Calling all Berliners: meetup Tuesday at Room 77. Old school bitcoiners, entrepreneurs, investors, and a musical guest attending. Please RSVP so we can coordinate a time/reservation at Room 77
Hi everyone! I made a post earlier about a group of full time bitcoiners flying into Berlin for this weeks conference. We wanted to coordinate a meetup at Room 77 with local bitcoiners so we could find out what's happening in the Berlin Bitcoin scene. I've heard from a few of you, some very early adopters, a BitAngel, and a few local Berliners. Tatiana Moroz (http://tatianamoroz.com) will be attending and plans on providing some live entertainment if Room 77 says it's ok. I publish yBitcoin magazine and will have magazines with me as well as taking some photos for our site. We're trying to figure out how much space to reserve and would appreciate it if you could comment here or pm me. We will direct message you and post the exact time here tomorrow. All the best and can't wait to meet you! /db
I'm traveling in Berlin, Germany for 2 weeks and want to spend lots of Bitcoin. Reddit, can you help?
I'll be in Berlin, Germany and want to visit bars, clubs, restaurants, and possibly hotels that accept bitcoin. Reddit, could you send me some recommendations of how to live off of bitcoin in Germany? DANKE!
/r/Austria Drilldown June 2015 - in diesen Subs treiben sich die Nutzer aus /r/Austria auch noch rum
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/r/de Drilldown May 2015 - in diesen Subs treiben sich die Nutzer aus /r/de auch noch rum
Für diejenigen, die es nicht kennen: Ein "Drilldown" schaut sich die Benutzer eines Subs an und guckt, in welchen anderen Subs diese Nutzer sich auch noch rumtreiben. Weitere Details gibt es in /SubredditAnalysis, etwas tiefere Details im github des entsprechenden bots. Da der SubredditAnalysis-Sub nicht mehr so aktiv ist und ich mir diese Bot-Geschichten ohnehin mal etwas näher anschauen wollte, habe ich kurzerhand mal einen Drilldown für /de erstellt. Vielleicht findet der ein oder andere ihn ja interessant. Hier ist der Output:
Hello dear bitcoiners from berlin. Today is for me the day i will see how convenient bitcoin really is. The story 2 days ago. Im for 2days in berlin. A new very damn big city. I have enough money to sleep here for 2nights and wanted to drive home today morning. But then something bad happens. Although i was here for a few days prior, i use the wrong train and miss my bus. Alone in berlin without money. I guess thats the dream ;) So now comes the bitcoin part. Of course nobody can send me money this fast, with wich i could pay a hostel. So i remember that a good friend of mine had some btc left. I call him, he sends me 0.08 btc and i go on the adventure to sleep in berlin and pay with bitcoin. Im aware that i could exchange it and pay a normal room, but if live givey you lemones, you should make lemonade out of it and so i will find out today, what is possible with bitcoin. I count on you bitcoiners from berlin. Let us prove, that bitcoin does work. Regards, marvin, sitting a few meters away from room 77
Berlin Bitcoin Story: The excitement and difficulties (!) of my first offline use of bitcoin
I’m a new user to bitcoin, although I have an account on a trading platform and have used the currency for online payments (to pay for a job done by a contractor online). What I haven’t done is mining bitcoins. Also, I never actually paid for anything with bitcoin in ‘real life’. Until recently. I live in Kyiv, Ukraine, and the bitcoin community here is not that big. Yes, we have an exchange which enabled buying BTC through about 4k payment terminals, and we have several merchants and services accepting the currency. It’s still really small. When I read the news and see the EU maps of spots accepting bitcoins, I’m really excited about the prospects. I was excited even more about the possibility to spend some coins in Berlin during my New Year trip. Just before the holidays, somewhere in mid-December, I bought a fraction of bitcoin on Cex.io. It was a relatively small sum, as I used my spare money. The fee was 4.5% for a credit card; I was ok with it. So, I had my 0.23 BTC issued to my account in a blink of an eye. Previously, I didn’t even use a wallet – just transferred the funds from my Cex account to any address. That was for business purposes. This time, I registered with GreenAddress and downloaded their iOS app. As usual, I transferred funds to my wallet in mere seconds. Then, I looked up for some places in Berlin where bitcoin is accepted. No wonder they were concentrated in Kreuzberg. I deliberately decided to not bring along much cash with me, as I thought I could get it any time through LocalBitcoins. What I needed was some more coins instead. Accidently, I bumped into one of those 4,000 payment terminals in my neighbourhood (a Hungarian OTP bank has one installed in their lobby). I tried to use this opportunity. The payment terminal works the following way: you insert cash (UAH), and get a receipt which contains a confirmation code. You enter this code on the website (btcu.biz), and then provide a wallet address where you want the coins transferred. Pretty easy, but… I got involved in the process for an hour or more! First, my eyes couldn’t read the code properly, so I sent a photo of the receipt to their super helpful and incredibly friendly support (my best experience of communication with the support team ever). Then they asked me for my wallet address to issue the bitcoins. ...It turned out they were ‘used to’ Blockchain wallets, so my GreenAddress didn’t work out for some reason. Before I got any response, I registered with Blockchain and transferred my coins to that new account on my own, after which I did another transfer to GreenAddress. ..Well, it took me quite some time to get my bitcoins in my GA wallet via Btcu, it cost me about 9 EUR when paying about 50 EUR in UAH (2 EUR commission + I somehow received 7 EUR less in coins than I was supposed to, according to the course at the time, 29th December), and Cex.io would have been much better and faster.. But those funny support guys were amazing, as well as the opportunity to buy BTC in a 5-minute walk from my home! (I consider it an investment) In Berlin, I didn’t have a chance to explore many bitcoin-accepting placed, so going to Kreuzberg’s Graefekiez (“Bitcoinkiez”) was a good option. On the first day, I took my friend to the Room 77 cafe which can be easily found by a giant neon Bitcoin sign outdoors. I was so excited! We had their hamburgers with fries. Each one had an immense plate, which didn’t leave any room for the cafe’s weird dessert – a fried Mars bar or something like that. Paying was simple, except for the fact that GreenAddress requires 2FA. So when you make a payment, you need to switch to an authentication app (or receive an SMS) to get a code, copy it, and paste in the GA app. My code lasted 30 seconds, so, on the third attempt, I had to wait till it changes and quickly do the copy-pasting. Lesson learned! The wonderful waitress told us that there were not that many payments with bitcoin, but the cafe was famous for accepting the currency. She herself confessed that she knew nothing about the crypto. On the second day, we went to see the sci-fi and fantasy books in the Otherland bookstore. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I finally bought a Vonnegut book. I, again, had several problems with my payment. There was no mobile Internet connection in the store, but the shop assistant gave me the Wi-Fi password without me even asking for it. Then, after fighting the authenticator app, I made a transaction. However, it wasn’t confirmed at once. Despite the fact that I received an email from GreenAddress informing me about the transaction, there was no payment on the bookshop’s side. I tried to tell the assistant that it happens, as the people in the mighty grand Bitcoin network are working on confirmations and assigning them to blocks, which might take time. We had a smoke break and looked at some more books, but there was no payment (I had a ‘5 confirmations’ stated under my transaction). The shop assistant called his colleague to consult on the issue, and they came up with a solution – the gentleman took my email address, to send me a message in case the payment doesn’t go through, and gave me the book I bought. I followed the number of confirmations the entire evening, and it disappeared after reaching 50+. I never got an email from the bookshop. In this entire story (however a small one), I felt weird. On the one hand, bitcoin should be easy, fast, and relatively cheap (talking about the transactions). I understand that we should balance between simplicity/speed and security, and the latter is more important here. Also, I understand that the perfection of the protocol doesn’t mean that the system is perfect as well. But my message is that I would be excited to be able to pay with bitcoin directly and am patiently waiting for broader adoption in my country, Ukraine.
The legendary Room 77 rains 250.000 Doges on Berlin with DogeRain
The legendary Room 77 celebrates the 42. monthly Bitcoin summit in Berlin with a massive DogeRain. On Every Guest the room 77 will rain 10 Dogecoin all 10 minutes with the DogeRain App until the guest receives the limit of 200 Doges. The Room will let it rain not only in the Room but also in an Area 1 km around the room. So if you don't want to meet anybody but want collect the coins, just come close and collect the coins :) However, it is still not clear whether you can buy your burger with doges tonight . Maybe a place on the front-page may convince the Rainmaker to accept doges.
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"It's a technology driven by anarchists who wanted to get rid of banks, and now the banks are promoting the technology," said Shermin Voshmgir, founder of BlockchainHub, a Berlin-based think tank that advocates for blockchain and the decentralized web. Germany's Deutsche Bank AG and Bertelsmann SE, among the biggest investment banks and media companies in the world, are both looking to integrate blockchain into their operations, according to company insiders. A 2016 study in the International Journal of Central Banking showed that Germans used cash for 82% of transactions and 53% of all payments by value-far more than American, British or French consumers. Jörg Platzer, a German information architect with 30 years of experience, calls his Kreuzberg bar Room 77 "The first bricks 'n' mortar business ever [to have] accepted Bitcoin" and says the Stammtisch there on the first Thursday of every month is "The longest running Bitcoin meetup on earth as far as we know." The excitement around cryptocurrencies and blockchain now reaches from that Berlin scene to the biggest bank in Frankfurt. Blockchain "Is a fabulous enabling technology that will help optimize our existing business but more importantly will open up new revenue streams," said Thomas Nielsen, Deutsche Bank's chief digital officer for transaction banking.
Visited the Graefekiez neighborhood in Kreuzberg, Berlin last weekend to spend some bitcoins
I've been living in Prague the past month, and before I head back to the states next week wanted to make sure I got to Berlin to try spending some bitcoins, so went to Germany last weekend. Ended up making it to Room 77 and Devil's Kitchen and Bar. Food and service at both places was great. When it came time to pay.. I was able to use bitcoins, but it's certainly not as smooth as more traditional methods. At Room 77, they had been without internet for a week, so I had to convert from EUR to BTC myself and scan their barcode for the address to send payment to (normally they have a tablet figure everything out for you and give a custom barcode that requests the right amount - he apologized that my first BTC experience wasn't as slick as it could have been). At Devil's Kitchen, I also had to do the conversion myself, but instead of a barcode they had a little NFC card I used to get their address. The other issue I had after doing the conversions myself was that I still had to tip with fiat currency (although at Room 77 I included tip in my BTC payment, and he took cash out of his wallet to leave the tip). Definitely possible to spend bitcoin at places, but also definitely a ways to go before it's a real replacement. That said.. I had a really great time in Berlin and it was pretty interesting just sending $ from my phone and watching the confirmation show up in my wallet. Looking forward to spending more bitcoins in other places!
Joerg Platzer, owner of Room77, a bar in Berlin that has accepted Bitcoin since 2011, describes how patrons who wanted to pay with Bitcoin originally had to type long Bitcoin addresses into their laptops, how people’s interest in Bitcoin correlates with the markets and how the demographics of the Bitcoin users have changed over time. Delivery & Pickup Options - 120 reviews of Room 77 "Room77 is a pretty nice bar at Graefekiez. Located 5 minutes away from the subway (Schoenleinstr.), I didn't actually expect anything like that in this area. Beer costs 3 EUR, there's often live music and you can smoke inside." Find location of General Bytes Bitcoin ATM machine in Berlin at Graefestraße 77 10999 Berlin Germany. Find location of General Bytes Bitcoin ATM machine in Berlin at Graefestraße 77 10999 Berlin Germany ... Room 77 works as usual now Atm dont have btc to sell sheisse. August 27, 2019. This is ROOM77, the restaurant at the end of capitalism: warm beer, cold women and fast food made slow. We prefer incomming wetware-traffic through our brick-and-mortar port over everything else: Stube at the end of the capitalism. Ahoy Matey Closed For Now. Please read about our temporary closure to stop the virus.. In the search for #FreedomOfTransaction this website serves as a record of our journey to blockchain eternity and beyond!. Join us in this search at one of our free and open events.
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