Charlie Shrem to Kick Off New CoinDesk Event Series

Charlie Shrem to Kick Off New CoinDesk Event Series

The early days of bitcoin are chock full of characters who fearlessly navigated unknown and choppy waters. For some people, those unchartered waters led to trouble. But only Charlie Shrem can claim the title of "Bitcoin's First Felon." Join the CoinDesk team on November 22 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for our inaugural CoinDesk On Tap, an intimate fireside chat with Cooley LLP's Marco Santori and Charlie Shrem. Santori and Shrem will talk about life after jail, and the lessons entrepreneurs can take from his experience. Held at CoinDesk's headquarters in midtown Manhattan, CoinDesk On....


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Yes, [we will not find a solution to political problems in cryptography,] but we can win a major battle in the arms race and gain a new territory of freedom for several years. Governments are good at cutting off the heads of a centrally controlled network like Napster, but pure P2P networks like Gnutella and Tor seem to be holding their own.

Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin Developer