|Andreas M. Antonopoulos|
|Born||1972 (age 45–46)|
|Alma mater||University College London|
Andreas M. Antonopoulos (born 1972) is a Greek-British bitcoin advocate. He is a host on the Let's Talk Bitcoin podcast and a teaching fellow for the M.Sc. Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia.
Antonopoulos obtained his degree in Computer Science and Data Communications and Distributed Systems from University College London. He consulted businesses on open source and open networks as early as 1990. He has authored more than two hundred articles published in print and syndicated worldwide. As a partner at Nemertes Research, Antonopoulos researched computer security, stating that the greatest threat to computer security was not experienced hackers, but overly complex systems that resulted from rapid change in business.
In 2012 Antonopoulos became enamored with bitcoin. He eventually abandoned his job as a freelance consultant and started speaking at conferences about bitcoin, consulting for startups, and writing articles free of charge.
According to his podcast, Antonopoulos is a consultant on several bitcoin-related startups. He served as head of the Bitcoin Foundation's anti-poverty committee until 2014, when he resigned citing a lack of transparency as the reason.
Antonopoulos was an outspoken critic of the Mt. Gox trading platform as early as April 2013, calling it "a systemic risk to bitcoin, a death trap for traders and a business run by the clueless". In February 2014, following the closing of Mt. Gox, Antonopoulos published a further analysis of the collapse and its effect on the greater bitcoin ecosystem.
In April 2014, Antonopoulos organised a fundraising campaign for Dorian Nakamoto, who was identified in a Newsweek article as the creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. The reporting techniques used in the article were controversial among journalists and Bitcoin community members. The fundraiser, intended to assist Nakamoto after the attention he received as a result of the article, raised 50 bitcoins, worth US$23,000 at the time.
On 8 October 2014, Antonopoulos spoke in front of the Banking, Trade and Commerce committee of the Senate of Canada to address the senators' questions on how to regulate bitcoin in Canada. In his testimony, he warned senators against premature regulation of bitcoin, stating "Wait until the technology is better understood by all of us ... there are many applications based on this model -- would stifle this technology in its early days."
In December 2017, unsolicited donations of over 100 bitcoins (worth $1.3 million) were sent to Antonopoulos by over a thousand followers of his work, after Roger Ver made a public post to Twitter on 5 December questioning Antonopoulos's investment choices given his "eloquent" public speaking about bitcoin since 2012.
Adam Back reportedly began the outpouring of support by tweeting: "if 'sign guy' can get a meaningful start from tips,[note 1] we should try to find a way for the community to fund Antonopoulos to a hodler's position." Erik Voorhees went on to support Antonopoulos by saying: "If you've ever learned about, participated, used or benefited from bitcoin in any way, please donate to Andreas."
Antonopoulos said he was deeply moved after the outpouring of support, saying: "Words are my craft, but tonight I am speechless."
All videos below are released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
|The Joe Rogan Experience, #446||27 January 2014|
|The Joe Rogan Experience, #490||22 April 2014|
|What is bitcoin?||Disrupt Startup ScaleUP, Athens, Greece||23 November 2014|
|The Joe Rogan Experience, #581||1 December 2014|
|Dumb Networks, Innovation and the Festival of the Commons||O’Reilly Radar: Bitcoin & the Blockchain: Realities, Risks, Rewards, San Francisco, USA||27 January 2015|
|Bitcoin is Punk Rock||Wired Money: Beyond Bitcoin, London, UK||8 July 2015|
|Peer-to-Peer Money in a Historical Context||Reinvent.Money, Rotterdam, The Netherlands||26 September 2015|
|Bitcoin Scaling||Institute of Cryptoanarchy, Prague, Czech Republic||22 March 2016|
|The Joe Rogan Experience, #844||7 September 2016|
|The Stories We Tell About Money||bitcointalk, Mumbai, India||26 March 2017|
|Open Blockchains for Cashless Developed Economies||Blockchain Day, Oslo, Norway||25 April 2017|
|Delivering Liberty at Scale||Bitcoins in Bali, Bali, Indonesia||27 June 2017|
|Introduction to the Internet of Money||Internetdagarna, Stockholm, Sweden||20 November 2017|
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