The article makes it sound like all the problems were tech & distribution issues...
"political climate in Iceland was ideal for introducing a radical idea"
That premise is (and was) untrue.
The people of Iceland in general are very conservative. Think farmers & pitchforks. It was not radical at all to refuse to pay for the errors of thieving banksters, it was a deeply conservative reaction to having the cookie jar robbed by carpet baggers from Europe. Their Icelandic bankster accomplices are all in jail now and there will never be any sort of "bail out" for the shareholders left holding the bag. Again, think farmers and pitchforks.
Former heads of failed bank #Kaupthing receive the heaviest jail sentences for financial fraud in #Iceland’s history. BirgittⒶ Jónsdóttir (@birgittaj) - February 12, 2015
The groups responsible for Auroracoin did make some basic mistakes, but the most basic was expecting every-day people to embrace a new and strange form of currency. That never happened. Support for "The Movement" and Iceland's "Pirate Party" (both headed by Birgitta) never exceeded 5% - 15% at the peak of indignation.
This is not to say there are no lessons to be learned from Iceland, but simply to acknowledge that willingness to embrace radical solutions generally requires a much greater social disruption than what occurred in 2008. The situation there never approached that of the Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1920's.