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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

“Revolutionizing Crowdfunding” Cryptopulse Interview with iCrowdU

In episode 15, Kevin spoke to Alex Holtermann and Ian Wright from iCrowdu, an exciting blockchain project set to change the crowdfunding space, potentially forever!

These exciting entrepreneurs are on a mission to disrupt the crowdfunding space with a revolutionary approach to the blockchain.

In this recap article, we will be pulling some of the key quotes from Alex and Ian…

 

Kevin: So, how did your crypto journey begin?

Alex: It began several years ago, around 5 years ago when I first read and heard about Bitcoin. Then, initially I wasn’t so sure, some friends of mine in Hong Kong asked me about it and whether they should buy some. I was like ‘Ah, buy a bit, sell it, and it will be ok. I don’t think this will be sustainable’.

 

So, initially, I wasn’t very keen, but then about three years ago, Ian and I had a class together (we did our MBA together) and in a team we worked on the legalities of cryptocurrency and I was introducing Bitcoin to the class, and that’s when I was really getting into it, and these little mining machines and how the technology works behind it.

 

Then, I came up with a mini business plan and introduced it to quite a few friends and said ‘Look guys, if we can raise half a mission dollars together, I have this place somewhere that electricity is very cheap and we could triple or quadruple the money’. They said ‘Ah, rubbish, all this Bitcoin stuff. Nah, it’s never going to fly!’. Had they listened, this would probably have turned into $50 million today!’

 

Kevin: From this idea around mining Bitcoin, how did that bring you to start a crypto project?

Ian: Well, for example my first introduction and understanding of cryptocurrency came when Alex gave this lecture at the university about Bitcoin. We set up iCrowdU as a crowdfunding platform, we saw many problems in the crowdfunding industry that needed to be changed – young companies are always going to need capital. It was a clear fit.

 

From day one, really, we had spoken about the blockchain, and one of our very early investors is actually also a blockchain expert. It was a question of how to actually implement it, and the costs when we were getting set up on our own when funds were very limited. This year, things have changed, we actually just completed out C-round [of investment] and realised our goal of pulling everything onto the Blockchain, and that has resulted in the CrowdToken.

 

The big goal is to build our own Blockchain and put the entire company and all processes on there.

 

Kevin: If I had never come across iCrowdU before, Ian, could you explain in Layman’s Terms what the project does, and what problem it solves?

Sure! So, essentially what the CrowdToken begins with is offering any of our customers an immediate return by offering a discount on products, so I suppose to really explain the full story we have to go to our company iCrowdU, where it all began.

 

We developed a concept, a business model called ‘consolidated crowdfunding’ that enables people who are searching for funding for their companies and projects to actually combine different funding mechanisms, like traditional donations and rewards, but adding Peer-to-Peer lending, equity investments and royalty deals and a way to combine all of these options into one kind of project or package and then present it to a wider range of potential backers, and on an international scale. We are heavily focused on Asia, we have a company set up in China and in Hong Kong, and we want to bring European companies out to the East.

 

Kevin: Just so I understand this correctly, you’re looking at doing crowdfunding for projects and for physical items as well. I know on your website there’s an example of some sneakers/trainers. If I’m a private manufacturer and I’ve got 20,000 sneakers to sell, I could put them on this platform, right? I’m just confused how the company funding works alongside that. Are there two separate options?

Ian: There are two sides to it, because with the allowing so that existing companies with products [can use it], it’s about opening new markets as well. One of our slogans is that the crowd comes before the funding, and it’s not only about crowdfunding, it’s about connecting companies and projects with a large group of people who can be beneficial to them. So, if you have an existing producer of trainers/sneakers, and they’re in the UK for example, but they want to go to China and access the Chinese market, well, that’s not so easy.

 

Aaaaand that’s your lot for now! If you want to know how iCrowdU helps companies enter the Chinese market, you will have to listen to the rest of the podcast. You will also hear the full details of Ian and Alex’s journey, including 32 minutes that cover:

  • The problem iCrowdu is solving by providing a peer to peer service between producers & consumers. They save a staggering 70% on average bypassing traditional e-commerce or retail channels
  • How the crowd token will work to help fund projects
  • The power of the crowd to help products go viral!
  • Some of the issues around current crowdfunding methods such as Kickstarter

 

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