Tilton Talks Crypto was delighted to welcome special guest Dan Held. Dan is a well-known figure in the crypto world, having experience across five bitcoin focused companies over the last decade. He is probably best known as an entrepreneur having started both Interchange and ZeroBlock but has also worked as Director of Growth Marketing at the crypto exchange, Kraken and is the author of “The Held Report” a widely read bitcoin newsletter.
Perhaps Dan’s greatest passion, though, is as a bitcoin educator. He believes in the potential of bitcoin and crypto in general to revolutionize finance and is a fierce defender of the principles behind it. It is in that role that he has become involved in policy discussions on the subject, including co-authoring the white paper, “Why the US Should Reject Central Bank Digital Currencies” with Natalie Smolenski.
That was the main subject of his discussion with Martin Tillier, SmartFi’s Head of Research, but they also got into other, more generalized subjects in the realm of Bitcoin and crypto in general. They started by talking about the origins of the Bitcoin Whitepaper and why Dan felt it needed to be written.
His biggest concern is that Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) will result, whether intentionally or not, in an infringement of liberty in the US, drawing us closer to the Chinese model of government than the traditional American one. Martin’s concern was more focused on the expansion of central bank power in an economic sense, but whichever of those things interests you, you will find some fascinating views expressed in the podcast.
Dan was, for many years, a Bitcoin maximalist, believing that Bitcoin, and Bitcoin only, was the future of finance. He still feels that it is the best basis on which to move forward but has moderated his views somewhat as multi-layered protocols and an expanding world of defi have created new opportunities in the crypto world. In this episode of Tilton Talks Crypto Dan Held talks about where he stands now on that subject and gives an informed opinion about how crypto can continue to move the world towards a more user-centric economic model and monetary system.
Dan Held’s views on Bitcoin and crypto are widely respected and sought after in the crypto community, and if you are interested to hear them, you should download and listen to this podcast. It can be seen on YouTube or listened to in an audio format, either by going to SmartFi.com or downloading the episode from most podcast providers.