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Bitcoin meets Silicon Beach

You are invited to a panel event discussing Bitcoin and the massive opportunities it presents to the Silicon Beach/Los Angeles startup community.


The future of money is here.

Bitcoin is on a global rampage to disrupt and transform money as we know it. With the total Bitcoin marketplace now reaching $1.5 billion and accelerating with double-digit growth month over month, Bitcoin is entering into the next stage of the adoption curve in a big way. As the US government slowly legitimizes Bitcoin as an alternative currency, investors are diving in, and it has opened the floodgates of new opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, over the last several years, Los Angeles has built up a vibrant startup scene filled with incredibly talented developers, designers, marketers, investors, accelerators and entrepreneurs.

At this panel event, we'll be introducing Bitcoin to the broader Silicon Beach startup community and discussing the many opportunities that exist in the Bitcoin ecosystem for entrepreneurs and makers. Let's make Los Angeles the Bitcoin capital of the world!

Food and drinks are graciously provided by our sponsor BitPay.

Special panel guests include:

• Tony Gallippi (CEO and founder of BitPay - the largest Bitcoin merchant processor) 

Vinny Lingham (CEO and cofounder of Gyft - a mobile gift card company which just raised $5MM in Series A and gives Bitcoiners a way to spend their coins at major retailers)

• Travis Skweres (CEO and founder of - a recently launched Bitcoin exchange) 


• Paige Freeman (Vice President of Sales for BitPay)

• Micah Winkelspecht (CTO of Guide Financial and Bitcoin enthusiast)


BitPay - The largest merchant payment provider of Bitcoin, and recently reached the significant milestone of signing up over 10,000 merchants to accept Bitcoin.

• DogTown Media - Tech consultations and support for those interested in app development.

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  • Christy

    Hi everyone! First I want to say thank you again to the organizers and presenters of B meets Silicon Beach. It was exciting, informative and delicious! ;) A whole new world is expanding for me! I have decided to sell one of my Satoshi Nakamoto White Paper 5th Anniversary 1ozT Silver pieces. I have heard that there are less than 100 of these and the Mint will destroy the hallmark on NOvember 1, 2013. Of the Bitcoin Specie pieces, these are collectible and are worth more than their weight in silver. :). I do hope I am not breaking etiquette rules by posting the link here, as I very much appreciate this group. I will be happy to take it down immediately if there is an issue. Barring that :), I am so happy to be part of this expanding world and look forward to seeing Bitcoin/cryptocurrency technology grow!

    October 19, 2013

  • Elliott

    Great meetup, but I've got to ask...where did the food come from? It was damn good!

    October 14, 2013

    • Micah W.

      Yeah, the restaurant is called Tajrish (http://tajrishrestaur...­) on Washington Blvd near the Venice Pier. Great Persian food. Tell Majid I sent you. =)

      2 · October 14, 2013

    • Elliott

      Will do..thanks!

      October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    CoinDesk article about the Meetup has been published -

    October 14, 2013

    • Rob M.

      Nice, glad I posted a photo of the panel!

      October 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, thanks for that!

      October 14, 2013

  • Micah W.

    Thank you all for coming, what an amazing turnout. It was great catching up with everyone and meeting so many new great additions to the club. Looking forward to the next event!

    2 · October 11, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Great event last night...almost all 100ish people in the room raised their hand to "Do you own Bitcoin?" Next event needs to be a technical deep dive! Maybe the week before Vegas?

    October 11, 2013

  • H. Brian W.

    Excellent program. Great audience. Delicious food. Thank you for putting this important Meetup together.

    2 · October 11, 2013

  • Gregory W.

    Well over 100 people attended, and what a spread! Truly one of the best MeetUps I've been to in a while, quite informative, discussing topics including: bitcoin and merchants, uncertainties in the early market, consumer protection, blockchain and micro-transactions, wallets, reputation management, escrow, and guesses at future value of BTC. Great to listen to companies including BitPay, CoinMTK (CoinMarket), TravelForCoins, etc.

    2 · October 11, 2013

  • Paige F.

    What an amazing event! Thanks to everyone who came out tonight. Looking forward to future meetups!

    October 11, 2013

  • Micah W.

    Hey everyone, we're really looking forward to tomorrow night's event. I see a ton of new faces, and we're all glad to have you join us. We'll be starting at 7pm for some food, drinks and networking. The presentations will start promptly at 7:30pm starting with an introduction to Bitcoin by Tony Gallippi, followed by the panel with all of our guests and some Q&A. If you want to hang out after, we'll continue the party over at Bodega wine bar down the street. All are welcome. See you tomorrow night!

    October 9, 2013

  • Rob M.

    Wow, 91 people have RSVPd so far! Does Coloft has a big enough room?

    October 7, 2013

    • Micah W.

      @Joie, @Steve, thanks for offering to help! I'll be there all day working from Coloft, but if you want to get there around 6:15 to set up that would be super helpful. @Rob, we have beer and wine, and are working on getting food. It would be definitely helpful if you want to command the refreshments station. Food and beer is arriving at 6:30, I'm bringing the wine. (Can't tell by your comment

      October 8, 2013

    • Micah W.

      but if you have a good source for ordering food, email me)

      October 8, 2013

  • Steve B.

    It's shaping up to be a great event!

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • Ryan

    If anyone is looking to exchange some bitcoins at the meetup since there hasn't been a Satoshi Square in a few months...
    This guy should be there:

    October 7, 2013

  • NewLiberty D.

    The new Bitcoin Silver Specie pieces will be available for demonstration / viewing / purchase in quantity (as well as the special edition commemorative for the 5th anniversary of the Satoshi White Paper only available in person or to qualified pre-order supporters).

    QR links to Http:// (not a coin-wallet) More information on these is available here:

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Umesh P.


    October 6, 2013

  • Marty Z.

    Wish I could be there. Tony G. from BitPay is a friend. We are working on getting our NetSuite customers on First ever full Bitcoin integration to a financial system.

    October 1, 2013

  • Maurice

    Interested in using bitcoin in my apps

    October 1, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Paige & Micah,

    We held a great Bitcoin meetup down here in Singapore last night...there is some interesting developments down is the SEA market...happy to file in one of the TBD slots on the panel

    September 13, 2013

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