The Bitcoin Magazine Podcast is on a mission to stay on top of what's happening with everything Bitcoin, guiding listeners through the major stories shaping the price, philosophy and community around the financial revolution. The show will also feature brief interviews from leading experts in the space.
The Predator-Prey Dynamics Of Bitcoin with Michael Saylor - The Center Cannot Hold Episode 1
1:36:35In the first episode of "The Center Cannot Hold", host Alex McShane is joined by Microstrategy Founder & CEO Michael Saylor to discuss Bitcoin's market dynamics. They discuss Microstrategy's decision to adopt a Bitcoin standard, why Bitcoin is the most desirable property, the human right to store your labor and energy, Michael's bullish outlook for the future, and much more.
Making Bitcoin Mining Accessible with Whit Gibbs
55:08In this episode of The Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, CK is joined by Whit Gibbs, the co-founder and CEO of Compass Mining. Compass Mining's mission is to support the growth of hashrate and network security by making Bitcoin mining accessible for more people. CK and Whit explore Whit's journey into Bitcoin, his experience building a Bitcoin company, the future of Bitcoin mining, and much more!
THE REVENGE OF THE NODES by Aaron Segal - Bitcoin Magazine Audible
1:52:50"I am not a doomsayer. I do not live in a bunker. I have seen too many investors fall victim to overly bearish narratives, missing out on great asset inflations that such negativity obfuscated. The purpose of this essay, however, is not to lay out some near-term investment thesis. That said, what I have begun to witness with increasing clarity as an investor, as a member of our society who cares about the world my children inherit, is growing evidence of an unavoidable trap. A trap with only one realistic solution. So, the financial data herein is merely a tool, a language to help us see this insight. In fact, the main message of this series is much less about finance and markets, and much more about human nature, history, and the impact incentives and ideological conflict will have on the outcome of the bulk of this century." Join Guy Swann as he narrates "The Revenge of the Nodes", a fantastic piece written by Aaron Segal where he explores the autonomous decentralization that Bitcoin can provide and contrasts that with the current state of the world that is headed down a path of authoritarianism.
TAB Conference: Supporting Bitcoin Development in Person with Michael Tidwell and Stephen DeLorme
50:26The 2021 TabConf, aka the Atlanta Bitcoin Conference, is fast approaching and the entire team here at Bitcoin Magazine is rife with anticipation for this exciting annual event. Running from November 4th to 6th, we’re feeling the hype and feeding the excitement by having a conversation with Michael Tidwell and Stephen DeLorme, two of the brains behind this initiative, to get into the nitty-gritty about what this conference means for Bitcoin. Bringing their distinct experiences and a passion to educate and engage, we cover everything from the history of the conference, how inclusivity and social responsibility play a key part and philosophies that underpin their work. With roots in the BitDevs meetup, tune in to hear about the inspiring people and villages that will be participating in this year’s event plus the evolution of the community over the last two years. Love conferences? Love Bitcoin? You’ll definitely want to hear the thoughts and resources Michael and Stephen bring to our audience in this episode.
Building on Bitcoin in Latin America with Diego Gutierrez-Zalvidar & Bruno Calmels
1:06:47Although we mainly talk about the Bitcoin network on this show, developments on other networks can sometimes help push Bitcoin and self-sovereignty to more people. In this episode we are joined by two people leading the way in this conversation: Diego Gutierrez-Zaldivar, Co-Founder at RSK Labs, and Bruno Calmels, CTO of Defiant Wallet, an RSK-enabled wallet. The RSK blockchain allows for DeFi and smart contracts using Bitcoin, and the Defiant wallet integrates both RSK and Bitcoin into a single wallet. Get to know Diego and Bruno as they talk about their respective missions at RSK and Defiant, explaining how their work overlaps. Throughout this chat, we spend time discussing El Salvador, unpacking the politicization of Bitcoin and the implications of these developments. Ever wonder what the major differences are between various types of money? Diego makes the case for stable coins, sharing how short-term money should be less volatile, while long-term can handle more ups and downs. Our wide-ranging conversation also touches on how Defiant is ensuring that it is an easy platform to use, the state of crypto in the Spanish-speaking world, and pushing crypto mainstream in 2021. Tune in to hear it all!
Divergent Progress in the Physical and Digital Worlds with Rob Hamilton
55:06It is hard to argue with the assertion that Silicon Valley and the tech world are the spaces that are driving growth in the contemporary world. But why exactly is that? Today we are joined by Rob Hamilton, who published ‘Why Has the Physical World Not Progressed Like the Digital?' on Bitcoin Magazine recently, and we use this opportunity to unpack his piece. As Rob shares his thoughts around how erroneous economic systems can be repaired with Bitcoin, he addresses damages caused by the short-sightedness of the business world. In our current fiat system, operators and large businesses are rewarded, causing us to be short-sighted in the wake of misaligned incentives. Rob shares information about the blockchain online, offering massively insightful and thought-provoking ideas for our listeners. Tune in to hear about the important role of institutions, where they go wrong, and the looming replacement of many of the current institutions and systems as we know them.
Institutional-Grade Products for Bitcoin's Adoption with Philippe Bekhazi
50:42Philippe Bekhazi combined his areas of expertise, finance and technology, to create XBTO Group, one of the world’s largest and most diversified participants in Bitcoin and across crypto finance. Founded in 2015, XBTO is active in market-making, OTC trading, venture capital, mining and more. You may not have heard of XBTO before, but you’ve probably used their services without even realizing it. In this episode, Bekhazi explains how he got into Bitcoin, the ways that XBTO is involved in the Bitcoin space, how the larger crypto space has evolved in recent years, and ways to continue to push Bitcoin and Bitcoin companies into the mainstream.
Making Panama Compatible with Bitcoin with Gabriel Silva & Felipe Echandi
48:09Have you heard about what’s happening in Panama? Hint: It has nothing to do with canals. A new bill has been presented to legalize cryptocurrency and Bitcoin, and we are joined by two important figures in this developing story to learn everything we need to know. Gabriel Silva, a congressman in Panama standing behind this bill, and Felipe Echandi, entrepreneur, seeking to propel the Panamanian economy forward, join us for this fascinating conversation. Our two guests approach the topic with practical discernment and understanding, discussing the basics of crypto legalization in the country, the developing geopolitical factors, and why Panama is becoming an increasingly attractive place for foreign residents. Sharing unique insider insights, Silva and Echandi provide a comprehensive view on Panama’s laws, rules around banks and legal tender, comparisons to Singapore, and more. Why this bill specifically? What reality could it espouse to bring positive change for Panama and its people? Catch it all in this exciting episode!
THE VILLAGE AND THE STRONGMAN by Alex Gladstein - Bitcoin Magazine Audible
1:21:12"What is clear from visiting El Zonte and talking to the community leaders is that Bitcoin is not something you can sprinkle on a town and make it come to life. Alone, it is not a sufficient tool to empower a population. Yes, it is true that Bitcoin helped a small village change the world. But without Valenzuela, without Martinez, without Peterson, without Mama Rosa, and without entrepreneurs willing to take risks like Rubio and Karla, no change would have happened." "The Village and the Strongman" is an exceptional piece written by Alex Gladstein, detailing Bitcoin's journey in El Salvador from new hope in a small village to a new law by an increasingly authoritarian government. Join Guy Swann as he narrates Alex Gladstein's article on Bitcoin in El Salvador.
Giving Bitcoin to a City with Mayor Jayson Stewart
52:05As someone whose political agenda involves righting past wrongs and enabling citizens to have freedom, Bitcoin perfectly fits all of Jayson’s Stewart’s objectives. Jayson is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and as of 2020, he is the mayor of Cool Valley, Missouri. You may have heard of him: He went viral when he announced he would AirDrop all Cool Valley citizens $500 of Bitcoin. In this episode, Jayson shares why he felt called to run for mayor in his birthplace and the fascinating projects he has implemented thus far, including exposing everyone to some Bitcoin. Jayson explains what went on behind the scenes and the logistics around giving over 1,000 people access to Bitcoin. For Jayson, the most important piece is ensuring Bitcoin is tied to a pursuit of social change and improving their community, uplifting people along the way. Our wide-ranging conversation also touches on the problems with governmental power at the moment, why Bitcoin is fundamentally American, and how other cities in Missouri are reacting to Jayson’s idea. Tune in to hear it all!