Ethan Lou on his Crypto Journey to North Korea

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TODAY'S 🎙SHOW: Douglas Tuman interviews Ethan Lou, a reporter, author and early crypto adopter. Ethans writings on crypto have been featured in publications such as The Guardian,The Washington Post and Reuters.

Ethan reached out to Monero Talk to help get the word out on his latest book ( Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West ) where he details his adventures in crypto. From buying his first crypto in 2013, to winding up in North Korea alongside Virgil Griffith, who recently pleaded guilty to a Conspiracy Charge in the North Korean Sanctions Case against him.

The two also discuss how Monero was the first coin he mined because of its low barrier to entry and how the development of China's CBDC is revealing the need for a true digital cash like Monero.

0:00 - Intro
2:14 - Monero Talk Starts, Ethan's Book
3:18 - Ethans' book, Meeting ETH cofounder, to North Korea
4:29 - Getting First Bitcoin
9:24 - Appreciating the technology of crypto
10:43 - Why Ethan went to North Korea?
14:20 - Ethans thoughts on Virgil Griffith
21:14 - How Ethan's experience in NK affected his view of crypto.
25:07 - Is the public getting used to the disruptive aspects of crypto
30:48 - General Public's awareness of Crypto
32:14 - Valuing Privacy
35:11 - Crypto Conferences, Monerotopia
38:50 - First Monero Experience, Mining
41:03 - China Banning Crypto Mining
43:58 - Can Chinese come to realize Monero's potential
48:53 - Writing background
49:55 - The challenge to receive crypto payments for Ethan's book

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