This is a republication of the notes, slides, and video of my Dec 7, 2013 presentation at LabitConf Buenos Aires.

Originally Presented Dec. 7, 2013 at laBITconf Buenos Aires

Over the last two years, I spent eight months living in Argentina and Chile, and actually, it was here in Buenos…


Despite an already six month cool-off period, for 2018 we see more sideways and downside potential in the Bitcoin price due to sluggish retail demand, hesitation from institutions, and a current market cap that seems too high relative to on-chain activity.

Many investors and advisors are on record stating that $5,700 was the bottom in Bitcoin for this year, and that higher prices lie ahead. While we are very bullish on Bitcoin’s long term prospects, we do heed caution for more short term price optimism.

To find the starting point of…


We’d like to raise your awareness for a fundraiser to the benefit of Bitcoin core developer Luke Dashjr and his wife and children. …


In this article, I take issue with several of the claims made by Vitalik Buterin in his Dec 2016 article “A Proof of Stake Design Philosophy”. My hope is that it sparks debate about proof-of-stake’s high level design and about the proposed future of the Ethereum protocol.

1. “Cost of attack should exceed cost of defense” is illogical

This is a…


After the ransomware attacks of today, in which it appears at least 50,000 systems (including those of UK’s NHS, Santander & Caterpillar) were affected by a worm demanding Bitcoin as ransom, I thought of compiling some resources which build the case that ransomware is a growing trend disrupting digital business…


With the recent surge in the Ethereum price (ETH reaching 30% of Bitcoin’s market cap at nearly $5 billion), I find myself reassessing a number of my conclusions, to the point where I’m wondering whether it could overtake Bitcoin as the dominant cryptocurrency at some point in the future.

Because…


With almost 100 attendees from very diverse backgrounds, I was able to absorb a huge amount of new information at this year’s Satoshi Roundtable. Here are six hypotheses that I take away:

1. Bitcoin matures as a financial asset

Remembering my chats with two CEOs, a CTO, and a fund manager at the conference, it’s clear to…


Proponents of Bitcoin as ‘digital cash’ place more emphasis on the accessibility aspect, arguing that its transaction fees should be low, whereas proponents of Bitcoin as ‘digital gold’ are more focused on its security, arguing that this should not be compromised by efforts to lower costs.

In my opinion Bitcoin…


In no particular order, with links to their twitter handles

This list is mostly based on my experiences on Twitter, so people who are more active on other platforms may be underrepresented or absent. I have no doubt that this list is non-exhaustive, as I have a lot more to learn about the platform. …


Source: cryptowat.ch

When it passed a market cap of $1.5 billion, both in March and in May, Ethereum became the highest valued non-bitcoin cryptocurrency ever.

The enigmatic project is no doubt the altcoin that has the most Bitcoin enthusiasts confused—or even rattled. People are wondering whether Ethereum could be Bitcoin 2.0, …

Tuur Demeester

Economist & investor. Mainly Bitcoin.

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