BitPay CEO on Digital Money History and Worldwide Adoption - Stephen Pair

CEO of the world's largest bitcoin payment processor, Stephen Pair has been interested in digital currencies since the 1990's. Insights on the history AND future of money.

Matt Aaron

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About the Episode

This is an episode where you will want to take notes. Listen and learn.

01:58 - The early days of Internet and what was DigiCash?
06:01 - Similarities between crypto and The Internet, being one of the ‘Web Surfers’ and the Magical Internet.
10:05 - Differences between the stone age of internet and the stone age of crypto.
12:15 - Stephen on discovering Bitcoin.
14:00 - The good old days of Bitcoin mining
16:35 - Big changes takes time-Stephen is extremely patient.
17:30 - The idea of BitPay and where it came from.
19:35 - Relationships with Visa.
20:55 - The contribution of Roger Ver, Barry Silbert and Erik Voorhees to BitPay.
23:45 - Asia is taking the lead in the adoption of Bitcoin-why?
25:00 - Convincing Merchants to accept BTC and BCH.
28:45 - Using cryptocurrencies is inevitable going forward
31:25 - Finding solutions and setting goals for the future.
32:30 - Advice for those getting involved in the crypto world.
34:50 - BitPay and recurring payments.
36:55 - Attitudes towards the Mining community
38:13 - Stephen’s stance on ‘Proof of Stake.’
40:00 - Projects to keep an eye on..

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About the Host

Matt Aaron

Matt Aaron has been podcasting since 2013, when he launched the Food Startups Podcast.

He recently found a second love in cryptocurrency and blockchain and hasn't looked back.

His first major investment into cryptocurrency was the money he made betting on (but not voting for) that Donald Trump would win the 2016 election.

Matt believes that public blockchains and cryptocurrencies are the solution to the many problems exposed of the current banking system in the 2008 financial crisis.

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