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Join Stephan as he interviews the sharpest economic and technical minds in Bitcoin & Austrian Economics to help you understand how money is changing and evolving. This is one of the leading podcasts in the space, and listening to this show is one of the fastest ways to learn and get up to speed on Bitcoin.
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Matt Corallo of Square Crypto, and long time bitcoin developer (now more focused on lightning) joins me on the show to talk about Taproot Activation, as well as review some of the history and nuance of prior soft forks in Bitcoin. We discuss: What is a fork What are the benefits of Taproot How the events of 2017 played out Dynamics of soft forks Taproot activation paths Flag day vs forced signalling UASF style LDK - Lightning Dev Kit Links: Twitter: @thebluematt Lightning Dev Kit: LightningDevKit.org Taproot links: Article: Understanding LOT=true or LOT=false by Aaron van Wirdum Article: Taproot Activation and the LOT Debate by Ben Kaufman Site: TaprootActivation.com (Mining Pool consensus effort by Alejandro from Poolin) Mailing list post: Summary of Taproot activation meeting on IRC 2/2/2021 by Michael Folkson Relevant prior episodes: SLP137 AJ Towns – Schnorr Taproot Tapscript BIPs SLP222 Jonas Nick and Tim Ruffing What’s MuSig2? What Does it Mean for Bitcoin Multisig? Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
David Bailey, CEO of BTC Media (including Bitcoin Magazine) rejoins me on the show to chat about the latest: Bitcoin 2021 is coming and it’ll be huge! We chat: Bitcoin 2021 and the guests The feeling of live conferences Bitcoin Magazine content Bitcoin’s growth in recent years Bitcoin culture David Bailey links: Twitter: @DavidFBailey Bitcoin 2021 conference Bitcoin Magazine UTXO Management Prior episode: SLP61 David Bailey – Refocusing on Bitcoin Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Gleb Naumenko, Bitcoin developer rejoins me to talk about his latest venture, The Label. We chat about: Bitcoin development and consulting Protocol development Cross layer considerations Bitcoin & Lightning attacks Time Dilation attacks CoinPool Links: Twitter: @ffstls Site: The Label Previous episode: SLP164 Gleb Naumenko – erlay Bitcoin transaction relay Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Dario Sneidermanis, Founder of Muun Wallet joins me to talk about the advanced technological approach taken by his team. We chat about: Muun as a single unified bitcoin + lightning balance A different approach with mnemonics and backups Lightning and channel management Splicing Use in Argentina and elsewhere around the world Links: Twitter: @esneider Twitter: @muunwallet Site: Muun.com Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Samson Mow CSO of Blockstream rejoins me on the show to chat about what’s going on with the new Jade hardware wallet, updates on Liquid & Bitcoin Mining: Jade hardware wallet Blockstream Green Why use Liquid vs Lightning Blockstream Mining Mining industry generally Samson links: Twitter @Excellion Site: Blockstream.com Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
NVK, CEO of CoinKite joins me on the show to talk about hardware wallets, air gapped computers and all kinds of useful security questions. This episode will help you learn about the kinds of attacks possible against air gapped computers and hardware wallets, as well as bring some nuance and balance to the conversation about how people should use Bitcoin. We chat: Locking down security Attacks possible against air gapped computers Multi sig vulnerabilities and standards Helping newcoiners in the space Balancing tradeoffs NVK links: Twitter: @nvk Site: CoinKite.com  (use code LIVERA) BitcoinSecurity.Guide Airgapcomputer.com Other links: Coinkite Coldcard vuln disclosure blog post The Missing Multisig Standard Bitcoin Secure Multisig Setup Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Dan Held rejoins me on the show to chat about HODL mindsets vs spending and mistakes made along the way. You’ll find a lot of value in this episode whether you are a new bitcoiner or an experienced hand. We chat: HODL Mindset Mistakes of spending and trading Using Bitcoin collateralised loans Property market for Bitcoiners Where we’re going Dan Held links: Twitter: @danheld Newsletter: danheld.substack.com Youtube: Dan Held YouTube Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Saylor Academy Bitcoin For Everybody Course: Saylor Academy Bitcoin For Everybody Course Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Andrew Henderson of Nomad Capitalist joins me on the show to talk about the benefits of nomad capitalism, using overseas residences and citizenships to obtain legal tax savings and increased freedom. We chat: Huge tax savings possible Risks and costs Considerations for Bitcoiners Being a nomad with a family Jurisdictional competition Adapting to a globally changing game Andrew Henderson links: Twitter: @nomadcapitalist Portugal Golden Visa Citizenship By Investment Golden Visa EU residence programs Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Stephan Kinsella and Jed Grant join me to chat about Open Crypto Alliance. We talk: Why IP laws are anti-liberty and anti-progress How progress has been delayed by improper concepts of property rights How Patent laws could hinder the Bitcoin industry The asymmetry of attack vs defense here How to stop overly broad patents How to support OCA Guest links: Site: https://www.opencryptoalliance.org/ Stephan twitter: @NSKinsella Jed twitter: @JediGrant Prior episodes: SLP15 – Intellectual Property, Bitcoin, and Internet Censorship, with Stephan Kinsella SLP211 Steve Lee – Bitcoin Grants, Design & Crypto Patents (COPA) Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin lend.Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Compass Mining Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Godfrey Bloom, Austrian economist, former politician, and libertarian author joins me to talk about what governments will do to Bitcoin. We discuss: Commonalities and differences with gold What he’s learned since first buying Bitcoin How governments may attempt to control Bitcoin How some people will use Bitcoin in spite of control Govt bans vs regulation Building a movement Godfrey Bloom's Links: Twitter: @Goddersbloom Website: godfreybloom.uk Prior episode: SLP217 Exploring Bitcoin With Godfrey Bloom Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Compass Mining Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Luke Gromen, founder of FFTT (Forest for the Trees) joins me to talk about his views on Bitcoin. We chat: Bitcoin as store of value, medium of exchange bifurcated Does Bitcoin recreate the Hunger Games? Bitcoin as Smoke Alarm US Govt debt Why rates can’t rise? Luke Gromen links: Twitter: @LukeGromen Site: FFT-LLC.com Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Have you wondered whether you should work in the Bitcoin industry or otherwise earn Bitcoin? Listen to this episode where Mandrik, OG Bitcoiner from 2011 joins me to share his stories of earlier days in Bitcoin. We chat: Libertarians and Bitcoin Early wallets Working at Bitcoin companies in those days Why earning will change your life Links: Twitter: @Mandrik Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Wiz and Simon of the mempool.space project join me to talk about how Bitcoin is evolving over time into a multi layered system. Mempool.space is a block visualizer and explorer that helps users target their fee levels and more. We chat: How the mempool.space project started The evolution of fees and bitcoin’s block space market Mempool.space v2 launch How fees might shift over time Techniques for dealing with bitcoin confirmation Future plans with mempool.space Links: Website: Mempool.space Twitter: @mempoolspace Twitter: Wiz: @wiz Twitter: Simon: @softsimon_ Prior episodes: SLP74 Wiz – Bitcoiners vs Shitcoiners SLP112 – Wiz and m52go – Bisq: Decentralised Bitcoin Trading Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Nik Bhatia, CFA, author and university lecturer (previously worked as a bond trader and at OpenNode) joins me to talk about Bitcoin and its role in a layered money world. We talk about the concept of money operating in layers and what this might look like going into the future. We also chat about the idea that Bitcoin could be the safest layer to operate at. Nik Bhatia links: Twitter: @timevalueofbtc Book: Layered Money Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Bitcoin price has been rising and some argue that it is tracking along with the S2F model! Others argue that this is statistically invalid. PlanB, pseudonymous analyst and creator of the S2F and S2FX models rejoins me on the show to talk: S2F and S2FX vs recent market action Critiques and spurious correlations Comparison with past cycles PlanB’s thoughts on whether this is the final cycle Macro factors - Tether and others Negative rates Cash and carry trade Previous episodes: SLP67 Plan B (@100trillionUSD) – Modelling Bitcoin’s digital scarcity through stock-to-flow techniques SLP86 PlanB – Frontrunning the Bitcoin Halvening? SLP122 PlanB – Responses to the S2F model SLP171 PlanB & Saifedean Ammous – Bitcoin S2FX, S2F, and Evolution From Collectible to Financial Asset Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Jonas Schnelli, one of the Bitcoin Core maintainers joins me to talk about Bitcoin development, contribution, funding and the ecosystem of Bitcoin. We get into: How contribution happens How to deal with conflict as a maintainer What rough consensus means Taproot Privacy Lightning Mining Outlook for next 5 years Jonas links: Twitter: @jonasschnelli Website: bitcoin.jonasschnelli.ch/ Github: github.com/jonasschnelli Prior episodes: SLP216 Gloria Zhao Learning Bitcoin Core Contribution & Hosting PR Review Club SLP229 John Newbery – Brink: Bitcoin DevelopmentJohn Newbery SLP124 Jon Atack – Bitcoin Core Contribution SLP211 Steve Lee – Bitcoin Grants, Design & Crypto Patents (COPA) SLP144 Steve Lee – Square Crypto and Supporting Bitcoin Development SLP137 AJ Towns – Schnorr Taproot Tapscript BIPs Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
In the Bitcoin world, we say “Don’t Trust, Verify”. But do we do this with our hardware and hardware wallets? Andrew “bunnie” Huang is a hacker and open hardware activist, holding a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He joins me and Nicolas Dorier (as guest co host) to talk about his new project and how it could be used in the Bitcoin world, potentially as a fully open source bitcoin hardware wallet. Links: Website: Precursor.dev Twitter: @bunniestudios Twitter: @nicolasdorier Prior episodes with Nicolas: SLP48 Nicolas Dorier and BTCPayServer – self hosted Bitcoin and Lightning payments SLP172 Nicolas Dorier & Kukks – P2EP Comes To BTCPay Server Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Jimmy Song and Robert Breedlove join me to talk about a new book they co-authored (with other authors) on Bitcoin and how it fixes fiat money. This new book is inspired by The Ethics of Money Production and Honest Money, which blends an austrian analysis of fiat money and fractional reserve banking, with a christian perspective. Links: Book: Thank God For Bitcoin Jimmy Song: @jimmysong Robert Breedlove: @breedlove22 Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
Jake Chervinsky, GC of Compound Finance joins me on the show to talk about Steven Mnuchin’s proposed new regulations for US Bitcoin companies and how to push back: What the new regulation would do Terminology ‘unhosted’ and self-hosted Compliance burden and chilling effect Can the regulations be pushed back? Non-US customers of US businesses FATF and how to push back Jake's link: Twitter: @jchervinsky Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
The market for high quality hardware wallets is becoming more competitive with new entrants over time. Zach Herbert & Ken Carpenter of Foundation Devices join me to talk about their new upcoming product, Passport. Passport is fully air gapped (QR or microSD), PSBT, and designed with an open source mindset. We chat: Zach and Ken’s history with Obelisk prior to Foundation Overview of Passport Features Approach with software QR air gapping Seed Generation Firmware updates Pricing and Timing Guest links: Website: https://foundationdevices.com/  (code LIVERA for discount) Twitter: @zachherbert Twitter: @KenOfFoundation Twitter: @FOUNDATIONdvcs Relevant episodes: SLP97 Michael Flaxman – Every Bitcoin Hardware Wallet Sucks SLP215 Michael Flaxman – 10x Your Bitcoin Security With Multisig SLP205 Specter Desktop Bitcoin Multi Sig with Stepan Snigirev & Ben Kaufman Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Knox Custody Hodl Hodl Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera
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𝙁𝘼𝘽𝙍𝙄𝘾𝙀 ⚡ ⱮαηɀΘ 🙃

That dashboard is amazing!

May 15th
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Sam Abtahi

I love the strategies he uses to explain. I think I was overwhelming the people who I tried to explain how to get started to.

Jan 16th
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Sam Abtahi

all I'm thinking all day is " Flex our monitoring muscles to weed out the bad actors" any one counted ??!

Dec 19th
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Camilo Jorajuría de León

Great guests! Is the interviewer a 🤖?

Feb 13th
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