Jeff Berwick, founder of StockHouse.com and CEO of TDV Media, announced Monday his plans to open the world's first Bitcoin ATM in Cyprus, citing the ongoing bank bailout, bank closures and capital controls now being pushed in that country. According to Berwick, who sold Stockhouse last decade which at the peak of the tech bubble was worth $240 million, Bitcoin ATM has the world's first software enabling a two-way, automated Bitcoin market.
Last Friday, Cyprus announced a new bailout all inclusive of a levy of upwards of 15.26% on all deposits. On Monday, the banks shut down until Thursday, but by week's end uncertainty shrouded the country as to when their ATMs would be back online. Over the weekend, it was announced the bank's second biggest bank would be shutdown.