Kyle Torpey

Kyle Torpey

Kyle Torpey is a freelance writer and researcher who has been following Bitcoin since 2011. His work has been featured in VICE Motherboard, Business Insider, NASDAQ, New York Post,The Next Web, American Banker, and other media outlets. You can view all his work at or sign up for his personal newsletter.

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Op Ed: Bitcoin Is Turning Left vs. Right Into Big Data vs. Privacy

Technologies like Bitcoin and end-to-end encryption are changing how political leanings are defined.

Kyle Torpey
Apr 15, 2019

Breez Wants to Make the Lightning Network More User Friendly

Breez has announced its mobile Lightning wallet is available in open beta, emphasizing ease of use.

Kyle Torpey
Apr 8, 2019

Op Ed: Why Bitcoin’s “Toxic” Maximalism Makes Sense

Over the years, Bitcoin has gained a reputation for having a “toxic” community of users around it. But there is a logical reason that some Bitcoin users get extremely angry at certain members of the greater crypto asset community.

Kyle Torpey
Apr 5, 2019

Op Ed: With Bitcoin, Anarchy Is the Point, Not the Problem

In a SXSW panel discussion, IBM’s Christopher Ferris asked bitcoiner Jimmy Song if he was arguing for anarchy over a regulated financial system . In this op ed, Kyle Torpey posits, “Yes! That’s the whole point!”

Kyle Torpey
Mar 22, 2019 Enables Cash-for-Bitcoin Exchange Via the Lightning Network has announced the launch of its cash-based bitcoin exchange, which includes Lightning Network integration.

Kyle Torpey
Jan 28, 2019

Fred Wilson Explains Why Warren Buffett Doesn’t Get Bitcoin

“Calling it ‘rat poison,’ to me, suggests that they haven’t taken the time to really understand what’s going on here,” said Wilson onstage at Consensus 2018 in NYC.

Kyle Torpey
May 17, 2018

Bitfury: Private Blockchains Are Intermediate Step for Governments

Bitfury was one of the first companies built around the process of bitcoin mining, but the startup also now works on private blockchain software. Some would assume this might have a negative impact on the bitcoin-focused aspects of their business. But, while it’s true that the development of private, permissioned ledger systems means there could […]

Kyle Torpey
Apr 19, 2018

Bill Barhydt on Abra’s Pivot From P2P Money Transfers to “Crypto Banking”

Abra is a bitcoin-powered investment and payments app that first came to light at Launch Festival 2015 where it won the top prize at the event. The app uses bitcoin and litecoin smart contracts to represent the value of practically any fiat currency along with 20 crypto assets in the user’s wallet, where the user […]

Kyle Torpey
Apr 10, 2018

Here’s How Taxes Are Harming Bitcoin’s Usefulness as a Payment Method

What’s the solution to cryptocurrency usability issues caused by capital gains taxes? One might be through a change in tax laws.

Kyle Torpey
Apr 9, 2018

CFTC Advisory Committee Recommends Creation of Virtual Currency Subcommittee

On Wednesday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Committee’s (CFTC) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) held a public meeting at its Washington, D.C., headquarters. During the meeting, members of the Bitcoin and cryptoasset industry shared information regarding this emerging market and offered guidance on how the CFTC may approach regulating the space in 2018. Multiple participants in […]

Kyle Torpey
Feb 15, 2018