How will the traditional financial system adapt to cryptocurrencies? Legacy systems (banks, like horse-and-carriage) are delaying the inevitable. Some people will see the future earlier than others and leave banks. How do we ensure that Bitcoin remains an open and decentralised system in the face of enterprise encroachment? What is at stake? How the internet killed the phone industry. Bitcoin’s killer app is about changing how money works. Etheruem is about reinventing the modern corporation.

These questions are from the Polish Bitcoin Congress (Polski Kongres Bitcoin) Warsaw, Poland, the HoshoCon event, and the October Patreon Q&A session, which took place on May 12th, October 11th and October 27th 2018, respectively. If you want early-access to talks and a chance to participate in the monthly live Q&As with Andreas, become a patron:

Blockchain vs. Bullshit –
Hard Promises, Soft Promises: Promoting Autonomy instead of Authority –
The Killer App: Engineering the Properties of Money –
Bubble Boy Blockchains and Bitcoin the Sewer Rat –
Measuring Success: Price or Principle –
Escaping the Global Banking Cartel –
Why Open Blockchains Matter –
Keeping Digital Communities Weird –
Decentralised Globalisation –
Investing in Education instead of Speculation –
Why I’m against ETFs –
Do crypto-banks threaten hard money? –
What is the appeal of sound money? –
Wallets, nodes, and monetary sovereignty –
Regulation and the bank boycott –
Mass adoption and peer-to-peer commerce –
Adoption of disruptive technology –
Fostering adoption with empathy –
Bitcoin, Lightning, and Streaming Money –
Scaling strategies and adoption –
Price volatility and store of value –
Why I earn bitcoin instead of buying –
Job opportunities with cryptocurrencies –
Careers in open blockchain development –
Inspiring cryptocurrency projects –
From barter to abstract money –
Crossing the chasm of theoretical vs. real need –
Remittances and smuggling in Venezuela –
How long until mainstream adoption? –
What is the biggest adoption hurdle? –
Bitcoin as everyday currency –
Why permissioned blockchains fail –
Secure identities on the blockchain? –
How to avoid re-creating systems of control –
Enterprise “blockchain” gentrification –
Scaling decentralized organization –
Is bitcoin testing governments? –

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

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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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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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