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 184.108.40.206. 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!
One look at the Canadian bitcoin scenario and anyone can predict that it has the potential to become the world’s bitcoin hub. This week on the show we discuss 2016 price predictions and put the spotlight on Equibit, which bills itself as a global P2P OTC (over-the-counter) platform; a block-chain-based securities register that manages OTC equity, warrants and more. The CEO himself, Chris Horlacher, joins us in the studio from Toronto and by democratizing the OTC securities industry, Equibit gives back more control to issuers, brokers and investors. They represents a totally new model that automates tasks investors are currently paying billions each year to have performed. Saving BILLIONS! Holy shit. Press play!
On the last episode of the year, we invite Augur director of marketing Tony Sakich, on the show who has a sophisticated focused approach on what makes the blockchain network marketing profession....professional. Augur is an open source decentralized prediction market platform built on blockchain technology similar to Bitcoin called Ethereum. Tony introduces blockchain technology and the Ethereum platform, his background, past successes in the decentralized technology space and the future of the industry. Also, shout out to all the Street Fighter players who select Blanka!
Every day we buy products that impact our planet. Every product and business is different, but rarely do we have the information we need to make positive choices about what to buy. Enter, Jessi Baker, the founder of Provenance, which is building on the blockchain that presents a paradigm shift for business and society: from one where you need to generate trust in your brand and product, to one where trust can be implicit. Is there anything bitcoin can't do? Holy cow. This week we get her on the show to chat about the importance of supply chain transparency.
Every 10th episode we get together with some friends, drink drinks, and chat about bitcoin. Enjoy all the benefits of pouring a nice adult beverage into a functionally designed vessel of your choice, whilst chatting about finance, all without the repercussions, like the frequent 24-hour hangovers, the unsafe hook-ups, etc. Our homie Andrew joins us on the show who has NO CLUE what bitcoin is. We educate him and Marcello has to defend himself on why knowing the identity of the probable creator of bitcoin is important. Remember, sweetness is perceived more on the tongue than in the nose, so press play and drink us in, folks.
If you use Bitcoin, you definitely know that Bitcoin needs to become more practical. It’s great for cross border transactions but it doesn’t seem ready for the mainstream. What if I told you there was a way to buy things with bitcoin without having to wait for merchants to accept Bitcoin? That's right, Tap & Pay using Bitcoin at any NFC-enabled point-of-sale terminal on the planet, with Plutus, suckas! Feel like you're in a dream? Well let us pinch you! This is why it’s time for a new era of payments. Plutus merges both blockchain technology and existing international NFC infrastructure to bring contactless Bitcoin payments into the mainstream. CEO of Plutus, Filip Martinka, stops by to let you know how the revolution will be televised. We also name our Bitcoin MVP of 2015 award.
The inevitable and unavoidable Thanksgiving food coma hit all three of us this week but we still came back to give you guys a mini-sode this week. Real-time bitcoin-to-gold exchange and banking 2.0 Vaultoro has reached a significant $2 million milestone in gold trading volume, so to celebrate we grabbed CEO Joshua Scigala, who joins us on the show this week as we dive further into his personal bitcoin story. Gold is a great way to preserve wealth, but it is hard to move around. You do need some kind of alternative, and Bitcoin fits the bill, baby!
We revisit the adult industry this week by featuring upscale London escort agency Fallen Angels. We had a chat with Miss Silvia's trusted colleague Coco, who provided us with great insight on how this industry + bitcoin go hand in hand. The benefits of using Bitcoin were greater for them then the traditional method so much so that they decided to make it their preferred method of payment. Who says humanity’s oldest industry shouldn’t be the one to propel Bitcoin into the future? Giggity Giggity Goo!
We here at The Bitcoin Podcast have been cutting the commerce grass with the ole' Lawnmower App for a little while now. Round up your everyday purchases, invest the spare change into bitcoin, and live your life happy. It's a nice slow n' steady way to accumulate the immortal coin of the almighty. These guys were cool enough to be one of our first guests and they've come back to tell us a bit about some of the cool new features. It's great...and...download the app now and get $5 free. That's free money, bitch! Do it!!
Back in 1999, the price tag of $199 could have secured you a Sega Dreamcast. Fast forward 16 years later, that same price point can acquire a physical bitcoin wallet the size of a credit card. Integrated with a little screen, a camera, a fingerprint sensor (yes, biometric authentication) and a few buttons, Case wallet is capable of executing transactions by itself. CEO Melanie Shapiro swings by to talk about the product and the usual ridiculous shenanigans you come to know and love. Episode 25 baby! Strap in.