Hosted by Bitcoin Magazine’s John Riggins, Bitcoin in Asia, gives listeners insight into the minds of the leading experts in the Asia cryptocurrency scene. For beginners and experts, each episode tackles the complex and significant topics facing the current state of Bitcoin in Asia, bridging the information gap between the East and West.
Bitcoin in Nigeria with Ahyke Otutubuike BIA 35
Our guest this week is Ahyke Otutubuike, a technical writer and Bitcoin user based in Nigeria. Nigeria has been in the news this month as its central bank issued a directive, prohibiting regulated financial institutions from dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges and companies that touch crypto, essentially unbanking them. Ahyke had a piece in Bitcoin Magazine this past week explaining the situation and adding context for the Bitcoin’s place in Nigeria’s economy overall, and we get additional analysis from him here. We discuss the momentum for Bitcoin in Nigeria and its main use cases, national economic factors behind the central bank’s move and what he sees as the main driver of the move, and what comes next.
Ahyke’s Bitcoin Magazine article
Follow Ahyke on Twitter @AhykeCop
Poolin's Alejandro De La Torre on Hashrate Backed Tokens and Taproot - BIA 34
Our guest this week is Alejandro De La Torre, Vice President at Poolin. Alejandro and Poolin are managing taprootactivation.com to improve on the communication and transparency of the Taproot activation process specifically. Poolin has also recently launched hashrate backed token, one that represents 1 Th of hashrate in their own mining operation and is already trading.
Alejandro has been in Bitcoin data and mining space since 2014 when he founded SendChat, later acquired by wallet and data service Blocktrail, where Alejandro led BD until it was acquired by Bitmain. Inside of Bitmain, Alejandro cofounded BTC.com, and led their European office during the Segwit upgrade process. Now back with former BTC.com colleagues at Poolin, Alejandro leads their global BD. We discuss Poolin’s hashrate backed token and why it is gaiing traction as a novel market entrant and the progress of taprootaxtivation.com and what comes next in the activation process. Alejandro also shares his thoughts on recent news in North America around DCG’s Foundry and Blockstream as well as Bitmain’s split and how he sees the prospects for each separate entity.
Quick Hits with Molly of Hashkey Hub - BIA 33
After a little holiday break we are kicking off 2021 with a quick hitting episode. Our guest is Molly, head of marketing at HashKey Hub. Molly was Bitcoin Magazine’s first employee in Asia and combines that early Bitcoin experience with a lot of success rolling out Bitcoin products in Asia with Hashkey. This is more of a rapid fire episode with Molly’s perspective on mainstream media coverage of Bitcoin in China, the growth of Bitcoin interest products, the Asian view of GBTC and more.
Niall Ferguson on Bitcoin and Financial Evolution BIA 32
Our guest this week is Niall Ferguson. Niall is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of 15 books, including The Ascent of Money and has at least two in the works in the upcoming Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe as well as part two of his excellent Henry Kissinger biography.
Niall also writes a regular column for Bloomberg Opinion. In this episode we dig into Niall’s recent Bloomberg piece “Bitcoin Is Winning the Covid-19 Monetary Revolution” and discuss the history of financial evolution, including how the current iteration of that evolution is playing out between China and the US and how he views Bitcoin in that context. We also discuss the qualities that make Bitcoin a significant advance and the broader importance of decentralization and sovereignty.
Find Niall online at niallferguson.com and on Twitter @nfergus
Bitcoin Hardware and Security with Lixin Liu of Cobo Vault - BIA31
Our guest this week is Lixin Liu head of hardware at Cobo and creator of Cobo Vault out of Shanghai. Lixin’s background in hardware and international product development made him Discus Fish’s choice when F2 Pool decided to get into the hardware and security game. We talk about building out Bitcoin hardware from the ground up, why it is valuable to the Bitcoin network to have increasing competition in the hardware product space, the difference between what Chinese miners and western retail users want in hardware products, trends he is seeing in institutional custody interest in Asia and more.
Coordinating Bitcoin Upgrades with Poolin's Alejandro De La Torre - BIA30
Our guest this week is Alejandro De Le Torre, Vice President at Poolin. Alejandro and Poolin have launched taprootactivation.com to improve on the communication and transparency of the Taproot activation process. Alejandro has been in Bitcoin since 2014 when he founded SendChat, later acquired by wallet and data service Blocktrail, where Alejandro led BD until it was acquired by Bitmain. Inside of Bitmain, Alejandro cofounded BTC.com, and led their European office during the Segwit upgrade process. Now back with former BTC.com colleagues at Poolin, Alejandro leads their global Business Development. We talk about lessons learned in the Segwit and blocksize debates, bitcoin upgrade activations and taprootaxtivation.com specifically, operating in the mining pool space and more.
Interesting way to learn about BTC
I wasn’t sure if this would be accessible as a relative newcomer to bitcoin, but it’s been a great resource to expand my perspective. Unique and compelling guests so far!
This series is just GREAT!!! Learnt so much !
Best way to learn bitcoin market in China!
John Riggins is extremely connected and brings real info about the Asian Bitcoin industry’s. Worth a listen.