SLP17 – Bitmain, Bcash, Facebook Crypto rumours, and reframing scarcity with Vijay Boyapati

Vijay Boyapati

Vijay Boyapati (Software engineer, Austrian economist) and I discuss the coming Bitmain IPO, the economic errors behind BCash, rumours of Facebook entering Crypto, reframing scarcity, hard money in earlier times, and how Bitcoin might fare in a broader market crash.

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SLP16 – Keeping Bitcoin Simple, with Beautyon (Akin Fernandez)


Akin (Beautyon_) and I discuss what led him to Bitcoin, his Bitcoin business Azteco, stances on Bitcoin and regulation, the importance of keeping Bitcoin simple, Open source software versus closed source software, and Samurai Bitcoin wallet.


  • Akin’s story with Bitcoin
  • Azteco
  • Keeping Bitcoin simple
  • Open Source software vs Closed Source software
  • Bitcoin and regulation
  • Samurai Wallet and why they’re doing it right

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SLP15 – Intellectual Property, Bitcoin, and Internet Censorship, with Stephan Kinsella

Stephan Kinsella

Stephan Kinsella, Intellectual Property lawyer, and libertarian advocate joins me in this episode to discuss:

  • His story with bitcoin
  • Money as Sui Generis Good
  • The imprecise application of Lockean property theory
  • Why you can’t own bitcoin, but it probably doesn’t make a big difference anyway
  • The harmful effects of patents and copyright
  • ‘Internet Censorship’ as it relates to property rights and ownership of private social media platforms

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SLP14 – Lightning Hack Day, with Jeff Gallas of Fulmo

Jeff Gallas

Jeff Gallas is the Founder of Fulmo and lead organizer of #LightningHackDay. We talk about the community of pioneers who are building lightning applications, and related hardware. We also talk about the upcoming Lightning Hack Day on September 1st.

We talk:

  • Fulmo’s role in helping Lightning pioneers come and learn/build
  • The collaboration between Fulmo and other Lightning companies such as Blockstream, Lightning Labs, ACINQ
  • Raspiblitz, a Raspberry Pi bitcoin and lightning node (<$150 USD)
  • The upcoming Lightning Hack Day and how to get involved




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SLP13 – Bitcoin as ultimate asset, with Fernando Ulrich

Fernando Ulrich ⚡️

Fernando Ulrich is a Brazilian economist, trained in the Austrian school of economic thought. He is a board member of Mises Institute Brazil, and co-host of the Crypto Voices podcast. In this episode, we talk through emerging market currency crises, and his new 5 part article series on Bitcoin as Ultimate Asset.

  • Challenges faced when living through currency crises
  • Why it’s senseless to spend Bitcoin now
  • Contrasting Carl Menger’s view of money with Nick Szabo’s view
  • The Medium of Exchange vs Method of Payment concept
  • Importance of soundness, resiliency and predictability in money (and bitcoin’s protocol rules)
  • The fallacies of “Medium of Exchange” only cryptocurrencies
  • Bitcoin as Ultimate Asset

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SLP12 – Bitcoin Mining and Energy, with Hass McCook

Hass McCook

Hass McCook and I discuss the Bitcoin mining market and his recent research, “The Cost and Sustainability of Bitcoin”. We cover key bitcoin mining metrics, bitcoin mining cost price ranges, the Bitcoin Price – Mining Hash Rate relationship, the evolution of bitcoin mining over the past 3 years, and compare Bitcoin mining costs vs Gold mining. This is a good episode for people who would like an overview on the current state of play in Bitcoin mining.

Here is one of the tables we discuss from the report (Table 4):

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Get the full report here:

Screenshot from 2018-08-13 18-59-52.pngAlso, Hass has a series of weekly YouTube videos and supporting blog posts with all the references, so make sure to subscribe to those also.

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SLP11 – Bitcoin’s Decentralised Governance, with Pierre Rochard

Pierre Rochard

Pierre Rochard (co-founder Nakamoto Institute, co-host Noded podcast) and I talk through Bitcoin’s Decentralised Governance. This is the process by which Bitcoin’s rules are decided, implemented, and enforced without having a central authority. Bitcoin’s governance matters because Bitcoin is the first successful, most liquid, and most widely known crypto-currency.

Some topics covered:

  • The different parties involved in Bitcoin Governance
  • Network Governance, rather than Miner Democracy or Dictatorship
  • Bitcoin has no central authority
  • Process of Research, Proposal, Implementation, Deployment, Enforcement
  • Schelling Points


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