Bitcoin mania has been sweeping not just the venture community, but the world. In recent weeks, headlines on the cryptocurrency have ranged from the bizarre to the depressing.
Bitcoin may or may not have been created in 2009 by a 64-year-old Japanese recluse. But what is certain is that the bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has started bankruptcy proceedings after reporting that 850,000 of its customers’ bitcoin had been stolen by hackers. (The weirdness continued last week when Mt. Gox said it had “found” 200,000 of the missing bitcoin.)
As VCJ has reported for the past year, there’s also been plenty of interest from the venture community, with Andreessen Horowitz and Lightspeed Venture Partners, among others, betting big on bitcoin.
It should come as no surprise that the bitcoin panel at VCJ‘s Venture Alpha West conference last October was one of the more heavily attended discussions. We will tackle the subject again this week at Venture Alpha East on March 26 in New York.
Bitcoin entrepreneur and investor Margaux Avedisian is one of the speakers due to participate in the panel called, “Bitcoin and Beyond: Are Digital Currencies a Passing Fad, or The Future?” Other scheduled speakers included Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed, Brian Hirsch of Tribeca Venture Partners and Barry Silbert of SecondMarket.
Avedisian is managing partner at BlockStream Ventures, a venture firm focused on the cryptocurrency space. Previously, she was partner at Bitcoin Capital Partners, which specializes in bitcoin and digital currency consulting. She also was featured in the bitcoin documentary, “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.”
She spoke recently to VCJ contributor Boonsri Dickinson. You can see a clip of the video below.
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Photo of Margaux Avedisian courtesy of AlphaPoint.