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The Looming Censorship War with Jan Capek

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My guest today is Jan Capek, Co-founder and co-CEO of Braiins. Braiins is the preeminent Bitcoin mining software company. Braiins offers a full-stack software solution by providing miners with everything from state-of-the-art mining firmware to a best-in-class mining pool. Braiin's is the company behind the legendary mining pool, Slush Pool. Slush Pool was the world’s first mining pool and continues to be an industry leader in transparency and innovation, with more than 1.25 million BTC mined since 2010. Braiins is also is the developer of Stratum V2, a next generation protocol for pooled mining with a focus on quality improvements including reduced data loads, empty block elimination, hash rate hijacking prevention and the Braiins OS / OS+, autotuning mining firmware, which boosts the efficiency of mining hardware with cutting-edge firmware that is natively integrated with Stratum V2 and mining software written from scratch in Rust language. At Braiins Jan, focuses on building out infrastructure architecture for Slush Pool where he aims to bring pool infrastructure to scale, build out more robust security, DDoS mitigation, and infrastructure configuration management, and provisioning. He also focuses on building the Braiins systems providing custom development consulting services in the following areas: applications for FreeRTOS and NuttX environment, embedded Linux BSP's, and infrastructure configuration management. If you are interested in learning more about the mining industry you have to listen to this conversation, Jan shares an immense amount of knowledge and details about Bitcoin and the mining industry. In our conversation, we cover the Braiins and Slush's history of innovating in the mining industry, scaling a Bitcoin mining company, the impact of ASICs, decentralizing the Bitcoin Network, and much more. Jan discusses how he got into Bitcoin and shares the origin story of Braiins and Slush Pool. Jan goes into depth about his experience bootstrapping Braiins into the first professionalized Bitcoin mining company. We go on to discuss the evolution of mining hardware and the impact of ASICs on the industry. We had a very thoughtful discussion about the dangers of blacklisting Bitcoin addresses and how there are censorship resistance redundancies within the Bitcoin Network. Another major discussion point in our conversation was the possible ramifications of Bitcoin's hardcoded rules coming into conflict with regulatory and legal institutions. We finish our conversation by discussing the importance of decentralizing manufacturing supply-chain for Bitcoin mining. Please enjoy my conversation with Jan Capek. -- Ledn provides financial products to help you unlock the power of digital assets. With a secure and easy-to-use platform, it’s the simplest way to earn interest, borrow, and trade your BTC and USDC. For maximum accountability, Ledn offers Proof of Reserves attestations to give you peace of mind while you make the most of your Bitcoin. Untold Stories listeners can receive $50 in free BTC when you create a new loan. More info at https://untoldstories.link/LEDN -- This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

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    The scarcest asset is exceptional people with Vinny Lingham

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    My guest today is my friend, Vinny Lingham, prolific venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and thought leader. Vinny is currently a GP at Multicoin Capital and Newton Partners. He was a seed investor in Solana and Filecoin Vinny was one of Co-Founder & CEO at Civic Technology. He is also a GP at Multicoin Capital He was the founder and CEO of Gyft. He is also the founder of Yola.com, a web development and hosting company that enables users without prior programming knowledge to develop websites. Vinny is the recipient of numerous awards, including Top Young ICT Entrepreneur in Africa (2006) and was also a finalist for Men’s Health Best Man (2009) and ICT Personality of the Year in South Africa (2008). He also previously founded Clicks2Customers, which also won the Top Technology Company award in South Africa in 2006. In our discussion we cover exceptionalism and investing fundamentals, why DAO's will eat the world, the cultural significance of NFTs and the Digital Renaissance, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing the early days of Bitcoin and marvel at how much things have in such a short amount of time. We discuss why Crypto is such a unique industry and the evolution from a nascent industry to global asset class. We continue our discussion of technological revolution and investing by discussing Vinny's unique approach to investing and how that is informed by his understanding of the world. We discuss the importance of the individual and how one person can have an asymmetric impact on society. This insight has driven Vinny to change his investing strategy from betting on the idea to betting on the person. We discuss how this mindset guided Vinny's decision to invest in Solana and Filecoin at the Seed stage. We continue our conversation by discussing what makes a person exceptional and why Vinny calls these people "species changers." We go on to discuss examples of species changers from history like Einstein, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos. We finish our discussion on game changers by discussing the importance of perseverance and grit. One of the main talking points throughout our conversation is the emergence of the metaverse in the consciousness of the general public. We discuss the metaverse, how it is all encompassing, why traditional tech companies are beginning to pivot toward the metaverse, and much more. Our conversation flows to the discussion on DAOs. We discuss the impact DAO's will have on disrupting traditional finance and Wall St, empower community building, and enhance the digital experience to heights unknown. We move from DAO's to NFTs where Vinny explains why we are still in the early days of NFTs and their importance and implications on broader society. He continues his discussion on NFTs by elaborating on his broader vision for the future of NFTs and how he believes the market dynamics. We continue our discussion by talking about how we are living through the beginning of a Digital Renaissance. We finish our discussion on NFTs by discussing the future use cases of NFTs and the integration with AR and VR. We finish our conversation by discussing the bull case for Solana, the developer battle between Solana and Ethereum, and the joy of building new technology. Please enjoy my conversation with my friend Vinny Lingham. -- Ledn provides financial products to help you unlock the power of digital assets. With a secure and easy-to-use platform, it’s the simplest way to earn interest, borrow, and trade your BTC and USDC. For maximum accountability, Ledn offers Proof of Reserves attestations to give you peace of mind while you make the most of your Bitcoin. Untold Stories listeners can receive $50 in free BTC when you create a new loan. More info at https://untoldstories.link/LEDN -- This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

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