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Never Give Up On Your Internet Business

DSCF9585Does fear of failure keep you from starting exploring new ventures?
Have you ever asked yourself, why online success comes easily to other people, but seems to be eluding you all the time?
Have schemers driven you to the point of giving up?

My advice is short, sweet and to the point: You need to know that, it’s always too soon to quit! Remember quitters never succeed.

Successful people hang in there, they get back up when they fall and try again. You see, your friends who have become Online Success Stories didn’t throw in the towel and quit when the going got tougher, NO, No , No! They knew what they wanted in life and they wanted it badly enough to persevere through the desert, and what happened: They got to the other end. They paid the price and achieved their Online business dream. You CAN too ,only if you don’t quit on yourself and your internet venture.

Remember: It’s always too soon to give up. In other words, Never Give Up until you get the results that you after.
All the best!

Howard Mahere

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A Positive approach is a prerequisite for success

In the course of operating their businessess entrepreneurs meet challenging situations on a daily basis.  However, its how they react that determines their altitude.  It is very important for the business owner to know the value of challenges.  That challenges are meant to make us strong, many of the great achievers we see today turned obstacles into stepping stones and in the end became successful beyond measure.

Today, I have decided to share a story which I am sure will help to make us appreciate the role of obstacles in our different situations .  Lets learn to welcome challenges for our own growth.

Positive Approach

By: Author Unknown

A little girl walked daily to and from school.  Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trip to school.  As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lighting.

The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school, and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child.

Following the roar of thunder, lightning, through the sky and full of concern, the mother quickly got in her car and drove along the route to her child’s school.

As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile.  Another and another were to follow quickly, each with the little girl stopping, looking up and smiling.

Finally, the mother called over to her child and asked, “What are you doing?”

The child answered, smiling, “God just keeps taking pictures of me”.

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Amazon, Ripple, Anheuser-Busch and Walmart Join List of 50 Companies Innovating on the Blockchain

Amazon, Ripple, Anheuser-Busch and Walmart Join List of 50 Companies Innovating on the Blockchain

Forbes has released its Blockchain 50 list of leading companies in the industry.

Retail giant Amazon is on the list for its suite of blockchain tools built to help developers quickly boot up distributed ledger technology. Brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev makes the cut for its blockchain pilot designed to work with a vending machine that can verify whether people are old enough to drink. Fintech powerhouse Ant Financial operates a blockchain designed to track products on Alibaba. Crypto and blockchain payments startup Ripple is also on the list for on boarding a long list of clients who move money across its suite of cross-border payment solutions.

The world’s largest electronics supplier, Foxconn, is also featured in the top 50. Its Shanghai-based startup Chained Finance streamlines the supply chain process by allowing Foxconn suppliers and its suppliers’ suppliers to make blockchain-based payments, providing real-time financing and eliminating paperwork. The Taiwan-based company has also invested over $40 million in several blockchain and cryptocurrency-related companies including Abra, Galaxy Digital, Cambridge Blockchain and Digital Currency Group.

Blockchain adoption has gained traction in supply chain management because of its ability to facilitate and instantaneously disseminate the recording of transactions, and to help verify the authenticity of a product. Multiple parties are able to view blockchain ledgers in real time where data is immutably logged, reducing the need for costly and redundant documentation that is routinely distributed among suppliers, retailers, storage and shipping facilities, and third parties that interact throughout the logistics process.

Corporations across various industries, including apparel, automotive, perishables and electronics, are exploring blockchain to uphold the quality of their products as they move along the supply chain. In 2018, Walmart, listed in the top 50, adopted blockchain to prevent food-borne illnesses.

According to Tal Kol, CEO of hybrid blockchain platform Orbs, which is building new infrastructure to make blockchain scalability possible for big enterprise, the automotive industry will increasingly implement the technology as cars support more computing power.

“The shift toward self-driving cars means data accuracy and data security are more important on the road than at any time in human history. Securing that information and making sure fleets or individual vehicles run smoothly will be critical. Even if not battling malicious actors, blockchain can protect and certify information from unintended alterations. It is only a matter of time before blockchain completely encapsulates the automotive world.”

Meanwhile in Europe, French supermarket Carrefour is also increasing its use of distributed ledger technology by tracking more products across the supply chain.

The French multinational retailer, one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world, recently revealed plans to cut 1,500 jobs. Blockchain solutions have been integrated to replace jobs where people used to manually verify transactions, generating burdensome paperwork to document shipments, payments and deliverables. Blockchain digitizes the process.

Carrefour currently tracks 20 out of its 300 brand-name products. It will now add 40 more goods to its distributed ledger platform, tracking data more efficiently, transparently and cost-effectively.

Carrefour’s DLT platform is available in six countries allowing customers to discover information about the products they buy or peruse while shopping. By scanning a QR code, they can verify the origin of a product among other details. Although the company developed its platform in collaboration with IBM‘s Food Trust initiative, it’s planning to develop its own permissioned blockchain. Emmanuel Delerm, Carrefour’s blockchain program director, tells Hardfork

“The amount of products we track with blockchain will likely increase as the technology continues to make progress.”

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Forbes Releases List of Billion Dollar Companies Using Blockchain

Forbes Releases List of Billion Dollar Companies Using Blockchain

Financial news outlet Forbes has released a list of “Blockchain’s Billion Dollar Babies,” or companies implementing blockchain technology that have minimum revenues or valuations of $1 billion, on April 16.

The list includes companies in the cryptocurrency and blockchain development spaces, in addition to traditional financial firms like banks and clearing houses, food companies, supply chain management firms and others.

Most of the companies listed are household names like AmazonWalmartFacebook, ING, MastercardMicrosoft and Nestle.

Cryptocurrency-related companies featured on the list include United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, European mining and hardware firm Bitfury, and blockchain-based financial services network and XRP token creator Ripple.

In addition to noting major firms that are dabbling or full-on adopting blockchain technology, the list also includes which blockchain protocols are being adopted and by whom. Various Hyperledger protocols, blockchain consortium R3’s Corda protocol and the Ethereum network are prominently featured at a number of firms across various industries.

Forbes notes the potential for blockchain technology to simplify various business process per the example of Depository Trust & Clearing Corp (DTCC), which keeps records of 90 million transactions a day, or most of the world’s $48 trillion dollars in securities.

Per Forbes, the firm will begin switching its 50,000 accounts to a blockchain-based system, which will help eliminate duplicate procedures and reconciliations that are still prone to happen on traditional electronic clearing networks.

In mid-March, DTCC published a white paper outlining guiding principles for the post-trade processing of tokenized securities. The paper notes the unique characteristics of the nascent market for tokenized securities and proposes that global policy standards for traditional markets are often applicable, and useful for stakeholders to identify the legal responsibilities pertaining to security token platforms.

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Swiss Alps 5-Star Hotel is Switzerland’s First Luxury Hotel to Accept Bitcoin

Bitcoin, Switzerland, Dolder Grand

The Dolder Grand, with scenic views of Zurich Lake and the Swiss Alps, is the country’s first luxury hotel to accept bitcoin. | Source: The Dolder Grand

Switzerland’s five-star hotel The Dolder Grand has announced that guests can now settle their bills in bitcoin or ether. In a tweet, the Zurich-based luxury hotel announced it was the first facility of its kind to accept cryptocurrency payments.

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The Dolder Grand@DolderNews

We are very proud to have taken a step towards accepting crypto currency.
The Dolder Grand is the very first luxury hotel in Switzerland where guests can pay with Bitcoin.https://www.finews.com/news/english-news/35889-pay-in-bitcoin-for-a-luxury-weekend 

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The crypto payment feature is being facilitated by fintech firm Inacta. The fintech firm has developed an app that allows guests to pay for hotel services from their bitcoin wallets. Bity, a Swiss cryptocurrency exchange, will convert the cryptocurrencies into fiat currencies. In future Inacta will extend the number of cryptocurrencies that customers can pay in.

BITCOIN HODLERS NEED NOT TOUCH FIAT…

According to Inacta’s blockchain advisory head, Roger Darlin, the app is targeting ‘hodlers’:

It is aimed at customers who have built up legitimate cryptocurrency holdings and who don’t want to convert them into traditional currencies, such as Swiss francs. This also allows vendors, who may be cautious about handling cryptocurrencies directly, to accept payments from these clients.

This coincides with Fortune 500 firm Avnet revealing it is accepting crypto payments after partnering with crypto payments firm BitPay.

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@Avnet

Got @bitcoin? Well you’re in luck, because we’re now accepting cryptocurrency payments through our partner @BitPay! http://bit.ly/2HVM5cB 

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’…

Avnet, which boasts of over 15,000 employees in Asia, Europe and North America cited a desire to keep up with the times as a reason for accepting crypto:

With approximately 250,000 on-ledger Bitcoin transactions being made every day, we understand that the landscape is changing, and we’re positioning ourselves – and our clients – to be ready for it.

This comes less than a month since Switzerland’s largest retailer, Digitec Galaxus, started accepting a slate of cryptocurrencies including bitcoin and ether. Other cryptocurrencies accepted were OmiseGo, NEO, TRON, Litecoin, Binance Coin, XRP, Bitcoin Satoshi Vision, and Bitcoin Cash.

Philippe Welti@planetwelti

Good move. @DigitecGalaxus, Switzerland’s largest online retailer, accepts now. Good move. https://www.galaxus.ch/en/page/cryptocurrencies-now-accepted-on-digitec-and-galaxus-11214 

Cryptocurrencies now accepted on digitec and Galaxus

digitec and Galaxus have introduced cryptocurrencies as a method of payment. Customers of the largest Swiss online shop can now pay with Bitcoin as well as a number of Altcoins such as Ethereum,…

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Digitec Galaxus was able to make this possible via a partnership with crypto payments provider Coinify. While the online retailer does not charge anything for the crypto payments, Coinify will slap a 1.5 percent fee. However, this feature was only made available for large purchases. For purchases of under 200 Swiss francs, crypto will not be accepted.

NOT CONVERTS YET, BUT CONSIDERING…

While the growing adoption of crypto payments by big names is impressive, the future can only get better. Towards the end of last month Japan’s largest railway and subway operator, Japan Railways (JR) Group, announced that it was considering the payment option. JR Group is however not planning to partner with a crypto payments provider. Rather the utility plans on building its own payments infrastructure from the ground up.

Another public sector body that is considering adopting bitcoin as a payment option is Kiev City State Administration. While the authorities of Ukraine’s capital have previously considered the idea but dropped it, this time it’s likely to work because it has introduced electronic tickets.

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Major Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Lists XRP Exchange Traded Product

Major Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Lists XRP Exchange Traded Product

According to its official website, Switzerland’s principal stock exchange, SIX, has listed a Ripple (XRP)-based Exchange Traded Product (ETP) today, April 2.

As Cointelegraph reported in March, the exchange had already confirmed that it was planning to list the product, dubbed Amun Ripple (AXRP). Hany Rashwan, co-founder and CEO of Amun — the cryptocurrency derivative development company behind AXRP — at the time claimed that this is the first such product on the market:

“We can comfortably say that we expect to release the world’s first XRP ETP within the next two months.”

Furthermore, Rashwan also told media that the company has also received SIX’s approval to launch four more ETPs for other altcoins — Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Stellar (XLM) and Eos (EOS). In November last year, SIX also listed what was reportedly the world’s first ETP tracking an index of multiple crypto assets, based on Bitcoin (BTC), Ripple, Ethereum (ETH), BCH and LTC.

At the beginning of March, the company also launched an ETH ETP and in February it listed a BTC-tracking ETP.

As Cointeledgraph noted in a dedicated analysis in December, those developments are seemingly part of a broader trend, which sees the United States being left behind where cryptocurrency ETPs are concerned, as compared to Europe.

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Bitcoin Price: Technical Flags Scream ‘Buy!’ as Market Nears Key Level

The Bitcoin price is flashing a major buy signal. | Source: Shutterstock

Bitcoin continues to grind higher, and on Monday the flagship cryptocurrency hit its highest level in 2019. Many investors are stuck in the past looking at the wild volatility brought on by excessive speculation, and ignoring that right here right now, the Bitcoin price is showing maturity and stability – and could be primed for a major boom.

Bloomberg reported that a popular technical indicator is now screaming buy after the last signal it generated prompted a 17% rally.

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LOW BITCOIN VOLATILITY IS GREAT FOR ALTCOINS

If BTC/USD was a traditional currency pair, people would be going wild over how bullish the technical picture looks. We are over the 50-day and 100-day moving averages, with the latter providing buying support.

Another harbinger of bullish momentum is the speculation that is once again stirring in the smaller cryptocurrencies. Dash jumped 31% higher, Monero 10% higher, and an incredible 50% gain in Tezos have all been signs of hot money returning to markets.

And why shouldn’t it? Bitcoin is looking exceptionally stable, and this will be encouraging investors in the more volatile altcoins that they don’t have to worry so much about Bitcoin cratering and its smaller competitors with it.

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GOOGLE SEARCHES A POSSIBLE CAUSE OF DROPPING VOLATILITY

The more people talk about Bitcoin losing Google search interest, the more we can assume that speculation is also dropping – a concept affirmed by the fact that volatility is at a 30-day low. Calm trading conditions are precisely how things should be, in a happy, healthy cryptocurrency market. Developers have made these coins to be used as an alternative medium of exchange, not just to make people with a passing interest a quick buck. Attention is now growing organically, industry investment is steady, and the maturation process is in full swing.

Just look at the Lyft IPO if you want some short-term evidence of how excessive media coverage generates bubbly speculation.

BITCOIN FUNDAMENTALS AND TECHNICALS ARE STARTING TO ALIGN

Back these fundamentals against the technical picture and the purity of trading Bitcoin is evident. The charts are beautifully representative of what is going on. There has been a lot of good news, and the price is responding accordingly. Some technical confirmation of this would be the cherry on the cake.

Naturally, Bitcoin is still an illiquid asset, so significant dips in price are always possible, but it would appear that we could be on the cusp of a major breakout. There certainly isn’t much in the way on the charts to stop the price climbing back up towards the $5,000 handle.

PRICE STABILITY TRANSLATES INTO RISING INSTITUTIONAL CONFIDENCE

Institutional investors are some of the most risk-averse on the planet. You would be too if you were protecting assets people had worked for 50 years to accumulate in a pension fund. With volatility tracking closely to US indexes like the S&P 500, fears of massive price swings are falling. Because of this, It’s prudent to consider a very boring Bitcoin outlook could precede an equally bullish one.

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Russia’s $18 Billion Man Digs Crypto – Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Litecoin Market Update

The richest man in Russia is going crypto.

Vladimir Potanin, whose net worth is about $18 billion, plans to tokenize the rare metal palladium. As the chairman of the mining company MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC, Potanin told Bloomberg he’s talking with Swiss authorities to utilize crypto tokens pegged to palladium.

Potanin says he believes digital tokens are the wave of the future, offering many advantages over the current way of doing business.

“People more and more tend to use decentralized networks and platforms that don’t have a main operator. We want to be active participants of this process.”

The tokenization of palladium may be just the beginning. If it works out, the company will consider expanding the concept to other metals in the long run.

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Coinbase to Give Away Over $100 Million in XLM to Users Who Study Stellar Protocol

Coinbase to Give Away Over $100 Million in XLM to Users Who Study Stellar Protocol

Coinbase to Give Away Over $100 Million in XLM to Users Who Study Stellar Protocol

United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced that it is giving away 1 billion Stellar Lumens (XLM) (about $106 million) to users that are willing to study the Stellar protocol. The news was revealed in a Coinbase blog post published on Tuesday, March 26.

The move is part of Coinbase Earn, the exchange’s crypto-focused educational program. The company stated that this particular session of the program is its “biggest yet.” Each eligible U.S. user can gain up to $50 for using the program to study the Stellar protocol.

According to the Coinbase Earn website, the program developed in partnership with Stellar consists of five educational videos of up to three minutes each. After watching the videos and completing a set of corresponding quizzes, users reportedly will earn XLM tokens as a reward.

The company noted that it has already sent the first group of invitations to join the program to its U.S. customers. Users outside the U.S. are invited to sign up for a waitlist.

XLM is currently ranked 8th by market capitalization among the top-100 cryptocurrencies on CoinMarketCap. The coin’s market cap and price have seen a noticeable uprise following Coinbase’s announcement, with 24-hour gains of almost 7 percent. As of press time, XLM is trading at $0.106.

XLM price performance

XLM price performance. Source: CoinMarketCap

Earlier this month, Coinbase added support for XLM on its main retail investor platform. The cryptocurrency was available to the majority of customers, with the exception of Coinbase users in the United Kingdom or in the U.S. state of New York, at the time of writing. Prior to that, the company’s professional trading platform, Coinbase Pro, announced it was accepting XLM deposits.

As Cointelegraph previously reported, a massive XLM airdrop took place in November, 2018. Back then, cryptocurrency wallet provider Blockchain.com launched full support for the token, alongside giving away $125 million worth of XLM to its user base. The company itself marked the initiative as “the largest airdrop in the history of crypto and likely the largest consumer giveaway ever.”

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Switzerland’s Largest Online Retailer Launches Crypto Portal, Accepts Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, BNB, Litecoin, Tron

Digitec Galaxus has launched a crypto payment option, allowing customers of online shops digitec.ch and galaxus.ch to pay with Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Ethereum, XRP, Binance Coin, Litecoin, Tron, OmiseGo and NEO.

Known as the “Amazon of Switzerland” Digitec lists over 2.7 million items for daily needs, with fast and free shipping. Customers who pay in crypto will have to make a minimum purchase of 200 francs. There’s no maximum threshold.

The new payment option began as a collaboration between Digitec and Swiss e-payment company Datatrans AG. Crypto payments will be settled by Danish-based fintech company Coinify to convert the transactions into fiat, reducing the company’s exposure to volatile crypto prices.

Customers who want to pay with Bitcoin or any of the supported altcoins select the crypto payment option at checkout before being redirected to Coinify where they can complete the transaction. The exchange rate will be fixed for 15 minutes, and the shopper will have the option of using a wallet address or a QR-code to complete the payment. 

The payment option will compete with PayPal which charges a 2% fee. Coinify charges a conversion fee of 1.5% of the purchase amount, while Digitec Galaxus does not charge any additional fees for cryptocurrency payments.

According to the announcement, Oliver Herren, chief information officer and co-founder of Digitec Galaxus, says cryptocurrencies are likely to become a relevant means of payment in e-commerce, and that the company wants to support developing trends.

“We’ve been wanting to do this for ages, but the effort it would have required has just always been too big. Now we’ve found a simple solution with Datatrans and Coinify.”

However, he’s not fully convinced of the advantages blockchain offers over other database technologies.

“So far, these transactions have proven more expensive and slower than regular payments. Making any improvements is hugely slowed down by the decentralization. That’s because none of the technologies are scalable enough yet. But maybe I just haven’t invested enough time in fully understanding how the blockchain ecosystem works.”

According to Tobias Billeter, head of communications, the company is not yet offering Apple Pay or Samsung Pay but it will closely monitor customer feedback for future inclusion. As for cryptocurrencies, the company says it’s trying to appeal to mobile Millennials and tech heads.

The new crypto payment option is available in Switzerland and may extend to Germany, pending the success of the roll-out.

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Fortune 500 Company Avnet Works With BitBay to Add Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash Payment Option

Fortune 500 Company Avnet Works With BitBay to Add Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash Payment Option

Avnet, Inc, one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and technology solutions providers, has announced a collaboration with crypto payment processor BitPay to accept cryptocurrency for the company’s services and products. The development was disclosed in an official press release published on March 19.

Avnet, Inc., which has been listed on Fortune 500 for 24 years, had an annual revenue in 2018 of more than $19 billion.

The press release writes that Avnet will accept payment with Bitcoin (BTC) or Bitcoin Cash (BCH), while BitPay will verify the purchased funds and complete the transaction. The company has also announced that it had “closed several multi-million-dollar cryptocurrency transactions within the first month of accepting bitcoin,” specifying that this also includes their work with Bitcoin.com on a new hardware wallet.

The ability for the company to accept crypto will give Avnet customers more options for completing their financial translations, according to the company. The press release states:

“By accepting bitcoin as a payment option, Avnet is continuing to break down the barriers customers face when getting their ideas to market by enabling easier access to its unique end-to-end ecosystem of design, product, marketing and supply chain expertise at every stage of the product lifecycle.”

As Cointelegraph reported on Jan. 30, BitPay has also partnered with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit and charitable organization that operates Wikipedia, to provide the possibility to accept donations in cryptocurrency.

And, earlier today, leading Swiss online retailer Digitec Galaxus announced that it would accept 10 different cryptocurrencies as payment for its products.

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