Anonymity Vouchers

Anonymity Vouchers: An Improvement for Private Transactions

– December 26, 2019

Financial anonymity is a controversial topic. It’s no wonder that central bankers, a conservative lot, tend to shy away from it. A recent paper from the European Central Bank (ECB) outlining a proof of concept for anonymous digital currency payments is …

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A Cautious Retrospective on Bitcoin

– December 4, 2019

Bitcoin could still go to the moon. But there are plenty of reasons to believe the opposite too. The most likely immediate future is that Bitcoin will continue brilliantly to service a special type of need.

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What If You Tell the Bartender About Crypto and He Doesn’t Say a Word Back to You?

– November 25, 2019

At the BrainBar festival in Budapest, Hungary, this year, it was my pleasure to stay around an extra day for the filming of a video series on crypto. Basically, they just let me talk and talk to this bartender who never said a word back to me! As a res …

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PayPal, Pornhub, and Financial Inclusion

– November 21, 2019

While PayPal’s de-risking of PornHub is unfortunate, there are many alternative payment options available to PornHub’s content providers. Competition saves the day. For now, at least.

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The Great Lesson of Vision Fund

– November 15, 2019

A central plan is not a business plan. Even a private sector central plan is doomed to fail.

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The Gamification of Bitcoin

– November 7, 2019

It’s possible that bitcoin-as-game will stay popular for a very long time. And if it does, that could be a good thing.

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Blockchain Adoption: Lessons From Innovations Past

– November 5, 2019

The continued blockchain scrutiny and backlash highlights the need for a new approach.

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The Early Years of the Crypto Revolution (Podcast with Jeffrey Tucker and Charlie Shrem)

– November 5, 2019

Charlie Shrem was the inadvertent genius you hope to meet in the early years of a technological revolution. We became fast friends, based on this odd combination of naivete and curiosity. We shared everything we knew, and it was beautiful. The hard tim …

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Banking Unbanked Bitcoiners

– October 31, 2019

For now, volatility and lack of user-friendliness have limited the ability of cryptocurrencies to reach the populations of unbanked and debanked.

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For Practical Reasons, Blockchain Must Be Privately Innovated (Video)

– October 31, 2019

Governments are the world, at least those that are not trying to suppress the latest and greatest innovations, are making the error of subsidizing blockchain projects, under the mistaken impression that this causes them to be wonderful.

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Why the Moral Panic Over the Libra? (Video)

– October 24, 2019

When Facebook proposed the Libra, however, moral panic swept Washington.

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Why Your Crypto Forecast of Demise or Supremacy Will Be Wrong

– October 23, 2019

Innovation does not, despite appearances, conform to narratives — fortunately for all of us.

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