My guest today is Mauricio di Bartolomeo, the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Ledn.io. Ledn provides financial products with a mission to help clients across the globe unlock the power of digital assets to build wealth for the long term. Operating in over 100 countries, Ledn offers interest-bearing savings accounts and Bitcoin-backed loans, enabling clients to access dollars or additional Bitcoin without needing to sell any of their existing holdings. Ledn has active clients in 105 countries, and has exceeded $1 billion in assets on its platform. Since the start of 2021, Ledn has tripled its team while growing its total lending book by over 800% and savings products by 280%. Ledn remains an industry leader when it comes to transparency and accountability standards, being the first-ever lending platform to undergo a formal proof-of-reserves attestation by Armanino LLP, a top public accounting and consulting firm and a recognized global leader in digital asset assurance solutions. Mauricio grew up in Venezuela where he and his family learned about Bitcoin. Now based in Canada, Mauricio holds HBA and MBA degrees from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario in Canada. Mauricio is also the author of Why Proof of Reserves is Important to Bitcoin published in Bitcoin Magazine. Mauricio provides a wealth of knowledge about the current financial situation facing the west and how anyone can build Bitcoin wealth. In our discussion, we cover Ledn and Bitcoin-backed loans, Latin America and Bitcoin, hyperinflation, Proof-of-Reserves, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing Mauricio's personal bitcoin journey and what led him to start Ledn. Our conversation transitions into Ledn and how Ledn empowers Bitcoiners with a variety of financial services to easily manage their Bitcoin wealth. We go on to discuss the best way to orange-pill family members and what it means to live on the Bitcoin standard. A great conversation topic was Mauricio's detailing the living conditions of living through hyperinflation and why the West should be wary. We also discuss the current nihilism within the system and the feeling from large swaths of the population that are being left behind. We finish our conversation by discussing the dangers of CBDCs and the importance of Proof-of-Reserves. Please enjoy my conversation with Mauricio di Bartolomeo.
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