2014 Bitcoin Meetup Kickoff

We'll start the meetup with 30 minutes or so of hanging out and getting to know each other. Feel free to eat beforehand or bring your own food and drink to share with others.

Luke Stokes, John Meese, and Jesse Alvery will each give 5 to 10 minute presentations about the group and their passion for Bitcoin. Depending on how things go, others may also share some thoughts with the group. We'll discuss future meetings and formats.

Jesse will bring name tags along with color sticker indicators for those looking to buy or sell bitcoin. The atmosphere will be casual and what we make of it. Let's get to know each other and build a base for the Nashville Bitcoin community.

Good ice breaker questions:

What's your Bitcoin story? When did you first get into Bitcoin? What interests you most about Bitcoin?

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  • Coinsultants

    Bah! Completely forgot about this meetup. Will be more attentive next time.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Christian A.

    Is there a developer/programmer here that has started their own cryptocurrency or have thought about starting their own?

    January 14, 2014

  • Burt

    a great start, When is the next one?

    January 11, 2014

  • sam

    Sorry I missed the meet up by one day. Just went searching for the group this afternoon. Looking forward to being a part of this community and helping spread the word and understanding of crypto currencies in general and especially bitcoin.

    January 9, 2014

  • Allen B R.

    I want to be a more active supporter of the bitcoin movement, but I do not know how?

    January 8, 2014

    • Jesse A.

      I'm not sure what your question is. Can you give us some background about what your familiarity with bitcoin is, what you're trying to accomplish, and what your strengths are in that regard?

      You might also ask in the Nashville Bitcoin Network Facebook group, as it is a more discussion based format.

      January 8, 2014

  • Art K.

    Sorry that I couldn't make it due to ice. I make it next time..

    January 8, 2014

  • John R. M.

    We had a great turnout, and great conversation! Looking forward to future meetups

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Conor

      This isnt international! This is America!

      1 · January 8, 2014

  • Bill B.

    Great meeting. It was good to put faces with names. I run MusicCityBitcoins.com and spoke briefly. I am available to exchange Bitcoins for dollars. You can contact me here or at MusicCityBitcoins.com.

    I'm also happy to continue DAC discussions at the Facebook site.

    -Bill

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Tom

    Good information there, Thanks to all the people who approached the mic.

    January 8, 2014

  • Conor

    Enjoyed it. I feel like we could've used more time but can't beat free

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • William A.

    Frozen pipes! I may be late.

    January 7, 2014

  • Devon W.

    Here is a great semi-technical explanation the bitcoin protocol. If you are into bitcoin, this is a great read:

    http://www.michaelnielsen.org/ddi/how-the-bitcoin-protocol-actually-works/

    January 7, 2014

  • John R. M.

    Looking forward to seeing you all tonight! Just a heads up- Jamie McGee, a reporter from The Tennessean, will visit our meetup tonight. She'll introduce herself to the group, but I thought you might appreciate advance notice.

    2 · January 7, 2014

  • Attila Z.

    Hey guys, i was really looking forward to meeting everybody but unfortunately i can't make it tonight, i have the flu and wouldn't want anybody else catching it. Look forward to getting together next time!

    January 7, 2014

    • John R. M.

      Sorry you can't make it, but totally understandable! Hope you feel better soon.

      January 7, 2014

  • Conor

    A discussion on offline wallets and securing them would be helpful for most. I've heard lots of people keeping their entire stash in a blockchain and/or coinbase account. Looking forward to this. Thanks!

    January 5, 2014

    • Conor

      I was honestly asking more because I wanted to learn more about it. I have my electrum wallet and know that it works but beyond that don't feel qualified to present to the group. I'm really interested in getting my wallet completely offline on an encrypted USB drive that I can keep in a safe deposit box or something of the sort.

      1 · January 6, 2014

    • John R. M.

      This is definitely a theme we should talk about in the future. I think our first meeting this year will be focused on defining the future of our group, but having specific themes for discussion and/or presentations (like Bitcoin security) is definitely something I'm interested in as well.

      1 · January 6, 2014

  • Devon W.

    To anyone attending and looking to purchase bitcoin for the first time, I recommend going to https://blockchain.info/wallet and signing up for a free wallet there. That way you will have somewhere to deposit your bitcoin.

    Download the iOS and android app or print out a QR code on a piece of paper to be able to receive the bitcoin.

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • John B.

    My ongoing concern as a member of this group will be that the group, like the Bitcoin protocol itself, remains as consensus based as possible. Does this mean we vote on and then establish our own System of Rules - our own Protocol if you will?

    How might we vote?
    What might we want to vote on?
    Meetup formats? Meetup agendas? Meetup locations?

    I have no idea how other Bitcoin meetups are run, but my hope is that our group would not become centralized in some way. Having said that, please know that I understand the importance of effective leadership in any organization. I'm more than thrilled that Luke, John and Jesse have stepped up to lead us on to victory. So I hope my comments will be taken in the spirit intended. I'm interested in true Democracy and true Consensus - as much as is possible.

    : )

    January 5, 2014

    • Conor

      I dont want to speak on behalf of Luke or anyone else, but as a regular member of the group I can attest that there was a huge importance placed on group-consensus during last meeting. I believe the current format was chosen because someone brought up attending a group with a similar format and lots of us thought it sounded like a good idea.

      January 5, 2014

    • Luke S.

      Hey John, thanks so much for voicing your concerns. It fits nicely for what I planned to talk about on Tuesday. John, Jesse and I are only in the position we're in because we took initiative to start something. Beyond that, we want a group that values everyone. This group has the potential to bring very divergent opinions, world views, philosophies and the like. It's incredibly important that we operate out of respect for each other, we clarify our expectations and we do what we can to meet those of others as appropriate. We'll figure this out as we go, but if we respect each other, that, I think, is a good start. Bringing so many different view points together will be very interesting. :) John, I hope we have time to discuss this concern at the meeting and talk about what voting should take place. Thanks again!

      2 · January 5, 2014

  • Conor

    Love the sicker idea, by the way

    January 5, 2014

  • Jesse A.

    Two things that could really help a lot of people out: 1) How to securely paper your stash. 2) Let's have buyers and sellers wear something for quick recognition. My suggestion would be a red handkerchief or bandana if you are selling and green/gold if you are buying.

    2 · December 17, 2013

    • William A.

      Whadda we wear if we're mining? Sooty face? :)

      1 · December 24, 2013

    • John R. M.

      Maybe a black dot?

      January 3, 2014

  • Allen B R.

    I cannot attend because we have not been told the meeting location?

    January 3, 2014

    • John R. M.

      It's now been announced, we'll be meeting at Emma. Hope to see you there!

      January 3, 2014

  • Levi S.

    Unfortunately first Tuesday's are out for me. :(

    December 30, 2013

    • Luke S.

      Oh, bummers man. :( The Nashville tech calendar is pretty packed and that seems to be a night that works for most people. Would really love for you to be there, Levi. I wonder what other nights might work or if we could put the whole thing up for vote or something.

      January 3, 2014

    • John R. M.

      I think we should have a meeting night poll once a quarter, or at least twice a year. Besides our main meeting, though, we are encouraging offshoot meetings for specific local areas or interests!

      January 3, 2014

  • Bill B.

    John, Scott Sears at Flyte has $5 martinis and $4 beers from 5pm till 6:30. He also offered to provide free appetizers and put a 'tips' QR code at the appetizer table. Obviously, he can accept Bitcoin for payment on the drinks, etc. He also will shut the bar down for us for that time period if we can be fairly certain that we have 50 people.

    1 · December 18, 2013

    • Jamin G.

      2nd vote for Flyte!

      1 · December 18, 2013

    • Luke S.

      We'll set up a meeting there in the future, but having to guarantee a tab this early in the group's life is a bit much right now. That said, I plan to have other meetings there outside of the regular monthly meeting.

      1 · January 3, 2014

  • Bill B.

    Jesse, let me know what you decide re: location so I can confirm with Scott at Flyte.

    December 31, 2013

    • Luke S.

      Thanks, Bill. We'll be at Emma this month.

      January 3, 2014

  • John B.

    I guess Flyte was chosen because they're willing to accept BTC? If that's the case, I'll change my mind about the place. The one time I went there was some years back. Service was horrendous, food mediocre and over priced for sure. But much time has passed since then and so I'm willing and able to give the joint the old 2nd chance.
    Seems a bit "Gulchy" to me, but maybe the majority of Bitcoin enthusiasts in Nashville are condo dwelling, martini drinking folks. I was hoping for a little more of the jeans and t-shirt crowd, but my armoire is well appointed for any occasion. I'll be there looking as sharp as my mood dictates. I may even have bells on.
    : )

    January 2, 2014

    • Bill B.

      It's Nashville. There is no dress code.

      January 3, 2014

    • Luke S.

      John: this time we'll be at Emma, though we do plan on having a meetup at Flyte as well (though probably not the regular monthly meeting).

      January 3, 2014

  • Allen B R.

    I can't attend the next Jan. 7th meetup, because I do not know where it is to be located.

    January 3, 2014

    • John R. M.

      Fair point. Unfortunately, because of holiday delays, we're still waiting for confirmations on a couple of meeting place options! Hopefully we'll announce the final choice shortly.

      January 3, 2014

    • Luke S.

      Allen: It will be located at Emma Bistro, 9 Lea Ave , Nashville, TN

      1 · January 3, 2014

  • James F.

    I'll +1 on Flyte. I'd love to be able to use my bitcoin in meatspace for something. :)

    January 3, 2014

    • Luke S.

      Won't be there this time, but what night would you prefer? Let's get something set up in the next couple of weeks.

      January 3, 2014

  • Brian

    New member but I might be able +3 if there is still debate on flyte.

    December 30, 2013

    • John R. M.

      Not sure whether or not this meetup will be at Flyte yet, but we will definitely get together there as a group soon!

      January 3, 2014

    • Luke S.

      We'll be at Emma this time which will allow for a presentation-style meetup. We would need to commit to a lot of sales at Flyte in order to rent the place out for that format. We'll definitely have a meetup a Flyte in the future.

      January 3, 2014

  • Luke S.

    OK, we're confirmed at the "Bistro" meeting place at Emma, the email marketing company here in town. I've been to many meetings there, and it's a great place for us. We'll be planning another informal meetup in a couple weeks at Flyte also, so we can support them and spend our bitcoin.

    We'll keep the start time 6pm, but the first half hour will be very informal with us just hanging out (don't worry if you have to show up late!).

    Today I had lunch with John and Jesse (who started the Facebook group), and the three of us agreed to give 5 to 10 minute presentations for this month. We'll be telling our Bitcoin stories and a little bit of what excites us about Bitcoin and why we started these groups to build the Nashville Bitcoin community. Depending on how things go, we may have time for others in the group (like you!) to share as well.

    Please get food before hand or bring your own as we don't (yet) have plans to provide pizza or drinks. Jesse will bring name tags. See you Tuesday!

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Luke S.

    So sorry for the delay on finalizing a location for our meetup. I've been out of the state and sick, which has certainly delayed things.

    Flyte is an option, but in order to have any presentations, we'll need to guarantee an amount of sales which I'm not sure a group of this size can commit to. I'm looking into other options and would greatly appreciate the group's help as well. Please contact me if you have a connection somewhere willing to host our group.

    Updates will be posted here as they are available. Please also keep in mind this group belongs to you (I just happened to pay the fee for the meetup.com page). We'll all get out of it what we put into it.

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Personally I would like to hear more about ways to build your own miner. I went out and bought an Altera dev board in the hopes that I could program it, however there's a lot more to it than I thought and I know squat about boards. It just sits in a box on a shelf, looking sad and wanting me to play with it again.

    It would also be a good topic for someone to give details the underlying algorithms. Looking at some of the source code there are a few questions that come up. There's a lot that can be done with transactions.

    January 2, 2014

    • William A.

      Joshua--at this point a miner (for BTC) better have oodles of gh/s to have a ROI that's manageable. Ex: 200GH/S has a ROI of >2 months. How big were you thinking?

      January 3, 2014

  • Burt

    I look forward to learning more

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Scott M.

    I will be there with Euros in my pocket for anyone wanting to diversify their holdings.

    December 18, 2013

  • John R. M.

    Looking forward to seeing you all there! We're waiting for confirmation on the meeting place, but we'll let you know as soon as that's confirmed.

    December 17, 2013

    • Rory S.

      Do we need 6 confirmations?

      3 · December 17, 2013

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