Bitcoin and the Primacy of the Digital World

As a fervent bitcoin enthusiast, I frequently come across the following objection: In contrast to physical, analog things, bitcoin and similar crypto assets are completely virtual and digital. As such, they are neither tangible nor graspable and would thus lack any real basis of value. Because of their digital nature, many people still object to…

Podcast: Bitcoin Clarity With Kiara Bickers

In this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Dave Hollerith talks with Kiara Bickers, author of Bitcoin Clarity: A Guide to Understanding Bitcoin. Bitcoin Clarity is different from other Bitcoin guides because it leverages a “systems thinking” approach to explain how and why each part of Bitcoin’s system has evolved into what it is today.…

2020 and Beyond: Bitcoin’s Potential Protocol Upgrades

Bitcoin’s consensus layer has remained unchanged for over two years now. Since Segregated Witness (SegWit), which activated in August 2017, no hard fork or soft fork protocol upgrades have been deployed at all*, marking Bitcoin’s longest stretch without consensus forks so far. But this stretch may soon come to an end: several backward-compatible soft forks…

River Financial Wants to Be the Bitcoiner’s Charles Schwab

Ever since he read the Denationalization of Money by Friedrich Hayek in college, Alex Leishman, the co-founder and CEO of River Financial, had been on the search for an alternative currency. The aerospace engineer major turned amateur Austrian economist wanted to build a financial institution around this yet-to-be-found, nongovernment-issued money. Leishman thought the banking-free option…