When a ballot proposal that would have replaced the city ordinance failed, Uber and Lyft left Austin, TX as promised. Since May 9, there have been no ride-sharing services available in this city of almost a million people. So it’s no surprise that tech-savvy Austinites, like this episodes special guest, Christopher David, who have taken matters into their own hands without the concern about red tape or corporate bullshit. Arcade City is a rideshare startup designed to be integrated into the Ethereum blockchain. Now, we keep it 100 here at The Bitcoin Podcast and I won't pretend there isn't any skepticism. The thing that worries me about this is that the guy was called out recently for being a bit of a scam artist. Turns out, he has straight forward answers to all our questions. And yes, we do have trust in him and Arcade City.
We (up 'til now) haven't talked to much about the Lightning Network. The Lightning Network is a network of payment channels. When Alice wants to pay Carol, or Dave, or Susan, she finds the shortest route and makes a payment through the route using smart contracts. If Alice cannot find any route to pay Dave, Alice opens up a channel directly to Dave. Makes sense? No? Well...for starters our guest is Olaoluwa Osuntokun who might know a thing or two about it. In addition, Steven Mckie (Yours) and Valerian Bennett (PopChest) join us as the Bitcoin Justice League assembles to talk how this network affects their own creations.
The "vibe" around Bitcoin has been neutral to negative for two years now and plenty of bitcoiners are tiring of the politics around the block size limit. Ethereum is young and exciting but not like anything else in the crypto space. A recurring theme at the Satoshi Roundtable is that Bitcoin problems are leading to rise in Ethereum interest. Enter our guest this week, Anthony Di Iorio, CEO and founder of Jaxx and Decentral, who co-founded Ethereum in 2013. Jaxx and ShapeShift together will, without doubt, be the easiest solution for buying ether with bitcoin (and vice versa) ‒ and it’s done right in your Jaxx wallet.
Our guest today is Mariana Dahan is the Senior Operations Officer in the Office of the World Bank catalyzing progress towards identification systems using 21st century technology solutions. With Google Trends data showing that searches for the word “blockchain” have exponentially increased, we may be entering the peak of the hype cycle for blockchain and distributed ledger technology. That’s because its decentralized approach to verifying changes in important information addresses the centuries-old problem of trust, a social resource that is all too often in short supply, especially amid the current era’s rampant concerns over the security of valuable data.
Part 2 of the Steven McKie character piece is concluded. In addition, this episode we are talking with Max Kordek, the founder of a new decentralized platform called Lisk. Since the launch of Lisk there was a lot of confusion about what it really is, and what it enables people to do in the future. Max gladly came on our show to clean up some misunderstandings, and explain briefly what Lisk is and what it isn’t. LISK will go to the moonnn; only need patience! Oh, and part 2 of our character piece of Steven McKie! We bring the goods!
Vinay Gupta is a technologist, inventor, futurist, systems theorist, and global resilience guru whose life’s work focuses on how to ensure the long-term survival and flourishing of the human race. It was stimulating conversation about a wide variety of topics. In addition, we run a character piece of Steven McKie, a brilliant mind working at Purse.io and Yours. Part 1 of 2 included in this episode depicts us trying to connect the dots between childhood struggles and future success.
With the economy still far from recovered, it seems like a less-than-ideal time to start a new business. Yet right now is actually the perfect opportunity to dream big, follow your passion and create your own path to success. Take Arthur Falls for example, who whilst unemployed learned about crypto and now has one of the leading podcasts surrounding ethereum. Arthur’s itinerant employment history in the New Zealand orchard industry and Maine lobster fishery, sparked his interest in economics and international finance. Funny how like works, yes? Now, he leads ConsenSys Media, a decentralized organization with personnel spanning four continents!
Our guest today is Greg Slepak, Software developer of Espionage 3 & founder of the okTurtles Foundation, who talked about the bitcoin block size debate as surfacing "politics" in the bitcoin ecosystem. The politics are intense, there are ways that bitcoin governance is like government, and proposals to fork the software are kind of like constitutional amendments. After Greg talked to us, I'm increasingly comfortable thinking of bitcoin governance as a market phenomenon.
Matt Liston of the Gnosis prediction market platform discusses the upcoming crowdsale and the structure of the DAO which will manage it’s development. When not DAO-whispering he composes algorithmic music and dreams of a future Skynet-on-a-blockchain. Ethereum is part of a movement in tech to create a decentralized infrastructure that will rely on an uncontrolled network of computers to be the arbiter between them, rather than a central service or agency. Its called a trustless system. We prefer...Skynet. Welcome to an oasis of futures – a safe place for extreme ideas.
Another double header episode! Up first, Don Konforty, who is an expert on collaboration via the net, and the wisdom of crowds. We also have Greg Meredith, who has been working in the blockchain space, helping Ethereum with formal verification of their proof-of-stake protocol, Synereo’s formally-verified smart contracting language would have prevented the attack on The DAO. They come on the show to discuss all these developments and more.
The Thiel Foundation has announced its 2016 Fellows with a new class of 29 people focusing on technology and software development. Thiel Fellows receive $100,000 to work on new projects that advance technology. Augur will be one of the first cryptocurrency-related projects joining the Thiel Fellows program. Joey Krug is currently making Augur’s consensus implementation faster and more accurate. That's not all! Listen now and you get Tony Swish, podcast regular, and Augur's Director of Marketing for free! Boom! Stacked episode playas!
Andrew Lee, co-founder of Purse, had a common frustration that Bitcoin didn’t offer any incentive for normal people to use it, and had a hunch that he could use blockchain escrows to liquidate Amazon gift cards and deliver great deals. That hunch proved to be correct - and transacted over $4.5M and saved users almost a million dollars. But we don't just talk about it -- we be about it, by....talking about it...with HIM! In addition, PopChest announced they are shutting down. Is this the end of bitcoin + microtransactions? We offer up our thoughts, ideas, and criticisms because we want and need PopChest to get better to serve the community to the best of their ability.
Things aren't looking good. Currencies everywhere are in dire restraints. The credit agency Fitch sees potential catastrophe for the EU if the Italian banking system fails. China is crash landing their economy. Right now the argument that bitcoin will die is very difficult to make based on past experiences. We tackle how bitcoin navigated in a world where massive currency crises are the norm. Who better to join us, right as the halvening hits, than Andreas M. Antonopoulos, who is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. The next halvening is on July, 2020. See you there!
We've heard it all before, get rich quick; I'm successful, YOU can be successful too! Chris Dunn is a bit different though. He is solely on a journey to discover ways to create income, build wealth, and have complete freedom and autonomy in his life. He is just seeking out people to tell about bitcoin, laying down the risks, benefits and possibilities encountered in trading. Chris has deep experience in bitcoin trading and he has been successful for many years. This week, we share with you HIS bitcoin journey and we learn a thing or two! With the recent halvening, he'll show you what’s working now and what pitfalls to avoid.
OK, we've talked about the crazy DAO project, but what about solutions? Technically, it's not illegal. The 'hacker' played fair and square by rules that were entirely legit albeit obscure and somewhat hidden in the code. Well, Peter Vessenes thinks the best one for TheDAO token holders is a straight up refund. There are lots of possibilities forward. A surprising number of people have contacted us about a whitehat attack on TheDAO. If whitehats do go ahead and attack TheDAO with the goal of saving at least 70% of the funds, avoid lawsuits and lengthy bankruptcy proceedings, again, Refund Wallet. We discuss ALL this and more.
Ubitquity LLC, a leading Blockchain developer for advanced applications in real estate has successfully completed the development of its platform prototype that is set to revolutionize the real estate industry. Once again they come onto the show to inform us how Ubitquity will increase speed and accuracy of title search, along with helping to prevent fraudulent conveyance of property by adding overall transparency. McKIBBIN AND SAUCIER (minus Saucier) are now joined by Nathan Wosnack, co-founder and CEO, and Marina Reznik! Full house baby!
Emin Gün Sirer is a great mind and future thinker for CryptoCurrency, smart contracts and DAOs. I'm also supporting his stance to start working on DAO 2.0 in an organized manner. The statements from the Cornell computer scientist on this episode come amid broad concern over developments at The DAO. In the interest of helping us all to arrive at a considered consensus, Valerian Bennett, creator of Popchest and pioneer of microtransactions, join us on the roundtable. This is it folks, we put the final nail in the coffin on the Dao talk. It's a good one!
If you frequent Twitter and are into crypto currency, odds are you know todays guest. Tuur Demeester is an independent investor and commentator. He has a background in Austrian economics, the school that specializes in the study of boom-and-bust cycles in the economy. We talk more about The DAO, and his coverage of ethereum is second to none. Whether the DAO attacker is letter writer is not material—anyone can now assimilate proposed strategy of legal high ground + bribing miners.
Crazy week for crypto! This week we have an analysis of the DAO exploit. We also bring in Anne Connelly, who is the first millennial in Notable history to be nominated for Bitcoin-related accomplishments. She currently serves as the Head of Marketing for Ledger Labs, a Toronto-based consulting and development firm that applies decentralized systems and principles to the fields of security, finance, and governance. Oh boy, this proposed soft fork is a can of worms. Rock and a hard place. No good options. Yikes.
WTF is up with Bitcoin's price?! TO THE MOON! Cello admits Bloodsport is better than Time Cop. BARELY! In addition, Moritz is Exosphere's Ethereum Curator which he is building an 8-week Ethereum development course at the residential program Exosphere Academy in Chile, supported by ConsenSys and Ethereum Labs. Philip Saunders, the instructor, is a voracious reader and enthusiastic amateur debater. These guys enjoy hands on, gloves off exchange of controversial ideas, and are now focusing their efforts on creating and nurturing new learning institutions that marry deep reflection with real world experience.
This episode is all about Bitcoin trading, market analysis and charting. Our guest this week is vital to this theme and we have a friend of the podcast (Marc) filling in for Marcello. I think sharing this has value to the bitcoinmarkets community because some of these experiences are hard to come by: Our guest was there when OKcoin margin called literally every short up to 350 during a DDOS causing him to lose 8% of his coins from hedging, not even trading. Amateur traders like his old self don't survive long enough to tell stories later. Well, later is here. And stories we shall tell.
Let’s face it: embracing change is no fun. Everyone likes staying in his or her comfort zone. After all, they call it a “comfort” zone for a reason—even the term itself stirs up deep feelings of calm, relaxation and security. But eventually, something comes along to shake us out of it. We welcome the Lawnmower.io team back onto the show for a third time as they revealing their latest update & expansion plans.
Coming back to the show a full calendar year later (he was our very first guest!), is Tawanda Kembo, who, having been working in IT for 13 years, has been a leading Bitcoin Evangelist in Africa. With everything going on around Nigeria’s economy, the rise in inflation rate is now about 13.7% compared to about 8% which was the inflation rate about this time last year. As Nigeria (Africa's biggest market) heads toward recession, bitcoin could offer recession proof savings. We talk all about this and more.
Is GDAX just a marketing scheme? That is the focus this week and as CEO & Co-founder of Safello, Frank Schuil is heading the efforts to revolutionize the financial markets by building a crypto currency bank. We stops in to chat a bit. Safello is supporting 32 countries and thousands of customers and is also the first crypto currency company to be accepted to the Barclays Accelerator program in London. AND he looks like Blake Shelton. This guy can't lose. Frank is a frequent speaker at events such as TEDx, Money2020, Coinsummit, and the Digital Currency Summit. This guy does WORK!
If you've known about The DAO for a few months and you still don't "get it", then we pity you. Steven Mckie, from Yours, joins the roundtable to break it down for you. TLI5 style. In addition, we invite Jesse Powell the Co-founder of Kraken.com, which is a digital asset exchange with support for Bitcoin, Ethereum (ether), Litecoin, and etc. We chat about being selected to aid MtGox liquidation and accepting MtGox bankruptcy claims. We also get an update on possible acquisitions. Because being the world's largest bitcoin exchange in euro volume and liquidity isn't enough!