New year, new job

Yesterday I published a post on the Abra blog announcing that I have joined the company to help “extend [cash on- and off-ramps for Bitcoin] globally.” Most of the details about why I made the decision to join Abra are in that post, but for my friends who I’m sure will have more questions, I’m putting together an FAQ to answer questions about the new job and how it affects other projects I’ve been working on.

Why Abra?

I really like the team and the company’s mission. As I mentioned in the post on Abra’s blog, I started the Buttonwood SF meetup to make it easy and safe for people in my local community to get cash in and out of the Bitcoin network, and now I’m excited to work with Abra to make that possible worldwide.

What will happen to Buttonwood SF?

I actually turned over control of the meetup page to a prominent local bitcoin trader a while ago because I was traveling a lot for work and figured he’d be a better steward. Eventually he stopped paying the meetup dues and no one else in the community stepped up to take over. So right now the meetup page is inactive. But some of the folks in the community still meet to trade, and in the future we might decide to either reactivate the meetup page or create a new online community portal somewhere else so people can easily find the meetup. If you have any interest in helping with this, please get in touch!

Are you still working with Bitseed?

Yep! Bitseed has been a passion project of mine since we first started, and I don’t intend to change that any time soon. We’re working on the next iteration of the Bitseed node now, mostly focused on finding new hardware that can increase the power of the node and new use-cases that can be served by having a personal server self-hosted at home. If you have any ideas or want to help out in any way, please get in touch! We’re especially looking for software devs who are interested in helping us with the Bitseed Web UI and working on new software for Bitseed 3. To stay up-to-date with all Bitseed developments, you can subscribe to our newsletter.

When is the next edition of Bitcoin: Be Your Own Bank coming out?

I can’t say for sure! I plan to re-write a lot of it and add a couple new chapters. I am waiting for a couple of projects to do their first public releases before adding them to the book. After that, it should only be a month or two before the Second Edition is ready to be published. So I anticipate it will be ready by the end of the year, at the latest. Subscribe to the BYOB blog for updates.

Are you still working with Blockstack?

Yep! I’m not as active in the community as I used to be, but I still hang out in the forum and Slack and eagerly await all the software releases that the Blockstack community is working on. There’s a lot of really cool stuff happening there and I encourage everyone to at least follow the Blockstack blog and Twitter account to get alerts for important Blockstack announcements – you won’t want to miss it!

Will you still be working with the okTurtles Foundation?

Yep! I plan to publish a follow-up to my blog post about open-source Slack alternatives, and am also looking forward to helping them test the first public release of the Group Income app. If you would like to help support the Foundation’s mission to support beneficial decentralized technology, we appreciate all donations and volunteers!


I think that answers all of the important questions I can think of. If you have any others, let me know!

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