August 15th, 2017 – Version 2
Definition from http://www.bitbean.org/about.html Web Site
Bitbeans (Ticker: BITB) is a new crypto currency designed for scale-ability, speed and lightening fast transactions! It features an innovative Proof of Stake algorithm that more closely resembles traditional Proof of Work crypto currencies. BitBean is the first crypto to implement 20MB blocks, based off Gavin Andersen’s proposals to fix Bitcoin’s scale-ability limitations.
SHA-256 ASIC mining is energy efficient so it was chosen as the algorithm for the pow period. After initial distribution of 10,000 blocks, to those who mined all around the world, BitBean became a pure Proof of Stake (PoS) crypto currency. PoS was active during the PoW mining period, so about a third of those 10,000 blocks issued were proof of stake blocks. BitBean’s money supply is currently over 600 million virtual beans created. The amount of existing BitBeans is still small compared to the maximum cap of 50 billion BitBeans that are yet to be created with pure Proof of Stake. Proof of Work is a great way to initially distribute coins. It is certainly better than an IPO or ICO where almost always the developers and insiders buy all the coins. This makes for massively pre-mined coins. BitBean had no premine or IPO.
BitBeans Proof of Stake is different from other PoS crypto currencies. BitBean requires 6 hours for beans to mature before they are eligible to stake a block. In addition, unlike other PoS crypto currencies, BitBean creates new blocks using a similar approach as PoW crypto currencies. Blocks which are found are static blocks similar to PoW. Each PoS block reward is 1,000 virtual beans. This is a much better form of proof of stake than determining rewards based on a percentage basis. Crypto currencies are supposed to be a payment system. BitBeans PoS encourages people to actually process transactions instead of hoarding their coins. Hoarding coins and only processing transactions rarely to collect an interest payment, does not make for a good payment transaction network.
Community Enthusiasm – 3 out of 5
- There is no Slack. They use a BitBean Public Live Chat linked with IRC. Links below.
- The Bitcointalk thread is Very active with both Devs & Enthusiasts.
- They have Live Chat support on the website, but it requires a user name and password, so I am not sure who would use it.
- They have a telephone support hotline – 1 (406) 213-4656 (how cool is that?)
- People love the Bean.
Active Development – 3 out of 5
- The devs are working in the background around the clock.
- The devs are making and discussing progress.
- The Devs are working on a new project management system which will replace the current outdated Roadmap. Projected to be released soon.
Exchanges – 4 out of 5
- This coin has spent a long time under 10 sats.
- In April BITB shot up to as high as 38 sats.
- ATH in June put BITB over 300.
Wallets – http://www.bitbean.org/downloads.html
- Windows wallet
- MAC wallet
- Linux wallet
- Android “light” wallet
- Website – http://www.bitbean.org
- Hipchat Public Live Chat – http://teamchat.bitbean.org
- IRC – http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#teambean
- Bitcointalk – https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=969676.0
- Block Explorer – https://chainz.cryptoid.info/bitb/
- Roadmap – On the Bitcointalk OP linked above.
- Whitepapers – none
- GitHub – https://github.com/TeamBitBean/bitbean-core
August 15th, 2017 Summary (v2)
BitBean is an old coin with new devs. It has never been forked. It was originally designed to solve three problems Bitcoin had, which were Block Size, Speed and Coin Quantity. BitBean was intentionally created with nearly 2 Billion coins to avoid the fractioning required to use Bitcoin. Many billions more BITB will be created as time goes by. It also has a 20 MB Block size.
The devs are now full time and appear to be making progress on recreating the BitBean ideal. To be a Bean Core Member is an exclusive club. You must own more than 1% of the current supply and donate to the BitBean Team address to join.
The community is enthusiastic and treat BitBean as a novelty, almost like the DOGE community. Conversation tends to stay lighthearted and optimistic.
I was surprised when I received the reply below in response to my original review. It shows they are passionate and eager to show off their coin.
It is good to see a Roadmap, and I really like the way everything on it is already assigned to someone. Most roadmaps simply say something will be done in the future, even if the team does not know how it will get done or when or by who.
If you have read my other reviews, you know community enthusiasm and dev activity is very important to my recommendations. BitBean appears as if it has both. Even though BitBean is a mature coin, the new team has work to do to get the initial high quality website created and the new project details defined.
Be very aware when buying of the Billions of existing coins. This is probably not a coin that will ever reach $1 in price. It would need to increase 2272 times to reach $1 at the current price. The price has been so volatile, buying the dips with BITB may turn out to be a good strategy.