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Decentral Grand Odyssey Evening Cruise

To celebrate the 4th year of Decentral’s operations and events, we would like to cordially invite you on Wednesday, May 17 at 6pm for an evening on the water taking in the sights and sounds of the Toronto’s Harbourfront as we set sail aboard Toronto’s largest cruise boat, the Captain Matthew Flinders.

This free event will be comprised of dinner, premium open bar and numerous presentations as we enjoy scenic views of the city and recognize Toronto’s decentralized tech ecosystem and some of the top cryptocurrency projects from around the world.

Highlights of the event:
-Complimentary dinner and drinks
-Giveaways / prizes / swag
-Networking opportunities
-Presentations on:

Jaxx: The multi-token blockchain wallet that provides a unified experience across 9 platforms and devices. The Jaxx wallet enables crypto-to-crypto exchange with frictionless in-wallet conversion via ShapeShift. Users are always in control of their keys and Jaxx neither holds nor has access to customer funds. Design and user experience driven, and built with simplicity in mind, Jaxx’s mission is to become the interface to the blockchain world.

RSK: (formerly Rootstock) aims to provide faster bitcoin transactions and larger scalability, with payment confirmations occurring almost instantly. The platform combines the capabilities of Ethereum with the security and transparency of the Bitcoin network. RSK is backed by Digital Currency Group, Bitmain and several other blockchain companies.

Zcash: A popular privacy and security-oriented cryptocurrency with a market cap of $78,474,765, Zcash is an open-source and decentralized protocol backed by some of the most prominent blockchain investors, such as Digital Currency Group and Pantera Capital. Zcash payments via shielded addresses (z-addresses) are published on a public blockchain, but the sender, recipient, and amount of a transaction remain private.

Qtum: Open source value transfer protocol and decentralized application platform with an international team of developers and experts. Qtum raised over $15 million USD in its crowdsale and has support from PwC. Notable investors include Fenbushi Capital, Blockchain capital and Anthony Di Iorio.

Musicoin: Musicoin aims to revolutionize the music industry by launching the world’s first blockchain designed specifically for music licensing and consumption. It allows musicians to independently license and release their music such that each playback will trigger a payment from the listener directly to the musician.

*Agenda will be formalized in the coming weeks*

Although this is a free event, you must RSVP and arrange pick-up or delivery of your “Golden Ticket” in order to reserve your seat. Tickets are first come, first serve. Once you have RSVP’d on, please also email Annie ([email protected])  with the subject “Meetup Ticket” in order to coordinate delivery of your personal Golden Ticket.

Please not you can only reserve ONE ticket– if you wish to bring a guest, they must RSVP on and reserve their own ticket with Annie.

If you do not arrange pick-up or delivery of your ticket by May 10, 2017, your place at the event can not be guaranteed.

Decentral Grand Odyssey Blockchain Boat Cruise

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

69 Decentralists Attending

To celebrate the 4th year of Decentral’s operations and events, we would like to cordially invite you on Wednesday, May 17 at 6pm for an evening on the water taking in the sights and sounds of the Toronto’s Harbourfront as we set sail aboard Toronto’s largest cruise boat, the Captain Matthew Flinders.This free event will be comprised of dinner, pr…

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Join the DEC_TECH, Decentral, and Ethereum Holiday Party!


It’s been an exciting year for decentralized tech. Join us to celebrate with a year-end holiday party meetup. Drop in to connect with other Bitcoin, Ethereum and decentralized tech enthusiasts, and hear about the latest activities at Decentral. Snacks and holiday refreshments will be served.
Time: Wednesday, December 16, 2015; 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Decentral, 123 Spadina Avenue
RSVP here:


March 17th: Andreas M. Antonopoulos to keynote “Bitcoin and the Future of Payments” event at MaRS

DEC_TECH, formerly known as the Toronto Bitcoin Meetup, will connect startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and marketers who have a passion for decentralized tech, cryptocurrencies and fintech.


Decentral is pleased to announce that the first ever Decentralized Technology (DEC_TECH) event will be held at MaRS Discovery District on March 17, 2015. The keynote speaker will be Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop,, a renowned Bitcoin evangelist and author of Mastering Bitcoin. His keynote address will be on “Bitcoin and the Future of Payments.” Register here.


“As one of the most recognizable names in the cryptocurrency space, we’re thrilled to feature Andreas M. Antonopoulos at our inaugural DECTECH event,” said Anthony Di Iorio, CEO and Founder of Decentral and host of DEC_TECH. “Antonopoulos has spoken at events around the world and is a highly sought-after consulting authority.”


Last year, Antonopoulos addressed the Canadian Senate and recently helped make the case for Bitcoin before the Australian Senate. His book, Mastering Bitcoin, is considered to be the authoritative resource on Bitcoin and blockchain technology.


DEC_TECH will begin at 6:30p.m. with an introduction by host Anthony Di Iorio. Presenters include Amber Scott, chief AML Ninja at Outlier Solutions, on the topic of the current state of digital currency regulation in Canada, and Gerald Cotten, CEO of QuadrigaCX, which recently announced that it is set to become the first publicly traded Bitcoin exchange in the world.


In addition to the presentations, DEC_TECH will showcase select Toronto based Bitcoin companies including Coinkite, QuadrigaCX, and Cryptiv.


“As Toronto’s fintech community continues to grow, MaRS is excited to connect the startups, entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts who are passionate about decentralized tech, cryptocurrencies and fintech advancement,” said Adam Nanjee, lead, MaRS FinTech.


See a full list of participating startups and speakers at the DEC_TECH event page.


Space for this free event is limited and guests are asked to register in advance. Doors open at 6:00p.m., with presentations from 6:30p.m. until 8:00p.m. and networking opportunities and refreshments to follow until 8:30p.m.



Formerly known as the Toronto Bitcoin Meetup, DEC_TECH is organized by Decentral in Toronto in partnership with MaRS Discovery District to provide a hub for people with a passion for decentralized tech, cryptocurrencies and fintech advancement. Join the community and register for the event here.


About MaRS Discovery District

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS cultivates high-impact ventures and equips innovators to drive economic and societal prosperity. MaRS provides expert advice and market research, and makes connections to talent, customers and capital. MaRS startup ventures have created 6,500 jobs and, in the last three years alone, they have raised $1 billion in capital and generated $500 million in revenue.


For more information, please contact:
Anthony Di Iorio
CEO and Founder

Lara Torvi
Manager, Media & Community
MaRS Discovery District

Charlie Shrem Beams into Decentral Toronto Meet-up

From a New York apartment (with the Freedom Tower posing ironically as a backdrop) Charlie Shrem beamed into the Toronto Decentral meet-up on Wednesday evening. He talked about his history with BitInstant and his plans for the future in front of the standing-room only crowd, and answered questions for an hour. Here’s are some of the highlights of what he said.


On his Bitcoin beginnings:

Shrem first became interested in bitcoins when he heard about its ability to send value over the Internet without having to trust a third party. He didn’t think it could possibly be secure so he set out to “break” the protocol. Of course, like so many others who first got into bitcoins this way – he couldn’t.
As the price of bitcoins started to rise (and fall and rise again!), he realized that the most important thing for him to do was to get them into the hands of as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. That was how BitInstant was born.


On the banking industry:

“I think I’ve been kicked out of every bank personally – and corporate – in New York City,” said Shrem with a laugh.


On BitInstant and its legacy:

Shrem reflected on the cumbersome, time-consuming process of buying bitcoins before BitInstant. In its heyday, BitInstant provided access to bitcoins at a million different locations worldwide – 700,000 in the USA alone – and employed twenty employees. Then, in June 2013, FINcen regulations had made it impossible to continue operations, and Shrem was forced to shut BitInstant down.
“We were already onto our Bitcoin evangelizing at that point. I really wasn’t too sad about it. We didn’t owe anyone any money,” Shrem reminded the crowd. Not too many defunct bitcoin companies can make that claim.


On the Bitcoin Foundation and its “pivot” toward core development:

Shrem recalled the early discussions in 2013 he had with Gavin Andresson, Roger Ver, and Eric Voorhees in Austria. Silk Road had been garnering a lot of negative press for bitcoin and they talked about the need to have better information and representation for Bitcoin.
A little while later, after talking with some other people, “Standardize, Protect, Promote,” became the goal of the Bitcoin Foundation.
Shrem agreed that the scope of the Foundation had become too wide over the past few years and it needed to narrow somewhat. The idea of focussing strictly on core development isn’t exactly what the Foundation originally set out to do, but it’s what it needs to do now. He stressed that the Foundation isn’t the only “voice of Bitcoin;” it represents its members, not the whole Bitcoin community.


On Scammers:

Shrem praised the Bitcoin community for calling out scammers when they see them. He used the recent outcry over Paycoin as a good example of this sort of community monitoring.
Shrem also praised Moe Levin, TNABC organizer, for not revoking Josh Garza’s invitation to speak at the conference, for the sake of openness and transparency, and thought the situation played out just right in the end.


On his new project, ActionCrytpo:

Shrem said he was impressed by the transparency and openness on on-chain gaming sites. “One great bitcoin utility is gaming,” he said. The Internet gaming and gambling industry is rife with scams and cheats, but by using the blockchain and time stamps, that negative part of the equation is eliminated.
With ActionCrypto, people can buy an option on the future price of bitcoin at a particular point in time. The blockchain deals with everything; it’s totally transparent and no-one can cheat, he says.
So far, ActionCrypto has been making inroads around the world in countries like Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Turkey and a variety of EU locations – just not in the US. “All US addresses are blocked,” says Shrem, citing regulatory concerns.


On going to jail: “A good place to be to talk about Bitcoin!”

While going to jail for any length of time is not on anyone’s wish list, Shrem seemed content with the way his case was resolved. It could have ended up a lot worse, he pointed out: at one point he was facing the prospect of up to 30 years in prison. “This time next year, it will all be behind me,” he said.


On the future of Bitcoin: Price, adoption, and regulation

Shrem’s recurring advice on bitcoin was “Buy and hold!” He pointed out that he has already seen many ups and downs over the years with the price of bitcoin – “This is about my fifth bubble” – and reminded the audience that “the price is not a sign of the economy” of bitcoin.
He expressed his faith in the Bitcoin community’s ability to grow the Bitcoin economy through education and advocacy. The biggest roadblock to adoption, he said, was misinformation. Plenty pf people have heard about Bitcoin at this point, but don’t know anything about it. He said that we need to (1) give people a reason to use it and then (2) make them use it without even knowing it.
Companies that play wth the utility of Bitcoin are the ones that will drive Bitcoin into the mainstream, Shrem said. Micropayments and remittances and anything that reached out to the underbanked of the world are key areas for companies to build on.


Want to hear more about Charlie Shrem’s perspectives on his trial, his politics, Mt Gox and Mark Karpeles, and the future of Bitcoin in the USA? Watch the full meet-up interview here on