Do you wonder what this Bitcoin thing is all about? Are you just starting your journey or have you been HODLing for years? How will Bitcoin effect the future not just economically but philosophically as well? Whether you are new to this space or an old hand, DYKC will be your go-to podcast for the foundations for understanding as well as the latest insights and interviews with thought leaders in this exciting space.
Alex Goldstein is Chief Strategist for the Human Rights Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally with a focus on closed societies.
Listen as Alex & I discuss..
How ₿itcoin offers hope
How you can help
Adam Ficsor is the creator of the Wasabi Wallet with integrated coinjoins that add a layer of privacy and obfuscation to the Bitcoin network.
Listen as Adam & I discuss..
What is a CoinJoin
What is Wasabi
What is the difference between Pseudonymous and Anonymous
What is a Confidential Transaction
Facebook's launch of "Libra" their cryptocurrency is a clear signal of confirmation that Bitcoin is legitimate and here to stay. Libra is poised to take on the existing financial structures from banks to Western Union like remittance services, and it is also the creation of a surveillance state that has only until now been a nightmare of dystopian fiction, so what does this mean for you, the world and generations to come?
What is Libra
What is the protocol
What is the currency
Who are the association members
What are the implications for privacy
Is it a threat to Bitcoin
The Minicast is a way for me to help people new to the space to understand terms and concepts in Bitcoin they are seeing for the first time in a concise and detailed fashion. Today I talk about HODL, a term that was coined in 2013 and is now ubiquitous in the Bitcoin space.
United Corp has claimed anti-trust against BitMain & many of the big players in Bitcoin Cash. Does their case have merit? What effects will it have on the larger Bitcoin/crypto space as precedent? I am joined by Dr. Konstantinos Stylianou to discuss this case and its far-reaching implications in the world of Bitcoin and Law.
Listen as Konstantinos and I discuss..
What is Antitrust Law
Who is United Corp
Who are the defendants in the Case
What are the precedent implications
Bitcoin is more than just software, it is a complex mixture of economics, game theory and theology. If Bitcoin had no Faith, no Religion, no Zealotry it would be dead by now; it is precisely because it has these features that it has become successful. Find out why the Cult of Bitcoin maters and how this understanding will help you see where we are going.
Listen as Vin and I discuss..
What is a Cult?
Who are the Bitcoin Cults?
What do the Bitcoin Cults believe?
How do Zealots help Bitcoin succeed?
Memes, Bitcoin & Faith
Toxicity has been a topical subject as of late in the Bitcoin world, surrounding the supposed vitriol and shouting down of opposing views in the space by those in Bitcoin called "Bitcoin Maximalist's". In this episode, I explain why toxicity exists and is a natural outgrowth of Bitcoin culture, that what has led to Bitcoin surviving and thriving is why the so-called "toxicity" exists and without it, Bitcoin will die.
Every podcaster in the Bitcoin has to choose to be a pundit or a journalist. I struggle with this very question as I try to determine where I want the direction and my place in this space to go. As a journalist, to do it properly I could not voice my opinion as that would undercut my credibility to be objective, however, I would need to make people aware of my beliefs so they knew where my baseline was. As a pundit, someone with a mic and opinions, I would also be freer to be myself which is where I like to be. This episode is about how my thought process is on navigating this very stretch of murky waters.
Stephan Kinsella is a registered Patent Attorney and Libertarian Activist who has been a passionate advocate for the abolishment of the patent system and its dangers to innovation and freedom.
Stephan and I talk about...
What is a Patent?
Differences in EU/US & China
Why is it so "hallowed"
Open Source Software and patents
What is a "Patent Troll"
Craig Wright's patents
Can Bitcoin developers be sued?
Ben is a Bitcoin Maximalist and European style Socialist. He hosts a YouTube program on the World Crypto Network where he teaches how to build everyday Bitcoin devices with cheap hardware.
Ben and I talk about...
Definitions of Bitcoin & Socialism
Difference between European & American Libertarianism.
How Bitcoin & Socialism can co-exist
Why Bitcoin is better than fiat for a Socialist society
Phil Zimmermann is a legend in the cypherpunk community, he developed the technology PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) which was the most popular email encryption program in early internet history. He released it to allow people internationally to encrypt their communications from autocratic regimes. He risked fines and jail times to do this and eventually won, allowing PGP to LEGALLY proliferate. This is one the most important stories in cypherpunk/Bitcoin history.
Phil and I talk about...
➡Cypherpunks in the 90's
➡PGP the early years
➡The fight with the State Department
➡Hal Finney and Bitcoin
➡Phil's problems with Bitcoin
Peter's podcast, What Bitcoin Did is becoming one of the most popular in the space and has become well known as well as a Lightning Rod (pun intended) in the Crypto Twitter Community. This was a great interview as Peter and I are very much on a similar wavelength in alot of ways as we discussed our views on the need for a better understanding of marketing, the lack of it in the Bitcoin space and many other topics.
Peter and I talk about...
His Background in Marketing
Difficulties of Decentralized Marketing
Dealing with anxiety
How he manages his Podcast
Bucking the trend
Dealing with Trolls
Today I welcome Paul Rosenberg, cypherpunk, author and activist to talk about an unknown chapter in the liberty movement and cypherpunk history. The story of Bitcoin is inexorably intertwined with the story of the liberty and cypherpunk movements as their story, their accomplishments and their failures is what led to Bitcoin. Paul's story is one that combined the libertarian ethos of a space for people to live in a free market and the cypherpunks that wanted to defend the already free spaces of the internet from encroaching cyber tyranny.
Paul and I talk about...
His background and how he became a cypherpunk
Encrypted Webmail - Mailvault
Today I welcome JW Weatherman of Twitter fame to talk about all things Lightning Network, 2nd layer and sidechains. This is a subject that I admittedly am woefully uneducated in and a month or so ago I decided to really start learning how all of this works since it is not beyond talk and speculation and is now a reality.
JW and I talk about...
Why the need for 2nd layer scaling
What is Lightning Network
How does it work?
How can you use it now?
Does it differ in use and security from Bitcoin main chain?
What are sidechains
Attacks on Bitcoin.
Today I talk to Christopher Bendiksen about the massive misunderstandings and bad data floating around regarding Bitcoin's energy use and its impact on the environment. Christopher works for Coinshares a firm offering private strategies in the Bitcoin space who authored a whitepaper on Bitcoins energy through intensive research and interviews with players around the world.
Christopher and I talk about...
The miscalculation of total energy useage
Bitcoin's reliance on Renewables
The incentivisation of new rural energy sources
Why Bitcoin needs to use energy
Why Bitcoin must continue to use more energy
Today I talk about the mistakes that I have made in this space and the money I have lost. There is no substitution for experience and knowledge and I have learned so much in this journey, but most of my learning has come from the previously private and now public mistakes that I have made. I hope that this helps others to recognize where they have gone wrong and to learn from it as I have.
in this episode I talk about...
Not trusting my gut
How I realized I'm not a Trader
What is Bitcoin
Bitcoin not Blockchain
Utter Crap in this space
In this episode I talk to Marco Peereboom, Hacker, Decred new systems development lead and CTO of company zero about the Decred project and how it aims to upend the fiat paradigm and become a global currency. Decred is a hybrid proof of work/proof of stake system that makes forking and 51% attacks nearly impossible and adds a layer of governance thats missing from Bitcoin. A very intriguing project.
Marco & I talk about…
What is Decred
How Decred’s Hybrid governance works
Why is Decred more stable than Bitcoin
The Decred Proposal System
What is the Decred DEX
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In this episode I talk to Andrew Glidden Law Student at University of Berkeley School of Law and co-author of a paper for the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. I came into contact with Andrew because he had responded to a tweet by Nic Carter that I initially found to be quite inflammatory due to its seeming disrespect for property rights.
This conversations and thousands just like it are extremely important to be having now. We need to have the hard discussions now and not later; to tackle the hard questions long before they ever become catastrophic.
In this episode I talk about Namecoin, the first altcoin and its lessons for the Crypto space as a whole. Namecoin was the first "altcoin" and sought to create a decentralized DNS service, an internet that wasnt controlled by ICANN and not subject to censorship. It's goals were laudable, the ability for it to achieve these goals are debateable, however It's failure is one that plagues Bitcoin itself. Near total lack of understanding of the limits, wants and abilities of consumers. I talk about...
History of Namecoin
Why it Failed
Why Developer Centric companies are failing
Why Marketing Centric projects fail
How we can move forward
In this episode I talk to Emily Coleman, Chief Marketing Officer for ShapeShift.io a platform that allows for quick swaps of over 30 cryptocurrencies and tokens. Emily talks about a topic that I am extremely passionate about, that being increasing the focus on improving the UX ( User Experience) in the Bitcoin space and storytelling.
Marketing when done right is storytelling and every major social movement has required good storytelling to begin, grow, conquer and thrive. Bitcoin has had many stories in existence, and we need to find the next on that will connect with the public at large to increase adoption.
In this episode I speak with Prof. William Luther about the question of whether Bitcoin is money or not. In past episodes I have spoken to multiple economists who have made the case that Bitcoin does meet Mises Regression theorem for money, however Prof. Luther makes the counter case for this and many other things.
This was an interview that I realized that very quickly I was talking to someone at a very high intellectual level but able to beautifully craft an easy explanation of a complex subject. Enjoy!
Prof. Luther and I talk about...
Why he doesn't think Bitcoin or Satoshi reflects the Austrian School
Bitcoin doesn't meet the definition of Mises Regression Theory
Bitcoin IS MONEY regardless
Subjective Value Theory
Hayek vs. Rothbard who won?
Is Bitcoin just Right Wing Utopianism?
The Dangers Bitcoin Presents to Society
In this episode I speak with Luke Mulks, Head of Business Development for the Brave Browser and Basic Attention Token. Brave is a browser concept that makes privacy easy, their philosophy is to have it come baked into the product and make privacy something you shouldn't have to think about.
Basic Attention Token is aimed at making the problem of advertising in the modern age profitable for both content creators/publishers and users. No one likes ads, but what if you had a choice? What if you could be paid to watch the ads that you see in front of you right now? Its a very neat concept.
Luke and I talk about...
-His life before Brave/BAT
-What Problem does Brave solve?
-How can BAT pay you to watch ads?
-How will BAT help content creators?
-The Privacy dilemma of our time
-The AWESOME UX philosophy behind Brave
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In this episode I speak with Andrew Yang, a member of the Litecoin Community, founder of LiteSchool and COO of Blockfuse about the long term efficacy of Litecoin. In Episodes 16 with Kurt Wuckert Jr. andEpisode 18 with Murad Mahmudov I leveled criticisms against the use case for Litecoin and felt it was only fair to allow them to counter my arguments and make their case. This was a very fun episode, and I will let you make up your own mind.Andrew and I talk about…
His Bitcoin journey
What is Litecoin
Litecoin as Bitcoins Testnet?
Litecoin as Silver to Bitcoin’s Gold
Charlie Lee’s selling of all his Litecoin
Litecoin in a post Lightning Network world
Litecoins proposed Mining fee reduction
Future Litecoin updates
In this episode I speak with Jonathan Hales the founder of Bitbacker.io a censorship free patreon alternative that runs on Cryptocurrency. There is a dire need in the world for alternatives to the arbiters of acceptable opinion that have taken hold in silicon valley and what used to be the free speech bastion that was the internet.
Jonathan and I talk about...
His Bitcoin journey
The Deplatforming issue on Patreon
What is Bitbacker.io?
What can it do now?
What will it do in the future?
This episode with Murad Mahmudov is one of my favorites so far and was an extremely intellectually stimulating conversation both on and off air that I enjoyed thoroughly.
In today’s episode Murad & I discuss:
*His Bitcoin journey
*What is Bitcoin/Bitcoin Marjoritarianism
*Crypto Keynesian’s vs. Crypto Austrian’s
*Gold vs. Bitcoin
*The Future of Bitcoin in the next few Market cycles
In this episode I am joined by the Bitcoin Heretics, a group of Bitcoiner's from differing tribes & viewpoints; Vin Armani is a Bitcoin Cash/Coin Agnostic, Chris Derose is from Bitcoin BTC and Daniel Krawisz is aligned with Bitcoin SV. This is a group that doesn't agree with each other on most things, they respect each others opinions and I respect the thoughts that derive from their conversations immensely. We talk about a very important topic of the day, The Hash war, its aftermath and the world of Bitcoin we now find ourselves in. I can guarantee you that if you want to understand this space better, this and other episodes will help you immensely. T
In this episode I am joined by Kurt Wuckert Jr. of Crypto Traders Pro, A Bitcoin/Libertarian evangelist and someone I have enjoyed speaking to over the last year. Kurt is a long time believer in Bitcoin and the freedom it brings to humanity as well as the ability to better your personal life through profiting by trading crypto and any other assets. Kurt and Crypto Traders Pro are all about teaching you the skills necessary so you can trade independent of them or within the community, whatever you choose.
In today's episode Kurt and I discuss:
What is Trading
What is Fundamental vs Technical Analysis
Is trading for everyone
What tools do you need to learn trading
How to Avoid Scams
What is Bitcoin
Big Blocks vs. Small Blocks
Why does he support Bitcoin S.V.?
In this episode I am joined by Robert Murphy Senior Fellow at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute, Research Assistant Professor at Texas Tech, Co Host of the Contra Krugman Podcast and author of numerous book, including his latest, Contra Krugman: Smashing the errors of America's Most Famous Keynesian. Robert Murphy has been someone I've been following for years via his work with the Mises Institute and his work with Tom Woods of the Tom Woods show. We talk about the Austrian School of Economics which is best described as one that promotes a truly free market and intricately part of the Bitcoin story. I would argue that Bitcoin could ONLY arise from someone with a deep understanding of Austrian Economic theory.
Today I welcome Pierre Rochard of the Noded Podcast and well known Bitcoin Maximalist to talk about his views of the Scaling Debate and how Bitcoin can become global money. Last year in August of 2017 Bitcoin split because of the differences in approaches between these two groups. This is the second of parts featuring individuals from each side of the debate so that the public and newcomers can understand WHY it happened.
The world of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency are going to change forever November 15, 2018. I sit down with Vin to talk about how the era of the Hash War's are just beginning and why its about to change the world of Bitcoin and the rest of the world forever. You don't want to miss this.
Jeffrey Tucker and the Triump of the Markets In this Episode I am joined by Jeffrey Tucker a prolific speaker, writer and economist. He was the first real economist to take a serious look at Bitcoin and embrace it as a real money. Jeffrey has traveled the world speaking about Bitcoin, Free Markets and the […]
Crypto Asset Inheritance Planning In this Episode I am joined by Pamela Morgan who is an accredited and experienced attorney with extensive experience in private practice as well as working for the United States 6th Circuit Court. She has written extensively on the law and blockchain as well as book on crypto asset inheritance planning, […]
Wall Street: Good or Bad for Bitcoin? In this Episode I am joined by Cailtlin Long, a 22 year veteran of Wall Street who handled Morgan Stanley’s Pension Business Solutions before going full time blockchain in 2016. She then became president of Symbiont a Enterprise Blockchain Company and most recently has been responsible for pushing […]
The Great Bitcoin Block Debate Part 1: Giacomo Zucco In this Episode I am joined by Giacomo Zucco, Director of BHB networks to begin our first of six parts in a series, outlining the Big/Small block debate that has split the Bitcoin community. Today we talk about Giacomo’s Bitcoin origin story Small Blocks vs. Big […]
Cryptocurrency Security Best Practices In this Episode I talk about Computer Security Malware/Antivirus Bitdefender Nord VPN Password Security Password Managers Lastpass 2 Factor Authentication Software (TOTP) Hardware (U2F) YUBIKEY OPSEC (Operational Security) Be Quiet/Humble/Anonymous Physical Security Backup Security Multiple Location/Multi-Region NOTES: Buy Through Amazon to Support us! […]
What is a Cryptocurrency Miner and what do they do? In this Episode I talk about What is a Cryptocurrency miner? What function do they perform? What is their incentive for mining? Who can mine crypto? How you can start mining crypto today What different types of miners are there? Proof of Work Proof of […]
How do I choose a cryptocurrency walloet? In this Episode I talk about Terms and Definitions to understand crypto wallets Public vs. Private Keys Public key vs. Addresses Mnemonic Device/Recover seeds Hot vs. Cold Wallet Custodial vs. Non Custodial Wallets Mobile (app based) lite wallets Hardware wallets Multi-signature wallets Paper Wallets How to set […]
What is a Cryptocurrency Exchange and How do use them? In this Episode I talk about Decentralized and Centralized Exchanges Pro’s and Cons of Centralized Exchanges Coinbase Uphold Kraken Binance Bittrex Pro’s and Cons of Decentralized Exchanges Bitshares NOTES: Buy Through Amazon to Support us! UPHOLD Transparency […]
How Do I Buy My First Bitcoin? In this Episode I talk about How to buy Bitcoin Pro’s and Cons of Centralized Exchanges My personal experience with Coinbase Pro’s and Cons of person to person to person purchases NOTES: Buy Through Amazon to Support us! Buy P2P at LocalBitcoins.com UPHOLD.com my favorite way to […]
How Do I Know What Cryptocurrency To Buy? In this Episode I talk about How to evaluate a Coin or ICO Know yourself Are you an Investor or Trader? My Checklist for evaluating Coins Value Team Competition Hype Community NOTES: Buy Through Amazon to Support us! Transparency Disclaimer on what coins I hold Disclaimer on […]