23 Jul '13, 2pm

The quickest, most private way to buy Bitcoin is in-person and face-to-face

A Buttonwood meetup in San Francisco. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired On a damp Thursday night in July, a half-dozen men gather on the steps of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens, just across from St. Patrick Church on Mission Street. They dress down, mostly wearing the jeans and t-shirts uniform of Bay Area programmers. As the sun sets, they’re trading currency in the fog, selling silver and cash for Bitcoins and other crypto-currencies. Every now and then a new trader wanders by, asking, “Buttonwood?” Welcome to the quickest, most private way to buy the internet’s most successful digital currency: in-person and face-to-face. Buttonwood meetups started in New York a few months ago and fanned out to San Francisco and Los Angeles . Buttonwood is an allusion to the May 17, 1792 agreement, struck under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street, that set down the rules for what became...

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