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    What Bitcoin Did #23 An Interview with Michael Sonnenshein

    July 3rd, 2018 by DSholla
    **“The taboo nature of the asset class has been shrugged off…Goldman Sachs invested with Digital Currency Group in Circle and as soon as they did that it provided enough cover for pretty much every other bank or financial institution to get involved in the space.”** **— Michael Sonnenshein** The institutional relationship with Crypto Assets has been one of light touch. Where banks had been dismissive of Bitcoin, but open to the opportunities with blockchain, the demand from institutional investors has contributed towards the changing banking narrative towards Crypto. Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #24 An Interview with Max Keiser & Stacy Herbert

    July 6th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“There is no win for the UK economically, you can change the colour of your passport and you might feel good, but you are not going to have any economic benefit at all from Brexit.”** **— Max Keiser** Interview location: London, UK Interview date: Thu 28th Jun 2018 In 2010, Max Keiser called JP Morgan Chase "the biggest financial terrorist on Wall Street" and started a campaign to crash the bank by encouraging people to buy Silver, leaving JP Morgan with a significant short po... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #25 An Interview with Toby Simpson

    July 16th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“I don’t like calling it artificial intelligence as it implies it is not real. At some point, we will create this digital intelligence, and it will think, communicate and exist. I think that is an exciting thing and can be something which transforms our lives in all sorts of positive ways.”** **— Toby Simpson** Interview location: Cambridge, UK Interview date: Tue 10th Jul 2018 Company: Fetch.ai Role: Co-founder and CTO In 2014 Stephen Hawking told the BBC: "The developmen... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #26 An Interview with Richard Burton

    July 23rd, 2018 by DSholla
    **“I think the notion of a protocol which has 21 data centres to which you delegate priority to run smart contracts is a really interesting experiment, but nobody has explained to me why you need $4bn to run that experiment.”** **— Richard Burton** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Wed 18th July 2018 Company: Balanced Software Role: CEO Nothing can prepare you for running your first startup. After the excitement of raising capital, founders are thrown into a race ... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #27 An Interview with Lyn Ulbricht

    July 27th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“That’s why the founders wrote the 6th ammendment, to protect the accused from judges, just on their own, deciding that something is true without the ruling of 12 jury members.”** **— Lyn Ulbricht** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Tue 23rd July 2018 Campaign: Free Ross I first met Lyn Ulbricht in Austin in March earlier this year to discuss the case of her son, Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the online marketplace: The Silk Road. Our interview was before the dec... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #28 An Interview with Pierre Rochard

    August 6th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Based on our understanding of monerary economics, the outcome will be such that most of the value will accrue to one coin and one coin will at the very least be the world reserve currency, and even more than that, the one global money.”** **— Pierre Rochard** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Sun 29th July 2018 From: Noded Bitcoin Podcast & Nakomoto Institute In December 2016, I opened a Coinbase account to buy Bitcoin. It was a straightforward process: Google... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #29 An Interview with Jamie Burke

    August 10th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“It is probably going to be true, as in most tech cycles that the first attempts at something won’t be the ones that succeed.”** **— Jamie Burke** Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #30 An Interview with Vortex

    August 17th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“We’re going towards this central, totalitarian, surveillance, police state with the central banking system we have.”** **— Vortex** Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #31 An Interview with Ari Paul

    August 24th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“I really value experimentation, we are so nascent in this industry, there are so many unknowns that I think bad experiments are valuable. So, EOS is a radical experiment in governance, if it fails due to poor engineering, we won’t learn anything but if it fails for governance reasons we’re going to learn a lot from it.”** **— Ari Paul** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Fri 17th August 2018 Company: BlockTower Capital Role: CIO Eight months into a Crypt... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #32 An Interview with Tuur Demeester

    September 4th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“The overall thing I am excited about is to have this free market in money, it amazes me.”** **— Tuur Demeester** Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #33 An Interview with Kyle Samani

    September 7th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Bitcoin is not going to zero, I don’t even think Bitcoin is going to be irrelevant, I do think in 10 years time there will be at least one asset worth materially more money than Bitcoin.”** **— Kyle Samani** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Wed 5th September 2018 Company: Multicoin Capital Role: Founding Partner Kyle first appeared on the What Bitcoin Did podcast in March, where we discussed his views on regulation in Crypto, institutional inflows and hi... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #34 An Interview with Riccardo “FluffyPony” Spagni from Monero & Tari

    September 14th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Over the last 10 to 15 years there has been an uprising of people who value privacy, not because they are weird and want to go and hide in the woods, ordinary citizens who are not happy with how much data they are handing over.”** **— Riccardo "FluffyPony" Spagni** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Thu 13th September 2018 Company: Tari (and Monero core team member) Role: Co-founder David Chaum said that “Privacy is tied to human potential, an important as... Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #35 An Interview with Jake Chervinsky

    September 21st, 2018 by DSholla
    **“I am skeptical about this concept of doing a securities issuance and then trying to escape liability by converting the token you used for that issuance into something else, this is not how liability works. If you violate the securities law you are liable no matter what you do afterwards.”** **— Jake Chervinsky** Read More

    What Bitcoin Did #36 An Interview with Caitlin Long & Saifedean Ammous

    September 28th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Negative interest rates are purely a construct of the artificiality of the monetary system. There is going to a major bond crash - the challenge is that this could be years if not decades away, or it could be tomorrow.”** **— Caitlin Long** Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #37 An Interview with Jimmy Song

    October 5th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“This is why proof of work needs to be expensive, if it is cheap you can roll back things easily. You want it to be very difficult to change history. The only way to make it difficult to change history is to make the process of writing the current history very expensive.”** **— Jimmy Song** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Monday 1st October 2018 The recent Bitcoin protocol bug, CVE-2018-1744, received considerable amounts of alarmist press, “For less than $80,... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #38 An Interview with Nic Carter

    October 12th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Money might be the only case where you desperately need to radically decentralise the set of people who can create and have influence over the creation schedule.”** **— Nic Carter** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Wednesday 10th October 2018 Union Square Ventures posted a blog post this week titled The Myth of the Infrastructure Phase, shining a light on the imbalance between infrastructure work in crypto and DApp usage. There is an abundance of blockchain scal... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #39 An Interview with Giacomo Zucco

    October 19th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Ethereum itself is not an experiment in something new, because they tried to implement any bad idea that was already discussed with Bitcoin in 2013.”** **— Giacomo Zucco** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Tuesday 16th October 2018 Giacomo Zucco is a proud Bitcoin Maximalist, and his presentation on the subject at the Honey Badger conference in Riga led to mixed reactions. Some called out the stupidity of Bitcoin Maximalism specifically concerning his slide: The ... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #40 An Interview with Jameson Lopp

    October 23rd, 2018 by DSholla
    **“If you want to protect yourself from this over arching legal system then you will want to hide as much of your activity as possible.”** **— Jameson Lopp** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Thursday 18th October In his book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, George Orwell wrote about a dystopian future where the government subjects the population to omnipresent surveillance. That day is here, but the surveillance isn’t just that it's operated by the gover... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #41 Bitmain's IPO With Samson Mow & Katherine Wu

    October 27th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“I think that they don’t want to IPO right now, but they have no choice because they raised with the expectation that they would IPO, so they had to file and it had to look good, or as good as they could make it look.”** **— Samson Mow** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Thursday 18th October Company: Blockstream (Samson Mow), Messari (Katherine Wu) Role: Chief Strategy Office (Samson Mow), Director of Business Development (Katherine Wu) The Bitmain IPO wa... Read More
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    What Bitcoin Did #42 Crypto Custody With Jeremy Welch & Alena Vranova

    October 30th, 2018 by DSholla
    **“Bitcoin does form the dominant position, it has the most hash power, it is the currency in terms of design, decentralisation, or ability for governments or corporate actors to control it, it is the strongest, therefor everything relies on Bitcoin’s survival.”** **— Jeremy Welch** Interview location: Skype Interview date: Saturday 27th October Company: Casa Role: Founder (Jeremy Welch), Strategy (Alena Vranova) As the value of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies increase... Read More

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