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 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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CoinScrum and Proof of Work: Tools for the Future

CoinScrum‘s event at 93 Feet East marked the end of a year full of busy and diverse meetups and, the launch of Proof of Work. The night kicked off with an address from Louis Chang, the co-founder at the newly established London-based media and production house. Followed, in a world-class line up: Gavin Wood, director …

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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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 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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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 – Regulatory Landscape In The UK

The second presentation of the @bitcoinfocus event was by Adam Vaziri, from the e-payment compliance advisory @NeopayLtd. Adam discussed challenges that have already been faced by new entrants to the e-money space in the UK in recent years. Adam also shared some insight into the barriers Bitcoin start-ups will need to overcome, if they are to …

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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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We Accept Bitcoin – The Pembury Tavern

A bit boost to the local virtual currency economy, as a pub in East London (along with its sister establishments in Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough), has become the first in the UK to accept Bitcoin. The Pembury Tavern (Individual Pubs Limited), in Hackney, is a preferred hangout for local residents. The menu consists of quality …

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Bit-talk with BitcoinByte

After first reading about Bitcoin in a magazine in 2012, Michael Parsons soon became so interested in Bitcoin that it became his passion and career. He started  a blog and a twitter account and is now working on a Bitcoin exchange project. A chartered accountant by training and once a banking management consultant for KPMG …

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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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