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Bitcoin & Co. with Anita Posch (English)

Bitcoin & Co. with Anita Posch (English)

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In this show I talk with people who dedicate their time to develop, learn, explain and fight for a neutral, decentralized, open and free financial internet infrastructure - the internet of money. Your host is, me, Anita Posch. I wrote a beginners book about Bitcoin, translated "The Internet of Money" by Andreas M. Antonopoulos to german and have a background of more than 20 years in webdevelopment and e-commerce. https://bitcoinundco.com/en/

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Lyn Alden wrote a longform article about the 3 reasons why she is investing in Bitcoin. Lyn Alden is an investment strategist with a background in engineering and finance. She focusses on value investing with a global macro overlay. Why are you bullish on Bitcoin? "The first reason is, that, Bitcoin has demonstrated that it has a pretty strong network effect over time. The second reason is the halving, most of the bullish price action of Bitcoin tends to happen in the first year or two after a halving. And then the final reason was the macro backdrop, it pretty much, couldn't be better for Bitcoin and also for things like silver and that's because with so much money printing with so much bailouts happening, if you look at it historically, just whenever debt levels reach this high, there's usually some sort of a macro economic event like a currency devaluation that happens over the subsequent decade." - Lyn Alden When I first heard Lyn Alden speaking I immediately knew, that I wanted to have her on my show, because her insights are smart, concise and I learned a lot about the global and US specific economical situation. I think it is one of the best interviews so far on my show. I hope you can take as much away from it, as I did. Our topics: Her Bitcoin story Fitness and MMA The macro view on the economical situation The price to be the world reserve currency nation Reasons she is investing in Bitcoin Scarcity and network effect Why bitcoin is superior to altcoins Comparing Libra and gold to Bitcoin The thing nobody is talking about Shownotes and full transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/lyn-alden/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- BitBox02 Hardware Wallet by SHIFT Crypto https://anita.link/bitbox02/ Order now and get 10% off! Code: anita ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
My guest today is Andy Edstrom from Los Angeles. Andy spent 17 years in the investment world on Wall Street, working for Goldman Sachs and is now a wealth manager at his familiy’s firm West Cap Group. In the course of his consulting work, more and more people asked him about Bitcoin, that’s why he wrote a book about it called “Why Buy Bitcoin – Investing Today in the Money of Tomorrow“. Andy Edstrom recently took on the role of “Head of Institutional at Swan Bitcoin” and as always this interview is no financial advice, please do your own research. “The banking industry has paid more penalties to regulators than any other industry and by a wide margin, right? It’s I think the figure in the book I have is something like $300 billion in fines paid within the last, I don’t know, a couple of decades, this is a staggering number.” – Andy Edstrom Our topics: The problem with money Central banks manipulating money Central banks manipulating money Paper claims against Bitcoin Price prediction for Bitcoin Can Bitcoin fall to Zero What nobody is talking about in Bitcoin Shownotes and full transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/andy-edstrom/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- BitBox02 Hardware Wallet by SHIFT Crypto https://anita.link/bitbox02/ Order now and get 10% off! Code: anita ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
Joining me is Elena Tonoyan, she is the Chief Operating Officer at LocalBitcoins, the peer to peer bitcoin exchange that was founded as early as in 2012. We are looking into the history of LocalBitcoins, it’s growth, and optimistic outlook for the years to come. You will also learn about the values and usecases of Bitcoin that Elena finds important, because they solve real problems and have a positive impact on peoples lives. Our topics: history and growth of LocalBitcoins financial inclusion esp. for women bitcoin demand in Africa, India, Latin America supporting altcoins fraud in trading integration of the Lightning network the future of Bitcoin Expanding business P2P exchanges vs. centralized exchanges “Bitcoin provides financial inclusion. It is solving real world problems for many under-banked people across the globe, people who have limited access to a modern economy and empowering women is another big aspect for me. There are unfortunately still countries where women don’t have free access they are not allowed to open bank accounts without permission of, for example, a family member. And Bitcoin is obviously solving that problem. And I’m personally very happy about that.” – Elena Tonoyan “I’m sure that during the coming years and decades, we will see several booms and busts in Bitcoin. However, what is important and what we believe is that the Bitcoin usage and adoption will continue to increase til unforeseeable future.” – Elena Tonoyan Shownotes and full transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/elena-tonoyan/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- BitBox02 Hardware Wallet by SHIFT Crypto https://anita.link/bitbox02/ Order now and get 10% off! Code: anita ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
My guest today is Gigi a software developer and computer scientist. Gigi wrote "21Lessons", a book in which he shares his learnings from falling down the Bitcoin rabbit hole. Two years ago he quit his job and started to work solely in the Bitcoin space. "Bitcoin already has all three functions of money. It is a store of value, medium of exchange and unit of account. It's just not evenly distributed yet." - Gigi "As I see Bitcoin evolve, I think it will be a global settlement layer for something approximating central banks. And since it's obviously superior to gold and every other form of money we had, like Bitcoin is by far the best money we ever had." - Gigi Our topics include: Building reputation in the Bitcoin space All mistakes he made How to educate people about Bitcoin The different entry points to Bitcoin Explaining scarcity The three functions of money Bitcoinization will happen in 10 years Lightning Network adoption and usability Why Bitcoin does not “move fast and break things” Current technical developments in Bitcoin Messaging on top of Bitcoin Shownotes: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/gigi/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- BitBox02 Hardware Wallet by SHIFT Crypto https://anita.link/bitbox02 Order now and get 10% off! Code: anita ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
"A lot of Nigerians are using Bitcoin. Majorly among the young population. Those between the age of 22 and 35-40 are deeply using Bitcoin." says Chimezie Chuta. He is a software developer, founder of blockchaingroup Nigeria and a Bitcoin user since 2015. With his "Spacebox" project he aims to put Africa on the map of Bitcoin and Lightning Network fullnodes. "Every week bitcoin worth 18 Million USD are exchanged in Nigeria." - Chimezie Chuta Topics include: Bitcoin in 2015 Blockchain education at the University of Nicosia His book Failed financial and political systems in Africa Inflation in Nigeria Black market exchange rate Bitcoin in Nigeria The volume of bitcoin remittances in Nigeria How Nigerians use bitcoin The Spacebox and the fundraiser His vision for Bitcoin in Nigeria Shownotes: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/chimezie-chuta/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- BitBox02 Hardware Wallet by SHIFT Crypto https://shiftcrypto.ch Order now and get 10% off! Code: anita ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
Rahim Taghizadegan is an economist, book author and principal of the Scholarium, an independent learning enterprise based in Vienna, Austria. He studied physics, sociology and economy and is an expert on the Austrian School of Economics. His recent book is called “The Zero Interest Trap”. We discuss: Differences in tackling COVID-19 in Singapore and Austria How to be prepared for crisis Loss of trust in politics Privacy aspects of health data usage Social unrest and wealth inequality The Worgl experiment and regional cryptocurrencies Demurrage and velocity of money The correlation of Bitcoin to other financial assets Universal Basic Income Socio-economic consequences of the current crises "According to the view of the Austrian School of Economics, money is a spontaneous order, which is really linked in bottom up cooperation of people. The only thing for sure is that today's kind of rigged game with complex interventions doesn't make sense as a kind of spontaneous order it doesn't make sense that it really be measure for cooperation, voluntary cooperation between people." - Rahim Taghizadegan Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/rahim-taghizadegan/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- BitBox02 Hardware Wallet by SHIFT Crypto https://shiftcrypto.ch Order now and get 10% off! Code: anita ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
Today's guest is Moritz Wietersheim. Moritz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Crypto Advance a company that focusses on security improvements and the secure management of private keys in the Bitcoin space. Together with CTO Stepan Snigirev the Specter wallet is developed, which allows you to have an air gapped and watch only wallet that runs together with your Bitcoin core node. That way you protect your privacy. Preparing for the interview I found out that Moritz and I we both, started to work full time in the bitcoin space in 2017. Moritz is working and living in Germany and Austria. Topics: His time in Argentina and Brazil, where he learned about hyperinflation The difference between Bitcoin as sound money and easy money Digital Scarcity Other blockchain use-cases Altcoins, Scams and the Wirecard fraud Why bitcoin is superior technology and money Protecting your privacy with the Specter wallet Long-term thinking Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/moritz-wietersheim/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
My guest in this episode is Tim Akinbo. He comes from Nigeria and is involved in the Bitcoin space since 2014. I got to know Tim when I asked for bitcoin donations for a school in Harare, Zimbabwe. He contacted me on Twitter and offered to setup a BTCpayserver so that we can receive lightning payments, too. That was of great help. I looked him up and realized that Tim is also a Bitcoin Core contributor, Software developer and has a lot of experience with e-commerce and international payments. "I think from an individual perspective, Bitcoin will make it possible for people to really, really save, on the African continent." - Tim Akinbo "I really have not been able to figure out, if any other Altcoin really has any use case, besides probably providing some avenue for a speculation, but in terms of real world use cases, I don't think that any of the so-called limitations of Bitcoin are strong enough to actually kind of overcome it's network effects and liquidity." - Tim Akinbo Our topics: How he learned about Bitcoin His contribution to Bitcoin Core The use-cases for Bitcoin in Nigeria and Ghana Methods of payments in Nigeria His perspective on zimbo.cash Use-cases for Altcoins The deprecation of the Naira Bitcoin as a store of value for African people His new project to make full nodes in Africa visible Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/tim-akinbo/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
In this week's episode I had the pleasure to interview Amiti Uttarwar. She is as far as I know the first female engineer contributing to the Bitcoin Core code. Amiti is working full time as a Core developer, focusing on the peer to peer aspect of the protocol. Her latest contribution is a pull request that improves wallet privacy. I enjoyed our chat a lot, because Amiti has a clear and concise way to communicate which had even a calming effect on me. Maybe her daily meditation practice is the reason for that. "I definitely hope that we move towards a Bitcoin ecosystem that involves more women. I think it's kind of absurd how few there currently are that I know about, in Bitcoin Core specifically. When I made my first contributions I didn't know of any women contributors. And I just think that that's ridiculous." - Amiti Uttarwar "I definitely don't think right now, a particular group of people or a particular business entity has the ability to really have a disproportionate amount of influence on Bitcoin Core. But I also think, it would take a really big change that I can't really imagine how it would happen in order for that to be occurring in the future." - Amiti Uttarwar We talk about How different forms of money form expectations The gift economy Why she chose bitcoin and not another “crypto” project Censorship resistance Why privacy is important What a PR is Influencing the direction of Bitcoin development Bitcoin Core releases Her educational comics How Bitcoin developers are getting paid Her message to women in Bitcoin Diversity in Bitcoin Meditation Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/amiti-uttarwar/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
In this episode I talk with Chris Maurice, the CEO and Founder of Yellow Card Financial, a Nigeria based bitcoin and cryptoexchange. Chris started his entrepreneurial endeavors as a SEO consultant at the age of 16 after that he sold bitcoin on eBay and in the backrooms of Taco Bell restaurants. Chris tells us how he came up with founding an exchange and why he did that in Africa. “Dollar can be extremely difficult to access in most countries, Dollar is a complete pain to handle whether you're in the US or in any other country in the world. Dollar accounts are no fun. Bitcoin just really makes it so much easier to move value across the world.” - Chris Maurice Topics How he found out about Bitcoin managing business in Pakistan Selling bitcoin on eBay with a 200% markup Selling bitcoin as college students at Taco Bell Why he went to Nigeria Starting a cryptoexchange Bitcoin in Zimbabwe Working with Alakanani Itireleng in Botswana Meeting Jack Dorsey the CEO of Twitter Bitcoins ability to move money across borders Challenges for using bitcoin in Africa High fees on the blockchain User experience of the Lightning Network Bitcoin as a store of value in Africa Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/chris-maurice/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
Today's guest is Carla Kirk-Cohen she is a developer at Lightning Labs and is living in Cape Town in South Africa. Carla is building infrastructure around lightning nodes that makes it easier for people to run their own nodes at home. "I was really drawn to the security model of Bitcoin, really interested and thinking, oh, this can't possibly work. There must be some way that it breaks. And then going back and learning a bit more and realizing how incredible the entire system actually is. For me Bitcoin is really about self determination. I think the ability to take back control over your financial situation is a really powerful thing and it's a really interesting thing because it's something that's never been possible until Bitcoin existed." - Carla Kirk-Cohen "That 21 million that will never change and is finite really does ensure value of Bitcoin through scarcity and that I think is the most important feature and just fundamental to the entire system." - Carla Kirk-Cohen Our topics: Her career in the Bitcoin space What Bitcoin means to her The 21 million hard cap The Lightning Network Lightning infrastructure projects Loop, Faraday, Multipath payments Privacy in the Lightning Network The Bitcoin community in South Africa Lightning Wallets How to become a Bitcoin and Lightning developer Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/carla-kirk-cohen/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: LocalBitcoins.com - the peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Buy and sell bitcoin at https://www.localbitcoins.com ---------- and ---------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
On today's episode I talk with Ray Youssef, Co-Founder and CEO of Paxful, a peer-to-peer marketplace for money transfers serving about 4 million people in every country of the world. He says that in the next five years Africa with its tremendous growth in trading volume is going to become the leading crypto continent. Topics: His start-up failures and learnings Why he was an MMA fighter and actor His couchsurfing time in New York and what it taught him Making money with gift cards The founding idea for Paxful Payment networks in Africa Privacy Africas growing trading volume How Covid-19 impacted trading Social justice and #BuiltWithBitcoin Paxfuls vision for Africa How to prevent scams and rippers The Africans should lead your business Women controlling the majority of the worlds money The unbanked in the US Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/ray-youssef/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Mailing list: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
Our topic today is all about Bitcoin wallets and their security. I am talking with Leo Wandersleb a german developer living in Chile, who is the founder of a project called Wallet Scrutiny. The goal of his project is to avoid exit scams through the verifiability of the wallet source code. "The goal of Wallet Scrutiny is to avoid exit scams and to avoid major flaws that would make all the users of a certain wallet vulnerable to some back doors that get injected by the provider or by somebody who has a means to add an attack through maybe some libraries that are used in that wallet, et cetera." - Leo Wandersleb Why he started Wallet Scrutiny His take on Bitcoin as the major cryptocurrency How bitcoin wallets are built The importance of a verifiable source code Anonymity and transparency in respect to security Why hardware wallets are the most secure wallets Bitcoin fee estimation Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/leo-wandersleb/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: Card Wallet - the safest cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Anita's mailing list: https://anitaposch.com/newsletter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ---------- Donate: Do you like what you hear? If yes, then please support my podcast. Every donation is used to produce episodes, finance travel costs and make the show better. BTC https://tallyco.in/AnitaPosch/ Lightning https://tippin.me/@anitaposch
Today I am talking with Tuur Demeester, who recommended Bitcoin as an investment to his readers at $5 back in 2012. I would say Tuur is a philosopher with a greater perspective and an historical approach to today's developments. We discuss his findings in his paper "The Bitcoin Reformation". Published that at the end of 2019 he is drawing comparisons between the Dutch reformation in the 16th century and the emergence of Bitcoin in this century. This bring us to discuss COVID 19 and Tuur's thoughts about the impact of this crisis on the Bitcoin reformation. Topics: The similarities between the Dutch reformation and Bitcoin Who is profiting from the current financial system The Catholic church and Central Banks as rent-seeking monopolies Differences between the schools of Keynes and Austrian Economics Bitcoin lending Attacks on Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash Money as a language The growing risk of hyperinflation Interest rate is the price of money His take on liquid and accessible assets in the future Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/tuur-demeester/ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: Card Wallet - the safest cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Anita's mailing list: https://anitaposch.com/newsletter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ---------- Donate: Do you like what you hear? If yes, then please support my podcast. Every donation is used to produce episodes, finance travel costs and make the show better. BTC https://tallyco.in/AnitaPosch/ Lightning https://tippin.me/@anitaposch
Today's guest is one of my favourite people in the space Andreas M. Antonopoulos. We are going to talk about the adoption of Bitcoin, censorship and fake news, the use of Bitcoin in Zimbabwe, corporate and nation state digital currencies, why he does not believe in Austrian economics, why the so-called "left" does not embrace Bitcoin and more. Full Transcript: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/podcast-antonopoulos-2020/ ‎ ---------- Thank you to my sponsors: Card Wallet - the safest cold storage solution. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ---------- and ---------- Check out the LTB Network https://letstalkbitcoin.com/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Anita's mailing list: https://anitaposch.com/newsletter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ---------- Donate: Do you like what you hear? If yes, then please support my podcast. Every donation is used to produce episodes, finance travel costs and make the show better. BTC https://tallyco.in/AnitaPosch/ Lightning https://tippin.me/@anitaposch
In this episode I talk with Alakanani Itireleng, who founded the Satoshicentre in Botswana in 2014 and single-handedly built a growing Bitcoin community. She is the heart and center of Bitcoin education there, even the government is relying on her consultancy. We recorded this interview in February 2020, only days before the Covid-19 lockdowns went into effect. Her greatest ambition, the organization of a Bitcoin conference in Southern Africa will not come true soon. If you like to support her work and the Satoshicentre - please do so, her Twitter handle is @bitcoinlady. If you have a question, feel free to go to https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa6 and press the appropriate button and record your question. "Bitcoin is for everyone, Bitcoin is the currency of love." - Alakanani Itireleng We talk about: How her sons illness and death lead to the first meetup The internet as "white people's problem" The high unemployment rate in Botswana The cost of internet connections Ponzi schemes and how they are disturbing bitcoin adoption Bitcoin usecases and regulation in Botswana Exchanging the local currency Pula to Bitcoin African countries on the forefront of adoption Her opinion about Libra and Lightning Mobile Money in Botswana The Future of Bitcoin in Botswana Other relevant episodes: Part 1 Zimbabwe: Ideal Conditions for Bitcoin? https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa1/ Part 2 Zimbabwe: Living in a Multi-Currency World https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa2/ Part 3: Using Bitcoin in Zimbabwe https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa3/ Part 4: If Bitcoin Works in Zimbabwe, It Works Everywhere https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa4/ Part 5: Afriblocks a Pan-African Network for Remote Jobs & Answering Questions https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa5/ This episode is sponsored by https://localbitcoins.com/ a person-to-person bitcoin trading site, Coinfinity and the Card Wallet https://www.cardwallet.com/anita, SHIFT Cryptosecurity, manufacturer of the hardware wallet BitBox02 https://shiftcrypto.ch/bitbox02/, The What Bitcoin Did podcast https://whatbitcoindid.com/ and many thanks to several unknown private donors, who sent me Satoshis over the Lightning Network. This special is edited by CoinDesk’s Podcasts Editor Adam B. Levine and published first on the CoinDesk Podcast Network. Thank you very much for supporting the Bitcoin in Africa series with your work. Thanks goes also out to stakwork.com - stakwork is a great project that brings bitcoin into the world through earning. One can do microjobs on stakwork, earning Satoshis and cash them out without even having an understanding about the lightning network or bitcoin. I think we need more projects like that to spread the usage of bitcoin around the world. Thank you also to GoTenna https://gotenna.com/, for donating several GoTenna devices to set up a mesh network in Zimbabwe and to Team Satoshi https://teamsatoshi.org/, the decentralized sports team for supporting my work.
In this episode you will get to know a young man from Zimbabwe, Tongayi Choto, who is a software developer, entrepreneur and a bitcoin maximalist. He has founded Afriblocks, a Global Pan-African Freelance platform that connects professionals across the world. We talk about the problems young Zimbabweans are facing and his approach to make lives better. In the second part of this episode, I will answer listeners questions about the current use of bitcoin and other methods of payment in Zimbabwe. If you have a question, feel free to press the appropriate button on the episode page and record your question. https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa5/ We talk about: * Africa: high potential, but not enough opportunities * Pan-African Freelance network * Payments in cryptocurrencies * The use of smart contracts for releasing funds * Scams like MMM, Onecoin, bitclub * The Volatility of bitcoin being a huge problem for poor people * The impact of the Lightning Network in Africa * Internet bundles After the interview I answer these questions from my listeners: * What is preventing widespread usage of bitcoin? Tech? Awareness? Laws? Working, cheap alternatives (Ecocash)? Fees? * Are there bitcoin OGs in the community and if so are they still actively supporting the newcomers? * Not sure if M-Pesa is available in Zimbabwe/Botswana. But if so, why would anybody use Bitcoin instead of already available digital payment solutions such as M-Pesa? * Did you hear anything about http://beforward.jp and Bitcoin? * I am interested how well people understand, if their own governments money is good money for them (in terms of purchasing power, inflation etc). What share of people in your impression are asking themselves this question in these countries? * Are Zimbabweans living overseas using bitcoin for remittances? If so, how does this channel work? How do bitcoin remittances compare to alternatives like Western Union? Other relevant episodes: Part 1 Zimbabwe: Ideal Conditions for Bitcoin? https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa1/ Part 2 Zimbabwe: Living in a Multi-Currency World https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa2/ Part 3: Using Bitcoin in Zimbabwe https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa3/ Part 4: If Bitcoin Works in Zimbabwe, It Works Everywhere https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa4/ This episode is sponsored by https://localbitcoins.com/ a person-to-person bitcoin trading site, Coinfinity and the Card Wallet https://www.cardwallet.com/anita, SHIFT Cryptosecurity, manufacturer of the hardware wallet BitBox02 https://shiftcrypto.ch/bitbox02/, The What Bitcoin Did podcast https://whatbitcoindid.com/ and many thanks to several unknown private donors, who sent me Satoshis over the Lightning Network. This special is edited by CoinDesk’s Podcasts Editor Adam B. Levine and published first on the CoinDesk Podcast Network. Thank you very much for supporting the Bitcoin in Africa series with your work. Thanks goes also out to stakwork.com - stakwork is a great project that brings bitcoin into the world through earning. One can do microjobs on stakwork, earning Satoshis and cash them out without even having an understanding about the lightning network or bitcoin. I think we need more projects like that to spread the usage of bitcoin around the world. Thank you also to GoTenna https://gotenna.com/, for donating several GoTenna devices to set up a mesh network in Zimbabwe and to Team Satoshi https://teamsatoshi.org/, the decentralized sports team for supporting my work.
The fourth part of the six-part series about Bitcoin in Africa is an interview with a young woman from Harare. She calls herself a Digipreneur and is working as a teacher, too. With her organization that is focused on the digitalization of Africa, she aims to bring Zimbabwe forward. As the use of Bitcoin is outlawed and the state of human rights and free speech is rather poor in Zimbabwe, we agreed to not mention her name. We are talking about: * Chances for Bitcoin adoption * Shutdown of Golix, the only Zimbabwean crypto exchange * Philosophy of Ubuntu in the context of Bitcoin * Hyper-inflation * Future of Bitcoin in Africa * Cryptocurrency feels like luxury * Design bitcoin for use in Africa * Libra, a game changer * Most used social media tools * Accessibility, ease of use “If I have a Bitcoin, I can send money to my relatives, who are in Malawi or in Namibia or in Ghana. Currently I can’t with our own currency. I can’t send money out freely and quickly, but if we can sit down as a community and say okay, we need to buy a new borehole and we can do that just by using our phone. That’s an amazing thing. You know, if we look at it from a place of development, if you look at it from a place of helping the community and taking care of each other, if it allows us to take care of each other without having to create so many barriers and so much red tape to get stuff done with money, I feel like when you change that narrative, you speak to something very deep within an African.” – Teacher and Digipreneur, Zimbabwe Full transcript and record your question: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa4/ Other relevant episodes: Part 1 Zimbabwe: Ideal Conditions for Bitcoin? https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa1/ Part 2 Zimbabwe: Living in a Multi-Currency World https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa2/ Part 3: Using Bitcoin in Zimbabwe - Bitcoin in Africa: The Ubuntu Way https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa3/ This episode is sponsored by https://localbitcoins.com/ a person-to-person bitcoin trading site, Coinfinity and the Card Wallet https://www.cardwallet.com/anita, SHIFT Cryptosecurity, manufacturer of the hardware wallet BitBox02 https://shiftcrypto.ch/bitbox02/, The What Bitcoin Did podcast https://whatbitcoindid.com/ and many thanks to several unknown private donors, who sent me Satoshis over the Lightning Network. This special is edited by CoinDesk’s Podcasts Editor Adam B. Levine and published first on the CoinDesk Podcast Network. Thank you very much for supporting the Bitcoin in Africa series with your work. Thanks goes also out to stakwork.com - stakwork is a great project that brings bitcoin into the world through earning. One can do microjobs on stakwork, earning Satoshis and cash them out without even having an understanding about the lightning network or bitcoin. I think we need more projects like that to spread the usage of bitcoin around the world. Thank you also to GoTenna https://gotenna.com/, for donating several GoTenna devices to set up a mesh network in Zimbabwe and to Team Satoshi https://teamsatoshi.org/, the decentralized sports team for supporting my work.
In the third part of the six-part series about Bitcoin in Africa you will hear from two early bitcoin adopters based in Harare. We speak about * the different usecases for bitcoin, * how it can be exchanged to US Dollar and RTGS, * what the obstacles and pros are, * about regulation and * what the two online entrepreneurs want to tell people outside of Africa. After the two interviews I will answer a listener's question about the possibilities for rural communities to use bitcoin. Full transcript and record your question: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa3/ Other relevant episodes: Part 1 Zimbabwe: Ideal Conditions for Bitcoin? https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa1/ Part 2 Zimbabwe: Living in a Multi-Currency World https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa2/ This episode is sponsored by https://localbitcoins.com/ a person-to-person bitcoin trading site, Coinfinity and the Card Wallet https://www.cardwallet.com/anita, SHIFT Cryptosecurity, manufacturer of the hardware wallet BitBox02 https://shiftcrypto.ch/bitbox02/, The What Bitcoin Did podcast https://whatbitcoindid.com/ and many thanks to several unknown private donors, who sent me Satoshis over the Lightning Network. This special is edited by CoinDesk’s Podcasts Editor Adam B. Levine and published first on the CoinDesk Podcast Network. Thank you very much for supporting the Bitcoin in Africa series with your work. Thanks goes also out to stakwork.com - stakwork is a great project that brings bitcoin into the world through earning. One can do microjobs on stakwork, earning Satoshis and cash them out without even having an understanding about the lightning network or bitcoin. I think we need more projects like that to spread the usage of bitcoin around the world. Thank you also to GoTenna https://gotenna.com/, for donating several GoTenna devices to set up a mesh network in Zimbabwe and to Team Satoshi https://teamsatoshi.org/, the decentralized sports team for supporting my work.
This is the 2nd episode of a six-part series about Bitcoin in Africa. In February 2020, right before the start of quarantine and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, I travelled Zimbabwe and Botswana to get a picture from the ground about the usage of bitcoin in these countries. Zimbabwe and Venezuela are very ofted named as countries where bitcoin could be making a difference, in supporting people's economic situation. I wanted to see by myself, if this is true and in how far bitcoin is known and used there. In the first episode you learned about the current living situation of Zimbabweans and the countrys political history, which paints a picture about why things are how they are as well as the state of human rights and free speech. In this episode you will get to know the multi-currency world, the different forms and usages of money as well as the price fluctuations that Zimbabweans are dealing with day by day. We also take a look at the current regulations of cryptocurrencies and the usage of mobile payments and internet connections. You will find pictures and the full transcript on the episode page at: https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa2 This episode is sponsored by https://localbitcoins.com/ a person-to-person bitcoin trading site, Coinfinity and the Card Wallet https://www.cardwallet.com/anita, SHIFT Cryptosecurity, manufacturer of the hardware wallet BitBox02 https://shiftcrypto.ch/bitbox02/, The What Bitcoin Did podcast https://whatbitcoindid.com/ and many thanks to several unknown private donors, who sent me Satoshis over the Lightning Network. This special is edited by CoinDesk’s Podcasts Editor Adam B. Levine and published first on the CoinDesk Podcast Network. Thank you very much for supporting the Bitcoin in Africa series with your work. Thanks goes also out to stakwork.com - stakwork is a great project that brings bitcoin into the world through earning. One can do microjobs on stakwork, earning Satoshis and cash them out without even having an understanding about the lightning network or bitcoin. I think we need more projects like that to spread the usage of bitcoin around the world. Thank you also to GoTenna https://gotenna.com/, for donating several GoTenna devices to set up a mesh network in Zimbabwe and to Team Satoshi https://teamsatoshi.org/, the decentralized sports team for supporting my work. Would you like to sponsor future episodes of the Bitcoin & Co. Podcast? Have another question or feedback? Send a message to hello (at) anitaposch.com Credits: Idea, content and production: Anita Posch Edited by CoinDesk’s Podcasts Editor: Adam B. Levine Cover Image: Martina Gruber Music: “Start with yes” by Delicate beats Other relevant episodes: Part 1 of Bitcoin in Africa: The Ubuntu Way - Zimbabwe: Ideal Conditions for Bitcoin? https://bitcoinundco.com/en/africa1/
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