Miami 2014: The Last Days of Bitcoin’s Wild West

Bruce Fenton is managing director of wealth management firm Atlantic Financial, a board member of the Bitcoin Foundation and host of the annual industry event Satoshi Roundtable.

In this entry in CoinDesk’s “Bitcoin Milestones” series, Fenton recalls the wide-eyed days of TNABC 2014 – a two-day conference held in Miami that he argues marked the beginning of a new, more professional bitcoin era.

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It concluded with a rooftop party, had controversial dancing girls and saw one startup hand out bitcoin wallets with neon vodka shots.

That’s probably what most people remember about The North American Bitcoin Conference Miami. Organized by Moe Levin and held in the days when bitcoin’s price had gone from a few dollars to more than the price of gold, the industry had yet to hit the turbulence that this early success would bring.

As an industry without leaders, a governing structure or centralized control, we relied – and still rely – on our peers. This isn’t just for validating transactions and making sure that the network works, but for sharing news, knowledge and the social interaction needed to keep pace with change. Because of

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