Bitcoin Q&A: Fostering adoption with empathy and education

How can we foster adoption locally in order to make Bitcoin more global? Timing is important; first help the people who need it most. You can only ignore money until it stops working. Don’t promise things you can’t deliver. Educate those who became interested for the wrong reasons. Don’t try to sell it too hard; not everyone is ready.

This question was from a talk which took place at the Sheraton Warsaw for the Polish Bitcoin Congress (Polski Kongres Bitcoin) on May 12th 2018 in Warsaw, Poland:

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Investing in Education instead of Speculation –
Beyond Price: Bitcoin’s Impact on the Future –
Why I’m against ETFs –
Do crypto-banks threaten hard money? –
Regulation and the bank boycott –
Wallet design and mass adoption –
Mass adoption and peer-to-peer commerce –
Scaling strategies and adoption –
Price volatility and store of value –
Why I earn bitcoin instead of buying –
Job opportunities with cryptocurrencies –
Inspiring cryptocurrency projects –
From barter to abstract money –
Crossing the chasm of theoretical vs. real need –
Remittances and smuggling in Venezuela –
How long until mainstream adoption? –
What is the biggest adoption hurdle? –
Bitcoin as everyday currency –
Hyperbitcoinization –
What is the appeal of sound money? –
Why permissioned blockchains fail –
How to avoid re-creating systems of control –
Is bitcoin testing governments? –

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin.

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He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters.

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Translations of MASTERING BITCOIN:



Translations of THE INTERNET OF MONEY:
Spanish, ‘Internet del Dinero’ (v1) –
French, ‘L’internet de l’argent’ (v1) –
Russian, ‘Интернет денег’ (v1) –
Vietnamese, ‘Internet Của Tiền Tệ’ (v1) –


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  1. i hope youtube's video recommendation algo can help promote his ideas when people search for "bitcoin going to the moon" and let him educate them

  2. I just can’t believe that Andreas never makes mistakes in all of his videos that I have watched. Andreas never pushes stuff either. Just facts. We all have been given a magnificent gift. So listen up people.

  3. With all that said in this video, what is your thought on Mad Bitcoins AKA Thomas Hunt? He goes out on the strip in Vegas to shill Bitcoin. Saying shill but not in a bad shitcoin kind of way lol. Maybe promote Bitcoin sounds better.
    I agree with this video. You don't want to go out and "sell" Bitcoin.

  4. Now its on the rise again, maybe people are beginning to waken up to the fact that for BTC anyway it certainly would be insane to destroy the peoples only global, Lawful money of account and unit of measure, guaranteed to securely record all transactions in a tamper proof blockchain. Giving the world a trust worthy currency, inflation proofed, counterfeit proofed and independent of all governments, all banks and any one group of peoples absolute control.

    How can that possibly ever fail once the people realise the awesome significance of transacting in Bitcoin?

    It would only take a small change in mindset to have BTC as the global base unit of measure that all fiat currency's would be measured against.

    That can be accomplished by; instead of asking how much BTC is worth in "any currency" we should be asking how much "any currency" is worth in BTC.

  5. Great advice bro but then again sometimes just advice us on life like what careers to choose and all that cool stuff. Otherwise bro can you please donate some satoshi for me

    Or some small ethereum 0x93ce42426767d4085fa07729a25cdadbad8ea344

  6. Andreas I would really like your opinion on my blockchain project. I tokenized my youtube channel to create a reward system for my viewers…

  7. this is good stuff that should be shown in economics classes in schools. especially this is epic 4:31: 'My friiiiiend !' @aantonop: as always, thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  8. We've all been a Philip! The way that you explain the reality between the community & technology is perfect. I'm sure we must come across cultish and look like compete lunatics at times. Real life stories will create knowledge. Thank you ✌?

  9. I agree wholeheartedly. Adoption is coming with or without us being the annoying Bitcoin promoting party guest. Next time you’re in Denver please let me know. I’d like to buy you a whiskey. Cheers!

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