24 January 2018 | 19:00

Coinscrum {Presents} w/ Jimmy Song (Bitcoin Core Contributor ) & Brett Scott

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Monzo, 230 City Road, EC1Y 1BE

280 Cryptonauts

To kick off 2018 with as bang we welcome two very established thought leaders in the crypto space to Coinscrum on 24th January.

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5 Free Bitcoin Business Ideas

An old hack (in bitcoin terms) and writer of some the best explanatory blog posts out there, Jimmy Song will be packaging up his wealth of experience and handing out 5 Free Bitcoin Business Ideas for free.

Jimmy is a Bitcoin Core Contributor and former VP of Engineering for Armory, one of the earliest and most robust bitcoin wallets. He caught the Bitcoin bug back in 2011 and started contributing to Bitcoin open source projects since 2013. Hes a contributor to CoinDesk and has a popular Bitcoin blog. Hes been teaching blockchain to engineers for over 3 years.

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Is Bitcoin really Money?

For a long time users and holders of Bitcoin have spoken about it as money, using monetary language like 'deflation' and 'payments'. This, however, is combined with language that suggests Bitcoin isn't money, such as 'Bitcoin market capitalization' - which is term originally applied to shares that are valued in fiat currency - and 'investment', which normally suggests a non-monetary asset valued in terms of future money flows. Recently a lot of the original language of Bitcoin as a low-cost payments system has given way to view of Bitcoin as crypto-gold to be hoarded rather than spent. There seems to be growing confusion about the difference between money and an investment that gives rights to future money. In this talk, Brett Scott will make some provocations about the nature of fiat money, crypto-currency and gold, in the hope of clarifying the debate.

Brett Scott is a journalist, campaigner and the author of The Heretics Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (2013). He works on financial reform, alternative finance and economic activism with a wide variety of NGOs, artists, students and start-ups, and writes for publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine and CNN.com. He produced the 2016 UNRISD report on blockchain technology, and collaborates on blockchain projects such as DECODE Barcelona. He is a Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, an Associate at the Institute of Social Banking and an advisory group member of the Brixton Pound. He helps facilitate a course on power and design at the University of the Arts London, and facilitates workshops on alternative finance with The London School of Financial Arts.

He tweets as @suitpossum