#015: Opening the Jar on Bitcoin - Asher Tan

By Jordan Michaelides
May 24, 2017

Asher

Image: Asher Tan, AFR

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Asher Tan ( @ashertn ) is a bitcoin entrepreneur in the Australian startup scene. Bitcoin is a fairly nascent area when it comes to the finance world, but is quite established in the technology world. Every man and his dog in finance is talking about blockchain and bitcoin, so this is a brilliant primer on what bitcoin is, and its potential utility for the future.

In this episode we covered:

  • What Coinjar is
  • What the bitcoin industry is - explaining to a first-timer
  • The strengths and differences of bitcoin
  • How the bitcoin wallet works
  • Ease of commerce and challenges
  • On other digital currencies: Ethereum and The DAO
  • Why people use bitcoin
  • Opportunities in Fintech right now
  • Leaders or authorities in bitcoin
  • Myths and misconceptions of bitcoin

Enjoy the episode,
Jordan & Lauren


Show notes

  • Career summary {03:44}
  • The hustle from early childhood {05:48}
  • The learning process of startups {09:54}
  • What Coinjar is {16:14}
  • Ways to grow - finding the next big thing {25:00}
  • What the bitcoin industry is {32:24}
  • The strengths and differences of bitcoin {37:56}
  • How the bitcoin wallet works {45:07}
  • Ease of commerce and challenges {49:21}
  • On other digital currencies: Ethereum and The DAO {53:24}
  • Why people use bitcoin {58:22}
  • Opportunities in Fintech right now {59:30}
  • Leaders or authorities in bitcoin {01:01:48}
  • Myths and misconceptions of bitcoin {01:02:49}
  • Morning rituals, stress relief and exercise {01:05:28}
  • Best purchase under $200 recently {01:08:29}
  • If he had to a TED talk, and couldn’t be on bitcoin or business, what would it be? {01:09:09}
  • A book he’d gift someone {01:09:39}
  • What comes to his mind with the word ‘success’ {01:10:40}
  • If he could have a billboard anywhere, where would it be and what would it say? {01:11:17}
  • What important truth do very few people agree with him on? {01:11:44}

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