BTCChicago Day #1 Highlights -

BTCChicago Day #1 Highlights

BTCChicago VC Panel

Perianne Boring started the day off with a press release where she announced the Chamber of Digital Commerce. The digital asset industry is expected to grow to an estimated value in the trillion dollar range within the next five to seven years. This figure includes all the businesses associated within the industry, and such businesses need representation in government. The Chamber of Digital Commerce is a trade association based in Washington, DC that will advise public-policy makers in Bitcoin and digital assets.

BTCChicago Perianne

Karl Gray of StartJoin, the crowdfunding platform that aims to fund startups faster, announced it was undergoing a new round of funding in which it was being evaluated at one hundred million dollars.

At the Venture Capital panel, the members of the panel discussed such topics as: energy cost of mining, how location makes a big difference in raising money, and how VC’s prefer to invest in teams.

As mining moves to more centralized and more energy intensive data centers, energy costs will mean a difference in profits. This difference is huge to investors because energy rates are generally cheaper in countries like Iceland compared to the US.

In regards to raising capital for your startup, where you raise money can double the evaluation of your company. Location is also important to consider because that can make the difference in future rounds of funding. The panelists reminded audience members not to give away too much of their companies in the initial seed rounds.

Most importantly, the VC’s on the panel seemed to agree that they were really invested in the people of the company. This is why the VC’s liked to see teams at businesses rather than one’s with only a single employee.

Later on in the day Trace Mayer, Bitcoin technology evangelist and investor, talked about the monopoly on money. Mayer noted that central bankers would release gold if the price went up to artificially control it down. Governments in essence have been artificially the price of money and Bitcoin can change that.


Charlie Lee discussed the dynamics of creating a successful altcoin. If one wants to create a successful altcoin they have to build up the hype of the coin and give everyone a fair chance of catching on instead of being premined. Also, altcoins shouldn’t compete with the similar hashing algorithms or else they could face threat of being easily attacked. Charlie didn’t discuss if there were any litecoin 2.0 projects, but such changes to Bitcoin 2.0 projects can be adapted to utilize litecoins blockchain.

Peter Smith, COO of, introduced Blockchain’s new Android wallet and talked about their HTML 5 wallet that will feel app-like. The new Android wallet will have passcode security for the app itself and is supposed to have an even smoother interface. Blockchain will also offer a merchant directory so you can find a place to spend your bitcoins.

The regulation panel at the event discussed New York’s recent announcement of the BitLicense. The new guidelines are going to be set as a model for many other states since New York is a huge financial hub. The regulations are quite stringent, considering businesses would have to keep records for 10 years and a lot of individuals would have to apply for BitLicenses if they are involved in virtual currency business activity in New York or dealing with NY residents.

John Scianna

John Scianna

John Scianna is from Miami, Florida and like his city he is very international. John has studied abroad at Manchester Business School where he actually found out about Bitcoin in Fall 2012. John also studied abroad at University College Utrecht where he followed the Cyprus banking crisis in his International Economics coursework and bitcoins implications at the time. But John really got hooked when he came back to the States and was introduced to someone who taught him how to mine. Ever since John has been on his path to Bitcoin enlightenment while attending the University of Florida for marketing. @jay_sci