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The Bitcoin To Freedom Podcast
29 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
Delve into the hardware side of bitcoin with Rodolfo Novak
I’m really happy to introduce the newest guest on the Bitcoin To Freedom podcast – Rodolfo Novak, a Toronto-based entrepreneur and a very early bitcoin adopter whose passion for creating bitcoin solutions is well-documented. Rodolfo is the co-founder of CoinKite, a company that has been developing bitcoin solutions since 2012. That’s pretty much what Rodolfo does from the early days of bitcoin, focusing on the hardware side of it. Talking with him, you really get the sense he strongly believes in what he does, and that there’s no obstacle a well-thought-out idea cannot overcome. I was fascinated by the idea of creating a physical bitcoin solution that was actually trustless. Rodolfo Novak The fellow Canadian is a busy man, currently attached to a number of projects. However, he’s currently most involved with Opendime and Coldcard, a couple of subjects we cover extensively during our talk. Rodolfo shares how such a small thing like a memory card can improve a hard wallet, and the implications of a well-timed backup. In particular, Rodolfo is really vocal about bitcoin’s mass acceptance. His views on bitcoin going mainstream make a lot of sense when you consider the global reach of it, and the underlying economic effect. My guest also has a couple of personal rules when it comes to entrepreneurship (which totally make sense in the grand scale), as well as interesting views on bitcoin privacy and how it can move forward. Rodolfo is an avid believer in online freedom of expression (hence his Mastodon engagement), and a frequent reader in terms of differing views, knowledge, and everything else (hence tons of recommendations). In short, that would be Rodolfo Novak’s guest appearance on today’s episode. Now let’s hear what he has to say! In this episode you’ll discover: 0:43 – How Opendime came to be. 2:36 – Rodolfo explains why a certain project is worthy of his time. 4:31 – How Opendime functions (a trustless trust, as my guest calls it). 5:44 – Security characteristics that Coldcard has that the competition lacks. 7:11 – What Rodolfo sees as Trezor’s main weakness. 7:54 – How a micro SD card is used for signing in transactions and the importance of cold storage. 8:50 – On how Coldcard is used and the importance of backup. 11:07 – Rodolfo mentions industrial-grade Micro SD cards (the ones that go into race cars, i.e.). 11:52 – What Rodolfo is most excited about in future Opendime developments. 12:34 – What bitcoin needs to overcome to really go mainstream, and how it’s seen different across the globe. 16:09 – What bitcoin improvement will be the most exciting, according to Rodolfo. 17:20 – On how bitcoin privacy will be accomplished (hint: it’s already there). 20:41 – The biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs today. 22:43 – On Mastodon (not the band) and the freedom it brings. 23:57 – What Rodolfo’s Twitter profile image actually means (you have to check it out!). 25:11 – Rodolfo shares his recommendations on books, blogs, and even social media for better bitcoin understanding. 27:18 – Rodolfo shares final words of wisdom. Key takeaways I don’t like to be trusted. I want people to trust the code, the cryptography, and themselves. The reality is, most people don’t lose money by being hacked. Most people lose money by screwing themselves up. Bitcoin already is mainstream, it’s just not used by the mainstream. If you do your bitcoining correctly, you already have a lot of privacy. Don’t make funding the thing that limits you from starting a business.
20 minutes | Sep 22, 2018
Learn how to buy bitcoin with Jordan Tuwiner
38 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Embrace the future of bitcoin and wallets with Aaron Lasher
Today, I talk with Aaron Lasher, an early bitcoin investor and Chief Strategy Officer at Breadwallet (BRD), one of the most popular crypto wallets today (of which I’m a proud user – highly recommend it, check it out). In his mission to make bitcoin available to everyone, Aaron takes us on a short history tour and shares his thoughts on what the future holds in store for cryptocurrencies. He calls himself an “immediate devotee” and “a sort-of amateur Angel investor” after getting a taste of bitcoin. I’ve always just been fascinated with this idea that you can discover things that are true but you have no idea how it’s going to interact with the real world. Aaron Lasher From “funny money” (a sort of a code word for national currencies that stuck) to doing everything you can do with your bank right now but in a decentralized, permissionless way with bitcoin, Aaron talks about his current work and predicts future movements within the crypto world, as well as laments on decisions and failures that are part of the journey every successful entrepreneur makes. The most exciting thing for my today’s guest is more people moving their money and their wealth into bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Aaron believes the current system doesn’t serve the interest of the public, and it’s a point he feels strongly about (just listen to him riffing on student loans). Now a father of two, it’s safe to say his exciting sailing adventures are over but being a working dad doesn’t stop him from being actively involved with Breadwallet and keeping a close eye on bitcoin development. Let’s hear what Aaron has to say about it! In this episode you’ll discover: 1:08 – Aaron talks about how Breadwallet started and how his background affected his decisions to get involved with cryptocurrencies. 06:07 On what sets Breadwallet apart from the rest of the wallets: three guiding principles. 6:54 The thing Aaron is most excited about when it comes to future Breadwallet endeavors (there’s some champagne involved). 8:35 On the three main revenue streams from where the money comes from and the processes behind them. 10:51 What Aaron sees as the biggest misconception people have about Breadwallet 13:22 Lookin back on the choice Breadwallet made after the great bitcoin divorce in 2017 14:57 One Breadwallet feature people should be really excited in the future (there’ll be a couple of surprises, too). 17:37 Why Aaron thinks security tokens are the next big thing in the crypto space and what excites him the most. 21:29 How bitcoin will help economically; the example of student loans. 25:45 The advantage of online education compared to going to college. 27:05 What infrastructure bitcoin needs to fully go mainstream. 28:34 Aaron talks about what excites him the most when it comes to bitcoin development 30:46 If Breadwallet is planning on implementing the Lightning Network 32:02 What other country could Aaron live in? 33:12 The biggest opportunities today for entrepreneurs 34:39 Aaron provides a most unusual example of entrepreneurship done right Key takeaways (On Breadwallet) The core mission is to financially liberate the individual. We’re making a big bet that security tokens could be a thing. I think there’s a lot of evidence pointing in that direction. Most people don’t know how money works. (On necessary bitcoin infrastructure) I think it’s simply people waking up and saying: “I need to have 1% of my net worth in bitcoin.” If you find governments in sync, just turning on the oppression machine, then bitcoin probably needs to go underground, so to speak. (On bitcoin development) The #1 pressing need is to address scaling.
37 minutes | Sep 1, 2018
A peer to peer financial system: Ray Youssef shares his story
In this truly insightful episode, I’m chatting with Ray Youssef, the founder and CEO of Paxful, one of the largest peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin marketplaces in the world. Ray has been an entrepreneur since 2001 and has founded 12 startups along the way. That way was far from smooth, though. Ray literally went from rags to riches and learned many lessons. In a nutshell, he is a New York City native that loves building awesome things that make life better. That’s where Paxful comes in, currently mainly serving and making difference in developing countries by using Bitcoin to help the ‘unbanked’ people. As many before him, Ray wasn’t a believer in bitcoin at first, but he gave it a shot by selling it for gift cards. And – it worked. “Me and my co-founder Artur, we were like: ”We got to scale this up.” And we did and all of a sudden: BOOM! I wasn’t homeless anymore.” Ray Youssef Now, Africa is Paxful’s biggest market (with the US aiming to take over) – this developing world where people turn to Paxful and P2P financing the most. And the difference is tremendous. Ray shares a somewhat incredible example of people being unable to buy new iPhones in Nigeria because their banks don’t allow that much spending (that’s just the tip of the iceberg, trust me). There’s also plenty of room for charity in Ray’s heart, as he is being involved in building a second school in Africa, all thanks to bitcoin. He also shares the challenges of building a school in Africa, his musing on the Lightning Network, what the future holds for Paxful, and invites anyone who is able to sell bitcoin in Venezuela and Turkey, to reach out to him personally to help you get set up. That would be enough of introduction, I feel – let’s hear what my today’s guest says about his experience with bitcoin and how he sees it changing the world. In this episode you’ll discover: 00:38 – The bitcoin connection; how Paxful came into being. 04:24 – What ‘universal translator for money’ means. 07:18 – If Ray sees bitcoin used as a form of a bank account. 11:08 – On the day-to-day use of bitcoin in developing countries; the six reasons why it works so well and makes a difference (with examples!). 17:19 – Bitcoin is bringing financial empowerment, not just inclusion. 17:57 – Where the idea for building a school in Rwanda came from. 20:51 – The building blocks for empowerment – it’s all the same in the developing countries. 21:51 – The biggest challenges Ray encountered when building the school. 23:58 – On Lightning Network and if he sees it being integrated into Paxful at some point. 26:33 – On Paxful’s plans for the future. 30:30 – One country he would like to relocate for a short period of time if he had to. 33:33 – Biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs today. Key Takeaways Both Artur and I got into bitcoin because we really believe that it could make for a more peaceful world: a currency that could not be wildly inflated at will; bankers could not start wars and drag us into them at will. We didn’t figure anything out ourselves. All we did was listen to our customer and watch what they were doing and they taught us so much. You can trade anything in the world for anything else and bitcoin is just a medium. Financial empowerment – this is the key. Inclusion is not good enough. I really believe that sometime in the next two years, we are going to create the world’s first closed-loop crypto economy and it might be Venezuela. But when that happens, everyone is really going to understand the power of P2P finance and then the banks are gonna start shaking.
43 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
How crypto and VR are changing the world: a talk with Adam Draper
The new season is finally here (it took some time, I know), and I am kicking it off with Adam Draper, the founder and managing director of Boost VC, one of the premier accelerators in the world for crypto and VR startups. Adam’s portfolio is impressive: his credentials include funding over 250 startups through Boost VC, with 90+ of them operating in the cryptocurrency space and more than 70 of the VR variety. With deep VC family ties, Adam continues in the footsteps of his family’s previous generation of venture capitalists. Being a seed investor in CoinBase, arguably one of the biggest crypto exchanges today, Adam came full circle and made all sorts of mistakes along the way (he’s human, after all). For Adam, those mistakes made him what he is today and he sees a lot of the same errors in today’s businesses (pick up the phone, people!). His take on VR and blockchain, apart from the mainstream use, is interesting and it all revolves around one thing in particular: solving the problems people routinely face: “The reason to start a business is not for money. The reason to start a business is because something about the world frustrates you and you need it to change in an obsessive way.” Adam Draper My today’s guest strongly believes that businesses don’t think it through. Some businesses are venture backable, some aren’t. VC companies aren’t going to back you unless you show there’s a tangible way you can return the investment. With Boost VC, Adam is investing in pre-seed startups that aim to make sci-fi a reality. The aspect of time is important to Adam, with the unavoidable link to everything online (the freedom of geography, as Adam calls it) and undervalued meaning of being global. Enough of my ramblings, let’s dive into today’s episode and learn how Adam sees Bitcoin, VR, and entrepreneurship, as well as share his advice and experiences. In this episode you’ll discover: 1:00 – How Adam started investing. 4:44 – About his investing in Coinbase, founding and leaving Expert Financial and then buying it back. 6:09 On meeting Bryan Armstrong (founder of Coinbase) before cryptocurrencies made it big. 7:45 What mistakes Adam made, what it takes to make it when things aren’t going as planned. 13:52 Dialling for dollars: the importance of picking up the phone and calling instead of relying on email to do the bidding. 15:28 The highest high: when all the sacrifices were finally worth it, those moments that make it all worthwhile. 18:56 Adam shares his view on one of the main VR use cases (besides entertainment), gaining traction in the coming years. 22:35 Talking blockchain: non-bitcoin cryptocurrency Adam is most excited about and main applications (other than money) that the blockchain could be used in the future. 26:10 How people undervalue what global means in crypto. 27:03 What type of business is uniformly best for good and bad times? 29:06 The types of businesses that were successful over and over. 32:24 How Adam spends his time and his routine. 35:00 The aspect of time: how to build a business to save people time. 36:51 Which area offers the most opportunities for online entrepreneurs? 38:46 Everything is connected and there are still opportunities: what’s the problem you can solve for someone else? 39:59 One piece of advice struggling entrepreneurs 41:45 Make noise, just talk Key Takeaways “Bryan Armstrong said to me: “At some point, the world is gonna be on one financial infrastructure.” That phrase has, in a positive way, haunted my entire career. We at BoostVC picked bitcoin technology as our first focus ever.” “Maintaining focus and listening to the customer are the two ways that I’ve seen over and over again how people succeed.” “The best entrepreneurs are the most empathetic to their customer.” “You should be obsessed with what you’re doing, not obsessed with the money you’re raising.” “From a time perspective, all technology does is save you time.” “If you believe that you are truly solving a problem for someone and you truly are, then you should be able to figure out who your customer is.”
14 minutes | Dec 7, 2016
Unleash your inner entrepreneur with Foundr CEO Nathan Chan
The views and outlook of how the next generation views the world has changed dramatically: No one really believes in a 9-5 anymore. Those days are destined to be replaced by work that shouldn’t particularly have to feel like work at all. In the words of entrepreneur and CEO of digital magazine Foundr, Nathan Chan firmly believes that “For the first time, the age of traditional work is OVER”. The new age entrepreneur aspires to build a life and a living around doing what they love. That means the challenge for the 21st century is how to cultivate the ultimate work-life lifestyle. Luckily, Foundr mag is here to solve that problem! As a magazine dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs build and grow a successful business, Foundr’s success lies on it’s ability to capture the real essence of what it means to be an entrepreneur in the 21st century. With the continual growth and innovation in the tech and creative industries combined with the incredible development crowd-funding platforms like KICKSTARTER, there has never been a better time to break free from the 9-5 mould. What essentially started as nothing more than a laptop startup fueled by some extra savings from his day job, Foundr mag has been on an unprecedented journey of growth. In this podcast we talk with Nathan about the future of business and entrepreneurship, what sort of challenges exist on the way to success as well as some great insights from Nathan’s journey as he has built his magazine from the ground up. If you have always thought about building your own business, then Foundr mag is a surefire way to get your dose of motivation, inspiration and education. Nathan has interviewed some incredible business superstars like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Richard Branson… just to name a few! Be sure to check this episode out and head on over to out Foundr mag once you’re done. In this episode you’ll discover: 00:50 – What industries are set for the most growth potential in the future. 02:20 – What inspired Nathan want to start Foundr magazine and the challenges he had to overcome on the road to success. 5:07 – Why podcasting is such a powerful and valuable method of communication and interaction. 07:35 – How Nathan manages working on a global scale in a variety of different time zones. 08:54: What Nathan has in stall for Foundr mag in the short to long term future. 10:24: Some key insights and wisdom Nathan has picked up talking to some of the biggest and most powerful entrepreneurs in the world. 12:03 – How Nathan has changed and grown since beginning his journey into entrepreneurship. Key Takeaways Foundr represents a handful of a growing group of young people who are fed up with relying on outdated systems of employment, and are instead rallying to the entrepreneurial space. Ship fast and see how the market reacts, be prepared that things might not work out, and whatever you do: don’t attach yourself to an outcome! Build, measure, learn, repeat – Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup
34 minutes | Oct 6, 2016
Discover the worlds first 100% anonymous cryptocurrency with Zcash CEO Zooko Wilcox
In this episode I interviewed Zooko Wilcox, the CEO and founder of Zcash, a new cryptocurrency set to make waves internationally this coming October. What makes Zcash so unique is that it plans to take the excellent functionality of bitcoin and extend it even further to allow users to make completely private and secure transactions without a trace through their encrypted network. Zooko believes strongly that with Zcash businesses will be given a proper chance to thrive as commerce can be done without any roadblocks and society can move forward a much more rapid pace. And that’s all because of one little thing called privacy. “Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn’t want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn’t want anybody to know. Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world.” Eric Hughes, A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto Zooko believes that in an open and programmable financial system, privacy is the only way we will be able to ensure money is treated equal and all exchanges are fair. We explore this further as Zooko explains this key concept known as fungibility and why it is so important to the modernization of commerce and improvement of our society. Zcash is set to launch on the 28th of October 2016 and while this may not be the next bitcoin overnight, Zooko sure does have a grand vision for the long term future. A future so bright that we might just see the replacement of commodities like gold and silver with cryptocurrencies like Zcash! Be sure to listen in and get your notebook handy because this episode is jam packed with amazing content. In this episode you’ll discover: 0:40 – How Zcash provides a neutral playing field for all businesses and a look into some of the biggest and best use cases for Zcash. 3:35 – The long term future goals of Zcash: is it here to replace bitcoin? 05:00 – How Zcash plans to deal with the block size debate? 06:30 – How Zcash will handle large capacity transactions and manage issues with scalability 11:30 – The shared values, beliefs and technology goals of Zcash and bitcoin 13:10 – Whether Zcash could potentially be integrated into bitcoin in the future 15:08 – What makes Zcash more anonymous and potentially better than Monero? 20:30 – How Zcash generates their public/private key parameters 24:00 – Zooko’s journey into the world of cryptocurrency 25:00 – The skills and experience Zooko took from working at digiCash 27:46 – Zooko’s thoughts and predictions on who he thinks the primary user of Zcash will be 30: 34 – The benefits that Zooko obtains from eating a ketogenic diet. Key Takeaways “Zcash isn’t the ‘opposite’ of Bitcoin. zCash has selective transparency.” “The invention of bitcoin showed us a whole new continent of possibility that previously we thought there was an ocean of impossibility.” “Zcash is not set up as an opensource community but as a Company. This is the first major difference to Bitcoin and other crypto currencies such as ethereum.”
36 minutes | Sep 15, 2016
Imagine a smarter, faster and safer Internet with MaidSafe CEO David Irvine
Meet Maidsafe CEO David Irvine. Maidsafe is a revolutionary new web application with a bold mission to provide privacy, security and freedom to everyone on the planet. MaidSafe runs without a dedicated server on the decentralized Safe Network and aims to bring a faster, better and safer web experience without any boundaries, anywhere in the world. In this episode of the podcast I was lucky enough to interview David Irvine, the CEO and software engineer behind the MaidSafe project. From as early as 2002, Irvine understood that the internet had the utmost potential to be as much of a runaway success as a catastrophe. In his eyes, it only made sense to liberate the world from the private, centralized networks, services and corporations that rule the internet. Today his decade-and-a-half long vision has now become a reality. David’s plan is to shift the world towards a server-less, decentralized and completely ad free network where users have the freedom to surf the web without anyone manipulating your data, your experience and your right to information. The SAFE Network distributes and stores users files all over the world, on diﬀerent devices. This constant movement of data (called churn) is a key part of the security that the SAFE Network offers because there is no central point for hackers to target as the data locations keep changing. Sounds pretty exciting right? This man is literally taking on the world and showing the naysayers that anything is possible. His passion and drive are catching, and it’s people like this who really do to make the world a better place. I am a firm believe that David is going to revolutionize the way we surf the net. So get yourself comfortable and press play now! In this episode you’ll discover: 0:55 – The advantages of using the Safe Network over today’s version of the ‘internet‘. 6:30 – How the MaidSafe network operates without a ‘middleman’ stealing your personal information. 09:40 – How you can and always will be able to safely store all your data on the MaidSafe network. 17:58 – How David plans to launch the Alpha release and the amazing reward system to pay developers for building app’s and contributing to the network. 21:30 – How the app’s will be integrated into the system (ie) app stores. 24:10 – David’s take on the bitcoin block size debate. 28:50 – The backstory, history, the how and why MaidSafe was started. Key Takeaways “With MaidSafe you can’t attack it, you can’t punch it, it’s like punching holes into the sea.” “Internet service providers store our personal information and data in centralized servers, out of necessity. Companies like Facebook and Google snatch up data and use it for advertising.” “With Opportunistic Caching popular websites and other data feeds will actually speed up as they get more visitors, rather than slow down and crash as they do on today’s web.” “People are almost apathetic, they say “oh, of course, I got hacked… Of course, I lost my emails…Not with MaidSafe.” “Find the stuff that people say can’t be done… And just do it”
27 minutes | Sep 8, 2016
Arcade City: Uber meets Tinder to revolutionize p2p ridesharing.
What if you could gamify your life? You would earn status points simply for doing your job, taking your friends out, walking the dog or picking up the groceries. It’s a new way to think about work, life and even reality and it’s coming to a city near you on September 1st 2016. Arcade City is a new p2p ridesharing app that allows you to fully customize your experience both as a rider and a driver. In this episode I speak with Christopher David, CEO and founder of Arcade City. We talk about why Arcade City has the potential to outperform other ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft. It will leverage the Ethereum network to provide a decentralized service, effectively cutting out the middle man. This is a trend we are starting to see everywhere where more and more businesses are offering customer orientated services that remove the power corporate control. While competing against Uber might sound a bit crazy, this idea absolutely does have an opportunity to prosper where other apps do not or cannot. Unlike Uber, which is effectively pushing and intimidating (not to mention, refinancing) its way into cities around the world, Arcade City is taking a far more organic and crowd focused approach to building its network. Think Craigslist meets Uber meets Tinder meets…. the local arcade downtown! It’s fun, it’s completely up to you and it’s driven by the people for the people. I’m super excited to bring you this episode. Christopher argues clearly and effectively as to why Arcade City really does have a chance, and the right, to play with the big boys in the p2p ridesharing market. So get ready for this incredible episode with Christopher David. In this episode you’ll discover: 0:50 – What Arcade City offers that isn’t already available in the current Uber/Lyft marketplace 4:10 – How Arcade City will be able to stop driver pay cuts and other corporate pressure points that Uber face 7:30 – Why Arcade City is allowed to operate in certain cities where Uber cannot 12:47 – How Arcade City is made legal where Uber and Lyft are not 16: 40 – How the book SwarmWise influenced Christopher’s journey towards building Arcade City 18:40 – The things Christopher wished he knew BEFORE he started Arcade City 20:40 – What sparked Christopher’s interest in freedom and liberty 24:11 – Where the biggest and best opportunities for entrepreneurs today exist Key Takeaways “Anywhere that Uber and Lyft pull out of is a huge advantage for us, as we can flow like water around the regulations designed by corporate entities like Uber and Lyft.” “The goal is for us to get ourselves out of the way and to just provide a set of tools, a set of expectations, a shared culture around how people can connect with each other, peer to peer.” “Our aim is to build an ecosystem where users build their own entities to do just about anything, Arcade City just provides a gamified experience for the users, we are NOT the entity therefore we do not get caught up in the corporate BS that Uber and Lyft face”. “Arcade city is trying to be THE network for decentralized service providers”
33 minutes | Aug 31, 2016
The future of prediction markets with Gnosis CEO, Martin Köppelmann
Today I got an incredible chance to pick the brain of a Martin Köppelmann, the CEO and co-founder of Gnosis. For those of you who haven’t heard, Gnosis is a new piece of software that enables you to make predictions on all kinds of events from around the world. Everyone can vote by buying and selling shares of different outcomes thus creating a platform for crowd-sourced information. With Gnosis, you can literally predict the future based on crowd sourced information. This is all made possible because of the incredible architecture designed by Martin and his team, who have leveraged the decentralized Ethereum network using Smart Contracts. Potential applications are limitless, ranging from insurance and governance solutions to sports betting and financial instruments. This means that any kind of organization, be it companies, corporations, or even an entire country will have the ability to test a theory or evaluate a policy by harnessing the power of the crowd. Data may then be intelligently organized and displayed within the Gnosis application and critical decisions can be made. And best of all, you can even profit based on your very own predictions! After successfully founding the Bitcoin prediction market Fairlay, Martin has been on a mission make his mark in the prediction market universe. This is one man who has played the game long enough to understand the intricacies of the industry. It is now, with the culmination of Ethereum’s advanced blockchain technology and the company’s complete decentralization, that Marin is finally able to bring this beautiful piece of software to the world. So strap yourself in and get ready for this jam packed episode with Martin Köppelmann, CEO and co-founder of Gnosis. In this episode you’ll discover: 0:30 – The benefits of building a decentralized prediction application on the blockchain 4:40 – The difference between Gnosis and Augur as well as the fundamental processes behind prediction markets 8:30 – What makes Gnosis superior to other betting market applications 12:45 – Martins insider predictions on the top placed trading markets 14: 30 – Everything you need to know about Gnosis tokens and the upcoming crowd sale 17:40 – The incredibly unique company structure that places the future of Gnosis in the hands of its users 22:01 – Martins thoughts and opinions on the move away from Ethereum Classic 24:54 – Why society would be better off with a Universal Basic Income for everyone. 31:40 – The latest news on the Gnosis release date! Key Takeaways “We envision a future in which markets are used to aggregate knowledge and optimize processes throughout information economies.” “Decentralized Autonomous Organizations allow us to experiment with an aspect of our social interactions that is so far arguably falling behind our rapid advancements in information and social technology.” “While Augur uses many oracles to determine the outcome of an event, Gnosis uses a mechanism whereby only one or a few oracles provide the outcome, a feature they say will lead to faster validation.” “Gnosis enables anyone to forecast the outcome of any decidable event.”
21 minutes | Aug 25, 2016
Jeremy Kauffman, CEO and co-founder of LBRY plans to take on iTunes
In today’s episode I spoke with Jeremy Kauffman, the co founder and CEO of LBRY, a completely decentralized platform for sharing content online. LBRY fuses the best of both Bitcoin and BitTorrent by offering a catalog of content that can be searched using blockchain technology. But the best part about LBRY is that artists and publishers can get paid for sharing their content without any third party corporations taking a cut. Inspired by user-centric, shared economy companies like AirBnB and Uber, LBRY aims to increase the efficiency of under-utilized digital resources by providing a market incentive to maintain and host an abundant selection of content. The rarer a piece of content, the higher the price tag for that piece of content may be, according to how bidders and publishers choose to value it. Jeremy is a super smart man and has founded numerous tech startups. With degrees in Computer Science and Physics, he is certainly no stranger to new technologies, innovation and experimentation! He has a great vision and an excellent team of engineers working around the clock to bring this platform to life. There is no doubt in my mind that we are sure to see some incredible changes in the digital world with LBRY. So without further ado, let’s dive into this episode and learn how LBRY plans to change the game into today’s digital age! In this episode you’ll discover: 0:40 – How LBRY works, it’s connection with blockchain technology and what sets it apart from networks like BitTorrent. 1:44 – LBRY’s interesting methods on updating and maintaining it’s data. 2:30 – How users get paid for publishing on the LBRY network. 4:31 – How Jeremy built LBRY’s subscriber list to over 100,000 people since launching in 2015. 5:10 – A deeper look into how LBRY manages copyright laws and sensitive or uncensored digital content. 8:45 – What makes Jeremy tick and how his background and beliefs influence LBRY. 10:25 – What led Jeremy to build LBRY: a look at his past career and history. 13: 42 – The strategies Jeremy uses to promote LBRY and get 100,000+ sign ups. 15: 30 – Whether there are any concerns about lawsuits from big corporations. 18: 04 – When the public can expect LBRY to be ready. 19: 50 – LBRY’s long term vision. Key Takeaways “LBRY is the first digital marketplace to be controlled by the market’s participants rather than a corporation. It is the most open, fair, and efficient marketplace for digital goods ever created, with an incentive design encouraging it to become the most complete.” “LBRY creates an association between a unique name and a piece of digital content, such as a movie, book, or game. This is similar to the domain name system that you are most likely using to access this very post.” Short-sighted middlemen add additional cost and hassle to the user experience in the name of customer lock-in and boosting profits. That’s why we are building a content marketplace that no one company controls.
19 minutes | Jul 4, 2016
Bitcoin oracle and multi-millionaire, Roger Ver shares his excitement for all things bitcoin.
Predicting future trends in the market is an extremely fickle game fraught with uncertainty and uneasiness, especially in today’s infinitely expanding digital economy. But every now and then the industry tends to come across a real black sheep who is incredibly smart and talented beyond imagination. They are the ones who have radical visions about the future, and they are the ones who no one tends to listen to… Meet Roger Ver, a man who is now a multi-millionaire investor and who, back in 2011, saw the future like no one else did. It was in August 2011 when the price of Bitcoin was only $10 a piece that Roger began to believe in it’s true potential. With a strong desire to prove his point Roger placed a $10,000 wager and a strong prediction that one day Bitcoin would be worth over $1000! Approximately two years later, on November 27, 2013, he was right. Today Roger has an estimated net worth of over USD 52 million and is also known as ‘Bitcoin Jesus’ for his point of view and works for Bitcoins. He has invested in startups like Blockchain.info, The Bitcoin Foundation, Ripple, BitPay, ShapeShift, Purse.io and is incredibly passionate about harnessing it’s potential to change the world. This is a great episode, full of interesting advice, super cool tech tips and some serious knowledge bombs! So without further ado, let’s jump right in! In this episode you’ll discover: 1:20 – Roger’s journey into the world of Bitcoin and how he realized it’s potential to change the world forever. 5:47 – Roger introduces Purse.io, an online Amazon store using Bitcoin providing massive discounts. 6:28 – The biggest roadblocks Purse.io had to overcome to become successful. 7:31 – Introducing Bitcoin Hivemind, a p2p Oracle allowing users to accurately predict and analyse various bitcoin market situations. 9:09 – Roger’s thoughts on how Bitcoin’s systems need to scale in order to capture a larger audience and become accessible all around the world. 11:40 – Incredible market advice and predictions from the guy who literally called Bitcoin’s $1000 price back in 2011 when it was $10 a piece. 13:50 – Find out some of the most promising ways bitcoin can be used to keep data safe in the future. 16: 14 – Some funny insights into how Roger manages his time each day. 16: 42 – The Path to Freedom Where Roger sees the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs today in the bitcoin industry. The single most important characteristic of success. The legacy question: Roger’s ultimate set of instructions for succeeding in life and in business. Key Takeaways “As long as bitcoin is allowed to scale to let more people to use it in a way in which it feels safer, easier, faster and cheaper than traditional payment systems then the price of bitcoin is going to continue to grow.” “Technology always takes longer than we expect in the short run but always happens much faster than we expect in the long run.” “Traditional banks are going to be a thing of the past.” Important notes from this episode: Find out everything you need to know about Bitcoin. Roger’s latest article on FEE.org. Save 15% off Amazon with Bitoin at Purse.io Check out Bitcoin Hivemind: a p2p Oracle which absorbs accurate data so that Bitcoin-users can speculate in Prediction Markets.
27 minutes | Jun 16, 2016
Never pay online transaction fees ever again with Brian Hoffman from OpenBazaar.
We’re all so used to paying out the “middleman” when it comes to doing business. Whether it be transaction fees from banks, currency conversion rates for international transfers, markup costs from retailers or sale fee’s through third party vendors like Amazon or eBay – there’s always some sort of hidden expense to pay. It’s unfair and downright annoying. But what if I were to tell you that now there exists a service that allows you to trade freely, all around the world, without any transaction fees whatsoever! In this episode I spoke with Brian Hoffman, the founder of OpenBazaar, a platform which provides new way to buy and sell almost anything online over a completely decentralized peer to peer (p2p) network. With the simple click of a button you can have the program installed and ready to go in minutes. Once connected, you are free to trade with other users in real time, all across the world. It’s not every day you meet someone who has plans to radically change how the world does business. However, after speaking with Brian I truly believe we are now at the forefront of a limitless, globalized marketplace where consumers have the upper hand and are no longer left in the dark. When I first heard about OpenBazaar, I must admit, I did have some mixed opinions. After all, it is a p2p network, which means almost infinite possibility when trading online. History has shown us with networks like Napster, KazaA and even The Silk Road, that there is an incredibly fine line between right and wrong and once unleashed to the general public things can get messy extremely fast. Governments can be swift when enforcing the law against such networks and their controllers so it was interesting to dive in deeper with Brian and discuss these sorts of issues. I really think you will love this episode. We are on the verge of so many great innovations and there has never been a more exciting time to witness such incredible leaps forward in technology. With the continued use and proven reliability of Bitcoin projects like OpenBazaar are truly powerful and infinitely scalable. This project is open source, which means the code is publicly available for people to review or audit, as well as contribute code to make it better. Open Bazaar can be scaled without any limitation and it’s because of the incredible community of talented developers around the world that this project has even been made possible. So without further ado, let’s dive in to this week’s episode with Brian Hoffman. In this episode you’ll discover: 1:15 – Why Brian decided to start Open Bazaar & what makes it a better option than eBay or Amazon. 3:22 – A simple step by step walk-through for buying something as a new user. 6:52 – The biggest challenges Brian overcame to launch OpenBazaar and the things he learned. 10:55 – Brian’s thoughts on The Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht and any precautions he has about developing an open and decentralized marketplace. 12:45 – Other types of cryptocurrency that may be introduced in OpenBazaar. 13:59 – Brians market opinion of Bitcoin. 15:20 – Marketplace statistics on OpenBazaar. 16: 44 – Recommendations for the types of stores that would do well on OpenBazaar. 17: 53 – Brian’s advice and personal accounts on how to go about pitching and getting VC funding. 19: 49 – Brian’s thoughts and precautions on why crowdfunding can be risky. 23: 45 – The Path to Freedom round: Where Brian sees the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs today. The single most important characteristic of success. The legacy question: Brian’s ultimate set of instructions for succeeding in life and in business. Key Takeaways “Our mission is to shift global trade onto a decentralized platform, OpenBazaar”. “Bitcoin and OpenBazaar together make online commerce cheaper and more free than ever before.” “Users should have freedom to reveal as much personal identifiable information as they want, when they want”. “OpenBazaar is not a company; it’s not a business. We don’t have servers in some data center collecting all this data and controlling our users. It’s just a protocol. It’s just a bunch of computers talking to each other, so what happens on that network is up to the whim of the users.” “If you can create something that solves something for someone else you’re almost always going to instantly have a business”.
23 minutes | Jun 6, 2016
Sasha Ivanov shares how he successfully raised over $16 million with WAVES
If you’ve been following the latest headlines in the cryptocurrency world this week then you most certainly would have read about the recent crowdfunding campaign for WAVES platform. After successfully raising over $16 million, WAVES is now ranked as the sixth highest funded crowdfunding campaign of all time, followed closely behind Etherium. CEO and WAVES founder Sasha Ivanov is currently at the forefront of a complete market and financial industry disruption. He plans to release WAVES as a full-scale platform for decentralized crowdfunding, community management and encrypted messaging all packaged neatly into a lightweight Google Chrome plugin, and available at the click of a button. With this new platform being completely coded from scratch, Ivanov has a huge task ahead, however with his in depth understanding of the industry combined with his close connections to the cryptocurrency community, it seems as though this project will surely come together in the not too distant future. Luckily for me, I was able to have Sasha on the show and ask him a ton of in depth and personal questions about how he plans to manage this incredible $16 million project. This is a must listen episode and an extremely rare opportunity to gain a valuable insight into into the mind of a multi-million dollar entrepreneur who is literally going to change the way the world does business! In this episode you’ll discover: 0:52 – Sasha’s journey into the world of cryptocurrency and the steps he took to get where he is today. 3:40 – How Sasha managed to raise 16 million dollars in the WAVES platform ICO. 4:50 – The reason why Sasha was so successful and what separated him from the hundreds of other cryptocurrencies out there today. 8:04 – What to expect from WAVES and how the $16 million in funding will be spent. 9:53 – The type of crowdfunding would work well with the wave platform – the process of setting a crowdfunding campaign 13:50 – The lessons learned from working in NXT and how he applied them to building Waves 16:37 – How Sasha plans to integrate WAVES with other cryptocurrencies in the future. 18:57 – The successful habits and daily routine of a $16 million project manager. 19:33 – The Path to Freedom Where Sasha sees the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs today. The single most important characteristic of success. The legacy question: Sasha’s ultimate set of instructions for succeeding in life and in business. Key Takeaways “Waves may enable any traditional finance organization to act as a gateway by issuing its own token to represent a national currency”. “We’re providing a kind of alternative to Kickstarter where people from all over the world can raise money for their projects and where investors can exit their investments – because you can’t do that at Kickstarter“. Important notes from this episode: Coinomat – Coinomat allows you to convert between various cryptocurrencies and national currencies without the hassle of opening an account at an cryptocurrency exchange. NXT – an advanced blockchain platform which builds on and improves the basic functionality of pioneering cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. DAO – is a cryptographic technology that relies on multiparty secure computation – the same technology used by Bitcoin – to ensure no attacker can subvert it. Forbes article: How DAO raised over $133 million.
42 minutes | May 31, 2016
How to trade cryptocurrencies and gain 1000% with Rocky Darius
How to trade cryptocurrencies and gain 1000% with Rocky Darius MAY 31, 2016 By ALEX FORTIN 1 COMMENT (EDIT) Alex Fortin How to trade cryptocurrencies and gain 1000% with Rocky Darius How to trade cryptocurrencies and gain 1000% with Rocky Darius I’m super pumped about this episode today! Be sure to have your notebooks ready because there will be plenty of action and tons of great advice on how you can get yourself started in the world of cryptocurrency trading, today! In this episode I interviewed Rocky Darius, a full-time cryptocurrency trader who has risen to stardom in the industry in only three short years. His aggressive, yet passionate approach to learning, understanding and implementing advanced trading strategies has seen him become one of the industries foremost experts. Rocky has recently launched a crypto trading courses with @ChrisDunnTV on his platform Skill incubator. Skill incubator is an online community for people wanting to develop skills that can help them generate income, build a business, and grow their wealth. I’m really excited to share this episode with you all today because Rocky shares some great tips and strategies on how absolutely anyone can get started in cryptocurrency trading without any major risk. The beauty of this form of investing is that there are no giant barriers that will stop you entering the market like in stocks and futures. For as little as five dollars you can get yourself up and running and have some skin the game! But of course, with all investment opportunities it’s important to learn, study, practice and review your strategies – and luckily, in this episode Rocky will show you how to do just that! In this episode you’ll discover: 3:30 – The steps you need to take to start trading crypto currency today. 10:35 – Some simple trading strategies for anyone who is just starting out in crypto trading. 13:09 – Rocky’s professional advice on exit strategies and navigating the cryptocurrency market. 17:17 – The thought process behind investing in Lisk and earning himself a nice 200% profit. 21:47 – Rocky’s crystal ball: some expert predictions for the future. 29:40 – The Path to freedom round. Rocky’s thoughts on: the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs today? the single most important threat to success The legacy question – Rocky’s ultimate set of instructions for succeeding in life. Key Takeaways “Markets can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent”. “You can liken what’s happening to bitcoin and the blockchain movement to that of the dot com bubble in the 90’s”. “It’s very easy to network and approach leaders within the industry, there is a strong startup culture going on”. “Patience and persistent are critical to getting things right”. “Give A LOT of free value before you even think about the money”.
26 minutes | May 28, 2016
How to successfully bootstrap your business with Oli Gardner from Unbounce
Today we have the incredibly talented and super friendly Oli Gardner on the show. Oli is the co-founder of Unbounce, a company that has developed a powerful drag & drop landing page builder which lets you create responsive pages without any help from a technical team. Oli is a perfect example of what it means to reach ultimate “freedom” in life and in business – he’s not afraid to work hard and understands the true importance of building a career and a business with passion and purpose. With nearly two decades in the tech industry, Oli has built his career piece by piece, or as he calls it, mission by mission. He has dedicated his life to learning the tools and the tricks of the trade in marketing, web development, software engineering, writing and speaking to all finally culminate into what he sees as his perfect business. In this episode Oli explains the exact thought process behind how he went from zero to hero with Unbounce. Drawing from a combination of simple techniques to analyze market opportunities as well as examining personal pains in his own career, Oli saw an opportunity and captured it. By moving fast and staying lean, Oli and his co-founders were able to bootstrap the business and build out it’s functionality without major investment. Since launching in 2009, Unbounce has grown rapidly from only six co-founders to over 110 employees in two office locations across Canada. If you are serious about building a business then this episode is a must listen. This is a powerful interview with tons of great snippets of wisdom, so tune in, listen up, and enjoy the show! In this episode you’ll discover: 1 :10 – Oli’s story and exactly how he started Unbounce. 3:55 – How Oli successfully navigated away from large scale investment and kept a lean startup approach. 5:24 – How to handle the changes of rapid growth and managing over 100+ employees. 7:30 – The reason WHY Unbounce was so successful. 10: 40 – Oli’s thought process and subsequent journey behind starting Unbounce. 12:20 – The biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs starting a business today. 15:30 – Oli’s definition of freedom and whether his business actually allows him to have more freedom. 18:08 – The top people, places and resources Oli turns to get information on business and personal development 20:49 – Oli’s time management and productivity tips 22:42 – The Legacy Question: Oli’s instructions on “how to grow a business”. Key Takeaways “Give a Shit about what you do”. “Do ONE thing exceptionally well”. “It’s not work if you LOVE doing it”. “Get excited every time you’re asked to work hard”.
20 minutes | May 16, 2016
Build your dream business with $100 MBA author Omar Zenhom
Are you looking to launch a podcast or run your very own online business? Well, luckily today you have come to just the right place! In this episode of the Business to Freedom Podcast I sat down with author of the $100 MBA and serial business podcaster, Omar Zenhom. As a former university manager for more than 14 years and after launching an extremely successful business podcast host with over 600 episodes under his belt, Omar is on a mission to revolutionize business education forever. In this episode, Omar reveals some really useful strategies that will help you take control of your education, your motivation and your inspiration in order to build the business that you’ve always dreamed of. Be sure to have your notebook ready because this episode is jam packed with a ton of great value! In this episode you’ll discover: 1 :10 – Omar’s secret to successfully airing over 600 podcast episodes. 2 :34 – How to get your podcast out to the world, every single day of the year. 5:22 – The value and importance of giving away products for free. 8:06 – The best way to monetize your passion even if they are not an expert. 10: 20 – Where to find the best opportunities for entrepreneurs today. 11:25 – The single hardest thing to overcome in creating a successful podcast. 12:50 – A sneak peek behind the scenes at the $100 MBA Online. 13:39 – Omar’s time management secrets. 16:09 – Triple your freedom 3 Question round: Omar’s definition of freedom The fastest way to achieve freedom Instructions on how to grow an online business. Key Takeaways “If you want to be consistent, you have to plan for it”. “Teaching is the new marketing”. “The best creativity comes out of constraint”. “Freedom doesn’t mean you don’t work, it means you get to do the things you love to do”. “Find out what success means to you”.
50 minutes | May 11, 2016
Cryptocurrency millionaire Michael Terpin shares his startup secrets.
Today I was lucky enough to speak with Michael Terpin, a serial cryptocurrency entrepreneur and technology startup extraordinaire. With a background in PR and a robust track record as founder of multiple million dollar companies, Michael is no stranger to big business. He has continually redefined himself over the past two decades by strategically placing his businesses and his investments to take advantage of the internet boom and forever evolving tech industry. In this episode Michael reveals some fascinating insights into the future of cryptocurrencies – a multi billion dollar industry which is rapidly expanding across the globe. As co-founder of Bit Angels, a company geared towards bitcoin investors, Michael has quickly risen to prominence within the industry. If you’ve ever wondered about cryptocurrencies and how they apply to the world not only today but well into the future, then this episode is a must listen! In this episode you’ll discover: 7:30: The number ONE mistake that Michael sees most cryptocurrency startups make. 10:40: The different kinds of cryptocurrencies and what’s hot right now. 15:24: Where Michael invests his money 18:45: Michael’s top criteria for investing in cryptocurrencies. 20:50: How to legally pay 0% tax by living in Puerto Rico. 39: 48: The apps and software missing in the cryptocurrency world today. 42: 08: Michael’s definition of freedom
30 minutes | May 2, 2016
Tyler Basu shares how he built the No. 1 Bestseller Lifestyle Business Blueprint.
Tyler Basu shares how he built the No. 1 Bestseller Lifestyle Business Blueprint. MAY 2, 2016 By ALEX FORTIN LEAVE A COMMENT (EDIT) Alex Fortin BTF 009: Tyler Basu shares how he built the No. 1 Lifestyle Business Blueprint. BTF 009: Tyler Basu shares how he built the No. 1 Lifestyle Business Blueprint. In today’s episode I speak with Tyler Basu, author of the No.1 Bestselling book “The Lifestyle Business Blueprint”. As a young teen growing up in one of the poorest postal codes in all of Canada, Tyler reveals exactly how he managed to turn his life around and set his course toward financial freedom. Funnily enough, Tyler didn’t start out so successful right away. After high school he enrolled in a degree in Business Management but after only two semesters, he dropped out. Tyler was driven and knew that if he wanted to succeed in business then he would have to actually go and get his hands dirty. Since that day forward Tyler has dedicated his life toward mastering the art of lifestyle entrepreneurship. He spent the next few years building relationships, learning sales in real estate and accumulating the skills that he believed would enable him to become a successful entrepreneur. In 2011, after starting his own blog and podcast, Chatting with Champions, Tyler has catapulted his brand and business into a full-time living, giving him the freedom to live his lifestyle goals. Tyler now publishes his very own digital magazine and podcast, Lifestyle Business Magazine which you can learn more about in the podcast. In this episode you’ll discover: (2: 23) The 4 books that transformed Tyler’s life Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 7 Habits of Highly Effective People How to Win Friends and Influence People (5: 20) Tyler’s progression from university dropout to publisher of Lifestyle Business Magazine Lifestyle Business Magazine and Podcast Began with his first podcast 2013 – 2015 called Chatting with Champions while he was working real estate, speaking to anyone who was doing well in business. (10: 03) The biggest obstacle Tyler had to overcome to get his latest project Lifestyle Business Magazine up and running. Working with and finding the right designer. A few months of work just getting the design right for the first issue. One important skill to learn is how to communicate your needs with others. (12: 52) One of the best methods for gaining exposure, boosting traffic and making sales Launched the podcast, at the start and end of every episode he got a professional Call to Action message recorded. He has a few thousand downloads every month which means he gets new clicks and exposure since that. CTA conversion plugin – pretty link – In the iTunes podcast description he puts links to his website and social media. (17: 10) Tyler’s favourite health hacks to keep his energy levels up. Standing up at his desk and changing posture Drink a lot of water, especially in the morning and evening. Morning routine – journal, reading, gym, podcast. (19: 46) Tyler’s morning routine. What he is grateful for, goals, reading, podcast, drinking water, gym twice a week. (21: 04) Rapid Fire Questions Set’s goals regularly How he keeps a good work life balance (22: 44) How he invests his money His digital magazine and podcast. Real Estate. Long term life Insurance and retirement portfolio. (24: 15) Tyler’s five year goal Built one of the most recognisable online business and lifestyle entrepreneurship resources. (26: 13) The Legacy Question! Before starting a business, go and work for somebody else first. Work in the industry and learn how the company works. Be part of a company and learn sales. Don’t box yourself into one area of expertise. Network as much as possible. Don’t worry too much about how much you’re earning, take a job for the skills and experience. Important notes from this episode: Tyler’s Chatting with Champions Podcast Download the Lifestyle Business Magazine App from iTunes and get a free One month trial. Pretty Link Conversion Rate Plugin for WordPress.
40 minutes | Apr 24, 2016
Jeremy Schoemaker built a 30 000/day visitors blog.
With 30 000 visitors per day to his blog shoemoney.com, Jeremy Schoemaker is someone you need to keep an eye on in the online world. He is an expert in SEM, PPC and he is the founder of multiple very successful businesses like the shoemoney network.
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