What Will Trigger a Bitcoin Investment Surge?

David Smith was excited to speak at CoinAgenda, the first bitcoin conference targeting investors.

What Will Trigger a Bitcoin Investment Surge?

David Smith was excited to speak at CoinAgenda, the first bitcoin conference targeting investors.

What will trigger a bitcoin investment surge?

Coin Agenda has been my favorite conference this year. It mixed education, elegance, investment opportunity, and great networking.

Michael Terpin did a knockout job putting together a high-end conference in a short amount of time.

Jacob Farber, Edan Yago, Perianne Boring, and David Johnston discuss bitcoin and the law.


This conference targeted high net worth individuals and institutional investors. Michael made the conference stand out in these ways:

  • Great venue the Palms Casino Resort (from real world Las Vegas fame)
  • Kicked off with party at the Hugh Hefner suite. This two-floor suite has a large patio, pool, rotating bed, massage table, living room with 3 TVs.
  • High-end breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
  • Party at the Mike Tyson mansion. This mansion made famous in the movie Hangover has fountains, boxing mosaics, a pool, grotto, basketball court, tiger art, a large balcony for parties, and an all glass bathroom.
  • Closing party at Michael and Maxine Terpin elegant home. Their home has a deck big enough to host 60 people, a pool with a swim through, fire-pits, and a 20-person sauna.


It was great meeting new people like:

  • Will O’Brien - Will is the CEO at BitGo, one of the companies pioneering multi-sig technologies.
  • William Quigley - Early investor in PayPal, digital currency investor, and has a wide range of financial services industry experience. William Quigley explains the bitcoin startup ecosystem.
  • Carl Hilsz - With legal, telecom, mortgage experience, Mr. Hilsz is now focused on digital currencies at eSpend.
  • Frank Grant - Senior counsel at Perkins Coie, nice, and helpful guy.
  • Phil Maher - Phil is a miner and expert online marketer. Phil Maher, Michael Lambert, and Michael Cao mining panel.
  • Michael Lambert - Mike is another mining expert, father, and fun guy!
  • Micah Winkelspecht - Micah, CEO & Founder of Gem is a security expert. His company Gem, enables developers to rapidly build bitcoin apps without being experts in cryptography and security. Micah Winkelspecht and Will O'Brien security panel.
  • Elyse Petersen - Tea extraordinaire using bitcoin to reduce supply chain costs 10%.


The sessions were great. In addition to my session, Bitcoin Bullishness, Especially in Slow Times, I saw talks from heavy hitters like:

  • George Gilder - Mr. Gilder gave a great talk discussing the only resource that is truly scarce in our world, time. He explained that since bitcoin is tied to time through block times it will always be scarce. George Gilder explains bitcoin and gold.

  • Steven Waterhouse - Steven Waterhouse discussed Pantera and the bitcoin investment opportunity. Steven Waterhouse discusses the bitcoin opportunity.

  • Brock Pierce - Brock discussed what he sees as the future of bitcoin. He still sees bitcoin as an asset with a 100x to 1000x potential return. Brock Pierce what the future holds.

  • Mathew Roszak and Harry Yeh - Along with other venture capitalist panelists discussed where they see bitcoin taking off. An impassioned discussion over privacy vs. convenience ensued. Fortunately bitcoin gives choice to consumers regarding convenience and privacy tradeoffs. Where is bitcoin going? Boom or bust?

  • Tone Vays - Mr. Vays discussed technical analysis and how to profit from bitcoin’s volatility. Tone Vays technical analysis.

  • Jesse Powell - Mr. Powell was interviewed by Tina Hui Tina Hui interviews Jesse Powell.

  • William Quigley - Mr. Quigley gave his expert opinion on the bitcoin startup ecosystem. He feels bitcoin will first thrive in areas that are impossible with today’s financial system.

  • Joel Dietz, Shawn Wilkinson, and Craig Sellars - These three experts in digital currency crowdfunding discussed the future of crowdsales. Craig Sellars, Joel Dietz, Shawn Wilkinson talk crypto crowdsales.

  • Brian Santos, Jeremy Kandah, and Ryan Singer - Mr. Singer discussed the early days of bitcoin and the implications of trust being too cheap to price. Digital currencies make trust essentially free in the way the internet made communications essentially free. Jeremy Kandah, Ryan Singer, Brian Santos talk about building the blockchain for business.

  • Charles Allen - Mr. Allen, CEO of BitcoinShop (NASDAQ: BTCS), explained the difficulties of a reverse merger, the credibility having a publicly traded company brings to bitcoin, and the opportunities being publicly traded provides to BitcoinShop. Charles Allen talks public company bitcoin investing.

  • Nick Sullivan - Mr. Sullivan explained how syndicated angel investing works. He did a great job explaining it so even people who knew nothing (like me) were able to understand. Nick Sullivan explains how syndicated angel investing works.

  • Jordan Kelley - Michael Terpin’s interview with Jordan Kelley closed out the conference. It was great to see Mr. Kelley’s enthusiasm for bitcoin and what it will do for the world’s unbanked and under banked people! Fireside chat with Jordan Kelley from Robocoin.

  • George Samman - Mr. Samman explained bitcoin is a commodity not a currency. George is a former Wall Street Senior Portfolio Manager, Market Strategist and Technical Analyst. In addition to that he is a funny guy :) George Samman explains bitcoin is a commodity.

Investment Opportunity

CoinAgenda also had opportunities for investors to learn about great investment opportunities. Unfortunately I missed most of the pitches but a few of the companies I heard about that I’m excited about are:

  • Factom - Factom is a smaller, faster, cheaper way to extend the Bitcoin Blockchain.

  • Bitwage - Bitwage enables employees and contractors to have salary and invoices paid in bitcoin. In contrast to payment processors making it easy for merchants to sell bitcoin, Bitwage will make it easy for people to acquire bitcoin.

  • Hedgy - Hedgy enables customers to lock their bitcoins purchasing power or to speculate on the future price of bitcoin. This is a great service, enabling some people to eliminate volatility and others to profit from bitcoin’s volatility.

  • RushWallet - RushWallet draws a contrast between the existing financial system and the bitcoin system. Under the existing system people can be denied access to financial services. RushWallet enables anyone using a web browser to create a bitcoin account. No documents needed, no application process, or any other fuss. I love how this project empowers people! Anthony Di Lorio demos RushWallet.

Oh Yeah the Conference was Fun Too!

Oh yeah the conference was fun too! I had a blast visiting the Palms Hugh Hefner Villa, Mike Tyson’s mansion, many great meals, and conversations. Here are a couple of snaps from Tyson’s mansion. David Smith with a Mike Tyson mansion lion.

Mike Tyson's bathroom had a lot of mirrors.

I’m Looking Forward to Next Year

It was an amazing conference put together on short notice to make an entire bitcoin week. I’m looking forward to attending next year and seeing what Michael puts together!

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