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Outliers: Living, Breathing, & Betting on Bitcoin

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Odds are that you’ve been hearing more and more about cryptocurrency as digital tokens like bitcoin and ethereum have become valuable commodities. Converts (and investors) say that cryptocurrencies built on blockchain technology represent the future of money, finance, and commerce. But skeptics say that digital currencies represent crowd-sourced pyramid schemes or are fuel for another tech bubble.

We met with Olaf Carlson-Wee, who was the first employee at the cryptocurrency broker Coinbase, where he famously took his entire salary in bitcoin. Now, Carlson-Wee runs a hedge fund that deals exclusively in crypto-assets. We talked with Carlson-Wee in San Francisco about money, trust, and how he made his friends rich.

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26 Comments

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    Love Rose
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I had a chance to buy bitcoin in 2012 but I passed, my dad had a chance to buy Starbuck stock In the 70s he passed. Generational mistakes!!

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    bob sacamano
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    His theory about future cars owning themselves is very interesting. I hope it happens in my lifetime.

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    Thomas Van Krevelen
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    The fidget spinner at the end just totally discredited any thing he said. 😜.

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    BodyCount
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Last month for ICO's everything from now on goes into Bitcoin savings and trading altcoins.

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    Crypto Chris
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    You heard of Electroneum?It will be the first crypto coin accessible to the mainstream. Because this crypto coin can be mined with an app on your phone starting on november 1st. It will be the next bitcoin!. It is already in ICO presale and will release november 1st. Get it before the token sale ends, and if u use my link https://my.electroneum.com/join/C888F2 you will get another 1% extra bonus. Do your due diligence and don't miss out on the next Bitcoin!

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    ThoObe
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

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    Patrick LS
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Does anybody know where I can find the mathematical definition of bitcoin?

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    Ed Diaz
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I'm inventing cryptofood, cryptowater, and cryptohouses.

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    Exposing Bums
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Homie thinking too far into the future, his hair ain’t caught up yet

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    F4sos
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    IOTAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    hidinginthetreez
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    8th wonder of world is compounding interest, not techno-lumberjacks on vice

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    Jeremy Chan
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    The electric blockchain car would also need to pay for parking, toll fees and electricity. A pool of cars might consider using their savings to build a power plant so that they can charge themselves at a cheaper rate and not have to rely on human made electricity. It would also have to save up to have "kids" in order to replace itself. It can also sell the data it collects on humans to other cars. Its savings will fund research into the next generation of itself. It it also un-hackable because it lives on the blockchain.

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    E-Kohl
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    This seemed pretty legit until he took out the fidget spinner

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    J J
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    News:
    Two of the most powerful men on Walls Street, Jamie Dimon, the chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase AND Fink, chairman and chief executive of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager have said that (1) Governments around the world will "crush" bitcoin before long (2) These were signs of authorities getting a proper grip on virtual currencies, he said, because "they like to know where the money is, who has it, and what you're doing with it" (3) "But what is the use case for bitcoin? You're in Venezuela, North Korea, you're a criminal. Great product!" (4) Likened the price of bitcoin to an "index of money laundering" (5) They don't personally understand the value of something that has no actual value, "If you're stupid enough to buy it, you'll pay a price for it one day."

    Cash up now fanboys.
    When the big boys of World Economies, Banks and Countries see you as just a pointless pain in their ass, your days are numbered.

    You won't take over the world with this inbred, flawed, currency system. It will not happen. You are not being realistic. You are just getting seduced by a pretend futuristic niche of overpriced ether.

    Good Luck, but get out real soon.

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    Daniel Tynan
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Blockchain tech will eventually be adapted by central banks. . . however Bitcoin or any non-governmental crypto-currency will be outlawed with the excuse that it is "funding terrorism". So yes Blockchain currencies will exist. but they will be created by and controlled by the government/central banks.

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    Jared Harrill
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Who's decision was it to put NXT or Prime Coin up there and no DogeCoin?

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    Josh Rose
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I know that look. She wants it. Really wants it.

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    Станислав Мухортов
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    something only perception bare extension more interest draft permanent shine.

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    G G
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Crypto currency will be the future and it's already here and been for a while sadly like everything else the government must own it or run it so hack the planet !!!!

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    Souleye Today
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    He who control's the pants control's the galaxy!!!

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    jack diamond
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Oh god Bitcoin is gonna crash so hard one of theese days.

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    Los Invencibles ARG
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    i love this guy.. i wish i could be under his wing

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    Musa I of Mali
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    "It owns itself."

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    The Dank Memeist
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    sees fidget spinner ohhkay

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    Chill Ass Individual
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Told my family to buy Bitcoin in 2013 when I was still a minor, if they listen to me and bought 1k worth of it we would've been 199k in profit

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    From Da BottomTv
    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Okay, let's set the record straight. Joining bitconnect, USI whatever it is you're joining for the 1% guaranteed is up to you and your choice. Yes is free to join. Yes it's free for your friend to join. But why not join as a team member and you get 7-10% for referring. Which bitconnect, USI or whatever pays you and not out of your friends Funds. https://blockchainbeliever.usi-tech.info/register

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