The following is an excerpt from LEIGH CUEN | July 24, 2017 | ibtimes.com |
Early bitcoin investors have a reputation for throwing opulent parties and invite-only conferences at tropical getaways, like the Satoshi Roundtable. For example, this week a three-day Blockchain Summit will bring investors, business executives and innovators together on a private island owned by Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson. Even back in 2014, before the cryptocurrency boom went mainstream, one such tight-knit party for the CoinAgenda bitcoin investor conference took place at a Las Vegas villa that reportedly costs $35,000 a night.
But there are still a few networking parties favored by bitcoin influencers, beyond local tech meetups, that welcome all types of curious newcomers to learn about and debate the future of cryptocurrency. One such festival that isn’t exclusively focused on blockchain is a politically minded festival in northern California called Ephemerisle.
Ephemerisle is often described as a sort of “Burning Man on water,” since the festival takes place on a temporary floating community in the delta near Rio Vista. People bring houseboats, yachts and rafts for a week of “radical self-reliance.” It has been a popular meeting place for cryptocurrency insiders since the first festival launched in 2009, especially among Silicon Valley’s elite looking for a quick vacation close to home.
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