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Bitcoin ReFocus Pembury Tavern

Let's keep the ball rolling and keep networking, meetup at Pembury Tavern for all newcomers over the last weeks, Beers available for BTC from the bar.

Pembury Tavern, Hackney
90 Amhurst Rd, E8 1JH

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  • Parthi

    One of the best presentation i have seen on bitcoin so far.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy6XIBnThpY thought i would share here

    December 20, 2013

  • Emmanuel

    HELLO GUYS,BTC AND LTC AND QUARKCOIN HAVE COMPLETELY BLOW MY MIND SINCE LAST 3 SLEEPLESS DAYS,KNOWING THINGS LIKE:

    REBEL FINANCIAL SPEACKER LIEK MAX KEISER INVESTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON BTC.
    RICHARD BRANSON ACCEPTING BTC FOR VIRGIN GALACTIC TICKETS.
    CANADA AND GERMANY HAVING BTC TOP UP AND WIDRAWAL MACHINES.
    JPMORGAN CONTEMPLATING CRYPTOCURRENCY AS BUSINESS MODEL.
    SNOOP DOOG ACCEPTING BTC TO SELL HIS ALBUM!

    I HAVE BEEN A USER FOR QUITE A WHILE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW PEOPLE PERCEPTION ABOUT CRYPTOCURRENCY.

    WHEN AND WHER IS THE NEXT MEETING GOING TO BE HELD AND HOW IS GOING TO BE STRUCTURED?

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Robert H.

    Good morning my fellow Bitcoiners and Bitcoin luddites if any. Don't be alarmed at the steep sell off you are awakened to on this glorious black wednesday morning. I'm actually anticipating a 75% sell off at the bare minimum from BTC all time high of $1200, to re-trace back to $266 which should give tech support. So it's about $493 as I write. I would expect there is loadsa money awaiting on the sidelines in thar hills of Wall Street and the golden paves of Canary Wharf. The next bounce to the upside from support levels, should provide an excellent buying opportunity for as London paupers just dying for a few Bitcrumbs!

    December 18, 2013

  • Zac Z.

    Rumours of further ban in China, this time going a lot further to banning any financial institution(online or off) from having any dealings with bitcoin or bitcoin exchanges.

    Named companies were Alipay(Chinese ebay) and other online payment gateways, as well as all banks. They're now banned from either sending money to or allowing withdraws from bitcoin exchanges. So rumour says.

    Oh boy. If true, buying/selling bitcoins is going to get a lot tougher over there.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/bitcoin-crashes-on-pboc-rumor-2013-12

    2 · December 17, 2013

    • Daniel

      Concerning; a slower time for BTC and potentially why the price has fallen - no market confidence

      December 17, 2013

  • Robert H.

    @Johnathan de Rin
    contd from below...

    Second Market founder and his Wall Street pals, VC's, countries such as Germany and Switzerland are all pouring over bitcoin in one shape or the other. Because of the massive disruption to humankind, which could well be dystopian for fiat, it is no surprise the likes of Mark Williams from old school economics mis-aligned with 21st century paradigms will not see, or come to terms with the idea.... the train already left the station!

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Robert H.

    @Johnathan de Rin
    contd from below...

    This generation will only know digital, albeit bitcoin as a scalable crypto currency that leads and trades against all other emerging crypto currencies, in the same way the dollar is a global reserve currency. I listened very carefully to Mike Hearst of Google in his analysis of the bitcoin protocol and its potential applications. Yes APPLICATIONS!! This is where the purity of bitcoin like the internet itself provides impetus for immense innovation such as escrow applications and just too many to mention going forward. Even Guy Kawasaki only a few days ago gave a big nod to bitcoin at LeWeb conference in Paris...contd..

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Robert H.

    @Jonathan de Rin

    I'd be honest, I haven't read Mark William's prognosis of bitcoin and how he justifies bitcoin going to $10. But lets look at it this way... at every support level of any decline in Bitcoin, more buyers will average down, and more odd lot buyers and newbies will see any substantial decline as an opportunity to participate. I strongly refer everyone to go and read "Future of Money" Bernard Leitnar a top currency trader who helped design the Euro. In future of money written about a decade ago, Bernard clearly states he believes fiat will either collapse or simply become obsolete. It's worth deciphering the latter. We have now entered a climate where a 9 year old kid sold his Apple gift shares to buy Bitcoin! That is a social impetus dynamic. What this means, is the "A" generation who will become consumers within only 10 years are going to laughing at the anachronism of fiat paper currencies...contd..

    2 · December 17, 2013

  • Parthi

    Hey guys,

    What is your thought on https://bit121.co.uk/

    Based in the UK and accept BACS/CHAPS, What are the risks in doing business with them, in the past I have come across post/talks in the forum where a bank has written to its customer for transacting with mtgox/bitstamp etc.

    They are banking with Barclays as far as I can tell, Looking at their site they are not open and AML warning sounds like typical corpratey.

    But with an open mind what does the meet up community think?

    December 16, 2013

  • Daniel

    Heading to Monmouth Coffee near Borough Market tomorrow morning if anyone wants to catch up?

    December 16, 2013

  • Robert H.

    Heads up folks! Jupiter Bitcoin Miner Hands On is showing now as lead on Leicestersquare - http://www.Leicestersquare.tv . Looks like a hot piece of kit. You'll need to watch on any large screen device including laptops and xBox. Our html5 code works beautifully on blackberry z10 and upwards, the way it should autoplay on mobile devices. Sucks on iphone & ipad because they disable video backgrounds.

    1 · December 16, 2013

    • John D.

      I have 2 Neptunes on order! Can't wait for them to arrive. Nice find.

      December 16, 2013

  • Max H.

    is there another bitcoin meetup planned for people to discuss start up's? [url=https://cex.io/r/0/ozzymax/0/][img]http://cex.io/informer-small/ozzymax/c3b339acd47d537a5f62a40eb638d082/[/img][/url]

    December 15, 2013

    • Robert H.

      A meet up that will focus squarely on bitcoin startups will be awesome! I'd love to meet software engineers and developers, who can write beautiful code for bitcoin gigs that want to help change the world.

      1 · December 16, 2013

  • Daniel

    Can anyone please provide any more great visual charts showing transaction volumes like http://www.bitcoinmonitor.com

    December 13, 2013

    • Daniel

      I have a few bookmarked, I was interested to see what others people like to use. Visually I enjoy seeing the movement and tracking volume visually. I have one link where an alarm sounds when a volume of bitcoin transactions goes through.

      December 14, 2013

    • Mark T.

      Ah sorry, when you said provide I thought you meant develop / create. Yes I have used the one with the alarm before showing the currencies also http://bitcoincharts....­ is a good site.

      1 · December 14, 2013

  • Mark T.

    How about we all buy this xmas day http://www.melaniebrown.com/music/ with bitcoins. Before anyone asks I hate the spice girls but its a main stream artist first into the bitcoin market on one of the highest profile days of the year... It would be huge publicity for both producers and consumers in the mainstream . Spread the message in the bitcoin circles? #bitcoinxmas

    December 14, 2013

  • Robert H.

    SecondMarket CEO: Wall Street Will Put 'Hundreds of Millions' Into Bitcoin | http://community.blackworld.com/post/744121/secondmarket-ceo-wall-street-will-put-hundreds-of-millions-into

    Important article to assess what's about to happen so you can plan.

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    All - I guess I'm not going to be popular here ... but I think the meetup was a missed opportunity. IMHO the meetup could be way more structured. It was basically a bunch of guys meeting in a crowded bar talking about micro-issues in small huddles - which could be done just as easily on-line.

    I would rather see us get a quieter meeting space and have somebody (or series of somebodies) actually give a short talk or presentation about something so that I leave the evening having learnt something about what's going on in the Bitcoin world.

    Maybe I've missed the point of this meeting?

    Bitcoin-land is varied bunch of people made up of business opportunists, investors, speculators, libertarians and internet geeks. A more structured meeting would have given us a better opportunity to work out who was who, and which to take something away.

    Sorry for being negative - but I'd love to come to be looking forward to the next meeting.

    December 12, 2013

    • paul g.

      Hi John. I was not able to make it last night but this I know Alex set up this informal meetup to coattail on the back of the Bitcoin Expo a couple of weeks back in order to keep momentum going.

      December 12, 2013

    • paul g.

      We have been holding our more structured Bitcoin Focus events every three month and we have already started planning more of the same for next year where we will holding Bootcamps for newcomers and Business Networking events too. We are also currently exploring various venue options so that these more informal meets can take place somewhere more suitable and with a little more structure but without the full blown organisational requirements of the quarterly events. I'll post a a group email in due course to update everyone on plans for next year

      December 12, 2013

  • Paul F.

    This was another great event that makes London one of the main centers for Bitcoin in the world

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Daniel

    Truly superb meetup, thank you everyone for your attendance and unique thoughts.

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Daniel

      Sorry I missed you. Are you London based? We could meet up again. Sure we all made many great contacts last night.

      1 · December 12, 2013

    • Clemente G.

      Morning Daniel, it was really really nice meeting you last night. I think you got some really good ideas and I am very open to help. This is my email "clemnet (at) gmail.com"

      December 12, 2013

  • Clemente G.

    My first Bitcoin Meetup it was great, lots of interesting people, experiences and ideas.
    Thanks to the organizers and thanks to everyone for stopping by. I am looking forward to next one

    December 12, 2013

  • Jonty B.

    Tonight I got drunk, ate, and got a taxi home. All without parting with a single £. Is Bitcoin the future?

    2 · December 12, 2013

  • Jonty B.

    Hello fellow bitcoin buzzers, My goal is to make Bitcoin easy and secure enough for my mum to use. I am looking for partners to build a simple, easy to use and SECURE wallet app with an offline hardware counterpart which stores keys and verifies transactions.

    My skills:

    - Technical - I am broadly technical but not a hardcore developer.
    - Business - I have years of experience in lean startup methodologies, pitching, networking and developing IDEAS.
    - Computer Security Skills I need:

    - Hardcore developer types.
    - Organisational skills.
    - Crypto expertise.
    - Raising finance.

    If you have similar goals to mine I would love to chat with you tonight! Let me know.

    December 11, 2013

    • Clemente G.

      Hello guys, I am very interested in the idea if you need a web designer/eCommerce/marke­ting guy I will be happy to help.

      1 · December 11, 2013

    • John D.

      I am bringing a prospectus I've started writing. Am on the train now. There in about 40.

      1 · December 11, 2013

  • Jonathan James H.

    KryptoKit is the most exciting wallet since blockchain.info (it's a chrome extension, get it now) https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kryptokit/lhhipingoaiddcoalochnbjlkifbpmoj/details?hl=en

    2 · December 11, 2013

  • Marian

    Looking forward to this. The Bitcoin expo was a little wild, but extremely interesting. Well done Alex & Co. Btw, here is a tip for next Monday for those who like learning from extremely successful people: http://startupgrind.com/event/startup-grind-london-presents-bernhard-niesner-busuu/

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Tomer K.

    China didn't break bitcoin and you should adopt in your own advantage or in the advantage of your society.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asTqskU0U5E

    December 10, 2013

  • Robert H.

    I'm looking forward to wednesday's meetup! Hope you guys have had a chance to watch the bloomberg discussion on bitcoin on Leicestersquare.TV as I previously mentioned below. This is IMO a very important step in how media relates to bitcoin and what happens to the potential value of bitcoin going forward from here onwards. David Kiirkpatrick on bloomberg compared bitcoin to the internet. While these wall street guys are behind the curve, I thoroughly understand their mentality from previously working from within. I can tell you, every trading room in New York, London and around the world would have seen this today, and those traders will be trying to figure out how to get into bitcoin before the train leaves the station. Watch out guys, hedge funds and smart money will start pouring in systematically as bitcoin is now going mainstream. Damn! I wish I bought those bloody coins many months ago.

    December 10, 2013

  • Robert H.

    Hey Guys! Bloomberg are talking up Bitcoin big time!!

    You can watch this very interesting segement video just out a few hrs ago on Leicestersquare.TV here:

    http://bit.ly/Leicestersquaretv

    In case you don't already know this, Bloomberg is big... very very big! The fact that they are discussing bitcoin and demonstrating it's social use to millions of their global and American viewers is a very big deal. So you can go watch now on Leicestersquare.TV, it's 3 videos back to back about 2 to 5 mins each. Sorry for the ads in between, but that's how we make money. You can simply forward to the next video to skip the ads. Also you can only watch Leicestersquare.TV on any laptop, desktop, or large screen computer device, connected TV and your xBox! Apologies our auto play html5 code is still too advanced for mobile devices including iPad at this time. Enjoy this exciting bloomberg demonstration and chit chat about bitcoin...awesome!! x

    December 10, 2013

  • Bruce C.

    Quick question from a newbie here.

    Where is the best place to buy bitcoin? I looked at bitstamp and they only trade in USD. MTGox accept GBP but they're so slow.

    December 6, 2013

    • Daniel

      What's your goal, to buy BTC then cash out? In which case MtGox is slow. Email me [masked]

      December 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      bitstamp trade in USD but you can deposit via SEPA in EUR and they will convert (I believe they get corporate exchange rates at a Slovenian bank)

      December 9, 2013

  • Robert H.

    Gosh! I used to be a stokey boy once in hackney... haven't been down that way for yonks! it'll be nice to meet you guys again. Looks like people are going a bit insane over price volatility on BTC. I'm rather surprised people don't understand simple trading concepts of a new asset class. If you are an investor in Art, you'd understand what I mean. My response is posted as @promotedapp here on Techcrunch to the following article ' Bitcoin Value Loses Its Mind As Trading Lags On The Mt.Gox Exchange '

    http://tcrn.ch/1deyXWB

    A lot of the luddites are techies as wel lol!

    December 8, 2013

  • Tomer K.

    crazy week for bitcoin, but the answer is in this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-NwFOAS0ZA

    2 · December 7, 2013

  • T K.

    is anyone in this group registered as a seller on localbitcoins?

    December 6, 2013

    • Greens

      Agreed - great site

      December 6, 2013

    • T K.

      thanks Daniel . will meet you next wednesday .

      December 6, 2013

  • Daniel

    A good read for all you traders. Just to keep the conversion to cash reality in mind. http://bit.ly/1bjSBRn

    December 5, 2013

    • Jonathan H.

      Btw, If anyone is interested in or working on automated trading on bitcoin exchanges would be great to have a chat next Wednesday.

      1 · December 6, 2013

    • Daniel

      Bot trading? Always interested to discuss ideas.

      1 · December 6, 2013

  • Andrea G.

    Is there any example of marketplaces trading "real" goods and services that are using Bitcoin? Hopefully I will find out at the next meet up while getting to know some nice people instead of browsing through 1000s of Google search results...

    December 6, 2013

  • Greens

    Hello all, im interested in investing/getting involved with a bitcoin/crypto start up based in London. I have a proven history of making things happen and could move quickly on the right opportunity. If anyone is interested please send me a brief email: [masked]. Thanks

    1 · December 6, 2013

    • Daniel

      Come to the meets and introduce yourself, lots going on!

      December 6, 2013

  • T K.

    has anyone used locabitcoins UK? do they require kyc too? how fast is the turnaround time and do they use escrow?

    December 6, 2013

    • Daniel

      It's safe and fast and does use escrow though new users are limited in how much they can trade until they get more experience. Escrow covers new users to about 5 BTC per transaction.

      December 6, 2013

  • Daniel

    Sudden Bitcoin drop, possible due to China? " "Notice" requirement, at this stage, financial institutions and payment institutions are not allowed to Bitcoin price for the product or service, may not be sold or traded bitcoins as a central counterparty shall not be covered with bitcoin-related insurance business or insurance will be included bitcoin range not indirectly provide customers with bitcoins other services, including direct or: to provide customers with Bitcoin registration, trading, clearing and settlement services; accepts bitcoins or bitcoins as payment and settlement tools; carry with bitcoins RMB and foreign currency exchange services; conduct Bitcoin storage, hosting, mortgages and other services; issue with bitcoin-related financial products; would bitcoins as trusts, investment funds and other investment targets."

    December 5, 2013

    • John D.

      Price drop due to regular bitcoin dumpers looking to cash in and buy cheap coins after market speculators 'fast dump' their uncertain coins. Back to norms by the end of the day.

      1 · December 5, 2013

    • Daniel

      I believe so; next week will be interesting as this news is generally accepted. Good buy opportunities too!

      December 5, 2013

  • Daniel

    Hi all, looking forward to the next meetup and in preparation of a productive meeting, wanted to quiz buyers of BTC where they buy their coins? Miners aside, I'm curious to learn how you buy coins and your experiences doing so.

    December 3, 2013

    • Daniel

      Thank you for your detailed answer. Your feedback will help me with precisely that!

      December 4, 2013

    • John D.

      btc-e and bitstamp. Bitstamp have a quicker turnaround on paying them but seems like btc-e are catching up hence the spread between the two exchanges seems to be closing. btc-e has more volatility and clearer buy/sell charts but bitstamp is easier for a person fearful of charts and buy/sell order lists. Both require you to complete KYC information such as passport photo etc... which takes a bit of time to setup. Once done though it's plain sailing. At least I know my seller/buyer in return where as who knows what coins you're buying OTC. Could have been some of that stolen coin or early drug coins. Wouldn't want to be holding those when the authorities come knocking to check on money launderers.

      1 · December 4, 2013

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