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Coinbase’s CTO, Balaji Srinivasan, has just announced his thoughts of the future of home cryptocurrency mining. Bitcoin mining and crypto mining in general are a huge industry, which exploded last year when digital currency interest hit mainstream. A new startup is trying to take another stab at popularizing at-home cryptocurrency mining, a business model that has not been successful in the past.
Home Cryptocurrency Mining: Coinmine
Srinivasan told CoinDesk that he is placing his bets on this new at-home crypto mining startup, Coinmine.
“The big difference with decentralized mining in 2018 is that there are now so many different coins and tokens out there that it’s almost certainly possible to make a profit—or at least mine a decent amount of some crypto—via a decentralized home mining device like Coinmine.”
Back in 2015, Coinbase’s CTO founded 21.co, a startup with ambitious plans to embed Bitcoin miners in everyday devices such as laptops and cell phones. With his experience in the space, Srinivasan backed Coinmine in its angel round.
Coinmine just announced pre-orders for its first home miner on Wednesday.
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— Nikhil Srinivasan 🧩 (@nvs) November 14, 2018
The home cryptocurrency miner currently up for pre-order looks very similar to a home DVR system or even an Xbox One. The product will be called Coinmine One and retails for $799. Shipping for these products will begin in mid-December.
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Coinmine’s system is built to run two tokens: proof-of-work and proof-of-stake. Proof-of-stake tokens will only be enabled with updates that will be released in 2019. The networks that will be staking first are casper, dfinity, tezos, filecoin, spankchain, cosmos, foam, and polkadot.
When plugged in, users will automatically be placed into mining pools. The product will be very plug-and-play but also cedes a significant amount of control. Coinmine will take a 5 percent cut of users’ mining earnings.
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