I read these comments on reddit today: http://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/2rwrny/coinaday_bitshares/cnkzty3
I think they have some truth behind them. Many people probably would like to invest in bitshares, but are deterred by the complexity of it.
So i was thinking about setting up the following service:
-send bitcoin from an address you own the private key to an address supplied by the service.
-the service trades your bitcoin for bts on some exchange like bter
-the service takes the public key from your transaction and generates a bitshares address from it
-the service sends the bts to this address
-there should be some easy way for the user to get proof the bts are now tied to his private key
-the user knows he would be able to load his private key into bitshares at some later stage
This way users who know how to handle their bitcoin could get bitshares without the need to get the client, download the blockchain, registering a user and could use their usual approach for safe storage.
I would appreciate your feedback on this. Are there any technical problems I missed? Do you think there would be enough interest for such a service?