Bitcoin, an alternative financial system?
Looking at Bitcoin from the perspective of Austrian economics. Is Bitcoin the hardest money ever invented and how is it different from gold?
March 5, 2020
1 pm – 8 pm
Bitcoin - A Controversial Subject
Never before in the history of mankind could we observe the monetarization of an asset in real time. Some are certain that this new digital commodity will change money forever, while others are convinced that Bitcoin is just a bubble which will burst eventually.
Nobody knows how this socio-economic experiment will pan out but there are many who have strong and differing opinions about it. VoB provides a platform to discuss the potential benefits and pitfalls of Bitcoin.
The goal is to provide comprehensive understanding and enable all attendees to make well-informed decisions about Bitcoin related to their profession.
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March 5, 2020
15 Proven International Experts
100 Innovator and Thought Leader
1010 Vienna, Austria
Open discussions with trusted experts and lectures on recent research about the risks and opportunities of Bitcoin.
Business leaders and profound thinkers from all industries looking for innovation in value storage and transfer.
Speakers and Panelists
Highly respected experts, researchers and academics
Senior Economist and FX Analyst at BayernLB
Manuel works as Economist and FX Analyst in the research team of BayernLB, where he has also been covering Bitcoin for many years. He completed his degree in economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, before receiving his master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh. He was ranked as best FX analyst worldwide by Bloomberg in 2015, as best Sterling forecaster in 2019 (Bloomberg) and as best forecaster for Scandinavian currencies in 2018 & 2019 (Refinitiv).
Bitcoin is a system based solely on free choice. Thus, if Bitcoin were to become the money of the 21st century, it is because humankind preferred Bitcoin’s characteristics over those of alternative forms of money.
Bitcoin & Co. Podcast, Author
Anita Posch is a Bitcoin insider and educator. She is the host of the “Bitcoin & Co.” podcast and author of a Bitcoin guidebook in german. Anita is member of the board at “Bitcoin Austria” an educational non-profit organization established in 2011. She translated both volumes of “The Internet of Money” by Andreas M. Antonopoulos to german. In her podcast she discusses the philosophy and ideas behind bitcoin with its makers. Her guests are developers, cryptographers, company founders and researchers from all parts of the world. In 2017 she finished the “Digital Currencies” course at the University of Nicosia. Anita has a Multimedia Producer Diploma from the SAE Institute and studied Urban Planning at the Technical University of Vienna.
Bitcoin might be our only tool to secure the human right to privacy and freedom of transaction. It’s a true medium of liberation for billions of people in rogue or underdeveloped states and a defense mechanism for privacy in our ever more digital lives.
Host of the Total Bitcoin Podcast Show (Bitcoin & Austrian Economics)
Keyvan Davani (Ph.D. Law / Univ. of Vienna) is a researcher with a legal expertise in product liability and the author of non-fiction books and scientific articles, based on his specialized research on investigative expert-sources, once internal documents, insider-testimonials, and whistleblower-materials for more than 15 years. With his publications on the topic of “Why Bitcoin?, BitcoinReality vs. Central Banks, and the Monetary Evolution for Humanity” (medium.com/@keyvandavani), Keyvan intends to contribute to the creation of an ethical, sound, and decentralized monetary, financial, and economical root-layer with the hardest and scarcest money ever created in human history: Bitcoin.
Bitcoin is the next step in the evolution of human civilization.
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Polleit
Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Bayreuth and Chief Economist at Degussa
Since 2012, Thorsten Polleit is Chief Economist of Degussa, Europe’s largest precious metal trading house. Before that he worked for more than 15 year in the international investment banking business. Since 2014 Thorsten Polleit is Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Bayreuth. He is president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute Deutschland, founded in 2012, and is a Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, US Alabama. Thorsten Polleit is co-founder of and advisor to an Alternative Investment Fund. His last book are “Ludwig von Mises – der kompromisslose Liberale” (2018, F.A.Z.-Verlag) and “Vom intelligenten Investieren” (2018, FinanzbuchVerlag). In 2012, Thorsten Polleit received The O.P. Alford III Prize in Political Economy.
For economic and ethical reasons I call for a free market in money. In addition to gold and silver, Bitcoin is clearly a promising candidate in the competition for sound money. In any case: May the best man win.
Dr. Arthur Stadler
Co-founder and partner of Stadler Völkel Attorneys at Law (Vienna)
Arthur is admitted as an attorney in Austria since 2012 and has extensive expertise in numerous fields of law, inter alia, gambling law, data protection law and IP law. From 2004 to 2006, he gained valuable experience working in cabinets of a judge and an Attorney General at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxemburg. As Arthur has always been interested in technological advancement and the possibilities derived therefrom, he started to advise on Internet and IT law at a very early stage and focuses on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies since 2011, while steadily developing his know-how in this area. By now, Stadler Völkel Attorneys at Law is recognized as one of the few law firms in Austria with specialist knowledge in the field of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, which also led to the recent publication of the law manual “Blockchain rules”. Arthur himself is lecturer and author of multiple publications regarding cryptocurrencies, in particular with respect to consumer protection and data protection issues. Arthur advises on Austrian as well as EU law and represents clients before the relevant courts of law.
Bitcoin allows people to trust in the correctness of transactions, while trust is by no means a matter of self-evidence in society today. Bitcoin and the underlying concept of trustworthiness has huge potential to increase transparency even beyond its own area of application, if both technical and legal issues are adequately considered.
co-founder and co-CEO at Braiins
Jan Čapek is co-founder and co-CEO at Braiins – company behind Slush Pool (the world’s first BTC mining pool), Braiins OS (leading fully open source OS for mining devices) and Stratum V2 (new mining protocol).
Open Source Developer
Software developer focusing on Bitcoin, decentralized networks and free open-source software. Autodidact learner, studying Economics through the teachings of the Austrian school. Occasionally writing about Economics, Bitcoin and their connections.
Rector at scholarium
Rahim Taghizadegan is not only the last Austrian economist of the Austrian School of Economics in the direct tradition but also a trained physicist and engineer specialization in nuclear physics and complex systems), a renowned philosopher and an entrepreneur. He was one of the first economists to understand and adopt Bitcoin, has taught at many universities (such as the University of Liechtenstein, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Zeppelin University, University of Halle), is a best-selling book author and a sought-after public speaker. He is the director of scholarium (scholarium.at, an independent educational institute) in Vienna, research fellow at the IAP university in Liechtenstein and an adjunct professor at the University of Applied Sciences Krems
Bitcoin is the citizens’ tool for financial sovereignty.
Mark Justin Valek
Partner at Incrementum AG
Mark is partner of Incrementum AG and responsible for Portfolio Management and Research. His passion is to apply interdisciplinary thinking to investment. He is particularly fascinated with the Austrian School of Economics, monetary history, and the foreseeable paradigm shift in the monetary system. While working full time, Mark studied Business Administration at the Vienna University of Business Administration and has continuously worked in financial markets and asset management since 1999.
Bitcoin is gold 2.0
Dr. Beat Weber
Economist at Oesterreichische Nationalbank
In his recent book >Democratizing Money? Debating legitimacy in monetary reform proposals< (Cambridge 2018) and other publications and talks he has held a skeptical view of Bitcoin and other schemes’ ability to compete with official currencies
Bitcoin can not compete with official currencies.
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