Bitcoin? Tech-geek pseudo-pennies, right? Illicit Silk Road trading. And remember that Mt Gox fiasco, where hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of bitcoins simply vanished into the cyber cosmos?
But digital cryptocurrency is undergoing a radical facelift. It’s going mainstream. Judging by the recent Australian Global Bitcoin conference, there’s serious money to be made. The in-real-life sessions in Melbourne were less a venue for anonymous cyberpunks with libertarian agendas and more an invitation by born-again bitcoin multimillionaire evangelists to cash in.