Bitcoin for dummies: your questions answered

We've got 60 members now, and a lot of you are very new to bitcoin. Let's change that! Our restaurant/bar meetups are fun, but they are not very conducive to having structured discussions or getting your questions answered.

Some of the more knowledgeable members of the group may give some short presentations, after which we will open up a panel for a question and answer session. The space is large and can accommodate upwards of 40 people, so feel free to bring friends, family members, business associates, or anyone else you think might be interested.

Riot Games is on the 10th floor, and there will be signs leading you to Baron, the large meeting room we will be using.

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  • Vance C.

    I wanted to write and say thank you to Chris for organizing this event. I know that you guys were meeting for a long time before Bitcoin started to scratch the surface of popular culture - so thank you for building the community long in advance. I also wanted to say that I thought Rich did a great job of simplifying Bitcoin so new people could get a feel for the system. As an FYI: Rob Long and I will be on St Louis Public Radio this Tuesday (January 14) at 12:30 p.m. discussing Bitcoin. My company Articulate Ventures accepted payment in Bitcoin a month ago and they are following up on that transaction. This could be a very good time to bring new people into understanding Bitcoin. The first time I was interviewed really introduced me to a lot of people who were curious to learn more. I will keep the group updated and I hope we can all exchange twitter handles to stay in touch mine is @vancecrowe Rob's is @plantimals We would love your support!

    January 11

  • Chris G.

    Here is an interesting article. I disagree with the guy in a few points, but it is well researched. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Go...­

    January 10

  • Steve

    Good meeting. I appreciate the willingness of knowledgeable people to share their information. It was a good combination of didactic presentation and interactive Q&A

    January 10

  • "JW" alias John W.

    Excellent professional meeting! Great content that flowed well and plenty of time with the panel for questions.

    January 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    All of the questions that were asked were answered very well. The presentation answered many questions that I already had. I'm sure it will all sink in eventually. ;)

    January 10

  • Randy Z

    Great

    January 10

  • Christopher R.

    Thanks for coming out and making this the most well attended meetup in our history!

    January 10

  • Christopher R.

    Hello everyone, I'm really excited about tonight! This will be our biggest meetup yet. I think most of Clayton is plowed, but I know for sure that Hanley and Bonhomme are clear.

    Attached to the building is a parking garage. Around 7pm they open the gates, so you should be able to park there no charge. If the gates are closed, take a ticket and you won't have to pay after the meetup. After parking, you'll have to walk around to the front of the building and head up the elevators. You can also park in front on the street if you wish, but I wouldn't recommend it.

    I'm thinking that we'll spend the first 20-30 minutes doing a meet and greet for the new people, and then commence with the presentations.

    January 9

  • A.K.

    Is anyone mining any cryptocurrencies? I am more interested in the monetary gain of owning BTC, versus the BTC itself. Is there discussion on investing(more of gambling atm)?

    January 5

    • Joe S.

      I;m sort of glad i never started mining with asics. Most companies failed to deliver on time, although i hear KnC was an exception. Just holding btc seems to be a pretty damn good investment. So if ain't broke, don't mine it i always say.

      January 9

  • Joe S.

    Wish i could be there, but thurs just don't work well for me. Anyway, i go missing for a few weeks and the size of the group grows exponentially. Nice!

    January 9

  • Steve

    I plan to attend, but will likely be a bit late. I am having trouble getting transactions from my bank to Coinbase.

    1 · January 3

  • Eric S. H.

    One topic that intrigues me (but not enough to do the homework myself): the Bitcoin virtual machine and the more complex transactions it makes possible. A general introduction (no opcodes, please) would be nice.

    Would using examples like n-of-m transactions, or mastercoin be suitable? Or is the topic of the VM just too hard to cover without a lot of technical details?

    December 8

    • Eric S. H.

      Unfortunately, I can't make the Jan 9th meeting, so there's one less reason to discuss the Bitcoin VM -- which may bring the total down to zero.

      Guess this means I have to get off my butt and learn about it myself, offline, when the curiosity pressure gets to be unbearable.

      December 8

    • Christopher R.

      That's too bad you can't make it Eric, but perhaps I will talk about the interesting (currently known) applications of the scripting language. Here are some: https://en.bitcoin.it/...­

      1 · December 8

  • John W. R.

    Same here, as a software engineer I think I understand a lot of the technical details behind bitcoin fairly well.

    December 3

  • Christopher R.

    Also, I can arrange for a tour of the Riot STL office if anyone is interested. Those are only on Fridays though, so you can sign an NDA during the meetup and come back the next day for the tour.

    December 3

  • Christopher R.

    If you'd like to be on the panel or give a short presentation on a topic, let me know.

    December 3

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