Friday, 14 July 2017

CoinCorner Karting - The Results

When the dust settled and the smell of burned rubber finally dissipated from Jurby karting track, the winner of the 2017 CoinCorner Karting Championship stood atop the podium basking in his victory. Unfortunately, that winner was Liam. No shock upsets were on the cards as the hyper-confident reigning champion regained his gold medal, comfortably leaving everyone else in his wake.

The event started with everyone signing up and getting kitted up in their racing gear. Overalls, helmets, gloves and hair nets on (a look which actually really suited Joel, a look he enjoyed so much he didn't take his off until we were back in the car), we were kitted up and ready to go. Trash talking began early as the lady doing the safety talk was regularly interrupted with people taking shots at their colleagues turned enemies (I stayed silent knowing full well that anything I said would ultimately come back to bite me when I was chugging along at the back).

The race started with the swing of a Manx flag and as everyone put their foot down the roaring of the engines filled the ears of everyone nearby, sounding like everybody in Jurby decided to start mowing their lawn at that very moment in time. At the end of the first 15 minute session the victory on the track belonged to Phil, although Liam had the fastest lap time, an expected result.

After a quick kart swap for Liam and Phil, stemming from more allegations of some karts being faster than others, and we were back for the 2nd race. The first race was tame in terms of the number of collisions, but that couldn't be said for the 2nd race. As the flag dropped all 9 competitors had their foot to the floor, approaching the first corner at high speeds. It was a situation that had 'crash' written across it in big, bold letters. After the race there was an investigation and it would seem that this situation all stemmed from Danny who claims that, after turning around to check behind him, didn't have the time to react to Rachael braking in front of him. Cue a heavy shunt that caused a domino effect of shunts further forward in the group, resulting in numerous collisions and Molly spinning out of control. This then resulted in people having to take evasive action to avoid becoming part of this build up, something that Joel didn't have time to do, smashing into Molly at high speed and causing himself to spin as well. Luckily I managed to dodge the build up and find myself ahead of more people than I was behind, something I didn't think I would see. Unfortunately this lasted about 10 seconds as once everyone was back in the race it didn't take them long at all to regain their position ahead of me.

After that moment of craziness the rest of the race fell back into line, Liam and Phil ran away at the front with everybody else forever trying to catch up to no avail. In the end Liam was the clear and deserved winner, getting another gold medal to add to his one from last year with Phil collecting another silver and Mike taking home the bronze. After a great afternoon celebrating the 3rd birthday of the business we finished it off with dinner at a nearby pub. I am already looking forward to our next team activity, hopefully it'll be something that I have more of a chance of winning, and something that Liam doesn't excel at.

In other news, a few of the CoinCorner team will be taking part in ToughMann here on the Isle of Man on August 5th. They will be running for charity and we would appreciate it if some of you would donate some bitcoin for their efforts. More information on ToughMann, the charity and how to donate will be available in the next few days so please keep an eye out and donate if you can!

Friday, 7 July 2017

CoinCorner Karting Championships - Racer Breakdown

Karting is finally upon us. There is potential for legends to be made and champions to fall.

Almost a month after our 3rd birthday, we will be celebrating with the CoinCorner Grand Prix up at Jurby racetrack. I am told that last year there was a ferocious showdown between Phil and Liam for the top spot on the podium, a showdown eventually won by Liam. However, the victory was rife with controversy as there have been allegations thrown around that Liam had the fastest kart, and this year a plan has been put in place to ensure that karts are selected randomly so no shenanigans can take place. 

Chat in the office would lead you to assume that the battle for 1st will boil down to the same two racers, but there is every possibility a dark horse could come from nowhere to cause an upset. Below is a breakdown of each of the competitors and their past experience, but past experience will count for nothing when behind the wheel.

The Favourites

Last year's champion, Liam must be considered the favourite to regain his title yet again in 2017. Although there were rumours of controversy surrounding his maiden CoinCorner karting victory, confidence is still high and he truly believes that nobody will stop him from repeating as champion this year. With confidence comes complacency though. Will Liam get complacent and underestimate his competition, getting the top spot on the podium ripped from his grasp? Or will his confidence prove warranted as he goes home #1 for the 2nd year in a row? 

Last year's runner up, Phil is hoping to go one better this year and take the crown of CoinCorner's fastest karter from Liam's head and put it on his own. Phil is the most determined of the racers, he has been eating healthily for weeks to ensure he is in peak physical condition for the race and wants to taste success this year to fix the heartbreak he felt last time around. A self-confessed disregard for his own safety when behind the wheel of a go-kart plays in his favour. One thing is for sure, we are in for another tasty battle between the two favourites.

The Outsiders

Danny has been keeping relatively hush-hush regarding his karting capabilities. Aside from a few witty remarks about his tactics and past experiences, we really don't know much about Danny's karting past. The sense of the unknown could perhaps be Danny's main advantage, if nobody knows how much of a threat he is then he may be ignored come race time. If that is the case, there is a chance that an upset is on the cards as he sneaks his way to the top of the standings, shocking the world as he goes.

Due to Molly being on maternity leave to take care of Charlie, the bitcoin baby, there is very little that I can say about her chances. From what I understand though, she is competitive. You can guarantee that from start to finish Molly will be doing all in her power to win. Hyper-competitive and active (she is always trying to get the team to do things like prom runs and Tough Mann), Molly is an outsider only because she isn't in the office to talk up her abilities. I wouldn't be at all surprised if she was stood at the top of the podium come race day.

Joel hasn't really said much about his karting skills. A sprinter off the karting track, he knows a thing or two about speed. There has been one or two mentions about his past experience where he performed adequately on an 'icy surface', so take from that what you will. Is the icy surface a rouse to hide the fact he isn't at the standard to worry the favourites? Or maybe it is the truth and come race day, with a dry surface Joel will manage to reach the heights he couldn't in his past and find himself atop the podium, looking down on the rest of his colleagues.

Rachael has spent the last couple of weeks diffusing any comments that she will be a dark horse in this race. She claims to of never been to Jurby race track which leaves her at a disadvantage, but I am half expecting her to turn up and dominate. When she finishes with the best lap time it'll become evident that she is a seasoned karter who was luring everyone else into a false sense of security. Or maybe she really does feel like she isn't a threat. We already know her tactic though as she said, and I quote, "I don't know anything about racing lines, but I can floor it when I need to'. Everyone else best stay out of her way.

Charlie is another unknown for me. He hasn't said much about his abilities while in the office, although for some reason I do recall very vaguely a passing comment about his lack of skills. I'm not sure if I believe that though, something about him resonates within me as someone who is sneakily good at things like this. The kind of guy you don't see as a threat at the starting grid, but then you see him hurtling past you later on in the race. Watch this space.

I can guarantee you right now that if one person definitely won't be celebrating a glorious victory it's me. I have been karting once when I was younger and I don't remember myself being very good. Things will have to fall perfectly into my hands for me to come away as the victor. I am thinking I will be more of a disruptor, focusing my efforts on causing problems for other racers and being too unpredictably bad for people to risk overtaking.

Here's to a good race. The stage is set for Liam to lose his title, but will it happen? Feel free to comment below and tell us who you think is going to win this year. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Incoming Interns and Birthday Bashes

My 1 Month Work-iversary
Friday marks a month since I last watched The Chase started at CoinCorner. It feels pretty weird to say. It doesn't feel like I've been here that long at all. It's been a great first month, great colleagues as well as an interesting job and industry. I have learned lots about bitcoin and about marketing and I finally feel like I am a functioning member of the team, not just some guy that annoys busy people with questions when they are trying to get work done (but that is a matter of opinion).

CoinCorner's 3rd Birthday
It is CoinCorner's 3rd birthday on Sunday and we are celebrating by going go-karting, and it would seem that I am surrounded by a group of extremely competitive people. The news of this event has meant that people have went on crash diets. Snacks are out of the window and have been replaced with things like tangerines. Every member of the team is assuring that they are in the shape of their lives in preparation for the big day. Nobody wants to lose and everybody wants the office bragging rights come the end of the day. I will announce the winner afterwards so the world will know who the fastest member of the CoinCorner team is.

Joel Joins The Team
In other news, I am no longer the new guy, on Monday we welcomed in Joel. Joel is the latest addition to our rapidly expanding team and has joined us as a Legal Intern until he goes back for his final year of university in September. He has fit in seamlessly and, 3 days in, is already abusing Liam in a way that only CoinCorner staff can. Welcome to the team, Joel!

TT Competition
After an unfortunate incident in the first attempt at the Senior TT Race, the race was delayed and shortened to 4 laps on Friday afternoon. The eventual winner was Michael Dunlop, a popular answer as 40 of the 100+ entrants went for him. Dunlop wasn't the only person celebrating on Friday night however, as the random number generator picked Matt Marchant as the winner of our competition. Matt is now the proud owner of £100 worth of bitcoin courtesy of CoinCorner, congratulations Matt! We were blown away by all the entrants we had, and we thank everyone who entered for doing so. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks as there may be another competition coming your way. 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Win £100 of BTC in our TT Competition!

The best week of the year on the Isle of Man is about to come to a close. Only one more day remains of adrenaline-filled TT action before we say goodbye to the mullets, the beards, the leather and the constant sound of motorbike engines for another year. 

Tomorrow is the big one, the Senior TT Race. This is the one that every racer wants to win and to stand atop the podium hoisting the trophy high with their national anthem blaring out of the speakers in the background. While I can't make any promises that winning our TT competition will result in the same kind of fanfare, it is definitely worth entering.

The competition is extremely simple to enter, just head over to one of CoinCorner's social media pages (Facebook or Twitter) and answer the question that is pinned to the top of the page. Although you can't enter through this blog post, the question is as follows:

'Who is going to win the Senior TT Race on Friday?' 

So head to our social media (you can even click on whichever one you want to enter through below) and let us know your answer. 

To enter through Facebook all you need to do is comment on the competition post with who you think will win. To enter through Twitter you need to respond to the tweet (make sure @CoinCorner is tagged). Make sure you include the hashtags #bitcoin and #IoMTT in your answer. An example answer for both platforms is given below...

For those of you who aren't clued up on the TT you can see all the riders participating in the race below...

If you still can't decide then follow this link to see the 18 most successful riders in recent years -

Please be aware that riders number 5, 13, 26, 63 and 71 will not be racing tomorrow.

Everybody who guesses the eventual winner will be entered into a draw and a random winner will be chosen. The competition closes at 12.30pm on Friday 9th June 2017. Any answers received after that time will not be entered and only one entry per person will be considered. 

Click one of the icons to go to our social media pages and enter...


Good luck!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

CoinCorner Summer Updates

As we approach summer the weather is not all that changes, so do things at CoinCorner! There is one big change that will be happening in the next couple of days and one exciting addition to life as a CoinCorner customer. If you are on the email list you will already know all about the summer updates I am about to go through, but feel free to carry on reading all the same.

Buy Bitcoin with Neteller
We are happy to be able to announce that a brand new deposit method has been launched on the CoinCorner website, Neteller. Neteller is an online wallet, similar in principal to PayPal, that allows you to deposit funds into your CoinCorner account and buy bitcoin. Neteller is great because it allows you to deposit and buy without having to disclose your credit card information. At first Neteller will be operating in beta, but we are hoping to roll it out to all customers in the coming months. Buying bitcoins with Neteller is secure and easy, but you will need to complete full verification of your account before you can do it.

Network Transaction Fees
For the last few years we have been absorbing the cost of transaction fees for our customers. These fees act sort of as an incentive for miners to process the transactions, and every penny goes to the miners. Unfortunately, as we are approaching 100,000 customers these transaction fees are becoming a significant cost to the business. Starting from Friday 9th June 2017 a flat fee will be displayed to you when performing a withdrawal (on-chain transaction) and may be subject to change depending on the network congestion. CoinCorner will be contributing an additional fee to help keep transactions being processed in an efficient manner.

TT Competition
The world's largest festival of motorcycles, mullets and mohicans is upon us. TT 2017 is well underway and we are celebrating the world's most famous motorcycle race with a competition. More information will be given tomorrow when the competition starts, so keep any eye out on the CoinCorner social media pages for a chance to win £100 worth of bitcoin.

In other news:

  • Next Sunday (June 18th) is CoinCorner's 3rd birthday.
  • The bitcoin price has a new all-time high - $2957, so close to breaking $3000, yet ultimately so far away.

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.