A new fintech startup from Germany named Bitwala is in the latest Bitcoin news for allegedly launching the first-ever platform that will allow users to manage euro deposits and Bitcoin funds within the same bank account.
The system has been designed by the fintech startup and is expected to launch by November – with an estimated number of 30,000 customers who already signed up for the service. The first initial investor for the service is Earlybird Venture Capital, a company that is providing funds worth 4 million Euros.
Meanwhile, Bitwala was founded in 2015 as a company specializing in financial services and enhancing the value exchange between customers in an efficient and cost-effective system. With the new regulated blockchain service, the company is fulfilling its original goals which center around the smooth transition between the cryptocurrency and legacy financial system.
The crypto-fiat service, as such, is designed to provide users with the benefit of accessing the services of a German bank account, provided with Bitwala’s banking partner, offering SEPA debit and credit transactions, a debit card and ease in the management of recurring payments.
As the president of Bitwala GmbH, Jorg von Minckwitz, noted when announcing the new service:
“The cryptocurrency community is eagerly awaiting the launch of our new service. I’m very proud that with our new product we will close the gap between crypto and traditional banking and solve one of the biggest hurdles on the road to mainstream adoption,”
This is another big achievement for the blockchain industry towards the goal of achieving mainstream adoption and recognition.
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“There’s supposedly a limit on there, but where is it written in stone that can’t increase? And of course, the electricity that’s churned out by the miners trying to solve these algorithms is just extraordinary.”He dismissed bitcoin by calling it a black box which is a very complex investment model. Also, Shilling noted that he is very suspicious of many things that are clearly not transparent and said that it is not the best idea to invest in something if you don’t understand it. There are plenty of reasons why bitcoin fails as a currency such as not being a store of value, it’s also not a medium of exchange and it is still not accepted universally.
“All the requirements that you normally have for a currency, it just doesn’t have. The only legitimate use I can think of in bitcoin is off-the-books kinds of transactions, underworld transactions. I just don’t see a legitimate use. It is a game,’’ said Shilling.However, the younger generation of tech millionaires is extremely confident that bitcoin will eventually manage to toss aside all other currencies. Some of them even predict bitcoin to reach a price of $250,000.
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“The big difference with decentralized mining in 2018 is that there are now so many different coins and tokens out there that it’s almost certainly possible to make a profit – or at least mine a decent amount of some crypto – via a decentralized home mining device like Coinmine.”This is a notable perspective mostly because Srinivasan previously founded 21.co which was a startup that emerged from stealth in 2015 and had an ambitious plan to embed Bitcoin miners in everyday devices- which was then backed by Coinbase Ventures. Following the Coinmine announcement, Srinivasan wrote:
“The big difference with decentralized mining in 2018 is that there are now so many different coins and tokens out there that it’s almost certainly possible to make a profit – or at least mine a decent amount of some crypto – via a decentralized home mining device like Coinmine."As we can see from the above stated, the CTO of Coinbase seems optimistic about Coinmine's ability to add even more coins later, foreseeing a future where the company could play a key role in the launch of new tokens.
“I believe that decentralized mining is an important idea and worth trying again. It’s mining as Satoshi intended: many devices around the world with no single point of failure." Srinivasan concluded.
Crypto Exchange OKCoin Expands To Latin America, Launching A Fiat Market
"We’re aiming to grow throughout the region by bringing institutional and retail traders there an array of trusted trading options so they can buy and sell with confidence,” Buyn said following the official announcement.He also pointed that the Latin American market is extremely important for the exchange as it is for many crypto and blockchain industries.
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