Stephan Livera Podcast

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A podcast about Bitcoin from a Crypto-Austrian perspective. Join Stephan as he interviews the sharpest economic and technical minds in Bitcoin to understand how money is changing and evolving.

Episode Date
SLP53 Andreas M. Antonopoulos - On Bitcoin Maximalism
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Andreas M. Antonopoulos (best-selling author, speaker and bitcoin  educator) joins me in this episode to talk about his views on Bitcoin  Maximalism as contrasted with a multicoin view. Andreas and I disagree  and present clashing visions. We also discuss other points such as  whether Bitcoin challenges central banking more specifically, or banking  generally.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos links:

Episode Sponsor BUIDL Bootcamp:

Stephan Livera links:

Feb 18, 2019
SLP52 Jack Dorsey & Elizabeth Stark - Bitcoin: Native Currency of the Internet
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Jack Dorsey (CEO of Twitter & Square) & Elizabeth Stark (CEO of Lightning Labs) join me to talk about the vision of Bitcoin as native currency of the internet. Bitcoin's principles, resilience, and being 'of the internet' are what make it special. In this special episode we discuss:

  • How Jack came to understand Bitcoin and view it as potentially the native currency of the internet
  • Why everyone is so excited about the Lightning Network
  • Lightning Torch
  • Square and the Cash App
  • Twitter & Bitcoin
  • Future internet business models possible with Lightning Network
  • Bitcoin as foundational to the internet and society

Jack Dorsey Links:

Elizabeth Stark Links:

Stephan Livera links:

Feb 11, 2019
SLP51 Dr Guido Hülsmann - Austrian Monetary Economics & Bitcoin
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Dr Guido Hülsmann, Senior Fellow of the Mises Institute, and Economics Professor at the University of Anger, France, joins me in this very special episode. We talk about government monetary intervention compared with a free market in money. We discuss many topics:

  • The process of government monetary intervention and deterioration in quality of money
  • Which kind of monetary intervention is worst?
  • Interaction of reserve requirements with capital requirements
  • How businesses and banking differ in a free market economy versus our fiat money economy
  • The tendency towards one most saleable good or money, even within the cryptocurrency world
  • Comments on 'stock to flow' ratio and hard money
  • Dr Hülsmann's economics book recommendations for listeners

Dr Guido Hülsmann links: 

Stephan Livera Links: 

Feb 05, 2019
SLP50 Rui Gomes & João Almeida of OpenNode - Helping merchants take Bitcoin Lightning Payments
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Rui Gomes & João Almeida (CTO, co-founder) of OpenNode join me in this episode to discuss why they turned down Roger Ver's $1.25M, as well as the vision of OpenNode in enabling Bitcoin & Lightning payments. Topics include: 

  • Background on OpenNode
  • Service structure and fees
  • Rejecting Roger Ver's $1.25M offer and why
  • Why OpenNode is Bitcoin-only
  • Comparison of OpenNode with self-hosted BTCPayServer approach
  • How users can set up
  • Getting tech support
  • Plans over the next year or so
  • Growth markets for Bitcoin Lightning payment

OpenNode Links:

Stephan Links: 

Feb 02, 2019
SLP49 Marty Bent - Bitcoin content creation and curation, and 'mainstream' Economics
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Marty Bent, host of the Tales From the Crypt podcast, and editor in chief of Marty's Bent joins me in this episode. We talk about Bitcoin content creation and curation, and also touch on the shifts in thinking from 'mainstream' economics required to understand Bitcoin. 

Marty Bent links:

Stephan Livera links:

Jan 24, 2019
SLP48 Nicolas Dorier and BTCPayServer - self hosted Bitcoin and Lightning payments
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Nicolas Dorier, a Bitcoin developer, joins me in this episode to talk about the open source project he started, BTCPayServer. BTCPayServer allows you to start accepting Bitcoin payments with 0% fees & no third-party. It is built with security, privacy and censorship-resistance at its core. 

We cover:

  • Why Nicolas started BTCPayServer
  • What BitPay did to drive Nicolas to start his own open source version
  • Cost and ease of setting up BTCPayServer
  • Hardware node products that can be configured with BTCPayServer built in
  • Upcoming BTCPayServer features such as fiat exchange
  • How you can get involved

Nicolas Dorier & BTCPayServer links:

Stephan Livera links:

Jan 20, 2019
SLP47 Giacomo Zucco - Custodial LN, Altcoins, Financialisation, Attacks on Bitcoin
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Giacomo Zucco, well known Bitcoin advocate, Supremo of BHB Network, and bitcoin consultant/teacher joins me in this episode. We talk:

  • His Bitcoin 'rage quit'!
  • The recent trend of Lightning Network custodial wallets, and whether this is on net a good or bad thing
  • Thoughts on altcoins - are some of them honest, good faith efforts? Might they be technologically interesting, but still not monetarily relevant?
  • Bitcoin financialisation - Does Bitcoin need financialisation or does finance need Bitcoin?
  • Attacks on Bitcoin that may come

Giacomo links:

Stephan links: 

Jan 15, 2019
SLP46 Sjors Provoost - Bitcoin Core Dev, Hardware Wallet Support, Fungibility
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Sjors Provoost (Bitcoin Core developer) joins me to discuss a range of topics: 

  • Bitcoin Core Development and Review 
  • Working towards hardware wallet support in Bitcoin Core
  • Sjors' article, "A Crime on Testnet" - with privacy & fungibility implications

Sjors Links: 

Episode Ad/Sponsor: BUIDL Bootcamp with Justin Moon

Jan 08, 2019
SLP45 Jeff Deist, President of the Mises Institute
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Jeff Deist joins me to discuss Bitcoin and the application of Austrian economics in understanding Bitcoin. Topics: 

  • Market selection of money
  • The potential for a hard money standard to restrict govt spending
  • Why Austrian Economists are split on Bitcoin
  • Why credit would be much tighter under a hard money standard
  • The deflation and 'hoarding' argument - dispelled
  • The educational strategy pursued by the Mises Institute
  • Jeff's recommended Austrian economics books for Bitcoiners

Jeff Deist and Mises Institute links:

Jan 04, 2019
SLP44 Aleks Svetski, CEO of Amber - Blind Excesses, Crypto, Bitcoin
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Aleks Svetski (CEO, co-founder of Amber) joins me in this fiery episode  to talk about the blind excesses of 'Crypto' over the last few years and  more:

- Crazy excesses that we saw over the last few years
- STO's - Security Token Offerings
- "Crypto Traders"
- "Crypto Hedge Fund Managers"
- Bitcoin as asymmetric bet
- Dollar Cost Averaging
- Amber and the service offering


Aleks and Amber links: 

- Amber website: https://getamber.io/
- Aleks Twitter: https://twitter.com/AleksSvetski
- Article "A world full of Blind Excess": https://hackernoon.com/a-world-full-of-blind-excess-b7fb42357d43 


Stephan links:

- Website: http://stephanlivera.com/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephanlivera 
- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/StephanLivera
- Tallycoin (BTC/Lightning donations): https://tallyco.in/stephanlivera/

Jan 03, 2019
SLP43 Jameson Lopp, Cypherpunk and CTO of Casa
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Jameson Lopp, Cypherpunk & CTO of Casa, joins me in this episode to discuss a range of topics:

  • What he's working on right now @ Casa
  • "Who controls Bitcoin Core?", the article by Jameson
  • 2018 Year in Review, thematically and by statistics
  • Bitcoin storage and multi signature solutions
  • Bitcoin helping enable individual sovereignty
  • Grin & Beam 
  • Maintaining privacy with a Bitcoin transaction

Jameson Lopp links:

Stephan Livera links: 

Dec 29, 2018
SLP42 Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream - Blockstream Satellite, Tim May, Bitcoin Privacy
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Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream, Cypherpunk & Cryptographer, and inventor of hashcash (cited in Bitcoin's whitepaper) joins me in this episode. We talk about the new update to Blockstream satellite, Tim May and Bitcoin Privacy. Topics: - Blockstream satellite background - How Blockstream satellite works - Making Lightning payments to deliver encrypted messages via satellite - The need for censorship resistance - Tips on setting up Blockstream satellite - Thoughts on Tim May's recent passing - Pay 2 End Point - Confidential Transactions and associated tradeoffs - Quantum Computing and Quantum Resistant Crypto - Other privacy improvements coming to Bitcoin - Technical Fundamentals of Bitcoin Adam Back & Blockstream Links: Blockstream satellite page: https://blockstream.com/satellite/ Elements Project page: https://elementsproject.org/ Adam’s website: http://adam3.us/ Adam’s twitter: https://twitter.com/@adam3us Stephan links: website: https://stephanlivera.com/ twitter: https://twitter.com/stephanlivera
Dec 17, 2018
SLP41 Dhruv Bansal of Unchained Capital - Bitcoin Dust in the Machine, and Bitcoin Financial Service
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Dhruv Bansal, Chief Science Officer of Unchained Capital joins me to talk about some of his data science analytical work on Bitcoin's blockchain, and also how Unchained Capital are thinking about Bitcoin financial services. We discuss how Bitcoin enables entirely different delivery of financial products and services. One example of this is the new feature, Collaborative Custody. Topics: - Blockchain as heat engine - How much 'dust' there is and how much it costs to move - Bitcoin Financial Services - How Unchained Capital differentiates itself from other crypto lending businesses - Collaborative custody - Bear market blues - Future vision of Bitcoin financial services Dhruv & Unchained Capital Links: Bitcoin Data Science Part 3: Dust in the Engine: https://blog.unchained-capital.com/bitcoin-data-science-pt-3-dust-in-the-engine-615dd51f49 Dhruv’s twitter: https://twitter.com/dhruvbansal Unchained Capital site: https://www.unchained-capital.com/ Stephan Links: Website: https://stephanlivera.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/@stephanlivera
Dec 17, 2018
SLP40 Vijay Boyapati - Why Credit Deflation is More Likely Than Mass Inflation
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Vijay Boyapati (Software Developer, Austrian Economist) joins me to discuss his 2010 article, "Why Credit Deflation Is More Likely Than Mass Inflation". Find out where economics commentators were getting it wrong immediately post the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, and ways to think about Bitcoin in the coming years. Vijay Links: Article discussed: http://libertarianpapers.org/articles/2010/lp-2-43.pdf Vijay's Twitter: https://twitter.com/@real_vijay Stephan Links: Website: www.stephanlivera.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/@stephanlivera Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/StephanLivera
Dec 16, 2018
SLP39 Olaoluwa Osuntokun (Roasbeef), CTO of Lightning Labs
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Laolu aka roasbeef, CTO of Lightning Labs joins me in this episode to talk about some of the latest developments with Bitcoin's Lightning Network: - Lightning Summit (Adelaide, Australia Nov 2018) - AMP - Splicing - Probing - Wumbology (large channels) - Neutrino - Wishlist for changes in Bitcoin Core - What products/services should be built on Lightning - What's coming up for Lightning Labs - Outlook for Lightning Network over the next year - How you can get involved Laolu links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/roasbeef Github: https://github.com/roasbeef Lightning Labs: https://lightning.engineering/ LND Developer site: https://dev.lightning.community/ Stephan links: Website: https://stephanlivera.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephanlivera
Dec 11, 2018
SLP38 Per Bylund - The size of firms
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Per Bylund (Assistant Professor at OSU and Fellow of Mises Institute) joins me to discuss how some firms today are larger than what they would be under a free market. The impact of regulation and ways to assess competition in a market are discussed. We also touch on the confusion about scarcity and 'post scarcity'. Per Bylund Links: Per’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/PerBylund Per’s website: http://perbylund.com/ Per’s Books: https://www.amazon.com/Per-L.-Bylund/e/B00LMNLBCU Entrepreneur articles: https://www.entrepreneur.com/author/per-bylund Stephan Livera: Website: https://stephanlivera.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephanlivera
Dec 08, 2018
SLP37 Rene Pickhardt - Bitcoin Lightning Education & Lightning Summit
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Rene Pickhardt, a Bitcoin/Lightning educator, and rising star in the world of Lightning joins me to talk about the Lightning Network. We discuss: - How he got into Lightning - Involvement in the Pirate party - The recent Lightning Summit in Australia - Upcoming Lightning tech - Routing Rene Pickhardt Links: Rene’s Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/renepickhardt Rene’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/renepickhardt Rene’s Github: https://github.com/renepickhardt
Dec 04, 2018
SLP36 Justin Moon - Teaching Bitcoin HODLers to code @ BUIDL Bootcamp
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Justin Moon (Founder/Instructor, BUIDL Bootcamp), joins me in this episode to discuss how he came into Bitcoin recently and started doing presentations, Bitcoin application coding and now teaching Bitcoin development to students. We talk about non traditional paths to careers such as software development, and also talk through the structure of BUIDL Bootcamp. Justin links: BUIDL Bootcamp: https://buidlbootcamp.com/ Justin Moon Twitter: https://twitter.com/_JustinMoon_ Justin Moon Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLp4OswuHySZZ3zrVBIoDjg/videos Stephan: Website - https://stephanlivera.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/stephanlivera Patreon - http://patreon.com/stephanlivera
Nov 29, 2018
SLP35 Pierre Rochard - Lightning Power Excel Plugin, Lightning Residency
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Pierre Rochard (Noded Podcast, Nakamoto Institute, Bitcoin Advisory) joins me in this episode to talk about his new Bitcoin Lightning "Power" Excel Plugin, which allows you to tinker with Lightning right inside MS Excel! We also talk about his recent experience at the Chaincode Lightning Residency, and various other topics on what kind of work is needed in Bitcoin & Lightning. Pierre Links: Pierre’s Lightning Power Users: https://www.lightningpowerusers.com/ Pierre Rochard Lightning Residency write ups: https://medium.com/@pierre_rochard/day-1-of-the-chaincode-labs-lightning-residency-ab4c29ce2077 Noded Podcast: https://noded.org/ Nakamoto Institute: https://nakamotoinstitute.org/ Stephan Livera podcast links: Website: https://stephanlivera.com/episode/35 Subscribe on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/stephan-livera-podcast/id1415720320 Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/StephanLivera Follow/Message me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephanlivera
Nov 24, 2018
SLP34 Dan Held - Bitcoin Heroes, Villains, Survival, and Capitulation
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Dan Held (Co-Founder Picks & Shovels) has been writing influential articles and joins me in this episode to share his perspectives on being in Bitcoin for 6 years. We discuss what the real narrative was around Bitcoin in the early days, and how some Bitcoin Heroes turn and become Bitcoin Villains. We also discuss how to survive in Bitcoin, as well as broader investment discussion on what 'capitulation' looks like in a Bitcoin bear market.
Nov 17, 2018
SLP33 Kara Haas - Bitcoin & Crypto Audit and Accounting
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Kara Haas, CPA joins me to discuss Bitcoin auditing and accounting. Especially in relation to Tether, there are many people confused about what an audit is, versus an attestation. And with the Bitmain IPO, some confusion on the correct accounting treatment for Bitcoin. As an accountant and auditor in the field, Kara is able to shed some light on this.
Nov 10, 2018
SLP32 Rigel (CoinsureNZ), Relaying Bitcoin transactions with TxTenna for censorship resistance
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Rigel Walshe (aka CoinsureNZ) joins me to talk about his recent viral adventures in sending Bitcoin transactions without internet on the device itself. His recent stories lit up social media and showed real world usage of TxTenna, a collaboration between GoTenna (mesh networking) and Samourai Wallet (Bitcoin wallet project focused on privacy).
Nov 04, 2018
SLP31 Bitcoin & Crypto eating the world, with Patri Friedman
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Patri Friedman, MD of Zarko Investment Group and a leader in the seasteading movement joins me to talk about how Bitcoin & Crypto will enable greatly freer markets around the world. We talk about Bitcoin maximalism, Crypto parallels with the dotcom bubble, jurisdictional competition, seasteading and start up cities, law as technology, and more. We also discuss David Friedman's thoughts on Bitcoin & Crypto, and what Patri's late grandfather, Milton Friedman, would have thought on Bitcoin.
Oct 31, 2018
SLP30 Bitcoin-backed loans and financial services, with Zac Prince of BlockFi
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Zac Prince, Founder and CEO of BlockFi joins me in this episode to talk about the incredible benefits of Bitcoin as collateral for USD loans. We talk about the 'double whammy' of how it can be used to minimise capital gains taxes, and get an interest deduction on the use of funds. Bitcoin also makes it easier to provide global debt financing in countries where it has traditionally been difficult to operate USD lending.
Oct 29, 2018
SLP29 - Samourai Wallet, Bitcoin privacy software that Silicon Valley would never build
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One of the pseudonymous founders of Samourai Wallet joins me in this exciting episode to talk about Bitcoin privacy techniques that are applied within the wallet and upcoming improvements to their Bitcoin wallet app. Anyone interested to learn more about how Samourai Wallet helps protect privacy will truly enjoy this episode.
Oct 25, 2018
SLP28 - Cyphernode Bitcoin API, with Francis Pouliot and Etienne Larrivee of Satoshi Portal
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Francis Pouliot and Etienne Larrivee (CEO Satoshi Portal and Lead Developer Cyphernode), join me to talk about their newly released open source Bitcoin self-hosted API allowing you to more easily build Bitcoin services and applications. This enables businesses and users to reduce their reliance on commercial Bitcoin APIs, while still offering advanced features and utilities.
Oct 22, 2018
SLP27 - Turning Stranded Natural Gas Into Bitcoin Mining Hashes, with Steve Barbour of Upstream Data
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Steve Barbour (Founder, Upstream Data) joins me to discuss how he is turning stranded natural gas into Bitcoin mining hashes. His HashGen product uses low value natural gas to improve the economics for Canadian Oil and Gas facilities, while powering Bitcoin mining ASICs. In this discussion we also talk about the 'bitcoin energy use is wasted' narrative, and how bitcoin mining was centralised in the past, but is now decentralising.
Oct 20, 2018
SLP26 - Building Bitcoin services to last, with Jeremy Welch of Casa
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Jeremy Welch (Founder of Casa) joins me in this episode to talk about crafting a business around the concept of safely storing bitcoin. We talk about the ethos of Casa, designing services for a sovereign individual, securing top tier talent, and Casa products.
Oct 13, 2018
SLP25 - Taking Bitcoin Lightning Payment, and 'earner adoption', with Sergej Kotliar, CEO of Bitrefill
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Sergej Kotliar, CEO of Bitrefill joins me to discuss taking bitcoin and lightning payments as an online merchant. We talked about the challenges and benefits of doing this, particularly in how lightning network simplifies the user experience and reduces errors. In the second part of the episode, we talk about 'earner adoption' - the idea that bitcoin's ecosystem can grow from people earning it.
Oct 02, 2018
SLP24 - Wasabi Bitcoin Wallet & Bitcoin Privacy, with Adam Ficsor (nopara73)
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Adam Ficsor (nopara73), a Bitcoin privacy developer and CTO of zkSNACKs joins me to talk about his new wallet, Wasabi Wallet. We talk about: Privacy being for everyone Comparison with other privacy projects, such as Monero, or other Bitcoin mixing services ZeroLink framework How your Bitcoin Privacy can be broken How chain analysis works What Wasabi Wallet does to break chain analysis heuristics Upcoming Wasabi Wallet launch
Sep 27, 2018
SLP23 - Economic Eras of Bitcoin, and Lightning Development, with Rusty Russell of Blockstream
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Rusty Russell, a well known and respected Bitcoin Lightning developer at Blockstream joins me in this episode. We talk about his article, The Three Economic Eras of Bitcoin, and discuss the Lightning Network for Bitcoin. Lastly, Rusty draws from his prior experience as a Linux kernel developer to contrast Linux development with Bitcoin and Lightning development practices and culture.
Sep 20, 2018
SLP22 - Unnecessary crypto-tokens and Bitcoin/Lightning development, with Udi Wertheimer
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Udi Wertheimer (Bitcoin software developer) joins me to discuss the use of unnecessary crypto-tokens, why some people do it, the use of non-crypto tokens in gaming, unnecessary blockchains, #reckless lightning development, and what he is looking forward to in Bitcoin and Lightning.
Sep 17, 2018
SLP21 - Jimmy Song, Bitcoin Educator, Developer and Entrepreneur
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Jimmy Song (Bitcoin Educator, Developer, and Entrepreneur) joins me in this episode to discuss his recent debate with Roger Ver, and in the second half we also discuss Blockchain skepticism. We separate the signal from the noise on 'enterprise blockchain' technology by discussing the true costs and difficulties involved, and then discuss some alternatives to 'enterprise blockchain'.
Sep 15, 2018
SLP20 - Samson Mow, CSO of Blockstream
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Samson Mow, CSO of Blockstream (leading provider of blockchain technologies) joins me in this episode to discuss a variety of topics: Bitmain IPO, mining centralisation Errors of cryptocurrency 'diversification' When it makes sense to use a blockchain, when it doesn't Why Blockstream builds mostly on bitcoin Blockstream products Cryptocurrency Data feed, and Liquid network Privacy Bitcoin Fee Market Samson's Hat sales and blog
Sep 09, 2018
SLP19 - The Bitcoin Ecosystem, with Vortex (Jeffrey)
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Vortex (Jeffrey), a software developer and well known bitcoin YouTuber joins me in this episode to talk about the Bitcoin ecosystem. This interview is targeted for newbies to bitcoin, to help them understand the key components of the Bitcoin ecosystem. We also discuss: the Cryptocast network, the role of nodes in Bitcoin, Bitcoin development, his course Programming with Bitcoin, Fintech vs FinUI, and his outlook for the future.
Sep 08, 2018
SLP18 - Pioneering Bitcoin/Lightning Payments in Australia, with Daniel Alexiuc (CEO Living Room of Satoshi)
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Daniel Alexiuc (CEO of Living Room of Satoshi) joins me in this episode to discuss how he is pioneering Bitcoin and Lightning Network payments in Australia, both on his website LROS, and also as a partner with Travel By Bit. We discuss: his viral video using LN to buy a coffee in Brisbane airport (May 2018), why blockchains aren't a good payment system, use of both C-Lightning by Blockstream and Lnd by Lightning Labs, crypto payment volumes increasing, use of BTCpay, and outlook for the future.
Sep 03, 2018
SLP17 - Bitmain, Bcash, Facebook Crypto rumours, and reframing scarcity with Vijay Boyapati
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Vijay Boyapati (Software engineer, Austrian economist) and I discuss the coming Bitmain IPO, the economic errors behind BCash, rumours of Facebook entering Crypto, reframing scarcity, hard money in earlier times, and how Bitcoin might fare in a broader market crash.
Sep 01, 2018
SLP16 - Keeping Bitcoin Simple, with Beautyon (Akin Fernandez)
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Akin (Beautyon_) and I discuss what led him to Bitcoin, his Bitcoin business Azteco, stances on Bitcoin and regulation, the importance of keeping Bitcoin simple, Open source software versus closed source software, and Samurai Bitcoin wallet.
Aug 29, 2018
SLP15 - Intellectual Property, Bitcoin, and Internet Censorship, with Stephan Kinsella
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Stephan Kinsella, Intellectual Property lawyer, and libertarian advocate joins me in this episode to discuss: His story with bitcoin Money as Sui Generis Good The imprecise application of Lockean property theory Why you can't own bitcoin, but it probably doesn't make a big difference anyway The harmful effects of patents and copyright 'Internet Censorship' as it relates to property rights and ownership of private social media platforms
Aug 17, 2018
SLP14 - Lightning Hack Day, with Jeff Gallas of Fulmo
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Jeff Gallas is the Founder of Fulmo and lead organizer of #LightningHackDay. We talk about the community of pioneers who are building lightning applications, and related hardware. We also talk about the upcoming Lightning Hack Day on September 1st.
Aug 17, 2018
SLP13 - Bitcoin as Ultimate Asset, with Fernando Ulrich, Austrian Economist
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In this episode, we talk through emerging market currency crises, and his new 5 part article series on Bitcoin as Ultimate Asset. We contrast differing monetary views, why it doesn't make sense to spend bitcoin right now, Medium of Exchange vs Method of Payment, and fallacies of 'Medium of Exchange only' cryptocurrencies.
Aug 16, 2018
SLP12 - Bitcoin Mining and Energy, with Hass McCook
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Hass McCook and I discuss the Bitcoin mining market and his recent research, "The Cost and Sustainability of Bitcoin". We cover key bitcoin mining metrics, bitcoin mining cost price ranges, the Bitcoin Price - Mining Hash Rate relationship, the evolution of bitcoin mining over the past 3 years, and compare Bitcoin mining costs vs Gold mining.
Aug 14, 2018
SLP11 - Bitcoin's Decentralised Governance, with Pierre Rochard
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Pierre Rochard (co-founder Nakamoto Institute, co-host Noded podcast) and I talk through Bitcoin's Decentralised Governance. This is the process by which Bitcoin's rules are decided, implemented, and enforced without having a central authority. Some topics covered: The different parties involved Network Governance Bitcoin has no central authority Process of Research, Proposal, Implementation, Deployment, Enforcement Schelling Points
Aug 12, 2018
SLP10 - Visions of Bitcoin and Transaction Batching with Nic Carter and Hasu
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Nic Carter and Hasu join me to discuss the multitude of changing visions of Bitcoin, and also a Transaction Batching analysis they performed. We discuss how the narratives and attitudes in Bitcoin have changed over time as different constraints surfaced. In the second half, we discuss bitcoin transaction batching, and more appropriate ways to think about the number of bitcoin transactions.
Aug 11, 2018
SLP9 - Lightning UX and Routing, with Bryan Vu
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Bryan Vu, VP of Product at Lightning Labs joins me in this episode to sketch out a vision of what Lightning Network may evolve into. We discuss Lightning User Experience and Routing, and the benefits to users, merchants and exchanges.
Aug 11, 2018
SLP8 - Bitcoin Monetary Evolution, with Murad Mahmudov
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Murad and I explore a range of economic thought about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in a fascinating interview discussing the path to Bitcoin as 'monetary winner'. As a prolific writer and analyst in Bitcoin, Murad is very well read and articulate. We discuss: His articles, how Bitcoin is ushering in an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity, a framework for monetary Store of Value criteria, and more.
Aug 09, 2018
SLP7 - Earning Interest on Bitcoin's Lightning Network, with Nik Bhatia
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In this episode with Nik Bhatia, we talk about the potential for forming capital markets on top of Bitcoin and the Lightning Network, by calculating an interest rate (LNRR - Lightning Network Reference Rate) based on the routing fees earned in staking BTC to Lightning Network payment channels.
Aug 04, 2018
SLP6 - Fiat Money as 'fad diet', with Bitstein
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In this episode with Bitstein, we break down Paul Krugman's errors in his NYT "Transaction Costs and Tethers: Why I’m a Crypto Skeptic" column, as well as other topics: Mischaracterisation of what money's purpose is Krugman's 'nirvana fallacies' in money Why fiat money is an aberration and more akin to a 'fad diet' than bitcoin or gold are Why Everyone Is a Scammer and the Scammer heuristic Bitcoin Maximalism - is it descriptive or prescriptive? UNIX philosophy
Aug 03, 2018
SLP5 - Bitcoin in Beijing and common errors in 'Crypto', with Neil Woodfine
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In this episode with Neil Woodfine, we talk about the changing face of Bitcoin education and common errors in reasoning about Bitcoin and 'token economics'. Some topics we touch on: Bitcoin in Beijing Bitcoin education in the early days vs Bitcoin/Crypto education now Incentives of unnecessary tokens Bitcoin is not 'backed by' stored energy Intolerance of bitcoin versus it merely being a superior money Skin in the game of Bitcoiners versus other projects such as Ethereum
Aug 02, 2018
SLP4 - Why Bitcoin and not the others, with JW Weatherman
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In this collaboration episode with JW Weatherman, we talk about some of the reasons why Bitcoin is best, versus the altcoins. We also discuss some of the security flaws and problems with the design and execution of altcoins such as: Bcash, EOS, Ethereum, Ripple, Monero, Zcash
Jul 29, 2018
SLP3 - Bitcoin Investment Theses with Pierre Rochard
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Pierre Rochard joins us in this incredible episode to discuss the case for investing in Bitcoin. Pierre shares insights and thoughts from his years of being in the Bitcoin space, and offers improved ways of thinking about Bitcoin investment.
Jul 29, 2018
SLP2 - How Bitcoin "mentally captures" people with Vijay Boyapati
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In this episode with Vijay Boyapati, we discuss economics of Bitcoin. Most interesting is the concept that over time, more and more people are being 'mentally captured' by Bitcoin. Some other points discussed: Bitcoin progressing through stages of 'moneyness' Hype cycles of bitcoin HODL'ing as freeriding Confidence in Bitcoin
Jul 28, 2018
SLP1 - Bitcoin as Sound Money with Saifedean Ammous, Austrian Economist
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Stephan interviews Saifedean Ammous, Austrian Economics Professor and author of The Bitcoin Standard. In this podcast episode we take a deep dive into the case for Bitcoin as sound money, and what is potentially the hardest money the world has ever seen.
Jul 23, 2018