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Oscar

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum, Dan McArdle, has had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at Inside Bitcoins Singapore on January 29-30. Today, we share insights from Oscar Darmawan, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitcoin.co.id in Indonesia.

Dan: Tell us a little about your background in Bitcoin and Digital Currencies, and how and why you got involved?

Oscar: Like anybody else, I read about Bitcoin in online community three years ago and I was fascinated by the concept, especially the Blockchain behind it run by decentralized architecture. At the time, I tried to buy Bitcoin but I learned that there was no bitcoin exchanger in Indonesia. So I always had to buy from the US or Europe market to get some Bitcoin. It was not convenient.

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Ric Shreves

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum, Dan McArdle, has had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at Inside Bitcoins Singapore on January 29-30. Today, we share insights from Ric Shreves, Co-Founder of CoinAcademy.

Dan: Tell us a little about your background in Bitcoin and Digital Currencies, and how and why you got involved?

Ric: My involvement stems from personal interest in the technologies and underlying concepts. I did not get seriously involved in the movement until we hatched the idea of Coin Academy in the summer of 2014. Since then, digital currencies in general, and Coin Academy in particular, have occupied more and more of my time!

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April Rudin

Do you recall the first time you went to an ATM? I do. It just didn’t seem right. I wanted to look someone in the eyes when I handed over a check or had my account debited. That machine was scary. And then ATM machine muggings started being reported on the nightly news. Bad people hung out around ATMs!

Imagine if we tossed all the ATM’s in the proverbial garbage heap? If we did, you’d still be spending your lunch breaks “going to the bank” and the lines would be so long that not even the fresh baked cookies they used to serve in the bank lobby would satisfy you. (Why don’t banks serve fresh baked cookies anymore? That’s a topic for another post!)

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30 most influential bitcoiners

Bitcoin adoption continued to grow in 2014.  Near 1000 new merchants joined the ecosystem each week.  The number of transactions conducted daily reached an all time high.  And venture capital investment reached over $300 million.

Yet the majority of the world is still not familiar with Bitcoin, let alone utilizing and enjoying the benefits of it.  The 30 most influential people in Bitcoin on social media are leading the charge in changing this fact.

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trace mayer

Interview by David Berger, CEO of the Digital Currency Council, with Trace MayerTrace is one of the very earliest adopters of Bitcoin. He is a regular speaker at Bitcoin events, investor in core Bitcoin infrastructure and host of the Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast.

 

David: Trace, you’ve been following Bitcoin for a long time. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, you were one of the very first bloggers to publicly write about Bitcoin. Could you tell us a bit about your background and how you discovered Bitcoin?

Trace: I have always been interested in money and being a digital native I knew the incredible need for a digitally native payment method so when I came across Bitcoin I was very interested. I became one of the first major thought leaders on the topic and began recommending it at around a quarter.

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Andrew_Henson

Interview by David Berger, CEO of the Digital Currency Council, with Andrew Henson – Founder of BitcoinAdvisor.co.uk.  Andrew has deep experience in digital currencies and is particularly enthusiastic about helping individuals and businesses who are new to the Bitcoin economy.

David:  Andrew, Thank you for your time today. Could you share with us your background and how you discovered Bitcoin?

Andrew:  Thank you David,  My background is in software development which I have enjoyed for the past twenty years.  I first became aware of bitcoin around May 2013, I was searching the web for high performance computer hardware when bitcoin miners kept popping up.  After looking into the price and growth of bitcoin I quickly realized the potential and began buying miners off ebay and placed orders with KnCMiner.

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alan-williams

Interview by David Berger, CEO of the Digital Currency Council, with Alan Williams – CEO of BitcoinAdvice.net. Alan’s team at BitcoinAdvice.net includes management consultants with experience in digital currencies, regulation, compliance and technology.

David: Alan, Thank you for your time today. BSA/AML compliance is certainly on a lot of Bitcoin executives’ minds these days. How do you help your clients?  Are you primarily working with clients in Houston, where you’re headquartered, or also across the country and the globe?

Alan: Regulators have made it clear that Bitcoin-related entities must obtain the proper licensure, create a BSA/AML program and carry out certain government reporting responsibilities. We work with our clients to address these requirements by building a strong and sustainable compliance framework that’s both flexible and scalable. Additionally, we will provide technology to automate processes in BSA/AML and specialized strategic marketing systems to facilitate revenue growth of our clients. Just like Bitcoin, our client base knows no boundaries or borders. We work with clients all over the globe!

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Kirk-Phillips

Interview by David Berger, CEO of the Digital Currency Council, with Kirk Phillips, a thought leader on Bitcoin and a CPA that serves clients across the U.S. on business issues related to Bitcoin taxation and accounting.

David: Kirk, you are one of the earliest CPA adopters of Bitcoin and one of the first CPAs to build a practice around it. How did you first learn about Bitcoin?

Kirk: I grabbed a Wall Street Journal before getting on a plane in late October 2013. The Silk Road Bust was a major story in that issue which of course mentioned bitcoins. Shortly thereafter a friend asked if I knew about bitcoins and wanted my opinion about spending $800 on a computer to mine bitcoins. I thought to myself, “this doesn’t pass the smell test,” so I started my journey into learning about bitcoin, I became completely absorbed and I’ve never looked back.

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Jad Mubaslat

Interview by David Berger, CEO of the Digital Currency Council, with Jad Mubaslat – Founder and CEO of BitQuick.co – a marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of bitcoin locally and provides arbitration for each transaction. BitQuick.co has conducted over 6900 transactions since its founding in August 2013

 

David: Jad, you’ve been involved in Bitcoin for a long time. What is your background before Bitcoin? And how did you discover Bitcoin?

Jad: Outside of the Bitcoin world, I’m going to receive my BS in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University in May, I’m the founder and President of the Ohio State Bitcoin Group, the treasurer of the OSU Biomedical Engineering Society, and ran a private internet marketing firm that managed to accrue over $80,000 in revenue during my freshman year in University.

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Chris Werner

Interview by David Berger, CEO of the Digital Currency Council, with Chris Werner of Werner Business Law – a boutique law firm in Chicago that is committed to helping businesses achieve their goals. Chris is also the primary source for “Bitcoin for Small Business: Pros and Cons”.

David: Chris, your practice is uniquely focused on small business clients. Could you tell us a bit about your background and what you do for your clients?

Chris: I began my career at a large national law firm where I was part of the commercial litigation group. I represented Fortune 500 companies in large, complex commercial litigation matters. During the early part of my career, I also began to develop an interest in all kinds of new technology. I realized that most attorneys were intimidated by new technology and therefore avoided it both in terms of advising clients and implementing it for their practices.

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