Nate Dogg said it best: 'Smoke weed everyday'. Well, at least the legal kind, right? Well this episode, it's blockchain meets cannabis as The TOKES Platform provides a digital currency solution dedicated to the Cannabis Industry via a token called, you guessed it, “TOKES.” With this episode, we invite Michael Wagner on to facilitate the necessary education and training to secure and protect digital assets. Also, our faith in bitcoin is kind of in limbo. UH OH!
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty are joined by Richard Craib. Richard is the mind behind “Numerai”; an AI-based hedge fund that feeds off of data science and machine-learning modeling. Models that are used on Numerai for algorithmic trading are submitted by users (Data Scientists) on the platform, where they are rewarded “Numeraire” tokens for successful modeling. Numeraire is not a currency in itself; the tokens are used for Data Scientists to essentially “bet” on their own machine learning models and how well they’d actually perform on a live market with real money. This form of “staking” allows the scientist to essentially receive a dividend of sorts for their successful modeling. As the success of Numerai grows, so will the overall proportion of funds being paid off to data scientists.
This project is made possible my utilizing the Ethereum public chain; we believe it’s a ground-breaking concept, one that hopefully is replicated across other hard sciences. Dive in and keep an open-mind!
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Coming BACK to the show for a second go-around, our guest was there when bitcoin was trading at 600 when he shorted it. He was there when market went deep bear below 200 when he went long. He was there when bitfinex allowed him to trade at a leverage of more than 6:1. Amateur traders like his old self don’t survive long enough to tell stories later. Well, later is here. And stories we shall tell.
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee, and Dr. Petty sit down with Vlad Zamfir in their studio (not really, but if ETH keeps going up, maybe). The topic of the show revolves around Vlad Zamfir, his background, brief history -- and discussions around his research for the Ethereum Foundation for Proof of Stake. Vlad also shares his thoughts on the current scaling debate occurring in Bitcoin, and his opinions on PoW (spoilers: he doesn't like).
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It came to me when I was sitting in the shower, and I couldn't stop laughing about it. The juxtaposition of an educational website with an egregious grammatical error is immensely satisfying, and also acts as a reminder that seriousness doesn't help you to learn anything. That is the explanation of our guest today, Greg Walker a.k.a. inersha, about why he started a Bitcoin website. Bitcoin is currently the biggest possible challenge at this moment in time for explaining how something works, so here we go, PABS!
There’s something to be said about the bitcoin industry providing a physical onramp to cryptocurrency. That is in essence what On-Ramping with Dee provides to people — a familiar experience. This week, we feature Kyle! He's like you and me! Whee!
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Petty interview Ryan Shea, Co-Founder of Blockstack. Blockstack is a decentralized web browsing experience brought to you by the power of blockchain technology. Ryan and his other Co-Founder, Muneeb Ali, both share a vision of a decentralized web; one where individuals control the data that encapsulates their private identities. Learn how they plan to create this system with Blockstack, and how they grew to begin this great venture.
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The Monolith Studio is a Web3 venture production studio. It’s sole purpose is to materialize Ethereum’s transcendental potential by creating next generation Ethereum powered products and platforms for the end-user, on the Web3. It represents a generational leap from traditional debit cards by putting the user back in control, offering an entire platform of features and setting the bar for security. Hot diggity! Who better to have on the show than Mel Gelderman, co-founder of Monolith Studio?! Let's get into it, folks!
Bitcoin is the currency of the Internet: a distributed, worldwide, decentralized digital money. And yet, Marcello finds his faith wavering. This new dynamic enters the scene as the boys debate on the future of the currency. In addition, we have another interview. Adam Draper is the founder and managing director of Boost VC. Adam is a 2x entrepreneur and a 4th generation venture capitalist. If anyone can create an Iron Man suit, it's him.
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee, and Petty speak with George Li and Patrick Long of WeTrust.io in this jam packed double-header. George and Patrick fill us in on their impressive educational backgrounds, where their idea for WeTrust originated from, their upcoming token launch, P2P lending, and much more. If you're curious how P2P technologies like Ethereum can enable next generation low-cost financial services, this is the episode for you. And, if it's not, it should be.
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There’s something to be said about the bitcoin industry providing a physical onramp to cryptocurrency. That is in essence what On-Ramping with Dee provides to people — a familiar experience. This week, we feature Matt Allen, a 43 year old software engineer, from Fort Worth, TX. His favorite cereal is Lucky Charms. What else do you need to know! Hit Play!!
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Dee sit down with Vaughn McKenzie of Jaak.io. Jaak is an upcoming content and media rights management platform built on top of various Ethereum technologies. Vaughn believes technology to more adeptly get creators paid for the digital works is a major need for the entertainment industry. Listen as he tells us his first ventures in entrepreneurship, his vision for smart content, and Jaak.io in the future.
This week, Corey talks with Evan Van Ness, the creator of the "This Week in Ethereum" newsletter, a popular newsletter that recaps the highlights and activities of the Ethereum community. Evan is a constant contributor to the space, and wanted to create something "to keep people off of Reddit," so we talk about how he got into the space, and where he thinks its going. Also, Dee visits Corey in Maryland to record the very first TBP studio recording. Too bad its only for a little bit, we know how much you love our chocalately voices.
On this episode of BlockChannel, Mckie and Dee sit down with James Wo, President of Huiyin Blockchain Ventures (HBV). HBV is a venture capital firm under their China based parent company, Huiyin Group. They've secured $80million to begin investing in bitcoin, ethereum, and other blockchain-based technologies, with hopes to accelerate bitcoin adoption in and outside of China. James gives us insights into HBV's vision for companies they wish to invest in, investments they've made thus far, and his thoughts on bitcoin in general. There are some great insights on the Chinese perspective of bitcoin, a very educational episode.
Coming back to the show, Alena Vranova will no longer serve as the CEO of SatoshiLabs. In her first media appearance since that decision, we dive into what is next for her. Alena will start working independently and will focus exclusively on her new business ideas related to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The main plan for the first half of 2017 is to develop the TREZOR 2 into a full product, ready to ship to you! BUT, that ain't what we's about this week.
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty hangout and chat with Marco Cuesta of FirstBlood.io. FirstBlood is a P2P betting platform for e-sports that is built on Ethereum smart contracts. Marco and his team are looking to bring e-sports straight to the 22nd century, and make it easy to bet (legally) with your friends in your favorite games like DOTA and Counter-Strike. Hangout with us as we learn the ins and out on bringing more diverse communities to the Ethereum ecosystem.
Ethereum is all-the-rage within the crypto community and with ConsenSys fueling the fire, things are looking mighty bright. Amanda Gutterman from ConsenSys joins Corey, to discuss decentralizing the world. ConsenSys wants to help Devs build DAPPs that handle peer-2-peer transactions based on reputable information on the Ethereum Network. DAPPs are decentralized applications built on blockchain technology. The Ethereum Network is a blockchain built for storing decentralized information. With all that said, you gonna learn today!
Frank Jones is a software QA engineer who first became interested in bitcoin through our merchandise manager Dillon. After being introduced to the potential and scoping out blockchain tech, he is ready to accept wisdom from Dee. Strap in for another episode of 'On-Ramping' with Dee!
On this episode of BlockChannel, hosts Steven McKie and Dr. Corey Petty interview 21.co Founder/CEO, a16z partner, Trump's rumored pick as the next Head of the FDA, and Indian American, Balaji Srinivasan. Balaji educates us on his education/work history, current initiatives at 21.co, Gartner Hype Cycles and their effects on Bitcoin and Ethereum, ZCash, and much much more. So, sit down, grab some tea, and get ready to learn as we are #blessed to have Balaji take time out of his day to educate us and our viewers.
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee, and Petty sit down with Andy Milenius and Kenny Rowe of Maker. Maker is a company working to create decentralized markets for exchanging digital assets, as well as a "stablecoin", a fixed asset pegged to a particular store of value. They give us the lowdown on how stablecoins, and Maker, can help assist to improve the Ethereum DAPP (Decentralized Application) ecosystem.
When I dove down the rabbit hole of Bitcoin in late 2013, Andreas' YouTube talks and podcasts pulled me further in. He swings by the show again to tell us a bit about the current scene of crypto and to talk a bit about his new book, The Internet of Money. In addition, in a few days we'll be in DC to celebrate Equibit and the opening date of their official ICO! Matt McKibbin swings by the show to talk a bit about it. If you want to participate sign up here - https://ico.equibit.org/
On this episode of BlockChannel, hosts McKie and Dee are joined by Matt Liston, Chief Strategist of Gnosis. Gnosis is a decentralized prediction market that can be used to make money by predicting the outcome of future events. Sound futuristic? Impossible? It's not. Join the boys as they share the ins and outs of Gnosis, the implications of prediction markets on society, their TO plans Token Offering, and how Matt believes Ethereum will grow and mature in 2017. You won't want to miss these knowledge bombs. So, sit back, relax -- we're bout to drop something fierce.
There’s something to be said about the bitcoin industry providing a physical onramp to cryptocurrency. That is in essence what On-Ramping with Dee provides to people — a familiar experience. This week another person in the hotseat, Joshua Sharon!
Back in 2013, everyone was sure bitcoin was the next big thing. Then the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, imploded, and everyone was sure bitcoin was dead. Pundits tend to think that way: you’re It, or you’re not. The reality of it is a little different. But not for one man. Arthur leads ConsenSys Media, the in house media outlet and produces the ConsenSys State Change podcast.
This week we dig deep into what is known as a tech revolution. You see, Bruce Pon, has helped to build a dozen bank and industry startups while working with leading companies. He is an advisor / investor to six startups. He believes (as do we) that Blockchain will usher in the era of decentralized computing. He is the founder of BigchainDB! BigchainDB was built as a result of seeing scalability as a fundamental barrier to wider adoption of blockchain technologies. Our patent-pending approach to “blockchainify” databases give enterprises the possibility to get up and running with blockchain technologies quickly.
On this episode of BlockChannel, Hosts McKie and Dr. Petty sit down with bitcoin OG, and all-around optimistic technologist, Charlie Shrem. Shrem shares with us details on his upcoming projects Intellisys/Mainstreet; and shares with us how difficult it was adjusting back to being a free man after being released from prison. He shares his views on Bitcoin, Ethereum, and even Steem/Yours Network. Sit down, and learn from Shrem his lessons on avoiding legal repercussions in early crypto ventures.
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There’s something to be said about the bitcoin industry providing a physical onramp to cryptocurrency. That is in essence what On-Ramping with Dee provides to people — a familiar experience. This week another person in the hotseat, Sophia Dominguez, a Texas Tech alum, gets learnt! AOL Sucked, but it brought the Internet to the living room. Bitcoin needs the same thing, This podcast is NECESSARY PEOPLE! *screams with happiness* *passes out*
Remember when we talked about Ujo Music a few weeks back? Well, let's apply these services and get some feedback from an audience that could benefit from it. Our guest is a proud creative leader in the city of Austin, and obviously, a proud hip-hop artist who is striving to break into the industry. In 2015, Chris Omenihu founded Human Influence in order to create a platform on which to speak, sing and spread his message about cultural inclusivity. So if anyone can appreciate what we do, and take time out to listen to new technologies, it is him.
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Hackers in modern world are different. They regularly run marathons to figure out, who is the best of them in hacking Blockchain projects. Are they all criminals or programming scientists? Are they all dark personalities? Or are they looking at solving software vulnerabilities too? Roman Mandeleil, CEO & Founder of <ether.camp>, participates in the development of decentralized applications and new technologies in business. Oh, and he just so happens to be our guest this week.
Bitcoin as a concept can be pretty intimidating for your average person. I understand. After I did deeper research, I got more comfortable with the concepts, but it was the generous community of bitcoiners that ended up selling me on the idea. Enter Demetrick, who takes unsuspecting, normal, everyday people and pitches bitcoin to them. Do they bite? Some will; some won't. This week Host #1 of The Bitcoin Podcast, Marcello, drags his wife into the hot seat. Strap in for another On-Ramping with Dee!
On this episode of BlockChannel, the boys (McKie, Dee, and Petty) sit down and chat with Joey Krug, Thiel Fellow and one of the main brains behind the Ethereum based prediction marketing, Augur. Don't know what Augur or Prediction Market's are? Come join us as we talk about Joey's vision for Augur use cases, Ethereum, and the Ethereum based eSports betting platform, FirstBlood.io. If you're big into Finance or Wall St trading, this episode will likely get you salivating to give Augur a try this Summer.
You might see Vitalik Buterin's father, but what we see is a guy who likes to answer support emails and sometimes support calls as it gives him first-hand understanding of people's needs, which he feeds back to the design and development team, and uses in his role as a product manager. Someone like him adds value to our podcast, and we take full advantage of that. We ring in the new year by getting a forecast on this crypto space and chatting with Dmitry Buterin.
Have you seen the price of bitcoin? *screams with happiness* *passes out* Truely a holiday gift from above, we have lots to talk about. Picture now, a perfect cozy yule log fireplace scene, I just topped off your eggnog, and you're settled in for a nice long bitcoin conversation between friends. Elias Player, who just happens to be a listener who chats with us in our slack, is our guest this X-Mas day as we dive deep into all thing bitcoin.
Introducing a self-serving NEW show under The Bitcoin Podcast network wherein each episode Dee tries to take another human being, cold, and convince them to try bitcoin and answer any questions they may have. His first guest is his own sister! So, if this episode doesn't have any chemistry, it's their own damn fault! Welcome to the new series and enjoy!
For many people, music is what’s on the radio, and for some, music is therapy, a drug, and life itself. So yes, it is important to talk this week about how exactly blockchain means for Music. Nowadays people just expect blockchain technology to fix everything, but sometime between then and bedtime, the blockchain has made patching up the music industry its creative outlet. his week, we start by having the Co-founder of Ujo Music, Mr. Jesse Grushack on to tell us a bit more of this topic.
This episode is a behind the scenes unveiling for life after a purchased bitcoin. While browsing my Twitter feed I came across an entrepreneur who was trying to find more info using blockchain in his country. His country just happened to be Cambodia, which stands as the 15th most corrupt nation in the world. Perhaps it was fate which made us meet Rithy Thul, co-founder of Smallworld Cambodia. In addition, our special guest this week is Stephen Pair who has over 20 years of experience building software systems in the financial and telecommunications industries. He is the co founder and president of BitPay! Say Whaaa!
Lots to talk about this week as Marcello denounces his support for Augur over the lack of compassion the CEO has for a former employee who now fears for the safety of his life. In addition, a federal judge orders Coinbase to turn over bitcoin user data (audience gasps!) and since we love the boys over at Lawnmower.io, we invite their mentor Jack Tater on the show. Jack runs a leading market research firm, GEM Research Solutions, which provides market research services to all size businesses in numerous industries.
On this weeks episode of BlockChannel, host McKie and Dee interview creator of ZCash and cryptopgraphy legend, Zooko Wilcox. Dr. Corey Petty, host of The Bitcoin Podcast joins us as well in this interview as a guest host as we dive into use cases for zero-knowledge proofs, and encrypted messaging. Zooko even shares tips for "young, hip and fresh developers" to join the ZCash developer community. This episode is a must listen for anyone whose knowledge of ZCash is...zero.
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ARK is launching its own Blockchain which aims to be a Bridge between other Blockchains such as Bitcoin, Lisk, Ethereum, Waves etc. and is aiming to help make the adoption process of Crypto Currencies move even faster by allowing users to use multiple blockchains in only one place, ARK. They provide users with innovative use cases through the development and integration of technologies that power the blockchain universe. Highly flexible and adaptable, ARK is a secure platform designed for mass adoption and will deliver the services that consumers want. Our guest today is Mike Doty who sees digital currencies as a means to promote a fair, decentralized economy dates back to the late 90s.
Coming back to the show is CEO Chris Horlacher! EDC is the company behind Equibit, a peer-to-peer securities registry that works alongside bitcoin and Bitmessage to deliver a complete investor relations service to private issuers. But, the epic and unpredictable adventures of John McAfee have taken their most startling turn yet: McAfee has been hired as the company’s chief security officer! However there was alot of miscommunication - Equibit issued a clarification to their previous press release to clarifying that McAfee would be only an adviser to the company’s board and not an actual employee. McAfee even said: “I regret the confusion." Also discussed amongst the boys: Is Morgan Stanley about to part ways with its banking brethren and R3?
100 episodes. 100 EPISODES! Milestone! This week we chat about Segwit and the ongoing story that the U.S. government filed a civil petition yesterday in federal court seeking disclosure of all Coinbase U.S. customers' records over a three year period. What does this mean for you? Also, joining us in the studio is porn legend Keni Styles! Be careful Googling the name, you’ll get an eyeful. This episode will give you the most unique perspective into the financial struggles of being unbanked in the digital era.
Shh, enough bitcoin noise. What‘s happening on the Ethereum Network? Alex Leverington from the Golem project joins Corey and Dee to talk about distributed computing. WTF is distributed computing? Listen to the episode and find out, duh. You’ll hear Corey in his element talking about coding and programming, which gives him the upper hand in this almost interrogation like interview.
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According to the Land Title Association, 30% of of all title searches are found to have errors of some type. By ‘securing’ the information onto the Blockchain, it becomes a permanent public record, immutable and independent of any one company’s database. This kind of clarity, efficiency and immutability of ownership records has ubiquitous benefits. Old buddies of the show Nathan Wosnack and Marina Reznik come on yet again to give us an update on Ubitquity.io!
If you bring up blockchain in a normal conversation, most people will immediately start thinking about bitcoin. Our guest(s) today, CTO James Lloyd and QuHarrison Terry, is the marketing director at Redox. He is a crucial person to have on the show because the dream was to universalize the sharing of data and revolutionize patient care. Yet standards have become fractionalized. Too many hurdles limit access, data remains elusive and sharing has become too cumbersome. This is the interoperability problem, and Redox solves it.
Buzzzzz — You’ll feel like a fly on the wall listening to this FIRE AF episode. Eavesdropping on the guys while they shoot the shit with no specific target in sight. The boys cover a wave of topics that merge one into another. It’s a nice change of pace and a pleasure hearing the guys talk-it-up amongst themselves. As per-usu, Corey does his best to keep the wondering minds that are Dee & Cello on topic, but not before touching on the strange and taboo videos on the net, bad investments and favorite words like 'nomenclature'. This episode give us the kind of knowledge that can only be gained by the expense of dedication and self sacrifice, saving you the hardships.
In the first installment of BlockChannel, hosts Steven McKie and Demetrick Ferguson embark on a journey of epic crypto proportions. First show debuts with an interview with Ethereum Co-Founder and Founder of ConsenSys, Joseph Lubin. Listen as Joe imbues your brain with Ethereum knowledge bombs, and info on various projects he's involved in. Plus, some dope jams by Faruhdey from his upcoming album "SO(u)L.
Given the current focus on blockchain development, it makes sense to support the development of decentralized applications. Wefunder’s BitPay integration allows ANYONE from cryptocurrency enthusiasts to mainstream investors to support companies using bitcoin, in full SEC compliance supported by Title III of the JOBS Act. The JOBS Act, passed earlier this year, has updated national securities laws to recognize modern modes of online capital raising and Airbitz is the first blockchain-focused company to take advantage of this. Airbitz, Bitcoin wallet provider and creator of the Edge Security SDK for decentralized apps, is announcing the launch of its equity crowdfunding campaign and CEO Paul Puey comes back to the show (for the first time in 90 episodes, mind you) to talk shop.
The forever-in-the-making OpenBazaar trading platform has been one of 2016’s bright spots in the Bitcoin space. After over a quarter of a million downloads (I was one of them) and thousands of new store ideas taking over a decentralized, user-powered digital space, it is time for a second refresh, months in the making. After that we invite an old friend of the podcast on, Tony Sakich, to talk about rep tokens.
Nearing the ripe age of 50, Gavin Andresen graces us with an appearance as an expert on Bitcoin. He has worked on the project in some way or other since 2010 and is still one of its best-known figures. So we are in good company. One of his first public podcast chats since publicly backing Craig Wright (we don't need to get into that, do we?), we ask him the hard hitting questions and get some answers!
Ever since OpenBazaar was released, content creators immediately took a liking to this decentralized marketplace approach. For smaller artists and creators, monetization has always been a struggle. This is particularly true in the music industry, where competition is relentless and far too many middlemen want their cut. Myco, a group that can also be found on Bandcamp, has posted their new EP, Vinyl, and CD up for sale on OpenBazaar. They join us this week to talk all about it!
Earlier this year we shed some light on a brand new program. Exosphere Academy added a stream devoted to Ethereum and blockchain technology for the first time. Moritz Bierling was responsible putting the course together and helping participants navigate this exciting new arena. Now, ready to open up the program to a new class starting in early 2017, we welcome Moritz back and new instruct Schlomi to shed light on what to expect, the changes between the last class and this new one, and most importantly, what cool projects came to light from the last class.
Curious what it is like inside a seed-stage accelerator focused on Future Technology? This week, we invite Scott Robinson into the studio, who is the founder partner and director of Plug and Play FinTech, the financial and security focused startup accelerator in partnership with Citi, USAA, Capital One, Intuit, and other corporations. Since the launch of the program in February 2015, Scott and his team have accelerated over 72 FinTech startups and has led numerous investments into the domain. So, the key criteria for potential startups is that they can stand the test of time and build upon the intriguing peer-to-peer network philosophy behind bitcoin’s distributed system.
One of the biggest challenges if we want to secure the Internet of Things centers on identity. Specifically: how will we go about getting billions or hundreds of billions of intelligent devices to connect and communicate with each other securely? It’s not just about Tesla knowing that the device on the other end of a firmware update is a Model S versus a Model X. It’s about the thousands of sensors within that Tesla communicating with the road and other infrastructure, or knowing that a command to brake or swerve is a legitimate command that comes from the driver or another trusted subsystem. This week we invite Blockchain specialist and steategy analyst from Chain of Things, Mr. Conor Colwell, to the show to discuss cryptography, security and IoT industries globally. Chain of Things is set up to explore all security applications within blockchain IoT and look at the development of open-standards for the industry to use. So sit back, press play, and dive in.
It is hard to think it's been eight months since Ryan X Charles came onto our show, as we are in dire need of an update on what he was been working on. There are a lot of great content creators on the internet, but most of them aren’t earning any money. Yours is a way to solve this problem. By thoughtfully incentivizing payments to creators, they give people a reason to pay for content on the internet. Their app depends on an integrated bitcoin wallet, and this week they have made important progress enabling small payments with low fees: they have broadcast our first micropayment on bitcoin testnet. Well hot damn. Let's get to it!
It’s no secret that tech has a diversity problem. Women are largely underrepresented, and Blacks and Latinos are almost invisible. While microeconomics assumes national income and aggregate price as given, and explains the determination of relative productions and prices of various goods and services, quite the opposite is true for macroeconomics. It is assumed that the value of bitcoin is directly dependent on its use for transactions. Enter, Collin Thompson, who is a blockchain technology and IoT entrepreneur, and venture capital investor out of Hong Kong.
The number-one corporate objective, when crossing the chasm, is to secure a distribution channel into the mainstream market, one with which the pragmatist customer will be comfortable. Enter DECENT, which provides open-source software that enables users to share unlimited virtual content; the company’s main goal is to give a chance to individuals whose voice is normally controlled. What better person to explain all of this to us than one of the company’s co-founders and CEO? Matej Michalko joins us in the studio this week.
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!
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.
Wait so let me get this right, I have bit coins in this wallet, then I just pay as normal at a shop that accepts contactless payments? #Cut #It #Out #UncleJoey #FullHouse Last year we had Plutus Chief Communications Officer Filip Martinka on during the early stages in which we learned that while other methods connect to a third-party exchange or hold considerable reserves of bitcoin, Plutus uses its own decentralized exchange to directly connect customers and traders. Now equipped with a new white-paper, we revisit Plutus to see what they're up too. Don’t wait for merchants to accept bitcoin, use Plutus.it sucka!!
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 22.214.171.124. 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.
This week we revisit the Mike Tyson ATM fiasco but instead of talking about it, we be about it. Peter Klamka, CEO of Bitcoin Direct, said Tyson is popular in several demographic groups — and his partnership has the potential to bring a whole swath of new users to bitcoin. We test this theory by inviting him into the think tank to get a first-hand account at his statements. In addition, we get ambushed by Blythe Meowsters! Oh, and bitcoin’s price is going bonkers. To the moon!
MadBitcoins is a uniquely styled cryptocurrency news resource and we bit his style. Hard. No bad blood though as he comes on the show and we yuck it up about starting a platform such as ours and what it takes to succeed as a successful media outlet. In addition, hot topics of discussion range from sidechains, Blythe ‘Bluth Misters’ Masters, and why Cleveland Brown would be a good bitcoin celebrity endorser.
OH YEAAAAHHH COMING IN WITH THE ELBOW SMASH! If you vote with your feet, you leave an organization and change to a new organization, service, or product. In this case, bitcoin and this week's guest venture capitalist Brock Pierce. He is also managing partner at Blockchain Capital & chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation. In addition to that we review the film DOPE. Also, Demetrick impersonates black celebrities endorsing bitcoin. It's OK, he's black too. He can do dat! Holla!
Bitcoin has mesmerized academics for cutting out the PayPals and governments usually required for digital money. Enter: Ledger. A peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes full-length original research articles on the subjects of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. We chat with managing editors, Prof. Christopher E. Wilmer, University of Pittsburgh, and Richard Ford Burley. Join us this week as they shed some light on the journal as it strives to serve both the general public and the Bitcoin research community through the dissemination of high-quality and timely scholarly content.
They say being drunk is feeling sophisticated without being able to say it. Well we here at the Bitcoin Podcast know that those So every 10th episode we pour up some bubbly and get down to brass tax. This week, friend of the show Marc Buffington cracks open some Bud Light and talks computers, finance, and banking as he joins us in the roundtable. *hic-BUUUUURP*
Is the bitcoin brand disruptive? How do we deal with bitcoin's identity crisis and if it is in fact disruptive, is bitcoins kind of disruption undisciplined or groundbreaking? Gide, a public affairs consulting firm, and the Chamber of Digital Commerce announced a strategic partnership in which Gide will support the Chamber involving this issue. We’ve talked to Perianne Boring about the CDC side of things, now it’s time to invite Gide Principal Arika Pierce to give us some insight on her side of the merger.
Monday June 8, 2015 was a date that will go down in financial history. For on this date, the first cryptosecurity was created. It happened on Overstock.com’s new T0.com cryptosecurity trading platform. Specifically, the first piece of a $25-million digital bond issued by Overstock.com exclusively on the bitcoin blockchain. What better person to swing by and discuss this with us than Judd Bagley, the director of communications at Overstock. Plus, Marcello tells the gang about The Law of Diffusion of Innovation.
Ah, the sky is crystal blue and the birds are chirping. It's another beautiful week at the Bitcoin Podcast. The chickens are roaming, the peacock is up on the roof scouting for pea hens, the pigs are in their sty and farmer Mark Burgunder is sitting at his computer looking at today’s online orders for eggs. We are seeing amazing innovation from the farmers of the world and when you bring bitcoin into the picture you have some real potential for a major civilization upgrade. This week, this 'farmah from down undah' is helping the masses get their first Bitcoin.
We just realized that we are in the first dual revolution since 1848! How so? Well, we will tell you! This week, the CEO of iNation, Christian Saucier, designed something to let users submit documents to the blockchain where they can be held securely. With it, users will be able to keep a perfect copy of their passport or deed or will or other legal document in a cryptographically secure place, and be able to access it at anytime using a mobile app. Doesn't that just blow your hair back? We chat about The Byzantine Generals' Problem, as well as why giving your dad bitcoin for his birthday is the most disappointing gift of all-time.
Are you a victim of getting caught up in the monotony of your everyday life and forget to focus on what is truly important? It’s time to break free of that, at least from your employer. Bitwage bills itself as the world’s first payroll startup to incorporate the cost- and time-saving benefits of Bitcoin. INDIVIDUAL AND EMPLOYER PAYROLL Next-Day Fiat to Bitcoin. Get outta town. Get pumped. Interview with BitWage COO Jonathan Chester joins us this week to discuss how his company brings modern financial tools to those who do not have access to the current banking system. Also joining us is Carrie Scott, the world's first bitcoin pedicab driver!
Girls Gone Wild go for Bitcoin as Sexy Saffron swings by this week to tell us about her site -- the world's 1st BTC only porn membership site! In addition, for the first time in the history of Bitcoin, its very existence has been put into peril by way of what is termed a ‘Hard Fork’ of the protocol. We have watched the situation develop, and we provide our thoughts on the situation as the topic is reaching alarming levels between debaters in the bitcoin community.
We spawn last episodes ‘digi-dough’ joke into a full blown segment where we ask hip-hop artists (Hoodie Allen, Ace Cosgrove, The Roots, The Cool Kids, Zion I) to spit us a line involving bitcoin. In addition to that, gathering friends, followers and “likers” online can only take you so far in the world of networking. Organizing a ‘meetup’ is a great way to move your virtual network to a tangible territory. In addition, we talk to Scott Rose about the bitcoin climate in Austin and what it takes to successfully maintain Austin as ‘the place to be’ within the bitcoin community.
Do you find financial talk a bit...boring? This week, we provide a not so boring perspective on economics by inviting Perianne Boring, Founder and President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, who shares with us some hidden potential benefits of this technology that many don't know about that could have a direct effect on strengthening the economic trajectory of our country moving forward. Oh, and Mike Tyson. We talk about Mike Tyson.
Epic in scope, todays episode is all about the newly released documentary 'Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It'. This film examines the patterns of technological innovation and questions everything you thought you knew about money. If you trust in your money just as it is... this film has news for you. In addition, today's guest is none other than the film director, Torsten Hoffmann, to get a firsthand account of production.
Every 10th episode we do away with the guests, pour up a few adult beverages and get comfortable. Listening to the show is a lot like hanging out in your Dad’s friends’ garage where all the neighborhood guys are gathering to talk about money. That didn't happen in your neighborhood? Well, enjoy the show anyhow! It's SMAGIC!
Bitcoin is truly a game changer in the remittance markets. India received $70 billion dollars and the country has its own homegrown Bitcoin companies and there are many international ones who are looking to set up shop in India. Zebpay is one such homegrown company and this week we caught up with co-founder, Sandeep Goenka, and asked him a few questions.
This week we talk about very important issues as Fereshteh Forough (founder of Code to Inspire) talks to us about her experience as an Afghan refuge who grew up in Iran, and the power that technology and digital currencies have to empower women in even the most oppressive regions of the world.
Holy Greece, Batman! This week is all about the human struggle for the separation of money and state, and about Bitcoin as the instrument by which it will happen. Separation of what people truly need sold to them as what they think they need and people being kept blind of what they do in the veil until it is too late. In addition, serial entrepreneur Erik Voorhees — an outspoken Bitcoin evangelist and CEO of Shapeshift.io, joins us on the show to talk about these topics & more.
Don’t know what a Pequod is? Google it! It’s quite relative to who is joining us at the roundtable this week — WhaleClub TeamSpeak! We invite a few guys from the Bitcoin Trader community of 250+ users that focus all day, everyday on TA & market moving events in the crypto-sphere. In addition, Corey and Demetrick’s old college pal Gray Noguera swings by to tell a tale of mining — and not the black lung kind.
Bitcoin’s true value might not be in the currency itself but in the engine that makes it possible. Data security is becoming the sparkle in bitcoin. We discuss this, as well as invite the CEO of Airbitz, Paul Puey, to talk about how he is making it easy to send and secure this currency and other digital assets while maintaining the highest level of privacy.
Bitcoin's real killer apps won't be alternatives to existing systems, they will solve problems thought impossible before its invention. So what is the current state of bitcoin apps? We offer our thoughts and invite the founders of the investment app Lawnmower to talk about their new innovation.
This weeks podcast guest is Sarah Boone Martin, who brought her stories and experiences to light in a way that will provide models for success for other women involved in Bitcoin and a roadmap for organizations in the financial services industry to follow for gender diversity.
What is the Bitcoin climate like in Africa? Bitcoin evangelist Tawanda Kembo joins us all the way from Kenya to elaboration on corruption and bribing as a way of life in Africa and how Bitcoin falls into that scenario.