Yesterday on New York Bitcoindevs meetup in the discussion about the recent inflation bug Matt Corallo [stated that many people would be happy to hire talented open source developer](https://twitter.com/renepickhardt/status/1054520840216367104) to improve the future development of bitcoin.
Luke Dashjr came forward [stating](https://twitter.com/LukeDashjr/status/1054545007418507264) that:
>I’m now at 8 months with no success in finding new funding for my work on Bitcoin (and have as a result had to redirect more attention toward paid work, and less on Bitcoin itself).
In the discussion following up people encouraged people like him and me* to to set a patreon page. [Luke actually set up the patreon page](https://www.patreon.com/LukeDashjr) (see here for a [proof of authenticity](https://twitter.com/LukeDashjr/status/1054722035316854785))
Luke is currently the[#9 contributer to bitcoin](https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/graphs/contributors) (by counting his +300 contributions). And one can clearly see that the amounts of countributions declined in recent months.
[Luke also provied a Bicoin address](https://twitter.com/LukeDashjr/status/1054729831731085314): 19BFaR2QsQsYr8qxFtt1izc3rErvWntkwT
Own opinion (being a developer): Realizing that a developer with Luke’s skill set could probably easily score a 10k USD monthly paycheck we can imagine how much he contributed to bitcoin over the last years! So I hope the community will show gratitude especially for a person that already proofed to provide so much great work.
* Personally I am very lucky and grateful that fulmo lightning (the organizer of the lightning hackdays) is sponsoring my open source activities. It does not compare to a developers paycheck but I can survive on it and do what I think is important for lightning so I am fine.
** * Dashjr (can’t edit the headline!)
** edit: To be clear I am not working on UBI either: What I meant is that the community would trust Luke to work on the right Bitcoin related tasks. No one telling luke do this specific task otherwise funding dries. Maybe using the term UBI was missleading. (Sorry for that.)
Bitcoin Rap Original – “Rocket Ship” / Speaking of success…Churchill said it best It isn’t final and failure isn’t fatal But the courage to continue will enable Parabolic gains in a market that’s unstable
The bitcoin price recently climbed over the [$8,000 mark](https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/bitcoin/) for the first time since May 2018, according to CoinMarketCap. Many investors are now wondering if the tide has officially turned and the bull market is here to stay. Billionaire investor Marc Lasry [told CNBC](https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/18/marc-lasry-bitcoin-to-hit-40000-dollars-as-it-becomes-more-mainstream.html) that the price of bitcoin could reach up to $40,000 as it becomes more accepted and easier to trade.
I believe that as regulatory uncertainty in the space continues to be resolved, mainstream adoption continues to increase, and the [CBOE application](https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/cboebzx/2018/34-83520.pdf) for a bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund ([ETF](https://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/etf.asp)) is passed — which it very likely soon will be, in my opinion — that the price may well surpass $40,000 by the end of 2018 and could continue to climb as we enter 2019.
What are your thoughts on this one guys?
Especially the part with ETF?
Do you think it’s just the begining of Bitcoin to shine?