In this talk, Andreas looks at the symbiotic relationship between opportunities that Bitcoin offers for improving India’s general welfare, and the talent and potential India can contribute in return to help it thrive. He argues that, like the early internet, Bitcoin began as a weird and difficult place for the average consumer; if we embrace the good and reject the fear of this global phenomenon, we can make the financial world as accessible and intuitive as a swipe on an iPad.


1:35 Your first bitcoin experience, your first internet experience
2:56 I was on the internet in 1989; my mother’s first email
4:35 Bitcoin today is like the early internet
4:59 Bitcoin will be a revolution in how money is done
6:23 Shifting the system of trust in money: cash, banking, Bitcoin
8:30 What happens to banks? Competition.
9:02 Software engineering talent in India; becoming an international centre of finance
11:52 Change is scary; governments react to the internet of cats
13:01 Implications for poverty, healtchare, education; amplifying the human spirit
15:03 Regulating bitcoin and its effect on opportunities for good
17:08 Firing the meteorologist doesn’t change the weather
18:35 Bitcoin is a global phenomenon
19:17 Disruption causes difficulties, but competition is good

This talk took place at the YMCA Banquet Hall on March 24th 2017 in Ahmedabad, India:

The Stories We Tell About Money –
Fake News, Fake Money –
The Currency Wars and Bitcoin’s Neutrality –
Price premiums and arbitrage –
Bitcoin for Beginners –
Aadhaar and blockchain identities –
How to get people to care about security –
Initial coin offerings (ICOs) –
Remittances & smuggling in Venezuela –
When will the scare stories stop? –
Will compliance with regulation benefit Bitcoin? –
Why Bitcoin is the poison pill of global finance –

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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