Performance issues are an engineering optimisation task. The history the Internet swallowing industries. Lightning Network outpacing innovation of VISA. Don’t hire a blockchain consultant — ask people from the music, movie, or phone industry when they realised the Internet was going to eat their business, what they did to try to stop it, and what they would do differently now. If you are staking the survival of your business on “the engineers who built the Internet can’t figure this out,” you’re in trouble.

This is part of a talk which took place on December 6th, 2016, at the Bitcoin Cologne meetup in Köln, Germany:

Watch the full talk here:

Innovators, Disrupters, Misfits, and Bitcoin –
Disrupt Conference: What is Bitcoin? –
Bitcoin and the Banks: Five Stages of Grief –
Why developers are leaving banks –
Embrace the Good, Reject the Fear –
The Lightning Network –
Bitcoin, the Lightning Network, and Streaming Money –
Microfinance and streaming money –
The Scaling Rites of Passage –
Scaling and the block size debate –
Separation of money and state –
ICOs and financial regulation –
The end of vampire-squid financing –

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin.

Follow on Twitter: @aantonop

He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters.




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