In this fireside chat, Andreas talks about growing up in Greece, dealing with monetary crises and how that influenced his interest in Bitcoin, as well as his early involvement in various technical communities and his decision to become an educator.
This interview was delivered at the Latin American Bitcoin and Blockchain Conference (laBITconf) at Centro Cultural CorpArtes in Santiago, Chile on December 6th, 2018: https://www.labitconf.com/
0:30 – Obsessions with dismantling and understanding technology
2:35 – First computer as a kid
4:00 – Bitcoin as the sixth epiphany; deciding to become an educator
5:50 – Growing up in Greece with dictatorship and monetary crises
11:42 – Early days of the internet and fascination with cryptography; university studies in distributed systems, meeting the “giants” of computer science and the cypherpunk movement
16:18 – Decision to get off the sidelines and do something meaningful
16:38 – What it feels like to have fans; don’t expect your heroes to be perfect
18:14 – Early career in information security and being self-employed; discovering Bitcoin via Slashdot, binge reading code and research
22:05 – Realising how Bitcoin consensus worked
23:22 – Firing clients to focus on Bitcoin; first public speaking appearance at a Bitcoin conference in 2013; meeting the best programmers in the world and choosing speciality
27:41 – Experience in educating people about open blockchains; translating to foreign languages; importance of Spanish language content
Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin.
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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MASTERING BITCOIN, 2nd Edition: https://amzn.to/2xcdsY9
Translations of MASTERING BITCOIN: https://bitcoinbook.info/translations-of-mastering-bitcoin/
THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v1: https://amzn.to/2ykmXFs
THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v2: https://amzn.to/2IIG5BJ
Translations of THE INTERNET OF MONEY:
Spanish, ‘Internet del Dinero’ (v1) – https://amzn.to/2yoaTTq
French, ‘L’internet de l’argent’ (v1) – https://www.amazon.fr/Linternet-largent-Andreas-M-Antonopoulos/dp/2856083390
Russian, ‘Интернет денег’ (v1) – https://www.olbuss.ru/catalog/ekonomika-i-biznes/korporativnye-finansy-bankovskoe-delo/internet-deneg
Vietnamese, ‘Internet Của Tiền Tệ’ (v1) – https://alphabooks.vn/khi-tien-len-mang