Blockchain for Beginners

I spent the first part of my presentation doing an [introduction] about Bitcoin. You may have heard this other term “blockchain.” It’s on all the posters: “blockchain” and “cryptocurrency.” What on earth is a blockchain? [How] does it [relate] to Bitcoin? Bitcoin is the foundational technology that started it all. Bitcoin is the parent and…

Money as a System-of-Control

Money as a System-of-Control

The topic of today’s talk is an interesting property of money that I want to explore with you. I am calling this [talk], “Inside Out: [Money as a System of Control].” Who here wants to tell me what the four primary functions of money are? Anybody? [AUDIENCE] Value exchange? [ANDREAS] Medium of exchange, that is…

Ethereum Q&A: ICOs and pyramid schemes

Ethereum Q&A: ICOs and pyramid schemes

[AUDIENCE] My question is, what if the United States and the European Union ban exchanges, like [they did with] gambling sites and the pyramid scams in China? What is the solution to that? Thank you. [ANDREAS] That is a great question. What is the solution to [various] pyramid schemes and Ponzi schemes… that are occurring…

Ethereum Q&A: We are all blockchain weirdos

Ethereum Q&A: We are all blockchain weirdos

[AUDIENCE] Hi Andreas. I will try to not fan-boy out here. [Laughter] Quick question. I’m in the space since 2016. Since the last influx [of new people in] 2017, I feel like there was a movement [of debate]… about Bitcoin versus Ethereum. I personally appreciate their differences. I like them both individually for what they…

Bitcoin: Beyond National Money – Zurich March 2016 – Fintech2016 Conference

Bitcoin: Beyond National Money – Zurich March 2016 – Fintech2016 Conference

The topic of this conference is “fintech” (financial technology), but Bitcoin is not “fintech.” That may surprise many of you. I hope, as you learn more about Bitcoin, you will continue to be surprised. I’ll start [this talk] with what Bitcoin isn’t. Bitcoin isn’t a company. Bitcoin isn’t an application. Bitcoin isn’t “fintech.” Bitcoin isn’t…