WBD296 – Jack Mallers vs The World

WBD296 – Jack Mallers vs The World

This week Jack Mallers announced the launch of Strike Global, a Bitcoin neobank that uses the Bitcoin network and lightning to facilitate the sending of money anywhere in the world, in a matter of seconds, for free.

The speed and cost of payments have often been a topic of debate in Bitcoin. While the basechain is necessarily slow, the Lightning Network promises to provide instant and low-cost bitcoin transfers.

With Strike, Jack Mallers is taking this to the next level allowing users to settle in fiat currencies across the Bitcoin network. Fast and no cost transfers of fiat currencies solve problems across the world, especially in third-world countries. Strike aims to run a pilot in El Salvador to prove this.

Strike has also enabled Caroline Panthers Offensive Tackle; Russell Okung to become the first NFL player to be paid in bitcoin, half of his $13 million salary.

In this interview, I talk to Zap CEO Jack Mallers. We discuss the newly launched Strike Global, revolutionising global payments, neobanking with Bitcoin and helping to bank the unbanked in 3rd world countries.



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The Delphi Podcast – Armor Finance – Making DeFi Safer

The Delphi Podcast – Armor Finance – Making DeFi Safer

Co-hosts Jose Maria Macedo and Yan Liberman sit down with Azeem and Robert from Armor Finance. Armor Finance is a new project building a smart insurance aggregator for DeFi. Armor seeks to make DeFi safer by streamlining the insurance UX, providing a ‚˜Pay as you Go‘ and ‚˜Only pay what you owe‘ coverage for users across various protocols, starting with the majors but expanding coverage over time. We see them as the insurance ‚œdistribution‘ layer on top of the ‚œunderwriting‘ layer provided by NXM, similar to insurance brokers in the real world. Armor just launched their first products and yield farming initiatives this weekend and Yan and Jose take this opportunity to dig into what Armor is and their future plans. We hope you enjoy this conversation.



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WBD295 – SkyBridge Capital’s Bitcoin Fund with Anthony Scaramucci

WBD295 – SkyBridge Capital’s Bitcoin Fund with Anthony Scaramucci

SkyBridge Capital is an investment firm, run by Anthony Scaramucci. The firm, which has $9.3 billion under management, has announced a Bitcoin fund, allowing customers to invest in Bitcoin.

SkyBridge is the latest in a growing list of companies creating onramps for institutional exposure to Bitcoin, going up against the likes of Grayscale. The latter already has over half a million Bitcoin under management.

In this interview, I talk to SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci. We discuss the SkyBridge Bitcoin fund, institutional interest, and 11-day stint working for President Trump.



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Block Crunch – NFTs for Skeptics: Bubble or New Paradigm? – Nick Tomaino

Block Crunch – NFTs for Skeptics: Bubble or New Paradigm? – Nick Tomaino

I’ve been a vocal skeptic of NFTs as investments in the long term. To challenge my view, veteran crypto VC and ex-Coinbase early employee, Nick Tomaino (@NTMoney), joins us to debate:

How do you value digital collectibles?The enforceability of moats in NFTsAre NFTs in a bubble?How large is the NFT opportunity?NFT projects Nick is most excited aboutHost: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed.



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Stem Cell Therapy: The New Frontier of Health & Beauty with Joshua Kitner – Proof of Love Ep. 91

Stem Cell Therapy: The New Frontier of Health & Beauty with Joshua Kitner – Proof of Love Ep. 91

Stem cells have been a target of both curiosity and controversy for decades now, but what exactly are they? Where do they come from, and what can they do? Answering those questions is Joshua Kitner from the Dream Body Clinic in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Learn how stem cells are harvested, how they work, why practical use of stem cells today is ethical, and why they are the future of both medicine and beauty.

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The Anita Posch Show – Philippe Bekhazi: Bitcoin Mining in Practice

The Anita Posch Show – Philippe Bekhazi: Bitcoin Mining in Practice

My guest is Philippe Bekhazi, he is the CEO of XBTO Group a company active in market-making, OTC trading, venture capital, and Bitcoin and Ethereum mining. Our main topic is Bitcoin mining. XBTO Group is runnning a mining facility that is powered by electricity generated from Niagara Falls. Philippe Bekhazi is also the CEO of Stablehouse a regulated market-leading stablecoin platform bridging centralized and decentralized finance enabling payments, foreign exchange, trading and treasury for people and institutions. Philippe Bekhazi’s Bitcoin story Counterparty risks Proof-of-work vs. proof-of-stake mining Bitcoin mining at Niagara Falls Energy consumption of PoW mining – problem? Miner centralization in China? Do miners have an effect on the price of Bitcoin Mining profitability Future of Bitcoin

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Unhashed Podcast – ETF Rising

Unhashed Podcast – ETF Rising

On this episode of the Unhashed Podcast, we are again joined by Mags, the loud librarian herself, to cover bcash delistings, microstrategy doubling down, Cryptopia’s hacks (yes, that’s plural), bull market company valuations, Nigeria’s bitcoin ban, and the ins and outs of North America’s first ETF launch. It gets a little gossipy at the end…we blame Mags for that.

  1. OKCoin is delisting bitcoin cash (BCH), a fork or ‚œclone‘ of bitcoin, as well as its own fork, bitcoin sv (BSV), both as a way to protect neophyte clients who are trying to buy bitcoin and as a statement of principle. The exchange’s higher-ups decided to scuttle the markets for either coin because they created confusion for new clients who joined OKCoin to buy bitcoin. On top of that, the routine lawsuits and legal threats from Bitcoin SV creator Craig Wright played a hand in the exchange decision to delist both BCH and BSV.

  2. MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor said Friday the firm had completed a $1.05 billion debt offering, a raise that will allow the business intelligence company to buy another $1 billion in bitcoin. The raise is part of MicroStrategy’s dual business strategy of developing business intelligence software and also literally just buying as much bitcoin (BTC, -6.63%) as it possibly can. MicroStrategy already has 71,039 of the coins.’œMicroStrategy estimates that the net proceeds from the sale of the notes will be approximately $1.03 billion, after deducting the initial purchasers‘ discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by MicroStrategy,‘ the company said.

  3. The Cryptopia exchange has reportedly been hacked again, even as it is being liquidated following a previous breach that stole$15.5 million. According to a Stuff report Thursday, a creditor, U.S. firm Stakenet, has been told that about $45,000 in the XSN cryptocurrency had been transferred out of its cold wallet on Feb. 1. Unused since the first Cryptopia hack in January 2019, the wallet is reported to contain crypto assets worth US$1.97 million in total. Liquidator Grant Thornton New Zealand said it hadn’t authorized the movement of funds and that it is investigating the incident, according to an email seen by Stuff. Stakenet had not lost funds in the 2019 hack and had been hoping to eventually receive all its assets back. ‚œIf this unauthorized transaction has happened under Grant Thornton’s watch then they need to explain to the users why they failed to secure … [the] assets like they were supposed to do and how someone was able to access them,‘ the company told Stuff. The news comes soon after Grant Thornton finally started allowing former users of the exchange to enter claims to retrieve their assets.

  4. High-end bitcoin brokerage River Financial raised $17.3 million in a recent equity sale, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday. Form D filings reveal two-year-old River aims to raise nearly $500,000 in additional funding for a total of nearly $17.8 million. The firm reported 34 backers in its latest filing but none of them were known at press time. It was not immediately clear if the $17 million figure includes funds from the $5.7 million seed round River completed last July with backing from Castle Island Ventures, Slow Ventures and a slew of other VCs. Partners at those firms did not respond to multiple CoinDesk inquiries. Software job postings indicate River intends to build new services for its iOS app, and is considering taking steps to bolster account security and develop ‚œnovel performance reporting features,‘ projects it offers as examples to prospective hires. River serves deep-pocketed bitcoin investors and has in the past insisted it manages a ‚œbrokerage‘ service, not an exchange. It is seeking to refine that white-glove offering already available 32 U.S. states, as evidenced by the client operations analyst position.

  5. The first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) to receive regulatory approval in North America has already demonstrated the market’s huge appetite for such a product. The Purpose Bitcoin ETF (ticker: BTCC), brought to market by Purpose Investments earlier this week, traded $80 million worth of shares in its first hour and $200 million in its first day ‚“ a figure that’s ten times greater than that of the average ETF and broke records in Canada, according to Bloomberg senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas. In its second day on the market, BTCC traded $350 million in shares, which was three times more than any other ETF. Typically and ETF has a drop off on the second day of trading. While BTCC is the first bitcoin ETF to hit the North American market, it will not be the last. Ontario regulators approved a second bitcoin ETF from Evolve Funds Group this week. And bitcoin custodian NYDIG recently submitted a regulatory approval filing to offer a similar bitcoin ETF product in the United States.

  6. Last Tuesday, Shenzhen, China-based sports lottery site 500.com announced the acquisition of major Bitcoin mining pool BTC.com from Blockchain Alliance Technologies Holding Company via a share-swap agreement. Blockchain Alliance is operated by BitDeer, which itself is chaired by Jihan Wu, the co-founder of bitcoin mining giant Bitmain. The terms of this purchase agreement include 500.com using 10 percent of its own outstanding shares to execute it, according to the announcement. The terms also outlined additional share issuances based on the performance of BTC.com businesses. According to BTC.com mining pool data, it is currently the fourth-largest pool by block validation, contributing just over 10 percent of the total network hash rate over the last three days. As of the time of this writing, BTC.com maintains a hash rate of 15.36 exhahashes per second across that timeframe. This news comes hot off the heels of 500.com’s announcement in early February that it is purchasing 15,900 bitcoin mining rigs. This is rapid advancement for the online gambling company, which only just announced its intention to enter the blockchain space in January.

  7. As reported by Ahyke Otutubuike on Bitcoin Magazine: ‚œYou have probably heard the news about the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) imposing a ban on financial services for cryptocurrency exchange operators, as well as the incongruent excuses for its action. You may have also heard of several connected controversies, like how it’s linked to the #endSARS protests, aid for which was partly funded in bitcoin. What you probably don’t know, though, is how this is related to the economic shock from the COVID-19 pandemic, the huge arbitrage gap in the naira (NGN) prices across the Nigerian currency market, the decline in Nigeria’s inflow remittances and the emotional tension of individuals whose funds are sadly trapped in all of this.‘ Ahyke Otutubuike goes on to report how after 12 years of steady increases of remittance inflows, ‚œdiaspora remittances declined by 97.3 pe3rcent between January 2020 and September 2020. Coincidentally, cryptocurrency volumes in the country were at their highest during this period.‘ Ahyke Otutubuike then explains how cryptocurrencies on the black market had been traded at a 20-30% premium compared to official regulated cryptocurrency markets, incentivizing remittances to go through unofficial channels. With the current ban, the main effect will likely be the continued operation of the well-established black markets for cryptocurrency, and Ahyke Otutubuike finishes out the article by pointing out that ‚œwhat may be most affected is the growth of the blockchain innovation that we were beginning to see in the country before this ban was recirculated.‘ Ahyke Otutubuike. Ahyke Otutubuike. Ahyke Otutubuike



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WBD294 – 2020 Bitcoin Review with Matt Odell

WBD294 – 2020 Bitcoin Review with Matt Odell

2020 has been a defining year for Bitcoin, with the world reeling from a global pandemic, the necessity of hard money is more apparent than ever.

With the worst of the bear market behind us, 2020 looked to be a promising year for Bitcoin. However, in March with the coronavirus outbreak, markets went into freefall and Bitcoin was no exception, dropping over 40% in a day and hitting yearly lows of ~$4,000.

By the time of the halving on May 11th Bitcoin had recovered from this drop. With the increased scarcity and massive amounts of money printing, debasing fiat currencies and the increased threat of high inflation, institutional investors began moving into Bitcoin. With MicroStrategy, Square and MassMutual, amongst others, transferring part of their treasuries into Bitcoin.

While institutional interest in Bitcoin dominated the headlines in 2020, Bitcoin continues to be a powerful tool for freedom, for those who live under oppressive regimes. Notably in Belarus, where government workers are striking in protest against the rigged elections. The Human Rights Foundation have supported them by setting up the Belarus Solidarity Fund. They are using Bitcoin as a censorship-resistant way of getting money to those striking to supplement their lost wages.

To round off 2020, I talk to Matt Odell, co-host of Tales From the Crypt. We discuss everything in Bitcoin in 2020, from price action and institutional investment to government reaction to coronavirus and privacy.



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Bitcoin Audible – Bitcoin is Venice [Allen Farrington]

Bitcoin Audible – Bitcoin is Venice [Allen Farrington]

„Does anybody really believe that, having fully understood the choice they face, any individual would choose to save in a self-referentially mispriced toxic loan rather than a provably sound digital bearer asset? Or, more simply still, that they will think it makes less sense to hold money that is a pure asset than money that is literally defined as a liability? Why not opt into a financial system that is built on trustless verifiability rather than unverifiable trust?“ – Allen Farrington

Today’s amazing read simply needs to be listened to. Bitcoin is Venice, a continuation of the Wittgenstein’s Money series from Allen F. Don’t forget to follow Allen on Twitter & Medium.

Check out the original article below to drop applause and check out Allen’s other amazing work:https://allenfarrington.medium.com/bitcoin-is-venice-8414dda42070

Audio for his other recent piece, Wittgenstein’s Money (And other article mentioned in the show) can be found below:https://bitcoinaudible.com/?p=5659Follow up to Wittgenstein’s Money – Guy’s Take #40:https://bitcoinaudible.com/?p=5661Bitcoin is Worse is Better:https://bitcoinaudible.com/?p=3491Walking Tall – Guy’s Take #36:https://bitcoinaudible.com/?p=4933Hayek’s Use of Knowledge in Society:https://bitcoinaudible.com/?p=2902

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The Pending Patent Problem with Stephan Kinsella & Jed Grant of the Open Crypto Alliance – The Tatiana Show Ep. 296

The Pending Patent Problem with Stephan Kinsella & Jed Grant of the Open Crypto Alliance – The Tatiana Show Ep. 296

Patents help protect the intellectual property of inventors and creators, but on occasion those same creators choose to make their works available to everyone, free of charge. Unfortunately, some predatory entities, known as patent trolls, prey on the users of these technologies through the civil courts. Their latest target? Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, which is why blockchain industry leaders and legal experts – including today’s guests, Stephan Kinsella & Jed Grant – have come together to form the Open Crypto Alliance, a group dedicated to preserving cryptocurrency & bitcoin technology’s open-source origins.

About the Guests:
(Norman) Stephan Kinsella is an attorney and libertarian writer in Houston. He was previously General Counsel for Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., a partner with Duane Morris, and adjunct law professor at South Texas College of Law. A registered patent attorney and former adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law, he received an LL.M. (international business law) from King’s College London-University of London, a JD from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, and BSEE and MSEE degrees from LSU.

He has spoken, lectured and published widely on both legal topics, including intellectual property law and international law, and also on various areas of libertarian legal theory. Libertarian-related publications include Property, Freedom, and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe (co-editor, with Jrg Guido Hlsmann, Mises Institute, 2009); Against Intellectual Property (Mises Institute, 2008); and Law in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society (Papinian Press, 2021). Forthcoming works include Copy This Book: The Case for Abolishing Intellectual Property (Papinian Press, 2022).

Kinsella’s legal publications include International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide (Oxford, 2020); Online Contract Formation (Oceana, 2004); Trademark Practice and Forms (Oxford & West/Thomson Reuters 2001’“2013); World Online Business Law (Oxford, 2003’“2011); Digest of Commercial Laws of the World (Oxford, 1998-2013); Protecting Foreign Investment Under International Law: Legal Aspects of Political Risk (Oceana Publications, 1997); and Louisiana Civil Law Dictionary (Quid Pro Books, 2011).

Kinsella is a co-founder and member of the Advisory Council for the Open Crypto Alliance (2020’“), a member of the Editorial Board of Reason Papers (2009’“), a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Molinari Review (2014’“), a member of the Advisory Board of the Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield) series Capitalist Thought: Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (2013’“), Founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (2010’“present), and legal advisor to LBRY (2015’“). Previously, he was Founder and Executive Editor of Libertarian Papers (2009’“2018), a Senior Fellow for the Ludwig von Mises Institute (2009’“2013), a member of the Advisory Council of the Government Waste and Over-regulation Council of the Our America Initiative (2014’“2017), Book Review Editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies (Mises Institute, 2000’“2004), a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Peace, Prosperity & Freedom (Liberty Australia, 2012’“2016), a member of the Advisory Panel of the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) (2009’“2012), and served as Chair of the Computer Law Subcommittee of the Federalist Society’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.

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Jed Grant is a creative entrepreneur and consummate technology, security and finance professional. Currently he occupies several professional and pro-bono mandates. In addition to his founding and leadership role in KYC3, he is also a founding partner of the boutique intelligence consulting firm Sandstone SA.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Luxembourg, School of Finance, where he teaches compliance for the Masters in Wealth Management and Executive MWM Programs. For his pro-bono efforts, he is a founding member, board and executive vice-chair of The Institute for Global Financial Integrity, a thought leadership forum on issues related to integrity and ethics in finance. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of

Commerce, Luxembourg and chairs its New Business and Entrepreneur Committee.

Jed holds an MBA from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and studied computer science at the University of California Santa Barbara, in addition to spending a year abroad as a student at the American College of Switzerland in Leysin, CH. In addition to his native Ireland and United States, he has lived in Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland for extended periods throughout his career.

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