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Interview location: New York
Interview date: Monday 13th May, 2019
Company: Open Money Initiation
Role: Co-Founders - Jill Carlson, Alejandro Machado & Jamaal Montasser

Venezuela is often promoted as an ideal use case for Bitcoin, a deflationary currency in a country suffering hyperinflation. Despite the examples of people mining Bitcoin or using Bitcoin to hold value, real adoption is complicated.

In Venezuela, people are using a range of currencies including the Dollar, the Peso and Bitcoin, but there are times when the Bolivar must be used, even though getting hold of the currency can be difficult.

The Open Money Initiative is a non-profit organisation whose motivation is believing that access to a free and open financial system is a human right. Their design-led approach is to understand the human experiences of survival in Venezuela and to support and inspire their partners to develop products and services that help people.

In this interview, I talk with the team from OMI about their work, their design-led approach to research, the reality of money within Venezuela, and how Bitcoin can help.

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Interview location: New York
Interview date: Monday 13th May, 2019
Company: Microsoft
Role: Senior PM - Leading Decentralized Identity

As Bitcoin continues to grow, it is no longer an underground movement for cypherpunks and geeks. Bitcoin has broken into the mainstream while maintaining its core decentralised feature, out of the reach of state control.

Where financial institutions have woken up to a world which includes Bitcoin with the arrival of futures, high-grade custody and banking infrastructure; major companies are now recognising that Bitcoin is now part of the economy that can't be ignored.

During blockchain week in New York, Microsoft announced the launch of their decentralised identity programme which will use the Bitcoin blockchain to create user identifiers. In this episode, I talk with Daniel Buchner, who is leading this initiative at Microsoft, we discuss the culture at Microsoft, how decentralised IDs work and the ethics of using the Bitcoin blockchain for non-financial transactions.

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Interview location: New York
Interview date: Sunday 12th May, 2019
Company: Adam - Blockstream | Bryan - Independent
Role: Adam - Cofounder | Bryan - Core Developer

Following the recent hack of Binance for over 7,000 Bitcoin, a debate was sparked on Twitter regarding returning the funds using a block reorg. While this topic may have been discussed in the past, being new to Bitcoin, I was unaware of the history.

There are many technical aspects to how Bitcoin functions and to the less technical it can be challenging to grasp. I was unaware that block reorgs happen regularly in Bitcoin and why.

I caught up with Adam Back from Blockstream and Bitcoin Core Developer, Bryan Bishop to understand more about what block reorgs are and why large reorgs to reverse transactions are bad for Bitcoin.

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Interview location: New York
Interview date: Sunday 12th May, 2019
Company: Adam - Blockstream | Bryan - Independent
Role: Adam - Cofounder | Bryan - Core Developer

Following the recent hack of Binance for over 7,000 Bitcoin, a debate was sparked on Twitter regarding returning the funds using a block reorg. While this topic may have been discussed in the past, being new to Bitcoin, I was unaware of the history.

There are many technical aspects to how Bitcoin functions and to the less technical it can be challenging to grasp. I was unaware that block reorgs happen regularly in Bitcoin and why.

I caught up with Adam Back from Blockstream and Bitcoin Core Developer, Bryan Bishop to understand more about what block reorgs are and why large reorgs to reverse transactions are bad for Bitcoin.

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SHOW NOTESTHANKS

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Interview location: Florida
Interview date: Wednesday 8th May, 2019
Company: Bitcoin Uncensored
Role: Co-hosts

Coming into Bitcoin in late 2016 comes with a range of challenges in respecting and understanding the history of the space. Not only understanding the tech but the various people and projects which have come and gone.

There is also a long history of scams and/or poorly thought out projects promising riches from the mythical properties of the blockchain. With Bitcoin Uncensored, Chris DeRose and Junseth actively regularly dissected these projects, exposing the false promises and scams prevalent in the space but they acrimoniously split in 2017 as their visions and personal objectives were no longer aligned.

The podcast was very popular with many Bitcoiners but also created them enemies with their no holds barred content. Chris and Junseth agreed to come on the What Bitcoin Podcast to discuss the history of the show, their current view on the space, scams, changing narratives and the pressures of running a podcast.

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“Thinking in Bitcoin is powerful, but it takes time. It is this mental switch.”
— Tuur Demeester

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Sunday 5th May, 2019
Company: Adamant Capital
Role: Founder/CEO

The bear market of 2018/2019 has been a particularly hard lesson for many who are new to Bitcoin. While the +84% drawdown has been similar to previous bear markets, the real numbers are brutal. Anyone buying a Bitcoin near $20,000 saw their asset lose over $16,000 and the low in the market.

Understanding market cycles and adapting to them is a lesson for all hodlers; there is evidence that the current bear market may be over, and we are entering a period of accumulation. With the recent push to +$6k and Bitcoin settling in the high $5k region, the low for this cycle may be in and therefore now might be the opportunity to start preparing for the next bull run.

Tuur Demeester’s recent report: Bitcoin in Heavy Accumulation is a detailed analysis of the market and data, concluding that whales may be accumulating ready for the next bull run, but this is not without risk.

I spoke with Tuur about the report, discussing evidence from the blockchain, historical data, risk analysis, how accumulation happens and the fundamentals which drive Bitcoin’s price.

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Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Wednesday 24th April, 2019
Company: Wasabi Wallet
Role: Cofounder and CTO

User experience is something I have regularly found as a problem in Bitcoin, perhaps due to a lack of experienced UX designers in the industry. Sometimes I question whether this is something we accept and is the cost of self-sovereignty or whether it is something we should push for higher standards.

Bitcoin is hard though; it can take time to understand and a lot of work to protect your holdings. This itself is a good thing; it makes holders responsible for their security and can teach painful lessons if you make a mistake.

Wasabi Wallet is leading the fight for financial privacy and includes several tools to improve this with Bitcoin. With Tor and CoinJoin, users have both a network level anonymity and the ability to mix their coins. While these tools are great and offer financial privacy for all, they are complex to use and currently out of the reach of the less technical.

In this interview, I talk to Adam Ficsor, the co-founder and CTO of Wasabi Wallet. We discuss user experience, fungibility, anonymity v unobservability and CoinJoin.

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Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Wednesday 15th April, 2019
Company: Blockstream
Role: Core Tech Engineer

While the Lightning Network is a way to scale Bitcoin while maintaining the security of the base chain, it is early and is presenting challenges to the key developers working on it. As users get to grips with channels, liquidity and the nuances of use cases, developers are responding by working on innovations to improve the experience.

In this interview, I talk again with Christian Decker from Blockstream. This time we dig into the detail of some of the upcoming technology for the protocol, including:

  • Splicing

  • Neutrino

  • Eltoo

  • Watchtowers

  • Channel factories

  • Submarine Swaps

  • Onion construction

  • Trampoline payments

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Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Wednesday 24th April, 2019
Company: Hodl Hodl
Role: Max - CEO | Roman - CTO

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk with Max and Roman from Hodl Hodl, where they have an announcement to make regarding Lightning and their exchange. We also discuss their new prediction market and the Honebadger conference.

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“In the future, if you have this one-megabyte restricted blocksize and the Lightning Network, it is still the rich people and companies that can use lightning but the average user probably can’t.”
— Tadge Dryja

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Thursday 25th April, 2019
University: MIT Digital Currency Initiative
Role: Research Scientist

The simple promise of the Lightning Network is that it solves the scaling issues inherent with one-megabyte blocks in Bitcoin, offering users near instant and low-cost payments. Now the Lightning Network is in beta, actively being used and stress tested, questions are being asked about its limitations.

Proponents for on-chain scaling have been harsh critics of Lightning, questioning everything from the time it has taken to develop to whether it does solve high fees. Proponents of Lightning often defend it, claiming it is early, and many exciting things are being developed to address these early issues.

What is clear is that the Lightning Network has much to prove, and there are risks it will not solve all the issues with scaling and potentially becomes a tool for the Bitcoin rich.

Tadge Dryja co-authored the Lightning Network whitepaper with Joseph Poon and worked on the initial implementation. In this interview, we discuss the limitations of the Lightning, why Bitcoin might not be for everyone, alternative scaling ideas, the fee network and inflation.

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