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    Categories: Let's Talk Bitcoin!

    What Bitcoin Did #43 Dan Held on Bitcoin's Immaculate Conception

    November 1st, 2018 by DSholla

    “I think the world becomes a better place when we stop asking for permission and start building.”

    — Dan Held

    Interview location: Skype

    Interview date: Thursday 25th October

    Company: Picks & Shovels

    Role: Co-founder and Director of BD

    It is 10 years since Satoshi Nakamoto released the Bitcoin whitepaper, and in that time the protocol has survived so much: state-level bans, the Mt. Gox collapse, the closing of the Silk Road and civil war to name a few. Bitcoin h...

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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...

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    Categories: Distributed Dialogues

    Distributed Dialogues EP #8 - The Great Firewall

    October 29th, 2018 by DSholla

    "We have to learn from history and we want people to understand to not forget about history, what lessons we have to learn, and to make a new impact on society."

    —Fang Zheng

    "If the hope for Google in 2010 was, if we pull out of this market, maybe it'll encourage them [China] to reform. If that was the hope, that has definitely not come to pass and if anything the opposite has happened."

    —Megha Rajagopalan

    "If the Chinese government comes to me and says 'hand me over a user's data and everything you have on them', I have nothing on them because Graphite doesn't have any servers, doesn't have a database and the user stores all of the data himself and is encrypted. So even if I could point a government to where the data is located, it would be encrypted and the user is literally the only person that can decrypt it."

    —Justin Hunter

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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...

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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...

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    Distributed Dialogues EP #7 - Cambodia and the Fall of its Free Press

    October 22nd, 2018 by DSholla

    "I think you need to keep alive some sort of a citizen journalist concept, so that eventually, if there is some kind of a civil-society movement, there’s something to hold it together, a glue that will hold it together."

    —David Andelman

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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 ...

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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...

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    Categories: What Bitcoin Did

    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,...

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    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

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