How can we foster adoption locally in order to make Bitcoin more global? Timing is important; first help the people who need it most. You can only ignore money until it stops working. Don’t promise things you can’t deliver. Educate those who became interested for the wrong reasons. Don’t try to sell it too hard; not everyone is ready.

This question was from a talk which took place at the Sheraton Warsaw for the Polish Bitcoin Congress (Polski Kongres Bitcoin) on May 12th 2018 in Warsaw, Poland:

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Investing in Education instead of Speculation –
Beyond Price: Bitcoin’s Impact on the Future –
Why I’m against ETFs –
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Regulation and the bank boycott –
Wallet design and mass adoption –
Mass adoption and peer-to-peer commerce –
Scaling strategies and adoption –
Price volatility and store of value –
Why I earn bitcoin instead of buying –
Job opportunities with cryptocurrencies –
Inspiring cryptocurrency projects –
From barter to abstract money –
Crossing the chasm of theoretical vs. real need –
Remittances and smuggling in Venezuela –
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What is the biggest adoption hurdle? –
Bitcoin as everyday currency –
Hyperbitcoinization –
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Why permissioned blockchains fail –
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Is bitcoin testing governments? –

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Translations of MASTERING BITCOIN:



Translations of THE INTERNET OF MONEY:
Spanish, ‘Internet del Dinero’ (v1) –
French, ‘L’internet de l’argent’ (v1) –
Russian, ‘Интернет денег’ (v1) –
Vietnamese, ‘Internet Của Tiền Tệ’ (v1) –


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