Austin E. Alexander: Bitcoin Is a Complete, Total Game Changer. It’s an Opt-Out.


Austin E. Alexander is working for the office of the CEO at Kraken. He joined Kraken at the end of 2013. Back then, Kraken had only 20 to 30 employees. Today it is one of the biggest and most respected crypto exchanges in the world. I met Austin at several bitcoin conferences and at the Baltic Honeybadger in Riga in October, we finally sat down to chat about his career and the developments in the bitcoin space since 2011. In 2013 he was co-founding the Bitcoin Center New York with Nick Spanos. He talks about how enthusiastically they have built the center and about the problems they ran into in the dawn of the Bit License. We also discuss his learnings in 2019 while visiting Uganda, Somalia, South Africa and Zimbabwe and much more.

“In retrospect we’ll see that bitcoin has grown exponentially.” – Austin E. Alexander

“I would have never imagined that bitcoin is this big this quickly.” – Austin E. Alexander

“Bitcoin is going to change how we consume.” – Austin E. Alexander

  • How he found out about Bitcoin
  • Questioning the fiat and nation state system
  • Security Token Offerings
  • Co-founding the Bitcoin Center of New York with Nick Spanos
  • Effects of the Bit License
  • His million dollar bicycle
  • Not getting a bank account
  • Future of Exchanges in countries like Uganda, Guatemala, Somalia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • His visit in Zimbabwe
  • Time preference
  • Krakens compliance with regulations
  • Libra, an attack on bitcoin


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Austin E. Alexander: Bitcoin Is a Complete, Total Game Changer. It’s an Opt-Out.


Recording Date: September 14, 2019
Location: Baltic Honeybadger Conference, Riga



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