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    What Bitcoin Did #63 Crypto Journalism With The Block's Mike Dudas

    January 11th, 2019 by DSholla
    **“These types of markets attract the worst types of people.”** **— Mike Dudas** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Tuesday 18th Dec, 2018 Company: The Block Role: Founder & CEO Crypto journalism has a questionable past, from mainstream media misreporting on Bitcoin with sensationalist headlines to crypto specific publications exposed as accepting payment for positive stories. With so many people losing money to scams and poor projects, it is often difficult... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #62 2019 Bitcoin Predictions With Matt Odell and Neil Woodfine

    January 8th, 2019 by DSholla
    **“I do not believe altcoins are a threat to Bitcoin, they are a threat to individuals who speculate on them.”** **— Matt Odell** **“It is not a cryptocurrency industry, it is a Bitcoin industry.”** **— Neil Woodfine** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Wednesday 2nd Jan, 2019 Matt Odell: Co-host of Rabbit Hole Recap podcast Neil Woodfine: Marketing Director at Blockstream 2018 was quite the year for the cryptocurrency space, a space which many maxi... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #61 Tuur Demeester's Bearish Case for Ethereum

    January 4th, 2019 by DSholla
    **“With Ethereum there is a culture of recklessness and not keeping to promises.”** **— Tuur Demeester** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Sunday 30th Dec, 2018 Company: Adamant Capital Role: Founder/CEO What is Ethereum? Is it money? Is it a platform for building decentralized applications? Is it a world computer? Is it all of this? The bull run of 2017 was kind to Ethereum, ICO mania led to the issuance of countless tokens, and the price rose from $9 to n... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #60 2019 Crypto Resolutions With Meltem Demirors

    January 1st, 2019 by DSholla
    **“We all got caught up in this hype, we all got caught up in believing things we knew were untrue.”** **— Meltem Demirors** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Sunday 30th Dec, 2018 Company: CoinShares Role: Chief Strategy Officer As we enter a new year and reflect on 2018, it is essential to learn from any mistakes we have made. The 2018 Crypto bear market has hit many hard, from trading losses to layoffs at Bitmain and Consensys to the closing of GigaWatt, th... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #59 What Bitcoin Did in 2018 with Marty Bent

    December 28th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“A world of a thousand tokens is not as strong as a world with one token.”** **— Marty Bent** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Sunday 23rd Dec, 2018 Company: Tales From the Crypt Podcast Role: Host What a year 2018 has been. The bear market has taken its toll on many: traders have lost money, companies such as Bitmain and Consensys are looking at significant layoffs, and the steep decline has provided the mainstream media with ammo to attack crypto. Stil... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #58 Trace Mayer On Why You Must Own Your Bitcoin Private Keys

    December 21st, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Bitcoin is for all of humanity, it is the greatest technical innovation when it comes to sound money.”** **— Trace Mayer** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Monday 17th Dec, 2018 Company: Premier Ark LLC Role: Manager Own your private keys! OWN YOUR PRIVATE KEYS! How many times are people told to make sure they own their private keys and not risk holding their Bitcoin on an exchange but they still do? Bitcoin offers people the chance of financial self-so... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #57 Building Bitcoin With Core Developer Bryan Bishop

    December 18th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“There are bugs in Bitcoin, some that we know about and some that we don’t. Of the ones that we know about, not all of them are public knowledge.”** **— Bryan Bishop** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Friday 14th Dec, 2018 Project: Bitcoin Role: Core Developer Bitcoin may be the most important software project of our lifetime. A decentralized protocol, storing $billions in value, potentially $trillions in the future, yet this software is supported and dev... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #56 Why Bitcoin Matters For Freedom With Alex Gladstein

    December 14th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“A lot of the dismissals, criticisms and attacks on Bitcoin come from people who have the luxury of having a stable financial system.”** **— Alex Gladstein** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Thursday 6th Dec, 2018 Company: Human Rights Foundation Role: Chief Strategy Officer All too often price dominates the discussion with Bitcoin: an ETF approval will be great for the price, we need institutions, when is the next bull run? Also, naysayers criticize Bitcoi... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #55 The Bullish Case For Bitcoin With Vijay Boyapati

    December 11th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Bitcoin is like gold but with this magical ability that you can teleport it.”** **— Vijay Boyapati** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Tuesday 4th Dec, 2018 Project: Bitcoin :) Bitcoin is a survivor. In the 10 years of the protocol, Bitcoin has survived the collapse of Mt. Gox, the closing of the Silk Road, the banning of Bitcoin by the Chinese government and relentless attacks from politicians, economists and journalists. With each attack, the Bitcoin immu... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #54 VanEck's Gabor Gurbacs on Bringing a Bitcoin ETF to Market

    December 7th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“It should be less burdensome to get an innovative asset to market. The world is moving fast and we need regulatory support to keep newer technologies in the US.”** **— Gabor Gurbacs** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Sunday 2nd Dec, 2018 Project: VanEck/MVIS Role: Director, Digital Assets Strategy The crypto bear market has been felt by many. From traders to miners, the fall in prices has led many to lose a significant amount of money. The fall in prices h... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #53 Grin's Michael Cordner aka Yeastplume on Implementing Mimblewimble

    December 4th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“There may be a few people who genuinely think a deflationary currency is the way to go, nobody on the Grin team does.”** **— Michael Corder (Yeastplume)** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Friday 30th Nov, 2018 Project: Grin Role: Developer Outside of the most hardcore Bitcoin maximalists, there are some who respect a minimal number of alternative cryptocurrency projects. My experience in creating this podcast is that you find some who say they are maximali... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #52 Exploring Crypto Narratives With Nathaniel Whittemore

    November 30th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“The business model for surveillance, which can be used for ill, is advertising.”** **— Nathaniel Whittemore** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Wednesday 28th Nov, 2018 Company: NLW & CO Role: Lead The crypto industry is blessed with many smart thinkers and content producers. Across Twitter, Medium, news sites and blogs there is a regular supply of thought pieces and analysis where contributors speculate on the future of the industry. There are often opp... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #51 The Future of Banking with Zac Prince

    November 27th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“I think the term bank won’t be used so much when we are talking about banking services 20 years from now.”** **— Zac Prince** Interview location: New York Interview date: Wednesday 21st Nov, 2018 Company: BlockFi Role: Founder and CEO A sign of the maturing market is the growth of traditional financial products built for cryptocurrencies. Both the corporate and retail financial sectors understand the benefits of crypto, and thus a range of companies and instituti... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #50 Crypto Regulations With The SEC's Hester Peirce

    November 24th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Just because you are calling something Crypto does not mean you can ignore the rules we have had in place for years, but I do think we also need to be willing to open the doors a little bit wider for innovation.”** **— Hester Peirce** Interview location: Washington Interview date: Tuesday 20th Nov, 2018 Organization: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Role: Commissioner As the market for cryptocurrencies has grown, so has the oversight from the various regulat... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #49 The Freedom To Innovate With Peter Van Valkenburgh

    November 23rd, 2018 by DSholla
    **“A system of money that can move millions of dollars across borders are going to have some uses which are unsavory, it is also going to make the world freer, better and a buttress for human dignity.”** **— Peter Van Valkenburgh** Interview location: Washington Interview date: Tuesday 20th Nov, 2018 Company: Coin Center Role: Research Director In the age of financial surveillance, cryptocurrencies have created a headache for regulators. The ability to move value, acr... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #48 Jesse Powell is Building a Culture of Crypto Values at Kraken

    November 16th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“It is not just about making money. We didn’t start this company to make PayPal 2.0.”** **— Jesse Powell** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Tuesday 13th Nov, 2018 Company: Kraken Role: CEO Volatility in crypto is reflected in the businesses which have been built upon it. Only recently have we seen this volatility with Bitmain, where during the bull run of 2017 the business was generated $billions in revenue and profit, but as the market has corrected, bot... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #47 Adam Back on a Decade of Bitcoin

    November 13th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“There are only going to be 21 million coins, there are billions of people in the world, some reasonable percentage of who might find it interesting to own a piece of Bitcoin.”** **— Adam Back** Interview location: London Interview date: Friday 9th Nov, 2018 Company: Blockstream Role: CEO The Bitcoin whitepaper has eight references for eight projects and technologies which enabled and inspired Satoshi Nakamoto to create Bitcoin. One of those references is for Adam B... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #46 Francis Pouliot on the Network Effect of Money and Why Tokens Are Scams

    November 9th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Humanity needed to discover what is the best form of money.”** **— Francis Pouliot** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Wednesday 7th Nov, 2018 Company: Satoshi Portal & Bylls.com Role: CEO Crypto tokens have come under increasing scrutiny over a range of issues: - Are they unregistered securities? - Do they hold any intrinsic value? - Can they be a medium of exchange when prices are volatile? - Are they scams? Francis Pouliet, CEO of Satoshi ... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #45 Fixing Online Advertising With Brendan Eich

    November 6th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“The system is so lacking in integrity, at least 20% of $100bn is going to fraud.”** **— Brendan Eich** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Friday 2nd November Company: Brave & Basic Attention Token Role: CEO/President The online advertising model is broken all parties are hurting: Users encounter a degraded experience as web pages take longer to load - leading to an increase in mobile data charges Publishers are losing revenue to fraud, and ad blockers ... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #44 Debunking Economics and Why Bitcoin Will Fail With Steve Keen

    November 5th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“One of the great weaknesses of the human species is we have this belief of a perfect world.”** **— Steve Keen** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Monday 29th October Project: Debunking Economics Steve Keen is challenging modern economic theory which led us into the 2008 crisis. With his two books: Debunking Economics and Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis, Steve outlines the inherent flaws in the capitalist system which are required to make them work. Bi... Read More

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