This episode explores the concept of universal basic income. What if we were given a standard amount to afford our basic needs? How would it affect us, especially individuals in dire situations? And how can we make it a possibility?
Plenty of people across the world struggle to secure their day to day needs, even in developed countries. Poor living conditions, unstable and unsteady income, and an uncertain future—all these factors combine to create a state of fear that makes it impossible for individuals to evolve.
Universal basic income is an opportunity to give people a basic energetic need. It allows people to uplift themselves. It respects their inherent human dignity and liberates them from the struggle of fulfilling basic needs, which is something no human should ever have to shoulder on their own.
We may not realize it, but so much of our success depends on the luck of the draw. Isn’t it unfair to think of how the birth lottery determines a significant part of our personalities, environment, and future?
With universal basic income, we give everyone access to one of the simplest, yet most important determinants for success: money. The emotional and mental stability you get from knowing that you can afford three meals a day and a roof over your head is often understated. It is only when our basic needs are fulfilled that we can hope to evolve.
“We are at the beginning stages of the greatest use case from mankind on universal basic income.” - Alexander McCaig
All TARTLE participants receive daily cash rewards from the platform. And as more people sign up, we may see these daily payouts increase as well.
This is possible because as more data enters the platform, and more information becomes protected, the value of this information increases. Each individual that signs up for TARTLE increases the overall marketplace value of the data that they submit.
So you don’t just get the opportunity to finally take control of your data. You also have the chance to make basic income accessible for yourself and your loved ones.
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Do you think you have a healthy relationship with money?
It’s true that money can’t buy happiness. However, it does give us the security and stability we need as humans to better pursue it. So let’s take a look at the process of distributing money, our relationship with the government, and how we can improve it.
Why is money valuable? It’s only because we decide it is. In the past, we’ve turned to other stores of value to determine what we should use as a currency. We’ve used glass beads, salt, and even speckled granite.
So, who has the power to control our money—and by extension, an important aspect of our society? By virtue of our inaction, that responsibility falls in the hands of central bankers. The problem is that this has become the reflection of a society’s worth. Regardless of where you are from, someone else is in charge of controlling the flow of money.
But with TARTLE, we have the power to invert that model. You decide how much your information is worth, and no-one else.
How Does Liquidity Affect Us?
It’s like a dam: when somebody controls the flow of a certain asset, then it affects its liquidity and volatility. Someone is manufacturing demand and supply for it. This makes people feel like they constantly have to be on guard, in case there are market changes that affect their standing.
With TARTLE, the liquidity of data is instantaneous.
With TARTLE, you don’t have to worry about running out of information. Regardless of whether you are a buyer or a seller, information is being created every single day. It’s not valuable because you have to bulk up ahead of a shortage in supply. It’s valuable because inherently, information is power. There is no reason to act in fear or to try to pre-empt anything, because everybody has all the information and opportunity they need to participate. And there is no limitation to the amount of information you can have—especially on TARTLE.
The younger generation does not trust the government. Alexander McCaig clarifies that he isn’t trying to create a problem with this statement. There’s no need to open a new government or anything drastic. The reality is just that people want choice—and when their work has been devalued, they will merely find the path of least resistance. Better options to fund a good quality of life.
When the government is asking its citizens to place its trust in the dollar, it’s asking them to have faith in the market even if you do not have all of the facts. To let them control it for you.
But trust implies that both sides are open with their decision making, and transparent about everything.
Everybody deserves a platform where their personal autonomy, capacity for choice, and need for consent is respected. A marketplace built on transparent reciprocity, where everyone is rewarded for their hard work.
What’s your data worth?
We’ve always been told that knowledge is power. And it’s true. Information is what drives markets. Do you want to corner a specific market? You need information. Do you want to understand it? You still need information.
For far too long, the people who have had access to this information are the ones on Wall Street, or the ones who can afford ultra-fast internet and tech equipment. But with TARTLE, that’s about to change.
In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby discuss data-grabbing, the battle over money, and how we are at the center of everything.
Regulation is not bad. In some instances, establishing oversight on markets has been what makes it more accessible for the people on the ground. This is because it protects market participants from malicious actors, especially those who are not familiar with the commodity or currency yet.
Emerging technologies are appealing because they are innovative, and it’s always exciting to think that we may be early adopters of the next big thing. But we have seen just how catastrophic an unregulated commodity or currency can become. It’s not just a matter of losing jobs and money. When the stakes are high, people lose their lives as well. We only need to look at the Wall Street Crash of 1929 to see this.
So when we look at bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, it’s not enough to find out how we can use these technologies. We need to ask ourselves what the right regulatory response is as well.
With the introduction of decentralized technologies, particularly in finance, the world has realized one thing: people want choice. Consent in the outcome of new markets.
This highlights the problem we face with fiat currency. Government-issued currency isn’t inherently bad. But printing lots of money is. And an elite, exclusive group of bankers controlling that entire system makes it worse.
Why don’t we get to decide how far we go in our participation, and how much we can get out of it? Why does it feel like someone else is taking advantage of our hard work?
These are questions that anyone is bound to have mulled over in their lifetime. For too long, we’ve had to adjust to the whims of another person or entity. This centralized model does not listen to us, or cater to our needs. It’s time we find a new system to work with.
On TARTLE, everybody can be a market participant and a part of the investment. The market is capable of naturally equalizing; everybody can be a part of the investment. Everybody has the same access and the same information on the platform. And of course, everybody is fairly compensated for their hard work.
It’s almost like the relationship between mining and the price of gold. It’s the effort put into extracting the ore and refining it that makes it so expensive. Bitcoin mining operates in a similar fashion. But with TARTLE, you don’t need to have lots of complex equipment or cash to become a data champion.
Nobody takes a cut from your efforts.
It’s time for you to find out: what’s your data worth?
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Regardless of where you’ve set up a dealership, leads are the lifeline of your business. You can go to any manager in any of these car shops, and they’ll all tell you that their top priority is getting quality leads.
But if the automotive industry is limited to the same resources for lead generation, is anybody really profiting? In this scenario, all the dealerships are just fighting over the same information. There’s nothing special or evolutive about getting this data. What dealerships need to have is the opportunity to go and meet people differently.
As it turns out, Jason Rigby knows a lot about the automotive industry. In this episode, he explains how lead generation works for car dealerships today—and how TARTLE provides a superior alternative.
When dealerships can create more varied connections, they get better at identifying blind spots. They can connect to people who may have been left out of the lead generation lists that everyone is fighting over.
In addition, if dealerships are just trying to get as many leads as possible, you’re just getting “passive aggressive information.” Jason Rigby coined this term to refer to the information that you get after interrupting someone’s online experience with a form they need to fill out.
So if you are a car dealership, what can you do after that? How can you be so sure that they actually wanted to buy a car when they filled out that form? How strong is their intent? Sure, these people received a targeted ad through some online system and they happened to click on your banner. But what are your chances of actually getting to converse with that person?
With all these questions, it’s clear that there are plenty of loopholes to traditional lead generation.
You deserve to have good leads that convert into sales. Leads that aren’t shared with every other dealership in the area. Leads that give you the opportunity to establish a working relationship with the people who will someday buy your cars.
With TARTLE, you have the power to decide how much you are paying for the leads you need. The TARTLE platform offers fully qualified leads that allows you to establish a relationship with the person. You have a closer relationship with your target audience because you are getting data packets directly from these individuals.
At this point, you might be a little skeptical. So what’s in it for TARTLE?
Alexander McCaig makes it clear: TARTLE does not earn anything from any of your data transactions. It’s a free marketplace with the goal of bringing people closer together. We want to create ethically sourced leads and connect people to the people they need.
If you are running a business on tight margins and dealing in risky ventures, we understand how important it is to safeguard your assets. That’s why you need to be pre-emptive. Invest in systems and platforms that think of your safety as well.
You decide what your data’s worth.
Have you ever received a spam message advertising shady get-rich-quick schemes or work-from-home job offers? Chances are, your data and personal information has been pulled off the internet somewhere, and then sold to someone who will send you those texts.
Sends chills up your spine, right? You have no idea where your data went, how it left, and you never gave your consent to anything in the first place. The only person who benefits from this entire process is the one who sold your information.
So you’re missing out on two fronts: first, you aren’t getting the money you should be getting for sharing your personal information. Second, you’ve got an unknown entity trying to force a product or service down your throat.
Let’s make ethically sourced leads a thing. With TARTLE, you are fully involved in the lead generation process. You can choose when you share your data and who you’re going to share it with. This way, you can show your support for the buyers on TARTLE who actually have the products and services that are beneficial for you. The buyers, in turn, can find direct data points on the people that fit in their target audience, like you.
And the best part is that you get paid for your efforts.
More people are staying at home, and the internet has become our point of contact for a variety of purposes: communication, connection, work, and leisure. If you are a small business owner or budding entrepreneur, you know just how crucial it is to build a website that can effectively generate leads and hit your target market.
And if you’ve ever had to do market research, you know just how difficult it can be to find out where your target audience frequents and how you can source the data you need from them. So why don’t you just establish a relationship immediately? Through TARTLE, you can ethically source all the information you need and know that you are participating in a secure, equal transaction. We don’t have any black boxes or bloatware piggybacking on the TARTLE Marketplace. It’s just you, data, and the person at the other end of the transaction.
Your journey as a seller in TARTLE begins when you register, connect your bank account, and fill out your first data packet. Once you’ve saved your information, the platform captures your consent and publishes that data packet. Buyers are now free to go in and buy that information from you.
While you can choose to autosell data packets, you also have the option to manually sell it depending on who is offering a bid.
If you are a buyer looking for lead generation data packets, you’ve made your target audience a part of the process. It’s not technically a cold lead anymore. It’s a warm lead with a pre-established relationship, qualified ahead of time, and made massively more efficient along the sales pipeline for both buyers and sellers.
Not sure we have what you’re looking for just yet? The beautiful part about TARTLE is that you can create a wish list and decide on the price of each lead based on your budget. Our platform is optimized to fit the budget of any business, regardless of size.
Let’s hone in on the importance of ethical data sourcing.
There’s a reason why the world’s largest tech companies are having to go before politicians and explain themselves. Data is becoming an incredibly important part of our lives. It’s our footprint on the internet, almost an extension of our identity.
The reality that we are mass producing data by the second means that it is the backbone of the future. By virtue of existing, we are creating tons of data. And we need to be proactive, to start giving businesses and other entities the opportunity to ethically source data.
What’s your data worth?
What’s something you’ve done in the past month that, you believe, has an impact on humanity’s evolution? Or, at the very least, your personal evolution in your human experience?
We’ve innovated and developed so many technologies to help improve our quality of living. Think of the machinery and AI that goes into putting food on our tables. From local farms to processing areas to grocery stores, we are incredibly lucky to be living in such comfortable times.
But what if we could still take things a step further? Imagine a future where you can bypass grocery stores and farms because you’ve got your food growing on your very own kitchen counter.
The reality is that we spend a lot of time in transit to other activities. For example, our daily commutes to and from work. Our “quick trips” to the local supermarket. These activities disrupt our regular flow. And while it’s true that some of us may find these activities enjoyable, it feels more like we’re adapting to the mediocrity of what is instead of fighting for what can be.
We can spend more time finding enjoyment in connecting with nature, the way we were meant to do so. Hiking, going to the park, taking your dogs on a walk. Spending time with our families. These are the evolutive and cultural things that need to occur for you to increase your self-awareness.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to take some pretty ingenious measures so we could ensure the survival of our loved ones and our communities. For example, businesses started allowing work from home setups. In some places around the world, grocery vans patrol the area and allow people to buy without leaving their homes.
This sudden change in our daily flow may not have been the best introduction to a more introspective life. But it’s a glimpse to a world where we are capable of being more self-sufficient. Where opportunities come knocking at our door, instead of the other way around.
Someday, the internet will become a place where we can fully live in, with our five senses. We can create avatars of ourselves and “travel” to meetings with teammates from around the world. We would also be living under a digital economy, where users can create, buy, and sell goods.
It’s difficult to pin down the full scope of what the metaverse is, because how accurately can we paint a picture of a world that’s yet to come? What we can tell you is that if we play our cards right today, the research and development in these technologies should create a world where humanity is at the center of its evolution.
Where we have the opportunity to truly transcend, to live out the authentic human experience.
Technology gives us the capacity to remove redundancies that do not contribute to our evolution. All those routine activities that you used to have to do, just to survive? Let them be managed automatically by machine learning and AI. That way, we can focus on the things that make us human.
What’s your data worth? Find out more about our mission here.
What does it mean to be a sherpa? To find meaning in helping others along their path to success?
Here at TARTLE, our team is excited to welcome people from all over the world, with unique skills and talents that allows us to develop the technology we need, to make the Marketplace a reality.
If there’s anybody who’s job makes this vocation clear, it’s Matthew’s. Matthew Smith is TARTLE’s Head of Customer Success. In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Matthew Smith discuss the unique nature of Matthew’s position in the organization.
Matthew Smith’s work for TARTLE involves making the platform more accessible to people around the world. If his name rings a bell, you may know him from our walkthrough videos. As he pointed out in the episode, some users may find it difficult to navigate the Marketplace at first glance.
This is what inspired him to become the voice behind the videos that teach us how to fill out and sell a packet, configure autosell, transfer your data from your social media accounts, and all those different aspects of the TARTLE Marketplace.
Technology should be developed with the goal of helping those in disenfranchised communities or in substandard living conditions. Admittedly, this is a multifaceted issue with many ways we can approach it. The TARTLE approach is to have more companies getting their data ethically from individuals, and incentivizing those individuals for their work.
In addition, tech companies and researchers also need to think of innovation as requiring a human touch. Artificial intelligence can only go so far in making a system fast, efficient, and easy to navigate. But human connection and empathy is what will make the system stand the test of time.
It’s what you need to establish a relationship with other people around the world.
The TARTLE platform wants to reward those who put in the hard work and effort to fill out the packets, and then sell their data. Yes, there is a process in place—but it’s not prohibitively challenging to enter the Marketplace and start selling your data. At every step, our team has worked extensively to empower you and help you forge your own path, with your own data.
That’s the TARTLE culture. We’re not here to take a cut from your profits or seize control of your assets. We’re only here to facilitate a safe and secure data marketplace. Everything you work for on TARTLE is paid to you in full.
That’s our guarantee. Because we know what your data’s worth.
Sign up for the TARTLE Marketplace through this link here.
Our present economic systems are not structured to benefit us. Instead, it’s been tweaked throughout the years to allow people to protect their wealth. So, what happens to vulnerable people from disenfranchised communities who were not born with a silver spoon?
These minorities find themselves struggling to amass the same opportunities for success as those on the top. They cannot build a long-term vision that can sustain their evolution because they can’t even sustain their basic needs for survival.
When life becomes a routine of securing the bare essentials on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis, people start losing their sense of self. Their personality and mental health suffers. When depression is one of the greatest mental health challenges faced by Americans today, you know that people are trapped in an economic system that does not have their quality of life in its best interests.
In his book, Robert Verkaik tries finding the answers to heavy-hitting questions like: has capitalism broken its contract with hard work? Do we need to start reevaluating it? And if we do, how do we make it fairer so that it distributes more wealth, more fairly—which was the whole point of what capitalism was in the first place?
But how can we blame all these grassroot problems on an overarching economic system? While it is possible for people to dismiss market crashes because the system can bounce back, these disasters aren’t a one-time deal for everyone. They have lasting effects on people who have invested their lives into working for businesses.
These crashes don’t just change the dollar value. They change people as well.
According to Robert Verkaik, we moved to a capitalist system because we wanted to free ourselves from aristocracies, which concentrated all the land and wealth into the hands of the very, very few. Between the 19th and the 20th century, this was an effective transition that led to booming economies. And during this time, wealth was distributed relatively fairly in comparison to what capitalism is doing to the spread of wealth today.
Our survival throughout the COVID-19 pandemic was, in large part, due to the hard work of front liners and essential workers who made it possible for us to stay indoors and practice social distancing measures. Robert Verkaik emphasizes that we need to prioritize providing support to these workers, who traditionally went unnoticed.
Alexander McCaig discussed how, in the United States, a growing lower middle class is on its way to challenge the massive wealth gap. To this, Robert Verkaik believes that a more progressive taxation could be beneficial.
Robert Verkaik explains that in the last economic crisis, major banks injected plenty of capital into the system to keep the economy afloat. However, this liquidity eventually routed into the assets of the already wealthy. This manifested in owning multiple houses, jets, super yachts, and diamond investments, to name a few. And the value of these assets have doubled in the last ten years.
This means that the wealthy have only benefited from economic catastrophes, while the rest of us struggle to keep our heads above the water. Robert Verkaik believes that this will hold true for the pandemic, in the same way that it held true for the credit crunch. Meanwhile, the middle income earners continue to tread water.
He emphasizes that it’s less about using taxes on the rich to pay the poor, and more about dealing with a large middle class who are also struggling in different ways.
Ultimately, Robert Verkaik suggests that any change in the economy must be done with the climate in mind. This is why he supports the New Green Deal. Building economies with jobs that are environmentally sustainable is the key to the future.
What does this look like? It’s about looking for new economies and industries that create and help sustain new energies, sources of fuel, and houses with sustainable heating. These avenues bring in many more jobs to people who will be displaced through the changing nature of work and artificial intelligence.
Through TARTLE, you have the opportunity to become a part of something great by selling your personal data to nonprofit organizations who champion these causes. Your efforts to self-empowerment can help power the movement towards a greener, fairer economy.
What’s your data worth?
There has never been a better time for empowerment and community than right now. With TARTLE, the evolution of humanity starts today.
In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby briefly discuss the benefits of referring a friend to the Marketplace.
The TARTLE platform is a free marketplace that offers an abundance of opportunities to those who are willing to put in the work. That’s how we created this platform. And what better way to show you care for your loved ones than by giving them access to these same chances?
Economic empowerment, opportunity, and choice. Everybody wants to have a stable source of income and the power to choose how they live their lives. But in the current system, we may often feel like we have no choice but to hoard what we have. This is because we’re used to a world where sharing our resources with others diminishes the amount that we have for ourselves.
Thankfully, data is not a finite resource. And with TARTLE’s connections to buyers around the world? Neither is the opportunity to earn.
Another strong reason to refer your loved ones to the TARTLE platform is that sharing actually increases the value of everyone’s data packets. As the Marketplace grows, we will welcome people from all walks of life around the world. Their input will be crucial to creating diverse sets of data packets, which will be more appealing to buyers.
In addition, we have some exciting incentives lined up for TARTLE’s data champions in the future.
If you’ve been following TARTLE for a while now, you may have noticed that we consistently hype our platform up as a free marketplace for anyone, regardless of who they are and where they’re located, as long as they have access to the internet.
It’s time to test it out for yourself—and if you’re done, to share how the platform has empowered you with those around you.
It will only get better from here. We can promise you that.
What’s your data worth?
What would it take to make humanity switch to an economic system that sits within the laws of nature? One that is capable of evolving and becoming stronger over time?
The problem with our modern economic system and banks is that these entities believe that they are above the laws of nature; that they are gods capable of making humanity bend to their will and personal ambition.
In the second half of a two-part series, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby continue discussing the problem with our banking system—and why we need to provide an alternative to the modern economic system we’ve come to rely on today.
The reality is that banks are an archaic system, and that it’s a dressed-up way to have someone else carry your money.
As Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby discuss: say you had a million dollars. To deposit this amount into a bank, you would need to open up multiple accounts because a single account is only insured up to a quarter of a million. Once you’re done with that, try withdrawing your money after six months.
Chances are, your bank of choice (or any bank, for that matter) won’t be able to give it to you straight away. This is because they’re taking your money and making money off of it. It’s how banks survive in the larger economic system.
So what would it take to create a system where you don’t need to pay such a heavy price just for storing your money?
The TARTLE Wallet eliminates the need for banks. It’s accessible at any time, completely free to use, and controlled exclusively by its owner. Nobody has access to your money, or will profit off of your money, except you.
Here’s another sobering reality: the economic system we currently function in is incredibly fragile. Everybody’s living off of borrowed money. Once people sense the slightest disruption, they’ll feel compelled to sell all their assets and everything will collapse.
And who gets to benefit from this entire set-up? Maybe it could be the one percent, who are taking your money through taxes and inflation. It could also be the government.
But it definitely won’t be you. Or us. Millennials can’t buy houses, the elderly are in a pension crisis, everyone’s struggling under the weight of carrying this system. We need a new system that is openly available, low friction, and has a beneficial effect on the environment.
With the TARTLE Marketplace, you have an opportunity to participate in a system that is designed to evolve and stand the test of time. Our current economic system is not built with the best interests of humanity at heart. It only serves to benefit the elite, and it’s time to change that.
The idea of taking control over everything that you have, and everything that it can be, sounds overwhelming. We’ve never had the chance to choose how our money and our work will generate profit without giving a percentage of it to third parties. But imagine the power to see how far you can go based on your own efforts.
We feel incredibly passionate about making financial stability and personal empowerment accessible through the creation of a better, stronger economic system. That’s why we created the TARTLE platform—so that everyone can find their personal strength and financial footing through measurable, data-driven participation.
What’s your data worth? Sign up for the TARTLE Marketplace through the link here.