Profile

Bitcoin evangelist, public speaker, and Community Director of the Counterparty Foundation. I'm a lead organizer of the South Florida Bitcoin group, a lecturer, and the proud owner of two amazing cats. I'm a journalist, a Youtuber, and accomplished software developer. This site is snapshot of what's going on in my life, and a scratchpad for ideas. If you want to get a hold of me, twitter is your best route, but I'll try to get around to an email sent to chris@chrisderose.com. Yes, I have a milliner.

In The Media

Sometimes I get featured elsewhere in the community. Usually it's because I did something right, but don't be surprised to see me drop the ball in a spectacular fashion every now and then. Even Satoshi got it wrong on occasion.

Making Sense of Blockchain's Summer of Stupid (On Perfect Illusions)

Amidst this backdrop, it takes a rare skill to polarize, and in the 'Summer of Stupid', there was perhaps no greater divider than 'Bitcoin Uncensored' – a sprawling, loosely defined 'podcast' that spilled across social media and permeated conversation through the sheer charisma of its creators.

Did Ethereum's Fork Validate Bitcoin Block Size Conservatism?

Could a development on the ethereum blockchain help resolve one of bitcoin's longest-running debates? It may not seem like an obvious question given the differences between the two blockchain networks.

Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Hints at Dealings With Mt Gox CEO

Convicted Ponzi scheme operator Trendon Shavers is now insinuating the major unidentified debtor cited in his defense against the SEC may have been Mark Karpeles, CEO of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox.

OneCoin Event Gets Crashed by Bitcoin Uncensored – Interview

Last week, the hosts of Bitcoin Uncensored attended and recorded a OneCoin sales seminar in Miami to ask questions about the operation. The video they released shows OneCoin leaders describing how people can get rich by investing in the operation and, come this October, their investments will rise in value because everyone’s coins will be doubled.

How Governments Subsidize Bitcoin's Usefulness and the Bitcoin Price

Bitcoin Core contributor, Peter Todd, was recently interviewed on Bitcoin Uncensored by co-hosts Chris DeRose and Joshua Unseth. Ethereum, The DAO, private blockchains and many other topics were discussed...

Cryptsy Founder Paul Vernon Disappeared, Along With Millions of His Customers' Cash

Two men burst into a suburban Delray Beach office park on a muggy weekday in August 2014, demanding to talk to the CEO. They were there to get answers.

Bitcoin Evangelist Has Podcast Go Bad, Threatens To Sue After It's Posted

Folks in the Bitcoin/blockchain world can be fairly opinionated -- that's no surprise. But just because you have an interview go sideways, it doesn't mean you get to threaten a lawsuit over it...

Ethereum in the Spotlight

The enormous hype around Ethereum these days has hardly been a surprise. With its market cap steadily being second to Bitcoin’s, and mind-boggling price surge of nearly +1,200% during only first three months of 2016...

Boston University Researchers Explore Bitcoin in Conflict Zones

Could digital currencies improve financial conditions in war-torn countries? Boston University's Center for Finance, Law and Policy (CFLP) has convened a task force to explore whether they can.

A Nobel Prize winner just ripped into bitcoin, saying it 'is likely to go to zero'

Bitcoin has been ripping higher recently, and some market participants say the digital currency is finally making a rebound with investors after a sustained fall. The advice from one Nobel Prize winner: not so fast.

Nobel Prize Winner Eugene Fama on Bitcoin

This week the Bitcoin Uncensored Podcast with Junseth and Chris Derose interviewed the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics, Eugene Fama. Bitcoin Uncensored has given CoinTelegraph the first peek at the interview so that we could publish it for the greater Bitcoin community.

Transmission Episode Forty on the World Crypto Network

Interview with Chris DeRose of the Counterparty project on Meta Coins, Blockchains, Smart Contracts

Miami Bitcoin Hackathon: And the winners were...

Doug Carrillo, Andrew Barnard, Peter Nova and the other organizers behind the first Miami Bitcoin Hackathon said they didn't know quite what kind of turnout to expect last weekend at The LAB Miami. But the turnout -- 100 programmers and another 70 observers -- showed there is a lot of pent-up curiosity for the emerging digital currency.

Miami Bitcoin Hackathon Offers Big Prizes And Opportunities

Blockchain Beach, a non-profit promoting the use and development of Blockchain Technologies, will be hosting the Miami Bitcoin Hackathon. Spanning from January 9 to January 11, the 28 hour Hackathon will bring local developers together to compete to build working applications within several categories related to bitcoin.

Inaugural Miami Bitcoin Hackathon is set for Jan. 9-11

South Florida non profit technology group Blockchain Beach will be hosting its inaugural Miami Bitcoin Hackathon. This three-day event at The LAB Miami in Wynwood starts with a reception and registration event on Friday, Jan. 9, and ends with an award ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 11. Coders will be competing from around the tri-county area for prizes and awards in a number of categories relating to Bitcoin and crypto-currencies technology development.

BitPay Bitcoin Bowl News Broadcast FOX13 6pm December 26, 2014

BitPay Bitcoin Bowl - Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg Florida - FOX13 6:00PM News coverage December 26, 2014

3 ways South Florida businesses can benefit from bitcoin

The virtual currency bitcoin might seem risky or opaque — but it could be the key to helping your business grow, said programmer Chris DeRose, who organized the Bitcoin of South Florida meetup group.

Bitcoin Expert to Talk at Bimini Boatyard Friday

Bitcoin is said to have been created five years ago by an anonymous computer programmer (or programmers) called Satoshi Nakamoto. This pseudonym is a male Japanese name, but it's never been traced to a real person


Presentations

Let's talk about the big stuff! Chances are that if you're here, you've seen me at a conference. Here's some of my recent talks, hopefully they'll give you some new perspective on something in the Bitcoin space.

Mobile Payments Conference 2015 on the Future of Crypto-Currency

Mobile Payments Conference 2015 on the Future of Crypto-Currency

At this year's Mobile Payments Conference experts weighed in on a three hour session covering crypto currency's start and finish. Experts were pulled from various sides of the industry, and the discussion topics included: an introduction to how decentralized crypto currencies works, regulatory discussion, application of the technology today as told by Judd Bagley of Overstock, and of course my discussion on where this all goes from here.

Remittance & Bitcoin w/ Junseth, Pantera, and Uniteller

Remittance & Bitcoin w/ Junseth, Pantera, and Uniteller

Chris DeRose moderates American Banker Bitcoin and the Blockchain conference panel on Remittances. The speakers, Junseth, Stephen Waterhouse, and Ron Schwartzman represented the Blockchain, the Pantera VC firm, and well-known remitter Uniteller respectively. Schwartzmans experience in remittances offers an unique perspective into the business of remittances, and Junseth and Waterhouse give the bankers a little bit of food to chew on about what the future of remittance might look like in a Bitcoin world.

The North American Bitcoin Conference 2015 Startup Stage

The North American Bitcoin Conference 2015 Startup Stage

In addition to staging groundbreaking and industry-leading Bitcoin companies, The North American Bitcoin Conference partnered with Pantera Capital to opened up the stage to emerging talents. TNABC Pantera Start-Up Stage is a unique opportunity for start-ups to present their ideas directly to their peers and in front of a panel of industry experts.

Bitcoin: The Future of Money and Finance At IT Paloooza 2014

Bitcoin: The Future of Money and Finance At IT Paloooza 2014

In this video, Chris DeRose gives a refresh on the classic 'What is Bitcoin' talk, with added info about the 2.0 technologies, and the commodity value of Bitcoin. This talk was for an audience at IT Palooza at Nova South Eastern University on December 4th, 2014.

CounterParty and the Asset Revolution with Chris DeRose at Coins in the Kingdom 2014

CounterParty and the Asset Revolution with Chris DeRose at Coins in the Kingdom 2014

Chris DeRose discusses the many uses of Counterparty assets, business models, and programming options in front of a live audience at the Coins in the Kingdom conference on October 5th, 2014.

bitcoin - beyond the basics

bitcoin - beyond the basics

An overview of the bitcoin protocol, source code, data structures and algorithms. this presentation was delivered at nova southeastern university on june 20, 2014 by chris derose of bitcoinfl.org

Chris DeRose shares Tech Tip of The Month

Chris DeRose shares Tech Tip of The Month

During the Women in Ecommerce Luncheon in July, Chris DeRose from DeRose Technologies Shared a tech tip about using DropBox at http://www.dropbox.com (video was filmed live and unedited) DropBox is a great online tool to help you manage your files online and do business on the web.


Articles I've Written

When I can, I love to report on my findings to others. These are articles I've put time into that are scattereed elsewhere around the web.

Why You Should Beware the Altcoin Rebrand

While prominent blockchain groups are quick to herald in the age of the appcoin model of software design, no one has yet sat down and taken an honest and sober look at the proposition of these investments and their impact on product development incentives.

Why Blockchain Immutability is a Perpetual Motion Claim

It's the buzzword that magically transforms a simple database into the next milliondollar VC fundraise. However, most of the projects that advertise this feature are not being entirely honest about just what kind of immutability they're offering.

Who Will Pay for Turing-Complete Smart Contracts?

Lost in our 'pie-in-the-sky' projections on the future of blockchains is the most important concern anyone should have on the technology: What are the opportunity costs?

Bitcoin and Public Blockchains Will Power the Smart Contracts Revolution

As the study of 'smart contracts' went from strange academic curiosity to the cutting-edge of FinTech, most market observers are still wondering just how this revolution in value transfer works.

'Smart Contracts' Are the Future of Blockchain

As far as digital currency has come, the passing of bitcoin for purchases is still a relatively primitive transaction. But what if you could program such transactions to occur at preordained times, under set circumstances, and even involving a preregistered group of multiple counterparties?

Why Big Banks Got Blockchains Wrong in 2015

With every year comes a new audience fresh to the field with ambitions to solve all the problems of our day with blockchain. Common to nearly all of this year's blockchain pitches is the odd and previously unsexy efficiency of "notarization".

Private 'Distributed Ledgers' Miss the Point of a Blockchain | American Banker

Bitcoin may have had the most successful marketing campaign of any web technology in recent years. But now there’s a new buzzword making waves throughout the financial industry: "distributed ledger."

Blockchain Technology Will Erode Banking Borders | American Banker

"Blockchain all the things" has become the battle cry of many Bitcoiners. In the last year, blockchains have been touted as panaceas that can solve all the "bad" parts of Facebook, the "insecure" parts of databases, and even as a solution for income inequality and government corruption.

Why the Bitcoin Blockchain Beats Out Competitors | American Banker

In the six years since Bitcoin’s debut, there has been no shortage of attempts to repeat its success. Thousands of blockchains have arrived and fizzled out without much fanfare. But many hold out hope that one day an alternative contender will succeed.

Behind the Ingenious Security Feature that Powers the Blockchain | American Banker

Twenty years ago, discussions over digital currency were confined entirely to the realm of science fiction. At the time, the notion that value could exist digitally and absent management by individuals was not only laughable, it was in many ways a proven impossibility.

Get Ready for the Rise of the Blockchain | American Banker

Say Bitcoin in a crowded room, and you'll find at least one guy who believes it's going to start a financial revolution. Most people remain skeptical of the libertarian utopia wherein the government cedes control of the money supply to Bitcoiners. But some are starting to come around on the blockchain as an important part of our digital future.

Blockchain’s Rise Can Upend Traditional Payment Providers | PaymentsSource

Most people remain skeptical of the libertarian utopia wherein the government cedes control of the money supply to Bitcoiners. But some are starting to come around on the blockchain technology that enables Bitcoin as an important part of our digital future, as well as an advancement that threatens the third parties that often manage financial transfers.

Keeping Score at the 2014 Bitcoin Bowl | CoinTelegraph

The Bitcoin bowl was an explosion of hype, confidence, and unbridled optimism. It was a wonderful success for Bitcoin, and an amazing moment in our movement. Many articles have already been written in the short time since the Bitcoin bowl has ended, which discuss the amazing and outstanding event that has just occurred. I myself have even published a fun video of my time at the Bitcoin Bowl.

Genecoin: DNA for the Blockchain | Bitcoin Magazine

While it’s a common refrain in the Bitcoin universe that the Blockchain will have countless uses for the storage and management of scarcity in our lives, it’s still a field that’s just starting to deliver on this promise.

Bracing for Bitcoin in Buenos Aires | Bitcoin Magazine

There is a large, imposing steel door along a popular street, in the bustling downtown business hub of Buenos Aires. There are no visible markings, or signs, that would indicate to passers-by what is housed inside.

Coins In The Kingdom Wrap Up | Bitcoin Magazine

Though the price of Bitcoin is shaky, and the mood of Bitcoiners is somber, Jason King is throwing quite a party down in Orlando, Florida. Coins in the Kingdom has come to an end after a packed weekend of speakers whose topics spanned the gamut of introductory programming and usage of Storj (Shawn Wilkinson) to the pragmatic applications of smart contracts by a seasoned attorney (Pamela Morgan).

An Interview with Stan Stalnaker about Ven and Hub Culture | Bitcoin Magazine

In this interview for Bitcoin Magazine, I interview Stan Stalnaker of Hub Culture about Ven, and it's place in the future of online currency.

Andreas auction of ten trillion dollars… for charity! | Bitcoin Magazine

Between the efforts of Jason King and Andreas Antonopoulos, Coins in the Kingdom might secure it’s place as the most charitable Bitcoin conference of the year. At the end of the first day of the conference, Andreas Antonopoulos was approached by Chris DeRose for a signature on a unique piece of numismatic history: a Ten Trillion Dollar Zimbabwe Reserve Note.

Counterparty and the Asset Revolution | Bitcoin Magazine

How many of you heard of Counterparty (github)? Awesome, wonderful, that’s encouraging sign. How many of you have a Counterparty asset (counterwallet github)? Oh wow, I am in a good audience here. I thought it was more of a introductory course, but good. I want to try to teach how to use those assets and really start thinking what those assets mean.


Youtube Videos

At some point, I realized that I'm getting asked the same sets of questions on a regular basis, so I decided to start compiling my answers into a youtube channel. Here's where they are, feel free to watch any one of these that grabs your attention. If you have questions of your own, tweet them to me! I love to help out the newcomers around here.


Notable Cats

You can't be a great programmer without a cat! As such, it's important that we recognize the mammals that make us who we are. These cats in particular have all contributed in some way, to what you see here.


Audio and Podcasts

Here's a little collection of interviews and podcasts that I've had something to do with lately. Yeah I know I talk fast, I'm working on fixing that!

#Blocktalk - Onecoin w/ Chris Derose and Tim Tayshun

Onecoin is a craze that's sweeping the nations, with many critics saying it should be avoided at all costs. Join us today as we chat with two researchers who have been tracking Onecoin events and business

Counterparty Chit-Chat-Recap Uncensored! for the Week of August 2th 2015

Josh and Chris Disucuss Ethereum, Factom, and Fungibility alongside the usual events of the week in the channel. This is a first post of the uncensored version, so let's see if people like this format!

XCP Weekly Update #11 - Old ideas, New Methods

Robert Ross is a Counterparty Foundation Community Director and the Director of FoldingCoin Inc. Each week Robert and various guests will bring you the news of what has been going on in the Counterparty communities and also touching base on the other Bitcoin 2.0 communities

Let's Talk Bitcoin! #235 Grown Up Conversations

On Todays Show Marc Hochstein speaks out in favor of Bitcoin (and not just the blockchain) Blythe Masters's Keynote at the American Banker Digital Currencies and the Blockchain Conference

XCP Weekly Update #10 - American Banker and Bitnation

Robert Ross is a Counterparty Foundation Community Director and the Director of FoldingCoin Inc. Each week Robert and various guests will bring you the news of what has been going on in the Counterparty communities and also touching base on the other Bitcoin 2.0 communities

XCP Weekly Update #9 - Storj Development Update

Robert Ross is a Counterparty Foundation Community Director and the Director of FoldingCoin Inc. Each week Robert and various guests will bring you the news of what has been going on in the Counterparty communities and also touching base on the other Bitcoin 2.0 communities

XCP Weekly Update #8 - The first Counterparty Mobile App

Robert Ross is a Counterparty Foundation Community Director and the Director of FoldingCoin Inc. Each week Robert and various guests will bring you the news of what has been going on in the Counterparty communities and also touching base on the other Bitcoin 2.0 communities

XCP Weekly Update #7 - WOODSHARES and Wallet Genie

Robert Ross is a Counterparty Foundation Community Director and the Director of FoldingCoin Inc. Each week Robert and various guests will bring you the news of what has been going on in the Counterparty communities and also touching base on the other Bitcoin 2.0 communities

XCP Weekly Update #6 - TOPCOIN and Tokenly

Robert Ross is a Counterparty Foundation Community Director and the Director of FoldingCoin Inc. Each week Robert and various guests will bring you the news of what has been going on in the Counterparty communities and also touching base on the other Bitcoin 2.0 communities

Counterparty Community Director Chris Derose on Bitcoin Uses

Counterparty Community Director Chris Derose on Bitcoin uses by extending the Bitcoin protocol. We also discuss his American Banker articles.

The Soul of Bitcoin - The Tatiana Show

The soul of bitcoin - does it belong to crony banks or free people? The Tatiana Show's guests on this episode are John Light and myself!

Counterparty Candidate Debates on DogeCoinDark radio

Listen to the election debate between myself and fellow Community Director candidates hash out our election platform on DogeCoinDark radio.

An Interview with Stan Stalnaker about Ven and Hub Culture

In this interview for Bitcoin Magazine, I interview Stan Stalnaker of Hub Culture about Ven, and it's place in the future of online currency

Let's Talk Bitcoin #140 Boots on the Ground

First, Adam is joined by Chris DeRose who recently return from Argentina. They talk differences, similarities and lessons to learn. Then, Chris shares with us an interview from Argentina with Diego, a very active Bitcoiner helping bring the technology to the people who need it.

The Bubba Show 06.25.14

Today’s Bubba Show brings us Chris Derose a Bitcoin Expert

Podcast 85 Interview with Chris DeRose

In this podcast I interview Chris DeRose, Chris is the owner of DeRose Technologies an IT solutions provider specializing in Linux, and just about anything else.


Projects and Companies

These are businesses and projects that I'm affiliated with in one way or another. Most of what you see outside this section is for my hobbies and evangelism work. This section is for serious business time!

Meetup links

Once a week I set aside a night to spend with local Bitcoiners and wandering visitors. It's my favorite night of the week, and I float from city to city so that I get to spend time with as many people as possible here in the South Florida Bitcoin scene. Be sure to check out the schedule, and come out to meet me at anytime!

Counterparty Foundation

If you've read this far down, you know that I'm very active in the Counterparty community, and spend much of my time exploring the platform and its merits. I'm the first community director of the Counterparty foundation, and am proud to play a small part in its mission.

DeRose Technologies Inc.

DeRose Technologies is my technology consulting firm that I started in 2003, and which I've been running for over a decade. It's fairly boring compared to most of what's on this page, but it's my dayjob. If you're looking for a conventional IT service and programming firm check us out.


Similar Looking People

Apparently I've got a recognizable face. This section is for the people that I've been accused of being at one time or another. (And which I am not)