Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins

Venture Partner for Barista Ventures. Founder of Roger Wilco. Creator of theCUBE.

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Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Is Bitcoin Anonymous?

A common misconception is that Bitcoin is an anonymous currency. What it offers is a kind of ‘pseudo-anonymity’ (or ‘pseudonymity’), which means that if the someone were inclined to trace Bitcoin transactions or investigate Bitcoin addresses,...

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Can I donate Bitcoin to politicians?

As someone who has a keen interest in cryptocurrency and has a history in political campaigning, I am one of those peculiar animals who knows Federal campaign finance laws and enjoys learning new things about them. [Disclaimer: I am not a campaign finance lawyer....

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Does Bitcoin Need Banks?

Whether or not there’s a place for banking as we know it in the world of cryptocurency is a hotly debated question among Bitcoin enthusiasts and stakeholders. “Unbank yourself,” and “Time for plan ฿,” are many of the slogans thrown about...

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What are side-chains?

As politicians continue to weigh in on what Bitcoin could mean to them and the economy in general, two enthusiasts are working on a project that could make mass adoption of the cryptocurrency more feasible, giving new momentum to the idea of Bitcoin 2.0. Speaking at...

The ACA Is Not Tenable

And insurance executives already are warning about double- or triple-digit hikes for next year. “I do think it’s likely premium-rate shocks are coming,” said Chet Burrell, CEO of Care First BlueCross BlueShield. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, one of the first to raise the...

Foreigners’ Acts of Love and Other Scary Things

Even though I’m loathe to vote for another Bush for office (there are many other fully qualified candidates out there with less statist tendencies, and no one is looking for Bush v. Clinton II: The Reckoning), this full on attack on the “acts of...