This episode of Bitcoin Magazine’s “Bitcoin In Asia” featured Ahyke Otutubuike, a technical writer and Bitcoin user based in Nigeria.
Nigeria has been in the news this month as its central bank issued a directive, prohibiting regulated financial institutions from dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges and companies that touch crypto, essentially unbanking them. Ahyke had a piece in Bitcoin Magazine this past week explaining the situation and adding context for Bitcoin’s place in Nigeria’s economy overall, he added additional analysis in this episode. He discussed the momentum for Bitcoin in Nigeria and its main use cases, national economic factors behind the central bank’s move, what he sees as the main drivers of the action and what comes next.
This episode of Bitcoin Magazine’s “Bitcoin In Asia” featured Alejandro De La Torre, vice president at Poolin. De La Torre and Poolin are managing taprootactivation.com to improve on the communication and transparency of the Taproot activation process specifically. Poolin has also recently launched a live-traded, hash rate-backed token, one that represents 1 terahash of hash rate in its own mining operation.
De La Torre has been in the Bitcoin data and mining space since 2014 when he founded SendChat, later acquired by wallet and data service Blocktrail, where he led business development until it was acquired by Bitmain. Inside of Bitmain, De La Torre co-founded BTC.com, and led its European office during the SegWit upgrade process. Now, back with former BTC.com colleagues at Poolin, De La Torre leads its global business development.
He discussed Poolin’s hash rate-backed token and why it is gaining traction as a novel market entrant and the progress of taprootactivation.com and what comes next in the activation process. De La Torre also shared his thoughts on recent news in North America around DCG’s Foundry and Blockstream, as well as Bitmain’s split and how he sees the prospects for each separate entity.
On this episode of Bitcoin Magazine’s “Bitcoin In Asia,” Molly joins host John Riggins for a quick-hitting conversation about Bitcoin adoption in Asia to kick off 2021.
Molly is head of marketing at HashKey Hub. She was also Bitcoin Magazine’s first employee in Asia and combines that early Bitcoin experience with a lot of success rolling out Bitcoin products in the continent with Hashkey. This is more of a rapidfire episode, including Molly’s perspective on mainstream media coverage of Bitcoin in China, the growth of Bitcoin interest products, how GBTC is viewed in Asia and more.
Learn more about Molly through her Twitter account.