Author: Michael Kapilkov

Congressman of Venezuela: “Police kidnaps Bitcoin miners” (Consensus 2019)

Venezuela has been in the spotlight a lot recently. It’s not often that both the mainstream media and the crypto media pay an equal amount of attention to a topic. The country is undergoing a major political crisis with two men claiming to be its legitimate presidents… Meanwhile, Venezuela’s inhabitants […]

Mueller Report: Bitcoin Transactions in the Investigation

There was a lot of agitation about the publication of the Mueller report amongst the politically-involved populace. The long-awaited document is 450-pages long; however, the most interesting bits (no pun intended) are the allegations that the GRU (The Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the […]

Fake news on CNBC: Bitcoin, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Gold are not investments

Did CNBC really say that Bitcoin, along with some of the best-performing stocks of the decade, is not an investment? – Yes and no. In a piece called “Don’t buy bitcoin, warns wealth manager: We’re likely ‘going to see cryptocurrencies collapse”, they quote one Peter Mallouk – J.D., MBA, CFP® […]

English Premier League is opening doors for crypto exchange CoinDeal

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. is not the best-known football club in the world. Casual fans of the English Premier League may be vaguely familiar with it. However, the Wolves have a great pedigree and may be the most exciting story in the EPL since the 2015/16 season when Leicester City shocked […]

Mark Zuckerberg: “Encryption is decentralizing”

Here is a quick recap of the series of events that sparked the idea for this article: Facebook will integrate Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram into Facebook Network; Facebook is looking to blockchain technology to solve both technological and image problems; Likely, Facebook will utilize blockchain technology to secure sensitive data […]

Bitcoin – the false narrative

When a government wants to exercise greater control over some sphere, the narrative (or the framing of the argument) it is trying to set is important. Ceteris paribus, most human beings prefer less government involvement in their lives. When the now controversial USA Patriot Act was introduced in October 2001, […]

Moon browser lets you shop online with crypto

Recently, I was invited to be one of the judges for the Columbia Venture Competition where I had a chance to review ten blockchain startups that had been founded by Columbia University students and alums. The quality of the projects and the development stage varied a lot. However, there was […]

Joseph Lubin: “$4,000 is very high for Bitcoin”

It’s February 19th, 2019, and Joseph Lubin is holding a talk at the Lubin School of Business of Pace University in New York… No, they haven’t yet named the school after Ethereum’s co-founder and the founder of ConsenSys. It’s named after Joseph I. Lubin, an American accountant and businessman who […]