Mission to teach 100 million people about Bitcoin by 2030

Dušan Matuska – among many other things – is a Bitcoin consultant and educator. The Slovak dream is to educate 100 million people about Bitcoin by 2030 through talks, podcasts, webinars, seminars and even a Bitcoin education center in a distant destination ( plan is currently being finalized).

Along with his aspirations to teach Bitcoin, he supports a small-scale Bitcoin mining facility in Slovakia, he co-founded a crypto cafe called Paralelni Polis in the country’s capital, Bratislava, and he translated famous books about Bitcoin into his mother tongue, Slovak.

But, how did he get here? And, what does meeting Satoshi have to do with it?

It started with Bitcoin, which he first heard about in 2015. But, like many people, “I didn’t pay much attention. I think it’s a scam, it’s a pyramid scheme and all that,” he told Cointelegraph.

However, armed with a mathematical background and fueled by the enthusiasm of a tenacious friend fascinated by open source technologies, Matuska did not fall much but became a genius. Russia dives into the rabbit hole during the 2017 bull run.

He suddenly realized, “Oh my, this Bitcoin thing is a really cool thing.”

Matuska in her trademark Bitcoin sweater. Source: Matuska

He took a break from teaching and worked as a consultant to study Bitcoin. Within a few months, he had deployed his public speaking skills to give the first free talks to many people about Bitcoin. At his first “open workshop where 40 or 50 people come” in early 2018, something started to emerge.

“Teaching something I’m passionate about feels natural to me. I have hosted webinars, consultations, free talks, all things Bitcoin related. Then we founded Paralelná Polis in Bratislava. ”

The crypto cafe – as it’s also known – is the sibling of the Paralelni Polis cafe in Prague, Czechia. It’s a cafe rooted in alternative learning, or “parallel education,” which dates back to when Czeckoslavia endured communist rule.

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Paralená Polis or cafe and meeting space “crypto cafe”. Dušan Matuska is wearing glasses. Source: Matuska.

Matuska added that this is a fitting minifigure for a safe space to learn, tinker and eventually use crypto.

Along with teaching about the restricted worlds of the communist regime and learning about an alternative financial world where fiat currency is in excess of demand are evident at the coffee shop. Matuska explains:

“So the idea is not to go against the system but to build a parallel system. Similar to Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a peaceful protest against the system. It won’t ruin things, but slowly it will make them obsolete.”

While helping out as a bartender at the cafe, Matuska spoke with humble crypto enthusiasts ranging from 73-year-old former bankers to curious elderly people about trading. by electronic money.

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Elderly women learn about Bitcoin at a market run by a crypto cafe in Slovakia. Source: Matuska

“I often use the example of a 73-year-old man when educating people about Bitcoin. If he can learn how to use a Bitcoin wallet and how to pay with Bitcoin, anyone can.”

Better yet, the reason why he transacts via Bitcoin is that it is “easier for him than using online banking.” Matuska confirmed to Cointelegraph that the elderly man is not Satoshi Nakamoto in fact.

While sadly the Bratislava crypto cafe closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prague coffee shop lives on. In addition, the foundation was laid and Matuska had two epiphanies: Bitcoin is for everyone and Bitcoin solves the problem.

For Matuska, whether it’s sending money to a cousin in the United States, leaving money to a grandchild, or simply “helping people save money to fight inflation,” it’s not just some technology. interesting or “digital augmented technology”.

One day, when his girlfriend asked “My teaching colleagues are asking about how to educate kids about Bitcoin. Are there any books for them? “Matuska shifted her focus from teaching adults to teaching children.

Thanks to the help of others Bitcoin Educators in SpaceAs well as a successful crowdfunding campaign, Matuska sent over 2,000 Bitcoin books to schools across Slovakia, translated into Slovak by himself and his team.

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Slovak students read “Bitcoin Money”. Source: Matuska

Expanding his Bitcoin educational aspirations into schools was a deft move. He will need all the help he can get to reach his goal of educating 100 million people about Bitcoin by 2030. To keep track of the numbers, Matuska used “an excel spreadsheet, which I then used to calculate. YouTube video views but there’s too much overlap. “

He is currently working on a bunch of metrics to achieve his goal, certainly tracking downloads on the Bitcoin podcasts he records.

In the podcast series, the Slovak answers common questions and thought experiments he was exposed to during his Bitcoin teaching. Among the most common questions, and in fact, the very first podcast he recorded, was a lie about the anonymity of Satoshi Nakamoto.

It is called, “How I Met Satoshi” and refers to a theoretical meeting with the creator of Bitcoin. Matuska explains:

“Like Pythagoras and his theorem, we really don’t need to know whether he is good or bad; if he’s orange, blue, yellow or black, whatever. The important thing is that the Pythagorean theorem works iteratively”.

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It can be proved mathematically that Pythagoras Theorum was active thousands of years after his death. “So is Satoshi’s calculation.”

While Matuska “meets” Satoshi, it is the real “meeting” that happens when you begin to engage in the writings of a genius, whether it is Einstein, Michelangelo, or Aristotle.

Finally, to the Bitcoin founder, Matuska shared that we “should be glad we don’t know who this person is.”

“The best thing Satoshi did was create Bitcoin. The second best thing Satoshi did was evaporate.”