Respect the Hustle: Bitcoin Thrives in Atlanta, Home to a Large Do-It-Yourself Culture

Respect the Hustle: Bitcoin Thrives in Atlanta, Home to a Large Do-It-Yourself Culture

TL;DR: The Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy is officially more than a year old. CoinSpice caught up with Chief Operations Officer Nick Tucker to talk about the Embassy’s current status. The basic thesis behind the venture is genius. Crypto can be somewhat isolating, and the digital cities we’ve created all over the world are testimony. However, we for sure need a physical place to go, to ask questions in the flesh, to see this phenomenon in action. Tucker understands that, and walks us through what it’s like to be a bitcoin evangelist in Atlanta, Georgia. The episode is available embedded in this article below, and on YouTubeiTunesSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherRadio PublicBreakerPocketCasts, and PodBean.

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Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy COO Nick Tucker

During the go-go late 2017 crypto bubble, an idea was birthed in Atlanta, Georgia. It would be the first of its kind in the United States, a Bitcoin Embassy. It would be a place for commerce, questions, education, and socializing. A lot of ideas were funded back then, but how many actually survived this extended Crypto Winter.

Respect the Hustle: Bitcoin Thrives in Atlanta, Home to a Large Do-It-Yourself Culture
COO Nick Tucker of the Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy

More than a year later, and the Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy is still rocking. It has a book club, frequent guest speakers, a regular cocktail hour, and someone staffing its WeWork space at least 40 hours a week in midtown Atlanta for walk-ins and group tours.

Noobs to experts can pop-in and ask all the stupid and profound questions they’d like, and folks like Nick Tucker are there to answer, sharing enthusiasm and laughs. It was important to get a sense of where The Embassy is now so many months later and in a bear market.

An Accidental Use-Case

For Tucker and The Embassy, these are boom months, believe it or not. Crypto is a decade old now, and the bubble has burst — ironically, he explains, people are more curious than ever because crypto is affordable now and appears to be maturing.

Respect the Hustle: Bitcoin Thrives in Atlanta, Home to a Large Do-It-Yourself Culture

We discuss Tucker’s background, the reasons for why the Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy is so necessary, and even venture into an accidental use-case for the project: outreach to African Americans. Turns out, the surrounding and broader Atlanta community respects hustle and entrepreneurial activity, doing your own thing, and so cryptocurrency is a perfect match.

TIMESTAMPS

  1. Introduction
  2. Rocking 3:30
  3. Nick Tucker’s path to crypto 5:00
  4. Why Atlanta? 6:30
  5. A physical space 9:30
  6. The Atlanta Bitcoin Conference 12:45
  7. African American community and crypto 14:45
  8. Tour of Atlanta, Bitcoin Normal 19:00
  9. Disgusted at lack of adoption 22:30
  10. Thriving in a bear market 25:00

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