Stephan Livera Podcast

Stephan Livera

Join Stephan as he interviews the sharpest economic and technical minds in Bitcoin & Austrian Economics to help you understand how money is changing and evolving. This is one of the leading podcasts in the space, and listening to this show is one of the fastest ways to learn and get up to speed on Bitcoin.

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This is a Tabconf 2021 panel discussion that I moderated with well known Lightning contributors and builders. Some of the topics we got into: Building out infrastructure General thoughts about scaling off chain Lightning dual funded or v2 channels Stress testing the network Lightning routing as professional specialisation Lightning ‘growing up’ and maturing Links: Matt Corallo TheBlueMatt Lisa Neigut (niftynei) Alex Bosworth Graham Krizek Tabconf.com Prior episodes: SLP257 Matt Corallo - Bitcoin Soft Fork Activation, Taproot, And Playing Chicken SLP119 Alex Bosworth - Submarine Swaps, Lightning Loop, Hyperloop SLP168 Lisa Neigut - Lightning Network Channel Accounting And Dual Funded Channels SLP323 Graham Krizek - Running Hosted Bitcoin & Lightning Nodes at Voltage SLP321 On-Chain Scaling With Bitcoin Core Developers Pieter Wuille, Andrew Polestra, Andrew Chow & Murch Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Braiins.com Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Nov 26

1 hr 6 min

Graham Krizek is Founder and CEO of Voltage, a Bitcoin and Lightning node company. If you’re interested in why you would have someone else host your node, check out this episode where we talk: Getting into Lightning Using a cloud node Setting up as a merchant with BTCPay Easy deployment Cost of running Flow and sidecar channels Getting inbound liquidity Links: Site: https://voltage.cloud/ Twitter: @gkrizek Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Braiins.com Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Nov 25

1 hr 3 min

Steve Nelkovski (CEO) and Patrick (Chief Bitcoin Officer) of Perth Heat, join me to talk about being the first sports team to go on a full Bitcoin standard. That includes players, staff, merchandise, tickets, sponsorship, and holding Bitcoin on the balance sheet. We chat: The journey of going on a bitcoin standard Having a Chief Bitcoin Officer Handling payment The benefits of being on a Bitcoin standard How it will change sport Links: Site: perthheat.com.au Twitter: @PerthHeat Twitter: @stevennelkovski Bitcoin Mag Article: Australian Baseball Club First To Operate On A Bitcoin Standard Integrates Lightning - Bitcoin Magazine Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Braiins.com Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Nov 18

58 min 32 sec

This is a Tabconf 2021 panel discussion that I moderated with some of the top research and development minds in Bitcoin today. Pieter Wuille is at Chaincode Labs, Andrew Poelstra is Director of Research at Blockstream, Murch is at Chaincode Labs, and Andrew Chow is working at Blockstream on Bitcoin Core. In this panel we spoke about: Main constraints of on chain scaling Assumevalid and assumeutxo Taproot and MuSig2 Transaction space saving Cross input signatures What it would look like in practice Links: TabConf site: tabconf.com Pieter Wuille: @pwuille Andrew Poelstra: Andrew Poelstra | LinkedIn Murch:@murchandamus Andrew Chow: @achow101 Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Braiins.com Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Nov 15

49 min 38 sec

Nicholas Gregory of CommerceBlock (creator of Mercury Wallet) joins me to talk about statechains and the recent launch of Mercury Wallet. We talk about statechains, what they mean for bitcoin scaling and/or privacy, as well as practical implications of using Mercury Wallet. We chat: Statechains Scaling Privacy implications Tor use Trust implications with statechain operators Mercury Wallet Fees Infrastructure Statechain Torch Links: Site: MercuryWallet.com Linked In: Nicholas Gregory Twitter: @gregory_nico Article: Mercury CoinSwaps Article: New Mercury Milestone Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Braiins.com Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Nov 11

50 min 7 sec

What can be done to improve Lightning network privacy? T-bast (Bastien Teinturier) of ACINQ joins me to talk about this. There are both on chain privacy and off chain privacy implications of Bitcoin and the lightning network and we get into a range of discussion on: On chain privacy Taproot and MuSig2 Off chain privacy Route blinding Payment decorrelation Trampoline routing ACINQ Phoenix Links: Twitter: @realtbast Site: acinq.co Other relevant episodes: SLP142 Pierre-Marie Padiou - Acinq & Phoenix Wallet: Easiest Non-custodial Lightning Wallet Yet? SLP298 Rusty Russell - Lightning Offers / Bolt12: The Next Big Thing In Lightning SLP276 Anthony Ronning - Bitcoin Lightning Privacy: FUD And Facts Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Braiins.com Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Nov 6

1 hr 12 min

Dr Ronald Pol, former lawyer and researcher joins me to talk about how and why AML laws are ineffective and simply cost taxpayers, customers an incredible amount. We chat: The environment of AML laws FATF and how they create these laws Breathtaking costs Effectiveness around 0.1% KYC benefits some criminals Links: EffectiveAML.org Twitter: @ronaldpol LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronpol/ Research paper: Anti-money laundering: The world’s least effective policy experiment Other relevant episodes: SLP165 Rafael Yakobi - Should Coinjoin Users Be Flagged? Is Privacy Illegal? SLP239 Jake Chervinsky - Pushing Back On Fincen Non-Custodial Bitcoin Regulation SLP196 Is Bitcoin Being Captured (Odell, Gladstein, Yakobi) Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Nov 1

1 hr 4 min

Tomer Strolight, author in the Bitcoin space joins me to talk about his writing and why Bitcoin is so different to what you’ve seen before. This episode is specially created for beginners and people trying to learn more about Bitcoin. We chat: How physics protects your Bitcoin Bitcoin is more than just money Why is Bitcoin so complicated? Bitcoin and stopping theft Tomer links: Free Book: Why Bitcoin Twitter: @TomerStrolight Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 30

1 hr 9 min

Long time bitcoiner Vake, and CEO of Students for Liberty Wolf von Laer join me on the show to talk about liberty, and why libertarians should focus on Bitcoin as their top priority: Connections between bitcoin and liberty Why some libertarians haven’t focused on Bitcoin What they could be doing Why libertarians should prioritise the Bitcoin strategy for liberty above others Guest links: Vake: @vakeraj Wolf von Laer: @wolfvonlaer Students For Liberty: Studentsforliberty.org Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 27

1 hr 1 min

Have you been wanting to learn more about networking in how it relates to running your node? k3tan, my long-time friend and co-founder of Ministry of Nodes joins me to discuss: Basic tips on networking and IP Securing your home network with practical tips Using your bitcoin node and wallet Tor and VPN Home box nodes vs VPS What kind of equipment you should use to run your bitcoin node - Raspis vs desktop PC Links: Twitter: @_k3tan Site: ministryofnodes.com.au Guide: Ubuntu Node Box Guide Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 26

57 min 54 sec

Dustin Trammell, information security professional and early Bitcoin user joins me on the show to talk: Being early in Bitcoin and the culture in those days Talking with Satoshi Early stories The hopes for a sound money future Investing in Bitcoin companies Bitcoin’s multiple layers Dustin Links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/druidian/status/1447866520093315072 Blog post: https://blog.dustintrammell.com/i-am-not-satoshi/ Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 23

54 min 35 sec

Gigi, author, developer and speaker in the Bitcoin space joins me to talk about why Bitcoin is Time, and why the USD is going down to 1 sat. We chat: The pieces that had to be pulled together for Bitcoin to work Tokens are timeless, ledgers are not Why USD is going to 1 sat UX and how it will be solved over time Operating in the bitcoin space as a nym Gigi links: Bitcoin is Time: https://dergigi.com/2021/01/14/bitcoin-is-time/ On Bitcoin’s UX: https://www.swanbitcoin.com/on-bitcoins-ux/ Twitter: @dergigi Prior episode: SLP140 Gigi - Bitcoin's Gravity And 21 Lessons Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 18

1 hr 3 min

Mark Moss, entrepreneur, investor, and host of The Mark Moss show on YouTube and iHeartRadio joins me on the show to talk about the recent energy crisis. We talk about what’s causing it, and the cycles impacting our world today. We also talk about dealing with it and responding to it. Mark Moss links: Twitter: @1MarkMoss YouTube: The Mark Moss Show - Youtube Event: Market Disruptors Live Miami Nov 12-14 Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 12

53 min 35 sec

Big Al, pseudonymous co-author of the “Only The Strong Survive” article joins me on the show to talk about various critiques of non-Bitcoin ‘Crypto’ projects. In this explosive discussion, we talk about the key things you need to know on Bitcoin as contrasted with ‘Crypto’ and DeFi. We chat: What truly sets Bitcoin apart DeFi not being decentralised, and not finance Everything fights for liquidity The problem with utility tokens Dishonest TVL metrics and massive leverage in ‘defi’ Links: Twitter: @Big_Al256 Twitter: @allenf32 Paper: Only The Strong Survive Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 8

56 min 56 sec

Charles Guillemet, CTO of Ledger rejoins me on the show to talk about the risks present with Bitcoin software wallets. Don’t miss this episode for security discussion on why you shouldn't be keeping large amounts of bitcoin on software wallets and why hardware is becoming more and more necessary to protect bitcoin from theft. We chat: Exploits using Pegasus Key aspects of Bitcoin security Extracting secrets using malware from desktop wallets and phone wallets Desktops, phones, hardware security What to do instead Links: Article: On the security model of software wallets - Ledger.com Twitter: @P3b7_ Site: Ledger.com Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 6

59 min 45 sec

Craig Raw, founder of Sparrow Wallet rejoins me on the show to talk about the latest: easy coinjoin for the desktop is now here with whirlpool being integrated into Sparrow Wallet. Sparrow Wallet might well make coinjoin much more accessible to users interested in bitcoin privacy. Craig and I chat: Latest updates How Whirlpool in Sparrow works STONEWALL privacy preserving spends in Sparrow Implications of having multiple whirlpool clients Electrum server back ends for Sparrow Wallet business models Links: Twitter: @craigraw Twitter: @SparrowWallet Site: Sparrow Bittcoin Wallet - SparrowWallet.com Article: Mixing with Whirlpool Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 4

54 min 55 sec

Philip Glazman of River, a bitcoin only exchange in the US joins me on the show to talk about the process of using lightning as an exchange. We talk about: Experiences with lightning over the years User profiles and how customers use lightning with River Customer education Swap services Lightning and Liquid comparison Technical overview Links: Twitter: @philipglazman Article: Scaling Lightning Network at River - River.com Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Oct 1

58 min 31 sec

Jestopher and Tony of the Amboss website and project join me on the show to talk about the journey of becoming a lightning routing node operator, tips and resources. We chat: Routing on lightning Selecting channel partners Channel management Tooling available to help routing nodes Calculating fees and rebalancing LN communities growing Links: Jestopher: @Jestopher_BTC Tony: @tonyioi Site: Amboss Space - Lightning Network Explorer Other resources: What Makes a Good Routing Node Four Tips For Running A Profitable Lightning Network Node Lightning Liquidity Management Guide Prior episodes: SLP135 Suheb – Manage Your Lightning Node with RTL SLP119 Alex Bosworth – Submarine Swaps, Lightning Loop, Hyperloop SLP54 Justin Camerana Of Bitrefill - Bitcoin Lightning & Channel Management Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Sep 28

58 min 31 sec

Guy Swann of the Bitcoin Audible podcast joins me for a special show for Bitcoin and Crypto beginners. We talk about why Bitcoin is unique and why you should avoid shitcoin gambling. We discuss: Common questions for people new to ‘crypto’ “Won’t Shitcoins pump harder than Bitcoin?” Comparison of Bitcoin and shitcoins The problem with utility tokens Shitcoins are LARPing decentralisation Shitcoin waterfall “Doesn’t Bitcoin waste energy?” Links: Twitter: @TheGuySwann BitcoinAudible.com “The Yield From Money Held” on Bitcoin Audible Don’t Play Shitcoin Gambling Games (by SL) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

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Sep 24

1 hr 12 min

El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law went live on 7th September, what was it really like? What did the protesters have to say about it? Aaron van Wirdum, Bitcoin Journalist at Bitcoin Magazine joins me to give us an ‘on the ground’ take on things. We chat: Protesters and are they really protesting about Bitcoin or Bukele? Chivo Wallet - teething issues The truth about bitcoin remittances Positives on the experience so far Bitcoin Meetup Bitcoin Core v22 Bitcoin 2022 Links: Twitter: @AaronvanW Aaron’s McDonald’s Bitcoin tweet Bitcoin Core article: Bitcoin Core 22.0 Released: What's New Alex Gladstein’s El Salvador article: The Village And The Strongman: The Unlikely Story Of Bitcoin And El Salvador Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Sep 20

1 hr 12 min

Knut Svanholm, Bitcoin writer joins me on the show to chat about why you are not prepared for hyperbitcoinisation, and various concepts such as adoption, what it might look like, and the infinity meme. Is the infinity meme wrong? I believe it is, but listen in to Knut and I discussing it! Links: Twitter: @knutsvanholm Article: You Are Not Prepared - Citadel 21 Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Sep 14

1 hr 2 min

Alex B joins me on the show to talk about why Ethereum is predictably on a path to centralisation. How does Bitcoin contrast in terms of decentralisation and long term possibilities? We chat: MEV Can MEV be stopped? MEV and staking derivatives interaction Ethereum as the Myspace Ethereum cannot be ultra sound money Problems with utility tokens Alex links: Twitter:  @bergealex4  Twitter Thread: Holy **** is Ethereum broken. Sponsor links: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA)

Aug 31

1 hr 35 min

SeedSigner, pseudonymous creator of the SeedSigner project joins me to talk about his work creating a low cost, accessible, DIY style hardware device that can be part of your multi sig quorum with wallets/coordinators like Specter Desktop, Sparrow Wallet, Blue Wallet. This product was actually inspired by an earlier episode with Michael Flaxman. We chat: Inspiration for the project Low cost Accessibility Technical skill required QR codes Support Being a project vs product Links: github.com/SeedSigner/seedsigner Twitter: @SeedSigner Seedsigner.com Relevant episodes: SLP215 10X Your Bitcoin Security with Multisig SLP231 Specter DIY - Build Your Own Hardware Wallet  Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Aug 23

1 hr 6 min

How should Bitcoin mining be structured? Pavel Moravec of SlushPool (Braiins) and Ryan Ellis of Laurentia Pool join me to chat. We discuss: Why pools exist How to structure mining pools Trade offs around decentralisation of pools Coinbase payouts vs other ways Lightning payouts Scalability for mining pools Stratum v2 Links: Pavel Moravec: @mor_pav Braiins Twitter: @braiins_systems Braiins site: Braiins.com | Bitcoin Mining Company Laurentia Pool Twitter: @laurentiapool Site: LaurentiaPool.org Laurentia pool post: Laurentia Pool: Pooled “Decentralization” Braiins twitter thread on decentralisation: https://twitter.com/braiins_systems/status/1423291322128011264 Sponsors: Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links:  Notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Aug 18

1 hr 24 min

Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream, cryptographer and privacy advocate, inventor of Hashcash and cited in the Bitcoin whitepaper rejoins me on the show. We chat: Regulatory environment for Bitcoin vs building ‘Crypto wars’ in the 90s Proof of Work Bitcoin privacy Confidential Transactions in Liquid and for Bitcoin Trade offs involved Blockstream satellite base station Bitcoin development Previous episode: SLP 42 Adam Back, CEO Of Blockstream - Blockstream Satellite, Tim May, Bitcoin Privacy Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Aug 13

1 hr 12 min

Adam O of Upstream Data joins me to talk about the massive opportunity for energy producers and Bitcoin mining. We chat about: The opportunity for Oil & Gas with Bitcoin Optionality The necessity of fossil fuels ESG Bitcoin Mining Council Bitcoin lobbying Adam links: Twitter: @denverbitcoin Site: Upstream Data Prior/relevant episode: SLP284 Steve Barbour – Bitcoin & Fossil Fuels vs Fiat Maxis Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

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Aug 12

1 hr 19 min

Offers might be the next big idea for Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. Rusty Russell of Blockstream, working on the lightning spec and on c-lightning rejoins me to chat: Current invoices today vs Offers New use cases enabled e.g. static QR donation Refunds Recurring payments ‘Speaking lightning’ Offers vs LN URL What’s next Links: Twitter: @Rusty_twit Site: Bolt12.org Site: Blockstream.com Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Aug 9

1 hr 13 min

Have you wondered about Bitcoin privacy or chain surveillance and how it’s done? Or how to defend against it? This is the episode for you, as Ergo of OXT Research (Part of Samourai Wallet) rejoins me on the show to talk: Background on bitcoin transactions How Bitcoin surveillance works Peel chains and wallet clustering How to counter it in practice Ergo links: Twitter: @ErgoBTC Telegram: @ErgoBTC Guide:  Understanding Bitcoin Privacy with OXT — Part 1/4 Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Aug 5

1 hr 17 min

Saifedean Ammous, author of the Bitcoin Standard and the upcoming book, The Fiat standard rejoins me on the show for an illuminating episode where we explore various ideas: What bitcoin really replaces Thinking about inflationary costs infinity/21M - is it wrong? Cultural impacts of fiat money Malinvestments and where the biggest ones lie The hyperbitcoinized world Saifedean Links: Twitter: @saifedean Site: Saifedean.com Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Aug 3

1 hr 26 min

Historically, Bitcoin Mining as an industry was dominated by China. John Lee Quigley (formerly of Compass Mining, and now independently consulting and writing) rejoins me on the show to talk about his recent report on the state of Bitcoin mining. We talk about the various factors going into this generational shift. Listen to this episode to understand some of the dynamics, gleaned from John’s in depth research and interviews on the subject. We chat: Historical reasons for China’s dominance Why its changing now Mining equipment upgrade cycle Capital market access Regulatory certainty Downsides of this shift John Links: Twitter: @bitcoinnomadic Substack: Adaptive Analysis - Substack Prior episodes: SLP158 John Lee Quigley - How Does A Bitcoin Price Crash Impact Bitcoin Miners? SLP259 Whit Gibbs - Bitcoin Mining For All With Compass Mining SLP275 Pavel Moravec - Slushpool Signalling For Taproot SLP162 Matt D'souza - Bitcoin Halving Analysis: Bullish For Competitive Miners Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jul 27

55 min 37 sec

Lyn Alden of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy rejoins me on the show to talk about macro updates and Bitcoin. We chat: CPI rises to 5.4% and inflation Govt debt and the likely govt responses Why and how they keep the party going Oil & Gas Bull case Energy and the need for baseload power Stablecoins & why Bitcoin is different People are sleeping on the Lightning Network Links:  Twitter: @LynAldenContact  Article: The Case for a Longer-Term Oil and Gas Bull Market Other episodes: SLP232 Lyn Alden - Bitcoin As Emerging Store Of Value SLP291 Caitlin Long Stablecoins, Bitcoin & The Fed SLP282 Alex Epstein - Why Bitcoiners Should Reframe The Energy Debate & Own Their Energy Use Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jul 22

1 hr 10 min

Greg Foss, a 3 decade veteran of fixed income securities specialising in HY (High Yield) joins me to talk about debt, bonds, government debt and why Bitcoin is the answer. Primer on debt instruments Interest rates and bond bull market over decades Craziness of debt markets Interaction between debt and equity Could govt repudiate the debt? Could we outgrow it? Why Bitcoin is the best asymmetric trade Links: Twitter: @FossGregfoss Paper: https://t.co/OK4dDj27Io?amp=1 Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jul 19

1 hr 8 min

Andrew Chow, Bitcoin Core contributor and creator of the PSBT standard rejoins me on the show to talk about the creation of a series of BIPs (Bitcoin Improvement Proposals) for Output Script Descriptors. We break down and explore the key concepts to make it accessible for bitcoiners. Seeds BIP39 vs Electrum seeds vs aezeed Derivation paths How Output Script Descriptors improve things New functionality Backups and recovery Lightning Miniscript Advanced scripting Links: Twitter: @achow101 Output Script Descriptors BIP: [New BIPs] Output Script Descriptors - GitHub Taproot PSBT BIP: [New BIP] Taproot Fields for PSBT - GitHub Mailing list post Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jul 16

1 hr 2 min

Caitlin Long of Avanti rejoins me on the show to talk about the coming regulatory crackdown. We discuss: The growth in stablecoins How there’s so much stablecoin volume off a low base Coming regulatory crackdown Getting direct access to the Fed Compliance in the industry Improving the on ramps for Bitcoin Links: Twitter: @CaitlinLong_  Site: Avantibank.com Site: Caitlin-Long.com Linkedin Caitlin Long Other episodes: SLP198 Caitlin Long - What Are Austrian Economists Missing About Money And Banking? SLP236 Nic Carter Stablecoins: Bullish Or Bearish For Bitcoin SLP219 Nadav Kohen - What You Should Know About Bitcoin DLCs Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jul 15

1 hr 16 min

NVK of Coinkite rejoins me on the show to talk about practical tips on setting up and securing your Bitcoin as well as backups. We chat: Set up tips for newcoiners Desktop wallets to use Passphrases SeedXOR Multi sig Storing backups Estate planning and inheritance Links: Twitter: Twitter.com/NVK Site: Coinkite.com Site: Walletsrecovery.org Site: Coldcard User Documentation Site: bitcoinsecurity.guide Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jul 12

1 hr 18 min

Laolu Osuntokun aka roasbeef, CTO of Lightning Labs rejoins me on the show to talk about how Bitcoin and Lightning Network can scale to a billion users someday. We chat: Updates on the lightning network generally ANYPREVOUT and eltoo CTV Check Template Verify Multi party channels Lnd updates Thoughts on Bitcoin’s path forward What’s coming next from Lightning Labs Laolu links: Twitter: @roasbeef  Site: Lightning.engineering Previous episodes: SLP207 Roasbeef - Lightning Labs LND Goes Wumbo SLP39 Olaoluwa Osuntokun (Roasbeef), CTO Of Lightning Labs Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jul 6

1 hr 30 min

Hass McCook aka FriarHass rejoins me on the show to talk about why you should set up a Dollar Cost Averaging Plan. We chat: Lump sum for you, DCA for us! Is DCA more important than everything else? Even development? Growing the DCA Army to hasten hyperbitcoinisation CAGR - statistics and dishonesty? DCA vs circular economy / agorism? Practical tips Links: Twitter: @FriarHass  Bitcoin Magazine articles by Hass: Bitcoin Magazine: Hass McCook Article: The True Believer’s Handbook — Tithing The Church of Bitcoin Prior episode: SLP12 - Bitcoin Mining And Energy, With Hass McCook Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jul 1

56 min 32 sec

Danny Scott and Zakk Lakin of CoinCorner join me to talk about: Starting CoinCorner A new type of wallet - Hoffline Security considerations Lightning adoption Bitcoin Core contribution Links: Twitter: @CoincornerDanny Twitter: @CoincornerZakk Tweet thread: Introducing “Hoffline” Site: CoinCorner.com Article: Bitcoin Core Development on Windows — A Step by Step Guide Article: Bitcoin Core Development on MacOS — A Step by Step Guide Episodes mentioned: SLP231 Stepan Snigirev Build Your Own Hardware Wallet With Specter DIY SLP124 Jon Atack - Bitcoin Core Contribution SLP242 Jonas Schnelli Maintaining Bitcoin Core: Contributions, Consensus, Conflict SLP229 John Newbery - Brink: Bitcoin Development SLP211 Steve Lee - Bitcoin Grants, Design & Crypto Patents (COPA) Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jun 28

58 min 54 sec

Hector Rosekrans of Casa joins me on the show to talk about securing your Bitcoin and how early we are in terms of Bitcoin inheritance. We chat: Securing your bitcoin Self custody vs custodial solutions How early bitcoin inheritance is Casa covenant Hardware wallets Multi sig and inheritance setups - will they standardise? Links: Twitter: @hectorr159 Site: Keys.casa Relevant episodes: SLP182 Nick Neuman & Jameson Lopp - The Next 100 Million Bitcoin Users Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jun 24

58 min 2 sec

Jeff Booth, technology entrepreneur, author and bitcoin advocate rejoins me on the show to talk about: Bitcoin 2021 conference experience Fiat system extending itself MicroStrategy Bitcoin buying Macro investors Surveillance coins (CBDC) and what they would mean Supercycle thoughts Jeff Booth links: Twitter: @jeffbooth Site: Thepriceoftomorrow.com Previous episode: SLP191 Jeff Booth - Bitcoin & Our Deflationary Future Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jun 17

53 min 6 sec

Steve Barbour of Upstream Data rejoins me on the show to talk about: Fiat Maxis Bitcoin Mining Council Wind and Solar as unreliables Why arguing about renewable usage isn’t the right long term approach What Bitcoiners should do about it Upstream Data Hash Hut Links: Twitter: @SGBarbour Site: UpstreamData.ca Prior episode: SLP27 - Turning Stranded Natural Gas Into Bitcoin Mining Hashes, With Steve Barbour Of Upstream Data Mentioned: Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution by Rothbard Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jun 14

54 min 56 sec

Alex Gladstein CSO of HRF rejoins me on the show to talk about the recent El Salvador Bitcoin legal tender news. We break down the good, the bad and what could go wrong. Overview the news Historical moment for Bitcoin and the world It could have been so much worse Merchant adoption and lightning HRF grant Links: Twitter: @gladstein Site: HRF.org Article: Uncovering The Hidden Costs Of The Petrodollar Article: Can Government Stop Bitcoin? Prior episodes: SLP220 Is Bitcoin Democratic, And Is Democracy Good? With Saifedean And Alex Gladstein SLP196 Is Bitcoin Being Captured? with Matt Odell, Alex Gladstein, & Rafael Yakobi Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jun 10

57 min 47 sec

Where are some Bitcoiners going wrong in their thinking and arguments about energy? Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, and energy policy commentator joins me to talk about energy use, and why we’re not thinking about it clearly. We chat: The benefits of energy and fossil fuels More energy use is good! Renewables are really just unreliables Reframing the conversation Links: Twitter: @AlexEpstein Site: Energytalkingpoints.com Site: Industrialprogress.com Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jun 4

1 hr 3 min

Cory Klippsten, CEO and Founder of Swan Bitcoin joins me to talk about various topics: Working in the bitcoin space Teaching newcoiners Growing the auto-stacking movement The latest with Bitcoin Ventures Elon Musk’s mistakes Links: Site: Swanbitcoin.com Site: Bitcoinerventures.com Inventing Bitcoin (free book): swanbitcoin.com/freebook Twitter: @coryklippsten Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

Jun 2

57 min 32 sec

If you want the best privacy possible in Bitcoin, you want to use Samourai Wallet. And for the best way to use it, you need to use your own node. Zelko and Pavel join me to talk about the latest with Ronin Dojo, an easy way to do just that. We chat: What it is Who its for Recent upgrades on the UI Thoughts on hardware wallets Other services and features offered Best practice tips on privacy Open source licensing Getting support Links: Site: Ronindojo.io Zelko: @BTCxZelko  Pavel: @pajasevi  Ronin telegram chat: RoninDojoUI Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

May 31

1 hr 4 min

Michael Peterson and Nicolas Burtey join me to talk about their project showing how a whole town could go bitcoin and lightning native. Listen to this interview talking about how thousands of people are going lightning native to benefit from international remittance and creating bitcoin tourism. Stages of development Building a Citadel by the sea Lightning practicalities Teaching Bitcoin Rebuilding the Bitcoin for payments narrative Links: Site: BitcoinBeach.com Twitter: @Bitcoinbeach Twitter: @nicolasburtey Relevant episodes: SLP269 Jack Mallers - Bitcoin Wins Because It Is Open Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

May 28

55 min 51 sec

OpenSats is a new initiative for the bitcoiners to contribute to, to support Bitcoin and open source development and projects. Matt Odell and Ben Price join me to chat about the structure, why they’re creating a new organization, and why Bitcoin development funding shouldn’t merely be a popularity contest. Links: Site: OpenSats.org Twitter: @Matt_odell Twitter: @abitcoinperson (Ben Price) Other relevant episodes: SLP211 Steve Lee - Bitcoin Grants, Design & Crypto Patents (COPA) SLP144 Steve Lee - Square Crypto And Supporting Bitcoin Development SLP228 OKCoin's Bitcoin Developer Grant Program With Hong Fang SLP124 Jon Atack - Bitcoin Core Contribution SLP241 Bunnie - Precursor: Open Source Hardware Development Platform (Feat. Nicolas Dorier As Guest Host) Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

May 26

1 hr 5 min

Alejandro De La Torre, VP of Poolin, a large Bitcoin mining pool joins me on the show to chat about his efforts in helping to coordinate Bitcoin Upgrades: Taproot Activation Learnings from 2017 SegWit UASF or MASF (Miner Activated Soft Fork) UASF within MASF Distribution of network hashrate Future Soft Fork upgrades Alejandro links: Twitter: @bitentrepreneur  Site: Taprootactivation.com Poolin: Poolin.com Relevant episodes: SLP260 Luke  Dashjr - How Bitcoin UASF Went Down, Taproot Lot=True, Speedy Trial, Small Blocks SLP257 Matt Corallo - Bitcoin Soft Form Activation, Taproot, And Playing Chicken SLP200 Christian Decker - Anyprevout, MPP, Mitigating LN Attacks Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

May 24

54 min

Anthony Ronning, Bitcoin Lightning developer joins me on the show to talk about Bitcoin Lightning Privacy. We separate FUD from fact and give it a fair hearing to give you some insight into where the privacy leakages are today, how you can be more private, and where it’s all going in the future. We chat: Basic overview of LN Different user types and wallets Lightning nodes Receiver privacy Mitigations and future tech Practical tips for users today Anthony links: Twitter: @cycryptr Article: Current State of Lightning Network Privacy Other episodes: SLP134 Rusty Russell - Multi Part Payments SLP200 Christian Decker - Anyprevout, MPP, Mitigating LN Attacks SLP119 Alex Bosworth - Submarine Swaps, Lightning Loops, Hyperloop Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

May 20

1 hr 11 min

Pavel Moravec of Braiins (operator of SlushPool) joins me to talk about signalling for Taproot as a miner. We chat: Whether it is difficult to signal as a miner The dynamics with different mining pools signaling Miners and Pools, how does it work Braiins OS and mining firmware What future upgrades might look like Pavel links: Twitter: @mor_pav Article: Everything You Need To Know About Taproot Signaling By Bitcoin Miners Site: Braiins.com Relevant episodes: SLP128 Jan Čapek – Stratum v2 Bitcoin Mining Protocol SLP257 Matt Corallo – Bitcoin Soft Fork Activation, Taproot, and Playing Chicken SLP260 Luke Dashjr How Bitcoin UASF Went Down, Taproot LOT=True, Speedy Trial, Small Blocks Sponsors: Swan Bitcoin Hodl Hodl Lend Compass Mining Unchained Capital (code LIVERA) CypherSafe (code LIVERA) CoinKite.com (code LIVERA) Stephan Livera links: Show notes and website Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera Subscribe to the podcast Patreon @stephanlivera

May 13

56 min 44 sec