Bitcoin Was Never Just a Computer Program
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Journalist Paul Vigna, this week's guest on Masters in Business, remembers learning of a small conference during the summer of 2013 about cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Few journalists showed much interest, so he took it upon himself to attend.
At the event, he discovered a little-known community of utopian cypher-punks, libertarians, survivalists and other eccentrics. It became apparent that Bitcoin was more than a mere computer program; it was a social movement in reaction to the financial crisis. He quickly realized that this subculture was worth of more than just daily news reporting, hence "The Age of Cryptocurrency," which he co-authored with fellow Wall Street Journal reporter Michael J. Casey in 2016.
Vigna has co-written other books about crypto and blockchain, including this year’s "The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything."
Next week, we chat with Dave Butler, co-chief executive officer of Dimensional Fund Advisors.
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