This week's main stories include two interviews: one with Kavita Gupta, founding partner and founder of ConsenSys Ventures; and another with electronic dance music DJ Justin Blau (aka DJ 3BLAU) who is launching a decentralized music festival. The Bitcoiners have started switching from Twitter to a new "instance" on Mastodon, the SEC has delayed the umpteenth decision of the ETF, and some members of West Virginia overseas services could vote using an & r; blockchain-based mobile in November.
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ConsenSys Ventures Kavita Gupta talks about Tachyon and India
ConsenSys, the US-based Ethereum production company, launched ConsenSys Ventures last year by selecting Kavita Gupta to manage two $ 50 million and $ 100 million funds . Bitcoin Magazine spoke with Gupta to discuss the launch of the Tachyon project and the launch of ConsenSys India.
He talked about their goal of attracting a diverse cohort of up to 15-18 teams, within the accelerator they offer three tracks: Blockchain for Social Impact track; the trace of the Ethereum project; and an Open Source track, blockchain-agnostic, grant-driven. At the end of the program, they will have a demonstration day that will be exclusive to the most important angel investors and venture capital with competence and passion for blockchain technology. Gupta also discusses their technological focus, how they identify projects and teams, and how investments are allocated.
SEC is delaying another ETF decision on Bitcoin
The SEC seems not in a hurry to revise the stack of Bitcoin ETF has accumulated in the last year. Not three weeks after the postponement of the decision on five other Bitcoin ETFs, the SEC stated in a public statement that it will delay its decision to approve or reject SolidX Bitcoin shares until the end of September. Any prolonged refusal or decision creates more obstacles with regulators to secure its first exchange-traded fund. Many believe that such a list would open the door to institutional money.
Bitcoiners lose faith in Twitter They inspire an exodus in Mastodon
Twitter has become a toxic, corrupt and censored space, according to the opinion of an increasing number of Bitcoiners. A mixture of censorship perceived through the shadow ban and the lack of serious actions to remove the notorious bots for ether have exacerbated the demands of a decentralized alternative to Twitter.
Enter Mastodon, a distributed social media platform that shares some features with Twitter, plus it includes more granular privacy controls and up to 500 characters available for microblogging. Rodolfo Novak of Opendime continued to create bitcoinhackers.org, an "example" on Mastadon, dedicated to the maximalists of Bitcoin with "no scams, no shitcoins, no imitation, no begging and no illegal content."
DJ Who "Turned Down Wall St." Is on a mission to decentralize music festivals
Bitcoin Magazine interviews Justin Blau, aka DJ 3BLAU, a popular electronic dance music DJ. He talks about how a casual meeting with the Winklevoss brothers started him on his cryptic journey. Shortly thereafter, he saw the many ways in which blockchain technology could interrupt the music business, which led him to launch the world's first blockchain music festival coming on October 20, 2018, known as Our Music Festival (OMF) .
West Virginia will offer blockchain voting options for the Midterms
For the mid-term elections of 2018 in November, West Virginia residents who are part of the army and who serve abroad will be able to vote using the Voatz mobile voting platform. The software uses facial recognition to match the "selfie-style video" of each user to their ID issued by the government. Once approved, voters can cast their vote on the app. The cards will then be anonymous and registered on the blockchain.