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Bitcoin & the Internet of Money

Join us for a discussion of new digital currencies and the Internet of money. Joe Weisenthal (@thestalwart), Executive Editor of Business Insider will moderate our panel with policy expert, Jerry Brito (@jerrybrito), Bitcoin software contributor, Jeff Garzik (@jgarzik) of Bitpay, and Jim Harper, Cato Institute Senior Fellow and Global Policy Counsel for the Bitcoin Foundation.

We’ll ask: Is Bitcoin a scam or a viable means of global payments?

How will regulators respond to emerging digital “currencies?” Are the methods and math behind Bitcoin here to stay? Why are tech-world investors so optimistic and real-world economists so skeptical?

Entrepreneurs, bankers, policy makers, and miners are welcome to participate in our Q&A. Refreshments will be served.

Voluntary donations of any amount accepted at Coinbase.

Our panel:

Joe Weisenthal is a prolific digital journalist. He is the Executive Editor of Business Insider, a fast-growing news site with deep financial, media and tech verticals, and over 40 million monthly unique visitors.

Jerry Brito is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. His research focuses on technology and Internet policy, copyright, and the regulatory process.

Jeff Garzik is a software engineer and open source evangelist. Starting in 2010, Jeff developed Bitcoin open source software, and launched micro-businesses involving Bitcoin. Previously, he was a Linux leader at RedHat. He now works at Bitpay.

Jim Harper is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute where he works to adapt law and policy to the unique problems of the information age, in areas such as privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property, transparency, and security. From 2004 to 2014, Jim was director of information policy studies at Cato. In 2014 he became a Cato senior fellow and global policy counsel at the Bitcoin Foundation. 

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  • Sal B.

    Thank you again, Bill, for a great event. Thanks to our wonderful panel for the interesting discussion. And thanks to everyone who attended -- I hope our space was welcoming and that everyone had a good time.

    April 3, 2014

    • Bill M.

      Thank you Sal! We really appreciated your generosity in hosting us. Your new space is awesome. And the food, drink and conversation were all great. Thanks again! Bill

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Melissa C.

    I attended a few days of FinTech Week London last week. For those looking for Bitcoin options:

    BTC.sx -- the world's first Bitcoin options exchange -- made a presentation to the London group. BTC.sx has traded over $40M in options since starting in April 2013. From a Reuters press release on Tuesday, 4/1: BTC.sx recently secured approximately $250,000 from the Seedcoin Fund and are "close to landing additional funding," according to COO George Samman.

    April 3, 2014

  • Ann V.

    great meetup - thx Bill McNulty! and thx to Sterne Kessler Goldstein and Fox for a fabulous hosting location and pizza/libations hospitality!!

    FYI to any who may be interested in all things Bitcoin, here's a link to a group who call themselves "The Bitcoin Group" - https://www.youtube.com/user/bitcoingroup - they do a hour or so Google hangout every Friday and then post the v/c on their Youtube channel - it's set up as sort of a faux news talking heads thing - like the old McLaughlin Group - but they cover all the preceding week's hot Bitcoin topics - including the global philanthropic possibilities of bitcoin - and are each very knowledgeable .... it's fun ...

    Also, might want to try out Sean Andrews Cryptocurrency 2.0 meetup and the new DC branch of the NYC BitDevs Meetup - as well as the Washington DC Bitcoin Users Group ... all great in my experience! best ....

    April 2, 2014

    • Joe P.

      Great to see you too tonight Ann!

      April 2, 2014

  • David B.

    Interesting topics

    April 2, 2014

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