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Towards a mature Malaysian cryptocurrency ecosystem – Part 2

By on May 26, 2017

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Money is a network effect produced by social confidence in an abstraction. The more confidence we inspire that an abstraction is “Money”, the more valuable it becomes. After a while, collective confidence reaches critical mass, and the premise turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Likewise, if efforts to inspire confidence fails, that abstraction will never become Money, regardless of its merits.

In trying to introduce a new kind of Money to Malaysians, the challenge is getting the ball rolling. This is especially difficult since Malaysians already have the Ringgit (MYR); which most of us are quite comfortable with. Past experiments to introduce new kinds of Monies to Malaysians achieved nowhere near enough critical mass to rival the Ringgit. Most ended up only achieving limited traction (Celcom’s Aircash, MOL’s MOLePoints), or decent traction only in a limited context (TouchNGo).

Obviously when compared with these archaic iterations, the merits of cryptocurrencies are almost universally superior. Most cryptocurrencies are designed to be fungible across platforms and are tradable on bitcoin/alt-coin exchanges, therefore users have no fear of being trapped inside the ecosystem of centralized providers. While we won’t have much trouble arguing for the technical merits of cryptocurrencies, we too would not be able to produce network critical mass if we are ignorant of the social marketing required for propagation.

Producing a network critical mass requires vast resources, primarily because users demand incentives to participate. These incentives can range from free services, to subsidized pricing, to preferential treatment. Without generous VC investments subsidizing customer acquisition costs, networks such eBay, Uber and Facebook will never grow large enough to mature. The market forces governing the growth of these networks is also true for cryptocurrencies.

While we don’t have access to billions of resources like they do, what we do have (and they don’t) is a distributed, aligned, passionate grass-roots movement willing to spread the cryptocurrency gospel. For the moment, it seems word of mouth is our most viable marketing tool. Not to worry, with some push and guidance, even the most reticent amongst us can be galvanized to be effective preachers.

In marketing lore; it is said that is easiest to sell existing products to existing customers, harder to sell new products to existing customers, and hardest to sell new products to new customers. In proselytizing cryptocurrencies, we should focus on the second category and avoid the third. This means starting with friends, families and clients whom we can personally handhold throughout the on-boarding process, instead of public recruitment drives.

Allow me to illustrate. Signing up for cryptocurrencies is easy, but the journey towards proficiency is long. Typically newcomers go through several phases before their level of engagement can produce a multiplier effect on network propagation:-

 

Proficient peers are most effective in aiding us to achieve network critical mass, much more so than simple evangelists. Increasing their ranks should be top priority; if you notice your circle of friends, families and clients being stuck at a particular phase, then I implore you to aid them in escalating their engagement.

The hardest part of course, is convincing a total newcomer to start experimenting in the first place. Most of us enthusiasts are willing to immerse ourselves in the homework required to appraise the technical merits of cryptocurrencies. However contrary to impulse, diving straight into the deep end is not the best way to make an elevator pitch to a newcomer.

We are going to need some… conversational finesse if we escalate engagement without sounding like a hippy cyberpunk fanboy. People have diverse backgrounds, and will be most receptive to our proposition if we take the time to tailor our message to fit their archetypes. For example…

  • 1. If the newcomer is a rational capitalist, then cryptocurrencies are one of the best technology bets available to retail investors right now.
  • 2. If the newcomer is a libertarian right wing, then cryptocurrencies are a viable personal insurance against degradation of the nation state.
  • 3. If newcomer is an edgy teenager, then cryptocurrencies are a cool way to leapfrog age restrictions when trying to participate in the internet economy.

…and so on and so forth. Proselytizing cryptocurrencies, like everything else in life, requires attention, homework and practice to do well.

Lastly, I advise against including any disclaimers in your pitch, for the same reason you don’t hear disclaimers during Friday prayers or Sunday mass. When you are preaching a complex subject matter, it is best if your sermons are passionate and unwavering. Those who hesitate garner few followers.

It is not unwarranted nor immoral to demand a modicum of faith when guiding newcomers to the door. Once within of course, they are free to judge for themselves.

Read the Part 1 earlier, and reposted at Steemit, click like if you love my article.

 

Towards a mature Malaysian cryptocurrency ecosystem – Part 1

By on May 16, 2017

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If you are reading this, then likely you are a Malaysian cryptocurrency enthusiast like myself, and as enthusiasts are apt to do, from time to time we indulge in dreams where cryptocurrencies have taken over the world.

The promise of cryptocurrencies is as compelling now as it was when I first heard of them in 2011; anyone should be able to conduct commerce with anyone else, on anything, anywhere, at an affordable cost, without unwarranted delays, restrictions, uncertainty or surveillance. The promise is both refreshingly liberating and uncomfortably scary, as it should be; otherwise it will have nowhere near its current disruptive potential.

The rational part of us maintain our involvement with cryptocurrencies as experimental; a front row seat to witness the impact brought about by one of the world’s greatest recent innovations. The irrational part of us secretly hope our modest bet today will bring great wealth and freedom to us in the future. Both are justified, and both require work.

Let’s be honest, the current Malaysian status quo is not as accommodating to cryptocurrencies as we would like. Only a small fraction of our society understand what they are, much less own and use them day to day.

Propagating something meant to function as “Money” requires a confluence of factors to induce a self-reinforcing, positive feedback loop – the loop is what attracts new users and encourages old ones to increase engagement.

The factors involved in generating this loop are technological, legal and psychological, and we should be concerned with them all. “Money” is a network effect produced by social confidence after all, and concentrating on one factor while missing the others means ignoring important pieces of the puzzle.

When I say “a mature Malaysian cryptocurrency ecosystem”, here is what I mean:-

Any Malaysian individual can procure, store, spend and trade cryptocurrencies seamlessly without restrictions, or fear of legal repercussions.

Any Malaysian business can quote prices in, store, receive and spend cryptocurrencies seamlessly without restrictions or fear of legal repercussions.

Cryptocurrencies are legally treated in its own unique category; the buying & selling of which do not attract any value-added tax, the transmission of which are exempt from any money service or exchange control laws, and the lending and borrowing of which are exempt from any banking laws. In other words, the purview of the Malaysian government shall encompass the Ringgit and extend to the interface between the Ringgit and cryptocurrencies, but no further.

There exist cheap, diverse, widespread, localized POS / ERP solutions that allow cryptocurrency integration into business processes. Local accounting and auditing firms should also be able to verify ownership and mark-to-market the value of cryptocurrency holdings in corporate balance sheets.

There exist a healthy number of well-capitalized, professionally-managed, prudently regulated local cryptocurrency wallet / exchange / merchant service providers.

There exist a healthy number of well-incentivised, prudently-regulated individual / merchant acquirers that market cryptocurrencies and onboards new users into the ecosystem.

There exist robust government executive and judicial branches to educate, regulate, enforce and resolve disputes related to cryptocurrencies, as far as it is reasonably practicable for them to do so. Dealings in cryptocurrencies shall by and large remain caveat-emptor and laissez-faire indefinitely.

I believe it is important that we produce a mature Malaysian cryptocurrency ecosystem, as surely similar measures are being pursued by other competing societies. Cryptocurrencies may be fringe now, but they herald the era where barriers in time and cost to capital flows are going to be miniscule. If we do not consciously make it attractive for capital to remain and circulate within our own economy, then it will just migrate elsewhere overnight.

Imagine if half your salary is paid in Ringgit and the other half is paid in cryptocurrencies. Your Ringgit holdings enter our local financial system and end up in local loans such as mortgages and credit cards. Your cryptocurrency holdings on the other hand are kept private; unusable by anyone else.

Now imagine if it is trivial for you (and everyone else) to convert between the two holdings; instinctively you would maintain the one that provides the highest risk-adjusted returns. Unless our local financial system can provide something superior, it may progressively be starved of capital.

That being said, I do not believe the Ringgit will be upended by cryptocurrencies any time soon. Local taxes will always be paid in Ringgit after all, and there are inherent advantages in sovereign fiat (stability, enforceability) that ensures its preference in certain applications. The difference between the coming and the current paradigms is that for the first time, the Ringgit will have to compete for usage.

Ideal conditions for adoption of cryptocurrencies in Malaysia will not just spontaneously emerge while we wait in silence, and the community must be willing and able to manufacture this outcome proactively. The challenge is to figure out a rational, logical progression to do so, and coordinating efforts to maximize traction within a reasonable timeframe.

In this series of posts, I will try to elucidate the steps required to produce a mature Malaysian cryptocurrency ecosystem over the medium term. Your feedback is most welcomed, and these posts will be regularly updated as new facts are discovered and action points are refined.

Stay tuned.

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Pamela Morgan Explores Initial Coin (ICO) Offerings from a Legal Perspective

By on April 28, 2017

Attorney Pamela Morgan Explores Initial Coin Offerings from a Legal Perspective

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/attorney-pamela-morgan-explores-initial-coin-offerings-legal-perspective/

“The law cares about how you use these technologies…If you use it like a stock, you’re probably going to be regulated as if it’s a stock.”

See Dr Pavel live at MaGIC Cyberjaya tonight! 25 April 2017.

By on April 25, 2017

See Dr Pavel live in MaGIC Cyberjaya tonight! 25 April 2017.
Registration starts 645pm.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

Location: MaGIC Cyberjaya
Address: Block 3730, Persiaran Apec, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

About Dr. Pavel Kravchenko:

Co-Founder of Distributed Lab, a decentralized systems expert, university lecturer and public speaker on an open-source course about cryptocurrencies and conduct it across the world with having passion about solving complex and challenging problems.

Having background is information security, software development and project management, he is always excited about new technologies coming out such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, mesh networks etc and he believes they will change finance, law, ecology, media industries dramatically. He is also building scientific lab that is devoted to solving problems in cryptocurrency sphere.

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PSA 21 April 2017

By on April 21, 2017

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PSA 12 April 2017

By on April 12, 2017

A public service announcement (PSA) is a message in the public interest. BitcoinMalaysia.com is currently only associated with Bloktex on blockchain events and training workshops.

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We are not responsible for any losses of misrepresentation by unofficial third parties, projects or schemes. We will update this site with relevant information when there are new updates. Thank you.

BitcoinMalaysia.com is not associated with the following:

  1. Dinar Dirham
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  3. Ethtrade
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Bloktex 2017 tickets at MYR 200 je – Serious!

By on April 3, 2017

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What is Bloktex 2017?

KUALA LUMPUR – BLOKTEX 2017/ Fintech/Blockchain Conference 2017 (8-9 APRIL 2017)

The first ever large scale blockchain event in this region featuring 12 industry experts.

Co-organised by Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and supported by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

Speakers:

1. Abdul Fattah – National Technical Committee of Department of Standards Malaysia
2. Adam Vaziri – Founder / CEO Diacle
3. Anson Zeall – CEO CoinPip / Chairman ACCESS
4. Craig MacGregor – Lead developer of NAV Coin
5. Dr. Pavel Kravchenko – Co-founder Distributed Lab
6. Jack C. Liu – Co-founder and CSO of OKLink
7. Lilia Vershinina – Co-founder Distributed Lab
8. Matthew Rajendra – CEO Green Data Center
9. Matthew Tan – Founder Etherscan.io
10. Rene Bernard – CEO LuxTag.io
11. Zain Tariq – Founder Urdubit
12. Pavel Matveev – Co-CEO Wirex Limited