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The What Bitcoin Did Podcast

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Against many challenges, Bitcoin, the worlds first true cryptocurrency has survived for over a decade. With What Bitcoin Did, podcast host Peter McCormack talks to experts in the world of Bitcoin. From developers to investors, journalists to Bitcoin company CEOs, you will learn about everything that is happening in the world of Bitcoin.

Against many challenges, Bitcoin, the worlds first true cryptocurrency has survived for over a decade. With What Bitcoin Did, podcast host Peter McCormack talks to experts in the world of Bitcoin. From developers to investors, journalists to Bitcoin company CEOs, you will learn about everything that is happening in the world of Bitcoin.


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Against many challenges, Bitcoin, the worlds first true cryptocurrency has survived for over a decade. With What Bitcoin Did, podcast host Peter McCormack talks to experts in the world of Bitcoin. From developers to investors, journalists to Bitcoin company CEOs, you will learn about everything that is happening in the world of Bitcoin.






Spending Bitcoin with Ragnar Lifthrasir

“How does having an asset go up in value change the world? It doesn’t, it’s not going to replace central banks, if anything they will co opt it. What really changes things is the transactions.” — Ragnar Lifthrasir Location: Zoom Date: Wednesday 27th May Project: Guns N’ Bitcoin Role: Chief Range Officer Bitcoin's immune system has evolved from years of defeating threats, staving off bad actors and protecting the core principles of the network. Many Bitcoiners consider Bitcoin as gold...


Debunking Goldman Sachs Bitcoin Thesis with Bill Barhydt

“It’s their financial incentive, for their client base to not want to put 10% of their assets in Bitcoin.” — Bill Barhydt Location: Zoom Date: Thursday 28th May Project: Abra Role: Founder & CEO This week, Goldman Sachs held an investment advisory call for its clients during which it slammed Bitcoin as an investment and refused to accept it as an asset class. Goldman's take on Bitcoin was in equal parts bearish and ignorant, with the investment bank listing five reasons for not...


Bitcoin Trading 101 with Flood

“Trading, if it’s going to be the majority of your income, really is, passively, one of the hardest full-time jobs you can choose.” — Flood Location: Zoom Date: Friday 22nd May Role: Independent Trader Despite being the best performing asset over the past decade, Bitcoin is an incredibly volatile asset and risky to trade. Outperforming the market is hard, and very few people manage to beat the strategy of buying and holding. Unlike traditional markets, bitcoin markets are open...


Bitcoin is the Answer with Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss

“Bitcoin is the answer, it’s the only hedge or vaccine to give you immunity to the disease of money printing.” — Tyler Winklevoss Location: Zoom Date: Monday 18th May Project: Gemini Role: Co-Founders The Social Network, directed by David Fincher, introduced Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to the world. The film told the story of how Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea to create Facebook, and would later settle for $65 million. After settling the court case and retiring from their careers...


Liquid Bitcoin with Adam Back & Samson Mow

Location: Zoom Date: Friday 15th May Project: Blockstream Role: CEO & Chief Strategy Officer Bitcoin: decentralised, permissionless, censorship-resistant and unconfiscatable. Unique properties which make it a unique form of money For Bitcoin to keep growing, these features mustn't be compromised. However, scaling solutions for Bitcoin, may trade off some of these features for other benefits. With the vast majority of the community in agreement that block sizes must remain small to...


Bitcoin in One Lesson

Location: Zoom Date: January to March 2020 Bitcoin can be intimidating for beginners. The protocol is complicated, the community can be unforgiving, silly mistakes can lose you money, and it is easy to succumb to altcoin marketing. Bitcoin offers you the opportunity to hold a new type of monetary asset, one which can't be seized by the government and is censorship resistance, and it is changing the world. Bitcoin is multifaceted. Some treat Bitcoin as a speculative tool for growing...


Is Bitcoin Trading a Dirty Business? With Willy Woo

Location: Zoom Date: Sunday 10th May Project: Hypersheet Role: Co-Founder On May 11th, at block 630000 Bitcoin had its 3rd halving, cutting the block reward issued to the miners from 12.5BTC to 6.25BTC. This reduction in the subsidy is seen by many as a bullish event for Bitcoin. With the block reward cut in half, the amount of Bitcoin available for the miners to sell in the market drops from 1800 BTC/day to 900 BTC/day, reducing the sell pressure from newly minted coins. Bitcoin’s...


Libertarianism & Politics with Adam Brown & Sean Finch

Location: Zoom Date: Tuesday 5th May Project: The Libertarian Party Role: Party Leader & Coordinator Long before Bitcoin dropped on the world, libertarians have criticised government-issued fiat money, arguing that it goes against their core beliefs of political freedom and autonomy, viewing gold as a superior currency. Many libertarians were early to Bitcoin, understanding its sound monetary policy. I have spoken with many US-based libertarians, but like any political movement or...


Bitcoin is Reshaping the World with Robert Breedlove

Location: Zoom Date: Monday 4th May Project: Parallax Digital Role: Founder & CEO The properties for measuring the soundness of money include divisibility, durability, portability, recognisability and scarcity. Current government-issued and controlled fiat money fit some of these characteristics but, with the central bank’s ability to print money at will, the current system completely fails as a scarce resource. Historically metals have been the best form of money, with gold...


Could Bitcoin Really be Heading to $288k? With Plan₿

Location: Zoom Date: Wednesday 29th April Project: Independent Trader Role: Bitcoin Quant Analyst Plan₿'s Stock-to-Flow model was warmly received by many in Bitcoin. The chart gave context to price action around halvings, validating the importance of scarcity. The S2F model does have critics, and with the third halving approaching, some had questioned whether the reducing subsidy drive price. The halving is one of the most significant events in the Bitcoin calendar. Every 210,000 blocks...


Bitcoin Purity with Rodolfo Novak

Location: Zoom Date: Wednesday 22nd April Project: Coinkite Role: CEO & Co-Founder Bitcoin attracts a broad range of enthusiasts with different backgrounds, experience and political beliefs. The spectrum is broad, from those who treat it purely as a speculative asset, happy to buy and hold, to those who head deep down the anti-state and hard money rabbit hole. Those who are attracted to Bitcoin's hard money properties may often align with Libertarian ideas, free markets and the...


Bitcoin World #8: Bitcoin in Zimbabwe with Anita Posch

Location: Zoom Date: Monday 3th March Project: Bitcoin & Co Podcast Role: Host Earlier this year, I travelled to Venezuela to find out the reality of Bitcoin adoption in the country and what I found didn’t exactly fit the widely accepted narrative. The truth is that while Bitcoin may have some use cases for the middle and upper classes, the poorest in Venezuela are surviving on a few dollars a month, and Bitcoin is not a useful currency for them. Zimbabwe, like Venezuela, is often...


The Role of Stablecoins with Jeremy Allaire

Location: Zoom Date: Friday, 10th April Project: Circle Role: CEO & Founder By complementing Bitcoin trading, and making it easy to send digital dollars around the world, stablecoins continue to grow in popularity. Commercial banks operate on a fractional basis, holding only a small % of deposits. During challenging economic times, this can lead to what is known as a run on the bank, where depositors attempt to withdraw their funds. Unlike fractionally reserved banks, some stablecoins...


Bitcoin Tech Update with Andrew Poelstra

Location: Zoom Date: Friday, 10th April Project: Blockstream Role: Director of Research Bitcoin is very conservative. Unlike the typical tech industry ethos of move fast and break things, it is paramount that Bitcoin upgrades and changes to the protocol are absolutely necessary, slow, well planned and well tested. Two protocol changes that have been discussed for a while now are Schnorr signatures and Taproot. These proposals have lots of positive implications, including an improvement...


Bitcoin Finance in a Black Swan Event with Zac Prince & Flori Marquez

Location: Zoom Date: Wednesday, 8th April Project: BlockFi Role: Co-Founders On March 12th Bitcoin fell by over 50% from ~$8,000 to ~$3,800. One day earlier, the World Health Organisation had escalated the evolving COVID-19 situation to pandemic status, and Bitcoin wasn't alone in this, markets around the world crashed. The Coronavirus black swan event caused huge volatility which has been a critical concern held by many Bitcoiners about Bitcoin financial service companies. Critiques of...


WTF Happened in 1971 with Ben Prentice & Heavily Armed Clown

Location: Zoom Date: Wednesday, 1st April Project: Role: Host The gold standard was a monetary system in which the value of countries currency was directly linked to the amount of gold held in reserve. Although not currently used by any government, it was once a widely used system. A currency backed by a scarce asset such as gold prevents the government from printing more money without consequences. In 1931 the Bank of England abandoned the gold standard...


Uncensored Bitcoin Narratives with Junseth

Location: Zoom Date: Thursday, 9th April Project: Junseth’s World Role: Host Junseth was the co-host of the hugely popular Bitcoin Uncensored, but in 2017 he and co-host Chris DeRose parted ways. One thing that made Bitcoin Uncensored both popular but also divisive was their ability to cut through the noise and call out ideas or bullshit in the crypto industry. Their interview with Perianne Boring is still one of the greatest podcasts in the world of “blockchain”. There are so many...


Bitcoin's Coming of Age with Dan Morehead

Location: Zoom Date: Friday, 3rd April Project: Pantera Capital Role: Co-Founder & CEO Markets around the world have posted their worst quarterly results in decades with the FTSE, DJI, S&P500 and many others down over 20%. While the coronavirus pandemic is certainly the catalyst behind this drop, it may have been the pin that popped the global economy propped up by cheap credit. With the markets falling, the forced closure of businesses and unemployment at record levels, governments...


Is Chainalysis Evil with Jonathan Levin

Location: Zoom Date: Thursday, 2nd April Project: Chainalysis Role: Co-Founder Bitcoin's strengths lie in its ability to separate money and state, censorship and seizure resistance. It is an open and permissionless network that allows anyone to interact with it. It is an entirely public network, but that doesn't mean it is anonymous. Addresses do not use personal information but created using alphanumeric characters, and addresses can be monitored to watch transactions and follow the...


Is Coronavirus a Challenge to Political Identity with Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Location: Zoom Date: Wednesday, 1st April Project: Role: Speaker, Author & Educator The coronavirus COVID-19 is an unprecedented global health crisis. There are now more than one million reported cases, the death toll continues to rise, and across the world, economies have been left decimated. The crisis is bringing to fore many questions regarding the role of the state, challenging political identity. Conservatives are considering socialist policies; Libertarians are...