Saturday, December 30, 2017

GUEST OPINION: Why Black Folk Should Like Bitcoin and Love Blockchain

By Norman Weekes

So it’s happening again. Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology are about to change the way we live and work. Since I know this it means any window of opportunity is probably shut. Although this time as the train leaves the station, we might be able to hop the caboose before it’s gone. We are in another time of transition and opportunity in tech. History is repeating itself and maybe this time we won’t screw it up. We stand at the crossroads of knowledge and innovation and it’s time to decide how to take advantage of this opportunity. It’s another chance to be producers and not consumers. We can program, not be programmed. A chance to have a seat at the table the next time a hostile entity decides to exploit technology to weaken our democracy or play the race card.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Blacks in Bitcoin Podcast #5: Crypto Tax Reform, Substratum & Coinbase Fees 12-29-17

From the Attic in Seattle, Edwardo goes over the ludicrous tax reform rules coming for crypto in 2018 (8:10), does the weekly Coin Count (13:20), gushes over the Altcoin of the Week Substratum (27:30), and tackles how to avoid Coinbase fees in Ask a BTC Guy weekly BTC Q&A giveaway (34:00). Visit the site at

Friday, December 22, 2017

Crypto reassurance for the Newcoiners: Breathe. It's gonna be alright. 12-22-17

Edwardo fires off an impromptu video with stats and common sense to allay the fears of new entrants to a temporarily rattled cryptocurrency market. 


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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Blacks in Bitcoin Podcast #4: Bitcoin Basics, NYSE in BTC & Stellar 12-21-17

Live from Seattle, Edwardo goes over some bitcoin basics including how to secure your bitcoin (4:40), the New York Stock Exchange jumping into bitcoin futures (22:10), the weekly Coin Count (24:15), Altcoin of the Week Stellar (33:30), and Ask A BTC Guy listener questions & giveaway (39:20). 


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blacks in Bitcoin Podcast #3: CoinMom, Ripple & Bloom 12-13-17

Edwardo welcomes his first ever guest, the CoinMom (1:30 - hi, Mom!) to discuss eBay circling bitcoin (5:25), our Coin Count (11:10), Altcoin of the Week Ripple (23:30), ICO DYK's Bloom (29:25), and the Ask A BTC Guy listener question giveaway (37:17).

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Why It's Never Too Late to Buy Bitcoin

I get some version of this sentiment every single day I talk to someone not into cryptocurrency about buying into it: "I missed it. It's too late."


This post has been brewing in me for some time. All the looky-loos who are feeling a serious case of FOMO as bitcoin and cryptocurrency have dominated the imagination of the investment class see five-figure prices for a whole bitcoin and think it's just too late to make money in crypto. As a person who is making money every single day in modest amounts with cryptocurrency, I can assure you that it's never too late.

Black People & Cryptocurrency Facebook Group Livestream 12-12-17

Check out this live interview on the Black People & Cryptocurrency Facebook group, where we cover my early days in bitcoin and Reddit, CinemaDraft, and the future of the Blacks in Bitcoin podcast.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Bitcoin versus other asset classes

People are reconsidering a lot of their traditional investments these days due to the explosive, sustained growth of bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Although I am not a financial advisor and do not give financial advice, I just thought I'd drop this little earnings chart here, courtesy of myPF.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

#2: Jamie Dimon Eats Crow, BitConnect & FLIP 12-7-17

Edwardo discusses Coinbase's GDAX trading platform (3:13); JP Morgan's flip-flop on bitcoin (6:19); the weekly Trevon James Honorary Coin Count (10:45); Altcoin of the Week BitConnect (26:48); this week's ICO Did You Know? FLIP (40:15); and Ask a BTC Guy weekly BTC Q&A giveaway (43:16). Visit the site at

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

An extremely long, incredibly thorough explanation why BitConnect is NOT a Ponzi scheme

As explained from the admin of a BitConnect Facebook group.

Biased? Sure. But he's also in a position to speak on it from the inside versus the sniping from outsiders who have never used it. And, FWIW, I've been using BitConnect fine for almost two months, getting paid an average of 1% a day, and can attest to the veracity so far of everything posted below. Enjoy!

How is Bitconnect Sustainable? How is Bitconnect Not a Ponzi?
In order to respond appropriately to these questions, one must understand that the asker is asking this based on several misconceptions. Most people lump Bitconnect in with the likes of Control Finance, Bitpetite, Coinreum, etc. These are programs where people lend their bitcoin to a company who feeds them a story about how they are able to multiply their funds and give them a nice return based on how the company invests the money. Some claim to be trading, some claim to be investing in certain technologies, some claim to be mining, etc. The company agrees to repay the investor in the same currency that was borrowed. Bitconnect does not operate in this fashion. Unlike all of these programs, Bitconnect has a coin, an actual Crypto-currency. To date, there hasn’t been a single lending program that has come to market (beyond the ICO stage) with a coin and a working blockchain that has failed, exited, or scammed and run off with people’s money.
In order to explain the sustainability of Bitconnect, one must be able to resolve several misconceptions about how it works.

Misconception #1: We lend Bitcoin to Bitconnect.
This is false. We do not lend Bitcoin to Bitconnect. We buy Bitconnect Tokens using Bitcoin in order to make a loan on the platform. These tokens are purchased on an exchange. The person on the other end of the trade can be any member of the Bitconnect community or Bitconnect itself. What this means is that the Bitcoin doesn’t necessarily go to Bitconnect every time BCC tokens are purchased.

Misconception #2: We are paid out in Bitcoin.
This is false. All payments (including referral bonuses) coming from Bitconnect are made using their own BCC tokens, not Bitcoin. If a lender wishes to obtain Bitcoin, he/she must exchange those tokens for Bitcoin on an exchange. The person on the other side of the trade offering their Bitcoin in exchange for Bitconnect are often other members of the Bitconnect community wishing to obtain Bitconnect coins for the purpose of making a loan. A person wishing to exit the platform with Bitcoin is only limited by his/her ability to exchange those tokens for Bitcoin on any of the exchanges where BCC is traded. Bitconnect is not responsible for providing lenders with Bitcoin. They are only responsible for satisfying loans with their own BCC tokens.
Here is the data on Bitconnect’s BCC token supply according to Coin Market Cap:
Circulating Supply: 2,138,092 BCC�T
otal Supply: 8,392,580 BCC
�Max Supply: 28,000,000 BCC
The circulating supply includes all tokens not being held by Bitconnect. The total supply includes all tokens that have been created to date. The max supply includes all tokens that will ever exist. When a person makes a loan on the platform, they are making a loan for a certain dollar amount worth of BCC tokens, not Bitcoin. When they are paid back, they are paid back a certain dollar amount worth of BCC tokens, not Bitcoin. The value of the coin plays a huge role in determining how many tokens are needed to make a loan in the beginning and how many tokens are required to be paid back at the end. For example, if a person wants to make a 100 dollar loan and a BCC token is worth $1 at that time, he will need 100 BCC tokens to make a $100 loan. However, if by the end of the loan period, the value of the BCC token has risen to $10, he will be paid back only 10 tokens at the time of his capital release. Due to the fact that the BCC token is in high demand, the token value continues to rise and those who made a loan earlier in the year are often paid back less tokens than what they originally lent, albeit with the same dollar value.

Why is this important?
This is important because the concern is that Bitconnect will run out of funds to pay their investors. However, most do not know that the payments are made using a coin that Bitconnect controls and of which Bitconnect seemingly has an endless supply. The reason why it seems as if they have an endless supply of coins which they can pay out is because whatever amount of coins they pay out are sold and promptly returned to Bitconnect for the purpose of making a new loan. This is not a coin that most people hold for the long term benefits. Bitconnect does not run out of their own coin. Hence, they do not run out of money to pay their investors. Recall that the amount of BCC tokens in circulation according to CMC is 2,138,092 BCC. That means that they still have 6,254,488 coins sitting in wallets which they can use to pay their investors. Currently, the value of a BCC token is $280.82. If we multiply $280.82 by the total supply of 8,392,580 BCC, we get $2,356,804,315.60. That is how much Bitconnect could pay out at one time if necessary. Mind you, it is highly unlikely that any investor in Bitconnect will try and cash out over 2 Billion dollars at one time on the platform. Yet, if this were to occur, then the total supply of coins would be enough to make them whole. Recall, the max supply of Bitconnect coins is 28 million. Let me also remind you that once Bitconnect pays an investor out in their own coin, they have satisfied their end of the deal. The investor, if he so chooses, must on his own trade those coins for Bitcoin or for any other coin.
This completely refutes the allegation that Bitconnect takes new money to pay old members, which is the definition of a Ponzi. Bitconnect only conducts loan transactions using their own BCC token. Bitcoin is only used to purchase BCC tokens. That is where Bitcoin’s involvement ends. Bitconnect pays out in their own coin which is traded for other coins such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, etc. Bitconnect is not responsible for anything beyond paying out a dollar amount worth of their own BCC token.

Could Bitconnect Fail?
Of course, Bitconnect can fail just like any business can fail. What could cause Bitconnect to fail? Bitconnect could fail…
1). If users stop using the platform. Just like any business, if people stop using the service, there would be no reason to stay in business.
2). If the value of the token drops to a level where all available tokens wouldn’t be enough to pay investors. For example, if the token value drops to $1 and there are 28 million tokens and more than 28 million dollars worth of their tokens need to be paid at once, Bitconnect could fail. How likely is this?
3). If Bitcoin is no longer in existence, or Bitcoin is no longer volatile. However, they could also add other coins which are more volatile than Bitcoin and use those as a metric to pay interest to investors.
4). If Aliens invade and create a whole new financial system.�What I do not see is Bitconnect running out of their own coin to pay their investors. Not when they have a max supply of 28 million and the value of the coin keeps rising.

Why the Value of the Coin Continues to Rise
The value of the Bitconnect coin continues to rise because, unlike most other alt coins, it is not a speculative asset. In other words, most people are not seeking to buy it low and sell it high. They are seeking to buy it to do a loan and they do not care what the price of the coin is. They simply wish to buy a certain dollar amount worth of BCC tokens to do a loan. That is all. Hence, If I have $100 dollars to do a loan, I do not care if the coin costs 0.0370000 satoshis or 0.390000 satoshis. A seller can ask for any amount for the coin and will most likely get it. I will more than likely only be holding the coin for a maximum of five minutes before I use it to do a loan on the platform. When exiting the platform, if I choose to exchange the BCC tokens for Bitcoin, I could demand a high price, because at that point I care about how much BTC I will get for my BCC tokens. This is what causes the price to rise rapidly and not fall. The dollar amount quoted for a BCC token is based up two factors: the amount of Bitcoin a single BCC token is worth and the value of Bitcoin. At the time of this writing, one BCC token is worth 0.038491 BTC and BTC is worth $7293. This gives us the price in dollars of a single BCC token as $280.75.

Does Bitconnect really have a trading bot?
This question is often raised by people who doubt that a trading bot exists, despite the fact that anyone can purchase a trading bot for a couple of hundred dollars. They demand to see the trading bot and how it works even though most major financial institutions such as JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs do not reveal their trading bot and how it works, yet many invest in them. The fact of the matter is that Bitconnect sells its coins for Bitcoin. The Bitcoin that they earn from the sale of their BCC tokens does not play a role in the process of repayment of its investors. Therefore, what they choose to do with the Bitcoin is irrelevant. I can only assume that in order to finance their operation, Bitcoin must be sold for some real world currency, which would imply that they are indeed trading Bitcoin.

How are investors paid? How can Bitconnect guarantee 1% a day?
Bitconnect does not guarantee 1% a day. Investors are paid an interest percentage based upon the volatility of Bitcoin. A common misconception is that Bitconnect trades Bitcoin and pays an amount based upon how much they profited on that trading day. This is assumed, but never explicitly stated on their website. Investors are paid solely based upon the price of Bitcoin at the time the market closes. I am on the west coast of the United States, and the market closes at 4:00 PM here. If the market closes higher or lower than the day before than I am paid an interest based up on how much higher or lower it closed. The only time investors aren’t paid anything is when Bitcoin closes at nearly the same price multiple days consecutively. Previous performance shows an average of 0.9% daily.
In summary, Bitconnect does not meet the definition of a Ponzi because all payouts are conducted using its own currency of which it has a seemingly endless amount. Bitcoin is only used to purchase BCC tokens to do a loan. The Bitcoin is never used to pay back investors. The amount of BCC tokens used to pay back investors is determined by the value of the coin at that time. The amount of coins in Bitconnect’s possession is enough to settle a capital release ranging in the Billions of dollars. In order for Bitconnect to fail, Bitcoin would have to cease to exist or to become non-volatile. Bitcoin does not guarantee a certain percentage on your investment, but averages close to 1% per day.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Is Bitcoin the Next Black Wealth Creator?

Great post by Courtenay Brown of the Columbia Journalism School for The Plug featuring Blacks in Bitcoin and another African-American helmed podcast.

Blacks in Bitcoin PODCAST: #1: Happy $10K Day! Er $11K Day! Oh. $9K Day! 11-30-17

On the inaugural Blacks In Bitcoin podcast, Edwardo reveals when he first fell in love with bitcoin (1:15), goes over some bitcoin news (4:20), does the weekly Coin Count (12:30), reviews the Altcoin of the Week - DASH (23:30) - and spotlights Virtue Poker in ICO Did You Know (26:33)? Visit the site at SUPPORT BIB! Signup with Coinbase: Join Bitconnect: Tip some BTC: 14Nqds2QMwtp6Sox8H45tjuaDBzBc5Eawy EMAIL me your questions at LINKS! Max Keiser on bitcoin: Bitcoin $20K by Christmas: Coinbase loses to the IRS: a. DASH: Virtue Poker:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

No Community Left Behind: Edwardo Jackson featured in African-American Bitcoiner article

How do we close the gap between the "thirty-seven percent of African Americans said they were aware of cryptocurrency" and the only 24% who were likely to purchase bitcoin? This article (link below) is a pretty good start for the crypto newbie eager to learn more about bitcoin.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Off Da Chain: Interviewed by Bitcoin Journalist Diamond-Michael Scott

Always a pleasure to chop it up with Diamond-Michael Scott, a crypto-focused writer who's been living off of bitcoin (no banks!) for the last few years. We cover my start in bitcoin, the rise of ICOs, and bitcoin as tool of economic freedom for African-Americans.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Black Republican Black Democrat Radio/Podcast Appearance

Big thanks to Jamar Nelson and Patwin Lawrence of the Black Republican/Black Democrat podcast and radio show of 103.5 FM Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN! Listen as we introduce bitcoin to the masses (and Jamar), answer listener and emailer questions, and give away $5 in BTC on the air!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Coinbase fees are dumb. Let's be smart.

Here's a video on how to lower your fees on Coinbase when withdrawing. Pro Tip: Don't buy bitcoin in the retail customer side; buy from their GDAX trading exchange. You're only paying .25% on your buys.

And if you really want to be smart, you might just avoid Coinbase altogether. I've been experimenting with Gemini to buy bitcoin. All their transfers are free, deposits and withdrawals, with just .25% on buying and selling.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Learn how I'm making 1% a day on my bitcoin

I know, I know: It sounds real scammy. It's so scammy, I had to try it for myself. In the time-honored tradition of clickbait, the results of my trial will shock you!