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The Bitcoin Frontier

Join us as we explore the transformative power of bitcoin, delving into how it has reshaped the lives and perspectives of our guests. Joe Burnett’s engaging conversations offer a unique insight into their collaborative journey in exploring this monetary revolution. Discover firsthand accounts of innovation, disruption, and inspiration as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of the bitcoin frontier. Whether you're a seasoned bitcoin enthusiast or just starting to explore its potential, The Bitcoin Frontier is your passport to understanding the future of finance.

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Recent Episodes of The Bitcoin Frontier


Bitcoin's strategic value for America with Alex Thorn

Bitcoin's strategic value for America with Alex Thorn

In this episode, Alex Thorn, Head of Research at Galaxy, explores the implications of states attacking bitcoin and discusses how the U.S. can support bitcoin. He analyzes potential catalysts for the U.S. government buying bitcoin and questions if Nvidia and mega-cap tech are in a bubble. The conversation covers bitcoin’s stability and volatility, the prospect of MicroStrategy in the S&P 500, and when more companies might adopt similar strategies. He also addresses another wave of CPI inflation, Balaji’s $1,000,000 bitcoin prediction, the beliefs of MMTers, and what drives bitcoin cycles. The episode concludes with discussions on bitc...

Episode 34 11 June 2024 1h, 4m and 40s


Understanding the perfect scarcity of bitcoin with HODL Waves pioneer John Ratcliff

Understanding the perfect scarcity of bitcoin with HODL Waves pioneer John Ratcliff

In this episode, John Ratcliff, a bitcoin blockchain analytics pioneer and early bitcoin adopter since 2013, explores the extremity of bitcoin scarcity. John shares his extensive background as a game developer and how he initially began to understand bitcoin. He discusses the similarities between early game development and bitcoin's block size limit, as well as the interesting connection between bitcoin and freemasonry. The conversation also covers topics like Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), UFOs, and the mindset needed to analyze the bitcoin blockchain. Listeners will learn John’s perspective on bitcoin price models, the true scarcity of bitcoin, and practical advice fo...

Episode 33 4 June 2024 1h, 15m and 36s


AI, AGI, and bitcoin: unleashing human abundance with Christopher David

AI, AGI, and bitcoin: unleashing human abundance with Christopher David

In this episode, Christopher David, a self-taught software engineer with two decades of experience, dives into the future of AI and bitcoin. Christopher offers his expert analysis on OpenAI's GPT-4o model release, the evolving dynamics between humans and AI, and the pivotal question of whether AI will replace or create millions of jobs. He also examines the future landscape of closed-source versus open-source models, the innovative ways software engineers are leveraging LLMs, and the potential arrival of AGI.


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Episode 32 28 May 2024 54m and 57s


How to win fork wars and bitcoin’s total potential market with Bitstein

How to win fork wars and bitcoin’s total potential market with Bitstein

In this episode, Bitstein discusses critical aspects of bitcoin's history. We begin with an analysis of the 2015-2017 blocksize war and its implications. Bitstein offers insights on potential future bitcoin fork wars and whether he would ever support any future hard forks. We explore bitcoin's antifragility and why institutions like the Mises Institute haven't fully embraced it. Bitstein also outlines the long-term vision of the Nakamoto Institute. We then examine stock-to-flow and power law models to understand bitcoin’s “boundless” total addressable market (TAM).


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Episode 31 21 May 2024 1h, 13m and 21s


How to hold bitcoin for 1,000+ years with Matt McClintock

How to hold bitcoin for 1,000+ years with Matt McClintock

In this episode, Matt McClintock shares his expertise on managing thousands of bitcoins for ultra-wealthy clients. He discusses the differences between early bitcoin pioneers from 2010 and existing ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) buying bitcoin, the burning questions ultra high net worth bitcoin holders ask, and how bitcoin is transforming wealth inheritance. Matt dives into trust durations, jurisdictions, and tax strategies, revealing whether these UHNWIs are still buying bitcoin or diversifying and shifting to “ethical” investments. We also look at bitcoin's future in the US, the timing of ETF approvals, its total addressable market, and the surprising number of early ultra-wealthy adopters.

Episode 30 14 May 2024 55m and 34s


Exponential growth, power laws, and bitcoin portfolio management with Dr. Jeff Ross

Exponential growth, power laws, and bitcoin portfolio management with Dr. Jeff Ross

In this episode, Dr. Jeff Ross shares insights on current macroeconomic trends, including the Federal Reserve's reconsideration of rate cuts, increased market volatility over the past month, and unexpectedly high inflation rates. He discusses the power law model, drawing comparisons with patterns observed during his medical career as a physician and radiologist. Dr. Jeff also explores strategies for constructing the optimal portfolio in 2024 and in the future under a bitcoin standard.


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Episode 29 7 May 2024 53m and 57s


Bitcoin skepticism with Micah Warren

Bitcoin skepticism with Micah Warren

In this episode, we explore bitcoin skepticism, focusing on topics such as hashrate volatility, potential miner attacks, and Michael Saylor's perspective on bitcoin. Micah provides insights from his bitcoin textbook and uses a chalkboard to clearly illustrate his views on the future of the bitcoin mining industry. We dive into significant issues like transaction censoring and miner collusion, and discuss the potential future risks to bitcoin's cryptographic security.

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Episode 28 30 April 2024 52m and 39s


Reimagining bitcoin hardware wallets with SeedSigner

Reimagining bitcoin hardware wallets with SeedSigner

In this episode, we compare common hardware wallets with SeedSigner, a DIY bitcoin hardware wallet. We explore the reasons behind building SeedSigner, the process of securely generating seeds, and the considerations for holding a private key on hot devices like an iPhone or cold devices like a Trezor, Ledger, or Coldcard. We also discuss the evolution of bitcoin custody over the last decade, the risks associated with using common hardware like Raspberry Pi, and the advantages of multisig versus singlesig setups.


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Episode 27 23 April 2024 57m and 26s


Modeling the price of bitcoin with Fred Krueger

Modeling the price of bitcoin with Fred Krueger

In this episode, Fred Krueger reflects on his initial experience of purchasing bitcoin on Mt. Gox and subsequently selling it on Mt. Gox. He dives into detailed explanations of both the Stock-to-Flow (S2F) and power law models, offering his insights on whether the bitcoin power law model should be regarded as a mathematical law or just a pattern. Finally, he discusses potential factors that could disrupt the power law model and addresses the notion proposed by Michael Saylor that all models are broken.


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Episode 26 16 April 2024 1h, 7m and 34s


Investigating the Ethereum Foundation with Bryan Jacoutot

Investigating the Ethereum Foundation with Bryan Jacoutot

In this episode, Bryan Jacoutot dives into the process leading to the approval of a bitcoin ETF, comparing this journey with the potential pathway for an Ethereum ETF to receive approval. He touches on the Ethereum Foundation investigation, what would happen if ethereum is declared an unregistered security, and how ethereum’s proof of stake consensus mechanism may play a role in the approval process. Last, he suggests what may be the biggest threat to bitcoin and how the United States and bitcoin may evolve together.


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Episode 25 9 April 2024 55m and 34s

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