Decentral.Bangtown was founded by Cameron Gray and I in February 2014. It is located under Bangtown Hair Salon at Richards and West Pender Streets in Vancouver BC, Canada.
Decentral was hatched in January when Cam looked around Waves Cafe on Howe and Smithe (where he was working as the famous ATM attendant) and noticed all the enthusiastic energy from people interested in Bitcoin.
We found out that the infamous Seamrippers/Peanut Gallery space was available and jumped on it. Cam phoned the landlord and we immediately viewed the space, and dropped a deposit on the spot. The space was hot but looked rough… as soon as we saw it we knew there was no going back.
Since opening the doors, the space was properly christened by the Decentralised Dance Party and all the local crypto superstars have hacked and hung at Decentral.
Vitalik Buterin hung out at Decentral during his visit to Coinfest. Jackson Warren built the world’s first Dogecoin ATM in the space. Most recently, Lifespan BC held a movie night at Decentral with content aimed toward live extension theory and technology.
Every Thursday night, Decentral hosts weekly Bitcoin 1.0 and 2.0 meet-ups (with featured guest speakers). Wednesday nights are regular yoga nights with Nicki Carbonneau and Death Row Democracy production meetings happen here on Mondays.
People are connecting, sharing ideas and starting new ventures together.
Future plans include incubating local crypto (fintech) startups and helping spawn more of the same sort of spaces across the globe.
“It’s all about the DAOs, DACs, DASs (LOL), crypto, underground culture and Bitcoin bevvies the fridge.” says Cameron.
We love what’s happening here and we are very thankful for all the community input and support. The knowledge and energy coming out of Decentral on a weekly basis really is amazing.