MIB: Paul Vigna on Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

This week, we speak with Paul Vigna, reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of several books about Crypto and Blockchain, including The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order and this year’s The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything.

Vigna tells the story of attending a small conference over the Summer of 2013 about cryptocurrencies and blockchain. At the event, he discovered a new world and energy of utopian cypher-punks, libertarians, survivalists and other eclectic personalities. It became apparent that Bitcoin was more than a mere computer program, it was a social movement that arose out if the Great Financial Crisis.

He mentioned in passing that this collection of people would make for a good Michael Lewis book, but quickly realized that it was a book he should write. Hence, that was how The Age of Cryptocurrency was born.

His favorite books are referenced here; our conversation transcript will be published here.

You can stream/download the full conversation, including the podcast extras on iTunesBloombergOvercast, and Stitcher. Our earlier podcasts can all be found on iTunesStitcherOvercast, and Bloomberg.

Next week, we chat with Dave Butler, co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors.

 

 

Paul Vigna Authored Books

The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Paul Vigna and Michael Casey

The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything by Paul Vigna and Michael Casey

 

Paul Vigna Favorite Books
Den of Thieves by James Stewart

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert Pirsig

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin

Dubliners by James Joyce

Ulysses by James Joyce

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

 

 

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