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Bitcoin Discussion and Q&A with Andreas M. Antonopoulos

ATTENTION: We've had an overwhelming response to this event. Our venue can support about[masked] people, so it's going to be very crowded tonight. We will do our best to let in as many people as possible, but we may have to turn people away at the door, so please show up a little early if you want to get in.

Parking is available on the street or in the nearby public library parking structure (601 Santa Monica Blvd). PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE BACK LOT. The lot behind Coloft is reserved for the tenants upstairs.

Schedule:

6:45 - Show up early!
7:00 - Doors open, networking, meet and greet
7:45 - Introduction
7:55 - Andreas M. Antonopoulos talk + Q&A
8:45 - Go to the bar! (Warszawa Back Patio, 1414 Lincoln Blvd.)

See you tonight!

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  • Imran M.

    1 · September 10, 2014

    • Gregory W.

      Hi Imram - looking forward - see you there!

      September 10, 2014

  • Dana

    Hi everyone, If you're in SoCal and new to Bitcoin, join us in Irvine Aug 2nd: You'll get hands-on help setting up your first wallet and have the opportunity to buy your first Bitcoins! www.meetup.com/BitBase-Irvine/events/[masked]/

    1 · July 20, 2014

    • Gregory W.

      Hi Dana. That URL does not appear to have an associated page. Also, meetup is using the subject 'Bitcoin Discussion and Q&A with Andreas M. Antonopoulos' but I imagine that your proposed 'BitBase-Irvine'­ meetup will not be hosting Andreas, correct?

      July 21, 2014

    • Dana

      Hi Greg- Sorry here is right link: http://www.meetup.com...­ I was doing this on my phone and actually did not mean to post the invite on this particular thread! No, this event has nothing to do with Andreas, just a meetup to give hands-on help to Bitcoin newbies (-:

      July 24, 2014

  • Dana

    Hi everyone, I'm looking for a designer who's passionate about BTC to help create some Bitcoin promo flyers. Thank you!

    March 24, 2014

    • Gregory W.

      Hi Dana - You might wish to look into: www.bitcoinbigfoot.com which might be offering just what you're looking for.

      March 24, 2014

  • Gary D.

    Entertaining and inspiring. Great Stuff!

    January 15, 2014

  • Valerian B.

    Hey folks! What an amazing night, right?! If you missed it or want to relive the experience, I've placed a series of videos on a YouTube channel. Andreas' tasty presentation is broken down into 8 easily digestible morsels --> http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJnKNq1ro2l5oxB-bAeaOhQ

    Thanks for letting us take up space with all our gear. I hope you find the result worthwhile. Enjoy!

    4 · January 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      done, and done, thank you http://www.optionsthi...­

      January 12, 2014

    • Micah W.

      These videos are great, thanks, Valerian. Hopefully it helps put us on the map.

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've got my video up if anyone wants to watch. I know another team was there filming and will have a prettier one coming out soon, but if you missed it, or part of it, here it is. I'll also be releasing the audio to this on my podcast at coinsiderthis.com. Thanks to CoLoft for hosting this awesome event, and Andreas for talking with us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTPQKyAq-DM

    3 · January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk by Andreas! Good information and questions. Does anybody know if a video will be available online?

    January 9, 2014

    • Erick C.

      yes!!!! I want a copy of that video. where to find it pleeeease?

      January 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      As posted by Patrick Melton, here it is: https://www.youtube.co...­

      1 · January 11, 2014

  • Erick C.

    Andreas' talk inspired me to put together a celebrity page for Satoshi. A thank you page, really. Wherever he is, he needs to know we are grateful for his gift. Like my page and leave your thoughts there at: https://www.facebook.com/ThankYouSatoshi

    January 11, 2014

  • Gavin

    Interesting info on NSA surveillance techniques...implications for the security of our Bitcoins?

    "The [NSA's Access Network Technology] developers have a clear preference for planting malicious code in BIOS, software located on a computer's motherboard that is the first thing to load when a computer is turned on.

    This has a number of valuable advantages: an infected PC appears to be functioning normally, so the infection remains invisible to virus protection and other security programs. And even if the hard drive of an infected computer has been completely erased and a new operating system is installed, the ANT malware can continue to function and ensures that new spyware can once again be loaded onto what is presumed to be a clean computer. The ANT developers call this "Persistence" and believe this approach has provided them with the possibility of permanent access."

    Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-29/nsas-50-page-catalog-back-door-penetration-techniques-revealed

    December 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      know a bit? we build enterprise systems for huge mining operations =)

      January 10, 2014

    • Jeff

      If you read the comments below zh, the truth comes out. The link is infected already.

      January 10, 2014

  • Corey C.

    Andreas Antonopoulos is awesome. He presented to standing room only crowd in Santa Monica

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Erin

    Andreas M. Antonopoulos is the man

    2 · January 10, 2014

  • Juri

    This is something that I would like to bring to everybody participation.
    It takes significant energy to put meeting like this together.
    Lets bring in a proper structure, so everybody can benefit with maximum.
    Some of the key issues I am finding:
    1. How to get the best mining equipment asap for the best price.What is out there reliable, since we all know that there are many scams. This will help us to prevent them.
    Might be helpful to put together an board with info, when somebody has equipment for sale due to upgrade or other reason.
    2. The best way to get bitcoins directly.
    3. What pools are most prosperous and why.
    4. The impact of different mining software on performance in mining.
    Like for ex.: open CL drivers. etc.
    5. Security of wallet and storage.
    Please join me and provide your input so everybody can benefit and consider time well spent.

    January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      about 2-5 dollars a day depending on where you live

      January 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      power is about 4-5 a day.

      January 10, 2014

  • CECILE M.

    Amazing

    January 10, 2014

  • Kirill Z.

    Awesome! Andreas is very inspirational! I'll be watching the video online whenever it's available

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Jeff

    Where will the video be posted at?

    2 · January 10, 2014

  • Adrian T.

    Thanks Andreas and coloft.

    January 10, 2014

  • Chris

    On last night Andreas provided important information and answered all questions ask in a professional way. Can't wait until the next meeting.

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hes a very good speaker, the time flew by and I was glad to be able to attend.

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really great, totally worth the time. Thank you Andreas, Josh, and everyone involved in organizing.

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for all your support and love! We really enjoyed sharing Austen Satterlee's 160% bitcoin trading bot, nick's gaming/mining rig, and I am excited to have met you all!

    Best,
    -Peter.
    DinosaurZombie.com

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great turnout! I hope to see you again at the SoCal Bitcoin Syndicate's inaugural event!

    RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/477931875661659/

    or RSVP on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/OC-Bitcoiners/events/156342112/

    Get Updates: http://www.eepurl.com/K-l4j

    Join the Syndicate: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeLiveFreeBTC/

    January 10, 2014

  • Mikhail

    Andreas is an awesome speaker who can really inspire

    January 9, 2014

  • Erick C.

    just awesome!

    January 9, 2014

  • Jim M.

    Great talk and Q&A! Location was good if a bit crowded.

    January 9, 2014

  • Dan R.

    Biggest Meetup I've been to yet; great event! Andreas was sharp as always.

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    "We can replace the Fed with 100 lines of Python." -Andreas M. Antonopoulos

    2 · January 9, 2014

  • Marni M.

    I am driving up from San Diego someone please save me a spot

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Phong N

    I wonder how secure is ASIC rig since they're connect to the web. I would guess ASIC's secure is comparable from ASIC to Linux as Linux to Window.

    January 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Always use Linux to mine-- it's just more robust IMHO

      January 9, 2014

    • Jim M.

      Here is a good list of ASIC rigs:

      https://en.bitcoin.it/...­

      Some connect to host computers via USB and are only as secure as those computers. Others connect to your network as stand-alone devices. These type most likely run custom versions of Linux so are as secure as any other Linux system on your network.

      January 9, 2014

  • Steve B.

    Due to the amazing response to this event, we have had to CAP the RSVP because we are beyond capacity...see you there early or at the bar afterwards.

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am just learning about crypto. But I would love to help out any way I can- if you need an extra hand I can get there early to offer any help.

    January 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd love to chat when we get there -[masked]

      January 9, 2014

  • Gavin

    Antonopoulos, Thank you for everything that you've shared over the web re:Bitcoin and for everything you are doing to accelerate progress.

    I wanted to ask you if you could explain at the meeting the currently safest, easiest way to buy and secure Bitcoin?

    I first got in at $13 and sold at $60, but now, after learning a bit more, may like to get back in at current levels if I can learn how to safely keep the private keys away from software/hardware/ACPI driver keyloggers, side-channel attacks, etc...

    I suppose I still "don't know what I don't know" about securing Bitcoin from the get-go and really would appreciate if you could share your advice with everyone at the meeting...maybe you could do a quick buying/securing demo if other more recent adopters are also interested?! If your Safe Paper Wallets are an adequate solution for newer adopters, could you bring some SPW starter kits to the meeting for purchase?

    Thank you and I look forward to your presentation!

    Gavin

    December 29, 2013

    • Jim M.

      I see. Sorry about that. Will be more careful next time.

      January 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That stinks! We're writing a book on litecoin mining with Berkeley press right now

      January 9, 2014

  • Rasheed M.

    Hope Andreas will speak on the recent ghash.io 51% attack controversy

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    what do you guys think of banc of bitcoin?

    January 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I see, been contacted by them asking for me to develop a CoinBase alternative with banking principles

      January 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've lost over 3.99 due to a paper wallet not transferring and they never responded

      January 9, 2014

  • Juri

    There is enormous internal potential within BTC, that unfortunately not many can observe.

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      they are blind to the truth because of the existing hegemony

      January 9, 2014

  • Jeff

    Will anybody be there from Coinbase?

    January 6, 2014

    • Rob M.

      I doubt it, they're all in the bay area, and if anyone came to L.A. for a meetup, I'd expect they would be a promoted speaker!

      January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      i've got a friend that's joining coinbase as legal advisor in the upcoming weeks-- would love to connect!

      January 9, 2014

  • Juri

    Answer to Dana. There will be hardly anybody offering the rent, mainly due to significant swing in value of BTC. Unless you meet somebody really dedicated to bitcoin and also real estate mogul.

    January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      how does rentulations compare to just using straight up airbnb?

      January 9, 2014

  • Chris

    I am willing to help setup and cleanup for Thursday. Let me know when you need me arrive.

    January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      do you guys need any help setting up as well? do you need another panelist?

      January 9, 2014

  • Micah W.

    Folks, we've had an overwhelming response to this event (over 200 rsvps). Our venue can handle a large crowd, but this event is still going to be over capacity, so if you want to come, please be sure to show up early, we may have to turn some people away. If you have a venue that is available for tomorrow night and can handle 200+ people, let me know ASAP.

    January 8, 2014

    • Juri

      Hi : We can meet at Coloft, and there should be nice weather, did you consider Malibu shopping center. It is close by, lot of small shops and restaurants.

      January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good!

      January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited.

    January 9, 2014

  • Micah W.

    ATTENTION: The venue has changed. We've got way too many RSVPs for everyone to comfortably fit at Amplify, and Coloft has offered to host us once again. Please note the change. See you all on Thursday!

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • Juri

      That's what bitcoin is all about, solving challenges on the fly. That's the beauty of it.

      January 8, 2014

    • Paige F.

      Wow, what an amazing turnout!!! Wish I could be there!

      1 · January 9, 2014

  • Dana

    Does anyone know of any landlords on the west side who take btc for rent?

    January 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I love how this has just turned in to general bitcoin FAQ. Haha.

      3 · January 6, 2014

    • Rob M.

      These specific event threads always seem to get more action than the general group discussion area. These good topics will begin to get lost after the event, while the discussion area is more enduring. So I'd like to encourage people to post non-event-specific threads in our discussion section: http://www.meetup.com...­

      January 7, 2014

  • Steve B.

    I've blocked the previous few messages...looked like phishing...stay safe out there everyone!

    January 6, 2014

    • Steve B.

      Thx Micah...sorry Jim...your post went up twice for some reason and at the top of the meetup event

      January 6, 2014

    • Jim M.

      Ok. No problem. Glad you're looking out for such things.

      January 6, 2014

  • Jeff

    Will anybody from Ripple Labs be there? If so, let's meet.

    January 6, 2014

  • KJ F.

    I would have attended this Meetup. Sorry, I just found you.

    January 4, 2014

    • KJ F.

      Ok, It's late and I didn't read the date correctly. I'm going.

      January 4, 2014

  • Ryan

    FYI, if you are in the area a it earlier there is an LA Tech Happy Hour meetup starting at 6pm: http://www.meetup.com/LA-Tech-Happy-Hour/events/155934362/
    **Includes a free drink, hence why I am posting....

    January 3, 2014

    • Ryan

      Oh, and it's around the corner from Coloft.

      1 · January 3, 2014

  • Vic V.

    ill be there!

    January 3, 2014

  • Jose S.

    Really Looking forward to this!

    January 2, 2014

  • Micah Winkelspecht changed the location from Amplify to Coloft - Santa Monica

    January 2, 2014

  • Chris

    I would love to learn more about Bitcoins. I am free in Jan.

    January 1, 2014

  • Frank

    The Wall Street Journal ran a "paywalled" article

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304753504579284593005519808

    describing a wallet called "Dark Wallet", explaining that this wallet encrypts the transaction chain. Overall, the article covered BC in a positive light, and positive publicity is only good. IDK if this is bleeding edge or old news, but I hope to find out as a member of this meetup group.

    January 1, 2014

    • Jim M.

      I am not able to read the WSJ article but 'encrypting the transaction chain' doesn't sound quite right. I think Dark Wallet encrypts the communication between the wallet client and block chain servers so prevent snoops from seeing your transaction messages, but I may be wrong. I haven't read much about Dark Wallet yet. Their website is here: https://darkwallet.uns...­

      January 1, 2014

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