Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Entering the world of bitcoin and extreme office snacking


My name is Ross, I am the newest employee here at CoinCorner. I will be a regular contributor to the CoinCorner blog and Danny came up with the idea of my first post being about how I found my first full week as a member of the team here. But first, a few things about myself:

  1. I was born and raised right here on the Isle of Man. I love it here and can't see myself living anywhere else.
  2. I studied Business & Management at the University of Chester.
  3. After 9 months of employment I found myself looking for a new job and I was lucky enough to land a new role here at CoinCorner as a 'Digital Marketing Guru' (while my status as a guru may be questionable I hope that, with CoinCorner's help, one day I will be able to reach the lofty heights of guru-ness).
  4. I have played basketball since I was 10.
  5. I love food, and I'm not sure life would be worth living without pasta, cheese, pesto and sweet potato fries.

So now that you know everything you need to know about me, I’ll tell you how my first week was.

I was looking forward to my first day. I knew very little about bitcoin other than that it existed, but I had no apprehensions. The office was laid back, the atmosphere and people were friendly and welcoming, and there was a mention of cake being a regular fixture in the office, what more could a guy want?

My first few days were spent watching some courses on specific marketing areas that I hadn’t covered at uni. I would sit, listen and take notes. My hand ached when I got home every day, but that is to be expected when you are between jobs, don’t pick up a pen for a few weeks and sit watching quiz shows all day. On the plus side, I am now a genius when it comes to pointless knowledge (ask me anything in the comments section and I bet I know the answer).

After a few days of learning and rigorous course watching I got a couple of practical lessons in some of the areas I will eventually be responsible for. I learnt all about MailChimp, AdWords and Analytics from Liam before getting given a few more, slightly more in-depth courses to watch this week.

On a side note, I think I may have gained a couple of stone already while being here. As well as cake on Friday there has also been 2 trips to a local pie shop, 2 lunches out, 1 breakfast bap, 1 McFlurry, a couple of offers of sushi, countless mentions of Domino’s and a partridge in a pear tree (which would have been eaten, along with the pears, if it even as much as showed its face in the office).

All in all, I have really enjoyed my first week at CoinCorner and I am looking forward to the future in this exciting and rapidly growing industry. I have already learned a lot and I am sure I will learn much, much more in the coming months.

Bye for now,

Ross Wilson, G.I.T (guru in training)

Friday, 16 December 2016

Join us for Christmas Jumper Day 2016 and Donate Bitcoin to Save The Children

Happy Christmas Jumper Day! We're wearing our festive finest today in aid of Save the Children and we're inviting you to join us!

Save the Children are asking you to dig out your winter woollies and donate just £2 to the charity - and here's the best bit... you can donate bitcoin to Save the Children with BitPay!
By taking part, you're helping to save the lives of children around the world (not that you need a reason to wear a Christmas jumper).

So come on, don't be a scrooge! Get your Christmas jumper on and donate!

Ps. Why not tweet us a picture of your Christmas jumper and we'll retweet our favourites! 

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, the charity gives children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

Friday, 18 November 2016

The Best Christmas Gifts You Can Buy For Bitcoin

The holidays are fast approaching and you've not even thought about Christmas shopping... sound like you? Don't worry! We've got Christmas all wrapped up with some of the best Christmas gifts you can buy for bitcoin!

Recipient: Wife/Girlfriend

Expedia has been accepting bitcoin since June 2014 - what better reason is there to escape the winter weather and treat her to a trip away? Whether a romantic weekend getaway or a well deserved holiday, she'll be sure to love it (and you'll be sure to love that you paid for it in bitcoin!)

Link: Expedia UK

Recipient: Kids

Your daughter really, really, really wants a new laptop and your son wants an Xbox... so visit Dell and snap up a bitcoin bargain.

Hot on the heals of Expedia, Dell announced that they would start accepting bitcoin for all items on their website in July 2014. 

Link: Dell UK

Recipient: Friends

Honest Brew

Honest Brew is a personalised craft beer service that delivers 12 different craft beers matched to your taste to your door each month.

Honest Brew added bitcoin to its list of payment methods in April 2014.

"[Bitcoin] fits what we are trying to achieve at Honest brew, so it makes perfect sense to accept bitcoin."

Link: Honest Brew website

London Theatre Direct
Treat your friends to an all-singing, all-dancing night out in the West End with London Theatre Direct.

There's plenty of shows to choose from... from The Phantom of The Opera to Mamma Mia to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this is the perfect Christmas gift for your theatre-loving friends.

In February 2014, London Theatre Direct became the world's first ticket agency to offer their customers the option to pay in bitcoin.

Link: London Theatre Direct website

SomethingGeeky is the perfect place to find a Christmas gift for your geeky friends! With a variety of geek-themed clothing, mugs, bags and accessories, there's something for everyone.

Link: SomethingGeeky website

Recipient: Secret Santa

Oh, the stress of Secret Santa. What on earth do you get Carol in Accounts who you've only ever spoken to in passing? Do not fear, Zeek is here!

Zeek is a marketplace for gift vouchers. Maybe you have a voucher and have no use for it? You can sell it and get cash instead. Or maybe you want to decide how much you pay for your favorite brands? You can buy a voucher at below face value.

There are hundreds of vouchers available (all your favourite household names!) so Secret Santa doesn't need to be Stressful Santa anymore!

Link: Zeek website

Recipient: The person who has literally everything

Everybody knows somebody... the one person who literally has everything. But if (on the off chance) you have 335 BTC ($250,000) available to spend on this friend, why not sign them up for a flight into space on Virgin Galactic?

Richard Branson has long been a fan of bitcoin, so it was no surprise when he announced that Virgin Galactic would accept bitcoin for its upcoming space flights.

Link: Virgin Galactic website

Friday, 28 October 2016

Play Trick Or Treat To Win Spooktacular Bitcoin Prizes!

Halloween is just around the corner and we're playing trick or treat every day until Friday 4th November with spooktacular bitcoin prizes to be won! 

Check out the prizes up for grabs...

Terms and conditions:

Good luck!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Some Friendly Tips Around Account Security

As some of you may have recently seen in the news, Yahoo were subject to a data breach.

More information: https://www.cnet.com/news/yahoo-500-million-accounts-hacked-data-breach/

Here's some friendly tips on strengthening your passwords...

  • Do no use the same password across different accounts/websites. 
  • Do not use personal information or common words. 
  • Use a different password that isn't the same as your previous passwords. 
  • Use a mix of letters, numbers and symbols. 
  • And never eat yellow snow. 

Add an extra layer of security:
Google Authenticator requires you to have access to your phone, as well as your username and password, when you sign in to your CoinCorner Account.
This means that if someone steals or guesses your password, they still can't sign in to your account because they don't have your phone.

Visit Settings in your CoinCorner User Area to enable Google Authenticator.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Introducing PayMe - Your New CoinCorner Payment Page

It's now easier than ever for people to send you bitcoin with CoinCorner!

Introducing PayMe

Our new feature PayMe, allows you to create your own payment page with a personalised URL so you can easily share your bitcoin wallet address with your family and friends.

We've included social sharing so you can share your PayMe page with 1 simple click on Facebook, Twitter and your other social network sites.

Set up your PayMe page in 3 easy steps...

1) Visit Settings in your User Area and choose PayMe

2) Enter your chosen URL (letters and numbers only - no special characters)

3) Click "Create" and you're done!

Need help? Watch our video

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

CoinCorner Bitcoin Giveaway!

Fancy winning some free bitcoin?
We're giving away £20 worth of bitcoin to one lucky person!

To enter, all you need to do is retweet our tweet and tag us (@CoinCorner) along with your bitcoin wallet address. Example:

Terms and conditions:
  • This competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 years old.
  • Employees of CoinCorner, their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  • Participants do not have to be a customer of CoinCorner to enter.
  • Entry via Twitter only.
  • Participants can enter multiple times, but only one entry will be counted.
  • The winner will be chosen on Friday 9th September 2016 at 12pm (BST) and will be notified via Twitter.
  • No fiat alternative to the prize will be offered.
  • The value of bitcoin will be based on the exchange rate at the time the competition ends.
  • This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter.

Good luck!