The price of bitcoin topped $3,000 for the first time in history today, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI).

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After spending much of the last week seeking direction in the $2,700 to $2,900-range, the average price of bitcoin across major international exchanges edged up over this threshold finally at roughly 17:00 UTC.

The new record comes at a time when alternative digital assets are seeing robust inflows, with ethereum's ether token setting a new all-time high of more than $300 today as well.

Indeed, analysts spoke to the ongoing broadening of the cryptocurrency market as a tide that is benefitting bitcoin.

"The inflows into 'alts' are greater than those into bitcoin. In other words, bitcoin is growing at a very nice pace, but non-bitcoin cryptocurrencies are growing even faster," cryptocurrency hedge fund manager Tim Enneking told CoinDesk.

Jehan Chu, managing partner at cryptocurrency fund Jen Advisors, agreed, noting that bitcoin is likely benefitting from new investor interest and the surging interest of "cryptos like ether".

Still, Arthur Hayes, founder of Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange BitMEX, stated that bitcoin is still the "most talked-about cryptocurrency", even as returns become more substantial in other areas of the market.

Hayes told CoinDesk:

"As investors marvel at bitcoin's historical returns and the returns of altcoins, their natural first purchase is bitcoin. Bitcoin has under performed other coins this year, it is now playing catchup."

Investor Sean Walsh largely agreed, pointing to bitcoin's growing price as a sign of its place in the market as the first stop on a road to other assets.

"Bitcoin still seems like the dominant gateway to [alternative digital assets]. So, many first purchase bitcoin in order to then trade their bitcoin for altcoins," he noted.

The development coincides with signs that the cryptocurrency market is maturing to support new inflows and increasing interest.

As noted by CoinDesk research analyst Alex Sunnarborg today, the cryptocurrency exchange market has never been more globally diverse or buoyed by such an array of possible inflows.

Such tailwinds have combined in recent weeks to bring new investor attention to bitcoin, with expectations for bitcoin's growth becoming more and more exuberant. Danish investment firm Saxo Bank went so far as to publish a forecasting report in which it placed the possible value of bitcoin at $100,000 in the next 10 years.

Chris Corey 

CMO Markethive Inc

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Rules of Engagement for a Virtual World Part 1 

Rules Of Engagement In A Virtual World In this second paper in our New Way to Work series, Keith Ferrazzi, author and founder of the Ferrazzi Greenlight Research Institute, delves into a wealth of research on virtual teams in an effort to prescribe guideposts for setting up, managing and engaging virtual teams.

 We start with a look at selecting the right people for virtual teams and virtual work; understanding the impact of team size; and considering the use of advisors rather than team members to keep teams sleek yet well informed.

 You’ll learn about the optimal styles of communication for virtual teams. We’ll even dig into some interesting neuroscience and the creation and maintenance of team ties built on trust.

Introduction

The trend to virtual teams continues unabated. Clearly, we have our work cut out for us to make sure we’re as effective collaborating remotely as we are face-to-face. The notion of virtual teams applies as an overarching organizing principle as well.

Leaders that used to manage a hierarchy, then a matrix, are now managing relationships with a network of individuals they may never have met inside and outside our organizations. That broad virtual engagement makes sense.

 87% of respondents to our 2013 Greenlight Research Institute study on team effectiveness agree that relationships with their informal network has greater impact on achieving goals than people from within their formal reporting structure.

In our first white paper, “Characteristics of a Highly Engaged Enterprise”, we described the essential qualities of engagement – measure engagement, implement more engaging communications, and follow the rules of engagement in an increasingly virtual world.

 Now it makes sense to explore in more detail how the best of leaders are following the rules to score higher engagement and correspondingly better business results.

Technologies that help our virtual teams become more productive, successful, and innovative are an important aspect of it.

 They’ve existed for years under labels like “Unified Communications” and “Collaboration” and internal social network platforms.

But the Greenlight Research Institute study found the impact of today’s tools to be decidedly mixed.

 

More than 80 percent of respondents felt virtual communications technology improves employees’ sense of engagement.

 Yet more than half said constant connection to all streams of information distracted more than it contributed to their job satisfaction and productivity.

 In this paper, we’ll examine practices that leverage the full value of engagement solutions within virtual teams.

Melanie Turek, Vice President, Research at Frost & Sullivan, is one of many voices saying organizations achieve clear competitive advantage deploying blended communication/collaboration technology in advance of their competition.

We’ll look at a number of case studies that bear this out.

 As part of Greenlight Research’s focus on cracking the code of human behavior, we’ll also offer some useful rules related to leveraging engagement tools.

They ease the orchestration of high definition audio/video with a simple user interface that allows users to engage each other almost as naturally as if they were in the same room, which eases enterprise – and business network-wide adoption.

And we’ll even look at how you can leverage neurochemistry to positively impact engagement for your virtual team.

We hope you find this informative and useful in advancing the success of your teams.

Chris Corey SEO Wildman

 

i Lepsinger, Richard; DeRosa, Darleen (2010-09-09). Virtual Team Success: A Practical Guide for Working and Leading from a Distance (Kindle Locations 261-267). Wiley. Kindle Edition. companies ii http://www.kpmg.com/CN/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/Documents/Global-IT-Project-Management-Survey-0508.pdf iii http://www.onpointconsultingllc.com/2011/10/the-profile-of-success-building-high-performing-virtual-teams/ iv http://businessjournal.gallup.com/content/25834/Discovering-the-Elements-of-Great-Managing.aspx#3 v Unify press release vi http://dbm.com/us/en/doc/onboarding.pdf 

Make A Blog Header Using PicMonkey

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So you want a fancy header for your blogger blog? The good news is it’s fast, easy, and totally free thanks to the best online photo editor ever – PicMonkey. PicMonkey was created by the same people who built Picnik (which was bought by Google, shut down, and incorporated into Google+), and it is also a great tool for created infographics or pinfographics. So let’s get started. The header we will be creating will be a collage of multiple pictures, so make sure to decide what pictures you want to use.

Step 1: Go to www.picmonkey.com and choose “Create a collage”.

 

Step 2: Click “Open Photos” and choose the pictures you want to have in your header.

 

Step 3: Click on the collage button on the left side, and choose a style (or create your own by dragging the photos onto a blank canvas). I chose the ducks in a row layout with four frames.

 

Step 4: If you would like, you can add a swatch by clicking on the third button down. I added one and then deleted it so you could see the background through the hole. With the fourth button down, you can adjust the spacing, background color, and corner rounding. Adjust the size of your header. The width should be 20 pixels less than the total width of your blog (unless you have adjusted your padding, in which case you should subtract the number of padded pixels multiplied by two). You cannot add words or adjust the colors at all, but we will get to that in the next step. If you like the background image of your header, save it as a .png image.

 

Step 5: Go back to www.picmonkey.com, but this time choose “Edit a photo.” Open your header image, and play with the coloring. The most important part here is to add your words. Choose the “P” button, and add the name of your blog. Once everything is absolutely perfect, save your final header as a .png image.

 

Step 6: Go to the Layout tab in your Blogger Dashboard. Click edit on the header gadget

 

Step 7: Upload your image and select “Instead of title and description” or one of the other options. Now all that’s left to do is look at your amazing blog and spread the word that you’ve got a new look! Make sure you edit your template to match, and your blog will certainly be looking snazzy. Be sure to pin this tutorial or share it with your other blogging friends. The next post in the series will be: how to make your blog pin-friendly.


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Thomas Prendergast
CMO Markethive Inc.

 

 

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