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TNABC 2017: McAfee, Abra’s ‘BTC Bank Tellers’ & Bitcoin’s Killer App

· January 18, 2017 · 5:00 am

Bitcoin being its own killer app and its use-case as a stealth instrument for solving international remittances are just two highlights from the 2017 North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) currently underway.

TNABC: ‘Bitcoin is Bitcoin’s Killer App!’

The annual event, which traditionally showcases the biggest innovations in crypto with big announcements from startups, finishes today in Miami.

Speeches are coming from some of the industry’s biggest names, including Roger Ver, Charlie Shrem and even John McAfee.

The mood is cautiously optimistic this year, with many celebrating Bitcoin’s solid run through 2016 and steadying of volatility as China grapples with regulatory hurdles.

“Bitcoin’s killer app is Bitcoin!” proclaimed Bitcoin investor and venture capitalist Sean Walsh in his talk on how to drive Bitcoin adoption forward in 2017. 


Meanwhile, Genesis Mining came out with a pertinent summary of the status quo with a trailer it brought to the conference (again), which was subsequently used for selfie purposes by Max Keiser.


More Sleepless Nights For Western Union

In terms of offerings, TNABC 2017 is not falling short of expectations. Money transfer startup Abra, which is looking to launch in February, captured the imagination of many with its fiat-Bitcoin-fiat personal transfer and teller network, alongside some recently announced funding support from Pantera Capital. 

Abra’s app allows anyone to send anyone else money in any currency, which they can withdraw from their phone as physical cash anywhere there is an agent acting as a ‘bank teller.’


Bitcoin is used as the intermediary currency, but interestingly, this is never disclosed; parties can transact and never know that Bitcoin was involved in the transaction at all.

“The core value is… the belief in the individual’s right to conduct all forms of commerce freely,” CEO Bill Barhydt said during the pitch. He also announced,

Today, at the North American Bitcoin Conference,  I announced the next phase of Abra’s global expansion: Next month, we’ll be enabling Abra worldwide, activating a global network of Tellers who can transact in over 50 currencies, including directly in Bitcoin.

Monero Still in the Spotlight

Elsewhere, educational talks were offered by Roger Ver, Jeffery Tucker and others, while outside Bitcoin, ‘The Future of Monero’ came from one of the rapidly-rising altcoin’s core developers Riccardo Spagni.


Ver’s publication and Bitcoin educational resource Bitcoin.com is TNABC 2017’s major sponsor. Various startups and other businesses are also supporting, with official media coverage coming from Bitcoinist among others.

Wednesday sees McAfee take to the stage, having made quite a name for himself at previous Bitcoin events with his choice language concerning the shortcomings of traditional consumer security setups.

Are you at TNABC this year? What are your reactions? Let us know in the comments below!

Images courtesy of Twitter, Abra, Shutterstock

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Get Your TNABC Miami Tickets Today!

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Get Your TNABC Miami Tickets Today!

MIAMI The North American Bitcoin Conference (BTCMIAMI) is getting really close for its fourth year starting this January 20th-22nd. Financial applications, Bitcoin, and distributed ledger technology have gained mass attention over the past year, and the event in Miami is meant to keep attendees up to speed on the latest innovations. The conference will be filled with developers, enthusiasts, analysts, industry executives and so much more discussing this emerging economy and all the accessories that go along with it.

Also read: New BTCC Bitcoin Nodes Are Hosted on Amazon Web Services

BTCMiami is at it again coming to the city to bring some of the hottest gear, discussions, and speakers within the FinTech landscape. The event will kick off with a party on January 20th at the Clevelander Hotel at 6 pm and begin the main event at the James L Knight Center Jan 21st-22nd at 9 am. Today is the last day you can save up to 30% off the general admission price — so head over to the registration section here and save some satoshis this year. The lineup of speakers will include some of the top innovators in the FinTech space, explaining the new technologies and executives of companies who are building this infrastructure. The schedule is located here, and guest speakers will include:

  • Patrick Byrne, CEO at Overstock and T0.com
  • Sean Walsh, Partner, Redwood City Ventures
  • Brock Pierce, Founding Partner at Blockchain Capital
  • Bobby Lee, CEO at BTCC
  • Matthew Roszak, Founding Partner at Tally Capital
  • Micah Winkelspecht, Founder and CEO at Gem
  • Andrew ‘Flip’ Filipowski, Founding Partner at Tally Capital
  • Marco Streng, CEO at Genesis Mining
  • Paul Snow, CEO at Factom
  • Eric Larcheveque, CEO at Ledger
  • John Collins, Head of Policy and Government Affairs at Coinbase
  • Jason King, Founder at Sean’s Outpost
  • Joe Ventura, Founder and CEO at AlphaPoint
  • Veronica McGregor, Partner at Hogan Lovells
  • Marco Santori, Attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop
  • Trace Mayer, Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast Host
  • Brennen Byrne, CEO at Clef
  • Jerry Brito, Executive Director at Coin Center
  • Patrick Deegan, CTO at Personal BlackBox
  • Harry Yeh, Partner at Binary Financial
  • Bruce Fenton, Executive Director at Bitcoin Foundation
  • Will O’Brien, Strategic Advisor at Blockchain Capital
  • Michael Terpin, Chairman at BitAngels
  • Evan Duffield, Lead Developer at Dash
  • Pieter Gorsira, CEO at Lawnmower
  • Michael Sonnenshein, Director at Grayscale Investments
  • Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar, Co-Founder at Rootstock
  • Marshall Long, CTO at Final Hash
  • Joe Colangelo, Executive Director at Consumer’s Research
  • Tone Vays, Head of Research at BraveNewCoin
  • Wayne Vaughn, CEO at Tierion
  • J Maurice, VP Engineering at PIA
  • Paul Veradittakit, VP Pantera Capital
  • Brian Klein, Lawyer at Baket Marquart

As usual, the Bitcoin event in Miami will continue to be smoking hot just as the city it takes place in. Event organizers and its sponsors including Private Internet Access, Bitcoin.com, Genesis Mining and more are prepared to keep the technological heat roasting! If you like to mingle with enthusiasts just like you, meet entrepreneurs and investors just like you, then The North American Bitcoin Conference is the place to be. Sign up today to get your general admission tickets reserved for this fourth annual Bitcoin and FinTech event in Miami!    

Will you be attending the conference in Miami? Let us know in the comments below.

Images courtesy of Shutterstock & TNABC


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Moe Levin on TNABC Miami 2016, Patrick Byrne Speaking This Year

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North American Bitcoin Conference
Moe Levin, the organizer of The North American Bitcoin Conference, has set up an excellent lineup of speakers and presenters for the 2016 show. This year, people like Patrick Byrne, Tone Vays, Bobby Lee, Jerry Brito and others will highlight a packed conference. 
The 2016 conference will take place between January 21 and 22. The North American Bitcoin Conference is one of the largest events in the Bitcoin community, drawing in many attendees who come to see renowned figures in the Bitcoin space. In the past, Bitcoin giants such as Jeffrey Tucker, Tony Gallippi and Vitalik Buterin have spoken at the Miami conference. In fact, in 2014, Buterin made history by announcing his Ethereum project at a TNABC event.
Bitcoinist was able to interview Moe Levin about this year’s conference, and what we can expect from this monumental Bitcoin event.

The North American Bitcoin Conference has come full circle and will be back in Miami on Jan 21-22. What are some of the things you are looking forward to at this year’s event?
This is the highlight of the year for us and many people in the ecosystem. The Miami conference gives us time to reflect on the past year, and set the agenda and direction for the next year. I’m looking forward to having Patrick Byrne speaking at the conference. It will be his first time with us, and I’m looking forward to hearing his views on using the blockchain to increase transparency. A lot of what I’m looking forward to is seeing old friends and new friends reconnect and share their experiences over the last year, and work together to make a better tomorrow.
What are some of the changes you have seen over the last year that have impacted Bitcoin and the conferences?
There remains some difficulty achieving consensus among developers and companies about the direction bitcoin should take. There is no easy way to solve this, but the people at Scaling Bitcoin are making a great effort to get the right people in the room to discuss these tough topics.
From a conference perspective, 2015 was slower than 2014, certainly. In 2014, it seemed like there was a conference every other week, and that might have had to do with the great press and high price of bitcoin. As 2015 came around, it looked a bit bleak at times, and I think that translated into people spending more time working on product rather than travelling and collaborating and exploring new and alternative ideas.
I hope 2016 will include a stable rise of bitcoin, more collaboration, and lots of sun in bitcoin.

Patrick Byrne and Bobby Lee Head a Diverse Lineup of Speakers

Who are some of the key speakers you are excited about this year?
As mentioned above, Patrick Byrne is a great speaker and pioneer in so many different industries. Bobby Lee will be speaking and offers unique and important views about the ecosystem in China and developments in the region. We’ve got a great mining panel set up with Marco Streng from Genesis Miners, who continues to innovate and expand their operations. J Maurice, from Private Internet Access is one of the smartest CTOs in the space, and I’m really looking forward to hearing his talk about security and how to protect your privacy online. That’s a speech everyone should listen to.
How do you feel about the convergence of the blockchain and FinTech over the last year?
I think it’s a natural convergence that is still maturing. We won’t know if this convergence is working for at least another while, so best is to remain open and collaborative and support projects that lead to fulfilling some of the original promises of bitcoin. I’m most hopeful of some remittance startups using bitcoin as the backend to really make it big in 2016.
Do you have any announcements you are excited about this year?
There will be at least three huge product launches in Miami that I wish I could share with you.
What are some things we have not touched on yet that you would like to discuss?
Bitcoinist.net and bitcoin.com remain the best places for bitcoin and crypto news online and keep up the great work!

Thank you Moe for the interview. TNABC Miami is shaking up to be an interesting one this year like the last. Moe teasing big announcements at the show should bring some life to the usual staid conference fair. Bitcoinist will be bringing you interviews with some of the participants as we close in on the show as well as coverage of it as it happens.
What presenters are you looking forward to at TNABC this year and what would you ask them? Let us know in the comments below!

Images courtesy of TNABC Miami

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Moe Levin on TNABC Miami 2016, Patrick Byrne Speaking This Year