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“If someone came to me today and said should I put my money in this or banks I’d say no, you should keep your money in the bank, banks are better than we are today.”
— Kim Nilsson

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Wednesday 13th Feb, 2019

Brock Pierce…hmmm…

A man with a questionable history in Bitcoin and wrapped up in the Mt. Gox story. With Gox Rising Brock has a plan to help creditors but what are his incentives? The creditors I have spoken to universally think he isn’t helping yet Brock claims to only want to help the creditors receive their civil rehabilitation and ensure Mark Karpelès gets nothing.

I’ll leave this interview out there for others to judge…

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“We expect more from this position, that is why we usually put people in these elevated positions, to be able to make the right decisions and Mark kind of ended up there more by accident.”
— Kim Nilsson

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Wednesday 20th Feb, 2019
Company: WizSec
Role: Chief Engineer

Mark Karpeles has had many accusations thrown at his since the collapse of Mt. Gox, including being the architect of the theft himself. Many people were angry with him at the time, and many still are, but as more information surfaces about the history of the exchange, a different picture has emerged.

Indeed, Mark made mistakes which cost users of the website hundreds of millions of dollars but is everything attributable to him. Kim Nilsson’s investigation into the chain of events surrounding the collapse of Mt. Gox highlights that Mark likely inherited an insolvent exchange and was unable to cope with the challenges of a rapidly expanding business under constant attack.

In this interview, I talk to Kim about his report, his opinions on the numerous hacks during the history of Mt. Gox and his views on Mark, Jed McCaleb, Brock Pierce and Peter Vessenes.

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“When this all happened I hated Mark, but now I don’t because I understand a lot more about what went on.”
— Daniel Kelman

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Tuesday 12th Feb, 2019
Company: Chief Strategy Officer
Role: OceanEx

The victims of Mt. Gox are the creditors, those who lost their Bitcoin when the company entered into bankruptcy arrangements. For years they have battled for a fair civil rehabilitation plan and suffered delay after delay.

Under Japanese law, the creditors were due the Yen value off their holding at the date of bankruptcy, to be paid out from the 200,000 Bitcoins which were found by Mark Karpeles after first suspecting all the Bitcoin were gone.

The process of rehabilitation has been held up by the lawsuit from Peter Vessenes from Coinlab, and during the wait, the price of Bitcoin has risen sharply. Under Japanese law, after creditors have been paid, the remaining value in the company is due to the shareholders, this being Mark Karpeles (88%) and Jed McCaleb (12%), which would have made Mark a billionaire.

To their credit, neither Mark nor Jed wants to receive this money, and the creditors have fought to have the remaining Bitcoin redistributed to them. In this interview, I walk with the lawyer, Daniel Kelman, the architect of the civil rehabilitation plan for Mt.Gox creditors. We discuss this as well as the claims from Brock Pierce and Peter Vessenes.

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“I am very sorry about the way things went; I wish I could go back and fix things. There is only so much I can do so I just continue helping and making sure people get as much as help as they can.”
— Mark Karpelès

Interview location: Tokyo
Interview date: Saturday 16th Feb, 2019
Company: Mt. Gox
Role: CEO

The shadow of Mt. Gox still hangs over Bitcoin some five years after it collapsed. At the time it held 7% of all Bitcoin in circulation and was the primary exchange for Bitcoin traders. It was reported that 850,000 Bitcoins had been stolen, of which 750,000 were customer coins and 100,000 were owned by Mt. Gox, though 200,000 were later found.

In the five years since, more and more information, research and analysis has pointed at a chaotic operation with poor security procedures, yet opinions range. Some label Mark anything from incompetent to a straight up fraudster while others sympathise with the challenges faced by running the worlds first Bitcoin exchange.

In this interview, I talk to Mark about the collapse of Mt. Gox, how he acquired it from Jed McCaleb, the process of civil rehabilitation and how Brock Pierce and Coinlab are holding up the distribution of funds to the creditors.

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“A big part of the reason I handed it off to Mark is that the amount of effort that you need to put into security is something I didn’t want to do.”
— Jed McCaleb

Interview location: San Francisco
Interview date: Wednesday 30th Jan, 2019
Company: Stellar
Role: Cofounder

In February 2014 Mt. Gox suspended trading and filed for bankruptcy after approximately 850,000 Bitcoins were stolen, at the time, valued at more than $450m. At the time of its demise, it was being run by Mark Karpelès who had acquired the site from Jed McCaleb in 2011.

In this interview, I talk to Jed about the creation of Mt. Gox, the handover to Mark Karpelès and what responsibility he shares for its collapse.

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“Bitcoin is the culmination of 30 years of attempts at building digital money for the internet.”
— Bill Barhydt

Interview location: London
Interview date: Thursday 7th Feb, 2019
Company: Chaincode Labs
Role: CEO

What is Bitcoin? Is it digital gold? Is it money?

Whoever I put this question to, the answer always changes but one thing that is consistent is that it always retains to technology and value. Perhaps Bitcoin is therefore many things which come together to create a new type of financial infrastructure.

In this episode, I talk with Bitcoin Core developer, Matt Corallo. We discuss what makes Bitcoin work, covering topics such as the Lightning Network, fungibility and inflation. We also talk about issues important to Matt such as BetterHash and adoption.

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BlockFi
So, would you like to use your crypto without selling it? Whether you're paying off student loans, buying a house or starting a business, BlockFi helps crypto investors use their Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin without selling it. Backed by Mike Novogratz, BlockFi is the leading crypto-to-USD lender in the U.S., servicing over 45 states. Interest rates start as low as 7.9%.

They have created a special offer to listeners of my podcast. Sign up at blockfi.com/whatbitcoindid to get $25 in free crypto added to customer collateral for loans under $10k or $50 in free crypto added to customer collateral for loans over $10k. Applying takes less than 2 minutes.


Paxful
So I want to introduce you to my new sponsor Paxful, one of the world’s biggest Bitcoin trading platforms. They have the most comprehensive options for buying Bitcoin:

  • Bank transfers

  • Debit and credit cards

  • Paypal

  • Western Union

We’re talking about over 300 different paymnent options for buying Bitcoin. Also:

  • They are a true peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace

  • They have a full-service escrow system

  • and offer 24/7 customer support

These guys are so awesome - a proper Bitcoin company!

Trade on Paxful now and enjoy 0% escrow fee on trades done with bank transfers up until the end of 2018! Go to paxful.com and create your account now!

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A big thanks to my WBD Maximalist Patrons for helping support the show: JP Petit, Logan Shultz, Steve Foster, Tony Rousmaniere, Gordon Gould, David Burlington, Jesse Powell, Beam, Wiel Menger, Robert Romney, Jason DiLuzio and Yan Pritzker.

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“Abra uses Bitcoin tech to basically build the foundations for what really will be a global bank.”
— Bill Barhydt

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Friday 8th Feb, 2019
Company: ABRA
Role: CEO

The dot-com bubble burst when companies were unable to deliver on the expected promise of a boom in e-commerce. Companies raised too much money and were unable to drive the sales volume which supported their ambitious infrastructure and share price.

Out of the ashes, new, unexpected business models around search and social rose up, creating some of the most valuable companies in the world.

The crypto bubble burst in 2018, with speculation unable to maintain the rapid growth in the value of cryptocurrencies. Use cases for payments were limited, and companies were unable to ship projects which attracted significant users.

Out of this bubble, we are starting to see new companies and business models which are attracting customers and creating value. One of these companies is ABRA, which is using the unique features of Bitcoin to create a global trading platform for currencies, stocks and ETFs.

In this interview, I talk with ABRA CEO, Bill Barhydt. We discuss ABRA’s recent announcement of their new stock and ETF trading product, the complexity of building a global bank and why ABRA is built on Bitcoin.

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BlockFi
So, would you like to use your crypto without selling it? Whether you're paying off student loans, buying a house or starting a business, BlockFi helps crypto investors use their Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin without selling it. Backed by Mike Novogratz, BlockFi is the leading crypto-to-USD lender in the U.S., servicing over 45 states. Interest rates start as low as 7.9%.

They have created a special offer to listeners of my podcast. Sign up at blockfi.com/whatbitcoindid to get $25 in free crypto added to customer collateral for loans under $10k or $50 in free crypto added to customer collateral for loans over $10k. Applying takes less than 2 minutes.

SHOW NOTESTHANKS

A big thanks to my WBD Maximalist Patrons for helping support the show: JP Petit, Logan Shultz, Steve Foster, Tony Rousmaniere, Gordon Gould, David Burlington, Jesse Powell, Beam, Wiel Menger, Robert Romney and Yan Pritzker.

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“I think we underestimate how many people are getting paid to be scammers in this space.”
— JW Weatherman

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Sunday 3rd Feb, 2019

What is a scam in crypto? Is it the explicit decision to defraud investors by raising funds for a project you have no intention to build? Does it include projects where the founders make claims to be developing technology which they are not sure they can create? Should it include altcoins which are similar to Bitcoin but have little chance of success?

The term scam is thrown around regularly in the industry. Hardcore Bitcoiners may claim that anything which is not Bitcoin is a scam while others will defend altcoins as part of a free market for money.

In this interview I talk with JW Weatherman about the projects he believes are scams, why it is so prevalent in the crypto industry, and we also talk about his course 10 Hours of Bitcoin, a primer to help onboard newcomers to why Bitcoin is so important.

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BlockFi
So, would you like to use your crypto without selling it? Whether you're paying off student loans, buying a house or starting a business, BlockFi helps crypto investors use their Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin without selling it. Backed by Mike Novogratz, BlockFi is the leading crypto-to-USD lender in the U.S., servicing over 45 states. Interest rates start as low as 7.9%.

They have created a special offer to listeners of my podcast. Sign up at blockfi.com/whatbitcoindid to get $25 in free crypto added to customer collateral for loans under $10k or $50 in free crypto added to customer collateral for loans over $10k. Applying takes less than 2 minutes.

Paxful
So I want to introduce you to my new sponsor Paxful, one of the world’s biggest Bitcoin trading platforms. They have the most comprehensive options for buying Bitcoin:

  • Bank transfers

  • Debit and credit cards

  • Paypal

  • Western Union

We’re talking about over 300 different paymnent options for buying Bitcoin. Also:

  • They are a true peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace

  • They have a full-service escrow system

  • and offer 24/7 customer support

These guys are so awesome - a proper Bitcoin company!

Trade on Paxful now and enjoy 0% escrow fee on trades done with bank transfers up until the end of 2018! Go to paxful.com and create your account now!

Patron Sponsors
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SHOW NOTESTHANKS

A big thanks to my WBD Maximalist Patrons for helping support the show: JP Petit, Logan Shultz, Seb Walhain, Steve Foster, Tony Rousmaniere, Gordon Gould, David Burlington, Jesse Powell, Beam, Wiel Menger and Yan Pritzker.

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“Just the idea of getting paid in something you need to immediately need to get rid off is a huge problem.”
— Mauricio Bartolomeo

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Wednesday 6th Feb, 2019

Following the January 3rd protests in Venezuela and Juan Guaido declaring himself as the interim president, I invited three Venezuelan nationals to discuss the current political crisis:

We discuss the current political crisis, the response from the international community and the potential options for ousting the Maduro regime.

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“If you have sufficiently weak privacy, then that causes centralisation.”
— Zooko Wilcox

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Tuesday 22nd Jan, 2019
Company: Zcash
Role: Founder and CEO

One of the significant failings of Digicash, the David Chaum pre-Bitcoin digital currency was centralisation. Decentralisation has become one of the core components of what has made Bitcoin work and a success; shutting it down is only possible under extreme circumstances and no single person can exert control over its future direction.

How decentralised a cryptocurrency is often a measure of its strength or weakness. Maximalists often challenge Zcash as being centralised, and some refer to it as the corporate privacy coin but how much of a risk is this to the future of the currency?

I sat down with the Zcash Founder and CEO, Zooko Wilcox to discuss the intrinsic link between Zcash the company and Zcash the protocol, what risks this presents and how the bear market has affected operations. We also look into Zooko’s past working on Digicash, his discovery of Bitcoin and user adoption in crypto.

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BlockFi
So, would you like to use your crypto without selling it? Whether you're paying off student loans, buying a house or starting a business, BlockFi helps crypto investors use their Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin without selling it. Backed by Mike Novogratz, BlockFi is the leading crypto-to-USD lender in the U.S., servicing over 45 states. Interest rates start as low as 7.9%.

They have created a special offer to listeners of my podcast. Sign up at blockfi.com/whatbitcoindid to get $25 in free crypto added to customer collateral for loans under $10k or $50 in free crypto added to customer collateral for loans over $10k. Applying takes less than 2 minutes.

Bitrefill
Bitrefill is helping people Live On Crypto, allowing you to buy gift cards, top up your phone and pay for bills with Bitcoin, Dash, Dogecoin, Litecoin and Ether.

Bitrefill allows you to buy gift cards from some of the leading retailers including Spotify, Playstation Network, Steam hotels.com, Asos, Virgin and many more. Also, over 130,000 people in over 170 countries have used the service, so you can trust Bitrefill.

Just head over to their website at bitrefill.com/wbd to find out more.

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