More than ten years later, for well-reasoned personal reasons, a handful of members of the cryptocurrency community chose side by side against bitcoin (BTC), resulting in the news that “blockchain is awesome, bitcoin is bad. »
In an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph journalist Joseph Hall, Tonnellier discussed several important topics, including the adoption of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in France, the origins and goals of the Surfin’ Bitcoin conference, and how to overcome the challenges during the bear market.
He also explained that one of the most pressing concerns in France regarding Bitcoin adoption is the pro-blockchain narrative that paints a negative image of Bitcoin. He stated the following:
“For many years, the story has been, ‘Blockchain is great. Bitcoin is bad.’ So we try to produce content with prominent bitcoiners and people want us to be able to explain what bitcoin really is.”
Regarding the connection between surfing and bitcoin, the executive said that the goal of the event is to have a very nice place where the ecosystem can come together and make connections. Tonnellier explained:
“We wanted to have a place to bring people together in really nice settings at the end of August so people could enjoy the beach, feel like they were on vacation talking about Bitcoin, and we want to be very relaxed and very comfortable so you’ll see a lot of suits and bow ties. »
The organizer of the event also pointed out that there were many Web3 and non-fungible token (NFT) events in the country and not many for bitcoin. He added that this motivated his team to organize the event.
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Additionally, Hall asked Tonnellier about his current struggles hosting an event during a bear market. The event organizer explained that there are some ups and downs, including setting a budget for the event. He said :
“It limits the amount of sponsorship opportunities and especially in bear markets it decreases even more and as you can imagine the budget for marketing is decreasing significantly. »
Despite the challenges they faced, Tonnellier expressed that they were able to bring people together and go ahead with the event. He expressed how beneficial it was for his team to see people from outside France taking part in the event.