Your Criticism of Bitcoin is Valid—and Irrelevant

Ponzi, fraud, and rat poison squared. Those are three terms you may have heard people use when talking about bitcoin. If you're in that camp, you have good company. Pretty much everybody hates bitcoin. Guess what? Bitcoin will succeed anyway. Yes, your arguments start with facts, but facts do not always tell the truth. Perspective … Continue reading Your Criticism of Bitcoin is Valid—and Irrelevant

Will Bitcoin Ever Become Real Money?

Photo by David McBee on Pexels.com Now that bitcoin's price has gone up a bit, people have started asking me about it. After about two years of apathy, my friends are interested again! Of course, they're not interested in the social, cultural, and economic impact of a global, public, cryptographically-secure, time-stamped distributed ledger. (Which stinks, because I wrote … Continue reading Will Bitcoin Ever Become Real Money?

Where are Bitcoin’s ‘Retail’ Investors?

Where are these people? Imagine I told you about a technology that could revolutionize finance and governance. As the #1 disruptor of a $100 trillion market, it has a massive first-mover advantage over its peers. Thousands of developers already use it, several big companies now sell it, and a few billionaires launched new ventures to … Continue reading Where are Bitcoin’s ‘Retail’ Investors?

Once COVID-19 Ends, Bitcoin Will Need to do More Than “Go Up”

“The global bastard,” COVID-19, continues to wreck everything, but this will change sooner than you think. Since the outbreak began, the world has ramped up its production of medical supplies, tests, and personal protective equipment. Scientists now have several promising vaccine candidates, effective treatments, and drugs that help people get less sick, need less care, … Continue reading Once COVID-19 Ends, Bitcoin Will Need to do More Than “Go Up”

How to Start Your Career as a Software Developer in the Blockchain Industry in 2020

Recently, I talked to Artur Meyster at Career Karma about jobs in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. He put together a post you might enjoy, which I'm publishing his behalf. Read below for some "food for thought" and useful links. Looking to break into the blockchain industry in this unprecedented year of 2020? Good choice. … Continue reading How to Start Your Career as a Software Developer in the Blockchain Industry in 2020

Interview with Adel de Meyer, Co-Founder of DAPS Coin

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Recently I had a chance to chat with Adel de Meyer, entrepreneur and leader of DAPS coin, a fully anonymous staking coin and payment system. Her project recently published a new DAPS whitepaper and announced its web wallet. In our conversation, we talked about her journey into crypto, how the project came together, the challenges of … Continue reading Interview with Adel de Meyer, Co-Founder of DAPS Coin

Welcome to the Age of Monetary Exploration

Cryptocurrency is full of people who believe in old economic theories that have never been tried in the real world. There’s an almost zealous adherence to esoteric principles that seem to have no place in our modern lives.   Fitting, perhaps, for a niche technology whose earliest followers—and most ardent advocates—came to it as an … Continue reading Welcome to the Age of Monetary Exploration

Prepare for the Centralization of Decentralized Finance

Decentralized Finance, aka "DeFi," will give everybody access to the same money-making opportunities rich people use to build wealth. These open, permissionless financial networks are available to anybody who has a cryptocurrency wallet, with one quirk: they're computer programs. No people or banks, just algorithms backed by a blockchain. Financial engineers mix and match these … Continue reading Prepare for the Centralization of Decentralized Finance

Crypto is Easy – August 2020

Cryptocurrency is full of people who believe in old economic theories that have never been tried in the real world. There’s an almost zealous adherence to esoteric principles that seem to have no place in modern psychology, behavioral economics, and politics.   Fitting, perhaps, for a niche technology whose earliest followers—and most ardent advocates—came to … Continue reading Crypto is Easy – August 2020

Why You’re Missing Bitcoin’s Most Revolutionary Feature

With bitcoin's price exploding, you may think it's about to go mainstream. Finally, the blockchain will have its day and everybody will realize the amazing power of open, permissionless financial networks and censorship-resistant money systems. Fiat oppression will end. Prosperity will return. Let freedom ring! That sounds nice, but it also misses the point. It's … Continue reading Why You’re Missing Bitcoin’s Most Revolutionary Feature