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david-long

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Virtual Currency Today, the DCC’s Vice President, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Virtual Currency Today Summit on April 29, 2015. Today, we share insights from interviews David Long, Northern California Fraud Prevention Solutions principal and senior consultant.

Sarah: Tell me about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

David: I initially became involved in digital currencies through my membership in the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). Some years ago, I was attending a local chapter meeting and a panel discussion at the meeting focused on the possible relationship between digital currencies and money laundering. As a former federal agent that has investigated many money-laundering cases, I was intrigued.

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Clay

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Virtual Currency Today, the DCC’s Vice President, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Virtual Currency Today Summit on April 29, 2015. Today, we share insights from interviews Clay Nelson, Director of Business Development at Bitpay.

Sarah: Tell me about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Clay: When my close friend and long time colleague Andy Phillipson left IBM in the fall of 2013, I dug into bitcoin to give him some advice on joining a startup. It was really the first time I had looked at Bitcoin for more than a moment. As he and I continued to talk over the course of 2013 and 2014, I began to see the business models that Bitcoin could enable. When the right opportunity opened up to join Andy at BitPay, I sought the advice of a couple of my mentors and decided this was something I had to be involved with.
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Nikhil

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Virtual Currency Today, the DCC’s Vice President, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Virtual Currency Today Summit on April 29, 2015. Today, we share insights from interviews Nikhil Joseph of Mercator Advisory Group.

Sarah: Tell me about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Nikhil: As an Emerging Technologies Analyst for the Mercator Advisory Group, a leading payments consulting firm, it’s my job to keep our clients informed about the sources of disruptive innovation in the market. Bitcoin, obviously, very much fits that mandate. I find the whole concept intellectually fascinating and I’ve been following it closely for a few years now.

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JuddBagley

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Virtual Currency Today, the DCC’s Vice President, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Virtual Currency Today Summit on April 29, 2015. Today, we share insights from Judd Bagley, Director of Communications at Overstock.com.

Sarah: Tell me about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Judd: I was in the PR department at Overstock.com when we began accepting Bitcoin as payment. As the first major online retailer to take that step, the media response was huge. As the company spokesman, I had to quickly learn a lot about Bitcoin in order to be semi-conversant in the subject. The more I learned the more fascinated I became. It was that interest that led to my being included in all of Overstock.com’s cryptocurrency efforts.

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Kirk-Phillips

The burden of managing a tax calculation every time you buy something with bitcoin creates adoption friction that’s counterintuitive to the frictionless nature of bitcoin that we all know and love. (More on this in my article titled, “A Gift from the IRS and the Coffee Problem.”) So what if there was a better way to align the tax rules with the uses and benefits of bitcoin, to naturally accelerate adoption? How about eliminating short-term capital gains rules for bitcoin and other digital currencies?

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ryan-lazanis

Tech startups are now starting to trend toward paying their staff in a new form of payment: bitcoins. But they might be forgetting about the tax implications of salaries in bitcoins.

It’s easy to see the allure of getting paid in bitcoins for those that work in innovative, cutting edge environments, for bitcoins themselves are innovative and cutting edge. It’s no wonder that more and more employees in tech startups are asking for some or all of their salary to be paid in bitcoins.

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Flavien

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum, Dan McArdle, has had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that spoke at Inside Bitcoins Berlin on March 5-6. Today, we share insights from Flavien Charlon. Flavien is the founder of Pixode, producer of Predictious, the Bitcoin derivatives and prediction market, and Coinprism, the first colored coins web wallet.

Dan: Tell us a little about your background in Bitcoin and Digital Currencies, and how and why you got involved?

Flavien: Like most people, when I heard of Bitcoin for the first time, I dismissed it. I looked into it in more details end of 2012, when I was considering the idea of building a prediction market similar to InTrade. The more I read about it, the more fascinated I became. I built the prediction market, Predictious, and launched it in July 2013. Read more »

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Connie

There are many leading women who we honor and celebrate today, International Women’s Day 2015.  From leaders around the world, our nonprofit partners, and those in our own Bitcoin community.

Most prominent in our minds today are the women and girls who we recently met near Kakamega, Kenya while visiting our bitcoin-funded water well at Shisango Girls Secondary School.

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Amor Sexton Bitcoin

In recognition of International Women’s Day, Western Union released a report on the role of women in global remittances. According to the report, women currently move 50% of the estimated $582 billion global remittances, and they send a greater percentage of their wages than men.

Women are also the largest group of recipients, receiving over two-thirds of remittances. The flow of money to these women can be a matter of life and death if they have no alternative means of earning a living. The United Nations reports that despite women working two-thirds of the world’s working hours and producing over 50% of the world’s food, women only earn 10% of the world’s income and own less than 1% of property.

With the flow of remittance having such a major impact on the lives of so many women, it is fitting during Bitcoin Women’s Week to consider how digital currency may be able to help.

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