• 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
  • Innocoin is a new crypto currency exchange service that allows visitors to buy altcoins with bitcoin, without making an account at an exchange. It is based on an affiliate model and the fee is split 50% with the website owner who puts the Innocoin widget on his site. The widget is also available as a WordPress plugin. Webmasters can just download the plugin and enter their bitcoin address, email address and preconfigure desired currency pair,

    Innocoin Co-Founder Talks Details on Crypto Trading Service

    | 2016/09/08 5:00 am
  • LEOcoin is a relatively new digital currency that operates on a blockchain-based, peer-to-peer network. Entering a market saturated with altcoins, this project will have to set itself apart from the crowd if it wants to avoid getting drowned out by all the altcoin noise. Disclaimer: This article was sponsored by LEOcoin. Bitcoinist is not responsible for this project’s products and/or services. LEOcoin Attempts to Address the Needs of Business in the Technological Age The team behind

    LEOcoin: Currency for the World of Business Technology

    | 2016/08/27 3:00 pm
  • Svante Lehtinen sat down with Bitcoinist to talk about the proposed HEAT ledger. Billed as a ‘blockchain 3.0 technology,’ The project claims to improve upon current blockchain technologies by dramatically improving transaction speeds through a synthesis of proof-of-stake and proof-of-work. Lehtinen is the project leader of HEAT and an experienced entrepreneur of 20 years. He is also the founder of the 2.0 cryptocurrency, FIMK, and the COB of the nonprofit Krypto Fin ry association. Also

    Blockchain 3.0 Technology: Project Leader on the New HEAT Ledger

    | 2016/08/04 12:38 pm
  • Bitcoinist recently spoke with Bill Shihara, CEO of Bittrex, an online cryptocurrency exchange that is based and regulated in the United States. Bittrex prides itself in being “market neutral,” having listed and supported 190 different cryptocurrencies on its platform. Bill offered his opinion and insight on the recent Ethereum hard fork, and the events that have transpired including the rise of Ethereum Classic and Poloniex’s decision to trade it. Also read: Breakout Gaming Appoints Board of

    Bittrex’s Bill Shihara on Ethereum Classic and Poloniex

    | 2016/07/26 7:22 pm
  • Bitcoinist recently spoke with Angus Champion de Crespigny, Financial Services Blockchain and Distributed Infrastructure Strategy leader at EY, the multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. De Crespigny has established the firm’s first Digital Currency and Asset Technology group which consults businesses and financial institutions on blockchain and consensus technologies.  Also read: Dash: The Original DAO Angus gives us an inside look at how he feels about private blockchains, the Bitcoin blockchain, and how these

    Financing the Future: EY Blockchain Advisor on Fintech

    | 2016/06/24 5:00 am
  • Genesis Mining is one of the few cloud mining organizations to actually fulfill their obligations to their customers as well as a huge advocate for the Bitcoin and Cryptopcurrency industry.  Since the beginning of 2016 the mining industry has seen a lot of shifts, as well as new coins to mine that are wildly popular like Ethereum. Also Read: US Banking Regulators Warn About Imminent Swift Attacks Genesis Mining quickly expanded their GPU mining capacity

    Marco Streng of Genesis Mining on Ethereum and DASH Mining

    | 2016/06/10 3:19 pm
  • Syscoin, a cryptocurrency built for online merchants and marketplaces, has implemented DirectBTC as part of Syscoin 2.0 which builds on the features established on earlier versions. DirectBTC allows Bitcoin users to participate on the currency’s marketplace, which previously required ownership of the coin.  Also read: Pre-Order With Bitcoin Using Purse Pre New Syscoin 2.0 Features The new features allow for a decentralized marketplace where buyers and sellers can use Bitcoin for their transactions. These features will allow buyers

    Syscoin 2.0 Launches DirectBTC on Decentralized Marketplace

    | 2016/05/21 6:00 am
  • HYPR Corp. is a biometric security company that focuses on making the financial world safer for consumers and businesses alike. Led by CEO and blockchain enthusiast George Avetisov, the company recently partnered with blockchain security firm BitGo, producing an alliance that could secure the entire finance industry with blockchain-powered biometrics. Also read: Bitcoin Price Blunders, Suffers $15 Decline Combining the Blockchain With Biometric Security Bitcoinist got the chance to sit down with CEO George Avetisov

    HYPR CEO: Blockchain Becoming ‘Ubiquitous’ in Banking Sector

    | 2016/05/01 11:59 am
  • NeuCoin is an up-and-coming altcoin that aims to spread awareness about cryptocurrency through games and community building. Recently, the team behind the digital currency made a few announcements on the future of the project. Most notably, the NeuCoin Foundation will be destroying 2.2 billion of the coins in its reserves, decreasing the supply of the currency by 50%. Also read: NeuCoin Makes Moves With Facebook Game and Tipping Platform Launch NeuCoin Continues to Make Progress

    NeuCoin to Destroy 2.2 Billion Coins, Launching New Projects

    | 2016/04/11 12:00 pm
  • 4 April 2016 – Openbazaar has been moved to the main bitcoin network, and is officially open for business. You can buy, sell and moderate transactions using the newest beta release, and sell real goods and services for Bitcoin. There have been several improvements to the app since our interview with Sam Patterson about the testnet launch, and they certainly show. Read Also: Secure DAO Marketplace Launches Massive Crowdsale Dr. Sanchez’ Thoughts on OpenBazaar Release

    OB1’s Washington Sanchez Speaks about OB Release

    | 2016/04/05 2:28 am
  • ZeroNet the decentralized Internet-like network that uses Bitcoin and BitTorrent technology is a new platform launched in January of 2015. The application is based in Budapest, Hungary and acts as a web host for a network of peer-to-peer pages. Users worldwide can use the open source ZeroNet protocol and begin surfing distributed websites. Also Read: Synthetic Cannabis Proliferates On The Dark Web “ZeroNet’s goal is to create a more decentralized and people-powered Internet with open,

    An In Depth Interview With the Developer of ZeroNet

    | 2016/04/01 6:00 am
  • The BitHope Foundation is the first Bulgarian non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses cryptocurrency exclusively. This foundation is reportedly the first crypto-exclusive NGO in compliance with Article 33 of the Law on Nonprofit Legal Entities. BitHope believes that cryptocurrencies are the best form of money “that has been created by the human intellect,” which is why it wants to use digital currency to help people. Also read: John McAfee: ‘There are Tremendous Technology Problems With Bitcoin’

    BitHope Speaks: Scalability and the Future of NGOs

    | 2016/03/08 6:00 am