Andreas Antonopoulos – Bitcoin – London Real

Andreas Antonopoulos – Bitcoin

If talk about currencies, network systems and internet security is something that scares you, then you are about to have your mind blown.

This week’s episode of London Real brings you Andreas Antonopoulos – technologist, serial entrepreneur and world Bitcoin expert.

If you’ve heard of Bitcoin you may still believe this digital currency is only used by drug-dealers, terrorists and pornographers.

Andreas addresses the bad press Bitcoin has received and is adamant that it’s about to change.

As he points out, this is part of the journey of any new cutting edge technology.

The big paradox at the heart of Bitcoin is that it simulates a coin made from precious metal, i.e. it’s rare.

It doesn’t immediately make sense to have a digital ‘thing’ be rare, as everything in the digital world can be copied ad infinitum.

Confused? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Andreas’s genius is in making complex economic and digital concepts understandable.

If you are baffled by how a currency that trades in the real world can simply be invented from scratch in the ether of the internet, don’t worry, it’s all here.

During the episode, Andreas lead us from his first discoveries of Bitcoin to his now widely accepted expertise, and his evangelism for the currency.

Andreas insists, however, he is not selling Bitcoin.

He simply wants to open up the dialogue about the future of money, and reveal to ordinary people the scope of the technology.

As Andreas says, he’s not in this for the money. He is in it because he loves having “a front row seat in the making of history“.

One thing that might surprise you about Andreas is how approachable and likeable he is.

For a guy who spends his life talking about computer systems and economics, he’s remarkably easy to communicate with.

He’s candid, passionate about what he does, and his optimism about Bitcoin is infectious.

Even if you struggle with talk about currencies, computer networks and financial security, you’ll come away from this week’s episode a believer.

Andreas not only cares about Bitcoin, he cares that YOU care also.

Tune in to watch a fascinating person unravel the cutting edge of money in the digital age.

00:00 Trailer.
02:04 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:56 Brian’s Introduction.
06:30 London Real’s relationship with Max Keiser and Bitcoin.
08:12 Background to Bitcoin revelatory moment for Andreas.
11:56 Satoshi Nakamoto, who (he or she) created the first network centric platform.
12:34 Bitcoin is the first application of the invention there are so many more possible applications.
14:54 Andreas’ fugue type state of complete obsession whilst searching for deeper understanding.
16:59 Why is it that criminals become the early adopters of new technology?
19:23 Government’s connivance.
19:42 Dread Pirate Roberts, the Silk Road and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
20:51 You can’t get stabbed over TCP/IP.
23:58 The Silk Road was the best peer reviewed marketplace. Best quality and best repeat business.
27:08 How Andreas has successfully used his skill to further knowledge of Bitcoin.
29:16 Dichotomy of the volatility in value of Bitcoin tracking interest in Bitcoin.
33:44 The amount of Bitcoins existing and why it doesn’t matter.
36:05 What Bitcoin miners do.
38:11 Difficulty in explaining Bitcoin to the everyday consumer.
40:34 What Andreas is able to purchase with Bitcoin.
43:13 Transformational possibilities of cross border transactions is why Andreas is in Bitcoin.
48:22 How long will his vision take to materialise?
49:35 The amount of investment in the Bitcoin space.
53:45 Competition from other payment opportunities such as Apple Pay and Facebook messenger.
57:47 How does Andreas choose his involvement in Bitcoin?
1:00:23 Why is his a dangerous job, seemingly acting as a lightning rod to certain individuals?
1:03:43 Andreas’ view of what caused the Greek financial crisis and its relationship with Bitcoin.
1:12:51 What is the 20 year outlook for crypto economy space? A self-driving, self-owning Uber taxi?
1:19:14 What happens to the world economy when you bring 6 billion new productive but disconnected people, online?
1:22:51 Success secrets.
1:23:46 London is great, but is it heading for walled courtyards with guards and slum cities around?
1:29:15 Phone call to the 20 year old Andreas.
1:30:09 Best advice Andreas has ever received.
1:33:16 Advice to young people who want to advance cryptocurrencies.
1:35:57 What it is like being on the Joe Rogan show three times.
1:39:15 Brian’s summing up.

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Great interviews – but you may want to include date when these interviews took place for reference. Cheers!


Wow! What a great interview! Andreas & Brian, many thanks!


Bitcoin is undergoing scaling issues. If large scale adoption were to start today Bitcoin would collapse.

John Henry Grzyb (pronounced Grib)
Just finish this episode and I am speechless. I had never really heard of pickling before until yesterday when I started listening to this episode. Took me two days to go through it so that way I can give it its due, and I didn’t trus just finish this episode and I am speechless. I had never really heard a big coin before until yesterday when I started listening to this episode. Took me two days to go through it so that way I can give it its due, and I am impressed. Go back now and watch the success… Read more »
Drew Huang

This is very informative about Bitcoin & Economics. Thanks London Real!


I like that one, then went on and researched and understood Bitcoin. Fascinating piece of tech. Thank you dearly.

Eugene Yakshin

Awesome. Also those Joe Rogan Experience episodes are _very_ interesting.

Nicolas Richard

This video is interesting and fascinating. Well done Brian, please bring more guests who have developed a real knowledge on niche topics, which have some tremendous potential, such as Blockchain/bitcoins.


Great speaker…. an absolute joy to listen to him. Μπράβο κ Αντωνόπουλε!

Martian Lee

Damn, 1:23:30 you cut that personal habit off!

Avida Dollars

As soon as he started talking a little bit in the negative, about the next coming recession, Brian immediately cut him off. Don’t want to turn off the academy members… I don’t know if I agree with that though but it would have been nice to hear he’s point of view further.

Josh Barrett

i found this so interesting change everything i thought i knew about bitcoin that guy should be lecturer or a professor bitcoin is going to change the world in ways we couldnt even imagine yet

Louise Cardow

GREAT interview.. Thank you! i love Bitcioin and the future that it represents.. taking away the power of those banks who rule our monetary system. I am a BitCoin Miner earning from the millions of transactions that happen every day. The future looks bright

Stephen Tackett

How is it possible that Bit Con can’t be seized or frozen?

Josh Barrett

If you keep your wallet data to your self say in a paper wallet nobody but you could ever access your funds freeze it or seize it bitcoin is totally unhackable but if your not careful with your private key or wallet files you could very easily have your bitcoin stolen

Louise Cardow

Basically because YOU are your own bank. You have your own e-wallet where you store your coin – NO one else has access to it – it is not ‘held’ by any bank or Gov.

Belzor Rezor

Where can I find the music from this episode?

Alexandru AdlSolutions

Very informative and educational Andreas

Peter Makowski

Fantastic interview.I have only watched half of it and Andreas has answered questions,calmed fears and flipped my whole perspective of Bitcoin on its head….

James Cass

Great interview! I joined to watch the second part and so far it’s providing great information about Bitcoin and it’s implications in areas besides money. Well done!

Gabriele Farei

Great episode, great speaker, great topic.

Damien Ramos

This is my first time visiting the LondonReal website I will be coming back for more.

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