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 iTunes, Bloomberg, Overcast, and Stitcher. Our earlier podcasts can all be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, 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