Do you remember how you got your first bitcoin? I do.
This past April I was visiting San Francisco, where I stayed at the 20Mission “hacker hotel”. People there were all over bitcoin. You could even get a discount on your rent by paying with it.
This was a working vacation, so I was using the co-working space at 20Mission. At the time, that space was mostly occupied by Trade Hill, another bitcoin startup that was really starting to gain steam serving wealthy individual investors.
During his busy workday, amid phone calls with clients, oen of the people who worked at Trade Hill asked if I was interested in Bitcoin. I said yes, so he offered got me going.
This is what he did:
- He more or less ordered me to go to Blockchain.info and create an account, “using a secure password”.
- When I got into my account, right away there was the QR code for my wallet address. He took his phone, scanned the code, and sent me about $2 worth of bitcoin.
- He told me set up my blockchain.info account back up to my gmail dropbox account, and off he went.
That was it really, and it only took about two minutes, but I was hooked.
Both the effortlessness with which I suddenly had 0.03 BTC (!), and the importance he placed on security, made it clear how real this was.
I think you should try it.
Do it tonight with your kids, or at lunch with your coworkers. It’s easy: 1. Set up a blockchain.info account. 2. Use your smartphone to send them some bitcoin. 3. Help them back up their wallet.
Another really good way to get other people hooked on bitcoin is by handing them a Bitcoin Paper Wallet with a few bucks worth on it.
You can check out the deal at Coin Forest until the end of tomorrow (Midnight, Friday, September 5th, 2013, EDT), where I talk a bit more about the security benefits of paper wallets.
(meme credit: hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com)