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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Financial Cryptography and Networks

Ian Grigg is the editor of the fantastic blog Financial Cryptography and, the inventor of the Ricardian Transaction Suite. Ian is a crypto-currency veteran, dating back to the late 90’s and his involvement with E-gold; through new related ventures in development that have been experimenting/implementing Ricardian Contracts. I was first introduced to Ian’s work through …

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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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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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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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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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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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[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 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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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 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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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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Information As The Primary Commodity

Train to Tottenham, through Banglatown, past the land of the Hassids to a leafy street with crack-pipes for sale on the corner. The house, bohemian, French Moroccan interior. Clouds of smoke from Ketama. Books piled on books piled on books. A transistor radio the favoured means of communication from the outside world. Electricity is not …

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