US academics are working together to create a new and improved cryptocurrency in a bid to rival Bitcoin. According to Bloomberg, professors from seven US colleges (including MIT, University of California, Standford University, and Berkely) are looking to create a digital currency capable of processing thousands of transactions a second without sacrificing the basic principle of decentralization. The project is run by Distributed Technology Research (DTR), a non-profit organization established by academics with support from Pantera Capital Management LP to develop decentralized technologies. Unit-e, the digital currency currently in the works, is the DTR’s first initiative. Bitcoin’s problems Bitcoin’s underlying blockchain technology’s processing… This story continues at The Next Web
Last April, New York-based coffee startup Trade entered the market with an interesting premise. It wanted to make the complex world of specialty coffee more accessible to everyday coffee drinkers, the kind who are happy with whatever they find on the grocery store shelf. Trade serves as a matchmaking service, using data science coupled with the expertise of a taster, to help people discover what roasts might be most palatable to them.
[Photo: courtesy of Trade]This week, Trade takes its business model to a new level with a subscription service. The program, called The Classics, costs $25 for two bags every two, three, or four weeks. Subscribers first receive a single bag of coffee that they will taste and rate, to calibrate their personal taste. From then on, Trade will send shipments of curated coffee roasts from different brands based on the user’s tastes, at their preferred frequency. (Customers can also snooze the subscription if they like.)
So basically, the service allows you to be a little promiscuous with coffee brands. As we’ve said, it’s like Tinder, but for coffee.