, and he sits on the world wide web hall of fame. He’s hot property.

But what about his crypto adventures? Well, his firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into various cryptocurrencies, mainly Bitcoin, and boasts more than 500% returns! His personal wealth is estimated to be around £900m, with a percentage accreditable to his wise crypto-strategies.

Is Andreessen a hodler? Reports from his firm suggest they expect big wins in around 10 years. That’s long-term thinking!

 

John Matonis – The wordsmith?

Economist, Founding Director of the Bitcoin Foundation, CEO of Hushmail and Chief Currency Dealer at VISA – his resume is just the start. Matonis claims to have met Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious alias behind Bitcoin’s true creator, who he claims is Craig Steven Wright. Wright even claims that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, and actually has pretty good evidence – the bizarre thing being that few actually believe him.

Matonis is a key figure in the written crypto-sphere, contributing to CoinDesk as a writer, as well as having a popular Medium blog.

 

Roger Ver – Polarising pumper or divisive dumper?

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that he has a massive influence on the cryptosphere. His Wikipedia page reads like the life story of some kind of wacky freedom fighter; he’s been imprisoned for selling explosives on eBay, he tried to enter politics with the Libertarian Party, he self-taught Japanese whilst in prison, he renounced his US citizenship and became a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis, even though he lives in Japan and was born in California, and, he put over $1m into bitcoin-related startups in 2011, leading him to have the early moniker ‘Bitcoin Jesus’.

 

He’s a divisive figure, on one hand, he has donated large amounts of bitcoin to causes like the Foundation for Economic Education, and helped to launch both Ripple and Blockchain.info, and on the other hand, he supports insider trading and wants the bitcoin blocksize limit increased, which is something that most believe would do more harm than good.

 

Brian Armstrong – The banker?

Co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, it’s hard to compile a list of who is most influential in the cryptosphere without mentioning the guy who runs the most common market entry point. So, Coinbase might not be popular in everyone’s books, but we appreciate that they make entering the crypto trading game pretty easy, meaning that the industry can grow, more investment can come in, and people who want to trade but aren’t so technical can start moving their chess pieces.

Before Coinbase, Armstrong was a software engineer at Airbnb, another platform that revolutionised a major industry – does he have some kind of secret recipe for success?

Coinbase and Armstrong are in the process of launching ‘Coinbase Index Fund’, with a lot of PR and marketing work to get adoption. This means that digital assets will be able to be invested in on Coinbase.

 

Sunny Lu – The wildcard?

So, Sunny Lu is probably the one name on this list that almost nobody will have heard of, but if you have – kudos! In the Chinese blockchain world, Sunny is very important, and more frequently now, his articles, research, and talks are getting translated into foreign languages for a western audience.

He’s the CEO of VeChain, which has some of the best technology China has produced behind it. It can do amazing things, and will potentially facilitate IoT integration, something that IOTA has claimed but not yet proven.

Sunny’s approach to the blockchain is quite different – he suggests a system in which we build useful tools, wait to see how they are applied by users, then use the application scenarios to support the development of the technology used to build the system in the first place. That may sound confusing, but it actually makes perfect sense, and in a way, it’s how Amazon has managed to scale and improve constantly – they have programming teams who use the common solutions that customers require to influence how they redesign their system.

 

Conclusion

We could only put 10 people on this list, but there are so many influencers in this industry. We’d love to hear from you about your favorite cryptocurrency figures, so email us at hello@crypulse.co.uk

Episode 13

In this episode we chat about The Top Five Crypto Fails of All Time!

The Top Five Crypto Fails of All Time!

The Top Five Crypto Fails of All Time!

Welcome back! We’ve got a treat for you here, or is it a trick? It’s hard to tell with some of these crypto fails, and, of course, there were so many crazy tales from the cryptosphere that we couldn’t possibly write about them all. We’ve chosen five that the Cryptopulse team thought were pretty darn hilarious!

Listen to this story in podcast form here.

10,000 Bitcoins… for pizza?!

May 22nd, 2010, programmer Laszlo Hanyecz paid a fellow ‘Bitcoin Talk’ forum user 10,000BTC for two Papa John’s pizzas. At this time, Bitcoin was only about a year old, and all of those BTC were worth just $25. At today’s price, that’s about £66.5m for our British readers, and $92m in US dollars. Staggering.

This is largely considered the first real-world Bitcoin transaction, and is celebrated as such each May 22nd. For most people reading, this is pretty hilarious, at Laszlo’s expense!

“It wasn’t like bitcoins had any value back then, so the idea of trading them for a pizza was incredibly cool” – Hanyecz in 2013, denying the fail.

Millions lost when Mt Gox collapsed

This fail is much worse than £66m pizza – this fail cost nearly half a billion.

In February 2014, then largest crypto-trading platform ‘Mt Gox’ went bankrupt and shut down, losing 850,000 bitcoins and £22m of user cash. The Tokyo-based exchange pointed the finger towards hackers who exploited a software security weakness, but later revealed they had found 200,000 of the coins.

The fail deepens. The chief of Mt Gox, Mark Karpelés was arrested, accused of embezzlement of user funds, and is largely responsible for the total fail that left 127,000 people out of pocket and claiming money back. He managed to avoid prison, but must remain in Japan.

Karpelés is a bit of a failure specialist as it happens, having been caught ‘pirating’ servers several times in France, and being accused by Ross Ulbricht, creator of the Silk Road, as the true mastermind behind the dark web marketplace.

Where did HODL come from?

If you caught Episode 3 of our podcast, you’ll know all about HODL, and the story that accompanies it. But if not, or if you want further detail, here’s the post that led to the crypto-culture slang.

‘I type d that tyitle twice because I knew it was wrong the first time.  Still wrong. w/e. GF’s out at a lesbian bar, BTC crashing WHY AM I HOLDING? I’LL TELL YOU WHY.  It’s because I’m a bad trader and I KNOW I’M A BAD TRADER. Yeah you good traders can spot the highs and the lows pit pat piffy wing wong wang just like that and make a millino bucks sure no problem bro.  Likewise the weak hands are like OH NO IT’S GOING DOWN I’M GONNA SELL he he he and then they’re like OH GOD MY ASSHOLE when the SMART traders who KNOW WHAT THE FUCK THEY’RE DOING buy back in but you know what?  I’m not part of that group. When the traders buy back in I’m already part of the market capital so GUESS WHO YOU’RE CHEATING day traders NOT ME~! Those taunt threads saying “OHH YOU SHOULD HAVE SOLD” YEAH NO SHIT.  NO SHIT I SHOULD HAVE SOLD. I SHOULD HAVE SOLD MOMENTS BEFORE EVERY SELL AND BOUGHT MOMENTS BEFORE EVERY BUY BUT YOU KNOW WHAT NOT EVERYBODY IS AS COOL AS YOU. You only sell in a bear market if you are a good day trader or an illusioned noob.  The people inbetween hold. In a zero-sum game such as this, traders can only take your money if you sell.

so i’ve had some whiskey

actually on the bottle it’s spelled whisky

w/e

sue me

(but only if it’s payable in BTC)’

 

Explanation – Man gets drunk, decided to hold his crypto, misspells the title and becomes bitcoin folklore and slang!

Guy threw out 7,500 bitcoin in a hard drive

Well, at least Laszlo got two pizzas for his £45m loss! In terms of crypto fails, this is a bad one.

Meet James Howells, from Newport, Wales, who threw out 7,500 bitcoins. Howells bought his Bitcoin back in 2009, when the tech was very new, and after years he simply forgot about it, until the boom. Then he remembered, oh boy, did he remember!

After spilling a hot drink on his computer, he simply threw it away. Now, he’s on a mission to get it back, and he says that it should be easier than if he’d lost a lottery ticket, in theory. Quite optimistic there James…

He’s on the lookout for investors who will help him excavate his local landfill to try and find the bitcoins, in exchange for a cut.

“I could go back to work for the rest of my life but then I would always be thinking about it,” Mr Howells said. “At least if I give it a shot, then it’s checked, the box is checked, I tried.”

Bitcoin and CoinDaddy

We couldn’t decided which of these was a more tragic crypto fail – a 79 year-old rapper called Bitcoin, or a rapper who ‘spits’ exclusively about different cryptocurrencies called CoinDaddy.

Where do we even begin with this one?

Bitcoin

He raps about not having a cell phone, and that he still uses a landline, and he publicly addressed Donald Trump in what can only be described as… strange (link: viewer discretion advised). Bitcoin also has a song about smoking weed for his glaucoma. Why he is called Bitcoin we still don’t know, but he claims that whilst making a pilot for a new tv series, he was asked for make a rap music video for a sketch, and it evolved from there.

One thing that is not part of our crypto fails concept, is the message behind his music, which is to help himself live longer and to remind other elderly people that they are still capable of doing the things they enjoy.

Learn about Bitcoin here.

CoinDaddy

Self-described as a bitcoin entertainer, personality and crypto-rapper, CoinDaddy is the sort of cryptospherical (it’s a new word) evolution that nobody in their right mind envisioned.

Laugh at him all you like, his shameless approach to ‘stardom’ has earned him a lot of crypto, a lot of YouTube revenue, and a lot of fans. He lives in the California Bay Area too, so he can’t be doing too badly!

In CoinDaddy’s cover of Eminem’s Stan, he does a pretty good job of writing a letter to Charlie Lee, founder of Litecoin. Here’s the chorus…

‘Charlie Lee just sold I’m wondering why

I bought Litecoin at all

The morning FUD drove down the price so

Now I can’t sell at all

And even if I could I would still just hold

With my limit on the wall

To remind me that I’ve got these bags, I’ve got these bags’

 

What did we miss?

We want to hear your favorite crypto fails. Please email us at hello@cryptopulse.co.uk

Episode 11

We’re excited to be joined by a Serial entrepreneur, Pete Martin from Votem.

Can You Run a Business With Only Cryptocurrency?

Can you run a business with only cryptocurrency?

It seems like only 5 minutes ago that hearing the term ‘cryptocurrency’ meant you had to do a Google search, bypass swathes of misinformation or ask your most clued-up and techy friend what this concept was all about.

Now, every man and his dog owns 0.01 Bitcoin, encourages all of their friends to sign up to Coinbase and acts like a financial advisor.

Beyond the jokes, cryptocurrency is serious, as demonstrated by the $425bn+ market capitalisation. Whilst money has been poured in, and early adopters have benefited, we are being asked this same question over and over –

‘Can you run a business with only cryptocurrency?’

Examples of businesses running solely on crypto

Finding examples of businesses who only accept cryptocurrencies was actually a lot harder than we thought it would be. We had to ask around, do a lot of Google searching, and appeal to Quora (more on that later). Ultimately, we found several examples:

  • Paralelní Polis (Bitcoin Coffee) – Prague

This Bitcoin only café in the capital of the Czech Republic was set up by crypto-anarchist collective Ztohoven, which translates as ‘Frozen’. The idea behind this café is to introduce Bitcoin and the concept of cryptocurrencies to the average person on the street, according to a barista who has a virtual wallet chip implanted into her wrist. A flat screen on the wall monitors the price of Bitcoin and a hole-in-the-wall machine by the entrance allows you to exchange cash for Bitcoin.

Inspired by Bitcoin Coffee in Prague, Nash Basel set up his own ‘crypto café’ on Aungier Street in Dublin. He had made some big profits in 6 months of cryptocurrency trading, sold out, and opened the café – his second in the area. Signs on the wall say ‘Hodl 4 life’ and a Coinbase stream of crypto-prices can be found on a screen. Whilst Nash’s intention was to make the café crypto-only, it hasn’t worked out that way, and despite accepting both Ethereum and Litecoin, he has had only 20 paying customers as of Feb 2018, and so decided to accept cash too. The thought is there, it’s still absolutely commendable. Good luck Nash!

  • The Legends Room – Las Vegas

This is a bit different, but it certainly leverages the privacy of cryptocurrencies and virtual wallets. It’s a Las Vegas Strip Club that accepts Bitcoin, and they have some hilarious marketing material, including posing dancers with theoretical Bitcoin manuals (see below). The idea came from martial arts expert Nick Blomgren, who wanted a more secure way for men to keep their strip club trips secret from their wives and partners. Even more bizarrely, you can pay for dances by scanning the barcodes on the strippers’ bodies, and get a 20% discount for doing so. Blomgren claims that this benefits the dancers, as some banks will shut down the accounts of those who work in the adult entertainment industry.

Again, this business is not crypto-only, but it’s close, and becoming increasingly popular.

Moving on…

Run a business with only cryptocurrency? These are your common issues

FIAT

Getting FIAT can be an issue. For businesses with physical premises, setting up standing orders to pay bills and suppliers is a major issue. To do these things, you have to sell your coins, it’s as simple as that. Until utility companies start accepting crypto, it will stay this way.

Accepting payments

By only accepting crypto, you cut out a huge portion of the market. However, if you have faith in the market’s potential for growth, you can undercut large companies, charge a lower price, and use this as an incentive to get people to buy crypto.

Tax

Tax is complicated in the crypto world. In the UK, you would only have to pay tax on your crypto-assets when you convert them to FIAT… unless you’re using that FIAT money to pay expenses. So, if you keep all profits as crypto, and pay all expenses as FIAT, you will run at a loss whilst making a profit. Confused? Rightly so.

Who is best positioned to accept cryptocurrency?

Online businesses are, right now, the most likely and best facilitated for accepting cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. Brick and mortar businesses are going to need more time to adopt, because if you rely on customers walking in off the street, you rely on everyone having crypto-assets, and this is not true yet. We believe that eventually, enough people will hodl crypto to allow for crypto-only brick and mortar businesses, but it may take a long time to adopt.

Online businesses selling digital assets, like ebooks, video tutorials or web services are even better placed, as they have no physical overheads for these products, and so can exchange digital products or services for digital currencies. 

Litepay

Litepay is one of many solutions, but in our opinion, it’s in the top 1% for the crypto-to-fiat exchange market. It is a payment processor that exchanges Litecoin for Government fiat anywhere in the world, cross-border, international, and with an emphasis on being easy-to-use for businesses who want to accept crypto-payments.

Litepay solves two problems – sellers who want to sell in crypto but end up with fiat, and the volatility of the market forcing losses on customers. In fact, the system converts Litecoin to fiat immediately, so sellers are not at risk of fluctuating prices. Litecoin has appreciated in value tremendously in recent times, and those who have it, want to use it, and those who want it, want to accept it.

 

As mentioned earlier – we crowdsourced an answer by putting ‘Can you run a business with only cryptocurrency?’ on Quora.

Here is the top answer, from Franco Muñiz, Crypto enthusiast and investor.

“Yes, of course you can. But…there are limitations.

Do you mean running a business accepting only crypto as a payment method? Or maybe building it based on blockchain? Sure, you can. But you’d be limiting your reach to a relatively small audience. Also, cryptocurrency is meant to build decentralized services, so you won’t be precisely owning everything you make, it’ll be managed by the whole blockchain.

Crypto is still on it’s “dial-up” phase (remember when the internet made all these sounds and you couldn’t use it while someone was using the phone?), which means:

1- Not a lot of people use it. Nowadays it’s not a matter of accessibility, it costs nothing to get a wallet and all you need is a phone, PC, or any device with internet access. The problem is that crypto hasn’t yet been accepted as a currency by most people. Most of them think it’s just a bubble or only an investment method to get rich (or broke) quickly.

2- It doesn’t really have a use, because it’s still controlled by whales (people with a lot of money, even billions, controlling the market as they wish). Yeah, it works and everything, but did you notice what happens when Bitcoin goes down? Every altcoin goes down. No matter if it’s a token or a coin, if it has a great usage or an already working product, they’re all Bitcoin-dependant. And this problem won’t end until crypto gets more audience and it’s more reliable. We probably all agree that some, or most of our friends/family members don’t understand this world and just disregard it.

There are already a lot of companies using blockchain. One of my favorites is Dent. While still only available for Android/iOS just on USA and Mexico, it has an already working product. You can sell your unused mobile data every month, for Dent inside the app. Then, if you’re in need of data, or you travel to a country with a supported mobile carrier (yet to happen), you will be able to buy data super cheap and in a matter of seconds. No more expensive roaming. But as 99% of the coins, this one goes down if Bitcoin goes down.

So yeah. You can create your own coin/token, start an ICO, get some millions, and build a company based on the blockchain. It’s a great challenge and a modern/innovative project, but it’s still really early in crypto and if you intend to provide useful and common services, don’t expect your company to grow with the same audience other “normal” business may have.

If your intention is to make your company big, and earn money, you can start today with blockchain and see results in the long term, or you can run a business (anything other than crypto) and be able to go big, or, on the other hand, get knocked out by crypto in few years.

Thanks for reading! Any questions? email us hello@cryptopulse.co.uk

Episode 9

In this episode, we discuss the dreaded 51% attack and how to take down bitcoin.

Episode 7

In this episode of Cryptopulse we speak with Aletha And Bjorn from Bitbay.market, listen now.

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