Crypto Voices is about education. A bit of entertainment too. The focus is on Bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital ledger technology and broader FinTech, including all of the benefits and challenges that come with these breakthrough technologies.
Launched in 2009, Bitcoin was a milestone in peer-to-peer and cryptographic communication, decentralized verification, immutable transacting, and money. Bitcoin wove many interesting pieces of technology together, and the creativity flowing from these ideas is not slowing down. It's compounding.
We understand the words Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, digital money and blockchain have come to mean different things to different people. We admit to using these terms interchangeably on this site, and believe that, however Bitcoin and other blockchains competitively emerge, these ideas will soon be as ubiquitous across the globe as the Internet is today, just as that was quite hard to understand not so long ago. If they aren't, then that means the world will have found something better than blockchain technology, which is a good thing.
Bitcoin and other cryptoassets offer something different. Some consider them as the most secure, private, efficient, and liberty-oriented form of communication today. Cryptographic blockchains can be used as money, digital commodities, verifiable asset registries and collateral, decentralized governance, prediction markets, secure storage and secure messaging. They are not limited to these things. Bitcoin may do some, most, or all of these things. Regardless of who "wins"—if any one blockchain does "win"—the ideas emerging from those working on and promoting these tools are important, arguably more important for society than the Internet. Blockchains are promoting like-minded association and an incredibly free flow of thought around the world, in a "more secure" manner that has not been seen before. The interesting thing is that no government needs to (and we may find cannot) tell anyone how to act or what to do here.
We generally view this as a good thing, and hope the world will become a better place for it.
Matthew Mežinskis is an American of Latvian decent, residing in Eastern Europe since 2006. He consults investors across the real estate, hospitality, food & beverage and online direct lending industries. He was an early board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities Latvija, serving as financial director. He holds a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Cincinnati. He has been following Bitcoin since 2011.
Fernando Ulrich holds a Masters in Austrian School Economics from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. He resides in Southern Brazil, and is Head of Cryptocurrency Research at XP Investimentos. He authored the first Portugese book on Bitcoin. He blogs on the largest financial news portal in Brazil and hosts a YouTube channel titled Moeda na era digital, "Money in the Digital Age." He is a board member of Mises Institute Brazil.
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