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Against many challenges, Bitcoin, the worlds first true cryptocurrency has survived for over a decade. With What Bitcoin Did, podcast host Peter McCormack talks to experts in the world of Bitcoin. From developers to investors, journalists to Bitcoin company CEOs, you will learn about everything that is happening in the world of Bitcoin.

What Bitcoin Did Peter McCormack

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Against many challenges, Bitcoin, the worlds first true cryptocurrency has survived for over a decade. With What Bitcoin Did, podcast host Peter McCormack talks to experts in the world of Bitcoin. From developers to investors, journalists to Bitcoin company CEOs, you will learn about everything that is happening in the world of Bitcoin.

    Becoming a Bitcoin Core Developer with Amiti Uttarwar

    Becoming a Bitcoin Core Developer with Amiti Uttarwar

    “I think that having a global currency is inevitable at some point, whether in our lifetime or another, and I think Bitcoin is the kind of global currency I’d like to see.”— Amiti Uttarwar
    Location: SquadcastDate: Thursday 17th September Role: Bitcoin Core Developer
    Due to the decentralised nature of Bitcoin, committing to becoming a full-time core developer comes with challenges. While the Bitcoin network is worth over $200 billion, there is no central development fund to ensure that developers are working full time on the protocol.
    While there are numerous independent contributors, many developers rely on support from a growing number of companies such as Chaincode Labs, Blockstream, Lightning Labs and a handful of others who fund work on the protocol.
    In this interview, I talk to Bitcoin Core Developer Amiti Uttarwar. We discuss her residency at Chaincode Labs, contributing to Bitcoin Core, working on open source projects and the blacklist controversy.
    This episode’s sponsors:
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    Bitfinex - The Hacks, Tether and Bitcoin with Paolo Ardoino

    Bitfinex - The Hacks, Tether and Bitcoin with Paolo Ardoino

    “It’s important to us to support Bitcoin and to show respect to the coin that made all of this possible.”— Paolo Ardoino
    Location: SquadcastDate: Monday 7th September Company: BitfinexRole: CTO
    Bitfinex is one of the oldest and largest Bitcoin exchanges. Since 2014, the exchange has had to endure multiple hacks, including at $60 million theft in 2016.
    iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex, also oversees Tether. Tether is the largest stablecoin, regularly facilitating over $50 billion in daily trading volume and is supported by close to 150 exchanges. It too isn't without its controversies, there have been calls to audit Tether to prove that it is fully reserved and there are claims ether printing has been used to manipulate the markets.
    Despite the controversies, the Bitfinex and Tether teams have been instrumental in supporting the growth of Bitcoin.
    In this interview, I talk to Paolo Ardoino the CTO of Bitfinex. We discuss how Bitfinex dealt with the exchange hacks, protecting against future attacks, Tether, the Lightning Network and funding Bitcoin projects.
    This episode’s sponsors:
    Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.
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    The Bitcoin Bull Bull Bull with Michael Saylor

    The Bitcoin Bull Bull Bull with Michael Saylor

    ““I think that Bitcoin is the best hope that people have to make the world a better place, by providing this sovereign empowerment.”— Michael Saylor
    Location: SquadcastDate: Thursday 8th October Company: MicroStrategyRole: CEO
    In August, MicroStrategy made the bold move of purchasing 21,454 Bitcoin to add to their treasury, spending $250 million. In doing so, CEO Michael Saylor stated that he views Bitcoin as a "dependable store of value and an attractive investment asset with more long-term appreciation potential than holding cash".
    The next month MicroStrategy announced that they had doubled down on their conviction in Bitcoin and acquired an additional 16,796 Bitcoin, taking their total spend to $425 million. This move sent a clear message to businesses everywhere that Bitcoin is a valuable asset and can be a key part of a company's treasury.
    Following in the footsteps of Microstrategy, last week Square announced that they too had added Bitcoin to their treasury with the purchase of 4,709 Bitcoin for ~$50 million.
    In the second part of my interview with Michael Saylor, the CEO of Microstrategy, we discuss his Bitcoin value proposition, his view on maximalism and alts, privacy, decentralisation and the Bitcoin circular economy.
    This episode’s sponsors:
    Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.
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    WBD269 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/the-bitcoin-bull-bull-bull
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    If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:
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    Bitcoin in the Boardroom with Michael Saylor

    Bitcoin in the Boardroom with Michael Saylor

    “I realised I’m on a melting ice cube of $500 million worth of money, the purchasing power is dwindling at 10% to 20% a year, I have to do something.”— Michael Saylor
    Location: SquadcastDate: Thursday 8th October Company: MicroStrategyRole: CEO
    In August, MicroStrategy made the bold move of purchasing 21,454 Bitcoin to add to their treasury, spending $250 million. In doing so, CEO Michael Saylor stated that he views Bitcoin as a "dependable store of value and an attractive investment asset with more long-term appreciation potential than holding cash".
    The next month MicroStrategy announced that they had doubled down on their conviction in Bitcoin and acquired an additional 16,796 Bitcoin, taking their total spend to $425 million. This move sent a clear message to businesses everywhere that Bitcoin is a valuable asset and can be a key part of a company's treasury.
    Following in the footsteps of Microstrategy, last week Square announced that they too had added Bitcoin to their treasury with the purchase of 4,709 Bitcoin for ~$50 million.
    In this interview, I talk to Michael Saylor, the CEO of Microstrategy. We discuss their Bitcoin purchase, where his conviction in Bitcoin came from, Square buying Bitcoin and the process of adding Bitcoin to a public companies treasury.
    This episode’s sponsors:
    Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.
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    WBD268 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/bitcoin-in-the-boardroom
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    If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:
    Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contribute
    Make a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank you
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    Bitcoin Toxicity with Giacomo Zucco & Neil Woodfine

    Bitcoin Toxicity with Giacomo Zucco & Neil Woodfine

    “It may be one shot, it’s important, the consequences on civilisation are huge, so we want to be over-cautious about not compromising the culture or the technical features of Bitcoin.”— Giacomo Zucco
    Location: SquadcastDate: Thursday 24th September Company: BHB Network & BlockstreamRole: Director & Marketing Director
    Bitcoin can be a toxic place. Ask the wrong question or fall on the wrong side of an argument; the community can be vicious in its response. It is a daunting place with Bitcoiners not only clashing with altcoin projects but with each other regarding Bitcoin ideas too. Rarely a day passes without a fight of some kind exploding on Twitter.
    However, toxicity plays an important role. Bitcoin is a threat to the legacy financial system, and being decentralised; anyone can contribute. Bitcoin is therefore open to a broad range of attacks from technical to social and Bitcoin's immune system defends against these attacks to protect the protocol.
    Segwit2x highlighted how a group might choose to co opt Bitcoin with dangerous consequences. Radical scepticism is levelled against other projects, people and companies to ensure that no outside party can have a negative influence on the future of the best money we have ever had.
    So, what are the positives and negatives of toxicity in Bitcoin? When does toxicity cross the line and are there any unintended consequences?
    In this interview, I am joined by Bitcoin consultant and educator Giacomo Zucco and Neil Woodfine, Marketing Director for Blockstream. We discuss toxic Bitcoin maximalism, unintended consequences and politics within Bitcoin.
    This episode’s sponsors:
    Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.
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    WBD267 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/bitcoin-toxicity
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    If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:
    Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contribute
    Make a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank you
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    How Bitcoin is Helping Protesters in Belarus with Alex Gladstein & Jaraslau Likhachevski

    How Bitcoin is Helping Protesters in Belarus with Alex Gladstein & Jaraslau Likhachevski

    “I’ve never been a crypto enthusiast, I never believed in it… until this summer.”— Jaraslau Likhachevski
    Location: SquadcastDate: Wednesday 30th September Company: Human Rights Foundation & BYSOLRole: Chief Strategy Officer
    Belarus is in the midst of massive protests, sparked in August by an election win for the long time leader of the country, Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko has been in power since the first presidential election in Belarus in 1994 when the country gained independence from the Soviet Union. The constitution following independence limited presidents to two terms but Lukashenko fought to change this and has remained in power since.
    Following the disputed election on August 9th hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets claiming Lukashenko rigged the election results. Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is claiming that she is the rightful president with reports that she had won 60-70% of the votes.
    These marches have become violent with Lukashenko's state security forces using rubber bullets, tear gas and extreme brutality against the protesters.
    Protestors are targeting state infrastructure by striking. To support those standing up to the regime, the Human Rights Foundation has set up a Belarus Solidarity Fund. They are using Bitcoin as a censorship-resistant way of getting money to those striking to supplement their lost wages.
    In this interview, I talk to Alex Gladstein the Chief Strategy Officer at The Human Rights Foundation and Jaraslau Likhachevski from BYSOL We discuss the political situation in Belarus, the protests and how Bitcoin is helping activists.
    This episode’s sponsors:
    Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology.
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    WBD266 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/how-bitcoin-is-helping-protesters-in-belarus
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    If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my doing the following:
    Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contribute
    Make a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank you
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The best podcast out there to help you learn about Bitcoin in many aspects. In the future tales of the «blockchain war» Blackbeard McCormack will be remembered as one of the fiercest warriors in the Bitcoin army.

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