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Latest Episodes

Delve into the hardware side of bitcoin with Rodolfo Novak

I’m really happy to introduce the newest guest on the Bitcoin To Freedom podcast - Rodolfo Novak, a Toronto-based entrepreneur and a very early bitcoin adopter whose passion for creating bitcoin solutions is well-documented. Rodolfo is the co-founder of CoinKite, a company that has been developing bitcoin solutions since 2012. That’s pretty much what Rodolfo does from the early days of bitcoin, focusing on the hardware side of it. Talking with him, you really get the sense he strongly believes in what he does, and that there’s no obstacle a well-thought-out idea cannot overcome. I was fascinated by the idea of creating a physical bitcoin solution that was actually trustless. Rodolfo Novak The fellow Canadian is a busy man, currently attached to a number of projects. However, he’s currently most involved with Opendime and Coldcard, a couple of subjects we cover extensively during our talk. Rodolfo shares how such a small thing like a memory card can improve a hard wallet, and the...

28 MIN2018 OCT 9
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Delve into the hardware side of bitcoin with Rodolfo Novak

Learn how to buy bitcoin with Jordan Tuwiner

Today's guest is one you don't want to miss if you're interested in buying bitcoin. It was a pleasure to talk to Jordan Tuwiner, the guy behind Buy Bitcoin Worldwide website. Jordan is an entrepreneur who specialized in bitcoin, affiliate marketing, and SEO (quite a combination!). He also has a soft spot for travel and talks about how his idea to make money with baseball turned into a successful entrepreneurial business, as well as the common bitcoin misconception he constantly witnesses. Managing his site since 2015, Jordan talks about what bitcoin is really is versus what it’s not, and the underlying economics behind it. Much like in the case of Ray Youssef’s Paxful, Africa is the largest market for Jordan’s website, with the movement from the East becoming a hot thing now. If there’s one thing you can say about Jordan, it’s that he’s a big believer in all things online, especially when it comes to education. Currently trying to master coding, Jordan fully harnesses the powe...

19 MIN2018 SEP 25
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Learn how to buy bitcoin with Jordan Tuwiner

Embrace the future of bitcoin and wallets with Aaron Lasher

Today, I talk with Aaron Lasher, an early bitcoin investor and Chief Strategy Officer at Breadwallet (BRD), one of the most popular crypto wallets today (of which I’m a proud user - highly recommend it, check it out). In his mission to make bitcoin available to everyone, Aaron takes us on a short history tour and shares his thoughts on what the future holds in store for cryptocurrencies. He calls himself an “immediate devotee” and “a sort-of amateur Angel investor” after getting a taste of bitcoin. I’ve always just been fascinated with this idea that you can discover things that are true but you have no idea how it’s going to interact with the real world. Aaron Lasher From “funny money” (a sort of a code word for national currencies that stuck) to doing everything you can do with your bank right now but in a decentralized, permissionless way with bitcoin, Aaron talks about his current work and predicts future movements within the crypto world, as well as laments on decision...

37 MIN2018 SEP 14
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Embrace the future of bitcoin and wallets with Aaron Lasher

A peer to peer financial system: Ray Youssef shares his story

In this truly insightful episode, I’m chatting with Ray Youssef, the founder and CEO of Paxful, one of the largest peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin marketplaces in the world. Ray has been an entrepreneur since 2001 and has founded 12 startups along the way. That way was far from smooth, though. Ray literally went from rags to riches and learned many lessons. In a nutshell, he is a New York City native that loves building awesome things that make life better. That’s where Paxful comes in, currently mainly serving and making difference in developing countries by using Bitcoin to help the ‘unbanked’ people. As many before him, Ray wasn’t a believer in bitcoin at first, but he gave it a shot by selling it for gift cards. And - it worked. “Me and my co-founder Artur, we were like: ”We got to scale this up.” And we did and all of a sudden: BOOM! I wasn’t homeless anymore.” Ray Youssef Now, Africa is Paxful’s biggest market (with the US aiming to take over) - this developing world whe...

36 MIN2018 SEP 2
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A peer to peer financial system: Ray Youssef shares his story

How crypto and VR are changing the world: a talk with Adam Draper

The new season is finally here (it took some time, I know), and I am kicking it off with Adam Draper, the founder and managing director of Boost VC, one of the premier accelerators in the world for crypto and VR startups. Adam’s portfolio is impressive: his credentials include funding over 250 startups through Boost VC, with 90+ of them operating in the cryptocurrency space and more than 70 of the VR variety. With deep VC family ties, Adam continues in the footsteps of his family’s previous generation of venture capitalists. Being a seed investor in CoinBase, arguably one of the biggest crypto exchanges today, Adam came full circle and made all sorts of mistakes along the way (he’s human, after all). For Adam, those mistakes made him what he is today and hesees a lot of the same errors in today’s businesses (pick up the phone, people!). His take on VR and blockchain, apart from the mainstream use, is interesting and it all revolves around one thing in particular: solving the pro...

43 MIN2018 JUL 21
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How crypto and VR are changing the world: a talk with Adam Draper

Unleash your inner entrepreneur with Foundr CEO Nathan Chan

The views and outlook of how thenext generation views the world has changed dramatically: No one really believes in a 9-5 anymore. Those days are destined to be replaced by work that shouldn't particularlyhave to feel like work at all. Inthe words of entrepreneur and CEO of digital magazine Foundr, Nathan Chan firmly believes that“For the first time, the age of traditional work is OVER”.The new age entrepreneur aspires to build a life and alivingaround doing what they love. That means the challenge for the 21st century is how to cultivate the ultimate work-lifelifestyle. Luckily, Foundr mag is here to solve that problem! As a magazine dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs build and grow a successful business, Foundr'ssuccess lies on it's ability to capturethe realessence of what it means to be an entrepreneur in the 21st century. With the continual growth and innovation in the tech andcreative industries combined with the incredible development crowd-funding platforms like KICK...

14 MIN2016 DEC 8
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Unleash your inner entrepreneur with Foundr CEO Nathan Chan

Discover the worlds first 100% anonymous cryptocurrency with Zcash CEO Zooko Wilcox

In this episode I interviewedZooko Wilcox,the CEO and founder of Zcash, a new cryptocurrency set to make waves internationally this coming October. What makes Zcash so unique is that it plans to take the excellent functionality of bitcoin and extend it even further to allow users to make completely private and secure transactions without a trace through their encrypted network. Zooko believes strongly that with Zcash businesses will be given a proper chance to thrive as commerce can be done without any roadblocks and society can move forward a much more rapid pace.And that's all because of one little thing calledprivacy. “Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn’t want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn’t want anybody to know. Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world.” Eric Hughes, A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto Zooko believes that in an open ...

33 MIN2016 OCT 6
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Discover the worlds first 100% anonymous cryptocurrency with Zcash CEO Zooko Wilcox

Imagine a smarter, faster and safer Internet with MaidSafe CEO David Irvine

Meet Maidsafe CEO David Irvine. Maidsafe is a revolutionary new web applicationwith a bold mission to provide privacy, security and freedom to everyone on the planet. MaidSafe runs without adedicated server on the decentralized Safe Networkandaims to bring a faster, better and safer web experience without any boundaries, anywhere in the world. In this episode of the podcast I was lucky enough to interview David Irvine, the CEO and software engineer behind the MaidSafe project. Fromas early as 2002, Irvineunderstood that the internet had the utmost potentialto be as much of a runaway success as a catastrophe. In his eyes, it only made sense toliberate the world from the private, centralized networks, services and corporationsthat rule the internet. Today his decade-and-a-half long vision has now become a reality. David's planis to shift the world towards a server-less, decentralized and completely ad free network where users have the freedom to surf the web without anyone manipulatin...

36 MIN2016 SEP 16
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Imagine a smarter, faster and safer Internet with MaidSafe CEO David Irvine

Arcade City: Uber meets Tinder to revolutionize p2p ridesharing.

What if you could gamify your life?You would earn status points simply for doing your job, taking your friends out, walking the dog or picking up the groceries. It's a new way to think about work, life and even reality and it's coming to a city near you on September 1st 2016. Arcade City is a new p2p ridesharing app that allows you to fully customize your experience both as a rider and a driver. In this episode I speak withChristopher David,CEO and founder of Arcade City. We talk about why Arcade City has the potential to outperform other ridesharing apps likeUberandLyft.It will leverage the Ethereum network to provide a decentralized service, effectively cutting out the middle man. This isa trend we arestarting to see everywherewhere more and more businesses are offering customer orientated services thatremove the powercorporate control. While competing against Uber mightsound a bit crazy, this idea absolutely does have an opportunity to prosper where other apps do not or cannot. U...

26 MIN2016 SEP 9
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Arcade City: Uber meets Tinder to revolutionize p2p ridesharing.

The future of prediction markets with Gnosis CEO, Martin Köppelmann

TodayI got an incredible chance to pick the brain of a Martin Köppelmann, the CEO and co-founder of Gnosis. For those of you who haven't heard, Gnosis is a new piece of software that enables you to make predictions on all kinds of events from around the world. Everyone can vote by buying and selling shares of different outcomes thus creating a platform for crowd-sourced information. With Gnosis, youcan literally predict the future based on crowd sourced information. This is all made possible because of the incredible architecture designed by Martin and his team, who have leveraged thedecentralized Ethereum network using Smart Contracts.Potential applications are limitless, ranging from insurance and governance solutions to sports betting andfinancial instruments. This means that any kind of organization, be it companies, corporations, oreven an entire countrywill have the ability to test a theory or evaluate a policy by harnessingthe power of the crowd. Data maythen beintelligently...

33 MIN2016 SEP 1
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The future of prediction markets with Gnosis CEO, Martin Köppelmann

Latest Episodes

Delve into the hardware side of bitcoin with Rodolfo Novak

I’m really happy to introduce the newest guest on the Bitcoin To Freedom podcast - Rodolfo Novak, a Toronto-based entrepreneur and a very early bitcoin adopter whose passion for creating bitcoin solutions is well-documented. Rodolfo is the co-founder of CoinKite, a company that has been developing bitcoin solutions since 2012. That’s pretty much what Rodolfo does from the early days of bitcoin, focusing on the hardware side of it. Talking with him, you really get the sense he strongly believes in what he does, and that there’s no obstacle a well-thought-out idea cannot overcome. I was fascinated by the idea of creating a physical bitcoin solution that was actually trustless. Rodolfo Novak The fellow Canadian is a busy man, currently attached to a number of projects. However, he’s currently most involved with Opendime and Coldcard, a couple of subjects we cover extensively during our talk. Rodolfo shares how such a small thing like a memory card can improve a hard wallet, and the...

28 MIN2018 OCT 9
Comments
Delve into the hardware side of bitcoin with Rodolfo Novak

Learn how to buy bitcoin with Jordan Tuwiner

Today's guest is one you don't want to miss if you're interested in buying bitcoin. It was a pleasure to talk to Jordan Tuwiner, the guy behind Buy Bitcoin Worldwide website. Jordan is an entrepreneur who specialized in bitcoin, affiliate marketing, and SEO (quite a combination!). He also has a soft spot for travel and talks about how his idea to make money with baseball turned into a successful entrepreneurial business, as well as the common bitcoin misconception he constantly witnesses. Managing his site since 2015, Jordan talks about what bitcoin is really is versus what it’s not, and the underlying economics behind it. Much like in the case of Ray Youssef’s Paxful, Africa is the largest market for Jordan’s website, with the movement from the East becoming a hot thing now. If there’s one thing you can say about Jordan, it’s that he’s a big believer in all things online, especially when it comes to education. Currently trying to master coding, Jordan fully harnesses the powe...

19 MIN2018 SEP 25
Comments
Learn how to buy bitcoin with Jordan Tuwiner

Embrace the future of bitcoin and wallets with Aaron Lasher

Today, I talk with Aaron Lasher, an early bitcoin investor and Chief Strategy Officer at Breadwallet (BRD), one of the most popular crypto wallets today (of which I’m a proud user - highly recommend it, check it out). In his mission to make bitcoin available to everyone, Aaron takes us on a short history tour and shares his thoughts on what the future holds in store for cryptocurrencies. He calls himself an “immediate devotee” and “a sort-of amateur Angel investor” after getting a taste of bitcoin. I’ve always just been fascinated with this idea that you can discover things that are true but you have no idea how it’s going to interact with the real world. Aaron Lasher From “funny money” (a sort of a code word for national currencies that stuck) to doing everything you can do with your bank right now but in a decentralized, permissionless way with bitcoin, Aaron talks about his current work and predicts future movements within the crypto world, as well as laments on decision...

37 MIN2018 SEP 14
Comments
Embrace the future of bitcoin and wallets with Aaron Lasher

A peer to peer financial system: Ray Youssef shares his story

In this truly insightful episode, I’m chatting with Ray Youssef, the founder and CEO of Paxful, one of the largest peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin marketplaces in the world. Ray has been an entrepreneur since 2001 and has founded 12 startups along the way. That way was far from smooth, though. Ray literally went from rags to riches and learned many lessons. In a nutshell, he is a New York City native that loves building awesome things that make life better. That’s where Paxful comes in, currently mainly serving and making difference in developing countries by using Bitcoin to help the ‘unbanked’ people. As many before him, Ray wasn’t a believer in bitcoin at first, but he gave it a shot by selling it for gift cards. And - it worked. “Me and my co-founder Artur, we were like: ”We got to scale this up.” And we did and all of a sudden: BOOM! I wasn’t homeless anymore.” Ray Youssef Now, Africa is Paxful’s biggest market (with the US aiming to take over) - this developing world whe...

36 MIN2018 SEP 2
Comments
A peer to peer financial system: Ray Youssef shares his story

How crypto and VR are changing the world: a talk with Adam Draper

The new season is finally here (it took some time, I know), and I am kicking it off with Adam Draper, the founder and managing director of Boost VC, one of the premier accelerators in the world for crypto and VR startups. Adam’s portfolio is impressive: his credentials include funding over 250 startups through Boost VC, with 90+ of them operating in the cryptocurrency space and more than 70 of the VR variety. With deep VC family ties, Adam continues in the footsteps of his family’s previous generation of venture capitalists. Being a seed investor in CoinBase, arguably one of the biggest crypto exchanges today, Adam came full circle and made all sorts of mistakes along the way (he’s human, after all). For Adam, those mistakes made him what he is today and hesees a lot of the same errors in today’s businesses (pick up the phone, people!). His take on VR and blockchain, apart from the mainstream use, is interesting and it all revolves around one thing in particular: solving the pro...

43 MIN2018 JUL 21
Comments
How crypto and VR are changing the world: a talk with Adam Draper

Unleash your inner entrepreneur with Foundr CEO Nathan Chan

The views and outlook of how thenext generation views the world has changed dramatically: No one really believes in a 9-5 anymore. Those days are destined to be replaced by work that shouldn't particularlyhave to feel like work at all. Inthe words of entrepreneur and CEO of digital magazine Foundr, Nathan Chan firmly believes that“For the first time, the age of traditional work is OVER”.The new age entrepreneur aspires to build a life and alivingaround doing what they love. That means the challenge for the 21st century is how to cultivate the ultimate work-lifelifestyle. Luckily, Foundr mag is here to solve that problem! As a magazine dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs build and grow a successful business, Foundr'ssuccess lies on it's ability to capturethe realessence of what it means to be an entrepreneur in the 21st century. With the continual growth and innovation in the tech andcreative industries combined with the incredible development crowd-funding platforms like KICK...

14 MIN2016 DEC 8
Comments
Unleash your inner entrepreneur with Foundr CEO Nathan Chan

Discover the worlds first 100% anonymous cryptocurrency with Zcash CEO Zooko Wilcox

In this episode I interviewedZooko Wilcox,the CEO and founder of Zcash, a new cryptocurrency set to make waves internationally this coming October. What makes Zcash so unique is that it plans to take the excellent functionality of bitcoin and extend it even further to allow users to make completely private and secure transactions without a trace through their encrypted network. Zooko believes strongly that with Zcash businesses will be given a proper chance to thrive as commerce can be done without any roadblocks and society can move forward a much more rapid pace.And that's all because of one little thing calledprivacy. “Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn’t want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn’t want anybody to know. Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world.” Eric Hughes, A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto Zooko believes that in an open ...

33 MIN2016 OCT 6
Comments
Discover the worlds first 100% anonymous cryptocurrency with Zcash CEO Zooko Wilcox

Imagine a smarter, faster and safer Internet with MaidSafe CEO David Irvine

Meet Maidsafe CEO David Irvine. Maidsafe is a revolutionary new web applicationwith a bold mission to provide privacy, security and freedom to everyone on the planet. MaidSafe runs without adedicated server on the decentralized Safe Networkandaims to bring a faster, better and safer web experience without any boundaries, anywhere in the world. In this episode of the podcast I was lucky enough to interview David Irvine, the CEO and software engineer behind the MaidSafe project. Fromas early as 2002, Irvineunderstood that the internet had the utmost potentialto be as much of a runaway success as a catastrophe. In his eyes, it only made sense toliberate the world from the private, centralized networks, services and corporationsthat rule the internet. Today his decade-and-a-half long vision has now become a reality. David's planis to shift the world towards a server-less, decentralized and completely ad free network where users have the freedom to surf the web without anyone manipulatin...

36 MIN2016 SEP 16
Comments
Imagine a smarter, faster and safer Internet with MaidSafe CEO David Irvine

Arcade City: Uber meets Tinder to revolutionize p2p ridesharing.

What if you could gamify your life?You would earn status points simply for doing your job, taking your friends out, walking the dog or picking up the groceries. It's a new way to think about work, life and even reality and it's coming to a city near you on September 1st 2016. Arcade City is a new p2p ridesharing app that allows you to fully customize your experience both as a rider and a driver. In this episode I speak withChristopher David,CEO and founder of Arcade City. We talk about why Arcade City has the potential to outperform other ridesharing apps likeUberandLyft.It will leverage the Ethereum network to provide a decentralized service, effectively cutting out the middle man. This isa trend we arestarting to see everywherewhere more and more businesses are offering customer orientated services thatremove the powercorporate control. While competing against Uber mightsound a bit crazy, this idea absolutely does have an opportunity to prosper where other apps do not or cannot. U...

26 MIN2016 SEP 9
Comments
Arcade City: Uber meets Tinder to revolutionize p2p ridesharing.

The future of prediction markets with Gnosis CEO, Martin Köppelmann

TodayI got an incredible chance to pick the brain of a Martin Köppelmann, the CEO and co-founder of Gnosis. For those of you who haven't heard, Gnosis is a new piece of software that enables you to make predictions on all kinds of events from around the world. Everyone can vote by buying and selling shares of different outcomes thus creating a platform for crowd-sourced information. With Gnosis, youcan literally predict the future based on crowd sourced information. This is all made possible because of the incredible architecture designed by Martin and his team, who have leveraged thedecentralized Ethereum network using Smart Contracts.Potential applications are limitless, ranging from insurance and governance solutions to sports betting andfinancial instruments. This means that any kind of organization, be it companies, corporations, oreven an entire countrywill have the ability to test a theory or evaluate a policy by harnessingthe power of the crowd. Data maythen beintelligently...

33 MIN2016 SEP 1
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The future of prediction markets with Gnosis CEO, Martin Köppelmann
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