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ZEN had a great run of GPU mining that lasted well over a year, and brought lots of value to the early Zclassic miners. It is mined using Equihash protocol, and there have been ASIC miners available for the algorithm since about June of 2018. GPU mining is not really profitable for Horizen at this point in time.
We’ve got a lot of miners in the Horizen community, and many GPU miners also buy ASIC miners. Happy to talk about algorithm changes, security, and any other aspect of mining in the questions below. There are also links to the Horizen website, blog post, etc. below.
So, if I’m not here to ask you to mine, hold, and love ZEN, what can I offer? Notes on some of the lessons I’ve learned about maximizing mining profitability. An update on Horizen - there is life after moving on from GPU mining. As well as answering your questions during the next 7 days.
Mining for Profitability - Horizen (formerly ZenCash) Thanks Early GPU Miners
Author: Rolf Versluis - co-founder of HorizenIn GPU mining, just like in many of the activities involved with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, there is both a cycle and a progression. The Bitcoin price cycle is fairly steady, and by creating a personal handbook of actions to take during the cycle, GPU miners can maximize their profitability.
Maximizing profitability isn't the only aspect of GPU mining that is important, of course, but it is helpful to be able to invest in new hardware, and be able to have enough time to spend on building and maintaining the GPU miners. If it was a constant process that also involved losing money, then it wouldn't be as much fun.
Technology ProgressionFor a given mining algorithm, there is definitely a technology progression. We can look back on the technology that was used to mine Bitcoin and see how it first started off as Central Processing Unit (CPU) mining, then it moved to Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) mining, then Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), and then Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC).
Throughout this evolution we have witnessed a variety of unsavory business practices that unfortunately still happen on occasion, like ASIC Miner manufacturers taking pre-orders 6 months in advance, GPU manufacturers creating commercial cards for large farms that are difficult for retail customers to secure and ASIC Miner manufacturers mining on gear for months before making it available for sale.
When a new crypto-currency is created, in many cases a new mining algorithm is created also. This is important, because if an existing algorithm was used, the coin would be open to a 51% attack from day one, and may not even be able to build a valid blockchain.
Because there's such a focus on profitable software, developers for GPU mining applications are usually able to write a mining application fairly rapidly, then iterate it to the limit of current GPU technology. If it looks like a promising new cryptocurrency, FPGA stream developers and ASIC Hardware Developers start working on their designs at the same time.
The people who create the hashing algorithms run by the miners are usually not very familiar with the design capabilities of Hardware manufacturers. Building application-specific semiconductors is an industry that's almost 60 years old now, and FPGA’s have been around for almost 35 years. This is an industry that has very experienced engineers using advanced design and modeling tools.
Promising cryptocurrencies are usually ones that are deploying new technology, or going after a big market, and who have at least a team of talented software developers. In the best case, the project has a full-stack business team involving development, project management, systems administration, marketing, sales, and leadership. This is the type of project that attracts early investment from the market, which will drive the price of the coin up significantly in the first year.
For any cryptocurrency that's a worthwhile investment of time, money, and electricity for the hashing, there will be a ASIC miners developed for it. Instead of fighting this technology progression, GPU miners may be better off recognizing it as inevitable, and taking advantage of the cryptocurrency cycle to maximize GPU mining profitability instead.
Cryptocurrency Price CycleFor quality crypto projects, in addition to the one-way technology progression of CPU -> GPU -> FPGA -> ASIC, there is an upward price progression. More importantly, there is a cryptocurrency price cycle that oscillates around an overall upgrade price progression. Plotted against time, a cycle with an upward progressions looks like a sine wave with an ever increasing average value, which is what we see so far with the Bitcoin price.
Cryptocurrency price cycle and progression for miners
This means mining promising new cryptocurrencies with GPU miners, holding them as the price rises, and being ready to sell a significant portion in the first year. Just about every cryptocurrency is going to have a sharp price rise at some point, whether through institutional investor interest or by being the target of a pump-and-dump operation. It’s especially likely in the first year, while the supply is low and there is not much trading volume or liquidity on exchanges.
Miners need to operate in the world of government money, as well as cryptocurrency. The people who run mining businesses at some point have to start selling their mining proceeds to pay the bills, and to buy new equipment as the existing equipment becomes obsolete. Working to maximize profitability means more than just mining new cryptocurrencies, it also means learning when to sell and how to manage money.
Managing Cash for MinersThe worst thing that can happen to a business is to run out of cash. When that happens, the business usually shuts down and goes into bankruptcy. Sometimes an investor comes in and picks up the pieces, but at the point the former owners become employees.
There are two sides to managing cash - one is earning it, the other is spending it, and the cryptocurrency price cycle can tell the GPU miner when it is the best time to do certain things. A market top and bottom is easy to recognize in hindsight, and harder to see when in the middle of it. Even if a miner is able to recognize the tops and bottoms, it is difficult to act when there is so much hype and positivity at the top of the cycle, and so much gloom and doom at the bottom.
A decent rule of thumb for the last few cycles appears to be that at the top and bottom of the cycle BTC is 10x as expensive compared to USD as the last cycle. Newer crypto projects tend to have bigger price swings than Bitcoin, and during the rising of the pricing cycle there is the possibility that an altcoin will have a rise to 100x its starting price.
Taking profits from selling altcoins during the rise is important, but so is maintaining a reserve. In order to catch a 100x move, it may be worth the risk to put some of the altcoin on an exchange and set a very high limit order. For the larger cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin it is important to set trailing sell stops on the way up, and to not buy back in for at least a month if a sell stop gets triggered. Being able to read price charts, see support and resistance areas for price, and knowing how to set sell orders are an important part of mining profitability.
Actions to Take During the CycleAs the cycle starts to rise from the bottom, this is a good time to buy mining hardware - it will be inexpensive. Also to mine and buy altcoins, which are usually the first to see a price rise, and will have larger price increases than Bitcoin.
On the rise of the cycle, this is a good time to see which altcoins are doing well from a project fundamentals standpoint, and which ones look like they are undergoing accumulation from investors.
Halfway through the rise of the cycle is the time to start selling altcoins for the larger project cryptos like Bitcoin. Miners will miss some of the profit at the top of the cycle, but will not run out of cash by doing this. This is also the time to stop buying mining hardware. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to pick up that same hardware used for a fraction of the price at the next bottom.
As the price nears the top of the cycle, sell enough Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to meet the following projected costs:
As the cycle has peaked and starts to decline, this is a good time to start investing in mining facilities and other infrastructure, brush up on trading skills, count your winnings, and take some vacation.
At the bottom of the cycle, it is time to start buying both used and new mining equipment. The bottom can be hard to recognize.
If you can continue to mine all the way through bottom part of the cryptocurrency pricing cycle, paying with the funds sold near the top, you will have a profitable and enjoyable cryptocurrency mining business. Any cryptocurrency you are able to hold onto will benefit from the price progression in the next higher cycle phase.
An Update on Horizen - formerly ZenCashThe team at Horizen recognizes the important part that GPU miners played in the early success of Zclassic and ZenCash, and there is always a welcoming attitude to any of ZEN miners, past and present. About 1 year after ZenCash launched, ASIC miners became available for the Equihash algorithm. Looking at a chart of mining difficulty over time shows when it was time for GPU miners to move to mining other cryptocurrencies.
Horizen Historical Block Difficulty Graph
Looking at the hashrate chart, it is straightforward to see that ASIC miners were deployed starting June 2018. It appears that there was a jump in mining hashrate in October of 2017. This may have been larger GPU farms switching over to mine Horizen, FPGA’s on the network, or early version of Equihash ASIC miners that were kept private.
The team understands the importance of the cryptocurrency price cycle as it affects the funds from the Horizen treasury and the investments that can be made. 20% of each block mined is sent to the Horizen non-profit foundation for use to improve the project. Just like miners have to manage money, the team has to decide whether to spend funds when the price is high or convert it to another form in preparation for the bottom part of the cycle.
During the rise and upper part of the last price cycle Horizen was working hard to maximize the value of the project through many different ways, including spending on research and development, project management, marketing, business development with exchanges and merchants, and working to create adoption in all the countries of the world.
During the lower half of the cycle Horizen has reduced the team to the essentials, and worked to build a base of users, relationships with investors, exchanges, and merchants, and continue to develop the higher priority software projects. Lower priority software development, going to trade shows, and paying for business partnerships like exchanges and applications have all been completely stopped.
Miners are still a very important part of the Horizen ecosystem, earning 60% of the block reward. 20% goes to node operators, with 20% to the foundation. In the summer of 2018 the consensus algorithm was modified slightly to make it much more difficult for any group of miners to perform a 51% attack on Horizen. This has so far proven effective.
The team is strong, we provide monthly updates on a YouTube live stream on the first Wednesday of each month where all questions asked during the stream are addressed, and our marketing team works to develop awareness of Horizen worldwide. New wallet software was released recently, and it is the foundation application for people to use and manage their ZEN going forward.
Horizen is a Proof of Work cryptocurrency, and there is no plan to change that by the current development team. If there is a security or centralization concern, there may be change to the algorithm, but that appears unlikely at this time, as the hidden chain mining penalty looks like it is effective in stopping 51% attacks.
During 2019 and 2020 the Horizen team plans to release many new software updates:
When the governance is transitioned, the project should be as decentralized as possible. The goal of decentralization is to enable resilience and preventing the capture of the project by regulators, government, criminal organizations, large corporations, or a small group of individuals.
Everyone involved with Horizen can be proud of what we have accomplished together so far. Miners who were there for the early mining and growth of the project played a large part in securing the network, evangelizing to new community members, and helping to create liquidity on new exchanges. Miners are still a very important part of the project and community. Together we can look forward to achieving many new goals in the future.
Here are some links to find out more about Horizen.
Horizen Website – https://horizen.global
Horizen Blog – https://blog.horizen.global
Horizen Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/Horizen/
Horizen Discord – https://discord.gg/SuaMBTb
Horizen Github – https://github.com/ZencashOfficial
Horizen Forum – https://forum.horizen.global/
Horizen Twitter – https://twitter.com/horizenglobal
Horizen Telegram – https://t.me/horizencommunity
Horizen on Bitcointalk – https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2047435.0
Horizen YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/c/Horizen/
Buy or Sell Horizen
Horizen on CoinMarketCap – https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/zencash/
About the Author:Rolf Versluis is Co-Founder and Executive Advisor of the privacy oriented cryptocurrency Horizen. He also operates multiple private cryptocurrency mining facilities with hundreds of operational systems, and has a blog and YouTube channel on crypto mining called Block Operations.
Rolf applies his engineering background as well as management and leadership experience from running a 60 person IT company in Atlanta and as a US Navy nuclear submarine officer operating out of Hawaii to help grow and improve the businesses in which he is involved.
Thank you again for the Ask Me Anything - please do. I'll be checking the post and answering questions actively from 28 Feb to 6 Mar 2019 - Rolf
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“If you want to go to the future, you have to go to the past. The future of money is gold.”Arbitrade has acquired Cryptobontix, and although they both have different but complementary business models, they have formed a symbiotic relationship benefiting both parties to bring you this multidimensional asset class.
Cryptobontix is the company responsible for creating a family of tokens backed by precious metals such as Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium.
Currently, you will not be able to find a lot of information on their website, because:
“The website is awaiting legal approval from our council and council of our newly developed partners before we can release details of our operations and partnerships.” ~ CryptobontixThe Cryptobontix Inc. development team has created four cryptocurrencies based on the Etherium smart contract technology (ERC20 Token), which are backed by valuable hard-backed assets. These include:
Key Features Of The Asset-Backed Tokens:
How this changes the digital asset landscape and the futureTo give you a better understanding of how powerful this family of tokens really is for the future economy, let’s take a closer look at another traditional store of value, money.
Money has four functions; It is a:
For instance, the Great British Pound has lost 90\% of its value since 1973 and the price of a pint of milk has increased by 767\% in 40 years.
What is commendable and unique about the Cryptobontix Inc. cryptocurrency tokens is that they provide a dependable means of exchange beyond the direct control of national banks, such as the U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Canada, Monetary Authority of Singapore, etc.
This is particularly attractive for those concerned about future long-term inflation as a result of:
We are witnessing the start of a new era in bullion backed digital assets. Trust-less is the key & decentralisation is the strength
“Arbitrade is acquiring $8.7 Billion worth of the four bullions (gold, silver, platinum, and palladium) that will back the company’s four major tokens.” - Arbitrade Management 25/05/18
History: UNY To DIG SwapThe history of events leading up to the rebranding of T.J.L. Holdings to Cryptobontix Inc. has been outlined below:
Dignity (DIG)Backing the Dignity token to Gold will give the token a floor value that matches the true value of the gold. It should be noted that assets usually trade at multiples of their intrinsic value.
Key facts about the Dignity (DIG) token:
What makes DIG so unique in the crypto-space, is that once it is developed, its continued growth is tied to both the value of gold and the performance of cryptocurrency (mining & buyback), which means the only way it could completely fail is if the entire cryptocurrency market fails.
Global trends and adoption rates indicate this is a highly unlikely event when one considers the value, energy and passion that has transpired and got us to this point.
Namaste (NAM)This token represents the very first truly silver backed cryptocurrency and sets another industry standard for the new era of hard backed tokens.
Key facts about the Namaste (NAM) token:
Orectic (ORE)This token represents the very first, truly palladium backed cryptocurrency and sets yet another industry standard.
Key facts about the Orectic (ORE) token:
Honor (HNR)This token represents the very first truly platinum backed cryptocurrency and sets yet another industry standard.
Key facts about the Honor (HNR) token:
Gold BullionArbitrade Ltd. has made a definitive deal with Sion Trading FZE Dubai to acquire $10,000,000,000 in gold bullion. The bullion will be held at Brinks’ vault at the Dubai Gold Exchange. The company will have the bullion audited by a major accounting firm that operates in both Bermuda, Dubai and the United States before the end of September 2018 or as the accounting firm’s schedule permits. The audit is not an important factor and is only being done to satisfy U.S. Regulators.
Source: Arbitrade news update
How To Get Hold Of Your Physical AssetsAccording to the existing white paper:
Mining FacilityCryptobontix Inc. and Arbitrade have partnered with:
Coin Miner LLC
“The D9 miners alone will be generating a minimum of 305 Decred (DCR) per day which is currently trading at $99.90 on CoinMarketCap.com ***(June 2018)***Arbitrade and Cryptobontix have also reported purchasing additional units from Bitmain, Canada Computers & Halong.
The mining units will commence operations for:
The daily cryptocurrency mining profits are to be used to:
Cryptotopic Inc.Arbitrade reported it has commenced a 15-year lease agreement with Cryptotopic Inc., an Ontario company that will work with Coin Miner LLC, on behalf of Arbitrade, to build Canada’s largest mining facility in a 100,000 square foot industrial warehouselocated in Watford, Ontario, Canada, which will house the 65,000 mining units.
This lease agreement marks the first of four facilities Arbitrade plans to open over the next 36 months with Cryptotopic Inc. and Coin Miner LLC.
Coin Miner LLCHayden owns Coin Miner LLC and has been overseeing the mining developments in Watford and Atlanta. Watford has 5MW of current power that can facilitate 4,000 mining rigs to start. Arbitrade, along with Coin Miner LLC, has been successfully negotiating with Hydro One and its partners to bring in up to an additional 150MW of power so that the Watford facility will be among the largest cryptocurrency mining facilities in the world.
Currently, the property boasts a massive size of 100,000 square feet, but there are an additional 16 acres available that can accommodate an enormous expansion up to 1,000,000 square feet of mining space. The company, on behalf of Hayden, has been in negotiations to develop the company’s own ASIC mining rigs and GPU miners.
The Atlanta facility has already been toured by top stock and crypto analyst Ronnie Moas. Photographs and videos are available on his Instagram account. You can also check the Timeline.
If Arbitrade execute properly, this will make them one of the largest cryptocurrency mining operations globally.
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Kambria Weekly Progress Update: November 18, 2018We had an incredible week here at Kambria. In case you missed it, here’s the replay!
November 11th — Kambria Connects Pioneers Worldwide at an Innovation, Community and Impact Event in Vietnam
November 10th -11th — Global Blockchain & Data Analytics Hackathon at Fordham University
In case you missed it, we had another fantastic hackathon co-hosted by Kambria in partnership with IDEAS on November 10th and 11th.
The Global Blockchain & Data Analytics Hackathon at Fordham University in New York saw solo developers, coders and startup teams in data analytics and blockchain come together to participate to build exciting projects. Developers and multi-disciplinary teams had two days to hack a project together with their team and compete for prizes.
“We are thrilled to partner with IDEAS and host a hackathon focused on data science, as it supports our core values of growing the development community and accelerating technological advancements,” said Thuc Vu, Kambria CEO and Co-founder. “The Kambria team’s main focus is bringing forth innovation in an exponential manner and providing value to multiple audiences around the world. “
Stay tuned for details about our next hackathon in Austin on December 8th and 9th. In the meantime, please visit https://blockchainhackathon.io/ for more information.
November 14th — Innovation, Community, Impact: Protocol for the Future
This was an incredible event! In partnership with Lixibox, Kambria justed “Innovation, Community, Impact: Protocol for the Future” this week. The event brought together prominent CEOs, successful investors, and other technology advocates to discuss entrepreneurship and how best to create an impact.
There were so many great insights shared by our esteemed guests who included Joe Lonsdale (8VC), Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss (Gemini Capital), Jack Abraham (Atomic), Jeff Lonsdale (Founders Fund), H.E. Chu Ngọc Anh, Vietnam’s Minister of Science and Technology, Sonny Vu, Minh Le, Sao Lonsdale (CEO of Lixibox) and our very own Thuc Vu, CEO and Co-founder of Kambria.
Check out the awesome sizzle reel by MoonRadius below and the livestream of the event. The conversation starts around minute 30. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8y4MxyAvTc
November 14th — Distributed Capital — Atlanta
Kambria Advisor, Michelle Tsing, spoke at the Distributed Capital event in Atlanta along with Corey McCauley and Angeleen Wilson. Catch a replay of the discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/m1che113/videos/10156810955688770/
November 15th — “Fueling the Innovation Economy: Startup Pitch and Blockchain Networking Event
Kambria and TomoChain hosted a startup pitch competition on November 15th in Ho Chi Minh City. Eight teams presented their businesses to our panel of judges and received valuable feedback.
You can watch the livestream here:
Part 1: http://bit.ly/2PXStUs
Part 2: http://bit.ly/2zXzG1k
November 15th — What is Bitcoin?
On November 15th, Kambria Advisor, Michelle Wang, spoke with over 2000 students at Emory Goizueta Business School about “What is Bitcoin?”
3 Reasons Kambria is Adopting Blockchain
Blockchain Rising — Adoption, Legislation, and Regulation
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