The Kevin Rooke Show
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E72: Vijay Boyapati on The Evolution of Money, Bitcoin's Role as Money, and the Lightning Network
10/3/2022 • 58m
Vijay Boyapati is the author of The Bullish Case for Bitcoin, and one of the brightest Bitcoiners around. In our discussion, Vijay explained his thesis on the evolution of money, we explored where Bitcoin is in this four-phase evolution, and specifically covered the role of the Lightning Network and Bitcoin as a medium of exchange. → The Bullish Case for Bitcoin: https://www.bullishcaseforbitcoin.com/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → Stakwork: https://stakwork.com/ This show is a Lightning podcas...
E71: Ry Sterling on IBEX Mercado, New Lightning Use Cases, and Helping El Salvador Adopt Bitcoin
9/27/2022 • 1hr 11m
Ry Sterling is the VP of North America at IBEX Mercado. There are two parts to the IBEX business, it is a tool enabling merchants to accept Bitcoin payments, and an infrastructure platform for enabling entirely new Lightning use cases. In our discussion, Ry explained the vision for IBEX Mercado, we explored a bunch of emerging Lightning use cases, and we discussed the adoption of Bitcoin in El Salvador. → IBEX Mercado: https://www.ibexmercado.com/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → Stakwo...
E70: Ray Marceau on Building Purse, Integrating Lightning, and Focusing on Bitcoin
9/21/2022 • 1hr 13m
Ray Marceau is the CEO of Purse, a marketplace enabling anyone to spend Bitcoin to buy products on Amazon, or sell Amazon gift cards to buy Bitcoin. In our discussion, Ray explained how the Purse platform works, the ups and downs of their 8-year journey in the Bitcoin space, why Purse decided to integrate Lightning payments this summer, and why they’re considering focusing exclusively on Bitcoin on their platform. → Purse: https://app.purse.io?_r=StackSats Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo ...
E68: Lyle Pratt on Building Vida, Communicating on Lightning, and Helping Anyone Earn For Their Time
9/9/2022 • 1hr 25m
Lyle Pratt is the founder and CEO of Vida, a platform for letting anyone monetize their time with paid messages, calls, and livestreams. In our discussion, Lyle explained how Vida works, the role Lightning payments might play across social media, his experience building on Lightning to date, and how Vida could help more people earn more Bitcoin. → Vida: https://vida.page/?ref=kr Sponsor → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo This show is a Lightning podcast. That means instead of asking for like...
E67: Egge on Lightning Network Advertising and the Creator Economy on a Bitcoin Standard
9/1/2022 • 1hr 20m
Egge is the co-founder of Starbackr and an advertising industry veteran who has fallen down the Bitcoin and Lightning rabbit hole. Egge explained how the world of advertising works, how Lightning could offer improvements for advertisers and consumers, and how the creator economy might evolve on a Bitcoin standard. → Starbackr: https://starbackr.com/ Sponsor → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo This show is a Lightning podcast. That means instead of asking for likes or shares, I ask for sats. The best...
E66: Danny Diekroeger on Cash App, LDK, and Operating the Deezy LN Node
8/27/2022 • 1hr 31m
Danny Diekroeger is a Bitcoin software engineer at Cash App, and the operator of one of the world’s largest Lightning nodes. In our conversation, Danny explained how Cash App thinks about building Bitcoin and Lightning features, and the challenges of operating a Bitcoin business at scale. we also discussed Spiral’s Lightning Development Kit and Danny’s strategy for becoming a top Lightning node operator. → Deezy Node: https://deezy.io/ → Danny Diekroeger on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannydiekroeger Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&u...
E65: Fiatjaf on LNURL, Nostr, LNTXBot, Pancho, P2P Apps, Value 4 Value, and More
8/24/2022 • 1hr 20m
Fiatjaf is a pseudonymous programmer who has worked on a handful of really impactful projects in and adjacent to the Lightning Network ecosystem. In our discussion, we discussed the work Fiatjaf has done on LNURL, LNTXBot, Nostr, and Pancho, as well as the P2P internet movement and the concept of Value 4 Value. → Fiatjaf’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/fiatjaf Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zeb.gg/rooke This show is a Lightning podcast. That means instead...
E64: Joe Consorti on the Time Value of the Lightning Network, Lightning Banks, and Taro
8/20/2022 • 1hr 30m
Joe Consorti is a Bitcoin market analyst who recently wrote a great article called The Time Value of the Lightning Network. In our discussion, we got into the time value of money and how it applies to the Lightning Network, we discussed Lightning banks, and we explored the idea of generating yield on Lightning today, and using things like Taro in the future. → The Time Value of the Lightning Network: https://thebitcoinlayer.substack.com/p/the-time-value-of-lightning-network Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo →...
E63: Christopher David on Arcade City, Decentralized Ride Sharing, and Building on Lightning
8/14/2022 • 1hr 25m
Christopher David is the CEO and Founder of Arcade City, a peer-to-peer platform that aims to decentralize ride-sharing and enable a circular Bitcoin economy. In our talk, we spoke about Arcade City’s vision, the issues facing gig economy workers, and why Arcade City decided use Bitcoin, Lightning, and Nostr to bring their platform to life. → Arcade City: https://arcade.city/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zeb.gg/rooke This show is a Lightning podcast. That means in...
E62: John on Building Zaprite, Getting Paid in Bitcoin, and Accounting on a Bitcoin Standard
8/12/2022 • 1hr 19m
John is the CEO and Founder of Zaprite, an invoicing platform that helps anyone get paid in Bitcoin. In our talk, we spoke about how Zaprite’s product works, the challenges keeping people from getting paid in Bitcoin, and the things people really care about when accepting payments: fees, speed, and stability. → Zaprite: https://zaprite.com/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zeb.gg/rooke This show is a Lightning podcast. That means instead of asking for likes or...
E61: Nicolas Burtey on Stablesats, Galoy, Bitcoin Banks, and El Salvador's Bitcoin Adoption
8/3/2022 • 1hr 16m
Nicolas Burtey is the CEO and co-founder of Galoy, an open source banking platform helping communities of any size adopt Bitcoin. In our talk, we spoke about Galoy’s latest release called Stablesats, we talked about the future of stablecoins and Bitcoin banks, and Nicolas shared some updates on the latest in El Salvador’s Bitcoin adoption. → Galoy: https://galoy.io/ → Adopting Bitcoin Conference: https://adoptingbitcoin.org/2022/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud → ZEBEDEE: https://zeb.gg/rooke Before every show, I ask listeners on Twitter to send in t...
E60: Randy Naar on the Liquid Sidechain, Blockstream, Issuing Assets & More
7/29/2022 • 1hr 12m
Randy Naar is a software engineer at Blockstream, working on getting assets on the Liquid side chain. In our talk, we spoke about what Liquid is, how it works, Liquid Network usage today, and the applications that asset issuers might want to use Liquid for in the future. → Liquid: https://blockstream.com/liquid/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zeb.gg/rooke Before every show, I ask listeners on Twitter to send in their best questions for future...
E59: Paolo Ardoino & Mathias Buus on Holepunch, Keet, Building P2P Apps, and Lightning Adoption
7/26/2022 • 1hr 39m
Paolo Ardoino and Mathias Buus are the co-founders of Holepunch, a fully encrypted platform for building peer-to-peer applications. Matthias is the CEO, who has been building P2P products for a decade, and Paolo is CSO, along with being the CTO at Tether. In our talk, we spoke about what Holepunch is and how it works, how P2P apps can eliminate the costs and risks of relying on cloud data storage, we explored the apps developers could build on top of Holepunch, and the ways they could monetize their apps with Bitcoin or stablecoins on Lightning.
E58: Alan Plus on Building LN+, Getting Liquidity, and Lightning Network Adoption
7/23/2022 • 1hr 18m
Alan Plus is the founder and CEO of Lightning Network+, a marketplace for getting inbound and outbound liquidity by participating in channel swaps. In our talk, Alan and I spoke about why he built LN+, how the platform works, and their business model, competition, and network effects on Lightning more broadly. → LN+: https://lightningnetwork.plus/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zeb.gg/rooke Before every show, I ask listeners on Twitter to send in their best questi...
E57: Christian Decker on Blockstream, Greenlight, Lightning Scalability, and More
7/14/2022 • 1hr 33m
Christian Decker is a researcher at Blockstream who has been involved in Bitcoin since 2009, and even did his Ph.D dissertation on Bitcoin. In our talk, Christian and I spoke about Blockstream and their Lightning project called Greenlight, we discussed Lightning scalability, and we even got into things like channel factories, liquidity ads, peerswap, and more. → Blockstream: https://blockstream.com/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zeb.gg/rooke Before every show, I ask listeners on Twitter to sen...
E56: Gigi on Internet Business Models, Value 4 Value, and Freedom in an Information Age
7/9/2022 • 1hr 38m
Gigi is a pseudonymous Bitcoin developer and author and is full of compelling ideas about Bitcoin and the Lightning Network. In our talk, Gigi explained how ad-funded business models on the internet are broken, how value for value can offer a solution, and his views on paywalls, micro-payments, and freedom in the information age. → Gigi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dergigi → The Freedom of Value: https://dergigi.com/2021/12/30/the-freedom-of-value/ → Human B | Bitcoin Documentary: https://vimeo.com/658711759 Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_camp...
E55: Udi Wertheimer on Bitcoin, The Lightning Network, Stablecoins, and More
6/30/2022 • 1hr 42m
Udi Wertheimer is a developer by trade, and one of the most thought-provoking and controversial figures on Bitcoin Twitter. We’ve had a few back-and-forths on Lightning adoption on Twitter, so I wanted to do a full episode. In our talk, Udi explained his views on Bitcoin and the Lightning Network, the value of stablecoins, as well as the Metaverse, Web3, Web5, and tribalism in crypto. → Udi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/udiWertheimer Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zeb.gg/roo...
E54: William Casarin on Lightning as a Communications Layer for Bitcoin, LNLink, Nostr, and Damus
6/26/2022 • 1hr 19m
William Casarin is a Bitcoin and Lightning developer working on a new project called Damus, built on the Nostr protocol. We had a technical discussion where William explained why he sees the Lightning Network as a communications layer for the Bitcoin economy, the ways the internet may evolve over time, and William’s work on LNLink, Nostr, and Damus. → Damus: https://damus.io/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ Before every show, I ask listeners on Twitt...
E53: Max Webster on Hivemind Ventures, Exponential Curves, and Lightning Network Opportunities
6/20/2022 • 1hr 22m
Max Webster is the founder of Hivemind Ventures, an early stage fund investing in Bitcoin startups building on the Lightning Network. In our conversation, Max explained why he’s investing in Lightning Network startups today, we explored the business opportunities for Lightning nodes, liquidity marketplaces, and emerging payment apps, and we got into startup valuations, identifying strong founders, and finding product-market fit in the Lightning ecosystem. → Hivemind Ventures: https://hivemind.vc/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ Be...
E52: Jared Nusinoff on Building Mash and Helping Creators Earn More on the Lightning Network
6/15/2022 • 1hr 14m
Jared Nusinoff is the founder and CEO of Mash, a Lightning powered platform helping anyone on the internet earn more for the content they create. In our conversation, Jared explained how Mash works, how independent creators can benefit from Mash in the same way independent retailers benefit from Shopify or Etsy, and the ways the internet will change when native payments are ubiquitous. → Mash: https://www.getmash.com/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ Before every...
E51: Roy Sheinfeld on Building Breez, Streaming Sats, & LN Adoption
6/10/2022 • 1hr 23m
Roy Sheinfeld is the co-founder and CEO of Breez, a self-custodial platform for streaming sats to podcasters, accepting payments as a merchant, and sending Bitcoin all on the Lightning Network. In our conversation, Roy shared insight into Breez adoption and the types of users on the app, and we explored the business of supplying liquidity on the Lightning Network. → Breez: https://breez.technology/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ At the end of every show, I answ...
E50: Alex Leishman on Building River, Taro Use Cases, and Earning Yield on the Lightning Network
6/4/2022 • 1hr 10m
Alex Leishman is the founder and CEO of River, a platform for buying Bitcoin that also happens to be one of the largest players on the Lightning Network. In our conversation, Alex explained why River launched their Lightning integration way back in 2019, we explored some of the new use cases Taro could unlock on Lightning, and examined the risk-reward tradeoffs of earning yield on Lightning vs. other forms of yield. → River: https://river.com/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https...
E49: Paul Itoi on Stakwork, Sphinx Chat, Earning Bitcoin, and AI vs. Humans
6/1/2022 • 1hr 13m
Paul Itoi has built two of the most popular Lightning applications to date, Sphinx Chat and Stakwork. These platforms already enable people to chat and earn over the Lightning Network, and Paul’s vision for where these platforms will go next is incredible. In our wide-ranging conversation, Paul and I discussed the concept of earning Bitcoin, how AIs and humans can work together to truly build a world computer, and how decentralized knowledge graphs can help people learn faster than ever. → Sphinx: https://sphinx.chat/ → Stakwork: https://stakwork.ai/ Sponsors → Vo...
E48: Michael Levin on Lightning Labs, Bitcoin & Lightning Adoption, and Taro
5/28/2022 • 1hr 42m
Michael Levin is a Product Manager at Lightning Labs, a company building tools to bring Bitcoin to billions. In our conversation, Michael and I discussed the dual adoption curves of Bitcoin, we explored the entire suite of Lightning Labs products, and we discussed Taro and the future of the Lightning Network. → Lightning Labs: https://lightning.engineering/ → The Dual Adoption Curves of Bitcoin (Part 1): https://michael-levin.medium.com/part-1-the-dual-adoption-curves-of-bitcoin-2ffafbc5d5e7 → The Dual Adoption Curves of Bitcoin (Part 2): https://michael-levin.medium.com/part-2-lightning-network-bitcoins-crossing-the-chasm-superpower-7fe4fd4702dc Sponsors ...
E47: Henrik Skogstrøm on LN Capital and Operating a Successful Lightning Network Routing Node
5/25/2022 • 1hr 11m
Henrik Skogstrøm is the founder of LN Capital, a company building capital management software for routing nodes. In our conversation, Henrik and I discussed LN Capital’s first product Torq, the challenges routing operators face today, the addressable market for Lightning Network payments, and the skill and capital requirements for being a successful Lightning node operator. → LN Capital: https://ln.capital/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ At the end of every show, I answer an...
E46: Rene Pickhardt on Multi-Part Payments, Zero Base Fee, and Lightning Network Limitations
5/18/2022 • 1hr 23m
Rene Pickhardt is an independent researcher working on improving payments on the Lightning Network. In our talk, Rene explained his experience doing independent Bitcoin research, how multi-part payments and zero base fees can improve Lightning payments, and some of the limitations of the Lightning Network today. → Rene’s Website: https://ln.rene-pickhardt.de/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ At the end of every show, I answer any questions listeners send in over the Lightning Network...
E45: Daniel Buchner on Building Decentralized Identity at Block
5/11/2022 • 1hr 23m
Daniel Buchner is the Head of Decentralized Identity at Block, the company formerly known as Square. In our talk, Daniel helped me understand the concept of identity, why and how identity can be decentralized, and how having self-sovereignty over your identity can change the relationships and the power dynamics between users and the apps we use today. → TBD: https://tbd.website/ → DIF: https://identity.foundation/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ At the end of e...
E44: Tom Chojnacki on Satsback & Lightning Powered Loyalty Rewards
5/7/2022 • 1hr 3m
Tom Chojnacki is the founder of Satsback, a platform that helps you save in bitcoin whenever you shop online. In our conversation, Tom and I discussed the concept of Sats back rewards, why consumers love Bitcoin as a form of loyalty points, and the addressable market for retail and e-commerce rewards. →Satsback: https://satsback.com/ Sponsors → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ At the end of every show, I answer any questions listeners send in over the Li...
E43: Sam Walker on Reacher and Solving Email Spam with Lightning Payments
5/5/2022 • 1hr 16m
Sam Walker is a Senior Software Engineer at Strike, and the creator of a new app called Reacher that aims to solve email spam with Lightning payments. In our conversation, Sam and I discussed exactly how Reacher works, how Lightning can eliminate spam all over the internet, and some of the new business models that may emerge on a Lightning-powered internet. → Reacher: https://www.reacher.me/ Today’s show is sponsored by Voltage and ZEBEDEE. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https...
E42: Julie Landrum on OpenNode, Payment Processing Fees, and Network Effects
4/30/2022 • 1hr 25m
Julie Landrum leads International Strategy & Growth for OpenNode, a Bitcoin payment processor built on the Lightning Network. In our conversation, Julie and I discussed the addressable market for Bitcoin payments, the hidden fees traditional payment processors charge, and the challenge of overcoming the network effect of fiat payment systems. → OpenNode: https://www.opennode.com/ Today’s show is sponsored by Voltage and ZEBEDEE. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ At the end of every show in the Ligh...
E41: Lyn Alden on the Lightning Network, Stablecoins, and Bitcoin Adoption
4/28/2022 • 1hr 25m
Lyn Alden is an investor and analyst who needs no introduction on this show. In our conversation, Lyn and I discussed her interest in Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, liquidity as a network effect, the impact of stablecoins on Lightning, nation-state Bitcoin adoption, and much more. → Lyn Alden: https://www.lynalden.com/ Today’s show is sponsored by Voltage and ZEBEDEE. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ At the end of every show in the Lightning Round, I answer a...
E40: Zero Fee Routing on Running One of the World's Top Lightning Routing Nodes
4/23/2022 • 1hr 11m
Zero Fee Routing is the pseudonymous operator of one of the world’s largest Lightning Network routing nodes. As the name implies, Zero Fee Routing doesn’t charge fees to route payments, and as a result has become a major hub of Lightning connectivity, routing over 10 BTC of payment volume per day. In our conversation, we discussed their strategy of selling liquidity and routing for free, their decision to move their node from LND to Core Lightning, and the future earning prospects for routing nodes on the network. → Zero Fee Routing Node: https://amboss...
E39: Dennis Reimann on BTCPay Server, Lightning Merchants, & Value 4 Value
4/20/2022 • 1hr 12m
Dennis Reimann is a programmer at BTCPay Server, a self-hosted, open-source Bitcoin payment processor. In our conversation, we discussed how BTCPay Server works and the plug-ins that will be built on top of it, the benefits and drawbacks of Lightning for merchants, and value 4 value as a business model. → BTCPay Server: https://btcpayserver.org/ Today’s show is sponsored by Voltage and ZEBEDEE. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ At the end of every show in the Ligh...
E38: John Cantrell on Building Sensei, Lightning Node Implementations, and Emerging Lightning Use Cases
4/17/2022 • 1hr 17m
John Cantrell is the pseudonymous creator of Sensei, a lightning node implementation focused on making Bitcoin accessible to the entire world. In our conversation, we discussed exactly what Sensei is, Sensei’s relationship to Spiral’s BDK and LDK, the broader Lightning implementation landscape, and emerging payments use cases that could be built on Lightning. → Sensei: https://l2.technology/sensei Today’s show is sponsored by Voltage and ZEBEDEE. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → ZEBEDEE: https://zbd.gg/ At the end of e...
E37: Mempool Co-Founder Simon on Open Source Bitcoin Projects, Lightning, Liquid, Bisq, & Bitcoin's Mempool
4/15/2022 • 1hr 1m
Simon is the co-founder of the Mempool Open Source project, an explorer for monitoring Bitcoin transactions, mempool congestion, network fees, and more. In our conversation, we discussed the value of building Mempool as an open-source, self-hosted project, the Liquid Network’s role as a side chain on Bitcoin, peer-to-peer exchanges like Bisq, and the debate around Bitcoin’s transaction fee sustainability. → Mempool: https://mempool.space/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, the industry standard in Lightning Network infrastructure. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo
E36: Stelios Rammos on Building Geyser and Crowdfunding on the Lightning Network
4/12/2022 • 1hr 18m
Stelios Rammos is the co-founder of Geyser, a Bitcoin crowdfunding platform built on the Lightning Network. In our conversation, we discussed the pros and cons of fiat crowdfunding platforms, the ways Lightning can improve accessibility for fundraisers, as well as stablecoins, censorship resistance, and the Geyser roadmap. → Geyser: https://geyser.fund/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, the industry standard in Lightning Network infrastructure. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → Use code KEVINROOKE to get 50% off your first month's Lightning node ...
E35: Lisa Neigut on Blockstream's Core Lightning, The Differences Between LN Implementations, and Base58
4/8/2022 • 1hr 21m
Lisa Neigut is a member of Blockstream’s Lightning team, and the co-founder of Base58, branded as the world’s best Bitcoin education company. Lisa and I discussed her work at Blockstream, the differences between Lightning implementations, as well as centralization risks and educating Bitcoin developers at Base58. → Core Lightning: https://blockstream.com/lightning/ → Base58: https://www.base58.info/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, the industry standard in Lightning Network infrastructure. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → Use code KEVINRO...
E34: Cory Klippsten on Building Swan Bitcoin, Angel Investing, and the Lightning Network
4/6/2022 • 58m
Cory Klippsten is the co-founder of Swan Bitcoin, as well as a Bitcoin angel investor and educator. Cory and I had a wide-ranging conversation, starting with Cory’s work at Swan, and then getting into the Lightning work Cory is doing, startup investing, the macro-economic picture, educating Bitcoiners, and more. → Swan Bitcoin: https://www.swanbitcoin.com/ → The Bitcoin Canon: https://www.swanbitcoin.com/canon/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, the industry standard in Lightning Network infrastructure. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign...
E33: Pierre Rochard on Kraken's Lightning Integration, Other Exchanges Supporting Lightning, and Lightning Predictions
4/2/2022 • 1hr 22m
Pierre Rochard is a Bitcoin advocate, entrepreneur, and a Product Manager at Kraken, where he played a key role in launching Kraken’s Lightning Network integration. Pierre and I discussed exactly how Kraken’s Lightning integration was launched, the trade-offs that exchanges face when considering integrating with the Lightning Network, and a wide array of Lightning Network predictions. → Kraken: https://www.kraken.com/ → Kraken’s Lightning Node: https://amboss.space/node/02f1a8c87607f415c8f22c00593002775941dea48869ce23096af27b0cfdcc0b69 The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, the indust...
E32: Anders Helseth on the State of the Lightning Network
3/25/2022 • 1hr 16m
Anders Helseth is a senior analyst at Arcane Research, and helped create their State of The Lightning Network report. Anders and I discussed the Lightning Network metrics covered in his report, the pace of innovation in Lightning since the report was published, and potential catalysts that could spur on further Lightning adoption. → Arcane Research: https://www.research.arcane.no/ → The State of  Lightning Report: https://www.research.arcane.no/the-state-of-lightning The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network. → Voltage: https://voltage...
E31: Abubakar Nur Khalil on the ₿ Trust and Lightning Innovation in Africa
3/20/2022 • 1hr 19m
Abubakar Nur Khalil is the CEO at Recursive Capital, a ₿ Trust board member, and a co-founder at Qala. Abubakar and I discussed his role in overseeing Jack Dorsey and Jay Z’s ₿ Trust, Bitcoin and Lightning adoption in Nigeria and Africa more broadly, investing in African Lightning startups through his work at Recursive, and educating the next generation of Bitcoin developers. → Recursive Capital: https://rcrsv.xyz The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=You...
E30: Bryan Solstin on Making Bitcoin Legal Tender In America
3/19/2022 • 1hr 19m
Bryan Solstin is a US Senate Candidate with a campaign focused on making Bitcoin legal tender in America. Bryan and I discussed the steps required to make Bitcoin legal tender, Bitcoin’s effect on the US political landscape today, how the Lightning Network will fulfill Bitcoin’s ability to be a medium of exchange, and the second-order effects of America on a fiat vs. Bitcoin standard. → Bryan Solstin: https://solstin.org/ → Bryan’s 22 Bitcoin Use Cases: https://zenimal.xyz/use-cases The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questio...
E29: Brian Murray on Craft Ventures, Investing in Bitcoin Companies, and the Impact of the Lightning Network
3/17/2022 • 1hr 23m
Brian Murray is a partner and the COO at Craft Ventures, a VC firm dedicated to finding the next generation of world-changing companies. Brian shared a fascinating perspective on Bitcoin, Lightning, startup investing, and the ways in which the Lightning Network will be impactful to different sets of people all over the world. I learned a ton from this conversation, and I know you will too. → Craft Ventures: https://www.craftventures.com/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network. → Voltage: https://volt...
E28: Michael Bumann & Moritz Kaminski on Building Alby, Improving Lightning Payments, and Value 4 Value
3/15/2022 • 1hr 17m
Michael Bumann and Moritz Kaminski are the co-founders of Alby, a Chrome extension that enables anyone to send Bitcoin over the Lightning Network directly from their browser. Michael, Moritz, and I spoke about exactly how Alby works, the similarities and differences between Alby and Metamask, why Alby chose to build on WebLN and LNURL, as well as a wide-ranging discussion covering identity, value for value, and interesting new Lightning applications. → Alby: https://getalby.com/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network. → Volt...
E27: Ken Kruger on Building Moon & Enabling Anyone To Spend Bitcoin Anywhere
3/11/2022 • 1hr 17m
Ken Kruger is the CEO and Founder of Moon, a company making it easy for anyone to spend their Bitcoin anywhere online. Ken and I spoke about exactly how Moon enables this functionality, Moon’s partnership with VISA, the challenge for traditional payment platforms to innovate on Lightning, as well as a wide-ranging discussion covering privacy, censorship, and emerging Lightning applications. → Moon: https://paywithmoon.com/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtub...
E26: Justin Rezvani on Building Zion, Social Media on Lightning, Value 4 Value, and Lightning Adoption
3/8/2022 • 1hr 10m
Justin Rezvani is the CEO of Zion, a Bitcoin company re-imagining social media on the Lightning Network. Justin and I spoke about how Zion differs from traditional social media apps, the importance of peer-to-peer communication and value transfer, how Value 4 Value changes people’s behavior, and Zion’s business model and adoption metrics to date. → Zion: https://www.getzion.com/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → Use...
E25: Oleg Mikhalsky on Fulgur Ventures, Investing in Lightning Companies, and Lightning Adoption
3/5/2022 • 1hr 22m
Oleg Mikhalsky is a Partner at Fulgur Ventures, a VC firm focused on investing in Bitcoin and Lightning Network companies. Oleg and I spoke about why Fulgur is so excited about the Lightning Network, new business models enabled by Lightning, attracting founders to build on Lightning, valuations in the Lightning startup ecosystem, and the different types of adoption the Lightning Network is seeing today. → Fulgur Ventures: https://fulgur.ventures/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_sour...
E24: Chris Stewart on Suredbits, Oracles, DLCs, and Building Financial Markets on Bitcoin
3/3/2022 • 1hr 26m
Chris Stewart is the founder of Suredbits, a company focused on building financial applications and markets directly on the Bitcoin protocol. Chris and I spoke about Bitcoin’s smart contract limitations today, the ways in which DLCs could enable new applications for Bitcoin, how DLCs, CFDs, and Oracles work, and the future applications of Bitcoin smart contracts that Chris is excited about. → Suredbits: https://suredbits.com/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network. → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium...
E23: Adam Curry on Podcasting 2.0, Value 4 Value, The Fall of Legacy Institutions, and the Lightning Network
2/28/2022 • 1hr 58m
Adam Curry is one of the pioneers of podcasting, and is playing an integral role in advancing the Podcasting 2.0 movement, and the Value 4 Value business model. Adam and I spoke about his background in broadcasting, the ways in which the podcast industry has evolved, his work on the Podcast Index, the value of earning and engaging directly with your audience, and the new features being built into modern podcasting apps today. → Podcast Index: https://podcastindex.org/ The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network....
E22: Alyse Killeen on Building Stillmark, Investing in Bitcoin Companies, and Emerging Lightning Network Applications
2/22/2022 • 1hr 28m
Alyse Killeen is the Founding Partner at Stillmark, a Bitcoin focused VC firm.   Alyse and I spoke about her focus on investing in Bitcoin companies, the things Alyse looks for in founders and startup pitches, and the particular segments of Bitcoin and the Lightning Network she is most excited about in 2022.   → Stillmark: https://www.stillmark.com/  The Lightning Round is sponsored by Voltage, where you can ask me questions over the Lightning Network.     → Voltage: https://voltage.cloud?utm_source=kevinrooke&utm_medium=Youtube&utm_campaign=1mo → Use code KEVINROOKE to get 50% o...