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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.
 
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This is a conversation about my experiences in the Bitcoin space and in emerging countries, that I had with Svein Ølnes, a researcher and teacher at a Bitcoin course at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Svein started teaching the course in 2018 and this year there is a record interest with more than 200 students enrolled. Sponsors …
 
“Everybody says ‘yeah, it’s great for people in Kenya, or Zimbabwe’, but then everybody’s just interested in the price, and what Elon Musk is saying again.” — Anita Posch Location: Remotely Date: Thursday 11th November Project: anitaposch.com Role: Author, Podcaster, Educator It’s easy to forget that those who have acquired Bitcoin are still early …
 
Location: Remotely Date: Thursday 11th November Project: anitaposch.com Role: Author, Podcaster, Educator It’s easy to forget that those who have acquired Bitcoin are still early adopters, with the enthusiasm and courage to have found the appropriate resources needed to investigate this still nascent and mysterious creation. However, the key to the…
 
“Satoshi had to do so much to win our trust. Everything open source. Everything with fair warning; full disclosure. Create the most auditable monetary system ever, and then leave the project. What other digital asset or cryptocurrency has done even 1/10th of the things Satoshi did to convince us that this was a legitimate and fair thing. I mean I h…
 
Location: Miami Date: Tuesday 30th November Company: Castle Island Ventures Role: Partner What to some may have seemed wild conjecture last year, has now become real. A major public company and a nation state are now operating under a Bitcoin Standard. But, as the digital asset matures, so do the discussions and consideration of Bitcoin in terms of…
 
“People joke like, ‘are you going to be 5% exposed, or 100% exposed,’ I’m 500% exposed. I’m not 5%, 50%, we started with $250 million of capital, we bought $3.5 billion of bitcoin.” — Michael Saylor Location: Miami Date: Monday 29th November Company: Microstrategy Role: CEO In August 2020, MicroStrategy commenced with the bold defensive move to inv…
 
Location: Miami Date: Monday 29th November Company: Microstrategy Role: CEO In August 2020, MicroStrategy commenced with the bold defensive move to invest significant treasury assets in Bitcoin in response to inflationary pressures. Since then, MicroStrategy has strategically enhanced their holdings to become the largest corporate owner of Bitcoin …
 
“Everything in the system is self-regulating and self-adjusting, and it’s decentralised and autonomous, and we can see these phenomena much better in nature than we can in human-made entities; Bitcoin is a lot more like an organism than it is like a company or a government.” — Tomer Strolight Location: Remote Date: Sunday 28th November Project: tom…
 
Location: Remote Date: Sunday 28th November Project: tomerstrolight.medium.com Role: Writer The modern capitalist system is based on centralised and hierarchical structures of control. Bitcoin is a divergent innovation, structured to be decentralised. Progress is made through consensus, which forgoes the need to know or trust any of the parties inv…
 
“It’s a different game now, it’s more measured, a little bit slower, much more capital involved...Bitcoin has really crossed that chasm now to impact traditional finance very clearly in this year.” — Willy Woo Location: Remote Date: Thursday 25th November Project: Hypersheet Role: Co-Founder Comparisons between the 2017 & 2020/2021 bull markets are…
 
Location: Remote Date: Thursday 25th November Project: Hypersheet Role: Co-Founder Comparisons between the 2017 & 2020/2021 bull markets are commonplace, and for a good reason. The 2016 halving kicked off a huge run and the first instance of wider retail getting involved in the Bitcoin market. 2020's halving was one catalyst for the current bull ru…
 
“We have Lightning, and Lightning is Bitcoin. And Lightning does millions of transactions per second, instantaneously, with finality of settlement. They’re irreversible; there’s no mining, there’s no blockchain. And if this sounds like magic, it absolutely is… so it obliterates the use case of every shitcoin in the world, and it kind of obliterates…
 
Location: Remote Date: Wednesday 25th November Project: Plebnet The benefits of the Lightning Network are clear for all to see. By taking transactions off-chain, you can settle almost instantly for a tiny fee while retaining better privacy than with an on-chain transaction. The Lightning Network is paramount to Bitcoin's scaling, and it is growing …
 
“Why don’t some large countries just print a little bit of money and buy bitcoin and stick it on their reserves for example; and if you were to see those cracks in the dam start to appear, and you were to start to see that happening, that’s potentially a really explosive moment.” — Lyn Alden Location: Remote Date: Monday 22nd November Project: lyna…
 
Location: Remote Date: Monday 22nd November Project: lynalden.com Role: Macroeconomist In the last month alone, Bitcoin has hit all-time high prices, Bitcoin on exchanges has hit multi-year lows, and El Salvador announced a $1 billion Bitcoin bond to fund the development of a Bitcoin city. At the same time, economic signals have started to flash re…
 
“We believe that the strongest thing for Bitcoin’s network is to have millions of miners as opposed to 12 or 15 miners with millions of ASICs.” — Whit Gibbs Location: London Date: Friday 19th November Project: Compass Mining Role: Founder & CEO Proof of Work is the bedrock of Bitcoin. It provides the network security but is not immune to attack. On…
 
Location: London Date: Friday 19th November Project: Compass Mining Role: Founder & CEO Proof of Work is the bedrock of Bitcoin. It provides the network security but is not immune to attack. One attack vector is a collusion of miners who gain a significant amount of the hashrate could theoretically block transactions and reorganise the blockchain. …
 
“What I care about isn’t that Bitcoin succeeds, or that Ethereum succeeds, or that any specific project succeeds. What I care about is separating money from state; the entire financial system being built on market principles instead of coercion.” — Erik Voorhees Location: Remotely Date: Tuesday 16th November Project: Human Rights Foundation & Shape…
 
Location: Remotely Date: Tuesday 16th November Project: Human Rights Foundation & ShapeShift Role: Chief Strategy Officer & CEO, Founder The schism between Bitcoin maximalists, and those who champion altcoins, is a feature of the ecosystem. The arguments are well worn. However, the history of the debate has largely been regarded as toxic. Maximalis…
 
“The only reason gold has the monetary value that it does have is because there’s this small chance that one day it will be the reserve currency again...and Bitcoin is making the exact same bet. ” — Aaron Van Wirdum Location: London Date: Tuesday 9th November Project: Bitcoin Magazine Role: Print Editor-In-Chief When I first visited El Salvador, to…
 
Location: London Date: Tuesday 9th November Project: Bitcoin Magazine Role: Print Editor-In-Chief When I first visited El Salvador, towards the end of 2019, Michael Petersen was in the early stages of implementing his vision of a local bitcoin economy in the coastal village of El Zonte. What started as a small-scale experiment has become a transfor…
 
My guest is Rodolfo Andragnes, co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Bitcoin Argentina and main organizer of the Latin American Bitcoin Conference LaBitconf. We’re talking about Rodolfo’s creation of the word Bitcoin in the year 2000, cryptocurrency adoption in Latin America and LaBitconf the first Bitcoin conference in L…
 
My guest is Hong Fang, CEO of OKCoin, a global, US-licensed cryptocurrency platform serving 190+ countries – the largest reach of any US-based exchange. Hong was born and raised in China, holds an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. After that she worked at Goldman Sachs and lef…
 
“It’s not just about me, it’s about the millions of people not only in America but around the world who are being completely silenced...and I just find that to be unacceptable.” — Laura Loomer SHOW DESCRIPTION Location: New York Date: Friday 29th October Project: loomered.com This year’s Bitcoin 2021 conference was the biggest event in Bitcoin’s hi…
 
Location: New York Date: Friday 29th October Project: loomered.com This year’s Bitcoin 2021 conference was the biggest event in Bitcoin’s history, with over 12,000 people coming together in Miami. I was there to host one of the most hotly anticipated events called ‘Banking the Unbanked’ which saw my friend Alex Gladstein interview Twitter CEO Jack …
 
“Politicians are creatures of the market. What market are they responding to? There are political incentives, donors, the media...we have to create our own political incentives, the donors, and the media to stand up for Bitcoin and progress, otherwise we’re going to end up on the cutting room floor.” — Andrew Yang Location: New York Date: Friday 29…
 
Location: New York Date: Friday 29th October Project: Forward Party Role: Leader Nearly two-thirds of Americans want to vote for someone outside of the current two main parties. The current duopoly is limiting competition in the space for ideas, and worse, it’s actively promoting the polarisation of society. Yet, voting for a third-party candidate …
 
“What I think you’re seeing is a really rather small group of people but a very dominant and loud group of people dominating the narratives and shutting everyone else down because people are kind of scared.” — Katherine Brodsky Location: Los Angeles Date: Sunday 17th October Company: Freelance Role: Writer The internet democratised the disseminatio…
 
Location: Los Angeles Date: Sunday 17th October Company: Freelance Role: Writer The internet democratised the dissemination of information. From news to social discourse, anyone with access to the internet can broadcast their thoughts to the world. With the growth of the internet and social media, the news business model entirely shifted. No longer…
 
“Humanity has generally progressed by moving through shifts in thought, there was the renaissance, there was the enlightenment, there was the dark ages, and now we live in fiat land...Bitcoin is the reaction to that, bitcoin will fix that problem.” — Pete Rizzo Location: New York Date: Wednesday 27th October Company: Kraken & Bitcoin Magazine Role:…
 
Location: New York Date: Wednesday 27th October Company: Kraken & Bitcoin Magazine Role: Editor The role of Bitcoin maximalism is a hugely divisive topic. As a decentralised network, Bitcoin has no leaders or spokespeople to counter false information or fend off an attack. In the absence of leaders, bitcoiners from all over have become an important…
 
My guest is Johannes Zweng, software developer and backend engineer at Coinfinity, Austria’s first bitcoin broker. Johannes and I are walking through new techniques enabling future use cases of Bitcoin. How Taproot upgrades our privacy, how lightning invoices will allow us to walk through a retail store and get everything we buy delivered just by s…
 
“I think it’s over… it’s changed, we are now in an inflationary environment, get used to it, get ready for it, prepare for it, protect yourself against it.” — Lawrence Lepard Location: New York Date: Wednesday 27th October Company: Equity Management Associates Role: Investment Manager Bitcoin is decentralised sound money whose supply cannot be arbi…
 
Location: New York Date: Wednesday 27th October Company: Equity Management Associates Role: Investment Manager Bitcoin is decentralised sound money whose supply cannot be arbitrarily expanded. It’s a system where no one has an advantage or disproportionate control. The ability to increase the supply of money is a very powerful tool to wield. Throug…
 
“The only sign of hope when I’m looking at this is actually looking at something like bitcoin because you are able to circumvent all these different levels of restrictions, whether it’s the Isralis or the Palestinian Authority, or even Hamas.” — Fadi Elsalameen Location: Remotely Date: Wednesday 20th October Project: Human Rights Foundation, Americ…
 
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