Coinscrum meets Coinbase

We were joined by more than 200 guests in the latest Coinscrum at Hoxton Bar. As usual great crowd, great speakers and free drinks. Coinbase Co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong: The Future of Payments : Old vs New Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong joins a panel with Paul Rodgers of Vendorcom and Eitan Jankelewitz …

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Harming Bitcoin will be economically impractical

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffrey Smith, CEX‘s CIO in the CoinsCrum’s after party for the Inside Bitcoin conference recently held in London. A lot has been said recently about Ghash and a possible attack on the Bitcoin network, but as conservative as it may sound, no real solution has been enforced yet. I …

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Bitcoin Allows Visible Change

Julia Tourianski is a very colourful and fresh voice in the Bitcoin world. In a recent piece, Paul Rosenberg described the new generation of ‘Bitcoin kids’, and how this may go down in the future. Julia Tourianski, was of-course mentioned and quoted. I was first introduced to Julia at my friend Amir Taaki‘s place. Wile …

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Bitcoin In Kenya – Documentary

Bitcoin In Kenya Bitcoin is a world of international finance that is encrypted and peer to peer. Bitcoin as the object of my study, leads to interest in cultural and financial networks. As a non-centralised form of money, people on the Internet, with an application download, can immediately become partners in a global economy, with …

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BitPesa Launch UK

I had the honour of meeting Elizabeth Rossielo, BitPesa‘s CEO, during my recent travels to Kenya, recording Bitcoin In Kenya. BitPesa is practically the first easy way to remittance bitcoin to the developing world. If/when Bitcoin is adopted world-wide, Team BitPesa will be seen as pioneers. I attended their Beta Launch event in London, where …

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We Are Planting – We Are Growing

I met Jay Larson, co-founder of Tunapanda, during my recent journey in Kenya. Tunapanda is a partner ROCK, where I had a chance to work with the program’s participants. Tunapanda are in the midst of a crowd-funding campaign and, in order to help raising awareness of the fantastic job these guys are doing, I decided …

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Blockchain Politics 2.0

I was first introduced to Peter Todd by Amir Taaki and Kyle Drake. Peter is a consultant in the bitcoin space. Allegedly called a core developer, Peter is chief scientist for MasterCoin and DarkWallet, chief architect for ZeroCash and a developer for Counter Party, ColoredCoins and Coinkite. We met while he traveled through London, and …

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Bitcoin 2014 – Multi Chain – Amsterdam

Bitcoin 2014 was the Bitcoin Foundation’s annual conference which gathered more than 1,100 attendees in Amsterdam. As a top fintech hub in Europe and with fantastic tourist attraction, Amsterdam served as a great place for the event. Holding a conference in Europe was a great way for the Foundation to help spread its reach out …

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[Bitcoin] opened up a generational creative horizon

Brett Scott, author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (order for Bitcoin), and I first met in last year’s Bitcoin Expo in London. We also had a chance to catch up during the Coinscrum-Blockchain event in 2014 Fintech Week. I recorded an interview with Brett discussing the use cases …

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Free Markets Will Not Necessarily Create Free People

Vinay Gupta, the inventor of Free Hardware Houses For The World – The Hexayurt. Vinay looks where to fill in the gaps for better resilience. I had the honor of recording an interview with him, about network governance. We discussed various aspects of Bitcoin and Mesh networks with relation to the understanding of political theory. …

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Politics Of Bitcoin

Lui Smyth is a researcher in UCL’s anthropology department, studying the Bitcoin community. I’ve known Lui for some time now, both of us being regulars at the London Meetups. Recently, Lui published the first results for his Politics of Bitcoin study and, we recorded a follow up interview. In the cut below we discuss: an …

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CoinScrum – It’s the technology, stupid

Fintech Week and CoinScrum London – Monday 31st March 2014. It’s the technology, stupid. The real value of Bitcoin It’s the technology, stupid. The real value of Bitcoin: A panel discussion that bypasses talk of bitcoin, the wildly fluctuating digital currency portrayed by the mainstream media, and reflects instead on the disruptive potential of the …

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Kenya-Bitcoin-Revolution

The use of a digital form of money is embedded in the Kenyan society. Safaricom’s success in Kenya included a grand promotional campaign. Everyone gained trust in mobile payments after a colleague, friend or a cousin confirmed it was not a con. It is now as cheap as $40 to buy an Android OS phone …

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Transparent And Accountable Bitcoin Exchanges

I’ve known Gareth Grobler, the founder of the new bitcoin and litecoin exchange ICE Cubed in South Africa, for a while now, but it always seemed as the two of us were keeping too busy to meet up. I had the pleasure of recording an interview with Gareth on another busy London afternoon. Gareth was coming …

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Pay 360 – Virtual Currency and Bitcoin

The Pay 360 conference, held in Central London by GX, attracted 300+ people from across Europe. It gathered industry leaders and subject matter specialists exploring such topics as: AML, Payment Services Directive, The banking crisis, Gift card regulation, Virtual Currency and Bitcoin. I was there to document the two bitcoin sessions. The first was a keynote …

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Coinscrum – Launch Pad

Coinscrum’s first event specifically aimed at providing business networking opportunities and start-up advice. Stephan Tual, Eitan Jankelewitz, Adam Vaziri, Sian Jones, Hakim Mamoni, Simon Dixon and Adam Cleary. Stephan Tual – Latest Technological Innovations In The Crypto Space Legal and Regulation – Eitan Jankelewitz, Adam Vaziri & Sian Jones Bullion Bitcoin – Adam Cleary SeedCoin …

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[bitcoin] Go to the source and read it from Satoshi Nakamoto’s paper

As a bitcoin documentary story-teller, having someone like Andreas Antonopoulos for a video interview, is something that holds weight. He speaks horizontal networks of trust, he has a natural sense for narrative and he’s extremely pleasant to sit-down with. I think that Andreas, for myself and (judging by the social media means), others, has become …

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Coinscrum – Alternative Stage – London

Due to the high demand this epic meetup moved to a larger venue in Hoxton Square. If we had The Annual Satoshi Awards, Coinscrum’s social event would lead the list of the Alternative Stage Award. Any conference in the future should learn from the London event.  Speakers included: Andreas Antonopoulos, Gavin Wood, Robert McDowall with …

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Bitcoin is introducing people to the behind-the-scenes

Garrick Hileman is an Economic Historian at LSE and the founder of Macro Digest. We met on typical grey afternoon in London and discussed; Alternative currencies, why they mostly die, and where bitcoin can learn from others. Money and how society perceives it. What type of currency are cryptocurrencies? We also developed a vibrant conversation …

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Over the long run [bitcoin] can be very disruptive to consumer finance

Founder and board chairman of the leading online video hosting and player solution Brightcove. co-founder of the Allaire Corporation (which was acquired by Macromedia in 1999). Jeremy Allaire may be the biggest name in technology and innovation the bitcoin eco-system has welcomed. I met with Jeremy to discuss his new venture, Circle, which raised $9 …

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Coinscrum networking evening with Circle

London, Tuesday, 21st January at Club Workspace, Clerkenwell.  Coinscrum hosted an informal evening with presentations from Circle’s CEO, Jeremy Allaire, and CTO, Sean Neville. Also core Bitcoin developer, Mike Hearn, joined Jeremy and Sean and took to the stage.

Bitcoin exposes the weaknesses of the existing financial regime

Sveinn Valfells is an entrepreneur, scientist and an angel investor. The first time I was introduced to Sveinn’s work was at Bitcoin London 2013, where he gave a fantastic presentation about the use of bitcoin in micro-states, and how his home country Iceland could adopt it. I have been trying to secure an interview with …

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Bittunes – Super Distribution meets CC meets Bitcoin

Bittunes is about empowering the end-user. It is about monetization of digital exchange between peers. As this is something which is impossible with traditional currencies, bitcoin was the perfect solution. I had the pleasure of meeting Simon Edhouse, Bittunes’ CEO, in Bitcoin Singapore 2013, and I fell in-love with his project. To use his words, …

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Bitcoin Tablet In Kenya

In the first two weeks of March I will have the opportunity to join the Bitcoin Tablet In Kenya expedition, which is organised by my dear friend and colleague @richardboase. While it is very easy to say that bitcoin is a force for good, the purpose of this journey is to go and see whether …

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Bitcoin is smart money, it requires zero trust

I had the great pleasure of discussing bitcoin with Reggie Middleton, founder and editor of the Boom Bust Blog. Reggie defines bitcoin as a zero trust product. He describes the strongest quality of bitcoin as being programmable and compares it to with the USD, which he describes as dumb money. Reggie thinks that looking to …

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Remittances represent the first source of income in Mexico and will be bitcoin’s biggest impact

Gabriel Miron is the founder of MEXBT, the first professional Mexican bitcoin exchange. I first met Gabriel in Bitcoin Singapore 2013, and I have been following the Mexican bitcoin scene since. MEXBT’s focus is to enable cheaper remittances between Mexico and the United States. They believe that money transfers can be bitcoin’s biggest use in …

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Equity Crowdfunding – Building The Bitcoin Infrastructure

Simon Dixon, co-founder of the equity crowd-funding platform Bank To The Future and author of the book Bank To The Future, describes himself as a banking reformer. BTTF is the first social network financial institution where people, entrepreneurs and investors can fund, borrow, raise funds and invest in each other. The goal is to develop …

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[bitcoin] Most people are yet to understand how disruptive this technology is.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is the founder of RootEleven and author of the upcoming Mastering Bitcoin. As a busy bitcoin evangelist that is based in California, in 2014, Andrea’s focus is on the international aspect of bitcoin. As far as he is concerned, in North America and the rest of the developed world, bitcoin is an …

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Exploring The Blockchain

During 2013, Nicolas Cary, CEO, Blockchain.info, travelled the world to meet different Bitcoiners. The number one quality that he emphasized was the enthusiasm amongst all of them. I met with Nicolas, after his presentation at London Bitcoin Expo 2013. I wanted to learn more about the service which I find most useful and friendly. In …

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Bitcoin places personal responsibility on people

Brett Scott, author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (sold for Bitcoin), and the founder of London School Of Financial Activism, can be described as a Finance Chartered Activist. An economic explorer. I had the chance to meet Brett for a brief interview, before his presentation at London Bitcoin …

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Diversify The Ecosystem – Dark Wallet

I met Cody Wilson, minutes before he started his presentation at the London Bitcoin Expo in November. As there was some confusion around the busy programme’s schedule, things had to be rushed. We still found a seat and recorded an easy going, swift, but friendly chat. The main topic of our conversation was: why Dark …

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Bitcoin Focus – Framing The Debate

As before, the theme of the BitcoinFocus event was to remain accessible to all. A big thank you to the sponsors at @TechHub, @coindesk and @diacle_ for allowing to keep these events free to attend and to keep the food and drink flowing. Also, a big thank you to Paul @bitcoinfocus for a fantastic organisation. First up, …

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The Threat Of Centralization

Wendell Davies is the founder of Hive, an iOS wallet application that raises the standard of built in social and consumer features. Very energetic, well-traveled and an open-source advocate, Wendell is an early adopter who is been riding the Bitcoin wave for a while. I met Wendell outside of a VC pitch session on the …

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There Is Nothing That Can Stop Bitcoin

 ‏@kyledrake is an influential eco-system hacker. CoinPunk, a DIY wallet service, is his encrypted browser wallet development. He was given a grant from the Bitcoin Foundation to develop this project and at the same time he is collaborating with the Dark Wallet initiative. A de-centralised freedom fighter. I had the great pleasure of spending some …

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Lavender Scent – Bitcoin Singapore 2013

Bitcoin Singapore 2013 was opened with a day of start-ups pitch sessions that had no less than fifty venture capitalists showing interest. The first Asia Pacific conference second day saw many talented start up founders and developers sharing their interpretation of what Bitcoin’s eco-system needs. Organized by SeedCoin, a virtual incubator that has an arm …

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Bitcoin Takes Away Power From The State

Aaron Koenig, the founder of BXB Berlin, Bitfilm Productions, and Blink Magazine, believes that Bitcoin can help to build a free society. A student of the Austrian School of economics, he champions Bitcoin and free markets, advocating that all relations between people are voluntary. I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron in the last @bitcoineurope, …

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Bitcoin Is A Transition Technology

With background in Cryptography and as a senior writer in Bitcoin Magazine, Vitalik Buterin seems like one of the best well-versed out there. While on his cross Atlantic Bitcoin expedition, we recorded a long conversation for my documentary project. Trying to cover as many topics as possible, in-order to learn Vitalik’s (whom I’ve been reading …

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Bitcoin, Balance And Motivation To Grow

Circuit bending art, code and activism, raising awareness to Bitcoin giving a Carte Blanche in the Forex market, Jaromil is an ‘open-source’ OS developer par excellence. Inspired by dear friends in the community, he showed interest in an early adoption stage. In April 2011, answering the question: ‘Bitcoins – Isn’t this simply a distributed structure …

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Liberty Haze – European Bitcoin Convention – Amsterdam

The first European Bitcoin Convention that took place in Amsterdam, September 26-28, was a vibrant explosion of enthusiasm and evangelism. The spirit of progression towards a mass adoption of Bitcoin felt like a welcoming brain-storming marathon with some of the most exciting the eco-system has to offer. The organizers did a fantastic job with the …

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Internet Voting Systems and Bitcoin – Restart Democracy

As part of the research for my upcoming documentary IamSatoshi, I was viewing the Blockchain as means for a voting system. My exploration led me to Restart Democracy, and I had the chance to record a lively conversation with Chris Camp, the founder. Chris explains what Restart Democracy is and talks about their latest mission: …

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Taking Payments Outside Of The Banking System

After listening to the presentation by Adam Vaziri at the @bitcoinfocus event, I had the pleasure of meeting with him to discuss Bitcoin, E-money and The Regulators. Adam explains what E-money is and the challenges it faced (and still to some extend is), from the regulators 13 years ago. It is not difficult to find the …

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Digital Currencies Are Here To Stay

With a background in business, psychology and technology, Javier Marti, the author of Mobile, Domains and the Future, a book about the mobile revolution that is helping to change the world; thinks that Bitcoin is currently doing something similar. The founder of Bitcoin Global Investments, which he describes as a combination of TrendWatching.com, Moody’s and …

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Bitcoin Buffer – Part 2

Hakim’s back in the UK after a month of a Bitcoin Buffer awareness campaign in mainland Europe. He attended the International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in the Netherlands, where he also met with Community Forge, a non-profit association that designs, develops and provides complementary currency systems and tools. In Brussels, Hakim met with local …

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Bitcoin Focus – The bigger picture

The third presentation of the @bitcoinfocus event was: The Bigger Picture, by @javiermarti , founder, Bitcoin Global Investment. Javier shared his opinions on how governments and financial institutions will approach the rise of a crypto-currency world and, whether they choose to fight it or ultimately embrace it. Javier mentions indebted governments, insolvent banks, rising global unemployment …

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