Top Highlights of Stephan Livera Podcast Episode 111 with Michael Goldstein

GiveBitcoin is happy to sponsor the written transcript of the Stephan Livera Podcast. Stephan hosts world-class interviews with the top individuals pushing Bitcoin forward while keeping Austrian Economics front and center.

Episode 111 features Michael Goldstein aka Bitstein. Michael is the co-founder of the Nakamoto Institute and co-host of the Noded Podcast. Stephan has a great point that new Bitcoiners may have missed some great early articles so in this episode, Stephan and Michael review the most influential articles from the Nakamoto Institute crash course.

End the Fed: Hoard Bitcoins by Pierre Rochard "This came out on February 19th, 2013. I think it was very clear from a number of different angles, why traditional approaches to defeating the dollar hegemony was a fool’s errand. It goes from Ron Paul chanting, “End the Fed!” to Ron Paul wanting to maybe audit the fed and nothing ever happens. It doesn’t matter how much political lobbying you do, they have every reason not to share that information with you, let alone just shut the thing down."

Top Highlights of Stephan Livera Podcast Episode 109 with Preston Pysh

GiveBitcoin is happy to sponsor the written transcript of the Stephan Livera Podcast. Stephan hosts world-class interviews with the top individuals pushing Bitcoin forward.

Episode 109 features Preston Pysh. Preston is co-host of The Investor's Podcast. Preston is a graduate of West Point and Johns Hopkins University. He’s the founder of, and the Pylon Holding Company.

"Back in 2015 I was seeing what was happening from a central banking standpoint. I was really looking at quantitative easing and saying this just does not add up. There’s no way this ends well." - Preston Pysh

How to Kill Bitcoin by Saifedean Ammous at Baltic Honeybadger 2019

How to kill Bitcoin may seem like a strange subject to cover on the GiveBitcoin blog, but as Dr. Saifedean Ammous highlights in his presentation, sometimes a helpful way to learn about a topic is to think adversarially.

For those of you who are new Bitcoiners, Saifedean is the author of "The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking" which is available in our merch store and we highly recommend reading it.

In this presentation from the Baltic Honeybadger 2019 conference, Saifedean goes over the biggest threats to Bitcoin and how they may or may not succeed.

Saifedean Ammous and Stephen Cole Highlight the GiveBitcoin Mission at Baltic Honeybadger 2019

GiveBitcoin was born out of tons of conversations with Bitcoiners asking them about the hurdles and speed bumps they faced when trying to give Bitcoin to a friend or family member for the first time.

Stephen and Saifedean talk about how GiveBitcoin can make you more "scalable" as you're spreading the word about Bitcoin to others because GiveBitcoin will handle the education for your new giftee.

Top Highlights of Stephan Livera Podcast Episode 2 with Vijay Boyapati

GiveBitcoin is happy to sponsor the written transcript of the Stephan Livera Podcast. Stephan hosts world-class interviews with the top individuals pushing Bitcoin forward.

Episode 2 features Vijay Boyapati, Vijay is a former Google engineer and avid student of Austrian economics. His article The Bullish Case for Bitcoin is a must-read in the Bitcoin community.

"My view is that in each hype cycle, there’s a pool of people who are reachable in the sense that they’re able to understand it, they’ve heard enough about it, they’re ready to even consider putting some money in, and it’s a finite number and each hype cycle, that number grows." - Vijay Boyapati

Yan Pritzker explains his journey from the Soviet Union to Bitcoin evangelist

Yan Pritzker has been a developer and startup entrepreneur for the last 20 years and most recently was the co-founding CTO at where he ran technology and infrastructure from 2012 to 2018. Today, he’s focused on Bitcoin education and consulting for early stage startups. He writes about Bitcoin at and he’s the author of Inventing Bitcoin. We recently chatted with him about his views on Bitcoin and the best ways to onboard folks who are new to Bitcoin.

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First off, congrats! You’re now part of an exciting revolution in the world of finance and technology. We know Bitcoin can be intimidating to newbies so we’re here to guide you through the process.

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Bitcoin Bag Man Meets Bitcoin Sign Guy

Some background: Bitcoin Sign Guy (who prefers to remain anonymous) became one of the crypto world’s most famous memeswhen, in July of 2017, he photobombed US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen by holding up a legal pad that read “Buy Bitcoin” from his seat behind her as she testified to Congress. CoinDesk anointed him “Most Influential in Blockchain 2017”and a hero for bitcoiners: “He hijacked the spotlight from the world’s most powerful central banker to promote a stateless cryptocurrency.”

Two years later, Bitcoin Bag Man experienced a similar fate. His name is Alex Riley and he works for Fielding & Nicholson, a London-based suit shop. The photo of him that became iconic showed him walking next to a Deutsche Bank sign while carrying a tote bag that said “Bitcoins.” Many believed Riley was one of the thousands laid off in the bank’s recent staff cuts. The story was more complicated than that (Riley was there to take measurements of employees at the bank but is a Bitcoin advocate). Nonetheless, the picture went viral(it was seen in Financial TimesDaily MailFortune, etc.), with many viewing it as a telling symbol of the clash between traditional and modern finance.