From the mysterious creation story, to the early development among a small group of cypherpunks, to the emergence of the Silk Road, the collapse of MtGox, to the entry of a tidal wave of VC money and the Silicon Valley elite, Bitcoin's short history has been action-packed. It's no surprise that this could make for a riveting story and NY Times journalist Nathaniel Popper's book 'Digital Gold - Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money' is precisely that.
Popper joined us for a conversation about his must-read book about the remarkable story of Bitcoin.
Topics covered included:
- How Nathaniel Popper ended up writing a book about Bitcoin
- Why he chose 'Digital Gold' as a title and some of its different connotations
- Why he chose to focus on the people and stories of Bitcoin rather than the technology
- The story of the Silk Road and how it played such a critical role in the early days of Bitcoin
- How Xapo CEO Wences Casares came to play a crucial role in evangelizing Bitcoin among Silicon Valley's power players
- The rising tension and passing of influence between the old, ideological guard and the newer Silicon Valley crew
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Get 'Digital Gold' on Amazon
- Nathaniel Popper's website
- Can Bitcoin Conquer Argentina article
- Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto
- Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly at http://ShapeShift.io
- Ledger Nano: Smart card security for your Bitcoins - Get 10% off your first order when you use the code EB09 at http://ledgerwallet.com (valid until 09/30/15)
Epicenter Bitcoin is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture.