More than a decade later, for self-justified personal reasons, a handful of members of the crypto community chose to believe in opposition to Bitcoin (BTC), resulting in a narrative that preached “blockchain is great, Bitcoin is bad”.
Josselin Tonnellier, founder of Bitcoin exchange StackinSat and organizer of Surfin’ Bitcoin 2022, believes that this particular notion is one of the main obstacles to wider adoption of BTC in France.
In an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph reporter Joseph Hall, Tonnellier discussed several important topics, including the adoption of Bitcoin and crypto in France, the origins and goals of the Surfin’ Bitcoin conference, and the challenges to be faced during the bear market.
The executive explained that one of the most pressing concerns in France in terms of Bitcoin adoption is the pro-blockchain narrative that paints a negative picture of Bitcoin. He said that:
“For many years blockchain has been great. Bitcoin is bad. So we try to produce content with top Bitcoiners and people want us to be able to explain what Bitcoin really is.
Regarding the link between surfing and Bitcoin, the executive said the goal of the event was to have a very relaxing place where the ecosystem could come together and make connections. Tonnellier explained:
“We wanted to have a place to bring people together in a really nice setting at the end of August so people could enjoy the beach, feel like we were on vacation talking about Bitcoin, and we want to be very cool and relaxed, so you don’t. I don’t see a lot of suits and a bow tie.”
The event organizer also pointed out that there have been a lot of Web3 and non-fungible token (NFT) events in the country and not much for Bitcoin. He added that this prompted their team to organize the event.
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Apart from these, Hall also asked Tonnellier about the difficulties they are currently facing in hosting an event during the bear market. The event organizer explained that there are many ups and downs, including setting the budget for the event. He said:
“It limits the number of sponsorship opportunities and especially in bear markets it is even more reduced and as you can imagine the marketing budget is reduced considerably.”
Despite the challenges they faced, Tonnellier expressed that they were able to bring people together and proceed with the event. He expressed how rewarding it was for his team to see people from outside of France come to participate in the event.