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The Bitcoin Podcast Network

The Bitcoin Podcast Network is a collection of long form conversation format podcasts on bitcoin, blockchain, ethereum and everything in between. Shows include The Bitcoin Podcast, Buy or Sell, What the Hell?, On-Ramping with Dee, An Ethereum Podcas, BlockChannel, and more.
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Sep 22, 2017

A quick mid-week roundtable as we discuss Coinbase adding vault services for Ether and Litecoin. Also, coming back to our show after a little over two years, Fereshteh is an advocate of Afghan women’s literacy and a true believer in women’s empowerment through education and technology. Her passion is to improve their technical literacy. Her goal with Code To Inspire is educating Afghan women with in-demand programming skills, and empower them to add unique value to their communities, and inspire them to strive for financial and social independence. Since the last time she was on the show, lots of new things have developed. Fereshteh will expand the program to serve 80 female students, ages 14 to 25, helping these young women enter a competitive job market with highly marketable computer skills. Power to the people!

Sep 19, 2017

Join us for a conversation with Doug Petkanics from LivePeer!

LivePeer is the video layer of the decentralized web3 stack. Yes, you read that correctly: 100% decentralized P2P video. Magic.

We get into the details of how the magic occurs and how the LivePeer token enables the economics that make decentralized video possible.

Sep 19, 2017

A fan of the show that joined the Slack, joined the conversation, and then listened to old episodes of ORWD (On-Ramping with Dee) to discover how a little bit more about he basics of bitcoin. He wanted to come onto ORWD to ask a few more questions and represent the beginner in the community that is at peak curiosity and ready to consume as much as possible about all things crypto.

Sep 17, 2017

The team behind the open-source, bitcoin-powered marketplace OpenBazaar has published the beta version of its forthcoming 2.0 release. Our guest this week, Brian Hoffman, who is also chief executive of OB1 (the startup behind the project), said that one of the goals for the 2.0 release was to make the user experience akin to popular e-commerce platforms like Etsy. Is it a success?

Sep 15, 2017

In today’s long overdue, landmark episode we are joined by an international panel of leaders in fin-tech and blockchain law:

Claire WivellHannah Glass (Australia), Alex Simms (New Zealand), Peter van Valkenburgh (USA), and James Duchenne (USA/Mauritius)

The theme for the discussion was regulatory sandboxes — frameworks for enabling businesses to operate in a deregulated environment. The goal is to allow legislative bodies to develop an understanding of new businesses before regulating them. We have seen a successful example in the United Kingdom, but Australia’s efforts to replicate this have not been so successful. Claire Wivell explains why.

We follow this with a discussion of the unique environments of Australia, Mauritius, Singapore and Dubai. New Zealand unfortunately is not so interesting at this stage (both Alex Simms and myself have independently been involved in some interesting conversations since this episode was recorded so watch this space).

We conclude that a US regulatory sandbox is impossible due to the interaction of federal and state legislation and the complexity of their enforcement agencies. However, there is hope if a bright line can be defined between the regulation of custodial and non-custodial businesses

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Sep 12, 2017

Katie is a crypto enthusiast form east coast, US. She goes to meetups, reads the articles, loves the space. She had a few minor questions, but for the most part it was a conversation among enthusiasts about the awesome that is Bitcoin...enjoy!

Sep 10, 2017

So what is Pally? It is the first decentralized social travel ecosystem in the world - using direct peer-to-peer payment. Which of course bring me to who is on the show this week. CEO bossmode of course. As CEO of Pally, Oliver is leading product vision and strategy. As a seasoned member of the Blockchain community, Oliver has been actively involved in the technology and is passionate around the prospects of applying blockchain technology.

Sep 8, 2017

In this pilot episode of An Ethereum Podcast, /u/Dunning_Krugerrands joins us for a wide ranging conversation about scaling, “Ethereum Killers,” how Vinay Gupta got him interested in Ethereum. Plus, we get an update on his classic “Ethereum FUD list of doom.”

Sep 7, 2017

UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar comes on our podcast to talk about his newest venture. In addition to being a crypto enthusiast and trader, he is now co-owner of The Legends Room, which is a world class Las Vegas gentlemen’s cabaret re-imagined using blockchain technology. That's right my friend, the world's first crypto gentlemen's club! As we have covered in previous episodes of this podcast, sex workers in the desert mecca of hedonism have been using bitcoin for several years, now businesses, including strip clubs, are implementing the cryptocurrency networks for anonymous transactions.

Sep 6, 2017

Ozzy "The BS Filter" is personally one of my favorite YouTubers in the crypto limelight. He has no chill and tends to go off on tangent rants like an angry old man. But, that's just Ozzy's gimmick. Talking smack is what Ozzy is best at. So, if you're not on the straight and narrow Ozzy will let you know! This man gets crypto and understands the impact yet to be felt by its technology. In this interview Ozzy blesses me with many knowledge bombs as well as personal advice. When Ozzy talks, I listen...

Sep 5, 2017

On this episode of Buy or Sell WTH we talk about what is "money", including the heated debate between gold and digital currencies. Jason, an institutional trader for over ten years, gives his take on the subject. And of course this episode includes a list of our buys for the week and a discussion about what made us interested in them.

Sep 4, 2017

150 episodes baby! Help us celebrate by joining us as we BS and reminisce on past episodes and how far both bitcoin and us, have come. Then we invite a Grammy Award winning musician in the studio to join us in the fun. RAC’s (real name André Allen Anjos) released his fifth LP titled EGO back in July and what makes this particular release so special is because he ended up releasing the 1st complete music album using the ethereum blockchain. But, let's be real, you can find plenty of articles online claiming “blockchain” will benefit artists. There are fewer with specifics on how.

Sep 1, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Petty sit down with the founders of Cent.co, Max Brody and Cameron Hejazi. Cent, presently, is a Quora-like Q&A platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. Their service allows you to post questions with monetary bounties via Ethereum smart-contracts. By being a member of Cent, you can then answer questions, and in return received Ether for your valuable insights/contributions. Members of the site then vote on the various answers posted to each question bounty, and depending on your overall number of votes, you’ll receive a proportional share of the bounty. It’s a very straight-forward and simple platform that allows anyone to quickly start earning ETH with just a few clicks. Full disclosure: McKie is also an advisor for the Cent team.

Show Links:
Cent: http://cent.co
Cent Twitter: http://twitter.com/Cent
Sign-up for Cent: http://beta.cent.co

Intro/Outro Music “Sheep” by G Yamazawa: https://soundcloud.com/gyamazawa/sheep-feat-city-james?in=gyamazawa/sets/shouts-to-durham

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Sep 1, 2017

Ben is everyone's favorite crypto truck driver! Don't take my word for it, tune in and you'll find out for yourself. Due diligence, and what not... Ben is well known on FaceBook and still coming outta his YouTube shell. He creates content that is as informative as it is entertaining. The man knows how to make an audience laugh, while dropping knowledge bombs. Since Ben is a fan of Litecoin and speaks about it often, I invited him onto my show to pick his brain. Get ready to laugh as much as learn in this week's Not Another Bitcoin Interview with Ben Semchee!!! Please comment thoughts, thanks.

Aug 28, 2017

Meet Clark, an East Coast musician with a bitcoin itch that needs a scratch. As a musician, a professional musician, he has noticed the trend that musicians tend to be behind the 8-ball when it comes to technological trends. He left this talk knowing more about crypto than he did before the talk, which is the aim. Have a listen!

Aug 28, 2017

Lee Weiss of the US law firm BernsWeiss discusses the Coinbase/IRS dispute. The dispute began in November 2016, when the IRS summoned Coinbase to hand over data about all users who were active on the exchange from 2013 to 2015, with a view to investigating the tax compliance of individuals who have transacted in cryptocurrencies.

On behalf of one or more anonymous Coinbase users, BernsWeiss took the issue to court and was recently granted permission to argue against the summons, which among other things demanded access to users’ public and private keys. If complied with, this would effectively give the IRS access to all customer funds, making it a clear and easy target for hackers.

This is an unprecedented use of the John Doe summons procedure, which was intended for situations where the IRS has identified specific tax avoidance but can’t identify the specific parties who have engaged in that illicit conduct. If determined to be legal, this summons would set a precedent under which the IRS could demand the same from other exchanges. BernsWeiss intends to continue fighting this massive government overreach unless and until the IRS can identify a specific subset of taxpayers who it is reasonably certain are engaging in tax avoidance.

After the hearing, the government removed the request for private keys, now only requiring public keys. The IRS also voluntarily narrowed the scope of the summons to only cover individuals who engaged in virtual currency transactions in excess of $20,000 in a given year. This figure is likely arbitrary, and suggests that the government is simply trying to gather as much information as possible rather than engaging in a specific investigation.

This case illustrates the lack of understanding about these new financial instruments within government. With this summons, the IRS effectively places virtual currencies into the “inherently suspicious” tax avoidance category with things like large transactions, questionable tax shelters, and other mechanisms which are clearly designed to avoid taxes and typically don’t have a legitimate purpose — unlike cryptocurrencies.

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Aug 27, 2017

This week we dive deep into Rivetz which secures your app with built-in hardware security, creating a decentralized & hardware-based cybersecurity ecosystem! In addition we analyze the recent Joe Rogan episode where gold bug Peter Schiff makes a fool of himself with his flibber flabber bitcoin argument. We go in!

So who is our guest this week? Steven Sprague, CEO of Rivetz Corp. and former president and CEO of Wave Systems Corp. For 14 years, is one of the principal industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms. Which is good, because a lot of this stuff goes over Marcello's head.

Aug 23, 2017

JP Richardson is the Chief Technical Officer of Exodus Wallet, which is quickly becoming my fav- next to Jaxx of course. In this interview JP and I shoot the shit and talk about his new Desktop wallet application Exodus. Don't get me wrong Exodus is a nice wallet, but I did have a few dislikes and JP heard em out. Some of the things I didn't agree with, most of them I understood the stance. Exodus is a noob in the space as far as the product, but the exp behind the wallet is extremely lengthy. When it comes to being your own bank, Exodus makes you the exchange as well. Buy, Trade, HODL!!!

Aug 22, 2017

The long awaited introduction to "Buy or Sell, What the Hell?!" This is the pilot episode of the new trading show on the network. If you like to trade then you'll like this show.

We partnered with Jason...meet Jason!

Prior to founding Jenkins Risk Management, Jason was Head of Rates Trading at CG Capital Markets. Before joining CG Capital, Jason spent almost a decade trading US Treasuries and building out a successful institutional analysis and fixed income trading business.

Aug 20, 2017

This week we talk about how the The Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule applies to crypto. Similar distributions have been discovered in a many fields, and as a consequence, the Pareto principle has become popular among economists. Then we invite Samson Mow on the show. After all he is Blockstream’s New Chief Strategy Officer. Samson's skills and experience are exceptionally complementary to Blockstream, leveraging both his deep Bitcoin and startup expertise.

Aug 19, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, Mckie, Dee, and Petty take a trip into the crazy world of Ethereum + VR. Yeah that's right, 2017 is lit, and Decentraland is about to combine two very pivotal, innovative technologies to create a completely free, sovereign virtual reality where we can truly express ourselves; free from centralized control or potential corruption. VR is about to take over the world in a big way, what better than to blend that with another world-changing technology like Ethereum. This is powerful episode, it'll make you think. Hop on.

Show Links:
Decentraland Website: decentraland.org
Decentraland Crowdsale: decentraland.org/#token-sale-terms

Intro/Outro Music "1990" by G Yamazawa: Gyamazawa – 1990-interlude

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Aug 17, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, Mckie and Dee sit down with Tyler and Max from the Poet team. Poet aims to solve the problem content attribution, by utilizing blockchain technology (bitcoin), their service allows you to submit timestamped metadata to create an immutable timestamp of original written work/media. This will prove authenticity of a piece of written work online, and allow content creators to more effectively get credit for their hard work online.

Show Link(s)
Poet Website:po.et

Intro/Outro Music "One Crown" by G Yamazawa: Gyamazawa – One-crown-feat-junoflo

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Aug 17, 2017

Not to toot our own horn, but this is a great episode. Because we tackle security and with the boom of ICOs sprouting up nowadays, the tools around doing them have matured a bit, so that it's easy for people outside of the space to use them, so you’re seeing a proliferation of them because they’re much more approachable. We chat with Mushegh Hakhinian, Chief Security Architect at Synchronoss, who is an interpreter for security talk – which means he helps enterprises avoid security mistakes and translates security information into actionable advice for the technical teams. Let's get into it!

Aug 16, 2017

David Bailey, CEO of BTC Media, discusses the recent shutdown of BTC-eand its mysterious connection to the MtGox hack which led to the exchange’s demise in 2014. He also introduces Po.et, a revolutionary proof-of-existence blockchain platform.

The arrest of Alexander Vinnik and seizure of the BTC-e website by the FBI in late July shed some long-awaited light on the cold case of the 650,000 bitcoins which went missing from MtGox over several years from 2011 to 2013. Upon his arrest, WizSec released a comprehensive report detailing their findings on the matter, and stating that “Vinnik is [their] chief suspect for involvement in the MtGox theft (or the laundering of the proceeds thereof).” [Read more about the developing timeline of the MtGox/BTC-e connection & the lasting regulatory legacy of the hack.]

Bailey also talks about BTC Media’s partnership with Po.et, whose proof-of-existence mechanism uses hashing to allow media producers to timestamp and license their content in an unalterable system which will verify and automatically issue digital ownership. Po.et combines this timestamp with metadata about the published content to build an open ledger of media assets which includes information such as the original URL, the word count, the author’s name and the publisher.

Po.et also enables split-equity and payments terms for writers whose work is published by BTC Media, as well as different licensing agreements. Other use cases include the re-monetization of old content and individual profile management systems for employees of media outlets.

The Po.et platform will ultimately build a digital fingerprint of each author’s history and preserve their portfolio on a blockchain, revolutionizing the way in which digital content is published, leveraged and monetized.

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Aug 13, 2017

Hey, hey, hey! Charlie Shrem in the house! This week the boys discuss Plasma. Plasma is a way to create a blockchain (as a set of smart contracts) within a blockchain, by simply committing the root hash of the "meta" child chain (Plasma) on the main chain (Ethereum). There is no doubt that some clever algorithms are being described in the plasma project. Unfortunately, because of the way this is written, the vast majority of software developers and software researchers alike are unable to separate the kool-aid from the parts that actually matter. We try and make sense of it.

Then, we open up the dialogue with Charlie about his new found love of country music and we reminisce about the Game Genie, then we realize we should probably stick to crypto-talk.

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