• Bitcoinist spoke with Vitaly Balakhonov, CEO of Eloplay, the eSports platform that allows players to organize and participate in tournaments with decentralized prize pools through the use of its innovative blockchain-based Smart Tournaments. Eloplay’s ICO begins on October 16, 2017. Bitcoinist: How did you come up with the idea for Eloplay? VB: At first it was a simple idea to create a service for one-on-one video games competitions. In April 2016, the platform hosted the first trial battles where

    Interview with eSports Game Changer Eloplay

    | 2017/10/10 3:00 pm
  • Bitcoinist spoke with Viktor Shpakovsky and Vladimir Smerkis, the founders of The Token Fund, which allows investors an easy portal into the world of cryptocurrency trading, investment, and management. Bitcoinist: Tell us about The Token Fund in your own words. What makes The Token Fund similar to other funds and in what ways is it unique? Vladimir: We launched The Token Fund in March 2017. Over the past five months, the portfolio under our management

    Interview With The Token Fund: The ETF Alternative for Cryptocurrency Investing

    | 2017/09/25 9:30 pm
  • Bitcoinist spoke with Volodymyr Panchenko, Founder and CEO of DMarket, a first-of-its-kind marketplace that allows gamers to buy, sell, or trade in-game items from any game on any gaming platform. Bitcoinist: What is DMarket? VP: DMarket is the first cross-game marketplace that allows gamers from all over the world to trade or exchange in-game goods originating from any gaming platform. In fact, DMarket will allow more than two billion gamers to buy and sell their items.

    Interview with DMarket: The First Cross-Game Marketplace for In-Game Items

    | 2017/08/11 4:15 pm
  • Bitcoinist decided to dig deeper into the SEC’s newly issued guidance on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and its implications for investors. We chatted with three legal experts, namely Alfredo Silva, Joshua Ashley Klayman and Daniel Kahan. Joshua Klayman is a founding member and the head of MoFo’s Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group. Her practice focuses on finance and corporate matters including advising on leveraged finance transactions, commercial transactions, and corporate governance matters. Daniel Kahan is an

    Legal Experts: Investors May View SEC’s Statement as Validating ICO’s

    | 2017/08/02 8:00 am
  • The halt on cryptocurrency withdrawals from Bitcoin exchanges in China may be coming to an end. Bitcoin talked to Bitkan to understand the situation with Bitcoin exchanges and how it has affected P2P trading in the country. Withdrawals to be Resumed The halt on cryptocurrency withdrawals imposed by Chinese exchanges is coming to an end, with withdrawals expected to be resumed in June 2017. The moratorium was caused by the task forces assembled by the country’s

    Bitkan: Peer-to-Peer Volume Keeps Growing in China

    | 2017/05/11 11:00 am
  • Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem shared his views on the scaling debate, stating that “it’s not about technology anymore, it’s about power.” Shrem: ‘It’s About Power’ Charlie Shrem, Bitcoin entrepreneur and co-founder of Intellysis, was present in today’s episode of the  Double Down show, dubbed “Does Block Size Matter?” with the usual hosts Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert. During the show, Shrem expressed his thoughts regarding the current state of the scaling debate or as Herbert called

    Charlie Shrem: ‘It’s Not About The Technology Anymore, It’s About Power’

    | 2017/04/25 9:00 am
  • Bitcoinist spoke with Landry Ntahe, head of operations at BCB ATM, a London-based Bitcoin ATM startup that currently holds the number two position by market share in the UK.  UK Bitcoin ATM Scene Today, BCB ATM has 16% of the Bitcoin ATM market share in the UK with seven locations in London where their Lamassu machines can be found. With an aggressive strategy of expansion to other UK cities and beyond, it’s planning to take over

    How One London Startup Plans to Conquer the Bitcoin ATM Industry

    | 2017/04/22 10:30 am
  • Bitcoinist spoke with Jon Boroughs of Bitstashers, a provider of metal-etched Bitcoin wallets that are designed to withstand an apocalyptic event unlike a fragile paper wallet. These are also not limited to cold storage as they can also be custom made for colored coin asset addresses as well.  Metal-Etched Bitcoin Wallets Metal wallets are quickly becoming a thing in the crypto space with a few options available such as Cryptosteel and Bitkee, which start at $40 USD. However,

    Bitstashers: Should You Upgrade from a Paper Wallet to Metal?

    | 2017/04/04 6:00 am
  • It’s Sunday morning, and even though it is almost Spring, it feels like Groundhog Day. I look at the markets and Bitcoin is down another 9% while Dash is up another 10%. This two-step has been playing out for the last three days now. I have questions, and I need answers…. Dashing to $1 Billion Dollar Market Cap As the fork debate seems headed for a messy, unfortunate conclusion, Dash is cleaning up in the

    How Dash Stole Bitcoin’s Mojo – Interview with Amanda B. Johnson

    | 2017/03/19 12:00 pm
  • Bitcoinist spoke with Leon Liu, the CEO of BitKan, a Chinese P2P Bitcoin trading service, to get a better idea on the current situation following the recent regulatory clampdown on Bitcoin exchange withdrawals in the country. Bitcoinist: What kind of trading services does BitKan provide? Leon Liu (LL): BitKan provides P2P bitcoin trading services with broker match-making to save time for our users. During a trade, BitKan acts as an escrow service, guaranteeing funds delivery for

    BitKan: Our Volume Grew ‘Twelve Times’ Since PBoC Halted Withdrawals

    | 2017/03/07 12:00 pm
  • Andrew Zimine, Founding Partner and CEO of Exscudo, spoke with Bitcoinist in detail explaining his view of the cryptocurrency industry and how blockchain platform Exscudo is aiming to bridge traditional finance with the cryptocurrency market his blockchain platform.  Bitcoinist: Can you describe the current cryptocurrency market? Andrew Zimine (AZ): The evolution of the cryptocurrency market makes this sphere less chaotic and more regulated each year. This is a natural process of any nascent market. The most progress

    Exscudo CEO: Cryptocurrency Exchange Market ‘Already Too Big’

    | 2017/02/21 3:00 am
  • Bitcoinist spoke with the Dutch Pirate Party Leader Ancilla van de Leest on their recent attempt to pay the Election Council with Bitcoin, their appeal with younger voters, and why they believe everybody should be free to choose the currency they want to use. Dutch Pirate Party: ‘We Need a Viable Alternative to Fiat’ Bitcoinist: Why was the Netherlands Pirate Party founded? What issues does it focus on? Ancilla van de Leest (AVL): The Dutch Pirate Party is one

    Dutch Pirate Party: The Powers That Be Aren’t Too Welcoming of Bitcoin

    | 2017/02/08 11:00 am
  • Bitcoinist spoke to Roman Pushkin, founder of LibreTaxi, an open-source ridesharing mobile app that will soon support Bitcoin payments, to find out more about his vision for this “free alternative” for Uber and Lyft.  Ride sharing applications are becoming part of our daily lives. However, there are just some areas apps like Uber and Lyft don’t cover and a certain currency – Bitcoin, of course – that these simply do not accept as a payment system. However, new

    Interview with LibreTaxi: The ‘Free Alternative’ to Lyft & Uber

    | 2017/02/01 5:00 am
  • Bitcoin.com pool has lost 13.21 BTC or over $12,000 USD due to a bug in BitcoinUnlimited software, which caused it to mine a block bigger than 1MB. So…What Happened? Bitcoin.com, an information portal, which also provides mining pool services has lost out on 13.2 BTC due to a bug in the Bitcoin Unlimited software, which is used on the pool. Bitcoinist spoke with Bitcoin Unlimited developer Andrew Stone a.k.a. “theZerg” to figure out what really happened: Bitcoinist:

    Bitcoin Unlimited Dev: Bug Caused By ‘Miscounting of Bytes’

    | 2017/01/31 4:30 am
  • Bitcoinist spoke with Peer2Cash, a new online cryptocurrency buying service based in Switzerland that mimics the way online exchange Shapeshift.io operates–except for buying and selling bitcoin–tapping nearly 50 exchanges. Interview with Peer2Cash Peer2.cash has recently rebranded from Instacash. The team head, who preferred not to use his name for “security reasons,” explains how they tap different P2P exchanges to offer the best Bitcoin price available, what’s the best method to preserve privacy, and how the service

    Interview with Peer2Cash: The ‘ShapeShift’ of Buying Bitcoin

    | 2017/01/29 2:00 am
  • Bitcoinist spoke with CSO and Founder Kevin McKernan, whose company Medicinal Genomics has successfully put cannabis strains on the Bitcoin Blockchain. He explains how strains are actually traced, why his company chose Bitcoin, and why he believes Bitcoin is currently “too slow” if not “useless” for cannabis dispensaries as a currency. Kevin McKernan: ‘Bitcoin is a Battery of Trust’ Bitcoinist: First, how do you actually put “strains on the Bitcoin blockchain”? Kevin McKernan (KM): We take the sequence files (VCF

    Bitcoin ‘Too Slow’ for Cannabis Industry Until Block Size Changes

    | 2017/01/10 12:00 pm
  • Bitcoinist asked digital currency experts Kim Dotcom, Reggie Middleton and Tone Vays to give us their thoughts on what we should expect from Bitcoin this year. 3 Prominent Experts Share Their Predictions It would be hard to find anyone who predicted Bitcoin could more than double in value in 2016. Even the most ardent proponents can only be so optimistic. My view of its price went as high as $800 by year’s end, but I certainly

    How Far Will Bitcoin Go in 2017? Experts Weigh In With Predictions

    | 2017/01/03 4:00 pm
  • Bitcoinist spoke with Kumar Gaurav, CEO of Cashaa, a blockchain-powered P2P marketplace that makes it possible to send and receive cash anywhere in the world with zero fees.  Unfortunately, when it comes to remittances, the poorer the country, the higher the fees, says the CEO of Cashaa, a blockchain startup based in Canary Wharf, London. Too often, the poorest of citizens can lose up to 20% when receiving money from abroad with traditional services like Western Union.

    Like an ‘Uber for Traders’: How Cashaa Drives Remittance Costs to Zero

    | 2016/12/30 9:00 pm
  • Bitcoinist caught up with Chris Horlacher, CEO of Equibit, a decentralized, peer-to-peer securities platform. It integrates multiple blockchains into a single application allowing issuers and investors to manage every aspect of their relationship in a decentralized, secure manner. Interview with Equitbit CEO, Chris Horlacher Bitcoinist: What’s the major problem with OTC markets, depositories and transfer agents that you’re trying to solve with blockchain technology? Chris Horlacher (CH): The entire securities industry is built on top of

    ‘Ultimately There’ll Be Many Different Blockchains’ – Equibit CEO, Chris Horlacher

    | 2016/12/23 2:30 am
  • Bitcoinist spoke with KeepKey CEO Darin Stanchfield on what makes this hardware wallet different from the Trezor; why sales are increasing in India; and how hardware wallets can boost security for both users and exchanges. ‘Large Uptick’ in Sales to India, CEO says Bitcoinist: KeepKey costs $99. Why should Bitcoin users store their funds with the KeepKey hardware wallet instead of a piece of paper that costs zero? Darin Stanchfield (DS): Paper wallets are a great way to secure your digital assets

    ‘Very Large Uptick’ in Hardware Wallet Sales to India – KeepKey CEO

    | 2016/12/13 8:00 pm
  • Bitphone recently announced to its users via email that service was being closed down, and Bitcoinist caught up with Gavin about the circumstances surrounding the startup’s untimely demise. Interview with Bitphone Founder, Gavin Stevens Starting a new business is very difficult, and starting one inside of a new technological niche market is even more daunting. Gavin Stevens, the founder of Solid Cloud, created a new concept known as Bitphone in the spring of 2015 that created a

    Death of a Bitcoin Dream: Founder Gavin Stevens on Bitphone’s Demise

    | 2016/12/12 9:00 am
  • Wall Street veteran and Bitcoin enthusiast Tone Vays shared his insights with Bitcoinist on SegWit, Coinbase and the IRS, Ethereum, and Donald Trump.  Interview with Tone Vays Bitcoinist: You’ve mentioned on your blog that we need SegWit to pass “for Bitcoin’s future.” Why is SegWit activation so important right now?   Tone Vays (TV): I feel that SegWit is very important. It was put together by some of the smartest financial engineers in the world that truly understand the

    ‘If SegWit Doesn’t Pass, It’s Likely Nothing Else Will Either’ – Tone Vays

    | 2016/12/08 3:05 am
  • Kenya could be considered the crucible for Bitcoin consumer uptake in Africa. Citizens already use mobile to send and receive micro-payments in everyday life, bypassing the need for bank accounts. Also read: SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK SEES POTENTIAL FOR REAL BITCOIN GROWTH  Kimani: ‘Legislative Environment Favorable’ for Bitcoin As startups wake up to the possibilities offered by shunning legacy finance, Bitcoin is getting a foot in the door early. BitPesa, which offers an alternative to the ubiquitous

    Beyond BitPesa in Africa: Interview with Michael Kimani

    | 2016/12/06 8:00 am