Proposal “dash-across-america“ (Closed)Back

Title:Dash Across America Crypto Only Promotional Road Trip
Owner:sovbtc
One-time payment: 700 DASH (63207 USD)
Completed payments: 1 totaling in 700 DASH (0 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2016-08-05 / 2016-09-20 (added on 2016-07-17)
Final voting deadline: in passed
Votes: 837 Yes / 226 No / 0 Abstain
External information: www.dashwhale.org/p/dash-across-america

Proposal description

UPDATE: We may be travelling with the Dash Soda Machine during our tour!  This will enable us to demonstrate the quickness and potential of Dash at our stops and meetups!

UPDATE #2: Evan Duffield, founder of Dash, will be joining us at JackFest.   We will do a one on one in depth interview and also see about putting on a talk about Dash with him!!!

UPDATE #3: I have started compiling responses to concerns I am hearing from community members at the bottom of the proposal.

UPDATE #4: The Dash decals for the bus have been sent to the printer.  We are excited to put them on the bus and will send pictures as soon as they are up!

UPDATE #5: We are looking to hire someone to help produce, upload, and publish our SovereignBTC podcasts on Lets Talk Bitcoin while we are on the road.  Our intention is to pay that person one Dash for every podcast they upload.  If you know anyone that might be interested let us know!  This will be a great way to get some Dash commerce flowing during our tour and demonstrate it's ease of use!

UPDATE #6: We will be using Dash to pay the person who is managing Brave New Books in our stead!  This will allow us to use the currency often and will give us an example of the how quick and reliable Dash truly is.  Plus it will create a new Dash user and proponent.

THERE IS ALSO DISCUSSION ON THIS PROPOSAL AT THE DAHS FORUM: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/pre-proposal-dash-across-america-crypto-only-promotional-road-trip.9751/


Hello Dash community, my name is John Bush and I'm seeking your YES vote for this marketing proposal.

Who are we?

I'm the host of the SovereignBTC podcast on the LetsTalkBitcoin Network and Partner and General Manager of Brave New Books, the first brick and mortar in the State of Texas to accept bitcoin and as far as we know, the first brick and mortar in the country to accept Dash.  We will also soon be hosting a Dash accepting soda machine!!!  I am a big fan of Dash because of it's focus on privacy and it's innovative take on decentralized and autonomous governance.My wife, Catherine Bleish (AKA The Bit Mom who is a former writer for Bitcoin Magazine, Coin Telegraph, and Money & Tech) and I, along with our two kids are embarking on our fourth crypto only cross country promotional road trip.  On this trip we are traveling in our converted school bus, known as the Bitcoin.com bus.  This time around, in addition to using bitcoin, we will also be using and promoting Dash.

Where are we going?

On this tour, which begins on July 27th and ends September 7th, 2016, we will depart from Austin, TX and head to Arizona's Jackalope Freedom Festival, an event which is in it's fifth year and regularly attracts hundreds of crypto and liberty enthusiasts.  From there we will head to San Diego, then Los Angeles, back through Las Vegas and on to Denver, Colorado.  We'll then stop through Kansas City and then head to Alabama for the Rethinking Everything Conference, a gathering of conscious and unschooling families, many of whom are familiar with crypto cureency due to previous exposure and speeches my wife and I have given at previous RE conferences.  After RE, we will return to Austin, TX and get back to work at Brave New Books.

How will Dash benefit?

In each city we visit we will be attending bitcoin meetups and hosting events of our own.  We expect 20 to 50 people will be at each meetup and around 500 people will be at Jackalope and 200 or more at Rethinking Everything.  At the meetups and conferences we will be handing out literature, swag, and talking with attendees one on one.  Our goal is to have over 100 people setup their first Dash wallet and we will supply them with a small amount of Dash to get them started. We will also be reaching out to business owners along the way and encourage them to begin accepting Dash in exchange for goods and services.  By engaging in one on one discourse with meetup and conference attendees we will be able to thoroughly share the benefits and innovations that Dash brings to the table.

How will we get the word out?

The tour will be documented on various crypto media outlets and through my SovereignBTC podcast on LetsTalkBitcoin.com which reaches tens of thousands of listeners.  On my podcast I will also document my experience with the Masternode Budget process. Additionally, we will be writing articles for and will be featured in a number of bitcoin and liberty related media.  We will also publish press releases and reach out to traditional media contacts to garner earned media about crypto currency and Dash specifically.We have reserved a prominent space on the back of our bus for the Dash logo and URL where it will be seen by tens of thousands people as we travel over 4800 miles through 13 states.After our tour is completed, Dash will be used and recognized by many more people and adoption will have increased immensely.

Proposal Submission

Our proposal is for 700 Dash. 

Monies will be used for travel expenses (Gas, Food, Campground Stays), podcast production, and some Dash will be given to enthusiastic people who setup their first wallet.  We will also use Dash with businesses and vendors who agree to begin accepting the currency or who already do.

Thanks,
John Bush

Our Itinerary:https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0961/9054/files/Screen_Shot_2016-07-16_at_11.25.58_PM.png?10350046553173975218

Episode of SovereignBTC with Daniel Diaz on the decentralized governance infrastructure behind Dash:
https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/sovereignbtc-53-daniel-diaz

SovereignBTC podcasts:
http://sovereignbtc.com

Podcast Playlist from our last trip out West (over 118k listens!): 
https://soundcloud.com/sovereignbtc/sets/uncoinventional-living-tour-1

Brave New Books Now Accepts Dash: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvzovzjveTk

First Dash Transaction at Brave New Books:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=097LSsihq0o

PREVIOUS MEDIA ATTENTION OUR TOURS HAVE GARNERED:

This Family is Road Tripping Using Only Bitcoin
https://www.yahoo.com/style/tech-nerd-tuesday-this-family-is-road-tripping-using-89684772802.html

Bitcoin Boulevard becomes a popular stop in Bitcoin tourism
http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2014/07/bitcoin_boulevard_becomes_a_po.html

US Family Embarks on 3rd ‘Uncoinventional’ Bitcoin-Only Tour
http://cointelegraph.com/news/us-family-completes-3rd-uncoinventional-bitcoin-only-tour

“Uncoinventional” Family of Four Begins Bitcoin-Only Holiday Road Trip
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/uncoinventional-family-of-four-begins-bitcoin-only-holiday-road-trip-1415921730

Bitcoin Bus Tour Launches from Keene!
http://freekeene.com/2015/04/18/bitcoin-bus-tour-launches-fom-keene/

Driving Bitcoin Adoption: Family Documents Second BTC-Only Road Trip
http://cointelegraph.com/news/driving-bitcoin-adoption-family-documents-second-btc-only-road-trip

Family Goes on Vacation with Only Bitcoin as Funds
http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/04/16/family-goes-on-vacation-with-only-bitcoin-as-funds/

Family Puts Bitcoin to the Test by Touring the US With Only Bitcoin to Spend
http://www.coinbuzz.com/2015/04/15/family-puts-bitcoin-test-touring-us-bitcoin-spend/

Family to Travel Across the US, Spending Only Bitcoin
http://www.coindesk.com/family-travel-across-us-spending-bitcoin/

“Uncoinventional Living Tour” Takes Activist Family from Texas to New Hampshire Using Only Bitcoin
http://truthinmedia.com/uncoinventional-living-tour-takes-activist-family-from-texas-to-new-hampshire-using-only-bitcoin/


ADDRESSING COMMUNITY CONCERNS:

There have been some concerns raised that we are seeking Dash funds while also promoting bitcoin and ether. I would like to address that concern with the following five points:

1. The vision for our uncoinventional crypto only road trips is an empowered general public and liberty/crypto community that incorporates crypto currency and decentralized technology in to their daily lives. As activists we have always been about furthering the overall goal of building a free society through voluntary decentralized means. As such, we support most all crypto currencies be they Dash, Bitcoin, or Ether.

2. We chose to call this trip, our fourth, Dash Across America, as we focused exclusively on bitcoin on previous trips and want to educate people already aware of bitcoin about Dash. We also want to promote Dash on this tour as the Masternode budgeting system is an excellent example of decentralized voluntary governance in action, and it works!

3. We travel using crypto only and at this point in Dash's development it would be next to impossible to travel using Dash only as the businesses and servicea accepting Dash are minimal at this time, especially when it comes to travel. This is why we feel the need to promote Dash im depth on this go around as there is a demand for Dash acceptance and we want to help further adoption by encouraging business to consider accepting it in exchane for goods and services. On our very first bitcoin only tour it was much harder than our last. We'd like to think our activism played a role in highlighting market needs that entrepreneurs later filled. 

4. We have received donations from Roger Ver's bitcoin.com and other crypto and decentralized tech companies. Dash will not be footing the bill to promote other currencies. 

5. What better audience to communicate the benefits of Dash to than people already using crypto!  By using and promoting bitcoin, we are attracting an audience ripe for Dash adoption. We are making it a point to setup at least 100 people with their first Dash wallet. Many of these people will already be bitcoin users. 

I hope these four points alleviate some of the community concerns. Please comment below if you have any more questions or concerns.

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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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1 point,7 months ago
UPDATE #6: We will be using Dash to pay the person who is managing Brave New Books in our stead! This will allow us to use the currency often and will give us an example of the how quick and reliable Dash truly is. Plus it will create a new Dash user and proponent.
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1 point,8 months ago
Way too expensive.
Jackalopes with (up to!) 500 attendees is too small to bother, not to mention 200 attendees at RE.
Plus, these folks are very crypto-affine and will definitively educate themselves where needed.
Wrong target audience.
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0 points,7 months ago
IMO liberty people and those already interested in crypto are the best audience possible. Who is better?
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0 points,8 months ago
UPDATE #5: We are looking to hire someone to help produce, upload, and publish our SovereignBTC podcasts on Lets Talk Bitcoin while we are on the road. Our intention is to pay that person one Dash for every podcast they upload. If you know anyone that might be interested let us know! This will be a great way to get some Dash commerce flowing during our tour and demonstrate it's ease of use!
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0 points,8 months ago
UPDATE #4: The Dash decals for the bus have been sent to the printer. We are excited to put them on the bus and will send pictures as soon as they are up!
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1 point,8 months ago
If you drop Ether, you have my vote. Why even bother with it. Totalitarian hard fork, anti decentralization.
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0 points,8 months ago
As I said before, Ether will play a minor role in the promo. Regarding the Hard fork, from what I gather, there was pretty strong support in the community and amongst the stakeholders. Why u think it was totalitarian?
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1 point,8 months ago
drop ether and do it next year. they are not ready for prime time yet. you will have your hands full explaining all the differences between DASH and btc. trying to explain ether smart contracts and the dao fiasco and the hardfork will be a hour long conversation by itself.
which ether will you be promoting anyway, ether hf or ether classic. ether is a mess right now and will just confuse people.
https://twitter.com/Excellion/status/755510097908871168
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0 points,8 months ago
you have my support (already voted yes a few days ago).
It looks like your proposal will pass although its not over till the fat lady sings..

you can use this link to monitor your progress : http://dashvotetracker.com/
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0 points,8 months ago
great news about update 1 & 2
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0 points,8 months ago
Since John is behind this, I fully support this proposal. Great podcast, great promoter of freedom and crypto. I appreciate all the time he has dedicated to the space.
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1 point,8 months ago
If this were a Dash-only tour, I'd vote for $6000 and maybe even more -- that'd be fantastic. But because it's also sponsored by Bitcoin and potentially Ethereum -- two networks which are fundamentally opposite Dash in many ways -- I don't see how all three could possibly be promoted at the same time to the same people. So, though I'm sad about it, I'm voting no.
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1 point,8 months ago
While we will be promoting bitcoin as well, most of the people we encounter will already be well aware of bitcoin so much of our discourse will center around informing people about Dash and all its capabilities. Definitely want to spend a significant amount of energy educating people about masternodes and the decentralized governing structure of Dash.
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0 points,8 months ago
Perhaps we will do a Dash only tour in the future, but for now, we have a great opportunity to spread the word about Dash all across the SouthWest. We deliberately chose to name the tour Dash Across America with the goal of exposing people to this exciting crypto currency. The support of the Dash community will go a long way to make this tour a success.
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0 points,8 months ago
Addressing some community concerns: There have been some concerns raised that we are seeking Dash funds while also promoting bitcoin and ether. I would like to address that concern with the following five points:

1. The vision for our uncoinventional crypto only road trips is an empowered general public and liberty/crypto community that incorporates crypto currency and decentralized technology in to their daily lives. As activists we have always been about furthering the overall goal of building a free society through voluntary decentralized means. As such, we support most all crypto currencies be they Dash, Bitcoin, or Ether.

2. We chose to call this trip, our fourth, Dash Across America, as we focused exclusively on bitcoin on previous trips and want to educate people already aware of bitcoin about Dash. We also want to promote Dash on this tour as the Masternode budgeting system is an excellent example of decentralized voluntary governance in action, and it works!

3. We travel using crypto only and at this point in Dash's development it would be next to impossible to travel using Dash only as the businesses and servicea accepting Dash are minimal at this time, especially when it comes to travel. This is why we feel the need to promote Dash im depth on this go around as there is a demand for Dash acceptance and we want to help further adoption by encouraging business to consider accepting it in exchane for goods and services. On our very first bitcoin only tour it was much harder than our last. We'd like to think our activism played a role in highlighting market needs that entrepreneurs later filled. 

4. We have received donations from Roger Ver's bitcoin.com and other crypto and decentralized tech companies. Dash will not be footing the bill to promote other currencies. 

5. What better audience to communicate the benefits of Dash to than people already using crypto!  By using and promoting bitcoin, we are attracting an audience ripe for Dash adoption. We are making it a point to setup at least 100 people with their first Dash wallet. Many of these people will already be bitcoin users. 

I hope these four points alleviate some of the community concerns. Please comment below if you have any more questions or concerns.
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0 points,8 months ago
Hi Alma here. I'm currently working on the retrofit of the schoolbus with John and Cat, literally scrapping and sanding. The rebranding of the bus and their journey will inspire and educate countless individuals about cryptocurrencies. They Unschool their two children. We will be caravanning with the family to the fifth annual Jackalope Freedom Festival, an event that could have around 500 attendees. It is a great start to their journey, as Jackalope is full of people who accept all kinds of alternative currencies. Our family is thinking of joining the Blush family on a crypto caravan of sorts in the future. Possibly with the "Dash Mobile". Technically we are already on one. We came to Texas from Arizona with donations to support and work with the family to get their bus road ready. This is just the beginning. I'm very excited to see what the future holds for our Undocumented, Unbanked son.
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5 points,8 months ago
As much as I'd like to vote yes for this proposal, I feel like the amount is just too much. It sounds like you are going on this amazing trip around the country for about 40 days. And you want to get paid 6000$ for this. I'm sorry but unless I see what brochures you will be handing out or a detailed explanation of talks you will be giving I find this proposal ridiculous. I would most likely have been ok with 1000-2000$ depending on what you did.
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0 points,8 months ago
The actual budget for our trip, all expenses included is around $15k. It takes quite a bit of monies to send a family of four across the country in a school bus. We also included in our budget monies to pay staff at our bookstore in our stead. This is the only way for us to make these types of trips happen at the this time. We will be promoting Dash back at home at the store and continue to let it be known that we accept the currency and were the first store of its kind to begin accepting Dash.

Here is our estimated budget:

Gasoline Round Trip = $1,220
New Tires Bitcoin Bus = $1000
Interim Manager at Brave New Books 6 weeks = $2,940
Campground Fees ($60*21 nights) = $1,260
Blush Family Food Costs ($150*42 days) = $3,600
Insurance and Other Travel Costs = $2,000
Petty “Cash” = $2,000
Rethinking Everything = $100
Rethinking Everything Hotel = $600
Arcade City Rides = $250
Total $14,970

Regarding brochures, we need help with literature to pass out. Anybody have any existing lit that can be sent or any links or files we can have printed. We will have 100 Dash shirts that are being mailed out that we will be giving to the people we setup with Dash wallets.

While $6,000 may seem like a large amount, I strongly believe that Dash and the Dash ecosystem will get much more value than that from the publicity and one on one interaction we have with people. As you can see from the sampling of previous media coverage, we expect to get immense earned media for Dash out of this trip.

Highlights of media coverage our previous crypto only road trips have garnered:

This Family is Road Tripping Using Only Bitcoin
https://www.yahoo.com/style/tech-nerd-tuesday-this-family-is-road-tripping-using-89684772802.html

Bitcoin Boulevard becomes a popular stop in Bitcoin tourism
http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2014/07/bitcoin_boulevard_becomes_a_po.html

US Family Embarks on 3rd ‘Uncoinventional’ Bitcoin-Only Tour
http://cointelegraph.com/news/us-family-completes-3rd-uncoinventional-bitcoin-only-tour

“Uncoinventional” Family of Four Begins Bitcoin-Only Holiday Road Trip
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/article...ins-bitcoin-only-holiday-road-trip-1415921730

Bitcoin Bus Tour Launches from Keene!
http://freekeene.com/2015/04/18/bitcoin-bus-tour-launches-fom-keene/

Driving Bitcoin Adoption: Family Documents Second BTC-Only Road Trip
http://cointelegraph.com/news/driving-bitcoin-adoption-family-documents-second-btc-only-road-trip

Family Goes on Vacation with Only Bitcoin as Funds
http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/04/16/family-goes-on-vacation-with-only-bitcoin-as-funds/

Family Puts Bitcoin to the Test by Touring the US With Only Bitcoin to Spend
http://www.coinbuzz.com/2015/04/15/family-puts-bitcoin-test-touring-us-bitcoin-spend/

Family to Travel Across the US, Spending Only Bitcoin
http://www.coindesk.com/family-travel-across-us-spending-bitcoin/

“Uncoinventional Living Tour” Takes Activist Family from Texas to New Hampshire Using Only Bitcoin
http://truthinmedia.com/uncoinventi...om-texas-to-new-hampshire-using-only-bitcoin/
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3 points,8 months ago
Honestly 6000$ isn't a large amount. It's just that we aren't a charitable organization and if we give out 6000$ I would like to think that we would get more than 6000$ of value back. Your budget includes a lot of things I really don't agree that the community should pay for.

I'll go over your budget:

OK - Gasoline Round Trip = $1,220
NO (It's your vehicle, and you call it Bitcoin Bus) - New Tires Bitcoin Bus = $1000
NO (Why should we pay for your business) - Interim Manager at Brave New Books 6 weeks = $2,940
OK - Campground Fees ($60*21 nights) = $1,260
OK - Blush Family Food Costs ($150*42 days) = $3,600
OK - Insurance and Other Travel Costs = $2,000
NO - Petty “Cash” = $2,000
YES - Rethinking Everything = $100
YES - Rethinking Everything Hotel = $600
NO - Arcade City Rides = $250
Total $14,970

Total costs that DASH should pay for (and I'm being generous) - $8,780 You are promoting 3 currencies, so divide that by 3.

You are not even working on the brochures yourself, you are asking other people to make them for you.

For 6000$ I just want a lot more effort towards DASH.
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0 points,8 months ago
Totally agree with you quantumexplorer.

seems like it that we are going to spend allot more than our fair share on this.

maybe change the bus name as well to the DASH bus or something. bitcoin and eth seeming be getting a free lunch. This just poor budget management. But Masternode owner prehaps still need to learn a thing or 2 as well.
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0 points,8 months ago
Thanks for your feedback. See the budget above. We have received sponsors from bitcoin.com and other crypto related entities that are greater in amount than our request from Dash. I understand your concern and think you will be pleasantly surprised at how much exposure and adoption we deliver for Dash. Ill keep u all updated from the road.
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2 points,8 months ago
I would like to add that I'm not 100% against this, I outlined what I needed to change my votes on the forums.
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1 point,8 months ago
That's just from Dash. They will be promoting other companies and currencies as well.
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3 points,8 months ago
I agree with @quantumexplorer to the fullest - 6000$ is too much for an activity that does not seem very clear to this point.
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0 points,8 months ago
I tried to be as thorough as possible in the description. What questions do you have that would bring more clarity? I am monitoring this regularly and am here to answer questions from the Dash Community.
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1 point,8 months ago
The bigger question is if you can get 100 merchants to start accepting Dash. Now that would be something!
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0 points,8 months ago
Maybe we can work on that when we get back! Running a retail bookstore, I am well versed in the ins and outs of using Dash at the point of sale. I have helped businesses integrate bitcoin can can do the same for Dash. This is something we will be pursuing on our trip.
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0 points,8 months ago
Will the tour be called "Dash Across America"? I'm just trying to ascertain whether it's a Bitcoin tour where you'll sometimes talk about Dash, or if it's a Dash-focussed tour. That will determine how I vote. Thanks for your response.
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1 point,8 months ago
The tour is called Dash Across America. It's a crypto tour with a focus on decentralized technologies. Previous tours have been about bitcoin only however on this tour we wanted to branch out and promote more than just bitcoin. We chose to call the tour Dash Across America as a means of introducing people to Dash. As usual, we encourage the growth of crypto currency adoption in general and in this trip we chose to focus on our favorite three currencies, bitcoin, dash, and ether.

As most people we encounter already know about bitcoin, much of the discussion and promo will be aimed at teaching people new and exciting things like Dash's DAO and masternode system.

We are currently working on bringing the Dash soda machine on our tour so that will definitely get some major exposure for Dash.

For full disclosure, we have already received a significant donation from bitcoin.com. We also reached out to the Ethereum Foundation but have not heard back. To tie the currencies together, we are getting support from ShapeShift.io which we will use to exchange between the three curremcies we will be using. We are also sponsored by Cell411, a peer to peer security and mutual aid app as well as Arcade City, a decentralized ride sharing company we will be using in the major cities to get to the meetups.
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2 points,8 months ago
Why focusing in ether if, Dash fund this trip? I don't want Dash to be associated with the Eth HardFork and TheDao fiasco =)
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0 points,8 months ago
yeah i would drop ether. maybe next year.
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0 points,8 months ago
Why "Also" focus on *
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0 points,8 months ago
What an amazing proposal, multiple yes votes coming your way.
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0 points,8 months ago
I appreciate the grass roots efforts you are doing and am glad you see the benefits of DASH. I hope the master node owners support this, and I will support you and DASH by sending you at least 100 items of swag that I hope you will give away to anyone that creates a DASH wallet with you.
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0 points,8 months ago
Excellent! We plan to set up at least 100 Dash wallet for new users. We will see to it that many of them get Dash shirts as well. Thanks for your support!
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