My crypto origins are a bit foggy, I don’t recall the first time I even heard about Bitcoin, it was more of remembering the symbol. It was linked to online gambling sites, and this was at a time when the World Series of Poker was still holding onto its 15 minutes of fame on ESPN, and there were a number of online poker sites where you could play with real money, but there was also Bitcoin. Again, I didn’t really understand it, so I didn’t pay it much mind.
Fast forward a couple years, and I’m working with a couple guys who would talk about it a touch. This would have been about the time MT. GOX was still around, and Bitcoin had reached the unbelievable value of $1000 dollars per Bitcoin. So, of course it was a topic, especially since I worked in the IT space. I mentioned that I remember it being for gambling on poker sites, and of course the inevitable sigh of “man if I had only put $100 into it back then” conversation. But honestly, I didn’t have a clue how to even try and put $100 into it even if it was something I was about. At that time, I couldn’t really wrap my head around the fact there wasn’t an actual coin to put my hand on. Then the crash! Well, at least the first super huge one. MT GOX crumbled, and the value of Bitcoin fell through the floor. The topic of conversation then turned to; “Well, I’m glad I had no part in that!”
Fast forward again, this was maybe another year later. Bitcoin would come up every now and again. I think at the time you could buy a Bitcoin for about $200-$300. I was turned onto a podcast, and these guys were huge proponents of Bitcoin, and pretty much all things crypto, security and the like. One of the things they were promoting was a website that would allow you to get discounts on Amazon, but the catch was you had to use Bitcoin in order to do it. I was all about a discount, and they were saying they were getting upwards of 25-35% off of stuff they were going to buy anyway. That was right up my alley, so buy some Bitcoin I did, and sure enough, the website proved to be the real deal. It was about this time I started to actually look into what was really trying to be achieved in the cryptocurrency space, the universal utility, the decentralization, and putting power back into the hands of the masses. Which all was very appealing to me.
So, how did I get here? Well, one thing’s for sure I wasn’t ever trying to be was some Bitcoin evangelist. There was no way I was going to fall into the same stereotype as crossfitters and vegans. As the joke goes: How do you know if a person is into crossfit or is a vegan? Answer: They’ll tell you within the first 5 minutes of talking to you. So, my interest in cryptocurrency isn’t something I was ever looking to beat down people’s doors with, so it was happenstance I was looking at some my mining stake on a break at work and Skip came and sat down. Just so happened he was interested in Bitcoin as well. So when he mentioned that he was looking to start a website to gather solid news to try and cut through all the misinformation to bring a concise place for others to learn about Bitcoin and cryptocurrecy in general I thought it was a great idea. The icing on the cake was when he asked if I’d like to contribute as well, to talk about my experiences good and bad I was honored and, so, here I am!