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What Bitcoin Did

Peter McCormack

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What Bitcoin Did

What Bitcoin Did

Peter McCormack

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Against many challenges, Bitcoin, the worlds first true cryptocurrency has survived for over a decade. With What Bitcoin Did, podcast host Peter McCormack talks to experts in the world of Bitcoin. From developers to investors, journalists to Bitcoin company CEOs, you will learn about everything that is happening in the world of Bitcoin.

Latest Episodes

Fintech and Bitcoin with Kevin Lehtiniitty

“It’s not even about the financial gain; sure maybe it’ll 10x, maybe it’ll 100x, maybe it’ll 2x. I don’t really care. It’s about the freedom.”— Kevin LehtiniittyLocation: SquadcastDate: Wednesday 14th OctoberCompany: Prime Trust Role: Chief Product OfficerOver the last few years, neobanks and fintech companies such as Cash App, Revolut, Venmo (amongst others) have grown hugely in popularity, with many choosing to step away from traditional banking and jump on this new wave in finance.Neobanks offer features that you cannot access in the traditional finance world. Along with quick and more effortless transactions, many services allow you to invest in stocks, commodities and Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies), from within their apps.So, what impact will exposing hundreds of millions of people to Bitcoin have?Prime Trust is one of the companies behind that help these fintech businesses operate, and in this interview, I talk to Kevin Lehtiniitty, their Chief Product Officer. We discuss financial censorship, the outdated legacy infrastructure in the US, neobanking and the role of bitcoin in the future of financial applications.This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.-----WBD274 - Show Notes-----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show by doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

--20 h ago
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Fintech and Bitcoin with Kevin Lehtiniitty

Shit Bitcoiners Say with Rusty Russell

“This irrational exuberance is where I’m like you know what… calm the fuck down, this stuff is not promised to you, number will not always go up, it is not guaranteed to hit $100k, $288k or whatever fucking number you want and even if it does hit $1 million, you wonder what $1million will be worth at the time.”- Rusty RussellLocation: SquadcastDate: Friday 25rd SeptemberCompany: Blockstream Role: Lightning Network DeveloperBitcoiners can be firm in their views and are often called toxic by outsiders; however, this toxicity plays an important role. Bitcoin is a threat to the legacy financial system. It is therefore open to a broad range of attacks from technical to social and Bitcoin's immune system defends against these attacks to protect the protocol.In previous episodes, I have looked at the pros and cons of toxicity and how it acts as an immune system for Bitcoiner. Does this immune system lead to silly narratives going unchallenged? Can Bitcoin fix everything or are we missi...

--3 d ago
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Shit Bitcoiners Say with Rusty Russell

The Case for $500K Bitcoin with Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss

“The question in our mind is not so much does it get to $500K, but how quickly.”— Cameron WinklevossLocation: SquadcastDate: Tuesday 20th OctoberCompany: GeminiRole: Co-FoundersIn August, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss released The Case for $500K Bitcoin. A paper that outlines the value proposition of Bitcoin, why it is a superior store of value and hedge against inflation than either gold, oil and the US dollar.In the paper, they describe the world as ‘drowning in debt’, even before the coronavirus outbreak, and predict that the pandemic may cause everyone to come face to face with the reality of debt spiralling out of control.While the impact on the world may be scary for the broader economy, the twins outline Bitcoin as a major winner in this scenario and predict Bitcoin’s market cap to grow from its current market capitalisation (approx. $225 billion) to that of gold (approx. $9 trillion). With the price of a Bitcoin at around $550K.We discuss their paper, why Bitcoin is the...

84 min1 w ago
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The Case for $500K Bitcoin with Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss

Becoming a Bitcoin Core Developer with Amiti Uttarwar

“I think that having a global currency is inevitable at some point, whether in our lifetime or another, and I think Bitcoin is the kind of global currency I’d like to see.”— Amiti UttarwarLocation: SquadcastDate: Thursday 17th September Role: Bitcoin Core DeveloperDue to the decentralised nature of Bitcoin, committing to becoming a full-time core developer comes with challenges. While the Bitcoin network is worth over $200 billion, there is no central development fund to ensure that developers are working full time on the protocol.While there are numerous independent contributors, many developers rely on support from a growing number of companies such as Chaincode Labs, Blockstream, Lightning Labs and a handful of others who fund work on the protocol.In this interview, I talk to Bitcoin Core Developer Amiti Uttarwar. We discuss her residency at Chaincode Labs, contributing to Bitcoin Core, working on open source projects and the blacklist controversy.This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.-----WBD271 - Show Notes-----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

--1 w ago
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Becoming a Bitcoin Core Developer with Amiti Uttarwar

Bitfinex - The Hacks, Tether and Bitcoin with Paolo Ardoino

“It’s important to us to support Bitcoin and to show respect to the coin that made all of this possible.”— Paolo ArdoinoLocation: SquadcastDate: Monday 7th September Company: BitfinexRole: CTOBitfinex is one of the oldest and largest Bitcoin exchanges. Since 2014, the exchange has had to endure multiple hacks, including at $60 million theft in 2016.iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex, also oversees Tether. Tether is the largest stablecoin, regularly facilitating over $50 billion in daily trading volume and is supported by close to 150 exchanges. It too isn't without its controversies, there have been calls to audit Tether to prove that it is fully reserved and there are claims ether printing has been used to manipulate the markets.Despite the controversies, the Bitfinex and Tether teams have been instrumental in supporting the growth of Bitcoin.In this interview, I talk to Paolo Ardoino the CTO of Bitfinex. We discuss how Bitfinex dealt with the exchange hacks, protecting against future attacks, Tether, the Lightning Network and funding Bitcoin projects.This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.-----WBD270 - Show Notes-----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

--2 w ago
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Bitfinex - The Hacks, Tether and Bitcoin with Paolo Ardoino

The Bitcoin Bull Bull Bull with Michael Saylor

““I think that Bitcoin is the best hope that people have to make the world a better place, by providing this sovereign empowerment.”— Michael SaylorLocation: SquadcastDate: Thursday 8th October Company: MicroStrategyRole: CEOIn August, MicroStrategy made the bold move of purchasing 21,454 Bitcoin to add to their treasury, spending $250 million. In doing so, CEO Michael Saylor stated that he views Bitcoin as a "dependable store of value and an attractive investment asset with more long-term appreciation potential than holding cash".The next month MicroStrategy announced that they had doubled down on their conviction in Bitcoin and acquired an additional 16,796 Bitcoin, taking their total spend to $425 million. This move sent a clear message to businesses everywhere that Bitcoin is a valuable asset and can be a key part of a company's treasury.Following in the footsteps of Microstrategy, last week Square announced that they too had added Bitcoin to their treasury with the purchase...

103 min2 w ago
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The Bitcoin Bull Bull Bull with Michael Saylor

Bitcoin in the Boardroom with Michael Saylor

“I realised I’m on a melting ice cube of $500 million worth of money, the purchasing power is dwindling at 10% to 20% a year, I have to do something.”— Michael SaylorLocation: SquadcastDate: Thursday 8th October Company: MicroStrategyRole: CEOIn August, MicroStrategy made the bold move of purchasing 21,454 Bitcoin to add to their treasury, spending $250 million. In doing so, CEO Michael Saylor stated that he views Bitcoin as a "dependable store of value and an attractive investment asset with more long-term appreciation potential than holding cash".The next month MicroStrategy announced that they had doubled down on their conviction in Bitcoin and acquired an additional 16,796 Bitcoin, taking their total spend to $425 million. This move sent a clear message to businesses everywhere that Bitcoin is a valuable asset and can be a key part of a company's treasury.Following in the footsteps of Microstrategy, last week Square announced that they too had added Bitcoin to their treasury...

--2 w ago
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Bitcoin in the Boardroom with Michael Saylor

Bitcoin Toxicity with Giacomo Zucco & Neil Woodfine

“It may be one shot, it’s important, the consequences on civilisation are huge, so we want to be over-cautious about not compromising the culture or the technical features of Bitcoin.”— Giacomo ZuccoLocation: SquadcastDate: Thursday 24th September Company: BHB Network & BlockstreamRole: Director & Marketing DirectorBitcoin can be a toxic place. Ask the wrong question or fall on the wrong side of an argument; the community can be vicious in its response. It is a daunting place with Bitcoiners not only clashing with altcoin projects but with each other regarding Bitcoin ideas too. Rarely a day passes without a fight of some kind exploding on Twitter.However, toxicity plays an important role. Bitcoin is a threat to the legacy financial system, and being decentralised; anyone can contribute. Bitcoin is therefore open to a broad range of attacks from technical to social and Bitcoin's immune system defends against these attacks to protect the protocol.Segwit2x highlighted how a group might choose to co opt Bitcoin with dangerous consequences. Radical scepticism is levelled against other projects, people and companies to ensure that no outside party can have a negative influence on the future of the best money we have ever had.So, what are the positives and negatives of toxicity in Bitcoin? When does toxicity cross the line and are there any unintended consequences?In this interview, I am joined by Bitcoin consultant and educator Giacomo Zucco and Neil Woodfine, Marketing Director for Blockstream. We discuss toxic Bitcoin maximalism, unintended consequences and politics within Bitcoin.This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.-----WBD267 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/bitcoin-toxicity-----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

--3 w ago
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Bitcoin Toxicity with Giacomo Zucco & Neil Woodfine

How Bitcoin is Helping Protesters in Belarus with Alex Gladstein & Jaraslau Likhachevski

“I’ve never been a crypto enthusiast, I never believed in it… until this summer.”— Jaraslau LikhachevskiLocation: SquadcastDate: Wednesday 30th September Company: Human Rights Foundation & BYSOLRole: Chief Strategy OfficerBelarus is in the midst of massive protests, sparked in August by an election win for the long time leader of the country, Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko has been in power since the first presidential election in Belarus in 1994 when the country gained independence from the Soviet Union. The constitution following independence limited presidents to two terms but Lukashenko fought to change this and has remained in power since.Following the disputed election on August 9th hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets claiming Lukashenko rigged the election results. Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is claiming that she is the rightful president with reports that she had won 60-70% of the votes.These marches have become violent with Lukashen...

--3 w ago
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How Bitcoin is Helping Protesters in Belarus with Alex Gladstein & Jaraslau Likhachevski

What is Bitcoin? With Parker Lewis, Robert Breedlove & Vijay Boyapati

“Of anything I have ever looked at in my life, I would put Bitcoin as nearest to inevitable as I could.”— Robert BreedloveLocation: SquadcastDate: Tuesday 22nd September Company: Unchained Capital, Parallax Digital & Senior Software EngineerRole: Head of Business Development, Founder & PeachIf you ask 100 people what Bitcoin is, you will likely get 100 different answers. Whether it is a medium of exchange, gold 2.0, a hedge against inflation or purely as a speculative asset, all of these answers are valid.The decentralised nature of Bitcoin means that it has no owner and no single leader who decides what it is or how to use it. Bitcoin is an entirely personal experience based on the needs of the individual. As such, since its inception in 2009, Bitcoin has had many narratives.Championed initially as being a tool for digital commerce, with the advent of the Silk Road and other dark markets it's censorship-resistant property grew in popularity. More recently, Bitcoin is widely cons...

91 minOCT 2
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What is Bitcoin? With Parker Lewis, Robert Breedlove & Vijay Boyapati

Latest Episodes

Fintech and Bitcoin with Kevin Lehtiniitty

“It’s not even about the financial gain; sure maybe it’ll 10x, maybe it’ll 100x, maybe it’ll 2x. I don’t really care. It’s about the freedom.”— Kevin LehtiniittyLocation: SquadcastDate: Wednesday 14th OctoberCompany: Prime Trust Role: Chief Product OfficerOver the last few years, neobanks and fintech companies such as Cash App, Revolut, Venmo (amongst others) have grown hugely in popularity, with many choosing to step away from traditional banking and jump on this new wave in finance.Neobanks offer features that you cannot access in the traditional finance world. Along with quick and more effortless transactions, many services allow you to invest in stocks, commodities and Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies), from within their apps.So, what impact will exposing hundreds of millions of people to Bitcoin have?Prime Trust is one of the companies behind that help these fintech businesses operate, and in this interview, I talk to Kevin Lehtiniitty, their Chief Product Officer. We discuss financial censorship, the outdated legacy infrastructure in the US, neobanking and the role of bitcoin in the future of financial applications.This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.-----WBD274 - Show Notes-----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show by doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

--20 h ago
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Fintech and Bitcoin with Kevin Lehtiniitty

Shit Bitcoiners Say with Rusty Russell

“This irrational exuberance is where I’m like you know what… calm the fuck down, this stuff is not promised to you, number will not always go up, it is not guaranteed to hit $100k, $288k or whatever fucking number you want and even if it does hit $1 million, you wonder what $1million will be worth at the time.”- Rusty RussellLocation: SquadcastDate: Friday 25rd SeptemberCompany: Blockstream Role: Lightning Network DeveloperBitcoiners can be firm in their views and are often called toxic by outsiders; however, this toxicity plays an important role. Bitcoin is a threat to the legacy financial system. It is therefore open to a broad range of attacks from technical to social and Bitcoin's immune system defends against these attacks to protect the protocol.In previous episodes, I have looked at the pros and cons of toxicity and how it acts as an immune system for Bitcoiner. Does this immune system lead to silly narratives going unchallenged? Can Bitcoin fix everything or are we missi...

--3 d ago
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Shit Bitcoiners Say with Rusty Russell

The Case for $500K Bitcoin with Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss

“The question in our mind is not so much does it get to $500K, but how quickly.”— Cameron WinklevossLocation: SquadcastDate: Tuesday 20th OctoberCompany: GeminiRole: Co-FoundersIn August, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss released The Case for $500K Bitcoin. A paper that outlines the value proposition of Bitcoin, why it is a superior store of value and hedge against inflation than either gold, oil and the US dollar.In the paper, they describe the world as ‘drowning in debt’, even before the coronavirus outbreak, and predict that the pandemic may cause everyone to come face to face with the reality of debt spiralling out of control.While the impact on the world may be scary for the broader economy, the twins outline Bitcoin as a major winner in this scenario and predict Bitcoin’s market cap to grow from its current market capitalisation (approx. $225 billion) to that of gold (approx. $9 trillion). With the price of a Bitcoin at around $550K.We discuss their paper, why Bitcoin is the...

84 min1 w ago
Comments
The Case for $500K Bitcoin with Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss

Becoming a Bitcoin Core Developer with Amiti Uttarwar

“I think that having a global currency is inevitable at some point, whether in our lifetime or another, and I think Bitcoin is the kind of global currency I’d like to see.”— Amiti UttarwarLocation: SquadcastDate: Thursday 17th September Role: Bitcoin Core DeveloperDue to the decentralised nature of Bitcoin, committing to becoming a full-time core developer comes with challenges. While the Bitcoin network is worth over $200 billion, there is no central development fund to ensure that developers are working full time on the protocol.While there are numerous independent contributors, many developers rely on support from a growing number of companies such as Chaincode Labs, Blockstream, Lightning Labs and a handful of others who fund work on the protocol.In this interview, I talk to Bitcoin Core Developer Amiti Uttarwar. We discuss her residency at Chaincode Labs, contributing to Bitcoin Core, working on open source projects and the blacklist controversy.This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.-----WBD271 - Show Notes-----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

--1 w ago
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Becoming a Bitcoin Core Developer with Amiti Uttarwar

Bitfinex - The Hacks, Tether and Bitcoin with Paolo Ardoino

“It’s important to us to support Bitcoin and to show respect to the coin that made all of this possible.”— Paolo ArdoinoLocation: SquadcastDate: Monday 7th September Company: BitfinexRole: CTOBitfinex is one of the oldest and largest Bitcoin exchanges. Since 2014, the exchange has had to endure multiple hacks, including at $60 million theft in 2016.iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex, also oversees Tether. Tether is the largest stablecoin, regularly facilitating over $50 billion in daily trading volume and is supported by close to 150 exchanges. It too isn't without its controversies, there have been calls to audit Tether to prove that it is fully reserved and there are claims ether printing has been used to manipulate the markets.Despite the controversies, the Bitfinex and Tether teams have been instrumental in supporting the growth of Bitcoin.In this interview, I talk to Paolo Ardoino the CTO of Bitfinex. We discuss how Bitfinex dealt with the exchange hacks, protecting against future attacks, Tether, the Lightning Network and funding Bitcoin projects.This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.-----WBD270 - Show Notes-----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

--2 w ago
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Bitfinex - The Hacks, Tether and Bitcoin with Paolo Ardoino

The Bitcoin Bull Bull Bull with Michael Saylor

““I think that Bitcoin is the best hope that people have to make the world a better place, by providing this sovereign empowerment.”— Michael SaylorLocation: SquadcastDate: Thursday 8th October Company: MicroStrategyRole: CEOIn August, MicroStrategy made the bold move of purchasing 21,454 Bitcoin to add to their treasury, spending $250 million. In doing so, CEO Michael Saylor stated that he views Bitcoin as a "dependable store of value and an attractive investment asset with more long-term appreciation potential than holding cash".The next month MicroStrategy announced that they had doubled down on their conviction in Bitcoin and acquired an additional 16,796 Bitcoin, taking their total spend to $425 million. This move sent a clear message to businesses everywhere that Bitcoin is a valuable asset and can be a key part of a company's treasury.Following in the footsteps of Microstrategy, last week Square announced that they too had added Bitcoin to their treasury with the purchase...

103 min2 w ago
Comments
The Bitcoin Bull Bull Bull with Michael Saylor

Bitcoin in the Boardroom with Michael Saylor

“I realised I’m on a melting ice cube of $500 million worth of money, the purchasing power is dwindling at 10% to 20% a year, I have to do something.”— Michael SaylorLocation: SquadcastDate: Thursday 8th October Company: MicroStrategyRole: CEOIn August, MicroStrategy made the bold move of purchasing 21,454 Bitcoin to add to their treasury, spending $250 million. In doing so, CEO Michael Saylor stated that he views Bitcoin as a "dependable store of value and an attractive investment asset with more long-term appreciation potential than holding cash".The next month MicroStrategy announced that they had doubled down on their conviction in Bitcoin and acquired an additional 16,796 Bitcoin, taking their total spend to $425 million. This move sent a clear message to businesses everywhere that Bitcoin is a valuable asset and can be a key part of a company's treasury.Following in the footsteps of Microstrategy, last week Square announced that they too had added Bitcoin to their treasury...

--2 w ago
Comments
Bitcoin in the Boardroom with Michael Saylor

Bitcoin Toxicity with Giacomo Zucco & Neil Woodfine

“It may be one shot, it’s important, the consequences on civilisation are huge, so we want to be over-cautious about not compromising the culture or the technical features of Bitcoin.”— Giacomo ZuccoLocation: SquadcastDate: Thursday 24th September Company: BHB Network & BlockstreamRole: Director & Marketing DirectorBitcoin can be a toxic place. Ask the wrong question or fall on the wrong side of an argument; the community can be vicious in its response. It is a daunting place with Bitcoiners not only clashing with altcoin projects but with each other regarding Bitcoin ideas too. Rarely a day passes without a fight of some kind exploding on Twitter.However, toxicity plays an important role. Bitcoin is a threat to the legacy financial system, and being decentralised; anyone can contribute. Bitcoin is therefore open to a broad range of attacks from technical to social and Bitcoin's immune system defends against these attacks to protect the protocol.Segwit2x highlighted how a group might choose to co opt Bitcoin with dangerous consequences. Radical scepticism is levelled against other projects, people and companies to ensure that no outside party can have a negative influence on the future of the best money we have ever had.So, what are the positives and negatives of toxicity in Bitcoin? When does toxicity cross the line and are there any unintended consequences?In this interview, I am joined by Bitcoin consultant and educator Giacomo Zucco and Neil Woodfine, Marketing Director for Blockstream. We discuss toxic Bitcoin maximalism, unintended consequences and politics within Bitcoin.This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.-----WBD267 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/bitcoin-toxicity-----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

--3 w ago
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Bitcoin Toxicity with Giacomo Zucco & Neil Woodfine

How Bitcoin is Helping Protesters in Belarus with Alex Gladstein & Jaraslau Likhachevski

“I’ve never been a crypto enthusiast, I never believed in it… until this summer.”— Jaraslau LikhachevskiLocation: SquadcastDate: Wednesday 30th September Company: Human Rights Foundation & BYSOLRole: Chief Strategy OfficerBelarus is in the midst of massive protests, sparked in August by an election win for the long time leader of the country, Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko has been in power since the first presidential election in Belarus in 1994 when the country gained independence from the Soviet Union. The constitution following independence limited presidents to two terms but Lukashenko fought to change this and has remained in power since.Following the disputed election on August 9th hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets claiming Lukashenko rigged the election results. Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is claiming that she is the rightful president with reports that she had won 60-70% of the votes.These marches have become violent with Lukashen...

--3 w ago
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How Bitcoin is Helping Protesters in Belarus with Alex Gladstein & Jaraslau Likhachevski

What is Bitcoin? With Parker Lewis, Robert Breedlove & Vijay Boyapati

“Of anything I have ever looked at in my life, I would put Bitcoin as nearest to inevitable as I could.”— Robert BreedloveLocation: SquadcastDate: Tuesday 22nd September Company: Unchained Capital, Parallax Digital & Senior Software EngineerRole: Head of Business Development, Founder & PeachIf you ask 100 people what Bitcoin is, you will likely get 100 different answers. Whether it is a medium of exchange, gold 2.0, a hedge against inflation or purely as a speculative asset, all of these answers are valid.The decentralised nature of Bitcoin means that it has no owner and no single leader who decides what it is or how to use it. Bitcoin is an entirely personal experience based on the needs of the individual. As such, since its inception in 2009, Bitcoin has had many narratives.Championed initially as being a tool for digital commerce, with the advent of the Silk Road and other dark markets it's censorship-resistant property grew in popularity. More recently, Bitcoin is widely cons...

91 minOCT 2
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What is Bitcoin? With Parker Lewis, Robert Breedlove & Vijay Boyapati
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