Stephan Livera Podcast

By Stephan Livera

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Reviews: 3

Matt Northridge
 May 24, 2020
Great show with interesting guests!

Fabian
 Aug 10, 2019
Awesome, educational podcast. He goes into a lot of depth and has the ability to still make the talk interesting and give some relation to why this stuff is important. Highly recommended!

Lord Bless'ya
 Jul 10, 2019
Great show, Livera is a natural approaching Austrian Economics and Bitcoin, enabling for great interviews with deep insights

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Join Stephan as he interviews the sharpest economic and technical minds in Bitcoin & Austrian Economics to help you understand how money is changing and evolving. This is one of the leading podcasts in the space, and listening to this show is one of the fastest ways to learn and get up to speed on Bitcoin.

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SLP405 Paolo Ardoino Bitcoin Lightning, Tether & Keet
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Paolo Ardoino (CTO of Bitfinex & Tether, CSO Holepunch) joins me on the show to chat about a wide range of topics:

  • Lightning security
  • Lightning adoption
  • Tether reserves - Does Tether Pump Bitcoin?
  • Tether creation/redemption process
  • Tether audits and attestations
  • Stablecoins and centralisation
  • Keet & Holepunch

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Aug 12, 2022
SLP404 Gloria Zhao - What Do Bitcoin Core Maintainers Do?
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Gloria Zhao, Bitcoin core contributor and maintainer, rejoins me on the show to chat about what bitcoin core maintainers do. We discuss:

  • What do Bitcoin Core maintainers do?
  • How does Bitcoin Core development work?
  • How much ‘power’ do maintainers have?
  • Mempools - what are they and why do we need them?
  • Interaction with L2 protocols
  • Mempool package relay
  • RBF

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Aug 10, 2022
SLP403 Alex B - Bitcoin Security Long Term & ETH Centralisation
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Alex B rejoins me on the show to chat about bitcoin security over the longer term and updates on his ETH centralisation thesis. We discuss:

  • Bitcoin’s long term security and blockspace market
  • How miner fees shifted over time in Bitcoin and why
  • Tail emission arguments are dumb
  • Which nodes matter?
  • Lido and ETH centralisation
  • Will efforts to fix it work?

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Aug 05, 2022
SLP402 Pierre Rochard - Bitcoin Obsoletes Fractional Reserve Banking
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Pierre Rochard rejoins me on the show to talk about Full Reserve, Fractional Reserve, and how Bitcoin obsolete Fractional Reserve Banking:

  • Full vs Fractional Reserve
  • Fiduciary media
  • Is the current system full or fractional reserve?
  • Various historical or current examples from the bitcoin economy
  • How would businesses work under a bitcoin full reserve system

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Aug 03, 2022
SLP401 Greg Foss - Sell Bonds, Buy Bitcoin
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Greg Foss, Bond market veteran investor, and bitcoin/macro commentator rejoins me on the show to talk about the situation with global debt, bond markets and why Bitcoin is cheap protection. We chat:

  • US Fed
  • Japanese debt markets
  • The 60:40 stocks and bonds allocation and what changes
  • Sell Bonds, Buy Bitcoin
  • Scenarios for how this plays out
  • Looking Glass Education

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Aug 02, 2022
SLP400 Jonas Nick & Tim Ruffing - Half Signature Aggregation: What is it and how does it help scale Bitcoin?
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Jonas Nick & Tim Ruffing, bitcoin researchers and contributors at Blockstream rejoin me on the show, this time to chat about half signature aggregation. This is a scaling technique that can help scale Bitcoin and enable more transactions inside a block or help with L2 protocols. We discuss:

  • How this idea came to be
  • What is half aggregation vs ‘full aggregation’?
  • What kind of savings are possible?
  • What are the downsides?
  • How would this work in practice?
  • Is a soft fork required?
  • Next steps for discussion, research, contributors

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Aug 01, 2022
SLP399 Christian Keroles (CK of Bitcoin Magazine) - Bitcoin is Good for Europe
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Christian Keroles (aka CK), GM of Bitcoin Magazine joins me on the show to talk about the problems Europe is facing, and why Bitcoin is good for Europe:

  • The problems Europe is facing
  • Anti bitcoin laws and regulations
  • AMLD5
  • FATF and Travel Rule
  • MiCA and Proof of Work
  • Why Bitcoin is good for Europe
  • Bitcoin Conference in Amsterdam
  • What Bitcoiners can do about it

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Jul 28, 2022
SLP398 Ansel Lindner - Is it Inflation or Deflation?
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Ansel Lindner, Bitcoin podcaster and writer of BitcoinAndMarkets.com joins me on the show to talk about his framework for assessing:

  • Inflation or Deflation?
  • The money stock
  • Credit cycles over time
  • What bitcoin does for the world
  • Could inflation and fractional reserve happen again on top of bitcoin?

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Jul 26, 2022
SLP397 Stack Hodler - Money Printing Around the World
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Stack Hodler, twitter anon investor joins me to chat:

  • Fiat currencies & #Bitcoin
  • JPY and Japanese bond market
  • Why you shouldn’t #GetOnZero
  • Credit Cycles
  • Mortgage Boycotts
  • BRICS

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Jul 23, 2022
SLP396 Allen Farrington Austrians, Capital & DeFi Yield
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Allen Farrington (author and professional investor) joins me on the show to talk about Austrian economics, Capital & DeFi Yield:

  • Austrian economics and Bitcoin
  • Where does the 2% inflation target come from?
  • The world Bitcoin will enable
  • Altcoin DeFi yield: where does it come from?
  • Bitcoin price and market depth

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Jul 21, 2022
SLP395 John Tamny - Inflation & Optimism
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John Tamny of FreedomWorks and Editor at Real Clear Markets joins me on the show to chat about his alternative take on inflation, fractional reserve banking, as well as why we should be optimistic about things going forward:

  • Defining inflation
  • Debate on Austrian economics & FRB
  • Is monetary stability possible?
  • 2 years of Hysteria
  • Optimism for the future

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Jul 18, 2022
SLP394 Beautyon - Bitcoin is Not Money: EU Attack on Bitcoin
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Beautyon (Akin) rejoins me on the show to talk about the EU attack on Bitcoin and the confusing way people speak/learn about Bitcoin. We chat:

  • Misleading terminology (unhosted wallets)
  • Bitcoin as text & speech, not money
  • The map is not the terrain
  • What bitcoin builders can do
  • What happens to countries who refuse Bitcoin

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Jul 13, 2022
SLP393 Ben Pile - Pushing Back on the Green Agenda
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Ben Pile of Climate Resistance joins me to chat about the problem of the Green agenda. We discuss:

  • How this Green movement is funded
  • ESG meeting with reality
  • Are these outcomes intentional?
  • Hypocrisy of green warriors

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Jul 12, 2022
SLP392 Pete Rizzo - Is Bitcoin Maximalism Still Needed?
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Pete Rizzo, Editor at Bitcoin Magazine and Editor-at-large at Kraken rejoins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin Maximalism. There has been some discussion recently on the role of the ‘toxic’ Maximalists, and Pete has clarified some thinking on this in his recent article and discussion on this topic. We talk:

  • What is Bitcoin Maximalism
  • What do maximalists believe?
  • Social and cultural arguments
  • Technical aspects
  • Is it still needed?

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Jul 11, 2022
SLP391 Ben Carman - Bitcoin Privacy, Surveillance & LN Vortex
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Ben Carman (Bitcoin core contributor, working at The Bitcoin Company, co-organizer Austin BitDevs) joins me on the show to talk about the world of Bitcoin Privacy, the implications of surveillance on us all today, some of his ideas on improving Bitcoin Privacy, LN Vortex, P2P and the Austin BitDevs scene.

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Jul 07, 2022
SLP390 Dan McArdle - Which Bitcoin Narratives Are Dead?
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Dan McArdle joins me on the show to chat about his experiences as a long time Bitcoiner and ways to think through what’s going on now. We chat:

  • Is the “4 year HODLer” stat dead?
  • Insights from prior cycles and drawdowns
  • FUD cycles
  • Casebitcoin.com and CAGR stats
  • How to think about bear markets

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Jul 04, 2022
SLP389 Daniel Frumkin & Jaran Mellerud - Bitcoin Mining Market Analysis
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Daniel Frumkin of Braiins and Jaran Mellerud of Arcane Research join me on the show to talk about the latest in the world of Bitcoin Mining. As the price has fallen recently, we’ve seen some miners come under pressure. We chat:

  • Overview
  • Which public miners are in trouble?
  • Operating cash flows
  • Bitcoin miner treasury management strategy
  • Why we’re likely to see acquisitions
  • Impacts for home and retail miners
  • Were there bull market errors?
  • Future forecasting and conservatism

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Jul 01, 2022
SLP388 Meron Estefanos Bitcoin, Human Rights & Refugees
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Meron Estefanos, activist and journalist joins me to talk about her story of helping over 20k refugees, helping to stop human traffickers, and how she’s using and teaching Bitcoin these days.

We chat:

  • Her story of helping refugees
  • Life for Eritreans
  • Being an activist and radio journalist
  • How she teaches Bitcoin (BlueWallet and Muun)
  • HRF Oslo Freedom Forum

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Jun 29, 2022
SLP387 Tuur Demeester - How Does The Panic of 1907 Relate to Bitcoin?
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Tuur Demeester, long time author/analyst and former fund manager in the Bitcoin space rejoins me to chat about his views on the markets and where Bitcoin is going:

  • Macro views on interest rates
  • Deleveraging moments
  • Trying to make money in Bitcoin terms
  • The Panic of 1907 and “Crypto” Contagion
  • How Bitcoin differs
  • Full Reserve Banking models contrasted with Fractional Reserve Banking
  • Whether this bitcoin bear market will last long

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Jun 27, 2022
SLP386 Roy Sheinfeld - The Utility Of Bitcoin & Lightning
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Roy Sheinfeld of Breez rejoins me on the show to talk about various topics:

  • How lightning network is growing and maturing
  • Breez Merchant Point of Sale
  • Breez and Greenlight
  • LN Protocol development
  • Asynchronous payments
  • Splicing

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Jun 22, 2022
SLP385 Nicolas Burtey - Central African Republic & Bitcoin Legal Tender
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Nicolas Burtey of Galoy Money rejoins me on the show to talk about his recent trip to Central African Republic and their new bitcoin legal tender push.

We chat:

  • The situation in the country today
  • Hurdles to adoption
  • Internet, Electricity and Smartphone penetration
  • What makes sense for bitcoin adoption in CAR?
  • Comparison with El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law
  • Galoy Money
  • El Salvador hosting central bankers and finance ministers

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Jun 20, 2022
SLP384 zerofeerouting - Zero Fee Routing on Lightning Network
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Zerofeerouting, runner of the 3rd most connected Lightning node with an innovative business model joins me on the show to chat about lightning:

  • Starting a routing node
  • The Zero Fee Routing business model
  • Why has nobody else done it yet?
  • Where fees are going on LN and who will pay them
  • Operational aspects of running a big node
  • Lightning protocol improvements
  • LND and CLN

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Jun 18, 2022
SLP383 Alex Epstein - Fossil Future and Better Energy Conversations
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Alex Epstein, energy expert and author rejoins me on the show to talk about his newest book coming out, Fossil Future. We chat:

  • Updates to his thinking since the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels in 2014
  • Problems with our ‘knowledge system’ today
  • Fossil Fuels benefit deniers
  • “Climate Mastery”
  • What the Bitcoin community is getting right and wrong on energy
  • How free market energy advocates should be approaching their discussions

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May 24, 2022
SLP382 Gary Leland - Bitcoin & The American Dream, BitBlockBoom 2022
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Gary Leland, entrepreneur, author & founder of BitBlockBoom rejoins me to talk about orange pilling people, whether they are everyday individuals, or state senators.

We chat:

  • Doing a booksprint on ‘Bitcoin and the American Dream’
  • Orange pilling people by teaching them to DCA
  • Speaking to a state senate to get them to buy Bitcoin
  • What to expect with BitBlockBoom 2022

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May 23, 2022
SLP381 John Dennehy & Gloriana Solano - Bitcoin Diploma in El Salvador
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John and Gloriana from the “My First Bitcoin” project join me to talk about their journey in running Bitcoin education for Salvadoran high school students. We chat about:

  • How the project got started
  • Phases of the project
  • What the students learn
  • Hurdles for learning
  • Where the project may go in future

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May 21, 2022
SLP380 Jeff Deist & Stephan Livera chat Economic Freedom Around the World
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Jeff Deist President of Mises Institute and I had a chat recently for the Human Action Podcast, and we discuss a few ideas about liberty, political freedom & economic freedom around the world:

  • Exiting Australia
  • Freedom indexes and where they may be falling down
  • Political freedom contrasted with economic freedom
  • Why social issues dominate

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May 19, 2022
SLP379 Gigi - Dealing with Linguistic Attacks on Bitcoin
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Gigi rejoins me on the show to talk about the problems of imprecise language and wording in Bitcoin:

  • ‘Unhosted wallets’ terminology
  • Bitcoin and warfare language
  • Proof of Work and mining

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May 17, 2022
SLP378 Christian Decker - Greenlight & ANYPREVOUT
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Christian Decker of Blockstream rejoins me on the show to talk about Greenlight, a node service by Blockstream. We chat about:

  • Who it’s for
  • Running a node online
  • Backups
  • Channel Management
  • CLN v0.11
  • APO and eltoo
  • Pinning attacks
  • Layered commitments

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May 15, 2022
SLP377 Jimmy Song - Frequent Flyer Miles: The Original Altcoins & Thoughts on CTV
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Jimmy Song (Bitcoin educator, programmer) rejoins me to chat about how Airline Miles are the original altcoins and how there are similarities in the fiat mindsets around chasing miles/points, and altcoins. We discuss:

  • Why the airline industry is the way it is
  • Fiat mindset in miles chasers and DeFi chasers
  • Altcoiners chasing airdrops and yield
  • Secure property rights vs fuzzy property rights
  • CTV

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May 11, 2022
SLP376 Evan Kaloudis - Zeus: Self Sovereign LN Wallet
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Evan Kaloudis joins me on the show to talk about building Zeus, a self sovereign Lightning Wallet for use with your own lightning node. Evan and I chat about using the LN today, and being a more sovereign lightning user.

  • Building Zeus as a FOSS app
  • Getting support and feature bounties
  • Zeus community
  • Interoperable standards
  • Supporting multiple lightning implementations
  • Privacy on LN - e.g. route blinding
  • Payment reliability

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May 10, 2022
SLP375 Laolu (Roasbeef) - What is Taro? Stablecoins on Lightning, LN Growth & CTV
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Laolu Osuntokun (Roasbeef), CTO of Lightning Labs rejoins me on the show to talk about Taro. Taro is a new protocol and proposal by the Lightning Labs team for creation of stablecoins or other assets that can be built into the existing Bitcoin/Lightning network. We chat about how it works and what it could mean for Bitcoin.

  • How Taro works
  • Prior efforts e.g. coloured coins, Counterparty, RGB
  • Benefits of Taro approach
  • What it would look like in practice
  • Lightning Network development generally
  • CTV and ST discussion

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May 09, 2022
SLP374 Adam O (DenverBitcoin) - Combating the ESG Mafia
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Adam O (DenverBitcoin) of Upstream Data rejoins me on the show to talk about the Bitcoin advocate community’s response to the ESG Mafia. Are there better ways to respond?

We chat:

  • ESG statistics and what would be better
  • Bitcoin’s rising energy use and prominence
  • Bitcoin Mining Council
  • Carbon accounting dishonesty
  • Is placating them a good strategy?

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May 06, 2022
SLP373 Sam Callahan - The IMF Versus Your Freedoms
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Sam Callahan of Swan Bitcoin rejoins me on the show to talk about another global organisation that has been making all kinds of anti-Bitcoin and anti-freedom statements in its research and proclamations. We chat:

  • Who the IMF are and how they started
  • What they think on Proof of Work
  • “Financial Crime”
  • “Transitioning to a low carbon economy”
  • “Financial stability”
  • Global corruption

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May 04, 2022
SLP372 Sergej Kotliar - Bitcoin For Convenience & Bill Paying
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Sergej Kotliar CEO of Bitrefill rejoins me on the show to talk about a big new feature coming to Bitrefill, the rebrand, and Bitcoin adoption more broadly. We chat:

  • Culturally what does it take for Bitcoin adoption
  • Inconvenient truths about who uses Bitcoin for payment
  • What wallets people are actually using
  • LN vs on-chain payment
  • BIP21
  • Payment volume breakdowns
  • Bill Payment in the US
  • Capital Gains Tax laws
  • Convenience of living the Bitcoin life

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May 02, 2022
SLP371 Max Keiser - Investing For Hyperbitcoinisation With El Zonte Capital
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Max Keiser, Bitcoiner, financial broadcaster, investor and writer joins me on the show to talk about his adventures in El Salvador and investments in line with the global hyperbitcoinisation thesis. We chat:

  • Living in El Salvador
  • Bitcoin and Lightning infrastructure
  • El Zonte Capital and who’s involved
  • Bitcoin Education
  • Bitcoin Gaming
  • Thoughts on Central African Republic
  • Bitcoin City

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Apr 30, 2022
SLP370 Alex Thorn - Why Are Bitcoin Fees Low? 
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Alex Thorn, Head of Firmwide Research at Galaxy Digital (previously Avon Ventures & Fidelity) joins me to talk about how and why Bitcoin Fees are low. After going through eras of higher fees, it might be puzzling as to why they’re low now.

We talk:

  • Which factors had the biggest impact
  • SegWit
  • Batching
  • Lightning Network
  • Less OP_Returns
  • Less miner selling
  • What might cause fees to rise in future

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Apr 29, 2022
SLP369 Daniel Frumkin - Calculating Bitcoin Mining Profitability
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Daniel Frumkin of Braiins joins me on the show to talk about calculating Bitcoin Mining profitability and a load of topics:

  • Braiins insights dashboard
  • Stratum v2 benefits
  • Profitability calculator
  • Cost to mine calculator
  • CAPEX or OPEX costs for mining?
  • How to think about mining ROI
  • Updates coming

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Apr 27, 2022
SLP368 BitcoinQNA - Bitcoin Seed Tool
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Bitcoin QNA of Bitcoiner.guide joins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin Seeds and a new Seed Tool created with SuperPhatArrow. In this show you’ll learn a little bit about how your bitcoin wallet works in the background:

  • Bitcoin and entropy
  • Seed Words
  • Passphrases
  • Bitcoin wallets and addresses
  • BIP85
  • BIP47 Stealth Addresses
  • Education for newcoiners in the space

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Apr 26, 2022
SLP367 Pierre Rochard - Lightning Network Comes to Kraken
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Pierre Rochard, Bitcoin Lead Strategist at Kraken rejoins me on the show to talk about new lightning network developments and how Lightning network is growing:

  • Experience of setting up LN at Kraken
  • LN for day to day use not being big yet
  • Millions of people plugged into Lightning
  • Will LN node operation only be for pros?
  • Long term fee / security arguments
  • Thoughts on stablecoins vs Bitcoin

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Apr 21, 2022
SLP366 Nate (BeefOrBacon) - How To Run Your Lightning Node
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Nate (aka BeefOrBacon1, also working at Voltage) joins me to talk about how to run a Bitcoin Lightning node. We get into all sorts of information while keeping it accessible for people relatively new to running a lightning node.

  • Different lightning user types
  • How to run your lightning node
  • Different types of node: RPi, box, VPS
  • How to manage channels
  • Who to open channels with
  • What tools you can use
  • Should you use swap providers?
  • What kind of fees do you earn?
  • How do you backup your lightning node?
  • Payment reliability

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Apr 19, 2022
SLP365 Anita Posch - Bitcoin For Fairness in Zimbabwe and Zambia
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Anita Posch, bitcoin educator, podcaster and founder of Bitcoin For Fairness joins me on the show to talk about her recent trip to Zimbabwe and Zambia. We chat about:

  • Why she went
  • Crypto Scammers vs Bitcoin Education
  • Bitcoin software and hardware
  • Main hurdles to adoption
  • Government views on Bitcoin
  • p2p Bitcoin

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Apr 15, 2022
SLP364 Max Hillebrand ZKSnacks Blacklisting Coins
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Max Hillebrand, a bitcoin and privacy educator, also working at ZKSnacks (the company behind Wasabi Wallet) rejoins me to talk about why ZKSnacks is implementing blacklisting, and working with chain surveillance firms. We disagree a lot in this one! But we chat:

  • Wasabi Wallet default coordinator implementing censorship
  • Coinjoin coordinator models comparison
  • The contradiction between being anti surveillance firms and working with them
  • Is there a regulatory capture angle here?
  • Address re use in Wasabi Wallet
  • Wasabi Wallet 2 / wabisabi

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Apr 03, 2022
SLP363 Seth For Privacy - Bitcoin & Fungibility Discussion
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Seth for Privacy joins me to chat about Bitcoin & Fungibility. We chat:

  • Privacy and fungibility
  • Practical real world difficulties of censoring
  • Bitcoin and Monero community differences
  • Technical and social reasons for not having protocol level privacy
  • The hopes for application level privacy with tools like Samourai Wallet & Sparrow Wallet
  • Growing the p2p bitcoin economy

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Mar 30, 2022
SLP362 John Carvalho - Slashpay: Bitcoin Payment Negotiation
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John Carvalho, Founder of Synonym joins me to talk about Slashpay and SlashTags, an ambitious attempt to dramatically smooth the process of exchanging bitcoin addresses or lightning invoices. What kind of things does this enable? We discuss:

  • Competing standards in Bitcoin
  • How it would work
  • Updating and revocation of SlashTags
  • What other things are enabled by this public keypair approach
  • Why not use a blockchain
  • Putting tether USD on lightning
  • Synonym

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Mar 28, 2022
SLP361 Rene Pickhardt - Pickhardt Payments & Zero Base Fee for Lightning Network
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Rene Pickhardt, independent researcher and bitcoin/lightning educator rejoins me to talk about his new approach to massively improving lightning payments reliability, and the various trade offs:

  • What the current approach is
  • What Pickhardt payments are
  • Constraints and trade offs
  • Reliability and privacy trade offs
  • Are there conflicts with other proposals to improve lightning network?
  • Zero Base Fee

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Mar 26, 2022
SLP360 Giacomo Zucco Bitcoin - Can Bitcoin be both Hard Money & Dark Money?
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Giacomo rejoins me on the show to talk about the need for Bitcoin to be both Hard Money and Dark Money. In this show we talk about:

  • What Dark Money means
  • Why “Just use Monero” is not a satisfactory answer
  • Use of atomic swap services or other
  • Can compliance bros kill Bitcoin?
  • Global KYC capture risk - would it create a minority chain soft fork?
  • Why NgU is still important

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Mar 24, 2022
SLP359 Abubakar Nur Khalil - Bitcoin in Africa, Qala, B Trust, Recursive Capital
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Have you wondered about the progress of Bitcoin in Africa? Abubakar Nur Khalil, Bitcoin Core contributor, on the board of BTrust and also of Recursive Capital joins me on the show to talk about:

  • Bitcoin core contribution and developer training/mentor process
  • Qala
  • Bitcoin in Africa & education
  • B Trust
  • Recursive Capital and investing in African Bitcoin companies

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Mar 23, 2022
SLP358 Lili - Bitcoin Privacy for Beginners
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Lili joins me to talk about her journey of learning about Bitcoin and using it privately. We chat about:

  • Trade offs of KYC vs Non-KYC coins
  • How to acquire non KYC coins
  • Staying private through the lifecycle of using Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin for donations
  • Canadian Trucker Bitcoin
  • Wasabi and ZkSnacks debacle thoughts

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Mar 22, 2022
SLP357 Lawrence Lepard The Burning House of Fiat
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Lawrence Lepard (Investment Manager, Austrian Economist) of Equity Management Associates joins me on the show to chat about living through the burning house of fiat money. We chat:

  • What’s changing in the world today and why so many took it for granted
  • The insecurity around property rights
  • Holding paper assets vs physical assets
  • Change in monetary order
  • Economic ignorance in the world today

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Mar 21, 2022
SLP356 Bitcoin: An Upgrade to 700 Year Old Accounting Tech
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Darin Feinstein, Founder of Core Scientific (Bitcoin Mining) joins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin as an upgrade on some very old accounting technology and what it could mean for our future. We get into:

  • Learning about Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin mining narratives - FUD and facts
  • Bitcoin’s importance for liberty
  • Challenges to Bitcoin fungibility
  • Bitcoin for human rights
  • EU Proof of Work ban?
  • The path forward

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Mar 19, 2022
SLP355 Julie Landrum - Payments Infrastructure for the Bitcoin Standard
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Julie Landrum of OpenNode joins me to talk about what they’re building to help people onboard to Bitcoin & the lightning network as a payment standard. OpenNode first got its name as a merchant payment processor but we chat about how the company has grown and evolved over the years. We chat:

  • Bitcoin infrastructure services for merchants, bitcoin companies
  • Dealing with the cyclical nature of Bitcoin
  • Spend, HODL, earn?
  • Chargeback risk
  • Dealing with regulatory requirements
  • El Salvador adoption
  • International adoption

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Mar 16, 2022
SLP354 Josef Tetek - Why is Bitcoin HODLing rational?
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Josef Tetek of Trezor (and contributor at Bitcoin Magazine) joins me on the show to talk about:

  • The liberty movement in Europe
  • The connection between Austrian economics and bitcoin
  • Fractional and full reserve visions of bitcoin’s future
  • Why HODLing is rational
  • Nakamoto-Gresham’s law and how most get Gresham’s law wrong

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Mar 13, 2022
SLP353 John Cantrell - Sensei: A new lightning node client based on BDK + LDK
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John Cantrell of L2 Technology and Spiral BTC grantee rejoins me on the show to talk about his latest work in making Bitcoin and the lightning network more accessible for the many. Sensei can be thought of as an LND or c-lightning but for LDK. We chat:

  • John’s journey since cracking Alistair Milne’s 12 word seed
  • How sensei works
  • Trade offs
  • How the child node concept works
  • What does it look like if 7.7B+ people onboarded to the lightning network?

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Mar 08, 2022
SLP352 Matt Hill - EmbassyOS & Making Self Sovereignty Tech Cheaper Than The Alternatives
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Matt Hill of Start9 Labs rejoins me on the show to talk about where the world is at, and a surprising argument that might actually be true. Sovereign Tech may be adopted, not merely because of privacy, but because of being lower cost.

We chat:

  • Canada Truckers and the broader fight for freedom
  • Is it a question of tools or winning hearts and minds?
  • What’s new and coming in EmbassyOS v0.3.0?
  • Why cost will be the driver
  • Making it easy to use and saying goodbye to command line
  • Community driven growth
  • Bitcoin and other

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Feb 25, 2022
SLP351 Jeff Vandrew - Bitcoin for the very long term
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Jeff Vandrew of Unchained Capital joins me on the show to share his thoughts on Bitcoin for the very long term. Where is it going, and how should you think about using the retirement system to potentially stack more sats?

We chat:

  • Where is Bitcoin going over the long term?
  • What happens if more states make Bitcoin legal tender?
  • How big is the market for retirement savings
  • What about just stacking sats outside retirement accounts?
  • Roth vs Traditional IRAs
  • McNulty case and whether it stops self custody
  • Future trends with retirement savings

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Feb 21, 2022
SLP350 Benny Peiser - The Net Zero Agenda Will Crash
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Benny Peiser of Net Zero Watch joins me on the show to talk about ‘net zero’ and the inaccuracy in the presentation of arguments on renewables. We discuss:

  • What is ‘net zero’
  • Accurate treatment of costs and benefits
  • How much of it is regulation or market choice
  • ESG box ticking
  • The impact on everyday people
  • ‘Greenwashing’ by some countries
  • Why it will crash

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Feb 18, 2022
SLP349 Chris Stewart Bitcoin DLCs & Stablechannels
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Chris Stewart Founder and CEO of Suredbits joins me on the show to talk about the latest with Bitcoin DLCs. You might have heard my earlier show with Nadav Kohen but in this one we chat:

  • ‘Maximalism’ and tech
  • ‘Policing activity’
  • Block space market over time
  • Where DLCs are at today
  • Lightning DLCs vs on-chain DLCs
  • Doing stablechannels
  • Practical and commercial applications
  • Umbrel app

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Feb 14, 2022
SLP348 Nick Hansen Luxor - Bitcoin Mining Narratives & Hash Rate Derivatives
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Nick Hansen, CEO and Founder of Luxor Technology joins me to talk about the bitcoin mining scene, the narrative around bitcoin mining energy use and Proof of Work, Demand Response, ‘ESG’, China ban, Intel coming into the mining game, and hash rate derivatives.

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Feb 11, 2022
SLP347 Kyle Murphy Building Pleb Lab: Bitcoin accelerator, community hub
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Kyle Murphy of Pleb Lab and Austin Bitcoin Club joins me on the show to talk about the Austin Bitcoin scene and his role in growing it. We also get into what Pleb Lab is and the bitcoin entrepreneurship in Austin, Texas. This is a great show to get a sense of the community in Austin as well as thoughts on how Bitcoin’s ecosystem grows.

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Feb 07, 2022
SLP346 Nicolas Burtey - Synthetic USD & Bitcoin Banking
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Nicolas Burtey of Galoy Money rejoins me on the show for a fascinating discussion about doing synthetic USD as a building block to bringing it to the Bitcoin Beach wallet. We talk about:

  • The latest with Galoy
  • Bitcoin Banking
  • 4 ways of doing synthetic USD value
  • Why is it necessary?
  • How to fund it?
  • Risks

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Feb 04, 2022
SLP345 Danny Brewster - Bitcoin Needs Builders
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Danny Brewster, Founder & CEO of FastBitcoins joins me on the show to chat:

  • Dealing with regulation as a bitcoin business
  • Products and services for bitcoiners
  • Expanding into new markets around the world
  • Challenges and rewards of being bitcoin only
  • Bitcoin builders and why we need them

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Feb 02, 2022
SLP344 NVK - Coldcard Mk4, Tapsigner, Satscard - Bitcoin Hardware Innovation
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NVK, co founder and CEO of CoinKite rejoins me on the show to talk about the latest and exciting developments in the world of Bitcoin hardware security. CoinKite are pushing forward with NFC as a way of making hardware wallet UX easy but also keeping the hardware accessible from a cost point of view

We chat:

  • What’s changing with Coldcard Mk4
  • Memory, SE, processor
  • NFC for bitcoin transactions
  • Tapsigner
  • Satscard
  • Business models for open source
  • Low cost devices
  • Operating without laptops or PCs

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Jan 30, 2022
SLP343 r0ckstar dev & Pavlenex - Career Opportunities in Bitcoin Open Source
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R0ckstar dev & Pavlenex of BTCPay Server and other projects (Strike, Bitcoin Smiles, Bitcoin Design) rejoin me on the show to talk about Bitcoin, Open Source community ethos, and how it can lead to career opportunities.

We chat:

  • BTCPay 4 years on
  • Open Source for hiring
  • Bitcoinerjobs.com
  • How open source projects mature
  • How to grow the project
  • How to move on from a project
  • R0ckstar’s big announcement
  • What’s coming with BTCPay Server

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Jan 26, 2022
SLP342 Heavily Armed Clown - Should Bitcoiners Get on Zero Fiat?
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Heavily Armed Clown (aka HAC) joins me on the show to talk about this idea of #GetOnZero. We chat:

  • The case for #GetOnZeroFiat
  • Issues with it
  • Dealing with CGT
  • Mindset shifts
  • Emergency fund
  • Inflation rates
  • What scenarios you still need to hold fiat

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Jan 24, 2022
SLP341 Zelko & Din - Ronin Dojo & Tanto
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Zelko and Din join me to talk about updates with the Ronin Dojo project for Samourai Wallet users. We chat:

  • Where the project started
  • FOSS project ethos
  • Thoughts on VC funding
  • Privacy wallets
  • Bitcoin node project evolution
  • FOSS business & project
  • Tanto Hardware
  • Supporting Specter and Sparrow

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Jan 22, 2022
SLP340 Peter Young - El Salvador On The Ground & Free Private Cities
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Peter Young of the Free Private City Foundation joins me on the show to talk about some of his experiences on the ground and some updates with Free Private Cities. We chat:

  • El Salvador on the ground
  • Bitcoin and Lightning in the real world
  • What it really costs to do merchant processing
  • Free Private Cities
  • Honduras ZEDEs
  • Liberty In Our Lifetime

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Jan 20, 2022
SLP339 Jeremy Rubin - What is Check Template Verify?
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Jeremy Rubin, bitcoin core contributor joins me on the show to talk about Check Template Verify (CTV) - his soft fork proposal to bring new functionality to Bitcoin. We discuss:

  • How the idea started
  • High level goals with Bitcoin
  • How CTV might bring new functionality
  • Congestion control use case
  • Vaults and protecting coins
  • Contrasting CTV with APO ANYPREVOUT
  • Commercial use of CTV

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Jan 17, 2022
SLP338 Mauricio Di Bartolomeo - Bitcoin Home Loans & Stablecoins
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Mauricio Di Bartolomeo, Co Founder and CSO of Ledn joins me on the show to talk:

  • Why use bitcoin backed loans?
  • Fiat loan rates vs bitcoin loan rates
  • Opportunities and risks
  • New products and structures for home loans
  • Dealing with margin calls and liquidation
  • Stablecoins: are they essential? Where is the market going on this?

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Jan 13, 2022
SLP337 Salvatore Ingala - Ledger’s New Bitcoin App: PSBT, Taproot, Descriptors, Multi-Sig
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Salvatore Ingala of Ledger joins me to talk about a big revamp of the Ledger Bitcoin app which brings support for a whole host of new features. We chat about:

  • How the app shifted from v1 to v2
  • PSBT
  • Taproot support
  • Descriptors
  • Merkle Trees
  • Improved multi-signature and scripting support

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Jan 11, 2022
SLP336 Sam Callahan - The Problem with the BIS
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Sam Callahan of Swan Bitcoin joins me on the show to talk about the Bank of International Settlements (BIS). We chat about:

  • Formation, and shady history
  • Why it’s not accountable
  • Their plans for social control
  • CBDCs
  • Loss of privacy
  • War on Cash
  • What can be done?

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Jan 07, 2022
SLP335 Don Stuart - Venture Capital and Bitcoin
3430

Now there’s been some discussion about the impact of Venture Capitalists on the world of Bitcoin and ‘Crypto’. Don Stuart, startup investor & organizer of Kansas City Bitcoin meetup, joins me on the show to chat:

  • What Venture Capital is
  • Venture Capital model
  • Vesting and incentives for VCs
  • How they make money
  • Bitcoin vs ‘Crypto’ VC
  • Size of rounds raised
  • Are Bitcoiners anti VC?
  • In what cases does VC not make sense?

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Jan 04, 2022
SLP334 Jeff Booth - Escape The System & 2021 Year In Review
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Jeff Booth, author, entrepreneur and speaker joins me to chat about the year 2021 in review for Bitcoiners. Some themes we discuss:

  • Where the narrative is going with Bitcoin
  • Fiat denomination vs Bitcoin denomination
  • How politicians and regulators are seeing it
  • Community building
  • Bitcoin wallets and services
  • Bitcoin tech
  • Dealing with fear

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Dec 25, 2021
SLP333 Cory Klippsten - Building for Bitcoiners
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Cory Klippsten of Swan Bitcoin rejoins me on the show to talk about a range of things:

  • “Crypto” advocacy as compared to Bitcoin advocacy
  • Being an investor in the space & Bitcoiner Ventures
  • Turkey inflation
  • Avoiding trading
  • Bitcoiner Jobs
  • Swan Gifts

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Dec 22, 2021
SLP332 Vijay Boyapati - The Bearish Case for Bitcoin
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Vijay Boyapati, author and regular guest rejoins me on the show to chat about his recent book launch as well as a few ideas that specifically came from the book. We also chat about some of his more ‘bearish’ ideas on Bitcoin and that Bitcoin is not inevitable.

  • Credentialism and fiat
  • The book and response
  • Stages of money
  • Custodial risk
  • Rehypothecation
  • Concerted state attack on Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin is not inevitable

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Dec 20, 2021
SLP331 Eric Sirion - MiniMint, Federated Mints for Bitcoin scaling and privacy
3762

Chaumian e-cash is a predecessor idea to Bitcoin. Listen in to Stephan and Eric Sirion (elsirion) discuss the idea of federated mints and this particular idea of MiniMint. Eric’s research is being sponsored by Blockstream. This idea may offer even more privacy and scalability for Bitcoin users, but with some custodial and trust trade offs.

  • How it works
  • Custodial trade offs and who should use it
  • How lightning works
  • Deposits, withdrawals and internal transfers
  • Community custody

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Dec 16, 2021
SLP330 Laserhodl - Opting out of ‘The Great Reset’ with Bitcoin
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What’s really going on with all the Hysteria? Is it a cabal or some confluence of interests? Laserhodl joins me to talk about what’s going on, and how to opt out.

  • The Great Reset
  • CBDCs / control coins
  • Social credit systems
  • Freedom tech
  • Opting out of the commie tech stack
  • #GetOnZero - and my slight disagreement

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Dec 15, 2021
SLP329 Samson Mow - Bitcoin Bonds For Bitcoin City Breakdown & Liquid, AMP
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Samson Mow CSO of Blockstream rejoins me on the show to breakdown Bitcoin Bonds. We chat:

  • Structure of Bitcoin bonds
  • Why not HODL bitcoin?
  • Who is the target market for these?
  • Operationally how it would work
  • Liquid AMP
  • Benefits, opportunities and risks
  • Reaction by bitcoiners to the announcement
  • What Bitcoin City could become

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Dec 13, 2021
SLP328 The Rise of Bitcoin Nomadism with CoinsureNZ
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CoinsureNZ rejoins me on the show to chat about the new rising trend of Bitcoin Nomads. We talk about the benefits of this approach in achieving more sovereignty for yourself, whether that is financial or in your ability to carry on living life in the age of Hysteria. We discuss:

  • Benefits and why do it?
  • How to get started
  • Resources you need
  • Is it only for single people?
  • Getting set up in a new location
  • Where to go
  • Downsides and costs of this lifestyle

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Dec 09, 2021
SLP327 Mike Germano - Going Against Fiat Media & Bitcoin Magazine Print Edition
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Mike Germano of Bitcoin Magazine (and previously of Vice) joins me to talk about his latest efforts with Bitcoin Magazine Print edition and to share his thoughts on media in today’s age.

We chat:

  • Why do a print magazine now
  • Is Bitcoin media overly US biased?
  • Why Fiat Media is getting Bitcoin wrong
  • Technical precision and accuracy in stories

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Dec 06, 2021
SLP326 Dylan Leclair Using Fiat Debt For Bitcoin Stacking
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Dylan Leclair of Bitcoin Magazine and UTXO Management joins me to talk about the fiat debt system, as well as why and how some people use the system against itself. We get into:

  • The current situation on the fiat standard
  • Why consider using debt to stack Bitcoin
  • The advantages of using this approach
  • Costs and risks
  • Avoiding Liquidation
  • Bitcoin mining using fiat loans
  • Trends and where this is all going

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Dec 02, 2021
SLP325 PlanB - Is the S2F model still on track? What about the supercycle and floor model?
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Plan B (pseudonymous quant) rejoins me on the show to talk about how the S2F model is going and whether it will be a problem if Bitcoin does not hit $100k by the end of 2021. In this conversation we get into:

  • Spelling out the different types of models PlanB uses and talks about
  • Failure conditions for the model
  • The Floor model
  • Are we going to supercycle?
  • When does the S2F model fully break down?

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Nov 29, 2021
SLP324 Scaling Bitcoin off chain with Matt Corallo, Alex Bosworth, Lisa Neigut and Graham Krizek
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This is a Tabconf 2021 panel discussion that I moderated with well known Lightning contributors and builders. Some of the topics we got into:

  • Building out infrastructure
  • General thoughts about scaling off chain
  • Lightning dual funded or v2 channels
  • Stress testing the network
  • Lightning routing as professional specialisation
  • Lightning ‘growing up’ and maturing

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Nov 26, 2021
SLP323 Graham Krizek - Running Hosted Bitcoin & Lightning Nodes at Voltage
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Graham Krizek is Founder and CEO of Voltage, a Bitcoin and Lightning node company. If you’re interested in why you would have someone else host your node, check out this episode where we talk:

  • Getting into Lightning
  • Using a cloud node
  • Setting up as a merchant with BTCPay
  • Easy deployment
  • Cost of running
  • Flow and sidecar channels
  • Getting inbound liquidity

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Nov 25, 2021
SLP322 Perth Heat - The Baseball Team on a Bitcoin Standard
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Steve Nelkovski (CEO) and Patrick (Chief Bitcoin Officer) of Perth Heat, join me to talk about being the first sports team to go on a full Bitcoin standard. That includes players, staff, merchandise, tickets, sponsorship, and holding Bitcoin on the balance sheet. We chat:

  • The journey of going on a bitcoin standard
  • Having a Chief Bitcoin Officer
  • Handling payment
  • The benefits of being on a Bitcoin standard
  • How it will change sport

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Nov 18, 2021
SLP321 On chain scaling with Bitcoin Core Developers Pieter Wuille, Andrew Poelstra, Andrew Chow & Murch
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This is a Tabconf 2021 panel discussion that I moderated with some of the top research and development minds in Bitcoin today. Pieter Wuille is at Chaincode Labs, Andrew Poelstra is Director of Research at Blockstream, Murch is at Chaincode Labs, and Andrew Chow is working at Blockstream on Bitcoin Core.

In this panel we spoke about:

  • Main constraints of on chain scaling
  • Assumevalid and assumeutxo
  • Taproot and MuSig2
  • Transaction space saving
  • Cross input signatures
  • What it would look like in practice

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Nov 15, 2021
SLP320 Statechains and Mercury Wallet: A New Privacy Technique?
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Nicholas Gregory of CommerceBlock (creator of Mercury Wallet) joins me to talk about statechains and the recent launch of Mercury Wallet. We talk about statechains, what they mean for bitcoin scaling and/or privacy, as well as practical implications of using Mercury Wallet.

We chat:

  • Statechains
  • Scaling
  • Privacy implications
  • Tor use
  • Trust implications with statechain operators
  • Mercury Wallet
  • Fees
  • Infrastructure
  • Statechain Torch

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Nov 11, 2021
SLP319 T-Bast Lightning Protocol Privacy Exploration
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What can be done to improve Lightning network privacy? T-bast (Bastien Teinturier) of ACINQ joins me to talk about this. There are both on chain privacy and off chain privacy implications of Bitcoin and the lightning network and we get into a range of discussion on:

  • On chain privacy
  • Taproot and MuSig2
  • Off chain privacy
  • Route blinding
  • Payment decorrelation
  • Trampoline routing
  • ACINQ
  • Phoenix

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Nov 06, 2021
SLP318 Ronald Pol - The ineffectiveness of AML
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Dr Ronald Pol, former lawyer and researcher joins me to talk about how and why AML laws are ineffective and simply cost taxpayers, customers an incredible amount. We chat:

  • The environment of AML laws
  • FATF and how they create these laws
  • Breathtaking costs
  • Effectiveness around 0.1%
  • KYC benefits some criminals

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Nov 01, 2021
SLP317 Tomer Strolight - Why Learn About Bitcoin?
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Tomer Strolight, author in the Bitcoin space joins me to talk about his writing and why Bitcoin is so different to what you’ve seen before. This episode is specially created for beginners and people trying to learn more about Bitcoin. We chat:

  • How physics protects your Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin is more than just money
  • Why is Bitcoin so complicated?
  • Bitcoin and stopping theft

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Oct 30, 2021
SLP316 Why Libertarians Should Focus On Bitcoin - with Vake & Wolf von Laer
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Long time bitcoiner Vake, and CEO of Students for Liberty Wolf von Laer join me on the show to talk about liberty, and why libertarians should focus on Bitcoin as their top priority:

  • Connections between bitcoin and liberty
  • Why some libertarians haven’t focused on Bitcoin
  • What they could be doing
  • Why libertarians should prioritise the Bitcoin strategy for liberty above others

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Oct 27, 2021
SLP315 k3tan - Networking For Bitcoiners
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Have you been wanting to learn more about networking in how it relates to running your node? k3tan, my long-time friend and co-founder of Ministry of Nodes joins me to discuss:

  • Basic tips on networking and IP
  • Securing your home network with practical tips
  • Using your bitcoin node and wallet
  • Tor and VPN
  • Home box nodes vs VPS
  • What kind of equipment you should use to run your bitcoin node - Raspis vs desktop PC

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Oct 26, 2021
SLP314 Dustin Trammell - The Second Node On The Bitcoin Network?
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Dustin Trammell, information security professional and early Bitcoin user joins me on the show to talk:

  • Being early in Bitcoin and the culture in those days
  • Talking with Satoshi
  • Early stories
  • The hopes for a sound money future
  • Investing in Bitcoin companies
  • Bitcoin’s multiple layers

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Oct 23, 2021
SLP313 Gigi - USD is going down to 1 sat & Bitcoin is Time
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Gigi, author, developer and speaker in the Bitcoin space joins me to talk about why Bitcoin is Time, and why the USD is going down to 1 sat. We chat:

  • The pieces that had to be pulled together for Bitcoin to work
  • Tokens are timeless, ledgers are not
  • Why USD is going to 1 sat
  • UX and how it will be solved over time
  • Operating in the bitcoin space as a nym

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Oct 18, 2021
SLP312 Mark Moss - Energy Crisis, Cycles & Bitcoin
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Mark Moss, entrepreneur, investor, and host of The Mark Moss show on YouTube and iHeartRadio joins me on the show to talk about the recent energy crisis. We talk about what’s causing it, and the cycles impacting our world today. We also talk about dealing with it and responding to it.

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Oct 12, 2021
SLP311 Bitcoin: Only The Strong Survive - with Big Al
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Big Al, pseudonymous co-author of the “Only The Strong Survive” article joins me on the show to talk about various critiques of non-Bitcoin ‘Crypto’ projects. In this explosive discussion, we talk about the key things you need to know on Bitcoin as contrasted with ‘Crypto’ and DeFi.

We chat:

  • What truly sets Bitcoin apart
  • DeFi not being decentralised, and not finance
  • Everything fights for liquidity
  • The problem with utility tokens
  • Dishonest TVL metrics and massive leverage in ‘defi’

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Oct 08, 2021
SLP310 Should We Stop Using Software Wallets? Bitcoin Software Security With Charles Guillemet
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Charles Guillemet, CTO of Ledger rejoins me on the show to talk about the risks present with Bitcoin software wallets. Don’t miss this episode for security discussion on why you shouldn't be keeping large amounts of bitcoin on software wallets and why hardware is becoming more and more necessary to protect bitcoin from theft.

We chat:

  • Exploits using Pegasus
  • Key aspects of Bitcoin security
  • Extracting secrets using malware from desktop wallets and phone wallets
  • Desktops, phones, hardware security
  • What to do instead

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Oct 06, 2021
SLP309 Easy CoinJoin Use For Desktop Is Here With Sparrow Wallet with Craig Raw
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Craig Raw, founder of Sparrow Wallet rejoins me on the show to talk about the latest: easy coinjoin for the desktop is now here with whirlpool being integrated into Sparrow Wallet. Sparrow Wallet might well make coinjoin much more accessible to users interested in bitcoin privacy.

Craig and I chat:

  • Latest updates
  • How Whirlpool in Sparrow works
  • STONEWALL privacy preserving spends in Sparrow
  • Implications of having multiple whirlpool clients
  • Electrum server back ends for Sparrow
  • Wallet business models

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Oct 04, 2021
SLP308 Philip Glazman - Scaling Exchanges With Lightning And Lightning User Profiles
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Philip Glazman of River, a bitcoin only exchange in the US joins me on the show to talk about the process of using lightning as an exchange. We talk about:

  • Experiences with lightning over the years
  • User profiles and how customers use lightning with River
  • Customer education
  • Swap services
  • Lightning and Liquid comparison
  • Technical overview

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Oct 01, 2021
SLP307 Becoming A Lightning Routing Node Operator with Jestopher and Tony of Amboss
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Jestopher and Tony of the Amboss website and project join me on the show to talk about the journey of becoming a lightning routing node operator, tips and resources.

We chat:

  • Routing on lightning
  • Selecting channel partners
  • Channel management
  • Tooling available to help routing nodes
  • Calculating fees and rebalancing
  • LN communities growing

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Sep 28, 2021
SLP306 Guy Swann - What Makes Bitcoin A Breakthrough (Newcoiner episode)
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Guy Swann of the Bitcoin Audible podcast joins me for a special show for Bitcoin and Crypto beginners. We talk about why Bitcoin is unique and why you should avoid shitcoin gambling. We discuss:

  • Common questions for people new to ‘crypto’
  • “Won’t Shitcoins pump harder than Bitcoin?”
  • Comparison of Bitcoin and shitcoins
  • The problem with utility tokens
  • Shitcoins are LARPing decentralisation
  • Shitcoin waterfall
  • “Doesn’t Bitcoin waste energy?”

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Sep 24, 2021
SLP305 El Salvador Bitcoin Law On The Ground with Aaron van Wirdum
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El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law went live on 7th September, what was it really like? What did the protesters have to say about it? Aaron van Wirdum, Bitcoin Journalist at Bitcoin Magazine joins me to give us an ‘on the ground’ take on things. We chat:

  • Protesters and are they really protesting about Bitcoin or Bukele?
  • Chivo Wallet - teething issues
  • The truth about bitcoin remittances
  • Positives on the experience so far
  • Bitcoin Meetup
  • Bitcoin Core v22
  • Bitcoin 2022

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Sep 20, 2021
SLP304 Is The Bitcoin Infinity Meme Wrong? With Knut Svanholm
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Knut Svanholm, Bitcoin writer joins me on the show to chat about why you are not prepared for hyperbitcoinisation, and various concepts such as adoption, what it might look like, and the infinity meme. Is the infinity meme wrong? I believe it is, but listen in to Knut and I discussing it!

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Sep 14, 2021
SLP303 Ethereum’s Path to Centralisation with Alex B
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Alex B joins me on the show to talk about why Ethereum is predictably on a path to centralisation. How does Bitcoin contrast in terms of decentralisation and long term possibilities?

We chat:

  • MEV
  • Can MEV be stopped?
  • MEV and staking derivatives interaction
  • Ethereum as the Myspace
  • Ethereum cannot be ultra sound money
  • Problems with utility tokens

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Aug 31, 2021
SLP302 SeedSigner - Bitcoin multi sig security under $50
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SeedSigner, pseudonymous creator of the SeedSigner project joins me to talk about his work creating a low cost, accessible, DIY style hardware device that can be part of your multi sig quorum with wallets/coordinators like Specter Desktop, Sparrow Wallet, Blue Wallet. This product was actually inspired by an earlier episode with Michael Flaxman.

We chat:

  • Inspiration for the project
  • Low cost
  • Accessibility
  • Technical skill required
  • QR codes
  • Support
  • Being a project vs product

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Aug 23, 2021
SLP301 Bitcoin Mining Pools Decentralised? A Discussion with Pavel Moravec of SlushPool & Ryan Ellis of Laurentia Pool
5086

How should Bitcoin mining be structured? Pavel Moravec of SlushPool (Braiins) and Ryan Ellis of Laurentia Pool join me to chat. We discuss:

  • Why pools exist
  • How to structure mining pools
  • Trade offs around decentralisation of pools
  • Coinbase payouts vs other ways
  • Lightning payouts
  • Scalability for mining pools
  • Stratum v2

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Aug 18, 2021
SLP300 Adam Back Bitcoin, Privacy & Censorship Resistance
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Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream, cryptographer and privacy advocate, inventor of Hashcash and cited in the Bitcoin whitepaper rejoins me on the show. We chat:

  • Regulatory environment for Bitcoin vs building
  • ‘Crypto wars’ in the 90s
  • Proof of Work
  • Bitcoin privacy
  • Confidential Transactions in Liquid and for Bitcoin
  • Trade offs involved
  • Blockstream satellite base station
  • Bitcoin development

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Aug 13, 2021
SLP299 Adam O - Bitcoin Optionality for Oil & Gas
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Adam O of Upstream Data joins me to talk about the massive opportunity for energy producers and Bitcoin mining. We chat about:

  • The opportunity for Oil & Gas with Bitcoin
  • Optionality
  • The necessity of fossil fuels
  • ESG
  • Bitcoin Mining Council
  • Bitcoin lobbying

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Aug 12, 2021
SLP298 Rusty Russell - Lightning Offers / BOLT12: The next big thing in Lightning?
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Offers might be the next big idea for Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. Rusty Russell of Blockstream, working on the lightning spec and on c-lightning rejoins me to chat:

  • Current invoices today vs Offers
  • New use cases enabled e.g. static QR donation
  • Refunds
  • Recurring payments
  • ‘Speaking lightning’
  • Offers vs LN URL
  • What’s next

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Aug 09, 2021
SLP297 Ergo - Chain Surveil Yourself!
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Have you wondered about Bitcoin privacy or chain surveillance and how it’s done? Or how to defend against it? This is the episode for you, as Ergo of OXT Research (Part of Samourai Wallet) rejoins me on the show to talk:

  • Background on bitcoin transactions
  • How Bitcoin surveillance works
  • Peel chains and wallet clustering
  • How to counter it in practice

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Aug 05, 2021
SLP296 Saifedean Ammous - The Biggest Fiat Malinvestment
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Saifedean Ammous, author of the Bitcoin Standard and the upcoming book, The Fiat standard rejoins me on the show for an illuminating episode where we explore various ideas:

  • What bitcoin really replaces
  • Thinking about inflationary costs
  • infinity/21M - is it wrong?
  • Cultural impacts of fiat money
  • Malinvestments and where the biggest ones lie
  • The hyperbitcoinized world

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Aug 03, 2021
SLP295 John Lee Quigley Why Bitcoin Mining Is Shifting to North America
3337

Historically, Bitcoin Mining as an industry was dominated by China. John Lee Quigley (formerly of Compass Mining, and now independently consulting and writing) rejoins me on the show to talk about his recent report on the state of Bitcoin mining. We talk about the various factors going into this generational shift. Listen to this episode to understand some of the dynamics, gleaned from John’s in depth research and interviews on the subject. We chat:

  • Historical reasons for China’s dominance
  • Why its changing now
  • Mining equipment upgrade cycle
  • Capital market access
  • Regulatory certainty
  • Downsides of this shift

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Jul 27, 2021
SLP294 Lyn Alden - Inflation, Debt, and Energy Markets
4203

Lyn Alden of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy rejoins me on the show to talk about macro updates and Bitcoin. We chat:

  • CPI rises to 5.4% and inflation
  • Govt debt and the likely govt responses
  • Why and how they keep the party going
  • Oil & Gas Bull case
  • Energy and the need for baseload power
  • Stablecoins & why Bitcoin is different
  • People are sleeping on the Lightning Network

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Jul 22, 2021
SLP293 Greg Foss The Debt Problem You Can’t Ignore
4109

Greg Foss, a 3 decade veteran of fixed income securities specialising in HY (High Yield) joins me to talk about debt, bonds, government debt and why Bitcoin is the answer.

  • Primer on debt instruments
  • Interest rates and bond bull market over decades
  • Craziness of debt markets
  • Interaction between debt and equity
  • Could govt repudiate the debt?
  • Could we outgrow it?
  • Why Bitcoin is the best asymmetric trade

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Jul 19, 2021
SLP292 Andrew Chow Output Script Descriptors for Bitcoin
3752

Andrew Chow, Bitcoin Core contributor and creator of the PSBT standard rejoins me on the show to talk about the creation of a series of BIPs (Bitcoin Improvement Proposals) for Output Script Descriptors. We break down and explore the key concepts to make it accessible for bitcoiners.

  • Seeds
  • BIP39 vs Electrum seeds vs aezeed
  • Derivation paths
  • How Output Script Descriptors improve things
  • New functionality
  • Backups and recovery
  • Lightning
  • Miniscript
  • Advanced scripting

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Jul 16, 2021
SLP291 Caitlin Long Stablecoins, Bitcoin & The Fed
4612

Caitlin Long of Avanti rejoins me on the show to talk about the coming regulatory crackdown. We discuss:

  • The growth in stablecoins
  • How there’s so much stablecoin volume off a low base
  • Coming regulatory crackdown
  • Getting direct access to the Fed
  • Compliance in the industry
  • Improving the on ramps for Bitcoin

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Jul 15, 2021
SLP290 NVK Bitcoin Security & Backups Primer
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NVK of Coinkite rejoins me on the show to talk about practical tips on setting up and securing your Bitcoin as well as backups. We chat:

  • Set up tips for newcoiners
  • Desktop wallets to use
  • Passphrases
  • SeedXOR
  • Multi sig
  • Storing backups
  • Estate planning and inheritance

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Jul 12, 2021
SLP289 Roasbeef Bitcoin & Lightning For a Billion Users
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Laolu Osuntokun aka roasbeef, CTO of Lightning Labs rejoins me on the show to talk about how Bitcoin and Lightning Network can scale to a billion users someday. We chat:

  • Updates on the lightning network generally
  • ANYPREVOUT and eltoo
  • CTV Check Template Verify
  • Multi party channels
  • Lnd updates
  • Thoughts on Bitcoin’s path forward
  • What’s coming next from Lightning Labs

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Jul 06, 2021
SLP288 Hass McCook - Why You Must Set Up A Bitcoin DCA Plan
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Hass McCook aka FriarHass rejoins me on the show to talk about why you should set up a Dollar Cost Averaging Plan. We chat:

  • Lump sum for you, DCA for us!
  • Is DCA more important than everything else? Even development?
  • Growing the DCA Army to hasten hyperbitcoinisation
  • CAGR - statistics and dishonesty?
  • DCA vs circular economy / agorism?
  • Practical tips

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Jul 01, 2021
SLP287 Danny Scott and Zakk Lakin - Hoffline wallets & Lightning adoption
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Jun 28, 2021
SLP286 Hector Rosekrans - Bitcoin & Inheritance
3482

Hector Rosekrans of Casa joins me on the show to talk about securing your Bitcoin and how early we are in terms of Bitcoin inheritance. We chat:

  • Securing your bitcoin
  • Self custody vs custodial solutions
  • How early bitcoin inheritance is
  • Casa covenant
  • Hardware wallets
  • Multi sig and inheritance setups - will they standardise?

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Jun 24, 2021
SLP285 Jeff Booth Bitcoin vs Fiat “Extend and Pretend”
3186

Jeff Booth, technology entrepreneur, author and bitcoin advocate rejoins me on the show to talk about:

  • Bitcoin 2021 conference experience
  • Fiat system extending itself
  • MicroStrategy Bitcoin buying
  • Macro investors
  • Surveillance coins (CBDC) and what they would mean
  • Supercycle thoughts

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Jun 17, 2021
SLP284 Steve Barbour - Bitcoin & Fossil Fuels vs Fiat Maxis
3296

Steve Barbour of Upstream Data rejoins me on the show to talk about:

  • Fiat Maxis
  • Bitcoin Mining Council
  • Wind and Solar as unreliables
  • Why arguing about renewable usage isn’t the right long term approach
  • What Bitcoiners should do about it
  • Upstream Data Hash Hut

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Jun 14, 2021
SLP283 Alex Gladstein Bitcoin: Who’s For Freedom, and Who’s Not?
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Alex Gladstein CSO of HRF rejoins me on the show to talk about the recent El Salvador Bitcoin legal tender news. We break down the good, the bad and what could go wrong.

  • Overview the news
  • Historical moment for Bitcoin and the world
  • It could have been so much worse
  • Merchant adoption and lightning
  • HRF grant

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Jun 10, 2021
SLP282 Alex Epstein - Why Bitcoiners Should Reframe The Energy Debate & Own Their Energy Use
3816

Where are some Bitcoiners going wrong in their thinking and arguments about energy? Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, and energy policy commentator joins me to talk about energy use, and why we’re not thinking about it clearly.

We chat:

  • The benefits of energy and fossil fuels
  • More energy use is good!
  • Renewables are really just unreliables
  • Reframing the conversation

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Jun 04, 2021
SLP281 Cory Klippsten - Bitcoin Is For Everyone, Swan Bitcoin $1B run rate, Bitcoiner Ventures, Elon’s mistakes
3452

Cory Klippsten, CEO and Founder of Swan Bitcoin joins me to talk about various topics:

  • Working in the bitcoin space
  • Teaching newcoiners
  • Growing the auto-stacking movement
  • The latest with Bitcoin Ventures
  • Elon Musk’s mistakes

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Jun 02, 2021
SLP280 BTCxZelko & Pavel - Reclaim Your Bitcoin Privacy with Ronin Dojo
3899

If you want the best privacy possible in Bitcoin, you want to use Samourai Wallet. And for the best way to use it, you need to use your own node. Zelko and Pavel join me to talk about the latest with Ronin Dojo, an easy way to do just that. We chat:

  • What it is
  • Who its for
  • Recent upgrades on the UI
  • Thoughts on hardware wallets
  • Other services and features offered
  • Best practice tips on privacy
  • Open source licensing
  • Getting support

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May 31, 2021
SLP279 Michael Peterson and Nicolas Burtey - Bitcoin Beach: Citadel By The Sea in El Zonte, El Salvador
3351

Michael Peterson and Nicolas Burtey join me to talk about their project showing how a whole town could go bitcoin and lightning native. Listen to this interview talking about how thousands of people are going lightning native to benefit from international remittance and creating bitcoin tourism.

  • Stages of development
  • Building a Citadel by the sea
  • Lightning practicalities
  • Teaching Bitcoin
  • Rebuilding the Bitcoin for payments narrative

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May 28, 2021
SLP278 Matt Odell & Ben Price - OpenSats: Bitcoin & Open Source Initiative
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OpenSats is a new initiative for the bitcoiners to contribute to, to support Bitcoin and open source development and projects. Matt Odell and Ben Price join me to chat about the structure, why they’re creating a new organization, and why Bitcoin development funding shouldn’t merely be a popularity contest.

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May 26, 2021
SLP277 Alejandro De La Torre - Coordinating Bitcoin Upgrades With Mining Pools
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Alejandro De La Torre, VP of Poolin, a large Bitcoin mining pool joins me on the show to chat about his efforts in helping to coordinate Bitcoin Upgrades:

  • Taproot Activation
  • Learnings from 2017 SegWit
  • UASF or MASF (Miner Activated Soft Fork)
  • UASF within MASF
  • Distribution of network hashrate
  • Future Soft Fork upgrades

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May 24, 2021
SLP276 Anthony Ronning - Bitcoin Lightning Privacy: FUD and Facts
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Anthony Ronning, Bitcoin Lightning developer joins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin Lightning Privacy. We separate FUD from fact and give it a fair hearing to give you some insight into where the privacy leakages are today, how you can be more private, and where it’s all going in the future. We chat:

  • Basic overview of LN
  • Different user types and wallets
  • Lightning nodes
  • Receiver privacy
  • Mitigations and future tech
  • Practical tips for users today

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May 20, 2021
SLP275 Pavel Moravec - SlushPool Signalling For Taproot
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Pavel Moravec of Braiins (operator of SlushPool) joins me to talk about signalling for Taproot as a miner. We chat:

  • Whether it is difficult to signal as a miner
  • The dynamics with different mining pools signaling
  • Miners and Pools, how does it work
  • Braiins OS and mining firmware
  • What future upgrades might look like

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May 13, 2021
SLP274 William Clemente III - Bitcoin’s Great Consolidation
3444

William Clemente III joins me to talk about analyzing Bitcoin on-chain and why we’re still in the middle of this cycle. We chat:

  • Getting into on-chain analytics
  • Is this time different? Supercycle or not
  • Analyzing what different cohorts are doing
  • What does a market top look like?
  • MVRV, NUPL, SOPR
  • Futures and contango trade

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May 11, 2021
SLP273 Andy Edstrom - Bitcoin and Leverage: Don’t Get Rekt
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Andy Edstrom rejoins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin, leverage, and not getting Rekt! We chat:

  • What’s changed in the market in recent years
  • Why use leverage
  • Risks and costs with leverage
  • Supercycle or not
  • SWR and FIRE crossovers with collateralization
  • Bitcoin side hustles or jobs

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May 07, 2021
SLP272 Peter St Onge - Bitcoin Energy Double Standards & Why Robots Are Not Taking All Our Jobs
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Peter St Onge, Austrian economist and fellow at Mises Institute joins me on the show to talk about his thoughts on Bitcoin Energy use, and what Deflationary growth will look like. We chat:

  • Bitcoin energy costs
  • Fiat standard costs
  • Costs of recession
  • Deflationary growth
  • Keynesian ‘sticky wages’
  • UBI and MMT
  • Will robots take our jobs?

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May 03, 2021
SLP271 Pete Rizzo When Satoshi Disappeared
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Pete Rizzo, editor at Bitcoin Magazine and editor in chief for Kraken joins me on the show to talk about his latest piece, ‘The Last Days of Satoshi’. We talk about various ideas:

  • What Satoshi’s image was in the early community
  • How things changed as Bitcoin got bigger
  • Mistakes and bugs early in Bitcoin’s life
  • How that colours our view going forward
  • Bitcoin, Wikileaks, and the CIA

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Apr 28, 2021
SLP270 Bob Murphy What Does A Hard Money Bitcoin World Look Like?
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Bob Murphy, Austrian economist and libertarian theorist joins me on the show to talk about his views on Bitcoin and Austrian economics. We chat:

  • Bitcoin’s evolution in stages
  • Bitcoin and non monetary use
  • What bitcoiners are getting wrong about Austrian economics
  • Money is not a measuring rod
  • What it would look like under a Bitcoin world

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Apr 21, 2021
SLP269 Jack Mallers - Bitcoin Wins Because It Is Open
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Jack Mallers of Strike rejoins me on the show to talk about what he’s working on and how Bitcoin wins. We chat:

  • Visiting El Salvador and financial access
  • Bitcoin remittance market
  • Why fiat fintech can’t compete
  • Bitcoin and Lightning as an open network
  • Strike expansion

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Apr 19, 2021
SLP268 Peter Todd - Should Signal Have Used Bitcoin Instead?
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Peter Todd, Bitcoin expert and cryptocurrency consultant joins me on the show to talk about Signal’s recent decision to use MobileCoin rather than Bitcoin. Is Signal selling out? We talk about why MobileCoin is centralised, why it was a bad choice, and why they should have used Bitcoin and Lightning instead. We also talk about directions with private messaging going forward.

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Apr 15, 2021
SLP267 Joe Burnett How Big Is The Market For Bitcoin?
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Joe Burnett of Mimesis Capital joins me to talk about just how big the market for Bitcoin could really be. Hint: It might be bigger than just the market for gold. We talk through valuation in a post hyperbitcoinization world, and we also explore the Bitcoin Contango trade.

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Apr 12, 2021
SLP266 Croesus_BTC - Bitcoin: Stake Your Claim Before Everyone Else
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Croesus_BTC joins me to talk about why the yuppie elite do not like Bitcoin, making simplified bitcoin content, adoption and cycles, speculative attacks on fiat, and staking your claim on your ‘fair share’ of Bitcoin. Don’t miss this one!

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Apr 09, 2021
SLP265 Diverter - Becoming Uncle Jim: Being Digital Sherpa for Family & Friends
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Diverter joins me on the show to talk about our modern world of surveillance and reliance on third parties. We chat about learning to be a ‘digital sherpa’ for your family and friends.

  • Dealing with “I don’t have anything to hide”
  • Password managers
  • Nextcloud
  • Yunohost
  • Self hosting
  • Bitcoin

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Apr 06, 2021
SLP264 Roy Sheinfeld Podcasting 2.0 & Lightning with Breez
3845

Roy Sheinfeld of Breez rejoins me on the show to talk about the latest with Breez and how Lightning Network is enabling a whole new world of possibilities.

We chat:

  • Breez updates
  • Merchant adoption of Breez
  • Lightning network podcasting
  • Taking payments offline
  • Cloud backups
  • Lightning development

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Apr 01, 2021
SLP263 Parker Lewis - The Greatest Trick Central Banks Ever Pulled
5320

Parker Lewis of Unchained Capital rejoins me on the show to talk about the environment central banks have created, what that has done to money and our ability to save.

We chat:

  • Fiat financialisation of the economy
  • Inflation and Deflation properly considered
  • Bitcoin’s growth amongst institutions today
  • Multi sig with Unchained
  • Loans with Unchained
  • Living off your Bitcoin using collateralised loans

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Mar 29, 2021
SLP262 Craig Raw Bitcoin Multi Sig With Sparrow Wallet
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Craig Raw joins me on the show to talk about his relatively new project, Sparrow Wallet. Sparrow Wallet allows you to easily set up a single sig or multi sig wallet, air gapped or with USB, supporting the most popular hardware wallets.

We talk:

  • Why Sparrow
  • Progression steps for new bitcoiners
  • QR codes
  • Taproot
  • Applications vs browser apps
  • Being Uncle Jim
  • Tor built in
  • Electrum server vs Bitcoin core use
  • Funding and sustainability

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Mar 24, 2021
SLP261 Dominic Frisby - Bitcoin vs Daylight Robbery (Taxation)
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Dominic Frisby, comedian, author, financial writer and libertarian joins me on the show to talk about his latest book, Daylight Robbery.

We chat:

  • How taxes have impacted society
  • Low taxes for more prosperous societies
  • Bitcoin Citadels and patronage
  • Bitcoin’s impact on taxes
  • Bitcoin Nomads
  • Surveillance and Platforms

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Mar 22, 2021
SLP260 Luke Dashjr How Bitcoin UASF Went Down, Taproot LOT=True, Speedy Trial, Small Blocks
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Luke Dashjr, long time Bitcoin Core contributor joins me on the show to discuss his views on how UASF went down in 2017. We talk through the various trade offs and points around Taproot activation and why he believes that LOT = True maximally reduces the risks.

We chat:

  • Luke’s background
  • BIP91, BIP148
  • Miner signalling
  • Chainsplits
  • Average user and code review
  • Speedy Trial
  • Small blocks

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Mar 17, 2021
SLP259 Whit Gibbs - Bitcoin Mining For All With Compass Mining
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Whit Gibbs of Compass Mining joins me on the show to talk about his background in mining, and how the mining market is developing. We chat:

  • Hitting ROI on a mining machine
  • Current prices and costs
  • How to do it
  • Learning by doing and making mistakes
  • Mining equipment
  • Mining facilities
  • Hashrate distribution around the world
  • Recent raise

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Mar 15, 2021
SLP258 Rafael Schultze-Kraft Bitcoin Supply Crunch
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Rafael Schultze-Kraft CTO of Glassnode rejoins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin on chain metrics and how there is a very bullish set up right now. We chat:

  • Overview of how Glassnode’s analysis works
  • Liquid supply vs illiquid supply
  • Number of coins on exchanges dropping and what this means
  • Difference in structure of bitcoin demand this time vs 2017
  • Why its not true that “2% of accounts control 95% of bitcoin”

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Mar 11, 2021
SLP257 Matt Corallo - Bitcoin Soft Fork Activation, Taproot, and Playing Chicken
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Matt Corallo of Square Crypto, and long time bitcoin developer (now more focused on lightning) joins me on the show to talk about Taproot Activation, as well as review some of the history and nuance of prior soft forks in Bitcoin. We discuss:

  • What is a fork
  • What are the benefits of Taproot
  • How the events of 2017 played out
  • Dynamics of soft forks
  • Taproot activation paths
  • Flag day vs forced signalling UASF style
  • LDK - Lightning Dev Kit

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Mar 04, 2021
SLP256 David Bailey Bitcoin 2021 and Bull Markets
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David Bailey, CEO of BTC Media (including Bitcoin Magazine) rejoins me on the show to chat about the latest: Bitcoin 2021 is coming and it’ll be huge! We chat:

  • Bitcoin 2021 and the guests
  • The feeling of live conferences
  • Bitcoin Magazine content
  • Bitcoin’s growth in recent years
  • Bitcoin culture

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Mar 02, 2021
SLP255 Gleb Naumenko: The Label, Bitcoin Dev & Consulting
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Gleb Naumenko, Bitcoin developer rejoins me to talk about his latest venture, The Label. We chat about:

  • Bitcoin development and consulting
  • Protocol development
  • Cross layer considerations
  • Bitcoin & Lightning attacks
  • Time Dilation attacks
  • CoinPool

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Feb 26, 2021
SLP254 Dario Sneidermanis Muun Wallet: Bitcoin & Lightning All In One
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Dario Sneidermanis, Founder of Muun Wallet joins me to talk about the advanced technological approach taken by his team. We chat about:

  • Muun as a single unified bitcoin + lightning balance
  • A different approach with mnemonics and backups
  • Lightning and channel management
  • Splicing
  • Use in Argentina and elsewhere around the world

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Feb 23, 2021
SLP253 Samson Mow Blockstream Jade, Liquid & Bitcoin Mining
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Samson Mow CSO of Blockstream rejoins me on the show to chat about what’s going on with the new Jade hardware wallet, updates on Liquid & Bitcoin Mining:

  • Jade hardware wallet
  • Blockstream Green
  • Why use Liquid vs Lightning
  • Blockstream Mining
  • Mining industry generally

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Feb 19, 2021
SLP252 NVK Bitcoin Hardware Wallets vs Air Gapped Computers
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NVK, CEO of CoinKite joins me on the show to talk about hardware wallets, air gapped computers and all kinds of useful security questions. This episode will help you learn about the kinds of attacks possible against air gapped computers and hardware wallets, as well as bring some nuance and balance to the conversation about how people should use Bitcoin. We chat:

  • Locking down security
  • Attacks possible against air gapped computers
  • Multi sig vulnerabilities and standards
  • Helping newcoiners in the space
  • Balancing tradeoffs

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Feb 17, 2021
SLP251 Dan Held HODL Mindset & Bitcoin Finances
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Dan Held rejoins me on the show to chat about HODL mindsets vs spending and mistakes made along the way. You’ll find a lot of value in this episode whether you are a new bitcoiner or an experienced hand. We chat:

  • HODL Mindset
  • Mistakes of spending and trading
  • Using Bitcoin collateralised loans
  • Property market for Bitcoiners
  • Where we’re going

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Feb 12, 2021
SLP250 Andrew Henderson - Nomad Capitalism for Bitcoiners
3102

Andrew Henderson of Nomad Capitalist joins me on the show to talk about the benefits of nomad capitalism, using overseas residences and citizenships to obtain legal tax savings and increased freedom. We chat:

  • Huge tax savings possible
  • Risks and costs
  • Considerations for Bitcoiners
  • Being a nomad with a family
  • Jurisdictional competition
  • Adapting to a globally changing game

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Feb 08, 2021
SLP249 Bitcoin Patents & Open Crypto Alliance with Stephan Kinsella and Jed Grant
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Stephan Kinsella and Jed Grant join me to chat about Open Crypto Alliance.

We talk:

  • Why IP laws are anti-liberty and anti-progress
  • How progress has been delayed by improper concepts of property rights
  • How Patent laws could hinder the Bitcoin industry
  • The asymmetry of attack vs defense here
  • How to stop overly broad patents
  • How to support OCA

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Feb 05, 2021
SLP248 Godfrey Bloom - What Will Government Do To Bitcoin
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Godfrey Bloom, Austrian economist, former politician, and libertarian author joins me to talk about what governments will do to Bitcoin. We discuss:

  • Commonalities and differences with gold
  • What he’s learned since first buying Bitcoin
  • How governments may attempt to control Bitcoin
  • How some people will use Bitcoin in spite of control
  • Govt bans vs regulation
  • Building a movement

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Feb 02, 2021
SLP247 Luke Gromen - Does Bitcoin Recreate The Hunger Games?
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Luke Gromen, founder of FFTT (Forest for the Trees) joins me to talk about his views on Bitcoin. We chat:

  • Bitcoin as store of value, medium of exchange bifurcated
  • Does Bitcoin recreate the Hunger Games?
  • Bitcoin as Smoke Alarm
  • US Govt debt
  • Why rates can’t rise?

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Jan 29, 2021
SLP246 Mandrik - Earning Bitcoin Will Change Your Life
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Have you wondered whether you should work in the Bitcoin industry or otherwise earn Bitcoin? Listen to this episode where Mandrik, OG Bitcoiner from 2011 joins me to share his stories of earlier days in Bitcoin. We chat:

  • Libertarians and Bitcoin
  • Early wallets
  • Working at Bitcoin companies in those days
  • Why earning will change your life

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Jan 25, 2021
SLP245 Mempool.space - helping Bitcoin migrate to a multi-layer ecosystem
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Wiz and Simon of the mempool.space project join me to talk about how Bitcoin is evolving over time into a multi layered system. Mempool.space is a block visualizer and explorer that helps users target their fee levels and more. We chat:

  • How the mempool.space project started
  • The evolution of fees and bitcoin’s block space market
  • Mempool.space v2 launch
  • How fees might shift over time
  • Techniques for dealing with bitcoin confirmation
  • Future plans with mempool.space

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Jan 21, 2021
SLP244 Nik Bhatia - Bitcoin: The Safest Layer
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Nik Bhatia, CFA, author and university lecturer (previously worked as a bond trader and at OpenNode) joins me to talk about Bitcoin and its role in a layered money world. We talk about the concept of money operating in layers and what this might look like going into the future. We also chat about the idea that Bitcoin could be the safest layer to operate at.

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Jan 18, 2021
SLP243 PlanB Demand For Bitcoin Will Skyrocket
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Bitcoin price has been rising and some argue that it is tracking along with the S2F model! Others argue that this is statistically invalid. PlanB, pseudonymous analyst and creator of the S2F and S2FX models rejoins me on the show to talk:

  • S2F and S2FX vs recent market action
  • Critiques and spurious correlations
  • Comparison with past cycles
  • PlanB’s thoughts on whether this is the final cycle
  • Macro factors - Tether and others
  • Negative rates
  • Cash and carry trade

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Jan 15, 2021
SLP242 Jonas Schnelli Maintaining Bitcoin Core: Contributions, Consensus, Conflict
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Jonas Schnelli, one of the Bitcoin Core maintainers joins me to talk about Bitcoin development, contribution, funding and the ecosystem of Bitcoin. We get into:

  • How contribution happens
  • How to deal with conflict as a maintainer
  • What rough consensus means
  • Taproot
  • Privacy
  • Lightning
  • Mining
  • Outlook for next 5 years

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Jan 13, 2021
SLP241 Bunnie - Precursor: Open Source Hardware Development Platform (Feat. Nicolas Dorier as guest host)
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In the Bitcoin world, we say “Don’t Trust, Verify”. But do we do this with our hardware and hardware wallets? Andrew “bunnie” Huang is a hacker and open hardware activist, holding a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He joins me and Nicolas Dorier (as guest co host) to talk about his new project and how it could be used in the Bitcoin world, potentially as a fully open source bitcoin hardware wallet.

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Jan 08, 2021
SLP240 Jimmy Song & Robert Breedlove - Thank God For Bitcoin
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Jimmy Song and Robert Breedlove join me to talk about a new book they co-authored (with other authors) on Bitcoin and how it fixes fiat money. This new book is inspired by The Ethics of Money Production and Honest Money, which blends an austrian analysis of fiat money and fractional reserve banking, with a christian perspective.

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Jan 05, 2021
SLP239 Jake Chervinsky - Pushing Back on FinCEN non-custodial Bitcoin Regulation
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Jake Chervinsky, GC of Compound Finance joins me on the show to talk about Steven Mnuchin’s proposed new regulations for US Bitcoin companies and how to push back:

  • What the new regulation would do
  • Terminology ‘unhosted’ and self-hosted
  • Compliance burden and chilling effect
  • Can the regulations be pushed back?
  • Non-US customers of US businesses
  • FATF and how to push back

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Dec 23, 2020
SLP238 Zach Herbert & Ken Carpenter - Passport by Foundation Devices: Air Gapped Hardware Wallet
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The market for high quality hardware wallets is becoming more competitive with new entrants over time. Zach Herbert & Ken Carpenter of Foundation Devices join me to talk about their new upcoming product, Passport. Passport is fully air gapped (QR or microSD), PSBT, and designed with an open source mindset. We chat:

  • Zach and Ken’s history with Obelisk prior to Foundation
  • Overview of Passport
  • Features
  • Approach with software
  • QR air gapping
  • Seed Generation
  • Firmware updates
  • Pricing and Timing

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Dec 21, 2020
SLP237 Saifedean Ammous - Fiat Standard & Fiat Propaganda
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Dec 15, 2020
SLP236 Nic Carter Stablecoins: Bullish or Bearish For Bitcoin?
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Nic Carter of Castle Island Ventures, author and podcaster in the space joins me to talk about stablecoins.

  • What are stablecoins?
  • Who uses them?
  • What kind of volumes are we talking about?
  • What kind of platform risks are involved?
  • Are they bullish or bearish for Bitcoin?
  • STABLE act
  • Outlook for stablecoins going forward

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Dec 11, 2020
SLP235 Niall Ferguson Bitcoin & Monetary Revolution
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Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He’s also author of 15 books, including The Ascent of Money. Niall and I chat:

  • Bitcoin as a store of value
  • The pandemic and impacts on how we use money
  • Debt around the world and in history
  • What’s in our financial future

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Dec 07, 2020
SLP234 Ron Paul Bitcoin, Liberty & Freedom in Money
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Ron Paul, libertarian former congressman and presidential candidate, joins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin, Libertarianism and Freedom in Money.

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Dec 05, 2020
SLP233 Vijay Boyapati - Bitcoin Valuations & Cycles
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Vijay Boyapati rejoins me on the show to talk about where we’re at in the cycle. We talk through:

  • Possible valuations for bitcoin
  • Common misunderstandings
  • Errors people make in bull runs
  • Why Bitcoin is not tulips
  • Bitcoin Derangement Syndrome

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Dec 04, 2020
SLP232 Lyn Alden - Bitcoin as Emerging Store of Value
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Lyn Alden of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy joins me to talk about how Bitcoin is emerging as a new store of value. We discuss misconceptions on bitcoin, the impact of the constant low key influx of new capital, gold vs bitcoin, concentration of bitcoin, and the broader macro environment we find ourselves in.

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Dec 02, 2020
SLP231 Stepan Snigirev Build Your Own Hardware Wallet with Specter DIY
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Stepan Snigirev (CTO Crypto Advance), and renowned hardware wallet maker rejoins me on the show to talk about Specter DIY and Specter Desktop updates. We chat:

  • Why make your own
  • Security model vs other HWWs
  • Airgapping with QR
  • Use in multi sig setups
  • Specter Desktop updates

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Nov 30, 2020
SLP230 Is Lightning The Future Of Bitcoin Transactions? Udi Wertheimer and Eric Wall Discuss
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We’re all bullish on bitcoin, but will transactions take place on Lightning Network or other layers and tech? Udi and Eric join me on the show to discuss.

  • Monetary demand for bitcoin
  • How much payment demand is there?
  • Privacy, custody and other trade offs
  • Stablecoin payment demand
  • Platform risks of ETH

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Nov 27, 2020
SLP229 John Newbery - Brink: Bitcoin Development
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John Newbery joins me to talk about his new bitcoin research and development center, Brink. John is a regular Bitcoin Core contributor, works on Bitcoin Optech, started PR Review Club, and mentors new bitcoin core developers. In this show we talk:

  • Why Brink
  • Priorities for development
  • Mentoring new developers
  • Bitcoin development culture

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Nov 24, 2020
SLP228 OKCoin’s Bitcoin Developer Grant Program with Hong Fang
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Hong Fang, CEO of OKCoin joins me to talk about:

  • Her pathway to learning about Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin’s current status in the market
  • Funding Bitcoin development
  • Focus and priorities for development
  • Identifying talent

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Nov 20, 2020
SLP227 Will Bitcoin & Dissident Tech Splinter Governments? Robert Breedlove and Jesse Lawler Debate
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Will Bitcoin enable the Sovereign Individual thesis to play out? Or will the state successfully find some counter to retain the level of taxation, surveillance and control that they currently enjoy? Robert Breedlove and Jesse Lawler join me on the show to debate.

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Nov 16, 2020
SLP226 Max Keidun Can Bitcoin Do DeFi and Lending? Hodl Hodl Lend
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What is DeFi? Should it be a thing in Bitcoin or is that just an altcoin gambling thing? Max Keidun, CEO of Hodl Hodl joins me to talk about Bitcoin DeFi and Hodl Hodl’s new product, Lend. We talk:

  • Bitcoin DeFi
  • Hodl Hodl Lend
  • Opening up a whole new lending market
  • Risks
  • Costs
  • How it might develop

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Nov 13, 2020
SLP225 Embassy: Sovereign Personal Computing, Privacy, Bitcoin & Lightning with Matt Hill & Aiden McClelland
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You’re probably familiar with Bitcoin node packages, so what’s different here with Embassy and EmbassyOS? Matt Hill & Aiden McClelland of Start9 Labs join me to talk about shifting to a more personally sovereign paradigm, and what kinds of technology and hardware can take us there. We talk about:

  • What EmbassyOS is
  • What’s different vs bitcoin node packages
  • Integrating Lightning into EmbassyOS
  • Private messaging
  • Set up
  • Where we’re going

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Nov 09, 2020
SLP224 NVK - What Do Most People Get Wrong About Bitcoin Security? Blockclock Mini & Bitcoin Treasuries
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What are some common errors that people make when learning how to self custody? Should you use multi signature? Where does NVK agree / disagree with Michael Flaxman? NVK, CEO of CoinKite rejoins me on the show to discuss this and more.

  • Bitcoin multi signature
  • Bitcoin backups and walletsrecovery.org
  • Bitcoin security
  • Blockclock Mini
  • BitcoinTreasuries.org

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Nov 06, 2020
SLP223 Preston Pysh Bitcoin's Final Cycle?
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Preston Pysh of We Study Billionaires joins me on the show to talk about what Bitcoin’s final cycle might look like. How would we know if we’re going through the final cycle? How likely is it? Will corporates buying bitcoin be weak hands or strong hands? What about governments trying to shut Bitcoin down?

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Nov 02, 2020
SLP222 Jonas Nick and Tim Ruffing What’s MuSig2? What Does it Mean for Bitcoin Multisig?
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Confused about what MuSig2 is? As Bitcoin’s Schnorr Taproot soft fork has now been merged into Bitcoin Core (but not yet activated), it’s worthwhile understanding what some of the new multisignature schemes are for using Taproot. Jonas Nick and Tim Ruffing, cryptographers working at Blockstream join me on the show to talk about their latest, MuSig2.

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Oct 27, 2020
SLP221 Joe Kelly And Dhruv Bansal - Should Your Business Hold Bitcoin? Unchained Business Accounts
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What are the considerations for your business in holding bitcoin? Should you self custody with multi signature for improved security and control? Joe Kelly and Dhruv Bansal, CEO and CSO of Unchained Capital join me to chat.

We talk:

  • What business owners have to consider
  • How to custody bitcoin
  • Unchained Capital’s solution
  • Coldcard
  • Financialisation of computer networks
  • Challenges of being a bitcoin company founder

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Oct 21, 2020
SLP220 Is Bitcoin Democratic, And Is Democracy Good? With Saifedean and Alex Gladstein
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Is Bitcoin a democracy? Or is it more like a natural order? What about democracy in general, does that protect human rights and enable human flourishing? Saifedean and Alex Gladstein debate the question of whether democracy promotes human flourishing. This was moderated by Stephan Livera, initially on Saifedean’s online seminar.

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Oct 18, 2020
SLP219 Nadav Kohen - What You Should Know About Bitcoin DLCs
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What are Discreet Log Contracts? Are they just for degenerate gamblers or is there a business use here? Nadav Kohen of Suredbits joins me to talk about what they are, why they’re useful and how they work.

  • Why Use DLCs over multisig?
  • Trust and Privacy
  • Funding and Contract Execution Transactions
  • Oracles and associated problems
  • Lightning DLCs
  • DLC Spec

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Oct 15, 2020
SLP218 Philip Haslam & Russ Lamberti - Debt Culture & When Money Destroys Nations
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Philip Haslam and Russ Lamberti join me to talk about their book on Zimbabwe and hyperinflation, When Money Destroys Nations. We chat about:

  • Where hyperinflation has happened before
  • The culture of debt & entitlement
  • Print and spend vs loan and spend
  • The stages or ‘gorge moments’
  • Financial repression
  • Liquidity obfuscation
  • How might future hyperinflation episodes play out

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Oct 09, 2020
SLP217 Exploring Bitcoin With Godfrey Bloom
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Godfrey Bloom, Austrian economist, former politician, and libertarian author joins me to talk. Godfrey is a self proclaimed goldbug, and in this conversation we explore Bitcoin and his recent discussion on it.

We chat about:

  • Bitcoin’s use as reserve asset
  • Some similarities and differences between Bitcoin and Gold
  • Central Banking
  • Welfare Statism

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Oct 07, 2020
SLP216 Gloria Zhao Learning Bitcoin Core Contribution & Hosting PR Review Club
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Why is Bitcoin so exciting? How does Silicon Valley culture influence it? Gloria Zhao, bitcoin core contributor joins me to talk:

  • Silicon Valley culture influences
  • Teaching blockchain, then getting more into Bitcoin
  • Being mentored by Bitcoin core developers
  • Bitcoin PR Review club
  • Map of the Bitcoin Network

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Oct 02, 2020
SLP215 Michael Flaxman - 10x Your Bitcoin Security With Multisig
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After terrifying everyone with his prior SLP appearance re: hardware wallet security, Michael Flaxman rejoins me on the show to talk about his new multisig guide to help users secure their coins without any single point of failure.

We cover:

  • What’s improved in the space since last year
  • Why you need to eliminate SPOFs (Single Points of Failure)
  • Comparison of current hardware wallets
  • Multi sig services vs DIY
  • Using Specter
  • Using Coldcard & Cobo
  • Seedpicker
  • Tips on maintaining the setup

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Sep 28, 2020
SLP214 Pierre Rochard & Fabian Jahr - Where Are All The Bitcoins?
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Why does auditing Bitcoin matter? Why won’t the supply ever actually reach 21 million? Pierre Rochard of Kraken and Fabian Jahr (Bitcoin Core contributor) join me on the show to talk.

  • Bitcoin supply
  • Auditing
  • Gettxoutset
  • Bitcoin Core coin stats index
  • More in depth bitcoin accounting

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Sep 25, 2020
SLP213 Michael Saylor - Bitcoin Dematerializes Money
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Why did MicroStrategy buy $425 million of Bitcoin and adopt it as Primary Treasury Reserve Asset? How did the team learn about Bitcoin? What is driving people to learn about Bitcoin in this high inflation environment? Michael Saylor, CEO of MicroStrategy joins me to discuss.

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Sep 21, 2020
SLP212 Alex Daskalov Can Bitcoin In Custody Be Insured?
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Bitcoin custody insurance has been hotly debated in the industry, with concerns around the volatility, its feasibility, and whether it makes sense. What's Knox doing differently? Alex Daskalov, CEO of Knox Custody joins me to discuss these questions.

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Sep 20, 2020
SLP211 Steve Lee - Bitcoin Grants, Design & Crypto Patents (COPA)
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What grants have Square Crypto given? How can Bitcoin design be improved? How can Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Patents be protected for the community and permissionless innovation to continue apace? Steve Lee of Square Crypto joins me to talk about some of the latest.

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Sep 15, 2020
SLP210 Sergej Kotliar How To Watch Bitcoin’s Mempool, Lightning Adoption & Privacy
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How do you watch Bitcoin’s mempool? What tools should we use? What are the implications longer term for a blockspace market? Sergej Kotliar, CEO of Bitrefill joins me to talk about this and more:

  • Mempool watching and what tools are needed
  • Blockspace market longer term
  • Lightning adoption
  • Bitcoin Privacy and ‘bad actors’
  • COVID and Bitcoiners

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Sep 11, 2020
SLP209 Samourai Wallet - Bitcoin Culture & New Privacy Features
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Is Bitcoin user culture going the wrong way? Or are these general cultural things? What should be the approach around avoiding KYC? What new features are coming to Samourai Wallet? Samourai Wallet joins me to discuss.

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Sep 08, 2020
SLP208 Peter Schiff Bitcoin or Gold?
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Does money need a non-monetary use? Will the government return to a gold standard? Are we doomed to repeat the same cycle of fiat money? Peter Schiff, CEO Euro Pacific Capital, chairman of Schiff Gold, and host of Schiff Radio joins me to discuss.

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Sep 04, 2020
SLP207 Roasbeef - Lightning Labs lnd Goes Wumbo
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What’s the latest with the Lightning Network? What will it mean when channels go large sized with wumbo? How is the network and ecosystem growing? Laolu (roasbeef) CTO of Lightning Labs joins me to talk.

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Sep 02, 2020
SLP206 Luke Childs - How To Recover Bitcoins & Umbrel
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Have you wondered how to recover bitcoins from a seed? Maybe your friend doesn’t remember which wallet they used? In this episode with Luke Childs, we talk about how to recover them into Electrum with his newly written tool.

We also talk about Umbrel, a new node package promising very easy set up.

We also chat about security, development and bitcoin coding.

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Aug 31, 2020
SLP205 Specter Desktop Bitcoin Multi Sig with Stepan Snigirev & Ben Kaufman
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Are you looking for an easy bitcoin multi signature wallet that doesn’t require an electrum server? Or perhaps one with support for different bitcoin hardware wallets and a different interface? Check out Specter-Desktop! Stepan Snigirev (CTO Crypto Advance) and Ben Kaufman (Specter Desktop contributor) join me to talk about the project.

  • Features
  • UX
  • Multi signature standards
  • HWI and HWW support
  • Design decisions
  • Looking for contributors

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Aug 28, 2020
SLP204 Robert Breedlove Bitcoin vs Slave Money
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What’s the relation between fiat money and slavery? How did easy money and government suppression of honest money lead to this outcome? What’s the story with aggry beads and panos? How does Bitcoin change this? Robert Breedlove (CEO & CIO Parallax Digital) joins me to talk about these questions.

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Aug 25, 2020
SLP203 Raoul Pal - Bitcoin and Macro Collide
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Raoul Pal of Real Vision rejoins me on the show to talk about how Bitcoin and Macro are colliding. We talk about the incredible risk:reward opportunity of bitcoin, DCA long term, Bitcoin as better collateral, and more.

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Aug 21, 2020
SLP202 Jeff Yew - Bitcoin in Australia
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What are some of the stories from Bitcoin’s Brisbane scene in Australia? Jeff Yew joins me to chat about his experiences from the Brisbane scene, and teaching newcoiners about bitcoin. We also chat about the Binance Australia launch.

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Aug 20, 2020
SLP201 Bitcoin Local Trader Comes to BlueWallet with Nuno & Igor
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Want to buy bitcoin w/o KYC and non custodial all in one app? BlueWallet has recently launched this feature. Igor and Nuno from the BlueWallet team join me to talk about their work and the many features available in BlueWallet.

  • Creating BlueWallet
  • Partnering with Hodl Hodl
  • UX
  • Lightning
  • Custodial
  • Watch only wallets and hardware wallet support

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Aug 17, 2020
SLP200 Christian Decker - ANYPREVOUT, MPP, Mitigating LN Attacks
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What’s ANYPREVOUT? How does MPP work in practice and what are the considerations? What about some of these LN attacks, what are the mitigations and do they limit LN’s effectiveness? How is Bitcoin’s Lightning Network likely to grow out in the future?

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Aug 13, 2020
SLP199 Electrum Wallet 4 with Thomas V & Ghost43
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Electrum Wallet is one of the longest standing Bitcoin wallets, and well known for supporting hardware wallets, multi signature - and now lightning! We talk about a range of things:

  • Lightning
  • HWW support
  • Multi sig
  • Electrum Server model
  • Backup seeds

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Aug 09, 2020
SLP198 Caitlin Long - What Are Austrian Economists Missing About Money And Banking?
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Caitlin Long of Avanti Financial Group joins me to talk about Bitcoin, banking, rehypothecation and what Austrian Economists are missing. How much additional money is being created in the shadow banking system? What about ‘moneyness’? We also discuss Caitlin’s IMF working paper, and the recent OCC Interpretive Letter 1170.

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Aug 05, 2020
SLP197 Stephen Cole How to Run Your Local Bitcoin Meetup
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How do we grow Bitcoin’s community of self custodying HODLers? With Bitcoin Meetups! How do you organise and run one? What topics do you present? How do you get a venue? How do you keep people engaged? Stephen Cole of the OC Bitcoin Meetup joins me to discuss.

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Jul 31, 2020
SLP196 Is Bitcoin Being Captured? With Matt Odell, Alex Gladstein & Rafael Yakobi
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Does government regulation of AML (Anti Money Laundering) represent a  new way for governments to capture Bitcoin? FATF (Financial Action Task  Force) is driving stricter regulations, and it now appears that large  Bitcoin businesses are looking for ways to collaborate with the “Travel  Rule”. What are the implications of this for Bitcoin privacy? Will  Bitcoin be captured by governments, or will Bitcoin capture governments?

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Jul 28, 2020
SLP195 nix-bitcoin: A Security Focused Bitcoin Node
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Nix-Bitcoin is a designed to be a more secure Bitcoin node, based on NixOS. Pseudonymous developer, nixbitcoindev joins me to explain more about why and how. What are the benefits of reproducibility? What else can be done from a security perspective to secure your bitcoin node? Will it be easy to use or only for technical people?

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Jul 26, 2020
SLP194 RaspiBlitz with Rootzoll and Openoms
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Wondered how to set up your own bitcoin + lightning node? Raspiblitz  is a project offering a DIY node (or you can buy a premade one), with an  LCD screen. Rootzoll and openoms join me to discuss.

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Jul 23, 2020
SLP193 Gary Leland - Bitcoin For Boomers & BitBlockBoom
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How do you teach Bitcoin to your Boomer relatives and friends? What are  some of the common sticking points? Should you explain it as Digital  Gold? Gary Leland, Hall of Fame podcaster, entrepreneur, and conference  organizer of Bit Block Boom joins me to discuss!

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Jul 15, 2020
SLP192 Alyse Killeen – Investing In Bitcoin Companies
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If you’re fundamentally bullish on Bitcoin, how do you invest in Bitcoin  companies? What kind of strategies can be employed, what are some  common errors in the space? How do you pick good teams and companies?  Alyse Killeen founding Managing Partner of Stillmark VC, advisor to  Mantis (venture firm) and advisor and sits on the board of well known  Bitcoin companies such as Blockstream and Casa.

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Jul 14, 2020
SLP191 Jeff Booth - Bitcoin & Our Deflationary Future
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The world is undergoing pressures that are inflationary, but also deflationary forces. Which one will win out? What is driving humanity’s  progress forward? Jeff Booth, tech entrepreneur and author joins me to  discuss our deflationary future.

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Jul 10, 2020
SLP190 Rafael Schultze-Kraft – How Many Bitcoins Are Being HODLed?
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How many Bitcoins are being HODLed? Bitcoin’s nature allows some level  of investigation and analysis, and it’s possible to see how many coins  are moving. Rafael Schultze-Kraft, CTO of Glassnode joins me on the show  to discuss some of the insights he’s been sharing.

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Jul 08, 2020
SLP189 Ragnar Lifthrasir Should You Spend Bitcoin Now?
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There’s a lot of heated discussion about Bitcoin HODLing vs Spending,  the circular economy, and what actions build on Bitcoin’s censorship  resistance. Ragnar Lifthrasir of Guns N Bitcoin joins me for a  discussion on this topic.

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Jul 05, 2020
SLP188 Dan Held – Does Bitcoin Need Marketing?
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Does Bitcoin Need Marketing and marketers? Does it need influencers?  What kinds of strategies are appropriate across different channels? Dan  Held, Director of Business Development at Kraken joins me to discuss.

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Jul 01, 2020
SLP187 John Cantrell - Bruteforcing Bitcoin Seeds
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John Cantrell, Bitcoin developer joins me to talk about how he  cracked Alistair Milne’s social media bitcoin challenge. With the first 8  words of the seed, John was able to crack a 12 word seed using a  cluster of GPU’s. John is also the creator of Juggernaut, a lightning  messaging app.

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Jun 30, 2020
SLP186 Joseph Salerno – Bitcoin and How Money Arises
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Dr Joseph Salerno, Academic VP of Mises Institute joins me in this  episode to talk about his views on Bitcoin, monetary velocity, how money  emerges on the market and more.

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Jun 29, 2020
SLP185 Vijay Boyapati – What Bitcoin Is
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Many people are confused about Bitcoin. Is it for transactional  payments, or should we view it as something closer to Digital Gold or  savings? Regular guest Vijay Boyapati rejoins me on the show to talk  about this. We also talk:

  • Common errors in conceiving of Bitcoin
  • Risks with custodial and KYC
  • Updated thoughts on prior article re: Credit Deflation
  • CHAZ

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Jun 24, 2020
SLP184 Alessandro Cecere – Bitcoin Nodes in Venezuela
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Alessandro Cecere (aka el Sultan Bitcoin), CEO of Coinspree joins me to  talk about his experiences growing up in Venezuela, and his passion for  spreading bitcoin.

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Jun 23, 2020
SLP183 Dennis Wohlfarth & Clinton Donnelly – Bitcoin Tax Strategies
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Dennis Wohlfarth of Accointing & Clinton Donnelly of Donnelly Tax  Law join me to talk about Bitcoin tax treatment, and strategies to minimise tax. We chat about:

  • Current tax treatment
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Record keeping
  • Tax strategies locally
  • Tax strategies for those willing to go overseas
  • International competition

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Jun 18, 2020
SLP182 Nick Neuman & Jameson Lopp - The Next 100 Million Bitcoin Users
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Nick Neuman and Jameson Lopp, CEO and CTO of Casa join me to talk about updates at Casa, the world of multi signature, hardware wallets,  personal security and personal data in the age of increasing statism.

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Jun 16, 2020
SLP181 Preston Pysh – Bitcoin as Numeraire
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Preston Pysh, co founder of The Investor’s Podcast network rejoins me to  talk about Bitcoin, inflation, bonds, and investing in a bitcoinised  world.

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Jun 12, 2020
SLP180 Eric (iamTheCharacter) Bitcoin as Protest and Macro Solution
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Eric eloquently spoke about Bitcoin as a macro solution on a live news broadcast from a protest near LA City Hall. I invited Eric on to discuss his views and his macro solution. We talk about his interest in Bitcoin, his RaspiBlitz node, his excitement for the lightning network, and bitcoin as a social movement.

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Jun 10, 2020
SLP179 Ergo - Unwinding Bitcoin Coinjoins: Tumblers, Wasabi, JoinMarket
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Ergo of OXT Research (Samourai Wallet team) joins me to talk about his latest research into the Lazarus group, and also unwinding Bitcoin Coinjoins - whether they are through custodial tumblers, Wasabi or JoinMarket.

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  • Twitter: @ergoBTC
  • OXT Research
    • The North Korean Connection
    • Toxic Recall Attack - Unwinding JoinMarket Case Study

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