TechCrunch: Disrupt Berlin 2019 Dec 11 – 12

TechCrunch, the American technology online publisher, is the organizer of Disrupt Berlin 2019! One of the most interesting startup conferences in the world.

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TechCrunch is the organizer of another incredible event, Disrupt Berlin 2019 which gives the opportunity to entrepreneurs in the European continent to showcase their ideas and products. This is an interesting alternative for entrepreneurs that reside in the European continent and found it difficult to attend Disrupt SF 2019. Disrupt Berlin 2019 is taking place in Berlin Germany on the 11th and the 12th of December.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 Highlights ¦ Courtesy of TechCrunch

What TechCrunch claims about Disrupt Berlin 2019

If you’re serious about startups, we’re still keeping it as real as ever. At Disrupt, everyone is a startupper – no matter if you’re a founder, investor, hacker or tech leader. So much more than just on-stage interviews, Disrupt is where you’ll find the renowned Startup Battlefield competition, hundreds of startups in Startup Alley, Workshops and legendary networking at our After Parties… and we’re in Berlin, right where many startup dreams begin.

Source: TechCrunch

Who is Disrupt Berlin 2019 for?

Disrupt Berlin 2019 is mainly focusing around the following tech categories:

  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
  • BioTech/HealthTech
  • Blockchain
  • FinTech
  • Gaming
  • Investor Topics
  • Media
  • Mobility
  • Privacy/Security
  • Retail/eCommerce
  • Robotics/IoT/Hardware
  • SaaS
  • Space
  • Social Impact & Education

However, participation does not exclude audience coming from any background. In fact Student & Government, Non Profit, NGO and Innovator passes can get a significant discount. There is still time for lower price passes as price increases on the 11th of December. More information about tickets can be found here.

Startup Battlefield

Legacy wins the Startup Battlefield Finals at Disrupt Berlin ¦ Courtesy of TechCrunch

According to TechCrunch there is also a “Startup Battlefield” competition at Disrupt Berlin 2019 the prize of which is $50,000. “The world’s top early-stage startups” present their businesses on the “Disrupt Main Stage” and “compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup” which results to a prize of $50,000 USD added by the “attention of media and investors.” At the moment applications for participation in “Startup Battlefield” at Disrupt Berlin 2019 are closed.

Startup Alley

Moreover, TechCrunch suggests the Startup Alley as the ideal networking environment. According to TechCrunch for the startups that have purchased a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package there will be a drawing to win 3 tickets to the “Speaker & Editors Dinner” where ” TechCrunch editors, investors, and other tech enthusiasts” are meeting together. Additionally 50 startups from Startup Alley will be randomly selected to “have a 60-second flash pitch on the Showcase Stage.”

Conclusively, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 seems to be the one of the most interesting and rewarding global startup conferences. The conference may very well serve entrepreneurs as vehicles that lead to global exposure, recognition, funding and (why not?) as a medium of evaluation of their capabilities.

TechCrunch Startup Alley at Disrupt SF and Disrupt Berlin 2019

TechCrunch, the American technology online publisher, released valuable news for startups based on the notion that they “strive for investments and exposure.”

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TechCrunch is the organizer of Disrupt SF 2019 which may be the best place on earth for startup owners/entrepreneurs to be at. Undoubtedly, the notorious San Francisco Bay area and more specifically Silicon Valley is the Holy Land of technology. The “flagship tech conference” is from 2-4 October.

What TechCrunch claims about Disrupt SF 2019

Disrupt is where the startup world gathers to see the present and the future of tech in one place. Be inspired by the insights of today’s leaders and tomorrow’s best startups, learn from industry analysts sharing their business expertise, witness the latest innovations and up-and-coming founders, and make the right connections easily to propel your business forward.

Source: TechCrunch
Why attend Disrupt SF 2019? ¦ Courtesy of TechCrunch

Moreover, TechCrunch, suggests the Startup Alley as the ideal networking environment. To participate, startups should Buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. This particular “package” enables startups to exhibit for “one full day” while it includes three additional “Founder passes.” What’s more, early-stage startups that exhibit in Startup Alley are eligible to win a Wild Card entry to the “Startup Battlefield pitch competition” where the prize is $100,000.

Startup Alley at Disrupt SF 2019 ¦ Courtesy of TechCrunch

Similarly, TechCrunch encourages all startups to “Buy a demo table exhibit in Startup Alley and network their way to greatness.” As mentioned previously, Disrupt SF 2019  is between 2-4 October 2019. TechCrunch calls potential sponsors to Disrupt SF 2019 to contact their sponsorship sales team at this link.

However, there is an interesting alternative for entrepreneurs that reside in the European continent and find it difficult to attend Disrupt SF 2019. TechCrunch is also organizing Disrupt Berlin 2019 on the 11th and the 12th of December.

What TechCrunch claims about Disrupt Berlin 2019

If you’re serious about startups, we’re still keeping it as real as ever. At Disrupt, everyone is a startupper – no matter if you’re a founder, investor, hacker or tech leader. So much more than just on-stage interviews, Disrupt is where you’ll find the renowned Startup Battlefield competition, hundreds of startups in Startup Alley, Workshops and legendary networking at our After Parties… and we’re in Berlin, right where many startup dreams begin.

Source: TechCrunch
Disrupt Berlin 2018 Highlights ¦ Courtesy of TechCrunch

According to TechCrunch it might be possible for startups to exhibit at Disrupt Berlin 2019 absolutely free of charge!

Startups that belong to any of the following tech categories: AI, Machine Learning, Biotech, Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy, Security, Retail, E-commerce, Robotics, IoT, Hardware, CRM, Enterprise and Education, can fill out an application and expect to be evaluated by the TechCrunch team. TechCrunch experts will examine thoroughly all applications and select five winners from each category. These startups will get a free “Startup Alley Exhibitor Package.” The “package” enables winners to exhibit one day, use three additional “Founder passes”, with “access to the full conference and all programming at the event.”

Legacy wins the Startup Battlefield Finals at Disrupt Berlin ¦ Courtesy of TechCrunch

There is also a “Startup Battlefield” competition at Disrupt Berlin 2019 the prize of which is $50,000.

All things considered, Disrupt SF 2019 and Disrupt Berlin 2019 seem to be the most interesting and rewarding global startup conferences. These conferences may very well serve entrepreneurs as vehicles that lead to global exposure, recognition, funding and (why not?) as mediums of evaluation of their capabilities.

New Zealand first in the world to legalize salaries paid in cryptocurrencies

New Zealand is the fist country in the wold that legalizes salaries paid in cryptocurrencies. The government of New Zealand announced the news earlier this month.

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According to Mr Nikou Asgari at Financial Times, New Zealand is the first country in the wold that legalizes salaries paid in cryptocurrencies. The government of New Zealand announced the news earlier this month. Mr Asgari, claims that New Zealand’s tax authority decision enables salaries and wages to be paid as long as payments are in periodic, set quantities in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin from September 1. ‘Self-employed taxpayers’ are excluded from the scheme. The digital currency of choice must also be attached to at least one periodic currency and can be transformed straight into a normal payment form.

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Moreover, Mr Matthew De Silva at Quartz, confirms that New Zealand has accepted cryptocurrencies as compensation for wage-earning employees under a rigorous framework. Cryptocurrency payments must be subject to an employment contract, be for a set sum, and include a periodic portion of the remuneration of the employee. According to Mr Matthew De Silva New Zealand’s tax authority emphasizes on the crypto-asset’s important aim to operate as a currency. Therefore, the tax authority released an indicative list of approved cryptocurrencies such as: bitcoin, bitcoin money, bitcoin gold, ether, and litecoin. On the other hand, the authority has excluded the use of: filecoin, dentacoin, and CRYPTO20.

Cryptos “pegged to one or more fiat currencies,” such as Tether and the Paxos Standard, are also okay for use as wages and salaries. Only stablecoins that are readily convertible into fiat money on an exchange satisfy the rules, the agency stressed.

Source: Quartz
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Furthermore, Mr Matthew De Silva claims that New Zealand’s pioneering strategy with respect to monetary decisions could play the role of a prodigy affecting the financial direction of other ‘regulators.’ As an example, the IRS in the United States has not given any update with respect to cryptocurrencies during the last five years while this has been mostly anticipated by ‘crypto enthusiasts’.

Libra: Facebook’s new cryptocurrency

2.5 billion users of Facebook will get introduced to the use of cryptocurrency and wallets.

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According to Mr Josh Constine at TechCrunch.com, Facebook is planning a new cryptocurrency which is ‘codenamed’ Libra. In his article ‘Facebook plans June 18th cryptocurrency debut. Here’s what we know‘, Mr Costine claims that Facebook Inc. has scheduled for a June 18th release of a white paper explaining their cryptocurrency’s basics.

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Moreover, in her article Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency, Libra, Gets Big Backers at The Wall Street Journal, Anna Maria Andriotis claims Facebook has gathered companies such as Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc., PayPal Holdings Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., to fund a new cryptocurrency to be announced this week and get released next year.

Furthermore, in their discussion at CNBC Liz Hoffman of The Wall Street Journal and Meltem Demirors of  Coinshares outlined that 2.5 billion users of Facebook will get introduced to the use of cryptocurrency and wallets while Facebook enters the ‘payment space without becoming a bank’. This according to Meltem Demirors is very interesting as there are companies that utilize the power of existing cryptocurrencies, while on the other hand there are companies that develop their own Blockchain technology and create new cryptocurrencies like JP Morgan with their JP Morgan coin and Facebook with the new coin.

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All things considered, probably tomorrow on the 18th of June, Facebook will announce its new cryptocurrency. As it seems there are many more interesting features expected to be released from Facebook with respect to their Blockchain technology.

Amazon Managed Blockchain

Easily create and manage scalable blockchain networks

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Amazon Managed Blockchain is a fully managed service that makes it easy to create and manage scalable blockchain networks using the popular open source frameworks Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum*.

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How does this service help?

Amazon Blockchain gives the possibility to create applications where transactions can be executed by multiple parties with no need for a ‘trusted, central authority.’ This is very useful as it is very complex to build a Blockchain scalable network by using the existing technologies and really hard to manage it. That is because, according to AWS, ‘each network party needs to manually provision hardware, install software, create and manage certificates for access control, and configure networking components.’ However, things get a little more complicated once the network is ready and running there is a need to ‘continuously monitor the infrastructure and adapt to changes, such as an increase in transaction requests, or new members joining or leaving the network.’

According to AWS

Amazon Managed Blockchain is a fully managed service that allows you to set up and manage a scalable blockchain network with just a few clicks. Amazon Managed Blockchain eliminates the overhead required to create the network, and automatically scales to meet the demands of thousands of applications running millions of transactions. Once your network is up and running, Managed Blockchain makes it easy to manage and maintain your blockchain network. It manages your certificates and lets you easily invite new members to join the network.

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How it works

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Benefits

  • Some of the benefits of the Amazon Managed Blockchain are firstly that the service is fully managed eliminating the need for any hardware or software provision and configuration. Similarly, there is no need to setup any networking and security components. Likewise, Managed Blockchain monitors the network and automatically replaces poorly performing nodes.
  • Secondly, there is a Choice of Hyperledger Fabric or Ethereum. Hyperledger Fabric is more appropriate for ‘applications that require stringent privacy and permission controls with a known set of members,’ such as in financial applications ‘where certain trade-related data is only shared with select banks.’ Ethereum ideal for highly distributed blockchain networks where transparency of data for all members is important, for example, a customer loyalty blockchain network that allows any retailer in the network to independently verify a user’s activity across all members to redeem benefits.
  • Thirdly, Amazon Managed Blockchain is Scalable and Secure. New peer nodes can be added easily using Managed Blockchain’s APIs while there is a selection of instance types with different combinations of CPU and memory available for anyone to choose according to their need for resources. Moreover, Managed Blockchain secures network’s certificates with AWS Key Management Service (KMS) technology, eliminating the need for users to set up their own secure key storage.
  • Finally, Amazon Managed Blockchain provides guarantees Reliability. ‘Managed Blockchain’s ordering service is built using Amazon QLDB technology and has an immutable change log that accurately maintains the complete history of all transactions in the blockchain network, ensuring that you durably save this data.’

For more information with respect to Amazon Managed Blockchain please click here.

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