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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Who's using the 3000+ and growing Bitcoin ATM machines? (Clip from Vice News on HBO)...


When bitcoin's price skyrocketed last year, suddenly a bunch of people wanted to get in on the action but didn't know how. But the currency's shady origins and digital only echo-system isolated it from a whole swath of interested investors. Soon start-ups set about trying to bridge the gap between the digital and physical world, and a few stumbled on a common contraption: The ATM.

Today, Bitcoin's price is well below it's historic high, but interest in the currency remains strong, and companies are trying to bring it to more investors.

Brandon Mintz is the CEO of Bitcoin Depot, an Atlanta company that distributes Bitcoin ATMs across the country. Machines like his are the only places where you can use paper money to purchase digital currency.

Mintz’s Atlanta-based company operates Bitcoin ATMs across the country. The machines are the only places where you can use paper money to purchase digital currency. There’s no wait time like there is online, where an exchange can take weeks to verify your identity and banking information. All you have to do is enter your name, phone number, and scan a photo ID if your purchase is more than $2,000. 

There are now more than 3,000 according to Coin ATM Radar, a website that maps them. But in the U.S., there is almost no federal or state monitoring of Bitcoin ATM transactions — which makes it hard to get a clear picture of who is feeding cash into these machines and why.