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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.

The What Bitcoin Did Podcast 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.

    WTF is Going on in the Markets? With Raoul Pal, Caitlin Long & Travis Kling

    WTF is Going on in the Markets? With Raoul Pal, Caitlin Long & Travis Kling

    “This isn’t going to be Trump’s problem, this isn’t going to be J. Powell’s problem, this isn’t Biden’s problem, this isn’t Mnuchin’s problem. It’s not going to be any of their problems, it’s going to be our problem.”— Travis Kling
    Location: ZoomDate: Monday 29th JuneCompany/Project: Real Vision, Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, Ikigai Asset ManagementRole: Co-Founder & CEO, Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer
    In late 2019 and early 2020, the global economy was showing signs of stress. Even before coronavirus, we saw the Fed having to step in and provide liquidity for the repo market and issuing rate cuts. But the rapid spread of coronavirus around the world and the resulting lockdowns has further exposed cracks in the global economy.
    Stock markets experienced high volatility as the economic impact of businesses closing hit with Wall Street suffered its worst day since ‘Black Monday’ and oil prices going negative for the first time in history. Governments responded with unprecedented levels of quantitative easing, and some countries are now seeing their currencies collapsing.
    Many analysts have suggested that rather than coronavirus being the cause of this economic downturn, it was instead the black swan event that acted as the pin that popped the bubble and the enormous debts that have been amounting for decades was a disaster waiting to happen.
    Over the past year, I have spoken to several economists including Raoul Pal, Caitlin Long and Travis Kling, all of whom warned that a financial collapse is coming.
    So, what is happening at the moment, what can we expect to see next, and how can we all prepare?
    This interview is from a panel I recently hosted for Real Vision’s The Crypto Gathering, with Raoul Pal, Caitlin Long & Travis Kling. We discuss the early warning signs of systemic issues in the global macroeconomy, what might happen next and where Bitcoin fits into this.
    This episode’s sponsors:
    Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial servicesSportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.
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    WBD238 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/wtf-is-going-on-in-the-markets
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    The 1 Bitcoin Trump Bet with American HODL & Phil Geiger

    The 1 Bitcoin Trump Bet with American HODL & Phil Geiger

    “Pete, if me and you watch the election together and Trump wins, I’m going to feel this weird mix of feelings because I will have just taken 5 grand of you… but I’m also going to be pretty f*****g worried because I think we’re going to immediately see riots.”— American HODL
    Location: ZoomDate: Tuesday 23rd July Company/Project: N/A & Unchained Capital Role: N/A & Director of Product Marketing
    Throughout 2019, President Trump's re-election campaign looked to be on steady ground, but 2020 has been a very different story.
    Following the outbreak of COVID-19, countries across the world have gone into lockdown. However, Trump, Fox News and a large number of key Republicans initially played down the risk of the pandemic, and Trump has faced fierce criticism for his lack of decisive action. The US has been the most severely affected country, with around one quarter of all recorded infections and deaths.
    During this same period, the killing of George Floyd sent shockwaves across America. Millions took to the streets to protest police brutality and to campaign for Black Lives Matter. Many of these protests quickly turned violent and, again, Trump was criticised for his lack of decisive action and leadership, epitomised when he retreated to his bunker rather than addressing the nation.
    The pandemic and protests have opened up the election race, and while Trump has furiously Tweeted, Joe Biden has mostly retreated from public view. Support for Trump appears to be dropping, and most recently, Trump's rally in Tulsa was only attended by 6,200 people in attendance, in a building with a 19,000 capacity.
    While 2020 has been mostly negative for Trump's re-election campaign, he does have fiercely loyal supporters, and while the polls indicate Biden has a clear lead, this will likely be another close election.
    I tweeted that I would bet anyone $5,000 in Bitcoin that Trump would lose. American Hodl (@hodl_american) took me up on the bet. Phil Geiger, from Unchained Capital, agreed to arbiter the debt, holding the 3rd key in a multisig wallet we set up using Unchained Capital's Caravan product.
    In this interview, Hodl, Phil and I discuss the bet, US politics, if the current economic and social situation is positive or negative for Trump, populism, voter suppression and the election race.
    This episode’s sponsors:
    Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial servicesSportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.
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    WBD237 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/the-1-bitcoin-trump-bet-with-american-hodl-phil-geiger
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    Bitcoin UX & Marketing with Dan Held

    Bitcoin UX & Marketing with Dan Held

    “We each have independent narratives, in terms of how we talk about Bitcoin, but we’re each part of the same team and I think we all agree that our objective here is to convert as many people to Bitcoin as possible.”— Dan Held
    Location: ZoomDate: Friday, 19th JuneCompany/Project: KrakenRole: Director of Business Development
    The very early believers in Bitcoin tended to fall into two camps, the Libertarians who were drawn to the censorship resistance & self-sovereignty of Bitcoin and the tech-savvy developers who saw a new experimental technology that was the first to truly offer a distributed & decentralised digital money.
    As Bitcoin has gained in value, it too has grown to appeal to audiences that don’t necessarily fit into these two camps. Fewer tech-savvy people have come to Bitcoin for ‘number go up’ more than the censorship resistance and decentralisation.
    For these people, coming into Bitcoin can be hostile and confusing. The community is understandably frosty to those not willing to learn about the importance of holding their own keys, protecting their privacy and being self-sovereign and the software can be confusing and unintuitive.
    For newcomers running a node is difficult, holding your private keys daunting and interacting with the community scary. So, improving both the UX and marketing of Bitcoin is key to attracting less technical people to the space.
    In this interview, I talk to Dan Held the Director of Business Development at Kraken. We discuss the importance of easy user experience, how Bitcoin can be a daunting experience, if newcomers should hold their private keys and why marketing matters.
    This episode’s sponsors:
    Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial servicesSportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.
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    WBD236 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/bitcoin-ux-marketing-with-dan-held
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    The Myth of Deflation with Jeff Booth

    The Myth of Deflation with Jeff Booth

    “We have grown up in a different world, we’ve been programmed that deflation is a bad thing.”— Jeff Booth
    Location: ZoomDate: Friday, 19th JuneRole: Entrepreneur & Author
    In an inflationary Keynesian economic system, governments target low inflation to ensure a healthy economy and steady growth; however, inflation functions as a hidden tax on savings. Inflation also leads to a drop in purchasing power which drives the incentive to spend and invest rather than save.
    Deflation, the opposite to inflation, is when the price of a basket of goods and services drops. Unlike inflation, deflation means the purchasing power of your savings increase over time and therefore, incentivises saving as opposed to spending.
    Many traditional economists see deflation as dangerous as people will reduce spend with an expectation of products becoming cheaper, but this leads to an economy based on growth at any cost. Jeff Booth, author of The Price of Tomorrow: Why deflation is the Key to an Abundant Future presents an alternative argument.
    In this interview, I talk to Jeff Booth, and we discuss the current economic & social situation, how an inflationary system has caused inequality & division and how Bitcoin & deflation can fix this.
    This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial servicesSportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.
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    WBD235 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/the-myth-of-deflation-with-jeff-booth
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    Is Apple Abusing its Monopoly Power? With David Heinemeier Hansson

    Is Apple Abusing its Monopoly Power? With David Heinemeier Hansson

    “If Apple chooses in their soul and absolute power to squash us now, there is literally nothing we can do but take it.”— David Heinemeier Hansson
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    Location: ZoomDate: Wednesday, 17th JuneProject: Basecamp Role: Founder & CTO
    New concerns have been raised around Apple's business model after the company rejected future updates for Basecamp's newly launched email app Hey. Apple initially approved the app, but then put it on hold — meaning Basecamp couldn't submit any updates or bug fixes until it added an option for users to subscribe to Hey's service through an in-app purchase.
    Basecamp has disputed this decision, saying it shouldn't be forced to allow users to sign up for Hey through in-app purchase, subjecting then to Apple's 30% tax on its subscription fee.
    HEY's predicament has highlighted inconsistencies in Apple's policy execution, having allowed other apps with similar business models to exist in the App Store without mandatory in-app subscriptions. They have also made exemptions for streaming applications and rivals; Amazon and Netflix.
    The case has raised questions about how Apple is operating and whether it's exercising an anti-competitive advantage over services from third-party developers.
    HEY's fight comes as the company is already facing two EU antitrust investigations after Spotify and other firms filed similar complaints to those raised by Basecamp.
    In this bonus episode, I talk to Basecamp Founder & CTO, David Hansson. We discuss Apple’s threats to remove their email app HEY from the App Store and Apple’s monopolistic business model.
    This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial servicesSportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.
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    WBD234 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/is-apple-abusing-its-monopoly-power-with-david-heinemeier-hansson
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    Next Level Bitcoin Privacy with Alex Gladstein & Chris Belcher

    Next Level Bitcoin Privacy with Alex Gladstein & Chris Belcher

    “The evolution of Bitcoin privacy has gone from creating doubt, to hopefully, in the future, making it impossible to link coins to a person. That is the key.”— Alex Gladstein
    Location: ZoomDate: Tuesday 16th JuneProject: Human Rights Foundation & Bitcoin Developer Role: Chief Strategy Officer & Independent Developer
    Privacy is a fundamental human right, and with society migrating away from physical to digital cash, we are losing one of the remaining ways to transact privately.
    Bitcoin is an entirely public ledger, in that every transaction is broadcast to everyone running the Bitcoin software. Anyone can view these transactions, but there are ways to obfuscate your spends and make it more difficult, or even close to impossible to follow the trail of transactions.
    Currently, the most widely used method for adding privacy to bitcoin is to use CoinJoin services like Wasabi or Samourai. These wallets allow you to add your UTXOs to a transaction along with numerous other participants. Coinjoin can significantly increase anonymity, depending on the number of other participants.
    Originally put forward by Greg Maxwell in 2013, Coinswap is a somewhat different method of anonymising your footprint on the Bitcoin network. Chris Belcher recently took the idea and put together a proposal and has received funding from the Human Rights Foundation to develop it.
    In this interview, I talk to Bitcoin developer Chris Belcher and Alex Gladstein, the Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. We discuss financial privacy as a human right, Bitcoin privacy, financing devs and Chris’ work on Coinswap.
    This episode’s sponsors:Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade BitcoinBlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial servicesSportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts BitcoinCasa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security.
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    WBD233 Show Notes: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/next-level-bitcoin-privacy-with-alex-gladstein-chris-belcher
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487 Ratings

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Great stuff

Peter is a great journalist who is well connected with some of the most interesting people in the Bitcoin space. He’s the best Bitcoin for beginners series for people who want to learn more about Bitcoin for the first time.

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Great place to start

I’ve learned so much from Peter and all of his guests. I cant thank him enough for the work he’s doing, it feels like the red pill from the matrix. Start with the beginners guide, and don't be afraid to tumble down the rabbit hole!

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Awesome Podcast!!!

Pete, host of The What Bitcoin Did Podcast, highlights all aspects of crypto and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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