The Merit and Nature of Bitcoin’s Energy Consumption
Galaxy Digital Summer Mining Series (June 2021)
Proof of Reserves Panel
Bitcoin 2021 Conference, Miami FL (June 2021)
What kind of assets are cryptocurrencies: an empirical evaluation
Macro WTF Conference, in San Francisco CA (Oct. 2019)
The Case for Better Data in Crypto
Chicago Blockchain Summit, in Chicago, IL (May 2019)
Assessing the relative economic impact of public blockchains
HBS Blockchain and Crypto Club: The Path Forward, at the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA (Feb. 2019)
I discuss challenges in determining the relative significance of public blockchain systems, issue critiques of various popular measures, and propose some alternatives.
Ten Years of Bitcoin: Evaluating its performance as a monetary system
MIT Bitcoin Expo in Cambridge, MA (Mar. 2019)
I consider Bitcoin’s impending security transition – from subsidy-driven security to fee-driven security – and whether it is sufficiently equipped to weather the change.
Bitcoin as a Novel Economic Institution
Baltic Honeybadger in Riga, Latvia (Sep. 2018)
I issue a critique of popular measures of Bitcoin’s economic size and throughput, and introduce the novel (and subsequently widely-adopted) measure of ‘realized capitalization’. I then describe how Bitcoin is trending towards partial intermediation, and how Bitcoiners can reckon with this reality.