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The Bitcoin Game, hosted by Rob Mitchell, is a podcast dedicated to exploring Bitcoin and cryptocurrency topics. Part of the Let's Talk Bitcoin Network since 2014.

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The Bitcoin Game #71: Brian Lockhart

Welcome to episode 71 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. I met Brian Lockhart while having lunch at Bitcoin 2019 this summer. Brian recently joined the team at Casa, which happened to have just released details on the Node 2. So this seemed like the perfect time to have Brian as a guest. I learned a lot from Brian, including how Bitcoin got on his radar (hint: it's the tech), his five-year Bitcoin Rip Van Winkle experience, and the Casa Node 2. We even review some recently highlighted security trade-offs with the Node, as well as my own case of Lightning fever. If you've ever wanted to know more about Brian Lockhart or the Casa Node, this episode is for you! LINKS Brian on Twitter https://twitter.com/BrianLockhart Casa on Twitter https://twitter.com/casahodl Casa https://keys.casa Bitcoin 2019 https://www.bitcoin2019conference.com/bitcoin-2019 BitBlockBoom! https://bitblockboom.com Latin American Bitcoin Conference https://www.labitconf.com Quant https://www.investopedia.com/articles/financialcareers/08/quants-quantitative-analyst.asp Black–Scholes Model https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black%E2%80%93Scholes_model Trace Mayer on Stephan Livera Podcast https://stephanlivera.com/episode/115 Microsoft Xbox https://www.xbox.com Bitcoin White Paper https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf Tableau Software https://www.tableau.com Altcoin https://bitcoinmagazine.com/guides/what-altcoin Ethereum https://www.ethereum.org Seattle Bitcoin Meetup https://www.meetup.com/seabtc ICO https://www.investopedia.com/news/what-ico Lightning Network https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_Network Michael Flaxman on The Bitcoin Game https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-70-michael-flaxman-securing-bitcoin Bryan Bishop on Stephan Livera Podcast https://stephanlivera.com/episode/108 Casa Keymaster https://keys.casa/keymaster Casa Node 2 https://blog.keys.casa/announcing-casa-node-2 Casa Gold https://blog.keys.casa/casa-gold-membership-overview-casa-node Nodl https://www.nodl.it Lightning in a Box https://lightninginabox.co RaspiBlitz https://github.com/rootzoll/raspiblitz My Node http://mynodebtc.com BTCPay https://btcpayserver.org Electrum https://electrum.org Block Explorer https://wiki.trezor.io/Blockchain_explorer Addressing Security Concerns about Casa Node https://blog.keys.casa/addressing-security-concerns-about-casa-node/ Electrum Will Support Lightning Payments (coded in Python) https://tftc.io/martys-bent/issue-590 https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5192855.0 Lightning Labs https://lightning.engineering Lightning Network Trust Torch https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/lightning-torchs-bitcoin-payment-is-running-a-worldwide-marathon Zap Wallet https://zap.jackmallers.com Casa Sats App https://blog.keys.casa/announcing-sats-app-with-satsback What are “Sats”? https://cryptocurrencyfacts.com/what-are-sats Peter Todd on The Bitcoin Game https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-34-bitcoin-core-dev-peter-todd Dr. Adam Back on The Bitcoin Game (Part 1) https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-59-dr-adam-back THE BITCOIN GAME IS SPONSORED BY The best way to be smart about trading crypto is to use the smartest trading platform. That’s why you should check out eToro. eToro is one of the largest trading platforms in the world, with over $1 Trillion in trading volume on the platform per year. US customers can trade the most popular cryptoassets with extraordinarily low and transparent fees. And, if you're not ready to trade yet, you can practice building your portfolio with the eToro virtual trading feature. Best of all, you can connect with 11 million other eToro traders around the world to discuss trading, charts, and all things Bitcoin. Create an account today at b.tc/etorogame. Build your crypto portfolio the smart way. eToro is crypto trading made easy. While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world-famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Infowars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BTCKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell, or from a jam. All music in this episode was created by me, or is from jamming with Mike Coleman and Steve Lunn. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from SoundCloud to Libsyn. So if you noticed the SoundCloud numbers aren't nearly as high as they used to be, that's the reason.

1hr 5mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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The Bitcoin Game #64: Farbood Nivi of Coinmine

The other day, an interesting post crossed my path on "Crypto Twitter." This guy was super excited about receiving his Coinmine, a device I was not familiar with. It appeared to be a plug-and-play multi-purpose GPU miner and Bitcoin/Lightning Network full node. And it looked pretty. I was intrigued. I started investigating the product, and quickly discovered that Coinminer's headquarters is right here in Los Angeles. And that's how my interview with Farbood Nivi, CEO and co-founder of Coinmine, was conceived. I hadn't really considered multi-purpose devices such as a Coinmine, which currently can mine Ethereum, Monero, Zcash and Grin. It's not hard to imagine that future incarnations of this product could bring full Bitcoin/Lightning nodes and speculative Cryptocurrency mining to many new mainstream people who are willing to pay a premium for this level of simplicity. Could cloud-controlled plug-and-play devices theoretically give a centralized party too much control over a lot of miners? Please comment below if you have thoughts! After arranging this interview, Coinmine offered me a $50 discount for listeners, which can be claimed using the discount code BitcoinGame at checkout, or going to this URL: https://coinmine.com/bitcoingame. The Bitcoin Game will receive a referral fee for purchases using this code, however, that did not influence the content of this episode. Before purchasing, please consider electricity usage in addition to the cost of the miner itself, and note that Bitcoin and Lightning Network features are not active yet. EPISODE LINKS Coinmine https://coinmine.com Farbood on Twitter https://twitter.com/farbood Coinmine co-founder Justin Lambert http://www.justlambert.com Radeon RX580 https://www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/radeon-rx-580 Casa Node https://keys.casa/lightning-bitcoin-node Grin https://grin-tech.org Handshake https://handshake.org Monero https://www.getmonero.org Farb's mining article on Hacker Noon https://hackernoon.com/how-at-home-crypto-mining-outperforms-buying-crypto-8f30d87d2348 Compound Finance https://compound.finance STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSOR The upcoming Bitcoin2019 conference is taking place on June 25 and 26 in San Francisco. There's an amazing line-up of, literally, some of the biggest names in Bitcoin. Go to Bitcoin2019Conference.com now and claim a 25-percent discount with promo code BG25. Bitcoin2019Conference.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you noticed the Soundcloud numbers aren't nearly as high as they used to be, that's the reason.

1hr 1min

15 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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The Bitcoin Game #59: Dr. Adam Back

Welcome to episode 59 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. I'm happy to bring to you part one of an interview with Cypherpunk and CEO of Blockstream, Dr. Adam Back. Dr. Back talks about topics such as his first computers, his early privacy-oriented work, Hashcash vs. other proof-of-work, various early electronic money systems, and his work on Bitcoin Confidential Transactions. Get ready to soak in some history from one of the people whose "work" became an integral part of Bitcoin. EPISODE LINKS Adam Back (Adam3us) on Twitter https://twitter.com/adam3us Dr. Back's Info Page http://www.cypherspace.org/adam Blockstream https://blockstream.com Malta (Crypto-friendly) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-23/how-malta-became-a-hub-of-the-cryptocurrency-world-quicktake Dr. Back's First Computers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX81 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX_Spectrum PGP https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy Cypherpunks Mailing List https://cryptoanarchy.wiki/getting-started/what-is-the-cypherpunks-mailing-list Adam's Credential Library for Ecash & DigiCash http://cypherspace.org/credlib David Chaum's Ecash https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecash Stefan Brands' DigiCash 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DigiCash Adam Back's Eternity http://www.cypherspace.org/eternity Usenet News https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet Pseudonymous Remailers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudonymous_remailer Hal Finney (integrated PGP into remailers) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Finney_(computer_scientist) Adam Back's Hashcash 
http://www.hashcash.org Spam Assassin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_SpamAssassin Microsoft Digital Postmarks https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Postmarks SYN Cookies, by Dan Bernstein https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SYN_cookies Pricing via Processing or Combatting Junk Mail (PDF) http://www.hashcash.org/papers/pvp.pdf Old communication between Peter Todd, Adam Back and Hal Finney https://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/bluesky/2001-March.txt Wei Dai's B-Money https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/B-money Nick Szabo's Bit Gold https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Szabo#Bit_gold Hal Finney's RPOW - Reusable Proof of Work https://nakamotoinstitute.org/finney/rpow/index.html TPM - Trusted Platform Module https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Platform_Module Confidential Transactions https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/confidential-transactions-how-hiding-transaction-amounts-increases-bitcoin-privacy-1464892525 Elements (Sidechain) https://elementsproject.org Liquid (Sidechain) https://blockstream.com/liquid STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSORS BTC Inc is excited to announce its upcoming conference, Distributed Health, November 5 & 6 in Nashville, TN. This is the first conference to bridge the gap between blockchain technology and the healthcare industry. Now in its third year, this two-day event is an opportunity for all members of the ecosystem, including payers, providers, law makers, retailers, investors and innovators, to reshape the future of healthcare. For more information, visit: health.distributed.com and use the promo code: BTCGAME20 to secure a 20% discount! While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Note: We've recently migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you notice the Soundcloud numbers have dropped off recently, that's the reason.

47mins

25 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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The Bitcoin Game #56: Paper Wallet Inventor Peter Kroll

Welcome to episode 56 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. I met Peter Kroll at a Bitcoin conference about a year ago. When I asked Peter what his involvement was with Bitcoin, he told me he created the original Bitcoin paper wallet at BitAddress.org. I was pretty impressed, having used his tool often! Peter had kept it a secret that he was behind BitAddress.org until late 2014, and even since then, he's kept a pretty low profile. We cover a ton of topics in this exclusive interview, including Peter's introduction to Bitcoin, his paper wallet system, Bitcoin's division, and much more. EPISODE LINKS The First Bitcoin Paper Wallet https://BitAddress.org Peter's SlashDot introduction to Bitcoin https://news.slashdot.org/story/11/05/19/0149234/mint-it-yourself-with-a-browser-based-bitcoin-miner Curaçao https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curaçao Peter "PointBiz" Kroll on BitcoinTalk https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=17857 First BitAddress.org thread on BitcoinTalk https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=43496 BitcoinTalk BitAddress.org art contest posted by Mike "Casascius" Caldwellhttps://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=92969 BitAddress.org on GitHub https://github.com/pointbiz/bitaddress.org BitAddress Changelog https://www.bitaddress.org/CHANGELOG.txt.asc Entropy (Hackaday article) https://hackaday.com/2017/11/02/what-is-entropy-and-how-do-i-get-more-of-it BitcoinJS https://github.com/bitcoinjs/bitcoinjs-lib Tom Wu's JSBN Library http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~tjw/jsbn/ Live USB Linux https://www.linuxliveusb.com BitKey (bootable USB image for cold wallets) https://bitkey.io Tails https://tails.boum.org Canton Becker's Bitcoin Paper Wallet https://bitcoinpaperwallet.com Ian Coleman’s BIP39 Mnemonic Converter Tool https://iancoleman.io/bip39/ Coldlar (new hardware wallet) https://www.coldlar.com Coinbin (offline transaction signing library, uses QR codes) https://coinb.in My interview with Jochen “Johoe” Hoenicke, who discovered Android RNG issues related to insecure Bitcoin wallets https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-7-bitcoin-hero-jochen-aka-johoe Estonia - National ID Card RNG Flaw https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/09/security_flaw_i.html Generating private keys with dice http://kiararobles.com/blog/generating-private-keys-with-bitcoin-dice.html Monero https://getmonero.org Decred https://www.decred.org The Future Of Bitcoin - Peter Kroll asks Craig Wright some questions @ 1:15:50 https://youtu.be/v1_gxvx_QGo?t=1h15m50s Counterparty https://counterparty.io ERC20 https://support.exodus.io/article/108-what-is-an-erc20-token-and-does-exodus-support-it Peter Kroll - Private Key Custody - Crypto Mexico - Ethereum Devcon 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idLaVk-3pDk Peter on Twitter https://twitter.com/pointbiz1 Peter on Reddit https://www.reddit.com/user/pointbiz STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSORS BTC Inc. is excited to announce its conference, Distributed 2018. Distributed 2018 is the result of three industry leaders bridging the gap between the Eastern and Western blockchain initiatives and unlocking the power of a global decentralized ecosystem, the conference is the ideal space to meet and network with the people of today influencing tomorrow’s technology. An opportunity to deepen your understanding of blockchain technology, gain strategic insights, and grow your network, Distributed is dedicated to bringing the best minds in blockchain together. for more information or to order tickets, visit: https://2018.distributed.com. While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain, the growingly popular Litecoin Keychain, or even your own Bitcoin Fork - Pen. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com Litecoin Keychains - LKeychain.com Bitcoin Fork Pens - BitcoinForks.com All of the above on Amazon - BitcoinNovelties.com Here are some tipping addresses (Lightning tipping, coming soon!) Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Litecoin tipping address: MCszxWfm4y4Ke39vJZLXwULLRgVmBfJy8z Bitcoin Cash tipping address: 1EXYkuuQ49uEioTpHY4ZY99edJczbUqQfu Ethereum tipping address: 0xB8b169192A74746050806671710aeB72F01F6ED1 CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Note: We've recently migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you notice the Soundcloud numbers have dropped off recently, that's the reason.

1hr 8mins

4 Jul 2018

Rank #4

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The Bitcoin Game #61: Journalist Leigh Cuen

Welcome to episode 61 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. In less than two years in the space, Leigh Cuen has become a mainstay in cryptocurrency journalism, as well as a highly elite user of GIFs on Crypto-Twitter. It was interesting to learn more about this prolific writer's background, thoughts about cryptocurrency, and even some basics about the business of journalism. EPISODE LINKS Leigh on Twitter https://twitter.com/la__cuen Leigh's Coindesk Articles https://www.coindesk.com/author/lcuen Poet takes revolution from Facebook to the world, by Leigh Cuen https://www.salon.com/2013/06/30/poet_takes_revolution_from_facebook_to_the_world A 'new poetry' emerges from Syria's civil war, by Leigh Cuenhttps://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/09/20139784442125773.html How Fintech Plays Into The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, by Leigh Cuen https://www.ibtimes.com/how-fintech-plays-israeli-palestinian-conflict-2592984 How Iranian Women Became the Queens of Online Shopping, by Leigh Cuen https://www.racked.com/2017/5/10/15450318/iran-online-shopping-women-tech Trump Lies About the Status of the Economy, by Leigh Cuen https://www.teenvogue.com/story/trump-lies-about-the-status-of-the-economy Pete Rizzo https://twitter.com/pete_rizzo_ Marc Hochstein https://twitter.com/MarcHochstein Zack Seward https://twitter.com/zackseward The Bitcoin Standard, by Saifedean Ammous https://amzn.to/2EGjGV9 There’s No Crypto Winter in Argentina..., by Leigh Cuen https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-startups-in-argentina-inflation-bitcoin Bitcoin’s Warrior Queen: Lightning’s Elizabeth Stark..., by Leigh Cuen https://www.coindesk.com/coindesk-most-influential-blockchain-2018-elizabeth-stark KPI (key performance indicator) https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-popular-KPIs-for-the-online-media-industry Mastering Bitcoin, by Andreas M. Antonopoulos https://bitcoinbook.info STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSORS The upcoming Bitcoin2019 conference is taking place on June 25 and 26 in San Francisco. There's an amazing line-up of speakers, and it's one of the most affordable Bitcoin conferences around. Go to Bitcoin2019Conference.com now and claim a 25 percent discount with promo code BG25. Bitcoin2019Conference.com While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you notice the Soundcloud numbers have dropped off, that's the reason.

49mins

4 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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The Bitcoin Game #67: Eric Martindale and Fabric

Welcome to episode 67 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. Eric Martindale is a hardcore cypherpunk hacker. We get some details about Eric's past and present, including the well-known Bitcoin companies Eric has worked for, and Fabric, a decentralized, peer-to-peer protocol, created with the goal of replacing our current broken internet. EPISODE LINKS Eric on Twitter https://twitter.com/martindale Fabric https://fabric.pub Fabric on Twitter https://twitter.com/FabricProtocol BitPay (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitPay Schildbach Wallet (Github) https://github.com/bitcoin-wallet/bitcoin-wallet Airbitz (Wiki) https://en.bitcoinwiki.org/wiki/Airbitz Blockstream (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockstream Adam Back (The Bitcoin Game) https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-59-dr-adam-back Elements Sidechain https://elementsproject.org Liquid Sidechain https://blockstream.com/liquid The Halting Problem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halting_problem Byzantine Generals Problem (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_fault Homomorphic Encryption (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homomorphic_encryption RPG games https://www.roleplaygateway.com STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world-famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Infowars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BTCKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you noticed the Soundcloud numbers aren't nearly as high as they used to be, that's the reason.

48mins

12 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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The Bitcoin Game #62: Michel Rauchs of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Welcome to episode 62 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. Michel Rauchs is the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain lead at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF). For the past few years, Michel has devoted his life to studying the space, and he's been a big part of several comprehensive studies that dig into many aspects of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You'll see Michel and his reports cited in tons of articles, particularly those that focus on Bitcoin's energy use. I hope you enjoy Michel as my guest on today's episode. EPISODE LINKS Michel Rauchs on Twitter https://twitter.com/mrauchs Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/ccaf CCAF (2017) - Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/faculty-research/centres/alternative-finance/publications/global-cryptocurrency CCAF (December 2018) - 2nd Global Cryptoasset Benchmarking Study (Section 7 has mining stats and map) https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/faculty-research/centres/alternative-finance/publications/2nd-global-cryptoasset-benchmark-study CCAF (August 2018) - Distributed Ledger Technology Systems https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/faculty-research/centres/alternative-finance/publications/distributed-ledger-technology-systems Marc Bevand (2017) - Electricity consumption of Bitcoin https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/faculty-research/centres/alternative-finance/publications/distributed-ledger-technology-systems Michel's 2018 Blog post, "A note on censorship resistance" https://mrauchs.com/2018/10/a-note-on-censorship-resistance Michel Rauchs, Xmas Lecture (December 2017) https://youtu.be/BTp3o60xcEI STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSORS The upcoming Bitcoin2019 conference is taking place on June 25 and 26 in San Francisco. There's an amazing line-up of speakers, and it's one of the most affordable Bitcoin conferences around. Go to Bitcoin2019Conference.com now and claim a 25-percent discount with promo code BG25. Bitcoin2019Conference.com While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you noticed the Soundcloud numbers aren't nearly as high as they used to be, that's the reason.

57mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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The Bitcoin Game #63: John Carvalho

Welcome to episode 63 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. John Carvalho has been making waves in Bitcoin for a number of years, never afraid to mix it up regarding cryptocurrency topics. From content creator to entrepreneur to chief communications officer at Bitrefill, John is a very active player in the world of Bitcoin. We cover a wide range of topics in this interview. EPISODE LINKS John on Twitter https://twitter.com/BitcoinErrorLog Bitrefill https://www.bitrefill.com John's BTC Merch (includes #LNTrustchain & #WeAreAllHodlonaut) https://bitcointel.pro John's (Old) Blog http://bitcoinerrorlog.com Bitcoin Uncensored https://soundcloud.com/bitcoinuncensored John Carvalho debates Roger Ver https://youtu.be/OJT2CbfHTpo John's CV Tweet https://twitter.com/BitcoinErrorLog/status/1062108829142388737 Bitrefill's Thor Turbo https://www.bitrefill.com/thor-turbo-channels Bitrefill: 2% Discount on Lightning Payments https://blog.bitrefill.com/lightning-network-discounts-at-bitrefill-a3a0e94c4f48 Lightning Network Wiki https://bitcoin.it/wiki/Lightning_Network STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSORS The upcoming Bitcoin2019 conference is taking place on June 25 and 26 in San Francisco. There's an amazing line-up of speakers, and it's one of the most affordable Bitcoin conferences around. Go to Bitcoin2019Conference.com now and claim a 25-percent discount with promo code BG25. Bitcoin2019Conference.com While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you noticed the Soundcloud numbers aren't nearly as high as they used to be, that's the reason.

51mins

3 May 2019

Rank #8

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The Bitcoin Game #58: Jennifer Zhu Scott

Welcome to episode 58 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. In January of this year, I saw lots of talk about the World Economic Forum’s speeches and panels in Davos. Even Donald Trump spoke at this event. But the panel I was most interested in was called The Crypto Asset Bubble, and it featured Nobel Prize Laureate Robert Shiller. I didn’t know any of the other panelists, but the one who stuck out to me the most was Jennifer Zhu Scott. She seemed very pro-Bitcoin and was a very eloquent speaker. I wondered why I'd never heard of her before. I immediately invited Jen to be a guest on my podcast, and we finally connected just a bit ago, thanks to Twitter. We cover many topics including the World Economic Forum, her favorite project, China, and her involvement in the hit HBO series, Silicon Valley. EPISODE LINKS “The Crypto-Asset Bubble” - Davos 2018, World Economic Forum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MZv9fLLfa4 World Economic Forum https://www.weforum.org Radian Partners http://www.radian.partners Otoy Octane https://home.otoy.com/render/octane-render Viral Fake Robot Video https://youtu.be/bA21AhgYwHM Adam Series https://youtu.be/GXI0l3yqBrA Render Token https://rendertoken.com HBO's Silicon Valley - "Initial Coin Offering" https://www.hbo.com/silicon-valley/season-5/7-initial-coin-offering/synopsis Jen Zhu Scott on Twitter https://twitter.com/jenzhuscott STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain, the growingly popular Litecoin Keychain, or even your own Bitcoin Fork - Pen. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com Litecoin Keychains - LKeychain.com Bitcoin Fork Pens - BitcoinForks.com All of the above on Amazon - BitcoinNovelties.com Here are some tipping addresses (Lightning tipping, coming soon!) Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Litecoin tipping address: MCszxWfm4y4Ke39vJZLXwULLRgVmBfJy8z Bitcoin Cash tipping address: 1EXYkuuQ49uEioTpHY4ZY99edJczbUqQfu Ethereum tipping address: 0xB8b169192A74746050806671710aeB72F01F6ED1 CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Note: We've recently migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you notice the Soundcloud numbers have dropped off recently, that's the reason.

52mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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The Bitcoin Game #66: Jeremy Rubin

Welcome to episode 66 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. My second interview at the recent Bitcoin 2019 conference in San Francisco was with Jeremy Rubin, a fascinating guy who has contributed a ton to Bitcoin. We review Jeremy's background, discuss his current project (a BIP intended to aid with scaling pressures), and we revisit his controversial idea of a Bitcoin reorg in the wake of the recent Binance hack. And a lot more! Jeremy provides some pretty compelling content; I bet you'll enjoy this interview. EPISODE LINKS Jeremy's Website https://rubin.io Jeremy on Twitter https://twitter.com/JeremyRubin Tidbit Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidbit Coinhive (similar to Tidbit, more recent) https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/03/who-and-what-is-coinhive MIT Bitcoin $100 Giveaway (Coindesk article) https://www.coindesk.com/time-we-gave-500000-bitcoin-college-kids Period of Exclusivity Encourages Early Adopters, by Christian Catalini http://news.mit.edu/2017/bitcoin-study-period-exclusivity-encourages-early-adopters-0713 MIT Digital Currency Initiative https://dci.mit.edu Bitcoin Core https://bitcoin.org OP_SECURETHEBAG https://github.com/JeremyRubin/bips/blob/op-secure-the-bag/bip-secure-the-bag.mediawiki Article on Jeremy's BIP from The Block https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/05/24/proof-of-work-a-bitcoin-covenant-proposal BIP - Bitcoin Improvement Proposal https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Bitcoin_Improvement_Proposals Bitcoin Optech Newsletter https://bitcoinops.org/en/newsletters HTLC - Hash Time Locked Contracts Wiki https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Hash_Time_Locked_Contracts Jeremy's Initial Tweet about Binance Hack Reorg https://twitter.com/JeremyRubin/status/1125919526485254144 STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world-famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Infowars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you noticed the Soundcloud numbers aren't nearly as high as they used to be, that's the reason.

59mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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The Bitcoin Game #69: Doug Scribner's Smart ATM

Welcome to episode 69 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. I attended Bitcoin 2019 in June and recorded a bunch of great interviews. But only one interview was with someone I kind of knew, and that was Doug Scribner. He's been in the scene a long time, and recalls buying Bitcoin at Porcfest from Charlie Shrem, Erik Voorhees, and Roger Ver. His first major project, WatchMyBit, was a bit ahead of its time (pun unintended). Now he's focused on Vault Logic, a multi-purpose, Bitcoin-capable, "Smart ATM" hardware and software platform. EPISODE LINKS Doug Scribner on Twitter https://twitter.com/dougscrib VaultLogic https://vaultlogic.com VaultLogic on Twitter https://twitter.com/realvaultlogic Early article on Robocoin (Wired) https://www.wired.com/2013/10/bitcoin-atm-gallery Quorum (JP Morgan) https://www.goquorum.com Cryptospace https://www.cryptospaceus.com Article on Overstock's Patrick Byrne and Ravencoin https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2019/06/ravencoin-rvn-overstock-ceos-favorite-altcoin-is-up-497-year-to-date Medici Ventures (subsidiary of Overstock) https://www.mediciventures.com

32mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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The Bitcoin Game #68: Paul Sztorc

Welcome to episode 68 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. I introduced myself to Paul Sztorc at Bitcoin 2019and asked him if he'd be up for an interview. I was thrilled that he gave me an unqualified "yes." This ended up being, by far, my longest interview of the conference, and I appreciate that Paul was willing to hang out with me for a big chunk of the second day of the event. I really feel like I got to know Paul in this longest episode I've released in awhile. Hope you enjoy it! EPISODE LINKS Paul Sztorc on Twitter https://twitter.com/Truthcoin Truthcoin https://www.truthcoin.info Bitcoin Hivemind http://bitcoinhivemind.com Drivechain https://www.drivechain.info Link to Paul's Bitcoin 2019 Panel https://youtu.be/gCtwg7Qecc4 Paul Sztorc talks about Sidechains, Drivechain, and Liquid on Let's Talk Bitcoin https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/lets-talk-bitcoin-377-sidechains-drivechains-and-the-apple-store Is everything we eat associated with cancer? A systematic cookbook review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23193004 Bill Nordhaus https://economics.yale.edu/people/william-d-nordhaus Buzzfeed's Intrade Article https://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewrice/the-fall-of-intrade-and-the-business-of-betting-on-real-life Howard Dean's Yell https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2008/01/17/the-battle-cry-that-backfired Election Betting Odds https://electionbettingodds.com Cassandra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassandra R https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_(programming_language) My episode with Adam Back focusing on Liquid (we discuss Paul Sztorc at 50:47) https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-60-dr-adam-back-part-2-liquid Futarchy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futarchy The Wisdom of Crowds https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wisdom_of_Crowds My 2015 Interview with Joey Krug (starts at 32:40) https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-15-fun-interviews-at-the-texas-bitcoin-conference-kickoff-party Augur https://www.augur.net STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world-famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Infowars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BTCKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you noticed the Soundcloud numbers aren't nearly as high as they used to be, that's the reason.

1hr 35mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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The Bitcoin Game #60: Dr. Adam Back Part 2 - Liquid

Welcome to episode 60 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. I'm happy to bring to you part two of my interview with Cypherpunk and CEO of Blockstream, Dr. Adam Back. In this episode, we take a deep dive into Liquid, Blockstream's new federated sidechain. There's a lot more to Liquid than I realized, and it's fascinating to hear tons of details about the protocol. I lead us astray with some of my questions, but Dr. Back never fails to drop tons of crypto-knowledge. And if you missed the first part of my interview, give episode 59 a listen to hear a great Cypherpunk history lesson. EPISODE LINKS First half of our interview (The Bitcoin Game #59) https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-59-dr-adam-back Adam Back (Adam3us) on Twitter https://twitter.com/adam3us Dr. Back's Info Page http://www.cypherspace.org/adam Blockstream https://blockstream.com Lightning Network White Paper by Joseph Poon & Thaddeus Dryja https://lightning.network/lightning-network-paper.pdf Duplex Micropayment Channels by Christian Decker & Roger Wattenhofer https://www.tik.ee.ethz.ch/file/716b955c130e6c703fac336ea17b1670/duplex-micropayment-channels.pdf ETHZ (where Christian Decker earned his Bitcoin PhD) https://www.ethz.ch/de.html Rusty Russell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusty_Russell C-Lightning https://github.com/ElementsProject/lightning Liquid https://blockstream.com/liquid Liquid Assets https://blockstream.com/2018/07/02/liquid-issued-assets Confidential Transactions https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/confidential-transactions-how-hiding-transaction-amounts-increases-bitcoin-privacy-1464892525 ERC-20 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ERC-20 Counterparty https://counterparty.io/docs/faq-xcp UTXO https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unspent_transaction_output Bulletproofs https://crypto.stanford.edu/bulletproofs https://eprint.iacr.org/2017/1066.pdf Tether https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tether_(cryptocurrency) Proof of Burn https://www.coinbureau.com/education/proof-of-burn-explained Public Key vs. Public Address https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/3filud/whats_the_difference_between_public_key_and Lamport Signatures https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamport_signature The Byzantine Generals Problem https://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~luca/cs174/byzantine.pdf Schnorr Signatures https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schnorr_signature ECDSA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliptic_Curve_Digital_Signature_Algorithm Denial-of-Service Attack https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack Tor https://www.torproject.org Liquid Block Explorer https://blockstream.com/2018/08/02/accelerating-liquid-adoption-liquid-block-explorer NBitcoin by Nicolas Dorier https://www.codeproject.com/Articles/768412/NBitcoin-The-most-complete-Bitcoin-port-Part-Crypt Green Address Wallet https://greenaddress.it KYC Compliance https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_your_customer Paul Sztorc talks about Sidechains, Drivechain, Liquid https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/lets-talk-bitcoin-377-sidechains-drivechains-and-the-apple-store RootStock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RootStock Spark Lightning Wallet by Nadav Ivgi https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/spark-new-gui-lightning-wallet-bitcoin-now-available-download Lightning Splice-In, Splice Out (and more) https://medium.com/@pierre_rochard/day-2-of-the-chaincode-labs-lightning-residency-669aecab5f16 SPV Wallet https://en.bitcoinwiki.org/wiki/Simplified_Payment_Verification Neutrino Lite Bitcoin Client https://github.com/lightninglabs/neutrino/blob/master/README.md Lightning Watchtower https://www.coindesk.com/laolu-building-watchtower-fight-bitcoin-lightning-fraud/ ABCore by Lawrence Nahum (BTC full node on Android) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greenaddress.abcore Hardware Wallet https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Hardware_wallet STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSORS BTC Inc is excited to announce its upcoming conference, Distributed Health, November 5 & 6 in Nashville, TN. This is the first conference to bridge the gap between blockchain technology and the healthcare industry. Now in its third year, this two-day event is an opportunity for all members of the ecosystem, including payers, providers, law makers, retailers, investors and innovators, to reshape the future of healthcare. For more information, visit: health.distributed.com and use the promo code: BTCGAME20 to secure a 20% discount! While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Note: We've recently migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you notice the Soundcloud numbers have dropped off recently, that's the reason.

1hr 11mins

4 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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The Bitcoin Game #65: Jimmy Song

Welcome to episode 65 of The Bitcoin Game. I'm Rob Mitchell, and I just got back from the Bitcoin 2019 conference in San Francisco. I'm really glad I decided to attend after taking a long break from conferences, as I had a great time and got some really good interviews. I'm going to release them in the order I recorded them, so up first is Jimmy Song. Oh, I also want listener feedback. This interview is unedited, whereas my typical episodes are heavily edited, with the goal of delivering the most listenable and content-dense experience possible. And I really love editing out dumb things I say! But all that editing takes a lot of time, and it really reduces the amount of content I release. Just comment on this episode's show notes page, or I'm theBTCgame on Twitter. I've got some cool Bitcoin stuff to give away to a few people who give me feedback, in case you need additional incentive. EPISODE LINKS Jimmy's Website https://programmingbitcoin.com Jimmy on Twitter https://twitter.com/@JimmySong Colored Coins Wiki https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Colored_Coins Monetas http://opentransactions.org/wiki/Monetas Amory Wiki https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Armory Paxos Wiki https://en.everybodywiki.com/Paxos_(company) Jimmy's Early 2017 Blog Post https://medium.com/@jimmysong/why-bitcoin-will-get-scaling-without-segwit-or-large-blocks-772799fab021 RubenSomsen's Blind Statechains presentation at Breaking Bitcoin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqhxPWsJFZE&t=17935s Statechains White Paper https://github.com/RubenSomsen/rubensomsen.github.io/blob/master/img/statechains.pdf The Bitcoin spinner I designed, 3D-printed, and gave to Jimmy. You might win one if you give feedback on this episode! STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world-famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you noticed the Soundcloud numbers aren't nearly as high as they used to be, that's the reason.

37mins

29 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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The Bitcoin Game #70: Michael Flaxman, Securing Bitcoin

Welcome to episode 70 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. I'm always wanting to learn things via my podcast, and hopefully it helps others learn too. So when I heard Michael Flaxman on Stephan Livera's podcast, I thought he was such a compelling guest that I just had to have him on The Bitcoin Game. In this episode we dive into details about Bitcoin, security, and multisig. LINKS Michael Flaxman on Twitter https://twitter.com/mflaxman Michael Flaxman's Website https://www.michaelflaxman.com Michael Flaxman's Bitcoin Multisig Hardware Wallet Comparison https://bitcoin-hardware-wallet.github.io Michael's In-Depth Article on Multisig Coming Soon! Michael Flaxman on Stephan Livera Podcast (Hardware Wallets) https://stephanlivera.com/episode/97 Mt. Gox https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mt._Gox 2014 Proof of Reserves article https://www.coindesk.com/krakens-audit-proves-holds-100-bitcoins-reserve PyCoin (Open Source Library) https://pypi.org/project/pycoin/0.51 Shamir's Shared Secret https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamir%27s_Secret_Sharing Coldcard Hardware Wallet https://coldcardwallet.com Trezor Hardware Wallet https://trezor.io Ledger Hardware Wallet https://www.ledger.com Hardware Wallet Passphrase (Trezor guide) https://blog.trezor.io/passphrase-the-ultimate-protection-for-your-accounts-3a311990925b Hardware Wallet Mnemonic Seed Phrase / BIP 39 https://en.bitcoinwiki.org/wiki/Mnemonic_phrase Ian Coleman's BIP 39 Tool https://iancoleman.io/bip39 BIP 174 / Partially Signed Bitcoin Transactions (PSBT) Github https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0174.mediawiki Crypto Steel (One of several Seed Backup Solutions) https://cryptosteel.com Multisig https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Multisignature 
Electrum Bitcoin Wallet https://electrum.org Electrum Personal Server Github https://github.com/chris-belcher/electrum-personal-server Secure Element (Gemalto site - supplier to Ledger) https://www.justaskgemalto.com/us/what-is-a-secure-element HD Wallet Hierarchical Deterministic Wallet (HD Wallet) https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Deterministic_wallet Random Number Generator (RNG) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_number_generation Segwit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SegWit Bitcoin Core https://bitcoin.org/en/download Graphical User Interface (GUI) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphical_user_interface Bitcoin Testnet https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Testnet Nonce https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptographic_nonce Tails OS https://tails.boum.org If you liked this episode, I bet you'll like my fairly exclusive interviews with Peter Kroll, the creator of the paper wallet, and white-hat hacker Johoe, who recovered Bitcoin during the 2013 Android RNG issue. The Bitcoin Game #56: Paper Wallet Inventor Peter Kroll https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-56-paper-wallet-inventor-peter-kroll The Bitcoin Game #7: Bitcoin Hero Jochen AKA Johoe https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-7-bitcoin-hero-jochen-aka-johoe SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world-famous Bitcoin Keychain. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Infowars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BTCKeychain.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Lightning Network tipping: https://tippin.me/@TheBTCGame Note: We've migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from SoundCloud to Libsyn. So if you noticed the SoundCloud numbers aren't nearly as high as they used to be, that's the reason.

1hr 29mins

8 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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The Bitcoin Game #57: BCH Lead Dev Amaury Séchet

Welcome to episode 57 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. I’m someone who feels a bit like a Bitcoin Maximalist, yet I still really wanted to learn about Amaury Séchet, lead developer of Bitcoin Cash (EDIT: note it's been pointed out that Amaury is the lead dev of Bitcoin ABC, the main client used for BCH, but he isn't technically the lead dev for BCH - apologies for the inaccurate wording). I like that many of Amaury's opinions seem fairly independent, rather than sticking to a party line. In this long-form interview, we talk about Amaury's initial interest in Bitcoin, why he started Bitcoin ABC, the software behind Bitcoin Cash, and what he saw as three critical mistakes he believed would prevent a big block fork from becoming the majority chain at launch. So BCH haters, put down the pitchforks for a second and give this a listen to better understand the French Bitcoiner known as Deadalnix. EPISODE LINKS Amaury on Twitter https://twitter.com/deadalnix Thomson M05 (School Computer) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomson_MO5 HACK (Facebook Programming Langauge) https://hacklang.org/ D (Programming Language) https://dlang.org Cypress Financial Crisis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012%E2%80%9313_Cypriot_financial_crisis Bitcoin ABC https://www.bitcoinabc.org Extension Blocks https://www.coindesk.com/purse-proposal-touts-extension-blocks-bitcoin-scaling-solution ViaBTC https://www.viabtc.com Segwit Is Not Great, by Amaury Séchet https://www.deadalnix.me/2016/10/17/segwit-is-not-great Emergency Difficulty Adjustment (EDA) https://news.bitcoin.com/the-bitcoin-cash-community-debates-future-difficulty-adjustments Free Trader’s Github Blog https://ftrader.github.io Emergent Consensus https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/why-bitcoin-unlimiteds-emergent-consensus-gamble The Cathedral and the Bazaar (musings on Linux and Open Source...)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar Tokens on Bitcoin Cash https://www.yours.org/content/overview-of-tokens-for-bitcoin-cash--bch--d2f928455dca Cash Shuffle (BCH mixing protocol for fungibility) https://cashshuffle.com Grin (Nimble Wimble implementation) https://grin-tech.org STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain, the growingly popular Litecoin Keychain, or even your own Bitcoin Fork - Pen. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com Litecoin Keychains - LKeychain.com Bitcoin Fork Pens - BitcoinForks.com All of the above on Amazon - BitcoinNovelties.com Here are some tipping addresses (Lightning tipping, coming soon!) Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Litecoin tipping address: MCszxWfm4y4Ke39vJZLXwULLRgVmBfJy8z Bitcoin Cash tipping address: 1EXYkuuQ49uEioTpHY4ZY99edJczbUqQfu Ethereum tipping address: 0xB8b169192A74746050806671710aeB72F01F6ED1 CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Note: We've recently migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you notice the Soundcloud numbers have dropped off recently, that's the reason.

1hr 10mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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The Bitcoin Game #55: Cryptograffiti

Welcome to episode 55 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. In today's episode, I'm happy to present an interview with one of the most well-known fine artists in the cryptocurrency space, Cryptograffiti. I'm a huge fan of his work, and was happy to get to learn a bit more about him. Check out his art in the links below. SHOW LINKS Cryptograffiti’s Site https://cryptograffiti.com Twitter @Cryptograffiti https://twitter.com/cryptograffiti Instagram @Cryptograffiti https://www.instagram.com/cryptograffiti Nakamoto https://cryptograffiti.com/collections/fine-art/products/nakamoto-2014 Wired: The Rise And Fall of Bitcoin https://www.wired.com/2011/11/mf_bitcoin Casascius Coins https://www.casascius.com Silk Road https://cryptograffiti.com/collections/fine-art/products/silk-road Art Show - Proof of Art https://twitter.com/cryptograffiti/status/1000060654990999553 Cryptograffiti’s work featured in the Wall Street Journal https://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/12/11/microsoft-to-allow-bitcoin-payments-for-games-apps-other-content Cryptograffiti T-shirts https://cryptograffiti.com/collections/mens-shirts STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain, the growingly popular Litecoin Keychain, or even your own Bitcoin Fork - Pen. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com Litecoin Keychains - LKeychain.com Bitcoin Fork Pens - BitcoinForks.com All of the above on Amazon - BitcoinNovelties.com Here are some tipping addresses (Lightning tipping, coming soon!) Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Litecoin tipping address: MCszxWfm4y4Ke39vJZLXwULLRgVmBfJy8z Bitcoin Cash tipping address: 1EXYkuuQ49uEioTpHY4ZY99edJczbUqQfu Ethereum tipping address: 0xB8b169192A74746050806671710aeB72F01F6ED1 CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell, or some funky jam Rob was involved in. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos. Note: We've recently migrated our RSS feed (and primary content host) from Soundcloud to Libsyn. So if you notice the Soundcloud numbers have dropped off recently, that's the reason.

30mins

16 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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The Bitcoin Game #54: The Current State of Cryptocurrency Panel from SODM18

Welcome to episode 54 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. Back in 2015, I had been waiting and waiting for a Bitcoin conference to be held here in Los Angeles. I finally gave up and booked a trip to the 2015 Texas Bitcoin Conference. Of course, shortly after making arrangements to go to Austin, LA’s first Bitcoin conference, The State of Digital Money, was announced. 2018 marks the third year I've participated in SODM, this time moderating a diverse panel of guests speaking on the broad topic of The Current State of Cryptocurrency. I'll be giving away a Bitcoin Keychain to someone who comments on this show notes page! The winner can opt to receive a Counterparty token, redeemable for a Bitcoin keychain. SHOW LINKS State of Digital Money https://stateofdigitalmoney.com Danny Aranda https://stateofdigitalmoney.com/speakers/danny-aranda Ryan Singer https://stateofdigitalmoney.com/speakers/1241 John Mercurio https://stateofdigitalmoney.com/speakers/john-mercurio Ripple https://www.ripple.com Chia Network https://chia.net Bitfury http://bitfury.com STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com Here are some tipping addresses (Lightning tipping, coming soon!) Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Litecoin tipping address: MCszxWfm4y4Ke39vJZLXwULLRgVmBfJy8z Bitcoin Cash tipping address: 1EXYkuuQ49uEioTpHY4ZY99edJczbUqQfu Ethereum tipping address: 0xB8b169192A74746050806671710aeB72F01F6ED1 SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain, the growingly popular Litecoin Keychain, or even your own Bitcoin Fork - Pen. As Seen On The Guardian • TechCrunch • Engadget • Ars Technica • Popular Mechanics Inforwars • Maxim • Inc. • Vice • RT • Bitcoin Magazine • VentureBeat PRI • CoinDesk • Washington Post • Forbes • Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com Litecoin Keychains - LKeychain.com Bitcoin Fork Pens - BitcoinForks.com All of the above on Amazon - BitcoinNovelties.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by Rob Mitchell, or some funky jam Rob was involved in. Photo courtesy Sam Onat Yilmaz, via Twitter. The Bitcoin Game box art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos.

56mins

16 May 2018

Rank #18

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The Bitcoin Game #53: Advanced Crypto Taxes with Zac McClure

Hello, welcome to episode 53 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. In this episode I speak to Zac McClure of TokenTax, in what I feel is one of the most in-depth cryptocurrency tax discussions I’ve ever heard on a podcast. We discuss everything from like-kind cryptocurrency exchanges to the idea of selecting specific cost-basis cryptocurrency when giving a gift. We also cover some of the features of TokenTax, a new service to help people manage cryptocurrency taxes. If you decide to give TokenTax.usa try, use the discount code BTCGAME for 10% off! SHOW LINKS TokenTax https://tokentax.us Zac McClure on Twitter https://twitter.com/ZacharyMcClure TokenTax on Twitter https://twitter.com/tokentax My Intro Tax Talk, Episode #10 with Jake Benson of Libra Tax https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-bitcoin-game-10-talking-taxes-with-jake-benson Zac's Tax Talk on Blockchannel https://soundcloud.com/blockchannelshow/episode-38-crypto-taxes-made-easy-with-tokentax STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com Here are some tipping addresses (taxable event, anyone?): Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Litecoin tipping address: MCszxWfm4y4Ke39vJZLXwULLRgVmBfJy8z Bitcoin Cash tipping address: 1EXYkuuQ49uEioTpHY4ZY99edJczbUqQfu Ethereum tipping address: 0xB8b169192A74746050806671710aeB72F01F6ED1 SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own the world famous Bitcoin Keychain, the growingly popular Litecoin Keychain, or even your own Bitcoin Fork - Pen. As Seen On The Guardian• TechCrunch• Engadget• Ars Technica• Popular Mechanics Inforwars• Maxim• Inc.• Vice• RT• Bitcoin Magazine• VentureBeat PRI• CoinDesk• Washington Post• Forbes• Fast Company Bitcoin Keychains - BKeychain.com Litecoin Keychains - LKeychain.com Bitcoin Fork Pens - BitcoinForks.com All of the above on Amazon - BitcoinNovelties.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Gamewas created by Rob Mitchell, or some funky jam Rob was involved in. The Bitcoin Gamebox art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos.

1hr 4mins

24 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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The Bitcoin Game #51: Jonas Schnelli, The Bitcoin Core Project Explained

Hello, welcome to episode 51 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. Since my last episode, we’ve seen the Bitcoin 2X fork called off, and just when it seemed everyone could relax for five minutes, the Bitcoin Cash fork went on a full scale blitz. Bitcoin never disappoints in providing interesting times. In October, the Los Angeles Bitcoin Meetup featured a talk with Bitcoin Core developer Jonas Schnelli. Jonas gave a presentation called The Bitcoin Core project explained: What is Bitcoin Core and who is behind it. I learned a lot, hope you do too. Photo courtesy BitcoinMom. SHOW LINKS Los Angeles BItcoin Meetup with Jonas Schnelli https://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Bitcoin/events/244021004 Bitcoin Core https://bitcoincore.org Chaincode Labs http://chaincode.com Blockstream https://blockstream.com Bitmain https://www.bitmain.com MIT Digital Currency Initiative http://dci.mit.edu Digital Bitbox https://digitalbitbox.com Jonas Twitter https://twitter.com/_jonasschnelli Jonas GitHub https://github.com/jonasschnelli STAY IN TOUCH Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to The Bitcoin Game! https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Rob@TheBitcoinGame.com Bitcoin (Segwit) tipping address: 3AYvXZseExRn3Dum8z9tFUk9jtQK6KMU4g Litecoin tipping address: MCszxWfm4y4Ke39vJZLXwULLRgVmBfJy8z Bitcoin Cash tipping address: 1EXYkuuQ49uEioTpHY4ZY99edJczbUqQfu Ethereum tipping address: 0xB8b169192A74746050806671710aeB72F01F6ED1 SPONSOR While much of a Bitcoiner's time is spent in the world of digital assets, sometimes it's nice to own a physical representation of the virtual things you care about. For just the price of a cup of coffee or two (at Starbucks), you can own your own Bitcoin Keychainor the newer Bitcoin Fork Pen. As Seen On TechCrunch• Engadget• Ars Technica• Popular Mechanics Maxim• Inc.• Vice• RT• Bitcoin Magazine• VentureBeat CoinDesk• Washington Post• Forbes• Fast Company BKeychain.com BitcoinForks.com CREDITS All music in this episode of The Bitcoin Gamewas created by Rob Mitchell. The Bitcoin Gamebox art was created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos.

50mins

13 Nov 2017

Rank #20