Brian Patrick Eha

How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight

Brian Patrick Eha

Talk: How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight

Brian Patrick Eha stops by Talks at Google to discuss his new book, “How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance.” The pioneers of Bitcoin were twenty-first-century outlaws – cryptographers, hackers, Free Staters, ex-cons and drug dealers, teenage futurists and self-taught entrepreneurs armed with a renegade ideology and a grudge against big government and big banks. Now those same institutions are threatening to co-opt or curtail the impact of digital currency. But the pioneers aren’t going down without a fight. Sweeping and provocative, his book reveals how this disruptive technology is shaping the debate around competing ideas of money and liberty, and what that means for our future.

Brian Patrick Eha

Brian Patrick Eha is a former editor at Entrepreneur and a journalist who has spent nearly five years following the rise of Bitcoin. His work has been published by The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fortune, CNNMoney, American Banker, Outside, Port, Avaunt, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. He lives in New York City.

How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance

In the space of a few years, Bitcoin has gone from an idea ignored or maligned by almost everyone to an asset with a market cap of more than $12 billion. Venture capital firms, Goldman Sachs, the New York Stock Exchange, and billionaires such as Richard Branson and Peter Thiel have invested more than $1 billion in companies built on this groundbreaking technology.

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