I attended this year’s Blockchain For Finance 2018 event in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, and on the Monday ahead of the conference, Dogpatch Labs hosted a pre-conference pitch session, and Founder and CEO Christoph Hering did a talk to the crowd of about 60 people in attendance on their payments & communication app Payger.
The app combines an e-commerce solution, cryptocurrency wallet and chat app into one, and uses stablecoins on a blockchain. It’s core offering is enabling consumers and businesses to connect peer-to-peer to send money and messages and buy products and services. It’s hooked up to a marketplace that has chat agents to allow people to connect with participating businesses, such as car rental companies. Payger is an open platform, enabling multiple service providers to group together their offerings, for instance a car insurance provider as well.
The wallet supports up to 50 cryptocurrencies and ERC20 tokens, with a focus on stablecoins such as tether which reduce the risk of price volatility. It aims to address some of the common pain points around transacting in general, and with cryptocurrencies, with a 10 minute transaction time, avoid commercial spam on the platform, high fees for using payment gateways and mediocre user interfaces. With the approach of using a stablecoin, it aims to enable companies to get around many issues which lead to poor merchant adoption, while also enabling companies and consumers to track spending and taxes, as well as strong GDPR compliant privacy, as well as private key management.
Their solution is to enable instant crypto payments backed by stablecoins, communciations secured by PGP encryption, and enabling consumers to permanently opt out of commercial messages and control their private data. It also manages the transfer and exchange of multiple cryptocurrencies in non-custodial wallets. With these options, it hopes to connect businesses, consumers and developers within a single marketplace.
The platform itself uses the Bitshares API, which can handle large volumes of transactions per second, and enable same-day settlement in a local stablecoin of choice for the mechant, with automatic conversions of bitcoin and ethereum, as well as bypassing the credit card network with the associated reduction in fraud and chargebacks.
The following day at the conference, we caught up with Christoph at his booth to get a short demo of the (web based) platform. What he showed us was a functional browser based wallet (accessible at wallet.payger.com) and a woocommerce integrated site with some demo items for sale. The first thing I asked was about support for fiat currencies, given that for commerce cryptocurrencies are still a minority, and while there is no support at this time, it is planned to partner with a payment gateway to provide this, as well as to integrate a buy cryptocurrencies option within the wallet.
The app itself allows to deposit, withdraw and transfer up to 50 cryptocurrencies, and enables chat and sending of funds by a payger id, email address or phone number for inter-wallet transfers, as opposed to a long complex private key. The app plans to have an iOS and Android versions, as well as an API to enable developers to build out interfaces, as the platform is modular and has a white label option available.
I asked where Christoph sees the app in its development cycle, and he said they see it in a beta state, with functioning wallet, and an integration with woocommerce already live. Integration with a couple of stablecoins is also available, enabling those who do sign up and use it to get settled via stablecoins. Finally, I asked where the project was funded from so far, and he said that they ran a modest ICO in 2016 under the name Blockpay, and have used the funds to get the platform to the point it’s at.
For merchants or developers interested in signing up to the platform, you can visit https://payger.com
By The Numbers: The Rate Bitcoin Must Climb To Reach $100K By July
Bitcoin is a numbers game through and through. There are only 21 million BTC. The code and its consensus algorithm are both made up of complex math. The total coins are slashed in half every four years, and so on and so fourth.
Most important of all, here’s the growth rate Bitcoin price must hit steadily to reach $100K per BTC by July 2021 according to one crypto capital manager – as well as the one thing that could get in the way.
Bitcoin Price Growth Rate Should Take Crypto Valuation To $100K By July
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” href=”https://www.newsbtc.com/dictionary/coin/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>coin came to be reads as if it was ripped from a sci-fi film: Mysterious person takes a shot at all money, and takes no credit for the monumental effort.
” href=”https://www.newsbtc.com/dictionary/satoshi/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Satoshi’s creation is now more than a decade old and has grown far beyond most people’s expectations. Over the last year alone, the leading cryptocurrency by market cap has grown at a daily average rate of 0.65% since April, resulting in a nearly a ten times climb in value.
At the current pace, according to crypto capital manager Timothy Peterson, Bitcoin price would reach $100K by June 30th.
At only a daily growth rate of 0.64% the top crypto should hit $100K by July | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
The One Factor That Could Cause BTC To Fall Short Of Target
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” href=”https://www.newsbtc.com/dictionary/coin/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>coin. The number is now closer to the current price action than $10K is, and thus potentially more achievable.
Price predictions for the next cycle top reach as much as $400K, with estimates more steeped in reality ranging from $125,000 to $325,000 per BTC.
The rally could really be over if the historically accurate signal is right again | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
There’s a chance, however, the cycle top is in, according to the Pi Cycle Top Indicator. If the historically accurate tool is right yet again, the leading cryptocurrency’s daily growth rate will begin to decline from here on out until another bull market breaks out.
Bitcoin price wouldn’t make it to $100K by July, and a return to prices much lower would follow. If that’s the case, crypto investors would have to wait a while longer for the number one cryptocurrency by market cap to reach that ultimate target.
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Bitcoin’s time has come: TIME magazine to hold BTC on balance sheet
Institutional fund manager Grayscale has partnered with acclaimed New York-based magazine TIME to produce an educational video series on the subject of crypto assets.
The partnership was announced on April by Grayscale’s CEO, Michael Sonnenshein, with Sonnenshein revealing that TIME and its president, Keith Grossman, will receive payment in Bitcoin.
Further, TIME does not intend to convert the Bitcoin it receives through the deal into fiat, and will hold the crypto asset on its balance sheet. No further details of the partnership have been revealed so far.
— Michael Sonnenshein (@Sonnenshein) April 12, 2021
TIME was first published on March 3, 1923, with the magazine and online publication having been active in the crypto space of late. In March, TIME cashed in on the NFT mania by dropping a set of tokenized magazine covers on NFT marketplace SuperRare, with the “TIME Space Exploration – January 19th, 1959” NFT fetching 135 ETH worth almost $250,000 on March 30.
“The media industry is undergoing a rapid evolution. TIME is seeking a Chief Financial Officer who can help guide its transformation,” the listing said.
According to Bitcointreasuries.com, TIME will become the 33rd publicly traded company to hold Bitcoin on its balance sheet. TIME joins the ranks of top U.S. companies Microstrategy — who have invested billions into BTC from August 2020, Square — who added 4,709 BTC to their treasury in October, and Tesla — which purchased $1.5 billion worth of BTC in January. Multinational investment corporation Blackrock also began dabbling in crypto during February, profiting more than $360,000 from a small long using Bitcoin futures.
This deal marks a significant partnership between giants of the mainstream and crypto worlds. Grayscale was founded in 2013 and has $46 billion worth of crypto assets under management, including roughly 3% of Bitcoin’s total circulating supply.
Moonstake integrates with Sylo to bring their staking protocol to the Sylo Smart Wallet
Moonstake, a staking pool protocol and service provider, has announced a new partnership with Sylo, a decentralized software development firm and the creators of the Sylo Network and Sylo Smart Wallet.
Through this collaboration, Moonstake will connect Sylo with their robust API/SDK solution, thereby enabling staking functionalities in the Sylo Smart Wallet and allowing Sylo users to earn passive income from their idle crypto assets.
Founded in 2010, Sylo is committed to decentralization and has created an ecosystem consisting of digital consumer wallet software, applications, infrastructure, and developer tools in order to usher in a decentralized future worth looking forward to.
A unique wallet app that combines digital asset management with decentralized communication, the Sylo Smart Wallet is a savvy decentralized e-wallet that enables users to purchase, store, track, send, and receive crypto assets, explore the world of Ethereum dApps by means of a Web3 Browser, pay with cryptocurrency in the real world, and provides secure communications by chat or audio/video call.
“We’re pleased to offer our community of global users yet another way to access the benefits of crypto. As always, our user flow has been designed with simplicity in mind, and staking via Moonstake in the Sylo Smart Wallet will make earning from digital assets simple enough for people everywhere.”
– Dorian Johannink, Co-Founder and Business Director of Sylo
Born over a year ago with the aim to create the largest staking network in Asia, since its inception Moonstake has developed highly user-friendly wallets for both Web and Mobile (iOS/Android) that are compatible with over 2000 cryptocurrencies.
After a full-scale operational launch in August 2020, Moonstake’s total staking assets have grown rapidly to reach USD 800 million in staked assets over just six months. Within a year of its founding, Moonstake became ranked in the top 10 of the world’s premier staking service providers and it continues to strongly expand its business.
“The Sylo Smart Wallet is an interesting e-wallet that combines the functionality of a flexible digital asset management tool and a secure instant messaging app. We are happy to help proper crypto projects like Sylo enable staking in their wallet so that users can have more ways to earn with crypto. With a wide selection of PoS coins and attractive yield rates from our high-quality staking pools, we are confident that users will be pleased with their staking experience on Sylo powered by Moonstake.”
– Mitsuru Tezuka, Founder of Moonstake