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Coinsetter Launches US-Based Bitcoin Forex Trading Platform

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Coinsetter Targets Active, High Volume Traders with New Capabilities

In the race among Bitcoin exchanges, there is a new player: New York City-based Coinsetter. The company introduced its forex trading platform for Bitcoin to the public today.

“With this release,traders from around the world will have access to an institutional class platform that enables customers to execute bitcoin trades on a millisecond level with more reliability than any other option in the market,” said Coinsetter in a statement. “On top of its proprietary millisecond matching engine, Coinsetter platform will soon aggregate the order books of other bitcoin exchanges to provide more liquidity than any single exchange can alone.”

Coinsetter Launches Bitcoin Trading Platform

The company is marketing its platform to active traders, those familiar with existing trading paradigms. It provides a maker-taker pricing model for high volume traders, and institutional margin and financing for business customers.

For the month of November, Coinsetter is offering free trading and free SEPA deposits and withdrawals to celebrate the launch.

The company raised a venture capital round earlier this year of approximately $500K from the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund and Tribeca Venture Partners.

Embracing Regulatory Requirements

Coinsetter was founded by 28-year-old Jaron Lukasiewicz, who has worked in the financial services industry since graduating from Rice University in 2008. Mr. Lukasiewicz is using this experience to understand and embrace the regulatory requirements for operating a trading platform in the U.S.

Coinsetter CEO Jaron Lukasiewicz

Coinsetter CEO Jaron Lukasiewicz pictured second from right.

Several Bitcoin exchanges have run into troubles with regulation. For example, earlier this year, Tradehill suspended trading and Mt.Gox halted USD withdrawals. Later in the year, 22 Bitcoin companies were subpoenaed by the New York Department of Financial Services to answer critical questions about the digital currency.

In a statement, Coinsetter reported that it has secured a compliance-approved bank account with a U.S. banking institution, which will soon support ACH transfers for U.S. customers. For its international customers, Coinsetter has secured a compliance-approved bank account from Sparkasse Bank Malta plc, a subsidiary of Erste Group, one of Europe’s largest financial services providers.

“Coinsetter believes these relationships translate into a tangible value proposition for its customers, giving users confidence in timely bank deposits and withdrawals to and from Coinsetter,” said the company.

Excerpt from related story: Finding Business Model Opportunities in Bitcoin – Coinsetter CEO

Today, he proposes, Bitcoin is the dominant virtual currency.  Not simply in terms of transactions and value, but based on awareness – including awareness outside current users of the market.  The first mover advantage is significant and Mr. Lukasiewicz asks us to spend time thinking about how it has the potential to become an “IP address for money.”

Learn more or start trading at www.coinsetter.com.


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Croatian-Based BitKonan Launches Bitcoin Trading Platform

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New Croatian Bitcoin Trading Platform Enters the Market

The Bitcoin exchange and Bitcoin trading platform continues to grow. With incumbents like Mt.Gox, Tradehill, and TradeRush, is there room for another entrant? Croatian-based BitKonan thinks there is.

BitKonan is a new Bitcoin trading platform that allows speculators and Bitcoiners worldwide to trade Bitcoin for US dollars. CEO Sime Bakic encourages one and all, experienced and novice, to “Trade Bitcoins like a pro.”

Bakic entices traders with a low flat trading fee of just 0.29%. “Bitcoin speculation is going to be a very competitive industry and we are ready to compete,” said Bakic, from his headquarters in Split, Croatia.

BitKonan Bitcoin Trading Platform Croatia

Protecting Traders from Volatility

Bitcoin is a volatile currency. Traders at BitKonan can insulate themselves from declines in Bitcoin value with preset stop-loss orders. Traders can also preset stop limit orders to enter the market above or below the current market price in order to trade breakouts. Given the present reality of Bitcoin price movements, small or vast fortunes can be made or squandered in a Split second.

“Speculators need to be able to strike with the speed of a cobra on performance enhancing drugs” said the company. “BitKonan enables that with its lightning fast rapid order entry system.”

BitKonan is backed by the registered Croatian company RES REI J.D.O.O, Bakic has used venture capital to hire a team of programmers. These programmers have developed the trading platform in-house, including BitKonan’s API. Every aspect of BitKonan has been designed with the needs of day trader’s in mind; one of BitKonan’s co-owners has over a decade of experience trading on mainstream stock and commodity exchanges such as the CME. NYMEX and DAX. This experience has been turned to the task of delivering the best possible trading experience at BitKonan.

Details regarding BitKonan’s API can be found here. Answers to FAQs can be found here.

Bakic is very excited about the BitKonan Bitcoin trading platform and vows to “bring higher standards to Bitcoin trading.” As the Bitcoin boom continues unabated other trading platforms will certainly be established. But they will face stiff competition from the likes of Bakic; with BitKonan’s professionalism, security and ease of use setting it apart from the competition and making a real contribution to the liquidity of the global Bitcoin ecosystem.

To learn more about BitKonan, go to: http://BitKonan.com

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Finding Business Model Opportunities in Bitcoin – Inside Bitcoins NYC

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Coinsetter Jaron Lukasiewicz Inside Bitcoins NYC

Trends to watch and how to think about Bitcoin as a business

At the Inside Bitcoins NYC conference, Coinsetter CEO Jaron Lukasiewicz spoke to a packed crowd. His message: the current financial system is outdated and relies on critically dated infrastructure.  He believes that “people involved in Bitcoin [are saying] this is not acceptable anymore.”

Exploring the current financial system he points to three to five fund transfer times under ACH payments and drawing experience from his previous startup in ticketing, companies paying over 40% of revenues out in credit card fees.  Basically, in 2013, it is still exceptionally difficult to send money to a friend and this is leading to a customer revolution.

Today, he proposes, Bitcoin is the dominant virtual currency.  Not simply in terms of transactions and value, but based on awareness – including awareness outside current users of the market.  The first mover advantage is significant and Mr. Lukasiewicz asks us to spend time thinking about how it has the potential to become an “IP address for money.”

Coinsetter is a leveraged forex trading platform, focused on active traders.  Originally he questioned the number of exchanges being set up at the moment and why there isn’t an original business model.  On reflection he thinks this is actually important. The more liquidity that comes into the Bitcoin system, the better.  It will draw more users; innovation and a greater focus on customers.  The latter being a key concern for Mr. Lukasiewicz, there is “room for a lot more exchanges to come online, but it is important to focus on a particular customer.”

Bitcoin Companies Working with Government and Banks

Focusing on the themes that will lead to business opportunities, he has concerns about government regulation and how banks will interact with Bitcoin.  One of his theories is that anonymous financial transfer systems will not be easily integrated into the current banking system.  Know Your Customer concerns and regulations will be a significant hurdle, along with security for institutions with large holdings.  When challenged on these points during Q&A, Mr. Lukasiewicz clarifies that he sees this as layers added on top of the current system, rather than a change to current Bitcoin protocols – apparently to the great relief of the audience.

In conclusion, he sees the best opportunities for those companies that firstly, concentrate on Bitcoin as a payments protocol, and secondly, have a strong focus on having a strong customer proposition and delivering an appealing experience.


Authored by Michael Smouha and Ronan Murphy, Contributors to On Bitcoin


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