‘How I met Satoshi’: The mission to teach 100M people about Bitcoin by 2030

Dusan Matuska, among other things, is a Bitcoin teacher and consultant. The Slovaks’ dream is to reach 100 million people by 2030 using talks, podcasts and webinars. They also plan on establishing a Bitcoin education center in an exotic location.

He is also a Bitcoin teacher and has helped to set up a small-scale Bitcoin mining operation in Slovakia. Paralelni Polis, the crypto cafe in Bratislava’s capital, was founded by him.

But how did he get there? What does Satoshi’s meeting have to do?

It all starts with Bitcoin. He first heard of Bitcoin in 2015. Like many others, he didn’t pay much attention to it. He told Cointelegraph that he thought it was a fraud, a pyramid scheme, and all of these things.

Matuska, despite having a mathematical background and the support of an enthusiastic friend who was fascinated by open-source technologies, did not fall but swam down the rabbit hole during 2017’s bull run.

He suddenly realized that Bitcoin was something truly amazing.

Matuska wearing his signature Bitcoin sweater. Source: Matuska

To study Bitcoin, he took time from his consulting and teaching jobs. He was able to use his public speaking skills within a few months to give the first talks about Bitcoin. It was at his first open workshop in early 2018, where 40 to 50 people attended, that things started to click.

Teaching something I love feels natural to me. I have given webinars, consultations and free talks on Bitcoin. Paralelna Polis was then founded in Bratislava.

The Crypto cafe, as it is also known, is the baby brother of the Paralelni Polis café in Prague (Czechia). It is a cafe that promotes alternative learning or “parallel education”, which dates back to communist rule in Czeckoslavia.

Paralena Polis, or the “crypto café” coffee shop and meeting place. Dusan Matuska is crouching right with his glasses. Source: Matuska.

Matuska said that it is a good epithet to describe a safe place to learn, tinker and eventually use cryptocurrency. “No fiat is permitted.”

At the cafe, it was clear that there were parallels between teaching about restricted worlds under communist rule and learning about alternative financial worlds where fiat currency is surplus. Matuska explained:

“So, the idea wasn’t to combat the system, but to create a parallel one. It is the same as Bitcoin. Bitcoin is peaceful protest against the system. While it won’t break the system, it will slowly make them obsolete.”

Matuska, a barista in the cafe, spoke with unassuming crypto enthusiasts, ranging from former bankers at 73 to senior citizens interested in crypto transactions.

At a bazaar organized by the crypto cafe of Slovakia, elderly women learn about Bitcoin. Matuska: I often use Matuska’s example of the 73 year-old man to teach people about Bitcoin. Anyone can learn to use a Bitcoin wallet, and how to make Bitcoin payments.

Even better, Matuska confirmed that the elderly man wasn’t Satoshi Nakamoto.

The Prague cafe is still open, even though the Bratislava crypto café closed its doors last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Matuska’s epiphanies, which were both for everyone and to solve problems, helped cement the foundations.

Matuska doesn’t just want to “number-go up” technology. He also wants to send money to his cousins in the United States.

Matuska’s girlfriend asked him a question: “My teaching colleagues are asking how to teach kids about Bitcoin.” Matuska began to teach children instead of adults.

Matuska, with the support of other Bitcoin educators, and a successful crowdfunding campaign, has sent over 2000 Bitcoin books to schools in Slovakia. These books were translated by Matuska and his team into Slovak.

Slovakian schoolchildren reading “Bitcoin Money.” Source: Matuska

It was a smart move to expand his Bitcoin education ambitions into schools. To reach his goal of reaching 100 million Bitcoin-educated people by 2030, he will need all the support he can get. Matuska used an Excel spreadsheet to track the numbers. Then, he used YouTube views to count them, but that was too cumbersome.

To reach his goal, he’s currently working on a number of metrics. He will undoubtedly track the number of people who download the Bitcoin podcasts that he records.

The podcast series features the Slovak answering common questions and thinking experiments that he encountered during his Bitcoin teaching. One of the most requested questions, and actually the first podcast he recorded was a riff about Satoshi Nakamoto’s anonymity.

It is called “How I met Satoshi” and refers to a hypothetical meeting with the creator Bitcoin. Matuska explained:

“Like Pythagoras’ theorem, it doesn’t really matter if he is a good or bad guy. We don’t need to know if his skin color was orange, yellow, or black. It is important to remember that the Pythagoras Theorem works over and over again.

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Mathematically, it is possible to prove that the PythagorasTheorum works thousands upon years after his death. It will be the exact same for Satoshi’s calculations.

Matuska may “meet” Satoshi, but it’s really about the “meeting” when Matuska begins to interact with the works of geniuses, such as Einstein, Michelangelo, or Aristotle.

Matuska, the creator of Bitcoin, believes that we should be content that we don’t know who this person really is.

“The best thing Satoshi did, was to create Bitcoin. Satoshi’s second-best accomplishment was to make Bitcoin disappear.