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    Categories: What Bitcoin Did

    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 ...

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    Categories: What Bitcoin Did

    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 ...

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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.


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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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    Categories: What Bitcoin Did

    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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