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Bitcoin 2.0 Crowdfunding Is Real Crowdfunding

markephillips:

Finally.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note:Sandrine Ayral has been involved in the Parisian startup ecosystem for a few years, working for startups, a VC fund and TheFamily, a startup accelerator. She joined the bitcoin sphere for good last February when she joined Coinbase‘s remote team for a few months, and is now working on a new cryptocurrency project.

In the past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about how bitcoin’s underlying technology is going to revolutionize not only our monetary system, but also notary services, DNS, authentication, intellectual property ownership and data storage.

While most of the products and services that were supposed to emerge on top of the bitcoin protocol have yet to see light, there’s actually one application of the bitcoin protocol that has been developed by several bitcoin 2.0 startups: decentralized crowdfunding.

Kickstarter, Indiegogo and all the other traditional platforms act as the trusted third party that enables a crowdfunding…

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Facebook And Apple Offer To Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

markephillips:

This is great.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Facebook and Apple are making it easier for female employees to delay having kids and focus on their careers instead. Both companies have now offered to pay to freeze their eggs.

Many tech companies offer wild perks such as unlimited vacation, a casual work environment, and meals from five-star chefs. Google even offers massage and on-site laundry services to keep employees working. This appears to be the first time any major tech company has offered freezing a woman’s eggs as a perk.

The procedure can cost up to $10,000 plus the $500 per year to store the eggs. Facebook already offers up to $20,000 in coverage for an egg freezing procedure as a perk to all female employees and Apple will offer to cover the cost starting in January.

Egg freezing is not the only perk offered for women at Apple. “We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended…

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Report: Roku had $190 million in revenue last year

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Roku generated $190 million in revenue in 2013, according to a report from The Information, which got Roku CEO Anthony Wood to reveal some of the company’s numbers. Wood also told The Information that Roku plans to make more money with services than through hardware sales within the next 12 to 18 months.

[company]Roku[/company] announced in early 2013 that it was close to selling 5 million players in the U.S., and in early 2014 that it had sold close to eight million players in the U.S., suggesting that it sold around three million devices in the U.S. in 2013. Roku also partnered with Sky in the U.K. to sell Now TV-branded players to Sky’s customers, and sells its hardware in Canada, the U.K. and Ireland.

Roku executives have long said that services are the fastest growing part of the company’s business, and Wood told The Information that the services…

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Crypto-currency to be backed by publicly traded stock.

This was an interesting problem that I worked on between 2006-2010, making a crypto-currency that was backed by publicly traded stock. It’s a complex problem to protect against those that want to game the system. MetaWallet had some great ideas about detecting bad actors and made real progress there. Reddit Article

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What VC legend Peter Thiel thinks of Edward Snowden, net neutrality and bitcoin

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Even in a technology landscape that features Mark Zuckerberg and the founders of Google, venture capitalist Peter Thiel stands out — not just because he was the first investor in Facebook and made close to $1 billion from that investment alone, but because he is also an avowed libertarian who advocates building autonomous countries that float on the ocean, among other things. The Founders Fund partner did one of Reddit’s trademark “Ask Me Anything” interviews on Thursday and in his usual fashion didn’t hold back from sharing his opinions:

On Edward Snowden and his revelations about the NSA: “I think Snowden revealed something that looks more like the Keystone Kops and very little like James Bond… more generally: the NSA has been hovering up all the data in the world, because it has no clue what it is doing. ‘Big data’ really means ‘dumb data.'”

On whether he considers

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