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Bitcoin ATMs 7 years: from 0 to 10000

Bitcoin ATMs installations exceeded 10’000 locations across the globe. It took industry roughly 7 years to reach this point since the first permanent bitcoin ATM installation in the end of 2013 (there is still a bitcoin ATM at this location in Vancouver at Waves Coffee House). Looking back at traditional bank ATMs, it took banks 9 years to install 10’000 ATMs, so the pace of bitcoin ATM installations is quicker than for bank ATMs back in the 70-s.

Interesting fact: After the first 3.5 years there were 1000 active bitcoin ATMs in operation, over the next 3.5 years this figure has increased by 9000 ATMs more.

It is a large milestone and achievement for all involved companies and people. We would like to congratulate all members of the community, entrepreneurs involved in operation of ATMs and supply of hardware and software, companies that provide compliance and other complimentary services helping to grow the business. We use this milestone as a chance to look back and check how running bitcoin ATMs became a professional business and evolved over these years.

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CASH INTO CRYPTO – Bitcoin ATM’s and The Coin Bros

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.

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How Instacoin built a network of close to 100 Bitcoin ATMs in Canada

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.

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Peter McCormack’s Bitcoin ATM Podcast #1 – Operating Bitcoin ATM with Gil Valentine and Eric Gravengaard

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.

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Interview with Daniel Polotsky, CEO of Coinflip Bitcoin ATM’s

In this interview you will hear Daniel Polotsky, the CEO of Coinflip Bitcoin ATM’s, talking about his introduction to the crypto and Bitcoin space, as well as regulations and finance.

At first, he tells an interesting story about how he got the idea to get into the crypto ATMs. Considering that in the beginning, crypto ATMs were not at all user-friendly, he had to turn to a website called LocalBitcoins and organize meetings with people so they could trade Bitcoin in person, for cash. On one of those meetings, he started talking with the person he met and after realizing that, as they put it: “if you meet too many people in a Starbucks you’re probably eventually gonna get killed“, they decided that there is no better way to trade in crypto than ATMs, and so they went for it.

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Perfect case for bitcoin ATM’s – accompany cannabis vending machines

During the recent years there was natural growth in two industries — bitcoin ATM installations reached almost 6000 as of end 2019 and cannabis industry legalization was happening steadily over time in various US states. In this article we check how the two industries fit together and factors that can be beneficial for both sides from synergy.

Bitcoin ATM for Cannabis Industry
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Interview with Martijn Wismeijer from General Bytes about Bitcoin ATM’s

In this interview streamed live on 16 October 2018, we have a chance to hear Martijn Wismeijer from General Bytes answering questions about Bitcoin ATM’s.

Martijn states that he got into crypto somewhere in 2010, while he was designing home banking systems. When he discovered Bitcoin, he thought it was like Napster for cash and, as he says, he was hooked from day one. Eventually, he started operating Bitcoin ATM’s. Before he joined General Bytes, he did the marketing for them, but as he says, that was easy since you have a great product to sell. He also points that, although he considers himself as a Bitcoin maximalist, their ATM’s embrace all crypto, and it would be bad if they were to decide for their customers on what crypto to use. The company grew over 5 years and now they are 29 people working for General Bytes.

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The Fifty U.S. States and Cryptocurrency Regulations

Article is provided by Jennifer L. Moffitt, a privately practicing attorney. Contacts can be found at the end of the post.

In the United States, virtual currency, such as Bitcoin and other similar coins, and virtual currency exchanges have been subject to federal regulations, with taxation and financial crimes the most prominent regulatory issues.[1]  However, it is at the state level that regulation of virtual currency has been most contradictory.  The U.S. states have mixed responses to the emergence of cryptocurrency.  Some of the states have ignored cryptocurrency by not implementing or amending any laws that address virtual currency.  However, other states have taken action with some states somewhat hostile towards virtual currency while other states are more welcoming.  In a number of states, the response towards cryptocurrency is currently ambiguous with no actual position taken.  This discussion will attempt to categorize regulations by restrictions placed on virtual currency and identify states by category of regulation.  In addition, the implications and effects of widely divergent state level legislation and regulations will be examined.

State Level Cryptocurrency Regulatory Tools

There are several regulatory tools used by states to regulate and control virtual currency.  These include money transmission laws, licensing requirements and regulatory guidance.  A brief summary of these tools is provided below.

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Bitcoin ATM Banking — How To Find a Bitcoin Friendly Bank

In this article we look at one of the most important problems bitcoin ATM operators have — finding bank relationships and opening a bank account.

Bitcoin ATM banking services

At the end of the post there  is a company mentioned that provides services as intermediary and connects bitcoin ATM operators directly with bitcoin friendly banks also providing additional services on the way.

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with this company, please do your own due diligence before entering in relations. The material is posted and contacts are provided because in our opinion it brings a value for many operators who potentially need banking relationships, but struggle to find it. Continue reading

Experience of running bitcoin ATMs by Gil Valentine from Athena Bitcoin

The following video from Chicago meetup in beginning of 2017. Gil Valentine, one of the founders of Athena Bitcoin, gives a presentation about their experience of running bitcoin ATM business.

At the moment of presentation (March 2017) Athena Bitcoin runs machines in 7 different states and 12 metro areas.

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