Adam Levine, Editor-In-Chief of Let’s Talk Bitcoin, will be joining the virtual currency panelist discussion at the upcoming Plug and Play Winter Expo. Let’s Talk Bitcoin is a twice weekly audio show that, as Adam reminds us at beginning of each new episode, discusses the ideas, people and projects building the new digital economy. As someone who works in a cutting edge financial tech company, he will bring valuable perspective to a FinTech Expo.
Adam started Let’s Talk Bitcoin back in April of 2013, right after the price bubble in the spring. This is actually the fourth Bitcoin startup that Adam has started in the last two and a half years, but the first one he started with the use of a penname.
“I wasn’t sure if this was going to be the something that was socially acceptable to attach one’s name to. Every time I tried to start [a Bitcoin podcast] before it didn’t gain any traction because the audience that was interested in Bitcoin, and thinking about it on a high enough level, wasn’t an audience that listens to content. They much prefer to read.” Adam said.
The discussion first took place during daily, hour long episodes, and Adam took on the massive workload of edited and producing the content himself. The current show brought over the podcast elements of these episodes, but now offers an array of written content on the subject as well.
“Let’s Talk Bitcoin is a more sustainable way of getting this discussion and commentary out there in the long term, with out me wanted to kill myself after a week.” Adam said.
Adam is based in Napa Valley where he lives on a 200-acre redwood forest. When he’s not in front of the computer working on the show, he’s taking care of the ducks and guinea fowl on his property. Adam originally got his start in sales, but quickly transition into virtual currency when he discovered his passion for it.
“I’m really fascinated by systems. I think that realizing we don’t understand how complex systems work is really key to a lot of the problems that we have in the world, and thinking we can control things that are too complex leads to models running the world instead of reality running the world. When it comes to something as important as money, this became abundantly clear to me.” Adam said.
Right now Let’s Talk Bitcoin is focusing on building a correspondent network and trying to move into non-English languages as quickly as possible. The reason behind the move away from America is that a decentralized virtual currency could have a detrimental effect on the US economy, making it much more logical to bring the discussion to places that will actually accept Bitcoin.
“The core conflict we’re looking at here is that Bitcoin is an ownership based system and we live in a world that has entirely debt based monetary systems powered by the US dollar. Bitcoin represents competition to an industry that in my lifetime has never had any competition.” Adma said.
Adam expressed excitement about joining the Plug and Play winter expo as a panel speaker and offering his perspective on virtual currency, as well as startups working with virtual currency.
“I love networking on this stuff. Bitcoin is such a new project that you meet people from startups who’ve never head of it, and when you tell them about it they say ‘wow that solves all of these problems I’ve been trying like heck to solve’” Adam said.
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