Ulterior States Documentary

Ulterior States, an IamSatoshi production, is an argumentative documentary project. The participatory development, production and post ‘guerilla-film-making-methods’, bounced between (non-academic) literature research, video interviews and studio sessions. This investigative process allowed having real-life conversations with some thought leaders within the Bitcoin ecosystem. In an attempt to portray the community behind the message to adopt a …

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Coinscrum: Credits – Powering The First Blockchain For Government

Partnering with the Isle of Man government for this initial project, Credits aims to provide flexible [private] blockchains that are ready for existing industry use and deployment. Credits’ founder and lead developer, Nick Williamson, explained their tech and talked about the ready-to-go use cases that have allowed them to seal this deal. Brownie points to …

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Bit-Loft

A beautiful Loft, West of Shoredich’s triangle. Typical London rainy afternoon, jet lagged visitors, noting a current West Coast temperature. I got the chance to spend a few magical evenings with three lead thinkers in the open-source, decentralised and bitcoin community. Elizabeth Starks, an entrepreneur, promoting the future of digital currency and decentralised technologies at …

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Blockchain Technology Affords Tracking Supply-chains Anonymously

The social element of the Blockchain is perhaps the most interesting bit. On the one hand, we’ve proved that people can create money, and the public opinion with regards to the legitimacy of an alternative crypto-currency is shifting in its favour. On the other hand, the potential of using a decentralised, distributed, free ledger is …

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CoinScrum and Proof of Work: Tools for the Future 2

The second Tools For The Future Event, hosted by London’s Coinscrum and Proof of Work Media, was as much of a success as the first one. With a crowed larger than 120 people and the night-club set-up, the event felt like crypto is finding a lost social aspect, out of geek-finance and is making its …

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[Bitcoin] Enabling online commerce with Nigeria

I had the pleasure of meeting Geoffrey Weli-Wosu in the last Bitcoin Expo in London. Geoffrey is the London compliance and marketing director for Vogue Pay, Africa’s biggest payment processor. I was interested to know whether their new Bitcoin relationship with the South African exchange Ice Cubed, will provide a new service that Nigerian online …

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The Blockchain Is Telling A Story About Justice [trust-doesnt-scale]

Chris Ellis is a busy journalist. I’ve been following Chris’s work, as he’s been writing, streaming and recording crypto-currency related events for nearly two years. Chris uses Proof of Publishing techniques for some of his investigative and identity ventures. PoP being a main topic in my documentary research, I sat with Chris to record a …

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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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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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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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[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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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Bitcoin Focus – Bitcoin 101

The local Bitcoin Meetup Group got together on July 24th for ‘something more formal’. Taking over the floor of the soon to be launched Alpha Beta Tech-Hub building on the edge of the city. The idea of the new quarterly ‏@bitcoinfocus event is to cover relevant ground that is informative to both newcomers to the …

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LocalBitcoins Visits London

LocalBitcoins has 300 new users each day, more than 50k users altogether, and more than 500 trades a day. There are currently 4 people working full time (security and escrow). This is Jeremias Kangas full-time project. I met Jeremias when he was in town for the BTCLondon event on July 2. An innovative Bitcoin Eco …

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Bitcoin Buffer

Hakim stood up and introduced Bitcoin Buffer: a mission to encourage/persuade governments to adopt Bitcoin. Not as primary currency but alongside the established fiat. We looked at him and thought, “Is he crazy?” Was the look of enthusiasm in his eyes telling of more? Shortly after this we met Hakim formally. Any doubts or questions …

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