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Domain Names as Scarce Digital Assets : Interview with Michael Saylor MicroStrategy CEO ②

Everybody in the world is taught to spell the word “Hope” if they learn English. Thus, the value of a domain is a function of which language it's in. The language that has most business on is English, and the most traffic on the internet is also in English with the dotcom domains. If you own a word that is easy to spell and remember with positive connotations, like Apple, Amazon, etc., it will be very useful. If you own such a word, you can put a business on it. The logic of this is if a billion people see the name and they can remember and spell it, surely, they will be able to type it. If I have a company name that has a difficult name with no positive connotation, people will have a harder time remembering it. Thus, you much rather have it called something simple like “hope” or “wisdom”.
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From DJ to Crypto Trader : Interview with Scott Melker ①

I think that 99.9 % of the people on the planet should be investing. When investing, one should not think about their investment constantly. Investments should be checked a couple of times every year to make sure if re-balancing is needed or not. Investors have become insanely wealthy since the beginning of markets. That is how people accumulate wealth; the way to get rich is through putting away money early. In other words, put away the money you do not need when young, and do not touch it until the last possible moment. I only trade with about only 15 % of my portfolio. I have 70% in investments, 15 % in cash, and 15 % in trading. I think some of the best traders in the world are probably trading with only a small part of their total capital. Nobody should trade with their entire portfolio on a day-to-day basis. If you do, you are guaranteed to lose all your money.
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Scandinavian Crypto Infrastructure : Interview with Torbjorn Bull Jenssen ②

In 2018, the prices were collapsing in the spring, but the infrastructure and the technology were progressing at record speed. Big players like Microsoft had come into space, so it looked really bullish when you looked at how it was evolving regardless of its price. At the time, I came in contact with two well-known Norwegian investors who had been looking into space for a long time. They wanted to build a company with robust exposure to this new industry they saw emerging. The investors didn't want to go into the market in 2017 because there was too much hype. So, the spring of 2018 was what they thought was the best timing. I completely agreed with them. After having several meetings, we started Arcane Crypto together, intending to develop and provide the infrastructure needed to leverage the power of bitcoin and open blockchains.
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The Start of A Crypto Media Platform : Interview with Anatoly Kaplan CEO of Forklog ②

It all started in 2014 when I was living in Ukraine, at the time the revolution happened. I had been living in Ukraine for 2 years, the revolution had ended and the war was about to break out. During that time, I lost my job at an IT company because of the economic crisis due to the situation. The currency in Ukraine fell from 8 hryvnias to 1 dollar to 27 hryvnias to 1 dollar. The situation got even worse when 1 dollar was the equivalent to 50 hryvnias at one point, but it was soon after restored to 27 hryvnias through a bailout from the government.
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Cointelegraph’s Internal Organization : Interview with Demelza Hays ②

Cointelegraph has 8 million views per month. We have hundreds of employees and hundreds of freelancers, so it's a massive team. The organization is very decentralized, which is what I love about it. We have small groups that make decisions for a specific area they work in. We have Cointelegraph Espanol, Cointelegraph Portuguese, Cointelegraph English, and we also have Cointelegraph YouTube, Twitter, SNS, and many more. I am the Director of the research team, and I have 7 people in my group. We interact and discuss our tasks every day, but it's all remote. There are many employees at New York and Hong Kong hubs, so they do meet up at coworking spaces to work together as if it were an office. However, most of us are working remotely.
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Edward Snowden On Bitcoin, with Naomi Brockwell

Digital currency in the general sense, cryptocurrency in the general sense, does not solve the problem of inflation and hidden taxes in that way. Bitcoin, in a large way, makes it more predictable, in that it has a predictable low rate of inflation, which is constantly decreasing. But as you say, the problem when we talk about everybody moving to digital currencies, we know the bitcoin network doesn't support throughput. Unfortunately, the bitcoin network, as it exists, does not provide the privacy and protections really necessary for these kinds of transactions at scale.
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Hong Kong Dollar Peg : Interview with Leo Weese ②

The Hong Kong currency issue is not that much about the gold reserve, but more about the currency peg. The Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the US dollar, and this peg is quite interesting in that it is fully backed. So, for every 7.75 to 7.85 Hong Kong dollars, there is 1 US dollar. In the history of currency pegs, this is a unique thing. This means that the peg is more or less indestructible, but there are still a lot of interesting political fears. For example, we have to ask if it is desirable that this peg is being kept. There might be some political turning point for when it might be desirable to change this peg. When that happens, how would that impact the local economy?
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Why Did He Buy Over 1.6 Billion Dollars of Bitcoin? : Interview with Michael Saylor MicroStrategy CEO ①

The single most important feature of Bitcoin is the fact that it is thermodynamically sound. Bitcoin is a closed thermodynamic system with no more than 21 million coins. You can't add or remove coins other than losing them. It's a deflationary system, and all you can do is add energy to it or take energy away from it. So, you can either heat it or cool it down. What is compelling about Bitcoin is that it is the first sound monetary network invented in the history of the world. I view it as a monetary energy network that can collect, store, and channel monetary energy and space over time without power loss. Energy means you could put money in it and hold it for a decade or 100 years. Over space means it's 1:1000 to 1:10 000 of the energy required to move gold or other sources of monetary energy. Therefore, it is a highly efficient monetary network. That's what's compelling.
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3 Business Models of the Gaming Industry : Interview with Sebastien Borget The Sandbox COO ①

In the game industry, you have 3 traditional business models for monetization strategy developers use to drive revenue. One is you purchase the full game right away; you buy a game in a box or online and download it to play it without any additional purchase. Thus, you get the full game straight away. That used to be console games you would buy for around 60 dollars. You would play it, finish it, and that was it.
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How is it working for a Crypto media platform? : Interview with Aaron van Wirdum Bitcoin Magazine ①

Working for a media platform in the Crypto space has been an interesting experience. I have been with Bitcoin Magazine for 5 years, and we have had some exciting years so far. We have seen a couple of price surges, all the scaling wars, and many phases more. Now, I have also drifted into the role of a historian, becoming a little bit of a Bitcoin historian. Thus, I would say I have changed and grown as a person and a writer. It's nice that I can drift into different types of areas. In that sense, the Bitcoin Magazine team has given me a lot of freedom to follow and write about my interests.
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Young Hackers are Graduating : Interview with Dmytro Budorin Hacken CEO ①

Hacking has become a trend online. There are a lot of forums and platforms, especially a very big Russian forum where you can do a course on how to hack an individual. Thus, a lot of 14~15-year-old children do those courses, and after a couple of months, they start hacking and attacking people online. Unfortunately, it is reality. Today, you can find anything on the internet. In the Russian language, such online sites and such promotions are not banned. There are ways to ban such websites, but no one is doing anything about it. Then authorities do not consider such issues, similar incidents will happen in all countries around the world.
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The mechanism of Sim hijacking : Interview with Haseeb Awan

The most common way to be sim swapped is when someone contacts your wireless carrier and is able to convince the call center representative that they in fact are “you”. They use your personal data that's often exposed in hacks, data breaches, or information you publicly share on social networks, hence at worst dark or deep web. When the call center employee is convinced, they ask for switching the sim card linked to your phone number, and replace it with their sim card. Once your phone number is converted to a new sim card, all of your incoming calls and text messages will be diverted to the newly switched sim card that is in illicit hands.
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NFT and Art : Interview with John Crain SuperRare CEO ①

NFT, Non-Fungible Token, is a token standard. The main feature of an NFT is that it has a unique ID. If you mint an NFT, you will have a unique ID for a given set of data. You will be able to see specifically who is using the specific token, and where it is. If I sent it to you, you will also be able to track that it has been transferred. Thus, the unique ID of the NFT is why it is interesting for art and the art world. NFT’s provide provenance, meaning it makes it possible to track its history. You can see who has ever owned the art piece, when it was created, is it the real piece or not, etc. By confirming that, we can reduce the amount of forgery which is pretty prevalent in art.
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​What Is Happening To My Money in The Banks : Interview with Lyn Alden ①

Historically, there has been currency devaluation where governments have printed a massive amount of money, or they have a prolonged period of interest rates being below the inflation rate. So, they slowly chip away your wealth over time. In those periods, those scarcer assets tend to do very well. Thus, whether it is gold, silver, equities. real estate or in this case Bitcoin, I think going back to the history of fiat devaluation and why they tend to happen, why they don’t happen in some periods but do in other time frames is important.
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What is Supporting WBTC : Interview with Kiarash Mosayeri Product Manager at BitGo

WBTC is a product of BitGo, one of the oldest players in the industry. Kiarash Mosayeri, Product Manager at BitGo, explains what the WBTC product is all about, and how it is connected to other E...
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Wall Street Veteran on Crypto Street : Interview with Max Keiser ①

I started on Wall Street in the 1980s as a stockbroker. I was in Los Angeles in the 1990s, and I invented a technology for digital scarcity as part of a currency that I invented for an exchange I launched. The exchange was for trading mediate derivatives that I also invented as part of what became known as the prediction market industry. So, I did all that in the 1990s. Then, we sold out to a bank in 2001, and later I started Bitcoin in 2011 at a dollar, and we have been talking about it now for almost 11 years. I saw it as a more perfect technological solution for digital scarcity.
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Norwegian Crypto Community : Interview with Torbjorn Bull Jenssen ①

Back in 2011, Strule Sunde, who is like a legend in the crypto community in Norway, started to sell bitcoin through local bitcoins and his homepage and communicated with the buyers through IRC chats. IRC's are the old chatting apps, and he has been serving Norway with bitcoin liquidity, exchanging between Norwegian Krone and BTC ever since. He has been in a big court case, suing Nordea, which is the biggest bank in Norden, for shutting down his account only because he was dealing with bitcoin. So, he was helping a lot of people get on board with it. Many people that were tech-enthusiasts also started to mine as soon as they read about it on e.g. Reddit. Many of them tested out some mining strategies using a GPU, or just an ordinary CPU on their computers.
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What Bitcoin Did : Interview with Peter McCormack ①

I stumbled upon Bitcoin 6 years ago. I had heard about it, and even bought and sold a little bit, but I didn’t really understand it. At that time, I used to work in the advertising industry in London. I decided to take a year off because I needed some time for myself. I had spent my whole life working, and needed a break. That was 3 years ago, and during that time how I fell into the rabbit hole and got serious about it. Besides being a podcaster today, I have a very ordinary life as a single dad with two kids, and most of my time is spent looking after them. I do school-runs, get their lunch ready, iron their school clothes, and so on. We are big Liverpool fans, so the three of us usually watch football together. I also like horrible heavy metal, like the worst screaming kind that nobody likes.
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Scope of Russian Crypto Community : Interview with Anatoly Kaplan CEO of Forklog ①

The first thing you need to understand about the Russian crypto community is that it is not only Russia. When we refer to the Russian crypto community, we are talking about Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, which are the main countries, as well as other Russian speaking regions like Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. These countries have a lot of historical connections. Sometimes, a reference to “Similarity” may harm or trigger some people due to political reasons. So, the Russian crypto community includes the countries that in any way are affected or involved with Russian culture.
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Birth of the Avalanche Protocol : Interview with Emin Gün Sirer Co-founder and CEO at Ava Labs

It all started from this paper that we received from a team known as Team Rocket, who had been working on novel consensus protocol.My students and I were already exploring lighter weight protocols than Nakamoto and Classical consensus to find unique approaches nobody had explored before, but that could still provide the same guarantees as Bitcoin. We reviewed the paper draft from Team Rocket, and quickly realized that we were on to a big breakthrough.Avalanche didn’t rely on proof-of-work or mining, but used probabilistic consensus based on sub-sampling. It could be secure and predictable like Bitcoin, but didn’t suffer the centralization or performance trade-off inherent in Classical consensus approaches.