• Join Walter Isaacson, along with guests Neha Narula, Don Tapscott, Felix Martin and Max Levchin, as they dispense valuable information on money’s past, present and incredible future in this episode.


  • “Gold's value comes from the fact that people have decided that it's valuable. If we can do that with gold why can't we do that with a scarce digital asset as well?”


  • What you’ll hear in this episode

      • The computer virus that made Bitcoin go viral
      • The basics of the Bitcoin
      • How the Blockchain works
      • Bitcoin as the purest essence of “accounting”
      • How to “mine” for Bitcoins
      • The first thing purchased using cryptocurrency
      • Are we nearing a Bitcoin bubble?
      • The rise and fall of Silk Road
      • How the FBI traces untraceable transactions
      • The origins of currency
      • The Roman Empire’s salty obsession
      • Why is a Bitcoin like a Yap? (Yes, a Yap.)
      • How did that same Yap inspire Keynes?
      • The “Victorian Internet”
      • Why skipping out on the check inspired the debit and credit card industry
      • PayPal’s wild Palm Pilot beginnings
      • The $1.5B acquisition that changed internet commerce forever
      • How the Internet saved the adult film industry. (Really.)
      • Also, how the adult film industry changed the Internet. (Really.)
      • Dennis Rodman, North Korea, Cryptocurrency and Marijuana.
      • The meta-decision making of assigning “value.”
      • The simple disruptive power of Square
      • How we’ll soon pay for music, art and literature
      • The new money-wiring industry
      • Monetizing yourself the Blockchain way
      • The mystery of Satoshi Nakamoto
  • Guest list


      Neha Narula

      Is the Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. She’s interested in distributed systems, databases, cryptocurrencies, and programmable money.

      Twitter: @neha


      Don Tapscott

      Is the co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute. He’s also the author of 16 books about technology and business and society.

      Twitter: @dtapscott


      Felix Martin

      Is a macroeconomist and a fund manager, and the author of Money: The Unauthorized Biography.


      Max Levchin

      Is the founder and CEO of Affirm where he hopes to remake consumer finance from the ground up. He is also the chairman Glow, and former Chairman of Yelp. Before all that he co-founded PayPal.

      Twitter: @mlevchin

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