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Interview location: London
Interview date: Tuesday 11th Jun, 2019
Company: Casa
Role: Founder

One of the hardest things to define is what Bitcoin is. Is it digital gold, a medium of exchange or an entirely new financial system? As people continue to fight on Reddit about whether Satoshi built Bitcoin as a store of value or a medium of exchange, would he have envisaged Microsoft would create decentralised IDs using the protocol?

As Bitcoin continues to evolve, it is becoming more apparent that the protocol has the potential to be much more than just money, even more than a new financial system. Bitcoin could change our entire relationship with the Internet, each other and our governments.

I met with Jeremy to discuss the Tweetstorm he published addressing threats to the ad tech industry. I wrote about something similar, the decentralised threat to advertising, the common thread being the growth of data farming by silicon valley behemoths eroding our privacy.

Jeremy identified that Bitcoin has changed the game, creating an imperative for Bitcoiners to protect their privacy. Other large companies are recognising this too, not just Microsoft with their decentralised IDs, but now Apple is stepping up their game with their new privacy-focused login functions. What is clear is that privacy is now in demand and becoming a tool for competition.

In this interview, we quickly moved beyond ad tech and discussed how Bitcoin changes everything, a civilisation change and we may be just scratching the surface. The impact on the Internet and society at large could be profound, killing the freemium web model and giving users much more control over their data and online relationships.

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Interview location: Munich
Interview date: Saturday 1st Jun, 2019
Company: Crypto Advance
Role: CTO & co-founder

Cryptography is the art of writing or solving codes, and there are several technologies which enable Bitcoin to function. When choosing to send Bitcoin to someone, a transaction is broadcast using the new owners public key and signed with the senders private key, and it is the senders private key which confirms to the network that the transaction is authentic. Further, a hashcash function is used to preserve the integrity of the blockchain.

“With this framework, we are able to achieve the essential functions of the Bitcoin system. We have verifiable ownership of bitcoins, and a distributed database of all transactions, which prevents double spending.”

The cryptographic protocols are hard to crack, which maintains the security of Bitcoin, but quantum computers pose a threat to this as they would be able to solve these problems easily.

In this interview, I chat with Stepan Snigirev about the quantum threat to Bitcoin. Having left his role as a quantum physicist to work on Bitcoin, Stepan is ideally placed to discuss the topic. Stepan explains the weird world of quantum mechanics, the status of quantum computing and the threat it poses to Bitcoin.

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Interview location: Oslo
Interview date: Monday 27th May, 2019
Panel:

  • Peter McCormack - Moderator

  • Timi Ajiboye - Nigeria

  • Aparna Krishnan - India

  • Leo Weese - Hong Kong/China

  • Luis Buenaventura - The Philippines

  • Mahsa Alimardani - Iran

Hosted by The Human Rights Foundation at The Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway, this special live episode of What Bitcoin Did discusses the issues and use cases for Bitcoin Around the World.

The panel includes people from Nigeria, India, Hong Kong. China, The Philippines and Iran discussing issues such as:

  • Use cases for Bitcoin

  • Bitcoin myths

  • Regulations

  • Nation state crypto

  • Challenges to adoption

A big thanks to Alex Gladstein from the Human Rights Foundation for making this happen and inviting me to moderate the panel.

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Interview location: Munich
Interview date: Monday 3rd Jun, 2019
Company: BHB Network
Role: Director

Brexit has genuinely divided the UK, and the hard negotiations for exit have only furthered the divide. Many feel disconnected from Europe, disconnected from the political process or feel left behind by globalisation. Others think that we are stronger as part of the EU and celebrate the benefits of the free market and the free movement of people.

There is no middle ground, and the stakes are high. The UK is either in the EU or out, and increasingly it looks like we are heading for either a hard Brexit or a second vote.

The process has raised many questions, and I have wrestled with whether we know what we are voting for and why? It appears logical to want to be part of Europe, but as I spend more time with Bitcoiners, understanding alternative economics and political structures, my views are changing, and I have become pro-Brexit.

I wanted to understand more about why Brexit could be good for the UK, and after a discussion with Giacomo in Munich, we agreed to record an interview and discuss the topic. We cover why decentralised political power is better for democracy, free markets and both the benefits and pains of Brexit.

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Interview location: Oslo
Interview date: Wednesday 29th May, 2019
Company: Jimmy Song Consulting
Role: Bitcoin Expert Witness

The Blockchain Revolution: decentralising the world and taking power away from the elite. Five years on, there is not a single, notable example of a successful breakthrough application of a blockchain outside of money. Arguably, there is not a single breakthrough application of a blockchain outside of Bitcoin.

While some may point to Ethereum as a success, but now the ICO bubble has burst, even the fundraising use case has done nothing but create more failed blockchain projects. Ethereum’s struggles highlighted with growing discontent amongst developers and Consensys shopping for a $200m fundraise while cutting staff and failed projects.

Why has blockchain become a thing? Why do “experts” continue to push the technology, looking for a problem for the blockchain solution? Are people disingenuous, are they filled with hopium for their bags held, or are they straight up scammers?

In this episode, I talk with Bitcoin OG, Jimmy Song about the myth of the blockchain revolution. Jimmy Song explains what a blockchain is, why the only real use case is for money, the problem with Ethereum, and why Gigameg blocks won’t work.

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Interview location: New York
Interview date: Saturday 11th May, 2019
Company: Bitfinex & Tether
Role: Chief Strategy Officer at Bitfinex | Co-Founder at Tether

Creating a Bitcoin business is hard, especially one processing hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars in value. For exchanges, these challenges are especially difficult, from defending against relentless hack attempts to securing banking services.

Starting a Bitcoin business today is undoubtedly easier; companies have become more open to working with Bitcoin businesses and specialist providers now exist. Still, the regulatory challenges exist as companies serve international customers with a broad set of unclear, jurisdiction-specific laws.

Bitfinex has a long history in Bitcoin, surviving many of its own challenges. It too suffered a major hack which nearly destroyed the business and faced the challenges of navigating the regulatory framework while struggling for banking services. Further, many of the team at Bitfinex were responsible for the creation of Tether, itself facing many difficulties.

In this interview, I talk with Phil Potter, who was Chief Strategy Office at Bitfinex and co-founder of Tether. We discuss the Bitfinex hack, challenges of getting banking services, the history of Tether and the difficulty of auditing reserves.

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Interview location: New York
Interview date: Thursday 16th May, 2019
Company: Ikigai Asset Management
Role: Chief Investment Officer

For many buyers, Bitcoin might be their first investment of any kind. If these investors are not long-term holders, they may be susceptible to reacting to sudden price movements, whether panic selling or FOMO buying.

The price movements of Bitcoin can be isolated towards specific events, such as the inherent Bitcoin market cycle or a subsidy halving, but the price is also increasingly tied to traditional markets.

The traditional financial markets are complex, and the mortgage crisis highlighted how specific events could trigger changes across the world. What is the role of Bitcoin in this?

In this interview I talk with Travis Kling, Chief Investment Officer at Ikigai, we discuss how the traditional financial markets work, including quantitative easing, fiscal policies, Bitcoin’s relationship with these markets and concerns with tokens and smart contract platforms.

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Interview location: New York
Interview date: Tuesday 142th May, 2019
Company: Blockstream
Role: Director of Research 

In this episode, I talk with Andrew Poelstra, Director of Research at Blockstream about some of the exciting new tech coming to Bitcoin. We discuss Schnorr Signatures, Taproot, Graft Root and Confidential Transactions.

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Interview location: New York
Interview date: Sunday 12th May, 2019
Company: Independent
Role: Bitcoin/Blockchain Consultant

This was a short interview at the Magical Crypto Conference where I managed to grab 30 minutes with Luke. We talk about 300k blocks, why 85% of people need to be running a full node for Bitcoin security, and what happened with SegWit2x and UASF.

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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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