Bitcoin Press Release: Fueled by Bitcoin’s new payment layer, one small gig economy site is exploding in user growth and the developer behind it has big plans.
June 3rd 2020, San Francisco, US: Microlancer.io, the crypto gig platform has just announced growth statistics and it is indicating that the gig economy is just about to enter a second boom fueled by bitcoin. With 40 million unemployed in the US alone, for many, finding a job is getting close to impossible hence easy ways to earn a bit of money are an anticipated antidote to support many through recession.
Not that the Microlancer announcement would resemble in any way a Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder conference or a Bitcoin Suisse series A promotion. The “investor” relations are kept rather pure. Investors in microlancer haven’t been venture capitalists either but simply users and supporters who love and appreciate the platform’s features. Creating a task takes less than 20 seconds and within minutes, taskers or “microlancers” from around the world will apply to fulfill the task.
Once the offer is completed the magic happens and the platform can play out its strengths. Sending the payment is as simple as taking a photo with your smartphone. Thanks to Bitcoin’s payment layer, the Lightning Network, payments are private, instant and nearly zero fees, which makes both sides very happy. The tasker receives the funds from escrow without delay and on the other side, the outsourcer saves potentially hundreds of dollars in listing and payment fees.
But what’s behind the rapid growth – is it just a fad or is there a solid business model? Tim, the single-handed developer behind the site believes that the demand is caused by a combination of economic and political factors:
“My goal for Microlancer originally was to just increase lightning adoption, because I believe our current financial system is kleptocratic, unjust and unfair and Bitcoin is a great alternative. People who are unbanked are completely excluded from global commerce and basically have to decide whether to accept their poverty or struggle against a system that works against them. Microlancer solves that problem.”
It’s undeniable that Bitcoin adoption is going forward stronger than ever in places like Africa or Latin America, in countries that have been suffocated for years from economic devastation and inflation. When people are restricted from remittance and international transfers and the economy is breaking into pieces, the ability to work can be a matter of survival and sites like Microlancer can be a real blessing.
5000 satoshis, about 50 cents, might not be worth a mouse click in the US but it’s a breakfast with coffee in Ghana. And for 5000 satoshis you can outsource more than you think. Finding a hotel, or phone repair shop in a foreign city, letting someone design a logo for your new dog salon business. Whatever you are too lazy to do or to google, on Microlancer someone will be happy to do it for you. This doesn’t exclude professional use and more and more employers are attracted to the site for it’s extreme competitive pricing and convenience. Tim also said:
“I wanted to help people who were unable to work on traditional sites because they couldn’t fulfill the privacy-invading KYC requirements and the high fees would eat all their work, those people are the most excited about using Microlancer”
And it seems Microlancer has hit a nerve as latest statistics reflect rapid growth and an astonishing amount of users signed up. But will it make a dent against the big players in the gig economy? Freelancer, Fiverr and Upwork are now multimillion dollar platforms with millions in funding. Upwork had $168.8M funding, hundreds of employees and it’s IPO valuation at Nasdaq was $1.6B. Tim continues:
“I’m one little guy fighting against $1.6B mammoths – but the truth is that corporations have disadvantages too. They are slow and bureaucratic and they aren’t innovative enough to see the potential of lightning. Users will go choose the better service and I am pretty optimistic our growth curve will soon be even steeper especially when Bitcoin sees greater adoption and new all time highs. Then it’s inevitable.”
To find out more and start earning Sats today, visit the website at https://microlancer.io/
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For Big Investors, the Recent Bitcoin Drop Presents More Buying Opportunities
Bitcoin has fallen deeply into a state of oblivion. Once trading for well over $64,000, the world’s number one digital currency by market cap has lost nearly $20,000 in value since last month and is presently trading for just over $47,000.
Bitcoin Is Still Being Bought Up
Among many analysts is an attitude of gloom and doom. Some consider the end of bitcoin to be near, while other largescale investors – such as Michael Saylor of MicroStrategy fame – think that this is the perfect opportunity to add more bitcoin to their private and company stashes and buy up.
Saylor has recently come out and admitted that not long after Elon Musk announced his company would not be accepting BTC payments for goods and services, his company purchased another $15 million worth of the digital asset. The recent dip can likely be attributed to Musk’s sudden dismissal of BTC payments, which a lot of people in the crypto space were relying on.
This was going to be a major push forward in the world of BTC. It would be seen as a legitimate and mainstream method of payment considering such a huge, billion-dollar company would allow its usage alongside fiat and credit cards.
Sadly, it does not look like this is going to pass, and bitcoin has suffered as a result, but for people like Saylor, the present conditions offer more opportunities to take advantage of. In a tweet, Saylor announced his company’s recent purchase:
MicroStrategy has purchased an additional 271 bitcoins for $15 million in cash at an average price of about $55,387 per bitcoin.
Thus far, the company has accumulated nearly $2.5 billion in BTC over the past nine months according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). MicroStrategy was one of the first major institutions to pledge public support to bitcoin and initially began buying the asset in August of last year.
While Saylor looks at the recent situation as something positive for men like himself, others are expressing disdain with Elon Musk and the fact that he is constantly saying things that have large effects on bitcoin and its competing altcoin cousins.
Maybe It’s Time to Think Before You Talk
Dennis Kelleher – CEO of Better Markets in Washington – explained to reporters:
The problem here is that a loose cannon CEO continues to shoot his mouth off about any number of potential market-moving events. It is clearly grossly irresponsible, but it may not be illegal.
For the most part, there is no evidence supporting the idea that Musk does what he does or says what he says on purpose. It could be that he just simply does not realize his power within the industry yet. However, perhaps it is time he takes a breather and really thinks about his next steps regarding crypto, as it clearly has an effect on the rest of us.
Litecoin Price Prediction: LTC/USD Goes Bearish on a Correctional Note
LTC Price Prediction – May 17
Currently, a downward correctional move is ongoing at a higher pressure in the LTC/USD market activities. The US currency forces its worth on the crypto since May 10 while the base instrument hit resistance around a high value of $400. With about a 10.07% reduction presently in the crypto market, price now trades at around the level of $266.
Resistance levels: $320, $360, $400
Support levels: $240, $220, $200
LTC/USD – Daily Chart
The LTC/USD daily chart showcases a heavy downward price correctional movement as most of the vital support trading levels breached to the downside. An intense bearish candlestick is being formed in the space between the SMAs. That has led to the breaking down of the bullish trend-line and the 14-day SMA trend-line to the south. The 50-day SMA indicator is being approached by current falling pressure at the immediate support value of $240. The Stochastic Oscillators are now in the oversold region slightly pointing to the south within it. That still calls for placing position with cautiousness as there may soon be a change of trend in no time.
Will the LTC/USD current fall-off reach for support of $240?
Going by the current pace at which the LTC/USD market operations as regards the downward correctional moves, it is most likely that bulls will await price to either closely average or briefly touch past the immediate support level of $240 before considering launching a pull-up. That said, a bullish candlestick formation is needed to back up a reliable return of an upward move at that trading zone.
On the account of contradiction, as regards the market’s upside, bears would now have to consolidate their stance in the market to forcefully break down the $240 support level in a continuation southward pushes to see through some lower support trading lines. The smaller SMA indicator may not play along with the furtherance of downswing at the first instance of heightening pressure.
LTC/BTC Price Analysis
As of writing, the comparison trading capacity outlook between LTC and BTC as shown on the chart depicts that the counter instrument has only been able to hold back the base tool in a convergent trading cycle at higher zones. Yet, the trend is having it to favor of LTC as placed with BTC. The 14-day SMA trend-line and the bullish trend-line are over the 50-day SMA. And, they are all underneath the cryptos’ trading point. The Stochastic Oscillators have slantingly moved into the oversold region with a brief-pointing posture to the south. That indicates that the possibility that the base instrument may soon begin a push further to the north.
Iranian government to penalize crypto miners using household power
The Iranian government has now warned of hefty fines for those who will be caught mining cryptocurrencies using power intended for domestic use.
This after authorities registered a significant spike in electricity consumption for digital currency mining, further straining the already stressed hydropower generation caused by insufficient rainfall in the country this year.
The government said the illegal mining operations for virtual currencies that rely on electricity intended for households cause transformers to be overloaded, damaging the power grid. According to Tehran Times, Iranian Ministry of Energy spokesperson Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi said unauthorized miners “will be fined when identified and held responsible for the damages they cause to the electricity network.”
Mining rapidly expanding in Iran
Back in 2019, the Iranian government legalized cryptocurrency mining, classifying it as an industrial activity.
In 2020, over 1,000 mining licenses were issued by the Ministry of Industry, Mining, and Trade, and power companies were provided with an avenue to increase their profits through meeting the industry’s power demands.
Selling electricity to cryptocurrency miners was seen as an option to fill the gap between revenues and expenditures in the electricity industry. However, with the current energy crisis being faced by the country, this move is now also being questioned.
Power consumption through the roof
Per the latest available data, the cryptocurrency mining sector in Iran consumes up to 1,500 megawatts of electricity each day. Back in December, this figure only sat at 300 megawatts. Authorities revealed that only around 200 megawatts of the current average daily consumption are legal.
Chinese companies have taken advantage of low and subsidized electricity prices in Iran to establish mining operations in the country’s Special Economic Zones.
The Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Trade estimates around $660 million worth of cryptocurrency is mined annually by unlicensed facilities in Iran.
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