7:00pm Networking
7:30pm "Lightning, Digital Media & Entertainment β€” A Match Made In Heaven?"
8:45pm Socratic Seminar
10:00pm Food/Drinks at the Village Idiot

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Backroom of the Village Idiot
7383 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046


🚨 There's 2 hour parking in the residential area and metered parking along the street.


"Lightning, Digital Media & Entertainment β€” A Match Made In Heaven?"

This month we are excited to welcome Nik Bhatia & Ben Cousens for a very firey fireside chat πŸ”₯ They will be talking all things video games, podcasting, music streaming, tipping, and more.

Guest Speakers

πŸ‘‹ Nik Bhatia

Nik Bhatia is the founder of The Bitcoin layer, a research and education provider covering bitcoin through a global macroeconomic lens. He is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at USC Marshall School of Business, where he teaches separate courses on fixed income and bitcoin. He is author of the #1 bestseller Layered Money: From Gold and Dollars to Bitcoin and Central Bank Digital Currencies.

πŸ‘‹Ben Cousens

Ben Cousens is the Chief Strategy Officer at ZEBEDEE, a highly innovative FinTech for the gaming industry. Ben started his career in video games development before moving into finance, advising and investing in video games companies globally with The Raine Group and Lakestar, where he met ZEBEDEE and ultimately fell in love with their powerful vision of implementing real-time, programmable payments into games, apps, and any other digital experience.

πŸ‘‹AndrΓ© Neves

Andre built ZBD, created Lightning Address, and funded fiatjaf who created Nostr.

Socratic Seminar

Inspired by Bitdevs NY, this is an event for those interested in discussing and participating in the research and development of Bitcoin and related protocols. The Socratic Seminar events are formatted to foster debate, information sharing, and lively discussion.

Discussion topics from a variety of sources are collated by meetup members in the weeks preceding the events. We investigate pull requests in the Bitcoin Core, lnd, and other relevant repositories; we study network statistics, research papers, technical blog posts and other interesting content. To complete the meeting, members present open source projects, companies, research and other relevant materials. A feedback and Q&A section follow.

Please contact the organizers if you'd like to present at the Socratic event or have a recommended topic for discussion: contact at

A post will be made prior to the event which outlines discussion topics. Archives of discussion topics and presentations can be found in the event descriptions of past meetups. The discussion portion of the event is NEVER recorded. It is recommended that you have a firm grasp of the basics of Bitcoin in order to extract the most value from our Socratic events.