You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin right now, but it’s less likely you’ve heard of blockchain, the technology that makes it work. That’s what a group of people meeting in Tampa on Saturday wanted to focus on. The grand opening of Blockspaces, a shared workspace on Gandy Boulevard, attracted blockchain entrepreneurs from the Bay Area.
One thing that the co-founders of Tampa incubator BlockSpaces want you to know is that blockchain — a digital information storage system — is a lot more than the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Yes, bitcoin was the first and still is the most widely-used application of blockchain but there are other use cases, said Gabe Higgins and Rosa Shores, co-founders of BlockSpaces, a technology development and education center.
Believers say the struggles of today are worth the revolution that Bitcoin is paving for tomorrow. Word on the street is you can get pretty rich with cryptocurrencies, or digital currencies that use cryptography for security. The first one created in 2009 was Bitcoin, and now there are some millionaires out there.