Bitcoin evangelist, public speaker, podcaster, and journalist. 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 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.

Keyword Crypto : Guest Chris DeRose: I got 99 bitcoins or maybe just one.

I had a fun discussion on the Keyword Crypto show about trends, needs, and the state of the crypto industry. Fun times. Check it out.

Derosian Troll Wars - coverage on The Unhashed Podcast

On this episode of the unhashed podcast: Bryan recounts his time at BitBlockBoom Conference. Does @bitstein’s talk imply meme warfare has reached peak #derosian tactics?

When DeRose Met Davis: Crypto Cultural Analysis - CoinSpice Live

Bitcoin Uncensored host, Chris DeRose, and twitter satirist, Joshua Davis (@karbonbased), join CoinSpice Live to talk all things crypto culture. They describe the problem of echo chambers, leaders in a leaderless movement, and the biggest clowns of crypto.

Beards & Bitcoins

Just a fun and quick appearance with Bitboy on the Beards and Bitcoins podcast

The origin of number go up in Bitcoin culture

Bitcoin believers — often the same Bitcoin believers — will say whatever they think is good news for Bitcoin at that moment. From anarcho-capitalism and replacing the International Bankers, to stablecoins and institutional investors.

What Bitcoin Did: Bitcoin Uncensored with Chris DeRose and Junseth

Coming into Bitcoin in late 2016 comes with a range of challenges in respecting and understanding the history of the space. Not only understanding the tech but the various people and projects which have come and gone.

Bitcoin Uncensored Reunites for a One-Time Interview with Peter McCormack

After years of not speaking to each other, it has been announced that the former hosts of the Bitcoin Uncensored show will reunite for a highly anticipated interview. The show consisted of Chris DeRose and Junseth, and was one of the earliest sources of news and commentary within the crypto space.

Bitcoin And . . . Ep95

Seems like I made a shoutout early into the 'Bitcoin And...' show this week. Always happy to hear the shout-out.

Rizqi Presents: Blockchain, Ep6. Blockchain as Philosophy

Totally excellent series on amazon, featuring yours truly at the end of the season

TABConf 2019 - Dont just Stand there and Hodl, Do something! - Chris Derose

Having fun at Tabconf 2019! In ... well, tights.

Chris DeRose Interview with Vlad Costea

Long-time bitcoiner and Monero enthusiast Chris DeRose expresses some of his critical ideas in regards to the communities and the ideas that circulate around the space.

Interview: Chris DeRose on BTC maximalism, Monero, and journalism

For somebody who recommends himself as a computer programmer, Chris DeRose definitely has a lot to offer in terms of understanding of social phenomena. And for somebody who once got called a “pseudo-intellectual cu uses MS Paint”, he is definitely very articulate and shamelessly iconoclastic.

My TAB Recap- Making Bitcoin Weird Again (That’s A Good Thing)

We are six weeks into 2019, and I’ve already been to three conferences that were all unique in their own way. I wrote about my Vegas experience at the Unconfiscatable Conference, which was billed as “Bitcoin Not Blockchain” and featured mostly self-described Bitcoin maxmillists and HODLers.

Proof of Social Media: BTC Supremes Love Grin, Bitconnect Haven, FACECRIME

Proof of Social Media (PoSM) is a CoinSpice quick take on the ecosystem’s temperature through the lense of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, and wherever else sentiment can be observed.

Crypto News: Is Charlie Shrem still "All In" on Bitcoin in 2019?

I snuck an appearance into this CNBC coverage of Bitcoin at the TNABC 2019

Ep 25: Blockchain and the Politics of Bitcoin with Chris DeRose of Bitcoin Uncensored

Understanding blockchain technology is key to truly grasping how Bitcoin works, as well as the other applications of blockchain in fintech. It’s also important to get an overview of the politics surrounding the Bitcoin community to get a sense of where it’s all headed.

Bitcoin Launch Date, Bitcoin Birthday - Bitcoin at Ten!

Check me out on Coindesk's Bitcoin ten year aniversary coverage


I thought this was probably only true by those of us who proudly bear the banner of "bitcoin maximalist" ... but, in fact, the debate is also a watershed moment for those carrying the opposite view . . .what I will, for now at least, politely refer to as “bitcoin minimalist” . . . nowhere is this more evident than Chris DeRose opening salvo declaring our spectacular demise.

The Alt-Right’s Favorite Social Network Gab’s Plan To Use Blockchain To Make Itself Indestructible

In July 2017 Torba told the controversial Bitcoin Uncensored host Chris Derose that Gab had 200,000 users. By the time Gab filed its paperwork to use the ethereum blockchain to raise capital, the number of users had almost doubled to 394,000.


Ever since Giacomo Zucco hilarious dissection of bitcoin maximalism, the opponents of sound money have launched a joint and concerted effort to marginalize us by labeling us as a cult, religious fundamentalists, a danger to bitcoin, a fetish, a contradiction of the cypherpunk ethos, opposed to all currency competition. . . just to name a few.

Community Sacrifice In Cryptocurrency

Every ICO talks about the value of their ‘community’. This article takes the stance that ‘community’ means nothing while community sacrifice means everything. Community sacrifice is the willingness of any individual in a group to commit resources ( time, wealth, social capital, etc ) to the relevant group ( protocol ) with no clear expectation of return for those committed resources.

BTC Leaders Form “The B Foundation” While Claiming BTC Has No Leaders

There is a disconnect between the actions of these people and what they preach. But worse than this, they claim Bitcoin has no leaders as they rule with an iron fist. Chris Derose articulates this perfectly.

Op-ed: BTC Supremacists are not Bitcoin Maximalists

Accordingly, the will of the sole BTC development team, Bitcoin Core, reigns supreme. Dissenters are censored and cast out of Bitcoin communities by BTC Supremacists. Heretics are blocked on social media by BTC Supremacists


Interestingly, even former Bitcoin maximalist Chris DeRose has abandoned logical argument and joined the propaganda machine . . . deRose has abandoned valid ad hominem argument (for which he is famous!). . . and uses the improper use of ad hominem argument to attack those using valid ad hominem argument.

An Introduction to Blockchain: The Potential for Process Management and Beyond

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain. Together, these various buzzwords form a distributed ledger of hype! The potential for a new decentralized world has led investors, writers, bankers, entrepreneurs and more to herald various versions and aspects of this new technology as representing the future of humanity.

SUP-X 2018 Crypto Panel: Exploring Blockchain Entrepreneurship

SUP-X is primarily a conference for general startup interests, but in 2018 it is difficult to ignore the impact that cryptocurrency and blockchain tech have had on entrepreneurship. Accordingly, the conference had a crypto panel this year.

When DeRose Met Derrida

This piece is about postmodernism and its relationship to Bitcoin and is inspired by a recent blog covering an exchange between Chris DeRose and Bitcoin Core (the custodians - or gatekeepers - of Bitcoin development).

Trillion Dollar Security Token Economy Awaits Its Constantine Moment

Its clear to me that the blockchain is indeed bona-fide, world-changing tech. Not so much because of what it does for us, but because of what it does in spite of us. Chris DeRose, the host of Bitcoin Uncensored, has called the blockchain a "database of virtue". I think thats an apt description.

Left, Right and Center: Crypto Isn't Just for Libertarians Anymore

CoinDesk Research took the opportunity to test this association in our Q2 State of Blockchain Sentiment Survey. Among a wide range of questions, some were aimed at discovering the political leanings of the crypto community as they relate to the technology in general, as well as to specific coins.

A Bitcoin Dummy Has Questions

It's not easy to find sources with a well-rounded perspective. Computer scientists can tell you how the underlying technology works; economists can tell you how monetary theory works; anthropologists can give you the long view of how people have stored value going back to the Babylonians. None of that tells you whether Bitcoin – or Litecoin, or Dogecoin, or any of the other 1564 cryptocurrencies of which half are now swirling the drain – is the future of money, or just the 21st century’s answer to St. Vitus’ dancing mania.

Have You Tried Blockchain 5.0 Yet? Nobody Else Has Either

Over the past few years, the buzzwords "Blockchain Technology" have been tied to literally every industry under the sun. Cryptocurrencies had a wild year in 2017 and it seems during that time distributed ledger technology has made it all the way to the 'Blockchain 5.0' era, but there’s a big problem — No one reporting on these projects has tried these networks.

Expert Roundup: Upcoming Ethereum POS Switch

Cryptocurrencies are on the rise all around the world. Mining power grows by leaps and bounds, which causes serious environmental concerns. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts create more and more PoS-based blockchains that in contrast to PoW operate without wasting an enormous amount of electrical power.

Artist DJ J $crilla Is Using Tokens to Promote a Music Video

There have been quite a few Bitcoin inspired pieces of music over the years, but the song released by DJ J $crilla on the morning of April 16th is the first of its kind. The song, called "You Can't Smoke a Bitcoin" also features controversial Bitcoin celebrity and well known crypto-troll, Chris DeRose.

How Miami Became America's Capital of Cryptocurrency, for Better or Worse

On a frigid night in January, blue and purple lights strobed onto hundreds of amped-up faces in a dark club in downtown Miami. As an EDM version of "Don't Stop Believin'" pulsated from the speakers at E11even, burlesque dancers in flapper costumes shimmied on two stages.

Chris Derose and the politics of crypto

I'm a fan of the Briar Patch, started by the OG power top Chris Derose. I don't meme the channel as much because I'm finding my own calling in the work I do, even if it's slow going at first. One recent development in his channel is the politics of crypto.

Chris DeRose, host of the irreverent podcast, Bitcoin Uncensored, will make an appearance at Bitcoin Wednesday

Chris DeRose, host of the irreverent podcast, Bitcoin Uncensored, will make an appearance at Bitcoin Wednesday on 7 February, 2018. An avid writer, podcaster and political commentator, he has been involved with cryptocurrency ever since reading Bitcoin’s earliest announcement on Slashdot back in 2010.

Blockchain use cases beyond Payments

The purpose of the study is to evaluate block chain technologies for non-monetary use cases, specifically in health care and legal record keeping. The study examines whether the technology can be used beyond censorship-resistant payments using non-monetary transactions.

Thoughts on the SAFT

If it turns out that garden-variety ICO tokens are not investment contracts, we really are dealing with a new paradigm and I will eat my hat on Bitcoin Uncensored. Good for the issuer and praise be to the prescience of their enlightened venture backers.

Chris DeRose: Ethereum, ICOs & Alt Coins Are Ponzi Schemes?

During this 30+ minute interview, Jason asks Chris about the upcoming Bitcoin soft fork, why it's happening and the groups involved and how their interests are different. Jason and Chris also discuss how close Ethereum is to proof of stake (POS) and smart contracts? Chris thinks the rise in 2017 of the price of Ethereum and other alt coins isn't based on any innovation but almost entirely speculation and the greater fool theory.

Bitcoin Price Remains Uncertain Amid Impeding SEC Decision

We have been keeping a close eye to the pending SEC decision which will deny or approve Bitcoin’s ETF for a second time. The price remains uncertain as it tested support multiple times over the weekend. Today, the price dropped over 7% as the correction approached.

EOS: Unpacking the Big Promises Behind a Possible Blockchain Contender

Complicating matters, though, is even the most ridiculous have shown a propensity to work. If two years ago, you were told a blockchain would exist that would be so powerful as to enable startups to forego VC investing, you might have laughed. Today, the creators and developers of ethereum would be the ones laughing.

Danny Brewster Neo & Bee Neo & Bee CEO Danny Brewster Resurfaces, Wants to Pay Back Investors

Who remembers Neo & Bee? Better still, who knows what happened after the “Bitcoin bank” fell apart in April 2014, and what has happened since? Former CEO Danny Brewster has broken a long silence to tell his side of the story.

Blockchain ICOs and Uber CEOs

On the other hand, if a company has raised tens of millions of dollars by pre-selling its product to customers before ever building the product, why would it build the product? When ICO’s deliver 100% of the company’s expected receivables at launch, founders are incentivized to leave their project immediately thereafter, writes Chris DeRose.

A Response to Chris DeRose' Article on ICOs & Token Sales

First, I agree in principle with some of Chris' concerns. Some ICOs are scams or get-rich-quick schemes, designed to take advantage of a hot market and some investors' lack of technical sophistication. Some tokens are very likely to be securities, and anyone working in this space should be cautious and work closely with legal counsel.

Can The ICO Industry Really Kill Innovation And Should The SEC Regulate It?

A paternalistic SEC will not be able to stop the rise of the ICO industry, but DeRose’s argument – or at least what readers would think his argument would be – has to do with innovation.

“Bitcoin Provocateur” To SEC: ICOs ‘Are Killing Innovation’

Self-confessed “Bitcoin provocateur” Chris DeRose has published an open letter to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) saying ICOs “are killing innovation.”

Can The ICO Industry Really Kill Innovation And Should The SEC Regulate It?

So is the title of Chris DeRose’s recent post on Hackernoon. DeRose was attempting to call out ICOs for killing innovation, but he just alluded to that to get to the point he really wanted to make. DeRose firmly believes that the SEC should regulate the ICO industry because it is a scam. His post is full of blanket statements that have little to no nuance.

A Dispassionate Defense of ICOs as an OK Thing

As if there weren't enough things to worry about in the world, the idea that a limited set of cryptographically unique data can be created and sold by anyone with an internet connection has emerged as a divisive issue, with everyone from the Financial Times to Reddit trolls weighing in.

It's not just a Ponzi, it’s a 'smart' Ponzi

Hat tip to Bloomberg’s Matt Levine for drawing our attention to this paper from a bunch of academics at the University of Cagliari in Italy examining the Ethereum blockchain’s tendency to incubate Ponzi schemes.

Altcoins, ICOs Just Don’t Work: BnkToTheFuture CEO

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and altcoins are economically unviable, said BnkToTheFuture CEO Simon Dixon in an interview this week. His opinion is notable, as he and his company previously invested in and heavily promoted the technique.

Bitbank’s Lizardo: 'Very Little' Bitcoin Use in China, 99% Speculation

Due to the pseudonymous nature of bitcoin, it is sometimes difficult to figure out who is using the digital currency and for what reason. In a recent interview with Chris DeRose, Bitbank Group Vice President of International Affairs Virgilio Lizardo Jr. discussed the type of people using bitcoin in China.

Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Considers Bitcoin

During the first week of May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the agency’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) branch have shown a keen interest in bitcoin and blockchain technologies. On May 2 DHS awarded three blockchain-based startups $2.25 million for research and development.

Hype Watch: What’s Really Going on With Bitcoin and US Visas?

In March, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service published a document which mentioned Bitcoin. The document has nothing to do with the government accepting Bitcoin for visa application fees, as some would have you believe.

Bitcoin Price Remains Uncertain Amid Impeding SEC Decision

We have been keeping a close eye to the pending SEC decision which will deny or approve Bitcoin’s ETF for a second time. The price remains uncertain as it tested support multiple times over the weekend. Today, the price dropped over 7% as the correction approached.

The Community Promise

An explanation of the bu breakup, by way of pepecash, as told by cheapest pants. Err, I mean spanish man on latin talkshow.

The Big Split: Bitcoin Uncensored Team Decouple

Two best friends. One podcast. Multiple fans. One contentious issue. Many accusations.That's the nutshell explanation of the recent and acrimonious split of the controversial Bitcoin Uncensored podcast team of Chris DeRose and Joshua (Junseth) Unseth.

Two Types of Blockspace Demand

The “market for Bitcoin block space” is a hot topic. Everyone’s talking about 'blocksize' and 'fees'. Economists frame these issues in terms of 'supply and demand'. I’ve previously argued that, when it comes to blocksize and fees, miners will act as a single coordinated monopolist.

Exclusive (and Controversial) Satoshi Roundtable Commences

Chris Derose and Joshua Unseth, Bitcoin Uncensored hosts, crashed Satoshi Roundtable 2016. They 'were made aware of the event by nearly 10% of those in attendance,' wrote Mr. Unseth on his blog. 'Through various channels, seven or so people told us where the event was and asked us to please come.'

Bitcoin Has Many Fans at Amazon According to Purse CEO Andrew Lee

Purse is a platform that allows users to get a discount on their Amazon purchases by matching bitcoin holders with those who have a balance on the ecommerce platform. In a recent interview with Bitcoin Uncensored’s Chris DeRose, Purse CEO Andrew Lee discussed Purse’s relationship with Amazon.

Report: The North American Bitcoin Conference – Day Two

The conference was a giant success as many guests explained they were very happy to attend the Miami event. Furthermore, let the hosts of Bitcoin Uncensored use our exhibition booth to broadcast which was far cleaner than the men's restroom.

Blockchain 'Bullies': Truth, Trolls and Bitcoin Uncensored's Big Short

First, a brief introduction. For those who aren’t familiar, Bitcoin Uncensored is a loosely defined podcast that’s part constant Soundcloud experimentation and part social media barrage. While maybe nothing on its own, ‘BU’ has coalesced into a (mostly) cohesive (and controversial) flavor of bitcoin intellectualism – one that is at once a rejection of the technology’s earlier Libertarian values and a supposed embrace of its more scientific merits.

A Proof of Stake Design Philosophy

Originally a mere in-protocol fork choice rule, this mechanism has in many cases been elevated to a sacred tenet — see this Twitter discussion between myself and Chris DeRose for an example of...

14 Industry Luminaries (and an Ode) on the State of Bitcoin 2016

Call them what you want; dignitaries, pundits, bigwigs, luminaries or – even – enemies. There are always headstrong debates raging on in the Bitcoin space, and some people’s names get tossed around more than other’s. We decided to reach out to a few of them and ask them a simple question.

CoinDesk's Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016

Since late November, CoinDesk has been canvassing the community for input on who our readers believe influenced the industry the most. Users were invited to choose one of the names we suggested or anyone they felt had the biggest impact on the year that was.

Bitcoin Uncensored: Trump Genocide Good for Bitcoin?

This week on Bitcoin Uncensored, Chris and Junseth provide the most accurate and reliable analysis of the 2016 US presidential election. Based on what we heard, Junseth probably rigged the election so Trump could pump his bitcoin investments.

A Strange High: Two Days at Denver's Crypto-Cannabis Conference

Hungover. Trying to motivate myself to drive from Colorado Springs to Denver for the second annual Crypto-Cannabis conference. It’s 1 pm. Chris Derose messages me...

Bitcoin Uncensored: Zcash Is a Scam and Andreas Is a Homo

A big topic of discussion on this week’s episode focuses on the recent Zcash launch, and why the guys think the cryptocurrency is a scam. While Chris and Junseth didn’t spend too much time scam-busting, they made some hard-hitting points against Zcash.

Bitcoin Uncensored Exposed: Chris DeRose Definitely a CIA Shill

Just a few of the accusations against the guys suggest that they’re being paid by the Core developers, the r/btc community, or the CIA. We think the CIA theory is the most plausible, it would take some serious money to pull off a trolling operation on a scale as grand as Bitcoin Uncensored.

Bitcoin Uncensored: Block Size Showdown With Roger Ver

However, Chris and Junseth disagree with Ver on his block size stance. They argue that the network has done fine so far, with the block size approaching its 1 MB limit, and are skeptical about the problems Ver claims will occur if the block size isn’t raised soon.

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.

Why Bitcoin Needs Bitcoin Uncensored

Bitcoin Uncensored is a popular Bitcoin podcast that has recently been rustling jimmies and flipping tables in the face of the “Blockchain” community. They offer a scathing, immature and humorous critique of this culture, mainly because it fetishizes mindless support of projects (even if they may be scams) and an air of hyper-seriousness.

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


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.

Chris DeRose - Lessons from Bitcoin's Civil War

Chris DeRose - Lessons from Bitcoin's Civil War

In the aftermath of Bitcoin's civil war, we're left with some hard lessons on the nature of decentralization. Who gets to bear a rightful claim on what Bitcoin is? And what is the value of decentralization, if a vacuum of leadership merely leaves the community vulnerable to chaos?

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

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 (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.

Dear SEC: ICOs & ‘Tokens’ are killing innovation

ICO fundraisers leverage the confusion around ‘blockchain technology’ to swindle uninformed consumers with false promises, dubious claims, and dishonest terms related to their ‘high yield’ investment opportunities.

Trump Budget Kills Nixon-Era Affirmative Action Corporate Welfare Agency

The Trump administration’s first budget would shutter the fifty year old Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

Bitcoin Reaches New Highs as Uptake Grows, Japanese Markets Strengthen

Bitcoin is on a massive trading frenzy, with prices for the digital currency breaking through many all-time price and volume highs. As Bitcoin’s weekend trade price reached over $2,000 U.S. dollars, many are wondering why.

Cryptocurrency Investment Cues From the South Seas Bubble

It's tough to say just where the South Seas 'bubble' itself started, as the run up was caused by the culmination of many small decisions, each made with the best of intentions for shareholders.

The Trouble With Fintech (Or Why 'Now' is the Time for DLT)

In this opinion piece, DeRose looks at the promotion of blockchain and distributed ledger solutions, arguing that, in many cases, they're simply a smokescreen for the shallow repurposing of existing ideas.

2016: The Year of Blockchain Hubris

Despite challenges in other areas, blockchain's use as a value routing protocol is developing at blistering speeds, and I would argue, with amazing results. If you know where to look, you can see labor specializing, banking services being extended and information services being globalized.

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!

The Crypto Burn Book

Just a brief appearance that I seemed to have made here on the coindesk podcast. Throwing shade with the flames!


In this episode I am joined by the Bitcoin Heretics, a group of Bitcoiner’s from differing tribes & viewpoints; Vin Armani is a Bitcoin Cash/Coin Agnostic, Chris Derose is from Bitcoin BTC and Daniel Krawisz is aligned with Bitcoin SV. This is a group that doesn’t agree with each other on most things, they respect each others opinions and I respect the thoughts that derive from their conversations immensely. We talk about a very important topic of the day, The Hash war, its aftermath and the world of Bitcoin we now find ourselves in.

TKJ PODCAST #99 | Chris DeRose - Crypto Societies and Philosophies

In this riveting podcast I interview Content Creator, Coder and Bitcoiner Chris De Rose as we discuss Chris' Journey into the world of Crypto, the social dynamics of Bitcoin and get into some conversational Jujitsu discussing Voluntaryist Philosophy.

Chris DeRose gets blocked by Tone Vays on twitter, live!

This was fun, I had to file it somewhere. Might as well file it here. :)

September 23, 2018 Crypto-twitter Update

Quick reference on the crypto twitter update

Financial Wisdom from a Crypto Media O.G. - Chris DeRose

An unassuming, wise man. Chris has been involved with Bitcoin for many years and has an idea of where things are going and how to get there. Listen for a fresh perspective on the crypto craze.

Blockchain is a programming language for humans. Blasphemers rule the World. AMA! w/ Chris Derose

Blockchain is a programming language for humans. Blasphemers rule the World. AMA! w/ Chris Derose

The Road to Monero with Chris DeRose

Whaaat's up Monero People ;) We are talking with Chris DeRose about Bitcoin Maximalism, his history in the crypto space, and how he arrived at Monero. Can't wait to be able to question and unwrap Chris's always insightful thoughts.

BIF EP8 - Skateboard Chris

On this episode we analyze the bad actor behavior of Chris Derose. Feedback is welcome as always. Thanks for your support.

The Tom Woods Show - Ep. 1148 The Totalitarian Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Got a reference at 12 min in. Rousseau #ftw!

The Vin Armani Show (5/14/18) - Chris DeRose

We are back from Spring Break and our guest this week is Chris DeRose. Chris DeRose is a Bitcoin evangelist, public speaker, podcaster, and journalist. He is the host of Bitcoin Uncensored, a wide-ranging and insightful look at the people, projects, and culture of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

Michael Alden Interviews Chris DeRose

In this episode, Alden welcome’s Chris DeRose to the Alden Report. Chris is software developer, podcaster and journalist who found his niche in cryptocurrency at the early stages of this new technology. DeRose also leads a community meetup giving the opportunity for bitcoin enthusiasts to network and learn more about the ever-growing world of cryptocurrency.

Chris DeRose: Crypto's Top 100 joins Trader Cobb

Chris DeRose: Crypto's Top 100 joins TraderCobb - Named by Crypto Weekly as one of The 100 Most Influential People In Crypto. Host of the podcast, Bitcoin Uncensored, Chris is an avid writer, podcaster and political commentator and has been involved with cryptocurrency ever since reading Bitcoin’s earliest announcement on Slashdot back in 2010.

Chris DeRose of DeRose Uncensored talks…Well…Everything

In this episode, we are joined by Chris DeRose of Derose Uncensored (the apparent love child of Larry King and Howard Stern) and talk growing up in Miami, state’s national identity, the resilience of bitcoin and its politics, decentralization, intention, outrage culture, feminism, Chris’s values as a host, and more.

The Third Web #1 - Re-examining the Legality of ICOs

Had a fun shout-out here on the Third Web podcast, with Arthur Falls and Joshua Ashley Klayman

BD #25: Exit Scam 2023 - Monero’s Riccardo Spagni Talks Crypto Scams & Anonymity

I got a little shout-out toward the end on Writing on Scaling Bitcoin’s Diversity Committee

Blockchain history, advanced applications, and NEM

I got a little shout-out at 12 minutes in. Take a look at the NEM take on, well, me. :)

James Bond Bitcoin Live 0019

In this James Bond Bitcoin Live Stream Brian McLaughlin Joins us to Discuss Anything and Everything. Nothing is off the table. Also joining us is Bitcoin Uncensored

Monero Uncensored with guest Chris DeRose

Today, I talk with Chris DeRose of the Bitcoin Uncensored YouTube show and podcast about changes he's undergoing with his show, his thoughts on the Monero community and the potential future Monero needs to plan for, and the movements of the cryptocurrency space in general. If you're unfamiliar with Chris, check out his YouTube channel.

Are ICOs Legal? - MadBitcoins interviews Chris DeRose to find out!

A discussion on libertarianism, ICOs, bitcoin and regulation with Thomas Hunt

The Bitcoin Group #143 - Price Volatility - Suits not Nerds - ICO Mania - Silbert Accords

Doing the week's news with Tony Vays, Gabriel D Vine, Jeffrey Jones, and Thomas Hunt.

Chris DeRose on Blockchains and scams on Future Gravy

Here's a fun interview I did with Future Gravy for his channel, on how blockchains work, and what to watch out for with claimants and fundraisers in the space.

ImNOTYourLawyer 3/5/2017 The DeRose Files Part 1

Part one of a five part series on what happened in the BU breakup (If you like this video, be sure to watch the whole series on Jason's channel)

Miami Bitcoin Hackathon 2017 Re-cap Video

Short video from the 2017 Miami Bitcoin Hackathon at the LAB Miami featuring myself and a bunch of other bitcoiners doing what we do.

CryptoScam #1 - Bitcoin (w/ Chris DeRose)

In this first episode of CryptoScam, Chris DeRose and I explore the possibility of Bitcoin being a Scam. We cover topics like Natural Ponzi's, Bitcoin's early days with Satoshi mining most of the bitcoins, current use cases and what we see for the future.

The Bitcoin Group #125 - Trump Bitcoin, EthC ETF, Karpeles Interview and Miami Bitcoin Conference

Donald Trump Inauguration Special: Make Bitcoin Great Again!, Barry Silbert Shares Digital Currency Group’s Perspective on Ethereum, Miami Bitcoin Conference, MadBitcoins Exclusive Interview with Mark Karpeles of Mt. Gox

The Bitcoin Game #40: 2016 Year End Special!

I want to propose that on January 3rd, the 8th anniversary of Bitcoin's genesis block, every cryptocurrency aficionado take a day to chill on the arguing, so we get a sense of what it’s like to be a huge, cohesive group.

#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)