D.C. businesses starting to accept Bitcoin

echoditto23 Dec 2013 / Washington Post – In May, brothers Guiseppe and Mario Lanzone started a Peruvian food business in Washington, hoping to cash in on the District’s enchantment with food trucks.

Today, the two are betting on another trend: a virtual currency called Bitcoin. The Lanzones decided a few weeks ago they would accept bitcoins, announcing the change in a tweet to their 800 followers.

Although there are estimated to be tens of thousands of Bitcoin users worldwide, the currency hasn’t quite caught on in the District. Peruvian Brothers is one of just a few Washington area businesses to accept Bitcoin payments. Others include the Internet strategy consulting firm EchoDitto and DCMJ, a campaign to legalize marijuana.

The Lanzones decided to accept bitcoins because their friends Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss persuaded them to do so. The Winklevoss twins are Bitcoin investors and have been trying to raise awareness about it. (They also are former Harvard University classmates of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whom they sued in 2004 for allegedly stealing the concept and source code behind Facebook.)

Cameron Winklevoss “and I convince the @perubrothers Food Truck to accept #bitcoin,” Tyler Winklevoss recently tweeted, including a link to a blog post in the Washington City Paper about the truck……. Read more


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