Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Future of Bitcoin 2017 Series: Jameson Lopp and ‘Coopetition’

The Future of Bitcoin 2017 Series: Jameson Lopp and ‘Coopetition’

The original builder spirit of the Bitcoin community has been buried by politics and infighting, said Jameson Lopp at The Future of Bitcoin conference in Arnhem, Netherlands. To keep Bitcoin moving forward, he argued, the community needs to adopt a spirit of “coopetition.”

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Jameson Lopp: We Need More ‘Coopetition’

BitGo software engineer Jameson Lopp — known for sharing his controversial opinions on social media — gave a presentation on the concept of “coopetition” in the world of cryptocurrency.

“Coopetition,” he said, comes from the notion of approaching problems with a “builder mindset”. Meaning, we should look at Bitcoin with the intention of making it work, rather than just pointing out the ideas we think are bad. This attitude has faded from the community over the years, Lopp said, and it has hindered Bitcoin’s progress.

Using Hal Finney as an example, Lopp suggested that community members supplement their criticism with suggestions on how Bitcoin can be better. Instead of picking an idea apart and leave it for dead, tell your adversary how they can make their idea better.

Lopp closed his presentation with a Q&A, fielding answers from the audience.

About The Future of Bitcoin 2017

The Future of Bitcoin conference took place in June-July 2017 in Arnhem, Netherlands. Presenting at the event were several high profile individuals who will be making key decisions about what Bitcoin is, and how it works, in the years to come.

This is a comprehensive video series featuring all the speakers and panels from the 2017. event. Watch them for a direct insight into the minds engaged in research and development to keep Bitcoin disruptive, decentralized, global and permissionless.

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