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#Bitcoin2014 - Keynote Address, "500 Years of Liberalism" by Dr. Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com

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Published on May 28, 2014

Bitcoin 2014's Keynote Address took place on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam Main Deck in the Netherlands.

Timeline:
00:00:10 - Jon Matonis: Opening Remarks
00:09:02 - BitcoinFilm.org: Bitcoin in Uganda - Empowering People
00:16:00 - Dr. Patrick M. Byrne: Keynote Address

Dr. Patrick Byrne will give a Keynote Address entitled "500 Years of Liberalism from the Netherlands to Cryptocurrency" to assembled guests. He was introduced by Jon Matonis, Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation.

Dr. Patrick M. Byrne, CEO, launched Overstock.com in 1999 with revenues of $1.8 million. In 2014, Overstock.com had revenues of $1.3 billion and net income of $88.5 million. Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country in 2010, and Dr. Byrne as the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). Dr. Byrne received the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The kernel of the operating system that is liberalism emerged open-source in Holland 500 years ago. Yet 250 years ago a virus introduced by Jean-Jacques Rousseau corrupted some versions of this operating system so as to increase opportunity for control by elites. Cryptocurrency is a major security enhancement for the uncorrupted source code.

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