For some time now I’ve been looking into cryptocurrency and can report that I have learned much. I am vey excited about the potential that the underlying technology they are built on, known as blockchain.
I hope to soon start publishing some insights and opinions about this brave new world of payments and currencies but to the best way to get the ball rolling is to dive in head first. I therefore went ahead and set myself up with a bitcoin wallet which is here:
I have also added that information to my blog with the idea that if something I publish there is of benefit to someone they can ‘almost’ immediately make a small donation directly using bitcoin. This maybe one of the ways that things like bitcoins function well at in the future economy, via micro payments. That is, to make say a $1 donation is simply uneconomic given normal transfer and other fees if you chose to use a normal forms of payment. However, with bitcoin it is simple and easy to do exactly that. Just whip out your device, scan the QR code and make a small donation as way of appreciation.
Now to grease the wheels of commerce here a little I’m going to offer an incentive to be the first person to send me some bitcoin. So, if you are indeed the first person to send me some bitcoin (over say $1) I’ll send you free one of my publications Getting Started with Skype for Business Online or Beyond the Basics with SharePoint Online in PDF format.
So once you have sent me some coin, send me an email (email@example.com) and tell me exactly how many bitcoin you sent to verify it was you, as well as which publication you’d like to receive in exchange. The best way to ensure someone else doesn't guess the amount is to send me a random amount of bitcoin (say $1.27 or the like). Once I’ve verified your transfer, I’ll send you a PDF copy of the choice of your publication.
The offer is now out there and the clock is ticking. Let’s see how long it takes for someone to win the prize.