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The Bitcoin Magazine Podcast is on a mission to stay on top of what's happening with everything Bitcoin, guiding listeners through the major stories shaping the price, philosophy and community around the financial revolution. The show will also feature brief interviews from leading experts in the space.

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Fighting for Freedom w/ Zuby
59:52

During the 2020 lockdowns countries across the globe cracked down on their populations, forcing them inside their homes and closing down businesses from operating normally. Different countries and political structures reacted to these lockdowns in different ways. Most countries found themselves spiraling into more and more totalitarian rule and lockdowns. States have expanded their grasp and where not letting it go despite any real or false threats. 

In this interview with Thinker, Musician, writer, and freedom fighter Zuby, Christian Keroles dives into Zuby’s experiences and learnings from 2020 in the UK. This podcast was inspired by Zuby’s twitter thread: ​​20 Things I've Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The 'Pandemic'. This interview dives into many of Zuby’s learnings and teases out topics around propaganda, big governments over reach, the state of the average person and many more deep and nuanced topics.  Zuby is such a clear thinker and speaker, he has built his reputation on his raw and unfiltered commentary on the world and the nature of humanity. In the interview Zuby expresses hope for people who can start thinking critically and is thankful for tools and practices that can help make a person more sovereign and independent. 

Zuby has both been a fan of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies while still maintaining a relatively pessimistic view on the technologies ability to reach the masses or have the wide reaching effects that many Bitcoin enthusiasts see in it. In the interview Zuby admits that 2020 has validated Bitcoin to a much greater degree, however still pushes back that it is not a cure-all solution. 

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Zuby! 

Follow Zuby on Twitter @ZubyMusic

Jul 23, 2021
Investing with a Bitcoin Mindset w/ Louis Liu
01:07:00

For most investors, Bitcoin is still just a hedge. Bitcoin is a small allocation with tremendous upside. The majority of retail and institutional investors alike have yet to fully accept what Hyperbitcoinization is going to do to the world of finance. 

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast Christian Keroles sits down with the CEO and Founder of Mimesis Capital, an institutional investor investing with a Bitcoin mindset. Louis, and young, energized, and brilliant investor cuts through the legacy investing hurristic with a sharp and clear reason why Mimesis and eventually any other serious fund will have to adopt and out perform a Bitcoin standard. According to Louis, fiat denominated funds in the future will not exist and believes that all serious investors will have to outperform Bitcoin in order to prove their worth. 

Scarcity drives every aspect of Louis’s investment mindset. Louis and Mimesis Capital have been investing heavily in Bitcoin directly since the beginning of the pandemic. Following the large run up in price Louis has also allocated capital to uniquely bitcoin oriented businesses like Unchained Capital, Swan Bitcoin, and many more Bitcoin only and bitcoin centric businesses. Louis believes in investing with a long term mindset and in investing in organizations that make Bitcoin stronger. He does not see allocating bitcoin to these startups as losing out on a direct bitcoin investment but rather as further investment in the bitcoin ecosystem. 

Louis and Mimesis famously purchased the famous fractile encrypt sculpture from the Bitcoin 2021 art auction. Another investment into scarcity. 

Follow Louis: @louishliu

Follow Mimesis Capital: @MimesisCapital

Jul 22, 2021
A New Way to Invest in Bitcoin w/ Wes Fulford
29:49

Today on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with CEO of Viridi Funds Wes Fulford to discuss the $RIGZ clean energy mining ETF! 

The Viridi Cleaner Energy Crypto-Mining & Semiconductor ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund that is focused on investments within the cryptocurrency mining and mining infrastructure industries. RIGZ was created by Viridi to align profit with purpose – a growing number of investors are keen to gain exposure to the cryptocurrency sector through regulated investment vehicles, but also want to see active leadership and commitment to environmental sustainability. According to Wes, Bitcoin mining is a sector that is particularly well suited to such an investment product as, according to recent figures, over 50% of North American bitcoin mining is done using renewable energy sources, which is a trend that Viridi hopes to encourage through products like RIGZ

To learn more please see Bitcoin Magazine’s coverage of the $RIGZ ETF. https://bitcoinmagazine.com/press-releases/viridi-funds-launches-rigz-etf

Follow Wes on Twitter @WesFulford

Jul 20, 2021
Why Altcoins are Not a Threat to Bitcoin w/ Udi Wertheimer
50:50

On today’s Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with the infamous Bitcoin Twitter personality and troll Udi Wertheimer to discuss why hard core Bitcoin faithful should not be so worried about Alternative Cryptocurrencies. Generally speaking Bitcoiners are very adversarial towards Altcoins and altcoiners. It is not unheard of to see Bitcoiner’s loudly decrying Altcoins as all scams and altcoin investors as foolish. 

Both Udi and Christian don't believe that Altcoins are a challenge to Bitcoin and that they can even be helpful for new people that are not quite primed to understand Bitcoin initially. Bitcoin is quite unintuitive to people still operating on a fiat mindset. Udi also challenges Bitcoiner’s by claiming they lose credibility when they continue to pretend that some altcoins like Doge and Ethereum have not outperformed Bitcoin substantially in 2021. 

Udi thinks that toxicity was much more necessary back in 2015-2017 during the Bitcoin fork wars. He now believes that Bitcoiner’s can be much more empathetic and successful at converting new and precoiners to Bitcoin with a less toxic strategy. The current brand of altcoins are no threat to Bitcoin itself and if anything amplifies Bitcoin’s brand, reach and TAM. 

Please listen, share and tell Bitcoin Magazine what you think of this conversations with Udi Wertheimer. 

Follow Udi @udiWertheimer

Jul 19, 2021
Bitcoin Beach and the El Salvador Bitcoin Law w/ Aaron van Wirdum, Jorge Valenzuela & Chimbera
59:06

In this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, Aaron van Wirdum speaks with Jorge Valenzuela and Roman Martinez AKA Chimbera, two community leaders from the Bitcoin Beach project in El Zonte, El Salvador.

Jorge and Roman tell the history of the Hope House, the heart of the Bitcoin Beach project, which aims to offer local youth a sense of community and perspective. They explain how their efforts have in recent years come to integrate Bitcoin, and what that process looked like.

Jorge and Roman go on to explain how El Zonte has quickly grown to be a Bitcoin hotspot in El Salvador and Central America, and how this has changed the lives of people in the costal surfer town.

From there, the Bitcoin Beach community leaders tell how the country of El Salvador adopted the new law to make bitcoin legal tender, and how they received the new law in El Zonte. They also discuss what they think the rest of the country thinks of the new law.

Finally, Jorge and Roman speculate about what the Bitcoin law could mean for El Zonte and El Salvador moving forward, and how bitcoiners from all around the world can help make the initiative a success.

Jul 15, 2021
Bringing the World to Bitcoin w/ Ivan Soto-Wright
57:00

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with the co-founder and CEO of Moonpay. Moonpay is a bitcoin infrastructure company building out the interoperability between bitcoin and the legacy finance system. Moonpay is focused on making it as easy and cost effective as possible to purchase and hold bitcoin with as many payment providers and options as possible. The Moonpay API can be built directly into noncustodial bitcoin wallets so that users can buy and acquire bitcoin in a way that is completely custody free. 

Ivan tells the story of how he got into bitcoin and how and why he started Moonpay. Soto-Wright discusses why Moonpay is a mission oriented company and how building around a mission is the best way to build an awesome and effective team! Ivan is passionate about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency adoption as it gives people access to financial services that have never been afforded to them previously. 

Lastly the podcast highlights the challenges with dealing with traditional finance and why bitcoin offers such a fantastic solution to all of the problems that currently inhibit the globe from successfully accessing financial infrastructure. 

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Ivan Soto-Wright. 

Follow Ivan on Twitter @isotowright

Jul 13, 2021
Bitcoin Exposure for the Masses w/ Greg King
39:53

On this bonus episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with Greg King, the CEO and Founder of Osprey Funds. Osprey is focused on bringing cutting edge technology exposure to everyday investors through their crypto trust products. Their first product OBTC is designed to compete with Greyscales GBTC as Osprey and many other race for SEC approval for a real Bitcoin ETF.

King believes that a Bitcoin ETF will be approved eventually by the SEC but he does see several head winds that could continue to prolong a final approval from the SEC. Many BTC ETF bulls have speculated that new SEC commissioner Gary Gensler, who has said positive and productive things about Bitcoin and crypto, would be a big boost for a Bitcoin ETF but King just does not think it will be enough for a quick and rapid approval this year.

Despite the short term bearishness on an ETF, Greg and Osprey are very hopeful for a long term victory and greater retail access to Bitcoin exposure and sound money.

Jul 09, 2021
From Bars to Bitcoin w/ Justin the Bitcoin Vegan
01:00:15

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, CK sits down with Justin the Bitcoin Vegan. Justin is a leader of the Black Bitcoin Billionaires Podcast, an Author, and a Bitcoin educator. In this podcast CK explores Justin’s past and how he overcame growing up poor and going to prison to rise up as an entrepreneur with the ability to own his own future and build wealth by discovering Bitcoin. We have all heard the mantra that “Bitcoin changes you." Justin is a perfect example of this as his life was drastically improved after learning about Bitcoin. 

By discovering Bitcoin, Justin not only had a new drive to succeed but he had a tool that would help him build wealth and gain freedom. Justin reflects on how Bitcoin forced him to learn about money, how the legacy system holds African American’s and former prisoners down. Bitcoin changed everything and presents the opportunity to do the same for millions in similar shows as Justin. 

Please enjoy this inspiring and fascinating conversation with Justin the Bitcoin Vegan!

 

Follow Justin: 

Website:
http://www.bitcoinvegan.com

Presale to Book:

https://bitcoinvegan.com/product/in-a-ocean-filled-with-sharks-be-the-orca-presale/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/bitcoin_vegan?lang=en

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/bitcoinvegan/?hl=en

Jul 08, 2021
BITCOIN AND THE AMERICAN IDEA by Alex Gladstein - Bitcoin Magazine Audible
43:01

What do the revolutionary founding of America and the revolutionary founding of Bitcoin have in common? Can Bitcoin help steer America back to its founding ideals?

Alex Gladstein speaks with entrepreneur and author, Isaiah Jackson, and human rights activist, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, to get their perspectives.

Join Guy Swann as he reads Alex Gladstein's article on Bitcoin and American principles.

Find the full article on Bitcoin Magazine: 

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/bitcoin-and-the-american-idea

Jul 07, 2021
Bitcoin and Tonga with Lord Fusitu'a
50:56

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with Lord Fusitu'a of Tonga. Lord Fusitu’a is Tongan royalty and a member of the Tongan government. Lord Fusitu'a is a die hard Bitcoiner and often spends time on Twitter spaces chatting with Bitcoin plebs from around the world. Fusitu’a tells the story of how Tonga relies heavily on remittances from Tongan’s living abroad and how much of those funds are lost to middle men and rent seekers. According to Lord Fusitu’a Bitcoin is already starting to take route in Tonga on a peer to peer level and Lord sees a viable path to implementing an El Salvador style bill to make Bitcoin legal tender in Tonga. 

Fusitu’a has been working with both Jack Mallers and El Salvadorian official’s to take the best parts of that law and amend it to fit into Tonga’s legal framework. Fusitu’a believe that by embracing Bitcoin, Tonga can become more competitive and more wealthy compared to starts that are slower to the digital hard currency. Tonga people stand to benefit immediately just based on the remittances advantages that Bitcoin offers. Fusitu’a believe that these immediate advantages will turn into a culture of long term saving on the islands. 

Learn more about Lord Fusitu’a and his work in Bitcoin by following him on Twitter @LordFusitua

Jul 06, 2021
Debating The Nature of Bitcoin? w/ Karim Helmy
56:02

Karim Helmy of Galaxy Digital comes on to the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast to discuss one of the most interesting and deep conversations in Bitcoin. Karim has a rich history studying the Bitcoin blockchain and is an expert in mining in particular. Host Christian Keroles has very strong views into what Bitcoin is and some of them are counter to what Karim believes. Rather than debating over Twitter Christian invited Karim to join and discuss what Bitcoin really is. 

Christian takes the position that ultimately bitcoin is a network of geographically distributed and computers maintaining constant consensus. Karim takes the position that while that does exist, ultimately it is the people and agreement from people that defines what Bitcoin is. This is a very nuanced debate and is at the route of many other philosophical and design disagreements in the greater crypto space. 

Bitcoiners’, what do you think? Is Bitcoin defined by hardware and software or by humans or by something else entirely? Tweet at CK, Karim, and Bitcoin Magazine with your take on what Bitcoin really is. 

Follow Karim on Twitter: @karimhelpme

Jul 01, 2021
Building Unstoppable Applications on Bitcoin with Chase Perkins
53:37

Chase Perkins Founder of Impervious.ai joins Christian for a rare in person interview at Bitcoin 2021! Chase is building a layer 3 technology on top of the Bitcoin Lightning Network which unlocks lightning based applications. Impervious.ai is building an API which would unlock the Lightning app layer and create apps that are censorship resistant, permissionless, and utilize lighting keys as identity. This is the next step in Lightning and Bitcoin offering an alternative infrastructure to the entire traditional internet stack. We are moving into a world where the internet is built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain and Impervious is a promising project building tools to make lightning apps possible. 

Impervious is launching first with a completely lighting based VPN service that leverages Bitcoin native payments and lighting identity to offer a VPN in a completely new way. Chase has extremely high hope for where lighting and layer three can take bitcoin and humanity. Perkins is committed to building out this necessary infrastructure and thinks he has the right team to do it. Impervious.ai comes highly recommended by the folks at Lightning Labs. 

Follow Chase on Twitter @ChaseTheTruth

Follow Impervious @ImperviousAi

Jun 29, 2021
FIGHTING MONETARY COLONIALISM WITH OPEN-SOURCE CODE by Alex Gladstein - Bitcoin Magazine Audible
55:28

France still uses monetary colonialism to exploit 15 African nations. Could Bitcoin be a way out?

Join Guy Swann as he reads Alex Gladstein's research into the CFA franc currency system in 15 African Nations. 

Find the full article on Bitcoin Magazine: 

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/bitcoin-a-currency-of-decolonization

Jun 28, 2021
Mass Bitcoin Adoption in Latin America
01:00:23

Following the historic news of El Salvador making Bitcoin legal tender, host Christian Keroles sits down with three CEO’s of prominent Bitcoin projects in South America to react to the news as well as discuss Bitcoin adoption across Latin America. Diego Gutierrez-Zaldivar CEO of IOV Labs and RSK , Mauricio Tovar CEO Tropykus Finance, and Max Cajurzaa CEO of Money on Chain protocol all lend their experience both building Bitcoin projects and educating users about Bitcoin. 

We cover the challenges they face and tremendous progress that has been made! The Panel spends time discussing how broken the legacy finance infrastructure is in South American countries and how RSK is serving as a permissionless financial stack for users in Latin America and across the globe. We are starting to see major ecommerce sites leveraging both Bitcoin and stable assets built on RSK and Money on Chain. 

Next the group takes time to break down the El Salvador situation and give their opinions on Article 7 and other aspects of how this bill was implemented. The group tends to favor the bill and think it is rather far, whereas many critics have shared mixed opinions over specific implementation details. Finally the Panel speculates on which countries are likely to be next, we discuss the nuances around Panama’s “crypto bill”, and much more. 

Please enjoy this informative deep dive on Bitcoin adoption in Latin America! 

Panelists: 

Diego Gutierrez-Zaldivar CEO of IOV Labs and RSK @dieguito

Mauricio Tovar CEO Tropykus.finance @maurotov

Maximiliano Carjuzaa CEO of Money on Chain @maxcarjuzaa

Moderator: 

Christian Keroles: Host of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast @ck_SNARKs

Jun 24, 2021
Investing in Bitcoin with Kevin O'Leary
35:44

In recent months, conversations about the environmental impact of bitcoin have risen to national prominence. In this Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, hosts David Zell and Matt Odell sat down with famed Shark Tank investor, Kevin O’Leary. O’Leary had previously called bitcoins mined using fossil fuels “blood coins” and suggested that these coins and bitcoins mined with renewable energy may trade at different prices. In this interview, Mr. Wonderful walked back some of these positions, arguing that green mining will simply rise to meet growing demand.

Nonetheless, Kevin’s conversations with institutional investors have lead him to a stark conclusion—firms are increasingly bound by ESG standards, and major money is waiting on the sidelines to invest in bitcoin once these standards are met. Zell and Odell talk with Kevin about what this may look like as well as the broader landscape of institutional investment. O’Leary announced for the first time that he is looking to increase his bitcoin allocation from 3% to 5% and discussed his investments in the bitcoin ecosystem. This was a great conversation, and you won’t want to miss it.

Jun 22, 2021
Why Bitcoin is 1000x Bigger than Digital Gold with Aaron Segal
01:06:20

One of the most important yet double edge narratives out there is “Bitcoin is Digital Gold” On this very special Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, CK sits down with Aaron Segal, investor, Bitcoin thinker, and writer. Aaron’s first contribution to Bitcoin Magazine was one for the ages. CK read the article and immediately got back to Aaron asking for an interview. CK believes that Bitcoin is much better than gold ever was and to simply describe is as gold on the internet does not do the revolution that is Bitcoin justice. 

Enter Bitcoin Information Theory (BIT) by Aaron Segal. Aaron’s article frames Bitcoin in a completely different way. Rather than focusing on Digital Gold, Segal hones in on the fact that a Bitcoin standard would end monetary uncertainty for 100% of the planet. What does ending monetary uncertainty mean? Aaron puts it into the contact of the laws of thermodynamics and entropy. Aaron sees that the law of thermodynamics doesn’t take into account advancements in technology, so Aaron created a new formula that does. The basic Idea is that work or energy expenditure to the power of technology minus monetary uncertainty equals information. 

TE^(X-ME) = -IE

Please enjoy this eye opening conversation with Aaron Segal. 

Follow Aaron @LudiMagistR

Jun 17, 2021
How Bittr Reopened in Europe with Ruben Waterman
37:13

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with Bitcoin entrepreneur Ruben Waterman. Ruben innovated in the Bitcoin exchange space with his company Bittr by being one of the first minimalist DCA Bitcoin apps around. Bitter unfortunately had to shut down in 2020 due to heavy handed regulation and uncertain enforcement from AMLD5 in europe. AMLD5 would have forced Bittr, run by a tiny team, to take on an enormous amount of compliance regulation and overhead. Due to this Bittr had to shut down, however Ruben did not lose hope all together. After a brief break, Ruben returned to find a path and partnerships to resurrect his Bitcoiner friendly DCA business. 

After a year of struggle, Ruben has found a way to bring Bittr back to Europe. The app allows users to DCA straight from their bank account to their self custody Bitcoin wallet. There is never any custody from Ruben and very minimal KYC requirements for Bitcoiners trying to accumulate slowly over time. 

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Ruben Waterman

Ruben Waterman Twitter: @watermaniak

Jun 15, 2021
The Epic of Bitcoin with Allen Farrington
01:00:13

Prior to the Bitcoin 2021 Conference, Bitcoin Magazine Podcast host Christian Keroles sat down with keynote speaker and incredible Bitcoin thinker for one of his very first podcasts appearances. This interview covers two of Allen's seminal works and why Farrington prefers to investigate Bitcoin’s cultural and literature alignments over the typical framing of economics, trading and technology. 

First Keroles and Farrington dive into his article The Capital Stripmine. The article is a ~30 minute read and it dives into why the current fiat system is effectively strip mining the US and current financial system of its resources. He compares what is going on in capital markets to the strip mining techniques that have become popular in modern day. Allen laments that because of fiat money’s poor incentives, civilization has taken on a growth at all cost mentality and have thrown away all regard for long term thinking and preservation. 

Second he get into Allen’s blockbuster article Bitcoin is Venice, Bitcoin Is. In this article Farrington, educates the reader about the anomaly that is Venice Italy at is peak. Venice was a magical mixture of a sound money, capitalistic, and free society when many of its neighbors where still operating in futility. Venice in contrast to other large cities was a bastion for the arts, wealth, and thought. Farrington details how Bitcoin’s sounds and fair monetary properties provide a framework for humanity to return back to Venice esc conditions and hopefully prosperity. 

Lastly Keroles and Farrington discuss Allen’s plan’s for his now live Bitcoin 2021 key note presentation titled, The Milk Of Paradise: Bitcoin And The Western Canon. The speech discusses how Western literature, culture, and historical lessons can all be fit into the values and properties that Bitcoin codifies into a physical network on nodes that maintain consensus in a decentralized way. Please enjoy this fascinating conversation with Allen Farrington. 

Follow Allen Farrington @allenf32

Jun 10, 2021
The Pleb’s Bitcoin Development Fund with Ben Price
56:03

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with Ben Price of Open Sats. Ben is a Bitcoin pleb who left Visa to work on funding open source software development. He created Open Sats, a 100% pass through non profit for allowing Bitcoiners to donate to opensource development in a taxed advantaged way. The Open Sats platform has a page that allows users to regularly donate to independent devs or projects listed on Open Sats, or they can donate to a general fund which is allocated by the board of directors. The board consists of Ben Price, Matt Odell, Udi, Janine, James O'Beirne and several other well known Bitcoiners. 

Christian and Ben Discuss the process of creating the nonprofit and the challenges they encountered. Price emphasises why 100% pass-through is a major differentiator and thanks several partners that enable the project to operate with no expenses including the entire board of directors. Price discusses their 100% BTC denominated policy and how Open Sats will hold all funds in Bitcoin and distribute all donations in bitcoin exclusively. 

The project is optimized to help Bitcoiners dollar cost donate to the best projects in the bitcoin space. 

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Ben Price.

Jun 09, 2021
Greg Foss On Bitcoin In The Macroeconomic Landscape
01:06:19

This podcast episode was recorded as a primer for Greg Foss’ appearance on the Bitcoin 2021 “The Bitcoin Macro Landscape Panel.” If you couldn’t make the conference, be sure to catch the Bitcoin 2021 YouTube live stream for day one and for day two

In this podcast recorded on May 25, Bitcoin Magazine Head of Research Dylan LeClair had a discussion with credit market expert Greg Foss to discuss the macroeconomic landscape surrounding bitcoin.

Foss has over 30 years of experience in credit markets, and his breadth of knowledge was put on full display during the podcast as the two discussed leverage in the financial system; investment strategies and hedging optionality using a small, long VOL allocation with a majority bitcoin position; and bitcoin as the ultimate solution to the fiat ponzi. The two also discussed the recent event of legendary macro investor Ray Dalio saying that he would rather own bitcoin than a bond, and what that means for the investment community.  

This discussion is not one you want to miss. For more of Foss’ work, check out his report tilted, “Why Every Fixed Income Investor Needs To Consider Bitcoin As Portfolio Insurance,” and tune into his panel discussion with Preston Pysh, Jeff Booth, Mark Yusko and Trey Lockerbie from the main stage at Bitcoin 2021 in Miami.

Jun 09, 2021
Surfing the Bitcoin Wave with Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks
49:53

For this special edition of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast Matt Odell sits down with Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks. Bethany is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which she lost her left arm and who ultimately returned to professional surfing. Bethany and Adam both take faith very seriously and as they discuss their Bitcoin journey, they mention Thank God for Bitcoin by Jimmy Song and several other Bitcoiners, which makes the case for why corrupt money is bad for humanity and how Bitcoin redeems sound money for the world. Both Bethany and Adam started taking Bitcoin much more seriously after the book and have recently come out publicly in support for the Bitcoin movement. To Bethany and Adam, Bitcoin is finally something that makes sense in a financial world that has lost the cause. 

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Bethany, Adam, and Matt. 

Jun 03, 2021
Why Playmate Jessica Vaugn is Coming to Bitcoin 2021
46:49

Freelance model, makeup artist and photographer Jessica Vaugn, best known for her work with Playboy, started tumbling down the bitcoin rabbit hole in 2020. She says it completely changed her life and the way she views the world. As a freelancer, she’s always been keen on making independent choices. But it wasn’t until the pandemic lockdowns, she says, that she realized government-run economic systems limit her personal freedoms.

Now, thanks to a penchant for books like “The Bitcoin Standard” and networking with bitcoiners on Twitter, Vaugn says she’s using bitcoin to hedge against the risks of government overreach and inflation. She’s not worried about price volatility, since she’s not hoping to get rich quickly by trading cryptocurrencies. She’s only interested in bitcoin, not anything else in the sea of digital assets, because that’s what she feels is most aligned with her ideological perspective. She says the bitcoin ethos is all about freedom, privacy, and security. And considering the strict pandemic protocols forced on the residents of Los Angeles over the past year, those values have become more important to her now than ever before.  

For Vaugn, 2021 is a year of investing in herself by growing her newfound bitcoin knowledge to reshape her career. As Hollywood unions tighten their grip on work opportunities in Los Angeles, Vaugn is flying to Miami to meet experts from the bitcoin community. She’s not sure what the future holds, but she does know having custody of her own bitcoin can offer peace of mind in uncertain times. If you can’t join the conference in Miami, tune in via Youtube then follow #Bitcoin2021 on Twitter and Instagram. Plus, you can join our conversation on Telegram and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with all the happenings at Bitcoin 2021.

Next stop, Bitcoin 2021 in Miami! 

Jun 02, 2021
The Institutional Landscape for Bitcoin with Cathie Wood and Anthony Scaramucci
53:41

Welcome to a very special Bitcoin 2021 inspired Panel on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast. This week Christian Keroles cohosts with Head of Research at Bitcoin Magazine Dylan LeClair a legendary panel with 2 legendary investors involved in the Bitcoin space, Cathie Wood Founder of Ark Invest & Anthony Scaramucci Founder of Skybridge. This panel was recorded on tuesday May 25th after a historically bloody weekend of negative price action. We kick off the conversation discussing the recent volatility in Bitcoin price and how Institutional clients are reacting to it. Scaramucci strongly emphasised that institutions really have not begun to enter into the space and Wood concurred and followed up that many institutions were afraid of top ticking Bitcoin and that the recent correction was healthy and desirable from an institutional perspective.

We move on to discussing ESG and the recent negative press bitcoin has been receiving due to comments made by Elon Musk. Both Cathie and Anthony believe that the environment is important but also believe that Bitcoin’s incentive structure will continue to push it more and more towards renewables. 

Lastly we dive into the macro market conditions that investors need to take into account when assessing Bitcoin’s potential market. Wood and Scaramucci take turns breaking down the implications of negatively yielding debt, the everything bubble, deflation, and intermingled counterparty risk all market participants are exposed to. 

We close out with Bitcoin price predictions for the year. Please enjoy this fantastic panel with the legendary Cathie Wood and Anthony Scaramucci. 

Jun 01, 2021
Onboarding the Masses to Lightning with Desiree Dickerson
50:27

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with Desiree Dickerson the VP of Business Operations at Lightning Labs and cofounder of MintGox! Des is deep in the trenches of Lightning and pioneering adoption of the bitcoin stack inside the gaming ecosystem. Dickerson believes that both game creators and players unlock massive value by integrating satoshis (Bitcoin) into their games. Des sees lightning as the perfect avenue for scalable and easy bitcoin integration into gaming for a completely revolutionary experience. 

With the founding of MintGox, Desiree and several other sought out to create a community and tournament to demonstrate the power and use cases that are unlocked by integrating lightning with video games. MintGox and Zebedee will be sponsoring and hosting the Bitcoin 2021 Esports Arena which will feature Thunder Games, Satoshi’s Games, Christian Moss, CSGO all powered by Zebedee’s Lightning SDK. 

Christian and Des discuss why Lightning and Bitcoin are important and why their rise is inevitable. Dickerson is moved by the idea of fair and transparent financial access for the world and making that available to as many people as possible. Des believes that games as well as other forms of earning Bitcoin will push people to onboard directly to the lightning network. Start ups like Strike are great examples of how lightning infrastructure enables large and small players alike to tap into a global permissionless payments network that yields an unstoppable advantage over proprietary competitors like Paypal and CashApp

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Desiree Dickerson. 

Follow Desiree Dickerson @dickerson_des

Follow MintGox @MintGox

Learn more about the MintGox Esports Arena: 

https://b.tc/conference/mintgox-esports-arena

May 27, 2021
The Future of Banking with Kevin Lehtiniitty
53:24

On the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with the Cofounder, CTO, and CPO of Banq.com, Kevin Lehtiniitty. Banq.com is a new neo-bank built on top of Bitcoin. Banq is a subsidiary of PrimeTrust which builds a tremendous amount of financial infrastructure in the Bitcoin exchange space. Banq is a new way for people to live and bank on Bitcoin. Rather than a brokerage exchange interface like Coinbase or Gemini, Banq is designed more like a consumer bank account that incorporates Bitcoin. Banq wants to enable customers to tap into their massive liquidity and payment networks so that they can live 100% in Bitcoin. The app is focused on enabling you to take fiat income and transfer it straight to Bitcoin.

Kevin opines on how he discovered Bitcoin and in the process was unbanked by his credit union only cementing his appreciation for Bitcoin's liberating capabilities. Kevin has a deep appreciation for freedom and privacy and wants Banq to be a new kind of financial company that is bitcoin native and has bitcoin values built in. Values like privacy, choice, and consumer control.

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Kevin Lehtiniitty of Banq.com.

Follow Kevin @KevLeht

May 25, 2021
Bitcoin in Congress with Warren Davidson
51:50

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with Congressman Warren Davidson of Ohio! Congressman Davidson burst into the Bitcoin scene in 2019 when in a congressional hearing he mentioned the difference between Bitcoin and “shitcoins” officially putting the term Shitcoin in the official congressional record. Warren has a history in the military and then as an entrepreneur which has greatly shaped his world view and his understanding of the current fiat monetary and banking system. Congressman Davidson recognizes the importance of sound money in a free society and why Bitcoin is well aligned with American values. 

Congressman Davidson is on the financial services committee in congress and is working hard to create more regulatory clarity for crypto in general in an effort to make America as competitive as possible for Bitcoin businesses to thrive. Congressman Davidson is acutely aware of how difficult it is today for a Bitcoin business to operate in the United States because of the lack of clarity and the purposely negligent attitude from the SEC regarding a Bitcoin ETF. Davidson is the coauthor of the Token Taxonomy Act which is supposed to bring an enormous amount of clarity and recognition of crypto to the US legal system. The act is still in early stages and Warren is fighting to get it the attention that it deserves. 

Please enjoy this wide ranging and fascinating conversation with Congressman Warren Davidson.

May 20, 2021
The Promise of Bitcoin w/ Bobby Lee
51:23

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with Bitcoin OG and entrepreneur Bobby Lee to discuss his new book The Promise of Bitcoin.

Bobby discusses how he discovered Bitcoin early from his brother Charlie Lee the creator of Litecoin. Bobby Cofounded the largest Bitcoin exchange in China BTCC before running into regulatory issues and ultimately selling the exchange in 2018. Since 2018 Bobby has been working on The Promise of Bitcoin to help Bitcoin curious newbies fast track the education process to learn why Bitcoin is important and why Bitcoin will be successful. The Book is filled with excellent examples and explanations to help a new bitcoiner understand where Bitcoin is going and why that is good for humanity. Lee also focuses on dispelling common myths about Bitcoin that have been spread in the mainstream and encouraging users to take self custody of their Bitcoin. The book is very focused on making Bitcoin digestible to a non technical audience. 

We close out the interview with some of Bobby’s predictions for Bitcoin in the next 10 years. Please enjoy this history rich and wide ranging conversation with Bobby Lee. 

Find the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Promise-Bitcoin-Future-Money-Work/dp/1260468674

May 18, 2021
When Cities Embrace Bitcoin w/ Mayor Scott Conger
39:49

This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with the Mayor of Jackson Tennessee Scott Conger to discuss Scott’s recent interest in Bitcoin. Scott has been the Mayor of Jackson for a few years now and is actually the 3rd person in his family to serve as Mayor of Jackson. Mayor Conger has a very long term commitment to the community in Jackson and wants to see the best for his city. Scott sees Bitcoin as an ideal way for his city to secure its financial future as well as to encourage young remote tech workers to lay down roots in Jackson. 

The Pandemic and remote work have revealed a massive opportunity for small to medium sized cities to compete for tech talent and work when they used to be crushed by the major tech hubs like San Francisco and New York. Mayor Conger has been watching Mayor Suarez of Miami closely and taken the cue from him to dive into how embracing Bitcoin can help his city be more competitive. 

Christian and Scott reflect on how bitcoin has been relatively de-risked and how his education into Bitcoin taught him more about what is wrong with the current system. 

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation Mayor Scott Conger! 

If you want to read more about Mayor Conger and Jackson Tennessee read about his Bitcoin journey in Bitcoin Magazine: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/meet-the-tennessee-mayor-whos-ready-to-embrace-bitcoin

May 13, 2021
The Bitcoin Bull Market w/ David Puell 
01:02:34

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles is joined by Bitcoin Magazine researcher Dylan LeClair and pioneer on-chain analyst David Puell. As Bitcoin leads the way for crypto currency adoption and acceptance market participants are starting to embellish in massive pump and dump activities around alternative coins. This portion of a bitcoin Bull market is often referred to as ALT Season, Puell sets appropriate expectations around how bitcoiners should see things play our this bull market. Puell also breaks down his scenarios for this bull market. We transition the topic to trading and which on-chain and macro indicators Puell uses to gain alpha. Lastly we close out with conversation around a super cycle and Bitcoin’s role in the future of finance. 

Follow David Puell: @kenoshaking

Follow Dylan LeClair: @BTCization

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Questions covered: 

  1. Why are shitcoin outperforming so much in 2021? 
  2. Bull market ending early? 
  3. Current state of the Bitcoin market on-chain? 
  4. Effect of the derivatives and futures market in the market structure of bitcoin? 
  5. Increasing amount of liquidity attempting to arbitrage the contango trade up against the global fiat credit markets 
  6. Can the contango yields be thought of as a “time value of money” of sorts? 
  7. Do you expect volatility to significantly decrease in the coming years as
May 11, 2021
Bitcoin Mining in the USA w/ Mike Colyer
39:01

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host CK sits down with Mike Colyer the CEO of Foundry a wholly owned subsidiary of DCG focused on Mining in the US. Foundry is making a massive effort to bring hashrate to North America both with physical hardware as well as with building the Foundry Mining Pool.

Mike is extremely proud of how much hashrate is flowing into the US and that Foundry's pool has peaked into the top 5 BTC mining pools as well as Foundry being one of the very first mining pools to signal for Taproot upgrade of Bitcoin.

One of the key ways that Foundry is building out a competitive mining environment in the US is by financing other operations to acquire energy contracts and mining equipment. Foundry understands that nation states will have to build a strategy around Bitcoin mining and he wants to make sure the that hash rate is as evenly distributed around the globe as possible.

Topics:

  1. Mining in north America
  2. Cost per kilowatt in the best geographies
  3. The role of mining in geopolitics.
  4. Volatility in Bitcoin's Hashrate and what that means.
  5. The players in the asic game and the nature of the asic market.
  6. Foundry financing self mining or equipment in North America
  7. How the mining ecosystem evolving over the course of this year.
May 06, 2021
Reflections on Satoshi with Adam Back and Pete Rizzo
47:54

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast we have a replay of last week's interview between Adam Back and Pete Rizzo on Satoshi's legacy. Adam Back the co founder and CEO of Blockstream and the investor of Proof of Work.

Adam reflects on discovering Bitcoin and searching for the best information in the early days. He worked hard to understand the technical components as well as all of Satoshi's writing about Bitcoin.

Adam is not a fan or over glorifying Satoshi or quoting Satoshi quotes. Adam thinks it is important for individuals to learn from Satoshi's thinking but to define Bitcoin based on the product and network itself.

Dr. Back and Rizzo reflect on the difference between the stated intent of the bitcoin project, what is actually being built, and how Satoshi contributed to that ethos. Enjoy this wide ranging conversation on Satoshi's Authority, Influence, and legacy. 

Topics: 

  1. How did Adam start to try and understand what Bitcoin was? 
  2. Do you think there’s any value in understanding what Satoshi thought about Bitcoin? 
  3. There’s an aversion in the Bitcoin development community about speaking about Satoshi. Can you talk about where that comes from? 
  4. Under Satoshi, Bitcoin had a very different development model.
  5. Bitcoin Core is today more of a meritocracy. Why does Bitcoin need a meritocracy? 
  6. Satoshi has been gone for 10 years. Is Satoshi Nakamoto still influential in Bitcoin today? 
  7. It’s been said nobody understands Bitcoin. Was it possible for Satoshi to understand Bitcoin? 
  8. What do you think was the biggest mistake that Satoshi Nakamoto made in building Bitcoin?
  9. Was it necessary to remove Satoshi ?
  10. Where does Satoshi Nakamoto rank in terms of the biggest intellectual contributors to Bitcoin? 
  11. Why do you think Satoshi hasn’t moved his Bitcoin? 
May 04, 2021
Making Bitcoin Easy w/ Simon Lapscher
45:38

This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with Simon Lapscher the CEO of the Liquality wallet. Liquality is a very interesting wallet because they are focus on atomic swaps. In particular they are focused on atomic swaps with Bitcoin. Liquality makes it possible for your bitcoin to swap into any other currency they support trustlessly. One of the key users of the Liquality Wallet are bitcoiners looking to leverage the RSK blockchain. Liquality makes it easy, trustless, and seamless to squad intro RBTC on RSK. 

Lapscher stresses the importance of a wallet which makes Bitcoin’s native features accessible to users. The Liquality wallet is designed to make Bitcoin and other digital assets/tokens interoperable and functional across the entire blockchain space. The guy is to make blockchain and trustless native features easy and accessible for average users. This includes features that bitcoiners are really excited about, Lightning, Coincoin, Batch transactions, Multi-sig and more. 

Liquality plans to roll out Liquid support and atomic squaps between BTC and L-BTC. This will make Liquality the one stop shop for BTC Native features as well as atomic swaps with the extended Bitcoin Ecosystem.

 

Follow CK @ck_SNARKS

Follow Simon and Liquality @simonlapscher & @Liquality_io

Apr 29, 2021
Turning Data into Value w/ Eric Weiss
52:08

This week on the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with Eric Weiss, CEO of the Bitcoin Investment Group Fund (BIG Fund). Eric was early to Bitcoin and saw its potential as an alternative store of value over the internet immediately! Eric was the person that helped introduce  Michael Saylor of Microstrategy to Bitcoin. Eric and Michael are long time friends and it was finally in the initial fall out of the COVID 19 lockdowns where finally Bitcoin as a money outside of the system started to make more sense to Saylor. 

“Covid was kind of something that made a lot of people question.” - Eric Weiss

Christian and Eric discuss people waking up to Bitcoin, How Bitcoin is actually good for the dollar, Bitcoin exceeding his expectations for 2014, BTC incentives and much much more. 

Topics: 

  • The Bitcoin Investment Group.
  • Bonds to Bitcoin.
  • Buying Bitcoin in 2014.
  • Buying bitcoin vs business risk.
  • Bitcoin’s incentives and game theory.
  • Michael Saylor’s quick onboarding and conviction.
  • Turning data into value

Twitter: @Eric_BIGfund

Apr 27, 2021
Sustainable Mining in North America with Peter Wall
50:58

This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sat down with the CEO of Argo Blockchain (ARBKF) to cover all things mining. The conversation starts with a dive into Peter's Bitcoin story which starts in a hostel in Bali as these stories often do. Peter's journey from running that hostel to operating one of the largest public mining companies in the industry is a tad out of the ordinary.  Wall discusses how Argo breaks down their business among BTC Mining, Alt-coin mining, venture capital, and R&D. Of all of these pillars BTC Mining is by far the most important and the cash cow of the business.

Argo is focused on deploying hashrate across the US with an emphasis on mining using renewable resources. Peter think's is not good that so much mining in China uses coal power, especially during the dry season. He and Argo see North America as being an opportunity to align Bitcoin with Green Energy while still being extremely competitive globally on energy costs. Peter thinks that Bitcoin mining can get the best of both worlds.

Other topics covered in this podcast:

  1. Mining Bitcoin & treasury management
  2. The current ASIC market?
  3. How is the ASIC Market Changing?
  4. Misconceptions around Bitcoin mining and energy usage?
  5. Mining in North America.
  6. Mining Bitcoin in Texas.
Apr 22, 2021
How to Understand the Bitcoin Market With Rafael Schultze-Kraft
01:00:59

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast host Christian Keroles and guest host William Clemente sit down with Rafael Schultze-Kraft the CTO of Glassnode. Glassnode is an onchain analytics company and they thrive by making it accessible and easy for Bitcoin enthusiasts, investors, and analysts alike can get their hands on cutting edge metrics and indicators for Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies. 

Onchain analytics is the practice of using Blockchain node data to learn about the economic actors using a cryptocurrency. This interview is a high level overview of Glassnodes business, their target audience, and a deep dive on some of the most interesting onchain metrics that Rafeal uses every single day. We dive intro what makes the 2021 bull market look different that the 2017 bull market and what is making Rafeal extremely bullish on Bitcoin in the short and long term. 

Below we outlined all of the metrics mentioned on the podcast. 

Miner net position: The 30d change of the supply held in miner addresses https://studio.glassnode.com/metrics?a=BTC&category=&m=distribution.BalanceMinersChange&modal=loginForm

Dormancy: the average number of days destroyed per coin transacted, and is defined as the ratio of coin days destroyed and total transfer volume https://studio.glassnode.com/metrics?a=BTC&category=&m=indicators.AverageDormancy&modal=loginForm

Coin Days Destroyed: calculated by taking the number of coins in a transaction and multiplying it by the number of days it has been since those coins were last spenthttps://studio.glassnode.com/metrics?a=BTC&category=&m=indicators.Cdd&modal=loginForm 

Lifespan: he ratio of the sum of Coin Days Destroyed and the sum of all coin days ever created https://studio.glassnode.com/metrics?a=BTC&category=&m=indicators.Liveliness&modal=loginForm

SOPR: computed by dividing the realized value (in USD) divided by the value at creation (USD) of a spent output https://studio.glassnode.com/metrics?a=BTC&category=&m=indicators.Sopr&modal=loginForm

HODL Waves: Each colored band shows the percentage of Bitcoin in existence that was last moved within the time period denoted in the legend https://studio.glassnode.com/metrics?a=BTC&category=&m=supply.HodlWaves&modal=loginForm

Entity Net Growth: The net growth of unique entities in the networkhttps://studio.glassnode.com/metrics?a=BTC&category=Entities&m=entities.NetGrowthCount&modal=loginForm

NUPL: Net unrealized profit/loss https://studio.glassnode.com/metrics?a=BTC&category=&m=indicators.NetUnrealizedProfitLossAccountBased&modal=loginForm

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Apr 20, 2021
The Philosophy of Bitcoin with Professor Craig Warmke
01:05:09

This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with Professor of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University Craig Warmke. Professor Warmke is quite unique in academia because he has fallen deep down the Bitcoin rabbit hole. As a scholar in philosophy, ethics, and human nature Craig is fascinated by Bitcoin's incentive structure and the implications of Bitcoin on society.

Professor Warmke is saddened by the state of academia and laments about the broken incentives around tenure that force academics to hyper specialize rather than encouraging them to take more complete and wholistic world views and studies. Warmke believes it is this hyper focus in academia that causes most academics to miss Bitcoin altogether.

Professor Warmke is currently managing a research collective around the ethics and philosophy around Bitcoin called Resistance.money with 2 fellow Bitcoin Philosophers Andrew Bailey and Bradley Rettler. The three write papers to demystify why Bitcoin is good as well as they are working on a book titled Resistance Money.

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Professor Craig Warmke .

Follow Craig on twitter @craigwarmke

Learn More about Resistance Money at https://www.resistance.money/

Apr 15, 2021
Escaping the Cloud with Bitcoin Sign Guy
48:56
This week for the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with the legendary Christian Langalis (Bitcoin Sign Guy). The two Christian's open up the podcast by discussing Bitcoin, Lockdowns, human freedom, and his historic moment holding up the buy Bitcoin sign behind Janet Yellen at a 2017 Federal Reserve testimony hearing. At the time Janet was the chair of the federal Reserve and now she is the United States Secretary of the Treasury.
 
Since Christian's immediate rise to Bitcoin meme legendary statues he has taken is passion for Bitcoin and freedom to the Urbit project where they are working on reinvesting the computer in a way that removes all the legacy technical debt and starts over with a fresh language and architecture to optimize computing for personal servers and p2p interactions. Urbit is pioneering the future of personal computing and running personal servers and Bitcoin is at the heart of it! Urbit has reached a point where it has several key usability primitives like storage, messaging, Bitcoin and more.
 
If you want to learn more about Urbit visit https://urbit.org/events/bitcoin-launch/ and reach out to support@tlon.io.
 
Sign up for an Urbit here: https://urbit.typeform.com/to/zQ9QOV3Z#source=ptp1
Apr 13, 2021
All In On Bitcoin w/ Gary Leland
01:00:58

This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with the Bitcoin Boomer Gary Leland. Gary is a life long entrepreneur where he created several small business, pioneered podcasting and founded one of the largest Podcasting event in the world.

Gary has since fallen deep down the Bitcoin rabbit hole and become an instrumental member of the Bitcoin community! Gary has gone all in on Bitcoin in a number of ways, first with his investments but also with his time, businesses, and energy. Gary has founded one of the best Bitcoin event in North America BitBlockBoom in Dallas Texas, he also hosts a daily Bitcoin podcast, and monthly Bitcoin Maximalist BBQs.

Gary and Christian discuss the benefits of selling all of the fiat collectibles and stores of value for Bitcoin. Gary has personally sold thousands of dollar worth of memorabilia in order to buy Bitcoin. He is confident that Bitcoin will serve his children much better as a fungible store of value and it relieves him to remove clutter from his life. Gary is an incredible example of the positives that come from embracing Bitcoin. Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Gary Leland.

Topics:

  1. Going all in on Bitcoin
  2. The Bitcoin Bull Run
  3. Bit Block Boom 2021
  4. Bitcoin 2021
  5. Embracing Bitcoin culture
  6. Texas Bitcoin and Freedom
  7. Selling your stuff for Bitcoin
  8. Educating Boomers on Bitcoin

Learn more about BitBlockBoom https://bitblockboom.com/ @bitblockboom

Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryLeland

Apr 08, 2021
Fed Watch - Central Banks Update Q1 2021 - FED 48
48:09

Do not forget to subscribe to the new Fed Watch: Bitcoin and Macro new feed. Search for “Fed Watch - Bitcoin and Macro” on your podcast app.

In this episode of Bitcoin Magazine’s Fed Watch podcast, Christian Keroles and Ansel Lindner reminisce about the year on the podcast so far and cover recent developments from the major central banks of the world.

There have been so many great guests on Fed Watch this year so far that span a unique swath of bitcoin and macro. If you haven’t listened to these past episodes, subscribe and check out the back catalog. This year’s list of guests includes Max Kaiser, Nik Bhatia, Michael Lebowitz, Elliot Johnson, Mark Moss, Greg Foss, and Daniel Prince.

Fed Watch has established itself as the bitcoin podcast which goes past the surface arguments about the monetary system, uncovering uncomfortable topics and diving deeply into how bitcoin will reshape that system. The main part of this episode is summarizing central bank related news for the last month, particularly the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the Federal Reserve.

Articles mentioned in the episode

China Digital Yuan Will Co-Exist With Alipay, WeChat, PBOC Says https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-25/china-digital-yuan-will-co-exist-with-alipay-wechat-pboc-says

China Asks Banks to Curtail Credit for Rest of Year https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-06/china-is-said-to-ask-banks-to-curtail-credit-for-rest-of-year

ECB tries to dispel myths about CBDC https://www.finextra.com/newsarticle/37744/ecb-bids-to-bust-cbdc-myths

Lagarde Says Market Can Test ECB Resolve as Much as It Wants https://archive.ph/SyLZK

Treasury General Account balance https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/WTREGEN

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Written by Ansel Lindner

Economist, author and bitcoin specialist. Find more from Ansel at the Bitcoin & Markets podcast (bitcoinandmarkets.com), the BitcoinDictionary.cc, and macro blog Bitcoin & Markets Research (BTCM.co).

Apr 07, 2021
Bitcoin Smart Contracts with Ben Carman
41:27
In this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, host Christian sits down with rising Bitcoin developer Ben Carman to discuss his cutting edge work in the Bitcoin Smart Contracting space as well as controversy and disputes Ben finds himself in as he trolls Bitcoin Twitter.
 
Ben and Christian first met far before Ben's rise to prominence int he Bitcoin community at the Bit Block Boom Conference in 2019. Since then, Ben has joined SuredBits as a leader in DLC technology. DLC's show promise as the smart contracting and oracle layer for the Bitcoin financial stack. Ben has since built Krystal Bull which is a wallet for hosting an oracle. Ben throws in his two cents on the Taproot activation discussion and educates CK about all of the benefits and features that Taproot enables.
 
Lastly we dive into a recent confrontation between Eric July and Ben. Eric is a prominent libertarian pendent who does not really recommend or educate his following on Bitcoin. Ben and other Bitcoin plebs joined Erics podcast to call out the fact that Eric and other libertarians that do not take action are LARPS and the fall out from that confrontation.
 
Topics:
DLC's Bitcoiner Libertarian Show down.
Intro to Ben,
Suredbits
DLCs
Krystal Bull
Why run an oracle?
taproot
Lot True v False
The future and nature of Bitcoin finance.
Why are libertarian's that deny bitcoin Larps
Eric July's podcast.
Apr 06, 2021
Banking on Bitcoin with Max Carjuzaa
39:59

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with Max Carjuzaa the cofounder and ceo of Money on Chain. Money on Chain is a fascinating new trustless application built on the RSK side chain. RSK is a sidechain that pegs 1 to 1 with Bitcoin and allows users to leverage a turing complete computing environment. Money on Chain is part of the emerging decentralized finance and banking movement coming to bitcoin in a more native way. Money on Chain allows users to leverage their bitcoin collateral to mint dollar backed tokens as well as their B2X token that enables the users earn a 2x leveraged bitcoin position all with minimized trust on the RSK sidechain. 

Carjuzaa explained the story behind money on chain and how he and his team conceived of the idea and leveraged RSK and learning from other ecosystems to build the MoC system in the most Bitcoin native way possible. Money on Chain is built to enable bitcoiners to express short and long sentiments on Bitcoin while also creating a dollar synthetic token that is permissionless and censorship resistant. Carjuzaa explains how RSK and Money on chain are thriving in Latin America where financial services and fiat currency are much worse and there is a substantial need for alternative banking solutions. 

Follow Max on twitter @maxcarjuzaa

Learn more about Money on Chain on twitter @moneyonchainok

or https://moneyonchain.com/

Apr 01, 2021
Optimizing Bitcoin with Gloria Zhao
53:52

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, host Christian Keroles sat down with young Bitcoin developer Gloria Zhao to discuss her story and contributions to Bitcoin core. Gloria grew up in the bay area and led the elite Blockchain at Berkeley group at UC Berkeley. Gloria discusses the misaligned incentives for top college developers pulling them toward altcoin and defi projects. Gloria stated that she needed to be in tune with herself and her motivations in order to see Bitcoin Core as a viable and exciting career path.

Gloria's talent was quickly discovered by top Bitcoin contributors and she started as the first fellow of nonprofit Bitcoin development organization, Brink Bitcoin. Gloria is currently working on the very important and thankless work improving the p2p layer between nodes. Her specific projects are called Package Mempool Acceptance. P2P development is incredibly stressful because it is how nodes talk to each other and there is massive opportunity for an attack on Bitcoin. 

 

We cover the following topics:

Gloria's Bitcoin story

Experience at Cal and Blockchain at Berkeley

Bitcoin v blockchain in education

What is it like learning the technical side of Bitcoin

Advice to young aspiring bitcoin devs

what is package accept or package relay

Gloria's most profound lesson form learning the technical side of  Bitcoin

Follow Gloria on twitter: @glozow

On Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glozow/

Mar 30, 2021
Bitcoin Failure Scenarios with Keagan McClelland
57:16

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with Bitcoin engineers and cofounder of Start9 Keagan McClelland to discuss different ways he sees Bitcoin potentially filing in the future. 

Start9 is a hardware and software company dedicated to making individuals more sovereign. Start9’s flagship product is the Embassy personal server. Start9 sees individuals running their own server for things like email, encrypted messaging, and Bitcoin as being critical for the future of individual sovereignty. The Embassy is designed to make it easy for none technical users to run all of their core software services themselves at him. 

Keagan is a Bitcoin and is extremely bullish Bitcoin however because of his engineering focus and experience with lightning he is no stranger to the challenges Bitcoin faces. Keagana nd ck discuss fees, centralization risk, attacks on Bitcoiners, the potential for 6102 scenarios and much much more. 

Don’t miss this wide ranging, mildly technical episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast.

Follow Keagan @ProofOfKeags

Mar 23, 2021
Looking Forward to Bear Arms N’ Bitcoin with Ragnar Lifthrasir
36:49

This week on “Bitcoin Magazine Podcast”, host Joe Rodgers sat down with Ragnar Lifthrasir, owner of Guns N’ Bitcoin, to discuss his upcoming freedom technology conference Bear Arms N’ Bitcoin being held in Austin, TX on April 10-11. The conference is focused on 3D printing firearm technology and bitcoin privacy hardware and software. 


They discussed the state of the world, the conference, the Bitcoin circular economy who shared his thoughts about this with Bitcoin Magazine last November “It’s Time To Join The Bitcoin Circular Economy”.

For more information about Bear Arms N’ Bitcoin visit gunsnbitcoin.com and follow Lifthraiser on Twitter.

Mar 18, 2021
Conviction in Bitcoin w/ George Mekhail
49:22

In this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Host Christian Keroles sits down with George Mekhail of BitcoinIs and the OC Bitcoin Network. George has been making waves in the Bitcoin community both with his regular virtual and in person meets up but also with his thought provoking articles.

Two of his recent articles published with the Bitcoin Magazine

IN A SOCIALLY-DISTANT WORLD, BITCOIN IS COMMON GROUND

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/in-a-socially-distant-world-bitcoin-is-common-ground

ARE BITCOINERS A**HOLES?

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/are-bitcoiners-aholes

In both articles, George demonstrates how Bitcoin is more than just an asset. bitcoin is a social movement, a base level truth, and a way for humans to better communicate. George aims to continue to better the human experience both with thought leadership but also with community building. George's deepest driver is his unshakable conviction in Bitcoin and he believes that Bitcoiner's conviction in BTC will appeal to the hearts and minds of the masses.

Mar 16, 2021
Why Bitcoin Matters With Hong Fang
47:51
This week for the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast host Christian Keroles sat down with the CEO of OKCoin Hong Fang for a wide ranging conversation about why Bitcoin, onboarding new people, and Hongs personal journey with bitcoin. Since taking over as the CEO of OKCoin, Hong has taken swift action to better adapt the exchange for new user onboarding for for better aligning the exchange and platform with Bitcoin native technology.
 
OKCoin has taken the lead in adopting Bitcoin layer 2 technology like Lighting and Blockstack and recently made waves for delisting prominent Bitcoin forks (BCH and BSV). Fang describes how these coins in particular where riding off of Bitcoin's coat tails and how most new users where getting confused by them when they were really just looking for BTC the Store of Value. The conversation closes with Hong describing her visions for a Bitcoin future that is more equitable and just for man kind.
 
Topics:
Where was Hong professionally when she discovered Bitcoin?
What set her up to understand the problems in society and how Bitcoin addresses them?
Why is Bitcoin not just another crypto asset? What makes it special?
 
OKCoin's effort to support Bitcoin development
Bitcoin Adoption and OKCoin's role in facilitating that.
Hong's perspective about what a bItcoin future looks like.
 
Follow Hong on twitter @hfangca
Mar 11, 2021
Questioning Bitcoin Narratives With Eric Wall
01:05:45
This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast host Christian Keroles sits down with Eric Wall CIO of Arcane Assets. Eric comes on to the show to walk through some of his qualms with common Bitcoin Narratives. Eric has a strong understanding of Bitcoin and is bullish on the asset but does not think that all of the narratives and talking points around bitcoin are directionally correct or viable.
 
Eric once asked his twitter following if he was a shitcoiner or a bitcoiner, Peter McCormack responded that Eric was a shitcoiner but a good one. Eric is a well know skeptic and independant thinker in the Bitcoin ecosystem. He has made waves by arguing strongly against stock to flow and in favor of layer 2 constructions in development on Ethereum. Christian and Eric discuss Bitcoin propaganda, scaling, utility and much much more in this fascinating conversation.
 
Topics:
 
Why the S2F chart is misleading.
Eric bearish on Lightning
Eric's investigation into Ethereum based deFi
What don't Bitcoiners get? where is the cognitive dissidence?
Do ethereans get Bitcoin or the history of money.?
Bitcoin's role in definanciliazation.
 
Find Eric Wall
Twitter: @ercwl
Email: info@arcaneassets.io
Mar 09, 2021
How Bitcoin Alleviates Human Suffering W/ Nozomi Hayase
44:35
This week for the Bitcoin Magazine podcast host Christian Keroles sits down with Nozomi Hayase for a wide ranging and cosmic conversation.
 
Nozomi's back ground is in studying psychology from both traditional and alternative perspective. She brings a fascinating insight and direction to the world we are living in today as well as captivating narratives for how Bitcoin can help alleviate human suffering. This conversation is very high level and future looking into what a Bitcoin future looks like.
 
We discussed the following topics:
 
How Money and the type of money we use affects our reality?
Do you agree with that and what is the psychology of someone in this transition period?
How does people adopting bitcoin affect their connection to reality? why I sit so much more real? 
What will life and civilization look like with a sound money?
the Value of self interest. the radical separation of good and evil.
Bitcoin aligns incentives around selfishness.
 
Follow Nozomi Hayase: @nozomimagine
Follow ck: @ck_SNARKs
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Mar 04, 2021
Securing Your Bitcoin with Parker Lewis
49:13

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian sits down with Parker Lewis of Unchained Capital to discuss several key topics in Bitcoin. We open up discussing Parker's Gradually then Suddenly Blog series and how impactful it has been in educating institutions and Bitcoiners a like. We go into depth on what Parker thinks of when it comes to Bitcoin education and how Bitcoin goes from being counter intuitive to hyper intuitive. We go in depth into How to store your bitcoin and how Unchained is making multisig more approachable for Bitcoin holders. Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Parker Lewis of Unchained Capital and Gradually then Suddenly. Follow Parker: @parkeralewis Follow Unchained Capital: @unchainedcap Follow Christian: @ck_SNARKs Follow Bitcoin Magazine: @BitcoinMagazine Today Unchained Capital Announced a partnership with NYDIG a key player in institutional services for Bitcoin. https://bitcoinmagazine.com/business/... This interview was recorded prior to this announcement.

Mar 02, 2021
Explaining Taproot Activation and LOT=True VS LOT=False - The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado 29
40:50

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In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, hosts Aaron van Wirdum and Sjors Provoost discuss activation of the Taproot soft fork upgrade, and more specifically, the lock-in on timeout (LOT) parameter. The LOT parameter can be set to either “true” (LOT=true) or “false” (LOT=false).

LOT=false resembles how several previous soft forks were activated. Miners would have one year to coordinate Taproot activation through hash power; if and when a supermajority (probably 90 percent) of miners signal readiness for the upgrade, the soft fork will activate. But if this doesn’t happen within (probably) a year, the upgrade will expire. (After which it could be redeployed.)

LOT=true also lets miners activate the soft fork through hash power, but if they fail to do this within that year, nodes will activate the soft fork regardless.

Aaron and Sjors discuss the benefits and detriments of each option. This also includes some possible scenarios of what could happen if some users set LOT to true, while other users set LOT to false, and the associated risks. Finally, Aaron and Sjors discuss what they think is most likely going to happen with Taproot activation.

Feb 26, 2021
Bitcoin Technology & Economics w/ James O'Beirne
49:57

For this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with Bitcoin developer and economist James O’Beirne. James is a Bitcoin core developer with very unique experiences across disciplines being both a bitcoin core contributor as well as a well learnt macro economics scholar. James takes us through his journey from ChainCode Labs in New York to DG Labs back to the states and now to his current project Bitnomial Bitcoin Futures & Options Exchange. James also walks us through his designing of a basic command line interface for ColdCard what he built with no outside dependencies. We close out the conversation discussing James’ experiences trading during the depth of the 2020 economic fears and why his experiences with gold solidified his position that bitcoin is an order of magnitude improvement. 

 

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Feb 25, 2021
Bitcoin and Podcasting 2.0 with Anita Posch
40:12

This week, Christian sits down with long time Bitcoin podcaster and advocate Anita Posch. Anita is the host of the fantastic Anita Posch show where she highlights the efforts of bitcoiners around the globe especially bitcoiners in Africa and Latam. 

In this episode ck and Anita focus in on new Podcasting technology being built on top of the bitcoin lightning network. Podcasting started as the ultimate way for individuals to broadcast information without corporate influence. It was a medium for the people. Since it's humble beginnings, Podcasting has turned into a cultural phenomena but its has also become corrupted. Current podcasting infrastructure no longer supports the censorship resistant dream of it's origin. Bitcoin looks to be an answer here for creators to cultivate community and monetize directly with p2p cash. 

Listen in to learn more about Anita and the cross roads between bitcoin and the future of podcasting. 

Feb 23, 2021
Building on Bitcoin W/ Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar
45:43
This week on the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, Host Christian Keroles sits down with long time Bitcoiner and cofounder of the RSK Bitcoin Sidechain Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar. RSK has been live on top of Bitcoin since 2018 and has been quietly building a fantastic ecosystem of wallets, Decentralized order-books, Bitcoin backed stablecoins and more. The projects being built on and enabled by RSK have been making an incredible amount of hype in the Bitcoin community and they are all enabled by the RSK sidechain.
 
RSK is merged mined with Bitcoin and leverages Bitcoin as it's own native currency. Bitcoin has to be pegged into the RSK chain and Diego's team are working on greatly improving the UX and wait time for a trustless peg between BTC and RBTC. We discuss how Bitcoiners can easily and trustlessly peg into the RSK chain and start taking advantage of all the applications built on RSK. There are several user friendly wallets including Edge Wallet that allows for a non technical users to get access to RBTC.
 
In this interview it is very clear that Diego and his team are true Bitcoiners and are building with Bitcoin's best interest in mind. Because the RSK team is located in Latam and Argentina they have a very close touch with the struggles and needs of the unbanked and underbanked. RSK is building the decentralized infrastructure needed to sustain a financial system completely on blockchains.
Feb 18, 2021
If You Are Not Long Bitcoin, You Are Short Bitcoin — W/ Anthony Scaramucci & Matt Odell
40:10

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, Bitcoin Magazine advisor, Matt Odell sits down with Anthony Scaramucci the cofounder of Skybridge Capital to discuss his Bitcoin Fund and his thoughts on Bitcoin. Scaramucci's echoing of Bitcoin first principles thinking at the institutional investor class is incredibly validating of the Bitcoin narrative. Anthony explains why he could not invest in Bitcoin at sub $1,000 because the asset was simply not large enough for his funds strategy. According to Scaramucci, Bitcoin is more useful and interesting to him at these levels than they were back then. Scaramucci explains that he stills believes that we are still early in Bitcoins long term trajectory but at the same time feels very confident that Bitcoin will be the category winner in the greater cryptocurrency space. This is an incredibly bullish interview as Anthony demonstrates extreme alignment with the narratives and predictions that hard core Bitcoin enthusiasts have been making for years.

Please enjoy this conversation with Anthony Scaramucci and Matt Odell.

Feb 16, 2021
What Bitcoin Started w/ Erik Voorhees
50:16

This week, host Christian Keroles sits down with early Bitcoin adopter and entrepreneur Erik Voorhees. Erik has had an enormous impact on Bitcoin's history starting early companies, participating in the scaling wars, and embracing the Ethereum ecosystem.

Erik sees the Bitcoin space in different way than many bitcoiners. Erik describes everything with in the "crypto" ecosystem as part of the same tree and although there are nefarious use cases and scams, that does not invalidate the entire space outside of bitcoin.

While still holding the majority of his value in Bitcoin, Voorhees believes that Bitcoin was just the first building block of a decentralized finance ecosystem that he is excited to build.

Feb 11, 2021
Banking with Bitcoin w/ Steven Schnall CEO of Quontic Bank
29:38

This week for the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles sits down with CEO of Quontic Bank Steven Schnall to discuss Quontic's recent move to offer a Bitcoin back debit card. The Bitcoin Back debit card offer users 1.5% cash back in the for of Bitcoin. This represents Quontic's first official cryptocurrency product and a massive step for Bitcoin's financialization as Quontic is firmly a legacy banking institution.

Steven and Christian discuss Quontic's history and mission driven purpose as well as Steven's personal adventures mining cryptocurrency and buying Bitcoin many years ago. Steven believes that Bitcoin is a new economic paradigm and that every financial institution will begin offering Bitcoin related product int he coming decade.

We discuss the following topics:

  • Steven's Bitcoin History
  • Why Quontic was created
  • Quontic Bank's mission oriented business
  • Evolutions in bitcoin custody
  • Bitcoin as a hard money
  • SOV Creating the Bitcoin back debit card product W
  • hat is next for Quontic Bank and Bitcoin.
Feb 09, 2021
The Good Word of Bitcoin with Isaiah Jackson
42:10

Joe Rodgers had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with Isaiah Jackson to discuss his upcoming book, Bitcoin and Black America Volume 2. Before the interview I read a copy of his first book which laid the groundwork explaining Bitcoin to noobs, but it was written especially for black people. The book covers monetary history and how black people have gotten little to no support from bankers here in America and goes on to make the case that Bitcoin and black people are a no brainer. Jackson says “If any group of people should recognize how media can misrepresent you because they feel threatened, it should be the black community. Bitcoin and the black community are a match made in heaven.”

 

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Feb 04, 2021
Teaching Bitcoin w/ @anilsaidso
39:58
This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Host Christian Keroles sits down with Anil (@AnilSaidSo on Twitter) to discuss his amazing Bitcoin educational content.
 
Anil has made a name for himself in the Bitcoin community because of the amazing and simple distillations of very complex and important concepts for understanding Bitcoin. Anil creates amazing Twitter threads, web pages and short ebooks to explain concepts like, Why Bitcoin is Neutral, Bitcoin V the Dollar, Notable Bitcoiners, Explaining the Sovereign Individual, understanding Bitcoin with Mental Models, and much much more.
 
 
Ck and Anil also go into depth discussing Anil's contribution to Bitcoin Magazine Bitcoin and the Printing Press (released January 8th)
 
 
In the article Anil compares the invention of Bitcoin to the invention of the printing press and how both inventions gave power back to the people and took down large and overbearing institutions, ultimately unlocking massive human potential.
 
"What Johannes Gutenberg and Satoshi Nakamoto gave us were new methods to permissionlessly transport information across time and space, outside the purview of the establishment. This challenges gatekeeper monopolies that are reliant on taxation, incentivizing them to act honestly and provide a valuable service to retain patronage."
 
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Feb 02, 2021
Wining Hearts and Minds for Bitcoin w/ Andy Edstrom and Peter McCormack
54:56
In this week's Bitcoin Magazine podcast, Christian Keroles sits down with Andy Edstrom and Peter McCormack to discuss their recent contribution to Bitcoin Magazine Wining Hearts and Minds for Bitcoin.
 
Both Peter and Andy believe that Bitcoin is inevitable and has already won but it can be easier or harder depending on how bitcoin evangelists educate. They believe that thru rhetoric and appeals to moral foundation theory, Bitcoin evangelists can better explain to skeptics and newcomers the numerous positive implications of adopting Bitcoin.
 
Moral foundations theory is a theory on how humans make decisions and establish attitudes about things. The theory his a heavy influence on the book Righteous Mind which is the
inspiration for the article.
 
These foundations from Moral Foundations Theory are:
(1) care/harm,
(2) fairness/cheating,
(3) loyalty/betrayal,
(4) authority/subversion,
(5) sanctity/degradation
(6) liberty/oppression. 
 
In the article you all apply this mental model towards mining and energy usage.
 
"Bitcoiners need to educate people on this topic and avoid beginning passively on the back foot.  Whenever talking to someone who is concerned with Bitcoin’s environmental effects, it may make sense to lead with this question: “Could you please explain to me how we’re going to defeat global warming without Bitcoin?”  (I.e., defend your doomed sticks arguments, and I’ll respond with my Bitcoin carrot.)"
 
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Jan 28, 2021
Bitcoin and Satoshi in Venezuela w/ Javier Bastardo
55:25
This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, ck sits down with Javier Bastardo from Satoshi en Venezuela. This is a wide ranging, real and heart felt conversation about the real trials that the Venezuelan people are subject to because of the totalitarian regime currently in control. Javier tells of his story discovering and living on Bitcoin since 2017 and how Bitcoin gave him both financial stability and community during his persecution living in Venezuela. While Javier is hopeless for Venezuela today he is hopeful personally because of Bitcoin. Javier warns Bitcoiners in the west not to simply use Venezuela as a Bitcoin case study. Venezuelans are suffering at the hands of an evil and parasitic regime. Bitcoin may help but there are many barriers to Bitcoin adoption in Venezuela that prevents the majority of people from leveraging it.
 
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Jan 26, 2021
How to Store Your Bitcoin w/ Douglas Bakkum of Shift Crypto - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
45:58
This week ck sits down with long time Bitcoiner and builder Douglas Bakkum. Douglas is the CEO and cofounder of hardware wallet maker Shift Crypto. Douglas and his team have been working hard from very early on to create a hardware wallet experience that is suitable for newbies but has the most important advanced features for maximum sovereignty, safety and trustlessness.
 
This is a very wide ranging conversation covering Douglas's history, the inspiration for Shift Crypto, the Bitbox 02, and all about Bitcoin cold storage and custody.
 
The conversation gets pretty technical as we get into the nuances around Wallet Ux and new innovations around Multisig. Douglas is hopeful for the future of multisig but is also skeptical of folks embracing it too early. There are still lots of kinks that need to be ironed out according to Douglas even though Bitcoin Multisig has gotten immensely better.
 
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Jan 21, 2021
Fed Watch - Another Government Letdown - FED 37
29:00

Do not forget to subscribe to the new Fed Watch: Bitcoin and Macro new feed. It will be separate from Bitcoin Magazine. Exclusively on the new feed, starting on the next interview with the great Max Kaiser. Search for “Fed Watch - Bitcoin and Macro” on your podcast app.

In this episode of Bitcoin Magazine’s “Fed Watch,” Christian Keroles and Ansel Lindner ​discuss the broad macroeconomic atmosphere in which bitcoin finds itself. We touch on bitcoin mining, price, the dollar, commodities, and the economy in general. In our bitcoin mining commentary, we focus on the behavior of hash rate over the last few months and the unique market for mining rigs. This is an important aspect of the bitcoin market that largely not understood even by hardcore bitcoiners.

Next, we have a fascinating discussion about social media, community building, and gaming. The Bitcoin & Markets podcast community has built a valuable community on discord and have slowly moved away from Twitter. Smaller communities where you can build relationships instead of followings may be the future trend.

We wrap up the episode talking about macro trends and bitcoin price. That, and so much more is on this episode.

Don’t miss it. This was another great episode to keep you current on central bank issues. Full show notes available: (link back to bitcoin magazine). Do not forget to subscribe to Fed Watch’s new RSS feed, so you don’t miss any of our great guest insights in the future.

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Jan 20, 2021
Bitcoin Activism with cryptograffiti - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
37:38

Joe Rodger's had the opportunity to sit down with legendary Bitcoin activist artist cryptograffiti this week to discuss his latest project, Bitcoin vs The Fed. You have probably seen cryptograffiti’s art before.

He's well known for his mosaic pictures of Hal Finney and JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon but he's most well known for his art piece called United Nodes of Bitcoin which depicts a U.S. $1 bill with a hooded George Washington and subtle nods to bitcoin propaganda all over the bill.

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Jan 19, 2021
Fed Watch - Bitcoin 2021: A New Hope - FED 36
31:35

Find “Fed Watch”’s new RSS feed: Search for “Fed Watch - Bitcoin and Macro” on your podcast app.

In this episode of Bitcoin Magazine’s “Fed Watch,” Christian Keroles and Ansel Lindner look back at the events of the last few weeks and put them into a macro perspective. They also give us an optimistic vision of the next year that only the Bitcoin Space can offer.

Topics covered

  • Censorship and Bitcoin Twitter
  • Macro cycles like the 4th Turning
  • Assets like gold, the dollar, and commodities
  • Bitcoin price
  • 2021 predictions

We are in dark times, but it is darkest before dawn. Bitcoin is a steady guiding light in this troubled time, and though things might get slightly worse from a political perspective over the next year, history and bitcoin show us the future is still very bright.

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Jan 14, 2021
Funding Bitcoin Development w Alex Gladstein, Ben Kaufman & Richard Myers - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
38:25

This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host ck sits down with Alex Gladstein of the Human rights Foundation and the latest two recipients of the HRF's Bitcoin development grants, Richard Myers and Ben Kaufman.

Richard works with GoTenna and Global Mesh Labs and is focused on relieving Bitcoin's dependency on the current internet infrastructure.

Ben works with the Specter Wallet team to create easy and user friendly ways for Bitcoiners to receive and send bitcoin using their full node to validate and easy multi sig with commodity hardware.

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Jan 12, 2021
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - The Lightning Network Basics - NADO 22
24:24

In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, hosts Aaron van Wirdum and Sjors Provoost discuss the basics of the Lightning Network, Bitcoin’s Layer 2 protocol for cheaper, faster and potentially more private transactions.

Jan 08, 2021
Securing Bitcoin w/ Diogo Monica - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
31:58

This week, host ck sits down with the cofounder and president of Anchorage to talk about the innovative ways that Anchorage is creating better than cold storage conditions for institutional Bitcoin and crypto asset storage.

Anchorage has become a complete turnkey platform for Institutions to leverage in order to build out their Bitcoin and crypto strategies.

Diogo has a deep history in securing private keys and mission critical private information. He lead up security at Square and then and Docker.

Ck and Diogo discuss the following topics:

Anchorage is the qualified custodian

The OCC clarity for commercial banks

Who is using Anchorage? 

Anchorage filed for a national banking charter! 

How do create better than cold storage? 

What is Anchorage seeing from bitcoin custodial demand. 

Crypto v Bitcoin? What is the mind set and knowledge of anchorage customers. 

Jan 07, 2021
Sovereign Bitcoin, What is Soveryn with Edan Yago - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
44:20

In this week’s episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast host ck sits down with Edan Yago of the Soveryn Project to discuss Soveryn and how they are building decentralized infrastructure for Bitcoin. 

Soveryn is like a company except that it runs completely on bitcoin and they are not incorporated in any company. It is a fully remote new kind of company that is fluid, distributed, and powered by Bitcoin. 

Soveryn has developed an exchange and programmatic USD coin system leveraging the RSK Bitcoin sidechain and they are actively looking at other BTC layer two technology to scale their services. 

Soveryn likes RSK’s technology because it is based off of the existing Ethereum technology stack making it interoperable with the entire ethereum defi ecosystem. Eden discusses how the members of the Soveryn team refer to themselves as Bitcoin Mutants rather than Bitcoin Maximalists. According to Yago, the Mutants understand that Bitcoin is key but they are not afraid to leverage the decentralized tech being built elsewhere. They see the Ethereum and altcoin ecosystem as an opportunity for Bitcoin to conquer as the defacto money and trading pair. 

The Soveryn team sees Bitcoin as the main building block of the new decentralized economy and think Bitcoiners should not settle for centralized technology solutions. 

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Jan 05, 2021
Fed Watch - Central Bank Policy: 2020 Year in Review - FED 35
28:35

Fed Watch is moving feeds! Search for “Fed Watch - Bitcoin and Macro” on your podcast app. 

In this episode, Christian and Ansel discuss the monetary policy of the three major central banks, the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of Japan. They step through the crisis, from the central banks’ position upon entering 2020, through the panic months of March and April, to how they all ended the year in a holding pattern.

The Fed gets blamed for unleashing a flood of liquidity and money printing on the world, but in fact, they were probably the most reserved out of the major central banks. If anyone should suffer inflation of their currency it is the Bank of Japan. Their central bank balance sheet alone is now 126% of their countries GDP, and the ECB’s balance sheet is over 55% of the Eurozone GDP. The Fed looks the tamest of the three in this respect, coming in at only 34%. If QE is money printing, we should expect inflation in these smaller currencies first, but what do we see? They are stuck in deflation and heading for another crash.

Lastly, Christian and Ansel sum up what they think about this year in regards to central banks and bitcoin.

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Links

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/reviewing-2020s-central-bank-policies

Dec 30, 2020
Developing Bitcoin w/ John Newbery - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
35:41

In this very special episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast ck sits down with Bitcoin core contributor John Newbery to discuss John's new bitcoin development initiative Brink.dev.

Brink is striving to become a 5o1c3 non profit in the united states enabling American's to donate to bitcoin Development via Brink in a tax advantaged way. Brink will be both writing grants to Bitcoin projects as well as training promising Bitcoin Developers in their fellowship program.

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Topics:

Launching Brink with Mike Schmitt.

Bitcoin op tech

Becoming a 5o1c3 nonprofit

Ho is the donation land scape changing for Bitcoin development?

Compare and contract development in a bull v bear.

Gloria Zhao

Bitcoin and ossification

Reflecting on the taproot process

Dec 29, 2020
The Fight For The Freedom Money With Randy Brito - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
43:18

In this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, ck is down with Randy Brito the co founder and CEO of the Locha Mesh project.

Randy is a die hard Bitcoiner who has escape the persecution in Venezuela and is working every day with the mission to make Bitcoin more and more censorship resistant. Randy sees the current internet infrastructure as being a huge attack vector that must be addressed immediately. Locha Mesh is an open source mesh networking project and protocol that is designed to be capable of supporting a global decentralized internet.

Ck and Randy discuss why westerners have been lulled into complacence with their stable yet centralized infrastructure and how the majority of the world desperately needs free, open and private internet especially for Bitcoin. Randy believes that Bitcoin in the catalyst for us to rebuild our entire economy in a more decentralized way but fears the next few years in the battle.

Randy encourages all the listeners to do what they can to support the rebuilding on the internet in a way that is respectful to human rights and freedoms. He chants the rally cry " La Lucha Por La Locha Libre, The Fight For The Freedom Money"

Find Randy on Twitter @randybrito

Dec 24, 2020
Brady Swenson Growing with Bitcoin - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
01:06:44
Happy holidays from the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast team. This week we sat down with Swan Bitcoin employee #3 and Head of Education Brady Swenson aka Citizen Bitcoin. Brady is also the host of one of the best Bitcoin podcasts out there, the Citizen Bitcoin Podcast.
 
Brady and CK sit down to chat about how Brady navigated his way from bitcoin newbie to prominent podcasts and entrepreneur in the bitcoin ecosystem. Brady encouraged Bitcoin newbies to get involved with the Bitcoin community and tell of how Swan Bitcoin hirers exclusively based off of work they see on Bitcoin Twitter. Every member of Swan's all star team has first built a reputation online int he greater Bitcoin community.
 
The podcast then takes a more cosmic turn when Ck and Brady start talking about heir favorite subject, the Bitcoin renaissance. Brady see's Bitcoin as the ultimate tool to re-unleash human innovation and free us of our endless toils. Bitcoin is the most powerful narrative in the world, we are just witnesses to its great assent .
 
Please enjoy this great episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast.
Dec 22, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Why Open Source Matters for Bitcoin - NADO 21
35:04

In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss why it matters that Bitcoin software is open source… and why even open source software doesn't necessarily solve all software-specific trust issues.

In theory, the fact that most Bitcoin nodes, wallets and applications are open source should ensure that developers can’t include malicious code in the programs: anyone can inspect the source code for malware. In practice, however, the number of people with enough expertise to do this is limited, while the reliance of some Bitcoin projects on external code libraries (“dependencies”) makes it even harder.

Furthermore, even if the open source code is sound, this doesn’t guarantee that the binaries (computer code) really correspond with the open source code. Aaron and Sjors explain how this risk is largely mitigated in Bitcoin through a process called Gitian building, where several Bitcoin Core developers sign the binaries if, and only if, they all produced the exact same binaries from the same source code. This requires special compiler software.

Finally, Aaron and Sjors discuss Guix, a relatively new project that goes above and beyond the Gitian process, to minimize the level of trust required to turn source code into binaries — including trust in the compiler itself.

Dec 18, 2020
Tyler Winklevoss, Bitcoin Ultra Bull - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
01:26:18

Bitcoin Magazine's very own Joe Rodgers interview Tyler Winklevoss of Gemini and Winklevoss Capital. We discussed how crazy 2020 has been, as well as his passion for Bitcoin, personal life and outlook for 2021. 

We started our conversation by digging into an article that he and his brother, Cameron, published in August titled “The Case For $500K Bitcoin.” In this piece, they lay out a bullish case for Bitcoin and how they arrived at that number for its future price. I asked Winklevoss about this article’s target audience and he told me that “We wanted this to be for everyone… we wanted it to be technical but approachable.” 

This is an article you can print out and leave with your family members over the holidays. If it doesn’t orange-pill them, it will at least get some good conversation out of them.

Later, we touch on The Great Reset. It turns out that Winklevoss hasn’t wasted any cycles thinking about it and was quick to point out the lunacy of the state fixing the problem it created with more intervention. As a former Olympian, he is still focused on his health and we spoke about what works for him regarding physical and mental wellbeing. Spoiler alert: sugar bad, exercise good.

As we wrapped up the recording, we touched on what’s to come in 2021 and beyond. I’ve watched Winklevoss from the sidelines for years and I respect what he’s built. He’s taken on the difficult challenge of developing Bitcoin-friendly regulations in New York and has ambitious plans to bring Gemini to the rest of the world in 2021. I have no doubt he will succeed — he’s been a competitor his whole life and has a track record of excellence. 

Before this podcast, I had only a basic understanding of where Winklevoss’s head is, but now it’s clear to me. He might be a billionaire, but he’s one of us. He’s an ultra bull. He wants the state out of the business of money and he’s a Bitcoin true believer.

Dec 17, 2020
Fed Watch - Central Bank Woes - FED 34
32:42

In this episode, Christian and Ansel give updates on the Federal Reserve, ECB, and PBOC. Europe is the most exciting because last week they updated their policy, admitting they are fighting deflation, economic contraction, and a strong euro, despite the 1.85 trillion euro stimulus this year alone. It seems the more they do, the worse their situation gets.

The Fed meets Wednesday, December 16th, for their final meeting of the year, in which they are expected to keep everything the same. Next, we cover the PBOC’s recent troubles with defaults throughout their economy, and the increasing amount of stimulus they are providing.

Lastly, what would a bitcoin podcast be without a discussion about MicroStrategy and MassMutual. Bitcoiners have been expecting this type of adoption for years, so it is exciting but expected.

Links

Federal Reserve’s final meeting of 2020 : https://www.marketwatch.com/story/4-things-to-watch-when-fed-meets-wednesday-11607979577

ECB expands and extends its bond buying as coronavirus resurgence weighs on the recovery : https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/12/10/ecb-expands-bond-buying-as-coronavirus-resurgence-weighs.html

The ECB's Policy Dilemma: More QE Will Strengthen The Euro : https://seekingalpha.com/article/4394050-ecbs-policy-dilemma-qe-will-strengthen-euro

China has no plan to replace USD with digital yuan, former PBoC head says : https://cointelegraph.com/news/china-has-no-plan-to-replace-usd-with-digital-yuan-former-pboc-head-says

Nov 27 - China’s central bank could intervene after ‘glaring’ state-firm bond defaults, analyst says : https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/27/chinas-central-bank-could-intervene-as-state-firm-bond-defaults-rise-analyst.html

Dec 14 - China’s central bank injects 950 billion yuan of medium-term loans, leaves rate unchanged : https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/15/chinas-central-bank-injects-950-billion-yuan-of-medium-term-loans.html

Dec 16, 2020
How Money Works Today and Tomorrow with Nik Bhatia - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
43:23

Nik Bhatia, famous Bitcoin thinker and economist join's Bitcoin Magazine podcast to discuss the recent corporate bond MicroStrategy issued to buy more Bitcoin. Nik has a deep history in the bond world, Nik explained that this is just the beginning for Bond issuance for Bitcoin purposes emphasizing that corporations can issue bonds for whatever purpose they can justify to investors.

Next, we dive into his new book "Layered Money" which is currently available for preorder. Nik explains how the current monetary system has been built in layers and how Bitcoin is the first new asset that lives completely outside of the current system.

Lastly Nik answers some cosmic questions about the future of money and what a Bitcoin based financial system looks like.

Topics:

Bitcoin is such a unique asset because it is not a liability on someone else's balance sheet. MSTR buying Bitcoin and what that means for the bond market. People call it speculative attack Nik calls it arbitrage. We can see many types of companies issuing bonds to buy Bitcoins and their reasoning will completely very. Atomic swaps that make all crypto assets interoperable. Bitcoin exists outside the system and that is why we can build on it.

Find Nik Bhatia: https://twitter.com/timevalueofbtc https://www.layeredmoney.com/

Dec 15, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Niall Ferguson on Bitcoin and Financial Evolution BIA 32
52:33

Our guest this week is Niall Ferguson. Niall is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of 15 books, including The Ascent of Money and has at least two in the works in the upcoming Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe as well as part two of his excellent Henry Kissinger biography. 

Niall also writes a regular column for Bloomberg Opinion. In this episode we dig into Niall’s recent Bloomberg piece “Bitcoin Is Winning the Covid-19 Monetary Revolution” and discuss the history of financial evolution, including how the current iteration of that evolution is playing out between China and the US and how he views Bitcoin in that context. We also discuss the qualities that make Bitcoin a significant advance and the broader importance of decentralization and sovereignty.

Find Niall online at niallferguson.com and on Twitter @nfergus

Dec 14, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - RSK, federated sidechains and Powpeg - NADO 20
23:20

In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, hosts Aaron van Wirdum and Sjors Provoost discuss RSK’s shift from a federated sidechain model to the project’s new Powpeg solution. RSK is a merge mined Ethereum-like Bitcoin sidechain developed by IOVlabs. Bitcoin users can effectively move their coins to this blockchain that operates more like Ethereum, and move the coins back to the Bitcoin blockchain when they so choose. Some Bitcoin miners utilize their hashpower to mine bocks on the sidechain, and earn some extra transaction fees by doing so.The tricky part of any sidechain is allowing users to securely move their coins between blockchains. This is technically done by locking coins on the Bitcoin blockchain and issuing corresponding coins on the sidechain, and vice versa: locking coins on the sidechain to unlock the coins on the Bitcoin blockchain.So far, RSK did this by locking the coins into a multi-signature address, for which the private keys were controlled by a group of well-known companies. A majority of them was needed to unlock the coins, which they were to only do if and when the corresponding sidechain coins were locked.RSK is now switching to a Powpeg model where the keys to the multi-signature address are controlled by special tamper-proof hardware modules that are in turn programmed to only unlock coins on the Bitcoin blockchain if and when the corresponding coins on the sidechain are locked, and the transactions to lock these coins up have a significant number of confirmations.Aaron and Sjors explain how this works exactly, and discuss some of Powpeg’s security tradeoffs.

Dec 11, 2020
Defending Bitcoin and Liberty with Pierre Rochard - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
38:14

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host BranBTC sat down with Kraken’s Bitcoin specialist (and everyone’s favorite Bitcoin maximalist) Pierre Rochard to discuss the STABLE Act that was recently introduced to the public by members of the U.S. Congress.

Rochard initially took a broad view on the topic, insisting that looking too closely at the language and intent of the STABLE Act would miss the bigger picture. Instead, he wanted to focus on the conditions of our society that have allowed preconceived notions of money to grant an elite class unfathomable power over the lives of everyday Americans.For more information on the STABLE bill itself, as well as its vast implications and potentially unintended consequences, read through CoinCenter’s article, which breaks down the bill.

Dec 10, 2020
Fed Watch - Fed vs ECB - FED 33
35:30

Fed vs ECB - FED 33

In this episode of Fed Watch, Christian and Ansel get into specifics on the plans of the ECB in regard to their digital euro. We are told in the media that central banks are very much going to be releasing a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and it will have damaging effects. However, on this podcast we get our information directly from the source. First, we must answer is a digital euro likely and why, which is what we do in this episode. In later episodes we will cover the side-effects of CBDCs if there are any.

On November 30, 2020, the President of the ECB, Christine Lagarde released a blog post detailing the ECB’s current thoughts on money and how a digital euro, or CBDC, fits into their plans. I talked about this on my recent episode of Bitcoin & Markets, and Christian wanted to explore the idea of the worries of the ECB specifically, because their thinking seems to be heavily worried about monetary sovereignty.

That term, “monetary sovereignty” came up several times is Lagarde’s blog post in context to why they feel pursuing a CBDC is necessary. This contrasts Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments which focus on patience and conservatism instead of worries about monetary sovereignty. Why is this?

Most likely this is because their already are digital stablecoins, similar to how a digital euro would function, in the market. There is a big problem in the free market offerings of these stablecoins, from the ECB vantage point; they are 99% US dollar based. If the ECB were not to act, the market might completely bypass use of the euro in favor of a digital dollar. That is a scary possibility for the ECB, so they must provide that option for the market, and maybe even require its use in some cases to maintain the euro’s global position.

This episode also discusses the recent MicroStrategy “bonds for bitcoin” proposal. Listen to find out if this is the first signs of the long awaited “speculative attack” on fiat by bitcoin, and what to watch out for as this move receives the keen attention of regulators.

We also discuss jurisdictional arbitrage at length. How does bitcoin enable jurisdictional arbitrage even within the regions, like between US States or European countries? Of course, as good bitcoiners, this leads us to a cosmic back and forth about citadel locations, and the best place to live in the future from a freedom and economic standpoint. 

Fantastic episode, heavy on central bank commentary. Do not forget to subscribe to Fed Watch’s new RSS feed, so you don’t miss any of our great guest insights in the future.

Ansel Lindner

Economist, author, investor, and bitcoin specialist. Find more from Ansel at BitcoinDictionary.cc, BitcoinAndMarkets.com, and BTCM.co.

Dec 09, 2020
Debunking 7 Misconceptions about Bitcoin w/ Lyn Alden - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
36:26

This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Christian sits down with macro analyst and thinker Lyn Alden to discuss her recent piece titled 7 misconceptions about Bitcoin. In the piece Lyn breaks down what she would consider are the most common misunderstandings or objections to Bitcoin and explains why these are in fact misconceptions that will not negatively impact Bitcoin or the investment thesis into Bitcoin. 

This is an excellent podcast for Bitcoin enthusiasts looking to sharpen up their arguments as well as new entrants into Bitcoin interested in learning why Bitcoin could make sense as a part of a balanced portfolio. This podcast is full of intelligent and articulate ways to defend and explain how and why Bitcoin will continue to increase in usefulness and value. 

Lyn's original article: https://www.lynalden.com/misconceptions-about-bitcoin/

We discuss the following topics: 

  • Motivations behind writing the article. 
  • Lyn address, Bitcoin is a Bubble. Look at it in log and the bubble looks more like a pattern. 
  • Lyns Opinion on the Bitcoin Halving. 
  • Lyn likes to discuss things in terms of probabilities. 
  • Bitcoins intrinsic value is zero 
  • Altcoin/fork issue 
  • Bitcoin is too Volatile 
  • Bitcoin is catching on with Gold investors. 
  • Governments will Ban Bitcoin 
  • Bitcoin isn’t Scalable 
  • Bitcoin wastes Energy 
  • Why DCA instead of Trade? 
Dec 08, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Mempools, Child Pays for Parent, and Package Relay - NADO 19
20:40

In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, hosts Aaron van Wirdum and Sjors Provoost discussed Bitcoin mempools, Child Pays For Parent (CPFP) and package relay. Package relay is the project that Gloria Zhao will work on as part of her Brink fellowship, which was announced earlier this week, and would make the Lightning Network more robust (among other benefits). Mempools are the collections of unconfirmed transactions stored by nodes, from which they forward transactions to peers. Miners usually select the transactions from their mempools that include the highest fees, to include these in the blocks they mine. Mempools can get full, however, at which point transactions that pay the lowest fees are ejected. This is actually a problem in context of CPFP, a trick that lets users speed up low-fee transactions by spending the coins from that transactions in a new transaction with a high fee to compensate. Tricks like these can be particularly important in the context of time-sensitive protocols like the Lightning Network. In this episode, van Wirdum and Provoost explained how package relay could enable CPFP, even in cases where low-fee transactions are dropped from mempools, by bundling transactions into packets. And they explore why this may be easier said than done.

Dec 04, 2020
Lightning and Gaming with Mint Gox - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
53:22

On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, CK sits down with the team behind the MintGox Lightning-enabled gaming initiatives. Desiree Dickerson of Lightning Labs, plus Simon Cowell and Christian Moss of ZebeDee take turns discussing why Bitcoin and Lightning are such game changers for the future of human commerce in general, and gaming specifically. 

One of the key points of the conversation revolves around how it is necessary for folks to onboard onto Bitcoin without permission, and to onboard directly onto the Lightning Network where they can transact with small amounts. 

As discussed on this episode, the group thinks that micro payments enabled by Lightning opens up a completely new paradigm in the way value and services will be exchanges. 

Lastly, the group covered how the most meaningful activities in the world are being uploaded to the web. It discussed how this really favors both Bitcoin and gaming as the world goes digital. 

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Dec 03, 2020
Fed Watch - Reflecting on Jeff Booth Bombshell Podcast! FED 32
35:35

In this off the cuff episode of Fed Watch, Christian and I dive more deeply into the technology driven deflation debate we started last week with our guest Jeff Booth. We bring up the chicken or the egg conversation that did not get answered fully last time; is the deflation from technology first or is the inflationary environment first? In other words, which force is primary? We discuss that topic again, and also touch on the problem that not all technology is equally inflationary.

Modern finance preceded the industrial revolution and it is widely accepted that technological advance and economic stimulus are directly correlated. Ansel attempts to make the claim that it is the culture and capital structure that results from debt-based fiat money that incentivizes massive technological advancement.

Without debt-based fiat money the deflationary pressure from innovation will return to the natural and gradual speed we saw throughout the days of the classic gold standard. Don’t forget to subscribe to Fed Watch so you don’t miss any of our great guest insights in the future.

Dec 02, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Bitcoin Hardware and Security with Lixin Liu of Cobo Vault BIA 31
45:41

Our guest this week is Lixin Liu head of hardware at Cobo and creator of Cobo Vault out of Shanghai. Lixin’s background in hardware and international product development made him Discus Fish’s choice when F2 Pool decided to get into the hardware and security game. We talk about building out Bitcoin hardware from the ground up, why it is valuable to the Bitcoin network to have increasing competition in the hardware product space, the difference between what Chinese miners and western retail users want in hardware products, trends he is seeing in institutional custody interest in Asia and more.

Nov 30, 2020
Bitcoin's Nature w/ Gigi - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
42:50

In this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast ck and Dergigi Bitcoiner and senior developer at Swan Bitcoin take a deep dive the Bitcoin rabbit hole. 

Ck and Dergigi discuss Bitcoin circular nature anyhow people often project themself onto Bitcoin. To Gigi, Bitcoin is a mirror and we all see what we want in it. 

We go deep into conversation around Bitcoin distributed nature and Gigi explains why trying to kill bitcoin is akin to trying to eradicate the world of ants. 

Finally we discuss Bitcoiners’ religious zeal towards Bitcoin and why Bitcoin hardliners are in fact good for Bitcoin. 

Make sure to follow all of Dergigi’s work at https://dergigi.com/ and keep an eye out for his incredible developments on the Swan Bitcoin product. 

Nov 27, 2020
Fed Watch - The Inevitable Path for Central Banks w/ Jeff Booth - FED 31
48:32

In this episode of Fed Watch, Christian and I are joined by Jeff Booth. It results in a show that is unlike any other interview with Jeff you may have seen. Most listeners are familiar with his book, so we spend most of our time discussing what a timeline of events looks like from Jeff’s perspective, and then some possible limitations to the technology driven deflation theory. In usual Fed Watch style, we end with trying to understand how bitcoin affects these arguments and what bitcoin means for the world.

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Nov 26, 2020
The Fiat Standard w/ Saifedean Ammous - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
42:17

In this podcast, Saifedean and Nik dive into multiple topics surrounding fiat money such as the underlying technology behind fiat, the debt standard, fiat states, and fiat banking.

Understanding how fiat operates in comparison to Bitcoin can be a difficult task. Since Bitcoin is an open-source protocol, it allows anyone and everyone to check it’s code down to the very last detail to ensure that you can understand how it operates. Fiat, on the other hand, has smokescreens hiding the operational methods of it. With an additional layer of propaganda promoted by people who benefit from it the most.

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Nov 25, 2020
Securing Bitcoin With Zach Herbert - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
39:25

Join CK and the CEO and cofounder of Foundation Devices Zach Herbert as they sit down to discuss Foundation Devices' launch and their first product the Passport Hardware Wallet. 

In the conversation CK and Zach dive into the design editions for the Passport as well as Zach ideas behind Multisig, hardware wallets, Bitcoin mass adoption, user safety and more. 

List of topics form the Interview: 

Foundation Devices

When is the passport coming 

Geek out on Bitcoin Multisig 

QR code Vs Micro SD card 

Why the specific design choices. 

What is it going to take to get Grandma comfortable with multisig? 

Ledger email hacks

Why Zach hates seed phrases 

Nov 24, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Coordinating Bitcoin Upgrades with Poolin's Alejandro De La Torre - BIA 30
40:02

Our guest this week is Alejandro De Le Torre, Vice President at Poolin. Alejandro and Poolin have launched taprootactivation.com to improve on the communication and transparency of the Taproot activation process. Alejandro has been in Bitcoin since 2014 when he founded SendChat, later acquired by wallet and data service Blocktrail, where Alejandro led BD until it was acquired by Bitmain. Inside of Bitmain, Alejandro cofounded BTC.com, and led their European office during the Segwit upgrade process. Now back with former BTC.com colleagues at Poolin, Alejandro leads their global Business Development. We talk about lessons learned in the Segwit and blocksize debates, bitcoin upgrade activations and taprootaxtivation.com specifically, operating in the mining pool space and more.

Nov 23, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Erebus Attacks and how to stop them with ASMAP - NADO 18
16:01

In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss the Erebus Attack. The episode is a follow-up from last week’s episode on Eclipse Attacks, a type of attack that isolates a Bitcoin node by occupying all of its connection slots to block the node from receiving any transactions. Erebus Attacks are Eclipse Attacks where an attacker essentially spoofs a whole part of the internet.

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Music:
Song Title: Segwit Sounds
By: The NakamoTones
Album: Citadel Music
Produced by: Bitcoin Audio

Nov 20, 2020
Fed Watch - Financial Hurricanes and the Dollars Dilemma - FED 30
33:15

This episode of Fed Watch is a cosmic ride though the broad topics of money, central banks, and bitcoin. Christian and Ansel start by extending the analogy of a financial hurricane, which Ansel spoke about in another recent podcast. Many people point to certain asset price rises as a sign of inflation, however, Ansel argues that it is a natural evolution of prices due to the malfunctioning financial system. This malfunctioning financial system acts similarly to a physical natural disaster by distorting supply and demand for goods. During a decade-long financial hurricane, changes occur not only to asset allocations of investors but the system itself can evolve. It affects the pipes and infrastructure of the financial system, favoring relatively “safer” global assets like US Treasuries and US stocks. The economic behavior, products, and relationships that form during a financial hurricane will favor hedging against deflation rather than risk taking or behavior aimed at expansion.

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Nov 19, 2020
Cynthia Lummis On Bringing Bitcoin To The U.S. Senate - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
21:22

On November 3, 2020, the Associated Press declared Cynthia Lummis the winner of an open U.S. Senate seat for Wyoming, making her the first woman to ever represent the state in the upper chamber. But this wasn’t the only first marked by her historic win.

As she’s emphasizes in this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, Lummis is the most outspoken Bitcoin advocate to ever rise to elected office on The Hill.

She discusses her own journey in realizing Bitcoin's unique store-of-value characteristics in 2013, her plans to educate Senate colleagues about the technology and importance of keeping the federal and legislative branches at bay in terms of misguided Bitcoin regulation. Be sure to watch the full interview for those highlights and more.

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Nov 18, 2020
Bitcoin for the Masses w/ Alex Adelman - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
26:02
In this week’s Bitcoin Magazine Podcast CK sits down with the CEO of Lolli Alex Adelman. Alex is a long time entrepreneur in the cash back and rewards space and his entrance into the Bitcoin ecosystem has been absolutely game changing. Lolli leverages Bitcoin as a universal super liquid rewards point and have proven that they can drive real volume for retailers with Bitcoin back rewards. 
 
Lolli has many of your favorite merchants and they offer an extremely easy and simple way to interface with the Bitcoin network. Most importantly for Bitcoiners, Lolli educates newbies about Bitcoin and allows them to withdraw their Bitcoin to their own Bitcoin Wallet. 
 
Lolli has incredibly exciting plans for the future of their service and they are extremely optimistic about onboarding more and more amazing retailers to the earning potential that Bitcoin back can provide them. 
 
We discussed the following topics. 
 
Lolli ground breaking approach to Bitcoin as a universal reward point
 
How Lolli positioned itself to be successful with demographics outside of the normal BTC space. 
 
Alex's mental model for Bitcoin 
 
The potential of Sats as a universal reward point. 
 
Whats next for Lolli and Sats back? 
 
What are conversations with retailers like? 
 
Are executives getting interested in bitcoin beyond just thinking of it as a marketing engine with Lolli? 
 
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Nov 17, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - The Godfathers of Bitcoin: Nick Szabo, Adam Back and David Chaum BIA 29
44:37

We have very special episode this week featuring some of the godfathers of Bitcoin: Nick Szabo, Adam Back and David Chaum. This was recorded as a live panel from Seoul at Korea Blockchain Week and is laid out as a history of the ideas and events that led to Bitcoin from their first person accounts, plus their current thoughts on the experiment and what excites them about the future. From the cryptography and cypherpunk movements to David’s DigiCash, Adam’s Hashcash proof-of-work, Nick’s Bit Gold, and more. Their own contributions were foundational to the development of Bitcoin, and it was fascinating to have them together and playing off of each other in a discussion of that history. A special thanks for fact block for organizing.

 

Nov 16, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Bitcoin Eclipse Attacks And How To Stop Them - NADO 17
20:33

In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss Eclipse attacks. More specifically, they discuss the 2015 paper “Eclipse Attacks on Bitcoin’s Peer-to-Peer Network,” written by Ethan Heilman, Alison Kendler, Aviv Zohar and Sharon Goldberg, from Boston University and Hebrew University/MSR Israel.

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Music:
Song Title: Segwit Sounds
By: The NakamoTones
Album: Citadel Music
Produced by: Bitcoin Audio

Nov 13, 2020
Governments Seek Encryption Backdoors, Bitcoin is Critical w/ Alex Gladstein - Bitcoin Magazine
23:23

In this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Bitcoin Magazine's Peter Chawaga interviewed Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation about this dynamic between governments and encryption backdoors. The pair covered the recent draft resolution, the obstacles that those attempting to circumvent encryption will face, the importance of leveraging tools like Signal and Bitcoin and more.

Nov 12, 2020
Fed Watch - The US Election and Bitcoin - FED 29
38:11

Bitcoin has an unyielding apolitical nature, which oddly enough, makes it a political statement in today’s rampantly politicized world. In this episode of Fed Watch, Christian and Ansel discuss the recent US election and what it means for bitcoin. Their discussion is wide-ranging from election irregularities, to the rebound in mining hash power, to bitcoin price predictions for the near term.

Topics: 

Politics in the US was front page news

Speculate Biden and the Fed

The Dollar and the Yuan price action during the election.

Bitcoin is global.

Bitcoin price at 15260

Difficulty -16% adjustment followed by a +5 Adjustment

Nov 11, 2020
Bitcoin Is A Necessity w/ Aleks Svetski - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
45:14

CK sits down with founder of the Amber App and The Bitcoin Times Aleks Svetski to discuss his recent Bitcoin Magazine Article "Because Bitcoin Is A Necessity, Its Economy Will Be Circular."

This was a wide ranging conversation covering many of the first principle arguments for Bitcoin and sound money. This is a great podcast to share with bitcoin beginners.

Link to the Article: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/because-bitcoin-is-a-necessity-its-economy-will-be-circular

Topics:

*Bitcoin is the perfect money in that it embodies all of the properties and functions of money

*Money is arguably the most important invention of mankind, and is the mechanism by which we measure time and energy and the communication medium through which we collaborate

*Major transformations like Bitcoin are progressions which diffuse through society in memetic fashion.

*When you look at modern economics and the fiat money

*Discussing the issues with MMT

*Local peaks and Valleys for our money system.

*Payments and financial privacy will not get better under the existing system, they’re only going to get worse.

Nov 10, 2020
Fintech with Bitcoin w/ Simon Chamorro - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
44:08

This week on the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, ck sits down with Simon Chamorro to discuss Valiu his amazing dollar platform. We dive deep into how he talks to regulators and how the Valiu team thinks about user experience.Finally we go deep into the financial issues in South America and how bitcoin and synthetic dollars are helping.

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Nov 09, 2020