Matt Ridley in the Times – Could these weird coins transform our lives?

If you’ve read your Life After The State, you’ll know I’m a huge admirer of Matt Ridley and, in particular, The Rational Optimist.

So I was delighted to read his column in Monday’s Times – Could These Weird Coins Transform Our Lives.

You need to be a subscriber to the Times to read it in full. Now that Monday has passed, I’m sure those in charge will forgive me for posting this jailbroken copy for you to look at in case you’re not –  Could these weird coins transform our lives? | The Times.

Bitcoin – the Future of Money? – what they’ve said so far

We now have a website for Bitcoin – the Future of Money? – it’s here.

There aren’t exactly hundreds of fun activities to do on it – it’s more for information purposes – but one thing you can do is buy the audiobook, should audiobooks about Bitcoin happen to be your thing.

Meanwhile, here are the comments we’ve had on the book so far:

‘Bitcoin is one of the most important innovations of our time – it will transform the way we do business. Dominic Frisby has written a great account. Read it and glimpse into the future’
Sir Richard Branson

‘The book’s outstanding, but the story it tells is even better.’
Matt Ridley, The Times

‘In this highly readable yet technically accomplished book, Dominic Frisby makes crypto currencies crystal clear. Read it, or fail to understand possibly the most important financial innovation of our time.’
Liam Halligan, Sunday Telegraph

‘Despite having an MSc in Computer Science and spending over ten years studying monetary theory, I ignored Bitcoin as hype for too long. You shouldn’t. Read Dominic’s thrilling book and discover the next big thing.’
Steve Baker, MP

‘It’s a stunning piece of work’
Professor Kevin Dowd, Durham University Professor of Finance and Economics


Bitcoin cover designs

Here are some of the possible covers for the Bitcoin book.

Take a look at the writing around the edge of the Bitcoin in the first three.

‘Decentralized digital cash. Pecuniam sine imperio nec argentariis. In proof we trust’. The Latin translates as ‘money without government or banks’. (I hope I’ve got that right.)

The designer is Dan Mogford.

I’ll tell you which one we have gone for at the bottom.






Much as we love the coin, we have chosen to develop the fifth of these. What do you think?