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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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Do you have debt? Are you wondering about the case for why you shouldn’t? Check out this episode with my friend and Bitcoin developer and advocate, Jimmy Song. We talk about his newest book, Fiat Ruins Everything:  Why he wrote this book Why you should have zero debt Cultural issues  Fiat morality Links: X: @jimmysong Site: https://fiatruinseverything.com/ Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Stephan Livera links: Follow me on X @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Have you wondered what it takes to be a long-term HODLer? American HODL rejoins me on the show to talk about HODLer psychology, bitcoin culture, and what to expect going forward: Adoption waves Living on Bitcoin Overconfidence Mainstream culture Bitcoin Fixes This Jurisdictions Thoughts on next cycle Links: X: americanhodl8 Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Stephan Livera links: Follow me on X @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Are you interested in spending 16,000 more hours with your children? Consider homeschooling! We discuss this and many other insights in this chat about homeschooling: Their own journey of homeschooling Escaping hivemind thinking Criticism of ‘school vouchers’ Building up your child’s agency Do you need curricula?   Modelling behaviour “Socialisation” The culture war Links: X: https://twitter.com/Homeschool_LLC Site: https://www.homeschoollife.us/ Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Stephan Livera links: Follow me on X @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
The next generation of Bitcoin Lightning wallets is here with Phoenix from ACINQ. Rejoining me is CTO of ACINQ, Bastien Teinturier to talk about how the team is innovating a great self custodial experience for bitcoin and lightning users: High Fee environment New Phoenix fee structure Splicing and what it enables Dual Funding Liquidity Ads Building on a smartphone app Can ACINQ steal from users?  APO Biggest challenges Reasons to be optimistic Bastien links: Twitter: @realtbast  Phoenix Splicing Update post Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Drivechain is a proposed soft fork that has faced a lot of criticism in the community, and Shinobi (Technical Editor of Bitcoin Magazine) joins me to discuss his critiques of the idea. We discuss: What is Drivechain How it works Miner centralisation Re orgs on sidechains T-shirt sales argument Stratum v2 “Miners can steal” Other soft fork ideas (e.g. APO, CTV) Multi Party Channels “First Develop with what we’ve got” Links brian_trollz on X Drivechains Introduce New Incentive Dynamics to Bitcoin  Achim Warner - Thoughts on Drivechain I Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space SL links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Glozow rejoins me to talk about updates coming to Bitcoin’s transactions and mempool policy. We talk about how these will be essential to keep bitcoin use efficient and safe, especially for layer 2 protocols such as Lightning. We chat: Current state with transacting RBF and CPFP Problems right now L2 security Pinning vectors What is package relay?  What is v3 transactions?  What are ephemeral anchors?  Policy vs consensus Glozow links: Glozow on X Waiting for confirmation - blog series on Bitcoin Optech v3 and Package RBF Bitcoin Core Review club Bitcoin Optech v3 transaction relay  Glozow slides for BTC++ talk: v3 and ephemeral anchors Prior episodes: SLP404 Gloria Zhao – What Do Bitcoin Core Maintainers Do? SLP216 Gloria Zhao Learning Bitcoin Core Contribution & Hosting PR Review Club Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Stephan Livera: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
A common question amongst bitcoin investors is whether bitcoin on-chain analytics is legitimate or whether it is snake oil. Joining me to explore this as well as talk about some new research, is James Check, Lead Analyst of Glassnode. We talk about how the field progressed, and some insights to share on analyzing the bitcoin market: History of on-chain analytics Is it snake oil?  Liveliness Impact of the ‘DCA Army’ Lost coins Vaulted supply vs active supply What does a bull market look like on chain? Where are we now?  Links: James Check on X Glassnode cointime economics paper https://get.glassnode.com/cointime-economics/ Ark https://ark-invest.com/white-papers/cointime-economics Previous episodes: SLP73 Tamas Blummer – Rust-Bitcoin, Threats to Bitcoin & Bitcoin Data Science SLP258 Rafael Schultze-Kraft Bitcoin Supply Crunch SLP190 Rafael Schultze-Kraft – How Many Bitcoins Are Being HODLed? Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Lisa Neigut of base58 and btcplusplus rejoins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin layer 2’s, where bitcoin’s lightning network is going, BTC++ and teaching Bitcoin developers at base58.We talk: Views on other L2 protocols LN technology How important is APO for LN?  BTC++ nix and reproducibility Base58 Links: niftynei base58.school https://btcplusplus.dev/  Prior and relevant episodes: SLP168 Lisa Neigut – Lightning Network Channel Accounting and Dual Funded Channels SLP488 Future Visions of Lightning, Greenlight & Breez SDK with Christian Decker and Roy Sheinfeld SLP502 Validating Lightning Signer – Ken Sedgwick SLP195 Nix-bitcoin: A Security Focused Bitcoin Node SLP505 MuSig2 in Practice, APO, CTV & Bitcoin Soft Forks with Brandon Black SLP507 Bitcoin Cryptography and Scripting with Andrew Poelstra Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58 Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Are Bitcoin’s 4 year cycles over? Vijay Boyapati rejoins me on the show to talk about his view of where things are in the economy. We chat: Recession? 18 month lag Risk on or risk off?  Bitcoin as a macro asset 4 year cycles Is an ETF good for Bitcoin? Pacific Bitcoin   Links X: @real_vijay  Prior episodes: SLP332 Vijay Boyapati – The Bearish Case for Bitcoin SLP233 Vijay Boyapati – Bitcoin Valuations & Cycles SLP185 Vijay Boyapati – What Bitcoin Is SLP76 Vijay Boyapati – Bitcoin is not Paypal 2.0 SLP40 Vijay Boyapati – Why Credit Deflation is More Likely Than Mass Inflation Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58  Stephan Livera Follow me on X: @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Andrew Poelstra (Director of Research, Blockstream) has been around Bitcoin research and development for a long time, and has a lot of insight to share on Bitcoin research in this episode. For part 2 of my discussion with Andrew we focus more on bitcoin and cryptography research that the team are working on, and what it means for the future of Bitcoin: Cryptography Bulletproofs++  MuSig2 FROST Bitcoin Scripting Miniscript Simplicity CTV and APO Covenants: are they risky for Bitcoin?  Transaction Introspection on Liquid Links: Blockstream Research on X Blockstream Research site Other relevant episodes: SLP476 What is FROST? Is it the future of Bitcoin Multi Sig? with Nick Farrow SLP222 Jonas Nick and Tim Ruffing What’s MuSig2? What Does it Mean for Bitcoin Multisig? SLP452 Bitcoin Miniscript and what it enables – with Antoine Poinsot & Salvatore Ingala SLP339 Jeremy Rubin – What is Check Template Verify? SLP505 MuSig2 in Practice, APO, CTV & Bitcoin Soft Forks with Brandon Black Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58  Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
A ‘paper computer’ for Bitcoin checksums and Shamir Secret Sharing may seem absurd, but that’s what we’re talking about in this episode! This project is a scheme to generate, encode, checksum, split and recover Bitcoin secret keys, using pencil, paper and lookup tables (alternately, volvelles). We discuss codex32 and the motivation behind it with Andrew Poelstra (Director of Research, Blockstream). Note this is the first of a two part episode. In this first part we discuss: Bitcoin private keys today Multi signature and Shamir Secret Sharing contrasted Where to keep shards or keys Error correction Risks with Hardware wallets (even though you should still use them) BIP39 vs codex32 Limitations of the paper computer (Volvelles) Links: codex32 website codex32 github Blockstream store Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58  SL links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Brandon Black (aka Rearden Code) joins me on the show to talk about his experience implementing MuSig2 at BitGo, and also his thoughts on the future Bitcoin soft fork discussion re: APO (ANYPREVOUT), CTV (Check Template Verify), and his proposal on moving forward: MuSig2 benefits Implementing MuSig2 MPC vs Script What are APO and CTV?  Brandon’s combo proposal Upgrade hooks Links: Twitter: @reardencode Combined APO + CTV proposal MuSig2 Field report on Bitcoin Optech Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58  Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Have you been wondering about how to design your lifestyle overseas? Rigel (aka coinsurenz) rejoins me on the show to talk about jurisdictional arbitrage in Latin America. We talk about some of his recent moves and his experiences as a bitcoin sovereign individual:  Voice vs Exit - what about ‘staying and fighting’?  Recent residency acquisition in Paraguay How the Latam residency market has shifted Common mistakes that digital nomads make Owning vs Renting homes and storage lockers Designing your life Links: Twitter: @CoinsureNZ SLP328 The Rise of Bitcoin Nomadism with CoinsureNZ Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58  Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Lawrence Lepard of Equity Management Associates rejoins me to talk about all the things that are breaking:  Cost of living crisis Are we going into recession and what timing?  Boomer hate US government debt Policy responses Social responses The waiting game Site: Site: Ema2.com   Twitter: @LawrenceLepard Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58  Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
How can lightning users secure themselves even further? Just like how hardware wallets and secure elements can help secure your cold storage coins, Validating Lightning Signer (VLS) is a project aiming to help improve the way lightning security works. In this conversation with project co-founder Ken Sedgwick, we chat: Why VLS is needed How VLS works Implementing part of the lightning state machine What rules are covered?  What lightning implementations are supported?  The impact of lightning protocol changes Interactions with watchtowers?  How you can get involved Links: Twitter: @VLSProject Site: Validating Lightning Signer Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58  Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Dr Maxim Orlovsky joins me on the show to walk through RGB, a smart contract layer for Bitcoin. We talk through: Some of the history of RGB Client side validation as a concept RGB ecosystem What it can be used for - tokens, bitcoin finance MyCitadel wallet What’s next for RGB Links: Site: RGB Twitter: @dr_orlovsky Personal site: Dr. Maxim Orlovsky Github: Dr. Maxim Orlovsky Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58  Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Andrew Henderson, Founder of Nomad Capitalist rejoins me on the show to talk: Home country bias Looking beyond headlines  Evolution in citizenship Global minimum tax and ‘the international community’ CBDC Nomad Capitalist Live Links: Twitter: @nomadcapitalist  Site: Nomadcapitalist.com Sponsors:  Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Base58  Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Jonathan Chester, Founder/CEO of Bitwage joins me to talk about his experience setting up the company and enabling more people to earn Bitcoin: The story of growing Bitwage The market size for payroll Exploring Lightning payouts  Remote working as a trend HODLing as the use Links: Twitter: @Bitwage Site: Bitwage  Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Mara joins me to talk about his adventures in Argentina, and his thoughts on: Geo arbitrage Rules in theory, rules in practice FX in Argentina Bitcoin use in Argentina Argentina’s property market Where things are going with CBDCs Mara links: Twitter: @BowTiedMara Substack: BowTiedMara - Geoarbitrage & Mobility Assets Sovspot: Live & Work from anywhere Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Stephan Livera: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
Author, digital nomad and web entrepreneur Olivier Roland joins me to talk about his issues with AML and his very interesting views on where the world is going in the age of remote working and internet communications. The problem with KYC / AML FATCA Taxes and the Sovereign Individual thesis Digital Nomadism disrupting nation states Links: Twitter: @DisruptiveHoriz Site: Disruptive Horizons Relevant prior episodes: SLP318 Ronald Pol - The Ineffectiveness of AML SLP424 Simon Lelieveldt The problem with FATF and AML Laws Sponsors: Pacific Bitcoin Festival (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Mempool.space Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast
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Comments (5)

Cameron MacDonald

What a joke of an episode. Can't believe you'd have someone like this on such a great podcast. I still love your podcast but did this guess ever miss the mark. None of what he said was based on actual facts. Every single thing he said was an opinion which he played off as objective science based facts. I feel sorry he's been so brainwashed. He could have talked about how Bitcoin isn't actually harmful to the environment but he pretty much just denied climate change and said wind turbines don't actually make any electricity. Definitely lost a few brain cells with this one

Jun 5th
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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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