In the three years since Ian Cresswell advertised the first meeting of The London Bitcoin Meetup Group (on 31st October 2012 at The Cleveland Arms in Paddington), a niche topic that had piqued the interest of just a few really has captured the imagination faster than anyone attending back then could have assumed.
Since those early days when Amir Taaki would bounce through full of anarchic zeal and Mihai Alisee would deliver the first print-editions of Bitcoin Magazine, Coinscrum has been privileged to host countless events where we’ve enjoyed listening to the thoughts of incredible innovators that have become synonymous with our favourite technologies.
Blockchain, blockchain, blockchain….
Thinking back, life was a lot simpler then. All we had to talk about was Bitcoin (with a dash of recently-conceived colored coins and a shake of Litecoin and Namecoin).
And for all of the intense discussion that those few ingredients cooked up, one debate that we can safely say never divided the room was that of “bitcoin vs blockchain”.
The fact that you were there in the first place kinda hinted at the fact that your eyes had already been sprung open to the potential merits of The Blockchain and, at the same time, had your mind stuck in semi-permanent overdrive as you wondered at the elegance of the built-in, tokenised self defence mechanism that Satoshi had devised to square the Bitcoin circle.
Since then, it’s been fascinating to witness the velocity and scale of new ideas that have exploded around us and to be able to offer a forum for many of those working at the coalface to share their ideas and build their teams.
Now, only 3 years later we’re, of course, not complaining that every Master of the Universe worth his salt has suddenly worked out that this “Blockchain” thing is actually quite clever (we assume they were all too busy in the preceding 6 years mopping up the puddle left over from their 2008 spillage to have had time to take a proper look!).
And if blockchains and distributed ledgers do offer the chance to re-build and make efficient antiquated payment and settlement networks, then that can only be a good thing and many people, we’re sure, will reap the benefits. We’ll just have to wait and see exactly who will benefit and by how much.
However, as interesting as that is, for us, it’s really not as interesting as the conversations that ensued prior to their attention.
Much more interesting are the thoughts of those at the edges; those with the vision and ability to conceptualise, design and build these new technologies; those that light fuses today that may need to burn for years before the dynamite detonates.
Hearing people such as Amir Taaki espouse the ideological necessity of decentralised dark markets; or Gavin Wood introducing the early vision of Ethereum; or Ian Grigg delivering prudent reality checks based on 20 years of crypto-cash experience; or Brett Scott challenge the realities of our current economic models is what got us interested in this whole thing in the first place and is the only thing that will keep us engaged going forward.
So now that it’s impossible to walk into any self respecting mainstream financial services conference and not sit through a “Private Blockchain” panel, we’d like to have our new website stay true to our roots and keep its eye on the bigger picture.
Apart from promoting our events and hosting our back-catalogue of video content, we’ll also be posting opinion pieces and producing exclusive video interviews from our favourite thought leaders – whether as vanilla as an Italian gelato or as divisive as polar bear at a mother-seal’s baby shower.
We’ll also be focussing on the startups that are launching and growing their businesses and, to further assist, we’ve launched our Jobs Board to help them and the talent within our community connect.
Get in touch
Now that we’re live we’ll start to populate the site with new content over the coming weeks and months.
If you’re keen to contribute and write for us from time to time then please just get in touch via the email link above.
We’re looking forward to taking Coinscrum into its next phase and thank you all for your ongoing support.