My name is Brad Mills, I am a Bitcoiner. I'm an average person, I just got into Bitcoin early. I'm not a coder, I look at this space from the point of view of a regular user. I believe BTC is the best form of money. It’s free speech money. Digital Gold. Programmable money for the age of the Internet, uncensorable, peer to peer cash. A new asset class, a store of value. One of the most important open source inventions of our time, gifted to the world by an anonymous creator whose identity is still not known! I fell down the rabbit hole & have been following Bitcoin since 2011. This podcast is my evolving journey in the world of cryptocurrency as I try to reconcile my bitcoin maximalist philosophy & my respect for the Austrian Economic, Libertarian & Cypherpunk roots of bitcoin's creation with the desire to stack BTC by investing in the rest of the space. I hope you enjoy the conversations.
Navigating the Cryptocurrency Chessboard with Guests Lyn Alden, Dylan LeClair, and Checkmate
On this episode of Magic Internet Money host Brad Mills invites investment strategist Lyn Alden, and analysts Dylan LeClair, and Checkmate onto the show to get into the thick of the technology of blockchains, namely on the topic of censorship resistance and the potential impact the Ethereum 2.0 merge might have in the world of cryptocurrencies.
Freedom Currency for the Freedom Convoy
On this episode of Magic Internet Money, host Brad Mills invites Freedom Convoy activist and Bitcoin advocate, BJ Dichter onto the show. They discuss his experience with the Freedom Convoy movement and the consequent protests in Ottawa in 2022. BJ tells the story of how he got into Bitcoin and blockchain technology slowly but surely during his time at Ryerson University. The pair discuss the nature of politics in Canada and the up-and-coming conservative politician Pierre Poilievre. Brad and BJ talk about their experience learning about how the money supplies work and who runs them behind the scenes. The two wrap up the show with a discussion about Roger Ver and his anti-Bitcoin antics, as well as how the cryptocurrency space differs significantly from the Bitcoin space.
00:00:21 - Show introduction
00:01:01 - The state of vaccination status in Canada
00:09:08 - Pierre Pollievre and Canadian politics
00:21:25 - Introducing BJ Dichter
00:31:17 - About BJ’s time at Ryerson University, postmodernism, politics
00:47:19 - Brad on unelected bankers, conversation about monetary systems
01:01:20 - The potential significance of Bitcoin
01:12:21 - A culture shift around Bitcoin and crypto, financial institutions
01:19:50 - Conversation about Roger Ver
01:32:30 - Bitcoin and censorship, competing against cryptocurrency and central banks
01:56:00 - Censorship, power, and Web 2.0 institutions
02:07:00 - Bitcoin and blockchain networking
02:10:30 - Outro and plugs
Thinking Clearly about the Banking System
Frances Coppola (author of The Case for People’s Quantitative Easing) joins Brad Mills to break down the evolution and inner workings of the financial system. The two walk through the last 100 years of changes to central banks and monetary policy to arrive at the current state of banking in 2020 and beyond. This episode helps contextualize bitcoin in the broader scope of the international financial system by understanding the nuances around money creation and distribution.
In this episode, Brad sits down with Anthony "Pomp" Pompliano. Pompliano — colloquially called Pomp, is an entrepreneur, investor and podcast host. He's also one of the most recognizable personalities in crypto — with 1.5+ million followers on Twitter and regularly appearing on TV to debunk misinformation about bitcoin throughout the industry.
Pomp has invested over $100 million in tech startup companies, owns Bitcoin, and has often been the voice of reason in Bitcoin diehards' and Bitcoin skeptics' showdowns.
He has an initiative called PompCryptoJobs, through which job seekers can connect with industry employers. Pomp and Brad delve into that, some of the shockers in the industry's 2019-2021 cycle, and how to strike a chord among all Bitcoin camps in this episode. Tune in!
Zion: The Lightning Social Network
On this episode of Magic Internet Money, host Brad Mills meets with entrepreneur Justin Rezvani to discuss his social media project, Zion. Inspired by a censorship-heavy environment on large social media platforms whose hands are forced by governments, Rezvani introduces a social network that is built on Bitcoin. Mills shares his experiences with the Bitcoin community and concerns with the censorship present on large platforms outside of social media, such as YouTube. Justin discusses his interview with YouTuber JP Sears and other influential voices in the fight against censorship.
Time Stamps (Condensed)
00:00:20 - Show start
00:01:00 - Introduction
00:02:35 - Internet censorship and the suppression of free speech
00:14:40 - Twitter spaces, Clubhouse plugs
00:16:11 - Interview with Justin starts
00:21:51 - Leaving the social media giants, addictive algorithms
00:28:40 - The value perspective of new social media platforms, tech companies
00:36:06 - Bitcoin and the future of entrepreneurship
00:43:00 - Justin on his conversation with JP Sears
00:46:01 - Justin’s relationship with Tony Robbins, internet infrastructure
00:51:25 - The strength of companies as builders, market signals
00:58:10 - Capital allocation and patronage for bitcoin tech and culture
01:02:42 - Sovereign social media, webs of trust, decentralised identity
01:16:43 - Outro, social media plugs
Bitcoin, DeFi, and Long Term Perspectives
Brad Mills talks about the issues he sees in the current Web3 landscape and venture capital’s role in shaping it. He discusses how NFTs, DeFi yield farming, and memecoins are a potential blackhole for uninformed investment money in the long-term. Preston Pysh and Jeremy Rubin join and provide commentary on their positions when it comes to Bitcoin and its relation with DeFi. The group discusses the future of Bitcoin and altcoins within the current world economic framework before opening the floor to questions from listeners.
My Go-To Guy for BItcoin info
I always have to listen to Brad’s podcast twice..and take notes! He’s a wealth of information and such a great storyteller as only a Cape Breton boy could be (my family roots are there). I’ve been learning about Bitcoin for a couple of years and after finding this podcast, I finally got the clear and concise advice I wanted as I move down the BTC rabbit hole. By far one of the best out there.
Makes it easy to get started!
Just starting out on our bitcoin journey - Brad makes it easy and understandable!
This dude is everything I love about Canadians and bitcoin.