This is in the East Midlands suburbs in the UK.
Not Wall Street.
Not Canary Wharf.
Not some uber cool innovation hub that can be found “coming soon to a major city near you”.
It’s a corner shop; convenience store; run by everyday people. It represents a shift in culture; of community. And it’s why crypto is here to stay and will truly change the world.
Less than a year ago I began searching. I had left the big corporate paycheque, pursuing the freelance life, working in a blockchain start-up and developing my network. But, although amazed by the power of blockchain and digital identity to disrupt business, I wasn’t “feeling” the world of crypto currency.
It started with a Meetup in Birmingham; I saw the crypto glint in their eye. I was talking about the permissioned blockchain world; they were talking about changing the world. I got a speaking gig at a blockchain summit in Olympia and heard someone whisper “don’t go to that corporate evening event, man, go to the Meetup in the pub down the road; that’s where the true cryptos are”. So, I went.
Making a new friend, from the East Midlands, larger than life. A lively group; a diversity of backgrounds; a myriad of accents. So many ideas and such drive for the future built on decentralised crypto currency. I was still not completely sure. Enter the serial entrepreneur from South Africa, just in time for last orders, a man with years of experience in the city and several successful start-ups: “I was with my banker today; kept telling him I want to go long in Bitcoin; I think he’s finally getting it”.