Today’s guest is a man who has been at the forefront of the cryptocurrency movement since the early days. Entrepreneur, cryptocurrency influencer and Bitcoin maximalist, Dan Held is quite simply an ‘OG’ in the realm of Bitcoin evangelism.
His forthright and unwavering approach to extolling the virtues of this increasingly provable protocol have made him a much sought-after speaker in the cryptoverse and established his reputation as a significant influencer who has worked tirelessly in the space for the last decade because above all else he believes in the value it promises.
Dan is an educator who is extremely knowledgeable and savvy, having traversed the choppy waters of volatile crypto markets, knowing better than most the patterns and pitfalls at play.
Dan bought his first Bitcoin in 2012 when digital currency was still a very new concept. He was attracted to the notion of storing value and how it allowed people to interact with complete freedom; there was no turning back.
“I was a big Libertarian and Austrian school of economics guy so Bitcoin was a perfect fit for my ideology.“
Dan studied Business Administration & Finance at Texas A&M University. Following his college days, Dan worked at several firms that allowed him the opportunity to learn more about capital investment and portfolio analysis.
However, through much early experience and opportunity, Dan decided to quit his job, and with a friend developed and co-founded Zeroblock, an app that allows for users to see real-time market data and a news feed aggregator pertaining to cryptocurrency on both iOS and Android.
From there he became the Director of Product at Blockchain.com, which became the go-to search engine for the Bitcoin economy. Among numerous ventures, Dan and his business partner began working on building their next tool in the field – Interchange. His vision and understanding were clear, so much so that Interchange was acquired by Kraken in 2019, where Dan took on and still holds the position of Director of Growth Marketing.
As an early mover in the sector, Dan explains the infrastructure was ‘shaky’ and involved only a small number of resolute personalities. He attended meetings called the ‘Bitcoin Supper Club’ where the pioneers plotted and extrapolated the potentiality of their newfound technology.
His knowledge of the entire spectrum of cryptocurrency and decentralised finance represents profound and well-rounded, and I for one cannot wait to sit down and take a deep dive into everything we’ve seen this last year in relation particularly to Bitcoin, and what he thinks the future might hold.
Of course, there can be little doubt where Dan’s loyalties lie, but it is with a measured approach and vast wealth of knowledge that he concludes,
“Bitcoin rearchitects how capital is efficiently allocated in our economy, ultimately creating a world with more abundance and resources for all.”
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Dan Held is a man who could see the value of decentralisation and the opportunity cryptocurrency could bring. He believed in the ideology as much as the economics and has worked for the last ten years to spread that message to as many people as possible. So be sure to tune in and watch this fascinating episode with one of the truly old school influencers.
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00:00 | Trailer.
02:45 | Brian’s introduction.
05:26 | Why freedom is the reason Dan Held got into Bitcoin and thinks that the dollar is one of the greatest scams of all time.
12:49 | Inflation and deflation, why Bitcoin is easier to understand than the existing Fiat currency, with the beauty of the Bitcoin price cap.
18:02 | Bitcoin cycles and how things have changed a lot in the last 18 months.
24:42 | Institutions and Sovereign Wealth Funds uptake of Bitcoin.
30:22 | Dan Held’s prediction for a supercycle.
33:18 | Bitcoin as opposed to Ethereum, the layer war and the issue of the long term ecosystem.
41:11 | Dan Held’s thoughts on the attitude and influence of the media and how people should react to that.
52:00 | What his job is like as a growth marketer, his challenges and the future for Kraken.
55:55 | The importance of the work that Dan Held is doing.
59:00 | How to contact Dan Held and learn more about Bitcoin and Kraken.
1:00:14 | Brian’s summing up.
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