The Man Who Made Bitcoin Respectable
Bitcoin’s journey from preferred medium of exchange for mail-order cocaine to Next Big Thing was a long, strange trip indeed.
My guest this week is Patrick Murck, Bitcoin insider and Special Counsel at the international law firm Cooley LLP, where his practice focuses on regulatory and legal issues facing the fintech industry. Patrick is probably best known as Executive Director of The Bitcoin Foundation, which he co-founded in 2012.
A prominent, early figure in world of cryptocurrency, Patrick has also held roles in a multiple digital startups and served as an expert for US and European regulators and policymakers. In 2014, he was named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel for 2014.
Today Patrick serves as a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and his research focuses on the law and policy implications of Bitcoin, distributed ledgers, and smart contracts. He also serves as President Board Member for the BitGive Foundation, a philanthropic representative for the Bitcoin and Blockchain Industry, aimed at leveraging this technology to improve public health and the environment worldwide.
We met about a month ago as I sought him out to speak at one of G20’s upcoming ‘Blockchain and Bourbon’ events. By total coincidence he works just one floor above me in the same building here in Boston, so there you go. It pays to ask people for help on The Twitter.
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