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The What Bitcoin Did Podcast

Peter McCormack

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The What Bitcoin Did Podcast

The What Bitcoin Did Podcast

Peter McCormack

37
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126
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Against many challenges, Bitcoin, the worlds first true cryptocurrency has survived for over a decade. With What Bitcoin Did, podcast host Peter McCormack talks to experts in the world of Bitcoin. From developers to investors, journalists to Bitcoin company CEOs, you will learn about everything that is happening in the world of Bitcoin.

Latest Episodes

The Bitcoin Cypherpunk Box with Matt Hill & Aaron Greenspan

“I don’t think you can do the future that we envision, without Bitcoin.”— Matt HillLocation: ZoomDate: Monday 27th July Company: Start9 Labs Role: CEO/Co-Founder & Co-Founder/Head of EngineeringThe birth of the internet caused one of the most significant cultural shifts in human history. Global communication and information sharing has allowed for considerable advancements in society, and it is integral to the world we live in today. However, it is not all positive; the internet sucks up vast amounts of personal data which is then sold and exploited.There are many ways your data is used against you from targeted advertising to voter manipulation, and Tim Berners Lee, the creator of the internet, cited the loss of control of our personal data as one of his biggest concerns regarding the current state of the internet.By utilising encryption tools and browsers like Tor, you can still retain your privacy while using the internet, but it is not straight forward. Start9 are changing t...

73 MIN3 d ago
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The Bitcoin Cypherpunk Box with Matt Hill & Aaron Greenspan

Has the Bitcoin Bull Woken? With Anthony Pompliano

“Having the #2 podcast, I learned everything I know about podcasting from Peter because he is definitely better than me and his show is definitely better than mine, and he is really handsome and cool.”— Anthony PomplianoLocation: ZoomDate: Sunday 2nd AugustCompany: The Pomp Podcast Role: HostThe benefits of holding a scarce asset have never been more apparent. All over the world, central banks have been printing money at an unprecedented rate to attempt to stimulate faltering economies.With the outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns in March, the majority of markets crashed. Bitcoin was no different, hitting local lows of ~$4,000. Since then Bitcoin has rallied and is currently sitting at ~$11,000.The price action and current economic conditions have led many to believe we are at the beginning of a bull market like the one we saw in 2016/2017.In this interview, I talk to Anthony Pompliano, founder and partner at Morgan Creek Capital and the host of the Pomp podcast. We ...

90 MIN6 d ago
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Has the Bitcoin Bull Woken? With Anthony Pompliano

Modern Monetary Theory with Stephanie Kelton

“The people who were so sure that deficits drive interest rates up or that QE is inflationary, those people who asserted those things with real fervour, I think are demonstrably wrong.”— Stephanie KeltonLocation: ZoomDate: Wednesday 29th JulyCompany: Stony Brook UniversityRole: Professor of Economics and Public PolicyWith the abandonment of the gold standard in the early 20th century, there has been nothing to limit the amount of money a central bank can print, leading to a rapid rise in national debts. In the US debt alone, the national debt stands at $26.5 trillion, and the growth is accelerating.While conventional economic theory would suggest this ever-growing debt is dangerous as it can lead to uncontrollable rises in inflation and a devaluing of the dollar, there is a newer school of thought; Modern Monetary Theory which makes a different argument. MMT suggests that governments should not be concerned with increasing debt, arguing the only risk is inflation, which is contro...

87 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Modern Monetary Theory with Stephanie Kelton

Bitcoin: The Hardest Money with Richard James

“To really be in the right mindset, to be receptive to Bitcoin, you’ve got to realise that you’ve got a problem, you’ve got to realise that these people are stealing from you.”— Richard JamesLocation: ZoomDate: Tuesday 21st JulyCompany: hardmoneyfilm.comRole: Film MakerSome of the earliest forms of money included seashells and glass beads before people discovered precious metals and began trading using silver and gold. Anything can be a medium of exchange, but the forms of money that have stood the test of time are scarce.We are now in the era of fiat money; government-controlled, paper money, with no intrinsic value or backing. Fiat money is easy to produce, and with that, there is a huge incentive for governments to keep printing more of it. They do this for several reasons from bailing out business to providing economic stimulus when their policies have failed.Throughout history, gold has been the hardest form of money, until 2009, when Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin. Wit...

72 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Bitcoin: The Hardest Money with Richard James

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong on Bitcoin

“There is really no excuse I can give you, so all I can tell you is we make mistakes as well, and a lot of building a company is trying to learn from mistakes and just get better over time.”— Brian ArmstrongLocation: ZoomDate: Thursday 23rd JulyCompany: CoinbaseRole: Co-Founder & CEOCoinbase is amongst the largest and most established Bitcoin companies in the world, and it has secured itself as one of the most accessible places to buy and sell Bitcoin. Its latest round of funding valued Coinbase at $8.1 billion, and there are rumours that the company plans to be listed on a U.S stock exchange later this year.Forbes recently called Coinbase ‘Bitcoin’s Guardian Angel’ and claimed it would make ‘crypto safe for all’; however, the view within the Bitcoin community is quite different. Coinbase has come under heavy scrutiny in recent years, most notably for their $13.5 million acquisition of blockchain intelligence company Neutrino. Following this acquisition, it was revealed that...

--2 w ago
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Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong on Bitcoin

Bitcoin is Punk Rock with Keith Levene

“You vote with your fucking money man, it’s that simple. What is the fucking point of voting for anyone.”— Keith LeveneLocation: ZoomDate: Monday 13th JulyBitcoin is the most significant disruption to money the world has seen in hundreds of years. It takes power away from centralised parties, and it allows any individual to be entirely self-sovereign and operate in an open system uncontrollable and uncensorable by anyone.Bitcoin is punk rock!Punk was not just about music; it was a movement that fought for personal freedom and individualism while remaining staunchly anti-establishment.Keith Levene is a punk legend and was a founding member of iconic band The Clash and co-founded Public Image Ltd alongside former Sex Pistol, John Lydon.With the alignment of punk and Bitcoin, it is not surprising that Keith Levene is a Bitcoiner, and a couple of months ago Keith reached out to me and told me he was a regular listener of the show.In this interview, we discuss the early days of punk ...

--2 w ago
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Bitcoin is Punk Rock with Keith Levene

Bitcoin vs Gold with Peter Schiff

“Bitcoin is the new kid on the block, so Bitcoin has something to prove, gold doesn’t.”— Peter SchiffLocation: ZoomDate: Wednesday 15th July Role: CEO and Chief Global StrategistThe reasons to hold either gold or Bitcoin are similar, yet the two assets possess different tradeoffs and risks. Bitcoiners often refer to Bitcoin as digital gold or gold 2.0, as they consider it a store of wealth like gold. Whether you prefer one asset or are a proponent of both, these assets help protect individuals against the broken fiat monetary system, inflation and a debt-based economy.While the assets have many similarities, for some, it isn’t gold and Bitcoin; instead, it is gold vs Bitcoin. Peter Schiff is a stockbroker, financial commentator, economist and gold bug who is hugely sceptical about Bitcoin. Schiff regularly derides Bitcoin on twitter and has done so since 2012 claiming that Bitcoin has no intrinsic value.In this interview, I speak to Peter Schiff, and we discuss what he doesn’t...

--3 w ago
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Bitcoin vs Gold with Peter Schiff

Bitcoin’s Peaceful Revolution with Knut Svanholm

“If you are a libertarian, and you are not into Bitcoin, you are wasting your time because, this is it, this is the shot, this is the best shot, I would say it’s the only shot that we have at this; a peaceful global revolution.”— Knut SvanholmLocation: ZoomDate: Thursday 2nd JulyRole: AuthorLibertarianism is something I have been wrestling with since I discovered Bitcoin. Hard money leads you down many rabbit holes, and questioning the role of the state is one of the deepest.At face value, libertarianism sounds perfect; more freedom, less intervention and limited or no state. However, I have struggled to understand how this would play out and if the idea of an anarchist society being civil and moral is just an ideological fallacy rather than a practical reality.Many libertarians see hyperbitcoinisation as the most likely manifestation of an anarchist society, in that it allows individuals to be self-sovereign, take control of their wealth and remove power from the government.In ...

--3 w ago
Comments
Bitcoin’s Peaceful Revolution with Knut Svanholm

What Now for Bitcoin? With Nic Carter, Tuur Demeester, Robert Breedlove & Alex Leishman

Location: ZoomDate:Tuesday 30th June Company/project: Castle Island Ventures, Adamant Capital, Parallax Digital & River Financial Role: Partner, Founding Partner, Founder & FounderThe global economy is in a precarious position. With the coronavirus enforced lockdowns closing down businesses around the world, central banks have been printing money at unprecedented levels to prevent economies from collapsing. While this has eased the pressure in Western nations, some smaller countries are starting to experience the impact. The currency in Lebanon has all but collapsed, and inflation in Zimbabwe has nearly reached 800%. Could high inflation be coming to the UK, Europe and the US?While the implication of a global economic meltdown may not be known for years, it is precisely this sort of situation that many Bitcoiners have highlighted as the perfect environment for Bitcoin to thrive. So, what comes next for Bitcoin?This interview is from a panel I recently hosted for Real Vision’s The C...

--JUL 10
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What Now for Bitcoin? With Nic Carter, Tuur Demeester, Robert Breedlove & Alex Leishman

#Unity2020: Ending the Two-Party System with Bret Weinstein

“The obvious thing to do, if you want to win elections in the US, is make policy on behalf of the people… but they can’t do it, because the purpose of these parties is corruption.”— Bret WeinsteinLocation: ZoomDate: Friday 3rd JulyCompany/Project: DarkHorse PodcastRole: HostIn 2017, Bret Weinstein was thrust into the public limelight, when he objected to a change in the college's tradition of observing a "Day of Absence". Bret stating that "there is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and under-appreciated roles, and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away." It led to widespread protests and claims that Bret was "a racist" and the college was forced to close for two days.Following the Evergreen College protests, Bret outlined the threat of behaviour like this spilling over into the outside world. His concerns were proven correct after the death of George ...

--JUL 7
Comments
#Unity2020: Ending the Two-Party System with Bret Weinstein

Latest Episodes

The Bitcoin Cypherpunk Box with Matt Hill & Aaron Greenspan

“I don’t think you can do the future that we envision, without Bitcoin.”— Matt HillLocation: ZoomDate: Monday 27th July Company: Start9 Labs Role: CEO/Co-Founder & Co-Founder/Head of EngineeringThe birth of the internet caused one of the most significant cultural shifts in human history. Global communication and information sharing has allowed for considerable advancements in society, and it is integral to the world we live in today. However, it is not all positive; the internet sucks up vast amounts of personal data which is then sold and exploited.There are many ways your data is used against you from targeted advertising to voter manipulation, and Tim Berners Lee, the creator of the internet, cited the loss of control of our personal data as one of his biggest concerns regarding the current state of the internet.By utilising encryption tools and browsers like Tor, you can still retain your privacy while using the internet, but it is not straight forward. Start9 are changing t...

73 MIN3 d ago
Comments
The Bitcoin Cypherpunk Box with Matt Hill & Aaron Greenspan

Has the Bitcoin Bull Woken? With Anthony Pompliano

“Having the #2 podcast, I learned everything I know about podcasting from Peter because he is definitely better than me and his show is definitely better than mine, and he is really handsome and cool.”— Anthony PomplianoLocation: ZoomDate: Sunday 2nd AugustCompany: The Pomp Podcast Role: HostThe benefits of holding a scarce asset have never been more apparent. All over the world, central banks have been printing money at an unprecedented rate to attempt to stimulate faltering economies.With the outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns in March, the majority of markets crashed. Bitcoin was no different, hitting local lows of ~$4,000. Since then Bitcoin has rallied and is currently sitting at ~$11,000.The price action and current economic conditions have led many to believe we are at the beginning of a bull market like the one we saw in 2016/2017.In this interview, I talk to Anthony Pompliano, founder and partner at Morgan Creek Capital and the host of the Pomp podcast. We ...

90 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Has the Bitcoin Bull Woken? With Anthony Pompliano

Modern Monetary Theory with Stephanie Kelton

“The people who were so sure that deficits drive interest rates up or that QE is inflationary, those people who asserted those things with real fervour, I think are demonstrably wrong.”— Stephanie KeltonLocation: ZoomDate: Wednesday 29th JulyCompany: Stony Brook UniversityRole: Professor of Economics and Public PolicyWith the abandonment of the gold standard in the early 20th century, there has been nothing to limit the amount of money a central bank can print, leading to a rapid rise in national debts. In the US debt alone, the national debt stands at $26.5 trillion, and the growth is accelerating.While conventional economic theory would suggest this ever-growing debt is dangerous as it can lead to uncontrollable rises in inflation and a devaluing of the dollar, there is a newer school of thought; Modern Monetary Theory which makes a different argument. MMT suggests that governments should not be concerned with increasing debt, arguing the only risk is inflation, which is contro...

87 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Modern Monetary Theory with Stephanie Kelton

Bitcoin: The Hardest Money with Richard James

“To really be in the right mindset, to be receptive to Bitcoin, you’ve got to realise that you’ve got a problem, you’ve got to realise that these people are stealing from you.”— Richard JamesLocation: ZoomDate: Tuesday 21st JulyCompany: hardmoneyfilm.comRole: Film MakerSome of the earliest forms of money included seashells and glass beads before people discovered precious metals and began trading using silver and gold. Anything can be a medium of exchange, but the forms of money that have stood the test of time are scarce.We are now in the era of fiat money; government-controlled, paper money, with no intrinsic value or backing. Fiat money is easy to produce, and with that, there is a huge incentive for governments to keep printing more of it. They do this for several reasons from bailing out business to providing economic stimulus when their policies have failed.Throughout history, gold has been the hardest form of money, until 2009, when Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin. Wit...

72 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Bitcoin: The Hardest Money with Richard James

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong on Bitcoin

“There is really no excuse I can give you, so all I can tell you is we make mistakes as well, and a lot of building a company is trying to learn from mistakes and just get better over time.”— Brian ArmstrongLocation: ZoomDate: Thursday 23rd JulyCompany: CoinbaseRole: Co-Founder & CEOCoinbase is amongst the largest and most established Bitcoin companies in the world, and it has secured itself as one of the most accessible places to buy and sell Bitcoin. Its latest round of funding valued Coinbase at $8.1 billion, and there are rumours that the company plans to be listed on a U.S stock exchange later this year.Forbes recently called Coinbase ‘Bitcoin’s Guardian Angel’ and claimed it would make ‘crypto safe for all’; however, the view within the Bitcoin community is quite different. Coinbase has come under heavy scrutiny in recent years, most notably for their $13.5 million acquisition of blockchain intelligence company Neutrino. Following this acquisition, it was revealed that...

--2 w ago
Comments
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong on Bitcoin

Bitcoin is Punk Rock with Keith Levene

“You vote with your fucking money man, it’s that simple. What is the fucking point of voting for anyone.”— Keith LeveneLocation: ZoomDate: Monday 13th JulyBitcoin is the most significant disruption to money the world has seen in hundreds of years. It takes power away from centralised parties, and it allows any individual to be entirely self-sovereign and operate in an open system uncontrollable and uncensorable by anyone.Bitcoin is punk rock!Punk was not just about music; it was a movement that fought for personal freedom and individualism while remaining staunchly anti-establishment.Keith Levene is a punk legend and was a founding member of iconic band The Clash and co-founded Public Image Ltd alongside former Sex Pistol, John Lydon.With the alignment of punk and Bitcoin, it is not surprising that Keith Levene is a Bitcoiner, and a couple of months ago Keith reached out to me and told me he was a regular listener of the show.In this interview, we discuss the early days of punk ...

--2 w ago
Comments
Bitcoin is Punk Rock with Keith Levene

Bitcoin vs Gold with Peter Schiff

“Bitcoin is the new kid on the block, so Bitcoin has something to prove, gold doesn’t.”— Peter SchiffLocation: ZoomDate: Wednesday 15th July Role: CEO and Chief Global StrategistThe reasons to hold either gold or Bitcoin are similar, yet the two assets possess different tradeoffs and risks. Bitcoiners often refer to Bitcoin as digital gold or gold 2.0, as they consider it a store of wealth like gold. Whether you prefer one asset or are a proponent of both, these assets help protect individuals against the broken fiat monetary system, inflation and a debt-based economy.While the assets have many similarities, for some, it isn’t gold and Bitcoin; instead, it is gold vs Bitcoin. Peter Schiff is a stockbroker, financial commentator, economist and gold bug who is hugely sceptical about Bitcoin. Schiff regularly derides Bitcoin on twitter and has done so since 2012 claiming that Bitcoin has no intrinsic value.In this interview, I speak to Peter Schiff, and we discuss what he doesn’t...

--3 w ago
Comments
Bitcoin vs Gold with Peter Schiff

Bitcoin’s Peaceful Revolution with Knut Svanholm

“If you are a libertarian, and you are not into Bitcoin, you are wasting your time because, this is it, this is the shot, this is the best shot, I would say it’s the only shot that we have at this; a peaceful global revolution.”— Knut SvanholmLocation: ZoomDate: Thursday 2nd JulyRole: AuthorLibertarianism is something I have been wrestling with since I discovered Bitcoin. Hard money leads you down many rabbit holes, and questioning the role of the state is one of the deepest.At face value, libertarianism sounds perfect; more freedom, less intervention and limited or no state. However, I have struggled to understand how this would play out and if the idea of an anarchist society being civil and moral is just an ideological fallacy rather than a practical reality.Many libertarians see hyperbitcoinisation as the most likely manifestation of an anarchist society, in that it allows individuals to be self-sovereign, take control of their wealth and remove power from the government.In ...

--3 w ago
Comments
Bitcoin’s Peaceful Revolution with Knut Svanholm

What Now for Bitcoin? With Nic Carter, Tuur Demeester, Robert Breedlove & Alex Leishman

Location: ZoomDate:Tuesday 30th June Company/project: Castle Island Ventures, Adamant Capital, Parallax Digital & River Financial Role: Partner, Founding Partner, Founder & FounderThe global economy is in a precarious position. With the coronavirus enforced lockdowns closing down businesses around the world, central banks have been printing money at unprecedented levels to prevent economies from collapsing. While this has eased the pressure in Western nations, some smaller countries are starting to experience the impact. The currency in Lebanon has all but collapsed, and inflation in Zimbabwe has nearly reached 800%. Could high inflation be coming to the UK, Europe and the US?While the implication of a global economic meltdown may not be known for years, it is precisely this sort of situation that many Bitcoiners have highlighted as the perfect environment for Bitcoin to thrive. So, what comes next for Bitcoin?This interview is from a panel I recently hosted for Real Vision’s The C...

--JUL 10
Comments
What Now for Bitcoin? With Nic Carter, Tuur Demeester, Robert Breedlove & Alex Leishman

#Unity2020: Ending the Two-Party System with Bret Weinstein

“The obvious thing to do, if you want to win elections in the US, is make policy on behalf of the people… but they can’t do it, because the purpose of these parties is corruption.”— Bret WeinsteinLocation: ZoomDate: Friday 3rd JulyCompany/Project: DarkHorse PodcastRole: HostIn 2017, Bret Weinstein was thrust into the public limelight, when he objected to a change in the college's tradition of observing a "Day of Absence". Bret stating that "there is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and under-appreciated roles, and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away." It led to widespread protests and claims that Bret was "a racist" and the college was forced to close for two days.Following the Evergreen College protests, Bret outlined the threat of behaviour like this spilling over into the outside world. His concerns were proven correct after the death of George ...

--JUL 7
Comments
#Unity2020: Ending the Two-Party System with Bret Weinstein
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