Dušan Matushka is, among other things, a Bitcoin educator and advisor. Slovakians dream of educating 100 million people about Bitcoin (BTC) by 2030 through lectures, podcasts, webinars, workshops and even a Bitcoin Education Center in a remote location (plans are currently underway).
Along with his passion for teaching Bitcoin, he helps with a small Bitcoin mining operation in Slovakia, helped found a crypto café known as Paralylny Polis in the capital Bratislava, and has also translated popular books about Bitcoin into his native language. Slovak.
But how did he get here? And what does the meeting with Satoshi Nakamoto have to do with it?
It all started with Bitcoin, which he first heard about in 2015. But like many people, “I did not pay much attention. I thought it was a scam, a pyramid scheme and the like,” he told the Cointelegraph.
But with a background in math and the enthusiasm of a hard-working open-source friend, Matuska did not fall much like a swan into the rabbit hole during the 2017 bull run.
Suddenly he realizes: “My God, this bitcoin thing is a really cool thing.”
The mother in the bitcoin jacket. Source: Dusan Matushka
Take a break from teaching and consulting to study Bitcoin. Within a few months, he used his public speaking skills to provide several initial free calls about Bitcoin. At the first “open seminar with 40 or 50 people” in early 2018, something began to appear.
“Teaching something I have a passion for seems natural to me. I did webinars, consultations, free lectures and everything related to bitcoin. So we founded the Parallel Police in Bratislava. ”
Crypto Café, as it is also called, is the little brother of the Parallelni Polis café in Prague. This cafe is based on alternative or “parallel education” dating back to when Czechoslovakia was a communist country.
Parallina Polis, or “Crypto Cafe”, is a coffee shop and meeting place. The mother sat to the right, with glasses. Source: Dusan Matushka
It is an appropriate adjective for a safe place to learn, tamper with and finally use. “Fiat is banned,” Matushka added.
The parallels between learning about limited worlds under communist rule and learning about an alternative financial world where paper currency is superfluous for demands are clearly drawn in the coffee bar. The mother explained:
So the idea was not to fight the system, but to build a parallel system. as bitcoin. Bitcoin is a peaceful protest against the regime. It will not destroy things, but it will gradually make them obsolete. ”
As a barista at a coffee shop, Matushka helped interact with humble crypto enthusiasts, from 73-year-old former bankers to retirees interested in crypto transactions.
Older women learn about bitcoin at the bazaar of a cryptocurrency cafe in Slovakia. Source: Dusan Matushka
“I often use the example of a 73-year-old when I talk to people about bitcoin. If he can learn to use a bitcoin wallet and pay with bitcoin, anyone can do it.
In addition, the reason the 70-year-old took on bitcoin was because “it was easier for him than using online banking”. Matushka confirmed to the Cointelegraph that the older man was not actually Satoshi Nakamoto.
Although the Crypto Cafe in Bratislava, unfortunately, closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cafe in Prague is still alive. In addition, the foundation has been laid and the mother has two manifestations: Bitcoin for everyone and Bitcoin for problem solving.
For the mother, whether she’s sending money to a cousin in the United States, bequeathing money to grandchildren, or just “helping people save money to fight inflation,” this is not just a cool or “wave technology.”
One day my girlfriend asked: “My classmates ask how they teach children about bitcoin. Is there a book for them? “Matushka then shifted her focus from teaching adults to teaching children.
With the help of other Bitcoin teachers in the area, as well as a successful crowdfunding campaign, Matushka has sent over 2,000 Bitcoin-related books to schools across Slovakia, which he and his team have translated into the Slovak language.
Slovak schoolchildren read “Bitcoin Money”. Source: Dusan Matushka
Expanding the pursuit of bitcoin education in schools was a great move. He will need all possible help to achieve his goal of educating 100 million people about Bitcoin by 2030. To keep track of the numbers, Matushka kept an “Excel spreadsheet”. Then I counted YouTube video views. But there were many coincidences. ”