Published on March 5, 2014
+Chris Mohritz | email@example.com
WHO THIS IS FOR ● ● ● ● ● Curious about Bitcoin buzz Entrepreneur looking for trends Early adopters Staying on top of tech changes Staying on top of currency changes
OUR JOURNEY ● ● ● ● ● ● ● What is Bitcoin? How volatile is it? Where can I use my Bitcoins? How do you store, trade & spend Bitcoins? How are Bitcoins created? What happened to Mt. Gox? What's the future of Bitcoin? Interrupt me at anytime for questions / comments
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT ● ● ● ● Impacts all of us Money is being made (and lost) Preview into future of currency Internet needs something like Bitcoin
WHO’S BEHIND IT?
WHAT IS BITCOIN The Future or a Failed Experiment?
THE BASICS ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Purely electronic Outside traditional banking system Started circulating in 2009 Relies on peer-to-peer network/processing Peers verify and record transactions No central authority Value depends on people's confidence Transacted anonymously Started by anonymous (Satoshi Nakamoto) An experiment?
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BITCOIN nytimes.com/interactive/technology/bitcoin-timeline.html
HOW MUCH IS OUT THERE? blockchain.info/charts/total-bitcoins
BACKED BY THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF ...? huffingtonpost.com/shelly-palmer/bitcoin-money-currency-or_b_4889845.html
HOW VOLATILE IS IT? Everyone Has an Opinion
WELCOME TO THE WILD WEST blockchain.info/charts/market-price
THE BENCHMARK tickerscores.com/blog/bitcoin-an-almost-exact-fit-to-golds-historical-chart/
A CURE FOR VOLATILITY? ● Privatized FDIC (inscrypto.com)
HOW CAN I USE BITCOINS? A Growing List
DIRECTLY ACCEPTING BITCOIN (pizzaforcoins.com) bitpay.com/directory spendbitcoins.com/places nasdaq.com/article/what-companies-accept-bitcoin-cm323438
EVERYWHERE ELSE gyft.com/bitcoin egifter.com/bitcoin
HOW DO YOU STORE, TRADE & SPEND BITCOINS? Building on Current Habits
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SPEND http://scenic.princeton.edu/network20q/wiki/index.php?title=P2P_and_Bitcoin
STORING THEM ● ● ● ● Online Offline Exchanges ???
TRADING & CASHING OUT rt.com/op-edge/if-bitcoin-exchanges-shut-down-518
THINK OF IT AS DIGITAL CASH ● Finite number available (21M) ● Lost Bitcoins cannot be replaced
HOW ARE BITCOINS CREATED? Pick Up Your Digital Shovel
MINING FOR BITCOINS (~9M LEFT) businessinsider.com/how-bitcoins-are-mined-and-used-2013-4 visual.ly/think-you-can-mine-bitcoin cnbc.com/id/101332124
IN THE NEWS Plenty of it
WHAT HAPPENED TO MT. GOX? “The exchange became insolvent after losing 744,408 Bitcoins (~$350 million US dollars) -the largest Bitcoin heist ever.” huffingtonpost.com
GETTING HEADLINES Bitcoin ATM ● huffingtonpost.ca/bitcoin-atm-canada Hackers ● digitaltrends.com/computing/pony-botnet-steals-bitcoins Endless opinions & opinions about opinions ● forbes.com/you-dont-need-a-nobel-prize-to-be-wrongabout-bitcoin-but-it-helps
WHAT WILL BITCOIN'S FUTURE BRING? Good Question
ONLY TIME WILL TELL ● ● ● ● ● Footnote in history books? Government regulation? Global currency? End of central banks? Chaos? Mayhem? Which brings us...
BACK TO TYLER Is Bitcoin a “potential disrupter of traditional financial institutions”? nytimes.com/2014/03/01/opinion/nocera-thebitcoin-blasphemy.html Is Satoshi Nakamoto Tyler Durden 2.0? “The root problem with conventional currency is all the trust that’s required to make it work.” ~Satoshi Nakamoto
KEEP DIGGING ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● khanacademy.org/bitcoin-what-is-it bitcoin.it/wiki bitcoins.com cryptocoinsnews.com coindesk.com weusecoins.com howdoyoubuybitcoins.com dailytekk.com/top-50-bitcoin-resources evoorhees.blogspot.co.uk/libertarian-intro
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