Nine: Curative Finance, Lillypond Presentations

A few days ago, I presented my blockchain-based healthcare savings system, Curative Finance, at the Austin Blockchain Alliance Meetup.

My presentation at the meetup is here on YouTube:

You can also email me at CurativeFinance@gmail.com if you wish to see the PDF presentation.

Following my presentation, Richard Hurley and Keith Guidry from the Lillypond Project presented a document “protective reputation” system for the disabled, anchored in Blockchain:

It was pure luck that Lillypond’s presentation followed mine; we both talked about how technology can assist the most vulnerable populations.

I had a great time presenting, and hope to network with more like-minded folks.

Eight: An Email to Satoshi

Part One

This is the email I sent to the supposed creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. This has been edited from the original email.

Dear Mr. Satoshi Nakamoto,

It has been about five years since I first heard about Bitcoin. I wasn’t interested in cryptocurrency until I discovered the underlying technology, blockchain, late last year. It is apparent to me that blockchain will change everything about our society, and hopefully for the better.

I wondered if Bitcoin erupted from your frustrations in the modern-day banking system. Just a guess, considering the image of your first Bitcoin “block” was an article about the British government’s handling of failing banks during the height of the recession.

That one week in September 2008 had me fixated on the stock channels. I know when the newscasters attempt to inflate the urgency of a news story. However, I’ve never seen the business reporters at MSNBC so frightened.

That week in September changed a lot of peoples’ lives, including mine. (I’ll talk about that in Part Two).

I wrote a few additional paragraphs in the email, then sent it off.

I received an “undeliverable” email error a short time after.

I am still learning about the cryptocurrency variations as well as the foundation of its technology, Blockchain. I own Bitcoin as well as Ethereum, Dai Stablecoin, and Amber Tokens. It’s a minuscule amount, but I hope to steadily increase my crypto portfolio.

It took some research, but I found a terrific site for those who have never bought or sold cryptocurrency. I found Coinbase to be very user friendly with great tutorials. But here’s the best part:

You can earn crypto as you learn it.

(wow)

Last month, I completed my first Coinbase tutorial on the Dai stablecoin. Within 30 minutes, I completed all four videos and learned what a stablecoin is, how Dai can be used, and how to generate Dai. For my efforts, I was awarded 20 Dai stablecoins.

There are other user-friendly tutorials at Coinbase. You can learn about and earn cryptocurrencies such as DAI, EOS, Stellar Lumens, and others.

Please visit this link if you’d like more info on how Coinbase secures your transactions online.

Remember, this is not to be taken as financial advice. Seek the counsel of professionals. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Visit a doctor if this euphoria lasts more than 2 hours.

If found this useful, please support my work and learn about cryptocurrencies. Visit the Coinbase site, buy or sell more than $100 at the site, and I earn crypto. Use the code https://www.coinbase.com/join/baker_wvk – thank you!

William Shatner Liked My Tweet

What a pleasant surprise this morning to find one of my Tweets was liked by Actor William Shatner:

I’m not the biggest Star Trek fan, but I have so many wonderful memories of watching the original series as re-runs with my dad. Here are a few things my dad would say during the show:

  • Why is President Lincoln in space? This is ridiculous!
  • I’m glad they have blacks and Asians in this show. But where are the Mexicans?
  • Again?!?! Kirk falls in love with another space alien?!?!
  • I wish Spock would just punch Kirk in the face and tell him to shut up.

Good times! Miss you, Pops.

Diary: Acceptance

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I was accepted into the Newchip accelerator bootcamp program!

For the next four weeks, I will study what it takes to succeed as a startup. Well, that’s the simple way to describe it.

What shocked me the most was not that I was accepted, but how little I currently know about fundraising. The Table of Contents was a wake up call.

For the past several years, it has been an uphill battle to figure out how to get clients. What I should have concentrated on is how to successfully raise funds for my business.

Here are just a few of the things I will learn:

  • Recruiting co-founders
  • Raising seed capital
  • Creating good Pitch Decks

So much to learn. Thank goodness I am a voracious reader!

Have a great rest of the week.

Diary: Creation

Let’s begin.

Here’s what is happening so far with Curative Fintech, nicknamed CF. I’m not giving away too much info here. If you’re interested in knowing the details of CF, please contact me at CurativeFinance@gmail.com.

  • Wrote an outline of how fringe benefit accounts can be incorporated into the blockchain
  • Brainstormed about how to create a cryptocurrency for a specific population
  • Networked with and studied blockchain/crypto firms to see how my idea would work
  • Submitted my Panel Picker entry for SXSW 2020.
  • Applied to the Newchip Accelerator Program

Details to follow soon.

Six – SXSW PanelPicker

The 2019 SXSW PanelPicker is here!

A summary of the PanelPicker is described below. The links will take you to the appropriate sections.

PanelPicker is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform developed to encourage the community to pitch their proposals for our daytime conference programming. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what creative and thought-provoking programming is scheduled at the SXSW Conference and SXSW EDU.

There are many session formats to choose from. Here are a few:

  • Book readings and signings
  • Meetups
  • Pitch events
  • Presentations and panels

The PanelPicker runs from July 1 to the 19th. I am in the process of submitting my pitch for the Pitch Event. Although I am unable to describe in detail what my idea is,

  • It does involve Blockchain for the special needs community in the United States , and
  • It may involve a cryptocurrency for this population.

I will drop hints here and there in future posts of my ideas. In the meantime, send me comments if you’ve attended SXSW before. I’ve attended SXSW Edu, but I’d like to know your experiences with past SXSW Interative sessions.