Bitcoins, Richard Branson and … space travel! There, you have everything you need to grab the headlines for a couple of days. In late Novemer, Richard Branson became one of the highest-profile business owners to accept bitcoin through his company Virgin Galactic.
“Virgin Galactic is a bold entrepreneurial technology driving revolution – bitcoin is doing just the same.”
Virgin Galactic promises to offer the first flights to suborbital space available to the general public, starting in 2014.
You can now spend your bitcoins on a rocket flight to space, and Branson said one passenger had already done so.
“Bitcoins aren’t yet formally recognized by governments as a currency but with some regulation I hope that it will become more widely accepted.”
“A few years ago many people had doubts about whether Virgin Galactic would ever get off the ground. Now we have gone supersonic, are a long way along the testing process, and are looking forward to launching commercial space travel,” he wrote in a post on the Virgin blog.
“Virgin Galactic is a bold entrepreneurial technology and is driving revolution – bitcoin is doing just the same,” Branson announced on CNBC, admitting he also held bitcoins of his own.
Branson has a penchant for publicity stunts and accepting bitcoin is undoubtedly one of them. But the fact that bitcoin is now worthy of mainstream media attention for an already well-known business might be a story in itself.