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.
Dan: Inside Bitcoins has brought together many of the best minds in the industry. What do you hope to hear from others at the conference?
Jay: I’m not really sure. Its best to keep an open mind at these events. I just hope we have some speaker to counter all the bitlicense non-sense.
Dan: As digital currency technology evolves, what are you looking forward to seeing develop this year, or in the next 5-10 years?
Jay: Hardware wallet done right. 5-10 years, who knows, its really a whole new world.
Dan: What do you see as the greatest immediate challenge facing the industry?
Jay: The mindset that blockchain is just a database and there really are no real applications that need the blockchain. Satoshi Nakamoto brought us distributed consensus. He should get the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dan: What’s your best advice for growing the ecosystem? How do we engage more people in digital currencies?
Jay: Need to somehow explain cryptography. It’s a tough nut to crack.
Dan: Thanks very much for your thoughts, Jay. Looking forward to a great conference.
Jay: Cant wait!