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Bitcoin Price Will Reach $500,000 Realistically: Snapchat’s First Investor

Jeremy Liew, the first investor in Snap Inc., the $24.5 bln parent company of popular social media platform Snapchat, said in an interview with Business Insider that Bitcoin price can realistically reach $500,000 by 2030.

Since its introduction in 2009, with the exception of one year, Bitcoin has consistently been the world’s best-performing currency and asset.

Contrary to the perception of Bitcoin by the general consumer base, Bitcoin’s volatility rate has significantly decreased over the past few years and has transformed into a stable store of value, digital gold and settlement network.

Bitcoin as remittance and settlement network
Bitcoin is currently being utilized globally as a means of payment and efficient remittance method. In fact, as reported by Cointelegraph in February, the Philippines officially recognized Bitcoin as a legitimate remittance and payment method.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the country’s central bank, stated in its Circular No.944:

“Rather, the BSP aims to regulate VCs when used for delivery of financial services, particularly, for payments and remittances, which have a material impact on anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT), consumer protection and financial stability.”

According to Liew and Blockchain CEO Peter Smith, the transportability and high liquidity of Bitcoin allow the digital currency to operate as a practical remittance method for the general consumer base. In that regard, Liew explained that Bitcoin is appealing to mainstream investors and users as a strong investment and reliable digital currency.

Liew and Smith noted:

"Expats sending money home have found in Bitcoin an inexpensive alternative, and we assume that the percentage of Bitcoin-based remittances will sharply increase with greater Bitcoin awareness. We believe Bitcoin awareness, high liquidity, ease of transport and continued market outperformance as geopolitical risks mount, will make Bitcoin a strong contender for investment at a consumer and investor level.”

Bitcoin’s distinctive applications are enabling the currency to grow at an explosive rate. Some are utilizing Bitcoin as a wealth management tool, while others are relying on Bitcoin to send and receive payments, to profit in the long run, and settle transactions with low fees and shorter confirmation periods in contrast to bank transfers.

In consideration of Bitcoin’s exponential growth, its limited supply, scarcity and rarity, Liew explained that it is highly likely for Bitcoin price to reach $500,000 as its user base reaches 400 mln. Currently, there exist approximately 20 mln Bitcoin wallets provided by service providers such as Blockchain and Coinbase. Liew expects the user base of Bitcoin to grow by 20 times in the next 13 years.

“Bitcoin's 2030 price and user count total $500,000 and 400 million, respectively. The price is found by taking the $10 trillion market cap and dividing it by the fixed supply of 20 million bitcoin,” a section of the presentation provided by Liew and Smith read.

Why the SEC ruling wasn’t surprising for Liew and Smith
For Liew and Smith, the denial of the Winklevoss twins’ Bitcoin ETF COIN was somewhat expected, primarily due to the inefficiency of the SEC when it comes to the approval of new markets and assets. However, Liew also noted that Bitcoin does not need a strictly regulated channel in order to appeal to a large group of investors.

The Bitcoin exchange market itself provides a high level of liquidity for traders. Thus, it is relatively easy for an average trader to purchase and sell Bitcoin on regulated platforms.

He told Business Insider:

"The SEC’s ruling wasn't a surprise to us. We know that getting this sort of approval is going to take (a potentially long) time. In the meantime, bitcoin is already simple to buy and hold and, as the asset continues to mature, we'll continue to see an increase in the development and deployment of surrounding products."

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Organic Reach on Social Media is Declining

Facebook organic reach is down 52% for publishers’ Pages this year

6 studies show why Facebook organic reach is declining so quickly

Organic Reach on Social Media is Declining

Organic reach of the content brands publish in Facebook is destined to hit zero. It’s only a matter of time.

Instagram

According to Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram, which is the latest to adopt algorithmic news feed or timeline, on average people will now miss about 70% of posts in their feed. 

Facebook

On the other hand, a study by Locowise suggests that average post reach on Facebook is only about 10.8% in Feb, 2016. In essence what that means is that if you have 100 followers of your page, it is likely that only 10-11 will actually see your posts on their feed. 

Twitter

Twitter is no exception here. Twitter has also adopted algorithmic timeline that sorts tweets based on interest and importance, irrespective of time. This issue starts magnifying as your page followers grow in number. 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is no exception here. LinkedIn has also adopted algorithmic timeline that sorts posts.

Your organic reach on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is falling.

Do you struggle to get your posts seen by your network?

Why Your Organic Reach is Falling and How You Can Combat It.

Read more at  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-your-organic-reach-falling-how-you-can-combat-manjunath-padigar

THE PROBLEM

After working hard for years on building your network, it is very frustrating that you can not reach all of your followers.

Organic reach on social media is declining.

You only reach 8-10% of your followers (algorithm based reach).

A lot of platforms: too much effort, complex, and time consuming

Duplicate content: creating content on every platform

Different platforms for your personal & professional interests

Social Media Algorithms: How to Respond to Declining Organic Reach

THE SOLUTION: beBee

An all-in-one personal branding platform that is centralized and cost effective to tech-savvy generations

One stop shop to create (profile and affinity groups) , showcase (advanced content-production tools like video, blog posts, slides , and share (instant messaging, video conferencing, multi-network…)  your personal brand. ** some features coming soon

Reach 100% of your followers 100% of the time.

Feed based on your personal & professional interests.

Hives give you instant reach for your content, whether you have one follower, 300 or 3000.

An affinity-based network: being segmented into interest-based affinity groups makes it easy to reach people who share your personal and professional interests.

Instant SEO (search engine optimization) for your content.

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How Toyota is Teaching Cars to Drive

From Google to Tesla, companies around the world are working on developing driverless cars. Manufacturers have had various degrees of success thus far, but the overall progress has been good, and many experts predict driverless cars to be widespread on the road within the next decade. One car manufacturer is taking matters into its own hands to develop the best driverless technology on the market—here’s how Toyota is teaching its cars to drive.

The initiative started in January 2016 with the creation of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the company’s $1 billion investment in developing artificial intelligence for driverless cars and home-care robots. Because the institute is still relatively new, its main focus is currently on research and development; a large push right now is to collect a variety of data from vehicles, including from sensors, cameras, radars, and LIDAR. The eventual goal is to create effective driverless technology that will work in all Toyotas, as well as other brands of cars.

Once it fully understands the data from the car, TRI will combine it with data from outside the vehicle, including mapping roads and traffic patterns. The goal is to eventually get driverless technology to the same level of humans where it doesn’t necessarily rely completely on maps but instead uses perception to see where it is and where the obstacles and difficulties lie ahead, but that likely won’t occur until sensor systems are stronger and more reliable.

One of TRI’s more unique tactics is to learn from drivers and apply that data and learning to driverless technology. Machines are trained by example rather than by rules, so safe driverless cars need to learn from examples, such as human drivers. Toyota does this in part by having humans label various driving videos feeds to identify safety threats such as a bike in the road, an oncoming car, or a pedestrian. It can then take that human-created data and run it through a machine with numerous other scenarios so the technology can adopt those human-like obstacle identification skills. The end result is a model that can identify objects on a video in real time, very similar to how a human would do it. Because Toyota is an international company that has cars all over the world, it also needs to be able to create driverless models that fit in anywhere in the world. How you drive in Manhattan is different than how you drive in the suburbs of Minneapolis, so the model takes into account human driver characteristics and trends to create profiles of sorts for various locations.

Like most other car companies, Toyota already sells cars with driverless features, including driver-assistance technologies like lane assist and rear-view cameras that are available in many cars including the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. According to leaders at TRI, cars will likely continue to get safer and more automated incrementally until fully autonomous cars are ready to hit the open road, with autonomous features starting with the most dangerous areas and working forward. It is much more likely that safety regulators and human drivers will accept a car with multiple driver-assistance technologies that are proven safe over a fully driverless car that isn’t as proven.

TRI is definitely making progress in the driverless space, but the work isn’t without its challenges. Dealing with such large amounts of data from car sensors, road maps, and driver research can be an incredibly large undertaking, especially when the data is constantly being updated and upgraded with new technology.

What’s next for driverless technology at Toyota? Continued research and a huge push towards simulation. In order to prove safety and continue development, the company will have to spend hundreds of hours and millions of miles testing its technology. Simulations allow researchers to isolate various dangerous conditions and make sure the car performs well in those scenarios, instead of simply testing the car on hundreds of miles of flat roads on sunny days. The company also plans to continue developing its technology as new research and data becomes available. Because driverless technology is constantly changing, the work is never really done.

We could be riding around in driverless cars before we know it. And thanks to the work being done at TRI, there’s a greater chance that those driverless cars just might be Toyote
Technology
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Freedom From Depression:

God's light outshines the darkness of depression

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Depression, Freedom, God, Psalms
I’ve come across several teenagers lately who are depressed. It really shakes me up! These kids are in the prime of their life and yet they are bogged down by chains of gloom, fear, and discouragement.

When one is depressed, darkness reigns inside. I’m no psychiatrist, but I see it everywhere. Adults of every age are suffering, too. It can really knock the wind out of you to consider the sheer number of people who daily live in this reality. It is not of the Lord. The Bible says: “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Because He is light and love, by all means, He wants us in the light with Him!

So, what are we to do?

I take great comfort and find specific direction for overcoming depression in Psalm 23. (And, no, this Psalm is not just for funerals! Unfortunately, it has that reputation. But it is, in fact, wisdom for everyday life.) Let’s observe it together and find God’s guidance for living free from chains of discouragement. Together, let’s find freedom in God’s marvelous light.

Psalm 23:1 – “The LORD is my shepherd.”

Notice the word “is.” This verse does not say, “I hope the Lord will be my shepherd,” nor does it say, “It would be nice if…” Rather, it says that the Lord IS my shepherd. He is present, right now, as my skillful guide. Worries focus on the unknowns of the future, but when we stay present we find the Lord Jesus Christ right by our side, guiding patiently as a shepherd does.

Also note the word “my.” God is personal. He is mine. I need not take my woes to anyone else, but instead I go right to Him. When we meditate on the reality of His present, personal nature, we come to realize that we are exactly where we need to be… and we are covered. The rest of verse 1 states, “I lack nothing.” Or, “I have everything I need.”

This is not “Christianese”. It is truth. We are in the care of a skillful Shepherd who loves us. This truth can revolutionize our mental outlook!

How does the 23rd Psalm minister to you? Why do we tend to reach out to God more, when we are walking in hard circumstances? Reach out to God now, and reach out to other Christians. 

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be Professional. be Personal. be Successful.

By The Guardian, UK

If all this swiping to meet contacts sounds too work-centric, Juan Imaz might have the service for you. The Madrid-based founder of beBee believes too many people are thinking too hard about finding contacts that do the same job as them, when actually the best business contacts can come about through shared interests.

BeBee’s focus is to reach out to people who share the same hobby or passion and might also want to do business together further down the line. Within its first year of launch, it claims to have attracted 11 million users, mostly in Spain and Latin America. Discussions are ongoing over launching the service in the UK.

“Whenever you meet a business contact there may be some chat about work and your industry but the main topics of conversation will be what your interests are and what you have in common,” explains Imaz.

BeBee’s focus is to reach out to people who share the same hobby or passion
The idea, he adds, is that people “form groups, or hives as we call them, such as ‘marketers who love football in London’ or whatever it happens to be.”

Imaz met many of the people he has hired through the site and regularly meets contacts in the tech industry through a group for people who love scuba-diving.

Ghostwriter Paul Croubalian believes beBee understands that business is about people and credits the service with providing the deepest engagement with potential clients, often through a shared love of food.

“Certainly it provides way more engagement than all other sites that I am on,” he says. “I recently earned a contract with a multinational with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. That is a substantial amount of business for me, worth about $150,000 over the next nine months or so.”

Whether it involves swiping right to arrange a coffee with a nearby contact or striking up a chat about a shared passion with a potential new business partner, this new generation of networking apps are making it simpler to do something productive – rather than just building a huge list of contacts you are unlikely to ever meet.

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