Overstock’s Patrick Byrne on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality, and Mixed Martial Arts


Patrick Byrne heads up Overstock.com, one of the world’s largest online retailers, with over $1.3 billion in sales annually. An ardent proponent of Bitcoin and related blockchain technologies and a strong opponent of Net Neutrality and Internet sales taxes, Byrne is also a skydiver, a black belt in tae kwon do, and a protege of Warren Buffet.

Born in 1962, Byrne is an outspoken proponent of school choice and serves as chairman of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. A libertarian who traces his interest in free markets to stumbling across old Newsweek columns by Milton Friedman while living in Thailand, Byrne earned a Ph.D. from Stanford with a dissertation on Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia.

Reason’s Nick Gillespie sat down with Byrne at the 2015 Liberty Forum in New Hampshire to discuss libertarian philosophy, net neutrality, bitcoin, his relationship with Warren Buffett, and learning mixed martial arts from the Gracie family, widely credited with bringing the form to the United States.

Click http://reason.com/reasontv/2015/04/09… for downloadable versions and a full transcript.

Produced by Alexis Garcia. Cameras by Meredith Bragg and Jim Epstein. Edited by Alexis Garcia.

About 80 minutes.