In this interview, you will hear Tony from Thinking Crypto talking to Elena Belyayeva who is the CEO of BelcoBTM. She will talk about Buy and Sell bitcoin machines, a new Mobile App, and adding new coins to their ATMs among other stuff.
The History of BelcoBTM
The idea for BelcoBTM started in 2015/16 when Elena first got into Crypto. She was working for a financial company and looking to transition into opening her own business. She had a feeling that crypto will be booming and noticed that there were very few ATMs at the time so she made a bold move and invested her savings into the Bitcoin ATM company. She liked the idea of Bitcoin ATMs back in the time when she was doing some Bitcoin trading, and noticed that these machines were the best way to introduce people to cryptocurrency and start the mass adoption.
In this podcast, you will hear Mike Townsend interviewing Chris McAlary, the CEO of Coin Cloud, which is the world’s largest Bitcoin ATM Company with over 800 machines (and growing), all of which allow two-way transactions of Bitcoin and 29 altcoins.
Being that Coin Cloud has a plan to overcome the 1000 ATMs margin in the next couple of months, it is logical that their plans are also related to expanding overseas. According to Chris, their next country will be Brazil. As he explains, it is especially suitable for Crypto ATM business because of its cash-intensive economy, where more than 50% of people get their income in cash, whereas in the United States that percentage is around 10%. Of course, the United States continues to be the priority of all Crypto ATM operators because of the extensive adoption of cryptocurrency by the customers and regulators as well.
In this interview held in April 2020, you will see Lea talking with Daniel from CoinFlip ATM. Some of the stuff they will be talking about will be about how they run their business, what sets them apart from other companies, what are their plans for the future, how the global pandemic affected the crypto market, and much more.
Talking about the CoinFlip ATM business Daniel shared that they currently are at about 550 ATM’s and are trying to push 20 ATM’s per week so they can try to end the year at over a thousand, and hopefully continue that trend so they can end the next year at 2500 or 3000.
In this podcast published in March 2020, you will hear Gordon and Faris from CoinCompass answering questions on how bitcoin ATMs actually work.
The concept of this podcast is for people to send their questions related to Bitcoin ATMs for Gordon and Faris to answer. It’s not going to be too much technical or too much economic detail but simply the basics of Bitcoin – those questions you thought were too silly to ask but actually are not.
In this video, you will see the first part (out of two) of the interview with Cory from CoinBros. In this part, he will talk about the CoinBros as a company and explain how Bitcoin ATMs work.
After telling a story on how he started to gain interest in Bitcoin while he was a paramedic and finally started a Bitcoin ATM business in 2017, Cory was asked to explain how is cryptocurrency stored in the machine.
He explains that you can link the ATM directly to the exchange via API or you can use the cold storage wallet. Linking directly to an exchange is less risky because you buy or sell crypto live and that way you cannot become a victim of volatility. On the other hand, by storing the crypto in the wallet you can lose a lot of money if the price keeps going down like in 2018, or you can earn much more in an opposite scenario.
In this episode of the “Nick and Jimmy” show, you will hear Maria and Michael from Instacoin talking about how they got into the Crypto ATM business and how they got to operating more than 100 Bitcoin ATMs all over Canada.
The first Michael was asked was if the cryptocurrency will take over the fiat currency. In his opinion that is the actual goal of cryptocurrency, adding that it is currently gaining more and more popularity even though it is fairly young (only 10 years). He thinks that crypto presents a great alternative to a fiat currency because it’s much faster to buy stuff online or if you want to do remittances it’s a lot cheaper. The most important thing is that it is not centralized, which means that there is no middleman who’s taking astronomic fees.
In this video, you will hear Adam from BC Systems responding to viewer questions. Below we listed some of the questions and answers for you, so you can check it out easily.
Can you do a video about approaching locations for your machines? Also how much money can you keep in your machines both the Bitcoin and cash?
Adam explained how first you will need to approach the business owner of the location, which can sometimes be tricky since they often aren’t available directly on the location. Especially if they own multiple stores. This is if you are doing the groundwork yourself and you don’t want any additional cost.
If you don’t have time to go around looking for locations, there are guys called the “Locators” whose job is to go to different locations and put your machine in various stores. They charge a small fee, usually around 150-300 dollars depending on the location.
As for the amount of money and Bitcoin kept in the machines, Adam explained that it really depends on how your machines are running. You need to monitor them every day to check on the number of transactions and decide the amount of Bitcoin to cover their needs. You also need to monitor the trends, because you definitely don’t want to buy too much Bitcoin when the price is going down, or fluctuating too much.
In this interview held in December of 2019, you will hear Daniel and Dustin from one of the largest Bitcoin ATM Operators – CoinFlip talking about the business.
In the beginning, Daniel talks about the difficulties they had to overcome when they started. Apart from the regulations and obtaining the AML policy, which they learned that needs to be done on the example of Charlie Shrem, he states the cash flow as one of the unexpected drawbacks they faced. He explains that it takes a week for an armored car to pick up the money and two more days of processing, so it’s a nine-day lead time on the cash that they need so they could buy more bitcoin and keep the business expanding.
In this interview, you will hear Zach Harvey, the CEO of Lamassu talking about Bitcoin ATMs in general.
In the beginning, Zach made an interesting explanation of why Switzerland is the country to be in when operating a Bitcoin ATM manufacturing business. They started doing their business on Virgin Islands, New Hampshire and Bulgaria. After the latter relationship terminated they had to operate without a bank account for over a year, and they finally managed to get the account in Switzerland. So it started off about with just being about a bank account, but later they fell in love with the level of stability and the complete community there. They are impressed with how the government accepts crypto and talks about it like a completely legitimate thing and embrace the fact that they issued licenses to two Crypto Banks in the past year.
Peter McCormack in his series of podcasts covers bitcoin ATM operations from various angles. If you are looking into operating of bitcoin ATM’s the full series of 5 episodes will be an interesting listen.
The first episode is with Gil and Eric from Athena Bitcoin, one of the largest operator on the market. They also one of operators who expanded business over national border and installed ATM’s in Argentina and Colombia.
Gil and Eric met 5 years ago and thought about business opportunities of getting into the money flow related to cryptocurrencies. In late 2014 they started a business with several ATM’s in Chicago area and saw an immediate demand. Then expanded business to other states and countries with currently 65 ATM’s in the U.S. (in 8 different states), 22 in Colombia, 11 in Argentina, and are looking to expand into Mexico.