Bitcoin Magazines Week in Review: Getting Creative With Blockchain Solutions

This weeks top stories include two feature interview: one with Kavita Gupta, founding managing partner at ConsenSys Ventures; and another with electronic dance music DJ Justin Blau (aka DJ 3BLAU) who is launching a decentralized music festival. Bitcoiners have begun moving from Twitter to a new instance on Mastodon, the SEC has delayed yet another ETF decision, and some of West Virginias overseas service members may be able to vote using a blockchain-based mobile app this November. Featured stories by Tanzeel Akhtar, Jimmy Aki, Matthew Breen and Colin Harper Stay on top of the best stories in the bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Subscribe to our newsletter here . ConsenSys Ventures Kavita Gupta Talks Tachyon and India ConsenSys, the Ethereum production studio based in the U.S., launched ConsenSys Ventures last year selecting Kavita Gupta to run two funds of $50 million and $100 million. Bitcoin Magazine spoke with Gupta to discuss the launch of project Tachyon and the launch of ConsenSys India. She spoke about their goal to attract a diverse cohort of up to 1518 teams, within the accelerator they are offering three tracks: Blockchain for Social Impact track; the Ethereum Project track; and an Open Source, blockchain-agnostic, grant-driven track. Upon completion of the program, they will have a demo day that will be exclusive to the most prominent angel and venture capital investors with expertise and passion for the blockchain technology. Gupta also discusses their technological focus, how they identify projects and teams and how investments are allocated. The SEC Is Delaying Another Bitcoin ETF Decision The SEC appears to be in no hurry to review the pile of Bitcoin ETF filings it has been accumulating over the past year. Not three weeks since postponing its decision on five other Bitcoin ETFs, the SEC has indicated in a public statement that it will be delaying its decision to approve or reject SolidX Bitcoin Shares until late September. Each rejection or prolonged decision creates more headwind with regulators to secure its first exchange traded fund. Many believe such a listing would open the floodgates for institutional money. Bitcoiners Losing Faith in Twitter Inspire an Exodus to Mastodon Twitter has become a toxic, corrupt and censored space, in the opinion of a growing number of Bitcoiners. A mix of perceived censorship through shadow banning and lack of serious action to remove the notorious ether giveaway bots have aggravated calls for 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. Opendimes Rodolfo Novak has since gone on to create bitcoinhackers.org , an instance on Mastadon, dedicated to Bitcoin maximalists with no scams, no shitcoin, no impersonation, no begging and no illegal content. DJ Who Turned Down Wall St. Is On a Quest to Decentralize Music Festivals Bitcoin Magazine interviews Justin Blau, aka DJ 3BLAU, a popular electronic dance music DJ. He chats about how a chance meeting with the Winklevoss brothers started him on his crypto journey. Soon after, he saw the many ways in which blockchain technology could disrupt the music business, which led to him start up the worlds first blockchain-powered music festival coming on October 20, 2018, known as Our Music Festival (OMF). West Virginia to Offer Blockchain Voting Options for Midterms For the 2018 mid-term elections this November, West Virginia residents that are part of the military and serving overseas will be able to vote using the mobile voting platform, Voatz. The software uses facial recognition to match each users selfie-style video of their face to their government-issued ID. Once approved, voters will be allowed to cast their ballot on the app. Ballots will then be anonymized and recorded on the blockchain. #etf #Twitter #SEC #mastodon #voting #review #3LAU #consensys

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