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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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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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Song Title: Segwit Sounds
By: The NakamoTones
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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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Song Title: Segwit Sounds
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Album: Citadel Music
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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
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Open Timestamps - NADO 16
31:13

In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss Open Timestamps, a Bitcoin-based time stamping project by applied cryptography consultant and former Bitcoin Core contributor Peter Todd. Open Timestamps leverages the security of the Bitcoin blockchain to timestamp any type of data, allowing for irrefutable proof that that data existed at a particular point in time.

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Song Title: Segwit Sounds
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Nov 06, 2020
Fed Watch - Calculating Base Money with Matthew Mežinskis - FED 28
01:01:01

Fed Watch Podcast Discussions on Base Money and Bitcoin

Our discussion on this episode of Fed Watch centers around “what is base money” and Matthew’s thoughts on some of the edge cases in the definition. We also attack the inflation/deflation debate from a whole different angle, a data driven angle thanks to Matthew’s research and knowledge on the subject. We don’t ask simple questions and expand the topic past the common hyperinflationary troupes of the end of the dollar.

The listener will hear discussion on dollar liquidity, the history and current status of gold and silver, foreign reserves of the dollar, and, of course, where Bitcoin’s current status relative to other base money types. Matthew also shares some great charts which can be seen on the video version of Fed Watch on YouTube. https://youtu.be/l1ei12lWSeQ

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Nov 04, 2020
Cypherpunks Write Code w/ Jim Epstein - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
52:44

In this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, Bitcoin Magazine Technical Editor Aaron van Wirdum speaks with Jim Epstein, Executive Editor at Reason TV. Epstein recently produced a documentary mini series on the Cypherpunks, called Cypherpunks Write Code.

The four-part series chronicles the origins and short history of the group of hackers, cryptographers and activists that in the 1990s coalesced around a shared goal to offer and secure privacy in the digital age. In this podcast, Aaron and Jim consider what made the Cypherpunks such a visionary and influential collective.

With origins tracing back to the 1980s Bay Area, where a small group of computer scientist became known as the High-Tech Hayekians, Bitcoin represents a modern continuation of decades-old technological and ideological insights.

Aaron and Jim also discuss Jim’s recent article published on Reason titled “How Will Bitcoin Lead to More Freedom”, which breaks down an ideological divide within and around the Cypherpunk movement, dating back to their earliest beginnings. They consider whether and how this divide lives on within the broader cryptocurrency and blockchain space to this day.

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Nov 02, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Utreexo w/ Ruben Somsen - NADO 15
31:47

On this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors are once again joined by Ruben Somsen. This time, the trio doesn’t discuss one of Somsen’s own proposals, but they dive into a concept by Tadge Dryja called Utreexo.

Helpful links:

 
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/bitcoins-growing-utxo-problem-and-how-utreexo-can-help-solve-it

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Oct 30, 2020
Curing the Plague of Shitcoinery w/ Thib Maréchal - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
44:01

Printing is the plague and Bitcoin is the cure! In this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine podcast, ck sits with Thib Maréchal to discuss the hsitory of money printing and how Bitcoin offers humanity a solution to the great plague of money printing.

The original article: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/the-great-plague-of-shitcoinery

Topic: Defining Seniorage.

bitcoin as a decentralized monetary mint. 

The Fight to control the money printer. 

Tech narrative v monetary Narrative  Sound money and time preference.

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Oct 26, 2020
Wasabi, Crypto Anarchy, Freedom, and Privacy w/ Max Hillebrand - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
38:08

Ck sits down with Max Hillebrand (@HillebrandMax), prolific Bitcoin educator and member of ZK Snacks. We dive into updates on Wasabi Wallet (ZK Snack’s primary product) As well as discuss higher level intros to topics that are essential for all Bitcoiners And liberty advocates.

Topics:

Wasabi Wallet updates

Chaincase creating a mobile client for Wasabi coinjoins.

Explaining Crypto Anarchy

Explaining property rights.

Oct 25, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Headers First, Assume Valid and Assume UTXO - NADO 14
23:22
On this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss “Assume UTXO”, a proposal and project by Chaincode Labs alumni James O’Beirne.
 
One of the biggest bottlenecks for scaling Bitcoin — if not the biggest one — is initial block download: the time it takes for a Bitcoin node to synchronize with the Bitcoin network, as it needs to process all historic transactions and blocks in order to construct the latest UTXO-set: the current state of bitcoin-ownership.
 
Aaron and Sjors explain some of the ways sync-time has been sped up over time. First, sync-time was improved through “Headers First” synchronization, which ensures that new Bitcoin nodes don’t waste time validating (potentially) weaker blockchains. In recent years, sync-time has been improved with “Assume Valid”, an optional shortcut that lets nodes skip signature verification of older transactions, instead trusting that the Bitcoin Core development process in combination with the resource-expensive nature of mining offers a reliable version of transaction history.

Finally, they explain how the security assumptions underpinning Assume Valid could be extended to allow for the potential future upgrade Assume UTXO to offer new Bitcoin Core users a speedy solution to get up to speed with the Bitcoin network, sacrificing a minimal amount of security during the initial bootstrapping phase.
 
Helpful Links: 
 
Chaincode podcast about the same:
 
Pull request:

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Oct 23, 2020
Rodolfo Novak: Why Corporate Bitcoin Treasuries Help Us All - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
14:39

The last three months in Bitcoin have been marked by large corporate entities transitioning significant portions of their treasury holdings into bitcoin, most notably MicroStrategy and Square.

To compile this trend into a single, easily-digestible database, Coinkite’s Rodolfo Novak (@NVK) launched bitcointreasuries.org, listing companies that have made the transition to hold bitcoin as a treasury asset.

In this interview with Bitcoin Magazine's Peter Chawaga (@PeterChawaga), Novak explains why corporations are choosing this moment to FOMO into bitcoin, what this trend means for your average sat-stacking bitcoin investor and what corporate interest in BTC reserves could look like in ten years.

Oct 22, 2020
Fed Watch - Bretton Woods 2.0 and CBDCs - FED 27
33:43

In this episode, CK and I try to describe the scene, including a video message from Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director, Washington, DC, on October 15th, titled A New Bretton Woods Moment and this IMF panel with Chairman Powell.

Topics:

  • Brettonwoods 2.0
  • Effect of Libra on the CBDC conversation?
  • USA not moving quickly on CBDC
  • what is a CBDC
  • Feds view of CBDCs
  • Bitcoin Momentum globally


Useful Links:

IMF “Bretton Woods moment video
https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2020/10/15/sp101520-a-new-bretton-woods-moment

IMF panel with Powell
https://youtu.be/mVmKN4DSu3g

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Oct 21, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Running India's first Bitcoin Exchange with Unocoin CEO Sathvik Vishwanath BIA 28
55:28

Our guest this week is Sathvik Vishwanath, CEO of India based Bitcoin exchange Unocoin. A tech entrepreneur who got into Bitcoin in 2013, starting a Bitcoin meetup group in Bangalore out of which came the founding team of Unocoin, Sathvik as CEO is now leading the company through a new Series A funding round led by Draper Associates. We discus how Unocoin became the market leader in India initially, what the exchange ecosystem in India looks like now, why it is a market playing catchup, and why he is bullish on what is next. There aren’t many people who have been operating Bitcoin businesses in India since 2013, and I enjoyed Sathvik’s insights.

 

Oct 19, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Bitcoin Core 0.21 supports Tor v3 - NADO 13
18:49

Bitcoin Core 0.21 will support Tor v3 addresses. Aaron and Sjors explain what this means and why it matters, and also discuss how new Bitcoin nodes find existing Bitcoin nodes when they bootstrap to the network.

Helpful Links:

* Tor V3 (onion) address support in Bitcoin Core: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/19954

* the ADDRv2 message added in BIP155 that allows nodes to gossip those new Tor addresses: https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0155.mediawiki#Specification

* DNS seeds and the bootstrap problem: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/41673073/how-does-the-bitcoin-client-determine-the-first-ip-address-to-connect

Timestamps:

00:00 - 00:34 - intro 

1:02 - 2:10: how Tor Works

2:25 - 3:03: benefits of running a bitcoin node behind tor. 

7:12 - 8:19 Discussing how Bitcoin node gossip addresses. 

8:56 - 10:40 Explaining how DNS works 

12:30 - 13:30: DNS is storing list of bitcoin nodes. 

 

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Oct 16, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Bitcoin Mining and Communications with Nishant Sharma - BIA 27
45:52

Our guest this week is Nishant Sharma, a long time bitcoin mining industry insider in China who is now a founder and partner of BlocksBridge Consulting, a communications strategy and advisory firm focused on the Bitcoin mining sector and serving some of its largest companies. Nishant has been in the mining space since 2014, including 4 years at Bitmain in Beijing. We discuss his time at Bitmain, seeing it grow from a two digit employee company to a dominant player in the industry, trends in the mining space outside of China, state of mainstream and industry media coverage and more.

Oct 13, 2020
Bitcoin Booming Around the Globe w/ Ray Youssef - Bitcoin Magazine Podcast
30:43
Ck sits down with one of the most inspiring and impressive entrepreneurs in the Bitcoin industry. Ray Youssef is the head of Paxful, the leading p2p Bitcoin trading. Ray is on a mission to spread financial freedom to the world. We cover recent news pertaining to Paxful as well as make predictions on where bitcoin is going. 
 
Timestamps: 
0:00-0:58 Intro
0:59 - 1:56 What is happening in the world of P2P finance 
5:13 - 7:14 Discussing Bitcoin and Tether as global clearing layers. 
7:14 -  8:34 Tether v Bitcoin on Paxful 
9:00 - 11:17 How does tether’s Success affect your Bitcoin Thesis? 
11:14 - 13:07 Discussing the inherent risk associated with Tether adoption on paxful. 
13:30 - 15:48 Discussing having to pull Paxful operations from Venezuela. 
15:55 - 17:10 Bitcoin is already unstoppable but its still too hard for average people. - ray 
22:21-24:41 Ray talking about how Bitcoin and open source tech will take over. 
25:45 - 26:38 Ray talks about why he fights for financial freedom and bitcoin. 
Oct 11, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - The Perpetual One-Way Peg - NADO 12
40:13

In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Ruben Somsen returns to explain his proposal to combine blind merged mining and perpetual one-way pegs in order to create a new type of sidechain. The bad news: it won't make you rich but it could help scale Bitcoin!

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https://medium.com/@RubenSomsen/21-million-bitcoins-to-rule-all-sidechains-the-perpetual-one-way-peg-96cb2f8ac302

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Oct 09, 2020
Fed Watch - Macro Update! Bitcoin Winning Against Governments - FED 26
34:14

This week, CK and Ansel recap prior guests, discuss recent Federal Reserve quiet, the ECB digital Euro study and trademarking of the term, and dive in deeply into the Bitmex, Bitcoin, and Tether. One of the big topics is the way in which Tether and now Bitmex are fighting the most powerful regulator in the world, the US government, and they seem to be at least winning right now.

Links: Fed CBDC research https://cointelegraph.com/news/federal-reserve-bank-reveals-details-of-digital-dollar-research

ECB Digital Euro paper https://cointelegraph.com/news/ecb-to-consider-further-digital-euro-study-in-2021

Trademark of “Digital Euro” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-01/ecb-applies-for-digital-euro-trademark-amid-feasibility-study

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Oct 07, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Growing a Global Bitcoin Company with Huobi's Ciara Sun BIA 26
56:07

Our guest this week is Ciara Sun, Head of Global Business and Markets at Huobi Group. Ciara joined Huobi in 2019 first focusing on growth of its institutional business and in her role now now overseeing its growth and product strategy around the world, she gives a great look into what goes into running and growing a global bitcoin company with a diverse range of products. And one that is continuously rolling out new products in very cutthroat markets, including rollouts this year in the futures space, mining pool space, and more. It was interesting to get a look under the hood at how huobi operates, how they plan expansion and navigate regulation around the world and how Ciara is thinking about current trends and the future.

Oct 05, 2020
Bitcoin in Venezuela 2020 w/ Alessandro Cecere (El Sultan Bitcoin)
40:23

As part of our Bitcoin in Venezuela double header, @ck_SNARKs and Venezuelan Bitcoin entrepreneur Alessandro Cecere ,@elsultanbitcoin, sit down to talk Bitcoin and how it is being implemented and used in Venezuela.

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Oct 03, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Accounts for Bitcoin, Easypaysy! - NADO 11
32:50

In this episode Sjors and Aaron discuss Jose Femenias' Easypaysy proposal, an account system for Bitcoin, on Bitcoin. They also announce groundbreaking news: The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado now has its own RSS-feed!

Aaron's article covering Easypaysy on Bitcoin Magazine

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/bitcoin-need-accounts-one-developer-thinks-figured

The BIP in Github

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Oct 02, 2020
Fed Watch - Economic Crisis Analysis w/ Lyn Alden - FED 25
51:32

One of the great macro pundits of the last few years, Lyn Alden joins us, for one of the most important episodes of Fedwatch. Lyn has a fantastic grasp of history and macro economics. In this interview, we wanted to focus on placing our current time into a historical context comparing it to previous cycles which we can learn from. We also continue our search for a definition of money today, and agreement on a definition of money, inflation, and deflation.

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Sep 30, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Bitcoin in South Africa with Chris Becker BIA 25
42:55

We are actually in South Africa this week after some newsworthy M&A there involving the Luno exchange and DCG. Our guest is Chris Becker, Blockchain Technologies Lead at Investec based out of Johannesburg. Investec is a commercial and investment bank with a significant presence in South Africa, and Chris started their blockchain practice in 2016 - he talks about Bitcoin in South Africa in that time frame, DCG’s acquisition of Luno, the landscape of Bitcoin companies in SA and trends he sees in adoption there. He also puts Austrian economics in the context of fiscal and monetary policy in SA and Bitcoin.

Sep 28, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Explaining Signet - NADO 10
15:26

Sjors and Aaron discuss Signet, a new type of testnet for Bitcoin that was merged into Bitcoin Core last week. They also discuss the original version of testnet and its problems, as well as alternative testing environment regtest.

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Sep 25, 2020
Fed Watch - Macro Economics and Central Banking 101 w/ Kenny Rowe - FED 24
45:53

This week on Bitcoin Magazine's Fed Watch, Ck and Ansel sit down with a Bitcoin OG and listener of the show, Kenny Rowe to answer his basic questions about the Fed and Macro. Kenny is currently at Urbit and has been working on Bitcoin and Crypto projects for many years now. Kenny and Urbit are pioneers in the sovereign server movement.

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Sep 23, 2020
Bitcoin, Human Rights, and the Oslo Freedom Forum W/ Alex Gladstein
35:46

This week CK and the Chief Strategy Officer of the Human Rights Foundation, Alex Gladstein sit down to discuss the current state of human rights, Bitcoin's role in the fight for human rights, and the upcoming virtual Oslo Freedom Forum. 

Find Alex on Twitter @Gladstein 

Find the Human Rights Foundation @HRF

The 2020 Virtual Oslo Freedom Forum is this week on September 24th and 25th

Learn more about the virtual Oslo Freedom Forum and get your ticket below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-oslo-freedom-forum-tickets-116651629163

Sep 22, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - An Institutional Approach with Dave Chapman BIA 24
46:03

Our guest this week is Australian Hongkonger and Bitcoin entrepreneur Dave Chapman. Dave is the Executive Director of the publicly listed BC Group and its subsidiary OSL (osl.com), one of Asia's leading digital asset platforms. OSL recently became the first recipient of approval in principle for Type 1 and Type 7 licenses from the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong, allowing them to operate a virtual asset trading platform and deal in securities. It is a significant step from Hong Kong regulators and the result of an intentional approach from OSL. Dave and I discuss that process and its significance, trends that he sees in institutional adoption and more. 

Dave on Twitter @IAmDaveChapman

OSL on Twitter @osldotcom

Sep 21, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Schnorr Signatures and Libsec256k1 - Nado 9
25:19

Schnorr signature support was merged into the libsec256k1 library last week. In the episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss what the libsecp256k1 library is, why it matters for Bitcoin, and what it means that Schnorr signature support was merged. Sjors also briefly explains what he ultimate send RPC is, his own pull request that was recently merged into Bitcoin Core as well.

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The Power of Schnorr:

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/the-power-of-schnorr-the-signature-algorithm-to-increase-bitcoin-s-scale-and-privacy-1460642496

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Sep 18, 2020
Fed Watch - Long Live the Bond King w/ Steven Van Metre - FED 23
36:41

Steven’s Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRIQM-CUkxVazVPv980YZsw

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetreSteven

In this interview, we are joined by macro commentator Steven Van Metre. He has become well-known for his clear articulation of a contrarian macro take which focuses around the coming recession, bonds, and the dollar.

Timestamps:

4:06 - 4:24 Talking about Bonds and their role in the global economy.

8:42 - 11:21 Steven explains what this mean for the dollar

16:09 - 17:39 How QE works

22:17 - 24:00 Stocks V Bonds

24:32 - 26:14 Where do you see the next 5-10 years?

29:55 - 31:04 Will Bitcoin do well in a down turn?

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Sep 16, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Advertising Bitcoin with Leo Weese BIA 23
01:01:32

Our guest this week is Leo Weese, a long time Bitcoiner in Hong Kong and a Cofounder and president of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong. The Bitcoin Association has been a significant advocate for and communicator about Bitcoin since 2014 as it has established one of the strongest Bitcoin communities in Asia. One of its recent initiates, an advertising campaign highlighting Bitcoin’s traits and potential as magic internet money and digital gold among other taglines has made waves. We discuss how that came to be, why the quotes and tag lines are timely, why Leo thinks we need to be thinking bigger about Bitcoin’s potential in light of monetary policy and the structure of capital flows around the world and much more. 

Sep 14, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Statechains w/ Ruben Somsen - Nado 8
40:40

Aaron and Sjors welcome their first guest on to the show, Ruben Somsen, to discuss his proposals for Statechains on Bitcoin! Statechains allow you to send keys not UTXO and it offers quite a few scaling and functionality improvements! 

Helpful Links:

Ruben's presentation on Bitcoin Magazine about Statechains: https://youtu.be/CKx6eULIC3A

Aaron's Bitcoin Magazine article on Statechains: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/statechains-sending-keys-not-coins-to-scale-bitcoin-off-chain

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Sep 11, 2020
Fed Watch - Taking the Orange Pill w/ Stacy Herbert Fed Watch 22
47:14

 In this interview, we are joined by bitcoin legend Stacy Herbert. We talk about her background in Hollywood and how she and Max found bitcoin. It is a wide ranging conversation about GIABO “Global Insurrection Against Banker Occupation” and the long term very accurate narrative that she and Max have crafted over the last 10 years. She is a memer and storyteller and that really comes through in this interview.

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Sep 09, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - What is an XPub? - Nado 7
24:39

In this episode of the Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Sjors and Aaron explain what an xpub is and how it is used by Bitcoin wallets.

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Sep 04, 2020
Fed Watch - Surprising Admissions in the Fine Print from Jackson Hole - FED 21
34:20

This is Fed Watch, the Bitcoin Magazine podcast and show focused on bringing together the worlds of Macro Finance and Bitcoin. This week on Fed Watch hosts CK and Ansel Discuss Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell's speech at the Jackson Hole Federal Reserve Meeting. The hosts also discuss deflation in Europe and the ECB's inability to create inflation. We close the show out with Bitcoin Technical Analysis and Fundamentals.

Powell’s Speech PDF transcript: https://www.bis.org/review/r200827d.pdf

Hypothesis highlights: https://hyp.is/go?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bis.org%2Freview%2Fr200827d.pdf&group=__world__

The speech meant to announce their new consensus statement and framework of how they interpret their mandate from Congress. It was the culmination of a 2 year internal audit and research. The speech is organized into parts, (a) Evolution of Fed tools/framework from inflation fighter to deflation fighter, (b) the four key economic developments motivated our review, (c) discussion of unemployment side of the mandate, and (d) discussion of the inflation side of their mandate.

ECB link: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eurozone-inflation/europes-inflation-plunge-to-raise-red-flags-at-ecb-idUSKBN25S4GD

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Sep 03, 2020
The Bitcoin Immune System w/ Cory Klippsten
39:59
CK and Cory Klippsten of Swan Bitcoin sit down for a wide ranging conversation covering Bitcoin, the Bitcoin Community, The importance of sound money to Society and much more! 
 
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Sep 02, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Payment Pools and Taproot - NADO 6
35:55

In this episode of the Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Sjors and Aaron discuss the future of Bitcoin Scaling. This podcast is all about Taproot and the cool feature it enables called Payment pools. 

Topics

What are payment pools?
 
Why they need Taproot. 
 
The UX of sharing UTXOs
 
How Payment pools work with lightning

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Aug 28, 2020
Fed Watch - "Banking in The Shadows with Jeff Snider" - FED 20
01:00:25

Today, we have the privilege to sit down with Head of Global Research at Alhambra Investments Jeff Snider. We run through the basics of the eurodollar system, why people get it wrong when talking about the Fed, and where we are going from here. Of course, we finish up getting Jeff to talk about bitcoin, and what he says might surprise you! Alhambra Investments: https://alhambrapartners.com/commentaryanalysis/ Alhambra Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp8Xi-sPTL9VyZpHTPfLA-g Making Sense, Eurodollar University iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/making-sense/id1506469669 Before the interview, we have some time to talk about several other topics about the Fed and global money issues: Federal Reserve’s Cunha on the State (and Timeframe) of Digital Dollars https://www.pymnts.com/cryptocurrency/2020/federal-reserves-cunha-state-and-timeframe-digital-dollars/ IMF tweet on “Cryptocurrencies” https://twitter.com/IMFNews/status/1297640002604527621?s=20 Kristy-Leigh Minehan on a rumored big player coming to Bitcoin ASICs https://twitter.com/OhGodAGirl/status/1295942087582482432?s=20 Find us:

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Aug 26, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Bank of Hodlers Founder and CEO Darshan Bathija BIA 22
49:12

Our guest this week is Darshan Bathija, founder and CEO of Bank of Hodlers (bankofhodlers.com), an asset backed lending and borrowing platform that I think we will be hearing a lot more of in the future. The company runs out of Singapore and Darshan and most of his team are currently working out of India. Darshan gives great insight into the lending and borrowing markets for retail and institutions in their different geographies from Southeast Asia to Europe and the Americas. He also goes deep on the retail banking sector and monetary policy in India and what his long term vision is for a Bitcoin first bank.

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Aug 24, 2020
Bitcoin Magazine Interview: Investing in Bitcoin with Brian Estes
25:48
CK sits down with Brian Estes CEO of Blockchain fund Off The Chain Capital. We discuss Brian's story investing in Bitcoin and Bitcoin start ups and learn more about how Brian and Off The Chain think about Bitcoin and the future of the internet. 
 
Topics: 
 
Congresses understands that Bitcoin can’t be regulated
Bitcoin has out preformed Brian's initial investment in Coinbase.
Bitcoin is the best preforming asset class 9 out of the last 11 years. 
Bitcoin improves a portfolio's sharp ratio. 
Brian’s Short term prediction 
 
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Aug 21, 2020
FED Watch - "FedNow and Bitcoin Bull"- FED 19
29:22

This week CK and Ansel cover what’s new in the world of the Fed as well as riff on Bitcoin’s recent price action. 

Topics: 

FedNow payment network announcement 

Covering recent speech from Brainard of the Fed 

Bitcoin Metrics and price action. 

Useful Links: 

FedNow: https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/other20200806a.htm

Brainard speech: https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/brainard20200813a.htm

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Aug 19, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Bitmain in North America with Raymond Walintukan BIA 21
36:46

Our guest this week is Raymond Walintukan, Director of Mining Operations North America for Bitmain. His perspective as someone in charge of running and growing a separate geography for a Chinese company and for Bitmain in particular is an interesting one. We talk about that situation, the workflow, the growth strategy, and dive into how it works operationally and how it fits into the broader Bitmain effort. Raymond also details Bitmain’s North American footprint, the nuances of working with public and private utilities in the US and mining trends that he sees heading into this next Bitcoin cycle.

Aug 10, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - The Time-warp Soft Fork & Bitcoin Cash's Difficulty Adjustment Drama - NADO 5
54:03

In this episode of the Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Sjors explains the "time-warp attack" on Bitcon and Aaron explains the unfolding drama with the bcash difficulty adjustment.

Helpful Links:

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/miners-are-milking-bcashs-difficulty-adjustments-and-why-problem1

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/why-bcash-mining-shouldnt-affect-bitcoin-much-bitcoin-mining-could-ruin-bcash

https://read.cash/@jtoomim/dark-secrets-of-the-grasberg-daa-a9239fb6

https://blog.bitcoinabc.org/2020/07/23/announcing-the-grasberg-daa/

https://github.com/TheBlueMatt/bips/blob/cleanup-softfork/bip-XXXX.mediawiki

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Aug 07, 2020
FED Watch - “Fed Insider Reveals What’s Really Going On (w/ Danielle DiMartino Booth)” - FED 18
43:43

Danielle DiMartino Booth

Bio CEO & Chief Strategist, Quill Intelligence https://quillintelligence.com/ The author of FED UP: An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America Worked at the Fed, advisor to Dallas President Richard W. Fisher during the GFC

Other topics covered this week: FOMC statement from last week https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20200729a.htm FOMC holds policies steady.

Places all blame on the virus. The virus has its own dual mandate here 1) distract from systemic weakness and failures 2) help manipulate sentiment, hopefully sentiment will recover as virus pressures abate ECB and Bundesbank view Germany’s Constitutional Court’s demands met http://archive.vn/S6vAN Euro spike discussed in context of a longer recession

Aug 05, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - The Developing Environment for Bitcoin Businesses in South Korea BIA 20
40:51

Our guest this week is Dr. Youree Lee, Chief Business officer of Peertec, Co-Founder of W-Foundation, and professor at Hanyang University, based out of Seoul. Peertec is a part of Peer.com a corporate group which includes the exchange GDAC, the Korean media BlockInPress and the Deconomy conference there among other entities. We talk about regulatory developments in Korea over the last year, including Korea’s new tax plan regarding cryptocurry and additional guidance for licensed exchanges. Youree gives additional context for the exchange landscape and the nuances of operating as a fiat on/off ramp into bitcoin. We also talk about how the bear market has been in Korea and signs and trends that she is seeing as we enter a new phase.

Dr Lee on Twitter @ylee727

Aug 03, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - What is Miniscript - NADO 4
29:10

In this episode of the Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors dive into Miniscript and how it makes using Bitcoin Script much easier. 

Helpful Links: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/miniscript-how-blockstream-engineers-are-making-bitcoin-programming-easyer

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Jul 31, 2020
FED Watch - "Inflation or Deflation" w/ Andy Edstrom- FED 17
41:03

This week, @ck_SNARKs and @AnselLindner have our first guest on to FED Watch, @edstromandrew. Andy is the head of institutional at Swan Bitcoin and he comes on to the show to debate Ansel on if we will experience Inflation or Deflation moving forwards. Ansel is arguing that deflation is in our future while Andy makes the case for inflation. 

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Jul 30, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Bobby Lee on Bitcoin Cycles and the Current Macro Environment BIA 19
46:05

Our guest this week is Bobby Lee. Bobby is a bitcoin and especially a China bitcoin OG as a cofounder and CEO of BTC China, later BTCC, China’s first bitcoin exchange, and presently the founder and CEO of Ballet (balletcrypto.com). He is always an insightful voice on the importance of Bitcoin and where it sits in the macro landscape. Our talk focuses on that macro landscape and the the cycles that bitcoin has followed to date. Recorded on July 27 as Bitcoin crossed $11k yet again, Bobby shares what he sees as likely points along this next bitcoin cycle, running companies in China amidst the always developing macro issues that come with that, verticals he’s worked in from exchange services to mining to hardware and more. 

Bobby on Twitter @bobbyclee

Jul 28, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Breaking Down Taproot Activation Options - NADO 3
44:13

Description

In the third episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors break down and explain the different opinions and options available for activating Taproot and potentially future softfork upgrades. 
 
Helpful Links:
 
Explainer article by Aaron discussing the different upgrade options: 
 
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Jul 26, 2020
FED Watch - "Market Liquidity and the Future of Bitcoin"- FED 16
44:28

This week,  @ck_SNARKs and @AnselLindner take a deep dive into the Feds balance sheet, discuss the latest out of Europe and hash out what could happen in the short term for Bitcoin. 

Topics: 

Review the FEDs Balance Sheet

Read Lorie Logan FED speech

EU passes Recovery Fund

Hash out Future Bitcoin scenarios

Useful Links: 

Balance sheet YTD: https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/bst_recenttrends.htm

Fed Currency swaps 1 yr: https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/SWPT

Lorie Logan FED speech July 15th: https://www.newyorkfed.org/newsevents/speeches/2020/log200715

EU Recovery Fund: https://www.dw.com/en/unmasking-the-eus-massive-pandemic-recovery-fund-the-fine-print/a-54255523

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Jul 23, 2020
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Explaining Taproot - NADO 2
31:03
In the second episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors break down and explain Taproot, the building blocks that make Taproot possible, and what it enables Bitcoin to do. 
 
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Music: 
Song Title: Segwit Sounds
By: The NakamoTones
Album: Citadel Music
Produced by: Bitcoin Audio
Jul 17, 2020
FED Watch - "Central Bankers New Magic Bullet"- FED 15
40:29

This week,  @ck_SNARKs and @AnselLindner take a deep dive on Japan and China, talk recent Altcoin pumps, and discuss mining fundamentals. 

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Jul 16, 2020
Bitcoin in Asia - Allocating a 6k BTC Fund of Funds with Mustafa Yilham BIA 18
39:06

Our guest this week is Mustafa Yilham, Global Business Development at China based group Bixin. Mustafa was previously director of business development at Huobi and a partner at the Hong Kong based quant fund and finance firm Amber Group. Bixin is a major player in the mining space with over 300 MW and in the wallet space with one of the most popular consumer wallets in China and operates a bitcoin denominated crypto fund of funds of about 6k BTC. At Bixin Mustafa manages international allocation for that 6k Bitcoin fund of funds as well as its mining operation development outside of China and global partnerships. We discuss the differences between Asia and Western based hedge funds, risk management in allocating capital for Bixin’s varied business lines, the trends he is seeing in the mining space, particularly the decentralization of hash power outside of China, and more.

Jul 14, 2020
FED Watch - Savings Rates Soar- FED 14
32:04

This week ck and Ansel sit down for a big update on recent news from the FED, all things macro, and tie in where Bitcoin fits into all of it. 

Topics: 

  • Economists are asking for UBI type recurring payments
  • NY Fed Says If Markets Continue Improving, "Fed's Purchases May Stop Entirely"
  • “Soaring saving rates
  • Stocks and Gold keep going higher together
  • Bitcoin Updates

Useful Links: 

Savings rates explode across the globe: http://archive.vn/casaJ

Fed could slow down activity: https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/head-ny-feds-trading-floor-says-if-markets-continue-improving-feds-purchases-may-stop

Letter from economists asking for UBI: https://www.economicsecurityproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/emp_economists_letter.pdf

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Jul 09, 2020