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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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”
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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  • 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
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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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Jun 08, 2020
SLP178 6102 Bitcoin
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6102 Bitcoin is a pseudonymous bitcoiner known for his contributions with various Bitcoin resources and how to sites, and infographics. He joins me for a discussion about bitcoin privacy, why he does this under a pseudonym, contributing in the Bitcoin space, Blockstream’s Liquid network and more.

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Jun 04, 2020
SLP177 Murch – Bitcoin Coin Selection
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Murch joins me to talk about his work on Coin Selection, managing large  wallets! We’ll talk about fees, selecting coins, the blockspace market,  how you can think about optimising your wallet.

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May 28, 2020
SLP176 Parker Lewis & Buck Perley – Caravan Multisig Bitcoin Wallet
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Parker Lewis and Buck Perley of Unchained Capital join me on the show  to talk about updates on the Caravan open source project, making multi  sig accessible and easy for the masses. Previously it was single address  only, and now it works as a wallet! We’ll chat:

  • Why use Caravan
  • What the new updates are
  • Hardware wallet testing
  • xPubs and multi sig
  • Bitcoiner Ventures raise

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May 22, 2020
SLP175 Matt Ahlborg – Bitcoin In the Developing World
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Matt Ahlborg of UsefulTulips.org joins me on the show to talk about bitcoin use in South America, and Africa. Matt Ahlborg is a researcher and data scientist looking into the use of Bitcoin around the world.

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May 20, 2020
SLP174 Matt Ridley - Bitcoin & How Innovation Works
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Matt Ridley is a writer, biologist & Rational Optimist. He joins me to talk about his views on science, economics, innovation and how they apply to Bitcoin.

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May 18, 2020
SLP173 Bitstein – Nakamoto Institute Bitcoin Literature Review
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May 16, 2020
SLP172 Nicolas Dorier & Kukks – P2EP Comes To BTCPay Server
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Nicolas Dorier and Mr Kukks rejoin me on the show to talk about updates  with BTCPay Server, such as P2EP (Pay to End point), which will assist  bitcoin accepting merchants to PayJoin with customers, adding to the  privacy on Bitcoin.

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May 10, 2020
SLP171 PlanB & Saifedean Ammous – Bitcoin S2FX, S2F, and Evolution From Collectible to Financial Asset
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PlanB (pseudonymous Bitcoin quant) & Saifedean (Bitcoin economist)  rejoin me to talk about PlanB’s latest work on S2FX, and some of the  debates being had on S2F modelling as well as addressing some of the  criticism. We will also talk about Bitcoin as it goes through phase  transitions, and the implications on the Bitcoin industry, and the rest  of society.

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May 05, 2020
SLP170 Yuri de Gaia - Bitcoin’s Two Economies & Citadels
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Yuri de Gaia, Partner at L2B Global (Reserve Bitcoin OTC, Liquiditi, Moontower) joins me to talk about Bitcoin’s two economies: the regulated compliant world, and the defiant crypto-anarchist world.

  • How they will grow
  • Do they support each other
  • Citadels, Monarchy, and Anarcho-capitalism
  • OTC Trading
  • Liquid
  • Moontower

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May 04, 2020
SLP169 Jeff Deist - Bitcoin & Acting Locally
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Jeff Deist, President of the Mises Institute rejoins me to talk about Bitcoin, Central Banking, Corona virus, libertarianism and acting locally:

  • Mises Institute and Bitcoin
  • Hypocritical fund managers
  • UBI and MMT becoming popular
  • Smaller is better
  • Better, not perfect

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Apr 27, 2020
SLP168 Lisa Neigut - Lightning Network Channel Accounting and Dual Funded Channels
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Lisa Neigut of Blockstream joins me to talk about Lightning Network Channels, c-lightning, and Dual Funded Channels. We discuss:

  • How she got into Lightning development
  • How Lightning Channels work
  • How they could be accounted for in c-lightning
  • Dual Funding of Channels
  • PoDLE
  • Hardware wallet funding of lightning channels

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Apr 24, 2020
SLP167 Chris Belcher - What’s The Problem With Bitcoin Surveillance?
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Chris Belcher rejoins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin Surveillance companies, and what risks they present to Bitcoin. We also talk about JoinMarket fidelity bonds.

  • Chain surveillance techniques
  • Downsides for Bitcoin
  • What to do about it
  • “Just Use Monero” is insufficient
  • PayJoin & P2EP
  • Fidelity Bonds - how they work
  • Benefits and costs

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Apr 21, 2020
SLP166 Max Keidun - P2P Bitcoin Trading No KYC, coming to your smartphone powered by Hodl Hodl
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Max Keidun, CEO of Hodl Hodl rejoins me on the show to talk about some exciting updates with Hodl Hodl:

  • UX/UI update to Hodl Hodl website interface
  • How the platform protects against scammers
  • Local Trader feature in BlueWallet
  • Stacking Bitcoins p2p, No KYC, directly into your Coldcard
  • Baltic Honeybadger 2020 Update

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Apr 15, 2020
SLP165 Rafael Yakobi - Should Coinjoin users be flagged? Is Privacy Illegal?
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Rafael Yakobi, Managing Attorney at The Crypto Lawyers joins me to talk about privacy in Bitcoin and the law. We talk about:

  • Financial surveillance laws
  • Obligations on bitcoin companies
  • How it works in practice
  • Blockchain surveillance companies

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Apr 11, 2020
SLP164 Gleb Naumenko - erlay Bitcoin transaction relay
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Gleb Naumenko of Chaincode Labs joins me in this episode to talk about erlay. We talk about:

  • How he got into bitcoin development
  • Transaction relay in Bitcoin
  • Attacks at the network level
  • Erlay
  • Costs and Benefits
  • Bitcoin and lightning development more broadly

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Apr 07, 2020
SLP163 Cory Klippsten - Bitcoin’s Intransigent Minority, Swan Bitcoin & Bitcoiner Ventures
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Cory Klippsten, CEO and Co-founder of Swan Bitcoin, GP of Bitcoiner Ventures joins me on the show to talk about:

  • Taleb’s thought and applying it to Bitcoin
  • The Intransigent Minority
  • Swan Bitcoin
  • Cheapest Auto DCA in the US
  • Bitcoiner Ventures and what it’s about, and how to get involved

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Apr 03, 2020
SLP162 Matt D’Souza - Bitcoin Halving Analysis: Bullish for Competitive Miners
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Matt D’Souza CEO of Blockware Solutions joins me to talk about his team’s recent research piece on Bitcoin Halving and analysis from a mining perspective. In this conversation, we chat:

  • Market participant profiles
  • Miner electricity distribution
  • Shut off and breakeven cost
  • Mining Rigs
  • Scenario Analysis
  • Why some miners operate at a loss
  • Difficulty adjustment dynamics
  • Why Efficient miners welcome the halving

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Apr 01, 2020
SLP161 Titus Gebel - Bitcoin Citadels as Free Private Cities
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Titus Gebel joins me to talk about Free Private Cities and how they relate to Bitcoin Citadels, a way for Bitcoin people to peacefully set up Bitcoin friendly cities.

We talk:

  • The problem with democracy and standard political activism
  • Legal system
  • Fee for service
  • Benefits of lower cost and more certainty
  • Dealing with poverty and pandemics
  • How to get there

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Mar 27, 2020
SLP160 BTCxZelko - Protect Your Bitcoin Privacy With Ronin Dojo
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BTCxZelko, Samourai Wallet community member co-founded the Ronin Dojo project, an easy to use Raspberry Pi / Odroid install script and UI to run your own Samourai Wallet Dojo. It’s an easy, cost effective way to run your own node backing your Samourai Wallet, which enables you to use Bitcoin over Tor, with coinjoining and best in class privacy features.

Zelko and I talk:

  • How he learned command line
  • How he got into Bitcoin privacy techniques
  • Recommended hardware for Ronin Dojo
  • How to install it for yourself

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Mar 25, 2020
SLP159 Phil Bonello - Bitcoin Sovereign Individual Investment Thesis
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Phil Bonello joins me to talk about the book, The Sovereign Individual, and how it relates to a Bitcoin investment thesis. We talk:

  • The Sovereign Individual book
  • Black Magic of Compound Interest and Jurisdiction shopping
  • What the book got wrong

Investment theses around the book relating to:

  • Media
  • Education
  • Remote Work
  • Bitcoin businesses
  • Censorship and Privacy

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Mar 20, 2020
SLP158 John Lee Quigley - How Does a Bitcoin Price Crash Impact Bitcoin Miners?
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John Lee Quigley of MinerUpdate and Adaptive Analysis joins me in this episode to talk about the impacts of bitcoin price drop on Bitcoin mining. We talk about:

  • What the key costs are for miners
  • Who are the key players in bitcoin mining
  • Miner trends
  • Geographic dispersion
  • Vertical integration
  • Energy use

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Mar 18, 2020
SLP157 Andy Edstrom - Bad Options For the Fiat Debt Problem & Why Buy Bitcoin
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Andy Edstrom, CFA CFP and author of “Why Buy Bitcoin” joins me to talk about:

  • Learning about austrian economics after getting into Bitcoin
  • Investor mindset
  • Fiat Money Debt Problem and Bad Options for how we get out of it
  • Why Buy Bitcoin book

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Mar 13, 2020
SLP156 Carlos Roldan - Satoshi's Games and Lightnite
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Carlos Roldan, CEO & Co founder of Satoshi’s Games, joins me to talk about why he’s excited about Lightning powered gaming.

We talk:

  • Why he got into Lightning
  • Bitcoin enabled gaming
  • Making it multi platform and beautiful
  • Lessons learned with Satoshi’s Place
  • Schedule going forward with Lightnite
  • Where you can get Lightnite

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Mar 10, 2020
SLP155 Clark Moody - Bitcoin Dashboard & the 1000 Year Bull Run
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Clark Moody, Bitcoin OG and entrepreneur joins me to talk about his dashboard, which is a fantastic resource for learning about bitcoin and monitoring bitcoin statistics. This is a great episode to learn about useful concepts in Bitcoin and Lightning. We talk about:

  • Clark’s history in bitcoin
  • Why he started the dashboard
  • Blockchain stats
  • Node stats
  • Mining economics
  • S2F
  • Output types
  • Future directions

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Mar 06, 2020
SLP154 Nick @BTConometrics - Quantitative Bitcoin Analysis & S2F Cointegration Strengthens
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Nick joins me to talk about how he tried to disprove PlanB’s Stock to flow model, but ended up finding out that it holds up. We also talk about cointegration, what that means, and some of Nick’s statistical work. We talk about:

  • Professional background
  • Background to S2F
  • Cointegration and what it means
  • Engle-Granger test
  • Mean Reversion indicator
  • Shitcoins riding Bitcoin’s coat tails

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Mar 03, 2020
SLP153 Philipp Bagus - What Most People Get Wrong About Deflation
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Philipp Bagus, Professor Department of Applied Economics, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos - joins me to talk about why deflation is not what you typically hear in the mainstream financial press. In this conversation we talk about:

  • The real causes of deflation
  • Why deflation is not necessarily what causes recessions
  • Distinctions between growth deflation, and bank credit deflation
  • Contrasting life under a fiat money standard with a hard money standard
  • Real world examples

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Feb 28, 2020
SLP152 NVK - CK-BUNKER and Bitcoin Backups
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NVK (Coinkite) joins me to talk about a new project, CK-BUNKER, a DIY co-signer. We talk about what this is, how it could be used by bitcoin businesses or service providers. Separately, we also talk about backing up your bitcoins and making sure they’re safe for the years to come. We talk:

  • CK-BUNKER
  • How to use it
  • Coldcard and secure elements
  • Opendime
  • Bitcoin Backups
  • Stablecoins

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Feb 25, 2020
SLP151 Obi - Coinfloor Going Bitcoin Only & Bitcoin Audits (aka Proof of Reserves)
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Obi Nwosu, CEO and Co-founder of Coinfloor joins me in this episode to talk about his approach to the space. We talk about:

  • Going Bitcoin Only and when an exchange should delist cryptocurrencies
  • Proof of Reserves & Proof of Solvency
  • Educating users of the exchange about Bitcoin
  • Supporting grass roots bitcoin meet ups, conferences, organisations
  • Advancing Bitcoin

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Feb 21, 2020
SLP150 Samourai Wallet - Make Every Bitcoin Spend a CoinJoin
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The co-founder of Samourai Wallet, rejoins me in this episode to talk about the current state of bitcoin privacy techniques, and some exciting updates coming soon to Samourai Wallet. We talk:

  • Creeping KYC and has bitcoin social culture regressed?
  • Does taint exist?
  • Coin selection algorithms. STONEWALL, and Solomon
  • Stowaway / PayJoin
  • Wallet fingerprinting and whether it’s an issue
  • Mobile mixing
  • Dojo and Ronin Dojo
  • Thoughts on Lightning and Liquid

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Feb 18, 2020
SLP149 Waxwing - Is Consumerism at Odds With Privacy in Bitcoin? JoinMarket, PayJoin, SNICKER
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Adam Gibson (aka Waxwing), Bitcoin privacy advocate, and contributor to JoinMarket joins me to discuss his thoughts on the state of privacy in Bitcoin. We talk about:

  • Why consumerism mentality may stop people from using privacy techniques
  • Why blockchain analysis companies are probably over rated
  • Schnorr Taproot and cross input signature aggregation
  • CoinJoinXT
  • SNICKER
  • JoinMarket
  • PayJoin

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Feb 15, 2020
SLP148 Petek @RadarRayne - Bridging Art and Bitcoin with Stock to Flow
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Petek (@RadarRayne) joins me to talk about coming into Bitcoin as an artist, and creating Bitcoin art. We also chat about her experience working with PlanB on stock to flow inspired art pieces, her thoughts on women in bitcoin, and how some ideas were just ripe for being created!

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Feb 10, 2020
SLP147 Pierre Rochard & Saifedean Ammous - Bitcoin as Savings Technology & Number Go Up
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Pierre Rochard (Kraken, Noded Podcast, Nakamoto Institute) and Saifedean Ammous (Bitcoin economist and author of The Bitcoin Standard) join me to talk about Bitcoin as Savings Technology and Number Go Up technology. This point is often misunderstood, so listen in for discussion on:

  • Cash balance
  • Savings technology
  • Number Go Up
  • Stock to flow
  • Lightning and Bitcoin developments

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Feb 07, 2020
SLP146 Will Cole - Bitcoin Native Financial Services
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Will Cole, CPO of Unchained Capital joins me to talk about:

  • Learning about bitcoin and austrian economics
  • Bitcoin meet ups and the shifts over time
  • Getting ready for a bull run
  • Bitcoin and allodial title
  • Wyoming Blockchain taskforce
  • Unchained Capital vaults and loans
  • Bitcoin as collateral

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Feb 03, 2020
SLP145 Rahim Taghizadegan - The Zero Interest Rate Trap and social consequences of fiat
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Rahim Taghizadegan, Austrian economist and author, joins me in this episode to talk about the problems with central banking, and social consequences of fiat money. If you enjoyed earlier episodes on Austrian economics, you’ll really enjoy this one! We talk:

  • Why central banking is a problem
  • What governments are enabled to do
  • Capital structure of production
  • Social consequences of fiat money
  • How to escape the Zero Interest Rate Trap

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Jan 31, 2020
SLP144 Steve Lee - Square Crypto and Supporting Bitcoin Development
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Steve Lee joins me in the first official Square Crypto podcast appearance! We talk about how he got into Bitcoin, and Square Crypto’s focus on supporting Bitcoin and Lightning open source development. We talk about:

  • The Square Crypto team and their focus
  • Lightning Development Kit
  • BTCPayServer
  • Zman
  • Supporting bitcoin development
  • UI and UX issues with bitcoin today

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Jan 26, 2020
SLP143 Eduardo Gomez - Bitcoin as a source of truth in Venezuela
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Eduardo Gomez, head of customer support at Purse.io joins me to talk about some interesting developments in Venezuela and bitcoin being used to transfer value across borders. We talk about:

  • Eduardo’s background
  • Bitcoin as source of truth
  • Petro
  • Stablecoins
  • What’s needed in terms of tooling and education
  • Bitcoin in Argentina

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Jan 21, 2020
SLP142 Pierre-Marie Padiou - ACINQ & Phoenix Wallet: easiest non-custodial lightning wallet yet?
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Pierre-Marie Padiou is CEO and co-founder of ACINQ, building on Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. We talk about how ACINQ got founded and their very impressive new Lightning wallet, Phoenix. Phoenix represents a step forward in non-custodial Lightning wallet user experience and we talk about the tradeoffs that go into making this a reality. This episode is a must listen so you know how to best demonstrate Lightning for Bitcoin Lightning newbies or family/friends.

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Jan 18, 2020
SLP141 American HODL - HODLer stories and Bitcoin Citadels
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American HODL of Bitcoin Twitter joins me to tell us his stories of Bitcoin HODLing, how he built up his conviction in Bitcoin HODLing, and where we’re going with this:

  • Modern society and the impact of fiat money
  • HODLer stories
  • Spend and replace vs HODL
  • Bitcoin Baby steps
  • Bitcoin Citadels - will they be real?

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Jan 14, 2020
SLP140 Gigi - Bitcoin’s Gravity and 21 Lessons
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Gigi, Bitcoin author and curator of bitcoin-resources.com joins me to talk about some of his recent articles and the recent launch of his 21 Lessons book. We talk about:

  • The gravitational pull of bitcoin
  • Key resources from bitcoin-resources.com
  • 21 Lessons learned along the way

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Jan 10, 2020
SLP139 Andreas M. Antonopoulos - Mastering Lightning & Using BTCPayServer
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Andreas M. Antonopoulos, world renowned bitcoin speaker & author rejoins me on the show today to talk about some of his latest projects and efforts in Bitcoin. We talk about:

  • Mastering Lightning - new book coming
  • Process on learning Lightning Network
  • Challenges in LN today
  • Using BTCPayServer to be a merchant
  • Using RTL
  • myNode

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Jan 06, 2020
SLP138 Matt Odell - Should Bitcoiners Coinjoin?
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Matt Odell, co-host of TFTC/RHR joins me in this episode to talk about coinjoin techniques and bitcoin privacy. We discuss:

  • What sparked off the recent discussion on coinjoin
  • Binance SG flagging a customer for using coinjoin
  • What’s at stake
  • Is there a tension between ‘white market KYC compliant’ bitcoin and ‘grey market agorism’ bitcoin?
  • Action steps to take

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Jan 01, 2020
SLP137 AJ Towns - Schnorr Taproot Tapscript BIPs
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AJ Towns, bitcoin core contributor @ Xapo joins me to talk about his recent work advancing the Schnorr, Taproot, and Tapscript BIPs. We talk about:

  • What are Schnorr signatures? What is MuSig?
  • What is Taproot, and what is Tapscript?
  • Script changes
  • Schnorr Review Club
  • Benefits for Bitcoin and Lightning
  • Upgrade path
  • Activation

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Dec 27, 2019
SLP136 Alex Leishman - Bitcoin Socratic Seminars & River Financial
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Alex Leishman, organizer of SF Bitcoin Devs and CEO of River, joins me in this episode to talk about his journey in Bitcoin and Austrian Economics, as well as talk about how to moderate and run a successful Bitcoin Socratic Seminar meet up. Listen in and get some tips on how you can run or participate in Bitcoin meet ups in your city! We talk:

  • Ground rules
  • What discussion takes place at a Bitcoin Socratic Seminar
  • How the rest of the world can copy this model
  • River FInancial

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Dec 23, 2019
SLP135 Suheb - Manage Your Lightning Node with RTL
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Suheb, co-founder of RTL joins me in this episode to talk about tips on managing your Lightning Node with RTL. We talk:

  • How Suheb got into Lightning
  • His experience with the Lightning Torch
  • Different personas for RTL - Node Operator, Merchant
  • Channel Management
  • Interface
  • What’s coming next with RTL

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Dec 20, 2019
SLP134 Rusty Russell - Lightning Multi Part Payments
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Rusty Russell from Blockstream rejoins me in this episode to talk about a very exciting development in Bitcoin’s Lightning Network: Multi Part Payments. This is a new feature that will be implemented into the Lightning Network specification, and will be included in the new c-lightning 0.8.0 release. We talk about:

  • Development work ongoing
  • Multi Part Payments and how they change Lightning Network
  • Payment Secrets
  • Privacy on Lightning Network
  • Outlook for Lightning Network in 2020

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Dec 16, 2019
SLP133 Trace Mayer - Proof of Keys, and Bitcoin’s Battle on Two Fronts
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Trace Mayer, world renowned Bitcoin investor, writer and speaker rejoins me on the podcast to talk about Proof of Keys, an annual event for Bitcoiners to withdraw bitcoins from any third parties to keys they hold. In this episode we talk about:

  • Proof of Keys
  • Tools and best practices
  • The battle for scarcity, and the battle for privacy
  • Mises’ book, Bureaucracy

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Dec 13, 2019
SLP132 Christian Moss (Mandelduck) - Bitcoin Lightning gaming with Zebedee
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Christian joins me in this episode to talk about his experiences building on lightning network, and his venture along Andre Neves and Simon Cowell with Zebedee, lightning powered games. We talk:

  • How Chris got into Bitcoin app development
  • Does Lightning belong in games?
  • Zebedee approach to lightning game development
  • Thoughts on Lightning Network more generally, and LNURL

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Dec 11, 2019
SLP131 Parker Lewis - Bitcoin is Intuitive
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Parker Lewis, Head of Business Development at Unchained Capital joins me in this episode to talk about a range of things:

  • How he went from global macro hedge fund to bitcoiner
  • What the Fed gets wrong
  • A Hayekian appreciation for bitcoin
  • His blog series, Gradually, Then Suddenly
  • Bitcoin becoming intuitive
  • Unchained Capital Caravan - open source & free multi sig

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Dec 09, 2019
SLP130 ErgoBTC - Tracking PlusToken Scammers with White Hat Bitcoin Chain Analysis
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ErgoBTC, a pseudonymous bitcoin ‘white hat’ privacy analyst joins me in this episode to talk about his journey tracking PlusToken scammers in their attempts to mix and dump 200k BTC. This is a must listen episode for bitcoiners to understand how your privacy can be impinged, and we also talk about tools and techniques for assessing and defending your own bitcoin privacy.

We talk:

  • How he got into bitcoin privacy analysis
  • PlusToken scammers - what is the scale of it, and what did they do wrong
  • In depth discussion on bitcoin mixers and bitcoin privacy
  • Key takeaways for listeners, mixing products, exchanges on privacy
  • Future of chain analysis

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Dec 04, 2019
SLP129 Pascal Gauthier - Ledger, Bitcoin Security, and what to expect for 2020
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Pascal Gauthier, CEO of Ledger joins me in this episode to talk about Ledger Hardware Wallet devices. We talk:

  • Pascal’s background in bitcoin
  • Ledger device overview
  • Privacy while using Ledger
  • Multi signature
  • Bitcoin-only devices?
  • Future directions with Ledger devices

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Dec 02, 2019
SLP128 Jan Čapek - Stratum v2 Bitcoin Mining Protocol
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Jan Čapek, co-CEO of Braiins and working at Slush Pool joins me to talk about this an upgrade to a Bitcoin Mining protocol, Stratum. Stratum V2 is the next generation protocol for pooled mining. It focuses on making data transfers more efficient, reducing physical infrastructure requirements for mining operations, and increasing security. In this conversation we get into some detail about:

  • How Jan got into Bitcoin and Bitcoin Mining
  • How the original Stratum protocol came about
  • What is new about Stratum v2
  • Benefits of Stratum v2
  • Relation with BetterHash
  • Bitcoin Pools generally

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Nov 27, 2019
SLP127 Ben Perrin (BTCSessions) - Bitcoin beginner onboarding strategies
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Ben Perrin, host of BTCSessions YouTube channel joins me to talk about his experiences educating new Bitcoiners. Listen to this episode to get some tips on how you can spread bitcoin knowledge in a thoughtful way. We talk:

  • How Ben got into Bitcoin and doing a YouTube channel
  • Taking insights from his prior career as a teacher
  • Helping beginners avoid common errors
  • Bitcoin tools and wallets
  • Running a bitcoin node and comparing node products
  • Update from Bull Bitcoin and 21x

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Nov 25, 2019
SLP126 Ben Askren
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Ben Askren, a recently retired pro Mixed Martial Artist and former Olympic Wrestler joins me to talk about how he got into Bitcoin and is now spreading the word about Bitcoin to his following! We talk:

  • How he got into Bitcoin
  • Common misconceptions
  • Why we run full nodes in Bitcoin
  • What’s next for him with Bitcoin

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Nov 19, 2019
SLP125 Thomas Voegtlin - Electrum Wallet: Bitcoin seeds, PSBT, Multi sig, Lightning
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Thomas Voegtlin, Founder of Electrum Wallet joins me to talk about how and why he started Electrum Wallet, one of the longest standing Bitcoin wallets (2011). In this interview we discuss a range of topics around the Electrum Server model, Partially Signed Bitcoin Transactions, Bitcoin seed formats (BIP39), Multi signature, Hardware wallets and the recent announcement of Lightning in Electrum.

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Nov 16, 2019
SLP124 Jon Atack - Bitcoin Core Contribution
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Jon Atack joins me to talk about his experience with open source software development, and to talk about the process of Bitcoin Core development and code review. We talk:

  • Becoming a Bitcoin Core contributor
  • How to best contribute
  • Communication channels for development
  • Priorities in Bitcoin development
  • Funding for development

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Nov 12, 2019
SLP123 Allen Piscitello - Sidechains & Blockstream Liquid
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Allen Piscitello, VP Product of Blockstream joins me to talk about Blockstream Liquid as a new model for inter exchange settlement, and the possibility of building out new financial infrastructure in a way different from the legacy financial system. We talk:

  • Tradeoffs and differences between approaches of Lightning, Statechains, and Liquid
  • How pegging Bitcoin in and out of Liquid works
  • Features that Liquid’s blockchain has e.g. Confidential Transactions and Confidential Assets
  • How Liquid can enable much faster inter exchange settlement with different tradeoffs
  • How to get started developing on it
  • What the future of bitcoin market structure could look like with Liquid adoption

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Nov 08, 2019
SLP122 PlanB - Responses to the S2F model
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PlanB (Pseudonymous Bitcoin Quant) rejoins me in this episode to talk about the response to his seminal work, Modeling Bitcoin’s Value with Scarcity. There have been some responses to his Stock to Flow (S2F) modelling work, so we talk:

  • The response to his articles and translations
  • What cointegration is and why it matters
  • Responses to PlanB’s modelling work
  • Cash and carry trade
  • Where to from here

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Nov 04, 2019
SLP121 Yan Pritzker - Intro to Bitcoin Mining (Beginner episode)
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Yan Pritzker, Bitcoin Author and previously CTO of Reverb joins me in this episode to talk about Bitcoin Mining, his book Inventing Bitcoin and give Bitcoin beginners an intro to Bitcoin Mining.

We talk about:

  • Whether a beginner should do Bitcoin Mining or use cloud mining
  • How bitcoin mining works
  • How the network stops cheaters
  • Bitcoin mining attacks
  • Common errors in thinking about Bitcoin

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Oct 31, 2019
SLP120 Jack Mallers - Lightning & Identity, Olympus and Zap
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Jack Mallers of Zap joins me to talk about the recent exploration of Lightning Network and Identity, as well as talking about his new service, Olympus, and Zap wallet development. This interview was recorded one day before the Lightning Conference in Berlin, Germany October 2019.

Topics:

  • Use of Lightning Node pub key as identity
  • Complications with above
  • The exposure that any Lightning business has to chain fees
  • Future directions in Zap wallet development

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Oct 28, 2019
SLP119 Alex Bosworth - Submarine Swaps, Loop, Hyperloop
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Alex Bosworth, Lightning Infrastructure Lead at Lightning Labs joins me to talk about what he’s working on: Submarine swaps, Lightning Loop and Hyperloop. We chat about the possibilities being enabled for Bitcoin’s Lightning Network.

We talk:

  • Submarine swaps and Loop
  • Practical applications for Merchants, Exchanges, Users
  • Routing on the lightning network
  • Fees on the Lightning Network
  • What people should be doing with Lightning Network

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Oct 24, 2019
SLP118 Mike Belshe - BitGo Bitcoin Custody
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Mike Belshe, CEO of BitGo joins me to talk about his journey with Bitcoin and the challenges BitGo faces in being the world’s largest Bitcoin custodian. We talk about:

  • Coming into Bitcoin
  • How secure storage evolved in Bitcoin over time
  • Technological and Procedural techniques used today to enhance security
  • Insurance
  • Contentious forks
  • The risk of government
  • Future of Bitcoin Custody

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Oct 18, 2019
SLP117 Pura Vida - Learning about Bitcoin Privacy
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Pura Vida of the Lightning Hood team joins me to share his perspectives and journey in learning about bitcoin privacy and putting it into practice with tools such as Samourai Wallet and Nodl. We talk about:

  • His journey of learning Bitcoin Privacy
  • How to manage your Bitcoin UTXO set
  • Coinjoining
  • Why Post Mix is underrated
  • Other privacy tips

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Oct 13, 2019
SLP116 Taylor Helsper - Easy Bitcoin Nodes with myNode
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Taylor joins me to talk about his project myNode which may be one of the easiest, cheapest and feature rich methods to run your own full node and connect to your own hardware wallet. We talk through the process, and some of the challenges that newbies face today, in setting up their own bitcoin full node.

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Oct 11, 2019
SLP115 Trace Mayer - Bitcoin as Ultimate Collateral
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Trace Mayer, renowned Bitcoin investor, writer and speaker joins me in this episode to talk about a range of topics on jurisdictional competition in relation to Bitcoin, how best to learn, shifting perceptions on Bitcoin, whether there are any threats to Bitcoin, and this concept of Bitcoin as the ultimate collateral.

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Oct 09, 2019
SLP114 Gene Epstein - Moderating Bitcoin Debates
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Gene Epstein, Director of the Soho forum joins me to talk about his experiences in moderating debates in Bitcoin and Austrian Economics. We talk about some of the key points that Bitcoiners should consider from Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard, and we also talk about the debate between Erik Voorhees and Peter Schiff, and the debate between George Selgin and Saifedean Ammous.

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Oct 07, 2019
SLP113 Dhruv Bansal - Bitcoin Multisig & Hermit with Unchained Capital
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Dhruv Bansal, Co-Founder and CSO of Unchained Capital rejoins me in this episode to talk about some bitcoin open source contributions Unchained Capital are making, as well as Unchained Capital products and services. Learn more about multi signature, Shamir’s secret sharing, and how Unchained are applying Bitcoin to financial services.

We talk:

  • Multisig Vaults
  • Open sourced multisig software
  • Hermit - Shamir’s Secret Sharing

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Oct 04, 2019
SLP112 - Wiz and m52go - Bisq: Decentralised Bitcoin Trading
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Wiz and m52go join me in this episode to talk about Bisq, a decentralised open source project that serves to enable zero KYC decentralised Bitcoin exchange around the world. We talk:

  • How Bisq is decentralised
  • Structure of Bisq
  • How Bisq is developed
  • Localising it for Japan and how this can be done for other countries
  • BSQ token

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Oct 01, 2019
SLP111 Bitstein - Satoshi Nakamoto Institute Bitcoin Crash Course
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My friend Bitstein aka Michael Goldstein rejoins me in this episode to talk about why he founded the Nakamoto Institute. We also talk through some of the highlights from the SNI Crash Course, which is a must read series of articles to improve your Bitcoin knowledge and understanding. Michael shares some incredible insight on Austrian economics, the cargo cultism of altcoins, and more.

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Sep 29, 2019
SLP110 Neil Woodfine - Cerberus Protocol for Business Bitcoin Storage
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Neil Woodfine of Clavestone rejoins me in this episode to talk about the Cerberus Protocol. Cerberus is a protocol designed to be simple for businesses to use Bitcoin multi signature and self custody their bitcoins. We talk about:

  • Why Cerberus Protocol
  • Risks that bitcoin businesses face with bitcoin storage
  • Balancing security with ease of use
  • Walkthrough of the key steps in Cerberus Protocol
  • Plan for future development
  • Clavestone

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Sep 26, 2019
SLP109 Preston Pysh - How To Think About Bitcoin as an Investor
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Preston Pysh, co-host of The Investor’s Podcast (a globally ranked Investment podcast), joins me to talk about his thoughts on investing in Bitcoin. We talk about the category errors and pitfalls that an investor must be wary of when conceiving of the Bitcoin investment thesis.

We discuss:

  • Category errors
  • 80 years of conditioning
  • Investment career risk
  • Psychology and emotions, and how you can manage yours
  • Trace Mayer and the Mayer Multiple

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Sep 24, 2019
SLP108 Bryan Bishop - Bitcoin Vaults & Custody
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Bryan Bishop (Bitcoin developer & consultant) joins me in this episode to talk about his experiences with Bitcoin Custody from working at LedgerX and in other settings. We talk about:

  • Bitcoin Custody & Vaults
  • Shamir’s Secret Sharing
  • Bitcoin Hardware
  • Smart Custody
  • Transcripts of Bitcoin Conferences/Podcasts
  • The Bitcoin alert key saga
  • Transhumanism

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Sep 22, 2019
SLP107 Jeremy Welch & Jameson Lopp - Casa Wealth Security Protocol
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Jeremy Welch (CEO Casa) and Jameson Lopp (CTO Casa) re join me in this episode to talk about Casa Wealth Security Protocol and Casa Keymaster. We talk about various points related to securing your Bitcoin:

  • Design Principles and Decisions
  • Key risks
  • Casa Keymaster and Basic Multi Sig set up
  • Multi sig, multi location, multi device
  • Going seedless
  • Privacy
  • Roadmap

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Sep 18, 2019
SLP106 Diogo Monica - Glacier Protocol and Anchorage
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Glacier Protocol is widely regarded as one of the best ways for an individual to secure their bitcoins. Who better to join me than the Project Lead and Maintainer of Glacier Protocol? Diogo Monica, Co Founder and President of Anchorage, and Project Lead of Glacier Protocol joins me in this episode to talk about:

  • Diogo’s background on computer security
  • Glacier Protocol design decisions
  • Glacier Protocol overview and step through
  • Key features
  • Taking security to the next level with Anchorage for institutional clients

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Sep 09, 2019
SLP105 Justin Moon & Stepan Snigirev - DIY Bitcoin Hardware Wallet and Multi Signature
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Justin Moon (BUIDL Bootcamp) and Stepan Snigirev (CTO Crypto Advance) rejoin me in this episode to talk about creating your own Bitcoin Hardware Wallet, and setting up Multi Signature with it. Justin and Stepan have been working on their respective projects relating to DIY Hardware Wallets, and multi signature. We talk about:

  • Why you would make your own HW Wallet
  • How much skill it takes and what the cost is
  • The security of such a set up
  • Compatibility with Bitcoin Core and standards
  • How to build trust in the software
  • How you can learn more and get involved

DIY bitcoin hardware website: https://diybitcoinhardware.com

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Sep 03, 2019
SLP104 Douglas Bakkum and Jonas Schnelli - BitBox02 by Shift Cryptosecurity
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Jonas Schnelli (Bitcoin Core Developer and Maintainer and Co Founder Shift Crypto) and Douglas Bakkum (CEO, Shift Cryptosecurity) join me in this episode to talk about the BitBox02 hardware wallet product from Shift Cryptosecurity based in Switzerland. We talk about:

  • Why Shift Crypto was started
  • Prior product, BitBox01
  • BitBox02 and how it works
  • PSBT and Air gapping
  • Privacy
  • Multi Sig
  • Bitcoin-only

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Aug 30, 2019
SLP103 Charles Guillemet - Hardware Wallet Security and Hacking at Donjon Ledger
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Charles Guillemet, Chief Security Officer of Ledger, and also leading Ledger Donjon, joins me to talk about Bitcoin hardware wallet hacking. We talk about the attacks possible, the cost of these attacks, and defence against these attacks. You won’t want to miss this episode!

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Aug 28, 2019
SLP102 Jimmy Song & Alex Gladstein - The Little Bitcoin Book
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Jimmy Song (Bitcoin educator, entrepreneur and developer) and Alex Gladstein (CSO of Human Rights Foundation) join me in this episode to talk about their fantastic new book, The Little Bitcoin Book. This is the perfect short book to give your precoiner friends! It has succinct explanations on why bitcoin is important. Listen to this episode to learn more about how this book came together, what the authors are hoping to achieve, and if you like it - then make sure you buy copies of the book to give to your friends and family.

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Aug 26, 2019
SLP101 Rodolfo Novak - Coldcard by Coinkite
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Rodolfo Novak (CEO CoinKite) rejoins me in this episode to talk about the Coldcard from Coinkite. We talk about:

  • Why he made the Coldcard
  • Basic features of the Coldcard
  • Bitcoiner support for the Coldcard
  • Multi signature with Coldcard
  • WalletsRecovery.org

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Aug 24, 2019
SLP100 Pavol Rusnak (Stick) - Trezor One and Model T by SatoshiLabs
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Pavol Rusnak aka Stick, CTO of SatoshiLabs (the company behind Trezor) joins me in this episode to talk about his journey creating the world’s first bitcoin hardware wallet. We talk about:

  • Making the world’s first bitcoin hardware wallet
  • SLIP39 and Shamir’s secret sharing
  • Multi signature support
  • Airgapping
  • Privacy
  • Bitcoin-only firmware
  • FIDO2 authentication

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Aug 19, 2019
SLP99 Andrew Chow - Hardware Wallets and Bitcoin Core with HWI and PSBT
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Andrew Chow, Bitcoin Core developer at Blockstream joins me in this episode to talk about his work on HWI - Hardware Wallet Interface and PSBT - Partially Signed Bitcoin Transactions. We discuss the benefits of PSBT and Hardware Wallet Interface in making Bitcoin’s user interface better for users who want to do multi sig or interact with hardware wallets using Bitcoin Core. 

We talk:

  • Andrew’s background
  • Why PSBT (Partially Signed Bitcoin Transactions) is needed
  • HWI - Hardware Wallet Interface
  • Output descriptors
  • Derivation paths
  • Use of PSBT for CoinJoining and Multi-Sig
  • Where HWI is going from here

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Aug 15, 2019
SLP98 Rusty Russell and Joe Netti - Can Lightning Network Scale to a Million Channels?
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So Bitcoin’s Lightning Network exists and works today. Can it scale up to a million channels? Rusty Russell (Blockstream Elements Project, working on c-lightning and the Lightning Spec) and Joe Netti (recently interned at Blockstream) join me to talk about their work on the Million Channels Project. We talk about:

  • Why the Project was started
  • Set up 
  • Regtest and Gossip
  • Routing
  • Optimisations needed
  • An update on c-lightning

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Aug 12, 2019
SLP97 Michael Flaxman - Every Bitcoin Hardware Wallet Sucks
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Michael Flaxman, Bitcoin Educator and Developer joins me in this episode (part of the SLP Hardware Wallet Interview series) to talk about the current state of Bitcoin Hardware Wallets. This episode is a must listen to learn the differences between some of the current popular Hardware Wallets, and give you a framework on how to think about Hardware Wallet security. This will help you think more clearly about how to secure your own bitcoins. 

We talk:

  • The current state of hardware wallets
  • Multi signature is additive
  • Why you should use Testnet
  • Secure elements
  • PSBT
  • Backups
  • Shamir’s secret sharing

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Aug 08, 2019
SLP96 Max Hillebrand - Bitcoin Hardware Wallets for Newbies
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Max Hillebrand, Bitcoin educator and World Crypto Net broadcaster joins me in this newbie episode to target about good practices with Hardware wallets and what we should think about. We talk:

  • Why you should not leave your bitcoins on an exchange
  • How to think about Hardware Wallets
  • Recommended practices with Hardware wallets and self custody
  • Next steps for learning

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Aug 06, 2019
SLP95 Aleks Svetski - Clashing Visions
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Aleks Svetski (CEO and co-founder Amber) rejoins me in this episode to talk about the clash of visions:

  • Trading or HODLing 
  • Buying with a lump sum or DCA - Dollar Cost Averaging
  • Mindsets around DCA
  • Libra vs USD vs Bitcoin
  • Belief systems

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Aug 04, 2019
SLP94 Roy Sheinfeld - Lightning Network Services for the Masses
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Roy Sheinfeld, CEO of Breez Technology joins me to talk about his view of Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. We touch on a number of topics:

  • Roy’s background in Bitcoin
  • Why he’s excited about Lightning Network and what problems it can solve
  • How the Lightning Network will evolve with Lightning Service Providers
  • What he’s doing with Breez Tech and the Breez app
  • Neutrino filtering

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Jul 31, 2019
SLP93 Raoul Pal - Global Macro Risks and Bitcoin
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Raoul Pal (CEO RealVision and Global Macro Investor) joins me in this episode to discuss the Global Macro risks that he sees, and his perspective on Bitcoin. We talk about the stage of the business cycle that we are in, problems faced by individuals and corporates, and Raoul’s views on Bitcoin. 

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Jul 29, 2019
SLP92 Britt Kelly - BTCPayServer documentation, translation & Newbie tips
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Britt Kelly joins me for the fourth and final episode in the BTCPayServer interview series. 

Britt and I chat about:

  • Getting into Bitcoin and BTCPayServer
  • What you can learn by contributing
  • Documentation of BTCPay
  • Translation of BTCPay
  • Tips for newbies
  • Reflections on being a female in Bitcoin and open source

Britt Kelly links:

SLP BTCPayServer series link:

https://stephanlivera.com/slp-btcpayserver-interview-series/

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Jul 25, 2019
SLP91 Kukks - BTCPayServer architecture and BTC transmuter
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Episode 3 in the BTCPayServer series! Kukks, BTCPayServer developer and contributor joins me in this episode to talk about his work. We talk about the way BTCPayServer is structured, and also about the BTC Transmuter (aka fiat bridge), enabling merchants to take Bitcoin payment via BTCPayServer, but receive fiat through an interface with a Bitcoin exchange. 

We talk:

  • BTCPayServer Architecture
  • BTC Transmuter (taking BTC and converting into fiat for the merchant)
  • Contributing to BTCPayServer

Kukks links:

SLP BTCPayServer series link:

https://stephanlivera.com/slp-btcpayserver-interview-series/

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Jul 21, 2019
SLP90 Pavlenex - BTCPayServer for Merchants
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Episode 2 of the SLP BTCPayServer series! Pavlenex (BTCPayServer contributor and Operator of BitcoinShirt.co) joins me to talk about his journey in becoming a bitcoiner, and becoming a BTCPayServer contributor. We talk:

  • How BTCPayServer helps a merchant accept Bitcoin
  • Creating BTCPayServer Guides
  • Cost of running BTCPayServer
  • BTCPayServer misconceptions
  • BTCPayServer with Lightning Network
  • BTCPayServer Merchant Directory

See the other interviews in the series: https://stephanlivera.com/slp-btcpayserver-interview-series/  

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Jul 18, 2019
SLP89 Rockstar Dev - BTCPayServer, Tor crowdfunding, and Rockstarism
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Rockstar Developer joins me to talk about his experiences in open source development, working on BTCPayServer, Tor crowdfunding, and his philosophy of Rockstarism. 

We talk: 

  • Open source vs closed source development
  • BTCPayServer and the community
  • BTCPayServer benefits
  • Tor crowdfunding
  • Rockstarism philosophy
  • Experiences with hyperinflation

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Jul 15, 2019
SLP88 Conner Brown - Bitcoin is Money, not Payments
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Conner Brown joins me in this episode to talk about his journey of learning about Bitcoin and why Bitcoin should be thought of as money, not payments. We talk about:

  • How he came to learn about Bitcoin
  • His journey coming from the Bcash world view to the Bitcoiner view 
  • Common pitfalls in learning or reasoning about Bitcoin
  • Dealing with Ripplecoin shills

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Jul 14, 2019
SLP87 Per Bylund - The Problem of Production
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Assistant Professor and Records-Johnston Professor of Free Enterprise at Oklahoma State University, at the OSU School of Entrepreneurship, and Fellow at the Mises Institute - Per Bylund joins me in this episode to talk about his book on the theory of the firm:

  • What was wrong with the theory of the firm before
  • Firms as islands of productivity
  • Capital Theory
  • What happens to firms over time

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Jul 10, 2019
SLP86 PlanB - Frontrunning the Bitcoin Halvening?