29 episodes

Closing the Loop is a podcast about Bitcoin. In it, we will be speaking with the entrepreneurs, developers, and thinkers who are contributing to the evolution of this revolutionary technology. The podcast will also be an ongoing experiment of sorts, leveraging the latest developments in the broader ecosystem, highlighting and implementing solutions that foster censorship-resistant communication and new content monetization models. Join us in discovering the many possibilities that Bitcoin brings!

Closing the Loop John Vallis

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Closing the Loop is a podcast about Bitcoin. In it, we will be speaking with the entrepreneurs, developers, and thinkers who are contributing to the evolution of this revolutionary technology. The podcast will also be an ongoing experiment of sorts, leveraging the latest developments in the broader ecosystem, highlighting and implementing solutions that foster censorship-resistant communication and new content monetization models. Join us in discovering the many possibilities that Bitcoin brings!

    #29 - Abubakar Nur Khalil: Building, Investing, and Training the Next Generation of Bitcoin Developers in Africa

    #29 - Abubakar Nur Khalil: Building, Investing, and Training the Next Generation of Bitcoin Developers in Africa

    This episode's guest is Abubakar Nur Khalil, a contributor to bitcoin core and co-founder of Qala, a non-profit focused on training the next generation of bitcoin and lightning developers in Africa.

    He is also the CEO of Recursive Capital, a venture capital fund focused on funding African bitcoin startups. Finally, Abubakar is a founding member of B Trust, a non-profit funded by Jack Dorsey and Jay-Z, with the stated purpose of supporting the people and initiatives working to decentralize bitcoin development further.

    Though still relatively young, Abubakar's accomplishments in the bitcoin space are substantial. His curiosity, dedication, and humility with which he approaches life shine through in his work and this discussion.

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    • 1 hr 40 min
    #28 - Brent Whitehead: The Giga Energy Story and Bitcoin as the Ultimate Incentive for Revolutionizing the Energy Industry

    #28 - Brent Whitehead: The Giga Energy Story and Bitcoin as the Ultimate Incentive for Revolutionizing the Energy Industry

    Today’s guest is Brent Whitehead, co-founder of Giga Energy, a company that builds, operates, and sells equipment for off-grid bitcoin mining operations.

    The mobility, viability, and adaptability of bitcoin mining has in the last few years become recognized for the unique opportunities it represents, for capturing and monetizing stranded or 'waste' energy.

    As a result, the industry is currently experiencing a boom, as market participants respond to the incentive which now exists to turn a liability, into an asset, which has a global market and operates 24/7/365.

    This method of bitcoin mining is helping to increase resource efficiency, improve the economics of energy production and distribution, and helping to further decentralize and secure the bitcoin network.

    It’s an incredibly exciting development in the bitcoin ecosystem and bound to have many other positive downstream effects, which is why I invited Brent on to share more about his experiences and perspective.

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    • 2 hr 30 min
    #27 - Jean Amiouny: Bringing Canadians into the 'Bitcoin Golden Age'

    #27 - Jean Amiouny: Bringing Canadians into the 'Bitcoin Golden Age'

    This episode's guest is Jean Amiouny, co-founder and CEO of Canadian bitcoin exchange, Shakepay.

    Launched in 2015, Shakepay has become one of the most popular ways to buy bitcoin in Canada, with $7 billion in transaction volume and over one million Canadians signed up to the platform.

    As you'll hear in this discussion, while their current focus is on making it as easy as possible for Canadians to accumulate bitcoin, they have much bigger aspirations of ultimately taking on the five big legacy banks in Canada, re-creating the financial system on top of bitcoin, and ushering in what they call the "bitcoin golden age."

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    • 1 hr 49 min
    #26 - Lyn Alden: Bitcoin is the Technological Solution We Need

    #26 - Lyn Alden: Bitcoin is the Technological Solution We Need

    Today's guest is Lyn Alden, founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy, board director of Swan Bitcoin, and advisor to ego death capital.

    Lyn is one of the most highly regarded voices in finance today, both for her excellent commentary on the macroeconomic landscape as well as for her sober, analytical approach to understanding bitcoin. Lyn's ability to distill complex, multi-disciplinary topics into insights that anyone can comprehend has made her a favorite amongst expert investors and humble savers alike.

    With all the recent developments in the bitcoin world, as well as the volatility and uncertainty in all financial markets, we thought it was a perfect time to have a chat with Lyn and get her perspective on what's going on.

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    • 2 hr 15 min
    #25 - Gigi: Bitcoin Offers Deep Stability

    #25 - Gigi: Bitcoin Offers Deep Stability

    Welcome to Season 3 of Closing the Loop!

    As has become tradition, Gigi, our friend and colleague here at Seetee, software engineer, and prolific writer in the bitcoin space, has joined us once again, to get this season kicked off.

    In our conversation, we reflect on some of the guests and topics of Season 2, discuss our experiences at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway recently, and delve into some of the current events, developments, misunderstandings, and musings going on in 'bitcoin land' today.

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    • 2 hr 37 min
    #24 - Leopoldo López: A Life-Long Struggle for Freedom in Venezuela

    #24 - Leopoldo López: A Life-Long Struggle for Freedom in Venezuela

    Our guest today is Leopoldo López, a democracy activist, former political prisoner of the Maduro government, and national coordinator of the 'Voluntad Popular' political party in Venezuela.

    We recently met Leopoldo at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway and subsequently had the chance to spend some time with him and hear the harrowing story of his life-long fight for freedom in Venezuela.

    We also spoke to him about Bitcoin, the ways in which it can and does support the cause of freedom, and the critical distinctions between it and all other 'cryptocurrencies.'

    In our discussions, we came to greatly admire Leopoldo's character and found his genuine curiosity, humility, and questions about Bitcoin—something which was fairly new to him—to be very endearing. As a result, we thought it would be interesting to invite him on the show, to continue our discussion, and delve further into his fascinating and inspiring story.

    "If we figure out ways in which more people have access to financial freedom, that will, in turn, increase the probabilities to have a free society."

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    • 1 hr 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Rudyard 23 ,

Informative, educational and most of all enjoyable

Been enjoying this pod a lot. Great spectrum of guests giving a deep dive in to Bitcoin and a really good variety of guests - not just the usual suspects too. Particularly enjoyed Cory Sawn and Rodolfo Novak.

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