Read Before Joining Gladiacoin (Double your BitCoin MLM)

Earlier this year, I heard about an online business called Gladiacoin. I was very hesitant about it, and decided to pass, even though I knew some people were making a lot of money with it. I was afraid that would ultimately be another Ponzi scheme.

It’s really impossible to know if something is a Ponzi scheme or not. Many people bought into Enron and Bernie Madoff’s investments. As long as stocks are going up and new people are investing, it’s easy to post big payouts. But once a lot of people start to withdraw, the house of cards can tumbling down. So as long as BitCoin itself is going up 2x to 5x per year, I don’t think you can lose with these types of companies.  The people that get in early will almost always making a killing, but what about the people that get in last?  Will they get left holding the bag?

But since I heard about Gladiacon (it’s not called Gladiator-Coin) a few months ago, other similar businesses have sprung up with the exact same model. I can no longer think that they are all Ponzi schemes. Based on the trust of people I respect and have worked with in the past, I decided to join JetCoin. The way these business work is that they have developed expert trading systems and/or hired expert day traders who trade BitCoin. They typically double your investment every 90 days or so. This is due to the high volatility of the cryptocurrencies. Each day, the prices zig-zag or see-saw back and forth several times. By placing safe trades for about 2 to 5% of your investment, cutting the losses short, and letting the profit run, they are apparently able to achieve such high returns.

Of course, there is no guarantee in any online business. So only invest one-half, one or two BitCoins at first. Do not put in your whole retirement nest egg. Investing $1000 is currently about 1/3 of a BitCoin, since BitCoin was about $2900 USD the first week of June, 2017.

So basically, you loan your BitCoin to them, and they trade it. They make money, pass it on to you, and in addition, they payout based on the MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) binary compensation plan. The amount you get paid on the Matrix is based on how much BitCoin you put in, typically from a fraction, such as .1 BitCoin on upto 8 or 10 BitCoins.

I decided to go with JetCoin. Our upline has been succeeding in multiple online businesses for 5 or 10 years. I met Darren Little at a Prosperity Mastermind in South Beach Florida about 4 years ago, and I’ve been following him sense then. He works with Ari Macabi, who seems to be an American working from home in the Philppines. When you have an online business, you can live and work from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a laptop and a good internet connection.

Darren and Air provide leads pages, capture pages, and training to teach us how to build our business better. That’s the value-added bonuses with working with these seasoned professionals.

Click here to learn more about JetCoin now.

There are two types of people that will get started:

  1. Those that have BitCoin and have used BitCoin and know how to do the transfer
  2. Those that have never bought BitCoin, and have to go through that setup first.  We will walk you through that step by step process. It typically involves using something like http://Coinbase.com to connect your bank account to a CoinBase wallet/account.  Then you can transfer $ to BitCoin, but it will take about 4-7 days the first time.  You can also buy BitCoin from local dealers, or there are a few sites that will do it on credit card, but they tend to charge a premium (about 10-20% higher price than the street/market price).

Click here to see a BitCoin price chart.

If you are one of those people that don’t want to join up with any network marketing company, then you may still be able to get some of the same profits.  You just open your own self directed account for daytrading BitCoin at 1Broker.com.  I actually made 29% in my first two weeks.  The above programs talk about doubling your BitCoin in 3 or 4 months.  If you get 29% R.O.I. like I did, that means it will double in more like 2 months.   You don’t even have to understand day trading.  Just find the popular traders, and then follow them.  1Broker will place trades for you based on what the best and popular traders are doing (when you “follow them”).  I’ve seen some traders actually getting 200 to 300% return per month.  You set your limit when you follow someone.  This should typically only be about 2 to 5% of the amount you put it.  Otherwise, a small string of bad trades could wipe out your account.  There will be swings, some days with loss, and other with profits.  If you are scared, don’t even check in every day, just every 3 days or so.

A Beginner’s Overview of SteemIt – a Blockchain-based Social/Posting Platform

June 6, 2017

SteemIt is a content publishing and reward system that makes the users, or “crowd”, the “beneficiary of the attention economy.” What does that mean? You can earn a reward called Steem by either 1) posting content that is voted up, or 2) by voting up the content of other people. Steem can be converted into your own local currency.

Int he Steem 2017 Roadmap, the creators stated their goal: “Our long-term goal remains the same: to provide the best platform for censorship-resistant publishing and store of value to the widest user base possible, in an effort to increase human freedom and accelerate the spread of access to basic rights for all people on Earth.”

SteemIt runs on a block chain called “Steem”, and SteemIt is a front end website to interact with the blockchain (implying that other websites could do the same, using commonly available software interfaces). The blockchain is a public accessible distributed database, which records all posts, comments, upvotes and dowvotes and distributes the rewards. The state-of-the-art blockchain technology behind STEEM is Graphene, which also runs BitShares. The Steem blockchain was launched on March 23, 2016. Steemit, Inc. is a privately held company, but I think Steem itself runs like an “distributed autonomus company.”

Compare this to Reddit, Facebook, or even a new site like Medium. On those sites, the site owners profit from your work, where as with Steem, you and your fellow members profit. Steem is not mined like BitCoin, instead it is generated by doing the above activities, and can be earned by witnesses (similar to mining but different, this will be explained below).

Basically, member compete for attention and rewards by bringing quality content and adding value to the platform. They are rewarded by “tokens” which can be traded. Steem is not a way to “get rich quick”. Occassionally you may see a post that earns several hundred dollars, but there’s a good chance that that user has built a following over time, especially of other “power users” within the Steem community.

FREE to JOIN, POST, VOTE, and COMMENT

It is free to join SteemIt, and it is free to post, comment, and vote. Your phone number is required to avoid people and “bots” (robots or automated software) from creating multiple fake accounts. For those interested, there are actually ways to create anonymous or extra accounts for small fees. One of the downsides it that you must retain and not lose your password; the system has no way to give you a new one. It’s basically a security protection, to make sure your account is not stolen along with your hard-earned tokens.   Apparently there is a manual approval process; it took me about 5 days to get mine approved, but that probably is because of a recent conference where many of caused a surge of new members.

STEEM and Steem Dollars and STEEM Power and Reputation

There are two items that might be confusing at first: STEEM and Steem Dollar (SBD) tokens.
There is a third concept called “Steem Power” which you earn, but it cannot be traded or spent.

There is a Steam Reward pool, and you can get some of that by posting and curating (voting).
Any rewards are subjected to a three-day holding period before you can cash them out.

Steem is really just a point system, but since the points are altcoins, they can be traded on the market.

To recap, STEEM is the curerncy token for the platform. Steem Power is a measure of a member’s influence, based on how much he or she has contributed to the system. A person can convert his Steem Power to Steem Dollars slowly over a 13 week period in a process called a “Power Down”. Steem Dollars is another currency token pegged to $1 USD. Steem Dollars can be traded with STEEM and used to buy other things in marketplaces, such as PeerHub.com.

PeerHub is A marketplace with a social side. It’s similar to eBay, Craigslist, and/or Etsy combined. Use it to buy — and sell — new, used, vintage, and handmade stuff with people you know, in your local area, or anywhere in the world.

A “Reputation Score” is assigned to each user. It is based on a logarithmic scale, such that a score of 40 is worth 10 times more than a 30. STEEM and Steem Dollars cannot be used for reputation because they can be bought and sold.

Controlling what you see

Steem is an open platform meant to host and welcome any legal content. Users can post anything they want, whether it be phrases, quotes, blogs, anecdotes, photos, videos, memes, songs, and more. Be creative!

Because of this openess, that means people could post porn, hate, violence or other such material. The phrase “Not Safe for Work” (NSFW) has been adopted by the social word to describe posts that fit this category. By default, NSFW content is not shown; but you can click a checkbox to allow it to be seen.

You can also mute any user you don’t like, and of course, they can mute you too. You can see which users you have muted, but there is no way to see who has muted you.

Earning Money – Choosing your Reward

You have a choice of receiving 100% STEEM Power, or 50%/50% STEEM Power and Steem Dollars, or for some reason, they allow you to choose “Decline Payout” (I’m not sure why anyone would do that).

Technical Details

– Post size – up to 64,000 characters. (Most redaers are willing to read that much in one sitting.)
– Posting Images – you must resize your images before posting
– Posting Videos – Simply include the video link (for YouTube and Vimeo)
– Tags – can be utilized to categorize your post, up to 5 tags are supported
– You use language specific tags to identify the language used for your post
– There is a 20 second wait limit between comments to limit spam
– Text can be formatted using the “MarkDown” standard (see https://github.com/adam-p/markdown-here/wiki/Markdown-Cheatsheet)

Promotion with Steem Dollars

You may promote a post with Steem Dollars, causing it to show up on the “Promoted Tab”. If I understand correctly, this is one gives Steem Dollars financial tradeable value. For instance, a Steem member could post good quality articles and earn Steem Dollars. He could trade them on the marketplace to another user who was interested in promoting his article, i.e. someone who wants to do paid advertising. This creates a marketplace of people who have Steem Dollars to sell, and those who want to buy. Others buy Steem Dollars to invest speculatively, counting on the price increasing, when they can sell for a profit.

The Reward Pool

Each day, new tokens are generated by the system itself based on a “yearly inflation rate” (I have no idea yet what the inflation rate means.) 75% of those go to the “Reward Pool”, 15% to the holders of STEEM Power, and 10% to pay the witnesses that power the blockchain. (The witnesses are computers that run the system, the closest thing Steem has to cryptocoin miners, but still very different. Briefly, they are elected by those that have STEEM Power. According to the FAQ, there are only 20 full-time witnesses operating the system. But if you go https://steemit.com/~witnesses you see a list of 50. Maybe these are potential or available witnesses, out of which only 20 are full-time? They say you can vote for 30.)

From the reward pool, 25% is awarded to curators (people who upvote posts, thus curating it and bringing it to the attention of others), and 75% is awarded to the content creator (the authors). The amount the curator (voter) gets changes over time, because at first, a larger portion of it is awarded to the content creator.

Upvoting and downvoting doesing add or remove ‘currency’ from the reward pool; but rather changes how that pool is divided up.

Most importantly, votes are “stake-weighted”. Those that have more STEEM Power have a bigger influence, but high-staked voters don’t increase the overall rewards. So for example, Stan Larimer is one of the founders of BitShares and father of Dan Larimer, founder of SteemIt, so he probably has more STEEM power than most users. So if he upvotes your post, you will probably get a bigger reward.

Each post has a “potential reward” shown on the screen, and the number can go up or down based on the overall allocation of the rewards. So for example, if you post the best post of the day, you might have the biggest reward, but if that afternoon, someone else posts a better post, and it gets more upvotes and more powerful people (based on STEEM power) voting for it, your reward might actually go down.

Posts and comments remain active for 7 days. After that, you can claim your earned rewards to your wallet.

When you join, your voting power has 100% influence, but the more you vote, that influence goes down. They compare it to an “energy bar” in a typical online game. It gets recharged 20% every day. Based on this, you can get about 40 full strength votes within a day without totally depleting your voting power.

Beginners have no choice on how much of their power to vote with. But when you reach 500 in STEEM Power, you will see a slider when you vote, where you can direct between 1% and 100% of your voting strength to the particular post. This is one of the factors of trust; i.e. trust users are ones that have been on the system longer to accumulate that much STEEM Power, or perhaps invested money into the system to buy that power. Upvotes and downvotes use the same amount of voting power (but downvoting does earn curation rewards). You can see your own (or any other member’s) power and history on a third party site, such as http://steemd.com/@accountname.

The 2017 Roadmap

The roadmap quotes a report that says: “All data we have available suggests that most mainstream internet users have already or will soon stop using traditional personal computers to access the internet, opting instead for mobile devices exclusively.”.  Thus, they want to get Steem working on mobile devices as soon as possible.

They also recognize the need for a “signing service” to allow third-party sites and apps to allow users to take actions, without turning over their keys to that third party.

The Steemit, Inc.-controlled primary account, @steemit, which holds approximately 41% of the platform’s Steem Power, will be gradually divested of its holdings in an effort to increase
promotion and development of the platform, and this distribution shall further the platform’s security through decentralization of voting power.

To get an idea of how many developers are playing with Steem, check out the Steem Toosl and apps here: http://steemtools.com

In Summary

I suggest you sign-up for a free Steem account.  Add a profile picture, then get involved by making a few posts or blogs, replying to other blogs that interest you, and upvoting what you like.  Start to build your following, and you might have some Steem Dollar and Steem Power in a few months.

Signup For A free Account on SteemIt here:  http://steemit.com?r=nealwalters.  It may take several days to get your approval/confirmation email.

The Marriage of Gamification and Cryptocurrency

June 5, 2017

At the CSR Conference at LA Center Studio last week, we learned about four converging and disrupting technology/trends: 1) Gamification, 2) Virtual/Augmented Reality, 3) Cryptocurrency, and 4) Crowdfunding. This conference was put on by Matt Trainer, of “The Trainer Method” and “Consumer Reality Services”.

At the beginning of several sessions, the high-tech LED screen on stage showed the trialer of the 1997 movie “The Game”, starring Michael Douglas. What do you give to the man who has everything? Well, his brother, played by Sean Penn, bought him a custom tailor experience by a group called “Consumer Recreation Services”, which obvious inspired the name of Matt Trainer’s company. Michael Douglas life was spun into a harrow and life-changing adventure for a few days, but he didn’t know it was a game. It’s hard to imagine they could have actually orchestrated it, and kept the player safe, given all that he went through. But at the end, he was refreshed, and became a “new man” with a new lease on life.

Mark Hoverson gave a few talks on Gamification, and introduced his new book ” Reality Gamification: The Creator’s Guide To Transforming Our World.” Why was Mark qualified to speak on this timely topic? He has implemented his own WordPress gamification platform on at least two of his own brands: 1) Limitless, and 2) Invisible Empire, along with a program designed to help kids become entrepreneurs with “The Great Lemonade Crusade”.

In each of these platforms, people register and they get assignments and compete to get the tasks done. They can win prizes like a coffee cup, a backpack, a ring, or other SWAG. They may also have a deadline on their tasks, or they could even be kicked out of the system. Leaderboards and badges have been a part of gamifications. Even back to 1980 Atari games, winnners could put in their initials to be placed on the leaderboard of high scores, which probably encouraged a lot of additional quarters to be spent on playing those games in the video arcades of that era.

In the upcoming year, it will be easier than ever to now provide prizes in the form of cryptocurrencies. For example, BitShares is currently selling for about 7 cents a share. That’s a cheap prize to buy now, and it could be worth 1000 times that much in a year or two. So in other words, a share at 7 cents today, might be worth $70.00 or even $700.00 in the future. A company called BitSharea allows use to even create your own BitAssets in under an hour. For example, I have a site that teaches people the Hebrew language, so I could create a coin called HebrewHeroes or HebrewNuggets and give them away as prizes.

CSR has aligned with BitShares as the cryptcurrency of choice. It’s 1000s of times faster than the current BitCoin implementation, and all kinds of flexibilities built in. Stan Larimer and Michael Taggart from BitShares were at the conference, and it was Stan’s son, Dan, who basically created BitShares.

So gamification is fun, but how does that help you as a business person? If you sell an “info product” or a course, we know from statistics that a large percentage, even as much at 90% of the people that buy a product never use it. Back in the days of physical products, many never even unwrapped or unboxed it, or played the first cassette, audio-CD, or DVD. With online courses, people forgot they bought it. They might login once or twice. Other want to learn, but they get discouraged and quit.

By making learning a social game, it brings out the best in people. Some are really into the competition. Others just need the course broken down into simple steps they can follow. Each time they complete a task, they get some points, or a badge, or earn some SWAG item, then they get a release of dopamine and/or seratonin in their brains; and they come back for more. Look today at people who are addicted to their PlayStations and XBoxes. Some are known to lock themselves in a room and play all night or all weekend, or even be late to work because they are playing a game.

Gamification also increases the customer satisfaction, because now you have students who complete the course, and then achieve the desired benefits or outcomes of that course. Then they are happy they bought it, and more likely to refer you, your company, and your products to their friends. In Mark’s courses, posting on social media is even one of the tasks, in order to help make the course go viral. A happy customer is also likely to upgrade to more expensive products and buy future courses from you.

I will be working with Matt Trainer’s team on the upcoming July 4th launch of Mogul – which will a gamified course of how to make money on the internet, i.e. how to become a mogul (an important or powerful person). To learn more about it, there is a box on the right of this blog where you can sign-up to get notifications when it becomes available. It’s targeted for July 4th, so probably the week before that, we will have the first videos about what this game will be.

Day Trading with Bitcoin on 1Broker.com – Up 29% my first two weeks!

June 5, 2017

A few weeks ago, I was looking at various BitCoin opportunities that I had seen advertised. There was one called Gladiacoin that caught my eye, but I was suspicious about it. It might be legit, but it kind of smelled like a Bernie Madoff Ponzi schema based on the latest cryptocurrency craze.

This lead me to discover 1Broker – a trading platform. Now, I’m not a day trader, i.e. I never master the technical skills and the so-called “Greeks” to make my own trading decisions. However, on this platform, you can simply follow any other trader. Some of the top traders made 200-300% return on investment (ROI) in the month of May 2017.

What does it mean to follow them? When you click the follow link, a screen pops up and asks you basically two questions. How many trades per day do you want to make, and how much investment per trade.

One of the concepts of day trading, is how many losing trades can you maek before you go broke? However, these top traders have some smooth moves, and one of them is to limit your losses and let your gains run. In other words, when you make 25 trades, maybe half of them will be losers, but the losers might be for 1%, and the winners will be 1%, 5%, 10% or 25%. Day trading is not for people who cannot handle the small ups and downs.

I cannot promises you any successful results, but i can share with you what I did and what happened with my investment. As a first time user of the system, I put in a small amount of .5 BitCoin (half a Bitcoin, worth about $1200 USD. After my first two weeks, I had .645 BitCoint in my account (so that’s after any fees have already been taken out). That’s a 29% ROI in just two weeks.

I will be ecstatic if that continues. I did the math in a spreadsheet, and at that rate, $1000 will turn into $264,698 in one year if your let it compound at 29% every two weeks (and don’t withdraw any of the profits). At the same time, you are holding BitCoin instead of USD, so there’s a good chance that will continue to rise as well. So if BitCoin itself doubles in the next year, 2x $264,698 = $529.396.

Some of the top traders to follow are 3.14FX, Bruce Lee, and Ambroid.

Sign-up – If you already have BitCoin

If you already have BitCoin, you can try it yourself with this link: 1Broker


If you don’t have BitCoin

If you dont’ have BitCoin yet, I suggest you sign-up with CoinBase. It will take a few days. You will have to create a CoinBase account, and connect it to your Bank Account so you can Buy and Sell BitCoin (based on USD).
If you don’t want to go through that, you can set up a wallet and buy BitCoin from a local dealer.
The video below shows how to follow-through with these steps.

 

BitShares – The Crypocurrency that is Poised to make a 1000% Increase or ROI

June 5, 2017

Then did BitCoin, the first cryptocurrency, make a 1000% price increase? I checked back on some old price charts of BitCoin, and it went from $.06 in 09/25/2010 to $8.05 07/18/2012, and to $62.50 in 03/23/2013, and to $641.23 in 11/20/2013. The reason I picked those dates are they are the closest dates to a power of 10 increase in the price. From $.06 to $6.00 is a 100 fold increase, and from $.06 to $60.00 is a 1000 fold increase, and from $.06 to $600 is a 10,000 fold increase. A 10,000 fold increase is the one that changes a thousand dollars to a million.

A 10,000 fold increase means add “four zeroes” to your original investment. So if you would have investmented $1,000in BitCoin on 09/25/2010 at $.06, you would have had $1,000,000.

So if you didn’t get in early on BitCoin, you can still make money. Some believe it will go from it’s current price around $2400 to $500,000 or $1,000,000 by 2030. But are there any opportunities today that can give you that 10,000 fold increase without waiting 13 years?

First, let me point out that after BitCoin paved the road, many other “alt-coins” followed. An alt-coin is some other cryptocurrency or digital currency that operates somewhat like BitCoin and can be traded.

The one that I’m investing is currently BitShares. It’s built on a platform that doesn’t harm the enviroment like BitCoin does. BitCoin requires tens of thousands of miners performing number crunching cryptographic calculations on special chips. That results in heat, and thus more cooling costs; so BitShares is much more ecologically friendly.

But beyond that, BitShares is 1000s of times faster than BitCoin. While BitCoin may or may not get improved in the future, BitSharea is currently capable of completing transactions in a few seconds instead of the 20 to 40 minutes it might take to confirm a BitCoin transaction. Alt-Coins and Crypocurrencies are still in intial adopters stage. Remember the first guys to have a TV on the block, or the first to have a pocket calculator, the first to have a video game, the first guy to have a cell phone or smart phone, and so on. There are always early adopters, typically the geeks who must have it first. But in the next two to five years, everybody else jumps on the bandwagon.

According to this blog: http://bitscan.com/bitnews/item/how-many-people-really-own-bitcoins-and-why-does-it-matter, there were only 2.5 million accounts that had money in them. That is .03% (under one third of one percent) of the 7 billion people on planet earth. If digital currencies become as popular as smart phones have, then

More people have cell phones than toilets.
More People Have Cell Phones Than Toilets, U.N. Study Shows

This article suggests that 70% of the people on earth will have a cell phone by 2020.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2485277,00.asp

So imagine when cryptocurrencies go from under 1% to even 10%. This is likely to cause a huge spike in the prices of cryptocurrencies. As with cell phones, we have winners like Apple and Samsung and a few others, there will be some coins that win the race, and their prices will skyrocket.

I believe BitShares will be one of those alt-coins. Now, the amazing thing is that BitCoins today is like a pennystock. It’s cheap to buy, only $.07. That’s why I picked the closes price possible in my BitCoin example above (remember it went from $.06 to over $2700 at one point. That kind of profit makes Bill Gates and Warren Buffet look like ninnies. I think BitShares is set to do the same kind of price increase, and I believe it will happen in less time. It took BitCoin from 22 months to go from $.06 to $8.05, then only 8 months to go to $62.50, then only 8 more months to go to $641.23. But BitCoin was the pioneer. As people are now more accustomed to BitCoin and cryptocurrencies, hearing about it in the new everyday, the other coins will rise faster.

CSR is actually doing a Billion Dollar prize. The details aren’t fixed yet. But I believe it’s based on the idea that they are investing $1,000,000 in the BitShares Market Hero, and then expecting it to go up 1000 times in the next year or two, turning their $1 million into $1 billion. That means if BitShares simply goes from $.07 to $70 they will have achieved that goal. (Let’s do the math again – $.07 to $7.00 is a 100x increase, and $.07 to $70.00 is a 1000x increase.)

The Market Hero is a little hard to understand at first. I’ll save that for the next blog. But it’s based on BitShares and runs on the BitShares platform. You put your money in both BitSharea and the specific Market Hero to take advantage of a surge in each.

Disclaimer: I am not an investment advisor, and I cannot make any claim or guarantee of any kind. I just know that I will be investing in BitShares heavily in the next few months.

Bitshares is built on Graphene.  Several sites and businesses thrive around the Bitshares/Grapphene ecosystem as shown on this diagram:

Consumer Reality Service (CRS) – Launch Event/Conference

May 29, 2017

About 150 entrepreneurs met at Los Angles Center Studios May 26-28, 2017.  Consumer Reality Services (CRS for short) is the brain child and materpiece of Matt Trainer.  He’s a humble man who doesn’t like to be called a “guru”, but in effect, he has put together one genius of a system.   Matt has stretched the limits of almost every business he has done, and admits there were ceilings in all of them.  His goal is to invent a new business where there are no limits.  He has built this business around four new and converging technologies:  cryptocurrencies/blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, and crowdfunding. (Note: The videos on this blog are not from the conference, but they do showcase some of the speakers at the conference.  It was so amazing to have them under one roof in one weekend.)

In the lobby of the studio, attendees were having fun donning VR headsets, many for the first time.  A person could try the whale simulation, a 3D paint program, or a virtual job where you are given a virtual cubicle, and a robot/computer assigned you lowly tasks.

The conference was included key thought-leaders and influencers in each of the above fields, along with one of the best LED sound stages, sound and light crew, and really cool entertainers.

Mark Hoverson spoke on how he has used gamification to build his businesses: Limitless, Invisible Empire, and “The Great Lemonade Crusade.”  He even provided all attendees a physical copy of his new paperback book that he just published.  Gamification involves turning a business, product, or course into a game.  Customers frequently purchase a product, then never use it due to the “creative burden”, i.e. not knowing what step to take.  People love to play games, and they bought the course because it met some need or desire they had.  But turning in into a game, and providing simple action steps, deadlines, and a reward system motivates people to use the product.  This furthers customer satisfaction as they are happier with a course they benefited from and “played”, vs some course they bought, maybe watched a few videos, but never implemented. To start the gamification process, ask what the “hero” of your game would be like.

The video below is from a much older speech by Mark at a different conference, but it gives you an idea about who he is.

We had several workshops during the conference.  At one point, we broke into groups of three, and practiced pitching your business, course, or website.  Winners received souvenir collectible silver coins that Matt had minted with the CSR logo. Some people stayed Sunday to pitch their business on Matt’s pilot show of “Startup Hollywood”, a “SharkTank style” show, shot in 3D.  In another workshop, we paired up and went through Mark Hoverson’s steps of how to gamify our existing businesses.

Long time martial artist and karate school owner, Jesse Elder, spoke on self mastery and some deep philosophical thoughts.  My favorite quote from his speech was this question/answer: “What do you give the person who has everything?  Amnesia.”

Greg Reid was our motivational speaker, who handed out more than 10 different best sellers he had written.  Greg is the creator of an exclusive group calld “Secret Knock” (see videos below).
Below he quotes how Evander Holyfield said his secret to success was having a higher standard (showed up early, left late, invented exercises, had a higher standard and won more championships than anyone else ever will).

Dr. Doug, aka Douglas Brackman PhD, is a psychologist who has spent his career working with anxiety and addiction.  He filled us in the last research and FRMI studies, and how are “two brains” work.  He specifically talked about people seeing a coiled object, and they have to decide if it is a snake or a rope.  Obviously, seeing a rope when it is a snake could kill you.  But always seeing a snake (which happens more in stressed people) means who can pass on many great opportunities.  We learned about the Central Nervous system and the Vagus (vagal nerve).  When your old brain and new brain seamlessly blend, then you are in a state of flow.  He also claims that everything is a game – your health, your finances, your life.  Dr. Doug is excited about the prospects of using Virtual Reality for psychological training; he anticipates that he will be able to shorten three years of work down to 3 weeks, 3 days or maybe even 3 hours.

Stan Larimer and Michael Taggart spoke on what’s happening at BitShares.  One of the biggest problems with BitCoin is that it is slow, where as BitShares operates at light speed compared to the horse and buggy speed of BitCoin.   BitCoin can take 10 or 20 minutes to confirm a transaction; and that means it may never make it as a point-of-sale currency, like a cash registered at your local super market or pizza store.

The video below is by a different author, but it gives some of the same concepts

On the tech/hardware side, we had the star of the YouTube “Dronr” channel.  He gave us a brief history of drones and camera/drones, and how they can be used in business applications: mapping, farming, inspection, surveying, modeling and delivery.

Manda Shelby spoke on VR – you can see her at 13:30 in the video below:

David Metzler from Serenity Venture Partners showed how any good business can get crowdfunding.  his company consists of lenders who are passionate about creating and growing businesses. He demonstrated how you can stair step a startups financing in 3 phases, uses crowdfunding.  This was not possible until after 2012, when the laws changed, allowing anyone to go out and do “general solicitation.”