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Nepal

This post was submitted by Elizabeth Ploshay, Connie Gallippi, Victoria van Eyk, and Sarah Martin

 

Last week, Nepal was hit with a magnitude 7.8 earthquake – the worst in 80 years. More than 4,000 people died in the wreckage and hundreds more are without food, water, or shelter.

Natural disasters shake not just the core of our communities, but also the core of our humanity. Many of us feel a deep seated need to reach out and help during major catastrophes. But it can sometimes seem overwhelming when the scale is so large, and hard to know how to make a real difference.

Three leaders in the Bitcoin ecosystem – the BitGive Foundation, ChangeTip, and BitPay – have solutions to help:

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Yoshi

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum, Dan McArdle, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Yoshi Goto of Bitmain Tech.

Dan: Can you tell us a little about why you got involved with Bitcoin?

Yoshi: Bitcoin Mining is an interesting technology and so much future, at the same time, 2013 was a tough year for the miners with many failed pre-orders. In 2013, as part of Bitmain, we brought first ever in-stock Bitcoin Miner into the market.

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EddyTravia

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Vice President Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Eddy Travia, Co-Founder and Chief Start Up Officer at Seedcoin.

Sarah: Tell us about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Eddy: I got involved in Bitcoin when a French entrepreneur at the time based in China told me about it. That was in 2012 but I really got interested in May 2013 following the Cyprus bail-in when a portion of bank account holders’ funds was confiscated. That really triggered my interest. As I had been working in China for the last 9 years in private equity investments I anticipated a promising future for investments in Bitcoin startups.

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justin newton

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum Dan McArdle, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Justin Newton, CEO and CTO of Netki.

Dan: Can you tell us a little about how and why you became involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies?

Justin: I had a mentor in the early 90’s who showed me the transformational potential of the Internet, in terms of democratizing information and using the power of open communications to combat tyranny. I realized this was a technology that would literally change the world for the better, so I left Northwestern, where I had been studying physics, and began working full-time on the Internet. After twenty years in that space, I found that much of “changing the world” had been accomplished, and focus had shifted to building big companies, and I felt I needed a change of scenery. I began to explore different ways that I could help solve pressing global issues with technology, so when another entrepreneur took me to my first bitcoin conference, it felt like I had found my first love again. Many people talk about how bitcoin resembles the early Internet: I can tell you from first-hand experience, the resemblance is huge, both viscerally and practically. For me, bitcoin, like the Internet, is a transformational technology that is fundamentally empowering of individuals over institutions, and ultimately provides the most value to those who have the least. Additionally, it has the power to transform aging business models and create entirely new ones.

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Gallancy

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum Dan McArdle, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Daniel Gallancy, CEO of SolidX Partners.

Dan: Can you tell us a little about why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies?

Daniel: At heart, I have always been a tech aficionado. Career-wise, I spent a long time as an investment analyst. So when I first heard about bitcoin in 2011 I was immediately enamored: it’s a fascinating marriage of tech and finance. I read Satoshi’s whitepaper and began to research bitcoin and the blockchain in depth. I felt like I was entering a new corner of the world that I never would have imagined before. But, of course, when I spoke to friends and colleagues about these topics a few years back, everybody was dismissive: “Hey Daniel, can you stop yapping about that nerd monopoly money and get back to talking about stocks?” Now that people are learning more, they are beginning to understand that we have been handed a once-in-a-generation technology, and the opportunities are tremendous.

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Bojan

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum Dan McArdle, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Bojan Simic, CTO of HyprKey.

Dan: Can you tell us a little about why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies?

Bojan: I am an information security professional with a deep interest in cryptography so the development of Bitcoin was inherently very interesting to me. My interest is primarily in the technology and how it can be used across many applications as well as the security challenge that Bitcoin introduces.

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JayBerg

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum Dan McArdle, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Jay Berg of Satoshi Fantasy.

Dan: Tell me about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Jay: I first came across bitcoin in May 2011, on overclock.net. As soon as I realized it wasn’t a scam, I was all in.  It was such a revelation, and a relief. At first, I was just about trading BTC on mtgox. I recently got more involved in actually coding and designing alt-coins. Now, I’m coding my FantasyBit coin as well as the Satoshi Fantasy Proof-of-Skill protocol.

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JBRadleyHall

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Vice President, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with J. Bradley Hall of Icon Capital.

Sarah: Tell us about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Brad: Hi Sarah it is a pleasure to be chatting with you. We at ICON may be sort of late bloomers, as our interest in Bitcoin and digital currencies started to manifest in 2013 when one of my colleagues, John Gainor attended an event in San Jose and persuaded me to have a closer look at the opportunity, which I did at an event in Buenos Aries in late 2013. We were attracted in part by the energy and enthusiasm in the space and the decentralized architecture, which seemed to be particularly well suited to some creative things we were doing to remove friction in physical gold trading.

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marchochstein

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Vice President, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Marc Hochstein of American Banker.

Sarah: Tell us about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Marc: I first learned about Bitcoin in late 2011, from reading an article in The New Yorker. It was fortuitous timing because around the same time I was editing American Banker‘s 175th anniversary issue and immersing myself in the early history of banking in this country. American Banker was founded during the first half of the nineteenth century, a time when there was no national currency and each bank issued its own currency. The original mission of our publication was to inform investors which currency-issuing banks were solid and which ones were duds. (The original name was Thompson’s Bank Note Reporter.) So my mind was already opened to different possibilities outside the system I’d always known when I found out about Bitcoin, and my curiosity was piqued.

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PaulV

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum Dan McArdle, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Paul Veradittakit of Pantera Capital.

Dan: How did you first discover Bitcoin and what was your initial reaction to it?

Paul: My friend bought a Bitcoin and told me a little bit about it, so I became intrigued. I read Marc Andreesen’s article “Why Bitcoin Matters” and knew I had to read more. I eventually read the white paper and decided that this is a space I could have a career in for the near future.

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