Bitcoins and Gravy #57 Alpha Point: Powerful Software!

Published on March 1st, 2015 by John Barrett

On today’s show I speak with Vadim Telyatnikov, the CEO of Alpha Point. Alpha Point is powerful software that allows you to launch an exchange in days not months. Alpha Point supports multiple languages, interfaces and protocols. It also supports any and all fiat and cryptocurrencies. Throughout the interview we talk about Hedge funds and exchanges, how Alpha Point is different from its competitors and of course about the future of everyone’s favorite currency – Bitcoin!

Bitcoins and Gravy #56: Michael Connell – Bitcoin Comedian!

Published on February 22nd, 2015 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show I travel to Australia’s Gold Coast, the Miami beach down under where beer does flow and men do indeed chunder – all except my special guest Bitcoin Comedian Michael Connell. Michael talks to us about how he got into comedy and how he got into bitcoin. And throughout this episode we get to hear Michael’s classic and hilarious bits about money, the NSA, philosophy and of course bitcoins! Listeners get ready to laugh your butts off and rest assured that this is clean comedy that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Bitcoins and Gravy #55: BitTunes: Setting Music Free!

Published on February 16th, 2015 by Bitcoins and Gravy

I travel down under to Adelaide, Australia to speak with Simon Edhouse, the CEO of BitTunes. BitTunes is reinventing global music distribution by creating a people powered platform. Simon talks to us about how this platform allows P2P file sharing to achieve its full potential as the optimal internet distribution mechanism and how he aims to monetize the exchange of digital data. Simon is a man of conscience who has been following the legacy of his family in working for the greater good. It’s not just about making money folks, sometimes it’s about doing what is right for humanity.

Bitcoins and Gravy #54: David Schwartz explains Ripple!

Published on February 9th, 2015 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show I speak with David Schwartz, the Chief Cryptographer at Ripple Labs and one of the architects of the Ripple protocol. David was developing encrypted cloud storage and messaging systems for organizations like CNN and the NSA when he discovered Bitcoin in 2011 and soon became active in the Bitcoin community as “JoelKatz”. In late 2011, he was hired by Jed McCaleb to design and implement what is now the Ripple network. David gives us a fantastic explanation of what Ripple really is and for the first time, I feel like I might actually understand Ripple and where it fits in here at the Dawn of the Age of Cryptocurrencies!

Bitcoins & Gravy #53 Patrick Byrne

Published by Bitcoins & Gravy on Feb. 01 2015

On today’s show I am honored to be speaking with a modern day American patriot,
Mr. Patrick Byrne – the CEO of Patrick teaches us about public education in the United States and how it is sadly broken on many levels – with more money often going to administration than to our teachers and our students. Patrick also tells us the truth about the SEC. He talks to us about mobsters on Wall Street and the crooked games they’ve all but perfected to rob this country blind. And of course he tells us about his project to create the stock market of the future – one devoid of the criminal elements.

Bitcoins and Gravy Episode #52: Fool’s Gold & Dolphin Tanks!

Published on January 25th, 2015 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show I am honored to be speaking with Dr. Charles Evans, Professor of Finance and Economics at Barry University in beautiful Miami Shores, Florida. Dr. Evans talks to us today about fool’s Gold, Dolphin tanks that replace shark tanks, the Lighthouse project by Mike Hearn and how a lot of people may be unknowingly stepping over sacks of money in their rush to get rich.

Bitcoins and Gravy #51: Bitcoins in Bali!

Published on January 18th, 2015 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show I interview Gary Dykstra a Detroit transplant living in Indonesia on the beautiful island of Bali. Gary tells us about Bitcoin in Bali and how it’s now possible to vacation in Bali and spend only Bitcoins. We get an update on the Ubud weekly meetup and we learn about the social experiment going on right now. Gary also tells us about late night parties, monkeys that will steal your sunglasses and off road motorcycling through the jungle.

Bitcoins and Gravy #50 Max Hernandez: The Badlands ARE the Future!

Published on January 11th, 2015 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show I am fortunate to have back at The Tree House Studio one of my favorite authors, Max Hernandez. Max talks to us about his novel, Thieves Emporium, a compelling journey into a dystopian future where the innocent and the not so innocent live, work and play on the dark side of the internet. Throughout this interview Max shares with us his vision of the past the present and the future!

Bitcoins and Gravy #49 Coinffeine – The Distributed Bitcoin Exchange!

Published on January 4th, 2015 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On todays show I fly all the way to Madrid, Spain and man are my arms tired! There I meet up with Alberto Gomez Toribio, the CEO of Coinffeine, an open source peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin exchange platform. Imagine Bitcoin jacked up on caffeine and thats Coinffeine. When Coinffeine launches youll be able to buy and sell bitcoins securely and anonymously without having to rely on a centralized exchange like MtGox or Bitstamp. It’s like BitTorrent for your bitcoins… plus a whole lot more!

Bitcoins and Gravy #46 Interview in Kenya with BitPesa CEO & Co-Founder Elizabeth Rossiello

Published on December 14th, 2014 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On todays show and thanks to one of our loyal listeners, I was able to finally meet up with Elizabeth Rossiello. Elizabeth is an American living and working in Kenya. She has worked as a microfinance analyst and investment associate since 2009. She is an expert in East African financial product development and she is the CEO and Co-Founder of BitPesa. BitPesa is the next logical step after mpesa and if you have no idea what Im talking about, then stay tuned because this is a great interview.

Bitcoins and Gravy EP 44: SolarCoin & a CandleLitDay!

Published on November 30th, 2014 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On todays show I travel all the way to Cyprus the island country of about 1 million people basking in the sun and surrounded on all sides by the Mediteranean Sea. I have the pleasure of speaking with Mario Neocleous about the bright future of my all time favorite altcoin, Solarcoin. I also speak with Ivana Mladenovic Neocleous about her Luxury natural Soy Wax Candles and her retail business CandleLitDay that is now accepting Solarcoin payments!

Bitcoins and Gravy #43: Shooter Jennings and

Published on November 24th, 2014 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show I travel out West for a lively conversation with America’s own Southern Rockin musician Shooter Jennings. Shooter is the President of Black Country Rock Media, a fair and intelligently managed music label out of Southern California. Shooter talks to us about the future of music, how Bitcoin is going to play a part in that future and of course we talk a bit about good old Nashville, Tennessee

Bitcoins and Gravy Episode #42: – imagine Youtube without the ads!

Published on November 16th, 2014 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show I travel out West to the great state of Utah to speak with Mark Hilgenberg the Co-Founder of WatchMyBit is an amazing new Platform for musicians, comedians, actors, entertainers, educators and content creators of all kinds to express themselves and make some real money doing so. And by real money, of course Im referring to Bitcoin, the currency of the internet. Imagine Youtube without all the ridiculous, time wasting ads… sounds pretty sweet huh?

Bitcoins & Gravy Episode #41 Andreas the Teacher!

Published on November 9. 2014 by Bitcoins & Gravy

Today I feel so very fortunate to have on the show my good friend Mr. Andreas Antonopoulos. Mr. Antonpoulos is a passionate teacher who talks to us today about the University of Nicosia in Cypress and the exciting news that they have launched the very first Master of Science degree in Digital Currency. This Masters Degree is now offered to students worldwide through an online format. Listeners don’t bother pinching yourselves – you’re not asleep and you’re not dreaming – it IS true – you can now earn a Masters Degree in Digital Currency.
And of course Mr. Antonopoulos knows a great deal about this degree because . . . he is one of the teachers teaching the course.

Bitcoins and Gravy Episode #40: Get Paid in Bitcoin with BitWages!

Published on November 2nd, 2014 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show John is privileged to have back on the show Jonathan Chester the Co-founder, Chief Strategic Officer and Compliance Officer with BitWage. BitWage offers a future for Payroll that has never been seen in the history of the world! Jonathan explains to us the details of how with BitWage, employees can now get paid in Bitcoin whether or not their employers even know or care about Bitcoin! BitWage is the first company to offer this amazing and innovative service for people who want to get paid part of all of the wages they’ve earned – in Bitcoin.


Bitcoins and Gravy Episode #38 Bitshares Music!

Published on October 19th, 2014 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show John is pleased to have back on the show Cedric Cobban and Eddie Corral of the Bitshares Music Foundation. Cedric and Eddie talk to me about the music business – past, present and future. And indeed the future looks bright for the music business as we prepare to move away from our old paradigms that keep the power in the hands of music business fat cats and put the power where it belongs – into the hands of the musicians, the music creators, the artists… for the first time in world history.

Bitcoins and Gravy Episode #36 &

On today’s show John travels to San Diego to speak with Paul Puey, the CEO and co-founder of, a mobile and web app company soon to be launching a Bitcoin wallet on iOS and Android. Airbitz is also a business directory that helps you find merchants in 14 different countries where bitcoin is accepted. Paul talks to us about the launch of their bitcoin wallet in a few weeks and how the Airbitz wallet differs fundamentally from many other bitcoin wallets.

He also speaks with Sam Patterson, the Operations Lead for Open Bazaar is an open source project to create a decentralized network for commerce online using Bitcoin – that has NO fees and cannot be censored. Sam talks to us about Multisig addresses, notaries, arbiters and how the peer to peer transactions and open source code of OpenBazaar is going to change how we buy and sell on the internet. In this interview we will find out if it’s possible for a notary and arbitration network to actually replace Trust!

Bitcoins and Gravy Episode #35 SolarCoin and South Korea

Published on September 29th, 2014 by Bitcoins and Gravy

On today’s show John interviews Nick Gogerty, co-developer and author of the SolarCoin white paper. Nick talks to us about everything under the Sun including Black Swans, Normal Accidents, Warren Buffet’s Billion dollar Solar and Wind investments, and Nick’s own book, The Nature of Value. Nick also tells us how SolarCoin works to incentivize Solar Energy use and production and how SolarCoin is one of the few altcoins in existence that has genuine Economic Utility.

He also interviews Paul Bugge, an American teaching English in Seoul, Korea. Paul gives us a look at how the Bitcoin movement is beginning to take off in South Korea and how its definitely worth a visit – especially for the great food!

Bitcoins and Gravy Episode #34 Disappear in the Thieves Emporium

On today’s show John interviews the very talented Max Hernandez, Author of the Novel, Thieves Emporium.

Max takes us deep inside this intriguing novel to the badlands – a place where government spying is the norm and where we are all given a choice to either give up our freedoms out of fear, or to be brave and keep our freedoms despite some discomfort.

Bitcoins and Gravy Episode #33: Argentina!

On today’s show John travels all the way to Argentina to the picturesque town of Villa La Angostura for a lively discussion with computer tech guru Arturo D’Elia. We talk about the Argentine peso and how it has tumbled over 20 percent this year. We also talk about how Bitcoin can help the people of Argentina to live happier, more prosperous lives.