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European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Re: Official Chelsea Fan Thread: Champions Of Europe 2021 by plat0: 2:22pm On Jul 18
donstan18:

I doubt Jonathan being a $Billionaire.
grin grin his protege in bayelsa is building a modular refinery, he has a private jet leasing and dredging company. You're going too far, mama peace is also wealthy, remember she singlehandedly made wike the governor of rivers State. People mistake his calm disposition for weakness.

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Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by plat0: 11:58pm On Jun 08
jedisco:


Most times I use bitc0in to guage the valuation of the market...
There are a number of models out there which have proven to be quite accurate.. one is tge stock-to-flow model, another is the logarithmic growth curve... You can find them on the website lookintobitc0in.
Also, moving averages are useful... Especially on the weekly charts...

Movement of alyts will depend largely on what bitc0in does... So with alyts, I prefer to time trading them based on where the market cycle is and what bitc0in is doing at the time
Too complex. When you take all these things into consideration, at some point you'd be swayed by the school of thought that Crypt0 is just a glorified Ponzi scheme.
Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by plat0: 11:23pm On Jun 08
jedisco:


Crypt0 is a volatile market and most projects have little use case. But then, there are 2 concepts you are mixing up.

The rise and fall in price can be said of most products out there. The price of an item is what someone on the other end is willing to pay. That's why prices of items vary. Take stocks for example..same narrative you painted can be said of stocks... It's all about what someone on the other end is willing to pay and that's why the prices are not stagnant... With stocks, it's the belief in the company that makes folks value it... With crypt0, it's the technology backing it....

Talking about the technology that backs crypt0... Take bitc0in for example... It's an instrument where folks can store value, transfer that value seamlessly from one point of the globe to another instantly and almost free, carry that value securely in the most minimal ways possible, and can be traded in hundreds of countries around the world. Alot more can be built on that...
I liken crypt0 to the internet of 1998. Reading some of the dooms day narratives against the internet then look funny today.

Take a step back, look at the big picture.. there's a reason why a number central banks around the world are working on issuing a backed crypt0 asset.

That's the only reason why I'm in crypt0... It's because I believe in the usecase of the tech that backs it. I believe that it's bound to grow in adoption with time as it's currently been doing...

Regarding price, it's worth remembering that the crypt0 market cap has put in new highs almost every 4 yrs... That's remarkable in investing. The NSE is currently trading at about half of the high it created in 2008. Yet, even after 14yrs of being in a downtrend, I wouldn't call it a ponzi scheme...

There's always a narrative anytime the market goes up/down do I don't usually bother myself about them. Of recent, there's been very positive news in the space yet a bearish market structure has not responded to them. In the end, price will do what it'd do.
What are the metrics you look out for to ascertain if a particular coin is overpriced?
Food / Re: Food Cooked With Snake And Giant Rat (Pictures) by plat0: 2:03pm On Jun 05
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Business / Re: How To Build Enviable Income As An Email Copywriter In 2020.,, by plat0: 2:05pm On Jun 02
Mikocake:
This thread is a year today. Please who can show me the way?
Did you implement the nuggets that was shared here.
Programming / Re: Why Is It That The Things That Give Money In Tech Are Always Hidden? by plat0: 2:04pm On Jun 02
reversedrolez:


Man... I'm just confused. please can you put me through on the right path to take for software development?
Everything you need is online.

But to get an idea of the path you should take, go through this thread: https://www.nairaland.com/6306692/how-recommend-newbie-goes-learning
Programming / Re: The Myth Of Saturation With Regards To Web Development. by plat0: 9:01pm On May 21
You guys should also encourage the females around you to bid for customer support and virtual assistant jobs. I know a couple of ladies making a killing in that niche. Tell them to get basic hubspot certifications.

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Programming / Re: The Myth Of Saturation With Regards To Web Development. by plat0: 8:52pm On May 21
I got a job without interview, albeit it's a contract job but the pay is good. Don't be dissuaded by rumours about saturation, there is a lot of money in this space. Just hone your skills and put yourself out there. Software is the new OIL!

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Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by plat0: 1:59pm On May 16
Brace yourselves for the bull run
Career / Re: Full Stack Web Developer Needed (150k Monthly) 100% Remote by plat0: 8:53pm On May 07
The salary is too small.
Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by plat0: 8:56pm On Apr 26
ObodoNaija:
How can I buy Pinkmoon it is on public sale now. I have been trying to buy it on Pancakeswap but I keep getting insufficient liquif it for this trade. What could be the problem?
It will be listed on pancakeswap by 9pm Nigerian time.
Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by plat0: 7:06pm On Apr 25
Ibime:


That means they must be listed on UniSwap or some other platforms or will soon be listed on PancakeSwap. Dodo also lists BSc coins
Thanks Boss.
Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by plat0: 6:43pm On Apr 25
Ibime:


Tokensniffer.com lists new tokens by age, but then you have to DYOR and judge the strength of the tg group, engagement level of the dev, check no rugs in the contract, check burn rate and go on BSc scan to check the addresses holding to ensure no whale can pull the floor from under you.
Boss I checked the tokensniffer web app, how do I buy coins that meet the criterias above but have not been listed on pancakeswap. Thanks.
Celebrities / Re: Davido Visits Dapo Abiodun Two Days After Visiting Timipre Sylva (Photos) by plat0: 6:15pm On Apr 11
GeneralPula:
This Davido manager too good abeg
He is a money bag in his own right.
Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by plat0: 1:30pm On Apr 07
Bosses in the house, please is Elrond a good buy.

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Business / Re: Paystack Investors Enjoy 1440% Return On Investment by plat0: 12:39am On Feb 20
Hedonini:
I'm just wondering, in case anyone here knows for sure, how much Shola and Ezra got in cash from Stripe's $200m acquisition payday.
They were not paid fully in cash, news has it that they got equity in stripe and the equity is expected to quadruple when stripe is eventually listed on the NYSE. Those guys are made for life.

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Programming / Re: Cloud Infrastructure Engineer: Any Prospect In Nigeria? by plat0: 6:40pm On Feb 17
Use half of that cash to enroll for a cloud Engineering nano degree programme on Udacity, the remaining part should be used to pay for your certification exams. Udacity is a top tier learning platform and there are perks attached to getting certified on Udacity.

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Literature / Re: What Book Are You Reading Right Now? by plat0: 10:51am On Feb 06
Atomic Habits by James Clear.

Politics / Re: AGF Malami Denies 2023 Governorship Campaign Posters by plat0: 8:50pm On Feb 05
He has stolen enough cash to fund a governorship campaign. Nigeria is in ruins.

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Investment / Re: Stock Performance From 2000/2003 To Date by plat0: 8:57am On Nov 30, 2020
Good thread.
Programming / Re: Why Is It That The Things That Give Money In Tech Are Always Hidden? by plat0: 6:41pm On Nov 22, 2020
Programming / Re: Why Is It That The Things That Give Money In Tech Are Always Hidden? by plat0: 6:46pm On Oct 29, 2020
Hello Engineers,

Please I need mid level and senior software engineers proficient is both PHP using MySQL database. Please i would appreciate strong applications/referrals.

2 days onsite 3 days remote.

300k - 700k

Recruitwitholive@gmail.com

Thank you.
Programming / Re: Why Is It That The Things That Give Money In Tech Are Always Hidden? by plat0: 6:45pm On Oct 29, 2020
tensazangetsu20:

My own is that even the resources to even learn the things aren't that much and the ones there are rubbish. WordPress theme development courses on Udemy are so few and rubbish old outdated crap. YouTube story. Shopify the same thing. The guys who even know it are hoarding the knowledge whereas the ones that you can't make money with MERN stack and co courses full ground yapa. Enter youtube you will even see how to build youtube with MERN stack.
we go use DOCS, it'll take some time but we move grin

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Programming / Re: Why Is It That The Things That Give Money In Tech Are Always Hidden? by plat0: 6:43pm On Oct 29, 2020
Carmal90:


So I should start learning WordPress??
Learn WordPress theme and plugin development, and PHP.
In the past week, I have seen four openings for PHP developers with compensations ranging from 300k-700k(full time employment) in a code club group. Those positions are unfilled because everyone is learning Nodejs and Django.

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Programming / Re: Why Is It That The Things That Give Money In Tech Are Always Hidden? by plat0: 6:36pm On Oct 29, 2020
tensazangetsu20:


Upwork has never been easy ever. They used to give 60 connects before for free and if you don't get a job there you get your account banned. They stopped banning accounts once they got rid of free connects. There's still a ton of money to be made on Upwork but it requires a huge investment on your part both in terms of money and time. The funny thing is that most of these technologies have been there for ages but are even made fun of by other developers. Walk into a group of developers and tell them that you are a WordPress developer and watch them laugh at you yet how many of them can build a custom WordPress theme from scratch. People dont even know that you can use React and angular to build WordPress themes now through the WordPress rest API
. This site https://atlantadumpsters.com/ was made with WordPress. Just look at how slick the animations are. This was a custom theme job and I heard the owners paid 10000 USD for it.
There is money to be made but you need a keen eye to discover gold mines and tenancity.

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Programming / Re: Why Is It That The Things That Give Money In Tech Are Always Hidden? by plat0: 5:43pm On Oct 29, 2020
Bro, this phenomenon is not peculiar to the tech industry, discretion is actually encouraged in businesses to prevent saturation. Most rich and successful people attained their financial standing by working on a classified info/industry before it hits satiety(nothing stays hidden forever).

A couple of years back, some group of Nigerians made a ton of money from Upwork, fiverr, and other similar platforms because that info was not within reach of everybody, heck, at the time, getting jobs on those platform was a walk in the park because the available jobs outweighed the supply of freelancers. After a couple of years because of the deluge of participants on those platforms, the registration process became stricter and getting jobs got harder.

Bro, if you desire unprecedented wealth, you have to protect your TRADE SECRET, its just how the world works.

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Business / Stripe Acquires Nigeria’s Paystack For $200 Million To Expand Into Africa by plat0: 3:46pm On Oct 15, 2020
When Stripe announced earlier this year that it had picked up another $600 million in funding, it said one big reason for the funding was to expand its API-based payments services into more geographies. Today the company is coming good on that plan in the form of some M&A.

Stripe is acquiring Paystack, a startup out of Lagos, Nigeria that, like Stripe, provides a quick way to integrate payments services into an online or offline transaction by way of an API. (We and others have referred to it in the past as “the Stripe of Africa.”)

Paystack currently has around 60,000 customers, including small businesses, larger corporates, fintechs, educational institutions, and online betting companies, and the plan will be for it to continue operating independently, the companies said.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but sources close to it confirm that it’s over $200 million. That makes this the biggest startup acquisition to date to come out of Nigeria, as well as Stripe’s biggest acquisition to date anywhere. (Sendwave, acquired by WorldRemit in a $500 million deal in August, is based out of Kenya.)

It’s also a notable shift in Stripe’s strategy as it continues to mature: typically, it has only acquired smaller companies to expand its technology stack, rather than its global footprint.

The deal underscores two interesting points about Stripe, now valued at $36 billion and regularly tipped as an IPO candidate (note: it has never commented on those plans up to now). First is how it is doubling down on geographic expansion: even before this news, it had added 17 more countries to its platform in the last 18 months, along with progressive feature expansion. And second is how Stripe is putting a bet on the emerging markets of Africa specifically in the future of its own growth.

“There is enormous opportunity,” said Patrick Collison, Stripe’s co-founder and CEO, in an interview with TechCrunch. “In absolute numbers, Africa may be smaller right now than other regions, but online commerce will grow about 30% every year. And even with wider global declines, online shoppers are growing twice as fast. Stripe thinks on a longer time horizon than others because we are an infrastructure company. We are thinking of what the world will look like in 2040-2050.”

For Paystack, the deal will give the company a lot more fuel (that is, investment) to build out further in Nigeria and expand to other markets, CEO Shola Akinlade said in an interview.

“Paystack was not for sale when Stripe approached us,” said Akinlade, who co-founded the company with Ezra Olubi (who is the CTO). “For us, it’s about the mission. I’m driven by the mission to accelerate payments on the continent, and I am convinced that Stripe will help us get there faster. It is a very natural move.”

Paystack had been on Stripe’s radar for some time prior to acquiring it. Like its US counterpart, the Nigerian startup went through Y Combinator — that was in 2016, and it was actually the first-ever startup out of Nigeria to get into the world-famous incubator. Then, in 2018, Stripe led an $8 million funding round for Paystack, with others participating including Visa and Tencent. (And for the record, Akinlade said that Visa and Tencent had not also approached it for acquisition. Both have been regular investors in startups on the continent.)

In the last several years, Stripe has made a number of investments into startups building technology or businesses in areas where Stripe has yet to move. This year, those investments have included backing an investment in universal checkout service Fast, and backing the Philippines-based payment platform PayMongo.

Collison said that while acquiring Paystack after investing in it was a big move for the company, people also shouldn’t read too much into it in terms of Stripe’s bigger acquisition policy.

“When we invest in startups we’re not trying to tie them up with complicated strategic investments,” Collison said. “We try to understand the broader ecosystem, and keep our eyes pointed outwards and see where we can help.”

That is to say, there are no plans to acquire other regional companies or other operations simply to expand Stripe’s footprint, with the interest in Paystack being about how well they’d built the company, not just where they are located.

“A lot of companies have been, let’s say, heavily influenced by Stripe,” Collison said, raising his eyebrows a little. “But with Paystack, clearly they’ve put a lot of original thinking into how to do things better. There are some details of Stripe that we consider mistakes, but we can see that Paystack ‘gets it,’ it’s clear from the site and from the product sensibilities, and that has nothing to do with them being in Africa or African.”

Stripe, with its business firmly in the world of digital transactions, already has a strong line in the detection and prevention of fraud and other financial crimes. It has developed an extensive platform of fraud protection tools, but even with that incidents can slip through the cracks. Just last month, Stripe was ordered to pay $120,000 in a case in Massachusetts after failing to protect users in a $15 million cryptocurrency scam.

Now, bringing on a business from Nigeria could give the company a different kind of risk exposure. Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa, but it is also one of the more corrupt on the continent, according to research from Transparency International.

And related to that, it also has a very contentious approach to law and order. Nigeria has been embroiled in protests in the last week with demonstrators calling for the disbanding of the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, after multiple accusations of brutality, including extrajudicial killings, extortion and torture. In fact, Stripe and Paystack postponed the original announcement in part because of the current situation in the country.

But while those troubles continue to be worked through (and hopefully eventually resolved, by way of government reform in response to demonstrators’ demands), Paystack’s acquisition is a notable foil to those themes. It points to how talented people in the region are identifying problems in the market and building technology to help fix them, as a way of improving how people can transact, and in turn, economic outcomes more generally.

The company got its start back when Akinlade, for fun (!) built a quick way of integrating a card transaction into a web page, and it was the simplicity of how it worked that spurred him and his co-founder to think of how to develop that into something others could use. That became the germination of the idea that eventually landed them at YC and in the scope of Stripe.

“We’re still very early in the Paystack payments ecosystem, which is super broken,” said Akinlade. The company today provides a payments API, and it makes revenue every time a transaction is made using it. He wouldn’t talk about what else is on Paystack’s radar, but when you consider Stripe’s own product trajectory as a template, there is a wide range of accounting, fraud, card, cash advance and other services to meet business needs that could be built around that to expand the business. “Most of what we will be building in Africa has not been built yet.”

Last month, at Disrupt, we interviewed another successful entrepreneur in the country, Tunde Kehinde, who wisely noted that more exits of promising startups — either by going public or getting acquired — will help lift up the whole ecosystem. In that regard, Stripe’s move is a vote of confidence not just for the potential of the region, but for those putting in the efforts to build tech and continue improving outcomes for everyone.
https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/15/stripe-acquires-nigerias-paystack-for-200m-to-expand-into-the-african-continent/

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Health / Re: Help! My Uvula Is Giving Me A Sleepless Night. by plat0: 5:27pm On Jun 15, 2020
lawalosky:
good day every one. without writing a long story, recently my uvula has grown longer than before and sometimes it doesn't allow me to breath very well.
friends are advancing me to visit a specialist and as well remove it if possible, not that i am afraid to do so but because i know uvula itself has his own good advantages in our body..
though this is the little fear i am having.
if I remove it
1. will it allow me to eat?
2. how many days those it take to heal?
3. will it affect my voice?
4. does uvula grow back after removing it.
.
fellow N/L's (especially Doctors in the house). do the needful o.
Cc: lalasticlala
Good evening I am in a similar predicament, how did you treat the elongated uvula. Thanks as your response will be much appreciated.
Travel / Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 4 by plat0: 5:07pm On Jun 14, 2020
johnez1987:


You should build up your GitHub profile, portfolio if you are a frontend engineer. But more often than not you need to articulate your skills in your resume.
Thank you sir, it has been proven that people move faster under the tutelage of one who has embarked on the journey in the past, I'd be grateful if you take me under your wings as a mentee so that I don't make avoidable mistakes on this journey I have decided to embark on.

I'll be sending a DM, if you don't mind. Thank you.
Travel / Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 4 by plat0: 7:02am On Jun 14, 2020
johnez1987:

Been writing code for about 6 years now. If you have no experience with coding I would suggest starting with html/css if web programming is your thing. If you have a little experience then you can start learning python or go to https://freecodecamp.org to start learning.
Thank you Sir. I'm done learning HTML/CSS, I used freecodecamp, MDN, and a course on udemy. I'm learning JavaScript at the moment with MDN and eloquent javascript.

I see the job listings on SO every time I visit that platform, do prospective employers go through applicants profile on SO at least to ascertain a level of interactiveness or they use other metrics like github, and a portfolio website? Thanks.
Travel / Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 4 by plat0: 5:01pm On Jun 13, 2020
johnez1987:

It depends on the field of work or occupation you are looking for. Mine was on LinkedIn and stackoverflow. You might want to check which site advertises the job you are looking for.
Good evening sir, sorry for the intrusion. how long have you been coding and what advice would you give a beginner that is just starting out? Thanks.
Literature / Re: What Book Are You Reading Right Now? by plat0: 5:50pm On Jun 02, 2020
Hathor5:


What is it about?
There is a level of skill exhibited by persons adept at specific fields such that if they are called upon at odd hours to solve a debilitating problem in their fields, they do so with precision and deftness leaving apprentices and spectators awestruck at the seamlessness with which the task was executed.

Mastery as the name implies takes us through the process of attaining that enviable level of skill we all desire to attain in our respective fields, it cuts across all professions; law, engineering, arts, software engineering, medicine and so on.

It is important to me at the moment especially as I am learning a new skill currently.

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