The mission to educate 100 million people about Bitcoin by 2030

Dušan Matuska is – among many other things – a Bitcoin educator and advisor. The Slovakian dream is to educate 100 million people about Bitcoin by 2030 through lectures, podcasts, webinars, workshops and even a Bitcoin education center in a distant destination (plans are currently in the works).

In addition to his Bitcoin education aspirations, he assists at a small-scale Bitcoin mining facility in Slovakia, co-founded the crypto café known as Paralelni Polis in the country’s capital, Bratislava, and has well-known Bitcoin books translated into his native language, Slovak. †

But how did he get here? And what does meeting Satoshi have to do with it?

It starts with Bitcoin, which he first heard about Bitcoin in 2015. But, like many people: “I didn’t pay much attention to it. I thought it was a scam, it was a pyramid scheme and all this stuff,” he told Coin-Crypto.

Nevertheless, equipped with a background in mathematics and buoyed by the enthusiasm of a tenacious friend fascinated by open source technologies, Matuska didn’t fall so much as dove the swan down the rabbit hole during the 2017 bull runs.

He suddenly realized, “Oh my god, this Bitcoin thing is really an amazing thing.”

Matuska in his signature Bitcoin sweater. Source: Matuska

He took time off from his teaching and consulting assignments to study Bitcoin. Within months, he used his public speaking skills to deliver the first free lectures of many on Bitcoin. At his first “open workshop, where 40 or 50 people came” in early 2018, something started to click.

“Teaching something I’m passionate about feels natural to me. I gave webinars, consultations, free calls, all these things that had to do with Bitcoin. Then we founded Parelelná Polis in Bratislava.”

The crypto café – as it is also called – is the little brother of the Paralelni Polis café in Prague, Czech Republic. It’s a cafe rooted in alternative education, or “parallel education,” dating back to the days when Czechoslavia had survived communist rule.

Paralená Polis or the “crypto cafe” coffee shop and meeting room. Dušan Matuska is squatting on the right with glasses. Source: Matuska.

It’s an apt designation for a safe space to learn, tinker with and ultimately use cryptocurrency, “no fiat is allowed,” Matuska added.

The parallels of teaching about limited worlds during the communist regime and learning about an alternative financial world where fiat currency is redundant become apparent in the cafe. Matuska explained:

“So the idea was not to fight the system, but to build a parallel system. Same as Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a peaceful protest against the system. It’s not going to destroy things, but it will gradually make them obsolete.”

While helping out as a barista at the cafe, Matuska spoke to humble crypto enthusiasts, from 73-year-old former bankers to seniors curious about crypto transactions.

Older women learn about Bitcoin at a bazaar run by the crypto café in Slovakia. Source: Matuska

“I often use the example of the 73-year-old man when educating people about Bitcoin. If he can learn how to use a Bitcoin wallet and how to pay with Bitcoin, anyone can.”

Better yet, the reason the seven-year-old transacted via Bitcoin is that it was “easier for him than to use online banking.” Matuska confirmed to Coin-Crypto that the older man was not, in fact, Satoshi Nakamoto.

Although the crypto café in Bratislava was sadly closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the café in Prague lives on. Moreover, the foundations were laid and Matuska had two revelations: Bitcoin is for everyone and Bitcoin solves problems.

For Matuska, whether it’s sending money to a cousin in the United States, bequeathing money to grandchildren, or simply “helping people save money to fight inflation,” it’s not just some cool technology or “number-go- up technology’.

One day, when his girlfriend asked, “My teaching colleagues are asking how to educate children about Bitcoin. Is there a book for them?” Matuska shifted his focus from teaching adults to teaching children.

Thanks to the help of other Bitcoin educators in the space, as well as a successful crowdfunding campaign, Matuska has sent more than 2,000 Bitcoin books to schools in Slovakia, translated into Slovak by himself and his team.

Slovak school children read ‘Bitcoin Money’. Source: Matuska

It was a smart move to extend his Bitcoin education ambitions to schools. He needs all the help he can get to reach the goal of educating 100 million people about Bitcoin by 2030. To keep up with the numbers, Matuska kept “an Excel spreadsheet, then I counted YouTube video views, but there is too much overlap.”

He is now working on a set of stats to help him reach his goal, no doubt tracking the number of downloads on the Bitcoin podcasts he records.

In the podcast series, the Slovak answers common questions and thought experiments he was exposed to during his Bitcoin education. One of the most popular questions and, in fact, the first podcast he recorded is a riff about Satoshi Nakamoto’s anonymity.

It’s called “How I met Satoshi” and refers to a theoretical meeting with the creator of Bitcoin. Matuska explained:

“Like Pythagoras and his theorem, we don’t really need to know whether he was a good man or a bad man; whether he was orange, blue, yellow, or black, whatever. Most importantly, the Pythagorean theorem works again and again.”

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It is possible to prove mathematically that the Pythagorean theorem works thousands of years after his death. “It will be the same for Satoshi’s calculations.”

While Matuska ‘meets’ Satoshi, it is more about the real ‘encounter’ that takes place when you get involved with the works of a genius, be it Einstein, Michelangelo or Aristotle.

Ultimately, for the Bitcoin founder, Matuska shares that we should be “glad we don’t know who this person is.”

“The best thing Satoshi did was create Bitcoin. The second best thing Satoshi did was vaporize.”

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