• President Donald Trump and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) agree on their dislike of the Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency (Photo composite from images by Gage Skidmore of Peoria, AZ, and the U.S. Congress)
    Bitcoin,  Libra,  United States

    President Trump slams Bitcoin, piles on Facebook’s Libra

    Donald Trump and Rep. Maxine Waters actually agree on something: Facebook’s cryptocurrency is a bad idea

    Facebook is so powerful it can even make President Donald Trump agree with Rep. Maxine Waters, the liberal House Democrat from California’s 43rd district, near Los Angeles.

  • Blockchain Capital’s Jimmy Song speaking at the Bitcoin 2019 Crypto PR Lab afterparty (photo by Martine Paris).
    Bitcoin

    Crypto pundits are unfazed by market volatility

    A look at the halving, the whale, and the Bitcoin faithful

    Martine Paris talked with crypto pundits, Jimmy Song, venture partner at Blockchain Capital and author of Programming Blockchain; Alex Frenkel, GM of Kin Ecosystem; Michael Terpin, CEO of Transform Group and co-founder of BitAngels; and Alex Mashinsky, founder and CEO of Celsius Network. What follows are their views on the likely causes of the wild parabolic swings.

  • Ethereum

    At contentious Consensus interview, Jimmy Song and Joe Lubin bet $550,000 on Ethereum’s future

    Bitcoin apostle calls out Ethereum and ConsenSys as targeting the gullible and greedy

    ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin just bet more than half a million dollars that Ethereum will be going strong in four years. Settling the terms of the bet between Lubin and Bitcoin missionary Jimmy Song on Ethereum’s success or failure took a year—it was made onstage at Consensus 2018—but it’s done.

  • The Blockchain Deathmatch at SXSW in action. From left to right: University of Texas at Austin's Cesare Fracassi, IBM OpenTech’s Christopher Ferris, St. Mary’s University School of Law's Angela Walch, and Bitcoin Core developer Jimmy Song (photo by Omar L. Gallaga for Modern Consensus).
    Bitcoin,  Technology

    ‘Deathmatch’ panel on private versus public blockchain heats up at South by Southwest

    Arguments over what it means to be truly decentralized

    A panel over the future of walled-garden blockchain nodes versus so-called “permissionless” blockchain stopped short of getting personal, but was still more contentiously vocal than most talks at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. It included IBM OpenTech’s Christopher Ferris, a computer scientist and author of the company’s Blockchain Pulse blog; St. Mary’s University School of Law professor Angela Walch, who is also a research fellow at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London; and Jimmy Song, a venture partner for Blockchain Capital, Bitcoin Core developer, and author.