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    Charlie Shrem's Untold Prison Stories - WBD121

    July 2nd, 2019 by DSholla
    Bitcoin has a rich history, and there are many stories about the space first developed and who the key people were pulling the strings. One of those characters is Charlie Shrem, one of the founders of BitInstant and who also had a close relationship with the Winklevoss twins when they first entered the space. Charlie Shrem’s story is well known, from being a founder of BitInstant to his arrest, subsequent conviction and imprisonment. I spent a couple of days with Charlie and his wife Courtney to discuss his story and how his imprisonment affected both of them. Read More
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    How The CFTC Regulates Bitcoin with Brian Quintenz - WBD120

    June 29th, 2019 by DSholla
    **Interview Location:** Washington **Date:** Friday 21st Jun, 2019 **Organisation:** CFTC **Role:** Commissioner While Bitcoin is a way out of big government, a fight against ill-disciplined fiscal policies, it is to be expected that departments such as the CFTC and SEC will regulate the space. While China has taken the draconian decision to largely ban cryptocurrencies, the US has taken a more pro-innovation approach, aware that over-regulation will push the technology into othe... Read More

    Udi Wertheimer on Navigating Bitcoin - WBD119

    June 25th, 2019 by DSholla
    **Interview location:** Skype **Interview date:** Friday 24th May, 2019 **Company:** Independent **Role:** Developer and Consultant, Bitcoin Activist, Blockchain Skeptic Bitcoin is hard! For new people discovering Bitcoin the rabbit hole is deep, from tech to security to economics, there are many topics to understand. Further, the long and volatile history of Bitcoin is also relevant, from how the tech has evolved to the personalities to critical events such as the scaling war... Read More

    Caitlin Long on Why Facebook's Libra Coin is Good for Bitcoin - WBD118

    June 21st, 2019 by DSholla
    Facebooks venture into cryptocurrencies raises many questions. Will Libra coin lead to mass financial surveillance? Will Facebook share our data with governments? Will Libra be a net benefit for Bitcoin. Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #117 - Bitcoin Changes Everything with Jeremy Welch

    June 18th, 2019 by DSholla
    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? Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #116 - The Quantum Threat to Bitcoin with Dr. Stepan Snigirev

    June 14th, 2019 by DSholla
    **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 aut... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #115 - LIVE: Bitcoin Around the World Panel at The Oslo Freedom Forum

    June 10th, 2019 by DSholla
    **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... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #114 - Why Brexit Is Good for the UK (and Bitcoin) with Giacomo Zucco

    June 7th, 2019 by DSholla
    **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 midd... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #113 - The Blockchain Revolution Myth with Jimmy Song

    June 5th, 2019 by DSholla
    **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 Eth... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #112 - Bitfinex and Tether with Phil Potter

    May 31st, 2019 by DSholla
    **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 undoubtedl... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #111 - Bitcoin and Financial Markets with Travis Kling

    May 30th, 2019 by DSholla
    **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 ... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #110 - Schnorr, Taproot & Graft Root with Andrew Poelstra

    May 24th, 2019 by DSholla
    **Interview location:** New York **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. This episode is also on: * [iTunes](https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/what-bitcoin-did-podcast-bitcoin-crypto-trading-strategy/id1317356120?mt=2 "iTunes") * [Youtube](h... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #109 - 300k Blocks and Full Nodes with Luke Dashjr

    May 23rd, 2019 by DSholla
    **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. This episode is also on: * [iTunes](https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/what-bitcoin-did-po... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #108 A Bitcoin Reality Check in Venezuela with Jill Carlson, Alejandro Machado & Jamaal Montasser

    May 21st, 2019 by DSholla
    **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 ... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #107 Microsoft is Building on Bitcoin with Daniel Buchner

    May 17th, 2019 by DSholla
    **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, hi... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #106 Why Block Reorgs are Bad for Bitcoin with Adam Back and Bryan Bishop

    May 14th, 2019 by DSholla
    **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 fu... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #105 Bitcoin Uncensored with Chris DeRose and Junseth

    May 10th, 2019 by DSholla
    - **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 bloc... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #104 Why Bitcoin is in Heavy Accumulation with Tuur Demeester

    May 7th, 2019 by DSholla
    **“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 asse... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #103 Reclaiming Your Bitcoin Privacy with Adam Ficsor from Wasabi

    May 3rd, 2019 by DSholla
    **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 unde... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #102 The Tech Coming to Lightning with Christian Decker

    April 30th, 2019 by DSholla
    **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 inte... Read More

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