Stephan Livera Podcast

Stephan Livera Podcast
A podcast about Bitcoin from a Crypto-Austrian perspective. Join Stephan as he interviews the sharpest economic and technical minds in Bitcoin to understand how money is changing and evolving.
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.