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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Oct 25, 2022

Eric Wall, crypto blogger and investor, and Udi Wertheimer, a recovering Bitcoin maxi, discuss everything about Bitcoin Maximalism, whether BTC can survive, and whether Ethereum constitutes a threat for Bitcoin. 


Show highlights:

  • how Eric and Udi got involved with Bitcoin
  • what Bitcoin was like in the first days
  • how Bitcoin maxis appear to have a script to engage in discussions
  • the philosophy behind Bitcoin maximalism
  • why Eric believes Bitcoin maximalism is like a “weird cult”
  • how Eric thinks that the BTC community has an unspoken rule forbidding criticisms
  • whether Bitcoin has lost intellectual power
  • why people have recently been turning away from Bitcoin maximalism
  • why the poor Bitcoin culture doesn't mean it's the end for Bitcoin, according to Eric
  • the perception of the Lightning network and how people are not interested in faster blockchains
  • whether Bitcoin should increase the use cases of the blockchain, like DeFi, NFTs, and stablecoins
  • El Salvador's adoption of BTC and whether it had an impact
  • what happens to internet subcultures and how the behavior of Bitcoiners could be predicted
  • whether Ethereum is a threat to Bitcoin

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Episode Links


Previous Coverage of Unchained:


Bitcoin Culture and Security


Ultra sound money


El Salvador: