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    The Bitcoin Game #54: The Current State of Cryptocurrency Panel from SODM18

    May 15th, 2018 by Rob
    Welcome to episode 54 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. Back in 2015, I had been waiting and waiting for a Bitcoin conference to be held here in Los Angeles. I finally gave up and booked a trip to the 2015 Texas Bitcoin Conference. Of course, shortly after making arrangements to go to Austin, LA’s first Bitcoin conference, The State of Digital Money, was announced. 2018 marks the third year I've participated in SODM, this time moderating a diverse panel of guests speaking on the broad ... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #53: Advanced Crypto Taxes with Zac McClure

    March 24th, 2018 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 53 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. In this episode I speak to Zac McClure of TokenTax, in what I feel is one of the most in-depth cryptocurrency tax discussions I’ve ever heard on a podcast. We discuss everything from like-kind cryptocurrency exchanges to the idea of selecting specific cost-basis cryptocurrency when giving a gift. We also cover some of the features of TokenTax, a new service to help people manage cryptocurrency taxes. If you decide to giv... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #52: Mike In Space

    February 28th, 2018 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 52 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. This episode I speak with Mike In Space, longtime creator of Bitcoin memes, and more recently, the host of the comedy series, *Bitcoin Car Talk*. I’ve never heard Mike interviewed, so I thought it would be fun to learn a bit more about him. I enjoy Mike’s unique sense of humor enough that you'll hear me laugh just hearing his voice at the beginning of our conversation. ![The Bitcoin Game 52 - Mike in Space](https://c1.... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #46: Jameson Lopp - The Benefits of Coopetition in Adversarial Environments

    July 8th, 2017 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 46 of *The Bitcoin Game,* I'm Rob Mitchell. In these times of uncertainty and division, Bitcoin could use some fence menders. Especially if they have technical chops and experience in the space. Jameson Lopp is just that kind of person. This episode contains his entire talk from The Future Of Bitcoin, the recent Bitcoin conference held in Arnhem, The Netherlands. The conference audio includes an extended intro from me as the MC of this event, and you'll hear just a bit ... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #24 - Exploring Purse with Andrew Lee

    August 27th, 2015 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 24 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. Earlier this month I got to speak with Andrew Lee from Purse, a company that allows people to use Bitcoin to buy stuff on Amazon, and at pretty large discounts. My own first thought about Purse was that it was some strange company trying to shoehorn its way between Bitcoiners and Amazon. But after talking to Andrew, I now see Purse as a company that is helping to spread the use and adoption of Bitcoin throughout the world. ... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #23 - Mainstream Investing with the Bitcoin Investment Trust

    August 14th, 2015 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 23 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. I decided to experiment with buying Bitcoin a new way; I bought shares of the Bitcoin Investment Trust. The trust is the first, and I believe the only current way a U.S. citizen can add an investment in Bitcoin to a recognized retirement account. You can buy shares of the Bitcoin Investment Trust with symbol GBTC using a standard brokerage account, just like buying a stock or ETF. You could argue that one doesn't actually o... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #25 - Mining At Scale with Marco Streng

    September 10th, 2015 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 25 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. If I were to meet Marco Streng on the street, I’d never guess he hands-on controls perhaps the largest amount of hashing power in the world. Marco is the CEO and cofounder of Genesis mining, a company that mines for profit, and also offers cloud mining. I met Marco back at the State Of Digital Money conference in Los Angeles earlier this year, as he was one of the speakers. I've always been skeptical about cloud minin... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #26 - Jeff Garzik’s The Future of Bitcoin

    September 24th, 2015 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 26 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. Back some months ago, Los Angeles had its first Bitcoin conference called *The State Of Digital Money*. Jeff Garzik (Bitcoin Core Developer for BitPay and CEO of Dunvegan Space Systems) was the featured speaker, and he gave a presentation called *The Future of Bitcoin*. I originally believed the presentation needed the accompanying visual slides, but after giving the audio of Jeff's presentation a fresh listen, I realized... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #27 - John Barrett of Bitcoins and Gravy

    October 9th, 2015 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 27 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. I’ve been a podcast listener for many years now, so when I got interested in Bitcoin, listening to Bitcoin podcasts was a natural. I think Adam B. Levine launched *The Daily Bitcoin* the same day I first searched for Bitcoin podcasts. And I've been hooked on Bitcoin podcasts ever since. *Bitcoins and Gravy* has always been a hugely influential show for me. In a sea of podcasts with poor audio quality and barely exist... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #28: Would You Trust a Bitcoin Trading Bot?

    October 22nd, 2015 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 28 of *The Bitcoin Game.* I'm Rob Mitchell. When I scheduled an interview with CoinCube CEO Robert Allen, I felt pretty skeptical. My gut told me a cloud-based Bitcoin-trading-bot would be something like a cloud-mining Ponzi-scheme on steroids. I wondered, would this interview be my first exposé? Would my "gotcha" questions be too difficult for Robert to field? Listen to find out! *7/19/16 UPDATE: For the sake of being informative, the gains in my CoinCube-traded... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #29: Bitcoin Journalist Brian Cohen

    November 5th, 2015 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 29 of *The Bitcoin Game.* I'm Rob Mitchell. I first became acquainted with Bitcoin journalist [Brian Cohen](https://letstalkbitcoin.com/profile/user/bcohen) in mid-2014, as we were both active on the then-new *Let’s Talk Bitcoin* platform. I saw he was doing some fairly serious Bitcoin journalism. Soon after I launched this podcast, I reached out to Brian for an interview. It took a year for us to finally connect, but I finally spoke to the man who digs up a lot of... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #30: The Biggest Blockchain Company You've Never Heard Of

    November 19th, 2015 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 30 of *The Bitcoin Game.* I'm Rob Mitchell. What’s the oldest blockchain company you can think of? What if I told you a Blockchain company in Estonia called Guardtime was founded before the Bitcoin white paper was released? And what if I told you they are now a highly profitable company, doing large amounts of business with government, the world’s largest defense contractor, and a multinational communication technology company? I only found out about Guardtime... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #51: Jonas Schnelli, The Bitcoin Core Project Explained

    November 13th, 2017 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 51 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. Since my last episode, we’ve seen the Bitcoin 2X fork called off, and just when it seemed everyone could relax for five minutes, the Bitcoin Cash fork went on a full scale blitz. Bitcoin never disappoints in providing interesting times. In October, the Los Angeles Bitcoin Meetup featured a talk with Bitcoin Core developer Jonas Schnelli. Jonas gave a presentation called The Bitcoin Core project explained: What is Bitcoin... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #31: Bitcoin, Micropayments, Action! With Valerian Bennett

    December 19th, 2015 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 31 of *The Bitcoin Game.* I'm Rob Mitchell. I used to run into Valerian Bennett frequently at Los Angeles Bitcoin Meetups in 2014. I thought he’d disappeared from the Bitcoin scene, only to realize how wrong I was. Valerian has taken his experience in mainstream television production, and combined it with his passion for Bitcoin, to create several online Bitcoin video services, with his partner, payment channels developer James Poole. I hope you enjoy our discussio... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #32: Brock Pierce

    January 15th, 2016 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 32 of *The Bitcoin Game.* I'm Rob Mitchell. Today's interview is with Brock Pierce, chairman of the board of The Bitcoin Foundation, and a highly-accomplished VC in digital currency. Brock got involved in digital token entrepreneurship at a very young age, with a focus on gaming, an activity he excelled at. As he reached his mid-twenties, Brock's companies were doing $100,000,000 in business. By the time Bitcoin was released, Brock had become a veteran in the busines... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #34: Bitcoin Core Dev Peter Todd

    February 17th, 2016 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 34 of *The Bitcoin Game.* I'm Rob Mitchell, and my guest is Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd. Peter was really open in this interview, and we talked about everything from his relationship with Gavin Andresen, to mistakes he made in his early days working with Bitcoin Core, and a dozen topics in between. A lot of Peter’s focus was on explaining what he feels are the differences between Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Classic, and why he believes Core is the path to follow... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #33: Hacker J. Maurice

    February 5th, 2016 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 33 of *The Bitcoin Game.* I'm Rob Mitchell. J. Maurice is everything you’d expect in a [crypto-anarchist](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crypto-anarchism) hacker. When I had lunch with him before our interview, Maurice kept his phone powered off and explained he wouldn’t use a credit card, except maybe to pay for already-tracked air travel. After our meal, he used his [Trezor](https://www.bitcointrezor.com) to sign a Bitcoin payment on his laptop, via the cafe's W... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #35: Tales from Two Roundtables

    March 6th, 2016 by Rob
    ![The Bitcoin Game #35: Samson Mow and Joseph VaughnPerling](https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1562/25269470790_46a9923709_o.jpg) Hello, welcome to episode 35 of *The Bitcoin Game.* I'm Rob Mitchell. In today's episode I speak with [BTCC](https://www.btcc.com)'s COO Samson Mow, who attended the [Bitcoin Roundtable](https://medium.com/@bitcoinroundtable) in Hong Kong. Then I speak with Joseph VaughnPerling, who attended the 2016 [Satoshi Roundtable](http://satoshiroundtable.org). And at the ... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #50: Jeremy Allaire

    October 6th, 2017 by Rob
    Hello, welcome to episode 50 of *The Bitcoin Game*, I'm Rob Mitchell. This episode also marks three years since I started this podcast. Back in 2013, when I was first getting into Bitcoin, Jeremy Allaire's interest in the space was a big validation of Bitcoin's importance as a disruptive technology. So I was pretty excited when Brian Cohen introduced me to Jeremy to arrange this interview. In today's podcast, you'll hear Jeremy talk about his early days exploring the Internet, then building c... Read More
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    The Bitcoin Game #36: The Ethereum Perspective with Arthur Falls

    March 25th, 2016 by Rob
    ![The Bitcoin Game #36: Ethereum with Arthur Falls](https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1619/25947498841_8dcb5c355b_c.jpg) Hello, welcome to episode 36 of *The Bitcoin Game.* I'm Rob Mitchell. I have to admit, as cool as Ethereum has always sounded to me, I haven’t kept up on it. Then, earlier this month, the market cap of Ether surpassed one billion dollars, about a sixth of Bitcoin’s market cap. The price has come down a bit since then, but seeing the high valuation made me realize I’d b... Read More

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