Interview: Aaron Voisine, CEO of Breadwallet

This is the first part of a series of posts that are interviews with people from various industries to talk about events, problems and their opinions on things going on in their industry.

This week, I had the awesome time of interviewing Aaron Voisine, Breadwallet’s CEO. Breadwallet is a Bitcoin wallet on the Apple appstore with a really easy to use interface. I personally recommend it for beginner Bitcoin users who do not want an online wallet and need simplicity rather than multi-coin features.

With Bitcoin still down hovering around $590, do you think it will go back up before September? Why?

If I were any good at predicting short-term movements, I’d have a lot more bitcoin.

 

How do you think Apple, Google, etc, can stop or at least slow down the amount of fake Bitcoin wallets from getting onto their appstores?

 

App store owners should require and verify additional identifying information for the authors of apps in the finance section.

KimDotCom predicts Bitcoin will reach $2000 by 2017. Do you think it will actually happen? Explain.

 

I’m convinced the overall trend for the value of bitcoin will be up. Specific prices and times are unpredictable.

 

Suddenly, many “fake” Bitcoin wallets have shown up on the appstore. How can we know we can trust a legit wallet? Brand? Referral?

 

Make sure you get the correct app by following a download link published by the app author, and use apps who’s source code is open to public review.

There is a new blockchain-based social network named Steemit. Have you joined yet? If yes, tell us your favourite parts of it.

 

My understanding is that it uses it’s own alt-coin, which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Money has the strongest network effect that there is. Everyone wants to hold what everyone else wants to hold. Network effects lead to winner-take-all outcomes, and bitcoin is clearly the beneficiary of this phenomena. I don’t think any alt-coins will have long-term staying power.

Companies are starting to use Blockchain-as-a-Service. Is this a good thing for the Bitcoin community?

 

Offering cloud services to businesses building bitcoin products is great. As far as non-bitcoin private blockchains, I’ve yet to see any applications for them that aren’t better served by traditional distributed database solutions. I’d be happy to learn about any that I missed.

As more Bitcoin wallets come out, legit and fake, how can that affect Breadwallet’s market share?

 

Our market share is growing, and will continue to do so as long as we’re providing the best product out there. Our mission is to help bring the financial freedom that bitcoin offers to as many people as we can, so if someone else is doing a better job of it than us, then they deserve all the success they get.

 

Have you guys at Breadwallet thought about multi-coin wallets? 

 

I don’t see much point in supporting multiple coins, apart from a niche product for forex/commodity traders. We think bitcoin will eventually be the standard the world chooses to store value, and we’re here to help them do that.

Picture of Aaron. From Crunchbase

Angus

Angus is the Editor-In-Chief and creator of Technology Is Key. He enjoys tech and business and also runs Adventure Bitcoin.

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