Stephan Livera Podcast
By Stephan Livera
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A podcast about Bitcoin from a Crypto-Austrian perspective. Join Stephan as he interviews the sharpest economic and technical minds in Bitcoin to understand how money is changing and evolving.
||CleanSLP39 Olaoluwa Osuntokun (Roasbeef), CTO of Lightning Labs||Laolu aka roasbeef, CTO of Lightning Labs joins me in this episode to talk about some of the latest developments with Bitcoin's Lightning Network: - Lightning Summit (Adelaide, Australia Nov 2018) - AMP - Splicing - Probing - Wumbology (large channels) - Neutrino - Wishlist for changes in Bitcoin Core - What products/services should be built on Lightning - What's coming up for Lightning Labs - Outlook for Lightning Network over the next year - How you can get involved Laolu links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/roasbeef Github: https://github.com/roasbeef Lightning Labs: https://lightning.engineering/ LND Developer site: https://dev.lightning.community/ Stephan links: Website: https://stephanlivera.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephanlivera||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP38 Per Bylund - The size of firms||Per Bylund (Assistant Professor at OSU and Fellow of Mises Institute) joins me to discuss how some firms today are larger than what they would be under a free market. The impact of regulation and ways to assess competition in a market are discussed. We also touch on the confusion about scarcity and 'post scarcity'. Per Bylund Links: Per’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/PerBylund Per’s website: http://perbylund.com/ Per’s Books: https://www.amazon.com/Per-L.-Bylund/e/B00LMNLBCU Entrepreneur articles: https://www.entrepreneur.com/author/per-bylund Stephan Livera: Website: https://stephanlivera.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephanlivera||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP37 Rene Pickhardt - Bitcoin Lightning Education & Lightning Summit||Rene Pickhardt, a Bitcoin/Lightning educator, and rising star in the world of Lightning joins me to talk about the Lightning Network. We discuss: - How he got into Lightning - Involvement in the Pirate party - The recent Lightning Summit in Australia - Upcoming Lightning tech - Routing Rene Pickhardt Links: Rene’s Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/renepickhardt Rene’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/renepickhardt Rene’s Github: https://github.com/renepickhardt||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP36 Justin Moon - Teaching Bitcoin HODLers to code @ BUIDL Bootcamp||Justin Moon (Founder/Instructor, BUIDL Bootcamp), joins me in this episode to discuss how he came into Bitcoin recently and started doing presentations, Bitcoin application coding and now teaching Bitcoin development to students. We talk about non traditional paths to careers such as software development, and also talk through the structure of BUIDL Bootcamp. Justin links: BUIDL Bootcamp: https://buidlbootcamp.com/ Justin Moon Twitter: https://twitter.com/_JustinMoon_ Justin Moon Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLp4OswuHySZZ3zrVBIoDjg/videos Stephan: Website - https://stephanlivera.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/stephanlivera Patreon - http://patreon.com/stephanlivera||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP35 Pierre Rochard - Lightning Power Excel Plugin, Lightning Residency||Pierre Rochard (Noded Podcast, Nakamoto Institute, Bitcoin Advisory) joins me in this episode to talk about his new Bitcoin Lightning "Power" Excel Plugin, which allows you to tinker with Lightning right inside MS Excel! We also talk about his recent experience at the Chaincode Lightning Residency, and various other topics on what kind of work is needed in Bitcoin & Lightning. Pierre Links: Pierre’s Lightning Power Users: https://www.lightningpowerusers.com/ Pierre Rochard Lightning Residency write ups: https://medium.com/@pierre_rochard/day-1-of-the-chaincode-labs-lightning-residency-ab4c29ce2077 Noded Podcast: https://noded.org/ Nakamoto Institute: https://nakamotoinstitute.org/ Stephan Livera podcast links: Website: https://stephanlivera.com/episode/35 Subscribe on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/stephan-livera-podcast/id1415720320 Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/StephanLivera Follow/Message me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephanlivera||11/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP34 Dan Held - Bitcoin Heroes, Villains, Survival, and Capitulation||Dan Held (Co-Founder Picks & Shovels) has been writing influential articles and joins me in this episode to share his perspectives on being in Bitcoin for 6 years. We discuss what the real narrative was around Bitcoin in the early days, and how some Bitcoin Heroes turn and become Bitcoin Villains. We also discuss how to survive in Bitcoin, as well as broader investment discussion on what 'capitulation' looks like in a Bitcoin bear market.||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP33 Kara Haas - Bitcoin & Crypto Audit and Accounting||Kara Haas, CPA joins me to discuss Bitcoin auditing and accounting. Especially in relation to Tether, there are many people confused about what an audit is, versus an attestation. And with the Bitmain IPO, some confusion on the correct accounting treatment for Bitcoin. As an accountant and auditor in the field, Kara is able to shed some light on this.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP32 Rigel (CoinsureNZ), Relaying Bitcoin transactions with TxTenna for censorship resistance||Rigel Walshe (aka CoinsureNZ) joins me to talk about his recent viral adventures in sending Bitcoin transactions without internet on the device itself. His recent stories lit up social media and showed real world usage of TxTenna, a collaboration between GoTenna (mesh networking) and Samourai Wallet (Bitcoin wallet project focused on privacy).||11/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP31 Bitcoin & Crypto eating the world, with Patri Friedman||Patri Friedman, MD of Zarko Investment Group and a leader in the seasteading movement joins me to talk about how Bitcoin & Crypto will enable greatly freer markets around the world. We talk about Bitcoin maximalism, Crypto parallels with the dotcom bubble, jurisdictional competition, seasteading and start up cities, law as technology, and more. We also discuss David Friedman's thoughts on Bitcoin & Crypto, and what Patri's late grandfather, Milton Friedman, would have thought on Bitcoin.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP30 Bitcoin-backed loans and financial services, with Zac Prince of BlockFi||Zac Prince, Founder and CEO of BlockFi joins me in this episode to talk about the incredible benefits of Bitcoin as collateral for USD loans. We talk about the 'double whammy' of how it can be used to minimise capital gains taxes, and get an interest deduction on the use of funds. Bitcoin also makes it easier to provide global debt financing in countries where it has traditionally been difficult to operate USD lending.||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP29 - Samourai Wallet, Bitcoin privacy software that Silicon Valley would never build||One of the pseudonymous founders of Samourai Wallet joins me in this exciting episode to talk about Bitcoin privacy techniques that are applied within the wallet and upcoming improvements to their Bitcoin wallet app. Anyone interested to learn more about how Samourai Wallet helps protect privacy will truly enjoy this episode.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP28 - Cyphernode Bitcoin API, with Francis Pouliot and Etienne Larrivee of Satoshi Portal||Francis Pouliot and Etienne Larrivee (CEO Satoshi Portal and Lead Developer Cyphernode), join me to talk about their newly released open source Bitcoin self-hosted API allowing you to more easily build Bitcoin services and applications. This enables businesses and users to reduce their reliance on commercial Bitcoin APIs, while still offering advanced features and utilities.||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP27 - Turning Stranded Natural Gas Into Bitcoin Mining Hashes, with Steve Barbour of Upstream Data||Steve Barbour (Founder, Upstream Data) joins me to discuss how he is turning stranded natural gas into Bitcoin mining hashes. His HashGen product uses low value natural gas to improve the economics for Canadian Oil and Gas facilities, while powering Bitcoin mining ASICs. In this discussion we also talk about the 'bitcoin energy use is wasted' narrative, and how bitcoin mining was centralised in the past, but is now decentralising.||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP26 - Building Bitcoin services to last, with Jeremy Welch of Casa||Jeremy Welch (Founder of Casa) joins me in this episode to talk about crafting a business around the concept of safely storing bitcoin. We talk about the ethos of Casa, designing services for a sovereign individual, securing top tier talent, and Casa products.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP25 - Taking Bitcoin Lightning Payment, and 'earner adoption', with Sergej Kotliar, CEO of Bitrefill||Sergej Kotliar, CEO of Bitrefill joins me to discuss taking bitcoin and lightning payments as an online merchant. We talked about the challenges and benefits of doing this, particularly in how lightning network simplifies the user experience and reduces errors. In the second part of the episode, we talk about 'earner adoption' - the idea that bitcoin's ecosystem can grow from people earning it.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP24 - Wasabi Bitcoin Wallet & Bitcoin Privacy, with Adam Ficsor (nopara73)||Adam Ficsor (nopara73), a Bitcoin privacy developer and CTO of zkSNACKs joins me to talk about his new wallet, Wasabi Wallet. We talk about: Privacy being for everyone Comparison with other privacy projects, such as Monero, or other Bitcoin mixing services ZeroLink framework How your Bitcoin Privacy can be broken How chain analysis works What Wasabi Wallet does to break chain analysis heuristics Upcoming Wasabi Wallet launch||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP23 - Economic Eras of Bitcoin, and Lightning Development, with Rusty Russell of Blockstream||Rusty Russell, a well known and respected Bitcoin Lightning developer at Blockstream joins me in this episode. We talk about his article, The Three Economic Eras of Bitcoin, and discuss the Lightning Network for Bitcoin. Lastly, Rusty draws from his prior experience as a Linux kernel developer to contrast Linux development with Bitcoin and Lightning development practices and culture.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP22 - Unnecessary crypto-tokens and Bitcoin/Lightning development, with Udi Wertheimer||Udi Wertheimer (Bitcoin software developer) joins me to discuss the use of unnecessary crypto-tokens, why some people do it, the use of non-crypto tokens in gaming, unnecessary blockchains, #reckless lightning development, and what he is looking forward to in Bitcoin and Lightning.||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP21 - Jimmy Song, Bitcoin Educator, Developer and Entrepreneur||Jimmy Song (Bitcoin Educator, Developer, and Entrepreneur) joins me in this episode to discuss his recent debate with Roger Ver, and in the second half we also discuss Blockchain skepticism. We separate the signal from the noise on 'enterprise blockchain' technology by discussing the true costs and difficulties involved, and then discuss some alternatives to 'enterprise blockchain'.||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP20 - Samson Mow, CSO of Blockstream||Samson Mow, CSO of Blockstream (leading provider of blockchain technologies) joins me in this episode to discuss a variety of topics: Bitmain IPO, mining centralisation Errors of cryptocurrency 'diversification' When it makes sense to use a blockchain, when it doesn't Why Blockstream builds mostly on bitcoin Blockstream products Cryptocurrency Data feed, and Liquid network Privacy Bitcoin Fee Market Samson's Hat sales and blog||9/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP19 - The Bitcoin Ecosystem, with Vortex (Jeffrey)||Vortex (Jeffrey), a software developer and well known bitcoin YouTuber joins me in this episode to talk about the Bitcoin ecosystem. This interview is targeted for newbies to bitcoin, to help them understand the key components of the Bitcoin ecosystem. We also discuss: the Cryptocast network, the role of nodes in Bitcoin, Bitcoin development, his course Programming with Bitcoin, Fintech vs FinUI, and his outlook for the future.||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP18 - Pioneering Bitcoin/Lightning Payments in Australia, with Daniel Alexiuc (CEO Living Room of Satoshi)||Daniel Alexiuc (CEO of Living Room of Satoshi) joins me in this episode to discuss how he is pioneering Bitcoin and Lightning Network payments in Australia, both on his website LROS, and also as a partner with Travel By Bit. We discuss: his viral video using LN to buy a coffee in Brisbane airport (May 2018), why blockchains aren't a good payment system, use of both C-Lightning by Blockstream and Lnd by Lightning Labs, crypto payment volumes increasing, use of BTCpay, and outlook for the future.||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP17 - Bitmain, Bcash, Facebook Crypto rumours, and reframing scarcity with Vijay Boyapati||Vijay Boyapati (Software engineer, Austrian economist) and I discuss the coming Bitmain IPO, the economic errors behind BCash, rumours of Facebook entering Crypto, reframing scarcity, hard money in earlier times, and how Bitcoin might fare in a broader market crash.||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP16 - Keeping Bitcoin Simple, with Beautyon (Akin Fernandez)||Akin (Beautyon_) and I discuss what led him to Bitcoin, his Bitcoin business Azteco, stances on Bitcoin and regulation, the importance of keeping Bitcoin simple, Open source software versus closed source software, and Samurai Bitcoin wallet.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP15 - Intellectual Property, Bitcoin, and Internet Censorship, with Stephan Kinsella||Stephan Kinsella, Intellectual Property lawyer, and libertarian advocate joins me in this episode to discuss: His story with bitcoin Money as Sui Generis Good The imprecise application of Lockean property theory Why you can't own bitcoin, but it probably doesn't make a big difference anyway The harmful effects of patents and copyright 'Internet Censorship' as it relates to property rights and ownership of private social media platforms||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP14 - Lightning Hack Day, with Jeff Gallas of Fulmo||Jeff Gallas is the Founder of Fulmo and lead organizer of #LightningHackDay. We talk about the community of pioneers who are building lightning applications, and related hardware. We also talk about the upcoming Lightning Hack Day on September 1st.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP13 - Bitcoin as Ultimate Asset, with Fernando Ulrich, Austrian Economist||In this episode, we talk through emerging market currency crises, and his new 5 part article series on Bitcoin as Ultimate Asset. We contrast differing monetary views, why it doesn't make sense to spend bitcoin right now, Medium of Exchange vs Method of Payment, and fallacies of 'Medium of Exchange only' cryptocurrencies.||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP12 - Bitcoin Mining and Energy, with Hass McCook||Hass McCook and I discuss the Bitcoin mining market and his recent research, "The Cost and Sustainability of Bitcoin". We cover key bitcoin mining metrics, bitcoin mining cost price ranges, the Bitcoin Price - Mining Hash Rate relationship, the evolution of bitcoin mining over the past 3 years, and compare Bitcoin mining costs vs Gold mining.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP11 - Bitcoin's Decentralised Governance, with Pierre Rochard||Pierre Rochard (co-founder Nakamoto Institute, co-host Noded podcast) and I talk through Bitcoin's Decentralised Governance. This is the process by which Bitcoin's rules are decided, implemented, and enforced without having a central authority. Some topics covered: The different parties involved Network Governance Bitcoin has no central authority Process of Research, Proposal, Implementation, Deployment, Enforcement Schelling Points||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP10 - Visions of Bitcoin and Transaction Batching with Nic Carter and Hasu||Nic Carter and Hasu join me to discuss the multitude of changing visions of Bitcoin, and also a Transaction Batching analysis they performed. We discuss how the narratives and attitudes in Bitcoin have changed over time as different constraints surfaced. In the second half, we discuss bitcoin transaction batching, and more appropriate ways to think about the number of bitcoin transactions.||8/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP9 - Lightning UX and Routing, with Bryan Vu||Bryan Vu, VP of Product at Lightning Labs joins me in this episode to sketch out a vision of what Lightning Network may evolve into. We discuss Lightning User Experience and Routing, and the benefits to users, merchants and exchanges.||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP8 - Bitcoin Monetary Evolution, with Murad Mahmudov||Murad and I explore a range of economic thought about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in a fascinating interview discussing the path to Bitcoin as 'monetary winner'. As a prolific writer and analyst in Bitcoin, Murad is very well read and articulate. We discuss: His articles, how Bitcoin is ushering in an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity, a framework for monetary Store of Value criteria, and more.||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP7 - Earning Interest on Bitcoin's Lightning Network, with Nik Bhatia||In this episode with Nik Bhatia, we talk about the potential for forming capital markets on top of Bitcoin and the Lightning Network, by calculating an interest rate (LNRR - Lightning Network Reference Rate) based on the routing fees earned in staking BTC to Lightning Network payment channels.||8/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP6 - Fiat Money as 'fad diet', with Bitstein||In this episode with Bitstein, we break down Paul Krugman's errors in his NYT "Transaction Costs and Tethers: Why I’m a Crypto Skeptic" column, as well as other topics: Mischaracterisation of what money's purpose is Krugman's 'nirvana fallacies' in money Why fiat money is an aberration and more akin to a 'fad diet' than bitcoin or gold are Why Everyone Is a Scammer and the Scammer heuristic Bitcoin Maximalism - is it descriptive or prescriptive? UNIX philosophy||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP5 - Bitcoin in Beijing and common errors in 'Crypto', with Neil Woodfine||In this episode with Neil Woodfine, we talk about the changing face of Bitcoin education and common errors in reasoning about Bitcoin and 'token economics'. Some topics we touch on: Bitcoin in Beijing Bitcoin education in the early days vs Bitcoin/Crypto education now Incentives of unnecessary tokens Bitcoin is not 'backed by' stored energy Intolerance of bitcoin versus it merely being a superior money Skin in the game of Bitcoiners versus other projects such as Ethereum||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP4 - Why Bitcoin and not the others, with JW Weatherman||In this collaboration episode with JW Weatherman, we talk about some of the reasons why Bitcoin is best, versus the altcoins. We also discuss some of the security flaws and problems with the design and execution of altcoins such as: Bcash, EOS, Ethereum, Ripple, Monero, Zcash||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP3 - Bitcoin Investment Theses with Pierre Rochard||Pierre Rochard joins us in this incredible episode to discuss the case for investing in Bitcoin. Pierre shares insights and thoughts from his years of being in the Bitcoin space, and offers improved ways of thinking about Bitcoin investment.||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSLP2 - How Bitcoin "mentally captures" people with Vijay Boyapati||In this episode with Vijay Boyapati, we discuss economics of Bitcoin. Most interesting is the concept that over time, more and more people are being 'mentally captured' by Bitcoin. Some other points discussed: Bitcoin progressing through stages of 'moneyness' Hype cycles of bitcoin HODL'ing as freeriding Confidence in Bitcoin||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSLP1 - Bitcoin as Sound Money with Saifedean Ammous, Austrian Economist||Stephan interviews Saifedean Ammous, Austrian Economics Professor and author of The Bitcoin Standard. In this podcast episode we take a deep dive into the case for Bitcoin as sound money, and what is potentially the hardest money the world has ever seen.||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The Bitcoin signal in the crypto noise.
Stephan cares about fundamentals. Instead of hot new ICOs, this podcast focuses on why the original blockchain, Bitcoin, has value at all. As well as it’s value proposition going forward.
Stephan’s guests are top quality and extremely insightful on why they have chosen their line of work. Their arguments, (and Stephan’s commentary) are clear and well researched.
I also love that this podcast does not shy away from the technical side of things. The devil is in the details and Stephan and his guests are great at breaking down nuanced, but essential, ideas (i.e. lightning network or privacy wallets).
I couldn’t recommend it more to beginners and experts alike.
Rock Solid Bitcoin Podcast - One of the Best!
The Stephan Livera Podcast is outstanding. The host produces an unbelievable amount of high-quality content.
What really makes this podcast stand out is the amount of preperation and research Stephan puts into each episode. He dives deep into very technical topics buts presents them in an easily digestable format. His preperation really comes through in the follow up question he'll often ask his guests, where he really makes sure they explain an important point or nail down the details around a topic.
This is a great podcast for anyone who knows a little about Bitcoin and wants to take their understanding to the next level.
Love it. Hodl.
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