Las Vegas Welcomes Bitcoin in World’s First Event of Its Kind to Universally Accept the Crypto Currency

BitFury teams with MaiTai Global to bring an immersive Bitcoin experience to tech entrepreneurs enjoying the ultimate Vegas racing weekend

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Las Vegas, normally known for chips and cashing out, will go “crypto” for the MaiTai BitFury Racing experience, October 23-26. Thanks to the leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider and transaction processing company, BitFury, MaiTai’s extreme sports community of entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes will participate in the world’s first supercar racing experience paid in full in bitcoin, or as the organizers like to say, “Fueled by Bitcoin”.

The three-day VIP event -- which includes staying at the luxurious NOBU Hotel, racing some of the world's fastest supercars, shooting machine guns, poker lessons from top pros Liv Boeree and Huck Seed and a private poker tournament at Caesars Palace -- is hosted by MaiTai Global founders Susi Mai and Bill Tai and professional race car driver Collete Davis.

As the Bitcoin industry leader, BitFury is true to its commitment to strengthen the global digital currency economy, including making investments to drive the growth of the ecosystem and sponsorships that raise the visibility of cryptocurrency overall.

"We recognized an opportunity with MaiTai BitFury Racing to increase the visibility of Bitcoin within a high-profile group of people who might have never been exposed to it so directly before,” said Valery Vavilov, BitFury co-founder and CEO. “Seeing is believing, so creating a way for people to experience Bitcoin is a win for the entire industry. MaiTai Global, which specializes in unique experiences, is the perfect host for this first-of-its-kind event.”

MaiTai Global is a gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes interested in adventure seeking and extreme sports. The community began with Susi Mai and Bill Tai and has expanded to new sports and events in locations all over the world.

Commenting on BitFury’s involvement with the event, Bill Tai, prominent venture capitalist and a BitFury board member, offered: “Valery’s tireless approach to building an ecosystem around Bitcoin is inspiring. Team BitFury is precisely the type of team that appreciates the MaiTai community of leading entrepreneurs and athletes and helps ensure we keep our focus on the future.”

Collete Davis, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and race car driver, is the hostess and creator of MaiTai BitFury Racing. Collete is one of the few females in the world pursuing a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series. She is on a quest to be the first woman to win the famous Indy 500.

"Bitcoin is truly the next frontier in finance, and every new frontier needs its pioneers to accelerate its position in the world," says Collete. "That's exactly how I think about BitFury, and exactly what makes them an ideal partner for this series of extreme racing experiences -- both of which embody the pushing of boundaries and testing of limits."

ABOUT BITFURY GROUP: BitFury Group is the leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider and Bitcoin transaction processing company. Founded in 2011, BitFury currently has more than 70 team members globally at management offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam and Riga, as well as data-centers in Finland, Iceland and the Republic of Georgia. BitFury derives sustainable advantage through its custom-made application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) optimized to achieve the lowest power consumption coupled with the highest processing metrics – the parameters that drive mining margins. BitFury has an impressive track record, having successfully delivered three prior generations of silicon and has a roadmap to at least double performance-per-watt every 6-12 months. BitFury’s management team and board include seasoned industry veterans with a history of execution in silicon engineering, operational build-up and capitalizing businesses.

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ABOUT MAITAI GLOBAL: MaiTai Global is a group of extraordinary entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes. Participants combine their energy, network and resources to help each other achieve professional success, pushing the limits of work and play while also fueling philanthropic activities around the world. The MaiTai Global community has an incredibly accomplished network whose collective passion brings them together in the extreme environment. MaiTai started among a few friends and has continued to grow over the years. As a result, participation in MaiTai is by invitation only.

MaiTai BitFury Racing is a series of global racing experiences born within the MaiTai Global organization and led by the racecar driver Collete Davis. MaiTai BitFury Racing is the hottest new networking ticket that provides the opportunity to influence the heaviest hitters in Silicon Valley and beyond while racing some of the world's fastest supercars. Fueled by Bitcoin through the partnership with BitFury, the world's leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider and Bitcoin transaction processing company, we aim to raise global awareness and visibility of the cryptocurrency through a series of high profile, extreme racing adventures around the world.

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ABOUT COLLETE RACING: Collete Davis hit the gas pedal because she didn't know any better. She began working on cars at age 12 and never stopped to notice that she was the only girl in the shop. Fast forward today and she is one of the few women in the world pursuing a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Race car driver, tech entrepreneur and a poster girl of STEM, Collete has shattered societal values of what a woman should be, and what a race car driver should look like. A racing resume with Team USA, a championship, track records and stacked with victories in both sport and open-wheel race cars, she's excelled in racing and now sets her sights on the IndyCar Series and, ultimately, winning the legendary Indy 500.

As the creator of MaiTai BitFury Racing and co-founder of media company TechDrive & Motorsports app Octane, she's developed an aptitude for business and entrepreneurship which demands the same level of risk and ferocity as racing. Collete is driven to popularize STEM for the masses and share her story with the world to encourage female empowerment in male dominated industries where she doesn't consider herself the token female, but rather just another competitor in the race to success.

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Fueled by Bitcoin: BitFury and MaiTai Global organize the world’s first supercar racing experience paid in full in bitcoin.


BitFury Group
Janna McManus, 1-650-400-7256