This week we bring up 90s cartoon “Bobby's World” and discuss the 10 quotes that defined Consensus 2016. Also, swinging by our studio is Abi Aryan, who continually works to educate and enable individuals and businesses to leverage Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. How exactly can Bitcoin prevent fraud from Hawala, which is an ancient system of money transfer which originated in South Asia and is now being used across the globe?! Topics like this and more!
Bitcoin is a major technological advancement by being able to perform distributed consensus and programmable trust. This implementation, the first practical one, of triple-entry bookkeeping will lead to all types of advancements in the generation ahead and improved administration of capital. Enter, Trace Mayer, who was among the first popular bloggers to publicly recommend blockchain technology, Bitcoin, in its infancy when it was only a quarter! Oh, and he hosts the extremely popular Bitcoin Knowledge podcast. He has a voice that could make a wolverine purr, and suits so fine they make Sinatra look like a hobo.
Today we interview the CCO and co-founder of Slock.it, StephanTual. He stops by to help clear up the confusion around thingsrelated to Slock.it and the first ever decentralized autonomousorganization (DAO). Not only is he a smooth talkin' maama-jaama,he's smart as hell. Afterwards, we discuss how we feel about allthis, convince Cello why it's awesome, and try and figure out theeasiest way to dive in. The future is now, and it is awesome! Toget started, visit Slock.it and daohub.org. It's got just abouteverything you need.
We wrap up April by discussing the rise of bitcoin's price, an update on the pending halving event and we invite one of the Co-Founders of Ethereum, Joseph Lubin, to chat with us so you experience a vibrant and seamless view of ConsenSys and its deep understanding of the potential blockchain technologies can bring to the world. ConsenSys has emerged from stealth with a network of members worldwide, on a mission of creating decentralized applications. Also, we celebrate a full calendar year rockin' this podcast.
This week, we are joined by David Seaman who has been an energetic voice in favor of digital payment innovation, entrepreneurship, and protection of our Constitutional rights. He has been a guest on CNN Headline News, FOX News, and now...us! We dive deep, focusing on spreading news of the quiet assault on our core Constitutional rights, and what we can do to stop it. Seriously, what could be more exciting than bringing Crypto to the masses while developing financial infrastructures for the 21st Century citizens of Earth! Boom-shaka-laka!
This week we get James D'Angelo in the studio to explore his new data and stance that miners are in trouble. His math holds up though and we find out the problem with proof of work is that it is completely mistaken. Satoshi made a fundamental mistake and we're just going to have to get over it. And his mistake was right there in the whitepaper; it says, "one CPU is one vote". What we really have to come to terms with is it's basically centralized from the very day in 2012 when there was a high number of miners and ASICs came in and mining started to centralize. And it's centralizing exponentially; we don't know the numbers but I think almost everyone can feel it.
The first time we had MK Lords on the show, it depicted a world gracefully drifting towards the apocalypse, and to celebrate the release of Dark Souls III, this show is one on a spiraling, feverish descent directly into it. Oh, that's right, she isn't a videogame end boss! She is indeed Community Manager for Airbitz and she is doing her interview rounds to discuss the recent Software Development Kit (SDK) launch and other announcements made earlier this year. Lords says the team has been busy this year with development, and the company has more releases to come in the future. Which means, CTO, Jim Horton drops by the studio as well. Airbitz, come out and playyyyyyyy!
SuchWow.tv is the quirkiest video channel using PopChest Bitcoin micropayments. On episode #42 we talked in length about the micropayment system but now we wanted to record a show with someone that uses the system itself. Laura Lopez is a genius and she just so happens to be our guest this week. She is a Los Angeles-based reality TV editor. Most people are doubtful about bitcoin and its price volatility. But as soon as content creators realize they can win a lot more distributing their creations through bitcoin than with actual models like adsense or amazon, despite the variability of its price, the bitcoin market can explode.
Steven McKie is basically a UI designing, marijuana card havin’, business and technical professional with a broad skill set who is committed to any growing, or established business. We talk about a variety of topics such as Datt, Yours, Blockchannel, and E-40. OK, maybe not that last one. He has a BSBA in Information Systems Engineering and Technology, and a masters in thuganomics as Crypto alter-ego Lil’ Buterin spits hot blockchains at us…because he spits hot fire.
Jon Fitch says he is “too good anywhere” for most welterweights in MMA. We tend to agree. This weekend he will collide with Joao “The Brazilian Samurai” Zeferino for the vacant World Series of Fighting welterweight (170 pounds) championship at stake. As we anticipate the weigh-ins tomorrow and the actual fight, we talk a bit about being the first MMA fighter to be fully paid in bitcoin. Fitch loves cryptocurrency and he thinks it is bringing about a new form of commerce. Tony Swish and Cello are your guys on the 1's & 2's while the normal gang sit in for this special mid-week roundtable. Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!!!
When the blockchain and bitcoin are invisible to the end user, then that must mean that you’re adding some other value to the consumer. Align Commerce enables businesses and payment platforms to send and receive payments in local currency, by using the blockchain as a new payment rail. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like a very exciting premise for a “financial revolution,” but Co-Founder, Aldo Carrascoso joins us in the studio to chat about all this juicy Bitcoin remittances stuff.
Baby girl, whats your name? Let me talk to you, let me buy you a drank. We're the BTC Podcast, you know us! Another drunk episode in the books, ladies and gents. This time around Corey's wife, Erin, joins us with a fancy drink to talk about what it's like being a Bitcoiner's wife. Rather than simply bemoan the lack of ladies in the Bitcoin world, she decided to confront the issue head-on. Drunk. Enjoy, ya filthy savages!
The boys compare Bitcoin to the Animatrix and we invite Emin Gün Sirer, a professor at Cornell University to talk a bit about how he has worked to improve Bitcoin in various ways during these, oh so troubling times. In the past, he's worked on peer-to-peer systems of various kinds. Emin has also built many other academic peer-to-peer systems, and has worked to defend some of the most popular ones in court. Let's get into it!
Aw shit. We're big time now. Yessir, Roger Ver is in the building! If you're into bitcoin and you haven't heard of Roger Ver, well, you're not into bitcoin. He is not your typical millionaire. Dubbed ‘Bitcoin Jesus’, the 35-year-old was the first person to start seeding Bitcoin startups and is a convicted advocate of the cryptocurrency and its potential to revolutionize modern payment systems. We chat about the Blockchain, his team, and his vision for the bitcoin industry. Sadly, Cello and Corey are out this week so host #2 Demetrick is doing this whole shebang solo dolo.
You know that feeling of true love you feel when you read a revolutionary white paper for the first time? Or that feeling of unbounded joy when you realize that there is no counter party risk in this new currency you're using and you've reclaimed your economic freedom? No? Well, Naomi Brockwell has carved out a most unusual career in the US, combining her twin passions for the arts and free-market economics. You see, in order to spread, ideas need a communicator. They need a representative. In short, they need a face. And, what better face than an attractive redhead?
The gang call a Burger King in Arnhem who reward Bitcoin customers with a free Whopper and then we call a Burger King in the United States who have no idea what Bitcoin is. Quite the fun social experiment. In addition, we explore the how blockchain technology will effect real estate transactions, records, and investing. We welcome the two hardest working men in the Crypto space, Director of Business Development, Matt McKibbin and our past guest Christian Saucier. To give you an overview; they launched their real estate MVP, and in talks with several prominent VC’s who have expressed interest. We have a lot to talk about this episode. Lets do work!
It’s only natural that we keep our eye on the rising tide of alternative content delivery platforms, particularly ones that incentivize decentralization using cryptocurrency. It will likely take years of technical development before this suite of technologies is commercially viable. Yet, this mountain of computer engineering is not our greatest challenge. The real challenge is to build something that’s actually worth building. To know more about PopChest and the platform decentralization process, we invite the platform creator, Valerian Bennett, onto the show to discuss his enthusiasm for the world-changing possibilities of Bitcoin. Drop-dro-dro-dro-drop it like Robocop!
One of bitcoin’s most-often cited challenges is the need for widespread merchant adoption. Enter...SNAPCARD! They help consumers spend their digital currencies. Good onya, mate! Our guest this week, co-founder Michael Dunworth came into our studio and immediately we felt like old chaps as we both all try and rethink the way that merchants accept digital currency. It is our focus to help merchants understand the value of accepting digital currencies. So you know...this episode is important. Did we just label our own podcast as important? Bloody oath we did!
In the 1960s, when the practice of software development was first emerging, the industry chose to take the ‘code-domain’ route. We have wound back the clock, and we are choosing differently. Code Valley is poised to bring a potential trillion dollar industry to bitcoin. This development team is lead by Noel Lovisa, who joins us in the studio to tell us about an entirely new software development technology. When Bitcoin appeared on his radar in 2011, he immediately recognized that a software supply-chain, fueled by a Bitcoin blockchain, would make a dangerous combination. In addition, podcast regular Tony Sakich joins us on the roundtable.
If not for DNS (domain name systems), very few people would be able to visit this website. They'd have to know that our server's IP address is something like 220.127.116.11. Needless to say, readership/listenership of The Bitcoin Podcast would probably never reach “mass adoption.” Netki is a company that's betting that domain names will do for Bitcoin what they did for the Internet. But instead of visiting websites, you'd be visiting someone's wallet. CEO of Netki, Justin Newton, joins us in the studio this week to discuss both usability and user security.
The question of "how to store your bitcoins" leads to one of the most important decisions for a Bitcoin user to make. Keeping your private keys strictly offline used to require two computers until Trezor came along and made cold storage easy and affordable. But like Reading Rainbow, you don't have to take our word for it. Joining us this week is Alena Vranova, creator of TREZOR. She chatted with us about crypto, economy, security, questions of life, everything! It's a good listen. You know what to do.
We chat in depth about the negative and positive aspects on increasing the bitcoin blocksize. In addition, Lil B comes through to the Bitcoin Podcast to talk about bitcoin, the music industry and spread love. In fact, he specializes in love. After appearing on MSNBC, and conducting lectures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Carnegie Mellon University, we wanted to hear from The BasedGod himself about life's most wonderful internet magic money. Quiet children....The BasedGod is speaking.
Marcello sings Ace of Base and makes a 9/11 reference. In addition we talk about Mike Hearn and how it has affected the crypto-community and M.K. Lords joins us on the show this week! And although she sounds like the level 9 boss on Dark Souls II, she is a prominent voice for privacy and accountability in the Bitcoin space and she brings her diverse experience in public speaking, writing, event organization and content creation to the podcast to school us on spreading the values of the Airbitz team. After all....Airbitz helps to spend bitcoins “in the real world”. If you start seeing the same black cat walk past your door twice, YOUR WINDOWS JUST TURNED INTO BRICK WALLS, RUN!!
Imogen Heap joins us in the studio this week to get to the bottom of why, in our age of the internet, many artists are struggling to get a fair deal. She is hoping to change all that, using a technology that could revolutionize the way music is produced and shared. Blockchain technology aims to record all recent transactions on a network and file them back as a permanent database. In addition, past guest Tony Sakich (Augur) loved being on the show so much he joins us this week on the roundtable. IMOGEN HEAP IS ON THE SHOW! A monstrous psychedelic bubble just exploded in our minds!
Circumnavigating the planet teaching blockchain, Ryan X Charles finds himself in our studio to discuss how he is starting his own blockchain-based social media company called Datt, a decentralized content sharing app with integrated bitcoin payments. Oh, and he just created his own fork of bitcoin called Ryan X. Charles Bitcoin, and it’s exactly the same as bitcoin, except MAX_BLOCK_SIZE is eight million instead of one million. No big deal. Oh, what can I say, we love the nerdy stuff. Holla at your Datt, son!