Untold Stories
Untold Stories
Aug 20, 2019
Brian Hoffman On Leaving His Elite Government Job and How It Led to the Founding of OpenBazaar
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OpenBazaar founder Brian Hoffman talks about leaving his elite government job to grow a startup but covers some fascinating ground as well as:

How he took the good ideas and good tech of Silk Road and DarkMarket to create OpenBazaar, how far ahead government technology is than we know, what it’s like to go from privilege to understanding the wider world, how building large, peer-to-peer networks tends to skew toward centralization, how government agencies are at odds over crypto, with some using it to catch crooks and others in clandestine operations, the rollout of OpenBazaar’s app Haven, the importance and moving forward on better cryptography for crypto, how Brian’s in-laws experience of the Iranian revolution changed his worldview, how taking yourself too seriously can backfire, and what it was like for Brian’s boss to see his name in Wired magazine before he did.

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Zero Knowledge
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Scott Melker | BlockWorks Group
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1 hr 23 min
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