What you are going to LEARN in this episode:

Why Bitcoin is the Austrian School of Economics in ACTION!
How Entrepreneurship helps others create, retain and utilize their freedoms
How money is formed in prison
Why community coins, like Steem, are so significant
My guest today is Charlie Shrem, Bitcoin pioneer, founder of BitInstant, Founder of the Bitcoin Foundation and serial entrepreneur. Ever since I met Charlie at the 1st Latin American Bitcoin Conference (in 2013), I was super impressed with how he saw the world. He’s a young guy, still in his mid-20’s, and his mind is constantly looking for ways to build and create value for others. The true mindset of an entrepreneur and I noticed it right away.

In high school, Charlie found that he was proficient with computers and created a business around solving computer and printer problems. In college he saw the success of Groupon and created a similar business where he would sell excess inventory from local warehouses. In his senior year of college, while studying Economics, Charlie found Bitcoin…and it changed his life.

As a self-proclaimed student of the Austrian School of Economics (, which of course he didn’t learn about from his college professors, Charlie saw Bitcoin as the Austrian School in ACTION! Common criticism is laid on the Austrian School in the form of “sure, this sounds great in THEORY, but where has it been put into practice?” Bitcoin was finally the opportunity and real-life example that Charlie had been waiting for.

The BItcoin Problem: In 2011, there weren’t many good places to buy/sell Bitcoin. A company called TradeHill was one of the prominent exchanges, but they were slow and prone to wire issues. Losing bank accounts and wire routes were very common for early Bitcoin companies, especially exchanges.

The BitInstant Solution: Seeing this problem, Charlie decided to build a company, BitInstant, to help alleviate the wait times to buy Bitcoin. He could fund his corporate account at Tradehill, and introduce new access points for clients to place orders. Instead of taking weeks to purchase Bitcoin, it now took only a few hours. Rather than wiring to Tradehill directly, you could fund your BitInstant account from ~1M locations in the US including Walmart, 7-11, CVS and Walgreens. Talk about convenience!

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Meet the hosts

Ashe Whitener is the founder and host of the Liberty Entrepreneurs Podcast which aims to provide an alternative perspective to achieving individual freedom through the creative, entrepreneurial process rather than through the tried and failed process of politics. Ashe has two BS degrees in Engineering and is also an original member of Peter Schiff’s Euro Pacific Bank where he is currently the Head of Business Development. Much of Ashe’s experience has come during his time living in Panama and he continues to consult global teams on various projects including tech startups and offshore asset protection.


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  • This company is basically a full reserved bank that would be fully approved by Murray Rothbard himself. Their metals broker-dealer business is their cash cow today but they are creating a payment network that disintermediates banks and saves their customers money. They have a crypto broker-dealer and storage business as well but as prudent financial advisors the company’s management tries to educate the public about the virtues of gold ownership. The company acts like a fiduciary and seems much more trustworthy than market leaders like coinbase. Expanding into China with a customary 50/50 JV with a local company. Tough to predict the companies FCF going forward but it trades under 2x book value. Let me know what you guys think.

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  • Hi All, Does anyone on here know of any websites or apps where you can earn or make bitcoin? The reason I ask is because I hear about people who were conned out of earning bitcoin so just to ask if you know of any genuine websites and apps?

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