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Introduction to Dandelion (BIP 156) with Giulia Fanti – The Coin Pod, Ep. 28

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Giulia Fanti, a computer scientist who introduced the Dandelion protocol in early 2017 as an effort to improve the anonymity of Bitcoin transactions joins me to discuss the details her proposal, the importance of anonymous peer-to-peer payments, and her experiences working with Bitcoin Core developers.

> Read “Dandelion: Redesigning the Bitcoin Network for Anonymity” > Read BIP 156

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The Bitcoin Standard with Saifedean Ammous – The Coin Pod, Ep. 26

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Four months ago, Dr. Saifedean Ammous published the most succinct apology for Bitcoin as a viable alternative to state-issued fiat currency in his book “The Bitcoin Standard,” which also serves as a de fact apology for the perennially controversial idea known as Bitcoin Maximalism. Regardless of your opinions on cryptocurrency, Dr. Ammous’ thoughts are well worth hearing.

Dr. Ammous, when he’s not being interviewed or tweeted at, is an …

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Bitcoin, eh? – The Coin Pod, Ep. 20

This week, The Coin Pod travels (virtually) to Canada to learn about the state of Bitcoin mining, regulation, adoption, etc. from Francis Pouliot, long-time advocate and activist and CEO of Satoshi Portal.

Francis offers a unique perspective on the political, social, and technical aspects of Bitcoin and the roles he’s played in each sphere. Canada is a relatively tech-savvy nation of early adopters with enormous potential to become a hub not only for …

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Defining and Forking Bitcoin with Daniel Krawisz – The Coin Pod, Ep. 17

Controversy is a hallmark of almost every discussion about Bitcoin, and podcasts like this one are an excellent platform for discussing contentious opinions.

This seventeenth coin pod features Daniel Krawisz’ flatly controversial, provocative opinions on Bitcoin forks, defining bitcoin, competing versions of bitcoin, the Lindy Effect, and much more. Daniel co-founded the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute, is a software developer, and hosts the YouTube show “Bitcoin Stuff.” He and I didn’t agree on much, …

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The Virus is Spreading with Mark Yusko – The Coin Pod, Ep. 16

Institutional investors increasingly flock toward bolstering Bitcoin adoption and grow its developing community. Even though these efforts aren’t universally seen as a net positive development, a strong case can be made for the benefits of “big money” entering Bitcoin.

Ethan Ackerman joins me to co-host this coin pod in which we chat about institutional investors entering bitcoin, investing in altcoins, maximalism, and more with Mark Yusko, a fervent bitcoin apologist, an active investor in the …

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Threats to Bitcoin: the Real and the Reachy with Giacomo Zucco – The Coin Pod, Ep. 14

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For nearly ten years, Bitcoin has been widely known as an experiment, something new, yet-to-be proven resoundingly successful, and very much in its early stages of development. Whether Bitcoin is still an experiment or not, the rivals of, nominal threats to, and vitriol for the project compound daily. Separating the inconsequential noise from potentially serious threats to Bitcoin is crucial.

For this episode, I chatted with Giacomo Zucco about threats to …

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Bitcoin Journalism with Kyle Torpey – The Coin Pod, Ep. 13

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Journalists who cover Bitcoin are perennially controversial figures (as are all journalists, really) who face extraordinary criticism for the news and opinions they share about Bitcoin and other alt-coins. Journalists who hate Bitcoin and those who own Bitcoin are equally criticized by opposing sides in the “crypto” space, and opinions which later prove incorrect are typically doubled down on instead of corrected.

To address as much of the Bitcoin journalism controversy …

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Reflections on Diversity in Bitcoin and “Crypto” with Desiree Dickerson – The Coin Pod, Ep. 11

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Many of the most important contributions to Bitcoin (and cryptocurrency, in general) come from female developers, attorneys, journalists, etc. even though statistically women comprise a relatively small percentage of “crypto” users and contributors, according to the best available data.

For this episode, Soona Amhaz joins me to chat with Desiree Dickson about her work as the Blockchain & Digital Currency Fellow at Women for Women and her opinions on the diversity …

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