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Mobile Portland: Mobile Opportunities with Bitcoin

Urban Airship Inc
1417 NW Everett St, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)



Bitcoin is a disruptive new digital currency that has garnered interest from speculators, investors, industry titans, and entrepreneurs. Since the famous purchase of pizza for 10,000 Bitcoins in 2010, it has grown to being accepted by companies such as Wordpress, OkCupid, Reddit, and Baidu.

This talk from Portland entrepreneur Rob Banagale introduces Bitcoin as a cryptocurrency, discusses its current use cases and fit for mobile in particular. It touches on how to get started integrating Bitcoin into your existing mobile or web application, and how to delve further into the cryptocurrency movement.

About Rob Banagale

Rob BanagaleRob Banagale is CEO and co-founder of Gliph, an app that combines secure messaging with easy Bitcoin payments.

Rob spoke on a panel for privacy and law enforcement at Bitcoin 2013, the first Bitcoin conference in the United States. He's also been interviewed twice on Adam Levine's Let's Talk Bitcoin Podcast (episodes #47 and #11).

Rob has been building iOS apps since summer 2008. He's written about cross-platform mobile application development and has advocated for making privacy a priority for startups.

Rob founded Gliph in Portland and first raised money from local startup accelerator, Portland Seed Fund. Gliph is described as "the world's easiest way to send bitcoin."

He previously worked as Director of Strategy and Innovation for mobile agency Übermind in Seattle (sold to Deloitte). He holds an MBA from Babson College, a BS in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University and graduated from Wilson High School.