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  1. A Short Story: Don't Miss The Boat Jolted awake and suddenly focused by a sudden violent crack, aware but not quite one hundred percent of my surroundings, my mind attempting to assess the situation. It had been a week now, awake by day, cat naps by night…… I must have fallen into a deep sleep…. The sails now flogging violently, whipping the ropes attached to them in a chaotic manner. The salt spray, fresh and made cold by the wind stung. This coupled with the ocean swell of the Atlantic rising up the continental shelf made for a disorientating and initially nauseating wakeup call in the pitch black. “What is this happening?” The weather had checked out and was predicted to be stably blowing me along. Up until now anyway… Finding a bearing while gazing down at the instruments in the cockpit was proving difficult, not much was making sense. The compass mounted high on its binnacle with its garish green glow was turning through 270°, slowly and continually increasing as the boat turned its self through the wind uncontrolled. Suddenly the answer was apparent! “The autopilot, of course…" The familiar whirring of its motor and bearings was silent. Occasionally the force of big waves on the rudder can cause it to go a bit haywire, loose its grip on reality and most importantly the direction the boat should be heading in. Attempts to reset the autopilot prove futile, whilst wrestling the craft back on track. Something is drastically wrong with it and there’s little to do fixing it in the dark of the very early morning. Now fully awake, I am resigned to hand steering until dawn. I follow the compass whilst chastising myself for falling too deeply into sleep, despite there being very little one can do about the sudden failure of systems out of your control. [1] Thoughts creep into the mind as the stimuli of the wave motion, the up and down and side to side tilting of the starry horizon, the sensation of full sails pulling the craft along in an ebb and flow as you ride up and down each swell, all act to hypnotize you.… “Sailing…. Is this really what you wanted? It’s hard work, tiring… exhausting in fact, you just proved that… but… it is the small, fleeting moments that make it all worth it, the sun rising and setting, the dolphins swimming along side, the ever changing colors of the sea” In the darkness thoughts turn to how opportunities of a lifetime were made possible by a chance discovery. “$1000! No way am I paying that much.” But steadily as the months passed the phenomenon known as FOMO (fear of missing out) set in, and in hindsight I really did miss out. By the time I finally pulled the trigger on Bitcoin I had a fraction of what I would have had if I had invested the same amount back when I rejected it. I still wouldn’t have want it any other way however, careful research had got me to this point. “Bitcoin Sherpa’s” prophetic and ethical albeit quasi-anarchical teachings had guided me thus far. His well thought out and logical arguments resonated well with my own convictions. The further I delved into the world of cryptocurrencies and digital assets, the more certain things became apparent: 1. Most coins are as they are described; ****coins 2. ALL coins have an essence of cultism, therefore DYOR (do your own research), before joining 3. Banks are not disappearing in my lifetime [2] In my DYOR stage of finding something undervalued so not to miss the proverbial train again, I stumbled upon XRP, slated by many, held high by few. The potential of the technology seemed incredible as did the potential gains which most of us seeked. The professionalism of the very real company Ripple attempting to utilize the digital token XRP was unlike any other outfit in the cryptosphere, making it quite apparent how far they could go. And so began the rollercoaster ride of an investment I believed in, ups and downs, but more frustratingly the periods of sideways stagnation….. The sun rotated into view, turning the sky flame orange. This takes my full attention and there are no other thoughts other than the appreciation of the moment. The feeling fades as the prospect of manually steering the boat for another few days before pulling into a harbor spurs me into action. Locking the wheel in position gives a bit of time between fine tuning the direction of the boat against wind and swell to scroll through the auto pilot’s user-interface and troubleshoot. Fault code: 5357494654 also known as, the rudder position sender, is showing a fault and a quick clean of the connector contacts fails to bodge the fault. Thankfully the satellite phone on board allows internet connectivity. Due to increasing demand and steadily reduced operating costs, the internet of information is accessible anywhere on the planet at a far better standard than what was on offer just a few years ago; severely limited and expensive data plans with equally expensive set-up costs. The app for the chandlery in the marina I am headed for shows the part required to solve the issue (787270) can be pre-ordered into store. A transparent smart contract in their app, I know runs on a backend application called Codius, allows me to pre-order and secure the part I require just in time for my arrival, in this case, with an unknown and as yet untrusted merchant. Codius gives me confidence. My bank from my home country ensures the payment will be made immediately on my arrival at the chandlery for handover of the component at the going foreign exchange rate with negligible fees, INSTANTLY. No embarrassing waiting at a card machine for your debit card to be accepted or declined, no time wasted contacting your payment provider to query why the transaction has been blocked whist abroad. Again, I know this is thanks to the utilization of Ripple Lab’s xRapid in the backend of the complicated financial machinery that moves money across borders. xRapid grants me accessibility. Accessibility to a worldwide market of vendors with virtually zero wait time. Smiling, I remember thinking about how I could send an email instantly all those years ago, but not money. Content and reassured about an efficient purchase and upcoming repair I continue to helm the craft to harbor, the bow now ploughing through the oncoming waves in the warm morning sunshine, the sea glistening like liquid gold. Despite having liquidated most of my XRP holdings to pursue dreams, I vaguely recall a saying I had seen on forums that seems to ring particularly true in this moment, all without the dollar hyper-inflating and society as we know it collapsing: “Came for the gains, but stayed for the tech” -anon [3] References [1] http://www.oryanmarine.com/images/boatsales/2004sunseeker/compass.jpg [2] https://insdrcdn.com/media/attachments/c/d5/bb4f38d5c.png [3] https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/69594756716478163/
  2. Just wanted to share this thought that has been on my mind all week: I have been thinking about my time holding XRP. I started last October by researching and purchasing a mere 100 zerps. I was just figuring out the technology and had fun just transferring XRP from the exchange to my desktop wallet and to my friend's wallet and back again (after all, this was only ~$25, and he is a really trustworthy friend). It was exciting to me that value could be moved around so effortlessly. I was hooked. I followed XRP all the way through the december bull run. I have to admit that I did FOMO and purchased more at $1.07 as the price was on its way up to the ATH only a few weeks later. During that bull run, my heart was fluttering. I couldn't believe I was so lucky to be a part of a swell of investors and bought in at the right time... We all were wrong. As the market has stabilized, we are learning exactly what we are investing in.... institutional change. Obviously, it takes time for institutions to adopt a new technology. Gone are the days of boom and bust crypto. For christ's sake, we survived beeetconneeect. Don't worry, my doctor said the side effects of this gif wears off within a week.... *shudders* To the main point Anyone who has held to this point should be very proud of themselves, because we have the potential to to beat Wall street at the investing game. I want to just to give you my opinion of where I think we are at with our investment in XRP by using references: Wow, those are huge curves. Wouldn't it have been great to invest in those assets? I left off the scales because this is what everyone in the crypto sphere is looking at... the moonshot. People see this and think that it would have been easy to spot these investments from a mile away.... sure, very little people would have invested at the beginning (we don't have crystal balls after all). However, as it was climbing in value, it's obvious that everyone would bandwagon on this asset and FOMO in.... right? Oh Donny....... You sure have a way with words. These are both stock prices. And you old farts here might recognize these curves. The first is Amazon <==== *sploosh* The second..... ENRON <===== Loser So yeah, half the trouble with investing is picking the right pot to place your pennies in. I am convinced that XRP is the best pot on the shelf... your results may vary. I just think XRP as a currency and Ripple as a company is more straight-laced than anyone else The second half is patience. I'm not going to go in on this one because there are so many threads on this forum about HODLing. And whatever you decide to HODL to is your business. However, I will inject my opinion on where I believe we are at with our investment..... while keeping the Amazon analogy This is to lend some perspective. The first Image is an all time high mark for Amazon in 1999. The second was a critical low in 2001. The price of Amazon stock fell Over 90% We are currently sitting about 80% (give or take.. I hate Math). The price of Amazon stock hovered around $25 for 5 more years before the ascent occured. We are reaching a critical low. and I am prepared to wait the 5 years to see my investment pay off. I am even more willing to wait for the decade of total institutional change. So yeah, Thats whats been on my mind. Stay strong and HODL #XRPTheStandard
  3. Yesterday Brad Garlinghouse mentioned something that caught my attention but I haven't seen discussed here yet (apologies if I just missed it). He mentioned that you can invest in Ripple, the company (NOT XRP), via secondary markets. Does anyone have intel on the how and what of this? If not I'm tempted to call Ripple's HQ and ask how to do this! I don't expect an IPO for quite awhile so this would be an interesting consideration.
  4. This is my latest blog post! I discuss how it's not enough to just "be the best", but that we as XRP investors should also be the evangelists for our investment - I talk about how to discuss XRP as a topic, and then I provide some resources that I think new XRP investors or researchers can use to learn more. I hope you like it. Please let me know your feedback - positive or negative, and as always, feel free to share or link to it on other media! Reddit Twitter
  5. Hodors Latest Blog Entry This is my latest blog entry. Just in case you didn't already know - South Korea, a small country of ~ 51 million, has been single-handily driving crypto prices for the last two months (Bitcoin, Ethereum & XRP). Take a read and let me know if you agree / disagree with my conclusions and please feel free to share as much as you want on any other medium! Reddit Twitter
  6. There have been rumblings from bright people within the realm of economics and finance (for the past few years) stating that the U.S. is long over due for a recession (here's one source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1WrO4pCu7c). Though no one can predict the exact timing of such an event, chances are that we may experience a correction within the next few years. Interested to know what many of you brilliant people on here think about how a recession would affect the price of Ripple XRP. Would investors view XRP as a safe haven and as a hedge against the so-called 'Global Central Bank Economy', like they already do with Bitcoin and other decentralized coins? Or is the success of XRP directly linked to the health of the economy at large? Thank all of you in advance, I'm a huge fan of this forum and of Ripple. #2theMoon
  7. https://www.wealthdaily.com/resources/3-reasons-to-invest-in-ripple/94
  8. - Use case possibilities - Add-on DAPPs - Legacy application add-ons - Non-Profit Org. Opportunities - One-offs from existing successes These each have their entrepreneurs / scammers / stock market hacks / millionaires who are creating slick ads, whitepaper stories and reference "halos" to get us to bite on their next great Google idea. Do you invest? (I've done one.) If so, do you allocate a certain percentage of your trade-able currencies to ICO's? Do you have exit strategies? How do you choose? On the other side of the "coin" if you don't bother, why? Will there likely be a compelling story that could change your mind, your approach to this riskier part of the risky market we've put our money into? Asking this because I think this could assist the community in better understanding investment strategies overall. How we think about our investments helps a lot of people, I believe, especially since this is such a new concept to so many.
  9. Hello All, I am looking to invest in a crypto related business, ideally an exchange. This is a serious proposal, I have cash (GBP) to invest in an exisiting business or a start-up. One option is for me to be an investor on a silent partner basis. Another option is to invest and to also contribute towards expansion and development of the project by project assisting/management and php coding. I have sent an email to one exchange but heard nothing back. In the coming days I will be contacting others en masse in the hope that progress can be made. - Are you thinking of crypto related start-up? - Do you already have one and are open to a cash injection for expansion? - Are you aware of a crypto related business that might be interested in my proposal? Please post here and let me know your views about crypto related investments in general and also about any business opportunities. Feel free to ask any questions. Thanks
  10. "Is xxxx coin a good investment? Should I put some money into it?" As we make profits with our crypto investments, people want to know where else to invest ...or to place their bets. Smart money rotates to good investments. Smart digital currencies will do the same thing. It's already happening, even though less than 1% of the investment engines of the world will, or can, say so. So when you look at other coins to invest (or trade in) what are your guidelines, your tools for deciding for or against getting into or getting out of a specific crypto? Hoping this topic gives the newbies to the world of digital currencies some food for thought before they (we) simply do the old "just throw some BTC at one" approach. This could be a decent place to direct the many people asking the questions about what makes an investment a good one.
  11. (Be aware that this is me feeding the hype and only my 2 cents) The investing angels that guide me tell me that more is to come. Hold on to your socks fellow ripple-ians and profit hungry brothers. The real reason I have such confidence is that ripple is the only cryptocurrency that has traditional financial institutions investing and testing it. This means that they do not want to get left behind and the fact that they put their confidence into ripple is a good sign for all cryptocurrencies because it validates the concept and technology. One thing we must all understand is that a currency is only as valuable as the market allows/wants it to be and it shows this through adoption (volume) and can unfortunately be manipulated by supply ( think of the diamond industry). The fact that ripple is centralized makes the majority of cryptocurrency enthusiasts dislike it as it is antithetical to the premise on which cryptocurrencies where created, that of being a decentralized, peer to peer method of exchanging value. But I say this again, it is only as valuable as the number of people who accept and adopt it. Of my short experience in cryptocurrencies I can say that there are two main types of cryptocurrency enthusiasts. In category 1 we have those who are genuinely invested in the decentralized ideal and want to create a parallel financial ecosystem where we are all in control of our own money and there is no financial third party to ask for permission to send money. This is an ideal that requires most users to have an above average understanding of the technology or at least be aware of it and know how to use the wallets and exchanges. Herein lies the true problem and barrier to entry. If cryptocurrencies are to be truly adopted they will require a more mass market friendly platform to offer their coins on and they will also have to be useful in that they can either buy goods and services (such as how bitcoin is accepted at many online merchants) or they can be more unique and be a way to transfer and exchange money between people and between banks (ripple). On the other hand, we have the second type of crypto enthusiast who is profit driven and feeds of the speculation and high volatility. This type of enthusiast cares less about the technology and the ideal and more about the volatility and market manipulation. Though even those in category 1 enjoy the growth in their net worth. Exchanges only exist because there is a large demand for them from enthusiasts in this category and the fact that they are unregulated and have such low fees means that any average person with a decent internet connection and an ID can try and benefit from this volatile industry (desirably so). However, what ripple is doing is legitimizing the industry and if they play their cards right they may be opening the door for other cryptocurrencies and start-ups in this area. Much like how Ethereum has been revolutionizing the cryptocurrency industry in applications, ripple will allow for the beginning of mass market exposure to and adoption of cryptocurrencies. And yes, all those of us who have just found out about it or have been in this word since the birth of bitcoin will regarded as the “lucky ones” who were there early enough to reap the financial rewards. N.B. I am not a financial expert and I do not pretend to be. Please do your own research and invest wisely and only what you can afford to lose and still feed yourself. In addition, remember that sometimes hype may be bad and only slow, sustained growth is true growth.
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