The organizers of a large-scale project to make bitcoin available over the counter at thousands of Taiwanese convenience stores have spoken about the efforts it took to bring their plan to fruition. The main hurdles were overcoming lack of knowledge about bitcoin and local regulatory fears among mainstream businesses, according to local exchange BitoEX. Despite these, the company still managed to launch a fully operational bitcoin-purchasing service in October, with a rollout to 2,980 Family Mart stores. It then expanded to over 5,000 stores in total, with the addition of the OK MART and Hi-Life chains. BitoEX anticipates the total number of stores could reach 12,000 by March this year, and told CoinDesk about plans to extend the service to other countries in Asia. The company says it is funded by its founders' own capital, along with input from angel investors, with a total of $2.5m raised so far.
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One of the greatest challenges for bitcoin entrepreneurs is figuring out how to turn the esoteric cryptocurrency into something average consumers will understand. It’s not easy to get grandma excited about blockchains and ledgers, unless grandma is a libertarian who loves the deep web. But in Taiwan, one entrepreneur is hoping to get ordinary Joes and Janes giddy for bitcoin by making it as easy to buy as a can of Red Bull. As Cryptocoins News reported earlier this month, Taiwanese bitcoin exchange Bitoex has partnered with Family Mart, the East Asian convenience store chain, to enable bitcoin purchases through the stores’ digital kiosks. In all of Family Mart’s 2,986 outlets in Taiwan, customers can punch in “BTC” on the machines’ “other” category of its banking section, specify the bitcoin value they hope to purchase in New Taiwan Dollars, and then pay for the bitcoin at the counter. Afterwards, customers will receive a text message confirming the purchase, and the bitcoin can be transferred from BitoEx to one’s bitcoin wallet.