Stephan Livera Podcast

Stephan Livera Podcast

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A top rated podcast about Bitcoin from a Bitcoin-Austrian perspective. 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.


SLP126 Ben Askren
Nov 19 • 50 min
Ben Askren, a recently retired pro Mixed Martial Artist and former Olympic Wrestler joins me to talk about how he got into Bitcoin and is now spreading the word about Bitcoin to his following! We talk: How he got into Bitcoin Common misconceptions Why we…
SLP125 Thomas Voegtlin - Electrum Wallet: Bitcoin seeds, PSBT, Multi sig, Lightning
Nov 16 • 74 min
Thomas Voegtlin, Founder of Electrum Wallet joins me to talk about how and why he started Electrum Wallet, one of the longest standing Bitcoin wallets (2011). In this interview we discuss a range of topics around the Electrum Server model, Partially…
SLP124 Jon Atack - Bitcoin Core Contribution
Nov 12 • 61 min
Jon Atack joins me to talk about his experience with open source software development, and to talk about the process of Bitcoin Core development and code review. We talk: Becoming a Bitcoin Core contributor How to best contribute Communication channels…
SLP123 Allen Piscitello - Sidechains & Blockstream Liquid
Nov 8 • 56 min
Allen Piscitello, VP Product of Blockstream joins me to talk about Blockstream Liquid as a new model for inter exchange settlement, and the possibility of building out new financial infrastructure in a way different from the legacy financial system. We…
SLP122 PlanB - Responses to the S2F model
Nov 4 • 59 min
PlanB (Pseudonymous Bitcoin Quant) rejoins me in this episode to talk about the response to his seminal work, Modeling Bitcoin’s Value with Scarcity. There have been some responses to his Stock to Flow (S2F) modelling work, so we talk: The response to his…
SLP121 Yan Pritzker - Intro to Bitcoin Mining (Beginner episode)
Oct 31 • 58 min
Yan Pritzker, Bitcoin Author and previously CTO of Reverb joins me in this episode to talk about Bitcoin Mining, his book Inventing Bitcoin and give Bitcoin beginners an intro to Bitcoin Mining. We talk about: Whether a beginner should do Bitcoin Mining…
SLP120 Jack Mallers - Lightning & Identity, Olympus and Zap
Oct 28 • 65 min
Jack Mallers of Zap joins me to talk about the recent exploration of Lightning Network and Identity, as well as talking about his new service, Olympus, and Zap wallet development. This interview was recorded one day before the Lightning Conference in…
SLP119 Alex Bosworth - Submarine Swaps, Loop, Hyperloop
Oct 24 • 63 min
Alex Bosworth, Lightning Infrastructure Lead at Lightning Labs joins me to talk about what he’s working on: Submarine swaps, Lightning Loop and Hyperloop. We chat about the possibilities being enabled for Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. We talk: Submarine…
SLP118 Mike Belshe - BitGo Bitcoin Custody
Oct 18 • 60 min
Mike Belshe, CEO of BitGo joins me to talk about his journey with Bitcoin and the challenges BitGo faces in being the world’s largest Bitcoin custodian. We talk about: Coming into Bitcoin How secure storage evolved in Bitcoin over time Technological and…
SLP117 Pura Vida - Learning about Bitcoin Privacy
Oct 13 • 68 min
Pura Vida of the Lightning Hood team joins me to share his perspectives and journey in learning about bitcoin privacy and putting it into practice with tools such as Samourai Wallet and Nodl. We talk about: His journey of learning Bitcoin Privacy How to…
SLP116 Taylor Helsper - Easy Bitcoin Nodes with myNode
Oct 11 • 57 min
Taylor joins me to talk about his project myNode which may be one of the easiest, cheapest and feature rich methods to run your own full node and connect to your own hardware wallet. We talk through the process, and some of the challenges that newbies…
SLP115 Trace Mayer - Bitcoin as Ultimate Collateral
Oct 9 • 65 min
Trace Mayer, renowned Bitcoin investor, writer and speaker joins me in this episode to talk about a range of topics on jurisdictional competition in relation to Bitcoin, how best to learn, shifting perceptions on Bitcoin, whether there are any threats to…
SLP114 Gene Epstein - Moderating Bitcoin Debates
Oct 7 • 78 min
Gene Epstein, Director of the Soho forum joins me to talk about his experiences in moderating debates in Bitcoin and Austrian Economics. We talk about some of the key points that Bitcoiners should consider from Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard, and we…
SLP113 Dhruv Bansal - Bitcoin Multisig & Hermit with Unchained Capital
Oct 4 • 75 min
Dhruv Bansal, Co-Founder and CSO of Unchained Capital rejoins me in this episode to talk about some bitcoin open source contributions Unchained Capital are making, as well as Unchained Capital products and services. Learn more about multi signature,…
SLP112 - Wiz and Steve Jain - Bisq: Decentralised Bitcoin Trading
Oct 1 • 62 min
Wiz and Steve Jain (m52go) join me in this episode to talk about Bisq, a decentralised open source project that serves to enable zero KYC decentralised Bitcoin exchange around the world. We talk: How Bisq is decentralised Structure of Bisq How Bisq is…
SLP111 Bitstein - Satoshi Nakamoto Institute Bitcoin Crash Course
Sep 29 • 66 min
My friend Bitstein aka Michael Goldstein rejoins me in this episode to talk about why he founded the Nakamoto Institute. We also talk through some of the highlights from the SNI Crash Course, which is a must read series of articles to improve your Bitcoin…
SLP110 Neil Woodfine - Cerberus Protocol for Business Bitcoin Storage
Sep 26 • 51 min
Neil Woodfine of Clavestone rejoins me in this episode to talk about the Cerberus Protocol. Cerberus is a protocol designed to be simple for businesses to use Bitcoin multi signature and self custody their bitcoins. We talk about: Why Cerberus Protocol…
SLP109 Preston Pysh - How To Think About Bitcoin as an Investor
Sep 24 • 61 min
Preston Pysh, co-host of The Investor’s Podcast (a globally ranked Investment podcast), joins me to talk about his thoughts on investing in Bitcoin. We talk about the category errors and pitfalls that an investor must be wary of when conceiving of the…
SLP108 Bryan Bishop - Bitcoin Vaults & Custody
Sep 22 • 86 min
Bryan Bishop (Bitcoin developer & consultant) joins me in this episode to talk about his experiences with Bitcoin Custody from working at LedgerX and in other settings. We talk about: Bitcoin Custody & Vaults Shamir’s Secret Sharing Bitcoin Hardware Smart…
SLP107 Jeremy Welch & Jameson Lopp - Casa Wealth Security Protocol
Sep 18 • 64 min
Jeremy Welch (CEO Casa) and Jameson Lopp (CTO Casa) re join me in this episode to talk about Casa Wealth Security Protocol and Casa Keymaster. We talk about various points related to securing your Bitcoin: Design Principles and Decisions Key risks Casa…
SLP106 Diogo Monica - Glacier Protocol and Anchorage
Sep 9 • 51 min
Glacier Protocol is widely regarded as one of the best ways for an individual to secure their bitcoins. Who better to join me than the Project Lead and Maintainer of Glacier Protocol? Diogo Monica, Co Founder and President of Anchorage, and Project Lead…
SLP105 Justin Moon & Stepan Snigirev - DIY Bitcoin Hardware Wallet and Multi Signature
Sep 3 • 66 min
Justin Moon (BUIDL Bootcamp) and Stepan Snigirev (CTO Crypto Advance) rejoin me in this episode to talk about creating your own Bitcoin Hardware Wallet, and setting up Multi Signature with it. Justin and Stepan have been working on their respective…
SLP104 Douglas Bakkum and Jonas Schnelli - BitBox02 by Shift Cryptosecurity
Aug 30 • 71 min
Jonas Schnelli (Bitcoin Core Developer and Maintainer and Co Founder Shift Crypto) and Douglas Bakkum (CEO, Shift Cryptosecurity) join me in this episode to talk about the BitBox02 hardware wallet product from Shift Cryptosecurity based in Switzerland. We…
SLP103 Charles Guillemet - Hardware Wallet Security and Hacking at Donjon Ledger
Aug 28 • 58 min
Charles Guillemet, Chief Security Officer of Ledger, and also leading Ledger Donjon, joins me to talk about Bitcoin hardware wallet hacking. We talk about the attacks possible, the cost of these attacks, and defence against these attacks. You won’t want…
SLP102 Jimmy Song & Alex Gladstein - The Little Bitcoin Book
Aug 26 • 62 min
Jimmy Song (Bitcoin educator, entrepreneur and developer) and Alex Gladstein (CSO of Human Rights Foundation) join me in this episode to talk about their fantastic new book, The Little Bitcoin Book. This is the perfect short book to give your precoiner…
SLP101 Rodolfo Novak - Coldcard by Coinkite
Aug 23 • 61 min
Rodolfo Novak (CEO CoinKite) rejoins me in this episode to talk about the Coldcard from Coinkite. We talk about: Why he made the Coldcard Basic features of the Coldcard Bitcoiner support for the Coldcard Multi signature with Coldcard WalletsRecovery.org…
SLP100 Pavol Rusnak (Stick) - Trezor One and Model T by SatoshiLabs
Aug 19 • 66 min
Pavol Rusnak aka Stick, CTO of SatoshiLabs (the company behind Trezor) joins me in this episode to talk about his journey creating the world’s first bitcoin hardware wallet. We talk about: Making the world’s first bitcoin hardware wallet SLIP39 and…
SLP99 Andrew Chow - Hardware Wallets and Bitcoin Core with HWI and PSBT
Aug 15 • 77 min
Andrew Chow, Bitcoin Core developer at Blockstream joins me in this episode to talk about his work on HWI - Hardware Wallet Interface and PSBT - Partially Signed Bitcoin Transactions. We discuss the benefits of PSBT and Hardware Wallet Interface in making…
SLP98 Rusty Russell and Joe Netti - Can Lightning Network Scale to a Million Channels?
Aug 12 • 67 min
So Bitcoin’s Lightning Network exists and works today. Can it scale up to a million channels? Rusty Russell (Blockstream Elements Project, working on c-lightning and the Lightning Spec) and Joe Netti (recently interned at Blockstream) join me to talk…
SLP97 Michael Flaxman - Every Bitcoin Hardware Wallet Sucks
Aug 8 • 113 min
Michael Flaxman, Bitcoin Educator and Developer joins me in this episode (part of the SLP Hardware Wallet Interview series) to talk about the current state of Bitcoin Hardware Wallets. This episode is a must listen to learn the differences between some of…
SLP96 Max Hillebrand - Bitcoin Hardware Wallets for Newbies
Aug 6 • 61 min
Max Hillebrand, Bitcoin educator and World Crypto Net broadcaster joins me in this newbie episode to target about good practices with Hardware wallets and what we should think about. We talk: Why you should not leave your bitcoins on an exchange How to…
SLP95 Aleks Svetski - Clashing Visions
Aug 4 • 53 min
Aleks Svetski (CEO and co-founder Amber) rejoins me in this episode to talk about the clash of visions: Trading or HODLing Buying with a lump sum or DCA - Dollar Cost Averaging Mindsets around DCA Libra vs USD vs Bitcoin Belief systems Aleks and Amber…
SLP94 Roy Sheinfeld - Lightning Network Services for the Masses
Jul 31 • 62 min
Roy Sheinfeld, CEO of Breez Technology joins me to talk about his view of Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. We touch on a number of topics: Roy’s background in Bitcoin Why he’s excited about Lightning Network and what problems it can solve How the Lightning…
SLP93 Raoul Pal - Global Macro Risks and Bitcoin
Jul 29 • 59 min
Raoul Pal (CEO RealVision and Global Macro Investor) joins me in this episode to discuss the Global Macro risks that he sees, and his perspective on Bitcoin. We talk about the stage of the business cycle that we are in, problems faced by individuals and…
SLP92 Britt Kelly - BTCPayServer documentation, translation & Newbie tips
Jul 25 • 53 min
Britt Kelly joins me for the fourth and final episode in the BTCPayServer interview series. Britt and I chat about: Getting into Bitcoin and BTCPayServer What you can learn by contributing Documentation of BTCPay Translation of BTCPay Tips for newbies…
SLP91 Kukks - BTCPayServer architecture and BTC transmuter
Jul 21 • 45 min
Episode 3 in the BTCPayServer series! Kukks, BTCPayServer developer and contributor joins me in this episode to talk about his work. We talk about the way BTCPayServer is structured, and also about the BTC Transmuter (aka fiat bridge), enabling merchants…
SLP90 Pavlenex - BTCPayServer for Merchants
Jul 18 • 61 min
Episode 2 of the SLP BTCPayServer series! Pavlenex (BTCPayServer contributor and Operator of BitcoinShirt.co) joins me to talk about his journey in becoming a bitcoiner, and becoming a BTCPayServer contributor. We talk: How BTCPayServer helps a merchant…
SLP89 Rockstar Dev - BTCPayServer, Tor crowdfunding, and Rockstarism
Jul 15 • 53 min
Rockstar Developer joins me to talk about his experiences in open source development, working on BTCPayServer, Tor crowdfunding, and his philosophy of Rockstarism. We talk: Open source vs closed source development BTCPayServer and the community…
SLP88 Conner Brown - Bitcoin is Money, not Payments
Jul 14 • 57 min
Conner Brown joins me in this episode to talk about his journey of learning about Bitcoin and why Bitcoin should be thought of as money, not payments. We talk about: How he came to learn about Bitcoin His journey coming from the Bcash world view to the…
SLP87 Per Bylund - The Problem of Production
Jul 10 • 54 min
Assistant Professor and Records-Johnston Professor of Free Enterprise at Oklahoma State University, at the OSU School of Entrepreneurship, and Fellow at the Mises Institute - Per Bylund joins me in this episode to talk about his book on the theory of the…
SLP86 PlanB - Frontrunning the Bitcoin Halvening?
Jul 5 • 81 min
SLP86 PlanB - Frontrunning the Bitcoin Halvening? PlanB rejoins me in this anticipated follow up episode discussing his stock to flow data modelling of Bitcoin’s valuation. The first episode was hotly downloaded and discussed online, so this time we talk…
SLP85 Sergej Kotliar - Building Bitcoin’s Circular Economy
Jul 2 • 64 min
Sergej Kotliar (CEO Bitrefill) rejoins me in this episode recorded at Bitcoin2019 Conference in San Francisco to talk about his views on the ‘store of value first’ narrative in Bitcoin. Is there a need to build a Bitcoin circular economy now? Sergej also…
SLP84 Stepan Snigirev - Quantum Computing Threat to Bitcoin and Next Generation Bitcoin Hardware Wallets
Jun 30 • 63 min
Stepan Snigirev, Quantum Physicist and CTO of CryptoAdvance joins me in this episode to talk about the Quantum threat to Bitcoin, and we also talk about Bitcoin Hardware Wallets. This interview was recorded in person in San Francisco just prior to the…
SLP83 Conner Fromknecht - Bitcoin Lightning Watchtowers in depth
Jun 24 • 60 min
Conner Fromknecht Head of Cryptographic Engineering at Lightning Labs, joins me to go in depth on Bitcoin Lightning Watchtowers. Understand how Bitcoin’s Lightning Network keeps channel participants honest and how Watchtowers can help: How Lightning…
SLP82 Alena Vranova - Data privacy in a digital age
Jun 21 • 55 min
Alena Vranova, Head of Strategy at Casa joins me in this episode to talk about the challenges we’re all facing with keeping our data secure, as well as what Casa are doing. We talk: Privacy horrors around the world #MyDataMyLife campaign What individuals…
SLP81 Dan Held - Why Bitcoin’s Security is Fine
Jun 20 • 58 min
Dan Held, Co-Founder of Interchange rejoins me in this episode to talk about the long term security of Bitcoin as it transitions to transaction fee (away from block subsidy). We discuss whether this will be a problem, or whether Bitcoin will be OK. Basic…
SLP80 Richard Myers - Bitcoin Incentivised Mesh Networking with Lot49
Jun 17 • 57 min
Richard Myers of Gotenna and Global Mesh Labs joins me to talk about a new way to improve mesh networking with the use of bitcoin payments to provide incentive for message and packet routing. We talk: What the problem is with the current set up of the…
SLP79 Misir Mahmudov - Bitcoin, Inequality & Morals
Jun 15 • 58 min
Misir Mahmudov (Bitcoin writer and working Operations at Adaptive Capital) joins me in this episode to talk: How he learned about Bitcoin and Austrian Economics Recommendations for listeners who want to learn more His thesis on the closure of the gold…
SLP78 Samourai Wallet - Welcome to the Dojo
Jun 10 • 60 min
A co-founder of the Bitcoin privacy focused wallet, Samourai Wallet, rejoins the show in this fantastic episode to talk about the many updates since last time on the show (SLP29): Getting funding from Cypherpunk Holdings Release of Dojo software - open…
SLP77 Kalle Rosenbaum - Grokking Bitcoin: it’s not just for developers
Jun 7 • 47 min
Kalle Rosenbaum (author, developer and bitcoin consultant) joins me in this episode to discuss his new book, Grokking Bitcoin. We talk: The process of writing this book David Harding’s foreword Some cryptography basics Different Bitcoin transaction types…
SLP76 Vijay Boyapati - Bitcoin is not Paypal 2.0
Jun 3 • 54 min
Vijay Boyapati, Bitcoin economic commentator, joins me to talk about: Monetary stages of evolution Merchant adoption of Bitcoin to receive payment - is it 2013 all over again? Facebook Crypto Horizontal “Crypto” vs Vertical Bitcoin businesses Why Bitcoin…
SLP75 Giacomo Zucco - There is only one Bitcoin (Newbie episode)
May 31 • 68 min
Giacomo joins me again in this episode to explain for newbies why there is only one Bitcoin. We cover common points of confusion that newbies and outsiders to Bitcoin may not grasp: Forks of Bitcoin Semantics and word games Traps to avoid Giacomo link:…
SLP74 Wiz - Bitcoiners vs Shitcoiners
May 28 • 60 min
Wiz, Bitcoin OG from Tokyo (and creator of the “Bitcoiner or Shitcoiner” browser extension) joins me in this episode to discuss his career, how to build your own ISP, and also, a new way to help mitigate social attacks on Bitcoin. We talk: Importance of…
SLP73 Tamas Blummer - Rust-Bitcoin, Threats to Bitcoin & Bitcoin Data Science
May 23 • 58 min
Tamas Blummer, Bitcoin developer and entrepreneur with a long and respected background in Bitcoin joins me in this must-listen, wide ranging episode to talk about: Rust-Bitcoin projects Threats to bitcoin: Soft fork threats and protocol ossification…
SLP72 Eric Voskuil - Fractional or Full Reserve Banking? and Jurisdictional Arbitrage
May 20 • 67 min
Eric Voskuil (lead developer of libbitcoin and Cryptoeconomics author) joins me to talk about his views on Austrian economics, Murray Rothbard, Fractional vs Full Reserve Banking. We also chat about “Jurisdictional Arbitrage” from his Cryptoeconomics…
SLP71 Stephan Livera - Intro to Bitcoin Austrian thought
May 15 • 58 min
On listener request, I fly solo for this episode to give Bitcoin newbies and Bitcoin intermediate listeners an overview on ‘Bitcoin Austrian’ thought. Learn why students of the Austrian school of economics are well placed to understand Bitcoin: How money…
SLP70 Matt Odell - Putting Bitcoin into practice for noobs
May 6 • 63 min
Matt Odell, Bitcoin podcast co-host of the Rabbit Hole Recap joins me in this fun episode to talk about ways Bitcoiners can put theory into practice. Along the way we chat: Challenges in educating noobs Common pitfalls and scams Approaches to take going…
SLP69 Saifedean Ammous - How governments could kill Bitcoin and Bitcoin scenarios
Apr 29 • 61 min
Saifedean Ammous, Bitcoin economist and author of seminal book, The Bitcoin Standard, joins me in this episode. We talk about some of his recent research: How governments could try to kill Bitcoin Why fiat money hyperinflation is not that likely Why we…
SLP68 Joost Jager - Lightning Loop Out/In, and Lightning Network Criticisms
Apr 20 • 53 min
Joost Jager, Lightning Network Infrastructure Engineer at Lightning Labs, joins me in this episode to talk about Lightning Loop Out and In. We also discuss some of the recent criticisms of the Lightning Network by Peter Rizun. We talk: How Lightning Loop…
SLP67 Plan B (@100trillionUSD) - Modelling Bitcoin’s digital scarcity through stock-to-flow techniques
Apr 15 • 61 min
Plan B (@100trillionUSD), operator of a well known pseudonymous twitter account joins me for discussion on modelling the incredible value of Bitcoin. Don’t miss this discussion on data modelling, finance and investing in Bitcoin! We talk: Influences in…
SLP66 James O’Beirne - The truth about ‘power’ in Bitcoin
Apr 10 • 57 min
James O’Beirne, Bitcoin Core Engineer at Chaincode Labs joins me in this episode to talk about the real nature of ‘power’ and control within Bitcoin. It’s not as simple as it might first seem! We talk about: Differing conceptions of ‘power’ in Bitcoin…
SLP65 Nik Bhatia: Bitcoin Lightning Reference Rate and Node Accrual Rate
Apr 4 • 56 min
Nik Bhatia CFA charter holder and Bitcoin-native financial theorist joins me for discussion on the Lightning Network Interest Rate (LNRR) - a concept on how Bitcoin Lightning Network participants can earn an interest through routing fees earned on the…
SLP64 Tuur Demeester - What is Bitcoin Worth? A Bitcoin Valuation Framework
Mar 30 • 59 min
Tuur Demeester, Bitcoin/Macro Investor and Writer, and Founding Partner of Adamant Capital joins us in a very important macro-economic and investment discussion on how to assess Bitcoin’s value through its past and into the future. Bitcoin Outlook and…
SLP63 LightningK0ala - Bitcoin and Lightning enabled online gaming
Mar 28 • 51 min
LightningK0ala joins us to talk about his new Bitcoin Lightning powered online gaming venture, Koala Studio. We talk: How he got into Lightning development Experiences with Satoshi’s Place What he’s doing with Koala Studio Future opportunities with…
SLP62 Rodolfo Novak - Keeping Bitcoin Cypherpunk
Mar 27 • 59 min
Rodolfo Novak, Founder of Coinkite joins me to discuss ways to keep Bitcoin in line with its true cypherpunk values: Decentralizing Bitcoin’s communication networks Alternative methods of sending, receiving, verifying Bitcoin transactions Radio…
SLP61 David Bailey - Refocusing on Bitcoin
Mar 22 • 58 min
David Bailey, CEO of BTC Media (yBitcoin, Bitcoin Magazine, Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network) joins me in this wide ranging conversation about Bitcoin over the years, and Bitcoin media: Journey over the years Getting into Bitcoin media Problems with ‘enterprise…
SLP60 Askuwheteau & Ketominer of nodl - Plug and Play Bitcoin Lightning Nodes
Mar 19 • 61 min
Askuwheteau and Ketominer of the nodl.it team join me to talk about the ‘plug and play’ Bitcoin Lightning full node hardware they are creating. We discuss: Bitcoin full node philosophy Why they started a company How to set up a Nodl device Comparison with…
SLP59 Christian Decker - Bitcoin Lightning Channel Factories
Mar 14 • 62 min
Dr Christian Decker of Blockstream, one of the world’s leading experts on Bitcoin and the Lightning Network, joins Stephan to talk in-depth about Bitcoin Lightning Channel Factories and Multi Party Channels. We talk about: Why Channel Factories might be…
SLP58 Chris Belcher - Defending Bitcoin Privacy
Mar 11 • 58 min
Chris Belcher, Bitcoin Privacy OG (JoinMarket, Electrum Personal Server) joins me in this must listen episode on Bitcoin Privacy fundamentals. Chris talks about multiple ways you can be deanonymised, as well as countermeasures available. We then talk more…
SLP57 Alex Adelman, Founder of Lolli - How Newbies Can Earn Bitcoin
Mar 9 • 55 min
Alex Adelman, CEO and Founder of Lolli joins me to talk about How Newbies Can Earn Bitcoin. We’ll be discussing: Psychology around bitcoin today Earning vs buying Privacy & security in a custodial world Merchant & consumer adoption Self sovereign,…
Max Keidun & Roman Snitko of Hodl Hodl Bitcoin Exchange & Baltic Honeybadger
Mar 2 • 56 min
Max Keidun and Roman Snitko (CEO and CTO of Hodl Hodl) join me to talk: Why they started Hodl Hodl, a P2P exchange How Hodl Hodl is different from the typical Bitcoin exchange Education of users Volume trends Prediction market announcement Baltic…
SLP55 Shinobi (Brian_Trollz)
Feb 25 • 57 min
Shinobi (aka Bitcoin Twitter character @Brian_Trollz) joins me in this episode to discuss a range of topics: Problems with using Litecoin for paying with things Confidential Transactions and the different approaches The push for smaller blocks Different…
SLP54 Justin Camarena of Bitrefill - Bitcoin Lightning & Channel Management
Feb 21 • 49 min
Justin Camarena of Bitrefill joins me to talk about his journey with Bitcoin Lightning development and pioneering Bitcoin Lightning payments at Bitrefill. We discuss: Learning Lightning development Pioneering Lightning payment at Bitrefill in the…
SLP53 Andreas M. Antonopoulos - On Bitcoin Maximalism
Feb 18 • 64 min
Andreas M. Antonopoulos (best-selling author, speaker and bitcoin educator) joins me in this episode to talk about his views on Bitcoin Maximalism as contrasted with a multicoin view. Andreas and I disagree and present clashing visions. We also discuss…
SLP52 Jack Dorsey & Elizabeth Stark - Bitcoin: Native Currency of the Internet
Feb 11 • 52 min
Jack Dorsey (CEO of Twitter & Square) & Elizabeth Stark (CEO of Lightning Labs) join me to talk about the vision of Bitcoin as native currency of the internet. Bitcoin’s principles, resilience, and being ‘of the internet’ are what make it special. In this…
SLP51 Dr Guido Hülsmann - Austrian Monetary Economics & Bitcoin
Feb 5 • 54 min
Dr Guido Hülsmann, Senior Fellow of the Mises Institute, and Economics Professor at the University of Anger, France, joins me in this very special episode. We talk about government monetary intervention compared with a free market in money. We discuss…
SLP50 Rui Gomes & João Almeida of OpenNode - Helping merchants take Bitcoin Lightning Payments
Feb 1 • 49 min
Rui Gomes & João Almeida (CTO, co-founder) of OpenNode join me in this episode to discuss why they turned down Roger Ver’s $1.25M, as well as the vision of OpenNode in enabling Bitcoin & Lightning payments. Topics include: Background on OpenNode Service…
SLP49 Marty Bent - Bitcoin content creation and curation, and ‘mainstream’ Economics
Jan 24 • 48 min
Marty Bent, host of the Tales From the Crypt podcast, and editor in chief of Marty’s Bent joins me in this episode. We talk about Bitcoin content creation and curation, and also touch on the shifts in thinking from ‘mainstream’ economics required to…
SLP48 Nicolas Dorier and BTCPayServer - self hosted Bitcoin and Lightning payments
Jan 20 • 50 min
Nicolas Dorier, a Bitcoin developer, joins me in this episode to talk about the open source project he started, BTCPayServer. BTCPayServer allows you to start accepting Bitcoin payments with 0% fees & no third-party. It is built with security, privacy and…
SLP47 Giacomo Zucco - Custodial LN, Altcoins, Financialisation, Attacks on Bitcoin
Jan 15 • 75 min
Giacomo Zucco, well known Bitcoin advocate, Supremo of BHB Network, and bitcoin consultant/teacher joins me in this episode. We talk: His Bitcoin ‘rage quit’! The recent trend of Lightning Network custodial wallets, and whether this is on net a good or…
SLP46 Sjors Provoost - Bitcoin Core Dev, Hardware Wallet Support, Fungibility
Jan 8 • 63 min
Sjors Provoost (Bitcoin Core developer) joins me to discuss a range of topics: Bitcoin Core Development and Review Working towards hardware wallet support in Bitcoin Core Sjors’ article, “A Crime on Testnet” - with privacy & fungibility implications Sjors…
SLP45 Jeff Deist, President of the Mises Institute
Jan 4 • 43 min
Jeff Deist joins me to discuss Bitcoin and the application of Austrian economics in understanding Bitcoin. Topics: Market selection of money The potential for a hard money standard to restrict govt spending Why Austrian Economists are split on Bitcoin Why…
SLP44 Aleks Svetski, CEO of Amber - Blind Excesses, Crypto, Bitcoin
Jan 3 • 62 min
Aleks Svetski (CEO, co-founder of Amber) joins me in this fiery episode to talk about the blind excesses of ‘Crypto’ over the last few years and more: - Crazy excesses that we saw over the last few years - STO’s - Security Token Offerings - “Crypto…
SLP43 Jameson Lopp, Cypherpunk and CTO of Casa
Dec 28, 2018 • 53 min
Jameson Lopp, Cypherpunk & CTO of Casa, joins me in this episode to discuss a range of topics: What he’s working on right now @ Casa “Who controls Bitcoin Core?”, the article by Jameson 2018 Year in Review, thematically and by statistics Bitcoin storage…
SLP42 Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream - Blockstream Satellite, Tim May, Bitcoin Privacy
Dec 17, 2018 • 64 min
Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream, Cypherpunk & Cryptographer, and inventor of hashcash (cited in Bitcoin’s whitepaper) joins me in this episode. We talk about the new update to Blockstream satellite, Tim May and Bitcoin Privacy. Topics: - Blockstream…
SLP41 Dhruv Bansal of Unchained Capital - Bitcoin Dust in the Machine, and Bitcoin Financial Service
Dec 17, 2018 • 65 min
Dhruv Bansal, Chief Science Officer of Unchained Capital joins me to talk about some of his data science analytical work on Bitcoin’s blockchain, and also how Unchained Capital are thinking about Bitcoin financial services. We discuss how Bitcoin enables…
SLP40 Vijay Boyapati - Why Credit Deflation is More Likely Than Mass Inflation
Dec 15, 2018 • 49 min
Vijay Boyapati (Software Developer, Austrian Economist) joins me to discuss his 2010 article, “Why Credit Deflation Is More Likely Than Mass Inflation”. Find out where economics commentators were getting it wrong immediately post the 2008 Global Financial…
SLP39 Olaoluwa Osuntokun (Roasbeef), CTO of Lightning Labs
Dec 11, 2018 • 56 min
Laolu aka roasbeef, CTO of Lightning Labs joins me in this episode to talk about some of the latest developments with Bitcoin’s Lightning Network: - Lightning Summit (Adelaide, Australia Nov 2018) - AMP - Splicing - Probing - Wumbology (large channels) -…
SLP38 Per Bylund - The size of firms
Dec 7, 2018 • 50 min
Per Bylund (Assistant Professor at OSU and Fellow of Mises Institute) joins me to discuss how some firms today are larger than what they would be under a free market. The impact of regulation and ways to assess competition in a market are discussed. We…
SLP37 Rene Pickhardt - Bitcoin Lightning Education & Lightning Summit
Dec 4, 2018 • 57 min
Rene Pickhardt, a Bitcoin/Lightning educator, and rising star in the world of Lightning joins me to talk about the Lightning Network. We discuss: - How he got into Lightning - Involvement in the Pirate party - The recent Lightning Summit in Australia -…
SLP36 Justin Moon - Teaching Bitcoin HODLers to code @ BUIDL Bootcamp
Nov 29, 2018 • 59 min
Justin Moon (Founder/Instructor, BUIDL Bootcamp), joins me in this episode to discuss how he came into Bitcoin recently and started doing presentations, Bitcoin application coding and now teaching Bitcoin development to students. We talk about non…
SLP35 Pierre Rochard - Lightning Power Excel Plugin, Lightning Residency
Nov 23, 2018 • 66 min
Pierre Rochard (Noded Podcast, Nakamoto Institute, Bitcoin Advisory) joins me in this episode to talk about his new Bitcoin Lightning “Power” Excel Plugin, which allows you to tinker with Lightning right inside MS Excel! We also talk about his recent…
SLP34 Dan Held - Bitcoin Heroes, Villains, Survival, and Capitulation
Nov 16, 2018 • 50 min
Dan Held (Co-Founder Picks & Shovels) has been writing influential articles and joins me in this episode to share his perspectives on being in Bitcoin for 6 years. We discuss what the real narrative was around Bitcoin in the early days, and how some…
SLP33 Kara Haas - Bitcoin & Crypto Audit and Accounting
Nov 9, 2018 • 52 min
Kara Haas, CPA joins me to discuss Bitcoin auditing and accounting. Especially in relation to Tether, there are many people confused about what an audit is, versus an attestation. And with the Bitmain IPO, some confusion on the correct accounting…
SLP32 Rigel (CoinsureNZ), Relaying Bitcoin transactions with TxTenna for censorship resistance
Nov 4, 2018 • 37 min
Rigel Walshe (aka CoinsureNZ) joins me to talk about his recent viral adventures in sending Bitcoin transactions without internet on the device itself. His recent stories lit up social media and showed real world usage of TxTenna, a collaboration between…
SLP31 Bitcoin & Crypto eating the world, with Patri Friedman
Oct 31, 2018 • 52 min
Patri Friedman, MD of Zarko Investment Group and a leader in the seasteading movement joins me to talk about how Bitcoin & Crypto will enable greatly freer markets around the world. We talk about Bitcoin maximalism, Crypto parallels with the dotcom…
SLP30 Bitcoin-backed loans and financial services, with Zac Prince of BlockFi
Oct 29, 2018 • 54 min
Zac Prince, Founder and CEO of BlockFi joins me in this episode to talk about the incredible benefits of Bitcoin as collateral for USD loans. We talk about the ‘double whammy’ of how it can be used to minimise capital gains taxes, and get an interest…
SLP29 - Samourai Wallet, Bitcoin privacy software that Silicon Valley would never build
Oct 25, 2018 • 68 min
One of the pseudonymous founders of Samourai Wallet joins me in this exciting episode to talk about Bitcoin privacy techniques that are applied within the wallet and upcoming improvements to their Bitcoin wallet app. Anyone interested to learn more about…
SLP28 - Cyphernode Bitcoin API, with Francis Pouliot and Etienne Larrivee of Satoshi Portal
Oct 22, 2018 • 58 min
Francis Pouliot and Etienne Larrivee (CEO Satoshi Portal and Lead Developer Cyphernode), join me to talk about their newly released open source Bitcoin self-hosted API allowing you to more easily build Bitcoin services and applications. This enables…
SLP27 - Turning Stranded Natural Gas Into Bitcoin Mining Hashes, with Steve Barbour of Upstream Data
Oct 19, 2018 • 62 min
Steve Barbour (Founder, Upstream Data) joins me to discuss how he is turning stranded natural gas into Bitcoin mining hashes. His HashGen product uses low value natural gas to improve the economics for Canadian Oil and Gas facilities, while powering…
SLP26 - Building Bitcoin services to last, with Jeremy Welch of Casa
Oct 12, 2018 • 48 min
Jeremy Welch (Founder of Casa) joins me in this episode to talk about crafting a business around the concept of safely storing bitcoin. We talk about the ethos of Casa, designing services for a sovereign individual, securing top tier talent, and Casa…
SLP25 - Taking Bitcoin Lightning Payment, and ‘earner adoption’, with Sergej Kotliar, CEO of Bitrefill
Oct 2, 2018 • 52 min
Sergej Kotliar, CEO of Bitrefill joins me to discuss taking bitcoin and lightning payments as an online merchant. We talked about the challenges and benefits of doing this, particularly in how lightning network simplifies the user experience and reduces…
SLP24 - Wasabi Bitcoin Wallet & Bitcoin Privacy, with Adam Ficsor (nopara73)
Sep 27, 2018 • 53 min
Adam Ficsor (nopara73), a Bitcoin privacy developer and CTO of zkSNACKs joins me to talk about his new wallet, Wasabi Wallet. We talk about: Privacy being for everyone Comparison with other privacy projects, such as Monero, or other Bitcoin mixing…
SLP23 - Economic Eras of Bitcoin, and Lightning Development, with Rusty Russell of Blockstream
Sep 20, 2018 • 69 min
Rusty Russell, a well known and respected Bitcoin Lightning developer at Blockstream joins me in this episode. We talk about his article, The Three Economic Eras of Bitcoin, and discuss the Lightning Network for Bitcoin. Lastly, Rusty draws from his prior…
SLP22 - Unnecessary crypto-tokens and Bitcoin/Lightning development, with Udi Wertheimer
Sep 17, 2018 • 57 min
Udi Wertheimer (Bitcoin software developer) joins me to discuss the use of unnecessary crypto-tokens, why some people do it, the use of non-crypto tokens in gaming, unnecessary blockchains, #reckless lightning development, and what he is looking forward…
SLP21 - Jimmy Song, Bitcoin Educator, Developer and Entrepreneur
Sep 14, 2018 • 52 min
Jimmy Song (Bitcoin Educator, Developer, and Entrepreneur) joins me in this episode to discuss his recent debate with Roger Ver, and in the second half we also discuss Blockchain skepticism. We separate the signal from the noise on ‘enterprise blockchain’…
SLP20 - Samson Mow, CSO of Blockstream
Sep 8, 2018 • 49 min
Samson Mow, CSO of Blockstream (leading provider of blockchain technologies) joins me in this episode to discuss a variety of topics: Bitmain IPO, mining centralisation Errors of cryptocurrency ‘diversification’ When it makes sense to use a blockchain,…
SLP19 - The Bitcoin Ecosystem, with Vortex (Jeffrey)
Sep 7, 2018 • 53 min
Vortex (Jeffrey), a software developer and well known bitcoin YouTuber joins me in this episode to talk about the Bitcoin ecosystem. This interview is targeted for newbies to bitcoin, to help them understand the key components of the Bitcoin ecosystem. We…
SLP18 - Pioneering Bitcoin/Lightning Payments in Australia, with Daniel Alexiuc (CEO Living Room of Satoshi)
Sep 3, 2018 • 29 min
Daniel Alexiuc (CEO of Living Room of Satoshi) joins me in this episode to discuss how he is pioneering Bitcoin and Lightning Network payments in Australia, both on his website LROS, and also as a partner with Travel By Bit. We discuss: his viral video…
SLP17 - Bitmain, Bcash, Facebook Crypto rumours, and reframing scarcity with Vijay Boyapati
Aug 31, 2018 • 59 min
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…
SLP16 - Keeping Bitcoin Simple, with Beautyon (Akin Fernandez)
Aug 29, 2018 • 56 min
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.
SLP15 - Intellectual Property, Bitcoin, and Internet Censorship, with Stephan Kinsella
Aug 17, 2018 • 58 min
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…
SLP14 - Lightning Hack Day, with Jeff Gallas of Fulmo
Aug 17, 2018 • 42 min
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.
SLP13 - Bitcoin as Ultimate Asset, with Fernando Ulrich, Austrian Economist
Aug 16, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, we talk through emerging market currency crises, and his new 5 part article series on Bitcoin as Ultimate Asset. We contrast differing monetary views, why it doesn’t make sense to spend bitcoin right now, Medium of Exchange vs Method of…
SLP12 - Bitcoin Mining and Energy, with Hass McCook
Aug 14, 2018 • 61 min
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…
SLP11 - Bitcoin’s Decentralised Governance, with Pierre Rochard
Aug 12, 2018 • 81 min
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. Some…
SLP10 - Visions of Bitcoin and Transaction Batching with Nic Carter and Hasu
Aug 11, 2018 • 52 min
Nic Carter and Hasu join me to discuss the multitude of changing visions of Bitcoin, and also a Transaction Batching analysis they performed. We discuss how the narratives and attitudes in Bitcoin have changed over time as different constraints surfaced.…
SLP9 - Lightning UX and Routing, with Bryan Vu
Aug 10, 2018 • 58 min
Bryan Vu, VP of Product at Lightning Labs joins me in this episode to sketch out a vision of what Lightning Network may evolve into. We discuss Lightning User Experience and Routing, and the benefits to users, merchants and exchanges.
SLP8 - Bitcoin Monetary Evolution, with Murad Mahmudov
Aug 9, 2018 • 52 min
Murad and I explore a range of economic thought about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in a fascinating interview discussing the path to Bitcoin as ‘monetary winner’. As a prolific writer and analyst in Bitcoin, Murad is very well read and articulate. We…
SLP7 - Earning Interest on Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, with Nik Bhatia
Aug 4, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode with Nik Bhatia, we talk about the potential for forming capital markets on top of Bitcoin and the Lightning Network, by calculating an interest rate (LNRR - Lightning Network Reference Rate) based on the routing fees earned in staking BTC…
SLP6 - Fiat Money as ‘fad diet’, with Bitstein
Aug 3, 2018 • 65 min
In this episode with Bitstein, we break down Paul Krugman’s errors in his NYT “Transaction Costs and Tethers: Why I’m a Crypto Skeptic” column, as well as other topics: Mischaracterisation of what money’s purpose is Krugman’s ‘nirvana fallacies’ in money…
SLP5 - Bitcoin in Beijing and common errors in ‘Crypto’, with Neil Woodfine
Aug 2, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode with Neil Woodfine, we talk about the changing face of Bitcoin education and common errors in reasoning about Bitcoin and ‘token economics’. Some topics we touch on: Bitcoin in Beijing Bitcoin education in the early days vs Bitcoin/Crypto…
SLP4 - Why Bitcoin and not the others, with JW Weatherman
Jul 29, 2018 • 68 min
In this collaboration episode with JW Weatherman, we talk about some of the reasons why Bitcoin is best, versus the altcoins. We also discuss some of the security flaws and problems with the design and execution of altcoins such as: Bcash, EOS, Ethereum,…
SLP3 - Bitcoin Investment Theses with Pierre Rochard
Jul 28, 2018 • 50 min
Pierre Rochard joins us in this incredible episode to discuss the case for investing in Bitcoin. Pierre shares insights and thoughts from his years of being in the Bitcoin space, and offers improved ways of thinking about Bitcoin investment.
SLP2 - How Bitcoin “mentally captures” people with Vijay Boyapati
Jul 27, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode with Vijay Boyapati, we discuss economics of Bitcoin. Most interesting is the concept that over time, more and more people are being ‘mentally captured’ by Bitcoin. Some other points discussed: Bitcoin progressing through stages of…
SLP1 - Bitcoin as Sound Money with Saifedean Ammous, Austrian Economist
Jul 23, 2018 • 79 min
Stephan interviews Saifedean Ammous, Austrian Economics Professor and author of The Bitcoin Standard. In this podcast episode we take a deep dive into the case for Bitcoin as sound money, and what is potentially the hardest money the world has ever seen.