Interview with George Gor, CEO of “CoinIdol” and a Former Chief Editor of “Cointelegraph”: “We are creating a real-world brand”

The Coin Shark media news outlet turned one year old. At the beginning of our journey, being a young shark, we are doing our best to emulate the larger inhabitants of the crypto world. It is these two digital editorships that initially became our benchmarks for quality, style and professionalism.

Today, it is difficult to imagine the crypto industry without vivid information resources, such as “Cointelegraph” and “CoinIdol”. But after all, people are not born stars, they become stars. This is what we will talk about with George Gor, a man who has worked hard to make these two resources outstanding.

Hello, George. Tell us, please, how did your professional career in Blockchain begin, and how did you start working with “Cointelegraph”?

I’m NOT a co-founder of CoinTelegraph, but I’m a co-creator of the business model from its first days. But there is a rule to keep commercial secrets of the company that you’ve worked with. That’s exactly the situation with CoinTelegraph. I have an NDA with the owners of CoinTelegraph. All details that I could disclose are given in this article at Coinidol.

Since I quit the team of CoinTelegraph in spring 2016, our team has started Coinidol.com with an improved business model than our previous project.

We are getting more business results with less resources involved. Moreover, we are creating a real-world brand with a cartoon hero behind it.

The idea of the website is a hero, a knight that is a friend of highlander, who lives for hundreds or maybe thousands of years. He has an eternal mission, which is very good and bright, but almost impossible. He wants to find the best ever money, based on the principles of goodness, fairness, and equality. He wants to find the best ever coin in the universe. He wants to find the coin that is ideal for all people. The one that can be respected and admired very much.

This knight is known as CoinIdol, because of that goal. This knight is the witness of other people on the field of events around cutting-edge financial technologies. He founded that media together with our team. His will is the real origin of this project.

We have animated our hero in a real cartoon as an experiment: 

We will develop this project of the Coinidol Video News Channel.

You have mentioned in your story that you are conducting training for employees worldwide. How important is the team for a large-scale resource and what should it look like in an ideal scenario?

People are the most important part of the business. You can not conquer new markets if you don’t have a strong army of well-prepared staff. Even if you have the coolest armor in the world, you can still lose the battle if you don’t have the best warriors behind you. I prefer to build the business on the principles of “Sparta”, where a small number of well-trained people can do big deals. That’s why training every person is the key to success. I prefer to teach people from zero than to hire people that were prepared for the profession by somebody else. Some of the people that were taught by me as team members at CoinTelegraph are top managers in the world of Blockchain projects at the moment. It’s a pleasure for me to know that. But I will not give their names without their permission.

From the perspective of your experience, how long is the period of growth and development of the media? In other words, when creating a resource from scratch, how many years will it take, in your opinion, for it to reach the peak of its development?

It’s sad to say, but a news outlet can die at any moment. There is no guarantee that the resource will grow. Everything depends on the team of top managers, if they have the vision of monetisation for the project or they don’t. If you are doing any mass media business one year and you do not have revenue, you’d better quit the market. That’s the rule. Only 1 in 10 new projects survive.

With the increasing popularity of cryptocurrency, the number of crypto media outlets has increased dramatically. What can you say about this?

There are a lot of projects that appeared after the start of Coinidol.com in June 2016 and they are already dead or half dead today in November 2018.

Most of the newly appearing crypto media outlets are just temporary guests in the market. When we started Coinidol.com we had zero readers and now we have ⅓ million monthly pageviews. Our audience is gradually growing. We will do our best to have 10 million per month by 2020. Our secret is a stable business model invulnerable to market fluctuations. Right now the market is falling. That’s the reason we receive a lot of job applications from people, who were fired from just closed blockchain news outlets and blogs. Mass media is a tough job to be in. You have to be very experienced to sail in that sea. I’ve spent 20 years in the profession of top-manager, mass-media, advertising and public relations. But it’s still a struggle for me to do every new project.

What projects besides “CoinIdol” are you working on now? In which areas, other than cryptocurrency, will we hear about the success of George Gor?

We will develop the brand of Coinidol. We will start an Italian version of Coinidol in December 2018 with a web address: it.coinidol.com.

There are other projects for our team, but we have NDAs with our partners, that’s why I can not discuss them. Our job is to help the biggest international decentralized teams promote the Blockchain and CryptoCoins industry.

We have gathered a huge audience in 174 countries around the world and we will increase the number of our readers with new languages which we will add to Coinidol next year.

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How Is a Schoolboy Millionaire Doing: A Story About the Youngest Bitcoin Richer

Erik Finman’s life is like a dream. He is the youngest Bitcoin millionaire in the world. His digital wallet stores more than 400 BTC, which at the rate of $20 thousand per one coin was equal to $8 million.

From a schoolboy to a Bitcoin Millionaire

The story of Erik Finman began in 2011, when he was 12 years old. Young man received from his grandmother $1 thousand for college. However, the guy decided to invest them not in education, but in Bitcoin. He was confident that the digital currency has a great future and therefore he will have it, if he buys BTC. A schoolboy purchased Bitcoin on all the money that his grandmother gave him, with the rate of $12 per one coin.

The first million Erik earned at 15 years. Before that, the future millionaire, argued with his parents that he would not go to college if he earned his first million before the age of 18. When the Bitcoin rate first increased in the summer of 2017, Finman became a millionaire. After that, he went into business.

In 2013, Erik’s capital was valued at more than $100 thousand. This fortune pushed the guy to drop out from high school, in order to start his own business. Moreover, the young man was convinced that the secondary school provides with low-quality education.

“I had these teachers that were all kind of negative. One teacher told me to drop out and work at McDonald’s because that was all I would amount to for the rest of my life. I guess I did the dropout part.”  – said Erik in CNBC interview.

The young entrepreneur founded his own online educational platform Botangle, which helped the young people to find suitable teachers for class via video chat sessions.

January 2015 has been a remarkable for the guy. He sold Botangle for 300 BTC, whose rate at that time was $ 200 per coin. The buyer also offered the guy $100 thousand in exchange for the business. However, Erik was convinced that it was much more promising to make a deal with cryptocurrency.

“My parents asked ‘Why don’t you take the more cash? But I thought of it more of an investment.” –  Finman explained.

You may ask, what’s the catch? And the catch really is. After all, the guy for $100 thousand could buy 500 BTC instead of 300 BTC. But he chose cryptocurrency, because the official transaction is accompanied by certain difficulties with which, the underage wouldn’t not cope.

Today, December 2018, Erik has about 400 BTC at his disposal, and the Bitcoin rate varies within $4,000 per coin. That is, Erik’s fortune does not exceed $2 million. Despite the fact that experts like Warren Buffett are confident that the cryptocurrency is a bubble that is about to burst, the young man says:

“Personally I think bitcoin is going to be worth a couple hundred thousand to a million dollars a coin”

Some believe that the young millionaire suffers from paranoid syndrome. After an increase of popularity and capital, Erik is obsessed with the security of his assets. For example, he divides his capital into various super secured wallets.

Bitcoin millionaire lifestyle

Erik bought a house in West Hollywood, where he neighbors with young YouTube stars and IT elites. Well, and as usual it happens, the guy had his head turned by his fortune. The first evidence that Finman “went off the rails” was the reusable rental of Lamborghini sports cars.

The insanity did not last long. During this dizzying period, the guy did not insert the diamond teeth, did not fill the wardrobe to the full with clothing. By the way it is half empty. The millionaire dresses very inconspicuously: T-shirts, shorts and jeans.

Erik hated the school so much, that when he bought a car, it was indicative that he chose a number with his average grade of school certificate – 2.1GPA.

All of Erik’s relatives have a higher education, so they really want their children to get a higher education. But, a bet’s a bet,and besides, the guy is not going to college under any circumstances:

“The purpose of that would be to get another education level and get a job. I had to learn through running a business. Instead of writing essays for English class, I had to write emails to important people.” – said Erik. “The way the education system is structured now, I wouldn’t recommend it,It doesn’t work for anyone. I would recommend the internet, which is all free. You can learn a million times more off YouTube and Wikipedia.”

The young millionaire eats at Polo Lounge, In-N-Out Burger and other restaurants, depending on his mood. In his free time from work, the guy travels. He likes to have a rest on distant continents, especially Dubai.

Source: https://www.inverse.com

Now Finman is in charge of managing his own and family Bitcoin investments.

The young millionaire’s view of the future of cryptocurrency

The world’s first cryptocurrency by capitalization is not the only digital currency that makes up the capital of the millionaire. Litecoin and Ethereum are also in reserve.

If the young man believes in the future of Bitcoin, the future of Vitalik Buterin’s creation he doubts though. Erik believes that Ethereum’s growth depends on speculation on the crypto market.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 12: Cryptocurrencies Are Relatively Stable

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) remained stable over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3412 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are both in the red and in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash lost 4% over the past 24 hours and costs $95 per coin;

Ripple added 0.52% and costs $0.30;

EOS grew by 0.04%, and its price is $1.91;

Litecoin dropped by 0.91%, and its rate is $24;

Cardano increased by 0.32%, and its value is $0.029;

Stellar lost 2.76% and costs $0.11;

IOTA fell by 7.31%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash decreased by 4.83%, and its price is $65;

Monero became cheaper by 1.40% and costs $43.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 1.59%. The coin rate is $89, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization is $109 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 54.9% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $60 billion.

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Tether Made It into Top-5 Cryptocurrencies

The king of stablecoins Tether (USDT) is now the 5th biggest cryptocurrency, according to the rating of CoinMarketCap. Although the coin did follow the overall downward trend, it is clearly doing better than EOS and Ethereum. The rating now looks like this:


Source: CoinMarketCap

Despite the jump in the rating, things are not particularly amazing for Tether. The coin is quickly losing holders, since its alternatives (like Gemini Dollar) have way more customer-friendlier conditions.

The crypto industry is turning upside down. Given the level of volatility, the top-5 newcomers might or might not stay there. We remind you:

Stellar Has Outrun EOS and Became the 5th Top Cryptocurrency

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 11: Cryptocurrencies Are Once Again in the Red Zone

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 1.8% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3425 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are also falling in price:

Bitcoin Cash lost 3.52% over the past 24 hours and costs $99 per coin;

Ripple dropped by 1.43% and is $0.30 in value;

EOS minus 3.41%, and its price is $1.91;

Litecoin decreased by 1.50%, and its rate is $24;

Cardano lost 2.49%, and its cost is $0.029;

Stellar fell by 1.29% and costs $0.11;

IOTA added 2.85%, and its value is $0.24;

Dash lost 3.36%, and its price is $68;

Monero became cheaper at 4.77% and costs $43.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 1.43%. The coin exchange rate is $90, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization is $110 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 55% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $60 billion.

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Top Serials Where Cryptocurrency is Mentioned

Who doesn’t like to relax on the soft couch watching a show after an intense day? The Coin Shark has made a compilation of serials about cryptocurrency, so that your rest will be complemented by benefits.

1. StartUp

This serial opens the compilation of crypto serials for a good reason. This is the first picture, that doesn’t merely deals with digital currency, but contain it in the heart of the plot.

Cybertriller about cryptocurrency, hackers, bankers and mobsters, who are combined in order to change the world. In the picture, instead of the well-known Bitcoin and Ethereum, a fictional digital coin called GenCoin is used.

TV series adviser Brian Stoeckert, expert in risk management and anti-money laundering, in the interview with CNBC said:

“People have heard about digital currency, but they really don’t understand how it operates. They just see it on the headlines,this is one way they can follow a story line and get a unique perspective on it”.

2. Mr. Robot

Sam Esmail created not just an American psychological TV show, but the whole iconic picture, which consists of 3 seasons. The serial is highly appreciated by programmers and those, who are interested in innovations.

The main character Elliot Alderson, played by an actor Rami Malek, leads a double life: by day, he is a cyber security engineer, and by night – a genius hacker. But the double life doesn’t end here!  Elliot has a split personality.

In the serial a fictional cryptocurrency Ecoin is involved, even the famous Bitcoin is mentioned. In one of the episodes, the president of E-Corp or “evil corporation” Philipp Price (the actor Christopher Michael) and a high-ranking official, whom serial fans compare to Jacob Lew, discuss the future of their cryptocurrency and Bitcoin.

“The problem here is hard cash is fading, rapidly, this is the way of the world right now and Bitcoin is spreading and it Bitcoin takes of the wheel all in a world of hell. It is unregulated,it’s already reached its transaction volume maximum and it is part plate control by Chinese miners”.

3. The Big Bang Theory

Popular comedy series, which wins our hearts with edgy sense of humor and thin sarcasm. Many believe, that the target audience of sitcom are just “techs”, since its main characters Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, who were played by Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons respectively, are talented physics. Nevertheless, the humour doesn’t revolve around the science and the characters get into quite familiar situations for everyone.

The series creators were inspired by cryptocurrency so much, that in 2017 they have devoted the whole episode to it under the name “The Bitcoin Entanglement”. In the serie, the main characters recalled, that they had mined BTC and saved them on a Flash-drive, which was lost 🙂

4. The Simpsons

There is no person, who’ve never heard of The Simpsons. This yellow people are well-known around the world and head of the family Homer, voiced by Daniel Castellaneta, is often cited in comic public groups. And there is no wonder, because in this situational animated comedy you have everything you need in order to get inspired by positivity and get temporarily disconnect from worries.

The cryptocurrency in the serial is mentioned in an episode in 2013. In the serie Krusty the Clown tells, that he is broke, because “All it takes, is a bad luck with a ponies, worse luck in a Bitcoin market, heavy investment in a high and bookmark company”.

Also in the 7 serie, season 25, Bitcoin was depicted on the billboard near the school:

5. Almost Human

You must admit, that it would be weird if a science fiction TV show, events of which develop in 2048, didn’t concern Bitcoin. The creator, J. H. Wyman, wouldn’t make such mistake. True, Bitcoin in the series, is not what we are used to “not seeing”. Here, the first cryptocurrency of nowadays is presented in the form of a large flash drive.

6. The Blacklist

The cryptocurrency has not fully replaced the fiat and a certain percentage of humanity doesn’t even understand what it is. But, others are already bringing clarity to the public about the digital currency. The writers,of “The Blacklist” decided not to invent a new cryptocurrency, but to use the well-known Ripple.

We want to remind you, that recently Ripple has become the second cryptocurrency by capitalization on the market.

7. Billions

This serial is mandatory to view for those, who are involved in finance and closely linked to the economy.

Billions is a melodramatic picture with a dynamic plot. The action of episodes are develop around two largest players in the US financial world – successful businessmen Bobby Axelrod and the Prosecutor of the Southern New York District – Chuck Rhoades.  Chuck knows, that Axe’s fund is maintaining shadow activity, because of that he is constantly looking for and consequently finds compromising evidence. The cast characters – Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti respectively.

Now Billions – is the best serial about finance. The heroes begin to use cryptocurrency in the third season.

Cryptocurrency also appears in the following series: “The Good Wife”, ”Person of Interest”, ”Blindspot”, ”iZombie”, ”Family Guy”.

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You Can Now Pay with Dash at Venezuelan KFC

According to a report made by Forbes, a popular fast food restaurant KFC in Venezuela will now accept Dash cryptocurrency as a means of payment, following the example of Papa Johns and Subway. The innovation will take effect this week.

The first cafe that will accept Dash is the one in the capital city of Caracas, however, it will soon spread all over the country. The representative of Dash in Venezuela, Alejandro Echeverría, states:

Having a globally recognized brand such as KFC accepting dash payments in Venezuela is a great achievement for cryptocurrency and further validation of the continuing trend of dash adoption.”

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