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Yan Pritzker

Yan Pritzker

CTO and Cofounder, Swan

Yan Pritzker makes frequent appearances in Bitcoin and financial media such as Forbes, Cheddar, the Stephan Livera Podcast, Bitcoin Magazine, and Market Disruptors and presented at many conferences.

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Writings on Bitcoin

Bitcoin: Utopia vs Reality

If you listen to some fervent bitcoin advocates you might hear some pretty utopian thinking. Bitcoin will end the banking industry. Bitcoin will stop wars. Bitcoin will end governments. In this post I examine utopian thinking versus likely realities.

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Does Bitcoin Have Intrinsic Value?

There are lots of people who think that for something to become a money, it must have some “intrinsic” value. Let’s suppose for a moment that you believe in intrinsic value, and think that the reason gold was used as money is because it is shiny and people want to wear shiny things.

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Exploding Three Myths About the Upcoming Bitcoin Halving

It’s true that the halvings have been known since the incep­tion of Bitcoin. If this halving is priced in, that would imply that past halvings should have been priced in as well. Yet in the past two halvings, the price skyrock­eted in the two years following.

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Inventing Bitcoin

Bitcoin may well be the greatest invention of our time, and most people have no idea what it is, or how it works. Walking through its invention step by step, this short two-hour read is critical before you invest. No technical expertise required! Read it, then share it with your loved ones.

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Is Bitcoin Mining Decentralization a Threat to Bitcoin?

Mining is a lottery process by which anyone in the world, without asking for permission, gets the ability to write transactions into the Bitcoin ledger. This is called mining a block. The new ledger entries are then distributed to all other Bitcoin network participants in the form of a block, and verified for following the rules.

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Is Bitcoin mining centralization a threat?

You might have heard some people talking about Bitcoin mining being “centralized”. Today we’ll explore what people mean by that, what kind danger that poses to the network, and whether your coins are safe.

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Rampant Inflation Is on the Way and Here’s What it Means for Bitcoin

The govern­ment is trying to solve this with money. They’ll be printing lots and lots of money. They’re going to make it easy for people to take out loans. Mortgage rates will go down. Small business loan rates will go down. There will be tax breaks. We’re going to see helicopter money (i.e. people getting money directly from the govern­ment).

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The three futures of digital money

As money rapidly turns digital, we must contemplate three possible futures of money: central bank managed, corporate-issued, and decentralized.

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What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin offers an alter­na­tive to centrally controlled digital money with a system that gives us back the person to person nature of cash, but in a digital form. Bitcoin is a digital asset that is issued and trans­ferred over a network of inter­con­nected computers that each indepen­dently verifies that everyone else is playing by the rules.

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What is a Bitcoin Fork

As you consider the thousands of cryptocur­ren­cies that have been created, none of which have signif­i­cant market value and almost nonex­is­tent liquidity, ponder this paradox: creating Bitcoin forks is free and easy. However, changing the rules of Bitcoin or creating new bitcoins is anything but easy. Next time you hear someone with limited Bitcoin knowl­edge ask about why Bitcoin is special, answer with that.

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We’re gonna get free slowly. Bitcoin is freedom money.

Yan Pritzker


Yan Pritzker is the co-founder and CTO of Swan Bitcoin. Yan spent the last twenty years as a software developer and entrepreneur focusing on tech startups. His most recent company, Reverb, was acquired by Etsy in 2019. Yan is the author of the book Inventing Bitcoin, the best technical book for beginners, and gives talks on Bitcoin related topics ranging from the importance of Bitcoin as a tool for freedom to the technical details of how Bitcoin works.

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“Yes it is volatile,” Pritzker said. “And yes it does create a lot of hype. But that’s where our mission has gone, to reduce that hype and really make it clear to people that what they should be doing is saving a little bit at a time, regardless of the price.”

It’s a savings plan. We’re looking at bitcoin as something that you’re putting away for a rainy day. You’re saving a little bit every month.

There’s nothing wrong with trying new ideas. The problem is when you sell these things as money, right? And then you try to compete with something like Bitcoin, which is the hardest, most decentralized, most immutable money on the planet.

We’re exporting our inflation to the rest of the world with all this money we’re printing.

I like that there’s a new narrative emerging around Bitcoin as a savings tool.

The longer that Bitcoin goes on, the easier it is to tell a story. It’s hard to tell a story now about a new money that’s only 10 years old or 11 years old. It’s gonna be easier to tell that story to our kids who will have 25 years of this money existing behind them

People always forget how early we are into Bitcoin.... The reality is half a percent of the world has any Bitcoin. It might be as high as 3-5% in America, but most of those people have it on Coinbase, and they don’t know what they bought.

Bitcoin is a painful teacher. You either learn from other people’s experiences or you learn from your own.

We believe that as our money goes fully digital, we’re going to have to choose between a digital, government-controlled money or a freedom money like Bitcoin. And over time, people are gonna make that choice for themselves, and hopefully, people will choose the freedom money.

We’re gonna get free slowly. Bitcoin is freedom money.

It will be too late if you have to get Bitcoin at a time where everything’s already locked down... You need to be getting it when it’s still not on anybody’s radar.

The smart people are accumulating Bitcoin.

We’re exporting our inflation to the rest of the world with all this money we’re printing

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