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Publication Name: The Monetary Future

Brief description: At the intersection of free banking, cryptography, and digital currency

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Owner Name: Jon Matonis

Joined: January 22nd, 2012


The Monetary Future wrote a new blog post titled No Governance for Old Men: Coordinating Protocol Upgrades in the Future

By Jon MatonisBitcoin Magazine Friday, July 21, 2017 https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/op-ed-no-governance-old-men-coordinating-protocol-upgrades-future/ Let’s not deploy the nuclear option for every protocol upgrade. Make no mistake. We are witnessing a high-stakes protocol standards battle play out in real time. And it is just as important as last century’s battle for the internet’s TCP standard. Current capacity constraints on the Bitcoin blockchain have brought us to this impasse. The Bitcoin protocol, as the dominant value transfer “network effect” leader, battles against...
(125 days ago)

The Monetary Future wrote a new blog post titled Bitcoin Foundation’s Chief Jon Matonis to Resign

By Michael Casey Wall Street Journal Thursday, October 30, 2014 http://www.wsj.com/articles/bitcoin-foundations-chief-jon-matonis-to-resign-1414691244 Jon Matonis is resigning as executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation, a trade group that supports and advocates for the development and expansion of bitcoin, the digital currency. Effective Friday, Mr. Matonis will be replaced by Patrick Murck, who has been the foundation’s general counsel. Messrs. Matonis and Murck, both founding members, played key roles containing the fallout surrounding bitcoin during some harmful scandals......
(129 days ago)

The Monetary Future wrote a new blog post titled Finally, a Bitcoin Exchange by Traders for Traders

By Jon Matonis Medium Tuesday, July 11, 2017 https://medium.com/@jonmatonis/finally-a-bitcoin-exchange-by-traders-for-traders-664defd2c16f I first met my Globitex.com co-founders Liza Aizupiete and Andris Kaneps at an inspired café in central Copenhagen during early 2015. Their mantra has always been that Globitex is a trading platform built by traders for traders. Unsurprisingly, that guiding philosophy has permeated every design choice since inception. As my background is in foreign currency and derivatives trading, I have always aimed to launch a cryptocurrency exchange. In fact, I...
(137 days ago)


I am an e-Money specialist and Austrian School economist from George Washington University focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies. My career has included senior influential posts at Sumitomo Bank, VISA, VeriSign, and Hushmail.

"Free-market protagonists, such as Matonis, regard cybercash as better than traditional government-issued or -regulated money, because it is determined by market forces and thus nonpolitical in nature." --Robert Guttmann, Professor of Economics at Hofstra University, in Cybercash: The Coming Era of Electronic Money, 2003

"Matonis is quite correct that the new technology makes easier the use of multiple private currencies." --Mark Bernkopf, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in "Electronic Cash and Monetary Policy", 1996

"Matonis argues that what is about to happen in the world of money is nothing less than the birth of a new Knowledge Age industry: the development, issuance, and management of private currencies." --Seth Godin in Presenting Digital Cash, 1995