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Investing in Bitcoin? What, after all, is this cryptocurrency?

This week, Ariana Nunes (financial educator and creator of the YouTube channel “Renda Maior) introduces Forever Young readers to the incredible“ world ”of cryptocurrencies. Imagine a purely digital “coin”, where its shape is not round, but a series of letters and random numbers as if it were a large password. That’s how cryptocurrencies are. We are facing codes that are exchanged online between people, leaving these transactions in an orderly network, as if it were an immutable and inviolable list, called “Blockchain”. This same network will ensure that other members validate these transactions in order to be successfully registered, thus leaving a connotation of anti-corruption in force. I have invested in Bitcoin Satoshis since 2017 and I regret not having done it before, when I had the opportunity to do so. 
  1. The beginning
I came across a technology based on a database with its immutable transactions, which did not allow changes and which could give the transparency we need in the financial world, thus preventing the continuation of corruption and fraud that exist. I saw that it is not possible to copy the codes of each virtual currency (since each one is a code of letters and numbers). I also realized, its potential to be a global currency of exchange, without having the hand of central banks or governments, and with a creation / maintenance structure very protected, which rewards those who help to develop the network, that is, create new currencies / Bitcoin blocks (the so-called “mining Bitcoin”). All this is possible only with the help of computer processors to solve several advanced problems of mathematics and cryptography (and it is when these complex problems are solved, that the codes that originate the “new” bitcoin on the network arise).
  1. Bitcoin and the future
In a simplified way, Bitcoin was created online by a stranger with the (perhaps fictional) name of Satoshi Nakamoto. It was programmed with the objective of having a limited production, being stipulated in about 21 million Bitcoin (more than half, are already on the market). The pace of coin production is, therefore, decreasing and previously known, with a programmed decrease in its creation every 4 years, a procedure called “Halving”. It is now known that, by the year 2120, Bitcoin will stop its “mining” altogether and will begin to reward only its community for transactions made with digital currency.
  1. How do I do?
As I said before, I invest in Bitcoin Satoshis (these are the “cents” of Bitcoin that are worth a lot today, as Bitcoin is divided to 8 decimal places) since the year 2017, and I regret not having done it before, when I had an opportunity to start earlier. Going back to 2010, after completing several online surveys and seeing advertising banners (yes, in the past they paid to put a banner on our desktop on the computer with advertising running), my reward was later redeemed via Paypal or Bitcoin. And I, unfortunately, chose to receive the money, approximately € 30, instead of taking Bitcoin. They would pay me about 4 Bitcoins, which today in euros, would give an amount of € 36,000! Of the several positive scenarios I identified about this cryptocurrency, it was highlighted the fact that you can get Satoshis online (free of charge with great patience!) On sites called “faucets”, and you can also buy and sell (speculate the price) without paying any tax this, thus obtaining only profits (capital gains), since, to date, they are not taxed in Portugal. Since then, through cryptocurrency brokers, I buy when the price drops and sell when it goes up, without ever getting rid of everything. In order for me to have more knowledge on this subject and to know the best time to buy or sell (since it is speculating on something extremely risky and volatile), I am following this market and the world news of cryptocurrencies closely. For example, many say it is not an investment but rather speculation, but recently the Central Bank of Israel has considered it an asset. The truth is, it has been a very interesting world to explore! *

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New OnePlus 9RT: Specs, launch date, colors revealed

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

Shenzhen [China]: The OnePlus 9 RT’s launch date and specifications have been revealed by OnePlus ahead of its official announcement.

According to GSM Arena, the OnePlus 9 RT will go on sale in China on October 13, or next week.
Although the new OnePlus smartphone will be unveiled in China first, it is expected to make its way to India as well. In India, the OnePlus 9 RT has yet to be announced.

The Snapdragon 888 SoC will power the OnePlus 9 RT, which will be paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. It will have a 120Hz E4 screen and a 4,500mAh battery that will charge at 65W. The primary camera on the 9 RT will be 50 megapixels.

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

The phone maker also revealed that the 9 RT will be available in two colour options: black and grey, and that pre-orders will begin on October 13 in China, with the first sale on October 19.

We’re still four days away from the launch, so expect more information regarding the OnePlus 9 RT in the days leading up to it.

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Meaning of CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CTO and CMO: Calling each executive by name

The adoption of business terms and technicalities from English-speaking organizations is increasingly widespread, and acronyms that describe executive positions are often favorites when used by those responsible for the areas of the company. The use of acronyms such as CEO, COO, CIO, CTO and CMO has become widespread, both in more traditional organizations such as startups and other technology-based companies.

But what is the meaning of these acronyms?

If we pay careful attention to its definition, we will see that the meaning of CEO and the rest of the management figures of companies are much simpler than you thought.

What is the CEO of a company?

The CEO of a company is the acronym corresponding to the acronym for Chief Executive Officer, which in Spain we usually know as CEO or Executive Director. He is the head of administrative management and direction in the company.

Who is the COO?

It comes from the Chief Operating Officer and can be translated as Director of Operations or Chief of Operations, responsible for the daily operations of the company such as production, logistics, etc.

What does CFO stand for in English?

CFO is the abbreviation for Ch IEF Financial Officer. In our business culture it corresponds to the Chief Financial Officer and his responsibility is the economic and financial planning of the company based on the objectives established by the board of directors, generally made up of those responsible for each area that we are analyzing in this post.

What is the CIO of a company?

It comes from the acronym for Chief Information Officer. Their role is attributed to the person responsible for the company’s information technology systems and usually falls into different professional profiles depending on the organization’s structure. Thus, the position of CIO may be the counterpart of the systems manager, although there is ambiguity in its implementation and it is often confused with the CTO, which we explain below.

What does the acronym CTO stand for?

It is the abbreviation of Chief Technology Officer and it is usual to give it the same treatment as the system manager in an erroneous way by many companies. The main difference is that while the CIO is responsible for the company’s information services at the process level and from the planning point of view, the CTO is the technical person in charge of the development and correct operation of the information systems from the point of view of execution.

What is a CMO in a company?

It corresponds to the acronym of Chief Marketing Officer and its translation in our business language is that of Marketing Director as the head of sales and product development, among other functions.

Its application in practice is different according to the structure of each organization, and there may be various combinations in the hierarchy of these executive positions. In general, the meaning of CEO of the company falls on the highest part of the organization and has as subordinates the executives responsible for each area, who report directly to this CEO to make his decisions. However, in other organizational models, the position of CEO held by its president as the visible image in communication and public relations of the company, delegating the highest decision-making authority to the COO.

The meaning of CEO extends

This definition nomenclature of executive positions in companies does not end here. Many of these terms did not exist a few years ago, and the increasing specialization of departments in large organizations gives rise to new positions, which after the meaning of CEO and the other positions that we have seen evolve into new figures such as the CSO (Chief Science Officer), CCO (Chief Commercial Officer), CLO (Chief Legal Officer) among many other definitions of executive positions.

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Coworking: Need or Opportunity?

Many times when it comes to undertaking we see that there are a great multitude of impediments that stop our initiative.

One of the most obvious, especially in times of crisis, is financing. That is why a work modality called coworking has proliferated in Spain for a few years. But what is coworking?

The foundation of coworking is to bring together professionals from different fields in the same space where they can develop their activity, which means significant cost savings. In other words, it’s like having roommates with whom you share expenses.

Surely, you have heard a friend talk about a coworking space, collaborative work, cost savings, … So far great, but the philosophy that underlies this type of work is even broader. The work tends to be increasingly multidisciplinary and many times, as entrepreneurs , we cannot cover the requests of a potential client.

We are going to put an example. Let’s imagine that we are a freelance professional specialized in Online Marketing and we have several accounts as a Community Manager.

As you are self-employed, but you are not motivated either by being in your pajamas all day locked at home listening to music, or worse, some gossip program that they give in the morning on TV – not to mention going to work in a library where the WIFI is slower than on your first Smartphone – you decide to try a coworking space where you have all the comforts for a small price and from which you can always “run away” if things don’t go well for you.

One fine day comes the opportunity to create a Social Media plan for a company. Within this Plan the creation of a corporate blog, the creation of videos,… to which you obviously answer: “no problem!” Is contemplated, since it is an opportunity that you cannot miss.

Once you dismiss the client, you sit in your chair and a cold sweat starts to run down your forehead thinking “now how do I do all this?”

From its programming, database creation, corporate identity creation … to the creation of promotional videos and a long etcetera.

Suddenly you raise your head like a meerkat in the African savannah and you see Nika, that nice girl who is a web designer and a little further on you see Alfon, that “compi” with whom you go out for beer on Fridays when you finish ” currar ”and it turns out that in addition to working as an illustrator, he has a hobby which is making videos, especially for his friends, and on top of that, it’s really good!

Et voilá! You already have a fully qualified team to carry out your project… and who knows if a future company. This idea is what underlies the coworking philosophy : Being able to create flexible collaborative environments that adapt to the needs of projects or clients.

Obviously, cooperative work has its advantages and disadvantages. Creating a multidisciplinary team for a project can be complicated, since managing the team is not an easy task when the participants do not share a mutual philosophy or common goals. Therefore, it is important to create a team that complements each other both on a human and professional level, and above all that wants to move the project forward.

From my own experience, if you want to develop your own project and do not have funding , it is better to make it very clear to the participants the delivery times and what their role in the team is. Otherwise, you will end up spending more time trying to coordinate people than working directly on your project.
“Luck is what happens when preparation and opportunity meet and merge.” Voltaire

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